Wednesday, January 18, 2012

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

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Today is January 18th, the 18th day of 2012. There are 348 days left in the year. (This is a leap year.)

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Alfredsson, Chara named All-Star Game captains.

John Tortorella not amused by Rangers owner James Dolan’s Stanley Cup talk.

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

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Today's Birthdays: Actor-director Kevin Costner is 57; Actor Jesse L. Martin (Law & Order) is 43; Actor Jason Segel (The Muppets, How I Met Your Mother) is 32.

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Tampa, FL. -- Having recorded the game-deciding goal in four of the team’s past five shootout victories, Dominic Moore is no stranger to late-game heroics.

On Tuesday night, Moore proved that again, although this time in regulation.

Moore snapped a 3-3 tie at 16:15 of the final period, and Steven Stamkos added an empty-net goal for insurance to snap a seven-game losing streak and lift the Tampa Bay Lightning to a 5-3 win over the Boston Bruins in front of a sellout crowd of 19,204 at the Tampa Bay Times Forum.

Read the here.

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Today is the start of the Week of Christian Unity.

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


USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine
2011-12 Women's College Hockey Poll - #15
(first-place votes in parentheses)
Rank
School
Last Week's Ranking
2011-12 RecordWeeks in Top 10
1University of Wisconsin, 183 (12)
2
20-2-2
15
2University of Minnesota, 171 (4)
1
19-4-1
15
3Cornell University, 158 (3)
3
15-2-0
15
4Mercyhurst College, 125
5
17-4-1
15
5Boston College, 116
4
16-6-1
15
6University of North Dakota, 83
6
13-8-2
15
7Northeastern University, 73
7
15-5-1
13
8University of Minnesota Duluth, 61
8
12-9-1
15
9Harvard University, 47
10
11-5-1
7
10Dartmouth College, 19
NR
11-5-2
6
Others receiving votes: Bemidji State University, 7; St. Lawrence University, 2.
NOTES: The Western Collegiate Hockey Association leads all conferences with four ranked teams, while ECAC Hockey has three ranked teams and the Hockey East Association has two ranked programs. Mercyhurst is the only College Hockey America team ranked ... A total of 12 teams received votes.
ABOUT THE POLL: The 15th annual USA Today/USA Hockey MagazineWomen’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.

U.S. Youth Olympic Boys' Ice Hockey Team Tops Finland, 5-4,
at 2012 Winter Youth Olympic Games

Schmaltz Tallies a Goal and an Assist in the Team USA Victory

INNSBRUCK, Austria -- Nick Schmaltz (Verona, Wis.) tallied a goal and an assist as the U.S. Youth Olympic Boys' Ice Hockey Team topped Finland, 5-4, at the 2012 Winter Youth Olympic Games this afternoon at Tyrolean Ice Arena. With the victory, Team USA improved to 2-0-0-1 (W-OTW-OTL-L) in preliminary-round play.

"We've talked a lot about competing and discipline and today we got the competing part down pretty well," said Ben Smith, head coach of the U.S. Youth Olympic Boys' Ice Hockey Team. "I thought we really put forth a good effort, but we still have to conquer the discipline part of our game."

Finland recorded the first goal of the game at 12:16, scoring one second after its two-minute 5-on-3 man-advantage expired.

Adam Baughman (Chicago, Ill.) tied the game, 1-1, at 1:31 of the second period with Schmaltz collecting an assist on the play. Finland reclaimed the lead at 4:45 of the middle frame, but Jack Glover (Golden Valley, Minn.) evened the score at 2-2 with a power-play goal at 8:10. After Finland took a 3-2 lead at 9:36, Blake Clarke (Wildwood, Mo.) potted a goal at 12:47 and the two teams went into the second intermission tied, 3-3.

Team USA took its first lead of the game at 1:01 of the third period when Schmaltz fired a shot into the top left corner of the net. Ryan MacInnis (St. Louis, Mo.) gave the U.S. a 5-3 lead just over a minute later. Finland added a goal at 11:45 to make it a one-goal game, but the U.S. was able to hold on for the victory.

Edwin Minney (Wind Gap, Pa.) made 25 saves for the U.S. in the win, while Juuso Kannel made 27 saves for Finland.

The U.S. Youth Olympic Boys' Ice Hockey Team will face Russia in its final preliminary game on Wednesday (Jan. 18) at 9:15 a.m. EST. A full schedule and results are below.

