|Andes has one home game this week. After sweeping their home games they look to keep that momentum going.
|GAME #1: CHARLESTOWN CHIEFS VS. ANDES MOUNTAINEERS
|The division-leading Chiefs are in town this week and have a 28-point lead over the second-place Mountaineers. In a very physical game between both teams, the Chiefs scored 2 in the first period to go up 2 – 0 only to have the Mountaineers claw their way back to 2 – 2. Tremblay gets his 20th on the year and puts the visitors up 3 – 2. They would add an empty-net goal with a minute left to seal the victory.
1st – Tremblay
|In their only home game this week Andes falls to top squad Charlestown
|It’s division week as CapJack hosts Pittsburgh (suddenly a contenda’) and Charlotte (coming on very strong). And we play at Charlotte this week, too, so it’s a big week. And don’t forget Kamsack (our other road trip game!) – they are not out of it either.
|GAME #1: PITTSBURGH SPIRIT VS. CAPJACK RANGERS
|Pittsburgh – 2 cup championships, Rangers 2-time cup loser, these teams have been there and they really like (love) to beat up on each other. This game was no different. Penalties were mild however, only 26 minutes between them – but 9 PPs, and with all those PPs there wasn’t a single PP goal among the 11 goals scored in the game!!
In the first period, the Rangers fire 15 shots on Hrudey while the Spirit nail Dion with 9 – that’s a 5-3 ratio but only worked out to a 3-2 ratio in goals! Pittsburgh started the scoring when Payne beat Dion 3:49 into the game. Spirit took advantage of some poor defense (not hard to do against the Rangers). But less than a minute later Barr fires a one-timer then Arniel makes an amazing deflection to score and tie it up. Then with the Spirit in the Ranger’s end, Smail gets the puck and gets heavily pressured but he manages ta sweet wrister that finds its way to the back of the net and Pittsburgh goes back in front, 2-1. Then with 8 minutes to go, the Spirit defense falls apart and Pettersson is rewarded with an easy goal that allows CapJack to tie it 2-2. Then with a minute and a half to go, it’s Suave who gets the big play as he wraps around the goal too fast for Hrudey to catch up and it’s 3-2 Rangers as the period ends.
Things slow down a bit in the 2nd – but the Spirit seems to have the overall edge in intensity. But it’s the Rangers who score 1st when Donnelly rips a slap shot past Hrudey to make it 4-2 Rangers with just under 7 minutes left in the 2nd. 3 minutes later Pittsburgh gets a goal that started deep in their own end with Crossman digging it out. To Larmer who skates it up ice and chips it into the Ranger end. Payne hustles into the corner and passes it to Crossman who redirects the pass to Rochefort who passes it back to Crossman – a one-timer and the lamp is lit as Pittsburgh is back in it at 4-3. Crossman really earned that goal and some nifty passing by his teammates.
3rd period starts with the Rangers up 4-3 and when a Beck shot is redirected by Trottier a minute into the period the Rangers again have a 2-goal lead, 5-3. Hrudey was screened, out of position, it was nice that Trottier was able to deflect that puck. But Pittsburgh has not lost their Spirit and with 7 to go Derlago just brings it in over the line, looks high, and shoots low – GOAL! And it’s back to a 1 goal game at 5-4 with 13 minutes to play. And sure enough, here comes Pittsburg and they TIE the game (after failing on 3 PPs), they get the puck into CapJack territory, and Larouche fires on right past Dion, and now with 7 1/2 to go, the game is TIED!! 5-5! That seems to have reawakened the Rangers and with 4 to go, Beck again fires one at Hrudey – a swift slapper that needs no redirection and it beats him cleanly and once again the Rangers have a lead, 6-5. And again the Spirit don’t quite – they do however decide Hrudey would be just as effective on the bench so they bring in the extra attacker for the final minute and somehow the Rangers withstand the attack and hang on to win 6-5! Faceoff wins favor the Rangers 60/40 and it helped a lot in the final minute.
