AHL Game Night 4/11: Admirals at Senators

A big win for a young team.

NOR-3
BNG-2

Jonathan Boutin stopped 30 of 32 shots for the win to break a personal seven game losing streak. The win also helped Boutin raise his save percentage back to .900 for the season. It's been a roller coaster ride all year for Boutin as he seems to win and lose games in month long streaks. At one point a little over a month ago he seemed to be coming into his own showing a winning record and a save percentage above .910. Unfortunately he hasn't shown the ability to step up and win games on his own in the last month, which is the next big hurdle he has to get over in his professional development. The legitimate starters don't post 7 game losing streaks. They find a way to pull out wins even when the team in front of them struggles. Boutin isn't quite to that point yet.

First Period
NOR Wanvig, (21) (Tyrell, Crowley), 1:38
BNG Dimitrakos, (20) (Kinch, Smith), 17:48

Second Period
NOR Keller, (15) (Schneider, Segal), 7:46
BNG Hennessy, (22) (Carkner, Zubov), 10:10

Third Period
NOR Wanvig, (22) (Tyrell, Jones), 1:38

Kyle Wanvig and Justin Keller were named the game's first and second stars.

Congratulations to Dane Crowley on his first professional point and congratulations to Dana Tyrell on his first professional multi-point game.

With the win, Norfolk matches the win total set a year ago by the Lightning farmhands in Springfield of 28. They've also accumulated 4 more points than the Falcons did last season. The importance of hitting this milestone cannot be underestimated, in my opinion. It would have been a terrible blow to the organization if the move to Norfolk and the time spent developing their prospects hadn't shown any measure of improvement on the ice. Modest as it may be, these Admirals have gotten better compared to last year's Falcons, and they'll have one more swing at besting last year's win total tomorrow night against the Pens. It'll be a tough nut to crack against the division leaders, but it would be a heck of a way to end the season if the Ads could pull off one more big upset to head into the offseason on a high note.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

USHL Playoffs Game Night: 4/10

2008 USHL CLARK CUP PLAYOFFS – ROUND 1

Game 1: (4) Chicago Steel 4 @ (1) Indiana Ice 3
Chicago leads Best of 5 series 1-0

W/C Luca Cunti, CHI:
Game: 1-1-2, +1, 2 PIM (high sticking), 2 shots on goal

Chicago upset top-seeded Indiana 4-3 on Indiana’s home ice to take an early 1-0 lead in the Best of 5 series. Cunti scored Chicago’s second goal late in the second period to tie the game at 2. He would earn the secondary assist on the Steel’s third goal, which came just a minute after the Ice had taken a 3-2 lead early in the third period. Chicago would score the game winner with 2 1/2 minutes left in the third. Game 2 is Saturday in Indiana.

ECHL Playoffs Game Night: 4/10

2008 ECHL Kelly Cup Playoffs - Series B
American Conference - Division Quarterfinals

Game 2: (8) Mississippi Sea Wolves 2 @ (1) Texas Wildcatters 5
Texas leads Best of 5 series 2-0

G Ryan Munce: 59:57 mins (L), 33 shots, 28 Saves, 5 GA
F Zbynek Hrdel: 0-0-0, even, 2 PIMs (cross-checking), 0 SOG
F Marek Kvapil: 0-1-1, even, 0 PIMs, 1 SOG

Ryan Munce allowed a very pedestrian 5 goals on 33 shots and the Sea Wolves dropped Game 2 of their playoff series against Texas by a score of 5-2 Thursday night. Marek Kvapil returned to the Wolves lineup, assisting on Mississippi's first goal, a third-period power play marker. The Sea Wolves return home to the Mississippi Coast Coliseum needing to win both Saturday and Sunday to force a final Game 5 back in Texas on Tuesday.

The Wildcatters now lead the series 2-0 with Game 3 of the series Saturday night in Biloxi, MS.

ECHL Playoffs Game Night: 4/9

2008 ECHL Kelly Cup Playoffs - Series B
American Conference - Division Quarterfinals

Game 1: (8) Mississippi Sea Wolves 1 @ (1) Texas Wildcatters 4
Texas leads Best of 5 series 1-0

G Ryan Munce: 59:11 mins (L), 54 shots, 51 saves, 3 GA
F Zbynek Hrdel: 0-0-0, Even, 2 PIMs (roughing), 0 SOG
F Marek Kvapil: DNP

Ryan Munce stopped 51 shots against the league-best Texas Wildcatters in their first game of the ECHL playoffs Wednesday night, but it wasn't enough as Texas took a 1-0 series lead by winning 4-1 in front of a sparse home crowd of 688. The Wildcatters threw a jaw-dropping 55 shots on goal en route to the victory.

