The Snooze Button 02/09

Every weekday morning we’ll give you a collection of links called The Snooze Button which will have just enough Central PA sports news to occupy the first 9 minutes of your day.

 


• Recently acquired Tomas Kundratek welcomes his fresh start with the Bears (P-N[Leone])
• The real star for the Bears might be their tricked out bus (Pennsylvania Puck [Goulet])
• John Stevens and Zellio Toppazzini, who both got their start in Chocolatetown, were named to the AHL Hall of Fame Class for 2012 (AHL)

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• Harrisburg native and former NFLer Robert Tate is hosting a special gala tonight at the Radisson Hotel to benefit children living with dyslexia (CBS 21 [Bristol])

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• Tom Bradley takes over the reins of the Nittany Lion football program (Altoona Mirror[Rudel])
• Press conference transcript on the eve of Nebraska coming to Happy Valley (P-N)
• Mike McQueary will not attend the game because of multiple threats against him (P-N[Flounders])

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• The women’s hoops team kicks off their season later tonight at the Bryce Jordan Center when they host the Lady Lion Classic (P-N)
• The top-ranked wrestling program takes the first step in defending last year’s national title on Sunday against Bloomsburg (BSD, Go PSU Sports)
• Previewing the men’s basketball team with a look at the backcourt and frontcourt (BSD here and here)

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• Highlights from the chat on Baseball America’s top prospects in the Nationals’ system (Nationals Prospects)
• Looking at the minor league free agent pitchers (Nationals Arm Race [Boss], DC is for Baseball [Hogan])
• Josh Johnson was re-signed by the Nationals’ organization for the 2012 season (Baseball America [Eddy])

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• 28 college and high school teams will compete on Saturday in the Wrestle for a Cure Duals at the State Farm Show Arena to benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (P-N[Carlson])

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• Blackman MMA alum Dennis Bermudez advanced to the featherweight finals of The Ultimate Fighter with a guillotine choke of Akira Corassani (MMA Explosion [Czech])

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• The Stampede continued amassing talent at the wide receiver position as they inked former UNLV player Garrien Johnson (P-N [Phillips])

 

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Penns @ Bears Preview

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins (8-2-1-1) vs. Hershey Bears (7-3-2-0)
Giant Center
Friday November 11, 2011

The I-81 rivalry is renewed tonight as the WB/S Penguins invade Giant Center for the fourth meeting between the teams this season and the second of six here at the GC. The last time these two met was one week ago tonight as Joey Mormina potted his first two goals of the season and goaltender Brad Thiessen turned away all 19 shots he faced as the Pens downed the Chocolate & White 4-0 at the Mohegan Sun Arena.

Season Series:
 Penguins lead 2-1-0-0 

Entering Tonight’s Tilt: 
After the Bears got shutout by the Baby Pens in their only game last weekend, the Bears came out this past Wednesday in front of a sold out crowd at Giant Center and dominated the Binghamton Senators, playing a complete game and shutting the B-Sens out 3-0. Graham Mink potted his third of the year on the power play early in the game, which stood as the game winner. Rookie Garrett Mitchell scored his second of the season later in the first and Boyd Kane got his fourth midway through the second to finish the scoring. Braden Holtby turned away all 15 shots he saw for his first shutout of the season, and first since last January.

After losing four of their first five games, the Baby Pens are red hot. They have registered seven consecutive victories (six of which have come on the road) and are looking to continue their recent dominance of the Bears. They defeated one of their other rivals, the Norfolk Admirals 4-2 at the Scope on Wednesday night. Eric Tangradi potted a pair and Brad Thiessen again picked up the win in between the pipes.

The Ups & Downs & Ins & Outs:
The big news of the week was the trade of forward Francois Bouchard to the New York Rangers for defenseman Tomas Kundratek. Bouchard had struggled this season, going pointless in nine games this season, while Kundratek registered two assists in seven games for the Whale this season. Kundratek, who will wear #34 has reported to Hershey but didn’t suit up against Binghamton on Wednesday night. The Bears also received enforcer D.J. King from the parent Caps this week and he did suit up on Wednesday, playing on the third line with Mattias Sjogren and Garrett Mitchell.

The Baby Pens have been busy lately, releasing forwards Cody Chupp and Matt Rust (both of whom reported to Wheeling of the ECHL), while reassigning tough guy Ryan Schnell to Wheeling. They also received forwards Steve MacIntyre and Dustin Jeffrey on conditioning loan from their parent club, while losing Eric Tangradi to recall.

Players To Watch: 

Photo courtesy Kyle Mace / SHoE

After a breakout year last season, forward Jacob Micflikier (right) is proving he belongs on the top two lines here in Chocolatetown. “Flick” chipped in a pair of assists in the win over Binghamton on Wednesday and is tied for second on the team in scoring.

