Monday, March 24, 2014

Monday Morning Meissnervations

It's Monday. Here's what's happening....


Today is March 24th, the 83rd day of 2014. There are 282 days left in the year.


Blues' defense, goaltending spark run to playoffs.

Bruins keep rolling as postseason approaches.

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Today's Birthdays: R. Lee Ermey (Full Metal Jacket, Mississippi Burning, Mail Call) is 70; Jim Parsons (Sheldon Cooper on The Big Bang Theory) is 41; Alyson Hannigan (How I Met Your Mother, American Pie) is 40; NFL quarterback Peyton Manning is 38.


Tampa, FL. -- Steven Stamkos goes one-on-one with NHL Network analyst Kevin Weekes to discuss the Olympics, his return to the ice and taking over as Captain.

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The first telephone call between New York and Chicago took place on this date in 1883.


Jamie Lee Rattray Wins 2014 Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award
Clarkson Senior Named Top Player in NCAA Division I Women's Ice Hockey
WALLINGFORD, Conn. - Jamie Lee Rattray (Kanata, Ont.), a senior forward at Clarkson University, was awarded the 2014 Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award today at the Oakdale Theatre in Wallingford, Conn. The award, in its 17th year, is presented annually to the top player in NCAA Division I women's ice hockey.
Rattray was named the winner of the award during the Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award Ceremony and Brunch, as part of the NCAA Women's Frozen Four weekend hosted by Quinnipiac University. She was chosen for the honor from a group of three finalists, including Hannah Brandt(Vadnais Heights, Minn./University of Minnesota) and Jillian Saulnier(Halifax, Nova Scotia/Cornell University).
"Jamie Lee is the definition of hard work paying off," said Matt Desrosiers, co-head coach of Clarkson University. "The energy she brings to every practice and game is unmatched and is infectious to the rest of her team. She embodies everything the Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award represents; a top performer in the country, competitiveness, performance in the clutch, personal character, and most importantly a true passion and love for the game of hockey."
Amidst a record-setting senior campaign, Rattray sits at or near the top of the national leader board in many offensive statistical categories.
The Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference Player of the Year and First-Team All-ECAC selection, Rattray was a three-time ECAC Player of the Month (November, December, January), three-time ECAC Player of the Week and five-time member of the ECAC Weekly Honor Roll. The senior forward helped Clarkson University win the ECAC regular-season title, earn the No. 1 seed in the ECAC tournament and secure a spot in the NCAA Women's Frozen Four championship game. Additionally, her on-ice leadership helped Clarkson set the school-record for wins in a single season with 30.
Rattray currently ranks second in the NCAA in both points (64) and goals (28), including a nation-leading nine power-play markers. She has recorded 20 multi-point games in Clarkson's 40 outings to date, including two five-points showings (Nov. 22, 2013 vs. Princeton University and Jan. 31, 2014 vs. Union College). Additionally, Rattray has set Clarkson’s single-season records for goals, assists and points, as well as the school’s career records in both goals and points.
Away from the rink, Rattray has been active in the Clarkson women’s hockey team’s participation with the Lil’ Knight Club, which volunteers with youth hockey players in the area. She also helped paint the Helping Hands building in Potsdam, N.Y., and has assisted in fundraising for the Dalton Guyette Memorial Award, which is given annually to provide opportunities to less fortunate children near Clarkson’s campus.
Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award Winners
2014Jamie Lee RattrayClarkson University
2013Amanda KesselUniversity of Minnesota
2012Brianna DeckerUniversity of Wisconsin
2011Meghan DugganUniversity of Wisconsin
2010Vicki BendusMercyhurst College
2009Jessie VetterUniversity of Wisconsin
2008Sarah VaillancourtHarvard University
2007Julie ChuHarvard University
2006Sara BauerUniversity of Wisconsin
2005Krissy WendallUniversity of Minnesota
2004Angela RuggieroHarvard University
2003Jennifer BotterillHarvard University
2002Brooke WhitneyNortheastern University
2001Jennifer BotterillHarvard University
2000Ali BrewerBrown University
1999A.J. MleczkoHarvard University
1998Brandy FisherUniversity of New Hampshire
Notes: Jamie Lee Rattray is the first Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award winner from Clarkson University ... Rattray is the seventh ECAC player to earn the award ... The 2014 Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award Ceremony and Brunch was presented at the Oakdale Theatre in Wallingford, Conn., as part of the festivities associated with the NCAA Women's Frozen Four ... Dave Fischer, senior director of communications for USA Hockey, served as master of ceremonies for the event, while Meghan Duggan, captain of the 2014 U.S. Olympic Women's Ice Hockey Team and 2011 Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award winner as a member of the University of Wisconsin, was the keynote speaker ... The ceremony can be viewed on demand and ... The 2014 Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award winner was selected by a 13-person committee comprised of NCAA Division I women's ice hockey coaches, representitives of print and broadcast media, an at-large member and a representitive of USA Hockey. The independent accounting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP, tabulated the ballots ... For more information on the Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award and Patty Kazmaier, visit
An award of The USA Hockey Foundation, the Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award is annually awarded to the top player in NCAA Division I women's ice hockey. Selection criteria includes outstanding individual and team skills, sportsmanship, performance in the clutch, personal character, competitiveness and a love of hockey. Consideration is also given to academic achievement and civic involvement.
The Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award is named in honor of the late Patty Kazmaier, who was a four-year varsity letter-winner and All-Ivy League defenseman at Princeton University from 1981-86. An accomplished athlete who helped the Tigers to the Ivy League Championship in three consecutive seasons (1981-84), Patty Kazmaier-Sandt died Feb. 15, 1990, at the age of 28 following a long struggle with a rare blood disease.

