|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 brings in Vermont|
|Vermont Foresters @ Syracuse Bulldogs||Vermont wins a slugfest 7-6
Stars #1 VER Nilsson 1G 5pts
#2 VER Vail 2G
#3 VER Luckowich 2G
|Weekly Summary:||One home game. Vermont wins it|
|New Castle Ducks|
|Weekly Preview:||The struggling Ducks have one home game this week – against the powerful, high scoring, Charlestown Chiefs. It looks like a mismatch on paper but they do have to play the game.|
|Charlestown Chiefs @ New Castle Ducks||Ducks get off to a fast start as their new line combination strikes early for the second straight game. Tony Currie nets his 11th assisted by Mike Allison and Jim Schoenfeld to give New Castle a 1-0 lead at the 4:53 mark. It was all downhill from there for the Ducks. Charlestown’s great defenseman, Ray Bourque tied the game at 7:51 and then at 17:53 of the first period, George Lyle scored (7th of the year) to break the tie. Then came the backbreaker when, with 20 seconds to go in the period, Charlestown’s Anders Kallur got a breakaway and scored a short handed goal to put Charleston ahead 3-1. Another breakaway goal, this one by Parker McDonald at 1:23 of the second period made it 4-1.
The game was scoreless after that as Wayne Thomas stood tall in the Charlestown goal stopping 27 of 28 shots. Billy Smith struggled for New Castle as he allowed 4 goals on just 16 shots.
|Weekly Summary:||The Ducks continue to struggle both offensively and defensively and lose their only home game of the week, as their record drops to 10-25-5|
|Weekly Preview:||Two home games at the Capone Center this week for the Underground.|
|Charlotte Dynamo @ Chicago Underground||Chicago comes out on top in this close one.
Final Score: Chicago 3 – Charlotte 2
Labatts Three Star Selection:
Game Winning Goal – Bob Daily
|Vermont Foresters @ Chicago Underground||Vermont puts 3 on the board before Chicago sniffs the net. Chicago gets 2, but ultimately falls to the Foresters by 1.
Final Score: Vermont 3 – Chicago 2
Labatts Three Star Selection:
Game Winning Goal – Morris Lukowich
|Weekly Summary:||Chicago grabs 2 out of 4 points at home this week.|
|Weekly Preview:||Philly takes on Brooklyn…forgettaboutit…and Charlotte|
|Brooklyn Harbor Rats @ Philadelphia Firebirds||Brooklyn comes to Philly
1st – Maruk redirects a blast from Hartsburg to put Philly up by one. Tonellli gets his 11th from Holmgren and Bridgeman to finish the period 2-0 Philly
3rd – Newly acquired Rick Martin gets his 3rd from Dionne Gustaffson and Lee finish the scoring
PHILLY 6 BROOKLYN 2
Philly outhits NY 28-18
|Charlotte Dynamo @ Philadelphia Firebirds||1st ONLY highlight is the GOD Holmgren smacking around Hospidar
2nd – Hardy yes HARDY blows a shot by Esposito for his 5th
Chapman on the PP gets his 5th to tie it up seconds later Hartsburg gets his 2nd from Dionne Larie Boschmann gets a 5 minute charge Philly jumps on it as Maruk gets a PP 22nd from Martin and Ruff
3rd – Philly takes over as Tonelli and Martin scorePHILLY 5 CHARLOTTE 1last 2 periods Philly 28 – 8 in shots
|Weekly Summary:||Philly had a rough week last week. But this week they show they can score some goals.|
|Brooklyn Harbor Rats|
|Weekly Preview:||The Rats are on a roll, and have 3 home games lined up for this week. Philly, St. Clair Shores, and New Castle all come to pay a visit in Brooklyn.|
|Philadelphia Firebirds @ Brooklyn Harbor Rats||First game off the Christmas break sees Pat Hickey snap a 2-2 tie with just 3:06 left and the Harbor Rats hang on for a 3-2 win. Greg Millen stopped 24 shots in recording his 20th win of the season. Behn Wilson had the primary assists on the first 2 Rats goals.|
