-With two wins in upstate New York this weeknd, the Milwaukee Admirals extended their win streak to seven games– with four of them coming on the road. With two goals and an assist this weekend, Viktor Arvidsson lead the way for the Admirals with Richard Clune chipping two goals on the weekend as well. With Marek Mazanec being called up to Nashville, Magnus Hellberg got the workload put onto him, stopping 55 of 59 shots that Utica and Adirondack threw at him this weekend. With a short two-game homestead before the All-Star break, the Admirals are looking poised for a good run in the second half of the season.
-Though only one game of the three wasn’t a one-goal affair, the Worcester Sharks now have points in their last eight games and have moved up to 7th in the Eastern Conference. Troy Grosenick had two wins on Friday and Saturday, with JP Anderson putting up the third win on Sunday. Offensively, Chris Tierney‘s two goals, Jeremy Langlois‘ two goals and an assist, and captain Bryan Lerg‘s goal and three assists helped out the Sharks for wins against the Manchester Monarchs on Friday and Sunday, as well as the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins on Saturday. Matt Taormina added a goal and two assists from the blue line, also.
-Despite being severely outshot this weekend (72 against, 40 for), the Utah Grizzlies pulled out a two-game sweep of the Bakersfield Condors, putting them with five wins in their last six– with points in all six games. Ryan Faragher was barraged with 72 shots, but only let in four on the weekend. Barry Almeida was the offensive star with three goals and an assist on the weekend, while Ryan Hayes had four assists and Brandon Yip had a goal and two assists for the weekend. With these wins, the Grizzlies are in the fourth and final playoff spot in the Pacific Division, surpassing the Condors and putting themselves three points clear.
-With the Allen Americans running away with the Central Division, the rest of the playoff spots are the real race– with the Quad City Mallards, Wichita Thunder, and Tulsa Oilers all tied for second spot at 42 points– with only Quad City getting a win this weekend in their two games (Wichita dropped two to Allen, Tulsa lost to Orlando and Florida). Late-off-season signing Mario Lamoureux has paid off divdends for the Mallards– putting up two goals and two assists this weekend and has had points in 10 of his last 12 games (7g, 7a). If he can stay healthy, Lamoureux is on pace to break his season-high in points, which he set in his rookie season of 2012-13 with 65 points.
-Despite a rocky start, Columbus Cottonmouths’ Andrew Loewen has bounced back in a big way with his 12th straight win on Sunday, tying a SPHL record. Loewen only played two of the three games this weekend, while Shannon Szabados won the game on Friday against Huntsville. Neilsson Arcibal was a catalyst for the offense this weekend with two goals and three assists, with Levi Lind adding a goal and two assists in the three games. The wins have put the Cottonmouths in a tie for fourth spot and only four points out of 1st place.
-Another team who swept the weekend was the Mississippi RiverKings, who put up two wins at home and one on the road to continue to creep up on the playoffs as they are six points out of 1st and two points out of that tie for 4th. With three goals and four assists in those three games, Leo Thomas made his case for Player of the Week, with Matt Whitehead contributing a goal and three assists. Adam Courchaine had two wins, one coming on in relief for Peter Di Salvo on Saturday night.