Monday, November 10, 2014

Monday Morning Meissnervations

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


Today is November 10th, the 313th day of 2014. There are 52 days left in the year.


Stars' Roussel to have Player Safety hearing.

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Today's Birthdays: Mackenzie Phillips (American Graffiti, One Day at a Time) is 55. Tracy Morgan (30 Rock) is 46. Ellen Pompeo (Grey’s Anatomy) is 45.


Detroit, MI. -- The Tampa Bay Lightning lost a two-goal lead but kept their winning streak intact.

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The U.S. Marines were organized under authority of the Continental Congress on this date in 1775. The Marines went out of existence after the end of the Revolutionary War in April of 1783. The Marine Corps were formally re-established on July 11, 1798. This day is observed as the birth date of the United States Marine Corps.


U.S. National Under-17 Team Edged Out by Russia, 2-1, in
World Under-17 Hockey Challenge Title Game
U.S. Finishes in Top Three for Ninth Year in a Row
SARNIA, Ont. - Max Jones (Rochester, Mich.) scored one goal and Jake Oettinger (Lakeville, Minn.) made 14 saves but the U.S. National Under-17 Team was edged out by Russia, 2-1, here tonight at the RBC Centre. Team USA concludes the 2014 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge with a 5-0-0-1 (W-OTW-OTL-L) record and earns second place. The finish extends Team USA's string of top-three finishes in the tournament to nine, dating back to 2006.
Russia struck first with just two minutes remaining in the opening period, capitalizing on a miscue behind the U.S. net. Team USA managed five shots on net in the period, but could not solve Russian netminder Maxim Kalyayev.
Early in the second period, Team USA appeared to have tied the game, 1-1, but the goal was waived off due to accidental contact with the goalie. Russia doubled its lead at 5:42, launching a slapshot that found the back of the net. The United States outshot Russia in the frame, but again could not beat Kalyayev.
Jones attempted to spark the comeback bid with 1:30 remaining in the final stanza. Skating down the left side and with a defender in front of him, Jones launched a shot that clanged in the goal. The final seconds saw Team USA pull Oettinger in favor of the extra attacker. The gamble would not work in the United States' favor and the U.S. ultimately fell, 2-1.
Notes: Chad Krys (Ridgefield, Conn.) was named U.S. Player of the Game … Team USA outshot Russia, 22-16 … Team USA went 1-7 on the power play while Russia was 0-6 with the man advantage ... Max Jones, Clayton Keller (Swansea, Ill.) and Krys were all named to the all-tournament team ... Team USA has placed in the top three at the tournament nine consecutive times (2006, 2008-2014). No event was held in 2007 ... The 2014 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge included two groups of four teams. Group A features Canada Black, Canada White, Finland and Russia, while Group B includes Canada Red, Slovakia, Sweden and the United States ... Follow @USANTDP on Twitter for follow-up on the tournament ... Danton Cole (Pontiac, Mich.) has now led his U.S. National Under-17 Teams to two second-place finishes (2011, 2014) and a third-place showing in 2013.

Four Nations Championship: USA Falls, 3-2, to Canada in Shootout
Brianna Decker Named U.S. Player of the Game
KAMLOOPS, B.C.— The U.S. Women’s National Team fell, 3-2, to rival Canada in the championship game of the 2014 Four Nations Cup. The teams traded goals through two periods and went scoreless in the third and overtime periods, forcing the three-aside shootout. Brianne Jenner’s lone shootout goal proved to be the game winner for Canada.
Brianna Decker (Dousman, Wis.) was named U.S. player of the game, and Molly Schaus (Natick, Mass.) stopped 26 of 28 shots, finishing the game with a .929 save percentage.
For a complete recap and boxscore, please click here.