U.S. Women's National Under-18 Team defeat Russia, 6-1, in 2014 IIHF Women's Under-18 World Championship Opener
Rodgers and Wellhausen Notch Two Points Apiece; O'Neil Makes 16 Saves
BUDAPEST, Hungary - Five different players scored and 12 players notched at least one point, while goaltender Erin O'Neil (Minnetonka, Minn.) made 16 saves to help the U.S. Women's National Under-18 Team defeat Russia, 6-1, in its first game of the 2014 International Ice Hockey Federation Women's Under-18 World Championship here today.
"We were a little tenuous at the start of the game but we eventually got more comfortable and our skilled players stepped it up a notch. said Jeff Kampersal head coach of the U.S. Women's National Under-18 Team. "We'll continue to improve and will be prepared to face Hungary tomorrow."
Team USA managed to build a two-goal lead after one period thanks to goals by Maliya Rodgers (Minnetonka, Minn.) and Taylor Williamson (Edina, Minn.). Rodger's marker opened the scoring when she connected with Grace Bizal (Minnetonka, Minn.) just 6:55 into the contest. Williamson doubled the U.S. advantage at 12:18 with help from Rebecca Gilmore(Wayland, Mass.) and Megan Keller (Farmington, Mich.).
Baylee Wellhausen (Williams Bay, Wis.), who also had an assist in the game, boosted the Team USA lead to 3-0 at 9:38 of the middle frame when she beat Russian goaltender Valeriya Tarakanova seconds after a U.S. power play expired. Jincy Dunne (O'Fallon, Mo.) and Maddie Rolfes (West Des Moines, Iowa) were credited with the helpers on the play. Taylar Cianfarano (Oswego, N.Y.) buried one at 12:01 to make it 4-0 before Sophie Skarzynski(Wilmette, Ill.) then struck for a tally of her own at 13:18 to give the United States a five-goal cushion.
The U.S. increased its lead to 6-0 at 2:24 of the final stanza when Rodgers notched her second goal of the contest. Russia's Anna Shokhina closed the scoring at 13:42.
Brooke Ahbe (Centennial, Colo.), Lexie Laing (Marblehead, Mass.), Abby Roque (Sault Ste. Marie, Mich.), Melissa Samoskevich (Sandy Hook, Conn.) and Grace Zarzecki (Chicago, Ill.) also found the scoresheet for the Americans with a single assist each.
The U.S. Women's National Under-18 Team will continue play in the 2014 IIHF Under-18 Women's World Championship tomorrow (March 24) when it squares off with Hungary at 1:30 p.m. ET.
NOTES: Baylee Wellhausen was named the U.S. Player of the Game ... For today's box score and photos, click here ... Team USA's captain is Jincy Dunne, while its alternate captains areSydney Baldwin and Lexie LaingReagan 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 Women's Under-18 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 Women's Under-18 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 Women's Under-18 World Championship
Team USA ScheduleMarch 23-30 - Budapest, Hungary
DateOpponentResultTime (ET)
Sun., March 23RussiaW, 6-112:30 p.m.
Mon., March 24Hungary1:30 p.m.
Wed., March 26Sweden12:30 p.m.
Thurs., March 27QuarterfinalsTBD
Sat., March 29SemifinalsTBD
Sun., March 30Bronze-Medal Game10 a.m.
Gold-Medal Game1:30 p.m.


