Game Night Results

  • 5 years 29 weeks ago

    SM-liiga Quarterfinals (Finland):
    (4) JYP 4 @ (5) Assat 1
    JYP Leads the Series 1-0
    Riku Helenius, JYP, Win, 35/36, 1.00 GAA, .972 sv%
    Playoff totals: 1 GP, 1-0-0, 0 SO, 1.00 GAA, .972 sv%
    Regular season totals: 33 GP, 21-9-1, 7 SO, 1.64 GAA, .936 sv%

    So far, so good. Riku Helenius stopped 35 of 36 shots he faced in JYP's 4-1 Game One throttling of Assat. Ex-Lightning defenseman Kristian Kudroc assisted on Assat's only goal. Game Two is Saturday.

    KHL Eastern Conference Semifinals (Russia):
    Danis Zaripov scored the game winner at 8:54 of the third overtime session to deliver Kazan a thrilling 2-1 Game Five win over Chelyabinsk. Chelyabinsk still holds a 3-2 edge in the series. Nikita Nesterov did not dress for Chelyabinsk. Game Six is Saturday.

  • 5 years 30 weeks ago

    South Carolina Stingrays 3 @ Florida Everblades 4

    D Charles Landry, FLA: 0-1-1, E, 0 SOG, 0 PIM
    Season Totals: 31 GP, 2-6-8, +4, 10 PIM
    D Sebastien Piche, FLA: 1-0-1, E, 2 SOG, 0 PIM
    Season Totals: 11 GP, 1-5-6, +4, 28 PIM
    D Kevin Quick, FLA: 0-0-0, E, 0 SOG, 0 PIM
    Season Totals: 29 GP, 0-9-9, -5, 4 PIM (Norfolk property)
    G Pat Nagle, FLA: Did not play (backup)
    Season Totals: 38 GP, 19-14-0-3, 2.90 GAA, .903 sv%, 1 SO

    Florida blew a 2-0 first period lead, but rebounded to top the visiting Stingrays, 4-3. Lightning prospect Sebastien Piche (pictured), acquired from the Red Wings in the Kyle Quincey/Steve Downie trade, scored his first goal as a member of the Lightning organization. His second period marker gave the ‘Blades a brief 3-2 lead. Bolt prospect Charles Landry notched his first point in 11 games with the primary assist on Piche’s first ECHL goal of the year. Piche had 12 goals last year for ECHL Toledo while with the Red Wings organization. Piche returned on Wednesday from a suspension for a boarding major. Former Lightning draftee Kevin Quick, who is now on an AHL contract with Norfolk, was scoreless for the eighth straight game. Goaltender Pat Nagle was back with the Everblades after spending a couple weeks with AHL Norfolk while Admirals goaltender Dustin Tokarski was with NHL Tampa Bay.

    With the win, Florida tied South Carolina for third in the South Division standings, but more importantly tied them for sixth in the Eastern Conference standings at 77 points. Wheeling sits just ahead at 78 points. Florida is 8-2 in their last 10 games and now has an eight point cushion on ninth place Reading and Chicago. There are five games left in the regular season.

  • 5 years 30 weeks ago

    SM-liiga Playoffs (Finland):
    The field of 8 is complete. Blues Espoo crushed Lukko 6-3 in Game Three of their mini play-in series, joining Karpat as the other recipient of a play-in spot. Riku Helenius and JYP will play Assat in the Quarterfinals beginning on Thursday.

    KHL Eastern Conference Semifinals (Russia):
    Former Blackhawks draft pick Petri Kontiola's goal late in the third period lifted Chelyabinsk to a 3-2 Game Four victory over Ak Bars Kazan. Nikita Nesterov did not play in the match. Chelyabinsk leads the series 3-1 and will go in for the kill on Thursday.

    MHL Western Conference Quarterfinals (Russia Jr.):
    CSKA Jr. rolled to a 7-2 Game Four victory to knot their series at 2-2. Nikita Kucherov did not play in the match. The decisive Game Five will be on Friday.

  • 5 years 30 weeks ago

    3-18-12
    KHL Eastern Conference Semifinals
    Ex-NHLer Niko Kapanen scored 1:55 into overtime to lift Kazan to a critical 2-1 Game Three win over top seed Chelyabinsk. Nikita Nesterov did not dress for the match. Chelyabinsk still holds a 2-1 series lead with Game Four set for Tuesday.

