The Hockey News



This Week in The Hockey News magazine: March 9, 2015

In the March 9 edition, it's our annual Trade Deadline Preview, looking at who goes where and which teams need what at the NHL's annual swap meet



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Posted on 10 February 2015 | 7:15 pm

The Blair Necessities



Pats Go Up 2-0

(Photo Courtesy Keith Hershmiller Photo)

Adam Brooks' goal (pictured above) was the game winner as the Regina Pats beat the Swift Current Broncos 3-2.

While Game 1 arguably saw Daniel Wapple save the Pats bacon by making several big saves, Game 2 flattered the Broncos as the Pats were by far and away the better team.

Brooks' goal came with 13 and a half minutes to go to give Regina the lead after Swift Current tied the game at 2 in the second period on a controversial goal.

Its the first time the Pats have been up 2-0 in a series since 2000.

The series now switches to Swift Current for Games 3 and 4 Tuesday and Wednesday night beginning at 7

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1st Period-1, Swift Current, Lernout 1 (Gordon, Gawdin), 5:00. 2, Regina, Cooper 1 (Christoffer, Harrison), 8:39. 3, Regina, Gabrielle 1 (Padakin, Williams), 14:24. Penalties-Thomson S.c (slashing), 6:36; Nikkel S.c (delay of game), 12:13; Lernout S.c (unsportsmanlike cnd.), 19:37; Christoffer Reg (unsportsmanlike cnd.), 19:37.

2nd Period-4, Swift Current, Steenbergen 1 (Penner, DeBrusk), 7:32. Penalties-Nikkel S.c (interference), 9:18; Gabrielle Reg (unsportsmanlike cnd.), 15:02; Thomson S.c (slashing), 16:26.

3rd Period-5, Regina, Brooks 1 (Wagner, Christoffer), 6:34. Penalties-Hobbs Reg (closing hand on puck), 19:07.

Shots on Goal-Swift Current 9-13-9-31. Regina 12-16-12-40.
Power Play Opportunities-Swift Current 0 / 2; Regina 0 / 4.
Goalies-Swift Current, Bow 0-2-0-0 (40 shots-37 saves). Regina, Wapple 2-0-0-0 (31 shots-29 saves).
A-5,377
Referees-Patrick Gagnon (71), Jeff Ingram (82).
Linesmen-Curtis Funk (117), Ryan Lundquist (106).



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Posted on 29 March 2015 | 4:33 am

Metro



Spartans Final Four-bound after 76-70 OT win over Louisville

SYRACUSE, N.Y. – Coach Tom Izzo and the Michigan State Spartans capped an improbable run to the Final Four with an overtime win. Senior guard Travis Trice scored 17 points and the seventh-seeded Spartans clamped down on defence to pull … Continue Reading

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Posted on 29 March 2015 | 9:28 pm

Yahoo Sports Blog



Harden, Howard ignite Rockets in win over Wizards

James Harden (L) and Corey Brewer (R) of the Houston Rockets high-five during a timeout in the second half against the Washington Wizards at Verizon Center on March 29, 2015 in Washington, DCJames Harden scored 24 points while Dwight Howard contributed 11 points and 10 rebounds as the Houston Rockets defeated Washington 99-91 Sunday, matching Memphis for the NBA Southwest division lead. Harden, second to former Oklahoma City teammate Russell Westbrook in a fight for the NBA scoring title, also added six assists for the Rockets, who won their fourth game in a row and improved to 50-23, level with Memphis for the second-best record in the Western Conference.



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Posted on 29 March 2015 | 7:56 pm

Canada.com



Ferrari’s Vettel wins Malaysian Grand Prix to halt Mercedes’ F1 winning streak at 8

By Chris Lines SEPANG, Malaysia — Fears that Mercedes would dominate the 2015 Formula One season were swept aside in a flash of Ferrari red on Sunday as a tearful Sebastian Vettel won the Malaysian Grand Prix and announced himself […]

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Posted on 29 March 2015 | 9:48 pm

T.S.N.



Titans sign former Bill, S Searcy

Go to TSN.ca for details. #TSN

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Posted on 11 March 2015 | 9:12 pm

The Joy of Sox



David Ortiz: On The Record

David Ortiz:
In some people's minds, I will always be considered a cheater. And that's bullshit. Mark my words: Nobody in MLB history has been tested for PEDs more than me. You know how many times I've been tested since 2004? More than 80. They say these tests are random. If it's really random, I should start playing the damn lottery. Some people still think the testing is a joke. It's no joke. Ten times a season these guys come into the clubhouse or my home with their briefcases. I have never failed a single one of those tests and I never will. ...

In 2013, I came off the DL and started hot. My first 20 games I was hitting like .400. And the reporter with the red jheri curl from The Boston Globe comes into the locker room says, "You're from the Dominican. You're older. You fit the profile of a steroid user. Don't you think you're a prime suspect?"

