2018-2019 PLAYER & GOALIE OF THE WEEK #6
|EASTERN GOALIE||TEAM||GP||GOALS AGAINST||G.A. AVERAGE||SAVES||SAVE %|
|WESTERN GOALIE||TEAM||GP||GOALS AGAINST||G.A. AVERAGE||SAVES||SAVE %|
|Weekly Preview:||Only 1 home game – and with 3 tough road contests, this feels like a must-win if this Bison team is truly a playoff contender.|
|Lafayette Homesteaders @ Clearfield Bison||Shades of last season – the Bison get 2 goals from depth players and their defense clamps down in a 2-0 win. Hellebuyck finally starting to look like himself after a rocky start.|
|Weekly Summary:||Bison hold serve at home for a change. We await the road results.|
|Weekly Preview:||Gilbert has 2 home games against Central Division Foes, Yellowknife and Toledo|
|Yellowknife Braves @ Gilbert Sharks||Paul Statsny scores 2 Goals to lead Yellowknife to a 4-3 victory|
|Toledo Walleye @ Gilbert Sharks||Evan Rodriguez scores 2 Goals and Troy Brouwer has 4 assists as Toledo overpowers Gilbert 7-4.|
|Weekly Summary:||The season is starting to slip away for Gilbert after 2 more home losses.|
|Weekly Preview:||LA and Guentzel skate into town…|
|LA Great Danes @ Brentwood Bandits||Exciting game as LA takes a 2 goal lead (4-2) into the 3rd.
Kerfoot (4) and Baertschi (2nd of the game and season – first start) tie it at 4.
Head to OT. Nothing.
Schenn… stoned by Vasilevskiy
Final Brentwood 5, LA 4 (SO).
|Guentzel Gunners@ Brentwood Bandits||Guentzel (don’t call us Wausau – like on the schedule) comes to town. Jake the Snake visiting his former mates.
Strange game. The Gunners out-gun the Bandits 40-25, but shot 38 blanks while Brentwood buried 7.
Final Brentwood 7, Guentzel 2
A pair of 5 point games by Kessel and Tavares.
|Weekly Summary:||Two home wins. This team doesn’t know they aren’t supposed to compete this season apparently.
Kessel with 7 points (2G, 5A) and Tavares with 8 points (2G, 6A)… almost as if they are auditioning for a potential trade or something.
Baertschi scores 3 goals in his first 2 games of the season, as well as his homecoming back to the team who drafted him.
|LA Great Danes|
|Weekly Preview:||The Great Danes host Bucks County and California with newcomers Thornton/Byron/Nurse joining the team from last week’s trade with Cincinnati.|
|Bucks County Raccoons @ LA Great Danes||The Danes open the scoring with a Brayden Schenn PPG, but the Racoons score 2 late goals to take a 2-1 lead after one and extend the lead to 3-1 before Schenn nets his second to make it 3-2. Timo Meier beats Andersen on a long slapshot to make it 4-2 BCR, and with 4 GA on 13 shots, LA pulls Andersen and gives Malcom Subban his first action of the season in relief. Early in the third, Jaden Schwartz scores his 10th goal of the season to put the Racoons up 5-2. LA scores midway through the third to make it 5-3, but that’s it. The Danes outshoot and out-chance Bucks County on the scoresheet, but it was not a good effort by the home team in their first game with their new roster.|
