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Table of Contents March 7, 2011, Volume 21 : Issue 17 AMATEUR HOCKEY REPORT

St. Clair Shores Saints raise $1000 for homeless shelter Michigan Ice Hawks ‘97s win at Toronto Winter Classic Little Caesars Pee Wee Major makes championship game in Quebec


Tier I Elite Hockey League


PAGE 24-32


What is your best childhood hockey memory?


STATE OF THE GAME By Lyle Phair Penalty Time


GET BETTER Good hockey habits


MH FEATURE Education driving ADM efforts


YOU SHOULD KNOW Gaylord’s Will Weber


FROM THE CREASE By Steve McKichan Farming out instruction


HOMETOWN HERO Michigan’s Chris Brown






MH BEAT: Hockey in the Hood keeps rolling



Soo Eagles get ready for NOJHL playoffs NAHL Report: Mike Monfredo having a big year with Motor City OHL: Whalers and Spirit Notebook

MAHA State Tournament Reports Honeybaked and Little Caesars win big

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Wyandotte knocks out Trenton; Bay Reps win opener

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20th Anniversary Season MH celebrates 20 years with a look back at 2000

College Hockey Western Michigan clinches 4th place

Red Wings Insider Modano back in the lineup

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The MAHA state tournaments are in full swing, we’ll have a new You Should Know feature and we’ll also take a look back at the year 2001 in celebration of our 20th season of Michigan Hockey. Look for it on arena stands, at and in your e-mail on March 11, 2011. Contact Lucia Zuzga at (248) 479-1134 or lucia@ or Philip Colvin at (248) 479-1136 or for more information.

From the Editor


Editor-in-Chief Philip D. Colvin

Advertising Lucia Zuzga

A great time of year

Database Manager Josh Curmi

MAHA state tournaments are now in full swing and the Taylor Sportsplex was buzzing at the end of February with the Girls Tier 1 state tournament The finals had all you could ask for – lots of action, great saves, pretty goals and plenty of drama with two of the games going to double overtime to decide a winner. Congratulations to Honeybaked (12U and 14U) and Little Caesars (16U and 19U), who each won two division titles (pages 24-32). Kudos also to the O’Leary Hawks, who won their fifth straight Women’s B state title. The next three weekends should be more of the same, with 11 finals scheduled for March 6, fifteen on March 13 and the final five on March 20. The three high school boy’s MHSAA state finals are again at Compuware Arena in Plymouth on March 12. The following day the high school season finishes with the girls state tournament final on at Livonia’s Eddie Edgar Arena. An automatic berth into the NCAA Tournament is at stake when the 2011 CCHA playoff championship hits Joe Louis Arena - the semifinals are on March 18 and the final is set for March 19. And there’s the spring season to look forward to. Check out the spring league info in this issue and the 13 pages of spring tryouts that start on page 25 to help you find a team. Michigan Hockey is on the lookout for players who have performed at a high level both in the classroom and on the ice and want to recognize some of the people that make going to the rink every day during a long season an enjoyable experience. Check out page 8 – or go to the top of our homepage at our website - and take a minute to nominate someone deserving of our MH Awards – the Female and Male Scholar Athlete of the Year, Coach of the Year and Hockey Person of the Year. The deadline to submit your nomination is March 16.

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Cover: MAHA Girls 12U Tier I state champion Honeybaked by Philip Colvin/Michigan Hockey. Photos at left: (from top, L to R): Little Caesars celebrates after winning the MAHA Girls 16U Tier I state title by Sarah Zientarski/Michigan Hockey; Western Michigan bench by Rick Kimball/Michigan Hockey and Mike Modano by Tom Turrill/Michigan Hockey.

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St. St. Clair Clair Shores Shores Saints Saints raise raise $1000 $1000 for for homeless homeless shelter shelter The St. Clair Shores ‘99 Saints raised $1,000 for the Grace Center of Hope as part of a month-long project over the holiday break. The 11-year old players were challenged by their coaches to help the facility, Oakland County’s largest homeless shelter that accommodates between 150 to 200 men, women and children on any given night. With the help of one of their gracious mothers, Diane Zawalski, who organized the whole event, the team toured the facility and left with the challenge of raising money over Christmas break. The Saints’ coaches said they would match the funds that the kids raised on their own. The team worked

hard over the break and they also raided their closets to pass along clothing to needy kids their age. On January 15, the team went back to the Grace Center of Hope and worked for the evening.The players helped prep, cook, serve meals, sort and organize food items in the Hope Pantry. “They learned some valuable lessons while volunteering,” said Zawalski. “We wanted them to do more than just raise the money, we wanted them to see what their money would be doing and how you can help with your skills and talents, as well as your money.” At the end of the night, the team presented the Grace Center of Hope with a check for $1,000.

Michigan Michigan Ice Ice Hawks Hawks‘97s ‘97s win win at at Toronto TorontoWinter Winter Classic Classic The Grosse Pointe-based ’97 Michigan Ice Hawks traveled to Toronto for their annual trip to the Penguins’ Winter Classic on Jan. 14-16. The ‘97 Ice Hawks were two-time winners of the tournament, which included two of Ontario’s top teams, the Gloucester Rangers and the Hamilton Reps, this year. The Ice Hawks opened with a 2-1 win over New York’s Perinton Blades, and then tied the Rangers, 1-1. The Ice Hawks finished the round-robin by beating the Reps, 3-2, to earn a spot in the semifinals. The host Toronto Penguins, and visiting Clarence Mustangs, did not advance. In a rematch against Hamilton in the semis, the Ice Hawks built a 5-2 lead and hung on for a 5-4 win to send them into


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the final against Perinton, which upset Gloucester, 5-0, in the other semifinal. The final, while spirited, was a runaway 4-1 win for the Ice Hawks. The ’97 Ice Hawks are: Jason Sommerville, William Walker, Antonio Tijernia, Austin Koleski, Marko DerManulian, Theo Calvas, Scotty Mallas, Stephen Campau, Richie Fillipelli, Bobby Kaiser, Jake Smith, Zack Zschering, Ramone Kammo, JonathanTheros, Jake Babbish, Andy Jakub, Alexander Minanov and Tyler Burroughs. Head coach is Greg Cheesewright and assistant coaches are Dave Sommerville and John Phillips. Team manager is Louie Theros.

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Amateur Hockey Report

March 7, 2011, Volume 21 : Issue 17

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Hockey Person of the Year

This award is presented annually “to a person who has made outstanding contributions to the sport of hockey in Michigan as a coach, parent, manager, association volunteer, official, or league administrator.” Coach of the Year

Little Little Caesars Caesars Pee PeeWee Wee Major Major makes makes championship championship game game in in Quebec Quebec The Little Caesars Pee Wee Major squad capped a very successful and exciting week at the Quebec International Pee Wee Tournament by making it to the championship game before losing, 4-2, to the New York Rangers. The road to the championship game was a very difficult one. Little Caesars had to beat three Top-10 ranked teams from the U.S. and the 5th ranked team in Canada to get there. Little Caesars opened the prestigious tournament with a 6-2 victory over the eighth- ranked New Jersey Colonials. Solid goaltending by both Michael Latorella and Danny Yockey of Caesars and a balanced offense helped secure the win. Luke Cowan, Tommy Parrottino and Sean Day each had multiple point games in the victory, which put Caesars on the winner’s bracket side of the tournament and assured them that the road to success would be littered with high quality teams. Little Caesars them faced the #5 Canadian team, the Burnaby Winter Club. It was a classic match-up of a potent offense against a great goaltender. With a balanced attack led by two points from Parrottino, the Caesars team found a way to get a 3-1 victory against a netminder that later would be named the tournament MVP goaltender. Next up was what was supposed to be the best match up of the tournament - and everyone knew it based on the over 14,000 people that showed up to see it. Detroit’s Little Caesars against St. Louis, the #1 ranked team in North America against the #2 ranked team, and the crowd wasn’t disappointed. Speed, line matching, tight checking and very few big plays defined the match up. These were two great offensive teams, but still the game ended in a 1-1 tie and wasn’t decided in overtime so it went to a shoot-out. In the end, a shoot-out goal by Parrottino, and Latorella coming up big by stopping all three St. Louis shooters, clinched the win and a trip to the semifinal game against crosstown rival Honeybaked later that evening. The emotion of playing a league rival in such a huge game after such an emotional win tested Caesars to the fullest. The boys answered nicely by taking a 2-0 lead in the first period, but Honeybaked came back in the second period and the game went into the final period tied 3-3.


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Then with only 1:57 left in the game Cowan took a pass from Collin Adams and scored to give Little Caesars the win and a trip to the championship game. The stage was set and the stands of the Pepsi Coliseum were full for a classic, Original Six-looking match-up between Little Caesars, wearing the Detroit Red Wings uniforms, against the New York Rangers in the final. Both teams were very familiar with each other as Little Caesars had beaten the Rangers earlier in the week, 5-2, in exhibition play. Energy would ultimately be the decider in the game. New York played through the loser’s bracket after losing their first tournament game and they only played one game on Saturday compared to Little Caesars having to play two games. It seemed as though the boys simply ran out of juice and lost the championship game, 4-2, even though they narrowly out shot the Rangers in the game. “Our kids played a great week of hockey, gave everything they had to give and left nothing in the tank,”said Little Caesars coach Frank Scarpaci. “I’m so very proud of them. This is an experience none of us will ever forget.” Next up for Little Caesars is the MAHA State tournament at the Taylor Sportsplex, March 1-6, where they will be going for their third state title in a row.

This award is presented annually “to a head coach from Michigan who is widely regarded as an excellent teacher, role model, and tactician and whose players are regarded to be well-disciplined and reach their full potential under the coach’s guidance.” Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year

This award is presented annually “to a male student-athlete born in 1992 or later who has achieved a high level both in the classroom and on the ice during the past hockey season.” Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year

This award is presented annually “to a female student-athlete born in 1992 or later who has achieved a high level both in the classroom and on the ice during the past hockey season.”


