Friday, August 10, 2012

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Today is August 12th, the 225th day of 2012. There are 141 days left in the year.


Optimism abounds in Carolina after offseason moves.

Huet forgoes NHL return, signs with Swiss club.

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Isaac Singer was issued a patent on the double-headed sewing machine on this date in 1851.


U.S. Under-17 Select Team Defeats Slovakia, 4-2,
Captures First Place at 2012 Under-17 Five Nations Tournament

Team USA Wins All Four Games in Event
CHOMUTOV, Czech Republic – The U.S. Under-17 Select Team defeated Slovakia, 4-2, here today in its final game at the 2012 Under-17 Five Nations Tournament, capturing first place with an unblemished 4-0-0 record.

"The term we came up with was 'relentless' and we were just that," said Barry Smith, head coach of the U.S. Under-17 Select Team. "Our work ethic was second to none, and when you combine talent with work ethic, that's tough to beat."

After falling behind 2-0, the U.S. got on the board at 8:38 of the middle stanza when Dylan Pavelek (Marysville, Mich.) broke free and scored shorthanded.

With an extra attacker during a delayed penalty call, Seamus Malone (Naperville, Ill.) slipped a backhand shot past the Slovakian netminder to tie the game at two just 3:18 into the third period. Minutes later, Joey Dudek (Auburn, N.H.) took the puck to the net and fired a shot high into the top right corner of the net, giving Team USA its first lead of the game. Austin Poganski (St. Cloud, Minn.) sealed the victory on the power play, putting home a rebound off a shot by Kyle Connor (Shelby Township, Mich.).

The U.S. finished the 2012 Under-17 Five Nations Tournament undefeated, outscoring its opponents 20-6 in four games.

NotesSeamus Malone was named U.S. Player of the Game ... The 2012 Under-17 Five Nations Tournament included teams from the Czech Republic, Germany, Slovakia, Switzerland and the United States ... The 20 players on the U.S. roster represented 12 different states. Minnesota leads the way with five players, while Michigan and Illinois each have three.

Game Summary
Scoring By Period
First Period - Scoring: 1, SVK, Bajanik (Mistama), 8:10. Penalties: SVK, Cernak (interference), 10:10; SVK, Krajean (interference), 12:30.
Second Period - Scoring: 2, SVK, Adrian (Mistama), 5:28; 3, USA, Pavelek, 8:38 (sh). Penalties: USA, Fortunato (interference), 8:27; SVK, Koch (tripping), 9:13.
Third Period - Scoring: 4, USA, Malone (Dougherty, Pavelek), 3:18; 5, USA, Dudek, 10:44; 6, USA, Poganski (Malone, Connor), 12:44 (pp). Penalties: USA, Fortunato (tripping), 0:22; SVK, Koch (slashing), 3:28; USA, Nardella (interference), 4:32; SVK, Mily (tripping), 11:16.
Shots By Period

Goaltenders (SV/SH)
USA, Schierhorn 60:00
SVK, Nemsie 60:00

Power Play: USA, 1-5; SVK, 0-3
Penalties: USA, 3-6; SVK, 5-10

Team USA 2012 Under-17 Five Nations Tournament Schedule
August 7-11 - Czech Republic
Time (Local/EDT)
Sun., Aug. 5Czech Republic*5:00 p.m. / 11:00 a.m.Chomutov/W, 6-2
Wed., Aug. 8
Germany6:00 p.m. / 12:00 p.m.Chomutov/W, 6-2
Thurs., Aug. 9Switzerland6:00 p.m. / 12:00 p.m.Chomutov/W, 5-0
Fri., Aug. 10Czech Republic6:00 p.m. / 12:00 p.m.Chomutov/W, 5-2
Sat., Aug. 11Slovakia12:00 p.m. / 6:00 a.m.Chomutov/W, 4-2
*Pre-tournament game

USA Falls to Finland in Overtime, 3-2, to Conclude 2012 USA Hockey National Junior Evaluation Camp

Biggs Scores Two Third Period Goals
LAKE PLACID, N.Y. – Team USA forced overtime by rallying twice in the third period, but lost, 3-2, to FInland here today at Herb Brooks Arena on the last day of the 2012 USA Hockey National Junior Evaluation Camp. Tyler Biggs(Binghamton, N.Y.) had both goals for the United States.