|California Regulators @ LA Great Danes||A big division game versus California, and it’s Brayden Schenn again opening up the scoring just 2:41 in. But a defensive lapse gives Mika Zibanejad a breakaway and he ties it up, and Jonathan Huberdeau scores with 17 seconds left in the first period and Cal leads 2-1 after one period. Andersen struggles in goal as Cal scored on their only 2 chances of the period. The Danes have a great 2nd period with 19 SOG and goals by McDonagh and Pietrangelo to take a 3-2 lead heading into the 3rd. But a Thornton/Schenn 2 on 1 is stopped by Markstrom, and Cal goes the other way and Zibanejad ties it with his 2nd goal of the game midway through the 3rd. A minute later, Daniel Sedin scores his 9th of the season to give Cal a 4-3 lead. The Danes put the pressure on late and come inches away from getting the tying goal as Scheifele hits the crossbar in the final seconds. LA had a 45-27 shot advantage for the game but blow a 3rd period lead and lose a tough one to a division rival.|
|Weekly Summary:||Post-trade, the Danes lose 2 at home despite an 86-53 shot advantage. But the Danes earned 3 of 4 points on the road this week, so it wasn’t a total loss. Not sure what to make of the new roster – Thornton has provided an offensive boost with 4 assists for the week, and Brayden Schenn gelled with Thornton with 4G-2A to earn some consideration for player of the week. But way too many goals against, so expect some line-juggling to find the right combinations.|
|Weekly Preview:||Two home games this week against tough Atlantic Division foes – 1st place New Jersey and 3rd place Cincy.|
|New Jersey Grizzlies @ Jagr Mullets||The Grizzlies come in with some bite, with Arvidsson (9) scoring at 14:35 of the first to draw first blood. But the Mullets bear down and score two late goals by Laine (12) at 19:39, and then Ovie (13) amazingly scores at 19:59!! Wow.
In the 2nd, Jagr pads their lead by Patrick Marleau’s first goal as a Mullet (6), and Taylor Hall (8). Jersey answers the bell with a goal at 11:22 of the 2nd from Draisaitl (4), but then the Grizzlies step into a trap as Matthews (14) puts one behind Kinkaid at 14:06 to give the Mullets a 5-2 lead heading into the 3rd.
Radulov (4) scores the only PP goal of the game for either team at 5:50, and then at 13:49 Elias Lindholm (3) gets the 7th Jagr goal of the game. John Gibson turns aside 22 of 24 shots for the easy 7-2 victory.
Star 1: JAG Hall 1 G, 3 Pts
GWG: Patrick Marleau
Notables: NJG Kinkaid 36 saves
|Cincinnati Inferno @ Jagr Mullets||In the off-season, Jagr and Cincy closed on a mega-deal, sending big names (William Karlsson, Auston Matthews) to new squads. How will they fare in their first head-to-head matchup?
Cincy strikes first, with ex-Mullet Justin Faulk (3) beating Gibson at 2:26 to open an early lead. That holds until 14:01, when Taylor Hall (9) beats Crawford to tie it up. A little over a minute later, Boeser (8) scores on the PP, which is no small feat with the Mullets’ elite PK. Morgan Rielly (1) gets his first of the year at 18:42 to knot it up at 2 heading into the 2nd.
Things are calm until 11:10, when Riley Nash (2) pots his first as a Mullet, and then Patrik Laine (13) scores a little over two minutes later to put the home team up 4-2. But then ex-Mullet David Perron (2) scores late in the 2nd to shave the margin to one.
Just 45 seconds into the 3rd, Sidney Crosby (5) beats Gibson unassisted to tie it up — we’ve got a hockey game, folks!
The teams trade chances until Patrik Laine (14) finally draws blood at 8:30 to put the Mullets up 5-4. Can they hold on until the end?
Cincy fires a lot of pucks, but can’t beat Gibson and they ultimately fall 5-4. The run and gun mullets are rarely outshot, and only hold a slight edge in this one (38-34). Most of the team stats are neatly split between the two teams – it’s clear that these two squads are a matchup nightmare for each other.