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Speaking of Hockey

March 7, 2011, Volume 21 : Issue 17

What is your best childhood hockey memory? “I went to an open skate on Lake St. Clair when I was 5-years old and met Bob Probert and Joe Kocur.” Nick Mayle, 23, Belleville

“I used to play on an outdoor rink in Cheboygan and my dad cleared the ice with our jeep and a plow. He’d push the snow into piles and we would lose pucks in the corners.” Kirsten Krug, Brighton

“Playing street hockey in my driveway and in the basement.” Brian Estes, 29, Redford

“Playing at Joe Louis Arena during intermission of a Red Wings game.” - Donnie Sleep, Southfield

“I grew up in S.S. Marie and I had a hat trick in a tournament in Canada.” Dylan Holland, 27, Whitmore Lake

“My mom wouldn’t let me play ice hockey so the only hockey I could play was street hockey with the boys. - Rachelle Partee, Grand Blanc

“My junior year we made it to the Division 3 High School state final,” - Tyler Moody, 27, S.S. Marie “Playing pond hockey in a cornfield.” - John Jessen, 37, Centerline, Hamburg Pub


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“I used to love watching by brother play high school hockey in Kenowa Hills.” - Sally Callaghan, Hartland

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Serving a penalty in hockey could quite possibility be one of the mostunique actions in all of sports. Think about it for a second. In basketball, when someone commits a foul the other team gets possession of the ball or free throws. When a player reaches the foul limit they are excused from the game. In football a team is penalized by losing yardage and in rare cases of excess violence players are thrown out of the game. Baseball really doesn’t have any penalties as the result of actual plays that happen, although pitchers sometimes get tossed for throwing at batters and players and managers get booted for abusing umpires. Soccer might have the most confusing system of yellow cards and red cards and in my opinion the only players who should be kicked out of the game are the ones that do the worst job of acting when they are flopping around like a fish trying to draw a penalty.

COMPLETELY DIFFERENT Hockey, on the other hand, is completely different. Not only is an individual penalized by having to go for a timeout in a tiny box for two minutes or more, but in most cases the team is also penalized by having to play short-handed for that time. Penalties can impact a game and swing momentum in every sport, but hockey might be the one where they have the potential to have the greatest impact. There are a plethora of different penalty types in hockey, some that cause coaches to go insane and others that already insane coaches actually promote and encourage. Lazy penalties like hooking or tripping, especially in situations that are in the offensive zone or do not prevent a scoring chance, are ones that make coaches crazy. So too can aggressive type penalties like charging, elbowing, roughing, slashing and boarding that border on stupid and selfish. Or undisciplined retaliation penalties. Yet some penalties are totally worth it, ones that take away a scoring chance or save a goal. And while there are some “good” penalties, it is important to note that too many penalties and too many minutes playing short-handed hockey are more often than not a recipe for disaster. But it’s never the team or coach’s responsibility, right? It’s always the stupid refs who don’t know what they are doing isn’t it? Maybe. In some cases. But in most cases, most refs get it right. Not saying they don’t make mistakes. They do. But when they are wrong, they typically share the mistakes with both teams and it usually evens out, if not over the course of a game, then definitely over the course of a season.

ON AND OVER THE EDGE Penalty minute totals usually don’t lie though. Over a period of games or months or a whole season, it is pretty easy to see which teams play on and over the edge of the rules and which ones don’t. Not only can you get a pretty good picture of the personality of a team by

their penalty minutes, but probably a good indication of the style of the coach and whether or not he or she has respect for the game, the officials and the opponents and has the ability to instill discipline in the players on the team. As an aside, with it being “tryout time”, it is always a good idea to factor the penalty minute stats of teams into your evaluation of the coach of the team your player is trying out for. If you look at penalty minutes in all levels of hockey, you will typically see that the majority of teams at the professional, college and junior hockey levels average between 12-18 penalty minutes per game. Some teams fall outside of that grouping, maybe as low as 8 on the low end or as high as 20 or 22 on the high end. The average is probably around 12-15 minutes per game, or 20-25% of the game length. In college hockey, where there is very little fighting because of strict rules against it, you might expect there to be less penalty minutes. However the season is a little shorter and with teams playing fewer games, the pace and intensity of those games is high, which can result in some higher penalty totals. Penalty minute numbers in pro hockey today pale in comparison to the way the game was played in the 1970’s and ‘80’s. It is definitely a cleaner, more highly skilled brand of hockey today than the butchery and barbarianism of the ‘70’s that provided the inspiration for Slapshot. The movie actually wasn’t that far off of how the game was played then. At the NHL and college level, penalty minutes are deemed to be so unimportant they aren’t even listed in the team standings. In looking through the division standings in some youth hockey leagues, most of teams fall within the normal range of penalty minutes, but some of them are alarmingly high. A Midget Minor team with 949 PIM’s in 34 league games, an average of 28 minutes per game. Seriously? A Midget Major team averaging 23.5 PIM’s per game? Pee Wee Minors (11-year olds) averaging 18 PIM’s a game? Keep in mind these are shorter games than the 60-minute pro and college games. Keep in mind we are talking “average” here, which means some games are actually higher than that.

UP TO THE COACHES Some people will say“that’s good tough hockey”and intimidation is part of the game. In my opinion it is undisciplined, idiocy and is an embarrassment to the game. The players are not to blame. It’s up to the coaches to create the culture and demand the discipline of the players to play the game properly. If a team is consistently playing more than 20% of every game shorthanded they are obviously coached (poorly) to play that way. It’s a coach’s obligation to teach the players how to play tough and play hard, but also play within the spirit of the rules of the game. Fighting in youth hockey is also something that always amazes me. First of all I find it hard to believe that the penalty is only a five minute major and game misconduct. What is the purpose of fighting in a game where the players have full face-masks anyway? Oddly enough, it would make more sense to me to allow fighting (to the extent the current rule does) if there were no facemasks. But how senseless is pounding someone’s facemask with your gloved hand? It might be only somewhat smarter than a bare hand. Why is fighting even considered to be “part of the game” at the youth level? They are kids. Receive a major penalty for fighting in college hockey and sit out the next game too. Pretty simple and, not surprisingly, there are virtually no fights. Fighting major penalties in youth hockey should result in removal from that game and sitting out the next game as well. At a minimum. Toughness is an interesting word. For some it conjures up images of Joey Kocur and Bob Probert pounding on an opponent. Absolutely those guys were tough, but so is the current version of the Detroit Red Wings, which averages less than 10 penalty minutes a game and never gets intimidated. When you have the puck most of the time you don’t take penalties. Winning puck battles and having the discipline and tenacity to maintain possession of it to control the game is a different, more important kind of toughness. There is a fine line between toughness and stupidity. Sometimes it gets crossed.

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Withh the Wi h endd off the h winter i season upon us andd the h spring i season aroundd the h corner, it’s a good time for a refresher on the good hockey habits that make good hockey players. Take what is given - Be aware of and take advantage of the opportunities given to you. If you are given a shot, passing lane, dump in, hit, time or open ice, then take it. Head up - Keep your head up to see the play, read the play and take advantage of the opportunities given to you. Talk - Talk to your teammates on offense and defense. Hockey is a team sport. Players must talk if they are going to work together. Hard off - Skate hard when coming off for a line change. Quick changes keep offensive and defensive pressure on the opposition. Never retaliate - Retaliation will cost your team a penalty. Referees often see the retaliation but miss the first penalty. Do not let the opposition see that they have gotten to you. Keep your emotions under control. Instigate, do not retaliate. Only captains talk to the referee - Unless you are a captain carrying out your duties, do not talk to the referee. Direct all communications through the coach and captain. This will buy time and show that the team is intelligent and disciplined. Keep your emotions under control. Show positive emotion - Emotion is good and should be shown when it is positive. Positive emotion will generate positive results. Negative emotions will generate negative results.

PLAYING THE MAN WITH THE PUCK 5-on-5 stick and pin - When playing at even strength, hit your man and pin him, keeping him from returning to the play. Always beat your man back into the play. 4-on-5 stick and move - When playing a man down, hit your man, move on, and quickly getting back into the play. Do not get tied up with your man, giving the opposition more ice and your team less defensive coverage.


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Numbers, go hard - When forechecking and the puck carrier’s back is to you, numbers showing, go at him hard, quickly taking away time and space.

AWAY FROM THE PUCK Head on a swivel - Keep you head on a swivel to look around, and see and read the play. Stick in passing lanes - Keep your stick in the passing lane and be ready to intercept passes. One hand on the stick - Keep one hand on your stick (in the passing lane) presenting a bigger profile and keeping one hand free for making contact with your check. Back check through the middle – Back check through the middle of the ice all the way to the front of the net. Pick up trailers and help out in front. This allows defensemen to pursue, maintain defensive pressure and perhaps make a quick transition. Never get caught flatfooted - Stay on your toes with a wide stance and a good knee bend so that you are able to react quickly in any direction.


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Education continues to drive USA Hockeyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s American Development Model BY PHILIP COLVIN

Four years ago, when USA Hockey decided to evaluate the state of American hockey, enrollment in the sport was flat, and even in decline, across the country. Even more alarming were some of the trends. Retention of current players had been declining since 2000 and over 20% of kids played only one season before dropping out. In addition, 40% of registered players were quitting the game by age nine and 60% were dropping out before Pee Wees. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We had to take a critical look at what we were doing,â&#x20AC;? said Ken Martel, director of USA Hockeyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s American Development Model (ADM). â&#x20AC;&#x153;We talked to a lot of people to evaluate the state of our game.â&#x20AC;? What they found was that young American hockey players under-train and over-compete. Our players focus on outcomes (winning) rather than on processes of training to improve their physical skills. USA Hockey also found that around the country we segregate players at the Squirt level. The top 15 players play AAA and have the best coaches and the most ice time. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Then the rest are on the B and C level teams and every kid gets less,â&#x20AC;? said Martel. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We realized we need to make sure we are taking care of every kid.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have great people, knowledgeable people in our sport, but our structure is not allowing our coaches to be the best they can be.â&#x20AC;? USA Hockey also compared what they were doing with the youth hockey programs in other countries. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Not to be like the Russians or the Canadians,â&#x20AC;? said Martel. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re different and we wanted to find things we knew would work here to make U.S. hockey better.â&#x20AC;? In addition, USA Hockey engaged the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) and their sports science people to find their best practices and talked to the National Hockey League, who has a mutual interest in the development of American players. There are 24 U.S NHL teams so the league wanted to invest more â&#x20AC;&#x153;with the goal of getting more American kids playing the game and more American kids playing the game better,â&#x20AC;? said Martel.

