Game Day 3/19: Falcons at River Rats

And the roller coaster goes up! SPR-7 ALB-1 It's nice to be on the good side of a fanny whooping for once, isn't it? Jonathan Boutin rebounded to stop 41 of 42 shots faced for the win today. He was named third star of the game. Second star went to Zdenek Blatny with 2 goals, 1 assist, a +3 rating and 7 shots on goal. Young Marek Kvapil scored his 15th and 16th goals of his rookie campaign with 2 helpers, a +2 rating and 3 shots on goal to secure first star honors. Amongst Lightning properties, Zbynek Hrdel had his 5th goal of his rookie season and Jason Jaspers had a goal and 2 assists. Doug O'Brien moved to 29 points on the season with a helper. Norm Milley stayed hot with a helper of his own as well as assists for Nick Tarnasky and Timo Helbling. Game sheet from [url=http://ahl.leaguestat.com/stats/game-summary.php?game_id=1001943]TheAHL.com.[/url]

Smaby Earns WCHA Plaudits

Defenseman Matt Smaby [url=http://www.uscho.com/news/id,12361/DenversCarleNamedWCHAPlayerofYear.html]has been named Third Team All WCHA [/url] in addition to making the [url=http://www.uscho.com/news/id,12426/NorthDakotaWinsFourthBroadmoorTrophy.html]All Tournament Team for North Dakota's championship winning team at this year's WCHA tournament. [/url] The brackets for this year's NCAA Tournament are out and [url=http://www.uscho.com/news/id,12431/BracketologyAnalysisOfTheField.html]USCHO has the matchups and some analysis.[/url] Harvard will go through their yearly ritual of losing a close game to Mike Lundin and Maine in the first round in the Albany regional. In the Grand Forks, North Dakota regional Matt Smaby and the Fighting Sioux will get some home cooking against Michigan before a potential second round matchup against PJ Atherton and Minnesota who square off with Holy Cross in their opener. Finally, in Worcester, Joe Pearce's Boston College Eagles will take on Cornell fresh off a drubbing in the ECACHL final game.

Game Day 3/19: Islanders at Lightning

The Lightning are starting to feed off the home cooking and are looking more and more like a team that will get the opportunity to defend their Cup in the postseason. NYI-2 TB-5 John Grahame stopped 30 of 32 shot faced as the Lightning's goaltending situation is beginning to go into a stretch of being settled down. Ryan Craig had a pair of assists on goals by Pavel Kubina and Vincent Lecavalier. I'd have to check the numbers, but it feels like Craig is scoring at a points per game clip that is actually greater than what he was doing in the minors. Paul Ranger was -1 in 17:50 of ice time with two hits and two blocked shots. Ryan Craig was +1 in 14:55 with 0 shots on goal, 3 hits and 1 blocked shot. Big Evgeny Artyukhin was -1 in 8:52 with 1 shot on goal and 3 hits. Tonight was Ryan Craig's 34th NHL game, 7 away from graduation under Bolt Prospects criteria. Game sheet from [url=http://www.nhl.com/scores/htmlreports/20052006/GS021003.HTM]NHL.com.[/url]

CHL Tonight: 3/18

[b]QMJHL[/b] There were no games on the schedule in the QMJHL tonight. [b]OHL[/b] Marek Bartanus assisted on Mike Angelidis' game winning power play goal with 3:36 left in the third period to help Owen Sound topple Windsor 7-6. [b]WHL[/b] Blair Jones scored his 35th goal of the season as Moose Jaw defeated Brandon 3-2. Justin Keller scored his 51st goal of the year to help Kelowna wax Kamloops 4-1. IN PROGRESS: Vladimir Mihalik is out of the lineup as Red Deer and Calgary are tied 1-1 going into the shootout.