|Weekly Summary:||Two tough home games, but 12 total Jagr goals brings two wins and four points.|
|Weekly Preview:||Bathgate hoping to continue their good place and stay close to Jagr (very tough assignment) hosts Long Beach and Lafayette. On paper it looks hopeful – weakest team to date in MWHL and division foe in the Homesteaders who are solid, but not yet stellar. But that’s on paper….|
|Long Beach Ice Dogs @ Bathgate Rangers||Bathgate gets going early at the 2 minute mark when Tierney wins the face-off deep, to Subban, to Killorn – slap shot – GOAL! But wait, it’s under review and it gets feed to NYC (where the commissioner is housing this weekend). And apparently, Stray says the puck never crossed the line – NO GOAL! So the Ice Dogs decide to score 1st when Marner gets the puck and moves into the zone. He looks to make a play, skates in deep, comes around behind and shoots the wraparound – GOAL! Single handedly Marner (4) gets Long Beach up 1-0 8 minutes into the game.
We go to the 2nd and with 1:45 to go, Rangers on the PP – Matheson delay of game, Zajac puts a hard hit on Gallagher and the Rangers gain control and enter the zone on a 2 on 1 rush. Shaw, Zajac work it back and forth and Shaw shots and beats Valamov high to tie the game. Hornqvist then takes a penalty – lots of them in this game – with 1:02 to go, but Rangers kill it in 2nd, but still the Ice Dogs have 52 seconds of PP to start the 3rd.
And they take advantage with Stamkos gaining control and he uses the wraparound move and scores to make it 2-1 Ice Dogs. Mrazek apparently can’t handle wraparounds!. But the Rangers aren’t out of it – they keep the pressure going and Staal wins a faceoff late in the game in the Long Beach end. To Subban, to Ferland, to Staal, back to Subban – he slaps one and it was a rocket and blew right past Verlamov to tie the game. Play winds down and we’re headed to overtime – or it seemed that way until Klingberg mishandles the puck with 45 second to go. Line changes, Long Beach gets it in deep, Iafallo digs for and wins control of the puck, clock is ticking down, Teravainen gets the puck – and shoots (why?) – and of course it goes right past Mzarek to put Long Beach up 3-2. And that’s the way it ends.
|Lafayette Homesteaders @Bathgate Rangers||After dropping a 2 (or at least 1) point opportunity against Long Beach, the Rangers look to rebound. Lafayette is among the stingiest teams in the league, so goals will be tough to get.
Oh no – things don’t go the Rangers way. 1st period, Forsberg makes it 1-0. Midway through the 2nd, Karlsson ties it up but then Dadonov scores and the Homesteaders regain the lead. We go to the 3rd and 2 minutes in Puljujarvi scores and it 3-1 Lafayette. Then Ristolainen is called for hooking at 5:08 and Provorov nets a PP goal, 3-2. Then 11 minutes in, Puljujarvi does the sin thing and is called for holding. Rangers again get on the board when Ferland intercepts one and gets the unassisted PP goal to tie the game! 2 minutes later the Rangers get an even strength goal when rookie Hischier scores to put Bathgate ahead – great tip in goal. Lafayette tries to even things up with an extra attacker for the final minute, but the Rangers stymie their attempts and hang on for the come from behind 4-3 win.
1. BGR – Hischier 1 goal, 1 assist
2. LAF – Forsberg 1 goal, 1 assist
3. BGR – Karlsson 1 goal
|Weekly Summary:||Like to have seen it better, but dropped 1 to Long Beach, won one from Lafayette for 2 points out of 4.|
|Weekly Preview:||Cincinnati hosts one game this week against Clearfield. An opportunity to close in on the top of the Atlantic Division awaits in this game.|
|Clearfield Bison||The Inferno use Corey Crawford in goal in hopes of sparking a win. Cincinnati jumps out to a 3-0 lead in the first period with even strength goals from Vladislav Namestikov (fifth), Mark Stone (four) and Zdeno Chara (fourth) in the first 10:24.
Clearfield would respond with a pair of second period tallied from James Neal (seventh) and Nolan Patrick (fifth) to narrow the gap to 3-2.
