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2018-2019 PLAYER & GOALIE OF THE WEEK #7

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EASTERN SKATER TEAM GP GOALS ASISSTS POINTS PM  +/-  SOG S%
Perron, David CIN 4 2 7 9 2 8 13 15%
                   
EASTERN GOALIE TEAM GP GOALS AGAINST G.A. AVERAGE SAVES SAVE %
Kinkaid, Keith NJG 2 4 1.94 41 .911
                   
WESTERN SKATER TEAM GP GOALS ASSISTS POINTS PM  +/-  SOG S%
Malkin, Evgeni YEL 4 5 4 9 6 3 26 19%
                   
WESTERN GOALIE TEAM GP GOALS AGAINST G.A. AVERAGE SAVES SAVE %
DeSmith, Casey LGD 2 1 0.57 46 .979
                   

Chicago Cosa Nostra
Weekly Preview: Two home games vs. very good clubs, make the odds of getting points this series very slim for the Cosa Nostra
Jagr Mullets @ Chicago Cosa Nostra Jagr put a beating on the home club & the only bright spot for Chicago was Ryan Nugent-Hopkins scored 4 of the 5 Chicago goals.

Final Score:
Jagr 9 – Chicago 5

3-Star Selection:
Star #1 – Ryan Nugent-Hopkins 4G
Star #2 – Alex Ovechkin 2G
Star #3 – Patrick Marleau 2G

Bathgate Rangers @ Chicago Cosa Nostra Chicago comes out on top though they were out shot by a 41-20 margin by Bathgate.

Final Score: Chicago 4 – Bathgate 3

3-Star Selection:
Star #1 – David Pastrnak 1G, 2Pts
Star #2 – William Nylander 1G
Star #3 – Alex Debrincat 1G

Weekly Summary: Chicago gets 2 Points out of 4 at home & they feel solid & looking forward to results of their 2 away games.
Bathgate Rangers
Weekly Preview: Only 1 home game this week, but the Rangers face a very tough schedule this week. Home against Clearfield and on the road vs. Cincinnati, Chicago and division rival (and leader), Jagr!
Clearfield Bison @ Bathgate Rangers What will 1 second get you? Well it could be the element that snatches defeat from the jaws of victory.

This is what happened in this exciting game. Rangers scored on PP goal early in the 2nd period and then added another goal when Ferland scored midway through the 3rd. Then, soon to be departed, Patrice Bergeron cut the 2-0 Rangers lead in half 4 minutes later. Then in the final minute, the Bison pull the goalie and pour on the pressure. 27 seconds left Palmieri tries the wrap-arounds – blocker knocks it down. 21 seconds, Koivu tries the wrap-around – Mrazek denies it again, and Karlsson gets it out. Not far enough and Palmieri gets it and crosses and shoots – Mrazek save – but rebound, Palmieri again gets it and again tries the wrap-around – GOAL, 3rd times a charm I guess. And they all looked up and there was 1 SECOND LEFT on the clock as Clearfield ties it 2-2.

OT belonged to Clearfield, 6-1 in SOG. 2 minutes in, Rangers over the line, Provorov lets one rip, Rakell blocks it, and skates through the neutral zone to Palmieri, but wait, he doesn’t try the wrap-around, the whole team was ready for that, and he passes it back to Rakell on a 3 on 1 rush – he shoots, hoping for a rebound. WHY? The puck goes in for the game winning goals – assisted of course by that dramatic game finisher Palmieri. Clearfield wins the come from behind thriller 3-2 in OT.
STARS (all CLE)
1. Palmieri 1 goal, 1 assist (you expected someone else??)
2. Bergeron 1 goal
3. Rakell 1 goal

Weekly Summary: 1 home game, 1 point – could have been worse, should have been better. Rangers still plodding along.
Yellowknife Braves
Weekly Preview: Yellowknife hosts to very good teams in Guentzel and Brentwood.
Guentzel Gunners @ Yellowknife Braves The home team Braves hold off a swarm of Gunners. They win it 6-5.
Stars
#1 Malkin 1G 4 pts
2 Aho 2G 3 pts
3 Gourde 2G 3 pts
Brentwood Bandits @ Yellowknife Braves Yellowknife wins it 3-1
Stars
#1 Aho 1G 2 pts
2 Malkin 1G 2 pts
3 Lehtonin 27 saves
Weekly Summary: The Yellowknife braves take care of their home ice winning both games.
LA Great Danes
Weekly Preview: Time off work, an early start to the holiday – what better way to begin than playing some hockey!

