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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

Friday, 31 May 2013

Controlled Chaos - Fall Nationals, Consolation Heat

Fall Nationals - Bristol, TN
Consolation Heat
Bambi Rogers, Chris Henton, Ed Smith, Charlie Clayton, Will Murphy, Scott Hutchings, Andy Bing, John McCrory, Will Thompson, Jamie Eilers, Steven Redden, Darrell Andresen

Will Thompson (1st Arizona Derby, 2nd Summer Sizzler, 2nd Bryan Family Open) sees his current final appearance streak end at four, taking a hit in his title aspirations as a result, thanks to a crippling fire that started when Hutchins, Redden and Smith all converged onto his position, and Bambi Rogers (6th Arkansas Derby, 11th Bryan) stalled out after she struck McCrory.

Jamie Eilers (2nd Frostbite, 2nd Ides of March, 1st Sizzler, 1st Summer National Derby) took six hits in less than five minutes to force him out of a third straight final, and Charlie Clayton (5th Texas Nationals, 6th Ohio Derby, 6th Bluegrass Derby) hit Henton twice before Smith, following up on shots by Hutchinsand Andresen, eliminated him.

Ed Smith (7th Ohio, 4th Mile High Open, 7th Hickory) survived an early stall to take on all-comers, Henton's hounding and Andresen's final shot doing for him in the end, and then Darrell Andresen (4th Indy Nationals, 5th Firecracker Open, 5th Arkansas) followed up his elimination hit by running straight into Will Murphy who, in his previous hit on Andresen, was close to being disqualified.

It's the first time Chris Henton (1st Spring Fling Derby, 2nd Arkansas, 2nd Bluegrass, 2nd Hickory) has missed a final in nine weeks, a run that has taken him into the top ten of the standings. His early attacks were directed at Ed Smith but a stall left him open to strikes from Murphy and Redden that did enough damage where, upon his re-firing, he could be dispatched by another shot to Smith.

Will Murphy (2nd Tampa Open, 3rd Spring Fling, 3rd Idaho Invitational, 3rd Big Apple Smash Up) misses a thirteenth final out of the past sixteen, this after starting the season with eight in twelve. He escaped repercussions on an early hit to Andresen that looked as though it clipped the driver's side door, but from there he continued to lay his eight hits on six cars, with victim Scott Hutchins getting his revenge with two hits to take out his opponent.

It's one final in five with a tough fourth place finish for John McCrory (3rd Seattle Derby, Tied-4th SidelineStrategy.com Derby, 2nd Ohio) as he was beaten up on the blindside by Hutchins and Redden, also missing a target and knocking himself for six before the second surprise hit finished him off.

Scott Hutchins joins the standings leader Darryl Lozier by qualifying for his fifteenth final, knocking Thompson and Bing twice each as part of his nine hits, and he took six in return with McCrory seeking revenge with a pair of hits.

It is also fifteen finals for Andy Bing who delivered nine hits on five opponents as he took it to Murphy and Eilers twice each with McCrory riding three hits. Only taking four hits in return, two of them coming from Hutchins, Bing did a good job staying clear of trouble.

Finally, Steven Redden's seven hits were almost indiscriminately distributed among the pack as he qualified for his tenth final in a very businesslike manner only taking a pair of shots in return. This will be Redden's first appearance for eleven weeks.

Race Result
Q. Scott Hutchins
Q. Andy Bing
Q. Steven Redden
4. John McCrory
5. Will Murphy
6. Chris Henton
7. Darrell Andresen
8. Ed Smith
9. Charlie Clayton
10. Jamie Eilers
11. Bambi Rogers
12. Will Thompson

Thursday, 30 May 2013

Player of the Game Hockey - NHL 1967/68 Playoff QFs, April 16th 1968

Tuesday 16th April 1968
East Division
Boston Bruins @ Montreal Canadiens Game #7
After losing three straight the Montreal Canadiens were determined to get on top early, but despite outshooting the Bruins twelve seven the game remained scoreless after the first period. It was more of the same in period number two with Montreal throwing another seventeen pucks in on Cheevers but this time beating the Boston netminder twice sixteen seconds apart.

The breakthrough came when G Tremblay (3) tallied with just fifty-nine seconds played in the middle frame, and Ferguson (2) swiftly followed that up with his goal for a 2-0 Habs lead. Boston would have a five-on-three powerplay midway through the period but failed to threaten much on a very lackluster powerplay performance, coming out of the frame with only eight more shots.

The final period of regulation began in similar fashion to the previous with Savard (1) scoring in the opening minutes, this one coming on the powerplay, and 1:24 later it was 4-0 when Rousseau (1) picked up his third point of the game and ninth of the playoffs.

The B's Green tried to start something by fighting Ferguson, with the latter already amassing thirty-nine penalty minutes in the postseason, and the lead was halved when Shack (2) and Esposito (6) scored as they outshot the Canadiens 14-13 in the period. But Worsley remained tight in net and the game was over even before Ferguson (3) grabbed his second of the game into an empty net, with Beliveau taking a third helper on the night.



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

BOS Cheevers (3-4-0 ,894 3.29) 37/41, Powerplay 0/8
MON Worsley (4-2-0 .912 2.67) 27/29, Powerplay 1/3

Goalscorers:
First Period
No Scoring
Second Period
MON G Tremblay (3) Savard, Backstrom 0:59
MON Ferguson (2) Laperriere, Rousseau 1:15
Third Period
MON PPG Savard (1) Rousseau, Beliveau 2:26
MON Rousseau (1) Beliveau 3:50
Fight BOS Green vs MON Ferguson 4:09
BOS Shack (2) Hodge, Orr 13:37
BOS Esposito (6) Westfall, Green 16:15
MON ENG Ferguson (3) Beliveau 19:55

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

West Division
Philadelphia Flyers @ Los Angeles Kings Game #6
After blowing a 3-1 lead in the third period in game five Rutledge is replaced in the Kings' goal by Sawchuk who was lit up in the opening match of the series; Favell continues in net for Philadelphia after earning the twenty-four save win.

Facing elimination for the second game running it was a very offensive Flyers team that held a 29-12 shooting advantage through two periods, but more importantly they had the game wrapped up at that point.

LaForge (2) scored inside six minutes of the opening faceoff with Sutherland (2) doubling the Philadelphia lead seconds later; both men scoring for the first time since their team's game two defeat. It was 3-0 before the intermission thanks to the big story for the Kings: giveaways. Hoekstra (2) accepting the gift on this occasion.

Los Angeles struggled to get anything going and another giveaway allowed Gauthier (1) to score in the final seconds of period two after setting up Sutherland (3) on the powerplay ten minutes prior. Rochefort (2) on yet another Kings turnover and LaForge (3) completed the rout and force a game seven where LA will undoubtedly continue their goaltending merry-go-round while the Flyers will be more than content to stick with Favell on the back of his two wins and a twenty shot shutout.



