1983/84 SKATER & GOALIE OF THE WEEK #21

Phil_HousleyBob_SauveTony_TantiDan_Bouchard

CLARENCE SKATER TEAM GP GOALS ASSISTS POINTS PM  +/-  SOG S%
Housley, Phil BRO 4 2 8 10 2 9 8 25%
                   
CLARENCE GOALIE TEAM GP GOALS AGAINST G.A. AVERAGE SAVES SAVE %
Sauve, Bob AND 2 1 1.5 11 .917
                   
WALES SKATER TEAM GP GOALS ASSISTS POINTS PM  +/-  SOG S%
Tanti, Tony OHI 4 8 3 11 4 6 26 31%
                   
WALES GOALIE TEAM GP GOALS AGAINST G.A. AVERAGE SAVES SAVE %
Bouchard, Dan NCD 2 3 1.52 42 .933

Chicago Underground
WEEKLY PREVIEW: Chicago with 2 at home in the Capone Center. Chicago stinks. If they could get a point it would be a miracle!
GAME #1: BROOKLYN HARBOR RATS VS. CHICAGO UNDERGROUND A team that is headed to becoming Defunct takes on the home team and promptly beats them badly. Chicago is not good and will need to rebuild for the future if they plan on becoming a contender again.

Final Score: Portland 7 – Chicago 4

Labatts 3-Star Selection:
Star 1: BRO – Mark Johnson 2G, 3 Pts
Star 2: BRO – Mike Gartner 2G 3 Pts
Star 3: BRO – Bobby Smith 1G, 2 Pts

Game Winner: – Bobby Smith

Notables:
BRO – Mark Johnson 17 Face-Off wins
CHI – None

GAME #2: CHARLOTTE DYNAMO VS. CHICAGO UNDERGROUND The Dynamo was too much for Chicago. The score was tied at 2 each early in the 2nd Period, but then the wheels fell off for the Underground & the Dynamo buried them.

Final Score: Charlotte 5 – Chicago 2

Labatts 3-Star Selection:
Star 1: CHD – Glenn Anderson 2G, 3 Pts
Star 2: CHD – Charlie Simmer 2G, 3 Pts
Star 3: CHD – Dale Hawerchuk 1G, 2 Pts

Game Winner: – Glenn Anderson

Notables:
CHD – None
CHI – None

WEEKLY SUMMARY: Chicago is waiting. Waiting for the pain of the 83-84 MWOTHL Season to be over with.
Mackinac Island Moose
WEEKLY PREVIEW: 3 big home games this week. Quinn sitting out a few games along with Kurri. Running out of goalie games, so Ed Staniowski getting a few starts. Could be interesting. Chicago, Charlotte, and Andes come to town.
GAME #1:

CHICAGO UNDERGROUND

VS.

MACKINAC ISLAND MOOSE

Scoring starts quickly with a goal by Lysiak. However a penalty by Ladouceur a minute later opens the door for Chicago, and they walk right in with a PP goal by Stastny. And just a minute later Bossy catches the Moose napping and the Underground are up 2-1 only 7 minutes into the game. The defenses finally settle down and after another 8 minutes, the Moose even things up with a rare goal from Campbell. 2-2 at the break.

Defenses control the 2nd period. and the Moose limit Chicago to only 4 SOG. The Moose get 10, and one goes in near the end, Maruk …. and it’s 3-2 Moose.

An early penalty by Chicago is what the Moose needed, and Propp gets an insurance goal for the home team. just 3 minutes in. Moose hold off Chicago for 10 minutes before Brown breaks through for a goal, and it’s 4-3 with 6 minutes left. The Moose hold off the final flurry of action and escape with a tough 4-3 win.

Final Moose 4, Chicago 3

1st star – Maruk 1G 2pts
2nd star – Propp 1G 2pts
3rd star – Lysiak 1G 2pts

GAME #2:

ANDES MOUNTAINEERS

VS.

MACKINAC ISLAND MOOSE

Andes is on their heels most of the 1st period as they have to kill 3 minors, and they succeed. On the offensive end they only manage 5 SOG, while the Moose get 11. But in the end, both goalies rule, and its scoreless after 1.

