Ogden Mustangs With First Returner
Gulliver returning for 2019-20 to finish what he started
This coming season Harry Gulliver will do something only one other Ogden Mustangs player has done in franchise history up to this point: Playing four seasons in Ogden.
Gulliver already enters this, his final season of junior hockey, with 160 career games played, which is the fourth most in Mustangs history. He’s 26 games away from breaking the all-time record, set by the only other guy to play four seasons, former all-time leading scorer Schuyler Seyfert.
We had plenty to choose from, but here's last night's goal of the game, featuring some sick puck handing from Harry Gulliver and the finish by Lukáš Vacín.— Ogden Mustangs (@OgdenMustangs) January 5, 2019
Plenty more to come tonight! Be there!#OMHockey@harrygully_pic.twitter.com/vAefBBC1ju
Along with games played, Gulliver is also seventh all time in assists (89) and eighth all time in points (137). Gulliver has improved his numbers each season with the Mustangs, with career-high numbers last season of 21 goals and 33 assists for 54 points in 45 games.
But beyond personal statistics and milestones, after playing in three consecutive Thorne Cup Finals, this season is all about bringing home the hardware from that championship game.
“I just wanted to finish in Ogden,” Gulliver said. “I love the fans, and I’m ready to win a Thorne Cup in my last year. I’ve had a great three seasons here, so I don’t know why I wouldn’t come back for my last one and finish what I started.”
Gulliver had multiple highlight-reel plays throughout the past season, showcasing his speed, puck-handling ability, vision and passing.
An 6-foot-1-inch, 188-pound Essex, England native, Gulliver continues the Great Britain presence on the roster. There has been at least one player from England or Scotland on the Mustangs roster for the past seven seasons. Those before him have all gone back home to play professionally.
Mascali commits to UMass Dartmouth for 2019-20
May 18, 2019
Ogden Mustangs captain from this past season and all-time top scoring defenseman Ryan Mascali has committed to the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth for the 2019-20 season.
Mascali joins his defense partner from the end of last season, Stephon Perreault, as the second Mustang to head to Dartmouth and is the ninth Mustang from last season to commit to an NCAA program.
“I’m excited to go to a good program, knowing that my time in Ogden prepared me well to excel at the next level,” Mascali said.
After completing his third season as a Mustang, Mascali is the team’s all-time top scoring defenseman in franchise history, with 111 points in 174 games. He was seventh in team scoring this past season with 54 points in 48 games.
UMass Dartmouth is located an hour south of Boston and 30 minutes southeast of Providence, Rhode Island. It is one of five UMass campuses. The Corsairs compete in the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference.
The Mustangs continue to lead the WSHL in NCAA placement. They’ve had the highest NCAA placement rate in the Western States Hockey League over the past seven seasons, since joining the league.
Perreault joins the following current/former Mustangs with NCAA commitments: Stephon Perreault(UMass Dartmouth), Zeke Zeier (Bethel), Anders Johnson (Fredonia), Kerry Kruzel (Buffalo State), Rhett Rampinelli (Wentworth), John Shively (Buffalo State), Ian Currie (St. Mary’s) and Owen Zdunski (SUNY Cortland). The Mustangs had five NCAA commitments last season, including Matus Spodniak who went to NCAA DI American International College.
Mustangs add local D-man for 2019-20
April 29, 2019
The Ogden Mustangs have another signing for this coming season in puck-moving defenseman Christian Phinney.
Phinney calls Draper, Utah home and played for the Utah Junior Grizzlies growing up. He spent the past two seasons playing for the Wenatchee Wolves program in the NAPHL 18U.
“I’m very excited to join the Mustangs,” Phinney said. “I saw the team play this past season and was very impressed. I’m excited to be a part of it.”
Phinney stands at 6-feet and 180-pounds. He describes himself as primarily a defensive defenseman, who’s solid in his own end, but has the ability to move the puck up the ice quickly. Born in 2000, he still has two seasons of junior hockey eligibility remaining.
Phinney continues a trend of local players gravitating to the Mustangs as of late. Last season the Mustangs had four players from the state of Utah in Ammon Anderson, Diego Contreras, Anders Johnson and Cannon Rogers. That’s the most a single Mustangs team has had in franchise history.
Next Zöllner brother is 1st signing for 2019-20
April 22, 2019
Just one week into the offseason, the Ogden Mustangs have signed Johan Zöllner as the first new signing for the 2019-20 season.
Johan is the younger brother of Andreas and Adam Zöllner. Andreas had 51 points in 44 games in the 2014-15 season and led the team in playoff points with 12 in seven games, helping the Mustangs to their second division championship. Adam led the Mustangs in scoring the following season, with 74 points in 52 games, a then-single-season points record, skating on a formidable top line with Caleb Pola and Austin Shea.
Both Andreas and Adam went on to play NCAA hockey together at New England College.
The first difference to note between Johan and his high-scoring, offensively-potent brothers, is that Johan is a defenseman, not a forward.
“I would say I’m a two-way defender,” Johan said. “I feel quite confident in both ends of the ice. I like having the puck and being a part of plays all over the ice.”
With half of the Mustangs’ experienced defense corps from last season aging out and moving on, Johan is expected to be an asset on the back end this coming season.
“I am very excited to be a part of the Ogden organization,” Johan said. “I have heard nothing but great things about the city, fans and the organization. Of course my brothers played a big part in my decision, since they both had a great time and developed a lot both as people and as players there. But Coach, and the atmosphere around the game that I’ve heard so much about, also played a great part. The East family was also a big part of making my decision, both Adam and Andreas had a great time billeting with them, and so it makes the move away from Sweden much easier when knowing I’ll be living with a great family.”
Johan stands at 6-feet-1-inch and 210 pounds. The Zöllners’ hometown is Värnamo, Sweden. Born in 2000, Johan has two seasons of junior hockey eligibility remaining. This will be his first season in North America, having played his youth hockey for Värnamo GIK and playing last season for IF Troja-Ljungby in the J20 Elit.