WJC Mid Term Report
So we’ve seen the round robin games and some players have stood out, a few even for good reasons. But what about those drafted by Toronto? To date among the most impressive you’d have to rank Canada’s Brad Boyes. A few months ago, it was the opinion of this column that perhaps Boyes might be tried on the wing to bolster the outside scoring. Seeing him dominate in the faceoff dot as much as he has at this tourney though, it would be interesting to see what he can do against stiffer competition. He certainly has the puck smarts and defensive responsibility to play the middle. While he has so far been the clear cut #1 choice.
However after Boyes, a couple of Bud blueliners check in for a very close battle for 2nd spot in Canada’s Carlo Colaiacovo and Finland’s Markus Seikola. Both are mobile defensemen who can carry the puck up ice, both have hard shots from the point, and both like to hit. Seikola looked to be the slightly heavier hitter and shooter, but Colaiacvovo looked to be a touch more mobile. Call them 2 and 2A.
On the downside, Jay Harrison, has looked very out of place on this squad. He has been beaten to the outside repeatedly, and he has blindly fired the puck anywhere but here numerous times throughout the preliminary rounds. While it’s true, he’s not here to provide offensive fireworks, in light of his defensive play, the absence of a contribution at this end leaves little positive to talk about.
Fredrik Sjostrom, Sweden – Fredrik has not been given a shot to show his talent at the World Junior Championships and his statistics have illustrated just that. Sjostrom has only 2 penalty minutes with no goals or assists in the five games he has played so far. Sjostrom has been limited to fourth line play and 13th forward duties with virtually no time on the power play and penalty kill. Fredrik will only improve and gain experience from being at the Championships when he goes back to the Calgary Hitmen.
5 GP, 0 G, 0 A, 0 P, 2 PIM, +2, 6 SOG
Ruslan Zainullan, Russia – Ruslan came over in the Nikolai Khabibulin trade from Tampa Bay and has been put in the same position that Fredrik Sjostrom has been in with Sweden. Ruslan through the quarterfinals does not have a registered shot on goal which is something he will need to address if he is to have success in his professional career. Zainullan has only one assist and 2 penalty minutes in the five games through the quarterfinals of the Championships so far. As with Sjostrom, Zainullan will gain nothing but positive experience from this.
5 GP, 0 G, 1 A, 1 P, 2 PIM, -1, 0 SOG
Martin Podelsak, Czech Republic – Martin started off the tournament playing on the 2nd line along side Frantisek Lukes and Miloslav Horava. Martin has really been a disappointment at the Championships. Podelsak hasn’t registered a point in the tournament and has really disappointed the hometown fans in the Czech Republic. Podelsak is a plus one and has four shots on goal. Podelsak had really high expectations going into this tou Read more »
Halfway home. The 2001-2002 USHL season is at the midway mark of the season and so far USHL fans have been treated to some fantastic exhibitions of hockey. The race for the division titles has already begun with teams jockeying for playoff position and the coveted Division title for the 1st and 2nd seeds in the Clark Cup USHL playoffs. In the Eastern Division the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders have held the top spot for quite awhile with 38 points (18-10-2). Up until recently there was very little competition for the spot but the Green Bay Gamblers have stepped up their game a notch and are now within striking distance with 35 points (16-8-3). The Des Moines Buccaneers a preseason favorite by many, including myself to win the Eastern Division is not far behind with 33 points (15-10-3). The RoughRiders though hold the upper hand as they played a large number of their road games in the first half of the season en route to compiling a wonderful 12-7-2 road record.
With approximately 2/3 of their road schedule out of the way, Cedar Rapids will be in good shape to bring home their first ever division title while in Cedar Rapids. In the Western Division the Sioux City Musketeers broke out of the gate the fastest and still hold the top spot in the West as well as the top seed in the entire league with 46 points (22-5-2). Similarly to Cedar Rapids, the Musketeers have company at the top of the pole. The Sioux Falls Stampede have ridden a seven game winning streak back into 2nd place with 43 points (21-7-1) while the defending Clark and Gold Cup Champion Omaha Lancers a Read more »
The Calder Corner
Continued excellence is the game that the two fine rookies playing for the Thrash bring consistently every week. For that reason, the Calder Corner has its first shared HF Prospect of the Week by naming Ilya Kovalchuk and Dany Heatley as co-winners. The big question is, how do you choose just one for the Calder Trophy?
