Messier, Mark SCW 4 3 6 9 14 7 7 43%
Sauve, Bob SCW 4 10 2.50 118 .922
Barber, Bill MAC 4 5 5 10 0 3 15 33%
Herron, Denis PHI 2 5 2.53 62 .925

Philadelphia Firebirds
Weekly Preview: Philly has 3 tough games this week so we will break it down a game at a time

First up…The Mack …last years conference finals opponent and holder of Philly favorite Bill Barber

Mackinac Island Moose @ Philadelphia Firebirds The Mack comes to Philly and is a tough team! Addition of Kurri make their top line of Barber/Lysiak/Kurri is a killer

1st – Philly draws first blood a minute in as Marcel Dionne blasts one by Melanson his 5th from Tonelli/Linseman. But Bill Barber tied it up later from Lysiak and Park. The faceoff sees Propper and Bidgeman drop the gloves. Minutes later Park goes off for a minor and Philly makes the Moose pay as Maruk gets his 10th from Mullen/Boxx. Before the period ends Kurri gets his 7th from Barber.
Period ends 2-2
2nd- Before the period starts Pat Boutette and Kenny Linseman square off as there is no love loss on these two teams. Brad Park again goes off for a minor. Philly peppers Melanson with 8 shots on the PP with no goals. But after the PP ends Marcel Dionne puts Philly up 3-2 with his 6th from rookie Joey Mullen . but later Lysiak blasts one by Herron his 3rd from Kurri/Barber. Philly continues to dominate play as Maruk puts them up again with his 11th from Linseman and Boxxy. Philly outshoots Mack 3-4 in the period
3rd – Philly takes overplay in the 3rd. Maruk gets his HAT 12th from Lofthouse and Secord. Later Mullen makes his run for rookie of the year with his 5th from Secord and Maruk and before the period ends Randy Carlyle blows one past replacement goalie Meloche his 1st from Secord and Maruk.


1st – Maruk 3G 5 pts
2nd – Dionne 2 G
3rd – Mullen 1G 3 Pts

Melanson 40 saves Maruck 19 FOW

CapJack Rangers @ Philadelphia Firebirds 1st- Secord demolishes Lapointe to start the period. Later Ruff gets his 3rd from Boxxy and Hardy in a battle of the 4th lines. Palmer ties it later on a tip from a blast of Lapointe. Period ends 1-1
2nd- Al Secord gets the only goal of the period his 7th from Langway and Linseman
3rd- Mullen gets stoned on a breakaway but later Bridgeman scores from Ruff and Boxxy. Not enough Bridge gets his 2nd from Anderson and Langwat putting Philly up 4-1 but Cap won’t give up as Trottier gets his 9th to end the gamePHILLY 4 CAP 21st – Bridge 2G
2nd- Ruff 1G 2Pts
3rd- Herron 34 saves
North Carolina 89’ers @ Philadelphia Firebirds
1st- Took 10 seconds into the game before Al Secord took on Steve “I bring the” Payne in the first fight of the night. Power Play goals by Sinisalo (7) and Hardy (1) put the Firebirds up 2-0 before Marcel Dionne gets his 7th of the year (7) from Toenlli and Linseman. North Carolina dominated play in the first and there were 18 hits and 18 PIM in the first.
2nd- With Philly up 3-0 the 89ers came flying back Lumley gets his 1st from Stoughton and minutes later Ogrodnick gets his 3rd from Fox . But John Anderson would answer for Philly his 3rd from Boxxy and Brdigeman. But before the period would end Tiger Williams gets NC within one with his 3rd. On the play Lumley is injured and would return. NC outshot Philly 18-10 in the perion and we had 16 more hits and 16 more PIM in the 2nd
3rd- Wickenheiser gets his 1st of the year on the last few seconds of a 4 minute PP on Secord. The 89ers one face off after face off to gain the goal and tie the game at 4-4. But from there it was the Joey Mullen show scoring goals 6 and 7 on his rookie year and getting the Birds a tough win 6-401. Mullen 2 G
02. Sinisalo 1 G 2PTS
03. Ogrodnick 1 G 2PTSJarvis 15 FOW Secord 11 PIM
Weekly Summary: Big Win for Philly angst the Moose a playoff team!  Also, Philly takes a tough win from Cap.  Philly keeps the dream start of a season going with the 6-4 win
Syracuse Bulldogs
Weekly Preview: St Claire Shores skates into the Vipond Memorial Arena.
Saint Clair Shores Saints @ Syracuse Bulldogs Syracuse scores a touchdown winning it 7-2.


