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Elliott earns shutout versus Wildcats

Winnipeg Jets goaltender Brian Elliott made 21 saves this afternoon for his third shutout of the season and the Jets went on to defeat the Saskatoon Wildcats 3-0

Andy McDonald, Zbynek Michalek and Rich Peverley scored for the Jets who now sit eighth overall in the Canadian Conference having won two games in a row.

Although Elliott was not required to make any spectacular saves the entire game, he was steady in goal by covering up a loose pucks around the net, and knocking away those he couldn't cover.

"It feels great to be in the playoff picture at this time," said Elliott after the game. "We've played some decent hockey over out last ten games or so, and will need to continue to do so if we want to make the playoffs this season."

The Wildcats on the other hand seemed to have lost their way somewhat. After leading the Canadian Conference for the majority of the first half of the season, the team now finds itself in fourth place overall in the Conference.

Winnipeg will are right back at it tomorrow when they face the Montreal Barracudas in Montreal, while the Wildcats will try to rediscover their winning touch with a game against the Omsk Avangard on Thursday.

Posted by Commish on Sunday, January 18 @ 4:20 p.m.



Storm General Manager steps down

Summerside Storm General Manager Daniel Cairns has stepped aside from the running of the team citing personal reasons. Ownership will now be charged with finding a new General Manager for the franchise who will be able to continue the great work that Carins started.

The Storm currently sit fifth overall in the Canadian Conference, with the potential and talent to win the teams first every championship.

In related news. The league has removed Quebec Remparts General Manager Gary Henderson from the running of the organization. Henderson has been absent the entire season, leaving the club without any true direction or leadership. An extensive search will begin for a General Manager who will be able to build on some of the assembled talent within the organization.

Posted by Commish on Saturday, January 17 @ 10:02 a.m.



Hitmen serve Ice Dragons first loss of season

The Calgary Hitmen gave the Yellowknife Ice Dragons their first loss of the season thanks to a shootout goal from forward Dave Bolland.

The Hitmen found themselves down by two goals at the end of the second period, while also being outshot 24-11 at that point. Yet, the team that came out in the third period was a very different one that played the first two periods of hockey. The Hitmen were just as agressive as the Ice Dragons, and had just as many chances on goal.

Lucky for the Hitmen, that veteran goalie Roberto Luongo was given the night off in favor of Antero Niitymaki. That move was a deciding factor as it allowed the Hitmen to come back and score two goals in the third period, which tied the game up at 4-4 at the end of the third.

Overtime solved nothing, Then in the shootout, Dave Bolland flipped a nice backhand goal over the blocker of Niittymaki.

"We haven't played all that well to this point in the season," said Bolland. "Even though we struggled in the early going of this game, we found some offensive punch in the third and manged to win it. It's a great feeling beating one of the best teams in the league."

Up next for the Hitmen is a contest against the Wildcats on Tuesday night, while the Ice Dragons are right back at it again with a game against the Gladiators tomorrow evening. A game in which Roberto Luongo is sure to be back between the pipes.

Posted by Commish on Sunday, August 3 @ 9:57 p.m.



Warriors edge out Bandits with 6-5 victory

Despite some very shaky goaltending from Warriors goalie Antti Niemi, the Manhattan Warriors were able to come away with a 6-5 victory tonight against the Baltimore Bandits.

With thirty-seven shots on Bandits goalie Cristobal Huet, one would think that game would be a walk in the park for the Warriors, yet because of some terrible goaltending by Warriors goalie Antti Niemi who allowed five goals on fifteen shots, the game was a much closer one than it needed to be.

Thankfully for the Warriors, they had a secret weapon in the form of thirty-nine year old Jaromir Jagr who scored a goal and set up two others, giving him three points on the night and five on the season.

"It felt nice to contribute on the score sheet, and help the team win," said Jagr after the game. " "We sure didn't help ourselves with the play in from of Antti, but the win is all that really counts after sixty minutes."

The Warriors and Bandits are right back at it tomorrow when the home-and-home series heads back to Manhattan.

Posted by Commish on Friday, August 1 @ 8:15 p.m.



Thornton scores two as Vampyres shutout Hawks

Ottawa Vampyres forward Joe Thornton scored twice and Drew Doughty added two assists as the Ottawa Vampyres shutout the Moncton Hawks 5-0 tonight. Also scoring for the Vampyres were Andrew Ladd, Douglas Murray and Jamie Benn, as the Vampyres improved their record to 4-1 on the season.

Goaltender Ryan Miller was also a key contributor in the game, making twenty-one saves for his second shutout in the last three games.

"This was a great game all-around for us," said Thornton. "We played a solid two-way game tonight in trying to keep the Hawks forwards to the outside, while doing out best to capitalize on the turnovers they made."

