No.20 Michigan State Spartans 5 @ Western Michigan Broncos 3
D Luke Witkowski , UWM: 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM (interference), 2 SOG
Season Totals: 6 GP, 0-1-1, -3, 8 PIM
The Broncos put up a good fight, but dropped both games of a home-and-home with MSU this weekend. The Spartans scored a shorthanded empty netter to give the game its final score.
Niagara IceDogs 1 @ Barrie Colts 2
LW/C Alex Hutchings, BAR: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 17 GP, 8-10-18, +6, 8 PIM
Barrie leads the Eastern Conference with 25 points at 12-4-0-1.
Windsor Spitfires 4 @ Saginaw Spirit 5 (SO)
C Richard Panik, WSR: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 17 GP, 4-7-11, +13, 6 PIM
Panik shot second in the shootout, but hit the post. It was the second straight shootout loss for the defending Memorial Cup champs, though they still lead the league in points at 13-3-0-3.
Brandon Wheat Kings 5 @ Lethbridge Hurricanes 4
RW Carter Ashton, LET: 0-3-3, +2, 4 PIM (hooking, roughing), *Third Star*
Season Totals: 15 GP, 9-9-18, -5, 28 PIM
Ashton (pictured) has a four game point streak in which he has eight points. Brandon scored the game winner with 13 seconds left in the game. Lethbridge remains in a tie for last in the Eastern Conference at 5-11-2-0.
Khabarovsk 3 @ Kazan 6
Dimitry Kazionov, Kazan, 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 21 GP, 6-1-7, -3, 10 PIM
The elder Kazionov has really started to hit his stride in the past couple of weeks, potting his sixth goal of the season today against Khabarovsk.
Novosibirsk 3 @ Togliatti 2 (SO)
Vasily Koshechkin, Togliatti, Loss, 18/20, 1.85 GAA, .900 sv%
Season totals: 20 GP, 7-11, 2 SO, 2.15 GAA, .920 sv%
Koshechkin was bested by 2 of 3 shooters in the penalty shot session for the shootout loss. Sounds like a Lightning prospect.
Ekaterinburg 3 @ Spartak Moscow 4 (OT)
Denis Kazionov, Ekaterinburg, DNP
Season totals: 19 GP, 1-2-3, -5, 8 PIM
Kazionov missed his second straight match for Ekaterinburg.
Niitty steals a point, and the Lightning shooters continue to make fools of themselves in the shootout.
Antero Niittymaki was lights out tonight, stopping 37 of 38 before going 3 for 4 in the shootout session for the shootout loss. He deserved a lot better from the guys in front of him.
NJ 0:50, Zajac 6 (Fraser)
TB 4:34, Stamkos 10 (St. Louis, Malone)
The Lightning absolutely sleepwalked through the first two periods of the game, with the exception perhaps of the final five minutes of the first period. It was terrible. Shots were 28-9 after 40 minutes, for New Jersey. Without Nittymaki, this game would have easily been a blowout. I don't get the inconsistency from this Lightning team from game to game, period to period, and situation to situation. And as far as the shootouts go, if I were Tocchet I'd ban dekes from the star players. Tell them to shoot. At least force the goaltenders to make a save.
Steve Downie had 5 penalty minutes, 1 shot, and 4 hits in 11:08.
Drew Miller was -1 in 8:51.
Zenon Konopka had 2 penalty minutes, 3 hits, and was 50% on draws in 11:04.
James Wright had 2 penalty minutes and 1 hit in 14:20.
Victor Hedman was -1 with 1 hit and 1 blocked shot in 26:24. I'm going to reiterate my request from the last game: I'd like to see him get more shots, particularly on the power play. They need to get him off this pass-first mentality. The scouting report from the Swedish Elitserien is that Victor possesses a world class one-timer. Nothing else is working on the PP (an ugly 0-for-3 tonight). Try a different weapon.
Harvard Crimson 5 @ Dartmouth Big Green 3
C/W Alexander Killorn, HAR: 2-1-3, +2, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, *First Star*
Harvardâ€™s regular and conference season debut was a good one for both the team and Killorn. The sophomore scored twice and added an assist in the second period to turn a 1-0 deficit into a 3-1 lead. His assist came on a goal by Canadienâ€™s first rounder Louis Leblanc.
No.10 Vermont Catamounts 1 @ Maine Black Bears 4
C/W Matt Marshall , UVM: 1-0-1, +1, 2 PIM (hitting from behind), 1 SOG
Season totals: 5 GP, 1-1-2, +1, 2 PIM
Marshall scored his second career goal and first of the season, but No.10 Vermont struggled overall against the Black Bears in Orono. Marshallâ€™s goal came on a slap shot from the right circle that beat the goalie through his five-hole.
Western Michigan Broncos 1 @ No.20 Michigan State Spartans 2
D Luke Witkowski , UWM: 0-1-1, E, 2 PIM (high sticking)
Season totals: 5 GP, 0-1-1, -2, 6 PIM
Witkowskiâ€™s first collegiate point came on the power play. He fired a slap shot that was saved, but the Broncos scored on the rebound to make the score 2-1 in the third period.