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CBJ assigns Sonny Milano to Cleveland Monsters

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  APRIL 10, 2017
COLUMBUS, OH – The Columbus Blue Jackets have assigned forward Sonny Milano to the American Hockey League’s Cleveland Monsters, club General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen announced today.

 

Milano, 20, has skated in four games with the Blue Jackets this season.  He has also recorded 18 goals and 28 assists for 46 points with 22 penalty minutes in 61 games with Cleveland in 2016-17, leading the club in points and goals (tied) and ranking second in assists.
Selected by the Blue Jackets in the first round, 16th overall, in the 2014 NHL Draft, Milano has posted 0-1-1 in seven career NHL games.  He made his Blue Jackets’ debut at the New York Islanders on Mar. 31, 2016 and registered his first career point with an assist in the following game at Carolina on Apr. 2, 2016.  He has tallied 32-50-82 with 44 penalty minutes and a +1 plus/minus rating in 125 career AHL games.  In his first full pro season, he picked up 14-17-31, 22 penalty minutes and was +12 in 54 games for the Monsters in 2015-16 and added 4-4-8 in 17 playoff games to help the club capture the Calder Cup championship.

Sonny Milano

The Massapequa, New York native spent two seasons with the United States National Team Development Program from 2012-14 and collected 22-46-68 and 24 penalty minutes in 50 games with the Ontario Hockey League’s Plymouth Whalers in 2014-15.  He also notched 2-2-4 in five games for Team USA at the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship tournament.
The Blue Jackets return to action Wednesday when they visit Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 1 of the first round of the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs.  Game time from PPG Paints Arena is 7:30 p.m. ET.  Live coverage on FOX Sports Ohio begins with the Blue Jackets Live pre-game show at 7 p.m.  The game will also be broadcast live on the Eldorado Scioto Downs Blue Jackets Radio Network, 97.1 The Fan FM, and online at BlueJackets.com.
News regarding the potential on-sale of any last-minute playoff tickets will be shared through the Blue Jackets Flag Bearer e-newsletter and via @BlueJacketsNHL on Twitter. Fans may subscribe to Flag Bearer by visiting the Fan Zone section of BlueJackets.com.   Any tickets that are made available will be on sale at the Big Lots Box Office at Nationwide Arena, all Ticketmaster Ticket Centers, the FOX Sports Ohio Blue Line at The Mall at Tuttle Crossing, online at BlueJackets.com and Ticketmaster.com, or by phone at (800) 745-3000.

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY & COURTESY OF COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS COMMUNICATIONS

NHL Morning Skate for Monday, April 10. 2017: Regular season ends; Playoffs set; Ducks win 5th straight Pacific Division title; Joe Louis Arena closes as Red Wings win finale; Bickell scores in final game of career

LAST DAY OF REGULAR SEASON FINALIZES PLAYOFF PICTURE . . .
One division title, four playoff positions and four First Round matchups were decided during the final day of the regular season:

* The Ducks clinched the Pacific Division title by defeating the Kings. They will face the Flames in the First Round of the playoffs, their third all-time postseason meeting. Anaheim defeated Calgary in the 2006 Conference Quarterfinals (4-3 ANA) and 2015 First Round (4-1 ANA).

* The Oilers locked in the No. 2 seed in the Pacific Division to set up a First Round series with the Sharks, their second all-time meeting. Edmonton defeated the Sharks in six games in the 2006 Conference Semifinals en route to the Stanley Cup Final.

* The Bruins clinched the No. 3 seed in the Atlantic Division by virtue of Toronto’s regulation loss to set up a First Round matchup with the Senators, their first all-time postseason meeting.

* The Maple Leafs fell to the No. 2 Wild Card spot in the Eastern Conference to set up a First Round series with the Presidents’ Trophy-winning Capitals, their first all-time meeting in the postseason.

. . . NHL ANNOUNCES FIRST ROUND SCHEDULE
The NHL announced the dates, starting times and national television coverage for the First Round of the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs, which begins this Wednesday, April 12.

Click here for complete details.

SUNDAY’S RESULTS
Home Team in Caps
DETROIT 4, New Jersey 1
TAMPA BAY 4, Buffalo 2
NY ISLANDERS 4, Ottawa 2
ST. LOUIS 3, Colorado 2
Columbus 3, TORONTO 2
NY RANGERS 3, Pittsburgh 2
Carolina 4, PHILADELPHIA 3 (SO)
Florida 2, WASHINGTON 0
ANAHEIM 4, Los Angeles 3 (OT)
EDMONTON 5, Vancouver 2

DUCKS CLAIM FIFTH CONSECUTIVE PACIFIC DIVISION TITLE . . .
Ryan Getzlaf tallied three assists to help the Ducks (46-23-13, 105 points) clinch the No. 1 seed in the Pacific Division, their fifth consecutive division title and sixth overall (also 2006-07).

