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RoadRunners Smother Salmon Kings 4-2

PHOENIX, Ariz. - Todd Jackson tallied a goal and added two assists and the Phoenix RoadRunners used three power play goals to defeat the Victoria Salmon Kings 4-2 before 3,629 at US Airways Center in ECHL action Saturday.

Both teams came away with a power play goal in an up-and-down first period. Victoria (9-17-1) opened the scoring at 8:21 when Milan Gajic found the loose puck at the left-wing circle and snapped a shot over the shoulder of RoadRunners goaltender Mike Morrison giving the Salmon Kings a 1-0 lead. Brock Hooton netted the equalizer for the RoadRunners (16-12-1) at 11:41 on the man-advantage. Dave Pszenyczny moved the puck to Hooton in the slot and Hooton lifted it by Victoria goalie Julien Ellis to tie the contest at 1-1.

Phoenix reclaimed the lead at 2-1 when Lance Monych re-directed Jake Ortmeyer's slap shot along the ice by Ellis at 5:30 of the second period on the power play. Victoria tallied the equalizer with a two-man advantage power play goal at 10:22. Gajic found Ryan Wade inside the right-wing circle and Wade slapped a one-timer into the back of the net to tie the game again at 2-2. The RoadRunners would re-claim the lead for good with their third power play goal of the night. Jackson found Alexandre Rouleau at the right-wing circle and Rouleau ripped a one-time slap shot past Ellis at 15:11 of the second. Jackson then gave the RoadRunners a 4-2 advantage at the tail end of the period when he jammed home Cam Paddock's centering pass at 19:23 for the first and only even strength goal of the game.

Despite 28 combined shots in the third period, neither team managed to score.

The RoadRunners out-shot Victoria 40-27. Morrison stopped 25 shots to improve to 4-2-0 on the season. Phoenix went 3-8 on the power play while Victoria was 2-6.

Notes: Phoenix won each game in this three-game set with Victoria by the exact same 4-2 score...The RoadRunners out-shot Victoria for the series 133-72...Justin Aikins extended his season-high scoring streak to eight games while Hooton extended his scoring streak to five games...The RoadRunners and Salmon Kings will close out the regular season with a three-game series Apr. 4-7 from the Save-on-Foods Memorial Centre in Victoria.

Phoenix returns to US Airways Center at 7:11 p.m. Saturday, December 30 as they welcome the Long Beach Ice Dogs. It's the second of six "Guys Night Out" promotions of the season presented by Classic Rock 100.7 FM KSLX and Coach & Willie's. "Guys Night Out" includes a ticket to the game, a voucher good for a 16 oz. beverage at any US Airways Center concessions stands, and a t-shirt voucher good for an official "Guys Night Out" t-shirt all for just $13 by logging on to Home. The remaining "Guys Night Out" games will be Jan. 6 vs. Las Vegas, Feb. 17 vs. Alaska, March 17 vs. Las Vegas, and March 24 vs. Fresno. Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

Individual game tickets for the 2006-07 regular season start as low $7 in the lower section and can be purchased at the US Airways Center Box Office and at all Ticketmaster outlets including Information on season tickets, half-season packages, and flex plans are available by calling (602) 462-GOAL.

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Victoria Salmon Kings game notes

Saturday, December 23, 2006 -- 7:11 p.m. (MT)

@ Phoenix Roadrunners

LAST GAME : Victoria returned to the U.S. Airways Center after a tour through California to try and snag a point in their December road trip. Phoenix was first to light the lamp as Chris Ferraro earned his first ECHL goal at 7:33 in the first stanza. The Salmon Kings replied in the second period as Milan Gajic, who recently had a six-game stint with the Manitoba Moose (AHL), tallied a breakaway goal on Goaltender Mike Morrison.

Ferraro scored his second goal of the night, throwing the puck to the net and redirecting off a Salmon Kings defender, and Victoria evened the score once again as Derek Krestanovich posted his seventh point since joining the Salmon Kings.

The Roadrunners stole the win on the powerplay in the third period, finding another bank shot off a Victoria defender for the one goal advantage, and adding the insurance goal with 2:51 remaining.

