Game Night Results

  • 5 years 20 weeks ago

    Norfolk clings to 4th in the East Division by the slimmest of margins.

    NOR-1
    BNG-2 (OT)

    Jaroslav Janus shined making 42 saves in the overtime loss. He's allowed just 5 goals on 86 shots (.953 sv%) since spelling Dustin Tokarski against Hershey when Tic got cut with a skate. All of a sudden, he's playing under control and serving notice to the new organization why the old organization was so high on him. He's also finally justifying that #11 ranking he currently holds here on BoltProspects.

    First Period
    BNG Benoit, (11) (Daugavins, Smith), 11:46 (PP)

    Second Period
    NOR Ritola, (8) (Jones, Mihalik), 16:01

    Third Period
    NO SCORING

    Overtime
    BNG O'Brien, (24) (Condra, Greening), 3:48

    Janus was the game's third star.

    Blair Jones has points in 9 straight games. Mattias Ritola has points in 7 straight and 8 goals and 17 points over that span, including 6 multi-point games. Tonight was the first time since 2/26/11 that Ritola didn't have a multi-point effort.

    Norfolk climbs to within 2 points of 3rd place Charlotte with 1 game in hand on the Checkers. They also now hold a slim 1 point lead over the 5th place Senators with 1 game in hand on Binghamton. If a crossover scenario were to occur, Norfolk could get the 3rd seed in the Atlantic Division if they finish with more points than the 3rd place Connecticut Whale. They now have a 5 point lead on Connecticut with 3 games left to go for each club, so they could easily clinch no worse than the 3 seed in the Atlantic in their upcoming games against the East Division's 6th place team, Syracuse.

    Norfolk draws Syracuse tomorrow night and again on Saturday night before closing out the regular season on Sunday in Hartford against the Whale. Charlotte draws the now eliminated Worcester Sharks on Friday and again on Saturday. Binghamton goes to Rochester (7th in the North Division) on Friday and finishes at home against Adirondack (7th in the East Division) on Saturday. So, Norfolk likely will need 4 out of 6 possible points to hold off Binghamton for 4th, and they may need to run the table and hope Worcester can take at least a point away from Charlotte to get to 3rd place. 2 more points earned or lost by Connecticut will clinch no worse than the 3 seed in the Atlantic via the crossover. In that scenario, Norfolk would face Manchester. Unfortunately for Norfolk, their three most likely matchups (Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, Hershey, or Manchester) happen to be the 3 best defensive teams in the Eastern Conference in terms of goals allowed. Great.

    Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

  • 5 years 20 weeks ago

    Kelly Cup Playoffs – Eastern Conference Quarterfinals

    No.3 Kalamazoo Wings 4 @ No.6 Florida Everblades 1
    Best of five series tied 1-1

    LW Alex Hutchings: 0-0-0, -2, 6 PIM (unsportsmanlike conduct, slashing, tripping), 2 SOG
    Season Totals: 51 GP, 13-13-26, -9, 41 PIM
    Playoff Totals: 2 GP, 0-1-1, -1, 6 PIM

    The K-Wings scored three times in the first period en route to a 4-1 Game 2 win over the Florida Everblades. Florida now travels to Michigan for the next three games of the series and has to win two of them to keep their season alive. Alex Hutchings did not register a point Wednesday, but spent some time in the box feeling shame. Goaltender Bobby Goepfert was pulled in the second period down 4-0. Game 3 is Friday.

  • 5 years 20 weeks ago

    Sodertalje 3 @ Mora 2
    Riku Helenius, Sodertalje, Win, 17/19, 2.00 GAA, .895 sv%
    Season totals: 18 GP, 4-11-0, 0 SO, 3.03 GAA, .884 sv%
    Kval till Elitserien totals: 4 GP, 2-0-1, 0 SO, 1.72 GAA, .926 sv%

    Sodertalje peppered Mora with a whopping 47 shots on goal en route to edging Mora 3-2 in their 9th game of the Kval till Elitserien. Lightning prospect Riku Helenius made 17 saves to win his second straight must-win start. Elsewhere, Vaxjo defeated Rogle 4-2 and MODO beat Orebro 4-1.

