Game Night Results

  • 6 years 5 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

  • 6 years 5 weeks ago


    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.


    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.


    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.

  • 6 years 5 weeks ago

    Goaltending, special teams, and details.


    Dwayne Roloson allowed 3 goals on 21 shots for the loss.

    First Period
    STL Berglund (17), (Pietrangelo, Oshie)(SH), 15:00
    STL Schwartz (1), (Stewart, Colaiacovo)(PP), 19:24

    Second Period
    STL Perron (15), (Oshie), 2:47

    Third Period
    TB Mikkelson (1), (Hall, Wallace), 15:49

    Brendan Mikkelson was the game's third star. Congratulations to the young man on his first NHL goal.

    You could make an argument that the Lightning outplayed the best team in the league tonight. They outshot them 23-21, and they probably outchanced them, too. But, the same things that have doomed the season for the Lightning are the same things that just allowed St. Louis to hit 100 points: goaltending, special teams, and details.

    St. Louis' goaltenders are tops in the league in GAA. The Lightning's? Dead last.

    St. Louis' power play as scored the 12th most goals in the league. The Lightning's? 25th.

    St. Louis is 11th in the league in shorthanded goals. The Lightning? Dead last.

    St. Louis is 4th best in the league in shorthanded goals against. The Lightning? Second to last.

    It's not complicated to figure out where things went wrong for this club, both tonight and throughout the season. However, addressing those things may be complicated for a General Manager who hasn't been able to get the situation between the pipes quite right over his first two years with the team and a coaching staff that has seemed incapable of addressing the team's special teams issues all year long.

    Keith Aulie had 1 hit and 1 blocked shot in 9:42. The fact Aulie can't seem to even get 12 minutes of ice time from this coaching staff every night is very troubling, especially considering what the team gave up to acquire him.

    Tim Wallace had an assist and was +1 with 1 shot and 1 hit in 9:44. Wallace played in his 40th game of the season tonight, meaning he will graduate from prospect status with 1 more appearance in the lineup for the Lightning this year.

    Trevor Smith had 1 shot in 12:55.

    J.T. Wyman had 1 blocked shot in 12:14.

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  • 6 years 5 weeks ago

    No. 19 Harvard Crimson 6 @ No. 13 Cornell Big Red 1
    ECAC Semifinals

    F Alex Killorn, HAR: 2-1-3, +3, 0 PIM, 5 SOG, *Second Star*
    Season totals: 33GP, 22-23-45, +13, 47 PIMs
    D/W Kirill Gotovets, COR: 0-0-0, , 0 PIM, 1 SOG
    Season totals: 21 GP, 1-6-7, +13, 12 PIM

    Killorn and Harvard continued their magical run, beating the favored Big Red 6-1 on Friday to earn a trip to the ECAC finals against top-seeded Union. Harvard scored the game’s first six goals, with Killorn getting numbers two and five. Cornell added a late goal. Lightning prospect Kirill Gotovets spent time at wing, which he has done a handful of times this year. Harvard has to beat Union on Saturday to get into the national tournament. Cornell, who will play in the Third Place Game on Saturday, is considered on the bubble.

    No. 7 Miami RedHawks 2 vs. No. 14 Western Michigan Broncos 6
    CCHA Semifinals

    D Luke Witkowski, WMU: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
    Season totals: 38 GP, 2-11-13, +8, 47 PIM
    F Jimmy Mullin, MIA: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 5 SOG
    Season totals: 34 GP, 11-15-26, +17, 10 PIM

    Witkowski logged a ton of minutes and for a moment or two had was credited with an important goal for WMU as the Broncos upset Miami to advance to the CCHA Finals against Michigan, who beat Cinderella Bowling Green in double overtime. Witkowski took a feed in the high slot while on the power play, skated a couple of strides, and fired a low wrist shot that found its way to the twine but it was later ruled to have hit the shaft of the stick of teammate Will Kessel (undrafted). Witkowski and defensive partner Dan DeKeyser, a free agent target of the Lightning, played nearly every key shift in the game for the Broncos and matched-up against Lightning prospect Jimmy Mullin’s high-powered line for much of the game. Mullin created a few scoring chances and had his name announced for an assist on Miami's first goal, but it was later corrected. Mullin was one of the few RedHawks who was generating chances. Mullin will continue his season in Saturday's Third Place Game, then on the road to the Frozen Four in Tampa as the RedHawks are considered a lock for an invitation. WMU is on the bubble, but can punch their ticket with a win over the Wolverines at Joe Louis Arena Saturday night.

