2019 SHL Week 12 Transactions

  • On Wednesday, the Washington Galaxy activated LW Charlie Brooks from the disabled list.  Brooks missed the last two and a half weeks with a lower-body injury.  Due to his absence, Brooks missed last Friday’s game against Dakota, which recently acquired his younger brother Tanner.  It would have been the first time the brothers faced each other in a professional game.  To make room for Brooks on the roster, Washington demoted F Roman Bandikoff to their CHL affiliate in Baltimore.  With the rebuilding Galaxy looking to provide playing time for their young players, the 36-year-old Bandikoff (5 assists and -3 rating in 24 games) was deemed expendable.
  • On Saturday, the Hamilton Pistols sent down D Russ Klemmer to their CHL affiliate in Oshawa, and promoted RW Michael Jennings from Oshawa.  The Pistols found themselves down a forward when RW Claude Lafayette suffered a lower-body injury on Thursday.  Although Lafayette is not expected to miss much time, but the injury left Hamilton without a spare forward and forced C Henry Constantine to play out of position on the wing.  Jennings was with the Pistols at the beginning of the season, but was sent down at the trade deadline.  He put up 4 points (2 goals, 2 assists) in 21 games for Hamilton.
  • Also on Saturday, the Kansas City Smoke demoted C Owen Griffin to their farm team in Omaha, and called up C Edz Zalmanis from Omaha.  This transaction reverses a move made just after the All-Star break.  In 13 games with the Smoke, the 22-year-old Griffin recorded one assist while putting up a -11 rating.  Zalmanis, meanwhile, lit up the minors, notching 16 points (4 goals, 12 assists) in 15 games.
  • Also on Saturday, the Galaxy demoted D Murphy “Mutt” Metheny to their affiliate in Baltimore, and promoted D Ambroz Melicar from Baltimore.  As Washington continues to offer more opportunities to their young players, the 23-year-old Melicar was an obvious candidate for a call-up.  He was one of the top-scoring defensemen in the CHL, with 42 points (11 goals, 31 assists) in 47 games.  The 29-year-old Metheny, the only SHL player to hail from Arkansas, appeared in only 9 games with DC, failing to record a point.

2019 SHL Week 12 Team Stats

Team Totals

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Team              GP    SH    G    A  Pts   PP%  +/-
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Anchorage         48  1794  174  334  508  20.4   34
New York          48  1819  174  321  495  26.1    5
Hamilton          48  1682  160  303  463  16.1   47
Seattle           48  1676  159  300  459  16.8   18
Hershey           48  1840  159  293  452  21.8   10
Saskatchewan      48  1676  146  269  415  16.8   16
Washington        48  1592  133  244  377  17.5  -41
Quebec            48  1374  128  244  372  16.4   13
Kansas City       48  1185  117  226  343  13.9  -55
Dakota            48  1370  116  215  331  15.1  -19
Michigan          48  1332   99  190  289  16.1   -1
Boston            48  1096  101  186  287  16.0  -27
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Team              GP   W   L   T   GAA   SH   SV    SV%   PK%  PIM
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Michigan          48  26  15   7  1.78 1326 1239  0.934  87.8  515
Quebec            48  22  21   5  2.39 1358 1242  0.915  85.0  446
Hamilton          48  26  19   3  2.48 1387 1267  0.913  77.5  393
Anchorage         48  27  17   4  2.49 1495 1374  0.919  87.2  404
Saskatchewan      48  27  19   2  2.56 1398 1274  0.911  85.8  444
Boston            48  15  28   5  2.76 1505 1371  0.911  81.3  479
Hershey           48  28  18   2  2.83 1480 1343  0.907  81.7  467
Seattle           48  29  18   1  2.96 1650 1507  0.913  82.2  542
Dakota            48  12  29   7  3.10 1587 1436  0.905  80.8  551
New York          48  27  19   2  3.16 1870 1717  0.918  79.2  501
Washington        48  17  26   5  3.73 1703 1522  0.894  79.3  444
Kansas City       48   9  36   3  4.10 1677 1478  0.881  78.6  566
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2019 SHL Week 12 League Leaders

