Game Night Results

  • 5 years 14 weeks ago

    Exceeding expectations thus far.

    TB-3
    PHO-0

    Dan Ellis stopped 23 shots for the shutout victory.

    First Period
    NO SCORING

    Second Period
    15:59 TB Ritola (1), Jones (1), Malone (5)

    Third Period
    04:26 TB Hall (2), Thompson (3), Bergenheim (3)
    14:38 TB Stamkos (9), Downie (6), Jones (3)

    Dan Ellis and Steve Downie were the game's first and second stars.

    When the season started, I had the aggressive goal of 14 points for the first 10 games in my mind. The team finishes the first 10 game set ahead of schedule at 7-3-1 with 15 points. That's outstanding. The next 10 game set is fairly brutal, though, so I'll be happy with 10 points in the second 10 game set of the year. Let's see if the Lightning can beat expectations again.

    Mattias Ritola had his first NHL goal and was +1 with 2 shots in 8:06.

    Dana Tyrell played 13:38.

    Blair Jones had a helper and was +1 in 8:02. He was also 50% on 6 draws.

    Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

  • 5 years 14 weeks ago

    Norfolk's weekend has the sour taste of a two point weekend that should have been a four point weekend.

    POR-7
    NOR-6

    Dustin Tokarski allowed 7 goals on 29 shots for the overtime loss. Rebound control was the culprit. With the exception of the last goal, he was making the first stop and his positioning wasn't bad. But, he was kicking rebounds up the slot and the Admirals defense was not clearing them out. I thought he played better than Desjardins did last night, but neither was acceptable, obviously.

    First Period
    POR Mancari, (7) (Byron), 3:27
    NOR Szczechura, (5) (Giliati, Mihalik), 5:36
    NOR Roy, (2) (Barberio, Szczechura), 13:27

    Second Period
    POR Whitmore, (4) (Turnbull), 2:01
    NOR Simek, (3) (Pouliot, Harju), 6:30
    NOR Fornataro, (3) (Szczechura, Wright), 13:47

    Third Period
    POR Whitmore, (5) (Crawford, Turnbull), 9:36
    NOR Wright, (3) (Szczechura, Fornataro), 10:03 (PP)
    POR Stuart, (3) (Brennan, Biega), 10:29
    NOR Harju, (5) (Simek, Pouliot), 11:28 (PP)
    POR Turnbull, (1) (Roloff, Whitmore), 12:59
    POR Schiestel, (2) (Roloff, Turnbull), 14:54

    Overtime
    POR Gragnani, (3) (Mancari, Biega), 1:05

    Paul Szczechura was the game's second star. Juraj Simek was, in my opinion, the best Admiral tonight. He showed excellent hand-eye coordination batting a puck out of air for his goal, and that line he has with Pouliot and Harju in one of the best in the league right now.

    Through two periods, the defense was much improved tonight. I don't know if that's a function of Mike Flanagan being back to run the defense after Steve Thomas did it last night, but they were better at taking care of details within five feet of their own blueline, with the exception of Portland's first goal. The last period was just the intersection of a team letting its foot off the gas once Harju scored on a semi-soft goal to make it 6-4 and some bad luck with rebounds going right onto Pirates' sticks. The biggest play of the game was the 2-on-1 goal Portland scored to make it 6-5, where Michael Vernace got completely lost. I'm not surprised he was -3 tonight. He's struggling with his positioning and the way he surrenders the blueline on the rush, they might need to start calling him Versailles.

    My revalation of the night was Stefano Giliati, who is a speedy little sparkplug who was either generating scoring chances or popping people all night long. He got his first point as an Admiral tonight, and I was impressed. I'm surprised they don't play him more.

    I liked the way rookies Mark Barberio and Radko Gudas played. Barberio ended up a team high +2 along with Mihalik, and although his skating is mediocre, he's outstanding at reading the play in the offensive end. He's a very crafty player. He has a ways to go, but I enjoyed what I saw. Gudas appeared in both games this weekend, and he was quiet for most of five periods of hockey, but he was very visible in the third period tonight. He and Wishart are the only two Admirals who routinely step up at their blueline and give a pop, but what surprised me about Radko was how he carried the puck offensively a couple of times. The skill set is there, and it's real. Like Barberio, he's a couple of years off, but there's something to work with there, and he and Mihalik make a decent little pairing. The reunification of Czechoslovakia going on with that pairing.

    It makes me puke that a goaltender as bad as Leggio managed to backdoor his way into two wins this weekend. That's annoying.

    I'll be leaving Norfolk tomorrow morning, but I just wanted to close by encouraging Lightning fans to make the trip if you're looking for a weekend trip. This is an entertaining team, with the highest scoring offense in the league, and this is a good town. I enjoy coming to Norfolk because it reminds me a lot of Tampa, and I think you'll feel the same way to if you come up here.

    Box score from TheAHL.com.