A DEEP DIVE What came out of this rigorous look in the mirror was the ADM and its Long Term Athletic Development (LTAD) principles that focus on age-appropriate training and skill development that include balance, coordination, flexibility, speed and playing Cross-Ice hockey at the youngest age groups. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We tried to figure out what is best for kids at each age,â&#x20AC;? said Martel. â&#x20AC;&#x153;And what will help them along the path to becoming a good hockey player.â&#x20AC;? As players mature, the ADMâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s LTAD guidelines progress to stages that include Learning to Train, Training to Train (ages 14-16), Learn to Compete (age 18), Training to Compete (18+), Training to Win and Hockey for Life. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The goal is to develop skills, foster competitive situations, have fun, and stay in the game,â&#x20AC;? said Bob Mancini, ADM Manager for Michigan, Illinois and Missouri. The ADMâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s principles are nothing new. Former East Kentwood High School coach Ron Baum first heard about them in 1976 at a coaching symposium at Livonia Stevenson High School gymnasium that featured legendary Russian hockey coach AnatoliTarasov, along with the head of the then Czechoslovakian Ice Hockey Federation. Baum clearly remembers the pair speaking through interpreters about their hockey system and how it compared to U.S. programs.


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Th i â&#x20AC;&#x153;do â&#x20AC;&#x153;d you want your kids kid to learn l h skills kill off the h game or ddo you want Theiri point: the to entertain your adults?â&#x20AC;? Those training principles, which the ADM borrowed from, made an impact on Baum - at the time a first-year coach - and he has used them for 35 years. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t the old style, we had to change but we believed in it,â&#x20AC;? said Baum. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve seen it work. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the reason I was able to bring my teams (from the westside of Michigan) and compete with you guys (in metro-Detroit).â&#x20AC;?

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ROLLING IT OUT Two years ago, a portion of the NHLâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s $8 million yearly developmental grant to USA Hockey was allotted to the ADM, and officials moved forward by hiring ADM Regional Managers. So far, several areas of the country have embraced ADM principles. Michigan has Cross-Ice for 6 and Under players and will vote at the MAHA Summer Meeting to extend it to the 8 and Under level. Vermont started playing Cross-Ice in 2008 and in Minnesota, 95% of their associations use Cross-Ice. USA Hockeyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Atlantic and Mid-Am Districts, in addition to Massachusetts, New Hampshire and New York, all have plans to introduce the ADM in the next two seasons. In addition, the 34 USA Hockey affiliate presidents were asked at the 2011 USA Hockey Winter Meeting if they thought that the ADM should be mandated across the country. â&#x20AC;&#x153;And every single one of them raised their hand yes,â&#x20AC;? said Martel. â&#x20AC;&#x153;So I see this as potentially becoming the standard of how we play nationally.â&#x20AC;? For Mancini, rolling out the ADM brings back memories of 1997 when he helped start the USA Hockey National Team Development Program (NTDP) in Ann Arbor with Jeff Jackson, now the head coach at Notre Dame. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When we started, the NTDP was heralded as the worst possible thing USA Hockey could do, unless you were one of the 44 families invited to join,â&#x20AC;? remembers Mancini. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Now, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s looked at as a cornerstone and one of the most important things we do for developing our top players in the United States.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;And itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s almost the exact same thing with the ADM and Cross-Ice hockey,â&#x20AC;?he said. And while the ADM is about more than just Mite hockey, officials have initially focused on 8 and Under players learning the skills of the game on a smaller, ageappropriate sized ice surface. â&#x20AC;&#x153;People have said â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the worst thing weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re doing,â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? Mancini. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s until people see it, until kids try it and until parents see their kid get better. Then itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the greatest thing since sliced bread. And that is what we are going through right now.â&#x20AC;? Marquette Jr. Hockey mite director John M. Way knows first-hand what Mancini is talking about after the Upper Peninsula association adopted Cross-Ice this season. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was a tough transition year in a hockey-proud city like Marquette,â&#x20AC;? said Way. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a lot of work, but itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s worth it. We have increased our enrollment and the kids have nothing but great things to say about it. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the best thing for the kids.â&#x20AC;? Mancini is buoyed by the fact that he believes any resistance to the ADM and Cross-Ice is an issue of change, not to the program itself. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Because for 95% of the people who see it, try it and experience it, they get it right away,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;And thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the important thing. Yes, we have a lot of education to do. But typically people are not against what weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re doing. Their questions are â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;how do we implement it? Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s such a different model. And how do we get it done?â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;?





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From the Crease

STEVE McKICHAN From the crease Farming out goalie instruction The most common complaint I have heard from goalie parents in my 20 years of coaching has been that their goalie is being ignored in practice. While recruiting kids to play on a team, many coaches over-promise and then under-deliver when it comes to the proper development of their team’s goaltending. As a result, the undeniably most important position on the team is either ignored or “farmed out”. The purpose of this discussion is to outline some common observations regarding this situation and to provide parents with concrete advice on how to proceed. Almost inexplicably, otherwise intelligent head coaches will frequently offer up this chestnut. “I don’t know anything about goaltending so I will get someone in here who does.” But with the prevalence of accessible information on the internet, it would take very little effort to delve superficially into modern goaltending instruction. It would seem wise for a head coach to understand a baseline of information on current goaltending technique and the modern approach to the position. In fact, this basic knowledge would help them select an appropriate goalie coach and be able to provide appropriate, if not generic modern goaltending advice and feedback.

SOME GUIDELINES Quality goalie coaches are increasingly available now and I have some guidelines that head coaches can use to properly “farm out” their team’s goalie coaching. 1. Avoid picking a beer league teammate who plans to teach the position how they played it during the 1970’s. A key test of your potential goalie coach would


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be something as simple as asking, “Should goalies use sharp or dull skates?” If they say dull, run away. Remember no goalie coaching is better than ill-informed goalie coaching. 2. Having NHL, College or Major Junior experience doesn’t guarantee that you will have a good goalie coach. But high level experiential knowledge combined with technical knowledge is preferred to someone who simply worked at a few hockey schools and now has printed up some business cards. 3. Get proper references and check out the goalie coach’s reliability and people skills in past team-based situations. Any potential candidate should have their elite playing credentials vetted at This site has records on anyone and everyone who has played significantly. 4. Make sure the guy you hire will be the guy that is there all the time and not one of his junior underlings. 5. Look for goalie coaches that have a university background in teaching. Teaching itself is an art form and this type of resume is preferred. 6. Unless there is no other option, avoid having a well-meaning father of one of the goalies as your goalie coach. The optics are bad and rarely is it a workable situation when things invariably go south during the season. 7. If the team has a budget and can’t get a goalie coach in on a regular basis you should consider sending your goalies out to clinics and camps in-season in your area. Thankfully goalies now have the best goalie coaching they have ever had. Which is far better than what my generation had – nothing! Steve McKichan is the owner of Future Pro goalie school and the former goaltending coach of the Toronto Maple Leafs. He can be reached at or visit his website at for upcoming clinics and private lessons.


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Honeybaked beats Compuware to take Girls 12U Tier 1 MAHA state title BY CARL CHIMENTI

Planting grass and helping it grow might sound like an odd motto for a championship team, but it worked for the Honeybaked girls 12U Tier I squad this season. Honeybaked rolled through the 2011 MAHA state tournament undefeated and won the title with a 5-1 win over Compuware on Feb. 27 at the Taylor Sportsplex. “I took a story from the book Pep Talk about planting grass – how you follow the process and your grass will grow,” said Honeybaked head coach Danny Veri. “It was a concept that the girls really grasped as we moved forward.” Honeybaked recorded shutouts against Compuware, Belle Tire and Little Caesars during the preliminary games and outscored their opponents 25-3 in the state tournament. “This has been a great group of girls to work with,”said Veri. “I have been coaching a long time and this was one of my most favorite groups of kids and parents to work with.” Honeybaked got goals from five different players in the final win over Compuware. Brooke Schembri and Willow Guenther led the way with a goal and an assist each, while Breanna Scarpaci added a pair of assists. Meranda Lienhart, Genna Wais and Grace Markey scored single tallies for Honeybaked. Brianna Buchanan scored the lone goal, which was of the highlight variety, for Compuware unassisted. Early on both Honeybaked’s Stephanie Tenerelli and Compuware’s Sydney Marzec each made outstanding saves to keep the game scoreless. Honeybaked’s Schembri finally broke the ice with 9.6 seconds left in the period with a point shot that bounced off a couple of Compuware players in front of net before going in. Holding a 1-0 lead, Honeybaked added another goal a minute into the middle period from Matti Savich on a pass from Savannah Veri. Compuware’s only goal came on a spectacular unassisted effort from Buchanan, who started from her own blueline, beat both a forward and defenseman through the neutral zone and then went in alone on Tenerelli and scored to put Compuware back in the game. But Honeybaked responded with a powerplay goal from Leinhart to regain the two-goal lead, 3-1, with just under two minutes left in the middle period. “I thought our goal turned the momentum back in our favor,”


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said Compuware coach Al Buchanan.“Then Honeybaked got the third one and that was tough to come back from.” In the locker room, Veri reminded his players what had happened to them two weeks previous at the Ontario Silver Stick tournament. “We had played outstanding hockey until the final period of the semifinals,” recalled Veri. “We had a two goal lead after two periods similar to this game and they scored three times in about a five minute stretch to beat us and I absolutely reminded the girls of that.” There would be no collapse this time around, as Honeybaked’s Wais scored unassisted and Markey added a backhander off a rebound in the final period to wrap up the state title. “Compuware is a good team and I am very proud of our girls - we’ve had a really good season,” said Veri, whose team moves on to the USA Hockey Girls National Tournament, April 6-10, at the Onyx in Rochester and Suburban Ice Macomb. Buchanan was also proud of the effort his team. “The girls have been very competitive all year,”“This is our first year as a Tier 1 team,”said Buchanan, whose team will also be playing at the Nationals as Honeybaked is the host team. “We finished second in the league and runner up at states, so we have done very well and I am very happy for them.”


