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   January 19, 2001 Reporters Cammi Granato *** Rich Storm

Hit Man Hammers 
the Anvil!
Friday 1/19/01
Hitman and Thor hammered the anvil to give the Whites a 2-1 win.  Beer nuts ruined Brian’s meaningful shutout.  I don’t remember the meaningless score because it was meaningless.
Do You Know the 
Way to San Jose?
Here is a hint for you first timers, save your money, sick days and be nice to your lady. 
 Brinks accomplished his mission in San Jose.  He arranged for us to skate in the Shark Tank several times and watch 2 or 3 Shark games.  The Sharks play Saturday 3/10, Monday 3/12 and Wednesday 3/14.  We will probably leave on Tuesday, because not everyone is retired or has 200 sick days.  Veto and Brian Kraft already asked if they could join us.  Even Fred is interested.

Madison Road Trip

Duffers met at Berserk’s house for Breakfast
at Wendy’s before leaving for Madison! 
24 Hours of Fun
Peoria! 1/27/01 We will meet at the Dennys for breakfast at 9:00 am (Next to the Willow Holiday Inn).  We will play at 12:30 in Peoria have a snack and a beer then watch the Rivermen.  We will return home for the Super bowl on Sunday.
 Beer Nuts tells me that there is a Cyber Duffer fan named Rusty, in Arkansas that reads all about us, every week.  He works for ATF (Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms)  I think Beer Nuts wanted me to give him a mention so that he will get some free AT&F the next time he visits his son Andy. 
 I mentioned this story to the Madison 7 last Saturday and they started reminiscing about  Rusty, the horse that Kramer filled with Beefareno and every time he cut the cheese he yelled, “Rusty!” All week end long, Rusty was the battle cry .  In the rink, at the bar, even in church, you could here, Rusty!” (see the picture)
We had more fun and laughs in a 24 hour period than I can ever remember.  We closed the bar with Keith Magnison hugging Frank at 3, cleared out Dennys at 4 and went to sleep at 5 without sleeping pills.  Rich Storm observed that we had 6 more hours of energy because we didn’t play hockey.  We cursed ourselves for not making a Madison trip until Kevin Granato was a senior.  We vowed to return one more time for another skate-less road trip.

The start of a 24 hour party

Christmas Party Berserk has graciously volunteered to host the Duffer Festivas party in February in his new house.

 The Peoria Rivermen Give Assists to Worcester and Chicago 

The Rivermen helped two teams halt streaks last night enroute to a couple of big wins. Nine players that have played in Peoria at one time or another helped lead Don Granato’s AHL Worcester IceCats to a big 4-goal rally in the final period for a 4-1 at Hartford in front of 11,131 fans. Tyler Willis’ 2nd AHL goal of the season tied the game at 3:28 of the 3rd period and then Jason Lawmaster assisted Eric Boguniecki on what became the game winner less than three minutes later (6:22). Lawmaster would get his first AHL goal at 12:01 for a little cushion and then Jesse Rezansoff would assist on the 4th goal of the period for the IceCats, one by Jamie Pollock with 5:04 left for a 4-goal third period, erasing a 1-0 Wolfpack advantage. The win puts Worcester back atop the AHL with 55 points. The IceCats are now off until a Friday, January 19 game at Springfield. The other players that have donned a Rivermen jersey that played for Worcester on Saturday night were Peter Smrek, Dale Clarke, Lauri Kinos, Shawn Mamane, Matt Walker and Jamie Thompson. Two other players headed north to help the Chicago Wolves, who were mired in a horrible losing streak. Darren Clark and Trevor Baker helped the Wolves dump on first place Grand Rapids, 4-2 in front of 9,702 at the All State Arena. Clark posted two assists in the game and was a +2 as the Wolves halted the Griffins 9-game winning streak. Baker played and was shut out in the scoring column in a game that featured no fights. Peoria remains atop the NW Division thanks to Trenton’s 4-2 win at Dayton on Saturday night. The same two teams will meet today as the Titans attempt to win their 16th road game of the season and 5th straight game overall. Last night in the ECHL all 12 games featured crowds well above the home team’s average with 8,277 in Richmond the biggest jump. There were even 4,133 fans in Wheeling to watch the Nailers beat Johnstown, 4-3. The biggest crowd of the night was in Greenville, where 8,532 fans witnessed the Mississippi Sea Wolves dumping on the home team, 4-1. In today’s action Toledo is at Jackson while Trenton and Dayton meet at the Nutter Center. Peoria will next play in Johnstown on Friday, January 19 starting a 4-game road trip that concludes on Friday, January 26 at Dayton. After that Peoria is home for 14 of their next 18 games 

 Worcester Ice Cats


Badger Action.

Kevin slams a Denver player.



Kevin challenges the Beak.  He's close!


Alcohol and tobacco.  These cigarettes flew into Berserk's beer.

Those wet cigarettes came in handy.


Let's Go!

Beak gets a standing "O" for his Flash.


Cliff Koral helps Keith Magnison.

Keith loves the Duffers!

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"Parts of Friday Jokes that I remember on Saturday morning" 
There were a lot of laughs in Madison, 
but nobody told a joke.
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GLOBE Program:
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Split Second Towing
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February     Madison
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