Smith, Bobby BRO 3 0 9 9 0 -3 10 0%
Brodeur, Richard VER 2 3 1.5 48 .941
Maloney, Don OHI 3 2 3 5 4 0 4 50%
Palmateer, Mike MAC 2 2 1 42 .955

Syracuse Bulldogs
Weekly Preview: Syracuse brings in in-state rivals Crooklyn
Brooklyn Harbor Rats @ Syracuse Bulldogs A back and forth game ends up in a 3-3 tie
Stars #1 BRO Reinhart 1G 2pts
#2 SYR Johnstone 1G
#3 BRO Wilson 1G 2pts
Weekly Summary: One game one point
Chicago Underground
Silk City Wales @ Chicago Underground The home team gets one more than the visitors & makes the home town fans excited on the way out.

Final Score: Chicago 6 – Silk City 5

Labatts Three Star Selection:
Star #1 – Stefan Persson – 2 Goals – 3 Points
Star #2 – Pierre Mondou – 2 Goals – 3 Points
Star #3 – Perry Turnbull – 1 Goal – 2 Points

Notables: Larry Murphy 3 Assists, Bob Sauve 31 Saves for Silk City

Game Winning Goal – Mike Bossy

Pittsburgh Spirit @ Chicago Underground The beast from the East comes in & beats the home town club by one goal.

Final Score: Pittsburgh 6 – Chicago 5

Labatts Three Star Selection:
Star #1 – Dick Redmond – 2 Goals
Star #2 – Ron Greschner – 1 Goal – 3 Points
Star #3 – Matti Hagman – 3 Assists

Notables: Anders Hedberg 3 Assists, Matti Hagman 3 Assists, Chico Resch 38 Saves for Pittsburgh

Game Winning Goal – Dick Redmond

Weekly Summary: Chicago splits the home stand & still is muddled in the bottom of the Norris Division.
New Castle Ducks
Weekly Preview: The Ducks are shaking things up as they have a new fourth line to try to add some offense. The checking line of Fotiu-Weir-O’Reilly will be replaced by Ron Sedlbauer- Dave Debol and Dave Silk as New Castle tries to generate some offense
Pittsburgh Spirit @ New Castle Ducks PIT 5 NEW 4 The new look Ducks almost pull off a big upset against the powerful Spirit. The Ducks led 4-2 after two periods but as has been the case far too often this season, New Castle could not hold the lead. With the score tied 4-4, Pittsburgh’s Paul Shmyr went off for hooking at 15:04 and things looked good for the Ducks. But Pittsburgh defenseman Willie Huber got abreakaway and scored SHORT HANDED beating Billy Smith as the Spirit took a 5-4 lead and held on to win by that score.
Ducks came back twice in the early going as Pitt took 1-0 and 2-1 leads. Yvan Vautour and Tony Currie got the tying goals. Then Yvon Lambert scored with 3 seconds left in the first period to give New Castle a 3-2 lead. with a little under 3 minutes to go in the second period, Vaclav Nedomansky scored to make it 4-2 Ducks going to the third period.
In the third, Pittsburgh struck early as Guy Chouinard scored 32 seconds after the period began. That made it 4-3 and quieted the crowd at the Duck Pond. Three minutes later Jorgen Pettersson scored his second of the game and 28th of the year to tie it – and that set the stage for Huber’s shorthanded game winning goal!
1- PIT Pettersson 2 G
2- PIT Chouinard 1G, 2 A
3- PIT Patey 1GBilly Smith allowed 5 goals on only 24 shots as the Ducks outshot Pittsburgh 33-24. Glenn “Chico” Resch made 29 saves for the Spirit. Ducks defenseman Harold Snepts left the game in the second period with an injury and did not return
Saint Clair Shores Saints @ New Castle Ducks NEW 5 SCS 4
The Ducks break a 4-4 tie at 7:35 of the third period when Ron Sedlbauer scored his first goal of the season to put the Ducks ahead for good. It was a see saw game as the Saints went ahead 1-0 and 2-1. Just as in the Pittsburgh game, the Ducks tied it each time, this time getting game tying goals from Mike Allison and Tony Currie. And then repeating the pattern of the Pittsburgh game, the Ducks made it 4-2 as defensemen Brad McCrimmon and Rick Lanz each scored. The game followed that same familiar pattern as the Saints cut the lead to 4-3 with just 17 seconds left in the second period as high scoring winger Wayne Babych put the puck past Bunny Larocque.
In the third period, the Saints wasted no time in tying it up. Babych did it again – at 1:08 – scoring his second of the game and 20th of the season. 4-4! The same scoring pattern as the game against Pittsburgh. But the result was different this time as it was the Ducks who scored the winning goal as their new line of Sedlbauer-Debol-Silk got the goal when Sedlbauer put it in the net assisted by Debol and Lanz.
New Castle outshot St Clair Shores 47-25. Bobby Clarke won 22 of 24 faceoffs. Mike Liut made 42 saves for St. Clair Shores
1- SCS Babych 2G 1 A
2-NEW Currie 1G, 2 A
3-NEW Mike Allison 1G, 1 A
Weekly Summary: The Ducks gain a split of the two games, losing to heavily favored Pittsburgh and then beating St. Clair Shores.
Charlestown Chiefs
Weekly Preview: Only one home game this week; the Chiefs rest many regulars including Gardner and Bourque. Can they overcome?
Charlotte Dynamo @ Charlestown Chiefs In a wild run and gun affair, the Chiefs prevail 6-4. Denis Potvin really steps up with Bourque out, and Lanny McDonald adds a pair of goals. Tony McKegney is finally adjusting to his new team, potting another goal at even strength.

