AHL Game Night: 1-30-10 Admirals at Phantoms

What a great road win in the biggest game, thus far, of the season.


Dustin Tokarski allowed just 1 goal on 37 shots for the win. He kept the Admirals afloat during a bad first period where the team was under siege and allowed them to get their legs under them to scratch out the road victory.

First Period
ADK Laliberte, (10) (Bourdon, Maroon), 15:25 (PP)
NOR Fornataro, (4) (Parrish, Fadden), 19:31

Second Period
NOR Keller, (7) , 16:48 (SH)

Third Period

Tokarski and Justin Keller were the game's first and second stars. Keller absolutely torched a shot high and past John Grahame from the circles (sound familiar Lightning fans?) on the winning shorthanded goal. Coach Johnson has to be very thrilled with the great road third period he got protecting a one goal lead. The duo of Justin Keller and Ryan Cruthers was very good one the forecheck in the final frame and not only bled time off the clock, but also set up some decent chances to get an insurance goal. With the exception of the late penalty by Cruthers, that was almost a perfect road third period.

The win moves the Admirals into a tie for the final playoff spot in the East Division with the Phantoms at 47 points with Adirondack holding 2 games in hand. The Admirals will pick up 2 points on Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, who got Moosed by Manitoba tonight, and look poised to pick up 2 points on Binghamton, which is down 4-1 to Syracuse in the third period. If that score holds up, the Crunch will actually jump ahead of the Sens into sixth place as they try to mount a charge for the playoffs as well. So the Ads will likely be 3 points up on Wilkes-Barre/Scranton and Syracuse, and 5 points up on Binghamton when they wake up in the morning with the Pens having 2 games in hand, the Crunch having 0 games in hand, and the Sens having 4 games in hand.

The Admirals' 7 game road trip ends tomorrow afternoon against the Bridgeport Sound Tigers, who are trailing Hartford by 1 point as of this posting for the final crossover playoff spot in the Atlantic division at 52 points. If the Admirals were to fall out of 3rd in the East into 4th, but managed to climb over the 5th place team in the Atlantic, who they trail currently by 5 points, they could still get in. If they stay hot, that may also be an avenue for entry into the playoffs. The Admirals actually hold 1 game in hand on Hartford and 2 games in hand on Bridgeport, so that is becoming a possibility. Unfortunately, tomorrow night's game will probably have to be played short of veteran help. By the rules of his conditioning stint, David Hale can't play tomorrow night due to it being the third game in three nights, Adam Hall was apparently hurt in tonight's first period, and Lukas Krajicek has had his contract ripped up and lit ablaze after leaving the team. Tough guy Mitch Fritz is also hurt, leaving the task of capping a phenomenal road trip on the shoulders of the Admirals' young players and the few veterans who will suit up like Ryan Craig. The prize? The Ads can climb back to .500 with a win tomorrow night and possibly claim third in the North outright if Adirondack stumbles at Rochester. They're all big games now.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

Elitserien Game Day: 1-30-10

HV 71 2 @ Sodertalje 4
Riku Helenius, Sodertalje, Win, 34/36, 2.00 GAA, .944 sv%
Season totals: 1-0-0, 0 SO, 2.00 GAA, .944 sv%

After serving as backup in Sodertalje's match on Thursday, Helenius made his Elitserien debut today in an impressive 4-2 win over HV 71, which currently sits in first place on the Elitserien table. Ex-Kings prospect Yanick Lehoux had 1 goal and 1 assist for Sodertalje.

CHL Game Night: 1-29-10


Acadie-Bathurst Titan 3 @ Moncton Wildcats 6
D Mark Barberio, MCT: 0-2-2, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season Totals: 47 GP, 11-33-44, +29, 48 PIM

Barberio has 19 points in his last 14 games. He’s within two points of his career high (46), set two seasons ago in 70 games. Moncton, which scored four times on the power play, has won 12 straight.


Barrie Colts 4 @ Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors 0
LW/C Alex Hutchings, BAR: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 48 GP, 32-23-55, +31, 38 PIM

This was a big win for conference-leading Barrie over their closest competitor in the East (10 points back).

Kitchener Rangers 5 @ Sudbury Wolves 2
W Matias Sointu, SBY: 1-0-1, -1, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 33 GP, 6-9-15, -1, 12 PIM
With Sudbury: 12 GP, 3-2-5, -6, 6 PIM
With Ottawa: 21 GP, 3-7-10, +5, 6 PIM

Sointu scored his first goal since December 17, but thanks to the WJCs and time missed with injury, that was only four games ago for him.

