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NCAA Game Night: 11/11

Dusty Collins was even with no shots in Northern Michigan's 3-2 win over Alaska.

In 12 GP, Collins has 1 goal and 1 assist with a -2 rating and 8 PIM. The Wildcats are 6-4-2 overall and 3-2-1 in the CCHA, sitting in a 4-way tie for 4th place in the division with Notre Dame, Michigan State and Western Michigan.

CHL Game Night: 11/11

Kevin Beech allowed 5 goals on 14 shots before being lifted in Sudbury's 7-5 loss to Erie.

Marek Bartanus was scoreless in Owen Sound's 5-4 shootout loss to Saginaw. Bartanus has been scoreless in 4 games since his 4 assist outburst against Oshawa on November 3rd.

Vladimir Mihalik was scoreless with 2 PIMs in Prince George's 3-2 loss to Kelowna.

Dane Crowley was -1 with 2 PIMs in Swift Current's 3-1 loss to Saskatoon.

In general, it has been a bad week for Lightning prospects.

NHL Game Night 11/11: Thrashers at Lightning

The Lightning just made a huge statement in the early season jockeying for divisional supremacy.

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John Tortorella continues to ride with the hot hand as Johan Holmqvist stopped 27 of 30 shots for the win. The Lightning scored 4 unanswered goals to start the game and never looked back. Dan Boyle led the way with 1 goal and 1 assist and was named first star of the game. Nikita Alexeev and Brad Richards also had 1 goal and 1 assist while Martin St. Louis chipped in a pair of helpers. Richards and St. Louis were named second and third stars respectively. Ryan Craig and Vincent Lecavalier also had goals for the Lightning with individual helpers going to Paul Ranger, Filip Kuba and Vaclav Prospal. The Lightning outshot the Thrashers 36-30 in the game.

I hope the national hockey media takes notice of what occured in this game. In their race to heap piles of praise upon the Thrashers and annoint them as Eastern Conference royalty, they seem to have forgotten that the Lightning, along with the Carolina Hurricanes, are the only battle tested teams in this division with hardware to prove it. With the victory, the Lightning are now 8 points behind Atlanta for the division lead, but it should be noted the team has 3 games in hand on their rivals from Georgia. I expect the race for the Southeast to get much tighter in the next month and then we'll see if Atlanta truly has the endurance for this kind of marathon. To this point of their franchise's existence, they have not.

First Period
Tampa Bay 17:55, Ryan Craig 6 (power play) (Dan Boyle, Paul Ranger)

Second Period
Tampa Bay 4:58, Dan Boyle 1 (power play) (Filip Kuba, Vaclav Prospal)
Tampa Bay 12:26, Brad Richards 5 (unassisted)
Tampa Bay 15:29, Vincent Lecavalier 10 (Nikita Alexeev, Martin St. Louis)
Atlanta 19:28, Marian Hossa 14 (power play) (Glen Metropolit, Slava Kozlov)

Third Period
Atlanta 8:56, Marian Hossa 15 (Slava Kozlov, Shane Hnidy)
Tampa Bay 13:23, Nikita Alexeev 6 (power play) (Brad Richards, Martin St. Louis)
Atlanta 17:16, Steve Rucchin 3 (Slava Kozlov, Niclas Havelid)

Doug Janik was -1 in 9:38 with 2 shots and 2 hits. Eric Perrin was -2 in 12:55 and 0/1 on draws. Nick Tarnasky was again a scratch for the Lightning.

Game sheet from NHL.com.

AHL Game Night 11/11: Monarchs at Falcons

Yuck.

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Sean Burke allowed 4 goals on 9 shots before being lifted after the first period for Jonathan Boutin who stopped all 15 shots he faced in relief as once again the Falcons fell into a huge hole to start one of their games. Zdenek Blatny had 1 goal and 1 assist and was named third star of the game. Norm Milley also had 1 goal and 1 assist with individual helpers going to Andy Delmore and Eric Healey. The Falcons have now fallen 3 games under .500.

First Period
MCH Moulson, (3) (Gauthier), 3:31
MCH Moulson, (4) (Kemp, Harrold), 9:54
MCH O'Sullivan, (2) (Kemp, Harrold), 14:42 (PP)
MCH Schmidt, (1) (Tukonen, Gauthier), 15:13 (PP)

Second Period
SPR Blatny, (5) (Delmore, Milley), 13:53 (PP)

Third Period
SPR Milley, (6) (Blatny, Healey), 1:27

Game sheet from TheAHL.com.

ECHL Game Night 11/11: Storm at Chiefs

It's probably no coincidence this team struggles to get points without Lascek in the lineup.

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Morgan Cey stopped 20 of 23 shots faced in the overtime loss. Stanislav Lascek and Adam Henrich had the Chiefs' goals with assists going to PJ Atherton, Zbynek Hrdel, David Spina and Randy Rowe.

First Period
JHN Lascek, (3) (Atherton, Hrdel), 16:21

Second Period
TOL Sitko, (1) (Martin, Songin), 11:19

Third Period
JHN Henrich, (2) (Spina, Rowe), 12:48 (PP)
TOL Parillo, (2) (Colwill), 15:01

Overtime
TOL Smith, (2) (Burke, Zultek), 2:20 (PP)

Game sheet from ECHL.com.

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