4-2 Roadrunners

MILESTONES IN THE MARATHON : The Salmon Kings have been feeling the effects of a difficult road trip, but have been able to make their mark along the way.... Jordan Krestanovich scored his 200th pro point assisting on Milan Gajic's goal on Thursday....Ryan Wade played in his 150th ECHL game on Thursday, and tallied his 100th pro assist on Dec 12 @ Phoenix....Darryl Lloyd scored his 50th pro assist on Thursday....a Victoria record for the fewest penalty minutes between both teams (14 mins) on Dec 17 @ Fresno....sit atop the ECHL in powerplay percentage on the road (21.3%) and scored five goals in 22 chances during this trip....posted their fourth perfect penalty kill of the season (4/4 @ Fresno).

CONGRATULATIONS TO JULIEN ELLIS (G), who was selected to the 2007 All-Star team

versus Phoenix in 2006-07 PLAYERS TO WATCH

Record: 0-2-0

Goals for: 4

Goals against: 8

Shots for: 45

Shots against: 93

PP: 1/7

PK: 10/13 #18 Mike Stutzel (F)

- finished the last Victoria road trip (Nov 25 @ Utah) with a five point night (3g, 2a).

- has tallied four points this road trip (1g, 3a); overall leads the team with points in away games (13 points in 12 games).

#9 Milan Gajic (F)

- averages 1.18 points per game this season in the ECHL.

- scored the first Salmon Kings goal on Thursday and finished with a +1 rating despite the loss.

versus Phoenix in 2005-06 IR LIST

Record: 1-3-2

Goals for: 16

Goals against: 18

Key game: 5-0 win @ Phoenix on March 20, 2006. This win was part of the five game streak in which the Salmon Kings were unbeaten in regulation. 3-day

removed, Kiel McLeod (F), Dec 21

added, Warren McCutcheon (F), Dec 21 7-day

Phil Cole (D) 30-day

Brad Cook (D)


NHL (Vancouver) Guenette, Ellis

AHL (Manitoba) Kelly Added, returned from loan to Manitoba (AHL), Milan Gajic (F), Dec 21

Released on waivers, Andy Zulyniak (D), Dec 21

NEXT GAME: vs Alaska Aces, Friday December 29, 7:05 p.m. (PT), Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre

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Kowalski, Everblades shut out Stingrays 4-0

ESTERO, Fla. - Goaltender Craig Kowalski stopped 40 shots to pick up his first shutout of the season backstopping the Florida Everblades to a 4-0 win over the South Carolina Stingrays in front of 6,433 at Germain Arena.

"We ran into a hot goaltender tonight," South Carolina coach Jason Fitzsimmons said. "Kowalski deserves the credit. Our guys played well despite the loss. We have a much needed break for the holidays and look to get back at it on Thursday in Charlotte."

Vince Bellissimo connected on the power play for his 11th goal of the season to give Florida (19-8-0, 38 points) a 1-0 lead at 4:58 of the first period beating goaltender Davis Parley, which gave the Everblades their first goal in seven periods. Assists went to Brett Peterson and Reggie Berg.

Brent McDonald fed a shorthand breakaway pass to David Brine, who made it 2-0 for the Everblades by tucking a backhand past Parley for his fifth of the campaign.

Through 40 minutes, South Carolina (14-12-2, 30 points) was leading in the shot department 26-25, however Kowalski was perfect as Florida maintained its 2-0 lead.

In the third, Berg tallied a goal at 5:53 from Bellissimo and Dustin Johner, then Bellissimo finished off the scoring at 9:26 assisted by Johner.

South Carolina was unable to convert on 10 power play chances, while Florida went 1-for-6. South Carolina outshot Florida 40-37.

The Stingrays get back into action at 7 p.m. on Thursday against the Charlotte Checkers at Charlotte Bobcats Arena. For live play-by-play action join Mike Kelly, "Voice of the Stingrays" on ESPN Radio 910 The Team and online at Home beginning at 6:45 p.m. with the Benito's Pregame Show. Watch the game live on the web telecast for $6 each at Home, courtesy of B2 Networks.

South Carolina's next home game is at 6 p.m. on Sunday, December 31 versus the Pensacola Ice Pilots. It's the New Year's Eve game sponsored by Piggly Wiggly, which features free parking and special tuxedo jerseys to be worn by the Stingrays.

