Monday, October 11, 2010

Monday Morning Meissnervations

It's Monday. Here's what's happening.... 


Today is October 11th, the 283rd day of 2010. There are 82 days left in the year.

Flames bounce back with win over Kings.

Oilers win second straight.

Bruins earn split with Coyotes in Prague.


This is General Pulaski Memorial Day.


Sunday's boxscores:

Chicago 1 at Team USA 3

Fargo 3 at Sioux City 1


This is National Face Your Fears Day.


U.S. National Under-18 Team Rolls Past Muskegon, 10-3

 Grimaldi Amasses Five Total Points; Fourteen Players Tally At Least One Point 
ANN ARBOR, Mich. - Rocco Grimaldi (Rossmoor, Calif.) scored once and added four assists as the U.S. National Under-18 Team toppled the Muskegon Lumberjacks, 10-3, here tonight at the Ann Arbor Ice Cube.

Team USA opened the scoring 4:46 into the first period when Reid Boucher (Grand Ledge, Mich.) took Grimaldi's pass from the right sideboards and netted the game's first goal.

Muskegon answered with a power play tally to even the score at one goal apiece. But the U.S. came back with goals from Travis Boyd (Hopkins, Minn.) and Blake Pietila (Brighton, Mich.), giving Team USA the 2-1 lead.

The Lumberjacks scored at 13:43 in the second frame to pull within one goal. But for the second game in a row, Team USA scored a short-handed marker. After a booming Muskegon shot on U.S. goaltender Matt McNeely (Burnsville, Minn.), the rebound caromed to Grimaldi who found a streaking Cole Bardreau (Fairport, N.Y.) near center ice. Bardreau skated in alone and wristed the shot into the back of the net, putting the U.S. up 4-2 heading into the third period.

The U.S. kept the pressure on the Lumberjacks as the third period began, when Grimaldi and Max Everson (Edina, Minn.) scored less than four minutes apart. Muskegon would add another tally, but Team USA scored four unanswered goals to close out the game and win, 10-3.

McNeely and John Gibson (Pittsburgh, Pa.) combined to make 27 saves for Team USA in the win, while Joel Vienneau and Paul Berrafato made 32 saves for Muskegon in the loss.

The U.S. National Under-18 Team will travel down the road for a Tuesday (Oct. 12) night tilt against the University of Michigan at Yost Ice Arena in Ann Arbor. Puck drop is set for 7:35 ET.

NOTES: Team USA went 5-for-11 on the power play while Muskegon was 2-for-15 with the man advantage ... Team USA outshot Muskegon 42-30 ... Rocco Grimaldi netted five points (1-4) tonight, adding to his team-leading point total of seven (3-4) ... Cole Bardreau gave Team USA their second short-handed goal in as many games ... Mario Lucia (Plymouth, MInn.) scored his first points with the National Team Development Program tonight, scoring back-to-back power play goals in the third period ... Max Everson also tallied his first points (1-1) in a Team USA jersey tonight ... Muskegon defensemen Alex Privitera (Old Tappan, N.J./2006-09) previously played for the NTDP.


Scoring By Period

USA 1 - 3 - 6 - 10

MUS 1 - 1 - 1 - 3

First Period – Scoring: 1, USA, Boucher (Grimaldi, Miller), 4:46; 2, MUS, Kohls (Woods, Privitera), 16:31, (pp). Penalties: USA, Grimaldi (holding), 1:27; USA, Bardreau (delay-of-game), 3:33; MUS, Kohls (delay-of-game), 3:33; USA, Pietila (cross-checking), 6:44; MUS, Yanis (checking-from-behind), 6:44; USA, Paliotta (high-sticking), 7:51; USA, Killian (hooking), 8:27; USA, Haggerty (tripping), 10:32; MUS, Belohrad (holding), 10:44; MUS, Deblouw (misconduct, checking-from-behind), 11:26; MUS, Foguth (slashing), 11:29; MUS, Foguth (delay-of-game), 11:29; USA, Biggs (slashing), 11:29; USA, Biggs (delay-of-game), 11:29; USA, Grimaldi (cross-checking), 14:55; USA, Reid (tripping), 18:31.

