PGA Tour as of February 15, 2015

Winning Share: $1,224,000 FedExCup Points: 500
Brandt Snedeker
Brandt Snedeker


Feb 19 – 22 Northern Trust Open
Riviera CC, Pacific Palisades, CA • Purse: $6,700,000

Utica Comets drop 5 to 7 at Hamilton Bulldogs

A wild twelve goal game did not go the Utica Comets way as the Hamilton Bulldogs won 7-5 Monday afternoon at the FirstOntario Centre in Hamilton, ON. 12 different players scored goals during the contest.

Will Acton (1-1-2), Darren Archibald (1-1-2), Dustin Jeffrey (1-1-2), and Alexandre Grenier (0-2-2) all enjoyed two-point games for the Comets. Travis Ehrhardt (1-0-1) and Bobby Sanguinetti (1-0-1) recorded goals for Utica.

It did not take long for the Bulldogs to stake an early lead. Just 1:27 into the game rookie Daniel Carr netted his 15th goal of the year. The play started deep in the Comets zone. From the corner, Sven Andrighetto connected on a pass to Bryan Allen at the top of the circle. Joacim Eriksson had an answer for Allen’s blast, but the rebound found Carr’s stick who slipped it past the sprawled out goaltender for the early ‘Dogs lead.

Darren Archibald
Darren Archibald

The Comets tied it up just under ten minutes later. Darren Archibald dug the puck out from a scrum along the boards and passed it to a streaking Grenier. Grenier fired a shot on goal that was denied by Condon, but Acton was there to bury the rebound into the back of the net, and tie the game at one.

The tie did not last long as the Bulldogs got the lead back for good exactly thirty seconds later. A turnover on the breakout led to a two-on-one for the Bulldogs. Eriksson fended off Hamilton’s first attempt, and directed the rebound to behind the net. Gabriel Dumont quickly collected the puck and passed it behind the net to Jake Dowell, who quickly fed the puck to Nick Sorkin in the slot. A quick flick of the wrist later, and the Bulldogs led 2-1.

A little over four minutes into the second period the Bulldogs extended their lead to 3-1. Connor Crisp curled across the faceoff dot and slipped a backhand pass to Sahir Gill who was positioned on the goal line to Eriksson’s short side. Gill took a quick step in and flipped a backhand over Eriksson’s glove for the goal. Dumont picked up a secondary assist on the goal.

The scoring madness continued 57 seconds later when Darren Archibald scored his seventh of the season. The Comets broke into the Bulldogs zone on three-on-two. Acton curled up along the hashmarks which drew a defenseman towards him. Acton tapped a pass through the defender to a hard charging Archibald who ripped a quick wrist shot over the glove of Condon. Brandon DeFazio recorded an assist on the goal.

Exactly sixty seconds later the Bulldogs had their two-goal lead back, for a short while anyways. Rookie sensation Charles Hudon, from the corner, took a feed from Andrighetto and cut across the goal line. Defenseman Bobby Shea noticed the slot was left unattended and broke in hard. From there he one-timed the pass from Hudon past the left leg pad of Eriksson to re-establish the Bulldogs two-goal lead.

Dustin Jeffrey drew the Comets back to within one 38 seconds later. Alex Grenier won the faceoff back to defenseman Kent Huskins who passed it over to Dustin Jeffrey at the top of the circle. Jeffrey wristed a shot on goal that squeaked through the five-hole of Condon to bring the score to 4-3.

In what seemed like the longest amount of game time in between goals, Bryan Allen regained the Bulldogs two-goal lead. After Kane Lafranchise broke up a two-on-one Bulldogs rush, Andrighetto corralled the puck and connected with Hudon. Hudon found Allen all alone at the point for a slapshot that pinged off the crossbar and across the goal line for a 5-3 Bulldogs lead.

A giveaway by Comets defenseman Andrey Pedan in the Comets defensive zone found the stick of Andrighetto who broke in on Eriksson all alone. A slapshot from point blank range beat Eriksson for a 6-3 Bulldogs lead. Hudon picked up an assist on the play.

A three-on-one Comets break led by captain Cal O’Reilly led to the Comets fourth goal of the game. O’Reilly skated down the left hand side and passed to the trailing Bobby Sanguinetti who beat Condon’s left leg pad with a wrist shot to bring the score to 6-4. Jeffrey grabbed an assist on the play.

Scoring was a lot rarer in the third period. Once again the Comets cut the Bulldogs lead to just one with a goal from Travis Ehrhardt. Friesen started the play as he skated up the left side boards. After he protected the puck from a Hamilton defender, he backhanded a pass to Ehrhardt just below the right point. Ehrhardt wound up and fired a slapshot through a Nicklas Jensen screen and into the Bulldogs’ net to bring the score to 6-5. Jensen was credited with the secondary assist on the goal.

