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it c THE PALM BEACH POST FRIDAY, DECEMBER 5, 1997 9fi Panthers Calendar In the Crease w m l (55 B- IT 30 1 2 i 5 7:00 Cap sc 7 1:30 S 9 10 130 11 12 700 13 TOO pitall Mmtrni Iflipn hWn p. .. sc sc sc sc PROUD PARENTS: Detroit enforcer Joey Kocur, with his parents in the stands, scored the winning goal in Wednesday's 4-3 victory at Calgary. "I don't get too many so if I can score and have them in the stands to watch it is special," Kocur said. ZZZZZZZZZZ: Washington's Phil Housley says more teams, are using a left-wing lock, which is a variation of the neutral-zone trap that pushes teams over to the left wing and cuts them off. "Sometimes you just have to win ugly," Housley said. I'm a big boy. That was my decision 100 percent" JIM CAREY, Bruins goalie, on why he refused to go to the minors for a conditioning assignment. REPORT Home games SCSportsChannel Passive power play turns aggressive Conference standings EASTERN CONFERENCE Panthers the (defensive) zone. "But they still scored a goal with four seconds left in their last power play. That's the way things have been going." Dvorak may play: Right winger Radek Dvorak, sidelined since Oct. 30 with a broken wrist, has participated in the last two workouts and Murray said he will decide after the morning skate if he plays tonight. "I can shoot the puck, but it still isn't as strong as it could be," Dvorak said. "But I'm ready to go." ; Trade talks: Murray confirmed a report out of Canada that he has spoken to Calgary General Manager Al Coates about a trade fpr veteran defenseman Zarley Zalapski. "I don't know if there's anything happening right now," he said. "He's asking for a draft pick and we're not interested in that.' The report mentioned Calgary native Chrjs Wells as possible compensation, but Murray said that was out of the question, which pleased Wells. "It's too cold up there," he said. Tikkanen closer: Esa Tikkanen, who has been working out on a treadmill and , a trampoline, said he hopes to return next week from a broken leg suffered Nov. 5. Regardless of when Tikkanen starts skating, Murray said he doesn't expect him back jn the lineup for another three weeks. Florida's struggling penalty-kill unit will force the issue instead of keeping a distance. By Brian Biggane Palm Beach Post Staff Writer . POMPANO BEACH There are two philosophies NHL teams employ in their approach to penalty-killing: passive and aggressive. The passive approach hasn't worked for the Florida Panthers, so now they'll give the aggressive one a try. Coach Bryan Murray spent the better part of the last two days' practice working on his struggling penalty-kill unit and hopes the results will be evident when Florida plays Washington in the first hockey game at the new MCI Center in Washington, D.C, tonight. "We're trying to change our philosophy," Murray said. "Against Phoenix (Monday) night we were so static they had a field day. We want to force things more." In the passive approach, the four skaters in the penalty-killing unit all keep their position in a box and force the offense to either find a gap or shoot through them. The aggressive approach calls for the defenders to skate at whoever has the puck forcing the action at the expense of losing the shape of the box. Summaries Atlantic W L T Pt GF