Elitserien Game Day: 11/16/10

AIK 5 @ Sodertalje 2
Riku Helenius, Sodertalje, ND, 0.00 GAA
Season totals: 9 GP, 0-6-0, 0 SO, 2.86 GAA, .884 sv%

Sodertalje was embarassed today by fellow Kval till Elitserien survivor AIK 5-2. Lightning prospect Riku Helenius entered the game at 12:36 of the second period and stopped all shots he faced in relief.

North American Juniors Game Night: 11/15/10


Team OHL 2 vs. Team Russia 1 (SO)
D Brock Beukeboom, OHL: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM

The OHL completed their 2-game sweep of Russia in the Canada-Russia Subway Superseries Monday night with a shootout win. Russia had gone 2-0 vs. the QMJHL. Beukeboom was scoreless for the OHL, but had at least one big hit in the game.


Brandon Wheat Kings 5 @ Regina Pats 2
RW Carter Ashton, REG: 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM
Season totals: 21 GP, 11-7-18, -10, 34 PIM

Ashton’s goal scoring streak ended at 4 games as the Pats, despite fighting back from a 2-0 deficit to tie the game, fell to the Wheat Kings. Regina sits alone in last in the East Division, one point behind Prince Albert. They’re tied with Edmonton for second-last in the league, six points up on the once mighty Calgary Hitmen.

Pouliot Sent Back to Norfolk

The Tampa Bay Lightning reassigned forward Marc-Antoine Pouliot to the Norfolk Admirals of the American Hockey League today, Vice President and General Manager Steve Yzerman announced.

Pouliot, 6-foot-2, 193 pounds, was recalled to Tampa Bay on November 12 and made his Lightning debut that night in Pittsburgh. In playing his first NHL game of the season, he logged 11:57 of ice time. Pouliot has played in 12 games with the Admirals this season, recording four goals and 18 points with a plus-4 rating. He leads Norfolk in points, assists and is tied for second on the team in power-play goals with two. Pouliot has registered three goals and 11 points in Norfolk’s previous eight games. He ranks tied for ninth in the AHL in points.
--Tampa Bay Lightning press release

North American Juniors Game Night: 11/14/10

World Junior A Challenge

Canada East 4 vs. USA 6 (Gold Medal Game)
C Jimmy Mullin, USA: 1-0-1, 2 PIM (unsportsmanlike conduct)
Tournament totals: 4 GP, 6-0-6, 2 PIM

Jimmy Mullin’s sixth goal of the tournament – scored unassisted – was the game-winner as the USA won gold at the World Junior A Challenge for the third consecutive year. Mullin scored the tie-breaking goal with just over 4 minutes left in the game. The U.S. would add an empty netter late. Mullin, who led all players in goals for the tournament, was named to the WJAC’s all-star team. USA defenceman Scott Mayfield was named MVP. Mullin will now return to Fargo of the USHL. (HockeyCanada.ca photo)

Canada West 3 vs. Switzerland 8 (Bronze Medal Game)
C Brendan O’Donnell, CW: 0-0-0, 0 PIM
Tournament totals: 7 GP, 0-2-2, 0 PIM

Switzerland continued their rise in international play with a commanding blowout win over the home side, Canada West, to win bronze. O’Donnell did not hit the scoresheet in the game and finished the tournament with two assists. West scored the game’s opening goal and led 2-1 in the second period before entering the third tied at 2. Switzerland then scored the game’s next 6 goals, including 4 in about 4 ½ minutes. O’Donnell won’t have to travel to return to Penticton of the BCHL. Penticton served as host-city for the WJACs.


Moncton Wildcats 5 @ Gatineau Olympiques 1 (OT)
D Adam Janosik, GAT: 0-1-1, E, 4 PIM (cross checking, roughing), 0 SOG, 2 Hits
Season Totals: 21 GP, 2-6-8, +4, 16 PIM

Moncton scored with less than 30 seconds left in the game to tie it, then scored again in OT to win it.

Drummondville Voltigeurs 1 @ Montreal Juniors 5
D Charles Landry, MTL: 0-0-0, +2, 0 PIM, 0 SOG, 0 Hits
Season Totals: 13 GP, 0-6-6, +6, 2 PIM

Montreal is 9-1 in its last 10 games and pulled within 2 points of the Volts for first in the TELUS West Division.


