Game Night Results

  • 5 years 14 weeks ago

    Norfolk stuns Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. Now they have a tiger by the tail.

    NOR-2
    WBS-1

    Norfolk Leads the Series 1-0

    Dustin Tokarski allowed just 1 goal on 33 shots for the victory in his first professional playoff game. For Norfolk, if they get goaltending, they're capable of beating anyone, and they got goaltending from Tic tonight.

    First Period
    NO SCORING

    Second Period
    NOR Ritola, (1) (Milam), 5:23
    NOR Pouliot, (1) (Ritola), 18:27

    Third Period
    WBS Veilleux, (1) (Walker, Potter), 17:13

    Tokarski, Mattias Ritola, and Marc-Antoine Pouliot were the game's three stars. The like of Ritola/Pouliot/Jones is as good as any in the AHL right now, and there isn't a hotter player in the league than Mattias Ritola. Mind you, the rest of the Admirals forwards haven't been as stellar over the past month, but that line gives the Admirals enough firepower to win games with competent defense and goaltending. The Penguins learned that tonight.

    So, Norfolk has accomplished what they set out to accomplish in the first two games of the series, which was to steal home ice before heading back to Norfolk in the 2-3-2 format. However, the challenge becomes very different in Game Two. The Admirals now need to recognize they've got a tiger by the tail. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton is now going to be desperate to win Game Two, because a loss may be a death sentence for the Penguins. So, Norfolk is going to face a higher level of intensity than they've seen all year, particularly in the first 20 minutes of Game Two. If they're not careful, they'll be blown out and momentum will reside on the Penguins' bus headed down to Virginia. However, if they handle the surge from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton early and can keep the game within a goal heading into the final frame, the Ritola line and special teams can deliver the big time upset. Make no mistake, WBS should be favored heavily in Game Two, but Norfolk has enough, on paper, to pull the stunner off again. At the very least, if Norfolk is competitive in Game Two, momentum will still be on the Admirals' side going into Game Three, Four, and Five, having already accomplished what they needed to in Pennsylvania.

    Box score from TheAHL.com.

  • 5 years 14 weeks ago

    USHL Qualifying Round

    No.5 Lincoln Stars 0 @ No.4 Fargo Force 2
    Fargo leads best of three series 1-0

    C Jimmy Mullin, FGO: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
    Season Totals: 52 GP, 23-37-60, +29, 26 PIM
    Playoff Totals: 1 GP, 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM

    Fargo scored at 16:05 of the third period to break a 0-0 tie and added an empty net breakaway goal late to defeat Lincoln 2-0 in Game 1 of their opening round best of three series. Mullin, surprisingly, did not register a shot on net. Ryan Massa, a Nebraska-Omaha commit, made 23 saves for the shutout. Fargo can clinch the series in Game 2 Saturday night.

    QMJHL Quarterfinals

    No.5 Gatineau Olympiques 5 @ No.4 Drummondville Voltigeurs 1
    Best of seven series tied 2-2

    D Adam Janosik, GAT: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 0 Hits
    Season Totals: 60 GP, 7-25-32, +17, 37 PIM
    Playoff Totals: 9 GP, 1-3-4, E, 10 PIM

    Gatineau won their third game in a row to take a 3-2 series lead on the road. Adam Janosik was scoreless for Gatineau, who will host Game 6 Sunday.

    QMJHL Quarterfinals

    No.8 Lewiston MAINEiacs 4 @ No.2 Montreal Juniors 5 (2OT)
    Lewiston leads best of seven series 3-2

    D Charles Landry, MTL: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG, 0 Hits
    Season Totals: 57 GP, 11-29-40, +26, 30 PIM
    Playoff Totals: 9 GP, 1-2-3, +6, 12 PIM

    Second-seeded Montreal got a double overtime winner by Dylan Anderson (undrafted), his first of the playoffs, and the Juniors live to play another day. Lewiston, who had leads of 1-0 and 2-1 in the game and tied it with 1:15 left in regulation, holds a 3-2 series lead. After putting up only two shots in the first period, Montreal came out flying in the second, peppering the MAINEiacs with 19 shots. Game 6 will be back in Maine on Sunday.

