The road is a tough place to make up ground.
Karri Ramo allowed 4 goals on 32 shots for the loss. His .890 season save percentage is starting to become a bit of an eyesore.
NOR Szczechura, (9) (Smolenak, Bochenski), 1:30
NOR Smith, (3) (Hutchinson, Bochenski), 6:05 (PP)
WOR Cavanagh, (7) (Demers, Vesce), 14:20
WOR Moore, (1) (Demers, Zalewski), 0:32 (PP)
WOR Larose, (8) (Demers, Armstrong), 4:10
WOR Desjardins, (2) (Buckley, McLaren), 9:55
NOR Heward, (4) (Szczechura, Downie), 19:13
Paul Szczechura now has 9 goals and 20 points in 17 games. As of this moment, he's tied for 5th in the AHL in scoring.
Box score from TheAHL.com.
Spokane Chiefs 1 @ Brandon Wheat Kings 4
G Dustin Tokarski, SPO: Loss, 19 saves on 22 shots
Season totals: 20 GP, 12-6-0-2, 1.78 GAA, .944 sv%, 3 shutouts
Tokarski lost his second straight start with an uncharacteristic three GAA game. The Chiefs were down just 2-1 with three minutes left in the game before Braydon Schenn, fresh off being named Central Scoutingâ€™s third-ranked draft eligible WHLer, added an insurance goal. Ryan Craigâ€™s former junior team then added a late empty netter to finish the scoring. Tokarski still leads the WHL in GAA, save percentage (.924 next highest), and shutouts. Heâ€™s third in wins.
No.18 Harvard Crimson 3 @ Brown Bears 3 (OT) (ECAC)
C/W Alexander Killorn, HAR: 0-1-1, -1, 4 PIM (boarding, interference), 2 SOG
Season totals: 7 GP, 1-4-5, -1, 18 PIM
Killorn, a freshman, earned a power play assist on the gameâ€™s opening goal and had at least two scoring chances in overtime. Harvard (4-2-1) had just snuck back into USCHOâ€™s Top-20 at No.18 before failing to win at winless Brown (0-4-2). Minnesota (6-0-4) is the new No.1 after Lightning prospect John Wessbecker and UMass upset Boston University last week. Somehow Boston (7-2-0) still earned four first-place votes in the poll.
Johan Harju had an assist in Lulea's 5-3 win over Rogle.
Andreas Holmqvist had an assist in Djurgardens' 4-3 loss to MODO.
Johan Harju was scoreless in Lulea's 3-2 win over MODO.
Johan Harju had a goal in Lulea's 3-1 win over Linkopings.
Andreas Holmqvist had 2 penalty minutes in Djurgardens' 2-2 tie with Skelleftea.
Andreas Holmqvist was scoreless in Djurgardens' 4-2 loss to Brynas.
Johan Harju had an assist in Lulea's 1-1 tie with HV 71.
Lightning Prospect Elitserien Stats Through 11/18:
Johan Harju, Lulea, 22 GP, 7-9-16, 16 PIM, +4
Andreas Holmqvist, Frolunda/Djurgardens, 16 GP, 4-8-12, 18 PIM, -2
Harju is tied for 15th in the Elitserien in scoring. Holmqvist is tied for 6th in the league in scoring among defensemen, once his combined statistics between Frolunda and Djurgardens are considered.
Lulea has now risen to 7th on the Elitserien table. Djurgardens sits in 10th.
I'll say this much: it's an improvement over the last game against the Panthers.
Mike Smith allowed 3 goals on 36 shots before stopping 1 of 2 shooters to take the shootout loss.
07:50 FLA McCabe (2), (Campbell, Dvorak)
19:43 FLA Booth (8, (Zednik, Weiss)(PP)
07:48 FLA McCabe (3), (Horton, Bouwmeester)(PP)
14:42 TB Vrbata (1), (Eminger, Stamkos)
03:44 TB Artyukhin (1), (Lecavalier, Eminger)
17:09 TB Eminger (1), (Artyukhin, Jokinen)
The Lightning outshot Florida 52-36 in the game. I'd say that is playing the game with a slightly higher tempo. Don't look now, but in six games since joining the Lightning Steve Eminger has 1 goal and 5 points.
