Friday, January 29, 2010

Southwest Weekend Schedule

It's another busy weekend of hockey across the Southwest as the Dallas Stars will highlight it with the final of a 6 game run against Northwest Division teams as the Stars will face off against the Colorado Avalanche tonight as the Stars will face them for the 2nd time this week as the Stars will look for revenge after the Avs beat them 4-0 back on Sunday night. This time though, the game is at home where the Stars have won 7 of their last 8 at the AAC to help them stay in the playoff chase.

Currently the Stars are in 11th right now, but are just 3 points back of 8th place Calgary. After tonight, it's another home game Sunday night against the Phoenix Coyotes where after this game, just 6 games will be left before the NHL'S Olympic Break begins on Feb. 15

All 3 AHL Teams are busy as the Texas Stars have benefited from a bad week from the Milwaukee Admirals, after a 5-2 Texas win on Wednesday, the Admirals loss ed 4-1 to Hamilton last night. It's a weekend set with the Abbotsford Heat, before a heading up north to take on the Peoria Rivermen and Milwaukee Admirals on Sunday and Tuesday on the road.

Texas is currently tied for 2nd with Peoria, but just 1 point back of the Milwaukee Admirals for the West Division Lead. This will be a good shot against a surprising Abbotsford Heat team who is in the midst of the North Division Playoff Race currently in 4th and within striking distance of the Manitoba Moose.

Houston heads up north to Milwaukee on Friday night where hopefully getting them on a losing streak will benefit the Aeros tonight where this will be the only game of the weekend before the Aeros head on the road to face the Peoria Rivermen before coming back home to take on the Abbotsford Heat on 2/1.

San Antonio looks to use the momentum that they found with wins over the Toronto Marlies with a trip to New York to take on the Syracuse Crunch as they are on the early portion of what is called the "Rodeo Road Trip" as the San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo will have the AT&T Center busy for the next couple of weeks as they next home game won't be until Feb. 26 when they will finally come back to take on teams throughout the North and West Divisions, and even a rare trip to the East Division tonight.

In the Central Hockey League, the Texas Brahmas and Laredo Bucks will face off in Laredo as the 2 teams are fighting it out for the 3rd spot in the Conference is on a 2 game South Texas Road Trip with games against the Laredo Bucks and Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees this weekend.

Their D/FW Rival Allen will host the Corpus Christi Icerayz who are in 7th place tonight, then head up north for a 2 game road trip against the Mississippi Riverkings and the Missouri Mavericks on Saturday and Tuesday.

RGV begins an important stretch of their season where 6 of their next 10 are on the road with a trip to the Bossier-Shreveport Mudbugs before hosting the Texas Brahmas on Saturday, then heading to Corpus Christi to take on the Icerayz on Sunday afternoon.

Finally in the NAHL, the Texas Tornado begin a stretch where 8 of their next 11 games are on the road with a weekend tilt against the Topeka Roadrunners where the Tornado are in Topeka looking to comeback after getting sweeped by the Wichita Falls Wildcats. For the Wildcats, Mike Flanagan continues his reign as the new head coach with a home weekend series against the Fairbanks Ice Dogs.

National Hockey League

1/29: Colorado Avalanche VS. Dallas Stars 7:30 PM

1/31: Phoenix Coyotes VS. Dallas Stars 5:00 PM

American Hockey League


Abbotsford Heat VS. Texas Stars 7:30 PM

Houston Aeros VS. Milwaukee Admirals 7:00 PM

San Antonio Rampage VS. Syracuse Crunch 6:30 PM


San Antonio Rampage VS. Lake Erie Monsters 6:30 PM

Houston Aeros VS. Peoria Rivermen 7:00 PM

Abbotsford Heat VS. Texas Stars 7:00 PM


Texas Stars VS. Peoria Rivermen 6:00 PM

Central Hockey League


Arizona Sundogs VS Odessa Jackalopes 7:00 PM

Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees VS. Bossier-Shreveport Mudbugs 7:00 PM

Corpus Christi Icerayz VS. Allen Americans 7:30 PM

Texas Brahmas VS. Laredo Bucks 7:35 PM

Colorado Eagles VS. Tulsa Oilers 7:35 PM


Colorado Eagles VS. Bossier-Shreveport Mudbugs 7:05 PM

Allen Americans VS. Missouri Mavericks 7:05 PM

Arizona Sundogs VS. Odessa Jackalopes 7:05 PM

Corpus Christi Icerayz VS. Laredo Bucks 7:30 PM

Mississippi Riverkings VS. Tulsa Oilers 7:35 PM

Texas Brahmas VS. Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees 7:35 PM


Arizona Sundogs VS. Amarillo Gorillas 4:05 PM

Laredo Bucks VS. Odessa Jackalopes 4:05 PM

Tulsa Oilers VS. Texas Brahmas 4:05 PM

Rio Grande Valley VS. Corpus Christi Icerayz 5:00 PM

North American Hockey League


Texas Tornado VS. Topeka Roadrunners 7:05 PM

Fairbanks Ice Dogs VS. Wichita Falls Wildcats 7:05 PM


Texas Tornado VS. Topeka Roadrunners 7:05 PM

Fairbanks Ice Dogs VS. Wichita Falls Wildcats 7:05 PM

Texas HS Update: 1/29

With the final strecth of the regular season coming up in the AT&T Metroplex HS Hockey League, the details for this AT&T Metroplex HS Hockey League All Star Game will be taking place at the Dr. Pepper Arena in Frisco on Febuary 6 as the league will get the chance to feature its best and brighest as the league will feature it's best and for some indvindual players, a chance to impress Junior and College Scouts for different teams across North America.

The number of players from each team will send up to 5 players to league commissioner who will eventully decide who makes the team. As for the coaching staff, it will be determined based on league standings as of New Years Eve. For the Varsity All Star Game, they will be 18 skaters and 3 goalies who each will play a period of the game.

The JV All Star Game will have 12 players and 2 goalies will play in the JV All Star Game.

For the game formats for both the Varsity and JV Games, the Varsity will play 3 18 minute periods with full intermissions. This is get the players a taste of the next level in College and Junior should they get their by playing near full games for this event.

The JV will have 2 30 minute runtime periods where the clock will not stop expect for a few instances, like injuries and that's about it.

The rosters should be announced sometime today as the Varsity and JV All Star Games will be part of a full day of hockey as the Texas Tornado will round out the day that night with a game agianst the Fairbanks Icedogs at the Dr. Pepper Arena.

You can find more info for the AT&T Metroplex HS Hockey All Star Game Here.

As for recent league action, most of the teams have around 6 games left in the regular season as the elite in the Gold Tier have been settled as they will be 3 teams most likely be battaling it out for the League Championship as Southlake Carroll, And Coppell squared off last night as the Coppell Cowboys were able to shut down players like Connor Morrow to beat the Dragons 5-2 with an early goal by Chris Wzolek who scored just his 2nd goal of the year just 2 minutes into the game.

Following goals by Connor Morrow and Aaron Wright late in the 1st to make it 2-1 late in the 1st period. After trading goals again to make it 3-2 late in the 3rd period, Cody Rogers and Peter Dempsey score empty netters in the final minute to put the game away 5-2. In addidition to the goal output, Coppell goalie Derek Wilms who despite splitting time with Fadi Hurtibise, Wilms has an impressive 1.65 GAA and a .929 SV% in his 9 games played this season.

In other action last night throughout the Dallas Area, were Frisco ISD and Dallas Jesuit who helped their playoff chances in impressive ways. Frisco ISD got into the 8th and final playoff spot with a 4-3 win, ending a 5 game winning streak that the Flower Mound Jaguars have had since the return from Christmas Break. Dallas Jesuit had an impressive 5-2 win over Plano West who have which helped them keep the 7th spot in the Gold Tier with 6 games left to play

In the Silver Tier last night, it was a battle of division leaders as Garland ISD and Keller ISD played in an exicting 7-6 win over the Garland ISD Stampede as the Stampede looks to improve their chances of clinching home ice throughout the Silver Tier Playoffs. 7 goals were scored by 5 different players for Garland including Collin Steinmentz who has scored 7 goals in just 6 games played this season.

Keller were able to get a point for the OT loss, but with the OT Loss paired with the 5-0 win over Denton County has helped them get into a tie for 1st place in the West Division. Keller ISD has another Division Leader as they will head to Frisco next week to play FM Marcus who's leading the Central Division and coming off a surprsing 4-1 loss against Arlington Martin last night.

Going into the month of Febaruy, teams will have posititoning for the playoffs in mind as the regular season for most teams in the area will end on March 4 with a handful ending a few days later on March 7.

Here's a look at the current standings and upcoming schedule for the next 2 weeks in both the Gold and Silver Division.

