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2018-2019 PLAYER & GOALIE OF THE WEEK #11

Phil_KesselMichal_NeuvirthConnor_McDavidSemyon_Varlamov

EASTERN SKATER TEAM GP GOALS ASISSTS POINTS PM  +/-  SOG S%
Kessel, Phil BWB 3 1 6 7 2 3 9 11%
                   
EASTERN GOALIE TEAM GP GOALS AGAINST G.A. AVERAGE SAVES SAVE %
Neuvirth, Michal LAF 3 5 1.67 87 .946
                   
WESTERN SKATER TEAM GP GOALS ASSISTS POINTS PM  +/-  SOG S%
McDavid, Connor BCR 4 4 3 7 0 2 22 18%
                   
WESTERN GOALIE TEAM GP GOALS AGAINST G.A. AVERAGE SAVES SAVE %
Varlamov, Semyon LBD 2 2 1 65 .970
                   

Yellowknife Braves
Weekly Preview: Two home games. Yellowknife takes on the struggling Gilbert Sharks and the Pacific leading California Regulators.
Gilbert Sharks @ Yellowknife Braves Asses weren’t even in the seats before Gilbert lit the lamp. The Sharks scored the next goal as well. Unfortunately for them Yellowknife scored the next 6.
The Braves win 6-2.
Stars #1 Malkin 2G 3 pts
2 Bjorkstrand 2G
3 Monohan 1G 2pts
California Regulators @ Yellowknife Braves A boring game. California gets 2 PP goals. The winner came in the final minute as Cali wins it 2-1.
Stars #1 Markstrom 33 saves
2 Sedin 1 G
3 Zibanejad 1 G
Weekly Summary: Yelowknife splits their home games
Long Beach Ice Dogs
Bathgate Rangers @ Long Beach Ice Dogs Varlamov made 43 saves in the 3-0 Long Beach win.
Bucks County Raccoons @ Long Beach Ice Dogs Bucks County took a 1-0 lead after the first period. Long Beach scored 3 unanswered goals and went on to a 3-2 win.
Guentzel Gunners @ Long Beach Ice Dogs Long Beach scored the first 2 goals of the game and went on to a 4-2 win.
Weekly Summary: The home fans are hoping that the 3 home wins this week will lead to a strong second half of the season.
LA Great Danes
Weekly Preview: After a wipeout 0-4 record in week 10, the Great Danes have a single home game. With only 3 total games this week, we are guaranteed to top last week’s record. After resting some key players the last few weeks, it’s time to go with our best lineup in an effort to stem the recent losing trend. Old man Joe Thornton replaces youngster Sonny Milano in the lineup. Sonny has earned a spot in the doghouse after his 3 3rd period penalties in the last game of week 10 resulted in 3 PPG’s for the opponents.
Yellowknife Braves @ LA Great Danes The #1 team in the west comes to town, and the Danes seem to rise to the challenge early. Bonino and Boedker score to give LA a 2-0 lead 13 minutes in. In the first 13 minutes, Yellowknife did not register a single shot on goal, even while having 2 power play opportunities. The Braves finally get a SOG with 6 minutes left in the period, but LA’s up 2-0 after one. With 5 minutes left in the 2nd, Nikolaj Ehlers puts the Danes up 3-0. But Sean Monahan leaves the fans concerned going into the final period when he deflects Malkin’s shot past Andersen with just 34 seconds left in the 2nd. But the Danes quickly restore the 3-goal cushion when Vladimir Sobotka beats Fleury 1:30 into the 3rd on an odd-man rush. Jonas Brodin then puts LA up 5-1 at 6:42, and the Danes coast the rest of the way to a 5-1 victory.
Weekly Summary: It was a nice way to go into the holiday break, and a nice start to the MWHL calendar year in this January 11th game. Happy holidays, everyone – SCOOBY DOOBY DOO!!!
Lafayette Homesteaders
Weekly Preview: The Steaders take on Clearfield, Charlotte and Jersey…3 tough games
Clearfield Bison @ Lafayette Homesteaders The tough Bisons come to Tennessee and the Homesteaders just dominate

1st – Duchene 22 for leblanc and Ceci
Puljarvi (10) from Bozak and Burakovsky
Dadonov (14) Eichel and Ghost
Helm (3) from Eichel and Ghots

