USA Junior Hockey Magazine March 2012 : Page 15

March 2012 • 15 western stAtes Hockey LeAgUe Flyers stay in thick of playoff race late By Brian Lester The Valencia Flyers were still in the hunt for a Western States Hockey League playoff berth as the season hit the home stretch in late February. The Flyers were 21-17-6 after 44 games, good enough for fourth place in the Western Conference standings. During the weekend of Feb. 17-19, the Flyers took two out of three games from third-place Arizona and they went into their final two games of the season with a bit of momentum. The key to the Flyers’ success has been simple this year. It’s been all about being consistent and taking advantage of depth within the roster. “The team had been playing much better and more consistent,” said Valencia head coach Jocelyn Langlois . “We were able to add a few players, which created depth offensively and defensively, and I was able to get the kids to work hard within the team system.” Eddie Keshishian and austin Ehrlich have been vital to that success. Keshishian scored 32 goals and tallied 36 assists through 43 games while Ehrlich rang up 28 goals to go along with 19 assists in 39 games of action. Stephen Palmer has been rock solid in goal all season. In 36 games, Palmer racked up 1,032 saves and gave up 104 goals. As for the team as a whole, Langlois has been pleased with its work ethic, but he knows there are improvements to be made as the Flyers head into the final games of the season. “To be competitive the remainder of the season, we need to move the puck quicker, be more physical and finish our checks all over the ice,” Langlois said. “We also need to create more traffic in front of the opposing goaltender and win the battles and box out in front of our net. We’ll keep working at it and hopefully we can finish strong.” WESTERN STATES HOCKEY LEAGUE DIRECTORY President/Commissioner: Ron White 1000 e. Cerritos ave. anaheim, Ca 92805 ph. (562) 429-1805 x240 • e-mail: wshloffice@aol.com texas jr. brahmas 8851 Ice House Drive North Richland Hills, TX 76180 Head Coach: Jeremy Law ph. 817-675-1 1 16 e-mail: jlaw@nytexsports.com DaLLas ICe JeTs 3000 Grapevine Mills Pkwy, Grapevine, TX 76051 Head Coach: Paul Taylor Ph. 214-315-0637 e-mail: icejetshockey@gmail.com • www.icejets.com DaLLas sNIPers 1400 s. Pipeline, euless TX 76040 GM/Head Coach: Tom Yockey ph. 817-823-7560 e-mail: tyockey@dakkasstars.com • www.dallassnipers.com bouLDer bIsoN President: Dennis Hefter ph: 303-717-1 101 e-mail: dennis.hefter@comcast.net • www.juniorbison.com eL Paso rhINos 4100 e. Paisano , el Paso, TX 79905 Head Coach/GM Cory Herman e-mail: cherman@elpasorhinos.com • www.elpasorhinos.com PhoeNIx kNIghts P.O. Box 93367 Phoenix, aZ 85070 Head coach: Tom Helton ph. 480-980-1977 www.arizonahockeyunion.com cheyeNNe stamPeDe 3303 Forest Drive, Cheyenne, WY 82001 GM: Mark Lantz e-mail: gm@cheyennestampede.com Head Coach: Jeffrey Heimel ph. 602-501-0464 e-mail: jeffreyheimel@cheyennestampede.com www.cheyennestampede.com IDaho jr. steeLheaDs www.IdahoJuniorsteelheads.com Head Coach: John Olver ph: 515-537-0059 e-mail: olverandco@cableone.net FresNo moNsters Head Coach: Bryce Dale ph: 558-352-0905 e-mail: bdale@fresnomonsters.com • www.fresnomonsters.com LoNg beach bombers 3975 Pixie ave., Lakewood, Ca 90712 ph. 562-429-1805 x 240 • fax. 714-333-4190 GM/Head Coach: Chris White e-mail: cwhite@jrbombers.org • www.jrbombers.org VaLeNcIa FLyers 27745 N. smyth Dr. Valencia, Ca 91355 ph. 661-775-8686 x 204 GM: scott allegrini e-mail: scott@icestation.net • www.valenciaflyers.net saN DIego jr. guLLs 555 N. Tulip st. escondido, Ca 92025 Owner/GM: Bruce Miller e-mail: Brucejmiller8@yahoo.com • www.sandiegogullshockeyclub.com arIZoNa reDhaWks 15829 N. 83rd ave., Peoria, aZ 85382 Coach: Robert Powell Ph: 602-769-9277 e-mail: headcoach@arizonaredhawks.com ogDeN mustaNgs Ogden, UT Head Coach: Devin Firl ph. 661-431-8781 e-mail: headcoach@ogdenmustangs.com • www.ogdenmustangs.com Park cIty jr. moose Park City, UT aaron Kinslow ph. 701-866-0789 e-mail: akinner29@hotmail.com NeW mexIco reNegaDes Rio Rancho New Mexico GM/Head Coach: Michael Gershon ph. 973-222-6306 Steelheads shine as regular season nears end By Brian Lester One thing is for sure. The Idaho Junior Steelheads didn’t become one of the better teams in the Western States Hockey League by accident. Idaho has experience and talent. Both have added up to a 40-2-2 record through 44 games. Idaho entered the final weekend of February with 10 more wins than second-place Boulder in the Mountain Conference. “Things have been going very well this year,” said Idaho head coach John oliver . “We clearly have a lot of talent on this team, but we also have a lot of older guys. The leadership has been big for us. Combine that experience with the talent we have and it’s not a surprise that we have been successful.” Goaltending has been key for the Steelheads. Jordyn Kaufer , who started the season uncertain if he would land on the roster, had 21 wins in 23 games. His goals against average was at 1.63 and he racked up 530 saves. Josh Benton has seen quality playing time as well. He had 20 wins through 44 games and owned a goals against average of 2.45. He tallied 442 saves as well. “Our goaltending has been very good,” Oliver said. “Jordyn has emerged as a solid starter for us after we weren’t even sure if he was going to make the team. Our other goalie, Josh, has really come on strong, too. We feel like we are headed into the postseason with two very good goalies and a defense that takes a lot of pride in playing well.” Speaking of the postseason, the Steelheads realize that, despite all of their success in the regular season, it will mean little once the playoffs begin. “We can’t just be happy with what we have accomplished in the regular season,” Oliver said. “We have to elevate our play to another level if we want to do well in the playoffs.” Boost your Junior Hockey Brand! Have your Team represented in USA Junior Hockey Magazine? Become a Publishing Partner Today! Contact: betty@hockeymedia.com Or call 781-934-5888 Juniorhockeytalk.com

