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Published: Monday, 18 Feb 2013
By: Randy Russon

Statistically, the Michigan Warriors, Coulee Region Chill and Aberdeen Wings all have a mathematical chance to qualify for this season's North American Hockey League playoffs. 
 
Realistically, the Warriors are a longshot to make the North Division playoffs while reality should have already set in for the Chill and the Wings in the Central Division.
 
But fading out of contention or not, someone is always watching and someone is always judging.
 
To be sure, the way they approach the final six weekends of the regular season could well determine the future for a multitude of players with the Warriors, Chill and Wings. 
 
Michigan hockey boss Moe Mantha, Coulee Region interim coach A.J. Degenhardt and Aberdeen headmaster Travis Winter will no doubt be looking at their potential returnees for next season to see if they continue to give it their all on every shift, even if making the playoffs is not a likely possibility.
 
Likewise, methinks the college scouts will be watching and judging potential recruits to see what resolve they show when the chips are down. 
 
Right now, for so many players on Michigan, Coulee Region and Aberdeen, it's a matter of showing character and determination even if time may be running out on the regular season.
 
There's still much to play for, if not for this season, then certainly next.
 
A lot is on the line for a lot of players, regardless of whether their team makes the playoffs.
 
In more ways than one, it's never over until it's over.
 
NET GAINS
 
Three goalies who were involved in transactions at the February 6 trade deadline are off to good starts with their new NAHL teams.
 
Paige Skoog made his Soo Eagles debut on the weekend and made 42 saves in a 3-2, shootout win over the Port Huron Fighting Falcons. Making Skoog's performance even-more impressive was the fact that it was his first game since December 29, 2012, when he was with Aberdeen.
 
Meanwhile, fellow 1994 birth year goalie Zach Nagelvoort, who was traded from the Soo to Aberdeen for Skoog and defenceman J.D. Cotroneo, is unbeaten in two starts with the Wings. Nagelvoort has a 2.40 goals against average and .917 save percentage in his two wins for Aberdeen.
 
And 1992 birth year goalie Tim Shaughnessy, acquired by Coulee Region from the Jamestown Ironmen for future considerations, has made four starts for the Chill and has a 3-1 record, 2.75 goals against average and .927 save percentage.





Discuss:

posted Feb. 18th, 2013 - 4:27pm
Hurd Applegate says:
Young Mister Skoog most certanly showed what a fine goalie he is with his showing on Saturday in leading the Eagles to victory! Bruno sure knows a goaler when he sees one!

posted Feb. 18th, 2013 - 5:41pm
Billy Bonney says:
These 3 goalies just needed a change is one senario . Its good when change works out which is the intention in nmost cases.

posted Feb. 19th, 2013 - 7:56am
Randy Russon says:
Hi all,

A reminder and an invitation to listen to the Hockey North Show with Randy Russon and Brad Coccimiglio tonight, 6 p.m. on ESPN 1400 Radio http://stream.1400espn.net live from Service Grill on Korah Road. Content will include:
NOJHL segment: An interview with Soo Thunderbirds forward Joey Miller.

NAHL segment: Interviews with Soo Eagles goalie Paige Skoog and forward Pat Thompson.

Plus...We'll discuss the Soo North Stars as they move into the second round of the Great North Midget Hockey League playoffs.

posted Feb. 19th, 2013 - 11:51am
Christian Poulsen says:
Billy, well said and it brings to mind Marcus Zelzer...since he joined Kenai from Aberdeen the big Goalie seems to have excelled...I didn't see the "play" or the game but I see he was 27 saves on 27 shots when he was allegedly "ran" and injured with no penalty...stuff like that really "chaps my #ss"...but again I didn't see the game...here's to wishing Marcus a return at 100%...

PS Beware the Wings next season (and the remainder of this season)

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