first_imgTREE-MENDOUS! — Midtown Community School’s Pre-k are excited to see their super heroes hanging on the Tree. Mrs. Klimkowski and Mrs. Dicroce are with their AM class. Thanks to the Art Teachers for making it Tree-mendous! ×last_img

Stanley Cup Final 2019: Three takeaways from Blues’ Game 7 win

first_imgThe Blues are the Stanley Cup champions.St. Louis took down the Bruins 4-1 in Game 7 on Wednesday to earn the first Stanley Cup title in franchise history. What happened to Pastrnak?When the season started there might not have been a more talked about young player in the NHL than David Pastrnak. The 23-year-old lit up the net at the beginning of the year and couldn’t be stopped from putting points up.But in these playoffs he had some serious struggles, as did all of the Bruins’ top line. That line was possibly the best in the NHL all season long, but it went through big stretches in the NHL playoffs where it didn’t do what it needed to, especially in five-on-five situations.In Game 7, Pastrnak drove home the point of his disappointing run by whiffing on three separate shots in the first period. Maybe Binnington would have stopped them, maybe he wouldn’t have. But it’s a lot harder to stop 15 shots in a period than it is to stop 12 and Pastrnak came up empty when his team needed him to make a statement. It wasn’t a great showing from the youngster.David Pastrnak Whiffs on the Puck Count: 3— Stephen Whyno (@SWhyno) June 13, 2019 Stanley Cup Final 2019: Blues GM exchanges words with Bruins’ ice crew A late shot from Matt Grzelcyk snuck in the corner to ruin the shutout but at that point it was too late. The Blues were the champs.Here are three takeaways from Game 7The easiest takeaway ever writtenIf there is no Binnington, the Blues trade Ryan O’Reilly. If there’s no Binnington, St. Louis has a top-10 pick in the NHL Draft. If there is no Binny, the Missouri team may have finished where it sat in January — in dead last. But unfortunately for the Bruins, there is Binnington and now the Stanley Cup is bound for St. Louis.The rookie goalie was absolutely phenomenal in Game 7. He stood on his head in the first period stopping all 12 shots he faced, including several which made virtually no sense.Yeah, @binnnasty came to play in #Game7 . #StanleyCup🇺🇸📺: @nbc🇨🇦📺: @Sportsnet— NHL (@NHL) June 13, 2019And he did all of this while his teammates were neither getting shots on goal nor giving him any help as they had several bad turnovers in the first period, as well. But that didn’t matter because he’s made of nails. Binnington held his ground long enough to give his teammates a chance and they thanked him with two late goals in the period.Those goals helped Binnington become the first-ever rookie goalie to win 16 playoff games in a single season. Binnington might be the best thing to ever happen to the Blues.A problem re-emergesBinnington also forced the Bruins into some old bad habits in Game 7. Because of the amazing stops he continually made in the first period, Boston looked like it was getting skittish.As a result, it started doing the one thing a team can’t do against an incredibly physical team like St. Louis — it started over passing again. Multiple times in the second period, Boston had chances to shoot but it didn’t take them. In one moment in particular, Brad Marchand had an open lane to the net and just didn’t pull the trigger.To steal an old saying: “You can’t win unless you score.” The Bruins didn’t score in those first two periods, and a big reason they didn’t score in the second was because they often wouldn’t shoot. And, while this was a dominating score well out of reach of the Bruins, this game was all about Jordan Binnington.The rookie goalie saw 32 shots and stopped 33 of them. Related Newslast_img read more

Feeling stronger every day — Saints get boost with addition of forward Colin Minardi

first_imgThe Saints Men’s Hockey program recently announced forward Colin Minardi (Summerland, B.C.) has committed to join the team for the remainder of the 2012/13 BCIHL season.Minardi has transferred to Selkirk from Finlandia University in Hancock, Michigan, where he spent the first half of the season playing NCAA Division III hockey for the Lions.The 21-year old played nine games during the fall semester, picking up five assists and 19 penalty minutes. “Colin is a skilled and versatile forward who can play either at centre or on the wing,” said Saints head coach Jeff Dubois.”Like any player who joins midway through the season he’s going to have to earn his opportunities, but he has all the tools to be an impact player for us both this year and in future seasons.” Prior to his time at Finlandia, Minardi spent three seasons in the KIJHL with the North Okanagan Knights and Summerland Steam. He picked up 46 goals and 63 assists in 122 regular season games, including 30 points in 24 games as the Steam’s captain last season. At the trade deadline he was dealt to the VIJHL’s Victoria Cougars, where he added 17 points and helped the team to a league championship. “I’m looking forward to playing for Selkirk while furthering my education,” said Minardi, who describes himself as a strong two-way player.”I’ve heard great things about Coach Dubois and the guys on the team; it sounds like they are all hard working and that’s big for me. I enjoy working hard and being pushed by my teammates to be better. Plus the team’s record speaks for itself.” The 12-0 Saints next home game is scheduled for Saturday, January 12 when second place Simon Fraser University visits the Castlegar Recreation Complex.Faceoff is set for 7:30 p.m. It’s not like the Selkirk Saints are a struggling hockey team needing help to right the ship.But the undefeated B.C. Intercollegiate Hockey League is still getting help, thank you very much.last_img read more