    Vaxjo had already clinched a spot in the Elitserien for next season. With their loss, Rogle will stay in the Allsvenskan. That leaves MODO and Sodertalje tied at 17 points right now with MODO holding the goal differential tiebreaker at +13 to +5. That means Friday's 10th and final round of the Kval till Elitserien will feature an all out battle for all the marbles with MODO visiting Sodertalje. A win keeps the club in the Elitserien next year. A loss means relegation to the Allsvenskan. Time to find out how clutch Riku Helenius can be. Note that in the opening match of the Kval till Elitserien, Sodertalje did defeat MODO 3-2 in a shootout with Pontus Sjogren between the pipes.

  • 5 years 20 weeks ago

    Kelly Cup Playoffs – Eastern Conference Quarterfinals

    No.3 Kalamazoo K-Wings 1 @ No.6 Florida Everblades 2
    Florida leads best of five series 1-0

    LW Alex Hutchings: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
    Season Totals: 51 GP, 13-13-26, -9, 41 PIM
    Playoff Totals: 1 GP, 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM

    The ‘Blades received stellar goaltending from Bobby Goepfert to defeat Kalamazoo 2-1 and take Game 1 of their opening round playoff series with the K-Wings. Goepfert stopped 31 of 32 shots for First Star honors. Lightning prospect Alex Hutchings had an assist in his first professional playoff game. Game 2 is Wednesday in southwest Florida. Games 3-5 will be played in Michigan.

  • 5 years 20 weeks ago

    With Worcester losing to Portland tonight in the shootout, the Norfolk Admirals have clinched a berth in the AHL playoffs. It is the first time the Admirals have made the postseason as a Lightning affiliate. The club can do no worse than securing the crossover into the Atlantic Division and the 4th seed in that divisional playoff. As of right now they hold the 4th seed in the East Division and would play the Penguins in the opening round.

  • 5 years 20 weeks ago

    5th seed looks locked in.

    TB-2
    BUF-4

    Dwayne Roloson allowed 4 goals on 24 shots for the loss. The final goal was essentially an empty net goal so that's kind of hard luck for Roli. Consider it punishment for a bit of a softie on the game winner.

    First Period
    13:53 TB Malone (13), Lundin (11)
    16:45 BUF Vanek (29), Pominville (28), Connolly (27)(PP)

    Second Period
    08:00 BUF Vanek (30), Pominville (29), Connolly (28)
    13:46 BUF Connolly (13), Montador (19), Stafford (21)

    Third Period
    00:17 TB Lecavalier (22), St Louis (65), Purcell (32)
    19:46 BUF Vanek (31), unassisted

    If Pittsburgh goes ahead and finishes off the Devils tonight, I think I would seriously consider shutting down some players for 2-3 of the final games of the season, if I were Guy Boucher. It doesn't appear there will be anything to play for, other than breaking the 100 point plateau and some individual plaudits. Standings-wise, the Lightning are pretty much locked in to play Pittsburgh in the first round.

    Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

  • 5 years 20 weeks ago

    A magical night in Charlotte for Jones and the Admirals.

    NOR-5
    CHA-2

    Jaroslav Janus rose up and played his best AHL game of the season stopping 21 of 23 shots, including a Brett Sutter penalty shot, to take his first win as an Admiral this season. He kept the Admirals where they needed to be through the first two periods and then made sure to make the last stop or two the team needed to pull away at the end. What Mike Smith was for the Lightning against Chicago last night, Janus was for the Admirals tonight.

    First Period
    NOR Ritola, (6) (Pouliot, Barberio), 7:54 (PP)
    CHA Terry, (33) (Sanguinetti, Matsumoto), 12:30 (PP)

    Second Period
    NOR Labrie, (6) (Wright, Berry), 7:56
    CHA Sanguinetti, (3) (Graham, Matsumoto), 13:18 (PP)
    NOR Jones, (22) (Pouliot, Milam), 18:49 (PP)

    Third Period
    NOR Ritola, (7) (Jones, Pouliot), 0:36 (PP)
    NOR Jones, (23) (Ritola), 7:40

    Blair Jones, Mattias Ritola, and Marc-Antoine Pouliot were the game's three stars.

