11/25/2013 6:47 PM -
Week ten of the 2013-2014 regular season was chocked full of divisional battles, one of which even included some old-school pond hockey, as the Southern Oregon Spartans and Missoula Maulers took to the great outdoors for the concluding game of their series on Sunday.
Below is a summary of each weekend series/game:
Texas (10-10-1, 2nd in Midwest Division) @ El Paso Rhinos (12-0-0, 1st in Midwest Division)
Three-game series in El Paso, Texas
The El Paso Rhinos also extended their win streak to 12 games over the weekend, as the only undefeated team left in the league swept Texas in dominant fashion.
Coming into the weekend atop the Midwest Division, Texas struggled to keep pace with the Rhinos, who are always even tougher to play at home.
El Paso jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first period of the opener and cruised to a 10-2 victory, behind three-points efforts from David Nelson, Tom Bartel, Trey Hughes and Chris Wilhite.
Texas was down 6-0 before they responded with a goal from Nikita Salnikov and Anatoly Uspenyev’s marker came late in the third to pull them within eight.
Although the shots weren’t too lopsided, 39-29 in favor of El Paso, the Rhinos were able to control play all night and didn’t allow Texas to skate through the neutral zone and sustain any sort of attack.
Adam Vay stopped 27 of 29 in the El Paso net to get the win, while Ryan Mulka was pulled after allowing four goals on 19 shots and was hit with the loss for Texas.
Skating four players short the next night, Texas was no match for the Rhinos attack, as they were outshot heavily in a 7-0 defeat.
Seven different Rhinos scored goals in the victory, with Trey Hughes’ three points leading the way and Vay picking up his first shutout of the season in a light night of work, turning aside all 12 shots he faced.
Things didn’t get much better in the finale, either, as El Paso jumped out to an 8-0 lead en route to an 11-1 victory.
Matthew Plesa led the way with two goals, while nine other players chipped in as well, although Chris Wilhite’s three assists was tops on the night.
Giving Vay a rare night off in net was Isaak Tjaden, who did well in his place, stopping 17 of 18 in the victory.
The three wins for El Paso were all dominant and should have the rest of the division worried, as Texas had just begun to start playing some of their best hockey of the year prior to the series.
They have everything working and are the only perfect team left for a reason, as they are complete in every aspect, including coaching, as Cory Herman has his boys ready to go every time they step on the ice.
Texas seemed to take a step back in the series but in their defense, they continue to struggle with roster movement between them and the NAHL team, which has seemed to hurt more than it’s helped.
Struggling to find chemistry, Texas is still one of the better teams in the division and should be able to bounce back with their core group of veterans leading the charge.
Salt Lake City Moose (11-5-0, 3rd in Northwest Division) @ Seattle Totems (7-9-1, T-4th in Northwest Division)
Three-game series in Mountlake Terrace, Washington
Despite struggling for most of last season, the Salt Lake City Moose still had the Seattle Totems’ number, winning five of their six meetings, although they eventually lost out on the final playoff spot in the division to Mike Murphy and company. Greatly improved this season, the Moose continued the trend over the weekend, taking two of three games on the road from the host Totems.
Still skating three players short as they have for much of the season, Seattle was able to put up a good fight throughout the weekend however and pulled out a win in the opener.
Outshot 20-9 and trailing 3-1 after one period of play, Seattle knotted the game up in the second on Frank Flight’s second goal of the game and another from Sergey Kuznetsov, only to see the Moose regain the lead 13 seconds later on a Cole Corson marker.
Flight, the veteran forward that has carried the Totems offense all season, completed his hat-trick and tied the game at four, 6:55 into the third but Pat Dwyer answered to give Salt Lake the lead back just a few minutes later.
1:04 after the Moose took the 5-4 lead, the Totems evened things up again, as Nikolay Mamadzhanov tallied the teams’ third power play goal of the night and just over three minutes later, Flight’s fourth goal and sixth point of the evening gave Seattle their first and only lead of the game, which they were able to hold on to for a 6-5 victory.
Eric Danna and Mamadzhanov, the other two pieces of the Totems top forward line along with Flight, each recorded three points in the victory, while goaltender Bryce Fink faced his usual assortment of shots, picking up the win while stopping 50 of 55.
Defenseman Viktors Ponatovskis led the Moose with three points, while Ryan Gasparovic took the loss in net, allowing six goals on 50 shots.
