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Admirals advance to the second round

by Corine Gatti
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The Admirals came on Easter Sunday leading the series of QuarterFinals against the Cincinnati Might Ducks 2-1. They captured the “W” Friday thus winning 6-3. Saturday night, despite out shooting their opponents by twenty-five, ill advised passes lack of solid defense and lagging behind in the first rounds gave Norfolk lose 3-4.“ We are fighting for our lives out there,” said Center Geoff Peters who has been 3-0 in the series. This statement became a theme for the next two games and so was excitement.
And for the 2,000 roaring fans they got all their money’s worth. The Admirals came back from three-goal deficit and won the series in overtime 4-3.

Norfolk went to the locker behind by three goals after the first. Within minutes, goalie Michel Larocque had two goals that were both driven into the right corner of the net. What seem to be a devastating first period for the boys in the blue, they returned to their dressing room again after the second with a total of eighteen shots which three goals were capitalized. “Once we got our momentum, things kept going and going. We got the puck in the net and we were rewarded in the second for it,” said Ajay Baines who had an assist on the tying goal. And that reward paid handsomely.

With over 23 home victories in the regular season, home ice has been a problem in the last three games. But with their come from behind win over the Ducks, Norfolk has proved that they will not go down with out a fight. Mark Bell cashed in two of the three goals and defense arose out of sleep. “We were down by th Read more »

Sabres Report: The Thin Blueline

by Ken McKenna
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The building of a strong defensive corps is a never-ending job for a NHL GM. Having a solid group of defensemen coupled with good goaltending will virtually ensure that a team will be competitive in most every game, but getting the right mix of players is truly a challenge.

The recent draft history of the Buffalo Sabres is a perfect example of the difficulties of assembling a solid, cohesive defensive unit. In the NHL drafts of 1989-1999, Buffalo used their top pick in the draft 6 times to select a defenseman (Kevin Haller, Phillipe Boucher, David Cooper, Denis Tsygurov, Jay McKee, Dimitri Kalinin). Of those 6 picks, only McKee and Kalinin have shown better than average ability at their position, with Kalinin being a rookie this year. The only other player from that group to log substantial time in the NHL is Kevin Haller, who would probably qualify as a journeyman defenseman.

Of course, the blueline contingent is rarely built with top draft picks, alone, as a team can find good defensive talent in the later rounds of the draft. This is true in the case of the current Sabres’ defensive group, as Alexei Zhitnik (LA-4th Rd., ’91), Jason Woolley (WAS- 4th Rd., ’89), Richard Smehlik (BUF- 5th Rd., ’90), and Rhett Warrener (FL- 2nd Rd., ’94) were all selected after the 1st round (James Patrick was a 1st rounder for the Rangers in ’81). What this also points out, however, is that building the defense often means having to go outside the organization to fill in the gaps, whic Read more »

Calder Cup series moves to Norfolk due to riots

by Corine Gatti
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The AHL announced today that due to the riots in Cincinnati and civil unrest and to maintain the safety of the fans and the players, the second game of the Calder Cup series will be moved to Norfolk.

The second game originally to be played at Cincinnati on Friday night will be moved down to the South a day earlier. Originally both team where both scheduled to fly together to Norfolk Saturday afternoon.
Norfolk who is leading the series, won the first game in OT 5-4.

Slovak Division 1 League Review 2000-01

by Daniel Kysel
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SLOVAK DIVISION I LEAGUE – REVIEW 2000-01

Regular season of Slovak Division I League is over. The two best teams –Zilina and Nitra have been promoted and will play in Extraliga in the next season. This league was played without playoffs.

Stats of selected players:

Name, team			GP	G	A	Pts	+/-	PIM
Rene Pucher, Presov		38	31	39	70	+49	40
Richard Safarik, Zilina		39	11	38	49	+38	12
Miroslav Kristin, Zilina	39	29	11	40	+38	26
Ondrej Kavulic, Prievidza	32	7	17	24	+5	30
Rene Jarolin, Sp.N.Ves		27	13	9	22	+13	10
Peter Holecko, Sp.N.Ves		38	10	12	22	+9	22

Name, team			GP	Min.	GAA	SV%
Stanislav Kozuch, Zilina	30	1666	1,47	0,926
Matus Kostur, Nitra/Prievidza	32	1837	2,06	0,913
Ramon Sopko, Sp.N.Ves		33	1821	2,27	0,902

Quick review of top players and most interesting juniors on the league:

Rene Pucher (C, Presov, 1970) was a leading scorer in goals, assists as well as in the +/-. Former national team player is able to play in any top European Elite league. He collected 70 points in 38 games.

