The New York Mets were defeated by the Detroit Tigers by the score of 3-2 on Friday afternoon. The game took place at Joker Marchant Stadium in Lakeland, Florida. Dillon Gee started for the Mets and pitched pretty well. The Mets offense only managed five hits, Jordany Valdespin had a hit and an RBI.
Gee pitched four innings giving up a hit and a run with three walks and a strikeout. LaTroy Hawkins pitched an inning giving up two hits and struck out one batter, Bobby Parnell pitched a perfect inning and Josh Edgin pitched an inning giving up a hit and a run which was unearned. Edgin walked two batters, Cory Mazzoni took the loss pitching one inning and giving up a hit and a run with two strikeouts.
Valdespin had a hit and an RBI, Colin Cowgill drew two walks and Matthew den Dekker drew a walk. Travis d’Arnaud drew a walk, Landon Powell had a hit and Zach Lutz had a hit and an RBI. Brandon Hicks had a hit and drew a walk, Josh Satin had a hit and Valdespin hit a homerun. The Mets were 1-7 with runners in scoring position and left 11 men on base. Baxter and Cowgill each had a stolen base. Tovar committed an error and Baxter had an outfield assist.
Max Scherzer pitched 2 2/3 innings giving up three walks and struck out six. Luke Putkonen pitched 2 1/3 innings giving up two hits and a run with a walk and four strikeouts, Phil Coke pitched a perfect inning with a strikeout and Jose Ortega pitched an inning giving up a hit and a run with a strikeout. Bruce Rondon got the win pitching an inning giving up two hits and struck out two and Jose Alvarez got the save pitching an inning and giving up a walk.
Ramon Santiago drew a walk, Tyler Collins had a hit and an RBI and Brennan Boesch drew a walk. Avisail Garcia had a hit, Ramon Cabrera drew a walk and Don Kelly had a hit and drew a walk. Matt Tuiasosopo had two hits, an RBI and drew a walk and hit a double, Collins hit a homerun and the Tigers were 0-5 with runners in scoring position and left five men on base.
The Tigers took a 1-0 lead in the third on an RBI double by Tuiasosopo. In the fourth Lutz hit an RBI single to tie the game at one and in the seventh each team scored a run. Valdespin hit a solo homerun to give the Mets a 2-1 lead and the Tigers tied it at two when Hernan Perez reached on a force attempt error. In the eighth Collins hit a solo homerun to give the Tigers the 3-2 lead and that would be the final score.
The Mets record dropped to 3-6 and the Tigers record improved to 8-6 in the spring. The Mets will host the Houston Astros on Saturday afternoon and the Detroit Tigers will play at the Toronto Blue Jays on Saturday afternoon.
Here we are in Danbury. It is 2-0 Danbury with nine minutes left in the first. The Outlaws just missed making it a one goal game.
The Outlaws score around the six minute mark and it’s 2-1 Danbury. The goal is by Matt Miller. A Danbury player. Is down at the 454 mark, not sure what happened.
At the 1713 mark Moffat scores on the power play. It’s 3-2 Whalers, they get the goal back quickly
The Outlaws tie it at the 1759 mark of the second.
The first period ends 2-1 Danbury.
It’s gotten ugly here on the ice and in the stands. 3-2 with 732 to go in the second. Danbury on a PP and NJ killed it. At the 244 mark of second it’s 3-3 with a goal from Travis Kauffeldt.
At the end of two its 3-3. Should be a great third. The Outlaws will try to win the period and the title. The Whalers score at the 1231 mark and it’s 4-3. Chris Seifert with the big goal. The Outlaws with a big power play.
The Outlaws score with nine seconds left in the game. The goal is waved off for an Outlaw in the crease.
We are going to a 20:00 sudden death OT. The Outlaws score and they raise the cup.
The New Jersey Outlaws and Danbury Whalers will play game three of their best of five series tonight in Danbury, CT. The Outlaws won the first two games of the series in Wayne,NJ. They have a chance to close out the series and win the Commissioners Cup tonight. There will be plenty of Outlaws fans in attendance as they make the short trip up north. I will be there as well live blogging from the stands on my phone. I hope to have some pictures and other stuff from the celebration if they do win. If the Whalers win then game four will be tomorrow night and if necessary a game five will be back in Wayne on Sunday afternoon.
