Thursday, March 27, 2014

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It's Thursday. Here's what's happening....


Today is March 27th, the 86th day of 2014. There are 279 days left in the year.


Prospector Files: WHL draft-eligible All-Star team.

Wheat Kings' Hawryluk hospitalized after collapse.

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Today's Birthdays: Director Quentin Tarantino (Django Unchained) is 51; Pauley Perrette (Abby on NCIS, bakery owner) is 45; Mariah Carey is 44; Fergie of Black Eyed Peas is 39.


Tampa, FL. -- This is the third and final meeting between the Lightning and Islanders during the 2013-14 campaign. Both prior games have been decided in a shootout, with the Isles coming up with the latest victory thanks to Frans Nielsen scoring the lone shootout goal.

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The U.S. Congress authorized the creation of the U.S. Navy on this date in 1794.


U.S. Women's National Under-18 Team Knocks off Sweden, 7-0, at 2014 IIHF Under-18 Women's World Championship
Team USA Advances to Semifinal Round on Saturday
BUDAPEST, Hungary - Taylar Cianfarano (Oswego, N.Y.) notched three goals, Lexie Laing(Marblehead, Mass.) scored twice, Maddie Rolfes (West Des Moines, Iowa) collected a pair of assists and goaltender Erin O'Neil (Minnetonka, Minn.) finished with 13 saves to help the U.S. Women's National Under-18 Team defeat Sweden, 7-0, in its final preliminary-round contest of the 2014 International Ice Hockey Federation Under-18 Women's World Championship here today.
Team USA (3-0-0-0) clinched Group B with the victory and earned a bye into Saturday's (March 29) semifinal round. The U.S. will learn its opponent following tomorrow's (March 27) quarterfinals.
"We refined a few things tonight and had a strong game against a good team," said Jeff Kampersal, head coach of the 2014 U.S. Women's National Under-18 Team. "Sweden played well and challenged us in our own end, but we adapted in a very positive way."
The U.S. and Sweden traded chances in the early portion of the contest before Cianfarano found the back of the net at 15:17 to give Team USA a 1-0 advantage. Skating in on a two-on-one, Cianfarano chose to shoot and beat Swedish goaltender Julia Aberg with a laser into the top corner of the net.
The United States came out strong in the middle frame and managed to double its lead on a goal by Maliya Rodgers (Minnetonka, Minn.) at 1:59 when she worked her way out from behind the net and put a pinpoint shot past Aberg. The U.S. continued to pressure and eventually struck for three quick goals in the closing minutes of the period. Laing made it 3-0 when she ripped a low shot past Aberg at 14:47. Sophie Skarzynski (Wilmette, Ill.) increased the lead to 4-0 with a marker off a faceoff at 17:07, and Cianfarano notched her second goal of the game just 30 seconds later when she picked a corner to give Team USA a five-goal cushion after two.
Laing gathered her second tally of the night when she wheeled into the offensive zone and buried a shot past Aberg's blocker at 11:12 of the third period, and Cianfarano completed the hat trick with just 17 seconds remaining in the game.
Brooke Ahbe (Centennial, Colo.), Sydney Baldwin (Shorewood, Minn.), Jincy Dunne (O'Fallon, Mo.), Megan Keller (Farmington, Mich.), Abby Roque (Sault Ste. Marie, Mich.), Melissa Samoskevich (Sandy Hook, Conn.) and Baylee Wellhausen (Williams Bay, Wis.) all recored single assists for the U.S.
NOTES: For today's box score, click here ... Taylar Cianfarano was named U.S. Player of the Game ... In addition to her three goals, Cianfarano also led the U.S. in faceoffs (17-of-21) and shots on goal (12), and tied for the team lead with a plus-5 rating ... Reagan Carey (Colorado Springs, Colo.), USA Hockey's director of women's hockey, is serving as the general manager of Team USA at the 2014 IIHF Under-18 Women's World Championship ... Jeff Kampersal(Pennington, N.J.), head women's ice hockey coach at Princeton University, is the head coach of the U.S. Women's National Under-18 Team for the 2013-14 season ... The assistant coaches are Courtney Kennedy (Somerville, Mass.), associate women's ice hockey coach at Boston College, and Katie Lachapelle (Winthrop, Mass.), assistant women's ice hockey coach at Boston University. The team was selected following the U.S. Women's National Under-18 Team Winter Camp, held Dec. 27-31, at Schwan's Super Rink in Blaine, Minn. The IIHF Under-18 Women's World Championship is being played for the seventh time and will include teams from Canada, the Czech Republic, Finland, Hungary, Japan, Russia, Sweden and the United States. Team USA captured gold in the first two years of the tournament (2008, 2009) and again in 2011 before winning the silver medal in 2010, 2012 and 2013.
2014 IIHF Under-18 Women's World Championship
Team USA ScheduleMarch 23-30 - Budapest, Hungary
DateOpponentTime (ET)/Result
Sun., March 23RussiaW, 6-1
Mon., March 24HungaryW, 7-0
Wed., March 26SwedenW, 7-0
Sat., March 29SemifinalsTBD
Sun., March 30Bronze-Medal Game10 a.m.
Gold-Medal Game1:30 p.m.

