After blanking the Totems on Thursday night, the Utah Outliers had to force overtime on Friday before sheer dominance on Saturday night at Olympicview Arena.
On Friday in Game 2, the Outliers found themselves trailing the Totems on two occasions. Seattle was largely in their own zone, however, Rustam Kulizade was a true backbone for the team making a whopping 71 saves in the game. His efforts alone kept Seattle in the game and got them out of muddy waters in overtime.
The Outliers may have drained the Totems of life when Brad Mccloskey found the deflating goal to make it 2-2 with 8 seconds remaining in the second period. The game would remain scoreless in the third and overtime, to see a seven-round shootout commence. Nobody could get past the goalies, until Dawson Armstrong went five-hole on Kulizade in the seventh round of the shootout.
In Game 3, Utah had started on a 5-0 lead before Seattle could find twine with 14 seconds to go in the second period. Unfortunately, that late-frame goal couldn't develop into something more.
After facing Utah, the Mustangs made the trip to the state of Washington for a three game set against the Seattle Totems. The game marked the first time these two clubs faced each other this season and the Totems wanted to make a statement.
It didn’t start pretty, but a three-goal rally uplifted the Totems and Bryson Rody found the game-winner one minute into overtime to stun the top seeded Mustangs. It was clear that Seattle needed to acclimate to a heavy game as they were held to zero shots in the opening frame.
Ogden got out to the 2-0 lead after Shane Gilbert and Harry Gulliver scored in the first. The Mustangs could extend the lead to 3-0 at 9:52 of the middle frame as Bryson Bartell got on the board.
The second half of the game tilted only in the scoreboard as Seattle still couldn’t keep up with the amount of shots that Ogden was producing. Cory Kane found his first of two goals to spark the rally in the second.
Seattle scored two goals in nine shots in the third period. Kane’s second of the night brought it to within one, but Steven Brachert sent the game to overtime with 11 seconds left in the game.
Totes netminder Rusty Kulizade made 40 saves for the home team including several highlight real stops!
Seattle becomes the first team this season to overcome a three goal deficit to defeat the Ogden Mustangs.
The Seattle Totems have the fewest games played in the league with 24, but had a winning frequency that helped them take ownership of the three spot in the Northwest Division. The Totems have been largely successful against Northwest Division teams. Perhaps their lows in the season can be attributed to their six losses against Provincial Division teams, though it helped that Bellingham was also winless in the CAN/U.S. Showdown. However, it allowed Utah and Ogden to build even more of a separation in the standings. Scheduling developments saw the Totems make the long trip to El Paso and they took a blow just before Showcase. The Northwest division is interesting to look at, as far as the teams, because Seattle and Bellingham are the returning post-season division titleholders, though they have yet to face Utah and Ogden who came in and took control of the division. Seattle will now get a chance in this second half with six games against Ogden and Utah each. The Totems will need a monstrous closing effort this season if they want to crack the Top-2, as they are 14-points behind second place Utah.
Scoring Leaders: Cameron Waisman 21 Goals; Ricky Bredberg 27 Assists; Bredberg 35 Points.
Goalie Leaders: Daniil Goryachev 9W-2L .902 SV%; Jan Faltus 3W-1L .916 SV%; Rustam Kulizade 1W-5L .898 SV%
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