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.
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.
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.
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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