Game Night Results

  • 6 years 9 weeks ago

    Tonight the bottom dropped out.


    Tee times are calling, clearly. Not much else to say.

  • 6 years 9 weeks ago


    Victoriaville Tigres 4 @ Rimouski Oceanic 0

    D Daniel Milan, VIC: 0-0-0 E, 4 PIM, 0 SOG, 0 Hits
    Season Totals: 62 GP, 2-9-11, -16, 73 PIM
    With Victoriaville: 29 GP, 2-4-6, -3, 42 PIM
    With Moncton: 33 GP, 0-5-5, -13, 31 PIM

    The Tigres closed out their season with a 4-0 win in Rimouski, thanks to Yanni Gourde’s two goals. Gourde (undrafted), won the league scoring title with 124 points, 23 points ahead of the next highest player. Former Lightning camper Brandon Hynes finished tied for sixth with Lightning prospect Danick Gauthier at 86 points. Milan (pictured) beat his previous career high for plus/minus, which was -26.

  • 6 years 9 weeks ago

    Florida Everblades 2 @ Elmira Jackals 3

    D Charles Landry, FLA: 0-0-0, E, 1 SOG, 0 PIM
    Season Totals: 29 GP, 2-5-7, +4, 10 PIM
    D Sebastien Piche, FLA: Did not play (suspended)
    Season Totals: 9 GP, 0-5-5, +4, 23 PIM
    D Kevin Quick, FLA: 0-0-0, E, 0 SOG, 0 PIM
    Season Totals: 27 GP, 0-9-9, -5, 2 PIM (Norfolk property)

    Florida scored with just over a minute left in the game to pull within one goal, but could never tie the conference leaders. Florida outshot Elmira 27-22.

  • 6 years 9 weeks ago

    The record goes down, and it goes down hard.


    Jaroslav Janus stopped all 20 shots he faced for his 10th consecutive victory. It's also his first shutout of the season, and he pushes his save percentage up to .909 for the year.

    First Period
    NOR Conacher, (33) (Kostka), 11:25
    NOR Johnson, (27) (Palat, Panik), 17:14

    Second Period
    NOR Hutchings, (2) , 5:38

    Third Period
    NOR Panik, (18) , 6:53
    NOR Conacher, (34) (Panik, Johnson), 8:07 (PP)

    Cory Conacher, Richard Panik, and Janus were the game's three stars.

    Conacher scored on a fortuitous bounce that went through Justin Peters for the game opening goal and then a shot from the right wing circle on the power play on a busted play that was supposed to go into the slot. The most impressive play of the day to me, though, was when he picked up 196 pound defenseman Michal Jordan and threw him to the ice like a piece of garbage during a goal mouth scrum.

    You're going to see Panik's breakaway goal on youtube. The Panik attack came in the form of a deke to the right where he came back through his legs and roofed it going top shelf to his left. So much skill there for a guy who is also so strong on his skates. He had a 3 point night tonight to put him at 18 goals and 37 points in 54 games. To put that in perspective, Carter Ashton had 19 goals and 35 points in 56 games before he left the Admirals. The two are now tied for 15th in rookie scoring in the league, and the emergence of Panik and Tyler Johnson, who set an Admirals goal scoring streak record tonight, is what made Ashton expendable, to a degree.

    So, the Admirals now own the all-time AHL record for a single-season winning streak at 18 games. They also tied the mark set by Syracuse a few years back of 18 wins that they spread over 2 years winning 15 to end one season and 3 to start the next. Norfolk can break that record, too, with a win against Albany on Friday. That's the last bit of streak business that's left to take care of before they need to divert their attention to locking down their division and the conference, and getting into the playoffs healthy and ready to smoke through the early rounds quickly.

    I'll have a separate story up later on the streak from the perspective of Bolt Prospects and the Lightning organization sometime within the next day or two. Suffice it to say, there's a reason why we have spent the past 6-1/2 years or so doing the website, and days like this validate the effort.

