Chris Lawrence had an off night, but Mississauga was able to get a road win in Sudbury, 3-2 over the Wolves. Lawrence went scoreless, breaking his 9 game point streak. He was also minus-1. Lawrence registered 11 goals and 8 assists during his 9 game point streak. He was plus-11 during that time span, also.
Marek Bartanus' modest 2 game point streak ended tonight at home when he did not register a point in the Attack's 3-2 loss to Kitchener. Bartanus had an even rating for the game.
The end of the season can't come soon enough for last-place Erie. They are consistently giving up 45 or more shots and lately have been doing well to allow fewer than 5 goals a game. Kevin Beech was given the night off tonight, getting a bench seat for Erie's 7-2 home loss to Sault Ste. Marie.
In the WHL, a night after beating the Winter Hawks 9-0, Prince George defeated Portland 6-2. Vladimir Mihalik scored his sixth goal of the year - a second period marker that turned out to be the game winner. He was also plus-2.
Everett suffered a rare home loss, falling to Seattle 6-2. Dane Crowley was scoreless and minus-2.
So much for Kevin Beechâ€™s hot streak. Beech made 35 saves in Saginaw tonight, but unfortunately also let in 9 goals. The Spirit had 44 shots on Erie in the 9-0 win. That's 19 goals against for Erie in the last two games.
Chris Lawrence and Mississauga returned to their winning ways, defeating Sarnia at home 8-6. Lawrence extended his point streak to 8 games with a goal. He also had a plus-1 rating. Mississauga allowed 4 third period goals to turn a blowout into a close game before adding an empty netter.
Owen Sound scored 5 goals tonight, but Marek Bartanus did not figure in any of them. Despite scoring 5, the Attack lost in Belleville 8-5. Bartanus was minus-1 with 2 PIM. His streaks now stand at 13 games (scoreless) and 25 games (even or minus rating).
In the WHL, Prince George won their fourth straight, 6-5 over Kamloops in overtime. Vladimir Mihalik had an assist, an even rating, and 2 PIM. Mihalik was on the ice for the overtime winner by Sharks first rounder Devin Setoguchi - acquired by the Cougars earlier this year.
Dane Crowley and Everett were at home against Chilliwack and beat the Bruins 5-2. Crowley was scoreless and even.
After earning first star for making 56 saves and 7 shootout stops in a 3-2 win in Windsor Thursday night, Kevin Beech was given the night off as his backup, Jonathan Laniel, got the nod for the Otters in Plymouth. Now, facing 58 shots, as Beech did Thursday, looks like a drop in the bucket compared to the 72 shots Laniel faced. That's right, 72. Laniel managed to stop 62 of them as the Otters were harpooned by the Whalers 10-1. The Otters managed 23 shots for the game - the same amount the Whalers put up in the third period.
Chris Lawrence stretched his point streak to 7 games with an assist, but Mississauga fell at home to Belleville 6-3. Lawrence's 6 game goal streak came to an end. He was plus-1 for the game.
Marek Bartanus extended his scoreless streak to a dozen games as Owen Sound lost in Kingston 6-3. He was minus-1, his 24th straight game without a plus-ranking.
In the WHL, Prince George won again, their third in a row, beating Prince Albert 5-3 at home. Vladimir Mihalik did not register a point in the game. He had an even rating and no PIM.
The Tri-City Americans did the unthinkable, shutting out Everett and Dane Crowley 2-0. Carey Price, the Canadiens first round draft pick from 2005, earned the shutout. Crowley was even for the game with no PIM. The game featured a 5 on 5 brawl in the closing seconds of the game.
The Everett Herald reports:
First, with six seconds remaining, two of the key parties from Wednesday's fracas between the two clubs (4-1 Everett win) - Everett's Kyle Beach, who received a double minor for checking from behind, and Tri-City's Colton Yellow Horn, who was on the receiving end of that hit - got into an altercation.
Then with three seconds remaining the Americans began a brawl, starting three separate fights simultaneously off the faceoff. To prevent further commotion the final three seconds of the game were run off without the teams on the ice.
Who would have thought going to the league's worst team would strengthen Kevin Beech's value?
Beech and Erie continue to show signs of life after a horrible first half of the season, this time going on the road to Windsor and defeating the Spitfires 3-2 in a shootout. Beech stopped 56 of 58 shots to earn first star honors.
