CHL Game Night: 1-8-10

OHL

Belleville Bulls 1 @ Ottawa 67’s 5
C Richard Panik, BEL: 0-0-0, -2, 2 PIM (roughing)
Season Totals: 35 GP, 10-9-19, +11, 23 PIM
With Bulls: 2 GP, 1-0-1, -4, 4 PIM
With Windsor: 33 GP, 9-9-18, +15, 19 PIM

RW Kyle DeCoste, BEL: 0-0-0, -2, 2 PIM (goaltender interference)
Season Totals: 37 GP, 13-8-21, -4, 37 PIM
With Bulls: 24 GP, 11-7-18, -2, 17 PIM
With SSM: 13 GP, 2-1-3, -2, 20 PIM

Belleville scored the game’s first goal, then gave up the next five.

Barrie Colts 2 @ Kingston Frontenacs 4
LW/C Alex Hutchings, BAR: 0-0-0, -2, 2 PIM (hooking)
Season Totals: 39 GP, 26-23-49, +27, 34 PIM

After a 22-game win streak, Barrie has now lost two of their last four games. Barrie announced the acquisition of Alex Pietrangelo earlier in the day, but he did not play in the game. Pietrangelo was just reassigned to the OHL by the St. Louis Blues after he won Best Defenseman honors at the World Junior Championships.

Brampton Battalion 2 @ Sudbury Wolves 4
W Matias Sointu, SBY: Did not play.
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

Sointu has yet to return to the Wolves lineup after representing Finland at the World Junior Championships.

Peterborough Petes 3 @ Oshawa Generals 4 (OT)
G Michael Zador, OSH: Did not play.
Season Totals: 27 GP, 11-13-2-1, 3.54 GAA, .896 sv%, 1 SO

Zador has served as Oshawa’s backup the last two games.

WHL

Moose Jaw Warriors 5 @ Regina Pats 2
RW Carter Ashton, REG: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM (goaltender interference)
Season Totals: 38 GP, 16-17-33, -12, 71 PIM
With Regina: 10 GP, 3-4-7, -4, 19 PIM
With Lethbridge: 28 GP, 13-13-26, -8, 52 PIM

It was Jordan Eberle and Colton Teubert Day in Regina, honoring the Pats' two Canadian WJC stars, but despite outshooting the Warriors 37-25, the Pats lost. Eberle was -3 and Teubert -1 with an assist. Ashton, who started the game off the top line, is approaching his career high in penalty minutes (93), set last season in 70 games.

NCAA Game Night: 1-8-10

NCAA

Harvard Crimson 2 @ Minnesota Golden Gophers 5
C/W Alexander Killorn, HAR: 0-0-0, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season Totals: 13 GP, 5-4-9, E, 8 PIM

Harvard is now 1-1 after the Christmas break.

Michigan Wolverines 4 @ Western Michigan Broncos 3
D Luke Witkowski , WMU: Did not play.
Season Totals: 17 GP, 1-3-4, -9, 20 PIM

Michigan improved to 11-10-0 this year, while WMU fell to 6-11-4.

NHL Game Night: 1-8-10 Lightning at Devils

Lou didn't pay the electric bill.

TB-3
NJ-0 9:12 2nd

The game has been suspended due to New Jersey's inability to get a bank of lights functioning in their allegedly state-of-the-art and pratically brand new arena in scenic downtown Newark, New Jersey.

No announcement has been made regarding how the league will handle the stoppage. We'll have to dig back in the history books, but I seems to recall a game during Paul Ranger's junior career where this same thing happened and Oshawa had to play the remainder of the game at a different date a week or two later. I'm perfectly fine with the Lightning having to finish out the last 29 minutes of the game. A winner doesn't want to be handed 2 points for half a night's work. As long as the Lightning get to start the resumption of this game with a 3-0 lead at the same point on the clock, I'm fine with that. That's fair. If the Devils try to lobby the league for anything else, I'm going to lose a lot of respect for their organization.

Mike Smith has 20 saves on 20 shots thus far.

First Period
TB 6:58, Downie 9 (Foster, Malone)(PP)

Second Period
TB 5:13, Bochenski 1 (Stamkos, Foster)(PP)
TB 10:04, Stamkos 22 (St. Louis, Lecavalier)

I wonder how this is going to be handled in my fantasy league. Stamkos has 1 goal and 1 assist already, for crying out loud!

