SKATER & GOALIE OF THE WEEK #4

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CLARENCE SKATER TEAM GP GOALS ASSISTS POINTS PM  +/-  SOG S%
Smith, Bobby BRO 3 2 6 8 4 -2 16 13%
                   
CLARENCE GOALIE TEAM GP GOALS AGAINST G.A. AVERAGE SAVES SAVE %
Jensen, Al CAT 2 4 2 59 .937
                   
WALES SKATER TEAM GP GOALS ASSISTS POINTS PM  +/-  SOG S%
Smyl, Stan MAC 4 5 2 7 7 4 21 24%
                   
WALES GOALIE TEAM GP GOALS AGAINST G.A. AVERAGE SAVES SAVE %
Melanson, Roland MAC 2 5 2.52 68 .932

North Carolina 89’ers
WEEKLY PREVIEW: The 89’ers look to continue their hot streak at home against the Rangers.
CapJack Rangers @ North Carolina 89’ers Very close game, each team scoring 2 per period until late in the third North Carolina puts it away with an unassisted goal from Hart Trophy hopeful Aaron Broten. FINAL SCORE: NC 4, Captain Jack 3
THREE STARS:
Broten (NC) 1 G, 1A
DeBlois (CJ) 1G, 1A
Gardner (NC) 1GResch (CJ) – 21 saves
Fuhr (NC) – 22 saves
WEEKLY SUMMARY: NC racks up their 2nd win of the season. Only need 9 more in a row to be back up to .500.
Chicago Underground
WEEKLY PREVIEW: Chicago with 2 home & 2 Road games is hoping to put some points by taking at least 5 points this weekend, but the way the team has been playing lately, it could be a struggle.
Ohio Legends @ Chicago Underground Adams Division 2nd place Ohio comes into the Capone Center & skates away with a tie as the home team plays poorly.

Final Score: Chicago 2 – Ohio 2

Labbat’s 3-Star Selection:
Star 1: CHI – Mike Bossy 1 G
Star 2: OHI – Ray Allison 1G
Star 3: OHI – Glen Currie 1G

GWG: None

Notables: None

Pittsburgh Spirit @ Chicago Underground Can you kiss your sister twice on the same night or home-stand? Why yes, yes you can. Both with 2’s being the magic number.

Final Score: Chicago 2 – Pittsburgh 2

Labbat’s 3-Star Selection:
Star 1: CHI – Mike Bossy 1 G
Star 2: OHI – Jeff Larmer 1G
Star 3: OHI – Steve Larmer 1G

GWG: None

Notables: None

WEEKLY SUMMARY: 2 Points at home for Chicago, both points coming on 2-2 ties.
Mackinac Island Moose
WEEKLY PREVIEW: The Rangers and Dynamo come out to the Island for some fudge, carriage rides, and some fun on the ice. We’ll see how these Patrick Division foes do in the midwest.
CapJack Rangers @ Mackinac Island Moose Moose 4, Rangers 1 – Moose get the scoring going very quickly with a goal from Napier just 2 minutes in. 20 seconds later, Price and Russell renew old acquaintances with a glove dropping brawl, Russell scoring a TKO but both getting 5 minutes of “me time”. The Rangers, pumped up by the fight, respond quickly as Leinonen pops one in, and it’s 1-1.

After that, Melanson shuts down his end of the ice and posts a nifty 35 saves on 36 SOG. His mates continue to pressure the Rangers and are able to add one goal each period, Dunlop in the 1st, Napier (PP) in the 2nd, and Propp in the 3rd, to push the score to 4-1 by the time the final horn sounds.

During the game, fights between Hannan and Lemay, Neufeld and MacLean, keep it all spicy for the fans, who go home very happy.

1st star – Napier 2G, 3pts
2nd – Melanson 35 saves
3rd – Dunlop 1G

Charlotte Dynamo @ Mackinac Island Moose Moose 6, Dynamo 3 – A much closer game than the score indicates. Dynamo quickly put the Moose on notice they will not roll over, Ihnacak scores first, 3 minutes in, to put the visitors on top 1-0. A few minutes later Smyl ties it up with a howitzer from long-distance. Shortly after that Lysiak goes out with a knee injury. Lines juggled and the rest of the period melts away to a 1-1 tie after 1 period.

Smyl opens up scoring in the 2nd on a Langevin penalty, and things looking good for the Moose until Lemay goes out with an injury, and the Moose are down to 10 forwards with most of 2 periods to go. The Dynamo jump on the opportunity with a goal from Simmer to tie it at 2. Napier quickly answers to make it 3-2 and things settle down for a bit. Later a Price penalty gives the Dynamo 4 minutes on the advantage and they quickly jump on it with Rogers tying the game at 3 as the period ends 3-3.

