Sittler, Darryl PIT 4 4 3 7 8 2 10 40%
Vachon, Rogie SAS 4 10 2.51 117 .921
Williams, Tiger OHI 4 5 2 7 8 2 12 42%
Astrom, Hardy CHI 2 4 2 77 .951

Chicago Underground
Weekly Preview: Chicago opens up year two of the Mid-West Old Tyme Hockey League with high hopes of bringing some excitement & a Championship trophy to the Windy City.
Columbus Owls @ Chicago Underground Taking on the Dispersal Draft Owls of Columbus the Underground find themselves behind 4-2 after two periods of play. But a dominant third period of play nets the home team 4 goals & a much anticipated first win of the season. 14 Penalties for either roughing, fighting or unsportsmanlike conduct marred this affair.

Final Score: Chicago 6 – Columbus 4

Labatts Three Star Selection:
Star #1 – Mike Bossy 2 Goals
Star #2 – Mike Eaves 1 Goal – 2 Points
Star #3 – Jim Fox 1 Goal – 2 Points

Peter Stastny won 15 Faceoffs & Pete Peeters had 37 Saves for Chicago
Game Winning Goal scored by Ric Seiling

Philadelphia Firebirds @ Chicago Underground Taking on heated rivals the Firebirds from Philly the Underground look to make it two in a row on home ice a the Capone Center.

The Firebirds try to throw their weight around in this one but it’s all Chicago.

Final Score: Chicago 7 – Philadelphia 2

Labatts Three Star Selection:
Star #1 – Mike Bossy 2 Goals – 4 Points
Star #2 – Peter Stastny 1 Goal – 4 Points
Star #3 – Clark Gillies 2 Goals

Bob Daily had 4 Assists, Peter Stastny 3 Assists & Pete Peeters had 42 Saves for Chicago
Game Winning Goal scored by Clark Gillies

Weekly Summary: Chicago has high hopes for the season & rumors abound that they could find themselves in trade talks with multiple clubs as they look to bring the Stanley Cup to Chicago this season
Syracuse Bulldogs
Weekly Preview: 2 home games
Ohio Legends @ Syracuse Bulldogs The Bulldogs come out swinging dropping their home opener to Ohio 4-1
Stars #1 OHI Williams 2G 3 pts
2 OHI Sharpley 1G 2 pts
3 OHI Mio 32 saves
Chicago Underground @ Syracuse Bulldogs All Chicago 3-0
Stars#1 CHI Astrom 47 saves
2 CHI Tonelli 1G 2 pts
3 CHI Mondeau 1G 2 pts
Weekly Summary: Syracuse nets a whopping 1 goal in 2 games. Long season ahead
Philadelphia Firebirds
Weekly Preview: Philly starts its first homestand with hopes of a much better season then last. With trade winds swirling it a wonder what Birds will still be on the team come next week.
Syracuse Bulldogs @ Philadelphia Firebirds The Dawgs come to Philly after Thumping philly all last season.

The first period was chipy with lots of penalties but ended 0-0

The Firebirds made a statement in the second period. Goals by Ruff, Maruk and Randy Carlyle put Philly up after period 1 3-0.

Pierre Larouche put the Bulldogs on the board starting the third but after a Denis Savard/Reed Larson fight the Firebirds struck again as Maruk put in his 2nd of the game and John Anderson got his first. Higgins and Walker would net a couple but to little to late for Syracuse.

Stars Maruck/Ruff/Higgins

Stat of the game Marcel Dionne won 18 face offs


Saint Clair Shores Saints @ Philadelphia Firebirds High off a big opening night win the Saints come to Philly

Philly dominates the 1st period with goals by Bobby (you’ve been ) Schmautz, Risto Siltanen and Peter Lee. The Firebirds outshoot the Saints 22-7

The 2nd is a different story as Mike Liut stones philly at every turn including a breakaway from Savard. Errol Thompson and rookie Dave Babych pull the Saints within 1

Beaupre and Liut are stellar in period 3 as the game ends 3-2 Philly

Stars Lee/Schmautz/Siltanen Philly outshoots the Saints 49-19


Weekly Summary: The best homestand in Philly history and hopes that this might be a good season. The tandem of Sevigny and Beaupre seem to be one of the better one in the league and Dionne/Maruk and Savard are tough down the middle
Silk City Wales
Weekly Preview: The Whales open up their second season with the new, if uninspiring, slogan of “Whales 80-81: It Can’t Get Any Worse”.
Pittsburgh Spirit @ Silk City Wales Silk City scores the first three goals of the game and go on to defeat the defending champs 6-3.The two teams run hot with the man advantage, scoring a combined five goals on the power play.

