Strong nights by the usual suspects in the WHL.
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#6 Michigan 3 @ Northern Michigan 1
Kevin Quick - Defense - Michigan 0-0-0 Even, 0 PIM
Quick recorded one shot on net in Michigan's (2-1-0) 3-1 win over Northern Michigan(1-2-0). The Wolverines outshot the Wildcats 30-14. The two teams face each other tonight again in Marquette, Mich.
UMASS-Lowell 2 @ #15 Massachusetts 2
John Wessbecker Defense - UMASS 0-0-0 Even, 0 PIM
UMASS (1-1-1) plays to a tie against in-state and Hockey East rival UMASS-Lowell (0-0-1) to open their conference play. The Minutemen host Connecticut (1-0-0) tonight in a non-conference match-up.
Sorry these are belated...
Albert Vishnyakov did not play in Spartak's 1-0 loss to Yaroslavl.
Dimitri Kazionov was scoreless in Kazan's 3-2 loss to Novokuznetsk. His younger brother Denis did not play for Novokuznetsk.
Anton But was scoreless in a wild 7-4 St. Petersburg win against Chekhov.
That was an awesome home opener. That was a great indoctrination into what the Norfolk fan base is all about.
Ryan Munce had a relatively light night stopping 17 of 18 for the win. That did include stopping a breakaway and a handful of other dangerous chances, but for the most part Norfolk's defense kept Binghamton from getting any puck possession and when they did they were kept out to the perimeter.
NOR Mihalik, (1) (Kvapil, Wanvig), 4:49
NOR Milley, (1) (Klinkhammer, Taylor), 3:25
NOR Stewart, (1) (Collymore), 11:13 (SH)
BNG Bass, (1) (Mauldin, Yablonski), 12:30
NOR Wanvig, (3) (Jancevski, Jones), 5:02 (PP)
NOR Taylor, (1) (Leach, Wanvig), 6:52
Norfolk outshot Binghamton 31-18 in the game, and the territorial time felt it was tilted even more in the favor of the Admirals.
Mathieu Darche is hoping life begins at 30, a ripe time to become a National Hockey League regular.
Darche has been a minor-league star for years, but the St. Laurent native has never been able to catch on permanently with an NHL club.
He's hoping, almost praying, this year will be different as a third-line winger with the Tampa Bay Lightning.
"As long as I'm here, I don't ask questions," Darche said before last night's faceoff against the Bruins in Boston.
For the rest of the feature, see The Montreal Gazette.