2018-2019 PLAYER & GOALIE OF THE WEEK #8
|EASTERN GOALIE||TEAM||GP||GOALS AGAINST||G.A. AVERAGE||SAVES||SAVE %|
|WESTERN GOALIE||TEAM||GP||GOALS AGAINST||G.A. AVERAGE||SAVES||SAVE %|
|Weekly Preview:||3 home games against 3 very good teams|
|Chicago Cosa Nostra @ Yellowknife Braves||Chicago takes a 3-1 lead into the 3rd. They blow the lead and lose ground in the division as Yellowknife score 3 in the 3rd winning it 4-3.
Stars #1 Malkin 3G
2 Miller 1G
3 CHI Phaneuf 1G
|California Regulators @ Yellowknife Braves||California comes out swinging and humble the home team 5-3.
Stars #1 CAL Hubereau 2G
2 CAL Nelson 2G
3 Cal Sedin 1G
|Long Beach Ice Dogs @ Yellowknife Braves||10 goals scored. Fortunately for Yellowknife they netted 6 of em. 6-4 Knife|
|Weekly Summary:||The Braves love the home ice winning 2 of 3|
|Weekly Preview:||Charlotte takes advantage of a light workday on Black Friday to squeeze in its latest home games versus Cincinnati and Jagr, both teams with winning records:|
|Cincinnati Inferno @ Charlotte Buzzards||In a critical Atlantic division matchup, the Inferno, down 1-0, rallied for three unanswered even-strength goals in three separate periods, then shut down Charlotte’s forwards behind solid goalie play from Corey Crawford to take this win, 3-2. Following David Perron’s goal that tied the contest at 1-1 just over 13 minutes into the first period, forward Brock Boeser broke the tie, beating Anti Raanta just 34 seconds into the second period. Vladislav Namestnikov scored the game winning goal with 10:16 left in the game. Both of Charlotte’s goals came from defensrmen. Kris Russell, playing in just his second game of the season, scored 6:26 into the game, on assists from Vladimir Tarasenko and Tyler Myers. Dougie Hamilton scored his sixth goal of the season with 4:57 left to play with assists from fourth liners Henrik Zetterberg and Milan Lucic; that completed the scoring but Charlotte could not muster a tying goal thereafter. There were few shots throughout this contest, as both goalies combined to make just 43 saves. Crawford as the winning goalie stopped 23 shots. Inferno defenseman Zedeno Chara was credited with three blocked shots.|
|Jagr Mullets @ Charlotte Buzzards||In a thrilling third period, the Buzzards eked out the upset victory over the Metropolitan division leading Mullets, 6-3, in a game that was much closer than the final score indicated: in fact, the Mullets held a 3-2 lead with seven minutes left in the contest, before offensive-minded defensmeman Dougie Hamilton tied the score at three with 6:22 left to play. Buzzards third-line center Dylan Larkin scored the game winner with 1:50 left to play on an assist from right winger Michael Grabner. Jagr pulled goalie John Gibson with 1:18 left in the game and the Buzzards responded with two empty netters to seal the win: Joe Pavelski put the game on ice with 39 seconds remaining, with assists coming from Larkin and Brooks Orpik. Pavelski then won the ensuing faceoff and just three seconds later, Craig Smith cashed in on an empty net goal from mid-ice for the final tally.
Riley Nash scored two unanswered goals on assists in each instance from both Morgan Rielly and Kyle Oposo that had given Jagr the early third-period 3-2 lead. Alexander Ovechkin accounted for the Mullets’ other goal, tying the game 1-1 in the first period.