|GAME #2: CHARLOTTE DYNAMO VS. CAPJACK RANGERS
|Now talk about chippy – 32 minutes of penalties (16 per team) – 4 coincidental minors – in fact, the first one came 14 seconds into the game when Moller and Crowder were called for roughing up each other. It was the 1st of 3 minors for Crowder – he and Boschman go off for roughing late in the 1st. And then 13 seconds into the 2nd period Crowder goes off (ALONE) for cross-checking. He has this thing about Charlotte. (He has 15 PIM vs Charlotte this season). Vaive for Charlotte also gets 3 minors in the game – 2 of them result in PPs for CapJack – one of them works out well for the Rangers! Back to the game.
Each team gets a PP in the 1st and neither team scores. 3 coincidental roughings and 1 goal in the period and that comes with 6 minutes left when Trottier redirects a Kromm wrist shot from the point, 1-0 Rangers!
We then play another 10 minutes of scoreless hockey until Vaive is off holding in the 2nd. And just as the penalty is about to expire, Crowder (in one of those moments not in the penalty box) fires one right past Moog and it’s 2-0 CapJack! Wow, we’re halfway through the game, and we’re up 2-0 – can Resch get a shutout? Why even think about it? 9 minutes to go and Resch was staring off into space and Anderson rips a slap shot past him to cut the score to 2-1. Well maybe he wasn’t staring into space, but he never saw that one goes by him. Well, the Rangers liked the 2 goal lead they had and within 10 seconds they get it back when McNab fires one low that Arniel tips and redirects past Moog to make it 3-1 just like that. Those redirects are clicking tonight! 2nd period ends 3-1 CapJack.
Time to put on the clamshell and that’s what CapJack does for the 3rd. They basically give up the offense (they get 5 SOGs) but they were working more on the D. In fact, they go the 3rd period without committing a penalty! Vaive of Charlotte does, however, but no goal for the Rangers on the PP. The Dynamo do however press their attack. Over and over, they come to the Ranger’s end, Resch is putting up a stand as he faces 10 shots in the period. But they find a chink in his armor Boschman and Anderson set up Hawerchuk for a slap shot goal that goes by on the glove side low – ZIP, right by him and it’s 3-2 Rangers now with 4 1/2 minutes to go. Again the only thing that saves CapJack in the final minutes is their ability to win most of the face-offs (a 61-39% margin and many at the end)! Trottier and Haworth were key! And Resch makes 33 saves – and Charlotte scores no more and the Rangers hang on for the 3-2 win!
|Rangers squeak out 2 wins in 2 games against division foes – great homestand!
|New Castle Ducks
|Two more big divisional games at home this week as the Ducks take on Hyannisport and then Chicago. HYA leads NC in the season series 3 games to 2. NCD leads CHI in the season series 2 games to 1 with 2 ties.
Will the Duck’s “new” #1 line continue to shine?
|GAME #1: HYANNISPORT PRESIDENTS VS. NEW CASTLE DUCKS
|These two teams have had a number of high-scoring games this year and tonight was no exception. The final score NCD 6 HYA 5. The Presidents came into the game with the league’s worst power play but tonight they scored THREE Power Play Goals (Bullard, Turnbull, and Mullen) in five attempts. After taking a 2-0 lead on two first-period PP goals, HYA gave up the lead as NCD scored three straight. HYA then tied it again and after two periods it was a 3-3 game. In the third period, Brian Mullen’s PPG made it 4-3 HYA early in the frame but Mark Johnson – in the midst of a terrific season- scored his second of the game and 32nd of the year to tie it at 4-4. Less than two minutes later Kent Nilsson scored what proved to be the game-winner before Terry Ruskowski gave the Ducks a big insurance goal at 11:33. That goal loomed large when Turnbull netted his second of the game with 1:50 to go – but the Ducks held off the Presidents to come away with the win.
