Monday, November 8, 2010

Monday Morning Meissnervations

Happy Monday everybody. Here's what's happening....


Today is November 8th, the 312th day of 2010. There are 53 days left in the year.


Green's goal ends Flyers' win streak.

Conklin leads Blues to seventh straight win.

Quick goals lead Oilers past Blackhawks.

Mara's late goal lifts Ducks past Preds.


Today is Cook Something Bold and Pungent Day.


Sunday's scores:

At Sioux City 5, Youngstown 2

At Omaha 4, Fargo 1


Today is Dunce Day.                  


U.S. Junior Select Team Defeats Canada West, 5-3, Prior to 2010 World Junior A Challenge

McCormick Nets Game-Winner in Third Period

PENTICTON, B.C. - Seth Ambroz (New Prague, Minn./Omaha Lancers) and Jimmy Mullin (Cincinnati, Ohio/Fargo Force) each recorded a goal and an assist, and Max McCormick (De Pere, Wis./Sioux City Musketeers) scored the game-winner, as the U.S. Junior Select Team defeated Canada West, 5-3, here tonight at the South Okanagan Events Centre, prior to the start of the 2010 World Junior A Challenge.

"I thought our players competed hard tonight," said P.K. O'Handley, head coach of the U.S. Junior Select Team. "Given the little time they had together before this tournament, I thought they were very disciplined at key times."

Canada West scored twice in the first period, but Team USA responded with three consecutive second-period goals to take a 3-2 lead. Mullin net the first U.S. goal at the 7:18 mark of the middle frame, after connecting on a pass from Ryan Dzingel (Wheaton, Ill./Lincoln Stars).

Cason Hohmann (Plymouth, Mich./Cedar Rapids RoughRiders) then evened the score with four minutes remaining in the second period. Caleb Herbert (Bloomington, Minn../Sioux City Musketeers) sent a feed to Hohmann, who skated down the left sideboards, beat the defensemen and fired a shot that found the back of the net. Ambroz scored just 45 seconds later on Nick Mattson's (Chanhassen, Minn./Indiana Ice) backhand pass through the slot, to give the U.S. its first lead of the game, 3-2.

When Canada West tied the game late in the second period, Team USA answered with two goals in the final frame. McCormick notched the eventual game-winning goal 6:44 into the third period on a feed from Jordan Schmaltz (Verona, Wis./Sioux City Musketeers). Just over two minutes later, Garrett Allen (Delafield, Wis./Fargo Force) scored to lift the U.S. to a 5-3 victory.

Goaltender Zane Gothberg (Thief River Falls, Minn./Fargo Force) made 26 saves for Team USA in the win, while Matthew Krahn stopped 30 shots for Canada West in the loss.

The U.S. Junior Select Team will begin tournament play against Canada East on Mon., Nov. 8, at 7 p.m. EST.

NOTES: All games during the World Junior A Challenge will be available via live webcast at ... Follow @USAHockeyScores on Twitter for live scoring updates during the tournament. Scores will be designated with #JrAChallenge ... For Team USA's full roster, click here. The 22 players on the U.S. roster represent 10 states, with seven players hailing from Minnesota, four from Wisconsin, three from Missouri and two from Michigan. Nine USHL teams are represented, with the Fargo Force boasting five players and the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders and Sioux City Musketeers each boasting four ... P.K. O'Handley, head coach and general manager of the USHL's Waterloo Black Hawks, is serving as head coach of the 2010 U.S. Junior Select Team, having guided Team USA in its first World Junior A Challenge appearance in 2007. Luke Strand, head coach and general mangager of the USHL's Sioux City Musketeers, and Justin Lyle, associate head coach of the USHL's Indiana Ice, are serving as assistant coaches ... O'Handley, Strand and Lyle are all USA Hockey Level 4 certified coaches ... The World Junior A Challenge is in its fifth year and Team USA will be competing in the tournament for the fourth consecutive time ... The U.S. has won the championship the past two years (2008, 2009) and garnered a third-place finish in 2007 ... The 2010 World Junior A Challenge will include teams from Russia, Sweden, Switzerland and the United States and two teams from Canada (East and West) ... For more information on the World Junior A Challenge, click here.