The Moose once again held a 3-1 lead after 20 minutes of play in game two and once again they allowed the Totems to knot it up in the second but this time, they pulled away as the game went on, winning by a score of 7-3.
Cole Corson, Brett Meyer and Tyler Keturi each notched first period goals to get the Moose out to the early lead but the Totems didn’t go down without a fight, tying things up in the second on goals from Eric Danna and Robin Bjoernstad.
Salt Lake City regained its lead at 14:28 of the period however, as Daniel Coley made it 4-3 in favor of the visitors, before Pat Dwyer extended it to 5-3 before the second intermission.
The Moose went on to add two more goals in the third, thanks to Dan Veselovsky and Adam Kresl and held on for the victory.
Showing their great depth once more, seven different players scored goals in the victory, with Cody Rogala, Tyler Keturi and Dan Veselovsky each enjoying multi- point games.
Brad Robertson got the start and win in net, stopping 32 of the 35 shots he faced, while Eli Alyakin was at the losing end for Seattle, allowing seven goals on 54 shots before being pulled late in the contest.
Trailing 2-1 after the opening frame of game three, the Totems came out on fire to start the second for the third straight night, this time notching three straight goals to take a 4-2 lead.
Salt Lake City responded by scoring three of their own in a span of just 1:17 to take a 5-4 lead and sealed it with Pat Dwyer’s second goal of the game in the third period, winning by a score of 6-4.
Dwyer led the Moose with three points on the game, while veteran Lucas Walsh did the same for the Totems in the loss.
Brad Robertson got the start in net for the Moose but was pulled in favor of Ryan Gasparovic after the Totems’ run early in the second period. Gasparvovic went on to stop all 10 of the shots he faced while picking up the victory.
Fink returned to the crease for Seattle after receiving a well-deserved night off on Saturday and was hit with the loss, despite turning aside 48 of the 54 shots he saw.
The Moose have now won all five series they’ve played this season that have been two games or more, once again using their tremendous depth and tenacity to get the job done.
They seemed to be a bit surprised by how good the Totems can be when they’re on top of their game but found a way to pull out two big divisional wins.
Seattle remains one of those “tweener” teams, who have shown the ability to beat some very good teams but struggle to find consistency.
If Mike Murphy can start getting some scoring outside of his lethal top forward line, his team will be even tougher to face, especially if they can give Fink some help, as he’s been seeing 50-plus shots per game for as long as I can remember.
Boulder Bison (13-6-0, 2nd in Mountain Division) @ Dallas Ice Jets (9-4-1, T-3rd in Midwest Division)
Three-game series in Grapevine, Texas
You won’t find two teams more similar than the Boulder Bison and Dallas Ice Jets are, as each team bases its game on speed and depth at every position. In three predictably tight games over the weekend, it was the Bison taking the series by gritting out two tough road victories.
The opener on Friday night featured a rare shootout, as with the implementation of a new overtime procedure this season, games usually end in one of the two overtime periods.
In a defensive battle, the two teams skated to a 0-0 draw through the first 43:32 of regulation, before Spencer Roth got the host Ice Jets out to a 1-0 lead, scoring on the power play from Chris Schutz and Bryan Siersma.
It took the Bison just 37 seconds to respond however, as Charles Joly knotted it up with a power play goal off assists from Hunter Behrens and Matt Hefter.
There would be no more scoring through the rest of the third period and both the four-on-four and three-on-three overtime sessions, so the two teams headed to a shootout to decide it, where defenseman Chance Creger continued his recent clutch play by scoring the winner for the Bison.
Both goaltenders were excellent but Colin Champine was better in the shootout, stopping 36 of 37 to get his team to the shootout, before stopping four of five while there.
Tyler Hough turned aside 39 of 40 for the Ice Jets but only two of four in the shootout, taking the shootout loss for Dallas.
Former Bison Scott Folden, and Ondrej Valo each factored in all four of the Ice Jets goals the next night, as Dallas rebounded nicely for a 4-1 victory.
Veteran forward Yannick Aube got the Ice Jets out to a lead in the opening frame, with Folden and Valo providing the assists, before Charles Joly knotted things up early in the second for Boulder.
Folden then tallied two goals, 1:09 apart, to make it 3-1, the first coming off assists from Valo and Aube and the second via Chris Schutz and Valo.
Valo finished things off with a goal of his own in the third, thanks to helpers from Folden and Aube, as the Jets took the victory behind an impressive effort from Paul Taylor’s top forward line, who combined for 11 points in the win.