After allowing a respectable 2 goals on 17 shots in the first period, Beech stopped 19 of 19 in the second, 16 of 16 in the third, 6 of 6 in overtime, then 7 of 9 shooters in an extended shootout. Erie managed only 23 shots through 3 periods and overtime (9-4-8-1).
Erie plays at Plymouth tonight.
Stats for Lightning prospects in the Canadian Hockey League as of January 29, 2007:
SLU = Since Last Update (January 8)
*= Team leader in that category
Skaters: Goals-Assists-Points, Plus/Minus Rating, Penalties in Minutes
Goalies: Wins-Losses-Overtime/Shootout Losses, Goals Against Average, Save Percentage, Shutouts
Ontario Hockey League
Left Wing, Owen Sound Attack (23-20-6; 4th of 5 in Midwest Division)
6-4, 220 lbs.
Drafted: 2005 â€“ 4th Round
SLU: 8 Games Played; 0-0-0, -5, 6 PIM
2006-07: 38 Games Played; 4-12-16, -9, 41 PIM
2005-06: 49 Games Played; 7-12-19, -14, 47 PIM
Goaltender, Erie Otters (12-34-3; 5th of 5 in Midwest Division, last in OHL)
6-4, 180 lbs.
Drafted: 2005 â€“ 6th Round
SLU: 9 Games Played; 3-3-1, 4.11 GAA, .890 sv%, 0 S.O.
2006-07 (Erie): 9 Games Played; 3-3-1, 4.11 GAA, .890 sv%, 0 S.O.
2006-07 (Sudbury): 36 Games Played; 15-14-5, 3.16 GAA, .898 sv%, 1 S.O.
2006-07 (totals): 44 Games Played; 18-17-6, 3.33 GAA, .896 sv%, 1 S.O.
2005-06 (Sudbury): 63 Games Played; 33-25-4, 2.94 GAA, .906 sv%, 0 S.O.
Right Wing/Center, Mississauga IceDogs (30-16-2; 2nd of 5 in Central Division)
6-4, 217 lbs.
Drafted: 2005 â€“ 3rd Round
SLU: 9 Games Played; 11-5-16, +5, 18 PIM
2006-07: 44 Games Played; 35*-30-65*, +25, 88 PIM
2005-06: 67 Games Played; 23-30-53, -20, 91 PIM (with SSM/Miss.)
Current OHL Rankings: 4th in goals, 19th in points
Western Hockey League
Defense, Everett Silvertips (40-7-2; 1st of 5 in American Division, 1st in WHL, clinched playoff spot)
6-3, 208 lbs.
Drafted: 2006 â€“ 6th Round
SLU: 7 Games Played; 3-4-7, +12, 2 PIM
2006-07 (Everett): 7 Games Played; 3-4-7, +12, 2 PIM
2006-07 (Sw.Ct.): 33 Games Played; 4-15-19, -2, 96 PIM
2006-07 (Totals): 40 Games Played; 7-19-26, +10, 98 PIM
2005-06 (SK/SC): 71 Games Played; 1-20-21, -15, 149 PIM
Defense, Prince George Cougars (19-23-6; 3rd of 5 in B.C. Division)
6-8, 241 lbs.
Drafted: 2005 â€“ 1st Round
SLU: 5 Games Played; 2-0-2, +2, 9 PIM
2006-07: 29 Games Played; 5-9-14, -2, 49 PIM
2005-06: 62 Games Played; 3-9-12, -12, 86 PIM (with Red Deer)
Kevin Beech played just one period against the Kitchener Rangers tonight, stopping only 13 of 17 shots. He was pulled after the first period. The Rangers went on to beat Erie 8-1 in Erie.
The Rangers remain one point behind London in the Midwest Division thanks to London's 8-2 win over Marek Bartanus and Owen Sound in Owen Sound. Bartanus' pointless streak hit 11 games as he was scoreless. He was also minus-2, which extends his streak without finishing a game with a plus rating to 23.
In the WHL, Prince George fell to Tri-City for the second straight night, this time 4-2. Both games were played in Prince George. Vladimir Mihalik did not register a point, but was plus-1 and had 2 PIM.
Dane Crowley and Everett made the short trip to Seattle and defeated the Thunderbirds 3-1. Crowley's four game point streak came to an end. He was plus-1 for the game.
