Game Night Results

  • 5 years 24 weeks ago

    Two one goal losses and the season keeps slowly and painfully slipping away.

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    Antero Niittymaki allowed 2 goals on 28 shots for the loss. Beats me. When he stinks the team scores in bunches. When he plays well, it all dries up. Go figure.

    First Period
    PHX 7:56, Fiddler 7 (Stempniak)
    PHX 9:45, Lombardi 16 (Wolski, Doan)

    Second Period
    TB 16:07, Fedoruk 3 (Bochenski, Parrish)

    Third Period
    NO SCORING

    This is another case where the Lightning will go back at season's end and probably kick themselves for that one little mistake (Matt Smaby) or that one missed scoring chance (Brandon Bochenski).

    Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

  • 5 years 24 weeks ago

    No.19 Vermont Catamounts 1 @ No.11 New Hampshire Wildcats 0 (OT) (Sunday)
    Hockey East Quarterfinals – Game 3. Vermont wins Best of 3 series 2-1.
    C/W Matt Marshall , UVM: Did not play.

    Season Totals: 33 GP, 1-4-5, -4, 14 PIM

    After not losing on home ice to a Hockey East opponent all season, UNH dropped games 2 and 3 to Vermont, both by 1-0 scores, and now the top-seeded Wildcats are out of the HEA playoffs. Vermont got two shutouts from Rob Madore (undrafted) after he gave up six goals in game one and was pulled, and an overtime goal from 1985-born New Hampshire-native Jay Anctil (undrafted) in Game 3 – Vermont’s 51st shot on Brian Foster (Panthers 5/05) - to move on. They will now go to TD Garden in Boston to face No.4 Boston College in the semifinals. No.19 Maine faces No.20 Boston University in the other HEA semifinals. Don’t expect Marshall, who has yet to play for the eighth seeded Catamounts in the playoffs, to suit up anytime soon with Vermont riding this momentum.

  • 5 years 24 weeks ago

    Eastern Conference
    (8)Ekaterinburg 1 @ (1)Yulaev 8
    Yulaev Wins the Series 3-1
    Denis Kazionov, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
    Season totals: 51 GP, 5-3-8, -18, 20 PIM
    Playoff totals: 4 GP, 0-0-0, -3, 6 PIM

    Ekaterinburg's chance for a Cindarella ending came to a screeching hault in an 8-1 series clinching Game Four win by Yulaev. Ex-Predators forward Alexander Radulov had 1 goal and 3 assists in the game for Yulaev. Denis Kazionov played 11:59 in the match, completing his first full season as a regular KHL player.

    (7)Chelyabinsk 2 @ (2)Magnitogorsk 3 (OT)
    Magnitogorsk Wins the Series 3-1
    Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, Win, 30/32, 1.57 GAA, .938 sv%
    Season totals: 49 GP, 25-16-8, 8 SO, 1.96 GAA, .927 sv%
    Playoff totals: 4 GP, 3-1, 0 SO, 1.62 GAA, .944 sv%

    Magnitogorsk ended the upset dreams of seventh seeded Chelyabinsk with a pair of goals by Denis Platonov, including the overtime winner. Ex-NHLer Stan Chistov also had a goal for Magnitogorsk.

    Three Lightning prospects have made it through to the conference semifinals in the KHL. In the East, 2nd seed Magnitogorsk and Vasily Koshechkin will square off against 3rd seed Kazan and Dmitri Kazionov. Meanwhile, in the West, Cindarella 8th seed Dynamo Riga and Martins Karsums will face 2nd seed KHK MVD.