GA Horn Away Dlv s' New Jersey 18 9 0 36 78 49 10-4-0 8-5-0 10-2-0 ' Philadelphia 15 9 5 35 80 66 9-6-2 6-3-3 5-3-2 io Washington 14 10 4 32 83 73 5-3-2 9- 7-2 5- 2-1 i N.Y. Islanders 11 13 4 26 75 79 5-7-1 6-6-3 3-7-3 .g N.Y. Rangers 8 12 9 25 73 79 4-6-5 4-6-4 2-5-3 ..Florida 8 14 5 21 63 80 3-10-3 5-4-2 4-5-3 "r Tampa Bay 5 17 4 14 52 87 4-5-3 1-12-1 1-8-1 ; Northeast W I T Pts GF GA Horn Away Dlv ; Montreal 16 10 3 35 87 68 7-6-3 9-4-0 4-3-2 . Pittsburgh 15 10 5 35 83 75 6-5-3 9-5-2 7-2-3 'Boston 12 12 5 29 70 78 3-6-3 9-6-2 3-3-2 ' Carolina 12 13 4 28 80 80 9-5-3 3-8-1 5-5-1 Ottawa 12 13 4 28 75 72 7-8-1 5-5-3 1-5-2 Buffalo 8 12 6 22 68 74 4-6-2 4-6-4 2-3-3 WESTERN CONFERENCE I Central W L T Pts GF GA Home Away Dlv "Dallas 19 7 4 42 99 66 9-3-2 10-4-2 6-4-0 ..i Detroit 18 6 5 41 97 66 9-4-3 9-2-2 4-2-2 J'' St. Louis 17 9 3 37 85 65 11-4-2 6-5-1 7-2-1 Phoenix 13 12 2 28 77 75 9-4-1 4-8-1 5-3-0 Chicago 10 14 4 24 60 71 5-7-2 5-7-2 1-7-1 ,. Toronto 8 14 4 20 53 74 4-8-2 4-6-2 3-6-0 Pacific W L T Pts GF GA Home Away Dlv Colorado 15 6 8 38 86 71 7-2-4 8-4-4 5-2-2 Los Angeles 12 11 5 29 87 76 8-5-0 4-6-5 3-1-0 Anaheim 11 13 6 28 68 83 4-7-3 7-6-3 5-4-1 San Jose 10 18 2 22 76 93 4-9-1 6-9-1 3-6-0 Vancouver 9 15 4 22 79 93 4-7-3 5-8-1 2-4-2 Edmonton 8 15 6 22 67 90 4-6-3 4-9-3 3-8-1 Calgary 6 16 7 19 73 91 5-7-3 1-8-5 3-2-3 "Giving the stars we've played against time has hurt us," center Steve Washburn said, "because they've had time to set everything up. If you put pressure on them, even the stars get a little more nervous and conscious of what they're doing. "The other way wasn't working," he added. "Hopefully this way will work better." The danger in the aggressive approach is that skilled puckhandlers and shooters can create more easily against it. In the case of a passer like Adam Oates and a shooter like Peter Bondra, that could prove fatal. "If we play it right, the only good shots we'll give up are from the far point," Tom Fitzgerald said. "When it comes to those shots, well, that's why we have goalies." Fitzgerald, who said the penalty kill was "absolutely killing us" after the Panthers allowed at least one power-play goal in their sixth straight game against Phoenix, said he actually saw some improvement in that game. "We basically did a good job," he said. "We can do much better. But in our end we had good position, the forwards were helping the de-fensemen and we were getting the puck out of Thursday's results Blues 4, Maple Leafs 3 Devils 4, Penguins 0 Brodeur, Devils end ; Pens' unbeaten streak; HIGHLIGHTS 1 0 2-3 I 3 0-4 Toronto St. Louis 1 2 1-4 0 0 0-0 New Jersey Pittsburgh Brodeur: 28 saves Oaigle: 1 goal, 1 assist Roy: 29 saves Conroy: 1 goal, 1 assist Matteau: Winning goal New Jersey 4, Pittsburgh 0 Ottawa 3, Los Angeles 2 Colorado 2, Chicago 1 St. Louis 4, Toronto 3 San Jose 3, Vancouver 2 Today's games First Period-), Toronto, D.King 3 (Sullivan, Ber-ezin), 18:40. 2, St. Louis, Atcheynum 5 (Pellerin, Conroy), 19:19. Penalties-McCauley, Tor (high-sticking), 3:58; K.King, Tor (tripping), 11:41. Second Perlod-3, St. Louis, Courtnall 11 (Hull, Turgeon), :42. 4, St. Louis, Conroy 2 (Turcotte), 7:27 (sh). 5, St. Louis, Demitra 9 (Conroy), 8:39 (sh). Penalties-Yushkevich, Tor (elbowing), 2:41; Pellerin, StL (hooking), 7:06; Courtnall, StL (interference), 10:13; Prochazka, Tor (hooking), 18:39. Third Period-4, Toronto, D.King 4 (Berezin, Sullivan), 2:42. 