Oklahoma City Blazers Hockey

WSHL Weekend Recap 9/23-9/25

In preseason action, the Oklahoma City Blazers took on the Wichita Jr. Thunder on Friday night. Seven different Blazers players scored a goal during their 7-3 win over Wichita. Drennen Atherton kept the net empty in the first half of the game, while Phil Babb held it down to the finish. Patrik Tondl scored the only goals for Wichita, picking up the hat trick in the loss.

Oklahoma City’s regular season begins on October 14th, as they head to Kansas to take on the Jr. Thunder once again. Wichita’s regular season begins this weekend, September 30th, against the Springfield Express.

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The Western States Hockey League season is officially underway as four teams helped kick off the regular season last weekend. The Ogden Mustangs and the Casper Coyotes faced-off in a three-game series, while the Colorado Eagles and the Cheyenne Stampede participated in a home-and-home series.

Ogden swept the three-game weekend series against Casper, led by forwards Montell Greene and Matus Spodniak who each put up five points on the weekend. Vladimir Cibulka led the way in net, stopping 67 of 71 shots on the weekend. Ogden takes on the newly-rebranded Utah Outliers in a home-and-home series next weekend.

Sven Zinsli put up four points for the Coyotes, while Dominik Capek added three points. Casper will take on the defending Plains Conference champions, the Colorado Jr. Eagles next weekend.

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The Colorado Jr. Eagles and Cheyenne Stampede started off the season with the Away team picking up the win in each game. On Friday, the Jr. Eagles took the win back to Colorado with a 6-1 score. John Tower picked up two goals and two assists in the win for Colorado.

In the second game of the weekend, the Cheyenne Stampede split the home-and-home series, winning 4-2. Both Austin Dittenhafer and Kristian Falk picked up a goal and an assist in the win, as Cheyenne put 33 shots on net. Stampede goaltender Aleksandr Belitckii made 61 saves to hold off the Jr. Eagles, upsetting the defending Plains Conference Champions.

Colorado takes on the Casper Coyotes next weekend, while the Stampede are off. Cheyenne plays again on October 14th in Utah against the Outliers.