NAHL South Division teams made some big roster moves over the past week.Topeka head coach Scott Langer is obviously trying to shake off the recent stretch of mediocrity that has seen the Roadrunners record slip to 9-8-3 over their last 20 games. On Monday Langer sent forward Dan Dupell and defenseman Mick Bruce to the Port Huron Fighting Falcons of the North Division. In a separate move, forward David Powlowski was acquired from the West Division leading Wenatchee Wild.
Dupell was in his third season with Topeka and had put up 43G-33A in 152 career games with the Roadrunners. This season he was eighth on the team in scoring with 8G-7A in 37 games. Bruce was also a veteran presence on the team having spent his rookie 2011/12 season withTopeka. This season, the 6’ 2” – 195 pound Bruce had scored 2G-5A and 51 PIMs in 35 games. In his rookie season he chipped in 1G-5A in 53 games. Powlowski a 6’ 1” – 165 pound rookie had played in just 19 games for Wenatchee but had scored 4G-11A including two powerplay goals.
Division leading Amarillo Bulls also made several moves. On Thursday they sent third goalie Chad Catt to the Aberdeen Wings of the Central Division. The Bulls also acquired forward Blake Roubos via trade with Wenatchee. Head coach Dennis Williams was not done wheeling and dealing and on Monday he traded forward Travis Underwood to Bismarck. Then on Tuesday the 15th forward Richie Marenis was transferred to North Iowa of the NA3HL while forwards Evan Feno and Conor Jonasson were released.
Catt had played in only four games for Amarillo after coming to the Bulls in early December from the Cedar Rapids Roughriders of the USHL. In those four games he had a record of 2-2-0 with a 2.55 GAA and .895SV%. Roubos is a 5’ 8” – 170 pound native of Niagara Falls, Canada and brings another scoring weapon to the Bulls already potent offense. In 30 games with Wenatchee this season the veteran forward had 27 points on 11G-16A and in 58 career games with the Wild had put up 22G-25A. Underwood began the season with Coulee Region before coming to Amarillo in mid December. In five games with the Bulls he had 1G-2A. Marenis, Feno and Jonasson had played in a combined 14 games registering 1G-1A combined.
Head coach Paul Baxter of the Wichita Falls Wildcats had another busy week on the phones with a total of five roster moves. To date the Wildcats have had a total of 44 players hit the roster this season. Baxter acquired defenseman Kristaps Bazevics from the Johnstown Tomahawks of the North Division in exchange for forward Corey Schafer. Defenseman Bryan McFarlane was traded to the North Division leading Soo Eagles. Forward Oliver Janzen was sent to the Missoula Maulers of the AWHL and defenseman Robson Cramer was released.
Bazevics is in his second season in the NAHL having spent 2011/12 with the Alaska Avalanche. This season the Riga Latvia native had played in 30 games with Johnstown scoring 3G-3A with 37 PIMs. Bazevics who is 6’ 3” – 195 pounds will add some size to the Wildcats blueline. Schafer had only 3 points 0G-3A in 19 games withWichita Falls this season. McFarlane will continue his tour of the NAHL going to his fifth team in two seasons. In 47 career games he has 1G-2A and 79 PIMs. Janzen and Cramer had combined for 18 games with 1G-2A.
The Odessa Jackalopes made a single roster move releasing forward Tom Kempinski. Kempinski had played in three games since joining the team in late December from Port Huron and had not recorded any points.