NCAA Game Night: 2-27-10

Harvard Crimson 3 @ St. Lawrence Saints 4
C/W Alexander Killorn, HAR: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season Totals: 29 GP, 9-11-20, E, 26 PIM

Killorn improved his season’s plus/minus back to even on a team that’s now 12 games under .500.

No.14 Ferris State Bulldogs 1 @ Western Michigan Broncos 1 (OT)
D Luke Witkowski , WMU: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season Totals: 29 GP, 2-4-6, -11, 61 PIM

WMU won the official/unofficial shootout 1-0. It was a good weekend for the Broncos, who took the nationally ranked Bulldogs to a shootout twice.

AHL Game Night: 2-27-10 Admirals at Senators

Don Simek is so money in shootouts it's painful.

NOR- 3
BNG- 2 (SO)

Dustin Tokarski allowed 2 goals on 37 shots and stopped 3 of 4 shooters to secure the shootout victory.

First Period
BNG Smith, (11) , 2:05 (SH)
NOR Bochenski, (21) (Simek, Tarkir), 7:53
BNG O'Brien, (5) , 16:05

Second Period
NOR Jones, (7) (Simek, Lawrence), 2:05

Third Period
NO SCORING

Overtime
NO SCORING

Shootout
NOR- Szczechura, Simek, Jones
BNG- Hamel

Tokarski and Brandon Bochenski were the game's first and third stars.

Juraj Simek, the Don of the Presov Mafia, remained perfect in shootout attempts this season to go along with his pair of regulation helpers. His enforcer, Vladimir Mihalik, was +2 in the game. That pushes Mihalik's +/- for the month of February to +11 with one more game left this month. He's been +2 or better in 5 of 10 games in that span. Mihalik's career best season was a +9 set in his rookie season, and he is now at +8 so far this year.

Blair Jones scored his first goal since being reassigned from Tampa Bay and scored the clinching goal in the shootout session to send the paying faithful in Binghamton to their automobiles.

Mark Parrish missed tonight's game after getting nicked in the game against Adirondack. He is questionable for tomorrow, as is whether Interim Head Coach Leigh Mendelson will ride Tokarski for a third straight game, insert PTO Matt Lundin, or if the Lightning will FedEx Jaroslav Janus to Syracuse in time for the key 4-point matchup.

It was a critical win for Norfolk because almost all of their competition in the East Division playoff race won tonight. 2nd place Albany beat Manchester 5-2 to stay 2 points up on Norfolk with 1 game in hand. 4th place Wilkes-Barre/Scranton dismantled Providence 5-1 to stay 6 points back of Norfolk with 3 games in hand. 5th place Adirondack pulled out a 3-2 shootout win against Lowell to stay 8 points back of Norfolk with 2 games in hand. 6th place Syracuse was the only team that didn't keep pace. They fell 2-1 to Springfield and are now 10 points back of the Admirals with 3 games in hand. If Norfolk can beat the Crunch tomorrow afternoon, it may be the straw that breaks their back. Binghamton is done. They're 18 points back with 5 games in hand, but they're also 2-7-1 in their last 10 games. Which team needs a fork stuck in them? Bingo is their name-o.

In the crossover, Hershey beat 5th place Atlantic Division team Bridgeport like the Sound Tigers had stolen a large sum of money from Chocolate Town. The 9-2 spanking drops Bridgeport 5 points back of Norfolk. 6th place Providence falls 7 points back of Norfolk with 2 games in hand. They are now tied in points with Hartford, which lost 2-1 to Portland in overtime. Hartford has 1 game in hand on the Admirals. So, the Admirals did gain ground in the crossover. If Norfolk were to drop to 4th in the East Division, they must finish ahead of the 5th place team in the Atlantic to make the postseason.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

CHL Game Night: 2-26-10

OHL

Belleville Bulls 2 @ Kingston Frontenacs 5
C Richard Panik, BEL: 0-0-0, -4, 4 PIM (roughing, hooking)
Season Totals: 53 GP, 16-15-31, +4, 37 PIM
With Bulls: 20 GP, 7-6-13, -11, 18 PIM
With Windsor: 33 GP, 9-9-18, +15, 19 PIM

RW Kyle DeCoste, BEL: 0-0-0, -2, 4 PIM (roughing, roughing)
Season Totals: 55 GP, 17-14-31, -19, 47 PIM
With Bulls: 42 GP, 15-13-28, -17, 29 PIM
With SSM: 13 GP, 2-1-3, -2, 20 PIM

Kingston needed an empty netter to fully secure the win, but it was never really in doubt.

