The Ogden Mustangs went on the road to Casper, Wyoming last weekend and, coming off a bye week, looked sharp in a sweep over the Coyotes.
The Mustangs won Game 1 by the score of 9-5. After that, the defense buckled down and the Mustangs won the next two games 13-0 and 8-0.
“We played well offensively,” said Mustangs head coach Jake Laime. “Friday I think we got over confident. Saturday and Sunday we controlled the neutral zone much better and spent less time in the defensive zone.”
Having now won 15 of their last 16 games, the Mustangs’ 18-4 record overall for 36 points has them alone in first place in the Mountain Division. They’re tied for first place overall in the 23-team Western States Hockey League.
The offense continues to hum. The Mustangs have the most goals in the WSHL at 178. That’s 7.9 goals per game this season.
Matus Spodniak continues to lead the charge for the Mustangs. The Slovakian sniper had a goal and four assists last Friday, three goals and three assists on Saturday and four goals on Sunday. He has 77 total points, is averaging 3.5 points per game this season and is accumulating points at an unprecedented pace. Spodniak is on pace for 169 points this season. The league’s best single-season total was from Chris Bachman with 149 in 2006-07.
— Ogden Mustangs (@OgdenMustangs) November 19, 2017
Other top Mustang offensive contributions last weekend:
Jacob Laurin – 3 goals, 7 assists
Ross Bartlett – 4 goals, 4 assists
Sage Fleming – 2 goals, 4 assists
Rhett Rampinelli – 3 goals, 2 assists
Ian Currie – 5 assists
Harry Gulliver – 3 goals, 1 assist
Matt McClelland – 1 goal, 3 assists
Austin Dittenhafer – 1 goal, 3 assists
Laurin is tied for second in WSHL scoring with 57 points. Bartlett is fifth with 52.
Bartlett’s goal in Game 2 was one of the prettier you’ll ever see, off a shorthanded breakaway, pulling out the backhand toe drag.
— Ogden Mustangs (@OgdenMustangs) November 21, 2017
In goal last weekend, Daniel Pavlicko and Oliver Marslatt split time. They played half a game each in Game 1. Pavlicko picked up the shutout in Game 2. Marslatt picked up the shutout in Game 3.
Next up for the Mustangs is a one-game matchup this weekend at home against the rival Utah Outliers. The Mustangs and Outliers are 2-2 against each other this season. While the Mustangs have won 15 of 16, the Outliers have won 14 of 15. Both teams’ only losses in those stretches are to each other.
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