|CLARENCE GOALIE||TEAM||GP||GOALS AGAINST||G.A. AVERAGE||SAVES||SAVE %|
|WALES GOALIE||TEAM||GP||GOALS AGAINST||G.A. AVERAGE||SAVES||SAVE %|
|Weekly Preview:||Syracuse continues to spin their tires. They are going nowhere fast. Columbus and Saskatoon come to town to get some points.|
|Columbus Owls @ Syracuse Bulldogs||The Owls and Bulldogs skate to a 3-3 tie.
Stars #1 SYR Gagne 2G
2 COL Stoughton 1G 2 pts
3 COL Zuke 1G
|Saskatoon Cyclone @ Syracuse Bulldogs||Gretzkys Cyclone score the first 5 goals of the game. Syracuse gets the next 4. Saskatoon holds its ground and win it 5-4|
|Weekly Summary:||The home team gets 1 out of 4 possible points|
|Weekly Preview:||After a demoralizing week of losing to the Ground. Phillybtakes on Ohio and Charleston and needs to make a statement|
|Ohio Legends @ Philadelphia Firebirds||The Legends come in after a big trade
1st The Legends Tiger Williamsd puts the team up with his 11th even though at that point ut was 12-3 in shosts
PHILLY 5 OHIO 1
|Charlestown Chiefs @ Philadelphia Firebirds||The touch Chiefs come to town with their top defense !
The Birds make short work of the Chiefs
Carlyle slams home his 4th from Dionne
Goals by Maruk, Tonelli , Boxxy and Carlyle put Philly up 6-1
Lee and Lyle score in the 3rd
|Weekly Summary:||Philly has a solid week and Richard Sevigny shows he is the #1 goalie with 2 dominating games. Philly has hope!|
|Weekly Preview:||The Ducks come off a week with three wins and a tie, looking to finally get on a roll. But The Duck Pond has not been good to the New Castle squad this season as the quackers have been playing much better on the road than at home.|
|Syracuse Bulldogs @ New Castle Ducks||Another home game and another defeat for New Castle as Syracuse wins 4-1.
The Ducks season long struggles continue as they cant score and cant kill penalties.
After the teams traded goals in the first period (including a rare power play goal for the Ducks), Syracuse put the game away with THREE POWER PLAY GOALS in the second period. Tim Young, Pierre Larouche and Fraser put the puck behind Billy Smith. Bobby Clarke could not stay on the ice as he drew SIX penalties (including a double minor) giving Syracuse one golden opportunity after another, as the Bulldogs converted on 3 of 9 power play attempts. It was a wide open contest with the Ducks taking 46 shots on goal and Syracuse 35.THREE STARS:
1. SYR Goalie Don Edwards 45 saves
2. SYR Fraser 1 G
3. SYR Gagne 1 GRick Middleton of the Ducks had TEN shots on goal and scored the lone New Castle goal, his 12th of the season. Clarke won 17 faceoffs. Tim Young had 14 PIM for Syracuse
|Weekly Summary:||The Ducks lose another home game and are now 2-7-2 at home (4-5-1 on the road). They are last in the Norris Division and any playoff hopes are fading fast. New Castle may need to shake up their line combinations or make some roster changes in order to get going|
|Weekly Preview:||Saskatoon has one lone home game against the division rival Charlestown Chiefs in what was expected to be a bloodbath for goaltenders.|
|Charlestown Chiefs @ Saskatoon Cyclone||Rogie Vachon donned the pads for this game but unfortunately watched the game from the comfort of his own living room as it was Glen “Gump” Hanlon that got the nod to start in nets against the high flying Chiefs.
Given Hanlon’s obvious lack of skill some questioned the move, but Vachon has been about as effective as fly paper at catching rhinos of late and “how the @#$%% could we do any worse?” Coach Bowman asked?
