AHL Game Night: 1/18/11 Crunch at Admirals

The Lightning wins the first half of their AHL/NHL battle with the Columbus organization.

Correction: Columbus' affiliation with Syracuse ended last season. Syracuse is now the Ducks' affiliate.


Dustin Tokarski allowed 1 goal on 20 shots for the victory. And, just like that, Tic has a three game winning streak at just the right time with Cedrick Desjardins going on the shelf due to injury.

First Period

Second Period
NOR Milam, (8) (Jones, Szczechura), 2:47
SYR Bonino, (4) (Paetsch, Green), 7:55 (PP)

Third Period
NOR Gudas, (3) (Szczechura, Wright), 0:47

Radko Gudas, Troy Milam, and Tokarski were the game's three stars. Gudas is riding a three game points streak to go along with his ever-impressive plus/minus statistics.

Norfolk moves four points ahead of Charlotte again in second place in the East Division, nine points behind first place Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, which had opened as big as a thirteen point advantage recently.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

KHL Game Day: 1/18/11

Chekhov 2 @ Cherepovets 1
Vasily Koshechkin, Cherepovets, DNP
Season totals: 27 GP, 14-13-0, 2 SO, 2.94 GAA, .909 sv%

Vasily Koshechkin sat backup as ex-Capitals pick Rostislav Stana allowed 2 goals on 21 shots in Cherepovets' 2-1 loss to Chekhov. Ex-Flames draft pick Kevin Lalande made 23 saves for the win.

Dynamo Riga 4 @ CSKA 3 (SO)
Martins Karsums, Dynamo Riga, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 44 GP, 13-11-24, -6, 44 PIM

Veteran forward Alexander Nizhivy had 1 goal and 2 assists and scored both of Riga's shootout goals in a 4-3 shootout win over CSKA. Martins Karsums was scoreless in 17:11 in the match. Ex-Rangers draft pick Jan Marek had a pair of goals in the loss for CSKA.

North American Juniors Game Night: 1/17/11


Sioux Falls Stampede 3 @ Fargo Force 1
C Jimmy Mullin, FGO: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 28 GP, 14-20-34, +18, 18 PIM

Mullin earned the primary assist on a late goal to help Fargo avoid the shutout. The Force missed a chance to tie Dubuque for first in the conference. With his plus-1 rating Monday, Mullin now sits alone in third in the league at plus-18. He's fifth in the league in points.

KHL Game Day: 1/17/11

Ekaterinburg 2 @ Kazan 4
Dmitri Kazionov, Kazan, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 36 GP, 2-5-7, +4, 26 PIM

Dmitri Kazionov was scoreless in 11:15 in Kazan's 4-2 win over Ekaterinburg. Ex-Thrashers draft pick Ilya Nikulin had 1 goal and 1 assist in the match for Kazan.

North American Juniors Game Night: 1/16/11


Shawinigan Cataractes 4 @ Gatineau Olympiques 3 (SO)
D Adam Janosik, GAT: 0-2-2, E, 2 PIM (freezing puck), 0 SOG, 1 Hits
Season Totals: 38 GP, 6-17-23, +10, 22 PIM

Janosik continues to put up points after his strong showing at the World Juniors tournament.

Halifax Mooseheads 2 @ Montreal Juniors 5
D Charles Landry, MTL: 1-1-2, +2, 0 PIM, 1 SOG, 3 Hits
Season Totals: 35 GP, 8-23-31, +17, 20 PIM

Landry set a new career high for points in a season with two points Sunday. His previous career high of 30 points was set last year in 68 games with Drummondville.


Kitchener Rangers 6 @ Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 2
D Brock Beukeboom, SSM: 0-0-0, -2, 2 PIM (boarding)
Season Totals: 36 GP, 0-5-5, -10, 52 PIM

Sault Ste. Marie has lost five in a row and are seven points behind Sarnia for second-last place in the West Division. They are 0-2 since Denny Lambert was fired as coach.

