Preds Facing Elimination After Game 5 Loss to Stars

The Predators are down to their last chance.

Dallas defeated Nashville, 5-3, in Game 5 on Saturday afternoon at Bridgestone Arena to take a 3-2 lead in the Round One series.

The Preds got the first goal in Game 5, but Dallas scored five for the second-consecutive contest and have now won two-straight games after Nashville did the same in Games 2 and 3.

On Saturday, the Predators credited the Stars for playing well, but the errors the home team made on the day didn’t fall in their favor, either.

“I don’t care how you get fired up for these games, if it’s positive or angry or how you want to prepare, we’ve just got to be better, myself included,” Preds goaltender Pekka Rinne said. “It’s a huge game on Monday, obviously, with our backs against the wall and not the situation we wanted. But you’ve got to give some credit to Dallas, they’ve been playing well and right now I feel like they are taking advantage of our mistakes. It’s tough right now.”

“It seems like the mistakes that we made were obvious tonight, and once we made them they were in the back of our net,” Predators Head Coach Peter Laviolette said. “I don’t feel like it was a point where we were under siege, I just felt that when we made a mistake it was costly and it turned over quick, and it had a result to the end of it. Those are the ones we have to clean up.”

Nashville’s start was ideal as Rocco Grimaldi got the home team on the board just over six minutes into the contest with his team-leading third of the postseason. Dallas evened the score at 13:08 of the opening period with a strike from Jason Dickinson, and then Alexander Radulov scored twice in the first eight minutes of the second stanza to put Dallas up by two.

Ryan Johansen got one back with his first of the playoffs less than two minutes after Radulov’s second of the day, but Tyler Seguin made it a two-goal game once more before the second intermission arrived.

“We make it tough on ourselves,” Preds defenseman P.K. Subban said. “It’s the details that are killing us… We have to work for each other. Once we start doing that, we’ll tie the series up.”

Dickinson got his second of the game less than a minute into the third, and although Kyle Turris gave the Predators life when he threw a puck toward the net and saw it deflect into the cage, that was as close as Nashville came.

“The bottom line is we’re not playing good enough and we need to raise our level – everybody,” Rinne said. “Otherwise it’s going to be a short, short run. But you don’t want to have any regrets and right now we’ve got to prove it on the ice. We’ve been talking a lot and we’ve had enough time to prove it, so now it’s time.”

It’s a new season, and while the Predators aren’t about to make comparisons to previous teams that have been in situations such as this, the group certainly has experience when there’s no other choice but to win, and they’ll use that in any way they can.

“We’ve played a lot of playoff games, we’ve been put in these situations and positions before,” Laviolette said. “They’ve answered the bell, they’ll answer the bell in Game 6 and we’ll bring it back here. This group’s got to go and do it. I don’t think that we should be relying or hanging our hat, the experience I do believe is good for a team. We now have that experience, but we’ve got to go there and make sure we do the job as well.”

Next, the Predators must put forth their best effort of the series and win on Monday night if they want to extend their playoff run and force a seventh and deciding game – and that’s exactly what they plan on doing.

“It sounds like the series is already done with but it’s not, it’s far from that,” Rinne said. “We still have a lot of life left. Like I said, for us it’s a good situation. We know we haven’t done our best, we haven’t played our best, there’s a lot of room to improve.”


After missing Games 2, 3 and 4 due to an appendix procedure, Preds forward Brian Boyle returned to the lineup on Saturday, registering four shots and two hits in 10 minutes of ice time.

In addition to Wayne Simmonds, who missed his third-consecutive game due to a lower-body injury, Nashville scratched Yannick Weber, Rem Pitlick, Miikka Salomaki, Zac Rinaldo, Matt Irwin, Cody McLeod, Frederick Gaudreau and Niclas Westerholm for Game 5.

Game 6 between the Preds and Stars comes Monday night in Dallas, time to be announced soon. If necessary, Nashville will host Game 7 on Wednesday night at Bridgestone Arena.

Nashville Drops Opener Against San Antonio

The Nashville Sounds lost their series opener 5-2 against the San Antonio Missions Saturday night. The Sounds are now 2-3 in the season series against the Missions.

