Game Night Results

  • 6 years 5 days ago

    USHL

    (W6) Tri-City Storm 2 @ (W3) Waterloo Black Hawks 3
    USHL First Round – Waterloo wins best of 3 series 2-0

    G Adam Wilcox, TC: Loss, 28 saves on 31 shots
    Playoff Totals: 2 GP, 0-2-0, 4.70 GAA, .842 sv%
    Season Totals (with Tri-City): 34 GP, 16-17-1-1, 2.91 GAA, .916 sv%, 1 SO
    Season Totals (with Green Bay): 9 GP, 7-2-0, 2.27 GAA, .918 sv%, 2 SO

    Wilcox’s USHL career came to an end Tuesday night in Iowa as the Waterloo Black Hawks overcame playing half the second period shorthanded to defeat Tri-City and advance in the USHL playoffs. Wilcox had a remarkable year for the Storm after being acquired midseason from Green Bay. He was First Star in nearly every other game it seemed like as he backstopped Tri-City to the playoffs. They were nowhere close when he was acquired. The magic ran out in the playoffs, however. Though a goalie is capable of stealing a best of 3 series on his own, one bad game and he can lose it. That happened in Game 1. Wilcox will next be seen at the Lightning’s prospect camp in early summer (most likely) before he heads to the University of Minnesota to play for his home state Gophers. Congrats on a great year, Adam.

    CHL

    Elsewhere on Tuesday, Kitchener beat Plymouth in Game 7 so Vladislav Namestnikov and the London Knights will play their hated rivals in the OHL Western Conference Finals. In the QMJHL, Chicoutimi beat Memorial Cup-host Shawinigan in Game 7 and Halifax came back from a 3-1 series deficit to defeat Patrick Roy's Quebec Remparts in Game 7. Danick Gauthier and Saint John will play Chicoutimi in the league semifinals. Rimouski plays Halifax in the other semifinals.

  • 6 years 5 days ago

    SM-liiga Finals (Finland):
    (4)JYP 6 @ (2)Pelicans Lahti 2
    Series Tied at 1-1
    Riku Helenius, JYP, Win, 28/30, 2.00 GAA, .933 sv%
    Playoff totals: 10 GP, 8-2-0, 0 SO, 1.71 GAA, .944 sv%
    Regular season totals: 33 GP, 21-9-1, 7 SO, 1.64 GAA, .936 sv%

    Ex-Lightning forward Eric Perrin (pictured circa the old school) had 1 goal and 2 assists and was named first star in JYP's critical 6-2 Game Two win over Pelicans Lahti. Lightning prospect Riku Helenius improved to 8-2 in the postseason in the victory. Wild draft pick Niko Hovinen, who had a shutout in Game One, allowed 5 goals on 43 shots in defeat in Game Two. JYP again outshot Pelicans; this time by a 44-30 margin. Game Three is Thursday.

  • 6 years 6 days ago

    USHL

    (W6) Tri-City Storm 4 @ (W3) Waterloo Black Hawks 6
    USHL First Round – Waterloo leads best of 3 series 1-0

    G Adam Wilcox, TC: Loss, 20 saves on 26 shots
    Playoff Totals: 1 GP, 0-1-0, 6.37 GAA, .769 sv%
    Season Totals (with Tri-City): 34 GP, 16-17-1-1, 2.91 GAA, .916 sv%, 1 SO
    Season Totals (with Green Bay): 9 GP, 7-2-0, 2.27 GAA, .918 sv%, 2 SO

    Ouch. Wilcox got four goals of offensive support against third-seeded Waterloo, but despite being one of the best goaltenders in the league during the year he couldn’t stop the Black Hawks from breaking open a close game in the second period. The Storm entered the middle frame tied 2-2, but Waterloo beat Wilcox three more times before the third period began. They’d add a sixth goal early in the third for a 6-2 lead before Tri-City scored a couple late goals. Wilcox played only about 90 minutes of action last year in the playoffs for Green Bay on their way to a championship. Game 2 is Tuesday at Waterloo and Wednesday the same if necessary.