  • 5 years 14 weeks ago

    Sodertalje 3 @ MODO 4 (OT)
    Riku Helenius, Sodertalje, DNP
    Season totals: 6 GP, 0-5-0, 0 SO, 2.77 GAA, .879 sv%

    I'm beginning to think Riku Helenius is going to have to pull a Tonya Harding on Pontus Sjogren to ever get in a game again. Sjogren made 21 saves for the overtime loss against MODO. Ex-NHLer Byron Ritchie had two goals in the match for MODO.

  • 5 years 14 weeks ago

    Kalamazoo Wings 2 @ Florida Everblades 6
    C Mitch Fadden: 1-1-2, -1, 2 PIM (hooking), 1 SOG
    Season totals: 6 GP, 2-7-9, -2, 6 PIM

    LW Alex Hutchings: 1-1-2, +1, 2 PIM (high sticking), 3 SOG, *First Star*
    Season totals: 5 GP, 2-1-3, -3, 2 PIM

    G Jaroslav Janus: Did not play.
    Season totals: 3 GP, 1-2-0-0, 5.58 GAA, .800 sv%, 0 SO

    Kalamazoo came into Southwest Florida with no losses, but will leave with at least 2 after the Everblades beat them for the second consecutive game. Fadden (pictured) returned to the Florida lineup to record another multi-point game and pro rookie Hutchings scored for the second straight game. Janus watched from the bench both games against the Wings. The teams will play again Saturday night.

  • 5 years 14 weeks ago

    BCHL

    Salmon Arm Silverbacks 2 @ Penticton Vees 4
    C Brendan O’Donnell, PEN: 0-1-1, 0 PIM
    Season totals: 20 GP, 8-9-17, 8 PIM

    The Vees scored the game’s final four goals for the win. O’Donnell was coming off a 5-point game Wednesday.

    USHL

    Fargo Force 3 @ Omaha Lancers 2 (SO)
    C Jimmy Mullin, FGO: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
    Season totals: 9 GP, 5-4-9, +1, 8 PIM

    Mullin’s point streak was snapped at 3 games. He did not convert his shootout attempt.

    QMJHL

    Gatineau Olympiques 2 @ Cape Breton Screaming Eagles 1
    D Adam Janosik, GAT: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG, 0 Hits
    Season Totals: 16 GP, 2-3-5, +3, 10 PIM

    Cape Breton only managed 12 shots in the game.

    Montreal Juniors 4 @ Baie-Comeau Drakkar 3 (SO)
    D Charles Landry, MTL: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG, 0 Hits
    Season Totals: 6 GP, 0-4-4, +6, 0 PIM

    Landry (pictured) has at least a point in both games since his return from injury. Former Harvard Crimson Louis Leblanc (Habs) scored his 9th of the season for the Juniors.

    OHL

    Saginaw Spirit 5 @ Owen Sound Attack 2
    D Geoffrey Schemitsch, OS: 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM
    Season totals: 14 GP, 1-6-7, +7, 2 PIM

    In a battle of OHL heavyweights, Saginaw came out on top despite being outshot by the Attack 54-22.

    Belleville Bulls 1 @ Oshawa Generals 6
    C/W Richard Panik, BEL: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM
    Season totals: 15 GP, 11-9-20, +3, 21 PIM
    G Michael Zador, OSH: Win, 20 saves on 21 shots
    Season Totals: 7-2-1-1, 3.24 GAA, .889 sv%, 1 SO

    Zador shut down Panik and the Bulls, stopping 20 shots in the process.

    WHL

    Prince George Cougars 2 @ Seattle Thunderbirds 0
    RW Brett Connolly, PG: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
    Season totals: 15 GP, 14-8-22, +2, 6 PIM

    Connolly had his point streak snapped at 14 games as this was the first game this season he didn’t hit the scoresheet. Ty Rimmer (undrafted) had a 36-save shutout for the Cougars. Avalanche pick Calvin Pickard had 30 saves for the T-Birds, earning a Second Star award.

  • 5 years 14 weeks ago

    Western Michigan Broncos 2 @ #13 Notre Dame Fighting Irish 3
    D Luke Witkowski, UWM: 0-0-0, +1, 4 PIM, 0 SOG
    Season totals: 7 GP, 0-2-2, +1, 8 PIM

    The Broncos lost their second game of the season, moving to 4-2-1 in a penalty filled match-up against the Irish.

    #10 New Hampshire Wildcats 7 @ #14 Cornell Big Red 4
    D Kirill Gotovets, COR: 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM, 2 SOG

    Cornell dropped its season opener to New Hampshire, the team that knocked the Big Red out of the NCAA tournament last season. Gotovets skated in his first collegiate regular season game, going scoreless.

  • 5 years 14 weeks ago

    Wishart gave me free chicken wings.