2nd – Duchene (23) Forsberg,Ghost
3rd – Ristolainen (5) Leblanc and Burakovsky
Fiala (12)
Hertl (12)

Stars Duchense/Ghost/Hertl

LAF 6 CLEAR 2

Charlotte Buzzards @ Lafayette Homesteaders 1st – Duchene (24) Ristolainen
Hamilton (8)2nd Lee (18)3rd Duchene (25) Perlini (9) Lablanc , Ceci
Bozak (4) Burakovsky, PulvyStars Duchene/ Burakovsky/PerliniLAF 4 CHAR 2
New Jersey Grizzlies @ Lafayette Homesteaders 1st – Duchene , Forsberg and the ghost score to put Laf up 3-0\
2nd – Gundbrandson scores on a break away and the second period ends with Laf up 4-0
3rd – Ceci , Eichel and Perlini put Laf up 7-1 and they win 7-2Stars Eichel/Ghost/Forsberg
Weekly Summary: Lafayette wins 3 straight and 17 goals …incredible week for the Homesteaders!
Gilbert Sharks
Weekly Preview: Gilbert has only one home game this block against Central Division leading Yellowknife
Yellowknife Braves @ Gilbert Sharks Gilbert gets a huge upset taking down Yellowknife 5-1.
Weekly Summary: Gilbert keeps getting wins against the top teams but can’t beat the lesser teams.
Columbus Brew Jackets
Weekly Preview: Brew Jackets have 3 home games this week with a chance to gain some ground in the tough Metropolitan division. They host Guentzel – who is surging, Cincinnati who is fighting for the top spot in the Atlantic division and Charlotte – who is playing well, but looking up at 3 tougher teams in the Atlantic division.
Guentzel Gunners @ Columbus Brew Jackets Jacket’s Nick Holden scores in the 1st minute but Zucker and Gourde fire two past Bishop midway in the 1st to give the Gunners a 2-1 after 1.
THEN the Jackets go on the scoring binge. Couture, Khaira and Benn all get the biscuit in the basket in the 2nd and Miller pretty much puts the game away scoring a PP goal 6 minutes into the 3rd. 5-2 COLUMBUS!BUT WAIT – Guentzel decides to make a game of it and Zucker gets his 2nd of the game (21) at the 6:50 point, then Haula scores 4 minutes later. 4 minutes after than Bergeron scores to tie the game and breaking from the pattern – Dumba scores 3 minutes later (17:52) to complete the 4 goal comeback and win the game 6-5.Bishop and the Brew Jackets are stunned – fans riot in the streets, Gunners have big smiles on their faces. EVERY STATISTICAL category was dominated by Columbus – 27 scoring chances to 8, EIGHT and six of them resulted in goals. Something is wrong somewhere. Gunners don’t mind being dominated because they know the only stat that is meaningful in the end is final score – and they won that one.
STARS (ALL GUE)
1. Zucker 2 goals
2. Bergeron 1 goal, 2 assists
3. Gourde 1 goal, 2 assists
Kopitar had 3 assists for GUE as well.
Cincinnati Inferno @ Columbus Brew Jackets The I-71 series comes to Columbus – and after the decimating loss to Guentzel the Brew Jackets spent the holiday period working much harder on defense, closing out games and still maintaining their ability to score lots of goals. Did it work? Well first thing to note, they start Halak in this one.

1st period – hmmm. Chara gets the Inferno on the score board 1st in just under 3 minutes. Nice slap shot set up by Perron and Crosby. Calvert ties it later in the period and the teams keep each other in check the rest of the period. 1-1 after 1.
2nd period – Still tight game, neither team giving in but Cincinnati is pressing alot harder (in fact the SOG for period 2 slanted 13-5 in Cincinnati’s favor). And 1 of those 13 slipped past Halak 14 minutes in. It came after a nice hit my McNabb to gain the puck. Point scoops it up and he and McNabbb get a 2 on 1 rush against just Schlemko. They send it back and forth to each other with Point finally taking a shot – GOAL. 2-1 Inferno. Period ends that way.

