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FEATURE TEAM OF THE WEEK

It was a light weekend around the GLJHL, but the action didn’t disappoint.  Only 1 of the 8 teams in action went home winless. The Western Divisions 2nd place Wisconsin Rampage made the trek into Michigan to take on the Michigan Ice Dogs for a weekend pair. The Dogs have been have been a bit of an anomaly this year. They lost their first 5 games, but have been red hot since and came into the series winners of 6 straight.

                Saturday night saw the Dogs play consistently for a full 60 minutes. After falling behind early in the first, they turned things around. Jon Deal and Ashton Guy picked up Ice Dog tallies in the opening period putting them on top 2-1. Into the 2nd, the Michigan effort remained constant and they were finally rewarded when Ashton Guy netted his 2nd of the game 6:37 mark. Jeff Barton would add one more Dog goal and they build a 4-1 lead against the visiting Rampage after 2. Saturday night’s scoring would end when Jon Deal scored just over 5 minutes into the 3rd, making it 5-1 Michigan and putting the game out of reach.  Despite the 5-1 win, the Ice Dogs Power Play went 0-10.

                Sunday saw Wisconsin turn up the pressure looking to avenge the previous night’s loss. It was fairly evenly played through 2 periods, but a quick start to the 3rd put the game out of reach.  Cody Miller, Corey Collum and Trevor Sabo all scored within the first 6 minutes of the 3rd period in a flurry padding the Rampage lead to 7-2. Both teams would add one more goal late and Wisconsin salvaged the weekend with an 8-3 win.

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                The Federals of Ft. Wayne welcomed St. Louis to town, but they didn’t treat them very nice. The Federals pumped in 25 goals in three games winning by scores of 10-2, 10-3 and 5-2. It was the 5th and 6th time this season that they reached double digits in the goal department.  Ian Harris led the Federal attack on Friday picking up the hat trick, while many other contributed the rest of the weekend with multiple point games. The Federals are now 9-1-1-1 on home ice this season.

                Tri City and Kalkaska squared off in an East Division matchup Saturday and Sunday. Kalkaska had lost their first game of the weekend at the hands of the Wooster Oilers. Saturday night saw the Roughnecks build a 3-0 lead at the midway point of the hockey game.  Tri City would answer with 2 of their own making it 3-2, but Kalkaska’s Justin Harned had the last laugh scoring 3 minutes into the 3nd making it 4-2 Roughnecks for good. Sunday, it was time for Tri City’s response. They dug a 3-1 first period hole, but came out guns a blazing in the 2nd. The IceHawks scored 4 unanswered in the frame to build a 5-3 after two periods. Each team scored once in the 3rd and it was Tri City coming away victorious 6-4.

                It was a strange weekend for Wooster and Motor City. Wooster came into the series riding high atop the East Division standings and added 2 more points with a 7-3 win over Kalkaska Friday night. The first period was an entertaining one between the 2 clubs, but that is where it would end. After a 40 minute delay prior to the start of the 2nd period, the game was postponed because of a player safety issue. There was a problem with the boards and neither staff was willing to take the risk of injury and smartly decided to cancel the game that night. It has now been rescheduled for February 10th. The game will resume at the start of the 2nd period. Sunday’s matchup was back to business for both teams.  Motor City started the 2nd period with a 1-0 lead, but that’s when the Chief Power Play went to work.  Motor City struck 3 times with the man advantage in the first 5 minutes of the 2nd period and what was a close 1-0 game turned into a 4-0 game in a hurry. The Chiefs went 4-13 with the man advantage en route to an 8-2 win. The Chiefs still trail the Oilers in the East Division standing by a point.

FEATURE TEAM OF THE WEEK

It was a light weekend around the GLJHL, but the action didn’t disappoint.  Only 1 of the 8 teams in action went home winless. The Western Divisions 2nd place Wisconsin Rampage made the trek into Michigan to take on the Michigan Ice Dogs for a weekend pair. The Dogs have been have been a bit of an anomaly this year. They lost their first 5 games, but have been red hot since and came into the series winners of 6 straight.