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Santa Delivers Cyclones Christmas Wish: First Place For Holidays

CINCINNATI, Ohio - The Cincinnati Cyclones are in first place at Christmas for the first time in four years, thanks to a 7-1 victory Saturday night over the Wheeling Nailers at U.S. Bank Arena. A four goal first period explosion blew the game open for the Cyclones. A franchise-record 13 players collected points in Cincinnati's most lopsided victory of the campaign.

The win also ties the franchise record for consecutive home games without a loss at nine (8-0-1). Goaltender Cedrick Desjardins also won his fifth straight at U.S. Bank Arena-making 34 saves.

The Cyclones exploded with the first three goals of the first frame. Left wing Jean-Michel Daoust collected his ninth goal at 2:24, with Matt Macdonald and Jimmy Bonneau picking up the assists. Cincinnati native Jason Deitsch netted his 13th goal at 7:14, with Rory Rawlyk and Sam Ftorek gathering the assists. The lead ballooned to 3-0, when Daoust got his second of the night and tenth of the year, Avery Wilson tallied the assist.

Wheeling stopped the bleeding temporarily, when Cody Blanshan fired home his third goal at 15:49. Rookie forward Greg Stewart rifled home his fourth goal at 19:18, with Deitsch and Chad Starling getting the helpers. The four goals in the first 20 minutes established a season-high for scoring in a period by the Cyclones.

In the middle period, Cincinnati added a pair of goals to open a 6-1 edge. Mathieu Aubin netted his second goal of the season at 1:48, with Ftorek and Deitsch picking up the assists. Defenseman Rory Rawlyk lit the lamp for the second time this year at 6:49, with Cory Urquhart and Daoust gathering the assists.

The Cyclones connected one final time in the third period when Scott Reynolds extended his point scoring streak to five games-with his fifth goal at 8:36. Conrad Martin and Daoust netted the assists on the power play goal.

The Cyclones are now 14-11-1-1, tied with Reading for the North Division lead. Wheeling is now 10-15-0-1 and is in seventh place in the North Division. The Cyclones are in action next on Wednesday (Dec. 27) at Wheeling.

The Cyclones are next at U.S. Bank Arena on Friday, January 5 when Reading comes to town for Rich Franklin Night at 7:30pm. Tickets for all Cyclones games can be purchased at the U.S. Bank Arena box office, all Ticketmaster outlets including select Kroger stores, charge by phone at 513-562-4949 or online at The most up-to-date information and broadcast of the games can be found on our website Cincinnati Cyclones :

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'Blades bouce back, blank the Stingrays 4-0

ESTERO, FL - The Florida Everblades (19-8-0) used 40 saves by goaltender Craig Kowalski and three points by Vince Bellissimo to help earn the team's first shutout of the season with a 4-0 win over the South Carolina Stingrays (14-12-2) on Saturday night at Germain Arena in front of a crowd of 6,433

The Everblades used the special teams to score twice in the first period to help set the tone. Bellissimo notched his first goal of the night at 5:53 of the frame by jamming a shot through Stingrays net minder Davis Parley for a power play tally. Brett Peterson and Reggie Berg each collected assists on Bellissimo's 11th goal of the season. Twelve minutes later, David Brine tallied his first short-handed goal of the season and the team's ninth by completing a breakaway with just over two minutes left in the period. Brent McDonald picked up the lone assist on Brine's fifth goal of the year.

After a scoreless second period, the Everblades tacked on a pair of even strength goals in the third. Berg gave the 'Blades a 3-0 advantage by roofing a shot from the left circle under the cross bar at 5:53 to tally his 11th goal of the season. Bellissimo and Dustin Johner had the helpers on the goal. The scoring closed when Bellissimo put on a beautiful display, slipping by a defender in the right circle and walking in on net before lifting a shot over the shoulder of Parley and under the cross bar with 10:34 remaining in regulation. Johner had the lone assist.

Kowalski took care of the rest by turning away the 40 shots, including 14 in the third period, many of which came over the final four minutes during which the Stingrays enjoyed three power play opportunities. The win was Kowalski's fourth straight and overall improved his record to 10-5-0. Parley suffered the loss allowing the four goals on 37 shots to see his record fall to 12-7-2.

On the power play, Florida finished the night 1-for-6, while the Stingrays failed to convert on their 10 chances.

With the win the Everblades have won seven of their last eight, and are now 2-1-0 vs. South Carolina this season.

