|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 one game at the Capone Center looking to pick up some points, but headed nowhere but the golf course come spring.|
|Syracuse Bulldogs @ Chicago Underground||After a scoreless 1st period the floodgates opened in the 2nd & 3rd. Chicago put six biscuits in the basket and the Bulldogs just couldn’t hang, though they scored 3 themselves.
Final Score: Chicago 6 – Syracuse 3
Labatts – 3-Star Selection:
Star #1 – Pierre Mondou 2G
Game Winner – Mike Bossy
|Weekly Summary:||Chicago picks up the 2 points they had the chance at – at home this week. Let’s see how bad they do away from the Capone Center.|
|Weekly Preview:||High scoring Delray skates into Syracuse|
|Delray Alpha @ Syracuse Bulldogs||Delray 6-3
Stars #1 DEL Ciccarelli 2G
#2 DEL Tardif 1G 2pts
#3 DEL Vaive 1G 2pts
|Weekly Summary:||One home game another loss. Syracuse is going for the all-time record for goals allowed in a season|
|Weekly Preview:||Rangers are now looking at Brooklyn and we need to bridge the gap to 1st place – and we have 3 home games this week – AND one of the games is against Brooklyn….|
|Chicago Underground @ CapJack Rangers||Underground in town and they discover this is NOT the Capone Center. Gare scores 2 minutes into the game for the Rangers – but Stastny counters 2 minutes later and the 1st period ends in a draw, 1-1. But in the 2nd, the Rangers put on a charge with a goal from Tambelline (3 and 1/2 minutes in), a PP goal from Robinson (a minute later) and then with 2 minutes to goal – Larry Robinson tallies again and it’s 4-1 end of 2.
However, the Underground didn’t go that fast as Stastny (from Bossy and Gillies) scores 20 seconds into the 3rd. That was his 2nd goal – and it was the same combo that netted their 1st goal. But – then the Rangers clamped down – and in spite of TWENTY FOUR SOG in the 3rd period – they held. 45 total SOG for the Underground – Dion was checking his equipment after the game for damage… and in spite of his 43 saves (and heroic 3rd period) the media didn’t include him in the stars for the game (I did!!).
1. CAP – Robinson 2 goals
2. Gare 1 goal, 2 assists (and there had been trade rumors surrounding him this week)
3. Stastny 2 goals
|Brooklyn Harbor Rats @ CapJack Rangers||This is a HUGE game for both teams. The Rats have been the hot team in the Patrick division of late, climbing from 3rd to 1st and taking no prisoners. So it wasn’t a surprise with Gustafsson got them on the board first 7 minutes into the game. However, Shutt responded a minute and a half later to tie – and set the stage for a see-saw battle. Crowder gets sent to the box for tripping and Smith responds for Brooklyn with a PP goal just past midway in the 1st to make it 2-1. Just over a minute and a half later – the Rangers Deblois scores to retie the game and the 1st ends 2-2.
Just past 7 minutes into the 2nd, Kotsopoulos scores for CapJack and the Rangers have their 1st lead of the game. And it lasts just over a minute (pattern here) when Smith scores his 2nd of the game to tie it back up. Trottier however, takes advantage of an Osborne penalty to score a PP goal to give the Rangers a 4-3 lead. Just before he scored, Playfair and Mulvey went to the box for 5 minutes each for fighting. The game was chippy with 14 penalties, but 10 of them were coincidental penalties – so the PPs were limited. After the Rangers got the 4-3 lead it took the Rats 3 minutes to score to tie it up – but Gartner did it with the 1st of his 2 scores. Period 2 ends in a 4-4 tie.
