NCAA Game Night: 1-18-10

NCAA

Dartmouth Big Green 1 @ Harvard Crimson 4
C/W Alexander Killorn, HAR: 0-2-2, +3, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season Totals: 16 GP, 5-7-12, -1, 16 PIM

Killorn, who started the game on the second line, is third on the Crimson in scoring behind Michael Biega (undrafted) and Louis Leblanc (Canadiens 1/09).

Northeastern Huskies 2 @ No.18 Vermont Catamounts 9 (1/16)
C/W Matt Marshall , UVM: 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM (holding), 1 SOG
Season Totals: 19 GP, 1-1-2, -4, 10 PIM

Vermont avenged a Friday night home-ice loss to the Huskies in a big way. Despite Vermont putting up nine goals, Marshall somehow finished on the minus side of zero – the only Catamount to do so in the game.

Blair Jones Wins AHL Hardest Shot Competition

All hail the hammer. Blair Jones won the AHL's Hardest Shot competition tonight at the AHL All-Star Skills Competition. Jones clocked in with a slap shot of 100.7 mph.

NHL Game Night: 1-18-10 Lightning at Hurricanes

That was outstanding. The Lightning played hard and they played under control.

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Antero Niittymaki allowed 2 goals on 22 shots for the win.

First Period
TB 11:07, Malone 20 (Foster, Veilleux)

Second Period
CAR 16:28, Cullen 9 (Whitney, Staal)
TB 18:55, Lecavalier 12 (Meszaros, Halpern)(PP)

Third Period
CAR 4:07, LaRose 2 (Gleason)
TB 9:11, Downie 11 (St. Louis, Smaby)

For one of the rare times in the past two seasons, the Lightning did not panic whenever the opposing team got a goal to even things up. They stayed under control, and they went right back to work to retake the lead. That's exactly the way they need to play down the stretch to piece together enough points to make the postseason.

Paul Szczechura had 2 penalty minutes, 2 shots, 1 hit, and 2 blocked shots in 13:41.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

KHL Game Day: 1-18-10

Novokuznetsk 2 @ Omsk 3
Karri Ramo, Omsk, DNP
Season totals: 34 GP, 19-14, 3 SO, 2.05 GAA, .913 sv%

Jaromir Jagr scored the game winning goal for Omsk with 6:59 to go in the third period off an assist from former Lightning first rounder Alex Svitov.

Kazan 6 @ Mytischi 2
Dmitri Kazionov, Kazan, 2-1-3, +1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 45 GP, 18-6-24, +7, 12 PIM

Kazionov played 14:17 in an amazing 3 point effort for Kazan. Former Lightning draft choices Vadim Epanchintsev and Alexei Glukhov each had helpers in the loss for Mytischi.

Dynamo Moscow 2 @ Ekaterinburg 5
Denis Kazionov, Ekaterinburg, 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 41 GP, 4-3-7, -15, 12 PIM

Johan Harju, Dynamo Moscow, 0-1-1, -1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 45 GP, 3-11-14, -6, 28 PIM

The younger Kazionov brother didn't have a 3 point game, but he did play a team high 19:12 for Ekaterinburg. Johan Harju continued his second half trend of being a setup man, assisting on the game's opening goal while playing 13:05 and going 57% on draws.

KHK MVD 2 @ Chekhov 3 (OT)
Martins Karsums, KHK MVD, DNP
Season totals: 0 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM

Former NHLer Chris Simon scored the game winning goal for Chekhov and also had a helper in the match. Martins Karsums has yet to make his KHL debut for KHK MVD after being assigned to the club by the Lightning.

Dynamo Riga 3 @ Magnitogorsk 2
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, Loss, 29/32, 3.02 GAA, .906 sv%
Season totals: 42 GP, 20-18, 6 SO, 2.01 GAA, .926 sv%

Koshechkin's season GAA popped back over 2.00 today in Magnitogorsk's 3-2 loss to Dynamo Riga. Former NHLer Stan Chistov scored both goals in the match for Magnitogorsk.

CHL Game Night: 1-17-10

OHL

Barrie Colts 3 @ Saginaw Spirit 2
LW/C Alex Hutchings, BAR: 2-0-2, +2, 0 PIM, *First Star*
Season Totals: 43 GP, 28-23-51, +29, 36 PIM

Hutchings broke out of his longest scoreless drought since his rookie year with two goals and a First Star award - unofficially his seventh First Star of the season. He scored both of his goals in the first period to start the game’s scoring.

