Night Rookie Takes the Plunge… On His Bike

New York Night RW Harris Wondolowski has had a tough rookie season.  A brilliant scorer in the minor leagues, he has struggled to translate that ability at the SHL level.  At times, the game appears to be moving too fast for him.

According to teammates and coaches, Wondolowski has all the necessary physical tools to succeed at the highest level.  On the mental side, however… that’s a different story.

Harris Wondolowski

“You know how some people march to the beat of their own drum?”  said D Dominic Sanchez.  “Well, Wondo’s got his own whole orchestra.  Definitely a couple sandwiches short of a picnic.”

Wondolowski’s free-spirited flakiness can be endearing at times, but it can also get him into trouble.  Such was the case this week, when his carelessness caused a biking accident which wound up with him flailing in the water.

After Tuesday’s game against the Michigan Gray Wolves, Wondolowski went for a bike ride near his apartment in the Sheepshead Bay neighborhood of Brooklyn.  The winger said that he frequently takes late-night rides to clear his head after tough games.  “It’s just, you know, a way to get away from myself,” he explained.

Wondolowski’s route took him down to the docks by the side of the bay.  He then made the fateful decision to try riding his boat down one of the docks.  While doing so, he lost control of his bike and rode off the end of the dock and into the bay.

“I guess I got distracted,” the winger explained.  “I was thinking about something else, and the next thing I know I’m going for a dive.”  When asked if alcohol was involved in this escapade, he replied: “Yeah, I’d say that was a definite possibility.”

Remarkably, Wondolowski didn’t suffer any significant injuries from his unexpected water landing.  However, he quickly faced another challenge: he does not know how to swim.  Fortunately, a passerby heard him yell for help and was able to pull him to safety after a couple minutes.

Unsurprisingly, the Night coaches and front office were dismayed when they received word of Wondolowski’s adventure.  “I have had moments where I wanted to tell Wondo to go jump in a lake,” coach Flim Dahlgren said.  “But this is not what I had in mind.”

The coach benched Wondolowski from the Night’s next game and had a long talk with his player about the irresponsible behavior.  “I explained to him that coaching is difficult as it is,” noted Dahlgren, “without my having to worry about getting the news that my promising young winger drowned after riding his bike off a pier.  Frankly, I never envisioned saying that sentence in my lifetime.”

Dahlgren advised Wondolowski to forgo his late-night rides altogether.  “If you want to channel your frustrations at night, get a heavy bag or learn meditation,” the coach said.  “Stick to riding your bicycle during the day, ideally when sober.”

Wondolowski seemed mildly chagrinned by the incident, but it is unclear whether he will take Dahlgren’s advice to heart.  “I don’t know,” he said when asked if he plans to stop biking at night.  “It’s quiet and peaceful, at least when I don’t end up in the water.  That part isn’t so peaceful.”

2020 SHL Week 13 Transactions

  • On Monday, the New York Night demoted RW Harris Wondolowski to their CHL affiliate in Utah and called up F Cary Estabrook from Utah.
  • On Saturday, the Hershey Bliss‘ farm team in Milwaukee activated LW Karl Gjovik from the injured list.  The 21-year-old Gjovik missed almost three weeks with a lingering lower-body injury.  In order to make room for Gjovik on the roster, the team released D Alec Schwartz.  The 22-year-old blueliner appeared in 22 games for Milwaukee, failing to record a point and recording a -14 rating.
  • Also on Saturday, the Dakota Jackalopes sent C Jacob Cunniff down to their affiliate in Idaho, and promoted LW Rick Crisak from Idaho.  The Jackalopes had called up Cunniff before the All-Star break to fill in for the injured Tanner Brooks; since Brooks’ return, he had mostly been a healthy scratch.  In 11 games for Dakota, Cunniff recorded an assist and a -5 rating.  The 22-year-old Crisak is Idaho’s leading scorer, with 47 points (9 goals, 38 assists).
  • In another Saturday move, the Kansas City Smoke called up RW Adriaen van der Veen from their farm club in Omaha and demoted F Louis LaPlante to Omaha.  Van der Veen, who split last season between Kansas City and Omaha, is the affiliate’s scoring leader with 52 points (17 goals, 35 assists).  As for LaPlante, the veteran winger has played sparingly for the Smoke this season, with 6 points (2 goals, 4 assists) in 17 games.