                Saturday night saw the Dogs play consistently for a full 60 minutes. After falling behind early in the first, they turned things around. Jon Deal and Ashton Guy picked up Ice Dog tallies in the opening period putting them on top 2-1. Into the 2nd, the Michigan effort remained constant and they were finally rewarded when Ashton Guy netted his 2nd of the game 6:37 mark. Jeff Barton would add one more Dog goal and they build a 4-1 lead against the visiting Rampage after 2. Saturday night’s scoring would end when Jon Deal scored just over 5 minutes into the 3rd, making it 5-1 Michigan and putting the game out of reach.  Despite the 5-1 win, the Ice Dogs Power Play went 0-10.

                Sunday saw Wisconsin turn up the pressure looking to avenge the previous night’s loss. It was fairly evenly played through 2 periods, but a quick start to the 3rd put the game out of reach.  Cody Miller, Corey Collum and Trevor Sabo all scored within the first 6 minutes of the 3rd period in a flurry padding the Rampage lead to 7-2. Both teams would add one more goal late and Wisconsin salvaged the weekend with an 8-3 win.

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                The Federals of Ft. Wayne welcomed St. Louis to town, but they didn’t treat them very nice. The Federals pumped in 25 goals in three games winning by scores of 10-2, 10-3 and 5-2. It was the 5th and 6th time this season that they reached double digits in the goal department.  Ian Harris led the Federal attack on Friday picking up the hat trick, while many other contributed the rest of the weekend with multiple point games. The Federals are now 9-1-1-1 on home ice this season.

                Tri City and Kalkaska squared off in an East Division matchup Saturday and Sunday. Kalkaska had lost their first game of the weekend at the hands of the Wooster Oilers. Saturday night saw the Roughnecks build a 3-0 lead at the midway point of the hockey game.  Tri City would answer with 2 of their own making it 3-2, but Kalkaska’s Justin Harned had the last laugh scoring 3 minutes into the 3nd making it 4-2 Roughnecks for good. Sunday, it was time for Tri City’s response. They dug a 3-1 first period hole, but came out guns a blazing in the 2nd. The IceHawks scored 4 unanswered in the frame to build a 5-3 after two periods. Each team scored once in the 3rd and it was Tri City coming away victorious 6-4.

                It was a strange weekend for Wooster and Motor City. Wooster came into the series riding high atop the East Division standings and added 2 more points with a 7-3 win over Kalkaska Friday night. The first period was an entertaining one between the 2 clubs, but that is where it would end. After a 40 minute delay prior to the start of the 2nd period, the game was postponed because of a player safety issue. There was a problem with the boards and neither staff was willing to take the risk of injury and smartly decided to cancel the game that night. It has now been rescheduled for February 10th. The game will resume at the start of the 2nd period. Sunday’s matchup was back to business for both teams.  Motor City started the 2nd period with a 1-0 lead, but that’s when the Chief Power Play went to work.  Motor City struck 3 times with the man advantage in the first 5 minutes of the 2nd period and what was a close 1-0 game turned into a 4-0 game in a hurry. The Chiefs went 4-13 with the man advantage en route to an 8-2 win. The Chiefs still trail the Oilers in the East Division standing by a point.

FT. WAYNE FEDERALS  A BIG TURN AROUND IN SECOND SEASON

Is Fort Wayne for real? That was the question everyone around the GLJHL was wondering coming into this weekend and the Federals had an answer. It was definitive, yes. The Federals went 1-1-1 against the league’s first ranked Chicago Bulldogs this weekend.

Friday evening’s matchup was the weekends best, by far and possibly the most entertaining game to this point in the season. The Federals got off to a quick start in the opening stanza as Nick Denice lit the lamp at the 5:56 mark. The ice remained tilted as Fort Wayne outshot the Bulldogs by a 12-4 margin. Chicago would not be held down for long; Matt Soukup tied the game at 1 midway through the 2nd and Colin McAuliffe added another five minutes later to give Chicago its first lead. James Bohne made it a two goal game early in the 3rd and it looked like the Bulldogs would escape, but Fort Wayne had other thoughts and aspirations on this Friday night.  Brendan Lewis cut the deficit to 1 and then on the man advantage Chaz Mosby got the equalizer at the 12:27 mark of the 3rd. Both teams had chances late, but it was deadlocked at 3 a piece after 60 minutes.  Jordan Swiderski, of the Bulldogs, would end the suspense at 1:21 of the overtime session with an unassisted tally that provided Chicago with the win and kept their undefeated record intact.

