Friday, December 16, 2011

FAST FACTS: Stamps @ Kings on GX94

- The Kings have the big edge in the season series, winning all of the first five meetings, including one in OT and one in a SO. That makes the Stamps 0-3-1-1 against the Division leaders, and they'll meet three more times after tonight, ALL in the month of February, including Swan's last game of the year, in Dauphin on Feb/24.

- Swan Valley's 5-1-1 in their last 7, and are easily playing their best hockey of the season. The Stamps still remain 4th in the Sherwood, and out of a playoff spot as of now, due to the crossover, as they try to dig out from an early season hole. They're 6 points back of third place Wayway, while they're 11 points shy of Selkirk, the 5th place team in the Addison.

- Dauphin's 1st in the Sherwood, have been all year, and I don't see anyone catching them. BUT, they are on a rare 'slide', by their standards. They've lost their last 2 games in regulation, and have one win in their last 5 games (1-2-1-1). All 5 of those games were one-goal games, however. They've only lost 2 in a row in regulation three times, and they've never lost 3 straight.

- During Swan Valley's last seven games, they've given up just 2 powerplay goals. They're 32-for-34 on the penalty during that time, or 94.1%. Their powerplay's been good too, scoring in 5 of those games, going 7-for-28 (25%). Those numbers will get a good test tonight, although it blows my mind that with Dauphin's skill up front, and Brenden Kotyk on the backend, that their PP is at 17.4% on the season. Their PK is an impressive 84.9%. I almost wonder if the special teams' stats are a bit wonky. It seems like too many PP's are low and PK's are high than what is "normal" for this time of year. Usually a middle-of-the-pack PP will run around 18%. Seven of the MJ teams are between 10-17%. Just seems low.

- Two teams in the league don't have a short-handed goal. Who are they? GX94's own Swan Valley Stampeders and Wayway Wolverines! The Yorkton Terriers were the last team in the SJHL to get one too. Melville though, leads the league with 8.

- T.J. Fairall leads the Stampeders in scoring with 18 goals and 35 points in 36 games. Fairall's riding a 4 game point streak, and has 4g-2a during that stretch.

- Jesse Sinatynski has 35 goals in 35 games for Dauphin. The next highest goal total in the league is 26. Sinatynski's 51 points ranks him 2nd in the MJHL, behind Saints forward Brett Chartier (the guy with 26 goals).

- Sinatynski's linemates both carry large streaks into this one. Neil Tarnasky has a consistent 10 game streak going (3g-8a-11p), where he has one point in 9 of those games, and 2 in one. Mitch Van Teeling's on a 9 game streak (5g-8a-13)... he's been red-hot in the last month or so.

- This will be my first chance to see Mark Owen wearing a jersey other than one that says Melville Millionaires. Owen spent 2.5 seasons with the Mils, before being traded, along with Zach Rakochy to Steinbach in early November. He played 10 games there, and put up 8 points, then was moved to Dauphin along with fellow 20-year-old Cole Brunet a week ago.

- Swan Valley goaltender Jayson Argue faces an average of 35.2 shots per game. He's only faced under 30 five times in 23 starts. He's seen 40 or more 7 times. If Argue plays tonight (and I assume he will), it will be his 10th straight start.

- After tonight, the Stampeders don't go on the road again for about a month. 4 weeks to be exact. January 13th when they head to Neepawa. They finish their Pre-Christmas schedule tomorrow (SAT) at home against Portage, then have 2 and a half weeks off, and play their first 3 games after the break at home.

- Dauphin finishes their 2011 schedule tomorrow (SAT) in Wayway.

- 7:20 Pre Game Show... Play-by-Play at 7:30 tonight from Credit Union Place.

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