1st Star – Rick Meagher (SCW), G, 2A
2nd Star – Bob Bourne (SCW), G, A
3rd Star – Brian Sutter (SCW), G, A

Charlestown Chiefs @ Silk City Wales The Whales dominate in every way of this game but the scoreboard, and Andre Savard’s goal with 3:48 remaining gives the visiting Charlestown Chiefs a 4-3 victory. Charlestown’s Pat Riggin stands tall in goal, stopping 39 of 42 Silk City shots.

1st Star – Wilf Paiement (CHA), 2G
2nd Star – Andre Savard (CHA), GWG
3rd Star – Paul Gardner (CHA), G

Weekly Summary: The Whales get off to a promising start with an opening night win, but come back down to Earth with a late loss to Charlestown.
New Castle Ducks
Weekly Preview: The New Castle Ducks and their fans are excited about playing their first ever MWOTHL game. Ducks fans are concerned, however, that the team is no match for other teams in the league as the Dispersal Draft left them short on offense.
Mackinac Island Moose @ New Castle Ducks The Moose are too much for the Ducks as Mackinaw Island triumphs 4-2, after taking a 3-0 first period lead. New Castle has some tough guys on the roster and it led to 21 minutes in penalties. What the Ducks dont have apparently is good penalty killing as the Moose took advantage and scored FOUR power play goals. Don Lever, Tom Lysiak, Brian Propp and Bill Barber got the goals for the Moose. New Castl did mount a comeback in the second period as Mike Allison and Bobby Clarke scored to make it 3-2 before Barber’s goal with 42 seconds left in the period silenced the raucous home crowd.
#1- Brian Propp 1G, 1 A
#2 – Bill Barber 1 G
#3- Don Lever 1GGilles Meloche made 25 saves for the Moose. Billy Smith had 32 saves as Mackinaw Island outshot New Castle 36-27
Columbus Owls @ New Castle Ducks In a battle between two new MWOTHL teams, the Ducks made it closer but following the pattern of the first game fell behind early, came back and fell short as Columbus skated to a 3-2 victory.
Once again, it was poor penalty killing that did the Ducks in – as Columbus scored two power play goals among the three they scored in the second period to take a 3-0 lead. Blaine Stoughton (even strength) and then Jim Fox and Doug Jarvis on power plays gave the Owls the big lead. Once again New Castle rallied – and this time it was all Rick Middleton. The dynamic RW, who had 2 assists in the home opener, scored two goals in the third period – one at 1:04 and another at 18:51 with goalie Larocque pulled for an extra skater. With the score now 3-2 the Ducks continued to press but Gary Bromley held on, making 36 saves, in the winning effort.
New Castle outshot Columbus 38-27 including 13-3 in the third period but Bromley was terrific in goal as he earned the #3 star of the game. Middleton, with his 2 goals was the #1 star, and Stoughton with 1 G and 1 A was the #2 star.
There were 40 minutes in penalties (21 to New Castle) as the two teams mixed it up with 6 roughing penalties, 2 unsportsmanlike conduct penalties and coincidental fighting majors to Columbus’s Mike Milbury and New Castle’s Ryan Walter
Weekly Summary: New Castle drops their first two home games at the start of what could be a long season at The Duck Pond.
Saskatoon Cyclone
Weekly Preview: The Cyclone face two tough opponents in its first homestand of the year in Capjack and Charlotte. Hoping that the addition of a few key players in the draft and the improved offense and defence will mean Sir Gretzky won’t have to shoulder the load for the season.
CapJack Rangers @ Saskatoon Cyclone The two teams took very little time in setting the tone for mutual hatred.
Just a few minutes in and Barry Long’s hackathon in the crease on Doug Risebrough turned into a punchout with the Cyclone’s forward not letting the Mr. Long to get off a punch.
The Cyclone may have won out in the punchout department but it was the Rangers that landed the first goal of the game. Dave Taylor took a bad penalty slashing Rick Smith and it took no time for the Capjack power play to turn it to their advantage scoring at the 12:22 mark when Rod Schutt raced in on a feed from Long and whistled a wrist shot past Rogie Vachon to make it 1-0 for Capjack.