Scoring Summary
Per Time Str Team
1 2:48 EV CHA McKegney (17), assisted by Savard (16) and Potvin (22)
1 8:16 PP CHD Cashman (12), assisted by Smith (26)
1 16:29 PP CHD Rogers (14), assisted by Simmer (22) and Chapman (12)
1 19:57 EV CHA Savard (20), assisted by Paiement (45)
2 3:28 PP CHA Kerr (19), assisted by Mike McEwen (15)
2 5:57 EV CHA McDonald (10), assisted by Coffey (13)
2 11:46 PP CHD Simmer (27), unassisted
2 15:07 PP CHA Kerr (20), assisted by Paiement (46)
3 7:48 EV CHA McDonald (11), unassisted
3 19:14 EV CHD Jonathan (7), assisted by Smith (27) and Rowe (5)

Star 1: CHA McDonald 2 G
Star 2: CHA Kerr 2 G
Star 3: CHA Savard 1 G, 2 Pts

GWG: Reg Kerr

Notables: CHD Esposito 30 saves
CHA Potvin,D 12 PIM, Plasse 33 saves, Baxter 14 PIM

Weekly Summary: The Chiefs continue to hang around with the 2nd tier contenders.
CapJack Rangers
Weekly Preview: Rangers working to claw back into playoff picture have the luxury of 3 home games this week as they try to gain on the Harbor Rats.
Syracuse Bulldogs @ CapJack Rangers Rangers go to Vachon in front of the pipes and he comes through stopping 31 of the 33 shots he faces. Rangers get off to 2-0 lead after 1 on goals from Crowder (3) and MacMillan (12) who has been hot of late. Derlago scores a PP goal early in the 2nd to cut it to 2-1 but Lonsberry (7) nets a SH goal with 6 to go in the 2nd to make it 3-1. Terry Martin scores for Syracuse making it 3-2 with 7 and a 1/2 to go in the 3rd giving the home town crowd some tense moments – but the Rangers dominance of the face-off circles, coupled with Roggie’s goal-keeping work keeps the Ranger lead on tack.
1. Lonsberry 1 goal, 1 assist
2. MacMillan 1 goal
3. Crowder 1 goal
Saint Clair Shores Saints @ CapJack Rangers Vachon again gets the call for this one and he and defensive newcomer Siltanen again perform well as the Rangers win their 2nd of 2 games on this homestand, 4-1. Siltanen (11) gets things started midway through the 1st and Schutt (21) makes it 2-0 just after the 2nd period starts. Christoff (13) tallies inside of the 1st 3 minutes of the 2nd making it 2-1 but then Crowder (4) gets an insurance goal for CapJack on a PP goal in the 2nd and Nethery (5) puts it away with an empty-netter in the closing minute of the game.
STARS: (all CAP)
1. Nethery 1 goal, 1 assist
2. Schutt 1 goal
3. Siltanen 1 goal
Vachon (20 saves) and a tight defense also get a big nod in this one.
Saskatoon Cyclone @ CapJack Rangers Rangers face the tough Saskatoon team, leaders of the Smythe, in the 3rd game of this week. And the Cyclone set the pace scoring two goals in the first 14 minutes – Richard (27) (assisted by the Gretzky guy) and Malinowski (12). But the Rangers answer back with 2 goals within 39 seconds late in the period as the Shutt (27)/Schutt (22) brothers score to tie it up going into the 2nd.

