Jackets AHL Player Update

by Aaron Vickers

First, transactions that have taken place between the Blue Jackets and their AHL affiliate the Syracuse Crunch. The Jackets have reassigned goaltender Karl Goehring to Syracuse(from Dayton). Goehring, finished up his NCAA career last season, posting an 80-20-13 record in the NCAA ranks, setting a new record. Goehring replaces Gardner, who is reassigned to Dayton.

Columbus has returned forward Mathieu Darche to Syracuse of the AHL after being called up on November 1st. Darche tallied for one goal (1-0-1) in 7 games with the Jackets.

Defenseman Darrel Scoville is still expected to miss 4-6 weeks after suffering a 3rd Degree shoulder separation a few weeks ago.

Stats as of Thursday, November 22nd

Mathieu Darche(LW) – Darche was just recently relocated to Syracuse after an unsuccessful stint with the Jackets. Darche had 7 points (6-1-7) in 9 games before being recalled. What has he done since being returned? About as much as I have in Syracuse…nothing. He’s only played 2 games since his return, but has yet to put up any points.
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The Pittsburgh Forge Update

by Ron Valerino

Find all the info you need on Pittsburgh’s new Junior A team at:

The Pittsburgh Forge had a very busy 3 game week playing a rare Wednesday
night road game in Cleveland and hosting the USA National Under-17 Team in a
weekend series.

Forge 5 Cleveland 8 :
The Forge trailed 6-2 after 2 periods with Carson Strang and Andy Cote
netting goals. In the third Ken Trombetta netted his sixth goal of the
season to cut the deficit to 6-3. Andy Cote and Carson Strang both added
their second goals of the game, but the rally wouldn’t be enough. The Barons
scored a late goal and added an empty net score with a little over a minute
left. The newest Forge acquisition, Larry Sterling, relieved starter Tim
Heneroty and stopped 17 of 19.

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Home Sweet Home for the Monarchs

by Kristy Gleason

The long-anticipated arrival has occured, and the results have been very promising. The Manchester Monarchs finished their extended season-beginning road trip with a dismal record of
2-8-2. The team’s new arena, the Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester, NH, was christened on November 16, 2001 with a renewing of the Monarchs-Lock Monster rivalry. Before the first game puck was dropped, the Monarchs and Kings’ banners were raised to the rafters. Then the Monarchs and the fans paid tribute to our every day local heroes, the police and fire department, who unfurled a huge American flag that covered almost the entire space between the blue lines, which the Lock Monsters and Monarchs lined, and received a long and well-deserved standing ovation. A lengthy moment of silence was held in memory of Garnet “Ace” Bailey and Mark Bavis, both of whom were scouts with the LA Kings organization, and the thousands of others who lost or gave their lives in the September 11th tragedies in New York City, Pennsylvania, and Washington, DC. All 27 teams in the AHL have dedicated the 2001-02 season in their memory. Rene Rancourt serenaded the masses with a dramatic rendition of the national anthem… and then it was game time.

The Monarchs began the season in the Lock Monsters’ arena, and had lost to them twice in their 14-game journey on the road. The tables were turned, however, on that night of firsts for the Monarchs and their fans. They soundly beat the Lock Monsters, 3-1, in the home opener. The first goal ever to be scored in the VWA was by Monarchs defenseman, Joe Corvo. Read more»

Canadiens’ weekly prospects update

by Chris Boucher

Ron Hainsey -D (Drafted-00(1/13))

Hainsey remains unable to play. He suffered a wrist injury on October 24th, and could return to action within the next few days. Overall, the 6’3″, 200-lbs defenseman has played 7 games. He has 6 points (3-3-6), and is +3 with 6 minutes in penalties.

Mike Ribeiro -C (Drafted-98(2/45))

Riberio managed 3 points through 3 games since our last update. His best offensive game came against St. John. He scored 1 goal and added 1 assist during the 3-2 win. Overall, the shifty center has played 12 AHL games. He has 12 points (5-7-12), and is +7 with 18 minutes in penalties. One of his goals was scored on the powerplay, while another was scored shorthanded. He’s also directed 29 shots on goal.

Michael Ryder -W (Drafted-98(8/216))

Ryder was shutout through 3 games this week. Overall, the 6’1″, 195-lbs winger has played 13 games. He has 4 points (2-2-4), and is +2 with 2 minutes in penalties. He’s also managed 13 shots on goal.

Eric Chouinard -F (Drafted-98(1/16))

Chouinard was shutout through 3 games this week, and is currently on a season-high 3-game scoreless streak. Overall, the 6’3″, 207-lbs forward has played 18 games. He has 18 points (7-11-18), and is +3 with 2 minutes in penalties. He also has a team leading 52 shots on goal.

Francois Beauchemin -D (Drafted-98(3/75))

Beauchemin scored 1 goal through 2 games since our last update. Overall, the 6’0″, 201-lbs defenseman has played 7 games. He has 4 points (2-2-4), and is -1 with 8 minutes in penalties Read more»

Albany Rats End a Few Streaks

by Mike Buskus

By Mike Buskus

ALBANY, NY. (November 24, 2001). The weight that the Albany River Rats lifted over their shoulder tonight was not extra poundage they put on with a Thanksgiving turkey dinner. No, instead, the River Rats lifted a proverbial albatross around their neck. Two streaks were ended tonight. The league’s longest winless streak (a baker’s dozen, 13) belonged to the River Rats, dating back to October 20. Also, the home-ice winless mark (half a dozen, dating to October 27), also had Albany’s name on it.

Those dubious marks of distinction may remain in the record books for a while this season, but the emotional outburst on the ice cleared the entire bench and brought the 4,385 fans at the Pepsi Arena to their feet as Albany defeated Rochester, 3-1.

The visitors from Rochester got on the board first, with a turn-and-shoot wrister from right winger Milan Bartovic, midway through the first period. Bartovic’s fourth marker on the season came from the right face-off dot as he spun and snapped the shot past a stationary Ari Ahonen.

Over the next five minutes and change, Rochester got into penalty trouble, with three consecutive infractions giving the Rats power plays that included 4-on-3 and a brief stretch of 5-on-3. However, the Rochester defense was particularly sturdy and Albany had trouble getting the puck in deep. Albany managed only two shots on goal during those three power plays. The best scoring chance came from Pierre Dagenais, at the 15:36 mark. Mika Noronen’s glove stopped Dagenais from the right wing circle.

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