Monday, November 14, 2011

Monday Afternoon Meissnervations

Happy Monday to you. Here's what's happening....


Today is November 14th, the 318th day of 2011. There are 47 days left in the year.


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Super 16: Rangers surge in Power Rankings.

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Today's Birthdays: Actor D.B. Sweeney is 50; Actress Laura San Giacomo (Just Shoot Me, Saving Grace) is 49; Actor Patrick Warburton (Rules of Engagement, Seinfeld) is 47; Actor Josh Duhamel (Transformers movies) is 39; Drummer Travis Barker (Blink-182) is 36.


Tampa, FL. -- Here's a preview of tonight's game in Winnipeg between the Jets and the Tampa Bay Lightning.

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On this date in 1832, the first streetcar went into operation in New York City, NY. The vehicle was horse-drawn and had room for 30 people.


U.S. Women's National Team Captures Championship with 4-3 Shootout Win Against Canada at 2011 Four Nations Cup

Team USA Wins First Championship at Four Nations Cup since 2008

NYKOPING, Sweden -- Hilary Knight (Sun Valley, Idaho) scored the decisive goal in a shootout, as the U.S. Women's National Team defeated Canada, 4-3 in a shootout, to secure the championship at the 2011 Four Nations Cup.

"I'm pleased with how our kids played," said Katey Stone, head coach of the 2011 U.S. Women's National Team. "We had a lot of jump. We put a ton of pressure on in the overtime. This is just the beginning of the season and a good win to build on."

Kelli Stack (Brooklyn Heights, Ohio) gave the U.S. an early 1-0 lead with her fourth goal of the tournament at 1:10 of the first period. Team USA went on to outshoot Canada, 23-7, in the opening frame. But Canada's Caroline Ouellette evened the score with 30 seconds remaining in the second period.

Jenny Potter (Edina, Minn.) gave the U.S. the edge with a power-play tally at 2:36 of the third period before Canada's Natalie Spooner evened the score at 6:46. Stack struck for her second goal of the night at 9:53 to give the U.S. a 3-2 advantage. However, Spooner tied the score again for Canada at 15:49 to send the championship game to overtime. The teams skated four-on-four for a 10-minute extra session with neither team able to break the deadlock.

In the shootout, Stack and Knight scored for Team USA to secure the win. Jayna Hefford scored the lone goal in the shootout for Canada.

Jessie Vetter (Cottage Grove, Wis.) made 35 saves in the victory to improve the U.S. Women's National Team's overall record to 2-1-0-1 (W-OTW-OTL-L) in the tournament, while Shannon Szabados stopped 56 shots in the loss.

NOTES: Monique Lamoureux-Kolls was named the U.S. Player of the Game ... Kacey Bellamy was named the Best Defenseman of the tournament ... Kelli Stack earned the Best Forward of the tournament with seven points (5-2) ... Jessie Vetter was named Most Valuable Player of the tournament ... Julie Chu and Jenny Potter served as alternate captains for the match-up against Canada ... The last time the U.S. won the gold medal at the Four Nations Cup was in 2008 in Lake Placid, N.Y., with a 3-2 shootout win against Canada ... 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 is guiding the team in Nyköping. Hilary Witt and Bobby Jay are serving as assistant coaches. Robb Stauber is serving 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 ... Follow @USAHockeyScores on Twitter for live scoring updates during the tournament. Scores will be designated with #4nationsWMN .


Scoring By Period

USA 1 - 0 - 2 - 0 - 1 - 4
CAN 0 - 1 - 2 - 0 - 0 - 3

First Period - Scoring: 1, USA, Stack (Lamoureux, Lamoureux-Kolls), 1:10. Penalties: CAN, Wickenheiser (10-minute misconduct: abuse of officials), 2:43; CAN, Larocque (body-checking), 10:08; USA, Stack (roughing), 10:23; CAN, Irwin (boarding), 12:53; USA, Lamoureux-Kolls (tripping), 12:43; CAN, Irwin (tripping), 17:21.

Second Period - Scoring: 2, CAN, Ouellette (Wickenheiser, Spooner), 19:30. Penalties: USA, Coyne (hooking), 5:15; USA, Duggan (body-checking), 16:02.