7, Toronto, D.King 5 (Sundin), 19:34. Penalties-Doml, Tor (high-sticking), 4:35; Ma-coon, Tor (slashing), 5:14; Maclnnis, StL (tripping), 9:37; Yushkevich, Tor (tripping), 11:49; Yushkevich, Tor (cross-checking), 15:26. Shots on goal-Toronto 5-7-9-21. St. Louis 14-14-11-39. Power-plays-Toronto 0 of 3, St. Louis 0 of 8. Goalies-Toronto, Potvin 7-9-3 (39 shots-35 saves). St. Louis, Fuhr 144-3 (21-18). A-15, 106 (19,260). Referee-Kerry Fraser. Linesmen-Shane Heyer, Jay Sharrers. Avalanche 2, Blackhawks 1 LATEST LINE Hockey updates ; Call 511 and enter the codes below to '1 Kill hear previews, j Jill frequent i updates and ! final recaps for all pro ! hockey games. 50 for up to 5 minutes. j See 2A for more details, i First Period-I, New Jersey, Guerin 2 (Stevens), 19:48 Ponalties-Odelein, NJ, major (fighting), 2:54; Tamer, Pit, major (fighting), 2:54; Slegr, Pit (holding), 4:43; Niedermayer, NJ (roughing), 7:01; Ollwa, NJ (roughing), 11:39; Jagr, Pit (hooking), 13:43; Souray, NJ (high-sticking), 15:47; Souray, NJ (roughing), 18:44; C.Ferraro, Pit (slashing), 18:44. Second Period-2, New Jersey, Ellas 10 (McKay), :01. 3, New Jersey, Morrison 1 (Odelein, Stevens), 12:37. Penalties-Oliwa, NJ, major (fighting), 2:04; Tamer, Pit, maior (fighting), 2:04; Tamer, Pit (roughing), 10:32, Guerin, NJ, minor-maior (roughing, fighting), 15:13; Slegr, Pit, maior (fighting), 15:13; Sutton, NJ (roughing), 17:43; McKay, NJ (high-sticking), 17:43; Brown, Pit (boarding), 17:43; Hatcher, Pit (hooking), 18:11. Third Peried-4, New Jersey, Carpenter 5 (Dean), 8.44 (sh-en). Penalties-Odelein, NJ (crosschecking), 8:01; Wright, Pit (high-sticking), 14:25; Oliwa, NJ (roughing), 16:57; Pederson, NJ (roughing), 19:49; Oliwa, NJ, minor-misconduct (roughing), 19:49, Kasparaitis, Pit (slashing), 19:49; Tamer, Pit, minor-misconduct (roughing), 19:49. Shots an goal-New Jersey 4-9-7-20. Pittsburgh 10-9-9-28. Power-plays-New Jersey 0 of 6; Pittsburgh 0 of 5. Goalies-New Jersey, Brodeur 17-e-O (28 shots-28 saves). Pittsburgh, Barrasso 14-7-3 (19-16). A 13.194 (16,958). Referee-Mick McGeough. Lintsman-Pierre Champoux, Gerard Gauthier. Senators 3, Kings 2 Washington (-IV2) Carolina (-&Even) Buffalo -1V2) Philadelphia (-VSEven) Dallas (-IV2I) Detroit (-1V2) favortte and the other team (2) is the Florida at Washington, 7 p.m. Phoenix at Carolina, 7:30 p.m. Tampa Bay at Buffalo, 7:30 p.m. Philadelphia at N.Y. Rangers, 7:30 p.m. Calgary at Dallas, 8:30 p.m. Detroit at Edmonton, 9 p.m. LEGEND: A (-214) next to one team means that team Is the underdog. To wager on the favorite, a victory by three goals 1 t 1-2 0 0 1-1 Colorado Chicago Team Codes Is needed. To win on the underdog, the team must either win, tie, or lose by less than two goals, Las Angeles Ottawa 0 0 2-2 1 1 1-3 Wednesday's results Saturday's games 3144 New Jersey 3146lslanders 3 148 Rangers 3150 Ottawa 3152Phila. 3154 Pittsburgh 3160 San Jose 3 158 St. Louis 3 162 Tampa Bay 3 164 Toronto 3166 Vancouver 3168 Washington 3170 Phoenix First Period-1, Colorado, Ozolinsh 3, 2:14. Penal-Mes-Kamensky, Col (Interference), 5:58; Suter, Chi (hooking), 9:52; Yelle, Col (hooking), 12:33. Second Period-None. Penalties-F.Leroux, Col, major (fighting), 2:30; Russell, Chi, maior (fighting), 2:30; Saklc, Col (hooking), 13:45; Felsner, Chi (tripping), 17:25. Third Period-2, Chicago, Felsner 1 (Amonte, Carney), 11:13. 