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U.S. Men Beat Russia, 3-2, in Preliminary-Round Thriller

02/15/2014, 8:15am MST
By USAHockey.com

SOCHI, Russia – T.J. Oshie (Warroad, Minn./St. Louis Blues) scored four times on six shootout attempts, including the clinching tally in the eighth round, to deliver a 3-2 shootout victory for the U.S. Olympic Men’s Ice Hockey Team over Russia today at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games.

Cam Fowler (Farmington Hills, Mich./Anaheim Ducks) and Joe Pavelski (Plover, Wis./San Jose Sharks) each tallied power-play goals in regulation, and goaltender Jonathan Quick (Milford, Conn./Los Angeles Kings) made 29 saves during regulation and overtime, plus another five stops in the shootout.

Russia’s Pavel Datsyuk opened the scoring midway through the second period by splitting the U.S. defense and beating Quick with a glove-side wrist shot.

Team USA tied the game with a Fowler power-play goal at 16:34. Phil Kessel’s (Madison, Wis./Toronto Maple Leafs) shot from the left circle rebounded to James van Riemsdyk (Middletown, N.J./Toronto Maple Leafs), who slid the puck across the crease and off of Fowler’s left skate into the net.

Quick and Team USA denied a pair of Russian power plays in the opening five minutes of the third period. At 5:07, Quick made a sprawling glove save on Evgeni Malkin’s one-time blast.

Pavelski converted on a man-advantage at 9:27, one-timing a perfect pass from Patrick Kane (Buffalo, N.Y./Chicago Blackhawks) to put the U.S. ahead 2-1. Following a faceoff win, Kane setup outside the right circle before firing a pass through multiple Russians that found Pavelski in the left circle.

Russia capitalized on the power play at 12:44, tying the game 2-2. From the right circle, Datsyuk utilized a screen in front and slid the puck between the legs of Quick.

Kane had the best chance for either team in overtime, a breakaway with 2:43 to go that was stopped by Russian goaltender Sergei Bobrovski, who finished with 31 saves.

Team USA (1-1-0-0, W-OTW-OTL-L) can secure first place in Group A with a victory tomorrow (Feb. 16) over Slovenia at Shayba Arena. The U.S. preliminary round finale will start at 7:30 a.m. ET and can be viewed live on NBC Sports Network. 


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Three ways to beat burnout

11/28/2016, 9:45pm MST
By Dave Pond

According to NHL metrics, the average hockey shift lasts somewhere between 45 and 55 seconds. There’s inherent beauty and fluidity to line changes, as skaters come on and off the ice, looking to recharge after going full throttle for their teams.

Meanwhile, your NHL officiating peers are giving their all, too – regularly logging 4-5 miles a game. Those totals are even greater at your level, where you and your colleagues officiate multiple games a day, several times per week, on a seemingly never-ending calendar.

And, although we want to perform our best every game, everyone has both good days and bad – players and officials alike. To learn more about keeping burnout at bay, we went to the experts: longtime amateur hockey scheduler Larry Carrington and former NHL official Mark Faucette.

“There is so much more to officiating than meets the eye,” said Faucette, a 17-year NHL veteran. “It may look easy from the stands, but to maintain total control of a game along with the stress, slumps, supervisors, travel, and fitness regimen takes a very special kind of person.”

Get in shape (and stay there)
We all think we’re in “pretty good” shape, but the reality is, officials must be top athletes and in great condition – even at the youngest levels.

“Conditioning is very important—the deeper into the season, the more important it is,” Carrington said. “Burnout happens physically, mentally, and emotionally. An official who is in good condition will experience less physical burnout, and that will in turn help with the emotional and mental burnout.”

Faucette stresses following a workout routine that maxes yourself at least every other day. Neither player or official should plan to use games as a vehicle toward better physical fitness.

“Where we used to go to camp to get into shape, officials today are on summer conditioning regimens and are tested as soon as they come to camp,” he said. “Taking care of your body is a total focus for the good official.

“The players are so much stronger and faster now, so it’s imperative the officials keep the same pace.”

Find balance
No, not balance on your skates (that’s a given). Rather, make sure to keep the big picture in mind, to work a manageable schedule that includes everything that’s important to you – family, friends, and time away from the rink.

Although it makes Carrington’s job as an assignor more difficult, he said it pays off in the long run.

“I encourage officials to take at least one weekend off to get away from hockey,” he said. “I certainly don't want to lose their services for a week, but the invigoration that it usually provides makes them a much more valuable asset over the course of the season.”

That’s huge in an industry where both mental and physical fatigue are commonplace.

“Every official runs into slumps, just as players do,” Faucette said. “You spend numerous hours alone as an official, and when things are not going good, where everything is negative, it can cause you duress.

“Positive thoughts and self-evaluations speed up recovery,” he continued. “So, instead of telling yourself, ‘I wonder what bad thing will happen tonight?’ say ‘I’m ready for anything – bring it on!’”

Have fun
It’s No. 3 here, but should be No. 1 on your to-do list.

“I realize the officials are all trying hard, and mistakes are part of any sport by any participant,” said Faucette, who currently serves as supervisor of officials for USA Hockey, the NAHL director of player safety and the SPHL director of officiating. “That being said, the joy I get out of seeing a young official start out at ground level and making the big time one day is immeasurable.”

For most of you reading this, the “big time” might not be the end goal (and that’s OK). But wherever you are, there’s experience you’ve gained, as well as that to come – which both point back to why you first got involved in this great sport.

As an assignor, Carrington tries to get out of the office as much as he can and intentionally varies the schedules of his officials to help keep things fresh. He also encourages his more senior officials to lend a hand to those who aren’t as long in the tooth.

“Going to the rink and helping officials help themselves get better can be very invigorating,” he said. “Even a very good, very experienced official will often find it fun and relaxing to mentor some new official at a lower-level game where the stress levels aren’t nearly as high.”

But no matter where you officiate, Carrington emphasizes keeping one thing in mind: the love of the sport and those playing it today.

“If you’re not having fun, you shouldn’t be out there.”

Winning Never Goes Out Of Style For Hall Of Fame Coach

12/01/2016, 12:30pm MST
By Harry Thompson - USA Hockey Magazine

Bill Belisle has coached for the past 42 seasons

Tournaments scheduled for March and April in cities nationwide

Date Result Opponent
Thurs., Feb. 13 W, 7-1 Slovakia
Sat., Feb. 15 W, 3-2 (SO) Russia
Sun., Feb. 16 W, 5-1 Slovenia
Wed., Feb. 19 W, 5-2 Czech Republic (Quarterfinals)
Fri., Feb. 21 L, 0-1 Canada (Semifinals)
Sat., Feb. 22 L, 0-5 Finland (Bronze Medal Game)

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