3rd period – Jackets seemed to have forgotten how to score and now they go into the 3rd trailing, how will they finish?
15 minutes go by and Cincinnati is just feeling better and better – but the Jackets are working hard to score – best aggressive period so far, but still trailing 2-1. But not for much longer. Just under 4 minutes Crosby wins the faceoff in the Columbus end and they pass it around finally getting it to Toffoli – but Khaira takes him out along the boards and he gathers in the puck and ends up on a breakaway – to his forehand and fires and GOAL. Khaira does it all by himself and ties the game. Cincinnati may be the Inferno, but that goal got the Brew Jackets FIRED UP. However, Cincinnati is no slouch and they hold tough. Closing in on a minute to play and the Jackets win a faceoff in their end, change lines and Johnson and Miller work it out and get it to Hayes for the shot and he scores! 3-2 Columbus. Inside one minute and Cincinnati pulls Hutton and in the Columbus zone, Crosby sets up teammates for not 1 but 2 shots, one blocked by Edmundson, the other saved by Halak who freezes it. Miller wins the next faceoff and Staal gets it to Miller, to Johnson to the empty net and it’s a GOAL, 4-2 and the Jackets hold off the last 20 seconds and win a thrilling come from behind game. Maybe things are turning around??
STARS (all Jackets)
1. Johnson 1 goal 1 assist
2. Calvert 1 goal
3. Hayes 1 goal

Charlotte Buzzards @ Columbus Brew Jackets In the 3rd straight game against new comers the Jacket hope to continue the ability to close games out. Bishop back in the nets after a long rest.
Period 1 – tight game but with 5 minutes left, the Buzzards start to eat carrion. Lee scores to make it 1-0 and then smelling blood, Grabner scores less than a minute later. 2-0 Charlotte after 1. Slow methodical start again for Columbus.Period 2 – The 2 goals scores in this period belonged to Couture and Columbus as he scores early (2:33) and late (19:49) and the game is tied going into the 3rd.Period 3 – After the Jackets outshoot the Buzzards 26 to 15 in the 1st 2 periods the Buzzards come out with a vengeance. Planting 18 shots on Bishop in period 3. And Larkin gets one to go in with a minute and 14 remaining. HOWEVER, prior to that, Benn and Calvert scored for Columbus to give them a 2 goal lead. So with the Larkin score, the game now rests are 4-3 Columbus. Jackets will be tested on whether or not they can close out a game. It’s looking shaky maybe?
Larkin’s goal was scored after Raanta was pulled. Now down by 1, Raanta stays on the bench. Columbus wins the center ice faceoff. Johnson gets it, to burns to Hayes, shoots – scores and empty netter. 1:09 left, Benn wins the center ice faceoff, but Charlotte gains control – still with the extra attacker – they cross into the Columbus zone, Marchand fires,Edmundson blocks it. Johnson fires, Bishop the save, but can’t control it. Johnson fires again, but it didn’t get through, inside 1 minutes, Buzzards keep working, Grabner a shot – Bishop the save and he covers it up. Benn wins the faceoff and gains control leaving the zone, to Kucherov and he fires at the empty net and SCORES. Jacket tally 4 times in the final 20 minutes (2 of them empty net goals). 3 goals (1 by Charlotte, 2 by Columbus) in the final 1 minuter 14 seconds left the fans in a frenzy and smiling with the resultant 6-3 win.STARS: (ALL CBJ)
1. Couture 2 goals
2. Kucherov 1 goal, 1 assist
3. Benn 1 goal, 1 assistNOTES: Charlotte committed ZERO penalties and were 0 for 4 on the PP.
Weekly Summary: Jackets win 2 of 3 – and the 2 wins came after a humiliating defeat in game 1. Hopefully the work done over the holiday break on finishing games will last for the long haul. Right now it looks better.
Bathgate Rangers
Weekly Preview: Rangers have 1 home game this period and that comes after the holiday break. They host the Inferno
Cincinnati Inferno The Rangers have been slumping after their early fast start to the season and now find themselves below .500. Karlsson gets them off to a 1-0 lead early in the 1st, but Tkachuk ties it up just past midway. In the 2nd, Boeser, set up by Tkachuk, scores the go ahead goal – again midway in the period. Then MIDWAY in the 3rd, Karlsson gets nabbed for holding – but during the Inferno PP, Killorn steals the puck from Crosby and breaks away and dekes Hutton and scores the SH goal to tie the game. Then with 3 to go, Karlsson scores (THE OTHER Karlsson – WILLIAM who plays for Cincinnati) and the Inferno go up 3-2. Hutton and company hold the Rangers scoreless the rest of the way – even with the extra attacke for the final minute. FINAL 3-2 Cincinnati.
STARS (all CIN)
1. Boeser 1 goal, 1 assist
2. Tkachuk 1 goal, 1 assist
3. William Karlsson 1 goal
Weekly Summary: Rangers continue to play some close, but no cigar, games. This week dropping their only home game to a tough Cincinnati squad – a team with a legitimate playoff chance in the tough Atlantic division.
Jagr Mullets
Weekly Preview: Two home games against a pair of Atlantic powerhouses.
New Jersey Grizzlies @ Jagr Mullets With New Jersey’s unbeaten 18-0-0-3 home record, we knew we had to step up in our half of the home-and-home series this week.

