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Wood, Miles BGR 3 2 3 5 2 4 9 22%
Holtby, Braden NJG 3 2 0.67 88 .978
Vanek, Thomas TOL 4 5 2 7 2 -2 14 36%
Luongo, Roberto GUE 2 1 0.5 49 .980

Yellowknife Braves
Weekly Preview: Bucks CO. travels to the Canadian North West
Bucks County Raccoons @ Yellowknife Braves Bucks County Kicks some Brave ass. The Raccoons win 5-1.
Stars #1 BCR McDavid 1G 2pts
#2 BCR Elliot 31 saves
#3 BCR Hyman 1G
Weekly Summary: Yellowknife continues their nosedive losing their only home game.
Columbus Brew Jackets
Weekly Preview: 1 home game this week but it’s against the one of the leagues two best – Jagr (who is tied with Brentwood atop the Metropolitan division).
Jagr Mullets @ Columbus Brew Jackets Whoa – Matthews scores 37 seconds into the game. He gets the puck deep in his end, passes out to Hall, back to Matthews, over the line, he passes to Laine, back to Hall, to Mathews – shoots, beats Rinne low on the stick side. 1-0 Jagr. HOWEVER, from that point on, Rinne stoned the Mullets. He stops the next 33 shots – including 16 in the 3rd period.

And Rinne had some decent help. Been and Brodiak (only his 3rd goal of the year) score in the 1st and it’s 2-1. Besides being the GWG, Brodiak’s was a SH goal. That was enough, but Couture scores in the 2nd and Kucherov made it 4-1 with a goal in the 3rd.
1. Kucherov 1 goal 1 assist
2. Rinne 34 saves
3. Benn 1 goal

Weekly Summary: 1 home game this week, but it was a big success!! Gained 2 points on Jagr.
Bathgate Rangers
Weekly Preview: Rangers draw 1 game on the home schedule this week, but it’s against family rival Columbus. Brew Jackets one of the best scoring teams in the league – Rangers hoping to give good defensive effort.
Columbus Brew Jackets @ Bathgate Rangers Someone say defense? Well period 1 had it as Columbus fires 15 shots and Rangers stop 14 of them. Rangers get 1 of their own on their 6 shots. Zibanejad (ZBad) scores for Bathgate, Kucherov for Columbus.
THEN we go to period 2. Rangers take advantage of a Brodziak penalty and get the PP goal JUST as the penalty expires – Wood. Then Karlsson and Ferland score and it’s 4-1 Bathgate with 9 left in the 2nd. But then Hayes takes advantage of a Zadorov tripping penalty to score Columbus PP goal making it 4-2. But Nico scores his 19th late in the 2nd for the Rangers 4th goal of the period and a 5-2 lead as the 2nd ends.3rd PERIOD – Rangers commit 4 penalties – well 5 when Subban gets a 4 minute job, Anderson (checking from behind), Klingberg (holding), ZBad (hooking) and Subban (4 MINUTES for high sticking). On three of those 5 PPlays, the Brew Jackets convert! [They ended up 4 for 10 on the PP in this game). Frk scores on the 1st PP. Miller on the 1st half of Subban’s and Calvert on the 2nd half. So with 5:50 to go, the game is now tied 5-5! It gets worse for the home team, Edmundson tallies with less than a minute and a half to give the Brew Guys a big foamy head and the 6-5 lead. They poured on 26 shots on former teammate Halak. For their own efforts they had pulled Rinne late in the 2nd when he was shell shocked by his old team. Bishop played all of the 3rd and the end of the 2nd – facing 12 shots and he was perfect and Columbus pulled the BIG COMEBACK snatching victory from the Rangers and sending the hometown crowd home in shock!
3. Hayes 1 goals, 1 assist
2. Frk 1 goal, 1 assist
1. MILLER, 1 goal, 2 assists (and 17 faceoffs)
Burns contributed on 3 goals for Columbus. Halak did stop 47 shots of the 53 that went on net (92 total). Rangers ended with 20 PIM – and as noted, the Brew Jackets converted on 40% (4-10) power plays.
Weekly Summary: Rangers not happy with their 3rd period meltdown – can’t give credit to the opposition (it’s family!). 0 for 1 this week at home.
LA Great Danes
Weekly Preview: Lone home game of the week against Pacific Division leader California.
California Regulators @ LA Great Danes Janmark scores early for LA on its first shot of the game, and the teams trade PPG’s in the first for a 2-1 LA lead after one. The Danes kill off an early Brayden Schenn penalty, and 15 seconds after coming out of the box, Schenn deflects one past Bobrovsky for a 3-1 LA lead, and period 2 ends that way.

