2018-2019 PLAYER & GOALIE OF THE WEEK #15
|EASTERN GOALIE||TEAM||GP||GOALS AGAINST||G.A. AVERAGE||SAVES||SAVE %|
|WESTERN GOALIE||TEAM||GP||GOALS AGAINST||G.A. AVERAGE||SAVES||SAVE %|
|Weekly Preview:||The Braves face division rival Toledo and the Atlantic leading New Jersey Grizzlies|
|Toledo Walleye @ Yellowknife Braves||Toledo wins a shootout 6-5.
Stars #1 TOL Backstrom 2G 3pts
#2 YEL Panik 2G
#3 TOL Vanek 1G 2pts
|New Jersey Grizzlies @ Yellowknife Braves||New Jersey scores the first 2 goals. Yellowknife nets the next 3. The Braves survive the Grizzlies empty net flurry and hang on 3-2.
Stars #1 YEL Aho 1G 2pts
#2 YEL Monahan 1G 2pts
#3 YEL Miller 1G
|Weekly Summary:||The Braves split home games.|
|Weekly Preview:||Guenzel has two games this week against Cincinnati trying to create playoff birth. They have another against Jagr young versus the old Guenzel versus Jagr.|
|Cincinnati Inferno @ Guentzel Gunners||Guenzel takes the win 5-3|
|Jagr Mullets @ Guentzel Gunners||Guenzel plans two play there lower rank players against Jagr who should smear them. Guenzel wins 4-1 suprisingly.|
|Weekly Summary:||Guenzel goes 2-0 this week.|
|Long Beach Ice Dogs @ California Regulators||The Ice Dogs head north on I-5 to visit the California Regulators. The ride home was a long one. California 4. Ice Dogs 3.|
|Weekly Summary:||California wins its only home game this week.|
|Chicago Cosa Nostra|
|Weekly Preview:||Chicago with 2 home games on the home stand. Points are hard to come by for the Cosa Nostra, but the youthful presence has much to look forward to in the future.|
|California Regulators @ Chicago Cosa Nostra||With under 45 seconds left in play Chicago finds the back of the net for the 4th time & takes home 2 Points.
Final Score: Chicago 4 – California 3
Three Star Selection:
|Toledo Walleye @ Chicago Cosa Nostra||Chicago scores 3 and take an early 3-0 lead in the 3rd period. However Toledo finds the net 5 times in the 3rd & walks away with the win.
Final Score: Toledo 5 – Chicago 3
Three Star Selection:
|Weekly Summary:||1 Point at home & hopefully the future can be brighter for the Cosa Nostra.|
|Weekly Preview:||Two home games this week against Charlotte and Columbus. With a road loss to Guentzel earlier this week, the boys hope to collect some points in front of the home crowd.|
|Charlotte Buzzards @ Jagr Mullets||A very frustrating game for Jagr, as the Buzzards peck away at every loose puck and shooting lane to stifle the high flying (and flowing) Mullets.
Charlotte scores halfway through the 1st, with Tarasenko potting his 11th.
The 1-0 score stands until the midway point of the game, when Ovie feeds a beautiful pass to Radulov (10) in the slot who buries it behind King Henrik to tie it up.
17 seconds into the 3rd, Kris Letang gets hot and bothered with the buzzing Buzzards, and takes a holding penalty… but refuses to go the box, and is handed out an additional 10 minute misconduct. Losing your best defenseman for most of the 3rd period in a tie game is not ideal, to say the least.
Brooks Orpik makes a fatal mistake, getting called for cross-checking at 3:29. And Auston Mathews (24) makes Charlotte pay dearly, as he buries a beautiful feed from Taylor Hall (55) to take a 2-1 lead.
John Gibson stands tall to make the score stand, and the Mullets win a tightly contested game 2-1. We’ll take it.
Star 1: JAG Gibson 34 saves
GWG: Auston Matthews
Notables: CHA Myers 6 blocks
|Columbus Brew Jackets @ Jagr Mullets||Next up are the Brew Jackets, and they hope to close the gap in the Metro division. Logan Couture (23) gets it going at 4:12 to put Columbus up 1-0.
