Game Night Results

  • 5 years 27 weeks ago

    The line must be drawn here!

    NOR-4
    CT-0

    Norfolk Leads the Series 3-2

    Jaroslav Janus stopped all 22 shots he faced for the victory. Remind me never to play poker against Jon Cooper, because he's obviously a gambler with impeccable instincts to switch back to Janus between the pipes. In fact, I'd have to say Cooper pressed all the right buttons team-wide to get them ready for this critical game.

    First Period
    NOR Picard, (5) (Labrie), 15:15

    Second Period
    NOR Picard, (6) (Jackson, Palat), 2:43

    Third Period
    NOR Palat, (3) (Johnson, Cote), 14:06
    NOR Labrie, (3) (Angelidis, Segal), 19:54

    Alexandre Picard, Janus, and Ondrej Palat were the game's three stars.

    Picard continues to play like a man possessed. He had just 6 goals in 42 regular season games, but his pair of tallies tonight got him to 6 in just 9 postseason contests. He was dominant tonight, and was definitely the leader of a focused Norfolk attack. In fact, we have an exclusive transcript of Picard's emotional pre-game speech to the team below (not really):

    Palat, for his part, continues to obliterate all expectations with a well-rounded game that has made him, consistently, one of the Admirals' best performers to this point in the playoffs. Not only did he have a goal and an assist tonight, but he also knocked Andre Deveaux, who is built like a tank, off the ice for a good portion of play with a hit. He's strong offensively. He's strong defensively. He's killing penalties. He's even hitting people. What a great late round pickup by the Lightning's scouts.

    Tyler Johnson returned from injury and assisted on Palat's goal.

    If I was a Connecticut Whale fan, I'd be pretty upset that Game Five essentially became a neutral site game in Bridgeport, which had to curtail their intensity a little bit in a critical Game Five situation. Fortunately, though, I'm not a Connecticut Whale fan. Stinks for you, Whale fans.

    Game Six is Friday in Norfolk and both teams will now make the 8-9 hour bus trek to Scope. The good news is that St. John's failed to close out Wilkes-Barre/Scranton last night in double overtime, so if Norfolk can handle business on Friday, they won't be at any disadvantage from a rest standpoint going into the Eastern Conference Finals. The momentum is all in the Admirals' favor now. They need to finish the drill. The line has been drawn here.

    Box score from TheAHL.com.

  • 5 years 27 weeks ago

    Canada 3 @ Switzerland 2
    Ryan Getzlaf scored at 8:02 of the Third Period to snap a 2-2 tie and help Canada sneak away with a 3-2 win over Switzerland. Teddy Purcell was scoreless in 9:38 in the match. Canada gets Finland next on Friday. The Canadians hold a 1 point lead on Finland for the top spot in Group H.

    Sweden 5 @ Germany 2
    Victor Hedman was scoreless in 22:55 in Sweden's 5-2 thumping of Germany. Sweden outshot and outclassed Germany 45-17 in the contest. Sweden gets Russia next on Friday. The Swedes hold a 3 point lead on the Russians for the top spot in Group S.

  • 5 years 28 weeks ago

    OHL

    (E1) Niagara IceDogs 2 @ (W1) London Knights 3
    OHL Finals – London leads best of 7 series 2-1

    C Vladislav Namestnikov , LDN: 0-1-1, +1, 2 PIM (cross checking)
    Playoff Totals: 17 GP, 3-13-16, +10, 16 PIM
    Season Totals: 63 GP, 22-49-71, +15, 50 PIM

    Namestnikov earned the primary assist on Predators prospect Austin Watson’s game-tying power play goal late in the second period, and Chris Tierney (2012) scored the game-winner in the third period to lift London to a 3-2 Game 3 win Monday night. London now leads the series 2-1. Namestnikov has a four-game point streak and has at least a point in nine of his last 10 playoff games. Game 4 is Wednesday in St. Catherines.

  • 5 years 28 weeks ago

    It's a 3 game series now.

    NOR-1
    CT-4

    Series Tied at 2-2

    Dustin Tokarski allowed 3 goals on 23 shots for the loss. He'll want that first goal that went through him by Marchessault back. As with most goals like that, it became a big difference in the game.

    First Period
    CT Audy-Marchessault, (3) (Deveaux, Newbury), 19:05

    Second Period
    CT Tanski, (1) (Tessier, Grant), 3:56

    Third Period
    NOR Panik, (1) (Killorn), 7:42
    CT Wellman, (4) (Valentenko, Hrivik), 16:48
    CT Newbury, (1) (Erixon, Talbot), 17:51 (EN)

    The silver lining of the game is the breaking of a month plus long slump by Richard Panik. Norfolk needs more Panik attacks.

    Tyler Johnson was scratched after injury led him to be ineffective in Game Three.