Second Period – Scoring: 3, USA, Boyd (Kaib), 9:16; 4, USA, Pietila (Biggs), 12:32, (pp); 5, MUS, Woods (Berry, Privitera), 13:44, (pp); 6, USA, Bardreau (Grimaldi), 14:48, (sh). Penalties: MUS, Yanis (checking-from-behind), 0:13; MUS, Deblouw (checking-from-behind), 4:43; MUS, Parker (interference), 6:13; USA, Paliotta (tripping), 10:25; MUS, Woods (interference), 10:40; USA, Everson (cross-checking), 13:00; USA, Boyd (slashing), 13:33; USA, Larraza (checking-from-behind), 15:47.

Third Period – Scoring: 7, USA, Grimaldi (Miller, Van Voorhis), 1:06; 8, USA, Everson, (Bardreau, Pietila), 3:47, (pp); 9, MUS, Misiak (Kohls, Parker), 5:54; 10, USA, Carlson (Grimaldi), 10:48, (pp); 11, USA, Lucia (Boyd, Everson), 11:14 (pp); 12, USA, Lucia (Paliotta, Haggerty), 12:08, (pp); 13, USA, Carlson (Grimaldi), 13:08. Penalties: MUS, Moran (checking-from-behind), 0:25; MUS, Belohrad (roughing), 3:38; MUS, Foguth, (roughing), 5:12; USA, Kaib (roughing), 5:12; MUS, Foguth (delay-of-game), 5:12; USA, Kaib (delay-of-game), 5:12; USA, McNeely (major, fighting), 5:12; USA, McNeely (game misconduct), 5:12; MUS, Berrafato (major, fighting), 5:12; MUS, Berrafato (game misconduct), 5:12; MUS, Privitera (major, fighting), 5:12; USA, Boucher (major, fighting), 5:12; MUS, Moran (major, fighting), 5:12; MUS, Moran (game misconduct), 5:12; USA, Miller (roughing), 5:12; USA, Miller (major, fighting), 5:12; USA, Miller (game misconduct), 5:12; MUS, Berry (misconduct), 5:12; USA, Grimaldi (roughing), 5:12; USA, Larraza (holding), 6:30; MUS, Misiak (roughing), 9:45; MUS, Yanis (checking-from-behind), 10:28; MUS, Yanis (misconduct), 10:28; USA, Biggs (game misconduct), 13:08; USA, Biggs (major, fighting), 13:08; MUS, Mihailovich (major, fighting), 13:08; MUS, Mihailovich (game ejection), 13:08; MUS, Misiak (roughing), 16:01; MUS, Woods (major, delay-of-game), 18:52; USA, Carlson (major, delay-of-game), 18:52; MUS, Woods (roughing), 18:52.

Shots by Period 1 2 3 Total

USA 10 18 14 42

MUS 12 9 9 30

Goaltenders (SH/SV) 1 2 3 Total

USA, McNeely, 45:09 12/11 9/8 -- 21/19

USA, Gibson, 14:51 -- -- 9/8 9/8

MUS, Vienneau, 58:38 10/9 18/15 13/7 41/31

MUS, Berrafato, 1:22 -- -- 1/1 1/1

Power Play: USA 5-11; MUS 2-15

Penalties: USA 27-98; MUS 26-124

Officials: Referee - Christopher Pitoscia ; Linesmen - Nick Huff

Attendance: 373

U.S. National Under-17 Team Upends Chicago, 3-1

Shore Tallies Game Winner; Rutledge Stops 35 Shots

ANN ARBOR, Mich. - Quentin Shore (Denver, Colo.) scored the game-winning goal and Jared Rutledge (Skokie, Ill.) made 35 saves as the U.S. National Under-17 Team skated to a 3-1 victory over the Chicago Steel here today at the Ann Arbor Ice Cube.

Team USA found the scoresheet first when Ben Johnson (Calumet, Mich.) redirected a booming slapshot by Seth Jones (Plano, Texas), finding the back of the net. Jones and Matt Grzelcyk (Charlestown, Mass.) collected assists on the play.

