NAHL Weekend Preview
November 14, 2014
Almost half of the NAHL games this weekend are out-of-division match-ups as play heats up in the middle of November. This weekend features five series outside of divisional play. It also features a pair of exciting games in the Central, two series in the South Division, two in the North and one in the Midwest.
Aberdeen @ Brookings (Fri) – Both the Wings and the Blizzard have been inconsistent as of late as both look to get back on track with a lone game on Friday. The two clubs have met just once at the end of September, with the Wings taking a 4-1 win in Brookings. Wings forwards Michael Soucier and Kyle Haak each have five points in their last five games, while Brookings dman Joe Nathe has four points in his last five games.
Aberdeen @ Bismarck (Sat) – This is the first trip of the season for the Wings to Bismarck. The Bobcats have won both match-ups to date, which have been in Aberdeen. Bobcats goalie Alex Bitsakis is 3-0 in the month of November with a 1.33 goals against average. The Bobcats have won three of their last four games.
MN Magicians @ Kenai River – The Brown Bears, who are in last place in the Midwest, are looking for some much needed points against the 2nd place Magicians. The Magicians have lost three of their last four, including being swept last weekend against Minot. The Brown Bears have also lost three of their last four, including being swept in Fairbanks last weekend. The two teams split a series in Minnesota during the last weekend in September.
Soo @ Johnstown (Fri) – The Eagles sit in 2nd place in the North Division, while the Tomahawks enter Friday’s game in a four-way tie for 3rd place in the North, which makes Friday’s game all the more important. Johnstown and Soo played a few weeks ago in Soo and the teams split the series. Johnstown defenseman Dakoda Menslage has three goals in his last four games.
Soo @ Keystone (Sat/Sun) – Following their game in Johnstown on Friday, the Eagles head to Connellsville to take on the Ice Miners. Eagles forwards Nick Belger and Mitch Vanderburg have been on fire as of late, each with eight points in their last five games. Keystone owns two wins already this season against the Eagles, having won a series back in Soo during the last weekend in September.
Rio Grande Valley @ Lone Star – The surging Brahmas, who are 7-1-0 at home this season host the Killer Bees this weekend. The Brahmas are one of the hottest teams in the NAHL having won their last five games and eight of their last nine games. Forwards Sebastian Vidmar and Ludvig Larsson each have nine points in their last five games. This is the first meeting of the year between the Killer Bees and Brahmas. The Killer Bees have lost once in regulation in their last five games.
Odessa @ Amarillo – Odessa visits Amarillo with both teams in desperate need of points as they are the bottom two teams currently in the South Division. The Bulls have lost five games in a row, which included a loss earlier this week against Wichita Falls. The Jackalopes have lost three in a row and nine of their last 10 games. Jackalopes forward Kenny Hausinger has seven points in his last five games.
Idle: Wichita Falls, Corpus Christi
Out of Division
Michigan @ Coulee Region – The Chill are 3-0-1 in their last four games, which were all against Austin. The Chill are in a 3rd place tie with the Wilderness in the Midwest Division, while the Warriors are in a four-way tie for 3rd place in the North. The Warriors have won just one of their last seven games and are at the end of a seven-game road swing. Goalie Ryan Wischow is 2nd in the NAHL with a 94.4% save percentage.
Austin @ Janesville – The Jets are also one of the hottest teams in the NAHL, having win eight of their last nine games, which have all have also come on the road. Forwards Brandon Schultz and Evan Feno each have five points in their last five games and goalie Jared Rutledge has a .68 goals against average in his last two outings. The Bruins have fallen to 2nd place in the Central Division having lost four of their last five games.
Topeka @ Springfield – The Jr. Blues look to continue their good string of play as they host the RoadRunners, who sit comfortably in 1st place in the South Division. Springfield has won four of their last five games. Defenseman Lester Lancaster, who won North Star of the Week honors last week, has eight points in his last five games. Although the RoadRunners were swept for just the second time all season last weekend, they still hold a seven point lead in the South.
MN Wilderness @ Minot – Winners of their last three in a row, the Minotauros find themselves all alone in 1st place in the Central Division. Goaltender Atte Tolvanen is 2nd in the NAHL in wins with nine and has a 2.17 goals against average. Christian Mohs, Blake Lizotte and Chase Springman each have six points in their last five games. The Wilderness have lost five of their last six games. Forward Niklas Lehtimaki leads the team with 12 points.
Wenatchee @ Fairbanks – Fairbanks won their 10th straight game thanks to a 4-1 win on Thursday over the Wild. Forward Chandler Madry had a multi-point game and now leads the NAHL in scoring with 33 points. Wenatchee has lost three of four games. Forward Brendan Harris, who had the lone goal in the loss to Fairbanks on Thursday, has six points in his last five games.