Let’s check in with some of the less covered teams that may be of interest to Oilers fans, or fans of local hockey in Edmonton:
The Condors are currently 3-4-1, after dropping two of three games last week. Though, to be fair both losses came to teams that are tied for first in the Pacific Division (Ontario and Stockton). They also beat Stockton once. Still, this start has to be considered a disappointment to the Condors, who won the Pacific Division’s top seed in last year’s regular season.
Through eight games, the team has a 48.9% Goals For %, and a 54.2% shots for %, which would suggest that a better record may be on the way. They are sitting a shade under 10% shooting, but are being sunk in the early goings by a .878 save%. The biggest culprit so far is starter Stuart Skinner, who is currently sitting at .857%.
The Thunder played one game last week, beating Idaho, at home, in overtime. They now sit at 2-2-2 through six games. They travel to Kansas City this coming weekend for a pair of game there.
Alberta Golden Bears
The Bears swept last weekend’s two-game set against the Pronghorns, in Lethbridge last weekend, sporting a 11-2 goal differential on the weekend. That followed a surprising split in a home-and-home against Mount Royal the previous weekend. The Cougars are 6-2 in the early season, and look like they be some of the Bears’ biggest competitors in Canada West play.
The Bears don’t play this coming weekend, but will play a home-and-home against Calgary the following weekend. That series will be a matchup of the first place Bears (7-1, with a +19 goal differential), and the second place Dinos (6-1-1, with a +17 goal differential).
My CWUAA model gives the Bears a 63% chance to win their home half of the series, and a 52% chance to win in Calgary.
The Ooks sit at 5-1 through six games, first in the ACAC, despite losing their first game last weekend against Red Deer College. They don’t play this weekend, but will face Augustana in a home-and-home on November 8 and 9. With a +12 goal differential though 6 games, NAIT seems to be the class of the ACAC, and should be considered the heavy favourite to win it.
The Griffins are 3-3 through six games, with a -1 goal differential, after dropping a pair aof one-goal games to Augustana last weekend. They’ll play twice against Briercrest College this coming weekend.