For Charlestown it was Pat (Friggin’ in the) Riggin in nets. Riggin had outplayed fellow netminder Michel Plasse, but has had trouble getting the troops to rally in front of him and came in with a sub .500 record.
The 1st period was a surprisingly quiet affair with Charlestown outshooting the Cyclone 12-6 but coming up even on the scoreboard with the Chiefs’ Tim McCarthy (10) swapping mid-period goals with Saskatoon’s Dave Taylor (8). The Chiefs had the sole power play of the period after Joel Quenneville was called for checking from behind, but otherwise it was a period of square dancing with lots of gabbing, grabbing but not much jabbing between couples on the ice.
The 2nd period once again featured an edge in shots to the Chiefs (9-6) and it was Tony McKegney (12) that broke the tie at the 6:59 mark, firing the puck high over the diving Saskatoon goalie to make it 2-1 for Charlestown after a beautiful cross-ice pass by Paul Coffey.
This brings about the question that isn’t there something illegal about having Paul Coffey, Ray Bourque and Denis Potvin all on the same team? Holy moses!!!
The 3rd period had few shots (10-7 for Charlestown), few penalties (one offsetting pair of roughing minors) and lots of rubber hitting the posts. Saskatoon won the Golden Clang Award with Bob Gainey, Dave Maloney and Tom Laidlaw each bonking the posts (Laidlaw actually hit the crossbar) while McKegney and Lanny McDonald countered for Charlestown.
Wayne Gretzky tied the game up at the 7:43 mark when Dave Taylor dug the puck out of a scrum in the corner and slid it into the slot where the Great One was left all by his lonesome (for Shame!) and made no mistake tucking the puck up and over Riggin’s shoulder and into the Chiefs’ rigging.
With time ticking down, the Cyclone’s domination in the faceoff circle (winning 29/48 draws) came back to bite the Chiefs in the short and curlies. The Cyclone forced a faceoff deep in the Chiefs’ end with about a dozen seconds left when they made Riggin make a rare save in the period. Gretzky won the draw against Gardner, passed the puck back to Taylor and the Kings’ right winger made no mistake drilling it low stick side just inside the left post to give Saskatoon a 3-2 lead and the eventual win.
The least happy player in Saskatoon on this night wasn’t one of the Chiefs but rather Rogie Vachon who didn’t need a crystal ball to be able to predict he’d be spending many a coming night wearing his jersey and pads, swigging beer and covered in potato chip shrapnel in his own living room with Hanlon playing so surprisingly well in his first start of the season.Stars:
1. SAS, Dave Taylor (2 goals, 1 assist)
2. SAS, Wayne Gretzky (1 goal, 2 assists)
3. SAS, Glen Hanlon (29 saves)Other notables:
– Gretzky and Gardner scuffled in the opening seconds of the 2nd period earning them roughing minor penalties. That must have been some battle of wills.
– Charlestown’s Tim Kerr left the game late in the 2nd period with a lower leg injury after being checking into the boards by Doug Risebrough.
– defenceman Gaston Gingras was a pre-game scratch and his understudy, Chris Kotsopoulos, managed to see less than 8 minutes of ice time.
|Weekly Summary:||A sketchy offensive showing still manages to net three goals and two points against a very good hockey team so we’ll call this one grand larceny and happily take it to the bank.|
|Weekly Preview:||Rangers make a trade picking up Risto Siltanen – the hard hitting Fin – to spark the back line, maybe get a bit more D but hopefully pick up the offense. His first week with the Rangers and he gets 3 home games.|
|Charlestown Chiefs @ CapJack Rangers||In game 1 he gets his 1st CapJack goal early in the 2nd period. That made it 2-0 Rangers (Gare scored in the 1st. Charlestown then gets a score from Kallur to make it 2-1. But Schutt gets that one back with a goal with ONE SECOND left in the 2nd to end the period 3-1. MacMilliam and Gare score early in the 3 to make it 5-1 and it’s a good thing because the Chiefs charged hard in the 3rd. Gardner scoring at 10:29 and then pulling out all stops, Coffey scores his 1st of the year with a minute and a half to to. 5-3. And Savard scores with 4 seconds left, 5-4 – but it was too little, too late. 5-4 CAP Third period saw a onslaught by the Chiefs as they pummelled Bouchard with 20 shots.
