Friday, November 30, 2007

Diablos vs. Ice Gators

Although it seems better suited for an old AWA Rasslin' match, we're back at the Coliseum Saturday night! 8:45 pm, 12/1.

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Thursday, November 29, 2007

Midweek Doldrums

For those of you who like tight white pants.

Monday, November 26, 2007

Someone Needs a Touch of Slayer.

I'm not saying who.

Going from Bad to Worse

I can't catch a break.

Duke Fires Ted Roof After 1-11 Season.

Nice name, loser.

Diablos 0 - Ak Bars 3

Diablos Shut Out to Ak Bars; Earth Still Maintaining Rotational Axis

ST. PAUL, MN. 11/25/07. The Diablo Hockey Club was shut out against a good Ak Bar defense and goaltending tandem Sunday night at the State Fair Coliseum. While the Diablos could never get it going offensively, they gave up a goal each period and lost their second game of the relatively young season. Incidentally, the Earth is still rotating at an astounding 67,000 miles per hour and has yet to show no signs of pulling away from its orbit around the Sun.

The Diablo's deficient offense was illustrated on the stat sheet in the shots column. The 'blos only managed 18 shots and while soft spoken Ak Bar netminder Trey Cain was able to turn them all away to earn the shutout, he left a few juicy rebounds in front of the net that the Diablos forwards were unable to convert.

Justin Alderink stood firm in the Diablo crease turning away 40 of the 43 Ak Bar shots, but just as the Diablo forwards left rebounds dangling, the Diablos were unable to clear on their end. The Ak Bars were able to score all three of their goals by crashing and creating near the net. Tjelmenland had two goals and an assist, while Anderson potted one and had a pair of helpers.

Despite the undesirable effort put forth by the Diablos, the ever dependable Earth never wavered from its undeviating rotation. Not only that, but the abnormal performance of the Diablos couldn't even budge the angle of the Earth's tilt from its 23 degrees and 26 minutes. Although minutes after the loss it seemed as if the Earth was certainly going to be hurdling uncontrollably through space, civilization will continue, which means the Diablos will play their next game against the Ice Gators next Saturday at the Coliseum. Rocco will arrive around 8:37 and the first puck drops at 8:45. Official AHA Scoresheet. - TR

Sunday, November 25, 2007

Los Diablos vs. Ak Bars

Blasingame, Blasingame, hands of... ? Whatever. Get a name that rhymes.

Friday, November 23, 2007

Diablos vs. Ak Bars

November 25. 6:00 pm. State Fair Coliseum.

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Thursday, November 22, 2007

Happy Thanksgiving from the Diablos!

I'm thankful that the Minnesota Wild occasionally play better than they did last night. Frickin' Pinky.

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Official Diablo Position - Vancouver Sucks

It is the official position of the Diablos Hockey Club that the Vancouver Canucks, their players, their arena - GM Place, Matt Cooke, Mattias Ohlund, the Pinky and the Brain Twins, Todd Bertuzzi, Alain Vigneault and this goon Mike Brown, brought up to be a Boogey punching bag, suck. Big Time. Especially Matt Cooke. He's a pussy.

Sunday, November 18, 2007

Diablos Sink The Buccaneers

New Hope, MN. 11-17-07. The Diablos hockey team returned to the ice tonight looking to rebound from a horrible outing last week in their loss to the Nemesis. The Diablos were hoping that the Buccaneers, still looking for their first win of the 07-08 season, would allow them to get back on track. The Diablos picked up the win, and temporary claim the top spot in the D1 Western Division, with what proved to be a hard fought 4-2 win. Backstopped once again by able sub goalie Don Snyder, but missing regular forwards Rocco Bonello and Captain Todd Ewing, defensemen Ryan Carroll, Andy Claypool, and John Driscoll, and goalie Justin Alderink, the Diablos called on their other regulars and their trusty subs Dave Christenson, Larry Eckman, and Dean Groth to fill in and step up. The patchwork lineup and hard work proved to be just enough against a Buccaneers team that refused to roll over.

The first period started slow for the Diablos with no passing and inconsistent play in the defensive end. The Buccaneers tried to take advantage, but seemed as out of sink as the Diablos. The period ended with zeros across the board, no goals, no penalties, and almost no scoring chances for either team.

The second period started out better for the Diablos when defenseman, turned winger, turned defenseman Mike Monroe followed his acting captain's advice (finally) and put the puck on net with a hard shot from the blue line. C Ted Reiff pounced on the rebound and slammed home his third goal of the year at 14:53 for a Diablos lead. At 00:17 of the period LW John Blasingame was leveled at center ice by a trip by an overzealous Buccaneer leading to the first power play of the game.

