WJC Game Night: 12/31

World Junior Championships
Canada 7 vs. USA 4
W Dana Tyrell, CAN: Did not play (injured - out for tournament).
G Dustin Tokarski, CAN: Win, 22 saves on 26 shots

What a game.

AHL Game Night 12/31: Admirals at Pirates

Tough loss. Close game.

NOR-1
POR-2

Mike McKenna allowed 2 goals on 30 shots for the loss.

First Period
NO SCORING

Second Period
NOR Gratton, (1) (Wishart, Jones), 5:01
POR Mancari, (13) (Darche, Zagrapan), 14:09 (PP)
POR Campbell, (1) (Fretter, Baier), 17:56

Third Period
NO SCORING

McKenna was named the game's third star.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

N.A. Juniors Game Night: 12/30

A little Christmas vacation delay... three days worth of CHL scores.

Team Canada Notes:
Canada has named Dustin Tokarski starter for tonight's game vs. the USA (NHL Network - 7 PM EST). Here's hoping that NHL contract doesn't prove to be a distraction for him (and judging from his demeanor throughout his young career, it won't), but it's a great sign that Pat Quinn trusts him for Canada's first big test.

NHL Game Night 12/30: Canadiens at Lightning

Ou est Lecavalier et St. Louis?

MTL-2
TB-1 (SO)

Mike Smith allowed just 1 goal on 30 shots, but then allowed both Montreal shooters to score in the penalty shot session for the shootout loss.

First Period
13:18 TB Prospal (7), (Malone, St. Louis)(PP)

Second Period
NO SCORING

Third Period
00:46 MTL Latendresse (5), (Lapierre, Kostopoulos)

Overtime
NO SCORING

Shootout
MTL- Kovalev, Lapierre
TB- Jokinen

The Lightning's best players tonight were, in no partocular order, Smith, Ryan Malone, Andrej Meszaros, and Evgeny Artyukhin. Absent from that list? Vincent Lecavalier and Martin St. Louis. It's not rocket science: if those two don't score, the Lightning are going to struggle to defeat quality opponents like Montreal. They're getting excellent goaltending and some secondary scoring. Heck, they're even getting some inspired play from their defensemen at times. So now it's up to Lecavalier and St. Louis. They need to turn up the volume over the next two months to get this team over the hump.

It was nauseating to be outnumbered by Canadiens fans in our own barn. They were well behaved, at least. I mean, I wasn't stepping over drunks and weaving between fist fights like I would if we were invaded by Flyers fans. Still, I would've loved nothing better than to answer their annoying little "Go Habs Go" chant with a little "Go Home Habs."

Matt Smaby had a team high 7 hits in 15:47 filling some of the ice time vacated by a scratched Marek Malik. He did some good things. He's looked better in this recall; good enough for me to think that maybe he needs to replace Jamie Heward on the roster. He made some mistakes again, sure. But, like I said after the last game, as long as they are mistakes of aggression I'm more willing to live with them. And, it's not like his veteran bretheren on the Lightning blueline don't make mistakes in their own rights. Steve Eminger is working hard to make me go gray early in life by backing off shooters and routinely letting them walk the puck into the slot.

Paul Szczechura was -1 with 1 hit and was 57% on draws in 10:34. He's taken a bit of a step back since that amazing game against the Pens.

Steven Stamkos had 1 shot, 2 hits, and was 67% on draws in 11:45. He had one really awful power play shift in the third period. Other than that I thought he was ok.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

Lawrence, Jackson Recalled to Norfolk

Just in time for Nofolk's three game road trip, Admirals General Manager Mike Butters announced today that the Tampa Bay Lightning have reassigned prospect forward Chris Lawrence and defenseman Scott Jackson to the Admirals from the ECHL Mississippi Sea Wolves

Lawrence and Jackson had both appeared in three games with Mississippi after being reassigned from Norfolk last Friday. Lawrence registered one assist and five penalty minutes in those three games. Jackson netted his first professional goal – the game-winner – last night at Gwinnett. He also registered two penalty minutes in his three-game stint with the Sea Wolves.

Lawrence, a 6-foot-4, 217-pound right wing, has appeared in 19 games with the Admirals this season, scoring one goal and two assists with 18 penalty minutes. The second-year pro has skated in 72 career American Hockey League games – all with Norfolk – and has scored six goals and 13 assists with 50 penalty minutes.

Jackson, a 6-foot-4, 213-pound native of Salmon Arm, British Columbia, has appeared in 16 games with Norfolk this season, registering one assist and seven penalty minutes. The rookie made his professional debut on October 11 versus Hershey.

Bolts Sign Tokarski

Sportsbook Review is reporting that the Tampa Bay Lightning signed prospect goaltender Dustin Tokarski to a standard three year entry level contract on Tuesday.

Tokarski, selected by the Lightning in the 5th round (122nd overall) of the 2008 draft, is currently playing for Team Canada at the 2009 World Junior Championships.

The 19-year-old is midway through his third season with Spokane of the Western Hockey League where he has posted a record of 16-9-2 with four shutouts and a 1.97 goals-against average.

NCAA Game Night: 12/29

Ledyard Bank Tournament
Massachusetts Minutemen 4 vs Army Black Knights 1
D John Wessbecker UMASS, 0-0-0, Even, 2 SOG
Season Totals: 15GP, 0-3-3, +12, 16 PIM

UMASS (9-7-1) took the consolation game of the Ledyard Bank Tournament in Hanover, NH. out shooting Army (4-11-1) 31-17 in the process. The Minutemen take on No. 10 Cornell this coming Sunday.

ECHL Game Night 12/29: Sea Wolves at Gladiators

Scott Jackson rang up his first professional goal, a game winning power play tally, with less than 4 minutes remaining in regulation to propel Mississippi past Gwinnett 4-3. Jackson earned First Star honors, while Chris Lawrence set up the Wolves' first goal for his first point since joining Mississippi two nights ago.

Mississippi 4 @ Gwinnett 3
D Scott Jackson: 1-0-1 (PP); -1; 0 PIM; 2 SOG; *FIRST STAR*
F Chris Lawrence: 0-1-1; E; 0 PIM; 4 SOG

Mississippi travels back to Charleston, SC to take on the Stingrays in a New Years Eve tilt Wednesday night.

ECHL Game Night 12/28: Sea Wolves at Stingrays

Chris Lawrence and Scott Jackson turned in a repeat performance Sunday night in the rematch with the South Carolina, both turning in -2 efforts as the Stingrays defeated the Sea Wolves behind Michael Dubuc's 4 goals. Lawrence also tangled with the Stingrays' Viktor Dovgan.

Mississippi 3 @ South Carolina 6
D Scott Jackson: 0-0-0; -2; 9 PIM; 2 SOG
F Chris Lawrence: 0-0-0; -2; 5 PIM (fighting major); 0 SOG

Mississippi plays their third road game in as many nights against the Gwinnett Gladiators as the ECHL's only Monday night tilt.

NCAA Game Night: 12/28

Badger Showdown
Alabama-Huntsville Chargers 4 vs Harvard Crimson 1
F Alex Killorn , Harvard: 0-0-0, E, 4 PIM, 3 SOG
Season Totals: 14 GP, 3-6-9, -4, 30 PIM

Harvard (4-8-2) falls in the consolation game of the Badger Showdown in Madison, Wis. The Chargers (3-10-1) scored three third period goals in the win.

Ledyard Bank Tournament
Bemidji State Beavers 4 vs. Massachusetts Minutemen 2
Def John Wessbecker , UMASS: 0-1-1, -1, 0 SOG

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