Friday, December 24, 2010

It's Christmas Eve



Happy Friday to you. Here's what's happening....

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Today is December 24th, the 358th day of 2010. There are 7 days left in the year.

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Thorton sparks Bruins past Thrashers.

Panthers slip past Sabres.

Isles spoil Lemaire's return by beating Devils.

Lightning tops Rangers in 11-round shootout.

Pens top Caps in Winter Classic warmup.

Canadiens edge Hurricanes.

Canucks blast Blue Jackets.

Blues knock off Red Wings

Senators beat Predators.

Flames beat Stars in shootout.

Cullen scores twice as Wild win third straight.

Kings top Oilers in shootout.

Sharks beat Coyotes.

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The War of 1812 between the United States and Britain was ended with the signing of the Treaty of Ghent in Belgium on this date in 1814.

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Stewart commits to WMU.

Ring in the New Year with the Indiana Ice.

Wey makes World Junior team.

USHL holiday memories.

Babinski adjusting well to life, hockey in Omaha.

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Franz Gruber of Oberndorf, Germany composed the music for "Silent Night" to words written by Josef Mohr on this date in 1818.

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U.S. National Junior Team Tops Norway, 6-1, in Final World Junior Championship Pre-Tournament Game

Team USA to Begin IIHF World Junior Championship Play Sunday

JAMESTOWN, N.Y. - Brock Nelson (Minneapolis, Minn./Univ. of North Dakota) scored two first-period goals, as the U.S. National Junior Team topped Norway, 6-1, here tonight before an overflow crowd at Jamestown Savings Bank Arena.

Tonight's game was the last of three pre-tournament games designed to prepare the U.S. National Junior Team for the 2011 International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championship, which will take place Sunday (Dec. 26) through Jan. 5 in Buffalo, N.Y.

"It was a great atmosphere here in Jamestown tonight and we thank the community for their support," said Keith Allain, head coach of the U.S. National Junior Team. I thought we took a step forward tonight and we're looking forward to opening the tournament against Finland on Sunday."

Team USA jumped out to a 1-0 lead less than three minutes into the first period. From behind the net, Jerry D'Amigo (Binghamton, N.Y./Toronto Marlies) chipped the puck in front, where Drew Shore (Denver, Colo./Univ. of Denver) powered a shot on goal. Chris Brown (Flower Mound, Texas) picked up the rebound and lifted it over Norway goalie Lars Volden.

Ryan Bourque (Boxford, Mass./Quebec Remparts) gave the U.S. a 2-0 lead when he blasted home a rebound off of a shot by John Ramage (Chesterfield, Mo./Univ. of Wisconsin) midway through the opening period. Nelson's two goals from in tight gave Team USA a 4-0 advantage after one.

The U.S. extended its lead to 5-0 with five minutes left in the second period on the power play. Justin Faulk (South St. Paul, Minn.) let go a hard slap shot that flew untouched past Volden and into the net.

Following a five-on-three power-play goal by Norway early in the third period, D'Amigo closed out the scoring with five minutes remaining when he sped around Norway's defense and lifted a shot into the top corner of the net.

Team USA will play its first preliminary-round game of the IIHF World Junior Championship on Sunday (Dec. 26) against Finland. The game, to be televised on NHL Network U.S. and streamed live on FASTHockey.USAHockey.com, will start at 8:00 p.m. EST.

NOTES: Team USA finished 1-for-6 on the power play, while Norway was 1-for-5 with the man advantage ... The U.S. will be defending its 2010 IIHF World Junior Championship gold medal, having defeated Canada, 6-5, in overtime, to claim the title last year in Saskatoon, Sask. For a full tournament schedule and ticket information, visit BuffaloWorldJuniors.com ... For additional information on Team USA's pre-tournament camp, including a media guide, videos and a blog, click here.

