For the third week in a row, the WHL has nominated Lightning prospect Dustin Tokarski of Spokane for the ADT CHL Goaltender of the Week Award. Tokarski, who posted a 3-0-0-0 record with two shutouts, a GAA of 0.33 and a save percentage of .988, came up short the previous two weeks to OHL goaltenders.
Tokarski leads the WHL in GAA (1.75), save percentage (.944), and shutouts (6). His Chiefs teammate, Drayson Bowman, was named WHL Player of the Week for scoring five goals and five assists in Spokane's three victories this week.
As the Super Bowl party leaves Tampa Bay on Monday, the goaltending situation for the Bolts is almost as suspenseful as last night's 4th quarter. Both the Tampa Tribune and St. Pete Times are reporting that the Tampa Bay Lightning have (unofficially) signed Norfolk Admirals netminder Mike McKenna to an NHL contract in the aftermath of successful biceps tendon surgery to Olaf Kolzig on Saturday. Kolzig is expected to miss the remainder of the season rehabbing his repaired left arm. During the intermission of Friday night's game against Philadelphia, Lightning GM Brian Lawton hinted that McKenna was one of the alternatives being considered for the backup role to Mike Smith for the balance of the season. McKenna practiced with the team Monday morning ahead of flying out with the team to Long Island for Tuesday night's tilt against the struggling Islanders.
McKenna's signing triggered the reassignment of prospect goaltender Riku Helenius to Norfolk, presumably to start the remaining four games of fellow prospect goalie Karri Ramo's suspension. Ramo is currently serving a six game AHL suspension for leaving the bench during a late game on-ice altercation last week. In the interim, Admirals signed goaltender Tyler Sims to a PTO late last week to serve as the team's backup goaltender while Ramo serves out his suspension.
However, in surprising turn of events, both Tampa papers broke the news today that Mike Smith would not make the trip to New York with the team, citing an upper body injury to the Lightning's No.1 goalie, along with news that Ramo was being recalled from Norfolk on an emergency basis. It is unlikely that the recall will delay the completion of Ramo's suspension as the Admirals do not play again until Friday, and there's been no definitive word on whether McKenna or Ramo will start against the Islanders. Lawton, in a quote from the St. Pete Times, indicated that Smith's injury is fairly minor and he may join the team Wednesday in Pittsburgh.
Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 3 @ Windsor Spitfires 5
W Kyle DeCoste, SSM: 0-1-1, E, 2 PIM (hooking)
Season totals: 45 GP, 10-9-19, -21, 59 PIM
With SSM: 9 GP, 2-3-5, -8, 8 PIM
The Greyhounds cut a 3-0 deficit to 3-2 and a 4-2 deficit to 4-3 but gave up a late empty net goal in their game at first place Windsor. The Spitfires lead the OHL with 89 points, 13 more than John Tavaresâ€™ London Knights. Windsor has already clinched a playoff spot. The loss was the Sooâ€™s eighth in a row.
Results from everyone and shutouts galore.
Hershey has just been unbeatable for the Admirals this season.
Mike McKenna allowed 4 goals on 35 shots for the loss.
NOR Jones, (10) (Keller, Konopka), 6:50 (PP)
HER Gordon, (13) (Wilson, Lepisto), 11:57
NOR Kearns, (11) (Segal), 12:51 (SH)
HER Gordon, (14) (Perreault, Helmer), 13:33 (PP)
HER Perreault, (8) (Wilson, Helmer), 1:54 (PP)
HER Beagle, (2) (Bourque, Collins), 16:16
Justin Keller has a 4 game scoring streak with 6 points.
Box score from TheAHL.com.
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