3rd PERIOD – things took longer in this period before any scoring happened – it is definitely looking like playoff hockey this period, but Gartner gets his 2nd goal with 7 1/2 minutes to go to get the Rats back on top 5-4. BUT – Danny Gare storms back to tie the game 35 seconds later – man the way these two teams are fighting back all the time has the crowd going nuts. AND – Stastny (the other one not in Chicago) comes back and scores 35 seconds after Gare’s goal to retake the lead 6-5 for the Rats. And then it happened – the Rangers could NOT retaliate any more, even with an extra attacker for the final 90 seconds. And the Rats take the big game, 6-5! UGH!
1. BRO – Smith 2 goals, 3 assists (that’s 5 points)!!
2. BRO – Gartner 2 goals
3. CAP – DeBlois 1 goal, 2 assists
|Charlotte Dynamo @ CapJack Rangers||Rangers finish the week hosting another division mate – Charlotte – and hope to pull off a win. They score first with Trottier getting the Rangers up 1-0 7 minutes in. And with 1 second to go in the period AND on a PP, Bozek puts one past Bouchard to tie the game (Rangers had been called for too many men on the ice!).
But that was the last time things looked good for the Dynamo. Rangers get 2 in the 2nd – Cloutier and Gare. And then they add on 3 more in the 3rd – Kotsopoulos, Trottier and Tambellini – and they skate to their locker room with a big 6-1 win. Rangers had lots of penalties (20 minutes) and the Dynamo were only able to capitalize on that 1 PP opportunity (they were 1 for 6).
STARS: (all CAP)
1. Trottier 2 goals, 1 assist
2. Cloutier 1 goal, 2 assists
3. Bouchard 30 saves
|Weekly Summary:||3 home games – 4 points. Not bad, but the one that got away against Brooklyn was bad. It was a great game, however!|
|North Carolina 89’ers|
|Weekly Preview:||NC plays only one game at home this week against the Ducks of New Castle.|
|New Castle Ducks @ North Carolina 89’ers||Lumley led off the scoring with a short-handed breakaway goal at 6:38 of the first. New Castle quickly pulled away, up 3-1 at the start of the 3rd. The two teams traded goals back and forth for a while, and the 89’ers were able to pull within 1 with 1:11 left to play but were unable to capitalize on it.
FINAL SCORE: New Castle 6 North Carolina 5THREE STARS:
1. New Castle – Middleton 2G 2A
2. North Carolina – Lupul 2G
3. New Castle – Pederson 1G 1 ANew Castle – Smith – 33 saves
North Carolina – Fuhr – 32 saves
|Weekly Summary:||Carolina continues its slide. Hopefully, they will fare better on the road.|
|New Castle Ducks|
|Weekly Preview:||Three home games this week for the Ducks against divisional opponents, including a BIGGIE against the first-place Firebirds – as the Ducks and Firebirds battle it out for first place in the Norris Division as well as for best record in the MWOTHL|
|Philadelphia Firebirds @ New Castle Ducks||Ducks fans have packed The Duck Pond for this big showdown game between the top two squads in the Norris Division. New Castle puts Billy Smith, who usually plays only on the road, in net to try to stop the #1 offense in the MWOTHL – and the Ducks plan to shadow both league-leading scorer Dennis Maruk and his teammate Marcel Dionne. A rough start is anticipated as well given the bad blood between the two teams and some of the tough guys on both rosters.
The Ducks draw first blood when tough guy Terry O’Reilly goes offense and nets his 10th of the year, at 9:39 of the first, beating Rick Wamsley in the Philly net. at 10:25 Mark Hardy gets the first of his four penalties and the Ducks go on the power play with the league’s #1 PP unit. But the Firebirds kill all the momentum – and silence the crowd – when Mel Bridgman scores SHORTHANDED to tie the game. Marian Stastny scores for New Castle with 1:07 to go and the teams go to the locker room with New Castle ahead 2-1 after one period.
In the second, Lindstrom gets his 16th at 3:11 to tie it and then Maruk adds to his scoring lead with his 34th of the season and Philly leads 3-2 after two. The Firebirds are outplaying the Ducks with a 25-13 shot advantage but Billy Smith is making things tough for the Birds.
