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Chasing Manchester

by Corine Gatti
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Chasing Manchester

Game one: It was a combination of fierce forechecking and speed that elevated the Manchester Monarchs to its throne. But despite the lack of aggression on the ice–the Admirals dethroned its opponent earning a 3-3 tie Friday night.

Fans sighed through the first period with exasperation. But were resuscitated when Tyler Arnason and Mike Peluso scored second-period goals and Matt Henderson tipped a goal with only four minutes left in the contest. “They are a quick team and we did a lot of standing around and watching. Also, instead of initiating, we were retaliating, said coach Trent Yawney whose team swept the first two games of the season.

Manchester controlled the puck from the face off with a pair of goals from Randy Robitalle and Joe Corvo. The Admirals released damage control with a pair of goals from rookie Tyler Arnason at 3:52 and Mike Peluso making it 3-2 Manchester. LA Kings goalie, Stephane Fiest, who is rehabilitation turned aside 19 of Norfolk shots 22 shots. Admiral’s Matt Henderson from Chebaturkin left point to tied it 3-3 in regulation.

Game two: Admirals lose first game of the season 6-3
The Admirals who rebounded in the first game against Manchester took a nosedive on Saturday night. Manchester out witted Norfolk with tough goaltending and blistering offence and served Norfolk its first loss of the season. Rookie goalie Craig Anderson struggled between the pipes for Norfolk allowing 5 goals before getting pulled in the third.

Norfolk opened with the f Read more »

Can The Drakkar do Better than Last Year?

by Yves Langlois
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At the beginning of the season that was the question. After ten games, it still is a question to be answered.

The “boat”, as some fans here call the team, has begun the season with a team-record six wins in a row, including one at the home of the team’s harsh rival Rimouski Oceanic. For most of those wins, were missing six players: rc Yannick Lehoux (2000 3rd pick of L.A.Kings) g Ghislain Rousseau (2000 4th pick of Buffalo Sabres ) rc Joël Perrault (2001 5th pick of Anaheim Mighty Ducks) rw Robin Leblanc ( 2001 3rd pick of New Jersey) ld Daniel Bergeron (invited by the NY Islanders) and lc Pascal Pelletier (invited by the Edmonton Oilers)

Undrafted and uninvited to a pro camp veteran player Charles Linglet, matched with an undraftabled sixteen years old rookie Benoit Mondou (son of former Montreal Canadiens Pierre Mondou), were carrying the team on their shoulders. Linglet had a swell start with a hat-trick in each of the first 3 games of the year and is still the league’s points leader with 28.

After this record start, things begin to look worse with 3 losses. It seems that the team has suddenly learned to lose in team. Nothing seems to work, sloppy goaltending, bad defensive mistakes, lack of transition game, lost of momentum, bad chemistry etc. Everybody wanted to put it in the net but no one seems to be able to score the key goal.

In the tenth game, things settled a little bit with a 6-3 win. In it. the star team captain Lehoux scored 4 goals, 2 of those goals shorthanded. In 5 games, Lehoux (who scored 5 of his 8 goals Read more »

University of New Hampshire shows promise

by Jeff Morton
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“Now I know how Custer felt”, said University of Ottawa’s head coach and UNH alumni Mickey Goulet after being routed 9-1 by the University of New Hampshire men’s hockey team Friday night in Durham, NH. Coach Goulet went on to say, in no particular order, “UNH looks incredible”, they put on one hell of a clinic tonight”, and “UNH showed experience and composure”. Not exactly comments used to describe the play of UNH in the last 12 months.

UNH wasted little time in their rejection of last season. In a display as rare as a snow free New England winter, all five UNH players rushed the net to stuff a rebound. The goal was awarded to the rejuvenated Patrick Foley, who returned this season after surgery on both knees last year. UNH went on to score three more goals in the period, produced by the usual suspects, Jim Abbott, Colin Hemingway and Lanny Gare. UNH displayed excellent puck control, tape-to-tape passing, hustle, good decision-making and the one thing curiously absent from last season, the ability to finish.

