(CHL Release) Toronto, ON â€“ The Canadian Hockey League today announced that forward Mitch Fadden of the Tri-City Americans is the Boston Pizza CHL Player of the Week for the week ending March 29. Fadden scored two goals and six assists for eight points in three games with a plus-minus rating of plus-5.
The CHL is comprised of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, Ontario Hockey League, and the Western Hockey League.
The Lightning's forecheck officially belongs on a milk carton.
Mike McKenna allowed 3 goals on 39 shots in the loss. He rebounded from a couple of puck handling errors and was otherwise very solid. The Lightning have a tough decision to make with McKenna. Ordinarily, you would want a veteran #3 goaltender like McKenna in your organization. But, it will be very tough for the Lightning to send Riku Helenius or Dustin Tokarski down to the Coast if they do re-sign McKenna.
14:03 BOS Wheeler (20), (Savard)
06:56 BOS Chara (17), (Bergeron, Krejci)(PP)
13:35 BOS Kobasew (20), (Chara, Krejci)(PP)
12:07 TB Stamkos (20), (Malone, Lashoff)
Other than Stammer's 20th of the season tonight, there's not a whole lot to be excited about from the past couple of games.
Noah Welch had 2 penalty minutes and 1 blocked shot in 11:34.
Matt Smaby was -1 with 2 hits in 20:30. Good to have the big guy back. I thought he moved pretty well tonight after sitting out the game against Ottawa.
Martins Karsums was -1 with 1 shot and 2 hits in 10:55.
Richard Petiot was +1 with 7 penalty minutes, 1 shot, and 5 hits in 19:42.
Matt Lashoff had 1 assist and was +1 with 3 shots and 2 hits in 21:41. There were one or two plays tonight where Lashoff made plays that are hopefully indicative of the way his game is going to evolve next season: playing the proper angle defensively and then cancelling out the opposing forward physically. I'm just guessing he had a little extra juice playing against his old organization, but if he can do that consistently, he's going to be a stud defenseman in this league. The offense is there (6 assists in 8 games so far with the Lightning). If his defensive game rounds out, he's going to be every bit as good as Paul Ranger and Andrej Meszaros.
Edmonton Oil Kings (WHL) goalie and Lightning prospect Torrie Jung was the the main reason for the club's first playoff run this season, and his efforts were recognized with a trio of team awards over the weekend.
According to the Edmonton Sun, the 19-year-old was named team Most Valuable Player and earned the three-stars award as well as the humanitarian award.
(CHL Release) The BOSTON PIZZA WHL Player of the Week is forward Mitch Fadden of the Tri-City Americans.
Fadden picked up eight points, scoring two goals and six assists to go with a +5 rating in three games over the last week, helping the Tri-City Americans win their Kal-Tire 2009 WHL Western Conference Quarter-Finals best-of-seven series over the Everett Silvertips 4-1.
On Wednesday, March 25th, the Tri-City Americansâ€™ opening round series shifted back to the Comcast Arena in Everett for games three and four versus the Silvertips, with the series tied 1-1. In game three Fadden picked up a goal and an assist as the Americans downed the â€˜Tips 4-2 to jump out to a 2-1 series lead and was named the games 1st Star. In game four on Friday, March 27th, Fadden netted one goal and added two assists as the Americans took a strangle hold on the best of seven series 3-1 with their 4-1 victory. He was also named the games 2nd Star.
Karri Ramo allowed 3 goals on 29 shots for the loss. Ottawa's first goal was a short side shot you could fault him for, but otherwise he was solid. He got no offensive support and the refs decided to throw the shaft in at the end to wreck his stats by giving Ottawa a freebee 5-on-3.
09:45 OTT Heatley (35), (Fisher)(PP)
13:44 OTT Shannon (8), (unassisted)
16:41 OTT Spezza (30), (Alfredsson, Kuba)(PP)
Ottawa took a string of penalties early in the Second Period that were a hand engraved invitation to get back in the game that the Lightning refused to RSVP. At even strength, the Lightning just couldn't get in behind the Ottawa defense to get any forecheck generated. That's a big part of why they only had an anemic 17 hits on the game.
Noah Welch had 2 blocked shots in 18:21.
Martins Karsums had 2 hits in 10:36.
Richard Petiot had 1 blocked shot in 23:33.
Matt Lashoff was -1 with 2 penalty minutes, 1 shot, and 3 blocked shots in 22:49. He scored a beautiful goal banking a puck in off of the back of the goaltender's pads. Unfortunately, that goalie was Karri Ramo.
According to Tribune beat writer Erik Erlendsson, the Tampa Bay Lightning have recalled veteran forward Brandon Bochenski from the Norfolk Admirals in response to the Matt Smaby and Paul Szczechura being unable to play tonight against the Ottawa Senators.
Bochenski, 6 foot 1, 187 pounds, has played in 69 games with the Admirals this season, recording 27 goals, 11 power-play goals and 53 points. He leads Norfolk in goals, power-play goals and is second in points.
A native of Blaine, Minnesota, Bochenski has played in 121 career NHL games with Nashville, Anaheim, Boston, Chicago and Ottawa. He has amassed 24 goals, 54 points, six power-play goals and two game-winning goals. In 2006-07 he established career highs for games played (41), goals (13), assists (11), points (24), power-play goals (3) and game-winning goals (2) with Boston and Chicago. Bochenski also represented the United States in the 2007 IIHF World Championships, recording two goals and five points in seven games.
Bochenski has played in 214 career AHL games with Norfolk and the Binghamton Senators., scoring 117 goals and recording 236 points. He has also appeared in nine Calder Cup Playoff games, netting two goals and registering three points.
Drafted in the seventh round, 223rd overall, by the Ottawa Senators at the 2001 NHL Entry Draft, he was signed by the Lightning as a free agent on July 8, 2008.
N.A. Juniors Playoff Game Night: 3/28
Three prospects move on - two to face fellow prospects in Round 2 ... Victoria forces a Game 7 ... Fargo winning on the "road."
NCAA Tournament - East Regional Final
Vermont Catamounts 3 vs Air Force Falcons 2 2OT
F Matt Marshall Ver: 0-0-0, Even
Vermont sophomore Dan Lawson scored his second goal of the game with 5 minutes to go in the second overtime of the East Regional Final to send Vermont to the Frozen Four for the first time in 13 years.
Miami ended Minnesota-Duluth's cinderella run, beating the Bulldogs 2-1 in the West Regional Final to advance to the Frozen Four for the first time. Sunday, BU plays New Hampshire in the Northeast Regional Final and Bemidji State meets Cornell in the Midwest Regional Final.
NCAA Tournament - East Regional Semifinal
Yale Bulldogs 1 vs Vermont Catamounts 4
F Matt Marshall Ver: 0-0-0, 1 SOG, +2
Marshall returned to the lineup after missing the Hockey East Tournament with an ankle injury, as Vermont knocked off Yale to move onto the regional final tonight against Air Force. Air Force (28-10-2) upset No. 1 seed Michigan 2-0 in the other regional semifinal. The winner of tonights game earns a bid in the Frozen Four.