Acton, Keith DEL 4 3 5 8 2 5 6 50%
Riggin, Pat CHA 2 3 1.5 64 .955
Linseman, Ken PHI 4 7 4 11 7 3 18 39%
Smith, Billy NEW 2 2 1 77 .975

CapJack Rangers
Weekly Preview: CapJack, off to good start, only has 1 game (and only 3 games this week) at home in the Madison Round Garden. They host Silk City and the Rangers hope to keep up their offensive pace…
Silk City Whales @ CapJack Rangers 1st Period a minute into the game, Lapointe gets whistled for cross-checking. The Whales, working the PP, gain the puck, Messier to Salming – but Trottier hits him, and he gains the puck, goes end to end and rips a slap shot that beats Suave and the Rangers take the early 1-0 lead on the SH goal. Well, Silk City wasn’t too thrilled with that and while still on the PP – Flockhart puts one in past Bouchard. A minute and a half later, Trottier scores an even-strength goal to regain the lead, 2-1. But Sutter ties it back up 10 minutes later when he puts one in the nets. 1st period ends 2-2. The Whales were really taking it to the Rangers outshooting them 14-7.
2nd Period the Rangers jump out to a 2 goal lead inside of the 1st 6 minutes. Trottier gets a hat trick with a PP goal when Hoffmeyer left the ice for high sticking. That makes Trottiers 3 goals an interesting combination – 1 SH, 1 EV, 1 PP!! Tambellini was the 2nd scorer in the run. But as the period winds down, Gare is called for cross-checking (and joins Dore and Hamel in the box – they were both sent off a minute earlier for roughing – there was a total of 36 penalty minutes in the game – and even 18 per side. But while Gare was off, Sutter scores his 2nd goal of the game, this one the PP type. Period ends with the Rangers up 4-3.
Then the Rangers played the 3rd period without giving up a goal – and on top of the Gare and Siltanen scored to give the Rangers a 6-3 win. Siltanen, besides scoring in the 3rd, racked up 3 assists!STARS
1. CAP – Trottier 3 goals
2. CAP – Siltanen 1 goal, 3 assists
3. SCW – Sutter 2 goals
Weekly Summary: Rangers had 1 home game this week and prevailed!
Syracuse Bulldogs
Weekly Preview: Three home games. Trying to get our first win of the season
Ohio Legends @ Syracuse Bulldogs Ohio scores 21 seconds into the game. They don’t look back winning 6-3
Stars #1 OHI Manno 1G 3pts
#2 OHI Lindstrom 1G 3pts
#3 OHI Pavelich 1G
Philadelphia Firebirds @ Syracuse Bulldogs Firebirds win easily 5-3
Stars#1 PHI Linesman 2G
#2 PHI Mullen 1G 2pts
#3 PHI Secord 1G 2pts
Pittsburgh Spirit @ Syracuse Bulldogs Finally, Syracuse gets in the win column 6-5
Stars #1 SYR Larson 2G 3pts
#2 PIT Choinard 2G
#3 SYR Broten 1G 2pts
Weekly Summary: Syracuse loses 2 of 3 at home
Silk City Whales
Weekly Preview: Silk City welcomes in powerful Pittsburgh and win less Charlotte this week. One thing the first two seasons have proven to the Whales’ fans is to never take a result for granted.
Pittsburgh Spirit @ Silk City Whales The Whales score the first four goals of the game, including three in a 3:23 span of the second period and beat the Spirit 5-3. Pittsburgh twice brought the score back to within two, especially with a furious third period run but Silk City was able to hang on.

