SKATER & GOALIE OF THE WEEK #3

Rick_VaiveReggie_LemelinBrian_ProppPete_Peeters

CLARENCE SKATER TEAM GP GOALS ASSISTS POINTS PM  +/-  SOG S%
Vaive, Rick TEX 4 5 4 9 0 0 37 14%
                   
CLARENCE GOALIE TEAM GP GOALS AGAINST G.A. AVERAGE SAVES SAVE %
Lemelin, Reggie POR 2 3 1.5 56 .949
                   
WALES SKATER TEAM GP GOALS ASSISTS POINTS PM  +/-  SOG S%
Propp, Brian MAC 4 6 4 10 7 8 16 38%
                   
WALES GOALIE TEAM GP GOALS AGAINST G.A. AVERAGE SAVES SAVE %
Peeters, Pete CHI 3 6 2.02 75 .926

Dallas Drakes
Pittsburgh Spirit @ Dallas Drakes Dallas 5 Pittsburgh 3… The Drakes came out flying as Illka Sinisalo scored at the 2:34 to open up the game. The Drakes extended the lead to 4-0 in the second on a shorthanded goal by Ken Linesman. The Spirit got it together and scored 3 unanswered goals, a pair by Tomas Steen. Craig Hartsburg scored an empty netter to seal the game. The First Star of the Game was Tomas Steen, Joe Mullen got the second star and Craig Hartsburgh took the third star.
WEEKLY SUMMARY: The Drakes take their only home game of the set
CapJack Rangers
WEEKLY PREVIEW: Rangers off to a sluggish start and basically lacking in defense host Catoctin and Dallas – ah, new blood. Both of them are off to similar starts as the Rangers, so maybe someone will have a good week.
Catoctin Cardinals @ CapJack Rangers Well, 14 goals certainly can excite the fans (but if they are pretty evenly spread, it won’t make the defensive coach very happy). Lot’s of penalties – Rangers get 24 minutes of sin time and that game the Cardinals 7 PP opportunities – we know what they will practice this week as they only convert 1 of them. Rangers had 4 PP chances and did a somewhat better 25% fill rate, but still….
1st Period Crowder started the scoring for the Rangers but Foster and then Johnstone (with 10 seconds left) tallied for Catoctin and the Cardinals lead 2-1 after 1.
2nd Period scoring started with Catoctin getting the PP goal from Kehoe early. Then Semenko scored for CapJack but Kehoe again scored for the Cardinals. However, the scoring continues as Cloutier and Allison scored for the Rangers and it’s knotted at 4-4 after 2!3rd Period – this is where the fun started. Catoctin begins to pour it on and within the opening 3 minutes, they put 2 goals past Bouchard. Up 6-4 and happy, they missed the change in attitude and latitude coming from CapJack and Alison, Robinson and Siltanen scored 3 goals and with 4 minutes left the Rangers take a 7-6 lead. The Cardinals don’t quit and they throw everything at Bouchard including the extra attacked and sink, but they get sunk when Neufield nabs an empty netter to seal the deal and an 8-6 Ranger win.
STARS:
1. CAP – Allison 2 goals, 1 assist
2. CAT – Kehoe 2 goals, 1 assist
3. CAP – Robinson 1 goal, 2 assists
Stats were as close as the score!
Dallas Drakes @ CapJack Rangers Not as many goals in this one (close) but still the same 3-period drama!
And a combined 3 for 13 on the power plays, this time the Rangers are a dismal 1 for 7!!
The first period looks scoreless until Arniel nabs his 1st of the year with 4 1/2 to go. However, just after that Russell gets whistled for a 4-minute elbowing penalty and Dionne makes the Rangers pay as he gets a tying PP goal with 12 seconds to go in the 1st.
