So much for Kevin Beechâ€™s hot streak. Beech made 35 saves in Saginaw tonight, but unfortunately also let in 9 goals. The Spirit had 44 shots on Erie in the 9-0 win. That's 19 goals against for Erie in the last two games.
Chris Lawrence and Mississauga returned to their winning ways, defeating Sarnia at home 8-6. Lawrence extended his point streak to 8 games with a goal. He also had a plus-1 rating. Mississauga allowed 4 third period goals to turn a blowout into a close game before adding an empty netter.
Owen Sound scored 5 goals tonight, but Marek Bartanus did not figure in any of them. Despite scoring 5, the Attack lost in Belleville 8-5. Bartanus was minus-1 with 2 PIM. His streaks now stand at 13 games (scoreless) and 25 games (even or minus rating).
In the WHL, Prince George won their fourth straight, 6-5 over Kamloops in overtime. Vladimir Mihalik had an assist, an even rating, and 2 PIM. Mihalik was on the ice for the overtime winner by Sharks first rounder Devin Setoguchi - acquired by the Cougars earlier this year.
Dane Crowley and Everett were at home against Chilliwack and beat the Bruins 5-2. Crowley was scoreless and even.
Think Atlanta is starting to hear footsteps?
Johan Holmqvist stopped 24 of 26 shots faced in the win and has won 8 of his last 9 starts. King Holmer officially en fuego. Dan Boyle and Martin St. Louis each had a pair of assists on the night with the Lightning goals belonging to Paul Ranger, Brad Richards and Vincent Lecavalier (Lecavalier and Richards' goals being of the blistering/unstoppable power play variety). Eric Perrin and Ryan Craig added individual helpers.
The Lightning are cooler than the other side of the pillow in one goal games right now. It took a while for this team to find its confidence, but right now they've got swagger. And, don't look now, but by virtue of Atlanta's 5-2 loss to Philly the Lightning have now moved within six points of the division lead with a game still in hand. Furthermore, the Lightning have now tied the Thrashers with 29 wins and, looking at the schedule, the Lightning get the worst team in the Western Conference Tuesday night (Los Angeles) and the Thrashers get to play the best in the East (Buffalo). This thing could EASILY be down to 4 points with a game in hand if the Lightning stay focused and take care of business against the Kings. If I'm Thrashers GM Don Waddell, I'm having Doctor Feel Good call in a 'scrip for Valium right about now.
This is fun.
NY Rangers 7:31, Jason Krog 3 (Brendan Shanahan, Marcel Hossa)
Tampa Bay 6:51, Paul Ranger 3 (Dan Boyle, Eric Perrin)
Tampa Bay 14:06, Brad Richards 19 (power play) (Dan Boyle, Martin St. Louis)
NY Rangers 18:23, Michael Nylander 17 (power play) (Jaromir Jagr, Karel Rachunek)
Tampa Bay 11:53, Vincent Lecavalier 33 (power play) (Martin St. Louis, Ryan Craig)
Game sheet from NHL.com.
Looks like the Chiefs may get things cooking this month.
Morgan Cey stopped 34 of 35 shots faced for the win. Veteran Randy Rowe paved the way offensively with 2 goals and 1 assist. Jean Desrochers added 2 assists and the other Chiefs goals were scored by Andrew Martens and Brandon Elliot (or whatever alien has taken over his body and made him into a goal scorer lately). Dimitri Tarabrin, Maxime Boisclair, Ryan Gibbons and John Adams had individual helpers.
JHN Rowe, (12) (Tarabrin, Desrochers), 0:09
JHN Martens, (4) (Rowe, Boisclair), 5:21 (PP)
JHN Elliott, (9) (Gibbons), 13:03
REA Hogeboom, (26) (Kindle), 6:54
JHN Rowe, (13) (Desrochers, Adams), 18:14
Game sheet from ECHL.com.
And the losing streak reaches six games...
TOR Murphy, (13) (Sifers, Westrum), 9:45 (PP)
TOR Mitchell, (8) (Wozniewski, Murphy), 12:48
SPR Healey, (21) (O'Brien, Milley), 6:46 (PP)
TOR Leeb, (6) (Westrum), 14:11
Game sheet from TheAHL.com.
I'm working with the Salisbury School athletic department to get quicker recaps on their games, so hopefully I can keep track of Kevin a little faster and easier.
In 18 games this season Kevin has recorded 6 assists, has a +12 rating and 6 PIM.