  • 5 years 24 weeks ago
    [b][i]QMJHL[/b][/i] [b] St. John Sea Dogs 2 @ Moncton Wildcats 5[/b] [i]D [b][url=/mark-barberio]Mark Barberio[/url][/b], MCT: 2-0-2, +2, 2 PIM, 2 SOG[/i] Season Totals: 65 GP, 17-43-60, +39, 72 PIM In a game broadcast on NHL Network, Barberio and Moncton defeated top-seeded St. John to end the regular season on a winning note. Barberio scored twice, the first on the power play when he pinched in from the point and buried a cross-crease pass. The second came while shorthanded into an empty net. Moncton finishes with the league’s third-best point total at 102, two points behind Drummondville and seven behind St. John. They’ll play Cape Breton in the first round. After a slow start to the season in the goal department, Barberio finished with a bang, scoring 14 times after Christmas. Barberio set career highs in goals (+1), assists (+12), points (+14), and plus/minus (+31). He finished fifth in the Q in points among defensemen, sixth in goals, fifth in assists, and seventh in plus/minus. Barberio and Moncton should have a long playoff season ahead, at least until the conference finals, which should be vs. the same Sea Dogs they defeated Sunday night. [b][i]OHL [/b][/i] [b] Sudbury Wolves 2 @ Ottawa 67’s 3 (OT)[/b] [i]W [b]Matias Sointu[/b], SBY: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM [/i] Season Totals: 51 GP, 8-21-29, -3, 24 PIM [i]With Sudbury: 29 GP, 5-14-19, -8, 18 PIM With Ottawa: 21 GP, 3-7-10, +5, 6 PIM[/i] With Niagara’s loss, Sudbury was a second point away from avoiding Barrie in the East’s first round, but it was not to be as Sointu’s former team scored in overtime. The Wolves, who had 59 points on the year, will indeed play Alex Hutchings and Barrie, who finished the year 57 points better than Sudbury. Sointu finished the regular season very strong, scoring nine points in his last seven games. [b]OHL Scoring Race[/b] Speaking of Hutchings, he finished the year fourth in the OHL in goals (tie - 47), 14th in points (81), first in shorthanded goals (11; 7 more than anyone else), first in game winning goals (tie – 11), second in insurance goals (tie – 7), and fifth in plus/minus (+44). Overall, Plymouth’s Tyler Seguin (48-58-106) and Windsor’s Taylor Hall (40-66-106), who will battle for the No.1 draft spot this summer, finished tied for the league lead in points. [i][b]WHL[/b][/i] [b] Vancouver Giants 3 @ Seattle Thunderbirds 4 (OT)[/b] [i]C/W/D [b][url=/james-wright]James Wright[/url][/b], VAN: 0-0-0, -2, 4 PIM (boarding, roughing)[/i] Season Totals: 21 GP, 6-13-19, -3, 17 PIM [i]With Tampa Bay: 43 GP, 2-3-5, -9, 18 PIM [/i] The Giants, who have struggled the last two weeks, played ninth place Seattle for a chance to enter the playoffs on a win streak, but were foiled by T-Birds goalie Calvin Pickard (2010 eligible), who stopped 51 shots in a First Star performance. Wright, a noted two-way player who skated for Tampa Bay of the NHL for most of the season because of his two-way abilities, finished his regular season with Vancouver with a surprising minus-3 rating. Wright and Vancouver will have to regroup as they enter the playoffs against seventh-seeded Kamloops. In other WHL news, Calgary’s Brandon Kozon (Kings 6/09) won the league scoring title by one point over Regina’s Jordan Eberle (Oilers 1/08), 107-106.
  • 5 years 24 weeks ago

    The Pens get the benefit of the bounce.

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    Antero Niittymaki allowed 2 goals on 39 shots for the loss. He certainly did everything he could to give the Lightning a chance to win and seems to be getting hot again. A hot Niitty is probably the only chance the Lightning have down the stretch.