PERIOD 2 – Things are quiet until Semenko gets whistled for checking from behind and Dallas gets their 2nd PP goal when Sinsalo threads the pipes. Then with just over 5 to goal, Mullen scores making it 3-1 Dallas. But Crowder reduces that lead to 3-2 15 seconds later!!. But danged if Dallas doesn’t score again 2 minutes later when Maruk beats Resch. 4-2 Dallas as we head to 2 minutes left, but Semenko redeems himself from the earlier penalty and he scores as the period draws to a close and after 2 it’s 4-3 Dallas.
PERIOD 3 – That late 2nd-period goal has lifted the Rangers and somehow they decide to play defense and don’t allow a goal even though the Drakes kept pressing (maybe there’s a new Resch). And the Rangers end up scoring three different types of goals – PP from Robinson to tie it midway through the period. Then with 58 seconds left and both teams not wanting a tie – Arniel scores his 2nd of the game (and season) at even strength and CapJack is up 5-4. So the Drakes pull Beaupre to force the issue and Trottier hits the EN for only his 2nd goal of the season. And CapJack win 6-4 scoring the final 4 goals of the game!
STARS: all CAP
3. Crowder 1 goal, 2 assists
2. Robinson 1 goal, 1 assist
1. Arniel 2 goals (including the game-winner)
NOTABLE – Trottier wins 23 faceoffs (and gets a goal – he needs to get scoring if the team has any hopes for a repeat trip to the playoffs).
WEEKLY SUMMARY: Rangers happy to get 2 wins in 2 games (pretty much the opposite of last week) and the 3rd period in game 2 showed maybe (?) some promise of defense – who am I kidding. But we gladly take the 4 points.
North Carolina 89’ers
WEEKLY PREVIEW: NC comes into this week trying to finally get in the win column.
Portland Sasquatch @ North Carolina 89’ers NC knew it would be an uphill battle against Gretzky and crew, but was not expecting to be demolished. Fans start booing in 1st, leaving in the 2nd period. FINAL SCORE: POR 6 NC 2
THREE STARS:
Gretzky POR 1G, 2A
Lukowich POR 1G 1A
Ciccarelli 1GBrodeur POR 29 saves
Lessard NC 28 saves
Catoctin Cardinals @ North Carolina 89’ers NC gives up 7 goals in front of a mostly empty arena. Glockharts hat trick is the difference in this one. Coach Allen storms out of the post-game press conference after 2 questions. FINAL SCOR Catoctin 7 NC 4
THREE STARS:
Glockhart CAT 3G 1A
Goulet 2G 1A
Smail 1G 2AJensen 22 saves
Fuhr 19 saves
Dallas Drakes @ North Carolina 89’ers Fans booing from the opening face-off, expecting another terrible game, and NC doesn’t let them down. Coach Allen is no longer talking to the press.
THREE STARS:
Secord DAL 2G
Kelly DAL 1G 1A
Wamsley DAL 36 savesLessard 18 Saves
WEEKLY SUMMARY: When you give up 18 goals over a three-game homestand, there’s not much else to say
Syracuse Bulldogs
WEEKLY PREVIEW: Cellar Dweller Syracuse takes on CapJack, NC, and Charlestown
CapJack Rangers @ Syracuse Bulldogs All Bulldogs
Stars #1 SYR Bellows 2G 3pts
#2 SYR Turnbull 2G 3pts
#3 SYR Lafleur 2G
North Carolina 89’ers @ Syracuse Bulldogs Carolina wins a close one 8-7
Stars #1 NOC Ogrodnik 2G 3pts
#2 NOC Fox 1G 3pts
#3 NOC Naslund 1G 3pts
GAME #3 – VISITING TEAM: Charlestown Chiefs
GAME #3 – HOME TEAM: Syracuse Bulldogs
GAME #3: Chiefs win 7-5
Stars #1 CHA Krushelnyski 1G 2pts
#2 SYR Bellows 1G 3pts
#3 SYR Lafleur 1G 3pts
WEEKLY SUMMARY: 3 home games. one win
Mackinac Island Moose
WEEKLY PREVIEW: Newcomer Dallas, Division Leader Chicago, and past Champion Pittsburgh come to the Island for some fun on the ice.
Dallas Drakes Moose 8, Drakes 2 — One thing became clear early in this game, and that is these teams do not like each other at all.