The Outlaws have played five playoff games thus far and won every one of them. The Whalers are 2-2-0-3 in the playoffs. Matt Miller leads the Outlaws in goals in the playoffs with six. Anthony Battaglia and Brett Liscomb lead the Outlaws with points at eight. Dan McWhinney has been in goal for all of the playoff games and is 5-0 with a 2.20 goals against average and a save percentage of 924. Travis Kauffeldt leads the team in penalty minutes with 26.
Danbury is led by several players with three goals. They have five players who have three goals in the playoffs. Martin Moucha, Alex Goupil, Andrew Willock, Matt Moffat and Kelly Miller. Miller is suspended for this game after getting disqualified in the last one. James Sanford leads the team with 10 playoff points. Peter Vetri has played in all the games and is 4-3 with a 4.05 goals against average and a 895 save percentage.
It will be interesting to see if this is a rough game with lots of fights because of the last game. Will Danbury try to get New Jersey off of their game and try to play that way and goad them into some penalties and possible ejections or suspensions. We will have to wait and see what transpires tonight. I will see all of you later on after I arrive at the arena in Danbury.
The Outlaws tie it at the 226 mark. 4-4 your NJ Outlaws win it at 1926 of OT. Jason Reese with the goal. 5-4 and they sweep the series.
The New Jersey Outlaws and Danbury Whalers are just about set to play game two of their best of five FHL finals series. The Outlaws took game one by the score of 7-2 last night in Wayne,NJ. The series will shift up to Danbury for game three and four if necessary next Friday and Saturday nights.
**Adam Dekker is starting in goal for the first time in the playoffs. The Outlaws have played four playoff games so far and Dan McWhinney has played in all four of them. The Outlaws have yet to lose a game in the playoffs winning all four of them. They defeated Cape Cod in three straight and won game one of the best of five over Danbury last night. If they win today Danbury will have a tough climb to win three games in a row over the Outlaws to win the Commissioners Trophy. The Outlaws have pretty much been the best team from the beginning of the season and were by far the favorites to win it all.
**The Outlaws have come out fast today. They have gotten three quick shots on goal. Last night they were down in shots 10-1 before they turned it on and losing 1-0. They scored seven unanswered goals and had the lead in shots until the third period when they sat back with a six goal lead. I apologize as it is McWhinney in goal once again. I read the gamesheet wrong. The first penalties of the game come at the 16:11 mark as they have offsetting two minute minors for delay of game. The Outlaws get a powerplay at the 13:11 mark as Chris Seifert goes off for slashing. The Outlaws have a big chance here as they get a two man advantage at the 12:47 mark. The Outlaws take a 1-0 lead at the 11:56 mark on a goal from Matt Miller. Miller has been great so far in the playoffs. This is his fourth game in the first game and half a period. Travis Kauffeldt and Anthony Battaglia assisted on the goal.
**The Outlaws hold a 1-0 lead after one period of play. The Outlaws had 19 shots to the Whalers 9 shots. The second period has started and it remains 1-0 with not a lot of action as of yet. Danbury ties the game at the 17:35 mark of the second period as Adam Houli scores from Kelly Miller and Peter Vetri. The Outlaws take the lead at the 11:42 mark as Jeff Winchester scores from Kauffeldt and William McCreary. It is 2-1 Outlaws. The game remains 2-1 with just over four minutes to go in the second period. At the end of the second period the score is 2-1 Outlaws. It is a very tight game, a lot different from last nights game.
**John Goffredo scores a goal thirty seconds into the third period to give the Outlaws a 3-1 lead. Kauffeldt and Trevor Karasiewicz assisted on the goal. The Outlaws have an early 3-1 lead in shots about three minutes into the game. Danbury goes on the powerplay at the 15:52 mark as Matthew Puntureri goes off for two minutes for hooking. 8:56 left in the third period and Brett Angel goes off for slashing. Kevin Cooper scores a short handed goal with 7:09 left in the game. It is now 4-1 Outlaws, it sure looks like they will take a commanding 2-0 lead in the best of five series.