Game Night 3/18: Storm at Chiefs

The adjustment period for Gabe Winer to the pros? Apparently, about one game. TOL-0 JHN-2 Gabe Winer with a 39 save shutout in just his second professional game. The Chiefs were outshot 39-19. Adam Henrich had the game winning goal for Johnstown and Andre Deveaux had an assist on Randy Rowe's third period insurance marker. Game sheet from [url=http://www.echl.com/cgi-bin/ppublic.cgi?action=box&id=3026]ECHL.com.[/url]

Game Night 3/18: Bruins at Falcons

Ouch. PRO-7 SPR-1 One night removed from his first AHL shutout Jonathan Boutin was run early after one period allowing 3 goals on 8 shots faced. He was relieved by Morgan Cey whose AHL debut went less than swimingly allowing 4 goals on 18 shots faced. Timo Helbling scored the Falcons' lone goal on assists by Norm Milley and Doug O'Brien. O'Brien now has 28 points in 64 games this season. Brian Eklund got revenge on his old mates stopping 21 of 22 for Providence. Couldn't stop a beach ball two months ago, but I digress. Game sheet from [url=http://ahl.leaguestat.com/stats/game-summary.php?game_id=1001940]TheAHL.com.[/quote]

CHL Tonight: 3/17

[b]QMJHL[/b] Stanislav Lascek assisted on Maxime Boisclair's overtime winning goal on the power play as Chicoutimi beat Quebec 2-1. Mark Tobin was scoreless and -3 as Rimouski was pummelled 6-3 by Drummondville. [b]OHL[/b] Despite Chris Lawrence's 22nd goal of the season, Mississauga lost to Brampton 4-3 in overtime. The Ice Dogs have been eliminated from contention for the OHL playoffs. In the shootout, Kevin Beech and Sudbury beat Kingston 4-3. Beech made 19 saves on 22 shots before stopping all 3 shooters faced in penalty shots. Radek Smolenak was scoreless and -1 in the game and failed to convert for the Frontenacs in the shootout. Marek Bartanus scored the Attack's lone goal in Owen Sound's 3-1 loss to Guelph. The point is Bartanus' first since returning from a recent concussion. [b]WHL[/b] Blair Jones was scoreless as Moose Jaw lost to Swift Current 4-2. Despite Justin Keller's 50th goal of the season Kelowna fell to Vancouver 3-2. There are just two days worth of games left on the WHL schedule.

Game Night 3/17: Flyers at Lightning

It's official Philadelphia, we own you. PHI-3 TB-6 John Grahame stopped 28 of 31 for the win. Ryan Craig led the way with a pair of power play deflection goals. Paul Ranger played 18:10 and was -1 with 1 shot and 1 hit. Craig played 13:40 with 2 shots and 1 hit. Evgeny Artyukhin played 6:18 with 1 hit. Game sheet from [url=http://www.nhl.com/scores/htmlreports/20052006/GS020989.HTM]NHL.com.[/url]

Game Night 3/17: Chiefs at Royals

An inauspicious start to the Winer era in Johnstown. JHN-5 REA-6 (OT) The Chiefs coughed up a pair of two goal third period leads. Winer stopped 35 of 41 in his pro debut. Andre Deveaux paced the Chiefs in his first ECHL game with a goal and an assist. Brandon Elliot and Adam Henrich also had goals for the Chiefs. Game sheet from [url=http://www.echl.com/cgi-bin/ppublic.cgi?action=box&id=3014]ECHL.com.[/url]

Game Night 3/17: Lock Monsters at Falcons

Oh if they had only sent Milley down a couple of weeks earlier! LOW-0 SPR-4 Ladies and gentlemen, Jonathan Boutin's first AHL shutout. He stopped all 26 shots faced for the win and was named first star of the game. Ryan Vesce was the second star with a goal and an assist. Gerard Dicaire had an assist and was the game's third star. Norm Milley extended his point streak to four games with a helper and Doug O'Brien and Timo Helbling had assists from the blueline while Marek Kvapil also stayed hot with an assist. Darren Reid scored into the empty net to put the icing on the cake. Game sheet from [url=http://ahl.leaguestat.com/stats/game-summary.php?game_id=1001929]TheAHL.com.[/url]
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