1. CAP Gare 2 goals, 1 assist
2. CAP Schutt 1 goal, 1 assist
3. CHA Coffey 1 goal, 1 assist
|Columbus Owls @ CapJack Rangers||In a game that seemed to be in CapJack’s control, Stoughton of Columbus earns Star 1 of the game with a hat trick. 2 EV, 1 PP goal. Rangers however put in 2 before his 1st (Schutt and Mulvey) and then Trottier scored before his 2nd. and Shutt and Cloutier scored before his 3rd. Merrick did then come to his aid scoring in the 3rd and it was now 5-4 CapJack. Gare put it out of reach with 7:50 to go scoring to make it 6-4 – the final for the game. Siltanen did pick up an assist in the game.
1. COL Stoughton 3 goals
2. CAP Trottier 1 goal, 3 assists
3. CAP Mulvey 1 goal 1 assits
|New Castle Ducks @ CapJack Rangers||A penalty to MacCrimmon midway through the 2nd changed the atmosphere in this game as the Rangers rally back for another 6-4 win. Currie started the scoring a minute in on an unassisted goal. Shutt tied it 5 minutes later and MacMillan late goal gave the home team the 2-1 lead after 1. Then the Ducks took charge. Coming out in the 2nd they played hard and determined and Lambert was the hardest worker scoring an unassisted goal 2 minutes in and then a goal just less than 2 minutes later and the Ducks had a 3-2 lead. Vadnais gets called for interference at 6:51 and Allison capitalizes with a PP goal for a 4-2.Duck lead. Vadnias returns and almost immediately he gets nailed for another interference penalty. But the Rangers hold this time and things begin to move in the home teams’ direction. McCrimmon then gets nailed for tripping and Trottier makes him pay with a PP goal. It’s 4-3 New Castle as the 2nd period ends.
3RD period belongs to the home team – MacMillan scores his 2nd 1:33 in then Cloutier scores 2 minutes later and Gare finishes the scoring with just over 6 to go. Final 6-4 CapJack!
STARS (all CAP)
1. MacMillan 2 goals
2. Shutt 1 goal 2 assists
3. Gare 1 goal 2 assists
|Weekly Summary:||3 Games, 3 wins! That’s very acceptable. Siltanen gets 1 goal and 2 assists in his 1st 3 Rangers games!|
|Weekly Preview:||The Ohio Legends have just one home game this week (no, Jim Rutherford will not be playing–Thank You!). The Legends are 2-0-2 since narrowly being beaten by the Saskatoon Gretzky’s (6-5) back on November 8. Charlestown has had plenty of offense in its games of later, having allowed 20 goals in the last three contests, while scoring 17.|
|Charlestown Chiefs @ Ohio Legends||Don Maloney gives Ohio a 1-0 lead just 75 seconds into the contest with his tenth goal of the year from Bernie Federko on a two-on-one rush. It looks like Charlestown’s high scoring propensity is going to be on full display today.
Maybe not. There was no further scoring in the opening frame and the Legends took to 1-0 edge to the dressing room. having been outshot, 15-13.
In the second, Denis Potivn fires a slapper from the point through a screen at 10:10 to knot the game at one apiece. Mario Tremblay and Thomas Gradin picked up the assist on the power play score. The frame ended at 1-1, as Ohio’s Brett Callighen was lost for the remainder of the game late in the period.
At 12:06 of the third, Bernie Federko fired a drive through goalmouth traffic for his seventh goal of the year from Maloney and Ron Stackhouse for the eventual game winning goal. Ohio took the victory 2-1.
