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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

Thursday, 31 January 2013

Controlled Chaos - Big Apple Smash Up, Heat Three

Big Apple Smash Up - New York, NY
Heat Three
Tom Gariepy, Bambi Rogers, Bob Alexander, Darrell Andresen, Steven Redden, Ricky Grimes, Will Murphy, Will Thompson, John McCrory, Matt Welliver, Phillip Ruffin, Bill Malbrough

Tom Gariepy's will not improve upon his third place in the standings as his recent form continues where he has qualified for every other final, starting at the Valentine's Day Massacre, and misses those in between, but on this occasion it was an illegal hit on Darrell Andresen that dumped him in twelfth position.

Andresen was also the victim of a Ricky Grimes (3rd Jersey Derby) hit before Matt Welliver doubled up on Grimes, and Bambi Rogers remains without a final appearance after eleven events as Welliver turned his attention onto her and finished what Andresen and Will Thompson had started. Bill Malbrough is another driver looking for a final as his return from injury ends in ninth place despite looking a threat with multiple hits on Gariepy, but two hits from Phillip Ruffin's did a lot of the damage.

The first four exits all occurred inside the opening five minutes of the heat and the next elimination came after the seven minute mark when Darrell Andresen finally succumbed to the six hits put on him, three of which came from Bob Alexander (6th Arizona, 10th VDM) who in turn scraped into the consolation heat after a pair of hits on Ruffin and six hits against; three of them coming at the start of the heat.

Another two minutes of rough and tumble before Phillip Ruffin fell by the wayside thanks to a hard hit on the blindside by Thompson, only the fourth hit on his vehicle, and John McCrory quickly followed after repeating his custom on Matt Welliver (3) and Bob Alexander (2) all the while taking heavy fire from Thompson with four hits. The final consolation heat entrant is Steven Redden who, after fourteen grueling minutes, stalled out of the running after a long war against Will Murphy that saw Redden blindsided twice, giving a trio of shots back in return.

Arizona Derby winner Will Thompson finishes in third place and makes his way into an eighth final of the year. With four hits on McCrory and two each on Alexander and Murphy he was a one-man wrecking crew that ended up losing his late battle with Murphy.

Will Murphy enters his seventh final of the season where he enjoys a record of five top four places and a sixth in Atlantic City. He is just one point behind Thompson but was just unable to claim the reward for winning the heat. It could have been much worse with an early stall and no three misses, any of which could have ended badly for him.

That means Matt Welliver reaches his first final since starting the season with three in a row where he managed to finish in eleventh place every time. Multiple hits on Grimes (2), Thompson (4), and Murphy (3) all went show what force he was on the day.

Race Result
1. Matt Welliver
2. Will Murphy
3. Will Thompson
4. Steven Redden
5. John McCrory
6. Phillip Ruffin
7. Bob Alexander
8. Darrell Andresen
9. Bill Malbrough
10. Bambi Rogers
11. Ricky Grimes
12. Tom Gariepy

Wednesday, 30 January 2013

Player of the Game Hockey - NHL 1967/68, Jan 24th

Wednesday 24th January 1968
Detroit were 0-3 down but came back to claim a point in a tie with Chicago. The Blackhawks, who are 4-3-1 in their last eight, led through Mohns (12), Martin (12) and C Maki (5) before P Mahovlich (10) scored in between a pair of G Jarrett (23) goals.to share the spoils.

L MacDonald's assist on Labossiere's (13) goal was his sixteenth assist and thirtieth point as the latest Battle of California ends all square. B Smith (12) also got on the board for the LA Kings who have just one loss in their last six, and the Oakland Seals blow a one goal lead on two occasions, the top Seals' point scorers combining with Ehman (11) putting them ahead twice from Burns' assists, but they remain winless in three straight.

Boston losing in New York was not unexpected with the Bruins not hitting a three game winning streak in their last thirty-two; only McKenzie (18) able to score on the Rangers. NYR's first three game win streak of the year, and their fourth victory in five games, puts them just two points behind the Red Wings in that three-way battle for fourth place. Gilbert (19) scored twice with Goyette's (14) game winner adding to goals from D Marshall (6), Kurtenbach (5) and R Stewart (9)

A twelve goal thriller in St Louis leaves the North Stars four games without a win as six goals in the opening period; J Roberts (14) and Berenson (10) twice with B McCreary (16) and Schock (7) also scoring in the first twenty minutes to chase Bauman out of net. Maniago was more solid in goal for Minnesota and their offense responded positively with Parise's (7) pair either side of the first interval adding to goals from Connelly (30), Masteron (8) and Cullen (19), but an insurance marker from J Roberts (14), along with assists from Melnyk making him the first Blues player to hit thirty points, gave the hosts a third win in four.

In the month of January the Philadelphia Flyers have won just once in ten games and their winless streak hits seven as they manage only one goal, Sutherland (16), in Toronto. The Leafs hit a five game winning run for the second time this year and won their seventh in the last eight games on the back of Bower's fifteenth victory of the season tying him for the league lead along with New York's Giacomin. Toronto's goals came from Keon (10), Conacher (7), Walton (24), Carleton (4) and a game winner from Eillis (16) and places them on top of the NHL standings.