League Standings

Gold Tier

1. Southlake Carroll 18 GP 14-2-2 30 PTS 95-41

2. Allen 18 GP 14-3-1 29 PTS 82-40

3. Coppell 18 GP 13-3-2 28 PTS 69-48

4. Plano West 18 GP 11-6-1 23 PTS 72-48

5. Plano Senior 18 GP 11-6-1 23 PTS 66-50

6. Flower Mound 18 GP 8-8-2 18 PTS 64-58

7. Dallas Jesuit 18 GP 7-10-1 15 PTS 33-52

8. Frisco ISD 18 GP 5-12-1 11 PTS 44-76

9. Mckinney ISD 18 GP 4-13-1 9 PTS 45-104

10. Highland Park 18 GP 3-13-2 8 PTS 32-85

Silver Tier

Central Division

1. FM Marcus 17 GP 11-5-1 23 PTS 95-62

2. Denton Co.
Spartans 19 GP 10-8-1 21 PTS 82-80

3. Grapevine 19 GP 10-9-0 20 PTS 104-94

4. Southlake Carroll 18 GP 7-8-3 17 PTS 45-55

5. Colleyvile Heritage 18 GP 6-8-4 16 PTS 64-82

East Division

1. Garland ISD 18 GP 16-2-0 32 PTS 96-48

2. Rockwall 17 GP 13-3-1 27 PTS 94-71

3. Plano East 18 GP 12-6-0 24 PTS 93-62

4. Richardson ISD 17 GP 9-7-1 19 PTS 71-69

5. Plano West 17 GP 5-11-1 11 PTS 51-83

6. Bishop Lynch 18 GP 2-14-2 6 PTS 31-85

7. Plano Senior 18 GP 1-17-0 2 PTS 28-96

West Division

1. Keller ISD 17 GP 14-2-1 29 PTS 93-46

2. Midlothain 18 GP 14-3-1 29 PTS 82-50

3. Arlington Martin 18 GP 8-9-1 17 PTS 66-64

4. Mansfield ISD 17 GP 7-10-0 14 PTS 47-52

5. HEB-Birdville 18 GP 6-11-1 13 PTS 49-92

Here's the schedule for Early Febuary which includes the All Star Game.


Gold Tier

Plano West VS. Flower Mound 5:30 PM @ Farmers Branch Starcenter

Frisco ISD VS. Highland Park 6:30 PM @ Richardson Ice Training Center

Southlake Carroll VS. Dallas Jesuit 8:15 PM @ Richardson Ice Training Center

Allen VS. Plano Senior 8:45 PM @ Plano Starcenter

Mckinney ISD VS. Coppell 9:00 PM @ Farmers Branch Starcenter

Silver Tier

Richardson ISD VS. Plano East 6:45 PM @ Frisco Starcenter

Mansfield ISD VS. Arlington Martin 7:00 PM @ Euless Starcenter

HEB-Birdville VS. Midlothain 7:00 PM @ Plano Starcenter

Bishop Lynch VS. Plano Senior 7:15 PM @ Mckinney Starcenter

Garland ISD VS. Grapevine 7:15 PM @ Farmers Branch Starcenter

FM Marcus VS. Keller ISD 8:30 PM @ Frisco Starcenter

Denton Co. Spartans VS. Colleyville Heritage 8:45 PM @ Euless Starcenter

Southlake Carroll VS. Rockwall 9:00 PM @ Mckinney Starcenter


All Star Game 1:30 PM @ Dr. Pepper Arena

Silver Tier

Mansfield ISD VS. Midlothain 7:00 PM @ Euless Starcenter*

Plano Senior VS. Plano East 8:30 PM @ Plano Starcenter*

*Expect a Schedule Change due to the All Star Game.


Gold Tier

Southlake Carroll VS. Flower Mound 5:30 PM @ Farmers Branch Starcenter

Plano Senior VS. Frisco ISD 6:45 PM @ Frisco Starcenter

Highland Park VS. Plano West 7:00 PM @ Plano Starcenter

Dallas Jesuit VS. Mckinney ISD 7:15 PM @ Mckinney Starcenter

Allen VS. Coppell 8:45 PM @ Plano Starcenter

Silver Tier

Southlake Carroll VS. Bishop Lynch 6:30 PM @ Richardson Ice Training Center

Plano Senior VS. Arlington Martin 7:00 PM @ Euless Starcenter

Richardson ISD VS. Grapevine 7:15 PM @ Farmers Branch Starcenter

Plano West VS. Garland ISD 8:15 PM @ Richardson Ice Training Center

HEB-Birdville VS. FM Marcus 8:30 PM @ Frisco Starcenter

Midlothain VS. Colleyville Heritage 8:45 PM @ Euless Starcenter

Denton Co. Spartans VS. Keller ISD 9:00 PM @ Farmers Branch Starcenter

Mansfield ISD VS. Rockwall 9:00 PM @ Mckinney Starcenter


Silver Tier

Colleyville Heritage VS. Grapevine 7:45 PM @ Farmers Branch Starcenter

TV Schedule for AHL Lone Star Faceoff

Back in December, Fox Sports Net Southwest announced that they will televise games from the AHL Lone Star Faceoff Rivalry. Recently, the TV Schedule has been finalised on which games and who will be covering the games in the final 2 months and change of the regular season.

It will be sponsored by State Farm Insurance and it will televise 6 games starting in late Feb with each team playing 3 times on a combination of FSN Southwest, FSN Houston and FSN Plus. Each of the home Teams will provide the Play by Play while former Dallas Star Brent Severyn will be the color analyst for all 6 games that the networks will air. The first of which will be on February 27 when the Houston Aeros play host to the Texas Stars.

The schedule breaks down to having 2 games in late February, 2 in early March and then 2 in early April to help bring you the road to the AHL Calder Cup Playoffs which will begin in mid April after the regular season ends on April 11. Currently the West Division is cleary the tightest and will have the most exciting playoff races in the West Division with everyone having at least a decent chance of making the playoffs.

Texas is in the midst of the division Title Race as the Stars are just 1 point back of the Milwaukee Admirals after a 5-2 win earlier this week, while the Houston Aeros have been along the playoff cut line all year long with the Aeros in 5th place just 5 points back of a surging Chicago Wolves team.

Finally the San Antonio Rampage are looking to return to the playoffs after being one of the league's worst teams last year. They currently in last, but are quickly gaining ground on the rest of the Division with 45 points.

"As part of our Hockey Night in Texas initiative, we're excited to showcase the talented AHL Teams and players across the state." said FSN Southwest Senior VP/GM Jon Heidtke. "This series will gave fans throughout the state a chance to witness the exciting style of hockey played in Texas and will allow to follow the future Stars of the NHL on Television. We look forward to a successful partnership as we continue to promote hockey in Texas.

At the end of the regular season, the winning team will receive a payments from the 2nd and 3rd place teams to benefit a charity of the team's choice. Currently the Texas Stars have been leading the Lone Star Faceoff with 19 points, Houston is currently in 2nd place with 17 points and the San Antonio Rampage are in 3rd with 13 points with each team playing in between 45 and 50 games into the regular season.

Lone Star Faceoff TV Schedule

2/27: Texas Stars VS. Houston Aeros 7:35 PM

2/28: San Antonio Rampage VS. Texas Stars 5:00 PM

3/3: Houston Aeros VS. San Antonio Rampage 7:00 PM

3/5: San Antonio Rampage VS. Houston Aeros 7:35 PM

4/3: Houston Aeros VS. Texas Stars 7:00 PM

4/8: Houston Aeros VS. San Antonio Rampage 7:00 PM

1/28 Boxscores and Game Stories

Professional Scores

National Hockey League

Atlanta Thrashers 4 Philadelphia Flyers 3 (1-0, 0-3, 3-0)

Ottawa Senators 4 Pittsburgh Penguins 1 (2-1, 0-0, 2-0)

NY Islanders 1 Carolina Hurricanes 4 (0-2, 0-0, 1-2)

Los Angeles Kings 4 Columbus Blue Jackets 1 (1-0, 1-0, 2-1)

Minnesota Wild 1 Colorado Avalanche 0 (0-0, 0-0, 1-0)

Calgary Flames 2 Phoenix Coyotes 3 (SO) (0-0, 1-2, 1-0, 0-0, 0-1)

St. Louis Blues 2 Edmonton Oilers 1 (0-0, 1-1, 1-0)

Chicago Blackhawks 4 San Jose Sharks 3 (OT) (3-1, 0-1, 0-1, 1-0)

American Hockey League

Hamilton Bulldogs 4 Milwaukee Admirals 1 (2-0, 2-1, 0-0)

Central Hockey League

Rapid City Rush 3 Mississippi Riverkings 4 (SO) (2-0, 0-1, 1-2, 0-0, 0-1)

Major Junior Scores

Western Hockey League

No Games Tonight

Ontario Hockey League

Sudbury Wolves 1 Barrie Colts 4 (1-2, 0-1, 0-1)