**Danbury is getting nasty here at the 7:09 mark as Kelly Miller gets a five minute slashing major, James Sanford gets a two minute minor for slashing and a disqualification for cross checking. John Goffredo scores a powerplay goal at the 2:54 mark and it is 5-1 Outlaws. Brett Liscomb and Karasiewicz have the assists. The Outlaws win the game 5-1 as they outshoot the Whalers 40-33.
Here we are at the Capital One Ice Vault, the place is packed. Danbury has brought a large traveling party, at least one bus and they have rented out a bunch of hotel rooms. It should be a great atmosphere as these two rivals square off for the Commissioners Cup. The game is scheduled to start at 7:35PM. There is about six minutes left before the puck drops.
**The FHL is here and they are presenting some awards right now before the game gets started. We are about to drop the puck here. This should be a great game and a great series. Lets see if it gets physical early on or will we have some good clean hockey. Trevor Karasiewicz #18 goes off the ice at the 29 second mark for tripping. It is a two minute minor and Danbury will have a powerplay to start the game here. The Whalers score at the 18:46 mark of the first period on the powerplay. The goal is scored by Moffat from Holt.
**Danbury starts off fast as they have a goal and three shots on goal. New Jersey has yet to register a shot on goal. Danbury continues to dominate the play as we are about five minutes in. Danbury has the 8-1 shot advantage. The Whalers will go on another powerplay at the 12:48 mark as #14 Nathan Oke goes off the ice for roughing. It is another two minute minor. The Outlaws score at the 10:14 mark of the first period. The goal is scored by Matt Miller and assisted by Anthony Battaglia and Luke Flicek.
**The Outlaws take a 2-1 lead at the 5:57 mark of the first period. The goal is scored by #20 Miller and the assist from Karasiewicz. The Outlaws score 28 seconds later to take a 3-1 lead. The goal is scored by Brett Angel and Battaglia and Miller have the assists. A fight breaks out at the 4:56 mark as the Outlaws goalie had some action in front of him. William McCreary and Matthew Puntureri go off the ice for the Outlaws. the Whalers end up with the two minute powerplay. McCreary gets four minutes for roughing, Puntureri gets two and the Whalers two guys each get two minutes for roughing. Chris Seifert and Kelly Miller are the Danbury players who got the penalties. Danbury gets a two minute minor and the Outlaws will end up with a 47 second powerplay in just over a minute. The powerplay is killed off by the Whalers. There is just over two minutes left in the first period and the Outlaws continue to have a 3-1 lead. The Outlaws will have a powerplay at the 1:33 mark, it will carry over into the second period. A wild first period ends with the Outlaws having a 3-1 lead.
**The Outlaws score at the 15:34 mark to take a 4-1 lead. The goal is scored by Brett Liscomb and assisted by Battaglia. New Jersey after a rough start has scored four unanswered goals and has the lead in shots on goal 22-18. Danbury goes on the powerplay at the 13:06 mark as they try to get back in this game. The Outlaws score a shorthanded goal at the 12:31 mark from Kevin Cooper. Kauffeldt and Winchester got the assists. Danbury gets another powerplay at the 10:44 mark. Karasiewicz gets a two minute high sticking penalty.
**The Outlaws have a breakaway at the 5:56 mark but got not shot off. The Outlaws take a 6-1 lead at the 4:20 mark as John Goffredo scores from Karasiewicz. The second period ends with New Jersey holding a 6-1 lead. The Whalers start the third period and at the 19:26 mark get a quick two man advantage. They will only have it for 20 seconds. This is their chance to get back in the game. The Outlaws kill off the two man but the Whalers get another two man advantage as Oke goes off the ice. The Outlaws kill off the penalty and at the 16:48 mark they score to take a 7-1 lead and pretty much put the nail in the coffin. Joey Spagnoli by the way took over in net for the Whalers to start the third period. The goal is scored by Miller and assisted by Battaglia and Liscomb. The Whalers get a goal back and make it 7-2 at the 15:08 mark from Spagnoli.
The Outlaws win the game 7-2 and take a 1-0 lead in the best of five series. The next game is at 4:35PM tomorrow afternoon at the Ice Vault in Wayne,NJ.
