Friday, March 1st, Mellon Arena.
Once again, the rivalry between Pittsburgh and Cleveland resumed with a
really exiting and passionate game. This time we’re not talking about the
Sleelers and the Browns but the Barons and the Baby Pens.
After a slow start in the first, (end up 1-1) both teams picked it up in the
second with 4 goals combined. The Pens scored 2 early and quick goals but
the Barons scored back twice in the period. In the third, the Ohio team took
the lead by an outstanding individual play by Jonathan Cheechoo after a
Brooks Orpik’s late penalty, the game seemed to be in the books for
Cleveland. But that same player who took the late call didn’t think so.
Orpik got out of the box, poke-checked the puck carrier, rushed the puck to the
net and made an unbelievable pass to Tomas Suvory for the game-tying
goal…with only 11 seconds left!
Analysis of some baby Pens and Barons players from the game :
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins :
Shane Endicott : The Pittsburgh Penguins second rounder in the 2000 draft
seems to be a good one. In fact, Endicott is on a dream season this year.
He has 19 goals and 18 assists in 54 games with Wilkes-Barre, and he was chosen
to play in the AHL all-star game. He got a one game call-up by the Big
Pens and even recorded his first NHL point ever! Endicott has good speed,
skating and stickhandling, (still at the AHL level for now), but he has to
learn how to use these skills more effectively. After a nice move or rush,
Endicott sometimes has no clue what to do wi Read more »
FORGE SPLITS WEEKEND WITH SPRINGFIELD
Forge 5 Spirit 0 :
NEVILLE ISLAND (March 1, 2002) — The Pittsburgh Forge Junior A
hockey club defeated the Springfield (Mo.) Spirit by a score of 5-0 at the
Island Sports Center on Neville Island. Back-up goaltender Peter Mannino,
making his third start of the season, turned away all 31 shots he faced and
earned his first shutout. Pittsburgh, which remains in second place in the
North American Hockey League’s Eastern Division, led 1-0 after the first
period of play as Bernie Chmiel picked up his seventh goal of the season at
the 7:32 mark. Jim Thamann increased the Forge’s lead to 2-0 early in the
second period when he skated out from behind the net and stuffed the puck
behind Springfield goaltender Sean Caruso at 2:15. A three-goal surge in the
final period put the game away for Pittsburgh. The first was a power play
goal by Pat Levendusky at 7:39, and the second was a short-handed goal by
Andy Brandt at 15:02. Levendusky and Brandt are now tied for the club lead
with 20 goals each. Sean Berkstresser closed out the scoring for the evening
with a power-play goal at the 19:41 mark. It was his fifth goal of the
Spirit 4 Forge 3 : Read more »
Vitals on Bryan Allen:
Born: August 21, 1980 in Kingston, Ontario.
Drafted: In the first round of the 1998 NHL Entry Draft, fourth player selected overall, by the Vancouver Canucks.
Current Club: Manitoba Moose (AHL)
Honours: OHL First All-Star Team (1998-99)
The following is my interview with Bryan, done via email.
HF: What was it like to grow up in a place like Kingston, Ontario; one of our nation’s hockey-hotbeds?
BA: It was pretty neat to grow up in a city with such a history in hockey. Everything was hockey, everyone loved it, and wanted to be a part of it in some way, be it playing or watching.
HF: Did you feel any pressure when you began your junior career with the Oshawa Generals, especially considering you were a #9 overall pick by them in the OHL Priority Selection?
BA: When I first got to Oshawa, there was a lot of pressure; especially in training camp. But, I had a great coach (Bill Stewart) who taught me a lot, and brought me along slowly.
HF: What did you enjoy most about your time in Oshawa, and your junior career in general?
BA: I enjoyed my first year and going to the Memorial Cup.
HF: How did it feel to have your name called #4 Overall by the Vancouver Canucks? Read more »
Tuomas Pihlman, a player of JyP Jyväskylä, was a member of the Finnish U-20 team which captured the bronze medal at the WJC in Czech Republic recently.
Question: You’ve been drafted by the New Jersey Devils. Do you have decided yet when to go there?