Update:
The league has announced the game will be restarted at the point it was stopped at a date to be determined. Good.

AHL Game Night: 1-8-10 Crunch at Admirals

It's as if the Admirals got the early goal and then decided it was going to be easy so they didn't have to skate hard anymore.

SYR-4
NOR-1

Dustin Tokarski allowed 4 goals on 40 shots for the loss. There were a couple of goals that went through Dustin that I'm sure he wishes he had back. I'd expect Janus to be in tomorrow night.

First Period
NOR Simek, (10) (MacAulay), 1:07 (PP)
SYR Sigalet, (3) (Bell, Aulin), 11:44 (PP)

Second Period
SYR Aulin, (10) (LaVallee-Smotherman, Bell), 7:06
SYR Bell, (7) (Fritsche, Aulin), 9:42 (PP)

Third Period
SYR Blunden, (3) (Radja, Clitsome), 15:44

Box score from TheAHL.com.

KHL Game Day: 1-8-10

Ekaterinburg 2 @ Nizhnekamsk 1 (SO)
Denis Kazionov, Ekaterinburg, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 38 GP, 4-3-7, -15, 12 PIM

Kazionov played an even 8:00 in the match. Ekaterinburg's win was an upset as Nizhnekamsk sits in third in the East while Ekateriburg is 5 points behind Togliatti for the 8th and final playoff spot in the conference.

Magnitogorsk 6 @ Togliatti 0
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, Win, 21/21, SO, 0.00 GAA, 1.000 sv%
Season totals: 37 GP, 19-15, 6 SO, 2.00 GAA, .925 sv%

Vasily Koshechkin finally played against his old club after sitting in previous contests against Lada, and he helped dismantle them by pitching a shutout in a 6-0 victory. The shutout is Koshechkin's league leading 6th of the season. The big netminder posted 8 shutouts last year in a Togliatti jersey. Magnitogorsk was led offensively by 2 goals and 1 assist by forward Jan Marek.

Chelyabinsk 2 @ Kazan 5
Dmitri Kazionov, Kazan, 1-0-1, +2, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 41 GP, 15-5-20, +5, 12 PIM

Dmitri Kazionov's 15th goal of the season was the 20th point of his campaign, which matches his season total in points for all 55 games he played last season. He played 12:07 in today's match and his goal was an unassisted marker. Kazan was led offensively by 2 goals and 1 assist from long-time Kazan star Denis Zaripov.

CHL Game Night: 1-7-10

OHL

Brampton Battalion 2 @ Barrie Colts 4
LW/C Alex Hutchings, BAR: 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 38 GP, 26-23-49, +28, 32 PIM

Hutchings opened the game’s scoring with his 26th goal of the year. His career high for goals is 34, set last season. He scored 29 two years ago. Barrie is expected to announce the acquisition of Alex Pietrangelo, who was released back to major junior by the St. Louis Blues after being named the top defenseman at the world junior championship while playing for Team Canada.

KHL Game Day: 1-7-10

Novosibirsk 1 @ Dynamo Moscow 4
Johan Harju, Dynamo Moscow, 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 41 GP, 3-10-13, -9, 28 PIM

Harju played 16:15 in the match and got his 10th assist of the season, but was just 17% on draws in the win. Swedish Olympian Mattias Weinhandl again led the Dynamo attack with 1 goal and 1 assist.

Novgorod 1 @ Omsk 2
Karri Ramo, Omsk, Win, 21/22, 1.00 GAA, .955 sv%
Season totals: 32 GP, 17-14, 3 SO, 2.06 GAA, .912 sv%

Ramo got a goal by former Lightning player Eric Perrin and an assist from former Lightning first round pick Alex Svitov as Omsk knocked off Novgorod 2-1.

CHL Game Night: 1-6-10

OHL

Oshawa Generals 5 @ Belleville Bulls 4 (SO)
G Michael Zador, OSH: Did not play.
Season Totals: 27 GP, 11-13-2-1, 3.54 GAA, .896 sv%, 1 SO
C Richard Panik, BEL: 1-0-1, -2, 2 PIM (check to the head)
Season Totals: 34 GP, 10-9-19, +13, 21 PIM
With Bulls: 1 GP, 1-0-1, -2, 2 PIM
With Windsor: 33 GP, 9-9-18, +15, 19 PIM

RW Kyle DeCoste, BEL: 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 36 GP, 13-8-21, -2, 35 PIM

NHL Game Night: 1-6-10 Lightning at Sabres

The Lightning shouldn't be down 3-0 before I unwrap my sub sandwich. Seriously.

