|One home game at the Capone Center this week for Chicago. They bring in the Presidents.
|GAME #1: HYANNISPORT PRESIDENTS VS. CHICAGO UNDERGROUND
|The Presidents play Chicago tough, but don’t have enough at the end to take home the “W”.
Final Score: Chicago 4 – Hyannisport 3
Labatts 3-Star Selection:
Game Winner: – Mike Bossy
|One home game = two points for the Underground. Is the road good for them? Only time will tell.
|New Castle Ducks
|Two very big home games this week against division rivals Dallas and Chicago as all three teams battle for both the division title and a playoff spot. How will the “new look” New Castle offense do against these two rivals? Coming into this week’s games the Ducks are 1-1-2 against each of Dallas and Chicago.
|GAME #1: DALLAS DRAKES VS. NEW CASTLE DUCKS
|The Duck’s new #1 line of Tonelli-Nilsson-Middleton shows up big time as the line combines for FIVE goals as New Castle routs Dallas 8-3! Rick Middleton got the Hat Trick and Kent Nilsson and John Tonelli each scored a goal. Denis Potvin had FIVE assists, only the fourth time this season that anyone has done that! The eight goals tied the Duck’s season high. New Castle took a 4-1 lead after one period and kept on going. Dallas goalie Glen Hanlon was replaced by Roberto Romano midway through the second period after he allowed 6 goals on 15 shots.
|GAME #2: CHICAGO UNDERGROUND VS. NEW CASTLE DUCKS
|This was a much tighter game than the Dallas game. John Tonelli put the Ducks ahead 1-0 midway through the second period, scoring from the point on the power play. Chicago tied it later in the period on Peter Stastny’s 25th of the year. At 1:25 of the third, Stastny scored again and the Underground took a 2-1 lead. The lead lasted nearly 7 minutes until Rick Middleton (who else?) scored his 28th to tie it at 2-2. Then with 3:52 left in regulation, who else but John Tonelli got the game-winner (23), on a pass from Peter’s brother, Marian Stastny. The Ducks added two more goals, by Mark Hardy and another by Middleton to make the final score 5-2 Ducks.
Kent Nilsson had 3 assists and won 17 faceoffs as the Duck’s “new” #1 line continues to dominate
|The trades for Tonelli and Nilsson continue to pay dividends as the Ducks get the maximum four points against two division rivals
|Three big games this week. We’re trying to prove some people wrong who said “You’re not gonna make the playoffs…”
Let’s see how it goes!
|GAME #1: CHICAGO UNDERGROUND VS. PITTSBURGH SPIRIT
|The Underground comes in to try to derail the Spirit’s hopes, but they end up with a sister kissing tie thanks to Stastny (25) and Bossy (32) scoring in the 3rd to tie it up. Final 3-3 (OT)
|GAME #2: CAPJACK RANGERS VS. PITTSBURGH SPIRIT
|The division-leading Rangers come to town to try to crush the spirit of the, uh… Spirit.
Pittsburgh leads in the 3rd, 3-1 as time winds down. CapJack pulls Weeks and gets the extra attacker goal from McNab (25) to pull within 3-2!! But, Goulet puts in an empty netter 6 seconds later to make it 4-2… and that’s where it would end.
|GAME #3: CHARLOTTE DYNAMO VS. PITTSBURGH SPIRIT
|Divisional foe and other playoff contender Charlotte comes to town.
They score two in the final minutes of the 1st to take a 2-0 lead into the 2nd period.
Spirit score two in the 2nd (one early, one late) to tie it 2-2 headed into the 3rd!
Spirit score two more to make it 4-2, but Fergus (6) scored with the goalie pulled to make it 4-3!! But Kasper manages to score the empty netter to send the crowd home happy! The final is 5-3!
|3 games, 5 points. Not bad for a team that was written off a few short weeks ago by some. 😉
|Saint Clair Shores Saints
|The Saints host Dallas and Mackinac Island this week.
|GAME #1: DALLAS DRAKES VS. SAINT CLAIR SHORES SAINTS
|Dallas scores first on a Hajt goal. It’s his 2nd.
