Game Night Results

  • 5 years 40 weeks ago

    The Lightning enter the Olympic Break with a thud.


    Mike Smith allowed 4 goals on 22 shots for the loss.

    First Period
    TB 15:33, Stamkos 35 (Malone, Downie)(PP)
    TB 17:03, Downie 15 (Stamkos, Tanguay)

    Second Period
    NYR 1:40, Avery 7 (PS)
    NYR 6:07, Prospal 14 (Staal, Christensen)
    NYR 12:06, Christensen 4 (Prospal, Rozsival)
    NYR 13:52, Christensen 5 (unassisted)

    Third Period
    NYR 19:45, Drury 10 (unassisted)(EN)

    I don't know how to explain these last three games other than immaturity. It's a young team, and they see vacation time coming up, and the intensity and attention to detail just wasn't there for 60 minutes in each game. I hope these three losses don't end up being the difference in making the playoffs. They could have won all three games. They had a bad first period against Boston, and bad second periods against the Islanders and Rangers. So, instead of getting some points in these games, the Lightning went 0-for-12, and rather than fighting for 6th in the conference they're down tied for 9th.

    It's a good time for a mini training camp.

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  • 5 years 40 weeks ago


    Moncton Wildcats 4 @ Gatineau Olympiques 2
    D Mark Barberio, MCT: 0-1-1, +2, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
    Season Totals: 52 GP, 12-36-48, +34, 52 PIM

    Barberio set a new career high for assists in a season Saturday. He’s already set a high for points and is three off his previous best for goals. He's light years ahead of his previous plus/minus best (plus-9).


    Niagara IceDogs 4 @ Belleville Bulls 3
    C Richard Panik, BEL: 1-1-2, +2, 0 PIM, *Second Star*
    Season Totals: 48 GP, 15-13-28, +4, 31 PIM
    With Bulls: 15 GP, 6-4-10, -11, 12 PIM
    With Windsor: 33 GP, 9-9-18, +15, 19 PIM

    RW Kyle DeCoste, BEL: 1-0-1, E, 0 PIM
    Season Totals: 50 GP, 17-12-29, -15, 41 PIM
    With Bulls: 37 GP, 15-11-26, -13, 23 PIM
    With SSM: 13 GP, 2-1-3, -2, 20 PIM

    DeCoste extended his point streak to five games. He’s registered a point in seven of his last nine games. Panik scored early in the third to pull the Bulls within one at 4-3, but they couldn’t complete the comeback.

    Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors 5 @ Barrie Colts 4
    LW/C Alex Hutchings, BAR: 0-1-1, E, 5 PIM (fighting vs. Blake Parlett)
    Season Totals: 55 GP, 37-24-61, +36, 52 PIM

    Unexpected stat of the night: This was Hutchings’ first assist since January 2nd and second since December 18. He had 34 assists last season. Hutchings is a frequent visitor to the scoresheet, so the low assist (lately) total is a bit of a surprise. This was a big road win for the Majors, who sit in second, (well) behind Barrie in the Eastern Conference. Those two are in a class by themselves in the conference.


    Regina Pats 6 @ Red Deer Rebels 1
    RW Carter Ashton, REG: 0-2-2, +2, 2 PIM (tripping)
    Season Totals: 54 GP, 23-23-46, -2, 92 PIM
    With Regina: 26 GP, 10-10-20, +6, 40 PIM
    With Lethbridge: 28 GP, 13-13-26, -8, 52 PIM

    Former Lightning prospect and WHL overager Torrie Jung (8-25-2-5, 3.46, .894, 1 SO) started the game for Edmonton, but only lasted two periods. Ashton has seven points in his last seven games.

    Vancouver Giants 4 @ Chilliwack Bruins 2
    C/WJames Wright, VAN: 0-2-2, +2, 0 PIM
    Season Totals: 7 GP, 2-6-8, +4, 4 PIM
    With Tampa Bay: 43 GP, 2-3-5, -9, 18 PIM

    Wright (pictured) is back over a point-per-game pace for the Giants, who play at home Sunday (2/14) before going on a 10-game road trip.