1st 2nd 3rd OT F
PHI @ 3 2 2
7
LAK
0 0 0
0

PHI Favell (2-0-0 .936 1.50) 20/20, Powerplay 1/1
LAK Sawchuk (0-2-0 .800 7.50) 32/39, Powerplay 0/0

Goalscorers:
First Period
PHI LaForge (2) JC Watson, Peters 5:49
PHI Sutherland (2) Hoekstra, Van Impe 6:17
PHI Hoekstra (2) unassisted 16:06
Second Period
PHI PPG Sutherland (3) Gauthier, Hoekstra 9:35
PHI Gauthier (1) unassisted 19:38
Third Period
PHI Rochefort (2) unassisted 0:55
PHI LaForge (3) Peters 16:41

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

Controlled Chaos - Fall Nationals, Heat Three

Fall Nationals - Bristol, TN
Heat Three
Leo May, Will Murphy, Timmy Barnes, Phillip Ruffin, Scott Hutchins, Randy Tondreau, Tom Gariepy, Norm Gibson, Charlier Clayton, Ben Hadsell, Andy Bing, Jess Yates

Leo May (4th Wisconsin Invitational, 4th Idaho Invitational, 2nd Indy Nationals), Jess Yates (4th Summer Sizzler, 3rd Alamo Derby, 5th Bluegrass Derby), and Timmy Barnes (12th Spring Fling Derby, 4th Big Apple Smash Up, 8th Bluegrass) all met the same fate when they stalled on the start, and then Randy Tondreau's (6th Tampa Open, 3rd Firecracker Open, 7th Alamo) kamikaze approach where he laid out seven quick hits - May and Gariepy two each - resulted in his ninth place dismissal.

Norm Gibson (1st Lobster Nationals, 1st Texas Nationals) misses a third straight final for the first time since he qualified for his first final seventeen weeks ago, appearing in twelve during that span. Avoiding a blindside hit only to be caught on the opposite side by Clayton, Gibson became stuck and easy pickings for Bing.

Andy Bing could do no better than seventh though as he started out with a bad miss before blindsiding Hadsell and then tackling Gibson and Clayton twice. He moves on into the second chance race along with Charlie Clayton who was rampant on Hadsell with five hits, Will Murphy who stalled out after finishing off Bing, and Scott Hutchins who warred with both Tondreau and Gariepy with the latter resulting in seven hits between the two.

After surviving the aforementioned five hit onslaught Ben Hadsell qualifies for his twelfth final, his second in seven weeks, on the back of double-taps to Yates and Murphy with Tondreau, Bing, Clayton, and Gibson also taking contact.

Heading into his fifth final with his first set of back-to-back appearances all year Phillip Ruffin was close to becoming another stall victim when Hutchins started proceedings with a hit to his blindside. Another point of contact with Hutchins resulted in another stall, this one re-fired in the nick of time. A borderline hit to Clayton was followed by a pair of misses before he finally got Hutchins off his back for good with another hit which then led into his first attack on Gariepy.

Tom Gariepy, heading into his tenth final, led the way with eleven hits but he was nit picky about who to target as Barnes, Hadsell and Ruffin accounted for two hits each with the remainder spread around through the pack. He was provided a big favour by Ruffin when the latter removed Hutchins from play who was proving to be a thorn in the side of Gariepy targeting him four times in their battle.

The finale came when both Ruffin and Gariepy charged full on at each other. This collision was one where neither vehicle would be able to survive leaving both men walking to the final with a point each.

Race Result
1. Phillip Ruffin
1. Tom Gariepy
3. Ben Hadsell
4. Scott Hutchins
5. Will Murphy
6. Charlie Clayton
7. Andy Bing
8. Norm Gibson
9. Randy Tondreau
10. Timmy Barnes
11. Jess Yates
12. Leo May

Wednesday, 29 May 2013

Controlled Chaos - Fall Nationals, Heat Two

Fall Nationals - Bristol, TN
Heat Two
Jason Ingle, Darrell Andresen, Matt Welliver, Bob Alexander, Danny Krol, Bambi Rogers, Ricky Grimes, Jamie Eilers, Randy Corson, Joe Ramage, Lynne Higgins, Will Thompson

Bambi Rogers was taking no prisoners from the off as she started out by climbing up and over the car of Joe Ramage (1st Valentine's Day Massacre, 1st Bryan Family Open) leaving the four-time runner-up free of injury but missing his fourteenth final in twenty, and Bob Alexander (6th Arizona Derby, 3rd Lobster Nationals, 9th Texas Nationals) got nowhere fast and was soon counted out for his stall.

Danny Krol (4th Jersey Derby, 3rd Summer Sizzler, 1st Hickory Derby) can't make it three finals in a row after Lynne Higgins rammed him into the barriers where he would remain, and ninth place went to Jason Ingle (Tied-5th Lobster, 7th Louisiana Invitational, 3rd Mile High Open) misses out on the eighth final in his last ten tries after six different opponents struck him.

The final competitor to end his event here was Ricky Grimes (3rd Jersey, 3rd Texas, 1st Louisiana) who was sandwiched by the two female entrants to finish off what Eilers started on the blindside, but Grimes was otherwise untouched as he led himself to his own demise.

Will Thompson delivered eight hits on his way into the consolation heat along with Jamie Eilers and his nine shots that included a pair of blindsiders, Darrell Andresen who was keenest to get at Eilers and Welliver, and Bambi Rogers who survived a lengthy stall before she was caught out twice to knock her out in fourth place.

After laying six hits on seven opponents Randy Corson needed a small fire extinguished at the end of the heat only to then bounce off Rogers and careen into the wall for a third place finish and an eighth final on the year.

That left Lynne Higgins and Matt Welliver dueling it out for the heat victory on their way to their thirteenth and eleventh finals respectively. Higgins had gone through Krol, Grimes, Andresen thrice, and Corson before taking on both Welliver with three hits and Thompson with two. The final hit to Welliver resulted in a harsh disqualification being handed down from race officials.

Matt Welliver was not complaining though as he is happy to take his fourth heat victory this year with some luck as he knew Higgins was all over him in the finale. Rogers (4) and Corson (2) took up the bulk of his ten hits with Higgins, Ingle, Thompson and Eilers all receiving one shot each.

Race Result
1. Matt Welliver
2. Lynne Higgins
3. Randy Corson
4. Bambi Rogers
5. Darrell Andresen
6. Jamie Eilers
7. Will Thompson
8. Ricky Grimes
9. Jason Ingle
10. Danny Krol
11. Bob Alexander
12. Joe Ramage

Tuesday, 28 May 2013

Player of the Game Hockey - NHL 1967/68 Playoff QFs, April 14th 1968

Sunday 24th April 1968
East Division
Montreal Canadiens @ Boston Bruins Game #6
Duff (4) must have though his third powerplay goal of the season was going to be the game winner, but with just eight seconds left up popped Green (3) to save Boston's season again after scoring the GWG in game four.

Cournoyer (3) for the Habs and Lonsberry (1) for the B's scored the only goals in both the first and second periods respectively before Duff was gifted a chance to pot home his go-ahead effort at 2:10 in the third.

Boston pressed the hardest in that final period, finally getting the tying goal so late in the game with the points leader in the postseason Esposito (5+4) earning another assist, and forcing overtime for the second time in the series. Montreal took the win in OT in game one of the series less than two minutes in, and this time it lasted just 3:52 before Stanfield (2) won it for the Bruins as they comeback from 0-3 down to take this to a game seven.



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

MON Worsley (3-2-0 .908 2.80) 28/31, Powerplay 1/5
BOS Cheevers (3-3-0 .891 3.17) 25/27, Powerplay 1/7

Goalscorers:
First Period
MON Cournoyer (3) Laperriere, Lamaire 10:49
Second Period
BOS PPG Lonsberry (1) Cashman, Krake 10:25
Third Period
MON PPG Duff (4) unassisted 2:10
BOS Green (3) Westfall, Esposito 19:52
Overtime
BOS Stanfield (2) McKenzie, Bucyk 3:52

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

Toronto Maple Leafs @ Detroit Red Wings Game #5
The second game of the night was another tight contest as Detroit looked to emulate the Bruins and keep their series alive. But they did not get the best start when Walton (2) opened the scoring as the Leafs out-shot the hosts thirteen six.

