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Western States Hockey League: Long Beach Bombers power up for big February points push

Western States Hockey League: Long Beach Bombers power up for big February points push

By Brian Lester

Long Beach has some work to do, but the Bombers are hardly out of the postseason picture.

The Bombers were in fifth place in the Pacific Division as of Feb. 4 with a 16-18 record in the Western States Hockey League as they head into the final month of the regular season.

Those 32 points put them eight behind the Lake Tahoe Blue and 15 behind the Valencia Flyers. The Bombers only played four games in January, going 2-2 during the stretch.

“We have a real big stretch of games coming up,” said Long Beach head coach Chris White, whose team is slated to play Lake Tahoe three times Feb. 7-9.

“We certainly have a lot of work to do to make up ground in the standings, but we feel confident we can make a push for the playoffs,” said White.

Filip Martinec has been a key to success for the Bombers. White said he is one of the best players in the league when he is playing at the top of his game. Martinec had 33 goals and 46 assists heading into the heart of February.

Tomas Nemeth played in 29 games and stood with 22 goals and 52 assists while Konstantin Kotkov racked up 26 goals and 29 assists in 31 games.

Marcus Viitanen and Johan Beatty had tallied 24 and 11 goals, respectively, while combining for 45 assists, including 31 by Viitanen.

White said one of the keys to success going forward is being strong in penalty kill situations.

“We’ve struggled a little bit with our penalty kill lately, but we’ve http://popsec.org/generic/ done a good job on the power play,” White said. “We’re starting to come around on the penalty kill and it’s just a matter of putting it all together and continuing to improve.”

White also expects his team to be consistent night in and night out in order to make a push for the postseason.

“Consistency is going to be huge for us,” White said. “We have the talent and ability to be a good team, and the opportunities are in front of us to make a run and get into the playoffs.”

 

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Cheyenne Stampede: Moving on up the standings after a big January

Cheyenne Stampede: Moving on up the standings after a big January

By Brian here Lester

The Cheyenne Stampede spent a lot of time on the ice during the first half of the season, playing catch-up because of its late start to the season.

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Viagra Online at good prices The Stampede’s Alexander Andersson has 51 points in 34 games this year.

But the Stampede had a chance to rest up over the holiday break and they have played like a team with energy. They won all eight of their games in January http://rfzone.org/Buy-cialis-pills/ and were in second place in the Western States Hockey League Mountain Division at the end of the month with a 21-12-2 record.

“The most important thing for us is that we are well-rested,” Cheyenne head coach Gary Gill said. “We took our lumps early in the season, but we came out of the break rejuvenated and we’re playing well.”

The Stampede is indeed on a roll. It scored five or more goals six times and Gill said a balanced attack has been the key to success. Cheyenne scored 165 goals in its first 35 games, including 58 off the power play.

“We are getting contributions from all four of our lines,” Gill said. “Our power play is also one of the best in the league. We’re moving the puck around well and getting it into the net.”

Through 35 games, Russell Ambruster has led the way with 20 goals and 32 assists.

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The Stampede’s Patrik Kramarik takes Boulder’s Tanner West off the puck.

Alexander Andersson tallied 21 goals and 30 assists while Heath Lantz came

through with 21 goals and 25 assists.

Jimmie Kotlanien (20-20), Branko Oktavec (17-23) and Thayne Trumbull (16-17) have been steady contributors as well.

Rasmus Hansson and Sam Mallory have seen the majority of time in goal. Mallory tallied 509 saves in 17 games and Hansson came up with 354 saves in 16 games.

“We are playing really well as a team. The effort is great by everyone. Our guys are playing very hard, too,” said Gill.

Cheyenne is still in the mix for a division title and it has high hopes of competing for a league championship as well. The Stampede were two points behind Phoenix in the standings as of Jan. 27.

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Cheyenne native Heath Lantz has racked up 46 points in 31 games this year.

Gill believes if teamwork and effort continue to be trademarks of the Stampede, good things will happen come the postseason.

“If we keep playing well as a team, we are going to be in good shape,” Gill said. “The thing about us is we can’t take anyone lightly, and our guys have done a good job of staying focused. We have to play hard in every game because there are no easy games in this league.”

 

 

 

 

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Western States Hockey League: Winning a familiar feeling for Phoenix Knights

Western States Hockey League: Winning a familiar feeling for Phoenix Knights

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The Phoenix Knights, a Western States Hockey League team in their third season, have achieved an 18-8-2 record, good enough for a six-point division lead to this point in the season.

Head coach Tyler Ramsey was quick to point out the team’s hard work in the gym and the leadership provided by veteran players as big contributors to their success.

“We work very hard in the gym and have quite a few players that have played in our program before, so they understood the expectations coming into the season,” said Ramsey.

The off-ice routine has led to a formidable team aspect that has proved effective for the Knights. The coach noted this when asked who stood out on the team.

“We have received great goaltending all year and our six defensemen have really brought their ‘A’ game this season,” said Ramsey.

That trend wasn’t lost on the forwards.

“We have 14 forwards that have really committed to the process and bought in to the full team game,” Ramsey said. “As far as individual players, the stats speak for themselves.”

