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Saturday, December 29, 2007

Weekend News

I had fun last night at the Texas Tornado game. The Tornado faced the Topeka Roadrunners, so I was faced with conflicting loyalties. Sure, the Tornado are my local team (if a 65 mile drive to avoid crosstown DFW traffic can be considered "local"), and I was most certainly a fan of theirs from 2000-03. But things changed when the team moved from North Richland Hills to Frisco, and the Lone Star Cavalry were brought in to backfill the vacancy. Of course, I called games for the Cavalry, now the Roadrunners, and still have close ties to the team, so for the most part I was in their camp last night. I spent the first period talking to Roadrunners owner Mary Magdalene Lorang, talking about various items related to the team and league. The rest of the time I shared the broadcast booth with the Roadrunners' Arch Ecker, and for the most part managed to not make a fool out of myself on air. It was nice to meet some of the Topeka fans I've come to know online, and also see some old Tornado friends. As for the game, the Tornado won in a shootout, 3-2. For the most part the Roadrunners dominated, but gave up a couple of early goals. It didn't help that Tornado goalie Thomas Callaghan had a horseshoe in his back pocket, especially in the second period when his team was out-shot 14-2. But the 'Runners finally cracked his armor in the third and forced the game into OT and a shootout. For the Tornado, despite being outplayed most of the night it was a still a good win. The team hasn't had much luck this season and had all the luck last night. If last night was a sign of things to come, I can see them still making a playoff run.

Oh, and for those who missed it, I wore my kilt last night.


Okay, since I didn't post anything yesterday I have a ton of articles in my inbox...

NBA eyes Erie for D-League. Be afraid, Otters fans. The D-League has a long history of going into hockey arenas and snarfing up all their decent booking dates. After a season or two of lagging attendance they bolt, but by then the damage to the hockey team is done, sometimes irreparably. Some of teams have such poor attendance they don't even report it...

Frontenacss add Zach Fenwick from D1 Mercyhurst...

Plenty of life left in Barrie Colts...

Tips sign defenseman Tyler Kieffer from Lincoln Stars...

Sexsmith talks turkey in Vancouver...

Saskatoon Blades are Struch's team now...

Questions facing London Knights haven't gone away...

Warrior Broda can handle the U.S. Division of the Dub...

67's won't rush Couture back...

Guelph Storm GM Dave Barr pondering his trade options...

Chynoweth hands out mid-season grades to Broncos...

Optimism abounds for Otters - 2nd half of season opens on heels of playoff guarantee...

Victoriaville Tigres acquire winger Steven Cacciotti from the Drummondville Voltigeurs...

Kitchener happy with new seamless panes in end zones at Aud...

Avino, Jirik earn NAHL call-ups from Dubuque...

Family helps Black Hawks' Kessel reach new heights...

QMJHL players enrolled in 1,112 courses during fall semester, but not all were college courses (not saying, just saying)...

Strait Pirates’ player Stevens dies at home, autopsy ordered...

Sticking to the plan is key for the Pats...

Blades launch second half with sense of urgency...

Sportsnet.ca reviews the CHL season so far...

Raiders have half a season to improve...

Otters' roster changes for 3-game road trip...

Geoff Courtnall assumes Victoria Grizzlies bench duties...

Simms hopes to re-ignite the fire for second half in Weyburn...

Cloud gets new chance to fly for Giants...

Crash course for Seattle T-Birds' O'Brien...

Second half a fresh start for Prince George Cougars...

Phil Mangan traded to Fog Devils...

PEI Rocket return to work...

Mazzoleni's preseason proclamation may prove prophetic for Green Bay...

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