Third Period - Scoring: 3, USA, Potter (Knight), 2:36 (pp); 4, CAN, Spooner (Ouellette, Wickenheiser), 6:46; 5, USA, Stack (Lamoureux, Chesson), 9:53; 6, CAN, Spooner (Wickenheiser, Rougean), 15:49. Penalties: CAN, Slusar (tripping), 1:30; CAN, Irwin (hooking), 11:44; CAN, Irwin (10-minute misconduct: abuse of officials), 11:44; USA, Lamoureux (slashing), 19:09; CAN, Slusar (roughing), 19:09.

Overtime - Scoring: None. Penalties: CAN, Wickenheiser (cross-checking), 0:31.

Shootout - USA, Stack (goal); CAN, Hefford (goal); USA, Kessel (no goal); CAN, Daoust (no goal); USA, Knight (goal); CAN, Wickenheiser (no goal).

Shots by Period
1 2 3 OT SO Total
USA 23 8 19 9 1 60
CAN 7 18 9 4 0 38

Goaltenders (SH/SV) 1 2 3 OT SO Total
USA, Vetter 70:00 7-7 17-16 7-5 4-4 0-0 38-35
CAN, Szabados 70:00 23-22 8-8 17-15 9-9 0-0 60-56

Power Play: USA 1-7; CAN 0-5
Penalties: USA 4-8; CAN 9-34

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

Date Opponent Time (Local/EST) Result
Wed., Nov. 9 Sweden 7 p.m./1 p.m. W, 8-0
Thurs., Nov. 10 Canada 3:30 p.m./9:30 a.m. L, 1-3
Sat., Nov. 12 Finland 4 p.m./10 a.m. W, 10-0
Sun., Nov. 13 Championship Game 3 p.m./9 a.m. W, 4-3 (SO)

U.S. National Under-18 Team Bests Switzerland, 6-2, to Claim Title
at 2011 Under-18 Four Nations Tournament

Team USA Earns Fourth Straight Championship in Event

MONTHEY, Switzerland - Nicolas Kerdiles (Irvine, Calif.) notched two goals, as the U.S. National Under-18 Team bested Switzerland, 6-2, to claim its fourth consecutive Under-18 Four Nations tournament title here today at Monthey Arena. Team USA finished round-robin play with a 3-0-0-0 (W-OTW-OLT-L) record.

“I am extremely proud of how our guys played together as a team," said Danton Cole, head coach of the U.S. National Under-18 Team. "Everything came together at the right time and we hope to build off these wins as we move forward with our upcoming schedule."

The U.S. opened scoring at 6:25 of the first period when Connor Carrick (Orland Park, Ill.) found the back of the net. Riley Barber (Livonia, Mich.) registered an assist on the play. Matthew Lane (Rochester, N.Y.) extended the Team USA lead at 13:19 after knocking the puck past Swiss goaltender Melvin Nyffeler. Before time expired on the frame, Brendan Silk (Wakefield, Mass.) put the U.S. up by three scores with Brady Skjei (Lakeville, Minn.) earning the lone assist.

Switzerland responded at 4:15 of the second stanza to close the gap with the U.S., 3-1. Kerdiles answered when he potted his fourth goal of the tournament, putting Team USA back up by two. Frankie Vatrano (East Longmeadow, Mass.) collected an assist on the goal. Barber extended the lead, 5-1, when he netted a goal at 16:04. Lane and Thomas Di Pauli (Woodridge, Ill.) assisted on the tally.

Kerdiles notched his second goal of the game at 4:49 of the final frame to give the U.S. a 6-1 lead. Matt Grzelcyk (Charlestown, Mass.) and Kyle Osterberg (Lakeville, Minn.) collected assists on the tally. The host country struck late in the period, but Team USA's lead would prove insurmountable. Jared Rutledge (Chicago, Ill.) made 29 saves in the win for the U.S., while Swiss netminder Nyffeler stopped 29 shots in the loss.

The U.S. National Under-18 Team returns to United States Hockey League action Friday (Nov. 18) against the Green Bay Gamblers and Saturday (Nov. 19) versus the Tri-City Storm. Both contests begin at 7:00 p.m. EST at the Ann Arbor Ice Cube.