The Great Danes host Long Beach and Lafayette as they start the week with a slim one point lead in the Pacific.

Long Beach Ice Dogs @ LA Great Danes Battle of the canines – Ice Dogs versus Great Danes. A bad start for the Danes and Frederick Andersen. Long Beach goals 33 seconds apart put the Ice Dogs up early, and Oshie makes it 3-0 in the last minute of the 1st period. 3 Goals on 3 chances for Long Beach. LA debates pulling Andersen, but leaves him in, hoping he can settle down. Scheifele and Thornton make it a one-goal game with goals early in the second, but Michael Raffl converts a 2 on 1 five minutes into period 2 to give the Ice Dogs a 4-2 lead. Enough is enough – Andersen is pulled after giving up 4G on 4 chances and 11 SOG. Casey DeSmith has been playing well and we didn’t want to burn a GP for him, but it seemed we had to make the change. Ehlers’ PPG made it 4-3 after 2, and the Danes came out fired up for the 3rd period. Just 2 minutes in, Nick Bonino ties it at 4 on a long slap shot, one Varlamov would like to have back. The Danes outshoot Long Beach 16-5 in the 3rd, but no more scoring and we go to OT. And with 24 seconds left in OT, Denmark Dane Nikolaj Ehlers scores his second of the game and the Great Danes pull out a big 5-4 division win. DeSmith makes 13 saves in relief to boost his record to 5-1-0 on the season.
Lafayette Homesteaders @ LA Great Danes With a win under their belt for the week, the Danes decide it’s a good time to rest Scheifele, Thornton, and McDonagh, replacing them with some young pups – Donato, Milano, and Bear.

It takes just 24 seconds for Lars Eller to put the Danes up 1-0, and Ryan Donato’s PPG puts the Danes up 2-0. Jack Eichel scores off the rush to make at 2-1 after one period. Another fast start in period 2 for LA, with Alex Pietrangelo scoring at 0:31 and 5:58 to put the Danes up 4-1. But 2 PPG’s by Lafayette make it 4-3 after 2. Lafayette goalie Martin Jones may want to change his warm-up routine – after giving up goals 24 and 31 seconds into the first 2 periods, it takes the Danes all of 93 seconds into the 3rd to beat Jones twice, and it’s 6-3 LA just like that. Nurse and Perlini trade goals after that, and the Danes close out the homestand with a 7-4 victory.

Weekly Summary: The Great Danes offense clicks at home this week with 12 goals in the 2 games, going 4-6 on the power play, which had been sub-par prior to this week. Two wins as a result, despite giving up 8 goals.
Lafayette Homesteaders
Weekly Preview: Steaders reeling the last few games 1-5-0 hope to rebound against the Noreasters and the Sharks
Thunder Bay NorWesters @ Lafayette Homesteaders NorEasters jump out 52 seconds in with a Couturier goal. Jones blasts one by um Jones a few minutes later to put Thunder Bay up 2-0.

The rest of the game is Lafayettes goals by Routsainen, Dadonovand Forsberg

Give the home team a much needed wn

Gilbert Sharks @ Lafayette Homesteaders This game was a great 4-4 game in the 2nd period before it crashed with the dreaded overflow 6 error

Second game was simmed with Gilbert winning 4-1

Weekly Summary: 1-1 is about right these days
Jagr Mullets
Weekly Preview: Only one home game this week, but it’s a big one – against division rival Bathgate, and a head to head clash of The Brothers Staal.
Bathgate Rangers @ Jagr Mullets Jagr has FIVE breakaways in the first period, but can’t cash in… until the final one, when Riley Nash beats Rinne to take a 1-0 lead at 15:11.

