Sault Ste Marie Greyhounds 3 @ Kitchener Rangers 6
RW Kyle DeCoste, SSM: 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM
Season totals: 10 GP, 1-0-1, -3, 20 PIM
DeCoste was back in the lineup again after missing Saturday nightâ€™s game.
Belleville Bulls 1 @ Windsor Spitfires 6
C Richard Panik, WSR: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 14 GP, 4-4-8, +11, 4 PIM
Panik has registered an assist in two straight games.
Saginaw Spirit 5 @ Ottawa 67â€™s 2
LW Matais Sointu, OTT: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
Season totals: 13 GP, 3-3-6, +3, 4 PIM
Ottawa is struggling at 3-9-2-1 and is tied for last in the division (and league) with Belleville with nine points.
Sarnia Sting 6 @ Oshawa Generals 2
G Michael Zador, OSH: Loss, 26 saves on 32 shots
Season: 10 GP, 6-3-1-0, 3.19 GAA, .897 sv%, 1 SO
After winning four straight games, Zador has lost his last two. Sarnia scored five unanswered goals to turn a 2-1 deficit into a 6-2 win, including four in the third period alone.
Moose Jaw Warriors 4 @ Lethbridge Hurricanes 5
RW Carter Ashton, LET: 2-1-3, -1, 4 PIM (high sticking, hooking), *Second Star*
Season totals: 14 GP, 9-5-14, -6, 24 PIM
Ashton scored his second goal of the game early in the third period on the power play to pull the Hurricanes to within one at 4-3. Later heâ€™d set up linemate Carter Bancks for the game winner.
Omsk 1 @ Chekhov 2
Karri Ramo, Omsk, Loss, 23/25, 2.01 GAA, .920 sv%
Season totals: 17 GP, 10-7, 2 SO, 1.93 GAA, .911 sv%
Ramo's string of two consecutive shutout victories was snapped with a loss. Vladimir Karpov scored a pair of goals for Chekhov.
Ekaterinburg 2 @ Togliatti 1
Vasily Koshechkin, Togliatti, Loss, 30/32, 2.02 GAA, .938 sv%
Season totals: 15 GP, 7-8, 2 SO, 2.32 GAA, .917 sv%
Denis Kazionov, Ekaterinburg, 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 18 GP, 1-2-3, -4, 8 PIM
Kazionov played just 5:16 in the match for Ekaterinburg. His 2 minute minor was for elbowing.
Magnitogorsk 5 @ Kazan 3
The box score from this game is incomplete, but Dimitry Kazionov did score his 5th goal of the season in the match.
McGill Redmen 3 @ Harvard Crimson 3 (Exhibition, Friday)
C/W Alexander Killorn, HAR: 0-1-1, +1, 2 PIM (holding), 4 SOG
2008-09 season totals: 30 GP, 6-9-15, -10, 42 PIM
Harvard took to the ice for the first time this season in an exhibition game against McGill University, which is located in the sophomore Killornâ€™s hometown of Montreal. Harvard received 21 votes in the last USCHO poll, which technically ranks them at No.27.
No.7 Vermont Catamounts 2 @ Merrimack Warriors 5 (Friday)
C/W Matt Marshall , UVM: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 4 GP, 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM
This was a game Vermont â€“ who had one first place vote in the last USCHO poll â€“ penciled in as a win.
Western Michigan Broncos 2 @ Alabama-Huntsville Chargers 1 (Friday)
D Luke Witkowski , UWM: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM (slashing), 2 SOG
Witkowski received his first two penalty minutes of his collegiate career. The rugged defenseman will likely have many more to come. He had 118 in 55 games last year for USHL Fargo, and 139 in 59 the year before for USHL Ohio.
Western Michigan Broncos 2 @ Alabama-Huntsville Chargers 1 (Saturday)
D Luke Witkowski , UWM: 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM (slashing), 1 SOG
Season totals: 4 GP, 0-0-0, -2, 4 PIM
A different day, but the same score and a second slashing penalty for Witkowski.
Moncton Wildcats 5 @ Rouyn-Noranda Huskies 3
D Mark Barberio, MCT: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 16 GP, 1-10-11, +2, 20 PIM
Moncton took control of a back-and-forth game and held on for the win, scoring an empty netter late on the power play.
Sault Ste Marie Greyhounds 5 @ Erie Otters 1
RW Kyle DeCoste, SSM: Did not play.
Season totals: 9 GP, 1-0-1, -1, 20 PIM
DeCoste returned to the lineup Friday, but was back out Saturday. The Greyhounds broke their six game losing streak.
Brampton Battalion 1 @ Barrie Colts 3
LW/C Alex Hutchings, BAR: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM
Season totals: 14 GP, 7-9-16, +6, 4 PIM
Hutchingsâ€™ assist came on the power play.
WHL Note: Last spring the Lightning chose not to sign Edmonton Oil Kings goalie Torrie Jung. The prospect was coming off a good season and an impressive showing against No.1 seed Calgary in the playoffs when the decision was made. This season, Jung returned to Edmonton as an overager. He's currently 3-7-0-2 with a 3.30 GAA, .904 save percentage, and a shutout. Edmonton is 6-8-0-2 on the year.
That's another point the Lightning left out on the ice this year.
Mike Smith allowed 2 goals on 32 shots, but one of those was a softie with time running out that cost the Lightning a point in the standings. After demolishing a water bottle, Smith stopped the 1 shot he faced in overtime and stopped 5 of 6 he faced in the shootout, but the damage was already done.
TB 19:59, Lecavalier 1 (Wright, St. Louis)
BUF 19:14, Grier 3 (Kennedy)
TB 4:26, Stamkos 7 (unassisted)
BUF 19:43, Stafford 3 (Roy, Rivet)
The Lightning are sitting at 3-3-3 for their record right now, but if they had actually finished off this game and the one against New Jersey they could easily be 5-3-1. The thing is, they dominated this game for much of the contest. It shouldn't have been a one goal game at the end of regulation anyway. And you can't blame Smitty for what happened in the shootout tonight. I can't fathom how Lecavalier, Stamkos, St. Louis, and Tanguay all failed in the shootout. That's uncanny, and frustrating.
Steve Downie had 1 hit in 10:43.
Drew Miller was -1 with 1 shot in 12:08.
Zenon Konopka had 2 hits and was 86% on draws in 7:34.
James Wright had a helper and was +1 with 2 shots and 3 blocked shots in 17:05. He's spent considerably less time on the deck the past two games than he did in the previous seven. Now it's decision time for the Lightning, but it seems obvious they'll keep Wright in Tampa rather than sending him back to junior. The key will be for the team to get him on the same in-season weight training program Stamkos was on last season so he doesn't burn out around the midway point of the year.
Victor Hedman had 2 shots, 1 hit, and 1 blocked shot in 28:19. I thought he was off tonight. As good as he was against San Jose, he played a little too soft for my taste tonight and his giveaway obviously led to Buffalo's opening goal. Of course, had he hit the top corner on his chance in overtime, I might not be typing this at all.