He's saying this with a straight face. I had taken like 70 at-bats. Anybody can get hot and hit .400 with 70 at-bats. I was stunned. I'm like, I'm Dominican? I fit the profile? Are you kidding me?

I wanted to kill this guy.


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Posted on 27 March 2015 | 2:45 am

The Blair Necessities



Pats Go Up 2-0

(Photo Courtesy Keith Hershmiller Photo)

Adam Brooks' goal (pictured above) was the game winner as the Regina Pats beat the Swift Current Broncos 3-2.

While Game 1 arguably saw Daniel Wapple save the Pats bacon by making several big saves, Game 2 flattered the Broncos as the Pats were by far and away the better team.

Brooks' goal came with 13 and a half minutes to go to give Regina the lead after Swift Current tied the game at 2 in the second period on a controversial goal.

Its the first time the Pats have been up 2-0 in a series since 2000.

The series now switches to Swift Current for Games 3 and 4 Tuesday and Wednesday night beginning at 7

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1st Period-1, Swift Current, Lernout 1 (Gordon, Gawdin), 5:00. 2, Regina, Cooper 1 (Christoffer, Harrison), 8:39. 3, Regina, Gabrielle 1 (Padakin, Williams), 14:24. Penalties-Thomson S.c (slashing), 6:36; Nikkel S.c (delay of game), 12:13; Lernout S.c (unsportsmanlike cnd.), 19:37; Christoffer Reg (unsportsmanlike cnd.), 19:37.

2nd Period-4, Swift Current, Steenbergen 1 (Penner, DeBrusk), 7:32. Penalties-Nikkel S.c (interference), 9:18; Gabrielle Reg (unsportsmanlike cnd.), 15:02; Thomson S.c (slashing), 16:26.

3rd Period-5, Regina, Brooks 1 (Wagner, Christoffer), 6:34. Penalties-Hobbs Reg (closing hand on puck), 19:07.

Shots on Goal-Swift Current 9-13-9-31. Regina 12-16-12-40.
Power Play Opportunities-Swift Current 0 / 2; Regina 0 / 4.
Goalies-Swift Current, Bow 0-2-0-0 (40 shots-37 saves). Regina, Wapple 2-0-0-0 (31 shots-29 saves).
A-5,377
Referees-Patrick Gagnon (71), Jeff Ingram (82).
Linesmen-Curtis Funk (117), Ryan Lundquist (106).



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Posted on 29 March 2015 | 4:33 am

Roto Rob



Tommy Milone Battling For Spot in Twinkie Rotation

Pelfrey may have lost his shot by giving up seven hits in 4 2/3 IP on Monday. On Thursday, Milone gets the start against Boston, with May pitching the next day in what may be the two most important games to decide how this competition will be resolved.

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Posted on 26 March 2015 | 5:18 pm

Rider Prophet



Monday Morning Sentimonies: Lousy Smarch Weather






Spring has officially started, Regional combines are getting underway this week, it should be happy time... or at least happier. But between the snow, the lack of real football and your failed attempts to gamble on a sport you know nothing about, its pretty depressing before considering that today has the added joy of being a Monday.

I'd like to say that I have come up with a post that will brighten your day... I'd like to say that but I would of course be lying. You'll have to settle for the standard, run of the mill Random Quasi-Coherent thoughts.

- Macho Harris has signed an extension. Macho has been a curious case to watch over his years here. When he showed up here in 2012 his talent just jumped right out at you. The only problem is that he was hurt... all the time. I was even wondering if they would bring him back for 2014. But they gave him one more shot and it paid off. He lasted a full season by some miracle... perhaps his power is derived from his hair? What was also curious about watching him develop was early this season. He was easily one of the best cover guys to there... but had a complete inability to do anything useful when the ball arrived. He shadow the receiver perfectly only to fall down or take a penalty when the ball arrived. He seemed to get past that thankfully. Macho is a very versatile. I would be comfortable starting him at HB, CB or LB.

- Speaking of DB's former Rider Chris McKenzie announced his retirement last week. If you want a stark reminder of how short a football career can be just look at McKenzie. He showed up here in training camp in 2009 after a bit of time in the NFL and Arena League. From day one of camp you could tell he was making this team. By 2010 he had firmly taken over a starting HB role and I considered him one of our better DBs. There was too much other awfulness to worry about in 2011 so I honestly can't remember if he had a good year or not. 2012 was not a great year for him and it ended with him blowing coverage on Romby Bryant in the WSF (yes he was the one who screwed up, not Maze) and that was his last pro football play. Four years and that's all she wrote.

- In non-football related musings, my Wichita St Shockers are still alive in March Madness. That won't make a difference in my bracket pool chances but I'm settling for moral victories here.



