AHL Game Night: 3-3-10 Admirals at Penguins

Things tighten up a bit in the playoff chase...

NOR-2
WBS-4

Dustin Tokarski allowed 3 goals on 33 shots in the loss.

First Period
WBS Grant, (2) (Johnson, Tangradi), 5:50
NOR Hall, (11) (Tyrell, Craig), 9:25

Second Period
WBS Wallace, (18) (Smith, Conner), 8:22 (PP)
NOR Jones, (8) (Tarkir, Fadden), 10:07

Third Period
WBS Pushkarev, (6) (Lee, Tangradi), 8:06
WBS Jeffrey, (19) (Wallace), 19:56 (EN)

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton now pulls within 5 points of Norfolk with the Pens holding 3 games in hand. The good news is that, after tonight, Norfolk has just 4 road games remaining on their schedule and 12 at home.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

KHL Game Day: 3-3-10

Back from the Olympic Break...

Omsk 3 @ Dynamo Riga 5
Martins Karsums, Dynamo Riga, 1-1-2, +4, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 10 GP, 3-3-6, +6, 14 PIM

Karri Ramo, Omsk, Loss, 20/24, 4.03 GAA, .833 sv%
Season totals: 42 GP, 21-16, 4 SO, 2.10 GAA, .913 sv%

Fresh off a solid performance for Latvia in the Olympics, Karsums had 1 goal and 1 assist in 20:26 in a solid drubbing on Avangard Omsk. KHL goal scoring leader Marcel Hossa scored his 33rd and 34th goal of the season in the match for Riga.

Yulaev 3 @ Dynamo Moscow 0
Johan Harju, Dynamo Moscow, 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM, 7 SOG
Season totals: 54 GP, 4-14-18, -10, 38 PIM

Harju led Dynamo in shots on goal in 12:34 but could not crack former NHLer Vitaly Kolesnik in their 3-0 shutout loss to the East's first place team, Yulaev. Harju was 54% on draws in the match.

Cherepovets 1 @ Magnitogorsk 2
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, Win, 24/25, 1.00 GAA, .960 sv%
Season totals: 47 GP, 25-14, 8 SO, 1.89 GAA, .929 sv%

Former Coyotes first round pick Viktor Tikhonov scored his 14th goal of the season in support of Koshechkin in Magnitogorsk's 2-1 win.

Mytischi 3 @ Ekaterinburg 2 (SO)
Denis Kazionov, Ekaterinburg, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Season totals: 49 GP, 5-3-8, -18, 18 PIM

The younger Kazionov brother played 16:04 in the match and had a team high 4 shots on goal for Ekaterinburg. Former Lightning draft pick Vadim Epanchintsev had an assist in the match for Mytischi.

Spartak Moscow 1 @ Kazan 3
Dmitri Kazionov, Kazan, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 50 GP, 18-8-26, +9, 16 PIM

The elder Kazionov played 15:17 in the match for Kazan.

Lightning Trade Halpern for Purcell, 3rd

The Lightning have traded veteran forward Jeff Halpern to the Los Angeles Kings for young winger Ted Purcell and Florida's third round pick.

An accomplished scorer in the minors, Purcell has been somewhat of an inconsistent prospect in the NHL thus far, with three goals and three assists in 41 games so far this year on a stacked Kings squad. He had 16 points (4 goals) in 40 games with the Kings a season ago.

CHL Game Night: 3-2-10

QMJHL

Moncton Wildcats 2 @ Cape Breton Screaming Eagles 0
D Mark Barberio, MCT: 1-0-1, +1, 4 PIM, 6 SOG
Season Totals: 58 GP, 13-42-55, +39, 64 PIM

Barberio scored what turned out to be the game winner less than five minutes into the first period. The ‘Cats would add another goal less than a minute later, then hold the Eagles off the scoresheet for the rest of the game. Moncton has won eight straight.

OHL

Barrie Colts 6 @ Sudbury Wolves 5 (OT)
LW/C Alex Hutchings, BAR: 1-1-2, E, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 62 GP, 44-30-74, +41, 52 PIM
W Matias Sointu, SBY: 0-2-2, E, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 45 GP, 7-15-22, -6, 16 PIM
With Sudbury: 23 GP, 4-8-12, -11, 10 PIM
With Ottawa: 21 GP, 3-7-10, +5, 6 PIM

Hutchings scored his 44th goal of the year at 2:45 of overtime to give the Colts the road win and extend his point streak to 11 games. He has goals in six straight. This was his 11th game winning goal of the season, tying him with Ottawa's Cody Lindsay (undrafted) for the league lead. Sointu’s two assists gave him his first multi-point game since January 31. Sointu finished February with no goals and three assists in 10 games. Hutchings had 10 goals and five assists in 12 February games.