|Weekly Summary:||Charlotte desperately needs a winning streak as it hovers around .500. At the critical Thanksgiving juncture, it remains on the outside looking in from a playoff standpoint, though the team has garnered some impressive wins over the league’s top teams as of late. The Buzzards could user more punch from its top two lines, as third-line forwards Dylan Larkin and Ryan Dzingel (10 goals), and defenseman Dougie Hamilton (seven goals) factor into much of Charlotte’s scoring recently. Wins from the slumping Anti Raanta would also likely improve the Buzzards’ fate.|
|Weekly Preview:||2 more home games, with a new mix up front. Can the offense pick it up a notch?|
|Gilbert Sharks @ Clearfield Bison||The first game couldn;t have gone any better for the home team. The new guys all chipped in and the Bison crusied to a 5-0 win over Gilbert.|
|Charlotte Buzzards @ Clearfield Bison||Frustration set in. This was more of the ‘old’ Clearfield, as they dominated every stat except the one that mattered. Clfd outshot Charlotte 29-7 in the last 2 periods but could not solve Raanta, dropping a 2-0 decision.|
|Weekly Summary:||Another 1-1 week at home.|
|Chicago Cosa Nostra|
|Weekly Preview:||Chicago with two home games this week at the Al Capone Center.|
|Thunder Bay NorWesters @ Chicago Cosa Nostra||Chicago plays well & the game goes to overtime & then a shootout where the Nor’Westers come out on top.
Final Score: Thunder Bay 2 – Chicago 1 (2-0 in Shootout)
3 Star Selections:
|Alamo Defenders @ Chicago Cosa Nostra||For the second straight home game the Cosa Nostra go to shootout, but this time they come out on top
Final Score: Chicago 3 – Alamo 2 (3-2 in Shootout)
3 Star Selections:
|Weekly Summary:||Chicago picks up 2 Points out of 4, but the disappointing news comes when they are on the road and lose to the Chiefs of Yellowknife|
|Weekly Preview:||Lafayette plays Charlotte and Columbus this week. Two tough teams|
|Charlotte Buzzards @ Lafayette Homesteaders||Charlotte scored 52 seconds into the game. Grabner puts his 7th of the season on a blast from Larkin.
That would prove to be the only goal of the games as King Henrik stands on his head to shutout the Homesteaders including a 23-5 3rd period shot differential01. Lunquist
|Columbus Brew Jackets @ Lafayette Homesteaders||After a defensive battle against the Buxx the Jackets come into town and its everything but.
|Weekly Summary:||1-1 again and that’s just not good enough for the division we are in. Still two great games and efforts!|
|Long Beach Ice Dogs|
|Weekly Summary:||Long Beach splits their 2 home games|
|Thunder Bay Nor’Westers|
|Weekly Preview:||Mired in last place in the division, the Nor’Westers shake up the lineup. Moving Kyle Connor up to the 1st line, dropping Saad to the 3rd line. Moving Tomas Tatar and Andreas Athanasiou out of the line-up and bringing in Charlie Coyle and Tyler Bertuzzi. They also reshuffled the defensive pairings.|
|Alamo Defenders@ Thunder Bay NorWesters||Alamo’s Max Pacioretty scores first his 8th of the year giving the Defenders the lead.
At the end of the first period Alamo leads 1-0, but then the tide turns. Thunder Bay scores twice in the second – Sean Couturier (8th) and Adam Larsson (3rd) and the Nor’Westers lead 2-1 at the end of 40 minutes.The 3rd is a repeat of the 2nd with Thunder Bay scoring twice. Calle Jarnkrok (2) and Gabe Landeskog (14th) making the final score 4-1. Goalie Jimmy Howard continues to play well with 31 saves.The game played closer than the score, Jimmy Howard was the key to this victory.
|Weekly Summary:||Thunder Bay wins at home.|
|Weekly Preview:||Bathgate visits Alamo in the Defenders only home game this week.|
|Bathgate Rangers @ Alamo Defenders||Both teams struggled with penalties (Gardiner got into a fight?) and no goals were scored in the first period.
The Rangers dominate the second period and score 3 goals. Anderson, Zajac, and Ferland all score. Its 3-0 after 2.
The 3rd period was more interesting. Marchand and Yandle score on consecutive goals. But, Bathgate adds some distance as Hornqvist and Staal score and its 5-2. Gardiner scores a late goal, but its too late for the Defenders.