In the second, Tocchet and Stevens score for the Saints.
Early in the 3rd, the Drakes tie it on Carson’s 15th.
In OT, SCS wins it on Derrick Smith’s goal.
SCS 3 Dallas 2 OT
|GAME #2: MACKINAC ISLAND MOOSE VS. SAINT CLAIR SHORES SAINTS
|The Moose get on the board first on a Gilbert short-handed goal. Later in the 1st, Macoun scores for SCS to tie it.
In the 2nd, McCarthy scores his 12th goal and the Saints go ahead.
In the 3rd, the Moose tie it on a Quinn goal. Then, with 15 seconds to go, Doug Wilson scores to give the Saints the win.
SCS 3 Mackinac Island 2
|The Saints beat both Dallas and Mackinac Island, 3-2.
|The Drakes fly into Michigan for the Stags’ only game of this segment.
|GAME #1: DALLAS DRAKES VS. MICHIGAN STAGS
|Joey Mullen’s second goal of the night at 3:54 of OT gave Dallas the 5-4 victory. The Stage trailed by 2 in the third period but Bobby Carpenter’s 27th and 28th goals set the stage for extra time.
|And the beat goes on……
|GAME #1: ANDES MOUNTAINEERS VS.
|The Chiefs blow it with less than a minute left and end in a 5-5 tie.
|GAME #2: TEXAS BRAHMAS VS.
|Texas draws first blood, but the Chiefs respond with 8 unanswered goals in the blowout.
|The Ohio Legends welcome Michigan for the lone home game of the week.
|GAME #1: MICHIGAN STAGS VS. OHIO LEGENDS
|Michigan 4, Ohio 3
Bobby Carpenter registers a hat trick. The Gretzky kid still is without a goal…
|Ohio loses its lone game of the week. Still waiting for the Gretzky deal to pay dividends.
|Struggling Presidents shake up their lines in a likely pointless effort to play more competitive hockey.
|GAME #1: PORTLAND SASQUATCH VS. HYANNISPORT PRESIDENTS
|The two worst teams in the league face off in this one and it’s unsurprisingly a tight affair. Hyannisport’s new 1st line center Mike Bullard scores a hat trick while Tony Tanti does the same for Portland but Richard Sevigny is the difference turning aside 33 shots. FINAL SCORE POT 3 – HYP 4
|GAME #2: DALLAS DRAKES VS. HYANNISPORT PRESIDENTS
|1st place Drakes visit the last-place Presidents in this Norris division showdown. Drakes quickly establish they are the far superior team as Hyannisport manages just 6 shots total over the first two periods. Marcell Dionne scores his 32nd goal of the year for Drakes while Mike Bullard nets his 30th. FINAL SCORE DAL 3 – HYP 1
|Presidents split the 2 game home stand but maybe play a little more sound hockey at both ends of the ice thanks to new lines?
|Mackinac Island Moose
|Ohio, with what we hear is pretty good talent on line 1, along with perennial problem team the Saints, come for a visit.
|GAME #1: OHIO LEGENDS VS. MACKINAC ISLAND MOOSE
|Teams trade goals, Lidster and Preston for Ohio, Kurri and Bothwell for the Moose, to get us halfway through the game 2-2. Then Ohio owns the next 20 minutes, with Gretzky, and Loob twice, putting the visitors up 5-2. Later heroics by the Moose, Propp, and Kurri, cut the lead to 1, but the Moose run out the clock, letting Ohio escape with the 5-4 win.
1st star – Loob 2G 3pts
|GAME #2: SAINT CLAIR SHORES SAINTS VS. MACKINAC ISLAND MOOSE
|Moose up first, with a goal from MacLean. Saints respond with Bozek and Smith to go up 2-1 early in the 2nd. Propp ties it late in the 2nd. Kurri with the eventual game-winner early in the 3rd, and the defense makes it stand up. 3-2 Moose.
