NCAA Game Night: 1-23-10

Harvard Crimson 3 @ RPI Red Hawks 3
C/W Alexander Killorn, HAR: 1-1-2, +2, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Season Totals: 18 GP, 6-8-14, +1, 16 PIM

Killorn and Canadiens' first rounder Louis Leblanc combined for two goals, including Leblanc’s with three seconds left in regulation to force overtime. Killorn had the only assist on that goal. Leblanc set up Killorn earlier in the game to give the Crimson a 2-1 lead.

No.17 Vermont Catamounts 1 @ No.15 UMass Minutemen 3 (1/16)
C/W Matt Marshall , UVM: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season Totals: 20 GP, 1-1-2, -4, 10 PIM

Vermont moved up from No.18 to 17 this week, but this loss may knock them back down in the USCHO poll.

Western Michigan Broncos 2 @ Bowling Green Falcons 3
D Luke Witkowski , WMU: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season Totals: 22 GP, 1-3-4, -9, 26 PIM

WMU essentially dropped both games vs. conference foe Bowling Green this weekend, including a shootout loss Friday.

NHL Game Night: 1-23-10 Thrashers at Lightning

Arthur Blank owns the Atlanta Falcons, Liberty Media owns the Atlanta Braves, and Atlanta Spirit LLC owns the Atlanta Hawks, but Niitty owns the Atlanta Thrashers.

ATL-1
TB-2 (SO)

Antero Niittymaki allowed 1 goal on 38 shots and blanked the Thrashers on 5 shootout attempts to improve to 15-0-0 lifetime against Atlanta. He owns that team. It's hilarious.

First Period
ATL 5:23, Antropov 13 (Little, Kubina)
TB 7:28, Stamkos 27 (Foster, Malone)

Second Period
NO SCORING

Third Period
NO SCORING

Overtime
NO SCORING

Shootout
ATL- None
TB- Halpern

The Lightning totally did not deserve to win tonight. After a strong opening, they really took their foot off the gas pedal toward the end of the first period. It was a slow, lethargic effort, and only by the grace of some luck and Niitty getting sharper as the game went on did they pull two points out tonight. They were ultimately outshot 38-27 in the game and they absolutely can't survive on efforts like this if they're going to make the playoffs.

Paul Szczechura was -1 with 2 shots and 2 blocked shots in 9:45.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

AHL Game Night: 1-23-10 Admirals at Monarchs

Jim Johnson is 2-0-0 as Head Coach.

NOR-5
MAN-3

Jaroslav Janus allowed 3 goals on 20 shots for the win. He has to be basking in all this goal support he's suddenly getting.

First Period
MCH Gauthier, (7) (Holloway, Cavanagh), 3:42
NOR Smolenak, (6) (Craig, Mihalik), 19:08

Second Period
NOR Fadden, (1) (Wishart, Parrish), 3:32 (PP)
NOR Fornataro, (2) (Quick, Fadden), 6:05
MCH Walker, (3) (Clune, Elkins), 17:25

Third Period
MCH Westgarth, (8) (King, Kolomatis), 10:13
NOR Hall, (9) (Smolenak, Krajicek), 16:59
NOR Smolenak, (7) (Wishart), 19:18 (EN)

Adam Hall and Mitch Fadden were the game's first and second stars. Norfolk outshot Manchester, which is in first place in the Atlantic Division, by a stunning 49-20 margin. The recent changes to the Norfolk staff have, if nothing else, lit a fire under the team.

Fadden scored his first AHL goal in the game and has 4 points over the past 2 games after going scoreless for the first 15 games of his pro career. The consensus on Fadden has always been that if he commits himself to hustle defensively and physically, and he learns to train like a pro, he can be a scorer not just at this level but up top in the NHL as well. He's struggled with some injuries and he'll probably need a big boy workout regime to build himself up this offseason to help prevent those, but the effort level has been way up with Fadden and the floodgates have finally opened this weekend. The Lightning have to be very pleased to see him coming on.

Speaking of which, Ty Wishart has 3 multi-point games in his last 4 contests. He's playing his way into the conversation for next year's Lightning blueline.

The best news for the Admirals may have been 2 goals and 1 assist by Radek Smolenak. With Brandon Bochenski up in Tampa and Martins Karsums off in Riga, Latvia, Norfolk needs all hands on deck in the scoring department. Smolenak had just 2 points in the 15 games prior to tonight's contest. Smolenak had 24 goals last season, but he only had 5 coming into tonight. He needs to get hot as the Admirals try to climb the ladder back into playoff contention.