Patrik Laine (29) responds on the PP a few minutes later to tie it up.
In the 2nd, Couture goes from hero to goat as he takes a 5 minute major for boarding. Not usually a wise tactic against the Mullets. Columbus valiantly kills the penalty until the very end… when Auston Mathews (25) slips one past Rinne to make it 2-1 good guys.
In the 3rd, Columbus is gassed and Jagr makes them pay, collecting goals from Staal (10), Ekholm (9), and Galchenyuk (18) to ice the game 5-1.
tar 1: JAG Matthews 1 G, 2 Pts
GWG: Auston Matthews
Notables: CBJ Rinne 41 saves
|Weekly Summary:||2 wins at home – the fans are happy and merch sales are soaring. Life’s good at the top of the standings, but it’s never easy staying there.|
|LA Great Danes|
|Weekly Preview:||Home games against 1st place Jagr and last place Thunder Bay|
|Jagr Mullets @ LA Great Danes||The pre-game message for LA is to be physical but stay out of the penalty box against the league’s #1 power play. Jagr takes the game’s first penalty at 14:11 of period 1, and nine seconds later it’s 1-0 LA as Nick Bonino scores, taking advantage of some rare power play time. The 1st ends 1-0 LA as they outchance Jagr 7-0. Jagr gets their first scoring chance 4 minutes into the 2nd, but the Danes immediately counter and make it 2-0 on a goal by Nikolaj Ehlers. The Danes do take their first penalty but survive the PK and get their own PP later in the period. Shortly after the Jagr PK, the Danes make a fatal mistake and give up an odd-man rush to Laine and Hall, and Laine’s late goal makes it a one-goal game heading in to the 3rd. When Quick makes 3 early saves on grade A scoring chances for LA early in the 3rd followed by an LA penalty, it seems as though the Danes are on the verge of letting this one slip away. But a big penalty kill staves Jagr off, at least for the moment. Then Rick Nash delivers his 5th goal in the last 5 games to give the Danes a 2-goal cushion at 3-1. Nash takes a delay of game penalty with 2:09 to go, so one more chance for Jagr to get back in it. But an empty-net shortie by Brayden Schenn seals a 4-1 win for the Great Danes. Frederick Andersen earns the #1 star with 35 saves, helped by a defense that blocked 20 shots, 10 in the 3rd period, and the Danes outhit Jag 23-9 for the game.|
|Thunder Bay NorWesters @ LA Great Danes||This one starts badly for LA as Landeskog beats Andersen 39 seconds in the game, and the Danes take a quick penalty at 1:32. But the Danes respond with 5 blocks on the PK and they get a PPG from Brayden Schenn at 12:49 to tie the game. Thunder Bay doesn’t get their second shot of the game until 15:34 of the 1st, but it’s their 2nd goal on a shot by Jake Muzzin. The Danes bounce back again and tie it 2-2 after 1 on a Janmark goal. Frederick Andersen seems to have settled down after the shaky start, but when Tatar and Barkov score for Thunder Bay, the Danes are down 4-2. 4 Goals on 5 scoring chances in the game leads to LA pulling Andersen and putting backup Malcolm Subban in net at the game’s halfway mark. And it’s Rick Nash scoring again for LA, (6G in 6 games) to make it a 4-3 game. The Danes then had the puck deep in the Thunder Bay zone at the end of the 2nd, but there was enough time for the Nor-westers to blow up ice, with Ryan O’Reilly sending a deflection past Subban with 4 seconds left in the period. The Nor’westers get 2 more scoring chances in the 3rd, and both are goals – Coyle and Tatar), and they coast to a 7-3 win, with their 7 goals coming on 8 scoring chances. Tatar leads the way for Thunder Bay with 2 goals, and the Danes goalies both struggled in this one.|
|Weekly Summary:||A win against first-place Jagr followed by a loss to last place Thunder Bay, as Andersen continues his up and down play in net. The highlight of the week is 2 more goals by Rick Nash – with 6 goals in the last 6 games and a team best +10 rating, Nash is looking to close out his final season in style.|
|Weekly Preview:||Rangers home for 2 – LA, looks about even on paper; Guentzel – they look better on paper. Let’s see how they all do on ice|
|LA Great Danes @ Bathgate Rangers||Rangers get bookend goals around a pair of Great Dane goals to end the 1st 2-2. Anderson and Zibanejad for Bathgate, Fischer and Pietrangelo for LA. Then Ferland and Donsko tally for the good guys, Ehlers is the last Great Danes response and it’s 4-3 after 2. Anderson notches his 2nd goal in the 3rd for a 5-3 Bathgate win.