    SM-slutspel (Sweden):
    (7)AIK 3 @ (1)Lulea 0
    AIK Wins the Series 4-1
    Johan Harju, Lulea, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
    Playoff totals: 5 GP, 1-1-2, -2, 0 PIM
    Regular eason totals: 53 GP, 15-10-25, +12, 16 PIM

    Goaltender Viktor Fasth, who was rumored to be a Lightning free agent target, stopped all 31 shots he faced for AIK in their clinching 3-0 win over Lulea. The series loss is a crushing upset for the league's top seed.

    3-19-12
    MHL Western Conference Quarterfinals(Russia Jr.):
    St. Petersburg Jr. 3 @ CSKA Jr. 2
    St. Petersburg Jr. Leads the Series 2-1
    Nikita Kucherov, CSKA Jr., DNP
    Playoff totals (MHL): 2 GP, 0-1-1, -2, 0 PIM
    Regular Season totals (MHL): 23 GP, 24-19-43, +16, 40 PIM
    Regular Season totals (KHL): 18 GP, 1-3-4, -1, 4 PIM

    Nikita Kucherov did not dress for CSKA Jr.'s critical Game Three loss to St. Petersburg Jr. Ex-NHLer Nikita Filatov has also not appeared for CSKA Jr. in the last couple of matches. Game Four is Tuesday.

  • 5 years 30 weeks ago

    Tonight the bottom dropped out.

    BUF-7
    TB-3

    Tee times are calling, clearly. Not much else to say.

  • 5 years 30 weeks ago

    QMJHL

    Victoriaville Tigres 4 @ Rimouski Oceanic 0

    D Daniel Milan, VIC: 0-0-0 E, 4 PIM, 0 SOG, 0 Hits
    Season Totals: 62 GP, 2-9-11, -16, 73 PIM
    With Victoriaville: 29 GP, 2-4-6, -3, 42 PIM
    With Moncton: 33 GP, 0-5-5, -13, 31 PIM

    The Tigres closed out their season with a 4-0 win in Rimouski, thanks to Yanni Gourde’s two goals. Gourde (undrafted), won the league scoring title with 124 points, 23 points ahead of the next highest player. Former Lightning camper Brandon Hynes finished tied for sixth with Lightning prospect Danick Gauthier at 86 points. Milan (pictured) beat his previous career high for plus/minus, which was -26.

  • 5 years 30 weeks ago

    Florida Everblades 2 @ Elmira Jackals 3

    D Charles Landry, FLA: 0-0-0, E, 1 SOG, 0 PIM
    Season Totals: 29 GP, 2-5-7, +4, 10 PIM
    D Sebastien Piche, FLA: Did not play (suspended)
    Season Totals: 9 GP, 0-5-5, +4, 23 PIM
    D Kevin Quick, FLA: 0-0-0, E, 0 SOG, 0 PIM
    Season Totals: 27 GP, 0-9-9, -5, 2 PIM (Norfolk property)

    Florida scored with just over a minute left in the game to pull within one goal, but could never tie the conference leaders. Florida outshot Elmira 27-22.

  • 5 years 30 weeks ago

    The record goes down, and it goes down hard.

    NOR-5
    CHA-0

    Jaroslav Janus stopped all 20 shots he faced for his 10th consecutive victory. It's also his first shutout of the season, and he pushes his save percentage up to .909 for the year.

    First Period
    NOR Conacher, (33) (Kostka), 11:25
    NOR Johnson, (27) (Palat, Panik), 17:14

    Second Period
    NOR Hutchings, (2) , 5:38

    Third Period
    NOR Panik, (18) , 6:53
    NOR Conacher, (34) (Panik, Johnson), 8:07 (PP)

    Cory Conacher, Richard Panik, and Janus were the game's three stars.

    Conacher scored on a fortuitous bounce that went through Justin Peters for the game opening goal and then a shot from the right wing circle on the power play on a busted play that was supposed to go into the slot. The most impressive play of the day to me, though, was when he picked up 196 pound defenseman Michal Jordan and threw him to the ice like a piece of garbage during a goal mouth scrum.

    You're going to see Panik's breakaway goal on youtube. The Panik attack came in the form of a deke to the right where he came back through his legs and roofed it going top shelf to his left. So much skill there for a guy who is also so strong on his skates. He had a 3 point night tonight to put him at 18 goals and 37 points in 54 games. To put that in perspective, Carter Ashton had 19 goals and 35 points in 56 games before he left the Admirals. The two are now tied for 15th in rookie scoring in the league, and the emergence of Panik and Tyler Johnson, who set an Admirals goal scoring streak record tonight, is what made Ashton expendable, to a degree.