Scoring By Period

CAN W 2 - 1 - 0 - 3
USA 0 - 3 - 2 - 5

First Period - Scoring: 1, CAN W, Downing (Linaker, Gallacher), 4:19; 2, CAN W, Downing (Linaker, George), 6:29 (pp). Penalties: USA, Cooper (interference), 5:23; CAN W, Bokenfohr (holding), 8:00; CAN W, O'Donnell (tripping), 10:05; USA, Schmaltz (holding the stick), 17:54; USA, St. Clair (slashing), 20:00.

Second Period - Scoring: 3, USA, Mullin (Dzingel), 7:18; 4, USA, Hohmann (Herbert, Ambroz), 15:56; 5, USA, Ambroz (Mattson, Schmaltz), 16:41; 6, CAN W, Laleggia (O'Donnell, Breitkreuz), 19:36. Penalties: USA, Mayfield (elbowing), 0:29; CAN W, Linaker (tripping), 7:49; CAN W, MacMillan (interference), 10:29; USA, Warning (interference), 12:59.

Third Period - Scoring: 7, USA, McCormick (Schmaltz), 6:44 (pp); 8, USA, Allen (Mullin, Mayfield), 9:27. Penalties: USA, Mayfield (boarding), 4:03; CAN W, Jardine (slashing), 6:04; USA, Warning (tripping), 13:56.

Shots by Period 1 2 3 Total
CAN W 8 11 10 29
USA 13 13 9 35

Goaltenders (SH/SV) 1 2 3 Total
CAN W, Krahn, 60:00 13-13 13-10 9-7 35-30
USA, Gothberg, 60:00 8-6 11-10 10-9 29-26

Power Play: CAN W 1-7; USA 1-5
Penalties: CAN W 5-10; USA 7-14

Team USA 2010 World Junior A Challenge Schedule
Nov. 8-14 • Penticton, B.C. • South Okanagan Events Centre

Date Opponent Time (Local/EST)

Sat., Nov. 6 Canada West* W, 5-3
Mon., Nov. 8 Canada East 4 p.m./7 p.m.
Wed., Nov. 10 Sweden 4 p.m./7 p.m.
Thu., Nov. 11 Quarterfinal Game 4 p.m./7 p.m.
Quarterfinal Game 7:30 p.m./10:30 p.m.
Fri., Nov. 12 Fifth-Place Game 7:30 p.m./10:30 p.m.
Sat., Nov. 13 Semifinal Game 2 p.m./5 p.m.
Semifinal Game 6 p.m./9 p.m.
Sun., Nov. 14 Third-Place Game TBD
First-Place Game TBD

*Pre-tournament game


It's Mr. Noodle's brother, Mr. Noodle.


Today is World Orphans Day.


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

And here's the 2010 football roster.

Here's the 2011 Beaver Pac-10 baseball schedule.


Today is Abet and Aid Punsters Day.


Ending the season with a positive.

Visit the teams' official website,


Today is National National Parents as Teachers Day. (Linky Link)


CFL Replay: Week #19.

Visit the league's official website,


Today is the birth anniversary of the great astronomer and mathematician Edmund Halley (1656-1742). The comet that bears his name is next expected to be visible in 2061.