With two outs in the top of the second inning, San Antonio struck first with a two-run homer to right field by Lucas Erceg to put the Missions up 2-0.

The Sounds threatened in the bottom of the fourth. Andy Ibanez drew a two-out walk that was followed by back-to-back hit-by-pitches on Chase d’Arnaud and Carlos Tocci to load the bases. Nashville couldn’t capitalize as Jett Bandy flew out to right field to end the inning.

The Missions scored another run in the top of the fifth after Erceg led off with a triple. He scored on a David Freitas sacrifice fly to put the score at 3-0.

Nashville plated their first runs in the bottom of the sixth. Willie Calhoun led off with a single and reached third base on a hit-and-run single by Matt Davidson. Ibanez knocked in Calhoun with a single of his own. After a fielder’s choice to put runners on the corners, d’Arnaud stole second base while Davidson stole home on the throw down to second. That cut the lead to 3-2.

San Antonio’s bats came alive in the top of the eighth with three hits. Mauricio Dibon and Keston Hiura hit singles. Both scored on a Tyrone Taylor double to extend the lead 5-2. That would be enough to hold off the Sounds and give the Missions the win.

A double-header is featured at First Tennessee Park on Easter Sunday to make up for Friday’s rainout. Nashville’s right-hander Ariel Jurado (2-0, 4.50) will face San Antonio’s right-hander Zach Brown (0-1, 4.08). First pitch is at 2:05 p.m. Game two will start approximately thirty minutes after the conclusion of game one.

Post-Game Notes

– With tonight’s 5-2 loss, the Sounds are now 4-11 on the season.

– Sounds’ starting pitcher Taylor Hearn worked through the 6th inning for the first time this season and recorded his first quality start, allowing three runs on two hits and three walks with six strikeouts.

– Matt Davidson’s steal of home was the second time Nashville achieved the feat this season. Carlos Tocci stole home back on April 5 against Iowa.

– San Antonio’s five hits are the fewest hits allowed by Nashville’s pitching staff this season.

– Kyle Bird made his first appearance for the Sounds after starting his season with the Texas Rangers.

The 2019 season is the 42nd in Nashville Sounds franchise history and first as the Triple-A affiliate of the Texas Rangers. Single-game tickets are available now by calling (615) 690-4487 or by visiting

Nashville SC Falls in Road Match at Charleston

Looking for its third-straight win in USL Championship play, Nashville SC couldn’t take advantage of a talent gap and Charleston Battery injuries to fall 3-1 to Battery on Saturday night at MUSC Health Stadium.

Nashville had all of the early chances until Charleston opened the scoring. Van Schaik took a ball across the box and one-touch volleyed it into the upper left hand corner of the net. Nashville keeper Matt Pickens had no chance to make the save. Again Nashville SC looked to score in the second half, but it was Charleston who struck again when Arthur Bosua took a through ball and slotted it into the net. Midway through the second Van Schaik struck again, putting in a free kick to give Charleston a 3-0 lead.

A late penalty for Nashville allowed it to get on the board as Daniel Ríos scored a PK for his fifth goal of the year.

Three Takeaways

Not Taking Advantage
In a game it looked on paper to have the advantage, Nashville couldn’t find the net in an offensively lackluster performance on the road. Using a similar lineup to its last two wins a 3-0 win at Ottawa and a 2-0 win at home against Memphis, Nashville saw flashbacks to its 2018 form in a loss to Charleston on the road. What worked the last two weeks didn’t work on Saturday night as Nashville lacked good service and good finishing.

Defense Missing
While the defense allowed few chances, Nashville couldn’t keep the few chances Charleston had out of the back of the net. Nashville allowed more than one goal for the first time this season. Charleston’s three goals were more than Nashville gave up through its five previous matches.

First Road Loss
Nashville had road woes at times throughout the 2018 season, and it looked like a more of the same in this loss in 2019. Despite a good start to the season, Nashville SC suffered a setback on Saturday night. It will need to turn it around quickly as the next two matches will also be on the road.

