Monday, November 7, 2011

Monday Afternoon Meissnervations

Good afternoon and welcome to another edition of the Johnny Blog. Here's what's happening....


Today is November 7th, the 311th day of 2011. There are 54 days left in the year.


Blues fire Payne, name Hitchcock coach.

Top USHL prospect Schmaltz part of six-player trade.

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Today's Birthdays: Evangelist Billy Graham is 93; Musician Joni Mitchell is 68; General David Petraeus (currently Director of the Central Intelligence Agency) is 59; Actor Christopher Knight (Peter on The Brady Bunch) is 54; Actor/director Morgan Spurlock (Super Size Me, 30 Days) is 41; Actress Yunjin Kim (Lost) is 38.


Sunrise, FL. -- Dwayne Roloson stopped 28 shots -- and four in the shootout -- in relief for the Tampa Bay Lightning to help them overcome a three-goal deficit and claim a 4-3 shootout victory against its Sunshine State rival.

The Lightning have now won six of eight after a five-game losing streak, and sit alone in second place in the Southeast Division -- just two points behind the Washington Capitals. Roloson entered the game after Mathieu Garon allowed three goals in the first period, and eventually the Lightning came all the way back for their first victory against the Panthers in three tries this season.

“We gave it to them,” Florida forward Kris Versteeg said. “We let them come back in the game. They made a couple good plays, but we let them back in the game.”

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U.S. National Junior Select Team Defeats Canada East, 4-1,
in 2011 World Junior A Challenge in Pre-Tournament Game

Kuraly Tallies Two Points in Victory

SURREY, B.C. - Sean Kuraly (Dublin, Ohio/Indiana Ice) netted a goal and tacked on an assist, as the U.S. National Junior Select Team defeated Canada East, 4-1, in a pre-tournament game prior to the 2011 World Junior A Challenge.

"Coming in and seeing the guys have success right away is always a good thing," said Regg Simon, head coach of the U.S. National Junior Select Team. "It's a good start for us, but we still have a lot of work to do."

Team USA's Mario Lucia (Chanhassen, Minn./Penticton Vees) tallied the first goal of the night at 2:09 of the opening frame. Mike Reilly (Chanhassen, Minn./Penticton Vees) and Andy Welinski (Duluth, Minn./Green Bay Gamblers) recorded assists on the goal. The U.S. opened up a two-goal lead at 11:07 of the first period when Vince Hinostroza (Bartlett, Ill./Waterloo Black Hawks) tallied a shorthanded goal with assists credited to Kuraly and Brian Cooper (Anchorage, Alaska/Fargo Force).

Canada East made it a one-goal game less than a minute into the second period on the power play. But Kuraly recorded his first goal and second point of the night at 12:10 of the middle frame to give the U.S. a 3-1 lead. Brett Patterson (Eden Prairie, Minn./Sioux City Musketeers) was credited with an assist on Kuraly's tally.

The U.S. tallied the lone goal of the third period off the stick of Austin Cangelosi (Estero, Fla./Youngstown Phantoms) at 8:59, with an assist to Jordan Schmaltz (Verona, Wis./Sioux City Musketeers). U.S. goalie Ryan McKay (Palatine, Ill.) made 32 saves in the win, while Jason Pucciarelli stopped 26 shots for Canada East in the loss.

The U.S. Junior Select Team will begin tournament play against Sweden on Monday (Nov. 7) at 10:30 p.m. EST. A full schedule is below.

NOTES: For Team USA's full roster, click here ... The World Junior A Challenge is in its sixth year and Team USA will be competing in the tournament for the fifth consecutive time ... The U.S. has won the championship the past three years (2008, 2009, 2010) and garnered a third-place finish in 2007 ... The 2011 World Junior A Challenge will include teams from the Czech Republic, Russia, Sweden, and the United States and two teams from Canada (East and West) ... Follow @USAHockeyScores on Twitter for live scoring updates during the tournament. Scores will be designated with #JrAChallenge.