    *USCHO poll used

  • 6 years 5 weeks ago


    Fargo Force 1 @ Tri-City Storm 5

    G Adam Wilcox, TC: Win, 36 saves on 37 shots, *First Star*
    Season Totals (with Tri-City): 27 GP, 13-14-1, 3.04 GAA, .912 sv%, 1 SO
    Season Totals (with Green Bay): 9 GP, 7-2-0, 2.27 GAA, .918 sv%, 2 SO

    Wilcox (pictured) and Tri-City got a must-needed win on Friday, topping the Force, 5-1. Wilcox was named first star for about the fifth time in the last month. He’s put the team on the back as they continue to make a push for the playoffs. With the win on Friday the Storm are tied with Des Moines for the last playoff spot in the West, but the Bucs have two games in hand. Tri-City has nine games left in the regular season.


    Saint John Sea Dogs 4 @ Cape Breton Screaming Eagles 0

    C Danick Gauthier, SNB: 0-1-1, +1, 2 PIM (tripping), 7 SOG, 0 Hits
    Season Totals: 65 GP, 45-39-84, +45, 65 PIM

    With one game left to play in the regular season, Saint John has already wrapped up the league’s top seed. Gauthier remains five goals back of league-leader Zach O’Brien (Acadie-Bathurst).

    Gatineau Olympiques 2 @ Rouyn-Noranda Huskies 5

    D Adam Janosik, GAT: 0-0-0, -1, 4 PIM (roughing, roughing), 0 SOG, 0 Hits
    Season Totals: 50 GP, 6-25-31, -13, 53 PIM

    Janosik was back from his native Slovakia, where he was taking some exams, but he didn’t register a point in a loss to the Huskies. With one game to go in the regular season, Janosik is one point off his career high of 32 points, set last year in 10 more games. Gatineau can finish no lower than 14th among the 16 playoff teams. There are no conferences in the Q.

    Shawinigan Cataractes 5 @ Victoriaville Tigres 7

    D Daniel Milan, VIC: 0-0-0 E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG, 1 Hit
    Season Totals: 61 GP, 2-9-11, -16, 69 PIM
    With Victoriaville: 28 GP, 2-4-6, -3, 38 PIM
    With Moncton: 33 GP, 0-5-5, -13, 31 PIM

    5’8” Yanni Gourde (undrafted) had a goal and four assists to increase his league-leading point total to 122. No one else is even close to him. With 11 points this season, Milan won’t come close to touching the 38 points he put up last year as a rookie with Moncton. He is already signed to an NHL contract with the Lightning. The Tigres are currently one point up on Quebec for the fourth seed in the league with one game remaining.


    Sarnia Sting 2 @ London Knights 3

    C Vladislav Namestnikov, LDN: 0-1-1, -1, 0 PIM
    Season Totals: 62 GP, 22-49-71, +15, 50 PIM

    Twice London overcame one-goal deficits to tie and eventually beat Sarnia at home. With one game left, London and Plymouth are tied on top of the Western Conference with 97 points. London leads in wins by one. The Whalers have gone 10-0 in their last 10 games while the Knights have gone 5-5.

    In a poll of OHL coaches, Namestnikov finished third in the Best Playmaker and Best Skater categories in the conference. Lightning camper Seth Griffith, who will re-enter the draft and could be a target of the Lightning with a second or third round pick, finished in the following categories: Most Improved (1), Most Dangerous in the Goal Area (2), Best Shootout Shooter (2).

  • 6 years 5 weeks ago

    Florida Everblades 3 @ Elmira Jackals 2

    D Charles Landry, FLA: 0-0-0, -1, 2 SOG, 0 PIM
    Season Totals: 28 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, 1 SOG, 0 PIM
    Season Totals: 26 GP, 0-9-9, -5, 2 PIM (Norfolk property)

    Cedric Lalonde-McNicholl scored twice in about a two minute span in the third period to put the ‘Blades ahead for good on their way to a huge road win over the conference’s second seed. With the win, Florida stays four points ahead of Cincinnati for seventh in the East. Piche missed his second game due to a suspension for a boarding major.

  • 6 years 5 weeks ago

    Sunday. Sunday. Sunday!


    Jaroslav Janus allowed 2 goals on 32 shots for his 9th consecutive victory, besting tandem mate Dustin Tokarski's previous Admirals record of 8 set just a couple of weeks ago. He now has raised his save percentage to .906, which matches Tokarski's AHL save percentage, and his 17 wins ties him with several others for a spot in the AHL's top-20 in that statistical category.

    First Period
    NOR Conacher, (32) (Smith, Labrie), 7:07
    NOR Cote, (2) (Devos), 8:59
    CHA Boychuk, (15) (Terry, Sanguinetti), 13:42 (PP)

    Second Period
    NOR Dimmen, (3) (Ouellet, Gudas), 1:55
    NOR Johnson, (26) (Oberg), 6:26
    NOR Palat, (6) (Johnson), 7:35
    NOR Hutchings, (1) (Palat, Oberg), 15:02 (PP)
    NOR Panik, (17) (Smith), 16:45

    Third Period
    CHA Boychuk, (16) (Dalpe, Sanguinetti), 14:33

    Ondej Palat (pictured) and Tyler Johnson were the game's first and second stars.

