N.A. Juniors Game Night: 11/15

Moncton finally loses in regulation ... Fadden's Americans the latest Winter Hawks' victim ... game stars for the usual suspects - Tokarski and Tyrell.

NCAA Game Night: 11/15

No.19 St. Lawrence Saints 0 @ Harvard Crimson 1 (ECAC)
C/W Alexander Killorn, HAR: 0-1-1, E, 2 PIM (boarding), 4 SOG
Season totals: 6 GP, 1-3-4, E, 14 PIM

The game winner was scored on a second period power play by Matt McCollem (St. Louis Blues) when he potted a rebound of a Killorn shot. The Saints were penalized after the first period when a player skated onto the ice after the horn to congratulate his red-hot goalie on his way to the dressing room. This is apparently a point of emphasis this year – go right to the room. The St. Lawrence coach was “fuming,” though St. Lawrence killed off that penalty.

UMass-Lowell River Hawks 2 @ No.20 UMass Minutemen 0 (Hockey East)
D John Wessbecker , UMass: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 7 GP, 0-2-2, +10, 8 PIM

A day after dumping No.1 Boston University, UMass had a bit of a letdown.

ECHL Game Night 11/15: Lynx at Everblades

Lighting prospect forward Chris Lawrence scored his first goal of the season tonight against the Florida Everblades in Estero. Defenseman Tim Branham scored a marker just seconds into the 3rd period to draw Augusta within a goal. But goaltender Mike Brodeur, playing in back-to-back games after a spectacular performance the night before, surrendered two short-handed goals in the 3rd as the Lynx dropped their third straight game. After only putting up 3 1st period shots following a lackluster offensive output the night before, Lawrence and Matt Auffrey led the team in putting up 26 2nd and 3rd period shots. Brodeur saw 48 Everblade shots after stopping 47 the night before. Former Lightning defensive prospect Doug O'Brien failed to score on 8 shots in the two games for Everblades.

Augusta 2 @ Florida 5
G Riku Helenius: did not play
D Kevin Quick: 0-0-0; -1; 0 PIM; 3 SOG
F Chris Lawrence: 1-0-1; -1; 2 PIM; 4 SOG

Augusta falls to 5-5-1-1 and both teams make a trip back to James Brown Arena in Augusta next weekend for back-to-back rematch Friday and Saturday. The Dayton Bombers come into Augusta next Sunday for a matinee tilt against the Lynx.

AHL Game Night 11/15: Admirals at Monarchs

Good to the last shot.

NOR-2
MAN-1

Mike McKenna had a strong quality start allowing just 1 goal on 20 shots for his first win of the season.

First Period
NO SCORING

Second Period
NOR Bochenski, (4) (Konopka, Heward), 0:24 (PP)
MCH Purcell, (4) (Voynov), 7:13

Third Period
NOR Konopka, (5) (Ward), 19:55

Zenon Konopka and McKenna were the game's first and second star. Jonathan Quick, of the Connecticut Quicks, got third star honors for Manchester in defeat.

Norfolk outshot Manchester 27-20 in the game largely on the strength of a lopsided 13-2 shot total in the third period that ended with Konopka scoring the game winner with 5 seconds left on a lucky bounce out from behind the net. When you outwork a team like that when the chips are down, more often than not you get those bounces.

The win moves the Ads to 5-6-4 on the season with a chance to move to .500 tomorrow afternoon. They currently sit 3 points behind Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, which is fourth in the division. Now, unfortunately, Norfolk's opponent tomorrow afternoon is the Providence Bruins, who have historically taken great pleasure in torturing the young Bolts over the past few seasons. It's a tough spot being the third game in three nights, especially with the short turnaround, and it'll be key for Karri Ramo, who I would presume will get back in tomorrow, to really be sharp to get the team over.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

N.A. Juniors Game Night: 11/14

Another multi-pointer for Barberio ... five Firsts for Tokarski ... your Ugly Stat of the Day ... and who did Lightning co-owner Len Barrie watch his son with at the Vancouver-Kelowna game?

NCAA Game Night: 11/14

No.16. Clarkson Golden Knights 1 @ Harvard Crimson 5 (ECAC)
C/W Alexander Killorn, HAR: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM (boarding)
Season totals: 5 GP, 1-2-3, E, 14 PIM

No.7 Northeastern Huskies 5 @ No.15 Vermont Catamounts 3 (Hockey East)
C/W Matt Marshall , UVM: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 8 GP, 1-1-2, +2, 4 PIM

No.1 Boston University Terriers 1 @ No.20 UMass Minutemen 5 (Hockey East)
D John Wessbecker , UMass: 0-0-0, +3, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 6 GP, 0-2-2, +10, 8 PIM

UMass convincingly upset the No.1 team in the country. The Terriers had scored at least six goals in each game of a three game win streak that the Minutemen ended.

*USCHO poll used for rankings.

ECHL Game Night 11/14: Lynx at Everblades

Veteran ECHL goaltender Mike Brodeur stood on his head tonight, stopping 46 of 46 Florida Everblade shots through both regulation and overtime. But the punchless Lynx offense provided no support for Brodeur, and the Lynx lost the first of two games in Estero in a shootout 1-0. The Lynx only managed 16 shots through 4 periods: 2 in first, 5 in second, 5 in the third, and 4 in overtime. Lightning prospect forward Chris Lawrence was the first Lynx shooter in the shootout, but none of the Augusta shooters converted against undrafted Clarkson University product David Leggio.