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GIRLS U12 TIER 1 NOTEBOOK Carlie Magler had a goal and an assist and Shelby Bradford scored once in Buffalo Wild Wings 2-0 win over Little Caesars… Cassie Gray scored twice, Makayla Warren had a goal and two assists and Abby Latorella a goal and two points to pace Belle Tire to a 4-3 win over the Buffalo Wild Wings. Samantha Howell and Michel Faliski scored single goals and Carlie Magler a goal and an assist in the one-goal loss…Sophia Serra scored the only goal and Emma Morisette the lone assist in Little Caesars 7-1 loss to Compuware… Michel Faliski was the only goal scorer in Buffalo Wild Wings 7-1 loss to Compuware…It was multiple points for three Belle Tire players in their 6-1 win over Little Caesars. Abby Latorella had a hat trick as part of a four-point effort, Makayla Warren a goal and four assists and Abigail Grias a goal and three assists. Little Caesars only goal came from Payton Dockus with Hannah Hamilton drawing the assist.

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20 Years/20 Issues Michigan Hockey Headlines Pittsburgh Penguin star Mario Lemieux returns to the NHL, ending his 44-month absence. Lemieux, now 35 years old, is also the owner of the franchise. Lemieux went on to score 35 goals in 43 games that season. He would play 170 games total in his return until his permanent retirement after the 2005-06 season. Lemieux’s career stats were (690, 1033) for 1723 points in 915 games.

Michigan and Michigan State split CCHA regular season and tournament championships. The Wolverines claimed the regular season title with a win against Bowling Green. The Spartans claimed the CCHA Tournament behind the stellar play of freshman goaltender Ryan Miller. Both the Wolverines and Spartans earned automatic berths into the NCAA tournament.

Detroit Red Wing legend Sid Abel passes away at the age of 81. Abel won the Hart Trophy as NHL MVP in 1949. Abel was traded from the Red Wings to the Chicago Blackhawks in 1952–53, and served as a player-coach for the next two seasons. He returned to the Red Wings in 1957–58 and served as Detroit’s coach through the 1969–70 season. Abel’s #12 is one of six numbers to be retired by the Wings.

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April 3rd 62nd NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship: MSU beats Florida 89-76

MARCH March 26th 72nd Academy Awards Oscar Ceremony hosted by Billy Crystal

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Detroit Red Wing Pat Verbeek scores his 500th career goal against the Calgary Flames. Verbeek’s career also included stints with the New Jersey Devils, Hartford Whalers, New York Rangers, and Dallas Stars. Ending his career with 522 goals, Verbeek is the only player in NHL history to total over 500 career goals and 2500 career penalty minutes.

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In a meeting at Inkster’s Recreational Center on June 20, 2000 the 26-year old Michigan National Hockey League (MNHL) cracked and broke apart. Just weeks after voting to divide the MNHL into A and B Divisions, eight organizations have left the MNHL to form a new AAA league. The newly formed Midwest Elite League will be made up of teams from Little Caesars, Compuware, Honeybaked, the Ice Dogs, Belle Tire, Chicago Young Americans, Team Illinois and Cleveland. Former MNHL president John Kay became the president of the new league. The eight organizations wanted more control over the how the league is run, and wanted their coaches to have more of a say in which teams are in their division and which teams they will play. According to then Little Caesars coach Chris Coury, the Michigan-based MNHL originally started adding teams from other areas and states to get a bigger voice nationally within USA Hockey’s Youth Council. There was to be an East and West Division of the MNHL and Coury said that there was never any intention of having any inter-divisional play. “The original plan was that all these (out of state) teams were not supposed to be in our division. But then once you got them into the league, you couldn’t get them out of the league, and it got away from us,” Coury said. “And we had all the travel and the coaches never had a voice in the league. Who’s going to decide who plays who? That’s the issue. It has to be the coaches who decide.” Although the eight organizations said they were starting the new league because they wanted more day-to-day control, other MNHL board members felt that they left because some of the organizations had teams that would have to drop into the didn’t lower division and would have to travel more outside the Detroit area. “It was clear that they were trying to create a position that will allow them to maintain as individual clubs without having to earn it year-to-year,”said the Chicago

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Chill’s Larry Pedrie, whose club was among those originally voted into the B Division. “They see us as a threat. And instead of working within your own organization to make it better and identify your weaknesses, they instead choose to cannibalize other clubs and take their players.” MNHL Treasurer Gale Cronk (at right) also believes that the clubs left the league because they couldn’t get what they wanted in the MNHL. “The Detroit teams are crybabies,” Cronk said. “They don’t want anyone outside of Detroit to win anything. Now those guys want four teams out of Detroit to run it all. And those four teams, no matter how good or bad they are, want to be in the A Division and never move. And only play who they want to play, when they want to play, if they want to play.” By Philip Colvin

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March 7, 2011, Volume 21 : Issue 17

Honeybaked wins MAHA Girls 14U Tier I state championship in 2OT thriller


After Honeybaked captured the 2011 MAHA Girls 14 and Under Tier I state championship, it’s pretty clear that forward Lea Boreland has a knack for scoring big goals. Boreland’s notched the game winner in a 2-1 semifinal victory over Compuware and her unassisted goal with 3:39 left in the second overtime gave Honeybaked a 1-0 win over Little Caesars and the state title on Feb. 27 at the Taylor Sportsplex. After the game, the teenager was elated, emotional and almost speechless. “I have no words other then it just felt amazing,” said Boreland.“Our entire team played really well and our goaltender Jessica Convery was just amazing.” Boreland’s goal in the second extra period came after the two teams had played over 61 minutes of up-and-down exciting, yet scoreless, hockey. “I won the faceoff, took control of the puck and just roofed it top shelf,” Boreland said of her second game winning goal in two days. Honeybaked head coach Lyle Phair was not surprised with how closely contested the state final was. “I think we played them eight times this year, with us winning three, losing two and three games ended in a tie,” recalled Phair. “This was a great game and, as in each of the previous games, it could have gone either way.” Despite the low scoring affair, there were plenty of offensive chances and Little Caesars goaltender Claire Lachner was sharp

in turning aside multiple shots. In the first period, Lachner made three pointblank saves in a four-minute span to stop chances from Honeybaked’s Taylor Babcock, Sami Wais and Rose Krasofsky. Lachner helped Little Caesars kill a penalty with two big stops in the middle period and denied Babcock with a nice skate save late in the game. Convery also made several great saves to keep Little Caesars off the scoreboard, including stoning Brooke Baker from right in front of the net in the opening period and stopping Shelly Czarnowczan on an end-to-end rush. In the middle stanza, Olivia Lord was denied twice in a row and in the third period Convery made three stops while Little Caesars had Honeybaked pinned up in their own end. During the overtimes, Little Caesars seemed to have the better scoring chances but time after time Convery came up big for Honeybaked. “They kind of took it to us, especially in that first overtime,” said Phair. “Our team kind of weathered the storm and our goaltender played really well and she kept us in the game.” With his team creating scoring opportunities throughout the game, Little Caesars coach Eric Courveur was hopeful that one would make it past Convery. “In the first couple of periods Honeybaked had more shots on net and from the third period on I thought we really turned it on and I felt we could get it done,” said Courveur. “Their goaltender Jessie played for me last year and is a great goalie and was the difference in the game.”


Courveur also thought his goaltender Lachner played her heart out. “Claire made the National Camp last year,” said Courveur. “I think she is one of the best 96’s in the country.” Phair felt his team was overmatched in terms of size but not determination. “They are a bigger and stronger team and in a game like this strength sometimes becomes a factor,” said Phair. “We have a lot of smaller players but I think we are a little bit quicker with our speed and it was just a matter of getting the puck to the right girl in the right spot at the right time.” Both teams will represent Michigan at the USA Hockey Girls National Tournament, April 6-10, at the Onyx Rochester Ice Arena and Suburban Ice Macomb.

GIRLS 14U TIER I NOTEBOOK In preliminary round games, Lauren Michael netted a pair of goals and Victoria Gorans found the back of the net once but it wasn’t enough as Victory Honda lost 4-3 to Compuware… Compuware got multiple-point games from three different players but fell short by one goal, losing 5-4 in overtime to Little Caesars. Brook Lupi had a three point-game that included a pair of goals, Jacqueline Richards had a goal and an assist and Caroline Hurd pitched in with two helpers…Victory Honda was shut out twice, losing 2-0 to Honeybaked and 11-0 to Little Caesars… Compuware posted one win and two losses in preliminary round play and was the second highest goal producer with nine goals but they allowed the second most goals among the four teams with 10… Four of the six round robin games were decided by a single goal, while two others had a two-goal difference.




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Little Caesars’ forward Cassidy Tucker has made some big plays this season, but none bigger than her double overtime game winning goal in the final of the 2011 MAHA Girls 16 and Under Tier I state championship. Tucker broke a 2-2 tie with 6:08 left in the second extra session by rifling a shot through the legs of Honeybaked goalie Alexis Shaw to give Little Caesars a 3-2 win and the state title on Feb. 27 at the Taylor Sportsplex. “I was just going to try to get to the net and go for the rebound and maybe it would bounce our way,” Tucker said. Cassidy, the Little Caesars captain, was named tournament MVP for her efforts. “She’s been the heart and soul of this team,” said Little Caesars coach Dave Erwin. Little Caesars entered the final knowing that not only had they not beaten Honeybaked this season, they hadn’t even scored a goal against them. Little Caesars’ Kelly Harris shattered the scoreless curse early in the first period, but the 1-0 lead was short lived as Honeybaked’s Andrea Anastos came back two shifts later to beat goalie Lauren Bailey to tie the game. “Wow, what a momentum swing,” Erwin said. “That was our first goal against them and you get that monkey off your back and you’re feeling good and then they go and bury one to get right back in the game.” Honeybaked kept up the pressure and took a 2-1 lead in the second period when Victoria Sullivan pounced on a loose puck, went in alone on Bailey and slid it past her into the net. In the third period, Bailey stopped several Honeybaked scoring chances, including Megan Kaster from in tight and Little Caesars never gave up hope of making a comeback. “It was very calm on the bench,” Erwin said. “We never really panicked.” Then with 3:45 left in regulation, Little Caesars’ Rachel Booth collected a rebound off a point shot and slammed it past Shaw to tie the game, 2-2. “It was pretty scary (in the third) but I stayed confident,” Bailey said. “When Rachel scored I just jumped up and went ballistic.” The game remained deadlocked into the second 10-minute

overtime when Tucker’s shot gave Little Caesars the victory. “Cassidy has scored big goals for us all season,” said Erwin. “And Lauren held us in when we needed her and then we picked her up at the end.” “This is a great group of kids and winning the state championship is just fantastic. That was a good team we played today who has given us fits all year long, so I tip my cap to them. I think they’re a great team and I’m just happy that our girls were able to pull it out.” Honeybaked coach Tom Anastos said the final had “all the elements of a classic championship game, including great plays, nice goals, big saves, change in leads and double overtime. While naturally disappointed with the loss, we are really proud of our kids and their effort and give credit to Little Caesars for playing a very good game as well.” Both Little Caesars and Honeybaked will represent Michigan at the USA Hockey Girls Tier I National Tournament, April 6-10, at the Onyx Rochester Arena and Suburban Ice Macomb.