Scoring By Period

CANE 0 - 1 - 0 - 1
USA 2 - 1 - 1 - 4

First Period – Scoring: 1, USA, Lucia (Reilly, Welinski), 2:09; 2, USA, Hinostroza (Kuraly, Cooper), 11:07, (sh). Penalties: CANE, Spink (holding), 6:48; USA, Cangelosi (hooking), 10:36; USA, Broadhurst (roughing), 13:37; CANE, Dutra (boarding), 16:36; CANE, Lough (cross checking), 17:38; USA, Patterson (elbowing), 19:52.

Second Period – Scoring: 3, CANE, Shore (Leavens, Spink), 0:59, (pp); 4, USA, Kuraly (Patterson), 12:10. Penalties: USA, Patterson (hooking), 6:27; USA, Cameranesi (cross-checking), 7:56; USA, Wellinski (delaying-the-game), 8:55; CANE, Spink (interference), 14:04; USA, Cangelosi (hooking), 14:13.

Third Period - Scoring: 5, USA, Cangelosi (Schmaltz), 8:59. Penalties: CANE, Hutton (tripping), 13:12; CANE, Milne (high sticking), 18:03.

Shots by Period
1 2 3 Total
CANE 5 18 10 33
USA 15 6 9 30

Goaltenders (SH/SV) 1 2 3 Total
USA, McKay, 60:00 5/5 18/17 10/10 33/32
CANE, Pucciarelli, 60:00 15/13 6/5 9/8 30/26

Power Play: CANE 1-8; USA 0-6
Penalties: CANE 6-12; USA 8-16

Team USA 2010 World Junior A Challenge Schedule
Nov. 7-13 • Langley, B.C. • Langley Events Centre

Date Opponent
Time (ET)/Result

Sat., Nov. 5 Canada East* W, 4-1
Mon., Nov. 7 Sweden 10:30 p.m.
Wed., Nov. 9 Canada West 10:30 p.m.
Thu., Nov. 10 Quarterfinal Game 7 p.m.
Quarterfinal Game 10:30 p.m.
Fri., Nov. 11 Semifinal Game 7 p.m.
Semifinal Game 10:30 p.m.
Sat., Nov. 12 Fifth-Place Game 3 p.m.
Third-Place Game 10:30 p.m.
Sun., Nov. 13 First-Place Game 8 p.m.
*Pre-tournament game

Schaus, Vetter Named Goalies for U.S. Women's National Team

Netminders Join the U.S. Roster for the 2011 Four Nations Cup

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Molly Schaus (Natick, Mass.) and Jessie Vetter (Cottage Grove, Wis.) have been named the goaltenders for the U.S. Women's National Team that will compete at the 2011 Four Nations Cup from Nov. 9-13, in Nyköping, Sweden, it was announced today by USA Hockey.

Schaus has played 31 games in a Team USA sweater, including three Four Nations Cup appearances (2008-10). The four-year Boston College letterwinner (2006-2009, 2010-11) was a member of the U.S. Women's National Team that captured the silver medal at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver, B.C.

Vetter has played for the U.S. Women's National Team in 35 games, dating back to 2006. The University of Wisconsin standout from 2005-09 has participated in the previous four Four Nations Cups and was also a member of the U.S. squad that captured the silver medal at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games.

Team USA opens up the tournament against Sweden on Wednesday (Nov. 9) at 9:30 a.m. EST. A full schedule is below.

NOTES: The netminders were selected following a training camp held in Hamden, Conn. ... For the full U.S. Women's National Team Four Nations Cup roster, click here ... Katey Stone, head women's ice hockey coach at Harvard University, is the head coach of the U.S. Women's National Team for the 2011-12 season and will guide the team in Nyköping. Hilary Witt and Bobby Jay are serving as assistant coaches. Robb Stauber will serve as the goalie coach and team scout for the event ... The Four Nations Cup is an annual tournament featuring four of the top-ranked women's hockey teams in the world - the United States, Canada, Finland and Sweden ... To follow the team in Sweden, check out the U.S. Women's National Program blog by clicking here.

