St. John Sea Dogs 1 @ Lewiston MAINEiacs 3
D Michael Ward, LEW: 0-1-1, +1, 2 PIM, 1 shot on goal
Lewiston, the defending QMJHL champions, is holding down the fifth seed right now in the Eastern Division, but is just two points out of third and seven points out of first with five games left. They have clinched a playoff spot.
Everett Silvertips 5 @ Tri-City Americans 2
D Dane Crowley, EVT: 0-1-1, +3, 0 PIM
Jacob DeSerras started for the T-Birds but left late in the third period. Helenius finished the game and is expected to start tonight (Wednesday) in a rematch with PG. Seattle is currently two points ahead of Everett for the Western Conferenceâ€™s fourth seed. The WHL is using a new playoff format this year, where the division winners (2) in each conference automatically get the top two conference seeds and the rest fall in line in a traditional format. Previously teams would play within their own division during the first round (1-4, 2-3).
An example of some WHL craziness from this game (per Jim Swanson of the Prince George Citizen): â€œ(Prince George goaltender Real) Cyr stopped the (Holloway) shot, but slid into the net, across the line, and after a lengthy discussion involving the four on-ice officials and the goal judge, it was correctly ruled a goal. Interesting that the third period was played without a goal judge at that end -- the story is the original goal judge walked away because he disagreed with the referees' decision. A child sat in his chair for part of the period, but no one sat in the seat for the final 15 minutes.â€
Unfortunately, this is the team we have right now: the kind of team that can lose a game (in essence) 1-0.
Mike Smith took the tough loss allowing 1 goal on 22 shots. Smith also stopped a Peter Sykora penalty shot in the game.
1. Pittsburgh, 17:13, Talbot (13), (Dupuis, Crosby)
2. Pittsburgh, 19:55, Malkin (38), (Talbot)
This is a one line team right now, and the Lightning needs to seriously re-tool their second line in the offseason, particularly at the center position now that Richards is gone.
BCHL Coastal Conference, First Round
Game 3: No.4 Burnaby Express 3 @ No.5 Victoria Grizzlies 4
Victoria leads Best of 5 Series 2-1
W Justin Courtnall, VIC:
Game: 1-0-1, 2 PIM (interference)
Series: 3 GP, 2-0-2, 2 PIM
Courtnall scored the second of three Victoria goals in the third period to help the Grizzlies turn a 3-1 deficit into a 4-3 regulation win. The Grizzlies can end the series tonight (Tuesday) at home.
Lightning draft picks and New England Prep stars Matt Marshall (2007 - 5th round) and Alex Killorn (2007 3rd round) finished up their respective high school careers last week. Neither Nobles (Marshall) or Deerfield (Killorn) will be participating in the post-season.
Final season stats are as follows:
W/C Matt Marshall, Noble and Greenough School: 29 GP, 25-26-51
Marshall, who will attend the University of Vermont next season, had 5 goals and 6 assists in his last 4 games to end the year. As a junior, Marshall accumulated 14 goals and 10 assists for 24 points in 27 games for Nobles.
C Alex Killorn, Deerfield Academy: 25 GP, 24-27-55
Killorn, who will play for Harvard next year, finished with 4 goals and 2 assists in his last 4 games. Last season Killorn had 19 goals and 14 assists for 33 points in 23 games.
Note: Thanks to Crimson Hockey for assistance with statistical updates this year.