North American Juniors Game Night: 10/31/10


Sault Ste Marie Greyhounds 2 @ Sarnia Sting 3 (OT)
D Brock Beukeboom, SSM: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 13 GP, 0-0-0, -6, 36 PIM

Nail Yakupov (2012 draft) scored his second goal of the game and 13th of the season in the extra session to propel Steven Stamkos’ former junior team to an OT win over the Soo.


Saskatoon Blades 5 @ Calgary Hitmen 3
D Teigan Zahn, SAS: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM (roughing)
Season totals: 15 GP, 1-0-1, +5, 21 PIM

The teams combined for 7 third period goals on 15 total shots. Zahn hasn’t registered a point since the second game of the season.

KHL Game Day: 10/31/10

Kazan 2 @ Hanty-Mansiysk 3(SO)
Dmitri Kazionov, Kazan, 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 12 GP, 1-1-2, -1, 12 PIM

Dmitri Kazionov was scoreless in 12:47 in Kazan's 3-2 shootout loss to Yugra.

Spartak Moscow 3 @ Cherepovets 1
Vasily Koshechkin, Cherepovets, Loss, 23/26, 3.02 GAA, .885 sv%
Season totals: 13 GP, 5-8-0, 1 SO, 2.99 GAA, .902 sv%

Not since his short-lived stint in Kazan has Vasily Koshechkin had such a poor start to a season. He dropped to 5-8-0 this season with a 3-1 loss todat to Spartak Moscow. Ex-Flyers prospect Stefan Ruczika had one goal and one assist in the match for Spartak.

Dynamo Minsk 3 @ Dynamo Riga 4(SO)
Martins Karsums, Dynamo Riga, 0-0-0, -2, 2 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 20 GP, 5-7-12, -3, 24 PIM

Martins Karsums was scoreless and had a minor for cross checking in Riga's 4-3 shootout loss to Minsk. He played 16:35 in the match. Ex-Predators draft pick Lauris Darzins had a goal and scored the winning shootout marker in the match.

North American Juniors Game Night: 10/30/10


Penticton Vees 2 @ Trail Smoke Eaters 6
C Brendan O’Donnell, PEN: 0-0-0, 0 PIM
Season totals: 21 GP, 8-9-17, 8 PIM

Trail scored 5 times in the third period.


Fargo Force 1 @ Sioux Falls Stampede 2
C Jimmy Mullin, FGO: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM (slashing), 4 SOG
Season totals: 10 GP, 5-4-9, +1, 10 PIM

Sioux Falls moved into a tie for first in the West with the win, one point ahead of Fargo (5-4-1).


Gatineau Olympiques 1 @ Cape Breton Screaming Eagles 2 (SO)
D Adam Janosik, GAT: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG, 2 Hits
Season Totals: 17 GP, 2-3-5, +4, 10 PIM

Gatineau fell to 9-7-1-2 with the shootout loss.


Sudbury Wolves 1 @ Belleville Bulls 6
C/W Richard Panik, BEL: 0-1-1, +2, 0 PIM
Season totals: 16 GP, 11-10-21, +5, 21 PIM

Belleville was looking for more offense, and certainly got it Saturday night despite their leading scorer, Panik, only earning an assist.

Kingston Frontenacs 5 @ Owen Sound Attack 4 (SO)
D Geoffrey Schemitsch, OS: 0-3-3, +1, 0 PIM, *Second Star*
Season totals: 15 GP, 1-9-10, +8, 2 PIM

Schemitsch had a season-high 3 points and earned a Second Star award.

Oshawa Generals 4 @ Erie Otters 2
G Michael Zador, OSH: Did not play.
Season Totals: 7-2-1-1, 3.24 GAA, .889 sv%, 1 SO

Zador got the night off.


Spokane Chiefs 11 @ Regina Pats 1
RW Carter Ashton, REG: 0-0-0, -1, 7 PIM (fighting, holding)
Season totals: 14 GP, 6-5-11, -5, 32 PIM

Regina had won 3 straight before the Halloween Eve Massacre.

Prince George Cougars 4 @ Tri-City Americans 3 (SO)
RW Brett Connolly, PG: 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM
Season totals: 16 GP, 14-8-22, E, 6 PIM

Connolly was scoreless for the second straight game. He failed to convert his shootout attempt. It’s a good sign for the Cougars team that they can win when Connolly is not producing statistically night in and night out like he has been.

