No.18 Vermont Catamounts 3 @ Northeastern Huskies 2
C/W Matt Marshall , UVM: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season Totals: 11 GP, 1-1-2, -1, 2 PIM
Vermont moves back to .500 at 5-5-1.
Western Michigan Broncos 3 @ Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks 4
D Luke Witkowski , UWM: 0-0-0, -3, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season Totals: 13 GP, 1-3-4, -9, 16 PIM
Witkowskiâ€™s minus-3 rating was the worst on the team for the night. The freshman continues to get solid minutes for the Broncos.
Quite simply the best game the Lightning have played this season.
Mike Smith allowed 1 goal on 27 shots for the victory.
TB 6:54, Stamkos 16 (St Louis, Hedman)
TB 19:24, Foster 2 (St Louis, Lecavalier)(PP)
TB 8:05, Downie 3 (St Louis, Stamkos)(PP)
TB 12:25, Szczechura 1 (Wright, Walker)
TB 8:24, Foster 3 (Konopka)
NYR 17:53, Callahan 4 (Anisimov, Staal)
The Lightning have struggled to get shots on goal, and they finally got to 30 tonight (31) even with the Rangers blocking quite a few shots (14). If the Lightning can get up over 30 shots a game consistently, I believe they're going to start scoring 3-4 goals a night and they've got enough goaltending to make it stand up.
More than just the shots and the goals, though, I thought the Lightning also physically handled the Rangers. Walker and Konopka both treated Brian Boyle like a speed bag with eyes and the Lightning outhit the Rangers 15-13.
One other thing: Recent BoltProspects graduate Steve Downie and Kurtis Foster are really coming on lately. Downie, in particular, has an unbelievable knack for breaking up passes and clearing attempts along the wall. He's a lot like fellow little guy Martin St. Louis in that respect.
Zenon Konopka had an assist and was +1 with 17 penalty minutes, 3 hits, and 1 blocked shot in 8:16. He was also 75% on draws, including the clean win that got him the helper on Foster's second goal. More than that, though, he landed a couple of nice bombs on Brian Boyle after Boyle made a dangerous hit on young Mr. Wright.
Paul Szczechura got his nose bloodied and then responded with a 1 goal, +1 performance with 2 penalty minutes, 3 shots, and he was 69% on draws in 14:34. It was his best game of the season, and given the circumstances Coach Tocchet may want to take a stick and pop Chewey square in the nose before every game.
James Wright had a helper and was +1 in 13:55.
Victor Hedman had 1 assist and was +1 with 1 shot and 1 blocked shot in 21:33. He's looked a little lost without Ohlund, but he played a strong, workmanlike game tonight.
A huge overtime victory for a Norfolk team that needs to right the ship at home.
Dustin Tokarski allowed 3 goals on 30 shots for the win.
NOR Hall, (3) (Tyrell, Smaby), 6:51
ALB Micflikier, (2) (Hennigar), 7:59
ALB Dodge, (6) (Pistilli, Angelidis), 16:39
NOR Jones, (6) (Craig, Jackson), 5:48
NOR Syroczynski, (4) (Graham), 7:41
ALB Angelidis, (1) (Blanchard), 8:48
NOR Wishart, (2) (Craig, Bochenski), 3:50
Ty Wishart and Blair Jones were the game's first and second stars. Norfolk absolutely poured it on, outshooting Albany 46-30, including 17-6 in the Third Period. The win moves the Admirals back to 11-12-1, and into a three-way tie at 23 points for second place in the East Division with Bighamton and Albany. They're in a tough spot in that they've played a lot more games (24) than some other teams in the division like Wilkes-Barre. However, they've also got a very home-friendly stretch of games over the next month. Now is the time for the Ads to not only regroup, but start to make a bit of a move.
Box score from TheAHL.com.
Chelyabinsk 1 @ Magnitogorsk 2
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, Win, 30/31, 1.00 GAA, .968 sv%
Season totals: 26 GP, 11-13, 2 SO, 2.14 GAA, .919 sv%
Koshechkin's bid for his first shutout with Magnitogorsk was spoiled by a Pavel Boychenko goal with less than 5 minutes to go in the Third Period. Magnitogorsk is now 2 points behind Cherepovets for first place in the Eastern Conference of the KHL.
Drummondville Voltigeurs 1 @ Moncton Wildcats 5
D Mark Barberio, MCT: 0-2-2, +3, 2 PIM, 3 SOG
Season Totals: 23 GP, 2-15-17, +7, 24 PIM
Barberio has three points in his last two games after notching two helpers against the defending QMJHL champs Thursday. Barberio is tied for 14th in scoring among Q defensemen, but third on the Wildcats after David Savard (Blue Jackets 4/2009) and PEI native Brandon Gormley (2010).
Belleville Bulls 3 @ Erie Otters 5
RW Kyle DeCoste, BEL: 0-1-1, -1, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 22 GP, 4-5-9, -1, 22 PIM
With Bulls: 9 GP, 2-4-6, +1, 2 PIM
With SSM: 13 GP, 2-1-3, -2, 20 PIM
G Jaroslav Janus, ERIE: Win, 20 saves on 22 shots in 49:36.
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 was pulled midway through the third period with an apparent leg problem, the Canadian Press reported. The Otters snapped a four game losing streak while accumulating a season-high 46 shots.
Owen Sound Attack 1 @ Barrie Colts 5
LW/C Alex Hutchings, BAR: 1-2-3, +2, 0 PIM, *First Star*
Season Totals: 25 GP, 12-16-28, +10, 14 PIM
Hutchings (pictured) posted his second three point game of November, earning his second First Star honor of the year in the process.
WHL All-Stars 4 vs. Russian Selects 2 (Subway Super Series)
RW Carter Ashton, WHL: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 23 GP, 12-12-24, -6, 44 PIM
After a 2-1 WHL win earlier this week, the WHL/CHL completed the sweep over Russia with a 4-2 win Thursday. The CHL (QMJHL, OHL, WHL) finished 6-0 against the Russians.