Shorthanded Admirals lose a heartbreaker.
Riku Helenius allowed 4 goals on 33 shots for the loss.
NOR Jones, (12) (Mihalik, Quick), 1:36
PHI Kane, (12) (Nodl, Ross), 4:10
PHI Laliberte, (18) (Maroon, Matsumoto), 8:14 (PP)
NOR Jones, (13) (Wishart, Smolenak), 4:58
PHI Sirianni, (4) , 6:07
NOR Smolenak, (18) (Ward, Bochenski), 0:29
PHI Matsumoto, (22) (Maroon, Kukkonen), 15:10 (PP)
Blair Jones was the game's second star.
Norfolk again was forced to sign rentals from the local ECHL club in order to fill out their roster. Tonight, it was a trio of players from the Reading Royals who got to be Admirals for a game.
Box score from TheAHL.com.
Spokane Chiefs 4 @ Seattle Thunderbirds 2
G Dustin Tokarski, SPO: Win, 34 saves on 36 shots
Season totals: 48 GP, 31-15-0-2, 1.94 GAA, .937 sv%, 7 shutouts
Tokarski got revenge on Calvin Pickard and Seattle for a recent loss and set career high for wins in the process. Seattle had beaten Spokane 3-0 on February 20. Drayson Bowman (Carolina) had two goals for the Chiefs. Spokane would need a miracle to catch Tri-City for first in the US Division and second in the conference (10 points back), and are more concerned about holding onto the three seed as theyâ€™re just three points ahead of Kelowna. Theyâ€™ll play Seattle (5th â€“ 67 points) or Kamloops (6th â€“ 66 points) in the first round.
Trade deadline tomorrow.
Karri Ramo allowed 3 goals on 33 shots for the lost. He made some solid saves, but struggled with his rebound control. Still, I think if he gives the Lightning more games like this (.900+ save percentage and no softies) they'll be pretty satisfied.
07:38 PIT Kunitz (18), (Kennedy)
12:23 TB Prospal (17), (Lecavalier, Malone)
16:44 PIT Kunitz (19), (Sykora, Malkin)(PP)
12:26 PIT Cooke (9), (Dupuis, Talbot)
Matt Smaby was +1 with 1 shot, 2 hits, and 2 blocked shots in 22:33.
David Koci was -1 with 1 blocked shot in 6:43. Pittsburgh's third goal was on him.
Brandon Segal had 1 hit and 1 blocked shot in 14:45. First impressions: he didn't look completely out of place as far his skating goes. If he gets more decisive when he goes to the wall, I think he could do some business up top.
Paul Szczechura had 2 shots, 2 hits, and 1 blocked shot in 13:53.
Didn't see that coming. Pleasant surprise.
Riku Helenius allowed 1 goal on 28 shots for the win.
BRI Smith, (25) (Walter, Kohn), 1:19
NOR Rosehill, (5) (Simek, Zingoni), 7:41
NOR Simek, (5) , 10:13
NOR Bochenski, (24) (Keller, Konopka), 19:32 (EN)
Juraj Simek and Helenius were the game's first and second stars.
Norfolk managed to outshoot Bridgeport 43-28 in the game despite callups that left the team so depleted it had to sign forward Paul McIlveen and defenseman Wes Cunningham from Elmira of the ECHL just to flesh out their roster for the night.
Box score from TheAHL.com.
Portland Winter Hawks 3 @ Tri-City Americans 5
C Mitch Fadden, TC: 1-0-1, -1, 0 PIM
Season totals: 57 GP, 36-37-73, +26, 49 PIM
With TC: 48 GP, 34-34-68, +24, 41 PIM
Faddenâ€™s goal streak is now at nine games. He tied his career high for goals in a year â€“ 36 â€“ set two seasons ago with Lethbridge in 71 games. TC was playing without goaltender Chet Pickard, who was injured in the American's game against Spokane Saturday night when he was run over by Spokane's Ryan Letts - igniting a brawl - one of two on the night (Spokane's third and fourth of the year).
Vancouver Giants 6 @ Chilliwack Bruins 3
C James Wright, VAN: 0-1-1, +1, 5 PIM (Fighting vs. Brandon Manning)
Season totals: 64 GP, 19-25-44, +21, 46 PIM
Wright now has points in five of his last six games. Evander Kane had a goal and a fight.
Note: There were two QMJHL prospects in action, Michael Ward (CB 4 A-B 3) and Mark Barberio (SHW 7 MCT 0), but the Q site has made some upgrades and the game summaries and stats aren't working at the moment.