Early in the 2nd, Nash (6) strikes again to put the Mullets up 2-0. In net, John Gibson is having his best game of the season to keep the Rangers off the board.

Just 39 seconds into the 3rd, Taylor Hall (12) beats Rinne and we’re up 3-0 with everyone playing well. Can we hold on?

Bathgate finally gets on the board at 10:39, with Anderson collecting his 3rd goal of the year.

The Rangers get a 5-on-3 power play, but fail to convert. After going 0-5 on the PP, Bathgate finally loses their cool and collects their first two penalties of the game.

Fatal error.

Jagr cashes in on both man advantages: Laine (15) at 15:32 and then Letang (3) at 17:48 to put the Mullets up 5-1. Just need to ride out the clock, right?

Sometimes the best defense is a good oh-fense. Patrik Laine (16) scores with 48 seconds left and it’s 6-1… then Ovechkin (18) scores with 9 seconds left to make it 7-1! The Mullets pull a Belichick and run up the score late.

Will the outburst come back and haunt the Mullets later? We’ll never underestimate the powerful Bathgate squad, and we’re sure the year will be filled with hot and heavy rivalry games the rest of the way.

Both teams manage 38 shots on goal, but Jagr totals 26 scoring chances to just 9 for Bathgate. The Mullets totally dominate the faceoff circle 54-21.

Scoring Summary
Per Time Str Team
1 15:11 EV JAG Nash (5), assisted by Ellis (8)
2 3:22 EV JAG Nash (6), assisted by Marleau (2) and Letang (8)
3 :39 EV JAG Hall (12), assisted by Letang (9) and Laine (13)
3 10:39 EV BGR Anderson (3), assisted by Karlsson (21) and Killorn (7)
3 15:32 PP JAG Laine (15), assisted by Hall (31) and Matthews (16)
3 17:48 PP JAG Letang (3), assisted by Radulov (21) and Ovechkin (8)
3 19:18 EV JAG Laine (16), assisted by Hall (32) and Rielly (20)
3 19:51 EV JAG Ovechkin (18), assisted by Radulov (22) and Kadri (13)

Star 1: JAG Laine 2 G, 3 Pts
Star 2: JAG Nash 2 G
Star 3: JAG Gibson 37 saves

GWG: Riley Nash

Notables: BGR Rinne 31 saves
JAG Matthews 17 faceoffs won, Gibson 37 saves

Weekly Summary: A statement game for the Mullets? Perhaps, perhaps not. But we really like the way our reworked Bottom 6 and PK have come together – we knew the Top 6 was going to be a force, but we can now confidently roll 4 lines and 3 D-pairs.
Long Beach Ice Dogs
Weekly Summary: Long Beach splits their 2 home games.
Brentwood Bandits
Weekly Preview: The surprising Bandits go into the week with three home games against some pretty good opponents. Have the Bandits just been lucky so far this season? Or are they really a contender?
Chicago Cosa Nostra @ Brentwood Bandits The Chi-Town Mafia comes to town. These two teams have a history of trading together, so a lot of familiar faces on both ends of the ice.

First period – Goldobin (1) with a rare start puts his first of the season to give the Bandits a 1-0 lead.

On the PP ex-Bandit Galchenyuk (11) ties it up 1-1.

Eberle (6) gives the Bandits the lead back less than two minutes later with former Chicago center, Horvat assisting.

Hinostroza (2) scores his first as a Bandit less than a minute later.

Into the 2nd with the Bandits leading 3-1.

Eberle gets his second of the game (7) with Horvat assisting again. 4-1 Brentwood.

Tavares joins in on the fun with his 9th of the season. 5-1 Bandits

Head to the third. Chicago needs to buckle down if they wanna make a run.

Eberle completes the HT (8) from Horvat 1:37 seconds into the third to give the Bandits a 6-1 lead.

Vasilevskiy kept the Cosa Nostra off the board until 17:45 when Bailey (8) scores a meaningless goal.

Bandits go on to win 6-2.