1st Star – Mark Messier (SCW), 2G, A
2nd Star – Jean Hamel *SCW), G, A
3rd Star – Rick Kehoe (SCW), G, A

Charlotte Dynamo @ Silk City Whales The Whales lose control of a game they had an early lead in and lose to Charlotte 5-3. Mike Bullard scored within the first minute of the game and Bobby Carpenter’s goal midway thru the first period gave Silk City a 2-0 lead. But Norman Leveille and Laurie Boschman scored within 29 seconds to tie the game before the end of the first to tie the game 2-2. Leveille added his second of the game and Ron Flockhart scored in the second to send the game into the third tied 3-3. Glenn Anderseon gave Charlotte the lead 35 seconds into the third and Rocky Saganiuk scored a short-handed goal to take the air out of the building as the Dynamo win 5-3

1st Star – Normand Leveille (CHA), 2G
2nd Star – Glenn Anderson (CHA), GWG
3rd Star – Rocky Saganiuk (CHA), SHG

Weekly Summary: The Whales win a game they expected to lose and won a game they expected to win this week. The goal tending was certainly suspect in the loss to Charlotte as thus the game plan may need to be adjusted to protect Bob Sauve.
Chicago Underground
Weekly Preview: Chicago not playing good hockey at all for week #1 hopes to rebound & get on track in week #2.
North Carolina 89’ers @ Chicago Underground The Underground gets buried by giving up 1 in the first & 2 in both the second & third periods. Chicago does tally 3 in the third themselves, but it is not enough as the 89’ers skate away with the victory.

Final Score: North Carolina 5 – Chicago 3

Labatts – 3-Star Selection:

Star #1 – Dave Babych 1G, 2 Pts
Star #2 – Doug Shedden 1G, 2 Pts
Star #3 – Gary Lupul 1G, 2 Pts

Charlestown Chiefs @ Chicago Underground Charlestown gets 2 in the second & 1 in the third. Chicago’s scores 1 in the first & can’t find the back of the net after that. The Chiefs walk away with a solid “W”.

Final Score: Charlestown 3 – Chicago 1

Labatts – 3-Star Selection:

Star #1 – Pat Riggin 29 Saves
Star #2 – Denis Potvin 1G, 2 Pts
Star #3 – Thomas Gradin 1G

Weekly Summary: Chicago stinks. Seriously thought the team would be way better than the start they are off too. Doesn’t look like they are clicking.
North Carolina 89’ers
Weekly Preview: The 89ers hope to continue their winning ways at home against Brooklyn and Silk City this week.
Brooklyn Harbor Rats @ North Carolina 89’ers North Carolina scored 4:06 into the first and led the rest of the way, hanging on for a 5-4 win. Mark Johnson had two goals and an assist in the losing effort.
Star 1 – Johnson (Bro) 2G, 3Pts
Star 2 – Eaves (NC), 2G
Star 3 – Babych (NC), 1 G, 2Pts
Silk City Whales @ North Carolina 89’ers It was all Whales in this one, Silk City 6-NC 2. Al Jensen had a great game in goal, stopping 48 shots, whereas Gary Edwards made 89ers fans reminisce for the good old days of Doug Soetaert. The Whales offense was very efficient, scoring 6 on only 28 shots.
Weekly Summary: Another mediocre week for NC, finishing up their home stand at 1-1.
Philadelphia Firebirds
Weekly Preview: Philly after a great first week takes on the Legends of Ohio. Joey Mullen and Rod Langway sit due to injuries and the Birds start Donnie Beaupre.
Ohio Legends @ Philadelphia Firebirds 1st- Bernie Ferderko takes the first shot and beats Beaupre for his 5th from Manno and Molin
Pavelich takes the second shot of the period and gets his 2nd from gage and Manno
Two shots two goals for the Legends. Philly takes over the period and outshoot Ohio 14-4
Secord gets his 4th PP from Linseman and Hartsburg to pull Philly within one
2nd- Linesman gets a PP to start the period his 6th from Hartsburg and Boxxy
Ruff gets his 2nd from anderson a minute later to put Philly up by one
Linseman then gets a tip in heis 7th from Ramsey and Carlyle
Maruk scores from the slot his 7th from Linseman and Carlyle
Manno gets his2nd to pull close at 6-3
Hartsburg ends the period with his 3rd from Carlyle and Maruk
3rd- Hartsburg blasts one past Gilbert his 4th from Dionne and Carlyle
Linseman gets the hat with his 8th from Carylye and Maruk
Linseman gets his FOURTH 9th from Maruk and RamseySTARS1. Linseman 4G 6PTS
2. Hartsburg 2 G 4PTS
3. Maruk 1G 4 PTSPHILLY 9 OHIO 3
Weekly Summary: Philly gets a scare to start the game but their offense turns it on to get the win
Charlestown Chiefs
Weekly Preview: Two home games this week at the Beer Garden.
Saint Clair Shores Saints @ Charlestown Chiefs First up are the Saints, which is ironic as there are 15 combined penalties in this one.

