1984/85 SKATER & GOALIE OF THE WEEK #20

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CLARENCE SKATER TEAM GP GOALS ASSISTS POINTS PM  +/-  SOG S%
Murphy, Larry AND 4 1 9 10 6 2 7 14%
                   
CLARENCE GOALIE TEAM GP GOALS AGAINST G.A. AVERAGE SAVES SAVE %
Liut, Mike KAM 2 4 2 54 .931
                   
WALES SKATER TEAM GP GOALS ASSISTS POINTS PM  +/-  SOG S%
Kurri, Jari MIM 4 4 5 9 4 7 16 25%
                   
WALES GOALIE TEAM GP GOALS AGAINST G.A. AVERAGE SAVES SAVE %
Meloche, Gilles MIM 2 5 2.52 39 .886

Chicago Underground
WEEKLY PREVIEW: Two home games at the Capone Center this week. Two opponents from the Adams Division. Two chances to put some points on the board.
GAME #1: MICHIGAN STAGS VS. CHICAGO UNDERGROUND The Stags come into town and though they don’t really show up on the ice until late in the first, they go on to knock off the home team by one goal.

Final Score: Michigan 5 – Chicago 4

Labatts 3-Star Selection:
Star 1: MIC – SylvainTurgeon 2G
Star 2: MIC – Ron Dugay 1G
Star 3: MIC – Mark Kirkton 1G

Game Winner: – Dave Hannan

Notables:
MIC – Danny Gare 14 Minutes in Penalties, SylvainJanecyk 32 Saves
CHI – Denis Savard 17 Faceoff Wins, Pelle Lindberg 30 Saves

GAME #2: OHIO LEGENDS VS. CHICAGO UNDERGROUND Chicago was on the end of a 5-4 loss against Michigan in their last home game. They turn that around and knock off the Legends from Ohio by the same score. But this time the good guys won!

Final Score: Chicago 5 – Ohio 4

Labatts 3-Star Selection:
Star 1: OHI – Brian MacLellan 2G, 3Pts
Star 2: CHI – Raymond Bourque 1G, 3Pts
Star 3: CHI – Mike Bossy 1G, 2Pts

Game Winner: – Raymond Bourque

Notables:
OHI – Wayne Gretzky 15 Faceoff Wins
CHI – Pelle Lindberg 32 Saves

WEEKLY SUMMARY: Chicago only gets 2 out of 4 Points at home. Pelle Lindbergh needs a drink, so Denis Savard takes him out on the town. Stay tuned for how this turns out…
New Castle Ducks
WEEKLY PREVIEW: It’s the home stretch and every game is a big one as the Ducks battle Dallas and Chicago for the division lead and a playoff spot. Only two of these three teams will make the playoffs. This week – two very tough games at home, as the Ducks host the Conference leading Mackinac Island Moose and then the playoff-bound St. Clair Shores Saints. The Ducks are 0-4 this season against the Moose and are 1-3 against the Saints
GAME #1: MACKINAC ISLAND MOOSE VS. NEW CASTLE DUCKS Probably the most dramatic win of the year as the Ducks rally from a 4-1 deficit to WIN 5-4! The score was 1-1 after one but then in the second period, the Moose scored three unanswered goals to take a 4-1 lead, including Jari Kurri’s league-leading 63rd of the season. The Ducks got one back before the period ended when Kent Nilsson scored at 14:39. 4-2 Moose after two
In the third period, the Ducks pulled within one halfway through the frame when Terry Ruskowski took a pass from Mark Hardy and beat Gilbert Meloche in the MacIsland goal. 4-3. With the clock running down, and the Ducks about to pull their goalie, Denis Potvin somehow managed to get a complete breakaway – he went in alone on Meloche and SCORED – unassisted – to tie the game with 1:27 left in regulation. It looked like the teams would be headed for OT but with 46 seconds to go the Duck’s # 1 line came through as John Tonelli scored his 30th to put the Duck Pond into a frenzy as New Castle gets a huge win on home ice.THREE STARS:
1- NCD- Nilsson 2G
2- NCD- Potvin 1G 1 A
3- MIM- Kurri 1G 1 AVanbiesbrouck made 30 saves for the Ducks as the Moose outshot NCD 34-23, including 15-3 in the first period. NCD played short one defenseman most of the game after Dave Lewis left in the first period with an injury
GAME #2: SAINT CLAIR SHORES SAINTS VS. NEW CASTLE DUCKS NCD 3 SCS 2 A nail-biter goes to the Ducks as JOHN TONELLI scores the tying goal at 8:40 of the third period – on a power play- and then gets the winning goal at 16:31. Two game-winning goals in as many games for the star LW.
The Ducks scored at the 48-second mark on a blast by Tiger Williams. SCS tied it in the second period when Murray Craven tipped in a Scott Stevens shot for a power play goal. Mel Bridgman put SCS ahead 2-1 with 2:26 to go in the second. That set the stage for a tense third period where Tonelli’s TWO GOALS were the only scoring and the difference in the game.THREE STARS:
1- NCD Tonelli 2G
2- NCD Vanbiesbrouck 35 saves
3- NCD Williams 1GThe Saints outshot the Ducks 37-24, including 18-8 in the first period, as Vanbiesbrouck had a great game for the second night in a row. Saint Clair Shores Chris Nilan had 11 penalty minutes,, drawing three minors plus a fighting penalty when he went at it with Scott Kleinendorst and got the worst of it.
WEEKLY SUMMARY: The Ducks could not have had a better home stand – getting all four points against two very tough Conference opponents
CapJack Rangers
WEEKLY PREVIEW: Games are running out and Pittsburgh is charging hard. Rangers working to hang in there (in a surprising season – let’s not fade now, please). Charlestown and Texas are in town this week.
GAME #1: CHARLESTOWN CHIEFS VS. CAPJACK RANGERS The season series tied but Charlestown has won the last 2 by identical 6-3 scores – both in Charlestown. So the Rangers come out fast and grab a 1-0 lead on a Wickenheiser goal 3 minutes in. The Bjugstad makes it 2-0 with 5 left in the period. But there are 20 minutes in a period and those final 2 can be agonizing sure enough, the Chiefs fought hard and Krushelnyski scored his 43rd with 1 1/2 to go. THen Flatley scores the tying goal 18 seconds later. So it’s 2-2 after 1!

