St. Albert 1 at Calgary Canucks 7
After coming off a great high only two days earlier, the St. Albert Saints simply didn’t have it in them Friday night. The Calgary Canucks were fresh, having defeated the Olds Grizzlys in five games a week earlier while the Saints had just completed four straight victories en route to a come-from-behind 4-3 series victory against the Lloydminster Blazers.
Drew Norman, who is eligible for this year’s draft, opened the scoring for Calgary twelve minutes in as he scored a powerplay goal assisted by Roger Leonard and Miles Hunter. The Canucks outshot the Saints 11-6 in the first.
In the second, it looked as if the Saints would take control as they put a lot of pressure on Canucks netminder Mike Gilhooly. Brent Robertson scored 1:43 in, assisted by Andrew Gibson and Rob Ziemmer. However, before the period would end, Calgary’s top line of Ryan Manitowich, Moe Halat and Dany Heatley would strike several times. Manitowich would get both goals, the first with 11:38 remaining and the second was in the last minute of the period. The Canucks have made a habit of shifting momentum in games with last-minute goals.
Born: July 26, 1979
Hometown: Toronto, Ontario
Weight: 187 lbs
When a junior hockey player wins one scoring championship, it’s pretty impressive, but when a player wins back-to-back championships, it’s almost unheard of. This season Peter Sarno of the Sarnia Sting became the second player in OHL history, and first since 1970-71, to do so. The last player to win back-to-back scoring titles was Marcel Dionne with St. Catharines (1969-70, 1970-71).
Sarno has had a pretty illustrious OHL career. Sarno was drafted by the Windsor Spitfires in the fifth round of the 1996 OHL midget draft. His totals in Tier 2 Junior A with North York were impressive. He scored 39 goals and 96 points in 52 games with North York.
In Sarno’s 3 seasons in the OHL he has looked more like a first round draft pick then a fifth round pick. His playmaking skills make watching him fun. Adding a great scoring touch to his playmaking skills make him a threat every time he comes onto the ice. In his rookie season (1996-97), Sarno won the Emms Family Award as the OHL rookie-of-the-year. His rookie season was very successful as the creative centreman scored 20 goals and 83 points in 66 games. The 63 assists that Sarno picked up were the fifth highest total in the league.
Washington traded veterans Joe Juneau, Tom Chorske, Dale Hunter and Craig Berube and the only body they received back was highly touted Sabres prospect Alexei Tezikov. These trades opens up four roster spots which the Caps filled by recalling forwards Matt Herr, Benoit Gratton, Trevor Halverson, and defenseman Steve Poapst. All four had spent various time split between the Portland Pirates and the Caps this season.
On March 28, Washington also called up defensemen Patrick Bolieau from Indianapolis of the IHL. All five call up have been playing since they were brought up so the Caps are now a much younger a very inexperience hockey team.
Tezikov was assigned to Cincinnati of the IHL. Not clear why they would send him to the I instead of the Portland (AHL), though maybe the presence of the heavy number of Chicago prospects in Portland may have played a part in the decision.
In other Caps news; Washington announced they have signed defenseman Dean Stork. Dean played this past year at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. A junior who recently completed his third collegiate season, helping the team to a 12-21-2 overall record.
Guide: 1 star – awful
2 stars – dissapointing
3 stars – did what was supposed to do, nothing more nothing less
4 stars- exceeded expectations
5 stars – created new expectations
1- Michel Riesen
After a rocky start with the Hamilton Bulldogs in which Riesen recorded only 13 points in 45 games Riesen has begun to pick up the pace. In his past nine games Riesen has recorded seven points, not much to get excited about however at the start of the year Riesen was playing with fear. His fear has dissipated and he now looks as though he has regained the confidence that he once had. He no longer shies away from contact and the corners are a place he will venture to. It appears as though the fear that he played with may have been brought on by his vast amount of injuries in the past year. He seems to be getting over that and the Oilers organization is very glad. They are looking for him to step up to the team next season as either Pat Falloon, Rem Murray or Alex Selivanov will be claimed by the expansion Atlanta Thrashers. He will be looked upon to make the team and possibly be the second line right winger, and maybe even fill in the first line left wing spot that for the most part of this season has been a revolving door of players.
LEA GP G A PTS PIM PP SH GWG
AHL 54 5 15 20 6 3 0 1
WJC 6 0 4 4 4
Season Rating- 2 out of 5 stars
2- Micheal Henrich
Player: Petr Franek
Birthdate: April 6, 1975
Hometown: Most, Czech Rep
Weight: 190 lbs
Height: 5′ 10″
SEASON TEAM LGE GP W L T AVG SP
1996-97 Hershey AHL 15 4 1 0 3.02 .911
1996-97 Quebec IHL 6 3 3 0 3.02 .900
1996-97 Brantford CoHL 6 4 1 0 2.61 .930
1997-98 Hershey AHL 43 19 14 2 2.71 .906
1998-99 Utah IHL 8 1 6 1 3.50 .896
1998-99 Las Vegas IHL 33 16 10 2 3.19 .907