    With St. John's losing to Manchester today, Norfolk opened up a 10 point lead in the conference with the IceCaps holding 3 games in hand. So, Norfolk now controls its destiny in the conference with a key weekend set against St. John's still on the schedule. Norfolk also maintained a 10 point edge on the Pens in the division, with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton holding a game in hand. Remember, the AHL reduced its regular season schedule to 76 games starting this year, down from 80 in order to reduce heavy scheduling and promote better player health. So, Norfolk has just 10 games left on their schedule before the postseason, so the magic numbers are going to come up really quickly now for clinching. Norfolk's remaining games are against: Albany (3 games), Binghamton (3 games), St. John's (2 games), Adirondack (1 game), and Wilkes/Barre-Scranton (1 game). So only 3 of Norfolk's remaining contests are against teams that would make the playoffs if the season ended today. Advantage: Admirals.

    Oh, and all 5 goals today came from rookies. If Jon Cooper's not the AHL Coach of the Year this year, then obviously the award is trash.

    Box score from

  • 6 years 9 weeks ago

    Colgate Raiders 0 @ No. 13 Cornell Big Red 3
    ECAC Consolation

    D/W Kirill Gotovets, COR: 0-0-0, , 0 PIM, 1 SOG
    Season totals: 22 GP, 1-6-7, +13, 12 PIM

    Gotovets was back on defense after playing forward in Cornell’s semifinal loss to Harvard on Friday. He registered one shot on goal as Cornell took the Consolation Game win in Atlantic City.

    No. 19 Harvard Crimson 1 @ Union Dutchmen 3
    ECAC Semifinals

    F Alex Killorn, HAR: 1-0-1, E, 0 PIM, 6 SOG
    Season totals: 34GP, 23-23-46, +13, 47 PIMs

    In what was probably his final collegiate game, Alex Killorn scored his team’s only goal and led the Crimson with five shots on net, but Harvard lost to Union 3-1 in the ECAC Championship Game. It was Union’s first ECAC title. Any slim shot Harvard had at getting an invitation to the big dance went by the wayside when Union and Western Michigan both got automatic bids. Killorn came back to school for his senior year to do just this – have a strong offensive campaign and lead his team to new heights. Hopefully he holds his head high. The Killorn contract watch now begins, as he’s a lock to sign his name on the dotted line with the Lightning. It’s just a matter of when.

    No. 7 Miami RedHawks 4 vs. Bowling Green Falcons 1
    CCHA Consolation

    F Jimmy Mullin, MIA: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
    Season totals: 35 GP, 11-15-26, +17, 10 PIM

    After a tough loss to Western Michigan in the semifinals Friday, Miami defeated upstart Bowling Green in the CCHA Consolation Game. Miami is a lock for the national tournament and will await their seeding on Sunday.

    Note: Brendan O’Donnell (North Dakota) is out for the season after undergoing shoulder surgery. North Dakota won their third straight WCHA tournament championship.

    No. 3 Michigan Wolverines 2 vs. No. 14 Western Michigan Broncos 3
    CCHA Finals

    D Luke Witkowski, WMU: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
    Season totals: 39 GP, 2-11-13, +8, 47 PIM

    Fear the beard. Witkowski and Western Michigan won their first CCHA tournament title since 1986 as they held on to beat Michigan, 3-2. Witkowski was strong all night with his partner, free agent Dan DeKeyser. Witkowski’s dump-in and the hybrid icing rule led to the eventual game-winning goal, scored in the closing minutes of the second period. Witkowski, who came into the game with seven points in his last eight games, was beaten one-on-one for Michigan’s first goal, which came while WMU was on the power play, but was strong in his own zone as the Broncos killed off a five-minute major penalty that ended with three minutes to go. He was very poised and strong on the puck in his own end, and at one point in the final minute enabled a clear when he beat two Wolverines to a loose puck while he was on his knees after breaking up the previous play. During the broadcast, Fox Sports Detroit said WMU coach Andy Murray mentioned that all six WMU defensemen would be back next year. The announcers didn’t seem to put a ton of stock in the comment, but it’s the first indication that DeKeyser – and Witkowski – are staying in school. DeKeyser, who was named to the CCHA All-Tournament team, will be offered a contract from most every NHL team and Witkowski has played well enough to start a contract conversation among the Lightning brass. Time will tell, but right now Witkowski, his beard – which got a kiss from the Broncos backup goaltender during the celebration, and WMU will wait and see what damage they can do in the national tournament. They earned an automatic bid with the tournament championship. (Luke's photo from his Twitter feed, @LWitko28)

