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s c THE PALM BEACH POST FRIDAY, DECEMBER 5, 1997 C Psirihers Calendar Inihs Crease mm r6& 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. 1 2 3 4 6 7.00 Caffttk sc 1:30 I 9 10 1:30 U 12 TOO 13 7:00 Cvftak rfarrkaaas faatjan Wnlin c sc sc sc 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 30 ' Passive power play turns aggressive : 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." D 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." D 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. fl 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. 1 Atlantic W L T Ptt OF OA Horn Away Dtv 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 8-4-2 4-5-3 Tampa Bay 5 17 4 14 52 87 4-5-3 1-12-1 1-8-1 Northeast W L T Pt OF OA Homa 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 t Central W L T Ptt GF OA Homa Away Plv '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 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 Pta OF OA Homa 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 , 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 BriM !PM 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 remits Devils 4, Penguins 0 NHL Today Brodeur, Devils end Pens' unbeaten streak HIGHLIGHTS 1 1 -4 I I t-t Ntw Jersey Pltttkvrfli SCOREBOARD Brodeur: 28 saves Daigle: 1 goal, 1 assist Roy: 29 saves Conroy: 1 goal, 1 assist Todty Philadelphia it N.Y. Rangort (7:30 p.m. EST). Tho Flyon (15-t-S) in battling Now Jortoy lor tho Atlantic Olvltlon load, whllo tho Rangort novo allowed oppononti to tcori lint In 14 of IS gamot at Maditon Squaro Gordon. New Jersey 4, Pittsburgh 0 Ottawa 3, Los Angeles 2 Colorado 2, Chicago 1 St. Louis 4, Toronto 3 San Jose at Vancouver, late , Today's gsssss STARS Hockey updates CaH 511 and enter the codes below to Wodftotday - Mlrotlav Satan, Sabres, tcorod two goall at Buffalo ondod a four-game wlnlttt ttroik with 4-0 victory ovor Aniholm. - Jocolyn Thlbault, Canadian!, made 31 tavH In a M shutout ol tho Klngt. LATEST LINE hear previews, frequent first PtrM-1, Ntw Jeney, Gutrlii 1 (Sttvtnt), W:. eieltles-0felein, NJ, mtlor (lighting), J H Ttmtr, Pit, malor (fighting), 2:5 iltjr, Pit (holding), 4:43; Nledtrmtytr, NJ (roughing), 7:01; Ollw, NJ (roughing), 11:3; Jajr, Pit (hooking), 13:43; Souroy, NJ (hlgh-ttlcklng), 19:47; Sourey, HI (roughing), 11:44; C.Porriro, Pit (Huhlng), 11:44. Sound Ptrlod-3, Ntw Jortoy, EHm M (McKay), :01. 1, Now Jortoy, Morrlwn 1 (Odtltln, Stovont), 12:37. PtnirliM-Oliwo, NJ, mtor (lighting), 2:04; Tomor, Pit, mtlor (lighting), 2:04; Ttmtr, Pit (roughing), 10:32; Gutrln, NJ, mlnor-milor (roughing, lighting), 15:11 Slogr, Pit, mtlor (fighting), 15:13,- Sutton, NJ (roughing), 17:43; McKay, NJ (hlgh-ttlcklng), 17:41; Brown, Pit (boarding), 17:43; Hatchtr, Pit (hooking), 11:11. Third Perlee'-i Now Jortoy, Ctrpertter I (0n), 1:44 (th-on). Ptmmot-Odtloln, NJ (crott-chocklng), 1:01; Wright, Pit (hlgh-ttlcklng), 14:25; Oiiwt, NJ (roughing), 14:57; Ptdtrton, NJ (roughing), It:; Oliwo, NJ, minor-misconduct (roughing), :4t; Ktspartltls, Pit (Dishing), lt:4t; Ttmtr, Pit, mlnor-mltconduct (roughing), t:4. Ihott M toil-New Jortoy 44-7-20. Pltttburgh 