Bathgate 5 Alamo 3
SOG: Alamo 32 Bathgate 30
1st – Staal 3 points
|Weekly Summary:||Bathgate 5 Alamo 3|
|Weekly Preview:||Two home games this week vs. Alamo and LA.|
|Alamo Defenders @ Jagr Mullets||This game didn’t waste any time in getting started, as Alamo’s Tyler Seguin (9) scores just 23 seconds in. Jagr strikes right back at 1:52 as Granlund (4) evens it up.
The game remains wide open throughout, and after 2 periods we’re knotted up 4-4.
Both teams are more conservative in the 3rd, feeling the next goal will win it.
And they’re right – as we go into OT tied up! Granlund (5) is the hero for Jagr, beating Anderson with only 44 seconds left to win it 5-4 in front of the home fans.
Star 1: JAG Letang 1 G, 4 Pts
GWG: Mikael Granlund
Notables: ALA Anderson 32 saves
|LA Great Danes @ Jagr Mullets||In a battle of top teams, Jagr wins it 7-1… wait, no they don’t — the game freezes up with only 7 minutes remaining in the 3rd and all result are lost. Argh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
So we start it again, and this time the game is much, much more tight. Ex-Mullet Janmark (7) scores at 12:21, but then Ovechkin (22) and Laine (18) strike late in the period to put Jagr up 2-1. Thornton (2) gets a PP marker in the 2nd to knot it up – but unlikely hero Ron Hainsey (3) scores early in the 3rd and John Gibson is strong in net to secure the 3-2 victory.
So we lost some serious stat-padding, but still came out on top.
Star 1: JAG Ovechkin 1 G, 2 Pts
GWG: Ron Hainsey
Notables: LGD Pietrangelo 5 blocks, Subban 37 saves, Nurse 5 blocks
|Weekly Summary:||Two games, four points – hard to complain.|
|Weekly Preview:||Gilbert has 2 Home Games versus League Leading Jagr and Thunder Bay|
|Jagr Mullets @ Gilbert Sharks||The league’s best versus the league’s worst early in the season. A 1st Period Goal by Jakob Voracek and a 2nd period goal from Adam Henrique have Gilbert thinking upset. Nazem Kadri cuts the lead to 1 midway through the 2nd period. Artemi Panarin puts Gilbert up 3-1 in the 3rd Period and Derick Brassard adds a 4th Goal to make the final 4-1 Gilbert. Tuuka Rask is Star 1 with 30 saves against the top scoring Mullets.|
|Thunder Bay NorWesters @ Gilbert Sharks||Coming off the high of an upset versus Jagr, would Gilbert suffer a letdown in this one? James Reimer and Tuuka Rask are dominant in goal for 59 minutes but Jakob Voracek breaks in with 58 seconds left to give Gilbert a 1-0 lead. Thunder Bay pulls the goalie and Sean Coutierier amazingly ties it up just 32 seconds later. We go to OT where cam Atkinson puts one in the back of the net just 2 minutes in and gives Gilbert a 2-1 victory.|
|Weekly Summary:||Gilbert gets 2 big wins at home and hopes for some solid road results to get themselves back in it.|
|Weekly Preview:||Can the surprising Bandits keep up their winning ways? Long Beach and Lafayette come to the ‘wood to try to put a stop to it.|
|Long Beach Ice Dogs @ Brentwood Bandits||This one was all Bandits. Tavares, Kessel, and Lindholm score and that is all Vasilevskiy would need as the Bandits win 3-0.|
|Lafayette Homesteaders @ Brentwood Bandits||One team had 6 power plays, the other team had NONE. Brentwood continues on a roll as they only score on 1 out of 6 PP’s but stay out of the box (aside from coincidental roughing) and Kessel and Tavares continue to be an amazing tandem. Bandits win 4-2.|
|Weekly Summary:||What can I say? It seems like the talk of trading Kessel and Tavares has motivated them to new heights. Although we are “rebuilding” I can’t trade away parts that are working together so well. We’ve already traded a few parts that have since been working for their new teams… so it’s funny how things work out? While we know we are most likely NOT gonna beat Jagr in any playoff series, being competitive during our “rebuild” is kinda awesome.|
|LA Great Danes|
|Weekly Preview:||Tough schedule this week with 4 games against the East, all teams with winning records. Clearfield and Bathgate come to LA.|
|Clearfield Bison @ LA Great Danes||A tight game through 2 periods, with the only goal by James Neal midway through the 2nd to give the Bison a 1-0 lead heading to the 3rd period. The Danes struggled offensively, generating only 1 scoring chance through 2 periods. But they show some life in the 3rd period, with Schenn denied by the post early, and Lars Eller finally gets the Danes on the board with 6 minutes left, scoring on a breakaway. The Danes were hoping to lock things down and earn a point and take their chances in OT, but it was not to be. Kevin Fiala beat Andersen with 4 minutes left, and Patrick Kane sealed a 3-1 Bison win with an empty-netter.|
|Bathgate Rangers @ LA Great Danes||The Danes decide to stick with Frederick Andersen in goal after his solid effort versus Clearfield. The plan was start Casey DeSmith, fresh off his second goalie of the week honors, but Andersen is going to have to be the guy if the Danes are to stay in the playoff race the rest of the year.