Saskatoon let the Rangers enjoy their lead for all of a minute. Wayne Gretzky evened the score blasting a Taylor’s pass over Dan Bouchard’s right shoulder for his 1st of the season.
Rick Smith gave the Rangers back the lead 2-1/2 minutes into the 2nd period when his shot went untouched through a crowd in front of the net and past Vachon to make it 2-1 for Capjack.
Some players thrive on bashing around and amidst a slew of roughing penalties Risebrough came through big for Saskatoon knocking the puck through Bouchard’s legs from just outside the crease to even the score.
Gretzky gave the Cyclone its first lead about two minutes later again taking a feed from Taylor and wristing one over Bouchard’s shoulder to make it 3-2 at the midway mark of the 2nd period.
The 3rd period was played tightly with the Cyclone doing their best to screw things up by giving the Rangers four power plays in the final 20 minutes, but the puck managed to stay out of the net right up until the last one.
Risebrough was sent off for tripping with 1:32 left to play giving the Rangers the chance to pull their goalie and make it a 6-on-4. With just under a minute to play a bad handoff near centre ice wound up with the puck somehow finding itself on Joel Quenneville’s stick. Quenneville’s keen sniper instincts took over and he managed to beat the oxygen in the Capjack nets and score his first and possibly last goal of the season – a short-handed empty netter to make it 4-2.
The Rangers rallied and Schutt in particular had some good chances close in but Vachon kept the puck out of the net and preserved the Cyclone’s first win of the season.GAME SUMMARY:
1. CAP, Schutt (1) – Long (1) 12:22 (PP)
2. SAS, Gretzky (1) – Taylor (1), Gingras (1) 13:31
Penalties: Long (CAP) fighting, Risebrough (SAS) fighting 4:40; Mulvey (CAP) hooking 5:50; Taylor (SAS) slashing 11:44; Schutt (CAP) roughing, Vaive (SAS) roughing 13:12.
3. CAP, Rick Smith (1) – DeBlois (1), Schutt (1) 2:39
4. SAS, Risebrough (1) – Andersson (1), Maloney (1) 6:12
5. SAS, Gretzky (2) – Taylor (2), Rota (1) 9:41
Penalties: Robinson (CAP) roughing, Green (SAS) roughing 1:04; Robinson (CAP) holding 3:19; Lapointe (CAP) roughing, Maloney (SAS) roughing 10:39; Barnes (CAP) hooking 16:48.
6. SAS, Quenneville (1) – unassisted (EN-SH) 19:11
Penalties: Acton (SAS) holding 0:46; Green (SAS) tripping 4:19; Rota (SAS) hooking 8:40; Risebrough (SAS) tripping 18:28.Shots on goal: CAP 30 – SAS 27
1. SAS, Gretzky (2 goals, 16 faceoffs won)
2. CAP, Schutt (1 G, 1 A)
3. SAS, Quenneville (1 G)
Charlotte Dynamo @ Saskatoon Cyclone There’s not much you can do when you give up 11 power plays in a game and only have 3 of your own unless you’ve got amazing specialty teams.
Unfortunately if the Dynamo have them they didn’t show up this game.
The Cyclone scored five times on the power play en route to a 7-1 whumping of Charlotte to complete their homestand sweep (yay … two games).
Notables this game included the first injuries I have seen in the MWOTHL – Pierre Lacroix and Jordy Douglas went down with knee injuries and left the game for Charlotte early while Gaston Gingras missed the better part of a period with a finger injury.
The Cyclone scored twice on the same power play when Laurie Boschman got the gate for 5 minutes at the end of the game for spearing Doug Risebrough.GAME SUMMARY:
1. SAS, Risebrough (2) – Andersson (2) 17:23
Penalties: Hajt (CHD) roughing, Maloney (CHD) roughing 8:14; Eriksson (CHD) 9:19.
2. CHD, Pronovost (1) – Smith (1) 4:23 (PP)
3. SAS, Tardif (1) – Acton (1) 9:12
4. SAS, Taylor (1) – Gretzky (1) 14:34 (PP)
Penalties: Rogers (CHD) roughing 0:40; Gainey (SAS) interference 3:18; Risebrough (SAS) cross-checking 4:40; Smith (CHD) hooking 9:42; Sims (CHD) hooking 13:28; Lacroix (CHD) hooking 14:14; Lacroix (CHD) tripping 16:50.
