Gretzky, Wayne POR 2 2 2 4 0 -1 9 22%
Riggin, Pat OHI 1 0 0 21 1.000
Duguay, Ron DAL 2 3 3 6 2 0 9 33%
Weeks, Steve CAP 1 1 0.96 21 .955

Chicago Underground
WEEKLY PREVIEW: Mike Bossy is done for the year & so was the Underground in early November.
GAME #1: TEXAS BRAHMAS VS. CHICAGO UNDERGROUND Chicago has the lead twice, but both times by just a goal. The Brahmas make a run and score 5 unanswered goals to end the game.

Final Score: Texas 6 – Chicago 2

Labatts 3-Star Selection:
Star 1: TEX – Willy Lindstrom 2G
Star 2: TEX – Jim Korn 1G, 2Pts
Star 3: TEX – Kent Nilsson 1G

Game Winner: – Willy Lindstrom

TEX – None
CHI – None

GAME #2: PITTSBURGH SPIRIT VS. CHICAGO UNDERGROUND Even without Bossy the once-mighty Spirit are about the only team the Underground can beat in this league. I spoke too soon. Pittsburgh doubles up the Chicago squad, who more than ever looked like they packed it in before the first minute of the game was over.

Final Score: Pittsburgh 6 – Chicago 3

Labatts 3-Star Selection:
Star 1: PIT – Thomas Steen 2G, 3Pts
Star 2: PIT – Bill Derlago 1G, 2Pts
Star 3: PIT -Dan Daoust 1G, 2Pts

Game Winner: – Richie Dunn

PIT – Steve Larmer 3 Assists
CHI – Peter Stastny 16 Face-Off Wins

WEEKLY SUMMARY: Will it ever end for Chicago? No Points, no fun, this season has been a trying one.
Syracuse Bulldogs
WEEKLY PREVIEW: Brooklyn skates into Syracuse
Stars #1 BRO Stefan 27 saves
#2 BRO Bourne 1G 2 pts
#3 BRO Sutter 1G
WEEKLY SUMMARY: Brooklyn nets the win.
Mackinac Island Moose
WEEKLY PREVIEW: Kurri is back from the DL, but Quinn now goes on the DL to get some rest before the playoffs. Those pesky Rangers are in town with their contentious coach, “Over the Hill, Bill”.
GAME #1: CAPJACK RANGERS VS. MACKINAC ISLAND MOOSE O’Connell says hello to the Rangers with a little stick action and gets an early hooking call. It’s all the Rangers PP unit can do just to get the puck in the zone and no damage is done. Minutes later it’s Russell and Giles mixing it up, and we get 2 minutes of 4 on 4, but no damage once again. The Moose get a man advantage later in the 1st, thanks to a trip by Russell, but once again the PP unit struggles just to get a shot off, and we are still at 0-0. A vicious slash by Beck late in the period earns him a big 5 in the time-out box, and the Moose make that one pay off. First Lysiak from close in makes it 1-0, and then its intermission time. 

With Beck still in the box, we start the 2nd, and the Moose are able to quickly move the puck into position, and Kurri gets back on the horse, metaphorically, Since horses can’t skate, you know, and Beck is feeling not so great as he comes out of the box with his team down 2-0. Not that he changed his ways, because just minutes later he gets called for tripping, and 2 more minutes in the box. This time the Rangers kill it off. Finally, the Rangers get on the board with a blast from the blue line from DeBlois just before halftime. Price then with a trip puts the Rangers in a position to tie it up, but the Moose PK unit says, “no goals for you”. and we continue on 2-1 Moose. Gillis and MacLean decide to resolve old differences in their last meeting of the regular season with a full, drop the glove, and let it all go event. Judges call it a draw. Now a fully revved-up crowd is pumped and very happy when the dust settles, only to see Propp score on a breakaway, and then right off the ensuing faceoff, Cote rushes in with scores just 18 seconds later. Bedlam in the Arena as the score is now 4-1 Moose. Chants of “Sieve” rain down on poor old Resch. Crowder and Bothwell in a minor skirmish just before the break, and it’s a 3 goal lead for the home team. Beers sales are very good tonite. Russell goes out in the 2nd with an injury.

3rd period sees the Moose open the door 3 times with stupid penalties. Price gets his season total up to 155 tonight. But Melanson is up to task behind the PK unit all period and he slams the door on any and all Ranger attempts, 15 SOG in all. Moose’s offense goes conservative and gets only 6 SOG No lamps lighting in this 3rd period.

Final Moose 4, Rangers 1

1st star – Lysiak 1G 2pts
2nd – Melanson 30 saves
3rd – Kurri 1G

WEEKLY SUMMARY: A comfortable win at home over a playoff team, while giving a key scorer some rest bodes well. PK unit is a perfect 5 for 5 while the PP unit converts on 2 of 5.
Andes Mountaineers
WEEKLY PREVIEW: It’s the next to final week of the regular season for the expansion Mountaineers. They welcome Saint Clair and Ohio. Two strong teams playing in the competitive Adams division.
GAME #1: SAINT CLAIR SHORES SAINTS VS. ANDES MOUNTAINEERS A very spirited affair by both teams. The home side puts in a very good performance against the Saints but they find themselves behind 3 – 1 in the 3rd. Somehow they score 3 with the final one coming with a minute to go. This will put them up by 1 but the Saints pull Barrasso and it pays off as they score with half a minute left in the period. Federko will win it for the visitors at 3:25 mark of OT.

