|CLARENCE GOALIE||TEAM||GP||GOALS AGAINST||G.A. AVERAGE||SAVES||SAVE %|
|WALES GOALIE||TEAM||GP||GOALS AGAINST||G.A. AVERAGE||SAVES||SAVE %|
|Weekly Preview:||Chicago with 3 homes games, & some really bad goaltenders as Pete Peeters is out for a while.|
|Ohio Legends @ Chicago Underground||Chicago gets pounded by the Legends. Playoff hopes are fading.
Final Score: Ohio 8 – Chicago 3
Three Star Selection:
Eddie Mio – 34 Saves for Ohio
|Syracuse Bulldogs @ Chicago Underground||Division Rival Syracuse Bulldogs come into the Capone Center & steal one with 2 seconds left on the clock.
Final Score: Syracuse 7 – Chicago 6
Three Star Selection:
Mike Veisor – 33 Saves for Chicago
|Mackinac Island Moose @ Chicago Underground||Chicago’s playoff chances are fading fast & things are not looking good on the south side.clock.
Final Score: Mackinac Island 4 – Chicago 1
Three Star Selection:
Game Winning Goal – Rene Robert
|Weekly Summary:||Chicago all but packs it in with 3 home losses this week. Pete Peeters was the only chance the Underground had & with him being on the shelf playoff chances are spinning down the drain.|
|Weekly Preview:||The Cyclone face two very tough teams fighting for position within its division in the Vermont Foresters (1st 39-25-5) and the Charlestown Thugs .. I mean Chiefs (32-29-8).|
|Vermont Foresters @ Saskatoon Cyclone||An extremely tight game with a lot of spectacular saves saw Saskatoon edge out the Foresters 5-4.
The Cyclone got on the scoreboard first with Doug Risebrough (11) connecting on a feed in the slot from Dave Maloney, but Don Marcotte erased the leadway with a power play marker midway through the period and then scored again late in the period with his 2nd power play goal of the game and 16th of the season to give the Foresters a 2-1 lead heading to the dressing room after 20.
The 2nd period was no different from the first with lots of tight checking and good goaltending. The Cyclone’s right winger Rick Vaive tied things up 3 minutes in on a wraparound that fooled Don Beaupre. It was Vaive’s 20th of the season. Late in the period, Mike Foligno’s Jofa helmet must have been screwed on a little too tightly as he took a dumb tripping penalty that resulted in Dave Taylor notching his 40th on the ensuing power play to give Saskatoon the lead.
Saskatoon got into trouble around the 5-minute mark of the 3rd period when Merlin Malinowski took a very non-magical boarding penalty while the two teams were playing 4-on-4. Some guys thrive with open ice and Gretzky is probably about the best there ever with that even if he has the upper body strength of a sea sponge and after winning a faceoff just outside the Foresters’ blueline he skated across the line and blasted a puck past Beaurpre glove side to give Saskatoon a 4-2 lead. the short-handed goal was his 52nd of the year.
Some guy named Butler then got it into his head he was the next Paul Coffey and pretty much skated end-to-end and finished his rush with a slapshot that went off the glove of Saskatoon goalie Reggie Lemelin and into to net to narrow it to 4-3. It was Butler’s 2nd of the year! Good job, dude! Marcotte got a rare assist on the play giving him four on the season compared to 16 goals. Can you spell P-U-C-K-H-O-G?
Joel Quenneville celebrated the nearing end of his last useful season as a player by wristing a shot past Beaupre at 15:53 to get back the two-goal lead, but that lasted all of two minutes as Kent Nilsson couldn’t be held back any longer. Mark Howe intercepted a clearing pass at the Cyclone blueline, passed the puck to winger Foligno who slid it into the slot where Nilsson made no mistake snapping it through Lemelin’s pads to make it 5-4.
The Foresters peppered Lemelin with six shots in the dying 75 seconds of the game, but the puck somehow stayed out despite the Cyclone being skated around like they were just frigging pylons on the ice.
Final shots in the game were 38-32 for Vermont with Saskatoon getting the faceoff edge 33-23. Not a lot of 5-4 games have the phrase “good goaltending” used in the same breath, but Beaupre and Lemelin were awesome throughout the game even though not credited with that “great save” stat every time a great save was made.
|Charlestown Chiefs @ Saskatoon Cyclone||Great goaltending was a dim memory as Michel Plasse and Glen Hanlon put on a clinic on what it was like to play nets with your eyes closed.
