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Dragons Saturday game vs. Peoria Chiefs on Dayton’s CW

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY Tom Nichols; COURTESY DAYTON DRAGONS MEDIA RELATIONS

25 GAME BROADCASTS SPONSORED BY DP&L

 

DAYTON, OHIO—The Dayton Dragons game on Saturday, May 12 will be televised live from Fifth Third Field on Dayton’s CW.  The game broadcast will begin at 7:00 p.m. as the Dragons host the Peoria Chiefs.

 

Saturday’s game is part of a 25-game television package this season, sponsored by Dayton Power & Light.  All games will be broadcast live and in high definition on the following outlets:

 

  • Over the air Channel 26.1
  • Spectrum Channels 13 and 1013
  • Direct TV and DISH Network Channel 26.

 

Dayton’s CW reaches approximately 500,000 households and over 1.2 million potential viewers in a 10-county area.

 

Dragons Director of Broadcasting Tom Nichols will handle the play-by-play for all telecasts this season.   WDTN Sports Director Jack Pohl will serve as color commentator on Saturday.

 

Nichols is in his 11th season with the Dragons and 31st year in Minor League Baseball.  He has broadcast over 3,900 minor league games since beginning his career in 1988 and has worked at every level of Minor League Baseball.  He is a Ball State University graduate and a native of Muncie, Indiana, where he was inducted into the Delaware County Athletics Hall-of-Fame in 2009.

 

Pohl has served as WDTN-TV Sports Director and Anchor since 2002 and has been with WDTN-TV since August 1995.  Jack is a Dayton native who attended Wright State University.  He began his broadcasting career at Centerville High School station WCWT.   He later moved on to work at various Dayton area radio stations, but is best known for his time as the Z-93 morning show personality with Kim Faris.  Jack is proud to have learned the TV business from WDTN’s legendary Omar Williams.  Jack was honored with the Ohio High School Athletic Association’s Sportsmanship and Ethics Integrity Media service award.

 

Dragons 2018 Television Broadcast Schedule (remaining games)

Day Date Opponent Time
Saturday May 12 Peoria 7:00
Saturday May 19 Great Lakes 7:00
Sunday May 20 Great Lakes 2:00
Friday June 1 Lansing 7:00
Saturday June 2 Lansing 7:00
Sunday June 3 Lansing 2:00
Saturday June 9 Bowling Green 7:00
Sunday June 10 Bowling Green 2:00
Friday June 22 South Bend 7:00
Saturday June 23 South Bend 7:00
Sunday June 24 South Bend 2:00
Friday July 13 Quad Cities 7:00
Saturday July 14 Kane County 7:00
Sunday July 15 Kane County 2:00
Friday July 27 Fort Wayne 7:00
Saturday July 28 Lansing 7:00
Sunday July 29 Lansing 2:00
Saturday August 18 Bowling Green 7:00
Sunday August 19 Bowling Green 2:00
Saturday August 25 Lansing 7:00
Sunday August 26 Lansing 2:00

 

NHL announces Second Episode of “Quest for the Stanley Cup” documentary now available for viewing

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY NHL PUBLIC RELATIONS; COURTESY NHLmedia.com

 

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

NEW YORK / TORONTO (May 11, 2018) – The second episode of Quest For The Stanley Cup™, the critically-acclaimed behind-the-scenes documentary series chronicling the teams in the midst of the 2018 Stanley Cup® Playoffs, is available for viewing on ESPN+ in the U.S. and on YouTube.com/NHL in Canada.

In episode two, viewers will be treated to lively mic’d up content from players, coaches and officials on the ice and in the dressing rooms from three Second Round series-deciding games, including Nashville Predators head coach Peter Laviolette’s impassioned speech during the second intermission of Game 6 and the exchange between head coaches Bruce Cassidy of the Boston Bruins and Jon Cooper of the Tampa Bay Lightningin the handshake line following Tampa’s Game 6 win. Fans will get a deeper look inside the Washington Capitals’ series-clinching win over the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Vegas Golden Knights’ Game 6 defeat of the San Jose Sharks in their unprecedented march to the Western Conference Final. The episode also visits Predators forward Ryan Hartman and his girlfriend, Lauren Storehoff, in their home before Game 5, and Lightning cheer group Sticks of Fire.

Produced by Ross Greenburg Productions in association with NHL Original Productions, Quest For The Stanley Cup™ goes on the ice, in locker rooms, inside the minds of the players and coaches and everywhere in between to give viewers an all-access pass during the high-stakes Stanley Cup® Playoffs and the pursuit of the Stanley Cup® Championship – the hardest trophy to win in professional sports.

