World Junior Championships â€“ Gold Medal Game
Canada 5 vs. Sweden 1
W Dana Tyrell, CAN: Did not play (injured â€“ out for tournament).
G Dustin Tokarski, CAN: Win, 39 saves on 40 shots, *Canada Player of the Game*
Thatâ€™s more like it.
Dustin Tokarski showed why heâ€™s a big game goaltender, stopping 39 of 40 shots to help Canada to their fifth straight World Junior Championship gold medal Monday night.
Tokarski took a shutout into the third period before surrendering his only goal, and outplayed Swedenâ€™s Jacob Markstrom (a Florida Panthers pick to boot) for the win.
For more on the game, see tsn.ca.
Mihalik, 6-foot-7, 222 pounds, appeared in three games with Tampa Bay after being recalled on January 1. He registered his first NHL point with an assist yesterday in the Lightning's 4-1 win at Atlanta. During the recall, Mihalik registered one assist and two penalty minutes. Mihalik has appeared in his first five career NHL games with Tampa Bay this season, registering one assist and two penalty minutes. He was drafted by the Lightning in the first round, 30th overall, in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft.
Wishart, a 6-foot-4, 205-pound rookie defenseman, made his NHL debut Saturday, January 3 versus Carolina. He logged 7:53 of ice time and blocked two shots.
Concurrent with the return of Mihalik and Wishart, the Admirals have released defenseman Mitch Ganzak from his Professional Tryout Contract (PTO).
Team Canada Notes:
Canada head coach Pat Quinn has named Dustin Tokarski starter for tonight's Gold Medal Game between Canada and Sweden (7 PM EST NHL Network). Sweden boasts the tournament's best goaltender, Panthers 2nd round pick Jacob Markstrom.
Moncton Wildcats 5 @ Acadie-Bathurst Titan 2
D Mark Barberio, MCT: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 37 GP, 8-19-27, +14, 24 PIM
Windsor Spitfires 6 @ Brampton Battalion 3
W Kyle DeCoste, BRA: 0-0-0, E, 9 PIM (slashing, instigating, fighting + 10 min. misconduct + game misconduct)
Season totals: 35 GP, 7-6-13, -13, 51 PIM
That's more like it.
Mike Smith stopped 27 of 28 shots for the win.
02:48 TB Eminger (3), (Jokinen, Hall)(PP)
16:20 TB St. Louis (14), (Lecavalier, Prospal)
01:00 TB St. Louis (15), (Prospal, Eminger)
18:16 TB Malone (10), (Halpern, Mihalik)
19:38 ATL Christensen (2), (Slater, Boulton)
I'll have to investigate who broke code by uttering the "s" word before the game was over to cost Smith the goose egg.
You get a new appreciation for the difference between an NHL defenseman and a minor league defenseman watching what getting Krajicek back in the lineup does for the team. You also have to admire the toughness of Andrej Meszaros and you see that when Eminger's offensive game shows up, along with the MVP line, the Lightning are very potent offensively.
Matt Smaby had 2 penalty minutes, 1 shot, and 2 hits in 14:58. I believe when Ranger and Heward come back, that Heward should be sent back to Norfolk of the AHL and Smaby should be the new #7 defenseman. It's time for him to learn his craft at the NHL level.
Vladimir Mihalik got his first NHL assist in 6:52 of ice time. Hopefully this emergency recall will energize Vladimir to reapply himself when he goes back to Norfolk. He pouted a bit when he was sent down at the start of the season. The psychology will be different on an emergency recall, I hope.
Steven Stamkos had 1 shot and was 20% on draws in 11:35. He's now 2 games away from his Bolt Prospects graduation from prospect status.
Luca's back ... Fadden's heating up again.
Catamount Cup - Championship
St. Lawrence Saints 0 @ No.11 Vermont Catamounts 4
C/W Matt Marshall , UVM: Did not play.
Season totals: 11 GP, 1-1-2, +1, 6 PIM
After playing Friday night, Marshall took his turn in the press box as Vermont won the Catamount Cup.
Harvard Crimson 1 @ Princeton Tigers 4
C/W Alexander Killorn, HAR: 0-1-1, E, 4 PIM (hooking, charging), 2 SOG
Season totals: 14 GP, 3-7-10, -4, 34 PIM
Another WJC classic, this time with Canada giving up four one-goal leads, then scrambling back to tie the game with just over five seconds left on a goal by Edmonton prospect Jordan Eberle - his second of the game. After a scoreless 10 minute 4-on-4 overtime, Tokarski stopped two Russian shooters and Eberle got the winner for Canada in the shootout to send Canada on to a 6-5 victory and the Gold Medal Game vs. Sweden.
Not as close as the score indicates.
Mike Smith allowed 3 goals on 28 shots in the loss.
05:05 TB Craig (1), (Hall, Pettinger)
06:41 TB Prospal (8), (Lecavalier)
14:46 CAR Williams (2), (Brind'Amour, Seidenberg)(PP)
15:57 CAR Larose (9), (Seidenberg, Pitkanen)
06:21 CAR Pitkanen (4), (Williams, Whitney)
The Lightning could only muster 19 shots in the game, and after a good first 10 minutes the team was completely dominated by Carolina.
Ty Wishart was -1 with 1 shot and 2 blocked shots in 7:53. He looked lost, tenatative, and slow. He's not ready for primetime.
Matt Smaby had 1 shot, 3 hits, and 2 blocked shots in 18:50. His mistakes were a bit more pronounced in this game.
Paul Szczechura had 1 shot in 10:47. He's sort of fallen off the face of the earth since his big game against Pittsburgh.
Vladimir Mihalik had 1 shot and 2 penalty minutes in 10:47, and 3 giveaways. Athletically he's capable of playing at the NHL level. Metally, he's not there yet.
Steven Stamkos was 50% on draws in 9:50. Non-factor.
Arguably the biggest win of the season.
Mike McKenna allowed 2 goals on 36 shots in the win.
POR Mancari, (14) (Gragnani, Kennedy), 14:10 (PP)
NOR Lawrence, (2) (Jackson), 15:51 (SH)
NOR Lundin, (2) (Jones, Smolenak), 1:28 (PP)
POR Gragnani, (4) (Zagrapan, Campbell), 11:06
NOR Downie, (7) (Gratton, Jackson), 12:57
McKenna and Scott Jackson were named the game's first and third stars.
It would've been a bad, bad scene if the Admirals had dropped all three games on the road trip. As it is, they've only slipped one game in their goal of getting back to .500, and they're back to 4 games under with a big homestand coming up.
Box score from TheAHL.com.