Marking the midpoint of the season, the Western States Hockey League returns to Las Vegas, Nevada from December 16-20 for the 14th Annual Western States Shootout.
The WSHL’s premiere event, the all-league showcase has averaged close to 100 scouts in attendance each season, from various NCAA Division I and III hockey programs and ACHA club hockey teams from across the United States.
With an all-time high of 28 teams, each of which will be playing four regular season games, the Las Vegas Ice Center has been joined by the Sobe Ice Arena as the host sites for the event, making it so all five days will be packed with wall-to-wall WSHL action, as teams try to pick up valuable points before the two-week holiday break.
Games will begin in the early afternoon on the 16th and will conclude by early evening on the 20th, with teams that begin play on Tuesday finishing on Friday and those that start on Wednesday concluding the event on Saturday.
Once again, the Stratosphere Hotel and Casino is the official host hotel of the Western States Shootout and is providing unbeatable room rates for families, fans and friends. Just call (800) 998-6937 and use code "C-WSFB4" to receive the Shootout rate of $32/night plus tax and resort fee. The resort fee includes free unlimited admission to the Tower Viewing Decks during normal viewing hours for up to four people per room, free daily admission to the fitness center and 8th floor resort pool. Guest room WiFi is also included for free for up to three devices and discounts are available on all-day thrill passes, as well as tickets to both the Frankie Moreno and PIN UP shows.
With the distance between the hotel and arenas averaging nearly 15 miles, the WSHL is also working with a local rental car company to get a discounted rate for those coming into town. The rental car code will be made available in the coming weeks.
In order to formulate the most competitive match-ups, the game schedule will not be available until late November, as it is based off of standings at that point in time.
So put in your day off requests and get prepared for one of the most wonderful times of the year to be a hockey fan, at the 2014 Western States Shootout in Sin City!
The Totes and Coach Oshie Reppin the Hawks in Fresno!!
Mike Murphy held off as long as he could but with his team’s playoff hopes fading, he decided to pull the trigger on a deal that all but sealed the Totems’ fate, as he dished veteran goaltender Bryce Fink to the El Paso Rhinos in return for goaltender Olivier Gervais and future/cash considerations. Although Murphy did get some assets he can use next season, the move was really made in homage to Fink, who has been sensational in his four seasons with the team and Murphy rewarded him by giving him a shot to play post-season hockey with a Thorne Cup favorite. There was also considerable interest for forward Frank Flight but Murphy didn’t see any offers he liked and held tight. Flight will have some scoring help around him the rest of the way however, as Seattle did bring Marek Nemec, Pavel Jon and Matous Jelinek over from the Czech Republic.
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USA Hockey has revealed its roster for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. Among those chosen were Blues forwards David Backes and T.J. Oshie along with defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk.
The 2014 Winter Olympics will be held Feb. 7-23.
Backes, 29, will be representing the United States for the fifth time in his career. Previously, the Minneapolis, Minnesota native appeared in the 2007, 2008 and 2009 World Championships as well as the 2010 Winter Olympics, where the U.S. earned the silver medal. This season, the 6-foot-3, 221-pound forward shares third on the Blues with 30 points (16 goals, 14 assists) and ranks second with 70 penalty minutes.
In addition, he joins Alex Ovechkin as the only other player with at least 100 hits and 15 goals thus far.
Overall, Backes has dressed in 529 games during his eight-year National Hockey League (NHL) career, amassing 330 points (148 goals, 182 assists) and 733 penalty minutes. Since entering the league in 2006-07, Backes (plus-51) joins Zach Parise as the only U.S.-born players with at least 300 points and a +50 rating.
Oshie, 27, will be representing the U.S. for the fifth time in his career and the first at the Olympics. The Everett, Washington native appeared at the 2006 World Juniors as well as the 2009, 2010 and 2013 World Championships. This season, the 5-foot-11, 189-pound forward ranks second on the Blues with 33 points including 27 assists, which shares ninth among all skaters.
In addition, among players that average over 15 minutes of even strength ice time per game (70 players), Oshie is one of 12 (along with Backes and Alexander Steen) that also average over 1:30 of shorthanded time and 2:00 of power-play time per game.
Overall, Oshie has dressed in 331 games during his six-year NHL career, accumulating 228 points (76 goals, 152 assists) and 160 penalty minutes.
Shattenkirk, 24, will be representing the U.S for the fourth time in his career and first at the Olympics. The New Rochelle, New York native appeared at the 2007 U-18 World Junior, 2009 World Juniors and 2011 World Championships, while he also spent four seasons in the U.S. National Development program (2005-2007). This season, the 5-foot-11, 207-pound defenseman leads the Blues’ defense and shares fifth among all defensemen with 28 points (six goals, 22 assists) while his 15 power play points is tied for second overall.
In addition, his three game-winning goals are a career-high and share the lead among all defensemen. Overall, Shattenkirk has dressed in 239 games during his four-year NHL career, totaling 137 points (29 goals, 108 assists) and 130 penalty minutes.
Since entering the league in 2010-11, Shattenkirk ranks fourth in points and assists, while sharing third in goals among U.S.-born defensemen
Missoula Maulers (1-0-1, 1st in Northwest Division) @ Seattle Totems (1-1-0, T-2nd in Northwest Division)
Two-game series in Mountlake Terrace, Washington
If it’s possible for two teams that are playing each other to both have good weekends, that’s what you got out of the two-game set between the Seattle Totems and Missoula Maulers.
