This information was supplied by Jon McBride of the Ogden Mustangs.
In the third game of the Ogden Mustangs’ series against the Superior RoughRiders last week, forward Matus Spodniak scored a flurry of four goals in the first eight minutes, giving him 129 for his career, a new Western States Hockey League record.
Spodniak even set another record while setting that record. Four goals in less than eight minutes are the quickest four goals scored by one player in WSHL history.
“I feel really glad that I set the record,” Spodniak said. “The Sunday game was really crazy. I was very surprised how quickly I scored the goals. My teammates helped me a lot. I want to thank my teammates for everything. I could not have done this without them.”
The Mustangs picked up three victories over the RoughRiders to gain six points in the standings, winning 9-5, 5-3 and 14-4.
The points were especially meaningful considering the two teams the Mustangs are battling for first place in the WSHL Mountain Division got swept against their respective opponents. The Mustangs are now back in the No. 1 spot, four points up on the Utah Outliers and seven points up on the Colorado Eagles.
Spodniak now has a ridiculous 134 points in 39 games this season — 64 goals and 70 assists. He’s obliterated too many single-season Mustang franchise records to keep track of at this point, but for reference, the previous single-season points record, which he set himself last season, was 89.
He now has a shot at another major league record. He's 15 points shy of the WSHL single-season points record, set in the early days of the WSHL. Chris Bachman holds the record with 149 points in 45 games for the Capital Thunder in 2006-07. Spodniak is averaging 3.4 points per game, so he’s technically on pace to set the record with six games remaining in the regular season. The kicker is that he faces two of the top defensive teams in the WSHL in those six games.
Ogden is in McCall, Idaho, this weekend to take on WSHL dynasty franchise Idaho IceCats from Feb. 16-18. The IceCats swept the Outliers last weekend in Salt Lake and bulked up with a number of new players this week before the WSHL trade deadline.
The Mustangs play their final regular-season games at home March 2-4 against the Colorado Jr. Eagles. Any way you look at standings scenarios, those points in that series will deterimine something — perhaps first place in the division or perhaps of equal importance, second place in the division, and who gets home ice advantage for key playoff matchups.