Moncton Wildcats 3 @ Halifax Mooseheads 2
D Mark Barberio, MCT: 0-2-2, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals: 30 GP, 2-22-24, +7, 32 PIM
Barberio set up Nova Scotia native Scott Brannan (undrafted) shorthanded with 87 seconds left in the game for the winner over Halifax.
Belleville Bulls 2 @ Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 5
RW Kyle DeCoste, BEL: 0-0-0, E, 5 PIM (elbowing, game misconduct)
Season Totals: 29 GP, 10-8-18, -1, 31 PIM
With Bulls: 16 GP, 8-7-15, +1, 11 PIM
With SSM: 13 GP, 2-1-3, -2, 20 PIM
DeCoste made his first return to the Soo after being traded from the Greyhounds earlier this year. It wasnâ€™t the return he was hoping for as he was thrown out midway through the second period for elbowing an unsuspecting Tomas Rachunek in the head. Rachunek left the ice with a cut on his head and an apparent shoulder injury. SSM scored on the ensuing power play. Like it did when he was traded from Brampton to the Soo last year, DeCosteâ€™s game has taken off since being traded. Up until Friday night he was producing at a point-per-game clip for the Bulls. He was named the team's Most Improved Player by the Belleville paper this week.
Barrie Colts vs. Sudbury Wolves - postponed
LW/C Alex Hutchings, BAR
Season Totals: 31 GP, 18-21-39, +18, 22 PIM
LW Matais Sointu, SBY
Season Totals: 27 GP, 4-7-11, +3, 8 PIM
With Sudbury: 6 GP, 1-0-1, -2, 2 PIM
With Ottawa: 21 GP, 3-7-10, +5, 6 PIM
This game was postponed due to poor travel conditions.
Erie Otters 3 @ Plymouth Whalers 6
G Jaroslav Janus, ERIE: Did not play.
Season Totals: 8 GP, 4-3-1-0, 2.94 GAA, .919 sv%
With Norfolk (AHL): 2 GP, 0-2-0, 1.52 GAA, .939 sv%
Janus started Thursday night and is working his way back from a lower body injury, so he got the night off in Michigan.
Windsor Spitfires 3 @ Mississauga St. Michaelâ€™s Majors 2 (SO)
C Richard Panik, WSR: 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 32 GP, 9-9-18, +15, 19 PIM
Panik scored for the second straight game but failed to convert his shootout attempt - but the Spits still won. Windsor hasnâ€™t been defeated in regulation or overtime since a 6-5 loss to Sarnia on October 11 (21-0-0-3).
Oshawa Generals 5 @ Kingston Frontenacs 2
G Michael Zador, OSH: Did not play.
Season Totals: 24 GP, 11-9-2-1, 3.25 GAA, .900 sv%, 1 SO
Zador, who has won four straight starts, got the night off.
Regina Pats 2 @ Medicine Hat Tigers 7
RW Carter Ashton, REG: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 28 GP, 13-13-26, -9, 52 PIM
With Regina: 1 GP, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM
With Lethbridge: 28 GP, 13-13-26, -8, 52 PIM
Ashton made his debut for Regina wearing No.25 and starting the game on a line next to super-prospect Jordan Eberle (Oilers 1/2008) and Matt Strueby (undrafted). The line produced one goal in the game, an unassisted marker by Eberle. The Pats' Eberle and Colton Teubert will not play again for Regina in 2009 as they leave to attend Canada's WJC camp. Both are locks to make the club. Ashton will not wait long to face his former club as he and the remaining Pats will take on Lethbridge Saturday night.
Keep your foot on the gas and you win.
Antero Niittymaki allowed 1 goal on 35 shots but he also allowed 1 goal on 3 shootout attempts and that was all it took for him to get the penalty shot session loss. He deserved a lot better. He was absolutely brilliant in the third period.