Make it 10 games without a point for Marek Bartanus. Owen Sound and Kitchener combined for 91 shots on goal, yet the result was only a 4-2 game in favor of Kitchener. The game was played at The Aud in Kitchener. Bartanus was minus-1, his 22nd straight game without finishing with a plus rating. He is minus-11 during that time.
On the opposite end of the spectrum, Chris Lawrence extended his goal scoring streak to five games with a goal and assist as Mississauga beat Sarnia 7-5 in Mississauga. Lawrence was also plus-2, had 2 PIM, and was named the game's second star.
Kevin Beech had another good effort for the usually over matched Erie Otters, this time stopping 27 of 29 shots in a 3-1 loss to Brampton in Erie. The Battalion added a late empty net goal.
In the WHL, Prince George lost at home to Tri-City 2-1. Vladimir Mihalik scored his fifth goal of the year for Prince George. He was also plus-1 and named the game's second star.
Everett crushed the Winter Hawks in Portland, 9-0. Dane Crowley saw his three game goal scoring streak end, but extended his point streak to four games with two assists. He was also an outstanding plus-5.
Break up the Otters.
Kevin Beech stopped 39 shots in regulation and overtime, then both of Guelph's shootout attempts to give the Erie Otters a 4-3 shootout win over the Storm. This is second straight victory (and third in the last four games) for the Otters, who improve to 12-32-1-2 on the season. Despite only being acquired 3 weeks ago, Beech now has one-quarter of the Otters wins on the year (3-1-1). This is the second straight shootout win for Erie over Guelph, who is 23-15-2-7 for the year.
Beech earned first star honors for the game, but it could be said he truly earned it in the third period, when the Otters were outshot 15-8, and overtime, when he turned aside 5 more shots. In all, the Otters were outshot 42-29 for the game.
In the WHL, Dane Crowley returned to the Everett lineup after missing two games with the flu and extended his goal-scoring streak to three games as Everett topped Portland 5-3 in Everett. Crowley scored the eventual game winner at the 14:32 mark of the third period. He was also plus-1 for the game. Crowley is 3-1-4 and plus-5 in 4 games with the WHL's top team, Everett. He was 4-15-19 and minus-2 in 33 games with Swift Current.
Marek Bartanus's cold streak continued Sunday, as the winger failed to hit the scoresheet for Owen Sound in the Attack's 3-2 home win over Saginaw. Bartanus has not registered a point in nine straight games. Since his four assist game on November 3 (23 games ago), Bartanus has only one goal (11/22/06) and one assist (12/06/06). This, after he started the year with points in five straight games and in eight of his first ten.
The Erie Otters won for the second time in three games (a huge accomplishment for the Otters), beating the Storm in Guelph, 6-5 in a shootout. Kevin Beech was back in net for the Otters, stopping 47 of 52 shots in regulation and 1 of 2 shootout attempts. In six games with Erie, Beech has a 2-1-1 record with a GAA of 4.32 and a save percentage of .886.
The Everett Silvertips got the better of their rivals, the Vancouver Giants, for the fourth time this year, winning 6-5 in a shootout. Dane Crowley missed his second consecutive game for the Tips with the flu. Everett (36-7-0-2) is now 4-0 this season against Vancouver (30-10-3-5), the team that swept the Tips out of the playoffs last season. Though Everett is 4-0, two games were won in shootouts and one in overtime.
I smell the heavy scent of BP Prospect of the Week consideration.
Chris Lawrence had 2 more goals and an assist Saturday night as Mississauga crushed Kevin Beech and Erie 9-3. Lawrence was also plus-2 and was named the game's second star. For all those keeping track, Lawrence has 7 goals and 2 assists this week, with a plus-6 rating. After a rough road trip last week, Mississauga has scored 21 goals in 3 games this week, giving up 6. As for Beech, after two straight solid outings, he was pulled midway through the first period when he gave up 3 goals on 6 shots.
Marek Bartanus and Owen Sound defeated Guelph 2-1 in Owen Sound. Bartanus was even and didn't register a point.
In the WHL, Everett fell 3-2 in a shootout to the Tri-City Americans. Dane Crowley missed the game with the flu.
Prince George shutout Chilliwack for the second consecutive night. Vladimir Mihalik was scoreless and even, but did have a fighting major. Mihalik took on Donnie Glennie, who's listed at 5'10". Mihalik, of course, is 6'8". (I haven't been able to find fight details as of yet.)