|Mackinac Island Moose
|Just one home game this week, but a big one against the slimy Rangers of CapJackville
|GAME #1: CAPJACK RANGERS VS. MACKINAC ISLAND MOOSE
|Sloppy passing, Crowder steals, Kromm shoots, 1-0 Rangers. Only 4 minutes in and the visitors are up. This trend continues through the 1st period for CapJack until adjustments are made. Later in the period, a Maloney major gives the Moose 5 on 4 for 5 minutes. A quick score by Quinn makes it look like the dam may burst, but the PK units recover for the Rangers, and it’s only the one goal that is allowed. Marois gets injured for the Moose and they adjust to only 5 defensemen. The period ends tied 1-1.
The Moose adjustments avoid any more odd-man rushes by the Rangers. Both teams killed off one minor. The goalies are perfect, and the 2nd period ends with no damage to either side as we head to an exciting 3rd tied at 1.
By the way, I hate the color profile for the Rangers, nearly impossible to read the play-by-play. Anyways, the Rangers controlled play early, but no damage. Moose get some time on offense which finally pays off with a goal by Kurri, and the Moose are up 2-1. Moose are able to thwart a few more odd man rushes and hold off the Rangers, who also are able to stymie the Moose. A fight followed by a Giles minor gives the Rangers a 4 on 3 with 4 minutes to go, but the Moose fend that off. The Rangers finally get control with a minute to go and pull the goalie, which pays off via a goal by Barr with just :47 to go. Off to OT.
Chances by both teams in OT. 4 SOG for the Rangers to 3 for the Moose, but no scores, and a memorable tie, 2-2
1st star – Quinn 1G
|An interesting test for the Moose as we wind things down. Wonder how this would have gone if it were sudden death.
|Chicago hanging on for their playoff life just points away from the 4th spot. Texas and Pittsburgh are in town. We hear that the Pittsburgh team is pretty good.
|GAME #1: TEXAS BRAHMAS VS. CHICAGO UNDERGROUND
|Texas was on the board first, with 8 minutes left in the first, a rare goal by Hachborn. Chicago answers late with a barrage of goals. Savard, Turcotte, and Hakansson pump in 3 goals in 2 minutes just before the horn sounds. Chicago now with a 3-1 lead.
Hunter answers early in the 2nd. Texas spends a lot of time on the PK the rest of the 2nd, and the PK does its job, allowing nothing. It’s 3-2 headed to the last period.
Stastny with his 40th of the season puts the lead back to 2. With just 4 minutes to go, LaFontaine scores, and its 4-3 heading to the final horn. Pulled goalie leads to a goal …………. for Chicago as Reeds finds the empty net to make the final 5-3 Chicago.
1st star – Reeds 1G 2pts
|GAME #2: PITTSBURGH SPIRIT VS. CHICAGO UNDERGROUND
|The Spirit waste no time getting their zero off the board with Steen scoring just 88 seconds into the game. Both teams see the defense control the 1st period until a Neufeld minor gives the Underground just enough of an opening for Paterson to score on the PP. It’s 1-1 at intermission.
2nd period sees Chicago outshoot the visitors 18-9. But both goalies are up to the task, and we head to the third tied 1-1 after a quiet session.
Chicago kills off a minor early. Pittsburgh cashes in on a goal by Rogers with `12 minutes to go. Larmer for Pittsburgh gets called for 2 minors in the final 10 minutes, but Chicago is unable to take advantage of either, and the Spirit escapes with a 2-1 road win.
1st star – Hrudey 41 saves
|One win in our final 2 home games ties us with Dallas for the moment. Gonna need a lot of help and a strong road trip next week.
|New Castle Ducks
|The three-team race in the Norris Division is going down to the wire. With Chicago splitting its two games this week, the Ducks can clinch a playoff spot with 2 points out of a possible 4 this week. New Castle will host the conference-leading Moose as well as Texas
|GAME #1: MACKINAC ISLAND MOOSE VS. NEW CASTLE DUCKS
|The Moose have beaten the Ducks 4 of 5 this season so the Ducks don’t expect much. And with both their goalies, Billy Smith and John Vanbiesbrouck getting fatigued from the long season, New Castle starts Darren Elliot in goal. Incredibly, Elliot makes 34 saves, as the Moose outshoot the Ducks 37-21 — and somehow the Ducks come away with a 4-3 win. FINAL SCORE: NCD 4 MAC 3
John Tonelli opened the scoring for NCD early in the first period only to see the Moose tie it a little more than a minute later on a goal by Frycer. Later in the period, NCD took a 2-1 lead on a goal by Kent Nilsson. Once again, MAC came back to tie it – this time on a John MacLean goal early in the second period. That set the stage for Tonelli to break the tie, with his second goal of the game and #37 on the season, at 14:36 of the second period. Two minutes later, Mark Johnson scored his club-leading 41st and the Ducks had a big insurance goal, as they took a 4-2 lead to the locker room after the second period.