Another play who had a breakout year last year was forward Bryan Lerg and he has continued that momentum into this season. Known as more of a defense-first forward, Lerg leads the Baby Pens in scoring and on a team not very deep with goal scoring this is ultra important.

Between The Pipes:
According to Mark French, Dany Sabourin will go tonight vs. the Baby Pens, because it is his turn in the rotation.

Although Scott Munroe is due for a start here soon to spell Thiessen, I doubt that will be tonight, given the Pens streak and Thiessen’s shutout last weekend against the Bears.

Injuries & Scratches:

The Bears injury list is still lengthy as forward Matt Ford (upper body) is out for the weekend. Forward Ryan Potulny (sports hernia) is back practicing with the team, although he is wearing a yellow non-contact jersey. Forward Kyle Greentree (arm) is still out long term, while there is good news as defenseman Danny Richmond (upper body) has been cleared for game action and with his return and Kundratek’s acquisition that pushes the number of healthy defenseman to nine so an assignment of one of them to South Carolina could be on the horizon.

The Baby Pens come into tonight’s game relatively healthy. Forward Geoff Walker is injured but isn’t far off from returning, but will not go tonight. Defensemen Boris Valabik (knee) and Brian Straight (elbow) are also hurt but should be returning soon as well.

Road Ahead:
The Bears will finish up their three game home stand this Sunday (11/13) as the Bridgeport Sound Tigers make their first visit to Giant Center this season @ 5 PM.

Leading Scorers: 

Bears

Keith Aucoin – 3g, 17a – 20 pts
Chris Bourque – 6g, 8a – 14 pts
Jacob Micflikier – 5g, 9a – 14 pts

Penguins
Bryan Lerg – 6g, 7a – 13 pts
Brian Gibbons – 3g, 7a – 10 pts
Colin McDonald – 3g, 7a – 10 pts

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How to choose the sports to gamble on, when you are at the best betting sites

If you want to make a living from betting or just want to gamble for fun but don’t know which sports to choose, this article is for you.We take a look at some of the best betting sites uk

 

Being able to make money through betting sites all depends on the strategies you have. You need to be able to make the right decisions at the right time. And to have a specific area you are interested in would be highly beneficial. Because then you can tailor your betting choices to this area and gamble on that specific sporting activity, increasing your chances of winning.

 

There are betting sites based on many sports such as baseball, football, hockey, basketball and so on. You as a bettor should decide on the section you want to gamble on. This decision may seem easy for some, however, there are a lot of people struggling with making the decision. Especially for new bettors, to make this decision can be complicated.

 

During this process, there may be a lot of people telling you some specific sport is better and more profitable than the rest, however this is not the case as it all depends on you and your knowledge. Hence, in this article we will not suggest the most profitable sport for you. As we mentioned above, the best sport depends, solely on you!

 

Bettors with experience would know how vital it is to have the extensive knowledge about the sport they are gambling on. However, new comers generally tend to think, little bit of knowledge is enough and it is all a game of luck. They could not be more wrong. A little bit of a luck may be needed however mostly the bets will be based on calculated guesses. For example, on a football bet, a new comer will just make guesses and the risk factor will be much higher. However, a bettor with extensive football knowledge will not only know the players, but also their conditions. Indeed, he will know the importance of taking into consideration of factors such as the weather and the time of the game, which makes his guess a much more calculated one.

 

Hence, try not to fall into the trap of people telling you which sport is the best. The best sport depends on you. Before betting on a sport, make sure you do some extensive research to figure out your interests.

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Are bookies offers really free?

Some people may be wondering are bookies offers really free or do they have some kind of unscrupulous terms attached to them which will turn around and bite you on the ass at a later date, well we are happy to inform you that the majority of offers you may see on the internet will indeed be free, there aren’t many bookmakers who are of a good standard who will put into their terms something that will end up turning around on you at a later date. However that doesn’t mean you can be lazy when you start looking for betting offers and just go around signing up to bookmakers all willy nilly, you will need to always read into the terms and conditions that have been set out by the bookmaker as these will vary depending on which every betting site you end up signing up to.

The world of gambling can be a dangerous one some times even though you’re protected by a lot of rules and regulations that are set out by governing bodies it doesn’t mean that the bookies wont try and get around them, at the end of the day they’re looking to make money off you they’re not here to give everyone free bets and let them gamble for free.

Can You Use Bookies Offers To Your Advantage

Well the answer on this one is definitely a resounding yes, of course you can use bookies offers to your own advantage, infact there are many guides out there which will teach you how to match bet and always turn a profit. This is something that you definitely need to look out for as you’ll be surprised how much money you can make from not having to spend any of your own all because of free bets.

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