Saturday, January 11, 2014

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


Today is January 11th, the 11th day of 2014. There are 354 days left in the year.


Gretzky, ice truck arrive at Dodger Stadium on Monday.

Russia, Finland could be teams to watch in Sochi.

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England's first state lottery was held on this date in 1569.


Philadelphia, PA. -- This is the middle tilt of a three-game set between the Tampa Bay Lightning and Philadelphia Flyers and lone meeting at Wells Fargo Center. The Bolts won the first matchup between the two clubs, 4-2, despite a late two-goal rally by the Flyers in the third. Victor Hedman recorded three points, including the game-winner, in the victory.

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The first shipment of rhubarb was sent to the United States from London on this date in 1770.


Soldotna, AK. – An early third-period goal was the difference Friday night, as the Kenai River Brown Bears defeated the Wenatchee Wild 2-1 at the Soldotna Sports Center.

After a scoreless first period in which the Wild out shot Kenai River 13-4, the Brown Bears opened the scoring on a power play goal by Nathan Colwell. Jake Bushey assisted at 11:03, for a 1-0 Kenai River lead. Wenatchee responded just over a minute later, as Troy Loggins (Huntington Beach, California) scored. Omar Mullan (Dearborn, Michigan) and Alex Bontje (Nobleton, Ontario) drew the assists at 12:25, tying the game 1-1.

In the third period, the Brown Bears scored a rebound goal by Albin Karlsson. Assists went to Gustav Berglund and Eric Purcell. The power play goal, scored at 4:01, gave Kenai River a 2-1 lead. The advantage would hold up through the rest of the period and the Brown Bears would hold on for the 2-1 win. “That’s a tough one to lose” said Wenatchee Wild Head Coach Bliss Littler. “This one’s definitely a tough one to lose. In general, making their goalie the number one star, thought we played well, need to find a way to get out of here with a couple of points tomorrow.”

The Wild out shot Kenai River 43-22. Chase Perry (Andover, Minnesota) stopped 20 shots for Wenatchee, while Zach Quinn made 42 saves for the Brown Bears. The Wild was 0-for-2 on the power play and 1-of-3 on the penalty kill.

Wenatchee is now 16-16-3; Kenai River is 19-16-3.

The Wild continues their road trip with one more game at Kenai River tomorrow (Saturday), before moving on to Fairbanks for three games next Thursday (January 16th), Friday (January 17th) and Saturday (January 18th), before returning home to
face Bismarck on Friday and Saturday, January 24th and 25th. Individual and group game tickets for all home games are on sale now. Call 509.888.PUCK (7825).



The Michigan Territory was created on this date in 1805.


U.S. Paralympic Sled Hockey Team Scores 2-1 Win Over Canada in
Game Two of 2014 Sled Series
Team USA and Canada will conclude the series Saturday at 2 p.m. ET
INDIAN TRAIL, N.C. - Declan Farmer (Tampa, Fla.) and Josh Sweeney (Phoenix, Ariz.) each scored and goaltender Steve Cash (Overland, Mo.) turned away 10 shots to help the 2014 U.S. Paralympic Sled Hockey Team defeat Canada, 2-1, in the second game of a three-game series at Extreme Ice Center.
"We played a fast, intense game tonight," said Jeff Sauer, head coach of the U.S. Paralympic Sled Hockey Team. "Because of our speed, we were able to create offensive chances and not allow Canada to play the way they wanted to play. Overall, we're very happy with the effort tonight."
Canada had the better of the scoring chances early in the contest thanks largely to back-to-back minor penalties on Team USA, but the U.S. managed to hold the Canadians off the board thanks to sound penalty killing and key saves by Cash.
The Americans used the momentum to open the scoring when Farmer scored at 11:07 of the first frame. After Josh Pauls (Green Brook, N.J.) feathered a pass to the middle of the ice, Farmer gathered the puck and beat Team Canada goaltender Benoit St-Amand with a rising shot from the left circle.
Neither team found the back of the net in the middle period despite the U.S. holding a 5-2 edge in shots on goal, but Sweeney cashed in midway through the third stanza to double the Team USA lead. Rico Roman (Portland, Ore.) fed Sweeney on the left side, and he cut to the net and tucked a shot over St-Amand's shoulder into the top corner.
A Brad Bowden goal at 14:09 of the final period cut the United States' advantage to 2-1, but the Americans shutdown Team Canada in the closing seconds to secure the victory
The U.S. Paralympic Sled Hockey Team will be back in action tomorrow (Jan. 11) in the final outing of the three-game series against Canada. Puck-drop is scheduled for 2 p.m. ET.
For a complete box score, click here.
U.S. Paralympic Sled Hockey Team Series vs. Canada
Jan. 9-11 - Indian Trail, N.C. - Extreme Ice Center
DateTime (ET)/ResultHow to Follow
Thurs., Jan. 9L,
Live Stats
Fri., Jan. 10W,
Live Stats
Sat., Jan. 112:10
Live Stats
Notes: FASTHockey is providing live streaming coverage of all games during the series. Those interested in watching are encouraged to sign up for a free FASTHockey account in advance ... For live updates, follow @USAHockeyScores on Twitter and join the conversation on social media by using #SledSeries ... Team USA's captain is Andy Yohe, while its alternate captains are Taylor Chace and Josh Sweeney (Phoenix, Ariz.) ... The youngest player on the roster is Brody Roybal (Northlake, Ill.), who turned 15-years old in May and is making his debut on a U.S. National Team. Declan Farmer (Tampa, Fla.) turned 16 years old in November ... The oldest player on the squad is Andy Yohe at 35-years old ... Four members of the team have served in the U.S. military. Jen Lee (San Francisco, Calif.) is active duty in the U.S. Army. Rico Roman (Portland, Ore.) is a U.S. Army veteran, while Paul Schaus(Buffalo, N.Y) and Josh Sweeney served in the U.S. Marine Corps ... Dan Brennan, director of sled and inline national teams for USA Hockey, is serving as the general manager of the 2014 U.S. Paralympic Sled Hockey Team ... Guy Gosselin (Grafton, Wis.), American Development Model regional manager for USA Hockey, is in his third season as an assistant coach for the U.S. National Sled Hockey Team ... Additional staff members include team physician Mike Uihlein (Grafton, Wis.), athletic trainer Mike Cortese (Boynton Beach, Fla.) and equipment manager Joel Isaacson (Houghton, Mich.).