* The Ducks finished the season on a 14-game point streak (11-0-3), the third-longest such run in franchise history behind 16 and 14-game runs in 2006-07 and 2015-16, respectively.

* Anaheim also registered at least a point in each of their final 10 games at Honda Center (9-0-1), marking the second straight season that the Ducks have posted a 10-game home point streak (Jan. 20 – March 14, 2016: 9-0-1).

* Getzlaf (58) registered at least three assists in a game for the fifth time this season to finish third in the League behind Connor McDavid (70) and Nicklas Backstrom (63).

. . . AS McDAVID NETS 100TH POINT IN OILERS’ NINTH STRAIGHT HOME WIN
Connor McDavid notched two assists to reach the 100-point milestone for the first time in his career (30-70—100 in 82 GP), extend his season-ending point streak to 14 games (7-18—25) and help the Oilers set a franchise record with their ninth consecutive home win.

* McDavid became the second Oilers player to lead the NHL in points, joining Wayne Gretzky who achieved the feat in seven consecutive seasons from 1980-81 to 1986-87.

* At 20 years, 86 days, McDavid became the third-youngest player in the NHL’s modern era (since 1943-44) to lead the League in points, behind only Sidney Crosby (19 years, 244 days in 2006-07) and Gretzky (20 years, 69 days in 1980-81). Elias adds that McDavid is just the fifth player younger than age 21 to hit the 100-point mark over the past 27 seasons.

* McDavid, who led the NHL with 30 multi-point games in 2016-17, became the second Oilers player to record at least 100 points in a season over the past 26 campaigns, joining Doug Weight in 1995-96 (25-79—104 in 82 GP).

* Elias adds that McDavid became the first Oilers player to record points in at least 14 consecutive games since 1987-88 when Mark Messier (11-16—27 in 14 GP) and Gretzky (11-27—38 in 15 GP) each saw their point streaks end on Nov. 29.

ZETTERBERG LEADS RED WINGS IN FINAL GAME AT THE JOE
Playing in his 1,000th NHL game, Red Wings captain Henrik Zetterberg posted 1-1—2 to power the Red Wings to a victory in the final NHL game at Joe Louis Arena, the team’s home since 1979-80.

* Zetterberg, who notched an assist in his first game at Joe Louis Arena on Oct. 17, 2002 vs. MTL (his fourth NHL game), became the seventh player to skate in 1,000 career games with the Red Wings franchise. He finished the season with 17-51—68 in 82 GP to lead the Red Wings in scoring.

Riley Sheahan (2-0—2) opened the scoring in the first period and tallied the last goal at The Joe with 2:33 remaining in regulation – his first goals in exactly one year (April 9, 2016 at NYR). In Detroit’s first game in the building on Dec. 27, 1979, Red Wings forwards Dennis Sobchuk (1:43) and Daniel Bolduc (17:46) scored in the second period of a 3-2 loss to the Blues.

* ICYMI: Click here for more details from the final game at Joe Louis Arena.

BICKELL CAPS NHL CAREER WITH SHOOTOUT GOAL
In the final game of his NHL career, Bryan Bickell scored in the shootout to help the Hurricanes win their season finale. Bickell, who was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in November, returned to Carolina’s lineup for the final three contests and announced that Sunday would be his last NHL game.

“It was special. First time I lifted the Cup was in Philly. To end it here was nice,” Bickell said. “Kind of think of all the memories and all the support and people that helped, it’s really a moment that rushes in at once. I’m just happy to have them support me, believe in me and let me do what I love.”
Photo via @NHLCanes

LOOSE PUCKS
Cam Atkinson (GWG) moved into sole possession of second place on the Blue Jackets’ all-time goals list as Columbus reached the 50-win mark for the first time . . . Vladimir Tarasenko scored his 39th goal of the season to finish tied for fourth in the League and establish a career high for points in a season (39-36—75 in 82 GP) as the Blues finished the campaign with a 15-2-2 run . . . Kings forward Jarome Iginla (0-1—1) became the 34th player in NHL history to record 1,300 career points (625-675—1,300) . . . Panthers goaltender James Reimer (33 saves) closed the season with back-to-back shutouts . . . Victor Hedman tallied 1-1—2 to eclipse 300 career points (65-236—301 in 549 GP) and finish the season with 16-56—72 in 79 GP, second among NHL defensemen behind Brent Burns (29-47—76 in 82 GP) . . . Oilers forward Jordan Eberle scored his second career hat trick to reach the 20-goal mark . . . Avalanche forward Mikko Rantanen (1-1—2) became the sixth rookie to reach the 20-goal mark this season, the most since 2010-11 (7) . . . Ducks fans gave Kings broadcaster Bob Millerstanding ovation as he called the final game of his Hall of Fame career.