ESPN+ subscribers have access to the entire seven-episode series as part of a robust programming lineup for hockey fans throughout the Playoffs, with new episodes available each Friday. Fans in Canada will be able to watch Quest For The Stanley Cup every Friday on YouTube.com/NHL.

 

 

Daily Almanac for Friday, May 11, 2018: Day 131 of the Year

DAILY ALMANAC WRITTEN BY & COURTESY OF www.almanac.com

 

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THREE CHILLY SAINTS

May 11, 12, and 13 are the feast days of Saints Mamertus, Pancras, and Gervais. These three are known as the Three Chilly Saints not because they were cold during their lifetimes, but because these days are traditionally the coldest of the month. English and French folklore (and later American) held that these days would bring a late frost. In Germany, they were called the Icemanner, or Icemen Days, and people believed it was never safe to plant until the Icemen were gone. Another bit of folklore claimed, “Who shears his sheep before St. Gervatius’s Day loves more his wool than his sheep.”

 

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NHL 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs: Second Round Recap

PUBLICATION WRITTEN BY NHL PUBLIC RELATIONS; COURTESY NHLmedia.com

 

Three teams chasing first Cup; Historic Western Conference Final set;

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

NEW CUP WINNER GUARANTEED AS CONFERENCE FINALS TAKE SHAPE
A new Stanley Cup champion is guaranteed for the 18th time in the past 19 seasons as three division champions – the Lightning, Golden Knightsand Capitals – along with the No. 2 seed from the overall standings – the Jets – head into the Conference Finals.

* The Eastern Conference Final between the Lightning and Capitals begins tonight in Tampa (8 p.m. ET; CBC, SN, TVAS, NBCSN), while Game 1 of the Western Conference Final between the Jets and Golden Knights goes tomorrow in Winnipeg (7 p.m. ET; CBC, TVAS, NBC).

* This marks the eighth time in 29 seasons under the four-division format (1974-75 through 1997-98 and 2013-14 to present) that at least three division champions have reached the Conference Finals.

* The last such instance came in 1996 when three division winners – the Red Wings, Avalanche and Penguins – advanced along with a first-time playoff team – the Panthers. After finishing third in the Atlantic Division during the regular season, Florida embarked on a playoff run that saw it become the first team in the NHL’s modern era (since 1943-44) to reach the Stanley Cup Final during its first postseason (excluding St. Louis’ emergence from the all-expansion West Division in 1968).

* Tampa Bay is the only remaining club with a championship (2004). This is the first time in NHL history that the final four teams have combined for one-or-fewer Stanley Cup wins. Additionally, this is just the sixth time that at least three of the final four contenders are chasing their first Cup.

The Stanley Cup Final has featured two clubs chasing their first title only five times in League history: 1934 (Detroit Red Wings vs. Chicago Blackhawks), 1991 (Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Minnesota North Stars), 1996 (Colorado Avalanche vs. Florida Panthers), 1999 (Dallas Stars vs. Buffalo Sabres) and 2007 (Anaheim Ducks vs. Ottawa Senators).
JETS-GOLDEN KNIGHTS SET FOR HISTORIC SHOWDOWN
For the first time in NHL history two teams will meet after each recorded their first two series wins
, with the Jets and Golden Knights set to clash in the Western Conference Final. There are only two other instances in Stanley Cup Playoffs history of two clubs recording their first two series wins in the same postseason (1975: Buffalo Sabres & New York Islanders and 1982: Quebec Nordiques & Vancouver Canucks), but those clubs did not meet that year.

* Excluding the 1975 Stanley Cup Playoffs (the first year of conferences), only three other postseasons in the conference era have seen multiple clubs make their first-ever appearance in the Conference Finals. Only twice did those teams face each other: 1982 (Vancouver Canucks vs. Chicago Blackhawks) and 2003 (Mighty Ducks of Anaheim vs. Minnesota Wild).

 

* In addition to the Jets and expansion Golden Knights, the Lightning also reached the Conference Finals after not being part of the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs. Only one other postseason has seen at least three teams reach the third round after not being part of the previous playoffs:the Sabres, Hurricanes, Oilers and Ducks made up the 2006 Conference Finals after all missing the 2004 Stanley Cup Playoffs (the Stanley Cup Playoffs did not take place in 2005).

* The Jets, the No. 2 seed from the regular season, reached the Conference Finals after defeating the Presidents’ Trophy-winning Predators. This marks the sixth time in the expansion era (since 1967-68) – and second straight year – that the first and second place teams from the regular season met in a round other than the Final. The winner of the previous five such series won the Stanley Cup each time.
HIGH-SCORING TREND CONTINUES IN 2018 STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS
The Second Round of the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs was the highest-scoring second round in 24 years, with an average of 6.0 goals per game (145 GF in 24 GP). Overall, goals per game increased to 6.0 this postseason (400 GF in 67 GP).

