As big as a house, and I'm not referring to Alexander Kharitonov's, well, you know...
So much for Kevin Beechâ€™s hot streak. Beech made 35 saves in Saginaw tonight, but unfortunately also let in 9 goals. The Spirit had 44 shots on Erie in the 9-0 win. That's 19 goals against for Erie in the last two games.
Chris Lawrence and Mississauga returned to their winning ways, defeating Sarnia at home 8-6. Lawrence extended his point streak to 8 games with a goal. He also had a plus-1 rating. Mississauga allowed 4 third period goals to turn a blowout into a close game before adding an empty netter.
Owen Sound scored 5 goals tonight, but Marek Bartanus did not figure in any of them. Despite scoring 5, the Attack lost in Belleville 8-5. Bartanus was minus-1 with 2 PIM. His streaks now stand at 13 games (scoreless) and 25 games (even or minus rating).
In the WHL, Prince George won their fourth straight, 6-5 over Kamloops in overtime. Vladimir Mihalik had an assist, an even rating, and 2 PIM. Mihalik was on the ice for the overtime winner by Sharks first rounder Devin Setoguchi - acquired by the Cougars earlier this year.
Dane Crowley and Everett were at home against Chilliwack and beat the Bruins 5-2. Crowley was scoreless and even.
After earning first star for making 56 saves and 7 shootout stops in a 3-2 win in Windsor Thursday night, Kevin Beech was given the night off as his backup, Jonathan Laniel, got the nod for the Otters in Plymouth. Now, facing 58 shots, as Beech did Thursday, looks like a drop in the bucket compared to the 72 shots Laniel faced. That's right, 72. Laniel managed to stop 62 of them as the Otters were harpooned by the Whalers 10-1. The Otters managed 23 shots for the game - the same amount the Whalers put up in the third period.
Chris Lawrence stretched his point streak to 7 games with an assist, but Mississauga fell at home to Belleville 6-3. Lawrence's 6 game goal streak came to an end. He was plus-1 for the game.
Marek Bartanus extended his scoreless streak to a dozen games as Owen Sound lost in Kingston 6-3. He was minus-1, his 24th straight game without a plus-ranking.
In the WHL, Prince George won again, their third in a row, beating Prince Albert 5-3 at home. Vladimir Mihalik did not register a point in the game. He had an even rating and no PIM.
The Tri-City Americans did the unthinkable, shutting out Everett and Dane Crowley 2-0. Carey Price, the Canadiens first round draft pick from 2005, earned the shutout. Crowley was even for the game with no PIM. The game featured a 5 on 5 brawl in the closing seconds of the game.
The Everett Herald reports:
First, with six seconds remaining, two of the key parties from Wednesday's fracas between the two clubs (4-1 Everett win) - Everett's Kyle Beach, who received a double minor for checking from behind, and Tri-City's Colton Yellow Horn, who was on the receiving end of that hit - got into an altercation.
Then with three seconds remaining the Americans began a brawl, starting three separate fights simultaneously off the faceoff. To prevent further commotion the final three seconds of the game were run off without the teams on the ice.
Dane Crowley continued his point-per-game pace since being traded to Everett when he earned an assist in the Silvertips' 4-1 win over Tri-City Wednesday night. Crowley now has 8 points in 8 games with Everett. He was plus-2 Wednesday night, which raises his plus/minus ranking with the 'Tips to plus-14. Everett, who won their 40th game last night, remained the CHL's No.1 ranked team in the rankings released Wednesday. They have been in the top-10 for all 18 weeks of the season.
Vladimir Mihalik was scoreless and minus-1 as Prince George won again on the road, beating Seattle 3-2 in overtime.
In the OHL, the All-Star Game was held Wednesday night and East beat West 13-9. No Lightning prospects were involved in the game. Hunter Tremblay, an undrafted fifth-year player for Barrie, was named player of the game for scoring 3 goals and 2 assists.
Vladimir Mihalik had a career high 3-point game as Prince George defeated the Winter Hawks 6-2 in Portland Tuesday night. Mihalik had three assists on the night - all at even strength - and finished plus-3. He was also named the game's third star. After returning from World Juniors, Mihalik finished the month of January with 2 goals and 3 assists for 5 points in 6 games. He was also plus-5 for the month.