Then things go bonkers for the Cyclone and over-the-top for the Rangers. Lapointe (7), Schutt (23), Siltanen (12) and Lonsberry (8) all score in the 2nd period. Those last three goals were ALL PP goals! (all 5 on 4). Dave Taylor (24) [assisted by the guy who will become the Great One) scored a PP goal – after the Rangers 1st of the period, but when the ice shavings were cleared after period 2 it was 6-3 CapJack.

Kind of makes the 3rd period a bit anti-climactic. Although Saskatoon came out with other intentions. Acton (7) [yes, assisted by the Gretzky guy] scores 39 seconds in making it 6-4. Cyclone then hold the Rangers in check and finally pull Hanlon in the final minute and Barry Long (4) comes through for the Rangers tallying the final goal of the game into an empty net.

Former Ranger goalie Mattsson started this game, but was yanked after 27 minutes giving up 5 goals on 17 shots. Former Saskatoon goalie, Roggie Vachon makes his 3rd start of the week and notches his 3rd W stopping 27 of the 31 Cyclone shots. He’s 6-1 since coming to CapJack.

STARS: (all CAP)
1. Schutt 2 goals
2. Shutt 1 goal, 1 assist
3. Siltanen 1 goal, 1 assist

Except for Blocked shots and scoring chances (and score) Saskatoon dominated the stats.

Weekly Summary: Well nothing to complain about this week as the Rangers go 3 for 3 and pick up 6 points this week!!
Ohio Legends
Weekly Preview: The Ohio Legends enter the week clinging to the final playoff spot in the conference. Two cross conference home games allow the club a chance to gain ground on Mackinaw Island. Can the gap be narrowed?
Vermont Foresters @ Ohio Legends Vermont 2, OHIO 0

A snoozer through two periods that saw no scoring and a total of 27 shots during the 40 minutes.

Bob Murray’s point shot power play goal at 6:38 proved to be the game winner. Tom Gorence’s goal at 14:55 on the rush closed out the scoring.

Richard Brodeur stopped 20 shots to take the win, while Denis Herron absorbed the loss despite 24 saves. The Foresters went one-fo-rseven on the power play, while the Legends were zero-for-four.

It was the seventh win in the last eight games for Vermont.

Syracuse Bulldogs @ Ohio Legends Syracuse 6, OHIO 4

Syracuse raced out to a 3-1 lead in the first period–with goals by Warren Young (4:47), Curt Fraser (16:26) and Stan Smyl (17:04). Ohio notched an early goal at 5:06 by Glen Sharpley to tie the game at one apiece.

Syracuse extended the lead to 4-1, midway through the second period when Fraser notched his second of the night at 11:15. Ohio would narrow the gap to 4-3, with a pair of late goals from Tim Kerr (17:38) and Willy Lindstrom (18:16).

In the third, the Legends tied the game with Glen Sharpley’s ninth goal at 2:17 and Ohio had erased a three-goal deficit.

