Sunday, February 12, 2012

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

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Today is February 12th, the 43rd day of 2012. There are 323 days left in the year. (This is a leap year.)

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NHL to Seattle: It will happen, eventually.

Roenick was face of franchise on, off ice.

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

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Today is the start of Celebration of Love Week, Children of Alcoholics Week, Jell-O Week and Love a Mench Week.

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Buffalo, NY. -- - Steven Stamkos had a goal and assist, and the resurgent Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Buffalo Sabres 2-1 on Saturday night for their seventh win in 10 games.

Mathieu Garon made 26 saves, and Steve Downie also scored during the Lightning's two-goal second period. Tampa Bay (24-24-6) is on a 7-1-2 roll and has earned at least a point in a season-high four straight road games (3-0-1).

Read the rest here.

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Today is Darwin Day, Grammy Awards Day, Lincoln's Birthday, Man Day, NAACP Day, Oglethorpe Day, Paul Bunyan Day, Safety Pup Day and World Marriage Day.

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U.S. National Under-17 Team Captures 2012 Vlad Dzurilla
Under-18 Tournament Title with 8-3 Win Over Slovakia


Team USA Finishes Tournament with Perfect 3-0-0-0 (W-OTW-L-OTL) Record

PIESTANY, Slovakia - Evan Allen (Sterling Heights, Mich.) scored one goal and added three assists, as the U.S. National Under-17 Team toppled Slovakia, 8-3, in the 2012 Vlad Dzurilla Under-18 Tournament here this evening at the Piestany Ice Arena. With the victory, Team USA finished the tournament with a perfect 3-0-0-0 (W-OTW-OTL-L) record and clinched the tournament title for the third straight year (2010-12)

"I'm very proud of how our guys played against tough competition," said Don Granato, head coach of the U.S. National Under-17 Team. "It's an honor to represent USA Hockey in every tournament, but coming home with a title makes it extra special."

Tyler Kelleher (Longmeadow, Mass.) opened the scoring at 6:05 of the first period. Connor Chatham (Belleville, Ill.) and Anthony Florentino (West Roxbury, Mass.) collected assists on the play. Kelleher's second goal of the game gave Team USA a two-goal lead. Allen and Keaton Thompson (Devils Lake, N.D.) registered assists on the power-play marker. Andrew Copp (Ann Arbor, Mich.) extended the U.S. advantage just 12 seconds later from passes by Allen and Will Butcher (Sun Prairie, Wis.). Dawson Cook (Cadillac, Mich.) capped the four-goal frame with a tally at 16:46 with assists credited to John Hayden (Greenwich, Conn.) and Michael McCarron (Macomb, Mich.).

Anthony Louis (Winfield, Ill.) notched a goal for the U.S. at 4:50 of the second period while Team USA held a two-man advantage. Allen and Butcher earned the helpers. Hudson Fasching (Burnsville, Minn.) made it 6-0 after his marker at 9:05 from J.T. Compher (Northbrook, Ill.). Louis connected with Copp for Team USA's seventh goal at 11:45 and the U.S. carried a 7-0 lead into the second intermission.

Slovakia tallied three consecutive goals in the final frame, but it would not prove to be enough. Allen netted the final goal of the game with just two seconds remaining to give the U.S. an 8-3 victory and secure the tournament title.

Hunter Miska (North Branch, Minn.) turned aside 24 shots in the win for Team USA, while the netminder duo of Richard Sabol and Patrik Romancik made 27 combined saves in the loss for Slovakia.

NOTES: Team USA outscored its opponents, 22-4, in its three games in the tournament ... The U.S. outshot Slovakia, 35-27 ... The U.S. finished 2-for-5 on the power play, while Slovakia went 0-for-5 with the man advantage ... For Team USA's full roster, click here ... The 2012 Vlad Dzurilla Under-18 Tournament featured teams from Germany, Slovakia, Switzerland and the United States ... For additional coverage, visit USA Hockey's National Team Development Program Facebook page ... The U.S. National Under-18 Team is also competing internationally this week at the 2012 Five Nations Tournament in Pori, Finland ... 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

SVK 0 - 0 - 3 - 3
USA 4 - 3 - 1 - 8

First Period - Scoring: 1, USA, Kelleher (Chatham, Florentino), 6:05; 2, USA, Kelleher (Allen, Thompson), 7:35, (pp); 3, USA, Copp (Allen, Butcher), 7:47; 4, Cook (Hayden, McCarron), 16:46. Penalties: SVK, Chrkavy (tripping), 6:11.

