St. John's Maple Leafs Game 32: Preview and Review: Fri. Dec. 19th, 2003
It is Friday, December 19th, 2003.
The St. John's Maple Leafs are back in action tonight against the Toronto Roadrunners at the Ricoh Coliseum. The Leafs have not played a game since Saturday, December 13th when they played the Binghamton Senators at Mile One Stadium, a 4-2 loss. The Roadrunners played last night against the Phantoms, a 3-1 loss. The Leafs defeated the Roadrunners 6-4 in the teams first meeting of the season. Since the Maple Leafs last game they have added a player, lost a player and announced that they are going to loan defencemen Brenden Bell to Team Canada for the Spengler Cup in Davos, Switzerland. The Leafs added Greg Lakovic for his toughness and they lost Max Kondratiev who decided to return to Russia. A big Welcome to Greg Lakovic and Good Luck & Best Wishes to Max Kondratiev. Game Time is 7:00 pm Eastern (8:30 pm Newfoundland Time). Tonight's game is being televised on The Score.
The St. John's Maple Leafs have played 31-games so far this season and have an overall record of 14-14-2-1. The Leafs have played 16-games at Mile One Stadium and have a record of 7-7-2-0 and the Leafs have played 15-games on the road and have a record of 7-7-0-1. The Leafs are 5-5-0-0 in their Last Ten and are coming off of a home stand that saw the team go 3-1-0-0. The Leafs are currently in 2nd place in the North Division with 31 points, eight back of division leader Hamilton and two points ahead of the Amerks.
Maple Leafs Leading Scorers:
Kyle Wellwood 4-22-26
Brad Leeb 15-9-24
Harold Druken 10-10-20
Jeff Daw 6-14-20
Aaron Gavey 3-15-18
Maple Leafs Goaltending Statistics:
Sebastien Centomo 6-8-2 with a 2.72 GAA and a .916 SPCT
Mikael Tellqvist 4-2-0 with a 1.82 GAA and a .933 SPCT
Maple Leafs Sin Bin Leader:
Kris Newbury 76 PIM in 29-games.
GF 88 GA 97 (-9)
PP 25-for-158 (15.82%)
PK PPGA 30 TSH 143 (79.02%)
Wellwood leads the AHL Rookies in Scoring with 4-22-26, T-9th overall in the AHL in Scoring with Peter White.
Leeb is T-11th in the AHL in Scoring (15-9-24) with Patrick Sharp and Matt Herr.
Jamie Hodson was also loaned to Team Canada for the Spengler Cup.
The Toronto Roadrunners have played 28-games this season and have an overall record of 9-14-3-2. The Roadrunners have only played 8-games at Ricoh Coliseum and have a record of 3-3-2-0 and the Roadrunners have played 20-games on the road and have a record of 6-11-1-2. The Roadrunners are 5-3-0-2 in their Last Ten and are coming off of a 3-1 loss to the Phantoms last night. The Roadrunners are currently in last place in the North Division, just three points behind Syracuse and five points behind both Manitoba and Cleveland.
Roadrunners Leading Scorers:
Jamie Wright 11-7-18
Jani Rita 8-10-18
Mike Bishai 9-8-17
Roadrunners Goaltending Statistics:
Michael Morrison 4-4-1 with a 2.25 GAA and a .916 SPCT
Stephen Valiquette 4-7-1 with a 2.52 GAA and a .909 SPCT
Chris Madden 1-5-1 with a 3.41 GAA and a .867 SPCT
Roadrunners Sin Bin Leader:
Rocky Thompson 89 PIM in 28-games.
GF 65 GA 79 (-14)
PP 10-for-123 (13.01%)
PK PPGA 20 TSH 128 (84.38%)
Doug Lynch is 12th in AHL Scoring among defencemen with 4-10-14.
Have fun at the game. I will be watching the game tonight on The Score. I was wondering if you would send me the pics that you take tonight at the game or post them here (if that is permitted). Look forward to reading your thoughts on the game.
