CHL Playoffs Game Night: 3-27-10


Atlantic-3 Cape Breton Screaming Eagles 0 @ Atlantic-2 Moncton Wildcats 4
First Round, Game 5. Moncton wins Best of 7 Series 4-1
D Mark Barberio, MCT: 0-0-0, +1, 2 PIM, 0 SOG
Playoff Totals: 5 GP, 1-4-5, +3, 2 PIM
Season Totals: 65 GP, 17-43-60, +39, 72 PIM

Cape Breton put up a good fight in avoiding a sweep in Game 4, but was shutout by a much stronger team when the Wildcats returned to their home ice. Barberio went pointless for the first time in the series.

AHL Game Night: 3-27-10 Sharks at Admirals

I wish the goal scoring dam would just hurry up and burst.


Dustin Tokarski continues to be the victim of a lack of goal support. He allowed 2 goals on 25 shots for the loss.

First Period
WOR McLaren, (4) (Joslin, Moore), 18:37

Second Period
WOR Lucia, (1) (Ferriero, Loprieno), 7:07

Third Period

Norfolk actually outshot Worcester 46-25, but they just can't seem to buy a goal right now. It's one of those stretches in the season where it feels like if they can just get a couple of ugly goals off some garbage or a lucky bounce the floodgates will open.

Here's the good news: both Bridgeport and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton lost tonight. So, Norfolk remains 2 points out of a playoff spot and 3 points out of 3rd place in the division with the Pens holding 1 game in hand. The bad news is that there are only six games left in the regular season and Norfolk's next game is on the road against the East Division's second place team, Albany.

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Kval till Elitserien Game Day: 3-27-10

Kval till Elitserien
Almtuna 1 @ Sodertalje 3
Riku Helenius, Sodertalje, Win, 22/23, 1.00 GAA, .957 sv%
Season totals: 9 GP, 4-2-2, 0 SO, 2.42 GAA, .923 sv%
Kval till Elitserien totals: 4 GP, 4-0-0, 1 SO, 1.50 GAA, .941 sv%

Things continue to run as smooth as silk for Sodertalje in Sweden's promotion/relegation tournament. The club got a pair of goals today from defenseman and ex-Panthers draft pick Topi Jaakola en route to a 3-1 win over Allsvenskan side Almtuna. Sodertalje leads the series by five points over the other Elitserien team in the series, Rogle, and by six points over the third place side, Leksands. The top two teams in the six game series with the most points after the ten game series is complete will earn their spots in the Elitserien next season. So, with another couple of wins, Helenius and Sodertalje should be close to clinching. As a reminder: wins count for three points in the standings in Sweden.

Mihalik Recalled From Norfolk

The Tampa Bay Lightning have announced Norfolk defenseman Vladimir Mihalik has been recalled for the Lightning's Saturday night game against Buffalo. In 70 games for the Admirals this season, Mihalik has two goals, 15 assists for 17 points. He's also a plus-8 with 65 penalty minutes.

NCAA Playoffs Game Night: 3-26-10

No.15 Vermont Catamounts 2 vs. No.5 Wisconsin Badgers 3
NCAA West Regional Semifinal (St. Paul, MN)
C/W Matt Marshall , UVM: Did not play.
Season Totals: 33 GP, 1-4-5, -4, 14 PIM

Vermont actually led this game 2-1 after the first period, but were then outshot 30-15 over the final two periods, being outscored 2-0. The Catamounts' season and impressive playoff run is now over. Marshall (pictured) was a healthy scratch for the fifth straight game after the sophomore only missed one regular season contest. His speed and defensive ability are assets to the Catamounts, and he’ll likely be a fixture on at least their third line next season.

C/W Alexander Killorn, Harvard: Season complete.
Season Totals: 32 GP, 9-11-20, E, 26 PIM

Killorn, a sophomore, was one of the top prospects at the Lightning’s 2009 summer camp and could be a signing target of the Lightning this offseason. Speculation from Harvard followers is he’ll return to the Crimson next season, however. Stay tuned.

D Luke Witkowski , Western Mich. Univ.: Season complete.
Season Totals: 32 GP, 2-4-6, -13, 67 PIM

Witkowski gained valuable ice time as a freshman defenseman for the Broncos this season, though he went through his ups and downs in his rookie year. He is expected to be a big part of WMU’s future on the blueline.