"Certainly, I really liked the effort all the way until the end of the game," said Phil Housley, head coach of the 2013 U.S. National Junior Team. "We battled and were able to tie it up towards the end, so I was happy about that. The disappointing thing is we just turned the puck over too many times and played right into Finland's hands. It was a valuable learning lesson of how we have to play in December -- just take what is given."

Of the 34 players still in camp, 22 dressed in today's game. The group is auditioning for the U.S. National Junior Team that will compete in the 2013 International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championship , Dec. 26, 2012-Jan. 5, 2013, in Ufa, Russia.

The game remained scoreless until 1:25 remained in the second period, when Finland gained a 1-0 lead.

Team USA knotted the game at a goal apiece at 10:17 of the third period. Biggs deflected a hard wrist shot by Matt Grzelcyk (Charlestown, Mass.) up and over the Finnish goalie for a power-play goal.

At 14:33, Finland regained the lead, 2-1, when it capitalized on a breakaway chance.
Once again, Biggs evened the score with 2:44 remaining in regulation. From the left edge of the crease he jammed in his own rebound.

Finland posted the win by tallying the game-winner at 2:11 of the overtime session.

Starting goalie Anthony Stolarz (Edison, N.J.) stopped all 16 shots he faced in 29:24 of action. Jon Gillies (Concord, N.H.) denied 14 of 17 shots in 32:47.

This concludes the 2012 USA Hockey National Junior Evaluation Camp.

NOTES: Use the hashtag #njec on Twitter to join the conversation surrounding this week's camp ... The online home for the 2012 USA Hockey National Junior Evaluation Camp, including the Team USA roster and online bios, can be found by clicking here ... All games from the 2012 USA Hockey National Junior Evaluation Camp are being streamed live and are available on demand at ... The 2013 U.S. National Junior Team will be selected in late December following a pre-tournament camp from Dec. 19-23 to be held in Helsinki, Finland ... Phil Housley (South St. Paul, Minn.), head boy's ice hockey coach at Stillwater (Minn.) High School, is the head coach of the 2013 U.S. National Junior Team. He is assisted by Mark Osiecki (Columbus, Ohio), head men's ice hockey coach at Ohio State University and Grant Potulny (Minneapolis, Minn.), assistant men's ice hockey coach at the University of Minnesota ... Greg Brown (Scituate, Mass.), assistant men's ice hockey coach coach at Boston College, Joe Exter (Columbus, Ohio), assistant men's ice hockey coach at Ohio State University, Tony Granato(South Hills, Pa.), assistant coach for the National Hockey League's Pittsburgh Penguins and Don Lucia (Plymouth, Minn.), head men's ice hockey coach at the University of Minnesota are also participating in Lake Placid as camp coaches ... Jim Johannson (Colorado Springs, Colo.), USA Hockey's assistant executive director of hockey operations, is serving as the general manager of Team USA for the fourth consecutive year. Tim Taylor (Guilford, Conn.) is the director of player personnel.

Scoring By Period

First Period – Scoring: None. Penalties: FIN, Maata (elbowing), 4:57; USA, Trocheck (roughing), 10:15; USA, Pietila (slashing), 15:56; FIN, Tikkinen (roughing), 18:09.

Second Period – Scoring: 1, FIN, Hannikainen (Barkov), 18:35 (pp). Penalties: USA, Armia (boarding), 0:35; FIN, Lindell (boarding), 4:55; USA, Matteau (slashing), 14:00; USA, Hartman (roughing), 16:42.
Third Period – Scoring: 2, USA, Biggs (Grzelcyk, Murphy), 10:17 (pp); 3, FIN, Lehkonen (unassisted), 14:33; 4, USA, Biggs (Skjei), 17:16. Penalties: FIN, Leino (tripping), 0:15; FIN, Salomaki (roughing), 9:36; USA, Grzelcyk (boarding), 11:42; FIN, Team (too many men), 18:59; USA, Fogarty (slashing), 19:41.

Overtime – Scoring: 5, FIN, Aaltonen (unassisted), 2:11. Penalties: None. 
Shots by Period
Goaltenders (SH/SV)123OTTotal
USA, Stolarz, 29:247/79/90/00/016/16
Gillies, 32:470/05/67/82/314/17
Finland, Juvonen, 62:118/88/89/1125/27

Power Play: USA 1-6; Finland 1-7
Penalties: USA 7-14; Finland 6-12


Disinfectant was used for the first time during surgery by Joseph Lister on this date in 1865.