10-M-2I. Powtr-playt-Now Jortoy 0 ol i; Pltttburgh 0 ol 9. Oooliot-Ntw Jortoy, Brodour 17-t-O (21 jhoti-21 ttvot). Pltttburgh, Btrrttto 14-7-3 (lilt). A-13.1M (1o,i5t). Roftroo-MIck McGoough. Linoimtfi-Plorrt Chimpoux, Gtnrd Giuthitr. Senators 3, Kings 2 SIDELINED 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. Washington (-1) Carolina (-ftEven) Buffalo (-lfc) Philadelphia (-ftEven) Dallas Detroit (-1V4) favorite and the other team (2) Is the Dallat confer Mikt Modano, the NHL't leading tcortr, ton tho mtdlil collateral ligament in hit right knot on a first-period hit by Edmonton do-fonsoman Bryan Marchmont on Wednesday night and will bo out 44 weeks. Tho Start, who defeated tho Olltrt 4-1, alto lott loft wing Benolt Hogut lor 7-Mdiyt with a halrlina anklt fracture. updates and final recaps for all pro hockey games. 50 for up to 5 minutes. See 2A for more details. Team Codes SCORE MASTER LEGEND: A -2Vi) next to one team means that team Is the underdog. To wager on the favorite, a victory by three goals Is needed. To win on the underdog, the team must either win, tie, or lose by less than two goals. With hit gamt-wlnnlng goal In tho Lightning'! 2-1 win ovor tht Phoenix Coyotet on Wednesday night, Tampa Bay'! Dlno Clccarelll has scored at least ono goal against every NHL foam ho hat faced. Tho list Includes all M current teams and five franchises that havo rtlocitod in Clccartlll't It-year ci- 1-1 1 1 1-3 .Wednesday's ite Saturday's cs-es RaiS)6 AttfgWfaM Ottawa SCRAPBOOK MEMORIES 3144 New Jersey 3146lslanders 3148 Rangers 3150 Ottawa 3152Phila. 3184 Pittsburgh 3160 San Jose 31S8St. Louis 3 162 Tampa Bay 3 164 Toronto 3 166 Vancouver 3168 Washington 3170Phoenix 3701 Florida 3122 Anaheim 3 124 Boston 3126Buffalo 3128Calgary 3130 Chicago 31 86 Colorado 3132 Oallas 3134 Detroit 3136Edmonton 3138 Carolina 3 140 Los Angeles 3142 Montreal Bruint center Joe Thornton, tho lint pick in tho tH7 NHL entry drift, finally got tht first goal and point ol hit carter In Boston'! 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 I Oallas 4, Edmonton I 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. Domlnlk Hasek stopped 21 shots In his 300th NHL game to ipark tho Sabres' 44 win over Anaheim on Wednesday night. Hasek, last season's league MVP, got oH to a rough start this season with a 4-7-t mark before ha wat benched on Nov. 15. Since then, hit gotlt-igiintl ivoragt It 3.74. Pint PorM-l, Ottawa, Alfrodston 10 (Daigle, Van Allen), 13:30. PenaJtlet-Norstrom, LA (elbowing), 1:00; Zont, Ott (holding), 7.00; Bylsma, LA, major (fighting), 12:40; Lambert, Ott, mtlor (lighting), 12:40; Mogor, LA (hooking), 11:17. Second Porlad-2, Ottawa, Dalglt S (Zholtok, Kravchuk), 14:44 (pp). PtntWot-McKtnna, LA (Interference), 9:31; Zont, Ott (hooking), 1:22, Lot Angeles bench, served by Roblttllli (too miny men), 12:20; McKtnna, LA (tripping), 15:54. Third PerM-3, Lot Angeles, Mogor 4 (Robl-talllo, Stumpel), 1:51. 4, Ottawa, McEachorn 10 (Yashin, Decked), 13:41. 5, Los Angeles, Blakt 4 (Robltalllo), 11:00. Penalties-Phillips, Ott (roughing), 1:31; Van Allan, Ott (boarding), 1:35; Lapor-riaro, LA, mtlor (fighting), 14:05; Gardiner, Ott, ma or (fighting), 14:05, Shots on goal-Lot Angeles 4-7-14-27. Ottiwa t-17-10-33. Pewer-playt-Los Angeles 0 of 4; Ottawa 1 of 9. Goalies-Lot Angeles, Flstt 11-1-3 (33 thott-30 stves). Ottawa, Rhodes 7-1-1 (27-25). A 14,10 (10,500). RaferM-Lanco Roberts. Llnotmoa-Jean Morln, Stephana Provott. 