Bucks County Raccoons @ Brentwood Bandits Bucks County strolls into town. They man business and score first blood with Sheahan (3) putting them up 1-0.

Baertschi (4) is playing like a man who wants a starting job. Tied 1-1.

Tavares (10) on the PP 2-1 Bandits.

Schwartz (11) on the PP to tie it 2-2.

Back and forth through the rest of the game til we head to OT tied 4-4.

A carry over penalty of “Too Many Men” into OT sees Kessel (11) win it for the home team.

Final 5-4 Bandits win in OT.

California Regulators @ Brentwood Bandits The Regulators mount up and head to Brentwood to try to steal on from the Bandits.

Dumoulin (3) gets it started for the Bandits for a 1-0 lead.

That’s all the scoring we’d have until the 3rd period.

Matt Murray, making his second straight start, is trying to prove that he still has it as he stops everything thrown at him until 7:35 of the 3rd where Johnny Gaudreau (3) brings Cali within 1, 2-1 Bandits lead.

2 minutes later Tavares (11) regulates the score back to a 2 goal lead and the Bandits cruise to a 3-1 win behind Matt Murray’s 41 saves.

Weekly Summary: For a team that is “rebuilding” this team seems determined to win. Maybe the top line of Kessel and Tavares (and El Nino or recently Baertschi?) is enough to make some noise in this division with the All-Star Jagr lineup? Or maybe things will “regulate” and we are bound to lose 10 in a row coming up.

Either way, it’s a lot of fun… and both Kessel and Tavares are making cases to stick around a while.

Cincinnati Inferno
Weekly Preview: With the Cincinnati Inferno still trying to decide if they are pretenders or contenders in the Atlantic Division race, a pair of home games await this week against playoff caliber competition. The new defensemen are still finding their way. Is this week John Carlson busts out?
Bathgate Rangers @ Cincinnati Inferno Bathgate, the second place team in the Metropolitan Division rolls in having taken seven standings points in its last five games (and was a last second goal away in the November 19 loss from more).

The Inferno jump out quickly with a pair of first period goals from Vladislav Namestnikov, to take a 2-0 lead into the intermission. Namestnikov’s tally at 6:16 was his sixth of the season and was the result of a deflection of a David Perron shot. The second marker came off a three-on-two rush saw him step beat goaltender Pekka Rinne high on the stick side to grab the two-goal cushion.

Following a secoreless second stanza, Cincinnati pushed the lead out to 3-0 at 11:46, when Perron notched his fifth score of the campaign–sidestepping a defender and launching a shot top shelf. John Carlson and Namestnikov had the assists. Bathgate tried to rally late, as Joonas Donskoi collected his second goal of the season at 19:18 to break up the shutout bid with a power play goal.

Cincinnati dominated the faceoffs, winning 43 of the 65 puck drops and the Rangers went one-for-four on the power play, while Cincinnati was limited to zero-for-one.

DSergei Bobrovsky turned aside 30 shots in taking the win, while Rinne stopped 29 shots. William Karlsson won 18 of the 26 draws he participated in.

Final – CIN 3, BAT 1

Alamo Defenders @ Cincinnati Inferno Alamo came into the week, third in the Pacific Division. The Defenders were coming off a 1-3 week last week and looking to snap a two-game winless skid. Cincinnati was once again looking to kick its offense into high gear.

In game that looked like the first team to score would win — the Inferno kicked off the scoring at 16:38 of the second period when Zdeno Chara picked up his fifth goal of the season on a two-on-rush with David Perron.

Alamo appeared ready to level the scores early in the third, when at 18:48 remaining, two Cincinnati players were in the penalty box for 1:19. Somehow, despite an onslaught of six shots in the timeframe and with the top defense penalty killers in the box (Radko Gudas and Chara) — the Inferno were able to escape potential disaster. Forty-two seconds after the second penalty ended — Brayden Point delivered his sixth goal of the year at 3:54, to push Cincinnati to a 2-0 edge. Point finished off a three-on-two rush with a glove-side low shot past Robin Lehner.