Period 2 – Crowder took a tripping penalty with 30 seconds left in the 1st let Charlestown starts the 2nd on the PP and Krushelnyski gets the PP goal, his 2nd and 44th, to make it 3-2 Charlestown as the penalty expires. Then the Chiefs keep it up and Dineen scores Charlestown 4th unanswered goal 12 minutes in for a 4-2 lead! Then someone woke up the Rangers – at least for a bit – and Pettersson scores with just over 3 to go and the 2nd-period ends 4-3 Charlestown. Both teams get 9 SOGs in the 1st and 12 in the 2nd – and everything else is pretty much even as well. PPlays – the Chiefs are 1 for 4 thru 2 and the Rangers are 0 for 2 in that span. Although the Pettersson goal was on a delayed penalty to Krushelnyski!

CRAP – 3rd period starts and so do the Chiefs again. Tremblay (26) scores 1 minute in for a 2 goal lead at 5-3. Then just past 6 minutes, Hartsburg goes off for Charlestown and Crowder converts the PP with his 25th goal and cuts the deficit to 5-4. Then McNab scores for the Rangers with just over 6 to go and we have a tie! Tick, tick, tick, HORN – 3rd period ends with no more scoring and it’s 5-5 after 3.

FREE HOCKEY – and again the clock ticks, ticks, ticks, inside the final minute. Penney makes a nice save and gives it to MacInnis to Lemieux and out to center ice off the boards. Suave gets it for CapJack to Donnelly – shoots, Penney saves and he hangs on to it. The Chiefs win the faceoff with 35 seconds left. Dineen is in control, he mishandles, Rangers take control, Arniel with it, looking for some magic and shoots – Penney saves it, rebound. Barr gets it, to Arniel, and shoots again – oh, it’s in the net, the horn, the game! Rangers with 13 seconds left! 6-5! Rangers went hard after it in the final 2 periods outshooting the Chiefs 19-10.

STARS
1. CHA – Krushelnyski 2 goals
2. CAP – Wickenheiser 1 goal, 1 assist
3. CAP – NcNab 1 goal, 1 assist

CHA – Young and Warren each had 15 PIM Penney had 34 saves
CAP – Trottier 15 faceoff wins and Arniel the GWG

GAME #2: TEXAS BRAHMAS VS. CAPJACK RANGERS In 6th meeting, the Rangers are 2-1-2 vs the Brahmas – nothing easy either. Rangers again get out to a 2-0 lead as they score 2 PP goals in the last half of the 1st – Robinson and Suave. Milbury and Playfair were the Texas bad boys. The Rangers don’t give up any in the 1st! But again they get a penalty as the period draws to a close – Wickenheiser and that will give the Brahmas some significant PP time to start the 2nd.

