ECHL Game Night 10-18-19: Admirals at Solar Bears

Norfolk Admirals 3 @ Orlando Solar Bears 2

G Zach Fucale, ORL: Loss, 26 saves on 28 shots (AHL Contract)
Season totals, ORL: 1 GP, 0-1-0, 2.06, .909 sv%, 0 SO
2018-19 Season Totals (Fort Wayne, ECHL): 34 GP, 20-9-3, 3.28 GAA, .894 sv%

C/W Alexey Lipanov, ORL: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals, ORL: 1 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
2018-19 Season Totals (Kitchener, OHL): 62 GP, 12-18-30, -36, 16 PIM

C/W Ryan Lohin, ORL: Did not play
Season Totals, ORL: 1 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
2018-19 Totals (UMass-Lowell, NCAA): 32 GP, 12-15-27, +7, 12 PIM

G Spencer Martin, ORL: Did not play
Season Totals, ORL: 1 GP, 0-1-0, 4.25 GAA, .886 sv%, 0 SO
2018-19 Season Totals (Colorado, AHL): 23 GP, 9-12-0, 3.40 GAA, .902 sv%, 3 SO

D Matthew Spencer, ORL: 0-0-0, E, 5 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals, ORL: 2 GP, 0-0-0, -1, 5 PIM[/i]
2018-19 Season Totals (ORL): 35 GP, 2-13-15, +15, 34 PIM

For the second straight game Orlando got down early and had to fight their way back into the game. They were down 4-0 in their opener and 2-0 tonight. They never could recover from the slow start Friday, eventually giving up an empty net goal to make it 3-1 Norfolk. The Bears added a late goal to make it 3-2 but couldn’t get closer. Ryan Lohin sat Friday while fellow rookie pro Alexey Lipanov drew into the lineup. Brandon Halverson, former Rangers second rounder in 2014, had 49 saves for Norfolk.

Juniors Game Night: 10-18-19

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Saint John Sea Dogs 6 @ Charlottetown Islanders 7 (OT)

W Maxim Cajkovic, Saint John: Did not play.
Season Totals: 3 GP, 0-1-1, -2, 2 PIM
18-19 Totals: 48 GP, 10-20-30, +17, 36 PIM

Cajkovic (lower-body injury) has not played in a week and has missed all but three games. Oscar Plandowski was scoreless for Charlottetown. The rookie and 2021 draft-eligible righty defenseman is the son of Lightning head scout Darryl Plandowski. Oscar has one assist in 11 games so far this year on the island. He had 53 points in 48 games last year in midget en route to being a first round QMJHL pick of Chicoutimi. He was later traded to Charlottetown for a 2020 first and 2022 second round pick.

Baie-Comeau Drakkar 2 @ Chicoutimi Sagueneens 4

C/W Gabriel Fortier, BC: 0-1-1, -1, 2 PIM, 5 SOG, 10/20 FO, 0 Hits
Season Totals: 12 GP, 3-7-10, -6, 4 PIM
18-19 Totals: 68 GP, 35-48-83, +41, 27 PIM

Baie-Comeau lost again Friday, falling on the road to the Sags, 4-2. Fortier had an assist for his 10th point of the young season. The Drakkar (3-7-2) are tied for the third-worst point total in the league and Fortier could find himself in another uniform come the trade deadline if things don’t improve. This is his final year of junior hockey.

Western Hockey League

Vancouver Giants 0 @ Kamloops Blazers 6

D Quinn Schmiemann, KAM: 1-1-2, +1, 2 PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals: 10 GP, 2-3-5, +3, 16 PIM
19-20 Totals: 58 GP, 5-23-28, -7, 30 PIM

Schmiemann scored his second goal of the season and added an assist as Kamloops shut out the visiting Giants, 6-0. Zane Franklin (undrafted) had a hat trick for the Blazers and Dylan Garand (2020) made 23 saves for the goose egg.

United States Hockey League

Green Bay Gamblers 6 @ Team USA 5

W McKade Webster, GB: 1-0-1, +2, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season Totals: 7 GP, 2-4-6, -2, 10 PIM
19-20 Totals: 6 GP, 0-2-2, -1, 4 PIM
*Committed to the University of Denver

Webster scored on a backhander over goaltender and Miami Ohio commit Gibson Homer to help Green Bay to a 6-5 win over the US National Development Team.

Juniors Game Night: 10-17-19

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Saint John Sea Dogs 2 @ Acadie-Bathurst Titan 1 (SO)

W Maxim Cajkovic, Saint John: Did not play.
Season Totals: 3 GP, 0-1-1, -2, 2 PIM
18-19 Totals: 48 GP, 10-20-30, +17, 36 PIM

Cajkovic (lower-body injury) played last Friday night but has missed the last two games.

NHL Game Night: 10-17-19 Lightning at Bruins

Much, much better.

BOS-3 (SO)

Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 3 goals on 37 shots before stoning all four Bruins shooters in the penalty shot session for the SO win.

First Period
9:34 BOS Pastrnak (7), (Bergeron, Krug)(PP)
19:59 TB Point (3), (Gourde, Hedman)

Second Period
7:26 BOS Bergeron (2), (Pastrnak, Marchand)(PP)
10:32 TB Joseph (2), (Killorn, Cernak)

Third Period
15:13 TB Shattenkirk (4), (Stamkos, Point)
16:55 BOS Pastrnak (8), (Marchand, Krug)(PP)


TB- Stamkos

Brayden Point was the game's first star.