Tyler Hough was steady in net once again for Dallas, stopping 25 of 26 in the victory, while Colin Champine took the loss for Boulder, allowing four goals on 36 shots.
Despite nearly doubling up the Bison in shots in the finale of the three game set, the Ice Jets fell behind early and were never able to get even, falling by a score of 4-3.
Boulder jumped out to a 2-0 first period lead on goals from the Behrens brother, as Kevin and Hunter scored 3:13 apart near the latter part of the period.
Scott Folden got the Ice Jets within one on his goal 30 seconds into the middle frame but 1:28 later, Ryan Fitzgerald put one in while short handed to give the Bison the two-goal cushion back.
Veteran forward Johnny Henson got the Jets back within a goal once again, scoring at 6:35 of the period but Seth Ensor’s power play marker with 22 seconds left in the period provided a big blow and gave the Bison the two-goal lead back.
Folden would strike early for the second period in a row, this time needing just 19 seconds of clock time in the third period before adding his second of the game but Dallas couldn’t solve Colin Champine again and fell by a goal.
The Behrens brothers and Ensor each notched a pair of points to lead the Bison to victory, while Champine stopped 34 of 37 in between the pipes.
Folden’s multi-point effort led the Ice Jets but Tyler Hough had a tough day in net, allowing four goals on 19 shots in the loss.
Winners of seven of their last nine, the Bison just keep coming at their opponents in waves and receive scoring from different players each time out, making it so you can’t key in on one or two players.
Their younger players are really starting to contribute and they have definitely found their groove as a team now, as they head into the meat of their schedule.
The Ice Jets haven’t been able to hit their groove, as they’ve had an extremely light schedule early in the season, which has definitely hurt them, as they too have a younger than normal roster.
They were still able to pick up three points on the weekend and should continue to get better, as just like Boulder, it takes a little while to get everyone acclimated to the junior game.
New Mexico Renegades (2-16-0, 6th in Mountain Division) @ Phoenix Knights (14-1-0, 1st in Mountain Division)
Three-game series in Chandler, Arizona
Coming off of their first two victories of the season, the New Mexico Renegades ran into a red-hot Phoenix Knights squad this weekend and were swept clean, as the Mountain Division leaders extended their win streak to 12.
Under first-year head coach Tyler Ramsey, the Knights are quickly becoming one of the most feared teams in the league, as they have size, speed, skill and a tremendous amount of depth, which was shown over three big victories against the rebuilding Renegades.
The Knights got the scoring started just 13 seconds into the opener on Friday night and didn’t stop until 36 seconds remained in regulation, winning by a score of 10-0 in a dominant performance.
Veterans Jordan Cullum and Kelby Minshull each recorded four points to lead Phoenix, while forward Braden Cooper notched a hat-trick. Troy Anderson picked up his first shutout of the season in net, stopping all 26 shots he faced.
Zach Comfort gave the Renegades a 1-0 lead just five seconds into the middle game of the series but all it did was awake the Knights offense, as they roared back for ten straight in a 10-1 smashing.
Max Mahood led the way with four points, while Jordan Cullum, Kelby Minshull and Brynton MacNab each collected three.
Troy Anderson was in net again for the victory, stopping 24 of 25 to move his record to 9-1-0 on the season.
The finale was the closest of the series, as Phoenix put a few reserves in the lineup and managed a 5-1 victory behind two goals from David Hornak.
Max Mahood, Brynton MacNab and Ryan McNeely each collected a pair of points as well, while Alex Taylor took the win in net, stopping all but one of the 22 shots he faced.
The three losses are tough for New Mexico, as it kills the momentum they were finally able to find last weekend, after they won their first two games of the season.
They’re still playing much better than they were early in the season and didn’t back down from the top team in their division, so they continue to show positives to work with.
Phoenix just keeps rolling along, destroying everything in their path. They have very few weaknesses and remain one of the teams to beat in the league. Many are anticipating their performance at the Showcase, which Ramsey and Co. will be looking to use as a true coming out party.
Long Beach Bombers (7-13-0, 5th in Western Division) @ Fresno Monsters (16-1-1, 1st in Western Division)
Three-game series in Fresno, California
Playing a much different style than they have in the past, the Fresno Monsters continued to roll with their sweep of the Long Beach Bombers over the weekend and the Western Division leaders now have points in 14 straight games.