Eddie Mio picked up his sixth win of the year, turning aside 32 shots. Pat Riggin absorbed the loss, his seventh of the campaign, stopping 31 shots. The Chiefs were one-for-four on the power play, while Ohio came up empty in five tries. Charlestown out-chanced Ohio, 24-13–with the Legends holding the edge in blocked shots at 10-2. The shots on goal ended deadlocked at 33 apiece. Ron Stackhouse inexplicably had seven shots on goal.
|Weekly Summary:||Ohio somehow wins its lone home game of the week to stay cemented in second place in the Adams Division and third in the Prince of Wales conference. The Legends are now 3-0-2 over their last five with results pending from the road (yes, Jim Rutherford sees a start there–so expect the streak to end).|
|Weekly Preview:||The Spirit are bit by the “injury bug” still as top players Lafleur, Chouinard, Pettersson, and Ribble are all out. Could be the case for the next two weeks at home. Stupid games played limits!
Can the Spirit continue to possess the Patrick Division without 4 of their top players?
|Charlotte Dynamo @ Pittsburgh Spirit||Way too much sister kissing going on early in the season for the Spirit, and that trend continues as Charlotte and Pittsburgh skate to a 5-5 tie thanks to Charlotte scoring with the extra attacked and 45 seconds left.
Star 1 – PIT Sittler 2G
|Philadelphia Firebirds @ Pittsburgh Spirit||There is zero love lost between these two cities as Philly comes to the Burgh for a battle of two first place teams.
Some back and forth scoring to start the game to make it 1-1. Patey on the penalty shot, stoned by Beaupre!
Patey would get that one back as the Spirit roll to a 4-2 victory over Philly.
Star 1 – PIT Hedberg 1G, 1A
GWG – Rick MacLeish
|Weekly Summary:||Two home games, 3 of 4 points. With so many “injured” players, we’ll take it.|
|Saint Clair Shores Saints|
|Weekly Preview:||The Saints have a busy home schedule. They host Chicago, Mackinac Island, Pittsburgh, and Saskatoon.|
|Chicago Underground @ Saint Clair Shores Saints||The Underground invade St. Clair Shores. The Saints have a hot 1st period as they score 4 goals. Babych, Thompson, Unger, and Ftorek all score.
In the 2nd period, Dailey and McNab score for Chicago. Its 4-2 after 2.
In the 3rd, Micheletti scores his 1st goal for the Saints. Chicago gets a goal from Stastny, but the Underground fall one goal short.
SCS 5 Chicago 3
|Mackinac Island Moose @ Saint Clair Shores Saints||Great defensive struggle early. The Saints cash in on a power play goal by Kelly. SCS gets another power play, but the Moose get a short handed goal by Englom to tie it.
In the 2nd period and 3rd period, both teams fail to score, and the game ends in a 1-1 tie.
Lots of penalties and missed opportunities.
Mackinac Island 1 SCS 1
1st -Kelly 1 goal SCS
|Pittsburgh Spirit @ Saint Clair Shores Saints||The Spirit come to L’Anse Creuse and start off quickly on a LaFleur goal 32 seconds into the period. Late in the period, Redmond scores and its 2-0, Pittsburgh. Neither team scores in the 2nd.
Early in the 3rd, Duguay scores a short-handed goal to wake up the crowd. Then, Pettersson scores to get the lead back to 2 goals. The Saints are stubborn in the 3rd, and Kelly and Malone score to tie it.
Game ends in a tie.
Pittsburgh 3 SCS 3
1- LaFleur 2 points – Spirit
Saskatoon Cyclone @ Saint Clair Shores Saints
|Dave Taylor starts off scoring for the Cyclone. The Saints score 2 to go ahead, 2-1.
2nd period – Doug Wilson scores his 1st of the year and the Saints are up 3-1. Andersson and Gretsky score the next 2 goals for Saskatoon and its tied, 3-3. Late in the 2nd, Kelly scores and puts the Saints up.
