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NCAA Game Night: 11-27-09

No.18 Vermont Catamounts 3 @ Northeastern Huskies 2
C/W Matt Marshall , UVM: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season Totals: 11 GP, 1-1-2, -1, 2 PIM

Vermont moves back to .500 at 5-5-1.

Western Michigan Broncos 3 @ Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks 4
D Luke Witkowski , UWM: 0-0-0, -3, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season Totals: 13 GP, 1-3-4, -9, 16 PIM

Witkowski’s minus-3 rating was the worst on the team for the night. The freshman continues to get solid minutes for the Broncos.

NHL Game Night 11-27: Rangers at Lightning

Quite simply the best game the Lightning have played this season.

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Mike Smith allowed 1 goal on 27 shots for the victory.

First Period
TB 6:54, Stamkos 16 (St Louis, Hedman)
TB 19:24, Foster 2 (St Louis, Lecavalier)(PP)

Second Period
TB 8:05, Downie 3 (St Louis, Stamkos)(PP)
TB 12:25, Szczechura 1 (Wright, Walker)

Third Period
TB 8:24, Foster 3 (Konopka)
NYR 17:53, Callahan 4 (Anisimov, Staal)

The Lightning have struggled to get shots on goal, and they finally got to 30 tonight (31) even with the Rangers blocking quite a few shots (14). If the Lightning can get up over 30 shots a game consistently, I believe they're going to start scoring 3-4 goals a night and they've got enough goaltending to make it stand up.

More than just the shots and the goals, though, I thought the Lightning also physically handled the Rangers. Walker and Konopka both treated Brian Boyle like a speed bag with eyes and the Lightning outhit the Rangers 15-13.

One other thing: Recent BoltProspects graduate Steve Downie and Kurtis Foster are really coming on lately. Downie, in particular, has an unbelievable knack for breaking up passes and clearing attempts along the wall. He's a lot like fellow little guy Martin St. Louis in that respect.

Zenon Konopka had an assist and was +1 with 17 penalty minutes, 3 hits, and 1 blocked shot in 8:16. He was also 75% on draws, including the clean win that got him the helper on Foster's second goal. More than that, though, he landed a couple of nice bombs on Brian Boyle after Boyle made a dangerous hit on young Mr. Wright.

Paul Szczechura got his nose bloodied and then responded with a 1 goal, +1 performance with 2 penalty minutes, 3 shots, and he was 69% on draws in 14:34. It was his best game of the season, and given the circumstances Coach Tocchet may want to take a stick and pop Chewey square in the nose before every game.

James Wright had a helper and was +1 in 13:55.

Victor Hedman had 1 assist and was +1 with 1 shot and 1 blocked shot in 21:33. He's looked a little lost without Ohlund, but he played a strong, workmanlike game tonight.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

AHL Game Night: 11-27 River Rats at Admirals

A huge overtime victory for a Norfolk team that needs to right the ship at home.

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Dustin Tokarski allowed 3 goals on 30 shots for the win.

First Period
NOR Hall, (3) (Tyrell, Smaby), 6:51
ALB Micflikier, (2) (Hennigar), 7:59
ALB Dodge, (6) (Pistilli, Angelidis), 16:39

Second Period
NO SCORING

Third Period
NOR Jones, (6) (Craig, Jackson), 5:48
NOR Syroczynski, (4) (Graham), 7:41
ALB Angelidis, (1) (Blanchard), 8:48

Overtime
NOR Wishart, (2) (Craig, Bochenski), 3:50

Ty Wishart and Blair Jones were the game's first and second stars. Norfolk absolutely poured it on, outshooting Albany 46-30, including 17-6 in the Third Period. The win moves the Admirals back to 11-12-1, and into a three-way tie at 23 points for second place in the East Division with Bighamton and Albany. They're in a tough spot in that they've played a lot more games (24) than some other teams in the division like Wilkes-Barre. However, they've also got a very home-friendly stretch of games over the next month. Now is the time for the Ads to not only regroup, but start to make a bit of a move.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

KHL Game Day: 11-27

Chelyabinsk 1 @ Magnitogorsk 2
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, Win, 30/31, 1.00 GAA, .968 sv%
Season totals: 26 GP, 11-13, 2 SO, 2.14 GAA, .919 sv%

Koshechkin's bid for his first shutout with Magnitogorsk was spoiled by a Pavel Boychenko goal with less than 5 minutes to go in the Third Period. Magnitogorsk is now 2 points behind Cherepovets for first place in the Eastern Conference of the KHL.

CHL Game Night: 11-26-09

QMJHL

Drummondville Voltigeurs 1 @ Moncton Wildcats 5
D Mark Barberio, MCT: 0-2-2, +3, 2 PIM, 3 SOG
Season Totals: 23 GP, 2-15-17, +7, 24 PIM

Barberio has three points in his last two games after notching two helpers against the defending QMJHL champs Thursday. Barberio is tied for 14th in scoring among Q defensemen, but third on the Wildcats after David Savard (Blue Jackets 4/2009) and PEI native Brandon Gormley (2010).

