Brampton Battalion 1 @ Belleville Bulls 4
RW Kyle DeCoste, BEL: 1-0-1, E, 2 PIM (tripping)
Season Totals: 31 GP, 11-8-19, -2, 33 PIM
With Bulls: 18 GP, 9-7-16, E, 13 PIM
With SSM: 13 GP, 2-1-3, -2, 20 PIM
DeCoste broke a mini two-game scoring slump with his 11th goal of the season. His goal tied the game at one in the second period. DeCoste had 15 goals last year split between Brampton (8) and Sault Ste. Marie (7). His nine goals with Belleville are the most heâ€™s scored for one team since scoring 10 in 66 games for Brampton in 2007-2008.
Regina Pats 1 @ Edmonton Oil Kings 3
RW Carter Ashton, REG: 0-1-1, -1, 4 PIM (tripping, roughing)
Season Totals: 31 GP, 14-15-29, -12, 60 PIM
With Regina: 4 GP, 1-2-3, -4, 8 PIM
With Lethbridge: 28 GP, 13-13-26, -8, 52 PIM
Regina has lost its last five games and has fallen to 10th in the Eastern Conference. The Oil Kings, led by former Lightning prospect Torrie Jungâ€™s 20 save, Third Star performance, pulled out of the Eastern Conference cellar into 11th with the win. Ashtonâ€™s old team, Lethbridge, sits in last.
Norfolk rises to the occassion in the biggest game of the season thus far.
Dustin Tokarski dropped a 26 save shutout on the Penguins in a division game the Admirals absolutely needed. It was Tokarski's second shutout of the season and he's lifted his record back above .500 at 9-8-0. More interesting, he's rebuilt his save percentage from the .894 sv% he had at the end of October, to the .908 sv% he had at the end of November, to now having a .917 sv% by virtue of a scintilating December where he has a .962 sv% and 1.00 GAA in three starts. He's passed battery-mate Riku Helenius who entered the month with a .917 sv% but has since dipped to a .904 sv% after a pair of tough starts in December.
NOR Parrish, (7) (Bochenski, Jackson), 12:48
NOR Bochenski, (15) (Wishart), 10:26
Norfolk entered the game one point back of the Penguins in fifth place in the East Division. A loss would have dropped the Admirals to 3 games under .500 and 3 games out of 4th place. Instead, they've leapfrogged Wilkes-Barre/Scranton into 4th place, 1 point back of 3rd place Binghamton and they've closed to 1 game under .500. The lead back (Hershey and Albany) may have pulled away in the division, but tonight's win has kept Norfolk square in the middle of the fight for a playoff spot.
Ty Wishart had an assist in tonight's game, which puts him at 8 points in 29 games this season, which tops the 7 points he had in 61 games last year. Incremental progress.
Box score from TheAHL.com.
Halifax Mooseheads 1 @ Moncton Wildcats 6
D Mark Barberio, MCT: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season Totals: 32 GP, 3-22-25, +10, 32 PIM
A quiet night for Barberio as Moncton wins their seventh in a row.
Regina Pats 2 @ Red Deer Rebels 3
RW Carter Ashton, REG: 1-0-1, -1, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 30 GP, 14-14-28, -11, 56 PIM
With Regina: 3 GP, 1-1-2, -3, 4 PIM
With Lethbridge: 28 GP, 13-13-26, -8, 52 PIM
Ashtonâ€™s first goal in a Pats uniform cut Red Deerâ€™s lead to 3-2 with four minutes remaining, but they couldnâ€™t complete the comeback.
An epic collapse.
NSH 6:53, Smithson 5 (Legwand, Ward)
TB 11:35, Stamkos 18 (Malone, Ohlund)
TB 16:30, Lecavalier 7 (Foster, St. Louis)(PP)
NSH 1:12, Legwand 7 (Ward)
NSH 2:57, Jones 3 (Spaling, Weber)
NSH 12:22, Hornqvist 8 (Goc)
NSH 12:50, Dumont 6 (Hornqvist)
NSH 16:09, Hamhuis 3 (Suter, Goc)
TB 1:52, Foster 4 (Lecavalier, St. Louis)(PP)
TB 12:20, Lecavalier 8 (Meszaros)
NSH 13:47, Erat 11 (Sullivan, Arnott)
The offense finally wakes up and scores 4 goals and then the defense and goaltending collapse. People, it's bad.
Zenon Konopka was -1 with 1 hit and was 75% on draws in 12:33.
Paul Szczechura had 2 shots and 1 hit in 15:59.
James Wright was -3 with 2 shots, 2 hits, and 1 blocked shot in 14:25.
Blair Jones was also -3 with 2 shots, 1 hit, and 1 blocked shot in 14:59.
Victor Hedman was -2 with 2 penalty minutes and 1 blocked shot in 13:23.
Saint John Sea Dogs 3 @ Moncton Wildcats 7
D Mark Barberio, MCT: 1-0-1, +3, 0 PIM, 7 SOG
Season Totals: 31 GP, 3-22-25, +10, 32 PIM
A huge win as Barberio (pictured) and Moncton broke the Sea Dogsâ€™ 22-game winning streak â€“ the third longest in QMJHL history. Barberioâ€™s seven shots on goal led the Wildcats. PEI native Randy Cameron (Red Wings 5/2007) had five points for Moncton.
Kitchener Rangers 5 @ Windsor Spitfires 2
C Richard Panik, WSR: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 33 GP, 9-9-18, +15, 19 PIM
Windsorâ€™s 24-game streak without a regulation loss came to a crashing halt Sunday, and at home no less. Rangers goaltender Mavric Parks (undrafted) stopped 46 shots to earn First Star honors. Panik will now join Team Slovakia for their WJC camp. Windsor Forwards Taylor Hall, Adam Henrique, and Greg Nemisz, along with defensemen Ryan Ellis and Cam Fowler were all out of the line-up for this game, either attending their WJC camps or preparing for camps.
Oshawa Generals 4 @ Brampton Battalion 3 (SO)
G Michael Zador, OSH: Did not play.
Season Totals: 24 GP, 11-9-2-1, 3.25 GAA, .901 sv%, 1 SO
Zador did not play for the second straight game. He has not lost in regulation since November 15 (seven games).