Wednesday, December 8, 2010

It's Wednesday

It's Wednesday. Here's what's happening....


Today is December 8th, the 342nd day of 2010. There are 23 days left in the year.


Habs beat Sens for third straight win.

Recchi's delayed OT goal lifts Bruins past Sabres.

Weiss scores twice to lift Panthers over Avs in OT.

Borque leads Flames past Lightning.

Ducks win long shootout in Edmonton.


Today is National Brownie Day.


Waterloo splits weekend.

Former Black Hawk Andrew Thomas.

USHL Honors: Week Ten.

Gothberg not selected for World Junior team.

Campbell leaves RoughRiders for Niagara.

Hometown Hockey: Valencia's Ty Loney of the Youngstown Phantoms.

USHL players named to U.S. preliminary roster for World Junior Tournament.

Tuesday's Boxscore:

Tri-City 5, Des Moines 2


Today's birthdays: Rock Hall of Famer Gregg Allman is 63; director/producer/screenwriter Nancy Meyers (Something's Gotta Give, The Holiday, What Women Want) is 61; actress Kim Basinger is 57; actress Teri Hatcher (Desperate Housewives) is 46; actor Dominic Monaghan (Lost, Lord of the Rings film) is 34.


Preliminary Roster Set for 2010 U.S. National Junior Team

Twenty-Nine Players Invited to Pre-Tournament Camp in New York

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - USA Hockey today named the 29 players that have been invited to its pre-tournament camp beginning Dec. 17 in Troy, Rochester, Jamestown and Amherst, N.Y., and make up the preliminary 2011 U.S. National Junior Team roster.

The camp will include exhibition games against Rensselaer's men's ice hockey team (Dec. 19), the Czech Republic (Dec. 21) and Norway (Dec. 23). The final U.S. National Junior Team 22-man roster will be announced prior to Team USA's final exhibition game against Norway.

The 2011 U.S. National Junior Team will compete at the International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championship, Dec. 26, 2010-Jan. 5, 2011, in Buffalo and Niagara, N.Y.

"We're excited with the group of players coming to the camp," said Jim Johannson, general manager of the 2011 U.S. National Junior Team and also the assistant executive director of hockey operations for USA Hockey. "It was difficult to get down to the 29 and we'll have some tough decisions to get down to our final 22-man roster, but that's a good problem to have."

Among those invited to the camp are eight returning players from the gold medal-winning 2010 U.S. National Junior Team, including goaltender Jack Campbell (Port Huron, Mich.); defenseman John Ramage (Chesterfield, Mo./Univ. of Wisconsin); and forwards Ryan Bourque (Boxford, Mass.), Jerry D'Amigo (Binghamton, N.Y.), Chris Kreider (Boxford, Mass./Boston College), Jeremy Morin (Auburn, N.Y.), Kyle Palmieri (Montvale, N.J.) and Jason Zucker (Las Vegas, Nev./Univ. of Denver).

Also highlighting the preliminary roster are 11 players from the gold medal-winning 2010 U.S. National Under-18 Team, including Campbell and Andy Iles (Ithaca, N.Y./Cornell Univ.) in goal; defensemen Adam Clendening (Niagara Falls, N.Y./Boston Univ.), Justin Faulk (South St. Paul, Minn./Univ. of Minnesota Duluth), Derek Forbort (Duluth, Minn./Univ. of North Dakota) and Jon Merrill (Brighton, Mich./Univ. of Michigan); and forwards Connor Brickley (Everett, Mass./Univ. of Vermont), Rocco Grimaldi (Rossmoor, Calif.), Matt Nieto (Long Beach, Calif./Boston Univ.), Brandon Saad (Gibsonia, Pa.) and Zucker.

For the complete roster, click here.

