|CLARENCE GOALIE||TEAM||GP||GOALS AGAINST||G.A. AVERAGE||SAVES||SAVE %|
|WALES GOALIE||TEAM||GP||GOALS AGAINST||G.A. AVERAGE||SAVES||SAVE %|
|Weekly Preview:||One game this week for the Owls as they try to continue their batter home ice play.|
|New Castle Ducks @ Columbus Owls||Columbus 5 New Castle 4
Columbus jumps to a 3-0 lead and survives a strong Ducks finish to hold on for a 5-4 home ice victory. Michel Goulet scored his 19th for the Owls and Wickenheiser and Patrick tallied a goal and assist each. Bobby Clarke had 2 assists for the fellow expansion Ducks.
|Weekly Summary:||The Owls win their only game this block as they slowly perform better for the home fans at
Dickie Dunn Arena.
|Weekly Preview:||The Dogs bring in 3 good teams|
|Philadelphia Firebirds @ Syracuse Bulldogs||All Philly 5-1
Stars #1 PHI Holmgren 2G
#2 PHI Maruk 1G 2pts
#3 PHI Sevigny 36 saves
|Mackinac Island Moose @ Syracuse Bulldogs||Macinac continues their winning ways 3-2
Stars #1 MAC Barber 1G
#2 MAC Dunlap 1G
#3 MAC Boutette 1G
|Saint Clair Shores Saints @ Syracuse Bulldogs||Syracuse finally gets in the win column 6-5
Stars #1 SYR Young 2G 3pts
#2 Syr Derlago 1G 4pts
#3 SCS Babych 2G 3pts
|Weekly Summary:||The Bulldogs continue to ride the struggle bus netting only 2 of a possible 6 points|
|Weekly Preview:||Should be an easy week … just Pittsburgh and Vermont.|
|Pittsburgh Spirit @ Saskatoon Cyclone||Saskatoon completely dominated this one outshooting the Spirit 40-15 in the game (including a ridiculous 14-0 in the 3rd period), outhitting them 21-9, and winning 63.9% of the faceoffs.
Of course that didn’t take into account the X-factor … Reggie Lemelin.
Lemelin was de-mothballed by the Cyclone after spending the last month or so conserving energy so as not to be overplayed.
He definitely wasn’t spending much energy in this game. Saskatoon led 2-1 after the 1st period in which they outshot Pittsburgh 12-4 but then when Pittsburgh got its 5th shot of the game about 4-1/2 minutes into the 3rd period all hell broke loose.
Pittsburgh had a whopping 11 shots in the 2nd period but Lemelin was absolute garbage. At one point, the Spirit scored on four straight shots (Pettersson at 4:28, Huber at 4:53, Sittler at 8:27 and 10:05).
Of course the Draconian goaltender usage rules being what they are and with goalies being inserted midway through games on the road willy-nilly and using up allowable games played we could only watch as Reggie shit the bed again and again and again.
In the end, although badly outplayed the Spirit crushed Saskatoon 7-4. Guy Lafleur had a goal and three assists, Darryl Sittler two goals and two assists, and Jorgen Pettersson had a goal and an assist for the Spirit.
Wayne Gretzky had two goals and was so ticked off he led the team with six hits. Linemate Dave Taylor had two assists.
The game also had a lot of penalties but only 7 power plays in total as the teams basically just expressed their mutual dislike one on one and that was the end of it. Somewhat hilariously only one fight in the game – Lafleur vs Rick Vaive. No really. I braced myself to hear that the Flower took Vaive down with a haymaker, but it actually turned out the way that it would in real life with the Flower’s petals littering the ice.
Can’t wait for Vermont …
|Vermont Foresters @ Saskatoon Cyclone||Jofa-head Ulfie Nilsson’s shorthanded goal late in the 1st period put the Foresters up 2-0 and had the Saskatoon coach about ready to blow a gasket and by the middle of the 3rd and Vermont up 4-2 ugly mobs were forming in Saskatoon stands pelting the Cyclone players with stale Timbits and moth-eaten Canadian Tire toques.