In the third, California kills off an early penalty, and it’s their turn to quickly respond with a goal, by Jacob Trouba 5 seconds after their penalty kill at 5:54. After that, the Great Danes control play much of the third and are able to close it out with a 3-2 win, outshooting Cal 19-8 in the 3rd.

Weekly Summary: The Great Danes are miles from California in the standings and geographically, but it’s nice to knock off the top team in the Pacific. Second place in the Pacific and 5th in the west seems to be the best LA can do at this point, but that would be an OK result in a rebuilding year.
Chicago Cosa Nostra
Weekly Preview: One home game for the Italian Mafia this week. It’s a division match up as well.
Yellowknife Braves @ Chicago Cosa Nostra Chicago once again falls in another 1 goal game. The Cosa Nostra must be leading the league in 1 goal losses.

Final Score: Yellowknife 4 – Chicago 3

3-Star Selection:

Star #1 – Sebastian A. Aho – 1 Goal, 2 Points.
Star #2 – Mikko Rantanen – 1 Goal, 2 Points.
Star #3 – Evgeny Malkin – 1 Goal, 2 Points.

Greene 8 Blocked Shots for Yellowknife.
Jonathan Bernier 32 Saves, Ben Hutton 15 Minutes in Penalties.

Weekly Summary: Another 1 goal loss. They just keep piling up instead of the points.
Lafayette Homesteaders
Weekly Preview: The Steaders take on Bathgate and Jagr this week
Bathgate Rangers @ Lafayette Homesteaders As my ex wives said MANY times…there was just too much wood!

Miles scores 2 and sets up two more as the Rangers tear up Lafayette

Bathgate 7 Lafayette 2

Jagr Mullets @ Lafayette Homesteaders Lafayette takes a 3-1 lead into the 3rd and then promptly shits the bed as Jagr scores 3 including Ovechkins35th with just 24 seconds left!
Weekly Summary: Tough week for Lafayette the cold reality of their salary cap mixed with two tough loses.
Jagr Mullets
Weekly Preview: Only one game this week – but it’s YUGE, against the brotherly Brentwood Bandnuts.
Brentwood Bandits @ Jagr Mullets Brentwood thoroughly embarrasses the Mullets in the 1st period, racking up a 25-8 shot advantage.

Fortunately, John Gibson stands tall, only preventing Bo Horvat’s 11th goal on the season.

Unfortunately for Brentwood, Andrei Vaseline lets goals by Granlund (14) and Kadri (27) behind him and the Bandnuts are down 2-1 after one period — even though they thoroughly outplayed their opposition.

The Mullets come out flying in the 2nd period — we’re still unsure if it was the rousing speech or amphetamines — and the home team tacks on two more goals: Laine (36) and Taylor Hall (30). Jagr also outshoots Brentwood 16-7 in the period to get their swagger back.

In the 3rd, the Bandnuts remain in statis; clearly deep within their refractory period as they surrender their 5th and final goal of the game – this time to Auston Matthews (28).

And just like that, the Mullets pummel their divisional foe 5-1 to gain two precious points.

Scoring Summary
Per Time Str Team
1 6:16 EV BWB Horvat (11), assisted by Niederreiter (13) and Eberle (28)
1 8:48 EV JAG Granlund (14), assisted by Letang (33) and Staal (15)
1 16:33 EV JAG Kadri (27), assisted by Ellis (23) and Radulov (55)
2 10:41 EV JAG Laine (36), assisted by Ellis (24) and Hall (67)
2 17:25 EV JAG Hall (30), assisted by Laine (25)
3 19:32 EV JAG Matthews (28), assisted by Hall (68)

Star 1: JAG Gibson 46 saves
Star 2: JAG Hall 1 G, 3 Pts
Star 3: JAG Laine 1 G, 2 Pts

GWG: Nazem Kadri

Notables: BWB Tavares 15 faceoffs won, Vasilevskiy 32 saves
JAG Gibson 46 saves

Weekly Summary: Any day that the Mullets beat the Bandnuts is a good day. -Ice Cube
Alamo Defenders
Weekly Preview: Long Beach and Alamo are playing out the season.
Long Beach Ice Dogs @ Alamo Defenders This was a pretty defensive game.

