Mississauga 2 @ Saginaw 8
Despite a win earlier this week, the IceDogs continue to struggle, this time getting crushed 8-2 in Saginaw. Chris Lawrence had an assist for Mississauga, who was only down 3-2 entering the third period. Lawrence was minus-1 with 4 PIM.
Oshawa 5 @ Erie 6 (Shootout)
The Otters snapped an 11-game losing streak and 7-game home losing streak with a 6-5 shootout win over super-prospect John Tavares and the Oshawa Generals Saturday night. Tavares had 1 first period goals against Lightning prospect Kevin Beech - Tavares' 60th and 61st goals of the year. Beech gave up 4 first period goals on 19 shots and did not see the ice for the remainder of the game. Justin Garay had 28 saves for the win for Erie.
Peterborough 3 @ Owen Sound 4
Marek Bartanus was scoreless with an even rating as the Owen Sound Attack registered a 4-3 home win over the Petes.
Kelowna 4 @ Prince George 7
The Cougars got revenge on last-place Kelowna with a 7-4 win Saturday night. Vladimir Mihalik scored his 7th goal of the year on the power play to pace Prince George. He was plus-1.
Spokane 0 @ Everett 3
Dane Crowley was scoreless and plus-1 in the Silvertips 3-0 shutout win over Spokane.
Mississauga 2 @ Plymouth 8
The IceDogs finished their trip to Michigan with an 8-2 loss to the Whalers. That's 16 goals against in two games against Saginaw and Plymouth for Mississauga. Chris Lawrence was scoreless, minus-1, and had 4 PIM.
Erie 5 @ Toronto 4 (Overtime)
The Otters won their second game in as many days, beating Toronto St. Mike's 5-4 in overtime. Kevin Beech watched from the bench as Justin Garay stayed in net for Erie after beating Oshawa the night before.
Brampton 3 @ Mississauga 5
The IceDogs snapped their 3-game losing streak, beating Brampton 5-3 at home. Chris Lawrence scored his 42nd goal of the year on the power play. He was also minus-1.
Owen Sound 3 @ Sarnia 7
Owen Sound outshot the Sting 43-27, including 19-6 in the third period, but the Attack could not win in Sarnia, falling 7-3. Marek Bartanus did not register a point and was minus-1 in the game.
Windsor 5 @ Erie 3
In a battle between the OHL's worst teams, the Spitfires beat Kevin Beech and the Otters 5-3 in Erie. Beech stopped 32 of 37 in the loss. Erie is now 12 points behind Windsor for second last.
Kelowna 4 @ Prince George 2
Although the Cougars are pretty much locked in 3rd in the B.C. Division, it's never good to lose to a team 21 points behind you in the standings in your own barn. Vladimir Mihalik tied for the team "lead" with a minus-3 rating for the night. He did not register a point.
Portland 5 @ Everett 2
Portland was 71, that's right, 71 points behind first place Everett in the standings entering Friday, yet the last-place Winterhawks soundly defeated the Silvertips 5-2 in Everett. Dane Crowley was scoreless and minus-2. Portland was beaten 9-1 by Spokane, who is one spot above them in the U.S. Division standings, earlier this week. The game between Portland and Everett featured a classic WHL brawl with 3 seconds left in the game with both goalies getting involved.
Owen Sound 1 @ Guelph 4
Marek Bartanus did not register a point, was even, and had a minor penalty for delay-of-game in the Attack's 4-1 loss in Guelph Wednesday night.
Everett 4 @ Kamloops 1
Dane Crowley was plus-1 with 4 minutes in penalties for Everett as they defeated the Blazers in Kamloops, 4-1. Although the WHL doesn't list it on their web site, Washington online newspapers say Crowley scored an empty net goal, his 8th goal of the season.
Sudbury 5 @ Mississauga 4 (Shootout)
The IceDogs dropped their second straight home game to a team behind them in the conference standings, this time losing out on one point in a 5-4 shootout loss to Sudbury. The Wolves are 14 points behind Mississauga in the Central Division. Chris Lawrence scored his career-high 40th goal of the year in the loss, and was also even with charging and hooking minors. Lawrence shot first for the IceDogs in the shootout, but did not score.
London 3 @ Owen Sound 6
Despite having first rounders Bobby Ryan and Bobby Sanguinetti, Owen Sound sits third-worst in the Western Conference at 64 points. However, the Attack has clinched a playoff spot because all but two teams make it in and Erie (29 points) and Windsor (39) are so bad. London, on the other hand, has a league-best 90 points. This proves why games are played on the ice and not on computer screens as the Attack soundly beat the Knights 6-3 Saturday night. Marek Bartanus was scoreless and minus-1 in the game.