MacLean scores first for the Moose, and Mullen answers for the Drakes to tie it a 1-1. Then the tempers go haywire, with Propp and Secord mixing it up, followed quickly by Ruf and Terrion. With each team missing 2 players, the play goes on, and the Moose add one more with Kurri scoring before the first intermission.

Moose control a fight free 2nd period, scoring 3 goals, O’Connell, Lysiak, and MacLean lighting the lamp. A 16-7 SOG advantage to the home team.

Kelly and Lemay hook up early in the 3rd, earning 5 minutes off each. The Drakes cut the lead to 3 on a goal by Ramsey with 10 minutes left, then the Moose crank it up run off 3 more goals, Propp, Kurri, and Terrion scoring, to make the final 8-2.

1st star Lysiak 1G 5pts
2nd Kurri 2G
3rd MacLean 2G

Chicago Underground Moose 2, Underground 1 — As Martin Brody said, “You’re gonna need a bigger penalty box”. The Moose commit 4 penalties in the first 11 minutes of the first period, and the PK unit responds gloriously, keeping the scoreboard empty. After that, it’s Chicago taking a couple, before it all blows up with a grand melee, with Peeters, Carson, Smyl, and Melanson duking it out. 10 penalties for 41 minutes in the 1st. Somewhere between all that, Lysiak scores an even-strength goal to put the Moose up 1-0

No fights in the 2nd, and in the midst of some lively play, Savard scores on a powerplay, and the 2nd period ends tied 1-1.

A tense 3rd period, with the Moose controlling play, 13-7 SOG advantage, and Propp scores late for the GWG.

1st star – Lysiak 1G 2pts
2nd – Propp 1G 2pts
3rd – Melanson 26 saves

Pittsburgh Spirit Moose 7, Spirit 3 — Another start by the Moose with them spending a bunch of time on the PK, by racking up 3 penalties in the first period. The Spirit converts one PP with Pettersson getting a tally. Dunlop answers for the Moose and the period ends 1-1.

Moose control the last 2 periods with a 30-14 SOG advantage. The Spirit helps by committing 5 penalties, which results in 2 powerplay goals (Park and Smyl). At even strength, the Moose get goals from Propp with a hat trick and Napier. The Spirit gets goals from Larmer and Sittler.

1st star – Propp 3G 4pts
2nd – Park 1G 3pts
3rd – Smyl 1G 2 pts

WEEKLY SUMMARY: Great week at home with 3 wins, outscoring the visitors a combined 17-6.
Brooklyn Harbor Rats
WEEKLY PREVIEW: Harbor Rats off to a fine start to the season with just one loss play host to the New Castle Ducks and Portland Sasquatch this week
New Castle Ducks @ Brooklyn Harbor Rat Halloween in Brooklyn finds the Ducks and Rats trading power-play goals in the first. And that would set the tone for this game as the Rats would go 4 for 8 with the man advantage, downright spooky, as each goal in the game comes on the power play. The final is 4-1 Brooklyn, all power-play goals! 4 different goal scorers light the lamp for the Rats with rookie first overall pick Phil Housley’s 1-2-3 night leading the way.
Portland Sasquatch @ Brooklyn Harbor Rat Trailing 3-2 late in the second period, Darryl Sutter gets the tying goal for Brooklyn with just :02 seconds left on the clock. But it’s Portland who comes out storming in the final period, getting 17 shots on net with the help of 4 power plays. And Eddie Mio stops them all, while Kevin McCarthy and Mark Johnson net third-period scores for the home team as the Harbor Rats continue to roll, final score 5-3 Brooklyn.
WEEKLY SUMMARY: A pair of wins in 2 home games against a pair of solid teams keep the Harbor Rats great early season start rolling.
Pittsburgh Spirit
WEEKLY PREVIEW: One home game against those Legends of Ohio!
Ohio Legends @ Pittsburgh Spirit The Spirit comes out firing to the tune of 3 straight goals… but this is the 80s in the NHL, so those leads disappeared quicker than Jimmy Hoffa! Ohio goes on to score 3 straight to tie it 3-3!

In the 3rd, Pittsburgh scores to take the lead again on Steen’s 2nd of the night (4, 5) but then Federko (5) ties it up, and then Allison (4) puts the Legends on top 5-4… but 23 seconds later, Larmer, who has been ice cold to start the season, scores his 2nd of the year to tie it 5-5.

And from there, we kissed our sisters and went home.

Final score 5-5.

WEEKLY SUMMARY: One game, a tie. Blah. I don’t even have a sister!
Catoctin Cardinals
WEEKLY PREVIEW: Catoctin has another road-heavy block as the Cardinals try to soar to a winning record.
Saint Clair Shores Saints @ Catoctin Cardinals SCS 5 CAT 6

The Saints jumped out to a 1-0 lead 28 seconds in. It was not a fun night to be a goalie and the sin bin gate operators were hitting the release levers a lot. The game was a back and forth affair and closed out with the final 3 goals being scored in the last minute and 3 seconds.

WEEKLY SUMMARY: Catoctin wins its only home game and it was a wild one! 4 of 7 on the power play but only 2 of 5 on the PK.
Texas Brahmas
WEEKLY PREVIEW: Only one game this week as Texas starts the week on the road. 6-1 Brooklyn comes to the Lone Star state to take on the 1-5-2 Brahmas.
Brooklyn Harbor Rats @ Texas Brahmas Texas scores first, a mere 26 seconds into the game. However, Brooklyn gets the next 2 to go up 2-1. Texas finishes the 1st with two goals and adds another to go up 4-2. Brooklyn gets 2 of the next 3, but it is not enough as Texas wins 5-4.