STARS – Anderson 2 goals, 1 assist; Zibanejad 1 goal, 2 assists, Ferland 1 goal, 1 assist. Klingberg gets 3 assists along the way.
|Guentzel Gunners @ Bathgate Rangers||Rangers would like 2 consecutive home games, but it seems they always get a road trip to upset the mojo. Fresh off the LA win, it would have been nice to fire up on the Gunners. Period 1 was tight, Rangers winning the shots battle, Gunners winning the score 1-0 as Bergeron nails one home midway in the period. Then period 2 came along and the Rangers stayed in the locker room as the Gunners fired home 4 goals – Demers, Kunitz, Hudon and Jake GUENTZAL!
Stat wise it was a toss up except Luongo STOPPED EVERYTHING! and he got 1st star. Guentzal picked up star 2 and Bergeron the 3rd star.
|Weekly Summary:||Win 1 lose 1 – about normal.|
|Weekly Preview:||The Cincinnati Inferno enter the week trying to gain an advantage toward the MWHL playoffs. Still an outside, games against Columbus and Bucks County offer a chance to close the deficit on the front runners.|
|Columbus Brew Jackets @ Cincinnati Inferno||The offensively-challenged Inferno leave no doubt in this one, winning 6-0. Brock Boeser had a pair of goals (his 18th and 19th) and Matthew Tkachuk also potted a pair (his 14th and 15th).
This contest was slanted Cincinnati’s way the entire evening. The Inferno had a 62-44 shots attempted advantage, had a 19-6 edge in scoring chances and actually scored on the power play (twice).
Corey Crawford turned away 24 shots in taking the win, while Pekka Rinne stopped 26 before being pulled after surrendering the sixth score with 8:49 to go.
Sidney Crosby chipped in three assists and a couple of hits, while Cody Ceci delivered a pair of assists, three blocked shots and a pair of hits.
|Bucks County Raccoons @ Cincinnati Inferno||Bucks County provided the opposition in the second home game of the week. Cincinnati racing to a 2-0 first period lead on goals by William Karlsson (19th) and Alexander Edler (fourth). The Inferno out-chancing the Raccoons, 10-2, in the opening 20 minutes.
Bucks County netted a power play goal from Nick Leddy (sixth) at 2:38. The Raccoons defensive effort was stellar in the frame not allowing a Cincinnati shot for the first 17:11 of the period. However, less than a minute after that shot–John Carlson (ninth) snapped in a wrister to re-establisht the two goal edge. The Raccoons held a 14-2 shot edge in the frame.
Tom Wilson (seventh) on a line change at 6:28 was the final goal of the contest as Cincinnati held on 3-2.
Jacob Markstrom stopped 28 shots in picking up the win, while Jake Allen turned away 22 in the defeat.
|Weekly Summary:||Cincinnati takes care of business at home winning both home games this week, but loses both on the road. While the Inferno’s 69 points would be the most in the other conference, it is only fifth-most in its own conference and the club would not qualify for the postseason if things started tonight.
Speaking of the other conference, all four games the Inferno have next week involve teams from that side–including division leaders Yellowknife and California.
|Weekly Preview:||Just one home game this week for the Walleye, against the California Regulators. New to the Toledo lineup this week is Barclay Goodrow who replaces Anthony Cirelli who “got an offer he couldn’t refuse” to serve as body guard to Stray Corrado, godfather of the Chicago corporation. Stray, as you know, needs added protection since he was seen eating his pizza with a fork. Always keep one ready in the chamber Tony.|
|California Regulators @ Toledo Walleye||Toledo 4, California 3. That has got to be the strangest looking mascot I have ever seen. When he stands sideways he looks just like a ……… well, just interesting.
