Richard, Jacques SAS 4 4 3 7 0 -4 10 40%
Brodeur, Richard VER 2 5 2.51 69 .932
Kasper, Steve NEW 2 1 5 6 0 5 5 20%
Herron, Denis OHI 2 4 2.97 42 .913

Ohio Legends
Weekly Preview: Ohio currently holds the final playoff spot in the Prince of Wales. This week, the lone home game hosts Brooklyn.
Brooklyn Harbor Rats @ Ohio Legends Ohio gets the first goal of the contest from a rather unlikely source, Rick Chartraw. The defensive specialist notched his first goal of the year at 17:38, going glove side high. Brooklyn outshot Ohio in the frame, 11-10.

There was no scoring in the second and again, the Harbor Rats held an 11-8 edge in the shots.

In the third, Ohio build a two-goal cushion when Tim Kerr picked up his 16th goal on a wrister. Brooklyn battled bask to cut the deficit in half at 11:49 when Behn Wilson notched his ninth, going to the glove side.

With the goaltender pulled and the game seconds away from a Legends victory, Anton Stastny snuck his 20th goal of the year in over Denis Herron’s glove with 8.9 seconds to go. That sealed the 2-2 draw. The shots once again heavily favored Brooklyn, 16-5 and for the game, 38-23.

Neither power play unit was of not, as the Harbor Rats failed in their two chances, while the Legends came away emptyhanded three times.

Denis Herron stopped 36 in the sister-kissing contest, while Wayne Stephenson turned away 21.

Weekly Summary: A rather unappetizing draw served as the lone home game of the week for Ohio.
Columbus Owls
Weekly Preview: One home games vs Pittsburgh for the Owls this week.
Pittsburgh Spirit @ Columbus Owls Darryl Sittler scored a hat trick as the Spirit routed the Owls 7-1
Weekly Summary: A beating at the hands of Pittsburgh brings the Owls back to reality after a stretch of better play.
Mackinac Island Moose
Weekly Preview: The Philadelphia Firebirds (31-21-6) and Marcel Dionne (98 pts.) come up north to the island to take on the Moose (31-17-10) for what should be a tasty game between the division leaders in the Prince of Wales Conference. The Moose lead the season series 2-1-1.

As winter ebbs away, there’s only a few more days where you can sled down the hill after a game. But the fudge and waffles are here all year.

Philadelphia Firebirds @ Mackinac Island Moose Moose 6, Firbirds 3 – The score does not reflect what was a 1 goal game until the last 2 minutes. It was a game that was constantly peppered with phrases like “some shoving after the whistle”, and “some jawing in front of the net”.

It first comes to blows at the halfway point of the 1st period with Secord and Barber mixing it up, getting 2 minutes off. Shortly after that, the Firebirds post the first goal when Tonelli gets a rebound and slips it past a distracted Meloche. Ruff than commits a penalty which proves costly, as the home team then returns the favor when Barber grabs a rebound and feeds Kurri for a shot at an open part of the net. Just minutes later, the Firebirds take advantage of the chaos of a line change and its Anderson to Maruk to Tonelli to Langway who nails a long slapshot to make it 2-1 Philly.

The 2nd period sees Philly control play early, keeping Meloche busy in goal, 2 unsuccessful breakaways by Dionne, but no damage is done. The Moose tweak their gameplan and that seems to work. The Moose even the game at 2 on a Barber deflection of a Kurri pass. A short while later, on a Holmgren penalty, the Moose get a prolonged possession in the zone and wear down the Firebirds with sharp passing which culminates in a deflection by Napier of a Russell shot. Before the period ends, the Moose bobble a zone entry and Lee combines with Dionne on a rush that ends up with Lee getting one by Meloche. The period ends 3-3.

Early in the 3rd, after each team has a possession, the Moose execute a nifty zone entry play that ends with Lysiak passing to Kurri who scores the 4th goal for the Moose. Holmgren continues his penalty fest and hooks up with Smith for a little skirmish. Russell then commits a penalty for the Moose, who are then able to kill of the 4 on 3, 5 on 4 to maintain the one goal lead. Both teams skate spiritedly for the duration of the period, the Firebirds adding pressure with 3 forecheckers. Neither team is able to capitalize until the 2 minute mark when the Moose get a goal from Boutette on a delayed penalty situation, which is quickly followed by and empty netter (Stewart) when the Firebirds pull the goalie in a last ditch effort to even things up.