Peterborough Petes 2 @ Oshawa Generals 3
G Michael Zador, OSH: Win, 19 saves on 21 shots.
Season Totals: 15 GP, 8-3-1-1, 3.37 GAA, .881 sv%, 1 SO

Zador made the most of what has become a rare opportunity to start, stopping all but 2 shots in a win over the Petes.

NHL Game Night: 11/14/10 Wild at Lightning

If it weren't for bad luck, the Lightning would have no luck, right now.


Dan Ellis allowed 3 goals on 17 shots for the loss.

First Period
07:16 MIN Clutterbuck (6), Cullen (11), Havlat (10)(PP)
11:31 TB St Louis (7), Clark (4), Stamkos (13)(PP)
12:55 MIN Madden (3), Havlat (11), Zidlicky (5)
19:30 MIN Miettinen (4), Brunette (6), Koivu (12)(PP)

Second Period

Third Period
19:11 MIN Nystrom (1), unassisted(EN)

Martin St. Louis was the game's third star.

Despite outshooting Minnesota 38-18, the Lightning didn't generate as many chances as the lopsided shot totals might suggest. People thinking it's easy to absorb losing a player like Vincent Lecavalier out of your lineup, and especially off your power play, should take notice.

Mattias Ritola had 1 shot in 10:57 and was 43% on draws.

Johan Harju was -1 with 1 shot and 1 hit in 9:10. He was soft a couple of times along the wall, weakly moving a puck blindly to a Minny point man on one play and meekly moving a puck along in the neutral zone on another. Other than blind passes to the middle of the ice, that's the quickest way I know of to get an NHL coach to send you back down.

Dana Tyrell played a very quiet 8:56.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

AHL Game Day: 11/14/10 Admirals at Sharks

Norfolk is finding goals harder to come by with 2/3 of their top line in Tampa Bay.


Cedrick Desjardins allowed 3 goals on 25 shots for the loss. It's been a while since an Admirals netminder stopped at least 90% of the shots they faced in a game.

First Period
WOR DaSilva, (1) (Desjardins, Henderson), 14:34

Second Period
WOR Moore, (1) (Henderson, Desjardins), 13:27
NOR Szczechura, (8) (Gudas, Labrie), 18:06

Third Period
WOR Moore, (2) (DaSilva, Henderson), 6:26

Don't look now, but secret weapon/tough guy Pierre-Cedric Labrie has 3 assists in his last 5 contests. Good pickup by Julien BriseBois. He's got a bit of an awkward skating stride, but his speed is not too bad, and he hits everything that moves.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

Karjala Cup: Day Two and Day Three 11/13/10-11/14/10

Sweden 3 @ Russa 2
Vasily Kosehchkin, Russia, ND, 19/19, 0.00 GAA, 1.000 sv%
Tournament totals: 2 GP, 1-0-0, 1 SO, 0.00 GAA, 1.000 sv%

Vasily Koshechkin spelled starter Mikhail Biryukov at 8:11 and was perfect the rest of the way, but Russia still fell 3-2 to Sweden. Ex-Lightning camper Niklas Persson had a pair of helpers in the match for the Swedes.

In the day's other game, ex-Lightning netminder Karri Ramo made 24 stops as the Finns shut out the Czech Republic 5-0.

Czech Republic 1 @ Russia 3
Vasily Koshechkin, Russia, Win, 26/27, 1.00 GAA, .963 sv%
Tournament totals: 3 GP, 2-0-0, 1 SO, 0.40 GAA, .986 sv%

Vasily Koshechkin finally allowed a goal in the Karjala Cup, but former NHL first rounder Alexander Perezhogin and Denis Grebeshkov each had goals to help lead Russia to a 3-1 win over the Czech Republic. Koshechkin stopped 70 of the 71 shots he faced in the tournament in reasserting his claim to being the best Russian-born goaltender not in the NHL after a disappointing start of the season for Severstal Cherepovets.

Unfortunately for the Russians, Finland defeated Sweden 4-1 with a goal and an assist from ex-Lightning defenseman Janne Niskala to win the tournament of goal differential. The Russians, who were +2 in the tournament, ended up in second behind the Finns at +7, despite the fact the Russians defeated the Finns head-to-head, because the Swedes also finished 2-1-0 in the tournament, with a -1 differential.

