January 27, 2015 |
COLUMBUS - Jake Voracek skated to the left and shot right, fooling Penguins goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury, but barely raised his stick to celebrate. The 18,901 once-excited fans more or less yawned, unsure whether to clap or cry for the 16th tally in a 29-goal bonanza that may well have as many points as Sunday's Super Bowl provides. The 60th NHL All-Star Game was played with as much intensity as an afternoon nap, as much physicality as badminton and maybe as much interest as Disney on Ice. Even a mock post-whistle scrum around the net ended with smiles and hugs.
January 6, 2015 |
THE FLYERS are stuck in no-man's land. Entering yesterday's games, they were a full 10 points out of both a ticket to the Stanley Cup playoffs and the largest lot of pingpong balls in the Connor McDavid sweepstakes. You would not be wrong to think these are the darkest times for the Flyers' franchise since the string of five consecutive fruitless seasons in the early 1990s, save for that aberration in 2006-07. The Flyers have an unthinkable ending to their eight-game road trip to thank for that.
November 26, 2014 |
COWBOYS (-3) over Eagles Happy to have nailed spread winners the last 2 weeks on the Birds, and now looking for the hat trick. Both teams come in at 8-3, both teams have winning records against losing teams, and losing records against winning teams. So where is the edge? Huge Cowboys edge at QB (where Tony Romo is having arguably the best season of his career) and at RB (where DeMarco Murray is this season's LeSean McCoy). Only Aaron Rodgers has a higher passer rating than Romo, and, after an ugly season opener, Tony has thrown 21 TDs against only three interceptions.
November 8, 2014 |
Title-clinching goal last year? Check. This year's championship-winning assist? Check. Back-to-back Friends Schools League boys' soccer titles for Michael Burns and the Shipley Gators? Check, check. Burns, a junior forward, served a 40-yard diagonal cross to Konrad Bulanowski for the game-winner for the No. 1 seeded Gators as they rolled past No. 3 Westtown, 4-1, in the Friends Schools League final Friday afternoon. The win clinched the hosts' seventh title in 10 seasons. Burns had scored the winner in last year's 1-0 title-game triumph, also against Westtown.
November 6, 2014 |
Cherokee's Sam Rubin made 20 saves and stopped four penalty strokes Tuesday, and the No. 4 Chiefs advanced to the Central Jersey Group 4 field hockey final by defeating top-seeded host Freehold Boro. Cherokee won the penalty strokes, 2-1, after the teams tied, 1-1, through regulation and two overtimes. Joelle Wash scored the decisive stroke. C.J. Group 3 Field Hockey Semifinal Alex O'Donnell had a hat trick in top-seeded Moorestown's 7-0 home shutout of No. 5 Burlington Township.
November 1, 2014 |
Kadene McNeil's excitement was clear. "It's my first game," she said when Lindenwold coach Christine Jones told her she'd play in the girls' soccer season finale at West Deptford on Thursday. McNeil, a junior in Lindenwold's special-education program, played in the first soccer game of her life during West Deptford's 6-1 Colonial Conference victory. She also scored her first goal. With a comfortable lead, the Eagles pulled their goalie late. McNeil, who regularly practices with the Lions, dribbled down the field and scored.
October 30, 2014 |
Julie Rebh sent in the shot that sent Council Rock South into the state tournament Tuesday afternoon. Rebh one-timed a cross from Emily Discavage with 28 minutes remaining in regulation to lift the host, No. 14 Golden Hawks past No. 22 Great Valley, 1-0, in a District 1 Class AAA girls' soccer quarterfinal. Allison Taub delivered an eight-save shutout. Pennsbury 2, Spring-Ford 0 - Megan Engeland and Caroline Foley provided the scoring for the No. 1 Falcons in their home victory over the No. 8 Rams.
October 30, 2014 |
Melissa DelCollo had more than one reason to celebrate. Not only did her field hockey team win a playoff game, but the head coach also reached a career milestone Tuesday. Claudia Bowman, Myranda Christy, and Maddy Raws scored as eighth-seeded Haddon Heights beat No. 9 Paulsboro at home, 3-0, in the Central Jersey Group 1 first round. The victory gave DelCollo her 100th win. DelCollo received a plaque and a banner with her players' names on it after the game. "It was a great way to start the tournament," DelCollo said.
October 20, 2014 |
Tommy Katsaros scored with 1 minute, 35 seconds left in double overtime as the Eastern boys' soccer team outlasted visiting Williamstown, 1-0, Saturday in the first round of the South Jersey Coaches Association Tournament. Gabe Sable made six saves in the shutout for the fifth-seeded Vikings. Marty Cangelosi turned away 18 shots for the No. 12 Braves. Also in the Coaches Tournament: Steve Kalbach deposited two goals to lead No. 7 Cinnaminson to a 2-0 home win over No. 10 Shawnee.
October 18, 2014 |
With a game between local rivals in double overtime, Nick Krake beat the opposing goalie to end it all. Just 1 minute, 47 seconds into the second overtime, Krake dribbled the ball into the net to give Cherry Hill West a 1-0 home win over Cherry Hill East in an Olympic American boys' soccer matchup on Thursday afternoon. Kevin Hoxha assisted Krake with a through ball from midfield. "It was a well-played, clean game," Lions coach Dan Butler said. "We generated a lot of opportunities and did a great job defensively to get the shutout.