Winding the clock back a bit, it took less than a minute into the game for the Cyclone to follow up the horrendous goaltending collapse in their 7-4 loss to Pittsburgh with another bed-crapping goaltending demonstration by Markus Mattsson as he watched helpless as Dale Hunter bore down on him on a breakaway and wristed it into the Saskatoon net at 0:50. It was Hunter’s 8th and thoughts of “Great … hear we go again” flickered into everyone’s minds.
Nilsson’s short-handed goal (and Vermont’s 2nd of three shots in the period) came at 14:07 of the 1st and then they made it 3-0 and pretty much brought tears to my eyes as Reggie Leach (20) scored on a power play on his team’s 5th shot at 1:37.
The Cyclone basically went through the motions for the entire period with snipers like Rick Green and Tom Laidlaw firing 100-foot shots at Richard Brodeur but at 19:24 a miracle happened and the Saskatoon checking line of Gainey-Risebrough-Andersson forced a turnover deep in the Vermont end and Bob Gainey snapped one through Brodeur’s pads with 36 seconds on the clock to make it 3-1.
Vermont started the 3rd period trying to kill off Mario Faubert’s penalty for hacking Doug Risebrough’s legs, but couldn’t contain the top power play unit as Dave Taylor banked a wrist shot off Brodeur’s glove for his 27th to make it a close 3-2 and give some sudden hope.
The hope lasted about five minutes and Hunter again bested Mattsson on a breakaway for his 9th of the year to give Vermont a 4-2 lead and 13:10 to go.
That is when Monsieur Brodeur had a brain cramp and acted like Reggie Lemelin. From the 13-minute mark to the 18-minute mark, the Cyclone pelted him with shot after shot (18 in the period in total) until he cracked and when he cracked it was gruesome.
Wayne Gretzky (37) brought the Cyclone within one on a slapshot at 13:12. Merlin Malinowski (14) capitalized on some shoddy defence to tie 18 seconds later. Marc Tardif (11) scored on a deflection at 16:52 to put Saskatoon into the lead and at 17:46 Jacques Richard (28) fired a wrist shot off Brodeur’s trapper to make it 6-4 and put the final nail in the coffin.
Gretzky and Nilsson paced each other in the game with a goal and an assist each.
|Weekly Summary:||Goaltending lapses and collapses was the Flavor of the Week in Saskatoon with the Cyclone ending up on the caca end against Pittsburgh and victimizing Richard Brodeur and the Vermont Foresters in the other for a split at home.|
|Weekly Preview:||Three home games this week at the Capone Center on the south side of Chicago for the Underground.|
|Ohio Legends @ Chicago Underground||In a penalty marred game the Legends score 4 goals in the game & keep the Underground off the scoreboard until the 3rd Period. Chicago unloads with five goals & takes the first home game of the home stand. The first period was a full on Donny-Brooke as every player (Not the goalies – they were hugging in the corner) received 5-minute fighting penalties.
Final Score: Chicago 5 – Ohio 4
Labatts Three Star Selection:
Willy Lindstrom 5 Take-Aways, Jim Korn – 10 minutes in penatlies & Bobby Nystrom 15 minutes in penalties for Ohio.
Game Winning Goal – Clark Gillies
|Syracuse Bulldogs @ Chicago Underground||Division Rivals Syracuse comes in and buries the Underground.
Final Score: Syracuse 4 – Chicago 1
Labatts Three Star Selection:
Don Edwards 34 Saves for Syracuse
Game Winning Goal – Stran Smyl
|Mackinac Island Moose @ Chicago Underground||Adams Divisions #1 seed the Moose from Mackinac Island put up 2 goals, as do the Underground & this one ends with a tie.
Final Score: Chicago 2 – Mackinac Island 2
Labatts Three Star Selection:
Pete Peeters 35 Saves for Chicago.
|Weekly Summary:||Chicago picks up 3 points at home.|
|New Castle Ducks|
|Weekly Preview:||The Ducks have only one home game this week against fellow expansion team Ohio – one of the few clubs that the Ducks have done well against this year (1-1-1 coming into the game)|
|Ohio Legends @ New Castle Ducks||NEW 5 OHIO 3
The Ducks take a 1-0 lead into the third period only to see Tiger Williams score the tying goal at 1:01. But New Castle comes right back with a goal of their own 28 seconds later when Brad McCrimmon lit the lamp. That changed momentum as the Ducks scored three unanswered goals in rapid succession against Ohio netminder Eddie Mio. Rick Middleton (24), Yvan Vautour and the Vaclav Nedomansky on a breakaway made it 5-1 Ducks. The Ducks needed all the goals as they had their usual late minute collapse allowing Ohio to score twice in the final 2:15. Ohio could not get any closer as the Ducks skated off with a rare win
The Ducks outshot Ohio 39-21 including an incredible 14-0 advantage in the first period! There were 36 penalty minutes in the game and a fight between Tiger Williams (Ohio) and Yvan Vautour (New).