  • 5 years 14 weeks ago

    WHL

    Western Conference Semifinals

    No.2 Spokane Chiefs 3 @ No.4 Tri-City Americans 4 (2OT)
    Best of seven series tied 2-2

    C Tyler Johnson, SPO: 2-0-2, +1, 0 PIM, *Second Star*
    Season Totals: 71 GP, 53-62-115, +27, 48 PIM
    Playoff Totals: 7 GP, 5-3-8, E, 2 PIM
    RW Carter Ashton, TC: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM
    Season Totals: 62 GP, 33-38-71, -6, 106 PIM
    Playoff Totals: 8 GP, 2-4-6, E, 4 PIM

    Lightning prospect Tyler Johnson scored at the 12-minute mark of the third period to tie the game, but Ams defenseman Tyler Schmidt (undrafted) scored his first of the playoffs in the second overtime to give Tri-City the win and tie the series at 2. Johnson had a shorthanded goal early in the second period that gave Spokane a brief 2-0 lead. Carter Ashton had an assist for Tri-City. Game 5 will be Sunday in Spokane.

  • 5 years 14 weeks ago

    QMJHL Quarterfinals

    No.4 Drummondville Voltigeurs 1 @ No.5 Gatineau Olympiques 6
    Best of seven series tied 2-2

    D Adam Janosik, GAT: 0-1-1, +2, 2 PIM (roughing), 0 SOG, 2 Hits
    Season Totals: 60 GP, 7-25-32, +17, 37 PIM
    Playoff Totals: 8 GP, 1-3-4, E, 10 PIM

    Gatineau held serve at home, winning games three and four by a combined 10-2 score. The Olympiques scored once in the first and three times in the second period to be up comfortably entering the third period. They were up 6-0 under three minutes into the final period. Adam Janosik notched his fourth point of the playoffs in the win. This game, as is to be expected with a lopsided score in the third period, got chippy late with a hoard of roughing penalties. Game 5 is Friday at the home of the Volts.

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  • 5 years 14 weeks ago

    Welcome to the playoffs.

    TB-0
    PIT-3

    Pittsburgh Leads the Series 1-0

    Dwayne Roloson allowed 2 goals on 39 shots for the loss. I thought he played brilliantly, on the whole, and deserved better.

    First Period
    NO SCORING

    Second Period
    NO SCORING

    Third Period
    06:05 PIT Kovalev (1), Neal (1), Martin (1)
    06:23 PIT Asham (1), Letang (1), Orpik (1)
    19:18 PIT Kunitz (1), Staal (1), Orpik (2)(EN)

    Good:
    The Lightning had a decent first period to get settled into the game. I had some fear the team, with so many inexperience players, might be down 2-0 or so after the opening frame, but they outchanced Pittsburgh and had the territorial edge. That's why losing control of the game for the next 35 minutes after the first period stings. I also thought the Lightning, in the final 5 minutes, proved they could crack Pittsburgh's defense if they could up their intensity level. I'm not buying the Penguin mystique about their defense or the infallibility of Fleury, shutout or no. The Lightning were getting the chances they wanted, including a wide open Stamkos one-timer from the left wing circle. They missed the net too much. If they readjust their bomb sights, I think they'll start to score goals.

    Bad:
    The second period was horrific. No forecheck, and they were on their heels all 20 minutes. Mind you, then the refs miss two plays that probably should've been 4 minute high-sticking calls, that has a big effect on momentum and offensive flow. However, the Lightning just did not generate any forecheck from the 21st minute through the 54th minute of the game. The only way Pittsburgh wins this series if Crosby and Malkin stay out is if the Lightning allow themselves to be outworked and outhit. The Lightning let the Pens outhit them in the first period, but ended up winning that stat 44-35, but it wasn't translating into puck possession or Pens turnovers because the lion's share of those hits were coming in the Lightning's third of the rink. Honorable mention to the Lightning making Aaron Asham look like Mario Lemieux on the Pens' insurance goal. Roli did get played like a fiddle on that play, and Brewer looked a little silly. That was a bad blemish on an otherwise great game by those two players.

    Ugly:
    Pavel Kubina. What a horrible mess of a game. Losing his stick and losing Kovalev on the first goal honestly was among the least of his sins tonight. I was pretty impressed with Hedman and Brewer, and I thought the rest of the group was pretty game. Kubina was just a train wreck. 1 stupid penalty. 1 stupid play that should've been a penalty that eventually ended up in the net. 3 bad turnovers and 2 of them were the kind that really annoy me out of a defenseman when they ring it around blindly to a waiting, open point man. I don't expect that kind of play out of a veteran. Here's hoping he rises to the occassion as the series goes on. I suppose in 2003, he and the whole team stunk on toast in the first couple of games against the Caps before they came back to roll Washington the rest of the way.

