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Jackets continue to dominate Lightning in 3-1 win; leads series 3 games to 0













Columbus Blue Jackets Post-Game Notes

Stanley Cup Playoffs – Eastern Conference Quarterfinals Game 3

Columbus Blue Jackets (3) vs. Tampa Bay Lightning (1)

April 14, 2019 – Nationwide Arena (19,224)

Goal Scorers
Columbus: M. Duchene (2), PP – O. Bjorkstrand (1), EN – C. Atkinson (2)

Tampa Bay: O. Palat (1)



Columbus: S. Bobrovsky (30 Saves on 31 shots, W)
Tampa Bay: A. Vasilevskiy (27 Saves on 30 shots, L)

Game Summary:

Event Summary:

  • Columbus won the first three games of a playoff series for the first time in franchise history.  The team had previously won the first two games in a series (vs. Washington in the 2018 ECQF).
  • Tonight was the second time that the Blue Jackets have scored a power-play goal in three-straight games in a playoff series (Apr. 23-28, 2014 vs. PIT).  Columbus went 1-for-2 on the power play tonight and is 4-for-8 in the series.
  • Ten different Blue Jackets have scored at least one goal in the series.
  • Tonight’s attendance was the third largest crowd at Nationwide Arena in franchise history (reg. season and playoffs), trailing only last year’s playoff games vs. Washington on Apr. 19 (19,395) and Apr. 17 (19,337).

  • Sergei Bobrovsky turned aside 30-of-31 shots to record his third-straight playoff victory.  He has stopped 69-of-71 Lightning shots over the past eight periods (.972 save percentage).
  • Matt Duchene scored for the second-straight game (2-3-5).
  • RW Oliver Bjorkstrand scored his first goal of the postseason and second of his playoffs career (2-4-6 in 14 games).  He led all players with five shots on goal.
  • Alexandre Texier recorded his first career postseason point with an assist on Bjorkstrand’s second period power play goal.  He had 1-0-1 in two regular season contests at the end of the campaign.
  • RW Cam Atkinson assisted on Duchene’s goal and added an empty net goal, giving him 2-1-3 in back-to-back games. It was the third multi-point playoff contest of his career.
  • Seth Jones tallied an assist on Bjorkstrand’s goal and has 1-1-2 in the series (both points on the power play).
  • LW Artemi Panarin notched an assist on Atkinson’s goal, giving him points in all three playoff games this series (1-3-4).
  • Scott Harrington recorded his first career playoff point with his assist on Atkinson’s goal.
  • Brandon Dubinsky led all players in faceoff win percentage tonight, winning 12 of his 14 draws (86 pct.).

Blue Jackets Audio:
Coach John Tortorella | Oliver Bjorkstrand | Sergei Bobrovsky | Adam Clendening | Matt Duchene | Nick Foligno | Seth Jones

Lightning Audio:
Coach Jon Cooper | Tyler Johnson | Ryan McDonagh | Steven Stamkos

Next Practice:

Monday, April 15, Nationwide Arena, 12 p.m. ET

Next Game:

Tuesday, April 16 vs. Tampa Bay Lightning, Nationwide Arena, 7 p.m. ET – FOX Sports Ohio / Sports Radio 97.1 The Fan





Dayton Flyers Football signings update



DAYTON – After 38 wins in the last five seasons, the University of Dayton Flyer football program is bringing in another strong recruiting class according to head coach Rick Chamberlin.

While NCAA regulations and University policies preclude the release of the individuals who have committed at this time, Chamberlin sees them carrying on the Dayton tradition of success on the field and in the classroom.  The entire class will be released at a later date.

“I’m very proud to say the quality of the young men who are joining our program is as good as ever,” Chamberlin said.  ”It’s likely that we will add a few young men to this class, but all of our incoming freshmen are quality students, quality athletes and quality leaders.

“It’s a typical Dayton football recruiting class, in terms of their accomplishments in the classroom and on the football field.  They bring high academic standards to our program.  Six of our recruits on offense are offensive lineman.  That was a priority for us this year and we are very pleased with their talent and their size.  On the other side of the ball, we’re very happy with three defensive tackles we are bringing in.  They have the athleticism, size and ability to run that everyone is looking for.

“We are also excited about where this year’s recruits are coming from.  We continue to recruit nationally, and have added the second and third recruits we have ever had from North Carolina.  But we also have 14 players from Ohio, and three from the Dayton area.  We feel that says a lot about your program when the young men and families who have the opportunity to know the most about our football program choose to join us.

“The character and commitment of this class has served them well in their high school careers, and I expect them to be a very successful group here at the University of Dayton.”

Among the highlights for the Flyer Football Class of 2022 are:
• 3.65 average high school GPA
• 25 average score on the ACT
• 16 team captains
• 13 National Honor Society members
• 2 members of state championship teams
• 18 offensive players
• 11 defensive players

The members of the Class of 2023 hail from six states:  Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Ohio.

In addition, Chamberlin announced the following seniors have indicated they will return in the fall for their fifth season in the Flyer football program:  quarterback Will Bobek, defensive tackle Matthew Brandeis, center Tim Roell and tight end Adam Trautman.

Bobek has played in seven games as a backup QB in his career, and scored a TD against Morehead State last year.  Brandeis was injured much of 2018, and is a three-time member of the Pioneer Football league Academic Honor Roll.  Roell is a two-year starter at center.  Trautman is a two-time All-PFL player.  He had 41 receptions (14.7 yards per catch avg.) with nine TD’s.