5. SAS, Gretzky (3) – Taylor (3), Richard (1) 10:24 (PP)
6. SAS, Taylor (2) – Maloney (2), Gretzky (2) 13:41 (PP)
7. SAS, Richard (1) – Taylor (4), Maloney (3) 17:44 (PP)
8. SAS, Maloney (1) – Andersson (3) 18:01 (PP)
Penalties: Quenneville (SAS) tripping 6:57; Jonathan (CHD) tripping 9:48; Rowe (CHD) charging 12:03; Boschman (CHD) spearing major 14:39.Shots on goal: CHD 24 – SAS 40
1. SAS, Taylor (2 goals, 2 assists)
2. SAS, Gretzky (1 G, 2 A)
3. SAS, Maloney (1 G, 2 A)
Weekly Summary: About as good a start as Saskatoon could have hoped for especially with Rogie Vachon celebrating his 244th birthday and netting both wins.
CapJack Rangers
Weekly Preview: Rangers – playoff team last year is hoping to get the offensive production that took them that far. Defense, well, is defense even a subject in 1980?
Charlotte Dynamo @ CapJack Rangers Rangers get to host a new team in their home opener and will try not be to hospitable. But one can never guarantee that your cousin won’t show up. And of course, that’s what happened as the Dynamo and Rangers skate to a 3-3 tie. But the way they got there was a bit unexpected.
Larry Robinson, who was among the league leaders in assists last year – and took about 52 games to score a goal, opened the Rangers season scoring with a goal 14 minutes into the game. Newcomer Bowness then tallied 2 minutes later. 2 minutes into the 2nd Schutt scores and it’s 3-0 CapJack!
That’s when the Dynamo got dynamic and began hurling their shots at Bouchard with Pronovost and Simmer tallying in the 2nd. Then with Esposito on the bench and the extra attacker on – Eriksson scores with 35 seconds left in the game to tie it up! UGH. First period – when the Rangers actually took shots (11-11) they held the game, but then the 2nd period the attack when to Charlotte (19-7 SOG) and so did the scoring. 3rd period again the Dynamo led the charge (12-5 SOG) as the Rangers tried to make a good defense a good defense – did not work. Stay offensive will be the mantra.
1. CAP Bowness 1 goal
2. CAP Robingson 1 goal
3. CHA Pronovost 1 goal
Silk City Wales @ CapJack Rangers Like the 1st game, the Rangers seem to have more problems as the game goes on – something they will need to work on. But at least this time they managed to stay offensive throughout. But letting 1 goal score out of 3 shots in the 1st, well we don’t like that.
1st Period – Gare gets his 1st PP but Korab nets one with less than minute remaining to tie it up after 1.
2nd Period – Cowboy Bill gets his 1st a minute and a half in for a 2-1 Wales lead. But Shutt gets the Rangers 2nd PP goal to tie it up 3 minutes later. Not even 2 minutes later Johnson scores for Silk City to give them the 3-2 lead. But this time, it’s the Rangers who score in the final minute of a period as Dudley (DoRight) puts the biscuit in the basket to tie 3-3 as period 2 ends.
3rd Period – another cousin coming to town?? Not if Silk City has anything to say. Sutter and Nachbaur score making it 5-3 with 10 minutes to go. Bouchard leaves with a minute and a half to go. Actually works for CapJack as Bowness nets his 2nd goal of the season with 55 seconds left. 5-4 Still the Rangers press on but they manage only one SOG and 1 that missed. Trottier got the puck in the last 10 seconds – looking to make a play and BLAM – Beck hits him hard and Silk City gets the puck and game over. 5-4 Wales.
1. Plett 1 goal
2. Korab 1 goal
3. Johnson 1 goalSauve makes 32 saves.
Weekly Summary: So we go 0-1-1 in the opening week at home. Yuk!
Charlestown Chiefs
Weekly Preview: Two home games opening week – against Brooklyn and defending Cup champion Pittsburgh.
Brooklyn Harbor Rats @ Charlestown Chiefs Brooklyn seems like they’re more interested in taking off heads than putting the puck on net – and Charlestown takes advantage en route to a 7-3 victory. Three of the seven goals come on the PP (3 of 9), and the Chiefs outshoot the Harbor Rats 61-25.