The Bombers were able to keep it close in the opener, even without top forward Tomas Nemeth, who was recalled to the NAHL earlier in the week.
Filip Martinec, who was tied with Nemeth for the league lead in scoring upon the latter’s departure, got the scoring started for Long Beach, converting on the power play late in the opening frame to pace the visitors to a 1-0 lead.
The Monsters then responded to notch the game’s next five goals, including two from leading scorer Mike Nolan, to take a 4-1 lead early in the third period.
Marcus Viitanen’s power play marker got the Bombers within two, before Johan Beatty had a golden opportunity to pull Long Beach within one but was turned aside by Jerry Kaukinen in his penalty shot attempt.
With the net empty and an extra attacker on the ice, Marcus Rhodin got the Bombers within a goal but just 29 seconds remained on the block and Fresno was able to hold on for the 4-3 win.
Nolan and defenseman Gunnar Dircks each picked up a pair of points to lead the Monsters, while Kaukinen stopped 29 of 32 for the win in net.
Long Beach was led by Martinec and fellow forward Jack Kelly, who each collected a pair points, while Lucas Paulsen took the loss in net, stopping 44 of the 48 shots he faced.
After a scoreless opening period in game two, the Monsters blew it wide open with six goals in the second en route to a 9-1 victory.
Fresno outshot Long Beach 47-14 after a relatively even opening frame, as Long Beach struggled to keep up as they pulled away.
It was again Nolan leading the way for Fresno, notching another three points along with defenseman Mark Shroyer, while Austin Piquette stopped all but one of the 20 shots he faced in the win.
Super rookie Konstantin Kotkov scored Long Beach’s lone goal of the night and Austin Alarcon was hit with the loss in net, getting a rare start and allowing five goals on 26 shots before eventually being pulled.
Johan Beatty’s goal late in the opening period of game three paced the Bombers to a 1-0 lead but Fresno turned it on over the remaining two periods, as Evan Ingram scored twice and Dan Fitzgerald added another, all goals coming off assists from Mike Nolan, in a 3-1 Fresno victory.
The Monsters were once again able to hold Long Beach’s powerful offense in check, allowing just 13 shots on goal in the win, with Kaukinen enjoying the light day of work, stopping all but one.
Long Beach had some roster issues over the weekend coming in and then picked up a suspension and even more injuries, so they were short handed on both Saturday and Sunday.
Despite being outshot heavily, they showed they can hang with the Monsters on Friday and Sunday but just couldn’t sustain enough of an attack to get the job done.
Head coach Chris White will be the first to tell you however, that they can no longer make excuses and need to start playing better, especially with all the potential the team has.
Fresno just keeps rolling along, getting the job done quietly, as I’m sure head coach Bryce Dale prefers.
They are flying a bit under the radar and thriving, with a great mix of veterans and newcomers and look like a team built to last.
Arizona Redhawks (6-8-1, 4th in Mountain Division) @ Cheyenne Stampede (7-8-1, 3rd in Mountain Division)
Three-game series in Cheyenne, Wyoming
Bouncing back nicely after a pair of tough losses to the rival Boulder Bison, the Cheyenne Stampede picked up two divisional wins over a skilled Arizona Redhawks squad over the weekend to right the ship.
Friday night’s opener was as back and forth affair but Cheyenne was able to notch the final two goals of the game in an exhilarating 5-4 victory.
The Stampede carried a 3-2 lead into the third period but behind their powerful top line, the Redhawks were able to take a 4-3 lead thanks to two goals from Mitch Cobby, both of which came off assists from Oscar Hagborg Olsson. The team’s leading scorer, Cobby finished with a game-high four points.
With time winding down in the period, the Stampede knotted it up on a Branko Oktavec goal and took the lead for good 1:11 later on Patrik Kramarik’s first of the season.
Playing his first game in a Stampede uniform, which were military themed for the weekend, Kramarik led the way with a goal and an assist, while Russell Armbruster, Jimmie Kotilainen and Alex Andersson also picked up a pair of points each.
Rasmus Hansson was in between the pipes for the Cheyenne victory, stopping 26 of 30, while Colton Pankiw took the loss for Arizona, allowing five goals on 47 shots.
The Stampede offense burst out the next night in its best showing of the year, as they notched five first period goals en route to a 9-2 shellacking.
