Rookie Megna lifts Penguins past Canes, 3-1

first_imgPittsburgh Penguins’ Jayson Megna (59) and Brandon Sutter (16) look for a shot against Carolina Hurricanes goalie Justin Peters (35) as Hurricanes’ Justin Faulk (27) defends during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Raleigh, N.C., Monday, Oct. 28, 2013. Hurricanes’ Andrej Sekera (4), of Slovakia looks for possession at left. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)  by Joedy McCrearyAP Sports WriterRALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — When he eventually tells the story of his first career goal, Pittsburgh rookie Jayson Megna won’t embellish any of the details. Sidney Crosby did set it up, and it did ice a victory that ended a losing streak.That it clicked in off his shin pad? No big deal.Megna scored his first goal on a deflection after he also earned his first assist, helping the Penguins snap a three-game slide by beating the Carolina Hurricanes 3-1 on Monday night.“I told him, ‘That’s not the way you usually dream of scoring your first one,’” Crosby said. “But you take them any way you can get them.”Chris Kunitz and Tanner Glass also scored for the Metropolitan Division-leading Penguins. Brooks Orpik had three assists, Crosby added two and Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 20 shots.Pittsburgh ended its longest losing streak since 2011-12 by defeating the Hurricanes for the fourth straight time.“We had some lapses for periods (during the slide) and that hurt us and ended up costing us the game,” Crosby said. “When you do good things, you don’t want to spoil it with some errors that were mental errors, and we bounced back here tonight and got a big win.”Nathan Gerbe scored a power-play goal for Carolina, which lost its third straight. The Hurricanes remained tied with the New York Islanders for second in the division — five points behind the Penguins — after putting just three shots on Fleury in the third period.“We kind of got pushed out of the game. We weren’t able to generate anything in the third period,” coach Kirk Muller said. “Prior to that, they played a heavier game than we did. They won more battles. They grinded it harder, and their big boys at the end of the night were on the scoresheet. … Some of our guys have to start contributing.”Carolina’s Justin Peters made 26 saves in his second straight start in place of the injured Cam Ward.Ward is expected to miss at least two more weeks after sustaining an unspecified lower-body injury during a loss at Minnesota last week, and including that game, the Hurricanes have lost all three games since he was hurt. Carolina has allowed at least three goals in four straight.“He battled. He played hard,” Muller said of Peters. “We broke down on a couple mistakes that cost us goals, and we had opportunities to capitalize almost similar plays and we didn’t capitalize.”Offense had become a bit tougher to find for the Penguins, which scored 13 goals in its previous two victories over the Hurricanes — including a 5-2 win earlier this month in Pittsburgh keyed by a hat trick from former Hurricane Jussi Jokinen.During the losing streak, the Penguins averaged 38 shots but managed four total goals.Kunitz scored the go-ahead goal with 3:36 left in the second, cashing in on some nifty cross-ice passing, taking a feed from Crosby and beating Peters high to make it 2-1.Megna — a 23-year-old undrafted center playing in his second career NHL game — then made it a two-goal game with 12:49 left.A Crosby shot clicked first off a Carolina defender, then off Megna’s right leg and into the net — and the occasion was marked by the inadvertent sounding of the PNC Arena goal horn.“Shot it right off my shin pad,” Megna said. “Not how I dreamed it up, but I’ll take them any way I can get them.”Megna’s first career point came on the Penguins’ first goal. Glass put them up 1-0 at 8:25 of the first off a neutral-zone draw, whipping the rebound of Megna’s shot past Peters. Both of Glass’ goals this season have come against the Hurricanes.Gerbe tied it at 16:03 with a 5-on-3 goal, finishing from point-blank range after some tic-tac-toe passing from Alexander Semin and rookie Elias Lindholm.That came after Pittsburgh had the game’s first nine shots on goal. Carolina didn’t put its first shot on Fleury until Ron Hainsey’s soft backhand with about 8½ minutes left drew some sarcastic cheers from the crowd.The Penguins had a lull of their own in the second, failing to put a shot on Peters until Megna landed one about 8½ minutes in.NOTES: Crosby has at least one point in 10 of Pittsburgh’s 12 games. … Semin has points in four straight games. … The Penguins scratched D Rob Scuderi with a lower-body injury, ending his streak of 276 consecutive regular-season games played — the longest streak on the team.___Follow Joedy McCreary on Twitter at http://twitter.com/joedyaplast_img read more