The third period proved to be the pivotal one for both teams as the game came alive. The Diablos opened on the power play but were unable to score with the man advantage. However at 15:11, six seconds after the power play expired and before the Buccaneers could regroup, the Diablos struck. D Mike Monroe blasted another shot on net that went just wide, LW John Blasingame gathered the puck behind the net and made a nice pass to C Steve Nelson out front who slammed it home for his third of the year. The Buccaneers refused to give up and answered back with an unassisted goal of their own 50 seconds later at 14:39.

Play continued back and forth until LW Jarick Losey was hooked while trying to gather in a puck at center ice at 12:52 and the Diablos went on the power play for the second time. Like the first round the Diablos failed to get set up until the very end of the power play. D Mike Monroe did it again setting up Losey's game winner, a hard shot from the slot that banked off what seemed like the entire Buccaneers team before sneaking past the goalie for his second of the year at 10:50, two seconds after the power play expired. RW Dean Groth picked up his second of the year at 08:33 after taking a nice outlet pass from D Mat Lindquist, streaking in alone and firing a laser into the far corner. The Diablos had a third power play at 08:02 on a Buccaneers hooking call but failed to convert.

The score was 4-1 and the Diablos were apparently in control, but the Buccaneers refused to go away. They kept up the pressure until at 01:45 they snuck a second one behind goalie Don Snyder. At 01:28 D Greg Smith was called for tripping when a Buccaneer player stepped on his stick and went down. The Buccaneers pulled their goalie and went on a 6 on 4 power play with earnest. The Diablos were greatly aided on the penalty kill when one of the Buccaneers players broke the blade completely off his skate and went down in a heap. The Buccaneers buzzed around the Diablos goal but were unable to take advantage and the game ended with a Diablos 4-2 win. Shots on goal for the Diablos were 10-9-9 for 28; for the Buccaneers were 5-5-10 for 20. Goalie Don Snyder improved his Diablos record to 2-0-0 with a 1.50 GAA and a 0.930 save percentage - good for #5 overall in the league!

Stars of the game:

#1 D Mike Monroe (0g, 3a, 1 pipe)
#2 LW Jarick Losey (1g, 0a)
#3 Kloster - Buccaneers (2g, 0a)

Up next - At home against the Ak Bars at the State Fair Coliseum on Sunday 11-25-07 at 6:00p. Official AHA Scoresheet. - JB

Friday, November 16, 2007

Inspiration Hits.

Fire up against the Bucs.

Also, congratulations to Ron Francis who along with Scott Stevens, Al MacInnis, and Mark Messier, was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame on Monday.

Diablos vs. Buc's

Nov 11. 9:00 pm. We're away.

Inspirational video to come later (when inspiration comes).

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Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Monday, November 12, 2007

Diablos Meet Their Nemesis

St. Louis Park, MN. 11-11-07. Off to a hot start, riding a hot goalie and with all lines contributing, the Diablos looked to go 3-0 and continue atop the D1 West Division. Alas, it was not to be as the Diablos met their Nemesis tonight. Sadly, while the other team was solid, the Diablos proved to be their own nemesis.

The Diablos were out of position and off their game all night as they scrambled around their own end and failed to break the puck out. The Nemesis did a good job of always getting to the puck first and keeping play to the outside in their defensive zone. Untimely penalties, a parade of them in the first period and more late in the third, kept the Diablos from putting together any kind of consistent attack. Unfortunately, even in the second period when the Diablos stayed out of the box, consistency was not in the game plan.

The Nemesis put up goals in all three periods, 1 in the first, 1 in the second and 3 in the third and were in control from the opening whistle. The Diablos sole bright spot was a one timer through traffic by defenseman Pieter VanZyl at 4:23 of the third period to break the shutout. RW Mike Monroe got the lone assist. The Diablos will look to put this one behind them as soon as possible and regroup for next week. Shots on goal for the Diablos were 3-5-5 for 13; for the Nemesis were 12-12-9 for 33.

Stars of the game:

#1 Stanger - Nemesis (2g, 0a)
#2 Kampwirth - Nemesis (1g, 1a)
#3 VanZyl (1g, 0a)

Next up - On the road against the Buccaneers on 11-17-07 at 9:00p at New Hope South. Official AHA Scoresheet. -JB

Saturday, November 10, 2007

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Lumberjacks Tonight!!

Bring any wildflowers you'd like pressed!

9:00 pm on Sheet 3 @ Blaine Super Rink. Wear your White Jerseys.

