Game Night Results

  • 5 years 14 weeks ago

    Tic returns with a vengeance.

    ADK-1
    NOR-2

    Dustin Tokarski returned from missing the weekend set against Albany with a minor injury to stop 32 of 33 shots for the victory. Since the start of February, Tic has gone 10-2-2 with 2 shutouts, and he's 6-1-0 in the month of March with 1 shutout, a 1.56 GAA, and a .942 save percentage. Put simply, Tic continues to live up to his reputation of playing his best when the stakes go up. Don't gamble with Tic: he'll take your money, your shirt, your car keys, and your girl. Believe it.

    First Period
    NO SCORING

    Second Period
    NOR Roy, (4) , 2:29
    NOR Angelidis, (18) (Wright), 4:38 (SH)
    ADK Pither, (9) , 16:43 (PP)

    Third Period
    NO SCORING

    Tokarski, Mathieu Roy, and Mike Angelidis were the game's three stars. Angelidis has obliterated his career best statistics this season playing a very well rounded, power forward's game with 18 goals, 35 points, a +19 rating in 69 games. He's also tied his career high of 151 penalty minutes, to boot.

    Norfolk moves into 3rd in the East Division via the win percentage tiebreaker over Charlotte and are now 5 points back of 2nd place Hershey with 3 games in hand. They also maintain a 5 point gap on 5th place Binghamton with 2 games in hand and they've expanded their lead on the Atlantic's 4th place team, Worcester, to 8 points with 2 games in hand. With 11 games left to go in the regular season, Norfolk has 86 points, meaning they likely need just 2-4 points to realistically insure a playoff spot, and they control their own destiny in terms of moving up to 2nd in the Division to try to clinch home ice in the first round.

    But, the degree of difficulty goes up this weekend. Norfolk faces Manchester Friday and Saturday before traveling to Charlotte on Sunday. The Monarchs are a solid 2nd in the Atlantic Division and Charlotte has refused to go away all season long.

    One other note: with their victory tonight the Admirals moved past their point total (84) from all of last season, with another 22 points still up for grabs on the schedule. After a rough start to its affiliation with Norfolk, the Lightning's farmhands have improved each season.

    Box score from TheAHL.com.

  • 5 years 14 weeks ago

    Orebro 2 @ Sodertalje 3 (OT)
    Riku Helenius, Sodertalje, DNP
    Season totals: 18 GP, 4-11-0, 0 SO, 3.03 GAA, .884 sv%
    Kval till Elitserien totals: 0 GP, 0-0-0, 0 SO, 0.00 GAA, 1.000 sv%

    Mattias Carlsson scored 1:23 into overtime to cap a 3-2 Sodertalje comeback victory over Allsvenskan club Orebro. Elsewhere, MODO defeated Vaxjo 1-0 in overtime, allowing Sodertalje to move into first place in the Kval till Elitserien by virtue of the goal differential tiebreak. Sodertalje and Vaxjo have 10 points in the standings while MODO sits at 9. Sodertalje draws Vaxjo on Friday.

  • 5 years 14 weeks ago

    Rock bottom (?)

    NYI-5
    TB-2

    Dwayne Roloson allowed 4 goals on 27 shots for the loss, including a softie to Frans Nielsen that would've made Dieter Kochan himself blush.

    First Period
    01:01 TB Thompson (9), Purcell (31), Lecavalier (23)
    10:22 NYI Bailey (11), Jurcina (12)(PP)

    Second Period
    05:16 NYI Okposo (5), Jurcina (13), Grabner (17)
    13:39 NYI Martin (5), Hillen (16), Konopka (7)

    Third Period
    08:08 NYI Nielsen (11), unassisted(SH)
    10:31 TB Moore (14), Bergenheim (15), Thompson (14)(PP)
    19:14 NYI Grabner (31), unassisted(SH)(EN)

    Nate Thompson was the game's second star.