The teams go scoreless after one, and then Jagr breaks the ice with a goal by Ekholm (6) at 3:08 of the 2nd. Less than a minute later, Bratt (8) tickles the twine to tie it up at 1-1.

At 16:22 of the 2nd, Taylor Hall (22) slips it behind Kinkaid, and we feel good heading into the 3rd with a 2-1 lead… which was a mistake, as Debrusk (13) scores with THREE seconds left to tie it up 2-2!

But Jordan Staal scores a much needed goal at 4:35 of the 3rd to put us back up 3-2, and then we hold on for dear life to secure the victory. John Gibson wins his 14th; we dominate shots 46-22, faceoffs 37-25, and scoring chances 21-4, but we still barely won.

The defense pairing of Ekholm/Ellis is a +3, while Hainsey/Rielly is a -2. Coaches notice these things.

Scoring Summary
Per Time Str Team
2 3:08 EV JAG Ekholm (6), assisted by Ellis (15) and Hall (47)
2 3:55 EV NJG Bratt (8), assisted by van Riemsdyk (5) and Getzlaf (16)
2 16:22 EV JAG Hall (22), assisted by Ellis (16)
2 19:57 EV NJG Debrusk (13), assisted by Johansen (14)
3 4:35 EV JAG Staal (8), assisted by Parise (2) and Granlund (10)

Star 1: JAG Hall 1 G, 2 Pts
Star 2: JAG Ekholm 1 G
Star 3: JAG Staal 1 G

GWG: Jordan Staal

Notables: NJG Kinkaid 43 saves
JAG Matthews 17 faceoffs won

Clearfield Bison @ Jagr Mullets Clearfield comes to town with an impressive collection of forwards (Benn, Kane, Rakell, Giroux, and many more) and a blueline anchored by Drew Doughty. Can the Mullets muster enough mustard to match?

The Bison get themselves in a wolrd of hurt right off the bat, as Rakell takes a 5 minute major just 1 minute into the game.

Unfortunately, the Mullets cannot score on the extended power play.

However, Patrik Laine (23) scores on a wraparound just seconds after Rakell steps back on the ice to take a 1-0 lead.

Riley Nash (8) scores two minutes later to put the Mullets up 2-0, and the feel-good ends quickly as James Neal (11) scores 42 seconds later on the power play to split the lead to 2-1.

Claude Giroux (6) beats Gibson at 18:50 of the 1st and suddenly it’s a tie game. Ugh.

We go scoreless in the 2nd, and head to the 3rd knotted up at two apiece.

Patrik Laine (24) has a flair for the dramatic this game, as he scores just 13 seconds into the 3rd to put the Mullets back on top. At 7:20, Nazem Kadri (18) makes the Bison pay and double up the lead to 4-2. Ekholm (7) scores for the 2nd straight game to make the lead 5-2, and things are looking solid for the Mullets.

But Claude Giroux (7) scores again at 17:04 to make things VERY interesting.

With the goalie pulled, Granlund (7) pots an empty netter at 19:23 to ice the game 6-3 for the Mullets.

Once again Jagr dominates on the HTH stats (58-24 SOG, 38-23 FOW, 98-48 Shot Attempts, 28-10 Scoring Chances) but we keep letting the enemy score on their limited chances.

That’ll make a coach go grey before his time.

Somehow, but Kadri and Radulov end up -1 in the contest.