On to the third period, and the Ducks come out flying but again the momentum is killed when Marcel Dionne scored, his 26th of the year, assisted by Maruk and now it’s a 2 goal lead for Philly. At 6:02 Al Secord goes off for hooking and the Ducks have their big chance now to get back in the game. Then came the BACK BREAKER as Kenny Linseman gets the Birds SECOND SHORT HANDED GOAL OF THE GAME to make it 5-2 and put things out of reach for New Castle. Adding icing to the cake, Maruk scores two power-play goals a minute apart in the closing minutes to give him 36 goals on the season and give Philadelphia a resounding 7-2 win over their rivals.THREE STARS:
1- PHI Maruk (of course) 3 G 1 A
2- PHI Linseman 1 G (SHG) 1 A
3- PHI-Craig Hartsburg 3 AMark Hardy had 11 PIM, Paul Holmgren had 10 and John Van Boxmeer 15 – all for the Flyers. Terry O’Reilly of the Ducks received a MATCH penalty in the second period for intent to injure Hardy. After the game, O Reilly was SUSPENDED for 5 games. There were three fights in the game. First period: Kelly and Walter Second Period: Hardy and Bobby Clarke Third Period: John Van Boxmeer and Brad McCrimmon. In that one Van Boxmeer got a 10-minute misconduct to go with a fighting major and teammate Paul Holmgren also drew a misconduct.Ducks Defenseman Brad McCrimmon had SIX blocked shots, only the third time this season that a player has had 6 or more in a game. Linseman had FIVE HITS for PhillyFirebirds outshot Ducks 36-22. There were 88 combined PIM in the game.Maruk’s Hat Trick was his FOURTH of the season!
|Syracuse Bulldogs @ New Castle Ducks||NEW CASTLE 5 SYRACUSE 4
After losing to the Firebirds, the Ducks bounced back with a win against division rival Syracuse. For New Castle, it was their 5th win in five tries this season against the Bulldogs.
Ducks shot out to a 3-0 first period lead on goals by Ryan Walter, Rick Middleton (short handed) and Tony Currie (power play). Syracuse stormed back in the second period against Michel Larocque in goal as Ivan Boldiver scored twice and then Bengt Lundholm tied it with his 15th of the season. With the crowd stunned, Ducks rookie sensation, Barry Pederson, restored order when he scored his 30th of the year, assisted by McCrimmon and Pichette to make it 4-3 Ducks after two.
1- SYR Lundholm 2G 2 A
Stan Smyl of SYR had 3 assists. Pederson won 15 faceoffs (out of 20). Syracuse outshot the Ducks 33-25 but Larocque stopped 29 shots to go to 14-2-2 on the season. Don Edwards (5-23-1) was the losing goalie.
|Chicago Underground @ New Castle Ducks||NEW 3 CHI 3
The Ducks rally in the third period to gain a tie against their division rivals. New Castle and Chicago have played four games this season, with the Ducks winning one and the other THREE ending in ties!
The first period ended 1-1 and then in the second, Valentine scored his 20th, on the power play, as the Underground took a 2-1 lead after two. In the third, at 1:21, high scoring Mike Bossy netted his 23rd and Chicago had a 3-1 lead. With Pete Peeters stoning one Ducks drive after another, it looked like the lead would hold up. But suddenly the Ducks came to life and it was Pederson who once again was the star. The rookie center took a pass from Marian Stastny and beat Peeters at 14:30 for his 31st goal of the year, making it 3-2. With the sellout crowd roaring, the Ducks tied it FIFTEEN SECONDS later when backup RW Blair MacDonald (playing in place of the suspended O’Reilly) scored only his second of the year (from Walter and Clarke) to tie the game. The teams battled for the remaining 5:15 but no one could score and the game ended 3-3.
