NCAA Game Night: 2-6-10

Harvard Crimson 3 @ Yale Bulldogs 6
C/W Alexander Killorn, HAR: 1-0-1, +1, 2 PIM (hooking), 3 SOG
Season Totals: 22 GP, 7-9-16, +2, 24 PIM

With his seventh goal of the year, Killorn topped last year’s total of six to set a new career high. His goal tied the game at two earlier in the third period, but Yale (14-6-3) pulled away from rival Harvard (6-13-3). Harvard is in eighth in the ECAC, while Yale is tied for first.

No.17 Vermont Catamounts 1 @ Providence Friars 1
C/W Matt Marshall , UVM: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season Totals: 25 GP, 1-3-4, -4, 14 PIM

Vermont moved to 13-9-4 on the year. They are in a three-way tie for fifth in Hockey East.

Notre Dame Fighting Irish 1 @ Western Michigan Broncos 4
D Luke Witkowski , WMU: 0-1-1, E, 14 PIM (cross-checking, boarding, 10-minute misconduct), 0 SOG
Season Totals: 26 GP, 2-4-6, -10, 59 PIM

WMU completed their sweep of the Irish, outscoring them 11-3 over two games. Witkowski (pictured) received a minute misconduct for the second straight game. He is now tied for the team lead in penalty minutes. Riley Gill (undrafted) made 54 saves for the Broncos, and Derek Roehl (undrafted) had a hat trick. WMU is 11th of 12 teams in the CCHA.

NHL Game Night: 2-6-10 Flames at Lightning

It's hard to call this a signature win with Calgary holding onto a playoff spot by a fingernail, but the Lightning proved a lot of things tonight.

CGY-1
TB-2 (OT)

Antero Niittymaki allowed 1 goal on 26 shots for the win.

First Period
CGY 15:44, Giordano 10 (Glencross)(PP)

Second Period
NO SCORING

Third Period
TB 1:00, Stamkos 32 (Smaby, St. Louis)

Overtime
TB 1:58, Meszaros 5 (Downie)

The Lightning are continuing to look more and more like a playoff team as they prove they can win different types of games different ways. Good teams win games against bad teams even when they don't bring their best to the rink. The Lightning showed they could pull out those kind of wins in the past couple of games against Atlanta and the Islanders. Tonight, they proved they could win a very tight checking game against a very good trap team in Calgary, which is something they will see if they make the postseason and run up against teams like New Jersey. So, they proved they could win a different style of game, and they erased the bad taste of their last big television appearance on Versus when they got spanked by the Rangers with such a solid showing on HNIC. Now comes a really big test on Tuesday against Vancouver, which could very well come out of the West when all is said and done this year. So, as we said earlier this season, there's no rest for the wicked, and the Lightning can't afford to lose any games with only a 2 point lead on 9th place.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

AHL Game Night: 2-6-10 Wolf Pack at Admirals

You know what they say about, "All good things..."

HFD-5
NOR-1

Dustin Tokarski allowed 5 goals on 35 shots for the loss.

First Period
NOR Keller, (9) (Simek, Szczechura), 3:17
HFD Couture, (7) (Potter, Locke), 3:54
HFD Soryal, (2) (Ambuhl, Potter), 18:32

Second Period
HFD Couture, (8) (Williams), 5:03
HFD Byers, (14) (Potter, Locke), 11:43

Third Period
HFD Roche, (3) (Heikkinen, Locke), 5:18 (PP)

Jim Johnson loses his first game in regulation as Head Coach of the Norfolk Admirals. His record drops to a still stellar 7-1-1-1.

Unfortunately, in a playoff chase this close, you cannot afford to lose any games. Norfolk drops back to 7 points behind 2nd place Albany in the East Division. They'll remain in 3rd place, which is the last playoff spot in the East Division, by virtue of Syracuse crushing Adirondack tonight. However, the surging Crunch will now move into a tie with Adirondack at 2 points behind the Admirals.

The situation with the crossover is much bleaker. Hartford (5th in the Atlantic) is now 5 points ahead of Norfolk and Bridgeport (6th in the Atlantic) is 1 point ahead. If Norfolk slips to 4th in the East Division, they must finish ahead of the 5th place team in the Atlantic to make it to the postseason.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

CHL Game Night: 2-5-10

OHL

Belleville Bulls 2 @ Ottawa 67’s 3
C Richard Panik, BEL: 1-0-1, E, 0 PIM, *Third Star*
Season Totals: 44 GP, 13-12-25, +6, 29 PIM
With Bulls: 11 GP, 4-3-7, -9, 10 PIM
With Windsor: 33 GP, 9-9-18, +15, 19 PIM

RW Kyle DeCoste, BEL: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 46 GP, 15-9-24, -12, 41 PIM
With Bulls: 33 GP, 13-8-20, -10, 23 PIM
With SSM: 13 GP, 2-1-3, -2, 20 PIM

DeCoste set up Panik (pictured) for the game-tying goal early in the third, but the Bulls gave up the game winner six minutes later. Panik’s goal came from Martin St. Louis’ office (Watch).

Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 8 @ Sudbury Wolves 5
W Matias Sointu, SBY: 0-1-1, -1, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 35 GP, 7-11-18, -2, 12 PIM
With Sudbury: 14 GP, 4-4-8, -7, 6 PIM
With Ottawa: 21 GP, 3-7-10, +5, 6 PIM

Sointu has points in three straight games and three of four since returning from injury.

Oshawa Generals 6 @ Kitchener Rangers 7
G Michael Zador, OSH: Loss, 40 saves on 44 shots in relief
Season Totals: 36 GP, 13-18-2-1, 3.56 GAA, .896 sv%, 2 SO

Kevin Bailie started for the Generals but was pulled after allowing three goals in just over seven minutes of action. Zador stepped in and allowed the Rangers’ fourth goal within 40 seconds, but settled down after that to finish with 40 saves – but a loss.

WHL

Saskatoon Blades 5 @ Regina Pats 4 (SO)
RW Carter Ashton, REG: 1-0-1, E, 2 PIM (tripping)
Season Totals: 49 GP, 21-19-40, -6, 86 PIM
With Regina: 21 GP, 8-6-14, +2, 34 PIM
With Lethbridge: 28 GP, 13-13-26, -8, 52 PIM

Regina has lost three straight games – all in shootouts. Ashton was one of six Pats who failed to score in the shootout against their provincial rivals.

Everett Silvertips 0 @ Vancouver Giants 1
C/WJames Wright, VAN: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM (hooking)
Season Totals: 5 GP, 1-4-5, +1, 4 PIM
With Tampa Bay: 43 GP, 2-3-5, -9, 18 PIM

Thomas Heemskerk (undrafted) stopped 39 of 40 shots for Everett, who was outshot 40-18 in the game. The Giants have an 11 point lead on Kelowna for the B.C. Division title.

NCAA Game Night: 2-5-10

Harvard Crimson 5 @ Brown Bears 2
C/W Alexander Killorn, HAR: 0-2-2, E, 2 PIM (tripping), 4 SOG
Season Totals: 21 GP, 6-9-15, +1, 22 PIM

With his two assists Friday, Killorn (pictured) set a new career high for points in a season at 15. He had 14 last year as a freshman in 30 games.

No.17 Vermont Catamounts 5 @ Providence Friars 1
C/W Matt Marshall , UVM: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals: 24 GP, 1-3-4, -4, 14 PIM

Marshall was back in the lineup on the fourth line as Vermont improved to 13-9-3 on the year.

Notre Dame Fighting Irish 2 @ Western Michigan Broncos 7
D Luke Witkowski , WMU: 0-0-0, E, 5 PIM (checking from behind, game misconduct), 0 SOG
Season Totals: 25 GP, 2-3-5, -10, 45 PIM

A big upset win for the Broncos over the Irish. Witkowski was thrown out early in the third period for checking-from-behind. He now faces a possible suspension.

AHL Game Night: 2-5-10 Wolf Pack at Admirals

Jim Johnson is 7-0-1-1 as Head Coach.

HFD-2
NOR-3 (OT)

Jaroslav Janus allowed 2 goals on 31 shots for the win.

First Period
NO SCORING

Second Period
HFD Locke, (20) (Byers, Nightingale), 0:52 (SH)
NOR Fadden, (3) (Fornataro, Wishart), 11:56 (PP)

Third Period
HFD Roche, (2) (Grachev, Nightingale), 8:45
NOR Keller, (8) (McGinnis, Szczechura), 16:55

Overtime
NOR Szczechura, (7) (Lashoff, Simek), 3:50

Paul Szczechura and Justin Keller were the game's first and second stars.

After a slow start in the first period, the Admirals outshot Hartford 34-17 from the second period on. The only downside of the night is that they surrendered a point in the standings to Hartford, which still presents a crossover problem from the Atlantic Division.

