Spodniak sets WSHL all-time record while setting a separate record in the process

by Jon McBride

The Ogden Mustangs picked up three victories over the Superior RoughRiders last weekend, gaining a huge six points in the standings. 

The Mustangs won 9-5, 5-3 and 14-4 over the RoughRiders, and as has been the case all season, they were led by the team and WSHL leading scorer Matus Spodniak.

Spodniak racked up nine goals and 17 points in the three games. He had an unbelievable performance on Sunday, scoring the game’s first four goals in the game’s first eight minutes. The fourth goal gave him 129 for his career, setting the record for most all-time goals in WSHL history.

Spodniak even set another record while setting that record. The four goals in less than eight minutes are the quickest four goals scored by a single player in WSHL history.

“I feel really glad that I set the record,” Spodniak said. “The Sunday game was really crazy. I was very surprised how quickly I scored the goals. My teammates helped me a lot. I want to thank my teammates for everything. I could not have done this without them.”

Spodniak now has a ridiculous 134 points in 39 games this season. Remember, he’s racking up assists this season, too. He has more assists than goals in fact: 64 goals and 70 assists. He’s obliterated too many single-season Mustang franchise records to keep track of at this point, but for reference, the previous single-season points record, which he set himself last season, was 89. Adam Zöllner is now third on that franchise single-season points list with 74, Caleb Pola fourth with 73 and Montell Green fifth with 68. Spodniak appears on pace to more-than double each of those players’ totals.

After his offensive explosion last weekend, he now has another shot at another major league record. He's 15 points shy of the WSHL single-season points record, set in the early days of the WSHL. Chris Bachman holds the record with 149 points in 45 games for the Capital Thunder in 2006-07. Spodniak is averaging 3.4 points per game, so he’s technically on pace to set the record, with six games remaining in the regular season. The kicker is that he faces two of the top defensive teams in the WSHL in those six games.

While Mustang fans and many around the organization have been basking in Spodniak’s record and watching this highlight video on repeat throughout the week, Spodniak and the Mustangs turned their attention to what’s ahead. They face a daunting task this weekend in McCall, taking on the WSHL dynasty which is the Idaho IceCats. Remember, the Mustangs and IceCats played in Ogden earlier this season, with the Mustangs taking five out of six points in that series. Spodniak racked up 12 points in the three games. But that was a long time ago. This could be an intense showdown.