USHS Update

D Kirill Gotovets, Shattuck-St. Mary’s
Season Totals: 44 GP, 8-19-27, 73 PIM

Gotovets, a Cornell commit, had five points after 14 games, but has 22 points in his last 30. Shattuck is 42-11-4 entering the USA Hockey Tier 1 National Tournament in Chicago on April 7. Shattuck’s playoffs start following the Chicago tourney.

AHL Game Night: 3-26-10 Penguins at Admirals

Things are about to get very desperate.


Dustin Tokarski allowed 2 goals on 21 shots for the loss.

First Period

Second Period
WBS Wallace, (24) (Smith, Conner), 10:08 (PP)

Third Period
WBS Tangradi, (14) (Lee), 5:44 (PP)
NOR Lashoff, (7) (Craig, Hall), 11:05 (PP)
WBS Wallace, (25) (Smith, Engelland), 19:19 (EN)

Matt Lashoff was the game's third star.

Norfolk has seven games left to try to make the playoffs. They've fallen 3 points back of the Penguins for 3rd place in the North Division, putting them in 4th place in the division which places them in crossover peril from the 5th place team in the Atlantic Division. In the Atlantic, 3rd place Manchester thumped 5th place Bridgeport and 4th place Lowell beat Springfield in overtime. That means Manchester moves 5 points up on Norfolk with 1 game in hand, Lowell moves 4 points up on Norfolk and Bridgeport remains 2 points up on the Admirals. That means that if the playoffs began tomorrow, Norfolk would be staying home.

Norfolk draws the best team in the Atlantic Division, Worcester, tomorrow night, so things won't get easier.

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KHL Playoff Game Day: 3-26-10

Eastern Conference Semifinals
(2)Magnitogorsk 1 @ (3)Kazan 3
Kazan Leads the Series 3-2
Dmitri Kazionov, Kazan, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 52 GP, 18-9-27, +7, 18 PIM
Playoff totals: 8 GP, 1-1-2, +4, 4 PIM

Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, Loss, 21/24, 4.50 GAA, .875 sv%
Season totals: 49 GP, 25-16-8, 8 SO, 1.96 GAA, .927 sv%
Playoff totals: 8 GP, 5-3, 1 SO, 1.90 GAA, .935 sv%

Vasily Koshechkin was chased after 40 minutes as Kazan seized a 3-2 series lead over Magnitogorsk by defeating Metallurg 3-1. Lightning prospect Dmitri Kazionov played 17:31 in the match. Jarkko Immonen had 1 goal and 2 assists in the match for Kazan. Game Six is on Sunday.

Elsewhere, Yulaev defeated Nizhnekamsk 2-1 in overtime to take a 3-2 Eastern Conference Semifinal lead in their series. Tomorrow, Yaroslavl will attempt to close out Spartak Moscow in Game Six of their Western Conference Semifinal series.

NHL Game Night: 3-25-10 Lightning at Bruins

The Lightning actually win a game in Boston, despite being outshot 50-18. Wow.


Antero Niittymaki allowed 3 goals on 50 shots for the win. Buy that man a beverage of his choice.

First Period
TB 0:49, Stamkos 44 (Downie, Lundin)
TB 18:05, St. Louis 27 (Lecavalier, Hedman)
BOS 19:33, Chara 6 (Krejci, Wideman)

Second Period
TB 6:50, Szczechura 4 (unassisted)
BOS 10:42, Boychuk 5 (Krejci, Ryder)
TB 19:34, Stamkos 45 (Foster)(PP)

Third Period
TB 3:00, Szczechura 5 (St. Louis, Tanguay)(PP)
BOS 11:50, Recchi 16 (Bergeron, Seidenberg)

Boston has been a house of horrors for the Lightning since the franchise's exception. Boston just thumped Atlanta 4-0 in key game that seemed like a bellweather for the playoffs. The Lightning, meanwhile, just 2-3 days ago looked like a team that was a legitimate contender to get the opportunity to draft Taylor Hall or Tyler Seguin. That's why they play the games.

