The Ogden Mustangs have won 12 of their last 13 games, including a thrilling series sweep over the Tahoe Icemen at home last weekend, and with 30 points overall, they sit in a tie for first place in the Western States Hockey League.

The Mustangs’ record sits at 15-4. No one else is close to their 148 goals scored in those 19 games, as the offense continues to run on all cylinders.

The series with the Icemen was a crowd-pleaser with plenty of action in each game. The Icemen scored the first goal all three nights, forcing the Mustangs to play from behind. In the first two games, the Mustangs wouldn’t grab their first lead until the third periods. In the finale, the Mustangs didn’t wait so long to mount the comeback, but spotted the Icemen the first two goals in that one.

While the flair for the dramatics gave the fans plenty to be entertained by, it left the team with plenty to still work on and try to figure out.

“I was glad to get wins but was not satisfied with the effort we put in,” said Mustangs head coach Jake Laime. “We know we have the ability to score, so we neglect our responsibilities off the puck.”

The breakdowns away from the puck continue to be the pain point the Mustangs look to address. They didn’t give the Icemen many opportunities last weekend, but when they did, they were often high-quality opportunities, many on breakaways or odd-man rushes. The Mustangs controlled play overall and outshot the Icemen 178-86 in the series.

The Mustangs have their first weekend off this weekend. With the majority of other WSHL teams having one, two or even three bye weeks already this season, the Mustangs will look to take advantage of theirs, rest up and work to continue to improve.

The league’s leading scorer, Matus Spodniak, continues to pile up points. He led all Mustangs last weekend with four goals and seven assists, including the game-winners in the first two games on very similar moves.

Spodniak now has a remarkable 62 points in 19 games played. Already shattering Mustang all-time scoring records, he now approaches WSHL scoring records. He’s currently 21 points away from passing his linemate’s brother, former Wichita Jr. Thunder captain and Mustang-heart-breaker-in-the-Thorne-Cup-Finals Jack McClelland, to enter the top 10 WSHL scorers of all time.

Behind Spodniak in team scoring and league scoring is Jacob Laurin with 47 points and Ross Bartlett with 44 points.

Co-captain Austin Dittenhafer had a big weekend on defense with four goals and three assists.

In goal, Daniel Pavlicko made his Mustangs debut Friday and also played Sunday. He made some remarkable saves, including one on a penalty shot in the opener that had the potential to shift some momentum.

On Saturday, Oliver Marslatt got the start in goal. Despite allowing five goals, he made a number of remarkable saves to keep the Mustangs alive in their late-game comeback.

After the bye week, the Mustangs are back in action Nov. 17-19 when they travel to Casper, Wyo., to take on the Coyotes. Then on Thanksgiving weekend they’re back home to face the Utah Outliers for a single game Nov. 25.

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