MAHL's Indiana Ice Miners Set Pro Record for Longest Winning Streak
January 22, 2008 - Mid-Atlantic Hockey League (MAHL) News Release
(Canton, Ohio) The Mid-Atlantic Hockey League's version of the New England Patriots, the Indiana Ice Miners, made professional hockey history last Saturday (January 19th) when they won their record setting nineteenth in a row against the Valley Forge Freedom. The Ice Miners, coached by Fort Wayne, Indiana native Brian Gratz, have posted an overall record of 24 wins, 1 loss, and no overtime losses. Indiana is 13-0 on the road this season and 11-1 playing their home games at the S&T Bank Arena in Indiana, Pennsylvania. The Ice Miners only loss of the season came back on November 24th when the Wooster Warriors defeated them 4-3. Indiana's next opportunity to extend the winning streak comes this Saturday night (January 26th) when they host the Jamestown Vikings.
The Indiana Ice Miners nineteen straight victories topped the previous professional record which had been eighteen held by both the 06/07 Las Vegas Wranglers (ECHL) and 90/91 Peoria Rivermen (IHL). The National Hockey League record is seventeen by the 92/93 Pittsburgh Penguins and the AHL record is also seventeen set by the 04/05 Philadelphia Phantoms. The 06/07 Colorado Eagles hold the CHL record at fifteen games and the SPHL record stands at eleven by the 06/07 Fayetteville FireAntz.
Besides the Indiana Ice Miners, two other MAHL teams begin the week riding winning streaks. The second place Wooster Warriors have won four in a row while the third place Mon Valley Thunder are undefeated in their last three games.
The MAHL continues to send players up the professional ladder
With Indiana Ice Miners Chris Ferazzoli and Andrew Scampoli getting the call to the Central Hockey League last week and Mon Valley's Joey Olson going back to the ECHL, twenty-four Mid-Atlantic Hockey League call-ups to either the CHL or ECHL have occurred since the start of the season in early November.
MAHL "Player of the Week"
Gary Klapkowski and K.C. Hahey of the Mon Valley Thunder are the Co-Mid-Atlantic Hockey League Players of the Week. Gary Klapkowski, from Pittsburgh, PA, had a nine point week (4g-5a) which included a hat trick in the Thunder's 7-6 win over Jamestown on Friday (19th). Gary played three seasons in the OHL and briefly in the CHL before joining Mon Valley this season. K.C. Hahey had a ten point week (5g-5a) as he helped the Thunder win three in a row. Hahey, from Latrobe, PA, also had a hat trick on January 20th against Valley Forge and added two assists for a five point night.
MAHL "Goaltender of the Week"
For the second time this season, the Mon Valley Thunder's Dustin MacDonald is the Mid-Atlantic Hockey League Goaltender of the Week. MacDonald was between the pipes for all three of the Thunder's victories last week. Originally from Rankin Inlet in Canada, MacDonald faced 98 shots stopping 82 of them in the three games.
This Week's MAHL Schedule (January 25th through January 27th)
Friday 1/25: Valley Forge @ Jamestown (7:30pm)
Saturday 1/26: Jamestown @ Indiana (6:00pm)
Saturday 1/26: Wooster @ Valley Forge (8:30pm)
Sunday 1/27: Mon Valley @ Indiana (4:00pm)
Last Week's Games (January 14th through January 20th)
Monday 1/14: Mon Valley 5, Valley Forge 4
Friday 1/18: Indiana 3, Jamestown 2
Saturday 1/19: Mon Valley 7, Jamestown 6
Saturday 1/19: Indiana 11, Valley Forge 2
Sunday 1/20: Wooster @ Indiana (Postponed due to weather related Wooster transportation problems; game will be re-scheduled)
Sunday 1/20: Mon Valley 7, Valley Forge 6
*Complete team & player stats are available at www.pointstreak.com
MAHL Teams Info:
Indiana Ice Miners: www.indianaiceminers.com. Home Arena: S&T Bank Arena in Indiana, Pennsylvania.
Jamestown Vikings: www.jamestownvikings.com. Home Arena: Jamestown Savings Bank Ice Arena in Jamestown, New York.
Mon Valley Thunder: www.monvalleythunder.com. Home Arena: Rostraver Ice Garden in Belle Vernon, Pennsylvania.
Valley Forge Freedom: www.valleyforgefreedom.com. Home Arena: Oaks Center Ice in Oaks, Pennsylvania.
Wooster Warriors: www.woosterwarriors.com. Home Arena: Alice Noble Ice Arena in Wooster, Ohio.
For additional information on the Mid-Atlantic Hockey League go to www.mahlhockey.com.
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