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Friends, life is just really hectic right now...between my ministry at church and the TV show, as well as hockey and the duties of being a good American and a brother and son, there is just so much to be done...and besides, Matt likes to overload stories over at WMD to keep me extremely busy...Sadly, that means things here have been very slow...however, please keep checking in, you might never know when an update may happen!
From the Ducks Home Office- Some Scores and Updates
Parenteau, Bryzgalov help Ducks fend off Wolves (2/13/04)
CINCINNATI, Ohio -- Pierre Parenteau had a goal and an assist and Ilya Bryzgalov made 30 saves to lead the Cincinnati Mighty Ducks past the Chicao Wolves, 3-2, Friday at Cincinnati Gardens.
Keith Aucoin and Tony Martensson also scored for the Ducks, who won their second straight game and improved to 13-9-5-1 at home. Mark Popovic, a second-round pick by Anaheim in 2001, chipped in with a pair of assists to break a 10-game point drought.
Bryzgalov stopped 22-of-23 shots over the first 40 minutes and turned aside all nine shots in the third period to perserve his 50th career victory.
Stephen Baby and Tommi Santala scored for Chicago, which fell to 1-3-1-0 in its last five.
Frederic Cassivi surrendered three goals on 31 shots for the loss.
First period: 1. Chi, Baby 7 (Maloney, Stewart), 7:13.
Second period: 2. Cin, Aucoin 14 (Hankinson, Parenteau), 10:22.
Third period: 3. Cin, Parenteau 10 (Popovic), 1:26. 4. Cin, Martensson 7 (Popovic, Chistov), 13:07 (ppg). 5. Chi, Santala 8 (Healey, Maltais), 18:44.
Shots on goal: Chicago 9-14-9=32; Cincinnati 7-11-13=31.
Power play opportunities: Chicago 0-for-3; Cincinnati 1-for-4. Goaltenders: Chicago, Cassivi (58:41; 31 shots, 28 saves; record 9-10-5); Cincinnati, Bryzgalov (32 shots, 30 saves; record 18-15-5). A: 5,041. Referee: Langdon. Linesmen: Ferguson, Gould. Records: Chicago 26-17-7-3; Cincinnati 20-22-7-1
Mark's Hockey RemarksThis was a great game, and Ilja sparkled....he did great work, but of course his blind in almost both eyes naysayers will not admit it. Ilja is a great goalie in progress, he has no consistent defense in front of him. That is not his fault. He has kept us in more games, that if we had offensive firepower, we could have won. However, he still continues to be the scapegoat.
Aucoin helps Ducks skate to third straight win (2/14/04)
CINCINNATI, Ohio -- Keith Aucoin had a goal and an assist and Ilya Bryzgalov made 31 saves to lead the Cincinnati Mighty Ducks to a 3-1 victory over the Manitoba Moose Saturday at Cincinnati Gardens.
Joel Perrault and Pierre Parenteau also scored for the Ducks, who won their third straight game and improved to 14-9-5-1 at home.
Chris Nielsen scored the lone goal for Manitoba, which lost its fourth in a row and fell to 10-16-4-2 on the road this season.
Tyler Moss surrendered three goals on 27 shots to suffer his 15th loss.
First period: 1. Cin, Aucoin 15, 7:11.
Second period: 2. Cin, Perrault 8 (Martensson), 15:31 (shg).
Third period: 3. Cin, Parenteau 11 (Mottau, Aucoin), 6:54 (ppg). 4. Mtb, Nielsen 3 (Vydareny, Kavanagh), 13:19.
Shots on goal: Manitoba 3-11-18=32; Cincinnati 7-13-7=27.
Power play opportunities: Manitoba 0-for-4; Cincinnati 1-for-2. Goaltenders: Manitoba, Moss (58:22; 27 shots, 24 saves; record 10-15-5); Cincinnati, Bryzgalov (32 shots, 31 saves; record 19-15-5). A: 4,881. Referee: Langdon. Linesmen: Gould, Lord. Records: Manitoba 20-27-7-2; Cincinnati 21-22-7-1.
