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Empty Netter Assists - 09-18-14

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Penguins

-"It was a different atmosphere overall in the room when I got here. From day one ... I'm not sure how to describe it, what the difference was but it was a good feeling coming into the room. It was fun to come every day to practice." - Marcel Goc on signing with the Penguins.

-The Penguins released forwards Patrick McGrath (professional) and Christophe Lalancette (amateur) from their tryout contracts.

-A look at the Penguins' organizational depth.

-Happy 81st birthday to former Penguins executive and coach Scotty Bowman (right). Hired as the team's director of player personnel in the 1990 offseason, Bowman was a member of the franchise's first Stanley Cup championship in 1991. Following the death of head coach Bob Johnson, Bowman assumed the head coaching position and led the team to a 39-32-9 record, 87 points and a playoff berth. Going 16-5 in the playoffs, he led the Penguins to their second Stanley Cup championship. Bowman returned the next season and directed the team to its second Patrick Division title with a 56-21-7 record and 119 points, good enough to earn the franchise its only Presidents' Trophy as the league's best team in the regular season. In the playoffs, the Penguins beat the Devils in five games but were upset by the Islanders in seven games during the Patrick Division final. Bowman was replaced in the offseason by Eddie Johnston. In 164 games with the Penguins, Bowman had a regular season record of 95-53-16 and 206 points. His win total is fourth-most in franchise history. Inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1991, Bowman is the NHL's all-time leader in coaching wins with 1,244. He currently a senior advisor of hockey operations for the Blackhawks.

-Happy 48th birthday to former Penguins forward Tom Chorske. A free agent signing in the 1999 offseason, Chorske finished his 11-year NHL career by appearing in 33 games and scoring six points for the Penguins in 1999-2000. A thumb injury cut his season short and forced him to retire.

Neapolitan Ice Cream Metropolitan Division

-Blue Jackets president revealed three contract offers his team offered in contract negotiations with restricted free agent Ryan Johansen.

Atlantic Division

-Negotiations between the Senators and restricted free agent defenseman Marc Methot are getting testy.

-Bruins forward Reilly Smith, currently a restricted free agent, is not expected to be present for the start of his team's training camp.

-Panthers ownership shot down rumors of relocation.

-Former Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins forward Spencer Machacek will attend the Maple Leafs' training camp.

Central Division

-“I feel like we are a legitimate contender to win the Stanley Cup. And I also am scared to death of missing the playoffs.” - Wild coach and former Penguins assistant Mike Yeo on the state of his team.

-The Wild will bring back goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov to training camp on a tryout basis.

Pacific Division

-The Sharks signed defenseman Justin Braun (right) to a five-year contract extension worth a total of $19 million. Entering the final year of a contract with a salary cap hit of $1.25 million, Braun's new deal will have a cap hit of $3.8 million. Appearing in 82 games last season, Braun, 23, scored 17 points (four goals, 13 assists).

-EN Says: Braun is a nice offensive player who has a solid shot and offers some size (6-foot-2, 200 pounds). Additionally, he's one of the Sharks' better possession players. He doesn't play all that physically and can make the occasional mistake but this is a fair contract for both parties.

-The Coyotes hired former Sabres coach Ron Rolston as a professional scout.

-The Oilers hired former Olympic figure skating champion David Pelletier as a skating coach.

Norris Division

-Flyers president Paul Holmgren and NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly will receive the Lester Patrick Trophy which recognizes contributions to hockey in the United States.

(Photo: Paul Bereswill/Getty Images and Rick Stewart/Allsport/Getty Images)

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Wife Beater

Written by Rob Rogers on .

Domestic violence is not just a problem for the NFL, but it seems to take an NFL scandal to bring attention to it. According to a recent survey reported on in the Washington Post, nearly 30% of women have experienced some form of domestic violence.

091814 Wife Beater

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Post Route Podcast: Episode One

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POST ROUTE PODCAST: EPISODE 1

They say you are only as good as your podcast. With that in mind, hello and welcome to the inaugural Post Route Podcast, hosted by Post-Gazette college writers Sam Werner (Pitt) and Stephen J. Nesbitt (WVU). The podcast will touch on a little bit of everything college football but center on the Backyard Brawl battlefront.

Pitt started slowly Saturday but dumped Florida International, 42-25, in Miami. West Virginia got its revenge against Maryland with a last-second field to win, 40-37.

On a time crunch? Here are some helpful time stamps:

0:52-10:15: Pitt (-7) vs. Iowa preview — Can the James Conner train stay on track? Are the slow start and late QB swap against Florida International causes for concern, or should the focus just be on the all-important 3-0 record?

