NAHL Weekend Preview
December 12, 2014
Only one week remains until the mid-point of the season and this weekend offers an opportunity for several NAHL teams to take advantage of some points on the line before several head off to a holiday break. Things got started early in the NAHL this week with one game on Wednesday and three games on Thursday.
It is a jam-packed weekend in the North and South Divisions will all 14 teams playing in intra-divisional match-ups. In the Midwest and Central Divisions, all teams are in action, but there are some cross over games and some different opponents from Friday to Saturday. All 24 teams are in action during some point over the weekend.
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Bismarck @ Aberdeen (Fri) – The Bobcats are rolling having won their last three and five of their last six. That stretch included a 3-2 shootout win over the Wings in Bismarck just a week ago. The Bobcats are 3-0-1 against the Wings so far this season. Aberdeen will be looking to snap a season-high five-game losing streak.
Brookings @ Minot (Fri) – 1st place is on the line for the Minotauros as they host the Blizzard on Friday. Minot has won three of their last four games and included in those three wins are two against the Blizzard on Nov. 29 and Dec. 4. The Minotauros are 3-1 against the Blizzard this season. Brookings snapped a four-game losing streak last weekend with a win in Aberdeen.
Minot @ Bismarck (Sat) – It was just a week ago that Bismarck picked up a 4-1 win in Minot and on Saturday they will face one another again, but this time in Bismarck. Bismarck dman Tony German has nine points in his last five games. Minot forward Christian Mohs has eight points in that same stretch.
Aberdeen @ Brookings (Sat) – Brookings picked up a 3-2 win in Aberdeen last weekend and will try and do it again, but this time at home. In five games played against one another this season, the Wings hold a 3-2 edge. Brookings forward Joe Anderson (an NA3HL grad) has six goals in his last five games. The Wings offense has managed only seven goals in their last five games.
Fairbanks @ MN Magicians (Sat) – The Magicians won their second game in a row with a 4-1 win at home over the Ice Dogs on Thursday night. Fairbanks has now lost three in a row for only the second time this season. It will be a quick turnaround for Minnesota as they have to travel to Austin on Friday, while the Ice Dogs have a night off.
Kenai River @ MN Wilderness (Sat) – Both teams will take the night off on Friday before playing one another again on Saturday. On Thursday night, the Wilderness got two goals from defenseman Ivan Chukarov in a 5-2 win over the Brown Bears. The Wilderness are 2-1 against Kenai River so far this season. The Brown Bears will be trying to snap a five-game skid.
Michigan @ Soo – The two clubs faced one another just two weekend’s ago in Flint and will do so again this weekend, but in the Soo. The Warriors ended up taking three of four points two weeks ago with a 1-0 win and a 4-3 shootout loss. The two teams also played one another this past Wednesday in Flint with the Eagles coming away with a 4-3 shootout win. Four of the five games to date between the two teams have been decided by a goal.
Keystone @ Janesville – The Jets are rolling, having won four of their last five games and they currently hold the largest division lead of any NAHL team at six points. The Jets hold a 3-1 advantage over the Ice Miners so far this season, but the last time the two teams played, Keystone shutout the Jets in Janesville back on November 22nd. The Ice Miners have won four of their last five games.
Johnstown @ Springfield – With both teams on the outside looking in of the North Division playoff picture, the three-game series this weekend in Springfield offers some valuable points for both clubs. The Jr. Blues snapped a three-game losing streak with a win in Topeka last weekend, while the Tomahawks lost their lone game to Michigan. This is the first meeting of the season between the two clubs, who are separated by just two points in the standings.
Amarillo @ Corpus Christi – The IceRays and Bulls conclude their series in Corpus Christi on Friday night. On Thursday, the IceRays scored eight goals in an 8-4 win over the Bulls. The loss was the first for the Bulls against the IceRays so far this season. Brad LeLievre and Mason Kreuger each had two goals for Corpus Christi in the win.
Wenatchee @ Topeka – Wenatchee and Topeka face one another for the first time this season in a three-game set in Topeka. This is the first of 12 meetings for the two clubs this season. The two teams will also face one another again in another three-game series back in Topeka from January 1-3. The RoadRunners are in the middle of a 14-game homestand and have a 3-0-1 record in their last four games. The Wild have won three of their last four contests.
Odessa @ Lone Star – The Brahmas, who had won 10 in a row recently, got back on track with a sweep last weekend of Rio Grande Valley. The Brahmas have won the only two previous contests between the two clubs, which came back in late October. The Jackalopes have lost 11 of their last 12 games, which included being swept in Amarillo last weekend.
Wichita Falls @ Rio Grande Valley – The Killer Bees are looking to get out of a funk as they have list their last three games and nine of their last 11 outings. Less than a month ago, the two teams squared off in a two-game series in Wichita Falls, with the Wildcats coming away with wins of 4-3 and 4-2. The Wildcats are one of the NAHL’s hottest teams, having won their last three and 10 of their last 11.
Out of Division
MN Magicians @ Austin (Fri) – The Bruins begin their two-game weekend by hosting the Magicians on Friday. Austin is in a tie for 1st place in the Central Division thanks to a four-game winning streak, which included a 7-3 win a week ago over the Magicians in their only meeting of the season to date. With a 4-1 win on Thursday night over Fairbanks, the Magicians have now won back-to-back games for the first time since late October.
Austin @ Coulee Region (Sat) – One of the other teams on a roll is the Coulee Region Chill who have won their last five games and seven of their last nine. The Chill have won three of the four meetings against the Bruins this season, but the last time the two teams played back on November 8th, the Bruins won 2-1 in overtime. Coulee Region goalie Adam Carlson has won his last four starts.