The teams spend the first 10 minutes feeling each other out, not much action, kind of like two virgins before they crawl in the sleeping bag for the first time. Then we get some real action, on the ice, not from the virgins in the sleeping bag. Stone breaks the ice to get the proceedings going. Shortly after, newcomer Barclay Goodrow gets acquainted with Daniel Sedin after some activity along the boards near the Regulator bench.
Interviewed after the game, Barclay said,”Its just like the first day in the exercise yard at the pen. You find the biggest baddest dude out there and punch him in the face.” Welcome to the MWHL Barclay.
As Barclay and Sedin spend some time out of action, Toledo’s 2nd line gets fired up and evens the game on a Spooner goal. Things settle down for the rest of the period and it ends 1-1 tie.
The 2nd period sees the Walleye 2nd line maintain their high energy and capitalize on 2 consecutive power plays (Zaitsev and Vanek). Penalties by Nelson and Trouba. Period ends 3-1 Toledo.
3rd period opens up with Trouba still having a chip on this shoulder from period 2, getting a 5 minute boarding penalty right out of the gate. Not happy with the whole situation, JVR retaliated with a high sticking penalty to make it a 4 on 4 game for 2 minutes. And apparently that is the style of play that California loves, because they shortly turn the tide as Staal and Silfverberg score within 15 second of each other, and with just under 18 minutes to go, we have a new game, tied 3-3. The Fish get a good opportunity to take back the lead midway through the period on a powerplay, but Grubauer is a stud in net and holds off the barage of shots to continue the stalemate. Then in a surprising call with 33 seconds left, Huberdeau is called for hooking. With the California bench in an uproar, the Walleye get the puck in the zone and bang away and JVR finds a tiny opening with 12 seconds left to break the tie. 4-3 Walleye.
Interviewed after the game, coach Skiles said,”Who calls a penalty with 33 seconds left unless there’s blood? We got screwed. Those refs better get body guards if they ever come to the west coast. There’s a lot of ocean a person can get lost in.”
1st star – Spooner 1g2a
Newcomer Barclay Goodrow ends the day with 5 penalty minutes, wins 10 out of 17 faceoffs, and a new friend Dan Sedin.
|Weekly Summary:||After dropping a 2 goal lead, nice to be able to come back and with this one.|
|Weekly Preview:||Bandits tied for 1st with Jagr. Sibling Rivalry at it’s finest.|
|New Jersey Grizzlies @ Brentwood Bandits||New Jersey, first place in the Atlantic, comes to town.
Jersey strikes first with Johansen (13) to make it 1-0
Brentwood would get 2 back in the 1st by Kerfoot (14) and Hornqvist (19) to take a 2-1 lead.
3rd period McGinn gets his 9th of the campaign to put the Bandits up 3-1.
Jersey pulls Holtby and Krug (9) gets the Empty Netter to send the home town crowd home happy with a 4-1 win.
Star 1 – BWB Vasilevskiy 41 saves
|Cincinnati Inferno @ Brentwood Bandits||The Inferno comes to town to try to burn down the Bandits and their good fortune.
Lindholm (7) puts the Bandits up 1-0.
The Inferno heat up and score two goals in the 1st when Point (13) and Zucker (26) make it 2-1 Cincy.
2nd Period – Cincinnati goes on a tear and scores the next three goals (that’s 5 unanswered!) with (the other) McGinn (2), Ceci (4) and Point (14) with his 2nd of the game.
Bandits try to stop the bleeding and pull Vasilevskiy in a rare dud of a start. Murray comes in to try to stop the bleeding.
Bandits get one back when Kerfoot scores his 15th on the season. 5-2 Inferno lead.
3rd period – Bandits throw shot after shot at Crawford until Eller (10) pulls the Bandits within 2 with a 5-3 Cincy leads.
That’s how this one would end. The Inferno road Crawford’s strong play and took advantage of an off start by Vasilevskiy.