MacGregor (3) scored his third in two games to tie it up early in the middle period before Toronto were once again in the lead through Stemkowski (2) who has tallies in back-to-back games. The third period was the only one where Detroit had more shots with thirteen to the Leafs' seven, but they faced an uphill battle when Walton (3) scored again to make it 3-1.

K Douglas (2) batted in his own rebound with eight and a half minutes to play, but Bower, who was back in net for Gamble, stood firm for the remainder and settled the series in favour of Toronto as the take their third win out of three in the barn of the higher seed thanks in part to taking a single minor penalty in the last four games.



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

TOR Bower (4-0-0 .921 2.25) 25/27, Powerplay 0/4
DET Crozier (1-1-0 .912 2.50) 33/36, Powerplay 0/0

Goalscorers:
First Period
TOR Walton (2) Ellis, Horton 8:35
Second Period
DET MacGregor (3) Henderson 4:11
TOR Stemkowski (2) Stanley 14:12
Third Period
TOR Walton (3) Stanley, Ellis 6:30
DET K Douglas (2) unassisted 11:27

Toronto wins the best-of-seven series 4-1. Detroit Red Wings are eliminated.

Controlled Chaos - Fall Nationals, Heat One

Fall Nationals - Bristol, TN
Heat One
Reggie Banks, Ed Smith, Chris Henton, Steven Redden, Rob Remaley, Billy Edgington, Bill Malbrough, Sam Harbin, Dick Garrett, John Ruiz, Darryl Lozier, John McCrory

It was a very short return for Rob Remaley (3rd Ides of March, 4th Seattle Derby, Tied-4th Summer Sizzler Derby) as he was involved in a big three-way collision with Billy Edginton and Bill Malbrough in the opening seconds. Both Remaley and Edgington (9th Firecracker Open) were forced to retire due to fires starting in both vehicles, but Malbrough escaped the worst and lives to fight on.

Everyone else continued for at least six minutes before Dick Garrett (6th Ides, 7th Wisconsin Invitational, 5th Seattle) was eliminated by John Ruiz who poached the final hit after Redden (2) and Harbin (3) did all the hard work, and then Sam Harbin (2nd Arizona Derby, 5th Ohio Derby, 2nd Mile High Open) had Redden turn on him, joining forces with Reggie Banks to get the elimination.

Bill Malbrough has four rounds remaining to qualify for a final this year as his triple attack on McCrory was in vain thanks to his favourite victim sandwiching him with help from Banks, but Ed Smith gains a place in the consolation heat, stalling out after going for Harbin three times.

Smith is joined by his final target Chris Henton who became stuck on that same hit, Steven Redden who was blindsided by McCrory who in turn suffered a stall allowing Lozier to swoop in for the kill.

That means it's a twenty-first final appearance for the title leading Darryl Lozier who showcased his survival skills by taking eleven hits before he finally went down. Blindsided twice by McCrory and once by Henton he was also hounded by Harbin, all of which resulted in Lozier getting off his game as he only delivered six shots, the last of which decided the heat. 

Reggie Banks qualifies for a fifth final in ten tries but he very nearly failed to get anywhere after starting with a very long stall he barely managed to re-fire in time. Smith, Malbrough, McCrory (2) and Harbin (2) were all victims but it was Lozier with a blindside attack then a final shot that resulted in both men calling it quits.

This all results in John Ruiz taking his third heat win of the season on his way to an eighth final, but just his third in eighteen weeks. Redden, Henton, and Banks twice were all struck by Ruiz but it was Lozier all bared the brunt of four attacks with the final three coming in quick succession at the end. Ruiz was also his own enemy with two very bad misses that resulted in severe damage midway through the eleven minute contest, but he carried on with aplomb to take the win.

Race Result 
1. John Ruiz
2. Reggie Banks
2. Darryl Lozier
4. John McCrory
5. Steven Redden
6. Chris Henton
7. Ed Smith
8. Bill Malbrough
9. Sam Harbin
10. Dick Garrett
11. Rob Remaley
11. Billy Edgington

Monday, 27 May 2013

Controlled Chaos - Fall Nationals Preview

It is a rare day in Controlled Chaos as Andy Bing and Rob Remaley have fully recovered from their injuries to make it a full roster for this the twenty-eighth event of the year. 

Remaley's return after a nine week absence places the nine-time finalist into heat one along with championship leader Darryl Lozier , and eight placed man Chris Henton with both men coming off top four finishes last week.

Heat two features Will Thompson who looks to improve his form with just two scoring finals in the past six weeks, and he goes head-to-head with Joe Ramage who is pointless in six straight weeks since his win at the Bryan Family Open, and Jamie Eilers who has qualified for five of twelve finals since his back-to-back wins in the Summer. Hickory Derby victor and nine-times finalist Danny Krol also goes in the middle heat.

The third heat in Bristol, Tennessee, is packed with talent as Scott Hutchins looks to continue his electric from that has seen him claim three top five finishes, including a win at the Bluegrass Derby two weeks ago, and get within 12.5pts of Lozier. Andy Bing returns to action after a week out and hopes to come back with improved form as he has two finals in the last seven rounds, but they both resulted in wins. Tom Gariepy the seven-time top-five finisher, Norm Gibson who has eight podiums, and Will Murphy who has finished no worse than sixth in his eleven finals, all go in heat three.

Sunday, 26 May 2013

Player of the Game Hockey - NHL 1967/68 Playoff QFs, April 13th 1968

Saturday 13th April 1968
East Division
Boston Bruins @ Montreal Canadiens Game #5
The Bruins refuse to go quietly into the night, forcing a game six in Boston after coming back from a 3-2 deficit with three unanswered third period goals. Shack (1) and McKenzie (1)  led the charge for Boston in the opening period, matching Montreal shot for shot with the Habs countering with a goal from Backstrom (1).

The second frame saw Green of the Bruins fight Ferguson, the second bout between them in the series and only penalties dealt out in the game, and it was Ferguson (1) who got the biggest boost out of it by tying the game at 2-2. Less than four minutes later and Beliveau (6) struck on a Ferguson feed to give Montreal the lead.

Even in the first, out-shot in the second, Boston had the lion's share of scoring chances on Worsley who returned in goal for the Canadiens in the final period with D Smith, Hodge and McKenzie all picking up their second points of the game as Stanfield (1), Bucyk (2) and an empty netter from Esposito (5) won out for the visiting team.



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

BOS Cheevers (2-3-0 .885 3.40) 27/30, Powerplay 0/0
MON Worsley (3-1-0 .910 2.75) 25/29, Powerplay 0/0

Goalscorers:
First Period
BOS Shack (1) D Smith, Hodge 5:13
MON Backstrom (1) G Tremblay 7:50
BOS McKenzie (1) Westfall, Bucyk 13:01
Second Period
Fight BOS Green vs MON Ferguson 5:42
MON Ferguson (1) Rousseau, Beliveau 12:35
MON Beliveau (6) Ferguson 16:23
Third Period
BOS Stanfield (1) D Smith, McKenzie 4:11
BOS Bucyk (2) unassisted 17:33
BOS ENG Esposito (5) Westfall, Hodge 18:45

Montreal leads the best-of-seven series 3-2

Detroit Red Wings @ Toronto Maple Leafs Game #4
Two goals from MacGregor (2) to start and end the game's scoring, and a three point outing for Crashley (1) gave Detroit a sliver of light in their series, out-shooting Toronto forty-two to twenty-one.

