Oklahoma City Blazers: How the Northeast will be won

By Bob Przybylo Modified: March 2, 2009 at 4:39 am •  Published: March 2, 2009
The Oklahoma City Blazers went 2-0-1 last week against three of the other playoff teams in the Northern Conference.

That’s the good news.

The bad news? The Blazers didn’t gain too many standings points in the Northeast division championship race as both Bossier-Shreveport and Mississippi kept pace.

The three teams are locked in easily the most intriguing division race in the Central Hockey League heading into the final three weeks of the regular season.

In fact, it’s the only division with any drama at all. Odessa and Colorado have already clinched their respective divisions. Texas holds a 13-point lead on Laredo in the Southeast division.

So with the stretch run here, what will be the difference? How will the Northeast division be won?

"Schedule,” Blazers coach Doug Sauter said. "We have four games in five nights against teams with losing records. We have to take advantage of that.”

Oklahoma City
Record: 32-15-7 (71 points, third in division)

Games left: 10 — Tulsa (2), Wichita (2), Rapid City (2), Amarillo, New Mexico, Colorado and Odessa

Breakdown: The Blazers have the easiest road, on paper, to a division title as only Colorado and Odessa have winning records.

Oklahoma City has signed forward Eric Przepiorka, who played in Sweden this season and is a natural scorer.

The Blazers still have the top one-two goaltender punch in the league. Doug Groenestege leads the league with a 2.

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