|Two home games at the Capone Center. The Underground still hanging around and looking like they could be pretenders or contenders. Who knows how the season will play out at the end?
|GAME #1: CHARLESTOWN CHIEFS VS. CHICAGO UNDERGROUND
|The Chiefs come in as a much better squad, but things don’t go their way. The Chief’s bang in the 1st goal, then the Underground bury them the rest of the way.
Final Score: Chicago 3 – Charlestown 1
Labatts 3-Star Selection:
Game Winner: – Brian Sutter
|GAME #2: PORTLAND SASQUATCH VS. CHICAGO UNDERGROUND
|Chicago forgot to play defense in this one. So did the Sasquatch. A kiss of the sister after four periods of play.
Final Score: Portland 5 – Chicago 5
Labatts 3-Star Selection:
Game Winner: – None
|3 out of 4 points at home is not a bad week for the Underground.
|New Castle Ducks
|The Ducks made two big trades this past week, as they make a push for a playoff spot. New Castle acquired Center Kent Nilsson and LW John Tonelli. The two of them will join star RW Rick Middleton to form a powerful #1 line and try to bring some much-needed offensive power to the Ducks lineup. Two home games this week as the Ducks fans welcome Nilsson and Tonelli to The Duck Pond
|GAME #1: PORTLAND SASQUATCH VS. NEW CASTLE DUCKS
|When these two teams meet there is always a lot of scoring. In their two prior meetings, Portland won 9-6 and the Ducks won the next one 6-5. This time- the result – IN OVERTIME: Ducks 5 Portland 4
It was quite a Ducks debut for John Tonelli. Playing LW on the Duck’s new #1 line, Tonelli almost singlehandedly won the game as he scored a HAT TRICK and added an assist for a four-point game! With the score 1-1 in the first period (after Middleton scored for the Ducks on an assist by Tonelli), Tonelli scored his first of the game on a tip-in of a shot from the point by Denis Potvin. 2-1 Ducks. Portland came right back to tie it on a goal by Lamoreux and it was 2-2 after one. In the second, Portland took the lead at the 45-second mark on a power play goal by Dave Ellett. 3-2 Portland. The Ducks tied it 11 minutes later when Tonelli got his second, assisted once again by Potvin. 3-3. Then with the Ducks killing a penalty, Tonelli scored SHORT HANDED at 15:23 to make it 4-3 Ducks after two. In the third, Mike Foligno scored at 1:51 to tie it again, an unassisted goal making it 4-4. Each team had 10 SOG in the third but there was no more scoring and it was on to OVERTIME!
In his Ducks debut, Kent Nilsson won 16 of 23 faceoffs
|GAME #2: KAMSACK CYCLONES VS. NEW CASTLE DUCKS
|In two previous meetings, the Ducks have a loss (4-2) against the Cyclones and a tie (3-3). How will the “new look” Ducks fare? Pretty good as the recharged offense wins this one NCD 7 KAM 1
The Ducks came out flying and Pete Peeters had a rough time in the Kamsack net as he allowed FOUR goals on five shots, before being pulled for Mike Liut. Don Maloney, Brad McCrimmon, Garry Rissling, and yes John Tonelli got the goals. In the second period, the Ducks broke things open even more as Maloney got his second of the game on a power play. Mark Johnson followed with another PP goal before Nilsson got his first goal as a Duck to make it 7-0 after two periods. Mike Gartner’s third-period goal was the only scoring for Kamsack.
Denis Potvin had 3 assists
|The two big trades pay immediate dividends as Tonelli and Nilsson both excel – and appear to rejuvenate the entire team. New Castle gets the maximum four points, as they continue to battle with Dallas and Chicago for the Norris Division title.
|The struggling Presidents play a 3 game home stand on the heels of dealing team captain John Tonelli for 1986 1st rounder and Mark Osborne.