The Florida Everblades, proud affiliate of the Carolina Hurricanes and the Florida Panthers, return to the ice on Thursday, December 27 when they travel to Beaumont, Texas to take on the Texas Wildcatters at 8:05 p.m. from Ford Arena. Florida Everblades full season tickets & mini-plans are now available! Reserve your seat for all the exciting action today by calling (239) 948-7825. Visit Florida Everblades - ECHL and Germain Arena for more information on group ticket packages, pricing and upcoming Germain Arena events.

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Cey Makes 59 Saves To Earn Win For Johnstown

Toledo, Ohio - The Johnstown Chiefs defeated the Toledo Storm by a score of 5-2 at the Toledo Sports Arena on Saturday.

Adam Henrich opened the scoring for Johnstown at the 15:08 mark of the first period, picking up a loose puck behind the Toledo net and beating Storm goaltender Dominic Vicari with a wraparound move.

At 5:36 of the second period, Jean Desrochers made it 2-0 in favor of the Chiefs, roofing a wrist shot past Vicari high on the glove side. Ryan Gibbons made it 3-0 when he picked up the rebound of a shot by Doug Andress at 10:16. Forty-two seconds later, Radek Smolenak made a break up the right wing from his own end, made a move to his backhand and put the puck behind Vicari to give Johnstown a 4-0 lead.

Toledo battled back with two power-play goals, with Chris Blight beating Chiefs' goaltender Morgan Cey at 13:57 of the second period. At 15:33, Toledo's Matt Zultek beat Cey high to the glove side with a one-timer from the right wing.

The Chiefs would hold on to the 4-2 lead through the third period, killing off two Toledo power plays, with Morgan Cey making 21 saves in the third period and a total of 59 in the game.

The Chiefs return home on December 31, 2006 to face the Toledo Storm at 6:00 P.M. Good seats are still available and can be purchased at the War Memorial box office or by calling (814) 536-5156 or 1 (800) CHF-TIXX.

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Salmon Kings slide in special teams battle

Phoenix, AZ - The Victoria Salmon Kings, proud affiliate of the Manitoba Moose and the Vancouver Canucks, played against the division rival Phoenix Roadrunners in a game two special teams showdown before the holiday break. In front of 3,629 fans at the U.S. Airways Center, both teams traded powerplay goals until the home squad took a second period 4-2 gain and never looked back.

Forward Milan Gajic helped Victoria take the 1-0 lead at 8:21 into the first period, and earned his eighth goal of the season. On the Salmon Kings first powerplay of the game, Gajic capitalized on a deflection off a Phoenix stick and went top corner on Goaltender Mike Morrison. The Roadrunners answered on their first powerplay of the game to tie the game 1-1. A point shot from Defenseman Dave Pszenyczny hit a body in front of the net and the rebound was picked up and shot in by Brock Hooton.

Lance Monych scored his seventh goal of the season to give Phoenix a 2-1 lead at 5:30 into the second stanza. Monych deflected a shot from the top of the right circle by Defenseman Jake Ortmeyer. The Salmon Kings countered with a powerplay goal of their own at 10:22 into the second period. Victoria native Ryan Wade notched his second goal of the season as Gajic fed him with a cross slot pass, and he made no mistake to one-time the pass and even the score 2-2.

Phoenix popped in two goals for the 4-2 edge before the end of the second period. Todd Jackson spotted a pinching Alexandre Rouleau during the Roadrunners fifth powerplay of the period, and Rouleau finished the circle to circle pass with a one-timer past Netminder Julien Ellis. Two fights broke out nearing the end of the second, and it resulted in a Phoenix powerplay. Victoria defeated the powerplay, however, Jackson earned his third point of the game and his third goal of the season with 37 seconds remaining in the middle frame.

Despite Salmon Kings pressure in the final period, Morrison handled 14 Victoria shots to hang on for his fourth win of the season. Ellis, who started in five of the six road games in December, was handed his tenth loss.

Final: 4-2 Roadrunners

Victoria scored twice on six powerplay chances and Phoenix was 3 for 8 with the man advantage. The Roadrunners outshot the Salmon Kings 40-27. Victoria (9-17-0-1) returns to the Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre for a three-game series (Dec 29, 30, and Jan 1) against the Alaska Aces.


- Steve Lingren earned his 200th pro assist.

