Sports Briefs

Posted: Tuesday, February 12, 2002

Buser takes Goose Bay 120

Martin Buser won the Goose Bay 120 sled dog race with a time of 18 hours, 25 minutes and 1 second. The race goes from Knik to Yentna and back.

Carmen Perzechino was second, Ryan Redington was third, Jason Mackey was fourth and Kelley Leman was fifth.

Dog dies in mishap on Yukon Quest trail

FAIRBANKS -- Tok musher Peter Butteri had more than a half-hour lead over Fairbanks musher Joran Freeman coming into the Circle checkpoint Monday in the Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race.

Butteri arrived at the checkpoint 235 miles from the race start in Fairbanks at 11:55 a.m. Freeman followed at 12:35 p.m.

Bill Steyer of Fairbanks and David Monson, also of Fairbanks, followed within two minutes of each other around 3 p.m. Shannon Brockman of Nenana was in fifth place, about five hours behind the leader.

By 6:30 p.m., 13 teams had reached the Circle checkpoint. From there teams head toward Eagle 175 miles away.

Race officials reported that Colorado musher Bill Pinkham had a dog die in a mishap Sunday night. Pinkham's team was coming down Eagle Summit outside Central when Pinkham lost control of his sled and it flipped over. The dog, Friendly, became tangled in lines.

Pinkham tried to resuscitate the injured animal but after about five minutes realized it was dead. He loaded the dog into his sled and continued on to the next checkpoint in Central. He was allowed to continue in the race.

So far, five mushers have scratched in the 1,000-mile race from Fairbanks to Whitehorse, which this year carries a $125,000 purse.

Deborah Bicknell of Juneau and Terry Asbury of Healy dropped out of the race in Eagle Creek. Frank Turner of Whitehorse, George Carroll of Two Rivers and Peter Ledwidge of Dawson quit at Mile 101.

Turner, who has raced every Yukon Quest since it began in 1984, said he withdrew because too many of his dogs were injured. Some were experiencing shoulder injuries and another injured a back leg on an icy section of trial, he said.

Thirty-six mushers remain in the race, which began Saturday.

The first musher to reach Whitehorse will win $30,000.

Capitals top Lightning

WASHINGTON -- Sergei Gonchar and Adam Oates scored 19 seconds apart in the second period as the Washington Capitals beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 3-1 Monday night.

Maple Leafs 5, Thrashers 4

TORONTO -- Tomas Kaberle scored twice, including the go-ahead goal with 4:27 remaining, as Toronto rallied for a victory over Atlanta.

Red Wings 3, Canadiens 2

MONTREAL -- Brendan Shanahan scored with 13.2 seconds left in the third period to lift Detroit to a win over Montreal.

Avalanche 5, Bruins 2

DENVER -- Joe Sakic, Rob Blake and rookie Radim Vrbata each had a goal and an assist to lead Colorado past Boston.

Kings 2, Stars 1

LOS ANGELES -- Ziggy Palffy scored in his first game back from a disappointing Olympic experience and Felix Potvin outdueled Ed Belfour with 32 saves as Los Angeles beat Dallas.

Adam Deadmarsh scored on a deflection in the first period.

Potvin lost his shutout bid when Pierre Turgeon deflected in Mike Modano's 20-foot wrist shot with just 36 seconds remaining.

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