Norfolk still holds 3rd place in East Division with 52 points, and is now 1 game over .500. They have gained 2 points on 2nd place Albany and are now 5 points back of the River Rats with Albany holding a game in hand. They remain 2 points ahead of 4th place Adirondack and 5th place Syracuse with the Phantoms holding 2 games in hand. They gained 2 points on 6th place Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, which is now 4 points back with the Pens holding 2 games in hand. The Admirals also maintained their 8 point lead on last place Binghamton with the Sens still holding 4 games in hand.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

KHL Game Day: 2-5-10

Magnitogorsk 3 @ Ekaterinburg 0
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, Win, 16/16, SO, 0.00 GAA, 1.000 sv%
Season totals: 46 GP, 24-14, 8 SO, 1.91 GAA, .928 sv%

Denis Kazionov, Ekaterinburg, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 47 GP, 5-3-8, -18, 16 PIM

Former NHLer Stan Chistov had 1 goal and 1 assist and Vasily Koshechkin made light work in a 16 save shutout over Ekaterinurg. Kazionov played 10:00 in the match for Ekaterinburg.

Kazan 3 @ Omsk 1
Dmitri Kazionov, Kazan, DNP
Season totals: 49 GP, 18-7-25, +8, 16 PIM

Karri Ramo, Omsk, Loss, 24/27, 3.04 GAA, .889 sv%
Season totals: 40 GP, 21-15, 4 SO, 2.06 GAA, .915 sv%

Kazionov missed his third game in a row for Kazan. Ak Bars got 1 goal and 1 assist from Kazan in the victory.

Dynamo Moscow 8 @ Chekhov 3
Johan Harju, Dynamo Moscow, 1-1-2, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 52 GP, 4-13-17, -8, 38 PIM

Harju pulled himself out of his recent slump with back to back goals scored by his line late in the first period. Harju's lifelong teammate Linus Omark, an Edmonton prospect, notched his 20th goal of the season on Harju's helper. Harju played 13:41 in the match and was 64% on draws.

Dynamo Riga 3 @ Novgorod 2 (SO)
Martins Karsums, Dynamo Riga, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 8 GP, 2-1-3, +1, 14 PIM

Karsums was scoreless in 17:42 of ice time. Ex Shark and Islanders prospect Mike Iggulden scored his 13th goal of the season in the match for Riga.

Szczechura Clears Waivers

After being reassigned to the Norfolk Admirals at the beginning of the week on a conditioning assignment, the Tampa Bay Lightning placed prospect forward Paul Szczechura on waivers on Thursday. Szczechura cleared waivers at noon on Friday and will remain with the Norfolk Admirals.

Szczechura has 6 goals and 8 assists in 16 games with the Admirals this season, while scoring twice and adding an assist in 37 games with the Lightning.

CHL Game Night: 2-4-10

OHL

Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors 3 @ Barrie Colts 2 (SO)
LW/C Alex Hutchings, BAR: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 50 GP, 33-23-56, +32, 45 PIM

Fresh off a five-point All-Star Game, including a hat trick, Hutchings could not find the scoresheet as the Colts suffered a rare home loss, albeit in a shootout. Hutchings did not participate in the breakaway contest. He is 12 points off his career high for points in a season (68), set in 63 games last season. He’s one goal off his career high for goals (34), set that same year.

NHL Game Night: 2-4-10 Islanders at Lightning

Four point win.

NYI-2
TB-5

Antero Niittymaki allowed 2 goals on 36 shots for the win. He's been so good over the past couple of weeks. He's helping the Lightning get wins when they're not on top of their game.

First Period
TB 14:15, Stamkos 30 (Foster, St. Louis)(PP)
NYI 15:26, Moulson 21 (Gervais)

Second Period
NYI 9:12, Sim 8 (Weight, Park)
TB 9:37, St. Louis 18 (Stamkos, Downie)
TB 10:13, Lecavalier 15 (Tanguay, Hedman)

Third Period
TB 11:49, Stamkos 31 (Downie, Lundin)
TB 19:22, Tanguay 9 (Veilleux, Lecavalier)

Martin St. Louis is cold blooded. The Islanders absolutely worked their tails off to earn the 2-1 lead at 9:12 of the second, only to see Marty come down and score the short side goal 25 seconds later. He completely deflated the Isles in less than half a minute. That sort of thing was happening to the Lightning far too often in the first half of the season. It's good to see the Lightning being the victimizers instead of the victims.

This just in: Steven Stamkos is the truth. He doesn't turn 20 until Sunday, and he just staked himself to his first 30 goal season as an NHLer... and then scored number 31 just for emphasis. Can you imagine how good he's going to be at 24-25 years old?

Victor Hedman walked into the Forum -3 for the season. He walked out +1. Not bad.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

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