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Mississippi Sea Wolves Update: 2/29 - 3/8

ECHL Update for the Mississippi Sea Wolves from 2/28 through 3/8:

  • Wolves go 2-2, with two wins at home against Charlotte and 2 losses on the road in Florida.
  • Munce gets a shutout, 1st Star and 2nd Star honors, and gets pulled in his 4th consecutive start.
  • Stan Lascek goes nuts in back-to-back games against Charlotte: 1st night gets instigator, fightning, and game misconduct; 2nd night lights the lamp twice and adds an assist.
  • Zbynek Hrdel buries a goal in first game back in Mississippi after being reassigned from Norfolk.

N.A. Juniors Game Night: 3/9

Lethbridge Hurricanes 4 @ Calgary Hitmen 3
C Mitch Fadden, LET: 1-1-2, +2, 0 PIM, *First Star*

Not a bad weekend for Fadden: 3 games played, 2 goals, 5 assists, 7 points, a plus-4 rating, 2 First Stars.

Kelowna Rockets 4 @ Chilliwack Bruins 3 (SO)
G Torrie Jung, KEL: Did not play

Westblom gets back-to-back starts despite a loss Saturday.

Spokane Chiefs 2 @ Seattle Thunderbirds 1
G Riku Helenius, SEA: Loss, 14 saves on 16 shots

St. John’s Fog Devils 1 @ Lewiston MAINEiacs 3
D Michael Ward, LEW: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 0 shots on goal

BCHL Playoffs Game Night: 3/8

BCHL Coastal Conference Semifinals

Game 2: No.5 Victoria Grizzlies 3 @ No.2 Langley Chiefs 2 (OT)
Victoria leads Best of 7 Series 2-0

W Justin Courtnall, VIC:
Game: 0-0-0, 2 PIM (high sticking)
Series: 2 GP, 0-0-0, 6 PIM
Playoffs: 7 GP, 2-0-2, 10 PIM

Victoria, who will return home with a 2-0 series lead, was playing their sixth game in March, having only Sunday and Thursday off since playing last Saturday. They are 5-1 in those games. Courtnall had 51 points in 60 regular season games to finish second on the team in scoring, but has been quiet statistically in the playoffs.

N.A. Juniors Game Night: 3/8

Waterloo Black Hawks 6 @ Chicago Steel 0
W/C Luca Cunti, CHI: 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM, 3 shots on goal

Lethbridge Hurricanes 5 @ Red Deer Rebels 1
C Mitch Fadden, LET: 1-3-4, +2, 0 PIM, *First Star*

Everett Silvertips 0 @ Vancouver Giants 1
D Dane Crowley, EVT: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM (hooking)

Kamloops Blazers 1 @ Prince George Cougars 0
C/W Dana Tyrell, PG: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM

Tri-City Americans 2 @ Kelowna Rockets 0
G Torrie Jung, KEL: Did not play

Seattle Thunderbirds 3 @ Portland Winter Hawks 4
G Riku Helenius, SEA: Did not play

It's over! Portland ended their 22 game losing streak with the win.

NHL Game Day 3/9: Lightning at Blue Jackets

The Lightning manage to pull out another hard fought victory in the Steve Stamkos sweepstakes.


Mike Smith allowed 4 goals on 24 shots for the loss.

First Period
Columbus 11:29, David Vyborny 6 (Rick Nash, Kris Russell)
Tampa Bay 14:14, Jeff Halpern 13 (Mathieu Darche, Michel Ouellet)
Columbus 19:18, Derek MacKenzie 1 (Gilbert Brule, Dan Fritsche)

Second Period
Columbus 11:29, Michael Peca 5 (Nikolai Zherdev)
Tampa Bay 16:35, Martin St. Louis 22 (Jeff Halpern)
Tampa Bay 17:37, Vincent Lecavalier 33 (penalty shot)

Third Period
Columbus 16:16, Jason Chimera 14 (Nikolai Zherdev, Dick Tarnstrom)
Columbus 19:00, Jiri Novotny 8 (empty net) (Manny Malhotra, Rick Nash)

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Saturday's Elitserien Scores

Today was the final round of the Elitserien regular season:

Johan Harju was scoreless in Lulea's 4-2 win over Timra.

Andreas Holmqvist had an assist in Frolunda's 3-1 win over Sodertalje.

Frolunda finishes the season 6th on the Elitserien table. Lulea finishes 10th, clipping Mora via a tiebreaker on the final day.

Final 2007-2008 Eliserien Statistics
Johan Harju, Lulea (SWE), 51 GP, 20-8-28, 55 PIM, -1
Andreas Holmqvist, Frolunda (SWE), 49 GP, 3-23-26, 40 PIM, +2

Harju finshes the season tied for 10th in the league in goals. Holmqvist finishes the regular season tied for 5th among all Elitserien defensemen in scoring.