3, Colorado, Oeadmarsh 8 (Saklc, Lacrolx), 15.-50. Ponaltios-Welnrich, Chi (holding), 2:26; Lefebvre, Col (roughing), 12:25; Black, Chi (boarding), 12:25. Shots an goal-Colorado 7-5-8-20. Chicago 12-8-10-30. Power-plays-Colorado 0 of 3; Chicago 0 of 3. Goalies-Colorado, Roy 12-4-7 (30 shots-29 saves). Chicago, Hecketl 3-5-4 (20-18). A 18,51 (20,500). Referee-Dan Marouelll. Linesmen-Wayne Bon-ney, Andy McElman. 3701Rorlda 3122Anaheim 3124 Boston 3126Buffalo 3128 Calgary 3130 Chicago 3 156 Colorado 3132 Dallas 3134 Detroit 3136Edmonton 3138 Carolina 3140 Los Angeles 3142 Montreal Buffalo 4, Anaheim 0 ' Boston 3, Philadelphia 0 Carolina 5, N.Y. Islanders 3 I1 Montreal 2, Los Angeles 0 " Tampa Bay 2, Phoenix 1 Dallae A Primnntnn 1 Carolina at Boston, 7 p.m. Anaheim at Pittsburgh, 7 p.m. Phoenix at N.Y. Islanders, 7 p.m. Buffalo at Ottawa, 7:30 p.m. N.Y. Rangers at Montreal, 7:30 p.m. Tampa Bay at New Jersey, 7:30 p.m. Los Angeles at Toronto, 7:30 p.m. Calgary at St. Louis, 8:30 p.m. Vancouver at Colorado, 10:30 p.m. First Period-1, Ottawa, Alfredsjon 10 (Oaigle, Van Allen), 13.38. Penaltiet-Norstrom, LA (elbowing), 2:08; Zent, Ott (holding), 7:00; Bylsma, LA, major (fighting), 12:40; Lambert, Ott, major (fighting), 12:40; Moger, LA (hooking), 18:17. Second Period-2, Ottewa, Dalgle J (Zholtok, Kravchuk), 16:44 (pp). PenaHles-McKenna, LA (Interference), 5.39; Zent, Ott (hooking), 9:22; Los Angeles bench, served by Robitaille (too many men), 12:20; McKenna, LA (tripping), 15:54. Third Period 3, Los Angeles, Moger 4 (Robitaille, Stumpel), 1:51. 4, Ottawa, McEachern 10 (Yashin, Oackell), 13:41. 5, Los Angeles, Blake 4 (Robitaille), 19:06. Penalties-Phillips, Ott (roughing), 2:31; Van Allen, Ott (boarding), 9:35; Laper-riere, LA, major (fighting), 14:05; Gardiner, Ott, maior (fighting), 14:05. Shots on goal-Los Angeles 6-7-14-27. Ottawa 6-17-1033. Power-plays Los Angeles Oof 4; Ottawa I of 5. Goalies-Los Angeles, Fiset 1 1-9-3 (33 shots-30 saves). Ottawa, Rhodes 7-9-1 (27-25). A-14, 108 (18,500). Referee Lance Roberts. Linesmen Jean Morin, Stephane Provost. Late Wednesday The Associated Press PITTSBURGH Martin Brodeur made 28 saves for his third shutout of the season and the New Jersey Devils ended the Pittsburgh Penguins' eight-game unbeaten streak with a 4-0 victory Thursday night. The Penguins had been 7-0-1 with six consecutive wins since losing 3-1 to the Rangers in New York on Nov. 14. The Devils were 1-4-0 following an eight-game winning streak and off-ice turmoil. John MacLean, the franchise's all-time leader in games, goals, assists and points, went public with a trade request this week and did not accompany the team to Pittsburgh. Devils President and General Manager Lou Lamoriello said he is trying to deal MacLean. Avalanche Z, Black-hawks 1: Adam Deadmarsh scored with 4:10 to play, taking advantage of a mistake by Tony Amonte, as Colorado won in Chicago. Patrick Roy made 29 saves for his 361st victory, moving him past Andy Moog into sixth place on the NHL career list, as the Avalanche earned their fourth consecutive win. Joe Sakic gained control of the puck in the right corner and sent a blind, backhanded pass into the slot. Amonte stopped the puck and momentarily