Peeters made 33 saves as New Castle out shot Chicago 36-27. Larocque had 24 saves for the Ducks.
|Weekly Summary:||Mixed results this week as the Ducks lose the big game against Philadelphia and go 1-1-1 on the week, picking up only 3 of a possible 6 points.|
|Weekly Preview:||The playoff-bound North Carolina 89’ers visit Legends Arena for the lone home game of the week.|
|North Carolina 89’ers @ Ohio Legends||NORTH CAROLINA 2, OHIO 2
John Orgodnick’s goal with 5:15 remaining was the final goal in a 2-2 tie between North Carolina and Ohio. Johnny O’s eleventh goal of the season was the only score of the second period as well.
Almost all of the offensive fireworks came in the first period, as John Anderson’s 15th goal started things for the Legends. Michel Goulet’s 15th knotted things up at one a bit later, while Bernie Federko’s 24th before period end gave Ohio the edge at the first break.
The third period featured 20 shots on goal between the teams, but there was no scoring. Grant Fuhr had his season record go to 9-7-2 for the 89’ers, with 22 saves. Glen Hanlon stopped 31 while improving to 4-9-2.
|Weekly Summary:||If a tie is like kissing your sister, then Ohio has the hottest sibling in the MWOTHL. Getting a point from a playoff-bound team is like stealing this year and the Legends will take it.|
|Weekly Preview:||Two big Smythe division showdowns.|
|Vermont Foresters @ Charlestown Chiefs||We rest a bunch of our big guns, and it almost backfires – but thanks to a Mario Tremblay (13) goal at 19:25 of the 3rd we manage to pull off a 5-5 tie with Vermont.
Star 1: CHA Tremblay 2 G, 3 Pts
Notables: VER Brodeur 35 saves
|Silk City Whales @ Charlestown Chiefs||Next up is a tough Silk City squad, who is in the same boat as us – closely chasing mighty Delray. A win here can create a little breathing space.
Fortunately, Bernie Nicholls (1) picks a great time to score his 1st goal of the season at 4:44 of the 3rd, and then the ever dangerous Paul Gardner (27) scores at 8:55 to turn a 3-3 tie into a 5-3 lead. But Mike Bullard (22) scores at 17:54 to make it VERY interesting… fortunately Riggin (12-11-1) hangs on to seal the two points.
Star 1: CHA Gardner 2 G, 3 Pts
GWG: Paul Gardner
Notables: SCW Messier 21 faceoffs won
|Weekly Summary:||Three out of four points at home, with two huge road games at Delray and Silk City to come.|
|Weekly Preview:||Philly takes on the Hated Underground who have been hot as of late|
|Chicago Underground @ Philadelphia Firebirds||1st- Tight first period that remained scoreless until Bossy gets his 24th on a Serge Savard rebound. Period ends 1-0 Chicago
2nd- Philly takes over the second period outshooting the ground 16-3 but Sevigny is strong until Dionne ties it up with his 27th from Maruk and Hartsburg
3rd- Lindtstrom puts Philly up 2-1 with his 17th from Secord and Carlyle. But minutes later Valentine gets his 21st from Seiling and Ferguson. Both teams have chances but it looks like a tie until with just 50 seconds left in the game Maruk gets his 37th on a tip shot from LindstromPhilly pulls it out 3-201 Maruk 1G 2PTS
02 Lindstrom 1G 2PTS
03 Dionee 1GSevigny 40 savesPP for both teasm 1-9
|Weekly Summary:||Philly has another 1 goal game at home …|
|Silk City Wales|
|Weekly Preview:||Silk City welcomes in division rival Charlestown, The teams are in a tight battle near the top of the Smythe Division.|
|Charlestown Chiefs @ Silk City Wales||The Chiefs score five straight goals from the end of the first period into the third and coast to a 6-3 win over the Whales. Silk City was hurt by an early injury to top defenseman Larry Murphy and Charlestown took advantage.
