2019 SHL Week 15 Transactions

  • On Monday, the Quebec Tigres activated LW Stellan Fisker from the disabled list.  The 32-year-old Fisker missed nearly four weeks after suffering an upper-body injury.  It was the second DL stint of the season for the winger, who suffered a lower-body injury in the first week of the season and has missed a total of 25 games so far on the year.  In order to make room for Fisker’s return, the Tigres returned LW Carl Bleyer to their farm club in Maine.  Bleyer has appeared in 10 games with Quebec, and recorded 1 assist during that time.
  • On Wednesday, the Washington Galaxy placed D Ambroz Melicar on the disabled list.  The Galaxy called up the 23-year-old Melicar a couple of weeks ago after a strong season with their affiliate in Baltimore.  He appeared in 10 games with Washington, recording 2 assists, before suffering an upper-body injury on Tuesday that will end his season.  To replace Melicar, the Galaxy promoted D Buster Kratz from Baltimore.  Kratz, 21, was acquired from Hamilton in the Eddie Costello trade at the deadline.
  • Also on Wednesday, the Tigres placed D Ward Jones on the injured list.  Jones suffered a lower-body injury during the third period of Tuesday’s 3-2 loss to Hamilton, a blow that will likely end Jones’ season.  It’s the second significant injury of the season for the 29-year-old blueliner, who missed over a month with an upper-body injury that happened just before the All-Star break.  It’s rumored that this latest injury has Jones pondering retirement.  To replace Jones, the Tigres called up D Ross Hruschka from Maine.  The 19-year-old Hruschka has had a solid season with Maine, with a goal and 16 assists.

2019 SHL Week 15 Team Stats

Team Totals

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Team              GP    SH    G    A  Pts   PP%  +/-
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Anchorage         60  2261  221  422  643  19.4   50
Seattle           60  2142  211  398  609  17.4   31
Hamilton          60  2117  207  389  596  17.1   58
New York          60  2260  205  373  578  24.7    0
Hershey           60  2298  194  353  547  21.7   12
Saskatchewan      60  2059  179  325  504  16.5   12
Washington        60  1965  167  307  474  16.6  -49
Quebec            60  1705  162  311  473  15.0   27
Kansas City       60  1496  156  300  456  14.7  -62
Dakota            60  1730  149  275  424  16.1  -25
Michigan          60  1676  124  238  362  17.1  -12
Boston            60  1354  125  232  357  16.6  -42
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Team              GP   W   L   T   GAA   SH   SV    SV%   PK%  PIM
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Michigan          60  31  22   7  1.94 1618 1500  0.927  88.6  649
Quebec            60  29  26   5  2.23 1647 1512  0.918  84.2  509
Anchorage         60  36  19   5  2.42 1892 1745  0.922  87.7  519
Hamilton          60  34  23   3  2.52 1758 1606  0.914  79.1  506
Saskatchewan      60  33  25   2  2.72 1777 1613  0.908  85.1  563
Hershey           60  37  21   2  2.78 1823 1655  0.908  82.4  587
Boston            60  18  37   5  2.84 1871 1699  0.908  82.6  614
Seattle           60  37  21   2  3.05 2111 1927  0.913  81.6  655
Dakota            60  17  36   7  3.12 1977 1787  0.904  81.2  669
New York          60  30  26   4  3.23 2355 2159  0.917  76.6  658
Washington        60  20  33   7  3.69 2141 1917  0.895  80.0  552
Kansas City       60  12  45   3  4.13 2093 1843  0.881  77.5  707
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Continue reading “2019 SHL Week 15 Team Stats”

2019 SHL Week 15 League Leaders

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         Points          
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Winchester     NY      94
Alexander      HAM     88
Frye           HAM     87
Lafayette      HAM     84
Ericsson       ANC     78
Mango          SEA     74
Valentine      HSY     68
Beauchesne     BOS     67
Nelson         NY      67
Koons          ANC     66
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          Goals          
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Nelson         NY      50
Frye           HAM     49
Frost          ANC     45
Alexander      HAM     45
Mango          SEA     41
Valentine      HSY     38
Manning        NY      36
McNeely        WSH     32
Cloude         KC      29
Camernitz      QUE     29
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         Assists         
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Winchester     NY      81
Lafayette      HAM     73
Ericsson       ANC     67
Hart           HSY     45
Alexander      HAM     43
Milton         HSY     42
Sanchez        NY      42
Lambert        SEA     42
Beauchesne     BOS     41
Argent         SEA     40
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     Penalty Minutes     
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Chouinard      KC     117
Kucharov       SAS    111
Duckworth      NY     104
McCallan       BOS    101
Phthalo        DAK     90
Gatecliff      SEA     89
Warriner       WSH     86
Argent         SEA     84
Tollefson      BOS     83
Merula         KC      83
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       Plus/Minus        
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Alexander      HAM     46
Frye           HAM     46
Lafayette      HAM     44
Kerasov        ANC     30
Glasco         HAM     29
Hampton        HAM     29
Pepper         SEA     27
Miranda        ANC     26
Fairwood       SEA     26
Gaspard        SEA     25
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       Goalie Wins       
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Colt           HSY     28
Worthington    ANC     27
Lundquist      MIC     27
Zagurski       SAS     27
Koskinen       HAM     23
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           GAA           
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Lundquist      MIC   1.77
Orinoco        HAM   2.00
Tiktuunen      QUE   2.22
Lattimore      QUE   2.25
Schemko        BOS   2.27
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         Save %          
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Lundquist      MIC  0.935
Schemko        BOS  0.925
Worthington    ANC  0.924
Koskinen       HAM  0.923
Tiktuunen      QUE  0.921
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SHL Player of the Week – Week 15

Jake Frost

The SHL selected Anchorage Igloos C Jake Frost as its Player of the Week.  For the week, Frost scored 7 points (6 goals, 1 assist), and led Anchorage to a 3-1-0 week that helped them seize first place in the West.  With his prolific scoring week, Frost has now moved into a tie with Hamilton’s Steven Alexander for third place in the SHL in goals with 45.

