Game Night Results

  • 5 years 32 weeks ago

    N.A. Juniors Playoff Game Night: 4/10

    Witkowski and Fargo strike first ... Cunti and L'Oceanic moving on to face Volts ... Tokarski comes out a winner in second longest WHL game ever ... Barberio going home ... Fadden watches as Ams fall at home.

  • 5 years 32 weeks ago

    Unbelievably awesome.

    NOR-6
    BNG-1

    Craig Kowalski allowed 1 goal on 30 shots for the victory.

    First Period
    NOR Keller, (17) , 5:51
    NOR Segal, (24) (Jones), 7:47 (PP)
    NOR Segal, (25) , 12:25

    Second Period
    NOR Segal, (26) , 3:22 (SH)
    NOR Graddock, (1) (Zingoni), 5:23
    NOR Keller, (18) (Lundin), 9:50
    BNG Smith, (7) (Hennessy, Bois), 11:07 (SH)

    Third Period
    NO SCORING

    Brandon Segal, Justin Keller, and Kowalski were named the game's three stars.

    On paper, the Admirals had no business even being competitive in this game. Norfolk had nothing to play for other than pride and the possibility to climb out of the division basement. At the other end of the rink, Binghamton came into this game tied with Philadelphia for the final playoff spot in the division and desperate for points. Norfolk's bottom lines and bottom pairings were riddled with ATO's due to call-ups and injuries. This should have been a cake walk for Binghamton, but just like their last game out against the Penguins, the core of this Admirals team absolutely refuses to lay down.

    In my mind, over the past two years Darren Rumble has developed into a hell of a coach. He got several of these young players like Radek Smolenak to start believing in themselves down the stretch of last season, and this season he's instilled a sense of pride in a minor league system that hasn't had any since they were the Atlanta Knights of the IHL.

    I think the team tonight also took the guess work out of who you keep and who you let go. All of the top-six forwards and top-four d-men from this game need to be retained, which means Geoff Kinrade needs a contract. With the further development of this clubs young players and the introduction of some new talent like Dana Tyrell, next season is one where the Admirals should legitimately be a playoff team.

    Box score from TheAHL.com.

  • 5 years 33 weeks ago

    2009 Frozen Four - Semifinal
    Vermont Catamounts 4 vs Boston University Terriers 5
    F Matt Marshall Ver: Did not play

    Word of the night...talented

  • 5 years 33 weeks ago

    Game outing by the young defense.

    WSH-4
    TB-2

    Karri Ramo allowed 3 goals on 32 shots for the loss in his final start of the season.

    First Period
    00:36 TB Stamkos (22), (Konopka, St. Louis)
    09:19 WSH Laich (21), (Backstrom, Green)(PP)

    Second Period
    05:37 WSH Laich (22), (Green, Nylander)
    06:08 WSH Steckel (8), (Bradley, Aucoin)

    Third Period
    12:53 TB Pettinger (7), (Szczechura, Mihalik)
    19:55 WSH Green (31), (unassisted)(EN)

    Noah Welch had 3 hits and 3 blocked shots in 21:52. He's improved lately. I can't deny it.

    Zenon Konopka had an assist and was +1 with 2 shots and 1 hit in 12:54. He was also 100% on draws. He had a strong first period, but got shuffled down to the lower lines later in the game.

    David Koci had 2 penalty minutes in 6:30.

    Paul Szczechura had 1 assist, 2 shots, and 1 blocked shot in 16:31. He was also 50% on draws. He's really putting a stamp on the end of this season to make his case to be on the team next year. He's been flying the past couple of games.

    Martins Karsums was -1 with 1 shot and 2 hits in 11:30. Karsums was the antithesis of Szczechura tonight, making the case why he belongs in Norfolk next season. He didn't get back in time on Washington's winning goal.

    Kevin Quick had 1 shot and 1 blocked shot in 11:54. My gosh can he skate and my gosh does he have no fear with the puck on offense. Offensively, Kevin Quick's balls are so big their gravity effects the tides. I still say he needs to prove he can be a dominant player at the AHL season next year before he makes the jump in 2010-2011. However, he sure does remind you of Dan Boyle.

