Tuesday, January 3, 2012

It's Tuesday













It's Tuesday. Here's what's happening....

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Today is January 3rd, the 3rd day of 2012. There are 363 days left in the year. (This is a leap year.)

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Heroics of Lundqvist, Rupp lift Rangers to Classic win.

Canada-Russia rematch sees berth in WJC final at stake.

Visit the official league website, http://www.nhl.com.

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January is National Poverty in America Awareness Month, National Radon Action Month, National Skating Month, National Soup Month (Linky Link), National Volunteer Blood Donor Month (Linky Link), Oatmeal Month, Rising Star Month (Linky Link) Self-help Group Awareness Month, Self-Love Month, Shape up US Month, Tubers and Dried Fruit Month (Linky Link) and Thyroid Awarness Month.

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Toronto, ON. -- The Tampa Bay Lightning are on the road tonight, taking on the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Read the preview right here.

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Today is Drinking Straw Day, J.R.R. Tolkien Day and National Chocolate Covered Cherry Day (Linky Link).

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

USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine
2011-12 Men's College Hockey Poll - #13
(first-place votes in parentheses)
Rank
School
Last Week's Ranking
2011-12 RecordWeeks in Top 15
1University of Minnesota Duluth, 509 (33)
1
12-3-3
13
2Ohio State University, 459 (1)
4
14-4-1
7
3University of Notre Dame, 415
6
12-6-3
13
4Boston College, 405
3
13-7-0
13
5University of Minnesota, 395
2
15-6-1
12
6Merrimack College, 325
7
11-3-3
12
7Colgate University, 279
11
12-4-2
7
8Colorado College, 248
5
12-6-0
13
9Western Michigan University, 238
8
10-5-5
13
10University of Denver, 198
15
10-7-3
13
11Boston University, 158
9
10-6-1
10
12UMass Lowell, 136
NR
12-5-0
1
13University of Michigan, 90
NR
11-8-3
9
14Cornell University, 80
13
8-4-1
3
15Michigan State University, 46
14
11-7-2
4
Others receiving votes: Union College, 42; Ferris State University, 24; Yale University, 15; Lake Superior State University, 8; Northeastern University, 5; Rochester Institute of Technology, 2; Northern Michigan University, 1; University of Nebraska Omaha, 1; University of North Dakota, 1.
NOTES: The University of Minnesota Duluth is atop the poll for the fourth straight week ... The Central Collegiate Hockey Association leads all conferences with five ranked teams, while the Western Collegiate Hockey Association and Hockey East Association have four ranked teams. ECAC Hockey has two ranked teams this week ... A total of 24 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.

U.S. National Under-17 Team Outlasts Canada Pacific, 4-2,
in 2012 World Under-17 Challenge

Team USA advances to Semifinal Contest Against Sweden

TECUMSEH, Ont. - Evan Allen (Sterling Heights, Mich.) and Hudson Fasching (Burnsville, Minn.) notched two goals each, as the U.S. National Under-17 Team outlasted Canada Pacific, 4-2, at the 2012 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge here tonight at Tecumseh Arena. With the win, Team USA improves to 3-0-0-1 (W-OTW-OTL-L) and earns a spot in the semifinals.

"The effort our team put forward was the difference in tonight's game," said Don Granato, head coach of the U.S. National Under-17 Team. "We're thrilled to move forward in this tournament and I'm proud of how the guys stepped up."

Team USA outshot Canada Pacific, 17-8, in the first period, but found itself down 1-0 at the first intermission, as Canada Pacific scored on a deflection at 12:30 for the lone goal of the frame.

Allen knocked in an Anthony Louis (Winfield, Ill.) pass at the top of crease to even the score 52 seconds into the second stanza. Will Butcher (Sun Prairie, Wis.) also earned an assist on the tally. Team USA took the lead at 5:03 when Allen buried another Louis pass into the net. Michael Downing (Canton, Mich.) collected the second assist on the goal.

Fasching helped the U.S. open a two-goal lead 52 seconds into the third period. Working from the corner, Fasching made his way to the front of the net and lifted the puck over the outstretched pad of Eric Comrie. J.T. Compher (Northbrook, Ill.) and Tyler Motte (St. Clair, Mich.) registered assists on the marker. Fasching's second tally of the night, scored at 5:07, put the U.S. up, 4-1. Motte and Compher teamed up again to find Fasching for the goal.

Down three scores, Canada Pacific pulled its goaltender with 1:50 remaining in favor of the extra attacker and earned a power-play opportunity shortly thereafter. With the six-on-four man advantage, Canada Pacific netted a goal at 19:34 to inch closer to the U.S., but Team USA held strong and skated away with a 4-2 victory.

Hunter Miska (North Branch, Minn.) turned aside 17 shots for Team USA in the win, while Comrie made 34 saves for Canada Pacific in the loss.

