Archive for February 21st, 2017
Crew SC signs goalkeeper Ketterer and defender Maloney;
Both players have been in preseason camp with the Black & Gold
COLUMBUS – Columbus Crew SC today announced that it has signed a pair of 2017 Major League Soccer SuperDraft selections ahead of the 2017 MLS regular season: goalkeeper Logan Ketterer and defender Connor Maloney. Ketterer (71st overall) and Maloney (49th overall) have both spent the 2017 preseason in training camp with the Black & Gold.
“We’d like to congratulate Logan and Connor on signing with Crew SC after working hard this preseason and integrating with the club,” said Sporting Director and Head Coach Gregg Berhalter. “We look forward to seeing their development during their first year in MLS.“
Ketterer played three seasons at Bradley University, making 51 appearances (16 starts). The goalkeeper earned All-Missouri Valley Conference and MVC Scholar-Athlete Honorable Mentions during his senior season, a season that also saw him be named to the ProRehab Aces Soccer Classic All-Tournament Team (2016). The previous year, Ketterer was named to the NSCAA Scholar All-North/Central Region Second Team (2015). The 23-year-old goalkeeper also won the ProRehab Aces Soccer Classic Defensive Most Valuable Player award during his first year as a starter for the Bradley University Braves (2014).
WATCH: Ketterer on signing with Crew SC – http://crew.sc/2locAJS
Maloney, 21, made 73 appearances (all starts) over the course of four seasons at the Pennsylvania State University, scoring 26 goals and recording 17 assists during that span. He led the Nittany Lions in goals and assists (7 goals, 5 assists) his senior year, en route to winning NSCAA Second Team All-Great Lakes Region honors (2016). The three-time First Team All-Big Ten Conference player (2016, 2015, 2014) also won the Big Ten Conference Offensive Player of the Year award during his sophomore year (2014). During his freshman year, Maloney was named to Big Ten Conference All-Freshman Team. He recently started for Crew SC in the club’s first match of the 2017 Carolina Challenge Cup against Atlanta United FC on Saturday, February 18, playing the entire 90 minutes.
WATCH: Maloney on signing with Crew SC – http://crew.sc/2m1sQUa
Under Sporting Director and Head Coach Gregg Berhalter, the club is currently in Charleston, South Carolina participating in the 2017 Carolina Challenge Cup. Crew SC opens the 2017 MLS campaign against Eastern Conference rival Chicago Fire at home on March 4. More information on Season Ticket Memberships for the 2017 season at MAPFRE Stadium is available at columbuscrewsc.com.
TRANSACTIONS: Columbus Crew SC signs goalkeeper Logan Ketterer and defender Connor Maloney on February 20, 2017.
Name: Logan Ketterer
Born: November 9, 1993 in Madison, WI
Hometown: Racine, WI
Citizenship: United States
Acquired: Selected in the Fourth Round (71st overall) of the 2017 MLS SuperDraft on January 17, 2017; signed on February 20, 2017.
Previous Experience: Bradley University (2012-2016)
Name: Connor Maloney
Born: May 18, 1995 in Harrisburg, PA
Hometown: Harrisburg, PA
Citizenship: United States
Acquired: Selected in the Third Round (49th overall) of the 2017 MLS SuperDraft on January 17, 2017; signed on February 20, 2017.
Previous Experience: Pennsylvania State University (2013-2016)
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• Heading into this week’s slate, Purdue and Wisconsin currently sit atop the Big Ten standings with 11-3 conference records. Maryland is in third place at 10-4, while Northwestern is alone in fourth place at 9-5. Michigan State and Minnesota are tied for fifth place at 8-6 in conference play.
• Iowa’s Peter Jok and Wisconsin’s Nigel Hayes were named finalists for the Senior CLASS Award. Eligible students must be classified as NCAA Division I seniors and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence: community, classroom, character and competition.
• Purdue’s Vincent Edwards joined the Big Ten’s career 1,000-point club in the win over Michigan State last Saturday. The conference currently boasts 16 active players that have scored at least 1,000 career points.
• Illinois’ Malcolm Hill and Wisconsin’s Nigel Hayes both reached 1,700 career points last week, the only two active players in the Big Ten to accomplish the feat.
