Moncton Wildcats 4 @ Acadie-Bathurst Titan 3
D Mark Barberio, MCT: 1-1-2, +1, 2 PIM, 6 SOG
Season Totals: 35 GP, 5-24-29, +16, 38 PIM
Mark Barberio tallied a first period power play goal to help the Moncton Wildcats ring up a 3 for 6 night with the man advantage and defeat Bathurst 4-3. Barberio added an even strength assist in the 2nd period before finishing the night with 6 of the Wildcats 35 shots.
Barrie Colts 7 @ Kitchener Rangers 4
LW/C Alex Hutchings, BAR: 3-0-3, +3, 2 PIM, *First Star*
Season Totals: 35 GP, 24-22-46, +28, 26 PIM
Alex Hutchings and the Barrie Colts resumed OHL play after the holiday break with a bang as Hutchings rung up a hat trick while earning FIRST STAR honors as the Colts defeated the Kitchener Rangers 7-4 Tuesday night. It was Barrie's league-leading 30th win in 35 contests on the season.
Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 2 @ Sudbury Wolves 4
LW Matias Sointu, SBY: DNP (at WJC)
Season Totals: 31 GP, 5-9-14, E, 14 PIM
With Sudbury: 10 GP, 2-2-4, -5, 8 PIM
With Ottawa: 21 GP, 3-7-10, +5, 6 PIM
Matias Sointu didn't dress for Wolves Tuesday night as the Finnish winger remains with the Team Finland at the U2O WJC tournament. Sudbury doubled up the rival Soo 4-2 behind Eric O'Dell's first star effort.
Erie Otters 4 @ Saginaw Spirit 1
G Jaroslav Janus, ERIE: Win, 36 saves on 37 shots, *Second Star*
Season Totals: 13 GP, 7-4-2-0, 2.81 GAA, .918 sv%
With Norfolk (AHL): 2 GP, 0-2-0, 1.52 GAA, .939 sv%
Jaroslav Janus stopped 36 Spirit shots Tuesday night enroute to SECOND STAR honors, and reportedly single-handedly won the game for the Otters against an onslaught of Saginaw offense.
Belleville Bulls 2 @ Ottawa 67's 4
RW Kyle DeCoste, BEL: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM
Season Totals: 32 GP, 10-8-18, -2, 35 PIM
With Bulls: 19 GP, 8-7-15, E, 15 PIM
With SSM: 13 GP, 2-1-3, -2, 20 PIM
Kyle DeCoste was held scoreless as the 67's defeated the Bulls 4-2 in Belleville's first game back from the holiday break. The Bulls were 0 for 8 on the power play for the night.
Regina Pats 1 @ Calgary Hitmen 3
RW Carter Ashton, REG: 0-0-0, E, 5 PIM (fighting)
Season Totals: 35 GP, 14-16-30, -14, 67 PIM
With Regina: 7 GP, 1-3-4, -6, 15 PIM
With Lethbridge: 28 GP, 13-13-26, -8, 52 PIM
Carter Ashton was held scoreless for the second straight game as the Hitmen edged the Pats 4-3 on Tuesday night. Ashton was assessed a fightning major when he and Calgary center Chase Schaber tangled four minutes into the 3rd period.
You can spot a lot of teams a lead in the AHL and still have a chance. You do not want to spot a team as explosive as the Bears a 2-0 lead.
Dustin Tokarski allowed 4 goals on 35 shots for the loss. He's probably sick of seeing Hershey.
HER Giroux, (12) (Aucoin, Gordon), 8:29
HER Pinizzotto, (6) (Joudrey, Wellar), 9:05
NOR Syroczynski, (6) (Fritz), 2:56
HER Bourque, (4) (Bouchard, Wellar), 18:21
NOR Bochenski, (16) (Syroczynski, Lashoff), 2:28 (PP)
HER Helmer, (3) (Joudrey, McNeill), 5:02 (SH)
NOR Simek, (7) (Hall, Krajicek), 5:26 (PP)
HER Bourque, (5) , 19:03 (EN)
Matt Syrocynski and Mitch Fritz were the second and third stars of the game.
Matt Lashoff's power play assist was just his 5th point in 28 games this season.
Box score from TheAHL.com.
Yulaev 4 @ Omsk 1
Karri Ramo, Omsk, Loss, 31/35, 4.00 GAA, .886 sv%
Season totals: 30 GP, 16-13, 3 SO, 2.06 GAA, .913 sv%
The pride of Ufa, Salavat Yulaev, blitzed Omsk 4-1 to stay in a tie with Magnitogorsk at 87 points for first in the Eastern Conference. Yulaev got 3 goals past Karri Ramo in the final frame of the game to cement the win.
Kazan 7 @ Khabarovsk 2
Dmitri Kazionov, Kazan, 2-0-2, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 38 GP, 14-4-18, +2, 12 PIM
Dmitri scored his 13th and 14th goals of the season in 14:59 of ice time as Kazan bulldozed Khabarovsk 7-2. Khabarovsk currently sits just 2 points ahead of Novokuznetsk in second-to-last place in the Eastern Conference. Kazionov was assisted on both goals by Janne Pesonen, who played for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton in the AHL last season and got a 7 game cup of coffee with Pittsburgh last year.
Yaroslavl 3 @ Ekaterinburg 1
Denis Kazionov, Ekaterinburg, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 35 GP, 4-3-7, -13, 10 PIM
The younger Kazionov played 13:31 in today's match, but wasn't able to keep Ekaterinburg from drifting 7 points out of the 8th and final playoff spot in the East today in their 3-1 loss to Tarasov Division leader Yaroslavl. Lokomotiv got a pair of assists from former NHLer Richard Zednik in the win.
Spartak Moscow 1 @ Magnitogorsk 2 (SO)
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, DNP
Season totals: 35 GP, 17-15, 5 SO, 2.07 GAA, .923 sv%
Vasily the Cat got the day off as his backup, Ilya Proskuryakov, stopped 19 of 20 shots and both shooters he faced in the penalty shot session for the victory over Spartak. Ex-Rangers draft pick Jan Marek and ex-Blackhawk and Norfolk Admiral Igor Radulov scored in the shootout for Metallurg.
Finland 0 vs. Russia 2
F Matias Sointu, FIN: Did not play.
Preliminary round play continued Monday at the U20 WJC tournament hosted in Saskatchewan with Finland playing their second match in as many days. Matias Sointu once again did not dress for the Finnish team who was shutout by Russian netminder Igor Bobkov 2-0 despite Finland outshooting the Russians 46-17. Former Columbus Blue Jacket winger and Russian captain Nikita Filatov led the offense with a goal and an assist.
Erie Otters 2 @ Plymouth Whalers 3 OT
G Jaroslav Janus, ERIE: Loss, 31 saves on 34 shots
Season Totals: 12 GP, 6-4-2-0, 2.96 GAA, 0.913 sv%
With Norfolk (AHL): 2 GP, 0-2-0, 1.52 GAA, .939 sv%
Janus dueled Plymouth goalie Matt Hackett to a 2-2 draw in regulation, but gave up the OT goal to the Whalers 2:19 into the extra period. The match was the first OHL game on the schedule since the league's break for the Christmas holidays.