|Saint Clair Shores Saints @ Brooklyn Harbor Rats||With 21 penalties, this game featured a lot of special teams play, and it was the Harbor Rats second power play goal of the game, from Mike Gartner, that proved the game winner in another 3-2 Brooklyn win. The Saints got a 2nd power play goal, with 8:43 left, to make it a one goal game, but Millen made 27 saves to notch his 21st win of the season.|
|New Castle Ducks @ Brooklyn Harbor Rats||Bobby Smith scores a pair of early goals as the Harbor Rats run out to a 3-0 lead, only to let the Ducks back into the game when New Castle gets a pair of late, 2nd period scores to make it a one goal game. Then Smith adds 3 helpers in the 3rd period (a pair Darryl Sutter goals among them) to help Brooklyn pull away in a 6-2 win.|
|Weekly Summary:||3 home games, 3 wins for Brooklyn, who has now gone 9-0-2 in their last 11 games. Bobby Smith continues to add to his totals with a 2-5-7 point week. Greg Millen runs his league leading wins totals to 22.|
|Saint Clair Shores Saints|
|Weekly Preview:||The Saints are at home for 3 games against Silk City, CapJack, and Charlestown.|
|Silk City Wales @ Saint Clair Shores Saints||The Wales show off some firepower and explode for 3 goals in the 1st period. Kehoe scores his 25th. Also, Turnbull scores two goals. The Saints get goals from Delorme and Ramage. But, Silk City is too strong and gets 3 more goals by Messier, Miller, and Lindgren.
Silk City 6 SCS 2
1st – Turnbull 2 goals and 1 assist
|CapJack Rangers @ Saint Clair Shores Saints||No goals in the 1st period. In the 2nd, Bob Kelly scores his 14th goal for the Saints. Then, the Rangers score on a Robinson goal. That’s all the goals that would be scored as the game ends in a tie.
CapJack 1 SCS 1
1st – Liut 30 saves – Saints
|Charlestown Chiefs @ Saint Clair Shores Saints||Early in the 1st, the Saints get on the board with a Ftorek goal. Its his 14th goal. No more goals until the 3rd period.
In the 3rd period, Doug Wilson scores a short handed goal. Things get interesting with 5:18 to go as Tremblay scores his 9th for the Chiefs. The Saints are able to hold off Chiefs for the remainder of the game.
SCS 2 Charlestown 1
1st – Liut 23 saves
|Weekly Summary:||The Saints lose to Silk City; tie the Rangers; then beat the Chiefs.|
|Weekly Preview:||It’s a once a season chance to avoid the underwhelming (i.e., downright stupid) Dave Koch AI managing my team as the Saskatoon Cyclone get to host 4 games this week!!!! Unfortunately we have to face two 1st place teams in addition to Chicago (who always gives us trouble) and New Castle (who, like the wondrous sasquatch) are something dark and mysterious to us.|
|New Castle Ducks @ Saskatoon Cyclone||Fricking power plays kill the Cyclone as they give up 3 2nd period goals (Kasper, Allison, Dunn) in seven chances and can’t manage to draw a penalty themselves to save their lives as they get edged 4-3 by the New Castle Ducks.
The game was actually fairly lop-sided in terms of game play in Saskatoon’s favor but since when does that matter?
Ryan Walter got the first goal of the game for the Ducks in a 1-1 1st period while Malinowski countered for Saskatoon.
Bob Gainey scored 5 minutes into the 3rd period but that’s as close as the Cyclone could come.
|Chicago Underground @ Saskatoon Cyclone||Pete Peeters was tested rarely and Markus Mattsson way too much as he played spectator as much as goaltender in a 7-4 Chicago win.
A really weird, boring game that featured very little action (shots were 16-11 Saskatoon after 2 periods) until the Underground woke up in the 3rd period and scored 5 times on 15 shots. Fortunately, it was barf bag day in Saskatoon so no one went home empty handed.
Mike Eaves had 3 assists for the Underground and Per Olov Brasar got the 1st 1st star of his life with a goal and an assist.