U.S. National Under-18 Team Defeats Sweden, 6-4,
to Claim 2014 Four Nations Tournament Title
Matthews Scores Twice, Adds Two Assists in Victory
SUNDSVALL, Sweden - Auston Matthews (Scottsdale, Ariz.) scored twice and added two assists as the U.S. National Under-18 Team defeated Sweden, 6-4, here this evening at Energi Arena. With the win, Team USA closes out the 2014 Under-18 Four Nations Tournament undefeated at 3-0-0-0 (W-OTW-OTL-L), earning first-place honors.
Sweden tallied the game's first goal midway through the opening period, converting on the power play. Less than a minute later, Team USA answered. Banking the puck of the side of the net, Matthews gathered his own pass, skated out front and roofed it top left corner for the score.Matthew Tkachuk (St. Louis, Mo.) assisted. The back-and-forth battle continued as Sweden struck 15 seconds after Matthews' goal to regain the lead, 2-1. The United States knotted the game at 12:58 while skating with the man advantage. Matthews found Jack Roslovic (Columbus, Ohio) along the right goal line. Roslovic then connected with a streaking Grant Gabriele (Brighton, Mich.) who one-timed the puck into the net. Sweden's second power-play marker put the U.S. down, 3-2, heading into the intermission.
Christian Evers (Waukee, Iowa) tied the score, 3-3, sending a shot through traffic and past Swedish netminder Adam Werner at 7:43 of the second stanza. Nicholas Boka (Plymouth, Mich.) assisted on the equalizer. The U.S. staked its first lead at 15:28 when Roslovic lit the lamp. With the puck behind the net drawing several skaters' attention, Roslovic was left alone in front and beat Werner with a shot. Matthews and Tkachuk assisted on the go-ahead goal.
Team USA pushed its lead to two goals 1:44 into the third period. Jeremy Bracco (Freeport, N.Y.) skated into the offensive zone and dropped the puck back to a trailing Colin White (Hanover, Mass.). White snapped a shot past Werner for the tally. Luke Kunin (Chesterfield, Mo.) also assisted. Twenty-four seconds later, Sweden countered to climb back to within one goal. Team USA's sixth goal came at 9:44 when Matthews cut across the crease and backhanded a shot into the cage. Roslovic and Caleb Jones (Frisco, Texas) assisted. The U.S. would be tasked to kill off an extended 5-on-3 opportunity for Sweden midway through the frame and did so to preserve its two-goal advantage. Sweden pulled Werner in favor of the extra attacker in the closing moments, but did not score and Team USA skated away with a 6-4 win.
Michael Lackey (Washington, D.C.) made the start in net for Team USA, making 21 saves. Werner was between the pipes for Sweden, stopping 38 of 44 shots against.
Notes: Team USA outshot Sweden, 44-25 ... The U.S. went 1-5 on the power play while Sweden went 2-5 ... Team USA outscored its opposition, 21-6 ... Auston Matthews led all skaters in the tournament with nine points (3-6) in three games ... Jack Roslovic ranked tied for third with seven points, including a tournament best four goals. Jeremy Bracco also had seven points, all assists ... Grant Gabriele, Matthews and Roslovic were tops in plus-minus rating, each earning a +6. Gabriele also led all defensemen with three points (2-1) ... Follow @USANTDP on Twitter for post-tournament coverage ... The roster is made up entirely of members of the 2014-15 U.S. National Under-18 Team, part of USA Hockey's National Team Development Program based in Ann Arbor, Michigan ... The U.S. squad competed against teams from Finland, Sweden and Switzerland in the round-robin tournament ... The United States has now won seven of the last eight Under-18 Four Nations Tournaments, including the 2012 event, which was played at the Ann Arbor (Mich.) Ice Cube, home of the NTDP ... Don Granato's (Downers Grove, Ill.) U.S. National Under-18 squads have claimed first both times he's been behind the bench (2012, 2014).
Team USA Schedule - 2014 Under-18 Four Nations TournamentNov. 5-9 | Sundsvall, Sweden
DateOpponentLocationTime / Result
Fri., Nov. 7FinlandEnergi ArenaW, 8-1
Sat., Nov. 8SwitzerlandEnergi ArenaW, 7-1
Sun., Nov. 9SwedenEnergi ArenaW, 6-4


The U.S. state of Tennessee outlawed the practice of dueling on this date in 1801.


The Tampa Bay Juniors swept through the USPHL's Boston Showcase over the weekend, with each team going a perfect 4-0.

The Empire team stretched their win streak to a league-high 12 games, by winning all their games, starting Friday with a 7-6 overtime win over the Jersey Shore Whalers. Benoit Chin scored twice, including the game winner with 59 seconds to go in the extra session. Steven Noyes also scored twice, while Dylan Longo, Mason Ledbetter and Max Mulholland scored once each. Sam Coleman made 35 saves for Tampa Bay. Neither team had a power play opportunity in the contest.

Also on Friday, the Juniors blanked the Bay State Breakers 9-0. Max Mulholland had 2 goals and 4 assists, Josh Basso tallied 2 goals and 2 assists, Mason Ledbetter had a goal and 4 assists and Angelo Pata, Steven Noyes and Benoit Chin scored once each. Zac Gazzanna made 28 saves for Tampa Bay, which went 2-for-3 on the power play and 3-of-3 on the penalty kill.