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PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY NHL PUBLIC RELATIONS; COURTESY NHL MORNING SKATE PUBLICATION

 

Blue Jackets NHL Playoffs begins Wednesday vs. Metro Division rival, Pittsburgh Penguins

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  APRIL 10, 2017
COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS TO FACE METROPOLITAN DIVISION RIVAL PITTSBURGH PENGUINS IN FIRST ROUND OF THE 2017 STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS
Third-seeded Blue Jackets to face second-seeded Penguins in best-of-seven series starting Wednesday
COLUMBUS, OH – The Columbus Blue Jackets will make their second Eastern Conference Stanley Cup Playoffs appearance against Metropolitan Division rival Pittsburgh Penguins in a rematch of the 2014 Eastern Conference Quarterfinal series, the club and National Hockey League announced tonight. The Blue Jackets, who finished the regular season with a franchise-best 50-24-8 record (108 pts.), are the third seed in the Eastern Conference, while the Penguins, who earned a 50-21-11 record (111 pts.) to finish second in the Metropolitan Division, are the second seed in the conference.The best-of-seven series will begin on Wednesday, April 12 at 7:30 p.m. at Pittsburgh’s PPG Paints Arena with Game Two scheduled for Friday, April 14 at 7 p.m. The series shifts to Columbus’ Nationwide Arena on Sunday, April 16 at 6 p.m. Game Four will be played on Tuesday, April 18 at 7:30 p.m. The complete series schedule follows:

EASTERN CONFERENCE QUARTERFINALS SERIES
Game 1:  Wednesday, April 12 at Pittsburgh – 7:30 p.m.
Game 2:  Friday, April 14 at Pittsburgh – 7 p.m.
Game 3:  Sunday, April 16 at Columbus – 6 p.m.
Game 4:  Tuesday, April 18 at Columbus – 7:30 p.m.
*Game 5:  Thursday, April 20 at Pittsburgh – TBD
*Game 6:  Sunday, April 23 at Columbus – TBD
*Game 7:  Tuesday, April 25 at Pittsburgh – TBD
Bold – home games * – if necessary

Huntington Green Seats will be available for the opening round. Tickets, priced at $50, will go on sale two hours prior to game time with purchases limited to two tickets per customer. Huntington Green Seats must be purchased in person at the Big Lots Box Office at Nationwide Arena.

News regarding the potential on-sale of any last-minute playoff tickets will be shared through the Blue Jackets Flag Bearer e-newsletter and via @BlueJacketsNHL on Twitter. Fans may subscribe to Flag Bearer by visiting the Fan Zone section of BlueJackets.com. Any tickets that are made available will be on sale at the Big Lots Box Office at Nationwide Arena, all Ticketmaster Ticket Centers, the FOX Sports Ohio Blue Line at The Mall at Tuttle Crossing, online at BlueJackets.com and Ticketmaster.com, or by phone at (800) 745-3000.

 

Dayton Flyers end Spring Football as Red dominates White 24-7

Crain, Jeske & Surges Named 2017 Team Captains Before Pre-Game Coin Toss

DAYTON –Behind three second-half touchdown runs by sophomore running back Sean Prophit, the Red team defeated the White Team 24-7 Sunday afternoon at Welcome Stadium. The game was the final event of the University of Dayton’s spring practice season, but it was hardly just the game.

As is the tradition at UD’s Spring Game, the next season’s team captains were announced at the pre-game coin flip. Rising redshirt senior linebacker Jack Crain, rising senior quarterback Alex Jeske, and rising senior defensive end Nick Surges were named 2017 team captains. Team captains are voted on by the team after the last spring practice, and results are kept secret until Sunday’s coin flip.

Crain has played in every game for the last three years (34 games) for the Flyers. In that time he has accumulated 216 tackles, including a career high of 105 in 2015. This success led Crain to a be a Second Team All-PFL Selection in 2016 as well as earning two First Team Academic All-PFL honors.

Speaking of academics, Crain is a two-time winner of UD’s John L. Macbeth Memorial Scholar-Athlete Award. The Macbeth award goes to the member of the team with the highest GPA who has completed at least four semesters.

Jeske was the recipient of the UD’s 2016 White-Allen Most Valuable Player Trophy. The Flyer signal caller was a dual-threat weapon on offense in in his second season as a starter, leading the Flyers in rushing yards (676), passing yards (1,936), and touchdowns (29).

These numbers helped Jeske finish lead the PFL in touchdowns responsible for (29), fourth in total offense in the league (2,623), and second in scoring (90 points). Jeske was Second-Team All-PFL. In addition, Jeske was named First Team Academic All-PFL for the second straight season last year.

