Albany Week in Review

by Jared Ramsden
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Rats skid to bottom of league

Rookie coaches, Bob Carpenter, Geordie Kinnear (assistant) and Chris Terreri (goaltender coach), are still looking for the right chemistry for the young team to gel together. Bolstered in recent weeks by the addition of Bruce Gardiner (F), Steve Guolla (C) and Joel Bouchard (D), the River Rats remain winless on the road (0-7) and have only one win in 14 contests.

In the past week, two defensemen (Sascha Goc and Josef Boumedienne) were traded, with the Devils acquiring blueliner Andrei Zyuzin from Tampa Bay in exchange. (See below, “Defensemen traded,” for more details.)

The River Rats have been blown out of only one game this season, a 7-1 drubbing at the hands of the Worcester Ice Cats on October 20. Most of the losses have been one- or two-goal games. However, the cumulative deficit of goals-for versus goals-against (-22) is the worst in the league. The deficit in shots-for versus shots-against (-171) explains why the Rats are last in the 27-team league in shots-for (22.79 per game) and second-last in shots-against (35.00).

The players either have been unable, or unwilling, to follow coach Carpenter’s repeated admonitions to get the puck in deep in the attack zone. As a result, time of possession in the offensive zone is substantially less than in their own zone. Goaltenders, despite decent work in net, have paid the price.

It has been three weeks since the River Rats won a game, their 6-3 victory at home against Portland. Since then, the team has the unenviable distinction of having the league’s longest Read more»

Calder Corner for the Week Ending Nov 11th

by HF Staff
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The Calder Corner

BUF

Hamel: 1 Assist


CHI
Bell: 2 Goals (4,5)


COL
Willsie: 1 Goal (4)


CMB
Darche: 1 Goal (1)


Florida Panthers
Hagman: 1 Assist
Huselius: 1 Assist

Minnesota Wild
Dupuis: 2 Assist

Nashville Predators
Berenzwieg: 1st NHL goal (1)

New York Rangers
Blackburn: 31 Shots, 29 Saves. 1 Win (3-3-0)
M. Samuelsson: 1st NHL Point (Assist)

Ottawa Senators
White: 1 Goal (7)

Pittsburgh Penguins
Petersen: 1 Assist Read more»

2001-2002 USHL College List

by Jason Shaner
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2001-2002 USHL College List
(As of 11/13/01)

Every year the best of the best go on to the College Ranks. This year looks to be no different as already there is a long list of USHL Star’s who have committed to move on to the Collegiate level next season. Below is a list of the current USHL College commitments and their current statistics.

Cedar Rapids RoughRiders
1.Bobby Goepfert G – Providence College

9-2-1, 2.20 GAA, .938 saves percentage

2.Danny O’Brien F – University of Massachusetts-Lowell

4 goals, 2 assists

Chicago Steel

1.Danny Richmond D – University of Michigan

4 goals, 14 assists, 41 PIM

2.Ben Tharp D – University of Miami-Ohio

3 goals, 4 assists, 27 PIM

Des Moines Buccaneers

1.Ryan Dingle F – University of Denver

3 goals, 2 assists, 23 PIM

2.Mike Hutchins D – University of New Hampshire

4 goals, 11 assists, 36 PIM

3.Brett Skinner D – University of Denver

5 goals, 14 assists

Green Bay Gamblers

1.Joe Crabb F – Colorado College

2 goals, 4 assists, 23 PIM

2.Josh Gartner G – Yale University

0-2, 4.89 GAA, .827 saves percentage

3.Nate Guenin D – Ohio State University

1 goal, 4 assists, 40 PIM

4.Tim Stapleton F – University of Minnesota-Duluth

6 goals, 5 assists

Lincoln Stars

1.David Backes C – Minnesota State University-Mankato

5 goals, 4 assists, 31 PIM Read more»

Blue Jackets CHL Prospect Report

by Aaron Vickers
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Western Hockey League

Shane Bendera – G – Red Deer Rebels
Bendera has played in 15 of 22 games for the Rebels, posting a most impressive 10-3-2 record. Bendera leads the league in Goals Against Average(1.85), Save Percentage(.932), is second in wins(10, leader has 12), and tied for second in shutouts(1, leader has 2). Not to take anything away from the other Rebel players, but Bendera has single-handedly taken Red Deer to the top of the WHL.

Ben Knopp – RW – Moose Jaw Warriors
Although the Warriors are struggling, their top forward is having himself a respectable year. Knopp, through 24 games, has 13 goals, 5 of which came on the powerplay and 21 points(13-8-21). In reality, the only statistic that is hurting Knopp right now is his +/-, which sits at -4. Although Knopp leads the team in scoring, he is 3rd in Points Per Game, behind Shawn Limpright and Washington’s first round pick in 2000, Brian Sutherby.

Kiel McLeod – C – Kelowna Rockets Read more»

The ECHL Report

by Ron Valerino
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PLAYER OF THE WEEK : Louisiana center Cory Cyrenne
The 5-10 and 186-pound Cyrenne scored the game-winning goal in both of Louisiana’s wins, and finished the weekend with three goals and five points. Cyrenne scored the only goal in Friday’s 1-0 win over Kelly Cup Champion South Carolina as the IceGators improved to 9-0-1. The eighth-round selection of San Jose in the 1996 NHL draft, Cyrenne scored two power-play goals and had two assists in Louisiana’s 5-1 win against Mobile. Cyrenne leads the IceGators with seven goals, four power-play goals and 12 points, and he is tied for the team lead with three game-winning goals. On behalf of Cory Cyrenne, a case of pucks will be donated to the Louisiana area youth hockey organization by InGlasco, the official puck supplier of the ECHL.

GOALIE OF THE WEEK : Charlotte’s Scott Meyer
Meyer was 3-0-0 with a 1.33 goals against average and a .944 save percentage in three starts last weekend. He made 20 saves in a 5-1 win over Trenton on Friday and then recorded his first career shutout on Saturday, making 25 saves in a 1-0 win at Reading. He closed out the weekend with 22 saves in a 7-3 win at Roanoke, helping Charlotte extend its season-high winning streak to four games. The 25-year-old Meyer is 5-4-1 with a .919 save percentage, and ranks second in the ECHL with a 1.89 goals against average, the only goalie with 10 more more starts with a goals against average of less than 2.00.

NORTHERN CONFERENCE NOTES :

WHEELING : Read more»

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