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         Points          
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Winchester     NY      75
Frye           HAM     66
Alexander      HAM     64
Lafayette      HAM     64
Ericsson       ANC     60
Nelson         NY      56
Koons          ANC     54
Beauchesne     BOS     54
Mango          SEA     54
Milton         HSY     53
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          Goals          
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Nelson         NY      41
Alexander      HAM     36
Frye           HAM     35
Valentine      HSY     34
Frost          ANC     30
Manning        NY      28
Mango          SEA     28
Koons          ANC     24
Mirac          QUE     23
McNeely        WSH     23
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         Assists         
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Winchester     NY      66
Lafayette      HAM     55
Ericsson       ANC     52
Sanchez        NY      39
Hart           HSY     38
Beauchesne     BOS     35
Milton         HSY     34
Camernitz      QUE     33
Costello       WSH     33
Kronstein      MIC     32
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     Penalty Minutes     
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Chouinard      KC      93
Kucharov       SAS     83
Gatecliff      SEA     83
O'Neill        KC      71
Phthalo        DAK     70
Tollefson      BOS     68
Madison        MIC     68
Calligan       ANC     66
McCallan       BOS     66
Warriner       WSH     66
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       Plus/Minus        
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Glasco         HAM     30
Alexander      HAM     27
Frye           HAM     27
Lafayette      HAM     26
Hampton        HAM     21
Miranda        ANC     20
Pepper         SEA     20
Fairwood       SEA     20
Pomfret        ANC     19
Summers        ANC     19
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       Goalie Wins       
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Lundquist      MIC     23
Zagurski       SAS     22
Worthington    ANC     21
Colt           HSY     20
Goldmire       SEA     19
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           GAA           
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Lundquist      MIC   1.68
Orinoco        HAM   2.00
Zagurski       SAS   2.21
Schemko        BOS   2.27
Koskinen       HAM   2.30
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         Save %          
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Lundquist      MIC  0.939
Schemko        BOS  0.925
Zagurski       SAS  0.923
Worthington    ANC  0.923
Koskinen       HAM  0.923
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SHL Player of the Week – Week 12

Nicklas Ericsson

The SHL selected Anchorage Igloos RW Nicklas Ericsson as its Player of the Week.  Ericsson is one of the league’s top passers, and he was in top form this week, putting up 12 points (2 goals, 10 assists).  Ericsson’s monster week represents a fifth of his point total for the season.  His 60 total points places him fifth in the SHL; his 52 assists are good for third.

On Sunday, Ericsson had a goal and four assists in the Igloos’ 8-5 win over New York.  On Tuesday, he assisted on all three Anchorage goals, although his team came up just short against Hershey, falling 4-3.  Then on Thursday, he had a pair of assists, sparking a 6-1 beatdown of Hamilton.  With Ericsson’s assists leading the way, the Igloos remained in the thick of the Western race, one point behind co-leaders Michigan and Seattle.

“Nick’s the kind of player you have to be a real hockey guy to appreciate,” said Igloos coach Sam Castor.  “A big goal scorer like Frosty [Jake Frost], everyone loves him.  But you have to be a real student of the game to appreciate a perfect pass, the way a guy like Nick can orchestrate the tempo of an offense.  It’s not the kind of thing that makes the fans go ooh and aah, but it’s the kind of thing that wins championships.”

