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.

CHL Game Night: 1-15-10

QMJHL

Baie-Comeau Drakkar 0 @ Moncton Wildcats 6
D Mark Barberio, MCT: 1-0-1, +4, 4 PIM, 3 SOG
Season Totals: 41 GP, 9-25-34, +24, 40 PIM

Barberio’s goal at the one-minute mark of the opening period turned out to be the game winner and made it three consecutive games in which he’s scored a goal. He has an eight game point streak (third longest active streak in the league) and has scored six of his nine goals in that span. Barberio (pictured) is fifth among QMJHL defensemen in assists, points, and plus/minus. He is ninth in goals.

OHL

Barrie Colts 4 @ Plymouth Whalers 2
LW/C Alex Hutchings, BAR: 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM (roughing)
Season Totals: 42 GP, 26-23-49, +27, 36 PIM

Another big road win for Barrie. Hutchings hasn’t registered a point in four games, which is his longest scoreless stretch since his 2006-07 rookie year. Since Barrie continues to win, one would think the frustration level isn't too high.

Oshawa Generals 3 @ Sudbury Wolves 4
G Michael Zador, OSH: Did not play.
Season Totals: 28 GP, 11-14-2-1, 3.60 GAA, .894 sv%, 1 SO
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

Zador hasn’t made a start since January 3. He is currently on a five-game losing streak, though the latest loss was in relief. Sointu is still recovering from surgery in Finland. He is expected to re-join the Wolves at the end of the month.

WHL

Edmonton Oil Kings 2 @ Regina Pats 5
RW Carter Ashton, REG: 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM (kneeing)
Season Totals: 41 GP, 18-18-36, -11, 75 PIM
With Regina: 13 GP, 5-5-10, -3, 23 PIM
With Lethbridge: 28 GP, 13-13-26, -8, 52 PIM

Regina won their third in a row. Former Lightning prospect Torrie Jung stopped 41 of 46 shots in the loss and was named Third Star. The overager is 7-20-2-5 on the year with a 3.39 GAA, .895 save percentage, and one shutout.

NCAA Game Night: 1-15-10

Northeastern Huskies 3 @ No.18 Vermont Catamounts 1
C/W Matt Marshall , UVM: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season Totals: 18 GP, 1-1-2, -3, 8 PIM

Vermont (10-7-2) had just moved back into the USCHO Top-20 before dropping a home game to the Huskies. Marshall continues to play a fourth line role for the Catamounts.

AHL Game Night: 1-15-10 Phantoms at Admirals

The Admirals have got to win these close division games if they have any shot of climbing into the playoffs.

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NOR-2

Jaroslav Janus allowed 3 goals on 29 shots for the loss. It's the first time in four AHL starts this season that Janus has had a sub-.900 save percentage in a game. He has yet to taste victory as a pro despite his .919 season save percentage.

First Period
NOR Wishart, (5) (Jones, Parrish), 9:23 (PP)
ADK Kolanos, (8) (Matsumoto, Nodl), 13:54 (PP)

Second Period
ADK Beaulieu, (2) (Klotz, Clackson), 10:20

Third Period
ADK Matsumoto, (17) (Kolanos, Laliberte), 11:05
NOR Wishart, (6) (Jones, Janus), 11:16

Ty Wishart and Blair Jones were the game's second and third stars.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

KHL Game Day: 1-15-10

Omsk 4 @ Novokuznetsk 2
Karri Ramo, Omsk, DNP
Season totals: 34 GP, 19-14, 3 SO, 2.05 GAA, .913 sv%

Former NHLers Jaromir Jagr and Anton Babchuk each had 1 goal and 2 assists in Omsk's 4-2 win over Novokuznetsk. Freshly minted KHL All-Star starter Karri Ramo got the game off. Omsk sits in 4th place in the KHL's Eastern Conference after the victory.

Ramo Named a KHL All-Star Starter

Karri Ramo has been named the starting goaltender for Team Jagr in the upcoming KHL All-Star Game, the league announced today. Taking a cue from the NHL, last year's KHL All-Star Game was held outdoors in Red Square in Moscow. This year's All-Star contest will take place in Minsk. Ramo currently has a 19-14 record in 34 games, with 2 losses coming after regulation, 3 shutouts, a 2.05 GAA, and a .913 save percentage. He is currently tied for fourth in the league in wins.

In somewhat related news, the KHL handed down a decision to Ramo's club Omsk after their brawl filled contest with Chekhov earlier this month that resulted in the game being suspended and postponed due to nineteen players being ejected. The league has decided to rule the game a forfeit by both clubs and both will receive a loss in the standings. Ramo was one of the few players on either team not to earn an ejection.

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