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THE PALM BEACH POST FRIDAY, DECEMBER 5, 1997 9C, r. Panthers Calendar In the Crease rui - qs 35 g. 33 gT PROUD PARENTS: Detroit ZZZZZZZZZZ: Washington's 30 1 2 3 4 5 7:00 6 SC 1:30 10 7:30 11 12 7:00 13 7:00 Cfafc IbnfcKM Raitm bWn . SC SC SC SC 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. 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 K 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." B 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 for 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 Chris 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 in the lineup for another three weeks. ; Atlantic W L T Pts GF GA Home Away Dlv 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 Washington 14 10 4 32 83 73 5-3-2 9-7-2 5-2-1 N.Y. Islanders 11 13 4 26 75 79 5-7-1 6-6-3 3-7-3 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 Tampa Bay 5 17 4 14 52 87 4-5-3 1-12-1 1-8-1 Northeast W L T Pts GF GA Home 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 Central W I T Pts GF GA Home Away Dlv Dallas 19 7 4 42 99 66 9-3-2 10-4-2 6-4-0 Detroit 18 6 5 41 97 66 9-4-3 9-2-2 4-2-2 St. Louis 16 9 3 35 81 62 10-4-2 6-5-1 6-2-1 Phoenix 13 12 2 28 77 75 9-4-1 4-8-1 5-3-0 Chicago 10 13 4 24 59 69 5-6-2 5-7-2 1-7-1 Toronto 8 13 4 20 50 70 4-8-2 4-5-2 3-5-0 Pacific W L T Pts GF GA Home Away Dlv Colorado 14 6 8 36 84 70 7-2-4 7-4-4 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 Vancouver 9 14 4 22 77 90 4-6-3 5-8-1 2-3-2 Edmonton 8 15 6 22 67 90 4-6-3 4-9-3 3-8-1 San Jose 9 18 2 20 73 91 4-9-1 5-9-1 2-6-0 Calgary 6 16 7 19 73 91 5-7-3 1-8-5 3-2-3 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 "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 Devils 4, Penguins 0 NHL Today Brodeur, Devils end Pens' unbeaten streak HIGHLIGHTS 1 2 1-4 I ( l-l New Jtruy Pittsburgh SCOREBOARD Brodeur: 28 saves Daigle: 1 goal, 1 assist Today Philadelphia at N.Y. Rangers (7:30 p.m. EST). The Flyers (15-9-5) are battling New Jersey for the Atlantic Division lead, while the Rangers have allowed opponents to score first in 14 of 15 games at Madison Square Garden. New Jersey 4, Pittsburgh 0 Ottawa 3, Los Angeles 2 Colorado at Chicago, late Toronto at St. Louis, late San Jose at Vancouver, late . Today's games STARS Hockey updates Call 511 and enter the codes below to Wednesday - Miroslav Satan, Sabres, scored two goals as Buffalo ended a four-game winless streak with a 4-0 victory over Anaheim. - Jocelyn Thibault, Canadlens, made 36 saves in a 2-0 shutout of the Kings. First Ptriod-1, New Jersey, Guerin 2 (Stevens), 19:48. Pinalties-Odeleln, NJ, major (fighting), 2:54; Tamer, Pit, maior (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 Pariod-2, New Jersey, Ellas 10 (McKay), 9:01. 3, New Jersey, Morrison 1 (Odeleln, Stevens), 12:37. Penaltias-Ollwa, NJ, major (fighting), 2:04; Tamer, Pit, maor (fighting), 2:04; Tamer, Pit (roughing), 10:32; Guerin, NJ, minor-maor (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 Period-4, New Jersey, Carpenter 5 (Dean), 8:44 (sh-en). Penalties-Odeleln, 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; Kasparaitls, Pit (slashing), 19:49; Tamer, Pit, minor-misconduct (roughing), 19:49. Shots on goal-New Jersey 4-9-7-20. Pittsburgh 10-9-9-28. Powtr-plays-New Jersey 0 of 6; Pittsburgh 0 of 5. Goalits-New Jersey, Brodeur 17-4-0 (28 shots-IB saves). Pittsburgh, Barrasso 14-7-3 (19-lo). A 13,194 (16,958). Retertt-Mlck McGeough. Linasmen-Plerre Champoux, Gerard Gauthler. LATEST LINE hear previews, frequent SIDELINED updates and final recaps for all pro hockey games. 