Star 1 – Point 2G, 1A
|Weekly Summary:||Bandits split at home. Not great, but we’ll take it against two tough teams. The playoff hopes still look good. Let’s see how it plays out!|
|Weekly Preview:||Alamo has 3 games at home this week. They take on Thunder Bay, Chicago, and LA.|
|Thunder Bay NorWesters @ Alamo Defenders||Alamo gets the first 2 goals on the board – McAvoy and Baertschi score.
The NorWesters counter with 2 goals – Couturier and Barkov.
This game is tied at 2 after regulation.
In OT, Seguin ends the game on his 25 goal.
Alamo 3 Thunder Bay 2 (OT)
1 – Seguin
|Chicago Cosa Nostra @ Alamo Defenders||Baertschi and McAvoy score the first two goals for the Defenders. Late in the 2nd, Marleau scores for Chicago. But, no one scores in the 3rd period. Craig Anderson outplays Ron Bernier.
Alamo 2 Chicago 1
1st -Anderson 32 saves
|LA Great Danes @ Alamo Defenders||No goals in the 1st period.
2nd period – Ekblad scores his 7th goal for Alamo. But, LA responds with 3 goals in the 2nd period. Janmark, Pietrangelo, and Hagg score for the Great Danes.
No goals in the 3rd period and LA wins.
LA 3 Alamo 1
1st -Andersen 26 saves
|Weekly Summary:||Alamo wins 2 of 3.|
|Thunder Bay NorWesters|
|Weekly Preview:||Two Home games this week – Gilbert and Charlotte.|
|Gilbert Sharks @ Thunder Bay NorWesters||Tukka Rask was of his game tonight allowing 4 goals on just 11 shots before he was replaced by Ward who also gave up 4 more goals as Thunder Bay won 8-2 at home.
TB Goals by Conner (25 & 26), Athanasiou(10), Barkov(17GW), Jarnkrok(5), Muzzin(6), Nielson(3) and Landeskog(20).
Goals by Gilbert Panarin(14 & 15)
Jimmy Howard wins his 16th
|Charlotte Buzzards @ Thunder Bay NorWesters||Can anybody play defense???? Charlotte fired 64 shots 31 found the net and Thunder Bay ripped off 82 shots. That 146 shots over 60 minutes. Kyle Connor opended the scoring with his 27th goal of the season. Joe Pavelski countered with his 13th. Lee gave Charlotte the lead with his 29th. This time Ryan O’Reilly tied the game with his 7th of the year and then Reilly Smith (8) gave Thunder Bay a 3-2 lead after 40 minutes.
Lee buried his 30th of the year early in the 3rd to make it 3-3. Regulation ended 3-3.
Overtime saw each team get 5 shots but both goalies (Raanta & Demko in his 1st MWHL start stood strong sending the game to a shoot out.
Trochek’s shot was stopped by Demko
|Weekly Summary:||It has been a long time since Thunder Bay has won two games at home in a single week. Much too late for this years standings but a bright spot none the less.|
|Weekly Preview:||Brentwood and Yellowspoon come to Tennessee to take on the Steaders.|
|Brentwood Bandits @ Lafayette Homesteaders||Brentwood scores 7 goals on 15 shots and the game wasn’t even as close as the score indicates/ Vlasic has 2 goals to lead The Wood
Brentwood 7 Lafayette 5
|Yellowknife Braves @ Lafayette Homesteaders||The Braves Fleury puts on a show stopping shot after shot and stealing a game in Lafayette as The steaders out shot the Braves 3-10
Yellowknife 2 Lafayette 1
|Weekly Summary:||No points out shooting the opponent 65-28 and giving up 9 goals not pretty in the Hills and Hollers|
|Bucks County Raccoons|
|Weekly Preview:||Long Beach and Lafayette invade The Nest for 2 games which the Racs think are winnable.|
|Long Beach Ice Dogs @ Bucks County Raccoons||In a game in which they were hoping to pick up 2 points, the Racs came out flat, uninspired and listless and fell the the Ice Dogs by a score of 4-1. Bucks County could only manage 4 scoring chances in the game and were never in the game once Long Beach scored.|
|Lafayette Homesteaders @ Bucks County Raccoons||In a complete reversal of their earlier game this week, the Raccoons controlled play throughout the entire game and came away with a 3-1 win. Bucks County out shot the Homesteaders 39-25 and controlled the face off dot on the way to the win.|