Sudbury Wolves 3 @ Guelph Storm 8
W Matias Sointu, SBY: Did not play (injured).
Season Totals: 31 GP, 5-9-14, E, 12 PIM
With Sudbury: 10 GP, 2-2-4, -5, 6 PIM
With Ottawa: 21 GP, 3-7-10, +5, 6 PIM

Kingston Frontenacs 5 @ Oshawa Generals 6 (SO)
G Michael Zador, OSH: Did not play.
Season Totals: 30 GP, 11-15-2-1, 3.61 GAA, .893 sv%, 1 SO

Zador was back on the bench for the Gens, who didn’t get an extremely strong performance from Kevin Balie, but found a way to win.

CHL Game Night: 1-16-10

QMJHL

Chicoutimi Sagueneens 1 @ Moncton Wildcats 5
D Mark Barberio, MCT: 0-0-0, +2, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals: 42 GP, 9-25-34, +26, 40 PIM

Barberio had his eight-game point streak and three-game goal streak snapped.

OHL

London Knights 4 @ Belleville Bulls 2
C Richard Panik, BEL: 0-0-0, -2, 2 PIM (holding)
Season Totals: 38 GP, 11-10-21, +9, 29 PIM
With Bulls: 5 GP, 2-1-3, -6, 10 PIM
With Windsor: 33 GP, 9-9-18, +15, 19 PIM

RW Kyle DeCoste, BEL: 0-0-0, -3, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 40 GP, 13-8-21, -9, 37 PIM
With Bulls: 27 GP, 11-7-18, -7, 17 PIM
With SSM: 13 GP, 2-1-3, -2, 20 PIM

DeCoste hasn’t registered a point in five games. He is minus-eight in that span. Panik is scoreless in two.

Sudbury Wolves 4 @ Owen Sound Attack 3
W Matias Sointu, SBY: Did not play (injured).
Season Totals: 31 GP, 5-9-14, E, 12 PIM
With Sudbury: 10 GP, 2-2-4, -5, 6 PIM
With Ottawa: 21 GP, 3-7-10, +5, 6 PIM

Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors 4 @ Oshawa Generals 1
G Michael Zador, OSH: Loss, 27 saves on 31 shots
Season Totals: 30 GP, 11-15-2-1, 3.61 GAA, .893 sv%, 1 SO

Zador got his first start since January 3, but lost his sixth straight game as Oshawa continues to struggle.

WHL

Swift Current Broncos 4 @ Regina Pats 3 (SO)
RW Carter Ashton, REG: 0-0-0, +1, 2 PIM (holding)
Season Totals: 42 GP, 18-18-36, -10, 77 PIM
With Regina: 14 GP, 5-5-10, -2, 25 PIM
With Lethbridge: 28 GP, 13-13-26, -8, 52 PIM

Regina got at least a point for their fourth game in a row. They outshot the Broncos 39-22.

Lightning Relieve Admirals Head Coach Darren Rumble

Late tonight, after the conclusion of the Admirals' game against the Adirondack Phantoms, the Lightning and GM Brian Lawton announced that Head Coach Darren Rumble has been relieved of his duties. Assistant Coach Jim Johnson has been named the new Head Coach and Assistant Coach Leigh Mendelson will remain with the team. Rumble departs the Admirals, officially, with a 50-61-6-5 record in one and a half seasons with the team, although he unofficially assumed the role of Head Coach midway through the 2007-2008 season. Norfolk is currently 17-23-2 this season, which is last place in the AHL's East Division and six points out of a playoff spot.

In my mind, two things contributed to Brian Lawton's decision to make a move. First, although the Lightning have promoted several players to Tampa Bay this season, Norfolk returned a very deep roster dotted with numerous NHL and AHL veterans. While it may not have been fair to expect this team to be competing with Hershey for the division title, this roster probably should be in the thick of the pack in the East Division fighting for second or third, not in last place. The second factor is that, although some prospects like Blair Jones and Dustin Tokarski are having excellent seasons, some of the Lightning's most prized prospects have struggled, namely Matt Lashoff and Dana Tyrell.

To his credit, Rumble can claim to have placed several players in the NHL during his term as coach in Norfolk, including Zenon Konopka, Paul Szczechura, Mike Lundin, Steve Downie, and Matt Smaby.