|GAME #1: PITTSBURGH SPIRIT VS. HYANNISPORT PRESIDENTS
|The Spirit net 3-second period goals and cruise to victory with a whopping 13 of their 18 skaters registering at least 1 point. FINAL SCORE PIT 5 – HYP 2
|GAME #2: CHARLOTTE DYNAMO VS. HYANNISPORT PRESIDENTS
|The Presidents Dale Hunter takes an ill-advised 5-minute spearing penalty early on in this one and the Dynamo are off to the races. They score early and often with Glenn Anderson getting the hat trick, Charlie Simmer chipping in 2, and Rick Vaive putting up 4 assists. FINAL SCORE CHA 7 – HYP 2
|GAME #3: OHIO LEGENDS VS. HYANNISPORT PRESIDENTS
|The teams play a scoreless first period before Ohio scores 4 goals on 8 shots in the 2nd period. Rich Preston scores a pair for the visitors. FINAL SCORE OHI 4 – HYP 1
|Presidents league’s worst defense and goaltending do their thing as they drop 3 straight and are outscored 16-3. When does the 1985-86 draft start?
|Mackinac Island Moose
|Home games this week against Kamsack, and a possible playoff preview against Charlestown.
|GAME #1: KAMSACK CYCLONES VS. MACKINAC ISLAND MOOSE
|Moose come out very strong against the Cyclones, scoring 4 goals in the 1st while holding the visitors to zero. Kurri and Propp each get 2 as the top line for the Moose hits on all cylinders. 4-0 after 1.
An early Seiling goal sends Peeters to the showers early, having now let 5 pucks in the net. That seems to wake up the rest of the team, as Kamsack shows new energy going forward. Howe ends the drought for the visitors a couple of minutes later. Near the midpoint Frycer and Stastny exchange goals to make it 6-2 Moose. A Bothwell goal late sends teams to intermission at 7-2 Moose.
3rd period see Quinn score early for the Moose, and Eriksson late, to make the final 8-3 Moose.
1st star – Kurri 2G 5pts
|GAME #2: CHARLESTOWN CHIEFS VS. MACKINAC ISLAND MOOSE
|Moose was on the board first with a goal from Propp. Future pain in the ass, Lemieux, evens it on a powerplay. Kurri adds one late to make it 2-1 after 1.
MacInnis with one of many equalizers today, making it 2-2. Followed by ex-Moose, Lever to give the Chiefs the lead, 3-2. Propp just before the end of the period with his 2nd of the game and off to break tied 3-3.
Kurri gets his 40th of the season to put the Moose up 4-3. That holds all the way to the final minutes when a MacInnis minor with only 88 seconds left seems to lock up the win for the Moose. Sloppy puck handling by the Moose however, lets Krushelnyski get loose and put the shortie in the net to tie the game at 4 with only 21 seconds on the clock. ….. Overtime!
The nightmare continues as Krushelnyski scores the winner in OT to finish off the Moose, 5-4.
1st star – Krushelnyski 2G, GWG
|Solid win and a stupid loss. Moose with some soul-searching on that last one.
|A pair of games at the Dunlop.
|4-4 sister kissing.
|4-3 win vs. Ohio. RIP David Crosby.
|Solid week at home, the beers will flow as we spin some Byrds/CSN/CSNY.
|Charlotte entered this week red hot, winning nine of its last 11 games to improve its chances of a second straight playoff appearance in the East. The Dynamo were the beneficiary of a generous spot in the schedule in which it hosted all four of its home games last week, winning them all in convincing fashion. But the path gets more challenging this week, with the Dynamo playing three out of four games away from its building. The lone contest at home was a January 23 game against an Andes Mountaineers squad also battling for a playoff spot in the East.
|GAME #1: ANDES MOUNTAINEERS VS. CHARLOTTE DYNAMO
|With the Dynamo having secured a win on the road against Hyannis per reports, and with the benefit of its tear as of late, it assessed this mid-season game against the Mountaineers, and the squad elected to address major usage in one fell swoop. So outsat Charlie Simmer and Doug Halward to fulfill their one-game sitdown requirements for the rest of the season. Also out for the Dynamo were Lanny McDonald and Ulf Samuelson. Additionally, the Dynamo, to help set its goalie rotation down the road, started third-stringer Doug Keans in the nets.
The Dynamo seemed to pay for those scratches early. Keans yielded a pair of even-strength goals, one to Brad Park five minutes in and another to the Moutaineers’ fourth-line center, Phil Sykes just before the opening period ending, to put Andes ahead 2-0. The Mountaineers came to play out of the gates, outshooting Charlotte 11-4 in that opening period.