Belleville Bulls 3 Peterborough Petes 1 (1-0, 1-0, 1-1)

Sault. St. Marie Greyhounds 1 Oshawa Generals 2 (SO) (0-1, 0-0, 1-0, 0-0, 0-1)

Guelph Storm 1 Windsor Spitfires 5 (1-2, 0-0, 0-3)

Brampton Battalion 1 Saginaw Spirit 0 (1-0, 0-0, 0-0)

Erie Otters 3 Niagara Icedogs 5 (2-1, 1-3, 0-1)

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Victoriaville Tigers 1 Moncton Wildcats 2 (0-0, 1-1, 0-1)

Montreal De Junior 1 Rouyn-Nornda Huskies 2 (OT) (0-1, 1-0, 0-0, 0-1)

Chicoutimi Sagueneens 2 Drummondville Voltigeurs 7 (0-3, 1-1, 1-3)

Baie-Comeau Drakkar 4 Gatineau Olympiques 2 (1-0, 1-1, 2-1)


No Games Tonight

U.S.A. Junior's

United States Hockey League

No Games Due to All Star Break

North American Hockey League

No Games Tonight

1/27 Boxscores and Game Stories

Here's a look at the Boxscores and Stories from January 27 as we get pass the final All Star Game as the USHL had theirs on Tuesday while the Olympics start up 2 weeks from tonight with the Men's Olympic Hockey Tournament on 1/16 while the Women's Olympic Hockey Tournament will start on 1/13 which is the day after the Opening Ceremonies.

Professional Scores

National Hockey League

New Jersey Devils 1 Buffalo Sabres 2 (SO) (0-1, 1-0, 0-0, 0-0, 0-1)

Carolina Hurricanes 5 NY Rangers 1 (2-0, 1-1, 2-0)

Anaheim Ducks 1 Washington Capitals 5 (0-1, 1-0, 0-4)

Montreal Canadians 0 Tampa Bay Lighting 3 (0-1, 0-2, 0-0)

Detroit Red Wings 2 Minnesota Wild 5 (2-3, 0-0, 0-2)

Calgary Flames 3 Dallas Stars 4 (SO) (2-1, 1-1, 0-1, 0-0, 0-1)

Dallas Stars Game Story:

St. Louis Blues 2 Vancouver Cancuks 3 (1-1, 0-0, 1-2)

American Hockey League

San Antonio Rampage 4 Toronto Marlies 3 (SO) (1-0, 0-1, 2-2, 0-0, 1-0)

San Antonio Rampage Game Story:

Norfolk Admirals 5 Hartford Wolfpack 4 (2-1, 2-2, 1-1)

Adirondack Phantoms 5 Binghamton Senators 3 (2-1, 2-0, 1-2)

Manitoba Moose 1 Worcester Sharks 3 (0-1, 0-1, 1-1)

Houston Aeros 2 Chicago Wolves 5 (1-2, 0-1, 1-2)

Houston Aeros Game Story:

Hamilton Bulldogs 5 Rockford Icehogs 0 (1-0, 2-0, 2-0)

Central Hockey League

Odessa Jackalopes 5 Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees 4 (OT) (0-2, 0-0, 4-2, 1-0)

Odessa Jackalopes Game Story:

RGV Killer Bees Game Story:

Amarillo Gorillas 3 Colorado Eagles 6 (1-1, 1-2, 1-3)

Amarillo Gorillas Game Story:

Major Junior Scores

Western Hockey League

Moose Jaw Warriors 3 Saskatoon Blades 4 (OT) (0-3, 1-0, 2-0, 0-1)

Brandon Wheat Kings 4 Lethbridge Hurricanes 1 (2-1, 2-0, 0-0)

Tri-City Americans 3 Red Deer Rebeles 4 (SO) (2-0, 1-2, 0-1, 0-0, 0-1)

Spokane Chiefs 4 Chilliwack Bruins 1 (2-0, 2-0, 0-1)

Seattle Thunderbirds 2 Kelowna Rockets 4 (1-0, 1-0, 0-4)

Medicine Hat Tigers 5 Prince George Cougars 4 (4-0, 0-1, 1-3)

Ontario Hockey League

Plymouth Whalers 5 Owen Sound Attack 2 (2-1, 1-1, 2-0)

Mississauga St. Micheal's Majors 7 Belleville Bulls 2 (1-1, 3-1, 3-0)

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Halifax Mooseheads 6 Lewiston Maineiacs 5 (SO) (1-1, 2-2, 2-2, 0-0, 1-0)

Val-dor Foureres 1 P.E.I. Rockets 4 (0-1, 0-2, 1-1)

Victoriaville Tigers 7 Acadie-Bathurst Titans 4 (2-2, 2-2, 3-0)

Quebec City Ramparts 10 Rimouski Oceanic 4 (2-1, 2-1, 6-2)


No Games Tonight

U.S.A. Junior's

United States Hockey League

No Games due to the All Star Break

North American Hockey League

No Games Tonight

Jacob Fallon lands with the Indiana Ice

After leaving the USNTDP without much explanation a few weeks ago up in Ann Arbor, Michigan. It was reveled last week that he will play the rest of the season with the defending USHL Clark Cup Champion Indiana Ice. The Southlake native who will turn 18 next month haven't seen much ice time this season where he played just 6 games with the USNTDP where he scored just 2 points in a game back on 12/19 against the Youngstown Phantoms just before the League's Winter Break.

While some thought that he was leaving for the Seattle Thunderbirds where his Major Junior Rights are, he is also committed to play his college hockey with the Michigan Wolverines after this season. To get to the point where he can impress both the Thunderbirds and the Michigan program's, he will need to pick up the pace the rest of the season with the Ice where in 8 total games has just 2 points and hasn't shown very much in the way of being a scoring threat, being physcial away from the puck or hasn't been great on defense.

He's hoping to make a fresh start after a less then successful time with the USNTDP. He's hoping to put that time behind him and focus on helping the Ice move up in the East Division, and be in a position to challenge the Omaha Lancers, Fargo Force and Green Bay Gamblers as they are the main contenders for the USHL Clark Cup Championship this season.

Hopefully, just the fact that's he done with the USNTDP situation and getting a chance to make a fresh start at this point in his hockey career will hopefully help out the team and Fallon getting more valuable playing time on the ice. As for the team record, the Ice are in 3rd place in the East Division with a 19-14-2 record (40 points), the Ice trail the Cedar Rapids Roughriders by 4 points and 1st round home ice, while they lead the Waterloo Blackhawks and Chicago Steel by 4 and 5 points as the 2 teams battle for the final playoff spot in the East.

He made his Indiana debut last weekend in a weekend series against the Tri-City Storm where he didn't register a point and getting used to his new surroundings. This weekend coming up as the Ice will have 3 games, starting with a Friday and Saturday weekend tilt with the Chicago Steel, then it's a return to Ann Arbor to take on the USNTDP on Sunday afternoon.

USHL Website:

Indiana Ice Team Website:

Jacob Fallon Team Profile:

Upcoming Indiana Ice Schedule All times are CST

1/29: VS. Chicago Steel 6:05 PM

1/30: VS. Chicago Steel 6:05 PM

1/31: @ USNTDP 2:05 PM

2/3: @ Youngstown Phantoms 9:00 AM

2/8: VS. Waterloo Blackhawks 11:05 AM

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

The East Division win's very tight USHL All Star Game in OT

The 2010 USHL All Star Game turned out to be a very tight back and fourth affair where the game was very close and neither side was out of it at all for the entire night. In the end, it was Indiana's Nick Bailen, the physical forward who's been with the team since 2005 has racked up more then 300 penalty minutes in his junior career is the unlikely hero for the East Division back on Tuesday night.

Press Release from the United States Hockey League Website:

Des Moines Buccaneers forward Ryan Walters registered the fourth hat trick in USHL All Star Game History, but it was defensemen Nick Bailen who was the hero for the East Division to win in the final seconds of OT to win the All Star Game for the East Division.

In a game that saw the clubs trade goals all evening, it was only fitting that it needed more then 60 minutes to decide the outcome. It was a night full of goals, saves, great passes, and several big hits in a night that saw everything and then some. Nate Condon (Fargo Force) opened the scoring just under 3 minutes into the contest to give the West Division a 1-0 lead. Tom Serratore (Youngstown Phantoms), a late All Star Addition, and Max Cook of the Indiana Ice responded with a pair of goals in favor of the East Division. Ryan Walters (Des Moines Buccaneers) scored the first of his 3 goals to even the contest heading into the first intermission.

Walters gave the West their second lead of the game early in the 2nd period. Shane Berschbach was the 2nd Indiana Ice player of the night to tally a goal when he evened the game later in the frame with a brilliant pass from Ice teammate Max Cook.

Tyler Barnes (Waterloo Blackhawks) helped the East Division regain the lead, but Ryan Walters finished off his hat trick a little more then 6 minutes later to tie the score again.

