Originally created 12/08/00

Lynx notebook

Raz or Reg?

It changes day-by-day.

Two days after declaring rookie Reg Bourcier his starter in goal until the next defeat, Lynx coach Scott MacPherson changed his mind and said on Thursday he would start Erasmo Saltarelli tonight against the Tallahassee Tiger Sharks.

"I still am of the philosophy of you win and you go back in, but with so many days between games, it's not right to let a guy sit," MacPherson said. "So, I'm going to play both guys this weekend and then when the schedule gets thick in the next two weeks, I'm going to go with the hot hand."

In his first two starts since joining the Lynx in the Chris Thompson trade Nov. 29, Saltarelli is 1-1-0 with a 2.91 goals-against average. He suffered a 4-1 loss to Baton Rouge in his last start last Friday.

Bourcier started and won the past two games, improving his record to 8-4-2 and lowering his GAA to 3.41. MacPherson said he would start the 20-year-old Saturday night when the Lynx travel to face the Pee Dee Pride.


Captain Scott Morrow has recovered from post-concussion syndrome and will play tonight against Tallahassee.

No one knew Morrow had a concussion until Saturday on the road against Birmingham, when he left the game after just one shift. He sat out Sunday's 6-3 win at home over Baton Rouge and did not return to practice until Thursday.

Morrow said he likely suffered the concussion during the first period of last Wednesday's win at home over Greensboro. He said he was tripped up behind the net and hit his head on the back of the goal, but did not immediately feel the effects of a head injury.

Center Russ Guzior, who also was held out of practice until Thursday with a severe groin pull, declared himself ready to play tonight.


Defenseman John Whitwell played only six shifts vs. Baton Rouge, but MacPherson said it was an oversight and not a benching.

"To be honest, I didn't even realize it at the time," MacPherson said. "I'm not at all unhappy with the way Whit's been playing."

Former Lynx assistant coach Louis Santini, whom the Lynx say resigned on Wednesday, was responsible for changing up the team's defense pairings during games.


Defenseman Cal Benazic was recalled to Manitoba of the International league on Thursday. The 25-year-old Benazic has five goals and four assists and a plus-5 rating in 13 games for the Lynx.

With Benazic's departure, the Lynx did not have to clear a roster spot to make room for center Lars Pettersen, who was activated from 30-day injured reserve.


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