GIRLS 16U TIER I NOTEBOOK In the preliminary games of the five-team tournament, Tucker netted a hat trick and Booth had a goal and an assist in Little Caesars’ 6-1 win over Belle Tire… Compuware’s Chelsea Blackburn scored the game winner in a 2-1 victory over Belle Tire… Little Caesars’Tucker and Kelly Harris had two goals each with Tucker adding an assist in Little Caesars’ goalie Lauren Bailey’s shutout of Compuware 8-0… Victory Honda’s Catlin Conner netted the game winning goal and Victory Honda’s Adrienne Porcalla and Belle Tire’s Heather Silcott each had two assists as Victory Honda edged Belle Tire 4-3… Honeybaked’s Haley McLean and Natalie Pattison each notched a goal and an assist each in a 5-0 shutout of Compuware… Honeybaked’s McLean put up five goals and two assists and Andrea Anastos added two goals and three assists in Honeybaked’s 10-2 win over Victory Honda.. Honeybaked’s McLean and Victoria Sullivan both had a goal and an assist in Alexis Shaw’s 4-0 shutout of Belle Tire… Honeybaked’s Kirsten Padalis notched a goal and an assist while Shaw shutout Little Caesars 4-0… Victory Honda’s Nichole LaFlamme had a goal and three assists and Compuware’s Anna Davenport put up a goal and an assist in Victory Honda’s 6-4 victory over Compuware.

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The Little Caesars Girls 19 and Under Tier I team hit the ice for the 2011 MAHA state final by running through a tunnel of cheers and high fives from the organization’s Under 16 Team that had just won the state title. That momentum helped the Little Caesars 19U squad clinch their own state title with a 2-1 come-from-behind win over Belle Tire on Maryanne Menefee’s goal with 1:28 left in regulation on Feb. 27 at the Taylor Sportsplex. “(The tunnel) definitely built us up,”19U Little Caesars’goalie Taylor Fairchild said. “Seeing them win and then us winning too. It is just incredible.” Injuries to five players left Little Caesars with just three defensemen, so coach Matt Berger called on veteran forward Kelsey Summers to drop back into the defensive rotation just seconds before the puck dropped. “I have a lot of trust in her and she came through,” Berger said. “She was a rock back there.” Belle Tire took an early 1-0 on a goal from Maddie Collias, who had another opportunity minutes later to widen the gap with a great move in front of the net that Fairchild fought away. “Taylor is a phenomenal goaltender,” Berger said. “Very unorthodox and lots of times she has that horseshoe in her pocket to make the big save.” Little Caesars’ Caitlin Post netted the game-tying goal a little over a minute later when her shot from the right faceoff circle went past Belle Tire goalie Karissa Grapp’s right shoulder. “Post is an incredible player,” Fairchild said. “She works her butt off all the time and that was a big goal.” Grapp made several saves with her team shorthanded to keep the game tied 1-1 in the first period. The game developed into a battle of the two goaltenders as they each made big saves to keep the game deadlocked. Finally late in the third period, Belle Tire’s Sara Schmitt was whistled for a hooking penalty with 3:13 left in the game, followed by another hooking call on Belle Tire’s Samantha Shaw. The penalties put Little Caesars a five-on-three powerplay for just over a minute. Caesars had been struggling with the man advantage all year long against Belle Tire and had spent a lot of time working on it before the playoffs. “(Belle Tire’s) Mike (Vigilante) is a great coach,” Berger. “He


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does a great job with his penalty kill, but a five-on-three, you’re supposed to score goals and the girls did it.” Little Caesars capitalized when Menefee was left alone with the puck and a wide-open net in front of her. “It couldn’t have gotten any more open,” Menefee said. “If I would’ve missed I probably would’ve never lived it down. But it went in so I’m happy. Nothing can really describe how you feel.“ “Mary is a very highly skilled player and a gifted finisher,” said Berger. The win was Little Caesars second this year over Belle Tire, and came after losing to them 4-1 in the preliminary round. Little Caesars 16U team had also lost to Honeybaked in the preliminary round before beating them in the final. “As soon as those games were over, we asked them to forget about it,” Berger said. “They did exactly that. Then we went to the drawing board and made the corrections we needed to make with the X’s and O’s and our girls executed. That was the preparation we had for today - to kind of forget about today and every day is a new day.” At the USA National Tournament at the Onyx Rochester Arena and Suburban Ice Macomb, April 6-10, Little Caesars will be gunning for a National Championship. “Everyone better watch out, because Caesars is coming,” Fairchild said.

GIRLS 19U TIER I NOTEBOOK In the preliminary games of the four-team tournament, Belle Tire’s Karissa Grapp posted a shutout and Katelyn Scott scored two goals and added an assist in Belle Tire’s 8-0 win over Honeybaked… Little Caesars’Shiann Darkangelo notched two goals and two assists and Erin Conway added another goal and an assist when Little Caesars beat Victory Honda 6-2… Belle Tire’s Grapp had another shutout and Scott and Shannon Yoxheimer scored in Belle Tire’s 2-0 win over Victory Honda… Honeybaked’s Francesca Santi stopped 53 shots and Little Caesars’ Maryanne Menefee had two goals and an assist in Honeybaked’s 4-2 loss to Little Caesars… Belle Tire’s Scott had a goal and an assist as Grapp stopped 28 shots in Belle Tire’s 4-1 win over Little Caesars… Honeybaked’s Marah Shields got the shutout and Devyn Fitzhenry and Noelle Walko scored in Honeybaked’s 2-0 win.

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For the seventh straight year, the Detroit Hockey Association’s Hockey in the Hood brought together teams from the metro Detroit area and across the country. The theme of this year’s event, held Feb. 18-20 at Jack Adams Arena on Detroit’s west side and outdoors at Clark Park in Southwest Detroit, was“Hockey is for Everyone.” Teams included the Detroit Dragons (Detroit Hockey Association), Clark Park, Fort DuPont (Washington, DC), Columbus (Ohio), Farmington Renegades, Royal Oak Jets, Plymouth Killer Sharks, St. Clair Shores, Allen Park Huskies, Kensington Valley Destroyers, Novi Panthers, Minnesota Dinomites and the Wasilla Wild from Alaska. “The outdoor environment is big with the kids,” said Anthony Benavides, head coach of Clark Park. “It’s fun and the players and fans can see the stars above them at night and the sunshine during the day.” DHA President Will McCants, a founder of the annual Black History Month event, was impressed with the diverse turnout of teams. “The different communities that are now involved made it exciting,”McCants said.

“And the games at Clark Park helped bring more exposure to HITH.” Alan Alexander, a member of the DHA Board of Directors and coach of the Dragons Midgets, has watched HITH grow. “The level of competition has improved,” he said. “It’s all about bonding. This shows that inner-city kids can play the sport.” The suburban teams, coaches and parents were very glad to be in Detroit for HITH. “I’m very impressed with the Detroit Hockey Association because this was a well-run tournament,” said Shannon Dunne of Allen Park, whose eight-year-old son Tommy played goalie for the Allen Park Huskies. “I really liked playing outdoors at Clark Park. That was very nice.” “I come to Detroit all the time,”said Joe Williams, 15, of Farmington and left-winger for the Farmington Renegades. “We made a bunch of friends on the other teams. I also love the pace of the games in the tournament.” “It’s a class show because it’s very well-organized,”said Scott Lanham, head coach of the Novi Panthers. “We played two games outdoors and the games got better when the weather got colder.” Hockey in the Hood receives sponsorship from the Detroit Parks and Recreation, the Detroit Red Wings Foundation, Frito-Lay, Sam’s Club, USA Hockey and the NHL Hockey’s For Everyone Program. “Sponsorship was down, but that’s happening everywhere. We need more help from Black leaders and businesses,” said McCants. “The recreation department was [a] big help. We wouldn’t be able to put this program on if it wasn’t for them.” Several programs from around the country continue to travel to Detroit for the weekend. “The teams from Washington, Columbus, Alaska and Minnesota come back every year because we’re doing something right,” McCants said. “They like the atmosphere and we became like family.” Neal Henderson, president of the Fort Du Pont Hockey Club, the oldest Black

hockey club in the country, has attended every HITH event. “Because it’s well organized this tournament has grown,”he said. ”I’m very thankful to be here and hope to have more teams participate.” Wasilla shutout Novi, 2-0, for the Bantam B title, Columbus beat Allen Park in the Squirt final, Kensington Valley beat Columbus in the Pee Wee title game and the Dragons took the midget title with a 6-1 win over St. Clair Shores. In the future, McCants wants to keep HITH in Detroit at Jack Adams, Clark Park and possibly expand it to the City Sports Ice Arena. “The idea is to keep HITH in the city,” he said. “We want it accessible to the people of the community.” Devin Wardlaw, 17, a center for the Dragons Midget squad summed up HITH. “HITH helps Detroit because this shows our city to other people,” he said. “It helps me meet new people from across the country. Hockey is a wonderful sport that everyone should play.”