The Moose finish the kill to open the 3rd. Shortly after that, Ruskowski, promoted to the 2nd line due to injury, pops in the tiebreaker. After that the Moose is able to hold off the Dynamo, Meloche stopping all shots, until late in the period Smyl finished off his hat trick for the insurance goal to make it 5-3, and late adds some icing on an empty netter to finish it all at 6-3.

1st star – Smyl 4G hat trick
2nd – Kurri 3A
3rd – Dunlop 3A

WEEKLY SUMMARY: Two wins keep the momentum rolling for the Moose.
Syracuse Bulldogs
WEEKLY PREVIEW: Brooklyn, Texas, and Macinac visit struggling Syracuse
Brooklyn Harbor Rats @ Syracuse Bulldogs Tight defense wins it for Brooklyn 3-1
Stars #1 BRO Mio 34 saves
#2 BRO Smith 1G 2pts
#3 BRO Housley 1G
Notables BRO Mio 34 saves
SYR Sevigny 36 saves
Texas Brahmas @ Syracuse Bulldogs Texas destroys Syracuse 7-4
Stars #1 TEX Hughes 2G
#2 TEX Acton 2G
#3 TEX Nilson 1G 3pts
Notables Tex Bannerman 49 saves
Mackinac Island Moose @ Syracuse Bulldogs Macinac wins it 8-5
Stars #1 MAC Propp 2G
#2 MAC Kurri 1G 2pts
#3 MAC Tambellini 1G 2pts
Notables MAC Lysiak 3 assists
Meloche 41 saves
Dunlap 16 faceoffs won
SYR Marsh 15 PIM
WEEKLY SUMMARY: Loss,loss,loss
Brooklyn Harbor Rats
WEEKLY PREVIEW: Off to a good start, atop the Patrick Division, the Harbor Rats play host to the Cardinals and Drakes.
Catoctin Cardinals @ Brooklyn Harbor Rats The teams trade 3 goal periods in the first two frames and after 40 minutes, it’s a 4-4 tie. Darryl Sutter’s second goal of the game snaps the tie with just over 7 minutes left, giving the Rats the lead, but Barry Beck ties it again with just under 5 minutes remaining. With less than 2 minutes to go and overtime looming, Bobby Smith connects for his first goal of the season to put Brooklyn in front. Mike Gartner would then finish off his hat trick with an empty netter for a 7-5 Harbor Rats win.
Dallas Drakes @ Brooklyn Harbor Rats The Drakes carry a 3-1 lead late into the 3rd period before Darryl Sutter gets one for the Rats to make it a one-goal game with just over 5 minutes left. Kevin McCarthy ties the score with 3 minutes remaining and soon afterward, Brooklyn goes on the power play. They convert on Sutter’s second of the game (His 12th of the season) to put the home team on top, 4-3 with just 104 ticks left on the clock. Dallas pulls the goalie for the extra attacker and it works, as Marcel Dionne converts the game-tying goal with just :27 seconds on the clock. It ends in a 4-4 tie.
WEEKLY SUMMARY: 3 points in a pair of home games, with a road win thrown in its another good week for the Patrick Division leaders
New Castle Ducks
WEEKLY PREVIEW: The Ducks look to break out of an early season slump facing newcomer Texas and old rival Ohio, at the Duck Pond
Texas Brahmas @ New Castle Ducks A WILD game goes to New Castle by a score of 6-4!
The Ducks trailed 4-2 with 7 minutes to go and scored four unanswered goals to win it. After Bobby Clarke made it 4-3 at 13:01, the Ducks tied it with 1:13 left, and with an empty net, when superstar Barry Pederson scored his 10th of the year. And just when it looked like the game would end in a tie, Rick Middleton took a pass from Ryan Walter and got ahead of the field, and put the puck past Mike Palmateer to make it 5-4 Ducks with 37 seconds to go! Craig Ramsay added an empty-net goal 11 seconds later to make the final score 6-4.Texas had taken a 3-0 lead early in the second period before the Ducks mounted their comebackTHREE STARS:
1- NEW Middleton 2G
2- NEW Willy Lindstrom 1G 1 A
3- NEW Bobby Clarke 1G 1 ARyan Walter had 3 assists, giving him 9 on the year as the Ducks #1 line of Walter-Pederson-Middleton continues to dominate.Don Edwards made 21 saves for the Ducks. Palmateer also had 21 saves
Ohio Legends @ New Castle Ducks NEW CASTLE 6 OHIO 4

Another 6-4 win for the home team. The Ducks led this one 6-1 going to the third period. Ohio scored three in the third, two of them on the power play to make the final score close. The game featured 47 combined penalty minutes and 13 power plays. Each team scored three power play goals. New Castle took a 3-0 lead on goals by Marion Statsny (5), Bob Bourne (2) and Ryan Walter (8). After Frycer (6) scored a power play goal for Ohio, in the second period, to make it 3-1, the Ducks scored three more in the period: Middleton (8), Marc Tardif (7) and Stastny, his second of the game and sixth of the year.