Saskatoon nudged opened the floodgates at 3:13 when Rick Vaive (21) connected on a pass from Wayne Gretzky. Fast forward about 5 minutes and Dave Taylor eludes Paul Coffey and wrists his 41st high past Plasse with Gretzky and Jacques Richard getting helpers. At 9:55, Bob Gainey and the checking dudes sneak one past Plasse for the former Canadiens’ left winger getting his 21st of the year to make it 3-0. The Chiefs no sooner had killed a penalty to Mario Tremblay than Gretzky pounced on a loose puck in the Charlestown end and with Taylor as his assistant bamboozled the Chiefs’ defenders then passed the puck to wide open Jacques Richard who rifled it past Plasse to make it 4-0. It was Richard’s 37th of the season and Gretzky’s 3rd assist of the period. Saskatoon’s 20th shot of the period was a cheap one with Richard (38) getting his 2nd goal of the period on a tip in of Joel Quenneville’s slapshot. Pat Riggin replaced Plasse after that. Final shots for the period favored Saskatoon 20-8.
It took all of 75 seconds for the Cyclone to figure out Mr. Riggin with Taylor (42) scoring his second goal of the game on another rush towards the net. Gretzky got helper #4 on the day on that goal.
Kent-Erik Andersson (19) made it 7-0 at 5:13 of the period off a faceoff deep in the Chiefs’ end as the Cyclone continued to pour it on without mercy (actually no lead was considered safe with Glen Hanlon in nets for Saskatoon). That freaking Quenneville guy must have been possessed by the spirit of bobby Orr or something as he made it 8-0 at 6:26 with a low slapshot from the point.
Finally the Hanlon bubble burst though and at 7:40 the Chiefs figured out that as long as they put the puck in the general vicinity of the ‘toon nets they had a decent shot of scoring. Alan Haworth was the first Chief to have the eureka moment, whipping the puck from near the Saskatoon blueline past Hanlon to make it 8-1. It was Haworth’s 5th on the year with Mike McEwen (one of the most under-rated defencemen of the 80s I always thought) drawing the assist. “Hell yeah” agreed blueliner Denis Potvin (anyone notice the clown that manages this team wound up with Potvin, Ray Bourque and Paul Coffey on his team?) and he took a pass from Coffey and blasted it past Hanlon for his 18th of the year to make it 8-2 not yet at the midway point of the 2nd period. It was unnervingly quiet (well, if you ignore the constant bashing during play and after whistles were blown) for about 10 minutes and then Gretzky won a faceoff deep in the Chiefs’ end and on a give-and-go with Dino Ciccarelli converted with his 53rd of the year on a wrist shot into the top corner making it 9-2.
Anyway, the Chiefs kept pouring it on and the goals kept a-comin’. Paul Gardner won a faceoff deep in the Saskatoon end and Potvin took a pass from Wilf Paiement and blasted it past Hanlon to make it 9-4 with 13:30 to go. It was Potvin’s 19th and 2nd of the game.
Ciccarelli checked Maxwell into the boards near centre ice and freed up the puck for Gretzky who dashed in with Dino and Gaston Gingras. Gretzky made a great pass at the last moment on the 3-on-2 rush and Ciccarelli easily tapped the puck past Riggin to make it 10-4. Ciccarelli’s 3rd came at 9:24 and marked Greztky’s 6th point of the game. Gretzky extended the lead to 11-4 when he blasted a shot past Riggin on the power play at 11:24. That brought about the return of Michel Plasse in nets for Charlestown.
Hanlon the Magnificent got beaten by Maxwell at 11:55 to make it 11-5 when Maxwell dashed past Gingras and backhanded it past Mr. H. Again off a faceoff deep in the Saskatoon zone, Tony McKegney (27) made it 11-6 with just over five minutes to go with a long wrist shot that eluded Hanlon. The Chiefs made it 11-7 with just under three minutes to go with Tomas Gradin’s 11th of the year with Anders Kallur and McEwen drawing assists. The Chiefs fired 22 shots at Hanlon in the period and although 5 goals in the period was a lot it was all that they would get and that’s how it ended.
