The Ogden Mustangs racked up 5-1, 5-2 and 7-2 victories over the Steamboat Wranglers last weekend at The Ice Sheet, Nov. 2-4. It was the team’s final home games in more than a month and moved the Mustangs to a 15-0 record for the season.
“I thought we worked hard and pushed harder than we had in previous weekends,” said Ogden head coach Jake Laime. “For the most part, we looked hungry, but we need to be more opportunistic. The score in those games did not reflect the overall shots, zone time and puck possession we had.”
The Mustangs dominated in those three areas. The puck was almost continually in the Steamboat end through the weekend, with overall shots on goal 209-53 for the Mustangs.
With 17 goals in the series, the Mustangs now have 85 in 15 games this season and remain the top scoring team in the Western States Hockey League.
The line of Ian Currie, Harry Gulliver and Lukas Vacin led the charge offensively for Ogden, with each player picking up a pair of goals each and five, four and three assists respectively.
Two players had their first goals as Mustangs in last Friday’s game: John Shively and local 16-year-old Diego Contreras.
In goal, the Mustangs had a different netminder in each game. Artur Ogandzhanyan picked up the win Friday, Owen Zdunski on Saturday and Alex Neverve on Sunday.
The Mustangs remain first overall in the WSHL standings and are the only undefeated team in the league after defending champion El Paso was swept.
Ogden now hits the road for six straight games, beginning with three against the Cheyenne Stampede this weekend. The Stampede appeared to be much improved this season but don’t yet have anything to show for their improved play, sitting at a 0-12-0-1 record this season. They’re coming off of three lopsided losses in Salt Lake City last weekend to the Utah Outliers.
If the Mustangs can manage three wins this weekend, they will move to 18-0 on the season, matching their best start in franchise history set two seasons ago.
The Mustangs will face the No. 2 team in the WSHL in two weekends when they hit the road against the Oklahoma City Blazers.
The Mustangs then have two weeks off. Their next home games are Dec. 7-9 against the Stampede.