The game featured two fights. In the second Jerry “King Kong” Korab and Bobby Clarke went at it with Korab getting the better of the battle. In the third, at 12:27, the Ducks Steve Bozek got a 5-minute major penalty for spearing. 18 seconds later, Gord Kluzak took off the gloves and went after Kari Elronata as both defensemen got 5 minute fighting majors.

Ohio outshot New Castle 31-23. The Ducks had a huge edge in faceoffs winning 43 of 61. Bobby Clarke won 16 faceoffs and lost only 1. Ryan Walter won 15 of 20.

THREE STARS:
1- Stastny 2G
2- Barry Pederson FOUR ASSISTS
3- Middleton 1G 1 A

Billy Smith made 27 saves for the Ducks. Glen Hanlon allowed 6 goals on 23 shots (.739 Save %) in net for Ohio

WEEKLY SUMMARY: The Ducks win both home games to gain the maximum four points as they continue to battle with the Chicago Underground for the division lead
Saint Clair Shores Saints
WEEKLY PREVIEW: The Saints host Pittsburgh and Charlotte this week.
Pittsburgh Spirit @ Saint Clair Shores Saints Taylor scores his 3rd goal early for the Saints. The first period was very busy as Pittsburgh scores 3 and the Saints score one more goal.

It’s 3-2, Pittsburgh after 1 period
No goals in the 2nd period.

3rd period – Larmer scores his 2nd goal of the game. With 15 seconds to go, Jim Jackson scores his 2nd goal of the game for the Saints, but St. Clair Shores falls short.

Pittsburgh 5 St. Clair Shores 3

1st – Larmer 2 goals – Pitt
2nd – Jackson 2 goals – SCS
3rd – Sittler 1 goal/2 assists – Pitt

Charlotte Dynamo @ Saint Clair Shores Saints The Saints own the 1st half of the 1st period as McClanahan and Duguay score. Ihnacak nets a goal for the Dynamo to narrow the lead. After 1 period, the Saints lead, 2-1.

Charlotte dominates the rest of the game. Ihnacak, Rogers, and Hawerchuck score. In the 3rd, Reeds puts the game away for the Dynamo.

Charlotte 5 SCS 2

1st star – Ihnacak 2 goals
2nd star – Rogers 1 goal/1 assist
3rd star – Moog 32 saves

WEEKLY SUMMARY: Pittsburgh and Charlotte go on the road and defeat St. Clair Shores.
Catoctin Cardinals
WEEKLY PREVIEW: Catoctin goes into the block with 2 home games hoping to push to .500.
Chicago Underground @ Catoctin Cardinals CHI 3 CAT 5
Chicago opened the scoring but the Cardinals scored 3 goals to go into the 3rd with a 3-1 lead. Chicago scored 2 goals in 43 seconds to open the 3rd to tie the game. The Cardinals held on and added 2 more goals to win 5-3.
Fun stat of the game: The first 5 penalties were all roughing calls, however, no fights broke out in the game. I guess no one was really committed to their anger?
New Castle Ducks @ Catoctin Cardinals NEW 1 CAT 2

So Dominik Hasek buys a Delorean and some plutonium goes to 1982 and possesses Jensen and Edwards so viola! We get a 2-1 game where Edwards puts up a .929 Sv% and Jensen posts a .968 Sv%!

That’s my story and I am sticking with it!

Fun stat of the game: Messier won 21 of 30 faceoffs

WEEKLY SUMMARY: With a 2 win home stand and a road loss, the Cardinals now stand at 7-7-1!
Ohio Legends
WEEKLY PREVIEW: The Ohio Legends prepare for a tough week. Three games against division leaders and a fourth against the team with the best percentage that is not leading a division…
Charlestown Chiefs @ Ohio Legends CHARLESTOWN 7, OHIO 4

It took less than a minute for Bernie Federko to get Ohio a quick lead against Charlestown, but it took less than a period for the Chiefs to grab an insurmountable 4-1 edge. Mike Krushelnyski had two goals and two assists to pace the Charlestown attack and Mike Muprhy’s goal in the second was the winner. Pat Riggin stopped 33 shots in taking the win.