Up Next
Nashville SC will continue its roadtrip next Saturday night at Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC. Kickoff is scheduled for 6 p.m. CT.

Friday Prep Results and Saturday Prep Schedule

Friday Prep Schedule

CCMS Boys’ Soccer at North Franklin – PPD, Makeup date is Monday April 22nd 

CHS Softball vs. Greenbrier at Lincoln Co Tournament – Cancelled

CHS Softball vs. Summertown at Lincoln Co Tournament – Cancelled

CHS Baseball at Warren Co – Cancelled

Saturday Prep Schedule

6:00 AM – CHS Bass Club in Region Championship at Percy Priest

9:00 AM – CHS Claybusters in SCTP Team Event at Big Springs

12:00 PM – CHS Softball vs. Summertown – Lincoln Co Tournament

3:00 PM – CHS Softball vs. Greenbrier – Lincoln Co Tournament

4:00 PM – CHS Baseball HOSTS Warren Co – Senior Day

6:00 PM – CHS Softball vs. Creek Wood – Lincoln Co Tournament

Community Meet & Greet Session Scheduled for Doug Greene

New Coffee County football coach Doug Greene talks to members of the Red Raider football team on Monday at CHS[Photo by Rebecca Koger]

The Coffee County Central High School athletic department invites the public to a “Meet and Greet” for new CHS head football coach Doug Greene.  The event will take place on Monday, April 29th at the Coffee County Board of Education office in the Coffee County Administrative Plaza.  The event will be held in the board room from 4:00 to 5:30 PM and the public is invited to attend.

Also, the Coffee County Central High School athletic department is hosting an Open House on Wednesday, April 24th at the CHS cafeteria.  Prospective student-athletes and their families are invited to come out and meet the coaches, get try-out information, visit the facilities and also get information about academic eligibility requirements and the NCAA Clearinghouse.  The Open House will be held from 5:30 to 7 PM and is open to the public.

Thursday Prep Results and Friday Prep Schedule

Thursday Prep Results

CCMS Tennis and Westwood Tennis split – See the story HERE

WMS Softball beat Liberty – 5 to 4 – See the story HERE

CHS Softball stopped Tullahoma – 6 to 1 – See the story HERE

CHS Baseball fell to Marshall Co – 8 to 7 – See the story HERE

CHS Boys’ Soccer tied with Franklin Co – 1 to 1 – See the story HERE

CHS Tennis at Columbia – – PPD, Makeup date is Monday April 22nd


Friday Prep Schedule

2:00 PM – CHS Softball vs. Greenbrier at Lincoln Co Tournament

4:45 PM – CCMS Boys’ Soccer at North Franklin

5:00 PM – CHS Softball vs. Summertown at Lincoln Co Tournament

6:00 PM – CHS Baseball at Warren Co – Thunder Radio broadcast

Coffee County CHS Baseball Falls Short in Thursday Game with Marshall County

Griffin Meeker of CHS baseball

The Coffee County CHS baseball team welcomed Marshall County to Powers Field on Thursday.  Riding their longest winning streak of the year, the Red Raiders were looking to keep the momentum rolling as the postseason approaches.  A huge rally in the 7th inning came up short as Coffee County lost 8 to 7.

Coffee County jumped out to a 4 to 0 lead in the bottom of the 2nd inning only to see Marshall County tie the game in the 3rd.  Marshall County built an 8 to 4 lead going to the bottom of the 7th.  Coffee County rallied to score 3 runs and loaded the bases with the top of the order up.  A red Raider strikeout ended the rally and the game.

Griffin Meeker led the Raiders in hitting as he had 3 singles to be named the Crazy Daisies player of the game.  Hayden Skipper and Brady Nugent each added a pair of singles.  Harley Hinshaw drove in 2 runs in the 7th with a 2 out single.

The Raiders will be back in action on Friday when they begin a 2 game series with Warren County.  Thunder Radio will be on hand to bring you the broadcast from McMinnville.  First pitch is set for 6 PM, Lucky Knott will have the pregame at 5:50.  The Raiders return home for Senior Day on Saturday when they welcome the Pioneers to Powers Field.  That game gets underway at 1 PM.