The Comets relentlessly peppered Condon with shots but could not find the equalizer late in the third. With three seconds left Hamilton’s Dumont scored an empty-net goal to cap off the game’s scoring.

The Comets head home for a five-game homestand starting Wednesday night at the Utica Memorial Auditorium against the defending Calder Cup Champions, the Texas Stars. Tickets are available through or by visiting The AUD’s Box Office.

Snow where to go: Boston-area town dumps excess white stuff in harbor

On Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2015. The third major winter storm in two weeks left the Boston area with another 2 feet of snow and forced the MBTA to suspend all rail service for the day. Every day stories like this! The City of Boston might have to dump some of its excess snow into its famous harbor even though it would hurt the environment.

A winter storm has brought more than a foot or more of snow and strong winds to the region.

* Storm has dropped more than two feet of snow in some areas, and newest totals have vaulted this winter into third-snowiest on record in Boston with at least 95.7 inches so far, according to the National Weather Service.
* Governor Baker urged residents to stay off roads and “let the plows do their jobs.” Earlier, he said the snowfall “significantly exceeded” projections. More coverage
* The National Weather Service issued a blizzard warning, which is in effect until 7 a.m. Monday. Map of snow totals
* Mayor Walsh said a snow emergency and parking ban will remain in effect until further notice, and urged drivers and pedestrians to stay home and off the roads. More information
* The MBTA will offer limited service on Monday. MBTA transit updates
* Temperatures are expected to plummet after the storm passes. Temperature map
* Some roads in South Boston have been rerouted. Map: South Boston road reconfiguration

BOSTON — The beleaguered MBTA will operate on a limited schedule Monday in the aftermath of the fourth major snowstorm to hit Boston in three weeks.

The MBTA has struggled mightily since Winter Storm Juno blanketed the region with over two feet of snow that crippled the system’s outdated infrastructure.

Subway service on all lines will be limited to underground stations only, with supplemental bus shuttles running between aboveground stations. The Blue Line will continue to service Airport Station in East Boston.


Some buses will operate on a winter schedule and service will be limited. Several bus lines will not run on Monday. Check for a complete and up-to-date list.

The entire Commuter Rail system will run on a Saturday schedule.

Ferry service is set to run on a regular weekday schedule.

The Ride is scheduled to operate but will be affected by weather and street conditions.

MBTA General Manager Beverly Scott submitted her resignation after the poor condition of the public transportation system required the system to shut down on February 10. MassDOT officials met Friday in private to discuss the process for finding Scott’s replacement.


Utica Comets 2 Over Rochester Amerks 1 in Overtime

There was no love lost between these North Division rivals during Saturday night’s Valentine’s Day re-match as Bobby Sanguinetti and the Utica Comets exacted their revenge in overtime against the Rochester Americans at the Blue Cross Arena at the War Memorial for a final score of 2-1.

The Comets (29-13-5-1) won for the fifth time in their last six games (5-1-0-0) and have now slid into second place within the Western Conference with 64 points.

The Americans (22-26-4-0) have now lost three games to the Comets this season out of the five they have played.

Bobby Sanguinetti (1-0-1) scored the overtime goal that put the Comets on top and Brendan Gaunce (1-0-1) found his seventh of the year earlier in the game. Jacob Markstrom was no stranger to the puck and put on a spectacular performance by stopping all but one of the 30 shots he faced from the Buffalo Sabres American Hockey league affiliate.

Jacob Markstrom
Jacob Markstrom


Even though both teams saw nine shots apiece in the first period, neither goaltender allowed any in during the first stanza.

The second period was a different story because just after the five-minute mark Gaunce received a pass from Mike Zaleweski that allowed both Gaunce and Carter Bancks to enter the offensive zone on a 2-on-1. Instead of dishing the puck over to his line mate, Gaunce launched the puck to the far side of the net and buried it over Andrey Makarovs right leg for the 1-0 lead.

The Comets were fortunate enough to hold on to the one-goal lead as they headed into the third period but the Americans finally found the equalizer at 7:01 after Jerry D’Amigo wrapped around behind Markstrom’s net and fed the puck across the crease to Brayden Irwin who nailed it in the open side to make it 1-1.

In the remaining seconds of the last period, Jake McCabe took a kneeing penalty on Darren Archibald which left the Comets with a 32 second power play to finish out the period.

