Thursday, October 20, 2016

Capitals Bring Down Panthers

     The Florida Panthers returned to Sunrise on Thursday night and were stopped by the Washington Capitals 4-2 at BB&T Center. Both clubs had won division titles in the Eastern Conference last season.
     Washington(3-0-1) ripped out to a commanding 2-0 lead during the first period. Nate Schmidt centered the puck from the left-wing wall and Justin Williams put in his second attempt of his own rebound past Roberto Luongo at 8:25. It was his 16th goal in 51 career games against the Panthers.
     The Capitals extended their margin with a two-goal lead at 10:21. Matt Niskanen was at the top of the zone and snapped a shot which was redirected in by Evgeny Kuznetsov from the low slot.
     Florida(2-1-1) climbed back into the contest with 6:13 left in the first as Michael Matheson scored in his second straight game. He got to a loose puck on the left-wing boards and fired a shot by Braden Holtby. Keith Yandle and Aleksander Barkov were credited with assists on the play.
     In the second period, the Cats had a power-play goal waived off at 7:47 by the officials. Colton Scevious swiped at the puck while on the ground in the crease just after play was called.
     They bounced back from that circumstance later in the frame as Florida converted on their third power-play attempt at 14:10. Jaromir Jagr scored his first goal of the season and the 750th goal of his NHL career which put him 51 goals behind Gordie Howe for third all-time. Jonathan Marchessault placed the puck down into the low right circle to Barkov. He fed Jagr for the one-time shot from the slot area.
     The Caps regained the lead 3-2 at 7:33 of the third period. Niskanen put a soft slapshot from the blue line toward the net and Alex Ovechkin deflected it in from the low slot for his second tally of the season and 527th of his career. It was his 34th goal in 55 career games versus Florida.
     Washington wrapped it up with 1:20 remaining in the contest. Jason Demers lost the puck while in his own left circle. Marcus Johansson jumped in, took the puck and snapped a close-range shot into the Panthers cage.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Lightning Slip By Panthers

     The Florida Panthers played their first road game of the regular season and fell to the Tampa Bay Lightning 4-3 in a shootout on Tuesday night at Amalie Arena. It was the first time that the Panthers wore their new road white jerseys with blue numbers. They were trying to become the first team in franchise history to win their first three games to begin a season.
     There was no scoring until the second period at 2:38 when Florida(2-0-1) got a short-handed goal. Colton Sceviour scored in his second straight game and Derek MacKenzie picked up an assist on the play.
     The lead did not last long as Tampa Bay(3-0-0) tied the contest up at 6:18. Aaron Ekblad had the puck taken away from him behind the Panthers cage by Nikita Kucherov. He backhanded a pass to the low slot and Alex Killorn banged home a shot by James Reimer, who was making his first start with the new club.
     The Panthers fell behind for the first time in three games this season with 3:39 left in the second. Steven Stamkos tried to stuff in a shot from the left of the crease twice then Ondrej Palat lifted the rebound into the roof of the Panthers net for a Lightning 2-1 lead.
     In the third period, the Cats evened it at the 5:26 mark. Vincent Trocheck put in his second goal of the year with assists from Jussi Jokinen and Reilly Smith.
     Michael Matheson would compile his first NHL goal with 4:08 remaining in the third. He skated in through the left circle and blasted a slapshot by Ben Bishop following a Greg McKegg feed.
     The Bolts pulled their goalie in the final two minutes for the extra skater and Stamkos ripped a one-time slapshot from the low left circle with 5.5 seconds to go and sent it into overtime tied at 3-3. Victor Hedman set it up with a pass from the left point.
     Jonathan Drouin scored on the third attempt for the Lightning during the shootout. Trocheck was able to match it on the Panthers third attempt when he fanned on the initial shot and nailed in a bouncing puck. Brayden Point skated in and scored on the sixth attempt for Tampa Bay on a wrist shot to the glove side. Ekblad had his high backhand shot saved by Bishop to end the contest.

