Wednesday, January 5, 2011

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


Today is January 5th, the 5th day of 2011. There are 360 days left in the year.






Roloson, St. Louis lead Lightning past Capitals.

Crazy carom gives Wild win at New Jersey.

Avs edge Sabres in OT.

Wings get two late goals to beat Oilers.

Coyotes regroup, beat Jackets..


Today's birthdays: Former Vice President Walter Mondale is 83; actor Robert Duvall (The Godfather, Open Range) is 80; actress Diane Keaton (Something's Gotta Give, The Family Stone) is 65; choreographer, dancer and TV judge Carrie Ann Inaba (Dancing with the Stars) is 43; actor Bradley Cooper (The Hangover, The A-Team film) is 36; actress January Jones (Mad Men, We Are Marshall) is 33.


Stampede weekly update.

Indiana Ice weekly.

Jacks to ride streak into Indy on Friday.

Black Hawks weekly notebook.

Stampede acquire duo from Omaha.

USHL Honors: Week #14.

Mayfield leads by example.

Visit the league's website:


Today is National Bird Day.


U.S. National Under-17 Team Falls to Team Ontario, 5-3, in Finals of World Under-17 Hockey Challenge

Team USA Earns Second Place in Ten Team Tournament

WINNIPEG, Man. - Three different players tallied a goal tonight but it wasn't enough as the U.S. National Under-17 Team fell to Canada's Team Onatario, 5-3, tonight at the MTS Centre in the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge finals. Team USA places second in the ten team tournament.

"It's tough to win seven games in eight days, tournaments are tough that way," said Danton Cole, head coach of the U.S. National Under-17 Team. "The guys battled hard until the very end."

Ontario opened the scoring less than five minutes into game. Team USA knotted the game at 9:06 when Quentin Shore (Denver, Colo.) broke into the offensive zone off a feed from Stefan Matteau (Chicago, Ill.). With a defender in front of him, Shore used the screen and fired a wrist shot past Ontario goaltender Daniel Altshuller. Ontario responded with two goals to take a 3-1 lead after one period.

In the second period, Team USA outshot Ontario 6-4. Team USA brought itself to within one goal when Brady Skjei (Lakeville, Minn.) found Miles Koules (Los Angeles, Calif.) skating to the right of the net. Koules ripped a shot over the shoulder of Altshuller on the stick side for the score. Team USA trailed Ontario, 3-2, after two periods.

Just over one minute elapsed in the third stanza when Patrick Sieloff (Ann Arbor, Mich.) launched a quick slapshot just inside the blue line. The shot found its way through traffic and bounced off Altshuller for the game-tying score. Team Ontario regained the lead at 7:13 of the final frame and added a penalty shot goal late in the period to defeat Team USA, 5-3.

Collin Olson (Apple Valley, Minn.) and Jared Rutledge (Chicago, Ill.) combined to make 13 saves for Team USA in the loss, while Altshuller stopped 18 shots for Team Ontario in the win.

The U.S. National Under-17 Team returns to United States Hockey League action this Saturday (Jan. 8) against the Sioux City Musketeers and Sunday (Jan. 9) when they take on the Youngstown Phantoms. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. ET on Saturday and 3:00 p.m. ET on Sunday. Both games will be held at the Ann Arbor (Mich.) Ice Cube.

NOTES: 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 1 - 1 - 1 - 3
ONT 3 - 0 - 2 - 5

First Period - Scoring: 1, ONT, Rychel (Gudbranson), 4:29; 2, USA, Shore (Matteau, Olson), 9:06; 3, ONT, Monahan (Rychel, Polesello), 9:34; 4, ONT, Gaunce (Marcantuoni, Laughton), 12:48. Penalties: ONT, Koekkoek (roughing), 0:38; USA, Osterberg (boarding), 15:53.

Second Period - Scoring: 5, USA, Koules (Skjei), 10:54. Penalties: USA, Carrick (tripping), 3:43; USA, Samuelsson (high-sticking), 15:10; ONT, Silk (hooking), 19:02; USA, Samuelsson (slashing), 19:47.

Third Period - Scoring: 6, USA, Sieloff (unassisted), 1:07, (sh); 7, ONT, Monahan (Curcuruto, Koekkoek), 4:13; 8, ONT, Campagna (penalty-shot); 15:58. Penalties: USA, Trouba (goaltender-interference), 12:03; ONT, Finn (holding), 19:11.

Shots by Period 1 2 3 Total
USA 9 6 6 21
ONT 9 4 5 18

Goaltenders (SH/SV) 1 2 3 Total
USA, Olson, 12:48 6/3 0/0 0/0 6/3
USA, Rutledge, 3/3 4/4 5/3 12/10
ONT, Altshuller, 60:00 9/8 6/5 6/5 21/18

Power Play: USA 0-3; ONT 0-5
Penalties: USA 5-10; ONT 3-6

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 W, 5-2
Mon., Jan. 3 USA vs. Canada Pacific (semi) MTS Centre W, 6-5 (OT)
Tues., Jan. 4 USA vs. Canada Ontario (final) MTS Centre L, 3-5

U.S. Women's National Under-18 Team Blanks Sweden, 10-0, at 2011 IIHF World Women's U18 Championship

Team USA Advances to Semifinal Round

STOCKHOLM - The U.S. Women's National Under-18 Team posted a 10-0 win over Sweden here tonight at Stora Mossen Arena to advance to the semifinal round of the 2011 International Ice Hockey Federation World Women's U18 Championship. Team USA finished the preliminary round atop Group B with a 3-0-0-0 record and will play in the semifinals on Friday (Jan. 7).