had control. But he lost the puck, and it slid onto the stick of Deadmarsh, who wristed a shot over Jeff Hackett's glove. B Blues 4, Maple Leafs 3: Craig Conroy had a goal and an assist during the same shorthand-ed situation to lead host St. Louis to a win over Toronto. B Senators 3, Kings 2: Alexandre Daigle and Shawn McEachern broke long goal-scoring droughts to help host Ottawa beat Los Angeles. Panthers vs. Capitals Red Wings 4, Flames 3 2 1 1-4 1 1 1-3 Detroit Calgary RECORDS: Florida (8-14-5) vs. Washington (14-10-4). WHEN: 7 p.m. WHERE MCI Center, Washington, Sharks 3, Canucks 2 0 0 3-3 0 1 1-2 San Jose Vancouver First Perlod-1, Detroit, Lidstrom 11 (Murphy, Kozlov), 7:54. 2, Detroit, Gilchrist 6 (McCarty, Kozlov), 16:01 (pp). 3, Calgary, Iginla 8 (Cassels, Hog-lund), 17:20. Penalties-Eriksson, Det (Interference), 4:28; Lapolnte, Det (roughing), 7:54; Allison, Cal (roughing), 7:54; Morris, Cal (boarding), 10:54; Allison, Cal (Interference), 15:52. Second Perlod-4, Calgary, Titov 5 (Morris), 1:05. 5, Detroit, Shanahan 14 (Yzerman, Eriksson), 12:43 (pp). Penalties-Kocur, Det (high-sticking), 4:05; Dandenault, Det (interference), 9:21; Mclnnls, Cal (tripping), 10:59; Ward, Cal (elbowing), 15:56. Third Perlod-6, Calgary, Fleury 9 (Allison, Morris), 2:14 (sh). 7, Detroit, Kocur 3 (Maltby, Murphy), 3:19. Penalties-Simpson, Cal (high-sticking), 1:15, Holmstrom, Det (interference), 16:26. Shots on goal-Detroit 13-4-9-26. Calgary 10-6-10-26. Power-plays-Detroit 2 of 5; Calgary 0 of 4. Goalies-Detroit, Osgood 14-5-4 (26 shots-23 saves). Calgary, Tabaraccl 4-11-4 ( 26-22). A 14,310 (18,742). Referee-Paul Devorski. Linesmen-Mike Cvik, Mark Wheler. B Sharks 3, Canucks 2: Stephane Matteau capped a threfe-goal burst in less than five minutes in the third period, leading San Jose over host Vancouver. i B Noteworthy: Dallas Stars center Mike Modano, the NHLfs leading scorer, went on the injured list after suffering a topi knee ligament in Wednesday's 44 victory over Edmonton. Modano, who will miss 4-6 weeks, has 15 goals and 23 assists in 29 games. He will not require surgery for the torn right medial collateral ligament but the injury places his status in doubt for the U.S. Olyrr)-pic team in February's Winter Games in Nagano, Japan. . . . Stars left wing Benoit Hogue also wefit on the injured list because ofja hairline fracture in his right ankte that likely will keep him out up to two weeks. . . . Boston Bruins goaltender Jim Carey cleared waivers and has been assigned to the team's American Hockey League affiliate in Providence, Ri. First Period-None. Penalties-Staios, Van (interference), 9:20; Nolan, SJ, major (boarding), 17:29; Odjick, Van (cross-checking), 17:29; Ohlund, Van (Interference), 19:33. Second Period-1, Vancouver, Murzyn 3, 10:36. Penalties-Ragnarsson, SJ (interference), 12:05; la-frate, SJ (slashing), 15:58. Third Peried-2, San Jose, Skalde 4 (lafrate), 3:32 . 3, San Jose, Frlesen 12 (Korolyuk, Riccl), 7:59. 4, San Jose, Matteau 3 (Marleau, Lowry), 8:29. 