AHL Game Night 2/21: Senators at Admirals

Keller is also getting in line for a recall.

BNG-2
NOR-4

Riku Helenius stopped 24 of 26 shots for the win to even his record at 4-4-0 this season. He is now sitting on 1 shutout, a 2.18 GAA, and a .938 save percentage. What's the definition of a "good problem" to have? Karri Ramo and Mike McKenna acquitting themselves fairly well in the NHL while your young #1 starter is out injured, Helenius playing well in the AHL, and young Dustin Tokarski standing on his head in junior. That is a "good problem" to have.

First Period
BNG Mauldin, (12) (Regin, Hamel), 11:54
BNG Mauldin, (13) (Fata, Regin), 17:56

Second Period
NOR Potulny, (8) (Brookbank, Jones), 1:27
NOR Jones, (11) (Lundin, Konopka), 14:44 (PP)

Third Period
NOR Bochenski, (21) (Keller, Konopka), 3:43
NOR Keller, (11) (Bochenski), 11:08

Brandon Bochenski, Justin Keller, and Zenon Konopka were the game's three stars.

I find it fascinating that, despite spotting him a significant head start, Keller has caught Blair Jones in the goal department. Jones still has a mammoth lead on Keller in assists and a better points per game number, but that may be a little inflated with power play assists with Blair playing the point position so much. This may be another really good problem for the Lightning organization to have if Keller and Jones continue to hit the scoresheet and, along with Brandon Segal, continue to push for late season recalls.

For those who have been wondering, Vladimir Mihalik has been out with a nasty concussion.

Norfolk climbs back to 3 games under .500. I think the season would be considered a success, given the rocky beginnings, if the team could climb to a winning record. It could be the foundation of a return to the playoffs next season with the Admirals getting an injection of a little more speed and skill with guys like Dana Tyrell coming on board.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

Gratton Claimed; Wishart, Downie Reassigned

The Tampa Bay Lightning have reassigned prospect right wing Steve Downie and defenseman Ty Wishart to the Norfolk Admirals of the AHL, Lightning Executive Vice President and General Manage Brian Lawton announced today. Downie's reassignment likely comes as a result of a report in the Columbus Dispatch today that veteran center Chris Gratton has been claimed by the Columbus Blue Jackets on re-entry waivers. The 6-4, 220-pound forward had been playing for Nolfolk and he will join the Jackets for the trip to Western Canada which begins on Tuesday in Calgary.

Gratton, 33, is a veteran of 1,086 NHL games, scoring 214 goals and contributing 353 assists. Jackets General manager Scott Howson said the move would not prevent the Jackets from searching for another center before the trade deadline.

Downie, a 5-foot-10, 192-pound native of Newmarket, Ontario, posted one goal and three points with 34 penalty minutes in 11 games after being recalled from Norfolk on January 26. Wishart, 6-foot-4, 205 pounds, appeared in three games with the Lightning after being called up on February 16. He registered an NHL career high with 15:52 of ice time last night with Tampa Bay in Carolina.

N.A. Juniors Game Night: 2/20

Courtnall back on the scoresheet ... Fadden gets another First Star ... Tokarski beaten by the other Pickard ... Jung returns in a big way.

NCAA Game Night: 2/20

Harvard Crimson 2 @ #20 St. Lawerence Saints 2 OT
F Alex Killorn Har: 0-0-0, Even, 2 PIM
Season totals: 25GP, 5-7-12, 42PIM, -11

UMASS-Lowell River Hawks 3 @ #6 Vermont Catamounts 3 OT
F Matt Marshall Ver: 0-0-0, +1
Season totals: 22GP, 1-3-4, 12PIM, +4

Vermont stays 4 points back of 1st place Northeastern in conference.

Maine Black Bears 3 @ Massachusetts Minutemen 4 OT
D John Wessbecker UMASS: 0-0-0, -1
Season totals: 28GP, 0-4-4, 30PIM, +7

NHL Game Night 2/20: Lightning at Hurricanes

Yuck.

TB-1
CAR-4

Mike McKenna allowed 4 goals on 41 shots in the loss. The Lightning were outshot 41-13 in the contest. Mercy.

First Period
08:30 CAR Staal (27), (Samsonov, Ruutu)

Second Period
01:53 TB Prospal (14), (Halpern)
14:30 CAR Jokinen (7), (Brind'Amour)

Third Period
03:38 CAR Corvo (10), (Whitney, Samsonov)(PP)
04:17 CAR Corvo (11), (Whitney, Staal)(PP)

The Lightning's penalty kill has been abhorent as of late.

Ty Wishart had 3 hits in 15:52, his highest amount of ice time this season.

Steve Downie had 7 penalty minutes, 2 hits, and 1 blocked shot in 7:03.

Matt Smaby had 2 penalty minutes and was -1 with 1 blocked shot in 23:20. A rare hitless night for the Minneapolis Sledgehammer.