10:16-21:09: West Virginia vs. No. 4 Oklahoma (-8) — Can Clint Trickett and the high-flying Mountaineer offense keep pace with the Sooners? Well, one thing is for sure, things turn up in Morgantown for night games. One guy unlikely to turn up, though, is cornerback Daryl Worley, who was suspended indefinitely Monday and was charged with battery Tuesday.

21:10-31:53: We take a look at the national picture, as news of Jameis Winston's one-half suspension surfaces midway through the podcast. Will his absence give No. 22 Florida State the edge it needs to upset No. 1 Florida State? And will Auburn's running attack be too much for No. 20 Kansas State to handle in Manhattan? That and more to wrap up the debut podcast.

Sam Werner: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and Twitter @swernerpg. | Stephen J. Nesbitt: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  and Twitter @stephenjnesbitt.

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Post Route Podcast: Episode One

Written by Stephen J. Nesbitt on .

POST ROUTE PODCAST: EPISODE ONE

They say you are only as good as your podcast. With that in mind, hello and welcome to the inaugural Post Route Podcast, hosted by Post-Gazette college writers Sam Werner (Pitt) and Stephen J. Nesbitt (WVU). The podcast will touch on a little bit of everything college football but center on the Backyard Brawl battlefront.

Pitt started slowly Saturday but dumped Florida International, 42-25, in Miami. West Virginia got its revenge against Maryland with a last-second field to win, 40-37.

On a time crunch? Here are some helpful time stamps:

0:52-10:15: Pitt (-7) vs. Iowa preview — Can the James Conner train stay on track? Are the slow start and late QB swap against Florida International causes for concern, or should the focus just be on the all-important 3-0 record?

10:16-21:09: West Virginia vs. No. 4 Oklahoma (-8) — Can Clint Trickett and the high-flying Mountaineer offense keep pace with the Sooners? Well, one thing is for sure, things turn up in Morgantown for night games. One guy unlikely to turn up, though, is cornerback Daryl Worley, who was suspended indefinitely Monday and was charged with battery Tuesday.

21:10-31:53: We take a look at the national picture, as news of Jameis Winston's one-half suspension surfaces midway through the podcast. Will his absence give No. 22 Florida State the edge it needs to upset No. 1 Florida State? And will Auburn's running attack be too much for No. 20 Kansas State to handle in Manhattan? That and more to wrap up the debut podcast.

Sam Werner: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and Twitter @swernerpg. | Stephen J. Nesbitt: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  and Twitter @stephenjnesbitt.

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Clairton's surreal statistics ..... Montour baseball player Vietmeier rates

Written by Mike White on .

Items that fell off my laptop

Clairton's scoring has grabbed the attention of many in the WPIAL this year as the Bears have won their first three games by scores of 70-0, 86-0 and 74-0.

Never mind whether you believe the Bears are "running up" the score. We're not here to debate that. But if you think their scores are hard to believe, wait until you see some of Clairton's yardage statistics.

First off, get this: Clairton has gained 1,536 yards in three games. Its three opponents have gained 79. That's an average of 512-26.

Now for some of the individual statistics. Suffice it to say, Clairton is pretty good at big plays:

** Ramone Clifford has carried the ball five times and is averaging 28 yards a carry (140 yards).

** Harrison Dreher is averaging 32 yards on three receptions, and 16 yards on 23 rushing attempts.

Aaron Mathews** Aaron Mathews (pictured) has carried the ball four times and is averaging 19.5 yards a carry (he also has 10 catches for 166 yards). 

** Jamie Hines has seven catches and is averaging 22 yards per reception.

** Lamont Wade has carried the ball 13 times and is averaging 15.5 yards per attempt.

** Quarterback Ryan Williams has completed 29 of 44 passes for 615 yards, an average of 21.2 yards per completion.

Montour's Vietmeier rated among best

Montour's Trent Vietmeier is one of the top sophomore baseball players in the country. Says who? Perfect Game scouting organization.

Perfect Game recently released its national rankings for the class of 2017 and Vietmeier is ranked No. 27. Perfect Game, located in Georgia, puts on tournaments and showcases across the country. 

Vietmeier participated in four Perfect Game events this year, including the WWBA 15-and-under national championship, where Vietmeier's fastball was clocked at 91 m.p.h.

Vietmeier plays three sports at Montour. He is a 6-foot-3, 200-pound tight end on the football team and was a freshman on the Montour varsity last season. That's good size for a baseball player. He is certainly a player to watch for in the future.

Kiski Area gets grant for field from Steelers, NFL

Kiski Area has received a $200,000 grant for a synthetic field at the high school. The grant is from the Steelers through the NFL Foundation Grassroots Program and Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC). It is part of $2.5 million in refurbishment awards allocated this year. The new surface at Kiski Area will replace a worn natural turf field.

Kiski Area's football team, though, will continue to play at Davis Field away from the school campus. Davis Field has natural grass.

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