1st Star – McCarthy 3g
2nd Star – Sutter 2g
3rd Star – Federko 1 g

GAME #2: OHIO LEGENDS VS. ANDES MOUNTAINEERS The final game of the week brings the Legend to town. Haven’t had too many games in this league that put the fans in the stands to sleep but this one tried. Ohio puts in a very business-like performance, helped by the Andes offense just not feeling it this night. Ohio leaves with a 3 – 0 win.

1st Star – Riggin
2nd Star – Bourque
3rd Star – Pavelich

WEEKLY SUMMARY: Andes goes 0 – 2 at home this week. One game was a very exciting affair that went to overtime and the other, not so much.
Saint Clair Shores Saints
WEEKLY PREVIEW: The Saints play one home game this week against Charlestown.
GAME #1: CHARLESTOWN CHIEFS VS. SAINT CLAIR SHORES SAINTS The Saints get on the board early as Federko scores his 40th goal of the season. Malone and Sulliman score 2 for the Chiefs in the 1st and the Chiefs have the lead.

In the 2nd, McCarthy scores for the Saints, but once again, the Chiefs score 2 goals.

In the 3rd period, both teams score, and the Chiefs are victorious.

Chiefs 5 Saints 3


WEEKLY SUMMARY: The Chiefs defeated the Saints, 5-3.
Michigan Stags
WEEKLY PREVIEW: Just one home game as the season winds down.
GAME #1: SYRACUSE BULLDOGS VS. MICHIGAN STAGS Sylvain Turgeon, with the hat trick, and John Ogrodnick with 2 goals supply all the offense for the Stags in their 5-4 overtime victory over the Bulldogs. Syracuse’s Rick Wilson and Michigan’s Nick Fotiu fought each other twice in the contest.
WEEKLY SUMMARY: Two more points in this team’s promising first season.
Dallas Drakes
WEEKLY PREVIEW: Dallas gets 1 at home against Charlotte
GAME #1: CHARLOTTE DYNAMO VS. DALLAS DRAKES The Drakes come out of the box dominating the Dynamo and within the first 10 minutes of the game grab goals from Ron Duguay, Gerg Gilbert, and Andy Brickley. Tom Fergus cuts it to 3-1 but Patrick Sundstrom extends the lead to 4-1 at the first intermission. Charlie Simmer pots the only goal of the second period as the Dynamo cut it to 4-2. The game stayed at 4-2 until Greg Gilbert scored for the Drakes and Ilkka Sinisalo makes it 6-2 for the final.
WEEKLY SUMMARY: Drakes get 2 points at home.
New Castle Ducks
WEEKLY PREVIEW: Two home games this week for New Castle, against the team with the league’s best record, Mackinac Island, and against Texas. If the Ducks can win both games, they will clinch at least a tie for the Norris Division title (and based on tiebreakers I believe it would clinch the division)
GAME #1: MACKINAC ISLAND MOOSE VS. NEW CASTLE DUCKS The Ducks have done well against the Moose all season but in most games, the men from Upper Michigan have played second-string goalie Don Beaupre. In what could be a preview of a Stanley Cup round, the Moose start #1 goalie Roland Melanson in this one. Then again, the Moose’s superstar forward Jarri Kurri is sitting this one out as the Moose rest up for the playoffs

The Moose take a 2-0 first-period lead on goals y Tom Lysiak (27) and Paul MacLean (51). After Tony Currie (20) makes it 2-1 in the second period, the Moose go up 3-1 in the third on Dan Quinn’s 35th of the year. Rick Middleton makes it 3-2 with his 61st goal but Terry Ruskowski puts what looks like the nail in the coffin when he beats Billy Smith at 14:52 to make it 4-2 Moose. Then BOOM BOOM BOOM. First, Lanny McDonald scores on a 2 on 1 to make it 4-3 with 2:02 to go. Smith is pulled from the net and the Ducks pressure Melanson – and it pays off when Denis Potvin SCORES with 22 seconds to go, to tie the game at 4-4!

In the first minute of OT on the first shot of the OT session, New Castle’s Barry Pederson (36) lights the lamp as the Ducks come away with a spectacular 5-4 comeback victory

1- NCD Pederson 1 G 1 A 2 PTS
2- NCD Middleton 1G 1 A 2 PTS
3- NCD McDonald 1G 2 A 3 PTS

Ducks had a 31-22 SOG edge and won 58.1% of faceoffs. The Moose were 2-6 on the power play, Ducks were 1-4.