1st star – Kurri 2g1a
2nd star – Boutette 1g1a
3rd star – Barber 1g1a

Weekly Summary: The Moose win a tight one against a very good Philly team in our only home game this week.

Jari Kurri leads the effort this week with 2 goals and 1 assist.

Silk City Wales
Weekly Preview: The Whales with three home games this week. Matchups with the top two in the Norris Division in Philadelphia and Chicago as well as a visit from powerful Pittsburgh.
Philadelphia Firebirds @ Silk City Wales The Whales score the first three goals and have to hold off a Firebirds rally to hold on for a 3-2 win. Mel Bridgman’s goal at 7:42 of the third period brought Philadelphia to within one but the Whales were able to keep a cocoon around goaltender Mario Lessard for the remainder of the game.

1st Star – Perry Turnbull (SCW), G
2nd Star – Rick Meagher (SCW), G
3rd Star – Willi Plett (SCW), G

Chicago Underground @ Silk City Wales The Whales down by two in the final minute, get two goals with the goaltender pulled to get a 4-4 tie against the Underground. Borje Salming is ablt to score with 00:59 remaining to bring Silk City to within one at 4-3 and Rick Kehoe’s 37th ties the game with 00:20 left.

1st Star – Mike Bossy (CHI), 2G
2nd Star – Dan Labraaten (CHI), G & A
3rd Star – Rick Kehoe (SCW), GTG & A

Pittsburgh Spirit @ Silk City Wales The Whales hold off the powerful Spirit and win a 6-3 game that was closer than the final score indicates. Don Maloney’s power play goal eight minutes into the third period cuts the Whales lead to 4-3, but the Whales are able to hold off Pittsburgh and get two empty net goals to account for the final score.

1st Star – Jerry Korab (SCW), 2G
2nd Star -Rick Kehoe (SCW), 2G
3rd Star – Larry Murphy (SCW), G & 2A

Weekly Summary: A strong week for the Whales, who get five points at home against teams ahead of them in the standings.
Syracuse Bulldogs
Weekly Preview: Syracuse bring in Capjack and Vermont to Vipond Memorial Arena
GCapJack Rangers @ Syracuse Bulldogs Surprisingly Syracuse wins it 5-2
Stars #1 SYR Derlago 3G
#2 SYR Gagne 1G 2pts
#3 SYR Smyl 1G 2pts
Vermont Foresters @ Syracuse Bulldogs All Vermont 4-1
Stars #1 VER Brodeur 43 saves
#2 VER Nilsson 2G
#3 VER Leach 1G
Weekly Summary: Syracuse splits
Saskatoon Cyclone
Weekly Preview: The Reggie Lemelin segment of the season kicks in with the home stretch ahead of the league as the Cyclone try and make up lost ground against the evil Treehuggers from Vermont with three home games against Columbus, Capjack and St. Clair Shores.
Columbus Owls @ Saskatoon Cyclone An all-out shootout with really stinking good goaltending on both sides kept this game from being a high-scoring affair, but Doug Soetart’s dam burst in the 3rd period as the Cyclone erupted for three unanswered goals to take it 5-2.

The score didn’t reflect how close the game was. Total shots in the game were 38-36 in favor of Saskatoon, faceoffs were a dead heat at 33 won by each team (16 by Gretzky alone), hits 19-15 in favor of Columbus. Despite that Saskatoon had a big edge in the meaningless TOA stat 7:35 to 3:35.

Goal scorers in this one were for Columbus Doug Wickenheiser (2) and Blaine Soughton (34). For Saskatoon it was Keith Acton (9), Joel Quenneville (9), Doug Risebrough (8), Dave taylor (36) and Brent Ashton (3) strutting his stuff and getting the cheesy empty-netter.