TB 12:12, Downie 6 (Lecavalier, St. Louis)
COL 12:11, Wolski 12 (Stastny, Wilson)
The Lightning were actually leading in shots after two periods 17-14, primarily on the strength of a very good first 30 minutes. They started to let off the gas midway through the middle frame, and then suddenly the Avalanche hung a 20-5 shot disparity on them the rest of the way. It's unacceptable. The forecheck just evaporates way too easily for this team, especially when they're trying to protect a lead. Take a tip from Chris Dingman, the best way to protect a one goal lead is to get the puck behind their net and sit on it for 30 seconds. The Lightning are lucky to hold possession in the other team's zone for 3 seconds in scenarios like tonight. Someone's got to start paying the price to hold onto the puck.
And for the love of God, someone please score a (Ooh La La!) shootout goal.
Matt Smaby led the Lightning in hits with 4 in 15:30. Hello old friend. We missed you.
Zenon Konopka had 1 hit, 1 blocked shot, and was 63% on draws in 8:37.
Paul Szczechura was -1 with 4 shots and 1 hit in 18:18.
James Wright had 1 shot, 1 hit, 1 blocked shot, and was 67% on draws in 15:32.
Victor Hedman had 1 shot in 25:31.
Dustin Tokarski allowed 2 goals on 30 shots for the loss.
MTB Rome, (5) (Desbiens, Murray), 14:17
NOR Smolenak, (4) (Parrish, Bochenski), 12:12
MTB Rome, (6) (Keane), 14:32 (PP)
MTB Pettinger, (6) (Keane), 18:55 (EN)
MTB Murray, (7) (Ramsey), 19:29 (EN)
Norfolk was outshot 12-4 in the third period, which they entered into with a 1-1 tie. Manitoba showed more urgency and they got two points. That's bad news for Norfolk, who already entered the night having fallen to fifth in the division. The Ads are now 3 games under .500 and Wilkes-Barre and Binghamton, the two teams ahead of them in the East Division, both have games in hand. A win tomorrow night in the rematch against Manitoba may very well be a prerequisite for this Norfolk team.
Box score from TheAHL.com.
Ekaterinburg 5 @ Astana 2
Denis Kazionov, Ekaterinburg, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 31 GP, 4-3-7, -11, 10 PIM
Ekaterinburg got 1 goal and 2 assists from Alexei Simakov in their 5-2 win over Astana. Former Lightning draft pick Ilya Solarev scored his second goal of the season in the match for Astana. Denis Kazionov played 10:58 in the match.
Magnitogorsk 4 @ Yulaev 5 (SO)
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, Loss, 27/31, 3.70 GAA, .871 sv%
Season totals: 33 GP, 17-14, 5 SO, 2.07 GAA, .923 sv%
Yulaev squeaked past Magnitogorsk in the shootout in a matchup of the first and second place teams in the KHL Eastern Conference. Vasily Koshechkin took his 14th loss of the season in the match, allowing both Yulaev shooters to score in the penalty shot session. Former NHLer Oleg Tverdovsky scored a goal with less than ten minutes to play in the final period to force the game into overtime.
Chelyabinsk 3 @ Omsk 2
Karri Ramo, Omsk, Loss, 22/25, 3.01 GAA, .880 sv%
Season totals: 27 GP, 15-11, 3 SO, 1.99 GAA, .915 sv%
Karri Ramo and Omsk fell to Chelyabinsk 3-2, helping Chelyabinsk cling to 8th place in the East.
Dynamo Moscow 4 @ Nizhnekamsk 0
Johan Harju, Dynamo Moscow, 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Season totals: 34 GP, 3-7-10, -4, 26 PIM
I'm declaring the slump officially over. Johan Harju assisted on Linus Omark's 15th goal of the season today to help lift Dynamo to a 4-0 shutout victory of Nizhnekamsk. Harju played 14:33 in the match and was 67% on draws.
Dynamo Minsk 1 @ Kazan 4
Dmitri Kazionov, Kazan, 1-1-2, +1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 33 GP, 11-2-13, +1, 12 PIM
The older of the Kazionov brothers has really got it cooking. Dmitry had a multi-point effort today to help propel Kazan to a 4-1 victory over Dynamo Minsk. The forward played 12:11 in the match. Kazionov has already eclipsed his goal total from a season ago (9) set in 55 games. Kazionov is also on a pace to post a modest improvement in points over his total from a year ago (20). Kazan sits in sixth in the standings in the KHL's Eastern Conference.