1st 2nd 3rd F
DET @ 0 1 2 3
CHI
1 2 0 3

DET Edwards (8-16-4 .892) 35/38, Powerplay 0/0
CHI DeJordy (16-9-5 .896) 26/29, Powerplay 1/1



1st 2nd 3rd F
OAK @ 1 1 0 2
LAK
1 1 0 2

OAK Hodge (11-19-6 .896) 27/29, Powerplay 1/4
LAK Sawchuk (4-9-4 .888) 20/22, Powerplay 1/3



1st 2nd 3rd F
BOS @ 0 1 0 1
NYR
2 3 1 6

BOS Cheevers (14-12-3 .888) 28/34, Powerplay 1/2
NYR Giacomin (15-19-4, .887) 19/20, Powerplay 0/0



1st 2nd 3rd F
MIN @ 1 2 2 5
StL
6 0 1 7

MIN Bauman (6-5-2 .898) 18/24; Maniago (11-13-7 .903) 14/15, Powerplay 1/1
StL Hall (14-10-6 .893) 31/36, Powerplay 1/5



1st 2nd 3rd F
PHI @ 0 1 0 1
TOR
1 2 2 5

PHI Parent (12-13-4 .894) 32/37, Powerplay 1/2
TOR Bower (15-9-2 .914) 19/20, Powerplay 1/3

East Division GP W L T Pts
Toronto Maple Leafs 45 25 15 5 55
Boston Bruins 45 24 15 6 54
Montreal Canadiens 44 23 16 5 51
Detroit Red Wings 45 20 20 5 45
Chicago Blackhawks 46 19 21 6 44
New York Rangers 44 18 19 7 43
West Division GP W L T Pts
St Louis Blues 44 20 15 9 49
Philadelphia Flyers 44 20 19 5 45
Minnesota North Stars 44 16 18 10 42
Pittsburgh Penguins 45 14 20 11 39
Los Angeles Kings 45 16 22 7 39
Oakland Seals 47 12 27 8 32

Controlled Chaos - Big Apple Smash Up, Heat Two

Big Apple Smash Up - New York, NY
Heat Two
Chris Henton, Leo May, Jamie Eilers, Jason Ingle, Lynne Higgins, Ben Hadsell, Norm Gibson, Timmy Barnes, Billy Edgington, Reggie Banks, John Ruiz, Rob Remaley

Lynne Higgins' hit on Billy Edgington was a frightening moment for the Brit as the heat was stopped so he could be safely removed from his car by the medical staff. There would be no repeat of his injury in Edmonton at the start of the year though as he was given the all clear for the next event.

Ides of March champion John Ruiz fails to make it four finals in a row thanks to Ben Hadsell and Timmy Barnes sandwiching him out in eleventh, and Reggie Banks' comeback race ends prematurely when his vehicle stalled him out in tenth.

Jason Ingle is a four time finalist with only two points to his name (9th Spring Fling) but Jamie Eilers (3) and Norm Gibson (2) were determined to keep him out of another final appearance, landing five of the six hits Ingle took, and Spring Fling winner Chris Henton managed to extract himself from a barrier at the start only to have Rob Remaley rampage over him with four hits.

The consolation heat entrants are Ben Hadsell who missed his final target when Higgins knocked him on the blindside to take him off course; six time finalist Rob Remaley who, after Henton's elimination, lost a battle with Higgins; Lynne Higgins herself who stalled out after taking down Remaley with three hits; and finally Leo May who survived an early stall and early pressure from Barnes only for his attacker to join forces with Norm Gibson and finish the job.

Gibson will make his first final appearance by taking it to Ingle and Eilers with two hits each before second place finisher Eilers turned it around and won the day, moving into his fourth final as he goes. That means Timmy Barnes collects his first points of the year with the heat victory and goes into his second final of the season after finishing twelfth at the Spring Fling Derby, all thanks to his efficiency in finishing off Eilers.

Race Result
1. Timmy Barnes
2. Jamie Eilers
3. Norm Gibson
4. Leo May
5. Lynne Higgins
6. Rob Remaley
7. Ben Hadsell
8. Chris Henton
9. Jason Ingle
10. Reggie Banks
11. John Ruiz
12. Billy Edgington

Tuesday, 29 January 2013

Controlled Chaos - Big Apple Smash Up, Heat One

Big Apple Smash Up - New York, NY
Heat One
Kenny Rose, Sam Harbin, Joe Ramage, Ed Smith, Randy Corson, Danny Krol, Darryl Lozier, Jess Yates, Scott Hucthins, Randy Tondreau, Charlie Clayton, Dick Garrett

Jess Yates was one of the more popular targets with six hits against him, all while he hounded the two Randy's Tondreau and Corson, with the former eliminated just prior to Yates' dismissal. The next four drivers were taken out in quick succession starting with Corson taking a hit on his blindside from Joe Ramage after the championship leader had laid a couple of shots on Yates.

Kenny Rose took seven knocks, three of which came from Dick Garrett, to finish his day in tenth place, and Danny Krol was ejected from the heat when he was unable to re-fire his second stall. This allowed Joe Ramage to enter the consolation heat after surviving a relentless assault by Sam Harbin who hit him four times and barely missed on another two attempts.

Ed Smith will have a second chance to reach his debut final after riding some early challenges from Tondreau and Clayton, blindsiding Darryl Lozier to start a battle between them, and becoming the next victim of Harbin.

After his ravaging of Rose, Dick Garrett went on to become the favourite target of Charlie Clayton and finish in fifth, while Sam Harbin will also have to fight through the consolation heat as an untimely miss led to him stalling and allowing free shots to Garrett and Scott Hutchins to finish him off.