Alamo climbed back to within one at 3-2, at 14:26 when veteran Brad Marchand tipped-in his ninth goal of the year. The Inferno would put the breathing room back in the score at 17:18, as Sidney Crosby wwrapped around his sixth goal of the campaign to close out the scoring.

Carter Hutton took the win, stopping 27 shots, while Robin Lehner turned aside 26 shots in the loss. Alamo was zero-for-six with the ma-advantage, while Cincinnati did not have a power play chance in this one.

Final – CIN 3, ALA 1

Weekly Summary: Cincinnati escapes the week with a pair of 3-1 wins at The Incinerator. Opponents went one-for-ten with the man-advantage in the games this week and the Inferno did not give up a goal in the first 40 minutes of either game–both highlights to build off of.

Next week Long Beach and Guenzel visit, while the club hits the road in Charlotte and Columbus as the schedule has Cincinnati play a team from all four divisions.

Alamo Defenders
Weekly Preview: Lafayette and Clearfield roll into Alamo for the Defenders home series.
Lafayette Homesteaders @ Alamo Defenders Marchand scores his 9th for Alamo to start the scoring in the first period. Lafayette gets even on the power play as Perlini scores his 5th goal of the year. Its 1-1 after 1.

In the second, the Homesteaders get Leblanc’s 3rd goal of the year. On the PP, Alamo ties it on Marchand’s second goal of the game. Then, Glendening scores a goal to put Alamo on top.

Late in the 2nd, Duchene scores for Lafayette to tie the game.

3rd period – Forsberg scores his 13th. Later, Lafayette scores a short-handed goal and the Homesteaders win the game, 5-3.

Lafayette 5 Alamo 3

1st – Marchand 2 goals
2nd – Gudbranson 1 goal
3rd – Ristolainen 3 assists

Clearfield Bison @ Alamo Defenders Luke Glendening continues his scoring of late as he scores at 10:54. Within 1 minute, Kane scores for the Bison to tie the game.

Early in the 2nd, Marchand scores his 11th goal and the Defenders go up, 2-1. Midway through the period, Hertl scores for the Bison and its tied at 2.

3rd period – Glendening scores his 6th goal of the year and his 2nd of the game. Alamo wins,
3-2.

Alamo 3 Clearfield 2

1st – Glendening 2 goals
2nd -Marchand 1 goal
3rd -Anderson 31 saves

Weekly Summary: Alamo splits as it loses to Lafayette, 5-3 and defeats Clearfield, 3-2.
Toledo Walleye
Weekly Preview: Toledo (11-12-1) faces division rival Guentzel Gunners (12-10-2) and Pacific Division Leaders LA Great Danes (12-10-2). 3 teams hovering around .500 looking to make some noise.
LA Great Danes @ Toledo Walleye Toledo 7, LA 4 – Toledo opens the scoring early with Anisimov, then a flurry of 3 goals, Fisher for the visitors, Mantha and van Riemsdyk, utes, sends the teams to the first intermission 3-1 Toledo. Slower in the 2nd period as teams trade goals, Ehlers for LA, Brouwer on the power play for Toledo, and the 2nd period ends 4-2 Toledo.
A pesky LA teams does not give up, closing the lead to 1 on a Brodin goal, only to see Toledo answer with a Spooner powerplay goal making it 5-3 Walleye. LA fights back with a Hoffman goal, closing it to 5-4. Scoreless for about 9 minutes until Mantha crushes the LA hopes with his 2nd of the game to make it 6-4, and then Krejci throws in a meaningless empty netter to finish the proceedings at 7-4 Toledo.
1st star – Mantha 2g
2nd star – Spooner 1g2a
3rd star – Krejci 1g1a
Guentzel Gunners @ Toledo Walleye Toledo 6, Guentzel 1 – The Walleye scoring attack stays in top gear against the Gunners. 3 unanswered goals in the 1st (Mantha, Santinin, Backstrom) followed by 2 unanswered powerplay goals in the 2nd (Daley, Barrie) are too much for the visitors, hampered when Haula gets a 10 minute misconduct penalty early on. The teams trade goals in the 3rd (Kopitar and Backstrom) to make the final 6-1 Walleye.
Things get a little testy in the 3rd as a pissed off Haula gets in a minor tussle with Santini, Frolik gets some pine time, and Zuccarello and Krejci drop the gloves just before the end of the game in the big finale.
1st star – Backstrom 2g1a
2nd – 1g2a
3rd -Vanek 3a
Weekly Summary: Toledo impressive outscoring the opposition 13-5 in 2 home games this week, moving to 13-12-1, finally above .500 and maybe out of the cellar in the Central Division.