Saskatoon Blades 1 @ Red Deer Rebels 7
D Teigan Zahn, SAS: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM (cross-checking)
Season totals: 14 GP, 1-0-1, +5, 19 PIM


ECHL Game Night: 10/30/10

Kalamazoo Wings 3 @ Florida Everblades 4 (SO)
C Mitch Fadden: 0-1-1, -2, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 7 GP, 2-8-10, -4, 6 PIM

LW Alex Hutchings: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Season totals: 6 GP, 2-1-3, -3, 2 PIM

G Jaroslav Janus: Win, 40 saves on 43 shots
Season totals: 4 GP, 2-2-0-0, 4.69 GAA, .852 sv%, 0 SO

Kalamazoo came into Southwest Florida with no losses, but will now leave with 3 after being swept by the Everblades. On Saturday night Janus stopped 40 shots, plus all 4 shootout attempts by the Wings for his second win. Hutchings and Fadden both participated in the shootout, but neither converted their attempts. Fadden extended his point streak to 5 games with an assist. He has 9 points in that span.

NCAA Game Night: 10/30/10

#13 Notre Dame Fighting Irish 2 @ Western Michigan Broncos 2 (OT)
D Luke Witkowski, UWM: 0-0-0, +1, 4 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 8 GP, 0-2-2, +2, 12 PIM

The Broncos pick up a point against a ranked team.

#7 Maine Black Bears 3 @ Vermont Catamounts 2 (OT)
F Matt Marshall, UVM: 0-0-0, Even, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 4 GP, 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM

Vermont has gone to overtime in their last 3 games.

RIT Tigers 5 @ #14 Cornell Big Red 3
D Kirill Gotovets, COR: 0-0-0, +1, 4 SOG
Season totals: 2 GP, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM

Cornell drops their second straight to start the season 0-2-0.

NHL Game Night: 10/30/10 Lightning at Coyotes

Exceeding expectations thus far.


Dan Ellis stopped 23 shots for the shutout victory.

First Period

Second Period
15:59 TB Ritola (1), Jones (1), Malone (5)

Third Period
04:26 TB Hall (2), Thompson (3), Bergenheim (3)
14:38 TB Stamkos (9), Downie (6), Jones (3)

Dan Ellis and Steve Downie were the game's first and second stars.

When the season started, I had the aggressive goal of 14 points for the first 10 games in my mind. The team finishes the first 10 game set ahead of schedule at 7-3-1 with 15 points. That's outstanding. The next 10 game set is fairly brutal, though, so I'll be happy with 10 points in the second 10 game set of the year. Let's see if the Lightning can beat expectations again.

Mattias Ritola had his first NHL goal and was +1 with 2 shots in 8:06.

Dana Tyrell played 13:38.

Blair Jones had a helper and was +1 in 8:02. He was also 50% on 6 draws.

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AHL Game Night: 10/30/10 Pirates at Admirals

Norfolk's weekend has the sour taste of a two point weekend that should have been a four point weekend.


Dustin Tokarski allowed 7 goals on 29 shots for the overtime loss. Rebound control was the culprit. With the exception of the last goal, he was making the first stop and his positioning wasn't bad. But, he was kicking rebounds up the slot and the Admirals defense was not clearing them out. I thought he played better than Desjardins did last night, but neither was acceptable, obviously.

First Period
POR Mancari, (7) (Byron), 3:27
NOR Szczechura, (5) (Giliati, Mihalik), 5:36
NOR Roy, (2) (Barberio, Szczechura), 13:27

Second Period
POR Whitmore, (4) (Turnbull), 2:01
NOR Simek, (3) (Pouliot, Harju), 6:30
NOR Fornataro, (3) (Szczechura, Wright), 13:47

Third Period
POR Whitmore, (5) (Crawford, Turnbull), 9:36
NOR Wright, (3) (Szczechura, Fornataro), 10:03 (PP)
POR Stuart, (3) (Brennan, Biega), 10:29
NOR Harju, (5) (Simek, Pouliot), 11:28 (PP)
POR Turnbull, (1) (Roloff, Whitmore), 12:59
POR Schiestel, (2) (Roloff, Turnbull), 14:54

POR Gragnani, (3) (Mancari, Biega), 1:05

Paul Szczechura was the game's second star. Juraj Simek was, in my opinion, the best Admiral tonight. He showed excellent hand-eye coordination batting a puck out of air for his goal, and that line he has with Pouliot and Harju in one of the best in the league right now.

Through two periods, the defense was much improved tonight. I don't know if that's a function of Mike Flanagan being back to run the defense after Steve Thomas did it last night, but they were better at taking care of details within five feet of their own blueline, with the exception of Portland's first goal. The last period was just the intersection of a team letting its foot off the gas once Harju scored on a semi-soft goal to make it 6-4 and some bad luck with rebounds going right onto Pirates' sticks. The biggest play of the game was the 2-on-1 goal Portland scored to make it 6-5, where Michael Vernace got completely lost. I'm not surprised he was -3 tonight. He's struggling with his positioning and the way he surrenders the blueline on the rush, they might need to start calling him Versailles.

My revalation of the night was Stefano Giliati, who is a speedy little sparkplug who was either generating scoring chances or popping people all night long. He got his first point as an Admiral tonight, and I was impressed. I'm surprised they don't play him more.