  • 5 years 40 weeks ago

    Union Dutchmen 3 @ Harvard Crimson 4
    C/W Alexander Killorn, HAR: 2-0-2, +1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, *First Star*
    Season Totals: 25 GP, 9-10-19, +2, 26 PIM

    Killorn’s goals gave Harvard leads of 3-0 and 4-0, then the Crimson hung on as the Dutchmen scored three late goals, including two in the final 31 seconds.

    Merrimack Warriors 3 @ No.17 Vermont Catamounts 2
    C/W Matt Marshall , UVM: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
    Season Totals: 27 GP, 1-4-5, -4, 14 PIM

    A tough loss for Vermont to a team that came into the game five games under .500. Only getting one point from the weekend series – a 2-2 tie Friday – will hurt. Marshall started the game centering the fourth line. He’s been playing a lot of wing this year.

    Western Michigan Broncos 1 @ Northern Michigan Wildcats 2
    D Luke Witkowski , WMU: Did not play.
    Season Totals: 26 GP, 2-4-6, -10, 59 PIM

    Witkowski missed his second straight game for the Broncos. The Wildcats scored with 11 seconds left to steal the win.

  • 5 years 40 weeks ago

    No Lashoff? No Parrish? No problem.


    Jaroslav Janus allowed 1 goal on 27 shots for the win. He's now 5-6-1 on the season with 1 shutout, a 2.01 GAA, and a rock solid .925 sv%. He's actually got better numbers than Tokarski.

    First Period
    LOW Palmieri, (18) (Vasyunov, Walter), 12:48
    NOR Fornataro, (7) (Craig, Fadden), 17:33

    Second Period
    NOR Simek, (15) (Szczechura), 12:16
    NOR Craig, (15) (Tyrell, Szczechura), 17:25
    NOR Craig, (16) (Fadden, Wishart), 18:39 (PP)

    Third Period
    NOR Mihalik, (1) (Tyrell, Hall), 16:01

    Ryan Craig, Paul Szczechura, and Vladimir Mihalik were the game's three stars. It was another banner night for the Presov Mafia between Janus' win, and both Juraj Simek, and Mihalik's goals. Mihalik's marker was his first of the season, and with a +3 night he jumped to +1 for the season.

    Lowell got former Lightning d-man Cory Murphy back for this game, so they dressed 5 natural defensemen for this game rather than the 4 from last night, but it didn't matter. Even with Matt Lashoff out for a second straight game attending to family matters and Mark Parrish held out, presumably for a recall to the Lightning, the Admirals still dominated the Devils.

    Oh, and Dana Tyrell had his second multi-point game of the season. Mitch Fadden had his third.

    Norfolk remains in 3rd place in the East Division, 4 points behind 2nd place Albany, which dismantled Binghamton 7-0 tonight. Albany holds 1 game in hand. They widened their lead on 4th place Adirondack to 6 points after the Phantoms fell to Portland 5-4. Adirondack has 3 games in hand. They are now tied at 52 points with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton after the Penguins upset Hershey 5-0 tonight. So the Pens are 6 points back of Norfolk with 2 games in hand. In 6th place is Syracuse, which lost 2-0 tonight to Manchester. They're 8 points behind Norfolk with 2 games in hand. All the way in 7th place in Bighamton, which is now 11 points back of Norfolk with 5 games in hand.

    Norfolk's win moves them 1 point ahead of the 5th place team in the Atlantic Division, so the Admirals are starting to take the crossover off the table. Even if they finish 3rd in the East Division, finishing ahead of the crossover 5th place Atlantic team is critical for the Admirals if they want to avoid a date with Hershey in the first round of the playoffs. 5th in the Atlantic is now a 3-way logjam with Providence, Hartford, and Bridgeport all at 57 points. Providence knocked off Springfield 3-1 tonight and Bridgeport beat Hartford 6-4 to create the three team pile-up. Both Providence and Hartford have 1 game in hand on Norfolk.

