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St. John's Maple Leafs Game 29: Preview and Review: Wed. Dec. 10th, 2003

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12-10-2003, 05:01 AM
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St. John's Maple Leafs Game 29: Preview and Review: Wed. Dec. 10th, 2003

It is Wednesday, December 10th, 2003.

The Rochester Americans and the St. John's Maple Leafs are back in action tonight at Mile One Stadium for the second game of their two-game set. The Maple Leafs took game one 4-3 in overtime on a goal by veteran Jeff Daw. Game Time is 6:05 pm Eastern (7:35 pm Newfoundland Time).

The Amerks continue to struggle on the road with the loss last night in overtime. The Amerks are 10-7-4-3 on the season and they are just 2-5-2-3 on the road. The Amerks are now tied with St. John's for 2nd place in the North Division (27 points).

Amerks Leading Scorer:
Derek Roy 9-14-23
Jason Pominville 10-9-19
Norm Milley 7-8-15

Amerks Goaltending Statistics:
Tom Askey 2-4-0 with a 2.14 GAA and a .923 SPCT
Greg Gardner 0-0-0 with a 0.00 GAA and a .000 SPCT

Amerks Sin Bin Leader:
Paul Gaustad 60 PIM in 24-games

Notes:
GF 50 GA 47 (+3)
PP 18-for-138 (13.04%)
PK PPGA 13 TSH 111 (88.29%)

The St. John's Maple Leafs will be looking for the sweep tonight at Mile One Stadium. It was a big win for the club last night rebounding after being down 2-nothing, giving up the equalizer with just 11.1 seconds left in the third period and then winning it in overtime. With the win the Leafs improved to 12-13-2-1 on the season and more importantly moved closer to .500 at home (5-6-2-0). The Leafs are currently tied for 2nd place in the North Division with the Amerks.

Leafs Leading Scorers:
Kyle Wellwood 4-20-24
Wellwood is T-5th in the AHL in scoring (24 points) with Jozef Balej and he is T-1st in the AHL in assists (20) with Pavel Rosa.
Brad Leeb12-7-19
Leeb leads the AHL in shots on goal with 120.
Jeff Daw 6-13-19

Leafs Goaltending Statistics:
Sebastien Centomo 6-7-2 with a 2.70 GAA and a .915 SPCT
Mikael Tellqvist 2-2-0 with a 2.22 GAA and a .920 SPCT

Leafs Sin Bin Leader:
Kris Newbury 54 PIM in 26-games

Notes:
GF 75 GA 91 (-16)
PP 20-for-137 (14.60%)
PK PPGA 28 TSH 124 (77.42%)
Carlo Colaiacovo is T-15th in scoring among AHL defensemen with four other players.

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Leafs Win....Enforcer/Policeman Needed

Rochester Americans 1
St. John’s Maple Leafs 5

Wilm 2G, 1A…Leeb 1G, 2A…Hedin 1G, 1A…Gavey 2A…Tellqvist Records Win!

The St. John’s Maple Leafs defeated the Rochester Americans 5-1 Wednesday night at Mile One Stadium to complete the sweep of the two-game series. Clarke Wilm netted a pair and added an assist. Brad Leeb recorded a goal and two assists. Pierre Hedin recorded a goal and an assist. Druken gets another point (assist), his 14th in just 10-games. Mikael Tellqvist records the win and kicks aside 23 of the 24 shots he faced. With the win the Leafs take sole possession of 2nd place in the North Division. Great series for the Blue and White!

The Amerks and Leafs played a scoreless opening 20-minutes of hockey Wednesday night at Mile One Stadium. It was an entertaining first period of play. The Leafs carried the play and fired 13 shots on the Amerks goaltender Tom Askey who was up to the challenge. Tellqvist turned aside five of the shots that the Amerks fired his way. No score heading into the first intermission, who would get the first goal?

The Leafs had a good chance early in the middle stanza when Pierre Hedin beat Askey but not the crossbar. It was only a matter of time before the Leafs would find the back of the net because they were playing well and getting lots of opportunities to score. The Leafs scored a natural hat trick in the middle stanza to take a 3-nothing lead. The Leafs opened the scoring with a goal off the stick of defensemen Pierre Hedin, his 4th of the season, with the assists to Aaron Gavey and Harold Druken at the 5:00 minute mark. The Leafs opened a 2-nothing on a goal off the stick of Clarke Wilm, his 6th of the season, with the assists to Chris Chartier and Brad Leeb at the 15:33 mark on the powerplay. The Leafs took a 3-nothing lead with a goal off the stick of Brad Leeb, his 13th goal of the season, with the assists to Pierre Hedin (his second point of the game) and Clarke Wilm (his second point of the game) at the 19:00 minute mark. Leeb also had an assist in the game. Shots in the second period were 12-10 in favor of the Leafs, 25-15 in favor of the Leafs after 40 minutes.

