IHL NEWSThe Nashville Predators gave their IHL farm club in Milwaukee a helping hand Tuesday by assigning defenceman Pavel Skrbek just in time for the playoffs.Skrbek has recovered from a mild concussion suffered March 17. The Kladno, Czech Republic, native appeared in 48 games with Milwaukee earlier this season.Frederic Chabot of the Houston Aeros has been named the IHL’s goalie of the week after going 3-0-0 in three games.Chabot, 33, is 21-15-4 this season with a 2.69 goals-against average and .913 save percentage. He has previously played for Montreal Los Angeles and Philadelphia in the NHL.Grand Rapids Griffins winger Derek King was named the player of the week after collecting four goals and three assists in four games.King leads the Griffins in scoring with 74 points (29 goals, 45 assists) and is third in the league. He has previously played in the NHL with the New Islanders, Hartford, Toronto and St. Louis.Veteran centre Dody Wood of the IHL’s Kansas City Blades, who has been plagued by injuries this season, is contemplating retirement.Wood played 106 NHL games with the San Jose Sharks from 1992 to 1998.“If I retired, I’d be happy because I played in the NHL and I’d be happy because I played there,” says the 28-year-old native of Chetwynd, B.C. “There wouldn’t be any regrets.”
IHL RESULTS FROM TUESDAY APRIL 3, 2000
Milwaukee Admirals 3
Detroit Vipers 4
Edo Turglav scored a pair of goals, including the game-winner, and Dieter Kochan stopped 45 shots as the Detroit Vipers rallied to defeat the Milwaukee Admirals, 4-3. Turglav opened the scoring for Detroit 5:21 into the second period and snapped a 3-3 tie with 5:15 remaining in the contest. Kochan stopped 45 shots for the second time this season and picked up the win, improving to 11-26-3. Scott Nichol netted a power-play marker late in the second period and Thomas Ziegler tied the contest at 3-3 with his third shorthanded goal of the year 4:48 into the third as Detroit broke a five-game losing streak. Sean Haggerty, Bubba Berenzweig and Jason Goulet all scored for Milwaukee, which dropped to 1-7-1 versus the Vipers this season. Jason Lak turned aside 27 shots for the loss and fell to 22-16-2.
Houston Aeros 0
Orlando Solar Bears 3
Norman Maracle led the Orlando Solar Bears to victory with a shutout over the Houston Areros, 3-0. Maracle stopped 32 shots to increase his league-leading shutout total to eight. Maracle is also tied for the most wins in the AHL with 31. Mark Beaufait scored a first and a third-period marker and Wes Mason tallied his 13th goal with 55 seconds left in the second frame as Orlando won its sixth game in its last seven (6-1-0). Frederic Chabot allowed three goals on 38 shots as Houston’s winning streak ended at three games.
With two shutouts saturday, IHL goalies have now posted 55 shutouts this season. That represents 13.2% of the 417 games to date. Last season, goaltenders combined for 71 shutouts in 533 games, the largest percentage of shutouts in IHL history (14.4%).
TODAY IN HOCKEY
April 3, 1997: Wayne Gretzky records his 2700th NHL career point in his 1331th NHL game against the Boston Bruins.
DID YOU KNOW
With their 8-0 win over the Cleveland Lumberjacks on Sunday, the Grand Rapids Griffins will post back-to-back 50 win seasons, something only eight other teams in the IHL have ever done. The Muskegon Lumberjacks are the only team in IHL history to post three consecutive 50 win seasons.
Grand Rapids: Sign Derek Wood to a 25 game tryout.
UPCOMING IHL ACTION
Wednesday April 4, 2001
Kansas City Blades at Milwaukee Admirals 7:00pm
Cleveland Lumberjacks at Chicago Wolves 7:00pm
Grand Rapids Griffins at Utah Grizzlies 7:00pm
Cincinnati Cyclones at Manitoba Moose 7:30pm