1. SAS, Acton (1 G, 1 A)
2. SAS, Risebrough (1 G, 1 A)
3. SAS, Maloney (3 A)

CapJack Rangers @ Saskatoon Cyclone A predictably tough game for Saskatoon made tougher by some flimsy goaltending by Reggie Lemelin and the Rangers’ great supporting cast spelled a big “L” for the home team as Capjack skated to a 5-4 win.

Merlin Malinowski (17) put the Cyclone on the board 1st in the sleepy opening period that saw all of 10 shots directed in total at Saskatoon’s Lemelin and Capjack’s Rogie Vachon. Rod Schutt (30) evened things out late in the period with a power play goal and gave the home town fans their first hint that all may not have been right with their goaltender on this night.

It took all of 72 seconds into the 2nd period for the Rangers’ Risto Siltanen (17) to flex their scoring muscles on a nice 3-on-2 featuring the wacky passing antics of Schutt and Lucien Deblois. The Cyclone tied it up midway through the period on a power play goal by Jacques Richard (31) with usual suspects Wayne Gretzky and Dave Taylor chipping in with helpers.

The next 20 minutes of the game were not so pretty for the Cyclone as Ross Lonsberry (10), Rick Dudley (8) and Norm Barnes (2) got into the scoring books for the Rangers between the 12:12 mark of the 2nd period and 12:43 mark of the 3rd – on about 10 shots. Sigh.

The Cyclone sent Lemelin racing to the bench with 2:30 left to play and from that point on Saskatoon had Capjack penned in their own end with alarmingly good results as Kent-Erik Andersson (17) scored at 18:05 and then Richard won a minor victory for the home crowd by scoring his 2nd of the game and 32nd of the season with a dozen seconds to go.

Ah well … another one of those games dominated statistically by the team that found itself on the losing end. Such is life.

1. SAS, Jacques Richard (2 G, 1 A)
2. CAP, Rod Schutt (1 G, 1 A)
3. CAP, Ross Lonsberry (1 G)

Saint Clair Shores Saints @ Saskatoon Cyclone Two goals by the Saints on a handful of shots on Markus Mattsson had the Cyclone faithful thinking “oh no – here we go again”, but the Matt-man kicked things into high gear and inspired his teammates as Saskatoon came from behind to take it 5-3.

Errol Thompson (16) and Joe Micheletti (3) opened the scoring for St. Clair Shores who outshot the Cyclone 32-25 in the contest. A goal by Kent-Erik Andersson (18) midway through the period kept the Cyclone within striking distance of the Saints heading into the first intermission. Thompson’s goal was actually the high point of excitement in the 1st period as he scored the goal on a delayed slashing penalty to Darcy Rota who then tried to crash the Saints’ celebration by tossing several punches to the head of Rob Ramage. Chris Nilan would settle the score late in the period by mercilessly pummelling former real-life teammate Doug Risebrough.

The 2nd period – or at least the first three minutes of it – were ones that Rob Ramage would rather soon forget. The feisty blueliner took a double-minor for checking Doug Risebrough from behind and during the ensuing penalties the Cyclone tied it up on Jacques Richard’s 33rd of the year and then took the lead on Kevin Lowe’s 14th.

Some gritty forechecking by Bob Kelly and Greg Malone triggered a turnover deep in the Cyclone end and at 3:33 Kelly stickhandled around Mattsson and tucked the puck into the Saskatoon net for his 21st of the year tying it 3-3.

Midway through the 3rd period, Jacques Richard intercepted a pass in his own end and sent Dave Taylor in alone on Saints’ keeper Mike Liut and Taylor (37) blasted it over his shoulder to give Saskatoon back the lead 4-3.

Wayne Gretzky (44) connected on a pass from Taylor on the power play at 12:00 to make it 5-3 and pretty much end any offense mounted by either team for the rest of the game. The story of the game was Mike Liut being slightly less than his usual sharp self in nets for the Saints and Markus Mattsson not playing net like a plowhorse for a change.

1. SAS, Dave Taylor (1 G, 2 A)
2. SAS, JAcques Richard (1 G, 2 A)
3. SAS, Wayne Gretzky (1 G, 1 A)

Weekly Summary: Saskatoon won the games they probably should have won on paper and lost the one that probably mattered the most as they continued to fight for a playoff berth with four of a possible six points.

