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.
Dustin Tokarski allowed 6 goals on 23 shots for the loss.
NOR Simek, (1) (Bochenski), 1:19
POR Wanvig, (1) (Gogulla), 4:27
NOR Lashoff, (1) (Simek, Szczechura), 15:18 (PP)
NOR Keller, (1) , 16:04
POR Kostka, (1) (Ennis, Mancari), 2:08 (PP)
POR Cowan, (3) (Schutz, Schiestel), 7:30
POR Mancari, (2) (Gogulla, Brennan), 14:36
NOR Keller, (2) (Craig, Hall), 0:44
POR Rank, (2) , 4:20
POR Ennis, (6) (Wanvig, Gerbe), 6:25
NOR Craig, (6) (Lundin, Hall), 14:56
Justin Keller was the game's second star.
It was an unbelievably porous effort on a night where the Admirals really had a golden opportunity to get back to .500 and set themselves up nicely to make a strong run in the coming weeks. Just a bad let down in the second period.
Box score from TheAHL.com.
Dynamo Moscow 1 @ Novokuznetsk 0
Johan Harju, Dynamo Moscow, 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 19 GP, 2-2-4, -5, 10 PIM
A scoring change awarded Harju his second goal of the season in Dynamo's last game against Khabarovsk, breaking Harju out of a slump, but he was again scoreless today against Novokuznetsk. Harju played 15:05 and was 46% on draws. Former NHLer Mattias Weinhandl had Dynamo's only goal, and now has 11 goals on the season, which is tied for tops in the league.