Sorry for the abbreviated Mash today, we’ve been dealing with a family emergency since Saturday. More about that at the end.
As much as I love Alaska, it’s difficult staying up for the games to finish after a Saturday all-nighter and two masses on Sunday. Oh, the joys of hockey, family and parenthood.
NORTH AMERICAN HOCKEY LEAGUE
After the Central Division leading Wilderness secured seven wins in their first eleven games this season, one would think that the hold on first place would be secure. Not so fast; the truth is that the Cloquet team has the 3rd best record in the division after both Bismarck and Minot. The issue in the Central is that five of the six teams are at .500 or above with St Cloud only a game under par. This is going to be a season-long civil war with no “easy” nights.
The Titans lead a pack of five teams all within a point of the team ahead. Only Maryland (4-6-0-0) and Jamestown (2-8-0-2) are running outside of the pack.
I’ll go ahead and say this; the Midwest Division leading Chippewa Steel are not nearly as good as their 8-2-0-0 record looks. The reality is that snake oil salesman, and college golf coach, Bryant Black is still playing with daddy’s money. Head Coach Carter Foguth is doing a good job but like the situation with the Wilderness and Dave Boitz, keeping the Black son out of the hockey operations’ cookie jar will be impossible. Ginger can’t contain himself for a full season. Look for traditional powerhouse Fairbanks to restore order quickly. Speaking of Alaska, the Brown Bears’ opening run has been impressive but just how long can the Kenai Peninsula faithful expect that furry fellow to hold off the annual hibernation? The biological clock is ticking.
Things are getting crazy in the South Division. Topeka and Corpus Christi lead the group of six teams that are all at par or above. The 4-4-1-1 Odessa Jackalopes are still “in it” despite scoring only 15 goals in the first ten games.
CHEERS AND JEERS
Jeers to the obviously distracted driver who almost killed my father-in-law and passengers Saturday night in Kissimmee. That driver decided that SHE had the right of way to turn left into traffic. Deysi’s Dad will be OK but is still hospitalized.
Cheers to Mazda for building vehicles with passenger safety in mind. The airbags and structural integrity saved our abuelo’s life.
That’s it for today folks!
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