    I expect more urgency in the next game, and if the Lightning bear down and finish like they can, they should have a strong Game Two. This series, I have a feeling, is going to be a marathon and not a sprint. The Lightning do have a few things to build off of, and if they win the next game they're right where they want to be going into Game Three.

    Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

  • 5 years 14 weeks ago

    QMJHL Quarterfinals

    No.4 Drummondville Voltigeurs 1 @ No.5 Gatineau Olympiques 4
    Drummondville leads best of seven series 2-1

    D Adam Janosik, GAT: 0-0-0, +1, 2 PIM (roughing), 1 SOG, 0 Hits
    Season Totals: 60 GP, 7-25-32, +17, 37 PIM
    Playoff Totals: 7 GP, 1-2-3, -2, 8 PIM

    Gatineau earned a much-needed win Tuesday at home to avoid going down 3-0 in their league quarterfinal series with the Volts. The Olympiques scored twice early in the first period and survived a Drummondville goal by likely 2011 top-5 pick Sean Couturier to hold on for the win. Game 4 is Wednesday in Gatineau.

    QMJHL Quarterfinals

    No.2 Montreal Juniors 1 @ No.8 Lewiston MAINEiacs 2
    Lewiston leads best of seven series 2-1

    D Charles Landry, MTL: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG, 1 Hit
    Season Totals: 57 GP, 11-29-40, +26, 30 PIM
    Playoff Totals: 7 GP, 1-2-3, +7, 12 PIM

    Second-seeded Montreal is a Game 1 overtime goal away from being down 3-0 to eighth-seeded Lewiston in their QMJHL quarterfinals series. Etienne Brodeur, an undrafted free agent, scored with five seconds left in regulation to give the MAINEiacs the win in Game 3. Brodeur had 53 goals in 68 games this season. Game 4 is Wednesday in Maine.

    WHL

    Western Conference Semifinals

    No.2 Spokane Chiefs 4 @ No.4 Tri-City Americans 1
    Best of seven series tied 1-1

    RW Carter Ashton, TC: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM
    Season Totals: 62 GP, 33-38-71, -6, 106 PIM
    Playoff Totals: 7 GP, 2-3-5, -1, 4 PIM
    C Tyler Johnson, SPO: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM (roughing)
    Season Totals: 71 GP, 53-62-115, +27, 48 PIM
    Playoff Totals: 6 GP, 3-3-6, -1, 2 PIM

    Spokane got home ice advantage back in the series by taking Game 3 on the road vs. the Americans. Both Lightning prospects were scoreless in the game. Game 4 is Thursday in Kennewick.

    Eastern Conference Semifinals

    No.1 Saskatoon Blades 0 @ No.4 Kootenay Ice 3
    Kootenay leads best of seven series 3-0

    D Teigan Zahn, SAS: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM
    Season Totals: 72 GP, 3-20-23, +39, 133 PIM
    Playoff Totals: 9 GP, 0-3-3 E, 8 PIM

    No one saw this coming. The WHL’s top team is one game away from being swept in the second round of the playoffs. On Tuesday in Cranbrook, the Ice scored once in each period and Nathan Lieuwen (undrafted) stopped 22 shots to give Kamloops a 3-0 win. Game 4 is Wednesday at the home of the Ice.

  • 5 years 14 weeks ago

    OHL

    Western Conference Semifinals

    No.6 Plymouth Whalers 1 @ No.1 Owen Sound Attack 4
    Owen Sound leads best of seven series 3-0

    D Geoffrey Schemitsch, OS: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM
    Season Totals: 45 GP, 1-19-20, +17, 14 PIM
    Playoff Totals: 7 GP, 0-3-3, +3, 0 PIM
    G Michael Zador, OS: Did not dress.
    Season Totals: 31 GP, 19-5-1-1, 3.23 GAA, .888 sv%, 0 SO
    Playoff Totals: 4 GP, 2-0-0, 1.10 GAA, .958 sv%, 1 SO

    Geoffrey Schemitsch notched his third point in his last two games and Owen Sound outshot Plymouth 43-26 en route to a 4-1 victory Monday. Fellow Lightning prospect Michael Zador did not dress for Owen Sound. With the win, the Attack is in control of the series, up 3-0. Owen Sound can close out the series Wednesday in Michigan.