Dayton Flyers announce 2019 Football Schedule



DAYTON – The University of Dayton football team will play five home games and six on the road in 2019.

Dayton will open the season with two road games.  The Flyers open on Saturday, Sept. 7 in Terre Haute, Ind. against Indiana State, an opponent they have not played since 1976.  (In fact, the last time Dayton played Indiana State, head coach Rick Chamberlin was on the field playing linebacker for the Flyers instead of on the sidelines).  UD then visits Robert Morris on Sept. 14.

Dayton’s home opener and final non-conference game will be on Sept. 21 against Duquesne.

Head coach Rick Chamberlin

After a bye week, UD will begin Pioneer Football League play on Oct. 5 with a home game with Jacksonville.  In a scheduling quirk, the Dolphins are also the team the Flyers closed the 2018 season against.

Dayton is on the road for the next two games (at Valparaiso on Oct. 12 and Stetson on Oct. 19), and then alternates home and road games the remaining five games of the year.  Defending PFL champion San Diego visits Welcome Stadium on Oct. 26, followed by at Morehead State (Nov. 2), Marist (Nov. 9) at Drake (Nov. 16) and Butler (Nov. 23.

Dayton coach Rick Chamberlin knows the schedule will not be an easy one.

“Our 2019 schedule will again be a challenging one, especially having more road games than home,” Chamberlin said.  ”Our non-conference schedule puts us on the road two of the three by going to Indiana State and Robert Morris.  Duquesne and San Diego were both in the FCS playoffs last year.  As always, the PFL schedule will be tough.  The league just keeps getting better, and going on the road to play at Valparaiso, Stetson, Morehead State and Drake makes it that much tougher.”

Dayton was 6-5 a year ago, and 5-3 in conference.  Three of UD’s five losses in 2017 were to teams that reached the FCS playoffs.  Dayton returns 13 starters – seven from the offense, and six from the defensive side of the ball.  Last year’s Pioneer Football League Offensive Freshman of the Year Jack Cook returns at quarterback, while the defense will be led by DB/LB Andrew Lutgens, who was First Team All-PFL in 2018.

Tight end Adam Trautman, wideout/kick returner Kyle Butz and offensive guard Michael Niese all earned All-PFL honors last year.   Trautman and wideout Ryan Skibinski both enter their final seasons at UD within striking distance of Bill Franks’ Dayton career receptions record of 133.

Dayton Flyers offense beats the defense, 58-28 win in annual Spring Game




DAYTON – An efficient, albeit brief performances by quarterback Jack Cook and a big day by running back Tyler Vincent led the offense to a 58-28 win over the defense in the University of Dayton’s spring football game.

The game was scored with either the offense or defense earning points based on outcomes.

Cook played only two series, completed all five passes he threw for 113 yards and two touchdowns, looking as good as he has during the entire spring.  Vincent carried seven times for 111 yards and two touchdowns.  The last score was a 55-yard TD on what was essentially the last play of the game.  Ryan Skibinski (3 catches, 75 yards receiving, 1 TD) and Adam Trautman (2 catches, 38 yards, 1 TD) were the top receivers.

Jack Cook was a perfect 5 for 5 passing

Safety Matt Clifford scored the first points for the defense with a second-quarter interception.

“The game went about the way we thought it would with the talent and experience we have on offense, and what they have been showing all spring.  Jack Cook led us to two scores with big plays from the people you would expect – Adam Trautman and Ryan Skibinski,” head coach Rick Chamberlin said.  ”But I saw some flashes of good things out of our defense.  We know they are young, but we are working to get them ready for that first game.”

As is the tradition at UD’s Spring Game, the next season’s team captains were announced at the pre-game coin flip.  Senior Flyer Andrew Lutgens and redshirt senior tight end Adam Trautman were named 2019 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.

Lutgens redshirted his first year on campus, but immediately moved into the starting lineup in 2017.  He has started all 22 games of his college career at “Flyer”, UD’s hybrid defensive back/linebacker position.  Last season he was named First Team All-Pioneer Football League.  He was third on the team in total tackles (68) and solo tackles (37), and he led Dayton in tackles behind the line (10).  He is from Brentwood, Tenn.

Tyler Vincent rushed through the defense for 111 yards and 2 touchdowns

A three-year starter, Trautman is a two-time Second Team All-PFL selection.  He enters his final year as a Flyer 24 catches away from Bill Franks’ career receptions record of 133 and seven TD’s away from Pat Hugar’s 24 receiving touchdowns.  Last season, Trautman had team bests with 41 receptions for 604 yards and nine touchdowns.   The Williamsburg, Mich. native is a four-time member of the PFL Academic Honor Roll.

UD opens the season on Saturday, Sept. 7 at Indiana State.  The Flyers’ home opener will be against Duquesne at Welcome Stadium on September 21.

NHL suspends Lightning’s Kucherov one game for boarding




Nikita Kucherov in action 2014 photo By Resolute - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https

NEW YORK (April 13, 2019) – Tampa Bay Lightning forward Nikita Kucherov has been suspended for one game for boarding Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Markus Nutivaara during Game 2 of the teams’ First Round series in Tampa on Friday, April 12, the National Hockey League’s Department of Player Safety announced today.


The incident occurred at 15:34 of the third period. Kucherov was assessed a major penalty and game misconduct for boarding.


For a full explanation of the decision, complete with video, please click on the following link:


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