The Quest for the Colonial and Tarry Cups
The Quest for the Colonial and Tarry Cups
Tuesday, Mar. 20th, 2007
LAKE ST. LOUIS, MO - The final three weeks of the regular season in the United Hockey League (UHL) will determine which team will win the Tarry Cup and which teams will be in the playoffs challenging for the league’s ultimate prize, the Colonial Cup.
Two significant changes were made to the playoff landscape this past week. The Quad City Mallards came within one game of earning a playoff berth in the Western Conference. Back-to-back victories on Friday and Saturday against the Chicago Hounds and the Flint Generals, respectively, helped propel the Mallards to the brink of the postseason. A Quad City win or shootout loss or a loss by the Elmira Jackals this week will clinch a playoff berth for the Mallards.
The other change is that with a 3-1-1 week, the Chicago Hounds currently hold the fourth seed in the Western Conference. Last week they would not have qualified for the playoffs. The Hounds also distanced themselves from the Bloomington PrairieThunder who has 50 points. The Hounds are the league’s hottest team having a 7-2-1 record over the past 10 games. They scored 24 goals last week and were paced by forward B.J. Radovich who recorded back-to-back hat tricks over the weekend.
In the Eastern Conference, the Flint Generals remained five points ahead of the Port Huron Flags for the third seed in the East because both teams posted 2-2-0 records last week. Despite being five points behind, the Flags have the advantage of having 11 games remaining to play whereas the Generals only have eight more contests on the schedule. However, both clubs distanced themselves from the Elmira Jackals who went 0-3-0 last week and sit 10 points behind the Generals. With eight games remaining, the Jackals will need to get hot in order to catch Port Huron and Flint.
The Tarry Cup is awarded each year awarded to the team that finishes the regular season with the best overall record, as determined by points earned in the standings. After a 3-0-0 week, the Fort Wayne Komets have become a serious challenger to the Muskegon Fury in the chase for the Tarry Cup. The Fury sit atop the Eastern Conference with 95 points while the Komets lead the Western Conference with their total of 91 points. In addition, the Rockford IceHogs (86 points) and the Kalamazoo Wings (84 points) are still alive in the hunt for the Tarry Cup.
MADE IN AMERICA – Last weekend Mike Modano of the Dallas Stars scored his 503rd NHL goal to break Joe Mullen’s record for the NHL all-time goal scoring lead among American born players. This week, Don Parsons of the Quad City Mallards has the opportunity to pass Joe Mullen and become the all-time American-born professional goal scoring leader. Mullen scored 622 goals during his professional career, and Parsons currently has 621 career goals. In addition, Parsons is just 56 goals behind Flint Head Coach Kevin Kerr (677 goals) for first on the all-time minor league goal scoring list.
THE TEN SPOT – For the second time this season, a UHL team scored double-digit goals in one game. On Saturday, the Kalamazoo Wings defeated the Port Huron Flags 10-2. The other game this season when a team hit double-digit scoring was on Feb. 3 when the Rockford IceHogs lit the lamp 10 times against the Muskegon Fury.
ONE, TWO, THREE – Four different skaters recorded a total of five hat tricks last week. Chicago’s B.J. Radovich tallied a hat trick on Saturday against Bloomington and then had a four-goal day against Quad City on Sunday. Rockford’s Mike Doyle and Bruce Watson both lit the lamp three times in the same game, an 8-1 defeat of the Mallards. Port Huron’s Scott Wray tallied a hat trick against Elmira on Sunday.
A PROUD HOMETOWN – Rockford center Preston Mizzi and Fort Wayne goaltender Dan McWhinney were named the UHL’s player and goaltender of the week, respectively. They are both natives of Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario.
A HELPING HAND – Both the Kalamazoo Wings and the Quad City Mallards held jersey auctions over the weekend. The Mallards raised $36,257 to benefit the Genesis Senior Compassion Fund during their 11th Annual Genesis Jersey Auction. The K-Wings raised $32,375 from the 26th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Green Ice Jersey Auction. The proceeds will go to the American Heart Association, March of Dimes, Susan G. Komean Foundation, Domestic Violence Coalition and Community Advocates.
AROUND THE LEAGUE
Bloomington PrairieThunder - (2-1-0) – The PrairieThunder had a franchise and season record five-game winning streak snapped by Chicago on Saturday…Goaltender Kris Tebbs recorded all five victories in goal and had a .934 SPCT during the stretch…Forward Alex Goupil has scored eight points (4g, 4a) in the last three games and 10 points (5g, 5a) in the last five games…Defenseman Mark Phenow had a four-game assist streak snapped on Saturday…Since the beginning of February, center John Spoltore is averaging 1.05 points per game in 22 games played.