NOTES: 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 ... For information on Team USA's pre-tournament exhibition games in Troy, Rochester and Jamestown, N.Y., click here ... The U.S. preliminary roster includes 18 first or second-round National Hockey League Draft picks, including nine first-rounders. Additionally, six players are NHL draft eligible in 2011 .... A total of 13 states are represented on the U.S. preliminary roster, with Minnesota and Massachusetts leading the way with five players each. New York and California are right behind with four players apiece ... Since 2000, Team USA has a .642 winning percentage (42-3-5-19-5/W-OTW-OTL-L-T) in the IIHF World Junior Championship and has medaled on three occasions, including gold in both 2004 and 2010 ... Keith Allain, head men's ice hockey coach at nationally-ranked Yale University, is the head coach of the U.S. National Junior Team. He will be assisted by Mark Osiecki, head men's ice hockey coach at The Ohio State University; Phil Housley, head boys' ice hockey coach at Stillwater (Minn.) high school; and Joe Exter, goaltending coach at USA Hockey's National Team Development Program ... Jim Johannson is serving as the general manager of Team USA for the second consecutive year. Meanwhile, Tim Taylor, former U.S. Olympic Men's Ice Hockey Team head coach and longtime Yale University men's ice hockey head coach, is also serving his second straight year as Team USA's director of player personnel ... From July 30 - Aug. 7, 44 of the top U.S. under-20 players, including 24 of the 28 invitees to Team USA's pre-tournament camp, took part in USA Hockey's National Junior Evaluation Camp in Lake Placid, N.Y. For complete camp coverage, click here.

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
Dec. 21 Czech Republic# 7:00 p.m. Rochester, N.Y. The Sports Centre at MCC
Dec. 23 Norway# 7:30 p.m. Jamestown, N.Y. Savings Bank Arena
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

*all times EST
#pre-tournament game
^if qualified

Cornell University Retains No. 1 Ranking in USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Women's College Hockey Poll

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Cornell University retains the No. 1 ranking in this week's USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Women's College Hockey Poll after earning victories over St. Lawrence University and Clarkson University last weekend. The Big Red accumulated 179 points and 10 first-place votes to earn the top spot for the third time this season.

The University of Wisconsin remains at No. 2 with 170 points and seven first-place votes after twice defeating No. 9 University of North Dakota, while Mercyhurst College sits in the No. 3 spot with 161 points and two first-place votes following a weekend sweep of Niagara University. Boston University (120) advances one place to No. 4 with a win over the University of Connecticut, while Boston College (114) gains one spot to round out the top five after collecting a win over Harvard University.

This weekend features four top-10 teams squaring off, as No. 10 Northeastern University visits No. 4 Boston University tonight, and No. 6 University of Minnesota Duluth hosts No. 9 University of North Dakota for a weekend series.

NOTES: The Western Collegiate Hockey Association and Hockey East both boast four ranked teams, while ECAC Hockey and College Hockey America each have one team ranked ... A total of 13 teams received votes.

ABOUT THE POLL: The 14th annual USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Women’s College Hockey Poll is conducted each week in conjunction with the American Hockey Coaches Association. The poll includes input from coaches and journalists representing each of the four NCAA Division I ice hockey conferences, as well as composite votes from officers of the AHCA and USA Hockey Magazine, the most widely distributed hockey magazine in the world.

USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine
Women's College Hockey Poll - #11
(first-place votes in parentheses)

Rank School Last Week's Ranking 2010-11 Record Weeks in Top 10
1 Cornell University, 179 (10) 1 13-1-0 11
2 University of Wisconsin, 170 (7) 2 14-2-0 11
3 Mercyhurst College, 161 (2) 3 12-2-0 11
4 Boston University, 120 5 12-2-3 11
5 Boston College, 114 6 11-2-4 11
6 University of Minnesota Duluth, 109 4 11-4-1 11
7 University of Minnesota, 63 7 11-6-0 10
8 Providence College, 51 NR 13-5-1 2
9 University of North Dakota, 31 8 8-6-2 11
10 Northeastern University, 26 10 10-3-4 2

Others receiving votes: The Ohio State University, 18; Quinnipiac University, 2; Bemidji State University, 1.


Mr. Messy Face eats chinese food.


A new study reports men tend to behave better when they're married -- both because marriage likely helps improve their behavior, and nicer men are more likely to be married in the first place.


Retro profile: Joe Poplawski.

Questions for the off-season.

Visit the league's official website,


President Obama will show up on Mythbusters tonight (Discovery Channel). Big O challenges Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage to examine the scientific viability of the Archimedes ancient solar ray, which legend claims set the approaching Roman fleet on fire with only the use of mirrors.


