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I have been an M.E. sufferer for a long time now, but sports replay gaming is an easy hobby for me to enjoy. Originally from Canvey Island, Essex, I was introduced to replay gaming a few years ago, leading to my first purchase: Cricket World. Most sports I share will be common, but there are some more obscure replays thrown in. Thank you for visiting and I hope you enjoy your stay. Feel free to say hello! - Chris

Tuesday, 9 July 2013

Player of the Game Hockey - 1967/68 Stanley Cup Finals Game #7

Saturday 18th May 1968
Stanley Cup Finals
Philadelphia Flyers @ Montreal Canadiens

It took until game seven - a third for Montreal this postseason and a first for Philadelphia - for the Canadiens to finally get under the skin of the Flyers and go to town on the powerplay. Three goals on the man advantage through two periods saw Montreal take a commanding 3-0 lead as Beliveau (13) scored for the third game running. Lamaire (2) and Ferguson (5), who had not scored since games two and three respectively of the Toronto series, made it a happy time in Montreal with Beliveau and Rousseau coming away with two points each in the game.

It was 4-0 in the third peiord when Grant (2) scored, adding to his empty netter that sealed the series win against the Leafs, as he marched up the ice after Worsley stoned the Flyers on a rebound chance at the end of their powerplay. After control of the match was firmly dictated by the Habs the final frame was a wild encounter with chances galore for both teams, but only a goal was scored on either netminder with JC Watson (4) grabbing his only goal since way back in the Kings series.

Philadelphia had as many chances as the hosts on the powerplay but they faild to score on any them, including a 5-on-3 late in the game. And that lack of discipline means that the Montreal Canadiens are Stanley Cup Champions.



1st 2nd 3rd OT F
PHI @ 0 0 1
1
MON
1 2 1
4

PHI Parent (8-8 .904 2.88) 32/36, Powerplay 0/9
MON Worsley (11-8 .902 2.79) 24/25, Powerplay 3/9

Goalscorers:
First Period
MON PPG Beliveau (13) Rousseau 15:34
Second Period
MON PPG Lamaire (2) unassisted 8:48
MON PPG Ferguson (5) Beliveau, Rousseau 16:37
Third Period
MON Grant (2) unassisted 8:32
PHI JC Watson (4) Hoesktra, Miszuk 13:27

The Montreal Canadiens win the Stanley Cup; taking the best-of-seven series 4-3

Sunday, 7 July 2013

Player of the Game Hockey - 1967/68 Stanley Cup Finals Game #6

Wednesday 15th May 1968
Stanley Cup Finals Game #6
Montreal Canadiens @ Philadelphia Flyers

It took them three chances to see out the series against the Penguins and, in another game six scenario, Philadelphia and their hometown fans felt good after the first period as the Flyers held a 2-1 lead thanks to goals from LaForge (5) for his first in eight games and Miszuk (4) for his second point of the night. Montreal got on the board in between when Beliveau (12) scored his second in as many games, but it was a period that belonged to the Flyers as they out-shot their opponents 14-5.

A more defensive and even second period saw Van Impe fight Montreal's Laperriere again, but there would no more goals scored until 5:14 of the final period when the Canadiens leveled the game through Provost (2) on the powerplay. His first goal since game three of the Leafs series.

In a complete turnaround Montreal enjoyed the lion's share of opportunities in the third frame and they took the lead when Cournoyer (8) scored a few minutes later then game seven was guaranteed when Duff (7) tapped the puck into an empty net as Philadelphia desperately threw everything forward. After blowing a 3-0 series lead twice in the postseason Montreal claim their first game six victory.



1st 2nd 3rd OT F
MON @ 1 0 3
4
PHI
2 0 0
2

MON Worsley (10-8 .900 2.89) 24/26, Powerplay
PHI Parent (8-7 .905 2.80) 24/27, Powerplay

Goalscorers:
First Period
PHI LaForge (5) JC Watson, Miszuk 7:56
MON Beliveau (12) Savard, Rousseau 15:36
PHI Miszuk (4) Sutherland 18:55
Second Period
FIGHT MON Laperriere vs PHI Van Impe 18:22
Third Period
MON PPG Provost (2) G Tremblay, Backstrom 5:14
MON Cournoyer (8) Laperriere, JC Tremblay 8:11
MON ENG Duff (7) Lamaire, T Harris 19:00

The best-of-seven series is tied 3-3

Saturday, 6 July 2013

Controlled Chaos - Final Standings

Holding on at the top for back-to-back weeks and winning the Controlled Chaos title by four points Will Thompson writes his name into history. Darryl Lozier can feel that luck was against him down the stretch after he sat atop the standings for twenty consecutive weeks after Thompson led the way  for five straight.

Scott Hutchins never reached the summit but he was always in the hunt, but falling in the last hurdle, and Chris Henton's fifth place finish in Santa Claus, Indiana, propels him into fourth ahead of Joe Ramage who can proudly state that he was the best driver around for four weeks early in the season.

The only other driver to lead the pack was Ben Hadsell who won the inaugural event in Edmonton and he ends his season propping up the top ten.

 In closing I have finalised the statistics and included an image of the final standings. Included are Final Appearances, Podiums, Top Five Finishes, and Pointless Final Appearances in addition to each drivers record on the year.

Name Pts Derby Wins Heat Wins
Will Thompson 173.5 2 5
Darryl Lozier 169.5 4 4
Scott Hutchens 159 2 4
Chris Henton 149 1 3
Joe Ramage 146 2 2
Tom Gariepy 138.5 3 1
Andy Bing 137 4 3
Jamie Eilers 133 3 4
Norm Gibson 122.5 2 1
Ben Hadsell 118.5 2 5
Will Murphy 107 0 2
John McCrory 105 1 1
Matt Welliver 99.5 1 4
Darrell Andresen 97 1 7
Steven Redden 91.5 0 1
Lynne Higgins 89.5 1 4
Sam Harbin 81 0 2
Leo May 70 0 3
Danny Krol 62 1 4
Jess Yates 50 0 3
Ricky Grimes 49 1 2
John Ruiz 48 1 3
Rob Remaley 45.5 0 2
Randy Corson 35 0 2
Jason Ingle 34.5 0 3
Ed Smith 34 0 2
Charlie Clayton 32 0 2
Reggie Banks 27 1 1
Bobby Gallagher 27 0 2
Philip Ruffin 27 0 2
Dick Garrett 27 0 1
Don Davis 25 0 2
Bob Alexander 22 0 2
Randy Tondreau 22 0 1
Bambi Rogers 18 0 1
Timmy Barnes 15 0 1
Bill Malbrough 6 0 1
Billy Edgington 6 0 1
Kenny Rose 2 0 1
Tommy Miller 0 0 0


Friday, 5 July 2013

Player of the Game Hockey - 1967/68 Stanley Cup FInals Game #5

Monday 13th May 1968
Stanley Cup Finals Game #5
Philadelphia Flyers @ Montreal Canadiens

As in the previous game neither side has won a game five during the playoffs, and not for the first time in the series the Montreal Canadiens have the upper hand in the first period and this time they manage to take full advantage with a 3-1 lead after twenty minutes. Cournoyer (7) scored his first of the SCF before Rochefort (11) scored his fourth of the series 2:25 later. The Habs' lead was restored when Beliveau (11) scored his first goal since game two, and then Rousseau (6) finished Beliveau's dandy move on the powerplay.