In the 1st period – no one scores. Long Beach outshoots Alamo 8-5.

2nd period – Yandle scores his 10th for Alamo. But, Stamkos responds with his 19th goal. Then, late in the 3rd, Stamkos scores is 20th. Carter scores a late insurance goal and Long Beach comes away with the win.

Long Beach 3 Alamo 1

1st – Stamkos 2 goals
2nd – Varlamov 27 saves
3rd – Carter 1 goal

Weekly Summary: Long Beach wins 3-1 in the only game at Alamo this week. Stamkos is the star with 2 goals.
Cincinnati Inferno
Weekly Preview: The Cincinnati Inferno welcome Clearfield in for the onlty home game at The Incincerator this week. The Inferno continue their search for a playoff spot against the Atlantic Division leaders.
Clearfield Bison @ Cincinnati Inferno In what should be a low-scoring affair, both teams enter as the two top goals against average teams in the NWHL. The first period verifies this as the teams exit the ice scoreless. Shots on goal favor the Bison, 9-6.

In the second, the Inferno net a pair of goals to grab a 2-0 lead. Alex Edler (sixth) scores on a shot from the point at 7:55 with Adam Lowry and Brayden Point picking up the assists. The key goal in the game came next, with 44 seconds to play in th frame–Matthew Tkachuk (17th) grabs a rebound and stuffs it home on the power play. John Carlson and Sidney Crosby had the helpers, as the shots were 15-6, Cincinnati.

Clearfield came charging in the third period, but Corey Crawford held them off. The only goal in the period came from Anton Stralman (fourth) with an empty netter with one minute to play. David Perron and William Karlsson had the assists and Cincinnati claimed the 3-0 win. The shots in the third period (13-5) and for the game (28-26) belonged to Clearfield. The Inferno were ready for the assault in the third, as Cincinnati players blocked nine shots in the stanza.

Crawford collected the win, stopping all 28 shots, while Connor Hellbuyck turned away 23. The Bison went zero-for-two on the power play, while the Inferno were one-for-four. Blocked shots for the game were 14-3 in favor of Cincinnati.

Weekly Summary: A solid home win rewards the Inferno with two points in the hunt for a playoff spot. Now, the team hits the road for three more games this week as the club tries to catch New Jersey.
Gilbert Sharks
Weekly Preview: Gilbert has 2 big home games in Block 18 against Division Rivals Alamo and LA
Alamo Defenders @ Gilbert Sharks Derek Brassard scores twice for Gilbert and Brad Marchand scores twice for Alamo but it is Drake Caggiula who puts in the game winner in OT as Alamo wins 5-4
LA Great Danes @ Gilbert Sharks Gilbert has a 2-0 lead going into the 3rd Period but the LA offense explodes with 4 goals to win 4-2.
Weekly Summary: A disappointing home block for Gilbert as they get only 1 point against the two teams directly behind them in the standings.
Brentwood Bandits
Weekly Preview: One loss on the road against the Jagoff Mallrats… it’s getting tight down the stretch!

3 divisional home games to try to keep pace with the elder Niespodzianski bro.

Columbus Brew Jackets @ Brentwood Bandits Columbus plays well and hold the Bandits to an uncharacteristic 24 shots, but Tavares and company make them count as they win 3-2 behind a good performance in net by Vasilevskiy.

3-2 Brentwood wins.

Bathgate Rangers @ Brentwood Bandits Bathgate and Brentwood play a rough and tumble game. A couple of fights. Kerfoot with a 5 min charging penalty and a misconduct. Bathgate outshoots Brentwood 38-29 but the Bandits make it count against former Bandit, Halak as they win 6-3.

Vasilevskiy with 35 saves on the evening.

Lafayette Homesteaders @ Brentwood Bandits Lafayette rolls into town.

Pitlick scores a shortie which sets the tone for Lafayette as they get a strong performance in net by Jones with a 40 save performance as they beat the Bandits 4-2.

