Columbus Aces: November Update

Posted by Brett Ireland on February 19, 2014
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The Aces’ November went much like their October, running circles around the league’s best and scoring video game like numbers of goals, points, hits and defensive totals.  Their current record at the December 3rd mark is 26-2-0, sitting 1st in the Metro and NHL with 52 standings points. Their GFPG is over six at a 6.21 tick and their GAPG is down in the basement of the league at 1.32. Their home and away records are identical at 13-1-0.

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Brian Bunka celebrates his 8th goal of the season in a rout of the Tampa Bay Lightning.

“I don’t know what to say really, we’re just running around like a Titan going haywire. There’s not much anyone can do to stop us; it’s like we’re running on walls while they’re still trying to figure out how to crawl,” said Aces captain Roger Garen, who himself had a middling, at least by Aces standards, November stretch. “I don’t think too much about it. I’m still wearing the C, the guys upstairs don’t seem to be worried and I’m not either.”

“There’s not much that I can really change or adjust to make things better,” head coach/player Morgan Ward admitted after a 24-0 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning at Nationwide Arena. “We’re all scoring. We’re all hitting. We’re all playing well.” However, there is a small controversy brewing in the Aces’ dressing room. Goalies Rob Mixer and Micheal Wass are making it hard on Ward to pick a starter every night. Despite the better performance on the ice, Rob Mixer has been given less starts than his teammate Wass. “I’ll defer. It’s his decision,” a frustrated Mixer said after a 4-0 over the Boston Bruins.

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Aces goalie Rob Mixer preserves his shutout late in a game against the Tampa Bay Lightning at Nationwide Arena. His team would win 24-0.

The biggest story of the Aces’ campaign so far is the rising force of the Toppest Line, a group headed by Adam Heineman, Mark Erickson and a mix of both John Kemp and Tyler Deel at center. Heineman, or “House” as he’s been nicknamed, have combined for close to 30 goals in the November stretch. Erickson shared some insight, “I mean, Deel can’t really pass or score on even handed minutes but, wow, can Adam really shoot that puck. All I ever have to do is just give him the puck and he’s got a good chance of scoring just from that. Me and him lead the league in assists and goals. We’re just getting started.” The Aces continue their season against the Minnesota Wild tomorrow at the Xcel Center.

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Adam Heineman scores on a one-timer delivered by his teammate Mark Erickson. Erickson leads the league in assists with 35 and Heineman in goals with 21.

THE STAT LINE

Player Name Position

GP

Goals Assists Points PIMS +/- GWG Hits
Aaron Bensing

C

6

0

2

2

0

5

0

9

Jas Chaffin

C

24

13

17

30

28

35

3

52

Tyler Deel

C

13

12

18

30

25

29

2

58

John Kemp

C

19

9

24

33

10

29

0

48

Greg May

C

25

9

10

19

18

18

1

19

Matt Olschlager

C

26

6

10

16

24

17

1

33

Brian Bunka

LW

28

8

13

21

33

26

1

29

Ken Falk

LW

28

9

18

27

19

34

1

44

Mike Majeski

LW

28

6

10

16

12

12

0

12

Marc Simak

RW

28

13

12

25

31

21

1

30

Morgan Ward

RW

28

9

21

30

7

30

1

55

Mark Erickson

RW

28

6

35

41

71

45

1

86

Roger Garen

RW

27

13

14

27

17

42

4

48

Adam Heineman

RW

28

21

14

35

36

52

5

62

Brett Ireland

D

25

3

9

12

15

39

0

54

M. Stephenson

D

25

13

10

23

20

64

2

102

Nationwide Ghost

D

27

14

15

29

37

59

1

128

Chad Garvin

D

25

2

4

6

0

25

0

36

Ryan Froelich

D

27

2

13

15

2

39

2

59

Alison Lukan

D

12

1

8

9

2

18

0

53

Doge Manesh

D

27

5

9

14

7

29

0

40

Totals

174

286

460

414

668

26

1057

 

Player Name

GP

GAA

GA

SV%

W

M. Wass

15

1.71

26

0.886

14

Rob Mixer

13

0.86

11

0.938

12

 

 

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