Are we ready to party? Today’s Mash should open some eyeballs from the world of junior hockey.
The Mash brings the most interesting takes from the week of junior hockey. In general, the idea is to remain positive. With that said, please understand that it will, at times, open a few eyeballs to the underside of the level of play.
North American Hockey League
Yep, the Bulls are back.
The South Division standings look like a page out of 2013 when Amarillo and Topeka ran neck-and-neck all season for the division title. After an opening night loss to Lone Star, the Bulls have charged to seven straight wins to start the season. Topeka is trying to keep up but has gone 1-3 in their last four games. The rest of the division is separated by a point each step down from Shreveport, Odessa, Corpus Christi, and Lone Star.
The Midwest Division’s Brown Bears are refusing to go into the regularly schedule hibernation. Kenai River drew well over 1,000 to the home opening night shutout win over Chippewa. It’s just too bad only half of that crowd elected to come back on Saturday. Fairbanks thawed out in time to thump Janesville 5-0 at the Dipper on Saturday. Springfield and the Magicians split their out of division weekend sets.
The Central Division is cruising along with just two points separating first through fourth place. Look for the weekly battle for position to take place between Minot, Austin, Aberdeen, and Bismarck. What about the Wilderness and Blizzard? Mantha will do his usual trick and sneak Brookings back up the table. The Wilderness remind me of a weekend tragedy about to happen at the lake. You know the one; when there’s a 600hp speedboat captained by some guy who’s dropped a few too many. Wait for it…
The Northeast’s Tomahawks stunk up the War Memorial’s opening night party but managed t bounce back with a solid 4-2 win on Saturday. I’m afraid the damage was done in Friday’s 4-1 loss to Jamestown in front of 3,000+. While all that was happening, the Generals and Black Bears split their set in Boston.
Did you hear the one about the team that showed up in Chicago with just five skaters? Nice! The Cougars found six players off their cut-list for Tri City just so they could have a game. The scores? Cougars 11-1 and 13-0. The question remains, should those games count? Were all the players properly registered with the league? That’s a question the rest of the division coaches should be asking.
Is it official yet? Are the Palm Beach Hawks clipped for the season? That’s the rumor I’m hearing.
Yea, teams are dropping off the schedule but let’s celebrate more expansion! The Charleston Colonials are set to hit the ice with two teams next season at the premier and elite levels. The club is being operated by the same group that has the Charlotte Rush.
But that’s just life in Dickey G’s world. Just keep the dolla’s flowing.
That’s it for today folks!