On this date in 1900, Mayor Van Wyck of New York broke the ground for the New York subway tunnel that would link Manhattan and Brooklyn.


Wenatchee, WA. – The Port Huron Fighting Falcons benefitted from a penalty call late in regulation, scoring early in overtime to defeat the Wenatchee Wild 4-3 Saturday night, in front of 3,322 at the Town Toyota Center.

Port Huron opened the scoring 60 seconds into the first period, on an unassisted goal by Noah Batis, for a 1-0 Fighting Falcons lead. Batis scored again, this time on the power play, off assists from Vito Aluia and Niko Coffman. The goal, at 4:25, put Port Huron on top, 2-0. The Wild would get one back on a power play goal, as Troy Loggins (Huntington Beach, California) popped home a rebound. Parker Tuomie (Biemerhaven, Germany) and Brendan Harris (Las Vegas, Nevada) assisted at 9:50, cutting the deficit to 2-1.

The Fighting Falcons regained their two-goal lead early in the second, on a goal by Logan Lambdin. Reed Scahill drew the lone assist at 1:33, putting Port Huron up 3-1. Christian Salvato (La Verne, California) scored on a blast from the left point, just shy of the midway point of the second. The assist went to Mike Coyne (Kenmore, New York) at 9:43, drawing Wenatchee to within one, at 3-2. The Wild would tie the game soon after, as Tuomie scored a power play goal, rolling in off the left wing and backhanding a shot top shelf. Harris assisted at 12:47, tying the game 3-3.

Wenatchee outshot the Fighting Falcons 14-8 in the third period, but neither team was able to light the lamp and the game went to overtime, tied 3-3.

Port Huron got a power play goal early in the extra session to win it. Lambin scored unassisted at 1:07 and the Fighting Falcons skated off with the 4-3 win. “That was a tough one to take” said Wenatchee Wild Head Coach Bliss Littler. “Felt like a point was stolen from us tonight, very proud of our effort. Two times we battled back from being down two, proud of the effort, we deserved a better fate.”

The Wild outshot Port Huron 37-27. Chase Perry (Andover, Minnesota) made 23 saves for Wenatchee, while Max Milosek had 34 saves for the Fighting Falcons. Wenatchee went 2-for-5 on the power play and 3-of-5 on the penalty kill.

The Wild is now 29-22-7; Port Huron is 34-15-8. Wenatchee remains in sole possession of third place in the Midwest Division.

The Wild wraps up the regular season by hosting the Aberdeen Wings next Friday and Saturday, March 28th and 29th. Individual and group game tickets for all home games are on sale now. Call 509.888.PUCK (7825).



In New Jersey, the Carnegie Steel Corporation was formed on this date in 1900.


Video Analysis: Prospects Make Their Case at Combine.

Combine: No shortage of storylines on final day.

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A schoolteacher in Wales was sentenced to three and a half years in prison for running a $1.5 million dollar cocaine operation. [A successful businessman devotes his spare time to teaching kids, and this is how you reward him?]


