Downie Suspended Indefinitely

Damian Crisdotero of the St. Pete Times is reporting that the AHL has suspended RW Steve Downie indefinitely for abuse of officials. Downie was ejected from the Hershey game last night for intentionally slashing a linesman in the shin on a faceoff. Norfolk GM Mike Butters defended the young forward claiming that Downie was merely trying to hit the stick of the opposing centerman in the faceoff circle, and that it was unclear to him based on replays if Downie even hit the official at all on the play. The league will review the incident, but is unlikely to address the situation until Tuesday.

N.A. Juniors Game Night: 2/28

Fadden gets the best of Tokarski before nearly every player was thrown out of the game ... DeCoste keeps his point streak alive ... Jung and Edmonton get a point but drop one too.

NCAA Game Night: 2/28

#6 Princeton Tigers 2 @ Harvard Crimson 3
F Alex Killorn Har: 0-0-0, -1

Big win for Crimson over ranked rival.

Massachusetts Minutemen 2 @ #1 Boston Terriers 7
D John WessbeckerUMASS: 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM

UMASS happy to see this series end.

#9 Vermont Catamounts 2 @ Maine Black Bears 1
F Matt Marshall Ver: Did not play

Vermont picks up big two-win weekend

AHL Game Night 2/28: Admirals at Bears

Hershey is not a sweet place to play.

NOR-4
HER-6

Craig Kowalski allowed 5 goals on 43 shots for the loss.

First Period
HER McNeill, (1) (McNeill, Joudrey), 7:17
NOR Bochenski, (22) (Konopka, Lundin), 12:25 (PP)
NOR Szczechura, (12) (Kowalski, Mihalik), 14:12
HER Mink, (25) (Aucoin, Lepisto), 17:25 (PP)
NOR Bochenski, (23) (Jones, Lundin), 19:51 (PP)

Second Period
NOR Konopka, (12) (Mihalik), 11:43
HER Osala, (20) (Gordon, Joudrey), 17:48

Third Period
HER Mink, (26) (Lepisto), 16:57
HER Perreault, (9) (Sloan, Bourque), 17:25
HER Bourque, (15) (Aucoin, Sloan), 19:46 (EN)

Brandon Bochenski was named the game's second star.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

N.A. Juniors Game Night: 2/27

Luca's back ... DeCoste and Wright extend streaks ... Fadden continues his ridiculous run ... a snowman and goose egg for Tokarski and Spokane.

NCAA Game Night: 2/27

NCAA
Quinnipiac Bobcats 1 @ Harvard Crimson 2
C/W Alexander Killorn, HAR: 0-1-1, +1, 2 PIM (charging the goalie), 3 SOG
Season totals: 27 GP, 6-8-14, -10, 46 PIM

No.9 Vermont Catamounts 3 @ Maine Black Bears 2
C/W Matt Marshall , UVM: Did not play.
Season totals: 22 GP, 1-3-4, +4, 12 PIM

No.1 Boston University Terriers 6 @ UMass Minutemen 3
D John Wessbecker , UMass: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 30 GP, 0-4-4, +9, 30 PIM

*USCHO poll used for rankings.

NHL Game Night 2/27: Lightning at Canucks

Vancouver gets a bounce and the Lightning don't.

TB-1
VAN-2

Karri Ramo allowed 2 goals on 25 shots for the loss. No complaints tonight. He made a handful of key saves to give the Lightning a chance in the third period, not the least of which was a huge save moving right to left on a 2-on-1 that became a partial break for one of the Sedins.

First Period
11:41 VAN Edler (7), (Kesler, Demitra)(PP)

Second Period
14:36 TB Stamkos (12), (St. Louis, Recchi)

Third Period
09:26 VAN Bernier (13), (Demitra, Johnson)

With 20 games left to go in the season, Steven Stamkos is suddenly en fuego despite not having a steady set of linemates. It's a very positive sign. I think people are going to be shocked how good Stamkos is going to be next season.

Matt Smaby had 2 penalty minutes, 2 hits, and 2 blocked shots in 22:57. Despite having one bad wheel, he's consistently making plays for this club. He's taking the body. He's breaking up plays with the stick. He's blocking shots at key times. He's playing around 22 minutes a night lately and he looks good doing it. That tells me this guy may have top-four potential after all.

David Koci played 7:33.

In case anyone is wondering, Smaby is 17 games away from graduating from prospect status by Bolt Prospects criteria. Ramo is now 11 decisions away from graduating by site criteria, as well. Both look achievable, and the top-5 of our rankings look destined for some major changes at year's end.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

AHL Game Night 2/27: Bruins at Admirals

Deserved better.

PRO-3
NOR-2

Riku Helenius allowed 3 goals on 32 shots in the loss. Norfolk outshot Providence 42-32 in the game.

First Period
NO SCORING

Second Period
NOR Keller, (12) (Konopka, Helenius), 5:41

Third Period
PRO Marchand, (14) , 0:28
PRO Lehtonen, (20) (St. Pierre, Schaefer), 2:16
PRO St. Pierre, (13) , 2:51
NOR Smolenak, (17) (Mihalik, Segal), 9:58

Radek Smolenak was the game's third star.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

N.A. Juniors Game Night: 2/26

Cape Breton Screaming Eagles 5 @ Acadie-Bathurst Titan 4
D Michael Ward, CB: 0-1-1, +3, 2 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 59 GP, 6-26-32, +4, 93 PIM
With Cape Breton: 24 GP, 2-13-15, +3, 41 PIM

Victoria News: Q & A with Justin Courtnall

The Victoria News' Travis Patterson recently had the opportunity to sit down with Lightning draft choice and Victoria Grizzlies winger Justin Courtnall.

Q: You’ve committed to skate with the Boston University Terriers in the NCAA next season. How did that choice come about?

A: Boston had been watching me for the past couple of years. It’s a place I always wanted to go to. As a top-rated school, it’s a dream for a lot of kids to go there, luckily it came through for me.

Q: What do you plan on studying?

A: I want to get into business education, but I’ll just generalize going into next year.

Q: Grizzlies part-owner Len Barrie has since become a part-owner of the Tampa Bay Lightning, the team that drafted you n 2007. Did you know Len before?

A: I met him when I first came to the Grizzlies. I was pleased to hear Len bought the team, but it doesn’t change anything, it’s just part of hockey. Tampa (ownership) was looking to sell there team and Len was interested, people buy stuff.

For the rest of the interview, click here. (Pictured: Courtnall in the BCHL All-Star game)

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