Stanislav Kozuch (G, Zilina, 71) was a leading goalie. His stats are very impressive however he played behind the best defense.

Matus Kostur (G, Nitra/Prievidza, 28.03.80, 6’0” 182 lb) was picked by New Jersey in last year. Matus was the best goalie of the league. Although I expected him to see on Extraliga, Zvolen’s coach sent him on the farm team then he was loaned to Nitra. He recorded amazing 0,932 saving percentage Read more »

KIBIHT 2001: Top Teams Start To Emerge

by Glen Crichton
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With two days completed (some scores were not in at time of
printing), the top teams are beginning to show
themselves at the Kamloops International Bantam Ice Hockey
Tournament. The Kelowna Jr. Rockets and Edmonton Lions lead the Red
Division after two wins and then playing to a draw when facing each
other. The Orange Division is led by the Airdrie Xtreme and Toronto
Young Nationals at 2-0, while the Green Divsion is led by the Wexford
Raiders at 2-0. The Detroit Honeybaked Hams lead the Blue Division at
3-0.

Kelowna and Edmonton both have smooth skating clubs that like to
run and gun. Kelowna isn’t quite as big as the Edmonton team, however
they are very gritty. After seeing the two teams play to a draw I
felt that Kelowna was fortunate to do so as their goaltender was
bailed out numerous times after the puck would get through him, then
have a teammate stop the puck from crossing the line or clearing it
out of danger. Kelowna was also outshot in the contest but found a
way to stay in it which says a lot about their gritty play. It
appears as though these two teams will fight it out for top spot in
the divsion.

In the Orange divison, Airdrie and Toronto both have 2-0
records, however both teams were meeting in an important match-up
tonight as this was going to print. I’ve only seen the Xtreme play
once and have yet to see Toronto play so I really can’t compare the
two teams. The game in which I saw Airdrie play, they played a run
and gun style game, leaving their goaltender to save the day on more
than one o Read more »

Pittsburgh Penguins Junior Player of the Year, Final Results

by Erik Johnson
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Weekly and Final Season stats with comments.

Peter Hamerlik, G (Kingston)


Final Week- 4 games, 1-3, 3.88GAA, .880SvPct
Final Stats- 56 games, 21-21-8, 3.03GAA, .907SvPct

Peter’s first season in the OHL was a successful one. Shrugging off last season’s struggles, Peter won the starting job early in the season and was playing extrememly well during the middle of the season. Tired late and was less effective. Finished 2nd in the OHL in rookie SvPct.


Jeremy Van Hoof, D (Ottawa)

Final Week- 4 games, 0 points
Final Stats- 65 games, 1 goal, 14 assists, 15 points, +11, 49 PIM

Still unsigned, likely to compete for a spot with the Wilkes-Barre next season.


David Koci, D (Prince George)

Final Week- 8 games, 0 goals, 2 assists, 27 PIM
Final Stats- 70 games, 2 goals, 7 assists, 9 points, +6, 155 PIM

David was a huge surprise for me this season. Reports out of the draft made him sound as a slow lanky defenseman who needed a *lot* of work before he’d be ready. David came to camp and looked nothing like he was protrayed. Big defenseman that skated quite well. Looked very good for his first Pens camp experience. Played well in his first season in North America. 2nd on the team in +/-.


Darcy Robinson, D (Red Deer)

Final Week- 4 games, 4 PIM Read more »

Blues prospects update

by Danny Raborn
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Daniel Corso, C -Corso has played extremely well for the Blues every game he has played this year, in 28 games with the Blues he has had 10 goals and three assists with an even +/- rating. Corso has also allowed the Blues to once again have three scoring lines, while his is also often out against the other teams top line. Centering a unit of himself, Dallas Drake, and newcomer Cory Stillman. Corso looks to be the real deal, as he has consistently worked extremely hard and played a well rounded game filled with grit and skill, not to mention plenty of speed. Despite playing 28 games with the Blues, he has still managed to stay 4th in scoring for the Worcester Ice Cats, with 16 goals and 36 assists for 52 points in 50 games.