2019 SHL Week 12 Standings

East W L T Pts GF GA Home Away
Hershey Bliss 28 18 2 58 159 137 12-8-1 16-10-1
New York Night 27 19 2 56 174 153 13-7-1 14-12-1
Hamilton Pistols 26 19 3 55 160 120 11-7-3 15-12-0
Quebec Tigres 22 21 5 49 128 116 11-9-1 11-12-4
Washington Galaxy 17 26 5 39 133 181 8-12-1 9-14-4
Boston Badgers 15 28 5 35 101 134 7-12-2 8-16-3
West W L T Pts GF GA Home Away
Michigan Gray Wolves 26 15 7 59 99 87 14-8-5 12-7-2
Seattle Sailors 29 18 1 59 159 143 19-7-1 10-11-0
Anchorage Igloos 27 17 4 58 174 121 17-9-1 10-8-3
Saskatchewan Shockers 27 19 2 56 146 124 15-11-1 12-8-1
Dakota Jackalopes 12 29 7 31 116 151 7-16-4 5-13-3
Kansas City Smoke 9 36 3 21 117 199 8-17-2 1-19-1

Interview of the Week: Peter James

This week’s interview is with Washington Galaxy coach Peter James.

SHL Digest: We’re here today with the first-year coach of the Galaxy, Peter James.  Coach James, thanks for speaking with us.

Peter James

Peter James: Certainly.  Speaking to the press is part of my job.

SHLD: When the Galaxy fired Rodney Reagle after last season, the Galaxy front office seemed to think a new coach would be able to lift the team back into playoff contention.  Obviously, things haven’t unfolded that way.  Do you consider this season a disappointment?

PJ: Well, there are a lot of assumptions in your question.  Let me state for the record that when I was interviewed for this job, I was never told that I was expected to get this team back to the playoffs.  Obviously, the organization would like to contend, but they understand that it’s a time of transition.  Particularly when [G] Roger [Orion] chose not to resign, the goal has been to manage the transition to a younger roster.

SHLD: Well, how would you say that transition is going?

PJ: We’re still in the early stages, but I have a positive feeling about it.  We’re looking for opportunities to give our young players more exposure.  For instance, when Brooksy [LW Charlie Brooks] went down, we took the chance to promote Alan Youngman and see what he could do at this level.  As we go, we’ll look for more such opportunities.

SHLD: For a locker room that was accustomed to the jokey, free-wheeling attitude of Reagle, it must have been an adjustment for them to have a more straitlaced coach like you.  How has that transition gone?

PJ: Overall, I’ve been pleased.  Obviously, it took some time for both sides to get familiar with each other, for me to understand them and for them to understand me and my expectations.  I tried to ease in a bit, knowing that this is a room full of established professionals.  But I made it clear that certain hijinks that might have been tolerated under the old regime wouldn’t be tolerated under me.

SHLD: Can you give an example of something that you don’t tolerate that might have been tolerated before?

PJ: One obvious example had to do with behavior on the road.  Without naming names, some guys take that time as a license to run wild, to stay out all night in bars and clubs.  Some of that is fine – again, these are grown men – but if you’re staying out late enough that it’s affecting you the next day, that’s a problem.  I found that some well-timed morning skates helped get that under control, without having to call anyone out.

SHLD: And has the adjustment gone both ways?  Have you learned things from your players?

PJ: Absolutely.  I’ve definitely learned to be a little less strict than I had been in the minors.  At that level, you’re primarily guiding and developing players.  In the pros, you’re helping established players be their best.  It’s a more collaborative relationship.

SHLD: Obviously, you aren’t going to make the postseason this year.  So what are your goals for the rest of this season, and looking ahead to next year?

PJ: Well, for the rest of this season, we’re going to continue to look for chances to spotlight and evaluate our younger players, as I mentioned.  In the offseason, we’ll probably be looking to move some of our veteran guys, to facilitate that transition to young players.  We’re focused more on a reload than a rebuild, with an eye toward contending in the next couple of seasons.

SHLD: One more question.  Last season, you made headlines around the league when you physically broke up a fight by throwing an opposing player off your bench.  Any chance we’ll see a replay of that incident in DC?

PJ: (chuckles) I certainly hope not.  I don’t go Incredible Hulk very often.  But it doesn’t hurt for other people to know that I can do that if I need to.  You won’t like me when I’m angry.

SHLD: Good to know!  Well, that wraps it up for this interview.  Thanks again, and good luck with the rest of the season!

PJ: You bet!  I appreciate it.