Monday, December 29, 2008
Friday, December 19, 2008
Sorry for the lack of posts. Finals week has been nothing less than the title of this post. I will try to do a "mid year" review of the three teams I cover here and make a prediction about where they are going. Mats Sundin signed with the Canucks...I was disappointed but the Rangers have shown that they don't need him to win. I have moved on and I hope you have too.
Monday, December 15, 2008
I am taking a short break from studying for finals to offer up my thoughts on Mats Sundin.
Friday, December 12, 2008
I am taking a break from studying. Okay I haven't started yet so maybe this can be classified as a continuation of my procrastination...a student's best friend.
Sunday, December 7, 2008
Friday, December 5, 2008
Monday, December 1, 2008
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Sunday, November 23, 2008
Friday, November 21, 2008
Sunday, November 16, 2008
Saturday, November 15, 2008
Thursday, November 13, 2008
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Sunday, November 9, 2008
Coming into tonight, the Danbury Mad Hatters had blown a three goal lead in each of their first two games. Despite blowing a one goal lead early and going down by two, they stormed back to get their first win in the franchise's history.
The Hatters got the scoring started as Billy Tibbetts made a beautiful cross ice pass to find defenseman Andrew Scampoli breaking down the wing. Scampoli tapped it past Bears starting goalie Scott Rowan just over 15 minutes into the first frame. However, Hudson Valley would not be behind for long as Chris Seifert tied things up, beating Hatters starting goalie Drew MacIntyre. At the end of the first period it was all tied up at one.
The second period started out very well for the Hatters. Dan Hickman ripped a one timer at the net after receiving a pass from Igor Karlov. Adam Sinewitz was in front creating problems for the Hudson Valley defense. Danbury was in control with a 2-1 lead. But the Bears would not go down quietly as they rang off three unanswered goals with Seifert getting his second goal while Scott Estey and Brandon Doria potted one each. It seemed like Danbury was in for another long night as they ended the second down 4-2.
What happened or what was said in the locker room during the second intermission is unknown but it worked. The Hatters came out flying as Eric Linkowski scored just 26 seconds in followed up by Alex Redmond scoring just 29 seconds later. Suddenly, the game was tied. Danbury kept coming as Drew Madeiros scored to give Danbury the lead for good with Igor Karlov getting an insurance goal to complete the big comeback for Danbury.
Karlov lead the team in points tonight with a goal and two assists while Drew MacIntyre stopped 27 of 31 shots.
The Danbury Mad Hatters next home game is Wednesday November 26th at 7pm as they host the Jersey Rockhoppers. Tickets are available at the Danbury Ice Arena and at www.madhattershockey.com.
Thursday, November 6, 2008
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
Sunday, November 2, 2008
The Eastern Professional Hockey League had its first games this Saturday, November 1st 2008. The Danbury Mad Hatters had their UNO Chicago Bar and Grill Opening Night in Danbury, CT in front of a raucous crowd of 1,891.
The Hatters came out flying as Dan Hickman scored the first goal in Danbury Mad Hatters history on the powerplay from Duane Whitehead and Igor Karlov. Less than one minute later former New York Ranger Billy Tibbetts made it 2-0 on the power play. Duane Whitehead scored in the second period to give the Hatters a 3 goal lead.
Hudson Valley got on the board as Eric Lind and Ryan Hughes got the Bears within a goal. Eric Lind got his second of the night to tie the game and the Bears took over the game. Tom Westfall scored with Brett Aimone scoring less than 20 seconds later.
Penalties called on Hudson Valley put them on their heels, including a 5 minute power play for Danbury. Obi Aduba scored just over 7 minutes into the third to put the Hatters within 1 but they couldn't tie it up as Bears goaltender Ryan Hull stopped 44 of 48 shots.
The Danbury Mad Hatters next game is Thursday, November 6th at 7pm as they host the Brooklyn Aces at the Danbury Ice Arena. Tickets are available online at www.madhattershockey.com or at the Danbury Ice Arena box office.
Saturday, November 1, 2008
Thursday, October 30, 2008
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Sunday, October 26, 2008
Thursday, October 23, 2008
Well the Coyotes are 2-3 right now. After 2 wins to start the season at home, they went on the road and dropped 3 in a row to the Blackhawks, Senators, and Canadiens. Now the young Coyotes return home for a 4 game home stand where the competition doesn't get any easier.
Coming in Thursday, Alexander Ovechkin and the high flying Capitals. This is the first trip to Phoenix for Ovechkin since his unbelievable goal he scored 3 years ago. Mikael Tellqvist will get his first start of the season tonight. The Coyotes need to get back on track and beating a difficult team such as the Capitals will certainly help get their confidence back.
Unfortunately, the Coyotes will need to be on top of their game early and need to get some offense from their younger players. Kyle Turris and Mikkel Boedker are the big names but I am sure Coach Gretzky would love to see Viktor Tikhonov and Kevin Porter get on the scoresheet in the goals column. Ed Jovanovski also needs to get going offensively for Phoenix if they want to have an effective offense.
Taking advantage of mistakes made by teams is how great teams are made and Phoenix will have to definitely utilize this mindset against very good teams over the next couple of games. The powerplay has to be effective while the penalty kill needs to shut down the opposing offense. A strong forecheck will promote mistakes among the other team as it will be hard for them to break out and create offense.
The defense needs to stick to their assignments and not just rely on their goalie to keep them in the game. Players like Kurt Sauer and David Hale, who are not really looked to provide offense need to step up and make sure their defense is top notch. Physical play helps but being in position to break up opposing scoring chances is just as, if not more important.
The Coyotes play Washington, Calgary, Pittsburgh, and Minnesota on this home stand and a is an early season test of their home ice play which was not good last season, one of the worst in the league in fact. They need to step it up at home if they want to reach their goal of making the playoffs.
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Sunday, October 19, 2008
Saturday, October 18, 2008
Friday, October 17, 2008
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Monday, October 13, 2008
Today was as up and down as the stock market on Wall Street.