Unable to bury one in regulation, the Comets headed in to overtime for the 11th time this year with a 4-on-3 power play for the first 1:28 of the extra period.

As the power-play opportunity was winding down, Sanguinetti buried his 11th goal of the year at 1:07 off of a slapshot to make it a 2-1 final decision. Cal O’Reilly tallied his 31st assist of the year and now leads the entire team with 35 points.

Saturday’s win marks the 17th time the Comets have won a game by a one-goal decision this year.

The Comets will have one day of for rest before they head to Hamilton, Ontario on Monday to face the Bulldogs in an afternoon match-up slated for 1 p.m. at the FirstOntario Centre.

Whose Internet Is It Anyway?


Whose Internet is it anyway?

Tom Wheeler, chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, says he’s keeping that question in mind as he pitches the biggest regulatory shake-up to the telecommunications industry since 1996, when people still used noisy modems and referred to the “information superhighway” as a fun way to buy books or check the weather.

Wheeler has not publicly released his plan yet, and might not for a few weeks. But he has suggested that Internet service has become as critical to people in the United States as water, electricity or phone service and should be regulated like any other public utility.

Wheeler told reporters this past week that he wants “yardsticks in place to determine what is in the best interest of consumers as opposed to what is in the best interest of the gatekeepers.”

That has the industry sounding the alarms, warning consumers of an inevitable $72 annual tax increase…

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ALCo Motive Power Questions Answered for Railfans

Let me dispel some of the foamer fiction:

>Most railfans don’t and won’t believe this BUT….
>the banks loan the money for locomotives.
>The banks have the ultimate say.

They have the ultimate say on whether they will take the equipment trust. Quite
a few railroads bought lots of locomotives without Equipment trusts of course,
but it was something of a convenience given the banks saw lots of security in
those locomotives.

But that doesn’t mean the holders of equipment trusts (banks, insurance
companies, investment companies, hedge funds nowadays, individuals in the early
days) always come out whole. Those O&W equipment trusts ended up underwater in
the end. There was no resale market for FTs in the summer on 1957.


> If ALCo had been producing an inferior product at the time I suspect there
> would not be so many still in service.
>How do I know these things?
>I worked there and bailed out just before they went belly up. Reading trade
>magazine vs. railfan baloney makes all the difference!

But keep in mind that all the diesel manufacturers started out with the same
business model — railroads would want specialty locomotives just as they did in
steam days, and that dastardly gummint model of Standardizing Locos imposed
during the USRA days of WWI would never catch on.

At least until EMD decided it was a good model and it caught on <

But Alco mass produced lots of locos — RS1s, RS3s, PAs and FAs.


But the quality was deteriorating toward the end — Montreal was still building
good locos by the same designs. And they were manufactured in Australia and
Alco designs are still manufactured for the Indian State Railways (all ALCO and
ALCO-Based designs).


One might conclude that the Schenectady Alco plant was simply building inferior

But the purchase by Worthington in the Conglomerate Frenzy of the early 1960s is
what actually spelled doom: the Worthington people were more interested in
trying to turn a profit with Alco’s Nuclear business, as well as other
synergies with Worthington&# 39;s own product lines. The end came after Worthington merged with Studebaker — so all of management was totally detached from the railroad locomotive business, which means that rather than restore quality workto Schenectady, they closed it and went out of the loco manufacturing business.


Text by Jim Guthrie, pictures from the Penney Vanderbilt collection .

Utica Comets Fall To Rochester Amerks 2-1

One goal made all the difference in Wednesday night’s match-up as the Utica Comets (28-13-5-1) fell to the Rochester Americans (21-26-3-0) 2-1 at the Utica Memorial Auditorium. The loss broke the Comets four-game winning streak dating back to Jan. 31. Twenty-nine of the Comets 47 games this season have ended in one-goal decisions.

Carter Bancks found the Comets’ lone goal of the game but Rochester’s goaltender Matt Hackett pulled through for the Americans by winning just his third game of the season for the Buffalo Sabres American Hockey League affiliate.

The Comets got things rolling just a few minutes after the initial puck drop following a quick play that developed just inside the crease. At 4:27, Hackett prepared himself for an incoming slapshot from Andrey Pedan. Hackett was able to make the initial save, but the rebound he left in front came back to haunt him as Bancks picked it up and threw it in on the backhand for the early 1-0 advantage. Brendan Gaunce was credited with the secondary assist on the play.

After being outshot through the entire first period, the Comets eventually faltered as the clock was winding down. After some board play behind Jacob Markstrom’s net, William Carrier popped the puck out to Jerome Leduc just above the center slot. Leduc spiked one towards net, which ended up going top-shelf past Markstrom for the 1-1 equalizer.