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“On the other hand, they looked confident and relaxed. When the 2011 MHSAA playoff schedule was released, an They have a core group of guys that have been through this opening game of the Division 2, Pre-Regional 23 stood out as if before, and you could see that. it was printed in bright, flashing lights: three-time defending They don’t give up a lot of chances.” state champion Trenton vs. downriver Central ended the season with a powerhouse Wyandotte Roosevelt. 14-11 record and loses only five seniors. And the Feb. 28 matchup at The Trojans hope to have a good crop Southgate Civic Center didn’t disappoint of returning players next year. as Wyandotte senior captain Gerald Prepared and ready to go from the Mayhew scored his second goal of the drop of the first puck, the Bay Reps game 41 seconds into overtime to give improved to 19-6 overall (8-0 in the the Bears a 3-2 victory over the Trojans. league) and will face Alpena on Mar. 2. “They had beaten us in overtime “We jumped on them in a hurry, and during the regular season and we were kept that pressure up,” Reps coach Todd confident going into the overtime,” Spaulding said. said Wyandotte coach Mike Quint, who “Records don’t mean anything in the played at Trenton for Trojans’ coach Mike playoffs, so we’ll prepare for Alpena like Gerald Mayhew Turner. “We thought it was our turn.” anyone else. We haven’t played them, so The game winner happened quickly – it will be interesting.” Wyandotte’s Nick Kovalchik saw Mayhew in the clear during a John Posler got the start in goal and made 17 saves. The line change and hit him with a pass that sent Mayhew into the Bay Reps, meanwhile, peppered the Central goaltender with Trenton zone 1-on-2. Mayhew used theTrojans’defensemen as 32 shots on goal. a screen and beat goalie Blake Wojtala high to the glove side. Dustin Derrer, Jake Peacock and Chris Craig scored two The game was tight right from the beginning. After goals apiece for the Bay Reps. a scoreless first period, Mayhew opened the scoring in With a file from Greg Gielczyk the second stanza, with assists going to sophomore Ben Thompson, who was playing his first game since returning from a broken collarbone, and Kyle King. King scored again with 1:12 left in the period from Joey Green and John Calhoun, who was playing his first game since breaking his QUARTERFINALS wrist in December. DIVISION 1 - MARCH 9 Sandwiched in between was a goal from Trenton senior QF 1 – Reg. winners 1 & 2 - Big Rapids forward Carlo DeGrazia that tied the game 1-1. DeGrazia then QF 2 – Reg. winners 3 & 4 - Flint tied the game again, 2-2, on a pass from Cory Seychel with QF 3 – Reg. winners 5 & 6 - SCS Lakeview 5:39 left in the game to set up the extra period. QF 4 – Reg. winners 7 & 8 - Ann Arbor Pioneer The Bears workhorse senior goalie Chase Schmittou got the DIVISION 2 - MARCH 8 win in net, which sets up a Mar. 2 matchup against Southgate QF 5 – Reg. winners 9 & 10 - Gaylord Anderson, which beat Woodhaven in the other Pre-Regional, QF 6 – Reg. winners 11 & 12 - Chelsea and a potential game against Farmington in the Regional QF 7 – Reg. winners 13 & 14 - Romeo Final on Mar. 5 at Trenton’s Kennedy Arena. QF 8 – Reg. winners 15 & 16 - Novi “We’ve played well all year,” said Quint. “We just want to stay focused.” DIVISION 3 - MARCH 9 QF 9 – Reg. winners 17 & 18 – S.S. Marie/Marquette BAY REPS TAKE DOWN TC CENTRAL QF 10 – Reg. winners 19 & 20 - Lansing Summit Home ice turned out to be little to no advantage for the QF 11 – Reg. winners 21 & 22 - Goodrich Traverse City Central Trojans in their Division 2 Pre-Regional QF 12 – Reg. winners 23 & 24 - Allen Park 18 playoff game against Northern Michigan Hockey League

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March 7, 2011, Volume 21 : Issue 17


Eagles ready for NOJHL playoffs BY DON SUPPA

This season the Soo Eagles Junior A squad has given residents of Sault Ste. Marie a reason to re-visit one of the oldest hockey arenas in the state, Pullar Stadium. The only U.S. franchise in the eight-team Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League, the Eagles entertain fans at the 72-year old Pullar with a brand of wide-open, pedal to the metal hockey. The Eagles (37-10-3) have averaged over five goals a game this season, reeled off a two 10-plus game winning streaks and finished the 50-game regular season in second place in the league’s West Division, two points behind the Soo (Canada) Thunderbirds. After closing a 14-point gap with the Canadian Soo team, the Eagles dropped a 3-2 decision to the Thunderbirds in a shootout in the season finale on Feb. 25 and now await a first round NOJHL playoff matchup with the Blind River Beavers. The NOJHL consists mainly of two types of players, aged 16-20. The first, and most prevalent, are players working to earn a college scholarship. The league also includes players that are on assignment from Ontario Hockey League (OHL) clubs and talent level in the NOJHL is a lot better than some people think. “The NOJHL is a very underrated league,” said Eagles head coach and GM Bruno Bragagnolo, who spent the ten years as coach of the Chicago Young Americans’ midget program and was also a goalie coach and scout in the NAHL and USHL. The Eagles are made up of almost entirely of American born players, including 15 players from Michigan. Fenton native Brian Depp is the team’s top scorer with 28 goals and 73 points this season. Depp’s linemate from Allen Park, Aaron Leonard, is also no slouch in the scoring department. Leonard is fifth on the team in scoring with 28 goals and 67 points in 50 games. The team captain, Leonard, is a leader both on and off the ice. The Eagles also have a little Northern Michigan flair in their lineup with the hottest line in junior hockey. The trio of Gaylord natives Travis and Robbie Payne, and their centerman Brock Raffaele of Cadillac, has totaled 37 goals and 84 points in their last 14 games. Seventeen-year old defenseman Nate Glass, a Florida native that played for Bradagnolo in Chicago, has also been a standout. The Soo carries three netminders on their roster and two of them are from the Great Lakes state. Sterling Heights native John Kleinhans is the goalie the team has turned to make the majority of the starts. Kleinhans has a sparkling record of 19-4-0 with a goals against average of 3.14 and a save percentage of .917 in the high-scoring league. The other Michigan goaltender, Aaron Beutenmiller of Tecumseh, has been outstanding when called upon (3.18 GAA

and a .908 save percentage). The Eagles players don’t just play in the Soo and have worked hard to get involved in the Upper Peninsula community. “Our players have assisted in youth Learn to Skate programs, Sault Amateur Hockey clinics and team practices, public skating sessions at the Big Bear, and have helped out with different charity groups in town,” said Bragagnolo. The most important thing they have done, however, is unite both young and old in a community’s love affair with their grand old hockey rink. Grandparents tell grandkids stories about years past when Gordie Howe and the rest of the Detroit Red Wings had training camp on that same Pullar Stadium ice. And now the building is creating more memories with the high-flying Eagles.

TWO MORE FROM TC OFF TO COLLEGE Traverse City North Stars defensemen Connor Schmidt and Chris Dienes are the latest players from the NAHL club to make their college commitments. Schmidt, who played at Monroe St. Mary Catholic Central, will attend Ferris State, while Dienes is headed south to Kalamazoo to attend Western Michigan. “Connor is as big a competitor as you’re going to find,” said Traverse City head coach/GM Anthony Palumbo. “He has one speed, and that’s ‘go’. He’s an excellent skater, and has a lot of all-around skill. Ferris just got themselves another very good defenseman.” Schmidt is still a junior at Traverse City Central and won’t enroll at FSU until the fall of 2012. In the meantime, he has a Robertson Cup playoff berth to chase. “The college scholarship was really the only individual goal I had for the year,” he said. “We have a solid season going and our focus is still to get to the postseason and make a deep run.” Dienes started the year with his Traverse City West High School team, preparing to help the Titans defend their Big North Conference crown. Four months later he committed to play for the Broncos starting in 2012. In between, a call-up to the North Stars cemented Dines’ station as an up-and-coming defenseman earmarked for duty in the CCHA. “Chris has tremendous upside,” said Palumbo. “He’s already very good – he’s a big kid with a long reach and he skates well. We’ve seen Chris play all the way from his Grand Traverse Hockey Association days, and seen him develop into a high-end player with a great work ethic.” “It’s been a little overwhelming at times,” said Dienes. “Obviously, it’s a dream come true to get the opportunity to play college hockey.” Contributing: Philip Colvin

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NORTH AMERICAN HOCKEY LEAGUE 2010-11 NAHL Standings (as of Feb 28) CENTRAL xOwatonna Coulee Region Bismarck Alexandria Austin Aberdeen

GP 52 49 48 46 46 49

W 29 29 27 23 18 16

L OTL PTS 17 6 64 15 5 63 17 4 58 18 5 51 25 3 39 29 4 36

PCT 0.615 0.643 0.604 0.554 0.424 0.367

GF 154 177 152 158 121 140

GA 158 149 126 149 146 192

PIM 888 858 954 743 1025 698

NORTH St. Louis Janesville Traverse City Motor City Michigan Springfield Chicago Port Huron

GP 48 49 46 48 46 49 49 47

W 33 31 30 29 27 23 9 5

L OTL PTS 11 4 70 15 3 65 15 1 61 18 1 59 14 5 59 23 3 49 36 4 22 38 4 14

PCT 0.729 0.663 0.663 0.615 0.641 0.500 0.224 0.149

GF 184 152 175 201 165 149 124 106

GA 106 100 133 149 125 149 244 272

PIM 671 787 768 1141 746 820 801 1223

SOUTH xTopeka xAmarillo xTexas Wichita Falls Corpus Christi New Mexico

GP 49 46 49 48 49 49

W 37 30 29 22 18 14

L OTL PTS 9 3 77 11 5 65 14 6 64 22 4 48 28 3 39 32 3 31

PCT 0.786 0.707 0.653 0.500 0.398 0.316

GF 203 171 171 159 133 116

GA 121 128 141 153 200 192

PIM 1515 1290 1181 1306 1863 1134

WEST xFairbanks xWenatchee Alaska Kenai River Dawson Creek Fresno

GP 46 48 51 49 52 48

W 32 28 27 23 22 17

L OTL PTS PCT 12 2 66 0.717 17 3 59 0.615 21 3 57 0.559 21 5 51 0.520 28 2 46 0.442 26 5 39 0.406 x - clinched playoff berth