Pihlman: No, not I don’t know that yet.
Question: As you would not get a chance to play in the NHL, would you prefer playing in the Minor Leagues or playing in Finland?
Pihlman: In Finland, because hockey there is more technical than in North America.
Question: Could you imagine playing in other European countries?
Pihlman: Hmmmm…. no, hardly.
Question: You were born in Espoo, but play for JyP Jyväskylä. Why don’t you play for local Espoo Blues?
Pihlman: My parents moved to Jyväskylä when I was 12, so I joined the local hockey club there and have been playing for it now for seven years.
Question: What’s your favourite team in Finland and your favourite NHL team?
Pihlman (smiling): In Finland Jyväskylä and in the NHL New Jersey Devils
Question: What is your favourite player?
Pihlman: Mario Lemieux
Question: At the world junior championship in Czech Republic, you wore jersey #29. Is there any specific reason for that?
Pihlman: When I was younger, I had number 49, and I also wear it in the SM-Liiga, but on the WJC team I could not get that, so I chose number 29.
Question: Are you superstitious in any way?
Pihlman Read more »
After a great start to the season the Hurricanes have found themselves in a dog fight with the Hitmen and Tigers for the last two playoff spots in the Central division. With only 7 games left what do the Canes need to do in order to secure a playoff spot……
Well the Hurricanes need every win they can get.
Friday night against the Rebels the Canes put in a great effort but fell short on National TV against the countries #1 team.
The next night they were in Cranbrook to take on the Ice. Cranbrook kid Logan Koopmans backstopped the Canes to an important 2-0 win over the Ice. That was Logan’s second shutout of the year. Those two shutouts are the only two the team has this year.
The Hurricanes have six games left this year. Three on the road and then they come home for three to finish the season.
The Canes play each of the Tigers and Hitmen once, a rematch with the Rebels and three games against the Broncos.
The games against the Tigers and the Hitmen will most likely be deciding factors as to where the Canes end up in the standings.
The Broncos and the Rebels will be very tough games for the Hurricanes.
Lethbridge must concentrate on playing good defensive hockey. They have the talent up front and if they play good in their own end chances will come.
The road to the playoffs begins Tuesday for the Canes in Medicine Hat.
Check here Tuesday morning for a recap of that game.
It was definitely obvious from the beginning that the focus of this tournament was clearly on the hundred or so NHL players who were participating in this year’s Winter Olympics. However, there were some young prospects from different countries who were able to step up and make an impact on their team. These Olympics gave fans an opportunity to see some European players for the first time. Here is a look at how some of the youngsters did during this tournament.
Oliver Setzinger, C, Austria, 18 yrs old, Drafted: 3rd Rnd (2001) by Nashville Read more »
Marek Svatos, Center, Kootenay (WHL)
Stats: (SVK-WJC) 7 GP, 7 G, 1 A, 8 P, 6 PIM, +5
Stats: 46 GP, 35 G, 36 A, 71 P, 52 PIM, +6
Kurt Sauer, Defenseman, Spokane (WHL)
Stats: 53 GP, 2 G, 16 A, 18 P, 65 PIM, +23
Blake Ward, Goaltender, Lethbridge (WHL)
Stats: 35 GP, 11-17-4, 3.58 GAA. .875 SV%
Charlie Stephens, Center, London (OHL)
Stats: 54 GP, 22 G, 32 A, 54 P, 51 PIM, -21
Danny Bois, Right Wing, London (OHL)
Stats: 57 GP, 16 G, 12 A, 28 P, 232 PIM, -13
Aaron Molnar, Goaltender, London (OHL)
Stats: 15 GP, 4-9-2, 3.98 GAA, .870 SV%
Agris Saviels, Defenseman, Owen Sound (OHL)
Stats: 57 GP 5 G, 27 A, 32 P, 33 PIM, Even
Colt King, Left Wing, North Bay (OHL)
Stats: 53 GP, 14 G, 11 A, 25 P, 115 PIM, -27
Cody McCormick, Right Wing, Belleville (OHL)
Stats: 56 GP, 10 G, 14 A, 24 P, 112 PIM, +7
Darryl Bootland, Right Wing, Toronto (OHL)
Stats: 54 GP, 36 G, 55 A, 91 P, 120 PIM, +50
Scott Horvath, Right Wing, Toronto (OHL)
Stats: (UMass-Amherst, HE) 15 GP, 2 G, 3 A, 5 P, 8 PIM, -2
Stats: (Toronto-OHL) 21 GP, 4 G, 4 A, 8 P, 39 PIM, -2
Peter Budaj, Goaltender, Toronto (OHL)
Stats: (SVK-WJC) 4 GP, 3.11 GAA, .919 SV%, 1 SHO
Stats: 38 GP, 24-9-4, 2.29 GAA, .921 SV%
Pierre-Luc Emond, Center, Cape Breton (QMJHL) Read more »
This report is not intended to track player progress since the last update, but to simply provide statistics for all of the Hurricane prospects.