Shore put the U.S. up 2-0 at 10:24 of the second period, on a pass from Kyle Osterberg (Lakeville, Minn.). With two defenders to beat, Osterberg split the defense and found an open Shore, who one-timed the pass past Steel goaltender Adam Miller.

Thomas Di Pauli (Woodridge, Ill.) added a goal to give Team USA a 3-0 edge heading into the final frame.

Chicago came out shooting in the third period, peppering the U.S. goal with 17 shots. But Rutledge stood tall and made 16 saves preserving the victory for Team USA, 3-1.

The U.S. National Under-17 Team has next weekend off, but returns to action with a game October 23 on the road against the Green Bay Gamblers. Puck drop is set for 7:05 p.m. ET at the Resch Center in Green Bay, Wis.

NOTES: Under-17 forward Thomas Di Pauli played against his older brother, Chicago forward, Theo Di Pauli ... Jon Waibel (Baudette, Minn./1998-00) is the first National Team Development Program alumnus to serve as head coach at the junior level. Waibel was named coach and general manager of the Steel prior to the 2010-11 season.


Scoring By Period

USA 1 - 2 - 0 - 3

CHI 0 - 0 - 1 - 1

First Period – Scoring: 1, USA, Johnson (Jones, Grzelcyk), 11:47. Penalties: USA, Kerdiles (checking-from-behind), 1:26; CHI, Angeli (high-sticking), 7:23; USA, Hartman (checking-from-behind), 13:22; USA, Hartman (misconduct), 13:22; CHI, Stloukal (elbowing), 15:58; USA, Samuelsson (cross-checking), 19:47.

Second Period – Scoring: 2, USA, Shore (Osterberg), 10:24, (sh); 3, USA, Di Pauli (unassisted), 16:14. Penalties: USA, Kerdiles (tripping), 9:16; USA, Bench (unsportsmanlike conduct), 10:53; CHI, Hesketh (cross-checking), 13:22; USA, Samuelsson (high-stiking), 17:41; CHI, Windle (slashing), 18:21.

Third Period – Scoring: 4, CHI, Young (Hand, Gunner), 13:01. Penalties: USA, Di Pauli (cross-checking), 3:04; USA, Grzelcyk (slashing), 5:55; CHI, Angeli (interference), 10:50; USA, Shore (hooking), 16:32; CHI, Walters (interference), 18:39.

Shots by Period 1 2 3 Total

USA 12 15 4 31

CHI 7 12 17 36

Goaltenders (SH/SV) 1 2 3 Total

USA, Rutledge, 60:00 7/7 12/12 17/16 36/35

CHI, Miller, 60:00 12/11 15/13 4/4 31/28

Power Play: USA 0-6; CHI 0-9

Penalties: USA 9-28; DUB 6-12

Officials: Referee - Chris Pitoscia, Tom Chmielewski; Linesmen - John McAfee, Trevor Shively

Attendance: 226


This is Take Your Medicine Americans Week.


The Tampa Bay Juniors SEJHL team was in action over the weekend, with home-and-home games with the Florida Eels. On Saturday in Ft. Myers, two goals from Zach White, one goal each from Cody Post and Ben Winter, plus 31 saves from Dominic Calandra led Tampa Bay to a 4-3 win. Joey Colatarci scored twice for the Eels.

On Sunday in Ellenton, Wes Moon scored for Tampa Bay and Jordan Kruger made 37 saves, several of the spectacular, but goals from four different players led the Eels to the 4-1 win, their first in league play this season.

The MJHL tyeam was also in action, competing in the New Hampshire Showcase. On Saturday, Andrew Silvers, Richard Hill and Kevin Mansolill scored goals and Evan Weiss made 14 saves, but it wasn't enough as the Walpole Express, led by Augustus Chua's 2 goals, won 6-3.

There are no details yet on Sunday's game with the Cranston Reds, or Monday's game wityh the Atlanta Knights.
Next weekend, the SEJHL Juniors are home for two games with the Florida Eels, 5:15pm Saturday and 9:30am Sunday. The MJHL Juniors are home to face the Eels next Saturday at 8:00pm.


Today is Native Americans' Day.


Road to first place now on rocky detour.