Rousseau (7) did it again on the man advantage early in the second period for 4-1 and the Canadiens were on their way to their first game five victory this season. The Flyers were offensively limited for the second game running, but this time Worsley was big in goal for Montreal, condemning Philadelphia to a third game five defeat in the playoffs.



1st 2nd 3rd OT F
PHI @ 1 0 0
1
MON
3 1 0
4

PHI Parent (8-6 .906 2.79) 25/29, Powerplay 0/0
MON Worsley (9-8 .898 2.94) 19/20, Powerplay 2/5

Goalscorers:
First Period
MON Cournoyer (4) Duff 3:44
PHI Rochefort (11) unassisted 7:19
MON Believau (11) Ferguson, Rousseau 13:56
MON PPG Rousseau (6) Beliveau, Ferguson 18:08
Second Period
No Scoring
Third Period
MON PPG Rousseau (7) Ferguson 6:14
FIGHT PHI Van Impe vs MON Laperriere 7:30

Philadelphia Flyers leads the best-of-seven series 3-2

Controlled Chaos - World Championships, Part Four

World Championships - Sana Claus, IN
Part Four
Andy Bing, Jamie Eilers, Tom Gariepy, Norm Gibson, Ben Hadsell, Lynne Higgins, Scott Hutchins, Danny Krol, Darryl Lozier, John McCrory, Leo May, Will Murphy, Joe Ramage, Will Thompson, Jess Yates

Chris Henton, Matt Welliver, Steven Redden, Sam Harbin, Darrell Andresen

With the title wrapped up and Will Thompson kicking off his celebrations, the final five still had work to do but none of them could touch the champion as a win for Chris Henton would result in his finishing half a point behind.

Even that was out of reach for Henton though as, after missing just two finals in the last thirteen, he was viciously blindsided by Matt Welliver, just the sixth hit against Henton in his sixteenth final, to end his day in fifth place. Only Redden struck him twice whilst Higgins was one of his six victims, hitting her twice. His final act before elimination was to free Redden and Harbin who had become entangled just prior to his attack.


Matt Welliver, the thirteen time finalist, misses out on becoming the twelfth member of the One-Hundred Points Club as his dismissal at the hands of Andresen resulted in him finishing in fourth spot for his sixth top five finish on the year; a fifth in ten weeks. Lozier, Bing, Andresen, Thompson, May, Krol and Ramage all took a hit from Welliver who took six in return. It was a blindside from Hutchins, the second of the contest after Gariepy's surprise assault, that led to a disastrous stall which Andresen was all too happy to take advantage of.


A third podium for Sam Harbin in his eleventh final, and a fourth top five placing in his last five appearances, ends his season on a high note despite a multitude of short stalls and the situation late on where he was locked up with Redden. His fortune also came down to a blindside hit with Andresen laying a devastating shot to almost roll over his victim. This was the fourth time he had attacked Harbin, with Redden helping at the end with a double-tap, to make it eleven hits against with six for in a finale that was interrupted every other minute by an engine cutout of narrow miss.

That left the season ending event down to two men who have no wins between them but twenty-five appearances between them.

Steven Redden didn't make the cut by much and this was just his second final in fifteen weeks, while Andresen made it three appearances in ten. It was a debut podium for Andresen and a third for his remaining foe, and until the very last hit neither man had made contact on the other.

Redden started his eleventh final by mowing through Gibson (2), Yates, Henton, Gariepy and Thompson while on the other Andresen was putting his efforts into Harbin, May and Gibson, all after a blindsider from Gariepy. Redden meshed with the car of Harbin before helping to finish the job after they were swiftly freed, and Andresen, competing in his fourteenth final, briefly stalled before laying hits on eight victims, including Steven Redden, and claiming his debut event victory.

5th Chris Henton: /-/-/-/-/-/-1-17-11-/-/-/-/-10-5-/-/-/-/2-4-4-9-6-4-2-2-/-/-12-2-5
4th Matt Welliver: 11-11-11-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-6-/-/-12-/-T7-/-1-/-/-/-/-4-7-2-/-/-3-4-/-/-4
3rd Sam Harbin: /-2-/-/-11-/-6-12-/-/-12-/-/-/-/-/-/-6-/-/-/-/-5-2-/-/-/-/-/-11-4-3
2nd Steven Redden: 6-/-/-T2-/-6-/-14-/-8-/-/-3-6-8-/-6-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-7-/-/-/-2
1st Darrell Andresen: 8-10-/-9-/-/-/-11-/-/-/-8-4-/-/-/-/-11-5-5-8-8-/-/-/-/-10-/-9-/-/-1

Thursday, 4 July 2013

Controlled Chaos - World Championships, Part Three

World Championships - Santa Claus, IN
Part Three
Andy Bing, Jamie Eilers, Tom Gariepy, Norm Gibson, Lynne Higgins, Scott Hutchins, Danny Krol, Leo May, Will Murphy, Jess Yates

Will Thompson, Darryl Lozier, Joe Ramage, Chris Henton, Ben Hadsell, John McCrory, Matt Welliver, Steven Redden, Darrell Andresen,


 The twenty-large pack is down to ten with championship lead Will Thompson still there along with Darryl Lozier (-6pts) and Chris Henton (-38.5pts). Two of these men were delighted to see the disqualification flag come down on Will Thompson as the derby driver with more finals than anyone else (24) struck the driver's door of his longtime rival Darryl Lozier. With hits on Gibson (2), Yates, McCrory, Harbin, Andresen and Hutchins, that contact with Lozier was just their second coming together an nets Thompson two points to extend his lead in the standings marginally. /6

This means a finish of seventh or better would see Lozier win via the tiebreak of most derby wins or outright on points. The twenty-two time finalist who has missed three straight appearances and taken just one good result (4th Hickory Derby) in the past nine events started out on a bad note by stalling and only just re-firing again. Gibson was his first target before he went at Thompson. Gariepy, Andresen and Ramage were next on his hit list but a blindsider from Andresen added to the other nine hits he rode and the title was all but decided on the Thompson hit as the disqualified attacker takes the championship, leading to much anger from the Lozier camp. 

There was still a mathematical chance that Joe Ramage could claim victory on the year but nothing short of a win would get it done. After striking Hadsell and smartly avoiding an attack on his blindside Ramage narrowly avoided receiving his own DQ orders on a rough hit to Eilers. He returned to Eilers, with a clean hit this time, before moving through the pack once more to lay on a total of seven hits. The end came as part of the recent chain as Lozier's final act of hitting Ramage was the deciding shot for the fifteen-time finalist in his fourth straight appearance.

