Mustangs, Moose will kickstart rivalry tonight

Dec 8 2011 - 10:35pm

OGDEN -- The Mustangs will welcome their rival to town tonight.

The Ogden Mustangs and Park City Moose are preparing to meet for the first interstate Western States Hockey League game in nearly a decade. The puck drops at 7:30 p.m. at The Ice Sheet.

The Mustangs (3-18-2) are coming off a turbulent weekend that saw the release of coach, Devin Firl, and a pair of losses to the Mountain Conference-leading Idaho Junior Steelheads.

"It was a tough weekend, without a doubt," interim head coach Joe Pfleegor said. "But we learned a lot about ourselves as a team. The guys have a renewed sense of urgency and commitment."

The Moose (2-20-1) are coming off a a bye weekend and are two weeks removed from being on the losing end of a three-game sweep dealt by the Texas Brahmas.

"We are looking forward to the challenge." Plfeegor said. "With any in-state rivalry there is always a lot of passion and aggression, I look forward seeing how our team handles it."

The last WSHL game to include two Utah teams was played in the 2001-02 season when the Salt Lake Maple Leafs took on the Utah Valley Golden Eagles. The Golden Eagles disbanded at the end of the 2001-02 season, while the Maple Leafs changed the name of their organization to the Junior Grizzlies and endured for another 2 seasons.

Tickets are available at the door on game day or at WeberStateTickets.com or OgdenMustangs.com.

"This will be one for the books." Said Pfleegor. "The guys are champing at the bit, it should be a real battle."

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