THE ECHL’S WILD WEST CENTRAL DIVISION – November

Earlier we looked at the very small set of October’s games and this month we have a much better idea of how the former CHL teams, now the ECHL’s Central Division, are performing this season. The Allen Americans and Tulsa Oilers have been battling it out for the top spot the past week, while Wichita has jump-started their season to move up in the standings. Other teams such as Rapid City have fallen rapidly, struggling to stop their losing skid.

Keep in mind the stats below are through the end of November (unless listed as “current”) and there have been some slight changes in the first few days of December.

The ECHL’s Central Division for the Month of November:

Rank Central GP W L OTL SOL PTS
1 Tulsa Oilers 18 10 5 1 2 23
2 Allen Americans 16 11 4 0 0 22
3 Wichita Thunder 18 8 6 1 3 20
4 Quad City Mallards 18 7 5 3 2 19
5 Missouri Mavericks 17 7 9 0 0 14
6 Brampton Beast 14 6 7 1 0 13
7 Rapid City Rush 18 5 12 0 1 11

 

Overall, as of Dec. 4th, the ECHL leaders are the Ft. Wayne Komets (at 28 pts with 18 games) and the Florida Everblades (at 27 points with 17 games) in the Eastern Conference. In the Western Conference the Allen Americans (at 26 points with 17 games) are even with the Idaho Steelheads (at 26 points with 21 games) however Allen continues to hold an advantage with fewer games played so far into the season.  For November the Central Division’s top 3 teams, Tulsa, Allen, and Wichita are pulling ahead while Quad City, Missouri, Brampton and Rapid City are falling, or continuing to remain behind the pack this month.

1 | Tulsa Oilers – 14 games in November – 8-4-0-2 (18 points).

The Tulsa Oilers are an offensive juggernaut this season with their top scorers Pleskach, Booras and Caig, however they continue to have problems with some teams, in particular the Allen Americans. From October through November the team remained in No. 1 in the Central Division.

Points for Oct: 5

Points for Nov: 18

Current Overall team stats: 10-7-1-2 (23 points in 20 games).  Trending: ↑

 

Game #: Date: Time: Visiting Team: Home Team:
774 Sun, Nov 2, 2014 4:05 pm CST Wichita 2 at Tulsa 3 in SO
775 Tue, Nov 4, 2014 7:00 pm CST Missouri 5 at Tulsa 4
779 Sat, Nov 8, 2014 7:05 pm CST Tulsa 4 at Allen 6
781 Sun, Nov 9, 2014 4:05 pm CST Tulsa 3 at Allen 2
788 Fri, Nov 14, 2014 7:35 pm CST Rapid City 4 at Tulsa 6
789 Sat, Nov 15, 2014 7:35 pm CST Missouri 7 at Tulsa 4
794 Tue, Nov 18, 2014 7:00 pm CST Wichita 3 at Tulsa 4 in SO
795 Wed, Nov 19, 2014 7:05 pm CST Tulsa 3 at Quad City 4 in SO
797 Fri, Nov 21, 2014 7:05 pm CST Tulsa 4 at Missouri 1
803 Sun, Nov 23, 2014 4:05 pm CST Wichita 2 at Tulsa 3
804 Tue, Nov 25, 2014 7:05 pm CST Allen 3 at Tulsa 1
808 Thu, Nov 27, 2014 7:00 pm CST Allen 5 at Tulsa 4 in SO
811 Fri, Nov 28, 2014 7:35 pm CST Quad City 2 at Tulsa 3
815 Sun, Nov 30, 2014 5:05 pm CST Tulsa 3 at Wichita 2 in SO

 

2 |  Allen Americans – 12 Games in November – 9-3-0-0- (18 points).

The Allen Americans, like the Tulsa Oilers, have some of the highest scorers in the league on their rosters with Steffes, Combs and Costello. In November the Americans have only lost games to Tulsa and Wichita, their current closest competitors; they also lost to Rapid City to start the month, but Rapid City has fallen hard in the standings from October into December. From October through November Allen moved up from No. 3 to No. 2 in the standings.

Points for Oct: 4

Points for Nov: 18

Current Overall team stats: 13-4-0-0 (26 points in 17 games). Trending: ↑

Game #: Date: Time: Visiting Team:  Home Team:
772 Sat, Nov 1, 2014 7:05 pm MDT Allen 2 at Rapid City 4
779 Sat, Nov 8, 2014 7:05 pm CST Tulsa 4 at Allen 6
781 Sun, Nov 9, 2014 4:05 pm CST Tulsa 3 at Allen 2
787 Fri, Nov 14, 2014 7:05 pm CST Allen 3 at Missouri 1
790 Sat, Nov 15, 2014 7:05 pm CST Allen 3 at Wichita 2
791 Sun, Nov 16, 2014 4:05 pm CST Rapid City 1 at Allen 3
796 Fri, Nov 21, 2014 7:05 pm CST Brampton 2 at Allen 9
799 Sat, Nov 22, 2014 7:05 pm CST Brampton 1 at Allen 4
804 Tue, Nov 25, 2014 7:05 pm CST Allen 3 at Tulsa 1
805 Wed, Nov 26, 2014 7:05 pm CST Allen 6 at Missouri 0
808 Thu, Nov 27, 2014 7:00 pm CST Allen 5 at Tulsa 4 in SO
814 Sat, Nov 29, 2014 7:05 pm CST Allen 1 at Wichita 3

 

3 | Wichita Thunder – 15 Games in November – 7-5-0-3 (17 points).

