2017 SHL Week 4 Team Stats

Team Totals

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Team             GP    SH    G    A  Pts   PP%  +/-
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Dakota           20   882   84  158  242  20.0    8
Hershey          20   722   73  135  208  24.1    7
Anchorage        20   891   70  132  202  19.4   16
Hamilton         20   695   69  132  201  16.2   15
Saskatchewan     20   620   65  122  187  20.3   -6
Michigan         20   686   62  114  176  16.2   27
Seattle          20   646   59  112  171  21.2  -39
Washington       20   711   55  105  160  19.7    4
New York         20   777   53   99  152  17.6  -19
Quebec           20   490   38   70  108  16.9  -13
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Team             GP   W   L   T   GAA   SH   SV    SV%   PK%  PIM
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Michigan         20  13   5   2  1.53  621  590  0.950  87.7  185
Hamilton         20  12   7   1  2.58  678  626  0.923  85.1  192
Washington       20  11   9   0  2.59  643  591  0.919  83.1  225
Quebec           20   6  10   4  2.66  638  584  0.915  82.5  202
Anchorage        20  11   6   3  2.66  663  609  0.919  84.4  194
Hershey          20  12   5   3  3.06  644  582  0.904  76.2  168
Saskatchewan     20   8  11   1  3.44  824  755  0.916  81.4  165
New York         20   6  13   1  3.68  832  758  0.911  76.9  178
Dakota           20   9  11   0  3.92  749  670  0.895  71.7  161
Seattle          20   4  15   1  4.99  828  727  0.878  77.0  182
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2017 SHL Week 4 Leaders

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         Points          
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Frye           HAM     37
Smyth          HAM     33
Alexander      HAM     29
Lafayette      HAM     28
Hart           HSY     27
Ericsson       ANC     26
Valentine      HSY     26
Koons          ANC     24
Cherner        DAK     24
Karlsson       DAK     23
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          Goals          
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Alexander      HAM     20
Valentine      HSY     15
Koons          ANC     14
Mango          SEA     13
Frost          ANC     11
Airston        DAK     11
Lafayette      HAM     11
Manning        NY      11
Karlsson       DAK     10
Golynin        DAK     10
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         Assists         
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Smyth          HAM     27
Frye           HAM     27
Ericsson       ANC     23
Hart           HSY     21
Lidjya         DAK     20
Cherner        DAK     19
Lafayette      HAM     17
Winchester     NY      17
Venezio        SEA     17
Rivera         DAK     16
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     Penalty Minutes     
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Zhzhynov       QUE     48
Gromov         HSY     47
Hogaboom       WSH     42
Madison        MIC     40
Kalashnikov    QUE     39
Warriner       WSH     36
Citrone        ANC     34
McCallan       SAS     34
Hendricks      DAK     33
Frederick      ANC     31
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       Plus/Minus        
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Alexander      HAM     25
Frye           HAM     25
Wesson         HAM     25
Lafayette      HAM     25
Smyth          HAM     24
Douglas        MIC     12
Knight         MIC     12
Zabielski      MIC     12
Poulin         MIC     12
Frederick      ANC     11
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       Goalie Wins       
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Lundquist      MIC     11
Colt           HSY      9
Koskinen       HAM      8
Orion          WSH      7
Worthington    ANC      6
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           GAA           
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Lundquist      MIC   1.22
Tiktuunen      QUE   1.50
Wampler        HAM   2.24
Orion          WSH   2.28
Stafford       HSY   2.45
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         Save %          
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Lundquist      MIC  0.961
Tiktuunen      QUE  0.953
Orion          WSH  0.926
Koskinen       HAM  0.925
Carter         NY   0.921
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SHL Player of the Week – Week 4

Lars Karlsson

The SHL selected Dakota Jackalopes C Lars Karlsson as its Player of the Week.  Karlsson had a strong week, putting up 5 goals and 9 points.  His performance helped vault him into the league’s top 10 in both categories.

Karlsson’s most impressive performance came on Wednesday, when he had a hat trick and added two assists in the Jackalopes’ 7-3 win over Hershey.  Karlsson and teammate Matt Cherner (1 goal, 4 assists) became the first two players to record five-point games this season.

“Lars has been one of our cornerstones since the beginning,” said Jackalopes coach Harold Engellund.  “He’s got a terrific motor, and he’s not afraid to do the dirty work on both ends of the ice. “

2017 SHL Week 4 Standings

East W L T Pts GF GA Home Away
Hershey Small Hershey Bliss 12 5 3 27 73 62 8-2-2 4-3-1
Hamilton Pistols 12 7 0 25 69 52 6-3-0 6-4-1
Washington Galaxy 11 9 0 22 55 52 4-4-0 7-5-0
Quebec Tigres 6 10 4 16 38 54 3-7-3 3-3-1
New York Night 6 13 1 13 53 74 3-7-0 3-6-1
West W L T Pts GF GA Home Away
Michigan Small Michigan Gray Wolves 13 5 2 28 62 31 6-3-1 7-2-1
Anchorage Small Anchorage Igloos 11 6 3 23 70 54 4-2-1 7-4-2
Dakota Jackalopes 9 11 0 18 84 79 4-7-0 5-4-0
Saskatchewan Shockers 8 11 1 17 65 69 4-7-1 4-4-0
Seattle Sailors 4 15 1 9 59 101 1-7-0 3-8-1

Interview of the Week: Kenny Patterson

Our interview of the week is with Hamilton Pistols LW Kenny Patterson.