#1 SYR Smyl 2G
#2 SYR Young 1G 2pts
#3 SYR Ludholm 1G 2pts

Weekly Summary: Syracuse wins their only home game
Saint Clair Shores Saints
Weekly Preview: SCS hosts Delray and Vermont this week.
Delray Alpha @ Saint Clair Shores Saints Only 28 seconds into the game and Doug Wilson scores for the Saints. Risebrough ties it up for Delray. Both teams exchange goals and the game ends in a tie. Delray outshoots SCS,35-26.

Delray 3 SCS 3

1st – Wilson 2 points
2nd – Christoff 1 goal
3rd – Risebrough 1 goal

Vermont Foresters @ Saint Clair Shores Saints SCS takes the lead in this game on a Doug Wilson goal. But, Vermont does the rest of the scoring. Semenko shows some scoring touch and scores 2 goals. Brodeau outplays Liut.

Vermont 5 SCS 1

1st – Brodeur 43 saves
2nd – Semenko 2 goals
3rd – Ramsay 1 goal

Weekly Summary: SCS ties Delray and loses to Vermont.
New Castle Ducks
Weekly Preview: The Ducks are off to a strong start this season and have home games this week against the powerful Charleston Chiefs and the (so far) struggling Brooklyn Harbor Rats
Charlestown Chiefs @ New Castle Ducks NEW 9 CHA 4 The Ducks trailed 4-1 in this one and came back with EIGHT unanswered goals, including SIX in the third period, as they had their highest scoring game of the season. Charleston was all over the Ducks in the first period, as they outshot New Castle 19-4. The Chiefs picked up two scores on the power play and the first period ended with Charleston up 2-1. Shots on goal were alot closer in the second period but it was Charleston that opened up a big lead on another power play goal – this one by Gradin – and then an even strength goal by Paul Gardner, his second of the game. Charlestown led 4-1 with over 15 minutes left in the period. Then the Ducks incredible comeback began. Ryan Walter (6) and Terry O’Reilly (2) scored power play goals – against Chiefs goalie Pat Riggin -and the second period ended with Charlestown still leading but now by only a single goal, 4-3. In the third, the roof caved in on Riggin and the Chiefs. Bob Bourne tied it for New Castle at the 4:35 mark and then O’ Reilly scored his second of the game two minutes later to give the Ducks the lead. Two minutes after that #1 draft pick Barry Pederson got his second of the game (and 8th of the season) – on the power play- to give New Castle a 2 goal lead. Then, in the final three minutes, with the Chiefs pressing agressively, New Castle scored three more – Middleton, Walker and finally Pederson for the hat trick!

1- NEW Pederson 3G 1 A HAT TRICK
2- NEW Ryan Walter 2G 2 A
3- NEW Terry O’Reilly 2G 1 A

Marian Stastny had 4 assists for the Ducks. Michel Larocque made 33 saves and the Ducks scored 4 power play goals. Despite being out-shot 37-28, New Castle came away with an upset win over the favored Chiefs, as their goalie Pat Riggin allowed 9 goals on 28 shots

Brooklyn Harbor Rats @ New Castle Ducks NEW 3 BRO 3 The two teams battle to a 3-3 tie as the Ducks again come from behind. Brooklyn started the scoring early when defenseman Paul Reinhart lit the lamp at the 16 second mark. And then less than a minute later Reinhard did it again to make it 2-0. Both goals were assisted by Bobby Smith and Mike Gartner as the Rats #1 line exploded right out of the box. In the second period, Darryl Sutter scored, with Smith getting his third assist of the game, and Brooklyn had a 3-0 lead. Ron Low was looking strong in goal but the resilient Ducks would bounce back. First, at 14:38 of the second Dave Silk scored his first of the season to put New Castle on the board. The teams went to the locker room with Brooklyn leading 3-1. In the third, the Ducks came out flying. At 9:21 Tony Currie scored to make it 3-2 and then a little over a minute later Ryan Walter scored his 8th of the season, assisted by Currie and Bobby Clarke as the Ducks tied it up. The teams then battled it out for the remaining 9 plus minutes with neither team able to light the lamp, as the game ended in a 3-3 tie.