|Weekly Summary:||The Ducks remain firmly entrenched in last place but get 2 out of 2 points with their second win of the year against the Legends (2-1-1).|
|Silk City Wales|
|Weekly Preview:||Silk City faces some tough competition this week as division-leading Vernont and powerful CapJack come in to visit.|
|Vermont Foresters @ Silk City Wales||Mike Foligno scores with 4:38 remaining in the third period and the Foresters beat the Whales 3-2. The Whales were severely hampered by in-game injuries to defensemen Borje Salming and Barry Beck; Larry Murphy was running on fumes by the end of the game.
1st Star – Mark Howe (VER), G & A
|CapJack Rangers @ Silk City Wales||The Rangers take advantage of a Silk City parade to the penalty box, converting on three of nine power plays to beat the Whales 3-2. Silk City had the games first power play and the last power play, but CapJack had nine in between.
1st Star – Steve Shutt (CAP), G & A
|Weekly Summary:||Disappointing week at home for the Whales, who saw the offensive gains of the oast few weeks dry up when facing teams ahead of them in the standing.|
|Weekly Preview:||Two division games, against last place Silk City and first place Vermont.|
|Silk City Wales @ Charlestown Chiefs||The Chiefs sink the Whales in a barn burner, 6-4.
Star 1: SCW Kehoe 2 G
GWG: Tom McCarthy
Notables: SCW None
|Vermont Foresters @ Charlestown Chiefs||Chiefs get scalped by the Foresters 5-2.
Star 1: VER Vail 1 G, 2 Pts
GWG: Eric Vail
Notables: VER Brodeur 33 saves
|Weekly Summary:||Two outta four ain’t bad, but it ain’t good either.|
|Saint Clair Shores Saints|
|Weekly Preview:||The Saints host Columbus and Philadelphia.|
|Columbus Owls @ Saint Clair Shores Saints||In the 1st, Chris Nilan scores for the Saints. In the 2nd, Columbus gets 2 goals from Payne and Stoughton. Good defense in the 3rd as no one scores. The games ends with a Columbus 2-1 win.
Columbus outshoots SCS 23-16.
Columbus 2 SCS 1
1st – Stoughton 1 goal
|Philadelphia Firebirds @ Saint Clair Shores Saints||Steve Christoff scores a hat trick, but it’s not enough as the Firebirds win. Dionne, Martin, Hartsburg, and Lee all score for Philadelphia. Philadelphia outshoots SCS,30-27.
Philadelphia 4 SCS 3
1st – Christoff 3 goals
|Weekly Summary:||The Saints lose two one goal games to Columbus and Philadelphia.|
|Weekly Preview:||Things are heating up, but the ice remains cold and frozen and the Rangers have tough work at home this week – but it’s the kind of games they need as they work to get past Brooklyn and draw closer to Pittsburgh. Those are the teams they host. And Brooklyn is still just ahead of them in the power rankings – we won’t even discuss the Burgh – top offense and top 4 defense and #1 in power rankings. Why are these two teams in the my division?!!!!|
|Brooklyn Harbor Rats @ CapJack Rangers||The short story – each team scores twice in the 1st. Bonar (3) for Brooklyn, then Schutt (24) and Crowder (5) for CapJack before Smith (15) ties it up for Brooklyn with 4 to go.
2nd period saw things slow down as Siltanen (13) scores the only goal making it 3-2 Rangers. By now the Harbor Rats have a 23-14 lead in SOG and in the 3rd they garner a 10-3 edge. And the Rangers were making things easier for them giving them 5 PPlays, but they couldn’t convert on any.