Alex Carpenter (North Reading, Mass.) and Emily Field (Littleton, Mass.) each tallied two goals and two asssists, while Amanda Pelkey (Montpelier, Vt.) added four helpers in the win.

"We did a very good job of being consistent and staying on our game for the entire 60 minutes," said Jodi McKenna, head coach for Team USA. "Again, it was a good demonstration of the depth of our lineup."

The U.S. built up an early 4-0 lead in the opening frame, with the first goal coming at 5:31 when Hannah Brandt (Vadnais Heights, Minn.) beat Swedish netminder Sofia Carlstrom with a rebound from the left goal line. Twenty-one seconds later, after Sweden was called for tripping, Carpenter completed a give and go with Haley Skarupa (Rockville, Md.) to make it 2-0.

Carpenter then struck again at 10:28, as she stickhandled through the left faceoff circle around Swedish players and fired a wrist shot into the near corner. Brandt also notched her second goal of the period when she swooped in on a loose puck in front of the Swedish net during a U.S. power play and found the open right side of the goal at 13:27.

On a power play early in the middle stanza, Field knocked in Pelkey's rebound for a 5-0 score at 2:58. The Americans added a pair of goals in the closing minutes of the period to open their lead to 7-0. Sydney Daniels (Southwick, Mass.) netted her third goal of the tournament with a low shot at 16:57, then Paige Savage (Carrollton, Texas) notched her first when she sniped a shot from the left faceoff circle at 18:20.

The Americans added three goals in the third period, first from Milicia McMillen (St. Paul, Minn.) at the 5:00 mark. Layla Marvin (Warroad, Minn.) then put one in at 11:43 when she skated in from the blue line and took a low shot from the slot. Field closed out the scoring with her second goal of the game at 17:14 after Brandt sent her a pass from behind the Swedish net and Field knocked it high glove side.

Megan Miller (Long Grove, Ill.) stopped all four shots she faced for the shutout, while Carlstrom and Elin Moberg combined for 50 saves in net for Sweden.

NOTES: The U.S. outshot Sweden, 55-4 ... Team USA was 3-for-6 on the power play, while Sweden was 0-for-4 ... Thirteen U.S. players factored in the scoring, with six having multi-point games ... 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 4 3 3 -- 10
SWE 0 0 0 -- 0

First Period - Scoring: 1, USA, Brandt (Field, Pelkey), 5:31; 2, USA, Carpenter (Skarupa), 5:52 (pp); 3, USA, Carpenter (Burke), 10:28; 4, USA, Brandt (Pelkey, Field), 13:27 (pp). Penalties: SWE, Kjellbin (body checking), 1:24; SWE, Lowenhielm (tripping), 5:42; SWE, Daniels (tripping), tripping), 12:14; USA, Savage (tripping), 15:11.

Second Period - Scoring: 5, USA, Field (Pelkey, Burke), 2:58 (pp); 6, USA, Daniels (Boulier, Ness), 16:57; 7, USA, Savage (Carpenter), 18:20. Penalties: SWE, Hedin (delay of game), 1:56; USA, Trivigno (boarding), 8:16; USA, Sylvester (holding the stick), 9:48; SWE, Johansson (delay of game), 9:48; SWE, Peterson (cross checking), 19:46.

Third Period - Scoring: 8, USA, McMillen (Carpenter, Savage), 5:00; 9, USA, Marvin (Sylvester, Burke), 11:43; 10, USA, Field (Brandt, Pelkey), 17:14. Penalties: SWE, Lowenhielm (tripping), 1:57; USA, Stecklein (delay of game), 6:45; USA, Burke (body checking), 19:21.

Shots by Period 1 2 3 Total
USA 19 21 15 53
SWE 1 1 2 4

Goaltenders (SH/SV) 1 2 3 Total
USA, Miller, 60:00 1-1 1-1 2-2 4-4
SWE, Carlstrom, 38:20 19-15 17-14 x-x 36-29
SWE, Moberg, 21:40 x-x 4-4 15-12 19-16

Power Play: USA 3-6; SWE 0-4
Penalties: USA 5-10; SWE 7-14
Officials: Referee-Sylena Mutsaers (CAN); Linesmen-Jonna Partanen (FIN), Zsuzsanna Sandor (HUN)

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 W, 7-1
Tues., Jan. 4 Sweden Stora Mossen W, 10-0
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.