- Milan Gajic posted his seventh multi-point game of the season, and has tallied three points in the last two games.

Join the players on the ice after the 1:05 p.m. game on Monday January 1st for another round of "Skate with the Salmon Kings". The skate session is by donation and proceeds benefit the Booster Club.

Group together and have more fun! Call (250) 220-7777 for fantastic group rates to Salmon Kings games and fundraising opportunities.

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Bayrack gets Hat Trick as ‘Catters Dominate Pensacola 7-3

Pensacola, FL - Mike Bayrack scored three goals in the second period for the hat trick as the Wildcatters (18-6-2-0) dominated Pensacola in front of 2,750 at the Pensacola Civic Center. Texas came out firing on all cylinders and took an early 1-0 lead at the 2:30 mark of period number one on Olivier Proulx's first goal of the night. In the second period, Mike Bayrack went to work, scoring three goals in under 13 minutes for his first hat trick of the season. Bayrack scored a shorthanded goal at the 3:52 mark of the second to make it 2-0. He added his second goal of the game which was on the power play to make it 3-0. Then, the third for the hat trick came at the 16:34 mark. It was the third hat trick for the Wildcatters this season. Kevin Baker and Daniel Sparre also had three goals in a game. Texas took a 4-0 lead into the third period. Brandin Cote scored under a minute into the third to make it 5-0. Pensacola would finally get on the board, but Leon Hayward responded with his 6th of the season and 3rd in as many games. Olivier Proulx would round out the scoring for the ‘Catters as he got his second of the night and 11th of the year. Texas went on to win the game 7-3. Goaltender Miroslav Kopriva made 21 saves in the win. The ‘Catters finished the game with four power play goals, going 4 for 10. Pensacola finished the game 2 for 8. The Texas Wildcatters are the ECHL affiliate for the AHL's Houston Aeros. The next Wildcatters home game is on Thursday, December 28 vs. South Division rival, the Florida Everblades. Don't miss any hard-hitting Wildcatters hockey action. 2006-07 Season Tickets are still available. Wildcatters' season tickets start at just $9 per game and feature numerous benefits including free parking and discounted merchandise. Group discount plans are also available by calling (409) 951-5500. For single game tickets stop by the Ford Park Box Office, call (409) 951-5440 or log on to For more information, visit the Wildcatters online at Welcome to

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Phoenix Serves Victoria Poetic Justice 4-2

Twas the last game before Christmas and all through the Phoenix Roadrunners' house, many creatures were stirring, maybe even a mouse.

The game featured the Victoria Salmon Kings taking on the yellow and blue and nothing less than a three-period battle ensued. When the game was over and the players started to look for their dinners, Saturday night's result was that the Roadrunners were 4-2 winners.

Victoria (9-17-1) opened the game with the first goal of night. It was a wrister over the left shoulder of Mike Morrison at 8:21 of the opening period and Milan Gajic turned on the red light.

Phoenix (16-11-1) rallied back with its power play a-shootin' and tied the game at 11:41 with the sixth goal of the year by Brock Hooton. His snap shot found the back of net behind Julien Ellis but there were two more periods to this story about the fellas.

In period number two the teams continued to score and the number of the goals in the middle period totaled four.

Phoenix struck first while I was on my phone from Vonage as the Roadrunners got a power play goal off the stick of Lance Monych. Five and half minutes in was when Monych's deflection of a Jake Ortmeyer drive from the point was sweet perfection.

The Salmon Kings tied it up at 2-2 when a power play strike was made. It came at 10:22 and was the second of the year for Ryan Wade. When the play was said and done, Wade one-timed the puck past Phoenix netminder Mike Morrison.

The Roadrunners took the lead at 15:11 and the fans said "Ho, ho, ho" when the home team broke ahead on a goal from Alexander Rouleau. He slid along the ice on scored on bended knee and moved Phoenix one step closer to victory.

In the final minute of the period, Phoenix picked up another marker and made Victoria's chances for a comeback seem that much darker. The time was 19:22 and the man in the middle of the action was none other than Roadrunners' forward Todd Jackson. His little wrister hit the net, but this game story is not done yet.

There were still 20 minutes left to go on this rather cold and blah Saturday and Phoenix's 16th win was just a period away.

