MEDFORD, Ore. — The first win didn't come as expected. Dylan Martin, the new co-owner and head coach for the Southern Oregon Spartans, said he thought he was going to have to wait a little longer to get that first 'W'.
"I didn't think it was going to happen right away, but I was pleasantly surprised that we came out with two wins," Martin said. "We've got a pretty tough opponent this week, but we'll be just fine."
This week is the Ogden Mustangs. The division foe has been a finalist in the 2018 and 2019 Thorne Cup Playoffs (championship in the WSHL). Coming into this weekend, the Mustangs have won all eight of the games they've played thus far.
The Spartans know they will be tested this weekend, especially because they are such a young team. But with the help of returning players, the younger players will hopefully mature quickly.
"There's a little bit of developing to do so I think with all the young guys that are just joining juniors it's important for them to just stay positive," two-time Spartan defender Mitchell Rutledge said. "It's a learning experience as they go along."
The Spartans play October 25th-27th at the RRRink in Medford. Friday's and Saturday's games are scheduled to start at 7:30 pm, while Sunday's puck drop is set for 1:30 pm.