Thursday , January 11, 2018 - 5:00 AM
Mustangs forward Bryson Bartell carries the puck through Cheyenne Stampede defenders during a matchup in Ogden earlier in the 2017-18 season. The Mustangs swept the Stampede in Cheyenne last weekend. Bartell was one of 12 Mustangs who racked up four or more points in the series.
This information was supplied by Jon McBride of the Ogden Mustangs.
The Ogden Mustangs swept the Cheyenne Stampede on the road last weekend to start the schedule’s second half after a 15-day break over the holidays.
Over the series from Friday, Jan. 5, to Sunday, Jan. 7, the Mustangs won 11-1, 13-1 and 12-0.
In Friday’s game, local product Ammon Anderson of Syracuse tallied his first career hat trick in junior hockey play.
“We went into the series wanting complete efforts and with a focus on making proper decisions and having discipline," said Jake Laime, Mustangs head coach. "We were able to do that for the most part. Keeping guys healthy and boosting morale is important down the stretch. Setting goals and living up to expectations is crucial as playoffs are coming quick.”
Kerry Kruzel and Jacob Laurin had two goals each in the opening win. Ross Bartlett totaled a goal and four assists to lead all scorers as Ogden outshot Cheyenne 85-20.
On Saturday, Matts Thielemann totaled two goals and two assists. Bartlett had four assists. Ian Currie, Harry Gulliver, Rhett Rampinelli and Anderson each had three points. Jon Chin got the win in goal and shots were 80-5.
On Sunday, Jacob Laurin led the way with a hat trick and an assist. Thielemann had a goal and three assists. Rampinelli and McClelland had three points each. Kruzel had two goals. Chin got the win and shutout as the Mustangs shot 97 times.
The Mustangs have now won four in a row after dropping four in a row for the first time in three seasons. They're 25-8-1 this season, first place in the WSHL Mountain Division and second overall in the league. The Colorado Jr. Eagles and Utah Outliers are neck-and-neck with the Mustangs at the top of the division.
The Mustangs are back home this weekend to take on the Casper Coyotes for three games. The two teams met earlier this season in Casper with the Mustangs sweeping all three games.
The puck drops at 7:30 p.m. for games Friday and Saturday, with Sunday’s matinee starting at noon.
The Mustangs will be without the services of WSHL leading scorer Matus Spodniak again this weekend. He suffered a leg injury during the Mustangs' first game at the Western States Shootout in Las Vegas in mid-December.