Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Oilers Top Panthers

     The Florida Panthers returned home from a five-game winning streak on the road and lost to the Edmonton Oilers 4-3 at BB&T Center on Wednesday night. The Panthers play their next four games and seven of the next eight games at home.  
     Edmonton(33-20-8) took the lead at 5:18 of the first period. Nick Bjugstad made a clearing pass that was stopped by Oscar Klefbom at the left point. He powered a slapshot by James Reimer off the right post and into the net.
     Florida(28-21-10) was able to tie the contest 1-1 on the power play 21 seconds into the second period. A slapshot by Aaron Ekblad from the top of the zone was blocked by an Oilers defender in the slot. Jussi Jokinen fed Aleksander Barkov for a wrist shot from the right circle that went past Cam Talbot.
     The Oilers regained the lead midway through the second at the 10:26 mark. Kris Russell ripped a slapshot from the blue line which was redirected by Mark Letestu in the low slot and hit the left post. The puck came out to the left face-off circle and Eric Gryba snapped in a follow-up shot.
     Both teams combined for several goals in the last couple of minutes. The Panthers pulled even again with 4:07 left in the frame. Colton Sceviour got the tally with assists from Jokinen and Keith Yandle.
     Edmonton reacted and picked up a go-ahead goal with 1:01 remaining in the second. Milan Lucic tried to stuff in the puck from the blue paint and then Ryan Nugent-Hopkins poked in the rebound from close range.
     The Cats matched it one more time with 3.9 seconds to go. Yandle sent a lead pass from his own end through the neutral zone to Jonathan Marchessault at the Oilers blue line. He skated in on a breakaway and scored his 18th goal of the season on a forehand shot.
     The Oilers took their fourth lead of the contest at 12:02 of the third period. Connor McDavid skated into the Panthers zone down the right side and centered the puck to Leon Draisaitl in the high slot. He angled the puck to his left where Russell scored on a wrist shot for his first goal of the year.

Miami Ratings January 2017

     It was the same story as Miami Sports Radio 560 WQAM-AM led all sports format radio stations in the Miami/Fort Lauderdale market for the sixth consecutive month. The last time they were on top for this long was during 2008-2009 when their lineup included Neil Rogers, Jim Mandich, Joe Rose and Damon Amendolara.
     WQAM margin of victory did shrink in this period as they slightly dropped from a 1.4 to a 1.2 in the month of January. The Miami Dolphins finished a long winning streak and appeared in the playoffs for the first time in eight years. The Florida Panthers had not won three straight games at the midway point of the regular season.
     790 The Ticket WAXY-AM finally moved out of their holding pattern of a 0.7 in the previous four periods and finished with a 0.9 in January. The Miami Heat began their 13-game winning streak with their climb from near the bottom of the Eastern Conference standings. The Ticket had the absence of afternoon host Ethan J. Skolnick from the show and continued with Chris Perkins and other guest co-hosts in that slot.
     Miami Sports 940 WINZ-AM continued to stay at a 0.2 for the fourth straight month. Things have been consistent at that station with no Miami Marlins baseball broadcasts along with weekday shows of Andy Slater and Jeff DeForest.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Ethan J. Skolnick Returns To The Ticket

     Ethan J. Skolnick returned back to the afternoon show alongside Chris Perkins at 790 The Ticket WAXY-AM on Tuesday. He had not been heard on the airwaves in over one month since January 3.
     Skolnick has worked at The Ticket since September 2015 when he co-hosted afternoons with Israel Gutierrez. He then had Chris Wittyngham as a co-host on an interim basis then permanently from January 2016 until September 2016.
     He has also been employed with CBS Sports as an NBA writer since the middle of 2016. Skolnick was the Miami Heat beat reporter for the Miami Herald during the 2015-16 season.