Side note: Marc Tardiff and Darcy Rota remain on the trading block for the Cyclone.

New Castle Ducks
Weekly Preview: With 22 games to go, the Ducks need to get really hot to have even an outside shot at a playoff berth. Two home games (none on the road) this week – against a tough Saskatoon team and a more even match up against Charlotte
Saskatoon Cyclone @ New Castle Ducks The Cyclone visit the Duck Pond but it looks like they were the ones hit by a cyclone as New Castle routs Saskatoon 10-3. For the Ducks, it was the most goals in a game this season, tying them for the most by any team in MWHOTL8081.
Yvon Lambert was the #1 Star of the game as the Ducks LW got the hat trick. Mike Allison had 2 goals and 1 assist and Steve Kasper had 1 goal and 3 assist, to lead New Castle,
Saskatoon took the early lead on a Wayne Gretzky goal at the 50 second mark of the opening period – but it was all Ducks after that as New Castle scored four unanswered goals, three of them in the first period.
New Castle had a 41-26 edge in shots on goal. Bobby Clarke won 15 faceoffs (out of 23), Defenseman Richie Dunn had 3 assists (40 on the season). With the hat trick, Lambert now has 21 goals. Allison now has 32. Ryan Walter scored two goals as well, to give him 21 on the season. Tony Currie of the Ducks was +5 on the day.
Saskatoon starting goalie Reggie Lemelin left in the third period after giving up 7 goals. Markus Mattson finished up but allowed 3 goals on 9 shots.
Charlotte Dynamo @ New Castle Ducks Charlotte struck first at 2:32 as Derek Smith scored but then it was all New Castle as the Ducks went on to a decisive 6-3 win!
Rick Middleton scored twice for New Castle and now has 32 goals on the year. His first of the game tied it at 14:13 of the first. Less than 3 minutes later, Tony Currie put New Castle ahead for good with his 18th.
Only one gaol was scored in the 2d period – by Middleton – and the period ended with New Castle leading 3-1.
In the third period, Yvan Vautour scored his 8th of the year and second in two nights to give the Ducks a big insurance goal at 4-1. Allison netted #33 to make it 5-1 and the red hot Ryan Walter then put #22 past Dynamo netminder Tony Esposito to make it 6-1. Charlotte got two late goals but it was too little too late.
Ducks outshot Dynamo 42-28. Tony Esposito made 36 saves for Charlotte. New Castle backup defenseman Frank Bathe drew two more penalties and now has 55 PIM in limited play.
Weekly Summary: New Castle gets the two game sweep by scores of 10-3 (v SAS) and 6-3 (v CHD). With 44 points, New Castle is now 8 points behind Syracuse and 9 behind Ohio in the battle for the last playoff spot.
Charlotte with 47 points is last in the Patrick Division
Saint Clair Shores Saints
Weekly Preview: The Charlestown Chief visit the Saints
Charlestown Chiefs @ Saint Clair Shores Saints The Chiefs score the first two goals in the first period and lead 2-0. Kerr and McKegney score for the Chiefs.

The Saints come back on goals by Kelly and Ftorek to tie the game early in the 3rd period.

With under 2 minutes go go, Doug Wilson scores for the Saints…but also Savard scores for the Chiefs to tie the game.

Chiefs 2 Saints 2

1st – McKegney 2 points
2nd – Kelly 2 points
3rd – Wilson 2 points

Weekly Summary: The Chiefs and Saints fight to a 3-3 tie.
Pittsburgh Spirit
Weekly Preview: One home game against the Chi-Town Underground.
Chicago Underground @ Pittsburgh Spirit Resting some players, Chicago leads 2-1 going into the 2nd, but then 2 PP goals from Pittsburgh puts them up 3-2. Before the period ends Chicago gets another to tie it… but the 3rd period was all Pittsburgh as they skate to a 6-3 win.
Weekly Summary: One home game, one win. Hoping yo have a good display on the road!

“Do you have the SPIRIT?” 😉

Chicago Underground
Weekly Preview: Chicago at home for a lone game, taking on the Owls of Columbus
Columbus Owls @ Chicago Underground Chicago was over thinking & thinking past the Owls this week & it showed as they fall flat on their face, almost like they had Skate guards on their skates when they hit the ice this week.