  • 5 years 15 weeks ago

    WHL

    Western Conference Semifinals

    No.4 Tri-City Americans 3 @ No.2 Spokane Chiefs 6
    Best of seven series tied 1-1

    RW Carter Ashton, TC: 0-2-2, -1, 0 PIM
    Season Totals: 62 GP, 33-38-71, -6, 106 PIM
    Playoff Totals: 6 GP, 2-3-5, E, 4 PIM
    C Tyler Johnson, SPO: 1-1-2, -1, 0 PIM, *Third Star*
    Season Totals: 71 GP, 53-62-115, +27, 48 PIM
    Playoff Totals: 5 GP, 3-3-6, -1, 0 PIM

    Spokane made a strong statement in Game 2, outshooting Tri-City 40-15 and beating them handily, 6-3. The Chiefs were up 5-1 entering the third period and the Americans got a last minute power play goal to make the score look closer than it was. Tyler Johnson scored a power play goal for Spokane and fellow Lightning prospect Carter Ashton had two third period assists for TC. Senators prospect Jared Cowen had four assists for the Chiefs. The game had 89 minutes in penalties. Game 3 is Tuesday in Kennewick. Games 4 and 5 will also be at the home of the Americans.

  • 5 years 15 weeks ago

    It's an organization-wide Lightning vs. Penguins playoff matchup.

    NOR-6
    CT-3

    Jaroslav Janus allowed 3 goals on 20 shots for the victory.

    First Period
    NOR Pouliot, (25) (Ritola), 9:26
    NOR Szczechura, (21) (Milam, Barberio), 15:46 (PP)
    NOR Jones, (24) (Pouliot, Ritola), 19:22 (PP)

    Second Period
    CT Mitchell, (8) (Couture, Valentenko), 1:02
    NOR Ritola, (9) (Jones), 3:15
    NOR Szczechura, (22) (Wright, Harju), 5:34
    CT Valentenko, (5) (Yogan, Dupont), 13:10

    Third Period
    CT Niemi, (3) (Grachev, Couture), 11:56 (PP)
    NOR Angelidis, (20) , 17:36

    Paul Szczechura and Mattias Ritola were the game's first and second stars. With his 3 point effort, Ritola finishes the regular season with 9 goals and 27 points in 17 AHL games.

    Mike Angelidis became the 5th and final Admiral to hit 20 goals this season. Chris Durno finished 1 shy at 19 and Matt Fornataro and James Wright had 17 and 16 a piece.

    In 56 games, Blair Jones set a new career high in points with 55. His previous high was 54 in 80 games two seasons ago.

    Johan Harju finishes his rookie AHL campaign with 23 goals and 52 points in 63 games, and a +15 rating.

    With the victory, Norfolk leapfrogged Binghamton into 4th place in the East Division. That means Norfolk will draw the top team in the Eastern Conference, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, in the first round. The Pens have the stingiest goaltending and defense in the conference, allowing just 183 goals (2.29 GAA). It'll also be an interesting meeting of old friends, as a key member of the Pens is BoltProspects alumni Ryan Craig. Craig had 19 goals and 48 points to finish 2nd on the Pens in scoring this season.

    It's a brutally tough matchup. The key will be for Norfolk to focus on getting a win in the first two on the road. Get that win, settle into the grind of the series, and let the chips fall where they may. On paper, Norfolk is as talented as anyone in the conference, although there's a question mark in net with Dustin Tokarski recovering from getting slashed with a skate. If they get goaltending, though, they have a chance.

    Box score from TheAHL.com.

  • 5 years 15 weeks ago

    USHL

    Sioux City Musketeers 4 @ Fargo Force 3 (OT)
    C Jimmy Mullin, FGO: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
    Season totals: 52 GP, 23-37-60, +29, 26 PIM

    Mullin’s assist gave him 60 points for the year, good enough to finish seventh in the league scoring race. That race was won by Mullin’s future Miami-Ohio teammate Blake Coleman (undrafted) of Indiana, who had 92 points – 17 more than anyone else in the league. No.4 Fargo’s recent stretch of sub-par play means they won’t get a first round bye in the playoffs. They’re set to meet Lincoln for a best of three series starting Friday in Fargo. All games will be played in North Dakota. Considering the Force had a better road record than at home, that might not be a good thing.

