-After going pointless in four games, Andy Miele turned it on in a big way with a five-point (1g, 4a) night on Friday in Grand Rapids’ 7-1 win over Toronto. Despite being to close to a point-per-game clip, December has been pretty cold for Miele; as he has only registered points in three games for the month, eight points in the nine games this month. Miele ended November hot with nine points in the last seven games of that month, but fell on hard times in most of the last month of 2014. Though, it seems Miele loves to score in bulk with six multi-point games on the season in his first year in the Griffins’ system.
-There’s little doubt that the Springfield Falcons are the class of the league this year, as the team is on a nine-game winning streak and won their games this weekend in a high-scoring affair and tight-checking game; proving their variety. Friday night everyone got involved in the 6-5 win over Binghamton, as Kerby Reichel was the only Falcons with a multi-point game. Friday was also the game that Anton Forsberg got lit-up by the Senators, but the Falcons came back from a 4-1 deficit to win. On Saturday, Forsberg came back with a 34-save effort in an overtime win in Hershey, with T.J. Tynan putting up the game-winner along with an assist.
-After a rough start to the season, the Rapid City Rush came up big this weekend with three wins– two by way of shutout and another on the shootout. Etienne Marcoux and Danny Battochio combined for a 41-save shutout Friday, Marcoux having to leave with an upper-body injury mid-way through the second period. Battochio went on to have 33-save shutout on Saturday and played his 200th professional game on his 29th birthday while getting the shootout win. Offensively, J.M. Rizk had a goal and four assists through the weekend, leading the team in points on the weekend.
-This weekend, the Stockton Thunder played all three of their goalies against the Idaho Steelheads and only Philippe Trudeau got the loss on Friday thanks for a late goal by Idaho’s Gaelan Patterson. The other Thunder goalies Kent Simpson and Shane Owen got the wins on Saturday and Sunday respectively, helping Stockton get closer to crawling out of the cellar of the Pacific Division. Tyler Maxwell put two goals and two assists on the weekend in only two appearances, while Tyler Shattock had a goal and three assists over the three games.
-The Peoria Rivermen have been playing some close hockey lately, especially against some well-below average teams. That was shown in two one-goal win games against the last place Huntsville Havoc this past weekend. It’s the fourth straight one-goal game for the Rivermen and eighth of the season. One bright spot is Kyle Rank stopping 60 of 63 shots on the weekend to bump his record up to 9-4-1.
-Despite having their ten-game win streak snapped on Friday, the Columbus Cottonmouths came back in a big way with a 6-2 win against the Knoxville Ice Bears with Shawn Bates having a hat-trick in the win. Bryce Williamson also chipped in big over the weekend with a goal and two assists, pushing him to a tie with Matt Gingera for the team’s top scorer and 8th in the SPHL.