Oshawa Generals 0 @ Ottawa 67’s 6
G Michael Zador, OSH: Loss, 6 saves on 9 shots
Season Totals: 34 GP, 13-16-2-1, 3.45 GAA, .897 sv%, 2 SO

Zador had won two in a row, but couldn’t make it out of the first period at East Division-leading Ottawa. Kevin Balie allowed three goals on 33 shots the rest of the way. Oshawa sits in sixth in the Eastern Conference.


Moose Jaw Warriors 2 @ Regina Pats 3
RW Carter Ashton, REG: 1-0-1, +1, 5 PIM (fighting vs. Spencer Edwards), *Third Star*
Season Totals: 45 GP, 19-20-39, -7, 82 PIM
With Regina: 17 GP, 6-7-13, +1, 30 PIM
With Lethbridge: 28 GP, 13-13-26, -8, 52 PIM

Ashton (pictured) scored the game winner with 94 seconds left in the third period. The Pats are on a 6-0-0-1 streak and are within five points of the conference’s eighth spot with a game in hand on the two teams holding that position.

Vancouver Giants 2 @ Kamloops Blazers 1 (SO)
C James Wright, VAN: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 1 GP, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM
With Tampa Bay: 43 GP, 2-3-5, -9, 18 PIM

Wright started the game on a line with Lance Bouma (Flames 3/2008) and Tomas Vincour (Stars 5/2009). He was wearing his familiar No.19, which was taken before his arrival from Tampa. The Giants got a late goal from Vincour, then won the shootout 2-1 to break a losing streak.

NCAA Game Night: 1-29-10

No.19 Maine Black Bears 6 @ No.17 Vermont Catamounts 3
C/W Matt Marshall , UVM: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals: 23 GP, 1-3-4, -4, 14 PIM

Not a good night for the Catamounts as they lose to a lower-ranked conference rival at home.

Western Michigan Broncos 1 @ No.1 Miami Redhawks 4
D Luke Witkowski , WMU: 1-0-1, -1, 2 PIM (high sticking), 2 SOG
Season Totals: 23 GP, 2-3-5, -10, 28 PIM

Witkowski scored the second goal of his collegiate career to cut No.1 Miami’s lead to 2-1 early in the second period, but the Broncos couldn’t get any closer.

NHL Game Night: 1-29-10 Ducks at Lightning

With the point, the Lightning have entered into a five team pile-up for the final two playoff spots in the conference. But, if they were even mediocre in shootouts, they'd be snugly in.

TB-1 (SO)

Antero Niittymaki allowed 1 goal on 32 shots before allowing 2 of 3 shooters to defeat him in the penalty shot session.

First Period
TB 9:47, St. Louis 15 (Stamkos)

Second Period
ANH 6:36, Wisniewski 3 (Getzlaf, Whitney)(PP)

Third Period


ANH- Getzlaf, Wisniewski
TB- Stamkos

Do I really need to say much more about the Lightning's shootout futility this season? I don't know what it is about the Lightning that makes them so ineffectual at it, despite having some ridiculously skilled players. The gimmick at the end of the game aside (which I, A. Hate, and B. Isn't really that exciting), both teams played a strong game and both teams got strong goaltending. It was a chippy game, and the Lightning answered the bell fairly well against an Anaheim team that has a lot of size and toughness.

Paul Szczechura had 1 shot and 1 hit in 9:26. He's now 4 games from graduation here on Bolt Prospects.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

AHL Game Night: 1-29-10 Admirals at Falcons

Norfolk remains undefeated in regulation under Jim Johnson, but fails to secure the second point.

SPR-3 (OT)

Jaroslav Janus stopped 31 of 34 shots for the overtime loss.

First Period

Second Period
NOR Simek, (12) (Smolenak, Jackson), 11:02
SPR Fretter, (18) (Trukhno, Pokulok), 13:03
SPR Plante, (2) (David, Wiseman), 16:15

Third Period
NOR Fornataro, (3) (Wishart, Smolenak), 0:24 (PP)

SPR Reddox, (11) (Tarkir, Minard), 1:32

Janus was named the game's third star. A scoring change took away a point from Ty Wishart on the winning goal against Hartford, so tonight's assist is actually his 20th point of the season. The question remains the same though: why not 30? He's got it rolling, and shows no signs of letting up. Radek Smolenak is starting to step up in clutch time of the season. He has 2 goals and 6 points on the current road trip, on which the Admirals have claimed 9 of a possible 10 points in the 5 games.