North American Juniors Game Night: 11/13/10

World Junior A Challenge

Canada West 1 vs. USA 5
C Brendan O’Donnell, CW: 0-0-0, 0 PIM
Tournament totals: 4 GP, 0-2-2, 0 PIM
C Jimmy Mullin, USA: 1-0-1, 0 PIM
Tournament totals: 3 GP, 5-0-5, 0 PIM

Jimmy Mullin scored his tournament-leading fifth goal on a penalty shot in the third period to help lead USA into the gold medal game vs. Canada East. Brendan O’Donnell did not find the scoresheet for Canada West, who will play Switzerland for the bronze. This will be the first time in the AJAC’s 5-year history Canada West won’t play for gold. USA is seeking its third-straight gold medal.


Montreal Juniors 1@ Gatineau Olympiques 2
D Charles Landry, MTL: 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM (high sticking), 1 SOG, 0 Hits
Season Totals: 12 GP, 0-6-6, +4, 2 PIM
D Adam Janosik, GAT: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG, 1 Hit
Season Totals: 20 GP, 2-5-7, +4, 12 PIM

Janosik set up the game’s opening goal, leading the Olympiques to close win over fellow prospect Charles Landry and Montreal.


Sarnia Sting 3 @ Belleville Bulls 2 (SO)
C/W Richard Panik, BEL: 1-0-1, E, 0 PIM
Season totals: 21 GP, 12-11-23, +1, 20 PIM

Panik scored for the first time in 8 games, but was one of four Bulls who couldn’t convert their shootout attempt and Belleville fell to Sarnia at home.

Windsor Spitfires 3 @ Owen Sound Attack 4
D Geoffrey Schemitsch, OS: Did not play.
Season totals: 18 GP, 1-10-11, +9, 2 PIM

Still no word on a potential injury to Schemitsch.


Regina Pats 4 @ Medicine Hat Tigers 6
RW Carter Ashton, REG: 1-0-1, E, 0 PIM
Season totals: 20 GP, 11-7-18, -8, 34 PIM

Ashton extended his goal scoring streak to 4 games, and the Pats again scored 4 goals, but the defense let them down in a loss to the Tigers.

Prince George Cougars 3 @ Vancouver Giants 2 (SO)
RW Brett Connolly, PG: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM
Season totals: 21 GP, 15-10-25, -7, 6 PIM

Connolly didn’t score, but was on the plus-side of even for the first time in 8 games. He converted his shootout attempt as the Cougars stole a victory in Vancouver. Connolly has 3 points in his last 7 games, but is still over a point-per-game pace.

ECHL Game Night: 11/13/10

Florida Everblades 0 @ Greenville Road Warriors 3
C Mitch Fadden: 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Season totals: 13 GP, 6-11-17, -1, 12 PIM
LW Alex Hutchings: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 11 GP, 3-1-4, -5, 8 PIM
G Jaroslav Janus: Loss, 22 saves on 25 shots
Season totals: 7 GP, 3-3-0-0, 4.20 GAA, .870 sv%, 0 SO

Florida came into Greenville with a chance to put some distance between them and the Road Warriors in the division, but dropped all 3 games and are now 1 point behind Greenville and 5 behind Gwinnett. Fadden had his point streak stopped at 10 games.

NCAA Game Night: 11/13/10

Harvard Crimson 1 @ Clarkson Golden Knights 3
F Alex Killorn, HAR: 0-1-1, Even, 0 PIM, 12 SOG
Season totals: 4 GP, 2-1-3, +2, 0 PIM

Killorn had 12 shots on goal as Harvard fell to Clarkson.

Princeton Tigers 2 @ Cornell Big Red 1 (OT)
D Kirill Gotovets, COR: 0-0-0, -1, 4 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 6 GP, 1-1-2, +4, 6 PIM

Cornell fell to 2-4-0 on the season. They host #3 Yale (5-0-0) and Brown (1-2-1) next weekend.

#7 Boston College Eagles 3 @ Vermont Catamounts 5
F Matt Marshall, UVM: 0-0-0, Even, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 7 GP, 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM

Vermont held off a late third period serge from #7 Boston College to pick up their first win of the season (1-4-3). The Catamounts are off next weekend.

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