Holiday Utah hockey update: Junior clubs on the rise; USU near the top

Here we are at the holiday break, just a bit past the halfway point, of the state’s top hockey clubs. While the Utah Grizzlies are in a transition year, with a new coach and affiliation, other clubs in the Beehive State are showing their strength.

For example, the highest level of junior hockey in Utah continues to see steady improvement. Three years ago the Ogden Mustangs and the Park City/Salt Lake City Moose broke a long drought of no top-level junior hockey in the state.

And it was tough sledding to start, but as you can see both teams have improved each Western States Hockey League season:

2011-12
Ogden Mustangs         29 points in 46 games
Park City Moose          13 points in 46 games (second worst in the league)

2012-13
Ogden Mustangs         42 points in 46 games
Salt Lake City Moose   30 points in 46 games (tied for second-worst)

2013-14
Ogden Mustangs         38 points in 28 games, 2nd in division, 6th in league overall
Salt Lake City Moose  30 points in 28 games, 3rd in division, 9th in league overall

Both teams are taking a break in league play for the holidays. They return to WSHL action on Jan. 10.

College

Meanwhile, Utah State’s club hockey team continues to rank near the top while being chased by sold teams at Weber State and Utah. Last season the Aggies advanced all the way to the semifinals at American Collegiate Hockey Association Division II nationals, falling to eventual champ Michigan State.

This season, the Aggies are up there again, ranking No. 2 behind Arizona State:

2. Utah State, 14-3
3. Weber State, 15-10
5. Utah, 19-6
UR. BYU, 2-22

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