John Anderson had a goal and two assists for Ohio, which went an eye-popping three–for-seven on the power play. The Legends held the edge of the shots at 37-17.

Chicago Underground @ Ohio Legends CHICAGO 3, OHIO 1

Pierre Mondou’s second goal of the night at 9:22 of the third period proved to be the game-winner. But the story of this game was the defensive effort by both teams. A total of 23 shots were fired in the game COMBINED (Underground holding the upper hand 14-9). The Legends were held without a shot in the first period and did not launch their first until nearly 24 minutes of hockey had been played.

Pete Peters picked up the win with eight saves, while John Garret took the loss with eleven stops. Chicago went one-for-six on the power play, while Ohio was zero-for-seven.

WEEKLY SUMMARY: Tough week in the Buckeye state. Holding the opponents to a total of 31 shots and taking a pair of losses stings. What’s worse, a spin through the Adams Division next week awaits Ohio…
Dallas Drakes
WEEKLY PREVIEW: Saint Clair comes to town with red hot Ron Francis leading the way.
Saint Clair Shores Saints @ Dallas Drakes The Drakes come out on fire with Marcel Dionne and Al Secord scoring each in the first 5:38, but Duane Sutter scoring to cut the lead. Dallas would come out with 3 more unanswered in the second period but Ron Francis would cut it to 5-2 at the end of 2. The teams were held scoreless in the third and Dallas wins at home 5-2. Al Secord, Marcell Dionne, and Joe Mullen capture the 3 stars of the game
WEEKLY SUMMARY: Dallas wins their only home game
CapJack Rangers
WEEKLY PREVIEW: The road has not been good to the Rangers this year – and we have 3 on the road this week, so we better do well in our 1 home game. And we host a struggling St. Clair Shores…
Saint Clair Shores Saints @ CapJack Rangers The Rangers dominate several categories but both teams SUCK on the PP – Saints 0 for 6. Rangers 0 for 5 and lots of PIM in this game. From midway through 1 until the end of the 2nd, it seemed like the Rangers always had a man in the box. And the Saints occupied it 4 times in the final 20 minutes.
Well, CapJack got a Russell goal in the 1st, Trottier scored twice in the 2nd (finally gets going we hope), and Semenko scored in the 3rd and Resche stopped ALL 27 shots that made it on the net for a 4-0 Rangers win!
STARS (all CAP)
1. Resch 27 saves
2. Trottier 2 goals
3. Russell 1 goal
WEEKLY SUMMARY: Woohoo – we look like we have a good record, just wait for those absentee results to poor in (I mean road results) then we’ll see how good (or bad) we look. But 1 for 1 at home this week is positive!!
North Carolina 89’ers
WEEKLY PREVIEW: In its only home game of the week, Charlotte visited the North Carolina 89ers for a pivotal Tar Heel State matchup.
Charlotte Dynamo @ North Carolina 89’ers The 89ers’, off to a slow start this year, came to play and seemed inspired for this local rivalry game at the venerable Bojangles Coliseum in Charlotte. After trailing 2-0 after the first, the 89ers came to life, turned on the afterburners, and ultimately swatted away their Piedmont area hosts 7-4.

The 89ers rallied for three unanswered goals in the decisive second period, a stretch in which they outshot a Dynamo team whose defense suddenly abandoned it (12-3). Milan Novy scored the two latter second-period goals for North Carolina to lift the 89ers into the lead, 3-2, after defenseman Greg Smith first put the visitors on the scoreboard with a tally.

Leading in the third, North Carolina’s Michel Goulet gave the 89ers an insurance goal to put them up 4-2. After a Dale Hawerchuk goal closed Charlotte’s gap 4-3, Goulet added what proved to be the game-winner 8:20 into the third. The 89ers added two empty-net goals for good measure as Charlotte attempted to rally out of desperation.

Three stars (all from North Carolina)
Star 1 – Novy 2 G, 3 Pts
Star 2 – Goulet 2 G including the GWG
Star 3 – Bill Gardner, who assisted on both of Novy’s goals

Notables:
John Ogrodnick had three assists for North Carolina
Charlotte only had 10 shots in the latter two periods and was outshot for the game 31-22
An in-game injury to Charlotte defenseman Andre Dupont seemingly contributed to the Dynamo’s defensive lapse.