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Posted on 23 March 2015 | 12:00 pm

Buzzing the Net Junior Hockey



NHL draft finally here: the coast-to-coast

WHL

Leon Draisaitl to the Edmonton Oilers at No. 3 overall seems a lock, eh? (Edmonton Journal)

You wanted a comprehensive draft preview that would help kill two hours at work today? You got one! Thank you. (The Pipeline Show)

Guy Flaming has a mock draft that will knock your socks off. (Coming Down The Pipe!)

Philadelphia Flyers beat writer Frank Seravilli also has an extremely cromulent mock that projects Sam Reinhart to join the Calgary Flames. (Philly.com)

Ken Warren has a rundown on the top 10 available prospects. (Postmedia)

Moose Jaw Warriors beat reporter Katie Brickman explains why teams will look past centre Brayden Point's lack of size. (Moose Jaw Times-Herald)

Edmonton Oil Kings defender Dysin Mayo figures the long playoff run goosed his draft stock. Did it do the same for his teammate, left wing Brett Pollock? (Victoria Times-Colonist)

Tim Hunter is interviewing again about the Vancouver Giants coaching job, writes Steve Ewen. (Vancouver Province)

Comeback story for this season ahead: Kootenay's Tanner Faith coming back from shoulder surgery. (Cranbrook Daily Townsman)

OHL

The Florida Panthers still have the No. 1 pick on the table, apparently. (USA Today)

Today's should-read: how Michael Dal Colle has come out stronger due to his family's challenges. (CBC Sports)

Josh Ho-Sang to the Habs? Why not? (A Winning Habit)

Bob Duff takes the long view, comparing Aaron Ekblad to another Windsor-area defenceman who went No. 1 overall 20 years ago, Ed Jovanoski. (Windsor Star)

The Toronto Maple Leafs have a checkered draft history? That explains so, so much. (National Post)

Sam Bennett says people "don't know why" the draft class lacks a potential superstar. Far be it to suggest it has to do with who does the analysis. (Columbus Dispatch)

This is more like it: a mock draft with Peterborough's Nick Ritchie in the top five. (SBN College Hockey)

Sault Ste. Marie's intuitive defender, Kyle Jenkins, is an intriguing possibility as a Day 2 pick. (Sault Star)

QMJHL

Halifax Mooseheads GM Cam Russell predicts speedy striker Nikolaj Ehlers will go "very high" on Friday. Like No. 6 overall to Vancouver high? Who knows? How about No. 7 overall to Carolina? (Metro Halifax)

Damn right Charlottetown goalie Mason McDonald is stoked for the draft. (Charlottetown Guardian)

Cape Breton's Julien Pelletier should become the first player from Thurso, Que., to be drafted in 21 years. (Le Droit)

Quebec Remparts overage goalie François Brassard is working toward getting a free-agent shot after being put back in the draft pool by his hometown Ottawa Senators. (Le Soleil)

Feel-good story: Rimouski grad Jimmy Oligny, a rugged rearguard, has signed an AHL deal with the Milwaukee Admirals. (hockeyfights.com)

Neate Sager is a writer for Yahoo! Canada Sports. Follow him on Twitter @neatebuzzthenet.


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Posted on 27 June 2014 | 3:06 pm

Sports on the Web



Leafs Nation has to show patience yet again

The state of the Toronto Maple Leafs is atrocious yet again in the sports news and sports on the web. Back in November Allsports wrote a post about the Toronto Maple Leafs season being like a roller coaster. Well let me rephrase that now. The Toronto Maple Leafs season in the new calendar year has […]

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Posted on 22 February 2015 | 8:24 pm

Vancouver Sun



Game Within the Game: Pateryn hit gives Habs emotional boost

Fifteen minutes into a somewhat sleepy first period, Greg Pateryn woke the Bell Centre crowd Saturday with a hit that seemed to briefly dislodge his opponent from reality.

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Posted on 29 March 2015 | 8:35 pm

Rod Pederson



TITAN AUTO SUNDAY SPORTS

The Regina Pat Canadians are SMAAAHL champions.  Owen Sillinger scored the winner in the third period as the Pat C's won 2-1 in North Battleford Saturday evening, capturing the provincial midget hockey championship in a four game series.  Regina now moves on to the regionals with a trip to the Telus Cup in Quebec on the line.

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A second-straight loss for the Canucks. John Klingberg had the OT winner as the Dallas Stars rallied to beat Vancouver 4-3. Patrick Eaves and Tyler Seguin scored in the third for Dallas. The Stars trailed 2-1 going into the period. Radim Vrbata forced overtime for Vancouver.

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Playoff implications were on the line for a pair of Canadian NHL teams tonight. The Montreal Canadiens clinched a post-season berth with a 3-2 overtime win over the Florida Panthers. Max Pacioretty had the winner. The Ottawa Senators, however, are faltering. They fell 4-3 to the Toronto Maple Leafs in OT. After the loss and Boston's win earlier in the day, the Sens are out of the second wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference.

