There’s never a shortage of storylines in the CHL, and as we draw nearer the playoffs, it’s interesting to get a cross section of some of the most interesting things we’ve witnessed this season. In examining certain streaks, here’s what has caught our eye during the 2017-18 season.
10. Red Deer Rebels, 15-game home winless streak from Nov. 1 – Jan. 20: It’s hard to imagine going 15 straight games without a home win, let alone playing a stretch of 34 games with just two wins, while still contending for a playoff spot.
But this is the situation the Red Deer Rebels find themselves. While he did mortgage some of his team’s future, Brent Sutter vowed not to completely dismantle his team in a push for the 2016 Mastercard Memorial Cup, which Red Deer hosted. Moving ahead from that, this was the year he worried about. He gave his team until Dec. 1 to see if it could contend. When that didn’t happen, he dealt away veterans and made a commitment to playing his youth. Ironically enough, the Rebels are playing in a weak Central Division, have turned things around, and now only trail Kootenay by two points for third spot in the division.
9. Gatineau Olympiques, 10-game winning streak from Dec. 1-29: Ten wins is a nice number for any team. But it’s not outstanding and isn’t usually something that’s noteworthy enough to make a list like this. That is, unless you’re the Gatineau Olympiques.
The Piques dealt their best player, Vitalii Abramov, to Victoriaville on Nov. 18 and two weeks later they embarked on the longest winning streak in the league to date. Mitchell Balmas missed two games in that time frame as did Shawn Boudrias. When the streak started, those three players were Gatineau’s top …read more