Phoenix Knights,Western States Hockey League,WSHL,Tyler Ramsey,USA Junior HockeyUndeniably, they do. Robert Crisci, Jordan Cullum, Robert Smith and Max Mahood have provided a veteran presence up front.

Cullum and Mahood lead the team at 46 and 41 points, respectively. Smith had 33 points and Crisci has chipped in with 23. On defense, the team is anchored by captain and three-year veteran Kelby Minshull. His 28 points are tops in the league for defensemen.

Like every coach, Ramsey had some constructive words for his team.

“As with every year, we have a lot of areas to shore up,“ said the coach.

Special teams often plays a vital role in determining the winner of each game.

“No matter how great any team is, the power play and penalty kill are areas where they can always get better,” Ramsey said.

The coach also said they want to continue to improve their fitness off the ice as well.

The Phoenix Knights will enjoy a break this weekend, and look forward to a three-game home matchup against the visiting Colorado Eagles over the Jan. 24-26 weekend.

 

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Western States Hockey League: El Paso Rhinos hit their stride, remain undefeated

Western States Hockey League: El Paso Rhinos hit their stride, remain undefeated

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The El Paso Rhinos are a seventh year organization in the Western States Hockey League.

The Rhinos currently sit at 15-0-0 with a strong lead in the Mountain West division. They’ve gotten off to the best start in the WSHL thus far, and as of the morning of Dec. 12, were the only undefeated team in the league. They face the Tulsa Jr. Oilers in the first of three games in three days on Thursday.

Head coach Cory Herman was excited about his team’s great start, pointing to a very obvious early strength for the 2013-14 Rhinos.

“Offense has been the biggest factor in us winning so far,” Herman said. “We have been very fortunate when it comes to putting the puck in the net.”

Western States Hockey League,WSHL,El Paso Rhinos,Cory Herman,USA Junior HockeyEl Paso has netted 60 goals in its last six games, and is averaging better than six goals per game, an unbelievable rate by any standard. They have been led on offense by leading scorers Dakota Beaulieu (16 goals, nine assists), Trey Hughes (11 goals, 13 assists) and Tom Bartel (three goals, 20 assists).

Even with their flawless record to this point, the Rhinos have areas where improvement is needed.

“We need to work on our defensive zone coverage as a team,” Herman said.

The Rhinos are currently sporting an overall team goals against average of 2.00. El Paso is led on defense by Chris Wilhite (six goals, 11 assists) and Jack Strusz (goal, eight assists).

Goaltender Adam Vay has gotten off to a great start along with the rest of his team. The Rhinos have put enough pucks in the net so far and have not forced their goalie to steal games for them, but he has unreal numbers nonetheless. He currently holds a 12-0-0 mark, a league high .940 save percentage, and a 1.70 GAA, which is second in the league as well.

“Vay is our guy in net,” Herman reaffirmed.

El Paso hopes to keep its unbelievable start to the season rolling against their division rivals the Oilers, beginning tonight.

On the horizon, beginning Dec. 17 and ending Dec. 21 is the heavily scouted Western States Shootout in Las Vegas.

 

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Western States Hockey League: Ontario Avalanche working their way into the race

Western States Hockey League: Ontario Avalanche working their way into the race

By Cody Warner

The Ontario Avalanche are a second-year Western States Hockey League organization in the league’s Pacific Division. The team currently sits third in the division with an 11-6-1 mark. They are in the midst of an active six-game winning streak that began Nov. 8.

Coach Josh Newton recently spoke about what he was looking for from the team, their season-long goals and some of the players the staff hopes to help lead the way.

“We have 15 returning players, so we have a pretty solid core,” Newton said. “We’ve also had some rookies come in and really impress us, including Lubomir Fetkovic, Calle Hallberg and Tyler Hascall.”

The coaching staff looks for these players to continue to bring energy up front. He also was happy with the effort he’s been getting from forward Mike Thomas, who was the team’s third leading scorer last year with 36 points.

Veteran captain Ben Meadows anchors the Avs’ defensive core. Working alongside him is returning player Kevin Leuenberger and first-year man Basil Reynolds.

“Reynolds is the kind of guy we can hope to get some offensive help from when he’s going,” said Newton.

“We have to be better,” he added, bout the overall offensive effort from his D-men.

Western States Hockey League,WSHL,Ontario Avalanche,Josh Newton,Cody Warner,USA Junior HockeyIn net, the Avalanche has a time-share going right now between Chris Skeates and Drake Koegel.

“They’re going to be our guys,” said Newton. “Skeates has greatly improved his work ethic compared to last year. If we can get everyone to buy in on a consistent basis, we’ll get the results we’re looking for.”

The coach stressed a need for an improved work ethic amongst the group as a whole. The coach thinks that if they can get the effort of hard-working guys like Mike Thomas and Luenberger to rub off on some of their teammates, the team will be in good shape.

“Overall, we have to play smart hockey. We want to be able to get to the playoffs and make some noise,” said Newton.

The Avalanche missed the playoffs in their inaugural season by just two points. In any other division in the WSHL, they would have clinched a spot.

“Once you get to the playoffs, it’s a whole new season,” said Newton. “Who knows what could happen?”

After a home game on Friday against the San Diego Gulls, the team has a two-week break from games before a three-match visit with the Lake Tahoe Blue (Dec. 6-8).

 

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