NORTHERN CYCLONES (14-4-0-0)
With four games in hand, the Northern Cyclones have ample time and plenty of wiggle room with which to play in their pursuit of the division lead. They swept three Columbus Day Showcase games, have bludgeoned opponents in the early going by scoring nearly five goals per game and built the league’s top differential (+41).
League scoring leader Kevin Valenti (17-24-41) is clicking at a rate of over two points per game. Skilled forwards Chris Zuccaro (7-21-28), Riley Christensen (5-6-11), Connor Callow (5-7-12) and Casper Dyrssen (4-5-9) provide every opponent with multiple worries.
The Cyclones’ trio of talented defensemen Grant Gallo (12-11-23), Dalton Carter (4-16-20) and Bryan Dallaire (7-8-15) can fill the net at the offensive end and lock it down in the defensive end. The goalie tandem of Evan Morelli (1.91 GAA and .929 save %) and Brendan Tidman has been sound from the outset for a combined 3 total shutouts and a 2.37 GAA.