Frost usually comes up biggest when his team needs him the most, and this game was no exception.  On Tuesday the center had a hat trick, scoring all of the Igloos’ goals in a crucial 3-1 win over Seattle, their rival for the Western title.  Frost also scored a goal in Sunday’s 5-3 win over Dakota, as well as in both end of Anchorage’s home-and-home with Saskatchewan.

“This is Frosty’s time of the year,” said Igloos coach Sam Castor.  “When the spotlight is brightest, when the stage is biggest, that’s when you know you can count on Jake to come through.  We’re playing our best hockey right now, and anyone who wants to take the Vandy from us had better be ready for that.”

2019 SHL Week 15 Standings

East W L T Pts GF GA Home Away
x-Hershey Bliss 37 21 2 76 194 168 19-10-1 18-11-1
Hamilton Pistols 34 23 3 71 207 152 18-10-3 16-13-0
New York Night 30 26 4 64 205 196 15-12-2 15-14-2
Quebec Tigres 29 26 5 63 162 135 16-13-1 13-13-4
Washington Galaxy 20 33 7 47 167 224 11-17-3 9-16-4
Boston Badgers 18 37 5 41 125 172 9-18-2 9-19-3
West W L T Pts GF GA Home Away
Anchorage Igloos 36 19 5 77 221 147 19-9-1 17-10-4
Seattle Sailors 37 21 2 76 211 184 22-8-1 15-13-1
Michigan Gray Wolves 31 22 7 69 124 118 16-8-5 15-14-2
Saskatchewan Shockers 33 25 2 68 179 164 17-12-1 16-13-1
Dakota Jackalopes 17 36 7 41 149 190 9-18-4 8-18-3
Kansas City Smoke 12 45 3 27 156 250 9-19-2 3-26-1

x-clinched playoff spot.

Interview of the Week: Brock Manning

This week’s interview is with New York Night C Brock Manning.

SHL Digest: We’re here this week with one of the SHL’s all-time leading scorers, Brock Manning of New York.  Brock, thanks for speaking with us.

Brock Manning

Brock Manning: I’m always happy to get the word out to the fans.

SHLD: It’s been an exciting season for the Night, as it looked for much of the season as though your team might make the postseason for the first time.  In the end, however, [it looks like] you came up a bit short.  How would you assess your season?

BM: Obviously, our goal is to win the Vandy, and we didn’t [probably won’t] even make the playoffs, so we can’t call that a success.  But we’ve reached the point where the other teams have to take us seriously as contenders, and where we take ourselves seriously too.  And that’s a big step.

SHLD: You mention taking yourselves seriously as contenders.  What do you think has been the key to that?

BM: Coach [Nick] Foster deserves a lot of the credit for that.  I know a lot of people think all he does is fire insults at other teams, but within the locker room, he’s really challenged us to get serious about playing as a team and doing what it takes to win.  And some of the more senior guys like myself, he’s challenged us to step up and be leaders, hold each other accountable.

SHLD: And the team has met that challenge?

BM: Yeah, I’d say we have.  Guys used to be focused on themselves and their own stats first, and now we’re thinking more about how we can help the team succeed.  We want the whole to be greater than the sum of our parts.  Before, we were just parts, and we weren’t even trying to fit together.

SHLD: Obviously, Coach Foster has gotten a lot of flak for his comments about other teams, especially Hamilton.  Is that the way he is in the locker room too, or is that just a public show?

BM: A little of both, really.  He takes rivalries seriously, and he encourages us to play with a chip on our shoulder.  We know that because we’re from New York and we’ve got a lot of star players, it’s easy for fans in other cities to hate on us.  We don’t back away from that; we let it fuel us.

SHLD: Especially with your black uniforms, you’ve got a little of that old Oakland Raiders mentality.

BM: That’s the kind of thing we go for, yeah.  But at the same time, some of the crazier stuff [Foster] says?  That’s for the media, mostly.  He likes to call it “laying down cover fire.”  He takes the heat and stirs the pot, and it gives us some space to just play our game.

SHLD: You’re one of the top offensive talents in the SHL, and you have been throughout the history of the league.  However, you’ve always had a reputation as a one-way player, and critics say that New York will never win because your team doesn’t care about defense.  How would you respond to those critics?

BM: I’d say two things.  First, winning hockey games is all about possessing the puck and outscoring your opponent.  There are lots of ways to do that; winning 5-4 counts just the same as winning 1-0.  We play a high-octane style, but as long as we’re keeping the puck in the offensive zone, the other team isn’t scoring.  The second thing is that there are a lot of so-called “hockey purists” who think that winning with defense is the only “real” way to win.  You have to have a team full of battering rams like Michigan or Quebec, clog up the neutral zone, and choke the game to death.  But where’s the fun in that?  Fans have a lot more fun watching our games than a Quebec or Michigan game.

SHLD: One more question: You’re often acclaimed for having the best flow in the league.  Do you have any hair care secrets to share?

BM: (laughs) Thanks!  I guess if I have any secrets, it’s to take care of your hair and it will take care of you.  I use a dry shampoo that my girlfriend turned me onto, and I always condition.  Helmets are tough on hair, obviously, but I do what I can.

SHLD: On that note, we’ll wrap it up for the week.  Thanks for the time, Brock, and good luck the rest of the season!

BM: Just know that we’ll be back next season, and we’ll be dangerous.