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-They may have only put up 41 shots in two games, but the nine goals on the weekend were enough for the Oklahoma City Barons to extend their winning streak to nine-games. Jason Williams‘ goal and four assists coupled with Brad Hunt‘s two goals and two assists led the way for the Barons on the weekend. Richard Bachman fared better than Laurent Brossoit on the weekend with Bachman letting up one goal to Brossoit’s three; but it was Brossoit’s fifth straight win– so nothing to cry home about letting up three goals as he has a 2.40 GAA in those five games.
-Scoring only one goal in three games this weekend, the Rochester Americans are on a bit of a downfall and could be finally breaking their streak of finishing 2nd in the North Division. While Johan Larsson was the only goal scorer on the weekend, the big thing was the character and heart of the team, with a piece in the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle saying that if there were more guys like captain Drew Bagnall and his heart– the team that is on a 3-12-1 slide since October would be a lot better off.
-Despite Ray Kaunisto having a fun time during an intermission interview with the Meow Game, who knows what the reason behind it was, especially for a team like the Kalamazoo Wings with only one win in their last 11 games. The offense is probably the reason for that slide, as in seven of those 11 games– the Wings scored one or less in those games. Rookie Curtis Valk has been the main source of offense, but with only six goals in 15 games, the Wings need more volume rather than it being spread out amongst the roster. Whether or not Kaunisto was just trying to lighten the mood for a stressful locker room or if he’s going into business for himself– the Wings should focus a lot more on getting in the win column rather than getting into the viral video market.
-It took a while with the new roster and championship hangover, but the Alaska Aces seem to have finally figured it out with seven wins in their last eight games including taking two of three in their weekend set with the Stockton Thunder. In the weekend set, Chris Francis came alive with three goals and three assists, while Brendan Connolly‘s two goals and five assists lead the way for the Aces on the weekend. Despite rookies Olivier Archambault and Greg Wolfe not getting too involved in this series, they’ve been huge assets to the Aces line-up this year.
-After getting shelled 9-3 by the Peoria Rivermen on November 21st, the Knoxville Ice Bears have won five of their last six and are sitting second in the SPHL, just two points out of first. Their only loss in those six games was to Peoria, but outside of it– the Ice Bears have been clutch with scoring outside of Ryan Salvis, who has been tremendous in his first year in Knoxville. Eric Satim has come on strong, while Berkley Scott has play superb in a secondary scoring role. While Ben Power (Greenville) and Francis Drolet (Orlando) are being loaded to the ECHL will hurt offensively, the Ice Bears depth has shown they’re going to be able to shoulder the load for the time being.
-The seven-game losing streak to the Huntsville Havoc has to be quite frustrating for the team, who have lost many one and two-goal games in that streak. With a home-and-home loss to the Columbus Cottonmouths, which they only mustered one goal, there’s a lot of questions for a team is often solid once they get in the late season. While a late season streak to get them into the second-season isn’t out of the question, coach Glenn Detulleo will need to do something to jump start his team or else this slide will spiral out of control and maybe spiral him out of a jump.