Clayton makes it to a third final on the year (7th Frostbite, 10th Spring Fling) after coming out second best in his contact with Idaho Invitational winner Hutchins who finished in second place for a sixth final in his season, a fourth in a row.

That means the winner of both the Tampa and Jersey derbies, Darryl Lozier, takes his second heat victory of the year and adds a ninth final appearance  to his name. Starting out with a hit on Jess Yates, Lozier, then went on to hound Sam Harbin before returning to his original target. The second half of his heat was spent all over the back of Scott Hutchins, all the while avoiding a lot of traffic as he only received five hits against him.

Race Result
1. Darryl Lozier
2. Scott Hutchins
3. Charlie Clayton
4. Sam Harbin
5. Dick Garrett
6. Ed Smith
7. Joe Ramage
8. Danny Krol
9. Randy Corson
10. Kenny Rose
11. Jess Yates
12. Randy Tondreau

Monday, 28 January 2013

Player of the Game Hockey - NHL 1967/68, Jan 21st

Sunday 21st January 1968
The previous day's Original Six winning sides, Boston, Chicago, Detroit and Toronto, all played again today starting with the Bruins shellacking of the Blackhawks on home ice. In a game that saw ninety-two shots on goal, fifty-four of them for Boston, it's no surprise that it was a game full of goals. Sadly for Chicago it was a lop-sided result with only Stapleton (7) and Schmaltz (5) getting on the board, the former scoring his team's first shorthanded goal of the year, while Boston had a hat trick from Bucyk (26) and a pair of goals from Hodge (21) to help them take a sixth win in eight games.

The other two Original Six teams met in Detroit where the Red Wings could not stop the in-form Maple Leafs as Toronto took their sixth win in seven and their second win streak of at least four games. P Mahovlich (9) and MacGregor (11) had the Wings up 2-1 but their sixth defeat in the last eight games came when Walton (23), Keon (9) and Conacher (6) added to Pulford's (7) earlier goal.


Minnesota continue to struggle of late with just one win in five as McCord (3) scored their lone goal on the powerplay at home to the Penguins. Pittsburgh had two scores from K McCreary (12), including the powerplay game winner, and an insurance marker from Bathgate (15) for their first win in win and second in eight; all four goals were unassisted.

Los Angeles stay within a point of the Pens by defeating their in-state rival Seals in Oakland with the home side suffering back-to-back losses for the first time in six contests. Hicke (19) had Oakland ahead first but that was soon cancelled out by Gray (6) before an even second period. The Kings then dominated the third with Joyal (13), L MacDonald (14) and Flett (18) giving the visitors their first win in three, a fourth in the last twelve.



Finally St Louis claim top spot in the West with triumph in Philadelphia who go six games without a win, and just one Flyer victory in their last nine games, The hosts led 2-0 through Hoekstra (11) and a Zeidel (2) powerplay goal before the scoreline swung 4-2 in favour of the Blues with Sabourin (17) and Berenson (8) on the powerplay, Melnyk (12) and Arbour (2) doing the damage. Van Impe (2) scored with the man advantage at 17:56 of the third period but St Louis hang on for their second win in three games.



1st 2nd 3rd F
CHI @ 1 0 1 2
BOS
3 3 1 7

CHI D Dryden (3-11-1 .884) 47/54, Powerplay 0/3
BOS Cheevers (14-11-3 .891) 36/38, Powerplay 1/9



1st 2nd 3rd F
TOR @ 1 1 2 4
DET
2 0 0 2

TOR Bower (14-9-2 .913) 19/21, Powerplay 1/1
DET Edwards (8-16-3 .890) 27/30, Powerplay 0/1



1st 2nd 3rd F
PIT @ 1 0 2 3
MIN
0 1 0 1

PIT Bassen (4-9-4 .901) 17/18, Powerplay 1/5
MIN Bauman (6-4-2 .908) 24/27, Powerplay 1/3



1st 2nd 3rd F
LAK @ 1 0 3 4
OAK
1 0 0 1

LAK Rutledge (13-13-3 .894) 25/26, Powerplay 0/0
OAK Hodge (11-19-5 .895) 33/37, Powerplay 0/2



1st 2nd 3rd F
StL @ 1 2 1 4
PHI
2 0 1 3

StL Hall (13-10-6 .894) 20/23, Powerplay 2/6
PHI Parent (12-12-4 .895) 28/32, Powerplay 2/10

East Division GP W L T Pts
Boston Bruins 44 24 14 6 54
Toronto Maple Leafs 44 24 15 5 53
Montreal Canadiens 44 23 16 5 51
Detroit Red Wings 44 20 20 4 44
Chicago Blackhawks 45 19 21 5 43
New York Rangers 43 17 19 7 41
West Division GP W L T Pts
St Louis Blues 43 19 15 9 47
Philadelphia Flyers 43 20 18 5 45
Minnesota North Stars 43 16 17 10 42
Pittsburgh Penguins 45 14 20 11 39
Los Angeles Kings 44 16 22 6 38
Oakland Seals 46 12 27 7 31

Controlled Chaos - Big Apple Smash Up Preview

Reggie Banks returns to the fold, sending Tommy Miller back into the alternate driver rotation, after recovering from the injury he picked up at the Tampa Open which forced him to miss the next seven events. Also returning is Bill Malbrough who skipped the Jersey Derby with a small knock, meaning that Don Davis takes his recent runner-up spot back to the sidelines. Both drivers who return will continue their search for a debut final.

