Saturday, February 1, 2014

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


Today is February 1st, the 32nd day of 2014. There are 333 days left in the year.


Parise named captain of U.S. Olympic team.

Stamkos takes contact in practice, not game-ready yet.

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Isaac Briggs and William Longstreet patented the steamboat on this date in 1788.


Tampa, FL. --The Tampa Bay Lightning have recalled goaltenders Cedrick Desjardins (dayge-ar-DAN) and Kristers Gudlevskis (güd-LEV-skeez) from the Syracuse Crunch of the American Hockey League on an emergency basis today, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced.

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The U.S. Supreme Court convened for the first time in New York City on this date in 1790.


Soldotna, AK. – The Wenatchee Wild was back at the Soldotna Sports Center Friday night to take on the Kenai River Brown Bears and for the second night in a row it took more than extra time, with the Wild prevailing in a shootout, 4-3.

Kenai River opened the scoring just past the midway point of the opening period on a goal by Jacob Wolter, assisted by Tommy Dierl at 10:50, giving the Brown Bears a 1-0 lead. Wenatchee wouldn’t wait long to tie it up, as Nicholas Rivera (Pacific Palisades, California) tipped one home from the right of the goal. Matthew Nuttle (Marilla, New York) assisted at 12:27, tying the game 1-1. The Wild would take the lead soon after, as Omar Mullan (Dearborn, Michigan) scored, finishing off a nice passing play. Alex Rauter (Morristown, New Jersey) and David Powlowski (Rochester, New York) drew the assists at 15:36, putting Wenatchee on top, 2-1.

The Wild increased the lead in the second period, on a goal from just inside the slot side of the left wing circle by Jakob Ahlgren (Fergus Falls, Minnesota). Gadel Gumerov (Nizhnekamsk, Russia) and Joseph Kaszupski (Henderson, Nevada) assisted at 15:46, giving Wenatchee a 3-1 lead.

The game remained 3-1 Wild through most of the third period, when Kenai River would pull the goaltender for an extra attacker. With time winding down, the Brown Bears would score to make it a one-goal game. Zack Zulkanycz scored the extra attacker goal with Jack Gesert assisting at 18:59, making it a 3-2 game. Then, with just under 4 ticks remaining and the goaltender off again, another extra attacker goal, this one from Sebastian Fuchs, with Jacob Davidson and Jake Bushey assisting at 19:57, tied the game 3-3 and forced overtime for the second night in a row.

Kenai River controlled the play in overtime, but several big saves by Chase Perry (Andover, Minnesota) kept the game tied, forcing a shootout once again.

Powlowski scored in round two and Ahlgren in round three for Wenatchee, while Albin Karlsson and Fuchs scored in rounds two and three for the Brown Bears. After an Andre Pison (Herlev, Denmark) goal in round five for the Wild put them on top, Perry stopped Nathan Colwell with a glove save to finish off the shootout, giving Wenatchee the extra standings point with the 4-3 win. “Our first period was good” said Wenatchee Wild Head Coach Bliss Littler, “But in the end, it wasn’t one of our better periods. We got a little better in the second; I thought we played extremely well in the third until the last minute and a half. They got real aggressive, we got real passive and they made a few plays. Proud that we were able to get the extra point in the shootout. You give up two empty net goals at the end of the hockey game, a lot of times you’re going to hang your heads and get beat, but our guys hung in there and it was nice for us to get the extra point.” Littler continued, saying “Hopefully that’s a sign of maturity. If this group wants to jump all the way in, we’ll have a chance to win a lot more games.”

Kenai River outshot the Wild 32-20 on the night. Perry made 29 saves for Wenatchee, while Kris Oldham had 16 saves for the Brown Bears. The Wild were 0-for-4 on the power play and 5-of-5 on the penalty kill.

The Wild is now 21-17-5; Kenai River is 21-17-5.

Wenatchee faces Kenai River once more, tomorrow (Saturday), then moves on to Fairbanks for three more February 6th, 7th and 8th, before returning home to face the Soo on February 14th and 15th. Individual and group game tickets for all home games are on sale now. Call 509.888.PUCK (7825).



Ralph Hodgson patented oiled silk on this date in 1793.


U.S. National Under-17 and Under-18 Teams Named
for Respective Five Nations Tournaments
U17s Travel to Sweden; U18s Head to Russia
ANN ARBOR, Mich. - The U.S. National Under-17 and Under-18 Teams -- part of USA Hockey's National Team Development Program -- will join teams from the Czech Republic, Finland, Russia and Sweden in their respective Five Nations Tournaments this week. The U17 Five Nations Tournament will take place in Sundsvall, Sweden, while the U18 Five Nations event will be held in Dmitrov, Russia.
Schedules for both tournaments are below.
NOTES: For the complete U.S. National Under-17 Team roster, click here ... The U.S. National Under-17 Team is competing in the Five Nations Tournament for the second time. Last year, Team USA finished third with a record of 2-0-1-1 (W-OTW-OTL-L) ... For the complete U.S. National Under-18 Team roster, click here ... The U.S. National Under-18 Team is seeking its first title at the Five Nations Tournament since 2011. Team USA has claimed first place six times (1999, 2005, 2007-09, 2011) ... Follow @USAHockeyScores on Twitter for live scoring updates during the Five Nations Tournaments. Scores will be designated with the #5NationsU17 and#5nationsU18 tags ... For additional coverage, visit the NTDP Facebook page and follow@USANTDP on Twitter ... The U.S. National Under-17 and Under-18 Teams train with The Hockey IntelliGym, a revolutionary new software program that trains hockey sense. To learn more, visit

2014 U17 Five Nations Tournament Schedule - United States
Feb. 5-9, 2014 • Sundsvall, Sweden
DateOpponentLocationTime (Local/EST)
Wed., Feb. 5FinlandGardehov3:30 p.m. / 9:30 a.m.
Fri., Feb. 7Czech RepublicGardehov7:00 p.m. / 1:00 p.m.
Sat., Feb. 8RussiaGardehov12:30 p.m. / 6:30 a.m.
Sun., Feb. 9SwedenGardehov2:30 p.m. / 8:30 a.m.