Tjarnqvist: 1 Assist
Kovalchuk: 2 Goals (15,16), 2 Assists
Heatley: 3 Goals (13,14,15), 1 Assist
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Boynton: 1 Goal (2), 1 Assist
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Noronen: 1 GM, 16 Shots, 15 Saves (2-1-1) Read more »
Written by Ivana Paulova and Robert Neuhauser
Czech Republic – Sweden 1:2
14:43 CZE Hemsky (Hudler, Ustrnul) 1:0
24:38 SWE Hedlund (Eriksson) 1:1
59:37 SWE Jamtin (Lundqvist, Jonsson) 1:2
Czech team really wanted to win this game and they played well. It was a physical game with a
lot of skating on both sides. The first one to score was Ales Hemsky. He was given an accurate
pass by Jiri Hudler. Czech team had the goal not to play against Canada and after the tying goal by Hedlund Czechs
tried extremely hard. In the final power play Czechs failed to score and Jamtin had no problems
to score in the open net. Even though Czechs were last in the Group A they will face Finland in
Slovakia – USA 4:4
01:19 SVK Svatos (Kopecky, Hudec) 1:0
05:11 USA Slater (Globke, Umberger) 1:1 PP
13:00 USA Lebda (Eaves, Brown) 1:2 PP
13:30 SVK Svatos (Kopecky) 2:2
19:59 USA Whitney (Hollweg, Eaves) 2:3 PP
24:18 SVK Fruhauf (Svatos, Kristin) 3:3 pp
46:00 SVK Kolozvary (Stehlik) 4:3 Read more »
Everything was going well for Alexander Svitov, a 6-3 199 lbs. center from Russia, as the feisty forward was selected 3rd Overall in 2001 by the Tampa Bay Lightning. Desperate for a center that could eventually shut down the other team’s top line each and every night, the Lightning and GM Rick Dudley were quick to almost guarantee Svitov a roster spot shortly after being drafted. However, the high spirits centered on the young Russian on that day, June 23rd 2001, now seemed to have dwindled at the very least.It all started when the Tampa Bay Lightning and Alexander Svitov thought they were doing the right thing. The two agreed on a three year, entry-level contract before the deadline to sign European players passed. However, afraid that Svitov’s former team in Russia, Avangard Omsk, would get extremely upset with the player’s decision and possibly take some sort of action, the two sides figured it was best to wait a short while before announcing the deal. Out of the blue, Omsk announced that Svitov could not jump ship to the NHL and must serve time in the military. At first the Tampa Bay Lightning didn’t worry too much about Omsk’s decision, since they already had Svitov under contract. What they didn’t know, and they found this out eventually, was that Svitov was inducted into the Russian military back in December 2000. Unfortunately for both parties, Tampa Bay fans won’t be seeing Svitov in the NHL until December 2002 as he needs to serve his two year military obligation.Fast forward to this year’s World Junior Championships in the Czech Republi Read more »
It was tournament weekend in the NCAA and one of the best match ups was the 10th annual Wells-Fargo Denver cup. Third ranked DU has won their tournament 7 times and this year they invited (#5) U-Mass Lowell, Bowling Green and Harvard to the party. As expected, DU and U-Mass Lowell battled for the cup in the championship game, however the story of the tourney was maturing process of the young (#14) Harvard Crimson team.
Game one: U-Mass Lowell vs Harvard
Even though these teams are geographically very close, they had to come all the way to Denver to face each other for the very first time. A relatively inexperienced, young, under .500 goaltender, Will Crothers was matched up against the best goalie in the NCAA, Cam McCormick. McCormick’s resume includes an incomprehensible 0.62 GAA, .972 Save percentage and an 8-0-0 record.
Crothers weathered a storm of 36 shots on goal until the last few minutes of the third period when Laurent Meunier finally got one past him on a rebound. Mark Concannon shot one though the five hole a few minutes later to seal the win. Crother’s solid goaltending kept his team in the game until the very end and would give them even more confidence in the consolation game on Saturday.
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By : Ron Valerino — 12/31/01
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02:32 SUI Gerber (Monnet, Forster) 1:0 PP
08:43 SUI Monnet (Camenzind, Helfenstein) 2:0
19:16 SUI Nussli (P.Bartschi, Ramholt) 3:0
21:44 SUI Raffainer (Sutter, Gerber) 4:0 PP
23:44 SUI Camenzind (Monnet, Back) 5:0 SH
37:19 SUI Raffainer (Gerber, D.Bartschi) 6:0
37:52 SUI Nussli (Ambuhl) 7:0 SH
53:30 SUI P.Bartschi (Ambuhl, Nussli) 8:0
About the winner of this game was decided very soon. After the
first four minutes the Swiss players were enjoying a 2:0 lead
and were totally over the team of France. After two periods
the score was already 7:0 and for the third period the French
team changed the goalies and tactics. It was obvious that they
can´t do anything with the result, the Swiss players were
in control of the game and they didn´t allow almost any shot
at Matthias Schoder in their net. The French team played
a totally defensive game in the last period in order to get
ready for the relegation games, but couldn´t avoid a 8:0 loss.
Canada – Russia 5:2
04:09 CAN Stoll (Ott) 1:0 SH
14:04 CAN Weiss (Spezza, Kobasew) 2:0 PP
20:50 RUS Knyazev (Chistov) 2:1 PP
27:11 CAN Cammalleri (Boyes) 3:1 PP
38:19 RUS Polushin (Frolov) 3:2 PP
48:09 CAN Aulin (Hamhuis) 4:2 PP Read more »