Monday, November 30, 2009

League Players of the Week: 11/30

Another week in the CHL and both the Player of the Week and Goalie of the Week are both from Texas Teams once again. This week, Justin Bowers of the Allen Americans and Andy Franck of the Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees won the weekly honors as both teams look to close in the Odessa Jackalopes in the Southern Conference.

Justin Bowers, Allen Americans

Bowers notched 4 points in 4 games this week with him seeing the club win 3 of the 4 games this week. After having scored the game winner and added another assist against the League Leaders Odessa Jackalopes.

He also had a goal against the Texas Brahmas in a 4-3 win back on 11/28 and had 2 goals in a 4-2 win over the Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees on November 29. He has multiple points in 6 of the last 7 games and is also on a 3 game goal scoring streak. On the season, Bowers is leading the team with 25 points (7G 18A) and also leads the team in assists with 18.

Andy Franck, Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees

Franck had a busy week in net where he stopped 149 shots in his 3 games for the Killer Bees this week. He had wins against the Bossier-Shreveport Mudbugs and the Amarillo Gorillas while just coming short in an OTL against the Odessa Jackalopes.

His best night came on Wednesday night against Bossier-Shreveport where he made 47 saves which has been the 2nd most in any league game this season, which was just one short of Joel Martin of Odessa who had 48 in a game against the Corpus Christi Icerayz back on October 30. In 14 games played this season for the Killer Bees, he has a 2.66 GAA and a .925 SV%. He also has a 6-3-3 record right now.

Jared Williams, Texas Tornado

In addition to the CHL, Jared Williams of the Texas Tornado was awarded the South Division Player of the Week in the North American Hockey League.

Jared had a great week for the Tornado scoring 6 points in a 2 game sweep over the Wichita Falls Wildcats with 2 goals and 4 assists. Included in that group was a 2 goal game where he scored the game winner early in the 3rd period just 15 seconds into the 3rd period. After a bad start to the season, the Tornado are starting to pick up the pace as the Tornado are now up to 3rd place with the Springfield Jr. Blues.

It's going to be a tough ride up as the Tornado have to catch up with the Topeka Roadrunners and St. Louis Bandits who are among the favorites to win the South Division and challenge for the Robertson Cup Championship this season. If the Tornado are going to look better and to challenge the Roadrunners and Bandits who have won the Robertson Cup the last 3 seasons.

Other League

United States Hockey League

Forward: Brock Montpetit Waterloo Blackhawks
Defensemen: Dan Sova Waterloo Blackhawks
Goaltender: C.J. Motte Waterloo Blackahwks

North American Hockey League

North Division: John Fritsche Alpena Ice Diggers
Central Division: Nick Jensen Bismarck Bobcats
West Division: Jess Jubinville Wenatchee Wild
Goalie: Mike Taffe Fairbanks Ice Dogs

American Hockey League

Josh Hennessy of the Binghamton Senators

Western Hockey League
Dustin Sylvster of the Kootenay Ice

Ontario Hockey League
Ryan Spooner of the Peterborough Petes

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League
Phillippe Cornet of the Rouyn-Nornda Huskies
Charles-Oliver Roussel of the Shawinigan Cataractes

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