IIHF World U20 Championship DIV I Group B Results

Lightning draftee Kirill Gotovets recently competed in Poland with his native Belarus in the IIHF World U20 Championships, DIV I Group B tournament. Gotovets, a defenseman, and his Belarus teammates were attempting to qualify for the 2011 World Junior Championships (WJC) in the U.S. by advancing out of the division.

Belarus (3-0-2) finished with the silver, however, and won't join Canada, Russia, Sweden, and the like next year. Gotovets went scoreless in two games played, while accumulating four penalty minutes and seven shots on goal. The Cornell University commit will now return to Shattuck St-Mary's school in Minnesota, where he has three goals and nine points to go with 49 penalty minutes in 19 games.

Norway advanced out of Group B and will join Germany (Group A) as entries in next Christmas' WJC tournament.

WJC Exhibition Game Night: 12-22-09

Canada 3 vs. Finland 0 (Exhibition)
LW Matais Sointu, FIN: 0-0-0

Finland made their exhibition debut in preparation for the 2010 World Junior Championships, but went scoreless against a strong Canada squad led by Richard Panik's teammate, Taylor Hall (1 goal), and Carter Ashton's teammate, Jordan Eberle (2 assists). Sointu played for Finland in the 2008 U-18 World Junior Championships, where he scored three goals in six games.

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NHL Game Night: 12-21-09 Lightning at Islanders

The Lightning's road trip is over. But, after two wins, the season isn't, thankfully.

TB-4
NYI-2

Mike Smith allowed just 2 goals on 38 shots for the win.

First Period
NYI 16:47, Hunter 6 (Bailey, Hillen)(PP)

Second Period
TB 6:20, Stamkos 21 (St. Louis, Malone)
NYI 16:25, Thompson 1 (Okposo, Nielsen)
TB 19:41, Lecavalier 9 (Tanguay, Malone)

Third Period
TB 2:48, Malone 17 (Stamkos, Foster)(PP)
TB 11:39, Malone 18 (St. Louis, Lecavalier)(PP)

The Lightning have climbed back to within 1 game of the .500 mark and 2 points of 8th place in the Eastern Conference.

Paul Szczechura had 2 penalty minutes, 3 shots, 4 hits, and was 75% on draws in 14:05.

James Wright had 1 shot and 2 hits in 7:17.

Blair Jones had 2 shots and 2 hits in 12:34.

Victor Hedman was +1 with 2 penalty minutes, 1 hit, and 4 blocked shots in 19:47.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

CHL Game Night: 12-20-09

OHL

Owen Sound Attack 8 @ Oshawa Generals 1
G Michael Zador, OSH: Loss, 33 saves on 39 shots, pulled in third period
Season Totals: 26 GP, 11-11-2-1, 3.33 GAA, .900 sv%, 1 SO

Zador started the game, but was pulled after allowing his sixth goal against. Kevin Bailie finished the game, allowing two goals on eight shots. After a seven-game win streak, Oshawa has lost two of its past three games.

Note: The QMJHL and WHL are both off until the 27th for Christmas break. The OHL is off until the 28th. Bolt Prospects will provide updates from our two World Junior Championship participants, Matias Sointu (Finland) and Richard Panik (Slovakia), throughout the holiday tournament.

Channel One Cup: Day Three

Russia 4 @ Czech Republic 3 (SO)
Vasily Koshechkin, Russia, Win, 34/37, 2.77 GAA, .919 sv%

Koshechkin stopped 34 of 37 shots in regulation and overtime and blanked the Czechs in the penalty shot session to record the shootout win. Sergey Mozyakin potted the winning marker in the shootout for the Russians.

Finland 4 @ Sweden 3 (SO)
Johan Harju, Sweden, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG

Harju and lifelong teammate Linus Omark moved back up to Sweden's second line in the game, and Omark responded with 1 goal and 1 assist in the game. But, it was Jarkko Immonen's shootout goal that sealed the win for the Finns. With the victory, the Finns clinched the Channel One Cup despite a very pedestrian 1-0-2 record. Sweden finished last in the tournament with a 0-1-2 record.

