Sunday, January 2, 2011

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Today is January 2nd, the 2nd day of 2011. There are 363 days left in the year.






Buffalo over Boston in shootout.

Leafs take care of Senators.

Carolina doubles up Devils.

Lightning beat Rangers in OT.

Caps beat Pens in Winter Classic.

One's enough as Sharks blank Kings.

Flames continue hex over Oilers.


The leader of the last Arab stronghold in Spain surrendered to Spanish forces loyal to King Ferdinand II and Queen Isabella I on this date in 1492.


USHL recognized by Hockey News.

Fighting Saints eager to shake back-to-back losses.


On this date in 1788, Georgia became the 4th state to ratify the U.S. Constitution.


U.S. National Under-17 Team Downs Team Atlantic, 12-1, in World Under-17 Hockey Challenge Action

Carrick and Koules Register Four Points; Team USA Earns Berth in Semifinal

WINNIPEG, Man. - Connor Carrick (Orland Park, Ill.) and Miles Koules (Los Angeles, Calif.) each scored a goal and recorded three assists as the U.S. National Under-17 Team downed Canada's Team Atlantic, 12-1, here this evening at the MTS Iceplex in World Under-17 Hockey Challenge action. With the win, Team USA earns a berth in the semifinal.

"We moved the puck sharply and skated well without it on our powerplays and that was key," said Danton Cole, head coach of the U.S. National Under-17 Team. "Killing that five-on-three gave us some early momentum and we built off that."

Team USA opened the game by putting pressure on the Atlantic goaltender, Jacob Brennan, early and often. Two consecutive penalties on the U.S. put the pressure on special teams as it played two players down. Team USA killed both penalties and the momentum shifted back in its favor.

Henrik Samuelsson (Scottsdale, Ariz.) continued his strong start to the tournament when he sniped a quick shot from the bottom of the left faceoff circle. The powerplay tally was assisted by Brady Skjei (Lakeville, Minn.) and Carrick. Just 20 seconds later, on a delayed penalty call against Atlantic, Frankie Vatrano (East Longmeadow, Mass.) pushed the puck up the ice and netted the second U.S. goal. Koules and Samuelsson earned assists on the play.

Atlantic answered with a goal of its own to cut the U.S. lead in half at 10:26 of the first period. Kyle Osterberg (Lakeville, Minn.) skated around the goal and found Ryan Hartman (West Dundee, Ill.) with a cross-ice feed to give Team USA another two goal cushion. Hartman one-timed the pass past Brennan for the score. In the final minute of the first frame, Stefan Matteau (Chicago, Ill.) caused a turnover that led to a scoring opportunity for the U.S. Matteau skated towards the goal and shielded the puck from a defender and with his back to the net, found Thomas Di Pauli (Woodridge, Ill.). Di Pauli wristed a shot home, putting Team USA up 4-1 after the first period.

The second period was dominated by Team USA as they netted six goals, three on the powerplay. Osterberg scored at 9:27 when he banged the puck in the net at close range. Nicolas Kerdiles (Irvine, Calif.) and Seth Jones (Plano, Texas) collected assists on the powerplay tally. Just over a minute later, Matthew Lane (Rochester, N.Y.) gave the U.S. a five goal cushion when he netted the first of his two goals. Thomas Di Pauli (Woodridge, Ill.) assisted.

Koules joined the scoring parade at 11:38 in the middle frame, putting Team USA up 7-1. Skjei and Patrick Sieloff (Ann Arbor, Mich.) earned assists on the score. Jacob Trouba's (Rochester, Mich.) blast from just inside the blue line chased Atlantic goaltender Brennan, in favor of Brandon Whitney. The U.S. was not finished as they added two goals before time expired in the second period. The score after 40 minutes of play favored the U.S. by a score of 10-1.

Team USA held Atlantic to just three shots on goal in the final stanza and chipped in two goals as the U.S. cruised to victory, 12-1. For the game, the U.S. held Atlantic to 11 shots on goal while Team USA amassed 50 shots on the opposing goaltenders.

Jared Rutledge (Chicago, Ill.) made 10 saves for Team USA in the victory, while Brennan and Whitney combined to stop 38 shots for Team Atlantic in the loss.

The U.S. National Under-17 Team concludes round-robin play tomorrow (Jan. 2) when they faceoff against Canada's Team Quebec. Puck drop is set for 3 p.m. CT at the MTS Iceplex in Winnipeg, Man.

NOTES: Samuelsson has six goals in three round-robin tournament games ... 15 players registered at least one point against Team Atlantic ... 10 players recorded multi-point games ... Trouba was named player of the game for Team USA ... All games during the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge will be available via live webcast at ... Follow @USAHockeyScores on Twitter for live scoring updates during the tournament. Scores will be designated with #NTDPU17 ... The U.S. is the defending champion at the tournament, having captured the 2010 title in Timmins, Ontario ... The U.S. National Under-17 Team is part of USA Hockey's National Team Development Program, along with the U.S. National Under-18 Team ... Find USA Hockey on Facebook at and Twitter at


Scoring By Period

USA 4 - 6 - 2 - 12
ATL 1 - 0 - 0 - 0

First Period - Scoring: 1, Samuelsson (Skjei, Carrick), 8:40, (pp); 2, USA, Vatrano (Koules, Samuelsson), 9:00; 3, ATL, Hache (MacKinnon, Ryan), 10:26, (pp); 4, USA, Hartman (Osterberg), 14:48; 5, Di Pauli (Matteau), 19:46. Penalties: USA, Olsson (hooking), 3:00; USA, Jones (tripping), 4:03, ATL, Penny (holding), 8:17; USA, Di Pauli (interference), 9:55; ATL, Shewfelt (hooking), 16:28.