The winner of the Idaho Invitational and runner-up in the Spring Fling Derby Andy Bing will miss two events with the injury he picked up in his heat in Atlantic City; his replacement is Kenny Rose who has reached one final so far, a twelfth place at the Ides of March.

The opening heat at the Big Apple Smash Up is one to watch as championship leader Joe Ramage has Darryl Lozier, the man just four points behind him in the standings, for company. Sixth place Scott Hutchins will also feature.

There is a good chance for drivers to reach the final and improve their standing in the second heat as it does not contain any high-flying competitors with eighth place Leo May the highest ranked driver, but heat three is another much anticipated race with the third, fourth and fifth placed contenders in Tom Gariepy, Will Murphy and Will Thompson all dueling it out together.

Sunday, 27 January 2013

Controlled Chaos - Jersey Derby Standings

After missing two finals in a row Joe Ramage's lead at the top is cut to just four points as Darryl Lozier earns his twenty points as Jersey Derby winner. Tom Gariepy remains third, his second fifth place finish in three events moving him above Will Thompson who missed his third final in ten events, while the remaining top ten keep their spots.

The other drivers who finished inside the top five in Atlantic City still have a lot of work to do in their seasons with runner-up Don Davis in twentieth; third place Ricky Grimes twenty-fourth; and fourth place finisher Danny Krol twenty-first.


Name Pts Derby Wins Heat Wins
Joe Ramage 84 1
Darryl Lozier 80 2 1
Tom Gariepy 68.5 1
Will Thompson 63 1 3
Will Murphy 62
2
Scott Hutchens 53 1 2
Andy Bing 45 1
Leo May 44
3
Ben Hadsell 38 1 2
Jamie Eilers 35
1
Steven Redden 34.5
1
Lynne Higgins 30
1
Rob Remaley 30
1
John Ruiz 29 1 2
Chris Henton 27 1 1
Bobby Gallagher 25
1
Randy Corson 23
2
Dick Garrett 23
1
Sam Harbin 20

Don Davis 17
1
Danny Krol 16
1
John McCrory 12

Darrell Andresen 10
2
Ricky Grimes 10

Jess Yates 9
1
Bob Alexander 8
1
Randy Tondreau 6

Charlie Clayton 5

Philip Ruffin 2

Jason Ingle 2

Kenny Rose 0

Matt Welliver 0

Saturday, 26 January 2013

Controlled Chaos - Jersey Derby Final

Jersey Derby - Atlantic City, NJ
Jersey Derby Final
Scott Hutchins, Tom Gariepy, Steven Redden, Randy Tondreau, Will Murphy, Ricky Grimes, Jess Yates, Jason Ingle, Danny Krol, John Ruiz, Don Davis, Darryl Lozier

A rough and tumble opening five minutes ended with five drivers being eliminated in one quick sequence. It started when Randy Tondreau threw his weight around, including a hit on Darryl Lozier as payback for an earlier shot, and helped put himself on the sidelines, and that was followed by Jason Ingle finishing in the bottom two and ending up pointless in a third of his four finals (9th Spring Fling) as the pack swarmed over him.

John Ruiz picks up a point for his tenth place finish as Dick Garrett, Jess Yates and Danny Krol all conspired to eliminate him before Scott Hutchins was finished by Will Murphy and Lozier, and the minute of carnage concluded with Steven Redden blindsiding Matt Welliver before meeting Tom Gariepy head on and losing.

Jess Yates had to have a fire extinguished in the second minute but he would go on to beat his previous final result (8th Arizona) with Murphy and two hits from Ricky Grimes doing the damage. There were then only five when Will Murphy finished in sixth spot, his lowest position in six final appearances.

Wisconsin Invitational winner Tom Gariepy leaps over Will Thompson in the standings with a fifth place finish in all four of his finals after losing a war against Lozier, and Danny Krol (9th Frostbite, 8th Ides of March), also made the mistake of taking on Lozier in battle.

Ricky Grimes had a very successful second ever final (11th Wisconsin) by hitting both Redden and Yates twice each prior to Don Davis (12th Valentine's Day Massacre), who survived a pair of stalls, coming in to earn his second place finish. That means Darryl Lozier becomes the first driver to win two events this season after taking the Tampa Open crown. This result moves him into second place in the standings, four points behind championship leader Joe Ramage.

Race Result
1. Darryl Lozier
2. Don Davis
3. Ricky Grimes
4. Danny Krol
5. Tom Gariepy
6. Will Murphy
7. Jess Yates
8. Steven Redden
9. Scott Hutchins
10. John Ruiz
11. Jason Ingle
12. Randy Tondreau

Player of the Game Hockey - NHL 1967/68, Jan 20th

Saturday 20th January 1968
A Bucyk (23) three point night helped Boston to a fifth win in seven, Stanfield (16) and McKenzie (17) also scoring, while the Flyers go five straight without a win; JC Watson's (5) goal making it 1-1 in the second period.

Montreal lose the top spot in the league to the Bruins as they suffer a fourth defeat on home ice, Backstrom (11) their lone goalscorer, and Chicago become the first team to win ten games away from home in the NHL this season as they continue to be hot with an eighth win in their last ten games. R Hull (22), D Jarrett's (3) second game winner of the year, and D Hull (6) score on Vachon who only made eleven saves.