Western States Hockey League

Brian Lester

Flyers stay in thick of playoff race late<br /> <br /> The Valencia Flyers were still in the hunt for a Western States Hockey League playoff berth as the season hit the home stretch in late February. The Flyers were 21-17-6 after 44 games, good enough for fourth place in the Western Conference standings.<br /> <br /> During the weekend of Feb. 17-19, the Flyers took two out of three games from third-place Arizona and they went into their final two games of the season with a bit of momentum.<br /> <br /> The key to the Flyers’ success has been simple this year. It’s been all about being consistent and taking advantage of depth within the roster.<br /> <br /> “The team had been playing much better and more consistent,” said Valencia head coach Jocelyn Langlois. “We were able to add a few players, which created depth offensively and defensively, and I was able to get the kids to work hard within the team system.”<br /> <br /> Eddie Keshishian and austin Ehrlich have been vital to that success.Keshishian scored 32 goals and tallied 36 assists through 43 games while Ehrlich rang up 28 goals to go along with 19 assists in 39 games of action.<br /> <br /> Stephen Palmer has been rock solid in goal all season. In 36 games, Palmer racked up 1,032 saves and gave up 104 goals.<br /> <br /> As for the team as a whole, Langlois has been pleased with its work ethic, but he knows there are improvements to be made as the Flyers head into the final games of the season.<br /> <br /> “To be competitive the remainder of the season, we need to move the puck quicker, be more physical and finish our checks all over the ice,” Langlois said.“We also need to create more traffic in front of the opposing goaltender and win the battles and box out in front of our net.We’ll keep working at it and hopefully we can finish strong.”<br /> <br /> Steelheads shine as regular season nears end<br /> <br /> One thing is for sure. The Idaho Junior Steelheads didn’t become one of the better teams in the Western States Hockey League by accident.<br /> <br /> Idaho has experience and talent.Both have added up to a 40-2-2 record through 44 games. Idaho entered the final weekend of February with 10 more wins than second-place Boulder in the Mountain Conference.<br /> <br /> “Things have been going very well this year,” said Idaho head coach John oliver. “We clearly have a lot of talent on this team, but we also have a lot of older guys. The leadership has been big for us. Combine that experience with the talent we have and it’s not a surprise that we have been successful.”<br /> <br /> Goaltending has been key for the Steelheads. Jordyn Kaufer, who started the season uncertain if he would land on the roster, had 21 wins in 23 games. His goals against average was at 1.63 and he racked up 530 saves.<br /> <br /> Josh Benton has seen quality playing time as well. He had 20 wins through 44 games and owned a goals against average of 2.45. He tallied 442 saves as well.<br /> <br /> “Our goaltending has been very good,” Oliver said. “Jordyn has emerged as a solid starter for us after we weren’t even sure if he was going to make the team.Our other goalie, Josh, has really come on strong, too. We feel like we are headed into the postseason with two very good goalies and a defense that takes a lot of pride in playing well.”<br /> <br /> Speaking of the postseason, the Steelheads realize that, despite all of their success in the regular season, it will mean little once the playoffs begin.<br /> <br /> “We can’t just be happy with what we have accomplished in the regular season,” Oliver said. “We have to elevate our play to another level if we want to do well in the playoffs.”

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