WEEKLY SUMMARY: Charlotte and Andy Moog suffers perhaps its biggest letdown of the season against an 89ers team that was 1-11. The Dynamo continue to hover around .500
Pittsburgh Spirit
WEEKLY PREVIEW: On paper, the Spirit looks good… but games aren’t played on paper. They are played on a computer! 😉
More losing and we may become early season “Sellers”
North Carolina 89’ers @ Pittsburgh Spirit Too little too late as the Spirit score 2 in the 3rd, but fall short… losing to the 89ers 4-3.
Charlestown Chiefs @ Pittsburgh Spirit Battle of the Brothers continues… the Spirit is up 3-1 after 1 period… but then it’s all Charlestown. 5 unanswered goals on their way to a 7-4 win.
WEEKLY SUMMARY: Two games, two losses. Anyone not named Larmer is available.
Texas Brahmas
WEEKLY PREVIEW: Texas welcomes Charlotte and Portland to Fort Worth for a couple of games this week, Texas has managed to win a few games, but still sits in last place in the Smythe. Both Charlotte and Portland are in second place and need wins to keep the pressure on the leaders.
Charlotte Dynamo @ Texas Brahmas The good news is that Texas didn’t get shut out. The bad news is our lone goal came with 33 seconds left in the 3rd. Moog was incredible for Charlotte, stopping 43 of 44 shots. He was staked to a 2-0 lead in the 1st and never looked back. Texas outshot the visitors from the Tar Heel State 44-18. but alas, all for naught.
Texas Brahmas @ Texas Brahmas After the disappointing loss to Charlotte, it is time to look forward to the next game, which has to be better, right? Who is coming to town? Oh yeah. some guy named Gretzky. The great one scores two 1st period goals to put Portland up 2-0. But someone said something about Gretzky’s mom and all hell broke loose. A total of 12 fighting majors and 3 10-minute misconducts were called in the period. My 12-year-old towel boy challenged Wayne, but he wouldn’t drop the gloves. After that it went really downhill and Portland won by a score of 5-2.
WEEKLY SUMMARY: Another week, another disappointment. Maybe next week will be better!
Portland Sasquatch
WEEKLY PREVIEW: Portland has a three-game home stand with games against New Castle, Syracuse, and Mackinac Island
New Castle Ducks @ Portland Sasquatch In a battle of second-place teams in their divisions, New Castle comes to Portland and sees Pouzar (1) scoring 1:40 into the first period for Portland. Fearing it could be a long game they responded 2 minutes later on a goal from Statsny (5) and another goal 8 minutes into the period on a goal from Walter (8). Ciccarelli (8) got Portland even just period the first period ended on a power-play goal.

In the second period, Portland’s Risebrough (4) scored the only goal to give the Sasquatch a 3-2 lead at the break. Halfway through the third period, the Ducks got a goal from Savard (3) to tie the game at three but Portland got another goal from Ciccarelli (7) and one from Hamel (6) to give them a commanding 5-3 lead with 39 seconds remaining. New Castle’s Clarke (2) scored with 24 seconds left but it was too little to late as Portland hang on for the win

Star #1 – Ciccarelli 2 goals
Star #2 – Risebrough 1 goal
Star #3 – Hamel 1 goal

Brodeaur had 15 saves for Portland

Syracuse Bulldogs @ Portland Sasquatch The struggling Syracuse Bulldogs visit Portland looking for an upset but Portland got 2 goals from Lukowich (3/4) and goals from Gagne (1) and Foligno (2) to make sure they held the home ice. Syracuse got their loan goal from Lee (2) in the second period as the final ends Portland 4-1

Star #1 – Lukowich 2 goals
Star #2 -Brodeur 27 saves
Star #3 – Foligno 1 goal

Mackinac Island Moose @ Portland Sasquatch Undefeated Mackinac looks to keep their strong start to the season going against a streaking Portland team. In a battle of two top teams, the first period was scoreless but Gretzky got Portland going in the second period with his 12th goal of the season. Ten minutes later Preston (3) finds the back of the net to give Portland a 2-0 lead. Not being behind very often Mackinac responded with goals from MacLean (6) and Bothwell (3) to end the second period tied 2-2

Looking like a battle to the final horn Mackinac got another goal from MacLean 5 minutes into the third period and it was looking like their undefeated streak may continue. Portland showed some fight and at the 10:21 mark Rota (7) found the net to tie the game up and 31 seconds Lukowich scored to give the Sasquatch a 5-4 win

WEEKLY SUMMARY: Portland gets hot and wins all 3 games at home including defeating the previous unbeaten Mackinac Island Moose