In the third period, the Moose dominated play, outshooting the Ducks 11-5. They also had the only PP of the period but Elliot kept them off the scoreboard until MacLean scored (again) with 6 seconds left. It was too little too late for MAC and the Ducks to come away with an upset win to clinch a playoff spot
|GAME #2: TEXAS BRAHMAS VS. NEW CASTLE DUCKS
|NCD comes into this one with a 2-1 season edge over Texas but the Brahmas are tough. After NCD took a 1-0 lead after 1, Texas tied it in the second and the period ended with the score tied at 1-1.
The third period was WILD. Still tied at 1-1, NCD’s Mark Johnson lit the lamp at 12:21 for his 42nd of the year to make it 2-1 NCD. A little over two minutes later, Tonelli scored – a huge insurance goal – to make it 3-1 Ducks. They needed that goal when less than a minute later, Mike Milbury scored to make it 3-2. Then with 2:56 to go Texas’s Tomas Sandstrom drew a minor penalty for elbowing. The Ducks quickly capitalized when Tonelli scored his second of the game, his fourth in two nights, and his 39th of the season. 4-2 Ducks with 1:44 to go and the fans started to leave the arena happy. BUT WAIT – 23 seconds after Tonelli’s goal, and with the Texas net empty, Dave Andreychuck scored (29) to make it a 4-3 game. Only 1:21 left but the Brahmas are flying now – net still empty – and Brent Sutter puts it behind Vanbiesbrouck for his 36th of the year. TIE GAME 4-4 with 53 seconds to go. It looks like we are headed to OT BUT NO – Kent Nilsson puts it in the net with TWENTY-NINE SECONDS LEFT. 5-4 Ducks and they hold on for the win!
FINAL SCORE: NCD 5 TEX 4THREE STARS:
1. NCD- Tonelli 2G 1 A
2. TEX- Sutter 2G 1 A
3. NCD- Mark Johnson 1G 1 A Each team’s designated goon – Brown for TEX and Rissling for NCD fought in the third period. Each got a fighting major and Brown also received a 10-minute misconduct. Kent Nilsson won 16 faceoffs (but also lost 19)
|A really good week for the Ducks, who now have 86 points, and have clinched a playoff spot. And, if Dallas loses either of their two games this week against Charlotte, the Ducks will be the Division Champions for the second straight season.
New Castle turned their season around in late January when they made two trades, acquiring John Tonelli from Hyannisport and Kent Nilsson from Texas. Putting them on a line with Duck’s longtime star Rick Middleton really paid off. The Ducks were 19-20-6 at the time of the trade and from that point forward they are 20-11-2. Tonelli had 43 points (15-28) in 43G with HYA. With the Ducks, he has 40 points (24-16) in only 33 games. Nilsson had 40 points (24-16) in 33 games with TEX. With the Ducks, he has 59 points (21-38) in only 33 games (nearly two points a game!).
|One game against a very good Charlotte team
|GAME #1: CHARLOTTE DYNAMO VS. DALLAS DRAKES
|The first period was dominated by defense and goaltending, Andy Moog and Glen Hanlon are airtight and it wasn’t until 6:28 of the second period when Patrick Sundstrom wrists a screen shot past Andy Moog with assists from Ron Greschner and Wilf Paiement. Dave Reid would go off to the box for tripping and the Dynamo would go to work Curt Fraser would deflect a shot from Lanny McDonald to tie the game up. The Drakes would go on a power play of their own and John Anderson would finish off a pass from Ron Greschner at 13:57 of the second period. Not to be outdone Glen Anderson finishes off a beautiful tic, tac, toe from Dale Hawerchuk and Laurie Boschman 38 seconds later. The game would stay tied after the second intermission all the way up to 14:53 of the third period when Ken Linseman beats Moog on the stick side to put the Drakes up 3-2. Dallas puts the clamps on and holds the mighty Dynamo off the board, 3-2 final
|1 big win for the Drakes
|Still, at the bottom of their division, Kamsack keeps trying to push for wins
|GAME #1: PORTLAND SASQUATCH VS. KAMSACK CYCLONES
|Portland 1 @ Kamsack 5
Per Time Str Team
1 5:34 EV POR Cyr (17), assisted by Foligno (30) and Olczyk (28)
1 17:12 PP KAM Wilson (6), assisted by Sundstrom (22)
2 :33 EV KAM Gartner (55), assisted by Perreault (43) and Howe (39)
2 1:46 EV KAM Gradin (19), assisted by Christian (31) and Sundstrom (23)
2 8:49 PP KAM Gartner (56), unassisted
2 16:46 EV KAM Gartner (57), unassistedStar 1: KAM Gartner 3 G
Star 2: KAM Liut 31 saves
Star 3: KAM Gradin 1 GGWG: Mike Gartner
|Mike Gartner leads the cyclones with a hat trick
|One game versus CapJack
|GAME #1: CAPJACK RANGERS VS. PORTLAND SASQUATCH
|CapJack opens the scoring in the 1st with goals from Bjugstad (8) and Arniel (25) but Portland responds int he 2nd period with a goal from Foligno (32). The Rangers take a 3-1 lead in the 2nd when Bjugstad (9) nets his second goal of the game. In the 3rd period, Cavallini (3) and Tanti (33) both find the net to even the score. In the overtime period neither team was able to end the game as we tie 3-3
|Portland earns a tie
|After a random 3-game win streak the Presidents are limping to the finish having lost 5 straight and 8 of 9.
