AHL Game Night: 2-19-10 Falcons at Admirals

Norfolk pulls within 2 points of 2nd place in the East Division.

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Dustin Tokarski allowed 1 goal on 24 shots for the win.

First Period
NOR Craig, (18) (Tyrell), 3:39
NOR Parrish, (15) (Tyrell), 6:57 (SH)
SPR Armstrong, (4) (Chorney), 19:29 (PP)

Second Period
NO SCORING

Third Period
NOR Bochenski, (18) (Parrish, Jackson), 8:09

Mark Parrish and Dana Tyrell were the first and second stars of the game. If you bought stock in Tyrell on 2/12 like we suggested here at Bolt Prospects, then know that your stock just split. He has 1 goal and 7 points in the past 5 games, including 3 multi-point nights.

Norfolk outshot Springfield 44-24 in the game. If it weren't for Devan Dubnyk, the Admirals might've pinned another 7 spot on an opponent.

With Albany losing to Portland 3-2 tonight, the 3rd place in the East Division Admirals are now withing 2 points of 2nd place in their division with the Rats holding 1 game in hand. Norfolk is now 6 points ahead of Wilkes-Barre/Scranton and Adirondack, with both clubs holding 3 games in hand. With Syracuse losing tonight to Lake Erie, the Admirals are also now 10 points up on the 6th place Crunch with Syracuse holding 2 games in hand. Last place Binghamton, which lost to Worcester tonight, is becoming an afterthought. They're 13 points back of Norfolk, but they still have 5 games in hand.

In the crossover, Norfolk holds a 1 point lead of Bridgeport, which is 5th in the Atlantic Division, and a 3 point lead on 6th place Providence, with the Bruins holding 2 games in hand. If the Admirals were to fall to 4th in the East Division, they would have to finish ahead of the 5th place team in the Atlantic to still make the playoffs.

Norfolk faces Springfield in a rematch tomorrow night, and will have the opportunity to pull even with Albany for 2nd place if the Rats fall to Adirondack in their 5 pm game in Albany.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

CHL Game Night: 2-18-10

OHL

Oshawa Generals 4 @ Barrie Colts 6
G Michael Zador, OSH: Loss, 49 saves on 55 shots
Season Totals: 41 GP, 13-23-2-1, 3.79 GAA, .893 sv%, 2 SO
LW/C Alex Hutchings, BAR: 0-2-2, +2, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 56 GP, 37-26-63, +38, 52 PIM

Hutchings now has three assists in his last two games after going assist-less from January 2 until February 13. Zador was strong in defeat, though it was a defeat – his eighth in a row and the Generals’ ninth in a row.

CHL Game Night: 2-17-10

OHL

Kingston Frontenacs 2 @ Belleville Bulls 4
C Richard Panik, BEL: 0-2-2, +2, 0 PIM, *Third Star*
Season Totals: 49 GP, 15-15-30, +6, 31 PIM
With Bulls: 16 GP, 6-6-12, -9, 12 PIM
With Windsor: 33 GP, 9-9-18, +15, 19 PIM

RW Kyle DeCoste, BEL: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 51 GP, 17-13-30, -15, 41 PIM
With Bulls: 38 GP, 15-12-27, -13, 23 PIM
With SSM: 13 GP, 2-1-3, -2, 20 PIM

DeCoste extended his point streak to six games. Panik has four points in his last two games, and nine points in his last eight games. He's been named a game star in his last two games (2nd, 3rd). Both prospects hit 30 points for the season on the same night. Game Highlights: click here

AHL Game Night: 2-17-10 Admirals at Wolf Pack

Norfolk brought out the big 16 inch main guns tonight, and blasted Hartford into oblivion.

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HFD-3

Jaroslav Janus allowed 3 goals on 24 shots and bathed in sweet, sweet goal support for the victory.

First Period
NOR Simek, (16) (Jones, Tyrell), 11:57
NOR Bochenski, (17) , 14:49 (PP)
HFD Dupont, (11) (Nightingale, Roche), 16:19

Second Period
NOR Hall, (10) (Craig, McGinnis), 0:53
NOR Lashoff, (6) (Szczechura, Bochenski), 12:07 (PP)
NOR Jackson, (1) (Bochenski, Parrish), 17:52

Third Period
NOR Craig, (17) (Tyrell, Lashoff), 1:18
HFD Crowder, (11) , 12:45
NOR Wishart, (8) (Szczechura, Lashoff), 17:37 (PP)
HFD Nightingale, (2) (Owens, Brashear), 19:45

Brandon Bochenski, Ryan Craig, and Matt Lashoff were the game's three stars. It's a shame the Admirals can't keep all this weaponry past the end of the Olympic break, because they're terrifying now that they've got Parrish and Bochenski in the fold, Lashoff is playing better, and guys like Tyrell and Fadden are starting to show their potential. Bochenski set the all-time Norfolk Admirals record for goals scored in the AHL with his first period marker.