Norfolk stays at 2 games under .500 with 45 points in 47 games and remains in 4th place in the East Division. However, due to the crossover rules this season, it's highly likely that only the top 3 teams in the East will make the postseason. The Admirals picked up a point on 5th place Wilkes-Barre/Scranton to move 1 point ahead of the Penguins with the Pens holding 2 games in hand. They also picked up a point on Binghamton to move 3 points up on the Sens with the Senators holding 4 games in hand. That's the good news. The bad news is that they lost a point to Adirondack, which is now 2 points up on Norfolk with 2 games in hand.

And that leads to a huge 4-point tilt tomorrow night between Norfolk and the Phantoms. If Norfolk wins in regulation, they'll move into a tie with Adirondack for the final playoff spot in the East at 47 points. I suspect that's why Jim Johnson saved Dustin Tokarski for that matchup. He's 2-0-0 in his starts on this road trip, including the big 1-0 shutout in Lowell last Sunday.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

CHL Game Night: 1-28-10


Victoriaville Tigres 1 @ Moncton Wildcats 2
D Mark Barberio, MCT: 1-1-2, +1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, *Second Star*
Season Totals: 46 GP, 11-31-42, +29, 48 PIM

Barberio has 17 points in his last 13 games. He scored the game winner on a third period power play. Moncton (34-11-1-3) has won 11 straight and 20 of their last 22, but just now snuck into the CHL Top-10 at No.9. They’ve taken two in the last week from Victoriaville, who’s ranked No.8 in all of Canada.


Belleville Bulls 3 @ Peterborough Petes 1
C Richard Panik, BEL: 1-2-3, +2, 0 PIM, *First Star*
Season Totals: 42 GP, 12-12-24, +8, 29 PIM
With Bulls: 9 GP, 3-3-6, -7, 10 PIM
With Windsor: 33 GP, 9-9-18, +15, 19 PIM

RW Kyle DeCoste, BEL: 1-0-1, E, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 44 GP, 15-8-23, -11, 41 PIM
With Bulls: 31 GP, 13-7-20, -9, 23 PIM
With SSM: 13 GP, 2-1-3, -2, 20 PIM

Panik broke out of a five-game scoreless streak with a First Star effort on the road. He set up DeCoste with five seconds left in the second period to give the Bulls a 2-0 lead. Panik scored the insurance goal with just over five minutes left in the game.

Sudbury Wolves 1 @ Barrie Colts 4
W Matias Sointu, SBY: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 32 GP, 5-9-14, E, 12 PIM
With Sudbury: 11 GP, 2-2-4, -5, 6 PIM
With Ottawa: 21 GP, 3-7-10, +5, 6 PIM

LW/C Alex Hutchings, BAR: 2-0-2, E, 0 PIM, *Second Star*
Season Totals: 47 GP, 32-23-55, +30, 38 PIM

Hutchings has 22 goals in his last 24 games, a time span which includes a four-game pointless streak. Sointu was making his first appearance since the World Juniors. He reportedly returned to Finland for surgery after taking a puck to the face in the tournament. Barrie is ranked second in the latest CHL Top-10.

Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 1 @ Oshawa Generals 2 (SO)
G Michael Zador, OSH: Win, 28 saves on 29 shots
Season Totals: 33 GP, 13-15-2-1, 3.38 GAA, .899 sv%, 2 SO

Zador (pictured) won his second in a row and had his shutout streak at over 100 minutes before the Soo scored early in the third period. He stopped one of two shooters in the shootout, which was won by the Generals when they went three for three.

KHL Game Day: 1-28-10

Omsk 2 @ KHK MVD 0
Karri Ramo, Omsk, Win, 31/31, SO, 0.00 GAA, 1.000 sv%
Season totals: 38 GP, 21-15, 4 SO, 2.00 GAA, .916 sv%

Former Lightning first rounder Alex Svitov assisted on both Omsk goals as Karri Ramo notched his 4th shutout of the season. Ramo is now tied for 4th in the league in shutouts behind fellow Lightning prospect V. Koshechkin (7), former NHLer Robert Esche (6), and Yarolslav netminder Georgy Gelashvili (6).

