Saturday, January 1, 2011

Happy New Year

It's New Years Day. Here's what's happening....


Today is January 1st, the 1st day of 2011. There are 364 days left in the year.






Devils win over Thrashers.
Canadiens beat Panthers in OT.

Predators top Wild.

Islanders beat Red Wings in OT.

Blue Jackets slip past Senators in OT.

Ducks pound Flyers.

Vancouver beats Dallas.

Blues edge Coyotes.

Flames slip past Avalanche.


The last gladiator competition was held in Rome on this date in 0404.


Bronco hockey recruiting update.

Gamblers rally, beat Dubuque.

St. Clair springs Fargo over Sioux City.

Bucs big third stops Waterloo.

Belohrad leads Lumberjacks past Sioux Falls.

Lancers outlast Storm.

Nagy commits to Holy Cross.

Catch Storm hockey on your phone.


On this date in 1622, The Papal Chancery adopted January 1st as the beginning of the New Year (instead of March 25th).


U.S. National Junior Team Edges Switzerland, 2-1, at the IIHF World Junior Championship

Team USA Advances to Semifinal Round as Group A's Top Seed

BUFFALO, N.Y. - Jack Campbell (Port Huron, Mich./Windsor Spitfires) made 25 saves and Mitch Callahan (Whittier, Calif./Kelowna Rockets) scored the game-winning goal, as the U.S. National Junior Team edged Switzerland here tonight, 2-1, in its fourth and final preliminary-round game of the 2011 International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championship.

Team USA finished in first place in Group A with a 3-1-0-0 (W-OTW-OTL-L) record, guaranteeing the United States a spot in the semifinal round. The U.S. will face the winner of the quarterfinal match-up between Canada and Switzerland on Monday (Jan. 3) at 7:30 p.m. EST.

"I thought our team defense was excellent tonight," said Keith Allain, head coach of the U.S. National Junior Team. "It helps to have Jack back there, and that gives us confidence moving forward."

Switzerland got on the board first, but Team USA tied the score, 1-1, midway through the first period. With the U.S. on the power play, Charlie Coyle (East Weymouth, Mass./Boston Univ.) threw a backhand pass from behind the net to Chris Kreider (Boxford, Mass./Boston College), who buried a shot low to the far post.

The U.S. scored the game-winning goal midway through the second period. With Team USA cycling the puck in Switzerland's zone, Callahan jammed the puck past Switzerland goalie Benjamin Conz on a wraparound attempt for his first goal of the tournament.

Despite Switzerland's efforts to even the score in the third, Campbell shut the door for his fourth win of the tournament. Meanwhile, Conz finished the night with 40 saves in a losing effort.

Team USA's semifinal game on Monday night will be televised on NHL Network U.S. and streamed live on

NOTES: Ryan Bourque (Boxford, Mass./Quebec Remparts) was named Team USA's player of the game ... Team USA finished 1-for-3 on the power play, while Switzerland was 0-for-1 with the man advantage ... Jack Campbell leads all tournament goalies who have played greater than 40 percent of their teams' total minutes with a 1.03 goals-against average and .957 save percentage ... In other action, Sweden earned the first seed in Group B with a 6-5 shootout win over Canada; Finland blanked Slovakia, 6-0, to claim the second seed in Group A; and Russia claimed the third seed in Group B with an 8-3 win over the Czech Republic. For a full tournament schedule and ticket information, visit ... Additional information on Team USA, including a team blog, stats and a media guide, can be found at


Scoring By Period

SUI 1 - 0 - 0 - 1
USA 1 - 1 - 0 - 2

First Period - Scoring: 1, SUI, Pestoni (Hofmann, Trutmann), 7:01; 2, USA, Kreider (Coyle, Faulk), 10:15 (pp). Penalties: SUI, Niederreiter (cross-checking), 9:16; SUI, Scherwey (checking from behind, misconduct), 15:11; SUI, Schappi (slashing), 15:59.