On Saturday, the Empire Juniors beat the Jersey Hitmen 2-1. Brandon Napoli and Steven Noyes scored the goals, Sam Colman made 35 saves. Tampa Bay went 1-for-4 on the power play and 3-of-4 on the penalty kill.

The perfect weekend was made complete on Sunday, with a 4-3 overtime win over the Springfield Pics. Josh Basso scored the winner at 3:40 of overtime, with regulation goals being scored by Mason Ledbetter, Justin Kilker and Tanner Frankich. Sam Coleman had 18 saves for Tampa Bay, which went 0-for-3 on the power play and 1-of-1 on the penalty kill.

The Tampa Bay Juniors Elite team also had a successful weekend, keyed by two wins on Friday, opening with a 4-3 win over the New Hampshire Junior Monarchs. Josh Ovitt, Jack Stang, Romain Wild amd Trey Stern scored goals, Jared Goudreau added 3 assists and Nick Levesque made 12 saves. Tampa Bay went 0-for-4 on the power play and 0-of-1 on the penalty kill.

Also on Friday, Tampa Bay slipped past the Syracuse Stars 4-2. Jared Goudreau, Christopher Astrom, Ryan Odgers and Raven Woodring scored goals, Michael Krch made 25 saves. The Juniors were 1-for-3 on the power play and 2-of-2 on the penalty kill.

On Saturday, Tampa Bay was a 10-2 winner over the Providence Capitals. Jared Goudreau had 2 goals and 3 assists, Christopher Astrom 2 goals and an assists, Romain Wild also scored twice, with Richard Foy, Jack Stang, Connor Smith and Trey Stern scoring once each. Jeff Gardner made 18 saves for the Juniors, who went 3-for-4 on the power play and 4-of-4 on the penalty kill.

On Sunday, the Elite team capped it's perfect weekend with a 4-1 win over the South Shore Kings. Jared Goudreau had 2 goals and an assist, Brandon Goudreau and Romain Wild scored once each. Michael Krch made 17 saves for the Juniors, who went 1-for-4 on the power play and 3-of-3 on the penalty kill.

Both teams will be in action this next weekend. The Empire team, 16-3-0-1, hosts the Florida Junior Blades on Saturday, November 15th, with game time in Ellenton set for 5:15pm EST. The Elite team, 12-7-0-2 on the season, hits the road for a pair of games in Rockledge against the Roswell Bulldogs. Saturday's game starts at 5:00pm EST and Sunday's contest gets underway at 11:15am EST. All three games will be available for viewing on


Henry M. Stanley, journalist and explorer, found David Livingstone on this date in 1871. Livingstone was a missing Scottish missionary in central Africa. Stanley delivered his famous greeting: "Dr. Livingstone, I presume?"


Regina, SK. -- The Saskatchewan Roughriders will not have to answer questions going into the playoffs about being the crossover team or being on a long losing streak.

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The West Semifinal takes place on Sunday, November 16th, as the 12-6 Edmonton Eskimos host the 10-8 Saskatchewan Roughriders. Game time at Commonwealth Stadium is set for 4:30pm EST. Catch all the action with Rod Pedersen and Carm Carteri on 620 CKRM, the Rider Radio Network, or The game can be seen in Canada on TSN and in the U.S. on ESPN2.


Western Union and the National Bell Telephone Company reached a settlement over various telephone patents on this date in 1879.



Ticats outlast Als; earn first division title since '98.

Milanovich: 'In my mindset I'm going to be here.'

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COMING UP - Veteran’s Day: November 11. Great American Smokeout: November 20. Thanksgiving: November 27.


Tampa, FL. -- A 27-17 loss to Atlanta on Sunday marked the fifth game that Tampa Bay has lost after taking a fourth quarter lead…QB Josh McCown threw for 300 yards and two TDs in his return to the lineup.

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Today is Sesame Street Day. It premiered November 10, 1969.


Corvallis, OR. -- Quarterback Sean Mannion threw for 419 yards on Saturday but Oregon State fell 39-32 to Washington State before a Dad’s Weekend crowd of 44,377 at Reser Stadium.

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The Navy SEAL who claims to have killed bin Laden says that the terrorist died afraid. [And without adequate insurance.]


Jimmy's ready for his first day of first grade.


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


Today in Elvis History:

1956 - 
"Billboard's" national DJ poll revealed that Elvis Presley was the most-played male artist and country artist of 1956. 

