Ryan and his MSU teammates entered the 01-02 season as the top-ranked team in both the CCHA and NCAA. Holding onto the top position in the NCAA has proven difficult (12-3-2 overall, 6th in the USA Today/American Hockey Magazine poll), but the Spartans 10-3-1 conference record has them in first place in the CCHA.
While there is no question that MSU’s current standing is a direct result of both solid defensive play and good coaching, having a certain award-winning goaltender makes things that much easier for the Spartans. Miller is not without his detractors, however, as there are some observers who are of the opinion that Ryan benefits more from MSU’s strong defense than do the Spartans from Miller’s solid goaltending. Perhaps this case can be made, but the statistics don’t necessarily back up these claims.
After 17 games, Ryan leads the CCHA in goals-against average (1.55), save percentage (.944), and wins (12). His 6 shutouts are tops in the NCAA, while he continues to add to his NCAA-record career total, which stands at 24 shutouts. Miller is ranked 3rd in the nation amongst Division I goalies, but the two players in front of Ryan have appeared in just 8 and 4 games, respectively.
Perhaps the best indicator of Ryan’s importance to his team is the number of shots he faces per game. Miller has faced an average of 27.2 shots per game so far this season, which would put MSU in the middle of the pack in the CCHA for that category. While there are goaltenders on some lesser teams that face more rubber-per Read more »
Kari Lehtonen will be the starting goalie. Joni Puurula would have been the 1st choice for the backup position, but he has been out for almost the whole season so far.
On defence 2002 eligble Joni Pitkänen has a big role. Tero Määttä, Markus Seikola and Olli Malmivaara are other TOP-4 defenceman on the team.
The two scoring lines are almost set. Mikko Koivu will center Tuomo Ruutu and Tuomas Pihlman. Jarkko Immonen will have Toni Koivisto and Jussi Jokinen on his wings.
Center Harri Suutarinen has a broken jaw and can’t play.
Coach Erkka Westerlund says that other teams will have more talented players on their teams and Finland has to play as a team again. When selecting the players Westerlund has tried to find ambitious, brave and disciplined players.
1 G Kari Lehtonen Jokerit 11-16-1983 6-3 190
30 G Juha Kuokkanen SaiPa 01-26-1982 5-10 170
3 D Topi Jaakola Kärpät 11-15-1983 6-1 179
4 D Joni Pitkänen Kärpät 09-19-1983 6-3 194
5 D Mikko Viitanen Jukurit 02-18-1982 6-3 221
6 D Olli Malmivaara Jokerit 03-13-1982 6-4 205
8 D Jyri Marttinen JYP 09-01-1982 5-11 179
21 D Tero Määttä Blues 01-02-1982 6-1 214
22 D Markus Seikola TPS 06-05-1982 6-1 185
9 F Mikko Koivu TPS 03-12-1983 6-2 174
10 F Sean Bergenheim Jokerit 02-08-1984 5-11 190
11 F Kim Hirschovits HIFK 05-09-1982 6-1 181
12 F Jarkko Immonen Ässät 04-19-1982 6-0 190
13 F Tomi Mäki Jokerit 08-19-1983 5-11 172 Read more »
This weekend, the state of Colorado was the center of attention in college hockey. The three top teams in the NCAA battled for WCHA points and rankings. Colorado College took on the mighty (#1) St Cloud State Huskies. After CC lost on Friday, they rebounded for a commanding 5-1 victory on Saturday. SCSU’s only two losses have come against the under .500 CC Tigers. However, the big battle was fought at Magnuss Arena as the (#2-t) Denver University Pioneers hosted the (#2-t) Minnesota Golden Gophers.
GAME ONE: Minnesota’s resume includes 6 draftees, 1 WJC invitee, 4 players ranked on the CSB preliminary rankings and one 2001 Hobby Baker finalist. With this impressive list, DU seemed to be a bit intimidated on Friday night. Both teams played a tight checking defensive game and neither team seemed to achieve good puck control thought out the evening. Both goaltenders made some incredible save and kept their respective teams in the game until the end. Minnesota’s goalie Adam Hauser was especially impressive, stopping 30 of 31 shots.