Monday, November 5, 2007

Nelson said what?

Some of you may be wondering what Steve Nelson was saying to one of the Muskies behind the net during the Diablos Saturday night game. Nelson, a historian of Minnesota hockey, took a page from Herbie's book...

Also, deer hate eggs.

Sunday, November 4, 2007

Diablos Boat the Muskies

St. Louis Park, MN. 11-03-07. Coming off a big win over the Bruins in their first regular season game as a team, the Diablos hockey club looked to build on their success. The result? A 5-0 win, two more points, and the opportunity to at least retain a share of first place in the D1 West Division.

Sporting a lineup depleted of regulars, the Diablos filled in with their able bodied subs and did what it took to secure the victory. Saturday's game featured the first game of the regular season for regular goalie Justin Alderink, defensemen Greg Smith and Ryan Carroll, and forwards Mike Monroe and Rocco Bonello. Missing from the lineup were defensemen "Big" Andy Suerth and Andy Claypool, and team Captain forward Todd Ewing. All three subs, Larry Eckman, Dave Christianson, and Dean Groth stepped up and played well.

The game started well with the Diablos, wearing their home whites with the intimidating devil on the front, carrying the play in the first period. The Muskies came out flat and the Diablos took advantage. LW John Blasingame scored his first AHA regular season goal at 10:11 of the first, stuffing home a loose puck in the crease from behind the net. C Steve Nelson got the assist with his strong play out front and several shots from close in that put the Muskies' goalie down. The Diablos got another hard working goal at 5:42 of the period when C Peter Sinesio scored his first AHA goal on a feed from LW Jarick Losey, the other half of the Diablos' "Maniacs."

In the second period the Muskies came out flying and carried the play. The Diablos' forwards couldn't find their legs. The defense stepped up and kept the play to the outside and G Justin Alderink stood tall. The period ended with the Diablos clinging to their two goal lead and looking to regroup.

In the third period the Diablos took advantage of the Muskies' shorter bench and regained control of the game as the Muskies lost steam. C Steve Nelson broke free at the blue line and scored on a nifty wrist shot from 30 feet out at 10:08 of the period, rifling the best shot of the day past a screened Muskies' goalie. At 6:04 of the period Nelson broke another one free and went in on a two on one with LW John Blasingame. Nelson tried to pass across to Blasingame for the shot, but Blasingame was hooked down by a Muskies defender and never got a shot away. On the ensuing power play, just 24 seconds in at 6:28, LW Jarick Losey scored his first AHA goal, banking a shot off a defenseman's chest. C Peter Sinesio got the assist. C Ted Reiff iced the game just 19 seconds later at 6:09 with his second goal of the year. LW Rocco Bonello picked up his first point of the year with the assist on Reiff's goal.

All in all a solid performance for the Diablos with all three forward lines contributing goals. Goalie Justin Alderink was exactly as advertised, turning aside everything the Muskies threw at him, and the defense made sure that most of the shots he saw were from bad angles or at least partially blocked out front. The Diablos did a better job this week staying out of the penalty box and only had to kill off one penalty late in the game. Shots on goal for the Diablos were 6-9-9 for 24, for the Muskies 4-8-8 for 20.

Stars of the game:

#1 G Justin Alderink
#2 C Steve Nelson (1g, 1a)
#3 The Maniacs - C Peter Sinesio and LW Jarick Losey (1g, 1a each)

Next up - At home again against the Nemesis on 11-11-07 at 7:55pm at SLP East. Official AHA Scoresheet. -JB

Friday, November 2, 2007

ToddLove re: Muskies D1

Stick to the basics people tomorrow and stay in your positions. If any last second changes and someone can't make the game, contact John B. or JD ASAP. We should do ok tomorrow with Christenson, Smith & Groth in the line up. Our biggest plus is our regular goalie, Justin, will be playing. Defense clear the guy out front and remember one of you must get the puck in the corner. I know you will all miss my yelling tomorrow night so enjoy my absence.

Slayer - Seasons in the Abyss

If you listen to it backwards at 4:21, I swear I can hear them say "Cover the Point!" Hook the Muskies!

Thursday, November 1, 2007

Upcoming Game & Practice

This Saturday, the Diablos will host the D1 Muskies. The game is at 9:45 pm at the St. Louis Park Arena (East). Last week, the Muskies defeated the Nemesis 1-0. Should be a good tilt.

Next Thursday, November 8th, the Diablos will play a "friendly" with the Lumberjacks of D1 East at 9:00 pm on Sheet 3. The Diablos should wear their white jerseys.

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