    So, the Admirals now own the all-time AHL record for a single-season winning streak at 18 games. They also tied the mark set by Syracuse a few years back of 18 wins that they spread over 2 years winning 15 to end one season and 3 to start the next. Norfolk can break that record, too, with a win against Albany on Friday. That's the last bit of streak business that's left to take care of before they need to divert their attention to locking down their division and the conference, and getting into the playoffs healthy and ready to smoke through the early rounds quickly.

    I'll have a separate story up later on the streak from the perspective of Bolt Prospects and the Lightning organization sometime within the next day or two. Suffice it to say, there's a reason why we have spent the past 6-1/2 years or so doing the website, and days like this validate the effort.

    With St. John's losing to Manchester today, Norfolk opened up a 10 point lead in the conference with the IceCaps holding 3 games in hand. So, Norfolk now controls its destiny in the conference with a key weekend set against St. John's still on the schedule. Norfolk also maintained a 10 point edge on the Pens in the division, with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton holding a game in hand. Remember, the AHL reduced its regular season schedule to 76 games starting this year, down from 80 in order to reduce heavy scheduling and promote better player health. So, Norfolk has just 10 games left on their schedule before the postseason, so the magic numbers are going to come up really quickly now for clinching. Norfolk's remaining games are against: Albany (3 games), Binghamton (3 games), St. John's (2 games), Adirondack (1 game), and Wilkes/Barre-Scranton (1 game). So only 3 of Norfolk's remaining contests are against teams that would make the playoffs if the season ended today. Advantage: Admirals.

    Oh, and all 5 goals today came from rookies. If Jon Cooper's not the AHL Coach of the Year this year, then obviously the award is trash.

    Box score from TheAHL.com.

  • 5 years 30 weeks ago

    Colgate Raiders 0 @ No. 13 Cornell Big Red 3
    ECAC Consolation

    D/W Kirill Gotovets, COR: 0-0-0, , 0 PIM, 1 SOG
    Season totals: 22 GP, 1-6-7, +13, 12 PIM

    Gotovets was back on defense after playing forward in Cornell’s semifinal loss to Harvard on Friday. He registered one shot on goal as Cornell took the Consolation Game win in Atlantic City.

    No. 19 Harvard Crimson 1 @ Union Dutchmen 3
    ECAC Semifinals

    F Alex Killorn, HAR: 1-0-1, E, 0 PIM, 6 SOG
    Season totals: 34GP, 23-23-46, +13, 47 PIMs

    In what was probably his final collegiate game, Alex Killorn scored his team’s only goal and led the Crimson with five shots on net, but Harvard lost to Union 3-1 in the ECAC Championship Game. It was Union’s first ECAC title. Any slim shot Harvard had at getting an invitation to the big dance went by the wayside when Union and Western Michigan both got automatic bids. Killorn came back to school for his senior year to do just this – have a strong offensive campaign and lead his team to new heights. Hopefully he holds his head high. The Killorn contract watch now begins, as he’s a lock to sign his name on the dotted line with the Lightning. It’s just a matter of when.

    No. 7 Miami RedHawks 4 vs. Bowling Green Falcons 1
    CCHA Consolation

    F Jimmy Mullin, MIA: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
    Season totals: 35 GP, 11-15-26, +17, 10 PIM

    After a tough loss to Western Michigan in the semifinals Friday, Miami defeated upstart Bowling Green in the CCHA Consolation Game. Miami is a lock for the national tournament and will await their seeding on Sunday.

    Note: Brendan O’Donnell (North Dakota) is out for the season after undergoing shoulder surgery. North Dakota won their third straight WCHA tournament championship.