Welcome to down week in Riderville.

Visit the teams' official website at


Today is National Sausage Pizza Day. (So, this is why the post offices, schools and court houses are closed.)


Here's the Week 5 NFL Schedule:

New York Giants 34 at Houston Texans 10

At Detroit Lions 44, St. Louis Rams 6

At Washington Redskins 16, Green Bay Packers 13

Chicago Bears 23 at Carolina Panthers 6

Tampa Bay Buccaneers 24 at Cincinnati Bengals 21

At Baltimore Ravens 31, Denver Broncos 17

Atlanta Falcons 20 at Cleveland Browns 10

At Indianapolis Colts 19, Kansas City Chiefs 9

Jacksonville Jaguars 36 at Buffalo Bills 26

At Arizona Cardinals 30, New Orleans Saints 20

Tennessee Titans 34 at Dallas Cowboys 27

At Oakland Raiders 35, San Diego Chargers 27

Philadelphia Eagles 27 at San Francisco 49ers 24

Monday October 11 8:30 p.m. Minnesota Vikings at New York Jets


At the movies, The Social Network was again the weekend favorite, bringing in $15.5 million. Life as We Know It debuted in second.


Beavers ranked #24 this week.

The Oregon State Beavers 3-2, 2-0 visit Seattle this coming Saturday to face the Washington Huskies. Kickoff on ESPN is 10:15pm EDT.

Here's the 2010 Oregon State Beavers' football schedule.

And here's the 2010 football roster.


The rescue of 33 miners trapped in a Chilean mine is likely to start on Wednesday. The ride to the surface will take about 20 minutes per miner.


Stamps seek second straight win over Als.

Bombers on the brink.

Stein: I'm thankful for....

Visit the league's official website at


The age at which the average person starts getting grumpy? Researchers say it's about 52. (My wife will tell you I hit grump much earlier.)


All done shopping Mommy. Let's go home.


According to a new study, the average woman has 12 items of clothing -- worth more than $450 -- just sitting in her closet unworn because they're either too big or too small.


ARLINGTON -- While "Deep in the Heart of Texas" played over the sound system at Rangers Ballpark on Sunday afternoon, the Rays were grooving to their own tune: "Stayin' Alive."

And stay alive the Rays did, getting an inspired start by Wade Davis and offensive contributions by Carlos Pena, Evan Longoria and B.J. Upton en route to a 5-2 win over the Rangers in Game 4 of the American League Division Series.

Read the rest here.

Notes: The series conclude in St. Petersburg tomorrow night at 8:07pm EDT. David Price (0-1, 5.40) starts for the Rays, Cliff Lee (1-0, 1.29)  for Texas.

Have I mentioned this is Cookie Month?


Texas Rangers  2-2 vs
Tampa Bay Rays 2-2

New York Yankees 3-0 vs
Minnesota 0-3

Atlanta Braves 1-2 vs
San Francisco Giants 2-1

Cincinnati Reds 0-3 vs
Philadelphia Phillies 3-0

Sunday's games:

Tampa Bay Rays 5 at Texas Rangers 2
San Francisco Giants 3 at Atlanta Braves 2
Philadelphia Phillies 2 at Cincinnati Reds 0

Monday's game:

San Francisco Giants at Atlanta Braves 7:30pm EDT 

Tuesday's game:

Texas Rangers at Tampa Bay Rays 8:07pm EDT


Today is Columbus Day. (In 14-hundred and 92....)


ATLANTA -- The Giants proved Sunday that they had plenty of perseverance left.
Having overcome numerous obstacles to reach this point, they scaled even more in a messy but thrilling 3-2 victory over the Atlanta Braves in Game 3 of the National League Division Series.

Read the rest here.

Notes:  Giants starter  Madison Bumgarner (7-6, 3.00) will take the mound in Game 4 of the NLDS against Atlanta at 7:30 p.m. EDT tonight, live on TBS. Derek Lowe (0-1, 1.69) gets the start for the Braves.


Today is It's My Party Day. (And I'll cry if I want to....)


Today in Elvis History:

1958 - The Elvis Presley album "King Creole" hit #2 in the U.S.