Goaltending, probably the biggest question mark this season was rarely tested, with Matt Carney stopping both shots on goal. Carney did however handle the puck several times and was rock solid with decision-making and skill. At times, had he not played like a professional, Carney ran the risk of falling asleep due to inactivity. Michael Ayers, the second UNH goalie, played the second and third periods. He did give up one goal, but like Carney was dangerously close to losing consciousness at times due to inactivity. Ayers provided a Hasek-esque mom Read more »

Phantoms Get Back on Winning Track

by Bill Meltzer
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Shrugging off the fatigue of playing their fifth game (and fourth consecutive road game) in seven days, the Philadelphia Phantoms knocked off the Cincinnati Mighty Ducks by a 4-1 count.

The Phantoms led for most of the way, with a Mark Greig powerplay goal at 5:23 of the first period setting the pace. Vaclav Pletka and Bruno St. Jacques got the assists.

Cincinnati temporarily got the equalizer early in the second period, as a Dwayne Zinger shot deflected off the skate of Phantoms defenseman Brad Tiley.

The Phantoms soon got a lucky bounce of their own, as a attemped return feed from John Slaney to Tomas Divisek deflected off a Mighty Ducks defender into the net.

Slaney scored a more conventional goal in the last minute of the second period, ripping a shot past Ducks goalie Jason Elliot.

Midway through the third period, Guillaume Lefebvre’s second goal of the season, assisted by Slaney and Kirby Law, gave the Phantoms an extra insurance goal.

Phantoms goalie Neil Little made the lead stand up. The Phantoms were outshot 16-5 in the third period and 38-21 overall.

There were a few lineup changes for the Phantoms. Coach John Stevens dressed seven defensemen. Jason Beckett played his first game of the season, while defenseman Dan Peters and center Petr Hubacek were scratches.

The Phantoms are now off until next Friday, when they rematch with Cincinnati at the Spectrum.

Calder Corner for Oct 13th

by HF Staff
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Calder Corner for Oct 13th


The Calder Corner

Begin: 1 Goal, 2 Shots

Florida Panthers
Ference: 1 Assist, -1, 1 Shot

Nashville Predators
Erat: 1 Assist, 1 Shot

New Jersey Devils
Dagenais: 1 goal, -1, 1 Shot

San Jose Sharks
Jillson: 1 Assist, -1, 1 Shot

St Louis Blues
Varlamov: 1 goal, 2 shots
Rycroft: 1 Assist

Vancouver Canucks
Ruutu: 2 Assists, 2 Shots, +2

As a general rule, I will always list goals and assists and other noteworthy stats. If there is more to be noted, HF encourages our readers to talk about them below!

UNH vs. Vermont NCAA Action

by Jeff Morton
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UNH vs. Vermont: Thank you sir, may I have another

The first real test for the UNH Wildcats came in the form of the University of Vermont Catamounts. It was hardly a test however, as UNH demolished UVM 7-1 with an awesome display of skill, patience, composure, discipline and obviously, scoring.

The first period was full of missed scoring opportunities for UNH, but that was not all bad. In the past, scoring opportunities were few and far between for UNH and this year they are bountiful. So even in not finishing, UNH was making headway. UNH goalie Matt Carney again saw few shots, but continued to display a simple approach to netminding. Carney made great decisions, didn’t get too fancy and played an all around solid game, leaving the UNH defense free to push the puck up ice. The whole UNH team continued to work hard and make things happen in the period. David Busch breaking away, losing the puck then flipping it in front to a streaking Sean Collins, Mick Mounsey blindly passing the puck while being ridden like a rodeo mule, to Josh Prudden alone in front, Justin Aikens breaking away but dragged down to nullify a great opportunity, all scenes not familiar to UNH hockey until recently. While the period ended 0-0, UNH had to have been feeling something stirring inside, because in the second period eyes would be opened.

