Kevin Beech played just one period against the Kitchener Rangers tonight, stopping only 13 of 17 shots. He was pulled after the first period. The Rangers went on to beat Erie 8-1 in Erie.
The Rangers remain one point behind London in the Midwest Division thanks to London's 8-2 win over Marek Bartanus and Owen Sound in Owen Sound. Bartanus' pointless streak hit 11 games as he was scoreless. He was also minus-2, which extends his streak without finishing a game with a plus rating to 23.
In the WHL, Prince George fell to Tri-City for the second straight night, this time 4-2. Both games were played in Prince George. Vladimir Mihalik did not register a point, but was plus-1 and had 2 PIM.
Dane Crowley and Everett made the short trip to Seattle and defeated the Thunderbirds 3-1. Crowley's four game point streak came to an end. He was plus-1 for the game.
Make it 10 games without a point for Marek Bartanus. Owen Sound and Kitchener combined for 91 shots on goal, yet the result was only a 4-2 game in favor of Kitchener. The game was played at The Aud in Kitchener. Bartanus was minus-1, his 22nd straight game without finishing with a plus rating. He is minus-11 during that time.
On the opposite end of the spectrum, Chris Lawrence extended his goal scoring streak to five games with a goal and assist as Mississauga beat Sarnia 7-5 in Mississauga. Lawrence was also plus-2, had 2 PIM, and was named the game's second star.
Kevin Beech had another good effort for the usually over matched Erie Otters, this time stopping 27 of 29 shots in a 3-1 loss to Brampton in Erie. The Battalion added a late empty net goal.
In the WHL, Prince George lost at home to Tri-City 2-1. Vladimir Mihalik scored his fifth goal of the year for Prince George. He was also plus-1 and named the game's second star.
Everett crushed the Winter Hawks in Portland, 9-0. Dane Crowley saw his three game goal scoring streak end, but extended his point streak to four games with two assists. He was also an outstanding plus-5.
Break up the Otters.
Kevin Beech stopped 39 shots in regulation and overtime, then both of Guelph's shootout attempts to give the Erie Otters a 4-3 shootout win over the Storm. This is second straight victory (and third in the last four games) for the Otters, who improve to 12-32-1-2 on the season. Despite only being acquired 3 weeks ago, Beech now has one-quarter of the Otters wins on the year (3-1-1). This is the second straight shootout win for Erie over Guelph, who is 23-15-2-7 for the year.
Beech earned first star honors for the game, but it could be said he truly earned it in the third period, when the Otters were outshot 15-8, and overtime, when he turned aside 5 more shots. In all, the Otters were outshot 42-29 for the game.
In the WHL, Dane Crowley returned to the Everett lineup after missing two games with the flu and extended his goal-scoring streak to three games as Everett topped Portland 5-3 in Everett. Crowley scored the eventual game winner at the 14:32 mark of the third period. He was also plus-1 for the game. Crowley is 3-1-4 and plus-5 in 4 games with the WHL's top team, Everett. He was 4-15-19 and minus-2 in 33 games with Swift Current.
Marek Bartanus's cold streak continued Sunday, as the winger failed to hit the scoresheet for Owen Sound in the Attack's 3-2 home win over Saginaw. Bartanus has not registered a point in nine straight games. Since his four assist game on November 3 (23 games ago), Bartanus has only one goal (11/22/06) and one assist (12/06/06). This, after he started the year with points in five straight games and in eight of his first ten.
The Erie Otters won for the second time in three games (a huge accomplishment for the Otters), beating the Storm in Guelph, 6-5 in a shootout. Kevin Beech was back in net for the Otters, stopping 47 of 52 shots in regulation and 1 of 2 shootout attempts. In six games with Erie, Beech has a 2-1-1 record with a GAA of 4.32 and a save percentage of .886.
The Everett Silvertips got the better of their rivals, the Vancouver Giants, for the fourth time this year, winning 6-5 in a shootout. Dane Crowley missed his second consecutive game for the Tips with the flu. Everett (36-7-0-2) is now 4-0 this season against Vancouver (30-10-3-5), the team that swept the Tips out of the playoffs last season. Though Everett is 4-0, two games were won in shootouts and one in overtime.
I smell the heavy scent of BP Prospect of the Week consideration.
Chris Lawrence had 2 more goals and an assist Saturday night as Mississauga crushed Kevin Beech and Erie 9-3. Lawrence was also plus-2 and was named the game's second star. For all those keeping track, Lawrence has 7 goals and 2 assists this week, with a plus-6 rating. After a rough road trip last week, Mississauga has scored 21 goals in 3 games this week, giving up 6. As for Beech, after two straight solid outings, he was pulled midway through the first period when he gave up 3 goals on 6 shots.
Marek Bartanus and Owen Sound defeated Guelph 2-1 in Owen Sound. Bartanus was even and didn't register a point.
In the WHL, Everett fell 3-2 in a shootout to the Tri-City Americans. Dane Crowley missed the game with the flu.
Prince George shutout Chilliwack for the second consecutive night. Vladimir Mihalik was scoreless and even, but did have a fighting major. Mihalik took on Donnie Glennie, who's listed at 5'10". Mihalik, of course, is 6'8". (I haven't been able to find fight details as of yet.)