Saturday saw Chicago’s Power Play prove why it’s the best in the GLJHL, as they went 3-6 with the man advantage en route to a 7-0 blowout win. Colin McAuliffe lead the Bulldogs in points with 4 assists. Lee Satran picked up the shut out in goal.

Sunday, it was the Federal’s turn to have some fun. They rebounded from Saturdays lopsided affair with a big 3-1 win, handing Chicago their first loss of the season. It did not come easily, however, as Chicago carried the play through 40 minutes holding a 1-0 lead and outshooting Fort Wayne 32-13. The Federals scored 3 times in the first 5 minutes of the 3rd courtesy of Ryan Matteson, Colin Fletcher and Ian Harris. They would not look back as they salvage with weekend with a huge win. Chicago is now 17-1 on the season and Fort Wayne is 9-1-1-1.

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The Michigan Ice Dogs have turned things around quickly and after a 3 game sweep of St. Louis, they’ve climbed over the .500 mark for the first time this season.  Game 1 of the weekend series was a wild affair where the Ice Dogs scored 7 times in the final two periods to pick up a 7-5 win. Games two and three saw both teams tighten up defensively.  Michigan won 4-2 and 4-1.

The Motor City Chiefs remained perfect in their 2 weekend contests. They knocked off Tri City 13-2 Friday night and followed that up with an 8-2 victory over Kalkaska. The Chiefs continue to put up big numbers on the offensive side of things. They scored 21 times on 134 shots in just 2 games.

This weekend was the battle for bragging rights in Wisconsin as the Rampage took on the Central Wisconsin Saints.  All three matchups were wildly entertaining in all phases of the game and came down to the very end, as it does when rivals meet. Friday saw the Rampage take game one by a 7-5 score. Dan Kerr scored twice and added 2 assists for Wisconsin in the win. Game two was an overtime battle in which Wisconsin needed just 1 shot in overtime to get the win. It came on the Power Play with just :31 seconds left in the session off the stick of Cody Miller. After losing the first 2 games in the series, the Saints were determined to pick up two points. They felt that they had deserved better outcomes on the previous two nights and they would get a different result Sunday. Kyle Harnish and Ian Dart scored in the 3rd giving Central Wisconsin a 5-3 win.

                Wooster went under the radar winning all 3 of their games this weekend. They beat Kalkaska 6-3 on Friday and then took two over Tri City by 9-4 and 8-1 scores.  Kyle Althen led the Oiler attack with 9 points on the weekend. Wooster is now 9-6-1.

CHIEFS KEEP ON ROLLING

Motor City completed a 6 game home stand to perfection with a pair of wins over the weekend, outscoring their opponents 47-11 in that stretch.  The Chiefs have got it done on both the offensive and defensive side of the puck, as they are off to an 8-0 start. 

The St. Louis Frontenacs came to town Friday night looking to get over the .500 mark. Motor City got off to a fast start as Anthony Dimarco scored just: 49 seconds into the opening period on the first shot of the game.  James Smith scored his first of 6 goals on the weekend at the 10:29 mark putting the Chiefs up 2-0. It was a first period dominated by Motor City, outshooting the Frontenacs by an 11-3 margin.  St. Louis would not go quietly as they cut the deficit in half when Josh Hoescht blasted one from the point that snuck through the five hole of Keegan McHenry.  It was a see-saw battle from that point on as the Frontenacs had an answer every time the Chiefs built a two goal lead. St Louis cut it to a one goal game on 3 different occasions, but couldn’t get any closer. Motor City skated away with a 6-3 win.

