Utah Continues Its Winning Ways
The Utah Outliers are once again at the top of the Mountain Division standings. The team currently sits in first place in their division with a 14-1-1 record, earning them 29 points. The team has won 12 out of its last 13 games and is riding a four-game win streak heading into this weekend of competition.
The club's early success has once again come from a well-balanced attack and stingy defense. The team has earned three shutouts in its past six games while at the same time scoring a total of 27 goals during that six-game stretch. Timely scoring, tough defense, and strong goaltending have been a winning formula for this year's Outliers.
Leadership has been another big reason for the group's quick start and well-deserved success. The team has ten returning players from last season who have all demonstrated a strong work ethic and focus that has helped guide the programs winning culture. In addition to the strong nucleus of returners, many new faces to this year's team have been valuable contributors and added depth throughout the lineup.
Team captain Matthew Koepke likes what he has seen from his teammates and had this to say, "We have a phenomenal group of guys on this team who are committed to the program and are putting in the work to win. Our strong start to the season has allowed us to play with confidence and have trust in one another. As good as our start has been, we need to continue to grind and get better each and every day."
Assistant captain Miles McCue added his thoughts on the team's hot start. "We have all been putting in a lot of hard work in the gym and in practice and its paying off for us. The energy and expectations are high on this team and we just want to keep the momentum going and continue our winning ways."
Head Coach Paul Taylor has also been pleased with his club's success but he also knows there is a lot of work ahead in order to maintain this winning pace. "Our coaching staff is happy with the efffort and focus level of our guys. We got a lot of work to do but we are on the right track and I am excited to see how we continue to develop and progress over the next month"
It has been a great start for the Outliers season as they near the 20-game mark. The team has come out of the gates fast and there once again is a buzz around the program. There is still a lot of hockey left to play but if the start of this season is a sign of things to come, this should be another exciting season for the Utah Outliers!