Mustangs dominate Tulsa in offensive showcase

Jan 26 2014 - 9:35am

 OGDEN -- The Ogden Mustangs and Tulsa Jr. Oilers came into last weekend's three-game series at the Weber County Ice Sheet going in different directions.

The Mustangs had won 9 of their last 12 while Tulsa had dropped 8 straight. The Oilers were in need of a big win to turn the ship around late in the season. They didn't get it. They didn't get close.

Ogden won 16-2 on Friday night, 10-1 on Saturday night. They were set to play again Sunday.

With such lopsided victories, it could have been easy for the Mustangs to lose focus.

"We're just trying to stay consistent and do the little things," said Ogden head coach Jake Laime. "We've got to keep the tempo high and fire on all cylinders."

That was especially important considering the test that lies ahead next weekend when the Fresno Monsters, a consistent Western States Hockey League powerhouse, come to town for three games. The Mustangs did not want to create any bad habits that could carry over. Laime said he didn't try to look too far ahead to that series though, noting that every point is important.

"We've got to continue to have the right focus and tunnel vision during this stretch," Laime said. "The standings are so tight with Salt Lake right behind us. It's going to be a race to see who can put up the most points."

The Idaho Jr. Steelheads sit in first place in the Northwest Division of the WSHL. Ogden is in second, and the Salt Lake Moose are just behind the Mustangs in third.

Overall the Mustangs are fourth in the 24-team WSHL. After the offensive barrage this weekend, they have scored more goals than any other team in the league. They also have the best powerplay in the league, converting on more than 25 percent of their opportunities on the man advantage.

There were a number of players who led the Mustangs' charge against Tulsa. Swedish winger Simon Teodorsson had four goals and one assist on Friday. Fellow Swede Martin Hallin had a goal and two assists on Saturday. Mike Kowicki, who donned a Mustang jersey for the first time last weekend after being acquired from the Southern Oregon Spartans, racked up three assists in his first game. Second-year alternate captain Schuyler Seyfert took over the Mustang scoring lead, now with 47 points this season. Journeyman defenseman Justin Schebel picked up his first goal in 29 games this season.

The games against Fresno this weekend are at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 11 a.m. on Sunday, all at The Weber County Ice Sheet.

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