In his fourteenth final, fourth in eleven weeks, Ben Hadsell takes his third top seven finish in the past five events after delivering seven hits, three of those landing on McCrory and another two on Murphy. Taking only four hits Hadsell was a tough man to pin down and it was his own challenges that ultimately put him down in seventh.

But not before ensuring the demise of John McCrory as Hadsell's late double-tap left him stranded for Harbin and Andresen to finish off with the eighth and ninth hits again McCrory. A late miss was also part of the reason the fourteen-time finalist went down, but takes a top six finish for the fifth time in his last five appearances.

Form Guide
10th Will Thompson: 4-1-4-/-5-/-7-10-9-/-5-10-9-2-6-T7-/-7-4-/-2-/-/-T11-10-7-8-/-1-7-5-10
9th Darryl Lozier: /-3-1-6-4-/-4-15-6-1-1-T5-8-/-7-4-/-10-7-/-9-1-/-/-11-10-4-12-/-/-/-9
8th Joe Ramage: /-/-/-1-7-2-2-2-/-/-/-11-/-/-/-/-/-2-/-/-1-/-11-/-14-/-12-/-12-5-3-8
7th Ben Hadsell: 1-/-3-/-/-/-/-6-/-/-10-9-/-9-T2-2-/-/-10-/-5-/-/-/-13-/-/-1-6-/-/-7
6th John McCrory: /-/-9-11-/-/-/-/-3-/-/-/-5-/-/-6-/-T4-8-12-7-/-2-/-/-/-6-/-2-T1-/-6

Wednesday, 3 July 2013

Player of the Game Hockey - 1967/68 Stanley Cup Finals Game #4

Saturday 11th May 1968
Stanley Cup Finals Game #4
Montreal Canadiens @ Philadelphia Flyers


With neither team winning a game four in the playoffs something had to give. Worsley returned in goal for Montreal and his team should have had a first period lead when Backstrom was hauled down shorthanded leaving the referee no choice but to give him a penalty shot. Parent, starting his sixth straight game, was able to deny that opportunity and the other eleven shots Montreal put on him through the opening twenty minutes.

At the other end, Worsley faced just nineteen shots throughout the game (3-9-7) as the teams only generated a combined five scoring chances with the Flyers edging the stat 3-2. After H Richard (3) scored his third goal in two games it was Philadelphia who started to look the more dangerous, out-shooting the Habs nine to eight in the middle period, earning their game-tying goal when Zeidel (1) finished off a slick passing move.

The momentum remained with the hosts in the third frame and, after a very disciplined match, scored the game-winning goal ten minutes from time when Hoekstra (6) grabbed his second of the Finals on Sutherland's second helper of the game.



1st 2nd 3rd OT F
MON @ 0 1 0
1
PHI
0 1 1
2

MON Worsley (8-8 .896 3.06) 17/19, Powerplay 0/0
PHI Parent (8-5 .910 2.69) 23/24, Powerplay 0/3

Goalscorers:
First Period
MON Missed Penalty Shot Backstrom 15:34
Second Period
MON H Richard (3) Savard, Grant 6:06
PHI Zeidel (1) Sutherland, Van Impe 12:37
Third Period
PHI Hoekstra (6) JC Watson, Sutherland 10:03

Philadelphia Flyers leads the best-of-seven series 3-1

Controlled Chaos - World Championships, Part Two

World Championships - Santa Claus, IN
Part Two
Andy Bing, Jamie Eilers, Norm Gibson, Leo May, Jess Yates

Will Thompson, Darryl Lozier, Scott Hutchins, Joe Ramage, Tom Gariepy, Chris Henton, Ben Hadsell, Will Murphy, John McCrory, Lynne Higgins, Matt Welliver, Danny Krol, Steven Redden, Darrell Andresen

Out of all the entrants in this season finale Tom Gariepy was one of the busiest drivers present as, in his eleventh final, he laid on ten hits, including five to the blindside, and took six in return, unsurprisingly taking a lowly fifteenth place after all of those collisions to destroy his hopes claiming the title, and Will Murphy, who after making eight of the first twelve finals this year featured in just his fifth out of the last twenty, laid three of his seven hits on Ramage but finishes well before his favourite target when Ben Hadsell returned for seconds to finish the job.

A stall took out Danny Krol as he only delivered a pair of hits in his tenth final and first in five weeks. Chris Henton was quick to catch him off guard, burying him in the barriers at the very start of the contest, and upon freeing himself struck Lozier and Ramage with the latter attack the cause of his crippling stall.

Then one of the top contenders for the crown went down in twelfth place as Scott Hutchins rues missing the final for the past fortnight as, in his seventeenth appearance, comes away without points despite delivering nine good hits. Indiscriminately making his way through the pack Hutchins only hit Yates more than once and took just five hits in return but it was revenge hit by Thompson and a second shot from Higgins that crushed him out of the running.

In her fifteenth final, with nine of them coming in the final thirteen weeks, Lynne Higgins just misses out on a point as she marks the halfway point of the derby ten minutes into the battle. Hutchins and Welliver were repeat victims as she rode through eight cars. Four of the seven hits she took howevere proved to be difference makers as both Henton and McCrory hounded her into submission.

Form Guide
15th: Tom Gariepy: /-/-/-T2-/-1-/-5-/-5-/-/-11-/-/-/-/-/-/-1-/-2-/-1-8-/-/-4-/-/-/-15
14th: Will Murphy: /-4-2-4-/-/-3-3-/-6-3-4-/-/-/-/-/-/-6-/-/-5-/-5-/-/-/-/-/-/-6-14
13th: Danny Krol: /-/-/-8-/-/-/-/-4-/-/-/-3-/-10-/-/-/-/-/-10-12-/-/-4-1-/-/-/-/-13
12th: Scott Hutchins: 3-/-/-/-/-5-/-20-1-9-2-2-6-8-/-/-3-/-/-3-/-/-/-/-5-1-3-8-8-/-/-12
11th: Lynne Higgins: /-5-10-5-/-/-5-8-/-/-/-/-/-5-/-/-/-/-/-4-10-/-8-9-/-3-9-9-/-T1-/-11

Tuesday, 2 July 2013

Controlled Chaos - World Championships, Part One

World Championships - Santa Claus, IN
Part One
Will Thompson, Darryl Lozier, Scott Hutchins, Joe Ramage, Tom Gariepy, Andy Bing, Jamie Eilers, Chris Henton, Norm Gibson, Ben Hadsell, Will Murphy, John McCrory, Lynne Higgins, Matt Welliver, Leo May, Danny Krol, Steven Redden, Sam Harbin, Darrell Andresen, Jess Yates

It took five minutes for two of the outside contenders to end their seasons with a sour taste in the mouth as, in just his fifth final out of twelve, Andy Bing struck both Thompson and Hadsell before the race officials halted proceedings to check his vehicle, disqualifying him for a loose tank, and then Jamie Eilers, in his third straight final after missing four, also received a DQ as his hit on Gariepy, his fourth on as many targets, was deemed unfair.