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 14-0 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. B 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 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 McEa-chern broke long goal-scoring droughts to help host Ottawa beat Los Angeles. Panthers vs. Capitals Calgary has failed to score on Its last 42 power-play chances. Tho Flames wore held In chock on all lour ol their man advantages during Wednesday nlghf 1 4-3 lost to Detroit. SALUTE RECORDS: Florida (8-14-5) vs. Washington (14-10-4). WHEN: 7 p.m. WHERE: MCI Center, Washington, Hurricanes captain Kevin Dinaon returned from a six-game abtenci with a hamstring Iniury with a goal and an assist in Carolina's 9-3 victory over tho Now York Islanders an Wednesday night. NHL Leaders Through Wednesday PLAYER, TEAM Late Wednesday Red Wings 4, Flames 3 Daniel Alfredsson, Daigle arid McEachern scored for the Senators. It was Daigle's first goal in 12 games, and McEachern's first goal in 13 games. ! B Noteworthy: Dallas Stars center Mike Modano, the NHL's leading scorer, went on the injured list after suffering a torn knee ligament in Wednesday's 4rl victory over Edmonton. Modanp, 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. Olympic team in February's Winter Games in Nagano, Japan. . . . Staf s left wing Benolt Hogue also went on the injured list because of -a hairline fracture in his right ankle 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 Hockev League affiliate in Providence, R.I. 2 1 1-4 1 1 1-3 Calgary D.C. TVi SportsChannel. RAOKh 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 -1Vi. FLORIDA PANTHERS POS PLAYER NUMBERS CP 6 A PTS PIM 21 5 23 30 12 29 1 20 37 31 21 20 15 39 14 20 N 24 34 97 21 15 10 33 U 21 II 22 33 30 30 23 0 31 12 20 11 12 31 M 27 19 M 31 19 2 19 19 30 22 20 12 10 30 12 27 M 13 21 47 21 13 H 21 13 27 0 21 21 20 21 0 21 21 4 30 19 13 20 0 20 14 14 10 N 20 14 14 20 0 21 1 W 20 10 20 7 21 20 0 21 15 12 27 2 25 14 13 27 31 25 11 M 27 20 21 1 II 27 4 21 7 20 27 20 Modano, Dal Forsborg, Col Lec lair, Phi Llndrot, Phi Utontilnt, NYR Corson, Mon Selonno, Ana Bondra, Wat Burt, Van SaklcCol Reichel, NYI Tkachuk, Pho Rocchl, Mon Stumpel, LA Francis, Pit NHuwondyk, Dal Hull, StL Palffy, NYI Weight, Edm Oates, Wat Kapanen, Car Shanahan, Dot Jagr, Pit Gretiky, NYR Kaivu, Mon Pint Perlod-1, Detroit, Lldstrom 11 (Murphy, Kozlov), 7:54. 2, Detroit, Gilchrist 4 (McCarty, Koi-lov), 14.01 (pp). 3, Calgary, Iglnla 0 (Catsals, Hog-lund), 17:20. PwaHlet-Eriksson, Dot (Interference), 4:20; Ltpointt, Dot (roughing), 7:54; Allison, Cil (roughing), 7:54; Morris, Cil (boarding), 10:54; Allison, Ctl (Interference), 15:52. Second Porlod-4, Calgary, Titov 5 (Morris), 1:05. 5, Detroit, Shanahan 14 (Yzerman, Eriksson), 12:43 (pp). Penitllet-Kocur, Dtt (hlgh-ttlcklng), 4:05; Dandtnault, Dtt (Interference), 1:21; Mclnnit, Cil (tripping), 10:51; Ward, Cat (elbowing), 15:50. TBiro rerieo-e, Laigary, ritury (Allison, wor rit), 2:14 (th). 