However, these are the expansion Ohio Legends and things never go according to plan. Pierre Larouche’s 16th goal at 9:57 proved to be the game winner. Tim Higgins’ power play goal at 13:35 closed the scoring in the contest.

Dave Parro stopped 33 shots to take the win, while Eddie Mio took the loss despite 19 saves. Syracuse went one-for-three on the power play, while Ohio went zero-for-four with the man-advantage. Glen Sharpley had two goals and an assist for the losers, while Tim Higgings had a goal and two assists for Syracuse.

Weekly Summary: No points and two home games go past the board for Ohio. The inaugural season has seen a few ups and plenty of downs in 1980-81. With the season just past the halfway mark, the Legends are just outside the playoff pack with the losses.
Brooklyn Harbor Rats
Weekly Preview: just one home tilt, against the Legends of Ohio
Ohio Legends @ Brooklyn Harbor Rats Paul Reinhart becomes the first defensemen in Brooklyn history to record a hat trick when his 3rd goal of the game evens the score at 4 halfway through the 3rd period. But just over a minute later Blair MacDonald snaps the tie and gives the Legends the lead. Serge Savard makes it a two goal lead with 3:00 minutes remaining and Ohio goes on to a 7-4 road win, spoiling Reinhart’s night.
Weekly Summary: Hat trick from a blue liner makes for a memorable home game, but a win would have been better.
Pittsburgh Spirit
Weekly Preview: One home game this week.
Silk City Wales @ Pittsburgh Spirit Silk City comes to the Burgh to test the Champs…

Silk City outshoots Pittsburgh 34-29 but Baker saves 32 of those shots while Sauve saved only 21 of 29.

Spirit win easily 8-2.

Star 1 – Pettersson 2G, 2A
Star 2 – Houle 1G, 2A
Star 3 – Sittler 1G, 1A

SCW – Turnbull 14 PIM, Messier 17 faceoffs won
PIT – Baker 32 saves

Weekly Summary: One game, two points. The Champs continue to play like Champs… and we know people hate us because of it, but we’re ok with that. 😉
Saint Clair Shores Saints
Weekly Preview: The Saints have one home game this week and take on Saskatoon.
Saskatoon Cyclone @ Saint Clair Shores Saints This was not a contest as the Cyclone come in and destroy the Saints. Gilbert played goal this game for Liut and the results were not great. The Cyclone score the first five goals. Quenneville, Vaive, Gainey, Gretsky, and former Saint Ververgaert do the damage. With 19 seconds to go in the game, Doug Wilson spoils the shutout for Mattsson and the Cyclone. Both teams had 22 shots. But, the Cyclone were more precise.