1973 - Elvis and Priscilla Presley were divorced after six years of marriage.

1994 - The book "Good Rockin' Tonight: Twenty years on the road and on the town with Elvis" by Joe Esposito was released.


Today is Take Your Teddy Bear To Work Day.


Today in Beatles History:

1965 - The Beatles released their single "Roll Over Beethoven," a cover of the Chuck Berry classic.

1967 - John Lennon and Yoko Ono opened their joint exhibition Half-a-Wind Show at London's Lisson Gallery.

1988 - Ringo Starr and his wife, Barbara Bach, entered a rehab center to be treated for alcoholism.


Bruce Willis is already talked about making a fifth Die Hard movie as soon as next year and now says he plans on doing a sixth before he retires from playing John McClane.


Today in Sports History:

1924 - The Boston Bruins and the Montreal Maroons were granted NHL franchises.

1925 - The New York Giants played their first NFL game. The Giants lost 14-0 to Providence.

1975 - New York Islander Bryan Trottier got his first hat trick.

1980 - The Dallas Mavericks won their first game at Reunion Arena when they beat San Antonio 103-92.

1984 - Mario Lemieux (Pittsburgh Penguins) made his debut in the National Hockey League (NHL) against the Boston Bruins. He scored a goal on his first shot on his first NHL shift.

1998 - Steve Young (San Francisco 49ers) became the 20th player in NFL history to throw for 30,000 yards.

2004 - The Houston Astros won a postseason series for the first time in their 43 year history. They defeated the Atlanta Braves 12-3 in Game 5. The Astros had lost 7 playoff series previously, three of them to Atlanta.

2006 - In New York, Cory Lidle (New York Yankees) and his flight instructor were killed when Lidle's plane crashed into a high-rise apartment building.



FONTANA, Calif. -- Tony Stewart still needs help to catch Sprint Cup Series points leader Jimmie Johnson, but he jump-started his climb back into contention for the series championship Sunday at Auto Club Speedway.

Stewart beat resilient Clint Bowyer to the finish line by .466 seconds in Sunday's Pepsi Max 400 to win his first race at the 2-mile track, his second of the year and the 39th of his career.

In sharp contrast to Stewart's victory, which left him 107 points behind third-place finisher and Chase leader Jimmie Johnson, a handful of Chase drivers took big hits in the championship battle.

Down for the count are Kyle Busch and Greg Biffle, both of whom suffered blown engines. An ignition rotor failure KO'd Carl Edwards, and a late-race wreck with David Ragan all but dashed Kurt Busch's chances for a second title.

Johnson, on the other hand, leaves his home track 36 points ahead of second-place Denny Hamlin, who came home eighth Sunday. With the Chase field spreading out four races into the series' postseason, only Hamlin, Kevin Harvick (54 points back) and Jeff Gordon (85 back) are within 100 points of the four-time defending champion with six races left.

Non-Chasers Kasey Kahne, Ryan Newman and Mark Martin finished fourth, fifth and sixth, respectively. Harvick came home seventh, followed by Hamlin, Gordon and David Reutimann.

It was a disastrous day for Roush Fenway Racing, which got a team-best finish of 30th from Matt Kenseth. Biffle's engine exploded on Lap 40, relegating him to a 41st-place result.

On a restart 18 laps later, Edwards developed his ignition problem and lost 14 laps while his crew repaired his No. 99 Ford. Edwards finished 34th and, like Biffle, sustained a crushing blow to his championship hopes.

Likewise, Kyle Busch saw his title aspirations disappear in smoke when his engine blew on Lap 154. He finished 35th.

Gordon also took a hit in the points after being flagged for speeding on pit road during stops under caution on Lap 156. He rallied for a ninth-place finish but still lost significant ground to Johnson.

In sweeping the top three positions, Chevrolet won its 34th manufacturers' championship in the Cup Series.


Tonight is the 35th anniversary of the premiere of “Saturday Night Live” on NBC (1975). The first guest host was George Carlin.


Coming up:
Tonight ---

Baseball: NLDS, Game Four: San Francisco Giants at Atlanta Braves 7:30pm EDT


That's all for another Monday. See you again tomorrow.       

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