The Wings found themselves down 2-1 after the first period when Keon (3) and Stemkowski (1) scored within twenty-two seconds of each other, but they were level again when Delvecchio (2) scored at 2:29 of the middle period.

Detroit then played out the third frame with total domination, amassing over half of their total shots on Gamble, as both teams played their backup netminders, in the final twenty minutes. Prentice (1) nabbed a pair of points as did Crashley to round out his star performance.



1st 2nd 3rd OT F
DET @ 1 1 3
5
TOR
2 0 0
2

DET Crozier (1-0-0 .905 2.00) 19/21, Powerplay 0/0
TOR Gamble (0-1-0 .881 5.00) 37/42, Powerplay 0/0

Goalscorers:
First Period
DET MacGregor (1) Crashley, Henderson 4:35
TOR Keon (3) Hillman, Carleton 11:55
TOR Stemkowski (1) Pulford, M Pronovost 12:17
Second Period
DET Delvecchio (2) Howe, Jim Watson 2:29
Third Period
DET Prentice (1) Crashley, Delvecchio 11:47
DET Crashley (1) Prentice 13:30
DET MacGregor (2) unassisted 17:56

Toronto leads the best-of-seven series 3-1

West Division
Los Angeles Kings @ Philadelphia Flyers Game #5
Another team who turned to their second choice goaltender was Philadelphia as Favell was called upon to try and keep the Flyers alive in the postseason. Facing nine shots in each period his side was down 3-1 early in the final frame after Flett (3) scored for the third game in a row, taking his shorthanded with aplomb, but the home team were able to rally and travel back to LA for game six.

That was not the first shortie the Flyers had given up in the series, or even the game, as Wall (2) had scored his goal ahead goal, his second of the game, while the  Kings were down a man, adding to White's SHG back in game two. Joyal picked up an assist on the late second period goal to give him points in every game so far, but Flett takes over the points lead in LA with a goal and two assists.

Wall (1) and Dornhoefer (2) exchanged tallies in the first period before the two shorthanded goals forty-two seconds apart swung momentum fully in favour of Los Angeles. The crowd were doing their part and aided in the comeback by Philadelphia as Angotti (2) and JC Watson (2) led the charge with Peters (1) grabbing one in between.



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

LAK Rutledge (3-1-0 .906 1.80) 29/33, Powerplay 0/4
PHI Favell (1-0-0 .889 3.00) 24/27, Powerplay 0/1

Goalscorers:
First Period
LAK Wall (1) Irvine, Flett 3:53
PHI Dornhoefer (2) JC Watson, Miszuk 5:15
Second Period
LAK SHG Wall (2) Flett, Joyal 19:44
Third Period
LAK SHG Flett (3) unassisted 0:26
PHI Angotti (2) Dornhoefer 4:13
PHI Peters (1) JC Watson, Miszuk
PHI JC Watson (2) Selby, Angotti 15:18

Los Angeles leads the best-of-seven series 3-2

Controlled Chaos - Hickory Nationals Standings

Scott Hutchins finishing one place above Darryl Lozier means he is one point closer to the leader, and Will Thompson is back in the top three after his heat win and eighth place finish. With another runner-up spot Chris Henton continues to climb the ladder, moving up to eighth in the standings, and Danny Krol's debut win pushes him into the top fifteen.

Name Pts Derby Wins Heat Wins
Darryl Lozier 165.5 4 4
Scott Hutchens 153 2 4
Will Thompson 139.5 1 5
Andy Bing 136 4 3
Tom Gariepy 128.5 3
Joe Ramage 121 2 1
Norm Gibson 118.5 2 1
Chris Henton 118 1 3
Jamie Eilers 102 2 3
Will Murphy 102
2
Ben Hadsell 83.5 1 4
Lynne Higgins 70
4
Leo May 70
3
John McCrory 62.5
1
Danny Krol 62 1 4
Matt Welliver 60.5 1 3
Steven Redden 57.5
1
Darrell Andresen 53
6
Sam Harbin 50
1
Ricky Grimes 49 1 2
Rob Remaley 45.5
2
Jess Yates 40
3
Charlie Clayton 32
2
John Ruiz 31 1 2
Jason Ingle 30.5
2
Randy Corson 30
2
Bobby Gallagher 27
2
Dick Garrett 27
1
Don Davis 25
2
Bob Alexander 22
2
Randy Tondreau 22
1
Reggie Banks 21 1
Ed Smith 19
1
Philip Ruffin 18
1
Timmy Barnes 14
1
Bambi Rogers 5

Kenny Rose 2
1
Billy Edgington 2

Tommy Miller 0

Saturday, 25 May 2013

Controlled Chaos - Hickory Nationals Final

Hickory Nationals - Hickory, NC
Final
Joe Ramage, Danny Krol, Lynne Higgins, Will Thompson, John McCrory, Chris Henton, Charlie Clayton, Darryl Lozier, Phillip Ruffin, Scott Hutchins, Darrell Andresen, Ed Smith

Four-time runner-up Joe Ramage (1st Valentine's Day Massacre, 1st Bryan Family Open) continues to fade as the season wears on by failing to register a point in a third of of the five finals he has qualified for in the past nineteen weeks. Going hard after Danny Krol he was under pressure from McCrory, Henton and Hutchins, taking just three shots before he was eliminated.

After that third minute exit there would be an eleven car battle for several more minutes when Charlie Clayton (5th Texas Nationals, 6th Ohio Derby, 6th Bluegrass Derby) took his fifth hit while taking on anyone in range, striking four different opponents, and in his first final for five weeks Darrell Andresen (4th Indy Nationals, 5th Firecracker Open, 5th Arkansas Derby) started out with a huge miss that crippled his vehicle but not enough to prevent him laying two hits on Smith, the second of which laid the attacker out.

Ninth place goes to heat three winner Lynne Higgins (4th Arkansas, 3rd Bluegrass) as the six-time top five finisher was crunched by Krol after re-firing from a lengthy stall that started on contact initiated by Andresen and Smith, and then Will Thompson (1st Arizona Derby, 2nd Summer Sizzler, 2nd Bryan) was out after hitting Higgins, Ruffin, and Clayton twice, then taking hits from Hutchins and Smith (2) to finish him off.

Ed Smith (11th Texas, 7th Ohio, 4th Mile High Open) ends his third final in five weeks with four hits in a couple of minutes after spending the early stages dishing out all the contact. McCrory, Lozier, Ruffin, and two each from Hutchins and Andresen providing the hits, and John McCrory (3rd Seattle Derby, Tied-4th Summer National Derby, 2nd Ohio) ends his dry spell of three final-less weeks with multiple contact on Lozier and Henton; his hit on Hutchins the final act his vehicle could take.