50 for up to 5 minutes. See 2A for more details. Team Codes Dallas center Mike Modano, the NHL's leading scorer, tore the medial collateral ligament In his right knee on a first-period hit by Edmonton defenseman Bryan Marchment on Wednesday night and will be out 44 weeks. The Stars, who defeated the Oilers 4-1, also lost left wing Benoit Hogue lor 7-10 days with a hairline ankle fracture. Washington (-lVt) Carolina (-'AEven) Buffalo Philadelphia (-ftEven) Dallas (-1VV1) Detroit (-Vi) favorite 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 (-2Vd) next to one team means that team Is the , underdog. To wager on the favohte, a victory by three goals SCORE MASTER Is needed. To win on the underdog, the - team must either win, tie, or lose by less than two goals. With his gome-winning goal In the Lightning's 2-1 win over the Phoenix Coyotes on Wednesday night, Tampa Bay's Dino Ciccarelli has scored at least one goal against every NHL team he has faced. The list Includes all 26 current teams and five franchises that have relocated In Ciccarelll's 18-year Senators 3, Kings 2 t 2-2 1 1 1-1 Wednesday's results Saturday's games Las Angeles Ottawa SCRAPBOOK MEMORIES 3 144 New Jersey 3 146 Islanders 3 148 Rangers 3150 Ottawa 3152Phlla. 3 154 Pittsburgh 3160 San Jose 3158St. Louis 3 162 Tampa Bay 3 164 Toronto 3 166 Vancouver 3168 Washington 3170Phoenix 3701 Florida 3 122 Anaheim 3124Boston 3126Buffalo 3 128 Calgary 3 130 Chicago 3 156 Colorado 3 132 Dallas 3134 Detroit 3 136 Edmonton 3138Carolina 3 140 Los Angeles 3 142 Montreal Bruins center Joe Thornton, the first pick In the 1997 NHL entry draft, finally got the first goal and point of his career In Boston's 3-0 victory In Philadelphia on Wednesday night. Buffalo 4, Anaheim 0 Boston 3, Philadelphia 0 Carolina 5, N.Y. Islanders 3 Montreal 2, Los Angeles 0 Tampa Bay 2, Phoenix 1 Dallas 4, Edmonton 1 Detroit 4, Calgary 3 STELLAR 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. Dominik Hasek stopped 29 shots in his 300th NHL game to spark the Sabres' 4-0 win over Anaheim on Wednesday night. Hasek, last season's league MVP, got off to a rough start this season with a 4-7-2 mark before he was benched on Nov. 15. Since then, his goals-agalnst average Is 2.24. First Period 1, Ottawa, Alfredsson 10 (Daigle, Van Allen), 13:38. Penalties-Norstrom, LA (elbowing), 2:08; Zent, Ott (holding), 7:00; Bylsma, LA, maior (fighting), 12:40; Lambert, Ott, maior (fighting), 12:40; Moger, LA (hooking), 18:17. Second Period -2, Ottawa, Daigle 5 (Zholtok, Kravchuk), 16:44 (pp). Penaltles-McKenna, LA (Interference), 5:39; Zent, Ott (hooking), 9:22; Los Angeles bench, served by Robltaille (too many men), 12:20; McKenna, LA (tripping), 15:54. Third Period-3, Los Angeles, Moger 4 (Robltaille, Stumpel), 1:51. 4, Ottawa, McEachern 10 (Yashin, Dackell), 13:41. 