Smolenak Named OHL Player of the Week

(OHL Release) The Ontario Hockey League today announced that Kingston Frontenacs forward Radek Smolenak is the OHL Player of the Week for the week ending Sunday March 12 after scoring six goals and eight points in three games last week. Smolenak started the week with two goals in a 5-4 win over the Mississauga IceDogs on March 8. He added a goal in a 5-2 win over the Barrie Colts on March 10 and was the first star after scoring two goals and three assists in a 6-4 win over the Toronto St. Michael's Majors on March 12. The three-win weekend clinched home ice advantage for the Frontenacs in the first round of the OHL playoffs.

Game Night 3/13: Lightning at Canadiens

Old man Burke gives an old skool lesson to Les Canadiens. TB-2 MTL-1 Sean Burke stopped 31 of 32 shots he faced. Ryan Craig was even in 15:13 with 3 shots on goal, 2 hits and 3 blocked shots. Paul Ranger played 15:09 with 1 shot on goal, 1 hit and 2 blocked shots. Evgeny Artyukhin laid out 5 hits in 9:10. If ever a team needed a win, the Lightning needed this one. Game sheet from [url=http://www.nhl.com/scores/htmlreports/20052006/GS020962.HTM]NHL.com.[/url]

Blatny AHL Player of the Week

How do you say "en fuego" in Czech? Zdenek Blatny today [url=http://www.theahl.com/AHL/News/PlayerOfTheWeek/2006/03/13/1485850.html]was named AHL player of the week.[/url] Blatny had 4 goals and 9 points in 4 games last week for the Falcons.

Superleague Opening Round: Day One

Avanagard Omsk defeated SKA St. Petersburg 3-0 to take a 1-0 lead in the series. Nikita Alexeev was a scratch for the contest. Anton But recorded an assist as Yaroslavl squeaked past Novosibirsk to take a 1-0 lead in their opening round series. Vasily Koshechkin and Ladas Togliatti shut out Moscow Dynamo 3-0 in the opening game of their series. Dimitry Kazionov and Albert Vishnyakov were in the lineup for Dynamo. Alexei Glukhov had 2 penalty minutes in Khimik's 3-1 loss to Nizhnekamsk. Alexander Polushin was a scratch as Cherepovets waffled CSKA 5-0 to take a 1-0 series lead.

Linkopings/Lulea Game Two

Linkopings evened up their opening round series at one game a piece defeating Lulea 3-1 today. Defenseman Andreas Holmqvist recorded an assist on a 2nd period power play goal in the match and Fredrik Norrena stopped 19 of 20 shots faced to record his first win of this postseason.

CHL Tonight: 3/12

[b]QMJHL[/b] Stanislav Lascek had his 42nd and 43rd goals of the season and was named first star of the game in Chicoutimi's 4-1 win against high powered Quebec. [b]OHL[/b] Radek Smolenak scored a hat trick, his 40th, 41st and 42nd goals of the season, [i]and[/i] added two assists easily earning first star honors in Kingston's 6-4 win over Toronto. Kevin Beech stopped 27 of 29 shots faced but still saw his Sudbury Wolves fall 2-0 to Mississauga. Chris Lawrence was held scoreless in the game for the Ice Dogs. [b]WHL[/b] Justin Keller had his 48th and 49th goals of the season and two helpers as Kelowna beat Everett 6-2.

Game Day 3/12: Falcons at Lock Monsters

Zdenek Blatny angling for a callup? SPR-4 LOW-3 (SO) Gerald Coleman stopped 37 of 40 before stopping 4 of 5 in penalty shots for the victory. Zdenek Blatny stayed white hot scoring a goal and adding two assists as well as scoring to open the shootout session. He was named first star of the game. Prospect Mike Egener emerged from the doghouse to score the Falcons' third goal and Norm Milley and Doug O'Brien had helpers in the game. Ryan Vesce, who also recorded an assist in regulation, scored the winning shootout goal. Game sheet from [url]TheAHL.com.[/url]

Game Day 3/12: Nailers at Chiefs

Morgan Cey is quietly setting the world on fire down in Johnstown. WHE-0 JHN-1 Morgan Cey stopped all 50 shots he faced to record the shutout. Thanks to Cey, Randy Rowe's first period power play goal on assists from Adam Henrich and JB Bittner was all Johnstown needed to get the W. The shutout was Cey's third of the season. Game sheet from [url=http://www.echl.com/cgi-bin/ppublic.cgi?action=summary&id=3017]ECHL.com.[/url]

Game Night 3/11: Nailers at Chiefs

Heck of a comeback just to get the point. WHE-6 JHN-5 (OT) Johnstown scored 4 unanswered goals including Justin Kelly's capping penalty shot goal with under a minute left just to get this game to overtime. Mike Betz, who I will refer to from here on out as "the sacrificial lamb" stopped just 26 of 33 shots faced. Kelly paced the Chiefs with 2 goals, one of them shorthanded, while Dimitri Tarabrin had 1 goal and 1 assist. Adam Henrich had his 13th goal of the ECHL season in the third period comeback and John Toffey chipped in a second period assist. Game sheet from [url=http://www.echl.com/cgi-bin/ppublic.cgi?action=summary&id=3007]ECHL.com.[/url]

Game Night 3/11: Lightning at Maple Leafs

"And with the 14th pick in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft the Tampa Bay Lightning select..." TB-1 TOR-5 Sean Burke actually played well the first two period before the flood gates opened. He allowed 5 goals on 30 shots in total. Honestly, I don't know what more there is to say right now. The cavalry isn't coming. The deadline's passed and Coleman, Boutin, O'Brien and Dicaire are probably too green to help shore up this club. What's worse than the defense and goaltending though is that the Lightning's forwards are showing themselves to again be incapable of scoring timely goals. Completely incapable. And if you're defense isn't going to be solid every night, you'd better get those timely goals. 70 points with 18 games left and a 4 point lead on 9th place. Is anybody going to step up? Game sheey from [url=http://www.nhl.com/scores/htmlreports/20052006/GS020944.HTM]NHL.com.[/url]
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