NOTES: Nicolas Kerdiles led all players in the tournament in points (5-0) and goals scored ... Connor Carrick had three points (1-2), a tournament best amongst defensemen ... Riley Barber led all skaters with a plus-minus rating of plus-five ... The U.S. went 0-for-2 on the power play, while Switzerland went 0-for-4 with the man advantage ... For Team USA's full roster, click here ... The U.S. has now captured the tournament title the past four years in a row (2008, 2009, 2010, 2011) ... The 2011 Under-18 Four Nations Tournament included teams from Finland, Sweden, Switzerland and the United States.


Scoring By Period

USA 3 - 2 - 1 - 6
SUI 0 - 1 - 1 - 2

First Period – Scoring: 1, USA, Carrick (Barber), 6:25; 2, USA, Lane (Carrick), 13:19; 3, USA, Silk (Skjei), 19:47. Penalties: SUI, Frick (interference), 4:22; USA, Olsson (kneeing), 8:03.

Second Period – Scoring: 4, SUI, Schmutz (Frick), 4:15; 5, USA, Kerdiles (Vatrano), 8:50; 6, USA, Barber (Lane, Di Pauli), 16:04. Penalties: USA, Bench (tripping), 2:12.

Third Period – Scoring: 7, USA, Kerdiles (Grzelcyk, Osterberg), 4:49; 8, SUI, Sieber (Fazzini, Muller), 17:08. Penalties: SUI, Kreis (delay-of-game), 5:57; USA, Matteau (misconduct), 12:24; USA, Hartman (cross-checking), 14:32; USA, Sieloff (cross-checking), 14:32: USA, Carrick (tripping), 17:30; SUI, Sieber (cross-checking), 20:00.

Shots by Period
1 2 3 Total
USA 15 11 9 35
SUI 5 16 10 31

Goaltenders (SH/SV) 1 2 3 Total
USA, Rutledge, 60:00 5/5 16/15 10/9 31/29
SUI, Nyffeler, 60:00 15/12 11/9 9/8 35/29

Power Play: SUI 0-4; USA 0-2
Penalties: SUI 3-6; USA 6-20

Team USA 2011 Under-18 Four Nation Tournament Schedule
Nov. 9-13 • Monthey Arena • Monthey, Switzerland

Date Opponent
Time (ET)/Result

Wed., Nov. 9 Switzerland* W, 6-0
Fri., Nov. 11 Sweden W, 3-2
Sat., Nov. 12 Finland W, 3-1
Sun., Nov. 13 Switzerland W, 6-2
*Pre-tournament game at Leysin Arena

U.S. National Under-17 Team Defeats Russia, 5-0, to Claim Title
at 2011 Under-17 Four Nations Tournament

Team USA Earns Third Straight Championship in Event

BALASHIKHA, Russia - Hunter Miska (North Branch, Minn.) stopped all 17 shots he faced and J.T. Compher (Northbrook, Ill.) notched one goal and collected two assists, as the U.S. National Under-17 Team defeated Russia, 5-0, to claim its third consecutive Under-17 Four Nations tournament title here today at Arena Balashikha. Team USA finished round-robin play with a 3-0-0-0 (W-OTW-OLT-L) record.

"All aspects of our game came together during this tournament," said Don Granato, head coach of the U.S. National Under-17 Team. "We are excited to come home with this title and look forward to continuing our maturation process as a team."

Compher netted Team USA's first goal at 5:33 of the opening stanza. Tyler Kelleher (Longmeadow, Mass.) doubled the U.S. lead at 14:44 when he netted his fourth goal of the tournament. With less than one minute remaining in the period, Tyler Motte (St. Clair, Mich.) notched his fourth goal of the tournament, putting the U.S. up by a score of 3-0. Compher collected his second point of the game with an assist.

Will Butcher (Sun Prairie, Wis.) tallied the lone goal in the middle frame with Compher earning the assist on the defenseman's goal. After two periods of play, Team USA carried a 4-0 advantage into the final twenty minutes.

Anthony Louis (Winfield, Ill.) scored midway through the final frame off passes from Kelleher and Connor Clifton (Madawan, N.J.) to seal the U.S. victory, 5-0. Miska backstopped the U.S. in the victory, stopping all 17 shots he faced, while the duo of Nikita Serebryakov and Vyacheslav Volkov combined to stop 32 shots in the loss for Russia.