Simmons' first shutout of the year gives the Rangers a third win in four games, Ratelle (17), Gilbert (17) and Hadfield all enjoying two point games with a goal and an assist, two goals, and two assists respectively. The Oakland Seals are 3-3-1 in their last seven.

With only Schinkel (8) getting the Penguins on the board through a powerplay goal it's one win in seven for Pittsburgh, no victories in their last four, while Detroit pick up just their second win in seven with G Jarrett (21) and Howe (24) scoring a pair each, the latter getting it done on two breakaways; F Smith (13) the final goalscorer.

It's a fifth win in six for the Maple Leafs thanks to a F Mahovlich (16) hat trick. M Pronovost (5), a penalty shot from Horton (4) in the second period, and Walton's (22) game winner as part of a three point game also took it to Minnesota. The North Stars had goals from Taylor (5) and Woytowich (1) whose twelfth point of the year is his first goal.



1st 2nd 3rd F
PHI @ 0 1 0 1
BOS
0 2 1 3

PHI Favell (8-6-1 .907) 35/38, Powerplay 0/0
BOS Johnston (10-3-3 .883) 11/12, Powerplay 0/3



1st 2nd 3rd F
CHI @ 1 2 0 3
MON
0 0 1 1

CHI DeJordy (16-9-4 .896) 22/23, Powerplay 2/10
MON Vachon (11-7-1 .901) 11/14, Powerplay 0/0



1st 2nd 3rd F
NYR @ 1 2 0 3
OAK
0 0 0 0

NYR Simmons (3-0-3 .914) 12/12, Powerplay 1/5
OAK Hodge (11-18-5 .895) 20/23, Powerplay 0/0



1st 2nd 3rd F
DET @ 2 2 1 5
PIT
0 1 0 1

DET Crozier (9-3-1 .915) 25/26, Powerplay 1/3
PIT Binkley (10-10-7 .914) 28/33, Powerplay 1/4



1st 2nd 3rd F
MIN @ 1 0 1 2
TOR
3 1 2 6

MIN Maniago (11-13-7 .902) 36/42, Powerplay 0/0
TOR Gamble (10-6-3 .921) 15/17, Powerplay 1/6

East Division GP W L T Pts
Boston Bruins 43 23 14 6 52
Montreal Canadiens 44 23 16 5 51
Toronto Maple Leafs 43 23 15 5 51
Detroit Red Wings 43 20 19 4 44
Chicago Blackhawks 44 19 20 5 43
New York Rangers 43 17 19 7 41
West Division GP W L T Pts
St Louis Blues 42 18 15 9 45
Philadelphia Flyers 42 20 17 5 45
Minnesota North Stars 42 16 16 10 42
Pittsburgh Penguins 44 13 20 11 37
Los Angeles Kings 43 15 22 6 36
Oakland Seals 45 12 26 7 31

Friday, 25 January 2013

Controlled Chaos - Jersey Derby, Consolation Heat

Jersey Derby - Atlantic City, NJ
Consolation Heat
Dick Garrett, John Ruiz, Ben Hadsell, Randy Corson, Ed Smith, Phillip Ruffin, Timmy Barnes, Matt Welliver, Randy Tondreau, Scott Hucthins, Darrell Andresen, Jamie Eilers

The consolation heat started with a real bang when Matt Welliver scored a massive hit on Dick Garrett, who had just bounced off a challenge from Ed Smith, that flipped his vehicle causing the officials to stop the heat and check on what turned out to be an uninjured Garrett. The remaining competitors continued for several minutes before Phillip Ruffin was eliminated thanks to two shots by Smith.

After his memorable encounter with Garrett, the three time finalist Matt Welliver turned his attention on to Randy Tondreau before hits from Ruffin and Timmy Barnes caused him to stall allowing Scott Hutchins a free hit to finish the job. Darrell Andresen was next out in ninth place, laying a pair of hits on Jamie Eilers while trying to deal with an eager Hutchins; Tondreau put in the final hit that eliminated Andresen.

Randy Corson stalled and re-fired only to run straight into John Ruiz who had him lined up nicely, and Ed Smith was able to put two of his six hits on Ruffin but did more damage to himself in these incidents than others, ending his heat in seventh.

This left six drivers fighting for three spots in the final and two of these were quickly eliminated. Ben Hadsell proves himself a contender whenever he reaches a final (1st Frostbite, 3rd Tampa, 6th Idaho) but he has now only made one in the last seven events, and that was an invitational. His downfall today came at the hands of Scott Hutchins who took his revenge from an earlier hit.

Timmy Barnes looked good to get a place in his first final, slamming into Corson twice, Welliver and Tondreau once each, but the latter got in a blindside hit, as did Smith, to soften him up for the Ruiz finisher. The final man out was two time runner-up Jamie Eilers who experienced some brief stalls throughout but was otherwise eager to get involved. He ended up striking Hutchins twice but a blindside attempt ended with Eilers ramming into the barrier.

John Ruiz then makes his fifth final of the year (9th Arizona, 1st Ides of March, 18tj Idaho, 8th Seattle) and third in a row after surviving battles with Barnes, who got in an early blindside hit, and Randy Tondreau who also reaches the final. It is Tondreau's third final appearance (6th Tampa, 10th Seattle) but he had to ride his luck when he stalled at the start and was close to being counted out. The remaining qualifier is Seattle Derby winner and now five time finalist (3rd Frostbite, 5th Wisconsin, 20th Idaho) Scott Hutchins, his fourth final in five events.

