Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Practice Update, Martinson's Comments on Warmup Dustup, Stories From Around the ECHL & More

- It was a practice day for the Allen Americans yesterday as they prepare for game three against Fort Wayne on Thursday. The best news of the day was to see Aaron Gens practicing without the no contact yellow jersey. He is now ready to go and just needs to find a way to crack the lineup. Tristan King was skating for the first time since being injured in the Missouri series. It is possible Tristan could be available by the weekend.

- Here are some photos from practice courtesy of Dianne Webster:








Note: The rest of this blog post has black text on a white background. Obvious operator error by me that I can't figure out how to correct. Sorry if it causes a problem in seeing or reading the info. Will hopefully have it resolved by tomorrow.


- The ECHL announced the following fines yesterday as a result of the incident in warmups on Sunday. Allen’s Dyson Stevenson and Spencer Asuchak and Fort Wayne’s Gabriel Beaupre have each been fined an undisclosed amount as a result of their actions during pre-game warm-ups. In addition, both the Allen and Fort Wayne coaches and organizations have been put on notice that any further incidents during warm-ups will result in additional discipline. Here is what Allen coach Steve Martinson had to say about the incident.  "Our players got tired of the their guys warming up on our side of the ice. It happened in both games. In 20 years of coaching I have not seen anything like that. Our position is very clear, if something happens to a Fort Wayne player on our side of the red line it is on Fort Wayne. There will probably be more collisions if they keep warming up on our side. Now that the league has made it clear to both teams there will be a fine if players cross the red line, that should be the end of the problem."

- The Komets will arrive in Allen today and they will be taking the bus. No, not the 1000 miles the Americans travel on Big Red. The account I saw said Fort Wayne will travel by bus to Chicago (150 miles) and then fly to Dallas. 

- Here is the latest story from Justin Cohn of the the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette. A view from the other side titled, "Down 0-2, Komets not opposed to extra time off".....http://www.journalgazette.net/sports/professional/komets/Down-0-2--Komets-not-opposed-to-extra-time-off-13104388

- After the Rougned Odor incident with Jose Bautista of Toronto, Brian McCormack, Director of Broadcasting and Media Relations for the Idaho Steelheads talked to Steelheads coach Neil Graham about the baseball fracas and how it relates to fighting in hockey. It is a great read. http://www.idahosteelheads.com/blog/steelheads-news/speaking-steelheads-scraps/

- Below is a story written by Blake Sebring (news-sentinel.com) that talks about the "Black Aces" in hockey which refers to those players in the playoffs that are healthy scratches and not in the lineup. They are a key component to every team and must always be prepared to step in when needed. Here is Blake's story, "Komets' Black Aces adding more than depth".....http://www.news-sentinel.com/sports/komets/Komets---Black-Aces--adding-more-than-depth

- The Eastern Conference finals resume tonight as South Carolina is at Wheeling. The series is tied 1-1. It will be interesting to see how the the Stingrays rebound after blowing a three goal lead in the last six minutes of game two and then losing in double overtime. Check out this story written by Andrew Miller from The Post and Courier in Charleston, "Stingrays put Game 2 collapse behind them as series shifts to Wheeling.".....http://www.postandcourier.com/20160517/160519451/stingrays-put-game-2-collapse-behind-them-as-series-shifts-to-wheeling


DID YOU KNOW: When a team is ahead 2-0 in a seven game series, the historical victory probabilities are definitely on their side. Based on all major sports, the team with the 2-0 lead has a record of 617-77 and has won the series 88.9% of the time. However, when a team is ahead 2-0 they have won game three just 48.3% of the time (335-359). If you look just at NHL history in Conference finals when a team starts on the road and has a 2-0 lead the record is 18-1 (94.7%) to win the series and 11-8 (57.9%) to win game three.

10 comments:

  1. This happened to Ted and I before, and we just had to start from scratch. The next day should be fine. This software is puzzling in so many ways! I tried changing the colors, then I would get it to be red again with white script, but then we could not see the the writing on the draft page. ???????

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  2. Thanks Mary, I created the problem myself when I cut and pasted a couple of sentences from the ECHL press release on the fines from the Sunday warmup incident. That ended up changing everything I wrote after that to black text on red background which is impossible to read. When I tried to correct it I got the black text on white background. Just couldn't figure our how to get it go back to the white text with red background. Everything will be fine tomorrow when I start a new post.

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    1. This may be a side effect of copying from a web page, then pasting into Blogger's WYSIWYG editor. It's a common problem when going from web page to Outlook email, as well.

      A trick I use is to copy from the web page, paste into a plain text editor (such as Windows Notepad), then copy from the text editor from Blogger's editor. The stopover in the plain text editor effectively removes the web formatting, leaving you with Blogger's default styling.

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  3. you have this code span style="background-color: white;"- span style="color: black;". get ride of the span style="background-color: white;" and change the span style="color: black;" to span style="color: white;"

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    1. Or just wait until tomorrow for the new post! :)

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  4. Black Aces are also players called up from lower levels of hockey to be ready to fill a spot due to injury. In the NHL during the playoffs, NHL teams call up some of their AHL affiliate players once the AHL team is out of the playoffs. These guys practice together and stay in shape in case they are needed. It is common and you can google NHL teams calling up their Black Aces.

    Thanks for the continued info Barry.

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  5. Good rule I use is to paste into a text program (Notepad++, Notepad, etc.) then copy from there. The text only program can't carry 'formatting' over.

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  6. Correct. I do this all the time, as stated, it gives you just the text and not the formatting.

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  7. Thanks everyone for the help! It does indeed take a village to keep me from self destructing when it comes to technology.

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