Nilsson won 16 of 22 faceoffs. NCD outshot HYA 13-6 in the third period and 33-28 in the game.
|GAME #2: CHICAGO UNDERGROUND VS. NEW CASTLE DUCKS
|NCD 5 CHI 2 John Tonelli (25) and Rick Middleton (PP) (30) made it 2-0 Ducks after 6:24 of the first. Brian Sutter made it 2-1 before Mark Napier scored to make it 3-1 Ducks after one. CHI closed the gap in the second period on a Mike Bossy goal (24). 3-2 Ducks after two. In the third, in the span of 19 seconds, Napier deflected not one but TWO pucks past Bob Froese to make the final 5-2. For Napier the HAT TRICK gave him 18 goals on the season.
Nilsson dominated faceoffs once again, winning 18 of 24
|The Ducks have a good week at home getting the maximum four points. They are now making a real run at both a division title and a playoff spot. But there is still a long way to go.
|The Stags take on divisional rivals Ohio and Mackinac Island
|GAME #1: OHIO LEGENDS VS. MICHIGAN STAGS
|At the end of the first period, Ohio was out in front 5-2. Just over a minute into the third period, the Legends still led, but only by a single goal, 7-6. Michigan erupted for 4 unanswered, the last into an empty net, to take a memorable 10-7 win. Both starting goalies, Pat Riggin, and Bob Janecyk, were awful and both were yanked. The Stags’ blueline crew had 4 of the team’s 10 goals.
|GAME #2: MACKINAC ISLAND MOOSE VS. MICHIGAN STAGS
|Back to reality for the Stags as they are drubbed 6-1 by the division leaders. Brian Propp spearheaded the visitors’ offense with 1G+2A.
|Only 4 teams have scored at a greater per-game clip than Michigan. But the team is where it is at in the standings because only 2 teams have surrendered more goals than Michigan.
|Just one home game this week, and it’s New Castle in town.
|GAME #1: NEW CASTLE DUCKS VS. CHICAGO UNDERGROUND
|In a game that featured two dust-ups between Tonelli and Bourque, it was Chicago who built up a 2 goal lead and held it until late in the 2nd, only to see the Ducks come back with goals from Lysiak and Lukowich to send it to overtime. No goals there, so it ends in a 5-5 tie.
Ducks goals – Napier, Hiemer, Nilsson, Lysiak, Lukowich
1st star – Savard 1G 3pts
|Had a chance to take 2 from the division leader, but let this one slip away…………… Damn!
|Mackinac Island Moose
|Cross-state rivals, Michigan Stags, on the Island for some hockey.
|GAME #1: MICHIGAN STAGS VS. MACKINAC ISLAND MOOSE
|The only excitement in the 1st period comes when Engblom gets a double minor. The Moose PK unit is up to the task and kills off the 4 minutes. Not many good scoring chances by either team and we are 0-0 after the 1st.
Spectators get what they came for in the 2nd. Propp and Quinn with early goals put the Moose up by 2. Carpenter with a quick answer, and only 4 minutes in, we got 3 goals. Former Moose, Beers, and Seiling with a good fight get each 5 minutes. A rare Cote goal minutes later, and it’s 3-1 Moose. Kirton responds just past halftime to make it 3-2. Propp injury sends him to the showers early. Teams are a little worn out, and no more action except for the Stags killing off 2 minors. It’s 3-2 Moose going to the 3rd.
MacLean gets the first tally in the 3rd to make it 4-2 Moose. Carpenter takes matters into his own hands and with 2 goals to get the Hat Trick, ties the game at 4 with 10 minutes to go. Zezel responds with a goal and the Moose back up by 1 with 6 minutes to go. Just as the Moose go into the conservative mode, Jonsson pops that bubble, and we are tied 5-5. No more scoring, and we have Overtime.
The guy everyone expected to see do more, Kurri, ends the OT early, on only his 2nd shot of the game. Celebration on the Island …. Moose escape with a 6-5 win.
