Slovakia Finishes WJC Round Robin 0-4

Slovakia finished a U20 World Junior Championships round robin it would likely forget today by dropping its final game to Canadia 3-0. Slovakia fell to 0-4 in the tournament and now moves into the relegation round. Vladimir Mihalik was even with 2 shots on goal and 2 penalty minutes in the game. Marek Bartanus was even with a team leading 5 shots on goal and 2 penalty minutes.

NCAA Game Night: 12/30

Mike Lundin scored a PP goal in Maine's 6-3 win over Cornell to take the Florida College Classic title. It was Lundin's 3rd goal of the season and 10th point.

John Wessbecker was scoreless with 2 PIM and a -2 rating in UMASS' 5-2 loss to Alabama-Huntsville in the third place game of the Dodge Holiday Classic.

Art Femenella did not play in Vermont's 4-2 loss in the championship of the Sheraton/TD Banknorth Catamount Cup to St. Cloud State.

Dusty Collins was scoreless with 2 PIM in Northern Michigan's 4-3 loss to Notre Dame.

CHL Game Night: 12/30

Dane Crowley had a power play assist and was -1 as Swift Current defeated Medicine Hat 5-2. Crowley extended his personal point scoring streak to 5 games.

NHL Game Night 12/30: Canadiens at Lightning

The long climb back begins now.

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Johan Holmqvist stopped 12 of 13 shots faced for the win. Holmqvist improves to 10-8-0 this season. Brad Richards had 1 goal and 1 assist in the game while Dan Boyle had 2 assists. Vaclav Prospal snapped a two month long goalless drought and Filip Kuba added an insurance goal in the game. Individual helpers went to Martin St. Louis, Ruslan Fedotenko and Cory Sarich. The Lightning move back to 1 game under .500 and out of the basement of the Southeast Division.

First Period
Tampa Bay 11:28, Brad Richards 14 (power play) (Dan Boyle, Martin St. Louis)

Second Period
Montreal 2:07, Alexander Perezhogin 5 (Mike Johnson, Francis Bouillon)
Tampa Bay 7:00, Vaclav Prospal 4 (Ruslan Fedotenko, Cory Sarich)

Third Period
Tampa Bay 7:07, Filip Kuba 6 (power play) (Dan Boyle, Brad Richards)

Game sheet from NHL.com.

ECHL Game Night 12/30: Chiefs at Nailers

Johnstown rides a third period explosion back to the .500 mark.

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Morgan Cey stopped 29 of 30 shots faced for the win as Gerald Coleman remains out with a groin strain. PJ Atherton lead the way offensively for the Chiefs with 1 goal and 2 assists as he continues a strong rookie pro campaign. Bryan Nathe had 2 goals while Dimitri Tarabrin and Andre Deveaux each had 1 goal and 1 assist. Radek Smolenak had a pair of helpers while Brandon Elliot and Eric Przepiorka notched the other Chiefs other goals. Finally, adding individual helpers were Zbynek Hrdel, Gus Katsuras and Jean Desrochers. Adam Henrich was tossed for unsportsmanlike conduct in a third period that saw the Chiefs outshoot Wheeling 24-4 and score six, SIX, consecutive power play goals to finish 6/8 on the night. Holy cow. Cey, Nathe and Smolenak were the game's three stars.

First Period
NO SCORING

Second Period
WHE Cameron, (14) (Bissonnette, Patrick), 8:40
JHN Nathe, (2) (Hrdel, Smolenak), 12:51

Third Period
JHN Atherton, (4) (Martens, Smolenak), 0:40 (PP)
JHN Tarabrin, (1) (Desrochers, Martens), 3:12 (PP)
JHN Elliott, (5) (Atherton, Deveaux), 6:34 (PP)
JHN Deveaux, (3) (Atherton, Martens), 13:13 (PP)
JHN Nathe, (3) (Katsuras, Tarabrin), 13:47 (PP)
JHN Przepiorka, (3) , 17:21 (PP)

Game sheet from ECHL.com.

