Slovakia 1 vs. Switzerland 4
W Richard Panik, SLO: 1-0-1, E, 0 PIM, 10 SOG
Panik (pictured) scored his fifth of the tournament on 10 shots in the game, but Slovakia suffered a devastating loss to the Swiss and will now move to the relegation round. They next play Austria on Saturday. Panik finished the preliminary round seventh in tournament scoring with five goals and two assists. His five goals tied for the tournament lead.
Finland 1 vs. Sweden 7
W Matias Sointu, FIN: 0-0-0, -1, 4 PIM (slashing, tripping), 3 SOG
Sweden clinched the bye from Group B with an easy win over rival Finland. Sointu and Finland will play the U.S.A. in the quarterfinals on Saturday, January 1.
St. John Sea Dogs 4 @ Moncton Wildcats 3 (SO)
D Mark Barberio, MCT: 0-1-1, -1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season Totals: 36 GP, 5-25-30, +15, 34 PIM
The Sea Dogs scored twice in the third period to erase a 3-1 lead. Barberioâ€™s plus-15 rating still leads the club. Barberio (pictured) had nine points in 11 December games for Moncton.
Belleville Bulls 0 @ Peterborough Petes 1
RW Kyle DeCoste, BEL: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 33 GP, 10-8-18, -3, 35 PIM
With Bulls: 20 GP, 8-7-15, -1, 15 PIM
With SSM: 13 GP, 2-1-3, -2, 20 PIM
DeCoste has not registered a point in four of his last five games.
Owen Sound 6 @ Barrie Colts 4
LW/C Alex Hutchings, BAR: 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM (interference)
Season Totals: 36 GP, 24-22-46, +27, 28 PIM
Barrieâ€™s win streak finally came to an end at 22 games. Coming off a hat trick for the Colts, Hutchings did not register a point in the loss.
Erie Otters 8 @ Niagara Ice Dogs 7
G Jaroslav Janus, ERIE: Did not play.
Season Totals: 12 GP, 7-4-1-0, 2.81 GAA, .918 sv%
With Norfolk (AHL): 2 GP, 0-2-0, 1.52 GAA, .939 sv%
Janus was signed by the Lightning prior to the game and has reportedly left the team. Erie was forced to dress just one goalie, who let in seven of 40 shots, but still got the win.
Saginaw Spirit 3 @ Windsor Spitfires 4 (SO)
C Richard Panik, WSR: Did not play (WJC - Slovakia).
Season Totals: 33 GP, 9-9-18, +15, 19 PIM
Sudbury Wolves 3 @ Sault Ste. Marie 4 (OT)
W Matias Sointu, SBY: Did not play (WJC - Finland)
Season Totals: 31 GP, 5-9-14, E, 12 PIM
With Sudbury: 10 GP, 2-2-4, -5, 6 PIM
With Ottawa: 21 GP, 3-7-10, +5, 6 PIM
Regina Pats 4 @ Kootenay Ice 8
RW Carter Ashton, REG: 0-1-1, +1, 2 PIM (slashing)
Season Totals: 36 GP, 14-17-31, -13, 69 PIM
With Regina: 8 GP, 1-4-5, -5, 17 PIM
With Lethbridge: 28 GP, 13-13-26, -8, 52 PIM
Things are going from bad to worse in Regina, where the Pats have lost their last nine games and sit in 10th in the conference.
The Admirals give up an extra point in overtime as they try to arrest the Hershey-induced free fall.
Dustin Tokarski allowed 3 goals on 41 shots for the overtime loss.
BNG Svendsen, (2) , 0:19
NOR Karsums, (4) , 10:49
BNG Hamel, (15) (Schira, Daugavins), 13:14 (PP)
NOR Lashoff, (2) , 9:36
BNG Lee, (2) (Keller, Hamel), 1:31
If you told me that at the end of 2009 Martins Karsums and Matt Lashoff would only have 6 goals between them, I would've checked you for fever. As disappointing as their first halves have been, though, they are starting to show signs of life.
Box score from TheAHL.com.
Finland 10 vs. Austria 1
W Matias Sointu, FIN: 1-0-1, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Sointu and Team Finland demolished Austria on Wednesday, skating to a quick 5-0 first period lead, then adding three in the second period and two in the third. Sointu scored in the third period, his teamâ€™s ninth goal of the night. Finland (2-1) next plays rival and first-place (Group B) Sweden (3-0) on Thursday, while Lightning prospect Richard Panik and Slovakia (1-2) face Switzerland (1-2).
Oshawa Generals 3 @ Kingston Frontenacs 5
G Michael Zador, OSH: Loss, 21 saves on 26 shots, pulled in third period
Season Totals: 27 GP, 11-12-2-1, 3.46 GAA, .897 sv%, 1 SO
Zador was pulled for the second straight game, this time early in the third period. He has allowed 11 goals in his last two (partial) games. Zador has dropped his last three contests after winning he previous four. He's also had a six-game losing streak and five-game winning streak this season.