Player of the week: Backstrom with 2 goals, 3 assists in 2 games.

Clearfield Bison
Weekly Preview: Clearfield faces the mighty Mullets, and division foe Thunder Bay..with trade winds swirling…
Jagr Mullets @ Clearfield Bison Clearfield put their best foot forward, to see how we measured up.

Should have punted the game and played the scrubs.

Never in doubt, Jagr breezes by 5-1 in Luongo’s last-ever start for the Bison.

Thunder Bay NorWesters @ Clearfield Bison Hellebuyck mans the cage for this game and the result is a mirror image of the last one…the Bison take command early and never look back, winning 4-1.
Weekly Summary: 1-1 is what was expected..but this team needs a shakeup, so the levers are pulled on a big deal with Guentzel.

More dealing to come – Clearfield is putting out the call, we have cap space to take on contracts, and we have young players/prospects to deal. We are willing to go ‘all in’ for this season!

Columbus Brew Jackets
Weekly Preview: Brew Jackets have 2 home games this week trying to get back toward top of tough Metropolitan Division
Yellowknife Braves @ Columbus Brew Jackets Hosting Yellowknife – top team in Central and there was not much defense in a game that sees 13 goals – and it’s a 1 goal difference. Fortunately for the loser it was in OT – so there is still a point.
Each team scores twice in 1st period. Then no one scores in the 2nd. BUT the 3rd period sees 8 goal, 4 from each team. Jackets get 1st 3 for a 5-2 lead after 8 minutes. Then Yellowknife tallys 3 to it with less than 2 minutes to go. Jackets score 20 seconds later to take the lead, but 34 seconds later (with 51 seconds to go) Malkin scores the tying goal, 6-6 end of regulation. And 51 seconds into OT – Malkin scores again to win and complete the hat trick. Yellowknife 42 SOG and Columbus 22.
STARS:
1. YEL Malkin 3 goals
2. YEL Rantanen 2 goals, 1 assist
3. CBJ Miller 2 goals 1 assist
Kucherov also scores twice for the home team.
Toledo Walleye @ Columbus Brew Jackets Against the Walleye their wasn’t quite the offensive outburst (or maybe the defenses showed up). But still there were 7 goals. And the Brew Jackets had to tally twice in the 3rd to pull it out.
Hickey scores 1st for Columbus in the 1st and Spooner ties it up for Toledo. The all OH game continues in the 2nd and Toledo scores twice to take a 3-1 lead: Rattie and Vanek. Brodziak gets one back before the final whistle in the 2nd and it’s 3-2 Toledo after 2.
Kucherov ties it up at the 7 minute mark and then Miller gets the game winner with 57 seconds to go and then Bishop holds up against the extra attacker for the rest of the game as Columbus wins 4-3. Each team has spell where they scored 3 straight goals.
STARS: (all CBJ)
1. Hickey 1 goal, 1 assist
2. Miller 1 goal, 1 assist
3. Kucherov 1 goal
Weekly Summary: 3 out of 4 points to climb into 2nd place and keep the heat on Jagr!
California Regulators
Weekly Summary: California wins a couple close ones at home this week.
Gilbert Sharks
Weekly Preview: Gilbert has 2 Home Games against 2 top teams from the Atlantic division, New Jersey and Cincinnati.
New Jersey Grizzlies @ Gilbert Sharks New Jersey starts the game with goals from Konecny and Debrusk to take an early 2-0 lead. Gilbert storms back with 4 straight goals to get the upset 4-2.
Cincinnati Inferno @ Gilbert Sharks Cincinnati dominates this one and wins big 5-1.
Weekly Summary: Gilbert goes 1-1 at home.
New Jersey Grizzlies
Alamo Defenders @ New Jersey Grizzlies In a battle where Alamo took the lead New Jersey answered back but in the OT it was Tyler Seguin netting the game winner for Alamo. Final score 3-2
