March 13, 2007


Atlanta regains top spot


Associated Press/Dave Waters
Los Angeles Kings goalie Mathieu Garon (31) and teammate Mike Weaver keeps their eyes on the puck during the first period against the Edmonton Oilers Monday in Los Angeles.

ATLANTA (AP) — On a night of milestones, the only number that mattered to the Atlanta Thrashers was their place in the Southeast Division.
“Slowly but surely, we’re building home-ice advantage, and it’s such a key,” coach Bob Hartley said after the Thrashers went back on top of the division by beating the Washington Capitals 4-2 on Monday night.
Kari Lehtonen stopped 31 shots.
Alex Ovechkin scored two goals for Washington, including his 40th of the season.
Slava Kozlov scored the first goal of the game for Atlanta, giving him 300 in the NHL along with 700 points.
“It’s a great feeling to score 300,” Kozlov said.
The big, round career numbers are nice, but the focus for March is the race for the Thrashers’ first playoff appearance.
Eric Boulton set up goals by Bobby Holik and Keith Tkachuk in the win. Kozlov and Ilya Kovalchuk also scored as Atlanta moved two points ahead of Tampa Bay in the division race.
Coyotes 4, Flyers 0: Mikael Tellqvist made 24 saves for his second shutout of the season and added an assist to lead Phoenix.
Niko Kapanen scored his first goal and set up another. Owen Nolan, Mathias Tjarnqvist and Daniel Carcillo also scored forthe Coyotes, who won for the third time in 15 games. Phoenix has lost 19 of 28.
Martin Biron took a puck to the throat seven minutes into the game but remained in, finishing with 20 saves in his sixth straight start for the Flyers. Philadelphia is 3-2-1 with Biron, acquired from Buffalo at the trade deadline.
Kings 5, Oilers 1: Noah Clarke became the first native Southern Californian to score for the Kings and Mathieu Garon recorded his first victory in more than two months, sending Edmonton to its eighth straight loss.
Michael Cammalleri had two goals, and Rob Blake had a power-play tally and two assists to help Garon win for the first time in seven starts. Alexander Frolov also scored and Lubomir Visnovsky had three assists for the Kings, who snapped a five-game losing streak.
Garon made 26 saves.
Edmonton’s skid is three games shy of the franchise record, set during the 1993-94 season.
Flames 5, Blues 4, SO: Alex Tanguay and Jarome Iginla scored in the shootout for the host Flames.
After the team’s exchanged misses, Tanguay’s shot over Jason Bacashihua’s glove gave Calgary the edge. Miikka Kiprusoff denied Doug Weight on a deke, giving Iginla the opportunity to clinch it. He whipped a shot into the corner over Bacashihua’s blocker.
Kristian Huselius had a goal and three assists for Calgary. David Moss, Daymond Langkow and Dion Phaneuf also scored for the eighth-place Flames, who pulled within one point of Minnesota, Dallas and San Jose in the Western Conference playoff race.
Lee Stempniak scored twice, and Christian Backman and Peter Cajanek added goals for St. Louis.