Armbruster, Kramarik, Andersson and Oktavec each picked up three points in the victory, while Hansson was the victor in net once more, stopping 23 of 25.
Veteran forward Mattias Marten tallied both Arizona goals, while David Deadman was hit with the loss in net, stopping 15 of 20 before being pulled after one period of play.
After falling behind 1-0 in the first period of the finale, the Redhawks fired back for four straight goals and held on for a 5-2 victory, salvaging a game from the series.
Marten picked up three points to lead the way, while both Cobby and Hagborg Olsson picked up two each. Also contributing with multi-point efforts were Garry Mindus, Danny Bello and Anton Melin, while Pankiw picked up the win in net, stopping all but two of the 41 shots he faced.
The two victories are huge moving forward for Cheyenne, who have been struggling to pull out wins over the last few weeks and needed something to get them headed in the right direction.
As they showed, when on top of their game they are very dangerous and their forwards were finally able to get on the same page and put forth a great effort.
Arizona’s top line continues to be lethal but they weren’t able to get much help on Friday and Saturday night. The depth was there on Sunday and it was a big reason for the victory, as when other guys start chipping in, they’re that much tougher to play against.
Missoula Maulers (4-3-3, 5th in Northwest Division) @ Southern Oregon Spartans (4-10-1, 6th in Northwest Division)
Three-game series played Friday and Saturday in Medford and Sunday in Klamath Falls, Oregon (Outdoor game)
In a series featuring two teams that have had surprisingly slow starts to the season, the Southern Oregon Spartans broke out of their slump in a big way, sweeping the Missoula Maulers on home ice, which included a win under the sky to wrap things up on Sunday.
Ging Martin and Donny Nagle scored in the opening period of game one to get the rowdy crowd into it and pace the host Spartans to a 2-0 lead, before Arturs Buss added to the lead in the second.
Corey Schafer and Erich Jaeger, the two main offensive threats for Missoula all season, each scored to pull the visitors within a goal heading into the third but they would never tie it up, losing by a score of 5-3.
Five different players scored goals in the win for Southern Oregon, four of whom also added an assist, while Ian Dvorak stopped 27 of 30 in net.
Tied at one heading into the third period of game two, the Spartans took a 2-1 lead on a Tyler Spencer goal at 14:02 of the period and extended the lead to 3-1 just 26 seconds later on a Jason Henry marker.
Spencer would add his second of the game late in regulation to help give the Spartans a 4-1 victory, with Dvorak stopping 32 of 33 in net.
The two teams took to an outdoor rink in the small town of Klamath Falls for the finale and the game was the tightest of the weekend, with the home team pulling out the sweep behind a 4-3 victory.
Mason Jones got the Maulers out to a 1-0 lead with his goal 2:13 into the opening frame but the Spartans knotted it up before the end of the frame on a Ben Henry marker, before his brother Jason made it 2-1 at 8:34 of the second period. Not to be outdone, Ben came back with his second of the game 2:23 later to make it 3-1 in favor of the Spartans.
Tanner Todd would get the Maulers within a goal early in the second but Justus Saldeen’s marker sealed the deal at 12:55, as the Spartans held on for the 4-3 win.
The Henry brothers finished the game with a combined five points, with Ben providing three, while Jiri Ponikelsky got the win in net, stopping 9 of the 11 shots he faced after entering the game for Dvorak.
The three wins are huge for the Spartans, who have been looking to start their roll for quite some time but couldn’t string enough wins together.
They weren’t dominant offensively but they played well in all three zones, scored timely goals and did all the little things well in the victories.
Missoula played well but couldn’t find the big goal, as they were once again held quiet on offense. They play smart, disciplined hockey but with only one win over their last nine games, they need a few guys to step up and start putting the puck in the net.
San Diego Gulls (4-16-1, 6th in Western Division) @ Ontario Avalanche (11-6-2, 3rd in Western Division)
Single game played Friday in Ontario, California
Coming off one of their best performances of the season, the Ontario Avalanche looked to continue their move up the standings when they played host to the San Diego Gulls on Saturday night. The Gulls had other ideas however and behind a terrific offensive effort from rookie forward Michael Leone, were able to pull out a victory in double overtime.
The two division rivals traded goal-for-goal over the first two periods and then went quiet in the third, before heading to overtime tied-up at three.
After the four-on-four extra period solved nothing, Leone notched his third of the night with 1:01 left before the shootout to lift the Gulls to victory.