1- BRO Reinhart 2G
2- NEW Currie 1 G 1 A
3- NEW Walter 1 G

The Ducks outshot the Rats 29-19. Low made 23 saves for Brooklyn.

Weekly Summary: The Ducks get 3 of a possible 4 points as they improve to 7-2-1 on the season, second in the Norris Division to the unbeaten Philadelphia Firebirds.
Ohio Legends
Weekly Preview: Ohio welcomes in league power Pittsburgh and a team of relatively equal strength in Charlotte this week.
Pittsburgh Spirit @ Ohio Legends Rejean Houle’s second goal of the night (the first coming 85 seconds earlier) with four seconds remaining broke a 3-3 tie and gave Pittsburgh a 4-3 triumph.

Ohio battled back from a 2-0 deficit and took the lead at 12:53 when Bernie Federko’s sixth goal of the campaign gave the Legends their first lead o the night.

Chico Resch stopped 31 shots to give the Spirit the victory.

Charlotte Dynamo @ Ohio Legends Charlotte got hat tricks from Gil Perrault and Glenn Anderson in taking a 6-4 decision at Ohio. Anderson scored the game-winning goal in the third and added an empty netter in the final minute after the Legends had closed the score to 5-4.

Tony Esposito stopped 22 shots to give the Dynamo their second win of the season.

Weekly Summary: Ohio dropped both of its home games this week, to sink further in the standings. The long year continues and it may not be long before the rebuild for next year gets underway.
Brooklyn Harbor Rats
Weekly Preview: Home tilts against Chicago and Silk City this week
Chicago Underground @ Brooklyn Harbor Rats Underground comes in seeking their first win of the season and although they manage 34 shots on net, Cory Millen stops 32 of them while the Harbor Rats score six consecutive goals to win 6-2. Behn Wilson has a 4 point night, all assists.
Silk City Whales @ Brooklyn Harbor Rats Family night in Brooklyn as my cousin’s Whales ride Bob Suave’s 42 save performance to an easy win over the Rats, 4-1. Silk City kills us on the special teams, scoring a pair on the power play while killing off 6 Brooklyn power plays and adding a short-handed goal.
Weekly Summary: A split at home as Chicago still seeks their first victim, while the Whales special teams does us in.
CapJack Rangers
Weekly Preview: Ranger homes for 2 games – Syracuse and Ohio. Rangers rely solely on scoring goals so need to continue doing it bunches, because we give up a LOT!!
Syracuse Bulldogs @ CapJack Rangers Well giving up a lot was predicted and it came true. Rangers give up 5 to the Bulldogs with Leach netting 2, Fraser picking up 3 assists and Broten, Boldirev, and former Ranger Schutt each getting one. 2 in the 1st, 2 in the 2nd and a final 1 in the 3rd.
Fortunately for the hometown fans, the offense did its part. Cloutier and Martin tallied in the 1st in between Boldirev’s and Broten’s goals. In the 2nd Mulvey got the Rangers up 3-2 before Leach and Schutt reversed that into a 4-3 Bulldogs lead. But then the Rangers popped in 4 straight goals – Palmer and Gare in the 2nd period and Trottier and Siltanen in the 3rd. Ranges manage 3 PP goals. Leach got the Bulldogs to within 2 with 30 seconds left. Syracuse gave it a great effort – 45 shots on goal, but it wasn’t to be enough.
1. (CAP) Trottier 1 goal, 2 assists (and 23 FOs won)
2. (SYR) Leach 2 goals
3. (CAP) Lapointe 4 assists!!
Lapointe gets 4 assists and his game +/- is 0! Terry Martin’s goal was scored on 9 shifts and 3:21 of ice time.
Ohio Legends @ CapJack Rangers Rangers start strong with Tambelliini scoring 45 seconds into the game. Then 2 minutes later he scores again (on a PP). At the 9 minute mark, Kotsopoulus scores a PP goal to make it 3-0 CapJack. BUT remember, we don’t possess much in the way of D and Ohio storms back before the end of the 1st 20. Murdoch scores at 11:15, a PP goal, to cut it to 3-1 and Pavelich scores 2 minutes later, 3-2 Rangers. Teams then take a 20-minute timeout – at least from scoring. 14 minutes into the 2nd, Tambellini completes the hat trick and it’s 4-2. That was the 2nd period.
3rd PERIOD – Martin and Palmer score making it 6-2 CapJack. But Pavelich gets his 2nd of the game with 2 to go cutting it to 6-3, but the Rangers are able to hang on (and only give up 3!). Final, 6-3 CapJack.
Rangers were able to dominate the faceoffs – maybe that’s why they only gave up 3 goals.
1. (CAP) Tambellini 3 goals, 1 assist – nice hat trick
2. (CAP) Palmer 1 goal, 2 assists
3. (OHI) Pavelich 2 goals
Trottier manages a 3 assist game to keep scoring.
Weekly Summary: Rangers play two home games, score 13 times, giving up 8. Normal offense, slightly better defense!
North Carolina 89’ers
Weekly Preview: The only home game for North Carolina this week pits them against the Bulldogs of Syracuse.
Syracuse Bulldogs @ North Carolina 89’ers North Carolina got off to an early 3 goal lead, but then fell behind after 4 unanswered from Syracuse. NC tied it early in the third and then with 2:12 left in regulation, Stoughton scored his second of the game, putting the 89ers up for good.
Weekly Summary: Even with the loss, Don won the battle of the Edwards, stopping 33 shots compared to Gary’s 16. North Carolina continues their streak of awful goaltending, and it seems their only chance going forward is to outscore the opposition.
Chicago Underground
Weekly Preview: Can this team turn it around anytime soon? If not some heads are going to roll and many players will be suiting up on new ice around the country.
Mackinac Island Moose @ Chicago Underground The top dog Mackinac Island Moose the top team in the Adams Division comes into town to take on the lowly Underground of Chicago. Neither team knows anything about defense in this game. It ends with both teams picking up 1 Point.

