The Ogden Mustangs remain in first place in the Western States Hockey League and are now the lone remaining undefeated team in the league after a sweep of the Ontario Avalanche in Anaheim, California last weekend.
The series marked the end of a 10-game road stretch for the Mustangs. The team will be back on home ice this weekend to host the Southern Oregon Spartans for three games. A win on Friday night would match the Mustangs' franchise-record of 18 straight victories, which they've set three different times. A win Saturday night would set a new franchise record.
Previous 18-Game Winning Streaks:
Last season - Sept. 29 - Nov. 11, 2018 Three seasons ago - Sept. 23 - Nov. 3, 2016
Both of those streaks also came at the beginning of seasons.
The Mustangs also had a 17-game winning streak last season, in the middle of the season.
Last weekend's series was closer on the scoreboard than the Mustangs would've liked, but that has been a staple of Mustang winning streaks of the past — finding ways to win tight games. Five of the Mustangs' 17 wins this season have been comeback victories and five have been one-goal games.
The Mustangs won 4-3, 4-1 and 2-1 in Anaheim. Friday's game was the closest, score-wise, of the season, requiring a third-period comeback. Puck possession, offensive-zone time and shots in all three games were not nearly as close as the scores. The Mustangs outshot the Avalanche 71-18, 48-19 and 67-27.
Top Offensive Performers:
Zach Pires - 2 goals, 2 assists Bryson Bartell - 1 goal, 3 assists Shane Gilbert - 1 goal, 2 assists Caleb Dolman - 1 goal, 2 assists
It was a big weekend for Pires, the Orange, California native, playing back home.
See all eight Mustang goals from last weekend's first two games on Twitter.
Matthew Genter picked up the win in goal on Friday. Newcomer Travis Allen got his first two starts on Saturday and Sunday, picking up the victories, surrendering only one goal in each game.
With the El Paso Rhinos losing last weekend, the Mustangs are the lone undefeated team in the WSHL this season. The Mustangs are No. 1 overall in the league standings.
The Mustangs now prepare for the Spartans this weekend. The two teams have already met three times in Medford, Oregon three weeks ago. The Spartans kept it close in the first game of the series, but the Mustangs came back to win the next two handily. The Spartans hosted the Bellingham Blazers last weekend, falling in a tight series.
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