1st star -Carpenter 3G 4pts – HAT TRICK
|Moose scrap for a well-earned 2 points against a division opponent and march on.
|Saint Clair Shores Saints
|The Saints have a big week. They host Ohio, Michigan, and Mackinac Island
|GAME #1: OHIO LEGENDS VS. SAINT CLAIR SHORES SAINTS
|It’s 1-1 after 1 and 2-2 after 2. In the 3rd, the Saints get two power-play goals by their defensemen as Benning and Wilson score. Kerr scores his 40th for Ohio, but the Saints pull out the win.
SCS 4 Ohio 3
1-Kerr hat trick
|GAME #2: MICHIGAN STAGS VS. SAINT CLAIR SHORES SAINTS
|Federko nets his 23rd in the 1st. Tambellini ties it up. The Saints score 3 of the next 4 goals and get the win.
SCS 4 Michigan 2
|GAME #3: MACKINAC ISLAND MOOSE VS. SAINT CLAIR SHORES SAINTS
|A clash between the top 2 teams in the division. The Saints score the first 3 goals in the 1st period. Tocchet, Wilson and Verbeek score. Mackinac Island gets 3 in a row. Kurri scores his 55th goal. But, no more goals are scored in regulation or OT, and the game ends in a tie.
Mackinac Island 3 SCS 3
|The Saints go 2-0-1 on their three-game homestand.
|The Ohio Legends welcome the two teams ahead of them in standings for games this week.
|GAME #1: MACKINAC ISLAND MOOSE VS. OHIO LEGENDS
|MIM 5, Ohio 3
|GAME #2: SAINT CLAIR SHORES SAINTS VS. OHIO LEGENDS
|SCS 7, Ohio 6
Tim Kerr had four goals for Ohio, with that Gretzky kid handing out the primary assist on all four.
|Ohio drops both home games this week and the descent toward missing the postseason begins…
|3 home games with the Cyclones in 4th place in the Patrick. In the toughest division.
|GAME #1: CHARLOTTE DYNAMO VS. KAMSACK CYCLONES
|Charlotte 3 @ Kamsack 6
Star 1: KAM Christian 2 G
Star 2: KAM Gartner 1 G, 3 Pts
Star 3: KAM Perreault 1 G, 3 PtsGWG: Dave ChristianNotables: CHD None
KAM Perreault 16 faceoffs won, Liut 32 saves
|GAME #2: CAPJACK RANGERS VS. KAMSACK CYCLONES
|CapJack 1 @ Kamsack 8 – This one was over in a hurry
Star 1: KAM Sundstrom 2 G
Star 2: KAM Sutter 2 G
Star 3: KAM Reinhart 1 G, 2 PtsGWG: Gilbert PerreaultNotables: CAP None
KAM Sittler 3 assists
|GAME #3: PITTSBURGH SPIRIT VS. KAMSACK CYCLONES
|Pittsburgh 6 @ Kamsack 5 (OT)
Star 1: PIT Goulet 2 G, 3 Pts
Star 2: KAM Gartner 2 G, 4 Pts
Star 3: PIT Ashton 2 GGWG: Michel GouletNotables: PIT Rochefort 5 blocks, Hrudey 36 saves
KAM Perreault 21 faceoffs won, Liut 35 saves
|5 of a possible 6 points. Pretty happy with how the team is playing
|3 games at home vs Chicago, New Castle, and Hyannisport
|GAME #1: CHICAGO UNDERGROUND VS. DALLAS DRAKES
|Mondou and Flockhart trade goals in the first period but the Drakes get goals from John Anderson and Sundstrom in the second period to go into the third period up 3-1. Mike Bossy and Brian Sutter both score early in the third to tie the game at 3. Lindbergh and Romano exchange saves in the third and keeps the score knotted until Sinisalo beats Lindbergh late in the third to give the Drakes a 4-3 victory.
