N.A. Juniors Game Night: 1/3

Luca's back ... Fadden's heating up again.

NCAA Game Night: 1/3

Catamount Cup - Championship
St. Lawrence Saints 0 @ No.11 Vermont Catamounts 4
C/W Matt Marshall , UVM: Did not play.
Season totals: 11 GP, 1-1-2, +1, 6 PIM

After playing Friday night, Marshall took his turn in the press box as Vermont won the Catamount Cup.

Harvard Crimson 1 @ Princeton Tigers 4
C/W Alexander Killorn, HAR: 0-1-1, E, 4 PIM (hooking, charging), 2 SOG
Season totals: 14 GP, 3-7-10, -4, 34 PIM

WJC Game Night: 1/3

World Junior Championships - Semifinals
Canada 6 vs. Russia 5 (Shootout)
W Dana Tyrell, CAN: Did not play (injured - out for tournament).
G Dustin Tokarski, CAN: Win, 23 saves on 28 shots


Another WJC classic, this time with Canada giving up four one-goal leads, then scrambling back to tie the game with just over five seconds left on a goal by Edmonton prospect Jordan Eberle - his second of the game. After a scoreless 10 minute 4-on-4 overtime, Tokarski stopped two Russian shooters and Eberle got the winner for Canada in the shootout to send Canada on to a 6-5 victory and the Gold Medal Game vs. Sweden.

NHL Game Night 1/3: Hurricanes at Lightning

Not as close as the score indicates.


Mike Smith allowed 3 goals on 28 shots in the loss.

First Period
05:05 TB Craig (1), (Hall, Pettinger)
06:41 TB Prospal (8), (Lecavalier)
14:46 CAR Williams (2), (Brind'Amour, Seidenberg)(PP)
15:57 CAR Larose (9), (Seidenberg, Pitkanen)

Second Period
06:21 CAR Pitkanen (4), (Williams, Whitney)

Third Period

The Lightning could only muster 19 shots in the game, and after a good first 10 minutes the team was completely dominated by Carolina.

Ty Wishart was -1 with 1 shot and 2 blocked shots in 7:53. He looked lost, tenatative, and slow. He's not ready for primetime.

Matt Smaby had 1 shot, 3 hits, and 2 blocked shots in 18:50. His mistakes were a bit more pronounced in this game.

Paul Szczechura had 1 shot in 10:47. He's sort of fallen off the face of the earth since his big game against Pittsburgh.

Vladimir Mihalik had 1 shot and 2 penalty minutes in 10:47, and 3 giveaways. Athletically he's capable of playing at the NHL level. Metally, he's not there yet.

Steven Stamkos was 50% on draws in 9:50. Non-factor.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

AHL Game Night 1/3: Admirals at Pirates

Arguably the biggest win of the season.


Mike McKenna allowed 2 goals on 36 shots in the win.

First Period
POR Mancari, (14) (Gragnani, Kennedy), 14:10 (PP)
NOR Lawrence, (2) (Jackson), 15:51 (SH)

Second Period
NOR Lundin, (2) (Jones, Smolenak), 1:28 (PP)
POR Gragnani, (4) (Zagrapan, Campbell), 11:06
NOR Downie, (7) (Gratton, Jackson), 12:57

Third Period

McKenna and Scott Jackson were named the game's first and third stars.

It would've been a bad, bad scene if the Admirals had dropped all three games on the road trip. As it is, they've only slipped one game in their goal of getting back to .500, and they're back to 4 games under with a big homestand coming up.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

Admirals Sign Ganzak to PTO

Responding to the sudden loss of over half of their defensive corps due to injuries or callups, the Norfolk Admirals have announced the signing of defenseman Mitch Ganzak to a PTO contract. The 6'0" 205 lbs blueliner has spent the balance of this season in the ECHL with the Wheeling Nailers, where he has scored 4 goals and 22 points in 29 games. Prior to this season, Ganzak was the recipient of a 2 game tryout with the Manitoba Moose of the AHL, in which he tallied 1 assist, after 4 years spent with Miami of the CCHA.

Lightning Recall Wishart

As had been widely reported unofficially, Ty Wishart is now officially set to make his NHL debut tonight against the Carolina Hurricanes. Tampa Bay Lightning Executive Vice President & General Manager Brian Lawton announced today that they have recalled defenseman Ty Wishart from the Norfolk Admirals on an emergency basis.

Wishart, a 6-foot-4, 205-pound rookie defenseman, has appeared in 31 games for Norfolk this season, scoring one goal and two assists with 13 penalty minutes and a +2 rating. He scored his first professional goal on December 19 versus Albany. Wishart made his professional debut last April with the Worcester Sharks, appearing in five games without registering a point. In 36 career AHL games, he has one goal and three points with 13 penalty minutes.

The Comcox, British Columbia native was acquired by the Lightning in a trade with the San Jose Sharks on July 4. He was originally drafted by the Sharks in the first round (16th overall) of the 2006 NHL Entry Draft.

With the Lightning defensive corps depleted by injuries to Lukas Krajicek, Paul Ranger, and Jamie Heward, Wishart joins fellow prospect defensemen Vladimir Mihalik and Matt Smaby to make up one-half of the Lightning's blueline against the Hurricanes.

NCAA Game Night: 1/2

Harvard Crimson 2 @ Quinnepiac Bobcats 5
C/W Alexander Killorn, HAR: 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM, 6 SOG
Season totals: 15 GP, 3-6-9, 30 PIM

Catamount Cup
Colgate Raiders 4 @ No.13 Vermont Catamounts 6
C/W Matt Marshall , UVM: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM (hooking), 1 SOG
Season totals: 11 GP, 1-1-2, +1, 6 PIM

N.A. Juniors Game Night: 1/2

Big nights for Fadden and Young.

Team Canada Notes:
Dustin Tokarski will get the start in net tonight for Canada in their semi-final matchup vs. Russia. The game will air at 7 PM EST on NHL Network in the U.S.

AHL Game Night 1/2: Admirals at Sharks

The Lightning injury problems trickle down to the farm.


Mike McKenna allowed 4 goals on 19 shots before giving way to Riku Helenius who made his AHL debut allowing just 1 goal on 12 shots in the third period.

First Period
NOR Lundin, (1) (Gratton, Henley), 13:25
WOR Armstrong, (11) (Wilson, Kaspar), 18:58 (PP)

Second Period
WOR Armstrong, (12) (Desjardins, Westgarth), 2:47
WOR Fornataro, (2) (Vesce, Traverse), 14:37
WOR Vesce, (11) (Desjardins, Greiss), 19:26 (SH)

Third Period
WOR Armstrong, (13) (Desjardins, Lemieux), 16:40 (PP)

The Admirals were in a very tough spot with Vladimir Mihalik and Matt Smaby up in Tampa and Andy Rogers still hurt. Outside of Mike Lundin they had rookie Darryl Boyle, rookie Scott Jackson, virtual rookie Kevin Quick, and two converted ex-defensemen in Brent Henley and Jay Rosehill. Between that and some flukey goals by the Sharks and the Admirals were in a really tough position.

Why not Ty Wishart, you ask? Erik Erlendsson reports with Lukas Krajicek and Paul Ranger still hurt and Jamie Heward having had his clock cleaned in Washington, Wishart will make his NHL debut Saturday night against Carolina. Andrej Meszaros may have to play 30-35 minutes tomorrow night.

1/3 Update: Wishart has been recalled by Tampa Bay.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

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