Saturday, December 7, 2013

It's Saturday

It's Saturday. Here's what's happening....


Today is December 7th, the 341st day of 2013. There are 24 days left in the year.


Sabres' Miller has exploratory talks with LaFontaine.

Lightning lose Hedman, Aulie to injuries.

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Delaware became the first state to ratify the U.S. constitution becoming the first of the United States on this date in 1787.


Tampa, FL. -- The Winnipeg Jets and Tampa Bay Lightning, former Southeast Division rivals, meet for the first time since the Jets moved to the Western Conference. They last played on April 16, 2013, with the Jets winning 4-3 in overtime.

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On this date in 1796, John Adams was elected to be the second president of the United States.


Wenatchee, WA. – Newcomer Jakob Ahlgren (Fergus Falls, Minnesota) scored a pair of second period goals to power the Wenatchee Wild to a 2-1 win over the Johnstown Tomahawks Friday night, before 2,815 fans at the Town Toyota Center.

Johnstown scored the first goal of the game for the third straight game in the team’s four-game set late in the first period, as Shane Bednard tapped home a power play goal, assisted by Brandon Reinholz and Mitch Hall at 16:57, giving the Tomahawks a 1-0 lead.

Ahlgren tied the game for the Wild 22 seconds into the second period with a blazing wrister from the left circle, the unassisted goal making it a 1-1 game. Ahlgren scored his second of the game, tapping home a crossing pass at the left post. The power play goal at 7:07, assisted by David Powlowski (Rochester, New York) and Matthew Nuttle (Marilla, New York), put Wenatchee on top for the first time in the series in regulation or overtime, 2-1.

The third period featured plenty of up and down action and hard hitting but no goals, as the Wild hung on for the 2-1 win.

Wenatchee outshot Johnstown 33-16. Gustaf Johansson (Uppsala, Sweden) stopped 15 shots for the Wild, Jake Moore had 31 saves for the Tomahawks. Wenatchee was 1-for-4 on the power play and 5-of-6 on the penalty kill. “Other than the stick penalties we took, I was pretty happy with our effort all night” said Wenatchee Wild Head Coach Bliss Littler. “They’re (Johnstown) a pretty hard team to play against. They’re well coached. Overall I thought the effort was good and we created chances. You have to create chances against this team; they don’t give up much as far as outnumbered rushes. Your offense has to come from face offs and power plays.”

Wenatchee is now 13-11-2, Johnstown is 15-10-2.

The Wild remains home for 1 more game with Johnstown tomorrow night (December 7th - 7:05pm PST), before wrapping up the pre-Christmas schedule with a pair of games at Aberdeen next Friday and Saturday, December 13th and 14th, then a pair of games at Minot of Friday and Saturday, December 20th and 21st. Wenatchee then returns home for a pair of games against Fairbanks on Friday and Saturday, January 3rd and 4th. Individual and group game tickets for all home games are on sale now. Call 509.888.PUCK (7825).



Martin Van Buren was elected the eighth president of the United States on this date in 1836.


REDBLACKS hire Campbell as their first ever head coach.

O'Shea: 'The reason you start a season is to win'.

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The first of 554 performances of "The Gondoliers" took place on this date in 1889.


Regina, SK. -The number one topic in the CFL right now, aside from the ever-revolving coaching carousel, is the 2013 Ottawa expansion draft to be held on Monday, December 16.

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The gas operated refrigerator was patented by The Electrolux Servel Corporation on this date in 1926.


Tampa, FL. — Friday Notes: The availability of WR Vincent Jackson on Sunday will be a game day decision…Plus, additional injury updates, a visit from a former Buccaneer great, and more.

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On this date in 1941, Pearl Harbor, located on the Hawaiian island of Oahu was attacked by nearly 200 Japanese warplanes. The attack resulted in the U.S. entering into World War II.


Spider Jimmytrick-or-treats at the Publix Deli.


You're reading the Johnny Blog. Almost as much fun as doing laundry, isn't it?


Today in Elvis History

1976 - 
Vernon Presley was taken to the hospital after an Elvis concert. He left the hospital two days later after what appeared to be a heart attack.

1976 - Elvis Presley wrote a note, that was later found in his room, that explained his desperate mental state.


Apollo 17 was launched at Cape Canaveral on this date in 1972. It was the last U.S. moon mission.


Today in Beatles History:

1963 - 
The Beatles appeared on the British TV show "Jukebox Jury."

1971 - The Wings album "Wild Life" was released.


A probe sent from the Galileo spacecraft entered into Jupiter's atmosphere on this date in 1995. The probe sent back data to the mothership before it was presumably destroyed.


Today in Sports History:

1925 - Swimmer Johnny Weissmuller set a world record in the 150-yard freestyle with a time of 1 minute, 25 and 2/5 seconds. He went on to play "Tarzan" in several movies.

1939 - Lou Gehrig was elected to Baseball's Hall of Fame. He was the first player to have the rule waived that required a player to be retired one year before he could be elected.

1963 - CBS introduced the first-ever "Instant Replay" during the Army-Navy football game.

1978 - Mike Bossy (New York Islanders) got his first career hat trick.

1986 - Huey Lewis and the News sang the U.S. national anthem a capella before a San Francisco 49ers-New York Jets NFL football game at Candlestick Park in San Francisco, CA.

1988 - The Texas Rangers signed free-agent pitcher Nolan Ryan to a one-year contract.


The space shuttle Columbia returned from the longest-ever shuttle flight of 17 days, 15 hours and 54 minutes on this date in 1996.


Coming Up:

Tonight --

USPHL Empire Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors at Palm Beach Hawks 3:30pm EST

USPHL Elite Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors at Pa;m Beach Hawks 6:30pm EST

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning vs Winnipeg Jets 7:00pm EST

NAHL Hockey -- Wenatchee Wild vs Johnstown Tomahawks 10:05pm EST

Sunday --

USPHL Empire Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors at Palm Beach Hawks 9:30am EST

USPHL Elite Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors at Palm Beach Hawks 12:30pm EST

NFL Football -- Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs Buffalo Bills 1:00pm EST

Monday --

Nothin' Doin'

Tuesday --

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

Wednesday --

Nothin' Doin'

Thursday --

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning vs Detroit Red Wings 7:30pm EST

Friday --

USPHL Empire/Elite -- Tampa Bay Juniors in Southern Showcase at Ellenton

Saturday --

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

USPHL Empire/Elite -- Tampa Bay Juniors in Southern Showcase at Ellenton

Sunday --

NFL Football -- Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs San Francisco 49ers 1:00pm EST

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning at Detroit Red Wings 5:00pm EST

USPHL Empire/Elite -- Tampa Bay Juniors in Southern Showcase at Ellenton


That's all for today. Thanks for stopping by, see you tomorrow!

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