Norfolk is combining good defense, good goaltending, and home ice advantage to win some key divisional games.
Dustin Tokarski allowed 1 goal on 26 shots for the win.
NOR Simek, (5) (Bochenski, Parrish), 10:14
NOR Hall, (5) (Karsums, Lundin), 7:31
BNG Bannister, (2) (Smith, Kudelka), 14:56 (PP)
NOR Hall, (6) (Karsums, Craig), 19:12 (EN)
I still can't believe Drew Bannister is still playing hockey.
In another example of Norfolk's exciting forward depth, Martins Karsums stepped up with a multi-point night tonight after only having 6 points through 27 games entering the night. You just knew a veteran with his speed and his track record of scoring at the AHL level was going to eventually start finding the scoresheet.
Box score from TheAHL.com.
In yesterday's opener of the Channel One Cup, Russia got a third period power play marker from Sergey Vinoviev to defeat Sweden 4-3. Lightning prospect Johan Harju played on the second line for Team Sweden. Goaltender Vasily Koshechkin did not dress for the Russians.
London Knights 2 @ Windsor Spitfires 4
C Richard Panik, WSR: Did not play (WJC camp - Slovakia)
Season Totals: 33 GP, 9-9-18, +15, 19 PIM
Sudbury Wolves 3 @ Niagara IceDogs 1
LW Matais Sointu, SBY: 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 29 GP, 5-8-13, +4, 12 PIM
With Sudbury: 8 GP, 2-1-3, -1, 6 PIM
With Ottawa: 21 GP, 3-7-10, +5, 6 PIM
Sointu (pictured) scored the game winning goal with just under eight minutes left in the third period to give the Wolves their fifth win in a row. Sointu is expected to join Team Finland for the World Junior Championships shortly. He has points in consecutive games and three of his past five.
We're on the road to nowhere.
Mike Smith allowed 3 goals on 22 shots for the loss.
DET 8:24, Miller 4 (Rafalski)
DET 6:48, Bertuzzi 9 (Holmstrom, Datsyuk)
DET 10:10, Eaves 4 (Lidstrom, Rafalski)
What I want for Christmas from the Lightning? Something to actually cheer for. It's been weeks since we've had that.
Zenon Konopka had a fight and was 63% on draws.
Paul Szczechura was -1 with 1 shot in 13:18.
James Wright was -1 in 7:25.
Blair Jones was -2 with 2 shots and 5 hits in 11:04.
Brampton Battalion 1 @ Belleville Bulls 4
RW Kyle DeCoste, BEL: 1-0-1, E, 2 PIM (tripping)
Season Totals: 31 GP, 11-8-19, -2, 33 PIM
With Bulls: 18 GP, 9-7-16, E, 13 PIM
With SSM: 13 GP, 2-1-3, -2, 20 PIM
DeCoste broke a mini two-game scoring slump with his 11th goal of the season. His goal tied the game at one in the second period. DeCoste had 15 goals last year split between Brampton (8) and Sault Ste. Marie (7). His nine goals with Belleville are the most heâ€™s scored for one team since scoring 10 in 66 games for Brampton in 2007-2008.
Regina Pats 1 @ Edmonton Oil Kings 3
RW Carter Ashton, REG: 0-1-1, -1, 4 PIM (tripping, roughing)
Season Totals: 31 GP, 14-15-29, -12, 60 PIM
With Regina: 4 GP, 1-2-3, -4, 8 PIM
With Lethbridge: 28 GP, 13-13-26, -8, 52 PIM
Regina has lost its last five games and has fallen to 10th in the Eastern Conference. The Oil Kings, led by former Lightning prospect Torrie Jungâ€™s 20 save, Third Star performance, pulled out of the Eastern Conference cellar into 11th with the win. Ashtonâ€™s old team, Lethbridge, sits in last.