OHL

Belleville Bulls 3 @ Erie Otters 5
RW Kyle DeCoste, BEL: 0-1-1, -1, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 22 GP, 4-5-9, -1, 22 PIM
With Bulls: 9 GP, 2-4-6, +1, 2 PIM
With SSM: 13 GP, 2-1-3, -2, 20 PIM

G Jaroslav Janus, ERIE: Win, 20 saves on 22 shots in 49:36.
Season Totals: 7 GP, 4-2-1-0, 2.93 GAA, .915 sv%
With Norfolk (AHL): 2 GP, 0-2-0, 1.52 GAA, .939 sv%

Janus was pulled midway through the third period with an apparent leg problem, the Canadian Press reported. The Otters snapped a four game losing streak while accumulating a season-high 46 shots.

Owen Sound Attack 1 @ Barrie Colts 5
LW/C Alex Hutchings, BAR: 1-2-3, +2, 0 PIM, *First Star*
Season Totals: 25 GP, 12-16-28, +10, 14 PIM

Hutchings (pictured) posted his second three point game of November, earning his second First Star honor of the year in the process.

WHL

WHL All-Stars 4 vs. Russian Selects 2 (Subway Super Series)
RW Carter Ashton, WHL: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 23 GP, 12-12-24, -6, 44 PIM

After a 2-1 WHL win earlier this week, the WHL/CHL completed the sweep over Russia with a 4-2 win Thursday. The CHL (QMJHL, OHL, WHL) finished 6-0 against the Russians.

KHL Game Day: 11-26

Dynamo Minsk 4 @ Dynamo Moscow 2
Johan Harju, Dynamo Moscow, 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 4 SOG
Season totals: 28 GP, 2-5-7, -3, 20 PIM

Harju played 15:51 in the match and was 60% on draws. Harju's teammate Linus Omark, an Edmonoton Oilers prospect, scored his 10th goal of the season in the match. Former NHL defenseman Richard Lintner scored the winner for Minsk.

NHL Game Night: 11-25 Maple Leafs at Lightning

Apologies for the lateness of this post, and apologies for the Lightning stubbing their toe for their first regulation loss at home of the year.

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TB-3

Antero Niittymaki allowed 4 goals on 30 shots for the loss. It was an uncharacteristic performance for Niitty.

First Period
TOR 6:45, Kulemin 4 (Gunnarsson, Primeau)
TOR 11:54, Hagman 10 (Beauchemin, Gunnarsson)
TB 14:14, Meszaros 3 (Downie, Stamkos)(PP)
TB 14:44, Lecavalier 5 (Halpern, Tanguay)

Second Period
TOR 1:20, Hagman 11 (Grabovski, Exelby)
TB 7:51, Malone 15 (Stamkos, St Louis)
TOR 18:13, Stajan 6 (Gunnarsson)

Third Period
NO SCORING

Zenon Konopka had 2 hits in 9:44.

Paul Szczechura was -1 with 1 shot in 10:14.

James Wright was -1 with 1 blocked shot in 12:07.

Victor Hedman was -1 with 2 penalty minutes in 17:01.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

AHL Game Night: 11-25 Penguins at Admirals

The losing streak hits four.

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NOR-1

Riku Helenius allowed three goals on 31 shots for the loss.

First Period
WBS Wallace, (5) (Caputi, Smith), 11:22
WBS Wallace, (6) (Smith), 13:09
NOR Simek, (4) (Jones, Smolenak), 19:44 (PP)

Second Period
No scoring

Third Period
WBS Smith, (4) (Strait, Caputi), 0:33

Blair Jones now has 13 points in his last 11 games and a modest two game point streak. Radek Smolenak has three points in his last two games. Helenius has lost three of his last four, but his season-long GAA remains under two (1.99).

Box score from TheAHL.com.

67's Send Sointu to Sudbury

The OHL's Ottawa 67’s announced Wednesday that winger and Lightning prospect Matias Sointu was traded to the Sudbury Wolves for goaltender Francis Dupuis.

According to the Orleans Star, the trade represents an opportunity to gain more playing time for Sointu.

“Here in Ottawa, we have a solid group of young forwards and with Corey Cowick coming back in the New Year it looked like Matias wasn’t going to get the minutes he needs to continue his development,” 67's coach Chris Byrne told the Star. “In Sudbury, I think he’ll be a top-six forward and have the opportunity to develop at a faster pace. We thank him for his contribution to our team and wish him well with the Wolves.”

CHL Game Night: 11-25-09

OHL

Windsor Spitfires 2 @ Plymouth Whalers 1
C Richard Panik, WSR: 1-0-1, +2, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 26 GP, 7-8-15, +13, 8 PIM

Windsor won its ninth straight as Panik scored his seventh of the year. His unassisted goal opened the game’s scoring.

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