Game Night Results

  • 5 years 21 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 21 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 21 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.

  • 5 years 21 weeks ago

    South Carolina Stingrays 2 @ Florida Everblades 1 (SO)
    LW Alex Hutchings: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM (slashing), 1 SOG
    Season totals: 51 GP, 13-13-26, -9, 41 PIM

    The ‘Blades got at least a point out of their final game of the season, but with Wheeling getting a win and South Carolina getting both points, Florida fell back to sixth in the East. They will face No.3 Kalamazoo in the playoffs starting on Tuesday. The ‘Blades were in fourth after the first game of their three game series with South Carolina this week. Hutchings finished his first pro regular season with 13 goals and 26 points. It’s a little disappointing considering he was a 47 goal scorer for Barrie of the OHL last year and had over 80 points. Not everyone can make a smooth transition to the pro game, but Hutchings’ hockey sense and speed were thought to be enough to make more of an impact at the ECHL level.

  • 5 years 21 weeks ago

    Big trouble in Norfolk.

    HER-5
    NOR-4

    Dustin Tokarski allowed 4 goals on 16 shots before leaving the game with an injury. With Cedrick Desjardins likely shelved for the rest of the season, any kind of injury to Tic is a big, big problem. The early indication is that Tokarski had his chin sliced open with a skate blade. So, you'd think he should be back, but considerably more ugly, for the road trip.

    Jaroslav Janus allowed 1 goal on 14 shots for the hard luck loss. It was, by far and away, Janus' best performance of the season, and he may inherit the starter's job if Tokarski is out for any length of time.

    First Period
    HER Greentree, (29) (McNeill, Fahey), 0:59
    NOR Ritola, (5) (Pouliot, Barberio), 3:56
    NOR Pouliot, (22) (Jones, Ritola), 6:09 (PP)
    NOR Pouliot, (23) (Ritola, Milam), 18:53 (PP)
    NOR Durno, (19) , 19:17

    Second Period
    HER Bouchard, (12) (Souray), 2:33
    HER Greentree, (30) (Aucoin, McNeill), 3:08 (PP)
    HER McNeill, (7) (Perreault), 6:12
    HER Gordon, (26) (Aucoin, Fahey), 17:34

    Third Period
    NO SCORING

    Marc-Antoine Pouliot was the game's second star.

    Mattias Ritola has 19 points in 12 AHL games this season. Classic case of being too good for the AHL but not quite good enough to stick in the NHL?

    Radko Gudas is -9 since the calendar turned to 2011 and he has plummeted from a +20 rating to a +11 rating in a little over 3 months. With an assist tonight, the Lightning's other gifted young defenseman, Mark Barberio now has 28 points and is just 2 shy of the 30 point plateau.

    Norfolk finishes their season 19-11-10 at home. There have 5 games remaining in the regular season, and all will be on the road.

    Norfolk remains in 4th place in the East Division by 1 point thanks to a loss by Binghamton. The Ads still hold 1 game in hand on the Senators. Unfortunately, 3rd place Charlotte won to take a 5 point lead over the Admrials with Norfolk holding 2 games in hand. It's not impossible for Norfolk to catch the Checkers, but they have to win their next game in Charlotte to have any kind of legitimate chance. Honestly, though, I want no part of Hershey. I'd almost rather play Wilkes/Barre-Scranton or take the crossover into the Atlantic Division and play Portland or Manchester.

    Norfolk's remaining schedule: at Charlotte on Monday, at Binghamton on Wednesday, at Syracuse next Friday and Saturday, and the season finale at Connecticut next Sunday. It's a brutal stretch of 5 road games in 7 nights, with uncertainty between the pipes because of injuries.

    One bit of good news, with Worcester's 4-1 loss to Providence, the gap on the 4th place team in the Atlantic remained at 6 points. The Sharks have just 4 games remaining, so any combination of Norfolk points earned and Sharks points lost equal to 3 will officially clinch a playoff spot for the Admirals. But, right now, it feels like the team is backing into the playoffs, and that's not good.

    Box score from TheAHL.com.

  • 5 years 21 weeks ago

    Great wisdom from Chief: "As Ohlund might tell you, as you get older it takes a little longer to get off your ice."

    MIN-1
    TB-3

    Dwayne Roloson allowed 1 goal on 30 shots for the victory.

    First Period
    17:03 MIN Bouchard (11), Brodziak (20), Clutterbuck (14)

    Second Period
    05:09 TB Malone (12), Moore (14), Lundin (10)
    09:05 TB Downie (10), Gagne (20), Brewer (7)

    Third Period
    07:58 TB Bergenheim (14), St Louis (63)

    Ryan Malone and Roloson were the game's first and third stars.

    The Lightning seem like a completely different team with Downie and Malone in the lineup.

    The Lightning are now 1 point back of Pittsburgh for 4th place in the East. Only Vancouver is on a longer winning streak right now than the Lightning. Wouldn't it be interesting if Washington lost in regulation to Buffalo and then the Lightning cashed in their game in hand against Chicago tomorrow?

    Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

  • 5 years 21 weeks ago

    South Carolina Stingrays 5 @ Florida Everblades 4
    LW Alex Hutchings: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM (cross-checking), 0 SOG
    Season totals: 49 GP, 13-13-28, -9, 37 PIM

    One game after the ‘Blades pulled ahead of South Carolina and Wheeling for fourth in the East, they fell behind again with a loss Friday to the Stingrays. Florida was down 2-0 and 5-2 in the game before mounting a comeback that fell short. They pulled within one goal with just under five minutes to go, but couldn’t get the equalizer. The ‘Blades are tied with the Stingrays for fifth at the moment, one point behind fourth place Wheeling. Florida has one more victory than South Carolina. All have one game left. South Carolina and Florida will play the final game of their regular seasons Saturday against each other in the Sunshine State. Goaltender Jaroslav Janus was recalled to AHL Norfolk Thursday.

