The Calder Corner
Radek Martinek: 1 Assist, +4
Dan Blackburn: NHL Debut, 42 Shots, 37 Saves, 0-1-0
As a general rule, I will always list goals and assists and other noteworthy stats. If there is more to be noted, HF encourages our readers to talk about them below!
Last season, Norm Maracle set an Orlando Solar Bear record by recording . If the Chicago Wolves continue to play the kind of suffocating defense that they displayed in their 3-0 whitewashing of the Cincinnati Mighty Ducks, Wednesday night, he could break that record by the half way point of the of the season.
If the fact that the Wolves only allowed 19 shots was not impressive enough, consider that they allowed 19 shots on goal while killing off several penalties. The Wolves short-handed unit not only killed off the infractions, but their aggressive play created scoring chances as well. Led by penalty killer specialist, (Wolves forward) Dan Plante, the Wolves defense gave the Ducks no room to operate as they harassed the puck carrier at every opportunity. If this group continues
to play as dominant as this, we’re going to need to find them a nickname.
With things well taken care of on the defensive end, the Wolves defense decided to help out on offense. With 4:24 gone in the first period, Rob Brown slid a beautiful pass, through the slot, finding Dallas Eakins for the one timer to put the Wolves ahead 1-0. Later in the period, Derek MacKenzie scored his first ever professional goal off of rebound shots by Brett Clark and Dan Plante. MacKenzie ended the scoring an empty netter at 19:54 of the third period with an assist from Jef Dessner.
The Wolves were awarded a rare penalty shot in the second period when Ben Simon was pulled down, from behind. Taking the Wolves first non-shootout since April on 1999, Simon skated in on the right side, and tried Read more»
Chris Nielsen injuried his groin in Monday’s game against the Flyers. He blocked a Chris Therien’s slapshot in the second period. Undergoing surgery last night, Nielsen was released this morning.
Until the injury, Nielsen was matched up against the Jeremy Roenick line. Only in a defensive faceoff did Tyler Wright replace him against Roenick. Wright lost the faceoff andnow Columbus looses their emerging checking forward for at least a month.
In other news, Rostislav Klesla sees his ice time dimnish. In Columbus’ first game, Klesla managed a tip in goal to tie the game against. But in thier most recent game he logged less than ten minutes of icetime.
Jody Shelley was placed on the Syracuse Crunch roster on loan from the BlueJackets on 10-9-01.
Syracuse Crunch Notable Statistics
Mathieu Darche scored two goals in the team’s opener against Bridgeport.
One Giant Star Overlooked
In the infamous words of Rodney Dangerfield, some guys ‘don’t get no respect.’ In the Vancouver Giants 6-5 victory last night against the Medicine Hat Tigers and their star, Jay Bouwmeester, the difference in the game was clearly the often spectacular play of netminder Don Choukalos [Chi-call-us].
After the Giants came out of the gate like gangbusters, jumping to a 3-0 lead in the opening five minutes, the thinking was that one more unanswered goal would surely put the Tigers out of contention. But things never played out that way.
To start, Coach Dragicevic had opted to start the game with Brett Jaeger, recently acquired from the Tigers on September 28th. This was Jaeger’s Giants debut. Dragicevic’s reasonable thinking was to let Jaeger face a team he was familiar with and to give Choukalos a much deserved rest.
Although young Jaeger (b. 1983) looked sharp in the warm-up — aptly displaying a very quick glove-hand and excellent up-and-down movement — his game was shaky. Unable to hold off the Tigers, while still never relinquishing the lead, Jaeger allowed four goals on only 14 chances before the mid-point of the second period.
Not the start one would suspect Jaeger had in mind, but opening night jitters clearly played a role. And considering what the Giants gave up to acquire him — their fourth round selection in the upcoming Bantam draft and their first round selection in the 2002 European draft (a selection that netted Marion Havel this year, who has three goa Read more»