2019 SHL Week 4 Transactions

  • On Tuesday, the New York Night placed LW Lee Fleming on the disabled list.  Fleming went down awkwardly in the third period of the Night’s 3-2 win over Boston after taking a puck off of his right leg.  He was later diagnosed with a lower-body injury and is expected to miss 3 to 4 weeks.  To fill Fleming’s roster spot, New York promoted RW Mickey Simpson from their minor-league affiliate in Utah.  Simpson was having a strong campaign with the Owls, putting up 15 points (4 goals, 11 assists) in 14 games.
  • On Wednesday, the Washington Galaxy and Kansas City Smoke swapped minor leaguers.  The Galaxy sent RW Brendan Bailey and a 3rd-round pick to the Smoke in exchange for F Jimmy Horton.  The 23-year-old Bailey recorded a goal and a +1 rating in 11 games for Washington’s minor-league club in Baltimore.  The 21-year-old Horton notched 2 assists and a +4 rating in 4 games with KC’s affiliate in Omaha.  The primary purpose of the trade was to open up salary cap space for the Galaxy, who needed to sign an additional defenseman due to injuries in Baltimore.  After making this deal, they inked free agent Zbynek Otradovec to a temporary 10-game contract.
  • On Saturday, the Boston Badgers demoted F Liam Engstrom to their CHL affiliate in Hartford and promoted C Hollis Shivers to the majors.  According to the Badgers front office, the move was made to give the 19-year-old Engstrom more ice time in order to foster his development.  Engstrom had appeared in only 3 games for Boston this season, and had not recorded a point.  The 22-year-old Shivers recorded 9 points (4 goals, 5 assists) in 16 games with Hartford.
  • Also on Saturday, Kansas City shuffled their blueline corps yet again, demoting Scott Hexton to their farm club in Omaha and calling up Lowell Sharkey to the SHL.  The 28-year-old Hexton signed with KC as a free agent this offseason.  The front office hoped that he could provide some veteran stability to their young defensive group, but things didn’t work out as planned.  In 9 games, Hexton put up a -9 rating and failed to record a point.  The 19-year-old Sharkey was a 4th-round draft pick in 2018, and has impressed in Omaha.  After putting up 36 points in his rookie season, Sharkey has already registered 17 points (2 goals, 15 assists) so far this year.
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2019 SHL Week 4 Team Stats

Team Totals

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Team              GP    SH    G    A  Pts   PP%  +/-
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New York          16   640   62  112  174  32.4    0
Seattle           16   540   53  100  153  15.4   11
Anchorage         16   584   51   99  150  12.7    8
Hershey           16   585   52   95  147  25.0   -9
Saskatchewan      16   558   51   91  142  14.7   16
Hamilton          16   544   48   89  137  15.0   15
Quebec            16   481   45   86  131  16.7    3
Michigan          16   471   44   83  127  17.6   14
Kansas City       16   375   42   81  123  12.9  -18
Washington        16   554   41   75  116  21.7  -17
Boston            16   356   39   73  112  16.9   -7
Dakota            16   449   33   65   98   9.1  -16
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Team              GP   W   L   T   GAA   SH   SV    SV%   PK%  PIM
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Michigan          16  13   2   1  1.18  436  417  0.956  90.0  136
Anchorage         16   7   6   3  2.39  513  474  0.924  91.4  145
Saskatchewan      16   8   6   2  2.41  435  396  0.910  78.1  171
Hamilton          16   8   7   1  2.60  463  421  0.909  74.6  156
Quebec            16   6   8   2  2.60  490  448  0.914  83.3  167
Seattle           16  12   4   0  2.67  511  468  0.916  82.5  203
Boston            16   6   9   1  2.97  525  477  0.909  79.4  160
Hershey           16  11   5   0  3.03  492  443  0.900  86.4  132
New York          16  10   6   0  3.12  577  527  0.913  83.1  167
Dakota            16   2  13   1  3.47  519  463  0.892  85.7  215
Washington        16   4  12   0  4.05  607  542  0.893  70.6  136
Kansas City       16   3  12   1  4.29  569  500  0.879  81.8  196
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2019 SHL Week 4 League Leaders