After a dismal inaugural season, the fans are excited to see what the HOF stacked blue-line can deliver this year (Bourque, Potvin, Coffey, McEwen, Giles, and Maxwell).

Scoring Summary
Per Time Str Team
1 12:25 EV CHA Kerr (1), assisted by Gardner (1)
1 17:38 EV BRO Smith (1), assisted by Reinhart (1) and Wilson (1)
2 2:11 PP CHA Gardner (1), assisted by Paiement (1)
2 4:34 PP BRO Sutter (1), assisted by Smith (1) and Gartner (1)
2 5:38 EV CHA Linseman (1), assisted by Coffey (1) and McDonald (1)
2 12:04 EV BRO Harris (1), assisted by Hickey (1) and Dupont (1)
2 17:08 PP CHA Savard (1), assisted by Bourque (1) and Potvin (1)
3 5:36 EV CHA Tremblay (1), assisted by Gradin (1) and Savard (1)
3 13:38 PP CHA Giles (1), assisted by Gradin (2) and Tremblay (1)
3 19:26 EV CHA Bourque (1), assisted by Gradin (3) and Potvin (2)

Star 1: CHA Savard 1 G, 2 Pts
Star 2: CHA Bourque 1 G, 2 Pts
Star 3: CHA Tremblay 1 G, 2 Pts

GWG: Andre Savard

Notables: BRO Stephenson 54 saves
CHA Gradin 3 assists

Pittsburgh Spirit @ Charlestown Chiefs How will the Chiefs stack up against the Cup champion Spirit?

Not well, apparently.

Pittsburgh thoroughly embarrasses the Chiefs (and that’s hard to do, as we have no shame).

Only a very late goal by Anders Kallur prevents the shutout as the Spirit ice-stomp the Chiefs 6-1.

Insult to injury – Ken Linseman literally craps his pants as he goes off for an “intestinal” injury (not making this up).

Charlestown out-shoots Pittsburgh 42-32, but Resch just laughs at the pathetic 12 scoring chances vs. 22 for PIT. The Charlestown chalkboards will be busy this weekend.

Scoring Summary
Per Time Str Team
1 4:07 EV PIT Redmond (1), assisted by Pettersson (1) and Sittler (1)
1 16:25 EV PIT Sittler (1), assisted by Hedberg (1) and Pettersson (2)
1 17:51 EV PIT Chouinard (1), assisted by MacLeish (1) and Hart (1)
3 4:38 EV PIT Murphy (1), assisted by Patey (1) and Vickers (1)
3 8:16 EV PIT Sittler (2), assisted by Greschner (1) and Murphy (1)
3 10:40 EV PIT Ribble (1), assisted by Hagman (1) and Hedberg (2)
3 17:31 EV CHA Kallur (1), assisted by Savard (2) and Tremblay (2)

Star 1: PIT Sittler 2 G, 3 Pts
Star 2: PIT Resch 41 saves
Star 3: PIT Murphy 1 G, 2 Pts

