LAST WEEK IN REVIEW:
|TEAM||MON 12/19||TUE 12/20||WED 12/21||THU 12/22||FRI 12/23||SAT 12/24||SUN 12/25|
|PANTHERS||OFF DAY||vs. PHX L 2-1||TRAVEL DAY||@ OTT L 4-3 OT||@ BOS L 8-0||CHRISTMAS||BREAK|
|(18-11-7 42 pts) 1st SE 3rd East|
|RAMPAGE||OFF DAY||OFF DAY||OFF DAY||OFF DAY||OFF DAY||CHRISTMAS||BREAK|
|(14-14-0-0 28 pts) 4th WEST DIV T-10th Western Conf.|
|RIO GRANDE VALLEY|
|KILLER BEES||OFF DAY||OFF DAY||vs. ALL W 4-3||vs. ALL L 7-3||OFF DAY||CHRISTMAS||BREAK|
|(11-12-4 26 pts) 5th Berry Conf|
|CYCLONES||OFF DAY||OFF DAY||vs. KAL W 5-1||vs. CHI W 4-3||OFF DAY||CHRISTMAS||BREAK|
|(11-9-0-3 25 pts) 3rd North 10th EAST|
THIS WEEK IN PREVIEW:
|PANTHERS||OFF DAY||vs. TOR 7:30 pm||OFF DAY||OFF DAY||vs. NYR 7:30 pm||vs. MTL 7:00 pm||CHRISTMAS|
|RAMPAGE||@ HOU 8:05 pm||@ TEX 8:30 pm||OFF DAY||OFF DAY||vs. HOU 8:00 PM||@ OKC 8:00 pm||OFF DAY|
|RIO GRANDE VALLEY|
|KILLER BEES||OFF DAY||OFF DAY||OFF DAY||TRAVEL DAY||@ARZ 9:05 pm||@ ARZ 9:05 PM||OFF DAY|
|CYCLONES||OFF DAY||vs. KAL 7:30 pm||OFF DAY||TRAVEL DAY||@ TOL 7:00 pm||CHRISTMAS||BREAK|
FLORIDA PANTHERS (NHL)
The Florida Panthers had a sluggish end to an otherwise positive week. After bouncing back from a 3-0 1st period deficit to the New Jersey Devils (winning 4-3) Monday night, Florida played one of their best games of the season Wednesday. They defeated the New York Rangers 2-1 playing a complete game against one of the top goalies in the league.
A home-and-home sweep by Steven Stamkos and the Tampa Bay Lightning made for a rotten ending to the Panthers Thanksgiving feast. Stamkos scored the game winner in overtime Friday night, as Tampa Bay skated from the BankAtlantic Center with a 2-1 victory. Stamkos also scored in their 5-1 rout of Panthers in Tampa Saturday night.
Florida embarks on one of its oddest road trips this week. After playing in Carolina tonight, they will fly through the night to Los Angles for a Thursday tilt with the Kings, before playing Saturday night at the San Jose Sharks. Just when the team will be adjusted to pacific time, they will return home to face the now Bruce Boudreau-less Washington Capitals Monday.
Tonight’s game will be centered around change. The Panthers called up center Mark Cullen from San Antonio of the AHL, and Scott Clemmensen will back Jose Theodore up in goal tonight. Jacob Markstrom and Michal Repik were sent to San Antonio in exchange. Also, Mikael Samuelsson is on the road trip and could play on the west coast. The Panthers also sit in first place in the Southeast Division and third in the Eastern Conference. Meanwhile, the Hurricanes are last in the division and 14th in the conference.
On the coaching side, Kevin Dineen returns to the organization he called home for many years. Dinnen played parts of 12 seasons (708 of his 1188 games) with the Whalers and Hurricanes, and even scored the final goal in Whalers history before their move to Greensboro, and eventually Raleigh.
The Hurricanes’ coach, Kirk Muller, played parts of three seasons with the Panthers, scoring 10 goals over 162 regular seasons, and being a part of their last playoff game victory in the 1996-97 postseason.
SAN ANTONIO RAMPAGE (AHL)
The Rampage opened up the week on a sour note, falling to the Rockford IceHogs 6-3 Wednesday. Former Panther Rostislav Olesz scored for Rockford in the victory and former prospect, Alexander Selak, stopped 20 of 23 shots in the victory. On the Rampage side, Evan Barlow, David Marshall, and Greg Rallo scored consecutively to tie the game at 3. Rockford bookened the game with three early goals and a trio of thrid period goals.
San Antonio then traveled to Abbotsford to take on the Heat in a two-game set. Friday night was a rout, as the Rampage shut out the Heat 5-0. Dov Grumet-Morris stopped all 21 shots he saw, and earned the shutout in his first appearance with the Rampage. Nolan Yonkman, Bracken Kearns, Brian Sutherby, Bill Thomas, and Barlow all scored in the victory.