Phillip Ruffin (9th Ides of March, 8th Big Apple Smash Up, 8th Mile High) takes his best result of the season in his fourth final appearance but he started out on the wrong foot when Krol caught him off guard, smashing into his rear. After that it was Chris Henton who brought the noise with three consecutive hits before returning later and finishing the job. During the lull in attacks Ruffin struck Andresen and Smith before laying three hits on Hutchins

Championship leader Darryl Lozier (1st Tampa Open, 1st Jersey Derby, 1st Big Apple, 1st Alamo) takes his best result for five weeks after missing three of the last seven finals and failing to score in one he did qualify for. It was his second stall that ultimately did for him as Chris Henton showed no quarter for the stranded driver with two hits, and Scott Hutchins (1st Seattle, 2nd Big Apple, 2nd Lobster Nationals, 1st Bluegrass Derby) gains a point on his title rival by claiming a third straight top five finish and his eighth podium in his fourteenth final. The two hits to Smith late on were his only repeat visits as he was otherwise engaged with all-comers, ending his run in third place thanks to heavy hitting from Ruffin and Lozier.

Chris Henton's (1st Spring Fling, 2nd Arkansas, 2nd Bluegrass) impressive eight straight finals earns him a third runner-up spot in that time and a sixth top-five finish. Starting with a hit on Ramage he then moved all of his efforts into tackling Phillip Ruffin before a shot on Andresen started a fire that had to be contained before he was cleared to continue. The damage from the flames caused a brief stall but he re-fired and first dispatched Ruffin then Lozier, with that final hit slowing him right down until he was counted out.

That means Danny Krol (4th Jersey, 3rd Sizzler, 4th Bluegrass) takes his first event win, despite only delivering four hits to Clayton, McCrory, Higgins, and Lozier. A double-tap from Ramage at the very start caused his first stall, his own initiated contact with Lozier created the second, and the nine-time finalist barely re-fired from both to take a fortunate win.

Race Result
1. Danny Krol
2. Chris Henton
3. Scott Hutchins
4. Darryl Lozier
5. Phillip Ruffin
6. John McCrory
7. Ed Smith
8. Will Thompson
9. Lynne Higgins
10. Darrell Andresen
11. Charlie Clayton
12. Joe Ramage

Friday, 24 May 2013

Player of the Game Hockey - NHL 1967/68 Playoff QFs, April 11th

Thursday 11th April 1968
East Division
Montreal Canadiens @ Boston Bruins Game #4
Boston earn a stay of execution to extend the series against Montreal by at least another game, but they had to work hard for it. Esposito (4) gave the Bruins a one goal midway through both the first and second periods before sealing the win early in the third with his hat-trick goal.

Montreal went with Vachon in goal for the game they hoped would seal their path into the next round but his team only let loose twenty-two shots on Boston's Cheevers, their lowest total in the series. The Canadiens big stars failed to impress and it was left up to the supporting cast of Laperriere (1) and Harris (1) to tie the game in both periods, but not one among the visitors had an answer to Green's (2) game-winning goal despite the continued poor discipline of the Boston Bruins.



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

MON Vachon (0-1-0 .875 4.00) 28/32, Powerplay 0/8
BOS Cheevers (1-3-0 .881 3.50) 20/22, Powerplay 2/6

Goalscorers:
First Period
BOS Esposito (2) Shack, Hodge 11:04
MON Laperriere (1) Backstrom, JC Tremblay 13:22
Second Period
BOS PPG Esposito (3) Shack 9:17
MON Harris (1) Rousseau 10:08
BOS Green (2) Bucyk, Stanfield 14:30
Third Period
BOS PPG Esposito (4) Hodge 4:28

Montreal leads the best-of-seven series 3-1

Detroit Red Wings @ Toronto Maple Leafs Game #3
With fifteen shots and three goals in both the first and third periods Toronto provide six of the best and take a 3-0 series lead over Detroit with Keon (2) leading the charge on his first two goals of these playoffs, including the game-winner 13:48 in the first period.

Walton (1) also opened his postseason account, tying the game 1:30 after K Douglas (1) had opened the game's scoring at 3:13 in the first period, and that started a run of four goals without answer with Ellis (3), Keon,  and F Mahovlich (2) getting their shots past Edwards. Ullman (2) stopped the bleeding, his unassisted goal making it 4-2, but Keon's second was followed by Conacher (3) scoring in a third straight game and guaranteed another Leaf win.



1st 2nd 3rd OT F
DET @ 1 0 1
2
TOR
3 0 3
6

DET Edwards (0-3-0 .850 5.00) 30/36, Powerplay 0/0
TOR Bower (3-0-0 .920 2.33) 28/30, Powerplay 0/0

Goalscorers:
First Period
DET K Douglas (1) Howe, Prentice 3:13
TOR Walton (1) Ellis 4:43
TOR Ellis (3) unassisted 7:25
TOR Keon (1) Pappin 13:48
Second Period
No Scoring
Third Period
TOR F Mahovlich (2) Walton, Ellis 1:50
DET Ullman (2) unassisted 7:22
TOR Keon (2) unassisted 10:56
TOR Conacher (3) Stanley, Armstrong 15:04

Toronto leads the best-of-seven series 3-0

West Division
St Louis Blues @ Pittsburgh Penguins Game #4
Game four started where the last left off as Roberts of the Blues was quick to drop his gloves, this time taking on Bathgate who would later go on to fight Bob Plager. A scoreless first period led into a period that belonged to the Penguins as they took a 2-0 off goals from Fonteyne (3) and McDonald (3), out-shooting St Louis twenty to four in the process.

The Blues continued to generate little threat on Binkley's goal in the third but managed to make it 2-1 with under three minutes left when St Marseille (1) finished a nice passing play. The Pens were able to play good shutdown hockey and become the first team to win a playoff series this year with a clean sweep of the top seeded St Louis Blues.

Stratton led the team in points with two goals and two assists, but the MVP of the series surely goes to Binkley who earned a shutout and conceded just four games on one-hundred-and-seven shots. Only Melynk (1+1) had more than a single point throughout the series for St Louis.



1st 2nd 3rd OT F
StL @ 0 0 1
1
PIT
0 2 0
2

StL Hall (0-4-0 .912 3.00) 36/38, Powerplay 0/5
PIT Binkley (4-0-0 .963 1.00) 16/17, Powerplay 1/3

Goalscorers:
First Period
Fight StL Roberts vs Bathgate 14:02
Second Period
PIT Fonteyne (3) Boivin, Rivard 2:13
PIT PPG McDonald (3) Stratton 6:41
Third Period
Fight StL Bob Plager vs Bathgate 9:59
StL St Marseille (1) Bob Plager, Melnyk 17:20

Pittsburgh win the best-of-seven series 4-0. The St Louis Blues are eliminated.

Philadelphia Flyers @ Los Angeles Kings Game #4
After taking game one in such convincing fashion many expected the Flyers to kick on and take the series, but Los Angeles were able to collect themselves thanks in part to changing goaltenders between the first two games and Rutledge was on fine form again.

Only facing fifty-three shots through his three starts compared with Sawchuk's thirty-six in a single game, Rutledge only let one of the the fifteen shots on the day past him when JC Watson (1) scored in the final minute of period number one.

The Kings took the lead at 6:56 when Irvine (2) made sure of his chance on the powerplay, and the Kings didn't let a little thing like momentum at the end of the period phase them as they totally dominated the Flyers in the second frame with fifteen shots to three. Gray (2) with his second GWG, Flett (2), and Menard (1) all found the twine, leading a final period that had six shots between both teams.



