The Ogden Mustangs set multiple franchise records last week en route to their first sweep of the 2017-18 season, coming over the Cheyenne Stampede.
The Mustangs won 19-1 on Friday, 20-0 on Saturday and 18-1 on Sunday. The wins put the team at 8-3 this season, as the Mustangs sit in second place overall in the Western States Hockey League.
While there was plenty for the Mustang fans to be entertained by with highlight-reel goal after highlight-reel goal last weekend, Mustangs head coach Jake Laime is careful not to jump the gun as far as the level his team is currently performing at.
“I don’t think this weekend is a reflection of where we are,” Laime said. “We know we have the ability to generate offense as we have shown, but we have struggled on the defensive side. This weekend in the situations we were in, we put a strong emphasis on winning the right way, making the right decisions, etc. If we allow lazy habits and we are rewarded with goals and wins, we won’t be prepared or ready to compete when it matters most.”
The 19 goals scored on Friday were a new franchise record, passing an 18-goal effort in 2014 over the Tulsa Jr. Oilers. The 20 goals on Saturday set the new mark.
Mustangs leading scorer Matus Spodniak put up an unbelievable 19 points in the series, matching his total point output in the first eight games of the season. He now has 38 points total this season, putting him in first place in WSHL scoring. Spodniak’s eight-point performace on Friday tied Simon Teodorsson and Brody Decker for the most points recorded by a Mustang player in a single game.
Spodniak now sits just 10 points away from passing Schuyler Seyfert for the Mustangs’ all-time franchise scoring record.
Every player in the Mustangs lineup had at least two points in the series.
Jon Chin got the start in goal for each game last weekend. He wasn’t too busy as the Mustangs outshot the Stampede 96-11, 90-10 and 89-11 in the three games. Chin’s shutout on Saturday was the Mustangs’ first of the season.
The Mustangs now prepare for a three-game series on the road this weekend in Medford, Ore., facing the Southern Oregon Spartans. The Spartans are coming off of three lopsided losses in Salt Lake City last weekend against the Utah Outliers. They are 1-8 this season.
The Mustangs made a few changes to the roster right before last weekend’s games. They sent defenseman Axel Löw and forward Yanneck Kumli to the aforementioned Spartans. Riccardo Pece was released and returned home to Switzerland.
With Mustangs co-captain Austin Dittenhafer sitting out for the majority of last weekend, rehabbing a nagging injury, the team skated with just four defenseman. That will change this weekend as the Mustangs added to the lineup Tyson Liverance who was acquired from the West Sound Warriors this week. Liverance was one of the league’s top-scoring defensemen last season, skating for the Butte Cobras.
The Mustangs’ next home game is Oct. 27, the first half of a home-and-home that weekend with the Outliers.