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Examiner
  • Mavs' Owen, Stephenson named to All-CHL squad

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  • The awards keep coming for the Missouri Mavericks, who swept many honors in last week's Best of the Best CHL Awards.
    Defenseman Matt Stephenson and goaltender Shane Owen were named to the All-CHL team on Monday, and defenseman Henrik Ødegaard was named to the All-Rookie team.
    The Denver Cutthroats and Mavericks each earned two spots on the All-CHL team with forwards Garett Bembridge and Troy Schwab joining Owen and Stephenson. The third forward is Tulsa’s Ben Gordon and the second defenseman is Allen's Tyler Ludwig. Bembridge was the lone unanimous selection.
    Stephenson is one of the best two-way defensemen in the CHL, recording 29 points to go along with a plus-19 rating. The Midland, Ontario, native is the leader of the top defensive unit in the CHL that allows just 2.74 goals per game. Stephenson is also a finalist for the Most Outstanding Defenseman Award.
    Owen edged out what is considered to be one of the top groups of goaltenders in the history of the league by appearing on four ballots. The Shanty Bay, Ontario, native leads the league with 35 wins (35-13-1) and is third with a 2.56 goals against average and third with a .918 save percentage.
    Owen has been named the CHL Player of the Week a record four times and was named December’s Goaltender of the Month. Owen is also a finalist for the Most Outstanding Goaltender Award.
    Ødegaard appeared on half of the ballots, the most of any defenseman. The Asker, Norway, native has been a steady defensive presence all season for the Mavericks.
    “I actually got a Facebook message from a friend in Norway who let me know about the award,” Ødegaard said Monday afternoon. “For a player who does not score a lot of points, this is a great honor.”
    Ødegaard has four points in 51 games and scored his first goal of the season in Saturday night’s 5-2 win at Quad City.
    “I have that puck in my stall in our locker room,” Ødegaard said. “I am going to take it back to Norway and give it to my father.”
    Ødegaard was a member of the Norway hockey team that recently competed in the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

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