The good news keeps coming for Ogden Mustangs leading scorer Rhett Rampinelli, as he has committed to the Wentworth Institute of Technology for the 2019-20 season.
Two weekends ago, Rampinelli passed Schuyler Seyfert for the No. 2 spot in Mustangs franchise history in all-time regular season points. He followed up that performance with an unbelievable 17-point effort in three games against the Steamboat Wranglers last weekend, to wrap up the regular season. He finished with 131 total points in 51 games, third most in the WSHL. It’s the second-highest single-season point total in Mustangs history.
Rampinelli has been a swiss army knife offensively for the Mustangs over his time in Ogden. Never shying from the spotlight, Rampinelli has routinely scored big goals in big moments in a variety of ways throughout his Mustang career.
Huge moment here as the Mustangs found themselves down 2-0 to El Paso. This penalty shot goal from Rampinelli got the Stangs on the board and started the comeback. #OMHockey @RampinelliRhett pic.twitter.com/Ot1xmPhy1b
— Ogden Mustangs (@OgdenMustangs) December 22, 2018
An underrated part of his game is his on-ice vision. Rampinelli is a phenomenal passer who has set up some beautiful goals.
This. Passing. 👀
Rampinelli to Mascali, back to Rampinelli, to Anderson, to the back of the net.
— Ogden Mustangs (@OgdenMustangs) March 9, 2019
“Being in the Ogden winning culture and around other great players for two years really helped me improve my game mentally and physically to prepare me for NCAA hockey,” Rampinelli said. “I’m really excited to join the Wentworth hockey program next year. After visiting the school, Wentworth felt like the perfect fit for me.”
The Wentworth Institute of Technology is located in Boston, Mass., and competes in the Commonwealth Coast Conference of the NCAA. Rampinelli is the first Mustang to head to Wentworth.
Rampinelli plans to major in engineering, choosing a specific emphasis after his freshman year.
The Mustangs continue to lead the WSHL in NCAA placement. They’ve had the highest NCAA placement rate in the Western States Hockey League over the past seven seasons, since joining the league.
Rampinelli is the fourth player from this season’s team with an NCAA commitment, joining John Shively (Buffalo State), Ian Currie (St. Mary’s) and Owen Zdunski (SUNY Cortland). The Mustangs had five NCAA commitments last season, including Matus Spodniak who went to NCAA DI American International College.