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Phantoms Taste First Defeat; Titans Rally to Win Home Opener

by Bill Meltzer
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The Philadelphia Phantoms, off to a 4-0-0 start, arrived in Cleveland for a Friday night tilt. It was the Phantoms’ third road game in four nights, which is often a harbinger of trouble. This game was no exception.

Philadelphia’s red hot powerplay was short-circuited in the game, going scoreless in seven opportunities. The Phantoms top line of Mark Freer (subbing for Marty Murray, who is on recall to the Flyers), Mark Greig, and Vaclav Pletka was shut down offensively and was out for three goals against. The top defensive pairing of John Slaney and Bruno St. Jacques also had a bad night and rookie goaltender Maxime Ouellet only came up with 19 of the 24 shots he faced (conversely, the Barons’ Vesa Toskala turned aside 29 of 31 Philadelphia shots).

The Phantoms took an early lead, with Peter Vandermeer converting a Petr Hubacek feed at 1:41 of the first period. The game went downhill from there for Philadelphia, although the Hubacek line would once again tally a goal (which temporarily tied the game 2-2) early in the second period; Mike Lephart doing the scoring honors.

The final minute of play took quite awhile to complete, with fights breaking out three different times, including a pair of fights at the final buzzer.

Meanwhile, the news was better at the ECHL level. In a game televised in the Philadelphia area, the Trenton Titans won their home opener by a 3-1 count over the Reading Royals, riding a three goal outburst in the third period.

The Titans played a very sluggish first period, getting outshot 13 to 4 and losing most of the Read more »

Calder Corner for Oct 12th

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The Calder Corner

NOTHING!

As a general rule, I will always list goals and assists and other noteworthy stats. If there is more to be noted, HF encourages our readers to talk about them below!

67’s Keep on Rolling

by Jake Dole
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67’s Keep on Rolling

Pre-Game Notes

The shorthanded 67’s were in tough Friday night with a match against the 6-2-0-1 Peterborough Petes. Out for 2 games was the captain Zenon Konopka, suspended for instigating in a scuffle in last Sunday’s game with the Barrie Colts’ Tyler Hanchuck. In addition, rookie center Corey Locke suffered a separated left shoulder in the same game; he is expected to be out of action for 2 to 3 weeks.

To shore up the lineup, the 67’s acquired a 16-year old Left Wing Jeremy Akeson from the London Knights. He had been playing with the Nepean Raiders of the CJHL (Central Junior Hockey League). There he played in 9 games and collected 3 goals, 6 points with a team-high 54 penalty minutes. Akeson made his OHL debut in last night’s game.
Juroslav Sklenar is going back to his native Czech Republic because of home sickness. The Left Winger has cleared waivers, which permits him to return.
Hall-of-famer Jean Beliveau was in attendance in last night’s game, dropping the puck for the ceremonial faceoff. The former member of the Montreal Canadiens was greeted with a standing ovation and a series of clips on the Civic Center’s brand new replay screen.
The 67s will host the first game of the 3-part Hershey Cup Series on Januray 16, 2001. The OHL’s Eastern Conference All-Stars will meet the Quebec Hockey League’s Eastern Conference All-Stars. The game will take place at 7:00 p.m. Eatern time. The other Read more »

Present day Rome rises in Kootenay

by Jeff Bromley
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In the dying days of Ancient Rome, it was said that Nero fiddled while the city burned. Present day Kootenay ICE defenseman Aaron Rome might want to do some fiddling of his own come June of 2002. And the only thing that’ll be burning is himself, right up the scouting charts.

The Red Line Report, a private scouting list out of Lake Placid, New York that compiles a monthly list of NHL Draft hopefuls similar to the NHL’s Central Scouting Bureau only the list includes players from Europe where the CSB doesn’t, listed Rome at the 36th spot in it’s first monthly report of the season. The list’s number one rated prospect is Medicine Hat Tiger defensemen Jay Bouwmeester who along with Rome are late-born players of 1983 (past September 15) which bumps them to the next draft year. The two also share the same birthday of September 27.

“I have high expectations of myself, like any hockey player at this level should have,” said Rome after being informed of the ranking. “I wasn’t expecting it but I think that it doesn’t really mean anything right now. It doesn’t mean anything yet but hopefully at the end of the year, maybe.”

Rome arrived in Cranbrook rather quietly and inconspicuously at a time when the pomp and circumstance of Mike Comrie’s short-lived stay in the Kootenay’s were dominating the headlines. On October 16, 2000 in the less-than-hyped trade that saw the unrealized potential in Jordan Wallin head to the Saskatoon Blades in exchange for a defenseman that didn’t seem to get much of chance in the Bridge City, Aaron Rome got a chance to start over.

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Calder Corner for Oct 11th

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Calder Corner for Oct 11th


The Calder Corner

Scott Ferguson: Over-age prospect with 1st NHL Goal, +1, 1 Shot)

Nashville Predators
Denis Arkhipov: 1 Assist
Martin Erat: 1 Assist

San Jose Sharks
Jeff Jillson: 2 Assists, -1, 3 Shots

St Louis Blues
Brent Johnson: 26 shots, 20 saves, 0-1-1

As a general rule, I will always list goals and assists and other noteworthy stats. If there is more to be noted, HF encourages our readers to talk about them below!