    First Period
    NO SCORING

    Second Period
    TB 8:09, Lecavalier 20 (Fedoruk, Hedman)

    Third Period
    PIT 2:20, Dupuis 17 (Staal, Cooke)
    PIT 5:17, Gonchar 10 (Crosby, Ponikarovsky)(PP)

    The difference in the game was the goofy bounce Pittsburgh got on their first goal and the solid goaltending of Fleury in the first period. It makes you wonder though why this team could play poorly and lose in overtime against the worst team in the conference (Toronto) and then turn around and beat the best (Washington) and take the defending champs (Pittsburgh) to the brink. If they played with the same intensity they did in the first period of this game, they'd be sitting on 80-90 points in the standings already. That's frustrating in the near term, as this team's playoff chances are becoming slim. In the long term Lightning fans should take heart. A young team like this is going to figure that out, and have the chance to be an elite team when they do.

    Congratulations to Vincent Lecavalier on his 10th straight 20 goal season. That's 10 straight seasons of excellence, no matter how you slice it.

    Also, congratulations to Steven Stamkos for making Matt Cooke a stain on the ice during a third period power play. Now that's young leadership you can believe in.

    Paul Szczechura had 2 penalty minutes, 2 shots, and 1 blocked shot in 13:01. He was also 56% on draws and almost had the first goal of the game on a 2-on-1 feed from Lecavalier that was turned aside by Fleury. I must apologize to Szczechura for missing that his last game against the Caps (3-12-10) marked his graduation from prospect status on Bolt Prospects. So, he got an extra night of coverage tonight so that we can extend congratulations to him on becoming a full-time NHLer with 41 and now 42 games played this season. He'll likely be the last graduate of the 2009/2010 class that included Downie, Hedman, and Wright already.

    Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

  • 5 years 24 weeks ago

    Eastern Conference
    (8)Ekaterinburg 4 @ (1)Yulaev 3
    Yulaev Leads the Series 2-1
    Denis Kazionov, Ekaterinburg, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
    Season totals: 51 GP, 5-3-8, -18, 20 PIM
    Playoff totals: 3 GP, 0-0-0, -2, 6 PIM

    Not so fast my friends! Despite a pair of goals by former Edmonton prospect Patrick Thoresen, Ekaterinburg upset top seeded Yulaev to extend their opening round playoff series to a Game Four. Denis Kazionov played just 4:08 in the match.

    (7)Chelyabinsk 2 @ (2)Magnitogorsk 1 (OT)
    Magnitogorsk Leads the Series 2-1
    Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, Loss, 26/28, 1.88 GAA, .929 sv%
    Season totals: 49 GP, 25-16-8, 8 SO, 1.96 GAA, .927 sv%
    Playoff totals: 3 GP, 2-1, 0 SO, 1.64 GAA, .946 sv%

    Pierre Dagenais scored for Chelyabinsk 4 minutes into overtime to help keep his club alive for Game Four against Mangitogorsk. Vasily Koshechkin's playoff save percentage dropped to a still-superhuman .946 in the loss.

    (6)Astana 1 @ (3)Kazan 3
    Kazan Wins the Series 3-0
    Dmitri Kazionov, Kazan, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
    Season totals: 52 GP, 18-9-27, +7, 18 PIM
    Playoff totals: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM

    Alexei Morozov had 1 goal and 1 assist to help Kazan complete a 3-game opening round sweep of Astana. Former Lightning prospect Ilya Solarev had an assist on Astana's only goal. Dmitri Kazionov played 17:16 in the match.

    (5)Omsk 1 @ (4)Nizhnekamsk 2
    Nizhnekamsk Wins the Series 3-0
    Karri Ramo, Omsk, Loss, 25/27, 2.03 GAA, .926 sv%
    Season totals: 44 GP, 21-17-4, 4 SO, 2.11 GAA, .913 sv%
    Playoff totals: 3 GP, 0-3, 0 SO, 3.04 GAA, .886 sv%

    The season is over for Karri Ramo. He and Omsk allowed a goal by Maxim Yakutsenya with 3:33 remaining in regulation to allow Nizhnekamsk to complete the three game sweep. Ex-Lightning forward Eric Perrin had the only goal of the match for Omsk. Let the Ramo signing watch begin.

