Rumble Bees Return Home Friday
THE STANDINGS’ STATE: The Battle Creek Rumble Bees, members of the Federal Prospects Hockey League (FPHL) are preparing to embark on the next seven weeks of their maiden voyage pro hockey season of 2019-20 with a rekindled and refreshed feeling of more confidence following a week which featured two more major trades producing a far more competitive performance the past weekend in Columbus, GA against their Western Division fellow expansionist entry, the River Dragons. Under the direction of General Manager/Head Coach Adam Stio, the Battle Creek club appears to have found more firepower in their recent game activity largely due to some additional key player acquisitions. To recapitulate the state of the Rumble Bees at this hour of the campaign; through 39-games, the “Bees” have compiled an overall composite record of 39(1-37-1) totaling 4-points with all 4 of those points garnered through league-wide foreign ice warfare. The inaugural season’s breakdown for the hometown team; since the beginning of the New Year 2020, the team’s mark stands at 15(1-13-1); at home: 3(0-3-0); on road: 12(1-10-1). Since the beginning of the season’s second-half; 11(0-10-1); home: 3(0-3-0); road: 8(0-7-1). Since their last/lone victory of the current campaign, back on January 3rd in Elmira, a 2-1 victory verdict over the Enforcers, the Rumble Bees are winless in their last 14-outings at 14(0-13-1). For the month of February, the team’s composite log stands at 5(0-4-1). Entering the new week in the FPHL’s 10th Anniversary Season, the standings as of this date: Western Division: 1- Carolina 39(30-6-3)91; the Thunderbirds are 8(3-3-2) in the last 8-decisions. 2- Port Huron 38(26-12-0)74; last 3(3-0-0); last 8(7-1-0). 3- Danville 40(22-15-3)67; last 5(1-4-0). 4- Columbus 38(20-17-1)57; last 5(5-0-0); last 13(11-2-0), home: last 9(9-0-0). Eastern Division: 1- Danbury 39(28-9-2)84; last 7(7-0-0); last 11(10-1-0); 2- Elmira 40(24-13-3)73; last 2(2-0-0); last 9(8-1-0); last 13(11-1-1). 3- Watertown 41(22-17-2)66; last 2(0-2-0); last 5(1-4-0); 4- Mentor 40(14-23-3)45; last 6(0-6-0); last 12(1-11-0); 5- Delaware 36(8-28-0)24; last 11(0-11-0).
HOME-AND-HOME WEEKEND: This upcoming weekend, the Rumble Bees will continue game action within their own Western Division as they tackle the Danville Dashers in a two-games, home-and-home series beginning Friday night on their home ice of The Rink Battle Creek at 7:35 pm. It will be “The BC Boys” third and last home game appearance for their 10-games’ schedule in February. Battle Creek still remains winless at home with a season’s mark of 16(0-16-0). The hockey club is also winless thus far this season in game competition within their own Western Division at 19(0-19-0). Saturday night, the Rumble Bees reciprocate by furnishing the foe for the Dashers in Danville. Game time Saturday night is 8:00 pm EST with the game broadcast set for 7:30 pm on WFAT 102.7 FM and
930 AM right here in Battle Creek. The Rumble Bees are also in quest with zest of their initial on-ice success against the Illinois city sextet, having posted a record of 5(0-5-0) overall and 3(0-3-0) in Danville.
LET’S GO TO THE SHOW: “The Rumble Bees Buzz,” the live show is set for its regular weekly performance this Monday night at 7:00 pm live, upstairs at The Cricket Club, downtown in our town. Join the “Voice”of the Rumble Bees, Terry Ficorelli with his Rumble Bees special guests. It’s one full hour of fun, prizes and surprises. Everyone is invited to attend the “big show,” get up close and personal with your “fave-rave” Rumble Bees players and be a major part of our live studio audience and Rumble Bees weekly show.
