The ECHL’s Wild West Central Division – October

For hockey fans living in the South Central US, ECHL hockey landed in our laps early this October when the Central Hockey League (CHL) teams — Allen Americans, Brampton Beast, Missouri Mavericks, Quad City Mallards, Rapid City Rush, Tulsa Oilers and Wichita Thunder  — were absorbed into the ECHL. For local Tend the Farm folks we are situated in the middle of some great ECHL hockey:  the Allen Americans are just 3 hours south of OKC; an hour and a half to the northeast is OKC’s familiar rival for many years the Tulsa Oilers; and just 2 1/2 hours to our north is another longtime rival, the Wichita Thunder in Kansas.

This season the ECHL’s central division teams will not face many non-Division teams, but when they do it is expected to be a battle as the former CHL teams build new rosters better able to face the ECHL league’s speed and skill. We will check in monthly to see how they are faring this season. As of October 31st, the former CHL teams are 1-6-1-0 against “ECHL” teams and we expect to see that improve as other former CHL teams face their ECHL teams later in the season.

While some are only 3 games into the season it is worth a look at this point to see how they are doing at the end of October — keep in mind that Rapid City had an early start and are on their 6th game already:

Team GP W L OTL SOL Pts
Tulsa 4 2 1 1 0 5
Rapid City 6 2 3 0 1 5
Allen 3 2 1 0 0 4
Quad City 4 2 2 0 0 4
Wichita 3 1 1 1 0 3
Missouri 3 1 2 0 0 2
Brampton 3 0 2 1 0 1

 

Overall the ECHL leaders are the Ft. Wayne Komets 6 games into the season at the top the Eastern Conference with 10 points, and in the Western Conference, the Idaho Steelheads with 6 games lead with 10 points.

| The Tulsa Oilers started their season with two wins to begin the season, defeating the Americans 9-6 at Allen and then defeating Wichita at their home opener 6-5 in OT. Their longtime rival Wichita regrouped for their next matchup and shutout Tulsa 2-0 in Wichita and last night Missouri defeated Tulsa in OT 4-3. — Overall: 2-1-1-0.

Game #: Date: Time: Visiting Team: Home Team:
759 Fri, Oct 24, 2014 7:05 pm CDT Tulsa 9 at Allen 6
765 Sun, Oct 26, 2014 4:05 pm CDT Wichita 5 at Tulsa 6 in OT
767 Wed, Oct 29, 2014 7:05 pm CDT Tulsa 0 at Wichita 2
770 Fri, Oct 31, 2014 7:35 pm CDT Missouri 4 at Tulsa 3 in OT

 

| Rapid City Rush started their season early with the rest of the ECHL, a week earlier than the remaining Central Division teams, facing the Colorado Eagles twice (splitting games) before playing 3 games against Quad City winning only 1 of the three, and dropping their game against Allen 4-1 on Halloween. — Overall: 2-3-0-1.

Game #: Date: Time: Visiting Team: Home Team:
757 Fri, Oct 17, 2014 7:05 pm MDT Colorado 1 at Rapid City 5
758 Sat, Oct 18, 2014 7:05 pm MDT Colorado 3 at Rapid City 2
761 Fri, Oct 24, 2014 7:05 pm CDT Rapid City 3 at Quad City 0
762 Sat, Oct 25, 2014 7:05 pm CDT Rapid City 3 at Quad City 4 in SO
766 Tue, Oct 28, 2014 6:35 pm MDT Quad City 4 at Rapid City 1
769 Fri, Oct 31, 2014 8:05 pm MDT Allen 4 at Rapid City 1

 

| The Allen Americans lost their first game in rather spectacular fashion, defeated by Tulsa 9-6 at home, but came back strong the next night in Wichita to beat the Thunder 5-3, and last night defeating Rapid City 4-1. — Overall: 2-1-0-0.

Game #: Date: Time: Visiting Team: Home Team:
759 Fri, Oct 24, 2014 7:05 pm CDT Tulsa 9 at Allen 6
763 Sat, Oct 25, 2014 7:05 pm CDT Allen 5 at Wichita 3
769 Fri, Oct 31, 2014 8:05 pm MDT Allen 4 at Rapid City 1

 

| The Quad City Mallards dropped their home opener against Rapid City 3-0, but came back the next night winning 3-4 in a shootout. Their next game on the road they were able to defeat Rapid City again 4-1, but lost their 4th game vs Cincinnati 3-2. — Overall: 2-2-0-0.

Game #: Date: Time: Visiting Team: Home Team:
761 Fri, Oct 24, 2014 7:05 pm CDT Rapid City 3 at Quad City 0
762 Sat, Oct 25, 2014 7:05 pm CDT Rapid City 3 at Quad City 4 in SO
766 Tue, Oct 28, 2014 6:35 pm MDT Quad City 4 at Rapid City 1
768 Fri, Oct 31, 2014 7:05 pm CDT Cincinnati 3 at Quad City 2

 

| The Wichita Thunder were defeated at their home opener against Allen, but the team is beginning to work out some of their first game jitters as they came close to defeating Tulsa in OT in Tulsa, and finally they defeated the Oilers at home in a shutout 2-0. — Overall: 1-1-1-0.

Game #: Date: Time: Visiting Team: Home Team:
763 Sat, Oct 25, 2014 7:05 pm CDT Allen 5 at Wichita 3
765 Sun, Oct 26, 2014 4:05 pm CDT Wichita 5 at Tulsa 6 in OT
767 Wed, Oct 29, 2014 7:05 pm CDT Tulsa 0 at Wichita 2

 

| The Missouri Mavericks started their schedule against ECHL teams and lost both games against Indy (5-1) and Fort Wayne (6-2), but finally won their first game vs. the Tulsa Oilers last night 4-3 in OT. — Overall: 1-2-0-0

Game #: Date: Time: Visiting Team: Home Team:
26 Fri, Oct 24, 2014 7:35 pm EDT Missouri 1 at Indy 5
33 Sat, Oct 25, 2014 7:30 pm EDT Missouri 2 at Fort Wayne 6
770 Fri, Oct 31, 2014 7:35 pm CDT Missouri 4 at Tulsa 3 in OT

 

| The Brampton Beast jumped right into games against ECHL teams and saw losses in their first three games against the Toledo Walleye losing 6-3 and 4-2, and again being defeated 3-2 in OT vs Elmira, however they did come of that game with their first point of the season. — Overall: 0-2-1-0.

Game #: Date: Time: Visiting Team: Home Team:
760 Fri, Oct 24, 2014 7:30 pm EDT Toledo 6 at Brampton 3
764 Sun, Oct 26, 2014 2:00 pm EDT Toledo 4 at Brampton 2
50 Fri, Oct 31, 2014 7:05 pm EDT Brampton 2 at Elmira 3 in OT

We will check back at the end of November to see how the West’s Central Division is doing and in the meantime head out to watch a few of these teams!

 

7 comments on “The ECHL’s Wild West Central Division – October”

  1. Good analysis of the former CHL teams.

    Do you see OKC as a future ECHL member, when the AHL moves West? Bakersfield and OKC could trade leagues.

    1. It could once the Western NHL teams begin their AHL team move to the west coast however that process seems to be moving slowly. At least 4 or 5 AHL teams would have to move to make it viable.

  2. I’m thinking the ECHL might be in Houston’s future sooner than the AHL, but we still have that #@$%! recalcitrant NBA owner to deal with.

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