Race Result
Q. John Ruiz
Q. Randy Tondreau
Q. Scott Hucthins
4. Jamie Eilers
5. Timmy Barnes
6. Ben Hadsell
7. Ed Smith
8. Randy Corson
9. Darrell Andresen
10. Matt Welliver
11. Phillip Ruffin
12. Dick Garrett

Thursday, 24 January 2013

Player of the Game Hockey - NHL 1967/68, Jan 19th

Friday 19th January 1968
A three point night from Hadfield (9) that included the game winning goal set up the New York Rangers for just their third win in nine games. Nevin (16) made his way onto the scoresheet and was joined by Ratelle (16) on a two point night with Gilbert#s two assists taking him past the forty point mark (15+25)

For the Los Angeles Kings it's just two wins in six as they threw away a 2-1 lead early in the third period; Labossiere (12) and B Smith (11) putting them in front.



1st 2nd 3rd F
NYR @ 1 0 3 4
LAK
1 0 1 2

NYR Giacomin (14-19-4 .885) 12/14, Powerplay 2/8
LAK Rutledge (12-13-3 .892) 20/24, Powerplay 0/4

East Division GP W L T Pts
Montreal Canadiens 43 23 15 5 51
Boston Bruins 42 22 14 6 50
Toronto Maple Leafs 42 22 15 5 49
Detroit Red Wings 42 19 19 4 42
Chicago Blackhawks 43 18 20 5 41
New York Rangers 42 16 19 7 39
West Division GP W L T Pts
St Louis Blues 42 18 15 9 45
Philadelphia Flyers 41 20 16 5 45
Minnesota North Stars 41 16 15 10 42
Pittsburgh Penguins 43 13 19 11 37
Los Angeles Kings 43 15 22 6 36
Oakland Seals 44 12 25 7 31

Controlled Chaos - Jersey Derby, Heat Three

Jersey Derby - Atlantic City, NJ
Heat Three
Chris Henton, John McCrory, Will Thompson, John Ruiz, Ricky Grimes, Bob Alexander, Will Murphy, Tom Gariepy, Jamie Eilers, Charlie Clayton, Timmy Barnes, Phillip Ruffin,

The opening five minutes were largely made up of hits on Charlie Clayton (6), Chris Henton (5) and John Ruiz (9) but it was John McCrory, 3rd in the recent Seattle Derby, who re-fired a stall off the start only to earn a disqualification for his hit on Jamie Eilers.

Will Thompson is second in the championship standings but ends his heat in eleventh forcing him to miss just his second final of the year (Wisconsin Invitational), and Clayton succumbed to the attention he received in tenth place.

Bob Alexander has not made a final since the Valentine's Day Massacre where he finished in tenth and that streak continues with heavy contact involving both Eilers and Tom Gariepy taking him down, and Spring Fling Derby winner Chris Henton sees his consecutive final streak end at three when Phillip Ruffin finished him off after strong support from Eilers.

Despite all the hits he took, three of which came from a frustrated Henton, Ides of March champion and four time finalist John Ruiz limps into the consolation heat while trying to take out Ricky Grimes. Timmy Barnes will join him and he helps Ruffin on his way into the second chance race as well. The other consolation heat qualifier is Jamie Eilers who started on Henton before shifting his attacks onto Gariepy before he found himself sandwiched between Ruffinand Will Murphy.

Ricky Grimes will feature in his second final of the year but is still looking for his first point after only finishing in eleventh at Spring Fling. He was blindsided twice early on by Alexander and Barnes but managed to survive deep into the heat before Gariepy finished the job. With championship leaders Joe Ramage and Will Thompson out of the derby Tom Gariepy puts himself in a great position to make a move from third in the standings, but he misses out on the two bonus points to fifth place Will Murphy who was unmerciful in his approach for the final one-on-one battle to take a second heat victory of the year.

Race Result
1. Will Murphy
2. Tom Gariepy
3. Ricky Grimes
4. Phillip Ruffin
5. Jamie Eilers
6. Timmy Barnes
7. John Ruiz
8. Chris Henton
9. Bob Alexander
10. Charlie Clayton
11. Will Thompson
12. John McCrory

Wednesday, 23 January 2013

Controlled Chaos - Jersey Derby, Heat two

Jersey Derby - Atlantic City, NJ
Heat Two
Norm Gibson, Jess Yates, Ben Hadsell, Lynne Higgins, Dick Garrett, Randy Tondreau, Don Davis, Sam Harbin, Billy Edgington, Darryl Lozier, Scott Hutchins, Leo May

For the second straight week Lynne Higgins was first out of her heat via disqualification with a bad hit on Darryl Lozier costing her this time. Leo May also left early without even moving as he stalled at the start.

In his return from injury Billy Edgington was eager to get involved, laying hits on Scott Hutchins, May, Lozier and Sam Harbin. In return the pack welcomed him back with four hits of their own, two of which came from Don Davis before Harbin's revenge shot resulted in a premature end to the return derby of Edgington.

Norm Gibson was out in ninth place and became his own worst enemy by missing two targets and crashing into barriers. His derby came to an end when Hutchins went up and over Gibson's vehicle, leading to a short stoppage to check on the victim and safely extract him from the wreckage. Gibson walked off fine under his own steam and did not report any injury problems.

After reaching back to back finals for the first time this season (6th Spring Fling, 12th Idaho) Sam Harbin misses two in a row for the second time. He made six good hits, two of which landed on Gibson, but his final target was Hutchins who proceeded to turn around and return the favour, eliminating Harbin.

