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Defending Champs Start Season Strong

In Uncategorized on November 29, 2022 at 10:12 am

The Adirondack Aces, fresh off their Atkinson Cup win, started the season with an astonishing 17-3-0 record, the league’s best at the quarter pole, but they won’t be able to rest on their laurels. Sawchuk Conference rival Ice Harbor is just a point behind (16-3-1) and West Virginia‘s 15-5-0 record puts them within striking distance too.

The El Dorado Lynx‘s goalie shakeup is paying early dividends in the Plante Conference, as they lead with a 15-5-0 record, but it’s the next two spots — Denver at 13-6-1 and South Side at 10-8-2 — that are perhaps the most surprising, as perennial playoff teams like Salem and Baltimore had tough starts.

No team has scored more after 20 games than the new-look San Jose Hosers, who have managed 109 goals already in the young season. It’s no surprise, then, that Hosers occupy the top three scoring spots: Steven Stamkos (18 goals, 22 assists), Mitch Marner (14 goals, 22 assists), and Nazem Kadri (11 goals, 24 assists). Teammate Charlie McAvoy also leads all defensemen with a whopping 29 points in 20 games.

South Side’s Trevor Zegras leads all rookies so far with 9 goals and 8 assists. Fellow Renegade Connor Hellebuyck already has 3 shutouts — a big reason his team is in the early playoff hunt.

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