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Stony Brook Hockey Falls to Rhode Island Rams 3-2

Posted by Gene Morris on October 24, 2009

The final seconds were ticking off the clock, and Stony Brook forward Moe Torres corralled the puck on his backhand behind the Rhode Island net. Trailing 3-2, Torres cut hard to the front of the goal, looking to score his third of the night and tie the game. He took a quick shot, looked down, raised his stick above his head and skated away in celebration as the goal horn sounded.

After a few moments of indecision the referee skated over to the Stony Brook bench to deliver his decision; no goal.

“I just didn’t get it high enough,” Torres said about the play after the game. “He caught it, and from my angle I wasn’t sure it went in but I tried to sell it. He caught it and it was either on the line or past the line, but he got it.”

Despite a stellar effort from goaltender Derek Stevens and Torres’ two goals, the Seawolves were unable to pull off the upset of the #10 Rhode Island Rams Friday night at The Rinx, falling 3-2.

“As a team we didn’t play very well, we gave up way to many opportunities and we got out hustled all over the ice,” Torres said.

One player who did shine on this night was Stevens, who made 39 saves, many in spectacular fashion as he was bombarded all game long.

“It’s always good to stay consistent in a game,” Stevens said about seeing such a steady stream of shots. “But I don’t know anyone who likes to see that much work. A steady amount keeps you in, that much gets you tired.”

The Seawolves opened the scoring 7:33 into the opening period when Torres found a rebound on a point shot and banged it past the Rhode Island goaltender. But after Stevens made a spectacular save on a Rhode Island 3-on-1 rush, the Rams kept the pressure on, and Devin Sheehan countered with a goal of his own just 3:19 later to tie the score at one.

Stevens continued to bail his team out through the second period, making some big time glove saves and keeping Rhode Island off the board.

“We had a pretty big letdown after they got their first goal,” Stevens said. “They took momentum, and we couldn’t get it back. It transpired into a whole mess of a second period and we really got lucky walking out with the lead.”

That lead came courtesy of a strong individual effort by Torres. With under three minutes to go in the period, he laid a heavy body check on a Rhode Island player in the offensive end. After the puck was cleared he skated it back down the left wing, deked the defender in front of him and scored a tough goal on a powerful move to the net. The Seawolves seemed to have some extra jump in their game for the remainder of the period, and went into the locker room up 2-1.

Although they didn’t play well in the second period, it was a three minute span in the third that finally did the Seawolves in. After an awful defensive zone turnover left Stevens and a single defender facing three Rhode Island forwards, Evan Dietz fired a point blank wrist shot that beat the goaltender through the five hole to tie the game.

The Seawolves went on the power play just 1:05 after the tying goal was scored. They were only 1/7 on the night with the man advantage, and this particular power play was disastrous.

Peter Zarrella was caught in a 2-on-1 rush after an ill advised pinch by his defensive partner. Zarrella took away the passing lane but Richie Falasca’s quick wrist shot from the right circle was placed perfectly, just inside the far post, beating Stevens low and to the stick side.

“They were outplaying us all game, they were smothering us,” junior forward Chris Ryan said. “It was just a matter of time before they cashed in on some chances. “

Stevens continued his stellar play through the third period, but the best chance the Seawolves had to tie the game was Torres’ effort in the final seconds.

“We have to change our whole game plan tomorrow,” Ryan said “We need to play aggressive and use our speed.”

The Seawolves and Rams clash again at 8:00pm on Saturday night at The Rinx.  Check out http://www.sbinews.org for continuing coverage of the club ice hockey team.


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2009 NHL Mock Draft – First Round

Posted by Gene Morris on June 25, 2009

With the NHL Draft coming up tomorrow night in Montreal, here’s an updated mock draft from the local draft expert, Glenn Pacitti