* Since 1994, only two playoff years have finished with a goals-per-game rate of at least 6.0. The 1995 Stanley Cup Playoffs averaged 6.4 goals per game (515 GF in 81 GP) and the 2010 Stanley Cup Playoffs featured 6.0 goals per game (532 GF in 89 GP).
STANDOUT PERFORMERS FROM SECOND ROUND
Four clubs are still alive thanks to standout performances from key players during the Second Round:

* The expansion Golden Knights were led by their top line of Jonathan Marchessault (4-7—11), Reilly Smith (1-10—11) and William Karlsson (4-6—10) who combined for 8-17—25 in the Second Round (6 GP). The individual records for goals, assists and points by a player on a team making its first-ever postseason appearances are as follows:

* Entering the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs with a combined 29 games of postseason experience, Jets forwards Mark Scheifele (11-5—16) and Blake Wheeler (3-12—15) have factored on 44.2% of the team’s goals (19 of 43), including a combined 9-13—22 against the Predators (7 GP). Scheifele leads the League with 11 goals this postseason, including an NHL-record seven road goals during the Second Round.

 

* Lightning forward Brayden Point scored three of his four goals in the Second Round, tallying once each in Games 2, 4 and 5. With Tampa Bay trailing 1-0 in the series, Point factored on all four of the team’s goals in Game 2 to become the youngest player in franchise history to post a four-point playoff game. His performance triggered a streak of four straight wins that propelled Tampa Bay into the Conference Finals for the fifth time in franchise history, tied for the second-most of any team since the League reached 30 teams in 2000-01.

* After helping Washington take a 3-2 series lead with 1-2—3 in Game 5, Evgeny Kuznetsov scored the series-clinching goal in overtime two nights later to propel his club into the Conference Finals for the first time in 20 years. Kuznetsov ranks second on the club with 7-7—14 behind Alex Ovechkin (8-7—15), who assisted on the overtime goal. Both are within reach of establishing franchise records for goals, assists and points in a single postseason.

FAMILIAR FACES CHASING STANLEY
Familiar faces have also made significant contributions through two rounds:

* Three-time Stanley Cup champion Marc-Andre Fleury has recorded four shutouts through 10 games to backstop the Golden Knights on their unprecedented run. Fleury has earned shutouts in each of his past three appearances in which his team could clinch a series, becoming the third goaltender in NHL history to achieve that feat. Only five goaltenders have posted at least five shutouts overall in one playoff year.

Dustin Byfuglien has been an integral part of the longest playoff run in Jets history, collecting 4-9—13 through 12 games. Byfuglien, who leads NHL defensemen in points this postseason, needs only three points to match his career-best total of 16 set as a forward during his run to the 2010 Stanley Cup with the Blackhawks (11-5—16 in 22 GP).

* After leading the Lightning and finishing third in the NHL with a career-high 39-61—100 during the regular season, Nikita Kucherov has compiled 6-6—12 through two rounds (10 GP). With his goal in Game 4 against Boston, Kucherov (28-26—54 in 55 GP) leapfrogged Vincent Lecavalier (24-28—52 in 63 GP) into sole possession of second place in scoring in Tampa Bay playoff history, trailing only Martin St. Louis (33-35—68 in 63 GP).

Braden Holtby, the Capitals’ all-time franchise leader in playoff games played (70) and wins (37) among goaltenders, looks to build on his postseason resume as he leads Washington into the Conference Finals. He ranks sixth among active netminders in career playoff wins, despite having played at least 13 fewer contests than each player ahead of him.
FULLY-ENGAGED FANS READY FOR HISTORIC MATCHUP
Official watch parties continue to be a staple across NHL markets, with thousands gathering at Bell MTS Place in Winnipeg last night to watch the Jets clinch their series in Nashville. The trend has also caught on in hockey’s newest home, with crowds assembling outside T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas to watch their series-clinching shutout in San Jose on Sunday.

The Western Conference Final opponents will go toe-to-toe off the ice as well, with a viewing party scheduled at the Downtown Las Vegas Events Center and tens of thousands expected in Winnipeg for the Game 1 “Whiteout” street party.

 

* NHL fans continue to watch the Stanley Cup Playoffs in record numbers, with the voice of Mike “Doc” Emrick – who recently won his record-tying fifth straight Emmy – exciting viewers across NBCUniversal broadcasts.

 

 

 

 

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