North American Juniors Game Night: 11/8/10

World Junior A Challenge

Canada East 1 vs. USA 6
C Jimmy Mullin, USA: 3-0-3, 0 PIM

USA opened defense of their 2009 Gold medal with a convincing 6-1 win over Canada East. Lightning prospect Jimmy Mullin led the way for the Americans with a hat trick. He was originally credited with an assist on USA’s first goal, but it was later changed to his goal. The Fargo Force (USHL) forward followed that up with USA’s second goal, giving the Americans a 2-1 lead in the second period. He completed the hat trick in Penticton, B.C., with the USA’s final goal mid-way through the third period. (Hockey Canada photo)

Canada West 4 vs. Switzerland 5 (OT)
C Brendan O’Donnell, CW: 0-1-1, 0 PIM

Canada West found themselves down 3-0 going into the third period of their WJAC opener before mounting a furious comeback to send the game to overtime. Lighting prospect Brendan O’Donnell, playing on his home ice in Penticton, earned the primary assist on West’s game tying goal with just over 6 minutes to go in the game. The Swiss won on an overtime goal scored on the power play. West had taken a delay of game penalty in the closing seconds of the third period.

North American Juniors Game Night: 11/7/10


Baie-Comeau Drakkar 3 @ Montreal Juniors 5
D Charles Landry, MTL: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG, 0 Hits
Season Totals: 9 GP, 0-6-6, +5, 0 PIM

Landry continues to pile up assists since his return from injury. The Drakkar have lost their last 21 games (0-16-2-3). They’ve won once this season.


Plymouth Whalers 6 @ Sault Ste Marie Greyhounds 3
D Brock Beukeboom, SSM: 0-1-1, -1, 2 PIM (closing hand on puck)
Season Totals: 16 GP, 0-2-2, -6, 38 PIM

After going his first 14 games without a point, Beukeboom has assists in his last two contests.


Brandon Wheat Kings 1 @ Regina Pats 4
RW Carter Ashton, REG: 1-1-2, +1, 2 PIM (hooking), *Second Star*
Season totals: 17 GP, 7-7-14, -6, 34 PIM

A big win for Regina, who is now two points away from escaping the East Division cellar.

ECHL Game Nights: 11/6, 11/7/10

Florida Everblades 2 @ Carolina Stingrays 1 (Saturday)
C Mitch Fadden: 0-1-1, E, 2 PIM (tripping), 0 SOG
Season totals: 9 GP, 3-10-13, -3, 10 PIM
LW Alex Hutchings: 1-0-1, E, 2 PIM (high sticking), 2 SOG, *Second Star*
Season totals: 8 GP, 3-1-4, -3, 4 PIM
G Jaroslav Janus: Win, 39 saves on 40 shots, *First Star*
Season totals: 5 GP, 3-2-0-0, 3.85 GAA, .885 sv%, 0 SO

Florida avenged a 5-3 loss to Carolina Friday with a close win Saturday. Hutchings’ game winner came late in the second period.

Florida Everblades 4 @ Carolina Stingrays 3 (OT) (Sunday)
C Mitch Fadden: 1-0-1, +2, 2 PIM (roughing), 4 SOG, *First Star*
Season totals: 10 GP, 4-10-14, -1, 12 PIM
LW Alex Hutchings: 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM (roughing), 2 SOG
Season totals: 8 GP, 3-1-4, -3, 4 PIM
G Jaroslav Janus: Did not play.
Season totals: 5 GP, 3-2-0-0, 3.85 GAA, .885 sv%, 0 SO

Fadden (pictured) scored on a slap shot while on an overtime power play. He extended his point streak to 8 games. He’s registered at least a point in 9 of his 10 games so far this year.

North American Juniors Game Night: 11/6/10

World Junior A Challenge
Canada West 3 vs. USA 5 (Exhibition)
C Brendan O’Donnell, CW: 0-1-1, 2 PIM (tripping)
C Jimmy Mullin, USA: 1-1-2, 0 PIM

Canada West jumped out to a 2-0 first period lead, but Mullin (pictured) started the USA comeback with a second period goal and the Americans scored 4 of the game’s next 5 goals after that for the exhibition win.


Baie-Comeau Drakkar 0 @ Gatineau Olympiques 1 (OT)
D Adam Janosik, GAT: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG, 0 Hits
Season Totals: 19 GP, 2-4-6, +5, 12 PIM

The Olympiques needed overtime to beat the league’s worst team.

Montreal Juniors 3 @ Quebec Remparts 2
D Charles Landry, MTL: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG, 1 Hit
Season Totals: 8 GP, 0-5-5, +5, 0 PIM

Montreal completed the home-and-home sweep of top-ranked Quebec with a 3-2 win Saturday. The #GuyBoucherKarma continues on Patrick Roy.


Kingston Frontenacs 3 @ Belleville Bulls 2 (SO)
C/W Richard Panik, BEL: 0-1-1, +1, 4 PIM (goaltender interference x2)
Season totals: 18 GP, 11-11-22, +1, 25 PIM

Panik earned a point, but failed to convert his shootout attempt.