Duguay pots his 5th at the halfway mark of the 1st, but then the Chiefs get goals by McKegney (4) and Coffey (4) to give Rogie Vachon a 2-1 victory.

Scoring Summary

1 10:02 EV SCS Duguay (5), assisted by Huddy (2) and Watters (1)
2 14:15 EV CHA McKegney (4), assisted by Savard (2) and Wilf Paiement (2)
2 17:16 EV CHA Coffey (4), assisted by Wilf Paiement (3)

Star 1: CHA McKegney 1 G
Star 2: CHA Coffey 1 G
Star 3: CHA Paiement 2 A

GWG: Paul Coffey

Brooklyn Harbor Rats @ Charlestown Chiefs Next up are those dirty Harbor Rats. As expected there are lots of penalties and lots of goals.

We’re knotted up 4-4 late in the 3rd and is on an extended power play thanks to a 5 minute major charging penalty courtesy of Ray Bourque – a very fortuitous development, as Bourque’s obviously our best defender. And Denis Potvin (no blue line slouch himself) is out with an earlier game injury.

As expected, Brooklyn gets a goal on the power play, with 90 seconds left.

But wait, there’s more!

Rats don’t have very big brains, and that’s reflected by the visitors trying to pad their 5-4 lead with the man advantage. Alan Haworth makes them pay dearly, scoring a short-handed goal with only 21 seconds remaining to end the game in a 5-5 tie! That one’s gotta hurt…

Scoring Summary
Per Time Str Team
1 6:31 EV CHA Tremblay (2), assisted by Potvin (4)
1 7:41 EV BRO Christian (1), assisted by Gustafsson (2)
1 11:13 PP CHA Gardner (3), assisted by Coffey (9) and Lanny McDonald (1)
2 1:18 EV BRO Gustafsson (5), assisted by Christian (2) and McCarthy (3)
2 5:32 PP CHA Baxter (1), assisted by Coffey (10) and Gradin (5)
2 18:37 EV BRO Reinhart (1), assisted by Sutter (5)
2 19:14 EV CHA Gardner (4), assisted by Lanny McDonald (2) and Coffey (11)
3 1:39 PP BRO Osborne (3), assisted by Smith (4) and Sutter (6)
3 18:30 PP BRO Smith (3), assisted by Lapointe (4)
3 19:39 SH CHA Haworth (2), assisted by Gardner (7) and Maxwell (2)

Star 1: CHA Gardner 2 G, 3 Pts
Star 2: BRO Smith 1 G, 2 Pts
Star 3: BRO Christian 1 G, 2 Pts

Notables: BRO Low 30 saves
CHA Coffey 3 assists, Baxter 14 PIM

Weekly Summary: A win and a tie and up the standings we fly.
Ohio Legends
Weekly Preview: The Ohio Legends open the week in search of their first win of the season.
Vermont Foresters @ Ohio Legends Vermont opened the scoring at 10:43 of the first period with a power-play goal from Morris Lukowich’s first tally of the year. Ohio would level the scores with one second remaining in the frame on Jody Gage’s second goal of the campaign.

The Legends grabbed their first lead of the game on a power-play marker from Greg Terrion at 12:31, his third of the season. At 17:50, Ohio added to the lead with Ted Bulley’s first and the Legends held a 3-1 edge going into the third.

Dale McCourt’s second lamplighter of the year at 2:39 cut the deficit to 3-2. That would wind up the final, as the Forresters threw everything on goal in the final moments.

Ohio led the shots battle, 31-28, and won 64.2 percent of the face offs. Each team finished the night one-for-four on the power play. Richard Brodeur stopped 28 shots in the loss, while Gilles Gilbert took the win with a 26 save effort.

