Sunday, April 17, 2011

It's Sunday

It's Sunday. Here's what's happening....


Today is April 17th, the 107th day of 2011. There are 258 days left in the year.





Wings hang on to beat Coyotes.

Flyers edge Sabres to even series.

Canadiens top Bruins for 2-0 series lead.

Kings even series by beating Sharks.

Here's the First Round playoff schedule.


Today is Auctioneers Day.


USHL Clark Cup Playoffs – First Round

Eastern Conference

Indiana Ice (#3) vs. Waterloo Black Hawks (#6)

Game 1: Thursday, April 14th  – Waterloo 0 @ Indiana 5

Game 2: Friday, April 15th – Waterloo 3 @ Indiana 6

Indiana wins series 2-0.

Team USA (#4) vs. Muskegon Lumberjacks (#5)

Game 1: Friday, April 15th – Muskegon 2 @ Team USA 0

Game 2: Saturday, April 16th – Muskegon 5 @ Team USA 2

Muskegon wins series 2-0.

Western Conference

Sioux Falls Stampede (#3) vs. Sioux City Musketeers (#6)

Game 1: Wednesday, April 13th, 7:05 PM – Sioux City 1 @ Sioux Falls 5

Game 2: Thursday, April 14th – Sioux City  4@ Sioux Falls 3 (OT)

Game 3: Sunday, April 17th, 6:05 PM – Sioux City @ Sioux Falls

All games played at the Sioux Falls Arena in Sioux Falls, South Dakota

Fargo Force (#4) vs. Lincoln Stars (#5)

Game 1: Friday, April 15th – Lincoln 0 @ Fargo 2

Game 2: Saturday, April 16th – Lincoln 2 @ Fargo 4

Fargo wins series 2-0.

** if necessary

(all times reflect local start time)


This is the start of Cleaning for a Reason Week.


USNTDP U-17s fall to Muskegon in USHL playoffs

ANN ARBOR, Mich. - Ryan Hartman (West Dundee, Ill.) and Frankie Vatrano (East Longmeadow, Mass.) each scored for Team USA, but the U.S. National Under-17 Team dropped a 5-2 decision to the Muskegon Lumberjacks in the first round of the United States Hockey League playoffs at the Ann Arbor Ice Cube.

"Despite the outcome, the team played fairly well and created several scoring chances," said Danton Cole, head coach of the U.S. National Under-17 Team. "Overall, we did a lot of things real well and I liked the fact that the team kept going. I'm proud of their effort."

Muskegon took an early 2-0 lead in the opening stanza and then notched a pair of second-period goals to take a 4-0 advantage heading into the third period.

After the Lumberjacks took a 5-0 lead, Ryan Hartman (West Dundee, Ill.) scored at the 6:36 mark of the final stanza. Less then two minutes later, Frankie Vatrano (East Longmeadow, Mass.) tipped in a Joe Fiala (Verona, Wis.) shot from the point to make the score 5-2.

Jared Rutledge (Chicago, Ill.) and Collin Olson (Apple Valley, Minn.) combined for 23 saves in the loss for Team USA, while Joel Vienneau stopped 28 shots in the win for Muskegon.

With tonight's win, Muskegon won the best-of-three series, 2-0, and advanced to the second round of the USHL playoffs.


Scoring By Period

MUS 2 - 2 - 1 - 5
USA 0 - 0 - 2 - 2

First Period - Scoring: 1, MUS, Taft (Parker, Belohrad), 11:08; 2, MUS, Deblouw (UNA), 11:54. Penalties: None.

Second Period - Scoring: 3, MUS, Berry (Misiak, Deblouw), 12:36; 4, MUS, Privitera (Deblouw, Misiak), 19:59, (pp). Penalties: USA, Sieloff (hooking), 4:18; MUS, Parker (holding), 8:01; MUS, Privitera (cross-checking), 8:27; MUS, Foguth (slashing), 10:20, MUS, Moran (roughing), 15:59, USA, Hartman (interference), 18:13.

Third Period - Scoring: 5, MUS, Berry (UNA), 4:26; 1, USA, Hartman (UNA), 6:36; 2, USA, Vatrano (Fiala), 7:54. Penalties: USA, Darcy (hooking), 2:23; USA, Carrick (delay of game), 7:13; MUS, Misiak (delay of game), 7:13, MUS, Yanis (hooking), 10:46; USA, Wuthrich (cross-checking); 16:15; USA, Wuthrich (game misconduct); 16:15; MSU, Berry (holding), 18:35.

