|CLARENCE GOALIE||TEAM||GP||GOALS AGAINST||G.A. AVERAGE||SAVES||SAVE %|
|WALES GOALIE||TEAM||GP||GOALS AGAINST||G.A. AVERAGE||SAVES||SAVE %|
|Weekly Preview:||Syracuse brings in Charlotte, Ohio, and Pittsburgh|
|Charlotte Dynamo @ Syracuse Bulldogs||Charlotte wins a close one 7-6
Stars #1 CHD Anderson 2G 3pts
#2 CHD Hawerchuk 1G 4pts
#3 CHD Saganiuk 2G
|Ohio Legends @ Syracuse Bulldogs||Ohio takes it 7-6
Stars #1 OHI Federko 2G 3pts
#2 SYR Larouche 2G
#3 SYR Lundholm
|Pittsburgh Spirit @ Syracuse Bulldogs||The Spirit win 6-5
Stars #1 PIT Hagman 2G
#2 PIT Sitler 1G 3pts
#3 SYR Turnbull 2G
|Weekly Summary:||The hard-luck Bulldogs lose 3 one-goal games|
|Weekly Preview:||Rangers have 1 home game this week (before the 1981 Christmas holidays) and it’s against Silk City – Smythe Division leaders. Rangers currently sit tied in the Patrick Division – but hard-charging Brooklyn is beginning to assert itself (and by a scheduling quirk, they have 3 games in hand. We need to do something…|
|Silk City Whales @ CapJack Rangers||Well, we start off taking a 1-0 lead when Cloutier scores inside the 4-minute mark. But the Whales respond 3 times with goals from Peplinski, Kehoe, and Sutter (SH) – all by the midpoint in the period and round 1 goes 3-1 in favor of the invaders from Silk City.
PERIOD 2 – the teams trade a couple of goals with Cloutier and Siltanen scoring for the Rangers and in between and after the Whales get goals from Carpenter and Flockhart. Flockhart’s goal was the 3rd unassisted goal in the game! Round 2 ends in a draw, 2-2 and after 2 the Wales lead is 5-3!
PERIOD 3 – like periods 1 and 2, period 3 sees 4 more goals. Cloutier and Robinson score – the later with 4 1/2 minutes to go and the game is tied 5-5 heading into the closing minutes of the game. 30 seconds after the Robinson game-tying goal, Silk City recaptures the lead when Murphy puts one past Bouchard. The goal was scored on a delayed penalty. And this was enough for Bouchard – Dion comes into finish the game. Well apparently that lineup adjustment was enough to at least get another Ranger goal as Mulvey scores with 2 minutes to go and the game is tied: 6-6, and that’s how it ends.
For each team scoring 6 goals, the SOGs were not overly high, but scoring chances were.
1. CAP – Cloutier hat trick 3 goals, 2 assists
2. CAP – Siltanen 1 goal, 3 assists (continues to be a big plus to the team)
3. SCW – Sutter 1 goal, 1 assist
|Weekly Summary:||Well 1 game, 1 tie, better than a loss and it was against a top team. We need some help…|
|North Carolina 89’ers|
|Charlestown @ North Carolina 89’ers||Penalties almost do in Charlestown, with NC scoring 2 of their 3 goals on the power play, but they are able to hang on.
FINAL SCORE: CHA 4 NC 3
1. CHA McKegney 1G
FINAL SCORE: CHA 4 NC 3
CHA Riggin – 33 saves
|North Carolina 89’ers @ Chicago Underground||The Underground come out fired up for Coach Stray tonight, scoring 5 goals in the first, including a beautiful Mike Bossy breakaway. Carolina comes close to catching them bringing the score within 1. Babych made a great pass to Stoughton with less than 2 seconds left, but he whiffed on it.
FINAL SCORE: CHI 7 NC 6
1. CHI Bossy 2G 1A
CHI Peeters – 13 saves
|Weekly Summary:||Coach Allen is going to be on the hot seat if things don’t turn around soon.|
|Charlestown Chiefs @ Chicago Underground||Yes, it’s not a typo – Charlestown’s sole home game this week is in… Chicago. Stray asked me to play while he heals.