Sykes, an unsung hero in this contest, added another even-strength goal 6:34 into the second period and with Andes goalie Bob Sauve turning away the eight shots that the sluggish Dynamo mustered against him through the first two periods, Andes held a 3-0 lead after two periods.
Charlotte woke up in the third. Keven LaVallee, inserted at left wing with Simmer out, recorded his ninth goal of the season 1:50 into the third period to narrow the deficit to two. Dave Poulin narrowed the gap to one with a goal with 8:13 left in regulation. Charlotte outshot Andes in the final period 15-8 but it was too little too late; the Dynamo could not find the equalizer in the final 1:16 when Keans was pulled and the Andes got a much-needed win, 3-2.
|Charlotte gets outshot 27-23 and Sauve saves 24 in the Andes’ well-deserved win. The Dynamo take the long view in this one and despite hoping to pull out a victory, lose after the decision to use this spot on the schedule to rest several players at once.
|Looking to snap a three-game home losing streak, the Stags host Charlotte and Hyannisport.
|GAME #1: CHARLOTTE DYNAMO VS. MICHIGAN STAGS
|Despite being outshot 39-23, shaky goaltending by the Stags’ Bob Janecyk and a hat trick by the Dynamo’s Curt Fraser, culminate in Charlotte’s 7-4 rout.
|GAME #2: HYANNISPORT PRESIDENTS VS. MICHIGAN STAGS
|Michigan’s home ice losing skid ends at 4 as the Stags, outshot 36-20, still manage to hang on for a 4-3 win over Hyannisport. Mark Messier paced the Stags’ attack with a pair of goals.
|A win and a loss as this long season of frustration drones on for the Stags.
|Saint Clair Shores Saints
|The Saints host New Castle and Portland this week.
|GAME #1: NEW CASTLE DUCKS VS. SAINT CLAIR SHORES SAINTS
|The Ducks travel to SCS to take on the Saints. The Saints score the first six goals – all unanswered. Nilan scores two of them. Then, the Ducks score 4 straight. Napier scores his 14th. With 40 seconds to go, Ron Francis scores an empty netter to seal the win for the Saints.
SCS 7 New Castle 4
|GAME #2: PORTLAND SASQUATCH VS. SAINT CLAIR SHORES SAINTS
|The Saints score first on a Federko goal. Portland scores 2 straight to take the lead. Craven ties the game late in the 2nd for the Saints. In the 3rd, Portland scores both goals to put the game away.
Portland 4 SCS 2
|The Saints defeat New Castle but lose to Portland.
|Feeling the Charlotte heat flaring up, the Rangers take the ice for 2 home games this week after a dismal road trip. Up first will be Ohio (who may be changing their image REAL SOON)
|GAME #1: OHIO LEGENDS VS. CAPJACK RANGERS
|Ohio jumps out to a 2-0 lead in the 1st when Preston and Kerr score in the opening 6 minutes. Part-timer Doug Soetart (who has been a real surprise in goal this year) looks rattled.
However, as period 2 starts, his defense rallies and holds the Legends to 5 shots in the second and Kromm slips one past Riggin to cut the score to 2-1 Ohio after 2.
Then we go to the 3rd and it’s spirited with 12 shots on goal from each side, but no one expected the results. 5 minutes in Crowder whips one past Riggin to tie the game. 5 minutes later Boutilier goes top shelf to put the Rangers up 3-2. 3 minutes later he again beats Riggin, this time low under the stick and it’s 4-2 CapJack with the PP goal. With a minute left, Trottier and Robinson set up Crowder for his 2nd goal and empty-netter to salt the game away 5-2 Rangers!!
After the 2 early Legends goals, the tone of the game shifted and CapJack bore down to the very end.
Stars (all CAP)
|GAME #2: TEXAS BRAHMAS VS. CAPJACK RANGERS
|After the thriller (for the home fans) can the Rangers keep it up against Texas? Texas outplays the Rangers in the 1st but a later Delorme penalty sees Trottier nabbing a PP goal just as the man advantage draws to a close and it’s 1-0 Rangers after 1.