Alabama seceded from the United States on this date in 1861.


Simpson Staying with Stamps: Veteran LB inks extension.

Back where he started: Stala signs with Alouettes.

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In New York, milk was delivered in glass bottles for the first time by Alexander Campbell on this date in 1878.


Tampa, FL. — As I opened my mailbag for Thursday morning’s post, there was one persistent question that I thought was worth tackling separately.

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"Popular Mechanics" magazine was published for the first time on this date in 1902.




You're reading the Johnny Blog. Almost as much fun as going to, as Jimmy calls it, Triangle Hockey, isn't it?


Today in Elvis History

1956 - 
Elvis completed his first recording session as an RCA Victor artist.


The first sedan-type car was unveiled at the National Automobile Show in New York City on this date in 1913. The car was manufactured by the Hudson Motor Company.


Today in Beatles History:

1963 - 
 The Beatles made their first national TV appearance in the U.K. They performed the song "Please Please Me" on the show "Thank Your Lucky Stars."

2002 - George Harrison's widow Olivia filed a lawsuit to bar Carl Roles from selling the former Beatle's memorabilia. Carl Roles was accused of stealing items from Harrison's Los Angeles home in the 1970's and attempting to sell them the day after Harrison's death.


At Toronto General Hospital on this date in 1922, Leonard Thompson became the first person to be successfully treated with insulin.


Today in Sports History:

1953 - J. Edgar Hoover declined a six-figure offer to be the president of the International Boxing Club.

1970 - Billy Casper became the second golfer in history to top the $1-million mark in career earnings when he won the Los Angeles Open golf tournament.

1973 - Owners of American League baseball teams voted to adopt the designated-hitter rule on a trial basis.

1976 - Dorothy Hamill won her third consecutive national figure skating championship.

1976 - The Soviet Olympic team walked off the ice in protest to the rough tactics of the Philadelphia Flyers.

1995 - NHL owners and Players ended a 103 day lockout. It was announced that the regular season would be reduced to 48 games and would start January 20.

2002 - Muhammad Ali received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

2007 - It was announced that David Beckham had signed a five-year $250 million contract with the Los Angeles Galaxy.

2010 - Mark McGwire admitted that he used steroids on and off for nearly a decade. The timeframe including the 1998 season when he broke the then single-season home run record.


"Seahunt" debuted on CBS-TV on this date in 1958. The show was aired on the network for four years.


Coming Up:

Tonight --

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning at Philadelphia Flyers 1:00pm EST

USPHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors vs Tampa Pro Alumni 7:00pm EST

NAHL Hockey -- Wenatchee Wild at Kenai River Brown Bears 11:30pm EST

Sunday --

Nothin' Doin'

Monday --

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning at Columbus Blue Jackets 7:00pm EST

Tuesday --

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning at New York Rangers 7:00pm EST

Wednesday --

Nothin' Doin'

Thursday --

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning vs New York Islanders 7:30pm EST

NAHL Hockey -- Wenatchee Wild at Fairbanks Ice Dogs 11:00pm EST

Friday --

NAHL Hockey -- Wenatchee Wild at Fairbanks Ice Dogs 11:30pm EST

Saturday --

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning vs San Jose Sharks 2:00pm EST

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

USPHL Elite Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors vs Florida Eels 8:00pm EST

NAHL Hockey -- Wenatchee Wild at Fairbanks Ice Dogs 11:30pm EST

Sunday --

USPHL Empire Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors vs Palm Beach Hawks 1:45pm EST

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning at Carolina Hurricanes 5:00pm EST


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

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