Saturday, January 18, 2014

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


Today is January 18th, the 18th day of 2014. There are 347 days left in the year.


History helping Kings prospects learn in the present.

Rangers, Islanders lead resurgence in Metropolitan.

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The x-ray machine was exhibited for the first time on this date in 1896.


Tampa, FL. -- I like Canada. Even the bacon.

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


Fairbanks, AK. – The Fairbanks Ice Dogs scored late in regulation to tie the game, and then outscored the Wild in the deciding shootout, to skate past Wenatchee 3-2 Friday night at the Big Dipper Ice Arena.

The Wild scored late in the opening period, as Omar Mullan (Dearborn, Michigan) banged home a centering pass from Joseph Kaszupski (Henderson, Nevada) that came from behind the net to Mullan, who was stationed in front of the net. The goal, coming at 17:34, gave Wenatchee a 1-0 lead.

The Ice Dogs tied the game early in the second period. Viktor Liljegren picked up his own rebound and scored in tight, assisted by Tayler Munson and Hans Gorowsky at 5:26, making it a 1-1 game.

The Wild scored on the power play early in the third to regain the lead. Nicholas Rivera (Pacific Palisades, California) scored on a deflection in front, with Christian Salvato (LaVerne, California) and River Rymsha (Huntington Woods, Michigan) getting the assists at 4:24, putting Wenatchee back on top 2-1. The lead lasted until late in regulation when, with the goaltender off for the extra attacker, Munson scored on a rebound to tie it for Fairbanks. Liljegren and Duggie Lagrone assisted at 19:08, knotting the game 2-2 and forcing overtime.

In the extra session, the Ice Dogs outshot the Wild 5-1, but neither team was able to score and the game would proceed to the deciding shoot out.

In the shootout, Parker Tuomie (Biemerhaven, Germany) scored in round one for Wenatchee and for Fairbanks, Munson scored in round one and Gorowsky scored in round four, giving the Ice Dogs the extra standings point, with the 3-2 win.

Fairbanks outshot the Wild 31-29 on the night. Gustaf Johansson (Uppsala, Sweden) made 28 saves for Wenatchee and Kevin Aldridge had 27 stops for the Ice Dogs. The Wild were 1-for-4 on the power play and 3-of-3 on the penalty kill.

Wenatchee is now 18-16-4; Fairbanks is 28-12-0.

The Wild concludes their road trip in Fairbanks with one more game tomorrow night (Saturday), 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).



Walter Winchell made his debut on radio on this date in 1929.


New-Look Team USA Speeds Past Canada in Pre-Paralympic Series

INDIAN TRAIL, N.C. -- Chasing a high-arching lead pass, defenseman Tyler Carron retrieved a loose puck and split two converging defenders. Open momentarily for a shot, Carron let loose just as Canada goalie Corbin Watson turned the hustling attempt aside.

The U.S. National Sled Hockey Team bench applauded the rubber-match effort.

That’s more like it.

About two months from defending its Paralympic gold medal, the new-look U.S. squad hosted Canada in a three-game series last weekend (Jan. 9-11) at Extreme Ice Center in Indian Trail, N.C. The pre-Paralympic series was billed as a potential gold-medal showdown preview.

Canada claimed the exhibition opener, 4-1. Team USA coach Jeff Sauer said he was not surprised by the 3-0 first-period deficit or the result. It was the first game since making some “tough roster decisions,” Sauer said.

What the veteran coach later appreciated was the locker-room chemistry that developed during the 2-1 victory in Game 2 and the 3-1, series-clinching triumph in Game 3. Hustle plays like Carron’s second-period effort in the finale helped define the squad’s make-up.

“We like to use our speed and forecheck,” Sauer said.

Sauer also initiated a coaching move he likely will carry over to the Paralympic Winter Games in March in Sochi, Russia. Able to match lines in Game 3, Sauer used the line of Josh Sweeney-Rico Roman-Paul Schaus against Canada’s No. 1 line of Brad Bowden-Billy Bridges-Greg Westlake. It worked.

Grinning, Sauer said: “We did something different.”

That seems to be a common theme within the program recently.

Team USA is anchored by a core of seven Paralympic veterans but is engaged in a youth movement that includes 15-year-old Brody Roybal and 16-year-old Declan Farmer.

