Mark Tobin and the Rimouski Oceanic won for just the fifth time in twenty-five games this season, beating the Victoriaville Tigres 5-2 in Rimouski. Tobin had an assist for Lâ€™Oceanic in the victory. Rimouski is six points behind expansion St. Johnâ€™s for second last place in the entire QMJHL.
In other CHL action on Sundayâ€¦
Red Deer, after losing 11 straight games, has won 2 of their past 3. The Rebels beat Calgary 2-1 Sunday thanks to two third period goals. Vladimir Mihalik was minus-one for the game, however.
Chris Lawrence was minus-three for Sault Ste. Marie as the Greyhounds dropped a 6-3 decision in Oshawa and Marek Bartanus was scratched for the third straight game for Owen Sound. In the WHL, Kelowna lost 4-1 at Kamloops. Keller was minus-one.
Fran Sypek of the Springfield Republican reports the reason for Jim Campbell's absence from the lineup this weekend is a minor knee injury. Also, Darren Reid was not in the lineup tonight for the Falcons as he was returning to Alberta to attend to personal matters with a death in his family. Condolences to Darren Reid and his family, and here's to hoping he'll be back soon.
Ahhhh the cries of the Carolina announcers whining that fatigue was a legitimate excuse for their team's play. Music to my ears.
I cannot overemphasize how important an early season win this was. The 4 point in division swing made this a very very key victory, even if it is November. A loss would've dropped the Lightning to 10 points behind in the division, so the Lightning did themselves a huge favor by taking the win tonight.
And, tonight was the first of what I suspect will be quite a few multi-point games for Paul Ranger's career. 2 assists and a +1 in just a shade under 15 minutes of ice time. It may not be this year, but at some point expect the offense to really start to flow given how strong his skating and instincts are. Evgeny Artyukhin with 9:18 and an even rating.
Game sheet from NHL.com.
Johan Hagglund had Oskarshamn's lone goal today in a 3-1 defeat against Malmo. Since the Karjala break Hagglund has been moved up from second line left wing to first line center for his club. Through 14 games he has 3 goals, 4 points, a +7 rating and 28 penalty minutes. Oskarsham currently sits 8th in the 15 team Allsvenskan with a 5-4-5 record.