2020 SHL Week 11 Transactions

  • On Monday, the Dakota Jackalopes activated C Tanner Brooks from the injured list.  Shortly before the All-Star break, Brooks suffered an upper-body injury.  Although the injury initially did not seem that serious, Brooks wound up missing over three weeks.  As the Jackalopes had an available roster spot, they did not need to make a compensating move to activate Brooks.
  • Also on Monday, the Hershey Bliss‘ CHL affiliate in Milwaukee placed LW Karl Gjovik on the injured list.  Gjovik exited in the first period of Sunday’s 3-1 win over Cleveland after being upended on a devastating check, and did not return.  He is expected to miss at least two weeks.  To replace Gjovik, Milwaukee signed F Jerry Cazenovia to a short-term contract.
  • On Wednesday, the Hamilton Pistols activated C Marco Venezio from the injured list.  The veteran center missed 10 games with a lower=body injury suffered just before the All-Star break.  In order to make room for Venezio, the Pistols reassigned C Hilliard Macy to their CHL affiliate in Oshawa, and released F Bobby Warner from Oshawa.
  • Wednesday was the trading deadline. The following trades were consummated at the deadline:
    • The Michigan Gray Wolves traded RW Gordon Lunsford to the Boston Badgers for RW Rory Socarra. (More details here.) After the trade, Boston demoted RW Felix Delorme to their CHL affiliate in Hartford, and recalled F Jacques Bacon from Hartford.
    • The Gray Wolves traded LW Misha Petronov, F Cary Estabrook, and D Brandon Arrowood to the New York Night for LW Flynn Danner, F Henry Constantine, and D Anson Brank.  (More details here.) After the trade, Michigan demoted LW Fendrick Scanlan to their CHL affiliate in Cleveland, and New York promoted RW Harris Wondolowski from their affiliate in Utah.
    • The Dakota Jackalopes traded D Victor Addison to Boston in exchange for D Jackson Creed.  After the trade, the Badgers demoted D Bjorn Tollefson to their minor-league affiliate in Hartford.
    • Michigan traded C Warren Marlow to the Quebec Tigres in exchange for C Phil Miller, LW Carl Bleyer, and a 1st-round draft pick. (More details here.) After the trade, the Gray Wolves released F Caleb Moulton.  The Tigres demoted C Dwight Flynn to their CHL affiliate in Halifax, and signed F Tim Daisey to a minor-league deal.
  • On Saturday, the Anchorage Igloos recalled RW Jean Pierre Fleury from their CHL affiliate in Minnesota. The Igloos demoted Fleury to Minnesota during the All-Star break, and he played brilliantly there, recording 19 points in 12 games, including the CHL’s first-ever five-goal game.  To make room for Fleury, the Igloos reassigned RW Lionel LaNeige to Minnesota.

2020 CHL All-Star Rosters

The day after the SHL’s All-Star Game, their minor league will be holding its third annual All-Star contest.  The game will take place at the Aetna Center, home of the Hartford Harpoons. The rosters for the game, along with each player’s current stats, are below.