A wild game with lots of shots (47-36 for Saskatoon), cruddy goaltending, and lots of hitting (64 minutes in penalties).
|Weekly Summary:||Two keys home wins against Vermont and Charlestown will keep the Saskatoon playoff hopes alive for the time being thanks in no small part to Wayne Gretzky who was pointless in his last two games but racked up 3 goals and six assists in two games back at home.|
|Weekly Preview:||Crunch time. 3 home games|
|Philadelphia Firebirds @ Syracuse Bulldogs||Philly Flies 7-4
Stars #1 PHI Hislop 1G 2pts
#2 PHI Langway 1G 2pts
#3 PHI Lee 1G 2pts
|Mackinac Island Moose @ Syracuse Bulldogs||Mackinac win 5-3
Stars #1 MAC Barber 3G 4pts
#2 SYR Kea 2G 3pts
#3 MAC Lysiak 1G 2pts
|Saint Clair Shores Saints @ Syracuse Bulldogs||Bulldogs win 4-2
Stars #1 SYR Peterson 1G 2pts
#2 SYR Fraser 1G 2pts
#3 SYR Edwards 36 saves
|Weekly Summary:||Bulldogs take 2 out of 6 possible points. Barely hanging on to playoff dreams|
|Mackinac Island Moose|
|Weekly Preview:||Its ornithology week on the island as the Ducks and Owls fly in for some hockey against the Moose.|
|New Castle Ducks @ Mackinac Island Moose||Moose 7, Ducks 1 – After Debol scores a breakaway the first minute into the game, Palmateer closes the front doors for business the rest of the evening. Its all Moose the rest of the game with Barber (hat trick), Boutette, Napier, Dunlop and Kurri scoring for the home team.
1st star – Barber 3g 1a hat trick
|Columbus Owls @ Mackinac Island Moose||Owls 6, Moose 4 – Columbus comes in and destroys Mike Palmateer the first period, scoring 4 goals (Fox, Stoughton, Ogrodnick, Goulet) While the home team can manage only one goal by Robert. The period ends 4-1 Columbus.
The Moose claw back, scoring 3 (Napier, Smith, Barber) against one (Hunter) by the Owls to close the gap to 1 heading into the last 10 minutes of the game. Myre and the defense stand tall the rest of the way and keep the Moose off the board. Payne adds and empty netter late to seal the win. 6-4.
1st star – Ogrodnick 1g2a
|Weekly Summary:||A less than stellar performance at home this week, winning only 2 points in 2 games.
Barber is the star of the week with 4 goals and 2 assists.
Ogrodnick with 3 points is the leading visitor this week.
|Weekly Preview:||Rangers get 3 home games this week – BROOKLYN (have to beat), Pittsburgh (would be fun – but tough – to beat), Charlotte (BETTER beat – but have to rest LRob)|
|Brooklyn Harbor Rats @ CapJack Rangers||CapJack enters the game good enough to be in 1st in the other 3 divisions, but find themselves battling hard with Brooklyn for 2nd place. Neither team can afford to lose this game. AND NEITHER DID – yup, kissing cousins – as they skate to a 3-3 tie. However, based on the flow of the game, the Rangers were lucky to the tie.
Talfous (6) and Stastny (25) each score within the 1st 4:10 of the game. Yikes. The 2nd goal came as Barnes was going to be whistled for roughing and the extra skater comes on – Rangers pay, Rats say hay!
Score stays 2-0 until deep, deep into the 2nd period when Trottier wins a faceoff in the Brooklyn end, Gare gains control back to Trottier, he moves it to Vadnais – drives, shoots and beats Millen top shelf to cut it to 3-1.
Third period – Rangers press the attack and setting up for major assault when Stastny steals the puck. Out to Gartner who brings it into the Ranger end, back to Stastny to Smith, to Stastny – shoots, scores (2nd and 26th of the year), he gets Roggie on the glove side and it’s now 3-1 Rats with 16 to go.
|Pittsburgh Spirit @ CapJack Rangers||Well this game was over by the end of the 1st. Chouinard (29), Patey (9)-PP and Pettersson (46) each tallied for a 3-0 lead. Siltanen (19) takes advantage if a PP early in the 2nd, but Houle (19) retaliates 3 minutes later and the 2nd ends 4-1 Wicked Guys – I mean Spirit – no Wicked Guys was right. Than Patey (1) gets his 2nd and Maloney (35) adds insult to injury and it was 6-1 going into the final minute of the game when Marsh (6) manages a late meaningless goal. Final 6-2 Pittsburgh – yup, they are that good.