Note: The Ducks assigned left wing Brian Gornick to San Diego of the ECHL on Saturday. Gornick, 23, had one goal and one assist in 22 games with Cincinnati this season.
Mark's Hockey Remarks
Great game, again. It was action packed, and showed some great scoring. Josh Gratton continued to intimidate, and the offense was actually awake. Of course, since Ilja gave up a goal, his blind naysayers will think he is washed up. This poor guy cannot win. I feel for him. Here he is, in the last year of a contract, with a baby on the way, and he is being the scapegoat for the team having a poor season. Shame on them!!! Ilja, you are still the best goalie the Ducks have had since Tom Askey in the first season! You will be great, just keep it up and don't listen to the morons!
Gamache, Finley help Admirals extend winning streak to seven (2/15/04)
CINCINNATI, Ohio -- Simon Gamache scored two goals to lead the Milwaukee Admirals to a 3-1 victory over the Cincinnati Mighty Ducks Sunday at Cincinnati Gardens.
Gamache tallied 17:04 into the first period to even the score at 1-1 and buried the game-winner 6:54 into the second for the Admirals, who have won seven straight games and are unbeaten in their last nine (8-0-1-0).
Brian Finley, the sixth overall pick in the 1999 NHL Entry Draft by Nashville, stopped 22 shots over the final two periods and 33 overall to improve to 6-0-1 in his last seven starts.
Stanislav Chistov scored the lone goal in the first period for Cincinnati, which had its three-game winning streak halted.
Eddy Ferhi surrendered two goals on 20 shots to suffer the loss.
The Ducks play Friday at Toronto to begin a three-game road trip.
First period: 1. Cin, Chistov 2 (Bylsma, Martensson), 11:35. 2. Mil, Gamache 12 (Ivanans, Schultz), 17:04.
Second period: 3. Mil, Gamache 13, 6:54.
Third period: 4. Mil, Shishkanov 19 (Classen, Finley), 18:59 (eng).
Shots on goal: Milwaukee 10-6-5=21; Cincinnati 12-12-10=34.
Power play opportunities: Milwaukee 0-for-2; Cincinnati 0-for-6. Goaltenders: Milwaukee, Finley (34 shots, 33 saves; record 13-11-4); Cincinnati, Ferhi (59:19; 20 shots, 18 saves, 1 eng; record 2-9-2). A: 4,941. Records: Milwaukee 28-14-6-3; Cincinnati 21-23-7-1.
Mark's Hockey Remarks
OK, Ilja haters...you have your wish. Eddy Ferhi is in net. What happens? We lose. THIS IS NOT A SLAM ON EDDY!!! Eddy will be a very good goalie, maybe even a solid NHLer in a couple of seasons. However, he is no Ilja. Eddy has a bright future, but it is a ways off. The team was very lackluster, and the game was sad at times to watch. Chistov an Smirnov continue to skate well.....Though Shaw is using Smirnov at times as a Dman...Why? I have no clue. More and more of Mr. Shaw's decisions and calls are coming into question. This team suffers from a lack of consistency in Defense and scoring. We had that with Coach Babcock (well, at least the scoring). And Shaw was a defenseman. He is not imparting much into a system which routinely does little to protect the goaltender. If there should be any changes, it needs to start with Mr. Shaw.
CINCINNATI MIGHTY DUCKS ANNOUNCE ROSTER MOVES
CINCINNATI, Ohio -- The Cincinnati Mighty Ducks were assigned defenseman Chris Armstrong by the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim on Tuesday.
Armstrong, 28, appeared in four games with Anaheim this season, recording one assist. He has six goals and 24 assists in 46 games with Cincinnati.
A native of Regina, Saskatchewan, Armstrong was drafted by the Florida Panthers in the third round (57th overall) of the 1993 NHL Entry Draft. The 6-foot, 198-pounder was signed by Anaheim as a free agent June 26, 2003.
In another roster move made Tuesday, Cincinnati recalled left wing Brian Gornick from ECHL San Diego.
Gornick, 23, had two goals and two assists in five games with San Diego this season. The 6-foot-5, 210-pounder has one goal and one assist in 22 games with Cincinnati.