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         Points          
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Winchester     NY      31
Nelson         NY      26
Beauchesne     BOS     23
Manning        NY      22
Frye           HAM     21
Sanchez        NY      21
Argent         SEA     20
Kronstein      MIC     19
Camernitz      QUE     19
Mango          SEA     19
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          Goals          
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Nelson         NY      16
Valentine      HSY     13
Manning        NY      12
Frye           HAM     11
Mango          SEA     11
Thurman        WSH     11
Merula         KC      10
Oflyng         SAS     10
Darnholm       BOS      9
Bailes         MIC      9
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         Assists         
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Winchester     NY      27
Kronstein      MIC     16
Sanchez        NY      16
Beauchesne     BOS     15
Ericsson       ANC     13
Hart           HSY     13
Rivera         KC      13
Chouinard      KC      13
Argent         SEA     13
Lidjya         SEA     13
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     Penalty Minutes     
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Gatecliff      SEA     42
Trefilov       DAK     38
Chouinard      KC      34
Calligan       ANC     31
Tollefson      BOS     27
Workman        QUE     27
Kucharov       SAS     27
Cherner        DAK     26
DeShantz       DAK     26
O'Neill        KC      26
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       Plus/Minus        
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Glasco         HAM     15
Pomfret        ANC     12
Frederick      ANC     12
Oflyng         SAS     11
Barnes         SAS     11
Kronstein      MIC     10
Poulin         MIC      9
Chamberlain    SAS      9
Karlsson       SAS      9
Jabril         SAS      9
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       Goalie Wins       
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Lundquist      MIC     11
Colt           HSY      9
Clarkson       NY       8
Goldmire       SEA      8
Koskinen       HAM      6
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           GAA           
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Cowan          MIC   0.00
Lundquist      MIC   1.34
Worthington    ANC   2.22
Stickel        SAS   2.36
Goldmire       SEA   2.38
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         Save %          
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Cowan          MIC  1.000
Lundquist      MIC  0.953
Worthington    ANC  0.930
Goldmire       SEA  0.927
Clarkson       NY   0.923
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SHL Player of the Week – Week 4

Nile Bernard

The SHL selected Anchorage Igloos C Nile Bernard as its Player of the Week.  Bernard was the leading point-getter for Anchorage during their unbeaten week, putting up 6 points (3 goals, 3 assists).  For the season, has a total of 17 points (7 goals, 10 assists), one behind LW Les Collins for the team lead.

On Sunday, Bernard scored the first goal of the game and assisted on the second as the Igloos downed Dakota 5-3.   On Tuesday, he again produced a goal and an assist to help hand Michigan its first loss of the season, 4-1.  On Thursday, Bernard scored the game’s last goal as Anchorage jolted the Jackalopes 4-1.

“Obviously, our top line is key to our success, but our second line has really done the job this year,” said Igloos coach Sam Castor.  “You need depth to win championships, and I’m glad to say that we have it.”

2019 SHL Week 4 Standings

East W L T Pts GF GA Home Away
Hershey Bliss 11 5 0 22 52 49 6-2-0 5-3-0
New York Night 10 6 0 20 62 50 6-2-0 4-4-0
Hamilton Pistols 8 7 1 17 48 42 4-2-1 4-5-0
Quebec Tigres 6 8 2 14 45 42 6-2-0 0-6-2
Boston Badgers 6 9 1 13 39 48 3-3-1 3-6-0
Washington Galaxy 4 12 0 8 41 65 1-6-0 3-6-0
West W L T Pts GF GA Home Away
Michigan Gray Wolves 13 2 1 27 44 19 8-0-1 5-2-0
Seattle Sailors 12 4 0 24 53 43 7-1-0 5-3-0
Saskatchewan Shockers 8 6 2 18 51 39 5-3-1 3-3-1
Anchorage Igloos 7 6 3 17 51 39 5-2-1 2-4-2
Kansas City Smoke 3 12 1 7 42 69 2-7-0 1-5-1
Dakota Jackalopes 2 13 1 5 33 56 2-5-1 0-8-0

Interview of the Week: Nick Foster

This week’s interview is with New York Night coach Nick Foster.

