Through 21 games, the Cheyenne Stampede marched to a 14-6-1 record in the Western States Hockey League.
Head coach Marty Quarters was pleased with the progress the team has made heading into the 2013 portion of its season.
â€œWe are satisfied with where we are at,â€ Quarters said. â€œWe had a couple of losses we wished we had back, but we have done a good job of establishing our identity. We want to be a team that plays with speed and attacks while being a tenacious team on defense.â€
Offensively, Kevin Rossett scored 16 goals and dished out 12 assists while Noah Eckebrecht and Ryan Demyen came through with 14 goals apiece. The Stampede racked up 110 assists in 21 games and 10 players scored three or more goals.
â€œOur top two lines are very good and we have pretty good scoring across the board,â€ Quarters said. â€œTo be successful in this league, you need to be able to roll out four lines, especially against the top teams, and weâ€™re striving to get to that point. I feel like we have a lot of depth and itâ€™s something we want to take advantage of the rest of the season.â€
Quarters has liked what he has seen from his defense as well, including the play of goalies Daniel Cepila (21 goals allowed, 295 saves) and Sam Mallory (30 goals allowed, 294 saves).
â€œOur goaltending has been very good and we are confident having either one out there on the ice,â€ Quarters said. â€œBoth goalies give us a chance to win and our defense as a whole has improved tremendously. We have been physical and have done a good job killing penalties.â€
But like all teams, the Stampede has room for improvement and one area of the game jumps out.
â€œItâ€™s important for us to get better on the power-play,â€ Quarters said. â€œWe know how important success on the power play becomes in the playoffs and itâ€™s something we have worked to get a lot better at.â€
Cheyenne has confidence heading into the second half of the season
â€œWe want to be more consistent and focus on one shift at a time,â€ Quarters said. â€œAs long as we continue to play hard and make plays on both ends of the ice, weâ€™re going to have a chance to compete for a playoff spot and a championship.â€