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Friday, December 14, 2012

Weekend Primer

After a frantic and busy weekend last weekend with five tournaments taking place all over western Canada from Prince George to Victoria and all the way to Steinbach, this weekend will see primarily just league action in bantam hockey.

Denver Super 98 Series Preview
- Here is a preview from Chris Grosso who covers hockey in the western States.
Starting Friday, six of the top bantam major teams will compete in the Colorado Super98 Series for a chance to take home the championship title. In addition to the host team, the No. 5 ranked Colorado Thunderbirds, the tournament also features the No. 21 Indiana Jr. Ice, No. 11 Dallas Stars Elite, No. 18 Russell Stover, Arizona Bobcats and North Shore Winter Club Winterhawks. 

Colorado Thunderbirds - The No. 5 Thunderbirds enter the tournament with a 22-3-5 record. In their last Super98 Series in St. Louis, they only lost once, but tied four times, with one of ties coming against the Indiana Jr. Ice. The Thunderbirds have some quality wins over some of the best teams in the country, including as the No. 8 Chicago Mission, No. 4 St. Louis Blues, and No. 9 New Jersey Devils. The Tbirds have won 10 of their past 11 games so they have a lot of momentum. They also defeated Russell Stover 9-0 earlier in the season, and they’ll hope for the same result. On offense, they have Trey Bagwell, Josiah Slavin, Brandon Yi, Trystan Isenhour, Brian Hawkinson, Dillon Scala, Ashton Fry, Jaden Anderson, Max Gerlach and Zach Walker. In net, Colorado has Austin Park and Douglas Dendy behind blueliners Anea Ferrario, Charlie Kiefer, Keegan Mantaro, Jovan ZImmerman, Bryan Yoon, and Cal Foote.

Indiana Jr. Ice - The No. 21 Indiana Jr. Ice (15-14-4) will be looking for a solid performance to jump them back into the top 20. The Ice struggled in the St.Louis Super98 Series, but they played top ten teams such as the Chicago Mission (No. 8 ranked), St.Louis Blues (No. 4 ranked), New Jersey Devils (No. 9) and Colorado Thunderbirds (No. 5 ranked). The Ice lost to the Arizona Bobcats (3-2) earlier this year, and they’ll look to get even with them this weekend. Indiana’s offense is made up of Joey Barone, Sam Swanson, Bob Fritsch, Jack MacNab, Sam Ruffin, Will Schlagenhauf, Ethan Stahlhuth, and Justin Whited, while it’s defense includes Darek Davis, Matt Sawyer, Reece Morris, Zach Lauderback, Bryant Gunn and Jackson Koblick, as well as goalies Nate Funk and Tyler Matthews.

Dallas Stars Elite - The No. 11 Stars will look to rebound from going 1-3-1 in the Philadelphia Super98 Series. Despite being 9-6-3, they have played some close games against No. 7 Long Island Gulls and Toronto Jr. Canadians (No. 2 Ontario), and have a win over the Lambton Jr. Sting (No. 14 Ontario), so they shouldn’t be underestimated. The Stars tied the North Shore Winter Club 2-2 earlier in the season, but this weekend they’ll hope to get the win. Kevin Graves and Ryan Keane have been excellent in net, only allowing a combined 41 goals all season so far with help from defensemen Trenton Lee, Azan Dorsett, Matthew O’Brien, Max Gildon, Parker Allison, and Drew Lennon. On offense, they have Solag Bakich, Cameron Donaldson, Grayson Celio, Mitchell Anderson, Kyle LeComte, Hayden Rivers, Jordan Porter, Mitchell McCoy, Hank Crone, Ethan Smith, and Daniel Patrick. 

Russell Stover - This will be the first Super98 Series of the year for Russell Stover, who are currently ranked No. 18. They may only sport a 10-10-2 record, but they have played some of the best teams in the country, including No. 2 Shattuck St.Mary’s, No. 5 Colorado Thunderbirds. They also have a win over No. 13 Belle Tire and have tied the No. 15 Buffalo Regals and Peterborough Jr. Petes (No. 18 Ontario). The T-Birds beat them 9-0 earlier this year, and you can bet they’ll have retribution on their mind. Their roster is made up of forwards Taylor Schneider, Ben Schmidling, David Schmidling, Drew Pflug, Benner Norlin, Dane Johnson, Dawson Engle, and Willie Reim, defensemen, Jeff Stack, Austin Turley, Nick Woodward, Wesley Weissend, Jordan Wishman and Brian Hurley, and goalies Preston Kostlan and Cole Weaver.