Randy Tondreau earns his place in the consolation heat after losing a battle against Dick Garrett and Ben Hadsell where the former hit him four times and the latter three, including a vicious blindside, and then Hadsell himself was wiped out by Hutchins in pay back for an earlier blindside hit. Dick Garrett limped along a little longer after rampaging over Tondreau, and Hutchins became a favourite target for Darryl Lozier to abuse.

Lozier stalled after eliminating Hutchins and left himself wide open for Davis to crush him before the latter man resumed his long running war with Jess Yates to determine who would win the heat. Yates survived a stall at the midway point of the heat, Davis putting him in that position, before both men went their separate ways only to become the last ones standing. It was only fitting that a stall on Davis would allow Yates to finish the job and claim his first heat victory and reach his second final of the year (8th Arizona)

Race Result
1. Jess Yates
2. Don Davis
3. Darryl Lozier
4. Scott Hutchins
5. Dick Garrett
6. Ben Hadsell
7. Randy Tondreau
8. Sam Harbin
9. Norm Gibson
10. Billy Edgington
11. Leo May
12. Lynne Higgins

Tuesday, 22 January 2013

Player of the Game Hockey - NHL 1967/68, Jan 18th

Thursday 18th January 1968
Armstrong (11), Walton (21) and Pappin (7) make it four wins in five for the Toronto Maple Leafs; Bucyk's (22) unassisted goal made it 2-1 late in the second period and its four wins in the last six for Boston.

The LA Kings are unbeaten in their last three but missed the chance to retake fourth spot in the West after blowing a 2-0 lead against the Penguins heading into the final period. R Lemieux (7) and Labossiere (11) both scored in the first period, but Schinkel's (7) powerplay goal twenty seconds after the second intermission got Pittsburgh on the board where they tied it up through Stratton (12) with just ten seconds to play.

Minnesota also blew their chance for a win after Philadelphia came back twice through Hoekstra (10), with Flyers' leading points scorer Sutherland (15+17) assisting on both, after P MacDonald (15) put the North Stars ahead both times. It's one win in six for Philadelphia despite a wealth of powerplay opportunities in the final frame, and Minnesota have lost just one of their last four and they had a bunch of their chances on the man advantage through the first period.


1st 2nd 3rd F
TOR @ 1 1 1 3
BOS
0 1 0 1

TOR Gamble (9-6-3 .922) 28/29, Powerplay 0/5
BOS Cheevers (13-11-3 .888) 31/34, Powerplay 0/2



1st 2nd 3rd F
PIT @ 0 0 2 2
LAK
2 0 0 2

PIT Bassen (3-9-4 .899) 26/28, Powerplay 0/0
LAK Sawchuk (4-9-3 .887) 29/31, Powerplay 1/8



1st 2nd 3rd F
PHI @ 0 1 1 2
MIN
1 1 0 2

PHI Parent (12-11-4 .896) 26/28, Powerplay 1/9
MIN Bauman (6-3-2 .910) 1/4, Powerplay 1/4

East Division GP W L T Pts
Montreal Canadiens 43 23 15 5 51
Boston Bruins 42 22 14 6 50
Toronto Maple Leafs 42 22 15 5 49
Detroit Red Wings 42 19 19 4 42
Chicago Blackhawks 43 18 20 5 41
New York Rangers 41 15 19 7 37
West Division GP W L T Pts
St Louis Blues 42 18 15 9 45
Philadelphia Flyers 41 20 16 5 45
Minnesota North Stars 41 16 15 10 42
Pittsburgh Penguins 43 13 19 11 37
Los Angeles Kings 42 15 21 6 36
Oakland Seals 44 12 25 7 31

Controlled Chaos - Jersey Derby, Heat One

Jersey Derby - Atlantic City, NJ
Heat One
Matt Welliver, Andy Bing, Darrell Andresen, Tommy Miller, Joe Ramage,Jason Ingle, Rob Remaley, Randy Corson, Danny Krol, Bambi Rogers, Steven Redden, Ed Smith

Bambi Rogers chased after Ed Smith for a couple of minutes before Danny Krol finished her off by becoming her fourth attacker of the heat, and Tommy Miller was right behind her. Miller was also focused on one opponent, Rob Remaley his rival of choice, but Darrell Andresen was equally keen on laying the hits onto one car.

Andy Bing would not make it a third podium in a row (1st Idaho, 2nd Seattle), and after suffering an injury may not be able to gather points in the near future either, as he hit six different vehicles just for being near him before Remaley returned after earlier contact and put in the final shot. Another man who was on good form but would finish too early was Joe Ramage who misses two events for the first time since the start of the year where he failed to feature in the final races of the first three events. An early stall was quickly rectified before both Krol and Andresen forced him onto a barrier where Ramage was able to free himself only to run into Krol once more.

Rob Remaley finishes in eighth spot and fails in his bid to reach a seventh final. The elimination came after laying two hits each on Bing and Matt Welliver while taking a bruising punishment of seven hits against him; Andresen delivering the final blow.

Ed Smith was one of three drivers in this heat who has yet to make a final (Rogers, Miller) but he is the only one to at least reach the consolation heat today. Winning his battle with Bambi Rogers led to a lot of attention from Steven Redden who hit him no less than four times, three of them in as many minutes late on to eliminate Smith.