Moncton on the other hand would seem to have plenty of work ahead of them, as they've dropped two in a row and sit near the bottom of the Canadian Conference. The Hawks are also the second worse offensive team in the league, having scored only six goals in three contests.

Ottawa will now have a day off before facing the Toronto Gladiators Friday night, while the Hawks will now have three days off for some heavy practicing, before playing the Halifax Fleet in some Sunday afternoon action.

Posted by Commish on Wednesday, July 30 @ 7:31 p.m.



Eagles embarrassed by Panthers in home opener

Ryan McDonagh was the first to criticize himself after his teams embarrassing loss 6-0 loss to the Florida Panthers in the teams home opener and the start of the 2011-2012 campaign.

"I was awful tonight," said McDonagh after the game.

"We're a much better team then what we showed on the ice. I'm certainly better and will be going forward."

The Florida Panthers went into North Carolina tonight hoping to sneak away with two points to kick off the season. Little did they know that the two points they came away with would put the league on notice that this is a very solid team.

The Panthers had five players with two points in the game, including defenseman Dennis Wideman who scored two goals.

"This was a great way to kick off the season, said Wideman. "We played like a team, and were solid in every area of the ice. Miikka played superb back in net. Our defensemen did a great job of clearing away lose pucks, and our forwards were quick up the ice."

The Panthers will try to continue their offensive game with a contest against the Bandits Friday night, while the Eagles will hope to rebound from tonight's loss when they play the Dallas Bulldogs on Friday.

Posted by Commish on Wednesday, July 16 @ 10:51 p.m.



The Boston Ravens Prepared For 2011-2012 Season

The Boston Ravens, as long time fans, were once upon a time known as the Firebirds. There wasn’t much fire to that team, as it was one of the laughingstocks of the NHA for many seasons, never even making the playoffs, let alone contending for a Championship. With the hiring of a new GM and renaming  themselves the Boston Ravens, the change in team culture began in earnest. The 07-08 season was the first under the new regime, and saw the Ravens built with a defense-first approach; the defense corps featured names such as A. Markov, K. Timonen, Witt, and B. Campbell. The offense consisted of Slava Kozlov, I. Kovalchuk, and rookie sensation P. Stastny along with a number of defensive grinders such as M. Fisher, S. Yelle, and J. McClement. That team managed to WOW its fans and reached the playoffs as a #5 seed.

Fast forward to 09-10: The Ravens had developed into a powerhouse with an offensive unit consisting of Selanne, Krejci, Backstrom, Marleau, Kessel, and Langenbrunner. The defense consisted of Markov, Wideman, Wisniewski, and Seidenberg. The only weakness was in net, with old man D. Roloson… and this Boston Ravens team won the NHA Championship!

In 10-11, the team was again a monster powerhouse, favored to represent the American Conference in the finals. It was not to be, as injuries, poor luck, and a determined Purple Aces team ousted the Ravens in Round 3.

This year, the Ravens saw some massive trades, with new faces: Ryan Whitney, E. Jovanovski, Marian Hossa, Ekman-Larsson, Drew Fata, Jay Bouwmeester, and biggest of all, Alexander Ovechkin. The team is a replica of the 09-10 version that won it all —high octane offense, and a top notch defensive unit on the blue line… and a relatively weak goaltender in the young and developing Rask. Will the Boston Ravens be able to repeat the magic of two seasons ago? We shall see soon; for now, here is a preview of the new-look Ravens entering this season:

Alexander Ovechkin - Brandon Dubinsky - Ilya Kovalchuk
Martin Havlat - Patrice Bergeron - Marian Hossa
Rico Fata - Shawn Horcoff - Antti Miettinen
David Ling - Paul Gaustad - Vladimir Sobotka
Brad Marchand

Ryan Whitney - Dennis Seidenberg
James Wisniewski  - Jay Bouwmeester
Ed Jovanovski  - Johnny Boychuk
Brendan Witt

Tuukka Rask
Philippe Sauve

This team leaves the GM with exactly $1,000,000 in cap space, so landing a Trade Deadline upgrade may require some tweaking, but this group looks like as good as any if you into placing bets.

Posted by Ravens on Thursday, June 19 @ 6:44 p.m.








































































































































3 Stars of the Week
(Week 3)
1st Star

Henrik Zetterberg
North Carolina Eagles
3GP, 3G, 5A, 8Pts
2nd Star

Henrik Lundqvist
Pittsburgh Phantoms
4GP, 4-0-0
1.75 GAA, .928 SV%
3rd Star

Steve Stamkos
Pittsburgh Phantoms
3GP, 2G, 3A, 5Pts