Moncton Wildcats 5 @ Cape Breton Screaming Eagles 4
D Mark Barberio, MCT: 0-1-1, -1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season Totals: 28 GP, 2-20-22, +7, 30 PIM
Barberio (pictured) notched his 20th assist of the year in a 5-4 road win over Cape Breton. His career high for assists is 35, set two seasons ago in 70 games. He had 30 in 66 last season to go with 15 goals. Former Erie Otter Shane Owen improved to 4-1 in net for Moncton.
Sudbury Wolves 3 @ Brampton Battalion 1
LW Matais Sointu, SBY: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 27 GP, 4-7-11, +3, 8 PIM
With Sudbury: 6 GP, 1-0-1, -2, 2 PIM
With Ottawa: 21 GP, 3-7-10, +5, 6 PIM
Sudbury has won three in a row after a lengthy losing streak. They are now two points behind Brampton for third in the Central Division. Cody Hodgson still hasnâ€™t played this season for Brampton due to his back injury.
Windsor Spitfires 4 @ Oshawa Generals 5 (SO)
C Richard Panik, WSR: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 30 GP, 7-9-16, +13, 19 PIM
G Michael Zador, OSH: Did not play.
Season Totals: 23 GP, 10-9-2-1, 3.25 GAA, .901 sv%, 1 SO
Zador got the night off and watched as his backup, Kevin Ballie, defeated the CHLâ€™s top team in a shootout. Windsor had their 12-game winning streak snapped, but extended their streak of games without a regulation loss to 22.
New Hampshire Wildcats 5 @ No.19 Vermont Catamounts 2
C/W Matt Marshall , UVM: 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM (hooking), 2 SOG
Season Totals: 14 GP, 1-1-2, -2, 4 PIM
Vermont falls back to .500 at 6-6-2. Losing to unranked New Hampshire may complete their fall out of the Top-20.
Owen Sound Attack 5 @ Belleville Bulls 3
RW Kyle DeCoste, BEL: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 27 GP, 9-8-17, +1, 26 PIM
With Bulls: 14 GP, 7-7-14, +3, 6 PIM
With SSM: 13 GP, 2-1-3, -2, 20 PIM
DeCosteâ€™s point streak is now at four games.
Barrie Colts 6 @ Niagara IceDogs 1
LW/C Alex Hutchings, BAR: 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 30 GP, 18-20-38, +17, 22 PIM
Hutchings scored his fourth shorthanded goal in the last three games, extending his goal-scoring streak to seven games and has point streak to eight. He has eight points in his last three games and likely has a Player of the Week award in his immediate future. Barrie is on a 17 game win streak.
Sarnia Sting 2 @ Erie Otters 3 (SO)
G Jaroslav Janus, ERIE: Did not play.
Season Totals: 7 GP, 4-2-1-0, 2.93 GAA, .915 sv%
With Norfolk (AHL): 2 GP, 0-2-0, 1.52 GAA, .939 sv%
Janus served as the backup to Ramis Sadikov (2010 draft) as he continues to battle injuries. Shane Owen, Erieâ€™s third goaltender, was let go recently upon Janusâ€™ (re)arrival to the club from AHL Norfolk. Owen, 19, passed through OHL waivers unclaimed and has since signed with the QMJHLâ€™s Moncton Wildcats, home of Lightning prospect Mark Barberio. Owen went 3-6-2, 4.31, .880 for Erie in Janusâ€™ absence.
Windsor Spitfires 9 @ Peterborough Petes 5
C Richard Panik, WSR: 0-1-1, E, 7 PIM (roughing, fighting)
Season Totals: 29 GP, 7-9-16, +13, 19 PIM
Panik (pictured) tangled with Petes defenseman Chris Buonomo (2010) in his first OHL fight. Panik got in several rights before dropping him with a left (watch it here). Windsor now has at least a point in 21 straight games. At 25-3-0-3 they remain on a collision course with Barrie (25-4-0-1) for the OHL championship this spring. They play each other for the first time in the regular season on January 14.
No.12 Alaska Nanooks 4* @ Western Michigan Broncos 4
D Luke Witkowski , UWM: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season Totals: 15 GP, 1-3-4, -8, 16 PIM
Just what the doctor ordered.
Mike Smith stopped all 30 shots he faced for the shutout. He's been fairly resilient this season. He had a terrible game against Ottawa earlier in the year and he had a good start his next time out afterwards. He was suspect a couple of times against Boston, in my opinion, but he shut the door tonight against the Isles.
TB 1:35, Malone 16 (Meszaros, St. Louis)
TB 19:08, Downie 5 (Meszaros, St. Louis)(PP)
TB 2:58, Halpern 5 (Foster, Lecavalier)(PP)
TB 10:31, Hedman 1 (Lecavalier, Tanguay)
Zenon Konopka had 1 hit, 1 blocked shot, and was 71% on draws in 7:34.
James Wright had 1 shot, 1 hit, and was 50% on draws in 12:51.
Blair Jones had 1 shot, 1 blocked shot, and was 50% on draws in 12:00.
Victor Hedman scored his first NHL goal and was +1 with 2 penalty minutes, 2 shots, 3 hits, and 1 blocked shot in 21:32. To use the basketball vernacular, the big man filled the lane and finished with authority on the "fast break" 3-on-1. Seriously, he looked like a shark attacking his prey the way he recognized the odd man rush situation and used his speed to blast right to the net and he made no mistakes with his shot. Beautiful, beautiful goal.