Seattle was able to play much better than they did last season in close games and pull out a win on Friday night, even while playing a little short-benched and Missoula had to fight back on both nights and wound up picking up three out of a possible four points on the road, which is never an easy feat.
The Totems got off to a great start in the opener, as four different players scored goals to pace them to a 4-1 lead early in the second period.
The Maulers fought back to get within one before the end of the period on goals by Corey Schafer and Erich Jaeger and after carrying play for most of the third period, knotted things up on Josh Chamberlain’s second goal of the game.
The Totems came out on fire in overtime however and showed the kind of fight head coach Mike Murphy felt they too often missed last season, outshooting Missoula 9-1, before Frank Flight finished it with just 28 seconds left in four-on-four play. (Recall the new overtime procedure this season, which features five minutes of four-on-four play, followed by five minutes of three-on-three play if the game has not yet been decided. If neither of the overtime periods produces a winner, a shootout will commence.)
Flight finished the night with three points, as did first-year forward Nikolay Mamadzhanov, while goaltender Bryce Fink stopped 50 of 54 and took the win in net.
Missoula was led by Chamberlain and Jaeger, who each collected two points, while goaltender Michael McDaniel took the overtime loss, after taking over for starter Cody Janzen late in the second period. He did look solid in turning aside 27 of the 28 shots he faced after entering the game.
Game two got off to a very similar start for Seattle, as they jumped out to a 2-0 first period lead on goals from Mamadzhanov and fellow Russian Sergey Kuznetsov.
Much like they did the night before, Missoula came right back and tallied two in the second to tie the game, before adding two more in the third to wit it by a score of 4-2.
William Panes, Derek Griffin and Corey Schafer each picked up two points in the Maulers’ first WSHL victory, while goaltender Michael McDaniel got the start after a stellar relief appearance in the opener and stopped 29 of 31 for the win.
Playing against an old rival, the Totems put together a pretty solid weekend and featured a good amount of depth, something they severely lacked last season. They still need to work on limiting shots on goaltender Bryce Fink but it still has to be considered a good start. They’ll take to the road this weekend and head to one of the toughest places to play in the entire league, as they face the Idaho Jr. Steelheads for three in McCall.
Missoula also showed their depth over the two games and also showcased some resiliency, coming back from a couple of goals down, twice. They have the next two weekends off, before hosting the same Seattle Totems October 11 and 12.
Two-game series in Mountlake Terrace, Washington
The Seattle Totems and Southern Oregon Spartans renewed their rivalry this weekend, as they met for two in Washington.
Although both teams looks vastly different than they have in years past, especially Southern Oregon, who have overhauled both their coaching staff and roster, both games had plenty of intensity and didn’t lack any action.
Game one of the series had a little bit of everything, shots, hits, penalty minutes and a ton of goals.
In total, the two teams combined for 69 penalty minutes, 84 shots on goal and 14 goals, six of which were scored on the power play.
When the dust had settled, the short-benched Totems had taken the 8-6 win, behind 15 total points from their top forward line of Frank Flight, Nikolai Mamadzhanov and Eric Danna. Flight and Mamadzhanov each collected six points in the victory, while Danna added three.
Seattle was able to get out to a 2-0 lead and never looked back in the win, although Southern Oregon, who showed a great amount of depth led by forward Jason Henry and his three points, kept it close throughout.
Bryce Fink, Seattle’s rock in between the pipes over the last two seasons, stopped 43 of 49 in the win, including a number of point blank chances, while Ian Dvorak took the loss for Southern Oregon, allowing seven goals on 34 shots.
Mike Murphy’s top line was at it again the next night, combining for another seven points as the Totems won 5-4 in a shootout.
Mamadzhanov notched a hat-trick, while Danna and Flight each added a pair of points to help the Totems come from behind, with Surgey Kuznetsov providing the only goal from either side in the shootout.
Veteran forward Taylor MacConnell had his best game of the season for the Spartans, picking up a goal and two assists but they couldn’t find a way to beat Fink in the shootout and remain winless on the season.
The Spartans played two very solid hockey games but struggled to slow down Seattle’s top line and were stoned by Fink more times than not.
They are not even nearly as bad as their record indicates and once they get a few wins under their belt, I believe they’re going to take off.
They’ll be looking for that elusive first win this weekend when they head south for three with the Lake Tahoe Blue.
Seattle has to be feeling good about their efforts against a team that always plays them tough and if their high-powered top line can keep firing away, they’ll be able to contend, especially if they find some scoring depth.
They’ll have this weekend off before coming right back the following weekend with two in Medford against the same Spartans, who will certainly be seeking revenge.
MVP - Bryce Fink
Rookie of the Year - Frank Flight
Top Scorer - Connor Haney
Top Defenseman - Zac Zamora
Most Inspirational - Lukas Mares
Big Hit Award - Marcus Triezenberg
T4L Award - Christian Vivian
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The Western States Hockey League and the Seattle Totems are pleased to announce that The Seattle Totems has been approved for membership in the WSHL for the 2012-2013 season.
The Seattle Totems will begin it’s eleventh season of play by joining the WSHL. The Totems formerly of the Northern Pacific Hockey League (NORPAC) a sanctioned league of USA Hockey are very excited to join the WSHL and participate in the extremely competitive Junior A League said Owner Mike Murphy.
With the addition of the Seattle Totems, and other new teams added during this off season, the WSHL will dress 20 plus teams in the 2012-2013 season. The WSHL is pleased to add an experienced team such as Seattle Totems with great ownership and dedication that Mike Murphy and Gord Whitaker bring to the WSHL said Ron White, Commissioner of the WSHL.
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