His Crimson Knights (13-3-2, 5-3-1 Founders League) are unbeaten in their last seven games and sit 3rd in the Founders League standings.
Their next game is Feb. 7 against Taft School a team they drew to a 0-0 tie back on Jan. 8.
UMASS continued to play well down the stretch knocking off #13 Boston College 5-3. John Wessbecker was scoreless and +1 in the game. The Minutemen (13-8-4, 10-6-2) are now unbeaten in their last 4 and sit in 5th in the HEast one point ahead of #9 Maine.
#9 Maine kept pace with the rest of the league beating the new #1 ranked New Hampshire 4-2. Mike Lundin was scoreless and even in the game. The Black Bears (17-7-2, 10-7-1) sit 6th in the HEast one point behind UMASS and three ahead of Northeastern. New Hampshire took over the top ranking in both polls from Minnesota who had held the top spot for most of the year. Minnesota was swept by North Dakota last weekend and fell to #3.
Art Femenella was scoreless and even in #14 Vermont's 3-2 win over Providence. The Catamounts (15-8-4, 10-4-4) are now unbeaten in seven games and sit 3rd in the HEast three points behind Boston University and one point ahead of Boston College.
Dusty Collins was scoreless and finished even with 2 PIM in Northern Michigan's 1-0 shutout win over Lake Superior. The Wildcat's (12-17-2, 9-13-1) broke a three game losing streak with the win.
Andreas Holmqvist had a power play assist today, but Linkopings still could not shake out of its tailspin losing 3-2 in overtime to MODO. Former Springfield Falcons forward Zdenek Blatny had a shorthanded goal in the match for MODO. Holmqvist, who has been steady as a rock offensively for over a month now, now has 5 goals and 22 points in 43 games this year. Unfortunately, due to Linkopings' recent struggles, his +/- has now dipped to -1 for the season.
After earning first star for making 56 saves and 7 shootout stops in a 3-2 win in Windsor Thursday night, Kevin Beech was given the night off as his backup, Jonathan Laniel, got the nod for the Otters in Plymouth. Now, facing 58 shots, as Beech did Thursday, looks like a drop in the bucket compared to the 72 shots Laniel faced. That's right, 72. Laniel managed to stop 62 of them as the Otters were harpooned by the Whalers 10-1. The Otters managed 23 shots for the game - the same amount the Whalers put up in the third period.
Chris Lawrence stretched his point streak to 7 games with an assist, but Mississauga fell at home to Belleville 6-3. Lawrence's 6 game goal streak came to an end. He was plus-1 for the game.
Marek Bartanus extended his scoreless streak to a dozen games as Owen Sound lost in Kingston 6-3. He was minus-1, his 24th straight game without a plus-ranking.
In the WHL, Prince George won again, their third in a row, beating Prince Albert 5-3 at home. Vladimir Mihalik did not register a point in the game. He had an even rating and no PIM.
The Tri-City Americans did the unthinkable, shutting out Everett and Dane Crowley 2-0. Carey Price, the Canadiens first round draft pick from 2005, earned the shutout. Crowley was even for the game with no PIM. The game featured a 5 on 5 brawl in the closing seconds of the game.
The Everett Herald reports:
First, with six seconds remaining, two of the key parties from Wednesday's fracas between the two clubs (4-1 Everett win) - Everett's Kyle Beach, who received a double minor for checking from behind, and Tri-City's Colton Yellow Horn, who was on the receiving end of that hit - got into an altercation.
Then with three seconds remaining the Americans began a brawl, starting three separate fights simultaneously off the faceoff. To prevent further commotion the final three seconds of the game were run off without the teams on the ice.
There are some prospects in this organization who wish they could put up the numbers in a year that this prospect did in a month...
The long road back starts now, hopefully.
Gerald Coleman stopped 30 of 32 shots faced for the win. Dimitri Tarabrin scored the OT GWG and had an assist. The Chiefs' other goals came from Stanislav Lascek (power play) and Brandon Elliot (shorthanded) with individual assists going to Zbynek Hrdel and Grant Jacobsen. Tarabrin and Elliot were named the first and third stars of the game, respectively.
REA Kindle, (11) (Hogeboom, Rome), 7:03 (PP)
JHN Lascek, (8) (Hrdel, Tarabrin), 17:49 (PP)
REA MacMillan, (8) (Francisco), 18:57
JHN Elliott, (8) (Jacobsen), 5:02 (SH)
JHN Tarabrin, (9) , 3:06
Game sheet from ECHL.com.