ESTHERVILLE, Iowa – Special events competitors and state champions in five IMCA divisions earn awards again in 2014 courtesy of Aero Race Wheels. The Estherville, Iowa, manufacturer is in its 18th season as a marketing partner with IMCA and gives $40 product certificates, applicable toward the purchase of two wheels, to designated place finishers at 80 specials for IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modifieds, IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars, IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks, Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods and Scoggin-Dickey Parts Center Southern SportMods. Allstar Performance state champions in the same divisions will receive $25 product certificates.Awards given to special events drivers will be mailed from the IMCA home office the week after results from those races are received. State champions get their awards during the national banquet in November or by mail in December. Aero also returns as sponsor of the popular feature win decal program for an eighth consecutive season. Those decals are to be given to drivers following sanctioned weekly or special events victories. Information about Aero-made wheels is available by calling 888 895-2376 and at the www.aeroracewheel.com website. “Eighteen years of support ranks Aero Race Wheels right up there with our longest tenured partners and the relationship our racers have established with them during that time has been outstanding,” IMCA Marketing Director Kevin Yoder commented. “We’re proud to have their ongoing support and look forward to another great year.”
February 29, 2020 VETERAN PRESENCE: Each of these teams has relied heavily on their seniors this year. Brandon Anderson, Zach Hunsaker and Joshua Howard have collectively scored 50 percent of Brown’s points this season and 55 percent of the team’s points over its last five games. For Penn, AJ Brodeur, Devon Goodman and Ryan Betley have collectively accounted for 55 percent of the team’s total scoring.DEFENSIVE IMPROVEMENTS: The Quakers have allowed only 67.8 points per game across 11 conference games, an improvement from the 75.5 per game they allowed over 12 non-conference games.OFFENSIVE THREAT: Brodeur has directly created 47 percent of all Penn field goals over the last five games. The senior forward has 33 field goals and 23 assists in those games.SCORING THRESHOLDS: Brown is 0-10 when its offense scores 63 points or fewer. Penn is a perfect 6-0 when it holds opponents to 62 or fewer points.STREAK STATS: Penn has scored 65.7 points per game and allowed 70.3 over its three-game road losing streak. Associated Press Penn looks for road win vs Brown DID YOU KNOW: Brown has attempted the second-most free throws among all Ivy League teams. The Bears have averaged 18.9 foul shots per game this season.___For more AP college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and http://twitter.com/AP_Top25___This was generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.com Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditPenn (13-11, 5-6) vs. Brown (13-11, 6-5)Paul Bailey Pizzitola Sports Center, Providence, Rhode Island; Saturday, 6 p.m. ESTBOTTOM LINE: Penn looks for its third straight win over Brown at Paul Bailey Pizzitola Sports Center. Brown’s last win at home against the Quakers came on Jan. 30, 2016.
“We’re always looking for a new piece, but we’re not going to change anything drastically right now. We like what we’ve got. The key thing is we have a good off-ice group and a good on-ice so we don’t want to disrupt it too much but if there’s something that makes sense to help we’ll certainly add the piece.”You said the Leafs need to land a goal scorer. Where are you hoping to find any new players?“It could be in our league, the KI, it could be in the BC Hockey League or other junior leagues we’re looking. I’m making sure I’m contacting people on the regular basis to let them know what we’re looking for and if they have a player whose fallen through the cracks at the high level. And there’s still a potential at the Western Hockey League player coming in our direction as well.”Tuesday, against Grand Forks the Leafs jumped to a 3-0 lead early in the first period, but were unable to close. What happened?“It was one of those games where we maybe let it get away from us . . . up 3-0 right away. Junior players sometimes lose their focus of what we were trying to do. Give Grand Forks credit, they battled back to get themselves back into the game. . .. Their two goals were a result of our mistakes, bad decisions of pinching on the puck . . . but ultimately we won the game, which was mainly our focus. Anytime you can win at this level, it’s good.What makes you the most happy about the Leafs?“I really like the camaraderie of the team and we’re close to one of the best defensive teams in the league, which always has been a focus of mine. I want us to be good from our own zone, out. And I’m really happy with that aspect of our team and our hard work overall, in practice and in games. Work ethic, as coaches, is something we’re pushing . . . we want to out work our opposition and we’re happy with that so far.”Any disapointing factors?“Consistency, mainly. We strive to have our players really push forward on systems play. Players are not all the time sure of what we’re asking, so once we get more consistent, and understand, especially our forecheck . . . we’ve been hemming teams in for a long time when our forecheck works but when it doesn’t we get two goals scored against the flow of the play like we did against Grand Forks.”Back to work Friday for a two-game weekend home stand. What do you expect?“I like that we’re seeing teams coming to play us here at the top of the standings. I expect Kimberley and Sicamous to provide some solid opposition for us. Early in the year, for us as coaches, we want to play against tough teams so we can see what we need to improve on and work through.”LEAF NOTES: Kimberley arrives in Nelson undefeated in three games and one point behind Eddie Mountain leader Golden Rockets. Meanwhile, Sicamous is tied for second in the Doug Birks Division, one point in back of Revelstoke Grizzlies. Game time Friday is 7 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. start time Sunday. . . .Nelson is tied with Osoyoos Coyotes and Princeton Posse for allowing the least amount of goals in the entire KIJHL, with 13. . . . Surprisingly, that solid defence is leading the team in offensive stats as defencemen Robson Cramer (4 goals, 3 assists), Patrick Croome (3 goals, 2 assists) and Darnel St. Pierrie (1 goal, four assists) sit tied for first and tied for second, respectively, in Leaf scoring. Rayce Miller (4 goals, 3 assists) and Nelson Minor Hockey product Nolan Percival (2 goals, 3 assists) are the forwards in the top mix. Leaf coach Dave McLellan continues to work his magic with the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League franchise.The Green and White currently hold down top spot in the Murdoch Division with a 3-0-1-1 record — one point in front of the surprising Spokane Braves.However, before the PR department starts organizing any championship parade down Baker Street, let’s realize this is September and not April.And make sure everyone realizes the fact Nelson has played four of the five games this season at home in the friendly confines of the NDCC Arena.So four weeks in the season, how does coach Dave McLellan rate the club?“If you would have told me during training camp this far into the season we were in first place in the division, I’d would have been surprise so it couldn’t be better.”Are there any changes pending on the horizon?“No changes, but I’m actively looking at improving the team all the time. I’m currently in the process of acquiring a player right now . . . but it’s early in the process so we’ll see what happens.”So is the game plan to keep the team the same until a player or two comes down the pipeline?