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  1. Massimo Lamacchia

    Thanks for sharing. Glad to hear he's still playing. He was a class young man and I hope he does well.
  2. The Press Release: ROANOKE, VA – The Roanoke Rail Yard Dawgs announced a series of roster moves on Monday. Goaltender Matt Zenzola has been signed to a contract, forward Paul Russell has been traded to the Macon Mayhem in exchange for forward John Gustafsson and goaltender Ryan de Melo has been placed on waivers. Zenzola opened the season with the Fayetteville Marksmen where he had gone 2-2-0 with a 4.85 GAA and .845 save percentage before being released on Wednesday. He spent the majority of the two previous seasons with the Pensacola Ice Flyers where he was a combined 26-15-9 with a 2.50 GAA and save percentage of .913. The 2015-16 Ice Flyers swept their way through the postseason en route to a President’s Cup championship and Zenzola was named the MVP of the postseason after going 7-0-0 with a 2.14 GAA and .903 save percentage. A 24-year old native of San Diego, the netminder is in his fifth professional season. Gustafsson joins the Dawgs after playing in 15 games for the Mayhem to open the season where he had netted five goals along with three assists. The Swedish-born forward turned pro for the 2016-17 season following four years of NCAA Division I hockey at Merrimack college. In his rookie season with Pensacola he scored 11 goals and dished out 12 assists over 46 games played. In his second season with Roanoke, de Melo was 2-4-2 with a 4.17 GAA and .892 save percentage. Russell had appeared in 15 games for Roanoke and put up one goal and one assist. The winger is in his first professional season out of Norwich University. http://pointstreaksites.com/view/roanokerailyarddawgs/news-1147/news_496921
  3. In 15 games with the Dawgs, Paul Russell had one goal and one assist. Tonight in his first game in Macon, he already has a goal and an assist. Sigh
  4. Vandergunst Available

    Well, it took a month after Kenny first suggested it, but it happened... LEAGUE TRANSACTIONS TEAM DATE TRANSACTION Roanoke 12/14/17 ADD Vandergunst, Mitchell (RW) signed contract
  5. Coach Ftorek had an interview today with Gene Marrano from WFIR today and talks about cutting deMelo.
  6. Weekend Preview is Posted: Buckle Up! https://dawgstalk.wordpress.com/2017/12/13/weekend-preview-buckle-up/
  7. Another nice job by Brian Gardner. https://dawgstalk.wordpress.com/2017/12/12/weekend-recap-something-to-build-on/
  8. Well, technically this is not a trade - it's a free agent signing, so from that regard, there's little risk. I love de Melo as a person, but he has really struggled this year - sounds a lot like Zenzola. Maybe a change of scenery will help. I certainly hope so.
  9. i really liked Russell - one of the fastest skaters I've ever seen and a very nice young man. But it looks like Gustafsson may be a little better scorer at this point in their careers. Wishing Paul nothing but the best.
  10. Mitchell Mueller