David Koci had 2 penalty minutes and 2 hits in 10:44.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

AHL Game Night 2/20: Senators at Admirals

Is there a player hotter than Segal these days?

BNG-2
NOR-5

Riku Helenius allowed 2 goals on 36 shots for the win.

First Period
NOR Rosehill, (4) (Potulny, Quick), 4:35 (PP)
NOR Keller, (9) (Bochenski, Jones), 12:49 (PP)

Second Period
BNG Hamel, (19) (Regin, Karlsson), 1:39 (PP)
NOR Segal, (20) (Smolenak, Szczechura), 15:44

Third Period
NOR Keller, (10) (Bochenski), 7:36
NOR Segal, (21) (Smolenak, Quick), 16:06
BNG Kudelka, (7) , 19:59

Justin Keller, Brandon Bochenski, and Brandon Segal were the game's three stars. Other hopeful omens? Kevin Quick with a multi-point night.

Norfolk moves back to 4 games under .500.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

N.A. Juniors Game Night: 2/19

QMJHL
Shawinigan Cataractes 4 @ Cape Breton Screaming Eagles 3 (OT)
D Michael Ward, CB: 1-0-1, -1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 56 GP, 6-25-31, +4, 85 PIM
With Cape Breton: 21 GP, 2-12-14, +3, 33 PIM

Ward may be flirting with an NHL contract this Spring.

NHL Game Night 2/19: Devils at Lightning

Close, but no cigar.

NJ-3
TB-2 (SO)

Karri Ramo allowed just 2 goals on 40 shots in regulation and overtime before surrendering goals to both shooters he faced for the shootout loss. One of his goals during regulation was pretty soft, but it's hard to complain about a .950 save percentage in the game. Unfortunately, the shootout has been really tough for Karri all season, and Patrik Elias absolutely de-jocked Ramo on the game winning shootout goal.

First Period

04:33 TB Malone (20), (St. Louis, Lecavalier)
12:55 TB Malone (21), (Lecavalier, Smaby)

Second Period
02:16 NJ Clarkson (11), (Zubrus)(PP)

Third Period
01:13 NJ Parise (35), (Zajac, Langenbrunner)(PP)

Overtime
NO SCORING

Shootout
NJ- Parise, Elias
TB- Lecavalier

The effort level tonight from the whole team was much higher than in the Chicago game, and the club actually outpaced New Jersey 41-40 in shots tonight. Steve Eminger played 30:04? Holy cow!

Ty Wishart had 1 blocked shot in 9:05. He's been pretty invisible on this recall. That's good in some ways and not so good in others.

Steve Downie had 1 hit in 8:42.

Matt Smaby had 1 assist, 7 penalty minutes, and was +1 with 2 shots, 3 hits, and 2 blocked shots in 20:29. He's really coming into his own as an NHL player now.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

N.A. Juniors Game Night: 2/18

QMJHL
Moncton Wildcats 3 @ Lewiston MAINEiacs 1
D Mark Barberio, MCT: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Season totals: 56 GP, 12-24-36, +11, 42 PIM

Baie-Comeau Drakkar 4 @ Rimouski Oceanic 5 (OT)
W/C Luca Cunti, RIM: Did not play (injured).
Season totals: 50 GP, 13-23-36, +4, 28 PIM

The Oceanic’s win streak hits 12 games.

Montreal Juniors 1 @ Cape Breton Screaming Eagles 7
D Michael Ward, CB: 0-0-0, +1, 2 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 55 GP, 5-25-30, +5, 85 PIM
With Cape Breton: 20 GP, 1-12-13, +4, 33 PIM

WHL
Seattle Thunderbirds 3 @ Spokane Chiefs 7
G Dustin Tokarski, SPO: Win, 19 saves on 22 shots
Season totals: 41 GP, 28-11-0-2, 1.86 GAA, .939 sv%, 6 shutouts

Spokane had a comfortable 7-1 lead heading into the third period, when they were outshot 9-5. Drayson Bowman (Carolina) and 5'9" center Tyler Johnson (undrafted in 2008) both had hat tricks for the Chiefs.

AHL Game Night 2/18: Admirals at Senators

Back to life, back to reality for Craig Kowalski.

NOR-3
BNG-6

Kowalski allowed 5 goals on 33 shots for the loss.

First Period
NOR Segal, (19) (Lundin, Smolenak), 4:13 (PP)
NOR Kearns, (12) (Simek, Jones), 5:58
BNG Smith, (14) (Cavosie, Smith), 19:43 (PP)
BNG Smith, (15) (Cavosie, Bois), 19:59

Second Period
NOR Zingoni, (2) (Jones), 5:44
BNG Hamel, (17) (Smith, Regin), 7:11

Third Period
BNG Bois, (11) (Karlsson, Cavosie), 1:24
BNG Bois, (12) , 12:27
BNG Hamel, (18) , 19:38 (EN/SH)

Norfolk once again suffered from a lack of warm bodies on the blueline tonight, with Vladimir Mihalik and Andy Rogers out and Ty Wishart in Tampa.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

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