The Ogden Mustangs have a pair of players from last season’s team returning this week as the Mustangs prepare for the Northern Colorado Eagles this week.
Bryson Bartell and Matts Thielemann both started the season with NAHL teams, Bartell with the Maryland Black Bears and Thielemann with the New Jersey Junior Titans, and both are now expected to be key players with elevated roles in Ogden this season.
For Bartell, this will be his third season with the Mustangs. From Durham, New Hampshire, at 6-feet-1-inch and 185 pounds, he’s got deceptive speed and excellent hands. His puck handling skills set him apart on the ice. In his first season in Ogden he had 13 points in 23 games, including a goal in his first ever game as a Mustang in West Valley. Last season he had 28 points in 48 games. A 1999 birth year, Bartell has another season of junior hockey eligibility remaining after this one.
Thielemann (first name = “Motts” last name = “Tee-luh-mun”) joined the Mustangs just before the showcase last season. He actually started last season with the now-infamous Humboldt Broncos. After 10 games with them in the SJHL, he went to the RMJHL for a quick two-game stint, and then came to Ogden. The 6-foot, 183-pound, Swedish defenseman is not afraid to join the rush and put the puck on net. He had 23 points in 25 games for the Mustangs last season. A 1998 birth year, this is Thielemann’s final season of junior hockey eligibility.
See both players in action this weekend. The puck drops at 7:30 p.m. both Friday and Saturday nights and 1:30 p.m. on Sunday. Get your tickets now online at tickets.ogdenmustangs.com.
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