The U.S. National Under-17 Team returns to United States Hockey League action on Tuesday (Nov. 22) against the Waterloo Black Hawks. Puck drop is schedule for 7:00 p.m. EST at the Ann Arbor Ice Cube.

NOTES: Hunter Miska was named the tournament's best goaltender ... Tyler Motte was named the tournament's best forward ... The U.S. went 1-for-2 on the power play, while Russia went 0-for-6 with the man advantage ... For Team USA's full roster, click here ... The U.S. has now captured the tournament title three years in a row (2009, 2010, 2011) ... The 2011 Under-17 Four Nations Tournament included teams from Russia, Slovakia, Switzerland and the United States.


Scoring By Period

USA 3 - 1 - 1 - 5
RUS 0 - 0 - 0 - 0

First Period – Scoring: 1, USA, Compher (unassisted), 5:33; 2, USA, Kelleher (unassisted), 14:44; 3, USA, Motte (Compher), 19:09. Penalties: USA, Labanc (holding), 10:43; USA, Clifton (roughing), 11:52.

Second Period – Scoring: 4, USA, Butcher (Compher), 12:52, (pp). Penalties: USA, Motte (cross-checking), 1:24; USA, Hayden (roughing), 7:28; USA, Compher (roughing), 7:28; RUS, Zakurin (roughing), 7:28; RUS, Zadorov (roughing), 7:28; USA, Chatham (slashing), 11:01; RUS, Gerashchenko (slashing), 11:01; RUS, Glukhov (slashing), 12:04.

Third Period – Scoring: 5, USA, Louis (Kelleher, Clifton), 9:21. Penalties: USA, Lewis (roughing), 0:01; USA, Thompson (roughing), 0:01; RUS, Zakurin (roughing), 0:01; RUS, Zakarlyukin (roughing), 0:01; RUS, Lysenko (cross-checking), 4:32; USA, Voltin (holding), 11:17; USA, Ausmus (roughing), 15:21; USA, Fasching (roughing), 17:24.

Shots by Period
1 2 3 Total
USA 13 13 11 37
RUS 5 5 7 17

Goaltenders (SH/SV) 1 2 3 Total
USA, Miska, 60:00 5/5 5/5 7/7 17/17
RUS, Serebryakov, 20:00 13/10 -- -- 13/10
RUS, Volkov, 40:00 -- 13/12 11/10 24/22

Power Play: RUS 0-6; USA 1-2
Penalties: RUS 8-16; USA 12-24

Team USA 2011 Under-17 Four Nation Tournament Schedule
Nov. 9-13 • Arena Balashikha • Balashikha, Russia

Date Opponent
Time (ET)/Result

Wed., Nov. 9 Russia* W, 6-2
Fri., Nov. 11 Slovakia W, 4-0
Sat., Nov. 12 Switzerland W, 10-5
Sun., Nov. 13 Russia W, 5-0
*Pre-tournament game


On this date in 1851, Herman Melville's novel "Moby Dick" was first published in the U.S.


Eskimos hang on to advance to Western Final.

Tiger-Cats slay the Beasts of the East in O.T.

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Today is Operating Room Nurse Day.


Marchbanks' Career Day Sparks Beavers' 83-53 Win over Bobcats.

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New York World reporter Nellie Bly (Elizabeth Cochrane) began an attempt on this date in 1889, to surpass the fictitious journey of Jules Verne's Phileas Fogg by traveling around the world in less than 80 days. Bly succeeded by finishing the journey the following January in 72 days, 6 hours and 11 minutes.


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

Week 10

Thursday, November 10th

Oakland 24 at San Diego 17

Sunday, November 13th

Arizona 21 at Philadelphia 19
Tennessee 30 at Carolina 3
Houston 37 at Tampa Bay 9
At Miami 20, Washington 9
Jacksonville 17 at Indianapolis 3
Denver 17 at Kansas City 10
At Dallas 44, Buffalo 7
New Orleans 26 at Atlanta 23 (OT)
St. Louis 13 at Cleveland 12
Pittsburgh 24 at Cincinnati 17
At Seattle 22, Baltimore 17
At San Francisco 27, NY Giants 20
At Chicago 37, Detroit 13
New England 37 at NY Jets 16