Barrie Colts 9 @ Oshawa Generals 2
LW/C Alex Hutchings, BAR: 1-2-3, +2, 0 PIM, *Second Star*
Season Totals: 60 GP, 42-29-71, +40, 52 PIM
G Michael Zador, OSH: 13 saves on 18 shots
Season Totals: 44 GP, 14-24-2-1, 3.99 GAA, .888 sv%, 2 SO

Congratulations to Alex Hutchings (pictured), who set a new career high for points in a season with 71. He had 68 in 63 games last year. He is two points shy of 200 for his OHL career. His plus/minus is second in the league. This game was already 4-0 in the early second period before Zador hit the nets, though he didn’t fare much better than his goaltending partner against the high-powered Colts.

London Knights 3 @ Sudbury Wolves 2
W Matias Sointu, SBY: 0-1-1, -1, 0 PIM, *Third Star*
Season Totals: 43 GP, 7-13-20, -5, 12 PIM
With Sudbury: 22 GP, 4-6-10, -10, 6 PIM
With Ottawa: 21 GP, 3-7-10, +5, 6 PIM

Sointu broke a personal six-game scoreless streak with an assist and an overall good effort.

WHL

Regina Pats 4 @ Swift Current Broncos 6
RW Carter Ashton, REG: 0-2-2, E, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 59 GP, 23-26-49, -5, 100 PIM
With Regina: 30 GP, 10-13-23, +3, 48 PIM
With Lethbridge: 28 GP, 13-13-26, -8, 52 PIM

Ashton hasn’t scored a goal in seven games. He’s going to have to push it to reach his previous career high of 30 goals in a season, set last year. This was a big loss for the Pats, who now trail the Broncos by nine points for the eighth spot in the Eastern Conference. That was a big four-point swing for the Broncos.

Vancouver Giants 0 @ Moose Jaw Warriors 2
C/W James Wright, VAN: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 14 GP, 4-10-14, +3, 4 PIM
With Tampa Bay: 43 GP, 2-3-5, -9, 18 PIM

The Giants lost in regulation for the first time in their Olympic road trip. They now stand at 3-1-1-0 after five of 10 games.

NCAA Game Night: 2-26-10

[b] Harvard Crimson 1 @ Clarkson Golden Knights 2 (OT) [/b] [i]C/W [b][url=/alexander-killorn]Alexander Killorn[/url][/b], HAR: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG [/i] Season Totals: 28 GP, 9-10-19, -1, 26 PIM Clarkson improved to 8-23-3 on the year while Harvard fell to 7-18-3. [b] Boston University 3 @ No.18 Vermont Catamounts 7[/b] [i]C/W [b] [url=/matt-marshall]Matt Marshall[/url] [/b], UVM: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG[/i] Season Totals: 30 GP, 1-4-5, -3, 14 PIM Former Lightning prospect Justin Courtnall was scoreless in the game for BU. He has no points in 21 games so far this year. [b] Western Michigan Broncos 2 @ No.14 Ferris State Bulldogs 2 (OT) [/b] [i]D [b] [url=/luke-witkowski]Luke Witkowski[/url] [/b], WMU: Did not play.[/i] Season Totals: 28 GP, 2-4-6, -11, 61 PIM Ferris State won the official/unofficial shootout 2-0.

AHL Game Night: 2-26-10 Admirals at Phantoms

Adirondack stays in the fight in the East Division.

NOR-2
ADK-3

Dustin Tokarski allowed 3 goals on 21 shots for the loss.

First Period
ADK Laliberte, (14) (Ross, Pyorala), 3:03 (PP)
NOR Tyrell, (4) (Mihalik, Tarkir), 7:38

Second Period
ADK Ward, (11) (Kalinski, Nodl), 4:37
ADK Matsumoto, (21) (Lehtivuori, Ward), 14:17 (PP)

Third Period
NOR Fadden, (5) (Wishart, Bochenski), 12:58 (PP)

Dana Tyrell was named the game's third star.

Norfolk outshot Adirondack 38-21 in the game, but the Phantoms got a big 36 save performance from first star Johan Backlund to pull out a win.

