|CLARENCE GOALIE||TEAM||GP||GOALS AGAINST||G.A. AVERAGE||SAVES||SAVE %|
|WALES GOALIE||TEAM||GP||GOALS AGAINST||G.A. AVERAGE||SAVES||SAVE %|
|WEEKLY PREVIEW:||CapJack visits Syracuse|
|GAME #1: CAPJACK RANGERS VS. SYRACUSE BULLDOGS||CapJack takes the last game of the season 6-5
Stars #1 CAP Arniel 2G 3pts
#2 CAP Robinson 1G 3pts
#3 CAP Crowder 1G 3pts
|WEEKLY SUMMARY:||The Bulldogs lose their last game.|
|WEEKLY PREVIEW:||The Ohio Legends square off against the playoff-bound Dallas Drakes. It is the regular-season home finale for Ohio.|
|GAME #1 – VISITING TEAM:||Dallas Drakes|
|GAME #1: DALLAS DRAKES VS. OHIO LEGENDS||OHIO 4, DAL 2
Tim Kerr had a pair of goals to pace Ohio to the 4-2 win over Dallas. Gordie Roberts’s first goal of the season in the second period proved to be the game-winner. Tony Tanti had three assists in the victory.
Mike Liut picked up his 30th win with 18 saves. Marco Baron absorbed the loss with 24 stops.
|WEEKLY SUMMARY:||Ohio wins its home finale and Dallas returns home — both will be in the Stanley Cup playoffs.|
|New Castle Ducks|
|WEEKLY PREVIEW:||Two games left in the regular season for the Ducks. One is at home and the other on the road. New Castle has clinched the Norris Division title and is looking forward to the playoffs where they will be playing the Ohio Legend in Round One|
|GAME #1: SAINT CLAIR SHORES SAINTS VS. NEW CASTLE DUCKS||The Saints have beaten the Ducks three of five so far this season and this one was another nail-biter as Tom Barrasso continues to excel in goal for St Clair Shores.
Wes Jarvis broke a 0-0 tie at 11:44 of the second to put SCS up 1-0. The Ducks tied it with 52 seconds left in the period on Tiger Williams’ 20th goal of the year. Early in the third period, ex-Duck Marion Stastny scored #26 to make it 2-1 SCS. The Ducks came right back once again to tie it as Barry Pederson scored #37 on the power play. 2-2 with nearly 12 minutes to go. SCS took the lead again when Tom McCarthy- having an incredible season – scored #67 at 12:34. 3-2 SCS. Less than a minute later the Ducks tied it again! Mark Osborne with a nifty move put the puck past Barrasso for his 26th of his rookie season and it was 3-3 with 6:31 to go. The clock wound down and it looked like the teams were headed for OT when none other than McCarthy got the puck at the side of the net and put a wraparound past Billy Smith to win it for SCS, 4-3. McCarthy’s goal was his second of the game and 68th of the year. He is third in the MWOTHL in Goals Scored.THREE STARS:
SCS – McCarthy 2 G
SCS – Stastny 1G 1 A 2 PTS
SCS- Doug Wilson 3 ABarrasso made 31 saves for SCS as NCD had a 34-33 SOG advantage. Bobby Clarke won 15 of 19 faceoffs for the Ducks who continue to dominate as they won 69.1% of the faceoffs. NCD leads the league in faceoffs won, by a wide margin, with 54.3%.
|WEEKLY SUMMARY:||The Ducks lose their final game at home as they get ready for the playoffs. With 98 points, they will need a road win against Smythe Division champion Portland in order to get their first-ever 100 point season|
|WEEKLY PREVIEW:||Two home games to finish out the season.|
|GAME #1: BROOKLYN HARBOR RATS VS. TEXAS BRAHMAS||Brooklyn is up first. Taylor and Ruotsalainen give Texas an early 2-0 lead less than 5 minutes in. Loiselle gets Brooklyn on the board to close out the 1st 2-1 Texas. Sutter and Taylor put Texas up 4-1 and the game seems to be over. But… Brooklyn gets two ENG to pull within one with just under a minute left. Herron manages to slam the door and Texas holds on 4-3.