3rd period – Cyclone have a good start as Taylor scores his 2nd goal of the game. With less than 3 minutes to go, Vaive scores and the Cyclone take the lead. The Saints pull their goalie and Babych scores to tie the game with 24 seconds to go. The Saints try to score late, but don’t. This game ends in another tie.
Saskatoon 5 SCS 5
1st – Taylor 3 points – Cyclone
|Weekly Summary:||The Saints score 5 points in the series. They defeat Chicago. Then, tie the rest of the games.|
|Brooklyn Harbor Rats|
|Weekly Preview:||Pittsburgh and Syracuse come to Brooklyn this week|
|Pittsburgh Spirit @ Brooklyn Harbor Rats||In a game that saw 5 power play goals scored, it was the Spirit getting 3 of them for a 5-4 win. Rick MacLeish scores twice for Pittsburgh, while Brooklyn got a pair from blueliner Paul Reinhart.|
|Syracuse Bulldogs @ Brooklyn Harbor Rats||Syracuse ran out to a 3-0 first period lead and it took until under 4 minutes were left for the Rats to even the score. Then Anton Stastny’s second goal of the game, with :58 ticks left gave Brooklyn their first lead of the night. Only to see Tim Young tie things for the Bulldogs with the extra attacker on and just :28 seconds left. That’s how it ends, 4-4 tie.|
|Weekly Summary:||one point in a pair of home games leaves Brooklyn lacking|
|Weekly Preview:||Columbus makes line and strategy changes to try to right the ship|
|Philadelphia Firebirds @ Columbus Owls||Don Beaupre stopped all 34 shots and Philadelphia beat the Owls 4-0. Schamutz scored number 6 and Maruk scored number 12 and each added an assist. Columbus outshot the Firebirds 34 to 15 as the bad
goalie play continues.
|Charlotte Dynamo @ Columbus Owls||Blaine Stoughton scored a shorthanded third period goal to earn the Owls a 3-3 tie. Stoughton and John
Ogrodnick both had a goal and assist and Geoffrion had 2 assists for the visitors.
|Weekly Summary:||Well, you can change active players, lines, and strategy, but if your goalie is weak this is what you get. The Owls earn 1 of 4 points and now still have only 1 win on home ice.|
|Weekly Preview:||The Charlotte Dynamo, while hosting Vermont and Mackinac Island, are faced with daunting start or sit decisions early in the season as the expansion squad tries staying in the Patrick Division race while still keeping its usage in kilter. The team boasts several quality players but many of them were sidelined for prolonged stretches during the 1980-81 season. Among them are hall of famer Gil Perrault (56 real games) and top scorer Charlie Simmer (who had just played in 65 games in real life yet still amassed an astonishing 105 points).|
|Vermont Foresters @ Charlotte Dynamo||November 20 Vermont at Charlotte
The Dynamo sit forwards Simmer, Derek Smith and Wayne Cashman, defenseman Bill Hajt and goalie Tony Esposito as the team falls to the Foresters 3-2. Vermont overcomes a 1-0 deficit with unanswered second period goals from Jerry Butler, Dale McCourt and Mike Foligno. A late Mike Rogers goal with 2:21 remaining in the game closed Charlotte’s deficit to 3-2 but the Dynamo could not pull even as the game expired. Richard Brodeur saved 29 shots. The Foresters only managed 19 shots but three of them found the net against Charlotte scrub goalie Larry Lozinski.
|Mackinac Island Moose @ Charlotte Dynamo||November 22 Mackinac Island at Charlotte
In a wild shootout affair, the Moose tatoo Charlotte goalie Lozinski for the game’s first five goals in the first eight minutes of play. But resilient Charlotte (who continued resting top players) answers with five straight goals of its own (including two from right winger Glenn Anderson). Lozinski, spared the hook, then proceeds to give up three straight goals to three of the Moose’s stellar left wingers, Bill Barber, Norm Dupont and Brian Propp, which proved to be enough for the victory. The clear star was Barber with four goals and 1 assist.