• Michigan’s Derrick Walton Jr., became the first player in program history to score at least 1,000 career points, corral 500 or more rebounds and tally at least 400 assists in the Wolverines’ win over Wisconsin.
• Wisconsin’s Nigel Hayes swiped two steals in the Badgers’ win over Maryland, and took over the Big Ten’s career active lead in steals with 131. Hayes enters this week’s slate as the conference’s career active leader in points (1,707), rebounds (720) and steals (131), and is five assists shy of 300 for his career.
• Purdue enters Tuesday’s game at Penn State on a five-game conference winning streak, the longest active streak in the Big Ten, along with Minnesota. The Gophers will travel to Maryland on Wednesday.
• Through games of Feb. 19, 12 Big Ten teams are rated among the top 90 of the NCAA RPI, including four top-25 teams and seven among the top 55: No. 19 Maryland, No. 21 Purdue, No. 23 Minnesota, No. 24 Wisconsin, No. 37 Northwestern, No. 43 Michigan State and No. 55 Michigan.
• Michigan head coach John Beilein heads into Wednesday’s game at Rutgers with 499 career wins as a mentor at the NCAA Division I level.
• Five conference teams – Maryland, Minnesota, Northwestern, Purdue and Wisconsin – have reached the 20-win plateau this season. Among all conferences, only the ACC and Big Ten boast at least five teams with 20 or more victories. Northwestern is one win away from setting the single-season school record of 21 wins.
• Purdue’s Caleb Swanigan has recorded 23 double-doubles this season, which leads the nation. The Big Ten record for double-doubles in a single-season is 26.
• Northwestern’s Bryant McIntosh heads into this week’s slate of games with 515 career assists, just 13 helpers shy of tying the school record of 528, held by Michael Thompson (2008-11).
• Five conference teams received votes in Monday’s Associated Press (AP) or USA TODAY Sports Coaches top 25 polls. Purdue leads the way at No. 14/14, followed by No. 16/15 Wisconsin and No. 24/24 Maryland. Northwestern received votes in both ballots, while Michigan and Minnesota earned votes in the AP poll.
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Coyotes captain Shane Doan
skated in the 1,524th game of his NHL career to tie Brendan Shanahan
for 15th on the all-time list . . . Blues forward Alexander Steen
skated in the 800th game of his NHL career . . . The Coyotes hosted Women’s Hockey Night
at Gila River Arena . . . The Avalanche
, Maple Leafs
each hosted events in support of Hockey Is For Everyone
month . . . The starting time of the Predators-Blues game on April 2 at Scottrade Center was changed to 3 p.m. CT (originally scheduled for 5 p.m. CT) . . . The Coyotes traded defenseman Michael Stone
to the Flames for a third-round pick in the 2017 NHL Draft
and a conditional fifth-round pick in 2018 . . . Jets forward Patrik Laine
, Maple Leafs forward Nazem Kadri
and Oilers captain Connor McDavid
were named the NHL’s “Three Stars” for the week
ending Feb. 19 . . . Jets defenseman Jacob Trouba
was suspended for two games
for an illegal check to the head of Senators forward Mark Stone
. . . Renowned Canadian artist Tony Harris
unveiled portraits of legends Red Kelly
and Alex Delvecchio as part of the NHL Centennial Celebration
SNEAK PEEK AT TUESDAY’S ACTION
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Pittsburgh @ Carolina, 7 p.m., SNO, TVAS, FS-CR, ROOT
Montreal @ NY Rangers, 7 p.m., MSG, SNE, RDS
Ottawa @ New Jersey, 7 p.m., MSG+, RDS2, TSN5
NY Islanders @ Detroit, 7:30 p.m., FS-D, MSG+ 2
Edmonton @ Tampa Bay, 7:30 p.m., SUN, SNW
Winnipeg @ Toronto, 7:30 p.m., TSN4, TSN3
Chicago @ Minnesota, 8 p.m., NBCSN, FS-N, FS-WI, CSN-CH
Calgary @ Nashville, 8 p.m., SN1, SNP, FS-TN
Los Angeles @ Colorado, 9 p.m., ALT, FS-W
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TOP TWO TEAMS IN WEST SQUARE OFF IN CENTRAL DIVISION SHOWDOWN
The top two teams in the Western Conference square off in a Central Division showdown when the Wild (39-13-6, 84 points) host the Blackhawks (36-18-5, 77 points) at Xcel Energy Center. Elias notes that Chicago – winners of six consecutive road games – aim to match the longest single-season road win streak in franchise history originally set Dec. 9-29, 1964 (7-0-0). Meanwhile, Minnesota looks to reach the 40-win mark in their 59th game of the season – 12 contests fewer than any other campaign in the franchise’s 17-year history (71 GP in 2006-07: 40-24-7, 87 points).