Norfolk picks up 2 points on Adirondack and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton and keeps pace with Binghamton with the win. So, the Admirals move within 4 points of the Penguins for the final playoff spot. That's the good news. The bad news is that the Phantoms, who are 3 points ahead of the Ads, have 2 games in hand on Norfolk and the Senators, who are 2 points ahead of the Ads, have 3 games in hand. So, every point is extremely precious for Norfolk right now.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

KHL Game Day: 1-23-10

Novgorod 2 @ Kazan 3
Dmitri Kazionov, Kazan, 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 47 GP, 18-7-25, +7, 16 PIM

Kazionov played 14:01 in the match for Kazan. Kazan got assists from former NHLers Niko Kapanen and Alexei Morozov in the victory.

CHL Game Night: 1-22-10

QMJHL

Moncton Wildcats 6 @ Victoriaville Tigres 2
D Mark Barberio, MCT: 1-0-1, +2, 2 PIM, 5 SOG
Season Totals: 43 GP, 10-26-36, +29, 46 PIM

Barberio has points in nine of his last 10 games. After a slow start, he’s been very consistent this season and could be heading toward an NHL contract. He’s within 10 points of his career high, set two seasons ago in 70 games. Moncton has won eight in a row and 17 of their past 19. This was an impressive, dominant road win over a team ranked No.6 in the entire CHL.

OHL

Belleville Bulls 0 @ Ottawa 67’s 3
C Richard Panik, BEL: 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 39 GP, 11-10-21, +8, 29 PIM
With Bulls: 6 GP, 2-1-3, -7, 10 PIM
With Windsor: 33 GP, 9-9-18, +15, 19 PIM

RW Kyle DeCoste, BEL: 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM (tripping)
Season Totals: 41 GP, 13-8-21, -9, 39 PIM
With Bulls: 28 GP, 11-7-18, -7, 21 PIM
With SSM: 13 GP, 2-1-3, -2, 20 PIM

DeCoste was at or a near a point-per-game pace well after the trade from the Soo to Belleville, but he’s since fallen well off that pace. He hasn’t had a point in six games. Panik, meanwhile, hasn’t scored in three. Ottawa outshot Belleville 34-18.

Barrie Colts 6 @ Sudbury Wolves 4
LW/C Alex Hutchings, BAR: 2-0-2, +1, 0 PIM, *First Star*
Season Totals: 45 GP, 30-23-53, +30, 38 PIM
W Matias Sointu, SBY: Did not play (injured).
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

Hutchings (pictured) was back on the scoresheet with another multi-goal game – his seventh of the season. He hit 30 goals for the second time in his career. He’s four off his career high for goals (34), set last season in 63 games. As for Sointu, it was reported this week the injury he sustained at the WJCs was the result of a puck to the face. Ouch.

Oshawa Generals 3 @ Kingston Frontenacs 6
G Michael Zador, OSH: 14 saves on 15 shots
Season Totals: 31 GP, 11-15-2-1, 3.59 GAA, .894 sv%, 1 SO

Zador didn’t start the game, but was admirable in relief of starter Kevin Bailie, who allowed four goals on 11 shots. Kingston added an empty netter late.

WHL

Swift Current Broncos 5 @ Regina Pats 6 (SO)
RW Carter Ashton, REG: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 43 GP, 18-18-36, -10, 77 PIM
With Regina: 15 GP, 5-5-10, -2, 25 PIM
With Lethbridge: 28 GP, 13-13-26, -8, 52 PIM

Regina got at least a point in their fifth game in a row, a streak which has included two shootout wins over the Broncos. Swift Current (51 points) is ninth in the Eastern Conference and Regina (46 points) 10th. They’re both chasing eighth-place Red Deer (52 points).

Vancouver Giants 2 @ Tri-City Americans 4
C James Wright, VAN: Did not play.
08-09 Season: 71 GP, 21-26-47, +26, 54 PIM
With Tampa Bay: 43 GP, 2-3-5, -9, 18 PIM

Wright is expected to (re-)join the Giants next week after being assigned to Vancouver by Tampa Bay. The Giants (29-18-1-2) are currently leading the B.C. Division and as a result are the second seed in the Western Conference behind the Americans.

NCAA Game Night: 1-22-10

Harvard Crimson 4 @ Union Dutchmen 1
C/W Alexander Killorn, HAR: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season Totals: 17 GP, 5-7-12, -1, 16 PIM

Killorn was back to starting the game on the top line, but failed to register a point. Harvard is (finally) starting to heat up.

Western Michigan Broncos 4 @ Bowling Green Falcons 4 (OT)
D Luke Witkowski , WMU: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM (roughing), 1 SOG
Season Totals: 21 GP, 1-3-4, -9, 26 PIM

Bowling Green won the shootout, 3-2.