Youth hockey results

The Cortland Flames Mite D hockey team came in first place in the Ithaca Rock the House Mite tournament this past weekend.  Goalies P.J. Shager and Zack Wilhoit made impressive saves all weekend, while forwards Nick Swartz, Matt Pelowski, Sammy Robbins, Matt Gombas, Turner Pomeroy and Alex Sanford added points to the board. 
While not scoring any goals, forwards Jared Berry, Lauren Swartz and Hayley Tasselmyer were an offensive force.
The Flames defense of Trevor Jubran, John Henry Clark, Jonathon Frederick, Ethan Welsh and Ryan Welsh came up strong on the point. 
The Cortland Flames are coached by Drew Davis, Chuck Wilhoit, Doug Frederick, and Lindsay Welsh.
The Waste Management/Darl Zehr Photography Cortland Flames Pee Wee Travel concluded their season this weekend by participating in the UNYHL McKie Cup Pee Wee Tournament in Geneva.  Four teams participated in the tournament, which was a standard round-robin play with standings based on the five-point system (1 point/period; 2 points/game). At the end of the initial round robin, Cortland led with 10.5 points and Salmon River had 9.5 points. These two teams played for the McKie Cup in the Championship game Sunday, with Salmon River beating Cortland in a close game, 3 to 2.  Cortland returned home with a second place trophy.
Nick Burton scored the only Cortland goal during a 2-1 loss to Salmon River on Friday, but the local team bounced back with two wins Saturday.
Casey Bergeron, Matt Condit, Dakota Baylor and Leo Riley each netted two goals during a 10-3 win over Geneva before Riley recorded a hat trick in the 8-0 shutout over STHA.
In the championship game Sunday, Riley and Zack Daniels each scored goals, but Salmon River again came out on top, by a 3-2 margin.
The Wallace Construction/Verizon Squirt Snowbelt team posted two wins one loss and one tie this weekend during the Ithaca Rock Your House Tournament.
Matt May scored the two goals during a 3-3 tie Friday against Ithaca I while May, Tyler Wallace and Dakota Strout each lit the lamp during a 3-0 win over Onondaga Saturday. Colden Kimber made 15 saves during the shutout.
May netted two more goals later Saturday with Easton DiIorio adding one goal and two assists during a 4-3 win over Ithaca II.
In the championship game Sunday, Ithaca II got revenge with a 4-2 win. Wallace and Tristan Cooper scored goals for Cortland.
The Stafford Chevrolet/Economy Paving/Homer Logging Squirt Travel team went 2-1 to place third in Geneva Tournament.
Danny Turck and Shea Swartout scored goals during a 5-2 loss to Midstate Friday.
On Saturday, Joel Potter scored three goals and dished out three assists while Danny Turck and Nate Walker each added two goals during a 12-0 shutout over Geneva. Gage Eldred made four saves to secure the win.
Later in the day, Cortland topped Binghamton 3-2 behind a pair of Walker goals.
Matt May, Tyler Wallace and Tristin Cooper were chosen to participate in the First Annual Snowbelt All-Star Game Saturday in Rome. The Cortland trio was selected for their dedication, sportsmanship and hard work throughout the season.
Other nominees included Easton DiIorio, Jake Karpovage and Dakota Strout.
The game ended in a 7-7 tie.


Leads hold up as event closes

Jason Bennett of Cortland emerged as the singles champion while Brandon Mayr and Jim Burch from Groton won the doubles crown as the Seven Valley USBC Men’s Tournament finished up at Hi-Lanes in Homer over the weekend.
Bennett’s 810 series held up over the final weekend of competition, which was highlighted by a 300 game rolled by Tom Sopp of Cortland to close out a 771 series (good for ninth place) that also included games of 249 and 203. Homer’s Josh Fortin rolled a 793 on the final weekend to take second.
Mayr and Burch also went into the weekend in the lead, with a total of 1,644. Gary Dorward and Jim Haskins from DeRuyter were a distant second at 1,562.
The all-events title went to Haskins, with a total pinfall of 2,352. Cortland’s John Boyle was second at 2, 305 and Burch third at 2,246.
The awards banquet will take place at 9 a.m. March 25 at the Cortland American Legion.
— When the Seven Valley USBC Association asked Garry ‘Spike’ VanGorder to be the emcee at their recent Hall of Fame Dinner, they had additional intentions.
Not only did VanGorder preside over those events back on March 3, when past Hall of Fame bowlers were inducted into the new organization Seven Valley USBA organization, he joined their ranks.
A long-time contributor to the sport who also participates in league play and city tournaments, VanGorder became the newest member of the Seven Valley USBC Association Hall of Fame at the Cortland Elks Club Dinner.
The event also gave a new home to past bowlers who were members of the now defunct Cortland Bowling Association and Cortland Women’s Bowling Association Hall of Fames. There were 51 men and women on hand to move into the Seven Valley USBC Hall of Fame, while those Hall of Fame members who have passed away were also remembered during the ceremony.