OUTLIERS PREPARE FOR REMATCH AGAINST WRANGLERS
Last weekend, the Utah Outliers travelled to Colorado for their first road trip of the season, taking on the Steamboat Wranglers. Utah set the tone early and picked up three wins to complete the sweep over the home team, and now looks to try and repeat that success in Salt Lake City. During the series, the Outliers were able to showcase a number of different traits that are very promising going forward. The depth in the lineup was on full display as every player on the roster put up multiple points and all three goaltenders picked up a win. Special team play was very effective as the powerplay scored 11 goals over the series, while the penalty kill only gave up 2 goals. Overall, the Outliers showed they once again are a force to be reckoned with in the Mountain Division.
Coming into this weekends three-game set, the Outliers seemingly have the advantage in many of the statistical categories. Although early in the season, Utah has shown to be a multi-faceted club that can win in a number of unique ways. Below highlights the tale of the tape between these two Mountain Division foes.
Team Record: 3-1
5v5 Stats: Goals Scored 16 / Goals Allowed 9
Powerplay: Goals scored 11 / Goals Allowed 0
Powerplay Efficiency: 46%
Penalty Kill: Goals scored 0 / Goals Allowed 2
Top Goal Scorers: Zach Dornseifer (3), Jan Dvorak (3), Miroslav Hradecky (3)
Top Assist Leaders: Dylan Dix (6), Alexander Charin (6)
Goalie Stats: 11 goals against on 110 shots / 89 Save Percentage
Team Record: 0-3
5v5 Stats: Goals Scored 7 / Goals Allowed 16
Powerplay: Goals scored 2 / Goals Allowed 0
Powerplay Efficiency: 14%
Penalty Kill: Goals scored 0 / Goals Allowed 11
Top Goal Scorers: Tristen Wells (2), Several Tied (1)
Top Assist Leaders: Bourk (4), Sollander (2), Several Tied (1)
Goalie Stats: 27 goals on 149 shots / 83 Save Percentage
One main thing to keep an eye on this weekend is the Outliers PP vs the Wranglers PK. Operating at 46%, Utah could be able to create a huge edge for themselves. Another key point to focus on is the depth in scoring between the two teams. With Utah having 9 players that have scored 2+ goals and every player on the roster with 2+ points, it creates a tough challenge for Steamboat to key on any one player. A final point to watch is how quickly each team can start. In both Friday and Saturday’s contests, Steamboat was able to start very quickly, scoring the first goal in both games. In Sunday’s game, the Outliers were able to start quickly, and were rewarded with their most dominating performance.
The Outliers will add two new faces to the roster this weekend. Forwards Matt Bartel and Nick Ness will join the club and are expected to add some more offensive punch to the team.
Be sure to come to the Acord Ice Arena this weekend and support the Utah Outliers in their first home series of the young 2018-19 WSHL season. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:00PM Friday, 6:30PM Saturday, and 12:00PM Sunday. For more information about ticket pricing and events taking place during the game, go to www.utahoutliers.com for details.