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01-10-2004, 07:24 AM
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St. John's Maple Leafs Game 42: Preview and Review: Sat. Jan. 10th, 2004

It is Saturday, January 10th, 2004.


GAME 1000


The St. John's Maple Leafs are back in action tonight against the Toronto Roadrunners at Mile One Stadium. The Maple Leafs will be playing their 1000th game here in St. John's. The Leafs will be looking for the sweep and continue their winning ways against the Roadrunners this season. The clubs have played four times this season and the Leafs have won all four games (6-4, 5-3, 4-2 and 4-3). Tonight's game is Sold Out and there are a number of promotions throughout the night. Game Time is 7:35 pm Newfoundland Time (6:05 pm Eastern). Tonight's game is also being broadcast on Rogers Cable 9.

The Roadrunners have played 38 games this season and have an Overall record of 12-19-5-2. The Roadrunners with the loss last night dropped to 6-12-2-2 on the road. The Roadrunners are 3-5-2 in their Last-10. The Roadrunners have scored 97 goals this season but have given up 114. The Roadrunners are 24-for-161 on the powerplay (14.91%) and they have given up 29 PPGA on 177 TSH (83.62%). The Roadrunners are currently in 7th place in the North Division with 31 points.

Roadrunners Scoring Leaders:
Jamie Wright 12-16-28
Jani Rita 8-14-22
Doug Lynch 6-12-18
Chad Hinz 5-13-18
Mike Bishai 9-8-17

Roadrunners Goaltending Statistics:
Stephen Valiquette 7-11-3 with a 2.84 GAA and a .900 SPCT
Michael Morrison 4-5-1 with a 2.52 GAA and a .908 SPCT
Chris Madden 1-5-1 with a 3.41 GAA and a .867 SPCT

Roadrunners PIM Leader:
Rocky Thompson 113 PIM in 33 games.

The St. John's Maple Leafs have played 41 games this season and have an Overall record of 19-18-3-1. The Leafs with the win last night improved to 9-7-3-0 at Mile One Stadium. The Leafs have scored 115 goals this season but have given up 127. The Leafs powerplay is 33-for-220 (15.00%) and they have given up 41 PPGA on 205 TSH (80.00%). The Maple Leafs will be looking for the sweep against the Roadrunners tonight and will be playing their 1000th game here in St. John's. The Leafs are currently T-2nd in the North Division with the Amerks.

Maple Leafs Leading Scorers:
Aaron Gavey 11-19-30
Kyle Wellwood 7-23-30
Brad Leeb 15-12-27
Harold Druken 11-13-24
Jeff Daw 6-17-23

Maple Leafs Goaltending Statistics:
Sebastien Centomo 8-9-2 with a 2.67 GAA and a .918 SPCT
Jamie Hodson 3-5-1 with a 4.48 GAA and a .869 SPCT
Mike Minard 1-0-0 with a 3.00 GAA and a .912 SPCT

Maple Leafs PIM Leader:
Marc Moro 95 PIM in 41 games.

The Maple Leafs should have both Kyle Wellwood and Brad Leeb back in the lineup tonight.

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Game 1000...Leafs Play to Draw...2-0-2-0 on Home-Stand

Toronto Roadrunners 4
St. John's Maple Leafs 4

Leafs Battle Back to Earn Tie...Barrett Nets A Pair...Lakovic Nets Game Tying Goal...Mile One Erupts

The Maple Leafs earn tie in the clubs 1000th game in St. John's. It was fitting that the Leafs had to fight back to tie the game. The Leafs battled both the Roadrunners and the referee Saturday night at Mile One. The Leafs and Roadrunners played to a 2-2 draw in the first period, the second period saw the Roadrunners take a 3-2 lead but the highlight of the period were the four fights and the Leafs dominated the third period and fought for every inch of ice. Overtime settled nothing. Leafs finish series against the Roadrunners with a win and a tie and the four game home-stand with a 2-0-2-0 record.

