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.
I missed the first 3 minutes of the game, but I'm watching it live on B2 Networks.
SYR Platt, (19) (Lindstrom, Picard), 2:23
SYR Platt, (20) (Walser, Lindstrom), 4:05
SYR Walser, (6) (Platt, Picard), 14:27 (PP)
SYR Labelle, (6) (Simon, Verot), 0:21
SYR Pineault, (8) (Glencross, Murray), 14:37
Dimitri Kazionov was scoreless as Kazan trounced Tver 8-2 today. Denis Kazionov did not play for Tver.
Albert Vishnyakov had an assist in Dynamo's 4-2 win over Podolsk.
Anton But had a goal in SKA's 2-2 tie with Chelyabinsk.
Vasily Koshechkin got the day off again as Mike Fountain backstopped Togliatti to a thrilling 0-0 tie with Novokuznetsk.
Evgeny Artyukhin was scoreless in Yaroslavl's 4-3 overtime win against Khabarovsk.
Alexei Glukhov was scoreless in Cherepovets' 3-2 overtime win against Salavat Yulayev.
It helps when I actually remember to do my job on the site. Apologies for the delay...
Who would have thought going to the league's worst team would strengthen Kevin Beech's value?
Beech and Erie continue to show signs of life after a horrible first half of the season, this time going on the road to Windsor and defeating the Spitfires 3-2 in a shootout. Beech stopped 56 of 58 shots to earn first star honors.
After allowing a respectable 2 goals on 17 shots in the first period, Beech stopped 19 of 19 in the second, 16 of 16 in the third, 6 of 6 in overtime, then 7 of 9 shooters in an extended shootout. Erie managed only 23 shots through 3 periods and overtime (9-4-8-1).
Erie plays at Plymouth tonight.
Holmer and the road warriors just smacked the champs in the mouth in their own barn. I like it.
Johan Holmqvist pitches a 31 save shutout for the win. The shutout is the first of Johan's career and he improves his season record to 17-10-0. Martin St. Louis and Vincent Lecavalier continued on their MVP caliber tears through the NHL with 1 goal and 1 assist each. Vaclav Prospal added 2 assists of his own as well. The other Lightning goals came from Ryan Craig and Doug Janik. Eric Perrin, Ruslan Fedotenko and Brad Richards added individual helpers.
The well oiled war machine that is the Lightning on the road extended their franchise record winning streak away from the SP Times Forum to 7 straight games. More importantly, the Lightning have caught the Carolina Hurricanes at 58 points with the Lightning still holding a game in hand. And, by virtue of Atlanta's 5-2 loss to the Islanders tonight the Lightning are now with single digits of the division leader at 8 points behind. The Lightning still hold a game in hand on Atlanta and, more importantly, have two more head-to-head games left on the schedule for a total of six potential points the Lightning can pick up quickly. I am reminded of 2002-2003 when the Lightning ran down the Washington Capitals from behind like a hungry lion runs down a misfortunate antelope.
If the Lightning can stay focused and remain hot for the next couple of weeks, then the spotlight should fall squarely on GM Jay Feaster. Feaster knows as we all do that the team is just a deal or two away from being a serious title contender. It will be incumbent on him to pull the trigger and hit the right targets to give this team the reinforcements they need. If he does, look out. Dare we use the pun, Lightning could strike twice?
Rookie Blair Jones had 5:39 of ice time tonight and was 40% on draws with 2 penalty minutes (and looked about 1,000,000% more comfortable than last time out).
Tampa Bay 15:12, Ryan Craig 12 (power play) (Martin St. Louis)
Tampa Bay 19:23, Doug Janik 2 (Eric Perrin, Vaclav Prospal)
Tampa Bay 2:49, Vincent Lecavalier 32 (Ruslan Fedotenko, Vaclav Prospal)
Tampa Bay 9:29, Martin St. Louis 32 (power play) (Vincent Lecavalier, Brad Richards)
Game sheet from NHL.com.