The scores would be levelled at three apiece when Patrick Kane collected his sixth at 10:50 on the power play. Tomas Hertl would score the game’s final Goal (his eight) at 15:29. Cincinnati would have a power play to end the game for the last 1:10, but even with the netminder pulled, could not solve Connor Hellebuyck.
Clearfield would go one-for-four on the power play, while Cincinnati was zero-for-two. Hellebuyck was the winner with 30 saves, while Crawford absorbed the loss with 31 saves.
|Weekly Summary:||Cincinnati drops its only home game of the week. The Inferno look to get the ship righted quickly or they may be left in the dust of the Atlantic Division playoff race.|
|Weekly Preview:||California and Long Beach leave the West Coast and head to Alamo.|
|California Regulators @ Alamo Defenders||No scoring in the first period.
In the 2nd, the Regulators get on the board first on a Nelson goal. Later in the second, Alamo ties the game on a Tanner Pearson goal.
Its 1-1 going into the 3rd, and the Defenders break the tie on a Marchand even strength goal. Then, the Defenders score an insurance goal as Vlasic scores his first goal of the year on an empty netter.
Alamo 3 California 1
SOG: California 32 Alamo 26
1st – Pearson 1 goal, 1 assist
|Long Beach Ice Dogs @ Alamo Defenders||Long Beach invades Alamo. In the 1st period, Boone Jenner scores on a power play for the Defenders. Less than a minute later, the Ice Dogs tie the game on a Teravainen goal.
In the 2nd period, Bjugstad scores an even handed goal. Alamo can’t muster any more goals and Long Beach wins. Talbot plays a great game.
Long Beach 2 Alamo 1
1st -Teravainen 1 goal, 1 assist
|Weekly Summary:||Alamo splits as they defeat California, 3-1, and lose to Long Beach, 2-1.|
|Columbus Brew Jackets|
|Weekly Preview:||Brew Jackets are home this week for 3 games – a chance to maybe pick up some mojo and make inroads toward Jagr and Bathgate. This team can score, but can’t stop much.|
|Charlotte Buzzards @ Columbus Brew Jackets||Charlotte is decent, hovering just above .500, but tough. But the Jackets come out quick scoring within the first minute when Benn checks Erik Johnson off the puck. Puck goes deep, Kucherov gets it, passes to Burns, shoots, redirected by Benn, GOAL. But Charlotte digs in and ties up the game with 7 to go in the 1st when Eirk Johnson puts one in the net. Tyler Johnson gets nabbed for hooking with 3 to go in the 1st and then Calvert gets the short-handed goal for the Brew Jackets before the period end to close out the 1st 2-1 Columbus.
The 2nd period features lots of penalties and 3 PP goals, 2 from Columbus (Kempe and Benn) and Lee gets one for Charlotte.4-2 after 2.
3rd Period – Couture scores a half minute into the period to make it 5-2 Columbus and out of reach – well…… 6 minutes in , Tarasenko scores. The with 5 to go, Lee scores and it’s 5-4 Columbus. Brew Jackets then play some D (5 minutes is not a lot to ask) and the games ends 5-4 Brew Jackets.
1. CBJ Benn – 2 goals
2. CHA Lee – 1 goals
3. CBJ – Couture 1 goal, 2 pts.
|Chicago Cosa Nostra @ Columbus Brew Jackets||The commissioner comes to town – and Brew Jackets look (and played) intimidated. Jackets draw 1st blood 2 minutes into the game when Kucherov tallies – set up by Benn and Miller. But then the Mob catches fire for 3 goal. Galchenuk at 4 minutes, then Toews (PP) and Galchenuk (again) score 2 more Coas Nostra goals in the first, 3-1 Chicago. 2nd period, Columbus chips away with a PP goal from Kempe early, 3-2 after 2. Burns then scores for Columbus 7 minutes into the 3rd and it’s tied. And it stays that way through the rest of the period and through OT. So it’s shootout time. Kucherov is the only one able to score and Columbus win in a shut-out, 4-3.