Then a Ledyard hooking penalty midway through the 2nd sees Trottier getting his 2nd PP goal of the game and it’s 2-0 CapJack! But penalties seem to be the major influence in this one and Arniel is nailed for charging (4 minutes worth) near the end of the 2nd and this time it’s the Brahmas taking advantage of the extra attacker and Sandstrom scores with 49 seconds left in the 2nd to cut the score to 2-1.
The tight game continues into the 3rd and again it’s a penalty that sees the score change as Donnelly goes off for high sticking at 10:33 (another 4 minutes worth!!). 27 seconds later Tucker gets the game-tying PP goal and even though the Rangers give TX another PP before the period ends, neither team can score so it’s off to OT!
In the extra period, the Rangers managed ZERO shots on Bannerman so there’s a goose egg. Meanwhile the Brahmas were very productive and got 4 big shots on Resch – fortunately for the home fans he stopped them all and the Rangers got their 1st tie of the season (better than a loss).
Rangers 2 for 5 on PP, and Brahmas 2 for 8. Lots of players in the box during this game.
|Rangers grab 3 of 4 points at home this week…
|Three home games this week. Texas is in second, but the division is out of reach with Charlestown running away with it.
|GAME #1: CHARLOTTE DYNAMO VS. TEXAS BRAHMAS
|Charlotte, 2nd in the Patrick, comes in first. Pavelich gets Texas up early on the PP, but Hedberg answers less than 2 minutes later, also on the PP for a 1-1 tie after 1. Former Brahmas Rick Vaive puts CHD up on a PP goal in the 2nd and, after 34 minutes of scoreless hockey, CHD wins it 2-1.
3 Stars (all CHD)
1. Keans – 29 Saves
|GAME #2: SAINT CLAIR SHORES SAINTS VS. TEXAS BRAHMAS
|St Clair, 2nd in the Adams, is up next and this one sees a little more scoring. Craven gets SCS on the board first before Andreychuk ties it up after 1. Sutter gets the only goal in the 2nd and Texas leads 2-1 after 1. The 3rd is a lot more exciting. Stevens and Smith score to put SCS up 3-2 before Sutter gets his second and LaFontaine scores to put TEX up by 1. Adams gets the equalizer and it heads to OT. One minute into OT, Craven scores again and SCS leaves with a 5-4 win.
1. Craven (SCS) – 2G
|GAME #3: CHICAGO UNDERGROUND VS. TEXAS BRAHMAS
|Finally, Chicago comes in sitting 2nds in the Norris. Chicago asserts their authority in the 1st on goals by Savard, Murray, and Sutter. Tucker answers in the 2nd, but Mondou answers, and Chicago has a 4-1 lead after 2. After a scoreless 3rd, Chicago leaves with the win.
3 Stars (all CHI)
1. Savard – 1G, 1A
|The second-place team in the Smythe played the second-place team in the other three divisions. The big difference is that these other three teams are actually good; the Smythe is a shambles.
|Can the Spirit continue in the right direction?
|GAME #1: ANDES MOUNTAINEERS VS. PITTSBURGH SPIRIT
|Pittsburgh 5, Andes 2
5 different Spirit players scored as Wamsley and the defense played a good game.
|GAME #2: DALLAS DRAKES VS. PITTSBURGH SPIRIT
|Pittsburgh 5, Dallas 2
O’Connell (5, 6) scores two as Hrudey and the defense play a good game.
|GAME #3: MACKINAC ISLAND MOOSE VS. PITTSBURGH SPIRIT
|Mackinac Island 3, Pittsburgh 2
We played a tight game with the best team this season. It was a short-handed goal in the 3rd by Gilbert (8) that was all the difference. Walmsley and the Defense continue to be stellar, even in the loss.