Star 1 – Vaive 2G/2A
Star 2 – Nilsson 1G/2A
Star 3 – Sutter 2G

WEEKLY SUMMARY: A quick homestand sees Texas wins its 2nd game of the season
Saint Clair Shores Saints
WEEKLY PREVIEW: St. Clair Shores hosts Texas and Syracuse this week.
Texas Brahmas @ Saint Clair Shores Saints Only 25 seconds into the game, and Doug Wilson scores. Hughes scores his second for the Brahmas to tie the game. Ron Francis scores on a power play to end the first period, SCS 2 Texas 1

2nd period – Lowe ties it up for Texas on a power-play goal. Babych puts the Saints back on top with a power-play goal. Plett scores on a tip late in the second, and after two, it’s tied at 3.

3rd period – Vaive scores both goals of the period, and Texas wins.

Texas 5 SCS 3

1st star – Vaive 2 goals and 1 assist
2nd star – Lowe 1 goal and 1 assist
3rd star – Plett 1 goal

Syracuse Bulldogs @ Saint Clair Shores Saints The 1st period is busy as three goals are scored. The Saints score 2 after Holmgren scores for the Bulldogs. The Saints get goals by Babych and Duguay. It’s 2-1, SCS after 1 period.

2nd period – no goals.

3rd period – Halward, LaFleur score goals for Syracuse, and the Bulldogs win.

Syracuse 3 St. Clair Shores 2

1st star – Halward 1 goal
2nd star – LaFleur 1 goal
3rd star – Duguay 1 goal

Liut with 48 saves.

WEEKLY SUMMARY: The Saints lose to Texas and Syracuse, though, the scores were close.
New Castle Ducks
WEEKLY PREVIEW: The Ducks have two tough games at home, against Charlestown and unbeaten Mackinac Island
Charlestown Chiefs @ New Castle Ducks The Ducks last-minute struggles continue as Charlestown pulls out a thrilling victory 5-4 scoring the winning goal with 11 seconds to go.
After Charlestown took an early 1-0 first period lead, the Ducks came back with scores by Marc Tardif (5) and Marion Stastny (4) to make it 2-1, before Lanny McDonald tied it (2) with 23 seconds to go in the period.
In the second period, the Chiefs took a 3-2 lead on a PP goal by Tony McKegney (4) and then made it 4-2 on a goal by Tomas Gradin (7). New Castle rallied in the third, against Pat Riggin, as Ryan Walter scored twice (5,6) tying the game at 4-4. Walter’s second goal game with the goalie pulled and only 1:01 left in the game. It looked like it would end in a tie – but NO – Mario Tremblay (16), from Gradin and Dennis Potvin put the puck behind Don Edwards to win it for Charlestown.STARS:
1- CHA McKegney 2G 1A
2- CHA Tremblay 1G 1 A
3- CHA Gradin 1G 1 A
Mackinac Island Moose @ New Castle Ducks This time it was the Ducks turn for late-game heroics as Rick Middleton scored at 17:42 of the third to cut the Moose lead to one goal. Then with 28 seconds to go, and the goalie pulled, Marc Tardif scored on a BREAKAWAY to tie the game – making the final score 5-5.

The Moose got off to a 3-0 lead midway through the second period on first period goals by Brian Propp (5), Marc Napier (7), and Stan Smyl (5). New Castle got some life when Bob Bourne scored his first of the year with only 26 seconds left in the first period.
The Ducks got even more momentum when the third period began with a score at the 55-second mark by Ryan Walter (7), making it 3-2 for the Moose. Brian Dunlop (4) soon made it 4-2 and it did not look good for the hometown Ducks. Four minutes later, Middleton – on a power play – scored his 4th of the year to make it 4-3. The wild shootout continued when Napier scored his 8th at 17:01 to give the Moose what looked like an insurmountable 5-3 lead, especially with their sensational goalie Rollie Melanson minding their net. But Middleton did it again at 17:42, making it 5-4 setting the stage for Tardif’s dramatic breakaway goal to tie the game.

STARS:
1- NEW Middleton 2 G
2- MAC Napier 2 G
3- MAC Dunlop 1G 1 A

Don Edwards made 30 saves for New Castle as the Moose had a 35-31 edge in SOG. Ryan Walter won 16 of 19 faceoffs. Bobby Clarke received a boarding major and a 10-minute misconduct in the first period. The major penalty led to Mackinac Island’s first goal of the game.

