CHL Weekly: Season underway as play heats up

Allen Americans (4-0-1) First place

 The Americans won all three games this past week, all on the road, to pick up six standings points and plant themselves in first place. The team beat the St. Charles Chill 6-4 on Friday before erasing two-straight two-goal deficits in a pair of 3-2 wins over the Tulsa Oilers.

Darryl Bootland extended his point streak to five games, adding five points during the week. He currently leads the team scoring chart with four goals and four assists for a total of eight points. Alex Lavoie sits in second with seven points after making his way onto the score sheet in all three appearances. His six points (2 G, 4 A) led the Americans this week. Newly added goaltender David Brown picked up two wins this week, and currently has a GAA of 3.00 with a save percentage of .882. Bryan Pitton ran his record to 2-0-1 and currently boasts a 2.53 GAA and .922 save percentage.

Allen will see a full slate of games this week as they play three of their next four at home and face the Tulsa Oilers three more times. They host the Oilers on Wednesday, then the Denver Cutthroats on Friday. They then head to Tulsa on Saturday before returning home for a Sunday rematch with Tulsa.

Arizona Sundogs (1-4-0) Ninth place

The Sundogs had a light schedule, but it was still a rough week as they lost twice during a two-game set to the visiting Missouri Mavericks. Arizona had a bit of trouble on the power play, as they were able to score just one goal on 13 attempts. Missouri claimed a 3-2 win on Friday night, and then added a 4-1 win on Saturday.

Kevin Baker was the only Sundog to post points in both games as he tallied a goal and an assist for two-points on the weekend. The Sundogs now look to turn things around with a three-game home stand against the Rapid City Rush beginning on Wednesday and continuing through Saturday.

Brampton Beast (2-2-1) Fifth place

Brampton traveled to Rapid City this past week to begin the road portion of their schedule, where they dropped both games, picking up only one point as the result of an overtime loss on Saturday. Brampton suffered from a weak power play in both games, managing a 1-13 return on power play attempts. Brampton was also plagued by a slew of penalties that kept the team short-handed.

Andrew Fournier and Matt Caruana notched the only goals of Brampton’s series against Rapid City. This week Brampton will travel to Denver, Wichita and Quad City looking to bounce back, they will then return to Brampton to begin a three game series against the Allen Americans.

Denver Cutthroats (4-0-0) Second place

Denver hosted Wichita this past week and were able to pick up four points after winning both games of their first home series against the Thunder. Denver gave up a single point this week when they won in overtime on Saturday. This is the second of four games that they have given up a point as a result of an overtime win.

Troy Schwab sits on top of the Denver leader board with one goal and nine assists, while AJ Gale has contributed three goals and three assists. Denver will host Brampton this Wednesday followed by a road trip to visit Allen, Missouri, Wichita, and finally Quad City.

Missouri Mavericks (3-0-0) Fourth place

Missouri traveled to Arizona this past week where they won both games, yielding them four points. Missouri had a difficult time capitalizing on the power play Friday and Saturday, but continued to display a strong penalty kill, allowing only one goal on 13 power plays. Both games were lively and resulted in a variety of penalties being called on both sides. Friday’s game netted a total of 47 penalty minutes while Saturdays game netted a total of 140 penalty minutes and 5 game misconducts.

Trevor Kell sits atop Missouri’s leader board with two goals and four assists. Sebastien Thinel and Colt King sit in the number two slot of the leader board with four points each. Missouri will travel to St. Charles and Tulsa before coming home for their home opener against Denver on Saturday.

Quad City Mallards (1-1-1) Seventh place

The Quad City Mallards saw plenty of offensive production and came away with three out of four possible points during a home-and-home series with the St. Charles Chill. Matt Boyd contributed four points (1 G, 3 A) and Mike Hellyer added two goals and an assist during a 7-5 home win over the Chill on Friday night. Hellyer, Mike Stinziani and Jim McKenzie each had three-points on Saturday, but it wasn’t enough as the Mallards fell to the Chill 6-5 in a shootout.

Hellyer leads the Mallards in scoring with seven points on the year, while Stinziani is just behind him with six points. Quad City will open up a four-game home stand with weekend games against St. Charles on Friday and Brampton on Saturday.

