After posting a Western States Hockey League best .938 save percentage last season, Ogden Mustangs Ukranian goaltender Artur Ogandzhanyan will be back for his second season with the Mustangs in 2019-20.

If you were going to make a list of the top eligible Mustang players from last season who would give the team the greatest chances of success by coming back to the Mustangs this season, Ogandzhanyan would be at the top of that list. If you were also going to make a list of players who were most likely to be highly-recruited by other top teams in other high-profile leagues this offseason, Ogandzhanyan would be at the top of that list as well. Regardless, the Mustangs are thrilled to have him back, and he’s ready to build off of last season’s success with a single goal in mind.

“I think last year was very good,” Ogandzhanyan said. “By the end of the season, we all become very close to each other. It was a special group of people. I’m pretty sure everyone who’s coming back is hungry to win the cup. That’s what our goal is.”

Ogandzhanyan came in as one of the younger Mustang players on last season’s roster, but he showed an impressive work ethic, consistency and professionalism from day one, which earned him the starting goaltender spot. He would hold onto that spot all season long, giving the Mustangs some extremely-valued consistency between the pipes that they could rely on all.

Along with his league-leading .938 save percentage, he posted a 1.83 goals against average last season, which was second best in the WSHL. In the playoffs, Ogandzhanyan’s numbers were even more impressive, with a 1.00 goals against average and .961 save percentage. Those numbers include matchups against the league’s very best teams in the Thorne Cup Finals. In the regular season and playoffs combined, Ogandzhanyan posted a record of 32-3-2.

Ogandzhanyan backstopped the Mustangs as the top defensive team in the WSHL, allowing a league-best 86 goals in 51 regular season games.

Needless to say, last season was filled with highlight-reel performances from Ogandzhanyan.

Perhaps easier to overlook was Ogandzhanyan’s consistently-solid puck-handling ability. He can be like a third defenseman back there playing the puck.

Our apologies to WSHL broadcasters who are going to have to tackle this last name for another season.

By the way, it’s pronounced OH-gun-ZAWN-yun.

At least internally, we’ve got a year’s worth of experience with it now.

From Kharkov, Ukraine, Ogandzhanyan stands at 5-feet-11-inches and 185 pounds. Born in 2000, he still has another season of eligibility remaining after this season.

Here’s how the 2019-20 roster stands, as announced, up to this point:

G – Artur Ogandzhanyan
D – Johan Zöllner
D – Christian Phinney
D – Oliver Wieringa
F – Harry Gulliver
F – Alex Engan
F – Nick Garza

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