NOTES: Edwin Minney was named Team USA's Player of the Game ... The U.S. went 1-for-5 on the power play, while Finland went 0-for-8 with the man advantage ... Team USA recorded 32 shots on goal, while Finland had 29 ... For Team USA's full roster, click here ... Gold medal-winning coach Ben Smith, is at the reigns of Team USA, while Stephen Greenberg is serving as team leader ... Serving on the support staff is equipment manager Bob Webster and athletic trainer Stan Wong ... The boys' hockey competition at the 2012 Winter Youth Olympic Games includes teams from Austria, Canada, Finland, Russia and the United States ... Follow the hashtag #2012YOG to join the conversation during the tournament.

GAME SUMMARY

Scoring By Period

USA 0- 3- 2- 5
FIN 1- 2- 1- 4

First Period - Scoring: 1, FIN, Kiviranta (Hopponen, Kapanen), 12:16. Penalties: FIN, Levanen (interference), 2:58; USA, Fiegl (tripping), 7:57; USA, Gersich (tripping), 10:15; USA, Magyar (slashing), 10:15.

Second Period - Scoring: 2, USA, Baughman (Schmaltz), 1:31; 3, FIN, Tuulola (Kiviranta, Pitkanen), 4:45; 4, USA, Glover (Bliss), 8:10, (pp); 5, FIN, Kauppinen (Hopponen, Levanen), 9:36; 6, USA, Clarke (Kerr), 12:47. Penalties: USA, Jacobs (tripping), 2:43; USA, Godbout (roughing); 2:46; FIN, Nieminen (hooking), 4:02; FIN, Tolvanen (holding), 6:54;

Third Period - Scoring: 7, USA, Schmaltz (Bliss, Fiegl), 1:01; 8, USA, MacInnis (Gersich, Magyar), 2:15; 9, FIN, Kapanen (Haapanen), 11:45. Penalties: USA, Fiegl (cross-checking), 3:28; FIN, Haapanen (tripping), 6:52; USA, Wegwerth (checking from behind), 13:15 (game misconduct); USA, Billitier (cross-checking), 13:52.

Shots by Period
1 2 3 Total
USA 5 17 10 32
FIN 10 14 5 29

Goaltenders (SH/SV) 1 2 3 Total
FIN, Kannel, 45:00 5/5 17/14 10/8 32/27
USA, Minney, 45:00 10/9 14/12 5/4 29/25

Power Play: USA 1-5; FIN 0-8
Penalties: USA 8-26; FIN 5-10

Team USA 2012 Winter Youth Olympic Games Schedule
Jan. 13-22 • Innsbruck, Austria • Tyrolean Arena

Date Opponent
Time (Local/EST)

Sat., Jan. 14 Austria W, 7-2
Sun., Jan 15 Canada L, 1-5
Tues., Jan. 17 Finland W, 5-4
Wed., Jan. 18 Russia 3:15 p.m./9:15 a.m.
Fri., Jan. 20 Semifinal Game 2:15 p.m./8:15 a.m.
Semifinal Game 6:45 p.m./12:45 p.m.
Sat., Jan. 21 Third-Place Game 2:45 p.m./8:45 a.m.
Sun., Jan. 22 First-Place Game 12:15 p.m./6:15 a.m.

National Team Development Program Weekly Update

Under-18 Team Splits Weekend, Faces Three USHL Games on Road;
Under-17 Team Sweeps Weekend Against Youngstown, Faces Muskegon Next

U17 TEAM FACES MUSKEGON NEXT: The U.S. National Under-17 Team will continue its string of road games this weekend. Team USA faces the Muskegon Lumberjacks for two games at L.C. Walker Arena on Friday (Jan. 20) and Saturday (Jan. 21). Puck drop is scheduled for 7:15 p.m. EST both nights. The weekend tilts will mark the first time the Lumberjacks and the Under-17 Team have met this season.

U18 TEAM FACES THREE ON THE ROAD: The U.S. National Under-18 Team takes to the road for three consecutive games this weekend. First up is a Thursday night (Jan. 19) showdown with the Dubuque Fighting Saints at the Mystique Ice Center. Puck drop is at 8:05 p.m. EST. Team USA lost its previous match-up with Dubuque, 5-1, in October at the Ann Arbor (Mich.) Ice Cube. The Under-18 Team next travels to Green Bay for back-to-back contests against the Gamblers on Friday (Jan. 20) and Saturday (Jan. 21). Both games are 8:05 p.m. EST starts at the Resch Center. Team USA dropped its only decision to the Gamblers so far this season, 4-2, in Ann Arbor.