1st star – Kurri 1G 2pts
|Can’t win them all. Two entertaining games and we march on.
|Ohio and Pittsburgh come into town
|GAME #1: OHIO LEGENDS VS. KAMSACK CYCLONES
|Ohio 3 @ Kamsack 4 (OT)
Star 1 – KAM – Gartner 2 G
Star 2 – KAM – Stastny 2 Pts
Star 3 – KAM – Neely 1 GGretzky won 15 faceoffs
Wilson blocks 6 shotsGretzky gets into a fight with Soupy Campbell
|GAME #2: PITTSBURGH SPIRIT VS. KAMSACK CYCLONES
|Pittsburgh 2 @ Kamsack 3 (OT)
Star 1 – KAM – Gartner 2 G
Star 2 – KAM – Stastny 2 Pts
Star 3 – KAM – Neely 1 G
|2 OT wins. It was fun to watch the Great One in a fight
|Rangers have 2 home games this week – an important rematch with Charlotte and one with the Cyclones.
|GAME #1: CHARLOTTE DYNAMO VS. CAPJACK RANGERS
|The Dynamo are breathing hot and heavy and charging hard toward the Rangers and last week thrashed us. Pay Back?? – YES, well it started looking that way.
Period 1 and Haworth puts the Rangers up 1-0 in just inside a minute when CapJack takes advantage of poor D on Charlotte’s part. Then a fight breaks out – the 1st of a few. Unfortunately for the home fans, Butcher got the best of Arniel. CapJack makes it 2-0 6 minutes in when Trottier receives a nice feed from Haworth! But – the Dynamo says not so fast and less than 3 minutes later Boschman slaps it past Resch and it’s 2-1. And then 30 seconds later (really) Vaive gets one from Quenneville as the teams change up and he snaps in a one-timer to tie the game! 2nd assist for Quenneville. 10 minutes in and it was 2-2 but that was it for the 1st period. Oh, wait – Butcher is in rare form and he and Blum end up squaring off with 6 1/2 to go. And once again, the home fans are disappointed as Butcher again gets the best of it (and 5 more minutes in the box!). Both teams with 0 for 1 on the PP but there were 3 coincidental minors as the game was a bit on the chippy side in the 1st.
Early on in the 2nd, the Rangers get a PP when Anderson goes off for cross-checking. But the PP is short as Crowder is called for holding 50 seconds later and when it’s all over Charlotte gets a short PP – no goals for either team. Then Charlotte goalie Skorodenski gets whistled for slashing – his stick was going everywhere, but again the Dynamo kill the penalty. The period glides on with both teams getting a fair amount of chances, but the goalies are holding firm, and then – another break in the action as Boschman and Donnelly drop the gloves. And again, it’s the Dynamo boxer – Boschman – getting the best in this one. Charlotte is trying their hardest to get past the Rangers – and now they’ve resorted to fisticuffs! So once the fight is over the teams get back to skating and the rest of the period ticks off – UNTIL, with 14 seconds left, Kromm moves in on goal and first and he beats Skorodenski top shelf to make it 3-2 CapJack as the 2nd period ends.
So, we have 20 more minutes of a heavy-weight fight but turns out that a hockey game breaks out for the final third of the night. And 3 minutes into the period we might have the tide turner as Kromm skates behind the Dynamo goal, wraps it around, and squeezes it past Skordenski for his 2nd goal of the game and a 4-2 Rangers lead. But boy oh boy, the Dynamo are attacking, 17 SOGs in the 3rd show they are not wanting to go down. Resch is getting hammered (and probably will after the game as well – this is period is draining), but he’s standing tall and wide blocking everything coming his way. Then just as we pass the midway point, Trottier wins a faceoff in the Charlotte end, and flips it to Robinson who passes it to …. Krommm! He flips a wrister and GOAL! The natural hat trick! And a 5-2 CapJack lead! With the way Resch was playing – and that spark of the 3-goal (all Kromm) lead – he stops everything in the 3rd and the Rangers win it 5-2! This certainly feels good after the 5-1 shellacking they received at Charlotte in their last meeting.
