Beech Named CHL Goaltender of the Week

The Canadian Hockey League announced today that Kevin Beech of the Sudbury Wolves is the ADT CHL Goaltender of the Week after posting a 3-0-0-0 record along with a 1.33 goals against average and .956 save percentage in three starts last week.

Beech started the week by allowing one goal on 30 shots in a 4-1 win over the Brampton Battalion on December 15. The next night, the 20-year-old London native allowed one goal on 28 shots in a 5-1 win over the Peterborough Petes and he finished the week with goals on 32 shots in a 4-2 win over the Mississauga IceDogs on December 17. He improved his season record to 15-12-1-2 with a 3.08 goals against average and .900 save percentage in 32 games.

NHL Game Night 12/19: Lightning at Capitals

Thank goodness.

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Marc Denis stopped 20 of 24 shots for the win. Filip Kuba and Vincent Lecavalier paced the Lightning with 1 goal and 2 assists in the game. Martin St. Louis also chipped in 2 goals with Nikita Alexeev scoring the other Lightning marker. Dan Boyle, Ryan Craig, Ruslan Fedotenko, Vaclav Prospal and Cory Sarich each chipped in a helper in the contest.

The win will keep the Lightning 2 points ahead of Florida, which is pounding Toronto tonight 7-1 and will move the team back to 2 games under .500. Baby steps, I suppose.

First Period
Tampa Bay 7:34, Filip Kuba 4 (power play) (Ryan Craig, Vaclav Prospal)
Tampa Bay 12:54, Martin St. Louis 21 (Vincent Lecavalier, Cory Sarich)
Washington 13:54, Alexander Ovechkin 23 (Brooks Laich, Brian Sutherby)
Tampa Bay 17:15, Vincent Lecavalier 19 (power play) (Filip Kuba, Dan Boyle)

Second Period
Tampa Bay 1:35, Martin St. Louis 22 (power play) (Vincent Lecavalier, Filip Kuba)
Washington 8:36, Jamie Heward 3 (power play) (Ben Clymer, Kris Beech)
Tampa Bay 19:18, Nikita Alexeev 10 (Ruslan Fedotenko)

Third Period
Washington 10:29, Kris Beech 4 (power play) (Alexander Semin, Ben Clymer)
Washington 12:12, Bryan Muir 3 (Alexander Ovechkin, Alexander Semin)

Game sheet from NHL.com.

Boisclair Earns Promotion

(From ECHL.com)
The Springfield Falcons, proud members of the American Hockey League, announced today that forward Maxime Boisclair has been recalled from their ECHL affiliate, the Johnstown Chiefs. Boisclair is expected to join the Falcons on Wednesday as they prepare for a pair of divisional games this weekend.

Boisclair currently leads the Chiefs in scoring this season with 11 goals and 19 assists for 30 points in 25 games. The 6-foot-1, 198-pound native of Port-au-Prince, is in his first season of professional hockey and attended Falcons training camp this season. Boisclair spent the 2005-06 campaign with Chicoutimi of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League where he recorded 70 goals and 130 points in 70 games played. Boisclair signed an American Hockey League contract with the Falcons on July 6, 2006 after collecting 121 goals and 117 assists for 238 points in 140 games with Chicoutimi.

Mike Lundin named HEAST Defensive Player of the Week

University of Maine defensemen Mike Lundin was named Hockey East Pure Hockey Defensive Player of the Week.

Lundin had an assist in Saturday night's 1-1 tie with Mercyhurst. The senior sent a shot through from the point on a powerplay in the second period that forward Billy Ryan tipped past Lakers goalie Jordan Wakefield. Lundin had four total shots in the game.

In 15 games this season, Lundin has 2 goals and 6 assists and a +5 rating.

Bolt Prospects Prospect of the Week: 12/11-12/17

After being a runner-up several times already this season, this week's winner finally gets the gold...

CHL Game Day: 12/17

Kevin Beech stopped 30 of 32 shots faced today as Sudbury defeated Mississauga 4-2. Chris Lawrence had 1 assist and 2 penalty minutes in the game for the Ice Dogs.

