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ECHL Weekly

ECHL Weekly is being released a couple days early this week due to Thanksgiving, but there have been a lot of great performances from many players and teams. Do we have a new team of the week? Any new teams in the Top 10 Power Rankings? Find out below.

Standings (GP W-L-OTL-SOL PTS)

North

  1. Reading Royals 19 12-4-2-3 27
  2. Newfoundland Growlers 18 11-7-0-0 22
  3. Brampton Beast 17 11-6-0-0 22
  4. Adirondack Thunder 17 8-7-0-2 18
  5. Maine Mariners 18 8-7-0-1 17
  6. Worcester Railers 13 4-10-0-19

South

  1. South Carolina Stingrays 15 13-2-0-0 26
  2. Florida Everblades 17 11-6-0-0 22
  3. Greenville Swamp Rabbits 19 10-8-0-1 21
  4. Atlanta Gladiators 15 8-7-0-0 16
  5. Orlando Solar Bears 17 5-8-3-1 14
  6. Norfolk Admirals 20 5-12-3-0 13
  7. Jacksonville Icemen 17 4-9-2-0 10

Central

  1. Cincinnati Cyclones 18 12-5-1-0 25
  2. Fort Wayne Komets 19 9-6-2-0 20
  3. Toledo Walleye 15 9-5-1-0 19
  4. Wheeling Nailers 16 8-5-3-0 19
  5. Indy Fuel 16 6-10-0-0 12
  6. Kalamazoo Wings 15 5-8-2-0 12

Mountain

  1. Allen Americans 18 13-3-2-0 28
  2. Rapid City Rush 19 12-5-2-0 26
  3. Idaho Steelheads 19 10-5-2-24
  4. Wichita Thunder 18 9-5-4-0 22
  5. Tulsa Oilers 20 7-11-2-0 16
  6. Utah Grizzlies 16 6-7-2-1 15
  7. Kansas City Mavericks 17 6-9-3-0 14

Power Rankings (Last Ranking)

Power Rankings are based on many variables and not just the standings.

  1. Reading (3)
  2. South Carolina (2)
  3. Cincinnati (1)
  4. Brampton (7)
  5. Allen (6)
  6. Toledo (9)
  7. Wheeling (5)
  8. Rapid City (NR)
  9. Fort Wayne (8)
  10. Idaho (10)

Team of the Week

This week’s team of the week goes to the Reading Royals. The Royals have been a very surprising team to me this season, because they missed the playoffs last year. Royals Head Coach Kirk MacDonald made a huge trade with Wichita to bring in the current league leader in goals and points, Ralph Cuddemi. This move and many of his other offseason moves have led the Royals to a 12-4-2-3 start and 1st in the North. They defeated the defending Kelly Cup Champion Newfoundland Growlers over the weekend 2 out of 3. If Cuddemi does not get called up to the AHL the Royals can be a Kelly Cup contender for sure.

Three Stars of the Week

  1. Ralph Cuddemi, Reading Royals (3GP 6G 1 A 7pts)
  2. Peter Quenneville, Rapid City Rush (2GP 2G 4A 6pts)
  3. Parker Milner, South Carolina Stingrays (2-0-0 1.00 GAA .966 SV%)

Did You Know?

Allen, Rapid City, and Reading did not make the playoffs last year, but are in the top 5 at the moment. Home Ice is a big advantage for these guys as Rapid City is 8-0 on home ice, while Allen is 9-2-1 and Reading is 8-1-1. Cincinnati (8-1), South Carolina (4-1). Toledo (4-0-1), and Wheeling (7-1) are also dominating at home.

Wondering how fighting has changed this season with the new rules? Fighting in the ECHL is down drastically from this point last year. Last year at this point there were 269 fights, while this year 200 hasn’t even been cracked. Out of the 187 fights this year the Jacksonville Icemen have the most fighting majors (17), while Brampton has the least at 1.

News:

Worcester Railers announced General Manager/Head Coach Jamie Russell and assistant coach Derek Army of their duties. The Railers then announced David Cunniff would take Russell’s place as General Manager/Head Coach.

10 Match-Ups to Watch

No particular order

  1. Newfoundland vs Worcester
  2. Rapid City vs Idaho
  3. Newfoundland vs Reading
  4. Cincinnati vs Fort Wayne
  5. Toledo vs Wheeling
  6. Wheeling vs Fort Wayne (2x)
  7. Kalamazoo vs Fort Wayne
  8. Brampton vs Adirondack
  9. Allen vs Idaho
  10. Reading vs Toledo

Featured Photo Credit: Kyle Hernandez – GCSN Graphic Design

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