The U.S. National Under-17 Team will face Sweden in the semifinals tomorrow (Jan. 3) at 2:00 p.m. EST. The game will be held at WFCU Centre in Windsor, Ont. A full schedule is below.

NOTES: Will Butcher was named Team USA's Player of the Game ... The U.S. went 2-for-7 on the power play, while Canada Pacific went 1-for-6 with the man advantage ... Team USA recorded 37 shots on goal, while Canada Pacific had 19 ... For Team USA's full roster, click here ... The 2012 World Under-17 Challenge includes two pools of five teams. Pool A consists of teams from Canada Atlantic, Germany, Canada Quebec, Canada Ontario and Sweden. Pool B consists of teams from the Czech Republic, Canada Pacific, Russia, Canada West and the United States ... Exclusive videos will be posted on the USA Hockey YouTube channel under the World Under-17 Challenge playlist ... Follow @USAHockeyScores on Twitter for live scoring updates during the tournament. Scores will be designated with #U17CHAL ... All games during the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge will be available via live webcast at FASTHockey.com ... For additional coverage, visit USA Hockey's National Team Development Program Facebook page ... The U.S. National Under-17 and Under-18 Teams train with The Hockey IntelliGym, a revolutionary new software program released on October 1, 2010 that trains hockey sense. To learn more, visit USAHockeyIntelliGym.com.

GAME SUMMARY

Scoring By Period

PAC 1 - 0 - 1 - 2
USA 0 - 2 - 2 - 4

First Period - Scoring: 1, PAC, White (Witala, Ast), 12:30. Penalties: USA, Fasching (kneeing), 6:45; PAC, Baillie (cross-checking), 13:14; PAC, Kanzig (interference), 16:15; USA, Motte (roughing), 17:12; PAC, Lazar (high-sticking), 19:26; USA, Compher (roughing), 20:00; PAC, Morrissey (roughing), 20:00.

Second Period - Scoring: 2, USA, Allen (Louis, Butcher), 0:52, (pp). 3, USA, Allen (Louis, Downing), 5:03. Penalties: USA, Santini (10-minute-misconduct), 1:32; USA, Santini (checking-to-head), 1:32; USA, Savage (roughing), 7:24; PAC, Chase (roughing), 7:24; PAC, Burroughs (boarding), 18:37.

Third Period - Scoring: 4, USA, Fasching (Compher, Motte), 0:52; 5, USA, Fasching (Motte, Compher), 5:07, (pp); 6, PAC, Klimchuk (Lees, Reinhart), 19:34, (pp). Penalties: USA, Santini (tripping), 1:14; PAC, Reinhart (hooking), 4:57; PAC, Baillie (high-sticking), 6:52; USA, Cook (hooking), 9:18; PAC, Bench (delay-of-game), 12:27; USA, Ausmus (hooking), 19:09.

Shots by Period
1 2 3 Total
PAC 8 4 7 19
USA 17 10 10 37

Goaltenders (SH/SV) 1 2 3 Total
PAC, Comrie, 58:10 17/17 10/8 10/8 37/34
USA, Miska, 60:00 8/7 4/4 7/6 19/17

Power Play: USA 2-7; PAC 1-6
Penalties: USA 9-26; PAC 9-18

Team USA 2012 World Under-17 Challenge Schedule
Dec. 28, 2011 - Jan. 4, 2012 • Windsor, Ont.

Date Opponent Location
Time (ET)/Result

Wed., Dec. 28* Canada Atlantic (exh.) Vollmer Culture & Rec Complex W, 6-1
Thurs., Dec 29 Czech Republic Vollmer Culture & Rec Complex W, 5-1
Fri., Dec. 30 Russia WFCU Centre L, 2-3
Sun., Jan. 1 Canada West Tecumseh Arena W, 7-3
Mon., Jan. 2 Canada Pacific Tecumseh Arena W, 4-2
Tues., Jan. 3 Sweden (Semifinal) WFCU Centre 2:00 p.m.
Weds., Jan. 4 Bronze Medal Game WFCU Centre 2:00 p.m.
Weds., Jan. 4 Gold Medal Game WFCU Centre 7:00 p.m.
*Pre-tournament game in LaSalle, Ontario.

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References in Leonardo da Vinci notebooks suggested that he tested his flying machine on this date in 1496. The test didn't succeed and he didn't try to fly again for several years.

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Trading Places: Burris and Glenn switch sides.

Boatmen re-sign Matt Black and Jeff Johnson.

Visit the leagues' official website, http://www.cfl.ca/.

