Mustangs Fall to Ravens in Home Opener
The Western Mustangs Men's hockey team took the ice against the visiting Carlton Ravens on Friday night in the first Mustang home game at Thompson arena this season. Excitement was in the air as fans were piled in to get their first taste of Western hockey.
The Mustangs came stampeding out of the gate by scoring the opening goal of the game just minutes in courtesy of Anthony Stefano-- his first career OUA goal and point. The Ravens wasted no time getting back into things as minutes later London native and former Knight Brett Welychka tied things up with a bomb of a one-timer on the powerplay. The Ravens kept the pressure up but to no avail as the teams went into the locker room tied at one at the first intermission.
The second period started out all Ravens as they applied relentless pressure until they broke the tie thanks to Alexandre Boivin. The tide seemed to change a few minutes after the goal as the Mustangs gained momentum. After a couple powerplay tries and some good zone time, it was becoming quite apparent that the Mustangs could not buy a goal as they had multiple opportunities but could not crack Carlton goalie Francois Brassard. The Ravens picked up another goal late in the second to take a 3-1 lead into the 2nd intermission.