University of Wisconsin New No. 1 in USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Women's College Hockey Poll

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - The University of Wisconsin is the new No. 1 as the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Women's College Hockey Poll returns from a two-week hiatus. The Badgers, who defeated Northeastern University and Mercyhurst College last weekend and now boast an 18-2-0 record, accumulated 181 points and 10 first-place votes to earn the top spot for the sixth time this season.

The idle Cornell University claims the No. 2 spot with 180 points and nine first-place votes, while Boston University remains at No. 3 with 140 points following a win over Brown University. Mercyhurst (130) advances one place to No. 4 with a victory over St. Cloud State University, while the idle University of Minnesota Duluth (122) rounds out the top five.

The Ohio State University returns to the poll at No. 10 after twice defeating Wayne State University last week.

This weekend's top-10 match-ups include No. 1 Wisconsin traveling to No. 10 Ohio State for a weekend series, and No. 3 Boston University hosting No. 8 Providence College.

NOTES: The Western Collegiate Hockey Association leads all conferences with five ranked programs, while Hockey East boasts three ranked teams, and 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 - #13
(first-place votes in parentheses)

Rank School Last Week's Ranking 2010-11 Record Weeks in Top 10
1 University of Wisconsin, 181 (10) 2 18-2-0 13
2 Cornell University, 180 (8) 1 13-1-0 13
3 Boston University, 140 3 15-2-3 13
4 Mercyhurst College, 130 5 14-4-0 13
5 University of Minnesota Duluth, 122 4 12-5-1 13
6 Boston College, 93 6 12-3-4 13
7 University of Minnesota, 64 7 13-6-0 12
8 Providence College, 54 9 14-6-1 4
9 University of North Dakota, 44 8 9-7-2 13
10 The Ohio State University, 19 NR 10-8-2 9

Others receiving votes: Northeastern University, 12; Dartmouth College, 3; Quinnipiac University, 3.


Ticats tab Khari Jones as offensive coordinator.

Argos resign veterans Crawford and Flemons.

Donate to the Tony Proudfoot Fund.

Visit the league's official website,


The Internal Revenue Service announced on Tuesday that taxpayers will have until April 18 to file their 2010 returns and pay their tax bills because April 15 is Emancipation Day, a holiday observed in the District of Columbia.


Boy, talk about a bad hair day!


Police in New Mexico said a naked burglar who climbed a 6-foot fence and smashed a glass door told officers he was on acid.


Here's the NFL Wild Card Round schedule:

Sat Jan 8th 4:30pm New Orleans Saints at Seattle Seahawks

Sat Jan 8th 8:00pm New York Jets at Indianapolis Colts

Sun Jan 9th 1:00pm Baltimore Ravens at Kansas City Chiefs

Sun Jan 9th 4:30pm Green Bay Packers at Philadelphia Eagles


New York City attracted a record 48.7 million visitors in 2010, making it the biggest tourist destination in the U.S. for the second year in a row.


Today in Elvis History:

1956 - A deal five year partnership was signed between Hill and Range Music and Elvis Music, Inc.

1957 - Elvis Presley's song "Love Me" hit #6 in the U.S.

1961 - Elvis Presley signed a three picture deal with MGM.

2002 - Lisa Marie Presley was awarded the Humanitarian Award from The World Literacy Crusade.


A new study proves we're pretty clueless about what we put into our bodies. While The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says 68 percent of us are overweight or obese, only 1 in 10 of us think we have an unhealthy diet.


Today in Beatles History:

1976 - Mal Evans, a Beatle's bodyguard and road manager, was killed in a confrontation with Los Angeles police.

1985 - Julian Lennon performed "Valotte" and "Too Late For Goodbyes" on "American Bandstand."


A source says Jake Gyllenhaal and Taylor Swift broke up about a month ago. They spent Thanksgiving weekend together but never made it to Christmas.


Today in Sports History:

1920 - The New York Yankees purchased "Babe" Ruth from the Boston Red Sox for $125,000.

1927 - A three-day public hearing began on the charges that four major league baseball games played between Chicago and Detroit on September 2 and 3 of 1917 had been thrown.

1983 - Wayne Gretzky (Edmonton Oilers) scored his 100th point of the season. He achieved his 100th point in only the 42nd game of the season.

1931 - Lucille Thomas became the first woman to buy a professional baseball team. She bought the Topeka franchise of the Western League.

1934 - Both the National and American baseball leagues decided to use a uniform-size baseball. It was the first time in 33 years that both leagues used the same size ball.

1993 - Mike Ditka was fired as coach of the Chicago Bears.


A 10-year-old Canadian girl has become the youngest person to discover a supernova. [When I was 10 I was still trying to discover how they got those little people into the TV set.]


Coming Up:

Tonight --

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

Thursday --

Nothin' Doin'

Friday --

Nothin' Doin'

Saturday --

SEJHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors at Palm Beach Hawks 5:00pm EST

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning at Ottawa Senators 7:00pm EST

MJHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors at Palm Beach Hawks 8:00pm EST

Sunday --

SEJHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors at Palm Beach Hawks 10:00am EST

MJHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors at Palm Beach Hawks 1:00pm EST

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning at New Jersey Devils 5:00pm EST

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

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