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AHL Game Night: 12-11-09 Moose at Admirals

Uh oh.

MTB-4
NOR-1

Dustin Tokarski allowed 2 goals on 30 shots for the loss.

First Period
MTB Rome, (5) (Desbiens, Murray), 14:17

Second Period
NOR Smolenak, (4) (Parrish, Bochenski), 12:12

Third Period
MTB Rome, (6) (Keane), 14:32 (PP)
MTB Pettinger, (6) (Keane), 18:55 (EN)
MTB Murray, (7) (Ramsey), 19:29 (EN)

Norfolk was outshot 12-4 in the third period, which they entered into with a 1-1 tie. Manitoba showed more urgency and they got two points. That's bad news for Norfolk, who already entered the night having fallen to fifth in the division. The Ads are now 3 games under .500 and Wilkes-Barre and Binghamton, the two teams ahead of them in the East Division, both have games in hand. A win tomorrow night in the rematch against Manitoba may very well be a prerequisite for this Norfolk team.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

KHL Game Day: 12-11-09

Ekaterinburg 5 @ Astana 2
Denis Kazionov, Ekaterinburg, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 31 GP, 4-3-7, -11, 10 PIM

Ekaterinburg got 1 goal and 2 assists from Alexei Simakov in their 5-2 win over Astana. Former Lightning draft pick Ilya Solarev scored his second goal of the season in the match for Astana. Denis Kazionov played 10:58 in the match.

Magnitogorsk 4 @ Yulaev 5 (SO)
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, Loss, 27/31, 3.70 GAA, .871 sv%
Season totals: 33 GP, 17-14, 5 SO, 2.07 GAA, .923 sv%

Yulaev squeaked past Magnitogorsk in the shootout in a matchup of the first and second place teams in the KHL Eastern Conference. Vasily Koshechkin took his 14th loss of the season in the match, allowing both Yulaev shooters to score in the penalty shot session. Former NHLer Oleg Tverdovsky scored a goal with less than ten minutes to play in the final period to force the game into overtime.

Chelyabinsk 3 @ Omsk 2
Karri Ramo, Omsk, Loss, 22/25, 3.01 GAA, .880 sv%
Season totals: 27 GP, 15-11, 3 SO, 1.99 GAA, .915 sv%

Karri Ramo and Omsk fell to Chelyabinsk 3-2, helping Chelyabinsk cling to 8th place in the East.

Dynamo Moscow 4 @ Nizhnekamsk 0
Johan Harju, Dynamo Moscow, 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Season totals: 34 GP, 3-7-10, -4, 26 PIM

I'm declaring the slump officially over. Johan Harju assisted on Linus Omark's 15th goal of the season today to help lift Dynamo to a 4-0 shutout victory of Nizhnekamsk. Harju played 14:33 in the match and was 67% on draws.

Dynamo Minsk 1 @ Kazan 4
Dmitri Kazionov, Kazan, 1-1-2, +1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 33 GP, 11-2-13, +1, 12 PIM

The older of the Kazionov brothers has really got it cooking. Dmitry had a multi-point effort today to help propel Kazan to a 4-1 victory over Dynamo Minsk. The forward played 12:11 in the match. Kazionov has already eclipsed his goal total from a season ago (9) set in 55 games. Kazionov is also on a pace to post a modest improvement in points over his total from a year ago (20). Kazan sits in sixth in the standings in the KHL's Eastern Conference.

Lightning Taps Blair Jones for Roadtrip

TAMPA BAY, Fla. – The Tampa Bay Lightning, NHL parent club of the Norfolk Admirals, have recalled center Blair Jones from the Admirals, Lightning Executive Vice President and General Manager Brian Lawton announced today.

Jones, a 6-foot-3, 215-pound native of Central Butte, Saskatchewan, has appeared in two games for the Lightning this season with one shot on goal and an average of 12:43 in ice time per game. Jones has played in 26 career NHL games with the Lightning, recording a goal and three points. He was originally selected by Tampa Bay in the fourth round (102nd overall) of the 2005 NHL Entry Draft.

Jones leads the Admirals in assists, is second in points and is tied for third in goals. The fourth-year pro has six goals and 13 assists in 25 games for the Admirals in 2009-10.

Lightning forwards Steven Stamkos and Ryan Malone were both injured in Wednesday's game against Edmonton and listed as day-to-day with minor ailments.

CHL Game Night: 12-10-09

OHL

Erie Otters 1 @ Windsor Spitfires 3
G Jaroslav Janus, ERIE: Loss, 46 saves on 49 shots
Season Totals: 8 GP, 4-3-1-0, 2.94 GAA, .919 sv%
With Norfolk (AHL): 2 GP, 0-2-0, 1.52 GAA, .939 sv%
C Richard Panik, WSR: 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 31 GP, 8-9-17, +14, 19 PIM

Welcome back, Mr. Janus (pictured). The Slovakia native returned from missing several games due to injury to reportedly put on a show in a loss to the CHL’s top ranked team, Windsor. Fellow Lightning prospect Richard Panik beat Janus early in the second period for what turned out to be the game winner for the Spits. It has been 23 games since Windsor lost in regulation.

Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors 4 @ Oshawa Generals 5 (OT)
G Michael Zador, OSH: Win, 33 saves on 37 shots
Season Totals: 24 GP, 11-9-2-1, 3.25 GAA, .900 sv%, 1 SO

Oshawa scored with just over a minute left in the game to tie it, then won it on Calvin de Haan’s power play goal in overtime. De Haan was a first round pick (12th overall) of the Islanders at the 2009 NHL Entry Draft. He has 19 points (5 goals) in 26 games this season for Oshawa. Zador has won four straight starts and has not lost in regulation in seven games.

