Game Night Results

  • 5 years 8 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 8 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 8 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 8 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 8 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 8 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 8 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 8 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 8 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.

  • 5 years 8 weeks ago

    USHL

    Indiana Ice 3 @ Fargo Force 5
    C Jimmy Mullin, FGO: 2-2-4, +4, 0 PIM, 6 SOG
    Season totals: 50 GP, 22-36-58, +28, 26 PIM

    Mullin scored shorthanded and into an empty net to give him 22 goals on the year. He also added two assists and was plus-4. Not a bad night. Fargo remains in fourth in the conference, but are two points out of second. They have two home games left next weekend before the playoffs start.

    OHL

    Western Conference Quarterfinals

    No.7 Guelph Storm 4 @ No.2 Saginaw Spirit 5
    Saginaw leads best of seven series 3-2

    C/W Richard Panik, GUE: 0-0-0, -2, 2 PIM (check to the head)
    Season Totals: 51 GP, 27-29-56, -6, 75 PIM
    Playoff Totals: 5 GP, 1-2-3, -3, 8 PIM

    Saginaw scored the tie-breaking goal just past the half-way point of the third period and held on for a Game 5 win over Guelph. Panik was penalized for a check to the head at the 20:00 mark of the third period. Two other Guelph players were also penalized after the final horn. No Spirit players were called for an infraction at that time. Game 6 is Sunday in Guelph.

    Western Conference Quarterfinals

    No.8 London Knights 0 @ No.1 Owen Sound Attack 6
    Owen Sound leads best of seven series 3-2

    D Geoffrey Schemitsch, OS: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM
    Season Totals: 45 GP, 1-19-20, +17, 14 PIM
    Playoff Totals: 3 GP, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM
    G Michael Zador, OS: Win, 13 saves on 13 shots in 51:26
    Season Totals: 31 GP, 19-5-1-1, 3.23 GAA, .888 sv%, 0 SO
    Playoff Totals: 2 GP, 1-0-0, 0.00 GAA, 1.000 sv%, 0 SO

    Zador, who was once a first round pick of London, got the start in the pivotal Game 5 for Owen Sound and didn’t disappoint, stopping 13 of 13 shots before leaving the game midway through the third period. It was his first career playoff win. The Attack’s usual No.1 keeper, Jordan Binnington, didn’t dress for the game. He’s been shaky this series and was pulled in favor of Zador in Game 4. There are no reports of an injury to Zador, so it’s likely he was pulled in the third period with the game out of hand to prevent an injury.

    "I felt like it was just an every day game, I was comfortable," Zador told the Owen Sound Sun Times after the game. "Our team played great in front of me so I'm really happy how it turned out. I'm just going to take it day-to-day and keep playing the way I am right now."

    The Knights only had 14 shots in Game 5 despite having four power plays. Game 6 is Sunday in London.

    WHL

    Western Conference Quarterfinals

    No.7 Chilliwack Bruins 4 @ No.2 Spokane Chiefs 6
    Spokane wins best of seven series 4-1

    C Tyler Johnson, SPO: Did not play – injured.
    Season Totals: 71 GP, 53-62-115, +27, 48 PIM
    Playoff Totals: 3 GP, 2-2-4, +1, 0 PIM

    Johnson missed his second full game with a head injury. His Chiefs teammates were able to overcome playing without their leading scorer and eliminated the Bruins in five games. This may have been the last time the Bruins represented Chilliwack as reports state a move to Victoria is expected. Spokane will face Lightning prospect Carter Ashton and Tri-City in the next round starting next Saturday. Hopefully the week off allows enough time for Johnson to recover.

    Eastern Conference Quarterfinals

    No.8 Prince Albert Raiders 0 @ No.1 Saskatoon Blades 8
    Saskatoon lead best of seven series 3-2

    D Teigan Zahn, SAS: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM
    Season Totals: 72 GP, 3-20-23, +39, 133 PIM
    Playoff Totals: 5 GP, 0-2-2 +2, 6 PIM

    After seeing their 2-0 series lead disappear at the home of eighth-seeded Prince Albert, Saskatoon made a statement in Game 5, destroying the Raiders 8-0. The Blades scored six times in the second period to break a 0-0 tie. Game 6 is Sunday in Prince Albert.

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