    Blair Jones is now the Norfolk Admirals' all-time leading scorer. He tied and then destroyed the record with a 3 point night that now leaves him just 3 points shy of his career high in points, despite the fact he set that mark in 80 games in 2008-2009 and he's played just 52 games this year. Jones has always been a BoltProspects favorite since his days with Moose Jaw and his rookie season with Springfield in the AHL. Through all the ups and downs of his professional career, he's kept getting better and climbing the ladder. To surpass some of the most beloved Admirals in the history of that franchise to claim the mantle of leading scorer is truly impressive and special.

    His new line, with Marc-Antoine Pouliot and Mattias Ritola showed tonight it could be one of the league's best going into the playoffs. Ritola also had a 3 point night and now has 22 points in 13 AHL games this year. For his part, Pouliot climbed to 6th in the AHL in scoring with 69 points in 65 games.

    Mark Barberio got point 29 tonight. He needs 1 more point in the 4 games remaining this week to reach the 30 point plateau.

    Norfolk pulls to within 3 points of the Checkers for 3rd in the East Division with 2 games in hand, and now holds a 2 point edge over Binghamton with 1 game in hand. More to the point, the Admirals magic number for making the postseason is now 1 point. With a 6 point lead over Worcester and just 3 games remaining for the Sharks, any combination of a point gained by the Admirals or a point lost by Worcester will clinch a playoff berth for the Admirals by, at a minimum, the crossover rule. Interesting note about the crossover rule, if Norfolk were to crossover they could gain the 3rd seed in the Atlantic Division if they can continue to lead the Atlantic's 3rd place team, the Connecticut Whale. However, for tonight, the crossover seems like an afterthought for a team that controls its destiny to climb into the #3 spot in the division.

    Box score from TheAHL.com.

  • 5 years 20 weeks ago

    OHL

    Western Conference Quarterfinals

    No.2 Saginaw Spirit 6 @ No.7 Guelph Storm 5
    Saginaw wins best of seven series 4-2

    C/W Richard Panik, GUE: 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM (check to the head)
    Season Totals: 51 GP, 27-29-56, -6, 75 PIM
    Playoff Totals: 6 GP, 1-2-3, -4, 10 PIM

    Guelph had leads of 1-0 and 2-1 in Game 6, but needed three late goals just to pull within one score of the higher seeded Spirit. The Storm also had a series lead of 2-1, but couldn’t win Game 4 and eventually lost the series. Panik, who had another check-to the head penalty, can now join the Norfolk Admirals of the AHL again since his team is finished. Panik’s junior career is also over. He is expect to play for Norfolk or Tampa Bay next season. Step 1 is a contract, however.

    Western Conference Quarterfinals

    No.1 Owen Sound Attack 1 @ No.8 London Knights 0
    Owen Sound wins best of seven series 4-2

    D Geoffrey Schemitsch, OS: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM
    Season Totals: 45 GP, 1-19-20, +17, 14 PIM
    Playoff Totals: 4 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
    G Michael Zador, OS: Win, 23 saves on 23 shots, shutout, *Second Star*
    Season Totals: 31 GP, 19-5-1-1, 3.23 GAA, .888 sv%, 0 SO
    Playoff Totals: 3 GP, 2-0-0, 0.00 GAA, 1.000 sv%, 1 SO

    Zador (pictured) is taking the No.1 job and running with it. The former London Knight first rounder stopped 23 of 23 shots Sunday to shut out the Knights and help the Attack advance to the second round of the playoffs. Zador was part of London’s trade that brought John Tavares to the Knights from Oshawa. The Gens traded Zador to Owen Sound this season when the Attack was looking for a backup goaltender. Zador had fallen to No.3 in Oshawa. Owen Sound is the first team from the Western Conference to advance.

    WHL

    Eastern Conference Quarterfinals

    No.1 Saskatoon Blades 2 @ No.8 Prince Albert Raiders 1
    Saskatoon wins best of seven series 4-2

    D Teigan Zahn, SAS: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
    Season Totals: 72 GP, 3-20-23, +39, 133 PIM
    Playoff Totals: 6 GP, 0-2-2 +2, 6 PIM

    Top-seeded Saskatoon got an overtime goal from Matej Stransky (2011) to finally put away the pesky Raiders. Prince Albert goaltender Jamie Tucker turned the puck over in overtime when a Blades player yelled “Tucks!” Tucker thought it was a teammate and handed the puck to him and before he knew it, the puck was in the net. Saskatoon will play either Kootenay or Brandon in Round 2.

