CHL, BCHL Game Night: 11/23

Friday night's highlights:

  • Fadden earns Third Star honors
  • Prince George continues to struggle offensively
  • Courtnall adds another point to his week

Lascek Returns

After missing over a month and a half due to injury, Stanislav Lascek returned to the ice tonight. The forward had 1 goal and 1 assist in Mississippi's 6-5 shootout win over Augusta.

AHL Game Night 11/23: Falcons at Admirals

Maybe this is the weekend the Admirals make their move after all?

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Jonathan Boutin stopped 30 of 32 shots faced in the win. The young netminder has now run his record to 5-2-2 on the season with a 2.57 GAA and .925 save percentage.

First Period
NOR Stewart, (3) (Keller, Jones), 5:12
NOR Campbell, (2) (Klinkhammer, Lawrence), 5:42
NOR Klinkhammer, (1) (Leach, Mihalik), 11:30
NOR Lawrence, (3) (Klinkhammer, Mihalik), 11:46
SPR Thoresen, (12) (Schremp, Syvret), 19:41

Second Period
SPR Sestito, (2) (Schremp, Syvret), 7:43

Third Period
NO SCORING

Rob Klinkhammer, Boutin, and Chris Lawrence were the game's three stars.

Norfolk improves its record to 7-10-2 on the season with one more game to go against Springfield this weekend.

Norfolk is now tied with Wilkes/Barre Scranton with 16 points, 2 back of Hershey for the final playoff spot in the division and 3 back of Albany and Binghamton. Once they play Springfield tomorrow night they get back into division play on the road with two games against Albany and then matchups with Binghamton and Hershey, so a winning streak now can flip their fortunes in the division quickly.

Can't look ahead though. Springfield's going to come out flying Saturday night.

Game sheet from TheAHL.com.

NHL Game Night 11/23: Lightning at Hurricanes

Lightning choke.

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Johan Holmqvist stopped only 18 of 22 shots faced in the loss as the Lightning choked away a 3-1 lead at the second intermission to squander an opportunity to get within 3 points in the race for the division.

St. Cloud Times Column on Luca Cunti

Quote:
Before last summer's NHL draft, Luca Cunti decided he wanted to play in college.

Most of his preparation for the move came long distance, from his native Switzerland. About the time the Tampa Bay Lightning made him their third-round pick, two schools held his interest: St. Cloud State and Clarkson.

Five months later, the Huskies meet the Golden Knights tonight. And Cunti isn't playing for either of them. He chose SCSU, but has been waiting more than two months for the NCAA to decide his amateur status.

For the rest of this column by Kevin Allenspach, Click Here.

Crowley Injured

According to the Lightning, Everett Silvertips defenseman Dane Crowley will miss both of Everett's games this weekend due to injuries sustained from a blindside hit Tuesday night against Kamloops.

Nick Patterson of the Everett Herald reports Crowley received a facial cut and a concussion on a hit from Blazers defenseman Mike Gauthier. Patterson states there was no penalty called on the play, but "the Tips claim it was a hit to the head from behind and are weighing whether to send a video of the hit to the league for review."

Crowley has 7 goals and 5 assists for 12 points in 23 games for Everett this season.

Thursday's Superleague Scores

Andreas Holmqvist had a goal as Frolunda thrashed Lulea 7-1. Lightning prospect Johan Harju was scoreless in the match for Lulea.

CHL, BCHL Game Night: 11/21

Highlights from Tuesday and Wednesday:

  • 4 point night for Courtnall
  • Fadden extends his point streak to 6 games
  • Helenius nearly breaks his losing streak

Wednesday's Superleague Scores

Albert Vishnyakov did not play in Spartak's 3-1 loss to Ufa.

Denis Kazionov was scoreless in Omsk's 6-1 loss to Togliatti.

Dimitri Kazionov and Alexei Glukhov were scoreless in Cherepovets' 3-2 shootout win over Kazan. Vasily Koshechkin was dressed as Ak Bars' backup for the game.

Anton But was scoreless in St. Petersburg's 3-2 loss to Dynamo.

NHL Game Night 11/21: Ranger at Lightning

For the second straight game some dubious officiating leaves the stench of league bias in Lightning land.

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Johan Holmqvist stopped 27 of 29 shots for the loss.

First, I give credit to Henrik Lundqvist and the Rangers defensive discipline. This was a tight game that could've gone either way.

However, someone needs to explain to me the disallowed third period goal. The goal was waived off by the referee on the ice and there was no definitive shot of the puck crossing the line. Of course, the reason why there was no definitive shot of the puck crossing the line was because Brendan Shanahan's glove was closed on top of it.

Now, last I checked, that's a penalty shot. It was one or the other. It was either a goal, or it was penalty shot. Instead, mighty and wise Toronto says no goal and they line it up at center ice. No acknowledgement of the fact Shanahan just broke a major rule to keep the puck out. No penalty shot. So when the Lightning scored with about 16 seconds left in the game, how furious do you think I was? How furious do you think Torts is going to be when he sees the tape? The league's a joke, a total, absolute joke. This was almost as bad as Chara-gate in Boston last year. Gorilla Monsoon's WWF was more on the up and up than Bettman's NHL is.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

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