Wheeling Nailers Week in Review

by Ron Valerino
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WHEELING NAILERS WEEK IN REVIEW

Monday, December 31 Roanoke 3 @ Wheeling 4

This was the second meeting of the season between the Express and the Nailers with the Express winning the first game 4-1 in Wheeling on October 27. In this game the Express opened up a 1-0 lead on a Mike Peron goal at 5:43 of the first period. Wheeling tied the score at 1-1 at 7:13 on a Mark Major goal with Dylan Gyori and Mike Hurley assisting. Roanoke would score two more times in the first period and lead 3-1 through the first 20 minutes. In the second period the Nailers would get back to within one on a Ken Tasker goal at 8:21. Derek Ernest and Doug Schmidt assisted of the goal. The Nailers tied the game 3-3 at 13:14 of the second period on Major’s second goal of the game with Hurley and Kurt Drummond assisting. The Nailers took their first lead of the game at 4-3 just :40 into the third period on a Hurley goal. Major and Gyori assisted on the game winning goal. Tyler MacKay made 32 saves on 35 shots for the win.

Friday, January 4 Peoria 1 @ Wheeling 3

In the season series with the Rivermen, the Nailers were 1-3-0 entering this contest. Jeremy Brown gave the Nailers a 1-0 lead in the first period with a power play goal at 11:31. Chris Wells and Mike Hurley picked up the assists on the only goal scored in the first period. Dmitri Doulebenets increased the Nailers lead to 2-0 at 2:45 of the second period with Bruce Watson and Arpad Mihaly assisting. Peoria scored their only goal of the game at 7:16 of the second period to make it a 2-1 game. B Read more»

Sabres Report: Czech Mates

by Ken McKenna
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The 2002 World Junior Championships have come and gone, with the Russian team taking home the gold medal as a result of their 5-4 victory over Canada in the WJC finale. While the Russians can bask in the fleeting feeling of glory days gone by, another former Eastern Bloc nation, the WJC host and defending champ Czech Republic, were left to ponder a disappointing 7th place finish.

As luck would have it, the Buffalo Sabres sported just 2 prospects participating in the WJC, with both of those players playing for the Czech squad. C Jiri Novotny and LW Michal Vondrka were both 2001 draft choices for Buffalo, with Novotny being the more high profile of the two due to his status as a 1st round pick. Both players also play for the same organization, Budejovice, with Novotny playing in the top Czech league and Vondrka splitting his time between the elite and junior squads.

If one were to judge strictly by statistics, it could be said that neither player had a particularly good showing at the WJC. Both players notched just 2 points in 7 games, with Novotny logging 2 assists, and Vondrka netting 1 while adding a helper. Both players were a minus for the tournament (Novotny –3, Vondrka –2), while also sporting nearly identical shots-on-goal numbers (Novotny 12, Vondrka 11).

In the case of Vondrka, at least, the statistics didn’t lie. As reported to me by Robert Neuhauser, the Czech Editor for Hockey’s Future, Michal’s performance was largely disappointing, mainly due to the fact that he didn’t see a Read more»

WJC: The Awards

by pbadmin
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Top 3 players

As selected by the tournament directorate:

GK: Kari Lehtonen (FIN)

D: Igor Knyazev (RUS)

F: Mike Cammalleri (CAN)

Media All-Star Team

Team 1

GK: Pascal Leclaire (CAN)

D: Jay Bouwmeester (CAN)

D: Igor Knyazev (RUS)

F: Mike Cammalleri (CAN)

F: Marek Svatos (SVK)

F: Stanislav Chistov (RUS)

Team 2

G: Kari Letonen (FIN)

D: Magnus Hedlund (SWE)

D: Anton Volchenkov (RUS)

F: Toni Koivisto (FIN)

F: Brad Boyes (CAN)

F: Aleksandr Frolov (RUS)

The three best players of each team

BLR: Andrei Kastsitsyn, Aleksandr Kulakov, Sergey Rachovsky

CAN: Mike Cammalleri, Brian Sutherby, Steve Ott

CZE: Lukas Hronek, Tomas Plekanec, Jiri Novotny

FIN: Kari Lehtonen, Olli Malmivaara, Jussi Jokinen

FRA: Landry Macrez, Wilfried Molmy, Aram Kevorkiam

RUS: Aleksandr Polishin, Aleksandr Frolov, Yuri Trubachev

SVK: Peter Budaj, Tomas Malec, Marek Svatos

SWE: Magnus Hedlund, Daniel Widing, Pär Bäcker

SWI: Beat Gerber, Thibaut Monnet, Andreas Camenzind

USA: Ben Eaves, Ryan Hollweg, Christopher Higgins

WJC: Interview with Tim Ramholt

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HF: The Russians just beat Switzerland 4-0. What were your impressions of that game?

Ramholt: We started out pretty well against them, but the Russians techically are a very good team. We got this unlucky goal against, which I thought was kicked in and shouldn’t have counted, and that was a mental blow for us. Quikcly after that the Russians scored their 2nd and the game was not in our hands anymore and the Russians dominated.

HF: What about Switzerland’s performance so far in this tournaments. It has been with ups and downs.

Ramholt: We qualified for the quarter finals. That’s what is most important. We played very well against Finland. So far I’ve got a good feeling about our performance.

HF: And what are the expectations for the quarter finals?

Ramholt: We must take it game by game. It’s the only way to approach it really since this will be a knock out round. We just have to give 150% every game since our team is probably the less talented team of the quarter finalists.

HF: Are you satisfied with your own performance so far?

Ramholt: I feel I played well so far. During the game vs Canada I didn’t though, as was the case for more players, but overall I’m satisfied. I always seem to play well at tournaments. You could say I’m a sort of tournament guy.

HF: Why is it that Switzerland always struggles against North-American teams?

Ramholt: I don’t know. It is just a fact. They play a different style and we always have trouble to cope with that. For some players facing a North-American tea Read more»

Kings Update- Half Way Home

by Tony Calfo
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It has been quite a season already for the Kings and their system, but despite an average record for the Big Club, the Kings’ farm system has never stood taller.

The big news around the Kings’ system is the play of their prospects at the World Junior Championships. The Kings owned the rights to three of the top six point scorers in the WJC’s. Gold Medal winner Alexander Frolov is the real deal and the hockey world seems to know it now. Rave reviews about his blend of smooth skating and power around the net are still coming in. Frolov’s walk-out goal in the final game was huge and started the rally that won the game for Russia. Frolov has the potential to be the impact rookie that the Kings have not seen since Luc Robitaille. Frolov could arrive as soon as next season, which would allow him to play with Jason Allison. The Kings must be drooling at the prospect of pairing a playmaker like Allison with a potential finisher like Frolov. In any case, Frolov is emerging as the crown jewel of the Kings’ system.

Another riser is the diminutive Mike Cammalleri. Cammalleri lead the WJC’s in goals and points and emerged as a leader on Team Canada. Cammalleri is not real big, but is an intriguing player due to his scoring and leadership abilities. Mike’s success at Michigan and the WJC’s has him rising up the charts of Kings’ prospects.

Jared Aulin’s 9 points put him third among the scoring leaders at the WJC’s. Aulin is am NHL caliber player who can play both center and wing. Aulin continues to impress as well and caught the eye of the hockey world.

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