    The scene shifts to Bridgeport for Game Five on Wednesday. Tonight's attendance was only 1,641, so I'd say the experience won't be altogether different on Wednesday. St. John's can close out their series in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton tomorrow, so Norfolk may very well live to regret allowing this series drag on to 6 or 7 games, even if they make it into the Eastern Conference Finals.

    Box score from TheAHL.com.

  • 5 years 28 weeks ago

    France 2 @ Canada 7
    Teddy Purcell was scoreless with 1 shot in 11:24 in Canada's 7-2 thumping of France. Canada was led by Patrick Sharp's 1 goal and 5 point performance. Canada draws Switzerland on Wednesday.

    USA 2 @ Slovakia 4
    Slovakia rode a 3 goal first period to an upset 4-2 win over Team USA. Nate Thompson was -1 with 2 shots in 9:13 in the match. J.T. Brown had 1, 41 second shift in the entire game, bringing his tournament total to a meager 5 shifts in 3 games. The US is off until Thursday when they play Belarus.

    Denmark 4 @ Sweden 6
    Victor Hedman had 6 penalty minutes and was +1 with 2 shots in 18:34 in Sweden's 6-4 win over Denmark. Dallas' Loui Eriksson and Chicago's Viktor Stalberg each had 2 goals for the Swedes. Sweden gets Germany on Wednesday.

  • 5 years 28 weeks ago

    Norfolk withstands Connecticut's best shot.

    NOR-4
    CT-3

    Norfolk Leads the Series 2-1

    Dustin Tokarski allowed 3 goals on 30 shots for the victory. The stat line is ho hum, but he gave the Admirals exactly what they needed. Under siege for much of the first half of the Second Period, Tokarski kept the game close and allowed the Admirals to get their legs underneath them and get a critical victory.

    First Period
    CT Wellman, (2) , 5:20 (PP)
    NOR Palat, (2) , 8:01 (SH)
    CT Deveaux, (2) (Hrivik, Newbury), 17:12

    Second Period
    NOR Killorn, (3) (Kostka, Picard), 11:31 (PP)
    NOR Smith, (3) (Barberio, Conacher), 12:16
    NOR Angelidis, (1) (Ouellet, Gudas), 17:40

    Third Period
    CT Wellman, (3) (Newbury, Erixon), 1:06 (PP)

    Ondrej Palat and Tokarski were the game's first and third stars. Color me pleasantly surprised with Palat overall this season. He's better along the wall and defensively than advertised. Heck, he even kills penalties. Between Palat and fellow Eastern European Richard Panik, it's really no contest which of the two has played better so far in the playoffs.

    Speaking of those from the Czech-or-Slovakia region, Radko Gudas played a ton in the final frame protecting the one goal lead, and played really well.

    Alex Killorn is the truth.

    Cory Conacher is... touched? Is that the diplomatic way to put it? Heavyweight Andre Deveaux decided to rough up Conacher after the whistle on a play in the Second Period, and Conacher actually chased after him like he wanted to fight him. Cory, brother, you're strong pound-for-pound, but Deveaux eats meals that weigh more than you do. Stick to whipping his behind on the scoreboard, where it really hurts.

    Norfolk won tonight despite being outshot for the first time in these playoffs. They'll move on to Game Four tomorrow night with the chance to really put Connecticut behind the eight ball. Yes, they got "home ice" back tonight, but bear in mind Game Five is really a neutral site game in Bridgeport due to a scheduling conflict. The Whale can't afford to lose Game Four. Sweep the leg, Admirals. Sweep the leg.

    In the other Eastern Conference Semifinal, St. John's swept the weekend and now hold a 3-1 series lead over Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. Another reason for Norfolk to get on the gas tomorrow is that they don't want the IceCaps to have a rest advantage heading into any potential Eastern Conference Finals series.

    Box score from TheAHL.com.

  • 5 years 28 weeks ago

    (E3) Kalamazoo Wings 1 @ (E5) Florida Everblades 3
    ECHL Eastern Conference Finals – Florida wins best of 7 series 4-1

    D Charles Landry, FLA: 0-0-0, E, 0 SOG, 0 PIM
    Playoff Totals: 8 GP, 1-2-3, +5, 0 PIM
    Season Totals: 35 GP, 2-7-9, +5, 10 PIM
    D Sebastien Piche, FLA: 0-1-1, +1, 2 SOG, 4 PIM (cross checking, tripping), *First Star*
    Playoff Totals: 13 GP, 2-7-9, +7, 36 PIM
    Season Totals: 15 GP, 3-6-9, +1, 41 PIM
    D Kevin Quick, FLA: 0-0-0, E, 1 SOG, 0 PIM
    Playoff Totals: 13 GP, 1-3-4, +1, 6 PIM
    Season Totals: 33 GP, 0-10-10, -6, 4 PIM (Norfolk property)
    G Pat Nagle, FLA: Did not play.
    Playoff Totals: 6 GP, 4-1-0, 1.42 GAA, .941 sv%, 2 SO
    Season Totals: 39 GP, 20-14-0-3, 2.87 GAA, .905 sv%, 1 SO

