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Anchorage 2

Anchorage, Alaska

As we finish our first two weekends of Western Conference ECHL hockey some western teams are quickly standing out while others are still struggling to find any team cohesion. Evansville and Colorado have still not had a regular season win, although the Eagles have had an overtime loss which gave them 1 point in the standings. Rapid City who struggled greatly last weekend has had far more success this week with three straight wins now that their team is beginning to play better as a unit. The former Kelly Cup Champions the Allen Americans have also regrouped with three straight wins this week, one against Colorado and two against Utah.

The Fort Wayne Komets still remain undefeated after 4 games, and the Cincinnati Cyclones who have only played 2 games so far into the season also remain undefeated. Wichita, Indy and Utah all fell hard this weekend. Wichita lost all 3 games this weekend; two to Missouri and one to Quad City. Indy lost two games to Fort Wayne, one in regulation and the other in overtime, at least gaining 1 point. Utah lost two games to Allen, one in regulation and the other in overtime.

Western Conference Weekly Updates through 25 Oct.:

Midwest Division — 

  1. Fort Wayne Komets – 4 GP: 4-0-0-0 (8 pts; 1.000%) 
  2. Indy Fuel – 4 GP: 2-1-1-0 (5 pts;  0.625%) 
  3. Quad City Mallards – 5 GP: 3-1-0-1 (7 pts; 0.700%) 
  4. Cincinnati Cyclones – 2 GP: 2-0-0-0 (4 pts; 1.000%)
  5. Evansville IceMen – 2 GP: 0-2-0-0 (0 pts; 0.000%)

Central Division — 

  1. Missouri Mavericks – 5 GP: 4-1-0-0 (8 pts; 0.800%) 
  2. Allen Americans – 6 GP: 4-2-0-0 (8 pts; 0.667%) 
  3. Tulsa Oilers – 5 GP: 2-3-0-0 (4 pts; 0.400%)
  4. Wichita Thunder – 5 GP: 2-3-0-0 (4 pts; 0.400%) 

West Division —

  1. Alaska Aces – 6 GP: 3-2-0-1 (7 pts; 0.583%) 
  2. Rapid City Rush – 4 GP: 3-1-0-0 (6 pts; 0.750%) 
  3. Utah Grizzlies – 4 GP: 2-1-1-0 (5 pts; 0.625%)
  4. Idaho Steelheads – 5 GP: 2-2-1-0 (5 pts; 0.500%) 
  5. Colorado Eagles – 5 GP: 0-4-1-0 (1 pts; 0.100%) 

In-depth Glimpse

This week we take a look at a few Western Conference player and team stats.

Western Conference Player stats (Goals, Points, Saves):

Barry Almeida of the Utah Grizzlies is at the top of the scorer list with 6 goals and 3 assists (9 points) in 4 games. He also recorded a hat trick in his October 17th game vs. Colorado, one of only two hat tricks in the ECHL season thus far. (Kevin Sundher of the Reading Royals has the other hat trick.)

Trevor Cheek of the Fort Wayne Komets has 5 goals and 2 assists (7 points) in 4 games.

Quad City’s Logan Nelson has 4 goals and 1 assist (5 points) in 5 games.

Allen Americans Gary Steffes tops the ECHL league with 3 Powerplay Goals in 6 games. Tied in 3rd is Quad City Mallards Guillaume Gelinas, Idaho’s Colton Beck, Missouri’s Trevor Ludwig, Colorado’s Jesse Mychan and Alaska’s Gleason Fournier with 2 Powerplay Goals in 5 games.

Cincinnati Cyclones Christiaan Minella leads the ECHL league with 2 Game Winning Goals in 2 games.

Rapid City Rush’s Jimmy Bonneau is ranked 2nd in the ECHL in Penalties with 31 PIM in 4 games.

Fort Wayne’s Drew Daniels leads the ECHL league in Plus/Minus with a +8 in 4 games.

Missouri Mavericks goalie Josh Robinson has a 0.980 Save percentage after 4 games (99 SA; 97 SVS; GA 2; 2 Shutouts). Fort Wayne Komets’ Rookie Spencer Martin who has played only 1 game has a 1.000 Save percentage (21 SA; 21 SVS).

Western Conference Team Stats (PP, PK, SOG, PIM):

Power Play:

Indy Fuel has the best Power Play percentage of the Western conference (2nd overall). With 4 games played the Fuel have been on the advantage 10 times with 3 goals for (30.0%). They have also allowed one short-handed goal against.

Colorado Eagles are in 3rd overall. With 5 games played the Eagles have been on the advantage 14 times and had 4 goals for (28.5%). Colorado has also allowed two short-handed goals against. The top Power Play team in the ECHL league is Adirondack Thunder at 36.4%.

Penalty Kill:

Missouri Mavericks are the top PK team in the Western Conference (2nd overall). With 5 games, the Mavericks have been short-handed 14 times and have only had 1 powerplay goal against (92.9%).

Cincinnati Cyclones are at 3rd overall with 2 games. The Cyclones have been short-handed 13 times and allowed only 1 powerplay goal against (92.3%).

Alaska Aces appear at no. 5, with 6 games played, 26 times short-handed with 2 powerplay goals against (92.3%).

Most Goals in 1st Period: Idaho Steelheads, 4 goals, October 17th

Most Shots in a Game: Fort Wayne, 53 SOG, October 24th

Most Shots in 2nd Period: Alaska, 25 SOG, October 23rd

Fewest Shots in a Game: Allen, 17 SOG, October 21st (3-1 win vs. Colorado Eagles)

Fewest Shots in 1st Period: Wichita (Oct. 16 & Oct. 24) and Tulsa (Oct. 17) with 4 SOG

Most Saves: Indy Fuel with 47 saves, Oct. 24th (Loss to Fort Wayne 6-5 in OT; Fort Wayne had 53 SOG total)

Most Saves in 2nd Period: Idaho Steelheads with 22 saves, Oct. 23rd (Loss to Alaska 4-1)

Most PIM to date: Idaho Steelheads have 118 PIM leading the Western Conference; Allen follows with 87 PIM and then Alaska with 84 PIM. Florida Everblades leads the entire ECHL with 136 PIM and Norfolk Admirals tie the Steelheads with 118 PIM.

Attendance: Fort Wayne tops the ECHL league with an average of 7,904 (3 games). Reading Royals top the Eastern Conference with an average of 7,193 (1 game).

Mount Rushmore

Mount Rushmore, Rapid City, South Dakota