The final period was quiet and the players looked worn. Perhaps that fatigue led to neither team sounding the goal horn. The play was physical-hits came hard and fast-so it shouldn't be a surprise that a few players got knocked on their ass.

Phoenix's shots totaled 39 and came from their defenseman, centers and wings which was 10 more than the 29 tallied by the Salmon Kings.

The Roadrunners scored three times in eight chances with its power play on the ice. Victoria had six tries with the power play and managed to score twice.

All three of the games between these teams had identical scores. Victoria could only muster up twos while Phoenix put up fours.

The 2006 part of the season is nearly over and the Christmas stockings are within reach. The Roadrunners return to the ice December 30th at home against Long Beach.

So, that's the story of the game that also had two fights. From the US Airways Center in Phoenix we wish a Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night.

Three Stars of the Night

3. Gajic-VIC Goal and an assist in the losing effort

2. Pszenyczny-PHX Two assists

1. Jackson-PHX Goal, two assists, easy name to rhyme with

Notes: With his first period goal, Hooton extended his point streak to five games (3-4-7)...Justin Aikins' assist on Rouleau's second period goal pushed his point streak to eight games (7-3-10) but his four-game goal scoring streak came to an end...Center Scott May and defenseman Dave Pszenyczny were selected to represent the Roadrunners at the ECHL All-Star Game in Boise, Idaho January 17. May was named a starter and leads the National Conference in scoring with 13 goals and 31 points...Phoenix is now 8-1-0 against Victoria...With their 11-4-0 record at home, the Roadrunners already topped last year's win tally on home ice when they went 10-23-3 at home in their inaugural season...Attendance was 3,629.

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Ice Pilots fall to Texas 7-3

The Pensacola Ice Pilots surrendered three second-period goals and fell 7-3 to the Texas Wildcatters on Saturday night at the Hangar.

The Ice Pilots had their two-game winning streak snapped and saw their record dip to 7-17-1-1 for 14 points and 3-9-1-1 on home ice. The Texas Wildcatters continue to be one of the big surprises and top teams in the ECHL -- and improved their record to 18-6-2-0 for 38 points and 10-4-1 on the road. The Wildcatters controlled much of the play and demonstrated while they have had such a good year. The Ice Pilots played well at times during the contest, but didn't have an answer for the Texas attack.

It was a tightly played first 20 minutes with the lone goal scored on a Texas power play early in the opening period. However, the difference in the contest was the second period when Mike Bayrack fired three consecutive goals for a natural hattrick and it was 4-0. The Ice Pilots couldn't score in the first 40 minutes on goaltender Miroslav Kopriva who made some big saves to keep his team in front.

The third period was a wild affair with six goals in total being scored including three by each team. There was also a brawl at 9:19 of the third period that saw two Ice Pilots Dan Sullivan and Mario Joly being tossed from the game.

David Wrigley, Travis Lisabeth and Dallas Steward collected goals for Pensacola while Sergei Ogorodnikov had two assists. Wrigley and Rene Gauthier had single helpers.


The Pensacola Ice Pilots return to action on Wednesday when they travel to Augusta to face the Lynx. Fans can hear the game live on Classic Country AM1620 beginning with Ice Pilots Countdown to Face-off at 6:15 pm. The play by play follows at 6:30 pm. The game is also available on the web at Pensacola Ice Pilots :: Home of your Pensacola Ice Pilots by clicking on the sportsjuice logo.

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Slow Start Dooms Grizzlies Saturday

Bakersfield, California - Trailing 5-0 Saturday night in Bakersfield, the Utah Grizzlies (7-17-3) battled back to make it 5-3 entering the third period, but fell 6-3 following a Condors empty-netter in the final minute of the game.

Bakersfield struck 38 seconds into the game and then three more times in the period, building a 4-0 lead on the Grizzlies 20 minutes into the game.

The Condors went up 5-0 early in the second, before the Grizzlies stormed back with two goals from Ryan Kinasewich (14,15) and one from Danny Stewart (2) to make it 5-3 going to the third. Utah had a season-high 23 shots in the second period.

Utah had a season-high 46 shots on net.

Sean Fields relieved Rob McVicar after one period and stopped 12 of 13 Bakersfield shots.

Tonight was game two in a set of ten of eleven games that the Grizzlies are playing away from the E-Center.

