KHL Game Day: 12-2-09

Kazan 1 @ Togliatti 2
Dimitry Kazionov, Kazan, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 30 GP, 8-1-9, E, 12 PIM

Kazan fell to cash-strapped Togliatti on two second period goals by Lada. The older Kazionov, Dimitry, played 12:12 in the match.

Spartak Moscow 4 @ Dynamo Moscow 2
Johan Harju, Dynamo Moscow, 0-0-0, -2, 2 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 30 GP, 2-5-7, -5, 22 PIM

It was another frustrating night at the rink for Johan Harju, who was -2 in 13:49 with a second period roughing minor to boot. The lone bright spot was that Harju was 80% on draws in the game, bringing him to 58% on the season with 434 faceoffs taken. Former Lightning checking liner Martin Cibak assisted on Spartak's first goal, which was former NHLer Branko Radivojevic's 11th of the year.

Admirals Ink Former Bolt Prospect Justin Keller to AHL Deal

Norfolk, Va. The Norfolk Admirals have signed forward Justin Keller to an American Hockey League Standard Player’s Contract, Admirals General Manager Brian Lawton announced today.

Keller, a 5-foot-11, 185-pound forward from Nelson, British Columbia, has appeared in 23 games for the Admirals this season recording five goals and seven points. He ranks fifth on the team in goals and his 61 shots on goal are third on the team.

Keller had originally signed a Professional Tryout Contract with the Admirals on October 3. This is Keller’s third season in Norfolk. The 23-year-old fourth-year pro has appeared in 151 career games with the Admirals scoring 38 goals and 43 assists. He ranks in the top 20 of all-time games played (19th), goals (15th), assists (T-18th) and points (17th) in AHL Admirals history.

Last season, Keller ranked fifth in goals (18) and sixth in points (37) with the Admirals. In 2007-08, Keller tied for third in goals (15) and was fourth in points (37) with Norfolk. He represented the Admirals at the 2008 AHL All-Star Classic in Binghamton, New York.

Keller was an eighth-round draft pick (245th overall) of the Tampa Bay Lightning in 2004. He made his pro debut in 2006-07 with the AHL’s Springfield Falcons, scoring 13 goals and adding 11 assists in 60 games. In 211 career American Hockey League games, Keller has scored 51 goals and added 54 assists.

Canada Passes on Ashton

Hockey Canada named their World Junior Championships Selection Camp roster today, and like the summer version, there was no Carter Ashton on the list. The Lightning first rounder (2009) was thought to have a shot at being named to the camp after earning a pro contract from Tampa Bay and a spot on Team WHL for the Subway Super Series, as well as producing as a power forward (13-12-25 in 26 games). While his numbers aren't mind blowing, the fact Ashton plays for a last-place club starved for high-end offensive talent makes them seem a more impressive than they appear. Ashton is on pace to obliterate his career highs of 30 goals and 20 assists he set last season.

The last Lightning prospect to play with Team Canada was Dustin Tokarski, who won gold with the Canadians last year. Dana Tyrell was also part of that team, but was injured in exhibition play and missed the tournament.

CHL Game Night: 12-1-09

QMJHL

Lewiston MAINEiacs 1 @ Moncton Wildcats 2
D Mark Barberio, MCT: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals: 26 GP, 2-19-21, +8, 28 PIM

Barberio’s four-game point streak and streak of three two-assist games came to an end, but the Wildcats still scored a home win over Lewiston.

WHL

Lethbridge Hurricanes 3 @ Medicine Hat Tigers 1
RW Carter Ashton, LET: 0-0-0, +1, 2 PIM (slashing)
Season Totals: 26 GP, 13-12-25, -5, 50 PIM

Lethbridge broke a six-game losing streak while ending Medicine Hat’s streak of seven games without a regulation loss. Ashton will be keeping an eye on Hockey Canada today, as they’re expected to name this year’s WJC selection camp roster at noon (Eastern).

NCAA Game Night: 12-1-09

Brown Bears 4 @ Harvard Crimson 1
C/W Alexander Killorn, HAR: 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM, 5 SOG
Season Totals: 10 GP, 5-4-9, E, 6 PIM

As if this season wasn’t bad enough for the Crimson, they dropped a home game to (formerly) 1-7-1 Brown. Harvard, now at 1-7-2, is 1-5-2 (4 points) in conference, just ahead of Brown, Clarkson, and Dartmouth at the bottom of the standings, though those three teams have 1-2 games in hand on Harvard.