1. CHI – Galchenyuk 2 goals
2. CBJ – Kucherov 1 goal, 1 assist (and the SO winning goal)
3. CBJ – Burns 1 goal, 1 assist
|Brentwood Bandits @ Columbus Brew Jackets||Brentwood has been hovering at or near the bottom of the division so Columbus had high hopes. But the Bandits steal their hopes in a tight 3-2 game. Columbus scores 1st at 4.40 of the first – Calvert. Then the Bandits get 2 – 14 minutes in Tavares scores, then a minute and a half later Dumoulin scores. Benn scores with a minute left in the 1st to tie it 2-2. Then no on scores for most of the rest of the game.
BUT – Braun is able to score with 4 to go to give Brentwood the 3-2 lead and despite relentless pressure from Columbus – they hold on to the 3-2 win.
STARS (all BWB)
1. Dumolin 1 goal
2. Tavarees 1 goal
3. Braun 1 goal
|Weekly Summary:||2 out of 3 possible victories, but they the Jackets are a bit depressed they couldn’t handle Brentwood. Oh well ….|
|Weekly Preview:||The lowest scoring team after the first 20 games this season, California fires its manager and lookes to get more aggressive on theice.|
|Thunder Bay NorWesters @ California Regulators||TB – 1
CAL – 7STARS
Gaudreau 1G, 3 PTS
Gurbauer 34 Saves
Sedin 1G, 2 PTS
|Gilbert Sharks @ California Regulators||GIL – 4
CAL – 5 (OT)STARS
Spurgeon 1 G, 3 PTS
Sedin 1G, 3 PTS
Gaudreau 4 Assists
|Weekly Summary:||California wins both home games this week and look to continue the recent scoring trend next week.|
|Weekly Preview:||Toledo (8-12-0) hosts Bathgate (12-7-1) and Alamo (9-10-1). Toledo will see some lineup changes not having Green and Foligno available, so will be interesting to see how the team responds.|
|Bathgate Rangers @ Toledo Walleye||Bathgate 6, Toledo 5 SO – Both teams show up with their guns loaded, combining for 88 shots on goal. Toledo never trails, until the shootout is over. The teams are full of energy, resulting in 3 fights and a game misconduct for Toledo’s Santini. Toledo guts is out, putting a forward on the 3rd D line, but it hurt the defense and Bathgate scores the final 2 goals of the game in the 3rd period to send the game to overtime.
In regulation, for Bathgate, goals by Killorn, Hischier, Buchnevich, Tierney, and Hornqvist.
For Toledo Stecher, MacDonald, Anisimov, Vanek and van Riemsdyk.No goals in the 3 on 3. and in the shootout, Mrazek is perfect, while Staal and Ferland both score for Bathgate.1st star Vanek 1g2a
2nd star Hischier 1g1a
3rd star MacDonald 1g1a
|Alamo Defenders @ Toledo Walleye||Toledo 7, Alamo 4 – 3 goals in the first 4 minutes, 2 by Alamo and 1 by the home team. But before the 1st period is over, Toledo capitalizes on 2 penalties and takes a 3-2 lead to the first intermission. The team play even in the 2nd period, trading goals, and goes to the 3rd at 4-3 Toledo. Toledo takes charge in the 3rd, adding 3 more goals and Alamo helps with 3 penalties.
Alamo goals by Pacioretty (2), Gardiner and McAvoy
Walleye goals by Lindell, Mantha, Backstrom, Krejci (2), Rattie and Santini1st star Krejci 2g
2nd Santini 1g 2a
3rd Pacioretty 2g
|Weekly Summary:||The 2 new active players contribute well with 4 points in the 2 games. The Walleye offense looks strong with 12 goals in the 2 game, and 3 points keeps some hope alive for the season. Giving up 9 goals will necessitate some improvements on defense however.|
|Long Beach Ice Dogs|
|Weekly Summary:||Long Beach wins their 2 home games.|
|Chicago Cosa Nostra|
|Weekly Preview:||Chicago has 2 Home games & looks to stay in the hunt in the Central Division.|
|Cincinnati Inferno @ Chicago Cosa Nostra||Cincinnati comes to town & just floats by the Cosa Nostra by one.