STARS (all Cap)
|GAME #2: KAMSACK CYCLONES VS. CAPJACK RANGERS
|Well after the big win over Charlotte would the Rangers have a letdown with the Cyclones? NO! At least not until the 3rd period, but was it safe by then? Plenty of penalties – 4 coincidental minors spark a 38 PIM night. One fight – Wilson and Donnelly – again Donnelly gets the worst of it. After four straight fights, the Rangers lose. The Rangers are HIGH on the fights list – season ticket holders also are boxing fans. But losing 4 straight is not what they want to see. And with all the penalties enforced (some were missed) the Cyclones ended up with 2 PPs and the Rangers had 3 – and the hometown fans liked what the Rangers did during the penalties tonight.
1st period Arniel scores 8 1/2 in. Then Pettersson makes it 2-0 when he gets the 1st Rangers PP goal of the night near the end of the period. 2-0 after 1 and the home team is ahead.
2nd period it gets better as Barr scores early. Arniel nets his 2nd goal just before the midpoint and then Suave gets the Rangers 2nd PP goal just after the midpoint. And the Rangers take a 5-0 lead and skate that way to the final (regulation) intermission.
3rd period we finally see some life (other than penalties) from Kamsack. Sundstrom scores 2 minutes in to cut the score to 5-1. Rally coming? Well not so fast as Kromm scores 2 minutes later and with 15+ minutes left it’s a staggering 6-1 Rangers lead. Then we get to the final two minutes – goalies are still on the ice but the Cyclones wake up – guess they missed the opening 58 minutes. But with a minute and a half left, Stastny beats Resch to make it 6-2. Pride must have been running deep for the Cyclones because they weren’t through. They attacked more during the final minute and with 5 seconds left they beat Resch again when Sundstrom gets his 2nd of the night that goal makes it 6-3 CapJack and then the clock ticked to 0 and the horn sounded and the home fans got their final cheer going! The final period was actually quite astounding and the fans were chanting Chico as he did stop 18 of the 21 shots fired at him in the 3rd – Rangers only managed 3 shots on goal in the 3rd (only 16 in the game – but 6 of them were good!). Kamsack fired 59 shots – 42 of them on goal and Resch stopped 39 of them.
Arniel (CAP) gets the #1 star for his 2 goals and assist, while Kamsack’s Sundstrom with 2 goals gets the #2 star. Pettersson (1 goal) someone got the 3rd star nod ahead of Resch – but that Chico chant was still reverberating in the Garden for a long time after the game.
|2 nice wins for the Rangers this week and depending on the road action, their goals for might actually end up more than their goals against this week. Wins are usually tight, losses can look bad!!
|Portland has home games with texas and Charlestown
|GAME #1: TEXAS BRAHMAS VS. PORTLAND SASQUATCH
|Portland’s Carbonneau (17) opens the scoring in the 1st but Texas responds in the 3rd when Kurver (4) evens the score. IN overtime Carbonneau (18) gets the game-winner with 1:18 remaining
|GAME #2: CHARLESTOWN CHIEFS VS. PORTLAND SASQUATCH
|Portland gets goals from Tanti (21) and Ftork (2) in the first 2:46 of the first period but Charlestown responds with 4 consecutive goals from Nicholls (25/26/27) and MacInnis (15) late in the 1st and 2nd periods. Portland tries to claw back on a goal from Olcyzak (6) in the 3rd but Trembley (19) puts the game away and gives the Chiefs a 5-3 win
|Portland splits series
|Andes will be hosting two divisional opponents this week Portland and Texas. All 3 teams are close in the standings.
|GAME #1: PORTLAND SASQUATCH VS. ANDES MOUNTAINEERS
|Andes jumps out to a quick 2 – 0 goal and is cruising to a 4 – 1 win with about 5 to go. The Squatch gets two quick goals to make the lead just one. Smyl manages to put the home squad up by 2 with just a minute to go. Good thing because twelve seconds late the visitors scored again. The home squad then has to withstand a 60-second onslaught but they hold on. First home win in a few games.