Second Period - Scoring: 3, USA, Callahan (D'Amigo, Nelson), 13:53. Penalties: USA, Dumoulin (holding), 19:19.

Third Period - Scoring: None. Penalties: None.

Shots by Period 1 2 3 Total
SUI 10 7 9 26
USA 19 15 8 42

Goaltenders (SH/SV) 1 2 3 Total
SUI, Conz 60:00 19-18 15-14 8-8 42-40
USA, Campbell 60:00 10-9 7-7 9-9 26-25

Power Play: SUI 0-1; USA 1-3
Penalties: SUI 4-16; USA 1-2
Referees: Pehr Claesson (SWE), Pat Smith (CAN)
Linesmen: Andrii Kicha (UKR), Felix Winnekens (GER)
Attendance: 13,417

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. W3-2
Dec. 28 Slovakia 8:00 p.m. Buffalo, N.Y. W6-1
Dec. 30 Germany 7:00 p.m. Buffalo, N.Y. W4-0
Dec. 31 Switzerland 8:00 p.m. Buffalo, N.Y. W2-1
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

U.S. Women's National Under-18 Team Blanks Czech Republic, 11-0, in 2011 IIHF World Women's U18 Championship Opener

Pelkey Nets Hat Trick; Team USA Outshoots Czechs, 75-8

STOCKHOLM - Amanda Pelkey (Montpelier, Vt.) netted a hat trick in leading the U.S. Women's National Under-18 Team to an 11-0 victory over the Czech Republic in the opening game of the 2011 International Ice Hockey Federation World Women's U18 Championship here tonight at Stora Mossen Arena. Fourteen U.S. players factored in the scoring, with eight goal-scorers.

"Our team did a really good job of working hard and staying disciplined," said Jodi McKenna, head coach for Team USA. "We played well both offensively and defensively - it was a great start to the tournament."

Pelkey scored Team USA's first goal of the tournament at 6:12 of the opening frame when she skated in on the net from the end boards and slipped a backhanded shot past Czech netminder Veronika Hladikova. During a U.S. power play at 18:03, Paige Savage (Carrollton, Texas) found Alex Carpenter (North Reading, Mass.) on the doorstep and Carpenter one-timed a shot into the back of the net to double the U.S. advantage.

The U.S. extended its lead to 7-0 in the second period with five goals. Pelkey scored her second just :53 into the frame on a breakaway. Just over a minute later, Karley Sylvester (Warroad, Minn.) knocked one in during a scramble in front of the Czech net at 2:00. Hannah Brandt (Vadnais Heights, Minn.) and Sydney Daniels (Southwick, Mass.) tallied :29 apart, at 7:18 and 7:47, and Abby Ness (Roseau, Minn.) closed out the period scoring at 12:11.

In the third stanza, Pelkey completed her hat trick at 1:34 to put the U.S. up 8-0. Brandt then scored on the power play at 6:24 when she knocked in Michelle Picard's (Taunton, Mass.) rebound. Shiann Darkangelo (Brighton, Mich.) added a tally at 12:04 and Emily Pfalzer (Getzville, N.Y.) closed out the scoring with a shot from the top of the slot on the power play at 19:13.

Megan Miller (Long Grove, Ill.) stopped all eight shots she faced for the shutout, while Hladikova made 64 saves in the losing effort.

The U.S. returns to action tomorrow against Japan at 10 a.m. EST.