  • 6 years 6 days ago

    (E1) Elmira Jackals 4 @ (E5) Florida Everblades 5 (OT)
    ECHL Eastern Conference Semifinals – Florida leads best of 7 series 2-1

    D Charles Landry, FLA: Did not play.
    Playoff Totals: 5 GP, 0-1-1, +3, 0 PIM
    Season Totals: 35 GP, 2-7-9, +5, 10 PIM
    D Sebastien Piche, FLA: 0-2-2, +1, 6 SOG, 0 PIM
    Playoff Totals: 6 GP, 1-4-5, +3, 19 PIM
    Season Totals: 15 GP, 3-6-9, +1, 41 PIM
    D Kevin Quick, FLA: 1-0-1, -3, 3 SOG, 0 PIM

  • 6 years 6 days ago

    SM-liiga Finals (Finland):
    (2)Pelicans Lahti 2 @ (4)JYP 0
    Lahti Leads the Series 1-0
    Riku Helenius, JYP, Loss, 20/22, 2.04 GAA, .909 sv%
    Playoff totals: 9 GP, 7-2-0, 0 SO, 1.68 GAA, .945 sv%
    Regular season totals: 33 GP, 21-9-1, 7 SO, 1.64 GAA, .936 sv%

    Minnesota Wild draft pick Niko Hovinen turned away 37 shots and was named first star in Lahti's 2-0 Game One win over JYP. Lightning prospect Riku Helenius was named the game's third star, turning away 20 of 22 shots in defeat. Game Two is scheduled for Tuesday.

  • 6 years 1 week ago

    Controversially, Norfolk gets to Marc Bureau (#28) to conclude the regular season.

    NOR-4
    ADK-2

    Jaroslav Janus allowed 2 goals on 19 shots for his 15th consecutive victory. He'll finish the season tied for 8th in the AHL in victories with 23 and tops on the Admrials with a .914 save percentage, one point better than tandem-mate Dustin Tokarski and his .913 mark. Tokarski finishes with a league leading 32 wins, for his part. It's never a bad thing when you have 2 goalies in the top-10 in the league in wins.

    First Period
    ADK Holmstrom, (15) (Manning, Gustafsson), 2:19 (PP)

    Second Period
    NOR Segal, (18) (Smith, Conacher), 15:30
    NOR Conacher, (37) (Segal), 17:27

    Third Period
    ADK Akeson, (14) (Testwuide), 12:15
    NOR Conacher, (38) (Segal, Smith), 18:00
    NOR Conacher, (39) (Segal), 19:58 (EN)

    Cory Conacher and Brandon Segal were the game's first and third stars.

    Why controversial, you ask? With 14 seconds remaining in the final frame, Adirondack had a goal waved off for goaltender interference after defenseman Keith Aulie got beat wide by the Phantoms' Mike Testuwide, a sin he committed far too often earlier this season with the Lightning. Norfolk dodged a big bullet with the wave off to secure their 28th consecutive victory, much to the chagrin of the Phantoms and their fans. In fairness to Aulie, Adirondack would have never been that close were it not for a horrendous turnover by Tyler Johnson that allowed Adirondack to score their second goal. Heading into the playoffs, everyone's got to tighten up that much more.

    There's one more bit of regular season business to wrap up now. With Cory Conacher scoring his first professional hat trick, he has moved out to a 2 goal lead over Texas' Matt Fraser for the Willie Marshall Award, the AHL's equivalent of the Rocket Richard Trophy. Conacher entered the day 1 goal behind Fraser, and was actually benched again today, momentarily, after taking a delay-of-game minor. Once he got back on the ice again, though, he and linemate Brandon Segal made sure that their efforts in the Admirals' final regular season game would leave some Exit Wounds. As of this posting, Fraser has just about 15 minutes left to try and score 2 goals to get back even with Conacher, who picked just the right time to get back on track offensively.

    Richard Panik failed to score a goal in his final 7 games of the regular season, leaving him 1 shy of a 20 goal rookie campaign. It's just about the only goal, personal or team, that someone on the Admirals didn't manage to accomplish, although Conacher's hat trick did leave him 1 shy of 40, in retrospect.

    Norfolk now draws the Manchester Monarchs in the first round of the playoffs, beginning next Friday with Game One. Because of a scheduling conflict with an annual military drill and band show, the Admirals won't have home ice advantage for the best-of-five series despite finishing 30 points ahead of the Monarchs in the standings. Norfolk and Manchester haven't played all season, and in the playoffs just as in boxing, styles make the fight, so we'll see how these two teams match up. Manchester is veteran laden, but is missing a couple of good younger players that are currently up with the LA Kings for their playoff series against the Vancouver Canucks. I think the lack of familiarity may play in the Admirals' favor, as Manchester is a little bit older and hasn't seen the speed that Norfolk brings to the rink both with their skating and the transition game that guys like Mark Barberio and Mike Kostka start from the blueline, but you never know until the game gets onto the ice. With so many rookies contributing to Norfolk's success that have never seen professional playoff hockey, we don't know how they'll react to the pressure, especially in a nightmare scenario if Manchester can pick off one of the first two games at Scope.