AHL Game Night: 1-22-10 Admirals at Falcons

The Admirals get a big win for their new coach in a game they absolutely had to have.

NOR-3
SPR-2

Jaroslav Janus allowed 2 goals on 19 shots for his first professional win. The Admirals outshot the Falcons 36-19 in the game.

First Period
SPR Fretter, (17) (Reddox, Trukhno), 1:29

Second Period
SPR Cleaver, (1) (Paukovich, Beauregard), 9:17
NOR Parrish, (10) (Fadden), 10:33
NOR Wishart, (7) (Fadden, Fornataro), 12:54

Third Period
NOR Fornataro, (1) (Wishart, Parrish), 17:37

PTO Matt Fornataro and Ty Wishart were the game's first and second stars. I don't want to oversell it, but Wishart is becoming a real offensive star for Norfolk. In his last 20 games, Wishart has 6 goals and 13 points. He's also -2 over that span. That's pretty good considering in his first 22 games he had 1 goal, 3 points, and he was -12.

Congratulations to Mitch Fadden for his first professional point and his first multi-point night as a professional. He's been working hard of late to get it. It's nice to see the floodgates start to part a bit. Here's to hoping that first pro goal isn't far behind.

Jim Johnson is 1-0-0 as Head Coach. You can't argue with the winning percentage. Norfolk is now 6 points behind the Penguins for the final playoff spot in the East Division.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

KHL Game Day: 1-22-10

Omsk 4 @ Khabarovsk 1
Karri Ramo, Omsk, Win, 23/24, 1.00 GAA, .958 sv%
Season totals: 35 GP, 20-14, 3 SO, 2.02 GAA, .914 sv%

Karri Ramo was back in net after missing four games for Omsk, and he got his 20th win of the season in the return as Omsk stomped Khabarovsk 4-1. Jaromir Jagr led Omsk with 2 goals and 1 assist in the match.

Dynamo Moscow 4 @ Dynamo Riga 5
Martins Karsums, Dynamo Riga, 1-0-1, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 3 GP, 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM

Johan Harju, Dynamo Moscow, 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 4 SOG
Season totals: 47 GP, 3-11-14, -7, 30 PIM

Contrary to previous reports that he would play for KHK MVD, Martins Karsums has surfaced for his home country team Dynamo Riga. The Latvian forward scored his first KHL goal today in 13:36 of ice time. For the other Dynamo, Johan Harju played 19:03 and was 47% on faceoffs.

CHL Game Night: 1-21-10

Kingston Frontenacs 2 @ Barrie Colts 5
LW/C Alex Hutchings, BAR: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 44 GP, 28-23-51, +29, 38 PIM

Barrie has won five in a row and eight of their past 10. This game featured a rare goalie fight at the end of the second period. The Barrie Examiner has the story: "The bizarre brouhahas started when Kingston's Ethan Werek scored to cut Barrie's lead to 2-1 with a few seconds to go in the second period.

"Werek apparently got a little too close to [Barrie goaltender Mavric] Parks – named after the Top Gun character played by Tom Cruise – which only fuelled an already frustrated Parks, who went after his former teammate and landed a quick jab on the Kingston forward.

"A scramble ensued after the Parks-Werek dust-up, and that's when goalie Tyler Beskorowany -- and his six-foot-five, 204-pound frame -- saw an opportunity.

"'I had to,' said Beskorowany, who skated 185 feet down ice to find a willing six-foot, 183-pound dance partner. "Stuff happens. It's too bad the refs got in the way. I was having fun.'"

This is why we love junior hockey. And there is no truth to the rumor that Mavric closed his eyes, clenched his necklace, and said “Talk to me Goose” before the fight.

Breaking News: Helenius to continue career in Sweden

According to the Swedish sports news site Aftonbladet, as well as Ilta-Sanomat in Finland, former Lightning first round pick Riku Helenius will pack his bags for Sweden.

The towering goaltender was recently pushed to No.3 in AHL Norfolk when the Lightning signed Jaroslav Janus from Erie of the OHL. Dustin Tokarski is the No.1 in Norfolk, though he's currently filling in for an injured Mike Smith in Tampa.

Helenius will join Sodertalje SK of the Swedish Elitserien League, and according to his agent, Jay Grossman (via Aftonbladet), this will give the young netminder more playing time.

Helenius was drafted in the first round (15th overall) at the 2006 NHL Entry Draft. He appeared in 12 games for Norfolk this year, posting a 5-7 record with a 2.75 GAA and .896 save percentage. He appeared in one game for the Lightning last season, stopping both shots he faced in mop-up duty. He previously played for Seattle of the WHL.

Update: The Lightning have confirmed the transaction, along with Tokarski being reassigned to Norfolk (1/24).

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