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DAILY DISH: MONDAY MASH Junior Hockey News

Published: Monday, 10 Dec 2018  
By: Stephen Heisler, JuniorHockey.com


That happened! Jamestown jumped up and popped the Tomahawks bubble on Friday, ending a seventeen-game win streak.

Have you got all that holiday shopping done? Yea, me neither. Thinking its going to be gift cards for all except the wife. Deysi would never let me live that one down. Latinas are like that.

So, what’s on your team’s Christmas wish list? It’s getting close to that time of year where the buyers are thinking they have a chance at the Robbie while others may be looking to make moves that put them into contention for next year.

With that said, every team can always use a little something something to get them through the holiday season to Valentine’s Day.

NORTH AMERICAN HOCKEY LEAGUE
Will the Wilderness be able to crash the four-team Central Division playoff party? All that team needs to punch their ticket to the promised land is a new coach. As of right now the Magicians are six-points behind Bismarck with one more game played. There’s little doubt among NA coaches that this group would be right in the thick of things if Tim Madsen was still on the bench. Among the division’s leaders, as of right now, it’s anybody’s title to win.  

The Tomahawks got themselves beat Friday at Jamestown before bouncing back with the win on Saturday. Their lead over the Rebels in the East Division is already at 8+ games. The Titans missed the chance to overtake the Rebels when they were beaten at home by Maryland yesterday. The Knights are currently two-points ahead of the Black Bears in the battle for fourth place.

Winners in seven of their last ten games, the Magicians continue their path to the Midwest Division title. Both Janesville and Fairbanks sit seven-points behind the leader with Kenai River and Springfield in a ruckus for the 4th playoff spot. Things could change, and often do, but it’s fairly obvious what’s happening in this group.

The South Division’s Amarillo Bulls are 10-0-2-1 in the last thirteen games, the longest such streak in the league. Topeka is eight points behind the Bulls with three more games played. Shreveport, Lone Star, Corpus Christi, and Odessa are all within five-points of each other in the fight for third and fourth place.


BILLY D’s USA CENTRAL HOCKEY LEAGUE 
We have been told that league founder Bill Davidson missed a court date in British Columbia last week. Maybe that’s his trick to avoiding prosecution back in Texas? Strange strategy but could be somewhat effective.  We’ll reserve this space each Monday for updates regarding Slick Willy II and the folks’ effort in Texas to getting some of their money back. I’m fairly certain that Davidson won’t be visiting Texas anytime soon, unless he’s in silver bracelets. 

CHEERS AND JEERS
-Cheers to all the good folks in Texas that have been instrumental in helping former USACHL players get on with their individual season.

-Jeers to that Death Dude for publishing the images of Billy D’s domestic violence victim, despite a desperate request from the woman to not do so.

-Cheers to all the hockey fans that have taken part in this past week’s Teddy Bear tosses coast to coast.

-Jeers to the ownership and coaching staff of the Midwest Blackbirds. Threatening players with trades don’t work when there are so many other options to choose from. Physical intimidation by the head coach will generally result in a young man dropping the old timer. We can only hope there’s video when it happens. 


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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