This game versus Bathgate was nothing like the tight, low scoring affair against Clearfield. Rinne and Andersen were not at their best, although this was a night where the puck just seemed to find its way to the back of the net.
It was 2-2 after 1, 4-3 Bathgate after 2, and then the goals kept coming. Brayden Schenn got the Danes even 5 minutes into the 3rd, but Hornqvist and Staal gave the Rangers a 6-4 lead. Ryan McDonagh got the Danes within 1 with 5 minutes left, and Schenn tied it with Andersen on the bench with just 23 seconds left. 6-6 going to OT, or maybe not… Mike Hoffman beat Rinne with 8 seconds left, and the Danes steal a 7-6 win in regulation, setting off a wild celebration on the ice and in the stands.
It was stat-booster game for Bathgate with Hornqvist, Staal, and Ferland with 3-point nights, along with Erik Karlsson’s 4 assists, but no points in the standings for the Rangers. Paul Byron led the way for LA with 1G-3A, with all 3 assists coming in the wild last frame.
|Weekly Summary:||The Danes go 1-1 at home, but the wild, comeback 7-6 win versus the Rangers will be one for the Dane fans to remember.|
|Weekly Preview:||The struggling Cincinnati Inferno look to get things straightened out with games against Pacific leader LA and up-and-coming Guentzel from the Central division.|
|LA Great Danes @ Cincinnati Inferno||LA wastes little time in scoring in this one, netting an Alex Pietrangelo shot from the right point 13 seconds in. Ryan McDonagh’s third goal on a delayed penalty at 4:53 got the Great Danes off to a 2-0 start. Cincinnati would cut the lead in half at 8:48 when Wayne Simmonds grabbed a rebound and netted a wraparound goal. With 1:26 remaining in the opening frame, newcomer Tyler Toffoli netted his seventh on a backhander on the rush. The game was tied at two, after one.
William Karlsson gave Cincinnati the lead for good at 2:36 of the second, re-directing John Carlson’s shot from the center point on the power play for his eighth lamplighter of the year. Sidney Crosby would add an insurance marker at 5:24 of the frame re-directing a Brayden McNabb shot.
In the third, LA would press, but Sergei Bobrovsky held the score in check and Simmonds would add an empty net goal with 1:11 to go to close out the 5-2 win for the Inferno.
Bobrovsky would stop 30 shots in picking up the win, while Frederik Andersen turned aside 24 in the defeat. Zdeno Chara blocked five shots and McNabb delivered seven hits.
|Guentzel Gunners @ Cincinnati Inferno||Guentzel collected the first goal of the contest, when Jason Zucker ripped his 17th goal of the season at 16:10. Zucker went glove side high and collected the power play goal just eleven seconds after Wayne Simmonds had been sent off. Cincinnati would level the scores before the end of the period when David Perron was hauled down by Jan Rutta with 7.4 seconds remaining. The resulting penalty shot knotted the scores at one apiece and while it does not reflect in the box score–should have been a shorthanded goal as well–as the Inferno were shorthanded when the penalty occurred. The Gunners had four power play opportunities in the opening 20 minutes.
