Flyers Lose in One of Them Newfangled Shootouts, Earn One Point At Least

Flyers Lose in One of Them Newfangled Shootouts, Earn One Point At Least

Ah, the majestic shootout in all its glory. How we missed
thee during the lockout…

Wait a minute. The hell we did!

The Flyers battled the feisty Florida Panthers to a 2-2 tie
through regulation and overtime, but because the NHL still insists teams settle
the score, a shootout would be the difference between one point or two. Unfortunately,
breakaways have been Ilya Bryzgalov’s Kryptonite even amidst the sensational
start to his season, while Philadelphia continues to operate on a strict two-goals-per-night
budget.

While we can all agree the shootout is unquestionably a
gimmick, a highly arbitrary way to award an additional point, it’s not as if
the Flyers did not have their chances to win the game outright. Florida knotted
the score on a power play midway through the third period, while the Bullies
failed to capitalize on a pair of their own down the stretch.

The Flyers also had their opportunities in OT, outshooting
the Panthers 5-0 during the extra five-minute session, but were simply unable
to put the biscuit in the basket.

The shootout was quick, but not painless. Impressive
18-year-old rookie Jonathan Huberdeau beat Bryz so bad, it looked like the
netminder might have torn a groin muscle (figuratively), then another promising
youngster in Peter Mueller rammed one home in round two. Matt Read and Claude
Giroux went out with a whimper on the other hand.

On the positive side, Jakub Voracek found twine for the
first time all season, netting a power play goal in the first period. Read
added the Flyers’ second goal off of some loose change after Mike Knuble was
able to jab the puck free from Florida goalie Jose Theodore in the second. Read
has now scored all four of his goals against the Panthers this season.

As we said before the game though, this opponent could not
be taken lightly in spite of a 7-1 Philly victory a mere 10 days ago. One of
the guys who missed the previous encounter, Stephen Weiss, scored the goal to
take this tilt into overtime – his first of the season.

The Flyers do pick up a point though, which was enough to
keep pace with the Rangers for last place in the Atlantic Division, and three
more teams in the Eastern Conference. They all count, so it certainly could be
worse, but man do we get tired of seeing games decided this way sometimes.

Play of the Game:

It might not look like much at first glance, but Jonathan
Huberdeau had Ilya Bryzgalov all out of sorts on this shootout attempt. This
kid is gonna be a star in the league for a long time. Better get used to it.

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Best of MLB: Twins pound out 21 hits, storm back to beat Orioles

Best of MLB: Twins pound out 21 hits, storm back to beat Orioles

BALTIMORE -- Max Kepler homered and drove in four runs, Miguel Sano and Jorge Polanco each had a career-high four hits and the Minnesota Twins roared back to beat the Baltimore Orioles 14-7 Monday night.

Minnesota trailed 5-0 in the second inning and 6-2 entering the fifth before cranking up the offense against Ubaldo Jimenez and an ineffective Baltimore bullpen.

A two-run double by Kepler helped the Twins knot the score in the fifth, Minnesota sent 11 batters to the plate in a six-run sixth and Sano added a two-run homer in the ninth.

Joe Mauer had three hits, two RBIs and scored twice for the Twins, who reached season highs in runs and hits (21).

Adam Jones hit a three-run drive in the second inning off Kyle Gibson (1-4) for Baltimore (see full recap).

Peacock, Astros 1-hit Tigers
HOUSTON -- Brad Peacock and three relievers combined for a one-hitter and Jose Altuve provided the offense with an RBI double to lead the Houston Astros to 1-0 win over the Detroit Tigers on Monday night.

Peacock was solid moving out of the bullpen to make a spot start for injured ace Dallas Keuchel. In his first start since September, Peacock allowed the lone hit and struck out eight in 4 1/3 innings. He was lifted after walking Tyler Collins with one out in the fifth inning.

Chris Devenski (3-2) took over and pitched 2 2/3 innings for the win before Will Harris pitched a scoreless eighth. Ken Giles struck out two in the ninth for his 12th save to allow the Astros to bounce back after being swept by the Indians over the weekend.

Detroit's only hit was a single by Mikie Mahtook with one out in the third on a night the Tigers tied a season high by striking out 14 times. The team's only baserunner after Collins was Victor Martinez, who was plunked with one out in the seventh. But Houston still faced the minimum in that inning when J.D. Martinez grounded into a double play to end the seventh.

The Astros struck early against Michael Fulmer (5-2) when George Springer drew a leadoff walk before scoring on the double by Altuve to make it 1-0 with one out in the first (see full recap).

Homers help Yankees top Royals
NEW YORK -- Didi Gregorius, Brett Gardner and Chris Carter homered, and the New York Yankees once again downed Jason Vargas by beating the Kansas City Royals 4-2 Monday night.

A reversed umpire's call in the seventh inning kept the Yankees ahead and enabled Michael Pineda (5-2) to top Vargas for the second time in a week. The Royals, with the worst record in the AL, have lost five of seven.

Vargas (5-3) began the day with a 2.03 ERA, tied for second-best in the majors. But the lefty fell to 0-7 lifetime against the Yankees when he was tagged by Gardner and Gregorius, the only left-handed hitters in the New York lineup (see full recap).

West Chester baseball wins Atlantic Regional, moves on to national championship tourney

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Photo credit: Ed Mailliard

West Chester baseball wins Atlantic Regional, moves on to national championship tourney

West Chester University baseball is moving on to the 2017 NCAA National Championships.

The Golden Rams won the Division II Atlantic Regional Final on Monday with a 12-7 decision over Winston-Salem State at Russell Diethrick Park.

Sophomore first baseman Jared Melone reached base six times, going 5 for 5 with a walk and four RBIs, while shortstop Nick Ward scored four runs and collected three hits to help West Chester capture its fourth regional title in program history.

Senior right-hander Josh McClain picked up the win in relief with three innings of one-run ball, as the Golden Rams scored five in the eighth inning to win their first regional crown since 2012, the year they won the national championship. 

West Chester is now 40-11 overall and will open national championship tournament play on Saturday at 3 p.m. against North Georgia in Grand Prairie, Texas.

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