The Wichita Thunder is improving rapidly from their rather dismal beginning in October and early November. The team accomplished some impressive wins the past two weeks against equally good or even better teams, but Tulsa continues to be a thorn for the Thunder. The Thunder moved up in the standings from October through November, from No. 5 up to No. 3.

Points for Oct: 3

Points for Nov: 17

Current Overall team stats: 8-6-1-3 (20 points in 18 games). Trending: ↑

Game #: Date: Time: Visiting Team: Home Team:
773 Sat, Nov 1, 2014 7:05 pm CDT Missouri 2 at Wichita 4
774 Sun, Nov 2, 2014 4:05 pm CST Wichita 2 at Tulsa 3 in SO
778 Fri, Nov 7, 2014 7:05 pm CST Rapid City 3 at Wichita 0
783 Sun, Nov 9, 2014 5:05 pm CST Missouri 5 at Wichita 2
784 Tue, Nov 11, 2014 6:35 pm MST Wichita 3 at Rapid City 6
785 Wed, Nov 12, 2014 6:35 pm MST Wichita 3 at Rapid City 2
790 Sat, Nov 15, 2014 7:05 pm CST Allen 3 at Wichita 2
793 Sun, Nov 16, 2014 5:05 pm CST Missouri 1 at Wichita 3
794 Tue, Nov 18, 2014 7:00 pm CST Wichita 3 at Tulsa 4 in SO
801 Sat, Nov 22, 2014 7:05 pm CST Missouri 0 at Wichita 6
803 Sun, Nov 23, 2014 4:05 pm CST Wichita 2 at Tulsa 3
807 Wed, Nov 26, 2014 7:05 pm CST Quad City 0 at Wichita 2
809 Fri, Nov 28, 2014 7:05 pm CST Wichita 4 at Missouri 1
814 Sat, Nov 29, 2014 7:05 pm CST Allen 1 at Wichita 3
815 Sun, Nov 30, 2014 5:05 pm CST Tulsa 3 at Wichita 2 in SO

 

4 | Quad City Mallards – 13 Games in November – 5-3-3-2 (15 points).

Quad City has had a rough month in November losing their last four games to Missouri (twice), Wichita and Tulsa. The team split their road games in Brampton, winning only two of the five with the three losses going into overtime and one of those into a shootout. Quad City has remained at No. 4 but is trending slightly down for the future.

Points for Oct: 4

Points for Nov: 15

Current Overall team stats: 7-6-3-2 (19 points in 18 games). Trending: ↘

Game #: Date: Time: Visiting Team: Home Team:
771 Sat, Nov 1, 2014 7:05 pm CDT Cincinnati 5 at Quad City 4
776 Thu, Nov 6, 2014 7:00 pm EST Quad City 5 at Brampton 1
777 Fri, Nov 7, 2014 7:30 pm EST Quad City 7 at Brampton 2
782 Sun, Nov 9, 2014 2:00 pm EST Quad City 3 at Brampton 4 in SO
786 Fri, Nov 14, 2014 7:30 pm EST Quad City 1 at Brampton 2 in OT
792 Sun, Nov 16, 2014 2:00 pm EST Quad City 4 at Brampton 5 in OT
795 Wed, Nov 19, 2014 7:05 pm CST Tulsa 3 at Quad City 4 in SO
798 Fri, Nov 21, 2014 7:05 pm CST Rapid City 2 at Quad City 4
800 Sat, Nov 22, 2014 7:05 pm CST Rapid City 2 at Quad City 3
802 Sun, Nov 23, 2014 4:05 pm CST Quad City 3 at Missouri 4 in SO
807 Wed, Nov 26, 2014 7:05 pm CST Quad City 0 at Wichita 2
811 Fri, Nov 28, 2014 7:35 pm CST Quad City 2 at Tulsa 3
812 Sat, Nov 29, 2014 7:05 pm CST Missouri 2 at Quad City 1 in OT

 

5 | Missouri Mavericks – 13 games in November – 6-7-0-0- (12 points).

Of the 13 games in November Missouri lost more than they won. Consistency and a stable roster seem to be Missouri’s biggest issues. Over the month of November Missouri had 23 transactions (counting all Additions and Deletions to the roster) which over time becomes a huge problem for the entire team. Does this type of team movement bother remaining players? Absolutely! The team moved up from No. 6 to No. 5 through November, but to be honest, that is due to Rapid City’s fast decline for the month.