Good thing, too – as Chi-Town takes the game 5-3, dedicating the win to their GM and leader.
Star 1: CHI Valentine 2 G, 4 Pts
GWG: Butch Goring
Notables: CHA None
|Weekly Summary:||Charlestown is on the ropes and fading fast in their division.|
|Silk City Whales|
|Weekly Preview:||The Whales, still in the mix at the top of the Smythe Division, welcome in always-tough Pittsburgh and Charlotte. Silk City has lost two of three to the Spirit and won two of the from the Dynamo so far this season.|
|Pittsburgh Spirit @ Silk City Whales||The Whales cannot contain the Sittler-Pettersson-Lafleu line and lose to the Spirit 5-4. That trio combine for seven points as Pittsburgh builds a 5-2 lead and the Whales late flurry is not enough to come all the way back.
December 16 1981 Cheney Mill Dome 01-10-2020
1 2 3 F
SOG 1 SOG 2 SOG 3
Star 1: PIT Lafleur 1 G, 4 Pts
GWG: Darryl Sittler
Notables: PIT Lafleur 3 assists
Pittsburgh GA SV Save% TOI W L T Rate
Silk City GA SV Save% TOI W L T Rate
|Charlotte Dynamo @ Silk City Whales||The Whales come out smoking with three goals in the first nine minutes and crush the Dynamo 10-3. Ron Flockhart has a hat trick and two assists Silk City’s third and fourth lines take advantage of extended garbage time to contribute to a five goal third perios.
December 19 1981 Cheney Mill Dome 01-10-2020
1 2 3 F
SOG 1 SOG 2 SOG 3
Star 1: SCW Flockhart 3 G, 5 Pts
GWG: Ron Flockhart
Notables: CHD None
Charlotte GA SV Save% TOI W L T Rate
Silk City GA SV Save% TOI W L T Rate
|Weekly Summary:||Two games, two points. The Whales continue to have problems taking care of business against the high-pedigree teams.|
|Weekly Preview:||The Mousse invades Philly this week.|
|Mackinac Island Moose @ Philadelphia Firebirds||The tough and deep Mousse (see whatIi did there) come into Philly for a playoff preview.
1st- Pat Boutette gets the Moose up 1-0 with his 6th from Propp and Park. But before the period ends Dionne ties it up with his 24th from Maruk…8 penalties and lots of bad PP play
1. Dionne 2 G
41 HITS 30 PIM 11 PP
|Weekly Summary:||The second week in a row Philly eek’s out a one-goal win against a tough opponent|
|Weekly Preview:||The Ohio Legends welcome Smythe Division leader, Delray in for its lone home game of the week.|
|Delray Alpha @ Ohio Legends||Delray 7, Ohio 6
Dino Ciccarelli’s final goal of his hat trick proved to be the game winner in this one. Ohio wasted a 5-2 lead early in the second, before the Alpha turned up the offense and took control.
Marc Tardif and Wayne Gretzky each had three assists for the winners, while Tim Kerr had a three point night (2-1-3) and Bob Manno added two goals and three blocked shots for the losers.
Dave Parro (16-8-2) picked up the win in goal for Delray, turning away 32 shots. Gilles Gilbert (6-5-0) took the loss in relief, re-routing four shots. John Garrett start for Ohio, stopping 22 of the 28 shots he faced.
Delray went two-for-six on the power play, while Ohio was two-for-four with the man-advantage.
|Weekly Summary:||Ohio loses its home game this week. What’s new?