GF 193 175 162 160 141 139

GA 142 123 154 161 181 187

PIM 983 1066 1326 944 1501 1352

PIM 43 32 55 34 107 46 67 20 35 12 28 21 26 71 34 47 48 34 18 22 37 21 13 64 71 29 83 12 8 19 46 38 18 88

PPG 14 8 11 12 12 7 8 12 8 8 7 9 5 11 11 8 3 8 6 12 6 11 6 4 2 11 8 2 4 6 6 5 5 7

SHG 1 4 1 0 0 2 0 0 3 2 0 0 2 2 0 0 0 1 4 4 1 0 0 2 0 1 2 0 0 2 1 1 0 0

TOP SCORERS TEAM POS GP G A Wydo, Cody MCM F 48 39 46 Brancheau, Steve MCM F 48 25 40 Nagtzaam, Nardo ALX F 46 26 38 Kleiman, RJ STL F 42 27 36 Hill, Michael TOP F 40 35 28 Ciotti, Chris STL F 47 25 34 Gaarder, Connor COU F 49 23 34 Hussar, Justin TOP F 49 28 27 Frischmon, Zac COU F 49 29 26 Mauermann, Ross JNE F 49 25 29 Walker, Beau COR F 47 18 36 Osborn, JT FAI F 44 32 22 Lubanski, Brett KNR F 48 14 38 Beck, Doug KNR F 46 23 29 Ward, Cory ABD F 49 29 22 Gates, Matthew BIS F 46 23 28 Nauman, Ethan SPR F 49 18 32 Kolb, Andrew MIC F 34 24 26 Opie, Tim TVC F 46 22 27 Barber, Jacob WEN F 49 29 19 Mason, Dakota DAW F 48 27 21 Prince, Jack TEX F 46 22 26 Leef, Jackson TEX F 49 19 28 Christie, Brian TOP F 48 19 28 Smoot, Zack AMA F 46 19 28 Educate, Louis ABD F 48 22 24 Zierke, Steve ALX F 45 24 22 Fallon, Mike SPR F 49 13 32 Smith, Brad STL F 48 16 29 Dillon, Lucas COU F 48 22 23 Linnell, Jared FAI F 46 25 20 Freeman, Cody AMA F 45 23 22 Frost, Ryan WFS F 44 12 33 Einersen, Rock ALX F 42 22 23

PTS 85 65 64 63 63 59 57 55 55 54 54 54 52 52 51 51 50 50 49 48 48 48 47 47 47 46 46 45 45 45 45 45 45 45

TOP GOALIES Green, Matt Tadazak, Robert Jacobson, David Comunale, Tom Szczerba, Nikifor

GA 36 61 78 36 78


GP 19 34 39 18 36

MIN 1108:55 1844:43 2307:20 1017:58 2036:26

SO 3 6 8 4 5

GAA 1.95 1.98 2.03 2.12 2.30

SV 387 954 880 347 966

SV% 0.915 0.940 0.919 0.906 0.925

Top-scoring D-man Monfredo excels in Trenton BY MATT MACKINDER

“We are still in the race for a playoff spot, but if the team plays the way we can, Defenseman Mike Monfredo started the season with the Motor City Metal Jackets we should have no problem making it,” added looking to improve on his point total from last year. Monfredo. “It’s been a good season so far.” Now the 6-foot-3, 212-pound blueliner leads NAHL NOTEBOOK all North American Hockey League defensemen in Team West was crowned the champions of the points, something he never even considered at the second NAHL Top Prospects Tournament of the beginning of the season. season on Feb. 22 at the Ice Cube in Ann Arbor “I wanted get at least 30 points,” Monfredo after finishing the event with a 2-1 record. Team explained. “This way, I would have gotten more West won the head-to head tiebreaker over Team points than my previous year. Once I got my 30th Central, which also finished with a 2-1 mark, but point, I set a goal to get 50 points by the end of the lost to the West on the first day of the tournament season. I did not expect at all to lead the league … Wenatchee goalie Brandon Jaeger scored a goal among defensemen in scoring.” Feb. 19 against Dawson Creek. Jaeger corralled the Monfredo, who has 43 points, including 11 puck on the goal line and sent it the length of the goals, has also recorded his share of penalty ice into an empty net. Wenatchee won the game, minutes. His 190 PIMs are third in the NAHL this year. 4-1 … More college commitments – Traverse City “Playing physical hasn’t always been part of defenseman and Flat Rock native Connor Schmidt my game,” said Monfredo, a 21-year-old from (Ferris State), Topeka defenseman Jacob Poe Shirley, N.Y., a community on the South Shore of (Connecticut) and forward Andrew O’Leary (Army) Long Island.“I learned to be a physical player at the and Amarillo defenseman and Okemos native Karl start of my first year (with Motor City). I also learned Beckman (Holy Cross) … Fairbanks andWenatchee that when I was more physical it made the game a have clinched playoff berths in the West Division, whole lot easier for me to play. I used to be a staywhile the Owatonna Express has nailed down a at-home defensemen, but now I contribute only in spot in the Central. The other NAHL teams to clinch the defensive zone, but the offensive zone as well.” Throw in the fact that Monfredo is also among Motor City’s Mike Monfredo’s 43 points is tops in playoff berths this season are in the South Division with Topeka, Amarillo and Texas all in. the league leaders in plus-minus and his overall the NAHL among defensemen. game looks to be tailor-made for the college NOTABLE QUOTABLE level next year. “At some point over the course of this season we’ve had the pleasure of having “I have talked to several Division I schools who said that they were interested in me and were going to keep their eye on me,” said Monfredo. “Even if I don’t go D-I, practically every player over at our house. They’ve all been very polite, respectful and just plain great young men. We can’t wait to see what they accomplish in the I am planning on going to play Division III hockey somewhere.” Back in Trenton, the Metal Jackets are gearing up for the playoffs and Monfredo future and we’ll be able to say, ‘I knew them when…’” – Michigan Warriors billet Krista Ketterer is the eternal optimist.


NORTH DIVISION Janesville forward Larkin Jacobson connected for two goals and an assist as the Jets split a two-game series with Springfield. On Feb. 25, the Sioux City, Iowa, native tallied a pair of goals, including the game-winner, in a 4-1 victory. The next night, the 19-year-old University of Denver recruit picked up an assist as the Jets fell to the Jr. Blues, 3-2. HONORABLE MENTION: Chicago forward Gabe Gervais; Motor City forward Cody Wydo; Port Huron defenseman Sean Gammage SOUTH DIVISION Amarillo forward Matt Johnson came through with a goal and four assists as the Bulls fashioned a 2-01 record. On Feb. 24, the Clinton Township native recorded three assists, including one on Dan Sherer’s game-winning goal, in a 3-0 victory over the New Mexico Mustangs. The next night, the 19-year-old


tallied a goal and another assist as the Bulls downed Corpus Christi, 7-3. Johnson, who was held scoreless in Amarillo’s 4-3 shootout loss to the IceRays on Feb. 27, was also a plus-5 on the weekend. HONORABLE MENTION: Amarillo forward Zack Smoot; Topeka forwards Nathan Milam and Brian Christie; Wichita Falls forward Tanner Fahlstedt

CENTRAL DIVISION Coulee Region forward Zac Frischmon struck for three goals and two assists as the Chill skated to a twogame sweep over Bismarck. On Feb. 25, the Blaine, Minn., native put home a goal and an assist in a 4-3 triumph. The next night, the 20-year-old tallied a pair of goals, including the game-winner, and an assist as the Chill bested the Bobcats, 6-2. He was also a plus-5 on the weekend.


WEST DIVISION Fairbanks forward John Stampohar rang up a goal and four assists as the Ice Dogs celebrated a two-game sweep over Alaska. On Feb. 25, the Hibbing, Minn., native notched a goal and three assists, including one on JT Osborn’s game-winning marker, in a 5-2 victory. The next night, the 21-year-old picked up another assist as the Ice Dogs blanked the Avalanche, 3-0. He was also a plus-3 on the weekend. GOALTENDER Fairbanks goaltender Joe Phillippi backstopped the Ice Dogs to a two-game sweep over Alaska, turning aside 72 of 74 shots. On Feb. 25, the Shoreview, Minn., native made 44 saves in a 5-2 victory. The next night, the 20-year-old stopped all 28 shots he faced as the Ice Dogs blanked the Avalanche, 3-0. HONORABLE MENTION: Amarillo’s Nikifor Szczerba; Port Huron’s Peter Megariotis; Topeka’s Rasmus Tirronen


College Hockey 2010-11 FINAL STANDINGS 1. Michigan 2. Notre Dame 3. Miami 4. Western Michigan 5. Ferris State 6. Northern Michigan 7. Alaska 8. Lake Superior 9. Ohio State 10. Michigan State 11. Bowling Green

GP 28 28 28 28 28 28 28 28 28 28 28

W 20 18 16 10 12 12 10 8 10 11 3

L 7 7 7 9 12 13 13 12 14 15 21

T SW 1 0 3 2 5 2 9 5 4 3 3 0 5 3 8 5 4 2 2 0 4 2

Pts 61 59 55 44 43 39 38 37 36 35 15

GF 92 95 103 77 59 61 64 59 66 65 41


GA 57 69 58 71 62 87 66 78 72 75 87

Coach Jeff Blashill and his Western Michigan Broncos clinched fourth place in the CCHA with a 2-0 shutout of Notre Dame on Feb. 25.

Teams are awarded three points for each win in regulation or overtime, and one point for an overtime tie. Conference games tied after 65 minutes advance to a three-player shootout with the winning team receiving an extra point in the standings (denoted in the SW column).