Second Period - Scoring: 5, USA, Louis (Allen, Butcher), 4:50, (5-on-3); 6, Fasching (Compher), 9:05; 7, USA, Copp (Louis), 11:45. Penalties: SVK, Bench (too-many-men), 3:33; SVK, Buri (delay-of-game), 3:55; USA, Motte (hooking), 7:26; SVK, Kolena (roughing), 8:43; SVK, Kolena (roughing), 8:43; USA, McCarron (roughing), 8:43; SVK, Buri (interference), 18:02.

Third Period - Scoring: 8, SVK, Paulovic (unassisted), 2:59; 9, SVK, Dano (Predajniansky, Reway), 5:55; 10, SVK, Sohajda (Simun), 12:38; 11, USA, Allen (Hayden), 19:58. Penalties: USA, Florentino (tripping), 4:22; SVK, Kolena (cross-checking), 4:22; SVK, Sohaida (roughing), 6:56; USA, Hayden (slashing), 6:56; SVK, Palecek (roughing), 6:56; SVK, Sohajda (roughing), 6:56; USA, Florentino (closing-hand-on-puck), 8:55; USA, Hayden (delay-of-game), 9:42; USA, Motte (slashing), 13:57; USA, Kelleher (cross-checking), 18:23; SVK, Keckes (cross-checking), 18:23.

Shots by Period
1 2 3 Total
SVK 6 5 16 27
USA 16 13 6 35

Goaltenders (SH/SV) 1 2 3 Total
SVK, Sabol, 38:42 6/3 6/5 6/5 18/13
SVK, Romancik, 21:18 10/9 7/5 -- 17/14
USA, Miska, 60:00 6/6 5/5 16/13 27/24

Power Play: SVK 0-5; USA 2-5
Penalties: SVK 10-20; USA 10-20

Team USA 2012 Vlad Dzurilla Under-18 Tournament Schedule
Feb. 9-11, 2012 • Piestany, Slovakia

Date Opponent Location
Time (ET)/Result

Thurs., Feb. 9 Switzerland Piestany W, 6-1
Fri., Feb. 10 Germany Piestany W, 8-0
Sat., Feb. 11 Slovakia Piestany W, 8-3

U.S. National Under-18 Team Falls to Finland, 4-0,
in 2012 Five Nations Tournament

Olson Makes 35 Saves for Team USA in Loss

PORI, Finland - Collin Olson (Apple Valley, Minn.) made 35 saves, as the U.S. National Under-18 Team fell to Finland, 4-0, in 2012 Five Nations Tournament play here this evening at Pori Arena. With the loss, Team USA falls to 1-0-0-2 (W-OTW-OTL-L).

"The game came down to special teams," said Danton Cole, head coach of the U.S. National Under-18 Team. "We took too many penalties and Finland was able to capitalize. But we still have one game left in the tourament and we want to finish strong."

Finland netted back-to-back power-play goals just over a minute apart midway through the first frame. Team USA managed six shots in the period, but couldn't find the back of the net and found itself down, 2-0, heading into the first intermission.

The U.S. and Finland skated to a scoreless second stanza. Finland was awarded a penalty shot at 18:36, but Olson stopped the attempt to keep it a two-goal contest. Two third period goals by Finland, one scored with the man advantage, put the game out of reach for Team USA. Finnish goaltender Atte Tolvanen stopped all nine U.S. shots in the period to claim the 4-0 victory.

The U.S. National Under-18 Team concludes tournament play against Russia on Sunday (Feb. 12) at 10:30 a.m. EST. The game will be held at Pori Arena. A complete Team USA schedule is below.

NOTES: Nicolas Kerdiles (Irvine, Calif.) was named Team USA's Player of the Game ... The U.S. finished 0-for-3 on the power play, while Finland went 3-for-8 with the man advantage ... For Team USA's full roster, click here ... The 2012 Five Nations Tournament features teams from the Czech Republic, Finland, Russia, Sweden and the United States ... The U.S. has claimed the tournament title the last four years (2008-11) ... Follow @USAHockeyScores on Twitter for live scoring updates during the tournament. Scores will be designated with #5NATIONS ... For additional coverage, visit USA Hockey's National Team Development Program Facebook page ... The U.S. National Under-17 Team is also competing internationally this week at the 2012 Vlad Dzurilla Under-18 Tournament in Piestany, Slovakia ... 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

FIN 2 - 0 - 2 - 4
USA0 - 0 - 0 - 0

First Period - Scoring: 1, FIN, Teravainen (Ikonen, Tikkinen), 10:35, (pp); 2, FIN, Teravainen (Tikkinen), 11:58. Penalties: FIN, Juutinen (tripping), 1:24; USA, Vatrano (hooking), 10:11; USA, Osterberg (slashing), 11:47; USA, Jones (hooking), 17:09.