Monday, November 14th

Minnesota at Green Bay 8:30 PM

Week 11

Thursday, November 17th

Alltimes Eastern
NY Jets at Denver 8:20 PM

Sunday, November 20th

Tampa Bay at Green Bay 1:00 PM
Carolina at Detroit 1:00 PM
Jacksonville at Cleveland 1:00 PM
Oakland at Minnesota 1:00 PM
Buffalo at Miami 1:00 PM
Dallas at Washington 1:00 PM
Cincinnati at Baltimore 1:00 PM
Arizona at San Francisco 4:05 PM
Seattle at St. Louis 4:05 PM
Tennessee at Atlanta 4:15 PM
San Diego at Chicago 4:15 PM
Philadelphia at NY Giants 8:20 PM

Monday, November 21st

Kansas City at New England 8:30 PM

·Bye: Indianapolis, New Orleans, Pittsburgh, Houston


Today is National American Teddy Bear Day.


Tampa, FL. -- You recognize the 6-foot-6 player under center, the curly hair squeezing from underneath the helmet. The strong right arm and No. 5 on his back are dead giveaways.

But Josh Freeman isn't the same quarterback as he was last season.

Needless to say, the Bucs aren't the same team, either.

Freeman was intercepted three more times Sunday — one deflecting off the hands of Kellen Winslow, one deflecting off the hands of Arrelious Benn — in the Bucs' 37-9 loss to the Texans before 56,037 at Raymond James Stadium.

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The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) began domestic radio service on this date in 1922.


Boo Gramma!.


Men and women who bare more flesh are regarded as less intelligent. A study shows if we see someone wearing revealing attire we automatically assume they are less competent -- be it a man or a woman.


Today in Elvis History:

1960 - "Billboard" reported that Elvis Presley's "It's Now or Never" was the fastest selling single in U.K. history. The song sold 780,000 copies in one week.

1961 - The Elvis Presley film "Blue Hawaii" premiered.

1963 - Stills were shot for the Elvis Presley movie "Kissin' Cousins."

1964 - Elvis Presley's single "Ain't That Loving You Baby" hit #15 in the U.K.


A survey (conducted by market researchers Lot 42) shows that 33 percent of you have broken up with their beloveds by text, email, or Facebook.


Today in Beatles History:

1962 - The Beatles finished a run of 14 shows at the Star-Club.

2006 - The DVD "Paul McCartney - The Space Within US" was released.


The 10 limited edition Ferrari FFs in the 2011 Neiman Marcus Christmas catalog have sold out. Buyers paid an additional $95,000 over the car's $395,000 price tag. The catalog buyers will get their cars quicker than those who ordered through a dealership.


Today in Sports History:

1943 - Ernie Nevers of the St. Louis Cardinals became the first professional football player to score six touchdowns in a single game.

1943 - Sid Luckman (Chicago Bears) became the first to throw for more than 400 yards. He threw for 433 yards and seven touchdowns against the New York Giants.

1970 - The plane carrying the Marshall University football team crashed. Thirty-seven were killed.

1995 - ESPN Radio acquired the exclusive rights to broadcast NBA games.

1998 - Carmen Electra and Dennis Rodman were married in Las Vegas, NV.


A man caused more than $2,000 in damage to a Charlotte, North Carolina, hotel after discovering he had run out of toilet paper in his room.


Avondale, AZ. -- Kasey Kahne stole the show, and Carl Edwards and Tony Stewart are bracing for a showdown.

Kahne won the Kobalt Tools 500 on Sunday at Phoenix International Raceway, grabbing the lead with 14 laps remaining to edge Edwards by 0.802 seconds at the checkered flag.

And right near Edwards' rear bumper was Stewart, whose third-place finish combined with leading the most laps meant Edwards' NASCAR Chase for the Sprint Cup lead over Stewart remained at three points entering next week's season finale at Homestead, Fla.

Read the rest here.


Coming up:

Tonight --

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning at Winnipeg Jets 8:30pm EST

Tuesday --

Nothin' Doin'

Wednesday --

Nothin' Doin'

Thursday --

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

Friday --

Nothin' Doin'

Saturday --

Empire South Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors at Florida Eels 3:30pm EST

College Football -- Oregon State Beavers vs Washington Huskies 3:30pm EST

EJHL South Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors at Florida Eels 6:15pm EST

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning vs New Jersey Devils 7:00pm EST

Sunday --

NFL Football -- Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Green Bay Packers 1:00pm EST


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