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Paul’s Points – Nov. 28, 2012

OVERALL RECORD         14-11-2                  HOME RECORD        7-5-0  

ROAD RECORD                 7-6-2                          SEPTEMBER            2-2-1 

OCTOBER:                        5-5-1                    NOVEMBER             7-4-0      

VS. ADDISON                            7-6-2                           VS. SHER-WOOD            7-5-0

IN OVERTIME                   2-1-0                    IN SHOOTOUT            2-1-0

 STREAKING: Forward PARKER THOMAS has points in eight of his last nine games (2g & 11a) and once again leads the team in both goals (14) and points (34) in 24 games. He is Top 5 in league scoring and has scored goals in five straight games once this season but has just one goal in his last six games…Winger SHANE GINGERA has points in three straight games and in five of his last six (3g & 3a), while posting 11 points in 12 games since joining the Steelers in October…Veteran MATT GLOWA has points in seven of his last nine games and is tied with sophomore forward JUSTIN DERLAGO for second on the team in goals (12). Like Thomas, both Glowa and Derlago have also scored in five straight games this season…Centre RILEY DERLAGO leads Selkirk in rookie scoring this season (5g & 8a) in 23 games.

 INTERESTING: Entering this weekend the STEELERS have won two straight games, including a 3-1 victory @ WINKLER on Wednesday. They ended a four-game losing skid last Saturday with a 4-3 S/O win in STEINBACH over the Pistons. Prior to that victory, it was the second time this season Selkirk had lost four straight, which is also the longest losing skid of the season. Before the slide, the Steelers had won five straight and collected at least one point in nine straight games. They outscored their opponents 56-30 over those nine games and moved into sole possession of second-place in the ADDISON Division…The Steelers have won four of their last six at home but have dropped two straight (PORTAGE & OCN) at the Rec…The Steelers longest winning streak this season is five (Nov. 1 – Nov. 9)…The Steelers have three empty goals (vs. SWAN VALLEY (2) & @ Winkler)…Selkirk has been assessed nine fighting majors through 27 games this season…There are six (6) junior hockey rookies on the team: Jake Danson, Carey Morrison, Dallas Starodub, Soren Frederiksen, Tyrenn Bauer and Riley Derlago…The Steelers have three shorthanded goals this season and have allowed five shorthanded goals against…The Steelers are 7-5 against the SHER-WOOD Division. Last year, they were 18-4 overall against Sher-Wood opponents…The Steelers have yet to record a shutout victory or loss this season.

GOALTENDING: TRENT MICHALICK, 19, has appeared in 16 of the club’s 27 games, He is 9-6 with the 6th-best GAA in the league (2.78). He also sports the 4th best SV % at .917. He has also posted seven wins in his last 10 starts. Toronto product JAKE DANSON, 19, has made 12 appearances and is 5-7. He has wins in three of his last six starts.

 VS. PORTAGE & NEEPAWA: Tonight the Steelers face the TERRIERS for the third time this season. Selkirk has previously lost both games (4-3 & 3-1) to their ADDISON Division rivals. Tonight’s contest will be the second in Selkirk between the two as the clubs will meet a total of nine times this season. Thomas leads the team in scoring against Portage with four points (1g & 3a) in two games. Rookie DEVON SCHADE has three goals for Portage in two games against Selkirk. Last year the Steelers were 2-6 against Portage…On Sunday, the Steelers host NEEPAWA for the first time. The Steelers beat the Natives 6-3 on Oct. 24. The win snapped a four-game losing skid. Defenceman JOEL MESSNER and centre ERIC PUSHKA each had three points that night for Selkirk. Last year the Steelers were 4-1 against the Natives.

EXTRA SPECIAL: Selkirk’s power play operates at 23.49% effective (3rd overall). It is also a league-best on the road at 26.76%. Their penalty kill is second last in the league at 76.74% , although it has improved steadily over the last six games. Over that time, the Steelers have allowed just two power play goals against in the opposition’s last 27 chances including blanking Winkler on eight opportunities on Wednesday night.

 UP NEXT: After hosting Portage and Neepawa this weekend, Selkirk heads back on the road for a pair of games next week in STEINBACH (Dec. 9 @ 7 p.m) and in WINKLER (Dec. 11 @ 7:30 p.m.). The Steelers are 3-1-1 against Steinbach this season and 3-1 against the Flyers. After that, they return home for games against DAUPHIN (Dec. 14 @ 7:30 p.m.) and Winkler (Dec. 16 @ 7:30 p.m.).

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