Team USA 2011 Four Nations Cup Schedule
Nyköping, Sweden • Stora Hallen Arena

Date Opponent Time (Local/EST) Result
Wed., Nov. 9 Sweden 3:30 p.m./9:30 a.m. Game Blog
Thurs., Nov. 10 Canada 3:30 p.m./9:30 a.m. Game Blog
Sat., Nov. 12 Finland 4 p.m./10 a.m. Game Blog
Sun., Nov. 13 Third-Place Game 11:30 a.m./5:30 a.m. Game Blog
Championship Game 3 p.m./9 a.m. Game Blog

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

USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine
2011-12 Men's College Hockey Poll - #6
(first-place votes in parentheses)
Last Week's Ranking
2011-12 RecordWeeks in Top 15
1University of Minnesota, 489 (27)
2Boston College, 469 (6)
3Colorado College, 415
4Merrimack College, 390 (1)
5University of Michigan, 378
6Western Michigan University, 360
7University of Notre Dame, 291
8Ferris State University, 255
9Union College, 225
10Yale University, 169
11Lake Superior State University, 148
12University of Denver, 140
13University of Minnesota Duluth, 123
14Dartmouth College, 66
15Northern Michigan University, 46
Others receiving votes: Michigan Tech University, 29; Boston University, 26; Colgate University, 24; Quinnipiac University, 24; University of Nebraska Omaha, 6; Clarkson University, 3; United States Air Force Academy, 3; University of North Dakota, 1.
NOTES: The Central Collegiate Hockey Association leads all conferences with six ranked teams, while the Western Collegiate Hockey Association has four ranked teams and the ECAC Hockey has three ranked programs ... A total of 23 teams received votes.
ABOUT THE POLL: The 17th annual USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Men’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 five 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.


This is National Bittersweet Chocolate with Almonds Day.


The Tampa Bay Juniors Empire South and EJHL South teams tangled with the Palm Beach Hawks over the weekend, winning three of the four games played.

On Saturday, November 5th, the Empire South Juniors led 2-1 after one, then scored three times in the final two periods, for a 4-1 win. Walter Stern, Brian Rotherberger, Daniel Fritz and Wade Simon scoring goals for Tampa Bay. Kyle Gertz made 26 saves for the Juniors, who were 2-for-10 on the power play and 5-of-5 on the penalty kill. Justin Anderson scored for Palm Beach.

In the EJHL South game, Tampa Bay fell behind 3-0, closed to within one at 4-3, before losing 7-5. Justin Jimenez scored twice for the Juniors while Paul Lochner, Scott Vargas and Tony Feldman scored once each. Chris Dylewski stopped 32 shots. Tampa Bay was 4-for-8 with a short-handed goal against on the power play and just 2-of-4 on the penalty kill. Sebastien Romeo led Palm Beach with 2 goals.

On Sunday, November 6th, the Juniors scored 6 times in the third to complete their weekend sweep of the Hawks, winning 10-4. Wade Simon scored twice, Brian Rotherberger, Walter Stern, Patrick Rodgers, Daniel Fritz, Milan Lee, Dustin Disbro, David Cross and Michael Hirschauer once each. Aaron Wise made 27 saves for Tampa Bay, which went 1-for-6 on the power play and 4-of-5 with 2 short-handed goals on the penalty kill. Justin Anderson led Palm Beach with 3 goals.

Paul Lochner and Jared Goudreau scored twice each, leading the EJHL South Juniors to a 9-5 win over Palm Beach. Michael Peletier, Justin Jimenez, Chase Anderson, Tony Feldman and James Gabrione once each for Tampa Bay, which got 25 saves from Braxton Schulz, while going 2-for-4 on the power play and 3-of-3 on the penalty kill. Casey Mertens had a goal and assist for Palm Beach.