And to make matters worse for the Rats, of the 2 SOG the Rangers had in period 3, 2 of them go in the net! Mulvey (5) scores early for a 4-2 lead. Then 3 minutes in Stastny (16) gets one of those back to tighten up the game – next goal is important. Final minuter – still 1 goal separation and Dudley (7) gets the puck and finds the empty net to seemingly put the game away as it’s 5-3. No more empty net, but Brooklyn isn’t leaving town and they push and push and put one in the Rangers goal with 7 seconds left – Sutter (30). But even the Rats couldn’t get another in the remaining 7 seconds and CapJack wins 5-4!
STARS (all CAP)
1. Schutt 1 goal, 1 assist
2. Dudley 1 goal, 1 assist
3. Siltanen 1 goal, 1 assist
|Pittsburgh Spirit @ CapJack Rangers||Another 5-4 game! And if you take away the 7 PPs the Rangers gave Pittsburgh (and the two goals they scored out of them), CapJack would have won! But ….
Danny Gare scores 3 for CapJack!! 1 in each period and the 1st and last 2 in the game. But even his hat trick was no enough to garner #1 star! Huh? Nope, he got #2. What beat his performance?
Guy Chouinard – Pittsburgh wins 5-4, and Chouinard scores TWICE and assists on the other THREE for a 5 POINT GAME.
After falling behind 1-0 in the first, Pittsburgh then rattles off 4 straight goals – 3 in the 1st. Maloney (21), Hagman (7) and MacLeish PP (20) and set up by Chouinard.
After showing his unselfishness in the 1st, he sandwiches two goals (19,20) around a Long (5) goal for the Rangers. Gare (30) then scored his 2nd goal inside the final 2 minutes of the 2nd making the score 5-3 Pittsburgh. However, the home team spirit still burned as Gare scores number 31 -3rd of the game – with 10 minutes left. But ten Pittsburgh said no more and they hold on to win 5-4. Resch did enough to win.
1. PIT – As noted Chouinard 2 goals, 3 assits
2. CAP – Gare 3 goals
3. MacLeish 1 goal, 1 assist
|Weekly Summary:||Well the sweet (win over Brooklyn – very important) and the bitter (loss to Pittsburgh, can’t get closer if you lose the head-to-head matches). But it was a good week for confidence!|
|Weekly Preview:||The Ohio Legends enter the week looking to improve its standings in the race for the Stanley Cup playoffs.|
|Saint Clair Shores Saints @ Ohio Legends||Ohio raced out of the gates with a three-goal lead. A first period goal by Ron Stackhouse (fourth), a second period goals by Tiger Williams (6:23-power play) and a third period tally by Brett Callighen (seventh) put the game away. Wayne Babych’s team-high 21st goal at 3:10 (powerplay) was the final score in a 3-1 Ohio victory.
Denis Herron stopped 26 shots in picking up the win, while Mike Liut turned away 27 shots in the loss. Ohio was two-for-six on the power play, while Saint Clair Shores went one-for-five with the man-advantage.
|Columbus Owls @ Ohio Legends||With the Benny HIll soundtrack playing in the background, Jim Rutherford led the Legends into this contest. After the teams exchanged goals midway through the first period–Ohio exploded for three unanswered goals.
Columbus netted a goal late in the third and a six-on-four goal with 56 seconds to go to cut the deficit to 5-4. An empty net goal with 12 seconds left sealed the game.
|Weekly Summary:||Ohio wins a pair.|
|Weekly Preview:||One home game – the Sibling Rivalry. Charlestown comes to Pittsburgh.|
|Charlestown Chiefs @ Pittsburgh Spirit||A lot of back and forth. All tied up in the 3rd, 4-4… McDonald with the hat trick for Charlestown, Pettersson with 2 goals for the Spirit.
Time ticking down… looks like a tie. BUT WAIT! McDonald gets the tap in with ONE SECOND LEFT to give Charlestown the upset victory!!
