Heading into their third game weekend in a row, the Jr. Stars have had two different kinds of games. Against the Drillers, it was hard-nosed, competitive, and ended with results in the win column. Last weekend against the Brahmas showed how hard consistency could be in this league by dropping both games by significant margins.
Sitting in second place in the South Division, the Texas RoadRunners will be making their way north to battle our Mid-Cities squad, which General Manager Tristian Allen has confidence for his team. “The RoadRunners are coming off of a week break, and sometimes that can be hard to pick up (that game speed), and we are looking to take at least two of three games.”
The RoadRunners have not lost in regulation with a shootout loss against the Rhinos, and overtime loss was their treat against the Ice Bats last time out on Halloween. Their play on special teams pushes them forward, with both the power play and penalty kill being top 5 in the league. This past weekend, a silver lining for the Jr. Stars is that they were perfect on the penalty kill and are seeing that percentage climb up the league standings.
This Mid-Cities squad will be looking to lean on their top offensive weapons, with Ilnur Madiarov snapping a ten-game scoring streak last Friday. Head Coach Tom Train has stated earlier this year the importance of scoring depth and how much it can change their offensive looks. Blake Lind, Dante Petrini, and Colton Sebastian are sitting 4th, 5th, and 6th on the team scoring sheet; look for them to provide that secondary offense this weekend.
Mid-Cities are heading into the slate of games this weekend, 6th in the South Division with 10 points and 15 games played so far on the season. Games start tonight with puck drop being at 7 p.m., and 5:30 starts both Saturday and Sunday.
Mid-Cities Jr. Stars Record:
Last Ten: 4-6-0-0
Home Record: 3-5-0-0
Away Record: 2-5-0-0
Texas RoadRunners Record:
Last Ten: 8-0-1-1
Home Record: 5-0-0-1
Away Record: 5-0-1-0
Mid-Cities Leading Scorers:
#27 Ilnur Madiarov (11G 10A 21P)
#7 Kyle Russell (5G 9A 14P)
#91 Michael Kennedy (5G 8A 13P)
Texas RoadRunners Leading Scorers:
#5 Jaron Ketterman (5G 14A 19P)
#24 Tyler Love (11G 6A 17P)
#15 Derek Boutin (6G 6A 12P)