The annual event that posts four programs from "Big 10" schools with Minnesota and Wisconsin of the WCHA and Michigan and Michigan State of the CCHA takes place this weekend for bragging rights.
#12 Wisconsin 2 @ #2 Michigan 3
Lightning prospect and Michigan freshman defensemen Kevin Quick was scratched for the game. The Wolverines have been using a rotating defensive lineup so Quick should be in today's game against Minnesota.
#13 Minnesota 3 @ #5 Michigan State 3 ot
No Lightning prospects in this game but always a good contest between two top programs.
Michigan (12-1-0) host Minnesota (7-5-1) today in Ann Arbor and try to avenge their only loss this season. The Gophers won the Icebreaker championship on October 13 with a 4-3 win over the Wolverines.
In the other matchup, Michigan State (8-3-1) hosts Wisconsin (5-6-0) in East Lansing, Mich. This is the first meeting between the two teams this season.
Friday night's highlights:
Maybe this is the weekend the Admirals make their move after all?
Jonathan Boutin stopped 30 of 32 shots faced in the win. The young netminder has now run his record to 5-2-2 on the season with a 2.57 GAA and .925 save percentage.
NOR Stewart, (3) (Keller, Jones), 5:12
NOR Campbell, (2) (Klinkhammer, Lawrence), 5:42
NOR Klinkhammer, (1) (Leach, Mihalik), 11:30
NOR Lawrence, (3) (Klinkhammer, Mihalik), 11:46
SPR Thoresen, (12) (Schremp, Syvret), 19:41
SPR Sestito, (2) (Schremp, Syvret), 7:43
Rob Klinkhammer, Boutin, and Chris Lawrence were the game's three stars.
Norfolk improves its record to 7-10-2 on the season with one more game to go against Springfield this weekend.
Norfolk is now tied with Wilkes/Barre Scranton with 16 points, 2 back of Hershey for the final playoff spot in the division and 3 back of Albany and Binghamton. Once they play Springfield tomorrow night they get back into division play on the road with two games against Albany and then matchups with Binghamton and Hershey, so a winning streak now can flip their fortunes in the division quickly.
Can't look ahead though. Springfield's going to come out flying Saturday night.
Game sheet from TheAHL.com.
Johan Holmqvist stopped only 18 of 22 shots faced in the loss as the Lightning choked away a 3-1 lead at the second intermission to squander an opportunity to get within 3 points in the race for the division.
Before last summer's NHL draft, Luca Cunti decided he wanted to play in college.
Most of his preparation for the move came long distance, from his native Switzerland. About the time the Tampa Bay Lightning made him their third-round pick, two schools held his interest: St. Cloud State and Clarkson.
Five months later, the Huskies meet the Golden Knights tonight. And Cunti isn't playing for either of them. He chose SCSU, but has been waiting more than two months for the NCAA to decide his amateur status.
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According to the Lightning, Everett Silvertips defenseman Dane Crowley will miss both of Everett's games this weekend due to injuries sustained from a blindside hit Tuesday night against Kamloops.
Nick Patterson of the Everett Herald reports Crowley received a facial cut and a concussion on a hit from Blazers defenseman Mike Gauthier. Patterson states there was no penalty called on the play, but "the Tips claim it was a hit to the head from behind and are weighing whether to send a video of the hit to the league for review."
Crowley has 7 goals and 5 assists for 12 points in 23 games for Everett this season.
Highlights from Tuesday and Wednesday: