The Ogden Mustangs were on the road in Cheyenne, Wyo., last weekend for three games against the Cheyenne Stampede to start up the second half of the schedule after a 15-day break over the holidays.
“We went into the series wanting complete efforts and with a focus on making proper decisions and having discipline,” said Jake Laime, Mustangs head coach. “We were able to do that for the most part. Keeping guys healthy and boosting morale is important down the stretch. Setting goals and living up to expectations is crucial as playoffs are coming quick.”
In Friday’s game, the Mustangs picked up an 11-1 win. Ammon Anderson led the way with his first career junior hockey hat trick.
Kerry Kruzel and Jacob Laurin had two goals each. Ross Bartlett had a goal and four assists to lead all scorers. Shots were 85-20. Daniel Pavlicko and Jon Chin split time in goal. The Mustangs were 3-for-3 on the powerplay.
On Saturday, the Mustangs won 13-1. Matts Thielemann opened the scoring with his first goal as a Mustang and ended up leading the way with two goals and two assists in the game. Bartlett had four assists. Ian Currie, Harry Gulliver, Rhett Rampinelli and Anderson each had three points. Chin got the W in goal. Shots were 80-5.
On Sunday, the Mustangs won 12-0. Jacob Laurin led the way with a hat trick and an assist. Thielemann had a goal and three assists. Rampinelli and McClelland had three points each. Kruzel had two goals. Chin got the W and shutout. Shots were 97-18.
Your top scorers over the weekend looked like this:
Bartlett – 11 points (2 goals, 9 assists)
Laurin – 9 points (6 goals, 3 assists)
Rampinelli – 9 points (2 goals, 7 assists)
Anderson – 8 points (6 goals, 2 assists)
McClelland – 8 points (3 goals, 5 assists)
Dittenhafer – 8 points (3 goals, 5 assists)
Thielemann – 8 points (3 goals, 5 assists)
Currie – 7 points (2 goals, 5 assists)
Liverance – 7 points (1 goal, 6 assists)
Gulliver – 6 points (2 goals, 4 assists)
Bartell – 5 points (2 goals, 3 assists)
Kruzel – 4 points (4 goals)
The Mustangs have now won four games in a row, after dropping four in a row for the first time in three seasons. They’re 25-8-1 this season overall, first place in the WSHL Mountain Division and second overall in the league. Every point is crucial in this second half of the season as both the Colorado Jr. Eagles and Utah Outliers are neck-and-neck with the Mustangs at the top of the division.
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The Mustangs will be without the services of WSHL leading scorer and team co-captain Matus Spodniak once again this weekend. He suffered a leg injury during the Mustangs’ first game at the Western States Shootout in Las Vegas. Without him last weekend, a number of different scorers stepped up against the Stampede.
A new addition to the Mustangs, goaltender Tymen Edelkoort III, will be in the lineup this weekend. He joined the team just this week, coming from the Alberta Junior Hockey League.