2nd period is a little more even, with the Moose only a 13-9 SOG advantage. MacLean with an early goal. Then the Moose kill 1 minor and Andes kills 2. In the midst of all that, MacLean punches in one goal, and the Moose are up 2-0.

An early minor on the Moose opens the door for the visitors, but a fumbled pass sees the Moose on a breakaway and Bothwell gets a rare shortie 5 minutes into the 3rd. 3-0 Moose. Celebration is short-lived as Andes scores just a minute later with Suter cutting the lead to 2 ……………… for 1 minute. The Moose answer right back with a goal by Beers, making it 4-1. Moose play tough conservative D the rest of the period and stop the other 15 shots. Stankowski stops 29 of 30.

Final Moose 4, Andes 1

1st star – MacLean 2G
2nd – O’Connell 3A
3rd – Staniowski 29 saves

GAME #3:

CHARLOTTE DYNAMO

VS.

MACKINAC ISLAND MOOSE

Moose spend a bunch of time on the PK in the 1st period, killing off 3 minors. They get an early goal from MacLean, his 50th, while Charlotte gets one later, not on the PP, from Anderson. 1-1 after 1.

2nd period the penalties flip, and Charlotte is on PK for 4 separate minors. The Moose cash in on 2 of them with goals by Eaves and Lysiak. Its 3-1 Moose after 2.

Dynamo cut the lead to 1 with a goal from Eridsson 4 minutes in. Then a couple of fights and single minors on each team keep the penalty boxes occupied for 6 minutes. Charlotte keeps the pressure on with a 13-5 SOG advantage, but trails by 1 down to the end. A pulled goalie results in a pile of shots, but none find paydirt, and finally, a capture puck sees Propp score an empty netter with 21 seconds left.

Final Moose 4, Dynamo 2.

1st star – Lysiak 1G 2pts
2nd – Eaves 1G 2pts
3rd – MacLean 1G 2pts

WEEKLY SUMMARY: Amazingly good week with 2 top scorers out and the 3rd string goalie in play. The defensive unit proves strong holding the visitors to an average of 2 goals per game.
New Castle Ducks
WEEKLY PREVIEW: Two home games this week for the Ducks. New Castle leads the Norris Division with Dallas still right on their heels, as the regular season is winding down. This week, the Ducks play Ohio in what could be a preview of the opening round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. After playing the Legends, the Ducks host the Charlotte Dynamo, another playoff team
GAME #1: OHIO LEGENDS VS. NEW CASTLE DUCKS Rick Middleton gets the Ducks off to a good start as he scores #57 at the 9:16 mark of the first period. Ohio ties it later in the period on a goal by Glen Currie. Early in the second, it’s TONY Currie of the Ducks who scores (#17) to put New Castle ahead 2-1. Middleton gets a big insurance goal at 15:28 to make it 3-1 NCD. For Middleton, it’s his second of the game and 58th of the year! Third period and Ohio gets right back in it when Tony Tanti scores his SIXTY FOURTH goal of the season! Tanti is second only to Wayne Gretzky in goals scored this season. 3-2 in an exciting well-played game. Then, less than 3 minutes later the Duck’s #1 line strikes once again as Lanny McDonald puts the puck past Pat Riggin for his 32nd of the year -and once again NCD has a two-goal lead (4-2). Ohio presses as time winds down (14-9 SOG advantage in the third period) but Dan Bouchard stands tall in goal for NCD and with 25 seconds left Bobby Clarke scores into the empty net to make the final 5-2 Ducks.

STARS:
1- NCD – Middleton 2 G
2- NCD – McDonald 1G 1 A 2 PTS
3- NCD Clarke 1G 1A 2 PTS

Clarke won 15 of 19 faceoffs as the Ducks continue to dominate on draws, winning 73.6% in this game. The Ducks lead the MWOTHL with a 54.3% on faceoffs.

New Castle outshot Ohio 34-25 (SOG). The Ducks lead the league in shots as goal as well, averaging over 33 per game.

GAME #2: CHARLOTTE DYNAMO VS. NEW CASTLE DUCKS It was all Ducks in this one as New Castle had a 35-20 edge in shots on goal, winning 4-1. Tony Currie (18), Dennis Potvin (23), Mark Hardy (8) and Rick Middleton (59) got the goals for the Ducks, two of them coming on the power play (2-4). Charlotte’s only goal was from Dave Hunter (25) tying the game at 1-1 in the first period. Less than a minute after Hunter’s goal, Potvin scored to put the Ducks ahead for good, as New Castle held Charlotte to only 20 shots on goal. Charlotte’s Doug Keans had 31 saves, many sensational, as he kept the Dynamo in the game.

