STEELER GAME NOTES
STREAKING: Veteran MATT GLOWA has six points in his last five games (2g & 4a) including points in three of his last four. In 14 games with the Steelers this season he has recorded nine goals and 15 points. As a player-maker, Glowa has eight assists in his last nine games…Winger PARKER THOMAS has points in three of his last four games (3g & 2a). He currently leads the league in scoring with 65 points and in power play assists with 18. His points-per-game average is 1.5 and the 19-year-old has a team-leading 26 goals and 39 assists in 44 games this season. Thomas has twice been selected as the MJHL’s PLAYER OF THE MONTH this season (September & December)…Third-year forward HUDSON FRIESEN has points in three straight and in five of his last six games (1g & 5a)…Forward BRETT DUDAR has points in 10 of his last 12 games (7g & 13a), including a hat-trick and a five-point night Dec. 19 in a win over NEEPAWA. The 19-year-old recently had a nine-game point scoring streak snapped at home against VIRDEN. The streak was the longest by a Steelers’ player this season…GLOWA, JUSTIN DERLAGO and Thomas have all scored goals in five straight games this season…Centre RILEY DERLAGO leads the club in rookie scoring (10g & 12a) in 40 games…Sophomore JOEL MESSNER leads the team in scoring by a defenceman with four goals and 22 points in 47 games.
INTERESTING: After dropping a 3-2 OT decision to STEINBACH last Friday, the Steelers enter action tonight having lost three straight and eight of their last 10, including three in overtime/shootout…Selkirk has played in four straight overtime games – two of which went to a shootout…The Steelers season-high win streak this season is six. The club’s season-high win streak at home is also six. The longest losing skid is four, which they’ve experienced three times this season…Selkirk has five empty goals this winter…The Steelers have been assessed 18 fighting majors through 47 games, including a season-high three Dec. 9 in STEINBACH…The seven goals the Steelers scored on Dec. 21 in the first period against the Pistons was the largest offensive output in any period for the team this year….There are four (4) junior hockey rookies on the team: Carey Morrison, Dallas Starodub, Soren Frederiksen and Riley Derlago…The Steelers have three shorthanded goals this season and have allowed five shorthanded goals against…The Steelers are 11-7-1 against the SHER-WOOD Division. Last year, they were 18-4 overall against Sher-Wood opponents…The Steelers recorded their first shutout win of the season Dec. 19 (8-0) against NEEPAWA. Selkirk has yet to be shutout this season…Captain BRENDAN MITCHELL and Messner have played in all 47 games this season…The Steelers have scored 18 more goals this season than they have allowed….After 47 games last year the Steelers were 28-18-1…In games that have not been decided in regulation time, Selkirk is 7-5 (2-3, OT; 5-2, SO), but have lost three straight in overtime/shootout…Selkirk has 13 regular season games remaining (8 home; 5 away).
GOALTENDING: Brandon product RILEY FESER was acquired by the Steelers on Dec. 1 from Wayway. The 20-year-old is 7-6 with Selkirk through 13 starts. As a member of the Steelers, Feser posts a 3.06 GAA and .919 SV %…TRENT MICHALICK, 19, has appeared in 24 of the club’s 47 games. He is 12-10 and posted 10 wins in his last 16 starts. He also recorded the club’s only shutout this season on Dec. 19 in Neepawa and boasts the league’s 10th best GAA at 3.07.
VS. NEEPAWA: Tonight the Steelers play the NATIVES for the fourth and final time this season. In the previous three meetings, the Steelers are 3-0 and have outscored them 17-5. In the only other meeting here at the Rec on Dec. 7, the Steelers produced a 3-2 SO win. Selkirk also won 6-3 (Oct. 24) and 8-0 (Dec. 19) against Neepawa this season.
EXTRA SPECIAL: Selkirk’s PP is 22.92% effective (2nd overall). Neepawa’s PP is 15.42% effective (11th overall)…The Steelers’ penalty kill is 11th in the league at 73.85%. Neepawa’s PK is 9th in the league at 76.56%
UP NEXT: After tonight’s game, the Steelers travel back to PORTAGE for consecutive Thursday night meetings. The game ends the January schedule for Selkirk and a difficult month overall for the team. The Steelers and the Terriers are tied for second in the ADDISON Division, although Portage has four games in-hand on Selkirk. After Thursday, Selkirk is back at home on Feb. 5 vs. Steinbach (7:30 p.m. start).
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