| | The Milwaukee Admirals, now fifth in the Eastern Conference, have a better record than the Utah Grizzlies, who are fourth in the West. If the teams finish the regular season that way the Admirals will be in the playoffs and the Grizzlies will be out. Wouldn’t that be bad news for the Manitoba Moose?If the current standings are carried through to the end of the regular season the Admirals will face the Moose, who are in first place in the West, to open the playoffs. Manitoba might be better off finishing second. The Moose, who have never won anything (conference or league title), have an 0-3-2 record against Milwaukee.
Coach Ron Smith recorded his sixth consecutive 40-win season with the Cincinnati Cyclones. That gives him the best record among active IHL coaches at 262-169-53.
BEST STATS: The Chicago Wolves, defending Turner Cup champions, are 20-7-4 since the All-Star break. Based on that record they’re the hottest team in the league now. The Wolves, Milwaukee Admirals and Cleveland Lumberjacks are the only teams with 20 wins since the All-Star break.
Mark Beaufait of the Orlando Solar Bears had three multiple-point games in three days last weekend. He accumulated seven points in the process.
The Orlando Solar Bears are 8-0-2 vs. the Cleveland Lumberjacks this season.The Milwaukee Admirals are 8-1-3 in their last 12 road games and 11-4-3 in their last 18. If they earn the last Western Conference playoff spot they could sail to the Turner Cup finals. Milwaukee has a winning record against every team in the West.
IHL RESULTS FROM SUNDAY APRIL 1, 2001
Manitoba Moose 0
Houston Aeros 2
Frederic Chabot recorded his third shutout of the season as the Houston Aeros blanked the Manitoba Moose, 2-0. Chabot stopped 24 shots and helped thwart six Manitoba power plays to pick up the win and improved to 21-15-4. Bobby Brown opened the scoring 3:48 into the third period and Sandy Moger delivered a power-play goal with 6:02 remaining as Houston won its third straight. Jeff Saljko suffered the loss he allowed two goals on 22 shots for Manitoba, which in winless in its last seven road games (0-4-3).
Chicago Wolves 2
Orlando Solar Bears 3
Jarrod Skalde, Wes Mason and Jon Coleman each scored first-period goals as the Orlando Solar Bears tallied three times in the opening period en route to a 3-2 win over the Chicago Wolves. Skalde opened the scoring with a power-play goal 1:41 into the first period and Mason increase Orlando’s lead to 2-0 4:31 later with an even-strength tally. Coleman, a former standout at Boston University, provided an insurance marker just before the midway point of the first period and Norm Maracle made the Solar Bears’ lead stand by stopping 16 of 18 shots. Steve Larouche and Derek Plante each scored for Chicago. Ricky Shulmistra suffered the loss after surrendering three goals on only 20 shots.
Grand Rapids Griffins 8
Cleveland Lumberjacks 0
Mike Fountain recorded his fifth shutout of the season and Viacheslav Butsayev recorded a hat trick as the Grand Rapids Griffins blanked the Cleveland Lumberjacks, 8-0. Fountain stopped 25 shots and improved his league-leading record to 31-9-5. Butsayev, who reached the 30-goal plateau with the hat trick, scored in each period and added a pair of assists. Ivan Ciernik collected two goals and three assists and Derek King finished with a goal and three assists for Grand Rapids, which improved to 4-0-1 over its last five games. Zac Bierk allowed four goals on 16 shots before being replaced by David Brumby midway through the second period for Cleveland, which suffered its most lopsided loss of the season.
Detroit Vipers 1
Milwaukee Admirals 8
Ville Peltonen recorded a hat trick as the Milwaukee Admirals crushed the Detroit Vipers, 8-1. Peltonen scored a pair of first-period goals to give Milwaukee a 2-0 lead and netted a shorthanded tally 9:32 into the third frame to register his second hat trick of the season. Dan Riva and Mike Watt both delivered a pair of goals and Jason Goulet dished out four assists for the Admirals, who have won four of their last five (4-1-0). Jan Lasak stopped 30 shots to pick up the win as Milwaukee improved to 6-1-1 against the Vipers this season. Mike Kieben scored the lone marker for Detroit, which lost its fifth straight. Ryan Hoople suffered the loss allowing three goals on seven first-period shots before being replaced by Dieter Kochan.
Cincinati Cyclones 7
Kansas City Blades 4
Craig MacDonald had a goal and two assists as the Cincinnati Cyclones defeated the Kansas City Blades, 7-4. MacDonald scored his 17th tally of the season midway through the second stanza assisted on markers by Jeremiah McCarthy and Brad Defaw. Stefan Ustorf finished with a goal and an assist and Jean-Marc Pelletier stopped 43 shots to pick up the win for Cincinnati, which improved to 5-2-2 in its last nine games. Patrick Yetman scored a pair of goals for Kansas City, which dropped its third straight. Alfie Michaud suffered the loss allowing six goals on 30 shots to fall to 12-14-1.
IHL FASTFACTSChicago’s Steve Maltais captained the Wolves to Turner Cup crowns in 1998 and 2000. He was the IHL’s leading scorer last season with 44 goals and 46 assists and has been Chicago’s captain six of their seven years in the IHL.
TODAY IN HOCKEY April 1, 1978 Mike Bossy scores 2 goals in a New York Islanders win over the Washington Capitals to become the first rookie in NHL history to score 50 goals in a season.
DID YOU KNOW Cincinnati’s Gilbert Dionne has played in over 200 National Hockey League games and won a Stanley Cup with Montreal in 1993. He has been with the Cyclones since 1997 and serves as a player/assistant coach this season.
Houston Aeros: Announce goalie Jason Elliot has been
recalled by the Detroit Red Wings.
UPCOMING IHL ACTION
Tuesday April 3, 2001
Houston Aeros at Orlando Solar Bears 7:00pm
Milwaukee Admirals at Detroit Vipers 7:00pm