At 3:05 of the second, Cincinnati grabbed the lead for good–while on a five-minute power play, John Carlson went top shelf from the point for his second tally of the campaign. William Karlsson would netted his ninth at 9:02 and Cincinnati held a 3-1 lead going into the third.
Justin Faulk appeared to extend the lead off an odd-man rush and survived the video review to collect his fifth. The final score of the night came off the stik of Simmonds, who tipped-in his fifth of the year on the power play and close the scoring in the 5-1 Inferno win.
Sergei Bobrovsky knocked away 33 shots in picking up his tenth win of the year and reduced his MWHL-leading goals again average to 2.00. Mike Smith absorbed the loss, stopping 30 shots. Cincinnati went two-for-six on the power play, while Guentzel was one-for-four with the man-advantage. Brayden McNabb and Zdeno Charra each had two blocked shots and three hits.
|Weekly Summary:||Cincinnati delivers a pair of key wins in climbing toward the top of the Atlantic Division. Sergei Bobrovsky delivered both wins with a 1.50 goals against average and a .955 save percentage during the week.|
|New Jersey Grizzlies|
|Guentzel Gunners @ New Jersey Grizzlies||Cory Schneider lead the Grizzlies with a 4-0 shutout.|
|Brentwood Bandits @ New Jersey Grizzlies||A late goal by John Tavares sent the game to OT and then a shoot out where Leon Draisaitl was able to get one by and help New Jersey to the Win.|
|Weekly Summary:||New Jersey has been getting pelted with shot but staying on there game for the most part.|
|Bucks County Raccoons|
|Weekly Preview:||Home games against above average teams in Toledo and New Jersey for a team struggling on home ice.|
|Toledo Walleye @ Bucks County Raccoons||The BC Raccoons evidently decided to hit their way out of their home slump, registering 27 against the visiting Toledo Walleyes which led to 47 SOG, but the visitors held tough and it wasn’t until a shoot out where the Raccoons notched a 3-2 win.|
|New Jersey Grizzlies @ Bucks County Raccoons||Sticking to their strategy of ‘if you can’t score on em, hit em’, the Racs outhit the visitors from New Jersey 23-12 and outshot them 38-23 but to no avail as the Grizzlies held on for a 3-2 road win.|
|Weekly Summary:||Split at home while only scoring 4 times. Goal scorers, apply within…..|
|Weekly Preview:||Toledo, having just crept above .500 at 14-13-1 faces Metropolitan foes Brentwood (17-10-2) and Yellowknife (17-10-1). A good test of the improving team, who is 14-8-1 after losing their first 5 games.|
|Brentwood Bandits @ Toledo Walleye||A classic slugfest. Toledo goal Laughton. Brentwood goal Tavares on the powerplay. Toledo goal Rattie on thh powerplay. Niederreitter goal Brentwood; and we go to the first intermissions tied 2-2. 2nd period sees Brentwood take the lead, Braun. Toledo answers with another powerplay Rodrigues. Brentwoood makes it 4-3 on another goal by Tavares and it goes to the 2nd intermission 4-3 Brentwood. Just warming up for the big finale’.
Toledo opens up the scoring and ties it at 4 with a goal by Rattie on another powerplay. Brentwood answers a minute later with Kerfoot to take the lead 5-4. Toledo then finds a spark and runs off 3 unanswered goals with Anisimov, JVR, and MacDonald all scoring in 47 seconds to make it 7-5 Toledo. Brentwood sends Valsilevsky to the showers, and brings in Murray. That seems to spark the Bandits who then answer quickly with Kerfoot making it 7-6. 4 minutes later Tavares completes the hat trick and ties it at 7. Finally its Kessel breaking the tie at just under 2:00 and Murray holds off the late surge.
