Thursday, January 6, 2011

B³ Linkorama

Sorry for the lack of articles this week.  I've been battling a nasty cold for awhile now, so I haven't really had a lot of time to sit down and type out an article.  Not a whole lot out there this week for the B³ Linkorama.  As always, if you have anything you'd like to see on the blog, send me an email at:

Very interesting article about Mike McKee, who was a 2010 entry draft pick of the Lincoln Stars.  The article hints at the possibility of McKee playing for Lincoln next season, but I wouldn't get your hopes up.  I have a feeling McKee will stay on the east coast, or move on the Ontario Hockey League.  Thanks to the blog reader who emailed me this link.  Click here to read the article.

Former Stars defenseman Will Rayner has left the University of UMASS-Lowell, and is now playing Tier III junior hockey for the Philadelphia Revolution of the EJHL.  According to the article linked below, Rayner has switched commitments, and will now play for Sacred Heart University, starting the fall of 2011.  Click here to read the article.

At the World Junior Championships in Buffalo, NY, the Team USA squad was soundly beaten by Team Canada by a score 4-1 in the semi-finals.  That meant Team USA would play Sweden for the bronze medal.  In that game, Team USA cruised to a 4-2 victory, thanks to two goals by forward Chris Kreider, who was a 2009 entry draft pick of the Lincoln Stars.  Team Canada played Russia in the gold medal game last night, with Russia scoring 5 unanswered goals in the third period to complete a stunning comeback against Canada, winning 5-3.  If you missed that gold medal game between Canada and Russia, you missed a good one.  Russia looked all but dead, down 3-0 going into the third period.  Russia stormed back, scoring five straight goals, to take the gold medal.  Click here to read more about Team Canada's worst ever defeat in the history of their junior hockey program.

Video time!  This bit of USHL news is so big, it made a number of national hockey blog sites like Yahoo's Puck Daddy blog.  Andrew Prochno, a defenseman for the Sioux Falls Stampede, fired a shot recently in a game against the Sioux City Musketeers that split the puck in half once it hit the post.  The split puck is pictured above.  I'm not sure in all my years of watching hockey I've ever seen anything like this.  Here's the video:

I am going to try to type out a quick weekend preview article tonight, so stay tuned for that.

Go Stars.


MacAttack said...

the split hockey puck made the ESPN show PTI this afternoon. however, they reported it as a minor league game between Sioux Falls and Sioux City. you would think that a national syndicated show could at least get it right

MuskiesFan4Ever said...

I saw it with my own eyes and I still don't believe it. Ya just don't ever see a puck do that during a normal hockey game. Maybe the Muskies froze it a bit too much and made it a bit brittle. ;-P It was a crazy game for sure.

nutz4puckz said...

Apparently the Russian team had one heck of a post game celebration after the win.

Kaj said...

JT Brown of Waterloo did it last year against Fargo. It was on a wrist shot too making it even more amazing! He shot it so hard it brok on the inside cross bar. It used to be on Utube.

by Tim Harwood
Split Decision
J.T. Brown surprised everyone when his goal 39 seconds into Saturday’s game ended up with the puck in two pieces. The puck broke when it hit the back support bar of the goal. Officials determined the break occurred after the puck was entirely in the net, significant because USA Hockey rule 614(a) states the puck must be “…entirely across the goal line” to be a score. Had it hit the outer post or crossbar with only half deflecting in, it would have been ruled no goal, according to USHL Officiating Supervisor Scott Brand.