BCHL Playoffs Game Night: 3/7

BCHL Coastal Conference Semifinals

Game 1: No.5 Victoria Grizzlies 3 @ No.2 Langley Chiefs 2
Victoria leads Best of 7 Series 1-0

W Justin Courtnall, VIC:
Game: 0-0-0, 4 PIM (roughing, roughing after whistle)
Series: 1 GP, 0-0-0, 4 PIM
Playoffs: 6 GP, 2-0-2, 8 PIM

Victoria wins Game 1 on the road, stealing home ice advantage from Langley.

N.A. Juniors Game Night: 3/7

Chicago Steel 2 @ Lincoln Stars 5
W/C Luca Cunti, CHI: 0-0-0, -3, 6 PIM (interference, delay of game, roughing), 3 shots on goal

St. John’s Fog Devils 2 @ Lewiston MAINEiacs 1
D Michael Ward, LEW: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 2 shots on goal

Prince George Cougars 6 @ Kamloops Blazers 3
C/W Dana Tyrell, PG: 1-3-4, +2, 0 PIM, *First Star*

Swift Current Broncos 5 @ Lethbridge Hurricanes 3
C Mitch Fadden, LET: 0-1-1, E, 2 PIM (roughing)

Everett Silvertips 2 @ Portland Winter Hawks 1
D Dane Crowley, EVT: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, *Third Star*

Seattle Thunderbirds 5 @ Vancouver Giants 2
G Riku Helenius, SEA: Win, stopped 28 of 30 shots

NHL Game Night 3/7: Lightning at Devils

Another quality start by the kid wasted.

NJ-2 (OT)

Karri Ramo stopped 31 of 33 shots in the overtime loss.

First Period
New Jersey 12:16, Zach Parise 28 (Patrik Elias, Brian Gionta)

Second Period
Tampa Bay 17:30, Michel Ouellet 12 (power play) (Dan Boyle, Alexandre Picard)

Third Period

New Jersey 4:02, Patrik Elias 18 (Sheldon Brookbank)

That's three straight quality starts by Ramo, even despite the fact he's had some long layoffs between starts. Ramo now has 15 decisions on the season, and looking through his starts this year there were only about three games where he didn't play well enough to give the Lightning a chance to win games. Ramo is part of the reason I'm optimistic about next season if the Lightning can get Steve Stamkos in the draft or another quality second line center. At just 21 years old Ramo is showing he can consistently give this team quality starts. Mike Smith, at 25 years old, also shows he can give this team quality starts. I feel like this tandem gives the Lightning the most stability they have had, by far, between the pipes since 2003-2004. I also still believe Ramo needs to get more starts. I have a pretty good idea what Mike Smith is and what he's going to do for this organization, but Ramo is just a pup and every start you get him now gives him more experience toward reaching his monster potential.

Alexandre Picard continues to get big minutes in his extended debut for the organization: 28:59 tonight.

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AHL Game Night 3/7: Phantoms at Admirals

Home sweet home.


Marc Denis stopped 42 of 44 shots faced for the win, and is playing really well of late.

First Period
NOR Segal, (6) (Kearns, Smolenak), 6:17
NOR Henrich, (11) (Wanvig, Keller), 13:11 (PP)

Second Period
NOR Jones, (13) , 4:37
PHI Matsumoto, (17) (Laliberte, Gauthier), 8:23 (PP)

Third Period
NOR Smolenak, (10) (Jones, Scalzo), 3:18 (PP)
PHI Laliberte, (3) (Matsumoto, Powe), 14:34

Denis, Blair Jones, and Radek Smolenak were the game's three stars.

Tonight was the Ads' first game back at The Scope after the annual marathon known as the circus road trip. The road trip was modestly successful, considering the team lost 2/3 of its top line to a call up and an injury. Still, there's no doubt that the Admirals are a much better team at home and the team put a really good first period together tonight to jump out to a 2-0 lead and Denis helped make it stick. Denis pulled his save percentage for the AHL season up above .900 tonight, which is a welcome sign.

A night like tonight also gives you a lot of hope that the youngsters on this team are starting to get it. Jones and Smolenak each chipped in 1 goal and 1 assist, Adam Henrich potted a goal, and Justin Keller added a helper. With Junior Lessard in Tampa and Paul Szczechura on the shelf injured it would be easy for the Ads to pack it in right now. But, the kids are stepping up a little here and taking more reponsibility on their shoulders. Good.

Don't look now, but Vladimir Mihalik is sitting on a +7 rating, which is somewhat phenomenal for a guy who plays 20 minutes a night on a team that's 11 games under .500 and has been outscored by 38 goals this season. This young man is going to be a beast in two or three years.

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