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Calder Corner for Oct 14th

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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

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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 »

Present day Rome rises in Kootenay

by Jeff Bromley
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In the dying days of Ancient Rome, it was said that Nero fiddled while the city burned. Present day Kootenay ICE defenseman Aaron Rome might want to do some fiddling of his own come June of 2002. And the only thing that’ll be burning is himself, right up the scouting charts.

The Red Line Report, a private scouting list out of Lake Placid, New York that compiles a monthly list of NHL Draft hopefuls similar to the NHL’s Central Scouting Bureau only the list includes players from Europe where the CSB doesn’t, listed Rome at the 36th spot in it’s first monthly report of the season. The list’s number one rated prospect is Medicine Hat Tiger defensemen Jay Bouwmeester who along with Rome are late-born players of 1983 (past September 15) which bumps them to the next draft year. The two also share the same birthday of September 27.

“I have high expectations of myself, like any hockey player at this level should have,” said Rome after being informed of the ranking. “I wasn’t expecting it but I think that it doesn’t really mean anything right now. It doesn’t mean anything yet but hopefully at the end of the year, maybe.”

Rome arrived in Cranbrook rather quietly and inconspicuously at a time when the pomp and circumstance of Mike Comrie’s short-lived stay in the Kootenay’s were dominating the headlines. On October 16, 2000 in the less-than-hyped trade that saw the unrealized potential in Jordan Wallin head to the Saskatoon Blades in exchange for a defenseman that didn’t seem to get much of chance in the Bridge City, Aaron Rome got a chance to start over.

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Calder Corner for Oct 11th

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Calder Corner for Oct 11th


The Calder Corner

Scott Ferguson: Over-age prospect with 1st NHL Goal, +1, 1 Shot)

Nashville Predators
Denis Arkhipov: 1 Assist
Martin Erat: 1 Assist

San Jose Sharks
Jeff Jillson: 2 Assists, -1, 3 Shots

St Louis Blues
Brent Johnson: 26 shots, 20 saves, 0-1-1

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!

Is Petr Kanko playing illegally ??

by Jan Raz
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Petr Kanko, a top czech prospect for this years draft, is playing for Kitchener illegaly. Kanko still has a valid contract in Sparta and went to Kitchener without permition to leave and without obtaining a transfer card from the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF), the club said on Friday. That´s why IIHF was instructed to solve this matter and it should forbidd Kanko to play.

This information was given by the Sparta Prague manager Martin Urban. Sparta expects it´s top junior player to return and fulfill his current contract. This case was also given to a Czech lawyers and if Kanko wont make up his mind, he may be facing the Canadian court of justice. Let´s hope this player is as smart as talented.

Pittsburgh Penguins Junior Prospect Update

by Erik Johnson
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Forwards

Colby Armstrong, F Red Deer (WHL)

Week: 3 games, 0 goals, 2 assists, 10 PIM
Season: 7 games, 0 goals, 4 assists, 23 PIM


Steven Crampton, F Moose Jaw (WHL)

Week: DNP – Injured
Season: DNP – Injured


Michel Ouellet, F Rimouski (QMJHL)

Week: 3 games, 6 goals, 5 assists, 0 PIM
Season: 7 games, 12 goals, 9 assists, 4 PIM



Defensemen

Drew Fata, D Toronto St Mike’s (OHL)

Week: 3 games, 0 goals, 4 assists, 9 PIM
Season: 7 games, 0 goals, 6 assists, 18 PIM


Alexandre Rouleau, D Val d’Or (QMJHL)

Week: 2 games, 0 goals, 0 assists, 0 PIM
Season: 8 games, 0 goals, 3 assists, 3 points, 16 PIM



Goalies

Peter Hamerlik, G Kingston (OHL)

Week: 2 games, 124:28 min, 7 GA, 3.37 GAA, .926 SvPct
Season: 5 games, 243 min, 17 GA, 4.20 GAA, .900 SvPct


Brandon Crawford-West, G Texas (NAHL)

Week: 1 games, 60 min, 1 GA, 1.00 GAA, .952 SvPct
Season: 6 games, 322:36 min, 18 GA, 3.35 GAA, .877 SvPct


Congrats to Rimouski’s Michel Ouellet, who was named QMJHL’s Player of the week for the week 9-24 thru 9-30.

Coyotes Minor League notes

by Russell Brooks
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A brief look at some minor league players.

Kirill Safronov – Believe it or not but the Falcons of the AHL have Safronov on the left wing on offense and not playing defense. So far he has a goal and assist in 2 games played for them. Will this bring him up in a new position? Only time will tell.

Frederik Sjostrom – After getting off to a real slow start, Sjostrom has picked it up in the last few games. He has a total of three goals and three assists with the Calgary Hitmen of the WHL. Expect to see at least 30 goals from him this year.

Matthew Spiller – Spiller has gotten off to a decent start with Seattle this year. Her has two goals and four assists in nine games so far with Seattle. He has been playing up on the top pairs of defense on and off. Look to see him with the Coyotes Early 2003.

Martin Podelsak – Podelsak is off to a nice start with Lethbridge this year. He has one goal and two assists in four games. He didnt start the season with the team as he was with the Coyotes in preseason camp. Look to see him have a shot at the team next year possibly.

Ramzi Abid – Abid is playing well after coming off an injury plagued season last year. He has been playing well and look to see him possibly called up this year if his year is not as plagued with injuries as it was last year.

Patrick DesRochers – Patrick played in the second game of the Falcons season. He gave up 3 goals on 30 shots. As with Burke so far DeRochers isnt getting much defense with the new look Falcons. Expect betters numbers coming Read more »

From one end of the spectrum to the other

by Jeff Bromley
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From one end of the spectrum to the other

In a world seemingly gone loony and getting crazier by the minute, I offer up a rant and rave about things that, upon further review seem minuscule in the greater scheme of things. Stepping away from CNN for a moment…..

The WHL G.M.’s will have met over the weekend and by the beginning of this week, there should be a decision on the adaptation of the new ‘Fast Face-off’ rule in the CHL. Word is that everybody loves it (except, strangely enough the fans I’ve talked to) and the of tweaking it to the tune that an extension of five seconds be added to the home side’s line change time and every period having one promotional timeout to take care of business. In other words, in that short timeout the fans will inundated with promotional advertising in order to satisfy the business end of things at the hockey games. Just so we’re clear; first, the games are going on too long partly due to the jousting and jockeying for position on the face-offs and the subsequent dismissal of one or both of the combatants by the linesmen. Add on the abuse of the last change rule by the home team and you have the reasoning for the implementation of the rule. Going to the other end of the spectrum whereby it isn’t uncommon to see only one team in at the face-off dot before they drop the puck, now they do a turnabout realizing that advertisements, both in-house and on the radio broadcast aren’t getting enough play time. Tell me again why the powers that be don’t just enforce the rules that exist for delay of game. A couple of power-plays agains Read more »

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