Coletti, Hoodikoff, Courson top Zone Men’s Qualifying tournament

first_imgJosh Coletti of Granite Pointe, Jordan Hoodikoff of Christina Lake and Don Courson, golfing out of the Castlegar course, grabbed the top prizes at the Zone One West Kootenay Men’s Qualifying Tournament Sunday in Christina Lake.Coletti and Hoodikoff each fired 8-over-par 152 to claim the top two spots on the Zone One West Kootenay Men’s Amateur team.Meanwhile, Courson edged out Ian Turner in the Senior Men’s qualifying tournament.Courson shot 163 in the 36-hole tournament that started Saturday at the Granite Pointe at Nelson course. Five players qualified for the Zone One West Kootenay Men’s team.Joining Coletti and Hoodikoff are Tanner Kopan Christina Lake, A. J. Cooper of Granite Pointe and Scott Podovelnikoff of Castlegar.Kopan and Cooper tied at 155 while Podovelnikoff was six shots off the leaders at 158.The B.C. Men’s Amateur is July 24-27 at the Swan-e-set Bay Resort in Pitt Meadows.On the Senior Men’s side of the tournament, Leif Petersen of Christina Lake, Turner of Christina Lake and Salmo’s Rick Thomas join Courson.The B.C. Senior Men’s Championship is July 16 – 18 at the Nanaimo Golf Club on Vancouver Island.last_img read more

STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SATURDAY JULY 9, 2016

first_imgTrainerSts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won SONGBIRD IN ‘VERY GOOD’ WORK FOR EASTERN TRIPSuperstar filly Songbird, who reels off fractions with the rhythmical precision of a metronome, worked six furlongs on Santa Anita’s main track Saturday morning in 1:13.40, breezing, as the undefeated daughter of Medaglia d’Oro trained by Jerry Hollendorfer for Rick Porter’s Fox Hill Farms prepares for an East Coast campaign expected to lead back to Santa Anita on Nov. 4 for the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Distaff.“It was a very good work,” Hollendorfer said. “She galloped out nicely in 1:26 (for seven furlongs) and out a mile in (one) 39 point ninety.” Exercise rider Edgar Rodriguez was aboard.Songbird is scheduled to run in the Coaching Club American Oaks at Saratoga July 24 followed by the Alabama Aug. 20. While the $1 million Cotillion at Parx on Sept. 24 has been mentioned as the finale on Songbird’s Eastern junket, Hollendorfer allowed as to how that was not written in stone.“We’ll see what happens after those (first) two races,” the Hall of Fame trainer said. “But we could possibly do that. She will leave Santa Anita on the 19th (of July) and she will not work at Saratoga.” Mike Puype54117620%44%$360,850 James Cassidy4574616%38%$427,845 Tyler Baze19231403516%55%$1,559,532 Flavien Prat15038242325%57%$1,856,795 HALL OF FAME JOCKEYS TO SIGN ONE-OF-A-KIND POSTER TOMORROWTomorrow, closing day of the Spring Meet, Hall of Fame jockeys Gary Stevens and Mike Smith will be available from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. to sign one-of-a-kind posters featuring three-time champion mare Beholder and the undefeated filly Songbird.Signings will take place in the shaded saddling enclosure. Families are invited to bring the kids, as Santa Anita mascots, Winnie and Lucky, will be on-hand to greet fans and offer Beholder peppermints, her favorite treat. Philip D’Amato992520925%55%$1,606,938 SLUGO RACING & PUYPE ‘TOUCHING RAINBOWS’ IN JULY            From the National Hot Rod Association to the Santa Anita Winner’s Circle, Steve Gasparrelli’s Slugo Racing is a good fit, as once again evidenced by Touching Rainbows’ impressive maiden $30,000 claiming win in last Saturday’s fifth race. Owned by Slugo, Esembee, Inc. or Strauss, the three-year-old Touching Rainbows is trained by Mike Puype and is a California-bred gelding by Aragorn who was making his third career start. Off at 5-2 in his first try around two turns, he won by 4 ¼ lengths under Flavien Prat and paid $7.80.Steeped in the vagaries of nitro, burning rubber, leaking oil and the inherent life- threatening danger of racing Funny Cars, Gasparrelli’s late father, Lou, was a nationally prominent Funny Car owner and driver who won 11 division titles before succumbing to cancer in 2011, his victories including Funny Car scores in the prestigious Winternationals in 1986 and 1993.“My dad’s business was automotive, but he loved horse racing as well,” said Steve, who grew up in nearby Monrovia and himself drives the Gasparrelli family Funny Car on the NHRA circuit. “We’ve got about 16 horses now–yearlings, two-year-olds and horses of racing age, and Mike’s become a great friend. We enjoy this so much and it is such a thrill to come to the races when we have a horse running.“I love coming out here in the mornings to watch the horses train and just about everything about the racing experience. Like drag racing, there’s a lot competition, but there’s also a lot of comaraderie and that’s what makes it fun.”(And, whether it’s on turf, dirt or a quarter mile strip of asphalt, it doesn’t hurt to win every now and again, either). Doug O’Neill10112212112%53%$829,076 Kent Desormeaux61119618%43%$484,775 Fernando Perez10113111113%35%$557,713 Mark Glatt7113151118%55%$485,036 Chad Lindsay691171216%43%$248,830 John Sadler63971314%46%$742,733 Peter Eurton4586518%42%$488,880 Santiago Gonzalez18023243113%43%$1,124,768 Tiago Pereira10812161611%41%$535,187 SONGBIRD BREEZES FOR EAST COAST TOURBEHOLDER WORKS FOR HIRSCH AT DEL MARD’AMATO CLINCHES SECOND STRAIGHT TITLE BEJARANO ZEROES IN ON ANOTHER CROWNSLUGO RACING IS AT HOME ON ANY SURFACE Stewart Elliott959879%25%$394,355 Mike Smith45158133%53%$1,014,947center_img Edwin Maldonado15026221517%42%$1,001,870 Martin Garcia781261315%40%$650,094 Joseph Talamo13926192019%47%$1,527,073 BEJARANO NEARS ANOTHER RIDING TITLELike Old Man River, Rafael Bejarano just keeps rolling along.A change in agents a year ago didn’t impair the success of the 34-year-old native of Peru, who is about to capture his 15th riding title at Santa Anita, his 27th in California and his 32nd overall.With two days left in the 40-day Spring Meet, Bejarano held a 43-38 lead over runner-up Flavien Prat. Bejarano is named on six horses Saturday and five on Sunday.Prat is named to ride in eight of the nine races Saturday and in six of nine on Sunday, so mathematically, the title is still up for grabs, although Prat would appear to have a steep hill to climb.As for Bejarano, he loves his job.“I like the competition and I like to be No. One,” he said. “Like every jockey, my dream is to one day win the Kentucky Derby, but that’s the most difficult thing to achieve, because you only get one chance a year, if you’re lucky.”Bejarano’s agent is Tora Yamaguchi, a former member of the racing department who has represented Bejarano for about a year, following the retirement of agent Joe Ferrer.“I’ve had his book since the end of the Santa Anita meet last year, July of 2015,” said the soft-spoken Yamaguchi, who maintains a relatively low profile for such a high profile gig.“It’s always tough to stay on top,” he said, “but it’s always nice to stay on top. That’s what we strive for.” D’AMATO ROLLS TO SECOND TRAINING CROWNPhil D’Amato has clinched his second straight Santa Anita training title, having won the Winter Meet crown with 41 victories. He now stands nine ahead of runner-up Bob Baffert at 25-16 with two racing days left in the 40-day Spring Meet.D’Amato also is the runaway leader this meet in purse earnings with $1,606,938, more than $600,000 in front of runner-up Jerry Hollendorfer. With 23 wins from 96 starters, D’Amato is winning at a 24 percent clip. Baffert, with 16 wins from 55 starters, leads in that category with 29 percent. D’Amato and Hollendorfer are tied for most stakes wins at four each.D’Amato won his first-ever title when he captured Santa Anita’s Winter Meet crown.“Everything’s been firing,” said D’Amato, who won two races Friday. “I’ve got great stock across the board, from younger horses to older horses, and most importantly, I’ve got owners who let me pick the spots to run them in and it’s working out great.”D’Amato has no horses entered at Santa Anita today and four on Sunday, including two in the seventh race. Baffert has one horse entered today and two on Sunday. (Current Through Friday, July 8) Peter Miller581014717%53%$479,865 JockeyMts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won Martin Pedroza831391216%41%$403,100 Mario Gutierrez78916612%40%$695,300 Rafael Bejarano18443413023%62%$2,421,245 Richard Mandella4195722%51%$724,512 Jerry Hollendorfer751481419%48%$989,943 Richard Baltas6110121316%57%$466,765 SANTA ANITA STATISTICS FINISH LINES: Santa Anita Derby winner Exaggerator worked a leisurely half mile this morning at Belmont Park in 51.63 under Kent Desormeaux in preparation for the Grade II Jim Dandy at Saratoga on July 30 . . . California Chrome worked a mile in company Saturday in 1:39.60 at Los Alamitos as the 2014 Horse of the Year readies for the San Diego Handicap July 23 at Del Mar. California Chrome broke well behind workmate Mishegas but was two lengths in front at the wire . . . Jockey Norberto Arroyo is back in California and expected to resume riding when Del Mar opens next Friday, July 15. The 37-year-old native of Puerto Rico renewed his California license yesterday. He will be represented by his 35-year-old brother, Nelson, who also handles Abel Lezcano . . . There will be mandatory payouts in the Pick Six and Super High Five at Santa Anita on closing day Sunday. Patrick Gallagher2972224%38%$266,100 Bob Baffert551612629%62%$861,603 BEHOLDER IN ‘TYPICAL’ WORK THIS MORNINGThree-time Eclipse Award winner Beholder worked seven furlongs in company Saturday in 1:26.20 for trainer Richard Mandella with regular rider Gary Stevens aboard in preparation for the Grade I Clement L. Hirsch Stakes at Del Mar on July 30.Stablemate Volume was given a six furlong clocking of 1:14.40.“My company was supposed to go (five furlongs) in 1:01. I stayed four lengths off him, and Beholder did her thing through the lane,” Stevens said of the six-year-old daughter of Henny Hughes, a champion at two, three and five whose ultimate goal is the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic at Santa Anita on Nov. 5.“It was just a nice, steady work, nothing fancy,” Stevens said. “She ships Monday so Richard didn’t want anything too fancy. It was good, a typical Beholder work.”last_img read more