Photo: Andy Camp, Adirondack Flames FB Page
-The AHL’s hottest team is the Adirondack Flames, who have won eight straight and 10 of their last 11, with their only loss in that span coming on November 1st. What makes it even more interesting and amazing is they are doing it without two of their leading offensive contributors with Michael Ferland and Corban Knight being called up to Calgary. Luckily, Ben Hanowski has been able to pick up some slack, while it’s been a rookie showcase with the likes of Emile Poirer, Bill Arnold, and Bryce Van Brabant getting in on the act with Garnet Hathaway getting it done on the power play. After slow starts, the tandem of Joni Ortio and Brad Thiessen have been able to get their games back on track by each letting up only one goal apiece in their starts this weekend.
-Despite being 3rd in league scoring, Travis Morin and his Texas Stars cannot seem to find the win column, as they were outscored by the San Antonio in a home-and-home weekend 10-1 over the two games– Justin Dowling getting the only goal for Texas. After their dominating season last year, the Stars are middling in the Western Conference with a 6-6-4 record and on a six-game losing skid. Once highly touted goalie Jack Campbell has slipped and been in net for five of the six losses during the skid, but lack of goal support hasn’t help with the Stars not putting up more than two goals in this slump.
Photo: Kevin Pyle
-Tulsa’s tandem of Jon Booras and Adam Pleskach have been superb for the Oilers, with both being in the top-five in scoring and Booras putting up two goals in each of the Oilers win this weekend, with Pleskach putting up an assist in each game. Though Pleskach’s start of seven goals in his first three games has slowed down, he has had points in seven of his last nine games. If he and Booras are able to keep hooking up, the Oilers could be an offensive force to be reckoned with in the Western Conference.
-Firing on all cylinders, the Allen Americans are getting back to their CHL championship winning form. Riley Gill had an amazing weekend with two wins and only giving up a goal in each game, Gregor Hanson has been stellar since coming to the Americans from Cincinnati as he added two goals and three assists this weekend, while Chad Costello‘s hat-trick on Friday put him up to second in team scoring. With five straight wins and eight of their last 10, the Americans have woken up, which is bad news for the rest of the Central Division.
Photo: Shannon Szabados’ Twitter
-Cheers to the Columbus Cottonmouths for their first two victories of the season, one being Shannon Szabados‘ first professional win and the other was against the then top team in the SPHL in the Peoria Rivermen. Matt Gingera had a huge weekend putting up four goals in the two games, two accounted for the game winners. Andrew Loewen was able to get his first win of the season on Saturday, which means that if the Cottonmouths have two solid goaltenders– they could use these weekend as the revitalization of the team. There just needs to be some secondary scoring so the weight doesn’t fall directly on Gingera’s shoulders.