5, Vancouver, Scotchard 5 (Bohonos), 14:51. Penalties-Brashear, Van (interference), :39; Nolan, SJ, ma-ior-game misconduct (spearing), :57; Murzyn, Von (slashing), :57; Lumme, Van (slashing), 2:50; Vernon, SJ, served by Marleau (delay of game), 10:29. Shots on goal-San Jose 8-4-8-20. Vancouver 7-10-11-21. Power-plays-San Jose 0 of 3; Vancouver 0 of 4. Goalies-San Jose, Vernon 8-11-1 (21 shots-19 saves). Vancouver, McLean 6-13-4 (20-17). A-15,860 (18,422). Referee-Paul Devorski. Linesmen-Brad Lazarowlch, Lonnie Cameron. D.C. TV: SportsChannel. RADIO: WJNO-1040AM, WJNX-1330AM, WJNA-1230AM, WQAM-560AM. SCOUTING REPORT: It seems fitting that Bryan Murray, the winningest coach in Capitals' history, should be on hand at the debut of Washington's new downtown arena. The teams split their first two meetings, with Florida winning 3-2, then losing 5-2 in the game that cost Doug MacLean his job. They meet for a fourth time Sunday in Miami. LATEST LINE: Washington -1&. FLORIDA PANTHERS POS PLAYER NUMBERS NHL Today STYMIED NHL Leaders Calgary has failed to score on Its last 42 power-play chances. The Flames were held In check on ell four of their man advantages during Wednesday night's 4-3 loss to Detroit. Through Wednesday PLAYER, TEAM SALUTE GP G A PTS PIM 29 15 23 38 12 25 9 28 37 36 29 20 15 35 16 28 10 24 34 57 29 15 18 33 18 29 11 22 33 38 Modano, Dal Forsberg, Col Leclair, Phi Llndros, Phi Lafontalne, NYR Corson, Mon Hurricanes captain Kevin Dlneen returned from a six-game absence with a hamstring Iniury with a goal and an assist In Carolina's 5-3 victory over the New York Islanders on Wednesday night. C Dave Gagner 1 1 goals, 9 assists C Ray Whitney 8 goals, 9 assists RW Mellanby 5 goals, 10 assists WASHINGTON CAPITALS POS PLAYER NUMBERS RW I Peter Bondra 19 goals, 12 assists C Adam Oates 7 goals, 21 assists 1) Phil Housley 3 goals, 17 assists Lynn soccer playing semifinals on East and West coasts I Colleges Brian Blggane Panthers Statistics POS NO. PLAYER OP 0 A PTS - PIMPPSH OWQT S PCTO C 15 Dave Gagner 27 11 9 20 -2 31 2 1 1 0 55 20.0 L 14 Ray Whitney 22 8 9 17 2 2 2 0 1 0 51 15.7 R 27 Scott Mellanby 27 5 10 15 -7 39 2 0 0 0 65 7.7 D 24 Robert Svehla 27 2 11 13 5 24 1 0 0 0 42 4.8 L 11 Bill Lindsay 27 6 6 12 3 20 0 1 2 0 59 10.2 R 26 RaySheppard 25 6 3 9 -5 0 2 0 0 0 60 10.0 R 21 Tom Fitzgerald 27 5 3 8 4 16 0 0 0 0 37 13.5 L 25 Viktor Kozlov 21 5 2 7 -4 2 2 0 0 0 55 9.1 R 51 David Nemirovsky 20 4 3 7 -3 4 1 0 1 0 24 16.7 D 5 Gord Murphy 27 2 5 7 -2 14 2 0 0 0 50 4.0 L 97 EsaTlkkanen 14 1 6 7 -3 10 0 0 0 0 20 5.0 C 9 KirkMuller 26 0 7 7 -6 16 0 0 0 0 29 .0 C 22 Steve Washburn 16 3 3 6 -3 12 2 0 1 0 20 15.0 D 55 EdJovanovskl 27 3 3 6 0 38 01 10 30 10.0 C 23 Chris Wells 27 2 4 6 3 18 0 0 0 0 31 6.5 D 3 PaulLaus 27 0 6 6 -8 94 0 0 0 0 16 .0 C 44 Rob Niedermayer 10 3 2 5 -3 18 1 0 1 0 22 13.6 L 29 Johan Garpenlov 21 1 2 3 1 4 0 0 0 0 25 4.0 R 12 JodyHull 19 2 0 2 1 4 0 1 0 0 22 9.1 R 19 Radek Dvorak 10 02 2 -4 400 00 7 .0 D 2 Terry Carkner 25 0 2 2 0 18 0 0 0 0 13 .0 D 7 Rhett Warrener 26 0 2 2 -8 34 0 0 0 0 21 .0 G 34 J. Vanbiesbrouck 17 01 1 0 200000 .0 L 28 Peter Worrell 3000 -1 600003 .0 G 1 Kevin Weekes 4000 0 000000 .0 D 8 Dallas Eakins 5000 1 14 0000 4 .0 G 30 Mark Fttzpatrick 900 0 0 20000 0 .0 By Chuck Otterson Palm Beach Post Staff Writer BOCA RATON Soccer teams from Lynn University have combined for five national championships in the past decade. Today, both the men and the women will attempt to add to that while playing on opposite sides of the country, starting with this afternoon's NCAA Division II semifinals. The men's team (18-1), ranked No. 2 in the nation, plays top-ranked Southern