|Three games, four points. Not bad. This team continues its upward trajectory. Rumors of their death were quite exaggerated. 😉
|3 games this week
|GAME #1: SAINT CLAIR SHORES SAINTS VS. DALLAS DRAKES
|Marcel Dionne and Ron Flockhart score in the first for the Drakes. Troy Murray scores short-handed:10 into the second for the Saints and the score stays 2-1 after 2 periods. Dionne and Lindsay Carson make the game 4-1 Drakes…..and they continue to dominate until Mel Bridgman scores at 19:29……and then Murray Craven scores at 19:41, and at 19:58 Pat Verbeek hits the post and the Drakes get a win. 4-3
|GAME #2: OHIO LEGENDS VS. DALLAS DRAKES
|John Anderson and Lindsay Carson get the Drakes on the board 2-0 as the Drakes take that into the first intermission. Steve Yzerman beast Glen Hanlon to cut the score to 2-1, but Marcel Dionne and Ken Linseman extend the lead to 4-1 after 2 periods. Tim Kerr at the 13:19 mark of the third finally scores for the Legends to cut the score to 4-2…….Rob Ramage puts an empty netter in for the Drakes to finish off the Legends 5-2.
|GAME #3: CAPJACK RANGERS VS. DALLAS DRAKES
|Larry Robinson scores unassisted on the power play for the only goal of the first period. Steve Weeks and Glen Hanlon dominate the second period and the game stays 1-0 after two periods. Keith Crowder scores early in the third and Doug Wickenheiser extends the lead to 3-0. Marcel Dionne breaks the ice for the Drakes at 15:22 of the third and again at 19:31 to cut the lead to 3-2 Rangers…….Richard Kromm ends any chance of a comeback…and the Rangers skate away 4-2
|Meatloaf is singing 2 out of 3 ain’t bad
|Week 13 has the home squad hosting New Castle and CapJack.
|GAME #1: NEW CASTLE DUCKS VS. ANDES MOUNTAINEERS
|Norris leading New Castle will be our first visitor for the week. The Ducks only have 5 shots in the first 20, but they get 3 goals. The first 10 minutes of the game were fascinating, but the last 50 were not as much. The Ducks take the game 4 – 1.
1st Star – Ruskowski
|GAME #2: CAPJACK RANGERS VS. ANDES MOUNTAINEERS
|Top Patrick squad CapJack will be our second visitor of the week. The Rangers jump out to a 3 – 1 lead but the Mountaineers battle it back to 3 – 2 and with a buck twenty-three left in the game the Mountaineers pull the goalie and manage to tie things up. Heading to hold OT, when the “Hold My Beer” moment occurs, and with all of 11 seconds left in the game Barr wins it for the visitors. D’oh
1st Star – Barr
|Two home games against teams leading in other divisions find us on the bottom end of the scoreboard in both games. Including the final one with only 11 seconds left.
|Portland celebrates the career of Wayne Gretzky in his final home game in a Portland uniform as the host Michigan
|GAME #1 – VISITING TEAM:
|GAME #1: MICHIGAN STAGS VS. PORTLAND SASQUATCH
|With a standing-room-only crowd on hand to witness Wayne Gretzky’s last game as a Portland Sasquatch the Michigan Stags ruin the electric atmosphere when Gardner (8) scores 8:45 into the 1st period and a stifling defense led by Fuhr with 32 saves holds off to win 1-0
|The Great One Wayne Gretzky’s run in Portland comes to an end as he is on a plane to Ohio after the game that Portland loses 1-0
|Only 1 game at home this block versus Chicago. But it is Teddy Bear Toss night at the AgriPlex. Which player would score the first goal for the cyclones to launch the teddy bears on the ice
|GAME #1 – VISITING TEAM:
|GAME #1: CHICAGO UNDERGROUND VS. KAMSACK CYCLONES
Per Time Str Team
1 10:42 PP CHI Brian Sutter (19), assisted by Murray (19)
1 19:58 EV KAM Gradin (11), assisted by Howe (19) and Sundstrom (13)
2 :53 PP KAM Stastny (24), assisted by Gartner (37) and Howe (20)
3 5:30 SH CHI Gainey (7), assisted by Mondou (23)
3 19:42 EV KAM Eriksson (9), assisted by Malone (11) and Courtnall (8)
3 19:52 EN KAM Neely (10), assisted by Malone (12) and Howe (21)Injuries: Stastny(CHI)-gameStar 1: KAM Howe 3 A
Star 2: KAM Stastny 1 G
Star 3: KAM Liut 34 savesGWG: Thomas ErikssonNotables: CHI None
KAM Howe 3 assists, Liut 34 saves
|Thomas scores with seconds left in the 1st to allow all the fans to throw their teddy bears on the ice. What a spectacle.