2018 SHL Week 2 Team Stats

Team Totals

Team              GP    SH    G    A  Pts   PP%  +/-
Hamilton          10   350   47   86  133  13.2   21
New York          10   393   44   85  129  20.5    2
Seattle           10   358   41   76  117  22.5  -11
Anchorage         10   360   34   64   98  13.6    6
Michigan          10   334   35   62   97   2.3   23
Washington        10   318   35   62   97  28.6   -1
Kansas City       10   233   32   57   89  15.0   -9
Quebec            10   301   31   56   87  14.7    7
Hershey           10   383   27   52   79  20.7  -13
Dakota            10   294   26   48   74  14.7   -7
Saskatchewan      10   314   25   46   71  15.1   -2
Boston            10   236   21   40   61  31.2  -16

Team              GP   W   L   T   GAA   SH   SV    SV%   PK%  PIM
Michigan          10   9   0   1  1.39  220  206  0.936  93.2   95
Quebec            10   6   4   0  2.47  298  273  0.916  84.4   68
Saskatchewan      10   4   6   0  2.49  297  272  0.916  87.0  105
Hamilton          10   8   2   0  2.70  298  271  0.909  89.6  121
Anchorage         10   6   4   0  2.90  327  298  0.911  81.6  107
Washington        10   6   4   0  3.49  336  301  0.896  69.4   88
Boston            10   2   8   0  3.58  380  344  0.905  64.5   74
Dakota            10   3   7   0  3.60  328  292  0.890  82.2  103
Hershey           10   2   7   1  4.03  273  232  0.850  83.3   84
New York          10   5   4   1  4.07  396  355  0.896  74.2   77
Kansas City       10   3   7   0  4.08  350  309  0.883  86.7  113
Seattle           10   4   5   1  4.75  371  323  0.871  87.8   93

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2018 SHL Week 2 League Leaders

McNeely        WSH     22
Sanchez        NY      19
Thurman        WSH     17
Smyth          HAM     16
Costello       WSH     16
Frye           HAM     15
Gunnarson      HAM     15
Winchester     NY      15
Lafayette      HAM     14
Petronov       NY      14

McNeely        WSH     10
Alexander      HAM      9
Manning        NY       9
Petronov       NY       8
Chamberlain    SAS      8
Pepper         SEA      8
Thurman        WSH      8
Frost          ANC      6
Collins        ANC      6
Darnholm       BOS      6

Sanchez        NY      17
Smyth          HAM     15
Costello       WSH     13
Winchester     NY      12
McNeely        WSH     12
Lafayette      HAM     11
Barnes         SAS     11
Koons          ANC     10
Trujwirnek     NY      10
Fisker         QUE     10

     Penalty Minutes     
Hogaboom       WSH     32
Stolte         DAK     25
Merula         KC      24
Mulligan       HAM     23
Kratz          HAM     23
Wesson         KC      21
Nistrumov      SAS     20
Meloche        HSY     18
Baker          BOS     17
Smyth          HAM     16

Kronstein      MIC     15
Madison        MIC     15
Beruschko      MIC     13
Poulin         MIC     12
Gunnarson      HAM     11
Constantine    HAM     11
Patterson      HAM     11
Marlow         MIC     11
Kratz          HAM      9
Smyth          HAM      8

       Goalie Wins       
Lundquist      MIC      8
Koskinen       HAM      7
Worthington    ANC      5
Tiktuunen      QUE      5
Clarkson       NY       4

Stickel        SAS   0.00
Lundquist      MIC   1.21
Lattimore      QUE   1.96
Koskinen       HAM   2.38
Tiktuunen      QUE   2.60

         Save %          
Stickel        SAS  1.000
Lundquist      MIC  0.943
Lattimore      QUE  0.931
Koskinen       HAM  0.924
Worthington    ANC  0.921

SHL Player of the Week – Week 2

Dominic Sanchez

The SHL selected New York Night D Dominic Sanchez as its Player of the Week.  Sanchez had an impressive week on offense, scoring 12 points (2 goals, 10 assists).  On Sunday, Sanchez notched 3 assists in a 6-4 loss to Hamilton.  On Tuesday, he scored twice and added a pair of assists as the Night thrashed Washington 9-4.  The next night, he had 3 apples as New York claimed a wild 7-5 win over Hershey.

Thanks to his productive week, Sanchez is now the league leader in assists with 17.  His 19 total points is second in the SHL, behind only Washington’s Jefferson McNeely.