Here's the Week 9 NFL Schedule(All times Eastern):

New York Jets 23 at Detroit Lions 20

New Orleans Saints 34 at Carolina Panthers 3

San Diego Chargers 29 at Houston Texans 23

At Minnesota Vikings 27 Arizona Cardinals 24

At Cleveland Browns 34 New England Patriots 14

At Atlanta Falcons 27 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 21

Chicago Bears 22 vs Buffalo Bills 19 at Toronto

At Baltimore Ravens 26 Miami Dolphins 10

New York Giants 41 at Seattle Seahawks 7

At Philadelphia Eagles 26 Indianapolis Colts 24

At Oakland Raiders 23 Kansas City Chiefs 20

At Green Bay Packers 45 Dallas Cowboys 7

Monday November 8 8:30 p.m. Pittsburgh Steelers at Cincinnati Bengals


Birth anniversaries today of Christiaan Barnard (1922-2001), Martha Gellhorn (1908-1998), Margaret Mitchell (1900-1949), and Hermann Rorschach (1884-1922).


Today in Elvis History:

1948 - Elvis Presley was enrolled in the eighth grade at Humes High School in Memphis, TN.

1957 - The Elvis Presley film "Jailhouse Rock" was released in the U.S.

1958 - The Elvis Presley albums "King Creole" and "Elvis' Golden Records" hit #3 and #4 in the U.K.

1962 - Elvis Presley's father and Memphis Mayor Loeb visted Elvis on the set of "It Happened at the World's Fair". At the meeting the mayor accepted Elvis's annual donation of $50,000 to Memphis charities.


On this date in 1519, Spaniard Hernán Cortés and his troops took emperor Montezuma hostage and effectively conquered the Aztec nation.


Today in Beatles History:

1967 - John Lennon's "How I Won the War" opened in the U.S. It was the first solo movie by a Beatle.

1968 - Cynthia Powell Lennon was granted a divorce from John Lennon. The two had been married for six years.

1989 - It was reported that all outstanding lawsuits between the Beatles, Apple and EMI/Capitol were resolved.


On this date in 1895, physicist Wilhelm Conrad Röntgen discovered x-rays, beginning a new era in physics and medicine.


Today in Sports History:

1942 - Parker Hall (Cleveland Rams) threw seven interceptions against the Green Bay Packers.

1951 - Yogi Berra (New York Yankees) won his first MVP award. He went on to win 2 more in his career.

1954 - The American League approved the transfer of the Philadelphia Athletics baseball team to Kansas City, MO.

1959 - The 'Big E', Elgin Baylor of the Minneapolis Lakers, scored 64 points and set a National Basketball Association scoring record.

1963 - Maple Leaf Gardens became the first NHL arena to install separate penalty box doors for each team.

1966 - U.S. President Johnson signed an anti-immunity for the AFL-NFL merger.

1970 - Tom Dempsey (New Orleans Saints) set an NFL record when he kicked a 63-yard field goal against the Detroit Lions. The record stood until October 25, 1998, when Jason Elam (Denver Broncos) tied the record.

1981 - Don Shula, coach of the Miami Dolphins, recorded his 200th NFL victory.

1981 - ESPN covered a NASCAR race from flag-to-flag for the first time.

1990 - Darryl Strawberry signed a five-year contract with the Dodgers. He left the Mets after 8 years and hitting 252 home runs.

1991 - Magic Johnson appeared on "The Arsenio Hall Show." It was his first appearance after announcing that he was HIV positive.

1997 - Nevada's John Dutton threw for 557 yards and five touchdowns in a victory over Boise State.

1998 - Emmitt Smith (Dallas Cowboys) became the all-time rushing leader for the Cowboys. He also passed 12,000 career yards in the NFL.


Happy Birthday today to Mary Hart, Christie Hefner, Patti Page, Parker Posey, Bonnie Raitt, Gordon Ramsay, Morley Safer, Alfre Woodard.



FORT WORTH, Texas -- Denny Hamlin's victory in Sunday's AAA Texas 500 wasn't a knockout blow to Jimmie Johnson's title hopes, but it did deliver a stinging message to the four-time defending Cup Series champion.

Hamlin's win, his series-best eighth of the season, his second in a row at Texas Motor Speedway and the 16th of his career, was perhaps more effective than the haymaker Jeff Gordon -- yes, Jeff Gordon -- tried to lay on Jeff Burton after Burton wrecked the No. 24 Chevrolet under caution on Lap 192.