The Grizzlies return to action Thursday and Friday visiting Las Vegas at 8:05 p.m. Utah hosts Las Vegas Saturday, December 30 at the E-Center.

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Thunder suffers first two-game losing streak of the season

LONG BEACH, Calif. - Long Beach Ice Dogs newly-acquired goaltender Brett Jaeger made 37 saves while forward Brandon Schwartz tallied a shorthanded goal and assist, as the Stockton Thunder (15-4-5, 35 points) succumbed to a 4-1 loss to Long Beach, before an announced crowd of 2,516 at Long Beach Arena on Saturday.

The loss marks the first time this season that Stockton has lost two consecutive games, with Long Beach notching their first all-time win in regulation over the Thunder.

Brendon Hodge got the Thunder on the board at the 9:53 mark of the first period with a power-play goal, taking a rebound from Tim O'Connell's one-timer in the high slot and stuffing the second chance past Jaeger's right pad for his fifth goal of the year.

Long Beach tied the game at 1-1 at the 14:33 mark on Brad Bonello's eighth goal on the season, re-directing Gary Gladue's wrist shot from the blueline, while Bonello was stationed at the top of the goal crease.

The Thunder surrendered the team's second shorthanded goal of the year at the 2:13 mark of the second period, when Stuart Kerr wired a 25-foot drive past Thunder goaltender Cam Ellsworth for a 2-1 Long Beach advantage. Mark Tobin followed with his fifth goal of the year with 6:45 elapsed, deflecting a centering pass from behind the net off Ellsworth's skate.

Long Beach finished the scoring on Schwartz's shorthanded tally at the 3:17 mark of the third period for a 4-1 lead, when Ellsworth challenged a loose puck out of his net. Schwartz got to the loose puck and tapped in the goal uncontested for his 10th marker of the year.

Ellsworth made 23 saves in net for Stockton, with his record moving to 7-2-1 for the year.

The Thunder returns home on Wednesday, December 27 with a 7:00 p.m. game against the Fresno Falcons at Stockton Arena. The game can be heard live on the internet (free-of-charge) and is available for viewing for a $6 "pay-per-view" charge at Home (courtesy of B2 Networks).

Thunder season tickets, mini-plans and individual tickets for the 2006-07 season are on sale now. For more information about tickets, merchandise, or other inquiries contact the Stockton Thunder offices at (209) 373-1500 or visit Home.

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Nailers Blown Away By Cyclones

Cincinnati, OH- After a six day layoff, understandably the Nailers had some rust to work out. Unfortunately, Wheeling was still working on shaking it when the final horn sounded in the Cincinnati Cyclones 7-1 victory at US Bank Arena.

Wheeling has now lost three in a row while the Cyclones are 8-0-1 in their past nine games in Cincinnati.

The Cyclones jumped all over the Nailers from the opening faceoff as Jean-Michael Daoust knocked home his first of two at the 2:24 mark of the first. The Cincinnati power-play unit gave the Cyclones an insurance goal five minutes later off the stick of Jason Deitsch.

Dauost slapped home his second of the period at 15:13 of the first taking a feed from Avery Wilson and blasting a shot past Andy Franck while he was in on a 2-on-1.

The Nailers got their only goal of the contest just 36 seconds later as Cody Blanshan picked up his second of the year and first since joining the Nailers. His slapshot from the blue line deflected off a body in front and past Cedrick Desjardins. Eric Sonnenberg and Rich Colwill were credited with assists on the play.

Greg Stewart closed the period with a fourth Cyclone goal in the final minute of the first. Deitsch had room in the slot but threw a pass to Stewart who roofed a wrist shot past Blanshan and Franck to give Cincinnati back a three-goal lead.

The Cyclones notched two even strength goals in the first seven minutes of the second period to increase their lead to five and added a seventh goal on the power play halfway through the third.

A physical contest with four fights taking place, it only translated to eight power plays. Wheeling was 0 for 5 while Cincy was 2 for 3. Although Wheeling kept the shots close despite the lopsided score the Cyclones outshot the Nailers 37 to 35 when all was said and done.

The Nailers have three days off before returning to the ice at home to host the Cyclones. Wheeling has lost the last three of five meetings between these two teams with all five games taking place in Cincinnati.

Tickets are available by calling 304-234-GOAL, visiting the Nailers team store located at 1315 Main St. in downtown Wheeling or online at Wheeling Nailers Hockey.