“We have a new mix,” Sauer said.

With the program growing quickly, Sauer said he had the luxury of selecting the team out of about 30 quality prospects, adding that the competition is fortifying Team USA as an international power.

“We are the youngest team in the world,” he said. “And we have good depth.”

Returning to add leadership is captain Andy Yohe. The oldest player on the team at 35, Yohe served as captain on the 2010 gold medal-winning squad. Following his second Paralympics experience, Yohe left the program to focus on raising his daughter, Abbie, who is now 3 ½ years old, and his two-week-old son, Levi.

When offered an opportunity to return to the 2014 Paralympics, Yohe received support from his wife, Katie. It’s likely his sled hockey swan song.

“I am super excited about it,” said Yohe, who also participated in the 2006 Paralympics. “With the young kids coming, this is probably it.”

During Saturday’s series finale, Team USA allowed a first-period, power-play goal by Bowden, off a cross-ice pass from Westlake. One-on-one with goalie Steve Cash, Bowden flipped a shot under the crossbar at 7 minutes, 15 seconds. From that point on, however, Canada’s top line was effectively limited by Sauer’s coaching move.

Schaus helped Team USA tie the score at 13:46 of the first period by not giving up on a play. Initially upended along the neutral-zone boards by Canada defenseman James Gemmell, Roman worked the puck into the offensive zone and eventually assisted on Schaus’ equalizer.

Roman was credited with the game-winner at 11:06 of the second period, scoring off a drop pass from a rushing Sweeney, who was credited with three assists.

Protecting the one-goal lead in the third period, defenseman Taylor Chace, on the penalty kill, cleared the puck from the crease area after a scramble in the crease. Cash closed out Canada’s power play with a sweeping glove save.

With 14.3 seconds remaining, and the crowd chanting “USA … USA … ” forward Kevin McKee scored an empty-net goal.

In preparation for the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games, which take place March 7-16, Team USA returns to the Charlotte suburb ice rink Feb. 15-22 to work out against the U.S. National Development Sled Hockey Team.

After capturing 2012 gold medals at the IPC World Championship and World Sledge Challenge, Team USA followed up both efforts with silver medals in 2013.

With a mix of youth and proven veteran leadership, new-look Team USA appears poised to challenge for another gold.

“We are not looking back,” said Cash, who turned aside 12 shots in Game 3. “We are looking forward.”


CBS radio debuted "Aunt Jenny’s Real Life Stories" on this date in 1937.


Time flies: Desjardins, REDBLACKS growing fast.

Going West: Stamps extend big-play receiver.

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On this date in 1939, Louis Armstrong and his orchestra recorded "Jeepers Creepers."


Tampa, FL. — When new offensive coordinator Jeff Tedford met with the Tampa Bay media for the first time on Wednesday, he didn't go into a lot of detail about the personnel he's inheriting.

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U.S. commercial bakers stopped selling sliced bread on this date in 1943. Only whole loaves were sold during the ban until the end of World War II.


Jimmy as the Little Drummer Boy.


You're reading the Johnny Blog. Almost as much fun as another hockey weekend, isn't it?


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.


"The Original Amateur Hour" debuted on this date in 1948. The show was on the air for 22 years.


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.


Joan Blondell made her TV debut on "Pot of Gold" episode of "Airflyte Theatre" on CBS-TV on this date in 1951.


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.


The first, non-stop, around-the-world, jet flight came to an end at Riverside, CA on this date in 1957. The plane was refueled in mid-flight by huge aerial tankers.


Coming Up:

Tonight --

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

Monday --

Nothin' Doin'

Tuesday --

Nothin' Doin'

Wednesday --

Nothin' Doin'

Thursday --

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning  vs Ottawa Senators 7:30pm EST

Friday --

NAHL Hockey -- Wenatchee Wild vs Bismarck Bobcats 10:05pm EST

Saturday --

USPHL Empire Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors vs Palm Beach Hawks 5:15pm EST

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning vs Colorado Avalanche 7:00pm EST

USPHL Elite Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors vs Palm Beach Hawks 8:00pm EST

NAHL Hockey -- Wenatchee Wild vs Bismarck Bobcats 10:05pm EST

Sunday --

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

USPHL Elite Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors vs Palm Beach Hawks 12:15pm EST


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

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