    This feels like last season, and that's not a good thing. The Lightning could not buy a win at this time late last season and fell like a rock out of the playoff hunt. With 9 games left to go, the Lightning have an 11 point lead on 9th place, but even that doesn't feel safe with 3 games against the Canes on the schedule. The division is gone. An opportunity to hang a banner has been squandered. Right now, the Lightning just need a win, any win, to try to stabilize their sagging fortunes, and it feels like the team won't be able to beat anyone until Steve Downie or Ryan Malone return to the lineup. The Lightning look stale and lost, and it feels like only a shakeup in the lineup will work. Nobody can find the back of the net. Stupid decisions keep getting made defensively. And, now, you even have the likes of Sean Bergenheim making undisciplined plays and Roloson giving up Dairy Queen Blizzards. It's a near total collapse, and I don't care if the Lightning outshot the Islanders 38-28 if you keep giving up shorthanded 2-on-0's, the number of shots matters little.

    Blair Jones had 3 shots and 2 blocked shots in 10:42.

    Mattias Ritola will have to wait to graduate from prospect status next season.

    Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

  • 5 years 14 weeks ago

    QMJHL

    Montreal Juniors 2 @ Gatineau Olympiques 5
    D Charles Landry, MTL: Did not play
    Season Totals: 57 GP, 11-29-40, +26, 30 PIM
    D Adam Janosik, GAT: 0-2-2, +2, 0 PIM, 0 SOG, 0 Hits
    Season Totals: 60 GP, 7-25-32, +17, 37 PIM

    Montreal gave Landry the night off as they prepare for the playoffs. Montreal will be the No.2 seed and play 15th seeded Halifax. As the fifth seed, Gatineau will play Chicoutimi. Janosik came within two goals, one assist, and three points of setting career highs in those respective categories.

    WHL

    Tri-City Americans 4 @ Seattle Thunderbirds 3 (OT)
    RW Carter Ashton, TC: 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM
    With Tri-City: 33 GP, 17-27-44, +6, 62 PIM
    With Regina: 29 GP, 16-11-27, -12, 44 PIM
    Season Totals: 62 GP, 33-38-71, -6, 106 PIM

    TC won their third game in a row to finish the season. As the fourth seed they’ll play No.5 Vancouver in the first round. Ashton set career highs in goals, assists, and points in his final junior regular season.

    Spokane Chiefs 6 @ Portland Winterhawks 3
    C Tyler Johnson, SPO: 1-1-2, E, 0 PIM
    Season Totals: 71 GP, 53-62-115, +26, 48 PIM

    So close. Johnson needed three points to tie Kings prospect and Medicine Hat Tigers forward Linden Vey for the league scoring title. As it was, Johnson got a late assist and an empty net goal to come within one point of sharing the Bob Clarke Trophy. He finished the season with career highs in games, goals, assists, points, and plus/minus. His previous career high for points was 71, set last season in 64 games. Johnson did win the WHL goal scoring title. Spokane will play Chilliwack in the first round thanks to Vancouver’s 5-0 win Sunday over Everett, which propelled the Giants into fourth.

  • 5 years 14 weeks ago

    Florida Everblades 5 @ Gwinnett Gladiators 3
    LW Alex Hutchings: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
    Season totals: 45 GP, 11-13-24, -9, 33 PIM
    G Jaroslav Janus: Win, 34 saves on 37 shots
    Season totals: 27 GP, 12-13-0-0, 3.06 GAA, .912 sv%, 0 SO

    Janus stopped 34 shots in his return to ECHL Florida to give the ‘Blades a win in their final road game of the regular season and a three game sweep of the Gladiators. Janus has won three of his last four decisions. Meanwhile, Hutchings was scoreless for the third straight game. Florida is now one point behind fourth place South Carolina with a game in hand. The ‘Blades will play their final six games of the season at home, including the last three against South Carolina. They’ll get sixth place Wheeling, who is three points behind the ‘Blades, for three games before the South Carolina series.