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

PHI Parent (1-3-0 .888 3.25)22/26, Powerplay 0/3
LAK Rutledge (3-0-0 .921 1.25) 14/15, Powerplay 1/1

Goalscorers:
First Period
LAK PPG Irvine (2) Wall, White 6:56
PHI Watson (1) Blackburn, Miszuk 19:04
Second Period
LAK Gray (2) unassisted 5:28
LAK Flett (2) Joyal 11:41
LAK Menard (1) B Smith 17:22
Third Period
No Scoring

Los Angeles leads the best-of-seven series 3-1

Controlled Chaos - Hickory Nationals, Consolation Heat

Hickory Nationals - Hickory, NC
Consolation Heat
Randy Corson, Leo May, Reggie Banks, Bambi Rogers, Ed Smith, Darryl Lozier, Tommy Miller, Sam Harbin, Scott Hutchins, Bob Alexander, Tom Gariepy, Jess Yates

With three of the top five involved in the consolation heat, including the leading pair, it was always going to be tough for the rest to earn their place in the final. But it took a few minutes for Reggie Banks (1st Firecracker Open, 11th Alamo Derby, 10th Ohio Derby) to bite the dust, missing back-to-back finals after his recent form of three out of four, as Leo May and a bad miss took him down.

Next out was Bob Alexander (6th Arizona Derby, 3rd Lobster Nationals, 9th Texas Nationals) who took nine hits in just a few minutes, Leo May who blindsided Hutchins and Corson ending his own race, Bambi Rogers (6th Arkansas Derby, 11th Bryan Family Open) who had Lozier to thank for the stall that left her wide open for him to turn around and finish the job, and Tommy Miller (13th Bryan) who finished in eighth after delivering six hits, two of them on Harbin, and doing as much damage to himself as to others along the way.

Randy Corson (5th Frostbite, 5th Tampa Open, 6th Alamo) took just two hits throughout the heat. The first came from Miller at the very start and then a blindside assault from May in retaliation for an earlier strike really upset things, leading to his final contact against Gariepy putting down Corson and produced a controversial moment.

Tom Gariepy (1st Wisconsin Invitational, 1st Arkansas, 1st Mile High Open) was looking good as he struck Alexander either side of attacks on Smith, missing his next target and then connected with Miller. This started a small fire that the race officials safely dealt with before Corson gave him a bump that pushed him slightly off line and into the driver's door of Darryl Lozier earning him a disqualification. Video showed slight contact with that area of the target vehicle, but closer incidents have been allowed to pass in previous events.

Sam Harbin (2nd Arizona, 5th Ohio, 2nd Mile High) could not escape the heat from Hutchins, the man responsible for three of the six hits upon Harbin with Miller accounting for another two, and it was a stall midway through the heat where a lot of the damage came. 

The final man out was Jess Yates (4th Summer Sizzler, 3rd Alamo, 5th Bluegrass Derby) who delivered a grand total of two hits during the eight minute heat as stalls and blindside hits, provided by Corson and Miller, only made his exit look inevitable when Smith charged in on him for the third time.

Ed Smith also went for Alexander twice and Lozier once as he reaches his third final in five weeks and fourth overall, taking four shots along the way. Darryl Lozier also rode four challenges as he struck Miller, Alexander, Yates, Corson, and Rogers twice to qualify for a twentieth final. And Scott Hutchins sticks with his title rival, entering his thirteenth final, with only three hits, two of which came from Harbin.

Race Result
Q. Ed Smith
Q. Darryl Lozier
Q. Scott Hutchins
4. Jess Yates
5. Sam Harbin
6. Tom Gariepy
7. Randy Corson
8. Tommy Miller
9. Bambi Rogers
10. Leo May
11. Bob Alexander
12. Reggie Banks

Thursday, 23 May 2013

Controlled Chaos - Hickory Nationals, Heat Three

Hickory Nationals - Hickory, NC
Heat Three
Phillip Ruffin, Leo May, Reggie Banks, Jason Ingle, Bob Alexander, Timmy Barnes, Lynne Higgins, Will Murphy, Charlie Clayton, Steven Redden, Matt Welliver, Randy Corson

After Steven Redden (Tied-2nd Valentine's Day Massacre, 3rd Indy Nationals) stalled at the start he was rushed by four opponents, crippling any chance he had of re-firing the engine, and Timmy Barnes (12th Spring Fling Derby, 4th Big Apple Smash Up, 8th Bluegrass Derby) was hammered seven times - twice each from Ruffin and Alexander - with Lynne Higgins providing the killer blow on his blindside.

Those eliminations came in the first few minutes but it wasn't until the eighth minute that a rush of exits occurred, taking the pack from ten down to one in just five minutes. Jason Ingle (Tied-5th Lobster Nationals, 7th Louisiana Invitational, 3rd Mile High Open) has now missed eight of the last nine finals, the latest miss coming in no small part from blindside hits by Alexander and Higgins with Ruffin and Banks getting their late shots in

It was a brutal day at the office for Matt Welliver (1st SidelineStrategy.com Derby, 4th Ohio Derby, 2nd Golden Gate Invitational as he was struck five times by Charlie Clayton alone, the two misses also did not help Welliver's cause as he hunted down Ingle, and Will Murphy (2nd Tampa Open, 3rd Spring Fling, 3rd Idaho Invitational, 3rd Big Apple) was rammed into the barriers by Timmy Barnes early on and freeing himself only to get blindsided twice by Clayton. The second of those shots resulting in a halt in proceedings as Clayton's car went up and over Welliver who walked away unharmed.

Bob Alexander delivered five hits and survived a long stall, Randy Corson failed to re-fire his stall after laying three of his seven shots onto Clayton, Reggie Banks barely escaped a tight spot among the barriers at the start, going on to hit five cars, and Leo May was credited with eight hits before the wrecking crew known as Charlie Clayton made him another victim. All four eliminations result in their inclusion into the consolation heat.

Phillip Ruffin looked a strong contender by laying on eight hits in as many minutes with  Barnes, Ingle and May all receiving two, but focus from May, Banksand Corson provided a pair of hits each on the third place man. Clayton claimed yet another scalp but Ruffin makes it four finals on the year with his second qualification in four weeks.

With nineteen hits between them Lynne Higgins and Charlie Clayton were deserving of their place in the final; Higgins' eleventh and Clayton's tenth. While Clayton was busy decimating Matt Welliver, Lynne Higgins was not fussy over she was hitting as Redden, Ruffin, May and Banks were all targets before Higgins showed how on her game she was by avoiding a fast attack on her blindside.

A pair of short stalls and a war against Reggie Banks, who did manage to connect on her blindside, ended with Banks eliminated and Higgins stuck. She was able to quickly extricate herself and engage with Clayton who had swept through the pack eliminating Welliver, May, Murphy and Ruffin, taking on Higgins in between his devastating attacks. In the end though Higgins was able to connect with a massive shot to the rear of Clayton, earning her fourth heat victory.

Race Result
1. Lynne Higgins
2. Charlie Clayton
3. Phillip Ruffin
4. Leo May
5. Reggie Banks
6. Randy Corson
7. Bob Alexander
8. Will Murphy
9. Matt Welliver
10. Jason Ingle
11. Timmy Barnes
12. Steven Redden

Wednesday, 22 May 2013

Player of the Game Hockey - NHL 1967/68 Playoff QFs, April 10th

Wednesday 10th April 1968
West Division
St Louis Blues @ Pittsburgh Penguins Game #3
A complete Penguins performance puts them on the cusp of taking the scalp of the top seed in the West and progress to the next round. While Hall was kept very busy off forty-seven Pittsburgh shots Binkley had it relatively easy, stopping all nineteen Blues efforts for the first shutout of the postseason.

