Harvard Crimson 0 @ No.14 Boston College Eagles 6
C/W Alexander Killorn, HAR: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season Totals: 19 GP, 6-8-14, +1, 16 PIM
The streak without a Beanpot tournament title continues for Harvard, who hasnâ€™t won since current Carolina Hurricanes broadcaster Tripp Tracy led them to a championship in 1993. Killorn had the gameâ€™s first shot and created more than a few scoring chances, but Harvard looked disorganized and was badly outplayed by BC.
Omsk 1 @ Yulaev 3
Karri Ramo, Omsk, Loss, 29/32, 3.05 GAA, .906 sv%
Season totals: 39 GP, 21-16, 4 SO, 2.03 GAA, .916 sv%
Ramo, fresh off his All-Star appearance, could not hold out Yulaev, which has opened up a 5 point lead for first place in the Eastern Conference.
Chelyabinsk 4 @ Ekaterinburg 1
Denis Kazionov, Ekaterinburg, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 46 GP, 5-3-8, -17, 16 PIM
Kazionov played 11:57 in the match. Ekaterinburg is now 3 points out of 8th in the Eastern Conference. Former AHL journeyman Martin Grenier had a pair of helpers in the match for Chelyabinsk.
Nizhnekamsk 3 @ Kazan 1
Dmitri Kazionov, Kazan, DNP
Season totals: 49 GP, 18-7-25, +8, 16 PIM
The elder Kazionov did not play in today's match.
Dynamo Riga 5 @ Dynamo Minsk 4
Martins Karsums, Dynamo Riga, DNP
Season totals: 6 GP, 2-1-3, +1, 14 PIM
Karsums did not play in today's match for Riga.
Sudbury Wolves 4 @ Brampton Battalion 3 (SO)
W Matias Sointu, SBY: 1-1-2, E, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 34 GP, 7-10-17, -1, 12 PIM
With Sudbury: 13 GP, 4-3-7, -6, 6 PIM
With Ottawa: 21 GP, 3-7-10, +5, 6 PIM
Sointu scored for the second straight game and notched the second multi-point night of his brief OHL career. He had two assists on November 13 for Ottawa.
Ottawa 67â€™s 6 @ Oshawa Generals 2
G Michael Zador, OSH: Loss, 33 saves on 39 shots
Season Totals: 35 GP, 13-16-2-1, 3.54 GAA, .895 sv%, 2 SO
Despite being pulled in the first period against Ottawa Friday, Zador got the start again for the Generals. He lasted the whole game, but gave up six, with three coming on the power play.
Portland Winterhawks 4 @ Vancouver Giants 3
C James Wright, VAN: 0-0-0, -2, 2 PIM (high sticking)
Season Totals: 3 GP, 0-1-1, -3, 2 PIM
With Tampa Bay: 43 GP, 2-3-5, -9, 18 PIM
Vancouver held a 2-0 at the gameâ€™s midway point, but Portland scored the next four and hung on as the Giants scored one early in the third to pull within 4-3. Wright, who is still trying to find his place in the lineup, is looking for his first WHL goal of the season. He had 21 in 71 games last season.
The Lightning come within an eyelash of taking a point away from a very fired up Capitals team.
Mike Smith allowed 3 goals on 31 shots for the loss. What a tough spot to be put in for your first game back. "So, uh, Smitty. You got the Caps tonight. They've won 9 in a row and they're super angry the way we whipped them last time we played them. Go get 'em tiger!" Give credit to Smith for battling and giving the Lightning a serious chance to get points out of this one.