|GAME #2: NEW CASTLE DUCKS VS. DALLAS DRAKES
|Four goals were scored in the first period, Marcel Dionne and Reed Larson for the Drakes and Mark Johnson and Marian Stastny for the Ducks to send the game to 2-2 after the first intermission. Sinisalo scored early in the second for the Drakes to give them a 3-2 lead, but Mark Johnson and Nilsson scored quickly for the Ducks to give them a 4-3 lead and the game would stay that way until late in the third, with the goalie pulled before Marcel Dionne beats Smith to tie the score 4-4 late in the third. Overtime hits…..and so does Denis Potvin as the Ducks put away the Drakes 5-4 in OT.
|GAME #3: HYANNISPORT PRESIDENTS VS. DALLAS DRAKES
|Bullard scores early for the Presidents and the Presidents lead 1-0 after 1. Greg Stefan keeps the Drakes off the board until Sundstrom beats Stefan at 12:53….Bob Manno extends the lead at 18:15 of the second period. Marcel Dionne adds two more in the third and the Drakes win 4-1
|2 wins and a loss to the dreaded Ducks
|Three home games against division opponents this week as Texas continues to sit at the bottom of the Smythe.
|GAME #1: PORTLAND SASQUATCH VS. TEXAS BRAHMAS
|First up is Portland. Texas gets off to a fast start with Dave Hunter and Sutter scoring in the 1st and Hunter getting his second to start the 2nd. Cyr answers for Portland before Tucker restores the 3-goal lead to end the 2nd, 4-1 Texas. Olczyk cuts into 4-2, but Andreychuk gets an EN goal for a 5-2 final.
3 Stars (All TEX)
1. Hunter – 2G
|GAME #2: CHARLESTOWN CHIEFS VS. TEXAS BRAHMAS
|First-place Charlestown comes barreling in with the division already all but assured. After a scoreless 1st, CHA starts to dominate. Hartsburg and Coffey score in the 2nd followed by Nicholls and Patrick in the 3rd for a 4-0 shutout of the Brahmas.
3 Stars (all CHA)
1. Hayward – 24 saves
|GAME #3: ANDES MOUNTAINEERS VS. TEXAS BRAHMAS
|Finally Andes for a pre-Valentines Day love fest. Lindstrom gets his 1st of the year for Texas, countered by Peterson for a 1-1 game after 1. Smyl puts Andes up with a goal early in the 2nd, but Lindstrom scores again to close the 2nd and Konroyd gets the only goal in the 3rd for a 3-2 Texas win.
3 Stars (all TEX)
1. Lindstrom – 2G
|Made up some ground in the race for second in the Smythe
|Can the Spirit continue their climb up the standings from last place to…?
|GAME #1: PITTSBURGH SPIRIT VS. PITTSBURGH SPIRIT
|Kamsack comes to town. The Spirit gets outshot 42-24, but Wamsley saves 39 of 42 and Peeters only saves 18 of 23 (with an empty netter) as the Spirit wins 6-3!
|The Spirit continues to FINALLY play the way we had hoped going into the season.
|Dino Ciccarelli scores his 14th with 8 seconds left to steal a 6-5 win in Charlestown.
Star 1: POR Cirella 1 G, 2 Pts
GWG: Dino Ciccarelli
Notables: POR Carbonneau 3 assists, Olczyk 15 faceoffs won
|Andes gets a goal from Muller in OT to win it 6-5.
Star 1: CHA Nicholls 2 G
GWG: Kirk Muller
Notables: AND Millen 36 saves
|A loss with 8 seconds left and an OT loss. Where’s the beer?!
|The Charlotte Dynamo are feeling the heat as things really tighten up in the Patrick division: entering the week seven points separated the three teams behind CapJack in the East that are vying for the last two wild card spots. Charlotte didn’t help its cause with two division losses this week on the road, versus CapJack and Kamsack. It hosts a game with the aforementioned Rangers and another against Pittsburgh – two games that seem more pivotal than when the week began when the Dynamo had a seemingly comfortable second-place perch.
|GAME #1: CAPJACK RANGERS VS. CHARLOTTE DYNAMO
|As advertised, this contest with CapJack was a goalie showdown between CapJack’s Chico Resch and Charlotte’s Warren Skorodenski. Rick Vaive put Charlotte on the board first with a goal 5:34 in, but then for a while both goalies kept the game at that low-scoring point. Resch saved 15 in the first period for the visiting Rangers.