AHL Game Day 12/17: Falcons at Pirates

What a game.

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Jonathan Boutin stopped 32 of 36 shots faced in regulation and overtime before allowing 2 goals on 5 attempts to take the shootout loss. Veteran Eric Healey led the way with 2 goals and 2 assists while Daniel Corso had 4 helpers in the contest. Norm Milley had 1 goal and 1 assist and Marek Kvapil scored the game tying goal to send the game into overtime with just 1 second remaining in the third period.

This is the kind of effort the Falcons need out of their veterans in big games, and the team's resiliency was incredible in erasing a two goal third period deficit in a little over 10 minutes. Unfortunately, Springfield now falls 5 points behind Portland for the division lead at 15-13-1 with 31 points. If the season ended today, the Falcons would claim the 8th spot in the Eastern Conference.

First Period
POR Wirtanen, (4) (Bembridge, Wilson), 2:00
POR Parenteau, (11) (Salcido, Konopka), 14:00
SPR Healey, (10) (Corso, Milley), 15:01

Second Period
SPR Healey, (11) (Corso), 10:09

Third Period
POR Parenteau, (12) (Genoway, Salcido), 2:15
POR Moran, (1) (Wilson, Wirtanen), 10:01
SPR Milley, (13) (Healey, Corso), 10:14
SPR Kvapil, (6) (Healey, Corso), 19:59

Overtime
NO SCORING

Shootout
SPR- Spina
POR- Genoway, Konopka

Game sheet from TheAHL.com.

NCAA Game Night: 12/16

Art Femenella was a +1 with 2 PIM in #13 Vermont's 4-0 win over St. Lawrence.

The Catamounts are 10-5-1 overall and 6-2-1 in the HEAST. Vermont now prepares for the Sheraton/Bank North Classic Catamount Cup in two weeks. They open the tournament against Rensselaer.

Mike Lundin had an assist in #3 Maine's 1-1 tie with Mercyhurst. The Senior now has six assists on the season.

CHL Game Night: 12/16

Kevin Beech stopped 27 of 28 shots for the win in Sudbury's 5-1 victory over Peterborough. Beech is now 14-12-1-2 with a 3.12 GAA and has pulled his save percentage up to .899 for the season.

Marek Bartanus is still with Team Slovakia preparing for the WJCs as Windsor clipped Owen Sound 4-3 in overtime.

Dane Crowley was out of the lineup today for Swift Current as the Broncos fell to Saskatton 5-4 in a shootout.

Vladimir Mihalik is still with Team Slovakia preparing for the WJCs as Prince George trails Kamloops 3-1 in the second period.

NHL Game Night 12/16: Hurricanes at Lightning

Someone pass me a bucket.

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Marc Denis stopped 24 of 27 shots faced as the Lightning continue to find new and creative ways to waste opportunities to get points and slide further and further under .500. Ryan Craig had 1 goal and 1 assist in the game while Martin St. Louis scored the other Lightning goal. Individual helpers belonged to Brad Richards, Vaclav Prospal and Eric Perrin.

I'm at a loss for words at this point. When the goaltending plays well, the offense breaks down. When the offense plays well the defense breaks down. And when this team gets in a one goal game, it seems incapable of making that one critical play it needs to stay out of the loss column. How does a team that has won so many games over the past two seasons forget how to do the little things that will put them over the top in a close game?

Don't look now, but the Panthers are just 2 points behind in the standings. Good grief.

First Period
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Second Period
Tampa Bay 7:49, Ryan Craig 9 (Brad Richards, Vaclav Prospal)
Carolina 13:05, Ray Whitney 11 (power play) (Keith Aucoin)

Third Period
Carolina 12:58, Eric Staal 17 (Erik Cole)
Carolina 18:36, Ray Whitney 12 (Justin Williams, Eric Belanger)
Tampa Bay 19:04, Martin St. Louis 20 (power play) (Eric Perrin, Ryan Craig)

Game sheet from NHL.com.

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