U17'S SWEEP WEEKEND AGAINST PHANTOMS: Curtis Frye (Northwood, N.H.) made 16 saves and Tyler Kelleher (Longmeadow, Mass.) tallied the eventual game winner in the third period, as the U.S. National Under-17 Team bested Youngstown, 2-1, at the Covelli Centre on Friday (Jan. 13). The following night (Jan. 14), Anthony Louis (Winfield, Ill.) tallied the game-winning goal in the second period, as the Under-17 Team toppled the Phantoms, 6-4, in a rematch at the Covelli Centre. With the win, Team USA took both games against its United States Hockey League Eastern Conference rival over the weekend.

U18'S SPLIT WEEKEND IN USHL: Jacob Trouba (Rochester, Mich.) scored one goal and recorded two assists, but the U.S. National Under-18 Team was clipped by the Indiana Ice, 4-3, at the Pepsi Coliseum on Jan 13. On Saturday (Jan. 14), Jared Rutledge (Chicago, Ill.) made 24 saves and Trouba registered another three-point effort, netting two goals and adding an assist, as the U.S. National Under-18 Team blanked the Des Moines Buccaneers, 5-0, at the Ann Arbor Ice Cube.

TROUBA NAMED USHL DEFENSEMAN OF THE WEEK: The USHL recently announced the weekly award winners for the 16th week of the 2011-12 USHL regular season and Team USA defenseman Jacob Trouba was selected as CCM Defensive Player of the Week. Trouba had six points (3-3) in two games over the weekend.

UNDER-17 TEAM NEWS/NOTES: Netminder Hunter Miska (North Branch, Minn.) has won each of his last three USHL starts dating back to Dec. 17, 2011 ... Tyler Kelleher is on a three-game point streak dating back to Dec. 17, 2011. The forward has two goals and two assists, including a game-winning tally against Youngstown on Jan. 13, during that span ... Anthony Louis notched his team-leading, 18th goal last weekend (Jan. 15) on the power play. The forward's eight goals with the man advantage is also a team best ... J.T. Comper (Northbrook, Ill.) carries a three-game point streak into the weekend games as well. Dating back to Dec. 17, 2011, the forward netted two goals and added an assist.

UNDER-18 TEAM NEWS/NOTES: Defenseman Jacob Trouba has six points (3-3), including two power-play tallies in his past two games (Jan. 13-14) ... Jared Rutledge has not allowed a goal in 85:18 of action, which includes his 24-save shutout performance against Des Moines on Jan. 14. The netminder now has four career shutouts, which is tied-for-seventh all-time at the NTDP. Rutledge has won his last three starts in the USHL ... Matthew Lane (Rochester, N.Y.) has one point in his last three games dating back to Dec. 17, 2011. The forward has two goals and one assist in that span ... Brady Skjei (Lakeville, Minn.) has recorded five assists in his past five contests dating back to Dec. 11, 2011. The defenseman was also plus-2 in that span.

NTDP ALUMNI UPDATE: Justin Faulk (South St. Paul, Minn./2008-10) scored one goal for the Carolina Hurricanes in a 4-2 victory over the Boston Bruins on Jan. 14. The defenseman was also recently named to the 2012 Tim Horton's National Hockey League All-Star Game as a rookie participant ... Blueliner Kevin Shattenkirk (New Rochelle, N.Y./2005-07) notched the only goal of the shootout to propel the St. Louis Blues to a 3-2 win over the Minnesota Wild on Jan. 14 ... Four former NTDP players were named to the 2012 NHL All-Star Game roster: forwards Patrick Kane (Buffalo, N.Y./2004-06) and Phil Kessel (Madison, Wis./2003-05); defenseman Ryan Suter (Madison, Wis./2001-03); and goaltender Jimmy Howard (Ogdensburg, N.Y./2001-02) ... Forward Jimmy Hayes (Dorchester, Mass./2006-08) has three points in his last three games dating back to Jan. 12, scoring a goal and registering two assists for the Chicago Blackhawks ... Colorado Avalanche blueliner Erik Johnson (Bloomington, Minn./2004-06) has two helpers in his previous two games (Jan. 14, Jan. 16), including the primary assist on the game-winning goal against the Dallas Stars on Saturday (Jan. 14).

For the complete weekly update, click here.