So … two games Saskatoon should have won on paper … should have played on paper as ice was not too friendly.
|Philadelphia Firebirds @ Saskatoon Cyclone||Weird. Just plain weird.
Glen Hanlon makes 32 saves and Jacques Richard scores twice as Hampton’s sputtering homestand does an about-face with a 4-0 win over Philadelphia. Gretzky had two assists and Don Beaupre was less than spectacular in net for Philly allowing 4 goals on 23 shots.
|Mackinac Island Moose @ Saskatoon Cyclone||A game completely based on momentum saw Gretzky score twice in the 1st period on Moose goalie Gilles Meloche only to have Mackinac Island score four straight goals on Glen Hanlon who was apparently still high from his shutout the night before. The 4th goal was his death knell as he was replaced by Markus Mattsson.
Mackinac Island saw its 4-2 lead disappear with three 3rd period goals by Saskatoon and then Walt McKechnie tied it up 5-5 with just over three minutes to play, but Marc Tardif regained the lead for Saskatoon a minute later.
Mattsson played his ass off in the dying minutes of the game and managed to keep the puck out to preserve the wild 6-5 win for the Cyclone.
Gretzky earned his Great One monicker in this one scoring three times and adding an assist.
|Weekly Summary:||The cyclone manage 4 of 8 points on its homestand.
EDITORIAL NOTE: The AI around “Crunch Time” is completely f@$$!#. Mr. Koch repeatedly inserted defencemen Rick Green as my centre and Dave Maloney as my right winger and moved Gretzky to left wing in the final two minutes of the game. Just plain stupid is the only way to describe this great new feature to the app.
|Weekly Preview:||Rangers have 4 games this week but 3 of them are on the road – and we are in tough spot trying the catch the Harbor Rats for 2nd place. They haven’t been losing as of late!!
But we get to host Chicago this week – toughen them up for future matches against Philly…. ah the love
|Chicago Underground @ CapJack Rangers||The Underground out shoot the Rangers 29-26 and pop 5 of those shots past Bouchard – and the game still wasn’t even close. The Rangers scored on 10 of their 26 shots on goal with Shutt getting a hat trick and Deblois scoring 2 of his own.
1st period started with Siltanen scoring in less that a minute and by the time 10 minutes were up it was 4-0 CapJack. Gillies clicked for the Underground before the period ended, but that was it. Period 2 saw both teams score twice – Rautakallio nabbed PP goal and Mondou got the unassisted type. DeBlois’s 2nd of the game was a shorthander. 3rd period McNab scored for Chicago between the 4 goals the Rangers put in. Peters lasted for 8 goals before Astrom took over with 10 minutes to go.
STARS (all CAP)
1. Shutt 3 goals
2. DeBlois 2 goals, 1 assist
3. Trottier 1 goal, 3 assists
6 Rangers had 3 points and Trottier 4.
|Weekly Summary:||1 home game – lots of goals and a Ranger win. That’ll work. We know Chicago was saving their best for Philly!|
|Silk City Wales|
|Weekly Preview:||Silk City welcomes in Syracuse in their only home game this week. The Bulldogs are currently in second place in the Norris Division. The teams have split their two previous meetings this season with each team winning on their opponents’ home ice.|
|Syracuse Bulldogs @ Silk City Wales||The Whales get two goals apiece from Mark Messier, Bob Bourne and an unlikely Mike Crombeen and beat the Bulldogs 6-2. Mario Lessard stops 34 of 36 Syracuse shots. The game did have a humorous moment when the Whales told Crombeen they would let him finish the game in an attempt for a hat trick. Unfortunately he jumped on with five other Silk City skaters already on ice for a bench minor penalty with 1:20 left.