I liked the way rookies Mark Barberio and Radko Gudas played. Barberio ended up a team high +2 along with Mihalik, and although his skating is mediocre, he's outstanding at reading the play in the offensive end. He's a very crafty player. He has a ways to go, but I enjoyed what I saw. Gudas appeared in both games this weekend, and he was quiet for most of five periods of hockey, but he was very visible in the third period tonight. He and Wishart are the only two Admirals who routinely step up at their blueline and give a pop, but what surprised me about Radko was how he carried the puck offensively a couple of times. The skill set is there, and it's real. Like Barberio, he's a couple of years off, but there's something to work with there, and he and Mihalik make a decent little pairing. The reunification of Czechoslovakia going on with that pairing.

It makes me puke that a goaltender as bad as Leggio managed to backdoor his way into two wins this weekend. That's annoying.

I'll be leaving Norfolk tomorrow morning, but I just wanted to close by encouraging Lightning fans to make the trip if you're looking for a weekend trip. This is an entertaining team, with the highest scoring offense in the league, and this is a good town. I enjoy coming to Norfolk because it reminds me a lot of Tampa, and I think you'll feel the same way to if you come up here.

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Elitserien Game Day: 10/30/10

Sodertalje 3 @ MODO 4 (OT)
Riku Helenius, Sodertalje, DNP
Season totals: 6 GP, 0-5-0, 0 SO, 2.77 GAA, .879 sv%

I'm beginning to think Riku Helenius is going to have to pull a Tonya Harding on Pontus Sjogren to ever get in a game again. Sjogren made 21 saves for the overtime loss against MODO. Ex-NHLer Byron Ritchie had two goals in the match for MODO.

ECHL Game Night: 10/29/10

Kalamazoo Wings 2 @ Florida Everblades 6
C Mitch Fadden: 1-1-2, -1, 2 PIM (hooking), 1 SOG
Season totals: 6 GP, 2-7-9, -2, 6 PIM

LW Alex Hutchings: 1-1-2, +1, 2 PIM (high sticking), 3 SOG, *First Star*
Season totals: 5 GP, 2-1-3, -3, 2 PIM

G Jaroslav Janus: Did not play.
Season totals: 3 GP, 1-2-0-0, 5.58 GAA, .800 sv%, 0 SO

Kalamazoo came into Southwest Florida with no losses, but will leave with at least 2 after the Everblades beat them for the second consecutive game. Fadden (pictured) returned to the Florida lineup to record another multi-point game and pro rookie Hutchings scored for the second straight game. Janus watched from the bench both games against the Wings. The teams will play again Saturday night.

North American Juniors Game Night: 10/29/10


Salmon Arm Silverbacks 2 @ Penticton Vees 4
C Brendan O’Donnell, PEN: 0-1-1, 0 PIM
Season totals: 20 GP, 8-9-17, 8 PIM

The Vees scored the game’s final four goals for the win. O’Donnell was coming off a 5-point game Wednesday.


Fargo Force 3 @ Omaha Lancers 2 (SO)
C Jimmy Mullin, FGO: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Season totals: 9 GP, 5-4-9, +1, 8 PIM

Mullin’s point streak was snapped at 3 games. He did not convert his shootout attempt.


Gatineau Olympiques 2 @ Cape Breton Screaming Eagles 1
D Adam Janosik, GAT: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG, 0 Hits
Season Totals: 16 GP, 2-3-5, +3, 10 PIM

Cape Breton only managed 12 shots in the game.

Montreal Juniors 4 @ Baie-Comeau Drakkar 3 (SO)
D Charles Landry, MTL: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG, 0 Hits
Season Totals: 6 GP, 0-4-4, +6, 0 PIM

Landry (pictured) has at least a point in both games since his return from injury. Former Harvard Crimson Louis Leblanc (Habs) scored his 9th of the season for the Juniors.


Saginaw Spirit 5 @ Owen Sound Attack 2
D Geoffrey Schemitsch, OS: 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM
Season totals: 14 GP, 1-6-7, +7, 2 PIM

In a battle of OHL heavyweights, Saginaw came out on top despite being outshot by the Attack 54-22.

Belleville Bulls 1 @ Oshawa Generals 6
C/W Richard Panik, BEL: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM
Season totals: 15 GP, 11-9-20, +3, 21 PIM
G Michael Zador, OSH: Win, 20 saves on 21 shots
Season Totals: 7-2-1-1, 3.24 GAA, .889 sv%, 1 SO

Zador shut down Panik and the Bulls, stopping 20 shots in the process.


Prince George Cougars 2 @ Seattle Thunderbirds 0
RW Brett Connolly, PG: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
Season totals: 15 GP, 14-8-22, +2, 6 PIM

Connolly had his point streak snapped at 14 games as this was the first game this season he didn’t hit the scoresheet. Ty Rimmer (undrafted) had a 36-save shutout for the Cougars. Avalanche pick Calvin Pickard had 30 saves for the T-Birds, earning a Second Star award.

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