WHL

Regina Pats 2 @ Swift Current Broncos 5
RW Carter Ashton, REG: Did not play.
Season Totals: 60 GP, 23-26-49, -5, 100 PIM
With Regina: 32 GP, 10-13-23, +3, 48 PIM
With Lethbridge: 28 GP, 13-13-26, -8, 52 PIM

That’s two huge losses to the eighth-place Broncos in the last week for Regina, which drops them 11 points back of Swift Current with five games remaining. That means they’re officially done. No word yet as to why Ashton was scratched. If he’s healthy, there’s a good chance he joins AHL Norfolk when the Pats are finished with their season. I’d also expect (and look forward to seeing) Jordan Eberle join the Oilers.

NHL Game Night: 3-2-10 Flyers at Lightning

Season circling the drain?

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TB-2

I've never seen a defense and goaltender play worse in a period than the Lightning played in the third tonight. And, it wasn't just the rookie Hedman. Matias Ohlund got his lunch money stolen on the first goal of the period that set the Lightning on their heels and on their way to getting embarassed. I don't get it. I don't get how a team can hold it together and play well for 40 minutes and then mentally check out in the third when the stakes are so high.

Box score from NHL.com.

USHS Update: 3-1-10

D Kirill Gotovets, Shattuck-St. Mary’s, USHS
Season Totals: 40 GP, 8-16-24, 71 PIM

Gotovets, a Cornell commit, had five points after 14 games, but has 19 points in his last 26, including nine in his last 10. His 71 PIM are second on the club. Shattuck was 39-9-4 entering play this past weekend (results TBA).

Elitserien Game Day: 3/1

Sodertalje 2 @ Rogle 1
Riku Helenius, Sodertalje, Win, 30/31, 1.00 GAA, .968 sv%
Season totals: 6 GP, 2-1-2, 0 SO, 2.46 GAA, .919 sv%

Former Lightning draft pick Eric Beaudoin had an assist on Rogle's only goal. There are 5 games remaining in the Elitserien regular season. Sodertalje is on the brink of elimination, 12 points behind 8th place Lulea. In the Elitserien, a regulation win is worth 3 points in the standings.

Janus, Parrish Switch Places, Bochenski on Re-Entry Waivers

(Norfolk Admirals release) The Tampa Bay Lightning, NHL parent club of the Admirals, have reassigned goaltender Jaroslav Janus to the Admirals and have recalled forward Mark Parrish from the Admirals, Lightning Executive Vice President and General Manager Brian Lawton announced today.

(Update: TSN's Bob McKenzie reports Admirals winger Brandon Bochenski is now on re-entry waivers.)

In addition, the Admirals have released goaltender Matt Lundin from his Professional Tryout Contract (PTO).

CHL Game Night: 2-28-10

QMJHL

Halifax Mooseheads 2 @ Moncton Wildcats 7
D Mark Barberio, MCT: 0-2-2, +1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals: 57 GP, 12-42-54, +38, 54 PIM

If any win over your rival is a good win, then any weekend sweep of your rival ending with a blowout win is Christmas. While Barberio is eight points better than he has ever been in his QMJHL career, he’s three goals shy of his career high for goals, set last year in 66 games.

OHL

Windsor Spitfires 6 @ Sudbury Wolves 0
W Matias Sointu, SBY: 0-0-0, -1, 4 PIM (holding, cross-checking)
Season Totals: 44 GP, 7-13-20, -6, 16 PIM
With Sudbury: 22 GP, 4-6-10, -11, 10 PIM
With Ottawa: 21 GP, 3-7-10, +5, 6 PIM

The Spits destroyed Sudbury 6-0, outshooting them 40-16. Likely 2010 first overall pick Taylor Hall only managed two assists in the game. Hall is now at 95 points (36 goals) for the season (54 games). The Wolves are tied for seventh in the East.

Oshawa Generals 4 @ Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors 7
G Michael Zador, OSH: Loss, 24 saves on 31 shots
Season Totals: 45 GP, 14-24-2-1, 4.07 GAA, .886 sv%, 2 SO

Oshawa is now the worst defensive team in the league with 270 goals against in 62 games. My calculator tells me that's 4.35 goals against per game, yet Zador’s GAA has just now topped the 4.00 mark. Despite their lack of defense, the Gens are just two points back of Niagara for the eighth spot in the East.

NCAA Game Night: 2-28-10

Boston University Terriers 2 @ No.18 Vermont Catamounts 3
C/W Matt Marshall , UVM: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season Totals: 31 GP, 1-4-5, -3, 14 PIM

Vermont (15-11-6) completed a weekend sweep of the Terriers.

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