-With another shutout on Saturday, Jacob Markstrom is creeping up on the AHL record for longest shutout streak, which was set by Barry Brust in 2012. Markstrom put up his third consecutive shutout and stands at 232:13, whereas Brust’s record is at 268:17. Markstrom, who was acquired for Roberto Luongo, has played amazingly behind the Utica Comets, posting a 4-0-0 record and a 0.25 GAA and .991 save percentage; finally proving that the hype that surrounded him for years in the Panthers organization was actually deserved. The Comets play on Wednesday and Friday of this week and you can be sure that Markstrom will see one, if not both, of those games.
-There are only two teams in the AHL that have not been beaten in regulation– the Milwaukee Admirals (6-0-0-0) and Albany Devils (5-0-0-1). The Admirals are undefeated in general, with rookies Brendan Leipsic (7a), Viktor Arvidsson (3 PPG), and Pontus Aberg (4g) leading the way; as Austin Watson is tied for the lead in team goal scoring with Arvidsson and Aberg with four. The Devils have a shootout loss, but Paul Thompson has been stellar as he leads the AHL in goal-scoring with Keith Kinkaid playing stellar in net with three wins and a 1.95 GAA.
-Putting up 11 goals this weekend, the Oklahoma City Barons are finally turning around their offense after only 8 goals total in their first three games. Despite letting up eight goals, Frans Tuohimaa was stellar on the weekend, facing 93 shots on those two games. It seemed the only time the blueline helped out was on the offensive side with Tyler Pitlick putting up five points on the weekend with a goal and four assists, with Oscar Klefbom putting up three assists on Saturday night.
-Keep an eye out on Olivier Roy again this year, but this time he’s with the Idaho Steelheads. Roy stopped 43 of 46 shots this weekend to lower his GAA to 1.15 and pushed his record to a perfect 3-0-0. Roy is coming off a championship season in Alaska with the Aces and now has the entire net to himself in Idaho.
-If nothing else, the Central Division will provide high scoring as the teams in that division put up 52 goals across their nine games played, with the Tulsa Oilers putting up 15 goals in their first two games of the season. Even with all the scoring, the only player in the top-10 for points is Gregor Hanson of the Allen Americans who put up three goals and three assists on the weekend to vault him into the thick of the scoring race.
-Speaking of the scoring race, the Kalamazoo Wings are dominating the top-10 with four players on the board. Curtis Valk is leading the way in the entire league with nine points in five games, with five of those points (2g, 3a) coming in their weekend games. Ludwig Blomstrand (1g, 1a this weekend), Dane Fox (1g, 3a), and Sascha Guimond (2a) are the other three Wings in the top-10.
-After raising their banner, the Pensacola Ice Flyers were a perfect 2-0 in search of a three-peat championship. Despite some turnover, the Ice Flyers were strong with returnee Adam Pawlick putting up three goals and Mitchell Good adding two of his own. Max Strang had a great debut with two wins, one coming by way of shutout. It seems that the Ice Flyers are much more comfortable than some others with a target on their back.
-Former Ice Flyers’ captain Ryan Salvis got off to just as strong a start with his new team in Knoxville, posting two goals and four assists in his first two games with the Ice Bears. Not to be outdone, returnee Eric Satim posted the same score-line as Salvis; which could be a solid 1-2 punch for the Ice Bears in order to challenge for the SPHL title this year.