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


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.


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.


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.


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.

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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).

NHL Game Night: 1-21-10 Maple Leafs at Lightning

The Lightning snatched victory from the jaws of defeat.

TB-3 (OT)

Antero Niittymaki allowed 2 goals on 22 shots for the win.

First Period

Second Period
TOR 7:05, White 9 (Kessel, Gunnarsson)(PP)
TB 11:46, Stamkos 26 (Lecavalier, Foster)

Third Period
TOR 9:08, Stajan 15 (Hagman, Kulemin)
TB 16:11, Malone 21 (Lecavalier, Stamkos)(PP)

TB 4:50, St. Louis 13 (Stamkos, Lecavalier)(PP)

If the power play stays hot, that's one thing that will give the Lightning a big edge down the stretch of this season. It saved the game tonight, and that was as close to a must-win as it could be.

Vincent Lecavalier has climbed up to a point a game pace for the season. Steven Stamkos goes over a point a game pace. Martin St. Louis remains well over a point a game pace for the season. And, the ironic thing is that Rick Tocchet might be right: Steve Downie might be playing better hockey than all of them.

Paul Szczechura had 2 penalty minutes and 1 shot in 10:05.

Box score and extended statistics from

KHL Game Day: 1-21-10

Ekaterinburg 4 @ Nizhnekamsk 2
Denis Kazionov, Ekaterinburg, 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 42 GP, 4-3-7, -16, 14 PIM

It's been many moons since Kazionov, who played 10:22 in the match, found the scoresheet. Ekaterinburg was led by a pair of helpers from forward Vitali Sitnikov.

CSKA 3 @ Kazan 4
Dmitri Kazionov, Kazan, 0-1-1, E, 2 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 46 GP, 18-7-25, +7, 14 PIM

The elder Kazionov, who has had no problem finding the scoresheet recently, switched it up today with a helper on a Jarkko Immonen goal in 15:31 of ice time. Kazan was led by former Penguin Alexei Morozov, who had 1 goal and 1 assist in the game.

Lightning Return James Wright to WHL; Claim Nate Thompson Off Waivers

Steve Ewen of the Dub Hub is reporting that forward James Wright has been reassigned to his junior team, the Vancouver Giants of the WHL. From the Dub Hub phone interview with Wright, "I'm disappointed to be sent home. Any hockey player is disappointed when he doesn't make the team. But I'm going to try to keep a good head on my shoulders and play hard. They [Lightning] need to make the playoffs and this it the route they're going and it's hard for me but I do understand." Wright doesn't turn 20 until March 24th, so he is currently ineligible to be assigned to the Norfolk Admirals.

Earlier today, the Bolts claimed LW/C Nate Thompson off of waivers from the New York Islanders. Thompson, a 2003 6th round pick of the Boston Bruins signed a three-year entry level contract with the Bruins in 2005, but was claimed off waivers by the Islanders in October 2008. This past summer the Islanders resigned Thompson to a one-year contract.

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