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ICE Warriors on the Road

by Jeff Bromley

ICE Warriors on the Road

Five games in six nights across three provinces, one time zone now that we’ve gone into winter’s darkness of daylight-saving time and 3212 kilometers round trip of November across the Canadian Prairies. Not exactly the creme de la creme of vacations down at the local travel agency but after posting four of a possible five wins on the club’s longest road excursion of the season, it’s a trip the Kootenay ICE could be looking back on as pivotal in the road to WHL mastery. Prior to their success in Saskatchewan, the ICE were a less than desirable 3-5-1 away from the confines of the Cranbrook Rec/Plex, with two of those victories coming against lower echelon clubs in Vancouver and Kelowna. Coming off a loss to the Calgary Hitmen at home and ending a nine game unbeaten streak in the process, the ensuing road trip that lay ahead was a question mark.

Consider the question answered.

Super Svatos – Some observations from afar: Any questions about the stability of the shoulder of one Marek Svatos can now be safely put to rest. “The doctor said at least one month before I can come back but it only a couple of weeks,” said Svatos of his shoulder injury before the club left for its road trip. “It feels pretty good. I feel good.” Feels good? Potting seven goals (four on the power-play and two being game winners), six assists for thirteen points to put the slick Slovak atop the WHL leader board with teammate Tomas Plihal at 35 points. One behind the Lethbridge Hurricane’s Nathan Barrett with 36. Leading the league with 21 goals and averaging alm Read more »

Czech Republic – Switzerland Under-16 teams Game 3 recap

by Robert Neuhauser

By Robert Neuhauser and Ivana Paulova

After 4:0 and 3:1 losses in the three-game series played in the Czech Republic last week
the Swiss team was eager to capture at least one victory in this series. On Sunday they had
the last chance. The contest took place in Slany and the audience could look forward to an
interesting match. Two different styles met there. The Czechs use their typical smart game
and rely on skill and finesse while the Swiss play with high determination and tend to
fire the pucks and look for rebounds and loose pucks.

The Czechs gave chance to all three of their goalies and this time stood Slavia Praha midgets
netminder Petr Bezunk between the pipes. The Swiss brought two goalies to the Czech Republic
and in this game coach Charly Oppliger has put his faith in Igor Rossi. Both sides shuffled
the lineup a bit and the lines looked different than in the previous two games.

Since the opening faceoff the Czechs were dominant in the game with their individual skills,
the Swiss defense looked porous at the beginning of the game and only a piece of luck was
missing on the Czech side. The young Czechs seemed to fly on the ice and could take
advantage of one-on-one situations, where they were better. The first quality chance came
three minutes into the game, Radomir Cizek fired from the top right faceoff circle, Rossi made
the save but allowed a rebound. Vaclav Meindl tried to lift the puck over the Swiss goalie
before the Swiss defensemen checked him down on the ice. Read more »

Scott Hartnell’s potential

by Brian Roe

Scott Hartnell jumped straight from a No. 1 draft choice to the pros with the Nashville Predators.

Hartnell is being dubbed as a main block that the Preds plan to build a playoff team around. Hartnell, who stands 6’3 and weighs in at 192 pounds, is a likely future captain of the Predators. He has the size, speed, quickness, and agility to make it in the National Hockey League. But, on top of all of that he has a good head on his shoulders.

The Preds originally drafted Hartnell because everyone spoke so highly of his leadership qualities and his work ethic. The Preds have found a gem in this young man.

The amazing thing about Scott Hartnell is the fact that he is only 19, yet reads the ice and responds to the play in a veteran manner. Hartnell has already established his presence physically, fighting (and often times loosing) to much more experienced opponents.

Tonight Hartnell scored his fourth goal of the season and added two assists, as well. Last season he scored two goals the whole year, so it is becoming more and more evident that he will be an offensive force in this league.

It will be exciting to watch Hartnell (19), Legwand (21), Erat (20) and others mature and grow into very good hockey players.

Admirals Update

The Milwaukee Admirals won their last game this past week with an exciting 3-2 overtime win. The game-winner came from Kevin Dean with nine seconds left in overtime. Defensemen Timo Helbling and Rich Brennan scored the other two goals. The Admirals record now stands at 4 wins, 7 losses owning Read more »

Tampa Bay Prospects Stats Part I

by Megan Sexton

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Czech Republic – Finland Under-19 teams game recap

by Ivana Paulova

By Robert Neuhauser and Ivana Paulova

Czech and Finnish teams, consisting of players who weren’t selected to play for the Under
-20 team play a three-game series in the Czech Republic. Have a look at the recap of
the Saturday’s game, there could be some hidden gems on those teams.