The Maple Leafs opened the scoring in the hockey game with a beauty goal off the stick of Kris Newbury, his 4th of the season, with the assists to Robb Palahnuk and Regan Kelly at the 5:58 mark. It was a nice play all around and a nice move by Newbury to beat Valiquette. The Roadrunners tied the game at one with a powerplay goal off the stick of Tony Salmelainen, his 9th of the season, with the assists to Dan Smith and Jeff Woywitka at the 10:31 mark. The Roadrunners took a 2-1 lead on a goal off the stick of Doug Lynch, his 7th of the season, with the assists to Chad Hinz and Sean McAslan at the 16:25 mark. One thing about Doug Lynch is that he loves to shoot the puck and it is not on his stick very long. The Maple Leafs worked hard and tied the game at two with a goal off the stick of Nathan Barrett, his 6th of the season, with the assists to Brendan Bell and Aaron Gavey at the 19:20 mark. Shots in the first period were 10-7 in favor of the Roadrunners.

The second period saw the roadrunners take a 3-2 lead but that was not the story of the period. The story of the period were the four fights that took place. Brent Henley, Dan Baunm, Jamie Wright and Jeff Woywitka were involved for the Roadrunners and Ben Ondrus, Jay Harrison, Kris Newbury and Robb Palahnuk were involved for the Maple Leafs. Some added excitement to the middle stanza. Shots in the second period were 10-10, 20-17 through 40 minutes of play in favor of the Roadrunners.

The referee must have decided that he was not getting enough attention because in the third period he decided to call the Maple Leafs for five straight penalites. Up until that point the ref was calling a good game but his game fell apart in the third. The Roadrunners opened a two-goal lead with a goal off the stick of Tony Salmelainen, his second of the game and his 10th of the season, with the assists to Doug Lynch and Dave Cousineau at the 6:28 mark on the powerplay. The Maple Leafs fought off the penalty trouble the best they could and then they went to work to salvage the tie. The Leafs worked hard for the remainder of the game and it paid off. The Leafs cut the Roadrunners lead to 4-3 with a goal off the stick of Nathan Barrett, his second of the game and his 7th of the season, with the assists to Luca Cereda and Chris Chartier at the 13:22 mark. The goal was a short-handed marker. An unlikely hero knotted the game at four and the way the game unfolded it was only fitting that enforcer Greg Lakovic banged home his 1st of the season, with the assists to Nathan Barrett and Jay Harrison at the 16:05 mark. When Lakovic scored the goal Mile One exploded and the fans went crazy. Shots in the third period were 17-8 in favor of the Leafs 34-28 in favor of the Leafs after regulation.

There was no scoring in the overtime session and the Leafs outshot the Roadrunners 2-1, 36-29 in favor of the Leafs in the game.

3 Stars:
1 Nathan Barrett 2G, 1A
2 Tony Salmelainen 2G
3 Chris Chartier Assist

Maple Leafs Grub Club Hardest Working Player: Marc Moro

I usually do not disagree with the GCHWP but I thought that Moro played a bad game tonight.

Notes:
Leafs Overall 19-18-4-1
Leafs 9-7-4-0 at Mile One Stadium
Mike Minard 1-0-1, 25 saves
Roadrunners 2-for-7 on the PP.
Leafs 0-for-3 on the PP.

Nathan Barrett has played some great hockey in the last four games.

Luca Cereda has done the job for the Leafs since being inserted into the lineup.

Chris Chartier played a great game tonight and well in the Leafs last four.

Regan Kelly is playing a lot better than he did earlier in the season.

Next Action: Wednesday, January 14th, 2004 against the Chicago Wolves in Chicago.

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An awesome game... if Druken (or was it Holden?) had scored late in the third when he was at the side of the net but couldn't get it up over Valiquette, we'd have torn the roof off the place. Still, full value for the third period comeback, especially given the parade to the penalty box early in the third.

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Game 1000

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An awesome game... if Druken (or was it Holden?) had scored late in the third when he was at the side of the net but couldn't get it up over Valiquette, we'd have torn the roof off the place. Still, full value for the third period comeback, especially given the parade to the penalty box early in the third.
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It was indeed an awesome game. If it is the same play that I am thinking about then it was Aaron Gavey that had that chance at the side of the goal but could not put it by Valiquette. I agree if he had to score on that play the roof at Mile One Stadium would have blown off. Definitely full value for the 3rd period comeback and a great finish to Game 1000 in St. John's.

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