7, Dttrolt, Kocur 3 (Miltby, Murphy), 3:11. PHttHltt-Slmpson, Cil (hlgh-ttlcklng). 1:15; Holmttrom, Dot (Interfertnca), I 24. Shots a aoal-Dotrolt 13-44-24. Calgary 10-4- 10-24. Ptwor-aliyt-Dttrolt 1 of S; Calgary 0 ol 4. GoallM-Oetrolt, Osgood 1454 (20 shott-23 saves). Ctlgary, Tibaraccl 4-11-4 (24-22). A-14,310 (10,742). Referee-Paul Devsrski. Ltaatmea-Mlka Cvlk, Mark Whtltr. 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 Peter Bondra 19 goals, 12 assists C Adam Oates 7 goals, 21 assists "5 Phil Housley 3 goals, 17 assists Lynn soccer playing semifinals on East and West coasts Colleges -Brian Blggane Panthers Statistics POS NO. PLAYER OP 0 A PTS - PIMPPSH OWOT S PCTO ; C 15 Dave Gagner 2711 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 , . 0 24 Robert Svehla 27 211 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 FlUgerald 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 Nemlrovsky 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 KlrkMuller 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 Ed Jovanovski 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 i . D 3 PaulLaus 27 0 6 6 -8 94 0 0 0 0 16 .0 ' - C 44 Rob Nledermayer 10 3 2 5 -3 18 1 0 1 0 22 13.6 I ; 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 J 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. Vanblesbrouck 17 Oil 0 200000 .0 I L . 28 Peter Worrell 300 0 -1 600 00 3 .0 ' . G 1 Kevin Weekes 400 0 0 000 00 0 .0 0 8 Dallas Eaklnt 500 0 1 14 00 00 4 .0 ; G 30 Mark Fltzpatrlck 9000 0 200000 .0 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: Lyim No. 5 Mikael Jensen (8 goals. 10 assists, 26 points); No. 1 Matt Nelson (nine shutouts, 0.60 goals-against average). Southern CwuMCtkut No. 9 Renwick Hutson (17-640); No. 21 Itai Mor (9-1331). Cal State-BakmMl 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 DiVISICN II WOMEN'S SOCCER SEMIFINALS WHEN: 2 and 4:30 p.m. today. WHERE: Cal State-Oominguez 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 12 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 Wiggemansen 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) aqd Gareth Dunn (5-6-16). i "The big difference is we dotft have a key person like we had in the past" said Pendleton. ; In California, women's coaeh Jim Blankenship, who coached the Lady Knights to three NAIA titles in four years (1992-94-95), Js seeking his 200th victory in 12 seasons at Lynn. His record is 199-36-8. -f The women's semifinals feature two of the nation's leading scorers. Lynn's Jannie Nicolaisen, a redshirt freshman from Denmark, has scored 79 points (31 goals, 17 assists) in 21 games; Franklin Pierce's Paulina Miet-tinen, a junior from Finland, has 75 points (31-13) in 18 games. 5 Nicolaisen took over the scoring load for Lynn after last year's leading scorer, junior Katie Katz-mark, a first team All-America from Coon Rapids, Minn., lore a knee ligament in pre-season Coaltending NO GOALIE OP MINS AVO W L T SO OA A V 1 Kevin Weekes 34 J. Vanblesbrouck 30 Mark Fltzpatrlck t FLA Totals 4 123 1.95 0 0 I 0 4 59 .932 17 1025 2.93 6 8 3 0 50 468 .693 9 495 3.03 2 6 I 1 25 202 .876 27 1650 2.91 8 14 5 1 80 730 .890

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