2nd Period – Rangers give the Brahmas a bigger boost when Beck goes off 27 seconds into the period and Texas has a 5 on 3 advantage. Sure enough, Texas capitalizes with a Sutter goal to cut the CapJack lead to 2-1. And he did it just before the 1st penalty expired. But the Rangers hold them off during the 2nd and then the rest of the period sees no more scoring so it’s 2-1 Rangers after 2.

A Milbury checking from behind penalty just after the period starts the Rangers the man advantage as the 3rd starts and Suave gets his 2nd goal (PP) of the game and it’s 3-1 CapJack. Wickenheiser chips in another with 12 1/2 to go and it’s 4-1 Rangers. Rangers are cruising until Hunter gets one for Texas with 6 to go and at 4-2, the game became a tighter fight. The Tangers playing defense and the Brahmas trying everything and in the final minute + they pulled the goalie and with 21 seconds left, Sutter gets his 2nd goal to make it 4-3 and the Brahmas are still in it. Then tick, tick, tick, the clock winds down, the horn sounds, the game ends and the Rangers hang on through the pressure for the 4-3 win! Texas wins most of the stats – and has 40 scoring chances!!! But Resch on the defense stop almost all of it – enough of it to hang on.

STARS
3. CAP – Wickenheiser 1 goal
2. TEX – Sutter 2 goals
1. CAP – Suae 2 goals

WEEKLY SUMMARY: Rangers get 2 1 goal wins (one in OT) out of 2 games. Got all the points, got the blood pressure up and got the fans excited!!!
Dallas Drakes
WEEKLY PREVIEW: Ohio and Michigan come into town
GAME #1: OHIO LEGENDS VS. DALLAS DRAKES Pat Riggin shows up in this game big time. The Legends take a 3-0 lead with goals from Randy Carlyle (twice) and Tim Kerr…..the Drakes bomb Riggin but do not solve him until Joe Mullen beats him at the 17:52 mark in the third period on the power play. Dave Reid scores at 19:03 to make it close, but Riggin seals the deal for the Legends. 3-2
GAME #2: MICHIGAN STAGS VS. DALLAS DRAKES The stags come in and the Drakes come out on them getting goals from Greg Paslawski and John Anderson. The Drakes lead after 1, 2-0. The Stags strike back in the second period with goals from Eddie Beers and John Ogrodnick and tie it up at 2 after 2. The third period belongs to the Drakes getting goals from Sinisalo and Carson to seal it up 4-2.
WEEKLY SUMMARY: 1 each
Kamsack Cyclones
WEEKLY PREVIEW: 2 games at home for block 20
GAME #1: ANDES MOUNTAINEERS VS. KAMSACK CYCLONES Andes 25-40-5 1 1 2 4
Kamsack 31-30-8 1 1 1 3Star 1: AND Fox 2 G
Star 2: AND Broten 1 G, 3 Pts
Star 3: AND Gilmour 1 G, 2 PtsGWG: Jim FoxNotables: AND Millen 37 saves, Murphy 3 assists
GAME #2: PORTLAND SASQUATCH VS. KAMSACK CYCLONES Portland 21-47-2 0 0 0 0
Kamsack 32-30-8 1 2 0 3Star 1: KAM Liut 25 saves
Star 2: KAM Perreault 1 G, 2 Pts
Star 3: KAM Howe 1 GGWG: Mark Howe
WEEKLY SUMMARY: The cyclones split their games
Charlestown Chiefs
WEEKLY PREVIEW: A pair at home.
GAME #1: 

KAMSACK CYCLONES VS.

CHARLESTOWN CHIEFS

3-0 Charlestown shutout by Hayward. Warren Young scores his 30th of the year.
GAME #2: 

CHARLOTTE DYNAMO VS. 

CHARLESTOWN CHIEFS

Charlotte spanks Charlestown 6-3.
WEEKLY SUMMARY: A win and a loss.
Saint Clair Shores Saints
WEEKLY PREVIEW: The Saints host Dallas and Chicago this week.
GAME #1: DALLAS DRAKES VS. SAINT CLAIR SHORES SAINTS McCarthy scores his 19th for the Saints to begin the scoring. The Drakes score 2 to close out the period as Paiement and Larson score.

The Saints score the remaining four goals to win the game. Benning, Stevens, Tocchet, and Federko score for the Saints.

SCS 5 Dallas 2

1-Federko
2-Huddy
3-McCarthy

GAME #2: CHICAGO UNDERGROUND VS. SAINT CLAIR SHORES SAINTS All goals were scored in the first period!!! Federko scores his 30th goal. Troy Murray scores his 21st on a penalty shot. Late in the 1st, Bossy scores his 48th for Chicago.