Norfolk outshot Hartford 45-24 in the game. Awesome.

Ty Wishart is now up to 8 goals and 25 points for the season. The goal of a 30 point season is in the crosshairs.

Paul Szczechura has 1 goal and 9 points in 9 games since being sent back down to Norfolk, including 3 multi-point games in his last 5 outings.

Juraj Simek, the Don of the Presov Mafia, has goals in 4 of the past 5 games and 4 goals and 6 points in his past 6.

Tyrell has 2 multi-point games in his past 3 outings and 1 goal and 5 points in his past 4.

Lashoff has 2 goals and 7 points in his last 6 games.

Norfolk moves back to within 4 points of Albany for 2nd place in the East Division with the Rats holding 1 game in hand by virtue of their victory and Albany getting pasted 9-2 tonight by Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. The 4th place Pens are 4 points behind Norfolk with 2 games in hand. Norfolk is also 6 points up on 5th place Adirondack with the Phantoms holding 3 games in hand. 6th place Syracuse is 8 points back with 2 games in hand. Last place Binghamton is fading, 11 points back of Norfolk with 5 games in hand.

In the crossover, Norfolk holds a 3 point lead over Providence, Hartford, and Bridgeport with the Bruins holding 2 games in hand and the Wolf Pack and Sound Tigers each with 1 game in hand.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

Olympics Game Night: 2-16-10

Late last night...

Russia 8 @ Latvia 2
Martins Karsums, Latvia, 0-1-1, -1, 2 PIM, 0 SOG
Tournament totals: 1 GP, 0-1-1, -1, 2 PIM

Karsums played 12:21 in the match and assisted on a third period goal by Girts Ankipans. Russia was paced by 2 goals each by Alexander Ovechkin and Danis Zaripov.

Earlier in the day, Ryan Malone had a goal in Team USA's 3-1 win over Switzerland.

CHL Game Night: 2-15-10

OHL

Sudbury Wolves 2 @ Sarnia Sting 6
W Matias Sointu, SBY: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 39 GP, 7-12-19, -2, 12 PIM
With Sudbury: 18 GP, 4-5-9, -7, 6 PIM
With Ottawa: 21 GP, 3-7-10, +5, 6 PIM

Sudbury has lost their last five and has fallen into a three-way tie for seventh place in the Eastern Conference with Oshawa and Niagara (all with 56 games played). The three of them are eight points ahead of Belleville. Sarnia scored five times in the third period to beat the Wolves Monday night.

Brampton Battalion 3 @ Oshawa Generals 2
G Michael Zador, OSH: Did not play.
Season Totals: 40 GP, 13-21-2-1, 3.73 GAA, .893 sv%, 2 SO

The Gens have now lost eight in a row.

WHL

Vancouver Giants 8 @ Seattle Thunderbirds 3
C/W James Wright, VAN: 1-0-1, -1, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 9 GP, 4-7-11, +4, 4 PIM
With Tampa Bay: 43 GP, 2-3-5, -9, 18 PIM

Vancouver scored four times in the third period to break open a close game with Seattle. The Giants, who are 1-0 on their 10-game Olympic road trip, chased potential 2010 first rounder Calvin Pickard from the Seattle net just over six minutes into the third period.

AHL Game Night: 2-15-10 Admirals at River Rats

A costly third period penalty by Mitch Fritz ends up being the difference.

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ALB-2

Dustin Tokarski allowed 2 goals on 31 shots for the loss.

First Period
NO SCORING

Second Period
NOR Parrish, (14) (McGinnis, Fadden), 4:16
ALB Bowman, (12) (McBain, Micflikier), 7:43

Third Period
ALB Rodney, (5) (Tlusty, McBain), 9:11 (PP)

It was a costly loss in the standings because Albany now has a 6 point lead on Norfolk for 2nd in the division with 1 game in hand. It also may have been costly from a player personnel standpoint as Ryan Craig hurt his leg in the third period. Given his history of knee injuries, it always is scary whenever Craig has to limp off the ice.

Norfolk was outshot 31-23 in the game, as it was a superb defensive effort from Albany.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

CHL Game Night: 2-14-10

OHL

Sudbury Wolves 0 @ London Knights 5
W Matias Sointu, SBY: 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 38 GP, 7-12-19, -3, 12 PIM
With Sudbury: 17 GP, 4-5-9, -8, 6 PIM
With Ottawa: 21 GP, 3-7-10, +5, 6 PIM

Nazem Kadri (Leafs 1/09) assisted on four of the five Knights goals.

