Shootout
By Victor Fernandes Erie Times-News staff blogger
Staff writer Victor Fernandes has ice in his veins. Hockey – he plays it, coaches it and provides the region's best coverage of it.   Read more about this blog.
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Posts tagged ‘Michael Liambas’
Posted: April 16th, 2013

Erie native Ryan Zapolski has signed a professional tryout agreement with the AHL’s Milwaukee Admirals, The Post and Courier of Charleston (S.C.) reported Monday.
Zapolski, 26, a Cathedral Prep and Mercyhurst University alumnus, earned the opportunity with the Nashville Predators’ AHL affiliate after completing a record-setting season with the ECHL’s South Carolina Stingrays last week.
Zapolski was the second player in league history to capture top rookie, top goaltender and most valuable player honors in the same season, as well as the third goaltender to ever claim the MVP award. He also set the league record with a 1.64 goals-against average, tied the mark for shutouts (8) and tied for the second-best save percentage (.942). He led the league in all three categories this season and finished tied for second with 27 wins.
Zapolski had a week-long stint with the AHL’s Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, the Pittsburgh Penguins’ affiliate, this past December. But he didn’t play in any games. He joins an Admirals club that includes former Erie Otters winger Michael Liambas. They are tied for ninth with the Chicago Wolves in the Western Conference, two points behind the Rockford IceHogs for the final playoff spot with four games left in the regular season. The Admirals play Chicago tonight.
In other Lakers’ news, fifth-year senior goaltender Max Strang signed an amateur tryout contract with the ECHL’s Reading Royals last Friday. Strang, who completed his Mercyhurst career last month, said he has replaced an injured goaltender on the Royals’ roster.

Posted: March 8th, 2011

Kitchener’s Ben Fanelli, who hasn’t played in an OHL game since being injured by a hit from former Erie Otter Michael Liambas in an Oct. 30, 2009 game, reportedly has formed a program to boost awareness about brain injuries and raise money for brain injury groups.

Read more by clicking here.

Posted: March 7th, 2011

Former Erie Otters winger Michael Liambas has signed with the ECHL’s Cincinnati Cyclones. Read more by clicking here.

Posted: March 5th, 2011

Former Erie Otters winger Michael Liambas is leaving the University of British Columbia in hopes of playing for the ECHL’s Cincinnati Cyclones, according to a report from The Globe and Mail in Toronto. Read the story by clicking here.

The Cyclones are coached by Jarrod Skalde, who coached Liambas late in the 2008-09 season and again in 2009-10 while with the IHL’s Bloomington (Ill.) PrairieThunder. In October, Skalde told the Erie Times-News that he expressed interest in Liambas joining the Cyclones this season. “Whatever he decides down the road, I will be willing to give him an opportunity,” Skalde said at the time.

Posted: February 28th, 2011

Former Erie Otters forward Michael Liambas faces another suspension from an on-ice incident. Find out more by clicking the link.

Posted: January 13th, 2011

Check out this story from The Kitchener Record on Rangers D Ben Fanelli, who won’t play this season as he continues to recover from head injuries sustained from a hit by former Erie Otter winger Michael Liambas in an October 2009 game.

Posted: November 26th, 2010

What: Kitchener Rangers (17-5-0-1) at Erie Otters (11-14-1-0)

When: Saturday, 7 p.m.

Where: Tullio Arena

On the air: WFNN-AM/1330, www.ottershockey.com (live stream)

Players to watch

Erie – C Greg McKegg (18 goals, 17 assists, 35 points), RW Shawn Szydlowski (11-11-22), RW Anthony Luciani (8-10-18), G Ramis Sadikov (11-10-1-0 record, 2.77 goals-against average, .914 save percentage, 2 shutouts), D Derek Holden (2-13-15)

Kitchener – RW Jason Akeson (12-35-47), D Ryan Murphy (12-26-38, 10 power-play goals), RW Gabriel Landeskog (19-15-34), RW Tobias Rieder (10-15-25), LW Matthew Tipoff (12-12-24)

Fast facts

Erie – The Otters began this three-game home stand with a 6-0 win against Belleville on Thanksgiving Night. … They have won two straight and seven of their last 10 games. … They have lost 10 straight to the Midwest Division rival Rangers by a combined 57-25 score dating to the start of the 2009-10 season, including the first three meetings this season. Their last two defeats were by one goal (6-5 at home Oct. 9 and 4-3 in Kitchener Oct. 11). … In the Belleville win, McKegg became the sixth player in franchise history to score four goals in a game. He ranks among the OHL’s top 10 in goals and points. … Luciani has goals in three straight games and points in five straight games (four goals, 11 points). He has five goals and 13 points in seven games since returning from a five-week layoff because of a broken wrist. … Sadikov, who has made 16 consecutive starts, posted his second career shutout on Thursday. … D Brady Austin (shoulder) has missed the past five games. … LW Brett Appio (leg) has missed four straight games. … Rookie D Adam Pelech (undisclosed injury) rejoined the lineup after leaving the Nov. 19 loss to Oshawa. … Holden has points in five of the past seven games. … C Phil Varone (5-7-12) has points in three straight games (one goal, five points). … Season-ticket holders can attend the Mercyhurst College women’s hockey team’s 2 p.m. game today against Colgate at Tullio for free.

Kitchener – The Rangers, who are 10th in the CHL ranking, have the league’s third-best record despite losing top offensive performers Jeff Skinner (NHL’s Carolina Hurricanes) and Jeremy Morin (AHL’s Rockford IceHogs) to professional teams. … The Rangers have won nine of their last 10 games. … Akeson leads the league in points and assists. … Murphy leads all defensemen in scoring and is tied for sixth overall. He also leads in power-play goals. … Landeskog ranks among the top 15 in scoring. … The Rangers lead the league on the power play (25.5 percent). … D Ben Fanelli, who suffered serious head injuries from former Otter Michael Liambas’ hit in an Oct. 30, 2009 game, was cleared for full-contact workouts earlier this week, according to the team’s website.

Up next: vs. Guelph (Sunday, 4:30 p.m.), at Kitchener (Friday, 7:30 p.m.)

- Victor Fernandes

Posted: November 24th, 2010

Kitchener Rangers defenseman Ben Fanelli, who suffered serious head injuries because of a hit from former Erie Otters winger Michael Liambas in an Oct. 30, 2009 game, has been cleared for full-contact practices. Read more by clicking the links.

Posted: October 21st, 2010

Check out this article on the latest Canadian Hockey League suspension for a controversial hit that’s featured in a video clip.

It includes a reference to former Erie Otters winger Michael Liambas‘ hit on Kitchener‘s Ben Fanelli last October, which drew a season-ending suspension from Ontario Hockey League commissioner David Branch.

Posted: September 30th, 2010

Former Erie Otters winger Michael Liambas is heading to college at the University of British Columbia.

Check out this story by clicking the above link.

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