    Vladimir Mihalik had 1 assist and was +1 with 1 shot and 1 blocked shot in 13:14. He made a couple of nice plays, including a good pass that resulted in the Stamkos goal. He was in better position tonight, so his skating looked less awful. You could still time the release of his shot with a sun dial, though.

    Geoff Kinrade was -1 with 1 shot, 1 hit, and 2 blocked shots in 17:32. Sullivan even used him at the end of the game when the extra attacker was out. I was fairly impressed. He skates really well. Not Kevin Quick well, but well enough that you notice it. Contract?

    The Panthers missed the playoffs again. Haaaa haaaa!

    Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

  • 5 years 33 weeks ago

    N.A. Juniors Playoff Game Night: 4/8

    Tokarski slams the door on Vancouver ... Fadden scores, but leaves hurt ... Cunti scores as Rimouski moves closer to closing out Barberio and Moncton ... Cape Breton loses again on home ice ... CHL playoff updates.

  • 5 years 33 weeks ago

    Interesting nugget buried deep in one of Erik Erlendsson's blogs:

    Lightning prospect and former Kings first round pick Lauri Tukonen has been in Tampa to get an injury looked at. Tukonen missed much of the second half of the season with Lukko of the SM-liiga with an injury. Now, Erlendsson says in the blog that Tukonen isn't an impending signing, but it's something that makes you wonder.

    Also, thanks to Erik for linking to the BP profiles for several players.

  • 5 years 33 weeks ago

    Still no quit in the Admirals.

    NOR-4
    WBS-3

    Riku Helenius allowed 3 goals on 37 shots in the victory.

    First Period
    NOR Segal, (23) (Zingoni), 11:47
    NOR Zingoni, (7) (Kinrade, Keller), 18:07 (PP)

    Second Period
    WBS Satan, (3) (Taffe, Goligoski), 1:18 (PP)
    NOR Simek, (9) (Keller, Boyle), 9:16 (PP)

    Third Period
    WBS Pesonen, (30) (Johnson, Goligoski), 7:22 (PP)
    WBS Taffe, (25) (Goligoski, Pesonen), 13:00 (PP)

    Overtime
    NOR Smolenak, (23) (Keller), 3:52

    Radek Smolenak and Pete Zingoni were named the game's first and third stars.

    Erik Erlendsson of the Tampa Tribune speculates on his blog that scratches Ty Wishart and Kevin Quick have been called to Tampa for tomorrow night's game against the Washington Capitals. In their absence, the Admirals dressed eight tryout players for the contest and still managed to pull out their 31st win of the season to stay even with Albany at 71 points.

    Box score from TheAHL.com.

  • 5 years 33 weeks ago

    N.A. Juniors Playoff Game Night: 4/7

    Tokarski helps on offense, defense ... Fadden extends point streak, but in a big loss ... Cape Breton wastes a big opportunity ... Cunti and Rimouski use overtime to beat Barberio and Moncton.

  • 5 years 33 weeks ago

    This team could be incredible if Lawton could find some defense without blowing up some other part of the team.

    PIT-6
    TB-4

    Karri Ramo allowed 5 goals on 30 shots for the loss. Despite allowing 5 goals, he actually didn't play all that badly. Two of Pittsburgh's goals came on breakaways and a third came on an uncovered player allowed to move in on Ramo all alone down the slot. The game winning goal was a case where Ramo was clearly interfered with after stopping the initial shot on the breakaway. Another goal came on a feed that went through the box on the PP down low to give Sid Crosby a clean look on Ramo moving laterally. Other than Cooke's goal to start the third period, which wasn't a bad goal so much as an untimely one, there's nothing I would fault Karri with. The decision is the 41st of Ramo's career, graduating him from prospect status here at BP.