Double Blue shocker: Argos release RB Cory Boyd.

Eskimos DB Ronnie Prude released from hospital.

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On this date in 1867, U.S. President Andrew Johnson sparked a move to impeach him when he defied Congress by suspending Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton.


Back To Square One.

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Thomas Edison invented the phonograph and made the first sound recording on this date in 1877.


Tampa, FL. -- Neither team recorded a quarterback sack in Friday night's Bucs-Dolphins preseason contest, but that doesn't mean Tampa Bay's pass-rush was non-existent

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The first National Archery Association tournament took place in Chicago, IL on this date in 1879.


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Let's see, what's on the agenda for today....washing dishes, having fun with Jimmy and watching Rays baseball on TV. How 'bout you?


St. Petersburg, FL. -- Tampa Bay scored three runs in the first inning, which turned out to be enough due to another strong outing from David Price to earn the Rays their fifth consecutive victory, defeating the Twins, 4-2, Saturday at Target Field.

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On this date in 1898, Hawaii was annexed by the U.S. Hawaii was later given territorial status and was given Statehood in 1959.


San Francisco, CA.--
The Giants' biggest offensive onslaught at AT&T Park in nearly two months was a welcomed sight for the Giants and manager Bruce Bochy, as his lineup produced in a big way in a 9-3 win on Saturday against the Rockies.

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"Of Human Bondage", by William Somerset Maugham, was first published on this date in 1915.


Today in Elvis History

1958 - In Memphis, Elvis Presley visited his mother in the hospital. She had been diagnose with acute hepatitis.

1964 - Elvis Presley was released by the studio after concluding work on the film "Girl Happy."

1972 - The compilation album "Elvis Sings Hits From His Movies, Volume 1" hit #87 in the U.S.

1977 - The Angola Coach Company sold Elvis Presley's original former tour bus.

1992 - RCA and the RIAA presented Elvis Presley's estate with 110 gold and platinum records.

2002 - In Memphis, TN, Mobile Graceland began a tour of 31 cities.


Regular airmail service began between Washington, DC, and New York City on this date in 1918.


Today in Beatles History:

1960 - Pete Best passed a drumming audition to join the Silver Beatles. He was the son of Mona Best, the owner of the Casbah Coffee Club.

1966 - John Lennon apologized at a news conference in Chicago, IL, for his remark that "the Beatles are more popular than Jesus."

1989 - Paul McCartney's single "This One" hit #18 in the U.K.

1991 - Paul McCartney's album "Tripping The Live Fantastic - Highlights!" was certified platinum by the RIAA.


Red Skelton appeared on network radio for the first time on the "Rudy Vallee Show" on NBC on this date in 1937.


Today in Sports History:

1879 - The first National Archery Association tournament took place in Chicago, IL.

1964 - Mickey Mantle set a major league baseball record when he hit home runs from both the left and right sides of the plate in the same game.

1969 - The Boston Celtics were sold for $6 million. To date it was the highest price paid for a pro basketball team.

1973 - Jack Nicklaus won his 14th major golf title. The win broke the record that had been held by Bobby Jones for 50 years.

1986 - Rod Carew became the first player in the history of the California Angels franchise to have his uniform (#29) retired.

1994 - Major league baseball players went on strike rather than allow team owners to limit their salaries. The strike lasted for 232 days. As a result, the World Series was wiped out for the first time in 90 years.


"The Wizard of Oz" premiered in Oconomowoc, WI on this date in 1939. Judy Garland became famous for the movie's song "Somewhere Over the Rainbow." The movie premiered in Hollywood on August 15th.


WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. -- Carl Edwards is batting 1.000.

Grabbing the lead from Brad Keselowski after a restart with 10 laps left in Saturday's Zippo 200 at The Glen, Edwards held on to win his first Nationwide Series start of the season.

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The balloon satellite Echo One was launched by the U.S. from Cape Canaveral, FL on this date in 1960. It was the first communications satellite.


Coming up:

Tonight --

Nascar Sprint Cup Series -- NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at The Glen at Watkins Glen International 12:00pm EDT

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at Minnesota Twins 2:10pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Colorado Rockies 4:05pm EDT


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