Minnesota was up 2-0 when the game finally opened up for a while during the second period with both teams exchanging break away attempts. DU’s Wade Dubielewicz made a spectacular save against Troy Riddle. Soon after that, Connor James also had a break away but could not convert. Also during this on slot, DU’s Jesse Cook blasted one that rang off the post. Finally in the 3rd period, Aaron MacKenzie’s shot from the blue line was redirected in by Luke Fulghum. DU pulled their goalie but could not tie it u Read more »
Marek Svatos, Center, Kootenay (WHL)
Stats: 26 GP, 23 G, 19 A, 42 P, 24 PIM, +2
Kurt Sauer, Defenseman, Spokane (WHL)
Stats: 24 GP, 0 G, 8 A, 8 P, 30 PIM, +15
Blake Ward, Goaltender, Lethbridge (WHL)
Stats: 19 GP, 9-7-3, 2.87 GAA. .893 SV%
Charlie Stephens, Center, Guelph/London (OHL)
Stats: 24 GP, 6 G, 11 A, 17 P, 35 PIM, -19
Danny Bois, Right Wing, London (OHL)
Stats: 31 GP, 6 G, 7 A, 13 P, 95 PIM, -10
Aaron Molnar, Goaltender, London (OHL)
Stats: 15 GP, 4-9-2, 3.98 GAA, .870 SV%
Agris Saviels, Defenseman, Owen Sound (OHL)
Stats: 30 GP 2 G, 19 A, 21 P, 21 PIM, -5
Colt King, Left Wing, Guelph/North Bay (OHL)
Stats: 26 GP, 4 G, 5 A, 9 P, 58 PIM, -13
Cody McCormick, Right Wing, Belleville (OHL)
Stats: 32 GP, 7 G, 8 A, 15 P, 60 PIM, -1
Darryl Bootland, Right Wing, Toronto (OHL)
Stats: 27 GP, 17 G, 25 A, 42 P, 60 PIM, +22
News: Named OHL Player of the Month for November
Peter Budaj, Goaltender, Toronto (OHL)
Stats: 22 GP, 12-6-4, 2.37 GAA, .922 SV%
Pierre-Luc Emond, Center, Cape Breton (QMJHL)
Stats: 35 GP, 9 G, 8 A, 17 P, 29 PIM, +5
Sergei Klyazmin, Left Wing, Halifax (QMJHL)
Stats: 29 GP, 17 G, 23 A, 40 P, 26 PIM, +9
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Filip Novak, Defenseman, Regina Pats (WHL)
Stats: 33 GP, 8 G, 21 A, 29 P, 78 PIM, +13
This Week: 3 GP, 0 G, 1 A, 1 P, 10 PIM, +2
News: Named to Czech Republic WJC team
Garth Murray, Center, Regina Pats (WHL)
Stats: 33 GP, 17 G, 15 A, 32 P, 78 PIM, +10
This Week: 3 GP, 1 G, 0 A, 1 P, 5 PIM, +1
Ryan Hollweg, Center, Medicine Hat Tigers (WHL)
Stats: 32 GP, 14 G, 21 A, 35 P, 69 PIM, -7
This Week: 5 GP, 1 G, 4 A, 5 P, 8 PIM, -2
News: Named to USA WJC Team
Rory Rawlyk, Defenseman, Medicine Hat Tigers (WHL)
Stats: 29 GP, 1 G, 7 A, 8 P, 35 PIM, -5
This Week: 4 GP, 0 G, 0 A, 0 P, 0 PIM, +2
Fedor Tyutin, Defenseman, Guelph Storm (OHL)
Stats: 27 GP, 10 G, 21 A, 31 P, 32 PIM, +7
This Week: 4 GP, 1 G, 4 A, 5 P, 9 PIM, +4
News: Named OHL Rookie of the Month for November
Leonid Zhvachin, Defenseman, Guelph Storm (OHL)
Stats: 25 GP, 1 G, 0 A, 1 P, 39 PIM, -3
This Week: 5 GP, 0 G, 0 A, 0 P, 0 PIM, -1
Juris Stals, Center, Sarnia Sting (OHL)
Stats: 34 GP, 20 G, 15 A, 35 P, 10 PIM, +1
This Week: 6 GP, 3 G, 3 A, 6 P, 0 PIM, -6
Shawn Collymore, Right Wing, Quebec Remparts (QMJHL)
Stats: 33 GP, 10 G, 28 A, 38 P, 21 PIM, -4
This Week: 2 GP, 1 G, 4 A, 5 P, 0 PIM, +4
Petr Preucil, Center, Quebec Remparts (QMJHL)
Stats: 20 GP, 8 G, 8 A, 16 P, 34 PIM, Even Read more »
It has been nine long months since Sheldon Keefe was able to don a Lightning jersey and call himself part of the team. Now, it appears he has finally redeemed himself enough in the eyes of Tampa Bay management to get a second chance with the team.
