Mid-Season Update for the Continental Elite Hockey League
The CEHL’s inaugural season is half over. Here’s a quick overview of how each team is doing and the overall standings. The teams are listed in order of their current rankings.
Detroit Belle Tire Lightning – The Detroit Lightning has an impressive record in their first 30 games with just 7 losses and 23 wins. They lead the league in goals scored with 150 goals, averaging five goals scored per game. Their defensive aspect of the game is in the middle of the pack, with goals against average being at 3.7, with 111 goals being scored against the Lightning. They have the best goaltender in the league in Thomas Fortunate who has only allowed 65 goals in his 20 games played. Detroit also has two of the top ten scorers. John DiPace is in 6th place with 22 goals and 22 assists for 44 points with Richard Williams being close behind in 7th place with 43 points. Williams has 15 goals and 28 assists.
Toledo Junior Storm – The Toledo Storm come second in the rankings, with thirty-six points they are eight points behind the Lightning. They have 19 wins and 9 losses in their 28 games. Toledo has the best defensive team in the league having allowed only 92 goals to be scored against them. Toledo is third in the league in offense with 137 goals scored. Three players, Matt Zeman, Chad Berman, and Dayne Bihn, who have amassed a combined total of 63 goals and 136 points, have scored almost half of the goals scored.
Bay County Blizzard – Bay County has a total of 33 points with 16 wins, 10 losses, and 1 overtime loss. Bay County also leads the league in penalty minutes with 1406 minutes of penalties being handed out by the referee to them. They have four players with over one hundred penalty minutes, with Matt Wilkens leading the team and league in penalty minutes with 215. The Blizzards have the top two goal scorers in the league. Bryan White and Cory Dziowski have scored a combined 51 goals and 122 points.
Downriver Bombers – Downriver holds the fourth seed, which is the final seed to qualify for the playoffs in April. The Bombers are two games below .500 with 14 wins and 16 losses. Downriver has to start playing a stronger game defensively and offensively to hold onto the last playoff seed. The Bombers have been outscored by 14 goals, having allowed 143 and only scoring 129.
Traverse City Enforcers –The Enforcers are closing in on the Bombers and fighting for the final seed with only one point being between them. Twenty-eight points for the Bombers, twenty-seven for the Enforcers. Traverse City is the second best defensive team in the league but at the same time is the second worst offensively. Traverse City holds the best record in the league for staying out of the penalty box with a combined team total of 822 penalty minutes, 484 penalty minutes less than the Bay County Blizzard.
Jackson Prowlers – Things couldn’t be going much worse in Jackson in the statistics department. Jackson only comes in first in one area on the stat’s sheet, losses. Jackson has only won two of their twenty-seven games. The puck has found it’s way into the net only 60 times for Jackson while the opponents have scored against them 156 times. The bright spot is the team has been disciplined and stayed out of the penalty box pretty well instead of taking out all their frustrations and burying themselves in penalty minutes. Both of their wins have come recently and hopefully things will start looking up for Prowlers in the second half of the season.