LA Great Danes @ New Jersey Grizzlies In another barn burner matchup LA came in holding the top spot in the Pacific and for two periods neither team could find the net. in the third they traded goals only to have Casey DeSmith stand on his head in overtime and allow LA to go to the shootout where they were able to secure victory. LA wins 2-1 in OT.
Weekly Summary: New Jersey is starting to have trouble hitting the net, well off for some Turkey and next weeks run at home.
Charlotte Buzzards
Weekly Preview: Happy Thanksgiving everyone! Thanks to Stray and Bill (and Dr. Stacy) for all their hard work and commitment to make this a phenomenal league. I’m thankful for becoming a part of it this year.
Toledo Walleye @ Charlotte Buzzards After a Ryan Dzingel goal staked Charlotte to a 1-0 lead after period one, the Walleye erupted for four goals in the second period, all within a 10 minute span against the mercurial goalie Anti Raanta. Ty Rattie scored both the first and the last goal during the outburst, two minutes and 12 minutes into the second period. He also assisted on Mark Letestu’s goal which gave Toledo a 3-1 lead. The other goal in this decisive stretch of the game came from David Krejci, which put Toledo ahead for good at 2-1. Dzingel also scored the other goal for Charlotte with just over nine minutes remaining in the game to narrow the margin to 4-2 but Toledo answered with the final two goals of the game late, scored by James van Riemsdyk and Krejci. Raanta, in clearly his worst outing of the season, only made 22 saves (for a dreadful .786 save percentage). He was clearly outplayed by winning goalie Devan Dubnyk (38 saves).
New Jersey Grizzlies @ Charlotte Buzzards The Buzzards got a surprising victory against the Atlantic leading Grizzlies to gain some much needed ground. With the score tied at 1, Buzzards fourth-line wing Milan Lucic scored the game winner exactly 18 minutes into the second period, with assists coming from center Colton Sissons (playing just his second game), and Oliver Ekman-Larsson. Anders Lee rounded out the scoring with his 13th goal just 57 seconds into the third period. Backup goaltender Henrik Lundqvist shut out the Grizzlies the remainder of the way, finishing with 36 saves in arguably his best performance of the season. Winger Viktor Arvidsson scored the lone goal for New Jersey.
Weekly Summary: The Buzzards, hovering around .500, continue their penchant for a loss at home followed by a win, as they fight to stay in playoff convention.
Bucks County Raccoons
Weekly Preview: The Racs have lost 5 in a row at home and hope the turn the tide with 3 games on BC ice this week….
Columbus Brew Jackets @ Bucks County Raccoons The teams are tied in the 3rd period and there is hope that the losing streak at home will end, but the Brew Jackets score twice in the 3rd (one on an empty net) to defeat the Raccoons 4-2. The losing streak at home goes to 6 games.
Chicago Cosa Nostra @ Bucks County Raccoons The Racs never have a chance as Chicago scores 3 in the first period and cruises to a 4-1 victory. The home ice losing streak is now at 7 games.
Yellowknife Braves @ Bucks County Raccoons The Racs only score once in the game, but it is enough as they shut out the visiting division leaders 1-0. The Racs played a physical game, handing out 27 hits backed by superb goaltending from Brian Elliott. The home ice losing streak is finally over……
Weekly Summary: It wasn’t pretty but the home ice losing streak is over. Only taking 2 out of 6 points on home ice is going to prove disastrous down the road….
Guentzel Gunners
Weekly Preview: 2 games vs CAL and Long beach
California Regulators @ Guentzel Gunners Markstrom steals the game for CAL and gets a 3-1 win for them
Long Beach Ice Dogs @ Guentzel Gunners Guentzel offense comes to life with a 7-2 win. Faksa and Zucker with 2 goals each.
Weekly Summary: 1-1 with the big trade pending. We need the defense!