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Western Hockey League
Saskatoon Blades 1 @ Moose Jaw Warriors 7
C Brayden Point, MJ: 1-3-4, +1, 0 PIM, *Second Star*
Season totals: 54 GP, 32-44-76, +13, 44 PIM
2013-14 totals: 72 GP, 36-55-91, -27, 53 PIM
Moose Jaw won its second game of the weekend, beating the Blades 7-1. Point had four points on the evening to give him 24 points in his last 15 games. Swift Current lost, so Moose Jaw pulled within two points of the last guaranteed playoff spot in the East Division. Swift Current has a game in hand, however.
Calgary Hitmen 2 @ Edmonton Oil Kings 3
D Ben Thomas, CAL: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM
Season totals: 54 GP, 6-24-30, +14, 22 PIM
2013-14 totals: 72 GP, 7-24-31, +11, 39 PIM
Calgary fell late to Edmonton, 3-2, after giving up a 2-1 lead in the third period. The Hitmen have two more games left on their 3-week road trip caused by a curling tournament in the Saddledome.
Note: Dominik Masin (OHL Peterborough) is out for the season after undergoing surgery for facial fractures.
Brown Bears 3 @ No. 19 Harvard Crimson 4
ECAC First Round
Harvard wins best-of-3 series, 2-0
F Brian Hart, HAR: 1-0-1, +2, 2 PIM, 7 SOG
Season totals: 30 GP, 7-8-15, +3, 19 PIM
2013-2014 totals: 30 GP, 7-8-15, -8, 20 PIM
Harvard eliminated the Bears from the ECAC tournament with a 4-3 win Saturday. Harvard had a 4-2 lead entering the third period and held on. Hart’s seventh goal of the season in his 30th game matches his totals from last year identically. On Saturday he had the puck behind the Brown net and passed the puck off the back of the net back to himself though no one was around him. The Brown goalie thought he was reversing direction and moved to his right so Hart swung around to the goalie's left and slid the puck into an open net. Harvard will play rival Yale in the ECAC quarterfinals.
No. 1 North Dakota 3 @ No. 5 Miami Redhawks 6
F Brendan O’Donnell, UND: 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 31 GP, 10-6-16, +9, 29 PIM
2013-2014 totals: 34 GP, 7-11-18, +7, 10 PIM
North Dakota clinched the conference championship Friday so Saturday’s game may not have had the same intensity. Former Lightning camper and upcoming free agent Austin Czarnik had a hat trick and four points for Miami.
No. 15 Minnesota Golden Gophers 2 @ Ohio State Buckeyes 5
G Adam Wilcox, MIN: Loss, 22 saves on 27 shots
Season totals: 33 GP, 18-11-3, 2.54 GAA, .906 sv%, 4 SO
2013-2014 totals: 38 GP, 26-6-6, 1.97 GAA, .932 sv%, 4 SO
The Gophers had a 2-1 lead in the second period, but gave up the game’s next four goals to take the road loss. Minnesota was bypassed by Michigan State for first in the Big 10 by one point. There are two conference games remaining.
*USCHO poll used
Lightning win a shootout against some Texans.
Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 4 goals on 35 shots for the victory. The stat line isn't pretty, but he made several key saves in the Third Period to preserve the victory for the Lightning. Were it not for Fiddler's goal with under 3 seconds left, which might've been kicked in, it'd look a lot better.
12:59 TB Stralman (6), (Palat)(PP)
14:24 DAL Seguin (30), (Spezza, Ja. Benn)(PP)
15:52 TB Kucherov (25), (Palat, Coburn)
3:52 DAL Seguin (31), (Klingberg)
11:03 DAL Fiddler (9), (Goligoski, Sceviour)
3:40 TB Killorn (14), (Callahan, Hedman)
5:31 TB Hedman (9), (Johnson, Palat)
19:36 TB Boyle (14), (unassisted)(SH)(EN)
19:57 DAL Fiddler (10), (Jo. Benn, Sceviour)
That was hardly artful, but effective in the end. The Stars defense ultimately just wasn't going to be able to stop the Lightning unless Enroth stood on his head. He didn't and therefore they didn't. Just that simple, really.
Vladislav Namestnikov had 2 hits in 12:50. He was very effective in limited ice time, helping to set up a handful of prime chances. He's gone to dirty areas and he showed good vision and decision-making off the rush.
Lukko 3 vs. HPK 0
Saku Salminen, HPK, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 34 GP, 3-4-7, E, 4 PIM
Saku Salminen again dressed as HPK's 13th forward but did not see any ice time in their 3-0 loss to Lukko. Ex-ECHL journeyman Ryan Zapolski stopped all 23 shots he faced for the shutout.
This week's edition of the BoltProspects Podcast (also available on Lightning Radio's iHeart station) includes the following topics:
· The No. 20
· Trade deadline review and how it affects TB moving forward
· Our midterm rankings, in depth
· Interview with Yanni Gourde
· #BPMailbag (How far can TB go? … Who’s in/Who’s out … Boring offseason ahead … Weasels riding woodpeckers)
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