Moncton finally loses in regulation ... Fadden's Americans the latest Winter Hawks' victim ... game stars for the usual suspects - Tokarski and Tyrell.
No.19 St. Lawrence Saints 0 @ Harvard Crimson 1 (ECAC)
C/W Alexander Killorn, HAR: 0-1-1, E, 2 PIM (boarding), 4 SOG
Season totals: 6 GP, 1-3-4, E, 14 PIM
The game winner was scored on a second period power play by Matt McCollem (St. Louis Blues) when he potted a rebound of a Killorn shot. The Saints were penalized after the first period when a player skated onto the ice after the horn to congratulate his red-hot goalie on his way to the dressing room. This is apparently a point of emphasis this year â€“ go right to the room. The St. Lawrence coach was â€œfuming,â€ though St. Lawrence killed off that penalty.
UMass-Lowell River Hawks 2 @ No.20 UMass Minutemen 0 (Hockey East)
D John Wessbecker , UMass: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 7 GP, 0-2-2, +10, 8 PIM
A day after dumping No.1 Boston University, UMass had a bit of a letdown.
Lighting prospect forward Chris Lawrence scored his first goal of the season tonight against the Florida Everblades in Estero. Defenseman Tim Branham scored a marker just seconds into the 3rd period to draw Augusta within a goal. But goaltender Mike Brodeur, playing in back-to-back games after a spectacular performance the night before, surrendered two short-handed goals in the 3rd as the Lynx dropped their third straight game. After only putting up 3 1st period shots following a lackluster offensive output the night before, Lawrence and Matt Auffrey led the team in putting up 26 2nd and 3rd period shots. Brodeur saw 48 Everblade shots after stopping 47 the night before. Former Lightning defensive prospect Doug O'Brien failed to score on 8 shots in the two games for Everblades.
Augusta falls to 5-5-1-1 and both teams make a trip back to James Brown Arena in Augusta next weekend for back-to-back rematch Friday and Saturday. The Dayton Bombers come into Augusta next Sunday for a matinee tilt against the Lynx.
Good to the last shot.
Mike McKenna had a strong quality start allowing just 1 goal on 20 shots for his first win of the season.
NOR Bochenski, (4) (Konopka, Heward), 0:24 (PP)
MCH Purcell, (4) (Voynov), 7:13
NOR Konopka, (5) (Ward), 19:55
Zenon Konopka and McKenna were the game's first and second star. Jonathan Quick, of the Connecticut Quicks, got third star honors for Manchester in defeat.
Norfolk outshot Manchester 27-20 in the game largely on the strength of a lopsided 13-2 shot total in the third period that ended with Konopka scoring the game winner with 5 seconds left on a lucky bounce out from behind the net. When you outwork a team like that when the chips are down, more often than not you get those bounces.
The win moves the Ads to 5-6-4 on the season with a chance to move to .500 tomorrow afternoon. They currently sit 3 points behind Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, which is fourth in the division. Now, unfortunately, Norfolk's opponent tomorrow afternoon is the Providence Bruins, who have historically taken great pleasure in torturing the young Bolts over the past few seasons. It's a tough spot being the third game in three nights, especially with the short turnaround, and it'll be key for Karri Ramo, who I would presume will get back in tomorrow, to really be sharp to get the team over.
Box score from TheAHL.com.
Another multi-pointer for Barberio ... five Firsts for Tokarski ... your Ugly Stat of the Day ... and who did Lightning co-owner Len Barrie watch his son with at the Vancouver-Kelowna game?