Tuesday, February 5, 2008

A Quiet Tuesday

Depending on your perspective Antoine Lafleur can either say he is ready to play goalie for the Rangers or that is he needs a lot of work. The Ranger's 2007 Second round pick continues his very frustrating season as his Prince Edward Island Rocket lost to the Acadie-Bathurst Titan 6-4.

Just like the Ranger's loss to the Los Angeles Kings, the Rocket can only blame themselves for their loss to the Titan. It was a chance for the 7th place Rocket to pull within 2 points of the 6th Titan as the 2 teams faced off in game 1 of a home and home series.

Instead the Rocket gave up 2 goals in a 47 second span in the 2nd period and then the game winner 28 seconds after tying the game in the 3rd period to lose. It was as close to Ranger hockey as one can find at the junior level.

Lafleur got little support from his defense as he faced 34 shots while surrendering 5 goals. Lafleur's defensive corp is basically all first year players so Lafleur (and his fellow goalie) are typically at the mercy of the other team.

Lafleur's record falls to 10-15 on the season as the 2 teams will meet again on Thursday night.

Day One of the OHL All-Star Classic

The OHL held their skill's competition Tuesday night in Saute Ste. Marie and Bobby Sanguinetti's Eastern Conference team defeated the Western Conference team 19-18.

Sanguinetti did not win any of the competitions but will be expected to play a key role on the All-Star Game on Wednesday evening. We will have a report on Sanguinetti's efforts in our report tomorrow.

The 24 Hour Game

Dave Fischer sent us this one and it really sounds interesting:

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – USA Hockey, in cooperation with its affiliates throughout the United States, is staging "USA Hockey's 24-Hour Hockey Game" beginning at 12 noon ET on Friday, Feb. 29, to help celebrate the International Ice Hockey Federation's 100-year anniversary.

"We're very excited about the 24-Hour Game," said Dave Ogrean, executive director of USA Hockey. "Feb. 29 has been designated as the worldwide day to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the IIHF and our 24-Hour Game is a unique and fun way for us to be engaged in the celebration and also bring visibility to our great sport."

Each of the lower 48 states will play a 30-minute running-time game in succession, beginning in Maine at 12 noon ET on Feb. 29 (see complete schedule below). Hawaii and Alaska will both play a 30-minute running-time "overtime" game with the 24-Hour Game ending at 1 p.m. ET in Hawaii on Saturday, March 1.

In each state, one team will be designated as "Stars" and one team as "Stripes." A national running score will be kept at the event website -- 24HourHockeyGame.com.

Each participant will receive a souvenir luggage tag that states, "I Played in USA Hockey's 24-Hour Game."

NOTES: The USA Hockey affiliate presidents are leading or delegating the effort to set up the game in each state ... Each state will determine the location and age levels of players who will participate in its 30-minute game.

USA Hockey's 24-Hour Game
Game Times for Each State

State Time (EST/local)
Maine 12:00 p.m.
New Hampshire 12:30 p.m.
Vermont 1:00 p.m.
Massachusetts 1:30 p.m.
Rhode Island 2:00 p.m.
Connecticut 2:30 p.m.
New York 3:00 p.m.
New Jersey 3:30 p.m.
Pennsylvania 4:00 p.m.
Delaware 4:30 p.m.
Maryland 5:00 p.m.
West Virginia 5:30 p.m.
Virginia 6:00 p.m.
North Carolina 6:30 p.m.
South Carolina 7:00 p.m.
Georgia 7:30 p.m.
Florida 8:00 p.m.
Alabama 8:30 p.m.
Mississippi 9:00 p.m.
Tennessee 9:30 p.m./8:30 p.m.
Kentucky 10:00 p.m./9:00 p.m.
Ohio 10:30 p.m.
Michigan 11:00 p.m.
Indiana 11:30 p.m.
Illinois 12:00 a.m./11:00 p.m.
Wisconsin 12:30 a.m./11:30 p.m.
Minnesota 1:00 a.m./12:00 a.m.
Iowa 1:30 a.m./12:30 a.m.
Missouri 2:00 a.m./1:00 a.m.
Arkansas 2:30 a.m./1:30 a.m.
Louisiana 3:00 a.m./2:00 a.m.
Texas 3:30 a.m./2:30 a.m.
Oklahoma 4:00 a.m./3:00 a.m.
Kansas 4:30 a.m./3:30 a.m.
Nebraska 5:00 a.m./4:00 a.m.
South Dakota 5:30 a.m./4:30 a.m.
North Dakota 6:00 a.m./5:00 a.m.
Montana 6:30 a.m./4:30 a.m.
Wyoming 7:00 a.m./5:00 a.m.
Colorado 7:30 a.m./5:30 a.m.
New Mexico 8:00 a.m./6:00 a.m.
Arizona 8:30 a.m./6:30 a.m.
Utah 9:00 a.m./7:00 a.m.
Nevada 9:30 a.m./6:30 a.m.
Idaho 10:00 a.m./8:00 a.m.
Washington 10:30 a.m./7:30 a.m.
Oregon 11:00 a.m./8:00 a.m.
California 11:30 a.m./8:30 a.m.
Alaska 12:00 p.m./8:00 a.m.
Hawaii 12:30 p.m./7:30 a.m.

For details on each game, visit 24HourHockeyGame.com

A look ahead to tomorrow

Wednesday we will have the prospect of the week, reports on the OHL All-Star Game along with David Skokan and Ryan Hillier both in action.

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