    QMJHL

    QMJHL Quarterfinals

    No.5 Gatineau Olympiques 0 @ No.4 Drummondville Voltigeurs 3
    Drummondville leads best of seven series 2-0

    D Adam Janosik, GAT: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 0 Hits
    Season Totals: 60 GP, 7-25-32, +17, 37 PIM
    Playoff Totals: 6 GP, 1-2-3, -3, 6 PIM

    Gatineau will go home for games three and four of the series in a 0-2 hole. Drummondville scored twice in the first period Saturday and cruised to a 3-0 win. Game 3 – a must-win game for the Olympiques – is Tuesday.

    QMJHL Quarterfinals

    No.8 Lewiston MAINEiacs 6 @ No.2 Montreal Juniors 2
    Best of seven series tied 1-1

    D Charles Landry, MTL: 0-1-1, -1, 2 PIM (roughing), 2 SOG, 1 Hit
    Season Totals: 57 GP, 11-29-40, +26, 30 PIM
    Playoff Totals: 6 GP, 1-2-3, +8, 12 PIM

    Second-seeded Montreal is a Game 1 overtime goal away from being down 0-2 to eighth-seeded Lewiston in their QMJHL quarterfinals series. Olivier Dame-Malka (undrafted) scored four times Saturday to lead the MAINEiacs to a 6-2 win. Lightning prospect Charles Landry has points in consecutive games. Game 3 is Tuesday in Maine.

    OHL

    Western Conference Semifinals

    No.1 Owen Sound Attack 3 @ No.6 Plymouth Whalers 2
    Owen Sound leads best of seven series 2-0

    D Geoffrey Schemitsch, OS: 0-2-2, +1, 0 PIM, *First Star*
    Season Totals: 45 GP, 1-19-20, +17, 14 PIM
    Playoff Totals: 6 GP, 0-2-2, +3, 0 PIM
    G Michael Zador, OS: Did not dress.
    Season Totals: 31 GP, 19-5-1-1, 3.23 GAA, .888 sv%, 0 SO
    Playoff Totals: 4 GP, 2-0-0, 1.10 GAA, .958 sv%, 1 SO

    Geoffrey Schemitsch (pictured) scored his first two points of the playoffs en route to First Star honors in Game 2 as the Attack took a 2-0 lead on Plymouth in their conference semifinal series. Michael Zador, the reigning CHL Goaltender of the Week, was pulled after the second period of Game 1 in favor of Scott Stajcer. Stajcer played all of Game 2 and Zador was relegated to the bleachers as a healthy scratch. Game 3 is Monday in Ontario.

    WHL

    Western Conference Semifinals

    No.4 Tri-City Americans 3 @ No.2 Spokane Chiefs 1
    Tri-City leads best of seven series 1-0

    RW Carter Ashton, TC: 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM (charging)
    Season Totals: 62 GP, 33-38-71, -6, 106 PIM
    Playoff Totals: 5 GP, 2-1-3, +1, 4 PIM
    C Tyler Johnson, SPO: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM
    Season Totals: 71 GP, 53-62-115, +27, 48 PIM
    Playoff Totals: 4 GP, 2-2-4, E, 0 PIM

    Tri-City’s 5’8” goaltender Drew Owsley (undrafted) stopped 34 of 35 shots to steal Game 1 for the Americans and give his team home ice advantage in the series. If there was good news for Spokane, leading scorer Tyler Johnson was back on the ice after he was injured in Game 3 vs. Chilliwack. Neither Johnson nor fellow Lightning prospect Carter Ashton registered a point in Game 1. Game 2 is Sunday in Spokane.

    Eastern Conference Semifinals

    No.4 Kootenay Ice 3 @ No.1 Saskatoon Blades 2 (OT)
    Kootenay leads best of seven series 2-0

    D Teigan Zahn, SAS: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM
    Season Totals: 72 GP, 3-20-23, +39, 133 PIM
    Playoff Totals: 8 GP, 0-3-3 +1, 8 PIM

    Saskatoon fell to 2-4 in their last six games and now find themselves with a tough uphill climb down 0-2 to fourth-seeded Kootenay going to the Ice’s home barn for the next two games. On Saturday, Kings super-prospect Brayden Schenn scored with just over a minute left in regulation for Saskatoon to tie the game, but the Ice’s Joe Antilla (undrafted) potted the overtime winner with 1:28 left in the extra session. Game 3 is Tuesday.

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