WHL

Chilliwack Bruins 1 @ Vancouver Giants 6
C/WJames Wright, VAN: 1-1-2, +1, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 8 GP, 3-7-10, +5, 4 PIM
With Tampa Bay: 43 GP, 2-3-5, -9, 18 PIM

The Giants completed a weekend sweep of Chilliwack. Wright registered a goal and three assists in the two games. Vancouver will now embark on a 10-game road trip to make room for Olympic hockey in their home city.

NHL Game Day: 2-14-10 Lightning at Rangers

The Lightning enter the Olympic Break with a thud.

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Mike Smith allowed 4 goals on 22 shots for the loss.

First Period
TB 15:33, Stamkos 35 (Malone, Downie)(PP)
TB 17:03, Downie 15 (Stamkos, Tanguay)

Second Period
NYR 1:40, Avery 7 (PS)
NYR 6:07, Prospal 14 (Staal, Christensen)
NYR 12:06, Christensen 4 (Prospal, Rozsival)
NYR 13:52, Christensen 5 (unassisted)

Third Period
NYR 19:45, Drury 10 (unassisted)(EN)

I don't know how to explain these last three games other than immaturity. It's a young team, and they see vacation time coming up, and the intensity and attention to detail just wasn't there for 60 minutes in each game. I hope these three losses don't end up being the difference in making the playoffs. They could have won all three games. They had a bad first period against Boston, and bad second periods against the Islanders and Rangers. So, instead of getting some points in these games, the Lightning went 0-for-12, and rather than fighting for 6th in the conference they're down tied for 9th.

It's a good time for a mini training camp.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

CHL Game Night: 2-13-10

QMJHL

Moncton Wildcats 4 @ Gatineau Olympiques 2
D Mark Barberio, MCT: 0-1-1, +2, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season Totals: 52 GP, 12-36-48, +34, 52 PIM

Barberio set a new career high for assists in a season Saturday. He’s already set a high for points and is three off his previous best for goals. He's light years ahead of his previous plus/minus best (plus-9).

OHL

Niagara IceDogs 4 @ Belleville Bulls 3
C Richard Panik, BEL: 1-1-2, +2, 0 PIM, *Second Star*
Season Totals: 48 GP, 15-13-28, +4, 31 PIM
With Bulls: 15 GP, 6-4-10, -11, 12 PIM
With Windsor: 33 GP, 9-9-18, +15, 19 PIM

RW Kyle DeCoste, BEL: 1-0-1, E, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 50 GP, 17-12-29, -15, 41 PIM
With Bulls: 37 GP, 15-11-26, -13, 23 PIM
With SSM: 13 GP, 2-1-3, -2, 20 PIM

DeCoste extended his point streak to five games. He’s registered a point in seven of his last nine games. Panik scored early in the third to pull the Bulls within one at 4-3, but they couldn’t complete the comeback.

Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors 5 @ Barrie Colts 4
LW/C Alex Hutchings, BAR: 0-1-1, E, 5 PIM (fighting vs. Blake Parlett)
Season Totals: 55 GP, 37-24-61, +36, 52 PIM

Unexpected stat of the night: This was Hutchings’ first assist since January 2nd and second since December 18. He had 34 assists last season. Hutchings is a frequent visitor to the scoresheet, so the low assist (lately) total is a bit of a surprise. This was a big road win for the Majors, who sit in second, (well) behind Barrie in the Eastern Conference. Those two are in a class by themselves in the conference.

WHL

Regina Pats 6 @ Red Deer Rebels 1
RW Carter Ashton, REG: 0-2-2, +2, 2 PIM (tripping)
Season Totals: 54 GP, 23-23-46, -2, 92 PIM
With Regina: 26 GP, 10-10-20, +6, 40 PIM
With Lethbridge: 28 GP, 13-13-26, -8, 52 PIM

Former Lightning prospect and WHL overager Torrie Jung (8-25-2-5, 3.46, .894, 1 SO) started the game for Edmonton, but only lasted two periods. Ashton has seven points in his last seven games.

Vancouver Giants 4 @ Chilliwack Bruins 2
C/WJames Wright, VAN: 0-2-2, +2, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 7 GP, 2-6-8, +4, 4 PIM
With Tampa Bay: 43 GP, 2-3-5, -9, 18 PIM

Wright (pictured) is back over a point-per-game pace for the Giants, who play at home Sunday (2/14) before going on a 10-game road trip.

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