OGDEN -- Ogden forward Dusty Watt logged a hat trick as the Mustangs opened the 2013-14 season with a 4-1 win over the Salt Lake Moose on Saturday night.
The win marked the first time Ogden has won a season opener in the last three seasons.
Schuler Seyfert scored Ogden's other goal, and Tyler Fallica was nearly perfect between the pipes at the Weber County Ice Sheet.
"It was a good game," coach Jake Laime said. "I think we came out a little flat, maybe a little over confident...but we settled in and started controlling the puck."
Ogden went 3-for-8 on power plays and newcomers Seth Giles and Jimmy Peplinski each logged a pair of assists in the win.
While Ogden may have looked a little flat early on, it soon changed as a bevy of Salt Lake penalties resulted in Watt's first goal of the evening with two minutes left in the first period.
The Moose ended with 22 minutes on 11 penalties, while Ogden logged 20 minutes on 10 infractions.
"The jitters are definitely there," Watt said. "We've just got to shake them off and keep out feet moving. Our team speed is definitely a big difference this season. We've got some guys who can really skate."
Watt found the net again five minutes into the second period after assists from Seyfert and Peplinski, giving the Mustangs a 2-0 lead.
Salt Lake quickly answered back, cutting the deficit back to one with a goal from Jurij Moiseicenko. The Mustangs answered back even quicker, as Seyfert's goal came immediately after the ensuing faceoff, eight seconds after the Moose goal.
Despite a barrage of scoring opportunities for the Moose, Fallica made some outstanding saves in the game, especially when the Mustangs were shorthanded. Overall, special teams may have been the difference in the game as all three of Watt's goals came on the power play.
Ogden also went 6-for-6 on the penalty kill.
"We're a performance team," Laime said. "We're a puck-moving team with a lot of skill and a lot of speed."
All eyes were on the Ogden newcomers. Jimmy Peplinski, at 6-foot-4-inches and 205 pounds, put a long stride and powerful frame to work, going end-to-end on several rushes. He also fired two shots that rang off the post and sent echoing clanks through the rafters. The three Swedes on the team -- George Babos, Martin Hallin and Simon Teodorsson -- skated together on the Ogden power play and showcased impressive speed and passing.
One dark cloud on the night for the Mustangs was a torn ACL on Trevor Sergott. The Michigan native suffered the injury in the first period of Saturday's game and it's unknown how long he'll be off the ice.
Watt's final goal came five minutes into the third period on another powerplay with assists from Giles and Peplinksi.
The Mustangs are back on the ice this weekend, but on the road for three games at the Witchita Jr. Thunder. The 'Stangs will be back home Oct. 11-13 as they host a three-game set with the Southern Oregon Spartans.