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Empty Netter Assists - 04-03-14

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

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-What are Olli Maatta's (right) credentials for the Calder Trophy?

-The Penguins eat healthier than you.

-Penguins forward prospect Bryan Ruster is expected to report to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on an amateur tryout contract.

-Mike Condon made 31 saves for the Wheeling Nailers in a 3-0 shutout of the Toledo Walleye.

 

-Happy 32nd birthday to current Penguins defenseman Deryk Engelland. A free agent signing in the 2007 offseason, Engelland has spent parts of the past three seasons with the Penguins. He appeared in nine games in 2009-10 and recorded two assists while compiling 17 penalty minutes. In 2010-11, Engelland played in 63 games, scored 10 points and recorded 123 penalty minutes. During the 2011-12 campaign, Engelland set career-highs with 73 games and 17 assists. He appeared in six postseason games in the spring of 2012 and recorded one assist. Last season, Engelland appeared in 42 games while recording six assists. Engelland played in seven postseason games last spring and failed to record a point. This season, Engelland played in 54 games and scored 12 points. In 241 career regular season games, he has scored 47 points and accumulated 306 penalty minutes. In 13 postseason games, he has recorded one assist.

-Happy 81st birthday to former Penguins forward Billy Dea. Claimed from the Blackhawks in the 1967 expansion draft, Dea was a member of the Penguins for the first two years of their existence. During the club's inagural season of 1967-68, he appeared in 73 games and netted 28 points. He followed that in 1968-69 by seeing action in 66 games and scoring 18 points.Prior to the 1969-70 season, Dea was traded to the Red Wings for Mike McMahon. In 139 games with the franchise, he had 46 points.

-Happy 53rd birthday to former Penguins defenseman Neil Belland. A free agent signing in the 1986 offseason, Belland appeared in three games and recorded one assist for the 1986-87 Penguins. He joined Lukko Rauma in Finland the following season.

-After the Jump: Ellwood City's Stephen Johns signs with the Blackhawks.

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Robert Morris lands JuCo commit

Written by Craig Meyer on .

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Robert Morris has received a commitment from former Siena and current Cloud City Community College (Kansas) forward Lionel Gomis, according to Andrew Chiappazzi of Rivals.com.

A native of Dakar, Senegal, Gomis' backstory is a unique one, partially because of a little-heard-of NCAA policy that put his long-term eligibility into question. When he arrived in the United States, Gomis was fluent in French, but knew little English, something which caused him to reclassify from a junior to a sophomore. After signing with Siena, he was informed by the NCAA that he effectively had to sit out his freshman season, play as a sophomore, but beyond that, he could no longer play. The rule that prompted that decision states that an athlete must complete their high school core-curriculum requirements no later than the high school graduation date in a five-year period. Basically, the time that he missed not going to school in Senegal were counted against him once he entered college (his final two years) and he would have had to sit out the first year because of his reclassification. In all, it was a pretty bizarre situation.

Siena was able to successfully petition the NCAA's ruling and Gomis was on the team for two seasons. In December of 2012, his sophomore year, he opted to transfer, citing family reasons. He appeared in just one game that season, playing two minutes in the Saints' season-opening loss to Vermont.

At 6-foot-9 and 215 pounds, it would appear that Gomis could help bolster a Colonials frontcourt that looks pretty thin entering next season. Robert Morris returns six scholarship players from last season and has signed two incoming freshmen, guard Jafar Kinsey and forward Andre Frederick. With forward Jeremiah Worthem and guard Britton Lee suspended until January -- and both of their scholarship statuses up in the air -- Gomis will give the Colonials nine scholarship players (not including Worthem and Lee).

 

Craig Meyer: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  and Twitter @CraigMeyerPG

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Money and Politics

Written by Rob Rogers on .

The Supreme Court overturned a campaign finance law that limited the number of candidates an individual donor is allowed to support. This, on top of Citizens United (corporations are people too), will continue to pour money into political campaigns. Corruption can't be too far behind. 

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Empty Netter Assists - 04-02-14

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

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-Shelly Anderson's recap from last night's game. "We all felt like the first 10 [minutes] we were carrying the play. I think the shots were pretty evident of that. For whatever reason, we got away from that. Maybe we thought that came easy or thought we could get away with cheating. It didn't work." - Sidney Crosby.

-The Associated Press' recap. "I thought we kept it simple and kind of slowly frustrated them as it went on and it was a win we needed." - Hurricanes captain/forward Eric Staal.

-Highlights:

-The Penguins gathered near the bench:

-Carolina's Andrej Sekera battled Crosby for this puck:

-Beau Bennett battled with Carolina's John-Michael Liles for position:

-Dan Bylsma speaks:

-Crosby speaks:

-Kris Letang was named the Penguins' nominee for the Masterton Trophy.

-Should the Penguins rest players if and when they clinch the Neapolitan Ice Cream Metropolitan Division?

-The Penguins signed forward Bryan Rust, a third-round pick in 2010, to a two-year entry-level contract. Rust, 21, just finished his senior season at Notre Dame where he appeared in 40 games and scored 33 points (17 goals, 16 assists).

-The Penguins signed forward Scott Wilson, a seventh-round pick in 2011, to an entry-level contract. Terms were not reported. Wilson, 21, just finished his senior season at Massachusetts-Lowell where he appeared in 31 games and scored 19 points (seven goals, 12 assists).

-Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins defenseman Philip Samuelsson will be sidelined four to six weeks due to a "lower-body" injury.

-Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins goaltender Peter Mannino was named the AHL's goaltender of the month for March.

-After the Jump: Douglas Murray faces discipline for a dangerous hit.

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Bloomfield planning Saturday market

Written by Diana Nelson Jones on .

 

 
As part of its rebirth with funding from the state Neighborhood Partnership Program, the Bloomfield Development Corp. will be adding a seasonal amenity to the neighborhood in the form of a Saturday market starting May 31.
 
It will be held weekly until Nov. 1 in a parking lot at 5050 Liberty Ave. The scene will include locally grown and made produce and products and entertainment. The BDC is sponsoring this event with West Penn Hospital, which owns the parking lot.
 
The market will open at 8 a.m. and close at 1 p.m.
 
“The Bloomfield Saturday Market will be a great social event, while also providing residents with the opportunity to purchase good, healthy food,” said BDC board chairman Joey Vallarian. “Community health, both the health of the brick and mortar neighborhood, as well as the health of it’s residents, is very important to the BDC, and we think the Bloomfield Saturday Market will help accomplish these goals.”
 
The BDC hired Christina Howell to be the market program manager. She moved her focus to Bloomfield from Mount Washington, where she was involved in planning and outreach for the Mount Washington Community Development Corporation. She was previously a manager of Pedal Pittsburgh and served as president of the Pittsburgh Toy Lending Library’s board.
 
“Christina’s experience managing a variety of events coupled with her passions for Bloomfield and community building make her a natural partner for the BDC as we launch the first year of the Bloomfield Saturday Market,” said Shelly Majcen, executive director of the BDC.
 
Farmers and vendors can apply to participate in the Bloomfield Saturday Market by visiting www.bloomfieldsaturdaymarket.org or contacting Christina Howell at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 412-708-1277.
 

 

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