3 Stars (all TEX)
1. Taylor 2G, 1A
|GAME #2: MICHIGAN STAGS VS. TEXAS BRAHMAS||Michigan closes out the season. Rota scores in the first for a 1-0 lead after 1. Acton has the lone goal in 2nd and Texas is up 2-0 after 2. The 3rd sees 4 goals, 2 by each team (Goring and Ogrodnich for Michigan and Ruotsalainen and Hughes for Texas) as Texas holds on for a 4-2 season-ending victory.
3 Stars (all Tex)
1. Andreychuk 3A
|WEEKLY SUMMARY:||Nice ending to a bad season. Looking forward to the draft!|
|Saint Clair Shores Saints|
|WEEKLY PREVIEW:||The Saints host Syracuse this week.|
|GAME #1: SYRACUSE BULLDOGS VS. SAINT CLAIR SHORES SAINTS||Bellows and Larson score for Syracuse in the first period and it’s 2-0.
In the 2nd, Wilson scores his 17th goal – pretty good for a defenseman. But, Larson scores number 20 for the Bulldogs.
Late in the 3rd, Gustafsson scores his 33rd but fails to score late.
Syracuse 3 SCS 2
|WEEKLY SUMMARY:||Syracuse 3 SCS 2|
|Mackinac Island Moose|
|WEEKLY PREVIEW:||Pittsburgh and Chicago come to the small town in the north.|
PITTSBURGH SPIRIT VS.
MACKINAC ISLAND MOOSE
|Daoust and Lysiak get things going early with a little skirmish. The Spirit takes advantage of the open ice with a goal by Paiement. Moose respond 2 minutes later with a goal from Lysiak, and on we go. Spirit kills off a minor midway through the period. A couple of minor fights opens the ice again late, and the Moose take advantage in the 2nd spacious session, as Kurri gets his 61st of the season. And it seems Paiement really enjoys open ice, as he gets his 2nd of the game with the 4 on 4. The period mercifully ends for the goalies, at 2-2.
2nd period sees Pitt open the door for the Moose with an early minor. Moose totally screw it up and a turnover sees Steen skate down the ice all alone and punch it in, to make it 3-2 Spirit. Another 4 on 4 near halftime results in amazingly no goals, and the Moose tie it up before the period is over with a rare Terrion goal on the 4th line. 3-3 after 2.
Strategy change in the 3rd works like magic for the Moose. Goals by Propp, Kurri, and MacLean, leave the home fans feeling much better to see their big 3 scorers put this one away. Oh yeah, Kurri scoring in a 4 on 4 . 4 of the 10 goals come on open ice this game.
Final Moose 6, Spirit 3
1st star – Lysiak 1G 4pts
MACKINAC ISLAND MOOSE
|The Moose jumped all over the Underground in the 1st. Although a 10-10 SOG would indicate an even game, the Moose cash in on 4, MacLean 2, O’Connel SH, and Lysiak , while Staniowski is perfect for the Moose in goal. It’s 4-0 after 1.
Moose have their way the rest of the game, and Staniowski makes it easy on his mate, stopping everything that comes his way. Rogers, Beers, and Cote with goals to make the final 7-0. Price edges out Campbell in the PIM race for the team 161-160
1st star – Staniowski 24 saves
|WEEKLY SUMMARY:||Strong finish with Quinn on the bench. Hopefully even better when he returns for the playoffs.|
|WEEKLY PREVIEW:||The final home game against Andes.|
|GAME #1: ANDES MOUNTAINEERS VS. MICHIGAN STAGS||Michigan raced out to a 4-0 lead by early in the first period, but the Mountaineers climbed back into this one, but the Stags barely hung on for a 5-4 win.|
|WEEKLY SUMMARY:||A good end to a decent first season|
|WEEKLY PREVIEW:||One game at home vs Dallas.|
|GAME #1: DALLAS DRAKES VS. CHARLESTOWN CHIEFS||Consider the barn burned to the ground… Dallas scores in OT to win it 7-6.