Ubriaco (1) opened his playoff account with a game-winner just 2:42 into the game; Dea (2) and Stratton (2) making it 3-0 before the first intermission as Pittsburgh outshot their opponents twenty-one to eight. Another from Ubriaco (2) and Fonteyne (2) rounded out the scoring. The final period was all about Hall keeping the scoreline respectable by stopping another twelve shots, and Roberts tried to send a message to the Penguins' MacNeil with a fight as the Pens played another clean game without any minor penalties.



1st 2nd 3rd OT F
StL @ 0 0 0
0
PIT
3 2 0
5

StL Hall (0-3-0 .917 3.33) 42/47, Powerplay 0/0
PIT Binkley (3-0-0 .957 1.00) 19/19, Powerplay 2/5

Goalscorers:
First Period
PIT Ubriaco (1) Boivin, Price 2:42
PIT Dea (2) Boivin, Rivard 4:18
PIT PPG Stratton (2) Bathgate 12:36
Second Period
PIT Ubriaco (2) MacNeil, Andrea 7:05
PIT Fonteyne (2) Schinkel 15:34
Third Period
Fight StL Roberts vs PIT MacNeil

Pittsburgh leads the best-of-seven series 3-0

Controlled Chaos - Hickory Nationals, Heat Two

Hickory Derby - Hickory, NC
Heat Two
Ed Smith, Bill Malbrough, Tommy Miller, Danny Krol, Scott Hutchins, Chris Henton, Billy Edgington, John McCrory, Bambi Rogers, Norm Gibson, Ricky Grimes, Ben Hadsell

Like the previous heat this one had a solid five minutes of action before anyone was eliminated with Bambi Rogers particularly rampant as she smashed into Norm Gibson three straight times; Grimes, Edgington, Krol, and Hutchins also joined the hunt.

But Gibson survived better than others as one of his attackers Ricky Grimes (3rd Jersey Derby, 3rd Texas Nationals, 1st Louisiana Invitational) had his own problems with Hutchins, McCrory and Hadsell forcing him into barriers where, upon freeing himself, only found Rogers waiting for him.

Ben Hadsell (1st Frostbite, Tied-2nd Summer National Derby, 2nd Texas) was not so lucky as he remained embedded in the scenery that Tommy Miller pushed him into, and Bill Malbrough is running out of time if he is to reach a final this season. His latest attempt ending with him in tenth pace as Smith, Hutchins, and Gibson all rocked him twice each.

Billy Edgington (9th Firecracker Open) misses an eighth straight final since his lone qualification, Chris Henton and Danny Krol sealing his fate with four and two hits respectively, and Norm Gibson (1st Lobster Nationals, 1st Texas) was done in eighth place to make him miss back-to-back finals for the first time since he missed out on the opening ten rounds of the season. A blindside from Grimes really crippling his chances after all of the early attention from the pack.

Second in the standings Scott Hutchins will follow the title leader Lozier into the consolation heat after Miller provided the fifth hit against him while he was stalled, and he is joined by Ed Smith who also stalled after blindsiding Miller allowing his last victim and Rogers to finish him off in sixth. Bambi Rogers survived mere seconds after that, John McCrory winning the rabid war between the two of them by rolling her over, and then Tommy Miller lost his own heat-long battle against Danny Krol after five hits were exchanged between the pair.

Victory over Miller and ten hits delivered earned Danny Krol a place in his ninth final and fourth in six weeks. Rogers, Gibson and Smith were forced to ride his challenges before Krol chased down Billy Edgington with a smart one-two shot. Then after taking a second hit from Miller he turned his focus onto his rival before losing out in the final three.

John McCrory, heading towards his eleventh final and second in six, was on a mission as he showed no sign of letting up with massive hits to Grimes and Rogers, but this approach brought it's own share of problems as his engine stalled twice and required timely re-firings. After his brutal dispatch of Rogers McCrory turned his attention to Krol and took one last scalp before Chris Henton charged in to take the heat.

Winning his third heat of the year Chris Henton was all about demolishing Billy Edgington from the start. Four hits and a bad miss later he had one less opponent to worry about. Smith, McCrory and Miller became his next targets and all three would have a second visit from Henton as he swept through them all to reach his eighth straight final; thirteenth for the year.

Race Result
1. Chris Henton
2. John McCrory
3. Danny Krol
4. Tommy Miller
5. Bambi Rogers
6. Ed Smith
7. Scott Hutchins
8. Norm Gibson
9. Billy Edgington
10. Bill Malbrough
11. Ben Hadsell
12. Ricky Grimes

Tuesday, 21 May 2013

Controlled Chaos - Hickory Nationals, Heat One

Hickory Nationals - Hickory, NC
Heat One
Darrell Andresen, Sam Harbin, Dick Garrett, Tom Gariepy, Will Thompson, Bobby Gallagher, Darryl Lozier, Jess Yates, John Ruiz, Randy Tondreau, Joe Ramage, Jamie Eilers

The first five minutes consisted of the kind of full-on action Controlled Chaos fans have come to expect as all twelve entrants went at it. Tom Gariepy was struck three times at the very start, John Ruiz was knocked seven times in the opening period, while Randy Tondreau (6th Tampa Open, 3rd Firecracker Open, 7th Alamo Derby) took four hits including a second bite from Andy Bing's stand-in Bobby Gallagher (8th Valentine's Day Massacre, 3rd Wisconsin Invitational) that took them both out of the running.

The punishment inflicted upon John Ruiz (9th Arizona Derby, 1st Ides of March, 8th Seattle Derby) saw him finished in a sandwich between Sam Harbin and Dick Garrett, and Jamie Eilers (1st Summer Sizzler, 1st Summer National Derby) misses out on a sixth final out of the last ten as he waged a war with Darrel Andresen that consisted of five collisions where Andresen got in the final word.

Dick Garrett (6th Ides, 7th Wisconsin, 5th Seattle) makes it fourteen weeks without a final appearance to his name, seven hits from the pack doing him in, but Sam Harbin progresses to the consolation heat after delivering five hits, including that one that finished Garrett, and escaping a tight squeeze with seconds to spare on his count-out.

Another entrant that moves on into the consolation heat is Tom Gariepy who was indiscriminately motoring through the pack with seven hits before a combination of hits from Harbin and Garrett crippled him enough that his final hit on Joe Ramage put an end to his own ambitions. Joining him and Harbin will be Jess Yates who battled hard with and defeating Ruiz, and Darryl Lozier who yet again must survive the second chance race in order to make it to the final. His path ended in a stall after Will Thompson wiped him out hard on a blindsider with the championship leader chasing down both Ramage and Yates.

After missing on his first attempt Darrell Andresen composed himself and struck seven cars nine times with Ramage and Harbin earning his wrath twice. His late battle with Will Thompson was too much and he places in third, meaning he qualifies for his twelfth final and first since making five in a row over a month ago.

Will Thompson had already found himself under constant harassment from Joe Ramage as he took four shots from him, three of which came late in the twelve minute heat after Thompson initiated things by blindsiding Ramage. Joe Ramage though was just unable to find enough and win the heat, but he survived a very long stall early on before going all-out on Thompson.

Will Thompson then takes his fifth heat victory and guarantees he will at least move above Andy Bing in the standings as he enters his twentieth final of the year and fourth in a row. A late stall and a mid-race miss could have proved costly, but he survived those problems and the head-to-head conflict against Andresen while he had Ramage hounding him throughout.

