Head to Head: Milan Kraft Vs. Kris Beech

by Marc Lapointe
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Milan Kraft VS Kris Beech

We have an unfair battle hhere. Beech has posted many more points then Kraft
this season and Kraft just got send to the minors. Beech won the first
“battle” between the two top prospects of the Penguins, but the war is not
done yet.

Overall Offensive Game:

If you look at Milan Kraft’s stats this season you’re probable gonna
conclude that he was struggling badly. But stats aren’t everything in this
wonderful sport, he was actually one of the most dangerous forward for the
Pens for some games. Kraft is able to get alot of scoring chances but he has the
unfortunate tendency to not capitalize on them. If Kraft can finally find the back of the net regularly, he will become the forward the Pens saw in him
at the 1998 draft. As for Kris Beech, he came in Pittsburgh with great
expectations after being traded for arguably the most skilled player in the
world, Jaromir Jagr. In my mind Beech hasn’t been a disappointment so far. He has showed some really
good skills and hockey sense for a youngster. But nothing has been easy for
the Penguins this year and appearing on the score sheet is sometimes “mission
impossible”. If Beech would have played with
offensive system that was utilized by the Penguins the past couple years, he would have
twice as many points. Beech creates a lot of scoring chances with his
incredible offensive assets but he took awhile to score his first NHL
goal.

Both potential future stars have seen Ice-time during the struggling Penguins
Powerplay this year. Result? They simply d Read more»

Waterloo Black Hawks midseason report

by pbadmin
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Waterloo Black Hawks (8-16-1=17pts):

In Waterloo, Black Hawk fans are celebrating 40 years of hockey. Unfortunately, that is about the only thing they are able to celebrate right now. The Black Hawks have struggled, and struggled mightily all season long. In 8 season victories, only 1 has been in regulation. Otherwise, they relied on their star goaltender Josh Siembida to carry them to victory in overtime or a shootout. Siembida was 7-12-1 for Waterloo with a 2.81 GAA and .918 saves percentage, which were fantastic numbers considering the way Waterloo has played.

It was good enough to get Siembida called up to the University of North Dakota at the midway point. So the Black Hawks only constant is now gone leaving the job up in the air. Jeff Jakaitis out of Rochester, Minnesota and Beau Fritz, acquired from the Lincoln Stars recently will fight for the position.

The Black Hawks have been very inconsistent all season long. There are many young players and at times, youth can be to blame for this team but lack of execution and indecisiveness has killed this squad. Cole Baron (5-11-16) and Nate Hansen (4-8-12) are the only two Black Hawks in double figures in scoring and Hansen was acquired recently so all his points are not as a Black Hawk. That shows the gaping hole in the offensive zone for this very young team.

The defense has been respectable led by a pair of young stars in that of Jim Jensen (1-2-3) and Rob Lehtinen (2-6-8). If this team sticks together into next season there is a chance that they will begin to win, but unfortunately unles Read more»

Final Days of the WJC

by Ivana Paulova
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Check out the last games of the WJC!

Placing Game 7-8

Slovakia – Czech Republic 2:6

1st Period

09:30 CZE Pozivil (Plekanec, Blatak) 0:1 PP

2nd Period

20:36 CZE Plekanec (Blatak, Novotny) 0:2
29:21 CZE Hemsky (Horava) 0:3 PP
32:00 CZE Podlesak (unassisted) 0:4
35:40 SVK Kopecky (unassisted) 1:4

3rd Period

41:42 CZE Krajicek (Horava) 1:5 PP
51:00 CZE Horava (Hemsky) 1:6
59:18 SVK Kristin (Macho) 2:6

The game was best defined by the best awareded player of Czech Republic
Miloslav Horava: “There is nothing to say, at least the seventh
place”
. Czech squad finally managed to score more then 1 goal against an
equal opponent, but the victory brought nothing more than just the seventh
place. Julius Supler the head coach of the Slovakia explained the
reason for the Czech victory: “From our perspective it wasn’t a good
game. I even think that this was the worst game we have played on this
tournament. Our players were well motivated for this contest, but they made
a lot of mistakes. In contrast Czechs player very well and they deserved the
victory”
.

Placing Game 5-6

USA – Sweden 3:2

1st Period

15:08 USA Umberger (Whitney, Larose) 1:0

2nd Period

37:36 USA Hollweg (Umberger, Brown) 2:0

3rd Period

48:51 SWE Widing (Hedlund) 2:1 PP
52:33 SWE Oberg (Hedlund, Widing) 2:2 PP Read more»

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