The Laramie Outlaws U18 hockey team has started out the season strong following a five-month
hiatus.

Winning games on Friday and Saturday against Gillette JV, the team is looking forward
heading into the seven-month season.

Friday’s game had a final score of 2-0, with unassisted goals from Sophomore Ryan Zafft
and Senior Evan Naughton.

Saturday’s high-scoring affair finished with a final score of 6-3, with a hat-trick from
Junior Nick Schwindt and goals from Junior Quinn Wahlgren, Junior Joe Kelly, and Naughton.
Naughton finished with three assists on the day.

The Outlaws are a local club team representing the Wyoming Amateur Hockey
Association, along with twelve other 18U teams.

The team began practicing on September 1st, and the season runs until the middle of
March, with upwards of twenty games played. Games are spread out among Wyoming league
games and tournament games between Wyoming and Colorado.

Following the strong start, Naughton believes that the season ahead is promising. “I feel
that we have a great group of guys and some very strong individual players,” Naughton said.

Like many high school aged teams, the Outlaws face the issue of a constantly changing
roster, with new young players joining the team every year while seniors graduate. Naughton
believes that this potential weakness will not dilute the team’s success.

“Over have of our players are underclassmen, while we only have four seniors,”
Naughton said. “Even though half of our team is young, we have some amazing freshman this
year!”

Senior Alex Mavriplis wants to ensure that young players are welcomed to the team.

“I know I’m not going to play hockey after this year so I’m really trying to put it all out there and
give the younger guys the same experience I had when I first played,” Mavriplis said.

Laramie looks to stay hot this Friday in a matchup at third-ranked Jackson. Jackson also
comes into the matchup undefeated, with Madden Hart leading the team with four goals.

“This could be a tough game with some of our best players missing but we’ll go out and
play our hardest,” Mavriplis said.

Naughton agreed and attested to the strength of Jackson’s team. “They are a strong team,
but I hope we can hold our own,” Naughton said.

Stats and results for games this season can be tracked online at wyohockey.com