Weekly Summary: 4 of 6 points at home isn’t horrible, but we’ll take it. We’ll see how the final 13 games go!
Toledo Walleye
Weekly Preview: Toledo faces all division foes this week in 3 home games on one away game which was simmed due to problems in Bucks County.
Yellowknife Braves @ Toledo Walleye Toledo 4, Yellowknife 2 – Walleye jump out early on an offensive flurry of shots culminating with a wraparound goal by Amisimov just before the 5 minute mark. The division leading Braves answer quickly though, Aho and Malkin with a little back and forth ending up with the big guy (Malkin) knocking one in from close range, tying the game 1-1. A motivated Walleye squad responds right off the faceoff following a dump into the zone with quick passes catching the defense out of position and van Riemsdyk shooting a rocket into the net to give the Walleye the lead back at 2-1 at the 10 minute mark. After that, things settle down and the defenses take control to keep the teams scoreless the rest of the period which ends 2-1 Walleye.

Determined not to let this one slip away, the Walleye run a set play early on a faceoff in the offensive zone and Vanek deflects a Backstrom shot to quickly push the lead to 2. Defenses both stiffen for a while until Toledo breaks out with a rush resulting in Vanek beating Ryan Miller for the 4th Toledo goal of the day. This apparently wakes up the Braves a bit who respond a few minutes later on a transition play with Turris beating Dell to make it 4-2, as things slowly slide towards intermission, Brouwer decides to take out Morrissey and the refs take objection to the attempt to injure him, sending Brouwer to the showers for the rest of this game plus the next 3 games.

The goalies take control the 3rd period, shutting down both offenses, even a pulled goalie attack by the visitors the final 2 minutes, and the Walleye hang on tight to the 4-2 win.

1st star – Vanek 2g
2nd – van Riemsdyk 1g
3rd – Anisimov – 1g

Chicago Cosa Nostra @ Toledo Walleye Chicago 5, Toledo 4 OT – The Chicago defense shows up and takes control in the first period, keeping the Walleye at bay most of the period and then shutting down a 5 on 3 Toledo power play later in the period, while Chabot is able to tally one for the visitors. 1-0 Chicago at the end of one.

Chicago doubles the lead early in the 2nd on a transition goal by Bailey to Manson to Copp with the deflection. Toledo wakes up and finally generates some offense late in the period to wipe the zero off the board on a goal by Anisimov. Period ends 2-1 Chicago.

Chicago enters the third period determined to hang on to this one and scores early with Debrincat sneaking in a hard shot to make it 3-1, enraging coach Borzenski. Toledo scrambles up the lines, which appears to confuse Chicago, as the Walleye go on a 3 goal spurt, Vanek, Mantha and Anisimov ride a wave of offensive energy to give the home team the lead at 4-3 with 5 minutes left. Toledo seems to relax a bit and Chicago takes advantage with a quick response goal by Dubois to tie it at 4 with 3 minutes left. Its all hands on deck the final 3 minutes, but both defenses are up to the task and send the game to overtime 4-4.

Both teams play good aggresive offense in overtime, each getting multiple chances to score, but its Pastrnak who finds an opening past Dell to win the game for Chicago, 5-4.

1st star – Anisimov 2g
2nd – Dubois 1g1a GWG
3rd – Pastrnak 1g

Toledo Walleye Bucks County 5, Toledo 3 – This game was simmed, an away game for Toledo, did not feel it proper to have coaching advantage for an away game.

Bucks County builds a 2-0 lead on goals 2 goals by Johansson, answered by a goal from Stecher and the first period ends 2-1 Raccoons.

2nd period sees Toledo tie and take the lead on goals by Krejci and Vanek. The Raccoons answer late in the period on a goal by McDavid to end the period 3-3.

Raccoons own the 3rd period, shutting down the Walleye while Kane and Keith put in goals to make it a 5-3 final.

1st star Johansson 2g2a
2nd McDavid 1g1a
3rd Stecher 1g1a

Guentzel Gunners @ Toledo Walleye Toledo 6, Guentzel 4 – Big game between playoff hopefuls. Toledo dominates the 1st period, holding the Gunners to 6 SOG while scoring 3 goals (van Riemsdyk 2 and Backstrom) going to intermission 3-0.