It was last March when Keefe and his agent, Mike Gillis, made the career threatening decision to refuse a minor league assignment to the Rochester Americans. The Lightning viewed the assignment as a valuable learning experience for the young winger. The Americans had a very competitive team, while their own affiliate, Detroit (IHL), was heading straight to the links. At the time, there was little room in Tampa Bay for Keefe, who had spent nearly the entire season with the Lightning.
Viewing his demotion as temporary, until another trade was executed, Keefe was not unhappy with the reassignment to Detroit. Until Mike Johnson and Paul Mara were sent to Phoenix in the Nikolai Khabibulin deal and room opened on the roster. Keefe saw that as his ticket back to Tampa Bay, but management had other ideas.
GM Rick Dudley thought Keefe would be better served by the stint in Rochester. Keefe on the other hand felt mislead by management and thought he earned and deserved more time in Tampa Bay. So, he refused the assignment was immediately suspended by the team.
The two sides took shots at each other through the media during the off-season, but finally came to an agreement that sent Keefe to the Lightning’s “B” squad during training camp with no hope of an immediate roster sp Read more »
Where are they now (Switzerland – part 2)
An overview of dfrafted players and undrafted players with an NHL-career currently active in the Swiss league(s).
Apart from the traditional big 5 (Finland, Sweden, Russia, Czech Republic, Slovakia) in Europe, Switzerland has made some siginificant progress the past few years and has established themselves as a genuine A-pool country. This upbeat is not only displayed on the national team level but as well in the Swiss Leagues (National Liga A and National Liga B). There are currently around 60 players which are either drafted or have had an NHL career playing in Switzerland, most of them being North-Americans. Where exactly are they playing now and what happened to them after they crossed the pond? An overview per NHL team
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SYRACUSE TEAM STATS
THROUGH GAMES OF 12/07/2001
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The Montréal press seems to be confused when it comes to Arron Asham’s performance this year in the AHL. Granted, he is playing well. He’s competing consistently and is leading the Citadelles in scoring with 23 points (9-14-23) in 24 games. But the reality of the situation is that Asham’s production is actually down this year compared to last season. He averaged 1.10 points per game through 15 AHL games last season.The problem here isn’t with Asham or his game, but with the expectations this misunderstanding might bring. The 5’11”, 194-lbs Asham will likely never put up comparable numbers in the NHL. To assume so would be doing both he and the franchise an injustice. He wasn’t recalled based on his offensive production. Mainly it was due to injury problems combined with his increased competitiveness. Equally important is the fact that he’s a right-handed shot.Lost in the Citadelles’ success, and more recently their lack of success has been the strong play of Marcel Hossa. He’s playing a solid overall game. The Slovakian is competing hard, and consistently putting his strong puck-protection skills on display. Although he’s not lighting it up offensively, he is getting his share of chances; he’s currently second on the team with 55 shots on goal. The adjustment to left wing has been relatively smooth, although his transition game (particularly along the half-boards in the defensive zone) could always use improvement.The 20-year-old’s play comes into particular focus when we consider his relatively young age. If we look at w Read more »
Plyuschev Places High Hopes on Chistov and Svitov
According to a Russian hockey newspaper Ves Hokkei, the head Coach of the Russian National Junior team, Vadimir Plyuschev, places a lot of his hopes on the two forwards from Avangard: Stanislav Chistov and Alexander Svitov.
Plyuschev: I hope to see Chistov and Svitov with the team. I am not discouraged by the fact that both players are not currently on the Hawks roster [Avangard Omsk –EB]. In my opinion, both players will fit well into the team and will really help us. Regarding another Avangard player, defenseman Kiril Koltsov, he will not be joining the team. At the same time I hope for reinforcements from North America. If nothing unforeseen happens, the National team will be complemented with Tyutin, Sapozhnikov and Yakubov. In comparison to the 4 Nations Tournament in Finland, it is not likely that other chances will take place in the line up.