KHL Game Day: 12-1-09

Novgorod 3 @ Ekaterinburg 1
Denis Kazionov, Ekaterinburg, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 27 GP, 4-3-7, -8, 10 PIM

Torpedo got a goal and an assist from former NHL first rounder Pavel Brendl to defeat Ekaterinburg 3-1. Denis Kazionov played 13:19 in the match.

CSKA 4 @ Magnitogorsk 5
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, Win, 22/26, 4.00 GAA, .846 sv%
Season totals: 28 GP, 13-13, 2 SO, 2.21 GAA, .916 sv%

Vasily Koshechkin got the support of a Sergei Fedorov goal, Fedorov's fifth of the season, to help him even his season record at 13-13 in Magnitogorsk's 5-4 win over CSKA. Six of Koshechkin's losses this season have come after regulation. Magnitogorsk sits in second in the Eastern Conference, two points behind first place Yulaev. CSKA got Columbus first rounder Nikita Filatov's tenth point of the season, an assist, in the losing effort. Filatov has played just six games for CSKA since being allowed by the Blue Jackets to depart North America for the KHL.

NCAA Game Night: 11-30-09

Yale Bulldogs 0 @ No.19 Vermont Catamounts 1
C/W Matt Marshall , UVM: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals: 12 GP, 1-1-2, -1, 2 PIM

Vermont’s David Pacan (Blackhawks 6/2009) scored the game’s only goal late in the second period to give the Catamounts their second straight win.

NHL Game Night: 11-30-09

The Lightning were dominated for about 45 minutes, and by then it was too late to come back.

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TB-0

Antero Niittymaki allowed 2 goals on 29 shots for the loss. His first goal allowed was painfully soft, but your team needs to give you goal support.

First Period
COL 8:16, Duchene 5 (Stewart)

Second Period
COL 13:38, Duchene 6 (Stewart, Stastny)(PP)

Third Period
COL 19:46, Wolski 10 (Galiardi)(EN)

The Lightning absolutely poured it on in the final 15 minutes of the game. If they came out with that intensity, they'd have had a chance.

Zenon Konopka was -1 with 15 penalty minutes with 1 hit in 5:24.

Paul Szczechura had 2 shots but was 36% on draws in 11:35. His line played well on the forecheck.

James Wright was -1 in 10:37.

Victor Hedman had 1 shot in 17:01.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

KHL Game Day: 11-30-09

Khabarovsk 1 @ Omsk 4
Karri Ramo, Omsk, DNP
Season totals: 23 GP, 13-9, 2 SO, 1.95 GAA, .914 sv%

Ramo got the game off as former Lightning forward Eric Perrin notched his 5th goal of the season in support of Avangard's 4-1 victory.

Yaroslavl 3 @ Dynamo Moscow 0
Johan Harju, Dynamo Moscow, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 29 GP, 2-5-7, -3, 20 PIM

Alexander Guskov scored a pair of goals to lead Yaroslavl over Johan Harju and Dynamo Moscow. Harju played 17:03 in the match and was also 46% on draws in the game.

CHL Game Night: 11-29-09

QMJHL

Moncton Wildcats 4 @ Victoriaville Tigres 5
D Mark Barberio, MCT: 0-2-2, +1, 4 PIM, 3 SOG
Season Totals: 25 GP, 2-19-21, +8, 28 PIM

That’s three two-assist games in a row for Barberio (pictured), who has seven points in his last four games.

OHL

Kingston Frontenacs 2 @ Windsor Spitfires 9
C Richard Panik, WSR: 0-0-0, E, 4 PIM (interference, tripping)
Season Totals: 28 GP, 7-8-15, +13, 12 PIM

Windsor has at least a point in 20 straight games (18-0-0-2). They outshot Kingston 60-23. Nashville first rounder Ryan Ellis had a hat trick for the Spitfires.

Sudbury Wolves 1 @ Kitchener Rangers 3
LW Matais Sointu, SBY: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 24 GP, 3-7-10, +4, 8 PIM
With Sudbury: 3 GP, 0-0-0, -3, 2 PIM
With Ottawa: 21 GP, 3-7-10, +7, 6 PIM

The Wolves are on a five game winless streak.

Niagara IceDogs 3 @ Oshawa Generals 4
G Michael Zador, OSH: Win, 41 saves on 44 shots, *Third Star*
Season Totals: 21 GP, 8-9-2-1, 3.32 GAA, .899 sv%, 1 SO

Zador was named Third Star for the second consecutive game. Niagara scored twice in the third period.

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