Tuesday, February 26, 2008

2008 NHL Trade Recap

Good bye, Matt Cooke; Hello, Chris Simon

Before anyone passes judgement on Chris Simon, please read this piece from Sports Illustrated.

Monday, February 25, 2008

Diablos 1 - Nemesis 0: A Big Night For Diablos Everywhere

Diablos around the world had reason to celebrate last night. First off, your hometown club has finally scratched and clawed their way to the lone spot on top of the D1 West standings. They earned two points by defeating the Nemesis 1-0 in a hard fought, chippy, and (needless to say) defensive battle.

Johnny "J.D." Driscoll had the lone, shorthanded tally with a wicked wrister over the blocker of the Nemesis 'tender. The Diablo plumbers kept the explosive Nemesis offense from getting any good looks and goaltender Justin Alderink turned away all 30 shots to earn the shutout.

The Diablos are now the owners of the best record in the D1 West division and will be playing the Buccaneers next Saturday at Breck Arena.

Ecstatic as you might be over the hockey game, that was not the only Diablo triumph last night. The Diablos favorite stripper turned screenwriter, Diablo Cody, won an Oscar (slightly less prestigious than the AHA D1 Title) for Best Original Screenplay for her movie Juno. How much do we love Diablo Cody? Watch.

Unfortunately for the rest of us, this screenwriting thing is working out because we'd really like to see her back on the pole.

Sunday, February 24, 2008

Diablos vs. Nemesis

Not just for some of the marbles...

We don't have the building or the banners, but we all have a little pitchfork wielding diablo running around inside us.

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Saturday, February 23, 2008


Does anyone have a digital camera? Have a friend or loved one (does anyone love a Diablo anyway?) come to the game and take some action photos and send them to me. I'll post them as soon as I get them.

We're missing too many Kodak moments.

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Steve Nelson: Media Whore

Watch around 3:00. Norm Sucks.


The Wisconsin Badgers will administer a four point beatdown on the Gophers this weekend, Nelson. And Keith Ballard is a pussy.

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Diablos vs. Muskies Recap

Diablos Gaff The Muskies

Sunday, February 17, 2008.

Bloomington, MN. In an unprecedented display of offensive firepower the AHA D1 Diablos Hockey Club dominated a depleted Muskies team, skating without two of its top three scorers, at the Bloomington Ice Gardens Sunday night. Ironically, the Diablos did it minus their own top three scorers of C Ted Reiff, LW John Driscoll, and C Steve Nelson. The Diablos set club records for goals scored in a game with 8, goals scored in a period with 5 in the 3rd, shots on goal with 43, shots allowed with 9, points in a game for an individual player with RW Dean Groth's 4 (2g, 2a) and fewest penalty minutes in a game for the team with 0.

The game followed a team meeting brought on by a lackluster performance by the Diablos in an exhibition game against the TCGHA BG Moose White team the day before at Mariucci Arena. In that game the Diablos failed to control play and ended up out shot and out skated, lucky to escape with a 1-1 tie. In the team meeting Captain Todd Ewing exhorted the Diablos to move their feet, get open, pass the puck and shoot, shoot, shoot. Apparently the Diablos followed their captain's words with deeds.

On the opening shift of the game the Diablos took the puck deep into the Muskies zone and carried play hard to the net forcing Muskies sub-goalie Dave Homel (Renegades) to cover up. Homel had no idea where the puck was and only a quick whistle saved an early goal as the puck's momentum carried it slowly into the net behind Homel. It was a sign of things to come. At 14:23 of the 1st period D Andy Claypool single handedly carried the puck up the left side into the Muskies zone and fired a low shot on net beating Homel five-hole for Claypool's first AHA regular season goal. At 9:56 of the
period the Diablos added another tally when C Peter Sinesio fired home a pass from RW Dean Groth.

The second period opened with a sign the Muskies weren't out of it yet and proof that goaltending can be an adventure. Diablos goalie Justin Alderink skated out high in the zone to play a puck that had split the Diablos defenders. Alderink, normally the best, most reliable passer on the team, tried to move the puck up the right side, but instead fanned on the attempt. Muskies forward B. Hirano, that team's second leading scorer, was in on Alderink on the fore check and picked up the loose puck. The helpless goalie could only look to the heavens as Hirano buried the puck in the open net unassisted at 16:07. It was Alderink's second misadventure with the puck of the night, though the first he had to pay for, and his teammates demanded that he stay in the net for the remainder of the game. The Diablos got the goal back at 11:53 when Dean Groth scored his first of the game with an assist from Peter Sinesio.

