As the CHL begins it’s 22nd season, we begin a new weekly column covering the Central Hockey League and the participating teams. This week we will begin by reviewing the status of each team so far. We will continue to bring the latest in news from all around the CHL as the season continues!
Allen Americans (1-0-1)
The Americans netted three out of a possible four points on opening weekend and sit in third place, tied with the Wichita Thunder for third place. The Americans opened with a rematch of last year’s Ray Miron President’s Cup Final with the Thunder. Each squad stole a win on enemy ice during shootouts.
Kale Kerbashian netted the game winner in the final round of the shootout against the Thunder on Saturday night while Darryl Bootland scored twice in regulation. Bootland and Ross Rouleau sit atop the team leaderboard with three-points each. The Americans now prepare for a Friday night face-off with St. Charles before they set their sights on a two-game road set with the Tulsa Oilers this weekend.
Arizona Sundogs (1-2-0)
The Arizona Sundogs completed an away series against the Brampton Beast Monday evening. The Sundogs picked up a single game of the three-game series, netting them two points. Forward Jason Morgan sits atop the Arizona stat sheet having netted three assists in total, while Sebastian Geoffrion, Brodie Zuk, Damien Surma, Ian Schultz, Kevin Baker, and Justin Pender all share one goal each.
The Arizona Sundogs head home to the Prescott Valley Convention and Events Center to begin a two game series against the Missouri Mavericks.
Brampton Beast (2-1-0)
The Brampton Beast completed their first home series against the Arizona Sundogs Monday evening, walking way with two out of three wins. Goaltender Grant Rollheiser shut out the Arizona Sundogs on Sunday to help the Beast pick up the final two points of that series. Forward Rob Collins currently sits atop the team stat sheet with 4 assists, while Calin Wild, Matt Caruana, and Brent Vandehogen all scored 2 goals each.
The Beast currently sits in third place with a 2-1-0 record. The Beast will now head to Rapid City for a 2 game series at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Arena.
Denver Cutthroats (2-0-0)
The Denver Cutthroats finished up their first home series against the Tulsa Oilers, where they pulled away with all four points. Denver won the first game outright in regulation, and the second in shootout against the Oilers. Denver forward Troy Schwab sits atop the Denver stat sheet with one goal and three assists.
The Denver Cutthroats will continue their at home run against the Wichita Thunder on Friday October the 25th at the Denver Coliseum.
Missouri Mavericks (1-0-0)
The Missouri Mavericks traveled to St. Charles, MO to take on the St. Charles Chill in their first game of the season. The Mavericks came out on top early in the first two periods, scoring once in the first period and once in the second period. Newcomers Anders Franzon and Saverio Posa scored the first two goals of the night. St. Charles answered the Mavericks with two goals in the third forcing the game into sudden death overtime. Sudden death overtime completed without score sending the game into shootout overtime. Shootout ended with the Mavericks on top forward Eric Castonguay shot the game winning goal in the first round of shootout. Forward Trevor Kell sits atop the Mavericks stat sheet with two assists.
The Mavericks now heads to Arizona to begin a two game seris with the Arizona Sundogs at the Prescott Valley Convention and Events Center.
Quad City Mallards (0-1-0)
The Mallards, the only team to play once during the opening weekend, sit alone in tenth place after suffering a 6-4 loss to the Rapid City Rush on Saturday night. Jim McKenzie scored twice in Quad City’s home opener while eight other Mallards added one point each.
Quad City will face-off with the St. Charles Chill for the first time as the two squads prepare for a home-and-home series this weekend. The Mallards will host the Chill on Saturday night at iWireless Arena before the teams board their respective buses for a Sunday matinee at Family Arena.
Rapid City Rush (2-0-0)
The Rapid City Rush completed their first two games, the first against the Wichita Thunder and the second against the Quad City Mallards. Rapid City beat the Wichita Thunder 2-1 on Friday October, 18th. Jesse Schultz put Rapid City on the board, while Konrad Reeder scored the game winning goal. The Rush then went on to play the Quad City Mallards where they picked up an additional two road points as a result of a 6-4 win over the Mallards. Defenseman Tristin Llewellyn sits atop the Rush stat sheet with four assists and one goal.
The Rapid City Rush will now head home to the Rushmore Plaza Civic Arena for a two game series against the Brampton Beast.
St. Charles Chill (0-0-1)
The St. Charles Chill lost their first game of the season to the Missouri Mavericks over the weekend, but managed to pick up a point in the overtime loss. Goaltender Mathieu Corbeil turned back 29 of 31 shots during regular play. Jordan Fox scored the first of two goals at the 4:02 minute mark of the 3rd period. Martin Hlinka scored the second goal at the 18:49 mark of the 3rd period to tie the game. The teams played 5 minutes of sudden death overtime yielding no goals, then proceeded to a shootout overtime where the Chill was defeated in the first round.
The Chill currently sits in eighth place with a 0-0-1 record. The Chill will resume play on Friday October 25th against the Allen Americans at the St Charles Family Arena.
Tulsa Oilers (0-1-1)
The Oilers dropped a two-game set in Denver over the weekend, but managed to salvage one point for a shootout loss on Saturday. Goaltender Ross MacKinnon turned back 24 Cutthroats shots before Denver’s Steve Kaunisto struck in the 18th round of the shootout for the win. Newcomer Todd Robinson scored three-points in the two games, scoring the lone goal in Friday’s 4-1 loss, then assisting on goals from Ryan Menei and Ryan Cramer during Saturday’s 3-2 loss.
Tulsa currently sits in ninth place with a 0-1-1 record. The Oilers will open the home portion of their schedule on Saturday night with the first of a two-game home stand with the Allen Americans at the BOK Center.
Wichita Thunder (1-1-1)
The Thunder finished opening weekend with a win, a loss and a shootout loss. They dropped their home opener 2-1 to Rapid City on Friday then dropped a hard-fought game in a shootout to the Allen Americans 4-3 the following night. Wichita’s only win also came in a shootout, spoiling Allen’s home opener when Jake Henderson scored in the seventh-round of the shootout Sunday.
Tyler Hostetter and Matt Summers sit atop the team stat sheet with four-points each, while 11 players have registered points for the Thunder. Wichita, currently tied with Allen for third place with three-points, will travel to Denver for a two-game road set against the Cutthroats beginning Friday night.
CHL Player of the Week
Rapid City’s Tristin Llewellyn was named as the player of the week Monday. Llewellyn contributed one goal and four assists for a total of five-points in two road wins. The d-man was credited with two assists to spoil the Wichita Thunder’s home opener then added a goal and assist in a 6-4 win over the Quad City Mallards the following night. He is currently the leading scorer in the CHL.
The Central Hockey League attendance records are as follows:
Team No. Games Total Attendance Average
Wichita 2 10,815 5,407
Quad City 1 5,325 5,325
Allen 1 4,911 4,911
St. Charles 1 3,331 3,331
Brampton 3 7,564 2,521
Denver 2 3,893 1,946
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