    It's critically important that the Admirals set the 28 game regular season streak aside and focus on the fact they desperately need to set the tone quickly and win Game One and Game Two in Norfolk. Fortunately, the Admirals have the AHL Coach of the Year, Jon Cooper, to get them refocused for the postseason. The Admirals also got Jon Kalinski back in the lineup this weekend, and the expectation is that Mike Angelidis will be back next weekend for the club. So, other than Richard Petiot, Norfolk looks to be almost completely healthy heading into the looming war of attrition that is professional playoff hockey.

    Box score from TheAHL.com.

  • 6 years 1 week ago

    With Manchester defeating St. John's earlier today 4-2 and Syracuse just completing a 2-1 victory over Albany, the Portland Pirates have been eliminated and Norfolk's first round opponent is now set. The Admirals will face the Manchester Monarchs in the opening, Quarterfinal, best-of-five series. With the AHL adopting an unbalanced 76 game schedule this season, Norfolk did not play Manchester at all this season, so their playoff matches will be the first games between the clubs this year. The Monarchs are the farm team of the Los Angeles Kings, who currently have several AHL eligible players up with the big club for their NHL Quarterfinal series against the Vancouver Canucks, which they currently lead 2-0.

    Norfolk is currently in action against the Adirondack Phantoms in their final regular season game of the year.

    Game One will be on Friday, 4/20/12 and Game Two will be on Saturday, 4/21/12. Additionally, due to a scheduling conflict, Game Five will be in Manchester rather than Norfolk, according to the press release issued by the Norfolk Admirals, essentially meaning that the Monarchs will have the home ice advantage for the series even though the Admirals will finish at least 28 points ahead of Manchester in the standings.

    I'm not the Bolt Prospects Twitter-master, but I think that would be filed under #aintthatsomebull.

  • 6 years 1 week ago

    USHL

    Tri-City Storm 3 vs. Sioux Falls Stampede 2 (OT)

    G Adam Wilcox, TC: Did not play
    Season Totals (with Tri-City): 34 GP, 16-17-1-1, 2.91 GAA, .916 sv%, 1 SO
    Season Totals (with Green Bay): 9 GP, 7-2-0, 2.27 GAA, .918 sv%, 2 SO

    Wilcox got another night off as the Storm, who were playing in their last regular season game, prepare for the playoffs.

    OHL

    (W1) London Knights 5 @ (W5) Saginaw Spirit 5
    Western Conference Semifinals – London wins best of 7 series 4-2

    C Vladislav Namestnikov , LDN: 0-2-2, +1, 0 PIM
    Playoff Totals: 10 GP, 3-6-9, +5, 8 PIM
    Season Totals: 63 GP, 22-49-71, +15, 50 PIM

    London closed out their conference semifinal series against Saginaw with a 5-3 road win. London is likely breathing a sigh of relief as the series was much closer than the 4-2 final game tally. London was down two games to one heading back to Michigan and got a big road win. Then Namestnikov made a strong individual effort in overtime of Game 5 to score the game winner and give London a pivotal win. Namestnikov has four points in his last two games after taking some criticism from the London fanbase for failing to make his mark early in the series. The Knights will await the winner of the Kitchener-Plymouth series. Plymouth leads 3-2 after shutting out the Rangers on Saturday.

  • 6 years 1 week ago

    (E5) Florida Everblades 5 @ (E1) Elmira Jackals 0
    ECHL Eastern Conference Semifinals – Best of 7 series tied 1-1

    D Charles Landry, FLA: 0-0-0, +1, 0 SOG, 0 PIM
    Playoff Totals: 5 GP, 0-1-1, +3, 0 PIM
    Season Totals: 35 GP, 2-7-9, +5, 10 PIM
    D Sebastien Piche, FLA: 0-0-0, +1, 2 SOG, 12 PIM (elbowing, misconduct)
    Playoff Totals: 5 GP, 1-2-3, +2, 19 PIM
    Season Totals: 15 GP, 3-6-9, +1, 41 PIM
    D Kevin Quick, FLA: 0-0-0, E, 0 SOG, 0 PIM
    Playoff Totals: 5 GP, 0-2-2, E, 0 PIM
    Season Totals: 33 GP, 0-10-10, -6, 4 PIM (Norfolk property)
    G Pat Nagle, FLA: No decision, 8 saves on 8 shots
    Playoff Totals: 1 GP, 0-0-0, 0.00 GAA, 1.000 sv%
    Season Totals: 39 GP, 20-14-0-3, 2.87 GAA, .905 sv%, 1 SO