  • 5 years 20 weeks ago

    Smitty paints a masterpiece against the defending champs.

    TB-2
    CHI-0

    Mike Smith stopped all 31 shots he faced for his first shutout victory of the season. He was magnificent. That was, by far, his best game of this year and maybe his best game since his concussion problems started 2 seasons ago. Smitty is 2-1-1 since coming back from Norfolk with a .934 save percentage in those 4 games. He also had a couple of good victories before going down to join the Admirals, So he's 4-1-1 in his last 6 decisions, with decent numbers, and he may very well have saved his NHL career.

    First Period
    07:56 TB Lecavalier (21), St Louis (64), Gagne (21)(PP)

    Second Period
    NO SCORING

    Third Period
    19:38 TB Thompson (10), Gagne (22), Hall (11)(EN)

    Smith and Vincent Lecavalier were the game's 3 stars.

    The shot totals in the game were pretty ugly, with Chicago outpacing the Lightning 30-14 in the game. The Lightning were in a bad spot playing a back-to-back and losing Lecavalier for most of the game after Michael Frolik left the mark of Zorro on his face. But, all that said, the Lightning played a masterful game defensively. It was Lemaire-esque how the team clogged the neutral zone, had sticks in every passing lane, and blocked a ton of shots to frustrate a Hawks team that desperately needed this win to help fend off the charge of the Calgary Feasters. And when the defense wasn't there, Smitty did his best Martin Brodeur impersonation tonight.

    For their part, the Lightning are again 1 point back of Pittsburgh for 4th in the East and 3 points back of Washington for tops in the Southeast. The Lightning finish against two teams fighting for their lives in Buffalo and Carolina with a game against Florida sandwiched in between. Pittsburgh draws three dogs: New Jersey, the Islanders, and Atlanta. Washington also has three dogs left: Toronto and then back-to-back games against the Panthers. But, you know, that's why they play the games. The Lightning hold the ROW tiebreak over Pittsburgh, so if they win out and the Pens just lose 1 point anywhere along the way, home ice belongs to the Lightning.

    Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

  • 5 years 20 weeks ago

    Rogle 1 @ Sodertalje 2
    Riku Helenius, Sodertalje, Win, 29/30, 1.00 GAA, .967 sv%
    Season totals: 18 GP, 4-11-0, 0 SO, 3.03 GAA, .884 sv%
    Kval till Eliserien totals: 3 GP, 1-0-1, 0 SO, 1.50 GAA, .943 sv%

    Riku Helenius just won the biggest game of the season for Sodertalje. Sitting in 3rd place behind Rogle, Helenius made 29 saves to defeat the Allsvenskan side and keep Sodertalje afloat in their race to stay in the Elitserien next season. Ryan Lasch had both goals for Sodertalje.

    However, MODO killed Mora 8-1 today, giving MODO the tiebreaker on goal differential at +10 to Sodertalje's +4. So, Vaxjo sits in first on the table at 20 points with MODO and Sodertalje trailing at 14 points a piece. Vaxjo has clinched a spot in the Elitserien next season because MODO and Sodertalje have a head-to-head game remaining. The top two teams go to Sweden's top league next season, so it looks like it's down to MODO, Sodertalje, and Rogle at 1 point back all fighting for 1 last spot. Sodertalje draws Mora and MODO in their remaining games. MODO gets Orebro and Sodertalje. Rogle has Vaxjo and Orebro left.

    And, out of nowhere, it looks like Helenius, who backstopped Sodertalje through last year's Kval till Elitserien, will be in the thick of it at the very end this year. It might be Helenius' final games under a Lightning contract as a BoltProspect, but at least he's making it interesting.

    Also, in the Elitserien playoffs, Farjestads and Skelleftea have advanced to the finals. They were the 2nd and 3rd place teams during the regular season.

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