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Steelheads Fall 4-1 To Aces

Anchorage, AK - A three-goal first period proved to be enough, as the Alaska Aces took care of the Steelheads, 4-1 in the rubber match of a three-game series at Sullivan Arena on Saturday night.

The Steelheads (13-11-1-1) fell for the eighth time in 10 games, while the West Division leading Aces stand at 17-8-1-0, as they remain unbeaten in their last seven games.

The Aces jumped out to a 3-0 lead at the first intermission helped mainly by two goals in the final minute of the stanza. The Aces got a power play goal by Olivier Filion, his 12th, at 8:19 with Peter Metcalf and Mike Scott gathering the assists. Then at 19:14, Barrett Heisten tallied another man advantage marker and with eight seconds left, rookie all-star Julian Talbot scored an even-strength goal. Veteran winger Kimbi Daniels and Metcalf set up Heisten's marker, while another rookie all-star Kevin Croxton and defenseman Patrick Wellar got the helpers on Talbot's ninth of the year.

In the second period, the two sides traded goals. The Aces made it 4-0 at 13:42, converting off a defensive turnover by Steelheads' defenseman Kyle Peto. Peto lost the puck to Mike Scott and Filion grabbed the loose biscuit at the left circles and feathered an aerial pass to the right post where Matt Robinson swatted it past a sprawled out Steve Silverthorn (20 saves).

With 2:20 left in the second period, D'Arcy McConvey got his third goal of the series and his sixth of the campaign to put the Steelheads on the board. Marty Flichel got the puck to McConvey in neutral ice and he skated into the right circles, before shifting the puck to his backhand and carving from the goal line back out to the crease. The puck rolled off McConvey's stick and caromed off an Aces' defenseman's skate and past goaltender Isaac Reichmuth (22 saves).

Through two periods, the Aces were out-shooting the Steelheads 21-17.

There was no scoring in the third period and the final shots were 24-23 in favor of the Aces.

The Steelheads' next home game is Thursday, December 28 versus Bakersfield. Faceoff is at 7:10 p.m. Steelheads' single-game tickets can be purchased via Happy Holidays! - (using the all-new, print-at-home feature), by calling 331-TIXS or from the Qwest Arena box office.

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Aces run unbeaten string to seven with 4-1 win over Idaho

ANCHORAGE, Alaska - The Aces scored twice in 38 seconds to extend a 1-0 lead to 3-0 and never looked back in an eventual 4-1 win over the Idaho Steelheads in front of 5,372 Saturday at Sullivan Arena.

One night after managing just 12 shots in the first two periods combined, Alaska fired 12 in the first period alone and scored twice on the power play, beginning with Olivier Filion's career-high 12th goal of the season at 8:19. The Aces gained separation in the final minute of the opening frame, extending their lead to 2-0 when Kimbi Daniels found Barrett Heisten alone in front of the Idaho net just as a five-on-three expired. With the teams now skating at even strength, Alaska's two ECHL all-star representatives hooked up for the game's third goal, as Julian Talbot took a pass from Kevin Croxton and beat Steelheads goalie Steve Silverthorn top shelf with just eight seconds remaining in the period.

After an Idaho turnover, Filion fed a streaking Matt Robinson back door to push the margin to 4-0 at 13:42 of the second period. D'Arcy McConvey, who factored in all four Steelheads goals last night (2g-2a), denied Aces starter Isaac Reichmuth a possible shutout with his third goal of the series on a coast-to-coast rush at 17:38, but Idaho would come no closer. Reichmuth faced just six shots in the third period and improved his personal record to 6-2 with 22 saves on the night. Mike Scott and Peter Metcalf contributed to the offensive cause with two assists each.

Alaska remains unbeaten over its last seven games (6-0-1) and at 17-8-1 on the season, holds a two-point lead on second-place Phoenix in the West Division. The Aces return to practice next Wednesday in preparation for a three-game series against Victoria that opens on Friday, December 29. All three games against the Salmon Kings, who have lost six in a row, will be broadcast live on KFQD 750 AM. Alaska's next home contest comes against Utah in the opener of a three-game set Wednesday, January 3. Tickets are now available at the Aces office, Home, and all Fred Meyer locations in Anchorage.
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