The loss drops Norfolk to 3rd in the East Division, 2 points back of Albany, which defeated Portland tonight. The Rats hold 1 game in hand. Wilkes-Barre Scranton remains 6 points back in 4th, now with 3 games in hand. Adirondack pulls even with Syracuse at 8 points back, each with 2 games in hand.

In the crossover, Norfolk remains 3 points ahead of 5th place Atlantic team Bridgeport, 5 points ahead of 6th place Providence with the Bruins holding 2 games in hand, and 6 points ahead of 7th place Hartford with the Pack holding 1 game in hand. If Norfolk falls to 4th in the East Division, they must finish ahead of the Atlantic's 5th place team to make the postseason.

Norfolk travels back to Binghamton for tomorrow's game. The Sens are circling the drain after losing to Providence 6-4 tonight, and are 17 points behind the Admirals in the standings. The interesting angle, though, is whether Norfolk will choose to start PTO Matt Lundin against the last place team in the division, or if they'll run Tokarski into nets with another 4-point game against Syracuse looming on Sunday. It all depends on whether Jaroslav Janus will be returning from Tampa Bay for Sunday's game, I presume.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

CHL Game Night: 2-25-10

OHL

London Knights 3 @ Barrie Colts 5
LW/C Alex Hutchings, BAR: 1-1-2, +1, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 59 GP, 41-27-68, +38, 52 PIM

This game between two of the OHL’s best turned into a WWE match-up as the teams combined for 71 penalty minutes. Three Colts were ejected, as was a Barrie fan who got into it with the London bench. According to the London Free Press, fans were spitting on players and saying things "that should never be said to someone." You stay classy, Barrie. These are teenagers, after all.

Hutchings' goal came shorthanded – again. This was his 10th shorthanded goal of the year, which is six more than anyone else in the league. Bryan Cameron (Kings 3/07) is three goals shy of becoming the first Colt to reach 50 goals in a season since former Lightning prospect Sheldon Keefe, who scored 51 with Barrie (and Toronto) in 1998-99.

Sudbury Wolves 0 @ Brampton Battalion 6
W Matias Sointu, SBY: 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 42 GP, 7-12-19, -4, 12 PIM
With Sudbury: 21 GP, 4-5-9, -9, 6 PIM
With Ottawa: 21 GP, 3-7-10, +5, 6 PIM

Sudbury had won two in a row after a five-game losing streak. Sointu has not registered a point in six games.

CHL Game Night: 2-24-10

OHL

Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors 4 @ Belleville Bulls 2
C Richard Panik, BEL: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 52 GP, 16-15-31, +8, 33 PIM
With Bulls: 19 GP, 7-6-13, -7, 14 PIM
With Windsor: 33 GP, 9-9-18, +15, 19 PIM

RW Kyle DeCoste, BEL: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 54 GP, 17-14-31, -17, 43 PIM
With Bulls: 41 GP, 15-13-28, -15, 25 PIM
With SSM: 13 GP, 2-1-3, -2, 20 PIM

Belleville is six points out of a playoff spot with time running out and eighth place Niagara holding a game in hand.

Kingston Frontenacs 7 @ Oshawa Generals 4
G Michael Zador, OSH: Loss, 36 saves on 43 shots
Season Totals: 43 GP, 14-24-2-1, 3.91 GAA, .890 sv%, 2 SO

The Gens had broken their double-digit losing streak last game out, but neither Zador nor the team could sustain that success against the Frontenacs. Oshawa is tied for the last playoff spot in the East, but Niagara has a game in hand.

WHL

Vancouver Giants 4 @ Regina Pats 3
C/W James Wright, VAN: 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 13 GP, 4-10-14, +4, 4 PIM
With Tampa Bay: 43 GP, 2-3-5, -9, 18 PIM
RW Carter Ashton, REG: 0-1-1, E, 2 PIM (checking-from-behind)
Season Totals: 58 GP, 23-24-47, -5, 100 PIM
With Regina: 29 GP, 10-11-21, +3, 48 PIM
With Lethbridge: 28 GP, 13-13-26, -8, 52 PIM

Ashton, who hit 100 PIM for the first time in his career, broke a three game pointless streak while Wright had a rare minus night. The Giants are 4-0-1-0 on their 10-game Olympic trip. Regina is seven points out of a playoff spot. Ashton, who holds an NHL contract in hand, could join the Norfolk Admirals when the Pats' season is complete.