1st Star – Bob Bourne (SCW), 2G
|Weekly Summary:||The Whales have a strong outing this week while finding offense from players not named Rick Kehoe for the second week in a row.|
|Weekly Preview:||The Ohio Legends, who now need to rest players due to fatigue have two important games this week to try to stay in the hunt for a playoff spot against Silk City and CapJack.|
|Silk City Wales @ Ohio Legends||Silk City 3, OHIO 2
Rick Kehoe’s 25th goal of the season just 19 seconds into the third period brok a 2-2 tie and gave the Silk City Whales a 3-2 win over the Ohio Legends. Despite being outshot 39-21 by the hometown Legends, Silk City was able to put up single tallies in each of the three frames.
Kevin Lavallee (fourth) and Perry Turnbull (14th) notched the other goals for Silk City. Ohio strangely scored both goals on the power play–as Tim Kerr (ninth) and Glen Sharpley (sixth) each lit the lamp.
Bob Sauve turned aside 37 shot sin the win, while Denis Herron stopped 18 in the defeat. The Legends were two-for-nine on the power play, while Silk City went one-for-two.
|CapJack Rangers @ Ohio Legends||CapJack 4, OHIO 3
A three-goal second period was enough for CapJack to put away Ohio in this one. Again, the Legends wasted superb special teams efforts, as the man-advantage group lit the lamp twice.
Ray Neufeld opened the scoring at 14:40 of the first with his second of the year to give Ohio the early lead.
The second frame was a storm unleashed by the Rangers, as the goals were scored by Larry Robinson (ninth), Steve Shutt (22nd) and Risto Siltanen (eighth) in a 2:54 window. CapJack won the sshots battle in the frame 23-7. Ohio got a Bob Nystrom (fourth) goal on the power play late in the stanza.
In the third, Bob MacMillan collected his eleventh goal at 6:59, finishing a three-on-one rush to make it 4-2. Bernie Federko’s eleventh goal just past the halfway makr made it a one-goal game at 4-3. The Legends went on one last power play with 2:01 to go and pulled the goaltender to have a two-man advantage–but could not notch the equalizing goal.
The legendary Rigue Vachon picked up the win with 28 saves, while Denis Herron came up short with 33 saves. Ohio was two-fo-rfour on the power play while CapJack was one-for-six.
|Weekly Summary:||A week of promise ends in bitter disappointment, as the Ohio Legends take a pair of one-goal losses at home. Ohio now stares at the trade deadline knowing that it will be a seller. The question is, will there be anyone wanted for those contending teams?|
|Weekly Preview:||Just one game on the docket, versus Syracuse.|
|Syracuse Bulldogs @ Charlestown Chiefs||The Chiefs make a spectacular late period comeback.
Down 2-1, Reid Bailey (2) scores at 19:39 of the 2nd period to tie it up, and then Tony McKegney (16) plays the hero at 14:54 of the 3rd to win the game 3-2.
Star 1: CHA Bailey 1 G, 3 Pts
GWG: Tony McKegney
Notables: SYR Parro 32 saves
|Weekly Summary:||One game, won one.|
|Weekly Preview:||The Owls play 3 home games in this block, still looking for the elusive home victory.|
|Charlestown Chiefs @ Columbus Owls||Columbus shows fight by scoring 3 third period goals to rally from 5-2 down for a 5-5 tie. Payne caps the comeback with his second of the game at 19:26 of the third. John Ogrodnick scored a goal and 2 assists for the Owls and Wilf Paiement had the same for the Chiefs.|
|Silk City Wales @ Columbus Owls||Joy at Dickie Dunn Arena! Blaine Stoughton scored his 22nd goal with 41 seconds left to lead the Owls to
a 4-3 win. Mike Zuke scored twice for Columbus, who rallied from a 2-1 defecit in the 3rd.
