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"B" Division Season Preview
 
Last Four SeasonsLast Four Playoffs
B Spring 14: 2-10-0, 42 GF, 73 GA, -31 Did Not Qualify
2013/14: NA NA
Spring 13: NA NA
2012/13: NA NA
    The Chiefs struggled to a 2-10 record in their inaugural season, this past Spring. The team changed up the roster quite a bit since then, but the struggles have continued as they already find themselves at 0-3. The team actually scored well in its first two games, but unfortunately, gave up more goals than they could recover. The third game against the Warhawks was a bit of a rough one, as the team was mercied 10-0. Chase Butler continues to be the main man on the offense, coming off a tremendous Spring season that saw him at a better than two point-a-game clip. He again leads the team in scoring early in this season. Jason Makowski, one of the team's other offensive leaders, returns this season as well. He has a tremendous release and good ball handling ability. Scott Hill will be one of the rookies to keep an eye on this season (providing the ankle injury he picked up in week 2 isn't too serious). He is a deadly one-on-one player that can finish. Derek Bjornson, one of the team's standouts on defense from last season was actually spotted on forward last game out. NWBHL veterans Terry Wong and Jason Ashby have been added to help a young and inexperienced defensive corps. Some of the other guys that will be counted on to chip in some goals will be Alex Pastoukhovitch, Dylan Smith, and Michael Moore. In goal, Pasquale Sbrocci is bit of an enigma. Multiple times this season he has made spectacular saves in close on seemingly sure goals, only to give up a soft one from outside. It might just be a focus factor, but he must find more consistency in his game to give the team a chance. If this team can up their amount of possession, and cut down on the mistakes in their own end, they can be competitive. If not, it'll be a long season.
 
Last Four SeasonsLast Four Playoffs
Spring 14: NA NA
2013/14: NA NA
Spring 13: NA NA
2012/13: NA NA
    The Devils come over to the NWBHL from a productive stint at Central City where they played as the Dynasty. They are a young and talented squad with some highly skilled forwards. They won their league debut vs the Chiefs, despite not playing their best. Game two saw them lose by a goal to the Rage, but look much more confident. They followed that up with a solid win over a good Mercenaries team. Puneet Sandhu shows an elite skill set, and already has people talking. He is among the early scoring leaders in the league with numbers of 4-3-7, through 3 games. He has combined well with the talented Aman Gill who has collected 5 points so far. Both of these players put up huge numbers at Central City the past season, and are looking good to repeat that performance in the Arenex. Jarnail Sandhu is a big man that has some soft hands. He likes to snap shots off the rush, and will be a key secondary scoring threat for the club. The Devils will also be looking for offensive contributions from Amarveer Badesha, Harjot Gill, and Ryan Bhandal. The Devils' GM, Gurinder Gill, anchors a defense that has some skill, but may be a little short on size. Sanam Gill is also a good ball moving dman the team will utilize on the point. Gurmukh Virdi is off to a reasonably strong start in goal for the team, having won both of his starts, with a decent 3.50 GAA, albeit with a save % still below the .800 mark. Look for his numbers to improve as he and the team figure out how to play in the Arenex which is definitely a different animal. The team also borrowed Harvy Takhar from the Jaguars for a spot start, but will be looking for someone to fill in for Virdi as he will be away for a few weeks during the year. The jury isn't fully in on the Devils yet, but they definitely seem to grow in confidence with each passing game. A definite darkhorse.
 