And Hamlin's victory certainly wasn't as surprising as crew chief Chad Knaus' dismissal of Johnson's No. 48 over-the-wall crew after a series of blown pit stops. With Gordon's No. 24 crew available, Knaus knocked his own crewmen out of the box; the last straw was slow work on the right-front tire under caution on Lap 194.

Johnson minimized the damage with a ninth-place finish, but repeated loss of track position helped transform his 14-point lead over Hamlin entering the event into a 33-point deficit as the series heads to Phoenix with two races left.

In a three-lap sprint to the finish, after Patrick Carpentier spun in Turn 2 to cause the ninth caution of the race, Hamlin swapped the lead with Matt Kenseth and surged ahead for good when Kenseth ran out of room in Turn 2 on Lap 333 of 334 and had to back out of the gas.

Kenseth held second, matching his best finish of the season, with Mark Martin running third, Joey Logano fourth and Greg Biffle fifth. Biffle led a race-high 224 laps but lost first and second gears in his No. 16 Ford and couldn't accelerate on restarts.

Kevin Harvick came home sixth and remained third in the standings, now 59 points behind Hamlin.

Despite holding the points lead, Hamlin promised to race aggressively next Sunday at Phoenix and in the season finale Nov. 21 at Homestead.

"I'm going to race Phoenix as if I'm 33 behind, to be honest with you," Hamlin said. "There's no comfortable margin going into Homestead, because anything can happen. So for me -- Phoenix being an up-and-down race track for me -- I've got to really be focused on practice day to get what I need, to give [crew chief]Mike [Ford] the information that I need -- just 100 percent stay focused is all I can do.

"But like I say, I'm not going to be conservative having the lead. I'm going to want to stretch that out before we get to Homestead. So that's pretty much my mind-set."

Trailing with two races left in the Chase is an uncharacteristic position for Johnson, who has been the frontrunner after eight races in each of the past four years.

"The past four years, we've been in a different position," Johnson said. "I've lost plenty of championships in the past, and this is racing, and it doesn't come easy, and you are not going to get what you want every single year and every single weekend.

"I can promise you this -- I am trying as hard as I can. I know my team is. We're doing everything we can. Thirty-three points back is not where we want to be, but we're going to work to get back on top."

Gordon's pit crew helped salvage a respectable finish for Johnson. After the change, the No. 24 crew performed flawlessly for three stops. Nevertheless, Knaus expected to have his regular crew back next week at Phoenix.


The 1st jet-plane battle ever took place in the Korean War on this date in 1950.


Coming up:

Tonight --

Nothin' Doin'

Tuesday --

NHL Hockey -- Toronto Maple Leafs at Tampa Bay Lightning 7:30pm EST

Wednesday --

Nothin' Doin'

Thursday --

NHL Hockey -- Washington Capitals at Tampa Bay Lightning 7:00pm EST

Friday --

SEJHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors vs TBD at Warrior Classic Showcase TBD

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning at Pittsburgh Penguins 7:00pm

Saturday --

SEJHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors vs TBD at Warrior Classic Showcase TBD

College Football -- Washington State Cougars at Oregon State Beavers 4:00pm EST

Nascar Nationwide Series -- WYPALL 200 Powered by Kimberly-Clark Professional at Phoenix International Raceway, Phoenix, Arizona 4:00pm EST

Sunday --

SEJHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors vs TBD at Warrior Classic Showcase TBD

NFL Football -- Carolina Panthers at Tampa Bay Buccaneers 1:00pm EST

Nascar Sprint Cup Series -- Kobalt Tools 500 at Phoenix International Raceway, Phoenix, Arizona 3:00pm EST

CFL Playoff Football -- BC Lions at Saskatchewan Roughriders 4:30pm EST

NHL Hockey -- Minnesota Wild at Tampa Bay Lightning 5:00pm EST


That's all for today, see you tomorrow.

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