Date: September 25, 2016

Pride Take Down Team Russia

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By Daniel Tamer – National Women’s Hockey League

Coming off a narrow victory against Boston College, the Boston Pride took on the Russian Women’s National Team in a pre-season matchup at Warrior Ice Arena Saturday night.

Both teams came out with a nervous energy and were unable to generate much zone time for the first few minutes of the game. 

It wasn’t until 10:49 of the first period when a deke and finish from Meghan Duggan in the slot put the Pride up 1-0.

A crosschecking penalty committed by Kacey Bellamy at 16:31 of the first would allow Team Russia to produce some scoring opportunities. Russia’s power play led to a controversial goal on a rebound, scored by former Connecticut Whale forward Ekaterina Smolentseva, knotting the game at one going into the second.

On an early 2-on-1 rush in the second period, Brianna Decker scored on a pass from Zoe Hickel. Russia would take a penalty right after, leading to another Pride goal scored by Alex Carpenter less than a minute later to put them up 3-1 early in the second.

Halfway through the second, Brittany Ott replaced Lauren Slebodnick in net for the Pride. A few minutes later, a turnover at the blue line by Kacey Bellamy led to a breakaway for Fanuza Katirova, but she was hooked and awarded a penalty shot. Katirova’s backhand attempt was denied by Ott and went wide, as she was unable to make the Pride pay for their mistake.

Just forty seconds into the third a loose puck squirted out to the point and Decker buried her second goal of the game, making it 4-1.

Later on in the period, Kacey Bellamy took her second penalty of the game but upon returning to the action, she was able to pick up the puck on an offensive rush and put one past the Team Russia goaltender to put Boston up 5-1. Both goalies stood tall for the remainder of the period, and when the clock hit triple zeros, the final score was 5-1 in favor of the Pride.

Team Europe edges Sweden in OT, advances to World Cup final

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Tomas Tatar scored twice, including the overtime winner, as Team Europe stunned Sweden with a 3-2 victory in the semifinal at the World Cup of Hockey on Sunday.

Tatar kicked the puck to his skate and put a shot past a sprawling Henrik Lundqvist at 3:43 of the extra period. It was ruled a good goal after a quick video review, earning Europe a berth in the best-of-three final against Canada beginning on Tuesday.

Marian Gaborik had the other goal for Europe (3-1-0) while Jaroslav Halak made 37 saves.

It was not the first time Team Europe has stunned an opponent at the best-on-best tournament. The team, made up of players from eight separate countries, opened the World Cup of Hockey with a surprising 3-0 win over the Americans.

Erik Karlsson and Nicklas Backstrom responded for Sweden (2-0-2) while Lundqvist stopped 28 shots.

Karlsson’s point shot, which appeared to redirect off of European defenceman Roman Josi, beat a screened Halak with 4:32 remaining in the third to tie the game 2-2 and force overtime.

Tatar gave Europe its first lead of the afternoon 12 seconds into the third period, picking up his own rebound, which Lundqvist mishandled, and beating the New York Rangers goaltender for his first of the tournament.

Thomas Vanek nearly made it 3-1 midway through the third after his shot got past Lundqvist, but Anton Stralman was there to clear the puck before it crossed the goal line.

The two teams were tied 1-1 after 40 minutes.

Backstrom opened the scoring, putting home the rebound off of Stralman’s shot for his second of the tournament at 2:31 of the second.

Team Europe challenged that Patric Hornqvist was interfering with Halak prior to the puck going in, but after a review, it was ruled a good goal.

Gaborik tied it 1-1 with 3:33 remaining in the second, redirecting a Christian Ehrhoff feed between the legs of Lundqvist for his second goal of the tournament.

Hornqvist had an excellent chance to open the scoring 15 seconds in, but was denied by the left toe of Halak.

Anze Kopitar had the best chance of the opening period for Europe. With 49 seconds remaining, Kopitar’s shot hit Swedish defenceman Victor Hedman and nearly got under the arm of Lundqvist, who got just enough of the shot to make the save.

 

 

Q & A With Karim Kerbouche

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By National Teams of Ice Hockey

From August  9, 2014

We had the great pleasure of interviewing Karim Kerbouche who had a major impact in starting the Algerian Ice Hockey Association.