    Western Conference
    (8)Dynamo Riga 4 @ (1)St. Petersburg 2
    Riga Wins the Series 3-1
    Martins Karsums, Dynamo Riga, 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
    Season totals: 12 GP, 4-4-8, +7, 16 PIM
    Playoff totals: 4 GP, 1-0-1, -1, 2 PIM

    Riga completed its upset of top-seeded St. Petersburg, partly on the strength of a pair of assists by former NHLer Sandis Ozolinsh. Martins Karsums scored an empty-net goal in 19:34 of ice time.

    (6)Spartak Moscow 4 @ (3)Dynamo Moscow 0
    Spartak Wins the Series 3-1
    Johan Harju, Dynamo Moscow, DNP
    Season totals: 55 GP, 4-14-18, -10, 38 PIM
    Playoff totals: 2 GP, 1-0-1, -2, 8 PIM

    Ex-Lightning forward Martin Cibak had a pair of assists to help secure a Game Four victory for Spartak and an opening round playoff series win. Johan Harju missed his second straight game for Dynamo Moscow. No word on if he is injured. Either way, his season in the KHL is now over, and the Lightning are expected to try to sign Harju this offseason.

    Elsewhere in the KHL, Yaroslavl knocked off Mytischi to win their Western Conference series 3-1. Lightning prospects Dmitri Kazionov and Martins Karsums are already through to the second round. Karri Ramo and Johan Harju are headed home. Only two playoff series remain to be settled, and both are in the Eastern Conference. Denis Kazionov and Ekaterinburg will play Game Four against Yulaev tomorrow with his club down 2-1 in the series. Vasily Koshechkin and Magnitogorsk will also play tomorrow as they try to dispose of Chelyabinsk in Game Four.

  • 5 years 24 weeks ago

    QMJHL

    Just a reminder: Mark Barberio and Moncton will play St. John Sunday night at 7:00 PM Eastern time on NHL Network.

    OHL

    Belleville Bulls 1 @ Niagara IceDogs 8
    C Richard Panik, BEL: 1-0-1, -1, 4 PIM (hooking, tripping)
    Season Totals: 60 GP, 21-20-41, +3, 55 PIM
    With Bulls: 27 GP, 12-11-23, -12, 36 PIM
    With Windsor: 33 GP, 9-9-18, +15, 19 PIM

    RW Kyle DeCoste, BEL: Did not play.
    Season Totals: 57 GP, 19-14-33, -19, 51 PIM
    With Bulls: 44 GP, 17-13-30, -17, 31 PIM
    With SSM: 13 GP, 2-1-3, -2, 20 PIM

    Panik’s junior career likely came to an end Saturday night when the Bulls were destroyed in their 2009-10 finale. Panik, who impressed the Lightning during last fall’s NHL training camp, is a candidate to join AHL Norfolk and finish the year with the Admirals on a tryout agreement. Panik started his first season in North America slowly, but had a good World Junior Championships for Slovakia, performed moderately well after being traded from Windsor, and finished with a bang, scoring five goals and nine points in his last six games. The 2009 second round pick ended the year with a three-game point streak in which he scored six points. As for DeCoste, his season was ended two weeks ago when he suffered a concussion against Barrie. DeCoste’s game blossomed after a trade to Belleville, but the 2008 fifth rounder was inconsistent despite setting moderate career highs for goals, assists, and points. Speculation is DeCoste has an outside shot of being signed for depth at forward in the system, but is more likely to return to the OHL next year as a free agent overager. The Lightning chose not to fill their 50-man organization roster by a handful of spots this year, so if the new ownership decides to use all 50 spots next year and utilize an ECHL affiliate, DeCoste may have a better chance of earning a professional contract from the club.