Weekly Summary: Ohio sneaks out its first win of the season and now can start to try to figure out how to start a streak of wins. It has figured out how to string losses–so this would be a welcomed surprise.
Saint Clair Shores Saints
Weekly Preview: The Saints play two games at home this week.
Chicago Underground @ Saint Clair Shores Saints Wild game that ends in a tie. SCS has 16 penalty minutes to the Underground’s 2 minutes.

In the first period, Unger and Delorme score for the Saints and the Underground get a goal from Rautakillio.

In the 2nd, each team scores two goals.

In the 3rd, Chicago scores two goals to take the lead. The Saints get a goal from Chris Nilan with 1:07 to tie the game. The game ends in a tie.

Chicago 5 SCS 5

1st – Stastny 1 goal and 3 assists
2nd -Rautakillio, 2 goals
3rd – Duguay, 2 goals

New Castle Ducks @ Saint Clair Shores Saints Ducks go with Billy Smith and he fires a shutout against the Saints. Kasper, Currie, and Middleton score in different periods and New Castle defeats the Saints.

New Castle 3 SCS 0

1st – Smith 33 saves
2nd – Middleton 1 goal and 1 assist
3rd – Currie 1 goal

Weekly Summary: SCS ties Chicago, 5-5, then loses to New Castle 3-0 as Smith has a shutout.
New Castle Ducks
Weekly Preview: The Ducks are off to a good start this season, with an offense much improved over last year. This week they play two games at home- against the always tough Cap Jack Rangers and against the high scoring North Carolina 89ers
CapJack Rangers @ New Castle Ducks A wild shoot out goes to the Ducks NEW CASTLE 7 CAP JACK 6
A see-saw battle at The Duck Pond. The Rangers struck first when ex-Duck Brad Palmer scored at 2:10 of the first period. The Ducks then stormed back with three goals – by rookie Barry Pederson, defense man John Barrett and then Pederson again. But Capjack came right back to tie it in the second period on goals by Grant Mulvey and Brian Trottier. 3-3. New Castle took a 4-3 lead on a goal by Terry O’Reilly only to see CapJack tie it right back up on a score by Larry Robinson, as the second period ended 4-4.
In the third period, Palmer struck again against his old teammates, scoring at 5:37 to make it 5-4 Rangers. But the Ducks came back yet again as Marian Stastny and Yvon Lambert put the puck behind Michel Dion and the Ducks lead 6-5 with 4:25 to go. Then, with 2:53 remaining, Terry Martin lit the lamp for Cap Jack to tie it at 6-6. And just when it looked like the game would end in a tie, low scoring Ducks Defenseman Harold Snepts scored on a slap shot with 53 seconds left to give the Ducks the lead at 7-6. The Rangers then ran out of time and the scoring ended with the Ducks on top!THREE STARS:
1- NEW – Barry Pederson 2 Goals for the Ducks #1 draft pick (6 on the season)
2- CAP – Barry Palmer, the ex Duck with 2 goals
3- NEW- John Barrett 1G 1 AMichel “Bunny” Larocque was the winning goalie making 26 saves.Dion was the losing goalie with 29 saves
North Carolina 89’ers @ New Castle Ducks Another wild one at the Duck Pond. In a fight-filled contest, the 89ers outshoot the Ducks 45-19 but the Ducks somehow managed a 6-4 victory. North Carolina has an aggressive high scoring offense but their netminder in this game was Gary Edwards, who last season was the #3 goalie for the Ducks. Edwards did not have the best of games as he allowed SIX goals on only NINETEEN shots
North Carolina took a 3-1 lead in the first period on goals by Eaves, Broten and Fox. But in the second period, Ryan Walter scored his second goal of the game to make it 3-2 and Vaclav Nedomansky then scored for the Ducks to tie it at 3-3. Eaves scored his second of the game at 12:49 of the second and North Carolina took a 4-3 lead to the locker room after two.
In the third period, Nedomansky scored his second of the game to tie it at 9:53 and a little more than two minutes later, Tony Currie scored to make it 5-4 Ducks. Bob Bourne got the Ducks an insurance goal with 1:16 remaining and the Ducks defense stayed strong to finish out a 6-4 win. Michel “Bunny” Larocque was terrific in goal for New Castle as he made 41 saves to win his 3rd game against no losses.THREE STARS:
1- NEW – Vaclav Nedomansky 2 G
2- NEW – Ryan Walter 2 G