Scoring Andy Miele Carter Camper T. J. Tynan Carl Hagelin Reilly Smith Anders Lee John Albert Pat Cannone Sergio Somma Ryan Guentzel Derek Grant Tyler Gron Rick Schofield Brett Perlini Max Campbell Chase Balisy



Goaltending School Pat Nagle FSU Connor Knapp MIA Cody Reichard MAI Scott Greenham ALA Jerry Kuhn WMU Cal Heeter OSU Shawn Hunwick UM Kevin Kapalka LSSU


Pos. F F F F F F F F F F F F F F C F

GP 34 34 36 36 33 36 35 34 35 36 36 31 34 36 36 36

PPG 1.79 1.47 1.28 1.25 1.33 1.11 0.97 0.97 0.94 0.92 0.89 1.00 0.88 0.81 0.81 0.81

G-A-Pts 19-42-61 17-33-50 19-27-46 17-28-45 24-20-44 21-19-40 12-22-34 14-19-33 19-14-33 6-27-33 8-24-32 16-15-31 14-16-30 17-12-29 16-13-29 12-17-29

MIN GA 2010:27 66 915:53 32 1136:35 40 2058:52 74 1289:12 49 2074:39 79 1636:11 63 1590:16 62

GAA 1.97 2.10 2.11 2.16 2.28 2.28 2.31 2.34

SV% .924 .908 .910 .919 .913 .923 .920 .922

Broncos and Wolverines clinch on last day of season BY PHILIP COLVIN

For the first time in years, Western Michigan’s last regular season game really meant something. With a chance to clinch fourth place in the CCHA and to play spoiler, the Broncos shut out Notre Dame, 2-0, in front of a sellout crowd at the Joyce Center in South Bend on Feb. 25. The victory ended Western’s four-game losing streak, denied the Fighting Irish the CCHA regular season title and means the Broncos will host Ferris State in the second round of the CCHA playoffs, Mar.11-13. Trevor Elias and captain Ian Slater scored first period goals and Jerry Kuhn made 35 saves as the Broncos earned their first fourth-place finish since 1994. The whitewash in the season finale was the first time Notre Dame had been shutout this season and snapped the Irish’s five-game winning streak and eightgame (6-0-2) unbeaten streak. “The guys knew there was a lot on the line and it says a lot about our leaders and our whole locker room that we came out and played a very good game against a very good Notre Dame team,” said Jeff Blashill, Western Michigan’s first-year coach. “At the beginning of the year, we said winning is all about making sacrifices,” Blashill told the Kalamazoo Gazette. “This group has made as many sacrifices of any team that I’ve been around. They’re really committed to doing all the things it takes. We’ve been very hard on them at times and they’ve never been selfish. They’ve always thought‘team first.’As a result, we’ve been able to have success and be in this position.”

WOLVERINES TAKE CCHA TITLE Michigan swept Northern Michigan in Marquette on Feb. 24-25 and clinched the CCHA regular season title for the first time since 2008 and the 11th time in 20 seasons.

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The Wolverines finished the season with six straight wins, including a 5-0 shutout of the Wildcats in the season finale. Captain Carl Hagelin scored twice in the win and Shawn Hunwick made 13 saves before Bryan Hogan came in for his first action since injuring his groin before the Big Chill game on Dec. 11. The win means Michigan will host a second-round CCHA quarterfinal series on Mar. 11-13 at Yost Arena. “The team came out hard and really wanted to play a good game,” said Michigan coach Red Berenson. “Our team won it the right way by winning on the road against a tough opponent with lots at stake. That was good for our team.”

FIRST-ROUND PLAYOFF MATCHUPS Sixth-place Northern Michigan hosts Bowling Green in a best of three first-round playoff series, Mar. 4-6. The Wildcats have made it to Joe Louis Arena for the CCHA Championships in seven of the last eight seasons under head coach Walt Kyle. Junior forward Tyler Gron leads Northern in scoring (16-15-31), while junior forward Justin Florek (13-14-27) is second. Tenth-place Michigan State travels to Alaska to take on the Nanooks, Mar. 4-6. Drew Palmisano earned his second shutout of the season in a 2-0 win over Bowling Green on Feb. 25, sophomore forward Dean Chelios has six points (3-3-6) in his last seven games and Michigan State has a three game winning streak. Finally, eighth-place Lake Superior State hosts Ohio State in the first-round after losing twice to Miami to end the season. The Lakers senior defenseman Matt Cowie led the team with seven assists in February, while senior forwards Rick Schofield (4-2-6) and Will Acton (3-3-6) had six points in the month.

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March 7, 2011, Volume 21 : Issue 17

Whalers, Saginaw entering home stretch



As the Plymouth Whalers enter March with just a handful of games left in the regular season and a berth in the Ontario Hockey League playoffs locked up. But thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the extent the Whalers know about their post-season plans. The OHL playoffs start March 24, but where will the Whalers finish and who will they play in the first round? Right now, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s anyoneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s guess. Sitting fifth in the Western Conference after two wins at home over Ottawa and London on Feb. 25-26, Plymouth would play Windsor if the playoffs were to start today. Expect that scenario to have changed several times with each passing weekend in March, but Plymouth already appears to be in full playoff mode. On Feb. 25 at home against the 67s, Stefan Noesen scored with 3:47 to play in the third period to snap a 3-3 tie and the Whalers hung on for a 4-3 win. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We got a 5-on-3 (power play), which is what we wanted all night and we made it count,â&#x20AC;? Noesen said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Rickard (Rakell) made a great play down low and passed to me. I gave it to (Robbie) Czarnik and called back for it. I let it go and surprisingly, it went upstairs.â&#x20AC;? The next night, London came to town and past games have shown that when Plymouth and London play, intensity is a foregone conclusion. While that was true on Feb. 26, it came from just one team â&#x20AC;&#x201C; the Whalers. Down 2-0 early, Plymouth roared back with seven unanswered goals, including five in the third period alone, to skate away with a 7-2 win. Thirteen of the 18 Whalers registered points, including Noesen, who assisted on the tying goal, scored the game-winning goal and added an insurance goal and now leads Plymouth with 31 goals on the year. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Czarnik dumped the puck into the corner and I went to it hard,â&#x20AC;? Noesen said of his game-winner. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I saw Ricky (Rakell) going to the net and I was trying to get a pass through to him, but the puck hit the defenderâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s stick and went to the post. I was able to chip it in.â&#x20AC;?


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SPIRIT GET STREAKY Since the New Year, Saginawâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2011 calendar year has been pretty streaky. The Spirit dropped five straight games to fall out of first place in the OHLâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Western Conference in early February, then rebounded with five consecutive wins, including a playoff-clinching 6-2 win over Sarnia on Feb. 19. Saginaw then lost three more times in a row, 4-2 on the road in London Feb. 24, 4-3 in Kitchener on Feb. 25 and 4-2 to Ottawa at home on Feb. 26. Against the Knights Jordan Szwarz had a goal and an assist to tie Tom Pyatt for third on the teamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s all-time scoring list with 200 points. Ryan McDonough (2005-08 - 247 points) and Jack Combs (2005-09 - 229 points) are atop the rankings. The Spirit fell behind 4-0 to the Rangers, then got goals from John McFarland, Ivan Telegin and Brandon Saad to make the game close. Saad and Szwarz scored against the 67s and the team outshot Ottawa 48-20 in the loss. Despite the losses, the Spirit still lead the OHL West Division with a record of 37-19-3-1. Saginawâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 78 points is the third highest single season point total in the teamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s nine year history. The Spirit garnered 80 points in the 2008-09 season and 91 points in the 2006-07 season. Saginaw has eight games remaining in the regular season with 16 points still up for grabs. Contributing: Philip Colvin









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The Detroit Red Wings added what they hope is a key supporting piece just before the Feb. 28 NHL trade deadline without having to give up anything. Center Mike Modano returned to action Feb. 26 in Buffalo for the first time since having the tendons in his right wrist sliced by a skate in a game in Columbus Nov. 26. “That was mentioned that it feels like they made a trade for somebody and hopefully it pays off,” said Modano. “The fun part is starting to begin now. Spring is around the corner, so I think that’s the part we’ve all been gearing toward. It seems like this team thrives on that part of the year, so it’ll be fun to be a part of it.” Modano admitted he feared his career was over when he saw the severity of his injury. He missed 41 games, but he returned ahead of schedule with the thought of a Stanley Cup run. “That was all the motivation I needed to push it really hard and see if I could get back quicker than they thought I would,” the 40-year-old Modano said. “Try to get in good shape, try to do things that will make getting back in as easy as possible. The opportunity we have here is exciting.” With 21 games to fine tune his game, Modano said that’s more than enough time for him to get back up to speed. “It’s more than plenty,” said Modano, who picked up a goal and seven points in the 10 games before he got injured. “Just getting into the day-to-day routine of practicing, traveling, playing. Just getting your mind and body prepared for that alone will take a little bit. “I’m sure there’s going to be some moments where I’m sucking some wind and hurting a little bit.” Wings goalie Jimmy Howard said Modano looks like he’s ready to go after getting


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shelled by the veteran in practice over the past few weeks. “He looks great in practice,” Howard said. “His shot is getting stronger and harder every day in practice. I am looking forward to watching him shoot on somebody else for a change.” Dan Cleary understands exactly what Modano will be going through. He missed 14 games with a fractured ankle and was scoreless in his first three games back. However, Cleary compiled five goals and 10 points in his next nine games. “It’s a tough injury, but he worked hard off the ice to get himself in shape,” Cleary said. “I told him it’s going to take you 10-11 games no matter what you do to get everything back. It’s going to take time to get back to where he was in Game 20, when he was flying, making plays. “You got to be patient with it. The first thing is your legs. You start to feel that the most. Then it’s your timing, then it’s your hands, then it’s your shot, your position. After 5-6-7-8-9 games, it all starts to come together. “But he’s going to be a huge help for us. He’s still got it. He can shoot, pass, skate, create plays. He’s a good, experienced guy.” Modano said although he pushed himself hard to get back in the lineup he has to be realistic in his expectations as the intensity of the playoff race is escalating. “Just can’t get too discouraged or frustrated too fast,” Modano said. “It’s going to be the same as coming into the start of the season where you just have to keep pushing, show up day in and day out and work through it.”

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3D features a lower profile, a closer fit and far less bulk — 1/3 smaller than standard mouthguards. The Nano 3D is designed with integrated breathing channels that allow you to breathe deeper and speak freely. Plus, the Nano 3D is built with MORA- (Mandibular Orthopedic Repositioning Appliance) engineering that may help an athlete perform with increased strength and power. This is the mouthguard for serious athletes. This is Shock Doctor VISIT SHOCKDOCTOR.COM


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TRI-BITE DESIGN Gel-filled bite windows enhance fit and protection by stabilizing and aligning jaw. BREATHE DEEP Unique design and breathing channels increase ability to speak and breathe.

Michigan Hockey March 7, 2011  
Michigan Hockey March 7, 2011  

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