CHL Game Night: 12-3-09

[b][i]OHL[/b][/i] [b] Niagara IceDogs 3 @ Barrie Colts 5[/b] [i]LW/C [b][url=/alex-hutchings]Alex Hutchings[/url][/b], BAR: 2-0-2, +2, 0 PIM, *First Star* [/i] Season Totals: 28 GP, 16-16-32, +13, 18 PIM Hutchings (pictured) has scored in five straight games and has points in his last six. Barrie is on a 16-0-0-1 streak. He scored two shorthanded goals 29 seconds apart in the third period, including one on a penalty shot. This was unofficially his third First Star of the season. He finished November 6-6-12 in 10 games, with a plus-5 rating and 10 PIM. [b] Sudbury Wolves 5 @ Peterborough Petes 4 (SO)[/b] [i]LW [b][url=/matias-sointu]Matais Sointu[/url][/b], SBY: 1-0-1, E, 0 PIM [/i] Season Totals: 25 GP, 4-7-11, +4, 8 PIM [i]With Sudbury: 4 GP, 1-0-1, -3, 2 PIM With Ottawa: 21 GP, 3-7-10, +7, 6 PIM[/i] The Wolves broke a five-game winless streak. Sointu, who did not participate in the shootout, scored his first with Sudbury and his first goal since October 11. He finished November with three assists and an even rating. [b] Oshawa Generals 3 @ Brampton Battalion 2 (OT)[/b] [i]G [b][url=/michael-zador]Michael Zador[/url][/b], OSH: Win, 33 saves on 35 shots, *Second Star*[/i] Season Totals: 22 GP, 9-9-2-1, 3.25 GAA, .901 sv%, 1 SO Zador was named a game star for the third game in a row (two thirds, a second). He hasn’t had a regulation loss in five games. Zador finished November 2-5-1-1, 3.10, .904.

KHL Game Day: 12-3-09

Omsk 2 @ Astana 1
Karri Ramo, Omsk, Win, 25/26, 1.00 GAA, .962 sv%
Season totals: 24 GP, 14-9, 2 SO, 1.91 GAA, .917 sv%

Jaromir Jagr assisted on Dimitri Pestunov's game winning third period goal to help lift Karri Ramo and Omsk over Astana 2-1. Former Lightning draft pick Ilya Solarev took two minor penalties in the match for Astana. Interestingly, Ramo's numbers are very similar to St. Petersburg goaltender Robert Esche (15-7, 3 SO, 2.04 GAA, .916 sv%), who the Lightning briefly courted for Ramo's vacant backup spot in Tampa Bay before signing Antero Niittymaki.

Chekhov 0 @ Magnitogorsk 4
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, Win, 29/29, 1 SO, 0.00 GAA, 1.000 sv%
Season totals: 29 GP, 14-13, 3 SO, 2.13 GAA, .920 sv%

Koshechkin got his first shutout in a Metallurg jersey to help boost Magnitogorsk to a 4-0 victory. Former NHL superstar Sergei Fedorov supported Koshechkin with a goal and an assist in the match. Magnitogorsk moves 1 point ahead of Yulaev into 1st in the Eastern Conference.

CSKA 2 @ Ekaterinburg 1 (OT)
Denis Kazionov, Ekaterinburg, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 28 GP, 4-3-7, -9, 10 PIM

CSKA got an overtime goal from ex-Senators draft pick Alexander Nikulin to pull out a 2-1 win over Ekaterinburg. Denis Kazionov played 13:29 in the match. Ekaterinburg has managed to climb over Novokuznetsk and Khabarovsk to get out of the Eastern Conference basement, but still sits 5 points behind Chelyabinsk for the 8th and final playoff spot in the East.

CHL Game Night: 12-2-09

OHL

Ottawa 67’s 4 @ Belleville Bulls 3
RW Kyle DeCoste, BEL: 2-0-2, E, 2 PIM (hooking), *Second Star*
Season Totals: 25 GP, 9-6-15, +2, 24 PIM
With Bulls: 12 GP, 7-5-12, +4, 4 PIM
With SSM: 13 GP, 2-1-3, -2, 20 PIM

DeCoste now has four goals and five points in his last two games. He tied the game at three with a power play goal with just under two minutes remaining in the third period, but Ottawa came back to steal a win with a goal at 19:23.