After 60 minutes of play, the game went into OT with each team skating 4 players a side. It appeared to be heading into a shootout but defensemen Nick Bailey (Indiana Ice) fired a puck that found the back of the night with just 13 seconds remaining in the OT period to give the East Division the 5-4 win.

Troy Grosenick (Cedar Rapids Roughriders) earned the victory in net making 14 saves after entering the game midway through the 2nd period.

Nate Condon was named the player of the Game for the West Division, while Nick Bailen was honored as the player of the game for the East Division. The game's MVP went to Ryan Walters with his 3 goal performance.

As for Omaha Lancers forward and Dallas Native C.J. Ludwig, he had no points in the game and was a -2 for the night. He also fired off 2 shots on goal, in all, not a great night but he will defiantly remember this experience and he will benefit against playing against the league's best.

Game Summary

West Division 4 East Division 5 (OT) (2-2, 1-1, 1-1, 0-1)
1-0: Nate Condon (Schmidt) 2:55 1st
1-1: Tom Serratore (Seckel) 4:02 1st
1-2: Max Cook (Berschbach, Holmstrom) 11:11 1st
2-2: Ryan Walters (White) 15:32 1st
3-2: Ryan Walters (Schwartz) 3:54 2nd
3-3: Shane Berschbach (Cook, Aneloski) 12:46 2nd
3-4: Tyler Barnes (Lee) 7:16 3rd
4-4: Ryan Walters (Voran) 13:26 3rd
4-5: Nick Bailen (Furne, Anthoine) 4:47 OT

SOG: West 37 East 26
PIM: West None East None

West: Jeff Teglia 9 SVS on 11 Shots Clay Witt 12 SVS on 15 Shots
East: Steve Summerhays 19 SVS on 22 Shots Troy Grosenick 14 SVS on 15 Shots

ATT: 2226

1/25-26 Boxscores and Game Stories

Here's a look at the box scores from the last 2 days. Look for more on the United States Hockey League All Star Game on the next post regarding box scores, the game story and how the game went last night in Indiana as we get ready for the 2nd half of the USHL Season.

Professional Scores

National Hockey League


Pittsburgh Penguins 4 NY Rangers 2 (1-0, 0-1, 3-1)

St. Louis Blues 2 Calgary Flames 0 (0-0, 1-0, 1-0)

Buffalo Sabres 2 Vancouver Canucks 3 (0-0, 1-2, 1-1)


Los Angeles Kings 5 Toronto Maple Leafs 3 (1-1, 3-1, 1-1)

Washington Capitals 7 NY Islanders 2 (4-1, 2-1, 1-0)

Anaheim Ducks 1 Atlanta Thrashers 2 (0-0, 1-1, 0-1)

Nashville Predators 2 Columbus Blue Jackets 3 (0-0, 0-1, 2-2)

Phoenix Coyotes 5 Detroit Red Wings 4 (OT) (0-1, 2-2, 2-2, 1-0)

New Jersey Devils 0 Ottawa Senators 3 (0-2, 0-1, 0-0)

Montreal Canadians 1 Florida Panthers 2 (0-0, 1-0, 0-2)

Chicago Blackhawks 4 Edmonton Oilers 2 (1-0, 3-1, 0-1)

American Hockey League

Albany River Rats 2 Bridgeport Sound Tigers 1 (SO) (1-0, 0-0, 0-1, 0-0, 1-0)

Manchester Monarchs 2 Portland Pirates 3 (SO) (1-0, 1-2, 0-0, 0-0, 0-1)

Milwaukee Admirals 2 Texas Stars 5 (0-2, 1-1, 1-2)

Texas Stars Game Story:

Central Hockey League

Rapid City Rush 2 Mississippi Riverkings 3 (SO) (0-1, 1-0, 1-1, 0-0, 0-1)

Texas Brahmas 2 Bossier-Shreveport Mudbugs 4 (1-0, 1-3, 0-1)

Texas Brahmas Game Story:

Bossier-Shreveport Mudbugs Game Story:

Missouri Mavericks 6 Tulsa Oilers 3 (3-1, 1-0, 2-2)

Tulsa Oilers Game Story:

Major Junior Scores

Western Hockey League

Swift Current Broncos 3 Moose Jaw Warriors 2 (OT) (1-2, 1-0, 0-0, 1-0)

Brandon Wheat Kings 6 Kootenay Ice 5 (OT) (2-3, 2-2, 1-0, 1-0)

Medicine Hat Tigers 9 Prince George Cougars 3 (5-0, 2-2, 2-1)

Spokane Chiefs 1 Kamloops Blazers 8 (0-3, 1-4, 0-1)

Ontario Hockey League

London Knights 6 Kitchener Rangers 3 (3-2, 2-1, 1-0)

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

No Games on Monday or Tuesday


Non Conference

U-Conn 1 Princeton 8 (0-4, 1-2, 0-2)

Sacred Heart 6 American Int. 1 (2-0, 0-1, 4-0)

U.S.A. Junior's

United States Hockey League

No Games due to All Star Game

North American Hockey League

No Games Monday or Tuesday

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Twitter Updates during the USHL All Star Game

It's another All Star Game tonight as the United States Hockey League will be in Indiana for the USHL All Star Game tonight as the defending champion Indiana Ice will host the best Junior Players in the country as the best of the best will get to play in front of college and pro scouts for their hockey future. Also for Southwest based players, C.J. Ludwig from the Dallas area will play for the West Division who plays for the West Division Leading Omaha Lancers tonight.

Tonight's game will start at 7:15 PM EST/6:15 PM EST and I will be reporting from Scoring updates to big time hits that could change the game tonight.

For more, check out my twitter page at

Monday, January 25, 2010

League Rankings as of 1/25

Here's a look at league rankings for the Major Junior, Canadian Junior A and NCAA Rankings as we reach the playoff and tournament runs are starting to get into high gear.

Major Junior

The St. John Seadogs have used their amazing 38-7-1 mark as the best record in the QMJHHL and with a 22 game winning streak earlier this season have put the Seadogs on a blistering pace to finish as the best team in the regular season and the top team when the QMJHL Playoffs begin in March. Just below them are the OHL Power Houses Windsor Spitfires and Barrie Colts who are the tops in the Eastern and Western Conference as the Barrie Colts for the first time this year have leap froged the defending OHL & Memorial Cup Champion Spitfires and could be on a crash course for the OHL Championship in the spring.

With both teams having big leads in their respective conferences will make it tough for teams like the Mississauga St. Micheal's Majors and the Kitchener Rangers to catch up.

The top team out west is the Tri-City Americans who are widing their gap in the Western Hockey League and will be racing with teams like the Saskatoon Blades to catch the top spot and having home ice advantage throughout the entire playoffs in the Western Hockey League. Saskatoon and Victoriaville both jumped up a couple of spots as the main contenders for home ice advantage to challenge St. John and Tri-City in their respective leagues.

The Drummondville Voltigeurs have allowed the Tigers take the top spot in the QMJHL Central Division and that will most likely be the best Division Race in the QMJHL and could be the best in the entire major junior.

Other big division races to watch for is the Central Division in the WHL between Kootenay, Calgary and Medicine Hat. Also the Midwest Division in the OHL between the London Knights and the Kitchener Rangers which will most likely bee for the 2nd seed in the Western Conference.

At the tail end of the rankings is the Brandon Wheat Kings have jumped up from 10 to 9 while the London Knights contending for the Midwest Division Title has them up into the 10th and final spot in the rankings. As for this weeks Honorable Mentions, they are the Moncton Wildcats, Medicine Hat Tigers who was 9th in last weeks rankings and the Kitchener Rangers.

1 (2). St. John Seadogs (QMJHL) (38-7-1)

2 (3). Barrie Colts (OHL) (36-6-1)

3 (1). Windsor Spitfires (OHL) (35-7-4)

4 (4). Tri-City Americans (WHL) (35-11-1)

5 (6). Saskatoon Blades (WHL) (32-9-5)

6 (8). Victoriaville Tigers (QMJHL) (33-13-2)

7 (7). Mississauga St. Micheal's Majors (OHL) (31-8-5)

8 (5). Drummondville Voltigeurs (QMJHL) (33-13-2)

9 (10). Brandon Wheat Kings (WHL) (30-15-3)

10 (NR). London Knights (OHL) (31-11-2)

Honorable Mentions

Moncton Wildcats (QMJHL) (30-11-4)

Medicine Hat Tigers (WHL) (27-15-8)

Kitchener Rangers (OHL) (29-12-4)

Canadian Junior A Rankings

The top 3 on this rankings have been unchanged, Alberta Power Spruce Groove contuines to run away with the North Division with a 15 point lead with 12 games left in the season. Players like Nate Fleming and Jason Lazowski are looking to be the big time favorites to win the AJHL Championship and be a big time contenders like the Vernon Vipers and Pentiction Vees when the teams reach the RBC Cup National Championship in Dauphin, Manitoba (Home of the Dauphin Kings).

