Oshawa Generals 2 @ Belleville Bulls 1 (SO)
G Michael Zador, OSH: Win, 23 saves on 24 shots
Season Totals: 15 GP, 7-7-1-0, 3.48 GAA, .893 sv%, 1 SO
RW Kyle DeCoste, BEL: Did not play.
Season Totals: 16 GP, 3-3-6, +1, 20 PIM
With Bulls: 3 GP, 1-2-3, +3, 0 PIM
With SSM: 13 GP, 2-1-3, -2, 20 PIM
Zador broke a personal seven game losing streak, though he was named a game star in his last appearance. Hopefully this sparks him on another win streak. The lone goal against him was kind of a fluke as he had the puck covered in a goal-mouth scramble, but no whistle was blown. He raised his blocker off the ice to see if the puck was under it, which it was, and a Bull poked it home. It looked like the ref should have blown the whistle (see Bulls highlights below). Zador stopped four of five shooters to secure the shootout win. No word yet why DeCoste missed the game.
Saginaw Spirit 2 @ Erie Otters 5
G Jaroslav Janus, ERIE: Win, 27 saves on 29 shots, 2 PIM (delay of game)
Season Totals: 2 GP, 2-0-0, 2.50 GAA, .909 sv%
With Norfolk (AHL): 2 GP, 0-2-0, 1.52 GAA, .939 sv%
Janus moved to 2-0 since his return to the OHL from AHL Norfolk. Erie scored four times in the third period to get the win.
Norfolk came out ready to kick butt tonight.
Riku Helenius allowed 2 goals on 31 shots for the win. Slick Rik is now 3-1-0 on the season with a 1.51 GAA and .937 sv%. That's stylish. I wish the Lightning brass gave him a little more love publicly.
NOR Bochenski, (9) (Simek, Jones), 2:06
NOR Wishart, (1) (Bochenski, Simek), 3:20 (PP)
NOR Lundin, (2) (Karsums, Hall), 19:14
NOR Jones, (3) (Bochenski, Jackson), 5:26
BNG Hamel, (3) (Keller, Karlsson), 7:38
NOR Bochenski, (10) (Jones, Mihalik), 8:05
BNG Daugavins, (3) (Hennessy, Condra), 8:47
Brandon Bochenski, Blair Jones, and Ty Wishart were the game's three stars. Bochenski's 4 point night moves him over a point a game for the season with 16 in 15 games. He's currently 9th in the league in scoring. Jones has had two three point games in his last three contests, helping fill the void left when Ryan Craig was called up.
Mike Lundin is on pace for a 48 point season. He's tied for 11th in the league in scoring for defensemen, as of this writing. I would consider he and Bochenski to be very strong candidates to be AHL All-Stars if they stay on schedule.
Box score from TheAHL.com.
Moncton Wildcats 4 @ Rimouski Oceanic 5 (SO)
D Mark Barberio, MCT:0-1-1, +1, 2 PIM, 2 SOG
Season Totals: 19 GP, 2-12-14, +5, 22 PIM
Moncton played their first game since October 29 thanks to a flu-cancelled game against Montreal and a long layoff. The Wildcats lost the shootout 2-1 after leading 1-0 at the completion of round 1.
Calgary Hitmen 2 @ Lethbridge Hurricanes 3
RW Carter Ashton, LET: 1-0-1, +1, 4 PIM (roughing, tripping)
Season Totals: 19 GP, 10-12-22, -5, 38 PIM
Ashton extended his point streak to seven games with his 10th goal of the season as the Hurricanes beat first place Calgary 3-2. Lethbridge was 0-7 on the power play compared to Calgaryâ€™s 2-5. The Hurricanes, who won their third game in a row, climbed out of the cellar with the win and now stand at 8-11-2-0 on the year, 14 points behind Calgary in the Central Division.
Drew Bannister is still playing hockey?
Dustin Tokarski allowed 4 goals on 32 shots for the loss. He also stopped a penalty shot in the contest.
BNG St. Pierre, (6) (Hamel, Keller), 1:19 (PP)
NOR Keller, (3) (Fritz, Lawrence), 14:43
NOR Szczechura, (6) (Keller), 1:14 (SH)
BNG Daugavins, (2) (Smith, Hennessy), 4:46
BNG Smith, (3) (Schira, Daugavins), 7:42 (PP)
NOR Szczechura, (7) (Mihalik, Tyrell), 13:25 (PP)
BNG Keller, (8) (Svendsen, Schira), 16:18
BNG Smith, (4) (Hamel), 19:47 (EN)
Paul Szczechura and Justin Keller were the game's second and third stars. It's very disappointing to get a game tied up with less than 7 minutes left and still not get any points out of the contest. Dana Tyrell now has helpers in 4 of his last 5 games.
Box score from TheAHL.com.
Minnesota Red 10 vs. Shattuck-St. Maryâ€™s 3 (Championship)
D Kirill Gotovets, S-SM: 0-0-0, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 14 GP, 2-3-5, 33 PIM
Shattuck advanced to the Bauer NIT Tournament (New Hope, Minnesota) championship game with an 8-1 win over the Dallas Stars and a 7-1 win over the MDHL U-18 White team. They fell hard to a good Minnesota Red squad in the finals, 10-3. Warroad HS senior and North Dakota commit Brock Nelson, a possible Mr. Hockey candidate in Minnesota, had a hat trick for Red. Gotovets, a Cornell commit, played in two of the three games and did not register a point.