3- NOC – Mike Eaves 2 GNOC’s Blaine Stoughton had ELEVEN Shots on Goal but did not score.
The game featured a bench-clearing brawl at 18:48 of the first period as the Ducks Schoenfeld, Snepts and Barrett all got fighting majors with Snepts also getting a game misconduct. For the 89ers, Lupul, Cunneyworth and Marois all got fighting majors with Lupul also getting a game misconduct. North Carolina’s Russ Anderson (another ex-Duck) had 15 PIM as he was called for charging and a misconduct earlier in the first period, a play that fired up the Ducks and their crowed, eventually leading to the bench-clearing brawl. The teams combined for 109 PIM (69 for North Carolina). It was the most PIM in a game this season and the most by one team (NOC) as well.
Weekly Summary: The Ducks drafted Barry Pederson, Marian Stastny and Bob Bourne with their first three picks and all have really improved the Ducks offense. Last year’s low scoring team has become a high scoring team in 1981 and Ducks fans are getting excited as the men from New Castle win both their home games this week to continue their fast start to the season
Charlotte Dynamo
Weekly Preview: The Dynamo, searching for second-year answers after losing its first four games (three of those at home), hosted two games as it entered the second week of MWOTHL play.
New Castle Ducks @ Charlotte Dynamo Ducks forward and first star Ryan Walter had achieved a hat track a second before the second-period horn had even sounded as New Castle spanked Charlotte 5-2. Walter scored just 3:37 in on assists by Bobby Clarke and Tony Currie and added two other goals late in the first and second periods that beat hapless Charlotte goalie Vincent Tremblay. The last Walter goal, which achieved the impressive early hat trick, came just a tick before the second-period buzzer blared and gave the Ducks the 4-1 lead that essentially put the game away. The aging Clarke (third star) recaptured his 1970s glory, winning 15 faceoffs and contributing with a deft short-handed goal 8:17 in the game that gave the Ducks the 2-0 lead at the time. Second-star honors went to New Castle goalie Billy Smith (44 saves) who clearly out shined Tremblay (26 saves).
Delray Alpha @ Charlotte Dynamo The stacked Delray Alpha led by the Great One and his 10.0 offensive rating, outclassed the Dynamo 6-2. A goal by Charlotte rookie wunderkind Dale Hawerchuk 3:38 opened the scoring and provided the Dynamo with a respectable 1-0 lead through the first period, but the Alpha dominated the last two periods and responded with five unanswered goals from a balanced Murderer’s Row of Wayne Gretzky, Bob Gainey, Marc Tardif, Dino Ciccarelli and Paul Woods. It was Ciccarelli who was unveiled as the first star just moments after he tacked on an inconsequential second goal with 1 second left in the game to close the scoring. Gretzky (1 goal 2 assists) was the second star and Dave Parro (34 saves) was solid in the nets for Delray to grab the third star.
Weekly Summary: Reality starts to sink in for the 1981-82 Dynamo: Charlotte did manage to get off the schneid with a win on the road this week — otherwise, there would be lost sleep whether this team could EVER win a game. The number one draft selection of Dale Hawerchuk helps immensely but with sizeable holes yet to fill at goalie, defense and the bottom two lines, the clear indications are this team has a LOOOOONG way to go to even achieve relevance. Putting it bluntly, the depth on this team sucks big time and the rebuilding road will be a long one my friends.
Pittsburgh Spirit
Weekly Preview: One home game for Pittsburgh against Delray.
Delray Alpha @ Pittsburgh Spirit Gretzky and company come into town and Parro saves 44 of 45 to help Delray win 4-1.
Weekly Summary: One home game, zero points. This is more of what we expected this season, but we still managed 45 shots. So the jury is still out!
Mackinac Island Moose
Weekly Preview: Charlestown, Brooklyn, and Chicago come the little old Mackinac Island for some small town Hockey.
Charlestown Chiefs @ Mackinac Island Moose Charlestown 5, Mackinac Island 2 — 1st period is pretty even, as both teams kill 2 penalties. The difference is a turn of the tables as Charlestown gets a shortie from Tremblay, leaving the home team shocked. 1-0 Chiefs.