Star 1: DAL Mullen 3 G
GWG: Bobby Gould
Notables: DAL Mullen hat trick
|WEEKLY SUMMARY:||Our fans were actually angry after this one, as the onslaught of goals prevented them from getting out of their seats to refill their beers.|
|WEEKLY PREVIEW:||The Dynamo which wrapped up a playoff spot a long time ago was set to host a much stronger Ohio Legends team (47-27-4) in its last home game of the season. With both teams qualifying for the postseason, this has the potential at least on paper to be a finals matchup preview. Charlotte is playing for some pride as the regular season concludes. With two games left and a 36-37-5 record, it is trying to get into the playoffs reaching at least .500 if not attaining a winning ledger. With eight 20 or more goal scorers among its 12 players on its four starting forward lines, this team will still have a lot of firepowers for playoff teams to contend with.|
|GAME #1: OHIO LEGENDS VS. CHARLOTTE DYNAMO||Charlotte prevailed, 5-3, but it was hardly easy. The Dynamo overcame a 3-1 deficit after the first period along with an in-game injury to Charlie Simmer by scoring four unanswered goals in the final two periods and shutting out Ohio during that comeback.
Charlotte’s third-line left winger Dave Hunter, among those aforementioned eight 20-goal scorers, recorded his 26th and 27th tallies of the season to spark the Dynamo rally. Hunter’s second goal with 6:52 left in the third period was the game-winner that put ahead Charlotte 4-3 and Laurie Boschman added his 33rd goal of the game three minutes later.
The Dynamo’s early sloppiness was in full display when Legends Ray Bourque and Bob Gainey both scored shorthanded goals during a single Charlotte two-minute powerplay to offset a Len Hachborn Charlotte goal and put Ohio ahead 2-1. Later, Tim Kerr added his 40th goal of the season on assists from Tony Tanti and Bourque with 2:17 left in the first period giving Ohio its short-lived two-goal lead.
Dynamo goalie Allen Bester recovered from that point on and recorded 27 saves to improve to 18-12-1 (where would this team be without him?). Ohio outshot Charlotte 30-22 but was 0 for 3 on the power play.
Three stars (all Charlotte):
1. Hunter 2 G
|WEEKLY SUMMARY:||The Dynamo beats a fierce Legends squad that was 20 games over .500 and enters the final game of the regular season at Smythe division-champion Portland (yet to be reported) with a pretty darn symmetrical record of 37-37-5, with 333 goals for and 335 goals against.
A losing record entering the playoffs would be a mild embarrassment, but hey, this is the 80s where sub-30 win teams were finishing fourth in a five-team division and then making deep playoff runs all the time (see Quebec, Vancouver, Toronto et al.) – John Ziegler sure did run a Mickey Mouse joke of a league, but I digress.
|WEEKLY PREVIEW:||On the owner’s birthday (several years ago), the Rangers close their home regular-season schedule with Chicago.|
|GAME #1: CHICAGO UNDERGROUND VS. CAPJACK RANGERS||Rangers take only 15 shots (a paltry 1 in the 3rd period) but it didn’t matter as they win this one going away 5-1. Resch stops 34 shots in the win.
And Chicago actually scored the 1st goal 2 minutes into the game when Anderson scores his 41st. Then the scoring shifted to the good guys as Haworth scores twice in the 1st and then Sittler scores 2 in the 2nd followed by a Wickenheiser goal near the end of the 2nd. Both teams skated around the Garden in the 3rd period showing off not much except some good defense by the Rangers.