Game 2 of the series is tonight in Beaumont, TX.

Tampa Bay Lightning ECHL Regular Season Stats on the flip.

CHL Playoffs Game Night: 4/9

Results from Sarnia, Lethbridge, and Seattle.

AHL Game Night 4/9: Admirals at River Rats

Admirals lose with just 50 seconds left on the clock. Ouch.

NOR-1
ALB-2

Marc Denis stopped 24 of 26 shots in the loss.

First Period
ALB Blanchard, (10) (McLeod, Angelidis), 7:21

Second Period
NOR Segal, (12) (Mihalik, Jones), 17:50

Third Period
ALB Conboy, (2) (Jensen, Petruzalek), 19:10

In his last 17 games Brandon Segal has notched 7 goals and 11 points. Segal was acquired at the deadline for veteran defenseman Jay Leach and has one year remaining on his NHL contract.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

CHL Playoffs Game Night: 4/8

OHL WESTERN CONFERENCE SEMI-FINALS

Game 3: (6) Sarnia Sting 2 @ (1) Kitchener Rangers 6
Kitchener leads Best of 7 series 3-0

C Steven Stamkos*, SAR:
Game: 0-0-0, -3, 2 PIM (cross-checking)
Series: 3 GP, 2-0-2, -1, 6 PIM
Playoffs: 8 GP, 11-0-11, +1, 16 PIM
Season: 61 GP, 58-47-105, +18, 88 PIM

The top team in all of Canadian juniors and Memorial Cup hosts, the Kitchener Rangers are one win away from putting away the Cinderella Sarnia Sting and super-prospect Steven Stamkos. Kitchener broke a 2-2 tie late in the first period and never looked back on their way to a 6-2 win in Kitchener while holding Stamkos scoreless for the second time in three games. All-everything goalie Steve Mason (Columbus – 3rd round ’06) left the Kitchener net late in the second period when, according to the Waterloo Record, it appeared his leg buckled and he fell over. Neither Mason nor the Rangers are saying what’s wrong with the reigning CHL Goaltender of the Week. Game 4 is tonight (Wednesday) in Sarnia.

*Stamkos, though not Tampa Bay Lightning property, is the consensus No.1 pick in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft. The Lightning holds the top pick.

WHL EASTERN CONFERENCE SEMI-FINALS

Game 3: (3) Lethbridge Hurricanes 5 @ (5) Kootenay Ice 2
Lethbridge leads Best of 7 series 2-1

C Mitch Fadden, LET:
Game: 1-0-1, E, 2 PIM (holding-opponent’s-stick)
Series: 3 GP, 2-1-3, +1, 9 PIM
Playoffs: 9 GP, 4-7-11, -1, 13 PIM (plus 10 min misconduct)

To say Lethbridge dominated may be an understatement as they went into Kootenay and outshot the Ice 51-13, including 17-6 after one period. Despite the first period shot advantage, Kootenay took a 1-0 lead into the second period until the Hurricanes onslaught began. Lethbridge would score the game’s next 5 goals, including Fadden’s power play marker to make it 2-1. Lethbridge had 16 power play opportunities to Kootenay’s 4. Game 4 is tonight (Wednesday) in Kootenay.

For results from Seattle, see: Helenius Makes 42 Saves in Thunderbirds’ Loss

Helenius Stops 42 shots in Thunderbirds' Loss

WHL WESTERN CONFERENCE SEMI-FINALS

Game 3: (1) Tri-City Americans 3 @ (4) Seattle Thunderbirds 2
Tri-City leads Best of 7 series 2-1

G Riku Helenius, SEA:
Game: Loss, 42 saves on 45 shots
Playoffs: 9 GP, 4-4-1, 2.70 GAA, .911 sv%

Kvapil Reassigned to Mississippi

Our Sports Central reported yesterday that Norfolk Admirals GM Claude Loiselle has reassigned forward Marek Kvapil to Mississippi of the ECHL.

Lightning Wins NHL Draft Lottery

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The Tampa Bay Lightning have won the draft lottery for the 2008 NHL Entry Draft and secured the #1 pick in the draft.

Dave Andreychuk, who sat in as the Lightning's representative for the draft drawing, has the magic mojo.

Steven Stamkos is a Bolt.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T-xcuktoTiw

Can you say, "skill?"

Welcome to Tampa Bay, young man.

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