    Kingston Frontenacs 2 @ Barrie Colts 4
    LW/C Alex Hutchings, BAR: 1-0-1, +1, 2 PIM (tripping)
    Season Totals: 68 GP, 47-34-81, +44, 58 PIM

    Hutchings’ regular season came to an end Saturday, but he and the Colts should have a long future ahead of them in the playoffs. As the top seed, they will play either Niagara or Sudbury in the first round depending on Sunday’s results. Hutchings tied career highs for games played and assists, and smashed previous highs for goals (+13), points (+13), and plus/minus (+17). He finishes his OHL regular season career (we’re projecting him to be signed this offseason) with 111 goals, 97 assists, 209 points, and a plus-79 rating in 229 games. The 2009 fourth rounder also had 190 PIM for his career.

    Oshawa Generals 3 @ Peterborough Petes 10
    G Michael Zador, OSH: Loss, 12 saves on 18 shots
    Season Totals: 49 GP, 14-28-2-1, 4.15 GAA, .884 sv%, 2 SO

    The Gens’ horrific year was finally put out of its misery Saturday night, and almost fittingly, it came with another defensive meltdown. Oshawa gave up 299 goals this season, four more than last-place Sarnia. The only difference is Oshawa had 14 more points in the standings than Steven Stamkos’ alma mater. With any kind of defense and/or goaltending, the Gens would be comfortably in the playoffs. Zador had his ups and downs this season, including win streaks of five- and four-games, but also had losing streaks of six, six, eight, and five. He ended the year on a five-game losing streak. Both Zador and and his goaltending partner Kevin Bailie were high OHL picks and both can return to the Gens next year, but does Oshawa want both or either back? Zador doesn’t have to be signed by the Lightning, and has very good size and raw skills. In the right situation with the right mind-set, he could thrive. He'll play in the OHL again next season ... somewhere.

    WHL

    Regina Pats 1 @ Brandon Wheat Kings 3
    RW Carter Ashton, REG: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM
    Season Totals: 64 GP, 24-27-51, -12, 102 PIM
    With Regina: 36 GP, 11-14-25, -4, 50 PIM
    With Lethbridge: 28 GP, 13-13-26, -8, 52 PIM

    This was Ashton’s final game of the season and the young power forward and 2009 first rounder will likely join the Norfolk Admirals shortly as Dana Tyrell did in 2008. Ashton set career highs for assists (+1) and points (+1) this year, but finished with six fewer goals than the 30 he scored with Lethbridge last season. It was thought Ashton’s game would flourish next to Oilers super-prospect Jordan Eberle, and no doubt the Pats thought that when they acquired Ashton mid-season, but Eberle left for World Juniors right after the trade and the two never really clicked after that. In fact, Ashton was eventually dropped off Eberle's line and finished the year with just a goal and an assist in his last six games. There have been no reports of injuries to Ashton, so we’re hoping he can look at any potential move to Norfolk as a clean slate and provide the Ads with a power forward presence as they make their way toward the playoffs. Ashton already holds an NHL contract.

    Kamloops Blazers 5 @ Vancouver Giants 6 (SO)
    C/W/D James Wright, VAN: 1-2-3, +2, 0 PIM, *Third Star*
    Season Totals: 20 GP, 6-13-19, -1, 13 PIM
    With Tampa Bay: 43 GP, 2-3-5, -9, 18 PIM

    The Giants have struggled the last two weeks, but play Seattle Sunday for a chance to enter the playoffs on a win-streak. Their first round opponent has yet to be determined.

  • 5 years 24 weeks ago

    Harvard Crimson 0 @ No.9 Cornell Big Red 3
    ECAC Quarterfinals – Game 2. Cornell wins Best of 3 series 2-0.
    C/W Alexander Killorn, HAR: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
    Season Totals: 32 GP, 9-11-20, E, 26 PIM

    Killorn (pictured) returned to the Crimson lineup, but it wasn’t enough as Cornell completed the quarterfinal sweep of Harvard and ended their season. Killorn, a sophomore, was one of the top prospects at the Lightning’s 2009 summer camp, and could be a signing target of the Lightning this offseason. He set career highs in games played (+2), goals (+3), assists (+3) and points (+6). He also nearly cut his PIM in half from his freshman year, 46 to 26.