The next goal was not registered until 6:15 into the second period: following a cross-checking penalty by the Rangers’ Keith Crowder, Charlotte connected on the power play with Dale Hawerchuk (30 goals entering the week) beating Resch off assists from Anders Hedberg and defenseman Doug Halward. With 2:08 to play in the second, Vaive found the net again, even strength, on assists from Dave Poluin and Halward.
From there, Skorodenski shut out the lights in the third; he saved half of his 26 saves in that final period as CapJack was mounting one final comeback push. He got the shutout over the division leaders in a 3-0 Dynamo win.
Stars (all Charlotte):
|GAME #2: PITTSBURGH SPIRIT VS. CHARLOTTE DYNAMO
|Charlotte held a scant two-point lead over Pittsburgh entering the week in the battle for the first wildcard spot in the East — and Kamsack breathing down each team’s neck was further affirmation this was a critical late-season matchup.
Both teams played tight hockey in the first two periods. Charlotte defenseman Randy Moller broke the ice with a goal 12:08 into the first period. The Dynamo, on the power play, sought to go ahead by two early in the second, but a miscue enabled Thomas Steen to get a shorthander that beat Skorodenski 6:47 into the second period. We headed to the third tied at 1-1.
The Dynamo had better success on the power play in the final period. Following two roughing penalties by Pittsburgh’s Steve Rogers and Petri Skriko, Dale Hawerchuk cashed in with power-play goals at 6:41 and then again at 9:10 of the period to give Charlotte the 3-1 advantage. Hawerchuk would get the hat trick on an empty netter, with Pittsburgh goalie Craig Wamsley (25 saves) pulled with 1:16 left in the game.
Stars (all Charlotte):
|It’s Warren Skorodenski to the rescue once again for the Charlotte Dynamo. He improves to 10-5, gets a shutout, and allows just one goal against 59 saves in the two home games (had this guy strung multiple seasons like this he would be a hall of famer, but alas he just had the one shining season in 84-85). Charlotte wins two key games at home and gives itself some much-needed breathing room in the playoff chase.
|Presidents continue to play out the string with dreams of a #1 overall pick in their sleepy time dreams
|GAME #1: CHICAGO UNDERGROUND VS. HYANNISPORT PRESIDENTS
|Chicago comes to town and utterly dominates the Presidents. Shots are 28-9 after two periods as home team is lucky they are down just 4-0. The Underground shuts it down in the final frame and cruises to an easy win.
FINAL SCORE CHI 4 – HYP 1
|GAME #2: DALLAS DRAKES VS. HYANNISPORT PRESIDENTS
|Drakes score early and often jump out 3-0 in the game’s first 7 minutes. Ultimately they score 5 times on just 17 shots and Roberto Romano tosses a shutout.
FINAL SCORE DAL 5 – HYP 0
|Another week, two more losses for lowly Hyannisport
|Andes and Texas visit
|GAME #1: ANDES MOUNTAINEERS VS. PORTLAND SASQUATCH
|Andes gets a goal from Park (11) in the 1st but Tanti (25) responds 18 seconds later for Portland. With 1:21 left in the game Smyl (21) scores to give the Mountaineers a 2-1 win
|GAME #2: TEXAS BRAHMAS VS. PORTLAND SASQUATCH
|In a battle for last place Texas gets goals in each period from Sutter (22), LaFontaine (4), and Sutter (23) to win 3-0
|Portland loses both games