Beydoun makes auspicious debut with Warriors
Robbie Beydoun has had quite the start to his North American Hockey League career with the Michigan Warriors.
Beydoun, a 1996 birth-year goalie who hails from Plymouth, won his first two NAHL starts with the Warriors and allowed only one goal in the process.
Thus, for the record, Beydoun's two-game beginning with the Warriors reads: 2-0 record, 0.50 goals against average and .981 save percentage.
“He's a kid who we tendered and our goaltending had been just average this season. We thought we would take a look at Robbie,” Warriors' coach-general manager Moe Mantha said of Beydoun, who is a product of the Compuware program. “So far, so good, I would have to say.”
To make room for Beydoun, the Warriors dealt 1994 birth-year goalie Dillon Kelley to the NAHL's Austin Bruins.
And Kelley, who is from Petoskey, made 28 saves in his Austin debut, a 3-2 win over the Aberdeen Wings.
It was early December and the Soo Eagles were grounded in last place in the North Division of the North American Hockey League with 20 points in 25 games from a record of 8-13-4.
But in the 15 games since Dec. 4, the Eagles have 23 points from a 10-2-3 record to soar from sixth place to third in the hotly-contested North Division.
Thus, as of Jan. 25, and at the 40-game mark of the regular season, the Eagles have 43 points from a 18-15-7 record.
With 20 games to play in the regular season as of Jan. 25, the Eagles hold their playoff destiny in their hands.
But while the Eagles are within 10 points of first-place Port Huron Fighting Falcons, they are only nine points up on last-place Janesville, so suffice to say that securing one of four playoff spots in the six-team North Division will be no easy task.
As of this writing, five of the six teams in the North Division were above the .500 mark with only last-place Janesville below the watershed -- and just barely. In fact, there are only six points separating second-place Johnstown Tomahawks, third-place Soo, fourth-place Michigan Warriors and fifth-place Springfield Jr. Blues.
1995 birth-year defenseman Kristofers Bindulis of the NAHL's Soo Eagles has made the latest NHL Central Scouting rankings.
The 6-foot-2, 195 pound Bindulis is a native of Latvia.
Holm sweet Holm
Alex Holm, a 1995 birth year forward, is making the most of his second season with the Metro Jets of the North American 3 Hockey League.Holm, a West Bloomfield product, recently surpassed his point totals from his 2012-2013 rookie season with the Jets.
Holm, who hopes to move up to the NAHL next season, says the Jets and the NA3HL have provided a good training ground.
“I thought Metro was a great opportunity for me to move up and to further my hockey career and to have almost two years of Juniors under my belt will help me even more,” Holm said. “Last season helped me grow as a player in all areas and last season also helped me prepare for the grind and commitment for this year. It's great being able to stay home with my family and friends to play Juniors but I also want to experience being away and on my own.”
Holm posted 10 goals, 13 assists, 23 points in 44 games for Metro in 2012-2013; through 36 games this 2013-2014 campaign, he tops the Jets with 12 goals and is third in scoring with 24 points.
“We had a rough start, but our team’s starting to get over this hump and I know I have a lot more to show,” Holm said of the Jets who had a 15-19-2 record as of Jan. 25. “We've got a great group of guys in the locker room. We all got each other's backs and are always there for each other.”
With two years of Junior hockey eligibility after this season, Holm figures to have options ahead.
“I feel the strongest part of my game is getting in areas to get the puck to make plays, getting pucks on net and taking it to the net,” Holm said. “My dreams are to keep moving up in hockey and eventually, play College Hockey.”
Back with Metro
Defenseman Josh Hosking, a 1993 birth-year player, has returned to the NA3HL and the Metro Jets from the Blind River Beavers of the Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League.
Hosking, who is from Oxford, spent the 2012-2013 season between the now-dormant Jamestown Ironmen of the NAHL as well as the Jets and the Pittsburgh Vengeance of the NA3HL.