Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Manley Cup Preview

Greensboro) Tonite at 9 PM (EST), from the IceHouse in beautiful Greensboro, NC is the World Championship of Mediocre Mens League Hockey: The Manley Cup Final

Steamers vs Guns & Hoses

The Steamers (10-5-0) reach the finals for the first time in franchise history, blanking the Jaguars in the opening round 4-0 and dumping the Blizzard 5-2 in the semi-finals. G&H (5-9-1) is somewhat of a cinderella story, knocking off the #1 seeded Panthers in the first round and the #5 Panthers to advance to their second consecutive Finals appearance.

The Steamers won both meetings between the clubs during the regular season - a 5-3 victory way back on October 22 and 8-3 earlier this month.

Friday, December 11, 2009

Ryno Blanks Jaguars

Greensboro) Behind 24 saves by Ryan Armstrong, the Steamers shut-down the Jaguars 4-0 in exciting GHL playoff action. Andrew Shackleford returned to the Steamer lineup after missing last weeks regular season finale and netted the games 1st goal at the 7:08 mark of the 1st period. The first period tally would prove to be all the offense that Armstrong would need in recording his 3rd shut-out of the season.

Jim Wilkie, Mike Auston, and Chris Hughes also scored for the Steamers. Nate Weeks & Alan Davis both added 2 assists in the victory.

"It was kind of an up-and-down game because both teams play the same style of game," Armstrong said. "We've been playing a pretty solid defensive game, and it's working."

NOTES: The Steamers advance to play the Blizzard in the Semi-Finals...

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Preview: Steamers vs Guns & Hoses

Thursday, December 3rd at 9:15PM

In a game full of play-off implications, the Steamers meet the Guns & Hoses in the regular season finale for both clubs. With a victory and a Blizzard Loss to the Jaguars, the Steamers can clinch 2nd Place entering the Manley Cup Playoffs. Meanwhile, the G&H squad has already clinched the #8 seed. The Steamers emerged victorious in the only other meeting between the teams this season, a 5-3 decision on October 22.

The Steamers will be without 2 of their usual defensemen with Mike Barry still nursing an upper-body injury and Rich Magohany still just nursing. No word on possible replacements in the Steamer lineup.

Game Day Stats: The Steamers have the #1 rated Defense in the League having surrendered only45 goals in 12 games (3.75 GAA)...The Steamers Offense currently ranks 5th (55 GF)...the Steamers are the least penalized team in the league with only 28 PIM.