Three weeks into the Pro Hockey News CHL Power Poll and we have yet another round of team movement. Three teams remained in their previous positions as Rapid City remains on top, Quad City holds steady at number four and St. Charles again rounds out the rankings in tenth place.
1. Rapid City Rush (22-7-0, 44 points) Last Week – 1st
The Rush remain atop our power poll despite being 5-5 in their last ten games while losing two on-goal games at Allen. Considering that they were 12-0 on the road up to that point, we’ll allow them those two losses without slipping out of the top spot. A big test awaits them this weekend when they head to Missouri for two games against the Mavericks.
2. Allen Americans (19-10-2, 40 points) Last Week – 3rd
The Americans leap ahead of the Missouri Mavericks thanks to five straight wins, including two huge home victories over the Rapid City Rush. The Americans look to add to their streak this week as they face Denver twice at home before a Sunday showdown at Tulsa.
3. Missouri Mavericks (20-9-1, 41 points) Last Week – 2nd
The Mavericks slipped out of the second spot after suffering two-straight home losses to the Brampton Beast. They are still playing solid hockey, having won six of their last 10, including a third period comeback against Tulsa on New Year’s Eve at the IEC. All eyes will be focused on the IEC this weekend as the Mavs host a pair of key games with the Rush – two wins for the home team could mean we’ll see a new number one next week.
4. Quad City Mallards (16-7-5, 37 points) Last Week – 4th
The Mallards narrowly retain the fourth spot this week, but have the Denver Cutthroats nipping at their heels. Quad City split a pair of games with St. Charles last week, losing at home by one before responding with a 5-0 win at The Family Arena. The fact that the Mallards have won six of their last ten gives them the edge over the Cutthroats.
5. Denver Cutthroats (16-9-6, 38 points) Last Week – 6th
The Cutthroats moved up one position this week, nearly edging out the Quad City Mallards for the fourth spot. Denver has responded well to playing away from their home building, having won four of their last five, including two straight over Tulsa in Aspen, Colorado. Their schedule gets tougher as they will face-off with the top two teams on our poll five times in the next six games.
6. Brampton Beast (16-14-2, 34 points) Last Week – 8th
The Beast made strides last week, coming up with two huge road wins at Missouri to move them up two spots. They look to remain strong this week as they will close out their current six-game road trip. We should get a good idea of what they’re made of as they will play four games in five days in three different cities.
7. Tulsa Oilers (16-17-2, 34 points) Last Week – 5th
The Oilers continue to slide in the wrong direction after debuting at third place on our poll just two weeks ago. Tulsa has lost their last five, and are just 2-8 in their last ten. They’ve scored two goals or fewer in seven of their last ten as Shane Madolora has started 15-straight games in net and leads the league with 30 appearances. (That’s two more games total than Quad City has played this season)
8. Arizona Sundogs (12-18-1, 25 points) Last Week – 9th
The Sundogs jump ahead of the Wichita Thunder this week, thanks in part to their two-straight road wins against the Thunder last week. Arizona is 2-1 since the addition of former Bossier-Shreveport standout David Rutherford. They slowly seem to be moving in the right direction as they are 5-5 in their last ten games.
9. Wichita Thunder (11-17-4, 26 points) Last Week – 7th
One thing that is becoming clear is we never know which Thunder team to expect on the ice. They’ve had a few flashes, but even more setbacks. They may be served well with a light schedule this week – We’ll see if a little extra rest helps them in the coming weeks.
10. St. Charles Chill (8-21-4, 20 points) Last Week – 10th
The Chill were the only unanimous decision in our poll this week. They continue to struggle, having won just two out of their last ten and one out of their last five. Oddly enough, they are still just six points out of the eighth and final playoff spot.
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Contributors to the poll include: Lou Lafrado, Maurice Fitzgerald, Ed Bailey and Randall Ritchey.