1st Star -Fox
|GAME #2: TEXAS BRAHMAS VS. ANDES MOUNTAINEERS
|The Brahmas and Mountaineers aren’t having the best of the season but they put on one entertaining game for the folks in the stands. Each period was back and forth with plenty of opportunities for each team. Andes finds itself up 5 – 4 with less than two minutes to go and Texas pulls their goalie. This time the Mountaineers take advantage and get two additional goals. Just a good old-fashioned shoot-out.
1st Star -Nashlund
|Andes and their opponents put on two entertaining games this week. Fortunately, the home squad is able to come out on top in both games.
|Charlotte enters this week feeling good about its season – holding a record of 28-19-2 in the East and one of the lingering questions is whether it can overtake the CapJack Rangers for the division, and potentially even secure a no. 1 seed for the playoffs (it’s right up there). Of course, a slide is always possible, too, especially as this squad rests players in upcoming contests to manage usage. There were a pair of competitive tilts to be played this week at home, versus St. Clair Shores and Kamsack. (Short writeups this week as I try to read faded box scores with a dying ink cartridge and also bumping against the deadline)
|GAME #1: SAINT CLAIR SHORES SAINTS VS. CHARLOTTE DYNAMO
|The Dynamo have never matched up well with the Saints but could be this the game that Charlotte broke through? Trailing late 4-3 after an early 3-1 deficit, the Dynamo fought all the way back with a tying goal off the stick of defenseman Lee Fogolin with 1:50 left in regulation. Unfortunately, the Saints’ Pat Verbeek answered with the game-winner just over a minute later with 37 seconds left in the third, slipping a puck a Charlotte goalie Andy Moog who clearly did not bring his A-game on this particular night. The Saints prevailed by a final of 5-4.
Tom Barrasso recorded 36 saves for the Saints to record the win as Charlotte outshot St. Clair Shores 40-31 in the losing effort. Eight different players recorded the nine goals and Charlotte’s Glenn Anderson who had a game-high two goals was the first star, followed by St Clair Shores’ Rick Tocchet and Bernie Ferderko (1 goal each).
|GAME #2: KAMSACK CYCLONES VS. CHARLOTTE DYNAMO
|In this key second half of the season Patrick matchup, Charlotte hosted Kamsack which despite its fourth-place standing in the division, entered the week with a .500 record and is definitely alive and well for one of the four Eastern playoff seeds. The Cyclones trailed 3-0 after one following a pair of opening goals from Charlotte’s Dale Hawerchuk within the first seven minutes of the game, followed by one from Dynamo right winger Charlie Simmer at the 12:15 mark. The Cyclones, however, fought back very late in the second on a power play goal by Gil Perreault followed up by an even-strengther from defenseman Paul Reinhart.
The teams played tight in the third period (only 13 shots between the two teams, eight of those by Kamsack). Midway through the final period, the Dynamo got an unlikely goal from right winger Louis Sleigher who remains in the lineup more for defensive prowess on the fourth line. The goal seemed to give Charlotte the cushion it needed to thwart Kamsack’s comeback effort, and the Dynamo held on 4-2. Backup Charlotte goalie Warren Skorodenski saved 21 for the victory and outplayed Pete Peeters who saved 17 while allowing the four goals. Charlotte’s Hawerchuk, Sleigher, and Simmer were the three stars.
|The Dynamo split a pair at home for two points, including suffering one of those infamous losses that the game engine is known for in the last minute to St. Clair Shores.