Second Period - Scoring: 6, USA, Osterberg (Kerdiles, Jones), 9:27, (pp); 7, USA, Lane (Di Pauli), 10:45; 8, USA, Koules (Skjei, Sieloff), 11:38; 9, USA, Trouba (Shore), 12:15, (pp); 10, USA, Lane (Di Pauli, Darcy), 15:06; 11, USA, Vatrano (Trouba, Koules), 15:36, (pp). Penalties: ATL, O'Brien (tripping), 1:38, ATL, Murphy (tripping), 8:56; ATL, O'Brien (roughing), 12:08; ATL, Oliver-Dares (10-minute-misconduct), 12:08; USA, Olsson (checking-to-head), 13:11; USA, Olsson (10-minute-misconduct), 13:11; USA, Osterberg (slashing), 14:22; ATL, Ryan (slashing), 14:22; ATL, Bursey (roughing), 14:22; ATL, Farrell (hooking), 17:37; USA, Matteau (holding), 19:00.

Third Period - Scoring: 12, USA, Skjei (Matteau, Carrick), 6:01, (pp); 13, USA, Carrick (Samuelsson, Koules), 13:03. Penalties: ATL, Murphy (delay-of-game), 3:46; ATL, Beauvais (high-sticking), 4:12; ATL, MacLauchlan (slashing), 7:15; USA, Kerdiles (boarding), 10:28; ATL, Shewfelt (10-minute-misconduct), 10:28; ATL, Ryan (slashing), 10:58.

Shots by Period 1 2 3 Total
USA 20 17 13 50
ATL 4 4 3 11

Goaltenders (SH/SV) 1 2 3 Total
USA, Rutledge, 60:00 4/3 4/4 3/3 11/10
ATL, Brennan, 32:15 20/16 10/6 0/0 30/22
ATL, Whitney, 27:45 0/0 7/5 13/11 20/16

Power Play: USA 5-11; ATL 1-6
Penalties: USA 7-24; ATL 14-44

Team USA 2011 World Under-17 Challenge Schedule
Dec. 28, 2010 - Jan. 4, 2011 • Winnipeg / Portage la Prairie, Man.

Date Event Location Time (CT)/Result

Tues., Dec. 28 USA vs. Canada West (exh.) PCU Centre W, 4-0
Wed., Dec. 29 USA vs. Finland MTS Iceplex W, 5-2
Thurs., Dec. 30 USA vs. Germany PCU Centre W, 4-1
Sat., Jan. 1 USA vs. Canada Atlantic MTS Iceplex W, 12-1
Sun., Jan. 2 USA vs. Canada Quebec MTS Iceplex 3:00 p.m.

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On this date in 1842, in Fairmount, Pennsylvania, the first wire suspension bridge was opened to traffic.


Daddy and Jimmy.


Thomas Edison began construction on his first generator on this date in 1879.


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


The Chicago Canal opened on this date in 1900.


Today in Elvis History:

1956 - Elvis went to Memphis for a five day tour with Johnny Cash and other Louisianna Hayride stars.

1965 - Elvis Presley's soundtrack "Roustabout" hit #1 on the U.S. charts. It was knocked out of first place the next week by the Beatles' "Beatles '65."

1972 - Elvis gave Muhammad Ali a $10000 robe with "The Peoples Champion" inscribed on it. Ali wore the robe on March 31, 1973 when he lost to Ken Norton.

2007 - A remastered version of the original "Essential Elvis Presley" was released.


The first junior high school in the United States opened on this date in 1910. McKinley School in Berkeley, CA, housed seventh and eighth grade students. In a separate building students were housed who attended grades 9-12.


Today in Beatles History:

1968 - Newark, NJ, police confiscated a shipment of John Lennon and Yoko Ono's album "Two Virgins". The album featured a nude cover.

1975 - U.S. District Court Judge Richard Owen ruled in New York, that John Lennon and his lawyers will have access to Department of Immigration files pertaining to his deportation case.


The first religious broadcast on radio was heard on KDKA Radio in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on this date in 1921, as Dr. E.J. Van Etten of Calvary Episcopal Church preached.


Today in Sports History:

1953 - The Baltimore Bullets (NBA) began a 32 game road losing streak.

1957 - Gene Fullmer defeated Sugar Ray Robinson to win the middleweight boxing title.

1965 - "Broadway" Joe Namath signed the richest rookie contract ($400,000) in the history of pro football.

1971 - In Glasgow, Scotland, 66 people were crushed when fans trying to leave encountered fans trying to return after hearing that a late goal had been scored.

1972 - Elvis Presley gave Muhammad Ali a $10000 robe with "The Peoples Champion" inscribed on it. Ali wore the robe on March 31, 1973 when he lost to Ken Norton.

1982 - The New York Islanders began a 23 undefeated home streak.

1983 - Ken Anderson (Cincinnati Bengals) completed 20 consecutive passes to set an NFL record for passing accuracy.

1985 - The Rebels of UNLV beat Utah State in three overtime periods. The final score of 142-140 set a new NCAA record for total points in a basketball game (282). The game took over three hours to play.

1986 - Mike Bossy (New York Islanders) scored his 500th career NHL goal.

2002 - Mike Modano (Dallas Stars) scored his 400th career NHL goal. Modano became only the fourth United States-born player to reach 400 goals.

2002 - Ron Francis (Carolina Hurricanes) scored his 500th career NHL goal. Francis became only the fifth player in NHL history to reach 500 goals and 1,000 assists.

2003 - It was announced that Bill Parcels would be the next head coach of the Dallas Cowboys.


On this date in 1953, "The Life of Riley" debuted on NBC-TV.


Coming Up:

Tonight --

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


That's it for today. See you again tomorrow.

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