    No.19 Vermont Catamounts 1 @ No.11 New Hampshire Wildcats 0
    Hockey East Quarterfinals – Game 2. Best of 3 series tied 1-1.
    C/W Matt Marshall , UVM: Did not play.

    Season Totals: 33 GP, 1-4-5, -4, 14 PIM

    Vermont handed UNH their first home loss of the season when freshman David Pacan (Blackhawks 6/09) scored at the five minute mark of the third period. Vermont will try to complete the 8 vs. 1 upset Sunday night.

    D Luke Witkowski , Western Mich. Univ.: Season complete.
    Season Totals: 32 GP, 2-4-6, -13, 67 PIM

  • 5 years 24 weeks ago

    Norfolk goes 0-for-10 in the shootout this weekend.

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    Dustin Tokarski allowed 2 goals on 25 shots and 1 of 5 shootout conversions for the shootout loss. I feel bad for Tic this weekend. He stopped 80% of the shootout attempts he faced. That's not shabby. But, if your team goes 0% on their attempts, you can't win.

    First Period
    BRI Haskins, (9) (Witt, Smith), 16:03

    Second Period
    NOR Simek, (19) (Marks, Wishart), 7:32

    Third Period
    NOR Fornataro, (8) (Tyrell, Wishart), 0:37
    BRI Reich, (7) (Joensuu, Mauldin), 5:44

    Overtime
    NO SCORING

    Shootout
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    NOR- NONE

    Matt Fornataro and Kai Kantola were the game's second and third stars.

    Congratulations to Ty Wishart for reaching the 30 point plateau for the season with a pair of assists tonight. With a dozen games to go, Bolt Prospects asks, why not 35, Ty?

    Things are tightening up considerably in the playoff race for the Admirals. By virtue of Albany's win today and Norfolk's overtime loss, they've fallen 6 points out of 2nd place in the East Division. The point gained does allow Norfolk to stay 4 points ahead of 4th place Wilkes-Barre/Scranton with the Pens having 2 games in hand. 5th place Syracuse lost to Rochester and now the Crunch are 10 points back of the Admirals with 2 games in hand. Despite wins tonight, 6th place Binghamton is 12 points back with 2 games in hand and last place Adirondack is 13 points back with 3 games in hand.

    Norfolk's also facing some serious pressure in the crossover scenario with Bridgeport gaining two points on them this weekend in their shootout wins. They sit in 5th in the Atlantic and are on a serious hot streak. The Sound Tigers are now 1 point behind Norfolk and they're playing so well, they've almost chased down the 4th place team in the Atlantic, Lowell, which is 2 points ahead of the Admirals with a game in hand. Norfolk holds a 7 point edge on 6th place Hartford with the Pack having a game in hand and an 8 point edge on 7th place Providence with the Bruins holding 2 games in hand. Bear in mind, if the Admirals fall to 4th in their division, they must finish ahead of the 5th place team in the Atlantic to make the postseason.

    Box score from TheAHL.com.

  • 5 years 24 weeks ago

    QMJHL

    Cape Breton Screaming Eagles 4 @ Moncton Wildcats 0
    D Mark Barberio, MCT: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
    Season Totals: 64 GP, 15-43-58, +37, 70 PIM

    This was a preview of a QMJHL first round playoff series that Moncton hopes has a different result. That series begins Friday. Moncton will close out their season Sunday against the top-seeded St. John Sea Dogs on NHL Network.