Brentwood wins 8-7
1st star – Tavares, 3g 2a
other notables, Krug 3 assists, Lindell 3 assists
|Yellowknife Braves @ Toledo Walleye||Braves 2, Walleye 1 – Malkin with a goal in the first. Toledo evens it up in the 2nd with a goal from Mantha. Yellowknife gets the decider in the 3rd with a goal by Rantanen. Better goalie performance with an epic 51 saves by Lehtonen.
1st star Lehtonen 51 saves, .981%
2nd star Rantanen game winner
3rd star Malkin 1g
|Weekly Summary:||Two home loses, but both one goal differential against 2 of the better teams in the league.
Lehtonen with the 51 save game, and Tavares with a hat trick, and 5 points were some of the better performances we have seen in the Huntington Centre.
|Weekly Preview:||Rangers have been slipping of late – dropped from 2nd to 4th in 1 week – but division is good. two home games….|
|Thunder Bay NorWesters @ Bathgate Rangers||Teams each get 1 in 1st, 2 in 2nd and then 2 minutes into the 3rd Nyquist scores the game winner as Thunder Bay takes 2 points.
STARS (all TBN)
1. O’Reilly 1 goal, 2 assists
2. Nyquist 1 goal, 1 assist
3. Connor 3 assists
|Gilbert Sharks @ Bathgate Rangers||Time to rebound? Well Sharks take the opening period 2-1 even after Staal scored 40 seconds into the game. Then the Sharks doubled up the Rangers in period 2 scoring 4 goals to 2 for Bathgate. The last 2 Sharks goals in the 2nd were by Perreault.
Then the 3rd period and suddenly the Rangers got offense and defense scoring 3 goals and giving up none and forcing OT. And it was Staals 2 goals (and 3rd and 4th goals of the game) that got them to OT. However, the hopes of the home team ended when Panarin scored 3:37 into the OT for his 2nd goal of the game. FINAL 7-6 Gilbert OT
STARS: 1. BGR – Staal 4 goals
2. GIL Panarin 2 goals, 1 assist
3. Perreault 2 goals
|Weekly Summary:||Rangers get 1 point out of 4 as their struggles continue – maybe they did better on the road (where Jagr was having some issues this week).|
|Columbus Brew Jackets|
|Weekly Preview:||Jackets working hard to get back into race host New Jersey and Cincinnati this week – both top teams.|
|New Jersey Grizzlies @ Columbus Brew Jackets||New Jersey jumped out to a 2-0 lead on goals from Hartnell and Draisaitl (PP). Draisaitl scored 6 minutes into the 2nd but then 20 seconds later the Brew Jackets went on a 2 minute 15 second run where they scored 3 goals to capture the lead 3-2. Kucherov, Couture, and Sheary hitting the back of the net. Game looked like it was end that way – but no, as seems to happen so often this season, the team behind scores the tying goal in the last 10 seconds – Johansen – with the extra attacker on the ice. We go to OT tied 3-3 and no one scores, so it’s shootout time. Kucherov, Couture score for Columbus. Draisaitl and Arvidsson score for NJ – then Sheary misses, the Konecny SCORES and Miller is stuffed – NJ wins the game 4-3 in the shootout.
STARS: (all CBJ )
1. Couture 1 goal
2. Sheary 1 goal
3. Kucherov 1 goal
Must be home team bias.
|Cincinnati Inferno @ Columbus Brew Jackets||An Ohio matchup and the teams leave period 1 all tied at 1-1. Boeser for the Inferno and Kucherov for Columbus. Then Crawford and the Inferno defense take over and shut down the high flying Brew Jackets the rest of the way. Cincinnati scores 1 in the 2nd – Crosby – and some icing late in the 3rd – Boeser – his 2nd! Inferno wins 3-1.
STARS (all CIN)
1. Boeser 2 goals, 1 assist
2. Crawford 32 saves
3. Crosby 1 goal, 1 assist.
|Weekly Summary:||Disappointing showing against the tough teams – getting 1 point in a shootout loss was all that could be had.|
|Weekly Summary:||California wins 2 of 3 home games this week.|
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