The Under-19 teams were established in the near history, they are only in their third season. Even if some people seem to underestimate those squads and name them “minors for the Under-20 team”, there appear players who can make an impact
quite soon and they are only a step away from being promoted to the Under-20 team. This year the Under-19 teams
consist of players born 1983 where almost everyone was overlooked at the NHL Entry Draft or are late-born 1983’s and so not eligible for the 2001 draft. The top 1983 born prospects moved from the Under-18 team to the Under-20 team and it’s up to those who didn’t make that jump to make a name for themselves.

On the Czech side, two players were claimed by NHL teams this past June. Slavia Praha center/left winger Zbynek Novak, an alternate captain for the Under-19 team, is a Washington Capitals draft choice and HC Bili Tygri Liberec defenseman Jan Holub was picked by the New York Islanders. Then there are players like captain Lukas Chmelir or Jan Rehor who were expected to hear their names selected at the draft, but unfortunately this didn’t happen. Read more »

The ECHL Report

by Ron Valerino

PLAYER OF THE WEEK : Louisiana center Cory Cyrenne
The 5-10 and 186-pound Cyrenne scored the game-winning goal in both of Louisiana’s wins, and finished the weekend with three goals and five points. Cyrenne scored the only goal in Friday’s 1-0 win over Kelly Cup Champion South Carolina as the IceGators improved to 9-0-1. The eighth-round selection of San Jose in the 1996 NHL draft, Cyrenne scored two power-play goals and had two assists in Louisiana’s 5-1 win against Mobile. Cyrenne leads the IceGators with seven goals, four power-play goals and 12 points, and he is tied for the team lead with three game-winning goals. On behalf of Cory Cyrenne, a case of pucks will be donated to the Louisiana area youth hockey organization by InGlasco, the official puck supplier of the ECHL.

GOALIE OF THE WEEK : Charlotte’s Scott Meyer
Meyer was 3-0-0 with a 1.33 goals against average and a .944 save percentage in three starts last weekend. He made 20 saves in a 5-1 win over Trenton on Friday and then recorded his first career shutout on Saturday, making 25 saves in a 1-0 win at Reading. He closed out the weekend with 22 saves in a 7-3 win at Roanoke, helping Charlotte extend its season-high winning streak to four games. The 25-year-old Meyer is 5-4-1 with a .919 save percentage, and ranks second in the ECHL with a 1.89 goals against average, the only goalie with 10 more more starts with a goals against average of less than 2.00.


WHEELING : Read more »

Blue Jackets CHL Prospect Report

by Aaron Vickers

Western Hockey League

Shane Bendera – G – Red Deer Rebels
Bendera has played in 15 of 22 games for the Rebels, posting a most impressive 10-3-2 record. Bendera leads the league in Goals Against Average(1.85), Save Percentage(.932), is second in wins(10, leader has 12), and tied for second in shutouts(1, leader has 2). Not to take anything away from the other Rebel players, but Bendera has single-handedly taken Red Deer to the top of the WHL.

Ben Knopp – RW – Moose Jaw Warriors
Although the Warriors are struggling, their top forward is having himself a respectable year. Knopp, through 24 games, has 13 goals, 5 of which came on the powerplay and 21 points(13-8-21). In reality, the only statistic that is hurting Knopp right now is his +/-, which sits at -4. Although Knopp leads the team in scoring, he is 3rd in Points Per Game, behind Shawn Limpright and Washington’s first round pick in 2000, Brian Sutherby.

Kiel McLeod – C – Kelowna Rockets Read more »

2001-2002 USHL College List

by Jason Shaner

2001-2002 USHL College List
(As of 11/13/01)

Every year the best of the best go on to the College Ranks. This year looks to be no different as already there is a long list of USHL Star’s who have committed to move on to the Collegiate level next season. Below is a list of the current USHL College commitments and their current statistics.

Cedar Rapids RoughRiders
1. Bobby Goepfert G – Providence College

9-2-1, 2.20 GAA, .938 saves percentage

2. Danny O’Brien F – University of Massachusetts-Lowell

4 goals, 2 assists

Chicago Steel

1. Danny Richmond D – University of Michigan

4 goals, 14 assists, 41 PIM

2. Ben Tharp D – University of Miami-Ohio

3 goals, 4 assists, 27 PIM

Des Moines Buccaneers

1. Ryan Dingle F – University of Denver

3 goals, 2 assists, 23 PIM

2. Mike Hutchins D – University of New Hampshire

4 goals, 11 assists, 36 PIM

3. Brett Skinner D – University of Denver

5 goals, 14 assists

Green Bay Gamblers

1. Joe Crabb F – Colorado College

2 goals, 4 assists, 23 PIM

2. Josh Gartner G – Yale University

0-2, 4.89 GAA, .827 saves percentage

3. Nate Guenin D – Ohio State University

1 goal, 4 assists, 40 PIM

4. Tim Stapleton F – University of Minnesota-Duluth

6 goals, 5 assists

Lincoln Stars

1. David Backes C – Minnesota State University-Mankato

5 goals, 4 assists, 31 PIM Read more »

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