GWG: Darryl Sittler

Notables: PIT Houle 15 PIM, Resch 41 saves
CHA Linseman 12 PIM, Kerr 15 PIM

Weekly Summary: A tale of two games. Charlestown giveth 7-3 (blowout win), and Charlestown giveth away (6-1 embarrasment). With a road victory at Silk City, our opening week will yield at least 4 points, so no need to panic just yet.
Pittsburgh Spirit
Weekly Preview: The Defending Cup Champs raise the banner as Captain Guy Lafleur promises a competitive season, despite a gut feeling that he might only play around 60 games 😉
Saskatoon Cyclone @ Pittsburgh Spirit A back and forth high scoring affair sees the defending champs skate to a 6-6 tie with Saskatoon.

Keeping Gretzky to 1 assist usually would mean a win I would think, but the rest of the Cyclone players had other plans as St. Croix giving up 6 goals in his Spirit debut ruins the banner raising evening.

Vermont Foresters @ Pittsburgh Spirit The Spirit are hopeful that Chico Resch can help right the ship in net, and he does play a fantastic game, but so does Vermont netminder Brodeur (don’t call him Marty!) as the two teams skate to a 2-2 tie.
Weekly Summary: Two games, two ties? Apparently we enjoyed kissing our sister so much we did it twice… eww.

Hoping for better road results, but plenty of time to figure out line combinations and strategies that work for these little digital guys with the big hearts!

Ohio Legends
Weekly Preview: The expansion Ohio Legends come into the season looking to take a rough-and-tumble unit and try to compete. Dave ‘Tiger’ Williams has been asked to tone down the physical game as he is surrounded with enough muscle to frighten a body builder. How will this play out? We shall see…
Chicago Underground @ Ohio Legends In the first home game in Legends history, it ends with a forgettable finish in a 4-4 tie. If a tie is like kissing your sister, then our sister is a bit hotter than our opponent from Chicago!
Ohio jumps out to a 2-0 lead in the first period with markers from Brett Callighen and Tiger Williams. Peter Stastny would cut the deficit in half late in the frame and it was 2-1, Ohio, after one.In the second, Williams scored again for Ohio before the Underground collected a trio of goals to grab the lead heading into the third. Per-Olov Brasar, Ric Seiling and Butch Goring netted the lamplighters for Chicago.An Ohio power play goal from Gordie Roberts would tie things up before the teams locked it down late. Hardy Astrom kicked away 30 shots for Chicago, while Denis Herron turned aside 16 for Ohio. Both teams benefited from the power play, as Ohio was two-for-seven with the man-advantage, while Chicago went one-for-four with the extra attacker.
New Castle Ducks @ Ohio Legends The first Expansion Showdown went to New Castle, 3-2, with a late marker deciding it.

Following a scoreless first, New Castle opened the scoring in the second, as Ryan Walter netted a loose puck. Don Maloney answered at 5:37 and again at 18:39 (shorthanded) to give the Legends the edge after two, at 2-1.

The Ducks utilized a Stan Weir goal at 7:07 to tie things up. With both teams having dreams of making out with their sisters–New Castle collected a goal from Bobby Clarke at 18:49 (no one wants to make out with him), to close out the scoring.

New Castle went zero-for-five with the man-advantage, while Ohio was zero-for-one with extra man. The Legends held the edge in blocked shots at 14-2 (Bob Manno had three). Denis Herron stoipped 40 shots and Billy Smith turned away 25 shots.