Saskatoon 5 SCS 1

1st -Gainey
2nd – Ververgaert
3rd – Gretsky

Weekly Summary: Saskatoon disposes of the Saints, 5-1
Philadelphia Firebirds
Weekly Preview: Philly takes on two tough teams this week in Charlestown and Mackinac Island
Charlestown Chiefs @ Philadelphia Firebirds 1st – Schmautz and Tremblay both score in a very chippy first period
2nd – Mel Bridgeman puts Philly up 2-1 but before the period ends Kerr gets his 19th on a blast from Bourque
3rd – Tony Mckegney gets back at his former team with his 17th and puts the Chiefs up 3-2. But Peter Lee takes over scoring his 25th and 26th goals and the Firebirds are up 4-3 with just 2 minutes to play. But with a 1:13 left Gardner beats Sevigny to the glove side with his 19th and the Chiefs tie it upSTARS
01. Lee
02. Gardner
03. McKegneyPHILLY 4 CHIEFS 4
Mackinac Island Moose @ Philadelphia Firebirds The Moose visit Philly and waste no time as Jari ( I think he might be good) Kurri gets his 19th of the year on the Powerplay. Van Boxmeer ties it up with his 7th but before the period ends Napier gets his 18th again on the Powerplay.
2nd – No Score
3rd – No Score as Lindy Ruff is stoned on a SH breakway All 3 stars go to the Mackinac refs who did the game !!! 8 PP for the Island none for Philly and 39 PIM for Philly and 8 for the Moose.Needless to say the refs needed a police escourt to the airport. Late the Birds put the home addresses of the refs on the teams website for any TRUE fan
Weekly Summary: 1 point this week in 2 tough games.
Columbus Owls
Weekly Preview: Columbus plays 3 games in week 12. They have been playing better lately.
Vermont Foresters @ Columbus Owls Vermont rallies from a 2-1 3rd period defect to defeat Columbus 3-2. Goals by McCourt and Gorrence sealed the victory.
Saskatoon Cyclone @ Columbus Owls Craig Patrick scored his first goal of the season with just over 5 minutes left to forge a 5-5 tie with the Cyclone. The Owls were down 4-2 after one before rallying. The great one had 2 assists.
Chicago Underground @ Columbus Owls Michel Goulet scored twice and Phil Myre recorded the first shutout in team history. Columbus 4, Chicago 0
Weekly Summary: Columbus gets 3 of 6 points as they continue to play better at home.
Charlotte Dynamo
Weekly Preview: The Dynamo continue their slog at the bottom of the Patrick division where each of the other three teams above them are at least 7 games above .500. The team’s latest home contests were against Norris leader Philadelphia and the division’s fourth place team, New Castle.
Philadelphia Firebird @ Charlotte Dynamo Against the Firebirds, the Dynamo decided to cut its losses going in and rested multiple regulars including some hall of famers including Tony Esposito and Gilbert Perreault, not to mention 80s superstars such as Charlie Simmer and Glenn Anderson. The result was a predictable 5-3 Philly win, though Charlotte’s scrubs put up a worthy effort. In fact, the Dynamo grabbed an early 1-0 lead courtesy of a Mike Rogers goal — but the Firebirds responded with four unanswered goals off Larry Lozinski, including three in the rest of the first period and one more in the early moments of the second period, to grab a 4-1 lead. Goals by Ian Turnbull and Stan Jonathan closed the gap to 4-3, but a Dennis Maruk empty netter — his second goal of the game — sealed the deal. Other noteworthy: Firebirds goalie Don Beaupre was credited with two assists (a league high for netminders in one game?). Beapre added a tripping penalty to his repertoire.
New Castle Ducks @ Charlotte Dynamo Against New Castle, the Dynamo dusted off all its aforementioned top guns that had been resting, but could still only muster a 3-3 tie in a back and forth affair. Charlotte, down 3-2, salvaged a point with 4:26 left in regulation when defenseman Al Sims capitalized on a feed from Derek Smith. Consecutive goals from Wayne Cashman and Charlie Simmer lifted the Dynamo to a 2-1 edge through two periods. But New Castle’s Ryan Walter answered with two third period goals to put his team on top 3-2 prior to the Sims tying goal. Left winger Ryan Allison accounted for the other Ducks goal.

Notables: There were 14 penalties doled out, including ejections to forwards on each side, Charlotte’s Blair Chapman and New Castle’s Steve Kasper, at different stages of the game. The Ducks’ Walter also had three penalties to go along with his two goals.