THREE STARS:
1- Middleton 1G, 2 A 3 PTS
2- Hardy 1G 1 A 2 PTS
3- Currie 1G

WEEKLY SUMMARY: The Ducks get the maximum of four points, winning both home games. They are 4-0 this season against Charlotte and 3-2 against Ohio. In the five games with the Legends, each team has scored 24 goals. These two evenly matched teams have another game in Ohio this week as both tune-ups for the playoffs.
With the two wins, the Ducks solidify their hold on first place in the Norris Division but Dallas has been hot and the race is far from over.
Syracuse Bulldogs
WEEKLY PREVIEW: Michigan and Charlestown visit the Dogs
GAME #1: MICHIGAN STAGS VS. SYRACUSE BULLDOGS Syracuse hangs on 4-2
Stars #1 SYR Broten 2G
#2 SYR Larouche 2G
#3 SYR Mullen 3A
GAME #2: CHARLESTOWN CHIEFS VS. SYRACUSE BULLDOGS 5-4 Bulldogs
Stars #1 SYR Larouche 2G 4pts
#2 CHA Nicholls 2G
#3 SYR Erixon 1G 2pts
WEEKLY SUMMARY: 2 home wins for Syracuse
Saint Clair Shores Saints
WEEKLY PREVIEW: The Saints host Dallas and Texas this week.
GAME #1: DALLAS DRAKES VS. SAINT CLAIR SHORES SAINTS Duschene scores on a shorthanded goal in the 1st for the Saints.

2nd period-The Saints score 3 including 2 goals by McCarthy (60th goal) and Taylor scores his 21st. Dallas scores 4 out of the next 5 goals to tie the game. Duguay scores his 26th.

In OT, Mullen scores his 32nd and the Drakes are victorious.

Dallas 6 SCS 5 (OT)

1-Mullen
2-Duschesne
3-Sundstrom

GAME #2: TEXAS BRAHMAS VS. SAINT CLAIR SHORES SAINTS Federko scores his 39th goal in the 1st.

2nd period – Murray scores his 13th.

3rd – The Saints score 2 out of the last 3 to take the game.