1957 - Elvis Presley made his first concert appearance outside of Continental North America. The show was at Honolulu Stadium in Honolulu, HI. 

1960 - The Elvis Presley movie "G.I. Blues" premiered in London. 

1969 - The Elvis Presley movie "Change of Habit" opened in the U.S. 

1970 - Elvis Presley began a week-long tour of the West Coast of the U.S.


Gift cards have become the can’t-go-wrong present, and like everything else, they are are now going digital. And while gift cards are also popular with Millennials, digital gift cards are even more popular with the generation.


Today in Beatles History:

1964 - 
The Beatles ended their British Tour in Bristol.


The CBC Canada says the NHL is moving toward a future where the NHL jersey will become a billboard, as the game’s best players advertise goods and services while skating up and down the ice. NHL Chief Operating Officer John Collins has publicly stated that ads are “coming and happening.”


Today in Sports History:

1928 - 
Knute Rockne made his famous "win one for the Gipper" pep talk during halftime of a tied game between Notre Dame and Army. 

1934 - Armand Mondou (Montreal Canadiens) was awarded the first penalty shot in the NHL. George Hainsworth (Toronto) stopped the shot. 

1940 - The Pittsburgh Steelers and the Philadelphia Eagles played a penalty free NFL game. 

1957 - 102,368 people attended the San Francisco 49ers and Los Angeles Rams game. The crowd was the largest regular-season crowd in NFL history. 

1962 - Glenn Hall (Chicago Black Hawks) missed a game due to a back injury. The missed game ended a streak of 503 consecutive games played over seven years. 

1963 - Don Meredith (Dallas Cowboys) passed for 460 yards and three touchdowns in a 31-24 loss to the San Francisco 49ers. 

1963 - Gordie Howe (Detroit Red Wings) became the NHL's all-time leader in goals when he scored his 545th career goal. 

1964 - The Atlanta Braves signed a 25 year lease to play in the new Atlanta stadium. 

1974 - The Montreal Canadiens shutout the Washington Capitals 11-0. 

1975 - The Kansas City Royals released Harmon Killebrew. He ended his 22-year career with 573 home runs. 

1977 - The Major Indoor Soccer League was officially organized in New York City. 

1990 - The Phoenix Suns set an NBA record when they scored 107 points in the first half of a game against the Denver Nuggets. Phoenix won the game 173-143. 

1991 - Bernie Kosar ended his NFL record streak of 308 passes without an interception. 

1991 - Martina Navratilova tied Chris Evert's record of 157 career titles. 

1996 - Dan Marino (Miami Dolphins) became the first quarterback in NFL history to pass for more than 50,000 yards.


In Kentucky, a woman wore an ‘I Love Crystal Meth’ T-shirt as she was arrested — for possession of crystal meth.


AVONDALE, Ariz. -- Brad Keselowski took advantage of a late-race caution to edge Kyle Busch for a Nationwide Series victory at Phoenix International Raceway, but Chase Elliott was the day's big winner at Saturday's DAV 200 - Honoring America's Veterans.

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The Edmund Fitzgerald, an ore-hauling ship, and its crew of 29 vanished during a storm in Lake Superior on this date in 1975.


AVONDALE, Ariz. -- A victory at Phoenix—and a dominating one at that—was exactly what Kevin Harvick needed to keep his hopes for a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship alive.

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On this date in 1980, CBS News anchor Dan Rather claimed he had been kidnapped in a cab. It turned out that Rather had refused to pay the cab fare.


Coming Up:

Tonight --

Nothin' Doin'

Tuesday --

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning at Chicago Blackhawks 8:30pm EST

Wednesday --

Nothin' Doin'

Thursday --

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning vs San Jose Sharks 7:30pm EST

Friday --

Nothin' Doin'

Saturday --

Nascar Nationwide Series -- Ford Ecoboost 300 at Homestead-Miami Speedway 4:30pm EST

USPHL Elite Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors at Roswell Bulldogs 5:00pm EST

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

NHL Hockey -- Tampa Bay Lightning vs New York Islanders 7:00pm EST

College Football -- Oregon State Beavers vs Arizona State Sun Devils 10:45pm EST

Sunday --

USPHL Elite Hockey -- Tampa Bay Juniors at Roswell Bulldogs 11:15am EST

NFL Football -- Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Washington Redskins 1:00pm EST

Nascar Sprint Cup Series -- Ford Ecoboost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway 3:00pm EST


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

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