Monday, December 31, 2012

The United States Advances, Beats Slovakia 9-3


Coming into today's game against Slovakia, the United States' offense was being questioned by many. These questions came on the heels of back-to-back 2-1 losses to Russia and Canada, games where both goals came off of the stick of Jacob Trouba, a defenseman.

However, U.S. coach, Phil Housley did not buy into the concern with his team's offensive abilities. In an interview with NHL.com, Housley commented on the situation, "But, right now, in these last two games, we've had chances. We just need to bury one of those early ones or get a bounce."

The U.S continued to get those chances in today's game and converted often, as they cruised to a 9-3 victory over Slovakia.

Thursday, December 27, 2012

ESPN Ranks Jonathan Quick At Number 16 Of 2012's Top 20 Athletes


In ESPN.com's Cross-Sport Power Rankings, a year long weekly series, the top 20 athletes from every sport would be ranked on their dominance and play in the various sports and leagues. This list was published through out the length of 2012 and now at the conclusion of the calendar year, ESPN has put together the top 20 athletes based on a what unfolded on their weekly list.

Only one hockey player made that list, that being Los Angeles Kings goalie, Jonathan Quick. Quick came in at number 16 on the list, ranking higher than big name athletes like, Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers and Adrian Peterson of the Minnesota Vikings.

ESPN.com's brief description of Quick's season does not give him justice.
Kings goalie Jonathan Quick was already a Vezina Trophy finalist in the regular season. But he really made his mark in the playoffs, when he turned in one of the greatest runs the sport has ever seen. Quick led the eighth-seeded Kings to 10 consecutive road wins, and eventually the first Stanley Cup in franchise history.

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Colton Yellow Horn Of The Ontario Reign Scores A Beauty

The Ontario Reign of the ECHL have started their 2012-2013 season with a 20-7-1 record and have only lost back-to-back games once this season. The Reign's latest campaign, a 4-3 shootout victory over the San Francisco Bulls.

During the shootout, Colton Yellow Horn scored a beauty of a goal. Coming down on the Bulls' goalie, Yellow Horn brought the puck between his legs and pulled the spin-o-rama. A nifty variation of the always tricky deke.



Saturday, December 22, 2012

Vasily Mordinov Scores Game Winning, Lacrosse-Style Goal

The ongoing NHL lockout has forced has forced fan's eyes overseas and on lower levels of play in order to get their hockey fixes. Most are watching highlights and scores coming from Russia's KHL, the AHL, and various Junior Leagues in the United States and Canada.

However, a highlight from one of Russia's lower levels is now making its rounds around the internet. Vasily Mordinov of Ermak Angarsk of the Russian Major League scored a game winning goal for the ages.



In the third period, of a game against Sputnik Nizhny, Mordinov came around Sputnik's net and lifted the puck onto is stick. Mordinov then stuffed the puck under the bar for a lacrosse-style goal. Ermak went on to defeat Sputnik by a score of 4-2.