Final Score: Cincinnati 5 – Chicago 4
|Clearfield Bison @ Chicago Cosa Nostra||Chicago takes on the top team in the Atlantic Division in hopes of keeping this one close.
Final Score: Chicago 2 – Clearfield 1
|Weekly Summary:||Chicago grabs 2 Points at home this week. Road details will be crucial.|
|New Jersey Grizzlies|
|Clearfield Bison @ New Jersey Grizzlies||NJ-4 Clearfield-3|
|Bathgate Rangers @ New Jersey Grizzlies||NJ-6 Bathgate-5 OT, Nico Hischier was clutch to send game to overtime.|
|Weekly Summary:||Sorry guys in a rush this week. Games were insane. Seemed like both games were old coral shoot everything style.|
|Weekly Preview:||As Thanksgiving approaches, the Buzzards of Charlotte entered this latest stretch with a 10-9-1 record, but the winning record was only good for last place in the uber competitive Atlantic division.|
|Brentwood Bandits @ Charlotte Buzzards||The Bandits dominated the second half of this game and rallied for four unanswered goals to erase a 3-1 deficit. Two of the goals came off the the stick of first-star Alexander Kerfoot, and the forward also assisted on another one of the goals from Jordan Eberle. Charlotte defender Dougie Hamilton had scored his fourth goal of the year eight minutes into the second period to provide Charlotte with its 3-1 lead but Kerfoot responded with a goal less than a minute later, and the Bandits outscored Charlotte 3-0 in the final period.|
|Yellowknife Braves @ Charlotte Buzzards||The Buzzards got a much needed win in dramatic fashion. Dougie Hamilton’s goal with an extra attacker on the ice came with just 22 seconds left in the game to tie the contest at 2-2. Both teams failed to score in 3 on 3 play leading to a shootout where Vincent Trocheck and Anders Lee scored both goals against Mark Andre Fleury (45 saves) to ice away the win for Charlotte. After several subpar outings, Henrik Lundvquist (4-4-1) redeemed himself by shutting out the Braves in the shootout and recording 36 saves in regulation for the win. Goals by Evegeni Malkin and Brent Seabrook had staked Yellowknife to an early 2-1 lead before Charlotte rallied.
Behind backup goalie Lundvquist, the Buzzards tread water, going 1-1 at home. A winning streak is likely needed and soon to make a legitimate playoff run.
|Weekly Summary:||Behind backup goalie Lundvquist, the Buzzards tread water, going 1-1 at home. A lengthy winning streak is likely needed and soon to make a legitimate playoff run.|
|Bucks County Raccoons|
|Weekly Preview:||Bucks County hopes to put a stop to an 0-6-1 skid with home contests against Gilbert and Charlotte|
|Gilbert Sharks @ Bucks County Raccoons||Bucks County scores first in what seemed like forever when Corey Perry lit the lamp at the 1:21 mark of the first period, but the euphoria was short lived as the Racs gave up 2 goals in the 3rd to fall to the Gilbert Sharks 4-3. Gilbert had 4 PP opportunities, converting on 1, while the Racs had only 1 PP attempt on the night.|
|Charlotte Buzzards @ Bucks County Raccoons||Charlotte took an early lead when they scored 2:52 into the game and held on for the 3-1 win, capped by an empty net goal by Dylan Larkin. The Racs had 72 shot attempts with 35 being on goal, while the Buzzards had a remarkable on goal percentage, launching 39 shots, 27 of which were on net.|
|Weekly Summary:||Hoping to rebound from a slump, the Racs went in the opposite direction, dropping both home games. In the words of the immortal Scooby Doo …”Rut Roh”…….|
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