The Leafs opened a 4-nothing lead with a goal off the stick of Ric Jackman, his 1st of the season, with the assists to Brad Leeb (his 3rd point of the game) and Aaron Gavey (his 2nd point of the game) at the 6:28 mark on the powerplay. The Leafs opened a 5-nothing lead with a goal off the stick of Clarke Wilm, his 2nd of the game and his 7th of the season, with the assists to Brendan Bell and Ben Ondrus at the 10:00 minute mark on the powerplay. With the Leafs up 5-nothing the game was over but it was interesting to see if Tellqvist could get the shutout but it was not to be. The Amerks broke Tellqvist’s bid for the goose egg at the 12:18 mark with a goal off the stick of David Cullen, his 3rd of the season, with the assists to Domenic Pittis and Norm Milley on the powerplay. The third period was chippy and proved that the Leafs need an enforcer/policemen to take care of players like Sean MacMorrow and Paul Gaustad who decided to try and stir things up and take things into their own hands. Gaustad should have been taken care of in the second period and definitely in the third period. Players like Leeb, Druken and Wellwood should not have to be in the middle of the pushing and shoving on the ice. Give the Leafs credit for dealing with the chippy play and sticking up for themselves, but a true enforcer/policemen is needed big time. Shots in the third period were 12-9 in favor of the Leafs, 37-24 in favor of the Maple Leafs in the game.

3 Stars:
1 Clarke Wilm 2G, 1A
2 Pierre Hedin 1G, 1A
3 Aaron Gavey 2 assists

Notes:
The Leafs Overall Record improves to 13-13-2-1.
The Leafs home record improves to 6-6-2-0.
Tellqvist improves to 3-2-0, 23-saves.
The Leafs went 3-for-9 on the powerplay.

Leafs Scratches: Josh Holden, Nathan Barrett, Carlo Colaiacovo, Luca Cereda and Max Kondratiev

Leafs Starters:
Forwards: Ben Ondrus-Harold Druken-Kyle Wellwood
Defense: Brendan Bell-Ric Jackman

Line Combinations:
Ben Ondrus-Harold Druken-Kyle Wellwood
Aaron Gavey-Jeff Daw-Brad Leeb
Clarke Wilm-Kris Newbury-Robb Palahnuk
Jonathan Gagnon

Defense Pairings:
Brendan Bell-Ric Jackman
Pierre Hedin-Jay Harrison
Chris Chartier-Marc Moro
Regan Kelly

Next Action: Friday, December 12th, 2003 against the Binghamton Senators at Mile One Stadium

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Any info on why Carlo was scratched tonight? Is he hurt, or are they simply rotating?

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How's Jay Harrison looking these days? Haven't heard much of him lately

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Dang, Holden out again!


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Any info on why Carlo was scratched tonight? Is he hurt, or are they simply rotating?
carlo has been a little banged up recently, and might have aggravated a few things in the first game against rochester ... the radio broadcasters sounded confident that he'd be back for the next game ... i think it was a combination of jackman coming down and regan kelly playing well that allowed shedden to give colaiacovo the night off to rest his wounds ... he's been playing a lot for the baby leafs as well, so just physically/mentally is was probably good for him to take a rest (the leafs have two more games this week-end before hitting the road again).


note: the baby leafs face the roadrunners at ricoh coliseum in t.o. next friday night!


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Colaiacovo

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Any info on why Carlo was scratched tonight? Is he hurt, or are they simply rotating?
russ4king,
If anyone deserves a night off on the St. John's Maple Leafs it would be Carlo Colaiacovo. Like Doug said Colaiacovo has played a lot this season and he plays in all situations.

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How's Jay Harrison looking these days? Haven't heard much of him lately
DocHolliday,
Jay Harrison has been one of the Leafs best defensemen this season. He is quitely going about his business. The additions of the Colaiacovo's, Hedin's, Bell's and Kondratiev's have taken the focus off of Harrison, but he continues to play well and provide the Leafs with solid play on the backend.

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DocHolliday,
Jay Harrison has been one of the Leafs best defensemen this season. He is quitely going about his business. The additions of the Colaiacovo's, Hedin's, Bell's and Kondratiev's have taken the focus off of Harrison, but he continues to play well and provide the Leafs with solid play on the backend.

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Good to hear. I hadn't heard much about him this year, but I guess with his style of play, now news is usually good news.

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