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Coffee County CHS Track Has Strong Showing at Sectional Pentathlon/Decathlon Meet

Trace Bryant of CHS track

The Coffee County CHS track sent 6 athletes to Soddy Daisy this week to compete in the TSSAA Sectional Pentathlon/Decathlon.   Competing for the Lady Raiders in the Pentathlon were: Chloe Haggard, Madison Rooker and Ellie Graham.  Competing for the Red Raiders in the Decathlon were: Trace Bryant, Dillon Helms, and Ethan Welch.  The top 2 athletes in each event guarantee a berth in the TSSAA state Pentathlon/Decathlon to be held on May 16th and 17th at Austin Peay State University.  Four at-large athletes will also be selected from the highest scores at each of the 4 sectional meets across the state.

Trace Bryant led the Raiders as he posted a 3rd place finish with a total of 5315 points.  That finish puts him in good position to receive an at-large bid.  Bryant earned 1st place finishes in the discus, the shot put and the high jump.  3rd in the 100M and the pole vault, 4th in triple jump, long jump and 110M high hurdles.    Welch got a 13th place overall finish highlighted by 3rd place finishes in the discus and shot put.  Helms got an 18th place overall finish highlighted by a 3rd place finish in the pole vault.

For the Lady Raiders, Madison Rooker was the top finisher as finished in 13th place overall with 1943 points.  Chloe Haggard was right behind her in 14th place with 1922 points.  Ellie Graham finished in 21st place overall.  Rooker’s highest event finish was a 6th place finish in the 800M.  Haggard also had a high event finish of 8th place in the high jump.  Graham captured an 8th place finish in the shot put.

Up next for the Raider thinclads will be their final home meet of the year on Saturday, April 27th as they will host the “Red Raider Night of Miles” at Carden-Jarrell Field.

Coffee County Softball Drops Tullahoma on Thursday Night

Kiya Ferrell of CHS softball

The Coffee County CHS softball team hit the diamond on Thursday for their 4th district game in the last 4 days.  Traveling to Tullahoma, Coffee County was looking to keep their recent winning streak alive.  Coffee County blew open tie game in the 6th as the Lady Raiders finished strong in a 6 to 1 win.

Tied at 1 in the 4th inning, Justus Turner ripped a 2 run double to put Coffee County on top to stay.  The Lady Raiders added 2 in the 5th on a Kiya Ferrell home run and a single insurance run in the 7th.

Ferrell’s home run was one of her 2 hits.  Katie Rutledge had a triple and a single.  Turner finished with a single and a double and Keri Munn had 2 singles and 2 RBI.  Munn went the distance in the circle as she tossed a 4 hitter striking out 9.

Coffee County is back in action on Friday when they travel to Fayetteville to take part in the Lincoln County Border Battle.  The Lady Raiders will play a pair of games on Friday beginning at 2 PM with a game against Greenbrier.  At 5 PM, Coffee County will tangle with Summertown in the 2nd pool game.  Pool play and single elimination tournament play will take place on Saturday.  Friday’s games will take place at Don Davidson Park.

Westwood Softball Ends Regular Season with Win Over Liberty

Brooklyn Blake of Westwood softball

The Westwood Middle School softball team celebrated 8th Grade Night on Thursday taking on conference foe Liberty.  The Lady Rockets took an early lead and held off a late rally as the won 5 to 4.

After scoring 2 runs in the 1st inning and adding a run in the 5th, it appeared that the Lady Rockets had the game in hand.   Liberty scored 2 runs in the top of the 6th to cut the deficit to 1 and Westwood answered in the bottom of the 6th.  Liberty’s 2 run rally in the 7th came up short as Westwood improved to 8 and 3 on the season.

Brooklyn Blake swung the hot bat as she had a single, a double and a triple while driving in 2 runs.  Emma Kidder had a single and a double and Aeriana Anderson added 2 singles.

The Rockets will now be off until next week’s conference tournament.  The location and first round opponent will be determined at a later date and Thunder Radio will keep you updated.  The Duck River Valley Conference Tournament will be held in Manchester at Fred Deadman Park and Lady Rocket Field.

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