N.A. Juniors Game Night: 1/4

Team Canada Notes:
Canada head coach Pat Quinn has named Dustin Tokarski starter for tonight's Gold Medal Game between Canada and Sweden (7 PM EST NHL Network). Sweden boasts the tournament's best goaltender, Panthers 2nd round pick Jacob Markstrom.

QMJHL
Moncton Wildcats 5 @ Acadie-Bathurst Titan 2
D Mark Barberio, MCT: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 37 GP, 8-19-27, +14, 24 PIM

OHL
Windsor Spitfires 6 @ Brampton Battalion 3
W Kyle DeCoste, BRA: 0-0-0, E, 9 PIM (slashing, instigating, fighting + 10 min. misconduct + game misconduct)
Season totals: 35 GP, 7-6-13, -13, 51 PIM

NCAA Game Night: 1/4

No.10 Cornell Big Red 5 @ UMass Minutemen 2
D John Wessbecker , UMass: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 13 GP, 0-2-2, +11, 10 PIM

NHL Game Night 1/4: Lightning at Thrashers

That's more like it.

TB-4
ATL-1

Mike Smith stopped 27 of 28 shots for the win.

First Period
02:48 TB Eminger (3), (Jokinen, Hall)(PP)

Second Period
16:20 TB St. Louis (14), (Lecavalier, Prospal)

Third Period
01:00 TB St. Louis (15), (Prospal, Eminger)
18:16 TB Malone (10), (Halpern, Mihalik)
19:38 ATL Christensen (2), (Slater, Boulton)

I'll have to investigate who broke code by uttering the "s" word before the game was over to cost Smith the goose egg.

You get a new appreciation for the difference between an NHL defenseman and a minor league defenseman watching what getting Krajicek back in the lineup does for the team. You also have to admire the toughness of Andrej Meszaros and you see that when Eminger's offensive game shows up, along with the MVP line, the Lightning are very potent offensively.

Matt Smaby had 2 penalty minutes, 1 shot, and 2 hits in 14:58. I believe when Ranger and Heward come back, that Heward should be sent back to Norfolk of the AHL and Smaby should be the new #7 defenseman. It's time for him to learn his craft at the NHL level.

Vladimir Mihalik got his first NHL assist in 6:52 of ice time. Hopefully this emergency recall will energize Vladimir to reapply himself when he goes back to Norfolk. He pouted a bit when he was sent down at the start of the season. The psychology will be different on an emergency recall, I hope.

Steven Stamkos had 1 shot and was 20% on draws in 11:35. He's now 2 games away from his Bolt Prospects graduation from prospect status.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

N.A. Juniors Game Night: 1/3

Luca's back ... Fadden's heating up again.

NCAA Game Night: 1/3

Catamount Cup - Championship
St. Lawrence Saints 0 @ No.11 Vermont Catamounts 4
C/W Matt Marshall , UVM: Did not play.
Season totals: 11 GP, 1-1-2, +1, 6 PIM

After playing Friday night, Marshall took his turn in the press box as Vermont won the Catamount Cup.

Harvard Crimson 1 @ Princeton Tigers 4
C/W Alexander Killorn, HAR: 0-1-1, E, 4 PIM (hooking, charging), 2 SOG
Season totals: 14 GP, 3-7-10, -4, 34 PIM

WJC Game Night: 1/3

World Junior Championships - Semifinals
Canada 6 vs. Russia 5 (Shootout)
W Dana Tyrell, CAN: Did not play (injured - out for tournament).
G Dustin Tokarski, CAN: Win, 23 saves on 28 shots

Wow.

Another WJC classic, this time with Canada giving up four one-goal leads, then scrambling back to tie the game with just over five seconds left on a goal by Edmonton prospect Jordan Eberle - his second of the game. After a scoreless 10 minute 4-on-4 overtime, Tokarski stopped two Russian shooters and Eberle got the winner for Canada in the shootout to send Canada on to a 6-5 victory and the Gold Medal Game vs. Sweden.

