Spodniak becomes first WSHL player to 100 points, closing in on all-time league record
Ogden Mustangs third-year Slovakian sniper Matus Spodniak has led the WSHL in scoring for the majority of the 2017-18 season.
While he piled up points early in the season against teams like Cheyenne and Casper, some wondered if that production would continue against tougher competition. Well, it has. Perhaps the most impressive example was his 12 points in three games against the Idaho IceCats series. He’s been consistent overall this season, currently on his second, separate franchise record 15-game point streak.
Spodniak hit the 100-point mark against Casper on Jan. 13 on a shift where he had three points. He hit 101 points before the Mustangs staff could even get the celebratory video on the rink’s video board. After 16 points in the series, he’s now up to 110 points this season.
The next milestone up for Spodniak is the WSHL all-time goals record. (Ogden’s local paper The Standard-Examiner put out this profile on him this week, mentioning the mark.) At 119 in his career, he is just 10 goals away from breaking the record set by former Wichita Jr. Thunder Thorne Cup MVP Peter Cicmanec just last season. Cicmanec set the record in 141 games. Spodniak is currently at 133.
Spodniak and Cicmanec, both powerful-skating, highly-skilled forward from Slovakia, have had similar WSHL careers.
2014-15 – 29 goals
2015-16 – 48 goals
2016-17 – 63 goals
2015-16 – 24 goals
2016-17 – 53 goals
2017-18 – 53 goals (so far)
While setting the all-time goals mark appears a strong probability, there are a couple other record possibilities.
The most points ever registered in a single season was all the way back in the 2006-07 season when Chris Bachman of the Capital Thunder put up 149. If Spodniak continues at his current rate of 3.5 points per game, and plays the remainder of the Mustangs’ regular season games, he would finish the season with 155 points.
The most goals ever registered in a single season was in 2007-08 when Blake Barkwell of the
Phoenix Polar Bears had 74. If Spodniak continues at his current rate of 1.7 goals per game, and plays the remainder of the Mustangs’ regular season games, he would finish the season with 75 goals.
Those regular season records could come right down to the wire this season. We’ll see if Spodniak can get it done before next season, when he’ll hit another milestone: playing NCAA Division 1 hockey.