OUTLIERS PREPARE FOR MUSTANGS
After a rare weekend featuring no games, the Utah Outliers return to action tonight for one game against the Ogden Mustangs. Coming into the game, the Outliers currently hold a record of 15 wins and 4 losses, whereas the Mustangs boast a record of 18 wins and 4 losses. Being two of the top teams in the entire league, this game will also break the current stalemate between Utah and Ogden, who this season each have a 2-2 record against one another.
This season the Utah Outliers are getting the job done in a number of ways. On offense, the team has lit the lamp 96 times in just 19 games (5.05 average). Leading the way up front for goals are Zack Hoffman (12), Kane Toriumi (10), Brandon Krumpschmid (10), and Kaeden Meuer (9). Hoffman is also leading the way in assists (19) along with Jacob Wanstrom (19), Gianni Vitali (17).
In addition to a solid offense, the Outliers are doing a great job in shutting down opposing offenses. In 19 games, Utah has only given up 31 goals (1.63 average). The goals against being amongst the lowest in the league are due in part to the stellar goaltending of Canadian Dawson Rodin, Swede Otto Saxin, and American Trenton Wendt. All three goalies carry winning records, (Rodin 7-3, Saxin 6-0, Wendt 2-0). Rodin and Saxin in addition also stand amongst the upper echelon of the league in terms of statistics. Dawson sits with a 1.51 goals against average and a 95 save percentage. Saxin hold an astounding .54 goals against average and a 97 save percentage.
Players to watch for the Ogden Mustangs on Saturday include goal/assist/points leader Matus Spodniak. He currently leads the league with 38 goals 41 assists and 79 points. Spodniak’s linemates Jacob Laurin (59 pts) and Matt Mcclelland (36) are also doing well this season. Ross Bartlett currently sits in second place on the team and fifth in the league with 24 goals.
The Utah Outliers play the Ogden Mustangs Saturday, November 25 at 8:30pm at Weber County Ice Sheet in Ogden.