After an off day Saturday, the Rampage got their second victory in Abbotsford Sunday, 2-1. Grumet-Morris allowed just one goal on 31 shots. Colby Robak, Thomas, and Marshall all scored for the Rampage in the win.
It’s an easy week for the Rampage, as they play a home-and-home with the Oklahoma City Barons. They will be in Oklahoma City Friday, and the home game is Saturday at 8:00 PM Eastern. Inside Hockey will have all the coverage Saturday night LIVE from San Antonio.
RIO GRANDE VALLEY KILLER BEES (CHL):
The Killer Bees split a weekend series with the Arizona SunDogs last weekend. In game won, they were on the losing end 6-4. Game 2 is where the story was. A 2-0 Saturday win seems innocent enough. Seven fighting majors and three game misconducts were the story. Kyle Radke, Tomas Klempa, and Terry Ruskowski were all tossed in the second period, as a total of 85 penalty minutes were handed out.
The Bees return home for a rematch with the SunDogs Friday and Saturday. Sparks are sure to fly this weekend.
CINCINNATI CYCLONES (ECHL):
The Cyclones went 1-1 on the weekend, as in game 1 Wednesday, they topped the Kalamazoo Wings 5-3. Anthony Luciani had an assist in the victory, but no other Panthers prospects scored. Game 2 on Friday went to the Toledo Walleye. After two unanswered goals, Toledo stormed back for three of their own and the win. Mathieu Aubin scored for the Cyclones first, and Jonathan Hazen followed with his first professional goal 7:47 into the third period.
The Cyclones play two home games against the Greenville Road Warriors this week. They will play Tuesday, and again Saturday.
JUNIORS, COLLEGE, AND EUROPE:
PLAYER POS TEAM LEAGUE LEVEL GM G A P PIM +/- NOTES
Joe Basaraba F MN-Duluth WCHA NCAA (SO) 17 3 4 7 16 Rasmus Bengtsson D Rogle BK SWE EUROPE NO INFO Josh Birkholz F Everett WHA JR 31 14 15 29 27 -6 Nick Bjugstad F Minnesota WCHA NCAA (SO) 20 16 11 27 14 REP. Team USA in WJC
Connor Brickley F Vermont H-EAST NCAA (SO) 15 8 2 10 12 REP. Team USA in WJC
RJ Boyd D Indiana USHL JR 15 0 3 3 47 -4 Joonas Donskoi F Karpat SM-liga EUROPE 28 3 7 10 4 +2 Corey Durocher F Sault Ste. Marie OHL JR 36 12 10 22 10 -10 Ben Gallacher D Ohio State CCHA NCAA (FR) 15 1 6 7 22 Rocco Grimaldi F North Dakota WCHA NCAA (FR) 4 1 1 2 2 INJ 2-4 WKS
Quinton Howden F Moose Jaw WHL JR 20 14 15 29 8 +4 REP. Team CAN in WJC
Jonathan Huberdeau F St. John QMJHL JR 13 10 18 28 16 +20 REP. Team CAN in WJC
Zach Hyman F Michigan CCHA NCAA (FR) 20 2 5 7 6 Corban Knight F North Dakota WCHA NCAA (JR) 17 6 15 21 16 Jaroslav Kosov F Magnitogorsk KHL EUROPE 17 3 3 6 6 5 John Lee D Denver WCHA NCAA (SR) 18 2 3 5 12 Martin Lojek D Trinec Ocelari Czech EUROPE 32 2 2 4 26 -4 John McFarland F Saginaw OHL JR 32 19 19 38 18 -11 Wade Megan F Boston U H-EAST NCAA (JR) 16 7 1 8 25 David Pacan F Niagara OHL JR 34 18 19 37 22 +16 Iiro Pakarinen F Kalpa Kuopio SM-liga EUROPE 26 6 1 7 15 +3 Alex Petrovic D Red Deer WHL JR 31 3 23 26 51 +3 Jonathan Racine D Shawinigan QMJHL JR 36 2 4 6 63 +5 Kyle Rau F Minnesota WCHA NCAA (FR) 20 12 10 22 10 REP. Team USA in WJC
Logan Shaw F Cape Breton QMJHL JR 34 13 11 24 27 -17 Sergei Shirokov F CSKA Moscow KHL RUSSIA 32 12 21 33 20 +10 Drew Shore F Denver WCHA NCAA (JR) 18 9 15 24 8 Denis Stasyuk F CSKA Moscow KHL Europe NO INFO Vincent Trocheck F Saginaw OHL JR 32 16 25 41 37 +8 Ed Wittchow D Waterloo USHL JR 23 1 7 8 37 +10 Denis Yachmenev F Tyumen RSU2 EUROPE NO INFO GOALIES SEASON GP W-L-OT GAA SV % MIN GA Sam Brittain G Denver WCHA NCAA (SO) 0 0-0-0 N/A N/A 0 0 Knee Injury
Sergei Gayduchenko G CSKA Moscow KHL EUROPE 10 2-3-4 2.37 0.920 455 18
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