Mountain Teams Thankful For Key Players

by Charles Woodall-Pike

As the WSHL season heads toward Thanksgiving, the race in the Mountain Division continues to be one to watch. Entering the holiday weekend, the Ogden Mustangs lead the Mountain Division race, with the Colorado Eagles and Utah Outliers right behind them. These three teams have played exceptional hockey to begin the 2017-18 campaign and they have a lot of key players to thank for their strong starts. Here is a look at some of the players these squads are thankful to have on their rosters.

Matus Spodniak – Ogden Mustangs

To say Matus Spodniak is on a historic run this season might be an understatement. The Slovakian winger has already cruised past Schuyler Seyfert as Ogden’s all-time leading scorer and will almost certainly shatter his WSHL career-high totals from last season. Spodniak is a big reason why the Mustangs have the highest-scoring offense in the WSHL this year. Ogden hopes that Spodniak’s incredibly hot start will lead them all the way to the Thorne Cup.

Carter Dahl – Colorado Eagles

Colorado’s captain and six-year WSHL veteran Carter Dahl has the Eagles soaring. He leads Colorado in scoring with 14 goals and 28 points. Dahl has eight multi-points games this season, with some of those performances helping the Eagles earn victories over Ogden, Utah and Springfield. Dahl’s veteran know-how and his experience playing in big games will help the Eagles as the season goes on, especially with a tough schedule leading up to the playoffs.

Dawson Rodin – Utah Outliers

Teams facing the Utah Outliers this season have struggled to find the back of the net. The Outliers have allowed the fourth-fewest goals this year and their goaltending has been a big reason for that. Starting goaltender Dawson Rodin has been phenomenal for Utah, turning away 307 of 323 shots faced and posting three shutouts. Together with fellow Outlier goalie Otto Saxin, Rodin will look to continue backstopping Utah for a big second-half push.