NCAA Game Night: 12-9-09

Boston College Eagles 3 @ Harvard Crimson 2
C/W Alexander Killorn, HAR: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM (hooking), 4 SOG
Season Totals: 11 GP, 5-4-9, E, 8 PIM

Harvard’s losing streak is now at 10 games.

CHL Game Night: 12-9-09

OHL

Peterborough Petes 3 @ Belleville Bulls 2 (SO)
RW Kyle DeCoste, BEL: 1-0-1, -1, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 28 GP, 10-8-18, -1, 26 PIM
With Bulls: 15 GP, 8-7-15, +1, 6 PIM
With SSM: 13 GP, 2-1-3, -2, 20 PIM

DeCoste’s point streak is now at five games. He shot first in the shootout for Belleville, but his attempt was stopped.

Barrie Colts 5 @ Owen Sound Attack 4 (OT)
LW/C Alex Hutchings, BAR: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 31 GP, 18-21-39, +18, 22 PIM

Hutchings saw his goal-scoring streak end at seven games, but his point streak extend to nine games. His goal streak stands as the longest in the OHL this season. His point streak is the longest current streak in the league, with 16 games being the highest this year (Ryan Martindale, OTT). Barrie needed overtime to extend their win streak to 18 games.

NHL Game Night: 12-9-09 Oilers at Lightning

Lightning fall to .500. Season at a crossroads.

EDM-3
TB-2

Mike Smith allowed 3 goals on 32 shots for the loss.

First Period
TB 1:08, St. Louis 6 (Lecavalier, Malone)
EDM 11:21, Gilbert 2 (Nilsson, Stortini)

Second Period
EDM 6:31, Penner 17 (Gagner, Brule)
TB 7:34, Hedman 2 (St. Louis)
EDM 11:07, Stortini 3 (Stone)

Third Period
NO SCORING

Ryan Malone left in the first period with a lower body injury. Steven Stamkos didn't see the ice again after what turned out to be Edmonton's winning goal with an injury.

Messages are being sent. If they aren't received, changes are almost sure to be the next option.

Zenon Konopka was -1 with 12 penalty minutes, and was 80% on draws in 7:48.

Paul Szczechura was -2 with 2 shots and 1 hit and was 56% on draws in 20:50.

James Wright was -2 in 13:57.

Victor Hedman had a goal, 2 penalty minutes, 5 shots, 2 hits, and 2 blocked shots as he rose back to the 26 minute mark with 26:04 of ice time.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

KHL Game Day: 12-9-09

Ekaterinburg 0 @ Omsk 4
Karri Ramo, Omsk, Win, 21/21, 1 SO, 0.00 GAA, 1.000 sv%
Season totals: 26 GP, 15-10, 3 SO, 1.95 GAA, .916 sv%

Denis Kazionov, Ekaterinburg, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 30 GP, 4-3-7, -10, 10 PIM

Ramo rebounded from his rough outing against Magnitogorsk by throwing a 21 save shutout against lowly Ekaterinburg. It was Ramo's third shutout of the season. Kazionov played 15:01 in the match for Ekaterinburg.

Magnitogorsk 4 @ Astana 0
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, Win, 27/27, 1 SO, 0.00 GAA, 1.000 sv%
Season totals: 32 GP, 17-13, 5 SO, 2.02 GAA, .925 sv%

Remember what we said about Koshechkin having a history of getting shutouts in bunches? After a small blip against Karri Ramo's Omsk in which he allowed 3 goals, Koshechkin threw his third shutout in his last four starts today by blanking Astana 4-0. Koshechkin now is along in first in the KHL in shutouts and sits tied for third with former NHLer Robert Esche in wins.

Dynamo Moscow 3 @ Togliatti 0
Johan Harju, Dynamo Moscow, 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Season totals: 33 GP, 3-7-10, -5, 26 PIM

Dare we say that the slump is over? After floundering in his first 25 or so games in the KHL, Harju's scoring has seen a modest uptick, as he assisted on Linus Omark's 14th goal of the season today to cap a three goal Dynamo third period. Harju played 15:32 in the match and was 40% on draws. Detroit Red Wings property Jiri Hudler had his 12th and 13th goals of the season for Dynamo in the win.

Dynamo Riga 2 @ Kazan 4
Dmitri Kazionov, Kazan, 1-0-1, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 32 GP, 10-1-11, E, 12 PIM

The elder Kazionov, who had 9 goals all of last season, potted his 10th of the season to cap a 4-2 win by Kazan over Dynamo Riga. Kazionov played 11:49 in the match.

Lethbridge Sends Ashton to Pats

(Regina Pats release) Regina Pats General Manager is proud to announce the acquisition of forwards Carter Ashton, Craig Orfino and a 3rd round pick in the 2010 WHL Bantam Draft from the Lethbridge Hurricanes. In exchange, the Pats send 17 year old forward Graham Hood, 15 year old prospect Taylor Balog, a 2nd round pick in the 2010 WHL Bantam Draft, as well as their 1st round pick in 2011.

Eighteen year old Carter Ashton is native of Saskatoon and was a 1st round pick of the Tampa Bay Lightning in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft. This season he has 13 goals and 13 assists in 28 games with the Hurricanes.

CHL Game Night: 12-7-09

QMJHL

Moncton Wildcats 3 @ PEI Rocket 0
D Mark Barberio, MCT: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals: 29 GP, 2-20-22, +7, 30 PIM

Shane Owen, who was waived by Erie of the OHL when Lightning prospect Jaroslav Janus returned to the Otters, improved to 5-1 for Moncton with a 30 save shutout and a First Star award against the Rocket.

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