Tampa, FL. — Tampa Bay will receive an undisclosed pick in the 2015 draft for Zuttah, who started most of last season at center, a position that newcomer Evan Dietrich-Smith is expected to fill in 2014.

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If you watched the second half of the Stanford-Kansas game, you undoubtedly saw him: a little Kansas fan so distraught over his team's imminent demise. CBS went to the crying kid multiple times, and Twitter users who were following the game came down hard on the network for showing Kansas Crying Kid over and over and over again. | image link


Jimmy and Alex play the bopper game.


You're reading the Johnny Blog. Almost as much as sleeping in on a Monday morning, isn't it?


Today in Elvis History

1956 - 
Elvis Presley appeared on "Stage Show" for the sixth time.

1956 - Elvis Presley performed "Money Honey" and "Heartbreak Hotel" on TV's "Stage Show."

1958 - Elvis Presley was sworn in as a private in the U.S. Army.

2004 - In Fort Knox, Kentucky, the Patton Museum of Calvary and Armor opened a new exhibit that focused on the years Elvis spent in the U.S. Army. The exhibit was planned to stay at the museum until March of 2005.

2005 - The Broadway musical "All Shook Up" opened.


If your only chance to squeeze in a workout is at night, don't worry about it messing with your sleep. A new study (Arizona State University) found that people who exercise in the evening sleep just as well as those who don't bust a sweat before bed.


Today in Beatles History:

1980 - 
The album "Rarities" was released in the U.S.

1992 - Yoko Ono's "Walking On Thin Ice (Greatest Hits)" was released.   


Police in North Carolina (Lincolnton) have arrested a man accused of sucking on a woman's toes at a Walmart after convincing her that he was a podiatry student. Authorities say Michael Anthony Brown convinced the woman to try on several pairs of shoes at the store. At some point, the man stuck her foot in his mouth. Police say when the woman became upset, Brown offered to pay for her groceries.


Today in Sports History:

1936 - The Detroit Red Wings beat the Montreal Maroons 1-0. The first goal was not scored until 16 minutes and 30 seconds into the sixth overtime period of the season's first Stanley Cup semi-final game.

1962 - Benny "Kid" Paret was knocked into unconsciousness in a boxing match with Emile Griffith at Madison Square Garden. He died 10 days later. It was the first televised "death in the ring."

1973 - Nate "Tiny" Archibald became the first player in NBA history to lead the league in scoring (34.0 ppg) and assists (11.4 apg) in the same season.

1975 - Muhammad Ali knocked out Chuck Wepner in the 15th round to retain the world heavyweight title.

1992 - Mario Lemieux (Pittsburgh Penguins) scored his 1000th career point in his 513th game. He was the second fastest player in the NHL to record 1000 points.

2002 - Michael Finley (Dallas Mavericks) became the 238th NBA player to surpass 10,000 career points.

2005 - The NHL canceled its draft due to a six-month player lockout.


Divergent was definitely the movie to beat at the box office this weekend. The film adaptation of Veronica Roth's novel was essentially billed as the next Hunger Games, and quite a few moviegoers ventured out to their neighborhood theater to see what all the fuss was about. And the film ended up generating quite a bit of money in the process. Divergent put an estimated $56 million in the bank this weekend.


FONTANA, Calif. -- Kyle Larson didn't lack for late-race motivation Saturday afternoon at Auto Club Speedway, not with seasoned drivers Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick and Joey Logano -- the trio holding a combined resume of 126 Nationwide wins -- hounding him over the last green-flag stint. But a small reminder may have given him an extra amount of oomph.

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The "Census of the British Empire" on this date in 1906 revealed that England ruled 1/5 of the world.


FONTANA, Calif. -- In a race that saw tire problems turn the contest upside-down, Kyle Busch won Sunday’s Auto Club 400 in a green-white-checkered-flag finish that took the fifth NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event of the year six laps past its scheduled distance.

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Belle Baker hosted a radio variety show from a moving train on this date in 1932. It was the first radio broadcast from a train.


Coming Up:

Tonight --

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

Tuesday --

Nothin' Doin'

Wednesday --

Nothin' Doin'

Thursday --

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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