Race Result
1. Will Thompson
2. Joe Ramage
3. Darrell Andresen
4. Darryl Lozier
5. Jess Yates
6. Tom Gariepy
7. Sam Harbin
8. Dick Garrett
9. Jamie Eilers
10. John Ruiz
11. Bobby Gallagher
11. Randy Tondreau

Monday, 20 May 2013

Player of the Game Hockey - NHL 1967/68 Playoff QFs, April 9th 1968

Tuesday 9th April 1968
East Division
Montreal Canadiens @ Boston Bruins Game #3
Beliveau's (5) third game-winning goal of the series leads Montreal to a commanding 3-0 lead. With the game tied at 1-1, Larose (1) for the Habs and Williams (1) for Boston exchanging second period tallies, the leading scorer in the playoffs made his mark again 11:39 into the third period.

Boston had their chances before that though as the outshot Montreal nine two in the first frame and only a spectacular stop by Worsley with his side on the powerplay kept the game scoreless. The shots were twenty-two to twelve in favour of the Bruins after forty minutes, but again they were struggling to beat the Canadiens' number one netminder, even failing to score on five powerplays to leave them 0-for-10 in the series and staring at elimination.



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

MON Worsley (3-0-0 .925 2.33) 29/30, Powerplay 0/5
BOS Cheevers (0-3-0 .875 4.00) 23/25, Powerplay 0/4

Goalscorers:
First Period
No Scoring
Second Period
MON Larose (1) Ferguson, Rousseau 9:56
BOS Williams (1) unassisted 18:04
Third Period
MON Beliveau (5) Rousseau, Ferguson 11:39
MON ENG G Tremblay (2) Savard 19:40

Montreal leads the best-of-seven series 3-0

Toronto Maple Leafs @ Detroit Red Wings Game #2
After ending the regular season so poorly it is a big boost for Toronto to take a two game lead back to Canada in a game that, compared with the fightfest in the first of the series, was very tame with only one penalty called.

It was on that minor penalty to Walton where Detroit scored first ten minutes in through P Mahovlich (1), but the advantage was short lived when Conacher (2) knocked home his goal less than three minutes later. The second period remained close but the Leafs were more clinical in front of goal, Ellis (2) unassisted and Oliver (1) putting them in command at 3-1 heading into the final twenty minutes.

An early goal from G Jarrett (1) assisted Ullman resulted in them picking up their seconds points of the postseason, pulling to back to 3-2, but again Toronto were quick to respond, M Pronovost (1) restoring the two goal lead 1:35 later.



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

TOR Bower (2-0-0 .912 2.50) 24/26, Powerplay 0/0
DET Edwards (0-2-0 .859 4.50) 27/31, Powerplay 1/1

Goalscorers:
First Period
DET PPG P Mahovlich (1) Unger 10:41
TOR Conacher (2) Armstrong 13:23
Second Period
TOR Ellis (2) unassisted 7:57
TOR Oliver (1) Hillman, Pulford 9:10
Third Period
DET G Jarrett (1) Ullman 2:04
TOR M Pronovost (1) Stanley, Conacher 3:39

Toronto leads the best-of-seven series 2-0

West Division
Philadelphia Flyers @ Los Angeles Kings Game #3
Joyal (1), H Hughes (1) and White (2) score in a second period that the Kings dominated and went into the third period up 3-2; the Flyers getting powerplay goals from Dornhoefer (1) in the first and Rochefort (1) to make it 2-2.

The poor showing from Philadelphia got worse in the final frame as the generated just three shots after nine in the first and seven in the second. The Kings had twenty-eight of their thirty-five efforts through the second and third periods and, after B Hughes (1) insured the win, Los Angeles have the series lead.



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

PHI Parent (1-2-0 .900 3.00) 31/35, Powerplay 2/3
LAK Rutledge (2-0-0 .917 1.33) 17/19, Powerplay 0/3

Goalscorers:
First Period
PHI PPG Dornhoefer (1) Selby, Angotti 4:56
Second Period
LAK Joyal (1) Flett, Irvine 0:16
LAK H Hughes (1) Rolfe 4:19
PHI PPG Rochefort (1) unassisted 11:51
LAK White (2) L MacDonald, Wall 17:30
Third Period
LAK B Hughes (1) Rolfe 9:23

Los Angeles leads the best-of-seven series 2-1

Controlled Chaos - Hickory Nationals Preview

There are five more events until the top twenty drivers head to Indiana to compete for double points, and today the top seven drivers are separated by just thirty-eight points, with the next three competitors a further 16.5pts back. Rob Remaley is cleared to return to action next week, so Tommy Miller has one last chance to impress, and Andy Bing is out for the Hickory Nationals with a minor leg injury; he will also return next time out but four-time finalist Bobby Gallagher will fill in here.

The first heat is stacked with talent as five of the top eight feature with Darryl Lozier looking to improve upon his recent form against Will Thompson who has made three straight finals, Tom Gariepy who has won to of the last seven, Joe Ramage who has a single points-scoring appearance in the last six weeks when he won the Bryan Family Open, and Jamie Eilers who after winnig back-to-back rounds has qualified for five out of eleven.

After winning out last week and reaching second in the standings Scott Hutchins will go in heat two, the Bluegrass Derby champion going head-to-head with Norm Gibson who has twelve finals in the last sixteen weeks, and Chris Henton who took runner-up spot last week as part of his seven consecutive weeks of appearances.

Sunday, 19 May 2013

Controlled Chaos - Bluegrass Derby Standings

Darryl Lozier's lead is becoming increasingly precarious thanks to his poor form where he has won a single event and taken just two top five finishes in the past fourteen weeks, failing to qualify for five other finals in the process. With his win in Louisville Scott Hutchins moves up from sixth to take over second place from the injured Andy Bing, while Will Thompson was the only other member of the top ten to reach the final, gaining a slight bump for his seventh place finish.

Chris Henton moves into that top ten with a runner-up place, joing the one-hundred point club in the process, and Lynne Higgins' third moves her up three spots to thirteenth.

Name Pts Derby Wins Heat Wins
Darryl Lozier 156.5 4 4
Scott Hutchens 143 2 4
Andy Bing 136 4 3
Will Thompson 134.5 1 4
Tom Gariepy 128.5 3
Joe Ramage 121 2 1
Norm Gibson 118.5 2 1
Jamie Eilers 102 2 3
Will Murphy 102
2
Chris Henton 101 1 2
Ben Hadsell 83.5 1 4
Leo May 70
3
Lynne Higgins 66
3
Matt Welliver 60.5 1 3
Steven Redden 57.5
1
John McCrory 57.5
1
Darrell Andresen 52
6
Sam Harbin 50
1
Ricky Grimes 49 1 2
Rob Remaley 45.5
2
Danny Krol 42
4
Jess Yates 40
3
Charlie Clayton 32
2
John Ruiz 31 1 2
Jason Ingle 30.5
2
Randy Corson 30
2
Bobby Gallagher 27
2
Dick Garrett 27
1
Don Davis 25
2
Bob Alexander 22
2
Randy Tondreau 22
1
Reggie Banks 21 1
Ed Smith 15
1
Timmy Barnes 14
1
Philip Ruffin 10
1
Bambi Rogers 5

Kenny Rose 2
1
Billy Edgington 2

Tommy Miller 0