RIO RANCHO, NMX — The New Mexico Mustangs rallied from a 2-0 third-period deficit and nipped the Amarillo Bulls 3-2 in overtime on Friday night at the Santa Ana Star Center in Rio Rancho New Mexico.
It was the Bulls first loss in overtime this season, and the first win by the Mustangs over Amarillo.
The Bulls had taken a 2-0 lead early in the third period when Terrance Johnson converted a pass from Brooks Behling. But New Mexico didn’t give up and scored two goals in the third period. The first goal was a powerplay tally when Charles Baldwin was sent in on a partial breakaway. The Mustangs tied the game up in the final minute of the game when they pulled their goaltender.
In overtime, the Bulls had a great scoring chance that was denied by Weiser. The Mustangs went up the ice on a 2 on 1 and converted a rebound behind goaltender Nikifor Szczerba.
It was a feeling out type of opening 20 minutes as both teams played very tight defensively. Goaltenders Nikifor Szczerba of the Bulls and Marcus Weiser of New Mexico did their best to keep the game scoreless through the first period of play.
The Bulls scored first midway through the second period when Matt Johnson banked a shot off a defenseman and in behind Weiser. The goal was unassisted. Amarillo had some other great chances including several on the power play but couldn’t score.
New Mexico was 1 for 7 on the power play, while Amarillo was 0 for 4. The Mustangs outshot the Bulls 34-30.
The two teams will meet again tomorrow (Saturday) night at 7:30 pm Mountain, and 8:30 pm Central back at Santa Ana Star Center.