Surges was also Second Team All-PFL and Second Team Academic All-PFL in 2016. He led the Flyers in sacks (8.5), QB hurries (8, tied) and fumbles forced (2). He was also second in tackles for loss (12.0). Among returnees, he was third in tackles (46).

All three captains hail from the Chicago suburbs. Crain is from Lisle, Jeske is from Glen Ellyn, and Surges is from Naperville. Crain and Surge were high school teammates at Benet Academy, while Jeske played at Glenbard South.

Just before the opening kickoff, the coaches’ choice for special teams captain was also announced. Christian Searles, who is also an all-league cornerback, was named. Searles is a senior who was First Team All-PFL as a return specialist in 2015. He also is from Chicago, and played his high school ball at Mt. Carmel.

Once the game got started the defenses held sway in the first half, as the only scoring was a 37-yard field goal by Mike Ruffolo to give the Red Team a 3-0 lead at the break. Coach Rick Chamberlin noted that the offenses found their rhythm in the second half, when all four of the game’s touchdowns were scored.

Sophomore Sean Prophit pushed Red’s advantage up to 10-0 with a short run on fourth down, but Kyle Kaparos found Markus Hurd from 17 yards out to make it 10-7. Prophit added two more scores to give Red the 24-7 win. A highlight on the White side were two interceptions by sophomore safety Tim Simon.

Following the game, the members of the 2017 recruiting class in attendance were paired with their “Big Brother.” Each incoming freshman is paired with an upperclassman who helps them adjust to college football heading into their first season on campus.

“It was a really good way to wrap up our spring,” head coach Rick Chamberlin said. “We’ve had a competitive spring, and we had some good plays on both sides today.”
“We wanted our upperclassmen to develop consistency on a daily basis during our spring practices and I think we did that. We’re not ready to play a game by any stretch. We need to improve in a lot of areas. But what we accomplished this spring puts us in a good position to have a good summer and be ready when camp starts in the fall.”

UD opens the season on Saturday, Sept. 2 at Robert Morris. The Flyers open at home against Southeast Missouri State on Saturday, Sept. 9. Game time is 1 p.m. ET.
GAME RECAP WRITTEN BY Doug Hauschild; COURTESY DAYTON MEDIA RELATIONS

Hinchcliffe, Bourdais, Newgarden finish in the Top 3 at Grand Prix of Long Beach

James Hinchcliffe in fire suit 2012 By Chuck Carroll, Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https commons.wikimedia.org

Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach race results

Click HERE to view and download the official box score from the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach.

LONG BEACH, California – Results Sunday of the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach Verizon IndyCar Series event on the 1.968-mile Long Beach street circuit, with order of finish, starting position in parentheses, driver, chassis-engine, laps completed and reason out (if any):

1. (4) James Hinchcliffe, Honda, 85, Running
2. (12) Sebastien Bourdais, Honda, 85, Running
3. (8) Josef Newgarden, Chevrolet, 85, Running
4. (2) Scott Dixon, Honda, 85, Running
5. (21) Simon Pagenaud, Chevrolet, 85, Running
6. (13) Ed Jones, Honda, 85, Running
7. (14) Carlos Munoz, Chevrolet, 85, Running
8. (19) Spencer Pigot, Chevrolet, 85, Running
9. (1) Helio Castroneves, Chevrolet, 85, Running
10. (6) Graham Rahal, Honda, 85, Running
11. (15) JR Hildebrand, Chevrolet, 84, Contact
12. (16) Mikhail Aleshin, Honda, 84, Running
13. (9) Will Power, Chevrolet, 84, Running
14. (20) Max Chilton, Honda, 84, Running
15. (11) Tony Kanaan, Honda, 84, Running
16. (17) Conor Daly, Chevrolet, 84, Running
17. (3) Ryan Hunter-Reay, Honda, 79, Off Course
18. (18) Takuma Sato, Honda, 78, Off Course
19. (5) Alexander Rossi, Honda, 62, Mechanical
20. (10) Marco Andretti, Honda, 14, Off-Course
21. (7) Charlie Kimball, Honda, 1, Contact

Race Statistics
Winners average speed: 90.845 mph
Time of Race: 1:50:28.9818
Margin of victory: 1.4940 seconds
Cautions: 3 for 11 laps
Lead changes: 6 among 3 drivers
Lap Leaders:
Dixon 1-15
Hunter-Reay 16-29
Dixon 30-41
Hunter-Reay 42-55
Hinchcliffe 56-57
Dixon 58-62
Hinchcliffe 63-85
Verizon IndyCar Series point standings: Bourdais 93, Hinchcliffe 74, Pagenaud 71, Dixon 70, Newgarden 59, Castroneves 51, Jones 48, Hunter-Reay 46, Sato 43, Andretti 36.

 

RACE RESULTS WRITTEN BY & COURTESY OF INDYCAR COMMUNICATIONS

 

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