  • 5 years 14 weeks ago

    USHL

    Tri-City Storm 3 @ Fargo Force 4 (SO)
    C Jimmy Mullin, FGO: 0-2-2, E, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
    Season totals: 46 GP, 20-34-54, +26, 24 PIM

    Mullin had two helpers in regulation then scored in the shootout to help Fargo to a win at home. Both of Mullin’s assists came in the third period – the last shorthanded – as Fargo mounted a comeback on the Storm. The Force improved to 13-10-3 at home; they’re 18-9-1 on the road. They remain tied for third in the West, one point behind Omaha. Tri-City is in the Western Conference cellar.

    OHL

    Guelph Storm 4 @ Plymouth Whalers 3
    C/W Richard Panik, GUE: 1-0-1, +2, 6 PIM (boarding double minor, high sticking)
    With Guelph: 24 GP, 13-12-25, -6, 42 PIM
    With Belleville: 27 GP, 14-17-31, E, 33 PIM
    Season totals: 51 GP, 27-29-56, -6, 75 PIM

    Panik scored his first goal since returning Friday from a sprained ankle. Guelph, who is now done for the regular season, clinched the Western Conference’s seventh seed and avoided playing top-ranked Owen Sound in the first round. They’ll face Saginaw, who won the West Division. Panik set career highs for goals, assists, points, and PIM.

    London Knights 3 @ Owen Sound Attack 6
    D Geoffrey Schemitsch, OS: Did not play (injured - broken arm)
    Season totals: 45 GP, 1-19-20, +17, 14 PIM
    G Michael Zador, OS: Did not play (backup)
    With Attack: 13 GP, 9-2-0-0, 3.06 GAA, .900 sv%, 0 SO
    With Oshawa: 18 GP, 10-3-1-1, 3.36 GAA, .879 sv%, 1 SO
    Season Totals: 31 GP, 19-5-1-1, 3.23 GAA, .888 sv%, 1 SO

    Zador sat out as Jordan Binnington got his second straight start as top-seeded Owen Sound wanted to get their No.1 going again before the playoffs. With the Attack’s regular season over, it’s unlikely Zador will see much - if any - ice time in the post-season. Schemitsch is could be back when Owen Sound faces London in the first round.

    WHL

    Chilliwack Bruins 4 @ Tri-City Americans 6
    C Tyler Johnson, SPO: 1-1-2, E, 0 PIM
    Season Totals: 70 GP, 52-61-113, +26, 48 PIM
    RW Carter Ashton, TC: 1-1-2, E, 0 PIM
    With Tri-City: 32 GP, 17-27-44, +8, 62 PIM
    With Regina: 29 GP, 16-11-27, -12, 44 PIM
    Season Totals: 61 GP, 33-38-71, -4, 106 PIM

    TC finally got the better of Spokane after the Chiefs had beat the Americans five straight times. They also broke the Chiefs' 10 game win streak. Johnson broke a personal two game scoreless streak with his 112th and 113th points of the year. His 52nd goal of the year put him one ahead of Chilliwack’s Ryan Howse (Flames) for the league goal scoring title. Howse is out of games and Johnson’s lead on everyone else is secure. He has one game left and is two points behind Medicine Hat’s Linden Vey (Kings) for the league scoring title and Bob Clarke Trophy. Spokane plays at Portland Sunday; Vey is out of games. Spokane has clinched the three seed. Ashton, meanwhile, scored his 33rd goal of the year Saturday night. He has 17 points in his last 10 games. The Americans, who have clinched the four seed, will play either Chilliwack or Vancouver in the first round depending if the Giants win Sunday.

    Kamloops Blazers 1 @ Prince George Cougars 5
    RW Brett Connolly, PG: 1-2-3, E, 0 PIM
    Season totals: 59 GP, 46-27-73, -5, 26 PIM

    Connolly extended his point streak to five games with a three point night in the final game of Prince George’s regular season. He has 10 points in those five games. The Cougars will play second-seeded Kelowna, the B.C. Division champion, in the first round. By winning Saturday PG avoided the eighth seed and playing powerhouse Portland. Kelowna had the fourth most points in the conference. After all the talk about Connolly’s durability he played under a microscope of sorts during the season. And while he did miss two weeks with a knee sprain (he was expected to miss a month), he proved to be every bit the offensive weapon he was expected to be when the Lightning chose him sixth overall last summer. His other games missed were due to his inclusion on the Canadian WJC squad. He set career highs for goals and points this year.