 

EAST ALL-STARS

Coach: Jeffrey “Swampy” Marsh (Virginia)

 

First Line

LW: Fendrick Scanlan, Cleveland (13 G, 10 A, 23 Pts, 23 Blk, 52 PIM, +4)

D: Morris Starling, Baltimore (10 G, 13 A, 23 Pts, 31 Blk, 10 PIM, -2)

C: Liam Engstrom, Hartford (13 G, 25 A, 38 Pts, 15 Blk, 2 PIM, +22)

D: Brett Stolte, Hartford (12 G, 13 A, 25 Pts, 37 Blk, 39 PIM, +3)

RW: Felix Delorme, Hartford (10 G, 17 A, 27 Pts, 20 Blk, 2 PIM, +22)

 

Second Line

LW: Jarmann Fischer, Halifax (8 G, 14 A, 22 Pts, 14 Blk, 16 PIM, -1)

D: Russ Klemmer, Oshawa (2 G, 22 A, 24 Pts, 63 Blk, 10 PIM, -1)

C: Dwight Flynn, Halifax (16 G, 21 A, 37 Pts, 11 Blk, 8 PIM, +3)

D: Burton Cullidge, Cleveland (1 G, 18 A, 19 Pts, 70 Blk, 19 PIM, +5)

RW: Anders Pedersen, Oshawa (12 G, 16 A, 28 Pts, 11 Blk, 14 PIM, -3)

 

Third Line

LW: Maurice Coutard, Baltimore (11 G, 11 A, 22 Pts, 9 Blk, 12 PIM, -18)

D: Teddy Morrison, Halifax (4 G, 13 A, 17 Pts, 57 Blk, 14 PIM, -2)

C: Ron Yaeckel, Virginia (10 G, 19 A, 29 Pts, 23 Blk, 41 PIM, +10)

D: Axel Borgstrom, Halifax (7 G, 9 A, 16 Pts, 54 Blk, 27 PIM, -9)

RW: Steve Brandon, Cleveland (12 G, 10 A, 22 Pts, 23 Blk, 24 PIM, +4)

 

Goalies

Hector Orinoco, Oshawa (13-8-2, 2.11 GAA, .918 save %)

Eugene Looney, Cleveland (9-12-3, 1.97 GAA, .917 save %)

 

WEST ALL-STARS

Coach: Gilbert McCoyne (Idaho)

 

First Line

LW: Terry Cresson, Idaho (8 G, 22 A, 30 Pts, 13 Blk, 12 PIM, +14)

D: Trevor Lockwood, Omaha (7 G, 20 A, 27 Pts, 36 Blk, 20 PIM, +5)

C: Lloyd “Goofy” Banjax, Utah (16 G, 23 A, 39 Pts, 28 Blk, 20 PIM, +14)

D: Brady Prussian, Idaho (14 G, 12 A, 26 Pts, 40 Blk, 16 PIM, +13)

RW: Britt Cadmium, Idaho (14 G, 15 A, 29 Pts, 21 Blk, 15 PIM, +16)

 

Second Line

LW: Chuck Alley, Utah (8 G, 19 A, 27 Pts, 29 Blk, 6 PIM, +14)

D: George Brinson, Utah (8 G, 20 A, 28 Pts, 26 Blk, 26 PIM, +11)

C: Yegor Nestorov, Milwaukee (16 G, 11 A, 27 Pts, 15 Blk, 8 PIM, -10)

D: Brian Coldivar, Minnesota (15 G, 10 A, 25 Pts, 32 Blk, 18 PIM, -3)

RW: Harris Wondolowski, Utah (16 G, 17 A, 33 Pts, 11 Blk, 14 PIM, +3)

 

Third Line

LW: Rick Crisak, Idaho (5 G, 22 A, 27 Pts, 8 Blk, 32 PIM, +18)

D: Conrad van Rijn, Milwaukee (3 G, 24 A, 27 Pts, 72 Blk, 39 PIM, -5)

C: Nikolai Valkov, Colorado Springs (16 G, 11 A, 27 Pts, 8 Blk, 24 PIM, -15)

D: Laszlo Cierny, Minnesota (5 G, 18 A, 23 Pts, 58 Blk, 36 PIM, -3)

RW: James Clay, Milwaukee (13 G, 15 A, 28 Pts, 16 Blk, 12 PIM, -4)

 

Goalies

Kelvin White, Idaho (14-5-1, 2.07 GAA, .927 save %)

Kostya Arsenyev, Minnesota (9-4-1, 1.92 GAA, .933 save %)