SCS 4 Texas 1

1-Federko
2-Caprice
3-Wilson

WEEKLY SUMMARY: The Saints take 3 of 4 from Dallas and Texas.
CapJack Rangers
WEEKLY PREVIEW: 2 games at home with Charlestown and Dallas and 2 4-3 games.
GAME #1: CHARLESTOWN CHIEFS VS. CAPJACK RANGERS Lots of lead changes as Charlestown takes a 2-1 1st period lead (Shedden and Coffey score). The Rangers get 2 in the 2nd (DeBlois and Ludzik). THen with 1:39 to go, MacInnis gets a PP goal to tie it up. Then 18 seconds later, DeBlois scores the game-winner (and his 2nd of the game) and the Rangers get the 4-3 win in this one.
Stars (All CAP)
3 – Sittler (1 goal)
2 – Ludzik (1 goal)
1 – DeBlois (2 goals)
GAME #2: DALLAS DRAKES VS. CAPJACK RANGERS The Rangers score twice in 1st (Crowder both times). Then 37 seconds into 2nd, Trottier scores to make it 3-0 CapJack! The Sinisalo gets one and Dallas is on board, but DeBlois puts one in the net near the midpoint of the game and the Rangers get a 4-1 lead. Then Sundstrom scores near the end of the 2nd and Duguay adds a PP goal early in the 3rd to cut it to 4-3 but then the Rangers stiffen up and that’s how it ends.
Stars
3 – DAL – Sinisalo, 1 goal, 1 assist
2 – DAL – Sundstrom 1 goal, 1 assist
1 – CAP – Crowder 2 goals
WEEKLY SUMMARY: 2 close ones add up to 4 points.
Michigan Stags
WEEKLY PREVIEW: 3 home games against Syracuse, CapJack, and Portland as the Stags play out the string. No Steve Tambellini or Tomas Jonsson as both go on the IR for Michigan.
GAME #1: SYRACUSE BULLDOGS VS. MICHIGAN STAGS The Bulldogs blow a 3-1 first-period lead as the Stags get the equalizer from Turgeon with just under 7 minutes to go in the third. But Ivan Boldirev wins it in OT for the visitors; Guy Lafleur with 2G+1A for the Dogs.
GAME #2: CAPJACK RANGERS VS. MICHIGAN STAGS The powerful CapJack squad, after taking a 2-0 lead, stumbles and falls to Michigan 4-2. Mark Messier’s second goal of the game, coming at 18:45 of the third period breaks a 2-2 tie. John Ogrodnick scores his 2nd of the game, and 58th of the season into the vacated cage, to make it a 4-2 final for the Stags.
GAME #3: PORTLAND SASQUATCH VS. MICHIGAN STAGS This time it was Michigan’s turn to blow a lead. Ahead 4-2 after 2 periods, the Stags implode in the third, with the Sasquatch scoring 3 in a row to take a 5-4 lead. Doug Crossman adds an ENG before Mario Marois of the Stags scores as time runs out – Portland prevails 6-5/
WEEKLY SUMMARY: Michigan’s much more respectable than expected inaugural season winds down.
Charlotte Dynamo
WEEKLY PREVIEW: Charlotte seems to have its first-ever playoff spot locked up (first time in four years), but, ironically achieving its first winning season in this stretch run may, unfortunately, prove to be elusive after an end-of-season slide. Breaking .500 may be a challenge the rest of the way since the Dynamo faces teams only with winning records. This week, the Dynamo’s only home game was versus a Portland Sasquatch squad that had seemingly wrapped up a Smythe division title eons ago.
GAME #1: PORTLAND SASQUATCH VS. CHARLOTTE DYNAMO The Dynamo, mindful of end-of-season goalie usage, made a last-second call to start its third-string netminder Andy Moog, and that disastrous decision backfired as the Sasquatch scored three goals apiece in the second and third periods in rallying from an early 2-0 deficit and turning back the home team, 7-6.

With the score tied at five, third-period goals from Guy Carbonneau and Gilles Hamel lifted the Sasquatch to the ultimate victory. Portland overcame top-two star performances from Charlotte’s Charlie Simmer and Laurie Boschman (each with two goals) as the Dynamo attempted to rally after trailing 4-2 at one point. An astonishing seven different players accounted for the Sasquatch goals – a testament to the amazingly balanced attack that has propelled this Portland team atop the league this season.

Moog’s dismal season continued (now 5-8-4 with a dreadful .850 save percentage). In this contest, he let in seven of 26 shots faced, while winning Portland goalie Doug Soettart fared just slightly better for the win (20 saves).

Three stars:
1. Simmer, 3 G 2 points
2. Boschman 2 G
3. POR Wayne Gretzky 1 G, 3 Points

WEEKLY SUMMARY: A slow start and a sluggish end to the season for Charlotte drop this squad to 35-36-5 with four games left. The Dynamo are not headed in the right direction as the postseason approaches, though resting multiple players due to usage considerations is a clear factor with this late-season slump. This team has demonstrated it can play with anyone at full capacity (playoff participants beware).
Ohio Legends
WEEKLY PREVIEW: Division leaders New Castle and CapJack come to Ohio for a pair of contests this week.
GAME #1: NEW CASTLE DUCKS VS. OHIO LEGENDS OHIO 4, NCD 2

Tony Tanti’s hat trick (64, 65, 66) between the two New Castle goals led Ohio to the 4-2 win. The Ducks outshot the Legends, 36-27, but Mike Liut’s 35 saves were enough for his 28th win of the campaign. Billy Smith absorbed the loss with 24 saves.

GAME #2: CAPJACK RANGERS VS. OHIO LEGENDS OHIO 5, CJR 2

Tony Tanti’s second natural hat trick (67, 68, 69) of the homestand was part of a four point night and led Ohio to a 5-2 win over CapJack. Bryan Trottier netted his 50th goal of the season for the Rangers.

The Legends were once again outshot, 31-24, but claimed the win. Pat Riggin stopped 29 shots in picking up his 16th win. Chico Resch absorbed the loss with 19 saves.