Rapid City Rush (4-0-0) Third place

Rapid City opened the home portion of their schedule this past week, picking up two wins against Brampton, netting them four points. Rapid City did however give up one point to Brampton on Saturday as the game was taken into overtime. Rapid City struggled with power play opportunities netting two goals out of 20 power play potentials.  They were however able to defensively hold Brampton down allowing only one goal on 13 power play opportunities.

Tristin Llewellyn sits firmly atop Rapid City’s leader board with two goals and six assists. Tim Boron continued to serve the Rush well, maintaining a .946 save percentage. Rapid City will now travel to Arizona to complete a three game series against the Sundogs. The Rush will then return home to complete a pair of two game series against Arizona and Missouri.

St. Charles Chill (1-2-1) Eighth place
The St. Charles Chill played two games against Quad City this last week, one game at home and one road game, splitting points with the Mallards by losing at Quad City on Saturday and winning in overtime at home on Sunday. The Chill were plagued by a penalty-ridden series of games that left them playing shorthanded.

Chad Costello sits firmly atop the Chill’s leader board with three goals and four assists, while Kyle OKane, David Strathman and Steve Makway all have four points.  The Chill will host Missouri on Wednesday, then travel to Quad City on Friday, before wrapping up the weekend at home against the Wichita Thunder.

Tulsa Oilers (0-3-1) Tenth place

The Oilers opened the home portion of their schedule this past weekend, dropping a pair of games to the visiting Allen Americans. Both games looked eerily familiar, with the Oilers taking a two-goal lead, and then giving up three unanswered goals to lose both games by a score of 3-2. Special teams appears to be an area that Tulsa needs to work on after giving up three power play goals on Saturday night and a shorthanded goal on Sunday.

Shane Madolora, despite giving up six goals, was solid in net, stopping 65 American shots over the weekend. Another bright spot for the Oilers was in the attendance figures. Tulsa skyrocketed to first place in attendance, drawing an average of 6,463 fans through two games. That average is over 1,000 fans higher than second-place Wichita has managed in as many games.

The Oilers will need to work hard this week and figure out a way to beat the Americans, as they will face them three times in the coming week. Tulsa will travel to Allen on Wednesday and Sunday, and will host the Americans on Saturday. The Oilers get their first look at the Missouri Mavericks when they host them on Friday night.

Wichita Thunder (1-2-2) Sixth place

The Thunder became the latest victims of the Denver Cutthroats, dropping two games at the Denver Coliseum over the weekend. Jason Wilson scored two goals while Andrew Martens added a goal and assist in a 6-4 loss on Friday. Wichita did manage to salvage a point on Saturday, forcing Denver to overtime before losing 6-5. Jon Booras contributed five assists during the road trip, placing him on top of the team score sheet with seven points for the season.

Thunder fans will get their first look at the expansion Brampton Beast when they travel to Wichita on Friday. The Thunder then will board the bus for a road game at St. Charles before returning to Intrust Bank Arena for a re-match with Denver on Sunday.

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CHL Player of the Week

Allen’s Alex Lavoie is the CHL’s player of the week / Photo by Les Stockton

Allen Americans rookie Alex Levoie is the CHL’s player of the week. Levoie contributed six points for the Americans, helping them to a perfect 3-0 record for the week. Levoie netted two game-winning goals on the week while helping to put Allen in first place.

 

CHL Goalie of the Week

Rapid City’s Tim Boron was named CHL goalie of the week / Photo by Les Stockton

Rapid City Rush Goaltender Tim Boron is the Oakley CHL Goalie of the Week. Boron won both of his starts this past weekend and has been in the net for the entirety of his team’s undefeated season so far. This past weekend Boron made a total of 67 saves, leading the Rush to a win in both games against Brampton.

The Central Hockey League attendance records are as follows:

Team              No. Games    Total Att.       Average

Tulsa            2                  12,927          6,463
Wichita          2                  10,815          5,407
Allen             1                  4,911            4,911
Quad City      2                  8,997            4,498
Rapid City      2                  8,584            4,292
Arizona         2                  6,438            3,219
Brampton      3                  7,564            2,521
St. Charles     3                  5,471            1,823
Denver          4                  6,124            1,531

Contact the columnist at jeremiah.griffith@prohockeynews.com or via Twitter @JAGriffith_PHN

John Hall Contributed to this report:  john.hall@prohockeynews.com

Contact the photographer at: les.stockton@prohockeynews.com

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