Tyrell Returns Feeling Faster, More Independent After Setbacks

Forget the airy questions about mirroring NHL superstars, or making casual comparisons - Norfolk Admirals forward Dana Tyrell follows his own compass.

However, the Tampa Bay Lightning prospect questioned himself and his future after a right knee injury sidelined him for six months last year.

Tyrell was on a fast track to success, earning a spot on Team Canada while leading the Prince George Cougars squad in scoring, piling up 19 goals and 21 assists in 30 games.

Then, his world would drastically change in the ensuing months.

AHL Game Night: 2-24-10 Admirals at Senators

Another successful hit for the Presov Mafia.

NOR-4
BNG-3

Dustin Tokarski allowed 3 goals on 37 shots for the win.

First Period
NOR Fadden, (4) (Jones, Szczechura), 7:51
NOR Bochenski, (20) (Parrish, Wishart), 19:11

Second Period
BNG Smith, (9) (Bass, Condra), 16:32

Third Period
NOR Craig, (19) (Tyrell, Hall), 7:28
BNG O'Brien, (4) (St. Pierre, Hennessy), 8:54 (PP)
BNG Smith, (10) (Condra), 9:46
NOR Mihalik, (2) (Hall, Tyrell), 17:28

Vladimir Mihalik and Ryan Craig were the game's first and third stars. Mihalik, the Luca Brasi of the Presov Mafia, has 2 goals in his last 6 games after going 51 games without a marker. More to the point, though, Mihalik is +9 so far in the month of February with 4 games with a +2 rating or better.

Dana Tyrell posted his 4th multi-point game in the past 6 outings. Ty Wishart continued to inch toward the 30 point plateau with his 27th point of the season. Brandon Bochenski became the first Admiral to hit 20 goals this season, with Craig 1 back at 19.

It's a tribute to the veteran leadership of the team that they got the young players prepared and ready to go tonight, and congratulations to Interim Head Coach Leigh Mendelson on his first AHL victory.

The win is critical, as Norfolk is now tied for 2nd place in the East Division at 66 points with Albany with the Rats holding 1 game in hand. They extended their lead to 6 points over 4th place Wilkes-Barre/Scranton with the Pens having 2 games in hand and 10 points over 5th/6th place Adirondack and Syracuse with each of those teams also holding 2 games in hand. The win also might've been the final nail in Binghamton's coffin, as they are now 17 points behind Norfolk, and not even 5 games in hand seem likely to save them.

In the crossover, Bridgeport fell to Abbotsford in regulation tonight, so Norfolk opened a 3 point lead on the 5th place team in the Atlantic, and a 7 point lead on 6th/7th place Providence and Hartford with the Bruins and Pack holding 2 and 1 game in hand, respectively. If Norfolk were to fall to 4th in the East Division, they would need to finish ahead of the 5th place team in the Atlantic to make the postseason.

Now things get interesting starting Friday with the Admirals having back-to-back-to-back games. They can really damage Adirondack's chances in a big 4-point contest to start the marathon, followed by another game in Binghamton on Saturday, and then concluding with a game against Syracuse that could further winnow the field of playoff contenders in the East Division. If Norfolk were to win at least those two big 4-point games, they might be able to narrow the playoff field in the division down to 4 teams effectively fighting for 3 spots: Albany, Norfolk, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, and whoever ends up being the 5th place team in the Atlantic Division. Will Norfolk's coaching situation be sorted out in the next 45 or so hours? And, with Jaroslav Janus serving as practice netminder in Tampa, will PTO Matt Lundin have to make his AHL debut in one of the weekend's three contests?

Box score from TheAHL.com.

Olympic Game Night: 2-23-10

Last night...

Czech Republic 3 @ Latvia 2 (OT)
Martins Karsums, Latvia, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 4 GP, 0-2-2, -2, 2 PIM

Karsums played 18:52 in Latvia's near upset of the Czech Republic, in an Olympics some may remember as the tournament where the world's smaller hockey nations started to close the gap on the world's big powers. Bruins forward David Krejci scored the winner for the Czechs.

The game marked the end of the road for Latvia at the Olympics. Karsums will head back to the KHL from Vancouver.

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