Leone and Kalvis Ozols’ three point games led the Gulls, while Brett Norman, Lubomir Fetkovic and Alexander Roihjert each notched a pair of points to lead Ontario in the loss.
In net, It was Erik Eidessen picking up the win for San Diego, stopping 42 of the 45 shots he faced in one of his better efforts of the season, while Drake Koegel stopped 25 of 29 in the overtime loss for Ontario.
Although it’s not a win, the Avalanche were still able to pick up a point, which is critical in division battles. Points are hard to come by and are much needed down the stretch and they continue to find ways to get them.
Along with Michael Baldwin and Drew DePalma, Michael Leone has been of the Gulls’ most consistent offensive threats all season and when one of those three get going and one of Craig Carlyle’s four netminders turns in a solid performance, they’re a very formidable opponent.
San Diego Gulls @ Valencia Flyers (7-5-3, 4th in Western Division)
Single game played Saturday in Valencia, California
The Gulls came back down to earth the next night in Valencia, as they were outshot heavily and failed to get anything going all night, losing by a score of 3-0 to a Flyers squad that has gotten better every time out.
The Flyers outshot a tired Gulls squad 72-14 and possessed the puck for most of the night in the victory.
Bas Asaaf’s first period goal ended up being the game-winner, while Sam Basich and Zach Paxman each added power play markers for good measure in the third.
Mark Becica continued his hot play since rejoining the team a few weeks back, picking up the shutout in a light night of work, stopping all 14 shots he faced.
Brody Cavataio did his best to keep San Diego in the game and stopped 69 of the 72 but ended up taking the underserved loss.
The win for the Flyers is another big one, as they are really starting to come together and adapt to first-year head coach Josh Berge’s systems.
They are a small, yet speedy bunch that will make you work if you want to beat them and they’re only getting better.
Hockey Wolf Three Stars of the Week
1. Mike Nolan (Forward, Fresno Monsters)- Not surprisingly for those that have followed the WSHL over the last few years, the Fresno Monsters are once again at the top of the Western Division standings. What is surprising however, is who is leading the offensive charge, as it’s not one of their many veteran forwards but instead, a rookie playing his first season of junior hockey. That rookie is forward Mike Nolan, who has been tearing it up from the start and with eight points in a weekend sweep of the Long Beach Bombers, now leads the team with 37 points on the season.
2. Jordan Cullum (Forward, Phoenix Knights)- The Phoenix Knights are one of the biggest surprises of the season thus far, as first-year head coach Tyler Ramsey has his team looking a true Thorne Cup contender. Leading the way is second-year forward Jordan Cullum, who hasn’t been relied on as much as he was last season but has impressed nonetheless. In a dominant weekend sweep of the New Mexico Renegades, the Russell, Manitoba native added eight more points to his team-leading total.
3. Patrik Kramarik (Defenseman, Cheyenne Stampede)- Struggling with consistency, the Cheyenne Stampede found an offensive groove in two weekend victories over the Arizona Redhawks and a big boost came from the backend. Playing his first few games of the season with the team, defenseman Patrik Kramarik had an immediate impact, picking up a goal and five assists over three games.
Honorable Mentions: Frank Flight (Seattle Totems), Eric Danna (Seattle Totems), Pat Dwyer (Salt Lake City Moose), Cole Corson (Salt Lake City Moose), Colin Champine (Boulder Bison), Kevin Behrens (Boulder Bison), Chance Creger (Boulder Bison), Ondrej Valo (Dallas Ice Jets), Scott Folden (Dallas Ice Jets), Max Mahood (Phoenix Knights), Kelby Minshull (Phoenix Knights), Anatoly Uspenyev (Texas), Chris Wilhite (El Paso Rhinos), Trey Hughes (El Paso Rhinos), Dakota Beaulieu (El Paso Rhinos), Evan Ingram (Fresno Monsters), Johan Beatty (Long Beach Bombers), Alexander Andersson (Cheyenne Stampede), Branko Oktavec (Cheyenne Stampede), Mitch Cobby (Arizona Redhawks), Mattias Marten (Arizona Redhawks), Oscar Hagborg Olsson (Arizona Redhawks), Cory Schafer (Missoula Maulers), Ben Henry (Southern Oregon Spartans), Jason Henry (Southern Oregon Spartans), Ian Dvorak (Southern Oregon Spartans), Michael Leone (San Diego Gulls), Mark Becica (Valencia Flyers)