Starting out with a long stall, striking Hutchins and then missing his next target, it was an early exit for Jess Yates in only his seventh final all year when Thompson charged into him on the blindside to end his brutal day where he rode ten shots, and Leo May was not far behind as the ten-time finalist, after taking a blindsider from Krol, looked quite comfortable striking four opponents, but the damage he took in exchange off of eight hits was enough to see him fall in seventeenth.

In his fifteenth final Norm Gibson was looking in fine form as he ran through the pack with five hits, but he was unable to counter the small fleet of cars who were hunting him down as Thompson, Andresen and Redden all struck him twice.

Form Guide
20th: Andy Bing: /-12-12-7-/-8-/-1-2-/-/-/-1-11-4-/-/-12-2-1-/-/-1-/-1-/-/-11-/-10-/-20
19th: Jamie Eilers: 2-/-/-/-2-/-/-7-/-/-9-/-/-1-1-/-4-/-/-8-6-/-/-10-7-/-/-/-/-4-1-19
18th: Jess Yates: /-8-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-7-/-/-/-4-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-3-/-/-/-5-/-/-3-/-/-18
17th: Leo May: /-/-7-/-10-4-/-4-7-/-/-2-/-/-/-5-8-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-12-17
16th: Norm Gibson: /-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-7-1-10-/-T2-1-2-3-/-7-3-/-3-T11-3-/-/-/-10-8-/-16

Monday, 1 July 2013

Player of the Game Hockey - 1967/68 Stanley Cup Finals Game #3

Thursday 9th May 1968
Stanley Cup Finals Game #3
Montreal Canadiens @ Philadelphia Flyers

So far in the postseason Montreal is 2-for-2 in game three's while the Flyers are 1-and-1 and for this game netminder Vachon was handed his second start of the postseason to try and jump start the Canadiens in the series.

With three goals in the game Philadelphia's Rochefort (10) takes over the scoring lead with seventeen points. His first two tallies came in the opening period with 1:08 and 1:08 left; Lacroix picking up his first playoff point by assisting on the second. Montreal scored through Lapierriere (2) on the powerplay midway through the frame and tied it up early in the second as H Richard (1) scored the first of his three points on the night.

Duff (6) scored his fifth powerplay goal of these playoffs to make it 3-3 with JC Tremblay earning his third assist of the game after the Flyers restored their lead on Miszuk's (3) first of the series, and the teams remained locked together after regulation as H Richard (2) and Rochefort exchanged goals in the third period to take them into overtime in back-to-back games.

While the regulation periods saw both teams playing an even game, albeit with Philadelphia taking a 34-26 advantage in shots into OT, the Canadiens had almost total control of the extra frame and on their tenth shot in less than five minutes Montreal took their fourth overtime victory in six attempts, with Philadelphia holding a 2-2 record in OT, to halve the Flyers series lead to 2-1. H Richard was again instrumental as it was his pass that Redmond (3) turned home for the game-winner. 



1st 2nd 3rd OT F
MON @ 1 2 1 1 5
PHI
2 1 1 0 4

MON Vachon (1-1 .884 4.00) 33/37, Powerplay 2/4
PHI Parent (7-5 .906 2.83) 31/36, Powerplay 0/0

Goalscorers:
First Period
PHI Rochefort (8) Van Impe 1:08
MON PPG Laperriere (2) backstrom, JC Tremblay 10:49
PHI Rocheforst (9) J Johnson, Lacroix 18:52
Second Period
MON H Richard (1) JC Tremblay 4:50
PHI Miszuk (3) Angotti, Selby 5:25
MON PPG Duff (6) JC Tremblay 10:26
Third Period
MON H Richard (2) Grant 3:57
PHI Rochefort (10) Sutherland, Hoekstra 14:16
Overtime
MON Redmond (3) H Richard, Grant

Philadelphia Flyers leads the best-of-seven game series 2-1

Controlled Chaos - World Championships Preview

The top twenty drivers of the year make their way to Santa Claus, Indiana for the for the season finale to determine the debut winner of Controlled Chaos. Ricky Grimes (Louisana Invitational), John Ruiz (Ides of March) and Reggie Banks (Firecracker Open) are the only event winners to miss out as Jess Yates stands in twentieth position, just one and two points ahead of Grimes and Ruiz respectively.

Out of the twenty entrants eight of them can claim the title thanks to the double points available in this mass scramble where all of the drivers compete in one huge rumble. Twelve-and-a-half points divides the top three of Thompson, Lozier and Hutchins with the outside contenders of Ramage, Gariepy, Bing, Eilers and Henton all separated by seven points.

Will Thompson 171.5pts
Darryl Lozier -6pts
Scott Hutchins -12.5pts
Joe Ramage -31.5pts
Tom Gariepy -33pts
Andy Bing -34pts
Jamie Eilers -38.5pts
Chris Henton -38.5pts

Sunday, 30 June 2013

Controlled Chaos - Thanksgiving Derby Standings

Leading since the Big Apple Smash Up, twenty weeks ago, Darryl Lozier is finally demoted from the top spot as Will Thompson reclaims first place, qualifying for three straight finals; all of which were missed by Lozier, leaving him five points adrift.

Back-to-back absences for Scott Hutchins sees him 12.5pts behind the new leader with Joe Ramage another nineteen back after taking a podium last week, and Tom Gariepy hanging in among the top five despite one final in six events.

Thanksgiving Derby winner Jamie Eilers and runner-up Chris Henton give themselves outside chances to swoop in for the title with the final even yielding double points, but fourteen-time finalist Norm Gibson and thirteen-time finalist Ben Hadsell are out of contention with two finals in the past six events and five in fifteen respectively.

Name Pts Derby Wins Heat Wins
Will Thompson 171.5 2 5
Darryl Lozier 165.5 4 4
Scott Hutchens 159 2 4
Joe Ramage 140 2 2
Tom Gariepy 138.5 3 1
Andy Bing 137 4 3
Jamie Eilers 133 3 4
Chris Henton 133 1 3
Norm Gibson 122.5 2 1
Ben Hadsell 110.5 2 5
Will Murphy 107
2
John McCrory 95 1 1
Lynne Higgins 89.5 1 4
Matt Welliver 81.5 1 4
Leo May 70
3
Danny Krol 62 1 4
Steven Redden 61.5
1
Sam Harbin 61
2
Darrell Andresen 57
7
Jess Yates 50
3
Ricky Grimes 49 1 2
John Ruiz 48 1 3
Rob Remaley 45.5
2
Randy Corson 35
2
Jason Ingle 34.5
3
Ed Smith 34
2
Charlie Clayton 32
2
Reggie Banks 27 1 1
Bobby Gallagher 27
2
Philip Ruffin 27
2
Dick Garrett 27
1
Don Davis 25
2
Bob Alexander 22
2
Randy Tondreau 22
1
Bambi Rogers 18
1
Timmy Barnes 15
1
Bill Malbrough 6
1
Billy Edgington 6
1
Kenny Rose 2
1
Tommy Miller 0

Saturday, 29 June 2013

Player of the Game Hockey - 1967/68 Stanley Cup Finals Game #2

Tuesday 7th May 1968
Stanley Cup Finals Game #2
Philadelphia Flyers @ Montreal Canadiens

A shocking turnaround in the third period saw Montreal blow a three goal lead as they get burned twice while on the powerplay that had another poor outing, only managing 1-for-10 on the night. Philadelphia are 2-1 in Game #2's this season and jumped out to a 2-0 lead in back-to-back games in the Finals when Sutherland (10) and Angotti (4) tallied up early on twenty-six seconds apart.

