Game Night Results

  • 5 years 29 weeks ago

    MODO 2 @ Sodertalje 0
    Riku Helenius, Sodertalje, 24/26, 2.11 GAA, .923 sv%
    Season totals: 18 GP, 4-11-0, 0 SO, 3.03 GAA, .884 sv%
    Kval till Elitserien totals: 5 GP, 2-1-1, 0 SO, 1.83 GAA, .925 sv%

    Former Northern Michigan netminder Tuomas Tarkki made 22 saves to lead MODO to a 2-0 shutout of Sodertalje and a spot in the Elitserien next year. Lightning prospect netminder Riku Helenius made 24 stops, but in the absence of goal support Sodertalje's fate was sealed. The club will be relegated to the Allsvenskan next year. Vaxjo moves up to the Elitserien while MODO, barely, retains their spot in Sweden's top league.

    So ends the entry level contract of former first round pick Helenius. The netminder was loaned out to Sodertalje toward the end of last season with the emergence of Jaroslav Janus and he played well in earning Sodertalje's starting job in last year's Kval till Elitserien tournament. This year, however, Helenius' play tanked in the first month of the Elitserien regular season. He lost his starting job to young Pontus Sjogren and did not regain it until the final 3 games of the the Kval till Elitserien round, which may be too little, too late to earn a qualifying offer from the Lightning.

  • 5 years 29 weeks ago


    Western Conference Semifinals

    No.6 Plymouth Whalers 3 @ No.1 Owen Sound Attack 4 (OT)
    Owen Sound leads best of seven series 1-0

    D Geoffrey Schemitsch, OS: 0-0-0, +2, 0 PIM
    Season Totals: 45 GP, 1-19-20, +17, 14 PIM
    Playoff Totals: 5 GP, 0-0-0, +2, 0 PIM
    G Michael Zador, OS: 20 saves on 23 shots in 40 minutes
    Season Totals: 31 GP, 19-5-1-1, 3.23 GAA, .888 sv%, 0 SO
    Playoff Totals: 4 GP, 2-0-0, 1.10 GAA, .958 sv%, 1 SO

    Zador, the reigning CHL Goaltender of the Week, got the start for the Attack in Game 1 vs. Plymouth, but was pulled after the second period down 3-2. No injury was reported. Attack goalie Scott Stajcer, who missed most of the season, stopped 14 of 14 shots the rest of the way to get the win. Geoffrey Schemitsch tied for the team high with a plus-2 rating. He was on the ice for the game tying goal mid-way through the third period. Maple Leafs draft pick Jesse Blacker had the game winner in overtime. Game 2 is Saturday in Michigan, and one would think Stajcer is starting Game 2, but nothing has been reported yet.

  • 5 years 29 weeks ago

    A bad loss in Syracuse means reaching 3rd place will be difficult to achieve.


    The brief lived strong run by Jaroslav Janus came to a close. He allowed 4 goals on 26 shots for the loss.

    First Period
    SYR Palmieri, (28) (Deschamps, Green), 6:36 (PP)
    NOR Szczechura, (20) (Milam, Ritola), 9:13 (PP)
    SYR Maroon, (24) (Bonino, Holland), 12:21 (PP)

    Second Period
    SYR Maroon, (25) (Deschamps, Holland), 6:42 (PP)

    Third Period
    SYR Holland, (1) (Bonino, Palmieri), 5:11 (PP)
    NOR Labrie, (7) (Mihalik, Gudas), 9:05
    NOR Pouliot, (24) (Milam), 10:36 (PP)
    SYR Deschamps, (14) (Green), 19:35 (EN)

    Paul Szczechura became the 4th Admiral to reach the 20 goal mark this season.

    Norfolk gets nothing from its game in hand on Charlotte and Binghamton. They remain 3 points back of 3rd place Charlotte in the division and 1 point up on 5th place Binghamton. They need either 1 more point or a point lost by Connecticut to clinch the 3 seed in the Atlantic Division if they fall behind the Senators and enter the postseason via the crossover.

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  • 5 years 29 weeks ago

    Norfolk clings to 4th in the East Division by the slimmest of margins.

    BNG-2 (OT)

    Jaroslav Janus shined making 42 saves in the overtime loss. He's allowed just 5 goals on 86 shots (.953 sv%) since spelling Dustin Tokarski against Hershey when Tic got cut with a skate. All of a sudden, he's playing under control and serving notice to the new organization why the old organization was so high on him. He's also finally justifying that #11 ranking he currently holds here on BoltProspects.

