NAHL Weekend Preview
October 17, 2014
It is a short weekend in the NAHL with games on Friday and Saturday, but no Sunday games this week. Several teams are off this weekend, which can only mean that the teams in action will look to take advantage of the opportunity. All five teams from the Central Division are in action, while the South features six teams, the North four and the Midwest three.
As always, all games can be viewed live on FASTHockey.
Minot @ Aberdeen (Fri) – This is the first match-up of the year between the 2nd place Wings and the 3rd place Minotauros. Wings goalie Andrew Shortridge is the top statistical goalie in the league, while Minotauros goalie Atte Tolvanen ranks 3rd in minutes played. Each team is coming off a split last weekend.
Austin @ Bismarck (Fri) – An old rivalry is renewed as the Bruins travel to Bismarck on Friday. The two clubs have met in the division finals several times during the last few seasons. Austin beat Bismarck earlier this season back on September 27th in Bismarck, 4-2. Jake Keilly had 37 save in the win.
Bismarck @ Aberdeen (Sat) – Back on September 26th, the Bobcats went into Aberdeen and won 3-1. Evan Giesler and Cullen Willox each had two points in the win. Ronnie Hein had the lone Wings goal in the loss. Hein leads the Wings in scoring with 11 points in 10 games played.
Austin @ Minot (Sat) – Back on September 26th, Minot had an impressive 4-0 shutout win over the Bruins in Minot. Atte Tolvanen made 31 saves in the shutout and James Mathias, Jake Howie and Troy Degler all had multi-point games. Brian Bachnak and Trevor Boyd lead the Bruins in points with nine.
Fairbanks @ Coulee Region – The Ice Dogs spoiled the Chill’s home opener at their new arena on Thursday with a 6-5 shootout win. Jakob Stridsberg, Chandler Madry and Jacob Hetz each had a goal and assist. Adam Lovick had four assists for the Chill in the loss. The teams will play three games this weekend against one another.
Idle: Kenai River, Minnesota Wilderness
Springfield @ Michigan – The Warriors host the Jr. Blues with both teams in a dead heat in the North Division. Both teams have eight points and 4-7-0 records. This is the first match-up of the year between the two clubs. Tyler Groat leads the Warriors in scoring with 8 points, while Springfield has four players with seven points each leading the way.
Janesville @ Soo – The Jets head to Soo to take on a hot Eagles squad. The two teams met in Soo the weekend prior to the NAHL Showcase with each team winning a game. Eagles forward Trevor Cope leads in the NAHL in goals with 10. Brandon Schultz leads in the Jets in scoring with 11 points in 9 games played.
Idle: Johnstown, Keystone
Lone Star @ Amarillo – The Brahmas have won three in a row and taken points in their last four and are led by forward Sebastian Vidmar, who has won South Division Star of the Week honors for two weeks in a row. The Bulls are in last place in the South and are coming off their worst home loss in team history last weekend to Wichita Falls.
Topeka @ Corpus Christi – These two clubs played the first weekend of the season with Topeka winning both in close fashion in games in Topeka. The RoadRunners are not only leading the South with a 10-2-0 record, but they also have the best record in the league. The RoadRunners already have four players in double digit scoring. IceRays defenseman Anthony Cortese leads his team in scoring with 11 points.
Odessa @ Wichita Falls (Fri) – The last time the Jackalopes traveled to Wichita Falls, they came away win a 4-3 win back on September 13th. Derek Brown and Kenny Hausinger each had three points in the win and Robin Johansson made 40 saves. Austin Beaulieu leads the Wildcats in scoring with 12 points in 10 games played.
Idle: Rio Grande Valley, Wenatchee
Out of Division
Minnesota Magicians vs. Brookings Blizzard (home and home) – Both teams will face one another for the third and fourth time in the last two weekends. Last weekend the Magicians swept the Blizzard in a pair of home and home games. Lukas Laub was the big scorer with four points for the Magicians. Viktor Lindell scored twice for Brookings.