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.
Halifax Mooseheads 2 @ Moncton Wildcats 7
D Mark Barberio, MCT: 0-2-2, +1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals: 57 GP, 12-42-54, +38, 54 PIM
If any win over your rival is a good win, then any weekend sweep of your rival ending with a blowout win is Christmas. While Barberio is eight points better than he has ever been in his QMJHL career, heâ€™s three goals shy of his career high for goals, set last year in 66 games.
Windsor Spitfires 6 @ Sudbury Wolves 0
W Matias Sointu, SBY: 0-0-0, -1, 4 PIM (holding, cross-checking)
Season Totals: 44 GP, 7-13-20, -6, 16 PIM
With Sudbury: 22 GP, 4-6-10, -11, 10 PIM
With Ottawa: 21 GP, 3-7-10, +5, 6 PIM
The Spits destroyed Sudbury 6-0, outshooting them 40-16. Likely 2010 first overall pick Taylor Hall only managed two assists in the game. Hall is now at 95 points (36 goals) for the season (54 games). The Wolves are tied for seventh in the East.
Oshawa Generals 4 @ Mississauga St. Michaelâ€™s Majors 7
G Michael Zador, OSH: Loss, 24 saves on 31 shots
Season Totals: 45 GP, 14-24-2-1, 4.07 GAA, .886 sv%, 2 SO
Oshawa is now the worst defensive team in the league with 270 goals against in 62 games. My calculator tells me that's 4.35 goals against per game, yet Zadorâ€™s GAA has just now topped the 4.00 mark. Despite their lack of defense, the Gens are just two points back of Niagara for the eighth spot in the East.
Boston University Terriers 2 @ No.18 Vermont Catamounts 3
C/W Matt Marshall , UVM: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season Totals: 31 GP, 1-4-5, -3, 14 PIM
Vermont (15-11-6) completed a weekend sweep of the Terriers.