Is Petr Kanko playing illegally ??

by Jan Raz
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Petr Kanko, a top czech prospect for this years draft, is playing for Kitchener illegaly. Kanko still has a valid contract in Sparta and went to Kitchener without permition to leave and without obtaining a transfer card from the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF), the club said on Friday. That´s why IIHF was instructed to solve this matter and it should forbidd Kanko to play.

This information was given by the Sparta Prague manager Martin Urban. Sparta expects it´s top junior player to return and fulfill his current contract. This case was also given to a Czech lawyers and if Kanko wont make up his mind, he may be facing the Canadian court of justice. Let´s hope this player is as smart as talented.

Pittsburgh Penguins Junior Prospect Update

by Erik Johnson
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Forwards

Colby Armstrong, F Red Deer (WHL)

Week: 3 games, 0 goals, 2 assists, 10 PIM
Season: 7 games, 0 goals, 4 assists, 23 PIM


Steven Crampton, F Moose Jaw (WHL)

Week: DNP – Injured
Season: DNP – Injured


Michel Ouellet, F Rimouski (QMJHL)

Week: 3 games, 6 goals, 5 assists, 0 PIM
Season: 7 games, 12 goals, 9 assists, 4 PIM



Defensemen

Drew Fata, D Toronto St Mike’s (OHL)

Week: 3 games, 0 goals, 4 assists, 9 PIM
Season: 7 games, 0 goals, 6 assists, 18 PIM


Alexandre Rouleau, D Val d’Or (QMJHL)

Week: 2 games, 0 goals, 0 assists, 0 PIM
Season: 8 games, 0 goals, 3 assists, 3 points, 16 PIM



Goalies

Peter Hamerlik, G Kingston (OHL)

Week: 2 games, 124:28 min, 7 GA, 3.37 GAA, .926 SvPct
Season: 5 games, 243 min, 17 GA, 4.20 GAA, .900 SvPct


Brandon Crawford-West, G Texas (NAHL)

Week: 1 games, 60 min, 1 GA, 1.00 GAA, .952 SvPct
Season: 6 games, 322:36 min, 18 GA, 3.35 GAA, .877 SvPct


Congrats to Rimouski’s Michel Ouellet, who was named QMJHL’s Player of the week for the week 9-24 thru 9-30.

Wolves Defense Drowns Mighty Ducks

by pbadmin
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Last season, Norm Maracle set an Orlando Solar Bear record by recording . If the Chicago Wolves continue to play the kind of suffocating defense that they displayed in their 3-0 whitewashing of the Cincinnati Mighty Ducks, Wednesday night, he could break that record by the half way point of the of the season.

If the fact that the Wolves only allowed 19 shots was not impressive enough, consider that they allowed 19 shots on goal while killing off several penalties. The Wolves short-handed unit not only killed off the infractions, but their aggressive play created scoring chances as well. Led by penalty killer specialist, (Wolves forward) Dan Plante, the Wolves defense gave the Ducks no room to operate as they harassed the puck carrier at every opportunity. If this group continues
to play as dominant as this, we’re going to need to find them a nickname.

With things well taken care of on the defensive end, the Wolves defense decided to help out on offense. With 4:24 gone in the first period, Rob Brown slid a beautiful pass, through the slot, finding Dallas Eakins for the one timer to put the Wolves ahead 1-0. Later in the period, Derek MacKenzie scored his first ever professional goal off of rebound shots by Brett Clark and Dan Plante. MacKenzie ended the scoring an empty netter at 19:54 of the third period with an assist from Jef Dessner.

The Wolves were awarded a rare penalty shot in the second period when Ben Simon was pulled down, from behind. Taking the Wolves first non-shootout since April on 1999, Simon skated in on the right side, and tried Read more »

Calder Corner for Oct 10th

by HF Staff
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Calder Corner for Oct 10th


The Calder Corner

Radek Martinek: 1 Assist, +4

New York Rangers
Dan Blackburn: NHL Debut, 42 Shots, 37 Saves, 0-1-0

As a general rule, I will always list goals and assists and other noteworthy stats. If there is more to be noted, HF encourages our readers to talk about them below!

Tomas Netik – ATP Champion race or Hockey World Championships?

by Ivana Paulova
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Czech hockey is presenting another talent. This time it’s Tomas Netik, the undrafted 19 year old player (1982-04-28) of HC Sparta Praha. Many of you will question Sparta once again? Well the reason why many talented players are- or were in Sparta is that because it’s a very good club and it has great teams in all categories and this provides excellent background to all the players. But that doesn’t mean that all players in Sparta possess rare talent. But bare in mind that Tomas Netik isn’t just an ordinary player.

Among other players he is known for his modesty and ever-present positive attitude. He can be considered as a good leader, always giving support to others and making them welcome in the team regardless of whether it’s in Sparta or the national team. He seems to have things sorted out in his mind yet still he is open to new ideas and advises. The main figure in his career as well as personal life is his father a former player and later coach of Sparta now coaching the A team of Nymburg playing 3rd highest league in Czech Republic.

Tomas’ father led his first hockey steps which paradoxically took place at the other Prague stadium which belongs to Sparta’s rival Salvia! He stayed there till the age of 8 and the reason for the change of teams was caused by the fact that Sparta as a club also had a tennis team. Tomas was playing hockey and tennis for Sparta from the age of 8 till the age of 13. This combination worked well in his younger years when he was playing hockey in winter and tennis in summer. He was playing at a high level in both Read more »

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