NHL Game Night: 12-2-09 Lightning at Bruins

Boston remains the Lightning's chamber of horrors.

TB-1
BOS-4

Mike Smith allowed 4 goals on 38 shots for the loss. I thought Smitty's play was subpar tonight. I think Boston's first and third goals were suspect, and I think they really changed the complexion of the game. You can't spot Tim Thomas two extra goals of support in his own barn. He'll beat you.

First Period
BOS 8:05, Savard 5 (Morris, Chara)(PP)
BOS 14:03, Bergeron 8 (Chara, Recchi)

Second Period
BOS 13:36, Sturm 7 (Recchi, Bergeron)
BOS 16:09, Sturm 8 (Bergeron, Recchi)

Third Period
TB 1:27, Halpern 4 (Downie, Malone)

The team didn't play as poorly as the score indicated, outside of the goaltending. The forecheck and the dirty work in front of the opposition's cage is coming along. They'd have gotten more were it not for Thomas being Thomas tonight.

It was good to see Matt Smaby back in action, although he only got one shift in the third period after seeing about 10-11 minutes in the first two periods. He was feeling his way out in this game. I think he needs a couple of games to get comfortable again and then the hits will start coming. I hope the Lightning recognize what they have in Smaby. Big, physical defensemen are rare and worth their weight in gold. It seems like every year teams draft 2-3 dozen of these types of guys out of junior and only a handful pan out. So, when you get one that does, you need to keep him and continue to develop him.

Steven Stamkos has gotten into more of a pass-first mode the past couple of games. Shoot the puck, young man. Shoot it from the team hotel. Shoot it from the nacho stand. Shoot it from the restaurant after the game. Shoot the puck. He had 5 shots tonight, but he gave up at least three shots from prime scoring areas. Shoot.

Zenon Konopka had 2 shots and 4 hits in 8:17.

Paul Szczechura had 2 shots and 1 hit in 13:16 but was 43% on draws. He's been one of the Lightning's better forwards over the past couple of games.

James Wright had 2 blocked shots in 8:53.

Victor Hedman was -2 with 2 penalty minutes, 2 hits, and 1 blocked shot in 14:41.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

KHL Game Day: 12-2-09

Kazan 1 @ Togliatti 2
Dimitry Kazionov, Kazan, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 30 GP, 8-1-9, E, 12 PIM

Kazan fell to cash-strapped Togliatti on two second period goals by Lada. The older Kazionov, Dimitry, played 12:12 in the match.

Spartak Moscow 4 @ Dynamo Moscow 2
Johan Harju, Dynamo Moscow, 0-0-0, -2, 2 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 30 GP, 2-5-7, -5, 22 PIM

It was another frustrating night at the rink for Johan Harju, who was -2 in 13:49 with a second period roughing minor to boot. The lone bright spot was that Harju was 80% on draws in the game, bringing him to 58% on the season with 434 faceoffs taken. Former Lightning checking liner Martin Cibak assisted on Spartak's first goal, which was former NHLer Branko Radivojevic's 11th of the year.

Admirals Ink Former Bolt Prospect Justin Keller to AHL Deal

Norfolk, Va. The Norfolk Admirals have signed forward Justin Keller to an American Hockey League Standard Player’s Contract, Admirals General Manager Brian Lawton announced today.

Keller, a 5-foot-11, 185-pound forward from Nelson, British Columbia, has appeared in 23 games for the Admirals this season recording five goals and seven points. He ranks fifth on the team in goals and his 61 shots on goal are third on the team.

Keller had originally signed a Professional Tryout Contract with the Admirals on October 3. This is Keller’s third season in Norfolk. The 23-year-old fourth-year pro has appeared in 151 career games with the Admirals scoring 38 goals and 43 assists. He ranks in the top 20 of all-time games played (19th), goals (15th), assists (T-18th) and points (17th) in AHL Admirals history.