Owen Sound Attack 3 @ Erie Otters 2
D Geoffrey Schemitsch, OS: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
Season totals: 18 GP, 1-10-11, +9, 2 PIM

The Attack got revenge on Erie for a Friday loss.

Mississauga St. Michaels Majors 4 @ Oshawa Generals 1
G Michael Zador, OSH: Did not play.
Season Totals: 7-3-1-1, 3.48 GAA, .880 sv%, 1 SO

Zador watched Saturday after getting pulled early Friday.


Regina Pats 3 @ Moose Jaw Warriors 5
RW Carter Ashton, REG: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
Season totals: 16 GP, 6-6-12, -7, 32 PIM

Ashton had at least a point in 4 of his last 5 games entering the Moose Jaw game.

Edmonton Oil Kings 7 @ Prince George Cougars 3
RW Brett Connolly, PG: 0-0-0, -3, 0 PIM
Season totals: 19 GP, 15-10-25, -5, 6 PIM

The Cougars suffered a bad home loss a day after beating the Oil Kings.

Saskatoon Blades 4 @ Swift Current Broncos 3 (OT)
D Teigan Zahn, SAS: 0-1-1, +1, 4 PIM (cross checking, tripping)
Season totals: 18 GP, 1-2-3, +7, 28 PIM

Zahn is becoming a point machine by his statistical standards.

NCAA Game Night: 11/6/10

#12 Michigan State Spartans 1 @ Western Michigan Broncos 3
D Luke Witkowski, UWM: 0-0-0, +2, 2 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 10 GP, 0-3-3, +7, 16 PIM

Western Michigan continues to play well sweeping a ranked Michigan State team.

#19 Cornell Big Red 6 @ Clarkson Golden Knights 1
D Kirill Gotovets, COR: 1-1-2, +4, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 4 GP, 1-1-2, Even, 0 PIM

Gotovets recorded his first collegiate goal and first assist as the Big Red handled Clarkson.

Harvard Crimson 1 @ #18 Rensselaer Engineers 0
F Alex Killorn, HAR: 1-0-1, Even, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 2 GP, 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM

Harvard collected their first win of the season as Killorn scored the game winner with 9 seconds left in the third period.

Vermont Catamounts 3 @ Providence Friars 3 (OT)
F Matt Marshall, UVM: Did not play
Season totals: 5 GP, 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM

Marshall sat out as Vermont tied Providence on the road. The Catamounts record moves to 0-3-3.

NHL Game Night: 11/6/10 Lightning at Sharks

Bruised and out of gas.


Mike Smith allowed 5 goals on 39 shots for the loss with Dan Ellis out ill. His five hole was open all night like a Waffle House. Not good.

First Period
12:16 SJ Marleau (5), (unassisted)(SH)
13:58 TB St Louis (6), Stamkos (11), Lecavalier (4)
15:26 SJ Marleau (6), Boyle (7), Demers (3)(PP)

Second Period
11:27 SJ Heatley (6), Couture (1), Boyle (8)
17:27 SJ McCarthy (2), Mayers (2), Murray (3)

Third Period
00:27 SJ Couture (5), Heatley (9)
18:13 TB Stamkos (11), Lecavalier (5), Clark (3)

With several players out hurt, and several others in the lineup dinged up, you could see the Lightning sag when it got to 3-1. It's been a tough roadtrip, with only three of a possible eight points gained. They'll have the opportunity now to get healthy and get back on schedule back home in Tampa Bay. It hurts a little bit, but this Lightning club hasn't been able to ice a regular lineup in a while, starting with Simon Gagne's injury. Once everyone returns the top two lines will settle in, the depth players will return to the bottom two lines, and everything will work itself out. The goaltending is still the only thing I'm truly concerned about.

Mattias Ritola was -1 with 1 shot in 9:09.

Dana Tyrell was scoreless in 11:49. The scorekeepers in San Jose must be blind, because I know I saw him throw at least one hit tonight.

Blair Jones was -1 in 7:41 and was 50% on 8 draws.

Box score and extended statistics from

AHL Game Night: 11/6/10 Checkers at Admirals

Norfolk gets Pogge'd.


Dustin Tokarski allowed 3 goals on 28 shots for the loss. He also stopped a regulation penalty shot.

First Period
CHA Dalpe, (1) (Osala, Sanguinetti), 13:06
NOR Berry, (1) (Labrie, Pouliot), 14:07

Second Period
CHA Boychuk, (6) (Bowman, Terry), 3:08 (PP)

Third Period
CHA Micflikier, (4) (Dalpe), 11:16

Pierre-Cedric Labrie was the game's third star. Norfolk outshot Charlotte 42-28 but could not master Checkers netminder Justin Pogge.

Box score from

European Game Day: 11/6/10

HV 71 6 @ Sodertalje 1
Riku Helenius, Sodertalje, ND, 6.35 GAA
Season totals: 8 GP, 0-6-0, 0 SO, 3.06 GAA, .873 GAA

Riku Helenius spelled starter Pontus Sjogren at 10:33 of the third period after Sodertalje had fallen behind 5-0 today. The club eventually lost 6-1. Ex-Devils pick Teemu Laine had a goal for HV 71.