SHL Digest: We’re here today with one of the league’s classiest veterans, Kenny Patterson.  Kenny, thanks for talking with us.

Kenny Patterson

Kenny Patterson: Sure thing.  Glad to talk with you!

SHLD: Obviously, the first thing we should talk about is how well you guys are doing!  How does it feel to be surprising the experts?

KP: Well, we don’t care a lot about what the “experts” think.  From the first game of the season, we’ve absolutely believed we could win this thing. [Coach] Keith [Shields] is a big believer in positive thinking, and he’s made sure we all believed in ourselves and our potential.

SHLD: Obviously, it’s more than just self-confidence that’s helped you succeed so far.  What would you say have been the keys to your success?

KP: Obviously, it starts with our top line.  They’ve just been magic!  We’ve got one of the league’s best goal scorers in Steven Alexander, and a guy in Laffer [Claude Lafayette] who knows exactly how and where to feed him.  And then Calvin Frye… he fits right in with those guys.  They look like they’ve been playing together since they were kids.  It’s like they’re in each other’s heads.

SHLD: And at the other end of the ice, you’ve had a great goaltending tandem in Lasse Koskinen and Dennis Wampler.  How much have they contributed to your success?

KP: They’ve been huge.  Seeing what Lasse’s done as a rookie, it’s remarkable.  Most young goaltenders, it takes a while for the game to slow down for them.  But with him, he looked comfortable out there right away.  And Wamps is way better than your typical backup goalie.  When Lasse got hurt and missed a few games, Wamps stepped up and we didn’t miss a beat.

SHLD: Last year, you came over to Hamilton from New York at the trading deadline, and you seemed much happier with the Pistols.

KP: Just night and day.  The two organizations couldn’t be more different.  In New York, everyone was obsessed with pumping his own stats.  No cohesion, no unity.  The locker room was just full of so much negativity.  But here, it’s totally different.  Everyone feels positive, everyone’s supportive and cheering each other on.  Everyone’s pulling for the team to do better, even if they have to sacrifice individual stats to get there.  It’s a way better situation.

SHLD: You’re one of the few veterans on the club.  How does it feel being surrounded by all these young players?

KP: It’s great!  I feed off of their energy.  And they kind of look to me as a sort of assistant coach.  I try to teach them some of my veteran tricks.  (laughs)

SHLD: Do you feel like they look up to you?

KP: It’s funny.  I grew up in TO [Toronto], rooting for the Leafs.  Mats Sundin was my hero.  Now I imagine a kid growing up here, looking up to me like I looked up to Sundin.  It’s kind of crazy to think about.

SHLD: I’m sure.  Well, thanks for your time, and good luck the rest of the season!

KP: Thanks.  Don’t be surprised to see us go all the way!

CHL Update: Minnesota Drink Promo Gets Cold Reception

When you’re a minor-league sports team, getting attention by any means is the name of the game.  That’s what the CHL’s Minnesota Freeze were thinking when they started dreaming up promotions for their inaugural season.

“Anything we can do that will get attention, that will get tweeted, that will go viral,” said Freeze GM Kent Rivers.  “As long as it’s not illegal, I’m in.”

With that goal in mind, Rivers and his staff took notice when Starbucks launched its short-lived Unicorn Frappuccino.  The brightly-colored, flavor-changing drink caused a sensation on social media when it appeared in April.  “We thought, why not do something like that?” said Rivers.

With that in mind, the team developed a slushy beverage called the “Freeze Freeze”, or “Freeze Squared.”  Like the Unicorn Frappuccino, the Freeze Squared changes colors and flavors as it’s consumed, from the dark blue of Minnesota’s home uniforms to the pale blue of the “Freeze” wordmark.  The drink starts out sour and then becomes sweet.

Similar to the Starbucks beverage, the team planned to make the Freeze Squared available for a limited time; in this case, for one home game a month.  “Part of what made the Unicorn Frappuccino so exciting was that you could only get it for a few days,” said Rivers.  “We wanted to capture that same sense of excitement.”

The Freeze Squared made its debut this week, for Minnesota’s game against Virginia on Saturday.  The promotion had the intended effect: the game sold out, and social media flooded with pictures of the drink and fans holding it.

However, once the fans actually began sampling the drinks, the comments were less favorable.  Reviews of the taste ranged from “nasty” to “tasted like seal puke” to “this is poison… u trying to poison us???”

Rivers acknowledged that “manufacturing errors” had led to an adverse change in the quality of the drinks.  “When we tested the samples, they tasted fine,” said the Minnesota GM.  “I don’t know if they had trouble scaling up or if they tweaked the recipe or what, but it definitely wasn’t supposed to taste like that.”

The team has cancelled plans to offer the drink at future games, at least until they can improve the recipe.  In the meantime, fans who were unhappy with the drink can submit proof of purchase to the team and will receive a ticket to a future Freeze game and a concession credit.