Elsewhere in the top 5 is the Kingston Voyageurs and the Grande Prairie Storm round out the top 5 as the main leagues that could have the best shot to produce this year's RBC Cup National Tournament is the BCHL, AJHL and the OJAHL as 2 teams from each of these 3 leagues make up the top 6.

Manitoba's top team during the year is this year's RBC Cup National Tournament host Dauphin Kings at #7. Being the national hosts, the Kings were looking to be a big time contender and having a shot to win on home soil, Dauphin is currently in a 16 point lead in the Sherwood Division and should be the #1 seed in the MJHL Playoffs.

The Kings also have 3 of the top 5 scores in the league in Ryan Dreger (84 PTS), Shane Luke (77 PTS), and Bryce Lamb (76 PTS) have been leading the way in Manitoba all year long.

Toping out the top 10 is the Alberni Valley Bulldogs (BCHL), the top Maritime Junior League team in the Woodstock Slammers (MJAHL) and the Central Jr. A Leagues (Brockville Braves).

No major Jumpers and fallers this week as teams like Georgetown and Westside all jumped a spot this week will the rest of the spots were kept near the same this week. The bottom 5 Ft. Mcmuarry, Weyburn, Flin Foln, Burlington, and Abitibi all rounded out the top 20 this week.

As for this weeks Honorable Mentions were the Okotoks Oilers (AJHL), Norte Dame Hounds (SJHL), Selkirk Steelers (MJHL), Bowmanville Eagles (CCHL), Truro Bearcats (MJAHL).

1 (1). Spruce Groove Saints (AJHL)

2 (2). Vernon Vipers (BCHL)

3 (3). Penticton Vees (BCHL)

4 (6). Kingston Voyageurs (OJAHL)

5 (4). Grande Prairie Storm (AJHL)

6 (7). Oakville Blades (OJAHL)

7 (5). Dauphin Kings (MJHL)

8 (9). Alberni Valley Bulldogs (BCHL)

9 (8). Woodstock Slammers (MJAHL)

10 (11). Brockville Braves (CJAHL)

11 (10). Georgetown Raiders (OJAHL)

12 (12). Pembroke Lumber Kings (CJAHL)

13 (14). Westside Warriors (BCHL)

14 (13). Ft. William North Stars (SIJHL)

15 (15). Ft. Mcmurray Oil Barons (AJHL)

16 (16). Weyburn Red Wings (SJHL)

17 (18). Flin Foln Bombers (SJHL)

18 (17). Burlington Cougars (CCHL)

19 (19). Abitibi Eskimos (NOJHL)

20 (20). Terrebonne Cobras (LHJAAAQ)

Honorable Mentions

Okotoks Oilers (AJHL)

Norte Dame Hounds (SJHL)

Selkirk Steelers (MJHL)

Bowmanville Eagles (CCHL)

Truro Bearcats (MJAHL)

Here's a look at the league codes and the number of teams they got in the rankings.

British Columbia Hockey League (BCHL) (4)

Alberta Junior Hockey League (AJHL) (4)

Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League (SJHL) (3)

Manitoba Junior Hockey League (MJHL) (2)

Superior International Junior Hockey League (SIJHL) (1)

Ontario Junior A Hockey League (OJAHL) (3)

Central Canadian Hockey League (CCHL) (2)

Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League (1)

Central Junior A Hockey League (CJAHL) (1)

Quebec Junior A Hockey League (LHJAAAQ) (1)

Maritime Junior A Hockey League (MJAHL) (2)

NCAA Rankings

After losing the top ranking for the 1st time this season, the Miami of Ohio Redhawks have gotten the top spot back as a battle with Michigan State for the top spot of the CCHA. Other's getting votes this week is Wisconsin and Denver who are the top 2 teams in the WCHA as that conference has been among the best in the country this season. Rounding out the top 5 are North Dakota and St. Cloud State who has risen 7 spots from #12 to #5 this week.

The other big jumper is Bemidji State after an impressive weekend sweep of WCHA power Minn-Duluth where the Beavers won on both home and away ice to move up from #14 to #7 this week.

Rounding out the top 10 is Cornell, Minnesota Duluth who lossed two big games to Bemidji State has dropped 5 spots from #4 to #9 while Ferris State rounds out the #10 this week.

The bottom half of the top 20 has a number of Hockey East Teams every spot from #13 to #17 as the Hockey East Conference has been very balanced this year as New Hampshire has a 5 point lead over U-MASS and Boston College who are tied for 2nd with 20 points while Mass-Lowell and Maine are 2 and 3 points back of the Boston College and U-Mass who are tied for 2nd in the Hockey East Conference.

The final few spots in this weeks top 20 is Union which fell 5 spots from #13 to #18, Maine jumped up 1 spot to #19 while one new team in Michigan who's been having a down season right now, but has been against some weak competition against the likes of Michigan Tech, Ferris State and Alaska-Fairbanks who's only in 5th in the CCHA right now.

The rankings go by current rank, the previous rank, the number of first place votes, the Conference, overall record and the Number of Points they got in this weeks rankings.

1 (2). Miami of Ohio (37) (CCHA) (16-4-6) 984 PTS

2 (3). Wisconsin (8) (WCHA) (14-6-4) 938 PTS

3 (1). Denver (5) (WCHA) (14-6-4) 917 PTS

4 (5). North Dakota (WCHA) (13-8-5) 748 PTS

5 (12). St. Cloud State (WCHA) (16-7-3) 679 PTS

6 (6). Yale (ECAC) (11-5-3) 637 PTS

7 (14). Bemijdi State (CHA) (17-5-2) 633 PTS

8 (9). Cornell (ECAC) (10-5-3) 631 PTS

9 (4). Minnesota-Duluth (WCHA) (16-9-1) 622 PTS

10 (8). Ferris State (CCHA) (17-7-2) 601 PTS

11 (7). Colorado College (WCHA) (14-9-3) 590 PTS

12 (10). Michigan State (CCHA) (16-8-4) 480 PTS

13 (16). New Hampshire (Hockey East) (12-7-4) 436 PTS

14 (11). Boston College (Hockey East) (12-8-2) 345 PTS

15 (15). U-Mass (Hockey East) (15-9-0) 326 PTS

16 (19). Mass-Lowell (Hockey East) (14-9-2) 226 PTS

17 (17). Vermont (Hockey East) (12-8-2) 214 PTS

18 (13). Union (ECAC) (13-6-5) 210 PTS

19 (20). Maine (Hockey East) (11-9-2) 69 PTS

20 (NR). Michigan (CCHA) (14-11-1) 68 PTS

Other's getting Votes: St. Lawrence 47 PTS, Lake Superior 41 PTS, Norte Dame 12 PTS, Alaska 10 PTS, Minnesota 6 PTS, Quinnipiac 6 PTS, RIT 3 PTS

Conference Set up

Atlantic Hockey (Atlantic Hockey): 0 Teams

CCHA (Central Collegeaite Hockey Assocation) 4 Teams

CHA (College Hockey America) 1 Team

ECAC (East Coast Atheltic Conference) 3 Teams

Hockey East (Hockey East) 6 Teams

WCHA (Western Collegeaite Hockey Assocation) 6 Teams

1/20 Boxscores and Game Stories

Continuing to catchup from the All Star Events from last week. Here's the game stories and Boxscores from the games on January 20.

Professional Scores

National Hockey League

Florida Panthers 0 New Jersey Devils 2 (0-0, 0-1, 0-1)

St. Louis Blues 4 Montreal Canadians 3 (OT) (3-1, 0-0, 0-2, 1-0)

Vancouver Canucks 3 Edmonton Oilers 2 (OT) (1-1, 0-1, 1-0, 1-0)

American Hockey League

No Games Due to All Star Break

Central Hockey League

Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees 0 Bossier-Shreveport Mudbugs 7 (0-2, 0-4, 0-1)

RGV Killer Bees Game Story:

Bossier-Shreveport Mudbugs Game Story:

Amarillo Gorillas 4 Rapid City Rush 6 (2-2, 2-2, 0-2)

Amarillo Gorillas Game Story:

Odessa Jackalopes 4 Arizona Sundogs 2 (2-1, 1-0, 1-1)

Odessa Jackalopes Game Story:

Laredo Bucks 4 Colorado Eagles 2 (3-0, 0-0, 1-2)

Laredo Bucks Game Story:

Major Junior Scores

Western Hockey League

Brandon Wheat Kings 1 Prince Albert Raiders 4 (0-0, 1-2, 0-2)

Kootenay Ice 8 Swift Current Broncos 6 (5-3, 2-2, 1-1)

Chilliwack Bruins 2 Kelowna Rockets 1 (SO) (0-1, 1-0, 0-0, 0-0, 1-0)

Kamloops Blazers 2 Portland Winterhawks 5 (1-1, 1-1, 0-3)

Vancouver Giants 2 Everett Silvertips 3 (0-0, 2-3, 0-0)

WHL Roundup:

Ontario Hockey League

No Games Tonight

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Shawinigan Cataractes 4 P.E.I. Rockets 5 (SO) (0-1, 2-2, 2-1, 0-0, 0-1)

NCAA Scores

No Games Tonight

U.S.A. Junior Scores

United States Hockey League

Lincoln Stars 6 Tri-City Storm 2 (2-0, 3-2, 1-0)

USNTDP 2 Sioux Falls Stampede 8 (1-1, 0-5, 1-2)

North American Hockey League

No Games due to NAHL Top Prospects Tournament

2 New Poll Questions about the Olympics and the Texas Stars

We got 2 new poll questions that I put up just today regarding the upcoming Vancouver Olympics and the Dallas Stars AHL Affiliate. First for the Olympics is regarding the 4 players that will be going to the 2010 Vancouver Olympics and which player will have the biggest impact for their national team as we are less then a month away from the start of the Olympic Opening Ceremonies as the Winter Games get underway on Feb. 12 while the Hockey Tournament begins on the 16.