Ekaterinburg 3 @ Noovosibirsk 4
Denis Kazionov, Ekaterinburg, 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 45 GP, 5-3-8, -17, 16 PIM

Kazionov played 9:20 in the match and scored his 5th goal of the season, but it wasn't enough to lift Ekaterinburg to victory in a critical battle for the last playoff spot in the KHL's Eastern Conference. Novosibirsk moved into a tie with Ekaterinburg and Khabarovsk at 54 points, but Novosibirsk holds 8th in the conference by virtue of the one game in hand they hold over both clubs. Former Lightning forward Alex Kharitonov had his 3rd goal of the season in the match for Novosibirsk.

Magnitogorsk 4 @ Novokuznetsk 0
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, Win, 30/30, 0.00 GAA, 1.000 sv%
Season totals: 44 GP, 23-18, 7 SO, 1.95 GAA, .928 sv%

Koshechkin notched his league leading 7th shutout of the season to help Magnitogorsk keep pace with Yulaev just 2 points out of first place in the Eastern Conference. Former Lightning draft pick Fedor Fedorov had his 5th goal of the season in the match for Metallurg. Koshechkin is 2nd in the KHL in wins behind only former NHLer Robert Esche (26).

Cherepovets 4 @ Dynamo Moscow 3 (SO)
Johan Harju, Dynamo Moscow, 0-0-0, E, 4 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 50 GP, 3-11-14, -7, 36 PIM

Harju played 15:49 in the match and was 46% on draws. Harju's lifelong teammate and Edmonton Oilers prospect Linus Omark scored his 19th goal of the season in the loss for Dynamo.

Mytischi 5 @ Dynamo Riga 6 (OT)
Martins Karsums, Dynamo Riga, 1-1-2, +2, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 6 GP, 2-1-3, +1, 14 PIM

Karsums played 11:43 in the match and notched a goal and also assisted on a goal by former NHLer Tyler Arnason. Marcel Hossa scored his league leading 30th goal of the season in the match for Riga.

CHL Game Night: 1-27-10


Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors 7 @ Belleville Bulls 2
C Richard Panik, BEL: 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 41 GP, 11-10-21, +6, 29 PIM
With Bulls: 8 GP, 2-1-3, -9, 10 PIM
With Windsor: 33 GP, 9-9-18, +15, 19 PIM

RW Kyle DeCoste, BEL: 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 43 GP, 14-8-22, -11, 41 PIM
With Bulls: 30 GP, 12-7-19, -9, 23 PIM
With SSM: 13 GP, 2-1-3, -2, 20 PIM

Not a good night for the Bulls, who were tied with Mississauga at one after the first period. Panik’s scoreless streak stretched to five games. Belleville is tied for ninth in the conference and is just five points behind Brampton for eighth, but they have to make their run now. Mississauga has the second best point total in the conference at 71.

NHL Game Night: 1-27-10 Canadiens at Lightning

In case you needed a reminder of what a special talent #4 is...


Antero Niittymaki stopped all 33 shots he faced tonight for the shutout. It's been a heck of a bounce back these past couple of games from Niitty after being somewhat terrible in 2 of the 3 games prior to that.

First Period
TB 9:50, St. Louis 14 (Downie)

Second Period
TB 2:23, Lecavalier 14 (Tanguay, Downie)
TB 5:54, Stamkos 28 (Foster, Lecavalier)(PP)

Third Period

Vincent Lecavalier, between the legs, 2-0 Lightning. Eat your heart out, Montreal. Have I professed my continuing admiration for Steve Downie and Matt Smaby lately? Downie had a pair of assists tonight and was second star of the game while Matt Smaby continues to single-handedly force opposing teams to respect the Lightning at Tampa Bay's blueline and in the neutral zone. Don't get me wrong, Mattias Ohlund will hit you. But, #32 will harm you. He only got credit for 1 hit tonight. As Bobby Taylor has said on the television broadcasts before, though, the scorekeepers seem to routinely short change Smaby on his hit totals at the Forum. Downie and Smaby: they're both gentlemen and scholars, I tell you.

Paul Szczechura had 2 penalty minutes, 3 shots, 1 hit, and he was 67% on draws in 10:54. Szczechura is now 5 games away from graduation from prospect status here on Bolt Prospects.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

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