Owen Sound Attack 4 @ Belleville Bulls 1
D Geoffrey Schemitsch, OS: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
Season totals: 35 GP, 1-14-15, +12, 10 PIM
G Michael Zador, OS: Win, 26 saves on 27 shots
With Attack: 5 GP, 2-1-0-0, 3.35 GAA, .888 sv%, 0 SO
With Oshawa: 18 GP, 10-3-1-1, 3.36 GAA, .879 sv%, 1 SO
Season Totals: 23 GP, 12-4-1-1, 3.35 GAA, .881 sv%, 1 SO

Zador (pictured) made a rare start and was solid against the lowly Bulls, stopping all but one shot. Schemitsch has one point in his last eight games.

AHL Game Day: 1/16/11 Admirals at Checkers

The Admirals continue to feel at home on the road.


Cedrick Desjardins allowed 2 goals on 23 shots before leaving the game with an injury. Dustin Tokarski stopped all 12 shots he faced in relief to take the victory. Tokarski entered the weekend with a slumping 0-6-0-1 mark in his last 7 appearances, but was 2-0-0-0 in his two appearances this weekend, and raised his season save percentage back up to .901. If Desjardins is anything more than just nicked, it'll be important for Tokarski to step up in the coming days.

First Period
CHA Sutter, (6) (Osala), 0:12
NOR Fornataro, (11) (Milam, Gudas), 16:06

Second Period
CHA Carson, (1) (Rodney, Dalpe), 2:34 (PP)
NOR Jones, (11) (Szczechura), 4:41
NOR Gudas, (2) (Wright, Vernace), 15:21 (PP)

Third Period
NOR Jones, (12) (Vernace, Durno), 18:58 (EN)

Radko Gudas and Blair Jones were the game's first and third stars.

With 31 points in 29 games, Blair Jones just eclipsed his season output of 30 points in 63 games last season. His career high was 54 points in 80 games in 2008-2009, when he spent a significant amount of time anchoring the left point on the power play for the Admirals.

Norfolk moved 2 points ahead of Charlotte to claim a clear hold on second place in the East Division with the win. Their .652 road winning percentage in 4th in the league behind Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, Peoria, and Hershey.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

KHL Game Day: 1/16/11

Dynamo Minsk 3 @ Cherepovets 1
Vasily Koshechkin, Cherepovets, Loss, 23/26, 3.03 GAA, .885 sv%
Season totals: 27 GP, 14-13-0, 2 SO, 2.94 GAA, .909 sv%

Former Blue Jackets farmhand Geoff Platt scored a goal to help Minsk take down Cherepovets and Vasily Koshechkin 3-1. Cherepovets' lone goal was scored by former Lightning checking liner Martin Cibak. It was Cibak's 7th goal of the year.

NCAA Game Night: 1/15/11

Ohio State Buckeyes 2 @ #18 Western Michigan Broncos 2 (OT)

D Luke Witkowski, UWM: 0-0-0, Even, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 24 GP, 0-6-6, +7, 40 PIM

Western Michigan pulled out 3 points from a tough opponent over two games. The Broncos are at Lake Superior State next weekend.

#14 Union Dutchmen 5 @ Cornell Big Red 1

D Kirill Gotovets, COR: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 17 GP, 1-5-6, +7, 18 PIM

Cornell's three game winning streak came to an end at the hands of Union at home. The Big Red will have a home and home next weekend with Colgate.

Vermont Catamounts 0 @ Northeastern Huskies 2

F Matt Marshall, VRM: 0-0-0, Even, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 19 GP, 2-0-2, -3, 2 PIM

Vermont split the weekend series with Northeastern on the road. They return home next weekend for a two game series with UMASS.

Harvard Crimson 2 @ #16 Boston Terriers 5

F Alex Killorn, HAR: 0-1-1, -1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 15 GP, 6-8-14, +5, 8 PIM

Killorn's point streak is now at 10 games as Harvard fell to BU on the road. Killorn leads the Crimson in scoring and has a point in all but two games this season.