NOTES: The U.S. outshot the Czech Republic by a 75-8 count ... The U.S. was 3-for-9 on the power play, while holding the Czechs scoreless on four man-advantage opportunities ... Six U.S. players had multi-point games, including Amanda Pelkey (3-1--4), Hannah Brandt (2-1--3), Alex Carpenter (1-1--2), Sydney Daniels (1-1--2), Abby Ness (1-1--2) and Emily Pfalzer (1-1--2) ... The U.S. roster can be found here ... The eight-nation tournament, being played for the fourth time, includes Canada, the Czech Republic, Finland, Germany, Japan, Sweden, Switzerland and the United States ... Team USA captured gold in each of the first two years of the tournament (2008, 2009), followed by a silver medal in 2010 ... Jodi McKenna, the head women's ice hockey coach at Wesleyan Univeristy, is serving as head coach for Team USA. She is assisted by Brian Durocher, head women's ice hockey coach at Boston University, and Jennifer Kranz, assistant women's ice hockey coach at St. Cloud State University ... Follow @USAHockeyScores on Twitter for live scoring updates during the 2011 IIHF World Women's U18 Championship. Scores will be designated with #U18wwc ... Follow the U.S. Women's National Program blog here ... Find USA Hockey on Facebook at and Twitter at


Scoring By Period

USA 2 5 4 -- 11
CZE 0 0 0 -- 0

First Period - Scoring: 1, USA, Pelkey (unassisted), 6:12 (4x4); 2, USA, Carpenter (Savage), 18:03 (pp). Penalties: CZE, Pecinova (hooking), 2:33; USA, Marvin (slashing), 4:45; CZE, Jirsova (body checking), 5:07; USA, Sylvester (hooking), 12:00; CZE, Vytiskova (tripping), 14:35; CZE, Tejralova (holding), 16:51.

Second Period - Scoring: 3, USA, Pelkey (Field), :53; 4, USA, Sylvester (unassisted), 2:00; 5, USA, Brandt (Pelkey), 7:18; 6, USA, Daniels (Trivigno, Ness), 7:47; 7, USA, Ness (Daniels, Pfalzer), 12:11. Penalties: USA, Trivigno (hooking), 3:26; CZE, Krizova (hooking), 13:31; CZE, Novakova (hooking), 18:59.

Third Period - Scoring: 8, USA, Pelkey (Brandt), 1:34; 9, USA, Brandt (Picard), 6:24 (pp); 10, USA, Darkangelo (Marvin), 12:04; 11, USA, Pfalzer (Skarupa, Carpenter), 19:13 (pp). Penalties: CZE, Solnickova (hooking), 5:35; USA, Daniels (hooking), 13:02; CZE, Tejralova (holding), 16:09; CZE, Tejralova (body checking), 18:22.

Shots by Period 1 2 3 Total
USA 34 29 12 75
CZE 3 4 1 8

Goaltenders (SH/SV) 1 2 3 Total
USA, Miller, 60:00 3-3 4-4 1-1 8-8
CZE, Hladikova, 60:00 34-32 29-24 12-8 75-64

Power Play: USA 3-9; CZE 0-4
Penalties: USA 4-8; CZE 9-18
Officials: Referee-Malin Axelsson (SWE); Linesmen-Magdalena Cerhitova (SVK), Haley Wieler (CAN)

Team USA 2011 IIHF World Women's Under-18 Championship Schedule
Jan. 1-8 • Stockholm, Sweden

Date Opponent Location Time (Local/EST)

Thurs., Dec. 30 Sweden* Stora Mossen W, 6-2
Sat., Jan. 1 Czech Republic Stora Mossen W, 11-0
Sun., Jan. 2 Japan Stora Mossen 4 p.m./10 a.m.
Tues., Jan. 4 Sweden Stora Mossen 7:30 p.m./1:30 p.m.
Wed., Jan. 5 Quarterfinals Stora Mossen TBD
Fri., Jan. 7 Semifinals Stora Mossen TBD
Sat.. Jan. 8 Bronze-Medal Game Stora Mossen 3:30 p.m./9:30 a.m.
Gold-Medal Game Stora Mossen 7 p.m./1 p.m.

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Albany became the capital of New York state on this date in 1797, replacing New York City.


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Italian astronomer Giuseppe Piazzi became the first person to discover an asteroid on this date in 1801. He named it Ceres.


