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season already in the books, the
Kootenay ICE encountering some
adversity of late and crucial tests coming
up in the next two weeks with two home
dates against Red Deer and games
against Regina, Kamloops and Calgary,
these next two weeks will be a good
indicator of just how good a club the
Kootenay ICE are. That being said, here
is a player by player, coaching and
management report card of performance
so far this season. There are some raving
reviews, some needs to be addressed
and concerns to be dealt with and some
question marks. Play along at home and
see who’s making the grade.
Management – Bob Tory
Coach – Ryan McGill Read more »
The 1985 born guys had 3 games against the Under-16 team of Switzerland on their schedule. The event took place in small Czech cities Trutnov, Nove Mesto and Lomnice and the games were attended mostly by the parents of the players. Although the senior national team of Switzerland isn’t sometimes taken seriously by the other teams, the junior teams have to be. So has the new Under-16 team. The young guys have beaten the Czechs with a 2-1 record, proving they are a top team. They won the first game 5:3, the second the 3:1 and just in the third game the Czechs recorded a victory, 4:3, on goals by Petr Vrana and Ivo Kratena, each scoring two. The whole Under-16 team is led by the star first forward line with Olomouc “twins” Vrana and Kratena and scoring wonder Vojtech Polak of HC Becherovka Karlovy Vary (registered 7 goals in the last Under-16 team game in the series against Slovakia!) Also in this series Kratena and Vrana combined for 7 of the 8 goals overall scored by the Czechs (Kratena 3, Vrana 4). The first line is absolutely dominating in the Under-16 team and all three forwards can be taken as serious 2003 NHL draft prospects. It’s likely that they’ll have some size at that time (Polak is 5’11”, 160 lbs. by now, Read more »
1. Michigan State
Comments: Tied with surprising Western Michigan. Faces tough test with # 2 Minnesota in the College Hockey Showcase.
Comments: Swept rival St. Cloud State while playing solid hockey. Must finish off teams and not allow them back into games. Look for a low
3. North Dakota
Comments: Swept lowly Minnesota-Duluth. Has the top scoring line in the coutry with Bayda-Lundbohm-Panzer.
4. Western Michigan
Comments: Playing great hockey but must remain consistent. Proved it can play with the big boys as they tied the #1 ranked Spartans.
5. New Hampshire
Comments: Beat Boston College and University this weekend. Must continue to play consistent.
6. Boston College
Comments: Loss to New Hampshire hurts Boston College. Team has to improve it’s chemisty to continue to be successful.
Comments: Heads into a tough test with Wisconsin and Minnesota this weekend. Must play solid defense against the Badgers Heatley and the
Comments: Swept Northeastern and has played for the most part of the early season consistent hockey. Must continue in the rugged Hockey
9. St. Cloud State
Comments: Needs to get things fixed after being swept by the Gophers. Offense must step it up for the Huskies.
10. Colorado College
Comments: Splits with Wisconsin after being swept by St. Cloud State. Someone nee Read more »
Philadelphia Phantoms (AHL) Report:
The Phantoms have really scuffled this season. Goals and wins have been hard to come by. Going into Saturday night’s game against Norfolk, the club sported an unsightly 6-11-0 record and had scored a paltry 37 goals (to 51 goals against) in the 17 games played.
After encouraging wins on Saturday and Sunday, however, Coach John Stevens is breathing a little easier. The goals came in bunches on Saturday, as the Phantoms blew out Norfolk 8-2. On Sunday, goaltender Brian Regan and the defense stepped forward, recording a 2-0 shutout.
Comings and Goings
Struggling backup goalie Dan Murphy has been demoted to Trenton (ECHL). Brian Regan , who was a perfect 8-0 and had a stellar .933 save percentage for the Titans, has been called up in Murphy’s place.
Since our last update, Petr Hubacek was recalled to the Flyers. He played one game before being sent down again. Hubacek has been battling the effects of a slight groin pull that kept him out of two games before his Flyers recall. The same problem led to one injury-related scratching for the big club before he was returned to the farm team. He has not missed any action since coming back to the Phantoms. For the AHL season, Hubacek has 1 goal and 2 assists in 8 games. The two helpers came on Saturday against Norfolk.
Ruslan Fedotenko and Todd Fedoruk are still on recall to the Flyers. Both have been impressive. Fedotenko, in fact, has played so well that may not be coming back to th Read more »
Patrick…one to watch!