2nd period was one for the books with goals scored left and right. Every time Guentzel scored, Toledo answered, the lead oscillating between 2 and 3 all the way to the horn sounding. For Guentzel Bergeron, Guentzel and Kopitar. Answering for the home team was Vanek, Goodrow and Green. 6-3 Toledo after 2 period.

The fans take advantage of the intermission to unload and reload, getting ready for an exciting 3rd period. But defenses say wait a minute, we count too. The only flaw was a Dell miscue, letting Faksa get one by, making it 6-4. But that all she wrote for this one and the Walleye take a big one.

1st star – van Riemsdyk 2g1a
2nd – Kopitar 2g1a
3rd – Backstrom 1g1a

Weekly Summary: At home, the Walleye take 5 of 6 points against division rivals, and hopefully put some distance between themselves and chasing playoff teams. On the road a loss to Bucks County.

Top perfomers:
Bucks County Johansson 2g2a 4 pts.
Chicago – Dubois 2 pts
Guentzel – Kopitar, Zuccarello 3 pts.
Toledo – VAnek 7 pts

Thunder Bay Nor’Westers
Weekly Preview: Home games against Charlotte and Clearfield. Thunder Bay is still struggling to win with any consistency. Offense has been passable but out defense and goal tending has been very erratic all season.
Charlotte Buzzards Charlotte dominated the game from the opening whistle. Four unanswered goals in the first 2 periods was the death knell. Grabner (19), Lucic (8), Dzingel (19) and Lucic (9). Finally in the 3rd period the Buzzards left us a crumb when Slavin (7) scored. Jimmy Howard was abysmal in goal with a .789 save percentage.
Clearfield Bison This game seemed to be a continuation for the Charlotte game as Clearfield scored twice in the first period – Carr (2) and Goroux (19). In the 2nd period Thunder Bay closed the gap to a goal when Barkov scored his 21st of the season. Clearfield them netted two more and a 4-1 lead – goals by Kane (17) and Little (6). Another 3rd period crumb when Landeskog scored his 26th. Too little too late Howard improved to just awful .840 save%.
Weekly Summary: Not everybody is waiting for the weekly results. Thunder Bay’s results are now showing up on page 4 of the Sports section after woman’s basketball and curling.
Charlotte Buzzards
Weekly Preview: Greetings from NBA All-Star land. During this latest stretch, Charlotte hosted just one game, an intradivision matchup with the formidable Cinicinnati Inferno.
Cincinnati Inferno @ Charlotte Buzzards Trailing 2-1, Charlotte capitalized on a three-goal barrage early in the third period and doused the Inferno 4-3. The official game winner came with exactly 14 minutes left in regulation when Jon Marchessault scored his second goal of the game off a Joe Pavelski assist to put Charlotte ahead 4-2. In front of Anti Raanta, the Buzzards played shutdown defense for most of the remainder of the game, but Brock Boeser scored his second goal of the contest with 2:02 left in regulation — however, the Inferno were unable to find the tying score with the extra attacker. Jason Zucker accounted for Cincy’s other goal in the first period which had started the scoring.
Weekly Summary: With the win, the Buzzards hold faint hope of somehow overtaking Cincinnati for third place overall in the division if they can continue this late-season surge. In this insanely competitive Atlantic division, that wouldn’t be such a hollow accomplishment for this first year team.
New Jersey Grizzlies
Cincinnati Inferno @ New Jersey Grizzlies New Jersey wins 3-1 with Ryan Johnansen having 3 assists.
Charlotte Buzzards @ New Jersey Grizzlies New Jersey behind Werenski win 3-1
Thunder Bay NorWesters @ New Jersey Grizzlies New Jersey and Holbty shut out the NorWesters
New Jersey Grizzlies @ Clearfield Bison This game was asked by league office to play. Clearfield won in OT 4-3 to keep control of the division.
Weekly Summary: 3 wins and a tie New Jersey is holding on to playoff spot, they need to get back on stride.
California Regulators
Long Beach Ice Dogs @ California Regulators NorCal (California) beats SoCal (Long Beach) 4-3.
Alamo Defenders @ California Regulators California wins 3-2.
Gilbert Sharks @ California Regulators California wins 7-3.
Weekly Summary: California is finishing strong, wins 3 at home this week.