January 6 1982 Cheney Mill Dome 01-19-2020
1 2 3 F
SOG 1 SOG 2 SOG 3
Injuries: Murphy(SCW)-game Bathe(SCW)-game
Star 1: CHA Nicholls 2 G
GWG: Paul Gardner
Notables: CHA None
Charlestown GA SV Save% TOI W L T Rate
Silk City GA SV Save% TOI W L T Rate
|Weekly Summary:||Only one home game this week and the divisional losses really hurt.|
|Saint Clair Shores Saints|
|Weekly Preview:||The Saints play host to North Carolina, Mackinac Island, and Ohio.|
|North Carolina 89’ers @||Sharpley scores the only goal for the Saints. Unfortunately, the 89ers score 3. Fox, Lumley, and Jarvis score the goals. North Carolina has 27 shots to the Saints 22.
North Carolina 3 SCS 1
1st – Jarvis
|Mackinac Island Moose @ Saint Clair Shores Saints||The Moose get a solo goal in the first, which stands up. MacLean scores his 23rd goal of the year. Melanson tosses a shutout.
Mackinac Island 1 SCS 0
1st – Melanson
|Ohio Legends @ Saint Clair Shores Saints||Ohio scores the first three goals of the game. SCS with a 2 goal comeback, but Ohio scores again to take the game. Frycer, Maloney, Kerr, and Roberts score for the Legends. Cameron and Duguay score for the Saints who lose.
Ohio 4 SCS 2
1st – Frycer
|Weekly Summary:||SCS continues to stumble and loses all three at home.|
|Weekly Preview:||The 2 Time Defending Champs are Chumps this season.|
|CapJack Rangers @ Pittsburgh Spirit||Pittsburgh wins 7-4 against bitter rival CapJack. Still… rumors of a potential deal are swirling between these two teams.|
|Charlotte Dynamo @ Pittsburgh Spirit||Charlotte wins this one 4-3.|
|Vermont Foresters @ Pittsburgh Spirit||Vermont breaks the Spirit to the tune of 7-1.|
|Weekly Summary:||One win in three games. That’s how it goes this season!|
|Brooklyn Harbor Rats|
|Weekly Preview:||A Pennsylvania party in Brooklyn this week, both Pittsburgh and Philadelphia come to visit.|
|Pittsburgh Spirit @ Brooklyn Harbor Rats||Guy Chouinard’s power play goal gets the visitors in front in the first, but a pair of goals from blue liners Paul Reinhart and Behn Wilson put the Harbor Rats in front after 2.Thomas Steen nets the tying goal early in the 3rd and with under a minute remaining, Matt Hagman snaps the tie as the Spirit deflate the home crowd, 3-2 Pittsburgh.|
|Philadelphia Firebirds @ Brooklyn Harbor Rats||The Firebirds come out firing and score 4 goals in less than 10 minutes of play, including a pair by Joe Mullen to grab a commanding lead. Philly would go on to a 6-1 blowout win with Dennis Maruk also scoring two goals.|
|Weekly Summary:||A disappointing week for Brooklyn fans as the Rats drop both home games.|
|Weekly Preview:||The Dynamo, despite being in the basement of the tightly contested Patrick, continued to hold hopes for a second-half surge for a division/playoff bid, as it hosted St. Clair Shores and Brooklyn at the halfway point this past week.|
|Saint Clair Shores Saints @ Charlotte Dynamo||With two third period goals, the Saints steal a 6-5 win over backup netminder Tony Esposito and the Dynamo. The Saints’ Steve Christoff (there’s a name I haven’t heard in decades), ties the game with his 11th goal midway through the third. Then with 1:26 left, Norm Dupont chips in the game-winner for Saint Clair Shores. Stud defenseman Doug Wilson assists on both goals to help spark the Saints rally and finishes with three assists and 5 blocks total. St. Clair Shores came back from a 4-1 deficit against the hapless Esposito. Glenn Anderson had scored two of the goals to help provide Charlotte with the early lead; Charlotte also received two goals from Gil Perreault who was the first star. Perrault’s late second-period goal gave the Dynamo the early 6-5 lead.|
|Brooklyn Harbor Rats @ Charlotte Dynamo||The Dynamo put together one of its most complete efforts of the season in dismantling its Patrick leading rivals, 9-3. Steve Bozek takes top star honors with a hat trick for Charlotte and he adds an assist and 2 hits for good measure. The Dynamo scored the first four goals of the game in the game’s first 23 minutes. Brooklyn answers with two immediate second-period goals from Bobby Smith and defenseman Behn Wilson in a 13-second span to close the gap to 4-2, but then Charlotte erupts with the next four goals to chase goalie Greg Millen (replaced by Ron Low) and put the game away.
