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. The 2012 Western States Shootout was a huge reason that the WSHL was able to send its largest group of incoming freshmen into the college hockey ranks this fall and with the talent the league has to offer this season, that number is expected to rise next year.
All 24 WSHL teams will play four regular season games at the two-sheet Las Vegas Ice Center, with all five days 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 17th and the will conclude by 5 PM on the 21st, with teams that begin play on Tuesday finishing on Friday and those that start on Wednesday concluding the event on Saturday.
Tickets will be sold at the door of the Las Vegas Ice Center and an All-Showcase pass, which is good for admittance to all five days of the event, costs just $50, while a single-game ticket is $15. WSHL 20th Anniversary merchandise and game programs for each day of the event will also be available.
Once again, the Stratosphere Hotel and Casino is the official host hotel of the Western States Shootout, providing an unbeatable room rate of just $29 per night, not including a $9.50 per day resort fee. When booking your room at the Stratosphere, please call (800) 998-6937 and use the code C-WSFB3 to receive the special rate that has been set up. The code is only good by phone and cannot be used online.
With the distance between the Stratosphere and Las Vegas Ice Center being over 15 miles, those that travel by air into McCarron International Airport usually choose to rent a car, instead of paying the expensive taxi cab fares each day. For that reason, the WSHL has set-up a great deal with Budget Rent-a-Car that will save families and fans plenty of money. Just use the code R318400 when reserving your car online through www.budgetlasvegas.com or via phone at (800) 922-2899. The code will provide you with the best rate at the time of booking or the WSHL standard rate if the rates at the time are higher (which happens as we move closer to the event.) For your convenience, Budget also operates a rental location within the Stratosphere Hotel and Casino, making pick-up and drop-off even easier.
Further information, including the full schedule of events, will be released 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 2013 Western States Shootout in Sin City!
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.
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.
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
2012/2013 Seattle Totems
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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.
2011/2012 Norpac Regular Season Champions!
2010/2011 Pacific Division Champions!