Thursday, July 2, 2015

Boca Juniors Stop Strikers

     The Fort Lauderdale Strikers had a tough time on Wednesday night as they were blanked by Boca Juniors 3-0 in the inaugural Challenge Cup international friendly game at Lockhart Stadium. It was a rare occasion that the club from Argentina appeared in the United States for a match.
     The Strikers begin the NASL Fall Season on July 8 when they go on the road and face the Carolina Railhawks. The next home game for Fort Lauderdale will be on July 11 against FC Edmonton.
     Boca Juniors struck early three minutes into the game as Jonathan Calleri scored. They expanded their lead during the second half as Alexis Rolin had a goal in the 55th minute and Cristian Pavo made it 3-0 in the 77th minute.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Panthers Trade Jimmy Hayes

     The Florida Panthers have traded right wing Jimmy Hayes to the Boston Bruins for right wing Reilly Smith and the contract of center Marc Savard. It will be a return to New England for Hayes where he played at Boston College for three seasons.
     Hayes was involved in 72 games for Florida in 2014-15 as he compiled 19 goals, 16 assists and 35 points. He was acquired by the Panthers along with Dylan Olsen for Kris Versteeg in November 2013. Hayes immediately helped the team with 11 goals and seven assists in 53 games during the 2013-14 season.
     Smith missed only one game in the last two seasons with the Boston Bruins. Following being acquired in July 2013 from the Dallas Stars for Tyler Seguin in a six-player trade, Smith had 20 goals, 31 assists and 51 points during 82 games of the 2013-14 season. His production numbers dropped in 2014-15 as he put together 13 goals and 27 assists in 81 games.
     Savard has not played a game in the NHL since the 2010-11 season when he suffered from concussion-like symptoms. He was part of the Boston Bruins team that captured a Stanley Cup championship for the first time in 29 years. The contract that the Cats have with Savard runs through the 2016-17 season.

Joey Bosa On Magazine Cover

     Former St. Thomas Aquinas and current Ohio State University defensive end Joey Bosa appears on the magazine cover of Lindy's Sports college football magazine. The regional edition of the magazine was distributed mainly in the state of Ohio.
     Bosa played high school football with the St. Thomas Aquinas Raiders from 2009 until 2012. He helped them win two FHSAA Class 7A championships in 2010 and 2012. Bosa earned honors by being named to the Broward All-County and Florida All-State teams.
     He moved to play for the Ohio State Buckeyes in 2013, started in 10 games and had 44 tackles along with 7.5 sacks. Bosa helped the school win the inaugural CFP National Championshp in 2014 as a sophomore and was named an All-American. He led the Big Ten Conference with 13.5 sacks and 21 tackles for a loss.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Strikers Rehire Gunter Kronsteiner

     The Fort Lauderdale Strikers announced that the team has hired Gunter Kronsteiner as their new head coach. It will be his second reign with the club. His first match he will manage is on Wednesday night at Lockhart Stadium when the Strikers host Boca Juniors of Argentina in an international friendly game.
     Kronsteiner had a previous tenure with Fort Lauderdale as he coached the entire 2014 season with the team which included a championship appearance against the San Antonio Scorpions in Soccer Bowl 2014. He did coach in 14 games during the 2013 Fall Season. Raoul Voss will also return to his post as an assistant coach which he held with the Strikers in 2013 and 2014.

Monday, June 29, 2015

Florida Panthers Development Camp

     The Florida Panthers began development camp for all their recent draft picks, prospects and AHL personnel at Incredible Ice in Coral Springs on Monday. There were 26 players who were in attendance.
     The Panthers first round selection from the NHL Draft on Friday left wing Lawson Crouse was on the ice for the practice. Other picks made by the Cats from the draft in Sunrise on Saturday also appeared which included left wing Karch Bachman, center Patrick Shea, defenseman Thomas Schemitsch and goalie Samuel Montembeault.
     Defenseman Michael Matherson and forward Rocco Grimaldi are players who were previously drafted by Florida prior to this year. Both have a good chance to make the roster to begin the regular season in October.

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Dodgers Blank Marlins

     The Miami Marlins were shut out by the Los Angeles Dodgers 2-0 on Sunday at Marlins Park. The Fish have lost six of their last seven games while the Dodgers have won four of the last five games and lead the San Francisco Giants by one game in the National League West. The Marlins host a three-game series with the defending World Series champion Giants on Tuesday.
     Los Angeles(43-34) took the lead during the fifth inning against Jose Urena. Jimmy Rollins led off with an infield single and went to second on a balk. He advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt by Zack Greinke to the pitcher. After Joc Pederson walked, Rollins scored on a fielder's choice to second by Howie Kendrick.
     Miami(31-46) surrendered another run to the Dodgers in the top of the seventh on a two-out rally with Mike Dunn on the mound. Greinke first grounded out to short and then Pederson struck out. Kendrick followed with a walk and would cross the plate on an Adrian Gonzalez double into deep left-center field.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Florida Panthers Draft Lawson Crouse

     The 2015 NHL Draft was held at BB&T Center this weekend and the Florida Panthers selected left wing Lawson Crouse in the first round with the 11th overall pick. Crouse, who was projected to be a top-six selection, slipped down for the Panthers to take. The Florida Panthers and the city of Sunrise had previously hosted the National Hockey League Draft back in 2001.
     Crouse played junior hockey for the past two seasons with the Kingston Frontenacs of the Ontario Hockey League. He had 29 goals, 22 assists, 51 points and 70 penalty minutes in 56 games during the 2014-15 regular season. Crouse had improved his scoring numbers from 2013-14 when he had 15 goals, 12 assists, 27 points and 64 penalty minutes in 63 games.
     He had represented Canada in several international competitions. He helped them win the IIHF Under-20 World Junior Championship in 2015 and the Ivan Hlinka Under-18 Tournament in 2014. His team finished third in the IIHF Under-18 World Championship in 2014.
     The Panthers had no selections during the second round and had to wait until the third round to gain two more prospects. They chose Blainville-Boisbriand Armada goalie Samuel Montembeault as the 77th overall pick and Owen Sound Attack defenseman Thomas Schmetsch as the 88th overall pick.
     Florida finished off the NHL Draft picking Zurich center Denis Malgin in the fourth round, Culver Military Academy left wing Karch Bachman in the fifth round and Tri-City Storm right wing Christopher Wilkie in the sixth round. The Cats had two selections in the seventh round with Kimball Union Academy center Patrick Shea and Johnstown Tomahawks goalie Ryan Bednard.