West Palm Beach Ratings September 2016

     For the first time in over four years, a sports format radio station appeared on the monthly ratings in September for the West Palm Beach region. The last time this happened was in February 2012 when James Crystal Radio owned WMEN-AM and Good Karma Broadcasting ran WEFL-AM each appeared. Both sports stations in the local market had not shown their ratings numbers openly published since then.
     640 Fox Sports South Florida WMEN, which is run by Alpha Media, appeared in the September ratings. Good Karma Broadcasting currently owns two sports format radio stations in Palm Beach County with 106.3 ESPN West Palm WUUB-FM and 760 ESPN Deportes WEFL-AM. The ratings service will not have their numbers publicly listed.
     WMEN had a 0.5 in September and during the previous month in August. They had a 0.7 in June followed by a 0.6 in July. It does help that the station has been part the New York Yankees Radio Network this year and going back to March 2008.
     The only local show they broadcast is with Joe Raineri and Steve Zemach during morning drive. They have hosted the program together since January when they replaced Sid Rosenberg. WMEN runs the syndicated Fox Sports Radio Network for the remainder of the day and on the weekend.

Monday, October 17, 2016

Strikers Knock Off Puerto Rico

     The Fort Lauderdale Strikers kept their slim playoff hopes as they blanked Puerto Rico FC 2-0 on Saturday night at Central Broward Stadium. The club has two games left and are three points behind Minnesota United FC and Rayo OKC in the combined standings for the final playoff spot.
     Fort Lauderdale(6-9-5) compiled two goals in the second half against Puerto Rico FC(4-7-9). Geison Moura scored the game-winning goal for the second straight game for the Strikers in the 78th minute. Jose Angulo was able to add another tally for his fifth goal of the season during the 85th minute.

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Panthers Drop Red Wings

     The Florida Panthers were able to stop the Detroit Red Wings 4-1 at BB&T Center on Saturday night. Roberto Luongo passed Jacques Plante for sixth all-time in NHL history with his 438th career win. The Cats began the season with two consecutive wins and next face the Tampa Bay Lightning on the road Tuesday.
     It did not take long for Florida(2-0-0) to get on the scoreboard as they scored 70 seconds into the contest. Vincent Trocheck carried the puck into the Red Wings zone, went through the right circle and around the cage. His centering pass went off the skate of Dylan Larkin and by Petr Mrazek. The Red Wings did not get a shot on goal until 7:35 into the first.
     The Panthers extended their margin to 2-0 at 10:01 of the period with the help of three newcoming players. Denis Malgin fed a lead pass to Jonathan Marchessault in the offensive zone. He came in on a two-on-one break and slid a cross-ice pass through the slot to Colton Sceviour in the right circle for his first goal with the Cats.
     Detroit(0-2-0) found a way to stop the bleeding as they pulled to 2-1 at 13:07. Gustav Nyquist was on the end wall behind the Panthers net and backhanded a pass. Darren Helm was in the low slot and banged in a shot past Luongo.
     There was no more scoring until late in the third period. Jaromir Jagr poked the puck from the right-wing wall to Marchessault. He sent it across to Aleksander Barkov and he put in a goal after getting his own rebound at 17:38. Marchessault added an empty-net goal for his second tally of the season to make it 4-1 with 1:23 left in the third.

Friday, October 14, 2016

Rowdies Tie Miami FC, Win Coastal Cup

     Miami FC and the Tampa Bay Rowdies played to a 2-2 tie on Friday night at FIU Stadium. The Rowdies captured the Coastal Cup with the draw. Tampa Bay won the Coastal Cup four consecutive years from 2010 until 2013. The Fort Lauderdale Strikers held the trophy for the past two seasons.
     Miami FC(8-5-6) got two first-half goals from Jaime Chavez in the 16th minute and Kwadwo Poku just five minutes later. Tampa Bay(5-7-7) bounced back during the 27th minute with a tally by Georgi Hristov. Juan Guerra tied the match 2-2 in the 66th minute on an assist by Joe Cole.

Dwyer Beats Royal Palm Beach

     The Dwyer Panthers shut out the Royal Palm Beach Wildcats 28-0 on Friday night at Blum Stadium in a District 13-7A game. Dwyer quarterback Todd Centeio started the past two years with the Panthers and the previous two years with Royal Palm Beach.
     Dwyer(6-0, 3-0) scored at 4:24 of the first quarter as running back Jakari Moses ran the ball in from two yards out. Centeio added a four-yard touchdown run with 3:00 left in the second to give the Panthers a 14-0 margin.
     Royal Palm Beach(1-6, 1-2) surrendered two touchdowns in the final quarter. Centeio connected a 28-yard pass to wide receiver Tommie Luke for a score and later running back Reggie Gadson scored on a five-yard run midway through the fourth quarter.