NHL Game Night 1/3: Hurricanes at Lightning

Not as close as the score indicates.

CAR-2
TB-3

Mike Smith allowed 3 goals on 28 shots in the loss.

First Period
05:05 TB Craig (1), (Hall, Pettinger)
06:41 TB Prospal (8), (Lecavalier)
14:46 CAR Williams (2), (Brind'Amour, Seidenberg)(PP)
15:57 CAR Larose (9), (Seidenberg, Pitkanen)

Second Period
06:21 CAR Pitkanen (4), (Williams, Whitney)

Third Period
NO SCORING

The Lightning could only muster 19 shots in the game, and after a good first 10 minutes the team was completely dominated by Carolina.

Ty Wishart was -1 with 1 shot and 2 blocked shots in 7:53. He looked lost, tenatative, and slow. He's not ready for primetime.

Matt Smaby had 1 shot, 3 hits, and 2 blocked shots in 18:50. His mistakes were a bit more pronounced in this game.

Paul Szczechura had 1 shot in 10:47. He's sort of fallen off the face of the earth since his big game against Pittsburgh.

Vladimir Mihalik had 1 shot and 2 penalty minutes in 10:47, and 3 giveaways. Athletically he's capable of playing at the NHL level. Metally, he's not there yet.

Steven Stamkos was 50% on draws in 9:50. Non-factor.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

AHL Game Night 1/3: Admirals at Pirates

Arguably the biggest win of the season.

NOR-3
POR-2

Mike McKenna allowed 2 goals on 36 shots in the win.

First Period
POR Mancari, (14) (Gragnani, Kennedy), 14:10 (PP)
NOR Lawrence, (2) (Jackson), 15:51 (SH)

Second Period
NOR Lundin, (2) (Jones, Smolenak), 1:28 (PP)
POR Gragnani, (4) (Zagrapan, Campbell), 11:06
NOR Downie, (7) (Gratton, Jackson), 12:57

Third Period
NO SCORING

McKenna and Scott Jackson were named the game's first and third stars.

It would've been a bad, bad scene if the Admirals had dropped all three games on the road trip. As it is, they've only slipped one game in their goal of getting back to .500, and they're back to 4 games under with a big homestand coming up.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

Admirals Sign Ganzak to PTO

Responding to the sudden loss of over half of their defensive corps due to injuries or callups, the Norfolk Admirals have announced the signing of defenseman Mitch Ganzak to a PTO contract. The 6'0" 205 lbs blueliner has spent the balance of this season in the ECHL with the Wheeling Nailers, where he has scored 4 goals and 22 points in 29 games. Prior to this season, Ganzak was the recipient of a 2 game tryout with the Manitoba Moose of the AHL, in which he tallied 1 assist, after 4 years spent with Miami of the CCHA.

Lightning Recall Wishart

As had been widely reported unofficially, Ty Wishart is now officially set to make his NHL debut tonight against the Carolina Hurricanes. Tampa Bay Lightning Executive Vice President & General Manager Brian Lawton announced today that they have recalled defenseman Ty Wishart from the Norfolk Admirals on an emergency basis.

Wishart, a 6-foot-4, 205-pound rookie defenseman, has appeared in 31 games for Norfolk this season, scoring one goal and two assists with 13 penalty minutes and a +2 rating. He scored his first professional goal on December 19 versus Albany. Wishart made his professional debut last April with the Worcester Sharks, appearing in five games without registering a point. In 36 career AHL games, he has one goal and three points with 13 penalty minutes.

The Comcox, British Columbia native was acquired by the Lightning in a trade with the San Jose Sharks on July 4. He was originally drafted by the Sharks in the first round (16th overall) of the 2006 NHL Entry Draft.

With the Lightning defensive corps depleted by injuries to Lukas Krajicek, Paul Ranger, and Jamie Heward, Wishart joins fellow prospect defensemen Vladimir Mihalik and Matt Smaby to make up one-half of the Lightning's blueline against the Hurricanes.

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