Final Score: Columbus 6 – Chicago 2

Labatts Three Star Selection:
Star #1 – Doug Jarvis – 2 Goals
Star #2 – Michel Goulet – 1 Goal, 3 Assists
Star #3 – John Ogrodnick – 4 Assists

John Ogrodnick – 4 Assists & Phil Myre 32 Saves for Columbus.

Game Winning Goal – Doug Jarvis

Weekly Summary: Chicago got spanked at home & just didn’t play well in front of the home town fans.
Brooklyn Harbor Rats
Weekly Preview: Bulldogs and Foresters come visiting to Brooklyn this week
Syracuse Bulldogs @ Brooklyn Harbor Rats Anton Stastny sets up Gustafsson for a power play goal just 3:50 into the contest. Two minutes later Stastny makes it 2-0 for the Harbor Rats. Then Syracuse goes on their first power play and Brooklyn’s Billy Harris breaks free for a short handed goal to make it 3-0 before 10 minutes have been played. Darryl Sutter would build the lead to 4-0 in the 2nd and they needed it all as the Bulldogs now began the comeback. Derlago and Johnstone scored before the period was over, and Larouche’s goal with less than 5 minutes remaining made it a one goal contest but the Harbor Rats hand on for the 4-3 victory.
Vermont Foresters @ Brooklyn Harbor Rats The visitors come out firing away getting 14 first period shots on net, but Brooklyn’s Greg Millen is up to the task, turning them all aside. Gustafsson gets the Rats on the board first, early in the 2nd period and Johansen’s power play goal midway through makes it 2-0. Then Stastny scores with :01 tick left on the clock and Brooklyn takes a 3-0 lead to the final period. Vermont comes hard, throwing 16 more shots on net in the final frame, but Millen won’t be denied tonight. He makes 40 saves for his 2nd shutout of the season, 4-0 Brooklyn.
Weekly Summary: Two wins in two home games this week, including an outstanding 40 save shutout from Greg Millen, as good a week as can be had in the MWOTHL.
CapJack Rangers
Weekly Preview: Rangers have 1 home game this week – and Larry Robinson missed the bus. Last minute shuffle to fill in his spots ….
Ohio Legends @ CapJack Rangers The name of this game was Power Plays – Rangers had 7 PP opportunities (31 penalty minutes and boy did CapJack respond. They score on 6 of the 7 chances!! And they added 2 more goals. But was that enough? Well, barely.
FIRST PERIOD – Rangers get their 1st PP goal at 7:29 when Shutt scores his 32nd goal. But 30 seconds later the game is tied by Williams (27). Just over 2 minutes later, Ohio is shorthanded again and Shutt scores his 2nd PP goal (33) of the game and the Rangers gain a 2-1 lead and that was it for the 1st period.
SECOND PERIOD – Ohio comes alive as Cote (3), Williams PP (28) and his 2nd goal of the game, and Lindstrom (11) all score within the first 5 minutes to give Ohio the 4-2 lead. Then the Rangers take over and Dudley PP (8) gets his 1st of 3 goals. Then Siltanen (17) gets his PP goal, Trottier (35) nails an even strength goal and Schutt (30) completes the Rangers 2nd period scoring and it’s 6-4 CapJack after 2.
THIRD PERIOD – The Dudley show for the 1st 12 minutes as he scores two more PP goals (9, 10) and the Rangers are now up 8-4. Mio had been replaced after the 2nd period barrage and Herron gave up these two. But then Ohio re-awakened and Maloney (19) and MacDonald (10) score to cut the score to 8-6. That was enough for Vachon and he pulls himself from the game. Maloney then scores his 2nd (20) to make it 8-7 and still 2 1/2 minutes to play. Ohio sends in everyone to go for the equalizer, but somehow the Rangers hold on for the 8-7 win. Glad we had some defense! Goalie save percentages were low as Ohio was good on 7 or 33 shots and CapJack good on 8 of 30. Everything else (except penalty minutes 31 OH, 15 CAP) was pretty even across the board.
STARS (all CAP):
1. Dudley 3 goals, 1 assist – Hat Trick!!
2. Shutt 2 goals
3. Trottier 1 goal, 3 assists
OHI – Korn 12 penalty minutes, Kerr 3 assists, Williams 2 goals, 1 assist; Maloney 2 goals; Lindstrom 1 goal, 2 assists
CAP – Gare 3 assists; SILTANEN 1 goal, 1 assist (that’s for Philly)
Weekly Summary: Rangers take the only home game this week (barely) and 2 points. Hopefully Robinson will find the team bus for the rest of the games (hopefully).