In the span of five minutes UNH put Vermont’s collective tail between their legs with three goals. The scoring opportunities were much the same as in the first period, but the difference, much like Read more »

Calder Corner for Oct 14th

by HF Staff
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Calder Corner for Oct 14th


The Calder Corner

Mark Bell: 1 Assist, 1 Shot, +1


CMB
Rotislav Klesla: 1 Assist, 4 Shots


As a general rule, I will always list goals and assists and other noteworthy stats. If there is more to be noted, HF encourages our readers to talk about them below!

Phantoms Taste First Defeat; Titans Rally to Win Home Opener

by Bill Meltzer
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The Philadelphia Phantoms, off to a 4-0-0 start, arrived in Cleveland for a Friday night tilt. It was the Phantoms’ third road game in four nights, which is often a harbinger of trouble. This game was no exception.

Philadelphia’s red hot powerplay was short-circuited in the game, going scoreless in seven opportunities. The Phantoms top line of Mark Freer (subbing for Marty Murray, who is on recall to the Flyers), Mark Greig, and Vaclav Pletka was shut down offensively and was out for three goals against. The top defensive pairing of John Slaney and Bruno St. Jacques also had a bad night and rookie goaltender Maxime Ouellet only came up with 19 of the 24 shots he faced (conversely, the Barons’ Vesa Toskala turned aside 29 of 31 Philadelphia shots).

The Phantoms took an early lead, with Peter Vandermeer converting a Petr Hubacek feed at 1:41 of the first period. The game went downhill from there for Philadelphia, although the Hubacek line would once again tally a goal (which temporarily tied the game 2-2) early in the second period; Mike Lephart doing the scoring honors.

The final minute of play took quite awhile to complete, with fights breaking out three different times, including a pair of fights at the final buzzer.

Meanwhile, the news was better at the ECHL level. In a game televised in the Philadelphia area, the Trenton Titans won their home opener by a 3-1 count over the Reading Royals, riding a three goal outburst in the third period.

The Titans played a very sluggish first period, getting outshot 13 to 4 and losing most of the Read more »

Calder Corner for Oct 12th

by HF Staff
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The Calder Corner

NOTHING!

As a general rule, I will always list goals and assists and other noteworthy stats. If there is more to be noted, HF encourages our readers to talk about them below!

67’s Keep on Rolling

by Jake Dole
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67’s Keep on Rolling

Pre-Game Notes

The shorthanded 67’s were in tough Friday night with a match against the 6-2-0-1 Peterborough Petes. Out for 2 games was the captain Zenon Konopka, suspended for instigating in a scuffle in last Sunday’s game with the Barrie Colts’ Tyler Hanchuck. In addition, rookie center Corey Locke suffered a separated left shoulder in the same game; he is expected to be out of action for 2 to 3 weeks.

To shore up the lineup, the 67’s acquired a 16-year old Left Wing Jeremy Akeson from the London Knights. He had been playing with the Nepean Raiders of the CJHL (Central Junior Hockey League). There he played in 9 games and collected 3 goals, 6 points with a team-high 54 penalty minutes. Akeson made his OHL debut in last night’s game.
Juroslav Sklenar is going back to his native Czech Republic because of home sickness. The Left Winger has cleared waivers, which permits him to return.
Hall-of-famer Jean Beliveau was in attendance in last night’s game, dropping the puck for the ceremonial faceoff. The former member of the Montreal Canadiens was greeted with a standing ovation and a series of clips on the Civic Center’s brand new replay screen.
The 67s will host the first game of the 3-part Hershey Cup Series on Januray 16, 2001. The OHL’s Eastern Conference All-Stars will meet the Quebec Hockey League’s Eastern Conference All-Stars. The game will take place at 7:00 p.m. Eatern time. The other Read more »

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