Game Night Results

  • 5 years 35 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 35 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 35 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 35 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 36 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 36 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 36 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 36 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 36 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 36 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.

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