Cherepovets 4 @ Novokuznetsk 2
Vasily Koshechkin, Cherepovets, DNP
Season totals: 13 GP, 5-8-0, 1 SO, 2.99 GAA, .904 sv%

Wow. Vasily Koshechkin sat backup behind third string netminder Sergei Borisov today in Cherepovets' 4-2 win over Novokuznetsk. It was the 25 year old Borisov's first game of the season. Ex-Lightning forward Martin Cibak had a pair of goals in the win for Severstal.

ECHL Game Night: 11/5/10

Florida Everblades 3 @ Carolina Stingrays 5
C Mitch Fadden: 1-1-2, +1, 2 PIM (hooking), 2 SOG
Season totals: 8 GP, 3-9-12, -3, 8 PIM

LW Alex Hutchings: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 6 SOG
Season totals: 7 GP, 2-1-3, -3, 2 PIM

G Jaroslav Janus: Did not play.
Season totals: 4 GP, 2-2-0-0, 4.69 GAA, .852 sv%, 0 SO

Florida’s winning streak was stopped at three games after the Stingrays broke a 3-3 third period tie with 2 goals. Mitch Fadden had a puck deflect off of him into the net for his third goal of the year. He extended his point streak to 6 games with a 2 point night. Hutching tied for the team lead with 6 shots. Former Lightning prospect and Everblades Captain Mike Egener scored his first goal of the year and recently signed winger Nick Tarnasky, also a former Lightning prospect, had an assist in his Florida debut. Egener (pictured) had 11 goals last year for the Ontario Reign of the ECHL. His previous career high was 3 goals with Lightning AHL affiliate Springfield in 2004-2005. This includes his WHL career, also.

North American Juniors Game Night: 11/5/10

World Junior A Challenge

Canada West 2 vs. Canada East 7 (Exhibition)
C Brendan O’Donnell, CW: 0-0-0, 0 PIM

Canada East scored 5 times in the second period to take a 5-0 lead. West cut it to 5-2 early in the third, but couldn’t come back any further. O’Donnell wasn’t listed on the scoresheet.


Fargo Force 3 @ Tri-City Storm 4
C Jimmy Mullin, FGO: Did not play.
Season totals: 10 GP, 5-4-9, +1, 10 PIM

Mullin is currently with Team USA for the World Junior A Challenge.


Drummondville Voltigeurs 3 @ Gatineau Olympiques 2
D Adam Janosik, GAT: 0-1-1, -1, 2 PIM (cross checking), 0 SOG, 0 Hits
Season Totals: 18 GP, 2-4-6, +5, 12 PIM

Janosik earned his sixth point of the year with a primary power play assist. He had 35 points in 63 games last season.

Quebec Remparts 4 @ Montreal Juniors 5 (SO)
D Charles Landry, MTL: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG, 0 Hits
Season Totals: 7 GP, 0-4-4, +5, 0 PIM

Montreal scored twice in the late third to send the game to an extra session, then defeated the CHL’s top ranked team in a shootout. Patrick Roy and Quebec are 15-2-0-2 on the year. They're 0-1-0-1 this week - the same week Roy blamed Lightning coach Guy Boucher for the lack of offense in the QMJHL. #GuyBoucherKarma


Oshawa Generals 3 @ Sault Ste Marie Greyhounds 7
G Michael Zador, OSH: No decision, 6 saves on 9 shots
Season Totals: 7-3-1-1, 3.48 GAA, .880 sv%, 1 SO
D Brock Beukeboom, SSM: 0-1-1, +3, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 15 GP, 0-1-1, -5, 36 PIM

Beukeboom (pictured) finally earned his first point of the year, although it was part of a poor performance by his fellow Lightning prospect Michael Zador. Zador was pulled in the first period.

Belleville Bulls 0 @ Kitchener Rangers 8
C/W Richard Panik, BEL: 0-0-0, -5, 0 PIM
Season totals: 17 GP, 11-10-21, E, 21 PIM

A snowman in Kitchener. Panik was a team-worst minus-5. The next worst was minus-3. Possible 2011 Lightning draft target right-handed defenseman Ryan Murphy just had an assist in the game. He has 10 goals and 28 points in 16 games so far this year for the Rangers and is now playing himself into the top of the first round it seems (and too high for the Lightning?).

Owen Sound Attack 0 @ Erie Otters 4
D Geoffrey Schemitsch, OS: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM
Season totals: 17 GP, 1-10-11, +9, 2 PIM

Schemitsch had 4 points in his last 2 games coming into the Erie game.


Moose Jaw Warriors 3 @ Regina Pats 1
RW Carter Ashton, REG: 0-1-1, -2, 0 PIM
Season totals: 15 GP, 6-6-12, -7, 32 PIM

Ashton has at least a point in 4 of his last 5 games.

Edmonton Oil Kings 3 @ Prince George Cougars 6
RW Brett Connolly, PG: 1-1-2, -1, 0 PIM
Season totals: 18 GP, 15-10-25, -2, 6 PIM

Connolly had gone his last 5 games without registering multiple points. This was his sixth multi-point game of the year.

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