    First Period
    BNG Benoit, (11) (Daugavins, Smith), 11:46 (PP)

    Second Period
    NOR Ritola, (8) (Jones, Mihalik), 16:01

    Third Period

    BNG O'Brien, (24) (Condra, Greening), 3:48

    Janus was the game's third star.

    Blair Jones has points in 9 straight games. Mattias Ritola has points in 7 straight and 8 goals and 17 points over that span, including 6 multi-point games. Tonight was the first time since 2/26/11 that Ritola didn't have a multi-point effort.

    Norfolk climbs to within 2 points of 3rd place Charlotte with 1 game in hand on the Checkers. They also now hold a slim 1 point lead over the 5th place Senators with 1 game in hand on Binghamton. If a crossover scenario were to occur, Norfolk could get the 3rd seed in the Atlantic Division if they finish with more points than the 3rd place Connecticut Whale. They now have a 5 point lead on Connecticut with 3 games left to go for each club, so they could easily clinch no worse than the 3 seed in the Atlantic in their upcoming games against the East Division's 6th place team, Syracuse.

    Norfolk draws Syracuse tomorrow night and again on Saturday night before closing out the regular season on Sunday in Hartford against the Whale. Charlotte draws the now eliminated Worcester Sharks on Friday and again on Saturday. Binghamton goes to Rochester (7th in the North Division) on Friday and finishes at home against Adirondack (7th in the East Division) on Saturday. So, Norfolk likely will need 4 out of 6 possible points to hold off Binghamton for 4th, and they may need to run the table and hope Worcester can take at least a point away from Charlotte to get to 3rd place. 2 more points earned or lost by Connecticut will clinch no worse than the 3 seed in the Atlantic via the crossover. In that scenario, Norfolk would face Manchester. Unfortunately for Norfolk, their three most likely matchups (Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, Hershey, or Manchester) happen to be the 3 best defensive teams in the Eastern Conference in terms of goals allowed. Great.

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  • 5 years 29 weeks ago

    Kelly Cup Playoffs – Eastern Conference Quarterfinals

    No.3 Kalamazoo Wings 4 @ No.6 Florida Everblades 1
    Best of five series tied 1-1

    LW Alex Hutchings: 0-0-0, -2, 6 PIM (unsportsmanlike conduct, slashing, tripping), 2 SOG
    Season Totals: 51 GP, 13-13-26, -9, 41 PIM
    Playoff Totals: 2 GP, 0-1-1, -1, 6 PIM

    The K-Wings scored three times in the first period en route to a 4-1 Game 2 win over the Florida Everblades. Florida now travels to Michigan for the next three games of the series and has to win two of them to keep their season alive. Alex Hutchings did not register a point Wednesday, but spent some time in the box feeling shame. Goaltender Bobby Goepfert was pulled in the second period down 4-0. Game 3 is Friday.

  • 5 years 29 weeks ago

    Sodertalje 3 @ Mora 2
    Riku Helenius, Sodertalje, Win, 17/19, 2.00 GAA, .895 sv%
    Season totals: 18 GP, 4-11-0, 0 SO, 3.03 GAA, .884 sv%
    Kval till Elitserien totals: 4 GP, 2-0-1, 0 SO, 1.72 GAA, .926 sv%

    Sodertalje peppered Mora with a whopping 47 shots on goal en route to edging Mora 3-2 in their 9th game of the Kval till Elitserien. Lightning prospect Riku Helenius made 17 saves to win his second straight must-win start. Elsewhere, Vaxjo defeated Rogle 4-2 and MODO beat Orebro 4-1.

    Vaxjo had already clinched a spot in the Elitserien for next season. With their loss, Rogle will stay in the Allsvenskan. That leaves MODO and Sodertalje tied at 17 points right now with MODO holding the goal differential tiebreaker at +13 to +5. That means Friday's 10th and final round of the Kval till Elitserien will feature an all out battle for all the marbles with MODO visiting Sodertalje. A win keeps the club in the Elitserien next year. A loss means relegation to the Allsvenskan. Time to find out how clutch Riku Helenius can be. Note that in the opening match of the Kval till Elitserien, Sodertalje did defeat MODO 3-2 in a shootout with Pontus Sjogren between the pipes.

  • 5 years 29 weeks ago

    Kelly Cup Playoffs – Eastern Conference Quarterfinals

    No.3 Kalamazoo K-Wings 1 @ No.6 Florida Everblades 2
    Florida leads best of five series 1-0

    LW Alex Hutchings: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
    Season Totals: 51 GP, 13-13-26, -9, 41 PIM
    Playoff Totals: 1 GP, 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM

    The ‘Blades received stellar goaltending from Bobby Goepfert to defeat Kalamazoo 2-1 and take Game 1 of their opening round playoff series with the K-Wings. Goepfert stopped 31 of 32 shots for First Star honors. Lightning prospect Alex Hutchings had an assist in his first professional playoff game. Game 2 is Wednesday in southwest Florida. Games 3-5 will be played in Michigan.