Last season, Keller ranked fifth in goals (18) and sixth in points (37) with the Admirals. In 2007-08, Keller tied for third in goals (15) and was fourth in points (37) with Norfolk. He represented the Admirals at the 2008 AHL All-Star Classic in Binghamton, New York.

Keller was an eighth-round draft pick (245th overall) of the Tampa Bay Lightning in 2004. He made his pro debut in 2006-07 with the AHL’s Springfield Falcons, scoring 13 goals and adding 11 assists in 60 games. In 211 career American Hockey League games, Keller has scored 51 goals and added 54 assists.

Canada Passes on Ashton

Hockey Canada named their World Junior Championships Selection Camp roster today, and like the summer version, there was no Carter Ashton on the list. The Lightning first rounder (2009) was thought to have a shot at being named to the camp after earning a pro contract from Tampa Bay and a spot on Team WHL for the Subway Super Series, as well as producing as a power forward (13-12-25 in 26 games). While his numbers aren't mind blowing, the fact Ashton plays for a last-place club starved for high-end offensive talent makes them seem a more impressive than they appear. Ashton is on pace to obliterate his career highs of 30 goals and 20 assists he set last season.

The last Lightning prospect to play with Team Canada was Dustin Tokarski, who won gold with the Canadians last year. Dana Tyrell was also part of that team, but was injured in exhibition play and missed the tournament.

CHL Game Night: 12-1-09

QMJHL

Lewiston MAINEiacs 1 @ Moncton Wildcats 2
D Mark Barberio, MCT: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals: 26 GP, 2-19-21, +8, 28 PIM

Barberio’s four-game point streak and streak of three two-assist games came to an end, but the Wildcats still scored a home win over Lewiston.

WHL

Lethbridge Hurricanes 3 @ Medicine Hat Tigers 1
RW Carter Ashton, LET: 0-0-0, +1, 2 PIM (slashing)
Season Totals: 26 GP, 13-12-25, -5, 50 PIM

Lethbridge broke a six-game losing streak while ending Medicine Hat’s streak of seven games without a regulation loss. Ashton will be keeping an eye on Hockey Canada today, as they’re expected to name this year’s WJC selection camp roster at noon (Eastern).

NCAA Game Night: 12-1-09

Brown Bears 4 @ Harvard Crimson 1
C/W Alexander Killorn, HAR: 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM, 5 SOG
Season Totals: 10 GP, 5-4-9, E, 6 PIM

As if this season wasn’t bad enough for the Crimson, they dropped a home game to (formerly) 1-7-1 Brown. Harvard, now at 1-7-2, is 1-5-2 (4 points) in conference, just ahead of Brown, Clarkson, and Dartmouth at the bottom of the standings, though those three teams have 1-2 games in hand on Harvard.

KHL Game Day: 12-1-09

Novgorod 3 @ Ekaterinburg 1
Denis Kazionov, Ekaterinburg, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 27 GP, 4-3-7, -8, 10 PIM

Torpedo got a goal and an assist from former NHL first rounder Pavel Brendl to defeat Ekaterinburg 3-1. Denis Kazionov played 13:19 in the match.

CSKA 4 @ Magnitogorsk 5
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, Win, 22/26, 4.00 GAA, .846 sv%
Season totals: 28 GP, 13-13, 2 SO, 2.21 GAA, .916 sv%

Vasily Koshechkin got the support of a Sergei Fedorov goal, Fedorov's fifth of the season, to help him even his season record at 13-13 in Magnitogorsk's 5-4 win over CSKA. Six of Koshechkin's losses this season have come after regulation. Magnitogorsk sits in second in the Eastern Conference, two points behind first place Yulaev. CSKA got Columbus first rounder Nikita Filatov's tenth point of the season, an assist, in the losing effort. Filatov has played just six games for CSKA since being allowed by the Blue Jackets to depart North America for the KHL.

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