NY Islanders 1. John Tavares C 6′ 199lbs London (OHL)
Tampa08 2.Victor Hedman D 6’6″ 220lbs Modo (Swe JE)
Colorado 3.Matt Duchene C 5’11” 200lbs Brampton (OHL)
Atlanta 4.Magnus Paajarvi LW 6’1″ 187lbs Timra (Swe JE)
Los Angeles 5.Evander Kane C 6′ 170lbs Vancouver (WHL)
Phoenix 6.Brayden-Schenn C 6′ 196lbs Brandon (WHL)
Toronto 7.Jared Cowan D 6’5″ 216lbs Spokane (WHL)
Dallas 8.Nazem Kadri C 6’1′ 175lbs London (OHL)
Ottawa08 9.Ryan Ellis D 5’10” 175lbs Windsor (OHL)
Edmonton 10. Jordon Schroder RW 5’8″ 168lbs USA U-18
11. David Rundbald D 6’2″ 185lbs Skelleftea (Swe JE) Predators
12. Oliver Ekman-Larsson D 6′ 165lbs Leksand (Swe II) Wild
13. Zach Kassian RW 6’3″ 209lbs Peterborough (OHL) Sabres
14. Simon Depres D 6’3″ 208lbs Saint John (QMJHL) Panthers
15. Louis Leblanc C 5’11” 170lbs Omaha (USHL) Ducks>
16. Dimitri Kulikov D 6’1″ 195lbs Drummondville (QMJHL) Blue Jackets
17. Scott Glennie C 6’1 174lbs Brandon (WHL) Blues
18. Carter Ashton LW 6’2″ 190lbs Lethbridge (WHL) Canadiens
19. Kyle Palmieri C 5’11” 191lbs USA U-18 Rangers
20. Jacob Josefson C 5’11” 174lbs Djurgarden (Swe JE) Flames
21. Chris Kreider C 6’2″ 200lbs Andoveer (MA- HS) Flyers
22. Calvin DeHaan D 6′ 170lbs Oshawa (OHL) Canucks
23. Peter Holland C 6’1″ 178lbs Guelph (OHL) Devils
24. Jeremy Morin C 6′ 190lbs USA U-18 Capitals
25. Tim Erixon D 6’2″ 190lbs Skelleftea AIK (Swe) Bruins
26. John Moore D 6’2″ 180lbs Chicago (USHL) Islanders
27. Jordon Caron C 6’2″ 196lbs Rimouski (QMJHL) Hurricanes
28. Marcus Johannsen C 5’11” 189lbs Farjestads BK (Swe) Blackhawks
29. Landon Ferraro RW 5’11” 165lbs Red Deer (WHL) Red Wings
30. Ethan Werek LW 6’2″ 195lbs Kingston (OHL) Penguins

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Draft Frenzy- NBA and NHL Drafts are Here

Posted by Gene Morris on June 25, 2009

It’s obvious that the NBA draft gains much more mainstream media attention than the NHL draft.  With the exception of Ricky Rubio and Brandon Jennings, we’ve seen every other NBA prospect garnering lottery buzz playing college hoops.

No one watches Canadian Junior hockey, NCAA hockey outside of the Frozen four, or any of the professional leagues in Europe.

But in this 2009 draft season, one name sticks out above the rest.  The hype has been there for this kid for years.  And I’m not talking about Blake Griffin.

John Tavares has been on the map since 2007, when he broke Wayne Gretzkey’s record for a 16-year old in the Ontario Hockey League as a member of the Oshawa Generals.

Since then Tavares has been a household name in hockey circles, and has even hit the mainstream after being a part of ESPN the Magazine’s “Next” feature.

He’s been in the spotlight for so long that it’s impossible for scouts not to nitpick at this game.  “Oh, he’s not a great skater,” or “he doesn’t have that killer instinct.”

It’s possible Tavares will be passed over by the New York Islanders Friday night in favor of 6-6 Sweedish defenseman Victor Hedman, or Matt Duchene, an 18-year old center who’s recently been drawing comparisons to newly elected hockey hall of famer Steve Yzerman.

But the Islanders need goal scoring, and more than that they need hope.  The fans need to believe they have a player their team can be built around.  If the Islanders don’t do something quickly, there’s a good chance they may end up in Kansas City in a few years (hopefully still as the Islanders, rivaling the Los Angeles Lakers and Utah Jazz as the strangest city-nickname combo in sports.)

We know Blake Griffin is going to be a Clipper tomorrow night.

But John Tavares needs to be an Islander, and the fate of the franchise depends on it.

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Sean Avery steals Mark Sanchez’s girl?

Posted by Gene Morris on June 25, 2009

Thank you New York Post, for the big blaring headline, and for the use of the word “canoodling.”

“They were doing shots of Jack Daniels and Patron, and she had her hands on his arm as they canoodled at the corner of the bar,” said our spy. “Sanchez was nowhere to be found.”

Hilary Rhoda is the girl.  She was with Sanchez in his recent GQ photo shoot.

And you can go here to see more of her without having to look at Sanchez in short shorts.

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