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An impressive debut for Robert Earnshaw. He scored in the 90th minute for the Vancouver Whitecaps as they opened their defence of the Cascadia Cup by edging rival Portland 2-1. Earnshaw was subbed into the match in the 86th. In Montreal, the Impact played to a 2-2 draw with Orlando City. Ignacio Piatti and Jack McInerney gave Montreal a two-goal lead before an Orlando City rally.

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A third-straight win for the Portland Trail Blazers. LaMarcus Aldridge had 32 points and 11 rebounds as they beat the Denver Nuggets 120-114. They are now six-and-a-half games up on second place Oklahoma City in the Northwest Division. Earlier, the Thunder fell 94-89 to Utah.

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A March Madness thriller. Number 1 Kentucky is still unbeaten after hanging on to a 68-66 win over Notre Dame in the NCAA's Midwest Regional final. Andrew Harrison made two free throws with six seconds remaining to help secure the win.

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A good start for Canada at the world men's curling championship in Halifax. Pat Simmons guided the Canadians to an exciting 11-10 win over American John Shuster in their opening game of the tournament. He took advantage of the hammer in the extra end and hit a daw to the button for the win.

(CP)

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Posted on 29 March 2015 | 8:52 am

Yahoo Sports



Michigan State clinches Tom Izzo's most unlikely Final Four appearance (Yahoo Sports)

Mar 29, 2015; Syracuse, NY, USA; Michigan State Spartans guard Bryn Forbes (5) and guard Travis Trice (20) celebrates after the game against the Louisville Cardinals in the finals of the east regional of the 2015 NCAA Tournament at Carrier Dome. Michigan State Spartans won 76-70. (Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports)

The battle between two of March's most successful coaches was in the hands of one of the most unlikely players on the floor. Fouled on a put-back attempt by Michigan State's Marvin Clark with 4.9 seconds remaining and his team trailing by one, Louisville center Mangok Mathiang had the chance to send the Cardinals to the Final Four by making two free throws. The 48 percent foul shooter's first attempt bounced off the back rim and fell through, drawing a wince from Michigan State alum Magic Johnson . The second bounced hard off the back rim and caromed out, giving the Spartans new life. Seventh-seeded Michigan State took full advantage of its good fortune, escaping with a 76-70 victory over fourth-seeded Louisville to send Tom Izzo to the Final Four for the seventh time in his tenure. The Spartans will be underdogs regardless of who emerges from the South Region, whether it's top-seeded Duke or second-seeded Gonzaga.   The three players who have carried Michigan State in this tournament all had a hand in the Spartans' latest hard-fought win. Travis Trice scored 17 points and dished out five assists, Denzel Valentine had 15 points, seven rebounds and six assists and Branden Dawson had nine points, 11 rebounds and the game's biggest basket, a put-back of a Bryn Forbes miss that gave Michigan State a four-point lead with 36 seconds left in overtime. That Michigan State is going back to the Final Four is surprising given the talent it lost last spring and the recruits it has recently swung and missed on. Gary Harris, Adreian Payne and Keith Appling all departed after the Spartans' Elite Eight campaign a year ago. Jahlil Okafor, Cliff Alexander, Tyus Jones, Tyler Ulis and James Blackmon are among the many elite prospects who spurned Izzo when he tried to recruit them as potential replacements. Michigan State didn't notch a single notable win in November and December, but the Spartans began to jell in Big Ten play. Improved team defense, the development of frontcourt players Gavin Schilling and Clark, and Trice's emergence as a go-to scorer carried the Spartans to a third-place finish in the Big Ten and an appearance in the conference tournament title game. In the NCAA tournament, Michigan State ousted Georgia in the opening round, upset second-seeded Virginia for the second straight year and then outlasted third-seeded Oklahoma in the Sweet 16. The Spartans fell behind Louisville by eight points at halftime and surrendered 28 to guard Wayne Blackshear, but they rallied by keeping the Cardinals out of the paint and riding their three stars to another memorable March win. - - - - - - - Jeff Eisenberg is the editor of The Dagger on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at daggerblog@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @JeffEisenberg



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Posted on 29 March 2015 | 9:02 pm

Toronto Sports Media



Seen & Heard – Weekend Edition

photo credit: The Star . by mike in boston / @mikeinboston / hatemailaccount at gmail   Good morning readers. Sorry for all the boring CRTC talk last week. Thanks to all of you who wrote to me to complain. This week brought us a more conventionally exciting […]

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Posted on 28 March 2015 | 2:13 pm

Ottawa Citizen Sports



Fury FC scores four in first away win in its history

Ottawa Fury FC collected the first away win in its history Saturday night

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Posted on 20 May 2014 | 6:10 am