    Agreed. But the message that it sent was huge.
  11. Mitchell Mueller

    Good timing as well. Loved the way Mueller started the game Saturday night and got the crowd into it. The video is on YouTube.
  12. The Dawgs outshot them 54 - 32. Raise your hand if you saw that coming.
  13. I was right there with you on the puck that trickled in. With the audio delay, it seemed like forever before Brian called it a goal. On the goal that was waved off earlier, Brian said that was a good call. One of the Dawgs had interfered with the Fayetteville goalie and prevented him from getting to the puck.
  14. Actually you can. The team is sending him to all the away games this year. When you are watching the video, there's is a box at the bottom of the screen that defaults to "home," but if you hit the drop down menu, "away" is also an option so that's where you can find Brian. Tonight there was some audio difficulty in the first period, but they eventually got it solved although I hate the delay between the video and the audio.
  15. Well, tonight Barone was all we needed. What an effort. I'm not sure Roanoke actually deserved the win, but we desperately needed it, so let's take it and get out of town.
  16. It would interesting to know what the financial compensation the Ice Flyers are getting to move a game from Friday night to Monday night. I hope it's a nice check.
  17. New Blog up: Marking the Marksmen. https://dawgstalk.wordpress.com/
  18. Decided to go ahead and start a new thread for the Dawgs Talk Blog since the old one was several weeks old. https://dawgstalk.wordpress.com/2017/12/04/weekend-recap-the-wrong-bounces/ Brian is very talented at what he does: The weekend could have easily gone so differently. Two games, a two-goal differential and one point to show for it. Hockey can be such a funny game sometimes. It is a sport that requires such immense effort and skill yet so often comes down to one odd bounce of rubber on ice. If that rubber bounces a slightly different way a couple times this past weekend, maybe we’re all feeling good right now instead of harping on deficiencies and looking to changes up. This isn’t to say I think this team is perfect. They need to find a way to string 60 minutes together and control a game from start to finish. And they absolutely need to shore up that defense. Nine goals against this weekend and the team now averages an average of 4.3 goals against per game. That’s ninth in the ten team SPHL. That’s not a recipe for wins.
  19. Nice summary of the situation by McFarling. Of particular interest is this section: The Thanksgiving loss was particularly grating because it occurred on home ice. “Thursday was a horrible effort,” Ftorek said. “I don’t know if the guys’ heads weren’t in it because it was Thanksgiving, I don’t know if they were watching football, I’m not sure, but we came out flat. It was miserable. “It was one of those ones where you can’t play like that. As a professional, you get paid to perform. If you don’t do your job, there’s not 4,000 people watching you do it miserably. As a professional athlete, that’s what we’re up against, and we’ve [got] to realize that. We’ve got to take pride in the fact that people come out to watch us perform at our best. “No one was happy with the effort. Players, ownership, management, myself — it just wasn’t what we expect from what we’ve decided we need to do. We addressed it. We showed video from it, showing what not to do.” It will be interesting to see what happens tonight in Mississippi
  20. Some pretty good stuff here from the Dawgs' Play-by-Play Guy Brian Gardner: I think his Takeaways are spot on: Like any hockey coach, Sam Ftorek shuffles his line combinations throughout the game but I saw some pairings that seemed to have nice chemistry during extended time together. Steve Mele and David Gandara skated on the same line for much of the game and were able to generate a lot of scoring chances. Riley Spraggs really seemed to make the offense go, he started on a line with Evan Schultz and Viktor Tiutchenko but when the offense started to stall a bit, Ftorek moved him around to try and provide a spark. It will be interesting to see how the line combinations settle in during the upcoming weeks. There are three defensemen on the roster who are at least 6’3 and weigh 200 pounds or more, Travis Armstrong, Joe Sova and Chris Kravtchouk. For most of the game, those three were spread out on different pairs, seemingly to ensure that each pairing would never be undersized. That of course had to change after Kravtchouk was given a game misconduct after his fight with Brad Drobot late in the second period. Of course the final score was disappointing for the Rail Yard Dawgs but there were plenty of interesting things on the ice on Friday that would indicate a successful season in the immediate future. Let’s do this in bullet form, shall we? THE PLAY OF RILEY SPRAGGS: Spraggs looked like exactly what the Dawgs were hoping for when they acquired him at last season’s trade deadline, flashing his lethal shot and finishing checks all over the ice. He led the Dawgs with five shots on goal to go with his two goals. THE NEW GUYS: Sova looked like a steady presence on D, rookie forward Paul Russell flashed insane skating speed and Kravtchouk gave the fans what they wanted when he dropped the gloves with Drobot. Of course, the game misconduct he garnered also left his team shorthanded so he may still need to find the right line of aggressiveness HOME ICE ADVANTAGE: To those of you that were in the crowd on Friday night, bravo my friends. That atmosphere was electric. From the drop of the puck the “Let’s go Dawgs” chants were constant and loud. You can hear it in the highlights above, you guys brought the noise. I mentioned this story on the broadcast; during the season ticket holder meet and greet last Tuesday I briefly spoke with Brian Rowland about his first interactions with Rail Yard Dawgs fans. He mentioned that it seemed like a rowdy bunch and said he was looking forward to seeing them “pack the barn.” Phil Bronner, referring to last year’s average attendance of 3,136 fans per game, told him that that “it’s a loud 3,000.” You proved him right on Friday. The announced crowd of 4,068 sounded more like 8,000 to me. Keep it up IT WASN’T PERFECT, YET THEY WERE RIGHT THERE: I keep going back to a quote from Ftorek in Aaron McFarling’s game story for the Roanoke Times. “Three iffy goals that de Melo thinks he should have had, which is good because it bodes well for us if de Melo had a bad game and we lost by one.” Ryan de Melo wasn’t terrible on Friday but he also wasn’t his best. The second Fayetteville goal will continue to baffle me, just how it took the bounce it did off the dump in I’ll never know. But the sentiment of the quote rings true. de Melo will be better than four goals against and an .895 save percentage. https://dawgstalk.wordpress.com/
  21. Tyler Gjurich

    Here's a story on him from last year after he scored the first hat trick in team history. http://www.roanoke.com/sports/roanoke_rail_yard_dawgs/rail-yard-dawgs-tyler-gjurich-wants-a-goal-a-game/article_3255cde1-36f8-52d8-8b2a-b46958547036.html Something about the story just hit me wrong - the whole "I want a goal a game" comment. I don't have any idea what happened in the locker room, but that comment alone struck me as a "me first" mentality. I admit I'm being unfair with my assumption.
  22. Dawgs Talk Blog

    New Dawgs Talk Blog recapping the weekend. https://dawgstalk.wordpress.com/2017/11/27/weekend-recap-a-mixed-bag/ Interesting observation about the last two periods of the Knoxville gam Of course it didn’t completely work but there is a positive thing to take out of this game. The Dawgs won the final 40 minutes, 2-1. They skated hard until the final horn in the third period. They busted their butts for their teammates and their coach. That to me says that Sam Ftorek absolutely still has this locker room behind him and a turnaround is imminent.
  23. Ftorek Interview

    Absolutely agree with you on all counts. We need to get this party started on Thanksgiving night!
  24. Because of the limited coverage from the Roanoke Times, I hadn't heard any comments from Coach Ftorek about the season so far. This interview was on WFIR today. https://wfirnews.com/local-news/dawgs-coach-sees-silver-lining
  25. Well, the "myth" was actually one dog year equals 7 human years, but it's way more complicated than that. If you own a dog, you've heard this rule: 1 year for Fido equals 7 years for you. Turns out, the math isn't that simple. Dogs mature more quickly than we do early on. So the first year of your fuzzy friend’s life is equal to about 15 human years. Size and breed also play a role. Smaller dogs tend to live longer than larger ones, but they may mature more quickly in the first few years of life. A huge pup might age more slowly at first, but be nearing middle age at 5. Tiny and toy breeds don't become "seniors" until around age 10. Medium-sized pooches are somewhere in the middle on both counts. https://pets.webmd.com/dogs/how-to-calculate-your-dogs-age Since it's that complicated, the 20 minutes equals an hour is close enough. After all, it's all about marketing...:-)
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