The Ogden Mustangs continued their undefeated stretch to start the season, defeating the Utah Outliers twice last weekend in a home-and-home series.

The Mustangs won 6-2 on Friday in Ogden and 2-1 on Saturday in West Valley.

The Mustangs are now 9-0 this season and remain first overall in the Western States Hockey League. They’re one of only three undefeated teams remaining in the league, along with the Oklahoma City Blazers (6-0) and El Paso Rhinos (3-0).

“I thought we put together a complete, 60-minute effort on Friday, and we were rewarded accordingly,” said Mustangs head coach Jake Laime. “Saturday was a sloppy game with mismanaged officiating. Hard to find rhythm on either side of the puck when both teams are playing the majority of game on special teams.”

They certainly were two very different games.

In Friday’s game, the Mustangs came out flying in a game that featured highlight-reel goals, huge hits and even an entertaining fight.

Lukas Kucera was the first star of the game with two goals and an assist in his first game as a Mustang. His first goal came on his first shot.

Ian Currie had a remarkable hip check in the game.

The Mustangs came out Saturday, picking up where they left off Friday and going up 2-0 in the first period on goals from Bartel and Samuel Sabos. Then the march to the penalty box started. There were 24 penalties in total called in the game.

Artur Ogandzhanyan recorded both wins in goal for the Mustangs, stopping 52 of the 55 shots he faced, making a number of remarkable saves. He’s sitting at a 1.81 goals against average and .940 save percentage with an 8-0 record this season.

Kucera led the Mustangs with two goals and two assists on the weekend. Rhett Rampinelli had four assists, putting him at a WSHL-leading 20 points this season.

The Mustangs have four players in the top 10 of league scoring — Rampinelli, Kerry Kruzel, Harry Gulliver and Ian Currie.

The Mustangs have now won seven consecutive games against the Outliers, dating back to last January.

This weekend the Mustangs hit the road for three games against the Casper Bobcats. The Mustangs swept three games against them in Ogden already this season. This will be the Mustangs’ first true road trip of the season. Seven of their first nine games have been in Ogden, the other two in West Valley.

The Mustangs’ next home games will be Nov. 2-4 at The Ice Sheet against the expansion Steamboat Wranglers. It’s first responder and military appreciation weekend.

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