The Pussy Cats FEAR #74.
Johan Holmqvist allowed 3 goals on 30 shots for the win.
Tampa Bay 9:15, Brad Richards 12 (Vaclav Prospal, Martin St. Louis)
Florida 14:59, David Booth 11 (Jassen Cullimore, Stephen Weiss)
Florida 18:31, Brett McLean 4 (Magnus Johansson, Jay Bouwmeester)
Tampa Bay 19:44, Brad Richards 13 (empty net) (Martin St. Louis)
#74 got out of the press box and popped in 2 goals. THAT is how you respond to being scratched. Very nice. I'm happy for 'nasty.
Mathieu Darche had an assist and was +2 in 11:08 with 1 shot and 2 hits. I think Torts is finally starting to zero in on where the sweet spots are in terms of ice time for the checking liners. It's a shame it took until January to get here.
A heroic comeback effort falls short.
Marc Denis allowed 3 goals on 25 shots for the loss. Gosh that sounds familiar too.
HFD Korpikoski, (8) (Sauer, Ouellette), 2:33 (SH)
HFD Callahan, (2) (Hutchinson, Pock), 15:47 (PP)
HFD Pyatt, (4) (Parenteau, Dupont), 1:28
NOR Milley, (12) (Schneider, Jancevski), 6:53 (PP)
NOR Schneider, (3) (Keller, Jancevski), 15:46 (PP)
Justin Keller has now pulled within one point of Blair Jones in the young prospects scoring race in Norfolk. Keller's an interesting case. Athletically, there's no way this guy should be an NHL player and yet he quietly continues to be one of Steve Stirling's better young forwards in the AHL. If and when the Lightning do have to pull the plug on the season, I suspect Keller will get a cup of coffee and I will be very interested to see if he continues to defy expectations. Some players are just heady enough to overcome physical limitations.
Also, although some of the things he's said in the media pointing the finger at the team's youth didn't sit well with me, the play of captain Dan Jancevski has really picked up of late. As a whole, this team is finally starting to give a solid, honest, competitive effort on most nights and I know that's the foundation Claude Loiselle and Steve Stirling want to lay in Norfolk this year. I think they knew going in that they were thin on talent and that the playoffs would've taken an extraordinary amount of luck with injuries, callups, promotions etc but if they can establish a culture in Norfolk where work ethic is the core of the team philosophically then in the next few years as more young forward talent comes to Norfolk they can build something on that foundation.
Box score from TheAHL.com.
NCAA Game Night: 1/11
Western Michigan 1 @ No.1 Michigan 6
D Kevin Quick, UM: 1-0-1, +2, 1 shot on goal
Quickâ€™s goal, the first of his young collegiate career, came 36 seconds into the second period. The freshman took a pass at the right face-off circle and wristed the puck past WMU goaltender Riley Gill.
â€œChad (Kolarik) passed me the puck and it was a great pass,â€ Quick said in a USCHO game recap. â€œI kind of froze. I wanted to pass, but I saw an opening so I shot it.â€
There are conflicting reports as to how he scored. One Michigan site says it went over Gillâ€™s glove, a WMU site says it went 5-hole, and the USCHO recap says it was under Gillâ€™s stick. Any which way, it hit the back of the net â€“ so congrats to Quick for his first collegiate goal.
No.1 Michigan improved to 19-2-0 on the year. Quick has a goal and an assist on the year (16 games).
No.8 New Hampshire 2 @ No.5 Massachusetts 3
D John Wessbecker, UMASS: Did not play (undisclosed injury)
Lightning prospect results from the BCHL, USHL, and CHL. Two players earned first star honors and another was named the unquestioned centerpiece of a team that gave up 11 to Torrie Jung's Kelowna Rockets Friday night.