Stars (all PIT)
1. Patey 2 goals, 1 assist
2. Chouinard 1 goal, 1 assist
3. Pettersson 1 goal
That’s it – no joy in the Garden tonight.
|Charlotte Dynamo @ CapJack Rangers||Time to let out the frustrations – I hope! And yes, the Rangers did just that. 4 1/2 in and DeBlois has scored twice (22, 23). Lonsberry keeps up his scoring with a 3rd Rangers goal 12 minutes in for a 3-0 lead. Sims (17) gets one back late in the period.
2nd Period – Rangers manage to plant 3 pucks in the Dynamo net – MacMillan (15), Shutt (40) and Schutt (35) (PP). Simmer gets #53 with 2 1/2 to go in the 2nd and it’s 6-2 after 2.
3rd period – nothing crosses a goal line until the final 15 seconds when Chapman (11) gets a STAT goal – but the game still goes to CapJack, 6-3.
Charlotte did try hard – 36-25 SOG advantage but they were way behind in faceoffs and that allowed the Rangers to control play – that and Vachon was decent in the nets – hardly ever great, but often decent enough.
STARS (all CAP)
1. DeBlois 2 goals
2. MacMillan 1 goal, 1 assist
3. Lonsberry 1 goal, 1 assist
|Weekly Summary:||So in a week it would have been nice to get at least 4 points (3 home games), the Rangers get the 1-1-1 result for 3 points. No blood in the head-to-head (at least points wise) match with Brooklyn.|
|Weekly Preview:||Columbus has only one home game this week.|
|New Castle Ducks @ Columbus Owls||Game ends in a 3-3 tie
1st star-Zuke 2 goals
|Weekly Summary:||Owls get their 15th tie of the season in their only game played.|
|Weekly Preview:||One home game against brother John and the Charlestown Chiefs.|
|Charlestown Chiefs @ Pittsburgh Spirit||Pittsburgh resting a few players at home and playing the 3rd string goalie, but still ALMOST beats the visiting Chiefs… but the Chiefs win it 5-4.|
|Weekly Summary:||One home game, one loss. Still pretty far ahead of the rest of the league and with only one more game needed to rest key players, I think we’re in good shape for a good run and defense of the Cup!|
|Weekly Preview:||Two home games this week. First up is Silk City.|
|Silk City Whales @ Charlestown Chiefs||The Chiefs skate to an early 4-1 lead, only to see it evaporate into a 4-4 tie late in the 3rd.
But Andre Savard (29) beats “Rico” Sauve at 18:23 to snag the victory.
Star 1: CHA Paiement 1 G, 2 Pts
GWG: Andre Savard
Notables: SCW B.Sauve 31 saves, Korab 3 assists
|Vermont Foresters @ Charlestown Chiefs||Big showdown against division leader .
Charleston makes a (late) statement, chopping down the Foresters 7-2.
Vermont’s period starts are very Ent-like: Chiefs get goals from Paiement (29) and Savard (30) just 30 and 57 seconds into the game! And then Gardner (24) scores 49 seconds into the 2nd. It takes Kallur (23) a full 3:23 to score into the 3rd, so Isengard is put on watch.
We could have had an interesting season if Paul Gardner wasn’t injured for 1/3 of it…
Star 1: CHA Gardner 3 G, 4 Pts
GWG: Paul Gardner
Notables: VER None
|Weekly Summary:||Four big points with two more this week on the road makes our dim playoff hopes shine a little brighter – but we’ve reserved our tee times just in case.|
|Weekly Preview:||The Ohio Legends continue their battle for the postseason. A pair of inter-conference games give a chance to stay in the race.|
|Saint Clair Shores Saints @ Ohio Legends||OHIO 4, SCS 2
Ohio jumped out to a pair of first period goals to take a two-goal edge into the first intermission. Tiger Williams delivered his 32nd goal of the year (this one on the power play) at 8:04. A little more than four minutes later Don Maloney cashed in his 26th to give the Legends the lead.