  • 5 years 29 weeks ago

    With Worcester losing to Portland tonight in the shootout, the Norfolk Admirals have clinched a berth in the AHL playoffs. It is the first time the Admirals have made the postseason as a Lightning affiliate. The club can do no worse than securing the crossover into the Atlantic Division and the 4th seed in that divisional playoff. As of right now they hold the 4th seed in the East Division and would play the Penguins in the opening round.

  • 5 years 29 weeks ago

    5th seed looks locked in.


    Dwayne Roloson allowed 4 goals on 24 shots for the loss. The final goal was essentially an empty net goal so that's kind of hard luck for Roli. Consider it punishment for a bit of a softie on the game winner.

    First Period
    13:53 TB Malone (13), Lundin (11)
    16:45 BUF Vanek (29), Pominville (28), Connolly (27)(PP)

    Second Period
    08:00 BUF Vanek (30), Pominville (29), Connolly (28)
    13:46 BUF Connolly (13), Montador (19), Stafford (21)

    Third Period
    00:17 TB Lecavalier (22), St Louis (65), Purcell (32)
    19:46 BUF Vanek (31), unassisted

    If Pittsburgh goes ahead and finishes off the Devils tonight, I think I would seriously consider shutting down some players for 2-3 of the final games of the season, if I were Guy Boucher. It doesn't appear there will be anything to play for, other than breaking the 100 point plateau and some individual plaudits. Standings-wise, the Lightning are pretty much locked in to play Pittsburgh in the first round.

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  • 5 years 29 weeks ago

    A magical night in Charlotte for Jones and the Admirals.


    Jaroslav Janus rose up and played his best AHL game of the season stopping 21 of 23 shots, including a Brett Sutter penalty shot, to take his first win as an Admiral this season. He kept the Admirals where they needed to be through the first two periods and then made sure to make the last stop or two the team needed to pull away at the end. What Mike Smith was for the Lightning against Chicago last night, Janus was for the Admirals tonight.

    First Period
    NOR Ritola, (6) (Pouliot, Barberio), 7:54 (PP)
    CHA Terry, (33) (Sanguinetti, Matsumoto), 12:30 (PP)

    Second Period
    NOR Labrie, (6) (Wright, Berry), 7:56
    CHA Sanguinetti, (3) (Graham, Matsumoto), 13:18 (PP)
    NOR Jones, (22) (Pouliot, Milam), 18:49 (PP)

    Third Period
    NOR Ritola, (7) (Jones, Pouliot), 0:36 (PP)
    NOR Jones, (23) (Ritola), 7:40

    Blair Jones, Mattias Ritola, and Marc-Antoine Pouliot were the game's three stars.

    Blair Jones is now the Norfolk Admirals' all-time leading scorer. He tied and then destroyed the record with a 3 point night that now leaves him just 3 points shy of his career high in points, despite the fact he set that mark in 80 games in 2008-2009 and he's played just 52 games this year. Jones has always been a BoltProspects favorite since his days with Moose Jaw and his rookie season with Springfield in the AHL. Through all the ups and downs of his professional career, he's kept getting better and climbing the ladder. To surpass some of the most beloved Admirals in the history of that franchise to claim the mantle of leading scorer is truly impressive and special.

    His new line, with Marc-Antoine Pouliot and Mattias Ritola showed tonight it could be one of the league's best going into the playoffs. Ritola also had a 3 point night and now has 22 points in 13 AHL games this year. For his part, Pouliot climbed to 6th in the AHL in scoring with 69 points in 65 games.

    Mark Barberio got point 29 tonight. He needs 1 more point in the 4 games remaining this week to reach the 30 point plateau.

    Norfolk pulls to within 3 points of the Checkers for 3rd in the East Division with 2 games in hand, and now holds a 2 point edge over Binghamton with 1 game in hand. More to the point, the Admirals magic number for making the postseason is now 1 point. With a 6 point lead over Worcester and just 3 games remaining for the Sharks, any combination of a point gained by the Admirals or a point lost by Worcester will clinch a playoff berth for the Admirals by, at a minimum, the crossover rule. Interesting note about the crossover rule, if Norfolk were to crossover they could gain the 3rd seed in the Atlantic Division if they can continue to lead the Atlantic's 3rd place team, the Connecticut Whale. However, for tonight, the crossover seems like an afterthought for a team that controls its destiny to climb into the #3 spot in the division.

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