Back from the Olympic Break...
Omsk 3 @ Dynamo Riga 5
Martins Karsums, Dynamo Riga, 1-1-2, +4, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 10 GP, 3-3-6, +6, 14 PIM
Karri Ramo, Omsk, Loss, 20/24, 4.03 GAA, .833 sv%
Season totals: 42 GP, 21-16, 4 SO, 2.10 GAA, .913 sv%
Fresh off a solid performance for Latvia in the Olympics, Karsums had 1 goal and 1 assist in 20:26 in a solid drubbing on Avangard Omsk. KHL goal scoring leader Marcel Hossa scored his 33rd and 34th goal of the season in the match for Riga.
Yulaev 3 @ Dynamo Moscow 0
Johan Harju, Dynamo Moscow, 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM, 7 SOG
Season totals: 54 GP, 4-14-18, -10, 38 PIM
Harju led Dynamo in shots on goal in 12:34 but could not crack former NHLer Vitaly Kolesnik in their 3-0 shutout loss to the East's first place team, Yulaev. Harju was 54% on draws in the match.
Cherepovets 1 @ Magnitogorsk 2
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, Win, 24/25, 1.00 GAA, .960 sv%
Season totals: 47 GP, 25-14, 8 SO, 1.89 GAA, .929 sv%
Former Coyotes first round pick Viktor Tikhonov scored his 14th goal of the season in support of Koshechkin in Magnitogorsk's 2-1 win.
Mytischi 3 @ Ekaterinburg 2 (SO)
Denis Kazionov, Ekaterinburg, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Season totals: 49 GP, 5-3-8, -18, 18 PIM
The younger Kazionov brother played 16:04 in the match and had a team high 4 shots on goal for Ekaterinburg. Former Lightning draft pick Vadim Epanchintsev had an assist in the match for Mytischi.
Spartak Moscow 1 @ Kazan 3
Dmitri Kazionov, Kazan, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 50 GP, 18-8-26, +9, 16 PIM
The elder Kazionov played 15:17 in the match for Kazan.
Moncton Wildcats 2 @ Cape Breton Screaming Eagles 0
D Mark Barberio, MCT: 1-0-1, +1, 4 PIM, 6 SOG
Season Totals: 58 GP, 13-42-55, +39, 64 PIM
Barberio scored what turned out to be the game winner less than five minutes into the first period. The â€˜Cats would add another goal less than a minute later, then hold the Eagles off the scoresheet for the rest of the game. Moncton has won eight straight.
Barrie Colts 6 @ Sudbury Wolves 5 (OT)
LW/C Alex Hutchings, BAR: 1-1-2, E, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 62 GP, 44-30-74, +41, 52 PIM
W Matias Sointu, SBY: 0-2-2, E, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 45 GP, 7-15-22, -6, 16 PIM
With Sudbury: 23 GP, 4-8-12, -11, 10 PIM
With Ottawa: 21 GP, 3-7-10, +5, 6 PIM
Hutchings scored his 44th goal of the year at 2:45 of overtime to give the Colts the road win and extend his point streak to 11 games. He has goals in six straight. This was his 11th game winning goal of the season, tying him with Ottawa's Cody Lindsay (undrafted) for the league lead. Sointuâ€™s two assists gave him his first multi-point game since January 31. Sointu finished February with no goals and three assists in 10 games. Hutchings had 10 goals and five assists in 12 February games.
Regina Pats 2 @ Swift Current Broncos 5
RW Carter Ashton, REG: Did not play.
Season Totals: 60 GP, 23-26-49, -5, 100 PIM
With Regina: 32 GP, 10-13-23, +3, 48 PIM
With Lethbridge: 28 GP, 13-13-26, -8, 52 PIM
Thatâ€™s two huge losses to the eighth-place Broncos in the last week for Regina, which drops them 11 points back of Swift Current with five games remaining. That means theyâ€™re officially done. No word yet as to why Ashton was scratched. If heâ€™s healthy, thereâ€™s a good chance he joins AHL Norfolk when the Pats are finished with their season. Iâ€™d also expect (and look forward to seeing) Jordan Eberle join the Oilers.
Season circling the drain?
I've never seen a defense and goaltender play worse in a period than the Lightning played in the third tonight. And, it wasn't just the rookie Hedman. Matias Ohlund got his lunch money stolen on the first goal of the period that set the Lightning on their heels and on their way to getting embarassed. I don't get it. I don't get how a team can hold it together and play well for 40 minutes and then mentally check out in the third when the stakes are so high.
Box score from NHL.com.
D Kirill Gotovets, Shattuck-St. Maryâ€™s, USHS
Season Totals: 40 GP, 8-16-24, 71 PIM
Gotovets, a Cornell commit, had five points after 14 games, but has 19 points in his last 26, including nine in his last 10. His 71 PIM are second on the club. Shattuck was 39-9-4 entering play this past weekend (results TBA).
Sodertalje 2 @ Rogle 1
Riku Helenius, Sodertalje, Win, 30/31, 1.00 GAA, .968 sv%
Season totals: 6 GP, 2-1-2, 0 SO, 2.46 GAA, .919 sv%
Former Lightning draft pick Eric Beaudoin had an assist on Rogle's only goal. There are 5 games remaining in the Elitserien regular season. Sodertalje is on the brink of elimination, 12 points behind 8th place Lulea. In the Elitserien, a regulation win is worth 3 points in the standings.