    Regina Pats 2 @ Saskatoon Blades 4
    D Teigan Zahn, SAS: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
    Season totals: 72 GP, 3-20-23, +39, 133 PIM

    Saskatoon completed their regular season with a win over Regina. Zahn set career highs for games, assists, points, and plus/minus. The Blades captain hopes to raise the Ed Chynoweth Cup at the end of the playoffs as Saskatoon is the clear favorites going into the post-season as the league points champion.

  • 5 years 14 weeks ago

    Florida Everblades 5 @ Gwinnett Gladiators 2
    LW Alex Hutchings: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM (high sticking), 3 SOG
    Season totals: 43 GP, 11-13-24, -10, 33 PIM

    Bobby Goepfert stopped 42 shots a day after stopping 45 shots to again lead the Everblades to a road win. Florida is now seven points ahead of ninth place Gwinnett. They are three points behind fourth place South Carolina in the East with two games in hand. Florida and South Carolina will finish the year with a three game series in the Sunshine State. The ‘Blades play Gwinnett again on Sunday in their last road game of the regular season. They then have six games at home to close the year.

  • 5 years 14 weeks ago

    CCHA Tournament
    Finals

    Detroit, MI

    #12 Western Michigan Broncos 2 vs. #6 Miami Redhawks 5
    D Luke Witkowski, UWM: 0-0-0, -3, 2 PIM, 0 SOG
    Season totals: 40 GP, 1-7-8, +13, 54 PIM

    The Broncos tied the game at two early in the third period but could not hold off a late game rush by the Redhawks and fell in the CCHA tournament final.

    The Broncos will now wait for a possible NCAA tournament bid Sunday. The tournament will begin Friday, March 25.

    ECAC Tournament
    Finals

    Atlantic City, NJ

    #3 Yale Bulldogs 6 vs. #20 Cornell Big Red 0
    D Kirill Gotovets, COR: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
    Season totals: 34 GP, 1-6-7, +8, 32 PIM

    Yale goalie Ryan Rondeau(undrafted) stopped 22 shots for the shutout to give Yale the ECAC tournament title.

    Cornell (16-15-3) will sit and hope to receive a bid for the NCAA Tournament. The Big Red are rated 27th in the Pairwise Comparison Ratings, which is college hockey's objective system for ranking teams for tournament bids. There will be 16 teams that make the tournament. There are five automatic bids that go to the conference tournament champions of the five Division I conferences. The remaining 11 teams are selected based upon the Pairwise Ratings.

    Boston College, Miami, Yale, Air Force, and North Dakota all have automatic bids. The Tournament Selection Show is tomorrow (Sunday) at 11:30 a.m. ET on ESPN2.

  • 5 years 14 weeks ago

    Choke.

    TB-2
    OTT-3 (OT)

    Dwayne Roloson allowed 3 goals on 34 shots for the overtime loss.

    First Period
    06:32 TB Lecavalier (19), Thompson (13)

    Second Period
    07:42 TB Tyrell (6), Bergenheim (14)

    Third Period
    12:27 OTT Shannon (9), Condra (3), Karlsson (30)(SH)
    16:05 OTT Foligno (12), Smith (4), Neil (10)

    Overtime
    03:28 OTT Spezza (16), Karlsson (31)

    Roloson was the game's third star.