Montreal held a thirty-two to fourteen shot advantage after two periods and they made it count by scoring five unanswered goals to take a 5-2 lead into the final frame. G Tremblay (7,8) scored to tie the game with Provost and Backstrom assisting on both, then Duff (5) gave them the lead with their only powerplay goal of the game, his fourth of the playoffs.

Rousseau (5) and Beliveau (10) had the home fans in ecstasy but a late period incident that saw Habs' netminder Worsley skate away gingerly, that was largely ignored by the crowd, would change everything.

Gauthier (2), assisted by Selby who already has four points in the finals, scored at 8:$2 of the third period on the powerplay before ill-discipline reared it's head once more and Philadelphia used the penalty box like a revolving door. With Montreal struggling to make their numerical advantage count, despite several great goalscoring chances that were denied by Parent, the Flyers were desperate enough to pile on the pressure and scored a pair of shorthanded goals - Hoekstra (5) with Montreal on a two-man advantage, and the red hot Selby (5) nailing his second shortie this postseason - to tie the game with 1:17 to play in regulation

Overtime, like the third period, was a back and forth affair that came to and end halfway through when Rochefort (7) earned his third point of the finals and first goal after Sutherland found him open for the only real scoring chance of OT to give the Flyers a 2-0 series lead on the back of their second overtime win out of three. Montreal are 2-1 in game twos, 3-2 in OT.



1st 2nd 3rd OT F
PHI @ 2 0 3 1 6
MON
3 2 0 0 5

PHI Parent (7-4 .911 2.64) 43/48, Powerplay 1/3
MON Worsley (8-7 .896 3.13) 28/34, Powerplay 1/10

Goalscorers:
First Period
PHI Sutherland (10) Hoekstra 2:47
PHI Angotti (4) Selby 3:13
MON G Tremblay (7) Provost, Backstrom 7:05
MON G Tremblay (8) Provost, Backstrom 8:44
MON PPG Duff (5) Cournoyer 10:29
Second Period
MON Rousseau (5) Savard, Beliveau 2:21
MON Beliveau (10) unassisted 10:33
Third Period
PHI PPG Gauthier (2) Selby 8:42
PHI SHG Hoekstra (5) Rochefort 16:17
PHI SHG Selby (6) Dornhoefer 18:43
Overtime
PHI Rochefort (7) Sutherland 9:58

Philadelphia Flayers leads the best-of-seven series 2-0

Controlled Chaos - Thanksgiving Derby Final

Thanksgiving Derby - Pasadena, CA
Final
Billy Edgington, Timmy Barnes, Reggie Banks, Jamie Eilers, Leo May, Jason Ingle, Sam Harbin, Joe Ramage, Chris Henton, Bambi Rogers, Will Murphy, Will Thompson

Leo May (4th Wisconsin Invitational, 4th Idaho Invitational, 2nd Indy Nationals) left California with nothing to show for his first final in thirteen weeks as a hit on Edgingtonwas only followed up by a bad and damaging miss, leading to Jason Ingle's blindside attack, then Ingle (Tied-5th Lobster Nationals, 7th Louisiana Invitational, 3rd Mile High Open) failed to register a point for the fifth time in his twelve finals as he stalled out.

It's tenth place for Timmy Barnes (12th Spring Fling Derby, 4th Big Apple Smash Up, 8th Bluegrass Derby) as, after striking Thompson, Edgington and Harbin, had the pack descend upon him with great fury, and Billy Edgington (9th Firecracker Open) laid two of his five hits on Thompson before the six hits against him, led by Banks' pair, took their toll.

Reggie Banks (1st Firecracker, 10th Ohio Derby, 10 Fall Nationals) collects points for a fourth time in his sixth final after rallying from a very early Harbin blindsider, going on to tackle Edgington twice with a hit on both Eilers and Barnes as well.

It's seventh for Bambi Rogers (6th Arkansas Derby, 11th Bluegrass, 5th Halloween Open) as she changed up the tactics she employed in heat three, this time taking on all comers before Joe Ramage put her down, and Will Murphy (2nd Tampa Open, 3rd Spring Fling, 3rd Idaho, 3rd Big Apple) keeps up his very impressive record of finishing no worse than sixth in any of his twelve finals as he delivered huge hits to Banks and May but these, along with the shots to Ramage (2) and Thompson, took it out of his vehicle as well.

For the longest time Darryl Lozier has led the championship but now, heading into the final round of the year, Will Thompson (1st Arizona Derby, 2nd Summer Sizzler, 2nd Bryan Family Open, 1st Halloween) is atop the standings after taking his tenth top five finish in his twenty-third final; only failing to pick up points once (Tied-11th Mile High) in any of them. Two hits on Ingle and Barnes made up the majority of his six shots (Edgington, Henton) while seven came against him with most of these coming later in his final.

Sam Harbin (2nd Arizona, 5th Ohio, 2nd Mile High) had two awful misses early on but he rallied, going on to strike his first victim Joe Ramage two more times, but Ramage got the last word in and that was the difference between finishing on the podium or not.

Joe Ramage (1st Valentine's Day Massacre, 1st Bryan Family) then moves up two spots in the standings to stay very much in the title hunt but was almost pointless this week after barely re-firing his engine off the start before the race officials counted him out. Only five hits dished out by the four-time runner-up, taking seven back from the pack, but he picked his spots smartly to earn top spot in the standings with one big event to go.

Jamie Eilers (2nd Frostbite, 2nd Ides of March, 1st Summer Sizzler, 1st Summer National) and Chris Henton (1st Spring Fling, 2nd Arknsas, 2nd Bluegrass, 2nd Hickory Derby) combine for twenty-eight finals and ten podiums this season, and thirteen hits today.

With Eilers carving through the pack and Henton doing likewise there was no interaction between the final pairing until the closing stages where Eilers struck his opponent who turned around and laid three hits in revenge. Yet despite this onslaught, a blindside hit from Ramage, and a miss, Jamie Eilers takes his third event win of the season. Both men are tied on points in the standings and have an outside chance of glory next week.

