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DAILY DISH: MONDAY MASH Junior Hockey News

Published: Monday, 5 Nov 2018  
By: Stephen Heisler, JuniorHockey.com


How was your week in hockey? Oh yea, it’s been an eventful week for us here in sunny Florida. I’m supposed to be trying to reduce stress levels, so it’s be decided (not by me) that we are no longer going to be spending much time interacting with the Boston crew anymore. Well, at least not until the doctors clear me for normal activity.

NORTH AMERICAN HOCKEY LEAGUE
Nothing against the boys from Bismarck; but it looks like the race for the Central Division title is going to come down to Austin, Aberdeen, and Minot. I know, it’s November 4th and even last place Brookings has a mathematical chance at the crown. At the same time, I have a mathematical chance to but the winning mega millions ticket too. Just saying.

The East Division leading Tomahawks of Johnstown (winners of seven straight) picked up max points in their road sweep at the WB where attendance for the two games combined for eleven dozen. I understand that there where several rear-sagging black Lincoln Town Cars in the Revolution Ice Centre parking lot. That may have deterred fans from going into the building. Meanwhile, the Jersey boys have wins in four straight games and, like the Tomahawks, are 8-2-0-0 in their least ten games.

The Midwest leading Minnesota Magicians are a much better program outside the direction of former coach/GM/owner Scott Meyer. Second place Janesville slipped past Chippewa 4-3 Friday night before getting crushed by the Steel 6-0 on Saturday. Fairbanks is now just a single point behind Janesville in the standings.

That leaves us with the nitty-gritty South Division where the Amarillo Bulls are sitting pretty on top after the home sweep of Shreveport. Remember the Brahmas? Lone Star is back to .500 after picking up a trio of points at Topeka. 


CENTRAL HOCKEY LEAGUE
A water main break at State Farm Hidalgo Arena has forced the league to postpone several games this past weekend. Wichita Falls made the long bus trip to the Rio Grande Valley and were set to play Sunday (and Monday) against the Texas Lawman as part of the league’s two-step series. The Killer Bees and Laredo Bucks had planned to play Sunday afternoon. The problems at the arena also forced the late cancellation of the sold-out Gerardo Ortiz concert set for Saturday night.


…COMES FROM BOSTON 
There once was a powerful group known as the Boston Mafia with principle activities based in the New England states of Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, and Maine. Yes, that group also had interests in the great state of New Jersey. Believe it or not, that historically notorious band continues to exist today.

On one particular day, other like-minded groups from across the country came together for a big meeting to discuss the formation of a super-structure that could ultimately take down their more established rivals. Ultimately, that plan failed as greed overtook the principle idea...


FINE PRINT
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. 

The Mash contains my personal opinions. Any views or opinions represented in this article are my personal opinions.  My opinions do not represent those of people, institutions or organizations that the owner of this website may or may not be associated with in professional or personal capacity, unless explicitly stated.

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Author: Stephen Heisler from JuniorHockey.com
Stephen Heisler has spent a lifetime in the game of hockey. Stephen is also working with individual teams, coaches, and players as a director with the Heisler Group. Stephen, his wife Deysi, and four children reside in Orlando, Florida.


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