AHL Game Night 12/30: Sound Tigers at Falcons

Karri Ramo's superb play may be overshadowing him, but that hasn't stopped Jonathan Boutin from showing a remarkable amount of progress this season.

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Boutin stopped 36 of 37 shots faced tonight to extend Springfield's winning streak to four games. The win moves Boutin to a positively brilliant 5-0-1 for the month of December with a minisculle 1.59 GAA and a gaudy .949 save percentage in 8 appearances. Ramo gets a lot of much deserved publicity and praise, but Boutin has actually matched or bested him in almost every statistical category but wins this year. Boutin's save percentage has improved 35 points from where he finished last season and he's climbing the learning curve at such a steep rate at some point we need to start talking about Boutin possibly earning some time in the NHL within the next year. Three years ago, goaltending was the biggest weakness of the organization prospect wise. Now it's almost a embarassment of riches.

Norm Milley led the Falcons offensively with a pair of assists as the team got goals from Doug O'Brien, Daniel Corso and Andy Delmore. Blair Jones, Marek Kvapil, Matt Smaby and Eric Healey added individual assists. Snakebitten David Spina failed on a penalty shot attempt early in the first period in the game. Boutin, Milley and Smaby were named the game's three stars.

The Falcons now move to 5 games over .500 at 19-14-1 for 39 points. Their win coupled with a Portland shootout loss to Worcester moves the Falcons into a tie for 2nd place in the Atlantic Division 4 points behind Manchester with a game in hand. It's the stuff that dreams are made of, it really is.

First Period
NO SCORING

Second Period
SPR O'Brien, (1) (Jones, Kvapil), 6:05
BRI Regier, (9) (Nielsen, Boguniecki), 8:38 (PP)
SPR Corso, (5) (Milley, Smaby), 18:49

Third Period
SPR Delmore, (9) (Milley, Healey), 4:50 (PP)

Game sheet from TheAHL.com.

Kevin Quick update:

Kevin Quick has three assists in eight games this season for Salisbury Prep School out of Salisbury, Conn. The defensemen also has 4 PIM and a +4 rating.

The Crimson Knights recently finished second in the Flood-Mar Tournament December 15-17, losing 4-3 in double overtime to Hotchkiss School out of Lakeville, Conn. in the final.

Salisbury plays again in a double header in the Founders Jamboree on January 3. They open against Avon Old Farms School out of Avon, Conn. Then play Choate Rosemary Hall from Wallingford, Conn.

USA Crushes Slovakia at WJCs

Team USA effectively stomped the life out of Slovakia's WJC hopes today defeating them 6-1 today in round robin play in Sweden. Vladimir Mihalik was -1 with 1 shot on goal in the game. Marek Bartanus was -2 with 2 penalty minutes in the game. The road gets worse for Slovakia as tomorrow they square off with defending tournament champion Canada in their final game of the round robin.

NCAA Game Night: 12/29

The college hockey holiday tournaments are underway....

Mike Lundin had an assist in Maine's 8-4 win over Western Michigan to open the Florida College Classic in Estero. He finished with an even rating in the game. It was the defensemen's 7th assist and 9th point of the season. The Black Bears face Cornell in tonights matchup.

Art Femenella was scoreless with 4 penalty minutes in Vermont's 3-0 win over Rensselaer in the Sheraton/TD Banknorth Catamount Cup Tournament. Femenella has compiled 28 PIM in 9 games this season. The Catamounts host St. Cloud State this evening.

John Wessbecker was scoreless and even in UMASS' shootout loss to Ferris State in the Dodge Holiday Classic in Minneapolis. Regulation ended in a 1-1 tie before the Bulldogs won the shootout 3-1. The Minutemen take on Alabama-Huntsville tonight.

Afanasenkov Claimed on Waivers/Karlsson Clears

According to Erlendsson's blog, Dimitry Afanasenkov has been claimed off waivers by the Philadelphia Flyers, removing the rest of his annual $738K salary from under the Lightning salary cap. Center Andreas Karlsson did clear waivers however, but he will not be sent down to Springfield and will be in the lineup tonight against Montreal.

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