You are widely considered starting the Algeria Ice Hockey Association can you tell us a little more about yourself?

I’m born in London, UK, with Algerian background. I started playing ice hockey in London at around aged 13, playing junior and then senior in the English national league. I’ve also studied sports management in college.

What is the future of ice hockey in Algeria?

Progress is slow unfortunately, it’s not easy to introduce a new sport to Algeria, the problem is mainly with the government, they’re slightly behind the times when it comes to supporting new sports. We do however have quite a lot of public support, almost 100,000 likes on our facebook page, and with the future projects with Morocco and Tunisia I feel Algerian hockey has a bright future.

There is no ice rinks in Algeria, are there any future plans in build one?

There is currently one ice rink in Algeria which opened this year, it’s small, I believe 300 meters squared, in Algeria’s 2nd city Oran.
There is talk of full size rinks but nothing concrete, with the growing wealth in Algeria and people seeking more leisure activities I very much expect to see a full size ice rink in the next couple of years.

If and when there is an ice rink in the country do you think a league can be form?

There will be a league, after discussion with Morocco and Tunisia, and advice from the IIHF, the aim will be to have a cross country North African league, I feel it’s very important for us to develop both our senior and junior hockey together, I think it’s the only way you’ll see any of us compete in a world championship one day.

Ice hockey is growing in Africa countries like Morocco, Tunisia and Egypt have started to play the game and South Africa have been playing for a long time is there an African Cup in the future?

I think so, we all want it, we even discussed it a couple of weeks ago, the problem has always been the funding, it’s very expensive for us and Morocco and Tunisia to get to South Africa, ideally we’d need a big sponsor or IIHF assistance. Expect to see a North African ‘Maghreb cup’ in the near future though.

Can you please tell us what is the Maghreb Cup?

The Maghreb Cup will be a tournament involving the three North African countries of the Maghreb region, Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia. We hope to have the first one in 2015.

Algeria has a very small synthetic ice rinks that are suitable for children to learn the basics. Have you or anyone else started children hockey programs in the country?

We haven’t yet and that’s something that really disappoints me. For me this is biggest priority now.

Does the Algeria Ice Hockey Association have plans to become IIHF member in the near future?

Definitely, hopefully we can apply in 2015

Outside from yourself who are the movers and shakers of Algerian ice hockey?

Our captain Harond Litim, well established in French hockey, was a big hit on a French comedian, remi gaillard, prank video. He has his finger in all sorts of pies, MMA, water sports, rap videos. He also puts a lot of work into Algerian hockey.
We have Rouen junior elite coach Nordine Mahdidi, he played with us initially and will now be working on coaching with us.

Many Algerian players play aboard, what is the level of play for Algerian players and who would you say is the best player today?

We have some very good players, mostly in France.Benchabane who plays in ligue Magnus is probably the top player,Chougui who just signed for asniere is a very good player, our captain Litim of course, and two former ligue Magnus players Fahas and Sadani. There’s a few young guys playing junior in France and Canada who we hope to come through.

Algerian National Team have not played for sometime now are there and plans to play any games in 2014-15?

There will be games in 2015, I’m pretty confident the North African tournament will happen, I’d like to add a couple more fixtures on top as well.

You scored the first ever goal for the Algerian national team during the 2008 Arab Cup against Morocco, what was the feeling like?

It was a dream come true for me, firstly to play for Algeria then to actually score, it was amazing, still the highlight in my hockey life.

What is your favorite NHL team?

I don’t follow the NHL much anymore, when I was a kid I always liked Anaheim, now I just like to watch the teams who play a tough physical style.

Who is your favorite player past or present?

When I was younger I liked Paul Kariya, I also liked the enforcers. I follow them more than the skilled guys. These days, I like how Chicago guys Kane and Toews play, I like Kadri. It’s good to see an Arab in the NHL, and I guess St. Louis enforcer Reeves.

What is the one thing about hockey that you like the best?

I like the physical side of ice hockey. I’m a big football (soccer) fan but I always felt it was missing the physical side of things. I think hockey has a good mix of skill and toughness.