A native of St. Paul, Minnesota, Gornick was drafted by Anaheim in the ninth round (258th overall) of the 1999 NHL Entry Draft.
Mark's Hockey RemarksGlad to have Chris back, he can provide leadership again, and get us some much needed goals and points with his consistency.
The Gornick move I question. I want Gornick in Cincy, but I want him here to play. He has gotten little playing time all year, frequently a scratch. If he is getting the chance to play and develop in San Diego, leave him there for this year, so he can grow in skill and bring him back next year to Cincy, with much more experience and confidence. This yo-yoing is not effective and never has been. If Gornick is in Cincy, he should play. Sitting in the stands does nothing for his development. If he is not going to be played here, send him to San Diego so he can gain valuable experience. Just my two cents.
Phantoms down Ducks, 4-1 (2/26/04)
CINCINNATI, Ohio -- Steve Gainey had a goal and an assist and Neil Little made 21 saves as the Philadelphia Phantoms defeated the Cincinnati Mighty Ducks, 4-1, Wednesday at Cincinnati Gardens.
John Slaney, Boyd Kane and Freddy Meyer also scored for the Phantoms, who have won three straight games and four of their last five.
Randy Jones chipped in with a pair of assists for Philadelphia, which improved to
13-5-1-0 in its last 19 road games.
Josh Gratton scored a goal in the first period for Cincinnati, which has lost four of its last five games.
Ilya Bryzgalov surrendered four goals on 28 shots in the loss for the Ducks, who failed to score on 11 power play chances.
The Ducks and Phantoms complete a two-game series at 7:35 p.m. Friday at Cincinnati Gardens.
First period: 1. Phi, Slaney 10 (Gainey), 8:02 (ppg). 2. Phi, Kane 9 (Peluso, Furey), 10:18 (ppg). 3. Cin, Gratton 1 (Stepp, Pecker), 19:46.
Second period: 4. Phi, Meyer 9 (Jones), 14:29. 5. Phi, Gainey 8 (Stafford, Jones), 14:29.
Third period: No scoring.
Shots on goal: Philadelphia 12-11-5=28; Cincinnati 10-4-8=22.
Power play opportunities: Philadelphia 2-for-7; Cincinnati 0-for-11. Goaltenders: Philadelphia, Little (28 shots, 27 saves; record 18-9-0); Cincinnati, Bryzgalov (28 shots, 24 saves; record 20-18-5). A: 2,828. Referee: St. Pierre. Linesmen: Dunn, Lord. Records: Philadelphia 33-18-5-1; Cincinnati 22-26-7-1.
Mark's Hockey RemarksThis game began with such promise. In the first period, Josh Gratton of the Ducks had one of the most decisive contests I have ever seen. He knocked his opponent silly. I mean, literally. As Gratton went to the box, his opponent from Philly stumbled around the ice and had to be helped to the box. He was out of it. Gratton later fought to a draw with Vandermeer, though Vandermeer thought he won the fight. I guess a draw against Gratton, who has mostly decimated his competition in fights since coming to the AHL, is like a win. Gratton was also the hero for Cincy, scoring their loan goal. Maybe he is what we need, a strong enforcer who finds his way to the net...kind of like my old friend Jeremy Stevenson!!!! I think we have found our enforcer!!!!!
As to the rest of the game, the defense and passing were pathetic. The shoddy passing in the neutral zone accounted for two goals as lazy passing was intercepted and Ilja was left all alone many times. It was a wonder they only scored four, and a tribute to Ilja's focus. Shane O'Brien, who has been improving, backslid with this effort, instead wanting to make noise with big hits and trashtalking than taking care of the puck. By the middle of the 2nd, the whole team seemed to have given up, which was really sad. The frustration showed, as many came off the ice slamming the bench doors and their sticks. HOwever, this aggression needed to come out in scoring.
This team pussyfoots around with the puck WAY TOO MUCH. We had shots in front of the net, but instead we make two extra passes that did nothing. Neil Little, who is slower with each decade he plays, was able to look like an all-star because we refused to take shots. This team needs more aggression on offense and needs to shore up its passing and defense.
Well, until I have a spare moment next time....
God bless you, God bless America....keep your heads up and sticks on the ice....