Moncton Wildcats 6 @ Drummondville Voltigeurs 3
D Mark Barberio, MCT: 0-3-3, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season Totals: 44 GP, 10-29-39, +29, 46 PIM
Barberio (pictured) has points in 10 of his last 11 games. This was unofficially his second First Star of the season. All three of his assists came on first period power plays, helping Moncton to a 4-1 lead entering the second period.
Saginaw Spirit 3 @ Belleville Bulls 5
C Richard Panik, BEL: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 40 GP, 11-10-21, +8, 29 PIM
With Bulls: 7 GP, 2-1-3, -7, 10 PIM
With Windsor: 33 GP, 9-9-18, +15, 19 PIM
RW Kyle DeCoste, BEL: 1-0-1, E, 2 PIM (unsportsmanlike conduct)
Season Totals: 42 GP, 14-8-22, -9, 41 PIM
With Bulls: 29 GP, 12-7-19, -7, 23 PIM
With SSM: 13 GP, 2-1-3, -2, 20 PIM
DeCoste broke a six game pointless streak with his 14th goal of the season.
Barrie Colts 3 @ Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 6
LW/C Alex Hutchings, BAR: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 46 GP, 30-23-53, +30, 38 PIM
This was just the seventh loss of the season for Barrie, who has a 10 point lead on Mississauga for both the division and conference top seed. Hutchings hasnâ€™t registered a point in eight of his last 13 games, but when he scores, he scores in bunches. He has nine goals over that span (one assist).
Brampton Battalion 2 @ Sudbury Wolves 3
W Matias Sointu, SBY: Did not play (injured).
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 5 @ Swift Current Broncos 2
RW Carter Ashton, REG: 0-2-2, +2, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 44 GP, 18-20-38, -8, 77 PIM
With Regina: 16 GP, 5-7-12, E, 25 PIM
With Lethbridge: 28 GP, 13-13-26, -8, 52 PIM
Regina completed a three game sweep of the Broncos and has earned at least a point in their sixth game in a row. The Pats gained again on the ninth-place Broncos in the race for the eight-spot, but Red Deer, currently holding that position, also won. Regina remains six points back. Ashton broke a three-game pointless streak.
Harvard Crimson 3 @ RPI Red Hawks 3
C/W Alexander Killorn, HAR: 1-1-2, +2, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Season Totals: 18 GP, 6-8-14, +1, 16 PIM
Killorn and Canadiens' first rounder Louis Leblanc combined for two goals, including Leblancâ€™s with three seconds left in regulation to force overtime. Killorn had the only assist on that goal. Leblanc set up Killorn earlier in the game to give the Crimson a 2-1 lead.
No.17 Vermont Catamounts 1 @ No.15 UMass Minutemen 3 (1/16)
C/W Matt Marshall , UVM: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season Totals: 20 GP, 1-1-2, -4, 10 PIM
Vermont moved up from No.18 to 17 this week, but this loss may knock them back down in the USCHO poll.
Western Michigan Broncos 2 @ Bowling Green Falcons 3
D Luke Witkowski , WMU: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season Totals: 22 GP, 1-3-4, -9, 26 PIM
WMU essentially dropped both games vs. conference foe Bowling Green this weekend, including a shootout loss Friday.
Arthur Blank owns the Atlanta Falcons, Liberty Media owns the Atlanta Braves, and Atlanta Spirit LLC owns the Atlanta Hawks, but Niitty owns the Atlanta Thrashers.
Antero Niittymaki allowed 1 goal on 38 shots and blanked the Thrashers on 5 shootout attempts to improve to 15-0-0 lifetime against Atlanta. He owns that team. It's hilarious.
ATL 5:23, Antropov 13 (Little, Kubina)
TB 7:28, Stamkos 27 (Foster, Malone)
The Lightning totally did not deserve to win tonight. After a strong opening, they really took their foot off the gas pedal toward the end of the first period. It was a slow, lethargic effort, and only by the grace of some luck and Niitty getting sharper as the game went on did they pull two points out tonight. They were ultimately outshot 38-27 in the game and they absolutely can't survive on efforts like this if they're going to make the playoffs.
Paul Szczechura was -1 with 2 shots and 2 blocked shots in 9:45.
Jim Johnson is 2-0-0 as Head Coach.
Jaroslav Janus allowed 3 goals on 20 shots for the win. He has to be basking in all this goal support he's suddenly getting.
MCH Gauthier, (7) (Holloway, Cavanagh), 3:42
NOR Smolenak, (6) (Craig, Mihalik), 19:08
NOR Fadden, (1) (Wishart, Parrish), 3:32 (PP)
NOR Fornataro, (2) (Quick, Fadden), 6:05
MCH Walker, (3) (Clune, Elkins), 17:25
MCH Westgarth, (8) (King, Kolomatis), 10:13
NOR Hall, (9) (Smolenak, Krajicek), 16:59
NOR Smolenak, (7) (Wishart), 19:18 (EN)
Adam Hall and Mitch Fadden were the game's first and second stars. Norfolk outshot Manchester, which is in first place in the Atlantic Division, by a stunning 49-20 margin. The recent changes to the Norfolk staff have, if nothing else, lit a fire under the team.
Fadden scored his first AHL goal in the game and has 4 points over the past 2 games after going scoreless for the first 15 games of his pro career. The consensus on Fadden has always been that if he commits himself to hustle defensively and physically, and he learns to train like a pro, he can be a scorer not just at this level but up top in the NHL as well. He's struggled with some injuries and he'll probably need a big boy workout regime to build himself up this offseason to help prevent those, but the effort level has been way up with Fadden and the floodgates have finally opened this weekend. The Lightning have to be very pleased to see him coming on.
Speaking of which, Ty Wishart has 3 multi-point games in his last 4 contests. He's playing his way into the conversation for next year's Lightning blueline.
The best news for the Admirals may have been 2 goals and 1 assist by Radek Smolenak. With Brandon Bochenski up in Tampa and Martins Karsums off in Riga, Latvia, Norfolk needs all hands on deck in the scoring department. Smolenak had just 2 points in the 15 games prior to tonight's contest. Smolenak had 24 goals last season, but he only had 5 coming into tonight. He needs to get hot as the Admirals try to climb the ladder back into playoff contention.
Norfolk picks up 2 points on Adirondack and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton and keeps pace with Binghamton with the win. So, the Admirals move within 4 points of the Penguins for the final playoff spot. That's the good news. The bad news is that the Phantoms, who are 3 points ahead of the Ads, have 2 games in hand on Norfolk and the Senators, who are 2 points ahead of the Ads, have 3 games in hand. So, every point is extremely precious for Norfolk right now.
Box score from TheAHL.com.
Novgorod 2 @ Kazan 3
Dmitri Kazionov, Kazan, 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 47 GP, 18-7-25, +7, 16 PIM
Kazionov played 14:01 in the match for Kazan. Kazan got assists from former NHLers Niko Kapanen and Alexei Morozov in the victory.