Then for the Texas Stars poll question, they are in a very tight race for the West Division Top Seed and the question is simple? Do the Texas have what it takes to win the AHL West Division Title and gain home ice advantage for the 1st rounds of the playoffs when they start up in April.

I would like to see your responses to the questions as they will be up for the next couple of weeks.

The Texas Stars Question is on the side while the Olympic Question is on the bottom of the page.

Sunday, January 24, 2010

1/18-19 Boxscores and Game Stories

Here's a look at how the Games went for January 18 and 19 as I contuine to catchup from all the All Star Events took place last week.

Professional Scores

National Hockey League

Ottawa Senators 5 Boston Bruins 1 (2-0, 2-0, 1-1)

New Jersey Devils 0 NY Islanders 4 (0-2, 0-2, 0-0)

Tampa Bay Lighting 3 Carolina Hurricanes 2 (1-0, 1-1, 1-1)

St. Louis Blues 2 Columbus Blue Jackets 4 (1-2, 1-1, 0-1)

Buffalo Sabres 7 Phoenix Coyotes 2 (1-0, 4-1, 2-1)

Atlanta Thashers 0 Florida Panthers 1 (0-0, 0-1, 0-0)

Toronto Maple Leafs 4 Nashville Predators 3 (3-0, 0-1, 1-2)

Minnesota Wild 3 Dallas Stars 4 (0-1, 1-3, 2-0)

Dallas Stars Game Story:

Edmonton Oilers 0 Colorado Avalanche 6 (0-2, 0-2, 0-2)

Calgary Flames 1 San Jose Sharks 9 (0-3, 0-3, 1-3)


Tampa Bay Lighting 2 NY Rangers 8 (1-3, 1-2, 0-3)

Columbus Blue Jackets 3 Philadelphia Flyers 5 (0-1, 2-3, 1-1)

Detroit Red Wings 2 Washington Capitals 3 (0-0, 1-1, 1-2)

Toronto Maple Leafs 3 Atlanta Thrashers 4 (2-0, 0-2, 1-2)

Chicago Blackhawks 1 Ottawa Senators 4 (0-2, 1-1, 0-1)

NY Islanders 4 Pittsburgh Penguins 6 (0-1, 2-3, 2-2)

Buffalo Sabres 4 Anaheim Ducks 5 (0-4, 3-0, 1-1)

San Jose Sharks 5 Los Angeles Kings 1 (3-0, 1-1, 1-0)

American Hockey League

No Games due to All Star Break

Central Hockey League

Arizona Sundogs 2 Allen Americans 4 (1-0, 0-2, 1-2)

Allen Americans Game Story:

Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees 6 Corpus Christi Icerayz 5 (2-1, 2-2, 2-2)

Corpus Christi Icerays:

RGV Killer Bees Game Story:

Amarillo Gorillas 2 Rapid City Rush 3 (1-1, 1-0, 0-2)

Amarillo Gorillas Game Story:

Major Junior Scores

Western Hockey League

Lethbridge Hurricanes 5 Calgary Hitmen 7 (3-2, 1-3, 1-3)

Kamloops Blazers 2 Tri-City Americans 6 (1-4, 1-0, 0-2)

WHL Roundup:

Ontario Hockey League

Windsor Spitfires 4 Plymouth Whalers 7 (1-2, 1-4, 2-1)

Kitchener Rangers 6 Erie Otters 1 (4-1, 1-0, 1-0)

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Shawinigan Cataractes 5 Halifax Mooseheads 2 (2-1, 1-1, 2-0)

Baie-Comeau Drakkar 3 P.E.I. Rockets 2 (OT) (1-0, 1-1, 0-1, 1-0)



Dartmouth 1 Harvard 4 (0-1, 1-2, 0-1)

Hockey East

Providence 1 Northeastern 3 (1-1, 0-1, 0-1)

U.S.A. Juniors

United States Hockey League

USNTDP 3 Youngstown Phantoms 7 (2-1, 0-5, 1-1)

North American Hockey League

No Games due to Top Prospects Tournament

Wichita Falls Wildcats fire John Bowkus

Back on Thursday night, the Wichita Falls Wildcats have fired head coach John Bowkus because of a disappointing season to this point. Coming off the near upset of the Topeka Roadrunners in last year's South Division Semifinals.

They was high hopes going into this season as that Wichita Falls was finally able to go up against the Topeka Roadrunners and the St. Louis Bandits for the South Division Title and a shot at this year's Robertson Cup Championship which will be in Wenatchee, Washington this season (Home of the Wenatchee Wild).

Team Owner Ray Davoult had no hard feelings for Bowkus who has been with the team 2004-05 season, he's been with the team since but it was felt like it was time for a chance and send the team in a new direction so the team can be more competitive and more successful in the post season and eventually get into the Robertson Cup Championship.

"John is a great friend and a great coach," said Wildcats owner Roy Davoult. "It was time for a change. I will support John in his future endeavors". He will be replaced by Mike Flanagan has a Robertson Cup Championship in his career when he was an assistant coach for the St. Louis Bandits and he was also the former head coach of the Kenai River Brown Bears.

Before coming into the North American Hockey League, He had experience with the Central States Hockey League (CSHL) which is one of 6 Jr. A Tier 3 leagues across the USA. He was the head coach of the Grand Rapids Owls for 5 seasons, and getting to the playoffs in 3 of those 5 years.

"Mike has some great coaching abilities and deserves a chance to become the future head coach of the Wildcats". said Davoult, he later went on to say "I've enjoyed working with John over the past 2 seasons, said Flanigan. "While it's under difficult circumstances, it's still a great opportunity".

The Wildcats plan to make him the interim head coach for the rest of the regular season and then will look for a permanent replacement over the off season depending on how the rest of the regular season goes and whatever or not the team makes the playoffs.

Going on to the weekend, the Wildcats were 10 points back of the Tornado and Jr. Blues who were tied for 3rd. For new head coach Mike Flanagan, it was a good start as the Wildcats sweeped the Tornado over the weekend with a 4-2 win where a 3 goal rally in the 3rd period helped them win.

While today's game just wrapped up with a 6-5 win today with a 3 goal 1st period to help them pull the gap within 6 points of both the Tornado and the Jr. Blues. However, the Texas Tornado have 4 games in hand against the Wildcats, so the Tornado will have a chance to pull away from the Wildcats in the last 2 months of the season.

Here's a look at the Wichita Falls Wildcats Schedule and Stats.