GAME SUMMARY

Scoring By Period

NOR 0 - 0 - 1 - 1
USA 4 - 1 - 1 - 6

First Period - Scoring: 1, USA, Brown (Shore, D'Amigo), 2:35; 2, USA, Bourque (Ramage, Bjugstad), 9:10; 3, USA, Nelson (Shore), 14:55; 4, USA, Nelson (Zucker, Etem), 19:59. Penalties: NOR, Stene (holding), 9:21; USA, Wey (holding), 16:42.

Second Period - Scoring: 5, USA, Faulk (Merrill, Palmieri), 15:18 (pp). Penalties: NOR, Skaarberg (holding), 0:24; USA, Morin (roughing), 0:24; USA, Coyle (interference), 1:14; NOR, Lindahl (holding), 7:19; NOR, Rokseth (kneeing), 14:28; NOR, Rokseth (unsportsmanlike conduct), 14:28; USA, Team (too many men), 16:47.

Third Period - Scoring: 6, NOR, Juell (Rokseth, Stene), 5:08 (pp); 7, USA, D'Amigo (Forbort, Leddy), 14:49. Penalties: NOR, Bryhnisveen (roughing), 2:37; USA, Kreider (interference), 3:09; USA, Nelson (tripping), 4:15; NOR, Oppoeyen (tripping), 8:10; USA, Callahan (roughing), 14:27; NOR, Thoresen (tripping), 14:27.

Shots by Period 1 2 3 Total
NOR 9 4 6 19
USA 15 10 11 36

Goaltenders (SH/SV) 1 2 3 Total
NOR, Volden 60:00 15-11 10-9 11-10 36-30
USA, Campbell 29:52 9-9 0-0 -- 9-9
USA, Iles 30:08 -- 4-4 6-5 10-9

Power Play: NOR 1-5; USA 1-6
Penalties: NOR 8-16; USA 7-14
Attendance: 1,988

2011 IIHF World Junior Championship
Team USA Schedule

Date Opponent Time* City Arena (Tickets Link)
Dec. 19 RPI# 4:00 p.m. Troy, N.Y. Houston Field House L3-4, SO
Dec. 21 Czech Republic# 7:00 p.m. Rochester, N.Y. L2-3, SO
Dec. 23 Norway# 7:30 p.m. Jamestown, N.Y. W6-1
Dec. 26 Finland 8:00 p.m. Buffalo, N.Y. HSBC Arena
Dec. 28 Slovakia 8:00 p.m. Buffalo, N.Y. HSBC Arena
Dec. 30 Germany 7:00 p.m. Buffalo, N.Y. HSBC Arena
Dec. 31 Switzerland 8:00 p.m. Buffalo, N.Y. HSBC Arena
Jan. 2 Quarterfinals^ 7:30 p.m. Buffalo, N.Y. HSBC Arena
Jan. 3 Semifinals^ 7:30 p.m. Buffalo, N.Y. HSBC Arena
Jan. 5 Bronze-Medal Game^ 3:30 p.m. Buffalo, N.Y. HSBC Arena
Gold-Medal Game^ 7:30 p.m. Buffalo, N.Y. HSBC Arena

John Ramage Named Captain of 2011 U.S. National Junior Team

Ryan Bourque, Jeremy Morin Named Alternate Captains

BUFFALO, N.Y. - John Ramage (Chesterfield, Mo./Univ. of Wisconsin) was named captain of the 2011 U.S. National Junior Team, and will be joined by alternate captains Ryan Bourque (Boxford, Mass./Quebec Remparts) and Jeremy Morin (Auburn, N.Y./Rockford IceHogs).

All three players were members of last year's U.S. squad that captured the gold medal at the 2010 International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championship in Regina and Saskatoon, Sask.

The 2011 U.S. National Junior Team will compete at the IIHF World Junior Championship Dec. 26, 2010-Jan. 5, 2011, in Buffalo, N.Y. Team USA will play its first preliminary-round game on Sunday (Dec. 26) against Finland. The game, to be televised on NHL Network U.S. and streamed live on FASTHockey.USAHockey.com, will start at 8:00 p.m. EST.