    *USCHO poll used

  • 6 years 9 weeks ago


    Fargo Force 1 @ Tri-City Storm 2

    G Adam Wilcox, TC: Win, 36 saves on 37 shots, *First Star*
    Season Totals (with Tri-City): 28 GP, 14-14-1, 2.96 GAA, .915 sv%, 1 SO
    Season Totals (with Green Bay): 9 GP, 7-2-0, 2.27 GAA, .918 sv%, 2 SO

    Wilcox put up the same stat line for the second night in a row: one goal allowed, 36 saves, and yet another first star award. Unofficially that's six in the last month. With a loss by Des Moines, Tri-City moved into the final playoff spot in the West, two points ahead of the Bucs, who have two games in hand. Eight games remain for the Storm, who are just one point behind Sioux City for fifth. Fargo sits above Sioux City.


    Saint John Sea Dogs 7 @ Cape Breton Screaming Eagles 2

    C Danick Gauthier, SNB: 2-0-2, +1, 2 PIM (slashing), 5 SOG, 1 Hit, *First Star*
    Season Totals: 67 GP, 47-39-86, +46, 67 PIM

    In his last game of the season, newly-signed Lightning prospect Danick Gauthier didn’t perform a miracle and catch Zach O’Brien for the league’s goal scoring title, but with two goals he set a new franchise record for Saint John with 47 goals in one season. His 46th goal set a new family record – his father, Daniel, had 46 goals for Victoriaville in 89-90. Gauthier crushed his previous personal highs (11-19-30, +21) in every major category. Saint John, which finished 50-15-0-3, will begin their run to defend the Memorial Cup starting on Friday.

    Gatineau Olympiques 3 @ Rouyn-Noranda Huskies 6

    D Adam Janosik, GAT: 0-1-1, E, 2 PIM (roughing), 0 SOG, 5 Hits
    Season Totals: 51 GP, 6-26-32, -13, 55 PIM

    Gatineau lost to the Huskies for the second night in a row to end their regular season. With his assist, Janosik tied his career high for points in a season and broke his personal high for assists, which he set last year. He played in nine more games last year. The Olympiques will finish in 14th in the league, but make the playoffs.


    London Knights 3 @ Erie Otters 0

    C Vladislav Namestnikov, LDN: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
    Season Totals: 63 GP, 22-49-71, +15, 50 PIM

    London got a win over last place Erie in the Knights’ last game of the regular season, and combined with Plymouth’s loss to Sarnia, clinched the conference’s top seed heading into the playoffs. Namestnikov finished without a point for the 10th time in his last 14 games. He set new career highs this season for points, assists, plus/minus, and penalty minutes. He was eight off his 30-goal high, which he set last year in 68 games.

    Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors 3 @ Oshawa Generals 0

    D Geoffrey Schemitsch, OSH: 0-0-0 E, 0 PIM
    Season Totals: 48 GP, 2-17-19, +8, 24 PIM
    With Oshawa: 21 GP, 2-6-8, +5, 4 PIM
    With Owen Sound: 27 GP, 0-11-11, +3, 20 PIM

    Oshawa will conclude their regular season on Sunday. They can catch Belleville in points for seventh, but Belleville has more wins.

  • 6 years 9 weeks ago

    Goaltending, special teams, and details.


    Dwayne Roloson allowed 3 goals on 21 shots for the loss.

    First Period
    STL Berglund (17), (Pietrangelo, Oshie)(SH), 15:00
    STL Schwartz (1), (Stewart, Colaiacovo)(PP), 19:24

    Second Period
    STL Perron (15), (Oshie), 2:47

    Third Period
    TB Mikkelson (1), (Hall, Wallace), 15:49

    Brendan Mikkelson was the game's third star. Congratulations to the young man on his first NHL goal.