WEEKLY SUMMARY: Two wins against two quality opponents have put Ohio on the cusp of the Stanley Cup playoffs for the first time in three years.
Portland Sasquatch
WEEKLY PREVIEW: Portland hosts Saint Clair Shores in the lone game of week.
GAME #1: SAINT CLAIR SHORES SAINTS VS. PORTLAND SASQUATCH The first period is scoreless and Portland finds themselves in penalty troubles in the 2nd period as the Saints get two power-play goals from McCarthy (59/60) to take a 2-0 lead. With 20 seconds remaining in the period, Gretzky draws the Sasquatch to within 1 on his 78th goal of the year

Heading into the third period behind 2-1 Portland tries to even the game but Saint Clair Shores defends the net. Portland pulls the goalie with 2 1:30 remaining and Hindmarch (2) was able to even the score with a goal 20 seconds remaining.

The overtime was scoreless and we end in a 2-2 tie

Star #1 – McCarthy 2 goals
Star #2 – Gretzky 1 goal and 1 assist
Star #3 – Hindmarch 1 goal

It was a physical nasty game featuring 58 penalty minutes and two fights with Portland’s Brown earning 17 PIM

WEEKLY SUMMARY: With the division title wrapped up, Portland rests many of their players but manages to escape with a tie and 1 point
Pittsburgh Spirit
WEEKLY PREVIEW: Two home games.
GAME #1:

TEXAS BRAHMAS VS. PITTSBURGH SPIRIT

Texas stomps Pittsburgh 6-3
GAME #2:

OHIO LEGENDS VS. PITTSBURGH SPIRIT

Legends come from behind and win it in the 3rd… 6-5
WEEKLY SUMMARY: Two games two losses. All is right with the world.
Texas Brahmas
WEEKLY PREVIEW: Two more home games as Texas welcome in Syracuse and Mackinac Island
GAME #1: SYRACUSE BULLDOGS VS. TEXAS BRAHMAS Syracuse gets the first two past Herron as Larouche and Turnbull give Syracuse a 2-0 lead after one, which remains the same after two. Syracuse takes a double minor with just over 4 minutes left providing an opportunity for Texas. Acton scores on the first PP to pull within 1. Texas pulls the goalie to go 6-4 but can’t convert. Syracuse then pots 2 empty netters (Hajt and Larson) to secure the win.

3 Stars (all Syr)
1. Millen 27 Saves
2. Larson 1G
3. Larouche 1G

GAME #2: MACKINAC ISLAND MOOSE VS. TEXAS BRAHMAS Mackinac Island scores 38 seconds into the game (Eaves) and again at 1:07 (Beers) for a quick 2-0 lead. Lysiak makes it 3-0 before Andreychuk finally gets Texas on the board to end the 1st down 3-1. Cote and Rota exchange goals in the 2nd and Beers gets the only goal in the 3rd for a 5-2 Mackinac Island win.

3 Stars (all MIM)
1. Beers 2G, 1A
2. Lysiak 1G, 1A
3. Staniowski 34 Saves

WEEKLY SUMMARY: Yuk
Brooklyn Harbor Rats
WEEKLY PREVIEW: Taking over the Brooklyn team, juggled our lineup, and let’s see if we can get some wins
GAME #1:

ANDES MOUNTAINEERS VS. BROOKLYN HARBOR RATS

Andes 2 @ Brooklyn 6
Star 1 BRO McCarthy 2 G 3 Pts
Star 2 AND Gilmour 2 G
Star 3 BRO Bourne 1 G 3 Pts
GAME #2:

ANDES MOUNTAINEERS VS. BROOKLYN HARBOR RATS

Andes 2 @ Brooklyn 7
Star 1 BRO Housley 1 G 4 Pts
Star 2 BRO Christian 12 G 3 Pts
Star 3 AND Fox 2 G
GAME #:4

NEW CASTLE DUCKS VS. BROOKLYN HARBOR RATS

Andes 2 @ Brooklyn 6
Star 1 BRO Gartner 2 G 4 Pts
Star 2 NCD Boutette 2 G
Star 3 BRO Bourne 1 G 2 Pts
WEEKLY SUMMARY: Three more losses for the Brooklyn Franchise.