The Ogden Mustangs racked up 5-1, 5-2 and 7-2 victories over the Steamboat Wranglers last weekend at The Ice Sheet.
“I thought we worked hard and pushed harder than we had in previous weekends,” said Ogden head coach Jake Laime. “For the most part, we looked hungry, but we need to be more opportunistic. The score in those games did not reflect the overall shots, zone time and puck possession we had.”
The Mustangs dominated in those three areas. The puck was almost continually in the Steamboat end through the weekend, with overall shots on goal 209-53 for the Mustangs. The Wrangler goaltenders were busy, to say the least, and made a number of impressive saves on many Mustang attempts, but on many others, the Mustangs failed to execute like they have in earlier games this season.
With 17 goals in the three games, the Mustangs now have 85 in 15 games this season and remain the top scoring team in the Western States Hockey League.
Mustang scoring leaders last weekend:
Ian Currie – 2 goals, 5 assists
Harry Gulliver – 2 goals, 4 assists
Lukas Vacin – 2 goals, 3 assists
Ammon Anderson – 2 goals, 2 assists
Kerry Kruzel – 2 goals, 2 assists
John Shively – 2 goals, 2 assists
Rhett Rampinelli – 4 assists
Two players had their first goals as Mustangs in last Friday’s game: Shively and local 16 year old Diego Contreras.
A beauty for his first as an Ogden Mustang and first junior hockey goal as Diego Contreras somehow put this off both posts and into the net last night to give the Mustangs a 4-1 lead. Big goal from the local youngster. #OMHockey pic.twitter.com/5zgvUSul8t
— Ogden Mustangs (@OgdenMustangs) November 3, 2018
In goal, the Mustangs had a different netminder play in each game over the weekend. Artur Ogandzhanyan picked up the W on Friday, Owen Zdunski on Saturday and Alex Neverve on Sunday.
The Mustangs remain first overall in the WSHL standings and the only undefeated team in the league now that the defending champion El Paso Rhinos got swept last weekend.
Overall WSHL standings:
Ogden Mustangs – 45 points (15-0)
Oklahoma City Blazers – 33 points (11-1)
Utah Outliers – 30 points (10-5)
Bellingham Blazers – 27 points (9-3)
Long Beach Bombers – 26 points (8-3-1-0)
The Mustangs are on the road for three games against the Cheyenne Stampede this weekend. The Stampede appeared to be much improved this season compared to last season, hanging in games with the Northern Colorado Eagles early this season, but they yet have anything to show for their improved play, sitting at a 0-12-0-1 record this season. They’re coming off of three lopsided losses in the Salt Lake City last weekend to the Utah Outliers.
If the Mustangs can manage three wins this weekend, they will move to 18-0 on the season, matching their best start in franchise history, set two seasons ago.
The Mustangs will face the No. 2 team in the WSHL in two weekends when they hit the road against the Oklahoma City Blazers.
The Mustangs then have two weeks off. Their next home games are Dec. 7-9 against the Stampede.