Motor City hosted the Indianapolis Inferno in a Sunday afternoon contest that saw the flood gates open early.  The Chiefs scored 3 in the first, 4 in the second and added 3 more in the 3rd for a 10-0 win. Taylor Danich, who was added to the roster this week, got his first start in goal for Motor City and also picked up the win. Despite the score, most in the building came away impressed with Indianapolis’ resilient effort. Due to the breaking of the team rules, the Inferno skated with just 11 guys. They continued to scratch and claw until the bitter end and tried to ruin a Motor City shutout to no avail.

The next 2 weeks will provide a good test for the Chiefs. They will embark on 5 straight road games in which they will face both, Wisconsin and Chicago.

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It was a clash of two premier West Division foes this weekend in the Windy City as the Wisconsin Rampage traveled to meet the Chicago Bulldogs. The first period on Friday night would prove to be the difference. The Bulldogs scored twice in the opening frame to open up a 2-0 lead. Each team would score 3 the rest of the way as Chicago took game 1 by a 5-3 score. Lee Satran had 39 saves in the win for Chicago. Sunday was a different story.  The Rampage took a 2-1 lead after one as they looked to knock off the undefeated Bulldogs, but Chicago’s Power Play would be too much. Chicago was 4-10 with the man advantage en route to a 8-4 win.

The Roughnecks got back to work and added 2 more wins to their season total. Kalkaska knocked off Indianapolis by scores of 6-3 and 9-1. Ryan Rinko shouldered the load up front for the Roughnecks scoring 4 times and adding 4 assists on the weekend. Rinko was named the GLJHL’s 2nd star of the week for his performance.  Kalkaska is 5-9-1 on the season.

The Fort Wayne Federals continue their winning ways as they played host to the Central Wisconsin Saints. Friday and Sunday saw the Federals skate way with large wins of 9-1 and 7-2, but the middle game Saturday was a hotly contested match up. The Saints started the scoring just 2 minutes into the hockey game and never trailed. Fort Wayne was able to bring it even on a couple of occasions, including the game tying goal late in the 3rd to force overtime, but Central Wisconsin was determined to pick up their first win.  The overtime period solved nothing and it was on to the shoot out. Kyle Harnish and Kenton Grulkowski would score on the first two shots of the shoot over for Central Wisconsin and it was Jake Adams who stole the show from there. He stopped 4 of the 5 Federal shooters as the Saints picked up win number 1.

St. Louis’ weekend wasn’t over after a tough Friday loss to Motor City; they still had a weekend set with the Wooster Oilers. The Frontenacs picked up a 3-2 win Saturday as Doug Roesch scored just past the midway point of period 3 to put St. Louis up for good. Sunday’s finale saw the Oilers pepper the St. Louis net with 21 first period shots and score 3 times. They would add 2 more in the 2nd and salvage a weekend split with a 5-2 win.

MID FINALLY TURNS THE CORNER

It was a busy weekend for the Michigan Ice Dogs and one that would see them be put to the test. The Ice Dogs had a 4 game week that started with Motor City, on a rare week night, Wednesday night.  The 2nd period is when things started to turn South, the Chiefs scored 5 times in the 2nd frame to build a 7-1 lead after 40 minutes. Michigan showed tenacity and toughness in the 3rd refusing to go away, despite trailing 10-2. It would have been easy to pack it in trailing a rival, but the Dogs dialed it up scoring 3 times in the final ten minutes to make it a more respectable outcome of 10-5. Despite the loss, there were a few bright spots. The biggest being an Ice Dog Power Play, which hadn’t scored yet this season, going 3-9 with the man advantage.

The Dogs had to clear the memory bank in a hurry with 3 more games remaining on the weekend.  It’s always easier when you can build a lead the next time out and that’s exactly what they did against Central Wisconsin. Sean Murphy, Jaymes Kastely and Calvin balled all scored in the 1st period of Fridays contest putting the Ice Dogs up 3-0 after 1 period of play. The Dogs added 4 in the 2nd and 1 more in the 3rd for an 8-1 win. Eric Matych bounced backed, after being pulled Wednesday, with 23 saves.