STARS (all CAP)
|WEEKLY SUMMARY:||Rangers win their final home game and head to the playoffs – can they get to the Stanley Cup for a 3rd straight year? It will be really tough!!|
|Brooklyn Harbor Rats|
|GAME #1: CHARLESTOWN CHIEFS VS. BROOKLYN HARBOR RATS||Final home game in Brooklyn to wrap up the regular season
Final Score Charlestown 2 @ Brooklyn 5
Star 1: BRO Johnson 2 G
Star 2: BRO Sundstrom 1 G, 2 Pts
Star 3: BRO Bourne 1 G, 2 PtsGWG: Mark JohnsonNotables: CHA Injuries: Tremblay(CHA)-game
BRO Behn Wilson 10 PIM
|WEEKLY SUMMARY:||Good luck playoff teams|
|WEEKLY PREVIEW:||The final week of the regular season and Andes welcomes Pittsburgh.|
|GAME #1: PITTSBURGH SPIRIT VS. ANDES MOUNTAINEERS||With nothing to play for except professional pride and contractual obligations, the Spirit and Mountaineers play a very spirited, fun game. Looks to be going to OT when the Mountaineer’s penchant (or is it a Dave Koch thing) for late-period goals comes back to bite the home squad. The Mountaineers throw everything at Kelly Hrudey but he stands tall and earns his team the road victory. After the game, the Mountaineers brought out their t-shirt cannons and shot shirts into the crowd. Everyone had a good time and after the game, the local Ground Rounds were busy as the fans turned in their ticket stubs for a buy one get one Ribs, Wings, and Onion Rings app promotion.
1st Star – Paiement
|WEEKLY SUMMARY:||Expansion Andes ends its initial season at home with a loss to Pittsburgh. Otherwise, it was a fun season and we’re hoping for good things in the future. T|
|WEEKLY PREVIEW:||Portland ends the season with home games against New Castle and Charlotte|
|GAME #1: NEW CASTLE DUCKS VS. PORTLAND SASQUATCH||In a battle of division leaders, Portland jumps out to a 1-0 lead when Hunter (20) finds the back of the net 3:38 into the game. New Castle responds with a goal from Potvin (27) a minute and 23 seconds later and takes a 2-1 lead into the locker room when Hardy (7) gets a power-play goal
The 2nd period was scoreless but Hunter (21) evens the score in the third and Gretzky (82) gives Portland a 3-2 lead with 8:57 remaining. Pulling their goalie the Ducks kept fighting and with 40 seconds left Manno (4) manages to score to send the game into OT
With 13 seconds from a draw, Portland’s Howe (17) sends the Sasquatch fans home happy with a game-winning goal
Star #1 – Hunter 2 goals
Lemelin 32 saves for Portland
|GAME #2: CHARLOTTE DYNAMO VS. PORTLAND SASQUATCH||Charlotte’s Hawerchuck (40) opens the scoring on a power-play goal but Portland gets their own power-play goal from Ciccarelli (44) a few minutes later. Anderson (48) responds for the Dynamo with a goal but Portland gets another power-play goal from Foligno (23) to end the first period tied 2-2
1:04 into the 2nd period Gretzky (83) gives the Sasquatch their first lead of the game on their third power-play goal but Charlotte responds when Boschman (33) evens the score with another power-play goal. With 17 seconds remaining in the period yet another PP goal gives Charlotte a 4-3 lead when Langevin (3) scores
In the third period, Portland manages to tie the game at 4 when Gretzky (84) shows his greatness yet again. With the game looking to be going to OT Charlotte’s Anderson (4) sends the crown home disappointed as he scores with 1:12 remaining to give the Dynamo the win
Star #1 – Gretzky 2 goals 2 Assists
The two teams combined for 6 power-play goals on 12 attempts
|WEEKLY SUMMARY:||Portland splits their final two games of the season and moves to the playoffs|