Thank You for you time and we wish you the best of luck going forward.
Thank you very much, we appreciate all the support we can get.

 

Corey Perry has rare chance to join Niedermayer in hockey history

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By Ken Campbell – The Hockey News

In case you’re wondering, Corey Perry keeps all his championship rings and gold medals locked in a safety deposit box. It must be a really, really big one. “I don’t travel with them,” Perry deadpanned as Team Canada prepared for its semifinal game against Russia in the World Cup of Hockey. “I don’t know what I’m going to do with them. We’ll figure something out when I’m done playing.”

Perry has not only a chance to add another bauble to his collection, but he also has an opportunity to join a miniscule group of players when it comes to winning championships. Miniscule, as in one. In all of the history of the game, only Scott Niedermayer has won a Stanley Cup, Olympic gold medal, World Championship, World Junior Championship, Memorial Cup and Canada/World Cup title. Perry can join him if Team Canada can win three more games in the tournament. Perhaps he and Niedermayer, a former teammate with the Anaheim Ducks and a special assignment coach with the Ducks, can compare their hardware when he returns to Anaheim.

Like Niedermayer, winning follows Perry around. And like Niedermayer, Perry has been a huge part of the championship teams on which he’s played. When asked if there are any similarities between the two, Perry’s Anaheim teammate Ryan Getzlaf cracked, “Yeah, they skate the same.”

He was joking. Niedermayer is one of the smoothest, most effortless and efficient skaters the game has ever seen. Perry, on the other hand, skates as though he’s on a personal mission to do as much damage to the ice as possible. But the results are undeniable. It all started for Perry in 2005 when he barely made Canada’s WJC team during the NHL lockout and scored seven points to help Canada win the title. Later that season, after scoring 130 points for the London Knights, he added another 38 in 18 playoff games to lead the Knights to the Memorial Cup. Two years later he contributed to the only Stanley Cup he has won in his career. He then won gold medals with Canada both in Vancouver in 2010 and in Sochi in 2014 before becoming the 27th member of the Triple Gold Club (Stanley Cup, Olympic gold and World Championship) when Canada won the world title last spring.

Perry is well aware that he’s on the cusp of history. Not surprisingly, he hasn’t given it a lot of thought. “Obviously, I’ve heard about it and I kind of know what’s at stake,” he said. “But at the same time, it’s just a matter of going out and playing hockey. I don’t worry about it. You don’t know if it could ever happen again, but I just go out and let the chips fall. It would be a tremendous honor for sure and it speaks volumes of the teams that I played for and guys I played with.”

It also speaks volumes of his contribution to those teams. Playing on what is essentially the third line on the left side of Jonathan Toews and Logan Couture, Perry has a goal in the tournament, mostly because he hasn’t been getting many looks. He has just six shots in the tournament, while Toews has 10 and leads Canada in scoring with three goals and an assist. The best thing about this for Perry is that he was not initially part of the group that was named to play in the World Cup and was added to the team when Jeff Carter had to pull out with an injury. But Hockey Canada knows what Perry is all about and appreciates how he has always answered the call for his country, so it was a pretty easy decision for both sides.

“The times I went (to the World Championship in 2010, 2012 and 2016), the season kind of ended abruptly and I wasn’t planning on sitting back and relaxing for another month or so,” Perry said. “It’s a great time and anytime you get a call, if you can go, I go and I want to be a part of that team.”

What Perry is on the cusp of accomplishing is something rather special. Sidney Crosby, who has won everything but a Memorial Cup, lost to Perry’s Knights in the final in 2005. Wayne Gretzky hasn’t done it. Nor has Mario Lemieux, nor Team Canada teammates Toews or Patrice Bergeron. They’ve all come close, but none of them has a safety deposit box with quite as much variety as Perry.

“It’s important to have winners, period,” said Team Canada coach Mike Babcock. “If you look at our group, we have a lot of determined people that have been in a lot of good situations and have learned how to win and expect to win. And in the big moments in your life, the best of the best deliver and they think they’re going to deliver. They don’t know why, but in their heart and in their mind they know they’re going to do it.”