Barrasso and the Saint’s defense shut down the Underground the rest of the way.

SCS 2 Chicago 1

1-Federko
2-Murray
3-Barrasso

WEEKLY SUMMARY: The Saints take 4 points by defeating Dallas and Chicago.
Michigan Stags
WEEKLY PREVIEW: Hyannisport & New Castle come calling.
GAME #1: HYANNISPORT PRESIDENTS VS. MICHIGAN STAGS Leading 2-0 after the first period, the Presidents forgot that there were still 2 periods to play, as Michigan scored 5 unanswered, including a pair from Bill Gardner, to triumph. 5-2.
GAME #2: NEW CASTLE DUCKS VS. MICHIGAN STAGS The Ducks are the opposition for the second time in 5 days and the result is the same – – a Stags’ victory. Ed Beers and Ron Duguay lead the assault on Billy Smith, each with a pair of goals. Doug Smith of the Ducks notched 2 goals in a losing cause.
WEEKLY SUMMARY: The improved play of late by the Stags with a modest 3-game home winning streak, but it’s way too little too late.
Texas Brahmas
WEEKLY PREVIEW: Two home games as Texas tries to catch Andes for 2nd in Smythe
GAME #1: CHARLOTTE DYNAMO VS. TEXAS BRAHMAS Charlotte, fighting for the playoffs in the Patrick rally needs to beat the lowly Brahmas. CHD starts off strong, with goals by Fraser and Poulin in the 1st. TEX storms back, getting the next 4 from Delorme, Savard, and 2 from Taylor for a 4-2 lead after 2. McDonald and Quenneville tie it up CHD, but Lindstrom put TEX ahead and Sutter seals it with a EN goal for a 6-4 TEX win.

3 Stars (all TEX)

1. Taylor – 2G, 1A
2, Sutter – 1G, 1A
3. Konroyd – 3A

GAME #2: KAMSACK CYCLONES VS. TEXAS BRAHMAS Next up is Kamsack, last in the Patrick but still in playoff contention. Texas starts early on a goal by Savard, but then the Kamsack dam breaks. Goals by Gradin, Gartner, Malone, Reinhard, Erixson, Erickson, Gradin, and Reinhart have KAM up 8-1 halfway through the 3rd. TEX fights back with goals by Hachborn, Savard, and Hachborn again for a 8-4 KAM win.

3 Stars
1. Gradin (KAM) – 2G, 2A
2. Reinhart (KAM) – 2G
3. Hachborn (TEX) – 2G

WEEKLY SUMMARY: Texas is treading water, close to 2nd in the woeful Smythe but not quite getting there.
Pittsburgh Spirit
WEEKLY PREVIEW: Two home games for the surging Spirit.
GAME #1: TEXAS BRAHMAS VS. PITTSBURGH SPIRIT Texas comes to town…

With the Spirit leading 4-3 and the seconds winding down, Texas pulls Bannerman, and Pat LaFontaine (8) scores with 12 seconds left to tie it up! I think that kid is gonna be good… just a hunch.

Head to OT. 3:18 mark… Derlago (20) sends the crowd home happy! Spirit win it in OT 5-4!!

GAME #2: CHARLESTOWN CHIEFS VS. PITTSBURGH SPIRIT The Brotherly Battle ™

Charlestown is in town… it will be the elder brother’s birthday in a week. (It’s 1985 so he will be 19… with the whole world ahead of him). So I would love to beat him for his birthday cause that’s how we show love in this family!

A serious back-and-forth affair…

The Chiefs score 4 unanswered goals in the 2nd to take a commanding 5-2 lead going into the 3rd.

But the Bandits manage to creep back in and it’s suddenly 7-5 Chiefs with under 2 minutes to play. at 18:20, Skriko (18) brings the Spirit within one, 7-6!!

With 1:07 left to play, Goulet (55) ties the game 7-7!!

We go to OT where Charlestown out-shoots the Spirit 5-2… but this one would end in a sister-kissing tie, 7-7. Weirdly, we don’t have any sisters…?