Wichita Falls Wildcats Schedule:

Wichita Falls Wildcats Team Stats:

Professional Standings as of 1/24

National Hockey League

Eastern Conference

1. Washington 51 GP 33-12-6 72 PTS 195-143

2. New Jersey 50 GP 34-15-1 69 PTS 138-110

3. Buffalo 50 GP 30-13-7 67 PTS 143-122

4. Pittsburgh 53 GP 32-20-1 65 PTS 168-150

5. Ottawa 53 GP 28-21-4 60 PTS 147-154

6. Philadelphia 51 GP 26-22-3 55 PTS 155-144

7. NY Rangers 52 GP 24-21-7 55 PTS 135-141

8. Montreal 53 GP 25-23-5 55 PTS 140-144

9. Boston 50 GP 23-19-8 54 PTS 126-126

10. NY Islanders 52 GP 23-21-8 54 PTS 139-157

11. Florida 52 GP 22-21-9 53 PTS 144-153

12. Atlanta 51 GP 22-21-8 52 PTS 156-166

13. Tampa Bay 53 GP 21-20-10 52 PTS 132-157

14. Toronto 53 GP 17-26-10 44 PTS 139-182

15. Carolina 50 GP 15-28-7 37 PTS 127-171

Western Conference

1. San Jose 53 GP 35-10-8 78 PTS 179-128

2. Chicago 52 GP 35-13-4 74 PTS 170-120

3. Colorado 50 GP 29-15-6 64 PTS 149-136

4. Vancouver 51 GP 31-18-2 64 PTS 167-125

5. Phoenix 52 GP 29-18-5 63 PTS 139-135

6. Los Angeles 51 GP 29-19-3 61 PTS 151-143

7. Nashville 51 GP 29-19-3 61 PTS 143-142

8. Calgary 51 GP 26-19-6 58 PTS 132-132

9. Detroit 51 GP 25-18-8 58 PTS 131-133

10. Dallas 51 GP 22-18-11 55 PTS 148-164

11. Anaheim 52 GP 24-21-7 55 PTS 148-164

12. Minnesota 52 GP 25-23-4 54 PTS 145-156

13. St. Louis 51 GP 22-21-8 52 PTS 135-146

14. Columbus 54 GP 20-25-9 49 PTS 142-180

15. Edmonton 50 GP 16-28-6 38 PTS 133-172

American Hockey League

Eastern Conference

Atlantic Division

1. Manchester 46 GP 26-14-6 58 PTS 131-110

2. Lowell 47 GP 27-16-4 58 PTS 153-125

3. Worcester 44 GP 27-14-3 57 PTS 141-136

4. Hartford 45 GP 23-16-6 52 PTS 127-131

5. Portland 44 GP 21-16-7 49 PTS 130-124

6. Bridgeport 47 GP 22-20-5 49 PTS 116-125

7. Providence 45 GP 20-22-3 43 PTS 108-125

8. Springfield 48 GP 15-23-10 40 PTS 120-166

East Division

1. Hershey 45 GP 34-9-2 70 PTS 189-102

2. Albany 45 GP 24-16-5 53 PTS 124-119

3. W-B/Scranton 44 GP 21-21-2 44 PTS 126-127

4. Adirondack 42 GP 20-19-3 43 PTS 99-122

5. Binghamton 41 GP 19-18-4 42 PTS 133-126

6. Norfolk 44 GP 19-23-2 40 PTS 113-125

7. Syracuse 45 GP 16-23-6 38 PTS 121-167

Western Conference

North Division

1. Hamilton 46 GP 27-12-7 61 PTS 149-107

2. Rochester 44 GP 26-16-2 54 PTS 144-138

3. Manitoba 47 GP 23-19-5 51 PTS 113-139

4. Abbotsford 47 GP 21-19-7 49 PTS 126-139

5. Lake Erie 46 GP 21-21-4 46 PTS 132-138

6. Grand Rapids 45 GP 21-23-1 43 PTS 140-156

7. Toronto 44 GP 17-20-7 41 PTS 111-155

West Division

1. Rockford 49 GP 26-18-5 57 PTS 141-136

2. Milwaukee 45 GP 25-14-6 56 PTS 137-130

3. Texas 44 GP 24-13-7 55 PTS 123-102

4. Chicago 44 GP 25-17-2 52 PTS 145-121

5. Houston 46 GP 22-17-7 51 PTS 128-119

6. Peoria 44 GP 23-17-4 50 PTS 132-131

7. San Antonio 43 GP 18-19-6 42 PTS 113-124

Central Hockey League

Northern Conference

1. Rapid City 37 GP 26-10-1 53 PTS 149-109

2. Colorado 36 GP 24-9-3 51 PTS 155-114

3. Bossier-Shreveport 38 GP 20-14-4 44 PTS 117-115

4. Mississippi 38 GP 19-15-4 42 PTS 123-124

5. Tulsa 35 GP 18-16-1 37 PTS 115-120

6. Missouri 39 GP 17-19-3 37 PTS 118-143

7. Wichita 37 GP 4-30-3 11 PTS 67-139

Southern Conference

1. Odessa 40 GP 31-6-3 65 PTS 166-106

2. Allen 39 GP 27-9-3 57 PTS 125-102

3. Texas 39 GP 20-14-5 45 PTS 116-116

4. Laredo 38 GP 18-13-7 43 PTS 125-126

5. Amarillo 42 GP 17-19-6 40 PTS 131-154

6. Rio Grande Valley 37 GP 17-16-4 38 PTS 112-131

7. Corpus Christi 39 GP 16-17-6 38 PTS 121-120

8. Arizona 40 GP 13-24-3 29 PTS 121-142

Major Junior Standings as of 1/24

Western Hockey League

Saskatoon may lead the East Division and the top spot in the Eastern Conference, but the Brandon Wheat Kings are beginning to make their move with after jumping Medicine Hat for 3rd and are just 2 points back of the Blades for the Division lead.

Currently, the Wheat Kings have earned points in 5 of their last 6 which included an impressive weekend with a 6-2 win over Prince Albert and a 5-2 win over Conference Leading Saskatoon last night. The Team's leading score Matt Calvert has had 7 points in the last 5 games with the help of 3 multi point games recently.

For the Blades, running into the Wheat Kings and a surging Kootenay Ice team have made things very hard recently to keep the Blades leading the East and the top spot in the Eastern Conference.

The Central is getting just as tight if not tighter with Calgary, Medicine Hat and Kootenay are all within 1 point of the Central Division Lead (CGY 64 PTS, MHT 64 PTS, KOT 63 PTS) as the Ice broke a team record with their 14 game winning streak before the Prince Albert Raiders ended it last night with a 5-2 win. With this winning streak, the Ice are in 5th place and will be in the mix to win the Central against the Heavily favored Calgary Hitmen and Medicine Hat Tigers when the season started.

Leading the way for the Ice is Bryce Slyvester who has 2 hat tricks against Saskatoon and Lethbridge and is now in the top 5 in total league scoring 66 points (27G 39A).

The gap from 6th to 10th is really tight, Moose Jaw has cooled off after a great start in September and October as the Warriors have fallen to 6th place with them tied with the Prince Albert Raiders with 55 points, Red Deer is just 1 point back with 54 while in 9th and just out of the playoff picture right now is the Swift Current Broncos with 51 points.

Moose Jaw will have to be road warriors to get back in the post season this year as they have a season long 7 game road trip that will include going to play all 5 U.S. Division Teams in the midst of what could be the defining moment of the Warriors Season.

After a 4 game home stand in late Feb. the Warriors will finish the regular season with 6 of their final 8 on the road including 2 trips to Brandon and 1 to Saskatoon who will most likely be playing for the East Division title. And a home & home weekend on the season's final weekend against the Swift Current Broncos which could be for one of the final playoff spots out east.

Tri-City was an impressive 6-7 on a 7 game home stand that just wrapped up which included a strong win over Portland and a 4-2 win over the B.C. Division Leading Vancouver Giants back on 1/22. The only blip was a 3-2 win over the Spokane Chiefs.

Like Moose Jaw, Tri-City will be road warriors as well coming up with 6 of their next 8 coming up playing the likes of the Calgary Hitmen and the Vancouver Giants which could be a preview of a potential playoff series in the spring as the Giants and Americans are 1-2 in the Western Conference.

The gap between 3rd place Everett who have been on an 11 game winning streak that has taken the Silvertips to 3rd place in the West after the Tips finished 7th last season. For Portland, after leading the U.S. Division for nearly the entire first half have fallen off some what with a them losing 6 of their last 9 has them in 4th place and would be in an interesting playoff series against the 2008 WHL & Memorial Champion Spokane Chiefs who has the best team defense in the league by giving up just 118 goals as James Reid is 2nd overall in SV% with a .920 SV% and a strong 2.42 GAA which is also in the top 5 among all WHL Goalies.

With Seattle and Prince George drifting away from playoff contention, for Kelowna, Kamloops and Chilliwack. For these teams, it's not about who's in and who's out, it's positioning themselves up for the best seeding possible as the Chilliwack Bruins and Kamloops Blazers are fighting it out for 6th and 7th while the Rockets are in the 8th and final spot with 46 points. Unless Seattle can catch up to the Rockets, they will find themselves along with the Cougars out of the Western Conference Playoffs this season.

Ontario Hockey League

In both the East and West this year in the OHL, the bottom of both Conference is where most of the drama is going to take place. In the East, Barrie has a 10 point lead over the Mississauga St. Micheal's Majors who are in 3rd due to both teams being in the Central Division. After Ottawa is leading the East.

The gap between the Peterborough Petes and the Kingston Fronteacs are just 3 points which if the playoffs began right now, the Frontenacs and Petes would play each other in the 4-5 matchup. Just below them is the gap from 6th to 8th between the Sudbury Wolves, Oshawa Generals and Brampton Battalion are just separated by 3 points and could easily move up with a late season run. Unfortunately, neither team is in a positron to at least pull away from this gap to improve their playoff position and I would expect it to be very tight.