The FHL finals begin tonight in Wayne,NJ. It is the NJ Outlaws the regular season champions against their rivals the Danbury Whalers. The Outlaws are a first year expansion franchise and they are gunning for the title in their first year. It would be quite an accomplishment but they have been pretty much the best team all season long. It promises to be a good tough series. These two teams have no love lost for each other. When they get together you can usually count on a rough game with plenty of fights involved. Here are the pregame notes to get you ready for tonights game at 7:35PM. The series was originally scheduled to be a seven game series starting on Tuesday in Danbury and then game three would of been in Wayne on Thursday and game four tonight but the league changed it to a best of five series.
New Jersey has played three games so far in the playoffs and won them all. They won a first round best of five series over the Cape Cod Bluefins in three games. They scored 17 goals in the three games and gave up only eight. It was a tougher battle then most expected even though they did win every game. The powerplay was 33.3 percent for those games and the penalty kill was at 94.1 percent.
Kevin Cooper led the team with three goals and Jason Reese, Matt Miller, Matthew Puntureri and Jeff Winchester all had two goals in the series. Reese leads the team with six points in the playoffs followed by Brett Liscomb who has five points. Travis Kauffeldt the team captain leads the team with 24 penalty minutes in the postseason. Dan McWhinney started all three games in goal and is 3-0 with a 2.67 goals against average and a 867 save percentage.
Danbury is 2-2-0-1 in the playoffs. They defeated the Brooklyn Aviators in the first round best of three series and then defeated the 1000 Islands Privateers in a second round best of three matchup. They scored 23 goals in the playoffs so far and have given up 17. The powerplay comes in at 11.1 percent and their penalty kill is at 81.5 percent.
The Whalers have three players leading the team with three goals in the postseason. They are Martin Moucha, Andrew Willock and Alex Goupil. The leading point scorer is James Sanford with 10. Goupil has eight points in the playoffs. Peter Vetri has played every game in the playoffs and is 4-1 with a 3.24 goals against average and a 911 save percentage.
The two teams met 11 times in the regular season and New Jersey was 8-3 in those 11 games. There was a point early in the season where Danbury was the only team that had beaten New Jersey and that lasted a couple of months. Danbury plays New Jersey very tough and I would expect a very tough series in this one. I could see this series going the max of five games and ending next Sunday in Wayne.
The New Jersey Outlaws defeated the Cape Cod Bluefins tonight by the score of 5-3. It was the third and final game of this best of five first round series. I got to give credit to Cape Cod for playing three tough games. They didn’t win a game but they made it harder for the Outlaws then everyone thought it would be. The Outlaws scored the only goal of the first period, outscored the Bluefins 2-1 in the second period and both teams scored a couple of goals in the third period.
John Goffredo scored the first goal of the game at the 8:46 mark of the first period. The assist came from William McCreary. Craig Cole scored from Brett Liscomb at the 4:31 mark of the second period. It was 2-0 Outlaws. Cape Cod made it a one goal game at the 10:10 mark of the second period. Dan Gordon scored unassisted. The Outlaws took a 3-1 lead at the 17:31 mark of the second period. Lawne Snyder scored on the powerplay from Brett Liscomb.
In the third period Justin Barr of Cape Cod scored at the 24 second mark of the third period. It was 3-2 Outlaws, the assists came from Andrew Hutton and Matthew Harrington. Anthony Battaglia scored 26 seconds later to give the Outlaws their two goal lead back at 4-2. Liscomb and Jeff Winchester had the assists. Corey Bellamy scored unassisted at the 9:32 mark to get Cape Cod back within one goal. The final goal of the game came at the 13:35 mark of the third period. The goal came from Luke Flicek with Goffredo assisting.
There weren’t many penalties in the game and no fighting. The Outlaws were 1-1 on the powerplay and Cape Cod was 0-2 on the powerplay. Dan McWhinney got the win and Adam Roy took the loss. The final shots total were 40-20 in favor of the Outlaws. There were 247 people in attendance and the game lasted two hours and 15 minutes. The three stars of the game were Roy as the third star, Liscomb as the second star and Battaglia as the first star.
The Outlaws will have a second round bye and await their opponent in the FHL finals. The finals will begin on Tuesday March 20th at 7:35PM. We are not sure yet where that game will be. Danbury and 1000 Islands begin their best of three series on Friday night to determine who will face the Outlaws in the finals.