Sunday, November 1, 2009

USA Junior Standings for November

United States Hockey League (USHL)

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Check this page to see updated standings for the United States Hockey League (USHL) and the North American Hockey League (NAHL) for the month of November.

In the USHL, we got some great battles in both divisions as the Chicago Steel and the Cedar Rapids Roughriders are trading spots at the top of the East Division. For Chicago, a big turnaround from last year that saw them out of the playoffs compeletly has been lead by Mark Anthoine who Mark Anthoine and Sahir Gill are currently 2nd and 3rd in league scoring with 15 and 16 points.

In addidition, Anthoine is leading the USHL in goals with 10 through 10 games. For the Roughriders, Byrce Aneloski and Zach Lehrke are also in the top 5 in overall scoring with both players scoring 6 goals and are already approaching double digit assists.

Further down in the East, Green Bay, Indiana and Youngstown are in a tight battle from 3rd to 5th just 3 points apart. The defending Clark Cup Champion Indiana Ice are getting it done on defense as they are tied for 1st for fewest goals allowed with 18 which is tied with Omaha.

Rounding out the East Division is the Waterloo Blackhawks and the USNTDP who are going to bring up the foot of the East Division. Waterloo only has 2 wins this season, for the Team USA no t a single win so far. Keep in mind that the USNTDP is mostly using this as a development for international events this season as a comboination of the U17 and U18 Teams.

In the West Division, it's going to be a battle between Omaha Lancers, Sioux Falls Stampede and the Tri-City Storm who had the worst record overall last year. Leading the turnaround for Tri-City is a strong goaltender in Carsen Chubak with a 5-1-1 record and a GAA of 2.55. Tri-City's team defense has also been looking great by only giving up 19 goals through the 1st month of the season.

Omaha's Sucess has come from scoring by committee as Seth Ambroz leads the scoring with just 5 goals. They will be looking to Ambroz throughout the season to increase his scoring output to stay on top of the Division.

The rest of the Division may be a dogfight for the 4th and final playoff spot out west as Lincoln, Fargo, Des Moines and Sioux City where just 2 points seperate the 4 bottom clubs. At this point, I'm thinking that Fargo and Des Moines will eventully pull away as Sioux City has the worst scoring offense in the league and Lincoln has had defenseive woes as only 4 players a positive stat in the plus-minus catorgey through the 1st month of the season.

East Division

1. Chicago 10 GP 7-3-0 14 PTS 45-35

2. Cedar Rapids 10 GP 7-3-0 14 PTS 40-24

3. Green Bay 10 GP 5-3-2 12 PTS 31-26

4. Indiana 8 GP 5-2-1 11 PTS 26-18

5. Youngstown 9 GP 4-4-1 9 PTS 34-37

6. Waterloo 8 GP 2-6-0 4 PTS 22-42

7. USNTDP 11 GP 0-9-2 2 PTS 21-53

West Division

1. Omaha 9 GP 8-1-0 16 PTS 36-18

2. Sioux Falls 9 GP 6-1-2 14 PTS 38-21

3. Tri-City 8 GP 6-1-1 13 PTS 32-19

4. Fargo 9 GP 4-5-0 8 PTS 31-34

5. Des Moines 9 GP 4-5-0 8 PTS 29-33

6. Lincoln 11 GP 4-7-0 8 PTS 27-40

7. Sioux City 9 GP 3-6-0 6 PTS 16-28

North American Hockey League (NAHL)

The North Division in the North American Hockey League is likely going to be a 2 horse race as the Traverse City North Stars and the Marquette Rangers have been going neck and neck so far and both teams have some great players.

For the North Stars, Andy Huff and Eric Mclintock are the teams leaders scores with 12 and 8 goals and have helped them to a weekend sweep of the Marquette Rangers last weekend. Marquette has Tanner Kero and Garrett Ladd are leading the team in scoring with 7 goals each.

The Expansion Janesville Jets are proving to be a tough team as they find themselves just 3 points back of division leading Traverse City. Rui Encarnarcao has proved to be a dangerous goal scoreer as he's currently tied with Jared Larson with 13 goals while Ross Mauerman has a strong 12 assists as the main duo for the Jets.

Motor City has had a great turnaround after winning just 11 games last season. For Motor City, I think they will eventully fall the wayside of the top 3 because they don't have a strong go to guy on offense, but could make for up for it in goal with both goalies Randy Willis and Jason Torf having GAA of around 2.50.

The Central is a tight battle right now with the Owatonna Express, Bismarck Bobcats, North Iowa Outlaws are just 2 points seperated at the top. For the other 2 teams in the Alexandria Blizzard and the Albert Lea Thunder are going to struggle as both teams are having the worst offense in the league this season.

The South has Topeka that is on a 6 game winning streak that has seen them win in all sorts of ways. In a 3 game sweep against the Albert Lea Thuner, outscoring the struggling Thunder 20-2 which included a 10-0 drubbing back on October 24.

Then over the weekend in St. Louis, it's the defense where they won 3-1 and 2-0 where both Eric Rohrkemper and Frederick Cooper were involved in the wins that helped them put a gap between them and the 3 time defending champion St. Louis Bandits.

Texas has looked inconstent the last few weeks as they have split the last 3 weekend series and the only thing that has helped is pulling away from last place Wichita Falls, but are falling behind the Roadrunners and the Bandits.

After the Thunder and Blizzad, the Tornado are the only other team that hasn't reached 40 goals yet this season and no one on the team has more then 5 goals total. Jack Prince is leading the team in scoring with just 12 points.

In hind sight, expect the South Division battle to be between the Topeka Roadrunners and the St. Louis Bandits this season.

Out west, the Wenatchee Wild are running away with the Division with 19-4-0 record and a 12 point gap over 2nd place Alaska. Wenatchee is positioning themselves for a Robertson Cup run where they will be the tournament hosts. Last season, the Wild fell just short of winning the Championship in their expansion season.

North Division

1. Traverse City 15 GP 10-4-1 21 PTS 65-49

2. Marquette 16 GP 10-6-0 20 PTS 40-40

3. Janesville 17 GP 9-8-0 18 PTS 57-51

4. Motor City 15 GP 6-5-4 16 PTS 44-42

5. Alpena 17 GP 5-12-0 10 PTS 42-56

Central Division

1. Owatonna 14 GP 9-4-1 19 PTS 47-45

2. Bismarck 18 GP 7-7-4 18 PTS 47-48

3. North Iowa 14 GP 8-5-1 17 PTS 47-51

4. Alexandria 12 GP 4-5-3 11 PTS 30-39

5. Albert Lea 16 GP 3-13-0 6 PTS 31-75

South Division

1. Topeka 17 GP 13-2-2 28 PTS 68-34

2. St. Louis 15 GP 11-3-1 23 PTS 51-38

3. Springfield 18 GP 8-8-2 18 PTS 62-53

4. Texas 16 GP 7-7-2 16 PTS 39-51

5. Wichita Falls 16 GP 4-10-2 10 PTS 49-67

West Division

1. Wenatchee 23 GP 19-4-0 38 PTS 78-51

2. Alaska 18 GP 11-3-4 26 PTS 66-46

3. Fairbanks 19 GP 10-8-1 21 PTS 72-60

4. Kenai River 20 GP 5-14-1 11 PTS 46-77

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