“People don’t talk about Dom when they talk about the best D-men in the league, but they should,” said Night coach Nick Foster.  “There aren’t a lot of blueliners with the nose for offense that he has.  He’s got great speed, and he knows how to set guys up for scores.  He’s an underrated weapon.”

2018 SHL Week 2 Standings

East W L T Pts GF GA Home Away
Hamilton Pistols 8 2 0 16 47 27 3-2-0 5-0-0
Quebec Tigres 6 4 0 12 31 25 2-2-0 4-2-0
Washington Galaxy 6 4 0 12 35 35 4-2-0 2-2-0
New York Night 5 4 1 11 44 41 3-2-0 2-2-1
Hershey Bliss 2 7 1 5 27 41 1-3-1 1-4-0
Boston Badgers 2 8 0 4 21 36 2-3-0 0-5-0
West W L T Pts GF GA Home Away
Michigan Gray Wolves 9 0 1 19 35 14 5-0-0 4-0-1
Anchorage Igloos 6 4 0 12 34 29 3-2-0 3-2-0
Seattle Sailors 4 5 1 9 41 48 3-2-1 1-3-0
Saskatchewan Shockers 4 6 0 8 25 25 2-2-0 2-4-0
Dakota Jackalopes 3 7 0 6 26 36 3-2-0 0-5-0
Kansas City Smoke 3 7 0 6 32 41 1-4-0 2-3-0

Interview of the Week: Bruce Hogaboom

This week’s interview is with Washington Galaxy D Bruce “Boom Boom” Hogaboom.

SHL Digest: We’re here talking to one of the league’s most fearsome fighters, the man they call “Boom Boom,” Bruce Hogaboom.  Bruce, thanks for speaking with us.

Bruce “Boom Boom” Hogaboom

Bruce Hogaboom: No one calls me Bruce except my mom.  Call me Boom Boom or Boomer.

SHLD: Okay, Boomer.  When we talk about the real heavyweights in this league, the guys who really know how to throw down, a handful of names come up.  Max Madison in Michigan, Hercules Mulligan in Hamilton, Dmitri Kalashnikov in Quebec, Ruslan Gromov in Hershey, and you.

BH: “Heavyweight!”  I like the sound of that.  Yeah, the guys you mentioned, we’re the cream of the enforcer crop.

SHLD: Other than yourself, who do you think is the best fighter in the league?

BH: It’s gotta be Mad Max.  He’s wiry, so he’s hard to pin down, and he comes at you from a bunch of different angles.  And that guy has no fear whatsoever.  He’ll drop the gloves any time in any situation.  And he’s a good two-way player too, which is hardly fair.  That’s like a boxer who paints like Picasso.

SHLD: Some enforcers really like to fight, while others think of it as just their job.  Do you like to fight?

BH: Absolutely!  Isn’t it obvious?  I love to fight.  I love to watch fights.  I study the tape all the time.

SHLD: You study tape of… fights?

BH: Sure.  If you’re a big-time scorer, you watch tape of your shots to see if you need to tweak your approach.  If you’re a fighter, you study fights, to watch your technique and how other guys like to fight, so you can get the upper hand. Some people think that fighting isn’t a skill, but if you’re serious about it, it is.

SHLD: Interesting!  A lot of fans might be surprised to hear that.

BH: And honestly, I just love to watch my old fights for the fun of it.  A good fight is like a good steak or a fine wine; one of life’s pleasures.

SHLD: Have you always been a fighter?

BH: Ever since I could skate, pretty much.  I always wanted to play pro hockey, but I couldn’t shoot and I wasn’t a great passer.  I thought about being a goalie, but you have to be nuts to take some of the shots that they take.  But when I started scrapping, I found out I have heavy hands and I could fight well.

SHLD: That’s for sure!

BH: It felt good.  Before I started fighting, I usually got picked last or nearly last, because I wasn’t a great player.  But after, guys started picking me first, because they wanted the protection.  I recognized my skill and developed it.

SHLD: And you kept on developing that as you got older.

BH: Definitely!  When I was thirteen, I gave my fists nicknames, because I thought that sounded cool.  My right was Randy, and my left was Matilda.

SHLD: Randy and Matilda… interesting names!

BH: Yeah.  I’d loosen guys up with Randy, then I’d bring out Matilda and drop them. Word started to spread, and the enforcers in other towns would come around just to fight me.  And I beat them all.  I was the Mike Tyson of central Alberta.

SHLD: Some people say that fighting and enforcers have no place in the modern game, and should be banned.  What would you say to those people?

