Outliers take on Bulls
The Utah Outliers will play host to the Pueblo Bulls in the Mountain Division semi-finals. The two teams will play a best of three series with the winner advancing to the Mountain Division Finals.
The Outliers held the advantage over the Bulls for most of the regular season, having won 8 of their 11 games against Pueblo. The three losses against the Bulls all came in extra time as the Bulls won all three games in 3 on 3 overtime.
Utah enters the playoff series with a record of 39-6-4. The team finished the regular season scoring 199 goals and allowing 113 against. Pueblo will enter the series with a record 20-26-1, scoring 154 goals and allowing 168.
One other big distinction between the two clubs is that the Bulls enter the playoffs with the highest penalty minutes (1054) in the Mountain Division while the Outliers were the least penalized team with (572) penalty minutes.
Offensively, the Bulls have three players with 40+ points and are led by third-year forward Benjamin St. Onge with 66 points. Connor Williams leads all defensemen on the team with 21 points. In goal, Pueblo has a strong tandem between the pipes with Artem Lantukh and Alex Timmons.
Utah's offense has been well-balanced for most of the season as the club has five players with 15 goals or more. Matthew Koepke and Magnus Einarson lead the backend with over 65 points between the pair of defensemen. In net, the Outliers are well protected with Garrett Alderman and Lucas Brine expected to carry the load for the team.
Team captain Trent Gephart is looking forward to the series and expects the games to be hard-fought and intense.
"We're excited about the challenge that awaits us and we are confident coming into this series against Pueblo. Our group is very motivated to win this series in front of our fans." - Trent Gephart, captain
Assistant captain Matthew Koepke is also eager for the semi-finals matchup to begin.
"We have been working towards the playoffs all season long and now it starts for us. We have had a good couple of weeks of practice and I know our group is ready for a long playoff run." - Matthew Koepke, Assistant captain