WEEKLY SUMMARY: Two home games, 3 out of 4 points. We’ll take it! Getting points is all that matters this late in the season!
Hyannisport Presidents
WEEKLY PREVIEW: After enduring a brutal 1-15-1 stretch amidst a lousy season the Presidents are hot having won 3 of 4
GAME #1: SAINT CLAIR SHORES SAINTS VS. HYANNISPORT PRESIDENTS This one is a spirited, back-and-forth affair. The Presidents jump out to a 2-0 lead only to see the Saints score 4 unanswered goals. But the Presidents uncharacteristically rally to force OT and then Brian Mullen scores his 24th goal of the season to win it. FINAL SCORE PRESIDENTS 5 – SAINTS 4 (OT)
GAME #2: MACKINAC ISLAND MOOSE VS. HYANNISPORT PRESIDENTS After a rousing win over St. Clair, the Presidents host the MWOTHL’s #1 team and revert to form. Brian Propp scores a hat trick and his 50th goal of the year while Gilles Meloche turns aside 21 shots for his 2nd shutout of the season. FINAL SCORE MOOSE 5 – PRESIDENTS 0
WEEKLY SUMMARY: A refreshingly good win and then a predictably bad showing leaves Presidents with a 1-1 home stand.
Mackinac Island Moose
WEEKLY PREVIEW: Chicago and Dallas come to the little island in the north. Playoff hopefuls playing important games this week.
GAME #1: CHICAGO UNDERGROUND VS. MACKINAC ISLAND MOOSE Exciting opening as Propp scored very early, followed by Reeds just seconds later, and it’s 1-1 in under 90 seconds. Things calm down until a MacLean minor gives Chicago the opening they need for Sutter to score a PP goal and go up 2-1. Quinn scores the equalizer late and it’s 2-2 headed to intermission.

Reeds gets his 2nd of the game early in the 2nd to put Chicago up. Kurri answers a little later and we are tied for the 3rd and last time, 3-3. After that the Moose seem to lose their way, while Chicago stays laser focused and scored 3 goals in the 2nd half, Bossy twice, and Duchesne once to make the final 6-3 Chicago.

1st star – Reeds 2G
2nd – Bossy 2G
3rd – Sutter 1G 2pts

GAME #2: DALLAS DRAKES VS. MACKINAC ISLAND MOOSE Dionne scores 35 seconds into the game. Then after a Larson major, MacLean evens it up, followed by Kurri to put the Moose up 2-1. Dionne comes back with another to tie it at 2. Stays that way to intermission.

Someone other than Dionne scores, Linseman, and an investigation ensued. The score stays there until after the halfway point when Quinn puts in the equalizer, and we are tied at 3 with 8 minutes left in the 2nd. Guess who? gets his hat trick on the PP just before intermission, and it’s 4-3 Dallas.

After killing off an early minor, the Moose take control of the 3rd and rattle off 3 unanswered goals to salvage one win in this homestand. Maruk, Kurri, and Quinn with an empty netter, to make the final 6-4 Moose.

1st star – Dionne 3G hat trick
2nd – Kurri 2G 3pts
3rd – Quinn 2G 3pts

WEEKLY SUMMARY: Really gotta figure out some defense this week as allowing 10 goals is not going to cut it. Lucky to get away with 1 win.
Andes Mountaineers
WEEKLY PREVIEW: Andes welcomes Pittsburgh and CapJack to the Pepaction Civic Center this week. The Spirit(2nd) and Rangers(1st) are in a tight battle for the Patrick Division so these are important games for both of them.
GAME #1: PITTSBURGH SPIRIT VS. ANDES MOUNTAINEERS The home squad starts the game with little energy or focus and finds themselves down 3 – 0 after the first 20 minutes. The next 20 find the Mountaineers playing a bit better but they still not generating any offense and find themselves still being shut out. In the final period, the home squad does show some more energy as the Spirit start the period by warming up the bus and will get two goals past the visitors but it’s too little too late as the home squad goes down 4 – 2

1st -Goulet
2nd – Larmer
3rd – Ashton

GAME #2: CAPJACK RANGERS VS. ANDES MOUNTAINEERS In a similar start to the previous home game, the Mountaineers find themselves in an early hole as they’re down 2 – 0 and outshot 7 – 0. But on an odd-man rush, they score on their first shot of the game. Huzzah!! Two shots later things are all knotted at 2. The game will stay tied for a couple of minutes more before Trottier puts the Rangers back up by 1. The final period was on track to be a run-of-the-mill period until the final 90 seconds showed up. Andes ties it up on Smyl’s second of the game. 40 seconds later Andes takes its first lead behind Broten getting in the score sheet. Murphy will make it 6 – 4 23 seconds later. But before the fans can sit down from cheering the Rangers get one back and it’s 6 – 5 with 14 seconds left. However, 4 seconds later Andes gets their 7th on the day. Just a crazy ending. CapJack will probably have a quiet ride to the airport.

1st – Smyl
2nd – Broten
3rd – Murphy

WEEKLY SUMMARY: Andes splits with Pittsburgh and CapJack.