|CapJack Rangers @ Columbus Owls||Brian Trottier scored twice and added an assist as the Rangers scored an easy 6-1 victory. Trottier now has 23 goals and Danny Gare scored his 28th.|
|Weekly Summary:||The Owls gained 3 of 6 points in this block. They now lead the league in losses as well as ties.|
|Mackinac Island Moose|
|Weekly Preview:||The Moose (21-12-6) host the leagues best record Pittsburg Spirit (24-7-8) and the Vermont Foresters (19-16-4). Two of the leagues leading scorers will be here; Kent Nilsson VER (23-43-66) and Darryl Sittler PIT (27-37-64) , along with one of the better goalies; Glenn Resch PIT (12-4-5, 3.08 GAA). Pittsburgh brings in the top scoring team in the league at 4.58 GPG while the Moose have one of the top defensive units holding teams to 3.22 GPG, led by Gilles Meloche (14-4-2, 2.56 GAA).|
|Pittsburgh Spirit||Moose 3, Spirit 2 – Much to the dismay of the home crowd, Head Coach Boris Badenov consults with assistant coach Guy LeDouche and they send out Mike Palmateer instead of Gilles Meloche for this big game. Meloche storms out of the lockerrooom and is not seen the rest of the day. The team rallies around Mike “the sieve” Palmateer and takes the ice with a large chip on their shoulders.
Both teams seem edgy and there’s a lot of skating and hitting, but not a lot of work for the two netminders. Finally at the 6 minute mark, one of the top penalty collectors for Pittsburg, Hart, gets nailed for tripping, and then racks up a bonus 10 minutes of rest time for misconduct, to get things cranked up just a little bit. The Spirit kill that off and then Propp returns the favor with a tripping penalty which the home team is able to kill off. All this seems to get the Moose offense in gear and Resch finally sees some action. By the end of the period, he fends off 13 shots, to only 4 saves for Palmateer. Both goalies are perfect and a nervous crowd goes for refills with the scoreboard unblemished.
The Spirit find some sticks with a little more pep, and come out with more energy in the 2nd. Propp hooks up with Maloney for a little scuffle and some time off. As the Spirit energy revs up, it culminates in a goal by Pettersson, assisted by a well rested Maloney, to break the ice and get a marker on the board. The period continues to wear on with that uneasy feeling like when you eat the last piece of bologna that ‘almost’ smelled normal, until the Moose get the equalizer by McKechnie. A minute later, Patey and Boudreau get their fists and faces tangled up in a little scuffle. After some 4 on 4 action, things settle down, and with a 12-8 SOG advantage in the 2nd, the Spirit head to intermission feeling pretty good about this battle on the Island.
The 3rd period starts with a playoff type of energy as both teams are showing the ability to score as well as fend off the opposition. The teams take turns fending off power play threats, 2 for the home team and 1 for the Spirit and the game crawls into the final 10 minutes at 1-1. As the clock slips past the 8 minute mark, the Moose execute a nifty face off play in the Pittsburgh zone and a frustrated Greg Smith sends home a bomb from the point to make it 2-1. After a few threats from both teams, the Spirit start to press and the strategy backfires with a turnover during zone entry followed by a stampede of Moose to the other end with Barber taking advantage of an opening to make it 3-1 Moose with less than 3 minutes remaining. The Spirit pull their goalie a minute later and proceed to pummell poor Mike Palmateer who is able to save a number of shots, but many result in rebound shots and Lafleur is able to convert, making it 3-2, but with only 13 seconds left on the clock, which the Moose are able to bleed away and give Mike his best win of the season.
1st star – Barber 1g
|Vermont Foresters @ Mackinac Island Moose||Moose 6, Foresters 2 – Meloche returns to the team and apparently has something to prove. Along with the defensive units, they hold the Foresters to 11 SOG the first 2 periods which keeping the visitors out of the nets. While this is going on, the offensive guys pummel Brodeur with 27 shots, which results in 4 goals (McKechnie, Kurri, Lysiak, Watson) and the game goes to the 3rd period 4-0 Moose. Two of those goals on the powerplay.
3rd period sees the Foresters with a new energy, and they cut the lead to 2 on goals by Nilsson and Vail only 32 seconds apart while Meloche apparently takes a nap behind that mask. The Moose defense stiffens to stop the bleeding and then Park turns the tide with a slapshot to push the lead to 3. Propp adds a meaningless goal just before the final horn to make the score 6-2. Final SOG tally is 40-21 in favor of the Moose.
1st star – Lysiak 1g1a
|Weekly Summary:||Moose win both home games this week against formidable opponents, holding each to 2 goals.