GAME #2: TEXAS BRAHMAS VS. NEW CASTLE DUCKS The game was scoreless for more than 33 minutes until Rick Middleton scored at 13:07 of the second period on a wrap-around. The star RW’s 62nd of the year made it 1-0 Ducks. Texas tied it a little more than four minutes later on Darcy Rota’s 33rd of the year. The teams went to the locker room tied 1-1 after two.

In the third, Rota went off for interference and the Ducks capitalized as Dennis Potvin scored, his 26th of a sensational season. 2-1 Ducks. Andre Savard added an insurance goal at 7:15 and an empty netter by Middleton (63) made the final 4-1.

Ducks had the 34-26 advantage in SOG. Murray Bannerman made 30 saves for Texas. Bobby Clarke won 17 of 21 faceoffs as New Castle continues to lead the league in faceoff percentage.

1- NCD Middleton 2G 1 A 3 PTS
2- NCD Potvin 1G 1 A 2 PTS
3- NCD Pederson 3 A

WEEKLY SUMMARY: The Ducks win both home games and now have a club record of 98 points on the season. Even if the Ducks were to lose their final two games and Dallas was to win their remaining four games, NCD and Dallas would be tied with 98 points and because the Ducks have more Wins than Dallas, presumably that would break the tie. So the Duck’s first-ever Norris Division title looks all but certain.

The #1 line of McDonald-Pederson-Middleton continues to dominate as they have now combined for 134 goals in 78 games. Middleton is fifth in the league in goals with 63. Pederson is third in scoring with 123 points and leads the league with 87 assists. Denis Potvin is tied for the league lead in scoring for defensemen with 98 points (26-72).

Dallas Drakes
WEEKLY PREVIEW: Makeup game against Pittsburgh that was postponed due to Covid.
GAME #1: PITTSBURGH SPIRIT VS. DALLAS DRAKES Pittsburgh is getting ready for this young French Canadian kid named Mario…….and this game got them closer. The Drakes hung 7 goals on the board before the Spirit scored 1, 8-3 final
WEEKLY SUMMARY: 2 points in the makeup game
Charlotte Dynamo
WEEKLY PREVIEW: The Charlotte Dynamo have locked up a Prince of Wales third-seed playoff spot but still had some pride to play. It entered the week 35-36-5 and was attempting a strong regular-season finish to enter the playoffs on a high note, while also trying to avert an ignominious losing regular season.

In its lone home game this week, the Dynamo hosted a Dallas Drakes team with the upper hand in the chase for the fourth and final playoff spot in the Clarence Campbell Conference.

GAME #1: DALLAS DRAKES VS. CHARLOTTE DYNAMO Charlotte shrugged off two goals by the Drakes’ Patrik Sundstrom in the first four minutes and an early 3-0 deficit to rally to a 7-4 victory.

Down 4-2, Charlotte closed the game with five unanswered goals, all from different players. Third-line right-winger Bob Crawford started the rally with an unassisted tally with 3:28 left in the second period and the deluge continued from there. The Dynamo ultimately knocked out Drakes goalie Marco Baron with 10 minutes left, after a Joel Quenneville Charlotte goal from the point put Charlotte ahead 6-4. Another Dynamo defenseman, Tom Laidlaw. added a late empty netter.

With Crawford’s goal, the Dynamo achieved quite an impressive end-of-season milestone. It assured that the team had eight different forwards among its four lines who have scored 20 goals or more. Talk about firepower!

Ron Duguay, like Sundstrom, also had two goals for Dallas.

Dynamo goalie Allan Bester recovered from Sundstrom’s two early goals and saved 25 shots in improving to 17-12-1. He essentially has been the Dynamo savior this season after the other two Charlotte netminders by committee Andy Moog and Doug Keans (a combined 19-25-4) have largely faltered.

Three stars:
1. DAL Duguay 2 G 4 pts
2. DAL Sundstrom 2 G
3. CHD Dale Hawerchuk 1 G, 2 Pts

WEEKLY SUMMARY: Playoff-bound Charlotte beats the Drakes but lost this week in Dallas’ building as part of an end of the regular season home-home series (6-2). Its record stands at 36-37-5 with two games remaining. Buzzard’s ownership is really hoping for a .500 record that would ensure there is not a fourth straight losing season through the franchise’s entire existence. On a positive note, with eight 20-goal scorers now on its four lines with Crawford’s goal, this high-octane team (second in the league in offense) could be a real wildcard in the postseason.
Portland Sasquatch
WEEKLY PREVIEW: One game versus CapJack.
GAME #1: CAPJACK RANGERS VS. PORTLAND SASQUATCH Portland’s Gretzky (80) opens the scoring in the 1st period on a power play and Trottier (52) evens the score in the 2nd period.

The third period was scoreless and Portland lost Gretzky with an injury as they headed into overtime. With 2:26 left in the extra period, CapJack wins the game when Pettersson (18) scores on a 2-1 breakaway.

WEEKLY SUMMARY: Portland loses their lone game of the week.