WEEKEND REWIND: Returning to their more familiar, accustomed haunts of FPHL foreign ice in the league’s hostile territories, the Rumble Bees battled the River Dragons in a pair of tussles in Columbus, GA over the past weekend. In game one on Friday night, Columbus prevailed, 6-3. A three-goals second period outburst in 6:26 told the tale of the tape with the first two strikes stoked :51 apart shattering a 2-2 deadlock. BC had attained an early first period 1-0 advantage on debuting newcomer Jarrett Pfeiffer’s (FG/PPG). The recent acquisition from Port Huron enjoyed a sterling, star-studded premiere becoming instrumentally and integrally involved in all three of his new club’s goals on 2-goals and 1-assist. Also Friday night, Ryan Alves was (1-1-2). Then on Saturday night, the Rumble Bees erupted with their fastest 3-goals of the season when they blitzed Columbus with 3-goals in 2:33 in the middle stanza. In the process, they surmounted a 2-0 deficit, seizing a 3-2 lead before eventually falling by the final outcome of 5-3. Pfeiffer continued his extraordinary opening weekend since his arrival with an electrifying breakaway goal which fused the three-goals powder keg while Stavros Soilis (1-1-2)GTG and Jakub Volf (1-1-2)TBG also made connection.
THE “JP” SCORING SPREE: It was a bedazzling debut for Rumble Bees newcomer, right wing Jarrett Pfeiffer. Obtained earlier in the same week as part of a major five players’ deal with the Port Huron Prowlers, the Ypsilanti, MI product was instrumental on 4 of his new team’s 6-goals the past weekend in Columbus. In his premiere appearance on Friday night, Pfeiffer was involved in all 3-goals, authoring 2-goals, 1-assist including the FG/PPG. The senior year Indiana Tech team captain was not done yet! On Saturday night, the NAIA National scoring kingpin from the 2018-19 season struck with an electrifying breakaway in the straightaway foray which ignited the Rumble Bees 3-goals’ gushing geyser in 2:33 in the second period to eradicate a 2-0 shortfall and catapult his club into a 3-2 lead. For the weekend; 2(3-1-4).
CZECH ROOKIE REVELS: Czech Republic rookie left wing Jakub Volf also enjoyed an outstanding weekend in Columbus. Volf delivered 3-points in the 2-games on 1-goal, 2-assists. Friday night, he essayed 1-assist before engineering 2-more points on 1-goal, 1-assist in the Saturday night encore encounter against the River Dragons. Volf’s 5th goal of the season was the TBG which climaxed the Rumble Bees 3-goals’ second period explosion and vaulted his club into a 3-2 lead. In his last 12-games, he is 12(5-3-8) with all 5 of his goals scored in enemy territory.
DIMINUTIVE DYNAMIC: Center/right wing Ryan Alves continues to accumulate scoring points for the hometown team. The only Rumble Bees player to play in all 39-games, extended his latest point-scoring skein to 5-games with his 3-points in the 2-games series during the weekend in Columbus. Friday night, the Dartmouth, MA native essayed a pair of points including 1-goal, 1-assist before registering the primary assist on the Jakub Volf TBG to culminate and punctuate Battle Creek’s 3-goals second period torrent on Saturday night. Alves 5-games point streak looks like this; last 5(2-6-8). He has assembled the two longest team scoring streaks this expansionist campaign, having previously maestroed a 6-games’ skein; 6(6-2-8).
STAVROS STEPS UP: Rumble Bees high-flying right wing Stavros Soilis has been experiencing a veritable resurgence in recent action in making major contributions to his team. The Montreal, QC product collected a pair of points on Saturday night in game two of the two-games’ series in Columbus against the River Dragons. The rushing right wing orchestrated 1-goal, 1-assist with his snipe representing the GTG in the 3-goals’ second period outburst in 2:33. Soilis in his last 4-games; 4(4-2-6); last 11(5-5-10).