Race Result
1. Jamie Eilers
2. Chris Henton
3. Joe Ramage
4. Sam Harbin
5. Will Thompson
6. Will Murphy
7. Bambi Rogers
8. Reggie Banks
9. Billy Edgington
10. Timmy Barnes
11. Jason Ingle
12. Leo May

Friday, 28 June 2013

Controlled Chaos - Thanksgiving Derby, Consolation Heat

Thanksgiving Derby - Pasadena, CA
Consolation Heat
Steven Redden, Jess Yates, Timmy Barnes, John McCrory, Tom Gariepy, Randy Corson, Will Murphy, Bob Alexander, Randy Tondreau, Norm Gibson, Andy Bing, Leo May

It took three minutes for the field to lose it's first two entrants as eight-time finalist Randy Corson (5th Frostbite, 5th Tampa Open) was offline on an attack run, sending him into the wall, and six-time finalist Jess Yates (4th Summer Sizzler, 3rd Alamo Derby, 3rd Halloween Open) was hunted down by John McCrory.

Another costly saw Tom Gariepy (1st Wisconsin Invitational, Arkansas Derby, Mile High Open) fall by the wayside, crippling his title aspirations with just one final appearance out of the last six (4th Fall Nationals), and Bob Alexander delivered five hits to four cars (McCrory 2) with the final shot earning him a disqualification to demolish his own chances of qualification as he was struck just two times in return.

Another title seeker Andy Bing (1st Idaho Invitational, Indy Nationals, Ohio Derby, Golden Gate Invitational) has just one point in his last six outings, dismissal coming in Pasadena when Norm Gibson and he battled, causing each other to stall before Gibson (1st Lobster Nationals, Tied-2nd Summer National Derby, 1st Texas Nationals, 2nd Louisiana Invitational) re-fired first and finished the conflict before he too was taking out as he blindsided Tondreau only to run straight into May.

Steven Redden (Tied-2nd Valentine's Day Massacre, 3rd Indy) now has just one final in the last fourteen weeks as Leo May's hat-trick did for him, while Randy Tondreau (6th Tampa, 3rd Firecracker Open, 7th Alamo) has nine straight failed qualifications in a row.

The final entrant to miss out is last week's co-winner John McCrory (2nd Ohio, 2nd Halloween, Tied-1st Indiana Open) was looking good in the consolation heat with seven hits, with a pair landing on May and Murphy, but Timmy Barnes cemented his place in his fourth final of the year by returning to strike McCrory and complete the h at-trick on him.

Barnes, who had just one appearance in the previous nineteen events, gets to another final the hard earned way with the remainder of his six hits striking Murphy, Tondreau and May, re-firing from an early stall and saving a situation where he almost shot himself into the wall at the very end.

Will Murphy enters his twelfth final but this will be his first appearance in seven weeks and fourth in nineteen. An almost faultless heat had two minor mistakes where he missed his intended target but no injury came to his vehicle in either incident. Redden, Gariepy and Barnes were all early victims of Murphy before he turned it all onto Randy Tondreau, nailing him thrice.

Finally, Leo May qualifies for his first final in thirteen tries, making it nine appearances this year, with Steven Redden taking the brunt of three of his attacks; Bing, Gariepy, Gibson and Murphy one each.

Race Result
Q. Timmy Barnes
Q. Will Murphy
Q. Leo May
4. John McCrory
5. Randy Tondreau
6. Steven Redden
7. Norm Gibson
8. Andy Bing
9. Bob Alexander
10. Tom Gariepy
11. Jess Yates
12. Randy Corson

Thursday, 27 June 2013

Player of the Game Hockey - 1967/68 Stanley Cup Finals Game #1

Sunday 5th May 1968
Stanley Cup Finals Game #1
Philadelphia Flyers @ Montreal Canadiens

A very slow start for the Canadiens saw them out-shot ten to three after twenty minutes, nineteen to ten after forty, but worse still they fell behind at 8:11 when Sutherland (9) tied Beliveau for the scoring lead in the playoffs. The lead was doubled 1:29 later when Selby (5) beat Worsley in the Montreal net.

It was a surprising 3-0 lead when Dornhoefer (6) and Selby grabbed their second points of the night less than two minutes into the middle frame, but the Habs got a breakthrough at 5:55 of the same period through the powerplay when Redmond (2) scored unassisted.

Montreal turned it on for the third period with twelve shots against five from the Flyers but Parent was strong in goal and turned aside all challenges. This change in momentum came about when Philadelphia lost their discipline but Montreal only went 1-for-6 on the man advantage, dropping the opening game of a series this year while the Flyers are perfect in game ones.



1st 2nd 3rd OT F
PHI @ 2 1 0
3
MON
0 1 0
1

PHI Parent (6-4 .914 2.40) 21/22, Powerplay 0/0
MON Worsley (8-6 .902 2.93) 21/24, Powerplay 1/6
Goalscorers:
First Period
PHI Sutherland (9) Rochefort 8:12
PHI Selby (5) Dornhoefer 9:41
Second Period
PHI Dornhoefer (6) Angotti, Selby 1:51
MON PPG Redmond (2) unassisted 5:55
Third Period
No Scoring

Philadelphia Flyers leads the best-of-seven series 1-0

Controlled Chaos - Thanksgiving Derby, Heat Three

Thanksgiving Derby - Pasadena, CA
Heat Three
Bob Alexander, Bambi Rogers, Scott Hutchins, John Ruiz, Timmy Barnes, Ricky Grimes, Randy Tondreau, Charlie Clayton, Sam Harbin, Ed Smith, Jess Yates, Billy Edgington

With only Hutchins representing the title contenders in this heat, there was opportunity for positioning as only the top twenty will feature in next week's season finale event. Four minutes in and Ed Smith (4th Mile High Open, 3rd Indiana Open) was forced out by a fire, then Scott Hutchins' (1st Seattle Derby, 2nd Big Apple Smash Up, 2nd Lobster Nationals, 1st Bluegrass Derby) title aspirations took a blow as he stalled out due to the attentions of Bambi Rogers.

Charlie Clayton (5th Texas Nationals, 6th Ohio Derby, 6th Bluegrass) missed two targets while being hounded by Rogers, and John Ruiz (1st Ides of March, 8th Seattle, 2nd Fall Nationals) became yet another victim to the stall before Ricky Grimes (3rd Jersey, 3rd Texas, 1st Louisiana Invitational)was blasted by a seventh hit as Yates and Edgington laid four on him between them.

Jess Yates (8), Timmy Barnes (6), Bob Alexander (6) and Randy Tondreau (6) all fell into the consolation heat after delivering their mass of hits to leave Sam Harbin to move on into his tenth final of the year. Harbin, enjoying back-to-back appearances for the third time this year, was looking dangerous with hits on Grimes, Ruiz, Yates, Edgington, and a trio of shots on Timmy Barnes, but a bit mistake made him not only miss his final target but smashed him into the wall where his heat was over.

Bambi Rogers now has four finals, and Billy Edgington two as the unlikely duo battled for the heat win. Rogers was electric throughout as she stayed with her preferred target until they were summarily dismissed from the field. Hutchins and Clayton were double-tapped before Timmy Barnes and Sam Harbin received the same treatment. Only Bill Edgington survived more than two hits from Rogers as he took a third before completing his own hat-trick to claim victory.

Hitting several drivers once before moving on Edgington earned his first ever heat win by changint tack and adopting the Bambi style of carnage by hitting Grimes and Alexander twice each, then laying all of his focus onto Rogers  for the finale. Even while stuck in the barriers Edgington was able to survive the constant attacks, free himself, and win with a smart hit; his ninth of the day.