    POR-6
    NOR-5 (SO)

    Cedrick Desjardins allowed 5 goals on 29 shots in regulation and overtime before allowing two of five shooters to convert for the shootout loss. He was not good tonight. Lightning fans looking to Cedrick the Entertainer as the answer to the Lightning's goaltending problems probably shouldn't be getting their hopes up. He's very athletic but he also strays off his angle too much. What saved him tonight was the fact Portland's netminder, Leggio, was worse than he was. Norfolk's fifth, free chicken wing awarding, goal was horrificly soft.

    First Period
    POR Mancari, (6) (Adam, Ellis), 1:40
    POR Gragnani, (1) (Stuart, Parrish), 8:49
    NOR Wright, (2) (Fornataro), 11:15
    NOR Simek, (1) (Pouliot, Milam), 14:22

    Second Period
    POR Gragnani, (2) (Byron, Adam), 1:30 (PP)
    NOR Simek, (2) (Pouliot, Harju), 2:02
    NOR Pouliot, (3) (Harju, Fornataro), 4:07 (PP)
    POR Schiestel, (1) (Persson, Lagace), 10:27

    Third Period
    NOR Wishart, (4), (unassisted) 11:12
    POR Adam, (6) (Mancari, Ellis), 14:43

    Overtime
    NO SCORING

    Shootout
    POR- Parrish, Whitmore
    NOR- Simek

    Juraj Simek and Marc-Antoine Pouliot were the game's second and third stars. Best player on the ice, in my opinion, was Portland's Marc-Andre Gragnani. He was fantastic in the offensive third and would be damned good in Guy Boucher's system, hint-hint, Steve Yzerman.

    I knew we'd score some goal's when Portland's starting goaltender swallowed down the wrong pipe while taking a swig from his water bottle during pre-game warm ups and almost puked right in front of their bench.

    Juraj Simek is so money in shootouts everyone in the building knew he was going to score. Loudest ovation of the night was when he was announced to shoot. He's got a Euro-twins power thing working with Harju, too. Paul Szczechura was probably the best Admiral tonight, although it didn't end up in the scoresheet. One word to describe Johan Harju: smooth. Everything about his game is smooth. The puck does not stay on his stick long, whether he's passing it or shooting it, and his decisions are usually pretty good, and he moves with a very effortless stride. He looks like he could stand to gain ten pounds of muscle, but he drips hockey sense.

    Overall, the biggest thing the Admirals need to clean up tomorrow night in the rematch against Portland is their play within five feet of their own blueline. Both teams struggled in that department, but Norfolk was particularly poor at getting pucks out and routinely were turning it over right at their own blueline, which is what teams with a deathwish do. They need to clean that up, and they'll get used to switching Jackson out for Vernace as time goes by.

    Box score from TheAHL.com.

  • 5 years 14 weeks ago

    Chelyabinsk 2 @ Cherepovets 1 (OT)
    Vasily Koshechkin, Cherepovets, DNP
    Season totals: 12 GP, 5-7-0, 1 SO, 2.99 GAA, .903 sv%

    Vasily Koshechkin sat backup to Rostislav Stana as Cherepovets fell 2-1 to Chelyabinsk in overtime. Ex-Lightning forward Martin Cibak had Cherepovets' only goal.

    Kazan 3 @ Omsk 2
    Dmitri Kazionov, Kazan, 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM, 1 SOG
    Season totals: 11 GP, 1-1-2, -2, 12 PIM

    Dmitri Kazionov was scoreless and had a minor penalty for slashing in 10:49 of ice time in Kazan's 3-2 win over Omsk. Ex-Lightning first rounder Nikita Alexeev had a helper in the game for Kazan. Ex-Lightning netminder Karri Ramo stopped 22 shots for Omsk for the overtime loss.

  • 5 years 14 weeks ago

    OHL

    Sault Ste Marie Greyhounds 2 @ Windsor Spitfires 4
    D Brock Beukeboom, SSM: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM
    Season Totals: 12 GP, 0-0-0, -6, 36 PIM

    The Soo is 5-7-2-0 on the year, good enough for third (tie) in the West Division, three points behind Windsor and 11 behind first place Saginaw.

    Oshawa Generals 2 @ Peterborough Petes 3 (OT)
    G Michael Zador, OSH: OT loss, 26 saves on 29 shots, *Third Star*
    Season Totals: 6-2-1-1, 3.45 GAA, .884 sv%, 1 SO

    Zador (pictured) played well enough to earn a Third Star award on the road, but allowed a third period goal to the Petes and the overtime winner to 2011 draft hopeful Matt Puempel.

  • 5 years 14 weeks ago

    Elitserien
    Lulea 3 @ Sodertalje 2
    Riku Helenius, Sodertalje, DNP
    Season totals: 6 GP, 0-5-0, 0 SO, 2.77 GAA, .879 sv%

    Riku Helenius again sat backup as Sodertalje fell 3-2 to Lulea. Ex-NHLer Janne Niinimaa had an assist in the match for Lulea.

    KHL
    There are no game results today, but there is a quick transaction. Denis Kazionov has been released by Novokuznetsk.

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