P-Bruins Feeling Blue As Playoffs Approach

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With less than three weeks remaining in the AHL’s regular season, the Providence Bruins are beginning to look ahead to the playoffs. However, if you ask their fans, they’d probably tell you that the P-Bruins have been looking ahead to the playoffs since Christmas.

When Santa Claus made his trip around the world, the P-Bruins were the best team in the American Hockey League. Owners of a 20-6-3-2 record (45 points), Providence was off to its best start in the nine-year history of the franchise. Despite lacking the services of their top two goaltenders in Andrew Raycroft and Kay Whitmore, who were both playing in Boston in place of injured Byron Dafoe and John Grahame, the P-Bruins managed to dominate the first half of the AHL season. ECHL import Judd Lambert was stopping everything in sight, newly-signed Eric Manlow and Peter Vandermeer were leading the league in points and power play goals respectively, and a young defensive corps led by Nick Boynton and Jonathan Girard were limiting opponents to a league-low 24 shots a game.

Three months later, the P-Bruins find themselves stumbling into the playoffs with a 30-27-10-4 record (74 points), good enough for third-place in the New England Division. Eight points behind second-place Hartford, the P-Bruins’ hopes of attaining home-ice advantage for the opening round of the playoffs are all but gone.

What happened to this team in the span of the last three months is not a secret. The mystery is how such a grand collapse could happen to such a talented team. Indeed, the P-Bruins ha Read more»

Spring’s Last Dance Begins!

by Nicolas Gaudreau-Dupuis
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The QMJHL regular season ended last Tuesday night, with Chicoutimi
and Rimouski getting the last two tickets for the Spring’s Last Dance. Here
is the QMJHL playoffs picture.

The regular season
is over.

The Shawinigan Cataractes dominated the QMJHL
and finished first overall with an eyes-popping 116 points, 15 more than the
runner up, the Val-d’Or Foreurs. This season has been noticeable for
the obvious strength of the Lebel Conference compared to the Dillio Conference.
Four teams of the Lebel Conference (Shawinigan, Val-d’Or, Victoriaville and
Rouyn-Noranda) had more points than the 90 points of the Dilio Conference leader
the Baie-Comeau Drakkar. Also, three Dilio Conference teams (Rimouski,
Chicoutimi and Québec) participating to the playoffs would have been
excluded of the Lebel Conference playoffs.

Let’s get it on! Read more»

Official Awards and Trophies for the 2000/2001 season!!

by Oliver Janz
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All Awards and Trophies after the regualar season:

 

DEL

All-Star-Team:

Andrej Trefilov (G, Düsseldorfer EG)

Petri Liimatainen (D, Krefeld Pinguine)

Shawn Anderson (D, Iserlohner EC)

Brad Purdie (F, Krefeld Pinguine)

Sergej Vostrikov (F, Augsburger Panther)

Jan Alston (F, Adler Mannheim)

Player of the year / MVP: Andrej Trefilov Düsseldorfer EG

Best Goalie:

Andrej Trefilov (Düsseldorfer EG)

Best Defender:

Petri Liimatainen (Krefeld Pinguine)

Best Center:

Brad Purdie (Krefeld Pinguine)

Best Wing:

Sergej Vostrikov (Augsburger Panther)

Rookie of the year:

Christoph Schubert (München Barons)

Coach of the year:

Gunnar Leidborg (Revier-Löwen Oberhausen)

- Other Trophy’s:

Best Two-way-forward:

Todd Hlushko (Adler Mannheim)

Best Bully-player:

Mark MacKay (Schwenninger Wild Wings)

Fair-Play-Trophy:

Peter Larsson (München Barons)

Best Stay-at-home-defender:

Jergus Baca (Revier-Löwen Oberhausen)

Best Blueliner:

Dominic Lavoie (Hannover Scorpions)

Best Referee:

Peter Slapke (from Bad Tölz)

- More “Awards”:

Hardest Bodychecks:

Yvon Corriveau (Berlin Capitals)

Most Un Read more»

Hainsey Leads Habs’ NCAA’ers

by Chris Boucher
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Matt Shasby -D (Drafted-99(5/150))

Alaska-Anchorage University’s Matt Shasby started the season strong with 3 points in the first 2 games. He trailed off in the middle of the season, but his offensive drought was directly related to UAA’s 20-game winless streak.
The 6’3″,196 lbs. Shasby played 35 games. He had 18 points (4-14-18), with 32 minutes in penalties. He had point-scoring streaks of 2 games on four different occasions, as well as one streak of 3 straight games with at least 1 point. Shasby finished with exactly twice as many points as last season, and was 3rd overall in team scoring He also tied for the team lead in powerplay goals with 3.
Shasby is considered by some observers to be UAA’s best all-round player. He is very poised, and is an above-average skater. He has strong puck-moving skills, but must increase his upper-body strength. Which is something his strong work-ethic should help him achieve.

Scott Selig -C/RW (Drafted-00(6/172))

Northeastern University’s Scott Selig started off the season with 5 points in his first 3 College games. He was named Hockey East’s rookie of the week on 2 different occasions in October, and was also named top rookie for the entire month of October. Unfortunately Selig was unable to keep up his offensive pace, as he all but disappeared offensively during the last third of the season. He registered only 1 point in his last 14 games.
The 6’3″, 180 lbs. Selig played 35 games. He had 15 points (7-8-15), with 32 minutes in penalties. He had point-scoring streaks of 2 games on three Read more»

Steve Ott Update

by Keith Riskey
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Otter on Fire Again

Windor Spitfires forward Steve Ott has had a fantastic week and half. In each of his last three games (OHL), Ott has scored a hat trick (and two game winning goals). For his 6 goals and 7 points last week Steve Ott has also earned “Mac’s OHL Player of the Week” recognition for the week ending Sunday March 18, 2001.

18-year-old Ott, improved his season total to 49 goals and 37 assists for 86 points in 54 games

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