Baby Buds Stumble out of the Gate

By Kevin Kelly

While the Toronto Maple Leafs had a great night on the
road against the Pittsburgh Penguins, the St. John’s
Maple Leafs weren’t as fortunate. The St. John’s Maple
Leafs had a great night from the line of Bob Wren,
Brad Leeb and Josh Holden but it wasn’t enough as the
Wilkes-Barre Scranton Penguins defeated the Leafs 5-3
in AHL action October 10th. Leeb had a pair of goals
to lead the Leafs attack, while Bob Wren added a
single marker for the Blue and White.

The Leafs had a rough night penalty killing as the
Pens tallied four powerplay goals on eight
opportunities. Colby Armstrong and Michal Sivek
tallied a pair of goals each for the Pens, while
Konstantin Koltsov tallied the other Pens marker.
Mikael Tellqvist had 5 goals against on 28 shots with
one of them being an empty netter. Sebastian Caron
made 33 saves for the win.

The Leafs were 0 for 7 on the powerplay.
8,281 fans crammed into the First Union Centre to
watch the Pens home opener. The Leafs play Albany
Saturday evening (7 pm ET) and Wilkes-Barre again on
Monday night.

Scratches for the Leafs were all rookies: Defenceman
Jay Harrison, and forwards Nathan Barrett and Riley
Cote did not play. Dmitri Yakushin is in St. John’s,
but probably won’t play until the Leafs get back home.

Leaf notes:

Congrats to Craig Mills, who was named the Leafs
captain for the upcoming season. Nathan Dempsey and
Bobby House were co-captains last season. Mills is the
10th captain in St. John’s history.

The Mike Minard saga continues. Minard, contrary to
earlier reports, hasn’t reported to Memphis. He’s in
Hamilton considering a buyout offer from Toronto.

A couple of more Newfoundlanders with AHL connections.
Corner Brook native Jason King, who scored 63 goals
for the Halifax Mooseheads of the QMJHL last season.
He is playing without a contract but has impressed
Manitoba coach Stan Smyl. Meanwhile, Patrick Yetman
from St. John’s who was playing with Hartford has been
loaned to the ECHL’s Augusta Lynx.