Ohio Junior Blue Jackets 6 @ Chicago Steel 3
W/C Luca Cunti, CHI: 1-0-1, E, 0 PIM, 5 shots on goal
Cuntiâ€™s goal was his 9th in 30 games with Chicago.
QMJHL FIRST ROUND -- EASTERN DIVISION
Game 2: (5) Lewiston MAINEiacs 0 @ (4) Cape Breton Screaming Eagles 3
Cape Breton leads Best of 7 series 2-0
D Michael Ward, LEW:
Game: 0-0-0, 4 PIM
Series: 1 GP, 0-0-0, 4 PIM (was suspended for Game 1)
Cape Breton has won 4 straight over Lewiston in the past week, including regular season games. Game 3 of the series is Tuesday in Lewiston.
WHL FIRST ROUND -- EASTERN CONFERENCE
Game 2: (6) Brandon Wheat Kings 3 @ (3) Lethbridge Hurricanes 4
Lethbridge leads Best of 7 series 2-0
C Mitch Fadden, LET:
Game: 0-2-2, -1, 0 PIM, *Second Star*
Series: 2 GP, 0-4-4, -1, 0 PIM
Brandon scored early in the third to make it a 4-3 game but couldnâ€™t come all the way back. Both of Faddenâ€™s assists came on the power play. Heâ€™s been 2nd Star in both games so far. Game 3 is Tuesday in Brandon.
WHL FIRST ROUND -- WESTERN CONFERENCE
Game 2: (6) Everett Silvertips 1 @ (3) Spokane Chiefs 4
Spokane leads Best of 7 series 2-0
D Dane Crowley, EVT:
Game: 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM
Series: 2 GP, 0-0-0, -2, 2 PIM
Spokane again got out to a 3-0 lead and never looked back. Game 3 is Tuesday in Everett and the Silvertips have a lot of work to do to get back in the series.
Game 2: (5) Kelowna Rockets 3 @ (4) Seattle Thunderbirds 1
Kelowna leads Best of 7 series 2-0
G Torrie Jung, KEL:
Game: Did not play
Series: 0 GP
G Riku Helenius, SEA:
Game: Loss, 23 saves on 26 shots
Series: 2 GP, 0-2, 3.09 GAA, .885 sv%
Kelowna will return home Monday for Game 3 with a commanding lead in the series and home ice advantage. Kristofer Westblom has played well as Kelownaâ€™s No.1 with a 1.50 GAA and a .943 save percentage in two games. Five of Kelownaâ€™s six goals in the series have come on the power play. The game winning goal Saturday was scored when a centering pass deflected off a Seattle skate and behind Helenius.
Indiana Ice 3 @ Chicago Steel 5
W/C Luca Cunti, CHI: 0-1-1, +2, 2 PIM (roughing), 2 shots on goal
Chicago is on the verge of clinching a playoff spot.
Lightning had all the hustle, but couldn't bury the Panthers.
Mike Smith allowed 3 goals on 25 shots for the loss. His puckhandling gaffe early in the game turned out to be the margin of difference.
Congratulations to Junior Lessard on his first goal as a member of the Lightning, and to Mathieu Darche who had an outstanding game. Shame on the homers in Sunrise for denying Darche a star of the game.
Matt Smaby was even in 8:38 with 3 hits and 1 blocked shot. He made a good block in the first period but got caught out on a couple of 1 minute plus shifts which might be part of why he sat in the second period (although there were a lot of special teams in the middle frame). In the third period he was pretty solid and even did some business from the point on one shift helping to keep a couple of pucks in the zone. I really like the pairing of Smaby and Mike Lundin that has been put together by the coaching staff because I feel like each player's strength helps cover up the other's weakness. It would have been interesting if Boyle hadn't dropped the skate on his wrist this year to see these two Minnesota boys develop together as a unit in Norfolk. If they can stick together and learn to read off of each other, they could be a really good second or third pairing for the Lightning down the road. I'm already seeing flashes of Lundin reading what Smaby is doing and making the right adjustments to cover for what Matt is doing.
The Panthers were flat lucky to survive this game. The Lightning outworked and out played them for the final 55 minutes of the game and didn't let up even when they fell behind by two goals. This is a team filled with character guys playing their rear ends off for jobs next season. If the Lightning can throw in another skill player or two up front, this can get interesting. Also, if they can get a post and a chain to keep Smith and Ramo closer to their net, that might not be a bad investment either.
Ads lose a tough one late.
Marc Denis allowed 3 goals on 31 shots in the loss.
LOW Vrana, (14) (Gionta, Khomutov), 4:46 (PP)
NOR Klinkhammer, (12) , 2:32 (PEN/SH)
NOR Segal, (9) (Tyrell, Lawrence), 3:43
LOW Bergfors, (11) , 8:22 (PP)
LOW Ryznar, (7) (Davis, Fraser), 12:40
LOW Marshall, (5) (Ryznar, Ruggeri), 19:38 (EN)
Rob Klinkhammer was named the game's second star. The young man may have earned himself an NHL contract.
Congratulations to Dana Tyrell on his second professional point in as many games.
Chris Lawrence has 4 assists in his last 5 games.
Box score from TheAHL.com.