Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Short in the Tooth

Cherry Hill native Bobby Ryan chipped his two front teeth today when he took a stick to the mouth while tussling against the boards with Team Norway captain Tommy Jakobsen with three minutes left in the third period in a 5-1 game.

Short in the Tooth


             Cherry Hill native Bobby Ryan chipped his two front teeth today when he took a stick to the mouth while tussling against the boards with Team Norway captain Tommy Jakobsen with three minutes left in the third period in a 5-1 game.

             As Ryan licked the jagged tips of the teeth afterward, he allowed, “Yeah, things got a little chippy. I’m sure they were getting frustrated. You can’t blame them.”

             After the U.S. took a 3-0 lead early in the second period, Norway, outmatched beyond the score’s indication and embarrassed after dropping an 8-0 decision to Canada, began a grab-and-bang strategy that helped turn the game’s momentum. They took two penalties in the last 12 minutes of the second period.

 By the time the U.S. regrouped and ran away with things, it started getting rough, culminating with Jakobsen’s shot to Ryan’s mouth.

 Jakobsen immediately dropped his stick and bent to console Ryan, who lay on the ice for a moment before skating off. Jakobsen went to the penalty box for 2 minutes for high-sticking, a penalty that led to a power-play goal and the 6-1 final. Ryan remained on his team’s bench. After the game, he declined further medical attention and told team medical personnel that he was not even sensitive to cold.

 He was, however, a little sensitive to getting dropped and disfigured.

 “Perfect,” he said, shortly.

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SAM DONNELLON's career began in Biddeford, Me., in 1981, and has included stops in Wilkes-Barre, Norfolk, and New York, where he worked as a national writer for the short-lived but highly acclaimed National Sports Daily. He has received state and national awards at each stop and since joining the Daily News in 1992 has been honored by the Associated Press Sports Editors, the National Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association, the National Association of Black Journalists, the Associated Press Managing Editors of Pennsylvania and the Keystone Awards. He and his wife have raised three fine children, none of whom are even the least bit impressed with the above. Sam is veteran of Olympics coverage for the Daily News, including the Games in Sydney and Turin, among others.

MARCUS HAYES grew up on a small farm outside of Hermon, NY., a small town near the Canadian border about the size of Reading Terminal Market. In high school he played three varsity sports and aspired to be faster, or more skilled, or taller. Having failed in those aspirations and seeking a warmer climate, Marcus attended Syracuse University's S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications and eventually graduated with a degree in Magazine Writing. He also earned a degree in English from the College of Arts and Sciences. To date he has written for no magazines. His English is spotty at best. Upon graduation in 1990, with Jim Boeheim's talent-leaden SU basketball teams having won no titles, Marcus spent 4½ years working for the now-absorbed Syracuse Herald-Journal covering high school sports, local small college sports and non-revenue sports at SU. Marcus joined the Daily News as a feature story writer in 1995. Among other assignments he has covered the Eagles and Phillies beats for most of his tenure. Still, the paper soldiers on.

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