Worldwide International Game Previews Of The World: 25 March 2013

by J.R.

WWIGPOTW is a look at the day’s Conference III games for III Communication readers from around the world. Today, we welcome our visitors from Wales.

"The Graveyard of all ambition." - Dylan Thomas describes Conference III

“The Graveyard of all ambition.” – Dylan Thomas describes Conference III

Wild at Stars, 7:30 PM Central (Gwyllt ar Sêr, 12:30 AM)

Records: Wild (18-10-2, 38 points, 2nd in Northwest, 2nd in Conference III); Stars (15-13-3, 33 points, 3rd in Pacific, 5th in Conference III)

Last Time They Met: Zach Parise had the only sgôr in a 1-0 Wild win January 20 at the Xcel Center. Josh Harding got the shutout and the game marked one of the early appearances of the newly-important closing-the-hand-on-the-puck penalties

Last 10: Minnesota 8-2-0; Dallas 5-4-1

Did You Know? George Henry Barrow, one of the earliest practitioners of travel writing, wrote one of the earliest travelogues about Wales — Wild Wales: Its People, Language and Scenery. The Swansea Astronomical Society is the oldest astronomical society in Wales – established February 13, 1948.

Keep A Llygad On: In his last 13 games, the Wild’s Ryan Suter has two goals and 15 assists, that’s dau goals and pymtheg assists; this is worth mentioning, because in Welsh, 17 is expressed as “two-on-fifteen” or dau ar bymtheg. Weird, right? Dallas’ Ray Whitney is the Threero of the Week.

What They’re Saying: First Minister Carwyn Jones said the fund would be used to encourage leading professors to move to Wales to work and boost research and the economy. It will pay for specialist equipment, top-up salaries to the level outstanding academics would expect and will fund members of their teams. The Welsh government said it had set a target for Wales to win 5% of competitive research funding in the UK. Mr Jones said the Welsh government had now created the Ser Cymru (Stars Wales) scheme to address the issue.— “‘Star scientists’ £50m package to boost Welsh economy” — from The BBC.

Kings at Blackhawks, 7 PM Central (Brenhinoedd ar Hebogiaid Du, 12 AM)

Records: Kings (17-12-2, 36 points, 2nd in Pacific); Blackhawks (24-3-3, 51 points, 1st in Central, 1st in Conference III)

Last Time They Met: The Blackhawks jumped out to a 3-0 lead and then dianc with a 3-2 win at the Staples Center February 17.

Last 10: Los Angeles 5-5-0; Chicago 7-3-0

Did You Know? Wales never achieved the level of political unity that England and Scotland did, so the title “King of Wales” was rarely — if ever — used. The only ruler to whom it is attributed — Gruffydd ap Llywelyn — did rule the entirety of Wales from about 1057 to 1063, but was called “King of the Britons” during his life. Falconry is still relatively popular in Wales if you’d believe it (you should).

Keep A Llygad On: Jonathan Toews has four goals and three cynorthwyo in his last three games.

What They’re Saying:  The Coastal Hawks Project will deploy hawks, falcons and a European eagle owl to keep the seagulls from attacking shoppers in the picturesque seaside town. Rhys councillor Mike Espley came up with the idea after witnessing 30 seagull attacks on shoppers in one day. “The presence of the birds of prey will be enough to get rid of the seagulls. We are not aiming to hurt them. This is their home as well as ours, but there have been far too many attacks on people. It couldn’t continue.” Three unemployed people will be trained at the Welshpool falconry center to handle the birds, which will also serve as a tourist attraction. “The handlers will be dressed in medieval costume and will give talks about them during the summer months and seasonal breaks,” says Espley.— “Hawks vs. scary seagulls in Wales” from MNN.

Oilers at Predators, 7 PM Central (Dynion Olew ar Ysglyfaethwyr, 12 AM)

Records: Oilers (11-12-7, 29 points, 3rd in Northwest); Predators (13-13-6, 32 points, 4th in Central, 6th in Conference III)

Last Time They Met: Sergei Kostitsyn’s mynd heibio meddwl led to a shorthanded goal and the Oilers went on to win 3-2.

Last 10: Edmonton 3-4-3; Nashville 7-3-0

Did You Know? There are two oil refineries in Wales: one in Pembroke, the other in Milford Haven. So-called “alien big cats” — leopards, cougars, jaguars and the like — are a bit of a problem in Wales; it was once fashionable for rich folks — in this case, usually English rich folks with second homes in the Principality — to have large cats, but a 1976 law banned them. Many of the Saesneg just released the animals and the rest is history.

Keep A Llygad On: Capten Barfog Shea Weber has 11 points in his last ten games for the Preds.

What They’re Saying:  Householders in the Gwendraeth Valley are being urged to be on their guard against oil thieves. The warning was issued as forecasters predicted that Wales was due to experience a period of cold weather. Police are reminding homeowners to protect their heating oil supplies to prevent any theft from storage tanks.— “Cold weather sparks oil theives warning” from This Is South Wales.