5, Los Angeles, Blake 4 (Robltaille), 19:06. Penalties-Phillips, Ott (roughing), 2:31; Van Allen, Ott (boarding), 9:35; Laper-riere, LA, maior (fighting), 14:05; Gardiner, Ott, major (fighting), 14:05. Shots on goal-Los Angeles 6-7-14-27. Ottawa 6-17-10-33. Power-plays-Los Angeles Oof 4; Ottawa 1 of 5. Goalies-Los Angeles, Flset 11-9-3 (33 shots-30 saves). Ottawa, Rhodes 7-9-1 (27-25). A-14,108 (18,500). Referee-Lance Roberts. Linesmen-Jean Morin, Stephane Provost. STYMIED 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. Brodeur improved his NHL-leading goals-against average to 1.67 with his 25th career shutout. Center Brendan Morrison, recalled from Albany of the American Hockey League to help cover MacLean's absence, scored his first NHL goal at 12:37 of the second period. Trailing 3-0 with 11:59 left in the third period, Pittsburgh coach Kevin Constantine gambled and lost when the Penguins went on a power play. He pulled goaltender Tom Barrasso for an extra attacker to create a two-man advantage. Bob Carpenter fired a slap shot into the empty net from more than 140 feet for a short-handed goal. a Avalanche 2, 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 Panthers vs. Capitals Calgary has failed to score on Its last 42 power-play chances. The Flames were held In check on all four of their man advantages during Wednesday night's 4-3 loss to Detroit. SALUTE Hurricanes captain Kevin Dineen returned from a six-game absence with a hamstring Injury with a goal and an assist in Carolina's 5-3 victory over the New York Islanders on Wednesday night. RECORDS: Florida (8-14-5) vs. Washington (14-10-4). WHEN: 7 p.m. WHERE: MCI Center, Washington, Late Wednesday Red Wings 4, Flames 3 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. Senators 3, Kings 2: Alexandre Daigle and Shawn McEachern broke long goal-scoring droughts to help host Ottawa beat Los Angeles. Daniel Alfredsson, Daigle and McEachern scored for the Senators. It was Daigle's first goal in 12 games, and McEachern' s first goal in 13 games. D Noteworthy: Dallas Star's center Mike Modano, the NHLs leading scorer, went on the injured list after suffering a torn knee ligament in Wednesday's 4-1 victory over Edmonton. Modano, who will miss 4-6 weeks, has 15 goals and 23 assists in 29 games. i 2 1 1-4 1 1 1-3 Detroit Calgary 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 -1V&. FLORIDA PANTHERS NHL Leaders Through Wednesday PLAYER, TEAM GP G A PTS PIM Modano, Dal 29 15 23 38 12 Forsberg, Col 25 9 28 37 36 Lecleir, Phi 29 20 15 35 16 Lindros, Phi 28 10 24 34 57 Lafontaine, NYR 29 15 18 33 18 Corson, Mon 29 11 22 33 38 Selanne, Ana 30 23 8 31 12 Bondra, Was 26 19 12 31 18 Bure.Van 27 15 16 31 18 SaklcCol 28 15 15 30 22 Reichel, NYI 28 12 18 30 12 Tkachuk, Pho 27 16 13 29 47 Recchl,Mon 29 13 16 29 12 Stumpel, LA 27 8 21 29 28 Francis, Pit 29 8 21 29 4 Nleuwendyk, Dal 30 15 13 28 8 Hull, StL 28 14 14 28 18 Palffy, NYI 28 14 14 28 8 Weight, Edm 29 9 19 28 18 Oates, Was 28 7 21 28 8 Kapanen, Car 29 15 12 27 2 Shanahan, Det 25 14 13 27 31 Jagr, Pit 25 11 16 27 20 Gretjky, NYR 29 9 18 27 6 Koivu, Mon 29 7 20 27 20 First Period-1, Detroit, Lldstrom 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, Lapointe, Det (roughing), 7:54; Allison, Cal (roughing), 7:54; Morris, Cal (boarding), 10:54; Allison, Cal (Interference), 15:52. Second Peried-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; Mclnnis, 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 (interterence), 16:26. Shots en goal-Detroit 13-4-9-26. Calgary 10 10-26. Power-plays-Detrolt 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-16,310 (18,742). Referee-Paul Devorski. Linesmen-Mike Cvik, Mark Wheler. . POS PLAYER NUMBERS I C Dave Gagner 1 1 goals, 9 assists I C Ray Whitney ' 8 goals, 9 assists RW Mellanby 5 goals, 10 assists WASHINGTON CAPITALS .f POS PLAYER NUMBERS ; RW Peter Bondra 19 goals, 12 assists C AdamOates 7 goals, 21 assists 7 D Phil Housley 3 goals, 17 assists Lynn soccer playing semifinals on East and West coasts Colleges Brian Biggane Panthers Statistics 6WGT S PCTQ 55 20.0 51 15.7 65 7.7 42 4.8 59 10.2 60 10.0 37 13.5 55 9.1 24 16.7 50 4.0 20 5.0 29 .0 20 15.0 30 10.0 31 6.5 16 .0 22 13.6 25 4.0 22 9.1 7 .0 13 .0 21 .0 0 .0 3 .0 0 .0 4 .0 0 .0 I POS NO. PLAYER GP 0 A PTS - PIMPPSH (C 15 Dave Gagner 27 11 9 20 -2 31 2 1 ' L 14 Ray Whitney 22 8 9 17 2 2 2 0 I R 27 Scott Mellanby 27 5 10 15 -7 39 2 0 D 24 Robert Svehla 27 211 13 5 24 I 0 ' L 11 Bill Lindsay 27 6 6 12 3 20 0 1 , R 26 RaySheppard 25 6 3 9 -5 0 2 0 i R 21 Tom Fitzgerald 27 5 3 8 4 16 0 0 L 25 Viktor Kozlov 21 5 2 7 -4 2 2 0 , R 51 David Nemlrovsky 20 4 3 7 -3 4 1 0 -D 5 Gord Murphy 27 2 5 7 -2 14 2 0 ;L 97 EsaTikkanen 14 1 6 7 -3 10 0 0 '.C 9 KirkMuller 26 0 7 7 -6 16 0 0 .C 22 Steve Washburn 16 3 3 6 -3 12 2 0 D 55 Ed Jovanovski 27 3 3 6 0 38 0 1 , C 23 Chris Wells 27 2 4 6 3 18 0 0 D 3 Paul Laus 27 0 6 6 -8 94 0 0 C 44 Rob Niedermayer 10 3 2 5 -3 18 1 0 L 29 Johan Garpenlov 21 1 2 3 1 4 0 0 R 12 JodyHull 19 2 0 2 1 4 0 1 R 19 Radek Dvorak 10 0 2 2 -4 4 0 0 '.D 2 Terry Carkner 25 0 2 2 0 18 0 0 . f D 7 Rhett Warrener 26 0 2 2 -8 34 0 0 1G 34 J. Vanbiesbrouck 17 0 1 1 0 2 0 0 -L 28 Peter Worrell 300 0 -1 600 ' G 1 Kevin Weekes 400 0 0 000 D 8 Dallas Eakins 5 0 0 0 1 14 0 0 , - G 30 Mark Fitzpatrlck 900 0 0 200 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-Bakersfield 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 2Q0th victory in 1 2 seasons. 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 Wiggemanstft in 1987). "Everybody thinks we're going to lose, so we might as well have a go at it"'. The Knights' top four scorers; 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 don't have a key person like we had in! the past," said Pendleton. ' In California, women's coacty Jim Blankenship, who coached the Lady Knights to three NAIA titled in four years (1992-94-95), is seeking his 200th victory in 12 seasons at Lynn. His record is, 199-36-8. , The women's semifinals fea ture two of the nation's leading scorers. Lynn's Jannie Nicolaisen; a redshirt freshman from Deri mark, has scored 79 points (31-goals, 17 assists) in 21 games? Franklin Pierce's Paulina Miet4 tinen, a junior from Finland, has 1$ points (31-13) in 18 games. . Nicolaisen took over the scofJ ing load for Lynn after last yearns leading scorer, junior Katie Kat2-J mark, a first team All-America; from Coon Rapids, Minn., tore a knee ligament in pre-seasoif prac tice. ,J Coaltending GP MINS AVG W L T SO GA SA SVS NO GOAUE 4 123 1.95 0 0 1 0 4 59 .932 17 1025 2.93 6 8 3 0 50 468 .893 9 495 3.03 2 6 1 1 25 202 .876 27 1650 2.91 8 14 5 1 80 730 .890 1 Kevin Weekes ' 34 J. Vanbiesbrouck 30 Mark Fitzpatrlck FLA Totals

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