DUDLEY – got his hat trick in 6:23 of playing time on 10 shifts. Hmmmm, pretty good use of his time. And all PP goals – as he was caught on ice for them as he wasn’t in any PP lines!!

Charlotte Dynamo
Weekly Preview: As the season quickly careens toward a close, the Dynamo hosted the Chicago Underground before a rare back to back set in consecutive days against Ohio then Charlestown.
Chicago Underground @ Charlotte Dynamo Led by the incredible Charlie Simmer, the Dynamo rallied to take out the Underground 3-2. Simmer scored his 43rd and 44th goals of the season in the third period to help Charlotte overcome a 2-1 deficit. The game winner, halfway through the third came on the power play with Mike Rogers assisting. The Underground, sparked by goals from Isles greats Clark Gillies (second star with a goal and an assist) and Mike Bossy took an early 2-0 lead before the Dynamo came roaring from behind with three unanswered goals. Jean Ratelle scored the first for Charlotte before Simmer took control with his offensive heroics.
Ohio Legends @ Charlotte Dynamo As with Chicago, the Dynamo were sparked by another late surge from a scoring juggernaut: this time however, it was first star Glenn Anderson who provided two late goals to help Charlotte break a 2-2 deadlock en route to a 5-2 victory. Anderson’s first goal and the game winner came on the powerplay 4 minutes into the second. His two late goals were sandwiched by a tally from Ratelle. The Legends recorded goals from Tiger Williams and winger Paul Woods within the first nine minutes of the contest, keeping the game close but second star Tony Esposito (37 goals) shut down Ohio the rest of the way. Esposito actually had a case to be the first star: the Legends in defeat outshot Charlotte 39-20.
Charlestown Chiefs @ Charlotte Dynamo In beating the Chiefs 3-2 for its third straight home win, the Charlotte got a first-star performance from a third different player. This time those honors went to Mike Rogers (1 G, 1 A) who scored his 21st goal to spark a comeback by the Dynamo, who overcame a 2-0 deficit that held for most of the contest. Rogers and Wayne Cashman scored goals eight and 10 minutes into the third period to tie the game at two before Simmer nailed home the game winner with 4:15 left to play. Chief goals early in the first period from forwards Mario Tremblay and Anders Kallur gave Charleston the quick lead. Winning goalie Esposito and Chiefs goaltender Pat Riggin finished with 27 and 22 saves respectively in what was largely a defensive battle.
Weekly Summary: After sleepwalking through much of the season, Charlotte wins three straight home games in spectacular fashion. The playoffs were a pipe dream just a week ago, but (don’t look now) could this team actually battle for a playoff berth? It’s not so far fetched with a continued surge. The team sits just 13 points out. A southerner like me can dream, can’t he? Simmer, leading the league in goals, could actually wind up stealing season-leading honors from the Great One.
Vermont Foresters
Weekly Preview: only one team comes to vermont this week, the saint clair shores saints, wow that a long name but at least its not mackinac island
Saint Clair Shores Saints @ Vermont Foresters the saints get 9 powerplay opportunities, including a 5 minute major, scoring on 2 of them to 5 for the foresters who couldnt score leading the teams to a 3-3 tie after tom goernce scored shorthanded with less than 4 minutes left in the game. bannerman made 33 saves for vermont, dale hunter got sent off 3 times for minor penalties and a 10 minute misconduct after the 3rd for asking if this was a no contact beer league game. malone had a goal and assist and babych 2 assists for the saints.
Weekly Summary: 1 game 1 tie 1 point