The other consolation heat drivers are Randy Corson who lost his fight with Jason Ingle; Darrell Andresen who stalled out after looking such a danger throughout; and Matt Welliver who was brutal in his treatment of Andresen, causing the stall, before Ingle left him stranded in fourth place.

It was to be Jason Ingle who finished third moving him into just his fourth final of the year (12th Frostbite, 9th Spring Fling, 12th Seattle) as he was not able to cope with what fellow finalists Danny Krol and Steven Redden were bringing to the final battle for places.

Redden earns a place in his fifth final of the year, where his season best has been joint second at Valentine's Day Massacre, but a late stall may have cost him two points when Krol (9th Frostbite, 8th Ides of March) took full advantage in completing his first heat victory. Redden was the target for five of Krol's final six hits.

Race Result
1. Danny Krol
2. Steven Redden
3. Jason Ingle
4. Matt Welliver
5. Darrell Andresen
6. Randy Corson
7. Ed Smith
8. Rob Remaley
9. Joe Ramage
10. Andy Bing
11. Tommy Miller
12. Bambi Rogers

Monday, 21 January 2013

Controlled Chaos - Jersey Derby Preview

Bobby Gallagher returns to the stands as Billy Edgington makes his long awaited return after suffering a severe injury at the Frostbite Winter Nationals when fellow Brit Darrell Andresen slammed into him. The resulting hit not only made Edgington the very first elimination of the year but also took him out of action for four months.

Bill Malbrough is forced to miss out on the Jersey Derby through the injury he sustained in the previous event and he will be replaced by Don Davis who, in his limited race time, won a heat at the Valentine's Day Massacre before finishing twelfth in the final.

After missing out on the final in Seattle championship leader Joe Ramage will be hoping to get back on track in Atlantic City and he goes in the first heat while Will Thompson and Tom Gariepy, his closest rivals, are together in heat three. Fourth place Darryl Lozier is in the second heat along with Seattle winner Scott Hutchins and comeback driver Billy Edgington.

Sunday, 20 January 2013

Player of the Game Hockey - NHL 1967/68, Jan 17th

Wednesday 17th January 1968
After losing just one of eight matches the Rangers drop a fourth result in their last five after Chicago came back from a 3-1 deficit. The Blackhawks scored in the first through D Jarrett (2) with Neilson (8), Ratelle (15) and Seiling (5) getting on the board for a New York lead 8:42 into the second period. Mohns (11) and Mikita (24) clawed it back before the second interval and turned it right around in the third with a game winner from Wharram (15) and Martin's (11) empty netter for a seventh Blackhawk win in the last nine games.

Detroit have lost five of their last six and only had twelve shots on Worsley as he picked up his sixth clean sheet of the season, sending Montreal back to the top of the league with a 9-2-1 record in their last twelve. Rousseau (8), JC Tremblay (3), Beliveau (8) and a hat trick from Cournoyer (2), including his league leading seventh and eighth powerplay goals of the year, were the goalscorers.


Oakland win back-to-back games for the first time in twenty-eight matches, condemning the Pittsburgh Penguins to a 1-4-0 record in their last five; Konik (11) on the powerplay their only bright spot. Ehman (9), Hicke (18) with an unassisted game winner, T Hampson (3), and Burns (10) scoring for the Seals.

Both Minnesota and St Louis are going through a reversal in fortunes. The North Stars have won three of four after just one victory in eight, and the Blues were unbeaten in five but have a snigle win in their next five outings. Goldsworthy (12) was the spark that Minnesota used after he scored a goal and answered the bell when Bob Plager dropped the gloves when the Stars were 2-1 to the good. Cullen (18), Parise (5), Masterson (13) and Boudrias (13) sharing the wealth for the visitors, with Schock (5) and Sabourin (16) scoring for the home team.



1st 2nd 3rd F
NYR @ 1 2 0 3
CHI
1 2 2 5

NYR Giacomin (13-19-4 .886) 28/32, Powerplay 1/1
CHI DeJordy (15-9-4 .894) 35/38, Powerplay 1/4



1st 2nd 3rd F
DET @ 0 0 0 0
MON
0 3 3 6

DET Edwards (8-15-3 .890) 38/44, Powerplay 0/0
MON Worsley (11-9-4 .911) 12/12, Powerplay 2/8



1st 2nd 3rd F
PIT @ 0 0 1 1
OAK
1 2 1 4

PIT Binkley (10-9-7 .917) 30/34, Powerplay 1/3
OAK Hodge (11-17-5 .896) 24/25, Powerplay 0/0



1st 2nd 3rd F
MIN @ 1 3 1 5
StL
0 1 1 2

MIN Maniago (11-12-7 .904) 21/23, Powerplay 1/1
StL Hall (12-10-6 .895) 26/31, Powerplay 0/0

East Division GP W L T Pts
Montreal Canadiens 43 23 15 5 51
Boston Bruins 41 22 13 6 50
Toronto Maple Leafs 41 21 15 5 47
Detroit Red Wings 42 19 19 4 42
Chicago Blackhawks 43 18 20 5 41
New York Rangers 41 15 19 7 37
West Division GP W L T Pts
St Louis Blues 42 18 15 9 45
Philadelphia Flyers 40 20 16 4 44
Minnesota North Stars 40 16 15 9 41
Pittsburgh Penguins 42 13 19 10 36
Los Angeles Kings 41 15 21 5 35
Oakland Seals 44 12 25 7 31