    Tonight's box score should be the yard sign for Jon Cooper's candidacy for AHL Coach of the Year. Not only did Norfolk match the AHL single-season winning streak record with the win, but look at the scorers in this game. 7 different goal scorers. 6 of the goal scorers are AHL rookies. 7 rookies contributed points tonight. This is not a veteran-heavy team, nor is it being carried by 1 or 2 players. This team is young, athletic, and deep, but none of that means anything without a coach who builds a program and gets his young athletes to buy into the system.

    Panik attack, y'all.

    Oh yeah, and with Springfield's victory over Portland tonight, Norfolk also clinched a playoff spot, too. Norfolk now has 91 points (they only had 93 points all of last season, and that was a good team), which puts them 8 up on St. John's in the conference and 12 up on Wilkes-Barre/Scranton in the division. What stuns me the most, though, is that they've run their cushion on Hershey up to 19 points. Wow. What that all means is that, if they can finish strong and win the conference, the Admirals will very likely get a first round opponent with a negative goal differential for the season. Advantage Norfolk, which leads the league now with a ludicrous goal differential of +70. +37 (Toronto) is the next closest mark in the league, for reference. What that hopefully means is the Admirals can get out of the first round quickly. As any hockey fan knows, the playoffs are as much about attrition as they are about anything else. The Lightning's '04 Cup win would likely not have happened had they not disposed of the Islanders and Canadiens quickly in the first two rounds, giving them the gas to outlast the Flyers and Flames in a pair of 7-game series at the finish line. Conversely, the Lightning having to go 7 games against the Penguins in the first round in the 2011 playoffs likely led to them being out of gas by Game 7 against the Bruins. Norfolk is putting themselves in a position to potentially win the attrition war, and if they do, we know they have everything else to make a serious championship run.

    History will be made, as the commercials say, Sunday at 3 pm against this same Charlotte team. A victory gives Norfolk the all-time, single-season AHL win streak mark. As Herb Brooks said to Team USA before they played the Finns in the Gold Medal match in 1980 after their legendary upset of the Russians, "If you lose this game you'll take it to your (expletive) graves... YOUR (EXPLETIVE) GRAVES!"

    Finish the drill, Admirals. Make us proud.

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  • 6 years 5 weeks ago

    KHL Eastern Conference Seminfinals (Russia):
    Evgeny Kuznetsov's third period goal lifted Chelyabinsk to a 2-1 Game Two win over Ak Bars Kazan. Traktor now holds a 2-0 series lead. Kuznetsov, a first round pick of the Capitals, starred on Russia's Silver Medal winning U20 World Junior Championship team earlier this season. Nikita Nesterov did not appear in the match. Game Three is Sunday.

    MHL Western Conference Quarterfinals (Russia Jr.):
    CSKA Jr. 3 @ St. Petersburg Jr. 2 (OT)
    Series Tied at 1-1
    Nikita Kucherov, CSKA Jr., 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
    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

    Sergey Barbashev scored 9:46 into overtime to lift CSKA Jr. to a critical 3-2 Game Two win over St. Petersburg Jr. The season is now knotted at 1-1. Game Three is Monday.

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

    The upset alert is now blaring. Ex-NHLer Dick Tarnstrom assisted on AIK's game opening goal and they did not look back, posting a 4-1 Game Four victory over top seed Lulea. Lulea now faces elimination in Game Five on Sunday.

  • 6 years 5 weeks ago


    London Knights 0 @ Windsor Spitfires 2

    C Vladislav Namestnikov, LDN: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM
    Season Totals: 61 GP, 22-48-70, +18, 50 PIM

    Despite a stacked roster full of offensive talent, the Knights were shutout for the second game in a row. This time it was Jaroslav Pavelka and the Windsor Spitfires. Pavelka, who went undrafted in 2011, stopped 29 shots.

  • 6 years 5 weeks ago

    Over and out.


    Dustin Tokarski allowed 3 goals on 10 shots for the loss before being lifted for Dwayne Roloson, who stopped all 18 he saw the rest of the way.

    First Period
    TOR Liles (6), (Grabovski, Kessel)(PP), 1:09

    Second Period
    TOR Crabb (9), (Lombardi, Connolly), 3:27
    TOR Gardiner (5), (Lombardi), 12:28

    Third Period
    TB St. Louis (23), (Clark), 19:34

    That's all she wrote. Time to start studying for the draft.

    Keith Aulie was -1 with 2 hits in 10:19.

    Tim Wallace had 2 penalty minutes and 2 hits in 6:59.

    J.T. Wyman had 1 hit and 1 blocked shot in 12:18.

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