Both Tampa Bay teams are on the road this coming weekend, participating in the Valley Jr. Warriors showcase in Haverile, Massachusetts this Friday, Saturday and Sunday.


Pursuit of Happiness Week starts today.


Steinberg: Monday Morning QB for Week #19.

2011 CFL Replay: A look back on Week 19.

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Tomorrow (Tuesday) the asteroid 2005 YU55 will pass near Earth between our planet and the moon. This is the closest an asteroid of this size has passed by our planet in 35 years. The trajectory of 2005 YU55 will miss Earth, coming within around 200,000 miles, slightly less than the distance from the moon to our planet.


Rodgers climbs record books in loss to #3 Stanford.

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National Young Reader's Week Starts today.


The 2011 NFL season is underway. Here's the week nine results:

Week 9

Sunday, November 6th

Miami 31 at Kansas City 3
Atlanta 31 at Indianapolis 7
At New Orleans 27, Tampa Bay 16
NY Jets 27 at Buffalo 11
At Dallas 23, Seattle 13
At Houston 30, Cleveland 12
San Francisco 19 at Washington 11
Cincinnati 24 at Tennessee 17
Denver 38 at Oakland 24
NY Giants 24 at New England 20
At Arizona 19, St. Louis 13 (OT)
Green Bay 45 at San Diego 38
Baltimore 23 at Pittsburgh 20

Monday, November 7th

Chicago at Philadelphia 8:30 PM

·Bye: Detroit, Minnesota, Carolina, Jacksonville

Week 10

All Times Eastern

Thursday, November 10th

Oakland at San Diego 8:20pm

Sunday, November 13th

Arizona at Philadelphia 1:00 PM
Tennessee at Carolina 1:00 PM
Houston at Tampa Bay 1:00 PM
Washington at Miami 1:00 PM
Jacksonville at Indianapolis 1:00 PM
Denver at Kansas City 1:00 PM
Buffalo at Dallas 1:00 PM
New Orleans at Atlanta 1:00 PM
St. Louis at Cleveland 1:00 PM
Pittsburgh at Cincinnati 1:00 PM
Baltimore at Seattle 4:05 PM
NY Giants at San Francisco 4:15 PM
Detroit at Chicago 4:15 PM
New England at NY Jets 8:20 PM

Monday, November 14th

Minnesota at Green Bay 8:30 PM


Dear Santa Letter Week starts today.


New Orleans, LA. -- Drew Brees passed for 258 yards and two touchdowns, and Saints running backs combined for 195 rushing yards in a 27-16 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday.

Brees' scoring passes went for 3 yards to Lance Moore and 21 yards to Darren Sproles. Pierre Thomas added a tackle-breaking, 9-yard score for the Saints (6-3), who watched their running game bounce back after gaining just 56 yards in a humbling loss at St. Louis one week earlier.

Read the rest here.


The state of Colorado granted its women the right to vote on this date in 1893.


Look Daddy, I got candy!


A Maine college that focuses on the environment says it's still not too late to buy a whale of a present in time for Christmas. College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor says its Adopt-a-Whale program supports its Allied Whale marine mammal research laboratory. For a $40 donation, people get a photograph of a humpback or fin whale, a certificate of adoption, and a brief history of the whale and its sightings. They also receive a book about whales in the North Atlantic Allied Whale's annual newsletter.


Today in Elvis History:

1960 - Elvis Presley began recording the songs for the film "Wild In The Country." The work ended the next day.

1966 - Principal photography for Elvis Presley's movie "Easy Come, Easy Go" was finished.


A drunk man in England (Tunbridge Wells) called 911 (999) three times to report he had lost eight sausages. Mark Holbrook has been fined.


Today in Beatles History:

1962 -Granada television broadcasted the program "People And Places" which featured the Beatles singing "Love Me Do."