WSH 0:57, Backstrom 23 (Ovechkin, Fleischmann)(PP)
WSH 12:56, Laich 16 (Semin, Fleischmann)
TB 5:00, St. Louis 16 (Foster, Stamkos)
TB 7:42, Stamkos 29 (Foster, St. Louis)(PP)
WSH 13:34, Ovechkin 35 (Backstrom, Poti)
There's no such thing as a moral victory, and I doubt the club feels very good about losing a point with under 10 to play. But, watching this game out of the corner of my eye while the Norfolk game was on, you could tell the Caps came out with playoff intensity and they were out there to try to embarass the Lightning after Tampa Bay spanked them so badly in the last meeting they had. For the most part, the Lightning handled the Caps' surges and they blocked a ton of shots to keep the overall shot total close at 31-27 even though they got outchanced. And, they played opportunistic hockey in the third and capitalized on a key power play opportunity that almost was enough to steal a point out of the capitol city. In other words, even in defeat, the Lightning managed to let Washnington know the last game in Tampa was not a fluke. The gap is closing in the Southeast.
How long has it been since a Lightning game didn't have a prospect in it? It's the first time in about a season and a half, at least, with Paul Szczechura being sent to the Admirals for a brief conditioning stint. On a somewhat related note, it'll be interesting to see if the Lightning send some reinforcements like Szczechura to Norfolk over the Olympic break to see if they can aid in the Admirals' own quest for the playoffs.
Norfolk caps the Mother of All Road Trips with a 13 round shootout victory. They finish their long journey 6-0-1, undefeated in regulation.
Dustin Tokarski allowed 1 goal on 37 shots before stopping 9 of 13 shooters in the penalty shot session for the victory in his first shootout as a pro.
NOR Fornataro, (5) (Wishart, Craig), 14:58 (PP)
BRI Haley, (4) (Gannon), 16:11
NOR- Jones, Fadden, Simek, Cruthers, Wishart
BRI- Smith, Mauldin, Moore, Haskins
Ty Wishart and Tokarski were named the game's first and third stars. Amazingly, this was only the second shootout of the season for Norfolk. They sure did get their money's worth, though, by going 13 rounds. I said in the NHL recap the other night when the Lightning played the Ducks that shootouts usually aren't that exciting. Well, trust me, this one was exciting.
Norfolk came out very strong in the first period and could've easily had a 3-0 lead after the opening frame were it not for how well Bridgeport's goaltender, Scott Munro, played. In particular, I though the line of Ryan Craig, Blair Jones, and Dana Tyrell were excellent on the forecheck in that period and throughout the game. As the game progressed though, the Admirals started to tire and they were dragging mightily by the time overtime came around. This was their 7th road game in 10 days, and it's a testament to their conditioning that they rose to the occassion and pulled out wins these past couple of days.
Mitch Fadden is electric with the puck in space, and he had the cold blooded trigger finger of an assassin in the shootout tonight. If he can just bulk up to help him be stronger on the puck along the wall, he's got a chance to be a really good NHL player.
The victory pushes Norfolk back to .500 for the season at 23-23-3 with 49 points. For the moment, they hold third place in the North Division outright by 2 points with 4th place Adirondack locked in a 1-1 tie at Rochester as of this posting. 5th place Wilkes-Barre/Scranton kept pace with a 3-1 win over Manitoba, and remain 3 points back of the Admirals with 2 games in hand. 6th place Syracuse, which is now 5 points back of Norfolk, is idle and will gain a game in hand. Last place Binghamton is down 1-0 to Hershey as of this posting and have now fallen 7 points behind Norfolk. Binghamton will have 4 games in hand on Norfolk, but they're in danger of losing their 4th game in a row and falling out of the chase.
Norfolk has also moved within 3 points of Hartford and Bridgeport, which are tied at 52 points for 5th in the Atlantic Division. Norfolk holds 2 games in hand on Bridgeport, but none on Hartford. If the 4th place team in the East finishes ahead of the 5th place team in the Atlantic, they will get in and nullify the possibility of a crossover.
Norfolk's big schedule advantage is that they now have 20 home games and just 11 road games remaining. They are 4 games under .500 at home and 4 games over .500 on the road. Traditionally, though, The Scope has been one of the toughest places to play in the AHL, and if the Admirals can regain their superiority there they should be in fantastic shape. Norfolk will get their first home test under Head Coach Jim Johnson Wednesday. It will be a big one, as they face Hershey, which has been the class of the league for much of the past two seasons.
Box score from TheAHL.com.