    You could make an argument that the Lightning outplayed the best team in the league tonight. They outshot them 23-21, and they probably outchanced them, too. But, the same things that have doomed the season for the Lightning are the same things that just allowed St. Louis to hit 100 points: goaltending, special teams, and details.

    St. Louis' goaltenders are tops in the league in GAA. The Lightning's? Dead last.

    St. Louis' power play as scored the 12th most goals in the league. The Lightning's? 25th.

    St. Louis is 11th in the league in shorthanded goals. The Lightning? Dead last.

    St. Louis is 4th best in the league in shorthanded goals against. The Lightning? Second to last.

    It's not complicated to figure out where things went wrong for this club, both tonight and throughout the season. However, addressing those things may be complicated for a General Manager who hasn't been able to get the situation between the pipes quite right over his first two years with the team and a coaching staff that has seemed incapable of addressing the team's special teams issues all year long.

    Keith Aulie had 1 hit and 1 blocked shot in 9:42. The fact Aulie can't seem to even get 12 minutes of ice time from this coaching staff every night is very troubling, especially considering what the team gave up to acquire him.

    Tim Wallace had an assist and was +1 with 1 shot and 1 hit in 9:44. Wallace played in his 40th game of the season tonight, meaning he will graduate from prospect status with 1 more appearance in the lineup for the Lightning this year.

    Trevor Smith had 1 shot in 12:55.

    J.T. Wyman had 1 blocked shot in 12:14.

    Box score and extended statistics from

  • 6 years 10 weeks ago

    No. 19 Harvard Crimson 6 @ No. 13 Cornell Big Red 1
    ECAC Semifinals

    F Alex Killorn, HAR: 2-1-3, +3, 0 PIM, 5 SOG, *Second Star*
    Season totals: 33GP, 22-23-45, +13, 47 PIMs
    D/W Kirill Gotovets, COR: 0-0-0, , 0 PIM, 1 SOG
    Season totals: 21 GP, 1-6-7, +13, 12 PIM

    Killorn and Harvard continued their magical run, beating the favored Big Red 6-1 on Friday to earn a trip to the ECAC finals against top-seeded Union. Harvard scored the game’s first six goals, with Killorn getting numbers two and five. Cornell added a late goal. Lightning prospect Kirill Gotovets spent time at wing, which he has done a handful of times this year. Harvard has to beat Union on Saturday to get into the national tournament. Cornell, who will play in the Third Place Game on Saturday, is considered on the bubble.

    No. 7 Miami RedHawks 2 vs. No. 14 Western Michigan Broncos 6
    CCHA Semifinals

    D Luke Witkowski, WMU: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
    Season totals: 38 GP, 2-11-13, +8, 47 PIM
    F Jimmy Mullin, MIA: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 5 SOG
    Season totals: 34 GP, 11-15-26, +17, 10 PIM

    Witkowski logged a ton of minutes and for a moment or two had was credited with an important goal for WMU as the Broncos upset Miami to advance to the CCHA Finals against Michigan, who beat Cinderella Bowling Green in double overtime. Witkowski took a feed in the high slot while on the power play, skated a couple of strides, and fired a low wrist shot that found its way to the twine but it was later ruled to have hit the shaft of the stick of teammate Will Kessel (undrafted). Witkowski and defensive partner Dan DeKeyser, a free agent target of the Lightning, played nearly every key shift in the game for the Broncos and matched-up against Lightning prospect Jimmy Mullin’s high-powered line for much of the game. Mullin created a few scoring chances and had his name announced for an assist on Miami's first goal, but it was later corrected. Mullin was one of the few RedHawks who was generating chances. Mullin will continue his season in Saturday's Third Place Game, then on the road to the Frozen Four in Tampa as the RedHawks are considered a lock for an invitation. WMU is on the bubble, but can punch their ticket with a win over the Wolverines at Joe Louis Arena Saturday night.

