We've got final scores for another round of IceHL match-ups. Take a look.
One incredible streak came to an abrupt end in the IceHL WEST this week. The Aviators are flying high after catching the unstoppable Outlaws, who were dealt their first loss of the season following a 5-0 run. Seattle got big points from all three forwards, propelling them to an impressive 84-51 victory. Kris Newbury and Peter Holland combined for 46 points as the team amassed 7 goals and 5 assists.
Dallas' loss was not indicative of any particular shortfalls, however. Sean Couturier picked up 3 goals, an assist and 2 penalty minutes for 17 points while defenseman David Runblad lit it up with 2 goals and 2 assists for 14 points. The Outlaws' talent was on display this week as penalty minutes accounted for only 4 points this week, while the Aviators relied on 35 PIMs. But even if you take away the time spent in the box, Seattle still would've been 2 points ahead overall.
The Beasts showed their teeth with a 78-57 win over the Huskies. Goalie Yann Danis stood tall for 3 victories (18 points) and defenseman Brendan Smith earned 3 assists and 9 penalty minutes (also 18 points). Mike Sgarbossa was impressive as well in his second week with Boulder, grabbing 2 of each stat for 16 points. For Alaska, Jonathan Audy-Marchessault was back to his high-scoring ways with 22 points as Zack Kassian earned another 17.
After an 0-4 start, the Sharpshooters have put together back-to-back victories with a 52-31 win over the Cavalry — who are still looking for their first W of the 2012-13 season. Danny Taylor's shutout win earned him 10 points for Saskatoon as Sami Vatanen picked up 16 points on a goal and 12 penalty minutes. In Calgary, T.J. Brennan and Alex Burmistrov combined for 23 points this week as Jake Gardiner and Roman Horak were left pointless.
The Winterhawks kept their unblemished record alive, improving to 6-0 on a 52-30 win over the red-hot Pioneers. The loss ended a three-game winning streak for Portland, which saw minimal production this week. Justin Schultz, on the other hand, was on fire for Winnipeg. His 2 goals and 5 assists earned him 23 points as Brett Connolly grabbed 4 assists for 12 points.
Taylor Hall carried the Kodiaks to a 54-42 win over the Hellcats. Hall tallied 30 points on a goal, 8 assists and a minor penalty. Tyson Barrie chipped in with a goal and 2 assists for 10 points for Edmonton. Houston suffered up front as two forwards were left without points. The blue line made an effort with a combined 25 points, but it wasn't quite enough to hold on.
Elsewhere, the Wave moved into 2nd overall, powered by 33 points from their defense, with a 61-55 win over the Renegades. The Lumberjacks beat the struggling Gators 54-41. And the Scorpions have only their forwards to thank for a 49-40 win over the Narwhals.
Now on to the other league.
There were a couple of shockers in the IceHL EAST in Week 6. For one, the Arsenal (1-4) knocked off the Nighthawks (4-1) by an 80-59 margin. Atlanta's roster finally came to life in a big way as the entire team pitched in — and not just with penalty minutes either. Every skater had at least one assist and goalie Yann Danis had 3 wins for 18 points.
And it's not like North Carolina was sitting on the bench. Jordan Eberle alone was remarkable with 5 goals, 2 assists and 2 PIMs for 28 points. Brendan Smith also contributed 3 assists and 9 penalty minutes for 18 points. But unfortunately their fifth win was just out of reach this week.
In the other match-up between a 4-1 team and a 1-4 team, the Colonials stunned the Armada 81-59 — very similar to the score of that Nighthawks-Arsenal game. Five players were in double digits for Boston, including 24 points from Brayden Schenn and 30 from the defensive pairing. Only Cody Hodgson was without a point as he's been sidelined with an injury. Together, Nazem Kadri and Zack Kassian had 29 points for Quebec.
Another surprise came in the form of the Olympiques' 79-55 victory over the Lagers. Montreal set a team record for points primarily thanks to a 55-point collaboration between Peter Holland and Taylor Hall. Meanwhile, Milwaukee continues a slow descent from the top of the league standings. The team has now followed a three-game winning streak with a three-game losing streak, despite continued production from players like Zack Boychuk, Justin Faulk and Brett Connolly.
The Barracudas continued their unbeaten run with a 44-38 win over the Steelcats. Both teams got production all the way down the roster. Tampa Bay was led by Tyler Johnson's 3 goals and 2 assists (18 points) while Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Nick Leddy teamed up for 21 points for Hamilton. These were two very closely-matched teams in Week 6.
The Archers won a very tight one against the Guardians, 64-59. And it was the defense playing a starring role as Justin Schultz and Oliver Ekman-Larsson teamed up for 38 points. On the other side, Andy Miele started to show a spark with 5 assists and 2 PIMs for 17 points to lead New York. A win from goalie Curtis McElhinney this week would've been enough to put them over the top.
Elsewhere, Tomas Tatar's 5 goals powered the Hitmen to a 51-37 win over the Mariners. The Blue Crabs beat the Sentinels 42-28 on 21 points from Kris Newbury. And the Motorheads dug the Mammoths into a deeper hole — while digging themselves out of one — with a 36-29 victory.
Up next: Will the Barracudas and Winterhawks be able to keep up their winning ways? Will the Cavalry finally catch a break? Can the Aviators and Renegades continue their point domination? All of these questions and more will be answered with another week of IceHL hockey. Stay tuned!