Charlestown 5, Pittsburgh 4
Star 1 McDonald 4G
Lanny McDonald single-handedly wins this one for Charlestown with one of the most dominant performances I’ve seen in MWOTHL.
|Weekly Summary:||Zero points at home. Let’s see how it goes on the road. Good thing we started off so hot to have some leeway to lose a few here and there. Not worried because the resting of players is nearly done.|
|Brooklyn Harbor Rats|
|Weekly Preview:||3 home tilts for the Harbor Rats this week, with Charlestown, Charlotte and Saskatoon all paying a visit to Brooklyn. Just in time for a local promotional event, free Junior’s cheesecake for all attendees.|
|Charlestown Chiefs @ Brooklyn Harbor Rats||The Chiefs live up to their namesakes and can’t stay out of the penalty box early, as the refs had the Rats 4 first period power plays. But Charlestown kills them all and even gets a goal from Paul Gardner to grab a 1-0 lead. After Curt Giles makes it 2-0 early in the 2nd, Billy Harris finally gets us on the board with under 3 minutes left in the middle frame. Paul Reinhart ties things with his 20th of the season on our 7th power play chance before intermission and we head to the 3rd tied at 2. Anton Stastny’s goal with 3:18 left gives Brooklyn their first lead of the night, but with :24 seconds left and the extra attacker on, Andre Savard nets the tying goal for the Chiefs, and that’s how it ends, 3-3.|
|Charlotte Dynamo @ Brooklyn Harbor Rats||Reinhart and Darryl Sutter score goals less than :20 seconds apart early in the final period to put the Harbor Rats up 2-1, but Charlie Simmer ties things for the Dynamo with just over 7 minutes left. Then Mike Rogers puts the visitors in front with under 5 minutes to go. But with the extra attacker on Sutter gets his second of the night to even the score with :17 seconds remaining, and that’s how it ends, 3-3.|
|Saskatoon Cyclone @ Brooklyn Harbor Rats||Markus Mattson makes 41 saves to lead the Cyclone to a 3-1 win over Brooklyn. Wayne Gretzky has a goal and an assists for Saskatoon, while the Harbor Rats are awarded 7 power plays but can only convert once.|
|Weekly Summary:||3 home games, 2 points. Not good at all. The Junior’s cheesecake promotion is now suspended until further notice.|
|Weekly Preview:||Philly takes on the vile Underground and New Castle.|
|Chicago Underground @ Philadelphia Firebirds||The game started an hour late from the dead chickens thrown on the ice from the philly faithful. Fitting…
1ST- Brasar takes a turnover and breaks in on Sevigny and burys the puck giving Chicago a 1-0 lead. The game is chippy from the get go and gets worse before Rick Martin gets his 4th of the year. Before the puck is dropped Houston and Holmgren square off and Houston DROPS the greatest hockey god of all time!!! But Philly makes chicago pay as Denis Maruk gets hi 25th from Dionne. Philly outshoots chicago 13-2
2nd – Once again the period starts with a break away as …ughhh Savard takes an outlet pass and blows in all alone and scored his 15th. Again before play can start Wesley and Ruff square off with ruff getting the better of Blake. And as in the 1st period Denis Maruk scores (26th) from Martin And Philly is 3-2
3rd – Philly continues to get PP chances and cant capitalize but Van Boxmeer puts Philly up 4-2 with his 8th. But Chicago wont go down without a fight and Bossy goes top shelf with his 28th and its 4-3 . Philly though wouldnt be denied as Randy Carlyle breaks in and beats Astrom high with his 7th from Dionne ‘Stars
2. Van Boxmeer
Philly goes 0-7 opn the PP
|New Castle Ducks @ Philadelphia Firebirds||Philly coming off a huge home win tries to avoid a let down against the mighty ducks
1st – Lambert gets his 16th from Nedomasky and Vatour. But before the period ends Van Boxmeer gets his 9th from Martin and Maruk. Philly outshoots the Ducks 15-5 but Larocque plays lights out.
Bunny Larocque is all three stars in this one!