Last Four SeasonsLast Four Playoffs
A Spring 14: 10-2-0, 81 GF, 39 GA, +42 Lost Semis to Warhawks
B 2013/14: 13-5-0, 82 GF, 62 GA, +20 Lost Final to Wolverines
Spring 13: NA NA
2012/13: NA NA
    The Ghostriders assembled an extremely talent laden roster for the Spring season, in a bid to take a shot at an "A" division title. The team came up short and many of the top free agents the team acquired moved on to other destinations. However, this is far from a rebuild as the lineup is loaded with excellent players across the board. Up front you have the ever dangerous Waseem Khalil. His quick release and soft hands make him a key cog in the offense. The team has also added a couple of former Bullies players in Blake Creamer (himself a Ghostriders player from years past), and Riley McQuillan. Riley has one of the deadliest releases in the league and should be a potent sniper for the team this season. The Riders have also brought in some size and scoring in the form of Dennis Hintz, who is coming off a huge spring season with the Barons. The team has also dipped into their past to bring back Ian Banks, a 500 point man in the league. The Riders also have talents such as Tariq Teja, Ziad Badr, and Marcel Bouwens on the roster, so they should definitely be a high scoring group this year. The powerplay should also be in good shape as the Ghostriders have some big shots from the back end with Andrew Jamison and Kais Naibkhil teeing it up from the point. The team has excellent goaltending with Derek Smith. He was superb in his first start, stopping 23 of 24 shoots as the Ghostriders beat the Mercenaries 3-1, despite being badly outplayed. He has taken a couple of teams to league titles in the Ndub and is definitely a goalie you can build around. The other man in the equation is Riz Abbas. He is quality netminder in his own right, though he hasn't seen much action over the last two years as he was living abroad, and may take time to get his conditioning up to speed. Overall, this is another solid Ghostriders entry that will be a top contender for the crown.
 
Last Four SeasonsLast Four Playoffs
B Spring 14: 6-6-0, 67 GF, 46 GA, +21 Lost Final to Rage
2013/14: NA NA
Spring 13: NA NA
2012/13: NA NA
    The Mercenaries were a top team in their Ndub debut this past Spring, losing to the Rage in the final. It's been a rocky start to their sophomore campaign, dropping the first three games, but it's worth noting that they also struggled out of the gate last year as well, before straightening things out. The Mercenaries have also faced a difficult schedule this month with games against some pretty tough opponents. Team turnouts have also been an issue so far, as the Merc's have been under the 10 player mark in two of three games to this point. Last year's "B" div scoring leader, Karson Levack, is back and should start raking in the points in short order. Another big producer for the club, Kevin Geddert, was forced out of the lineup with a health concern, but can hopefully get back to playing as the team needs his offense. David Prestage has been converted to defense this season, and has been a real bright spot in the first month. He's dominated from the back end, earning the game's second star in his last two contests. The club has struggled to score goals in the season with just five so far, though a couple of key contributors to last year's success (Sylvan Harper, and Luke Tully) have been notably absent. The team was also expecting to have Jim White in the lineup this season, but that has yet to materialize. Talented rookie Nathan Peters has been a good find for the team, and he currently leads the Mercenaries with three goals. A pair of league vets, Dale Sinclair and Mike Wood have also been brought in to shore things up. With the retirement of Bill Lundholm, the Merc's have gone with Ron Campbell as their full-time man. Despite the 0-3 record, Ron has been quite solid for the team so far, posting a Goals Against of 3.33, which has put him among the league leaders. Despite the slow start, this Mercenaries team is a highly skilled group that has lost some close games, and they will likely be on the plus side of the by the end of the schedule.
 
Last Four SeasonsLast Four Playoffs
Spring 14: NA NA
2013/14: NA NA
Spring 13: NA NA
2012/13: NA NA
    It's been an eventful start for the Panthers. After several years in the NWPR league, the team made the jump to the Ndub only to recieve a rude welcome by a Rage team that went up 8-1 on them in a hurry. The Panthers would fire some late goals and then carry that momentum to their following outing, a decisive 10-5 win over the Chiefs. They were off this past week, but still find themselves as one of the highest scoring teams in the league. Former Stingrays player Scott Wilshire is the offensive catalyst for the team. He won the C scoring title by a wide margin in the NWPR last year. His second game this season was a 6 assist effort, as he was playmaker to Justin Koonar's 5 goal outing. Gary Bal is also a noted scoring threat for the Panthers, and has added 2-2-4 so far. The defense corps is anchored by Zoran Babic. He is an excellent powerplay quarterback and can score from the point or make the pinpoint pass. Two more members of the Koonar clan, Mandip and Jasmeet patrol the blueline for the Panthers. Mandip is off to a big offensive start with 5 points already. A couple of veteran Ndub players are on the blueline in Jas Johal and Harj Chahl, as well. Veteran goalkeeper Dave Sherwin is their main man between the pipes, as well as team's GM. Though new to many of their opponents, the Panthers are an experienced team that knows how to win. They are a great passing team, and will be able to break down some of the weaker defenses in the division. Look for them to be in the mix all season.
 