1964 - The Beatles "A Hard Day's Night" album was #1 on the U.K. Record Retailer Chart for the 16th week.

1995 - Yoko Ono's "Rising" was released.


Puss In Boots kept its claws in the No. 1 spot at movie theaters over the weekend, holding off two new comedies. Puss In Boots made $33 million at North American theaters while Tower Heist debuted in second with a lower-than-projected $25.1 million. The other new movie in wide release, A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas, grossed $13.1 million in its first weekend.

... Opening Friday: J. Edgar, Jack & Jill and Immortals.


Today in Sports History:

1936 - The New York Americans beat Toronto in the first coast-to-coast radio broadcast of a hockey game in Canada.

1962 - Glenn Hall set an NHL record when he played in his 503rd consecutive game as a goalie.

1963 - Elston Howard, of the New York Yankees, became the first black player to be named the American League's Most Valuable Player.

1965 - Bart Starr (Green Bay Packers) was sacked 11 times by the Detroit Lions.

1968 - Red Berenson (St. Louis Blues) scored 6 goals in a game against the Philadelphia Flyers. The Blues won the game 8-0.

1973 - New Jersey became the first U.S. state to permit girls to play on Little League baseball teams.

1983 - Ali Haji-Sheikh (New York Giants) kicked his second 56 yard field goal.

1988 - Sugar Ray Leonard knocked out Donnie LaLonde.

1991 - Magic Johnson (NBA) announced that he had tested positive for the virus that causes AIDS, and that he was retiring from basketball.

1992 - The Phoenix Suns played their first game at American West Arena.

1999 - Tiger Woods became the first golfer since Ben Hogan in 1953 to win four straight tournaments.


The last spike was driven into Canada's first transcontinental railway in the mountains of British Columbia on this date in 1895.


Fort Worth, TX. -- Tony Stewart backed up his smack talk with a convincing victory in Sunday's AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway, the eighth race in the Chase for the Sprint Cup.

With his fourth victory in the Chase and the 43rd of his career, Stewart put a dent in runner-up Carl Edwards' series lead, scoring maximum points (48) to trim Edwards' advantage from eight to three points with two races left in the season.

After winning last week at Martinsville, Stewart promised Edwards a sleepless three weeks during the stretch run for the title. On Sunday afternoon, Stewart let his car do the talking, taking the lead from Edwards on a Lap 275 restart and coming back to the front through a cycle of green-flag pit stops late in the race.

Read the rest here.


On this date in 1935, "Buck Rogers in the 25th Century" was broadcast for the first on CBS Radio.


Coming up:


Nothin' Doin'

Tuesday --

Nothin' Doin'

Wednesday --

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning vs Philadelphia Flyers 7:30pm EST

Thursday --

Nothin' Doin'

Friday --

Empire South Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors at Valley Jr. Warriors Showcase vs Boston Bandits 10:10am EST

Empire South Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors at Valley Jr. Warriors Showcase vs New England Huskies 5:00pm EST

EJHL South Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors at Valley Jr. Warriors Showcase vs TBD TBA

Saturday --

Nascar Nationwide Series -- Wypall 200 at Phoenix International Raceway 3:30pm EST

Empire South Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors at Valley Jr. Warriors Showcase vs Valley Jr. Warriors 5:30pm EST

College Football -- Oregon State Beavers at California Golden Bears 6:30pm EST

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning at St. Louis Blues 8:00pm EST

EJHL South Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors at Valley Jr. Warriors Showcase vs TBD TBA

Sunday --

Empire South Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors at Valley Jr. Warriors Showcase vs New Hampshire Jr. Monarchs 10:30am EST

NFL Football -- Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs Houston Texans 1:00pm EST

Nascar Sprint Cup Series -- Kobalt Tools 500 at Phoenix International Raceway 3:00pm

EJHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors at Valley Jr. Warriors Showcase TBA TBD


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