Utah hockey update: Mustangs go for playoff spot

OGDEN – In their first season in Ogden, the Mustangs have a chance to punch their first playoff ticket this Friday, when instate rivals, the Park City Moose, visit The Weber County Ice Sheet.

“This is a great opportunity for us.” said Mustangs Head Coach, Joe Pleggor. “It makes it that much sweeter when you can clinch that playoff spot against your rivals.”

In their last eight games the Mustangs (25 points) are 5-3-0 and have been steadily climbing in their division after a rocky first half of the Wester States Hockey League season, which at one point, saw them go on a 12-game losing streak.

Park City (13 points) is playing better as of late, outscoring the Dallas Snipers 15-6 in a three-game series last weekend. Luck was not the team’s side, however as the Snipers won two of those games in shootouts.

The Moose won the first matchup between the two teams, but the Mustangs have won the last two. All three games have been won by the visiting team.

“We can seal it up on Friday,” said Pfleegor, “but if we don’t take care of business on our home ice, we give Park City life. We need to take advantage of our momentum and close out this playoff spot.”

The game will also feature a Teddy Bear Toss. All fans are encouraged to bring gently used Teddy bears to the game and throw them on the ice after the first Mustangs goal. All of the bears will then be donated to Ogden branch of Toys for Tots.

The puck is set to drop Friday at 7:30pm at the Weber County Ice Sheet. Tickets are available at the door the day of the game or online.

Utes, Aggies a top the ACHL standings

The Utah and Utah State hockey clubs continue to dominate the American Collegiate Hockey Association’s Division II West Division with 56 and 54 points, respectively. The league’s rankings have the Aggies No. 2 and the Utes ranked fourth in the West. The top two teams in each region receive an automatic bid to Nationals, which are being held in Fort Meyers, Fla. in March. The next eight teams will advance to the regional tournament to battle for two more spots for a grand total of 16 teams.

The Aggies (26-1-2) host BYU (1-22-0) at the Eccles Ice Center on Friday at 7:15 p.m. before coming to the Ice Sheet to face the Wildcats (6-19-0) at the Ice Sheet at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday. The Utes (28-7-0) have the weekend off.