Period 2 – Both teams PK units continue domination, as the Chiefs kill 4, and the Moose kill 2. The scoring goes ballistic as the Chiefs add 3 more (McDonald, Maxwell, McKegney) to get the lead to 4 before the Moose wake up and cut the lead to 2 with goals from Kurri and Napier. period ends 4-2 Chiefs.

Period 3 – Moose hope the momentum keeps the comeback going, but the Chiefs defense is just too tough, thwarting most attempts. Mid period the Chiefs take advantage of the over-aggressive Moose to add one more insurance goal from Gardner. The Moose stay frustrated and the clock bleeds away with the Chiefs winning 5-2

Fights – Gould v. Smith, McEwen v Propp, Coffey v MacLean, and in the finale’ McEwen v MacLean for each’s 2nd of the night

1st star – Gardner 1G 3pts
2nd = McDonald 1G 3pts
3rd – Maxwell 1G

Brooklyn Harbor Rats @ Mackinac Island Moose Moose 4, Harbor Rats 3 – Moose jump out fast, with Napier and Lysiak getting goals on a 5-minute major roughing by Gartner only a minute into the game. Brooklyn cuts the lead to 1 mid-period when Stastny blows one into the net. Kurri answers a couple of minutes later to make it 3-1. And just before the period ends, Smith makes it 3-2 with a nice slapper.

Period 2 – The goalies take charge and stop all scoring until the final 4 seconds. The Moose manage only 5 SOG as the Rats play massive defense. The Rats, meanwhile, pummel the Moose goal with 19 shots, wearing down Melanson until he finally allows the tying goal with only 4 seconds left.

Period 3 – Goalies rule again. 16 SOG by the Rats, but this time Melanson stops them all. The Moose offense continues to struggle, but finally, with only 1 minute to go, Napier sneaks one into the net, and the defense holds tight for the 4-3 win.

Fights – Osborne v Barber, Christian v McKechnie

1st star – Napier 2G
2nd = Lysiak 1G 2pts
3rd – Kurri 1G 2pts

Chicago Underground @ Mackinac Island Moose Mackinac Island 4, Chicago 3 — Pretty much an instant replay of the game against Brooklyn.

Moose goe up 2-0 on goals by Smith and Napier. Chicago responds with McNab and the 1st ends 2-1

Moose bump it to 3-1 on a goal from O’Connell, Only to see Chicago respond and tie it with goals from McAdam and Bossy (PP). Middle of the 3rd sees Propp net the tie-breaker, and the Moose fend off a vicious attack, including a pulled goalie the final 2 minutes.