Scoring Summary
Per Time Str Team
1 6:09 EV JAG Laine (23), assisted by Matthews (24)
1 8:03 EV JAG Nash (8), assisted by Ellis (17) and Elias Lindholm (6)
1 8:45 PP CLE Neal (11), assisted by Giroux (10) and Rakell (21)
1 18:50 EV CLE Giroux (6), assisted by Doughty (17) and Kane (18)
3 :13 EV JAG Laine (24), assisted by Hall (48) and Matthews (25)
3 7:20 PP JAG Kadri (18), assisted by Ellis (18) and Radulov (35)
3 11:10 EV JAG Ekholm (7), assisted by Radulov (36) and Ovechkin (14)
3 17:04 EV CLE Giroux (7), assisted by Alzner (6)
3 19:23 EN JAG Granlund (7), assisted by Staal (8) and Parise (3)

Star 1: CLE Giroux 2 G, 3 Pts
Star 2: JAG Laine 2 G
Star 3: JAG Kadri 1 G

GWG: Nazem Kadri

Notables: CLE Hellebuyck 52 saves, Hamhuis 6 blocks
JAG None

Weekly Summary: Two games, two wins – but the coaching staff isn’t happy overall with sloppy defense and letting teams get back into games.
Cincinnati Inferno
Weekly Preview: Cincinnati prepares for a lone home game before its holiday break. Chicago comes to town, with both teams suffering from two game losing streaks. With rumors running rampant of an Inferno ‘fire sale’–the hometown team is in an ugly mood.
Chicago Cosa Nostra @ Cincinnati Inferno Cincinnati draws first blood 8:13 in with a power play goal by Mark Stone. His sixth goal of the year came on the power play as Stone worked his way around a defender. Matthew Tkachuk and Brayden Point had the helpers on the marker. The period ended with the 1-0 score and the shots favoring the Inferno, 10-5.

Chicago bounced backw ith the lone score of the second period. Pierre-Luc Bubois re-directed Colton Parayko point shot into the back of the net for his eleventh goal of the year. William Nylander added the other helper and the game was tied at one heading to the third period. Cincinnati held the edge in shots at 13-9.

It took a shade more than five minutes, but Cincinnati’s best seven and a half minutes stretch of the season then ensued. The Inferno exploded for four goals in the stretch and pushed the lead out to 5-1 with a hair under seven and a half to go. Sidney Crosby (10th at 5:05), Mikael Backlund (1st at 9:35), Stone (second of night, seventh of the year at 11:38) and Wayne Simmonds (11th at 12:33) put the game out of reach. Crosby added an insurance goal with less than 28 seconds to go to close out the scoring in the 6-1 Cincinnati win.

The Inferno had exceptional special teams play, punching in three of four man-advantage chances, while snuffing out Chicago’s lone power play. The Inferno outshot Chicago, 39-22 and Jonathan Bernier took the loss despite stopping 33 shots. Sergei Bobrovsky turned away 21 shots in improving to 13-6 on the year with a MWHL-best goals against average of 2.17.

The three stars were all from the Inferno: Mark Stone (2G, 3 Hits), Justin Faulk (2A, 2 Hits) and Sidney Crosby (2G).

Weekly Summary: Cincinnati holds onto second place in the competitive Atlantic Division. The Inferno finish the week with a 2-1 record and fighting for their playoff lives. The rumors of wheeling and dealing heading up to the deadline continue…
California Regulators
Alamo Defenders @ California Regulators Alamo bests California 3-2.
Chicago Cosa Nostra @ California Regulators California wins 4-1.
Weekly Summary: California splits it’s home stand this week.
Toledo Walleye
Weekly Preview: Toledo hope to bounce back this week after a horrible homestand last week which resulted in zero points and a pounding from the local press which attacked all aspects of the team’s play.
Thunder Bay NorWesters @ Toledo Walleye Toledo 4, Thunder Bay 3 – Fairly even 1st period with 1 goal each (Cirelli and Slavin), one penalty each, Toledo converted on their PP, and a 14-10 SOG with Toledo having the advantage.

2nd period slight advantage to Toledo, only in goals scored with them getting the only one (Anisimov). Goes to the 3rd at 2-1 Toledo.