Connecticut State (21-0-1) at 1 p.m. today at Lynn's McCusker Sports Complex, following a 10:30 a.m. semifinal between No. 5-ranked Cal State-Bakersfield (18-4) and 14th-ranked Truman State (16-5) at 10:30 a.m. Meanwhile, the women's team (19-1-1), also ranked second in the nation, plays No. 4 West Virginia-Wesleyan (20-1-1) at 2 p.m. today in Dominguez Hills, Calif. Men's coach Shaun Pendleton says his team feels good about today's matchup. "We're the underdog, so we've got nothing to lose," said Pendleton, who led the Knights to their second NAIA championship in 1991 (they also won under Roy Wiggemansen in 1987). "Everybody thinks'we're going to lose, so Lynn soccer NCAA DIVISION II MEN'S SOCCER SEMIFINALS WHEN: 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. WHERE: McCusker Sports Complex, Lynn University, Boca Raton. SCHEDULE: No. 5 Cal State-Bakersfield (18-4) vs. No. 4 Truman State (16-5), 10:30 a.m.; No. 1 Southern Connecticut State (21-0-1) vs. No. 2 Lynn (18-1), 1 p.m. Today's winners play for the national championship at 1 p.m. Sunday. TICKETS: For both games today: adults $8, students with I.D. $5, youth soccer players in uniform $3. For 1 p.m. game only, $5-$3-$2. Sunday, $5-$3-$2. PLAYERS TO WATCH: Lynn No. 5 Mikael Jensen (8 goals, 10 assists, 26 points); No. 1 Matt Nelson (nine shutouts, 0.60 goals-against average). Southern Connecticut No. 9 Renwick Hutson (17-640); No. 21 Itai Mor (9-1331). Cal State-Bakersfieid No. 16 Jeremy Hamm (16-234); No. 10 Kavan Howell (1 1-830). Truman State No. 12 Adrian Marrero (15-939); No. 1 1 Lee Letourneau (8-521). NCAA DIVISION II WOMEN'S SOCCER SEMIFINALS WHEN: 2 and 4:30 p.m. today. WHERE: Cal State-Dominguez Hills, Carson, Calif. SCHEDULE: No. 2 Lynn (19-1-1) vs. No. 4 West Virginia Wesleyan (20-1-1), 2 p.m.; No. 1 and defending champion Franklin Pierce (19-0) vs. No. 6 Dominguez Hills, 4:30 p.m. Today's winners play for the national championship at 4 p.m. Sunday. MILESTONE: Lynn coach Jim Blankenship (199-36-8) is going for his 200th victory in 1 2 seasons. a 4 we might as well have a go at it' The Knights' top four scorefs are freshmen: Mikael Jensen 8 goals, 10 assists for 26 points), Josh Kristowski (11-325), Pierre Edstrom (10-323) and Gareth Dunn (5-616). ; "The big difference is we donjt have a key person like we had i the past," said Pendleton. S In California, women's coajjh Jim Blankenship, who coached tlje Lady Knights to three NAIA titles in four years (1992-94-95), Ss seeking his 200th victory in 12 seasons at Lynn. His record js 199-36-8. The women's semifinals feature two of the nation's leading scorers. Lynn's Jannie Nicolaiser), a redshirt freshman from Denmark, has scored 79 points (3l goals, 17 assists) in 21 gameS; Franklin Pierce's Paulina MicJ-tinen, a junior from Finland, has 75 points (31-13) in 18 games. Nicolaisen took over the scoring load for Lynn after last yearjs leading scorer, junior Katie Katg-mark, a first team All-America from Coon Rapids, Minn., toreia knee ligament in pre-season practice. Goaltending GP MINS AVQ W L T SO GA SA SV NO GOALIE 4 123 1.95 0 0 1 17 1025 2.93 6 8 3 9 495 3.03 2 6 1 27 1650 2.91 8 14 5 0 4 59 .932 0 50 468 .893 1 25 202 .876 1 80 730 .890 J I Kevin Weekes 34 J. Vanbiesbrouck 30 Mark Fttzpatrick J FLA Totals

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