ABOUT THE NTDP: In 1996, USA Hockey launched a revolutionary new initiative called the National Team Development Program, based in Ann Arbor, Mich. Celebrating its 15th season of play in 2011-12, the goal of this full-time development program is to prepare student-athletes under the age of 18 for participation on U.S. National Teams and success in their future hockey careers. Its efforts focus not only on high-caliber participation on the ice, but creating well-rounded individuals off the ice.

THE USHL AND FASTHOCKEY: Catch all of Team USA's USHL action on FASTHockey.com, the premier online destination for ice hockey fanatics from around the world. Visitors can choose from an incredible array of games from national governing bodies, conferences, leagues, teams, tournaments, and other events.

U.S. Youth Olympic Boys' Ice Hockey Team Falls to Russia, 7-1,
at 2012 Winter Youth Olympic Games

Fiegl Scores Lone Goal for Team USA

INNSBRUCK, Austria -- Jared Fiegl (Parker, Colo.) scored the lone goal for Team USA as the U.S. Youth Olympic Boys' Ice Hockey Team fell to Russia, 7-1, at the 2012 Winter Youth Olympic Games this evening at Tyrolean Ice Arena.

Team USA finished preliminary-round play in fourth place with a 2-0-0-2 (W-OTW-OTL-L) record and will advance to play Russia in the semifinals on Friday (Jan. 20) at 8:15 a.m. EST.

"We need to rally and come back with a little more determination on Friday," said Ben Smith, head coach of the U.S. Youth Olympic Boys' Ice Hockey Team.

Russia scored two power-play goals in the first period and added three more tallies in the second period before Fiegl found the back of the net at 8:17 of the final frame to make it a 5-1 game. Assists on the goal were credited to Ryan MacInnis (St. Louis, Mo.) and Joe Wegwerth (Brewster, N.Y.).

Russia tacked on two more goals in the third period to secure the victory. Edwin Minney (Wind Gap, Pa.) and Logan Halladay (Cary, N.C.) combined to make 23 saves for the U.S., while Sergey Korobov made 14 saves for Russia.

NOTES: Jared Fiegl was named Team USA's Player of the Game ... The U.S. went 0-for-2 on the power play, while Russia went 4-for-8 with the man advantage ... Team USA recorded 15 shots on goal, while Russia had 30 ...A full schedule and results are below ... For Team USA's full roster, click here ... Gold medal-winning coach Ben Smith, is at the reigns of Team USA, while Stephen Greenberg is serving as team leader ... Serving on the support staff is equipment manager Bob Webster and athletic trainer Stan Wong ... The boys' hockey competition at the 2012 Winter Youth Olympic Games includes teams from Austria, Canada, Finland, Russia and the United States ... Follow the hashtag #2012YOG to join the conversation during the tournament.

GAME SUMMARY

Scoring By Period

USA 0-0-1-1
RUS 2-3-2-7

First Period - Scoring: 1, RUS, Orlov (Svechnikov, Protapovich), 1:43, (pp); 2, RUS, Mikulovich (Nikolishin), 6:47, (pp). Penalties: USA, Baughman (tripping), 1:24; USA, Gersich (interference), 5:28; USA, Godbout (interference), 8:24; USA, Godbout (interference), 11:27.

Second Period - Scoring: 3, RUS, Kondratyev (Svetlakov), 1:24; 4, RUS, Svechnikov (Lazarev), 4:32, (pp); 5, RUS, Lazarev (Svechnikov), 6:58. Penalties: USA, MacInnis (holding), 2:33; RUS, Lazarev (tripping), 12:40; RUS, Mikulovich (roughing), 13:55.

Third Period - Scoring: 6, USA, Fiegl (MacInnis, Wegwerth), 8:17; 7, RUS, Lazarev (Svechnikov), 10:30; 8, RUS, Nasybullin (Orlov, Protapovich), 13:32, (pp). Penalties: USA, Clarke (slashing), 3:29; USA, Bliss (slashing), 10:30;

Shots by Period 1 2 3 Total
USA 1 6 8 15
RUS 9 12 9 30

Goaltenders (SH/SV) 1 2 3 Total
RUS, Korbov, 45:00 1/1 6/6 8/7 15/14
USA, Minney, 17:06 9/7 3/2 -- 12/9
USA, Halladay, 27:54 -- 9/7 9/7 18/14

Power Play: USA 0-2; RUS 4-8
Penalties: USA 8-16; RUS 2-4

Team USA 2012 Winter Youth Olympic Games Schedule
Jan. 13-22 • Innsbruck, Austria • Tyrolean Arena

Date Opponent
Time (Local/EST)

Sat., Jan. 14 Austria W, 7-2
Sun., Jan 15 Canada L, 1-5
Tues., Jan. 17 Finland W, 5-4
Wed., Jan. 18 Russia L, 1-7
Fri., Jan. 20 Russia (Semifinal) 2:15 p.m./8:15 a.m.
Sat., Jan. 21 Third-Place Game 2:45 p.m./8:45 a.m.
Sun., Jan. 22 First-Place Game 12:15 p.m./6:15 a.m.