The Diablos had dominated play for two periods, but the score was only 3-1 to begin the 3rd. Then the bottom fell out for the Muskies. The Diablos used their longer bench and more rested skaters to put the game away beginning with D Ryan Carroll's power play blast for an unassisted goal at 13:07. At 9:35 C Jarick Losey scored on a hardworking cycle in the neutral zone of LW Rocco Bonello to RW Mat Lindquist back to Bonello and over to Losey. Bonello and Lindquist picked up assists on the play. At 6:44 Dean Groth scored his second of the game on a feed from D Pieter VanZyl at the point. RW Monique Lindquist picked up an assist on the play along with VanZyl. At :34 C Todd Ewing and the top line were finally rewarded after skating hard all game when LW John Blasingame went into the corner to gather a loose puck. Blasingame fired hard to Ewing standing in front of the net and Ewing buried the puck high over Muskies goalie Homel. Scoring closed out much as it had begun when Peter Sinesio picked up is second of the game with an assist from Dean Groth.

In all, eleven of the fourteen Diablos skaters picked up at least a point in a game that was a total team effort. While RW Dave Christenson and D Greg Smith and Mike Monroe didn't factor on the official score sheet, they all factored unofficially with their strong play. The Diablos stayed out of the penalty box, skated hard, passed and shot the puck. Shots on goal for the Diablos 13-13-17 for 43; for the Muskies 1-5-3 for 9.

Stars of the game:

#1 RW Dean Groth
#2 C Peter Sinesio
#3 D Andy Claypool

Up Next:

The Diablos face their co-first-place team the Nemesis on Sunday 02-24-08 at 9:00p at Richfield East. - JB

Fastest Man on Skates

Literally made me shiver.

Diablos 8 - Muskies 1

An unheard of output by the team which is usually stingy in this category. Goals? Nope - Shots. 43 to 9???!!! Insane in the Membrane!

Official AHA Scoresheet - TR

Saturday, February 16, 2008

Diablos vs. Muskies

Get the tip-ups and the coolers ready.

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Friday, February 15, 2008

Luongo on the Wrong Meds

Here is an extended version of last night's highlights from NHL.com. Sorry if you don't like "Dumb or Dumber", there's always the mute.

Of course, there was a fight - but Rolston? Actually there were two... Rolston vs. Burrows & Rolston vs. the Linesman.

Burrows got an extra two for the instigator, but the ref's forgot the rule which says that if you've got a visor on, it's an extra two for instigating. Oh and let's not forget the bogus roughing call on Burns at the end of period 2 that led to Kessler's tying goal. Man - what's the deal with the refs this year?

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Plays That Didn't Show Up On SportsCentre - India

Unfortunately, they don't have TSN in New Delhi - so I missed these plays from last week (not including Richard Zednik's new scar, which will never make this blog unless it finds its way onto a Deicide video).

First one - nice toe drag by Burnsy.

Next - the spin-a-rama by Ryan Shannon of the Diablo-hated Nuks vs. Chicago.

Wait a second... was that Khabibulin? Are you thinking what I'm thinking...?

Both against the Blackhawks, & the Bulin Wall, & Denis Savard - the inventor of the spin-o-rama. And finally, in the same Blackhawks / Nuks game, how 'bout a little scrap. Of course, Adam Burish is a badass - he's a Wisconsin Badger. Hey Nelson, when's the last time Keith Ballard won a fight?

Oh, and I just got done watching Burns and Koivu make Luongo look like he took the wrong medication tonight. Outstanding 2 points. Hopefully highlights later.

Happy Valentine's Day from the Diablos

Sunday, February 3, 2008

Diablos 5 - Buzz 3

The Diablos were able to come back and score four unanswered goals to defeat the Buzz 5 - 3 last night.

This isn't a metaphorical highlight video - its just that every time I think of the Buzz, I think of this skit.

By the way, when I was in midair last night after getting the full body trip, I was thinking of 1:45 of the video. I didn't land it like Belushi, but he wasn't wearing skates.

If someone wants to write a full recap, get it to me by 9:00 pm tonight.

Diablos 0 - Ice Gators 1

Not the prettiest effort by the Diablos last night. Another shut out by the ice gators. They scored a goal on their second shift of the game and then both teams skated in circles until they ran into each other.

Metaphorical highlight video (Diablos = Giggy)