BH: I’d say that’s a crazy idea.  First of all, plenty of fans love the fights.  Look at all the fight videos on YouTube.  Listen to the crowd whoop it up when guys go at it.  People might not admit it, but they love the violence.  Second, it actually makes the sport safer.  Ask our skill guys, Jeff [McNeely] and Thurm [Casey Thurman] and Eddie [Costello].  If another team wants to take a run at those guys, they think about me coming out to even the score and they lay off.  It helps discourage the really dangerous hits.

SHLD: You’ve been suspended before, when you left the bench to fight with a player.  Did you think that was a fair suspension?

BH: [laughs] That game against Michigan, that was crazy.  The Wolves were out there flying around and railing guys, and the refs didn’t want to do anything about it.  So I put a stop to it.  Did I go too far?  Probably, but I tell you: they dialed it back the next time they played us.  They got the message.

SHLD: This season, you’re skating on the third pairing with a rookie, Bert Hampton, who’s also a tough customer!

BH: Hacksaw!  I love him.  On the team, they call him “Little Boomer,” because he plays the same way I do.  I’ve been teaching him all kinds of pointers: how to tie a guy up so he can’t get his hands free, how to protect against a blindside hit, the way to sneak in an extra shot or two before the refs break it up.

SHLD: You’re sort of his mentor, then.

BH: Definitely.  I don’t have any kids, but he’s like my son now.  I can’t wait to see him develop to his full fighting potential.

SHLD: Well, thanks for a fun and informative interview!  Appreciate the time.

BH: Glad to do it! I’m just out here keeping the spirit of old-time hockey alive.


CHL Update: Oshawa’s James Mixes It Up

Oshawa Drive coach Peter James is well-known as a mild-mannered man.  He never yells at referees or makes theatrical displays of displeasure when a call or a game doesn’t go his way.  He has never been ejected from a game.  His idea of a colorful post-game quote is “It was a pretty tough one out there, but we’re looking past it and we’re focused on tomorrow.”

As Drive C Pat Collistone puts it, “Coach James is the most even-keel guy I’ve ever met.  Nothing shakes him.  If you set his tie on fire, he’d just say, ‘Huh, my tie’s on fire.  I oughta do something about that,’ and then go find some water and put it out.  He’s got milk running through his veins.”

Peter James

So when a skirmish broke out between the Drive and the Virginia Rhinos during Wednesday’s game, the last thing anyone expected was for James to get involved.  But when Virginia D Roscoe “Ruckus” Corbetta began throwing punches at the Oshawa bench, James took matters into his own hands, grabbing Corbetta and flinging him back onto the ice.

“It was awesome, like a WWE move almost,” said Collistone.  “I think Coach is my new hero.”

The incident occurred in the third period of the game, when Corbetta laid a hard check on Collistone that sent him tumbling into the boards.  The Drive felt that the hit was dirty, and D Colt Mayhem quickly skated over to Corbetta and challenged him to a fight.  It was the second tilt of the day between the two heavy hitters, and it got ugly in a hurry.  The skirmish quickly spread, as players from both teams began shoving and tussling as a knot began to form in front of the drive’s bench.

As the donnybrook continued, Corbetta and Mayhem wound up moving close to the Oshawa bench.  LW Troy Blackwood, who was sitting on that end, took the opportunity to squirt a water bottle at Corbetta.  The angry Rhinos blueliner whirled around, fired a couple of wild haymakers, and tried to climb onto the bench to scuffle with Collistone and others.  His advance, however was stopped cold by James.  The Oshawa coach grabbed Corbetta by the jersey and shoved him down onto the ice.  Fortunately, the officials were able to calm things down before the got worse.  Mayhem, Corbetta, and Collistone were all ejected.  James was not.

After the game, the coach explained that his actions were a reflex to defend his players.  “The situation started to spiral a bit when Stoner squirted water on the guy, and then he came at our bench,” said James.  “I don’t take kindly to someone coming after my guys, and especially not coming on our bench to do it.  So I put a stop to it.”

Other coaches might have been reluctant to confront an angry opponent, but the 6’5” James said he didn’t hesitate.  “I’m a pretty big guy, so I’m not worried about getting hurt,” the coach said.  “My first priority is keeping it from getting out of hand.”

After the game, a 6-4 Oshawa win, the Drive thumped their sticks on the locker-room floor in salute of their coach.  “If I ever get caught down a dark alley, I hope I have Coach James with me,” said Collistone.  “Him and Colt could bust some guys up.”