Rats skid to bottom of league
Rookie coaches, Bob Carpenter, Geordie Kinnear (assistant) and Chris Terreri (goaltender coach), are still looking for the right chemistry for the young team to gel together. Bolstered in recent weeks by the addition of Bruce Gardiner (F), Steve Guolla (C) and Joel Bouchard (D), the River Rats remain winless on the road (0-7) and have only one win in 14 contests.
In the past week, two defensemen (Sascha Goc and Josef Boumedienne) were traded, with the Devils acquiring blueliner Andrei Zyuzin from Tampa Bay in exchange. (See below, “Defensemen traded,” for more details.)
The River Rats have been blown out of only one game this season, a 7-1 drubbing at the hands of the Worcester Ice Cats on October 20. Most of the losses have been one- or two-goal games. However, the cumulative deficit of goals-for versus goals-against (-22) is the worst in the league. The deficit in shots-for versus shots-against (-171) explains why the Rats are last in the 27-team league in shots-for (22.79 per game) and second-last in shots-against (35.00).
The players either have been unable, or unwilling, to follow coach Carpenter’s repeated admonitions to get the puck in deep in the attack zone. As a result, time of possession in the offensive zone is substantially less than in their own zone. Goaltenders, despite decent work in net, have paid the price.
It has been three weeks since the River Rats won a game, their 6-3 victory at home against Portland. Since then, the team has the unenviable distinction of having the league’s longest Read more »
By Robert Neuhauser and Ivana Paulova
Czech and Finnish teams, consisting of players who weren’t selected to play for the UnderThe 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
-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.
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 »
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.
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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
(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
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
1.David Backes C – Minnesota State University-Mankato
5 goals, 4 assists, 31 PIM Read more »
In a league where offensive stars like Jason Spezza, Derek Roy, Patrick
O’Sullivan, Stephen Weiss, Nate Robinson, and Rick Nash are the most
recognized. There are players known as the “grinders” who open up the
for these skill players to score. They are the players that drive to the
net, throw the hits, and the type of players that always give their all,
you always want them out on the ice during the crucial moments of a tight game. Here are (in my opinion) the best grinders in the “O” in no particular order:
Daniel Paille (6’0″ – 184lbs) In only his second year in the league,
Guelph’s Danny Paille has lived up to the expectations put on him when he
was drafted 6th overall in the 2000 OHL draft. Paille is one of those
players who you need on your team. Paille, 17, fits a lot of grit and
leadership into his 6’0″, 184lbs frame. The leadership skills he shows on a
nightly basis, may just land him the “C” next year, as this years captain Morgan McCormick moves on. Paille’s main attributes are his work along the
boards, his 100% a shift work ethic, and his ability to take the
to score goals. When I watch Paille play, he really reminds me of a young
Adam Deadmarsh. He has a great balance of skill and grit, he also shows a
lot of character off the ice. Look for him to be selected during the first
two rounds of the 2002 NHL entry draft.
Kris Vernarsky (6’2″ – 207lbs) Kris is a veteran of the Ontario Hockey
League, in this, his fourth season. His offensive ability is beginning to
show a little more than it has in t Read more »
Springfield, Ma. The U-Mass Minuteman took on the U-Conn Huskies Sunday at the Springfield Civic Center. The Minuteman jumped out to a 3-0 start before the Huskies scored late in the second period. The two teams each played a hard fought third period with the Minuteman sneaking by with a 6-5 win.
The U-Mass Minutemen dominated the first period, but U-Conn Sophomore goalie Artie Imbriano only let one goal by him. Minutemen Freshman Sean Regan scored at the 4:25 mark of the period. U-Mass had the only penalty when senior Martin Miljko was called for interference.
U-Mass continued the domination they had in the first period scoring three more goals in the second period, including two on the power play. The Minutemen scored the first goal of the period by Miljko only 10 seconds into a power play. U-Conn Senior Trent Landry was spending time in the penalty box for hooking. Miljko picked up his second goal of the game when he lit the lamp at the 14:29 mark. The Minutemen added to their lead when Freshman Greg Mauldin scored 3:03 later, while the Minutemen were on a power play. At the time of the goal U-Conn Senior Mike Boylon was in the penalty box for cross checking. U-Conn finally beat U-Mass Senior goaltender Mike Johnson. The U-Conn goal was scored when Boylon made up for his penalty, which led to the fourth U-Mass goal.
The third period started with a goaltender change. The U-Mass Minutemen put Freshman Tim Warner in the net. U-Conn took advantage of the goalie change and Boylon scored his second goal of the game. U-Mass put a three go Read more »
Patrick DesRochers is off to a shaky start this year. His statistics look so poor mostly due to an 8-4 loss he suffered a couple of weeks ago when he allowed all eight goals on 30 shots. He played decent in both games this weekend, losing in Worcester (4-2 with 30 saves) and winning against Manchester (5-4 with 28 saves).
He’s done a better job in controlling rebounds this season. Being a butterfly style goalie, he’s down on the ice a lot, so the majority of goals he allow are top shelf. He does not play the puck very well and needs to stay in the net more often until he improves on that. DesRochers certainly doesn’t look like a former first-round pick and has a long way to go if he plans on making it to the NHL.
Kirill Safronov is still very sound defensively, leading the team with a plus-minus rating of +9. The second-year professional leads all defensemen on the team in scoring with seven points (one goal, six assists). Safronov has seen a lot of time on the power play this season. Safronov has been called up with the Coyotes but hasn’t played in any games yet.
Dan Focht defensive play has improved greatly over the last couple of seasons, but he’s still slow and doesn’t contribute anything to the offense (he’s scored only four goals in over 200 professional games). He’s a big guy at 6’6″ and 240 pounds, however he doesn’t fight very well. Focht has a tendency to take a lot of unnecessary minor penalties. It doesn’t appear as if he’ll ever be a consistent player at the NHL level.
David Cullen is a small, offensive-min Read more »