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Southeast AHL Affiliate Update: 1/10/11

With another episode of The Bolts Beat is on tap for this evening, we’ll be sure to discuss a roller coaster-type week for the Tampa Bay Lightning and several other recent issues league wide.

For now, though, a look at this past week’s AHL action for the five Southeast Division affiliates.

GAME RESULTS
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Tuesday, 1/4/11: Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins 5, Charlotte Checkers 2
Charlotte goal-scorers: Jacob Micflikier (16), Michal Jordan (1)
Charlotte goaltenders (saves/shots): Justin Pogge (23/27), Mike Murphy (1/1)
Three stars of the game: 1 – Eric Tangradi, WBS; 2 – Jacob Micflikier, CHA; 3 – Dustin Jeffrey, WBS

Tuesday, 1/4/11: Rochester Americans 4, Lake Erie Monsters 3
Rochester goal-scorers: Clay Wilson (7), Michal Repik (7), Scott Timmins (9), Jordan Knackstedt (9)
Rochester goaltenders (saves/shots): Jacob Markstrom (27/30)
Three stars of the game: 1 – Jordan Knackstedt, RCH; 2 – Michal Repik, RCH; 3 – Clay Wilson, RCH

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Was Russian Celebration Coverage Overblown?  Nyet!

Part of the talk surrounding the celebration by Team Russia after winning the gold medal at the World Juniors tournament in Buffalo was actually the media coverage of the story (or non-story, depending on who you ask).

Contrary to those who think this was all about making a big deal out of nothing, local news outlets didn’t overdo the drinking and partying of the Russian kids after their epic win, because that wasn’t even the main point of the story.

A group of unruly people got kicked off of an airplane.  If it were a bunch of kids coming back from a binge at Fallsview casino, or some drunken businessmen stumbling out of town after a conference at the Hyatt Regency, it still would’ve gotten top billing on local newscasts.

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  Tags: buffalo+airport, russian+junior+team, world+juniors

Talking Canadian Players In US Colleges

from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,

Ex-Whaler goalie and longtime broadcaster Greg Millen, now 53, believes that US college scholarship opportunities will be drying up for Canadian players.

In Millen’s view, because the US is developing top talent from nontraditional hockey areas (e.g. California, Texas), more of those kids will snag American scholarships. Ergo, more Yanks, fewer Canadians.

The good news, said Millen: better homegrown talent available for Canadian universities, in turn providing a boost to that system.

Millen could prove prescient, but according to Paul Kelly, head of Newton-based College Hockey Inc., there is no indication at the moment that Division 1 US colleges have sated their desire to stock rosters with the best Canadian boys.

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Notes From Within The Hockey World

from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

• This is impossible but true: Leafs defenceman Brett Lebda was minus-3 in Toronto’s stunning 9-3 win over the Atlanta Thrashers on Friday night. Other minus players included captain Dion Phaneuf and Francois Beauchemin.

• No surprise that the Russian juniors were kicked off their flight Thursday. I happened to be in the bar at the Adams Mark hotel in downtown Buffalo post-game Wednesday night and the young Russians were not exactly being asked to show their ID. I left just before 1:30 a.m. But most of the Russians, still wearing their jerseys, were in the bar, loudly chanting “Beat Canada” in between chugs of something that wasn’t necessarily legal for teenagers.

• I can’t watch the New Jersey Devils play anymore, even every second game, because it hurts my stomach to watch Martin Brodeur play this poorly.

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Insight From An IIHF Linesman

As a linesman with the IIHF, Andriy Kicha had the best view in the house of the 2011 World Juniors in Buffalo.  But big international tournaments aren’t exactly new to the Ukraine native - he also worked as a linesman at the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver.

From hearing him speak, with a heavy Ukranian accent but a good handle on the English language, you can tell that he loves what he does.

We discussed the World Juniors, the media circus involving the Russian team, and one great aspect of working games with U20 players, during our conversation on Thursday as he was preparing to leave Buffalo for the long journey home.

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  Tags: 2011+world+juniors, andriy+kicha, iihf+linesman, russian+players+drinking, ukraine+hockey

Russian Team Denies Reports Of Revelry

From The Buffalo News:

They were thrown off a flight because of unruly behavior, can be seen on a video celebrating with what for all the world appears to be beer bottles in their hands, and several witnesses reported that their behavior had all the earmarks of intoxication.

But as members of the gold medal-winning Russian junior hockey team continued to cool their heels — and maybe treat their headaches? — no one associated with the under-20 players Thursday would acknowledge that there might have been a bit too much celebrating after their thrilling come-from-behind victory the night before over Canada in HSBC Arena.

“I don’t speak English,” one player said Thursday afternoon.

“False,” the team’s media officer said.

“I don’t know what happened,” their coach said.

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Balancing The Scale

from Bob McKenzie of TSN,

It’s been billed as the greatest collapse in the history of the WJC and that about sums it up. If there’s been one worse than that, I don’t recall it. It might just be, as the kids like to say these days, the greatest “epic fail” in Canadian international hockey. Ever.
 
How would you like to throw that on your resume?
 
All that said, it’s not as if blowing a three-goal lead in the third period never happens in hockey.
 
In the NHL, since the lockout, it has happened, on average, at least once a season. Eight times in 1,226 regular season games since 2005-06, if you are looking to be precise.
 
But there weren’t four or five million Canadians watching those collapses, it wasn’t the World Junior Championship and the team falling apart in the third period didn’t have a Maple Leaf on their chest. Well, at least not a red one.

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Those Russians Know How To Party

from Robert J. McCarthy of the Buffalo News,

Oh, what a party it must have been for the Russian hockey team after their big win over Canada on Wednesday.

But it apparently caught up with the World Junior Hockey champions. They were kicked off a flight from Buffalo Niagara International Airport early this morning after sources said disruptive behavior after a night of celebration posed a safety threat.

“The crew of a flight from Buffalo to Atlanta denied boarding to 30 passengers as a result of unruly behavior,” said Delta spokeswoman Susan Elliott. “This was an effort to ensure safe operation of the flight. They will be rebooked on a future flight.”

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How Canada Lost The Gold

from Roy MacGregor of the Globe and Mail,

When we win, as in the Vancouver Winter Games (both men and women), we swagger. When we lose, we wallow.

It’s just part of the weird national character that is Canadian.

What happened last night? Well, on the scoresheet sitting before me, Canada takes a 3-0 lead into the third period and somehow loses 5-3. I would say by any imaginable definition that is a “collapse.” It might not be a “national tragedy,” as some have been saying. It might or might not be a “choke,” as all the media was whispering last night but few, if any, dared to say out loud or print. But it as sure as hell a monumental collapse.

So be it. How many times do we have to write “stuff happens” in hockey - it is, truly, as much an essence of the game as pucks and skates and sticks. Stuff happens, though I am tempted here to use the proper hockey word for “stuff.”

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Evening Line

My goodness. The biggest collapse in Canadian national junior history. Stunning to watch it all unfold. 5-3 Russia.

-Damien Cox on Twitter.

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