Late in the second (16:36), Bill Clement got the Saints on the board with his third of the campaign and it was 2-1 after 40 minutes.
In the third, Duane Sutter scored at 3:35 (his second) to knot the game at two apiece. Ohio did not need long to regain the lead, as Mark Kirton scored at 5:04 for the game-winner. Glen Currie’s first lamplighter of the year at 14:48 closed out the scoring in the win.
Shots on goal favored St. Clair Shores, 26-17. Ohio was two-of-seven on the power play, while the Saints were zero-for-three. Denis Herron picked up the win in goal, stopping 24 shots, while Mike Liut turned away 13 shots in the loss.
Mark Kirton was the number on star with a goal and an assist. Willy Lindstrom was the number two star with three assists and Duane Sutter of the Saints was the number three with a goal and an assist.
|Columbus Owls @ Ohio Legends||OHIO 5, Columbus 0
Denis Herron turned away all 33 shots and Tim Kerr had a pair of first period goals to lead Ohio to a 5-0 win over Columbus. The Legends held a 3-0 lead after the opening frame and held on for the win.
Once again, Ohio’s power play came to the rescue, collecting three scores in seven opportunities, while the Owls went zero-for-three with the extra attacker.
Gordie Roberts handed out three assists for Ohio.
|Weekly Summary:||Ohio completes its mission for the week with a pair of wins and continues to be on the cusp of making the Stanley Cup playoffs. The final ten games are going to be very interesting in Central Ohio.|
|Silk City Whales|
|Weekly Preview:||Two home games this week as contenders CapJack and Brooklyn come into town. The Whales owned Brooklyn in the season series last season and the Harbor Rats have flipped the tables 180 degrees this season.|
|CapJack Rangers @ Silk City Whales||The Whales hit the after burners midway through the first period, scoring four goals in 3:34 to take a 4-0 lead. It was a it of a breeze from there on as Silk City played safe and go on for a 6-1 win over the Rangers.
1st Star – Bob Bourne (SCW), 2G
|Brooklyn Harbor Rats @ Silk City Whales||Paul Reinhart’s second goal of the game, with 1:52 remaining in the third period caps off a back-and-forth game to give the Harbor Rats a 5-4 win.
1st Star – Paul Reinhart (BRO), 2G, A
|Weekly Summary:||The Whales split their two home games this week as they play out the string.|
|Saint Clair Shores Saints|
|Weekly Preview:||Columbus and Philadelphia visit the Saints|
|Columbus Owls @ Saint Clair Shores Saints||Late in the 1st period, Fidler scores for the Saints. Then, in the 2nd, Nilsson registers his 6th goal of the year. As an insurance goal, Ramages scores his 8 goal of the year. Mike Liut gets the shutout for the Saints.
SCS 3 Columbus 0
1st – Liut 27 saves
|Philadelphia Firebirds @ Saint Clair Shores Saints||No goals in the 1st period. Then, the Saints get 2 goals from Wilson and Ftorek. The Firebirds counter with 2 goals of their own. Langway and Tonelli score for Philly.
With 23 seconds left to go in regulation, Babych scores his 30th goal of the year to win the game.
SCS 3 Philadelphia 2
1st – Babych 1 goal, 1 assist
|Weekly Summary:||The Saints play well and win both games against Columbus and Philadelphia.|
|New Castle Ducks|
|Weekly Preview:||The Ducks are on the outside looking in for a playoff spot as they trail Chicago, Syracuse and Ohio with only 3 weeks left in the regular season. Only one home game this week but it’s a big one as the Ducks host the Ohio Legends in a must win game for the home squad|
|Ohio Legends @ New Castle Ducks||NEW 5 OHIO 3
A crazy game as the Ducks were coasting along with a 3-0 lead going into the third period only to see Ohio rally and tie the game with 5:42 remaining. But the Ducks stormed back with a breakaway goal by Mike Allison (38) and an insurance goal by Steve Kasper (19) to get the much needed victory.