Weekly Summary: Ohio survives its first week with an 0-1-1 mark. Amazingly, Tiger Williams was not involved in a fight–adapting to a less aggressive role that he has been asked to play.
Vermont Foresters
Weekly Preview: vermont looks to rebound from their disappointing exit in the first round of the playoffs last year. they have made quite a few changes, gone is the entire goaltending crew as hanlon, veisor and grahame have been replaced by king richard brodeur, murray bannerman and ron low. most of the forwards return with the addition of 1st rd pick dale hunter and the defense has seen some changes with stackhouse and christie are gone, replaced by mario faubert, doug hicks and jay wells. vermont has definitely toughened up their team as well with the additions of hunter, faubert, paul mulvey and bryan maxwell. their season begins with division rivals silk city and saskatoon coming to the bjc.
Silk City Wales @ Vermont Foresters the home debut for top picks dale hunter and richard brodeur and the second season for the foresters kick off with division foe silk city. the first period was evenly played and ended up with no score after vermont out shot the whales 11-10. the second period seemed like a recreation of last season as vermont scored 2 powerplay goals and outshot silk city 19-7. dale hunter scored his 1st mwothl goal early in the 3rd giving the foresters a 3-0 lead. one of the sutter boys scored with just over 5 minutes left to avoid the shut out as vermont was victorious 3-1. brodeur made 32 saves only letting 1 past for the victory. hunter, leach and murray scored for the home team.
Saskatoon Cyclone @ Vermont Foresters the foresters 2nd home game of the year saw a cyclone, led by the duo of gretzky and taylor enter the bjc as the division rivals continue to reintroduce themselves. the big question is who will follow the great one around this year after don luce filled that role last year and for now it seems like both luce and dale hunter will share the job. the 1st period was evenly played with saskatoon holding an 11-10 shot advantage and a 1-0 lead after doug risebrough scored late in the period. maloney gave the visitors a 2-0 lead early in the second with assists from gretzky and taylor. morris lukowich scored late in the 2nd to make it 2-1. vermont had dominated the period with a 12-2 shot advantage but managed only 1 goal. doug risebrough scored his second of the game early in the 3rd for a 3-1 lead and as hard as the foresters tried they could not get another past rogie vachon. vermont outshot the cyclones 39-21 for the game but fell 3-1
Weekly Summary: a break even week to begin the season. lots of adjustments to be made. goaltending with be better this season but scoring and defense will not be as good.
Mackinac Island Moose
Weekly Preview: The Moose come into the season with a significantly improved offensive lineup (Propp, Kurri, , and the same strong defense from last year. Looking to flip the scoring differential from the -47 last year to the other side, and see some more notches in the W column.

The season starts at home against Philadelphia and Syracuse

Philadelphia Firebirds @ Mackinac Island Moose Moose 2, Firebirds 2 – Philly draws first blood with Langway scoring the lone goal in the first period, and then makes things uncomfortable with another by Dionne in the 2nd. The Moose offense is not terribly effective with few threats to look at. The Moose finally make some noise in the 2nd when Smith cuts the lead to 1. The Moose tie it up in the 3rd (Napier) on a power play. The teams stymie each other the final 10 minutes and the game ends tied. The scoring summary was short, but the penalty list was very long, with 18 penalties called, 8 of them for skirmishes resulting in 4 on 4’s, which devolved to a short 4 on 3.
1st star – Napier 1 g
2nd – Langway 1g
3rd – Dionne 1g
Sevigny 34 saves, Palmateer 26 saves
Syracuse Bulldogs @ Mackinac Island Moose Bulldogs 3, Moose 2 – Syracuse dominates the first 30 minutes with 3 goals (Smyl, Johnstone, Larson (ex – Moose). The Moose comeback of 2 goals (Lysiak, Dunlop) falls just short. 4 minor fights meant 8 minutes of 4 on 4 play, and the 2nd goal for the Bulldogs.
1st star – Larson 1g1a
2nd – Johnstone 1g1a
3rd – Smyl 1g
Weekly Summary: 1 point in 2 games for the Moose. Both games close which is an improvement over last season.

Defense dominant in both games. Jim Craig for the Bulldogs with 35 saves, 2ga, and the win.
Hardy with 4 blocks for the Firebirds.

Saint Clair Shores Saints
Weekly Preview: New Castle and Ohio travel to St. Clair Shores.
New Castle Ducks @ Saint Clair Shores Saints It’s a very busy 1st period, as 5 goals were scored.

Christoff and Nilsson score for the Saints. Then, the Ducks score 2 by Allison and Weir. The final goal of the period was scored by Unger. Its 3-2.

We go to the 3rd, and Kelly scores to close it out for the Saints.