Weekly Summary: With each game, it becomes increasingly apparent that the playoffs are a pipe dream. The focus for Charlotte at this point becomes getting usage issues addressed once and for all to field the best team the rest of the way — and an emphasis on building around existing stars (but with a lack of depth it may realistically be a two-three year project looking forward).
Vermont Foresters
Weekly Preview: brooklyn comes into vermont as the playoff races start to heat up
Brooklyn Harbor Rats @ Vermont Foresters vermont looking to continue their strong play of late will have richard brodeur in net facing wayne stephenson for the harbor rats. the foresters didnt waste much time with craig ramsey scoring less then 3 minutes into the game and kent nilsson following up 15 seconds later for a 2-0 lead. anton stastny cut the lead in half at the 13:16 mark on brooklyns 3rd of 4 powerplays in the first period. foligno and leach scored in the second giving the home team a 4-1 lead but mike gartner scored 23 seconds after leach to make it 4-2. late in the 2nd mccarthy was whistled for a charging major giving the foresters a 5 minute powerplay, 90 seconds in miles zaharko was sent off for hooking making it 5 on 3. the foresters could not capitalze on the powerplay and it looked like momentum was going to shift to the visitors but don marcotte continued his hot play scoring less then 30 seconds after vermont killed off a brooklyn powerplay for a 5-2 lead. kent nilsson got his second of the games less than 2 minutes later making it 6-2. anton stastny cut the lead to 6-3 half way through the final period but kent nilsson capped the scoring with the hat trick less than 2 minutes later for the 7-3 victory. bobby smith had 3 assists for brooklyn, while kent nilsson added an assist to his 3 goals and mike foligno had 1g 2a for the foresters.
Weekly Summary: nilsson hat trick and assist, another don marcotte goal and another forester win
Mackinac Island Moose
Weekly Preview: Big homestand on the Island, 3 home games. Sled dogs will be busy shuttling teams back and forth from the mainland as the airport is snowed in. Charlestown, Silk City and New Castle all will test their luck and taste some fudge this week. For the Moose, Bruce Boudreau’s broken arm has him gone for the rest of the seasons and Rene Robert will be filling in the rest of the season on the 4th line.
Charlestown Chiefs @ Mackinac Island Moose Barber (PP) and Ferguson light the lamp to end the 2nd period at 3-0 Moose. 

Charlestown comes out in the 3rd and starts a late rally with a goal by Gardner to make it 3-1 with just under 4 minutes left. This apparently angers the Moose who quickly respond with goals by Smith and Dupont to end all that and make the final 5-1. The Moose dominate SOG 43-20.

1st star – Dupont 1g1a
2nd – Barber 1g1a
3rd Park 1g

Silk City Wales @ Mackinac Island Moose Silk City 6, Mackinac Island 6 – A real wild one starts out with 2 goals (Dunlop, Kurri) by the Moose in the first minute. Things settle down a bit, other than a fight between Nachbaur and Engblom, until Miller cuts the lead to 1 near the middle of the period. The Moose quickly responds with a goal by Dupont. As the period gets near the end, Beck and Propp have a fight, followed closely by Crombeen and Engbloom. While the teams play some 4 on 4, the Whales take advantage and score (Murphy) one second before the horn sounds. Period ends 3-2 Moose.

2nd period is all Whales. The Moose help the effort with 4 consecutive penalties, leading to 2 powerplay goals (Turnbull, Plett) and one even strength (Messier). The period ends with Lindgren and Propp in the box due to another fight, and the Whales leading 5-3.

The Moose are able to stay out of the penalty box in the 3rd period, and with some help, namely 2 early penalties by the Whales, the Moose begin the comeback with a powerplay goal by Napier, cutting the lead to 1. Both teams are able to keep 5 men on the ice the next 17 minutes and the score stays put with the Whale having the one goal lead. 

Finally a turnover by the Whales in the neutral zone leads to a transition goal by Robert to tie it up at the 2 minute mark. As the teams continue, the Moose are able to run a faceoff play and take the advantage on a goal by Kurri with only 41 seconds left. Feeling pretty good, the Moose head to kill off the final seconds, but the Whales pull their goalie and control the puck, pummeling Meloche with shots until Kehoe grabs a rebound and converts a wraparound shot with only 3 ticks remaining on the clock to break the hearts of the Moose. So after both teams were able to grab a 2 goal lead, neither go home with a win. Final 6-6.

1st star – Kurri 2g
2nd – Murphy 1g1a
3rd – Plett 1g1a

New Castle Ducks @ Mackinac Island Moose Moose 5, Ducks 1 – Aided by 8 powerplay opportunities, the Moose lead the entire way, convering 3 into goals. The Moose get goals from Barber, Smith, Robert, Russell and Propp. The Ducks get a late goal by Currie. 

1st star – Barber 1g2a
2nd – Russell 1g1a
3rd – Propp 1g

Weekly Summary: 5 points in 6 games for this homestand for the Moose will help hold on to the division lead.