Last Four SeasonsLast Four Playoffs
B Spring 14: 6-6-0, 61 GF, 55 GA, +6 Won B Div Championship
B 2013/14: 10-8-0, 76 GF, 61 GA, +15 Lost Semis to Ghostriders
B Spring 13: 4-8-0, 49 GF, 55 GA, -6 Did Not Qualify
B 2012/13: 6-9-3, 53 GF, 57 GA, -4 Lost Semis to Crooks
    The Rage are off to a fantastic start in 2014/15 with a perfect record through three games. That's good news, especially considering the team is usually a slow starter, but a strong finisher. They finally broke through last season with a championship after 18 years of trying. Now, as reigning champs, they have a target on their back every game. Fortunately, their deep lineup from last season remains largely intact. Cliff Stayner, cut from the Warhawks before last year, has been quite the find for the team. After an amazing first season in the Rage net, Cliff has picked up where he left off posting a 3-0 record with a 3.33 GAA and a Save % just under the .900 mark. Offensively, the Rage are being led by Floyd Jewell, who is off to his best start of his career, currently leading the entire league in scoring with 9 points. Big Amolak Gill isn't far behind as he has collected 3-4-7 in just two games played. The club received a huge boost last year when they picked up Paul Heer and Gary Dhillon, as those two worked magic together the whole Spring. The team is looking for more of the same from them this season. Fab Carella remains a serious goal scoring threat for the team and players like Jay Taylor, Steve Dhillon, and former Ghostrider, Jonathan Yueh, will be looked at to add some additional scoring. Dave Snyder, still one of the all-time NWBHL scoring leaders, will provide the bulk of the offense from the point. Aside from him, there isn't a whole lot of scoring back there, and the team will feel the loss of Mitch Miller to the Thrashers. Rod Hilborn, Bob Haddon, Jeff Lim, and the newly acquired Henry Lu, will worry more about shutting down the opposition attack, and then chip in some points when they can. Though this team may not be as vaunted on paper as the Warhawks, they are solid in all the major departments and will take a serious run at things again this year.
 
Last Four SeasonsLast Four Playoffs
A Spring 14: 9-3-0, 53 GF, 38 GA, +15 Lost Final to Barons
B 2013/14: 8-10-0, 79 GF, 82, GA, -3 Did Not Qualify
B Spring 13: 4-7-1, 41 GF, 54 GA, -13 Lost Semis to Spartans
B 2012/13: 5-11-2, 46 GF, 86 GA, -40 Did Not Qualify
    The Warhawks are easily one of the favourites to take it all in "B" this year. Like the Ghostriders, they competed in "A" div during the Spring season, eventually losing in the final to the Barons. Unlike the Riders, however, the Warhawks have kept almost all of their roster intact. The organization has been slowly growing throughout their history in the league, and now find themselves to be one of the deepest teams around, with good depth at all positions and on all lines. Sunny Basi remains the team's dominant goal scorer, and he has been just under the goal-per-game clip for the past two seasons. The deadly one-on-one skills of Sean Grewal always give the opposing defenders fits. The lack of a Wolverines entry this year not only meant the club could keep the very solid two way center Amrit Shergill, but acquire his long time partner in crime, Dogar Gill. It's been a quick start for Dogar who has put up 3-2-5 to lead the team so far. The list of solid scorers also includes the Gill brothers, Ami and Manu, Nick McNicol, Marquez Ng and Gagan Dhillon. The back end for the Warhawks is also in great shape with Kevin Booth and Larry Mey running the powerplay. The team also has the great battler, MJ Brown, to clear out the front of the net and block shots. The team is set in goal with two of the finest goalies in the league. Shane Ram was dominant in his rookie campaign last season, posting a 7-3 record with a 3.30 GAA. Expect him to get the bulk of the starts, but nevertheless, the team happens to have Ami Gill available as well. Ami has also shown himself to be capable in the nets, though they like his scoring up front whenever possible. With this collection of talent, the Warhawks will have to deal with some lofty expectations this year.







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