Final Score: Mackinac Island 7 – Chicago 7

Labatts – 3-Star Selection:

Star #1 – Bill Barber 3G, 1A for 4Pts
Star #2 – Clark Gillies 1G, 3A for 4Pts
Star #3 – Peter Stastny 2G

(MAC) Tom Lysiak 4 Assists, Jari Kurri 4 Assists, Bill Barber with a Hat Trick.
(CHI) Clark Gillies 3 Assists

Delray Alpha @ Chicago Underground The Alpha make their first venture into the Capone Center for what could become a rivalry game in the near future.

Final Score: Delray 7 – Chicago 6

Labatts – 3-Star Selection:

Star #1 – Darcy Rota 2G, 3A for 5Pts
Star #2 – Dino Ciccarelli 2G, 1A for 3Pts
Star #3 – Dave Taylor 1G, 2Pts

(DEL) Darcy Rota 3 Assists for 5 Points

Weekly Summary: The Undergrounds management is not happy and changes are coming. One more week and the door could be opening for these guys to find some new ice to play on.
Mackinac Island Moose
Weekly Preview: The Moose do a little line changing to try and get more from Bill Barber. One home game against New Castle who comes in with an impressive 6-2-0 record.
New Castle Ducks @ Mackinac Island Moose New Castle 4, Mackinac Island 3 – Period 1 is controlled by the goalies, or should I say 1 goalie, and the Ducks defense. For the Ducks, the defense is outlandishly crazy good, stopping over 2/3 of the entries with steals and hardhits. the Moose manage only 2 SOG and no goals. For the Ducks, not much better, as they manage a more normal 8 SOG, but Gilles Meloche is up to task, stopping all. Period ends at 0-0

2nd period the offenses come to play, and the red lights get some action. First Propp puts the home team up just 31 seconds in to give the Moose the lead. The Ducks respond near the midway point, first Currie, and then Pederson on the powerplay, to reverse the advantage to the feathered friends at 2-1. The Moose counter back, later in the period. Aided by penalties by O’Reilly and Schoenfeld, the home team takes back the lead on goals by Napier and MacLean. Going to intermission its 3-2 Moose.