CHL Game Night: 12-19-09

OHL

Sudbury Wolves 4 @ Barrie Colts 5
LW Matais Sointu, SBY: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM
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

LW/C Alex Hutchings, BAR: 0-0-0, +2, 2 PIM (roughing)
Season Totals: 34 GP, 21-22-43, +25, 24 PIM

Two streaks fell and one continued as Barrie edged Sudbury 5-4. Hutchings’ 11-game point streak came to an end, as did Sointu’s three-game point streak. Barrie’s 21-game winning streak lives. Hutchings streak was the fifth-longest point streak in the OHL this season.

Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors 3 @ Erie Otters 1
G Jaroslav Janus, ERIE: Loss, 30 saves on 33 shots
Season Totals: 11 GP, 6-4-1-0, 2.96 GAA, .913 sv%
With Norfolk (AHL): 2 GP, 0-2-0, 1.52 GAA, .939 sv%

Janus lost for the first time in three games. He has a 3.02 GAA and a .909 save percentage in December (2-2).

Windsor Spitfires 6 @ Sarnia Sting 2
C Richard Panik, WSR: Did not play (WJC camp).
Season Totals: 33 GP, 9-9-18, +15, 19 PIM

Oshawa Generals 6 @ Owen Sound Attack 5
G Michael Zador, OSH: Did not play.
Season Totals: 25 GP, 11-10-2-1, 3.20 GAA, .902 sv%, 1 SO

Zador’s backup, Kevin Bailie, got the nod in net for Oshawa.

NCAA Game Night: 12-19-09

Dartmouth Big Green 3 @ No.19 Vermont Catamounts 4
C/W Matt Marshall , UVM: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season Totals: 16 GP, 1-1-2, -3, 6 PIM

Vermont (8-6-2) is 4-1-1 in its last six games, but remains out of the USCHO Top-20 at No.22.

Channel One Cup: Day Two

Russia 2 @ Finland 3
Vasily Koshechkin, Russia, DNP

Koshechkin dressed, but was the backup on Saturday for the Russians. Finland got a goal from Petri Kontiola with 7 seconds left in regulation to take the win. The centerman, ironically, is Koshechkin's teammate with Magnitogorsk of the KHL.

Czech Republic 3 @ Sweden 4 (OT)
Johan Harju, Sweden, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG

Harju played on the third line for Sweden in the game. Former NHLer Mattias Weinhandl scored the overtime winner for the Swedes. Weinhandl is Harju's teammate in the KHL with Dynamo Moscow.

AHL Game Night: 12-19-09 Senators at Admirals

Left a point on the ice.

BNG-5
NOR-4

Riku Helenius allowed 5 goals on 23 shots for the loss. It seems to me, at least in the short term, it may be time to make Dustin Tokarski the number one and quit rotating the netminders. Helenius is clearly on a cold streak.

First Period
BNG Kinrade, (2) (Svendsen), 6:16
NOR Karsums, (3) (Wishart, Lundin), 16:36 (PP)

Second Period
BNG Daugavins, (10) (Condra), 4:26
NOR Wishart, (4) (Karsums, Bochenski), 13:04 (PP)
BNG Hamel, (12) (St. Pierre, Smith), 14:37 (PP)

Third Period
BNG Smith, (5) (Keller, Daugavins), 0:15
NOR Simek, (6) (Wishart), 12:31
NOR Craig, (10) (Jackson, Karsums), 15:50
BNG Smith, (6) (O'Brien), 17:36

Ty Wishart and Martins Karsums were named the game's second and third stars. Wishart's 1 goal and 2 assist night was his first multi-point effort of the season and he now has 6 points in his last 6 games. He's a guy who was a big scorer from the backline in junior. Is his offensive ability finally starting to peek through? Karsums has exploded with 5 points in the two games against the Sens this weekend. He had just 6 points all season prior to last night's win.

Matt Lashoff is now -16 in 26 games after a -2 night tonight. Oof.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

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