Fights – Barrett v Price, McKechnie v Rautakallio

1st star – Smith 1G 2pts
2nd – Napier 1G 2pts
3rd – Propp 1G 2pts

Weekly Summary: 4 pts in 3 home games. The team showed good fortitude with two – 3rd period wins. Long stretches with the offense stymied by strong defenses and lack of breakaways have the coaches scratching their heads. When will the real Bill Barber show up?
Vermont Foresters
Weekly Preview: three home games in week two for the Foresters with the mice, Firebirds, and Bulldogs coming to the bjc.
Mackinac Island Moose @ Vermont Foresters week 2 starts with the mice from the island we will not name coming to town. after a middling first week, a big rivalry game that Vermont has been waiting for also sees the return of former foresters, Eric Vail and pat price who both got an appreciative ovation from the fans. Richard Brodeur was between the pipes for Vermont facing Roland Melanson for the mice. Vermont’s excitement for this game showed in the start as the foresters jumped out to a 4-0 in just over 10 minutes with a goal from Ruotsalainen and then ppg’s from Lukowich twice and Foligno. what looked to be a blowout though was not to be as the mice taking advantage of Vermont slacking off scored 2 goals late in the 1st, 1 by former forester Eric Vail and the other assisted by former forester pat price to end the first period with Vermont leading 4-2. the second period had the mice inch closer with a shg from mike zuke, ending the second with Vermont only ahead by 1 now. the 3rd period saw Vermont letting their 4-0 lead get erased with a ppg by Jari Kurri tying the game at 4 a little over 5 minutes into the 3rd. as the game seemed to head for a disappointing tie Jamie Hislop scored his first as a forester with just under 3 minutes left to send the bjc into a frenzy and the Vermont fans home happy. Lukowich ended up with 2g 2a to lead the foresters. the mice had the advantage in play outshooting Vermont 29-21 and shot attempts 51-35 but Vermont had a 14-13 edge in scoring chances and Vermont was 3-7 on the power play.
Philadelphia Firebirds @ Vermont Foresters the next game saw the undefeated Firebirds from Philadelphia come to Vermont. the foresters got out to another quick start with bob miller netting his first of the year just 35 seconds into the game. the lead lasted less than half the period though as the Firebird onslaught saw Al Secord tie the game just before the midpoint of the period and by the end of the period the score was tied at 1 but Philly outshot Vermont 17-9. the second period was more dominating play from the Firebirds but only a 3-2 lead as Mullen and Hartsburg scored while Foligno netted 1 for Vermont and an 11-6 edge in shots for Philly. the 3rd period had even a bigger edge in shots with the Firebirds ahead 17-6 for the final period but surprisingly dale hunter score at 2:07 of the period and Gary Howatt tallied on the power play at 6:24 and saw Vermont now leading 4-3 despite Philly’s big edge in play. Murray Bannerman was not able to keep the lead long though as Dennis Maruk scored at the 9:35 mark to tie the game at 4. Bannerman was able to withstand the rest of the way including the last 1:33 shorthanded with Lukowich ending the game in the box. a surprising tie against one of the league favorites who came into the game undefeated and outscoring their opponents 34-11 after the first week. Maruk had 1g 2a for Philly while Vermont got 1g 1a from Foligno and Howatt along with 41 saves by Bannerman.
Syracuse Bulldogs @ Vermont Foresters the final game of the week looked to be anti-climatic as Syracuse made the short trip up to Vermont for maple syrup and ice cream. Syracuse despite its proximity to Vermont doesn’t hold the same rivalry as the island team does…” we just don’t like that island” foresters owner George Stimac was quoted as saying. another game, another early goal for Vermont, this time Howatt less than 3 minutes in. Pierre Larouche tied the game for Syracuse midway through the period but Reg Kerr scored his first of the year late in the period for a 2-1 forester lead despite being outshot yet again 16-8 for the period. the 2nd period was scoreless until late when Schutt evened the score at 2 with less than 2 minutes left. the excitement happened in the 3rd period in this game though as dale hunter stole the puck and scored on a breakaway at 8:04 to give the home team a 3-2 lead. bob miller netted what looked to be a big insurance goal with only 6:51 left giving Vermont a 4-2 lead. but this being the 3rd period and the foresters, of course, that lead would not stand. Reggie leach burned his former team with 3:42 left in the game making it a 1 goal lead and Kea with only 1:54 left tied the game at 4. just 40 seconds later though, Mike Foligno scored off a quick pass from dale hunter making it 5-4 Vermont and 27 seconds later Mark Howe buried 1 into the empty net for a 6-4 foresters victory. dale hunter had 1g 2a to lead Vermont and Richard Brodeur made 35 saves as Syracuse outshot Vermont 39-27 but the home team had a 20-9 edge in scoring chances.
Weekly Summary: Lukowich had a great 1st period of the week and wasn’t heard from again, Foligno and hunter have teamed up well to lead the team in scoring so far and solid goaltending by Bannerman and Brodeur so far have Vermont with a 4-3-1 record after 2 weeks