CHL Headlines for Monday, November 29
Clash of the Forwards- Two of the hottest scorers in the CHL meet on Tuesday night when the Odessa Jackalopes host the Colorado Eagles in the first regular season meeting between the two high-powered offenses. The Eagles ranks third in the CHL with a 3.69 goals/game average and the Jacks are fourth with a 3.61 goals/game average. The two sizzling starts are Sebastien Thinel of Odessa and Kevin Ulanski of Colorado. Thinel leads the CHL in scoring with 33 points (14-19=33) and has been near unconscious during his current eight-game point streak where he has scored eight goals with 11 assists (six of the eight games have been multiple-point games). Ulanski leads the Eagles with 22 points (10-12=22) and has six goals and two assists in his last five games, includes in his scoring are three game winning goals (leads the league with five GWG’s).
Here Come the Komets- Fort Wayne has seemingly turned things around after one of their worst starts in team history by winning three straight games last week and by finding the offense outscoring their opposition 14-8 in those three games (FTW had just 16 goals in their first 11 games of the season). Defenseman Frankie DeAngelis (named Oakley CHL Player of the Week) paced the offense last week with two goals and five assists and his 13 points overall lead all Komets skaters. Fort Wayne is home to Bloomington on Friday and at Dayton on Saturday.
Two-Horse Race- The top two teams in the CHL reside in the Berry Conference with the Bossier-Shreveport Mudbugs (16-5-0, 32 points) and the Allen Americans (15-4-0, 30 points) leading the way by double digits (Texas is in third place with 20 points). The ‘Bugs and Americans have done most of their damage away from home as Allen has played 13 of their 19 games away from the Allen Event Center (11-2-0) and the Mudbugs are 9-2-0 away from home. It is no surprise that these two teams ranks first and second in scoring in the league with Bossier-Shreveport scoring 4.14 goals/game and Allen averaging 4.11 goals/game. They also posses the two top power plays with the Mudbugs leading the way at 24.8% and the Americans ranked second at 22.6%.
34- The number of goals the Odessa Jackalopes have scored in their last six games after scoring just 31 goals in their first 12 games. Odessa has posted a 5-1-0 record.
:10- The amount of time between Kaleigh Schrock’s first and second goals in Saturday’s win over Quad City. Schrock finished the game with a hat trick helping the Fort Wayne Komets (5-8-1) to their third straight win.
6- The number of career hat tricks that Texas forward Chad Woollard has scored in a Brahmas uniform tying him for the most in franchise history (Stephane Larocque).
11/3/09- The date of the last shutout for the Tulsa Oilers before last Wednesday’s 3-0 win over Quad City (Ian Keserich made 29 saves). Kevin Armstrong recorded the previous shutout for the Oilers (over Allen) more than a year ago. Tulsa has won three of their last four games.
19- The total number of points for RGV defenseman Darcy Campbell who leads all blue-liners in scoring (7G, 12A). Campbell has done most of his damage recently scoring seven goals with six assists in his last eight games.
10- The number of points that Arizona forward Luke Erickson has scored for the Sundogs since coming over in a trade from Rapid City. Erickson had his five-game point streak stopped Saturday in a loss to Allen marking the first time he has been a minus with the ‘Dogs.
+17- The goal differential for the Allen Americans in the third period this year as they have outscored the opposition 32-15 in the final period. Mississippi and Tulsa sit at the other end of the spectrum tied for the bottom spot in the league with a -9 differential in the final period (Mississippi has been outscored 25-16 and Tulsa 24-15). The +17 for Allen is tied with Bossier-Shreveport for the biggest difference in any period (Mudbugs are a +17 in the second period this season, 29-12).
-The two-time reigning CHL Most Outstanding Defenseman, Colorado’s Aaron Schneekloth, returned to the Eagles line-up this past week after missing 11 games with an injury. The first team ALL-CHL performer recorded two assists and was a +2 in three games after his return.
-Signed earlier in the day Friday and arriving to the arena just three hours prior to face-off, Rio Grande Valley forward and former Michigan State star Nick Sucharski made an immediate impression scoring a goal on his first shift in his first game and even on the first time he touched the puck professionally.
-Bloomington is riding quite the special teams rollercoaster this season ranking first in the CHL in penalty kills (86.1%) but sitting last on the power play at 12.8%. The PrairieThunder has scored 10 times with the man advantage and allowed just 10 scores when shorthanded. The PrairieThunder has the best GAA in the league allowing just 2.60 goals/game while allowing the most shots/game at 36.5.
-After missing the first 15 games of the season, Missouri forward Bill Vandermeer returned to play this past weekend in the Mavs pair of wins versus Rio Grande Valley. Vandermeer injured both legs during the off-season requiring surgery, putting his hockey career in jeopardy. Last season, Vandermeer scored 30 points (14-16=30) in 38 games.
-Arizona tough guy Adam Smyth scored twice in Saturday’s loss to Allen and has three goals on the season, all coming in his last four games. Last season in combined time with Mississippi and Arizona (61 games), Smyth scored three goals.
-Wichita rookie goaltender Marc –Antonie Gelinas has been impressive since joining the team after being waived by Odessa. In six decisions with the Thunder, Gelinas is 4-1-1 with a 1.98 goals against average and a .931 save percentage.
-After winning four straight games between Nov. 13-21, the Quad City Mallards have now taken losses in four straight games being outscored 17-9. The Mallards head up to Rapid City for a pair of games versus the defending CHL Champion Rush (Friday/Saturday).