Brad DeFauw – Lowell Lock Monsters (AHL)
(Born: 11/10/77, Height, Weight: 6-3, 210 pounds)
(51 GP, 15 G, 15 A, 30 P, 27 PIM)
Mike Zigomanis – Lowell Lock Monsters
(01/17/81, 6-0, 180 pounds)
(58 GP, 14 G, 23 A, 37 P, 18 PIM)
Tomas Kurka – Lowell Lock Monsters
(12/14/81, 6-0, 180 pounds)
(50 GP, 8 G, 10 A, 18 P, 16 PIM)
Brett Lysak – Lowell Lock Monsters
(12/12/80, 6-0, 190 pounds)
(47 GP, 6 G, 8 A, 14 P, 24 PIM)
Jaroslav Svoboda – Lowell Lock Monsters
(06/01/80, 6-2, 190 pounds)
(50 GP, 7 G, 11 A, 18 P, 41 PIM)
Jeff Heerema – Lowell Lock Monsters
(01/17/80, 6-1, 180 pounds)
(55 GP, 25 G, 28 A, 53 P, 61 PIM)
Ryan Bayda – University of North Dakota (NCAA)
(12/09/80, 5-11, 185 pounds)
(31 GP, 14 G, 23 A, 37 P, 15 PIM, +9)
David Evans – Clarkson University (NCAA)
(02/17/80, 6-2, 200 pounds)
(28 GP, 7 G, 7 A, 14 P, 16 PIM)
Craig MacDonald – Lowell Lock Monsters
(04/07/77, 6-2, 185 pounds)
(57 GP, 16 G, 18 A, 34 P, 61 PIM)
Ian MacNeil – Lowell Lock Monsters
(04/27/77, 6-2, 185 pounds)
(58 GP, 9 G, 14 A, 23 P, 93 PIM) Read more »
Scouting Staff Slimmed
With a new General Manager comes a new team philosophy and with a new philosophy comes new priorities. With emphasis being placed on team toughness and current performance, focus is being taken off of the future. In one of his first major moves as General Manager, Jay Feaster has announced that the Tampa Bay Lightning’s Scouting Staff will take a big hit in his reorganization of the team. The Bolts currently have 24 traveling scouts on their payroll. That number will be reduced to 12. Amongst those to go, is ex-Lightning Assistant Coach John Torchetti. The Lightning’s Scouting Department had previously been one of the largest in the league and had been accountable for some of the best draft picks in Lighting history.
Feaster explained, “At the beginning of the year we were handed a pot to work with and if our scouting department takes up $2.1 million and I can reduce that to say, $1 million, then that’s $1.1 million I can put into players salaries.”
More Goaltender Woes
Goaltender Brian Eklund has watched from the sidelines as his team, Brown University, enjoys one of the best streaks in recent team history. Eklund is 3-5-0, while his counter part Yanis Danis, is 11-8-2 with a 1.76 GAA. Putting Eklund, the former number one for Brown, two steps behind.
The last game Eklund appeared in was a 5-2 loss to Yale on January 11th, where he was pulled after allowing 4 goals on 20 shots.
In Eklund’s tenure at Brown, the team has never won more than 6 games a season. Now, with the team Read more »