Owen Sound Attack 5 @ Belleville Bulls 3
RW Kyle DeCoste, BEL: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 27 GP, 9-8-17, +1, 26 PIM
With Bulls: 14 GP, 7-7-14, +3, 6 PIM
With SSM: 13 GP, 2-1-3, -2, 20 PIM
DeCosteâ€™s point streak is now at four games.
Barrie Colts 6 @ Niagara IceDogs 1
LW/C Alex Hutchings, BAR: 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 30 GP, 18-20-38, +17, 22 PIM
Hutchings scored his fourth shorthanded goal in the last three games, extending his goal-scoring streak to seven games and has point streak to eight. He has eight points in his last three games and likely has a Player of the Week award in his immediate future. Barrie is on a 17 game win streak.
Sarnia Sting 2 @ Erie Otters 3 (SO)
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%
Janus served as the backup to Ramis Sadikov (2010 draft) as he continues to battle injuries. Shane Owen, Erieâ€™s third goaltender, was let go recently upon Janusâ€™ (re)arrival to the club from AHL Norfolk. Owen, 19, passed through OHL waivers unclaimed and has since signed with the QMJHLâ€™s Moncton Wildcats, home of Lightning prospect Mark Barberio. Owen went 3-6-2, 4.31, .880 for Erie in Janusâ€™ absence.
Windsor Spitfires 9 @ Peterborough Petes 5
C Richard Panik, WSR: 0-1-1, E, 7 PIM (roughing, fighting)
Season Totals: 29 GP, 7-9-16, +13, 19 PIM
Panik (pictured) tangled with Petes defenseman Chris Buonomo (2010) in his first OHL fight. Panik got in several rights before dropping him with a left (watch it here). Windsor now has at least a point in 21 straight games. At 25-3-0-3 they remain on a collision course with Barrie (25-4-0-1) for the OHL championship this spring. They play each other for the first time in the regular season on January 14.
No.12 Alaska Nanooks 4* @ Western Michigan Broncos 4
D Luke Witkowski , UWM: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season Totals: 15 GP, 1-3-4, -8, 16 PIM
Just what the doctor ordered.
Mike Smith stopped all 30 shots he faced for the shutout. He's been fairly resilient this season. He had a terrible game against Ottawa earlier in the year and he had a good start his next time out afterwards. He was suspect a couple of times against Boston, in my opinion, but he shut the door tonight against the Isles.
TB 1:35, Malone 16 (Meszaros, St. Louis)
TB 19:08, Downie 5 (Meszaros, St. Louis)(PP)
TB 2:58, Halpern 5 (Foster, Lecavalier)(PP)
TB 10:31, Hedman 1 (Lecavalier, Tanguay)
Zenon Konopka had 1 hit, 1 blocked shot, and was 71% on draws in 7:34.
James Wright had 1 shot, 1 hit, and was 50% on draws in 12:51.
Blair Jones had 1 shot, 1 blocked shot, and was 50% on draws in 12:00.
Victor Hedman scored his first NHL goal and was +1 with 2 penalty minutes, 2 shots, 3 hits, and 1 blocked shot in 21:32. To use the basketball vernacular, the big man filled the lane and finished with authority on the "fast break" 3-on-1. Seriously, he looked like a shark attacking his prey the way he recognized the odd man rush situation and used his speed to blast right to the net and he made no mistakes with his shot. Beautiful, beautiful goal.
Hershey is so tough to stop when they're in Hershey.
Riku Helenius allowed 5 goals on 37 shots for the loss.
NOR Parrish, (4) (Jackson, Bochenski), 1:35
NOR Wishart, (3) (Tyrell, Craig), 4:07
HER Bourque, (1) (Collins, Aucoin), 4:29
HER Beagle, (3) (Gordon, Bacashihua), 7:38
NOR Hall, (4) (Tyrell, Craig), 14:32
NOR Parrish, (5) (Smolenak, Bochenski), 1:01
HER Wilson, (8) (McNeill, Collins), 7:32
HER Aucoin, (9) (Gordon, Bourque), 10:54
HER Bourque, (2) (Carlson, Kane), 10:29 (PP)
Veteran Mark Parrish was named the game's second star. The Admirals really gave Hershey a good run, but in the end the Bears were too much with their 37-20 shot advantage in the game.
Dana Tyrell is still hunting for his first goal of the season, but with a pair of helpers tonight he got his first multi-point game of the season. We expect the former Prince George Cougar to get stronger as the season progresses as he shakes off the rust from missing half a season last year with a knee injury and continues to acclimate to the pro game.
Scott Jackson was +3 tonight and seized the team lead in plus-minus at +11. He's not the world's fastest skater, but he was known as a very strong player positionally coming out of junior and it's showing this year.
Box score from TheAHL.com.
Magnitogorsk 6 @ Chelyabinsk 0
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, Win, 25/25, SO, 0.00 GAA, 1.000 sv%
Season totals: 30 GP, 15-13, 4 SO, 2.05 GAA, .922 sv%
Here comes Vasily Koshechkin. The big netminder got his second straight shutout as Magnitogorsk flattened Chelyabinsk 6-0, partly on the strength of another one goal and one assist effort by Sergei Fedorov. Koshechkin's fourth shutout of the season moves him into a tie for the league lead with teammate Ilya Proskuryakov. His .922 sv% is also tied for fourth in the league among netminders with 20 or more appearances. A year ago, with Lada Togliatti, Koshechkin put up eight shutouts, and he has shown an amazing propensity throughout his career for ripping off very long shutout streaks when he gets hot.