Monday, February 20, 2017

Ron Flatter Joins VSIN

     Former local radio producer Ron Flatter has joined Vegas Stats and Information Network(VSIN) and will begin on February 27. Flatter leaves his position as a sports anchor at CBS Sports Radio Network which he had since January 2016. He also worked as a sports anchor at WFAN-AM and WINS-AM in New York City prior to that.
     Flatter is best known for being the afternoon show producer for Hank Goldberg on Sports Radio 560 WQAM-AM during the mid 1990s. He did fill in for Jon "Boog" Sciambi as the studio and intermission host on the Florida Panthers radio broadcasts in the later rounds during their l995-96 long playoff run to the Stanley Cup Finals.
     He left Miami for ESPN Radio where he became a producer and reporter. Flatter later added duties as a horse racing reporter for ESPN. He was an overnight news anchor for Fox News Radio earlier this decade.

Panthers Slip By Blues

     The Florida Panthers swept their five-game road trip as they defeated the St. Louis Blues in the final seconds 2-1 at Scottrade Center on Monday night. The Panthers have won eight of their last nine games.
     Florida(28-20-10) jumped out to a 1-0 lead midway through the first period at 10:40. Jonathan Marchessault got his 17th goal of the season in the crease area with an assist from Nick Bjugstad behind the net after a turnover.
     St. Louis(31-24-5)  had to wait until 2:54 into the third period to tie the contest up 1-1. Kyle Brodziak put in the tally following shots in the crease by former Panther Scottie Upshall and Ryan Reaves. 
     The Panthers regained the lead with just five seconds left in regulation. Vincent Trocheck scored on a slapshot from the top of the zone past Jake Allen. Mark Pysyk made the pass from the left wing on the play.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Panthers Edge Kings

     The Florida Panthers swept the California portion on their road trip with a 3-2 win over the Los Angeles Kings at Staples Center on Saturday night. The Panthers reached a season-high winning streak of four games and have won seven of their last eight games.
      The Panthers moved up into a playoff spot to third place in the Atlantic Division with the victory. Roberto Luongo tied former Panthers goalie Ed Belfour for fourth all-time with 963 NHL games played. The Cats last won a game in Los Angeles on November 27, 2002.
     Florida(27-20-10) waited until 4:55 left in the first period to take a 1-0 lead. Vincent Trocheck  put a cross-ice oass in the neutral zone to Aleksander Barkov and he crossed the Kings line. His no-look pass to the left side was blasted in by Jonathan Huberdeau from the top left circle past Peter Budaj. Huberdeau has four goals in six games since he made his season debut on February 3.
     In the second period, Jussi Jokinen gave the Panthers a two-goal margin at 1:14 with ninth goal of the season. Reilly Smith and Alex Petrovic were credited with assists on the play.
     Los Angeles(28-25-4) was able to get on the scoreboard at the 5:39 mark. Nick Shore got bumped off the puck in the crease area, then Dwight King gained control and put it by Luongo at the side of the crease.
     The Kings tied the contest 2-2 with 8:04 remaining in the second. Tanner Pearson compiled his 19th goal of the campaign and Jeff Carter got the primary assist.
     It took just 15 seconds into the third period for Florida to regain the lead 3-2. Barkov nailed his 14th goal of the year on assists from Jaromir Jagr and Aaron Ekblad.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Panthers Defeat Ducks

     The Florida Panthers won their third straight game on the road as they topped the Anaheim Ducks 4-1 at Honda Center on Friday night. The Panthers have been victorious in six of their last seven games.
     Both clubs combined for four goals in the second period. Andrew Cogliano gave Anaheim(30-19-10) a 1-0 lead with a shorthanded goal that was assisted by former Panther Logan Shaw.
     Florida(26-20-10) tied it 1-1 at the 4:18 mark when Colton Sceviour put in his seventh goal of the year. Jaromir Jagr would steal the puck from Josh Manson at the side of the net and scored an unassisted goal at 6:58 to give the Panthers the lead. Aaron Ekblad added a power-play goal for a two-goal margin at 10:08.