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European Game Day: 3-25-10

KHL (Russia) Western Conference Semifinals
(2)KHK MVD 3 @ (8)Dynamo Riga 2 (OT)
KHK MVD Wins the Series 4-1
Martins Karsums, Dynamo Riga, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 12 GP, 4-4-8, +6, 16 PIM
Playoff totals: 9 GP, 2-1-3, -1, 4 PIM

Happy trails to Martins Karsums and Dynamo Riga. Alexei Ugarov scored a goal for KHK MVD 3:38 into the second overtime to topple Riga in Game Five and clinch a 4-1 semifinal series win. Karsums played 23:50 in the match. KHK MVD is the first team in the KHL playoffs to advance to their conference's finals.

Elsewhere today, Yaroslavl defeated Spartak Moscow 2-1 to take a 3-2 series lead in their Western Conference Semifinal. Tomorrow will feature a pair of pivotal Game Five matchups in the Eastern Conference, including Magnitogorsk at Kazan.

Kval till Elitserien (Sweden)
Sodertalje 3 @ Leksands 2
Riku Helenius, Sodertalje, Win, 22/24, 2.00 GAA, .917 sv%
Season totals: 9 GP, 4-2-2, 0 SO, 2.42 GAA, .923 sv%
Playoff totals: 3 GP, 3-0-0, 1 SO, 1.67 GAA, .937 sv%

Sodertalje overcame 1 goal and 1 assist by Coyotes first rounder Olivier Ekman-Larsson to stay undefeated in the Kval till Elitserien. Lightning prospect Riku Helenius ran his record to 3-0-0 in the promotion/relegation series with the win. Sodertalje faces Allsvenskan side Almtuna on Saturday in their fourth game of the ten game series.

CHL Playoffs Game Night: 3-24-10


Atlantic-2 Moncton Wildcats 1 @ Atlantic-3 Cape Breton Screaming Eagles 4
First Round, Game 4. Moncton leads Best of 7 Series 3-1
D Mark Barberio, MCT: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Playoff Totals: 4 GP, 1-4-5, +2, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 65 GP, 17-43-60, +39, 72 PIM

Cape Breton already had a 4-0 lead before Barberio set up rookie Alex Saulnier on the power play late in the game. The series now returns to Moncton, where the Wildcats can dispose of the Screaming Eagles on Saturday. Barberio has a five-game point streak going back to the last game of the regular season.


East-1 Barrie Colts 6 @ East-8 Sudbury Wolves 3
Conference Quarterfinals, Game 4. Barrie wins Best of 7 Series 4-0
LW/C Alex Hutchings, BAR: 0-1-1, +3, 0 PIM
Playoff Totals: 4 GP, 1-5-6, +6, 8 PIM
Season Totals: 68 GP, 47-34-81, +44, 58 PIM
W Matias Sointu, SBY: 0-0-0, -3, 0 PIM
Playoff Totals: 4 GP, 0-3-3, -3, 0 PIM [/i]
Season Totals (OTT, SBY): 51 GP, 8-21-29, -3, 24 PIM

Although Sudbury scored first in their quest to extend the series, the game was really never close as Barrie struck back for 3-1 and 6-2 leads before the Wolves scored late to give the game its final score. Hutchings earned a point in each game of the series, and has an eight-game point streak going back to the regular season. In fact, he’s earned a point in 20 of his last 21 games. Sointu’s first year in North America is complete, and although it starter rather slowly, his production really took off late in the season when he became a big part of Sudbury’s offense. Sointu was a 2008 seventh round pick. His immediate future is unknown.


West-2 Vancouver Giants 5 @ West-7 Kamloops Blazers 4
Conference Quarterfinals, Game 4. Vancouver wins Best of 7 Series 4-0
C/W/D James Wright, VAN: 0-1-1, +2, 0 PIM
Playoff Totals: 4 GP, 0-2-2, +2, 2 PIM
Season Totals: 21 GP, 6-13-19, -3, 17 PIM
With Tampa Bay: 43 GP, 2-3-5, -9, 18 PIM

Wright set up the game winning goal when he found Brendan Gallagher (2010 eligible) with a pass with less than five minutes remaining in the third period. Gallagher split the Kamloops defense and potted the winner. The Giants had fallen behind 4-3 half-way through the third period, but battled back for another close win and completed the series sweep. While the 4-0 series win may look like a blowout, two of the games went to overtime and the final game was decided in the closing minutes.

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