LAINE, JETS FACE MATTHEWS, MAPLE LEAFS FOR SECOND TIME
The top two picks from the 2016 NHL Draft go head-to-head for the second and final time this season when Patrik Laine (28-24—52) and the Jets visit Auston Matthews (28-21—49) and the Maple Leafs. Winnipeg rallied from a 4-0 deficit led by Laine’s first career hat trick to defeat Toronto in their first meeting this season and own an 8-0-1 record in their last nine games against the Maple Leafs dating to March 13, 2013 (TOR: 1-5-3). Laine sits one goal shy of tying the Jets/Thrashers record for most in a season by a rookie (Ilya Kovalchuk: 29 in 2001-02), while Matthews needs six to match the Maple Leafs single-season benchmark (Wendel Clark: 34 in 1985-86).
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Home Team in Caps
Florida 2, ST. LOUIS 1
ARIZONA 3, Anaheim 2
PANTHERS SWEEP FIVE-GAME ROAD TRIP, CLIMB ATLANTIC DIVISION
Vincent Trocheck scored the go-ahead goal with 4.6 seconds remaining in regulation as the Panthers concluded their road trip with a 5-0-0 record. Elias notes that Florida swept a road trip of at least five games for the first time in the franchise’s 24-year history.
* Trocheck scored his second game-winning goal of the season (also Nov. 3 vs. NJD) and extended his point streak to six contests (3-5—8). Per Elias, Trocheck (59:55) scored the latest game-winning goal in franchise history, besting the mark set by Kristian Huselius (59:46) on March 28, 2002 at OTT (4-3 W).
* At 28-20-10 (66 points), the Panthers passed the idle Maple Leafs (27-20-11, 65 points) and Bruins (30-23-6, 66 points) to move into third place in the Atlantic Division.
* James Reimer (26 saves) has earned wins in his past five decisions and improved to 8-1-1 in his last 10 overall dating to Dec. 31 (2.01 GAA, .933 SV%).
COYOTES HOLD OFF DUCKS TO EARN VICTORY
The Coyotes built a 3-0 lead in the first period and held off a late Ducks rally to improve to 5-2-1 in their last eight contests. Arizona earned their first win vs. ANA since Nov. 25, 2015 (4-2 W), snapping a five-game slide (0-4-1).
* Radim Vrbata scored his first game-winning goal of the season (45th career) and extended his point streak to six games (1-5—6). He leads the Coyotes with 12-29—41 this season (58 GP).
* Marek Langhamer, a seventh-round selection (184th overall) in the 2012 NHL Draft, entered the game in the third period and made seven saves in his League debut (15:31 TOI), including a last-second stop to preserve the victory.
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|Columbus Blue Jackets (3) vs. Nashville Predators (4)
February 19, 2017 – Nationwide Arena (17,894)
Columbus: B. Saad (18), O. Bjorkstrand (2), Z. Werenski (9)
Nashville: R. Ellis (9), K. Fiala (7), C. Jarnkrok (12), M. Ekholm (3)
Columbus: S. Bobrovsky (28 Saves, L)
Nashville: J. Saros (35 Saves, W)
The Blue Jackets fell to the Nashville Predators 4-3 at Nationwide Arena on Sunday night. Attached and linked please find the post-game notes along with post-game audio.
Coach John Tortorella | Oliver Bjorkstrand | Brandon Saad | Zach Werenski
Coach Peter Laviolette | Mattias Ekholm | Ryan Johansen
The Blue Jackets return to action on Saturday, February 25 (5 p.m. ET) as they host the New York Islanders at Nationwide Arena.
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