Great team effort, Nobody with more than 2 pts, 2 good efforts by both goalies.
|Weekly Preview:||As it sits in the basement of the Patrick division entering the “new year”, the Charlotte Dynamo hosted a Syracuse Bulldogs team very much in the playoff hunt, its .500 record notwithstanding.|
|Syracuse Bulldogs @ Charlotte Dynamo||The Dynamo raced out to a 4-0 lead — then hung on for dear life until the bitter end in turning back the Bulldogs, 4-3. The visitors nearly pulled off a dramatic rally in the final 10 minutes of play, with even strength goals during those closing moments coming from Bulldogs Tim Young (his 14th), Ivan Boldirev and Al MacAdam. The last tally, from MacAdam off a feed from Eddie Johnstone came with just 47 seconds to play and provided a late scare for Tony Esposito and Co. The Bulldogs damn near tied it, after winning the ensuing faceoff: Bill Derlago fired a low shot that rebounded off of Esposito, who was then forced to make one final save — his 38th of the contest — off a wraparound shot that was attempted by Bulldogs winger Tim Higgins with about 30 seconds left.
The four opening Dynamo goals came from defenseman Al Sims, second liners Derek Smith and Wayne Cashman, and top center Mike Rogers’ whose tally with 29 seconds left in the second period proved to be the game winner. First star honors went to Smith, as the center added two assists along with his goal.
|Weekly Summary:||It never comes easy for this upstart Charlotte franchise — but the Dynamo will take a win anyway it can get it at this point. The overachieving Al Sims at defense continues to be a bright spot among few with just over half of the season complete — his 13th goal in this latest contest keeps him atop the team’s scoring leaders. In real life he had scored 16 in the ENTIRE 1980-81 campaign.|
|Ohio Legends @ Pittsburgh Spirit||Ohio and Pittsburgh skate to a 5-5 tie.|
|New Castle Ducks @ Pittsburgh Spirit||Pittsburgh beats New Castle 6-3|
|Columbus Owls @ Pittsburgh Spirit||Pittsburgh comes out on top 5-2.|
|Weekly Summary:||3 games and 5 points. Not bad. We’ll take it!|
|Weekly Preview:||mackinac island comes to vermont for the second of back to back games between the moose and foresters.|
|Mackinac Island Moose @ Vermont Foresters||vermont, upset about their game with the moose the night before on the island trapped in the 1800s got the local government to pass a law banning vehicles within 10 miles of the ben and jerrys center forcing the moose to walk from their hotel up the mountain to the bjc. vermonts owner said, “we had to walk on that silly island, they can walk in our mountains”
well, the strategy appeared to backfire when mark napier stole a pass and scored on a breakaway putting the visitors up 1-0 just 47 seconds in. at the 8:04 mark of the period don marcotte got the foresters on the board tying the game with his 9th of the year. just 1:22 later faubert gave vermont the lead 2-1 with his 1st of the year. jari kurri evened the score again less then 2 minutes later but just over 2 minutes later, eric vail deposited his 15th on the powerplay giving the home team the lead again 3-2. less than 3 minutes later kent nilsson scored making it 4-2 vermont and ending the night for mike palmateer after 4 goals on 17 shots. gilles meloche entered and less than a minute later don marcotte scored his 2nd of the game for a 5-2 lead. the second period didnt go much better for the moose as 4:47 in craig ramsey tallied his 11th of the season and 58 seconds later don marcotte completed the hat trick with his 11th of the year. ferguson tried to get the moose back in the game scoring at the 11:14 mark of the 2nd but just over 3 minutes later bob murray scored his 5th of the year for an 8-3 lead, which ended up being the final score. the foresters outshot the moose 39-23 in this dominating performance led by don marcottes 3 goals in only 11:26 of ice time skating on the 4th line and another 3 point night for star kent nilsson with 1g and 2a.
|Weekly Summary:||the only home game of the week ended with a revenge victory for vermont. the defense and goaltending still seemed a little suspect giving up 3 goals on only 23 shots but the offenses domination was the story against the weary moose.|