  • 5 years 21 weeks ago

    QMJHL

    QMJHL First Round

    No.12 Rimouski Oceanic 3 @ No.5 Gatineau Olympiques 4 (OT)
    Gatineau wins best of seven series 4-1

    D Adam Janosik, GAT: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM (roughing), 2 SOG, 1 Hit
    Season Totals: 60 GP, 7-25-32, +17, 37 PIM
    Playoff Totals: 5 GP, 1-2-3, -2, 6 PIM

    Gatineau overcame a 3-2 third period deficit to tie the game and win in overtime, giving them the series win over the Oceanic. Philippe Halley (2011) had the game winner. Janosik finished the series with three points in the five games. Every series in the league was finished in five games or less. Gatineau will play Drummondville in the second round after the re-seeding.

  • 5 years 21 weeks ago

    The Admirals look like April fools.

    HER-6
    NOR-3

    Dustin Tokarski allowed 5 goals on 22 shots for the loss.

    First Period
    HER Gordon, (25) (Aucoin, Holtby), 5:14
    HER Bouchard, (11) (Kozek, Orlov), 16:02

    Second Period
    HER Souray, (4) (Orlov, Gordon), 3:09
    HER Perreault, (11) , 16:52
    NOR Milam, (15) , 17:08
    NOR Ritola, (4) (Milam, Pouliot), 18:17 (PP)

    Third Period
    HER Aucoin, (18) (Greentree, Willsie), 3:26 (PP)
    NOR Pouliot, (21) (Jones, Ritola), 18:23 (PP)
    HER Pinizzotto, (17) , 19:31 (EN/SH)

    Tory Milam was the game's third star.

    Any designs Norfolk had on 2nd place in the East Division were probably wiped out by tonight's loss. The club got very lucky that both Charlotte and Binghamton got waffled by similar scores tonight, but Worcester did win their game in the crossover. Norfolk is 3 points back of the 3rd place Checkers with 2 games in hand and 1 point up on 5th place Binghamton with 1 game in hand. Their lead over the Sharks is down to 6 points with 1 game in hand, though. The team picked a helluva time for a 3 game losing streak.

    Box score from TheAHL.com.

  • 5 years 21 weeks ago

    USHL

    Des Moines Buccaneers 3 @ Fargo Force 2
    C Jimmy Mullin, FGO: 0-1-1, E, 2 PIM (holding), 2 SOG
    Season totals: 48 GP, 20-34-54, +26, 26 PIM

    Mullin has just one assist in his last three games, two of those being losses. Fargo has clinched a playoff spot despite a mediocre 13-11-3 home record. They are in fourth in the West, but are two points out of second place.

    OHL

    Western Conference Quarterfinals

    No.2 Saginaw Spirit 4 @ No.7 Guelph Storm 3
    Best of seven series tied 2-2

    C/W Richard Panik, GUE: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM
    Season Totals: 51 GP, 27-29-56, -6, 75 PIM
    Playoff Totals: 4 GP, 1-2-3, -1, 6 PIM

    Guelph had a chance to go up 3-1 at home as underdogs in their series and held a 2-0 lead going into the second period before giving up four goals in the middle stanza. The pivotal Game 5 is Saturday in Michigan.

    Western Conference Quarterfinals

    No.1 Owen Sound Attack 2 @ No.8 London Knights 5
    Best of seven series tied 2-2

    D Geoffrey Schemitsch, OS: 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM
    Season Totals: 45 GP, 1-19-20, +17, 14 PIM
    Playoff Totals: 2 GP, 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM
    G Michael Zador, OS: 12 saves on 12 shots
    Season Totals: 31 GP, 19-5-1-1, 3.23 GAA, .888 sv%, 0 SO
    Playoff Totals: 1 GP, 0-0-0, 0.00 GAA, 1.000 sv%, 0 SO

    Zador entered the game down 5-1 at 8:02 of the third period and was perfect for the remainder of the game. The Knights pounded Top seeded Owen Sound is struggling with London as the series goes back to Owen Sound for Game 5 Saturday.

    WHL

    Western Conference Quarterfinals

    No.7 Chilliwack Bruins 2 @ No.2 Spokane Chiefs 4
    Spokane leads best of seven series 3-1

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

    Johnson missed the game due to an injury sustained when he was elbowed by Chilliwack’s Tyler Stahl in the second period of Game 3. Stahl was suspended for Thursday’s game. No timetable has been given for Johnson’s return. Spokane was able to overcome not playing with the WHL’s leading goal scorer and second leading point producer in Game 4, but unless Johnson returns, their shot at the conference and/or league titles is in jeopardy. The Bruins have their own distractions now since there are heavy rumors the team is moving to Victoria, B.C. after being sold. The Chiefs can close it out Saturday at home in Game 5.

    Eastern Conference Quarterfinals

    No.1 Saskatoon Blades 2 @ No.8 Prince Albert Raiders 5
    Best of seven series tied 2-2

    D Teigan Zahn, SAS: 0-0-0, E, 4 PIM (goaltender interference, roughing)
    Season Totals: 72 GP, 3-20-23, +39, 133 PIM
    Playoff Totals: 4 GP, 0-2-2 +1, 6 PIM

    The WHL’s top team, Saskatoon, now finds themselves tied with upstart Prince Albert 2-2 in their conference quarterfinals series. The Raiders outshot the Blades by a wide margin (41-30) for the second straight game. Game 5 is Saturday in Saskatoon.

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