Race Result
1. Billy Edgington
2. Bambi Rogers
3. Sam Harbin
4. Randy Tondreau
5. Bob Alexander
6. Timmy Barnes
7. Jess Yates
8. Ricky Grimes
9. John Ruiz
10. Charlie Clayton
11. Scott Hutchins
12. Ed Smith

Wednesday, 26 June 2013

Controlled Chaos - Thanksgiving Derby, Heat Two

Thanksgiving Derby - Pasadena, CA
Heat Two
Bill Malbrough, Lynne Higgins, Norm Gibson, Ben Hadsell, Danny Krol, Randy Corson, Phillip Ruffin, Tom Gariepy, Joe Ramage, Jamie Eilers, Will Thompson, Leo May

Seconds after the starting horn sounded Ben Hadsell (1st Frostbite, Tied-2nd Summer National Derby, 2nd Texas Nationals, 1st Fall Nationals) blindsided Norm Gibson and earned a disqualification for his troubles, leaving him with five finals in fifteen, then three minutes in Bill Malbrough (11th Halloween Open, 6th Indiana Open) took his seventh hit against; all coming from a different opponent.

Two of Malbrough's attackers were out next as Danny Krol (4th Jersey Derby, 3rd Summer Sizzler, 4th Bluegrass Derby, 1st Hickory Derby) and Phillip Ruffin (5th Hickory, 5th Fall) both stalled out, and Lynne Higgins (3rd Bluegrass Derby, Tied-1st Indiana) struck Gibson twice before her own stall left her open to a double-tap from Jamie Eilers causing her to miss just her third final in twelve weeks.

Recovering from his blindside attack that earned Hadsell a DQ result Norm Gibson went on a charge, hitting Malbrough, Ramage and Gariepy before a double-tap on Corson heavily damaged him which allowed his final victim to gain revenge with a finishing blow that rolled him over. He joins Tom Gariepy, Leo May and Randy Corson in the consolation heat after this trio accumulated twenty-four hits with their ends coming seconds apart as they all came together for a final bash.

That leaves Will Thompson to march through into his twenty-second final where he hopes to take full advantage of an absent Darryl Lozier in his quest to take over the championship lead in the penultimate event of the season. Like Leo May before him Thompson suffered a near fatal stall that came either side of hitting May, but a successful re-firing allowed him to reach nine targets hit with May (3) and Eilers (2) his favourites.

Making his way into just his fourteenth final and keeping himself in the title chase is Joe Ramage who, with ten hits to his credit, was keenest to get on top of Eilers with five shots during the sixteen minute battle. Higgins (2), Malbrough, Gibson and Thompson made up the rest of his targets as he was never far from the action and was struck nine times in return.

And taking his fourth heat victory Jamie Eilers, with twelve hits on just five opponents, makes it twelve finals on the year with a fourth back-to-back situation. Higgins (2), Thompson (4), Gariepy (2), Gibson (2) and Ramage (2) all suffered at his hands with only two very short stalls disrupting his impressive rhythm.

Race Result
1. Jamie Eilers
2. Joe Ramage
3. Will Thompson
4. Randy Corson
5. Leo May
6. Tom Gariepy
7. Norm Gibson
8. Lynne Higgins
9. Danny Krol
10. Phillip Ruffin
11. Bill Malbrough
12. Ben Hadsell

Tuesday, 25 June 2013

Player of the Game Hockey - 1967/68 Stanley Cup Finals Preview

Montreal Canadiens (8-6) vs Philadelphia Flyers (8-5)
Nov. 4th 1967, Philadelphia 0-3 Montreal (Duff, Backstrom, T Harris)
Nov. 5th 1967, Montreal 1-3 Philadelphia (Duff;; Selby, Sutherland, Dornhoefer)
Jan. 11th 1968, Montreal 1-0 Philadelphia (Laperriere)
Feb. 7th 1968, Philadelphia 0-3 Montreal (Lamaire, Rousseau, Provost)

The teams are finally set and the very short history between the teams has been examined and then thrown away as the playoffs do not care how things went during the regular season as Montreal's hard road to the finals after running away with the league can show.

The Flyers had one less game in their playoff debut but managed to register more goals than the Canadiens with forty-nine to the Hab's forty-six. Against a rough and tumble team like Philadelphia the Canadiens will be hoping for plenty of opportunities to utilise a powerplay that has gone 9-for-48 (18.75%) in the postseason; the Flyers not too shabby at 5-for-31 (16.10%).

Both teams have a single shorthanded goal in the playoffs as the PK units of both teams shut down a lot of opponent PP chances with Philadelphia's percentage at 82.6% (38/46) and Montreal at 88.00% (44/50)

Both Flyer netminders earned a shutout while Montreal had no clean sheets in the previous rounds, and Philadelphia also bring a superior goals against average (2.38 vs 3.00) and save percentage (.914 vs .901) into the series.

Scoring leaders
Goals:
MON Beliveau (9)
PHI Sutherland (8)
MON Cournoyer (6)
MON G Tremblay (6)
PHI Rochefort (6)

Assists:
MON Lamaire (9)
MON Rousseau (9)
PHI Angotti (7)
PHI JC Watson (6)

Points:
MON Beliveau (15)
MON Rousseau (13)
PHI Sutherland (12)
PHI Rochefort (11)
PHI Angotti (10)
PHI Dornhoefer (10)
MON Ferguson (10)
MON Lamaire (10)

Penalty Minutes:
MON Ferguson (51)
PHI Dornhoefer (24)
PHI Van Impe (19)
MON Harper (18)

Controlled Chaos - Thanksgiving Derby, Heat One

Thanksgiving Derby - Pasadena, CA
Heat One
Matt Welliver, Darryl Lozier, Dick Garrett, Will Murphy, Jason Ingle, Chris Henton, Steven Redden, John McCrory, Andy Bing, Darrell Andresen, Rob Remaley, Reggie Banks

With everyone heavily involved throughout the first heat, no one competitor taking more shots than their opponents, it took over four minutes for the first casualty and that was Matt Welliver (1st Summer National Derby, 2nd  Golden Gate Invitational, 3rd Fall Nationals) who was forced to leave early due to a minor injury he picked up in a collision with Reggie Banks.

Quickly following that Darrell Andresen (4th Indy Nationals, 5th Firecracker Open, 5th Arkansas Derby) was double-teamed by Bing and Remaley, then Darryl Lozier (1st Tampa Open, Jersey Derby, Big Apple Smash Up, Alamo Derby) continues to fade away since his last victory as a stall caused by Chris Henton's hit forces him to miss a third straight final to leave him with ten points picked up in nine weeks.

There was a lull in the eliminations, but certainly not the carnage, after the dismissal of Dick Garrett (6th Ides of March, 7th Wisconsin Invitational, 5th Seattle Derby, 7th Indy) who was double-tapped by Andy Bing to take him out of a final for the eighteenth straight time, and the clock ticked from six minutes to ten before another flurry of exits occurred.