Vaclav Nedomansky put the Ducks up 1-0 in the first period on a power play goal. Kasper then scored another power play goal mid way through the second period to put New Castle ahead 2-0. Less than 2 minutes later Dave Silk put a slap shot past Eddie Mio and the Ducks had what looked like an insurmountable 3-0 lead with Billy Smith looking very sharp in goal for New Castle.
In the third period, however, the Legends came out flying as Woods, Kirton and Callighen scored against Smith to tie it up. That set the stage for Mike Allison’s dramatic game winning goal on an end to end rush and breakaway!Ohio outshot New Castle 28-25 but were 0-3 on the power play as opposed to the Ducks going 2-4 on the power play.THREE STARS1- NEW Steve Kasper 2G 1 A
2- NEW Mike Allison 1G 2 A
3- NEW Vaclav Nedomansky 1G, 1 ABilly Smith had 25 saves for the Ducks
|Weekly Summary:||With the win, New Castle is 25-39-7-57 points. The Ducks trail Ohio by 7 and Syracuse and Chicago by 6 in the battle for the final two playoff spots. The Ducks have a game in hand (road game this week v Philadelphia)
Next week New Castle will host Syracuse for two games and will play Chicago on the road before finishing up with road games against Syracuse and Chicago in the final week. The Ducks need to win virtually all their remaining games to sneak into the playoffs.
|Pittsburgh Spirit @ Vermont Foresters||vermont played the spirit tight for a period and had a 2-1 early in the second but then gave up 5 straight goals and lost 6-3. greschner scored twice, pettersson 1g 2a and lafleur 3 assists for pittsburgh. the foresters lost defensemen hoganson in the first and price in the second.|
|Weekly Summary:||poor week for vermont tightening up the playoff race late in the season.|
|Weekly Preview:||Philly has 1 game this week against division rival New Castle|
|New Castle Ducks @ Philadelphia Firebirds||Philly rests Carlyle , Hartsburg, Tonelli
1st – Lambert gets the Ducks on the board with his 26th (nedomansky/Bathe)
2nd – Ducks again take the leade as Vautour tips in his 10th (Kasper/Allison) but on the PP Lee ties it up again with his 33rd (Dionne/Martin)
3rd – The 3rd is all Firebirds as Dionne gets his 42nd and Homer gets is 15th of the year and Philly outshoots New Castle 15-4
PHILLY 4 New Castle 2
|Weekly Summary:||Philly pulls out the game and picks up 2 much needed pts|
|Weekly Preview:||The Dynamo, with all to play for is pride, hosted two opponents from the Smythe division, Saskatoon and Silk City as the regular season inches closer to a conclusion.|
|Saskatoon Cyclone @ Charlotte Dynamo||Charlotte, powered by first period goals from Mike Rogers and Blair Chapman, along with stellar goaltending once again from Tony Esposito, knocked off the Cyclone 4-1. Goals by Rogers and Chapman in the 13th and 14th minutes of play proved to be more than enough. Esposito with 32 saves, helped the Dynamo preserve the lead before goals from the league leader in tallies Charlie Simmer (his 53rd) and Wayne Cashman, both in the third period, gave the Dynamo an insurmountable 4-0 lead. Only a goal by Joel Quenneville with 5:11 to play spoiled Esposito’s shutout bid.|
|Silk City Whales @ Charlotte Dynamo||Three unanswered third period goals by the Whales blew this close game wide open and was the margin of difference in a 5-2 Silk City victory. Perry Turnbull provided the game winning goal 1:39 into the third, courtesy of a Mark Messier assist. The game stayed close until late into the third period but the Dynamo managed just 21 shots against Bob Sauve and the Whales for the entire game — with only two from Charlotte’s Ian Turnbull and Glen n Anderson eluding Sauve. Mike Crombeen’s goal with 1:45 left in the game gave Silk City the 4-2 insurance it needed and Barry Beck added an empty netter thereafter for good measure. The first star was the Whales’ Rick Kehoe with a goal and an assist. Silk City’s Bob Bourne (three assists) collected second star honors.|
|Weekly Summary:||Charlotte manages just two points in two games, with the underdog prevailing in both of these contests. Despite the stellar play of Simmer, Esposito and good depth on offense and defense, the Dynamo remain in the basement of this season of lost opportunity.|