Gatineau Olympiques 2 @ Moncton Wildcats 3
D Mark Barberio, MCT: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 0 SOG
Season Totals: 27 GP, 2-19-21, +8, 30 PIM
After a four game point streak, Barberio has failed to hit the scoresheet in his last two games â€“ both Moncton wins.
Barrie Colts 6 @ Erie Otters 3
LW/C Alex Hutchings, BAR: 1-4-5, +3, 4 PIM (roughing, elbowing), *First Star*
Season Totals: 29 GP, 17-20-37, +16, 22 PIM
G Jaroslav Janus, ERIE: Did not play.
Season Totals: 7 GP, 4-2-1-0, 2.93 GAA, .915 sv%
With Norfolk (AHL): 2 GP, 0-2-0, 1.52 GAA, .939 sv%
Hutchings (pictured) has scored in six straight games and has points in his last seven. His five point night is a career high; he had two four point games last season. He is four points off the team lead in scoring. Barrie is on a 16 game win streak. Janus dressed for the game, which is an improvement, but did not see action. Heâ€™s been battling various injuries.
Brampton Battalion 4 @ Sudbury Wolves 5 (SO)
LW Matais Sointu, SBY: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 26 GP, 4-7-11, +3, 8 PIM
With Sudbury: 5 GP, 1-0-1, -2, 2 PIM
With Ottawa: 21 GP, 3-7-10, +5, 6 PIM
The Wolves have won two shootout games in a row after a five game winless streak.
Belleville Bulls 3 @ Oshawa Generals 4 (SO)
RW Kyle DeCoste, BEL: 0-1-1, -2, 2 PIM (unsportsmanlike conduct)
Season Totals: 26 GP, 9-7-16, +1, 26 PIM
With Bulls: 13 GP, 7-6-13, +3, 6 PIM
With SSM: 13 GP, 2-1-3, -2, 20 PIM
G Michael Zador, OSH: Win, 21 saves on 24 shots
Season Totals: 23 GP, 10-9-2-1, 3.23 GAA, .900 sv%, 1 SO
DeCoste extended his point streak to three games with his assist and remains at a point-per-game pace with Belleville since coming over from the Soo. Zador stopped 3 of 3 shooters in the shootout and hasnâ€™t had a regulation loss in six games.
Red Deer Rebels 4 @ Lethbridge Hurricanes 3
RW Carter Ashton, LET: 0-1-1, E, 2 PIM (hooking)
Season Totals: 27 GP, 13-13-26, -6, 52 PIM
On the night Lightning prospect Blair Jones made his return to the NHL, one of his two WHL teams, Red Deer, got a late goal to steal a road win in Lethbridge. Ashton has two points in his last six games.
I'd almost rather lose a game 4-2 then cough up a winning goal in the last minute. Almost.
Antero Niittymaki allowed 3 goals on 19 shots for the loss. It's been an alarming trend over the last week and a half where the Lightning haven't been getting quite the same level of goaltending they were getting, and the results have very quickly turned sour because of it. That's not to say Niitty was terrible, but 3 goals on 19 shots isn't a pretty number.
TB 1:26, Lecavalier 6 (Halpern)
NJ 1:15, Rolston 9 (Niedermayer)(PP)
NJ 5:14, Bergfors 8 (Zharkov)(PP)
TB 17:00, Downie 4 (Stamkos, Malone)(PP)
NJ 19:21, Langenbrunner 6 (Greene, Rolston)
Zenon Konopka had 5 penalty minutes and 1 shot in 7:18.
Paul Szczechura played just 4:12 in the game.
James Wright got in his first NHL fight and had 2 hits and 1 blocked shot in 9:23.
Blair Jones had 3 hits and 1 blocked shot in 13:27. Let me be one of the first to say how proud I am of Blair to work his way into this opportunity. He has always had a lot of promise since his days in junior, but he's fluctuated between the penthouse in his rookie season and the doghouse for the past couple of seasons because he's a bit of a laid back Western farm boy, as Steve Stirling once put it to me, so the physical and defensive intensity hasn't always been there night in and night out. He's really started to understand more about being prepared to go every night and he's earned this chance. Let that be a lesson to all the youngsters in Norfolk: even in your fourth season of pro you've got a chance if you work hard, prepare like a professional, and put it together at the rink.
Victor Hedman was +1 with 1 hit in 19:32.
Love that headline on the press release from the Admirals. Move over Iverson.
Dustin Tokarski stopped 22 of 23 to get a win the Admirals absolutely needed to have.
ADK Kolanos, (4) (Dingle, Bellamy), 3:42
NOR Smolenak, (3) (Lundin, Mihalik), 17:47
NOR Craig, (9) (Smolenak, Jackson), 1:32
Ryan Craig (aka The Answer) and Radek Smolenak were the game's first and second stars. That's what you have to love about this year's version of the Admirals: sweet, sweet depth up front. Blair Jones has been hot as a firecracker and earned his callup. Last season that would've crushed the Ads. This season you've got a 20 goal, 50 point capable guy like Smolenak just waiting to pick up where Jones left off.
Vladimir Mihalik snapped a five-game pointless streak with a helper and pulled himself back to even in plus-minus for the season. Kudos to Scott Jackson for keying Craig and Smolenak's winning 2-on-1 in overtime. Jackson's posted a very respectable +8 rating so far this year.
Norfolk outshot Adirondack 36-23 in the game. I'm still waiting for when these shot imbalances are going to turn into some nice blowouts in the Admirals' favor rather than these nail biters. Norfolk's played so many close games this year. Norfolk can get back to .500 tomorrow night, but they'll have to do it in Hershey, which may be the toughest place in the AHL to go win a hockey game as a visitor.
Box score from TheAHL.com.
No.19 Vermont Catamounts 3 @ Boston University Terriers 3
C/W Matt Marshall , UVM: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season Totals: 13 GP, 1-1-2, -1, 2 PIM
Vermont moves one game over .500 at 6-5-2. Former Lightning prospect Justin Courtnall did not play in the game for BU.
No.12 Alaska Nanooks 1 @ Western Michigan Broncos 4
D Luke Witkowski , UWM: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season Totals: 14 GP, 1-3-4, -9, 16 PIM
WMU moved to 6-7-2 on the year with the upset over the Nanooks.
Dynamo Moscow 3 @ KHK MVD 2 (SO)
Johan Harju, Dynamo Moscow, 1-0-1, -1, 2 PIM, 4 SOG
Season totals: 31 GP, 3-5-8, -6, 24 PIM
After a long drought, Harju finally scored his third goal of the season, while his lifelong teammate Linus Omark chipped in a goal and an assist. However, it took a game winning shootout goal by former NHLer Mattias Weinhandl for Dynamo to finally knock off KHK MVD 3-2. Harju played 15:36 in the match and was 63% on draws. He failed, however, on his shootout attempt in the penalty shot session. Dynamo Moscow sits in fourth place in the KHL's Western Conference.