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Today is Do Dah Parade Day, Winnie the Pooh Day, Thesaurus Day (Linky Link) and Pro Life Day.

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Injury forces Ticats safety Dylan Barker to retire.

Bauman stays in Alberta, signs with Stampeders.

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

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SUPER BOWL TRIVIA - More than a third of Super Bowl ad spending in the past decade has come from just five companies: Anheuser-Busch InBev ($239 million), Pepsico ($174 million), General Motors (GM), Walt Disney ($74 million) and Coca-Cola ($67 million).

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The 2011 NFL playoffs are underway. Here's the Conference Finals Week schedule:

Conference Playoffs

All times Eastern

January 22nd

Baltimore at New England 3:00pm
New York Giants at San Francisco 6:30pm

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For the first time an aircraft landed on a ship. Pilot Eugene B. Ely flew onto the deck of the USS Pennsylvania in San Francisco harbor on this date in 1911.

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Jimmy's havin' a ball.

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According to a new study, having power at the workplace makes people actually think that they're taller. [Until they try to use the water fountain.]

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Today in Elvis History:

1964 - The soundtrack to the Elvis Presley film "Fun In Alcapulco" hit #3 in the U.S.

1971 - The northern part of Bellevue Boulevard in Memphis was renamed Elvis Presley Boulevard.

1996 - Lisa Marie Presley filed for divorce from Michael Jackson.

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American Idol returns tonight on FOX with auditions in Charlestown and Savannah, Georgia.

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Today in Beatles History:

1969 - Pete Best won his defamation suit against the Beatles. He was asking for 8 million dollars, but won considerably less.

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How do you dumb down a man instantly? Just mention a woman's name. The same researchers that discovered men do poorly on tests after interacting with a woman have also discovered that men have trouble with completing tasks after just hearing a woman's name. Researchers believe the mental energy involved in thinking sexy thoughts slows down other brain functions.

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Today in Sports History:

1886 - The Hockey Association was formed in England. This date is the birthday of modern field hockey.

1951 - The NFL passed a rule that said that a tackle, guard or center was not eligible to catch a forward pass.

1958 - Willie O'Ree made his NHL debut with the Boston Bruins. He was the first black player to enter the league.

1967 - The NHL held the All-Star Game at midseason for the first time.

1969 - Ted Williams was appointed manager of the Washington Senators.

1976 - The Pittsburgh Steelers beat the Dallas Cowboys 21-17 in Super Bowl X. The CBS telecast was viewed by an estimated 80 million people.

1985 - Mary Decker broke a world, indoor record when she ran the women’s, 2,000-meter race in just 5 minutes and 34.2 seconds.

1996 - Baseball owners unanimously approved interleague play for 1997.

1998 - The Boston Celtics retired Robert Parrish's #00.

2002 - Two NHL records held by Bobby Hull were broken in a game between the Detroit Red Wings and the Washington Capitals. Luc Robitaille scored his 611th career goal and Brett Hull scored his 99th game-winning goal. Robitaille's goal gave him the most goals of any left wing in NHL history and 10th place on the career NHL goal list. Brett Hull's goal moved him into third place on the game-winning goal list.

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A man pronounced dead by doctors in India gasped for breath moments before his funeral was supposed to start. The family of the man was moving his body from the morgue to a funeral van when they noticed him breathing.

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Coming up:

Tonight --

Nothin' Doin'

Thursday --

Nothin' Doin'

Friday --

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning at Dallas Stars 8:30pm EST

Saturday --

Empire South Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors vs Atlanta Jr. Knights 5:15pm EST

EJHL South Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors vs Atlanta Jr. Knights 8:00pm EST

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning at Phoenix Coyotes 8:00pm EST

Sunday --

Empire South Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors vs Atlanta Jr. Knights 11:30pm EST

EJHL South Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors vs Atlanta Jr. Knights 2:15pm EST

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