As for the last 2 teams in the East in Niagara and Belleville, it's going to be a very tough final part of the season as the Bulls and Icedogs as both teams are struggling and they haven't had the ability to put something together and I would expect these teams to be fighting to stay out of the cellar. If either team is going to have a chance, they need to start beating Sudbury, Oshawa and Brampton every chance they can get because neither one of these 3 teams can have the ability to pull away to at least better secure a playoff spot.

The best race will be for the Midwest Division as the Kitchener Rangers and London Knights will be back and fourth for the Central Division Title and the 2nd seed in the playoffs. With Windsor having a 10 point cushion on both teams, this will be the main race to follow in the Western Conference as a couple of head to head matchups will go a long way towards who will win the Division.

The next game between the Rangers and the Knights will be this Tuesday as the Knights won the last meeting back on 1/21 with a 3-2 win where Jared Knight had a huge game that day, then the final matchup of the regular season will take place on March 4.

Plymouth is looking to at least solidify a 4th place spot and 1st round home ice as the Whalers have been on of the best runs of late in the OHL with winning 5 of their last 6 including a strong road win over the Mississauga St. Micheal's Majors, perhaps the biggest win of the season against Windsor back on 1/18 and a 3-2 win against Kitchener which could be a possible 1st round matchup if the Rangers don't win the Midwest Division.

Also an easy schedule should benefit with the likes of Owen Sound, Brampton and Guelph coming up that should hold down the 4th spot and possibly catchup with the Kitchener Rangers and London Knights.

The race from 5th to 8th will be very tight as the Sault St. Marie Greyhounds sit in 5th place with 52 points Owen Sound, Erie and Saginaw are just 1 point back from each other (OS 50 Points, SAG 49 Points, ERE 49 Points) and will look to at least get away from the Western Conference Basement as Guelph is 9 points back and will need to play lights out while it looks like Sarnia is looking for the future with a league worst 14 wins and just 31 points, which the Sting are 18 points out of a playoff spot.

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

St. John has finally been rewarded with the #1 spot in the Major Junior Rankings as the Seadogs are approaching 40 wins and having an 11 point lead over the Moncton Wildcats who themselves have the 2nd best record in the league right now.

Other then the big lead in the Atlantic, we will have a great battle between the Victoriaville Tigers and Drummondville Voltigeurs will have the best race for the Central Division Title and a automatic top 4 seed for the 2nd round assuming both teams get out of the Divisional Round. Recently the Voltigeurs has had they way in a recent string against Atlantic Division Teams as they won 3 of 4 recently with a pair of wins against P.E.I and a dominating win over the Acadie-Bathurst Titans before a surprising loss to the Halifax Mooseheads.

Victoriaville has looked more impressive of the 2 right now with an offensive explsion recently which have included 2 games with 7 wins where they have scored 5 or more goals in the game with Phillip-Micheal Davos who has 11 goals in the last dozen games. Included in their was a 4 goal game against Acadie-Bathurst back on 1/6.

Quebec City (East) and Rouyn-Nornda (West) have gone out to big division leads as the Ramparts and Huskies will look to win the Division with both teams having strong goaltending duos with strong defenses and could be a pontentital surprise teams for the rest of the regular season and in the playoffs.

Only the bottom 2 teams in the entire QMJHL miss the playoffs. Right now, the Halifax Mooseheads have been in the league basement this year with 10 wins. This is a big deal after winning just 2 in the first 25 games of the season where the Mooseheads are expected to miss the playoffs.

As for other teams that could miss, out on the playoffs include the Baie-Comeau Drakkar would be the other team sent home early as they have a 15-30-3 record with just 33 points. Other teams that could be in danger include the Lewiston Maineiacs with 36 points and the Acadie-Bathurst Titans and Val-dor Fourues who both have 41 points as we near the 50 game mark of the season.

Starting Today, with the Major Juniors reaching the 50 game mark of the season. I'm going to start showing the different playoff spots.

Western Hockey League

Eastern Conference

1. Saskatoon 48 GP 32-11-5 69 PTS 167-140

2. Calgary 48 GP 31-15-2 64 PTS 165-139

3. Brandon 51 GP 32-16-3 67 PTS 215-155

4. Medicine Hat 51 GP 28-15-8 64 PTS 205-171

5. Kootenay 49 GP 30-16-3 63 PTS 180-149

6. Moose Jaw 47 GP 25-17-5 55 PTS 175-156

7. Prince Albert 51 GP 26-22-3 55 PTS 179-172

8. Red Deer 48 GP 25-19-4 54 PTS 139-148

9. Swift Current 50 GP 24-23-3 51 PTS 166-175

10. Regina 50 GP 22-24-4 48 PTS 180-191

11. Lethbridge 47 GP 16-26-5 37 PTS 128-173

12. Edmonton 50 GP 10-29-11 31 PTS 113-194

Western Conference

1. Tri-City 49 GP 36-12-1 73 PTS 194-123

2. Vancouver 50 GP 29-18-3 61 PTS 183-150

3. Everett 49 GP 30-16-3 63 PTS 156-133

4. Portland 50 GP 29-19-2 60 PTS 188-175

5. Spokane 47 GP 27-16-4 58 PTS 149-117

6. Chilliwack 52 GP 23-23-6 52 PTS 156-172

7. Kamloops 51 GP 23-23-5 51 PTS 173-209

8. Kelowna 50 GP 21-25-4 46 PTS 156-170

9. Seattle 48 GP 14-26-8 36 PTS 115-162

10. Prince George 48 GP 9-37-2 20 PTS 107-215

Color Code

Division Leaders, Playoff Spots Out of Playoffs

Letter Code

X-Clinched Playoffs

Y-Clinched Division Title

Z-Elinmated from Playoff Contention

Ontario Hockey League

Eastern Conference

1. Barrie 46 GP 38-7-1 77 PTS 218-126

2. Ottawa 47 GP 23-17-7 53 PTS 165-152

3. Mississauga 46 GP 31-10-5 67 PTS 162-113

4. Peterborough 48 GP 23-22-3 49 PTS 163-194

5. Kingston 47 GP 21-22-4 46 PTS 156-184

6. Sudbury 47 GP 20-22-5 45 PTS 145-183

7. Oshawa 46 GP 19-22-5 43 PTS 154-186

8. Brampton 47 GP 16-21-10 42 PTS 114-131

9. Niagara 47 GP 16-26-5 37 PTS 135-177

10. Belleville 48 GP 15-26-7 37 PTS 128-174

Western Conference

1. Windsor 48 GP 36-7-5 77 PTS 238-141

2. London 46 GP 33-11-2 68 PTS 195-141

3. Kitchener 48 GP 31-13-4 66 PTS 200-151

4. Plymouth 49 GP 28-20-1 57 PTS 172-144

5. Sault St. Marie 48 GP 24-20-4 52 PTS 168-156

6. Owen Sound 49 GP 22-21-6 50 PTS 166-190

7. Saginaw 46 GP 22-19-5 49 PTS 169-172

8. Erie 47 GP 21-19-7 49 PTS 171-195

9. Guelph 45 GP 19-23-3 41 PTS 156-185

10. Sarnia 49 GP 14-32-3 31 PTS 126-206

Color Code: Division Leaders, Playoff Spots Out of Playoffs

Letter Code:

X-Clinched Playoffs

Y-Clinched Division Title

Z-Elinmated from Playoff Contention

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

West Division

1. Rouyn-Nornda 50 GP 28-18-4 60 PTS 185-161

2. Montreal 47 GP 24-20-3 51 PTS 152-143

3. Gatineau 47 GP 23-19-5 51 PTS 172-147

4. Val-dor 48 GP 18-25-5 41 PTS 160-201

Central Division

1. Victoriaville 49 GP 33-14-2 68 PTS 205-138

2. Drummondville 49 GP 33-14-2 68 PTS 208-154

3. Shawinigan 49 GP 22-20-7 51 PTS 163-183

4. Lewiston 48 GP 17-29-2 36 PTS 139-192

East Division

1. Quebec City 48 GP 28-13-7 63 PTS 191-166

2. Rimouski 47 GP 24-17-6 54 PTS 172-175

3. Chicoutimi 47 GP 17-22-8 42 PTS 134-184

4. Baie-Comeau 48 GP 15-30-3 33 PTS 133-213

Atlantic Division

1. St. John 48 GP 39-8-1 79 PTS 214-131

2. Moncton 47 GP 32-11-4 68 PTS 191-115

3. Cape Breton 50 GP 28-17-5 61 PTS 170-141

4. P.E.I. 50 GP 26-18-6 58 PTS 166-168

5. Acadie-Bathurst 50 GP 18-27-5 41 PTS 152-216

6. Halifax 48 GP 10-35-3 23 PTS 118-197

Color Code: Division Leaders, Playoff Spots, Out of Playoffs

Letter Code:

X-Clinched Playoff Spot

Y-Clinched Division Title

Z-Elinmated from Playoff Contention