    Norfolk's next game is on Monday, which will be an epic clash in Albany against the River Rats. An Admirals win could pull the team to within 2 points of 2nd place in the East Division.

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  • 5 years 40 weeks ago

    There needs to be some soul searching in the Lightning locker room regarding the team's commitment to competing in the defensive third of the rink.


    Antero Niittymaki allowed 5 goals on 33 shots for the loss.

    First Period
    NYI 7:31, Comeau 7 (Schremp)
    TB 11:14, Stamkos 34 (St. Louis, Foster)
    TB 14:29, Lundin 2 (Stamkos)

    Second Period
    NYI 4:26, Weight 1 (Okposo)
    TB 12:27, Thompson 2 (Tanguay, Halpern)
    NYI 16:12, Okposo 13 (Tavares, Sutton)
    NYI 17:12, Park 5 (Comeau, Biron)

    Third Period
    TB 2:57, Downie 14 (Ohlund, St. Louis)
    NYI Islanders 17:38, Park 6 (Weight, Moulson)

    You know, just a few days ago I was thinking the Olympic Break would be a bad thing for breaking up the momentum the Lightning had. Now I'm thinking the team could use the mini training camp to go back over some basics in their defensive third. Their play in the first against Boston was terrible, and their play in the second today against the Islanders was equally putrid. It's one of the rare times I've seen the team play that loose two games in a row this season. Usually Tocchet and the coaching staff have been good about fixing it quickly. Lets hope they pull it together by tomorrow against the Rangers, because they're shooting themselves in the foot repeatedly with regard to the standings by losing these 4-point conference games.

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  • 5 years 40 weeks ago


    Moncton Wildcats 3 @ Shawinigan Cataractes 1
    D Mark Barberio, MCT: 0-0-0, +1, 2 PIM, 2 SOG
    Season Totals: 51 GP, 12-35-47, +31, 52 PIM

    Barberio is now fifth in the Q among defensemen in plus/minus; sixth in points.


    Belleville Bulls 4 @ Kitchener Rangers 5
    C Richard Panik, BEL: 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM
    Season Totals: 47 GP, 14-12-26, +2, 31 PIM
    With Bulls: 14 GP, 5-3-8, -13, 12 PIM
    With Windsor: 33 GP, 9-9-18, +15, 19 PIM

    RW Kyle DeCoste, BEL: 1-0-1, -2, 2 PIM (interference)
    Season Totals: 49 GP, 16-12-28, -15, 41 PIM
    With Bulls: 36 GP, 14-11-25, -13, 23 PIM
    With SSM: 13 GP, 2-1-3, -2, 20 PIM

    DeCoste has five points in his last three games. With his goal Friday he set a new career high for points in a season.

    Barrie Colts 6 @ Ottawa 67’s 4
    LW/C Alex Hutchings, BAR: 2-0-2, +3, 0 PIM
    Season Totals: 54 GP, 37-23-60, +36, 47 PIM

    Hutchings (pictured) has four goals in his last three games and hit 60 points for the second straight season. This was his ninth multi-goal game of the year. He scored the game’s opening two goals, the second of which was shorthanded. He leads the league in shorties with eight – twice as many as anyone else in the league. He is tied for third in the league in goals with likely 2010 Top-2 pick Tyler Seguin of Plymouth.

    Brampton Battalion 3 @ Sudbury Wolves 1
    W Matias Sointu, SBY: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
    Season Totals: 37 GP, 7-12-19, -1, 12 PIM
    With Sudbury: 16 GP, 4-5-9, -6, 6 PIM
    With Ottawa: 21 GP, 3-7-10, +5, 6 PIM

    Sointu’s four-game point streak came to an end vs. the Battalion. Brampton recently welcomed back Cody Hodgson (Canucks 1/08) from a season-long injury.

