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"A" Division Season Preview
 
Last Four SeasonsLast Four Playoffs
Spring 14: NA NA
2013/14: NA NA
Spring 13: NA NA
B 2012/13: 17-0-1, 100 GF, 31 GA, +69 Won B Div Championship
    After dominating the "B" div in 2012/13, the Crooks had an aborted "A" campaign in that Spring, folding after a single game. A couple of seasons later, the team has finally matured to the level of an actual "A" div contender. They stormed out of the gate this year, with wins over both the Jaguars and the Giants, the latter in dramatic fashion, in the dying seconds of OT. With the crossover section of the schedule starting, they'll have a great opportunity to add a couple of more wins to their total and continue padding the team confidence before the next "A" showdown. Of course, some of these "B" teams are pretty good, and the Crooks will have to fight complacency and come out with a solid effort. The team features a balanced attack, which is showing in the team scoring chart. Amit Punni leads with 5 points, but 9 different players have either 3 or 4 points. Much of the core remains the same as it has the last few years, though Teenu Bassi is a nice addition to the lineup. Many people were stoked by the addition of Tony Chohan, but sadly his work commitments at the Arenex will preclude his game participation. Nevertheless, there should be some good scorers on the team, including Manvir Pooni, who put up 38 points in his last full Ndub season. Mishall Gill, Ravi Hira, Arsh Bains, and Manroz Pooni will also be counted on for some offensive contributions. Nathan Pangalia is one of the top young defensemen in the league and a real leader on this team. Harmeet Sidhu also adds that offensive punch from the blueline, and the team has apparently converted the former defensively forward specialist Simran Kang into a full time dman. I'd be remiss if I didn't mention Jason Sidhu, the Crooks' star netminder. He's already 2-0 with a div best 3.37 GAA and .879 Sv %. He'll be counted on to keep his team in the games when they're not at their best. I'm not sure if the team can keep up this high level of play all year, but they are definitely off to the dream start!
 
Last Four SeasonsLast Four Playoffs
A Spring 14: NA NA
A 2013/14: 16-2-0, 98 GF, 44 GA, +54 Won A Div Championship
A Spring 13: NA NA
A 2012/13: 13-3-2, 97 GF, 71 GA, +26 Won A Div Championship
    The 2014/15 campaign has started off as a horror story for the Giants. Despite posting an insane .833 winning percentage, plus a pair of championships in their last two seasons in the league, the Giants have started with an unthinkable 0-3 record. Losses to each of the other three "A" teams have put them in an early hole. Before you break an ankle jumping off the bandwagon, let me tell you that this team is still as good as any team around. Harp Kalkat is still the best player in the league, and despite the slow start you can expect him to start carrying this team on his shoulders soon enough. There is still a tremendous collection of talent on this club. Both Justin Matai (3-4-7), and Simran Bhatti (1-6-7) are off to hot starts. Shaun Kalkat has also been a force in the two games he played. The collection of snipers on this club is deep and diverse: Rajan Boparai, Jas Rai, Bobby Grewal, Andy Saran, Vish Singh, and the list goes on. The back end is in fine shape with the Kalkat brothers as well as the talented Alex Bosma working the point. The club also has the tough-as-nails Harman Bains Jr parolling the blueline, though he (along with Rajan Boparai) will need to keep the penalty totals in check. The team has struggled a bit in net so far despite the presence of two solid veterans in Tony Ferreira and Jeff Fernquist. However, the return of Dave Lewis from injury is imminent, and his presence will definitely give the team a big boost. Look for a big rebound from the Giants and for this team to still challenge for the top spot in the division.
 
Last Four SeasonsLast Four Playoffs
A Spring 14: NA NA
A 2013/14: 8-8-2, 67 GF, 85 GA, -18 Lost Semis to Giants
A Spring 13: 7-3-0, 64 GF, 52 GA, +12 Won A Div Championship
B 2012/13: 13-5-0, 87 GF, 53 GA, +34 Lost Final to Crooks
    This team has been building its roster for a few years and now features one of the most dangerous collections of shooters in league history. The Jaguars started the season with a big 5-4 win over the Giants, before losing to the Crooks and Thrashers while playing with an extremely short bench in both games. The bench has been the biggest cause for concern so far, and will likely be an issue off and on throughout the season, but if everybody is in the lineup, this team can compete with the best of them. The Lafortune brothers, Marcel and Daniel, headline this talented group. You might see one or both on the back end this season, as that is one area where the team is lacking depth. Marcel hasn't played much of the past couple of years, but with his injury concerns hopefully behind him, he can return to being one of the premier players in the Ndub. Mont Saran has had a nice start to the season, and is one of the few players that can be counted on to show up for the team every game. He leads the club with 6 points in 3 games so far. The ultra talented Brenden Ham leads a young contingent of snipers (also including Mike Farrington and Keenan Monkhouse), that will prove to be a real handful for opposition checkers. To balance things out, this club has some solid veterans including Graeme Spence, Gino Porco, and former Thrashers' standout, Danny Vero. Harvy Takhar, has been a big story in net so far, despite his 0-2 record, as he has kept the Jaguars in two straight games, while they've played significantly shorthanded. Goaltending depth is another strength of this team which also features Steve Carruthers, and will soon debut Cristian Campeanu, one of the league's best tenders, pending his recovery from injury. The word is out on Dean Salsnek, though he may still be in the mix at some point as well.
 
Last Four SeasonsLast Four Playoffs
A Spring 14: NA NA
A 2013/14: 8-8-2, 76 GF, 65 GA, +11 Lost Final to Giants
A Spring 13: 7-3-0, 61 GF, 42 GA, +19 Lost Final to Jaguars
A 2012/13: 9-8-1 86 GF, 80 GA, +6 Lost Final to Giants
    As bad as the start to the season has been for the Giants, it has been equally fantastic for the Thrashers. They have beaten each of their division rivals in a 3-0 run to begin the year, and the emphatic 8-3 thrashing of the Giants was the talk of the town. The team managed to retain Rick Baker after his big signing part way through last year, and he has continued to come up big for them, posting a 3-0 record with a 3.67 GAA, currently second best in the division. Ravind Rana, picked up after the Executioners failed to enter a team, has been quite the story so far. He scored 7 goals in his first two games before being shut down in game three. He can score tap ins or deke through three defenders to score the highlight reel goal. He has combined well on a line with veteran Roy Cabrita who is also off to a hot start with numbers of 4-4-8 already. The one and only Dave Fisher is also at his usual torrid pace with 3G and 4A after the first three games. Zach Kelm adds another element of skill to the lineup and the hard shooting Sanjeev Haer and Steve Mulholland will also chip in some strong offensive support. The Thrashers have always had their biggest strength on the blueline, where the twin towers of Jay Dove and Jeff Heer have been an unstoppable duo for years. The team also has a third tower these days in the huge, hard shooting, Peter Gajdos. He and his other Slovakian friends, Matus Luc and Marek Skosnik really add to the depth of an already strong team. After being bridesmaids for the last few seasons, this may well be the year of the Thrashers!







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