WEEKLY SUMMARY: The Ducks get only 1 of 4 points against two very tough teams and are off to a disappointing start in the early going.
Charlotte Dynamo
WEEKLY PREVIEW: With its rookie goalie Andy Moog in the nets and Dale Hawerchuk leading the way up front, Charlotte has shown some surprising balance and consistency as it strives to overcome struggles the past two years and possibly break through to the upper echelon of the MWOTHL. A three-game homestand this latest week versus Catoctin, Charlestown, and Ohio served as a key test.
Catoctin Cardinals @ Charlotte Dynamo With Moog in the nets, Charlotte struggled mightily at the outset, dropping the first two goals but then rallied with five unanswered tallies of its own — two by second-line forward Mark Reeds — and captured the 5-2 victory.

Moog did not look ready to play after surrendering a goal just 12 seconds into Brian Sutter; Cacotin jumped to the 2-0 advantage with just under eight minutes played courtesy of a goal from right-winger Mark Kehoe. From there, however, Moog was outstanding, ultimately finishing with 45 saves to take first star honors. He also was credited with his second assist of the year on the game-winning goal, a short hander from Mike Rogers 3:15 into the third period, with the game clearly in the balance.

Charlotte made its shots count. It fired just 25 against the Cardinals, but Glenn Anderson and Charlie Simmer also found the nets, along with Rogers and Reeds.

Three stars (all from Charlotte):
Star 1 – Moog 45 saves and 1 assist
Star 2: Reeds 2 G
Star 3: Simmer 1 G, 2 Pts

Notable: Charlotte overcame a 47-25 advantage in shots by the Cardinals.

Charlestown Chiefs @ Charlotte Dynamo The always high-octane Charlestown Chiefs blitzed the Dynamo’s beleaguered backup goalie Tony Esposito and held off a spirited rally effort to take a 7-4 win.

Charlestown which grabbed a 3-0 first period lead, saw Charlotte claw all the way back to a 4-4 tie, sparked by two goals from Hawerchuk. But Esposito, not up to the task this night, surrendered two subsequent third-period goals to Paul Gardner and Bernie Nicholls before he was mercifully yanked in favor of Moog — who allowed one power-play goal to Charlestown’s Tony McKegney.

Three stars:
1 – CHA McKegney, 2 G
2 – CHD Hawerchuk 2 G
3- CHA Doug Shedden (the center had 1 G & 2 Pts)

Notable: Ray Bourque had three assists for Charlestown. The Chiefs’ Pat Riggin recorded 35 saves, helping his team overcome a 39-31 shot disadvantage.

Ohio Legends @ Charlotte Dynamo Led by Rogers and Moog, Charlotte defeated the Legends of Ohio, 4-2. Rogers, the Dynamo second-star center, accounted for two of the Charlotte goals. An even-strength goal by Gil Perreault put the Dynamo ahead 4-1 at the 5:58 mark of the third period.

Trailing 2-0 in the second, Ohio fourth line center Bill Derlago narrowed Charlotte’s lead with an unassisted goal halfway through the game. The only other goal the Legends could muster, however, came late when defenseman Normand Rochefert scored on the power play, courtesy of a Bob Gainey assists with 8:55 left in the game that closed the scoring.

Moog finished with 38 saves, besting Glen Hanlon who surrendered four while saving just 18.

Three stars (all from Charlotte):
Star 1: Rogers 2 G, including the game-winner, 3 Pts total
Star 2: Simmer 1 G, 2 Points
Star 3: Moog 38 saves

Notable: Ohio suffered the defeat despite holding a decisive 40-22 shots advantage

WEEKLY SUMMARY: Charlotte plays competitive hockey and takes two out of three at home. With 89 saves in the three games (including one of those games being a very brief mop-up duty stint), Moog is nothing short of spectacular.
Ohio Legends
WEEKLY PREVIEW: The Ohio Legends welcome in Texas for its first visit and CapJack.
Texas Brahmas @ Ohio Legends The Texas Brahmas outshoot Ohio, 49-34, but wind up on the wrong end of a 3-2 score. Ray Allison scored twice for Ohio.
CapJack Rangers @ Ohio Legends In an incredibly low shot total game (the Rangers won that 18-14), Dan Bouchard was able to decrease his league-leading goals-against average to 2.81 with a 6-0 blanking of Ohio. The highlight of the game? Three fights. Welcome to a typical CapJack-Ohio game!
WEEKLY SUMMARY: A split on the week at home is not the worst thing that can happen. It isn’t the best either…