2014 U18 Five Nations Tournament Schedule - United States
Feb. 4-8, 2014 • Dmitrov, Russia
DateOpponentLocationTime (Local/EST)
Tues., Feb. 4RussiaDmitrov7:00 p.m. / 10:00 a.m.
Thurs., Feb. 6FinlandDmitrov3:30 p.m. / 6:30 a.m.
Fri., Feb. 7SwedenDmitrov3:30 p.m. / 6:30 a.m.
Sat., Feb. 9Czech RepublicDmitrov3:30 p.m. / 6:30 a.m.

ABOUT THE NTDP: In 1996, USA Hockey launched a new initiative called the National Team Development Program, based in Ann Arbor, Mich. Celebrating its 17th season of play in 2013-14, the goal of this full-time development program is to prepare student-athletes under the age of 18 for participation on U.S. National Teams and success in their future hockey careers. Its efforts focus not only on high-caliber participation on the ice, but creating well-rounded individuals off the ice.


"The Battle Hymn of the Republic," by Julia Ward Howe was first published in the "Atlantic Monthly" on this date in 1862.


Veteran Presence: Bombers acquire Banks in trade with BC.

Video: 1-on-1 with Ticats QB Zach Collaros.

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In the U.S., bricklayers start working 8-hour days on this date in 1867.


Tampa, FL. — It's Tampa Bay's time at the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

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The first edition of the Oxford English Dictionary was published on this date in 1884.


Jimmy and Flipper watch Christmas music on the TV.


You're reading the Johnny Blog. Almost as much fun as watching the weather take a turn for the better after four days of rain, isn't it?


Today in Elvis History

1958 - 
Elvis Presley made his last recordings before being inducted into the U.S. Army. He recorded "Your Cheatin' Heart," Wear My Ring Around Your Neck," "Doncha' Think It's Time" and "My Wish Came True." 

1968 - Lisa Marie Presley was born. She was the only child of Elvis and Priscilla.

1969 - Elvis Presly's single "If I Can Dream" hit #12 in the U.S.

1975 - Lisa Marie Presley met her favorite singer, Elton John, for her seventh birthday. The event was arranged by Elvis Presley.

1975 - Elvis Presley's single "Promised Land" hit #9 in the U.S.


Thomas A. Edison completed work on the world's first motion picture studio in West Orange, NJ on this date in 1893.


Today in Beatles History:

1962 - 
 The Beatles played at the Thistle Cafe in West Kirby, Lancs. The club was christened "The Beatles Club" for one night to mark Brian Epstein booking the band. The group never played the venue again.

1967 - The Beatles began sessions for Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. They laid down the rhythm track for the title cut.

1968 - John Lennon shipped his Rolls Royce to the U.S.

1993 - Paul McCartney released the album "Off the Ground."

2007 - A limited edition version of Yoko Ono's album "Plastic Ono Band" was released in Japan.


The Travelers Insurance Company of Hartford, CT, issued the first automobile insurance policy on this date in 1898. Dr. Truman Martin of Buffalo, NY, paid $11.25 for the policy, which gave him $5,000 in liability coverage.


Today in Sports History:

1913 - Jim Thorpe signed a contract to play baseball with the New York Giants. 

1929 - Weightlifter Charles Rigoulet of France achieved the first 400 pound ‘clean and jerk’ as he lifted 402-1/2 pounds.

1962 - The National League released its first 162-game schedule.

1968 - Vince Lombardi resigned as the coach of the Green Bay Packers.

1970 - Terry Sawchuck got the last shutout of his career and set the career record at 103.

1992 - Barry Bonds signed the highest single season contract. It was for $4.7 million.

1992 - Dennis Potvin's #5 became the first number to be retired by the New York Islanders.

1995 - John Stockton (Utah Jazz) became the NBA's career assist leader when he scored his 9,922nd assist to move past Magic Johnson. 


Canada's Royal North West Mounted Police changed their name to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police on this date in 1920. The organization was commissioned in 1873.


Coming Up:

Tonight --

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning at Montreal Canadiens 1:00pm EST

USPHL Empire Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors at Florida Eels 3:20pm EST

USPHL Elite Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors at Florida Eels 8:45pm EST

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

Sunday --

USPHL Empire Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors vs Florida Eels 9:30am EST

USPHL Elite Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors vs Florida Eels 12:15pm EST

Monday --

Nothin' Doin'

Tuesday --

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightnings at Minnesota Wild 8:00pm EST

Wednesday --

Nothin' Doin'

Thursday --

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning vs Toronto Maple Leafs 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 --

USPHL Elite Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors at Space Coast Hurricanes 5:00pm EST

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

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning vs Detroit Red Wings 7:00pm EST

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

Sunday --

USPHL Elite Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors at Space Coast Hurricanes 11:45am EST

USPHL Empire Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors at Florida Junior Blades 12:05pm EST


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

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