Can anyone speed the draft day arrival up?!?!
|Brooklyn Harbor Rats|
|Weekly Preview:||Vermont and St. Clair Shores come to visit this week in a pair of non-divisional games|
|Vermont Foresters @ Brooklyn Harbor Rats||Anton Stastny and Morris Lukowich trade a pair of goals each and it’s a 2-2 game midway through when Mark Osborne snaps the tie with his 14th of the year. Early in the 3rd period, Osborne gets his 15th to make it a 2 goal lead. Then he completes the hat trick with his 16th as Brooklyn pulls away with a 4 goal 3rd period. Rats 7, Foresters 2.|
|Saint Clair Shores Saints @ Brooklyn Harbor Rats||Brooklyn builds a 4-0 lead early in the 2nd and it’s looking like an easy win when the Saints begin their comeback, scoring 3 times to make it a one-goal game with just over 22 minutes left. But just before the 2nd intermission, Doug Sulliman deflects home Behn Wilson’s point shot for a 5-3 Rats lead after 2. Just 5 minutes into the 3rd, St. Laurent gets Saint Clair Shores back within a goal and it remains that way until under 5 minutes remain when Wilson again gives Brooklyn the 2 goal lead. With just 3 minutes left Ron Francis nets his second goal of the night to once again make it a one-goal game. Off the ensuing faceoff, Wilson nets his 2nd of the night to once again give the Rats a 2 goal lead. With the net empty and the extra attacker on the ice, Francis completes the hat trick to make it a one-goal game for the 4th time in the contest! But that would be all, a combined 5 goals final 20 minutes as the Rats hang on for the 7-6 win. Behn Wilson (2-2-4) also drops the gloves to complete the Gordie Howe hat trick.|
|Weekly Summary:||Osborne’s hat trick in the first game and Behn Wilson’s Gordie Howe hat trick in the 2nd game make for a very enjoyable week for the Harbor Rats home crowds.|
|Saint Clair Shores Saints|
|Weekly Preview:||The Saints play host to the Chicago Underground.|
|Chicago Underground @ Saint Clair Shores Saints||Game starts off with an early Chicago goal by Mondou. The Underground proceed to pound the Saints. The Saints have more shots 29-19, but they take advantage of Liut who has under-performed all season.
Denis Savard, Rautikillio, Goring, McNab, and Seiling all score. Cameron scores for the Saints.Chicago 6 SCS 11st – McNab
2nd – Goring
3rd – Savard
|Weekly Summary:||Chicago dominates SCS and wins 6-1.|
|Weekly Preview:||The rebuilding Dynamo started its season with a disastrous 1-6 record, but since then have played a more competitive brand of hockey entering this latest week of play (9-12-4 since that inauspicious start). It hosted another team that is in its division basement, the Vermont Foresters on December 18.|
|Vermont Foresters @ Charlotte Dynamo||As we used to say in my beer hockey league when I was a younger man, Charlotte got absolutely SMOKED, in this one, getting chopped down by the Foresters 6-1. Only a last-moment goal by Dynamo fill-in Anders Hakansson, with one tick left on the clock, spoiled the shutout bid by Vermont goalie Richard Brodeur (37 saves).
Dale McCourt scored in every way imaginable for Vermont in notching a hat trick by the second period. The center scored the first goal of the game even strength, then added a power play goal that put Vermont ahead at the time 3-0, and then he delivered a short-handed goal with 6:42 remaining in the second period that gave the Foresters a 4-0 lead that for all intents and purposes put the game on ice. McCourt linemates accounted for the other three Forester goals: left winger Morris Lukowich notched two third period goals and right winger Pat Hughes got credit for the game winner that gave Vermont a 2-0 lead at the end of the first period.
|Weekly Summary:||With multiple Charlotte players continuing to sit due to usage purposes, the Dynamo didn’t put up much of a fight in this latest setback: the defense remained lackadaisical, and its offensive attack which has been credible for most of the season failed to show up entirely.|
|Mackinac Island Moose|
|Weekly Preview:||Charlestown and Brooklyn visit the Moose|
|Charlestown Chiefs @ Mackinac Island Moose||Charlestown 4, Moose 3 – A close game for only one period. The Chiefs storm out and score 4 goals in the first 30 minutes (Tremblay, Potvin, Lever, Potvin) and then the Moose finally make their 2nd change of strategy, which seems to work. MacLean scores just seconds before the 2nd period ends, and then Smith and Napier early in the 3rd to make it 4-3. The goalies then stop all business, and the red lights stay dark the rest of the game. Chiefs hang on 4-3
1st star – Potvin 2G
|Brooklyn Harbor Rats @ Mackinac Island Moose||Brooklyn 5, Moose 5 – A lively back and forth game. 3 ties. Moose lead 5-4 and seem ready to escape with the W when Brasar blasts one in with only 22 seconds left. 5-5 tie.