SHL Digest: We’re here this week with perhaps the league’s most controversial coach, New York’s Nick Foster.

Nick Foster

Nick Foster: That’s right, folks, it’s me!  The bad boy of the SHL.

SHLD: You’ve become known around the league as a smack-talker and a starter of feuds.  You’re perhaps most famous (or infamous) for your fight with Hamilton and their star Steven Alexander, but you’ve also taken swipes at the referees, accusing them of bias against your team.  This season, you’ve taken a jab at Hershey’s famous “Love Line.”  You even slammed the Corn Palace!

NF: I gotta tell you, picking on the Corn Palace was a dangerous move.  I’ve gotten more flak over that than anything else.  People in the Midwest sure love their corn!

SHLD: People might argue with your approach, but there’s no disputing the results.  Last season, the Night posted a winning record for the first time ever.  This season, you’re in playoff position in the East.  What do you think have been the keys to the team’s improvement?

NF: There’s always been a lot of talent here, but there some guys who were all about “me” instead of “we,” if you know what I mean.  It took a while to change the mindset in the locker room, but we did it.

SHLD: What do you think you need to do to take the next step and win the Vandy?

NF: That’s our plan!  The things I’m preaching right now are getting tighter with the puck, doing a better job in our own end, and improving on the basic stuff, checking and blocking shots.  [Goaltenders] Jesse [Clarkson] and Sherm [Carter] have been outstanding, but even with an attack as powerful as ours, you can’t win the Vandy giving up 40 shots a game.  On offense, I’ve talked about looking for the right shot, not just the first shot.  We’re definitely doing better on that.

SHLD: You’ve arguably gotten more attention for your feuds than what your team has accomplished.  Do you ever worry that your jokes and jibes get in the way of your team’s success?

NF: No, but my wife does.  She always tells me my mouth is gonna get me in trouble. (laughs)  I actually think the feuds help us.

SHLD: Really?  How so?

NF: Well, when you play in the Big Apple, you’re always going to have a target on your back.  No one feels sorry for you.  So if everyone thinks you’re the heel, you might as well go for it.  Play with a little swagger, a chip on your shoulder.

SHLD: That makes some sense.

NF: And the fans love it, too.  They want a team with that swagger.  Hockey’s not a sport for nice boys.  You’ve got to be able to take a hit and dish it out too.

SHLD: While your comments have played well with your fanbase, they’ve ruffled feathers around the league.  Does that bother you?

NF: No way.  Why the hell should it?  I’m not here to win a popularity contest; I’m here to win games.  Look at Rodney [Reagle] over in DC.  He was a fun guy, everyone liked him.  But he didn’t win enough, so they fired him.  You don’t get standings points for being a nice guy.  As long as I keep winning, they’ll keep me around, even if Miss Manners doesn’t like me.

SHLD: And if you do make the playoffs and face, say, Hamilton or Hershey, do you think your comments will come back to bite you?

NF: No way!  They’ll be fuel for the fire.  I hope we play Hamilton [in the playoffs].  With all the [expletive] I’ve talked about them?  That series would be epic!  Imagine, us against the Nutcracker and his boys in that sorry dump of a rink.  People would be lining up around the block just to call me names.

SHLD: It would definitely be an emotional series.

NF: They could sell voodoo dolls with my face on them and make a fortune.

SHLD: Would you be okay with that?

NF: Sure, why not?  As long as they give me a cut of the back end, I’m on board.

SHLD: Well, this has certainly been a juicy interview!  Thanks for your time, and good luck this season.

NF: Hey, no one can accuse me of being boring!  This was a gas.  Let’s do it again after we win the Vandy!