Fourth liner Larry Hopkins contributes with two goals in the win for Charlotte and goalie Vincent Tremblay is sensational with 41 saves.
|Weekly Summary:||The Dynamo only take two of four points but the key division win over Brooklyn keeps Charlotte just around 10 points out of the division lead. There’s still hope at this juncture with plenty of season left and Charlotte displaying considerable offensive firepower.|
|Mackinac Island Moose|
|Weekly Preview:||Syracuse, Ohio and North Carolina visit the island this week. 2 big division games.|
|Syracuse Bulldogs @ Mackinac Island Moose||Moose 5, Bulldogs 0
Melanson builds a brick wall and sits back to enjoy it. 36 saves against no tallies. For the Moose, Propp, Dunlop, Napier and MacLean twice, light the lamp on the other side. A rare shutout.
1st star – Melanson shutout
|Ohio Legends @ Mackinac Island Moose||Legends 6, Moose 4 – Ohio kicks some ass the first 30 minutes, holding the Moose to only 9 shots on goal, while dominating play, the puck in the offensive zone most of the time, and scoring 3 goals, 2 from Kerr and one from Molin. Middle of the 2nd, Lysiak answers and gives the home team a little hope, with the game going to 2nd intermission 3-1 Legends.
3rd period sees a little more hope sneak in, as Park gets a goal just seconds into the period. 3-2 Legends. A couple of minutes later, poof, despair sneaks back in on a powerplay goal from Kerr (HAT TRICK). Napier comes to the rescue with goals at 11 minutes left, and the equalizer at 6 minutes left, and on the heels of the 4-1 scoring surge, the Arena is rocking. The party poopers that they are, Ohio Legends, end the fun with 2 quick goals, Maloney and Allison, and its all sad time again. Pulling the goalie is exciting, but unproductive, and a bunch of sad Moose fans go home 6-4 losers.
1st star – Kerr 3G
|North Carolina 89’ers @ Mackinac Island Moose||89’ers 7, Moose 2 – Big division game between the 1st and 2nd place team is a yawner, as North Carolina dominates the whole game. Goulet gets the first 2 in 5 minutes. MacLean answers with 8 minutes to go in the 1st, but then the Moose offense gets clamped down, while the visitors rattle off 3 unanswered from Stoughton, Fox and Williams. making it 5-1 with 19 minutes left in the game. Napier gets one more for the Moose, while Hopkins and Williams get 2 more for the 89’ers, to make the final damage 7 goals.
An interesting point in the 3rd period. As it was a blowout, I put the lines back to auto and allowed the CPU to move players. VERY SHOCKING. The computer manager ran my 2nd line ragged, down to fatigue numbers of 20-30-40, and simultaneously ran one defenseman down to 0 (zero). I would insert some other lines with fatigues in the 80’s and 90’s, but then the CPU would put the gasses line back in at the next opportunity. Going to watch this more in future games. I sent a screenshot into DK Sports asking for how this could happen.
1st star – Goulet 2G 3pts
|Weekly Summary:||Very disappointing to lose 2 division games. The race just got a bunch tighter heading into the 2nd half.|