Ottawa 7 @ Erie 3
The good news is Erie finally held a team under 30 shots against (27), but the bad news is they still gave up 7 goals. Kevin Beech was responsible for a lot of those as he stopped just 20 of 25 shots before being pulled after 2 periods. His backup, Jonathan Laniel, stopped 0 of 2 in the third period when the 67â€™s called off the dogs.
Prince George 6 @ Kamloops 3
Vladimir Mihalik had two power play assists to help the Cougars defeat the Blazers in Kamploops, 6-3. Mihalik was even with an interference minor in the fight-filled game.
Everett 1 @ Seattle 4
Dane Crowley was a team worst minus-4 in Everettâ€™s 4-1 loss to the Thunderbirds in Seattle.
Barrie 1 @ Owen Sound 5
Marek Bartanus did not register a point and had an even rating in the Attack's 5-1 home win over the Colts Wednesday night.
Prince George 3 @ Spokane 5
Spokane got two late goals to beat Vladimir Mihalik and Prince George 5-3 in Washington. Mihalik had no points and an even rating for the game.
Mississauga 5 @ Brampton 0
Chris Lawrence had an assist in the IceDogs win and also finished plus-2. A relatively quiet night for Lawrence considering his recent hot streak.
Erie 2 @ Owen Sound 7
Do you criticize Kevin Beech for letting in 7 goals, or praise him for making 72 saves? Judging from the fact he was named the game's third star as the visiting goalie, it's the latter. It also turns out Beech was the "lucky" goalie to be in net when Marek Bartanus finally scored. Bartanus had a goal and was plus-2. Bartanus had gone 24 games without scoring a goal. It was his fifth of the year.
Vancouver 1 @ Prince George 3
Vladimir Mihalik was scoreless and plus-2 with 4 PIM as Prince George beat Vancouver 3-1 Friday. Mihalik had tripping and holding calls against him.
Kelowna 5 @ Everett 6 (Shootout)
Dane Crowley was plus-1 and scoreless for the Silvertips in their 6-5 home shootout win over Kelowna.
Chris Lawrence scored the first two goals of the game as the Mississauga IceDogs clinched a playoff birth with a 4-1 win over fellow Lightning prospect Marek Bartanus and the Owen Sound Attack. Lawrence was also plus-1 and was named the game's third star. Lawrence is now on the cusp of 40 goals for the year, sitting at 39. He is alone in fourth in the league for goals scored, behind John Tavares of Oshawa (55), Patrick Kane of London (51) and Tyler Donati of Belleville (50). Bartanus did not register a point in the game and was minus-1 with a slashing minor. Bartanus has not scored a goal in 24 games.
Chris Lawrence had an off night, but Mississauga was able to get a road win in Sudbury, 3-2 over the Wolves. Lawrence went scoreless, breaking his 9 game point streak. He was also minus-1. Lawrence registered 11 goals and 8 assists during his 9 game point streak. He was plus-11 during that time span, also.
Marek Bartanus' modest 2 game point streak ended tonight at home when he did not register a point in the Attack's 3-2 loss to Kitchener. Bartanus had an even rating for the game.
The end of the season can't come soon enough for last-place Erie. They are consistently giving up 45 or more shots and lately have been doing well to allow fewer than 5 goals a game. Kevin Beech was given the night off tonight, getting a bench seat for Erie's 7-2 home loss to Sault Ste. Marie.
In the WHL, a night after beating the Winter Hawks 9-0, Prince George defeated Portland 6-2. Vladimir Mihalik scored his sixth goal of the year - a second period marker that turned out to be the game winner. He was also plus-2.
Everett suffered a rare home loss, falling to Seattle 6-2. Dane Crowley was scoreless and minus-2.
Two streaks are over; one remains.
After 14 games, Marek Bartanus finally registered a point. Granted, it was "just" an assist, but considering how much Bartanus has struggled to hit the scoresheet lately, it's to be cheered.
Well, maybe not loudly.
The assist came with under 30 seconds left in a game that was already out of reach for Windsor. Owen Sound led 7-4 before Bartanus got a second assist on the Attack's eighth marker.
While that was cutting it close, he did finish a plus-3, breaking his 26 game streak without finishing a game on the plus side of his plus/minus rating. The last time he finished a game with a plus was November 3 when he was plus-3 and had 4 assists in a game against Oshawa.
Bartanus' streak of games without a goal is now at 21, however. He last scored just before the American Thanksgiving, 11-22-06, also in a game against Oshawa.
Bartanus has 4 goals and 13 assists for 17 points in 42 games this year. He had 19 points (7 goals) in 49 games last season.
Marek Bartanus was scoreless as Owen Sound lost their fifth in a row, 2-1 in Ottawa. Bartanus was on the ice for both Ottawa goals, finishing minus-2.