Barret Jackman, D -
Jackman played in the WJHC’s, just as his shoulder had started to heal. He played close to 30 mins in each game too, in 7 games he had no goals, one assist and 8 penalty minutes. In 43 games for the Regina Pats, Jackman had 9 goals and 27 assists plus 138 PIM’s. He could be a real help again this year to the Worcester Ice Cats after the Pats are out of the playoffs.


Mike Van Ryn-D-
Van Ryn in many people’s eyes has not lived up to his expectations, but he has regained his confidence, and will be a big part of the Ice Cats team in the playoffs, as will Jackman.

Andrei Trochinsky-C/RW-In his first season in North America, as a member of the Worcester Ice Cats, he now has 76 games uner his belt along with 17 goals, and 28 assists for 45 points.

Marc Rycroft-RW-Rycroft finis Read more »

Under-18 WJC: Czech Republic Team Preview

by Robert Neuhauser
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The eyes of almost all NHL scouts now focus on the Finnish cities Lahti, Heinola and the
capital Helsinky. The Under-18 WJC, a hilight for the players preparing for the NHL Entry
Draft, takes place in Finland between April, 12th, 2001 and April, 22nd, 2001. The Czech team,
however he is very succesfull at the Under-20 WJC, is still overcoming a six year drought
for a medal. Only twice since the break of Czechoslovakia in 1993 the Czechs were able to
bring home a medal. This was in 1993 and 1994 when they finished with a back-to-back bronze medal.

That year, 1994, the Czech boasted the likes of current NHLers like Tomas Vokoun in goal, Petr
Buzek and Pavel Trnka on defense and Patrik Elias, Petr Sykora, Vaclav Varada, Radek Dvorak,
Jan Hlavac, Josef Marha and Jan Hrdina on forward. Last year the Under-18 WJC was a sixth place disaster
and only three of the 13 players eligible were selected in the draft. Coming back from the
previous year’s team are Jiri Novotny and Petr Puncochar.

This year it’s a whole new squad, which has a big change.

For the first time in history the
head coach Jiri Kalous was permitted to select also players playing in the CHL this season.

That is mainly to the big success of the CHL players with the Under-20 team, where they
contributed heavily to the golden success. In this historic moment Jiri Kalous selected three
players, Lukas Krajicek of the Peterborough Petes and Jan Platil of the Barrie Colts on defense
and Frantisek Bakrlik, also from the Colts, on forward. They should boost the team’s ov Read more »

Big Decision for the Coyotes

by Brandon LeBourveau
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The Phoenix Coyotes have a big decision to make before June 1st, 2001. Should they sign Moose Jaw Warriors’ Center Scott Kelman or let him reenter the 2001 Entry Draft? That is the question.

The Coyotes drafted the 6’2 188 pound Winnipeg native in the 1st Round (15th Overall) of the 1999 Entry Draft with the pick they received along with Travis Green when they dealt defenseman Oleg Tverdovsky back to Anaheim. Phoenix saw a chance to take a character player in Kelman who has a lot of heart, is a physical presence and gives it his best effort every game. The only knock on Kelman was his offensive abilities. Scouts were not convinced that he would be able to be a scorer in the NHL. And they were right.

Nearly two years later, many hockey people feel Kelman has not improved at all since being drafted, despite scoring a career high 20 goals this season with the Moose Jaw Warriors of the WHL. Kelman was dealt to the Warriors in the beginning of the season in the deal that saw star New York Rangers prospect Jamie Lundmark head the other way to Seattle. The Coyotes have to decide whether Kelman is worth 1st round money and be confident that he could become that 2nd line center they saw in him when they drafted him. If they decide to not sign him, Scott will reenter the 2001 Entry Draft and it’s anyone’s guess where he will end up. If I had to take a stab at it, I’d say Kelman wouldn’t be taken higher than the 3rd round. The Coyotes would also receive a 2nd round pick in compensation for letting Kelman go. The pick would likely be in the late 30′s to the earl Read more »

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