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The first engineering college in the U.S. , Rensselaer School, opened on this date in 1825 in Troy, NY. It is now known as Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

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

Week 17 (Final week of regular season)

Sunday, January 1st

At New Orleans 45, Carolina 17
At New England 49, Buffalo 21
Chicago 17 at Minnesota 13
At Miami 19, NY Jets 17
San Francisco 34 at St. Louis 27
At Green Bay 45, Detroit 41
At Atlanta 45, Tampa Bay 24
Baltimore 24 at Cincinnati 16
Pittsburgh 13 at Cleveland 9
At NY Giants 34, Dallas 21
At Philadelphia 34, Washington 10
At Jacksonville 19, Indianapolis 13
Tennessee 23 at Houston 22
At Arizona 23, Seattle 20 (OT)
Kansas City 7 at Denver 3
San Diego 38 at Oakland 26

Wild Card Playoffs

All times Eastern

January 7th

Cincinnati at Houston 4:30pm
Detroit at New Orleans 8:00pm

January 8th

Atlanta at NY Giants 1:00pm
Pittsburgh at Denver 4:30pm

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Henry W. Bradley patented oleomargarine on this date in 1871.

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Tampa, FL. -- So a man who didn't spend enough money walked into a room beside a man who didn't find enough players, and together they tried to explain the firing of the man who didn't win enough games.

Once again the blame was rolling downhill at One Buc Place. This is the way it works in the NFL. At the end, the culprits with the most power are always standing and solemnly explaining why they have just fired a culprit with slightly less.

Read the rest here.

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The first broadcast of "Woman in White" was presented on this date in 1938 on the NBC Red network. The program remained on radio for 10 years.

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Another cool present for Jimmy: Light-up Shoes from Gramma and Grampa.

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U.S. Congressional proceedings were televised for the first time on this date in 1947. Viewers in Washington, Philadelphia and New York City saw some of the opening ceremonies of the 80th Congress.

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Today in Elvis History:

1953 - Vernon and Gladys Presley paid $50 for a 1942 Lincoln Zephyr Coupe as a present for their son Elvis' eighteenth birthday.

2000 - The "American Originals Part IV" exhibition at the National Archives Rotunda closed to the public. One of the letters featured was from Elvis Presley to U.S. President Nixon. It read, "Dear Mr. President, First I would like to introduce myself. I am Elvis Presley and admire you and have great respect for your office. I talked to Vice President Agnew in Palm Springs 3 weeks ago and expressed my concern for our country. . . Sir I can and will be of any service that I can to help the country out. . . .I can and will do more good if I were made a Federal agent at large. . . Respectfully Elvis Presley P.S. I believe that you Sir were one of the top ten outstanding men of America."

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In Trenton, NJ, Al Herrin, passed away at age 92 on this date in 1947. He had claimed that he had not slept at all during his life.

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Today in Beatles History:

1926 - George Martin was born in London. He signed the Beatles to a provisional contract with EMI on June 4, 1962.

1964 - The Beatles made their first appearance on U.S. television in a film clip shown on the "Jack Paar Show." It was a performance of the song "She Loves You."

1966 - The Beatles appeared on "Hullabaloo."

1969 - About 30,000 copies of the John Lennon-Yoko Ono album "Two Virgins" were confiscated by police at Newark Airport in New Jersey. The cover of the album featured a nude picture of Lennon and Ono.

1970 - "I Me Mine" was recoreded by the Beatles. It was the last song that the band would record together.

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NBC-TV debuted "Dragnet" on this date in 1951.

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Today in Sports History:

1941 - The National Collegiate Football Rules Committee announced a new rule that permitted free substitution of football players.

1943 - For the first time in NHL history a goal with three points all came from the same family. Reg Bentley scored with assists from his brothers Max and Doug.

1962 - Work began on the Houston Astrodome.

1977 - The Kansas City Royals releases pitcher Lindy McDaniel, ending his twenty-one year career.

1983 - Tony Dorsett (Dallas Cowboys) made the longest run from scrimmage in NFL history. Dorsett ran 99 yards in a game against the Minnesota Vikings.

1991 - Wayne Gretzky scored his 700th goal.

1997 - Rod Brind'Amour (Philadelphia Flyers) scored his 200th career goal.

2005 - Former Pittsburgh Steeler Lynn Swann declared his candidacy for Pennsylvania governor.

2010 - Chris Johnson (Tennessee Titans) set the NFL single-season record for yards from scrimmage. He finished the season with 2, 509 yards.

2010 - Tony Romo (Dallas Cowboys) set a team record when he took every snap for the entire regular season.

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On this date in 1953, Frances Bolton and her son, Oliver from Ohio, became the first mother-son combination to serve at the same time in the U.S. Congress.

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Coming up:

Tonight --

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning at Toronto Maple Leafs 7:00pm EST

Wednesday --

Nothin' Doin'

Thursday --

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning at Ottawa Senators 7:30pm EST

Friday --

Nothin' Doin'

Saturday --

Junior Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors Empire South and EJHL South teams at EJHL Showcase at N.E.S.C., Marlborough, Massachusetts.

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning at Montreal Canadiens 7:00pm EST

Sunday --

Junior Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors Empire South and EJHL South teams at EJHL Showcase at N.E.S.C., Marlborough, Massachusetts.

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That's it for today. Thanks for stopping by, I hope that you'll do so tomorrow too. Thanks again!

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