The first 40 minutes of tonight's game was just what the doctor ordered, as the Lightning had an overall shot advantage of 28-20. If they had played the same way they played in Montreal tonight, I'm fairly certain they'd have gotten smoked. Tonight was much closer to the kind of possession style the Lightning need to play for sustainable success. They did get outshot by an 11-4 margin in the Third Period, but I'll chalk that up to a lot of PP shots for Boston on their final odd man advantage.

The Lightning now have nine points through seven games, meaning they just need to collect three in the next three games to be on comfortable playoff pace for the first ten games. Tonight's win was big for that effort. It also probably bears mentioning that, as subpar as I think the Lightning have been for a lot of these first seven games, not only are they in good shape for the ten game segment but they've got two pretty stout resume wins against highly touted Toronto and Boston in those teams' barns. So, if they can build on the first 40 minutes in this game and start playing that way consistently, giddy up.

Carter Verhaeghe had 2 penalty minutes, 1 shot, and was 50% on 4 draws in 8:42.

Box score and extended statistics from

Juniors Game Night: 10-16-19

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Baie-Comeau Drakkar 2 @ Rimouski Oceanic 9

C/W Gabriel Fortier, BC: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 5 SOG, 8/14 FO, 4 Hits
Season Totals: 11 GP, 3-6-9, -5, 2 PIM
18-19 Totals: 68 GP, 35-48-83, +41, 27 PIM

Baie-Comeau took it on the chin Wednesday in Rimouski, losing 9-2 in the house built by Vincent Lecavalier, Brad Richards, Sidney Crosby, and the like. Last year the Lightning had prospect Radim Salda in Rimouski, but he has since returned back overseas to play. Salda is currently with HC Stadion Litomerice in the Czech 2 league. The defenseman is 2-2-4, +4, 14 PIM in nine games. He’s hoping to earn a promotion to HK Hradec Kralove in the top league. The Lightning have his rights until June.

Western Hockey League

Swift Current Broncos 2 @ Kelowna Rockets 3 (OT)

W Nolan Foote, KEL: 2-1-3, +2, 2 PIM, 7 SOG, *First Star*
Season Totals: 9 GP, 6-7-13, +1, 19 PIM
19-20 Totals: 66 GP, 36-27-63, -1, 62 PIM

Foote had two goals for the second time in three games, including the overtime winner Wednesday as Kelowna topped the Broncos, 3-2. Foote’s first was scored off a second rebound after a Broncos defenseman had just made two saves with this goalie out. Foote put it high into the net. In overtime, Foote carried the puck into the zone on the left side, peeled back at the boards to take the defenseman on one-on-one. He got the defenseman to move one way then changed the angle of his wrist shot and went high corner from the inside of the left wing circle. A beautiful shot. Earlier in the day Foote was named to Team WHL for the upcoming Canada-Russia series.

Juniors Game Night: 10-15-19

Western Hockey League

Swift Current Broncos 0 @ Kamloops Blazers 4

D Quinn Schmiemann, KAM: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals: 9 GP, 1-2-3, +2, 14 PIM
19-20 Totals: 58 GP, 5-23-28, -7, 30 PIM

Kamloops got 23 saves from Rayce Ramsay (2020) as they shut out visiting Swift Current, 4-0. Ramsay was the top goaltender for the Humboldt Broncos last year in their return to league play after the club’s horrific and deadly bus crash.

Training Camp Numbers: Lightning Podcast Season 2, Episode 2

The podcast is back for another season as Andrew and I talk about the Tampa Bay fanbase, which version of the Lightning is real, and, of course, how the prospects are doing.

For first-timers, Training Camp Numbers looks at Lightning prospects (who get and are often stuck with the obscure training camp numbers), Lightning talking points, and the NHL news of the week.

NHL Game Night: 10-15-19 Lightning at Canadiens

Anemic Lightning piece together a victory in Montreal.


Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 1 goal on 34 shots for the victory. Outshined Carey Price at the other end.

First Period
15:46 MTL Petry (2), (Domi)(PP)
19:53 TB Coburn (1), (Stamkos, Kucherov)

Second Period
1:04 TB Stamkos (4), (Hedman, Kucherov)(PP)
2:01 TB Johnson (2), (Palat, Gourde)

Third Period

Steven Stamkos and Vasilevskiy were the game's first and third stars.

I just can't get stoked about yet another game where the Lightning got outshot by a 3:2 margin. This used to be a volume shooting possession team that had a pretty rabid forecheck. Now they play like an opportunistic counterattacking rush team that leans on the power play. It's not a recipe for long term success. It's just not.

The Lightning have four games to collect five more points to get out of this mediocre opening ten game segment of the year in tact.

Carter Verhaeghe had 1 shot in 9:00.

Box score and extended statistics from

Juniors Game Night: 10-13-19

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Saint John Sea Dogs 0 @ Moncton Wildcats 9

W Maxim Cajkovic, Saint John: Did not play.
Season Totals: 3 GP, 0-1-1, -2, 2 PIM
18-19 Totals: 48 GP, 10-20-30, +17, 36 PIM

Cajkovic (lower body injury) played Friday night but was off for Moncton’s shellacking of the Sea Dogs on Sunday, 9-0.

NCAA Game Night: October 12, 2019

Saturday night NCAA highlights has Sammy Walker with 1st Star in Minnesota win; Chrona wins again for Denver; Koepke gains 1st point of season short-handed in Minnesota-Duluth victory; Crozier with 3rd point in three straight games for Providence.

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