Here's the Week 14 NFL Schedule:

Thursday December 9 8:20 p.m. Indianapolis Colts at Tennessee Titans

Sunday December 12 1:00 p.m. Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Washington Redskins

Sunday December 12 1:00 p.m. Cleveland Browns at Buffalo Bills

Sunday December 12 1:00 p.m. New York Giants at Minnesota Vikings

Sunday December 12 1:00 p.m. Green Bay Packers at Detroit Lions

Sunday December 12 1:00 p.m. Oakland Raiders at Jacksonville Jaguars

Sunday December 12 1:00 p.m. Cincinnati Bengals at Pittsburgh Steelers

Sunday December 12 1:00 p.m. Atlanta Falcons at Carolina Panthers

Sunday December 12 4:05 p.m. Seattle Seahawks at San Francisco 49ers

Sunday December 12 4:05 p.m. St Louis Rams at New Orleans Saints

Sunday December 12 4:15 p.m. Denver Broncos at Arizona Cardinals

Sunday December 12 4:15 p.m. New England Patriots at Chicago Bears

Sunday December 12 4:15 p.m. Miami Dolphins at New York Jets

Sunday December 12 4:15 p.m. Kansas City Chiefs at San Diego Chargers

Sunday December 12 8:20 p.m. Philadelphia Eagles at Dallas Cowboys

Monday December 13 8:30 p.m. Baltimore Ravens at Houston Texans


Parts of four continents will get a view of a total eclipse of the moon December 20 to December 21. It'll be the best of its kind residents of North America will see until the year 2014.


Today in Elvis History:

1956 - The album "Elvis" hit #1 in the U.S.

1960 - Fabian visited Elvis Presley at Graceland and lent him his pants when Elvis ripped his demonstrating karate.

1968 - In the U.S., the TV special "Elvis" aired on NBC-TV.

1973 - The Elvis Presley single "Raised on Rock" hit #36 in the U.K.

1976 - Elvis Presley announced that "plans are under way now for a visit to London."


Two Memphis, Tennessee, men are in jail accused of a crime spree involving stealing toilet flush valves from local businesses. The men targeted stores like Kroger, Target and Walgreens and sold brass valves to scrap dealers.


Today in Beatles History:

1980 - In New York City, Mark David Chapman shot John Lennon to death. Earlier in the day, Lennon had autographed an album for Chapman.

1984 - Ringo Starr was a guest on "Saturday Night Live."

2000 - A statue of John Lennon sitting on a park bench was presented in Havana, Cuba. The statue was part of a commemoration of the 20th anniversary of Lennon's assassination in New York City.

2001 - In Belgrade, Yugoslavia, a street was renamed "John Lennon Street" in honor of the late Beatle.


Scientists say they have built a trap to contain a sample of the universe's elusive antimatter. (Let me see if I have this straight -- we can catch something from Star Trek but we still can't catch Osama bin Laden?)


Today in Sports History:

1863 - Tom King of England defeated American John Heenan and became the first world heavyweight champion.

1987 - Ron Hextall (Philadelphia Flyers) became the first goalie in NHL history to shoot and score a goal. His empty net goal made him only the second goalie to get credit for a goal in the NHL.

1994 - In Los Angeles, 12 alternate jurors were chosen for the O.J. Simpson murder trial.

2000 - Mario Lemieux announced to the Pittsburgh Penguins that he planned to return to the National Hockey League (NHL) as a player at age 35. He would be the first modern owner-player in U.S. pro sports.

2003 - The Orlando Magic ended their 19-game losing streak by beating the Phoenix Suns 105-98.

2004 - In Michigan, five Indiana Pacers and seven fans were charged for various crimes related to a fight that broke out during a Pacers-Pistons game on November 19.


On this date in 1952, on the show "I Love Lucy," a pregnancy was acknowledged in a TV show for the first time.


Coming Up:

Tonight --

Nothin' Doin'

Thursday --

Nothin' Doin'

Friday --

NHL Hockey: Tampa Bay Lightning at Edmonton Oilers 9:00pm EST

Saturday --

MJHL Hockey: Tampa Bay Juniors at Space Coast Hurricanes 5:00pm EST

NHL Hockey: Tampa Bay Lightning at Vancouver Canucks 10:00pm EST

Sunday --

MJHL Hockey: Tampa Bay Juniors at Space Coast Hurricanes 11:30am EST

NFL Football: Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Washington Redskins 1:00pm EST


That's all for today. See you tomorrow.

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