Along with Chris Henton who was the only one of this group to continue there were four back-to-back hits on Rob Remaley (3rd Ides, 4th Seattle, Tied-4th Summer National) that took him out in eighth place, taking his final-less streak to thirteen weeks, but also saw his other three attackers - Steven Redden, John McCrory, Andy Bing - all follow him out immediately after. Redden was forced to re-fire several stalls; McCrory smartly avoided two blindside attempts while striking Bing twice; and then Andy Bing tagged seven cars nine times with Garrett and Remaley suffering through a pair each.

Joining them in the consolation heat and missing an automatic place in the final is Will Murphy (2nd Tampa, 3rd Spring Fling, 3rd Idaho Invitational, 3rd Big Apple) who balanced the seven hits he took with ten he delivered with three striking Banks. A small fire halted proceedings and, after two shots on Jason Ingle, finally succumbed to the damage he had endured.

After surviving that late assault Jason Ingle then makes his way into his twelfth final with his third back-to-back. His nine hits were all well placed with a pair on both Garrett and Remaley, but in the end he was unable to escape the attentions of Chris Henton who qualifies for the fifteenth time, just missing out on a fourth heat victory.

Henton, who makes it ten finals out of twelve, was forced into the wall by Remaley at the very start of the heat, freeing himself with the help of a hit by Andresen and then getting down to work. Landing ten hits on eight opponents, and only taking four in return, Henton was keenest to get at Ingle with a hat-trick of shots on him.

Despite a final miss that left him wide open to attack Reggie Banks is into his sixth final of the year, and second out of the last six weeks, as Henton's final blow did more damage to the attacker than it's victim. Andresen, Bing and Remaley all took shots from Banks after he too started in the scenery off a double-attack by Bing and Garrett. A blindside from Murphy then led into attacks on Redden and Ingle before John McCrory became his main focus prior to the finale where he claimed his debut heat victory.

Race Result
1. Reggie Banks
2. Chris Henton
3. Jason Ingle
4. Will Murphy
5. Andy Bing
6. John McCrory
7. Steven Redden
8. Rob Remaley
9. Dick Garrett
10. Darryl Lozier
11. Darrell Andresen
12. Matt Welliver

Monday, 24 June 2013

Controlled Chaos - Thanksgiving Derby Preview

Darryl Lozier has misses half of the previous eight finals with only a tenth (Bluegrass Derby) and a fourth (Hickory Derby) to show for it. Yet he remains ahead of the rest in the standings and goes this week in heat one along with Andy Bing and Chris Henton. Bing has hit on his own hard times with four final appearances in ten weeks and just a single point since winning the Ohio Derby and Golden Gate Invitational a fortnight apart, and Henton snapped his two week absence after a string of eight straight showings, but could only manage dead last in the  final at Winslow.

In heat two current runner-up Will Thompson, who has six finals out of the last seven, leads a stacked field that includes Tom Gariepy, Joe Ramage, Norm Gibson, Jamie Eilers and Ben Hadsell who all combine for eleven event wins and twenty-podiums in sixty-two appearances. The joint winner of last week Lynne Higgins also goes in this heat. John McCrory, the other winner, goes in heat one.

After his final streak was snapped at five weeks Scott Hutchins in a prime position to make a big splash in heat three as he heads a relatively weak field as his closest rival in the standings is Sam Harbin who sits in nineteenth position.

Sunday, 23 June 2013

Player of the Game Hockey - NHL 1967/68 NHL Playoff SF's, May 3rd

Friday 3rd May 1968
East Division
Toronto Maple Leafs @ Montreal Canadiens Game #7
Laperriere's missed penalty shot less than two minutes into the game contributed to a scoreless first period that contained just ten shots. In the second frame both teams came out with an attacking mindset, combining for twenty-seven efforts on goal with three of them beating the netminders.

Toronto scored first for the fourth time in the series where, with the exception of game one, they have gone on to win each time. It was Oliver (3) on the powerplay that broke through 5:31 into the second frame, but unlike their previous winning efforts they did not score the second goal. That tally went to G Tremblay (6) at 8:10 of the second period to tie it up for Montreal.

At 14:36 the game had turned around with the Canadiens celebrating Cournoyer's (6) go ahead goal. The final period saw the hosts shut it down expertly, limiting the Leafs to just five shots on Worsley and the game, along with the series, was capped off by Grant (1) scoring an empty netter in the final minute of play, booking their place in the finals to face Philadelphia


1st 2nd 3rd OT F
TOR @ 0 1 0
1
MON
0 2 1
3

TOR Bower (6-3 .899 2.78) 28/30, Powerplay 1/3
MON Worsley (8-5 .904 2.92) 23/24, Powerplay 0/1

Goalscorers:
1st Period
MON Laperriere MISSED Penalty Shot 1:55
2nd Period 
TOR PPG Oliver (3) F Mahovlich 5:31
MON G Tremblay (6) T Harris 8:10
MON Cournoyer (6) Lamaire 14:36
3rd Period
MON ENG Grant (1) Redmond, H Richard 19:11

Montreal wins the best-of-seven series 4-3

Controlled Chaos - Indiana Open Standings

After back-to-back absences and only ten points in a possible eight finals Darryl Lozier continues to cling on to the lead with two events remaining on the calender. Will Thompson's seventh place in Winslow closes the gap to just two points with Scott Hutchins remaining a few points further back after he failed to qualify for the Indiana Open final.

Co-winners in Indiana John McCrory and Lynne Higgins only move up one place each with Ed Smith rounding out the unlikely podium, moving him up four spots but keeping him closer to the bottom than anywhere.

Name Pts Derby Wins Heat Wins
Darryl Lozier 165.5 4 4
Will Thompson 163.5 2 5
Scott Hutchens 159 2 4
Tom Gariepy 138.5 3 1
Andy Bing 137 4 3
Joe Ramage 130 2 2
Norm Gibson 122.5 2 1
Chris Henton 118 1 3
Jamie Eilers 111 2 3
Ben Hadsell 110.5 2 5
Will Murphy 102
2
John McCrory 95
1
Lynne Higgins 89.5
4
Matt Welliver 81.5 1 4
Leo May 70
3
Danny Krol 62 1 4
Steven Redden 61.5
1
Darrell Andresen 57
7
Sam Harbin 52
2
Jess Yates 50
3
Ricky Grimes 49 1 2
John Ruiz 48 1 3
Rob Remaley 45.5
2
Randy Corson 35
2
Jason Ingle 34.5
3
Ed Smith 34
2
Charlie Clayton 32
2
Bobby Gallagher 27
2
Philip Ruffin 27
2
Dick Garrett 27
1
Don Davis 25
2
Reggie Banks 22 1
Bob Alexander 22
2
Randy Tondreau 22
1
Timmy Barnes 14
1
Bambi Rogers 14
1
Bill Malbrough 6
1
Kenny Rose 2
1
Billy Edgington 2

Tommy Miller 0