Here's the Week 17 NFL schedule:

Sunday January 2 1:00 p.m. Pittsburgh Steelers at Cleveland Browns

Sunday January 2 1:00 p.m. Minnesota Vikings at Detroit Lions

Sunday January 2 1:00 p.m. Tampa Bay Buccaneers at New Orleans Saints

Sunday January 2 1:00 p.m. Miami Dolphins at New England Patriots

Sunday January 2 1:00 p.m. Carolina Panthers at Atlanta Falcons

Sunday January 2 1:00 p.m. Oakland Raiders at Kansas City Chiefs

Sunday January 2 1:00 p.m. Buffalo Bills at New York Jets

Sunday January 2 1:00 p.m. Cincinnati Bengals at Baltimore Ravens

Sunday January 2 4:15 p.m. Jacksonville Jaguars at Houston Texans

Sunday January 2 4:15 p.m. Dallas Cowboys at Philadelphia Eagles

Sunday January 2 4:15 p.m. New York Giants at Washington Redskins

Sunday January 2 4:15 p.m. Chicago Bears at Green Bay Packers

Sunday January 2 4:15 p.m. San Diego Chargers at Denver Broncos

Sunday January 2 4:15 p.m. Tennessee Titans at Indianapolis Colts

Sunday January 2 4:15 p.m. Arizona Cardinals at San Francisco 49ers

Sunday January 2 8:20 p.m. St. Louis Rams at Seattle Seahawks


On this date in 1863, President Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation, which declared that all slaves in the rebel states were free.


Today in Elvis History:

1956 - The Carl Perkins song "Blue Suede Shoes" was released. Elvis Presley recorded the song on January 30, 1956.

1959 - Elvis Presley's BMW was destroyed on Germany's Autobahn by his father. German newspapers reported inaccurately that Elvis had died in the accident.

1966 - Elvis Presley's soundtrack "Harum Scarum" hit #8 on the U.S. charts.

1992 - The Rodgers & Hammerstein Organization took over exclusive U.S. and Canadian administration for the Elvis Presley music catalogs through a deal with the Presley estate, Gary Horey, Julian and Jean Aberbach.


Ellis Island Immigrant Station formally opened in New York on this date in 1892.


Today in Beatles History:

1962 - The Beatles auditioned for Decca Records in London. The company opted for Brian Polle & the Tremeloes because the group was based in the south of England.

1991 - Paul McCartney performed on MTV. The album "Unplugged - Official Bootleg" documented his performance.


Manhattan, the Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island were consolidated into New York City on this date in 1898.


Today in Sports History:

1902 - The first Tournament of Roses (later the Rose Bowl) collegiate football game was played in Pasadena, CA.

1926 - The Rose Bowl was carried coast to coast on network radio for the first time.

1933 - The first Orange Bowl was played. Miami defeated Manhattan 7-0.

1935 - The first Sugar Bowl was played. Tulane defeated Temple 20-14.

1935 - The first Sun Bowl was played. Hardin Simmons and New Mexico State tied 14-14.

1937 - The First Cotton Bowl football game was played in Dallas, TX. Texas Christian University (T.C.U.) beat Marquette, 16-6.

1954 - The Rose Bowl and the Cotton Bowl were shown in color for the first time.

1961 - Briggs Stadium was renamed Tigers Stadium.

1968 - Evil Knievel, daredevil, lost control of his motorcycle midway through a jump of 141 feet over the ornamental fountains in front of Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas.

1969 - Los Angeles Kings owner Jack Kent Cooke fined each of his players $100 for "not" arguing with the referee.

1992 - The ESPN Radio Network was officially launched.

2007 - In Denver, CO, Darrent Williams (Denver Broncos) was killed in a drive-by shooting outside a nightclub.


On this date in 1975, the magazine "Popular Electronics" announced the invention of a person computer called Altair. MITS, using an Intel microprocessor, developed the computer.


Coming Up:

Tonight --

NHL Hockey -- New York Rangers at Tampa Bay Lightning 7:30pm EST

Sunday --

NFL Football -- Tampa Bay Buccaneers at New Orleans Saints 1:00pm EST (Final game of regular season)


That's it for today. See you next year.

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