Winermania is sweeping Pennsylvania.
Gabe Winer stopped 28 of 30 shots faced for the win. Andre Deveaux led the way with a goal and two assists for the Chiefs. Adam Henrich scored his 16th ECHL goal of the season and had an assist. Brandon Elliot broke into double digits with his 10th goal of the campaign and Dennis Packard chipped in a helper. The Chiefs are now seven games over .500 for the year. Kudos to Coach Anzalone.
Game sheet from ECHL.com.
And the roller coaster goes up!
It's nice to be on the good side of a fanny whooping for once, isn't it? Jonathan Boutin rebounded to stop 41 of 42 shots faced for the win today. He was named third star of the game. Second star went to Zdenek Blatny with 2 goals, 1 assist, a +3 rating and 7 shots on goal. Young Marek Kvapil scored his 15th and 16th goals of his rookie campaign with 2 helpers, a +2 rating and 3 shots on goal to secure first star honors.
Amongst Lightning properties, Zbynek Hrdel had his 5th goal of his rookie season and Jason Jaspers had a goal and 2 assists. Doug O'Brien moved to 29 points on the season with a helper. Norm Milley stayed hot with a helper of his own as well as assists for Nick Tarnasky and Timo Helbling.
Game sheet from TheAHL.com.
Defenseman Matt Smaby has been named Third Team All WCHA in addition to making the All Tournament Team for North Dakota's championship winning team at this year's WCHA tournament.
The brackets for this year's NCAA Tournament are out and USCHO has the matchups and some analysis. Harvard will go through their yearly ritual of losing a close game to Mike Lundin and Maine in the first round in the Albany regional. In the Grand Forks, North Dakota regional Matt Smaby and the Fighting Sioux will get some home cooking against Michigan before a potential second round matchup against PJ Atherton and Minnesota who square off with Holy Cross in their opener. Finally, in Worcester, Joe Pearce's Boston College Eagles will take on Cornell fresh off a drubbing in the ECACHL final game.
The Lightning are starting to feed off the home cooking and are looking more and more like a team that will get the opportunity to defend their Cup in the postseason.
John Grahame stopped 30 of 32 shot faced as the Lightning's goaltending situation is beginning to go into a stretch of being settled down. Ryan Craig had a pair of assists on goals by Pavel Kubina and Vincent Lecavalier. I'd have to check the numbers, but it feels like Craig is scoring at a points per game clip that is actually greater than what he was doing in the minors. Paul Ranger was -1 in 17:50 of ice time with two hits and two blocked shots. Ryan Craig was +1 in 14:55 with 0 shots on goal, 3 hits and 1 blocked shot. Big Evgeny Artyukhin was -1 in 8:52 with 1 shot on goal and 3 hits.
Tonight was Ryan Craig's 34th NHL game, 7 away from graduation under Bolt Prospects criteria.
Game sheet from NHL.com.
There were no games on the schedule in the QMJHL tonight.
Blair Jones scored his 35th goal of the season as Moose Jaw defeated Brandon 3-2.
Justin Keller scored his 51st goal of the year to help Kelowna wax Kamloops 4-1.
IN PROGRESS: Vladimir Mihalik is out of the lineup as Red Deer and Calgary are tied 1-1 going into the shootout.