|Weekly Summary:||Charlotte loses two at home and pays the early-season price for sitting its number one goalie and several of its top players (with the hope the early scratches will pay later dividends). Partly out of frustration, the team submits a formal request to the league office urging the commissioner to be sure to enforce usage stringently throughout the league — and administer stiff penalties to those who don’t comply.|
|Silk City Wales|
|Weekly Preview:||It’s a big week for the Whales this week, with three home games.|
|Brooklyn Harbor Rats @ Silk City Wales||It’s Family Night at the Wormhole. In honor fo the visiting family from Brooklyn every paying customer that brings their cousin gets to try to sink them in the dunk tank.
And dunked is what the Harbor Rats did to the Whales. The Rats take advantage of poor discipline from the Whales and score three power play goals and beat Silk City 6-1. The only thing that got a rise out of the crowd was a first period heavy weight bout between Barry Beck and Behn Wilson.
1st Star – Darryl Sutter (BRO), 2G
|Saskatoon Cyclone @ Silk City Wales||The Whales come out flying against the Cyclone, chasing Rogie Vachon with four first period goals. The change between the pipes seems to inspire Saskatoon, as they score three goals to get back into the game in the second period. The Whales special teams right the ship with a SHG from Mike Crombeen and a PPG from Rick Kehoe to pad the lead but there is no quit in the Cyclone. They come back to within one goal at 8-7 with six minutes remaining and the Whales barely hold on for the win.
1st Star – Rick Kehoe (SCW), hat trick
|New Castle Ducks @ Silk City Wales||The Whales come out flying again, this time scoring three first period goals off of Bunny Larocque but see the Ducks come back and enter the third period only behind by 5-3. Bob Bourne and Willi Plett score in the first half of the third period and the Whales go oon to win 8-5.
1st Star – Jerry Korab (SCW), G & 3A
|Weekly Summary:||After coming out flat in front of a big crowd on a rivalry night, the Whales’ offense jumps to life and score sixteen goals in the two remaining games this week to get four points at home.|
|Mackinac Island Moose|
|Weekly Preview:||The Moose host Ohio and Silk City this week.|
|Ohio Legends @ Mackinac Island Moose||Legends 4, Moose 2 – Federko and Maloney dominate for the Legends, each scoring 2 goals for the visitors. In the first period they score 47 seconds apart to take the lead 2-0. The Moose answer with 2 goals (Park and Ferguson) to tie it up by the end of the 2nd period. Then Federko and Maloney each score again in the 3rd to break the hearts of the home crowd and take home a 4-2 win.
Fights – Smith and Busniuk, Lysiak and Cochrane, Stackhouse and Boutette
1st star – Maloney 2g1a
|Silk City Wales @ Mackinac Island Moose||Moose 6, Whales 1 – The Moose come out hot early, getting 3 goals (Boudreau, Propp, Boutette) in the first 12 minutes. The Whales answer before the first period ends on a goal by Kehoe. That’s all she wrote for the Whales scoring wise, while the Moose take advantage of a couple power plays (Park and Lever) and then McKechnie adds a meaningless one later to bring the total to 6 for the Moose.
Fights – Bourne and Propp, Turnbull and O’Connell, Sutter and Park, Langevin and Propp
1st star – Lever 1g1a
|Weekly Summary:||A win and a Loss, unfortunately the loss was to division rival Ohio, which hurts double.|
|Weekly Preview:||2 games this week, sorry about lack of write up, not feeling well.|
|CapJack Rangers @ Vermont Foresters||capjack wins 7-5 larry robinson and kent nilsson both net hat tricks|
|Ohio Legends @ Vermont Foresters||vermont upset about loss to last place capjack shut out legends 5-0. 2 more goals for nilsson, bench clearing brawl sees lukowich and cochrane ejected.|
|Weekly Summary:||nilsson 5g 1a in 2 games|