    *USCHO poll used

  • 6 years 10 weeks ago


    Fargo Force 1 @ Tri-City Storm 5

    G Adam Wilcox, TC: Win, 36 saves on 37 shots, *First Star*
    Season Totals (with Tri-City): 27 GP, 13-14-1, 3.04 GAA, .912 sv%, 1 SO
    Season Totals (with Green Bay): 9 GP, 7-2-0, 2.27 GAA, .918 sv%, 2 SO

    Wilcox (pictured) and Tri-City got a must-needed win on Friday, topping the Force, 5-1. Wilcox was named first star for about the fifth time in the last month. He’s put the team on the back as they continue to make a push for the playoffs. With the win on Friday the Storm are tied with Des Moines for the last playoff spot in the West, but the Bucs have two games in hand. Tri-City has nine games left in the regular season.


    Saint John Sea Dogs 4 @ Cape Breton Screaming Eagles 0

    C Danick Gauthier, SNB: 0-1-1, +1, 2 PIM (tripping), 7 SOG, 0 Hits
    Season Totals: 65 GP, 45-39-84, +45, 65 PIM

    With one game left to play in the regular season, Saint John has already wrapped up the league’s top seed. Gauthier remains five goals back of league-leader Zach O’Brien (Acadie-Bathurst).

    Gatineau Olympiques 2 @ Rouyn-Noranda Huskies 5

    D Adam Janosik, GAT: 0-0-0, -1, 4 PIM (roughing, roughing), 0 SOG, 0 Hits
    Season Totals: 50 GP, 6-25-31, -13, 53 PIM

    Janosik was back from his native Slovakia, where he was taking some exams, but he didn’t register a point in a loss to the Huskies. With one game to go in the regular season, Janosik is one point off his career high of 32 points, set last year in 10 more games. Gatineau can finish no lower than 14th among the 16 playoff teams. There are no conferences in the Q.

    Shawinigan Cataractes 5 @ Victoriaville Tigres 7

    D Daniel Milan, VIC: 0-0-0 E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG, 1 Hit
    Season Totals: 61 GP, 2-9-11, -16, 69 PIM
    With Victoriaville: 28 GP, 2-4-6, -3, 38 PIM
    With Moncton: 33 GP, 0-5-5, -13, 31 PIM

    5’8” Yanni Gourde (undrafted) had a goal and four assists to increase his league-leading point total to 122. No one else is even close to him. With 11 points this season, Milan won’t come close to touching the 38 points he put up last year as a rookie with Moncton. He is already signed to an NHL contract with the Lightning. The Tigres are currently one point up on Quebec for the fourth seed in the league with one game remaining.


    Sarnia Sting 2 @ London Knights 3

    C Vladislav Namestnikov, LDN: 0-1-1, -1, 0 PIM
    Season Totals: 62 GP, 22-49-71, +15, 50 PIM

    Twice London overcame one-goal deficits to tie and eventually beat Sarnia at home. With one game left, London and Plymouth are tied on top of the Western Conference with 97 points. London leads in wins by one. The Whalers have gone 10-0 in their last 10 games while the Knights have gone 5-5.

    In a poll of OHL coaches, Namestnikov finished third in the Best Playmaker and Best Skater categories in the conference. Lightning camper Seth Griffith, who will re-enter the draft and could be a target of the Lightning with a second or third round pick, finished in the following categories: Most Improved (1), Most Dangerous in the Goal Area (2), Best Shootout Shooter (2).

  • 6 years 10 weeks ago

    Florida Everblades 3 @ Elmira Jackals 2

    D Charles Landry, FLA: 0-0-0, -1, 2 SOG, 0 PIM
    Season Totals: 28 GP, 2-5-7, +4, 10 PIM
    D Sebastien Piche, FLA: Did not play (suspended)
    Season Totals: 9 GP, 0-5-5, +4, 23 PIM
    D Kevin Quick, FLA: 0-0-0, E, 1 SOG, 0 PIM
    Season Totals: 26 GP, 0-9-9, -5, 2 PIM (Norfolk property)

    Cedric Lalonde-McNicholl scored twice in about a two minute span in the third period to put the ‘Blades ahead for good on their way to a huge road win over the conference’s second seed. With the win, Florida stays four points ahead of Cincinnati for seventh in the East. Piche missed his second game due to a suspension for a boarding major.

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