3rd period ended up even, but Toledo dominated the first 10 minutes with 2 goals to drive the lead up to 3, at 4-1 on goals by Backstrom and Green, and then the Walleye hang on for dear life as the NorWesters go full attack mode and tally 2 (Smith and Larsson), and are in the midst of pounding the Walleye goal keeper as time runs out mercifully, perserving a 4-3 Walleye win.
1st star – Green 1g1a
2nd – Backstrom 1g1a
3rd – Cirelli 1g1a

LA Great Danes @ Toledo Walleye Toledo 5, LA 3 – Very lively first period with 5 goals scored and the goalies glad to escape to the locker room. Fisher and Thornton score for LA while MacDonald, Letestu and van Riemsdyk counter plus 1 for the home team and a 3-2 lead.

2nd period is all Toledo, 2-0, with Toledo getting their 2nd PP goal (JVR) and one even strength (Vanek). All this in spite of a 11-4 LA SOG advantage. Toledo up 5-2 going to intermission.

3rd period is an LA shooting gallery, getting 17 SOG, but McElhinney is up to the task, stopping 16 of the 17 shots to secure the 5-3 win.
1st star – van Riemsdyk 2g
2nd – MacDonald 1g1a
3rd – Vanek 1g1a

Alamo Defenders @ Toledo Walleye Toledo 3, Alamo 2 – Toledo jumps out quickly, scoring 2 goals (Anisimov and Letestu) in the first 8 minutes, both on high potential surges. Toledo is in a virtual shooting gallery as they register a 23-8 SOG advantage on the period, and take a 2-0 lead to the locker room.

2nd period sees the Alamo cut the lead to 1 on a Yandle goal, only to see the home team respond 3 minutes later with Mike Green on a laser shot from the point. period ends 3-1 Toledo.

3rd period sees Alamo equal their SOG from the first 2 periods combined plus 1. At the same time the Alamo defense stiffens. Unfortunately the result is only 1 goal (Seguin) in the net and the home team survives a frantic last 2 minutes 6 on 5, and about 7 SOG, but Dubnyk is up to the challange and hangs on for the win, 3-2. Lehner 49 saves for the visitors.

1st star – Letestu 1g
2nd – Anisimov 1g
3rd – Green 1g

Weekly Summary: A nice bounce back for the Walleye, 6 points in 3 games after getting the goose egg last week.

Player of the week – Mike Green with 2g and 2a for 4 pts.

Brentwood Bandits
Weekly Preview: “Nobody’s Fool” by 80’s Hair Metal band Cinderella was heard cranked in the locker room for the past few weeks. This Cinderella team has their anthem. Let’s see how this week goes.
Charlotte Buzzards @ Brentwood Bandits The Charlotte Buzzards swoop into town, but they have no dead carcass to gnaw on tonight!

Captain Tavares and the boys jump out early 45 seconds in as he scores his 25th. 1-0 Bandits

3:16 (Can I get a Hell Yeah?) Tavares pots his second of the night and 26th of the season. 2-0 Bandits.

Pavelski scores his 10th on the PP to pull Charlotte within 1… 2-1 Bandits.

Go to the 2nd period and Charlotte ties it as Lee (18) scores on the PP to tie the game!

While on the PP, an errant pass leads to Pavelski (11) scoring the shortie to take the 3-2 lead!

Bandits still on the PP get it back with Kerfoot (11) tying it up 3-3.

Had to the 3rd period tied… Back and forth but no scoring.

Until… at 17:50 Niederreiter (15) gives the Bandits the lead. Not only do they hold on to it but they score two Empty Netters from Tavares (completes HT!) and Kessel (20). Ginal score Brentwood 6, Charlotte 3.

Tavares the #1 star with 3 goals, 1 assist.
Kessel #2 star with 1 goal, 4 assists
Pavelski #3 star with 2 G.

Thunder Bay NorWesters @ Brentwood Bandits “Nobody’s Fool…” blares over the PA system in pregame warm-ups. I think it’s catching on. Shirts are popping up.

1st Period sees Eberle (11) put the Bandits up 1-0.

Jones (7) ties it 1-1.

Niederreiter (16) gives the lead back on the PP 2-1.

Jankowski (4) on the PP… 3-1

Another PP goal by Tavares (28) gives the Bandits the 4-1 lead.

2nd Period

Connor Brown (3) gets a rare end of Power Play shift and scores. 5-1 Bandits lead.

Jarnkrok (4) scores with the man advantage to pull within 3. 5-2 Bandits lead.