3rd period sees the lead blown away quickly as Kasper scores just a minute in, and its 3-3. The rest of the period is a real cliff-hanger. Both teams squander away penalty plays, but its Lambert finding the net with only 3 minutes left to put the visitors up. In spite of a pulled goalie for nearly 2 minutes, the Ducks hold up and preserve the 4-3 win.

Fights: Clarke v. Kurri, Snepsts v. Lysiak, Clarke v. Dunlop, Bourne v. Engblom,

1st star – Currie 1G
2nd – Pederson 1G
3rd – Kasper 1G (really???? Lambert with the game winner gets no love????)

Weekly Summary: Disappointing home game for the Moose. The agressive checking by the visitors was a tough nut that we couldn’t crack.
Charlestown Chiefs
Weekly Preview: Three home games this week – are the Chiefs contenders or pretenders?
Charlotte Dynamo @ Charlestown Chiefs First up is Charlotte, and after the ice settles it’s a wild and crazy 5-5 tie. The goalies decided to take the night off, apparently.

Scoring Summary
Per Time Str Team
1 2:58 EV CHA Gardner (6), assisted by Lanny McDonald (5) and Bourque (7)
1 5:56 PP CHA McKegney (6), assisted by Coffey (12) and Hlinka (1)
1 12:03 PP CHD Perreault (4), assisted by Hawerchuk (4) and Ian Turnbull (3)
1 19:17 EV CHA Gradin (4), assisted by Lanny McDonald (6) and Faubert (1)
2 5:48 EV CHA Gardner (7), assisted by Lanny McDonald (7) and Gradin (6)
2 7:17 EV CHD Anderson (3), assisted by Baker (1)
2 16:51 EV CHD Fergus (1), assisted by Robertson (1) and Ian Turnbull (4)
3 1:58 PP CHD Saganiuk (4), assisted by Hopkins (2)
3 14:50 EV CHA Savard (1), assisted by Coffey (13) and Wilf Paiement (5)
3 19:05 EV CHD Cashman (1), assisted by Rogers (5)

Star 1: CHA Gardner 2 G
Star 2: CHA Gradin 1 G, 2 Pts
Star 3: CHA Savard 1 G

Notables: CHD None
CHA McDonald 3 assists

New Castle Ducks @ Charlestown Chiefs The Ducks fly into town, but the Chiefs are very good at Nintendo Duck Hunt – and it shows. The good guys win it 5-3 behind 3 point games from Bourque, Coffey, and Gardner.

Scoring Summary
Per Time Str Team
1 2:08 EV NEW Middleton (7), assisted by Stastny (5) and Pederson (4)
1 12:34 PP NEW Lambert (3), assisted by Pichette (3)
1 14:04 EV CHA Gardner (8), assisted by Coffey (14) and Gradin (7)
2 13:19 EV CHA Coffey (5), assisted by Bourque (8) and Gradin (8)
2 19:57 EV NEW Snepsts (2), assisted by O’Reilly (4) and Bourne (3)
3 2:20 EV CHA Bourque (1), assisted by Gardner (11) and Coffey (15)
3 3:12 EV CHA Bourque (2), assisted by Hlinka (2) and Tremblay (1)
3 17:04 EV CHA Lanny McDonald (4), assisted by Gardner (12)

Star 1: CHA Bourque 2 G, 3 Pts
Star 2: CHA Gardner 1 G, 3 Pts
Star 3: CHA Coffey 1 G, 3 Pts

GWG: Raymond Bourque

Notables: NEW Smith, Billy 30 saves
CHA None

Syracuse Bulldogs @ Charlestown Chiefs Last up on the homestand is Syracuse, who answers Charlestown’s 4 unanswered goals with 4 unanswered of their own en route to a 6-5 victory. Don Edwards gets the win in relief of Staniowski, who gives up 4 goals on 10 shots before getting yanked. Apparently the Chiefs should have done the same with Riggin.