NHL Game Night: 1-16-10 Lightning at Panthers

The loss on Thursday really stings now.

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FLA-5

Antero Niittymaki allowed 5 goals on 18 shots in two periods for the loss before giving way to Dustin Tokarski. Tokarski stopped all 4 shots he faced in his NHL debut.

First Period
FLA 4:07, Stillman 8, (Reinprecht, Ballard)(PP)
FLA 10:28, Stillman 9, (Ballard)
TB 11:44, Tanguay 7, (Lecavalier)
TB 16:31, Meszaros 4, (Halpern, Lecavalier)(PP)
FLA 17:03, Allen 3, (Stillman, Dvorak)

Second Period
FLA 5:02, Olesz 12, (Campbell, Moore)
FLA 12:36, Olesz 13, (Ballard, Leopold)(PP)

Third Period
NO SCORING

Typical Lightning/Panthers game. The Lightning outshot the Panthers 46-23 and none of it mattered because every bounce went their way and every opportunity the Lightning had either skittered a half inch wide, drew iron, or was magnetically attracted to a goaltender who was standing on their head at the time. The Lightning were a little flat in the second period, true, but this is another game against the Panthers where the scoreboard and the actually level of play in the game didn't match. That's why the collapse in the third period on Thursday hurts so much. On the rare occassion the Panthers' voodoo curse on the Lightning isn't working, you'd better darned well step on their throats.

Paul Szczechura was -1 with 2 shots and 2 hits and was 33% on draws in 10:11.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

AHL Game Night: 1-16-10 Phantoms at Admirals

Just like the big club, the Admirals hurt themselves by coming up blank in back-to-back games against a division opponent that was close in the standings.

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NOR-1

Jarsolav Janus allowed 2 goals on 26 shots for the loss. I feel bad for the young man. He's still looking for his first win and he's just not getting any goal support from the team in front of him.

First Period
NO SCORING

Second Period
NOR Craig, (14) (Jones, Parrish), 18:05

Third Period
ADK Dingle, (3) , 3:18
ADK Bellamy, (1) (Nodl, Curry), 6:20
ADK Backlund, (1) (Laliberte, Kalinski), 19:07 (EN)

Janus was named the game's second star. The game's first star was former Lightning netminder John Grahame, who stopped 27 of 28 shots.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

KHL Game Day: 1-16-10

Kazan 2 @ Cherepovets 1 (SO)
Dmitri Kazionov, Kazan, 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 44 GP, 16-5-21, +6, 12 PIM

Dmitri Kazionov continues to ring the cash register for Kazan, scoring his 16th goal of the season in 16:01 of ice time in Ak Bars' 2-1 shootout win over Cherepovets. To put Kazionov's goal scoring in perspective, he had just 16 goals combined in the last two seasons for Kazan in the Superleague and KHL. His 21 points also ties his career highs set in the Superleague in 2006-2007 and 2007-2008.

Dynamo Moscow 2 @ Magnitogorsk 1
Johan Harju, Dynamo Moscow, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 7 SOG
Season totals: 44 GP, 3-10-13, -5, 28 PIM

Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, Loss, 42/44, 2.02 GAA, .955 sv%
Season totals: 40 GP, 20-17, 6 SO, 1.98 GAA, .927 sv%

You can't say Johan Harju didn't try today with a team leading 7 shots on goal in his club's 2-1 win over Magnitogorsk. He also led all Dynamo forwards in ice time with 20:44 of playing time and he was 53% on draws. You also can't say Vasily Koshechkin didn't bring his A-game today, as he stopped 42 shots in the Magnitogorsk loss.

KHK MVD 1 @ CSKA 2 (SO)
Martins Karsums, KHK MVD, DNP
Season totals: 0 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM

Karsums is still waiting to make his season debut for KHK MVD, which fell 2-1 in a shootout to CSKA today. Former NHLer Nikos Dimitrakos had a goal in the match for CSKA.

Dynamo Minsk 4 @ Ekaterinburg 0
Denis Kazionov, Ekaterinburg, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 40 GP, 4-3-7, -16, 12 PIM

Denis Kazionov got back in the lineup today for Ekaterinburg, but the outcome remained the same as they were blanked 4-0 by Dynamo Minsk. Kazionov played 15:08 in the match.

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