    Oshawa Generals 0 @ Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors 6
    G Michael Zador, OSH: Loss, 18 saves on 23 shots
    Season Totals: 40 GP, 13-21-2-1, 3.73 GAA, .893 sv%, 2 SO

    Zador has now dropped seven in a row. He started for the Gens against the conference’s second-best team, but was pulled after allowing five goals in a little over a period.


    Regina Pats 1 @ Red Deer Rebels 3
    RW Carter Ashton, REG: 0-0-0, -2, 4 PIM (slashing, tripping)
    Season Totals: 53 GP, 23-21-44, -4, 90 PIM
    With Regina: 25 GP, 10-8-18, +4, 38 PIM
    With Lethbridge: 28 GP, 13-13-26, -8, 52 PIM

    Ashton is closing in on his career-high for PIM, which is 93, set in 70 games last year with Lethbridge.

  • 5 years 40 weeks ago

    RPI Red Hawks 5 @ Harvard Crimson 4
    C/W Alexander Killorn, HAR: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
    Season Totals: 24 GP, 7-10-17, +1, 26 PIM

    Harvard’s woes continue.

    Merrimack Warriors 2 @ No.17 Vermont Catamounts 2
    C/W Matt Marshall , UVM: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
    Season Totals: 26 GP, 1-4-5, -4, 14 PIM

    Merrimack earned its first road point of the season when they scored late against Vermont to earn a tie. With his assist, Marshall passed his freshman total of four points set in 24 games last season (1-3-4).

    Western Michigan Broncos 2 @ Northern Michigan Wildcats 7
    D Luke Witkowski , WMU: Did not play.
    Season Totals: 26 GP, 2-4-6, -10, 59 PIM

  • 5 years 41 weeks ago

    Absolute domination.


    Jaroslav Janus stopped all 24 shots he faced tonight for his first shutout as a professional. He didn't have to face a ton of quality chances, but he got himself in front of the ones Lowell did have. His athleticism is outstanding, and if his positioning ever catches up, he'll be an NHLer.

    First Period
    NOR Parrish, (13) (Fornataro, Fadden), 11:58
    NOR Simek, (14) (Keller, Mihalik), 17:40 (PP)

    Second Period
    NOR Tyrell, (3) (Tarkir), 17:37 (SH)

    Third Period

    Janus, Dana Tyrell, and Mark Parrish were the game's three stars. It was a big night for the Presov Mafia all around between Janus' shutout, Juraj Simek having a power play goal, and big Vladimir Mihalik getting his 10th point of the season. All three players were born in Presov, Slovakia, and all three played well tonight.

    For my money, Tyrell was the best player on the ice tonight, though. He's starting to exhibit a level of hockey sense in how to use his speed that I've never seen in his career, and it's got to have the Lightning salivating. He's so quick and his acceleration is so outstanding, defensemen are terrified of him. He's starting to use that to his advantage and curling when he gets into the zone to buy an extra 2-3 feet of ice, or slowing up a step to also buy him some space, and it gives him the chance to make the pass or shoot. It's a lot like how Martin St. Louis uses his speed, and Tyrell's shorthanded goal was a prime example of it. He barrelled into the zone on a 2-on-2, started to slow up as an Admirals trailer was jumping into the zone, and just allowed the traffic to flow by the net before blistering a top corner shot for the goal. Buy stock in Tyrell now while it's still undervalued. You'll make your money back five fold. On a related note, Mitch Fadden is an absolute magician with the puck when he has time and space. He's fun to watch when he's running the power play from the right wing half board.

    Norfolk outshot Lowell 41-24 in the game, and it seemed like they played 3/4 of the night in the Devils' zone. In fairness, Lowell only dressed 4 natural defensemen tonight due to injuries and call ups. Norfolk gets Lowell again tomorrow night, and considering the way the blueliners on Lowell's tongues were wagging from fatigue, it's a prime chance for Norfolk to get back-to-back wins in two nights against the same opponent, which is difficult to do.