Go to the 3rd Period…

Vasilevskiy turns away all 10 3rd period shots and Connor Brown scores ANOTHER Power Play Goal (4), his second of the night, as the Bandits skate to an easy 6-2 win.

The difference in this one? Bandits were 4-7 on the PP.

1st Star – Connor Brown 2 goals
2nd Star – Jankowski 1 goal, 1 assist
3rd Star – Eberle 1 goal

**Kessel gets a quiet 2 points (both assists) to keep his assault on the scoring title alive.

Weekly Summary: Bandits win both home games. As much as most want to brace for the other shoe to drop, it’s too late. The small town of Brentwood has embraced this team and the chant of “Nobody’s Fool…” is becoming a rally cry! Let’s hope they haven’t jinxed anything. Word on the street is that this team might actually be a buyer in the trade market!
Alamo Defenders
Weekly Preview: Alamo has one game this week and its against Chicago.
Chicago Cosa Nostra @ Alamo Defenders Both teams exchange goals in the 1st period as Beagle scores for Alamo and Sanheim score for Chicago.

There are no goals in the 2nd period.

In the 3rd, the Defenders score all three goals. Seguin scores his 16th goal. Also, Ryan and McAvoy score for Alamo.

Alamo 4 Chicago 1

1st – McAvoy 1 goal
2nd – Beagle 1 goal
3rd – Ryan 1 goal

Bernier has 32 saves for Chicago. Vlasic with 5 blocks on defense for Alamo.

Weekly Summary: Alamo defeats Chicago, 4-1.
New Jersey Grizzlies
Jagr Mullets @ New Jersey Grizzlies Jagr defeated New Jersey by the score of 4-2.
Brentwood Bandits @ New Jersey Grizzlies New Jersey with some late game heroics defeated Brentwood by a score of 4-2
Weekly Summary: New Jersey split at home with Cory Schneider losing game 1 but Keith Kinkaid backstopping New Jersey in game 2 to a win. Have a great holiday and LETS GO DEVILS!
Bucks County Raccoons
Weekly Preview: Busy week for the Racs hosting the top 3 teams in the Pacific Division…..
LA Great Danes @ Bucks County Raccoons As usual, Bucks County jumps out to an early lead, and as usual, they give it up. However in this game the Racs rebound with Corey Perry scoring at 18:11 of the 3rd period to propel the Raccoons to a 4-2 win over the LA Great Danes.
California Regulators @ Bucks County Raccoons As usual, Bucks County jumps out to an early lead, this time by 4-0, and as usual, they cough it up, giving up the game tying goal with 47 seconds left to send the game into OT tied at 5. California wins the shootout 2-0 to come away with the win while Bucks County gets the ‘thanks for coming’ point, wondering where it all went wrong.
Game #3 – Visiting Team: Gilbert Sharks
Game #3 – Home Team: Bucks County Raccoons
Game #3: As usual, Bucks County jumps out to an early lead, and as usual, the give it up. This game they cannot get the equalizer and fall to the Gilbert Sharks 3-2, even though they had 71 shot attempts to the visitors 47. Killing 4 PP’s while only getting 1 did not help the cause for the mediocre BC team.
Weekly Summary: As usual, the Raccoons under performed, and picking up 3 points in 3 home games shows just how average this team is.
Clearfield Bison
Weekly Preview: with rumors of a potential move still swirling and now grumblings of player movement the bison have one home game upcoming against lafayette
Lafayette Homesteaders @ Clearfield Bison the homesteaders visit clearfield hoping to take advantage of the turmoil surrounding the bison. they cant. the bison take a 2-0 in the first 8:35 of the game on goals by palmieri and berglund. ceci cuts the lead in half at at the 15:44 mark of the 1st but patrick kane answers 34 seconds later to make it 3-1. dadonov again tries to get the visitors back in the game scoring at 7:21 of the 2nd but dustin brown scores less than 2 minutes later while the bison were skating 3 on 5, with a goal that seemingly broke the homesteaders spirit. rakell scored late in the 2nd to end the period with the bison leading 5-2. dustin brown scored the only goal of the 3rd period, his second of the game, for the 6-2 final. the game was fairly even, except in faceoffs, mostly from patrick berglund taking advantage of jack eichel winning 16 of 24 faceoffs.
Weekly Summary: the bison win their only home game.