Augusta 0 @ Florida 1 SO
G Riku Helenius: did not play
D Kevin Quick: 0-0-0; E; 2 PIM; 0 SOG
F Chris Lawrence: 0-0-0; E; 2 PIM; 1 SOG

Augusta falls to 5-4-1-1 and tomorrow night's rematch against the Florida Everblades and Minnesota Wild prospect goaltender Anton Khudobin looks bleak unless the Lynx can discover some offensive punch.

AHL Game Night 11/14: Admirals at Monarchs

Left a point on the table.

NOR-4
MAN-5 (SO)

Karri Ramo allowed 4 goals on 32 shots before surrendering shootout goals to 2 of 3 shooters to take the SOL. Ramo continues to struggle this season in the shootout situations.

First Period
NOR Simek, (3) (Jones, Boyle), 3:49
MCH Moulson, (3) (Murray, Drewiske), 18:39

Second Period
NOR Szczechura, (7) (Hutchinson, Smolenak), 0:35
MCH Gauthier, (3) (Purcell, Moulson), 4:59
NOR Smolenak, (6) (Segal, Smaby), 6:47
NOR Smolenak, (7) (Heward, Segal), 19:11 (PP)

Third Period
MCH Lewis, (3) (Parse, Drewiske), 3:24
MCH Purcell, (3) (Gauthier, Piskula), 16:29

Overtime
NO SCORING

Shootout
NOR- NONE
MAN- Dravecky, Purcell

Radek Smolenak and Brandon Segal were the game's first and third stars, respectively.

That's a tough one. A win in this game and the Ads would've had an opportunity to get to .500 tomorrow night, and they had a 2 goal lead and momentum heading into the final frame. Ordinarily you feel great if you can get a point on the road, but this was worse than a sister kisser. And, it's hard to get too upset about Ramo's shootout futility considering how poorly the Admirals' shooters have faired on breakaways in the extra extra session this season too. Tonight, Wyatt Smith, Blair Jones, Paul Szczechura, and Smolenak all got blanked in the shootout.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

Melrose Out/Tocchet In

Erik Erlendsson is reporting that the Tampa Bay Lightning have fired Barry Melrose and named Rick Tocchet Interim Head Coach.

And with that, the Lightning are now officially spending more on ex-Head Coaches this season than they are on veteran blueliners. The new ownership is learning some hard lessons. There's not much else you can say.

From TSN, "This was a tough decision to make," Executive Vice President & General Manager Brian Lawton said. "Barry is a good man and we have a great deal of respect for him. We wish him nothing but success. However, the results were unacceptable and the players have to understand that we need to be better. Hopefully this change helps push them."

"As for Rick Tocchet, we think this is a great opportunity for him and we believe he's the type of coach who can take the team to the next level. Our players have a great deal of respect for him."

NHL Game Night 11/13: Red Wings at Lightning

Not. Even. Close.

DET-4
TB-3

Olaf Kolzig allowed 4 goals on 39 shots in the loss.

First Period
14:09 Recchi (3), (Krajicek, Vrbata)
18:19 TB Jokinen (6), (Meszaros, Ranger)(PP)

Second Period
01:33 DET Datsyuk (5), (Lidstrom, Hossa)

Third Period
01:38 DET Zetterberg (10), (Franzen, Hossa)(PP)
02:30 DET Samuelsson (3), (Datsyuk, Kronwall)(PP)
09:21 DET Franzen (7), (Zetterberg, Samuelsson)
15:42 TB Pettinger (1), (St. Louis, Prospal)

The Lightning were outshot 39-18 in the game.

When the Detroit Red Wings come to town, it's an opportunity for every other team to see how they measure up. Whether you like Detroit or not, they have been almost inarguably the most successful franchise in hockey for more than a decade. They have a system and a program, and it doesn't matter who the players are or even who the coaches are, they win hockey game. That's how they could absorb the losses of Hall of Fame caliber players like Steve Yzerman and Brendan Shanahan without skipping a beat. They are the measuring stick.

In the 2003-2004 regular season when the Lightning scratched a clawed their way to a point against Detroit in a very evenly matched contest between what would eventually become the first and second highest point totals in the league, it became very clear the Lightning were a legit contender for the Stanley Cup they hoisted at the end of that season. Tonight? Not. Even. Close. Yeah, I know it was a one goal game on paper, but when you get outshot by more than a 2:1 ratio and get completely outclassed in the final frame when you entered the period with a one goal lead to protect, it shows that you're miles behind the big dogs.

Now the Lightning have their first three game regulation losing streak of the season, and one has to wonder if the scenario we wondered about this summer on Bolt Prospects is potentially about to come to pass. Will the organization pull together, or does this all degenerate into a circular firing squad? Honestly, I think there's only two people who can really pull this out of the gutter right now: Vincent Lecavalier and Martin St. Louis. This is their team and it's been their team for years. The solutions clearly aren't coming from the front office or the coaching staff, so they need to come from inside the room from the team leaders.

Steven Stamkos was -1 in 9:51 with 1 hit and was 40% on draws.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

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