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NAHL Weekend Preview

October 18, 2013

It is a lighter schedule this weekend in the NAHL, but that doesn’t mean the action will be any less intense as some quality action takes to the ice this weekend.

As a reminder, fans can watch any game live on FASTHockey

You can also view all the scores and boxscores here

Here is a look at all of the match-ups:

Central Division

Austin Bruins vs. Aberdeen Wings – All eyes will be in Aberdeen this weekend as the 1st place Bruins pay their first visit to the Odde Center this season. The teams are separated by just a point, with Bismarck one point behind 2nd place Aberdeen. Wings goalie Chad Catt is working on a shutout streak of over 155 minutes heading into the pair of weekend games.

Bismarck Bobcats vs. Brookings Blizzard – It is a home-and-home series between Bismarck and Brookings. Friday night’s game will be in Brookings, where the Bobcats won in a shootout last weekend. Saturday’s contest will be in Bismarck. Filip Starzynski and Stan Dzakhov are tied for 3rd in NAHL goal scoring with seven each.

Midwest Division

Coulee Region Chill vs. Minnesota Magicians (Sunday) – In the lone intra-divisional game this weekend in the Midwest, the Chill will play their third game in three nights as they head West to take on the Magicians. Minnesota has played the Wilderness the past two weekend, so a new opponent will be welcome.

Idle: Fairbanks Ice Dogs, Kenai River Brown Bears

North Division

Springfield Jr. Blues vs. Michigan Warriors – Fresh off their sweep of the Soo Eagles last weekend, the Jr. Blues head north to Flint to take on the Warriors. Springfield’s Nick Belger is coming off a week last week in which he earned North star honors. The Jr. Blues are one point ahead of Michigan and have lost just one game in regulation in the past seven.

Idle: Johnstown Tomahawks, Port Huron Fighting Falcons

South Division

Topeka RoadRunners vs. Odessa Jackalopes – Topeka is in Odessa for a three game set this weekend. The RoadRunners took Game 1 on Thursday by a 4-1 score. It was head coach Scott Langer’s 350th career NAHL win. Four different players scored in the win for Topeka.  Odessa is currently on an eight-game skid.

Corpus Christi IceRays vs. Amarillo Bulls – It is Pink in the Rink weekend in Amarillo as the red-hot Bulls host the IceRays in a rematch of last year’s South Division Semi-Finals. Reigning South Division Player of the Week Cody Gylling has been on first since being traded to Amarillo. The Bulls have won six in a row since starting 1-2-1.

Lone Star Brahmas vs. Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees (Saturday) – Just the one game this weekend as Lone Star travels to Rio Grande Valley.  The Killer Bees are 5-0-1 in their last six games and have moved into 2nd place in the South Division. Killer Bees forward Tyler Bruneteau has five goals in his last three games. The Brahmas have lost nine of their last 10 games.

Idle: Wichita Falls Wildcats

Out of Division

Wenatchee Wild vs. Soo Eagles – Wenatchee stays in the state of Michigan for their two-week long road trip, which continues against Soo this weekend. Both team are coming off getting swept in their respective series. The Wild were swept by Port Huron, while the Eagles were swept in Springfield. The Eagles offense is looking to get going after scoring just 24 goals in their first 11 games.

Janesville Jets vs. Coulee Region Chill – On Friday and Saturday, the battle of Wisconsin and for the milk can as the Chill have their home opener against the Jets.  Coulee Region is coming off of two wins in three games last weekend in Fairbanks, while the Jets were idle.  Coulee Region forward Mac Jansen has picked up right where he left off last season as the Chill’s scoring leader.

Minot Minotauros vs. Minnesota Wilderness – The Wilderness, who have one of the best defenses so far in the NAHL this season go up against a struggling Minotauros offense, so look for a low scoring affair. The Wilderness are 3-1-1 in their last five games, while the Minotauros have scored just 16 goals in 10 games.

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