Brooklyn goals Stastny, Reinhart, Smith 2, Brasar
1st star – Lysiak 1G 3pts
|Weekly Summary:||A depressing 1 pt. in 2 home games brings the recent surge to an end. Still leading the division, but can we get our Mojo back?|
|New Castle Ducks @ Pittsburgh Spirit||New Castle travels south (New Castle, PA right?) to Pittsburgh.
Down 5-2 in the 3rd period, The Spirit try their best to tie it up scoring two late 3rd period goals, both by Sittler, but can’t get the tying goal as the Ducks win in Pittsburgh, 5-4.
|Weekly Summary:||Another home loss… another reason to send some people packing!|
|New Castle Ducks|
|Weekly Preview:||Two tough home games this week – one against the Patrick Division leading CapJack Rangers and one against the North Carolina 89ers who are second in the Adams Division|
|CapJack Rangers @ New Castle Ducks||NEW CASTLE 8 CAPJACK 4 A wild one goes to the high scoring Ducks. After trailing 1-0 in the first, the Ducks had 4 unanswered goals to take a commanding 4-1 lead but the Rangers battled back to make it 4-3 before the Ducks got hot again to win it 8-4.
The Ducks top two players – Rick Middleton and rookie Barry Pederson each had 2 goals and 2 assists. Middleton and Pederson are now in a battle with Philly’s Dennis Maruk for the MWOTHL scoring lead as well as the lead in Goals scored. New Castle outshot CapJack 31-23 as Michel “Bunny” Larocque won his 12th game of the season in 16 tries (2 losses and 2 ties). The Rangers Michel Dion gave up 7 goals with the final goal being an empty netter.
CapJack’s Siltanen had 3 assists
|North Carolina 89’ers @ New Castle Ducks||NEW CASTLE 5 NORTH CAROLINA 4 Trailing 4-2 midway through the third period, the Ducks exploded for three goals for the comeback. The teams started out exchanging goals and the score was tied at 2-2 early in the second period. Then, the 89ers Blaine Stoughton scored his 21st of the year to make it 3-2 North Carolina. 45 seconds later Jim Fox lit the lamp to make it 4-2 late in the second period.
The teams went to the third period with North Carolina still leading 4-2 and largely controlling the play. But at 10:21 defenseman Dave Pichette scored his 1st of the season beating Grant Fuhr to make it 4-3. Then less than 3 minutes later, Rick Middleton (from Pederson) scored his 31st of the season to tie the game! With just over a minute to go, Barry Pederson, the Ducks phenomenal rookie, scored his 29th, assisted by who else but Middleton, along with Marian Stastny. That proved to be the game winner as Larocque made 21 saves and improved to 13-2-2 on the season. 89ers defenseman Mario Marois had 3 assists and another defenseman, Lee Fogolin was given a misconduct penalty in the second period.THREE STARS:
1- NEW Pederson 1G 1A
2- NEW Middleton 1G 1A
3- NEW Vaclav Nedomansky 1G
|Weekly Summary:||The Ducks win both home games as they continue to battle the Philadelphia Firebirds for first place in the Norris and for the best record in the MWOTHL.
Rick Middleton now has 31 goals and 34 assists for 65 point, in 38 games. Dennis Maruk of Philadelphia has 64 points in 34 games, pending the results of Philadelphia’s games this week. Middelton’s 31 goals is also second to Maruk’s 33. Pederson is fourth in goals with 29 and yet another Duck, Ryan Walter, is fifth with 25.