    First Period
    NO SCORING

    Second Period
    05:00 PIT Fedotenko (16), (Staal, Kennedy)
    10:08 PIT Crosby (31), (Malkin, Kunitz)(PP)
    11:12 PIT Crosby (32), (Kunitz, Malkin)(PP)

    Third Period
    01:08 PIT Cooke (12), (Staal, Letang)
    04:31 TB Halpern (6), (Szczechura)(SH)
    08:59 TB St. Louis (30), (Stamkos, Krajicek)
    09:43 TB Szczechura (4), (unassisted)
    11:43 PIT Sykora (25), (Fedotenko)
    19:19 TB Halpern (7), (Karsums, Bochenski)
    19:47 PIT Staal (22), (unassisted)(EN)

    I give credit to the coaches and the players that no one laid down in the third period. It would've been damned easy to quit, but the Lightning came back and really gave the Pens a run for their money. They were one missed goaltender interference call away from getting to overtime. So, the heart is there, and for the most part the offensive potential is there. What's really lacking right now is two things: defense and penalty killing. The defense will get better by virtue of a healthy Andrej Meszaros and Paul Ranger. The penalty killing can't possibly get any worse. I don't know the stats, but the PK has been absolutely rancid the second half of this season.

    Ryan Malone broke his hand blocking a shot in this game, making him the fifth key Lightning player to be shelved with a serious injury. He had already proven that last year wasn't a flash in the pan by potting his 26th goal. I give him credit. He's won me over. The injury may open up an opportunity for someone from Norfolk to get a two game cup of coffee. Blair Jones? Justin Keller? Juraj Simek?

    Lets go Avs.

    Noah Welch had 4 shots, 2 hits, and 1 blocked shot in 16:13 against the organization who drafted him.

    Zenon Konopka was -1 with 2 hits in 9:58 and was 60% on draws. 9:58? Seemed like a lot more, in a good way. There are games where Konopka is nothing more than a circus clown, and then there are games like tonight where he plays hockey and he's a difference maker. He was a split second away from landing a shoulder-to-chin hit on Matt Cooke that would've made him a hero in Tampa Bay forever, and he about chewed the ends off the boards on the forecheck. Very well done.

    Matt Smaby was +1 with 1 shot, 3 hits, and 1 blocked shot in 22:56. Tonight was Smaby's 41st game of the season, meaning he joins Ramo as a freshly minted Bolt Prospects Alumni.

    David Koci had 3 hits and 17 penalty minutes in 6:00 of ice time. His fight against Eric Godard seemed like the emotional tipping point of this game. Again, very well done.

    Paul Szczechura had 1 goal, 1 assist, and was +2 with 2 penalty minutes, and 4 shots in 16:00. He also was 33% on draws. I don't know what it is about Pittsburgh, but when Szczechura sees that jersey he seems to duck into the nearest phone booth and turn into Superman. I still don't think Szczechura is in his best shape, but he was flying tonight. That's the best game he's played in months, and the kind of game he needs to get on tape if he wants to make the team next season.

    Martins Karsums had 1 assist, 1 shot, 3 hits, and 1 blocked shot in 13:23. He was fairly invisible, despite the impressive stat line.

    Matt Lashoff was -1 with 1 hit in 17:23. I don't know if he got hurt or if the coaching staff was sending a message.

    Vladimir Mihalik had 1 shot, 1 hit, and 1 blocked shot in 19:41. Mobility is obviously an issue with Vladdy, but his lack of decisiveness remains a bigger concern to me.

    Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

  • 5 years 33 weeks ago

    N.A. Juniors Playoff Game Night: 4/5

    Cape Breton Screaming Eagles 5 @ Quebec Remparts 3
    Cape Breton leads Best of 7 series 2-0
    D Michael Ward, CB: 0-3-3, +3, 2 PIM, 0 SOG, *First Star*
    Playoff totals: 6 GP, 1-4-5, +4, 10 PIM
    Season totals: 65 GP, 7-27-34, +9, 105 PIM

    Cape Breton swept the series' opening games in Quebec City and their 2-0 lead heading back to the island looks huge. Ward’s three assist sets a career high for assists in a game. He has reached three points in a game one other time, that coming December 28 vs. PEI (1-2-3) - his second game with the Screaming Eagles after being traded from Lewiston. Two of Ward's assists Sunday came on the power play and one was shorthanded. Game 3 is Tuesday in Sydney.

    USHL Note
    Luke Witkowski and West No.3 Fargo will begin their Best of 5 first round series with No.2 Omaha on Friday in Nebraska.

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