Points for Oct: 2

Points for Nov: 12

Current Overall team stats: 8-9-0-0- (16 points in 17 games). Trending: ↘

Game #: Date: Time: Visiting Team: Home Team:
773 Sat, Nov 1, 2014 7:05 pm CDT Missouri 2 at Wichita 4
775 Tue, Nov 4, 2014 7:00 pm CST Missouri 5 at Tulsa 4
780 Sat, Nov 8, 2014 7:05 pm CST Rapid City 2 at Missouri 3
783 Sun, Nov 9, 2014 5:05 pm CST Missouri 5 at Wichita 2
787 Fri, Nov 14, 2014 7:05 pm CST Allen 3 at Missouri 1
789 Sat, Nov 15, 2014 7:35 pm CST Missouri 7 at Tulsa 4
793 Sun, Nov 16, 2014 5:05 pm CST Missouri 1 at Wichita 3
797 Fri, Nov 21, 2014 7:05 pm CST Tulsa 4 at Missouri 1
801 Sat, Nov 22, 2014 7:05 pm CST Missouri 0 at Wichita 6
802 Sun, Nov 23, 2014 4:05 pm CST Quad City 3 at Missouri 4 in SO
805 Wed, Nov 26, 2014 7:05 pm CST Allen 6 at Missouri 0
809 Fri, Nov 28, 2014 7:05 pm CST Wichita 4 at Missouri 1
812 Sat, Nov 29, 2014 7:05 pm CST Missouri 2 at Quad City 1 in OT

 

6 | Brampton Beast – 11 games in November – 6-5-0-0 (12 points).

Brampton had a horrible start to their season but they have been picking up some wins in November against Quad City and Rapid City, which has bumped them up in the standings. They still have a long way to go, but they are trending slightly up and have moved up from No. 7 to No. 6 through November.

Points for Oct: 1

Points for Nov: 12

Current Overall team stats: 6-7-1-0- (13 points in 14 games). Trending: ↗

Game #: Date: Time: Visiting Team: Home Team:
56 Sat, Nov 1, 2014 7:05 pm EDT Brampton 3 at Elmira 5
776 Thu, Nov 6, 2014 7:00 pm EST Quad City 5 at Brampton 1
777 Fri, Nov 7, 2014 7:30 pm EST Quad City 7 at Brampton 2
782 Sun, Nov 9, 2014 2:00 pm EST Quad City 3 at Brampton 4 in SO
786 Fri, Nov 14, 2014 7:30 pm EST Quad City 1 at Brampton 2 in OT
792 Sun, Nov 16, 2014 2:00 pm EST Quad City 4 at Brampton 5 in OT
796 Fri, Nov 21, 2014 7:05 pm CST Brampton 2 at Allen 9
799 Sat, Nov 22, 2014 7:05 pm CST Brampton 1 at Allen 4
806 Wed, Nov 26, 2014 6:35 pm MST Brampton 4 at Rapid City 3
810 Fri, Nov 28, 2014 7:05 pm MST Brampton 2 at Rapid City 0
813 Sat, Nov 29, 2014 7:05 pm MST Brampton 2 at Rapid City 1

 

7 | Rapid City Rush – 12 Games in November – 3-9-0-0 (6 points).

Rapid City had a very good start to their season, but since that time they have lost 9 of their 12 games in November. Since November 11 the team has lost 8 straight games against Wichita, Tulsa, Allen, Quad City and Brampton. From October through November Rapid City dropped from No. 2 to bottom of the Division at No. 7. If they have any hopes for the playoffs, Rapid City has to turn this around very quickly.

Points for Oct: 5

Points for Nov: 6

Current Overall team stats: 5-12-0-1 (11 points in 18 games). Trending: ↓

 

Game #: Date: Time: Visiting Team: Home Team:
772 Sat, Nov 1, 2014 7:05 pm MDT Allen 2 at Rapid City 4
778 Fri, Nov 7, 2014 7:05 pm CST Rapid City 3 at Wichita 0
780 Sat, Nov 8, 2014 7:05 pm CST Rapid City 2 at Missouri 3
784 Tue, Nov 11, 2014 6:35 pm MST Wichita 3 at Rapid City 6
785 Wed, Nov 12, 2014 6:35 pm MST Wichita 3 at Rapid City 2
788 Fri, Nov 14, 2014 7:35 pm CST Rapid City 4 at Tulsa 6
791 Sun, Nov 16, 2014 4:05 pm CST Rapid City 1 at Allen 3
798 Fri, Nov 21, 2014 7:05 pm CST Rapid City 2 at Quad City 4
800 Sat, Nov 22, 2014 7:05 pm CST Rapid City 2 at Quad City 3
806 Wed, Nov 26, 2014 6:35 pm MST Brampton 4 at Rapid City 3
810 Fri, Nov 28, 2014 7:05 pm MST Brampton 2 at Rapid City 0
813 Sat, Nov 29, 2014 7:05 pm MST Brampton 2 at Rapid City 1

 

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