SCS 4 New Castle 2

1st – Nilsson 1
2nd – Kelly 1
3rd – Liut 35 saves

Ohio Legends @ Saint Clair Shores Saints Ohio jumps all over the Saints early as they score the first 4 goals of the game. MacDonald scores 2, Nystrom scores 1, and Maloney scores.

Errol Thompson and Malone respond with goals for the Saints. Williams scores a late one to clinch the game for the Legends.

Ohio 5 SCS 2

1st – MacDonald 2 goals 1 assist
2nd – Williams 1 goal 1 assist
3rd – Maloney 1 goals

Weekly Summary: The Saints split with New Castle and Ohio.
Brooklyn Harbor
Weekly Preview: Harbor Rats drop the puck on their second season hoping to actually make the post season this time.
Vermont Foresters @ Brooklyn Harbor The Rats home opener could not have gone better as Brooklyn scores 3 in the first period, 3 in the second and builds a 7-0 lead before Vermont would get two late goals in a 7-2 Brooklyn romp. Blueliners Behn Wilson and Kevin McCarthy each start the season with 1-2-3 point nights.
CapJack Rangers @ Brooklyn Harbor Patrick division rival Rangers come to Brooklyn next and the Rats can’t stay out of the penalty box, providing Capjack with 6 power play chances, of which they bury 3 power play goals while building a 4-2 lead. But Harris and Gartner score :30 seconds apart late in the 2nd period and after 40 minutes, we’re tied. Rookie Darryl Sutter gives Brooklyn their first lead of the game just 2 minutes into the 3rd, but Lucien Deblois evens things again with less than 8 minutes left. That set the stage for Bobby Smith’s end to end rush for the game winning goal with 4 minutes left to play and the Rats hang on for the 6-5 win.
Weekly Summary: Lots of goals for Harbor Rats fans to celebrate, the goal horn was getting worn out. Let’s hope we can keep it going all season long.
Columbus Owls
Weekly Preview: Columbus plays first 2 home games in team history and split the 2 games versus division foes.
 Saint Clair Shores Saints @ Columbus Owls Owls overcome a 3-2 2nd period deficit to win their home opener 5-3. 5 different Columbus players lit the lamp with Vet Phil Esposito potting the game winner in the third period, sending the sellout crowd at Dickie Dunn arena home happy.

Columbus 5 Saint Clair Shores 3

Mackinac Island Moose @ Columbus Owls After breaking a 1-1 tie late in the first period the Moose dominated and skated to a 5-1 victory. Don Lever scored twice to pace the visitors to the victory.  

Mackinac Island 5 Columbus 1

Weekly Summary: After breaking a 1-1 tie late in the first period the Moose dominated and skated to a 5-1 victory. Don Lever scored twice to pace the visitors to the victory.
Charlotte Dynamo
Weekly Preview: Charlotte kicks off its franchise, hoping the team it drafted is competitive enough.
Charlestown Chiefs @ Charlotte Dynamo In its first home game ever, Charlotte garnered two immediate goals from its first two expansion draftees, Mike Rogers and Charlie Simmer, just two minutes into the game. From that promising start to its franchise, however, Charlestown rallied, sparked by two goals from Denis Savard, who was traded to Chicago shortly thereafter. Savard’s game winner with 7:38 remaining broke a 4-4 tie. Other Charleston goals came from Ray Bourque, Clark Giles and Steve Tambellini. The game was marred with 13 penalties (providing an early glimpse into what will likely be the norm in this old-time league) and Charlestown capitalized on two power play goals to tie the game at 3-3, including Giles goal in the second period.
Brooklyn Harbor @ Charlotte Dynamo Brooklyn 3 Charlotte 6
In a see saw affair, Charlotte jumped out to a 3-0 lead but then goals by the Harbor’s Daryl Sutter, Paul Reinhart and Dave Christian tied the game by early in the third period. Following Christian’s goal two minutes into the final period, Gilbert Perreault scored what proved to be the game winner 1:30 later. Goals by the Dynamo’s Ian Turnbull and Laurie Boschman rounded out the scoring.
Weekly Summary: Curiously at the outset of the season, Charlotte’s scoring is led by two defensemen, Al Sims and Bill Hajt with two goals apiece to top the Dynamo thus far.