|Weekly Summary:||Philly beats Chicago…..drop mic …walks off|
|Weekly Preview:||The Dynamo host three games this week, two against upper echelon squads in CapJack and Saskatoon, and one against a competitive Silk City squad fighting for contention in the challenging Smythe division.|
|CapJack Rangers @ Charlotte Dynamo||Powered by its first line Charlotte skates past the Rangers in a mild upset, 5-3. Center Mike Rogers comes to life scoring two goals for first star honors and Charlie Simmer notches his 29th goal of the year. Down 2-0, the Rangers fought to tie the game 2-2 on goals by Lucien DeBlois and Grant Mulvey, but Charlotte scored two unanswered goals from Wayne Cashman and Rogers and never trailed again. Steve Schutt accounted for the Rangers other goal and added two assists. Tony Esposito recorded 27 saves for the win (.900 save percentage) and added an assist.|
|Saskatoon Cyclone @ Charlotte Dynamo||In a wild affair, the Dynamo fight to a 6-6 tie with the Wayne-Gretzky led Cyclone. Charlotte holds the Great One in this high scoring tilt to just one assist (feeding Jacques Richard for his goal that tied the game at 2-2), as six different Cyclones picked up the slack with goals. Laurie Boschman sparked the Dynamo with a game high two goals. His second put Charlotte ahead 6-5 with a late third period goal that was quickly answered with just over three minutes to play by a tally from Saskatoon’s Darcy Rota.|
|Silk City Wales @ Charlotte Dynamo||Charlotte’s bid to go undefeated for the week was dashed by a balanced attack by the Whales, as Silk City prevailed 6-4. Second period goals by Bob Bourne and Willi Plett, put Silk City ahead to stay 4-2, but four other Whales also scored. Bourne added two assists along with two hits.|
|Weekly Summary:||Despite playing better hockey against top competition, Charlotte is only able to notch three out of a potential six points. Yielding six goals apiece to Silk City and Saskatoon won’t cut it.|
|Mackinac Island Moose|
|Weekly Preview:||The Buckeye State comes to the Island this week. Ohio and Columbus take on the Moose. The Moose will see how things go after injuries to Boudreau (22 pts) and McKechnie (23 pts) get some playing time for Walt Tkaczuk and Greg Sheppard.|
|Columbus Owls @ Mackinac Island Moose||Columbus 4, Mackinac Island 2 – Columbus jumps on the Moose early, Stoughton getting a goal before 3 minutes elapse. The Moose are on their heels and can’t get any offense coordinated the first period. Fortunately Palmateer settles down and no more damage to the home team in the first. Period ends 1-0 Owls.
Period 2 – The Owls gain the upper hand, solidifying their lead early, with Saganiuk scoring. The disgruntled home fans finally get something to cheer about when Kurri scores late in the period to cut the lead to 1. Four minutes later, with hopes high as the Moose attempt to even things on a power play, the Owls get a steal and a rush, converting it for a momentum killing shortie, to make it 3-1 just before the period ends. The home team responds quickly, 23 seconds later, on the same powerplay, to send the teams to the locker rooms at 3-2 Owls.
The Moose comeout hot and heavy in the final period, bombarding Soetaert for most of the period. But its the Owls who put one in the net, with Payne scoring early in the period to make it 4-2 visitors. Soetaert is a brick wall the rest of the way, stopping 25 shots in the period, hanging on for the win.
1st star – Soetaert 45 saves
|Ohio Legends @ Mackinac Island Moose||Ohio 3, Moose 2 – Things start well for the Moose, Kurri scoring just past the halfway mark in the 1st. Ohio answers late in the period with Maloney tying the game just before intermission.
2nd period sees the goalies dominate and all 23 shots by both teams are for naught, the period ends 1-1.
3rd period – Ohio takes the advantage early on a powerplay with Williams scoring. He doubles the lead 10 minutes later to make it 3-1 Legends. The Moose crank up the offense and defense, and finally get a 2nd goal with a pulled goalie and 1 man advantage, Napier getting the goal with 2 minutes left. The final 120 seconds sees a lot of shots headed at Mio, but he is a stud, finishing the game with 39 saves on 41 shots to secure the road win for Ohio.
1st star – Williams 2g
|Weekly Summary:||The Moose struggle mightily with the new lineup, combined with 2 hot goalies coming to the island. Time to tinker a little with the lines and strategy.
Soetaert and Mio both win in 2 goal games. Great efforts in goal.
|Weekly Preview:||Pittsburgh comes to visit Vermont this week.|
|Pittsburgh Spirit @ Vermont Foresters||Pittsburgh scores 3 times in the 1st period and Vermont is never really in this game despite out shooting the spirit 40-25 Chico Resch outplays Richard Brodeur. Macleish scored 2 goals Chouinard 2 assists.|
|Weekly Summary:||disappointing home game, Nilsson gets an assist|