Chicago Hounds - (3-1-1) – The Hounds have gone 9-2-4 since Feb. 18…With his outburst of seven goals in two games, forward B.J. Radovich almost doubled his previous season total of eight goals…Defenseman Chris Busby has recorded two assists four times in the last five games…Chicago plays three road games this week. The Hounds have a 13-17-4 record away from the Sears Centre...After sitting out the past month with a injury, goaltender Marty Magers returned to the net, posting a 1-1-0 record in his first two games back in the lineup.
Elmira Jackals - (0-3-0) – Center Glenn Detulleo is averaging 1.00 points per game in nine matches since joining the Jackals in a deadline trade. He tallied two goals and an assist last week…Over the last 10 games, the Jackals have the league’s worst mark at 3-7-0…Right wing Frank Littlejohn is on a three-game point streak…Goaltender Zach Sikich held the Fury to one goal on 16 shots in 31 minutes of relief on Friday…Elmira plays two games this week and will host Kalamazoo on both Friday and Saturday. The Jackals have posted a 1-5-0 record against the K-Wings this season.
Flint Generals - (2-2-0) – The Generals’ streak of five consecutive games ending in a shootout was snapped with a regulation loss to Bloomington on Friday…Flint is tied with Quad City for the most shootout losses this season with nine…Left wing Bobby Reynolds is on a five-game point streak (3g, 5a)…Defenseman Tyson Turgeon a had five-game point streak snapped Sunday. During the span he tallied 11 points (1g, 10a) almost equaling his season point total prior to the start of the streak (15 points)…The Generals lead the league with 88 power play goals.
Fort Wayne Komets - (3-0-0) – With three victories last week, the Komets extended their overall winning streak to four games and their home winning streak to three games…Fort Wayne reached 90 points for the sixth time in eight seasons in the UHL…Center J.C. Ruid tallied his 200th career assist against the Flags on Friday…Defenseman Brent Henley skated his 300th career game on Saturday against Rockford…Goaltender Dan McWhinney stopped 67-of-72 shots last week and posted a 1.87 GAA…Fort Wayne will play four games this week, two at home and two on the road.
Kalamazoo Wings – (2-1-0) – The 10 goals scored on Saturday during the Annual Green Ice Game were the highest total by the K-Wings in the game’s 26 year history. Kalamazoo’s first sellout crowd of the year witnessed the 10-2 win over Port Huron…Center Kory Karlander recorded his 200th career goal in the game...Left wing Nick Bootland broke the record for game-winning goals in a K-Wing’s UHL career (13) with his tally on Friday against Rockford...Kalamazoo snapped Rockford’s 11-game home winning streak on Friday with a 4-2 victory.
Muskegon Fury - (2-2-0) – With two victories over Elmira last week, the Fury captured the season series with an 8-1-0 record…With one more road win, Muskegon will tie the club record for most road wins in a season with 24…The Fury are five points away from their fourth consecutive 100-point season…Muskegon had an eight-game streak of allowing two goals or less snapped on Sunday in a 5-1 loss at Fort Wayne…In his pro debut, center Mark Nebus scored a goal and recorded a plus-3 rating…Center Todd Robinson (39g, 77a) is six points away from tying the single-season club record.
Port Huron Flags - (2-2-0) – With his hat trick on Sunday night, left wing Scott Wray became the third Flag to record a three-goal game this season…Center Steve Hildenbrand is on a three-game goal streak…With a 2-1 win over Muskegon on Wednesday, Port Huron has now won four of its last five meetings with the Fury. The win also marked just the fifth time this season that the Flags won when trailing after the second period…Center Greg Bullock has recorded a point in eight of his last 10 games…Bullock ranks fifth in the UHL in power play assists with 25.
Quad City Mallards - (2-3-0) – Forward Luke Stauffacher has eight multiple-goal games this season. His two goal night on Saturday tied him with forward Don Parsons for the team lead in goal scoring (36)…Quad City defeated Flint on Saturday, 7-5. The Mallards have a 5-0-0 record against the Generals this season. The two teams will face off again this Saturday in Flint…Defenseman Sergei Durdin played his 200th career game on Saturday…As a team, the Mallards have the third-highest goal total in the UHL this season (229). Ironically, they have allowed 229 goals as well.
Rockford IceHogs - (1-2-1) – The IceHogs will play eight of their final 11 regular season games at home and will not leave the state of Illinois for the remainder of the regular season…On Wednesday with a win over Quad City, Rockford hit the 40-win plateau for the third straight season…Defenseman Dan Boeser is on a three-game goal streak…Center Preston Mizzi is now the IceHogs all-time leader in goals (64), power play goals (24) and short handed goals (five)…Defenseman Nathan Lutz has been whistled for 14 minor penalties in his last six games.
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