Steven Stamkos had an assist and was +1 with 9 shots and 1 hit in a season high 17:55 of ice time. He also was 60% on draws. 9 shots. With his shot? If he keeps putting the puck on net at even half that clip, the goals will start coming in bunches.
Victoria Grizzlies 2 @ Langley Chiefs 1
W Justin Courtnall, VIC: 0-0-0, 4 PIM (double minor for roughing, game misconduct at 20:00 of third period)
Season totals: 27 GP, 8-19-27, 40 PIM
Moncton Wildcats 2 @ Montreal Junior 3
D Mark Barberio, MCT: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 20 GP, 6-12-18, +10, 12 PIM
After 20 games to start the year earning at least a point, Moncton lost its second in a row in regulation.
Lewiston MAINEiacs 5 @ Rimouski Oceanic 2
D Michael Ward, LEW: 0-1-1, +3, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 22 GP, 3-8-11, -5, 33 PIM
W/C Luca Cunti, RIM: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 21 GP, 4-13-17, -1, 12 PIM
Lewiston jumped out to a 4-0 first period lead and coasted to the win.
Ottawa 67â€™s 2 @ Brampton Battalion 4
W Kyle DeCoste, BRA: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
Season totals: DeCoste: 20 GP, 5-3-8, -8, 17 PIM
Edmonton Oil Kings 3 @ Lethbridge Hurricanes 5
G Torrie Jung, EDM: Loss, 26 saves
Season totals: 10 GP, 3-4-0-3, 3.19 GAA, .899 sv%, 1 shutout
Jung has lost his last six starts (0-4-0-2) after starting the year with a 3-0-0-1 streak. His save percentage dipped below .900 for the first time this year.
Portland Winter Hawks 2 @ Vancouver Giants 5
C James Wright, VAN: 0-0-0, +1, 2 PIM (high sticking)
Season totals: 21 GP, 10-10-20, +15, 10 PIM
The Lightning had their chances to get the two points in this game.
Mike Smith played well allowing 2 goals on 30 shots in regulation and overtime before going 0-for-2 in the shootout session.
11:20 TB St. Louis (4), (Vrbata)
04:09 TB Lecavalier (7), (Recchi, Eminger)(PP)
14:19 CAR Brookbank (1), (Sutter, Pitkanen)
15:37 CAR Brind'Amour (7), (Walker, Wallin)
CAR- Ruutu, Brind'Amour
Steven Stamkos was -1 in 15:10 with 1 shot, 3 hits, and he was 38% on draws.
Damn. Damn. Damn.
Karri Ramo allowed 4 goals on 29 shots in the loss.
PRO Sobotka, (5) (St. Pierre, Lashoff), 18:02
PRO Karsums, (7) (Boychuk, Sobotka), 2:36 (PP)
NOR Kearns, (3) (Rosehill, Hutchinson), 2:50
NOR Szczechura, (8) (Smolenak, Boyle), 13:42
NOR Simek, (4) (Downie, Rogers), 4:45
PRO Boychuk, (4) (Sobotka, Karsums), 6:46 (PP)
PRO Marchand, (4) (Marquardt, Bitz), 14:07 (PP)
Paul Szczechura was named the game's third star.
It was right there for them. They had the lead with about 15 minutes left to play, but two unanswered power play tally's later, Providence still owns the Baby Bolts. The loss snaps the Admirals' five game points streak (4-0-1).
Norfolk's road trip continues Wednesday night in Worcester. They'll wind up their six game roadie Friday and Saturday against Springfield and Lowell.
Box score from TheAHL.com.
Moncton finally loses in regulation ... Fadden's Americans the latest Winter Hawks' victim ... game stars for the usual suspects - Tokarski and Tyrell.