    OHL

    Belleville Bulls 4 @ Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors 2
    C Richard Panik, BEL: 1-2-3, E, 2 PIM (roughing), *Second Star*
    Season Totals: 59 GP, 20-20-40, +4, 51 PIM
    With Bulls: 26 GP, 11-11-22, -11, 32 PIM
    With Windsor: 33 GP, 9-9-18, +15, 19 PIM

    RW Kyle DeCoste, BEL: Did not play.
    Season Totals: 57 GP, 19-14-33, -19, 51 PIM
    With Bulls: 44 GP, 17-13-30, -17, 31 PIM
    With SSM: 13 GP, 2-1-3, -2, 20 PIM

    Panik (pictured) may not be headed to the OHL playoffs, but he’s certainly performing at a high level to finish the year and giving Tampa Bay something to think about. He hit 20 goals and 40 points on the season thanks to a three-point game Friday. Panik now has nine points in his last six games and five in his last two. DeCoste missed his fourth game due to a concussion.

    Barrie Colts 4 @ Brampton Battalion 2
    LW/C Alex Hutchings, BAR: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM
    Season Totals: 67 GP, 46-34-80, +43, 56 PIM

    Hutchings tied his previous career high for assists in a season, set last year in 63 games. Barrie has one game remaining and the league's top seed sewn up.

    Sudbury Wolves 5 @ Kingston Frontenacs 3
    W Matias Sointu, SBY: 1-0-1, +1, 2 PIM (tripping)
    Season Totals: 50 GP, 8-20-28, -4, 22 PIM
    With Sudbury: 28 GP, 5-13-18, -9, 16 PIM
    With Ottawa: 21 GP, 3-7-10, +5, 6 PIM

    Sointu’s empty net goal provided the final piece to a playoff spot clinching win for the Wolves. Sudbury is tied with Niagara for seventh in the East, but Niagara has a game in hand.

    Oshawa Generals 3 @ Ottawa 67’s 4
    G Michael Zador, OSH: Loss, 42 saves on 46 shots
    Season Totals: 48 GP, 14-27-2-1, 4.06 GAA, .886 sv%, 2 SO

    The Gens needed a miracle to happen to get into the playoffs, starting with a win over Ottawa, but they blew a 3-1 lead entering the third period and will stay home during the playoff season. They were outshot 46-29 in the game, including 22-6 in the final period.

    WHL

    Brandon Wheat Kings 9 @ Regina Pats 3
    RW Carter Ashton, REG: 0-1-1, -5, 0 PIM
    Season Totals: 63 GP, 24-27-51, -11, 102 PIM
    With Regina: 35 GP, 11-14-25, -3, 50 PIM
    With Lethbridge: 28 GP, 13-13-26, -8, 52 PIM

    This was the Pats’ final home game of the season, which meant it was the last time the Regina faithful could see Jordan Eberle up close. Eberle was awarded the game’s First Star despite the blowout loss to the Memorial Cup hosts. Eberle did have a goal in the game and remains two points up on Brandon Kozon for the league scoring title. He’s rumored to possibly be joining the Oilers before the end of the NHL season. Ashton, meanwhile, had a horrific night in the plus/minus department and will play his final junior game Saturday in Brandon. He has an NHL contract in hand and will likely join the AHL Norfolk Admirals next week.

    Kelowna Rockets 4 @ Vancouver Giants 3
    C/W/D James Wright, VAN: 0-1-1, -2, 0 PIM
    Season Totals: 19 GP, 5-11-16, -3, 13 PIM
    With Tampa Bay: 43 GP, 2-3-5, -9, 18 PIM

    The Giants finally returned home after a 10-game Olympic road trip, but fell to the Rockets 4-3. They had battled back from a 3-0 first period deficit only to see the game winner scored late in the third. Wright has been playing a little defense lately at the request of his coach, Don Hay. Vancouver is locked into the West’s No.2 seed despite having the conference’s fifth best point total. Winning the B.C. Division will do that. They will play Chilliwack or Kamloops in the first round.

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