    From a standings standpoint, it was a nearly perfect night for the Admirals. In the East Division, 2nd place Albany fell to Hershey, so the Admirals now close to within 4 points of second place with the River Rats having 1 game in hand. 3rd place Norfolk extended its lead over 4th place Adirondack, which was idle, to 4 points with the Phantoms holding 3 games in hand. They also extended their lead over 5th place Syracuse to 6 points after Syracuse was defeated by Portland. Syracuse holds 2 games in hand over Norfolk, and fell into a tie at 50 points with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, which defeated Binghamton tonight in a shootout. The Pens hold two games in hand on the Admirals. The Admirals extended their lead over 7th place Binghamton to 9 points in the process, but the Sens hold 5 games in hand.

    In the crossover, Providence blew out the Atlantic Division's 5th place team, Hartford, pulling the Admirals to within 1 point of the Wolf Pack with Hartford holding 1 game in hand. As readers of this blog are probably sick of hearing at this point, if the 5th place team in the Atlantic Division finishes ahead of the 4th place team in the East Division, they will still go to the playoffs, so it's important for the Admirals to not only take care of business in their division. They also need to try to make sure they outpace 5th place in the Atlantic to maximize their playoff chances. Bridgeport and Providence are tied for 6th in the Atlantic with 55 points, 1 point behind Norfolk with the Bruins having 1 game in hand on the Ads.

    Norfolk has 15 home games remaining on the schedule and 11 on the road. They've pulled to 2 games under .500 at The Scope and they're 4 games over .500 away from home. Point being: if the Admirals can keep improving on their Division-worst home mark, they'll be in fantastic shape.

    Jim Johnson is 9-1-1-1 in his first dozen games as Head Coach. Instant gratification.

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  • 5 years 41 weeks ago


    Barrie Colts 7 @ Peterborough Petes 2
    LW/C Alex Hutchings, BAR: 1-0-1, +3, 0 PIM
    Season Totals: 53 GP, 35-23-58, +33, 47 PIM

    Hutchings scored in his second straight game and has a new career high in goals because of it. He is 10 off his career high for points, set in 63 games last season.

    Oshawa Generals 1 @ Niagara IceDogs 3
    G Michael Zador, OSH: Loss, 36 saves on 39 shots
    Season Totals: 39 GP, 13-21-2-1, 3.63 GAA, .895 sv%, 2 SO

    Zador is getting the starts, which is a positive, but he’s also mired in a six-game losing streak. His save percentage has been over .900 twice in those six games, including Thursday.

  • 5 years 41 weeks ago

    Just think what the Lightning could've done if they actually played their game in the first period.


    Antero Niittymaki allowed 4 goals on 21 shots before giving way to Mike Smith, who took the back door loss, after allowing 1 goal on 15 shots.

    First Period
    BOS 4:24, Satan 3 (Savard, Morris)
    BOS 11:21, Lucic 4 (Ryder, Ference)
    BOS 15:44, Ryder 14 (Wheeler, Morris)
    BOS 17:19, Ryder 15 (Savard, Bergeron)(PP)

    Second Period
    BOS 4:53, Lucic 5 (Chara, Paille)
    TB 16:10, St. Louis 21 (Hedman, Stamkos)
    TB 19:02, St. Louis 22 (Foster, Stamkos)(PP)

    Third Period
    TB 11:09, Downie 12 (Hedman, Stamkos)
    TB 16:47, Downie 13 (Hedman, St. Louis)

    The good news is that, after scoring 4 unanswered goals, what looked like a demoralizing spanking shouldn't destroy the team's confidence heading into the final two games before the Olympic break. They won both of the final two periods decisively after failing to show up for the first period. The bad news is the damage was already done, and it was significant if you look at the standings. Boston climbed into a virtual tie with the Lightning at 63 points in 8th in the conference. They have two more 4-point games against the Isles and Rangers before the break, and they need to capitalize in both contests.

    PS, memo to Brian Lawton: you've got to get someone better than Veilleux for the line with Lecavalier and Tanguay. It could be the difference between mediocrity and being a terrifying team come playoff time.

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