Week Of 11/12 to 11/18
Player Team League GP G A P PIM +/- Pavel Brendl Calgary WHL 17 21 16 37 12 19
This Week: 2 GP, 3 G, 1 A, 4 P, 4 PIM, +3
Player Team League GP G A P PIM +/- Jamie Lundmark Seattle WHL 10 10 6 16 17 -2
This Week: 3 GP, 3 G, 2 A, 5 P, 8 PIM, -2
Player Team League GP G A P PIM +/- Filip Novak Regina WHL 21 9 16 25 17 11
This Week: 2 GP, 0 G, 1 A, 1 P, 0 PIM, -1
Player Team League GP G A P PIM +/- Garret Bembridge Saskatoon WHL 21 13 13 26 12 -6
This Week: 2 GP, 2 G, 1 A, 3 P, 2 PIM, -1
Player Team League GP G A P PIM +/- Evgeny Gusakov Baie-Comeau QMJHL 23 6 12 18 60 -1
This Week: No Games Played
Player Team League GP G A P PIM +/- Premsyl Duben Baie-Comeau QMJHL 17 0 6 6 20 -6
This Week: 1 GP, 0 G, 0 A, 0 P, 0 PIM, N/A
Player Team League GP G A P PIM +/- Nathan Martz New Hampshire HE 10 1 3 4 6 -1
This Week: 2 GP, 0 G, 2 A, 2 P, 0 PIM, Even
Player Team League GP G A P PIM +/- Patrick Aufiero Boston U. HE 8 1 2 3 6 -1 Read more »
Nik’s Return Nears: Nik Antropov should return to the Maple Leafs’ line-up in time for their game with Edmonton on the 22nd … apparently, an assessment will be made after one or two NHL starts in order to decide whether or not the Khazakh prodigy would benefit from a short conditioning stint on the “Rock” … the 6-foot-6 centerman (who had 30 points in 66 games last season) has been practising full contact with his team mates for a couple of weeks now … the Leafs have an open spot on the 23-man roster and an extra pivot in Alyn McCauley and so have felt no need to rush Antropov’s recovery … whenever he begins playing again, it will inevitably launch another round of trade rumours (likely involving McCauley, Yanic Perreault, Dimitri Khristich and Igor Korolev) as the local media attempts to help Coach/GM Quinn keep his roster neat and tidy … in any case, a serious analysis of Toronto’s potential to succeed this season cannot be made until big Nik returns to form – he is just that essential to this club …
Leafs’ Legends Back in Town: A team of graying and slightly rounder Maple Leafs’ veterans put on the blades once more last week and recorded a 7-4 win over a group of Hockey Hall of Famers before about 9,000 patrons at the Air Canada Centre … old linemates Paul Henderson and Ron Ellis teamed up once more (altho Read more »
11-1-1 record. The Griffins have the best record in the top three pro
leagues despite having some of their top players like forward John Emmons
and goalie Mathieu Chouinard in the NHL with the parent Ottawa Senators.
The Griffins have been using a balanced scoring attack led by center Todd
White (5 G 8 A 13 Pts.) to overcome their opponents. 17 different Griffins
have scored at least one goal, and four more have at least 5 goals through
the season’s first 13 games. The defense has also been jumping into the
scoring, led by Mike Crowley with 2 goals and 9 points.
Chouinard and Chad Alban. Alban was on loan to the Griffins from the Utah
Grizzlies and posted a 2-1 record with the Griffins. He has since been
returned to Utah.
they have allowed are the fewest in the IHL, and their 19 goals for and
against differential is also the best in the league.
Buffalo sports fans can attest to the agony of having one of their teams’ make it to the championship round in consecutive years, only to end up the loser, as the Buffalo Bills did in the early 90’s. Rochester has experienced this feeling the last two years, as they watched their Rochester Americans lose twice in the Calder Cup finals. The hope was that the 2000-01 edition of the Amerks could at last finish the job, but early returns suggest that this team may not be up to the task.
It is probably no surprise that the Amerks have struggled this season, as they are missing the likes of J.P. Dumont, Maxim Afinogenov, Dimitri Kalinin and Denis Hamel, all players currently with the Buffalo Sabres who were involved in last year’s run to the AHL finals. In addition, offensive star Domenic Pittis has moved on to the Edmonton organization, which has further depleted Rochester’s firepower. In addition to the loss of some highly skilled players, the Amerks 99-00 MVP, goaltender Mika Noronen, has been just average so far this year.
The talent drain shows in Rochester’s current team statistics, as they are currently 3rd in the AHL’s Mid-Atlantic division, and 12th overall. The Amerks power play is ranked 13th (out of 20 teams), while their penalty killing unit is 14th in the AHL. Offensively, Rochester is tied for 12th overall in goals scored, which is a further indication of the erosion of talent.
The main focus of this article will be to update the play of some of Buffalo’s leg Read more »