Just as everyone was getting up out of their seats for the first intermission, Brady Austin buried a shorthanded buzzer beater with one second left on the clock that put Rochester up 2-1. The shorthanded goal was the first the Comets have let in all season on home ice. Former Comets forward Zac Dalpe assisted on the one-timer and the eventual game-winning goal.

The Comets were unable to capitalize on the five power-play chances that they were awarded throughout the night, which leaves them at a standstill with a total of 13 power-play goals on home ice.

The Comets will gear up for another one against the Rochester Americans this Saturday at the Blue Cross Arena at the War Memorial at 7 p.m.

News From New York’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA)

MTA Metro-North Railroad resumed full service on the Harlem Line this morning for the first time since Tuesday night’s deadly collision between a passenger train and a sports utility vehicle (SUV) in Westchester County, N.Y., near Valhalla Station.

The Harlem Line train left Grand Central Terminal at 5:45 p.m. Tuesday and later approached the SUV, which had stopped on the track at a grade crossing. The train struck the vehicle, causing an explosion and fire that consumed the vehicle and the train’s first car. The third rail of the track came up due to the explosion and pierced the first car. Six people died, including the SUV driver.

The incident, which had forced Metro-North to suspend service between Pleasantville and North White Plains while investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigated the scene, is being described as the worst crash in Metro-North’s history.

In December 2013, a Metro-North train derailed near Spuyten Duyvil Station in the Bronx, causing four passenger fatalities and 61 injuries. At the time, it was the deadliest train accident in New York City since 1991 and the first Metro-North accident that resulted in deaths.

Between May 2013 and March 2014, Metro-North experienced five accidents that caused six fatalities and 126 injuries, prompting the NTSB to launch a special investigation.

“[The] tragic collision of an SUV and a Metro-North commuter train highlights the critical need for all drivers to use caution at every highway-rail grade crossing,” said Operation Lifesaver President Joyce Rose in a prepared statement, noting that in the United States, a vehicle or person is hit by a train every three hours. “This incident illustrates all too well the devastating results that vehicle-train crashes at highway-rail grade crossings can have on families and communities throughout the United States.”


U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) is calling on Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Thomas Prendergast to “quickly” begin sleep disorder-testing of Long Island Rail Road’s (LIRR) engineers.

Schumer stated late last week that MTA should not wait for a deadly accident before implementing a program to test engineers for sleep disorders such as sleep apnea. While MTA developed such a program for its New York City Transit train operators after a light-rail accident in Boston in 2008, and for its Metro-North Railroad engineers after a fatal accident in December 2013, MTA has not yet developed a comparable testing plan for LIRR, Schumer said in a press release.

The National Transportation Safety Board recommended that the Federal Railroad Administration require all railroads to screen for and treat sleep apnea more than a decade ago, the senator noted.

“There should be no delay in starting a pilot program for testing LIRR engineers who may suffer from obstructive sleep apnea syndrome, which could put thousands of daily commuters at risk if undetected,” Schumer said. He made his request in a letter sent to Prendergast last week.

The senator praised Metro-North for moving forward with its plan to screen 410 engineers and undergo an initial screening for sleep apnea. Engineers recommended for additional screening will undergo more testing, and if needed, will be referred to sleep specialists for additional treatment.


The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) awarded a $404.8 million contract for the construction of the future Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) concourse at Grand Central Terminal in New York City.

The contract was awarded to GCT Constructors JV, a joint venture between Schiavone Construction Co. and John P. Picone Inc. The contract, which with options could increase to $428.9 million, was granted after competitive bids were received from nine other firms.

Funding for the contract will come from a federal grant and local funds, MTA officials said in a press release.

Under the contract, workers will build the architectural, structural, mechanical and electrical facilities, and escalators and elevators that will comprise LIRR’s future 375,000-square-foot passenger train concourse and related ventilation plants at 44th and 50th Streets.

Work in the concourse will include the construction of 17 deep escalators at 45th, 46th, 47th and 48th streets, and the installation of elevators connecting the LIRR passenger concourse to the station caverns 140 feet below Park Avenue.

The contract includes major civil work to create passenger connections from the new LIRR concourse up to Grand Central’s Lower Level Dining Concourse, Grand Central’s Biltmore Room on the Upper Level, the 47th Street Cross Passageway and 45th Street cross passageway.

Action Under The Streets Of New York City

Action Under The Streets of New York City

Railway Age put together a great article on all the cool things happening underground in New York City: Made (mostly under) Manhattan Written by  Douglas John Bowen .