|GAME #1: KAMSACK CYCLONES VS. HYANNISPORT PRESIDENTS
|The Cyclones jumped out 2-0 and never look back. Mark Howe and Bengt Lundholm both score a pair of goals. Phil Housley scores his 20th for Hyannisport. FINAL SCORE KAM 6 – HYP 3
|Another loss for the lousy Presidents but the end is mercifully in sight!
|Saint Clair Shores Saints
|The Saints host the Chiefs this week.
|GAME #1: CHARLESTOWN CHIEFS VS. SAINT CLAIR SHORES SAINTS
|Two excellent teams square off. The Saints dominate the 1st and 2nd periods and its 3-0 after two periods. In the 3rd, the Saints score ahead to make it 4-0. The Chiefs get 2 straight goals including the 40th for Nicholls. Then, with under a minute to go, the Saints score an empty netter.
SCS 5 Charlestown 2
|The Saints defeat the Chiefs, 5-2.
|We were down to six games left in the season entering this week, and with 76 games under its belt, a first-ever Patrick division title is surprisingly still in play for the Charlotte Dynamo. Charlotte has strung together another torrid streak among a few this season, winning nine of its last 10 games to make a division title push even a possibility. Entering the week Charlotte trailed CapJack by just three points as it pursues the all-important number two playoff seed (coming with it home ice advantage, achieved by winning the division). The end-of-season slate is challenging however, and this week, Charlotte has a home-and-home series versus a desperate Dallas Drakes squad trying to clinch a West playoff spot amidst heavy competition.
|GAME #1: DALLAS DRAKES VS. CHARLOTTE DYNAMO
|This game had the looks of a Dallas runaway after even-strength goals within the first 5:03 of the game by Ilka Sinsalo and Patrik Sundstrom put the Drakes ahead 2-0 against a shaky-looking Dynamo goalie Warren Skorodenski getting the start. But Charlotte rallied with four unanswered goals of its own by different scorers (Rick Vaive, Joel Quenneville, Laurie Boschman, and Lanny McDonald to grab a 4-2 lead by the 11:54 mark of the second period. Later in the second, Jim Peplinski for the Drakes and Tom Fergus of the Dynamo exchanged goals to ensure Charlotte still led by two (5-3) headed into the final period.
The lead was hardly safe, as both Charlotte second-line wingers, Vaive and Charlie Simmer went out with injuries for the game, depleting the Dynamo late. And Dallas was there to capitalize: first Peplinski with his second goal of the contest narrowed the Drakes’ margin to one with 11:16 remaining in the game. Then with 49 seconds in regulation and Dallas goalie Roberto Romano lifted in favor of the extra attacker, Joe Mullen found the net for his 41st goal of the year on assists from Peplinski and Marcel Dionne and we went to overtime, tied 5-5.
Both squads managed three shots in extra play but with :52 seconds left in the game, Charlotte defenseman Mats Thelin found the game-winner, beating Romano for the game-winner on an assist from Dale Hawerchuk as the Dynamo prevailed in a tense late-season matchup, 6-5.
Notable: Ron Greschner with three assists for the Drakes.
|The Dynamo make things very interesting in the Patrick division by salvaging two points at home against the Drakes with an overtime win. It has now won ten of its last 11 and improved to a season-high 13 games above .500 as this week kicked off.
|Michigan comes to town in our only home game.
|GAME #1: MICHIGAN STAGS VS. PITTSBURGH SPIRIT
|Teams skate to a 5-5 tie as Michigan mounted a 3rd-period comeback and ties the game with 52 seconds left. Neither team manages to score in OT.
|One home game, one point. Not ideal, but better than zero points!
|Andes hosts St Clair and Ohio in week 22 festivities.
|GAME #1: SAINT CLAIR SHORES SAINTS VS. ANDES MOUNTAINEERS
|The Shores are comfortably secure in 2nd place in the Adams Division. Andes controls the first period and the third period but it’s the second period where they take a nap. Up 2 – 1 after 20 the home squad gives up 4 straight to lose 4 – 2.
1st – Federko
|GAME #2: OHIO LEGENDS VS. ANDES MOUNTAINEERS
|Another Adams division squad this time in form of the 3rd place legends. Andes once again comes out strong in the first period and once again they take a nap in the middle period. However, something different happens this time around as they get 2 and hold Ohio scoreless in the final 20 to win 4 – 2.
1st – Smyl
|Andes split their two home games this week.
|Ohio welcomes Charlestown for its lone home game this week.
|GAME #1: CHARLESTOWN CHIEFS VS. OHIO LEGENDS
|CHA 6, OHIO 3
|Charlestown pulls the plug on Ohio’s fading playoff hopes.