Tuesday, October 12, 2010

This Weeks Southwest Schedule: 10/11-17

With the Central Hockey League starting up this week, this means that all 4 of the main leagues that have teams in the Southwest will be underway this week. Opening up the CHL Season includes Southern Conference Champions taking on the their DFW Rival Texas Brahmas in a 2 game weekend set at the Allen Event Center as the Americans will be raising the Southern Conference Championship Banner during the pregame.

Other big matchups this week include the South Texas Rivalry along the Texas/Mexico Border as the Laredo Bucks & Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees will take their rivalry to the Rio Grande Valley as both teams look to comeback as the Bucks got ousted from the playoffs quickly while RG Valley was left out all together.

However, everything will focus around on Thursday Night at the AAC as the Stars will play their home opener against the Detroit Red Wings and with the return of Dallas Stars Legend Mike Modano who made his debut with Detroit last week, it should be a big crowd to greet them and they will be some kind of honor to Modano during one of the TV Timeouts to recognize all what he has done not just to the Stars, but building the sport of hockey in the State of Texas.

In addition to the Thursday Night Home Opener, a Saturday Night showdown with the Blues as the Stars and Blues will play each other for the 3rd time in recent weeks as both teams played a home-and-home during the preseason with each side winning at home during the preseason.

Texas will have their AHL Home Opener as the Stars & Rampage will faceoff for the 2nd time already this season as the Stars will raises their Western Conference Championship Banner. It will be the first of a weekend set as the team will play Sunday Afternoon at home against the Peoria Rivermen who finished 5th in the West Division last season. For the Rivermen last weekend, they played twice on opening weekend with a win on Saturday over the Manitoba Moose and a one goal loss to the Milwaukee Admirals.

Both Houston and San Antonio are doing a 3 game in 3 night weekend coming up. First for the Aeros, a strong 6-1 over the Barons have the Aeros looking to fend off their last place showing in the West last year. This weekend is going to be crazy with a return trip to OKC on Friday, the team's home opener on Saturday against the Peoria Rivermen then their first home game against OKC again on Sunday Afternoon. These are 2 of 3 straight at home which will conclude on 10/22 against the Peoria Rivermen.

San Antonio is coming off a mixed opening weekend where a 1-1 weekend saw them just cruse to a 6-3 victory over Chicago where they dominated the Wolves and were up 5-0 at one point before the Wolves had 3 goals midway through the 3rd period. Then on Sunday, Rampage Goalie Matt Climie played against his old team as the Stars pulled away what was a Goaltenders Duel where it took 55 minutes to find the first goal where Scott Mcculloch scored with 5 minutes left. Then 2 goals by Travis Morin late put the game away for the Stars first win of the season.

In the NAHL, the South Division is getting very tight with the top 4 teams separated by just a single point with Texas coming on strong in recent weeks and both Topeka & Wichita Falls cooling off since a strong start at the NAHL Blane Showcase to start the season.

The big series this weekend takes place in the Texas Panhandle as the Roadrunners will take on the Bulls as the teams will be fighting it out for first place on the line as both teams are looking to pull away from the log jam on top of the South Division.

Texas will begin a 4 game road trip this weekend with weekend series in New Mexico this weekend and Corpus Christi next weekend. Currently the Tornado have won 4 in a row and have gotten points in the last 6 as some big time roster moves, especially with new goalie Jimmy Kruger is starting to make an impact quickly. Playing last place New Mexico should give the team a chance to make a big move in the South Division.

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This Weeks Southwest Schedule  (All Start Times are CDT)

Dallas Stars (NHL)

10/14:  VS. Detroit Red Wings      7:30 PM @ AAC  (FSN Southwest & NHLN-US)

10/16:  VS. St. Louis Blues             7:00 PM @ AAC (TXA 21)

American Hockey League


No Southwest Games


Peoria Riverman VS. San Antonio Rampage    7:00 PM 

Houston Aeros VS. Oklahoma City Barons       7:05 PM 


San Antonio Rampage VS. Texas Stars                     7:00 PM

Lake Erie Monsters VS. Oklahoma City Barons     7:05 PM

Peoria Rivermen VS. Houston Aeros                         7:35 PM


Oklahoma City Barons VS. Houston Aeros               4:05 PM

Lake Erie Monsters VS. San Antonio Rampage        4:30 PM0

Peoria Rivermen VS. Texas Stars                                5:00 PM

Central Hockey League


Mississippi Riverkings VS. Bossier-Shreveport Mudbugs      7:05 PM

Odesssa Jackalopes VS. Missouri Mavericks       7:05 PM

Texas Brahmas VS. Allen Americans                     7:30 PM

Laredo Bucks VS. RG Valley Killer Bees               7:30 PM

Wichita Thunder VS. Tulsa Oilers                           7:35 PM


Texas Brahmas VS. Allen Americans             7:00 PM

Bossier-Shreveport Mudbugs VS. Mississippi Riverkings    7:05 PM

Tulsa Oilers VS. Wichita Thunder              7:05 PM

Odessa Jackalopes VS. Quad City Mallards     7:05 PM

Laredo Bucks VS. RG Valley Killer Bees      7:30 PM


No Southwest Games

North American Hockey League


No Southwest Games


Topeka Roadrunners VS. Amarillo Bulls     7:00 PM

Corpus Christi Icerays VS. Wichita Falls Wildcats    7:05 PM

Texas Tornado VS. New Mexico Mustangs    8:30 PM


Topeka Roadrunners VS. Amarillo Bulls    7:00 PM

Texas Tornado VS. New Mexico Mustangs    8:30 PM


No Southwest Games


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