TB-3
BUF-5

Mike Smith allowed 5 goals on 35 shots. I'm going to make a bold prediction that he won't be one of the NHL's weekly three stars in back-to-back weeks.

First Period
BUF 0:23, Myers 4 (Connolly)
BUF 1:11, Hecht 9 (Rivet, Tallinder)
BUF 2:11, MacArthur 11 (Mair, Lydman)
TB 12:03, St. Louis 10 (Stamkos, Malone)
TB 13:25, Hedman 4 (unassisted)

Second Period
BUF 1:19, Stafford 10 (Roy, Rivet)(PP)
TB 5:34, Lecavalier 10 (Downie, Lundin)
BUF 7:25, Pominville 11 (Lydman, Connolly)

Third Period
NO SCORING

I give the Lightning credit for not laying down after falling behind so much, so early. However, you've got to be more prepared to play a hockey game and you've got to protect the front of your net better.

Zenon Konopka was -1 with 1 shot, 4 hits, and he was 78% on draws in 9:06. He picked off a Ryan Miller clear and almost assisted on Jones' first goal of the season. No dice, though. Still, it was a nice play. Tonight was Konopka's 41st game of the season, which graduates him from overage prospect status on Bolt Prospects. So, congratulations to Zenon Konopka on becoming an NHLer.

Paul Szczechura had 2 shots and 1 blocked shot in 12:43.

James Wright was scoreless in 9:31. Tonight was also Wright's 41st game of the season, which graduates him from prospect status on Bolt Prospects. Congratulations to the pride of Saskatoon on becoming an NHLer.

Blair Jones had 4 shots, 2 hits, and 1 blocked shot in 10:53. That first goal of the season seems close.

Victor Hedman scored a highlight reel goal and was -1 with 2 shots and 1 blocked shot in 20:48. He made a bad little turnover close to his own blueline, used his speed and reach to recover and break up a pass, and then swooped from his zone into the Buffalo zone and sizzled a snap shot right past Miller to get the game to 3-2. It was an amazing individual effort, and 6'6" 230 lbs guys shouldn't be able to skate that well. That's the second or third time this season he's taken over a rush a la Dan Boyle and created a goal with his speed and skill. Hedman's next game will graduate him from prospect status on Bolt Prospects.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

AHL Game Night: 1-6-10 Admirals at Penguins

Four points and you're not one of the three stars?

NOR-5
WBS-4

Dustin Tokarski allowed 4 goals on 40 shots to claim the win.

First Period
NOR Craig, (11) (Hall, Karsums), 0:46
WBS Letestu, (12) (Johnson, Jeffrey), 5:05
NOR Hall, (7) (Karsums), 7:06
NOR Craig, (12) (Hall, Karsums), 12:57

Second Period
NOR Smolenak, (5) (Lashoff), 2:19
WBS Wallace, (10) (Conner, Strait), 5:00
WBS Tangradi, (8) (Vitale), 6:04
NOR Hall, (8) (Lashoff, Karsums), 10:22

Third Period
WBS Jeffrey, (11) (Letestu, Johnson), 1:52

Adam Hall (2 goals and 2 assists and a +3 rating) was the game's first star and Ryan Craig was the game's second star with a pair of goals and a +3 rating, answering the bell in Brandon Bochenski's absence. Martins Karsums (4 assists and +3 rating) evidently didn't deserve star consideration. Really?

Karsums now has 2 goals and 10 points over his last 7 games and is finally emerging from a slump that lasted almost the entire first half of the season. He looks energized heading into the Olympics for native Latvia. Matt Lashoff had a pair of helpers for his first multi-point night of the season. Like Karsums, who came with Lashoff in the Mark Recchi deal, Lashoff also slumbered offensively through much of the first half of the season, but he now has 1 goal and 4 points in his last 4 games. Sooner or later, it was inevitable with the talent on this roster that certain guys like Karsums and Lashoff were going to start showing up. It's a good sign.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

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