Friday night's highlights:
- Helenius finally breaks personal losing streak
- First Star Fadden nets 5 points; On his way to a 648 point season?
- Game delayed due to teddy bears
Andreas Holmqvist was scoreless in Frolunda's 2-1 win over MODO.
After a mild post-Karjala scoring drought, Johan Harju appears to be back into the groove. Today he scored both of Lulea's goals in a 2-2 tie with Mora. Harju leaps into a tied for 3rd in the Elitserien in goals with 12 on the season along with, among others, former NHLers Jan Hrdina and Tommi Kallio.
Note: If any of our Russian readers have the box scores from yesterday's Omsk and Spartak matches, let me know.
Alexei Glukhov had 1 goal, 1 assist, and 2 penalty minutes as Cherepovets outlasted Ufa 6-5 on penalty shots. Through 32 games, Glukhov has 4 goals, 12 assists, 16 points, and 64 penalty minutes with an even rating this season.
Dimitri Kazionov had 1 assist and 2 penalty minutes as Kazan defeated Khimik 3-1. Through 32 games the elder Kazionov has 5 goals, 6 assists, 11 points, and 32 penalty minutes with a -4 rating. Vasily Koshechkin served as Robert Esche's backup in the match.
Anton But had 2 goals and 1 assist as St. Petersburg trounced Nizhnekamsk 4-1. Through 32 games, But has 7 goals, 8 assists, 15 points, and 26 penalty minutes with a +6 rating.
Considering they only had one good period, getting a point is probably the best the Ads could expect.
Jonathan Boutin stopped 35 of 39 shots in the overtime loss. Norfolk was outshot 39-26 in the game.
NOR Lawrence, (4) , 10:49
ALB MacDonald, (1) (Carson, Nolan), 13:15
ALB Johnson, (5) (Bayda, Carson), 10:22
ALB Angelidis, (7) (Gove, Flood), 9:41
NOR Milley, (6) (Henrich), 10:30
NOR Henrich, (1) (Keller, Lawrence), 17:39
ALB Bayda, (6) (Aucoin), 4:36
Norfolk is two points out of the final playoff spot in the division with Binghamton holding 2 games in hand, so tomorrow night's game against the Senators has some obvious importance. Rumors last week placed a possible Karri Ramo return for the game tomorrow night, but seeing as Karl Goehring dressed as the backup tonight that remains to be seen.
Game sheet from TheAHL.com.
Russia Selects 1 @ Team WHL 4
C Mitch Fadden, WHL: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
Russia finished the six game ADT Canada-Russia Challenge Series 2-4. The WHL avenged a 5-1 loss Wednesday night with a 4-1 win. Lightning prospect Mitch Fadden did not figure in the scoring.
Vancouver Giants 3 @ Prince George Cougars 4 (SO)
C/W Dana Tyrell, PG: 1-0-1, +1, 2 PIM (boarding), *Second Star*
Tyrell scored his 14th of the year at the end of the second period to give the Cougars a 3-2 lead over Vancouver before the Giants later sent the game to extra time. Prince George won the shootout 2-0.
Dana will be going back to elementary school on December 7 as part of a team promotion. Eight year-old Owen Stewart won a contest and will take Dana to class. More than 200 children applied for the honor.
Russia improved to 2-3 against the CHL by beating up on the WHL 5-1 Wednesday night. They had lost 3 in a row after being the QMJHL in Game 1, including 2 to the OHL. Tyrell skated on a line with Zach Hamill of Everett and Mark Santorelli of Chilliwack. Fadden will play again for WHL tonight against Russia in the final game of the ADT Canada-Russia Challenge Series.
Victoria Grizzlies 6 @ Langley Chiefs 3
W Justin Courtnall, VIC: 0-0-0, 0 PIM
Sea Wolves winning streak ends as the Stingrays of South Carolina score three unanswered goals in the 3rd period. Radek Smolenak notches a marker while firing a team-high 7 shots, Brandon Elliott went toe-to-toe with Grant McNeill, and Ryan Munce stopped 50 shots while getting tough defending his crease in a penalty-filled third penalty.
Lightning sleepwalk for 60 minutes. What a terrible night.
Johan Holmqvist allowed 3 goals on 10 shots for the loss before being relieved by Marc Denis who allowed 2 goals on 7 shots. Load both of them in a cannon and shoot them to the moon as far as I'm concerned. The Lightning only managed 22 shots on goal in the game. Load the skaters up in the same cannon with the goalies.
Put that effort on the ice again tomorrow night against Detroit and they'll pin 5 on you in the first period alone.
Box score from NHL.com.