The new Fulton Center is great because it is something that is visible to New Yorkers. The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) recently  unveiled the Fulton Center, a fully digital transit and retail hub located at the crossroads of Lower Manhattan on Broadway and John and Fulton streets in New York City.

The $1.4 billion Fulton Center’s opening streamlines customer access to and from nine (soon to be 11) subway lines. And the debut of the related Dey Street Passageway, which also opened last November and is often ignored by the media, will offer pedestrians underground access to and from the nearby PATH World Trade Center station—in effect giving New Yorkers weather-sheltered access halfway across Manhattan’s downtown, from the Hudson River to past Broadway, and including numerous skyscrapers old and new in the process.

South Ferry Station is the most vulnerable of at least 10 flood prone subway stations, most

South Ferry Station
South Ferry Station

in Brooklyn and Queens, being addressed

Seemingly a world away, five miles or so up the Hudson River in Midtown Manhattan, system expansion competes with rehabilitation far more aggressively, as two subway extension projects move forward fitfully:

7th Avenue Line
7th Avenue Line

The No. 7 line addition reaching toward Manhattan’s “far” West Side; and the Second Avenue Subway, decades delayed but now a real thing with an optimistic December 2016 opening date for Phase 1, and a Phase 2 add-on north to 125th Street being openly discussed.

And while the tripartite spurs have generated widespread repair, rehabilitation, and new construction throughout at least four of New York’s five boroughs, four of the high-cost, high-profile subway projects predictably can be found in the high-cost, high-profile borough, Manhattan.

Utica Comets Over Binghamton Senators 7-4

As the blizzard came rolling into Utica so did the Comets in their return to The Utica Memorial Auditorium as they defeated the Binghamton Senators 7-4 in a wild game that seemed to have everything on Sunday afternoon. After the victory, the Comets finished the weekend with a perfect 3-0 record and have now won four in a row.

Bobby Sanguinetti (2-0-2) (picture at top) and


Will Acton
Will Acton

(2-0-2) both recorded two goals each, along with three other Comets players that also found the net atleast once. Assists weren’t exactly a rare commodity in Sunday’s game, as Cal O’Reilly (0-2-2), Mike Zalewski (0-2-2), Dustin Jeffrey (0-2-2) and Alexandre Grenier (1-2-3) all found a pair of assists each.

The opening minutes weren’t very enjoyable for the Comets as they let in two quick ones before they even hit the three-minute mark. At 1:18 Shane Prince walked into the slot and popped one off past Markstrom for the early 1-0 lead. A little over a minute later, Ryan Dzingel was awarded a penalty shot after being tripped up on a breakaway. Dzingel slipped one past Eriksson’s glove side to make it 2-0.

It wasn’t until the end of the first period, but the Comets finally put one on the board twenty seconds after David Dziurzynski took a cross checking penalty. Grenier was trying to pass one to the front of the net but his pass quickly turned into a goal after it deflected off of the body of a Senators defensemen, which got the Comets within one. Cal O’Reilly and Dustin Jeffrey both tallied assists.

Will Acton kept it going for the Comets in the second period after making his way around the back of Peter Mannino’s net. Once Acton reached the far post, a backhander was all he needed to bury it past the sprawling Mannino for the equalizer and the short-handed goal.

Binghamton answered back five minutes later on the power play after Eriksson was called for a tripping penalty. Some minor confusion in front of the net and a shot in the slot from Derek Grant caused the puck to sneak past Eriksson, which took back the one-goal lead.

Trading goals seemed to be the trend for a while because at 17:58 Sanguinetti let one rip from the right dot and buried it glove side on Mannino to equalize it once again. O’Reilly and Grenier both received assists on the Comets third goal.

At the start of the third period, the goals started pouring in, more than they already had.

Utica took the lead for the first time in the game after a screened Mannino allowed Pedan to pound a blueline slapshot into the net to make it 4-3 at 4:08.

Ryan Dzingel tied it up again at 7:28 off of a quick pass from Buddy Robinson, but the Comets took back the lead and kept it roughly four minutes later off of a beautiful feed from Archibald which gave Sanguinetti the chance to bury his second of the game to make it 5-4.

At 12:56 Gaunce knocked in a feed from Zalewski to make it 6-4 and the final goal of the game came from Will Acton as he banged one in from the left dot at 13:30 which made it a 7-4 final decision.

The teams combined for 138 penalty minutes, including 12 fighting majors. Each team had a penalty shot opportunity, with only the Binghamton Senators converting on their chance.

The Comets will return to The AUD this Wednesday February 11 for a 7 p.m. match-up against one of their North Division rivals, the Rochester Americans.

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