Shots by Period
1 2 3 Total
MUS 9 9 5 23
USA 6 17 7 30

Goaltenders (SH/SV) 1 2 3 Total
MUS, Vienneau, 60:00 6-6 17-17 7-5 30-28
USA, Rutledge, 40:00 9-7 9-7 0-0 18-14
USA, Olson, 20:00 0-0 0-0 5-4 5-4

Power Play: MUS 1-4; USA 0-5
Penalties: MUS 7-14; USA 6-23
Referees: Andy Thackaberry, Andrew Wilk
Linesmen: Jesse Pletsch, Brett Martin


Today is the first day of Coin Week.



Riders extend contract of Jim Hopson.

2011 CFL Schedule is here.

Donate to the Tony Proudfoot Fund.

Visit the leagues' official website,

Mommy's amused by the "Dance of the Box Boy."


Today is the start of Holy Week.


Today in Elvis History:

1952 - Elvis Presley was fired from the Lowe's State Theater for punching another usher. The other usher had told the manager that Elvis was getting free candy from the girl at the concession stand.

1961 - Location filming was completed for the Elvis Presley film "Blue Hawaii."


Today is the first day of National Karaoke Week. 


ST. PETERSBURG -- Johnny Damon delivered his second walk-off hit in three days with an RBI single in the ninth inning off Twins reliever Jose Mijares that scored B.J. Upton from third to give the streaking Rays a 4-3 win on Saturday in front of 16,428 at Tropicana Field.
Ben Zobrist began the inning with his second home run of the season with a deep shot to left off Twins closer Joe Nathan that tied the game.
The win gave the Rays five consecutive victories as they improved to 6-8 on the season after beginning the 2011 campaign with a six-game losing streak.
Read the rest here.
This is the first day of National Paperboard Packaging Week.

PHOENIX -- It was Bruce Bochy's 56th birthday Saturday and the bullpen gave him a Giant present: 7 1/3 innings of one-run, three-hit ball and a 5-3 win over the D-backs at Chase Field.

"That's a good win any time you can get it," the Giants manager said afterward. "To lose your starter in the second inning, you're scrambling a little bit."
Read the rest here.

Today is the first day of National Pet I.D. Week. (Linky Link)


Today in Beatles History:

1982Paul McCartney became the first composer to have simultaneous hits on the black and country music charts.

1998 - Linda McCartney died from breast cancer.

2002 - A photograph of John Lennon's spectacles sold at auction for $13,000. The photo was only one of six prints taken of his bloodstained spectacles from when he was fatally shot outside his New York apartment building. The picture, taken by Yoko Ono, was also used for Ono's album "Season of Glass."


 This is Bat Appreciation Day.


Today in Sports History:

1947 - Jackie Robinson (Brooklyn Dodgers) performed a bunt for his first major league hit.

1967 - The U.S. Supreme Court barred Muhammad Ali's request to be blocked from induction into the U.S. Army.


This is Palm Sunday.


TALLADEGA, Ala. -- Kyle Busch must have had a notion.
On the radio before the final restart of Saturday’s Aaron’s 312 Nationwide Series race at Talladega Superspeedway, Busch pointed out to crew chief Jason Ratcliff that the fastest car -- not the prettiest -- got to go to Victory Lane.
Read the rest here.


Pineapple cheese was patented by Lewis M. Norton on this date in 1810.


Coming Up: 

Tonight --

Nascar Sprint Cup Series -- Aaron's 499 at Talledega 1:00pm EDT

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Minnesota Twins 1:40pm EDT

Indy Car -- Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach 3:30pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at Arizona Diamondbacks 4:10pm EDT

Monday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Chicago White Sox 6:40pm EDT

NHL Playoff Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning vs Pittsburgh Penguins 7:30pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at Colorado Rockies 8:40pm EDT

Tuesday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Chicago White Sox 6:40pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at Colorado Rockies 8:40pm EDT

Wednesday --

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at Colorado Rockies 3:10pm EDT

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Chicago White Sox 6:40pm EDT

NHL Playoff Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning vs Pittsburgh Penguins 7:00pm EDT

Thursday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Chicago White Sox 6:40pm EDT

Friday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at Toronto Blue Jays 7:07pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Atlanta Braves 10:15pm EDT

Saturday --

NHL Playoff Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning at Pittsburgh Penguins 12:00pm EDT

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at Toronto Blue Jays 1:07pm EDT

Nascar Nationwide Series -- Nashville 300 3:00pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Atlanta Braves 4:10pm EDT

Sunday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at Toronto Blue Jays 1:07pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Atlanta Braves 4:05pm EDT


That's all for today. Thanks for stopping by, see you tomorrow.            

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