Scoring Summary
Per Time Str Team
1 1:11 EV SYR Fraser (2), assisted by Broten (8) and Arthur (2)
1 3:41 PP SYR Boldirev (3), assisted by Smyl (5)
1 5:22 SH CHA Gould (1), assisted by Savard (3)
1 7:04 EV CHA Faubert (1), assisted by Nicholls (1) and Gradin (9)
1 10:25 EV CHA Bourque (3), assisted by Gradin (10) and Lanny McDonald (8)
1 14:13 EV CHA Tremblay (4), assisted by Hlinka (3) and MacKinnon (1)
2 4:43 EV SYR Pierre Larouche (3), assisted by Schutt (2) and MacAdam (4)
3 6:24 EV SYR Young (2), assisted by Lee (2)
3 9:03 EV SYR Schutt (4), assisted by Pierre Larouche (2) and MacAdam (5)
3 13:14 SH SYR Smyl (4), assisted by Lee (3)
3 17:47 EV CHA Hlinka (3), assisted by Tremblay (2) and McEwen (5)

Star 1: SYR Edwards 32 saves
Star 2: SYR Schutt 1 G, 2 Pts
Star 3: SYR Larouche 1 G, 2 Pts

GWG: Stan Smyl

Notables: SYR Don.Edwards 32 saves
CHA None

Weekly Summary: A win, a loss, and a tie. At least you can’t say the Chiefs are predictable.
Silk City Whales
Weekly Preview: Silk City with three home games this week, which can help get the season rolling in the right direction.
Saint Clair Shores Saints @ Silk City Whales The Whales take a three-goal lead in the second period and then need to hold on at the end as the Saints rally. Silk City wins 3-2

1st Star – Jean-Francois (Mom always liked you better, Bob) Sauve (SCW), G & A
2nd Star – Wayne Babych (SCS), G & A
3rd Star – Mark Messier (SCW), G

Ohio Legends @ Silk City Whales The two teams each lose leads, with Ohio tying the game on Don Murdoch’s goal with 4:50 remaining in the third. Ohio goes on the PP with 1:58 remaining but Mark Messier scores a short-handed goal with 59 seconds remaining to give the Whales a 5-4 lead. Terry Ruskowski takes a penalty to enable the Legends to have a 6-on-3, but the Whales are able to hang on for a 5-4 win.

1st Star – Mike Bullard (SCW), 2G
2nd Star – Mark Messier (SCW), GWG, 2A
3rd Star – Miroslav Fryver (OHI), 2G

Chicago Underground @ Silk City Whales Silk City scores five-second period goals and defeats Chicago 5-3. Mark Messier adds another short-handed goal for the Whales.

1st Star – Mark Messier (SCW), SHG & 2A
2nd Star – Rick Kehoe (SCW), G & A
3rd Star – Larry Murphy (SCW), G & A

Weekly Summary: The Whales complete the best week they’ve ever had, with three home wins in addition to a road win against Brooklyn.
Pittsburgh Spirit
Weekly Preview: Spirit plays host to Philly and Mackinac.
Philadelphia Firebirds @ Pittsburgh Spirit Spirit resting some stars, still go on to beat the Firebirds 5-3 on the strength of Laughlin’s 2 goals and Resch’s 25 saves.
Mackinac Island Moose @ Pittsburgh Spirit Again, resting starters… Pittsburgh gets a late goal from Gatzos, who completes the hat trick, to pull ahead 5-4 with 39 seconds left and go on to win.
Weekly Summary: Two games, two wins. The jury is still out on this group of guys, but they are feisty, to say the least.
Vermont Foresters
Weekly Preview: Vermont with 3 home games this week.
Charlotte Dynamo @ Vermont Foresters Vermont blows 2 leads and gives up the game-winner with less than 90 seconds left in the game and loses 4-3, Bannerman makes 41 saves.
CapJack Rangers @ Vermont Foresters Vermont blows a 3 goal lead but wins 6-4 Lukowich and Hughes both with 1g 3a.
North Carolina 89’ers @ Vermont Foresters North Carolina dominates play but Vermont dominates score winning 5-2 despite being outshot 45-19. Bannerman made 43 saves.
Weekly Summary: Vermont wins 2 of 3 behind Bannerman’s surprisingly strong play.