    No. 3 Michigan Wolverines 2 vs. No. 14 Western Michigan Broncos 3
    CCHA Finals

    D Luke Witkowski, WMU: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
    Season totals: 39 GP, 2-11-13, +8, 47 PIM

    Fear the beard. Witkowski and Western Michigan won their first CCHA tournament title since 1986 as they held on to beat Michigan, 3-2. Witkowski was strong all night with his partner, free agent Dan DeKeyser. Witkowski’s dump-in and the hybrid icing rule led to the eventual game-winning goal, scored in the closing minutes of the second period. Witkowski, who came into the game with seven points in his last eight games, was beaten one-on-one for Michigan’s first goal, which came while WMU was on the power play, but was strong in his own zone as the Broncos killed off a five-minute major penalty that ended with three minutes to go. He was very poised and strong on the puck in his own end, and at one point in the final minute enabled a clear when he beat two Wolverines to a loose puck while he was on his knees after breaking up the previous play. During the broadcast, Fox Sports Detroit said WMU coach Andy Murray mentioned that all six WMU defensemen would be back next year. The announcers didn’t seem to put a ton of stock in the comment, but it’s the first indication that DeKeyser – and Witkowski – are staying in school. DeKeyser, who was named to the CCHA All-Tournament team, will be offered a contract from most every NHL team and Witkowski has played well enough to start a contract conversation among the Lightning brass. Time will tell, but right now Witkowski, his beard – which got a kiss from the Broncos backup goaltender during the celebration, and WMU will wait and see what damage they can do in the national tournament. They earned an automatic bid with the tournament championship. (Luke's photo from his Twitter feed, @LWitko28)

    *USCHO poll used

  • 5 years 30 weeks ago

    USHL

    Fargo Force 1 @ Tri-City Storm 2

    G Adam Wilcox, TC: Win, 36 saves on 37 shots, *First Star*
    Season Totals (with Tri-City): 28 GP, 14-14-1, 2.96 GAA, .915 sv%, 1 SO
    Season Totals (with Green Bay): 9 GP, 7-2-0, 2.27 GAA, .918 sv%, 2 SO

    Wilcox put up the same stat line for the second night in a row: one goal allowed, 36 saves, and yet another first star award. Unofficially that's six in the last month. With a loss by Des Moines, Tri-City moved into the final playoff spot in the West, two points ahead of the Bucs, who have two games in hand. Eight games remain for the Storm, who are just one point behind Sioux City for fifth. Fargo sits above Sioux City.

    QMJHL

    Saint John Sea Dogs 7 @ Cape Breton Screaming Eagles 2

    C Danick Gauthier, SNB: 2-0-2, +1, 2 PIM (slashing), 5 SOG, 1 Hit, *First Star*
    Season Totals: 67 GP, 47-39-86, +46, 67 PIM

    In his last game of the season, newly-signed Lightning prospect Danick Gauthier didn’t perform a miracle and catch Zach O’Brien for the league’s goal scoring title, but with two goals he set a new franchise record for Saint John with 47 goals in one season. His 46th goal set a new family record – his father, Daniel, had 46 goals for Victoriaville in 89-90. Gauthier crushed his previous personal highs (11-19-30, +21) in every major category. Saint John, which finished 50-15-0-3, will begin their run to defend the Memorial Cup starting on Friday.

    Gatineau Olympiques 3 @ Rouyn-Noranda Huskies 6

    D Adam Janosik, GAT: 0-1-1, E, 2 PIM (roughing), 0 SOG, 5 Hits
    Season Totals: 51 GP, 6-26-32, -13, 55 PIM

    Gatineau lost to the Huskies for the second night in a row to end their regular season. With his assist, Janosik tied his career high for points in a season and broke his personal high for assists, which he set last year. He played in nine more games last year. The Olympiques will finish in 14th in the league, but make the playoffs.

    OHL

    London Knights 3 @ Erie Otters 0

    C Vladislav Namestnikov, LDN: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
    Season Totals: 63 GP, 22-49-71, +15, 50 PIM

    London got a win over last place Erie in the Knights’ last game of the regular season, and combined with Plymouth’s loss to Sarnia, clinched the conference’s top seed heading into the playoffs. Namestnikov finished without a point for the 10th time in his last 14 games. He set new career highs this season for points, assists, plus/minus, and penalty minutes. He was eight off his 30-goal high, which he set last year in 68 games.

    Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors 3 @ Oshawa Generals 0

    D Geoffrey Schemitsch, OSH: 0-0-0 E, 0 PIM
    Season Totals: 48 GP, 2-17-19, +8, 24 PIM
    With Oshawa: 21 GP, 2-6-8, +5, 4 PIM
    With Owen Sound: 27 GP, 0-11-11, +3, 20 PIM

    Oshawa will conclude their regular season on Sunday. They can catch Belleville in points for seventh, but Belleville has more wins.

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