OGDEN — Finally after more than nine years — and three months into the season — two Western States Hockey League teams from Utah will face each other.
The Ogden Mustangs will host the Park City Moose at the Ice Sheet tonight at 7:30 p.m. Both teams have struggled in their first seasons in the WSHL, combining for a 5-38-3 record.
Ogden has one more win than Park City, but the Mustangs released head coach Devin Firl this week after suffering their 11th straight loss. The Moose, meanwhile, come into Friday’s tilt on a nine-game slide.
“We are looking forward to the challenge,” said Ogden interim coach Joe Pfleegor. “With any instate rivalry there is always a lot of passion and aggression, and I look forward (to) seeing how our team handles it.”
The last time the WSHL had two Utah teams was in 2002 when the Salt Lake Maple Leafs and Utah Valley Golden Eagles both played. Utah Valley disbanded after that season and the Maple Leafs — which changed their name to the Jr. Grizzlies — folded in 2004.
Both the Mustangs and Moose feature international rosters, but many of the top players hail from the Wasatch Front — some were recruited by both teams.
“This will be one for the books,” said Pfleegor, who coached Weber State’s team before becoming the assistant coach with the Mustangs this season. “The guys are comping at the bit. It should be a real battle.”
Tickets for the game can be found here.