2014 USA Hockey Junior Tier III National Championship Location, Schedule Announced
All Tournament Games to be Stream Live on
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - The 2014 USA Hockey Junior Tier III National Championship will be held April 3-7, at the International Skating Center of Connecticut in Simsbury, Conn. The tournament will feature teams from all nine of USA Hockey's Tier III junior leagues and showcase 12 of the top Tier III junior hockey clubs in the U.S.
Each of the teams in the 2014 USA Hockey Junior Tier III National Championships will be placed into a group for round robin play. At the conclusion of the round robin, the top teams in each group and one wild card team will advance to the semifinals.
For more information on the USA Hockey Junior Tier III National Championship, click here.
USA Hockey, in partnership with FASTHockey, is providing live streaming coverage of the USA Hockey National Championships. Game are being offered on a pay-per-view basis. FASTHockey uses a unique game-credit system for viewing games, offering discounts to customers who watch multiple games. Those interested in watching must first sign up for a free account Users can then buy game credits - single game ranges from $7.99 to $5.99. Game credits never expire and can be used to watch live games or access on-demand content. In addition, games will be available for purchase on DVD
Notes: Fans wishing to follow all the 2014 USA Hockey National Championships can do so online at and also via the new USA Hockey National Championships app, available for Android and iOS devices. The USA Hockey National Championships app is available in the Apple App Store and on Google Play ... Fans can also follow all the action on Twitter at both @USAHockey and @USAHNationals.


The first international radio transmission between England and France was achieved by the Italian inventor G. Marconi on this date in 1899.


103rd Grey Cup awarded to city of Winnipeg.

Lions ink 2013 top draft pick Steward.

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Two CNN producers, trying to do an inside story on how easy it is to slip past security at the World Trade Center, were caught and arrested. [Now they're doing an inside story on the importance of knowing a good bail bondsman.]


Tampa, FL. —'s Scott Smith spoke with WR Louis Murphy just moments after he signed his contract.

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The world better watch out. The Russian navy recently seized control of Ukraine's combat dolphins. According to an employee connected with the Crimea-based program, the Russians will oversee the entire dolphin army from now on. The combat dolphins are trained to patrol open water and attack anything that poses a military threat.


Here young man. Have some beads.


You're reading the Johnny Blog. Almost as much as sleeping in on a Thursday morning, then going to Lightning hockey, isn't it?


Today in Elvis History

1961 - 
Filming began on the Elvis Presley movie "Blue Hawaii." Location shooting finished on April 17th. The filming was totally finished on May 23rd.

1962 - Elvis Presley recorded his single "Return To Sender."

1972 - Elvis Presley recorded "Burning Love." It would turn out to be his last major hit.


A pepper eating contest featuring the World's Hottest Pepper will take place at the NYC Hot Sauce Expo this Sunday. Two big names in the fiery foods world, Ted Barrus "The Fire Breathing Idiot" and Steve "The Machine" Smallwood, are participating.


Today in Beatles History:

1979 - 
"All You Need Is Cash" premiered on BBC-TV. The work was a parody of the Beatles' career (featuring the Rutles).

1979 - Eric Clapton and Patti Boyd, the ex-wife of George Harrison, were married.   


Twitter added a couple of features Wednesday. You can now add four photos to a single tweet and for the first time, you can tag up to 10 friends in a Twitter photo, without taking away from your 140-character count. The photos you add will appear as a four-part collage in your timeline. If anyone clicks on one of them, they'll get the full picture.


Today in Sports History:

1917 - The Seattle Metropolitans, of the Pacific Coast League of Canada, defeated the Montreal Canadiens and became the first U.S. hockey team to win the Stanley Cup. 

1981 - U.S. President Reagan hosted a luncheon honoring the members of the Baseball Hall of Fame.

1989 - Sport Illustrated exposed Pete Rose's gambling activities. The magazine article alleged Rose bet on baseball from the Riverfront dugout using hand gestures with an associate.

1994 - Magic Johnson became head coach of the Los Angeles Lakers. He coached the final 16 games of the 1993-4 season.

2007 - NFL owners voted 30-2 to make the video replay system a permanent officiating tool.


A pair of thieves in Chile locked an undertaker inside one of her own coffins while they robbed her funeral home. A passing taxi driver later heard her shouting for help, nervously lifted the lid and almost fainted when the woman sat up in the coffin.


Coming Up:

Tonight --

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

Friday --

NAHL Hockey -- Wenatchee Wild vs Aberdeen Wings 10:05pm EDT

Saturday --

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning at Buffalo Sabres 7:00pm EDT

NAHL Hockey -- Wenatchee Wild vs Aberdeen Wings 10:05pm EDT

Sunday --

Nascar Sprint Cup Series -- STP 500 at Martinsville Speedway 1:00pm EDT

Verizon Indy Car Series -- Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg at the Streets of St. Petersburg -- 3:00pm EDT

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


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

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