Second Period - Scoring: None. Penalties: USA, Sieloff (interference), 1:15; FIN, Vainonen (cross-checking), 4:43; USA, Bench (too-many-men), 6:21; USA, Skjei (slashing), 10:56.

Third Period - Scoring: 3, FIN, Juutinen (Vainonen, Markkula), 4:39; 4, FIN, Haapala (Huovinen, Kulmala), 17:21, (pp). Penalties: FIN, Lindell (slashing), 5:37; USA, Vatrano (hooking), 7:54; USA, Matteau (slashing), 15:56.

Shots by Period
1 2 3 Total
FIN 12 17 10 39
USA 6 10 9 25

Goaltenders (SH/SV) 1 2 3 Total
FIN, Tolvanen, 60:00 6/6 10/10 9/9 25/25
USA, Olson, 60:00 12/10 17/17 10/8 39/35

Power Play: FIN 3-8; USA 0-3
Penalties: FIN 3-6; USA 8-16

Team USA 2012 Five Nations Tournament Schedule
Feb. 9-12, 2012 • Pori, Finland

Date Opponent Location
Time (ET)/Result

Thurs., Feb. 9 Czech Republic Rauma W, 5-2
Fri., Feb. 10 Sweden Panelia L, 2-4
Sat., Feb. 11 Finland Pori L, 0-4
Sun., Feb. 12 Russia Pori 10:30 a.m.

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On this date in 1870, in the Utah Territory, women gained the right to vote.

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Defence still a priority for Benevides, Lions.

Nowacki returns for ninth season with Eskimos.

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

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On this date in 1892, President Lincoln's birthday was declared to be a national holiday.

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Jimmy and his #1 Flipper.

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The cornerstone of the Lincoln Memorial was laid in Washington, DC on this date in 1915.

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Today in Elvis History

1957 - Elvis Presley's "Too Much" hit number one on the Billboard Pop chart. It the first of four number one songs for Elvis in 1957.

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On this date in 1924, U.S. President Calvin Coolidge made the first presidential political speech on radio.

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Today in Beatles History:

1964 - The Beatles performed two 25-minute sets at Carnegie Hall in New York City.

1965 - The "New Musical Express" reported that the Beatles would star in a film adaptation of "A Talent for Loving." The project was never completed.

1965 - Ringo Starr officially announced that he and Maureen Cox were married and were honeymooning.

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"The Eveready Hour" became radio’s first sponsored network program on this date in 1924. The National Carbon Company was the first sponsor of a network show.

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Today in Sports History:

1878 - Frederick W. Thayer patented the baseball catcher’s mask.

1879 - The first artificial ice rink opened in North America. It was at Madison Square Garden in New York City, NY.

1880 - The National Croquet League was organized in Philadelphia, PA.

1982 - Wayne Gretzky tied the NHL record for points in a season when he got his 153rd point.

1987 - Bill Fitch became the fifth coach in NBA history to get 700 career wins.

1989 - Wayne Gretzky got his 45th career hat trick and achieved a 40+ goal season for the 10th time in his career.

1993 - The San Jose Sharks lost their 17th straight game to tie an NHL record.

1997 - Kevin Johnson reached 1,000 career steals.

2002 - Baseball owners approved the sale of the Florida Marlins and Montreal Expos.

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On this date in 1940, Mutual Radio presented the first broadcast of the radio play "The Adventures of Superman."

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Coming up:

Tonight --

Empire South Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors at Space Coast Hurricanes 9:30am EST

EJHL South Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors at Space Coast Hurricanes 12:15pm EST

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning at Pittsburgh Penguins 7:00pm EST

Monday --

Nothin' Doin'

Tuesday --

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning vs Ottawa Senators 7:00pm EST

Wednesday --

Nothin' Doin'

Thursday --

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning vs San Jose Sharks 7:30pm EST

Friday --

Nothin' Doin'

Saturday --

Empire South Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors vs Florida Eels 5:15pm EST

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning vs Washington Capitals 7:00pm EST

EJHL South Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors vs Florida Eels 8:00pm EST

Sunday --

Empire South Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors at Florida Eels 11:30am EST

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