|Weekly Summary:||Hoping to pick up at least 3 points in the two games Bucks County is embarrassed in game one and can only accumulate 2 points during the week….|
|Weekly Preview:||As the playoff hopes plummet as February commences, the expansion Charlotte Buzzards set its sights on respectability at this point (an overall winning record remains within reach). The southerners hosted division rival Clearfield and Bathgate.|
|Clearfield Bison @ Charlotte Buzzards||The Bisons win in a shootout, 4-3 as the Buzzards lose in heartbreaking fashion, coughing up leads of 2-0 and 3-2 in regulation. Kevin Fiala’s goal with 1:02 pushes the game to overtime. Fiala is also the hero for Clearfield in the shootout, beating Lundqvist to provide the 3-1 shootout clincher.|
|Bathgate Rangers @ Charlotte Buzzards||Two late period goals by John Klingberg lift the Rangers to victory 3-1. Klingberg scored the game winner with just 25 seconds to play in the second period…then added an empty netter with Lundqvist pulled and :38 to play in regulation. Jarsolav Halak made 22 saves for the Rangers and only let in one, a power play goal by Buzzards defenseman Dougie Hamilton that tied the game at 1-1 midway through the second period.|
|Weekly Summary:||As the regular seasons gets closer to a conclusion, the Buzzards are in freefall, with the offense sputtering twice to spoil good efforts by Henrik Lundqvist. As the immortal football coach Jim Mora Sr. once said, “Playoffs, what playoffs?…we’re just trying to win a game.|
|Weekly Preview:||Gilbert has 3 Home Games this Block as they try to catch up to California in the division.|
|Bathgate Rangers @ Gilbert Sharks||Back and forth game ends up going Bathgate’s way on Michael Ferland’s 2nd Goal of the game that ends up being the game winner. Final Score 6-5 Bathgate|
|Alamo Defenders @ Gilbert Sharks||Gilbert jumps out to a huge lead and hangs on late for a 5-4 win. Nathan Mackinnon had 2 goals and an assist.|
|Chicago Cosa Nostra @ Gilbert Sharks||Chicago manages just 21 shots on Tuuka Rask and he saves them all as Gilbert wins 4-0.|
|Weekly Summary:||The Sharks go 2-1 at home and creep a little closer to .500|
|New Jersey Grizzlies|
|Bucks County Raccoons @ New Jersey Grizzlies||New Jersey Wins 4-1|
|California Regulators @ New Jersey Grizzlies||This game was crazy and it was Ryan Johansen with a goal at 19:59 of the 3rd to give New Jersey the big win at home, 3-2|
|Weekly Summary:||2 wins this week trying to stay at the top but everyone is getting much tougher as the season progresses.|
|Weekly Preview:||Clearfield welcomes Guentzel and Brentwood to wherever Clearfield is.|
|Guentzel Gunners @ Clearfield Bison||Guentzel scores early for Guentzel, that sounds weird, but either way the gunners lead 1-0 1:48 into the game. unfortunately, that’s the last that goes good for the visitors in the 1st. Clearfield out shoots them 20-8 and gets goals from maroon, Fiala and Berglund to lead 3-1 at the end of the first. Fiala adds another halfway through the 2nd for a 4-1 lead as the bison look to coast to an easy victory. the gunners have other ideas as the score at 13:26 and 14:20 to cut the lead to 1 but cant get any closer and Claude Giroux adds and empty net goal to seal the victory with 11 seconds left.|
|Brentwood Bandits @ Clearfield Bison||Brentwood dominates the game out shooting the bison 39-29 and make an early goal by Neiderreiter stand up as Tristan Jarry stands on his head in net but the offense never scores and the Bandits get an eng to seal the victory.|
|Weekly Summary:||split 2 games, not the best result but not the worst either|
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