    The Lightning took their foot off the gas after gaining a 2 goal lead and their now customary power play implosion to allow a shortie led to a Senators team that had half of Binghamton's roster on it to come back and steal a point in the standings the Lightning desperately needed. Now the Lightning are 5 points back of the Caps with 1 game in hand in the Division, which even if the Lightning cash in their game in hand means the spread is now, essentially, 2 games because Washington has the tiebreaker pretty much sewn up (barring absolute collapse). It's a sickening feeling. The Lightning have no one to blame but themselves. The schedule set up nicely. They had Ottawa under control tonight. If there's not a Division Championship banner going to the rafters next Fall, they've got nobody to point the finger at. This is the very definition of a choke, and now, with 10 games left in the regular season, the sights may need to be lowered to trying to catch Pittsburgh to at least get home ice in the opening round.

    We lost 2 games to Curtis flipping McElhinney. Let that sink in, Lightning fans.

    Vincent Lecavalier is now 1 goal shy of the 20 goal plateau, which would be his 11th straight 20 goal season. We'll have more on that when/if he gets to 20, but let's just say Lecavalier's consistency in hitting 20 goals is the stuff of Hall of Famers and legends.

    Mattias Ritola had 1 hit in 8:22. In case you're wondering, Ritola has to play in each of the remaining 10 games this year to graduate as a prospect from BoltProspects' prospect list. One scratch and he'll have to wait until next season, where he'll likely move over to the 82 career NHL games graduation path, which is more of a graduate level degree from the School of Hard Knocks (see: Downie, Steve).

    Blair Jones had 4 shots in 9:02 and probably should have had a goal in the opening period. It's a shame, in retrospect, he couldn't finish.

    Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

  • 5 years 14 weeks ago

    The Presov Mafia almost completes the comeback.

    ALB-6
    NOR-5 (SO)

    Cedrick Desjardins allowed 3 goals on 11 shots before being pulled after the first period. Jaroslav Janus entered and allowed 2 goals on 20 shots the rest of the way before allowing 1 of 5 shooters to convert to take the shootout loss.

    First Period
    ALB Magnan, (2) (Anderson), 2:01
    ALB Wiseman, (14) (Mills, Gionta), 12:08
    ALB Zajac, (2) (McIntyre), 18:24

    Second Period
    NOR Szczechura, (17) (Labrie, Harju), 2:03
    NOR Roy, (3) (Milam), 15:17 (PP)
    ALB Zalewski, (13) (Perkovich, Wiseman), 19:29

    Third Period
    NOR Durno, (17) (Labrie, Angelidis), 1:00
    NOR Szczechura, (18) (Pouliot, Vernace), 3:16 (PP)
    ALB Anderson, (21) (Wiseman, Urbom), 3:50
    NOR Mihalik, (1) (Wright), 7:34

    Overtime
    NO SCORING

    Shootout
    ALB- Zalewski
    NOR- NONE

    Paul Szczechura was the game's 2nd star. After months of wandering aimlessly without his family's Michael Corleone, Juraj Simek, to direct him, Vladimir Mihalik finally scored his first goal of the season 7:34 into the final frame to tie the game and force overtime. Janus and Mihalik almost made Albany sleep with the fishes.

    Mike McKenna turned away 40 shots and all 5 shooters he faced to get some revenge on his former club.

    Norfolk keeps pace with Hershey, which lost in OT to Portland, will gain a point on Charlotte with the Checkers getting the snot beat out of them 6-1 in the final period in Syracuse (BoltProspects projects Syracuse will beat Charlotte!), and they lose 1 point to Binghamton, which blanked Springfield 2-0. So, at the end of the night, Norfolk will be tied with Charlotte for 3rd in the East Division at 84 points with 2 games in hand and they'll remain 7 points back of Hershey with 3 games in hand. They'll also be 7 points up on Binghamton with 1 game in hand. 12 games remain in the regular season, and just a couple more wins will likely give Norfolk enough points to get a playoff spot, considering they also picked up a point on Worcester in the crossover tonight and will be a full 10 points up on the Sharks with 1 game in hand. Worcester would have to make up a 10 point deficit in their remaining 11 games, and that seems unlikely. So now, it's all about seeding and the outside chance of catching Hershey and getting home ice for the opening round.

    Box score from TheAHL.com.

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