Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 4 @ Sudbury Wolves 6
W Kyle DeCoste, SSM: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM
Season totals: 53 GP, 10-11-21, -23, 67 PIM
With SSM: 16 GP, 2-5-7, -10, 16 PIM
Sudbury was the only team the Soo had beaten since January 10 (1-13-0-1), a 6-4 home win on February 11.
Prince George Cougars 0 @ Tri-City Americans 4
C Mitch Fadden, TC: 1-1-2, +1, 6 PIM (hooking x 2, elbowing)
Season totals: 50 GP, 27-35-62, +19, 45 PIM
With TC: 41 GP, 25-32-57, +17, 37 PIM
Fadden has 10 goals in his last 10 games (10-9-19). Chet Pickard earned First Star while notching his sixth shutout of the year, which ties Dustin Tokarski for the team lead.
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It's a shame that no one but the young kids showed up.
Karri Ramo allowed 5 goals on 49 shots for the loss. The game could've be 8 or 9 to 3 without Ramo. The Lightning got outshot 19-3 in the first period and 15-7 in the third. That's just hanging your goaltender out to dry. The kid deserved better. He showed flashes of what he was prior to this season's disappointments.
11:53 CHI Keith (7), (Havlat, Seabrook)
12:58 TB Stamkos (8), (Melichar, Krajicek)
10:28 TB Stamkos (9), (Prospal, Roberts)(PP)
11:38 TB Stamkos (10), (Eminger, Prospal)(PP)
19:12 CHI Toews (19), (Kane, Barker)(PP)
01:46 CHI Kane (18), (Campbell, Toews)(PP)
12:46 CHI Bolland (13), (Havlat, Keith)
15:59 CHI Toews (20), (Brouwer, Kane)
The team completely laid down after Stamkos' hat trick. It was bizarre, and sickening. I give him a lot of credit for playing hard to the final horn to break up a potential empty net goal. I wish some of the veterans on the team showed that much pride.
Ty Wishart had 1 shot in 8:02.
Steve Downie had 17 penalty minutes, 1 shot, and 1 hit in 6:28.
Matt Smaby was -1 with 6 hits and 4 blocked shots in 22:00, which was a high among the defensemen.
Helenius is probably wishing he was paid by the save.
Riku Helenius allowed 3 goals on 45 shots for the overtime loss.
BRI Bentivoglio, (6) (Lee, Callahan), 1:59
NOR Segal, (17) (Smolenak), 19:22
NOR Segal, (18) (Smolenak), 12:27
BRI Walter, (12) (Iggulden, McLean), 0:29 (PP)
BRI Fraser, (6) (Smith, McLean), 4:39
Brandon Segal and Helenius were the game's second and third stars. Segal deserves a recall to Tampa Bay.
Box score from TheAHL.com.
Victoria Grizzlies 7 @ Nanaimo Clippers 4
W Justin Courtnall, VIC: 0-0-0, 0 PIM
Season totals: 58 GP, 21-38-59, 96 PIM
Fargo Force 3 @ Omaha Lancers 2 (OT)
D Luke Witkowski, FGO: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 35 GP, 5-9-14, +21, 90 PIM
Rouyn-Noranda Huskies 2 @ Rimouski Oceanic 6
W/C Luca Cunti, RIM: Did not play (injured).
Season totals: 49 GP, 13-23-36, +4, 26 PIM
The Oceanicâ€™s win streak hits 11 games. No word on Cuntiâ€™s injury, only that it was sustained in a game last Wednesday.
Plymouth Whalers 5 @ Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 2
W Kyle DeCoste, SSM: 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM (tripping)
Season totals: 51 GP, 10-11-21, -22, 65 PIM
With SSM: 15 GP, 2-5-7, -9, 14 PIM
Prince George Cougars 3 @ Spokane Chiefs 5
G Dustin Tokarski, SPO: Win, 22 saves on 25 shots
Season totals: 40 GP, 27-11-0-2, 1.83 GAA, .940 sv%, 6 shutouts
And that, folks, is why the Lightning spent a 15th overall pick on the kid.
Riku Helenius was scintillating, stopping 41 of 42 shots in regulation and overtime before blanking all three Sound Tigers shooters in the penalty shot session for the win. Helenius improves to 2-3-0 with 1 shutout, a 2.12 GAA, and a .940 save percentage.
BRI Smith, (24) (McLean, Walter), 18:03 (PP)
NOR Segal, (16) , 9:04 (PP)
NOR- Szczechura, Konopka, Segal
Helenius and Brandon Segal were the game's first and third stars.
Norfolk moves back to 4 games under .500 despite having McKenna and Ramo up in the NHL. Impressive.
Box score from TheAHL.com.