NOTES: For the complete U.S. National Junior Team roster, click here ... The U.S. will be defending its 2010 IIHF World Junior Championship gold medal, having defeated Canada, 6-5, in overtime, to claim the title last year in Saskatoon, Sask. For a full tournament schedule and ticket information, visit BuffaloWorldJuniors.com ... For information from Team USA's pre-tournament camp thus far, click here.

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On this date in 1851, A fire devastated the Library of Congress in Washington, DC, destroying about 35,000 volumes.

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Happy Holidays to all our CFL Fans.

Donate to the Tony Proudfoot Fund.

Visit the league's official website, cfl.ca.

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On this date in 1906, Reginald A. Fessenden became the first person to broadcast a music program over radio, from Brant Rock, Massachusetts.

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Can I open presents now Daddy?

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The first broadcast of "The Voice of Firestone" was heard on this date in 1928.
 
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Here's the Week 16 NFL schedule:

At Pittsburgh Steelers 27, Carolina Panthers 3

Saturday December 25 7:30 p.m. Dallas Cowboys at Arizona Cardinals

Sunday December 26 1:00 p.m. Tennessee Titans at Kansas City Chiefs

Sunday December 26 1:00 p.m. Minnesota Vikings at Philadelphia Eagles

Sunday December 26 1:00 p.m. Baltimore Ravens at Cleveland Browns

Sunday December 26 1:00 p.m. New England Patriots at Buffalo Bills

Sunday December 26 1:00 p.m. San Francisco 49ers at St Louis Rams

Sunday December 26 1:00 p.m. Detroit Lions at Miami Dolphins

Sunday December 26 1:00 p.m. Washington Redskins at Jacksonville Jaguars

Sunday December 26 1:00 p.m. New York Jets at Chicago Bears

Sunday December 26 4:05 p.m. Houston Texans at Denver Broncos

Sunday December 26 4:05 p.m. Indianapolis Colts at Oakland Raiders

Sunday December 26 4:15 p.m. Seattle Seahawks at Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Sunday December 26 4:15 p.m. New York Giants at Green Bay Packers

Sunday December 26 8:20 p.m. San Diego Chargers at Cincinnati Bengals

Monday December 27 8:30 p.m. New Orleans Saints at Atlanta Falcons

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The Andrews Sisters starred in the debut of "The Andrews Sisters’ Eight-To-The-Bar-Ranch" on ABC Radio on this date in 1944.

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Today in Elvis History:

1957 - In a letter to the Memphis Draft Board, Elvis Presley formally requested a deferment for the filming of his new movie "King Creole." The request was granted on December 26th.

1965 - Elvis Presley proposed to Priscilla Beaulieu.

1977 - Elvis Presley's version of "My Way" hit #22 in the U.S.

1994 - The Elvis Presley song "If Everyday Was Like Christmas" hit #94 in the U.S.

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For the first time ever, a midnight Mass was broadcast on television on this date in 1948. It was held at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City.

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Today in Beatles History:

1980 - John Lennon's "(Just Like) Starting Over" was certified gold by the RIAA.

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The first completely solar-heated house became occupied in Dover, Massachusetts on this date in 1948.

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Today in Sports History:

1967 - Joe Namath (New York Jets) became the first NFL quarterback to pass for 4,000 yards.

1981 - Reggie Jackson announced that he would join Gene Autry’s California Angels for the 1982 season.

2000 - 36 minutes after the end of a game, both the New England Patriots and the Miami Dolphins were called back to the playing field. The teams had to play the final 3 seconds of the game which the Dolphins had won 27-24. The end result did not change.

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On this date in 1951, NBC-TV presented, "Amal and the Night Visitors," the first opera written for television.

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Coming Up:

Tonight --

Nothin' Doin'

Saturday --

Nothin' Doin'

Sunday --

NFL Football -- Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs Seattle Seahawks 4:15pm EST

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning at Atlanta Thrashers 7:00pm EST

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That's it for today. Have a great Friday, see you tomorrow.

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