Saturday and Sunday was on the road against the red hot Roughnecks of Kalkaska. Despite outplaying the Roughnecks through 2 periods, the Ice Dogs found themselves in a 3-3 tie. Refuse to lose was the mantra surrounding this Michigan squad as they dominated the 3rd period scoring 3 times and outshooting Kalkaska 17-0 en route to a 6-3 victory.

Sunday saw the Ice Dogs pick up right where they left off. Sean Murphy scored 3 times and assisted on another as Michigan rolled to a 10-2 victory.  The Ice Dog 3-1 week saw them pick up their first win of the season and move to 2 games within the .500 plateau. There is no doubt they will try and carry that momentum forward into a 3 game series with the St. Louis Frontenacs October 21st, 22nd and 23rd.

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For the Chicago Bulldogs it was business as usual this weekend. They welcomed Indianapolis in for a three game weekend set. They scored 29 times in 3 games while giving up just 4 against. They are now 6-0 on home ice and 13-0 overall on the season. Friday was a 10-2 win, Saturday was 9-2 affair and the finale Sunday saw another Bulldog shutout of 10-0. Chicago was 11-25 with the man advantage, boosting their Power Play percentage to a gaudy 36.93% mark on the season. Matt Soukup again led the offensive attack with 3 goals and 6 assists.

The St. Louis Frontenacs got in the win column for the first time this season and then added 2 more W’s for good measure. The Frontenacs went 3-0, climbing back to the .500 plateau at 3-3 overall.  Friday night saw St. Louis win 8-2; Saturday 7-3; Sunday by a 6-1 margin. All three were over the Tri City Icehawks. It was quite a weekend for Andrew Jarvis who had 5 goals and 9 assists on the weekend. He now has 19 points this season. In losing efforts the Tri City net minders played spectacularly. Ben Robinson came in mid way through Friday’s loss and made 33 saves. He followed that up in Saturdays start with 52 more totaling 85 for the weekend. Sunday was no different, as Jon Strand made 72 saves on 78 shots sent his way.

Fort Wayne had a light weekend, in action on the road for just one game against Central Wisconsin. It was a steady performance in goal from Dustin Buchanan as he turned away 16 of 18 Saints shots sent in his direction. The eventual game winner came at the 6:28 mark of the 2nd period when John Conz picked up the Power Play tally. The Federals are off to a 6-0 start.

G.L.J.H.L. FEATURED TEAM OF THE WEEK

The Wooster Oilers had themselves a weekend as they came into the Mitten and swept a weekend trio of games. It started with a Friday night affair in Kalkaska where they squeezed out a 6-4 victory over the Rough Necks, thanks in large part to a 2 goal performance from Jaron Smith. Despite outshooting Kalkaska 35-16 through 40 minutes, they found themselves hanging onto just a 3-2 lead. Josh Turkaly and Mike Branem both netted tallies early in the 3rd stanza to put it away for good. Alex Batson stood between the pipes for Wooster picking up his first GLJHL win.

Saturday and Sunday saw matchups with the Michigan Ice Dogs, in which they skated out with wins of 3-1 and 5-4. In Saturday evenings matchup, the Oilers jumped out to a quick 3-0 lead by the 15 minute mark of period 2. It was Alex Baston who stole the show from there as Wooster held on. Baston made 43 saves on 44 shots and 17 big ones, while the Ice Dogs buzzed, in the 3rd.

Sunday saw Wooster in an unfamiliar spot on the weekend, trailing 3-2 after 2. They were outshot 38-18 in the first 2 periods and it looked like the Ice Dogs had carried the late momentum from Saturday night forward. But, Jaron Smith netted one on the Power Play at the 9:46 mark of the 3rd sparking a trio of Oiler goals in a 4 minute and 3 second span to put them in front 5-3. Jon Deal scored late, but the Ice Dog comeback fell short yet again and Wooster completed the weekend sweep in Michigan with a 5-4 win.

Kyle Althen totaled 7 points over the weekend for Wooster to lead the offensive attack. The Oilers have now catapulted to the top of the East Division Standings and will have confidence as they head into Chicago for 3 more this upcoming weekend.

Brenden Thomas
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Play by Play Voice of the Motor City Chiefs
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