first_imgON-TRACK CROWD OF 21,528 COME OUT TO SEE AMERICAN PHAROAH & FOUR GRADED STAKES;SADLER & ESPINOZA EACH TASTE VICTORY FOR THE FIRST TIME IN 76TH RUNNING OF GOLD CUP;ONE WINNING PICK SIX TICKET, PURCHASED IN ONTARIO, CANADA, PAYS $184,699.20 –30– ARCADIA, Calif. (June 27, 2015)–Longshot Hard Aces, with Victor Espinoza aboard, charged up the rail and won Saturday’s Grade I, $500,000 Gold Cup at Santa Anita by a nose over Hoppertunity, as the 5-year-old horse by Hard Spun got a mile and a quarter in 2:02.46.In getting his first graded stakes win, Hard Aces was far back early behind solid early splits of 23.37, 45.90, 1:10.17 and 1:35.91, and in a bit of an ironic twist, Espinoza, who appeared in the Winner’s Circle earlier in the day with Bob Baffert’s Triple Crown Champion, American Pharoah, Espinoza denied Baffert the afternoon’s biggest prize in a desperate finish before an on-track crowd of 21,528.“I lost a little ground at the start from being bumped by Batti Man, he took me out of the race a little,” said Espinoza, who was last in a field of 11 three year olds and up turning down the backside. “I decided not to encourage him early and save ground. I thought my best shot was to save ground and get through on the inside and it worked out well.”Owned by Hronis Racing, LLC, Hard Aces overhauled favored Catch a Flight approaching the sixteenth pole and was fully extended to hold off Hoppertunity, who was fanned very wide turning for home. Off at 7-1, Hard Aces paid $17.80, $8.00 and $4.20. With the winner’s share of $300,000, he more than doubled his earnings to $592,145. Hard Aces improved his overall mark to 23-6-3-7.“We got a good trip,” said Sadler. “We were hoping the pace would be there. We saw 45 and change, it looked like there was a lot of speed, but it’s got to come together. Victor did a beautiful job with him. He’s ridden him a few times and he’s not an easy horse to ride. He’s a very difficult horse to ride, so Victor’s gone forward with him for two or three races.“We thought the last race (a third place finish behind Catch a Flight in the Grade II, 1 1/8 miles Californian) was key. He really stepped forward with a strong race right at the end of a mile and an eighth and he got some more pace today.”Sadler said the Grade I, $1 million Pacific Classic on Aug. 22 would be next for Hard Aces.The second choice in the wagering at 5-2, Hoppertunity, who came off a third place run in the Grade I, 1 1/8 miles Stephen Foster at Churchill Downs June 13, finished 1 ¼ lengths in front of Catch a Flight and paid $5.60 and $3.40.Argentine-bred Catch a Flight, who came off a pair of wins in the Grade III Precisionist Stakes May 2 and the Grade II Californian, was mid-pack early, inched closer to the lead going to the far turn, put a head in front a furlong out but was third best under Gary Stevens.Off at 8-5, Catch a Flight paid $2.40 to show.“He ran a super race, he’s as honest as any horse can get,” said Stevens. “I’m disappointed we didn’t win, but he runs his race every time and he tries hard, it’s all you can ask. No real excuses, he had a good trip.”The Gold Cup, run at the now-shuttered Hollywood Park from 1938 through 2013, was contested for the second year in a row at Santa Anita and for the 76th time since its inception.Sadler and Espinoza each collected their first-ever win in one of America’s most prestigious mile and a quarter races for handicap division horses.There was one winning ticket in Saturday’s Pick Six. Purchased through a hub in Ontario, Canada, it paid $184,699.20.First post time on Sunday, closing day at Santa Anita, is at 1 p.m. Admission gates will open at 10:30 a.m.last_img read more