    For the first time since 2005, Florida is heading to the Kelly Cup Finals. Lightning prospect Sebastien Piche (pictured), acquired from Detroit in the Kyle Quincey trade, was named first star on Saturday as Florida defeated Kalamazoo 3-1 to clinch the series, 4-1. Pat Nagle, who shut out the K-Wings in Game 1 before losing Game 2, watched from the bench as Carolina prospect John Muse stopped 27 of 28 shots for his third straight win. The ‘Blades will play the Las Vegas Wranglers in the finals, starting Monday, May 14. Both teams are seeking their first Kelly Cup title. The Everblades are making their third appearance in the Kelly Cup Finals (2004 and 2005), while the Wranglers have advanced to the finals for the second time (2008). The Wranglers used to be affiliated with Calgary, then Phoenix, but currently do not have an NHL or AHL affiliate. Their director of scouting is someone Lightning fans will remember from the 2004 Eastern Conference Finals, Keith Primeau. (Photo courtesy of swamphockey.com.

  • 5 years 28 weeks ago

    QMJHL

    Rimouski Oceanic 2 @ (1) Saint John Sea Dogs 3
    QMJHL Finals – Saint John leads best of 7 series 2-0

    C Danick Gauthier, SNB: 1-0-1, E, 4 SOG, 0 PIM, 1 Hit
    Playoff Totals: 15 GP, 10-7-17, +10, 22 PIM
    Season Totals: 67 GP, 47-39-86, +46, 67 PIM

    Danick Gauthier scored the game’s opening goal and Saint John made an eventual 3-0 lead stand up to defeat Rimouski 3-2 and take Game 2 of the President Cup Final series. Gauthier, who scored his 10th goal of the postseason, extended his point streak to 7 games. He has at least a point in 12 of his last 13 playoff games and in 13 of 15 overall. He is tied for seventh in the league in goals scored during the playoffs. The Sea Dogs, who outshot the visitors 32-16, are now up two games to none on the Oceanic. Game 3 is Wednesday in Rimouski.

    OHL

    (W1) London Knights 5 @ (E1) Niagara IceDogs 3
    OHL Finals – Best of 7 series tied 1-1

    C Vladislav Namestnikov , LDN: 0-1-1, +1, 2 PIM (cross checking)
    Playoff Totals: 16 GP, 3-12-15, +9, 14 PIM
    Season Totals: 63 GP, 22-49-71, +15, 50 PIM

    London earned a huge win on Saturday to take back home ice advantage in the OHL Finals. The Knights had lost to the IceDogs in double overtime at home on Thursday. Lightning 2011 first rounder Vladislav Namestnikov had an assist in Game 2 to give him points in three straight games and eight of his last nine games. London overcame a 2-0 deficit with four unanswered goals in Game 2. London was outshot 42-24 in the game. Andrew Agozzino (undrafted), a 40-goal scorer in the regular season for the second-straight year, had a hat trick for Niagara. He has 11 goals in the postseason. Game 3 is back in London on Monday night.

  • 5 years 28 weeks ago

    Canada 4 @ USA 5 (OT)
    Nate Thompson scored a key Third Period goal in Team USA's 5-4 overtime win over Canada. Thompson finished +1 in 12:08 of ice time. Team USA captain Jack Johnson scored the overtime winner. Fellow Lightning teammate Teddy Purcell was scoreless with 1 shot in goal in 11:38 for the Canadians. Team USA takes the lead in Group H and will face Slovakia on Monday. Canada draws France on Monday.

    Sweden 4 @ Czech Republic 1
    Victor Hedman assisted on a goal by former Lightning camper Niklas Persson in Sweden's 4-1 victory over the Czech Republic. Hedman was +1 with 2 shots in 20:34. Viktor Fasth, who was rumored to be a Lightning signing target last summer, stopped 16 of 17 for the Swedes. Sweden plays Denmark on Monday.

  • 5 years 28 weeks ago

    QMJHL

    (7) Rimouski Oceanic 2 @ (1) Saint John Sea Dogs 3 (2OT)
    Finals – Saint John leads best of 7 series 1-0

    C Danick Gauthier, SNB: 0-1-1, +1, 3 SOG, 4 PIM (high sticking, roughing after the whistle), 4 Hits
    Playoff Totals: 14 GP, 9-7-16, +10, 22 PIM
    Season Totals: 67 GP, 47-39-86, +46, 67 PIM

    Minnesota first rounder Zack Phillips scored halfway through the second overtime to lift the Saint John Sea Dogs to a 3-2 win in the opening game of the 2012 President Cup Finals. Lightning prospect Danick Gauthier took a team-high 30 faceoffs for the Sea Dogs. He was second on the team in hits with four and earned an assist on a goal by Thomas Jurco (Red Wings), which gave Saint John a 2-0 lead in the first period. Game 2 of the series is Saturday night in Saint John.

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