THE LITANY OF A LINEUP: The past week saw the Rumble Bees complete two more major trades as their lineup continues to undergo a major makeover. In their first deal of the week, “The Men of the Hive” sent defenseman
Marc Steele to Mentor in exchange for the playing rights to right wing Jackson Tucker and defenseman Yegor Kostyukov. Kostyukov, presently playing in the SPHL with the Pensacola Ice Flyers, was then sent to Columbus for undisclosed financial considerations. In their second transaction, a major 5-players’ trade with Port Huron, the Rumble Bees obtained a trio of talents; namely right wings Jarrett Pfeiffer and Alex Gregorich as well as defenseman Alex Strack in exchange for center Brandon Contratto and right wing Austin Weber. Further, the Rumble Bees activated veteran center Lester Brown who made his Rumble Bees debut Saturday night in Columbus. Brown has averaged a point a game throughout his pro career in the FPHL; 84(37-47-84). Battle Creek currently lists goaltender Morgan Hudson, center Adam Howey and right wings Willie Daigneault and Maxim Noskov on the injured list. Center Nate Pelligra remains on call-up to SPHL Peoria.
THE STARS OF STING: Rumble Bees players currently consistently collecting points in the latest game action around the loop. Ryan Alves 5-games’ streak; 5(2-6-8). Stavros Soilis last 4(4-2-6); last 11(5-5-10). Jarrett Pfeiffer last 2(3-1-4); Jakub Volf last 2 (1-2-3); last 12(5-3-8). Willie Daigneault last 5(3-2-5). Adam Howey last 6(2-2-4). Maxim Noskov last 10(2-5-7).
POWER PLAY PANACEA: The Rumble Bees special teams have been replete with inconsistencies, incongruities and otherwise vicissitudes during this fledgling season. The past weekend in Columbus, the power play produced on its initial advantage before being blanked on its next 8-straight opportunities. For the weekend, 1-9; 11.1%. Overall, the man advantage outfit is 2 of the last 11; 18.2%; 6 for the last 35; 17.1%. In the penalty-killing category, the Rumble Bees PK team extinguished the Columbus power play for the weekend at 2 for 2; 100%. The opposition is 3 for the last 5; 6 for the last 11 and 8 for the last 16. The Rumble Bees have scored 2-SHG while surrendering a league-high 16-SHGA.
FEW FUN FAST FACTS FROM “FIC”: Offensively, the Rumble Bees have demonstrated more consistent improvement, having registered 3-GF in the last 3-games in succession and 4 of the last 5-games overall. The team has played 14 of the last 17 and 22 of the last 30-games on the road. Battle Creek has played only 3-home games since 12/21/19. Right wing Alex Gregorich collected 1-assist in each of his first 2-games with BC; 2(0-2-2). Center Lester Brown recorded his first point in his first game, gaining the primary assist on his team’s GTG on Saturday night. Rumble Bees have been outshot in all 39-games this season. The Rumble Bees 3-goals in 2:33 in the second period Saturday night in Columbus represented their fastest 3-goals thus far this season. It also equaled BC’s second-best offensive production in a single stanza for this season. Rumble Bees have scored more than 3-GF in a single game only one time all season long. Only 6-players remain from the team’s opening night lineup of 10/25/20; goaltender Joel Eisenhower, defensemen Dave Nicoletti and Vinnie Susi; center/RW Ryan Alves, center John Champlain and left wing Shea Carey. The Rumble Bees are 5(1-3-1) in 1-goal decisions this season.
RUMBLE BEES RADIO: All Rumble Bees games, home and away, play-by-play, all the way are broadcast live on the Rumble Bees exclusive radio flagship home of WFAT 102.7 FM and 930 AM right here in Battle Creek. Join the “Voice” of the Rumble Bees, Terry Ficorelli for all the electrifying action. Moreover, fans can “tune-up and tune-in” on the world-wide internet as all games are streamed live on 10277wfat.com and click “Listen Now.” In addition, fans can stay up to date everyday even when there is not a game. It’s “The Rumble Bees Hockey Update,” Monday through Friday, afternoon prime-time, drive-time at 4:35 pm on WFAT 102.7 FM and 930 AM.
GET YOUR TICKETS: Rumble Bees tickets are available at the Rumble Bees office located at The Rink Battle Creek; by phone (269) 243-5027; online at beehockey.com or any of the social media platforms @bcrumblebees.