Arizona Bobcats - The Bobcats haven’t played since competing in the World Hockey Invite last month, but own quality wins over No. 18 Belle Tire, as well as tournament opponent, the No. 21 Indiana Jr. Ice. Having only allowed 53 goals thus far, their defense, which is comprised of Ethan Roswell, Ethan Osburn, Jonathan Dube, Carson Bergstrom and Zach McKena, as well as net minders Trip Hutchinson and Barrett Rosser, will be a key component in their success. Their offense is made up of Blake Bargar, Landon Quinney, Joseph Crump, Cole Cunningham, Jared Sanchez, Trey Porter, Parker Coughlin, Tyler Schulz, Phillip Knies, Leighton Fisk, Alex Heinritz, Jeffrey Wade, and Sean Mallonee.

North Shore Winter Club - This will be the second Super98 Series for the Winterhawks. Earlier in the season they hosted the Vancouver Super98 Series, where they went 2-1-2. Other than the Dallas Stars, who they tied 2-2, they have not played any of their other tournament opponents. Currently ranked 4th in Western Canada, NCWC enters the tournament with an impressive 30-4-4 record. Forwards Tanner Versluis, Kayvan Mokhtari, Desi Burgart, Brady Chin, Brett Stapley, Jordy Bellerive, Tak Anholt, Dante Hannoun, Kevin Wong, Quinn Benjafield, and Justin Almeida have helped to amass a total of 226 goals so far, while goalies Cole Demers and Dorrin Luding have only allowed a combined 66 with help from Marcus Kwan, Clint Colebourn, Nolan Kneen, Ryan Pouliot, Conner McDonald and Jamie Mcintosh.

British Columba (5 weekend games)
Langley - Vancouver Thunderbirds - Friday
Richmond - BWC - Saturday
Kelowna - POE - Saturday
Semiahmoo - Coquitlam - Sunday
POE - Kamloops - Sunday

- NSWC taking part in the Super Series.

Alberta (14 weekend games)
Friday Action
Sherwood Park - Edmonton KC

Saturday Action
Red Deer White - Leduc
Okotoks - Red Deer Black
Edmonton KC - Edmonton MLAC
Camrose - Lloydminster 
Airdrie - Spruce Grove PAC
Grand Prairie - St. Albert
Fort Saskatchewan - Southeast
Calgary Bisons - Lethbridge

Sunday Action
Airdrie - Calgary Flames
Fort Saskatchewan - Lethbridge
Calgary Northstar Sabres - Red Deer Black
Grand Prairie - Spruce Grove PAC
Red Deer White - Calgary Royals
Edmonton MLAC - Edmonton SSAC

Saskatchewan (18 weekend games)
Friday Action
Moose Jaw - Yorkton
Humboldt - Regina Pat Blues
Regina Silver Foxes - Swift Current
PA - Weyburn
Notre Dame AA - Melville
Saskatoon Outlaws - Saskatoon Frostbite

Saturday Action
North East - West Central
Humboldt - Notre Dame AA
Moose Jaw - Melville
PA - Estevan
Prairie Storm - Yorkton
Regina Pat Blues - Sask Valley
Saskatoon Generals - Saskatoon Frostbite

Sunday Action
Weyburn - Estevan
North East - Battlefords
PA - Regina Monarchs
Saskatoon Bandits - Saskatoon Generals
Saskatoon Outlaws - Saskatoon Frostbite

Manitoba (7 weekend games)
Friday Action
Winnipeg Hawks - Yellowhead
Winnipeg Hawks - Winnipeg Monarchs
Southwest - Thunder Bay

Saturday Action
Thunder Bay - Interlake
Thunder Bay - Southwest

Sunday Action
Central Plains - Brandon
Interlake - Thunder Bay

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

WOW - "sand bag" a tournament much, North Shore?!...