The St. John's Maple Leafs defeated the Toronto Roadrunners 5-3 Friday night at the Ricoh Coliseum. The win improves the Leafs record to 15-14-2-1 overall and 8-7-0-1 on the road. Aaron Gavey was credited with a pair of goals, his second was originally given to Brad Leeb, but was changed after the goal was reviewed. Harold Druken chipped in with a beauty goal and an assist to keep his point streak alive. Colaiacovo added a pair of assists. Greg Lakovic showed all Leafs fans why he was brought in by Coach Shedden with a pair of fights against the roadrunners Rocky Thompson...Welcome to St. John's Greg Lakovic.
The St. John's Maple Leafs opened the scoring with a goal off the stick of Aaron Gavey, his 4th of the season, with the lone assist to Jeff Daw at the 10:02 mark. The Leafs did not enjoy the lead for long because the Roadrunner tied the game 1-1 with a goal off the stick of Jeff Woywitha, his 1st of the season, with the assists to Dan Tessier and Jamie Wright at the 14:01 mark on the powerplay. The Leafs Marc Moro fought the Roadrunners Brad Winchester in the first. Shots in the first period were 9-8 in favor of the Maple Leafs. It was a good opening 20-minutes of hockey.
The Maple Leafs would take a 2-1 lead on a goal off the stick of Kyle Wellwood, his 5th of the season, with the assists to Brendan Bell and Harold Druken at the 5:46 mark on the powerplay. The goal came off of a rebound off a sharpe angle shot by Bell, Wellwood stuffed it home from about three feet. As was the case in the first period the Roadrunners tied the game up on a goal off the stick of Nate DiCasmirro, his 6th of the season, with the assists to Jani Rita and Doug Lynch at the 10:32 mark on the powerplay. It was the Roadrunners second powerplay goal of the game. There were three fights in the middle stanza. Fight #1: The Leafs Greg Lakovic fought the Roadrunners Rocky Thompson-decision Lakovic. Fight #2: The Leafs Robb Palahnuk fought the Roadrunners Michael Henrich. Fight #3: Lakovic and Thompson Round 2-Even fight. Shots in the second period were 13-11 in favor of the Roadrunners, 21-20 in favor of the Roadrunners through 40-minutes.
The third period saw the Leafs pour it on and dominate the game on the shot clock and the scoreboard. The Leafs took a 3-2 lead on a beauty goal off the stick of Jay Harrison, his 3rd of the season, with the lone assist to Clarke Wilm at the 7:13 mark. Harrison jumped into the play and went upstairs on the backhand. The Roadrunners would tie the game again on the powerplay with a goal off the stick of Doug Lynch, his 5th of the season, with the assists to Chad Hinz and Nate DiCasmirro at the 13:27 mark. The Leafs kept coming and worked hard and took the lead once again on a lucky goal. The goal was credited first to the Leafs Brad Leeb, his 16th of the season, with the assists to Carlo Colaiacovo and Jeff Daw at the 15:09 mark. According to the AHL Scoring Summary the goal has since been changed to read Gavey's 2nd of the game and 5th of the season, with the assists to Carlo Colaiacovo and Brad Leeb. No matter who got the goal the Leafs were up 4-3. The Leafs iced the game at the 18:16 mark on a beauty goal off the stick of Harold Druken, his 11th of the season, with the assists to Ben Ondrus and Carlo Colaiacovo. Druken took the pass and went upstairs on Morrison. Shots in the third period were 14-7 in favor of St. John's, 34-28 in favor of the Leafs in the game.
Maple Leafs Grub Club Hardest Working Player: Greg Lakovic-2 fights
The Leafs are now 15-14-2-1 on the season.
They improve to 8-7-0-1 on the road.
Tellqvist improves to 5-2-0, 25 save performance
The Leafs went 1-for-6 on the PP.
The Roadrunners went 3-for-7 on the PP.
Leafs Scratches: Holden, Barrett, Chartier and Cereda
Great game....Tellqvist disappointed me with his subpar puck-clearing showing and he seemed lazy in general...but made some good saves. Marc Moro played brilliant...I had known he's good with my vague knowledge of St John's, but really solid and physical...I'm ashamed to say I forgot my digital camera at home . But yeah, good game, first time seeing the Baby Buds and woo