    For the second straight night Florida outplayed Elmira, but this time they came out on top, 5-0. The best-of-7 series now goes to Florida for the next three games. Florida outshot Elmira 32-19 on Saturday and through two games has a 78-36 shot advantage. Lightning prospect Pat Nagle got some action when he started the third period for John Muse, who had already backstopped Florida to a 5-0 lead entering the final frame. Muse was shaken up late in the second period. The game got ugly late when several misconducts were handed out. Former Lightning first rounder and Elmira captain Mario Larocque was thrown out of the game in the second period for attempting to injure a player. Trevor Bruess had two goals for Florida. Game 3 is Monday.

  • 6 years 1 week ago

    It took a bit longer than usual, but it's David Shaw in overtime! #27!

    NOR-3
    BNG-2 (OT)

    Dustin Tokarski allowed 2 goals on 24 shots including a ten bell save in overtime to get his 13th straight victory. He now is unlikely to best his .915 (currently .913) rookie save percentage, but he's improved his career marks in every other major statistical category this year, and his 32 wins are a lock now to be the best in the AHL.

    First Period
    NOR Conacher, (36) (Killorn), 19:24

    Second Period
    BNG Hoffman, (21) (Gryba, Dziurzynski), 15:17 (PP)
    BNG Puempel, (1) (Conboy), 17:13

    Third Period
    NOR Killorn, (2) (Oberg, Kostka), 13:21 (PP)

    Overtime
    NOR Barberio, (14) (Kostka), 2:04 (PP)

    Alex Killorn and Mark Barberio were the game's second and third stars. Former Admiral Mike McKenna was the first star in defeat, standing on his head while stopping 46 Norfolk shots.

    It's been interesting with all the hardware being thrown in Norfolk's direction to players like Cory Conacher and Mark Barberio how there's been a little unstated internal pressure here at Bolt Prospects to reassess the situation at the top of our prospect rankings. Now, there's no doubt that Conacher and Barberio are fantastic players, but a night like tonight shows what Alex Killorn brings to the table. As expected, he's getting more comfortable with his teammates, and he was the best Admiral on the ice tonight. He made a great play to set up Conacher on the Admirals' first goal (no-look, behind-the-back, Harlem Globetrotters type stuff), and with Conacher sitting for what appeared to be disciplinary reasons from late in the second period on, Killorn played a ton during Norfolk's successful comeback bid. His power play goal was another Killorn classic, where he used his speed down the wing to blaze around the corner and then deked to his backhand to finally penetrate the forcefield that McKenna seemed to have up behind him. Point being, Killorn belongs in the same sentence with those players. When you consider this is just his 9th pro game, the fact he can already dominate a night like this is impressive. With the playoffs yet to go, look for him to put up a strong defense of his spot on the rankings. I'm really looking forward to it.

    Should we be concerned it took the Admirals putting forth this much effort to put away the league's worst team, Bingo? No. This was the Senators' last game of the season, and they had nothing else to play for. This was Game Seven of the Stanley Cup and the Super Bowl all wrapped into one for them, and the Ads still outshot them 49-24. Only McKenna's brilliance kept this from being a slaughter.

    Norfolk finishes their regular season tomorrow night against Adirondack, which was eliminated from playoff contention earlier today. That leaves 3 teams vying for the final two spots in the Eastern Conference: Portland, Syracuse, and Manchester. The plot thickens for all three teams after today's results. Manchester beat the paste out of Hershey 5-1, moving them into a tie with idle Portland at 81 points. Syracuse was embroiled in a struggle with Connecticut, but they managed to sneak by in the shootout. So here's the state of play heading into tomorrow's deciding games. Syracuse holds 7th at 82 points. They control their destiny. Manchester holds 8th because while both Manchester and Portland have 81 points, Manchester leads in ROW by 2 over both Syracuse and Portland. That means the Monarchs win any tiebreaker against both teams. Portland sits in 9th. Manchester draws the toughest opponent tomorrow in 2nd place St. John's. Portland gets 12th place Providence. Syracuse gets 14th place Albany. Throw the records out in a situation like this though. Norfolk draws the 8th seed when the dust settles tomorrow.

    Box score from TheAHL.com.

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