North American Juniors Game Night: 1/15/11


Penticton Vees 6 @ Langley Chiefs 5 (OT)
C Brendan O’Donnell, PEN: 2-2-4, 0 PIM, *First Star*
Season totals: 43 GP, 19-40-59, 20 PIM

O’Donnell (pictured) remains on fire since his time with Canada West at the World Junior A Challenge, this time accumulating four points in a come-from-behind overtime win for the Vees.


Halifax Mooseheads 2 @ Gatineau Olympiques 5
D Adam Janosik, GAT: 0-0-0, +3, 0 PIM, 1 SOG, 3 Hits
Season Totals: 37 GP, 6-15-21, +10, 20 PIM

Janosik didn’t hit the scoresheet but registered a strong plus-3 rating for the Olympiques. Tye McGill (Flyers 4th, 2010) had a hat trick and was plus-5 for Gatineau.


Guelph Storm 1 @ Owen Sound Attack 3
C/W Richard Panik, GUE: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM (high sticking)
With Guelph: 11 GP, 7-5-12, -5, 14 PIM
With Belleville: 27 GP, 14-17-31, E, 31 PIM
Season totals: 38 GP, 21-22-43, -5, 45 PIM
D Geoffrey Schemitsch, OS: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
Season totals: 33 GP, 1-14-15, +12, 10 PIM
G Michael Zador, OS: Did not play (backup).
With Attack: 4 GP, 2-1-0-0, 4.08 GAA, .867 sv%, 0 SO
With Oshawa: 18 GP, 10-3-1-1, 3.36 GAA, .879 sv%, 1 SO
Season Totals: 22 GP, 12-4-1-1, 3.47 GAA, .877 sv%, 1 SO

Panik’s goal scoring streak was stopped at six games as Owen Sound won the second game of a home-and-home series with Guelph. The Storm won Friday night. Panik has at least one point in nine of 11 games with Guelph. Michael Zador served as backup for both games of the series.


Vancouver Giants 2 @ Tri-City Americans 5
RW Carter Ashton, TC: 0-2-2, E, 2 PIM (roughing)
With Tri-City: 2 GP, 1-3-4, E, 2 PIM
With Regina: 29 GP, 16-11-27, -11, 44 PIM
Season Totals: 31 GP, 17-14-31, -11, 46 PIM

TC scored the game’s first five goals en route to a 5-2 win over the Giants. Ashton has four points in his first two games with the Americans.

Chilliwack Bruins 3 @ Prince George Cougars 1
RW Brett Connolly, PG: Did not play (injured – knee).
Season totals: 34 GP, 25-15-40, -5, 12 PIM

Connolly is out 3-6 weeks with a sprained knee suffered January 12.

Swift Current Broncos 3 @ Saskatoon Blades 2
D Teigan Zahn, SAS: 0-1-1, +1, 9 PIM (roughing, fighting vs. Jordan Peddle, tripping)
Season totals: 44 GP, 2-10-12, +8, 75 PIM

It turns out the reason Zahn was listed as No.55 last game was his No.4 jersey was so torn after a fight he had to switch. He was back in his familiar No.4 Saturday – and fought again. The jersey apparently survived this one. Saskatoon and Swift Current traded road wins in their home-and-home series this weekend.

ECHL Game Night: 1/15/11

Florida Everblades 3 @ Gwinnett Gladiators 2 (OT)
C Mitch Fadden: Did not play (injured - blood clot).
Season totals: 37 GP, 15-36-51, -2, 34 PIM
LW Alex Hutchings: Did not play (injured - lower body).
Season totals: 22 GP, 7-4-11, -12, 10 PIM
G Jaroslav Janus: Did not play (backup).
Season totals: 19 GP, 8-10-0-0, 2.98 GAA, .910 sv%, 0 SO

Ross Carlson scored his sixth of the season in overtime to give the Everblades a road win. Bobby Goepfert was in net for the second night in a row for Florida and stopped 39 of 41 shots for First Star honors.

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