2018-2019 PLAYER & GOALIE OF THE WEEK #19
|EASTERN GOALIE||TEAM||GP||GOALS AGAINST||G.A. AVERAGE||SAVES||SAVE %|
|WESTERN GOALIE||TEAM||GP||GOALS AGAINST||G.A. AVERAGE||SAVES||SAVE %|
|Thunder Bay NorWesters|
|Weekly Preview:||“C” Week – Countdown to Conclusion
Also we play three games this week Cincinnati, Clearfield and Charlotte
|Cincinnati Inferno @ Thunder Bay NorWesters||Hoping for a spoiler role but that is not going to happen. Cinci tallies twice in the 1st period. Both scored by Tkachuk (18 & 19) and Thunder Bay looks lost.
Simmonds scores in the 2nd his 13th of the season and the Nor’Westers are down 3-0. Haydn Fleury scores his first MHWL goal and after 2 it’s 3-1.
The 3rd period see Boeser score his 25th and the final is 4-1 Cinci over Thunder Bay.
|Weekly Summary:||Rumors abound that Head Coach Mike Fischer’s contract will not be renewed. The speculation is that management is looking for a more disciplined presence. A coach who with hold players accountable for their responsibilities. One name often whispered is former NHL defenseman Chris Chelios.|
|Chicago Cosa Nostra|
|Weekly Preview:||Chicago with two home games at the Capone Center. Renovations in the off season are planned not only for this old building, but the team as well.|
|Guentzel Gunners @ Chicago Cosa Nostra||Division leading Guentzel comes into the Windy City figuring to bounce the Cosa Nostra down a new notches, but for a change the Chicago teams wins a 1-Goal game.
Final Score: Chicago 4 – Guentzel 3
Matt Dumba, 5 Block Shots, Patrice Bergeron 15 Face off wins & Roberto Luongo 31 Saves for the Gunners.
|Toledo Walleye @ Chicago Cosa Nostra||Feeling good off the win against Guentel the Chicago team provides the home fans with another Ho-Hum game scoring only 2 goals. Toledo nets 3, plus an empty netter.
Final Score: Toledo 4 – Chicago 3
Nicklas Backstrom 3 Assists, Devan Dubnyk 31 Saves for the Walleye.
|Weekly Summary:||Chicago splits at home & the only thing they look forward to is having a very high draft pick again in 2019.|
|Weekly Preview:||Yellowknife is trying to stay near the top of their division. They host rivals Toledo and Chicago|
|Toledo Walleye @ Yellowknife Braves||Toledo takes a 3-1 lead into the 3rd. The Walleye shit the tank and end up losing in overtime 4-3.
Stars #1 YEL Aho 1G 2pts
#2 TOL Krejci 1G 2pts
#3 TOL Van Riemsdyk 1G 2pts
|Chicago Cosa Nostra @ Yellowknife Braves||The Braves win a close one 5-4.
Stars #1 YEL Williams 2G 3pts
#2 YEL Kuznetsov 1G 4pts
#3 CHI Copp 2G
|Weekly Summary:||Yellowknife stays alive winning 2 one goal games|
|Weekly Preview:||The Defenders play host to Gilbert and California.|
|Gilbert Sharks @ Alamo Defenders||The first period is scoreless. In the 2nd, the Sharks get hot. Henrique scores his 21st goal on a power play. Then, Keller and Perrault score even handed goals. Its 3-0 after 2 periods.
In the 3rd, Marchand scores his 30th goal. The Sharks get an insurance run as Atkinson scores is 25th goal.
Alamo outshoots Gilbert, 41-20.
Gilbert 4 Alamo 1
1st – Rask 40 saves
|California Regulators @ Alamo Defenders||1st place California plays at Alamo. Only 14 seconds into the game, Marchand scores his 31st. The Regulators come back with a Reinhart goal to tie it.
Its 1-1 going into the 3rd.
Faulk scores his 8th and California goes up by 1. But, Alamo gets hot down the stretch. Wheeler scores his 18th and 19th. Then, Marchand scores the insurance goal on his 32nd goal of the year.
Alamo 4 California 2
1st-Marchand 2 goals and 2 assists
|Weekly Summary:||Alamo splits as they lose to Gilbert, then win against California.|
|Weekly Preview:||One game in Toledo (37-28-5) this week against division rival Bucks County (28-35-6). The Raccoons have the advantage so far this season winning 3 of 5 from the Walleye, and sport the powerful line of McDavid (28-57-85), Kane (22-16-38) and Schwartz (22-29-51). The Walleye throw out their best goalie; McElhinney (10-4, 2.15 GAA)|
|Bucks County Raccoons @ Toledo Walleye||Toledo 5, Bucks County 0 – Toledo comes out like they really want this one, MacDonald getting the first tally before 2 minutes bleed off the clock, and then Vanek piles on before 2 more minutes are gone and the Walleye are feeling pretty good at 2-0. The Walleye fend off a Raccoon powerplay and then Foligno makes it 3-0 just past the halfway mark in the 1st period. MacDonald opens the door with a penalty, but the Toledo PK teams are up to the task and the rest of the period is all goalies sending the game to intermission at 3-0 Walleye.
2nd period sees Cammalleri get his first of the year for Toledo, making it 4-0 just past the 6 minute mark. Daley penalty opens another chance for the visitors but they are unable to take advantage and the period wanders to the end with no more damage, 4-0 Toledo.
3rd period sees JVR take advantage of an aggresive Racoon attack gone wrong and skates unencumbered to score the 5th and last goal of the game at the 5 minute mark. McElhinney keeps the lamp unlit the rest of the way, ending up with 47 saves and no blemishes.
1st star – McElhinney 47 save shutout
|Weekly Summary:||A light week in Toledo with only one game, thankfully a win.
The McElhinney shutout was player of the week.
|Weekly Preview:||One home game this week against New Jersey, which sits eight points in front of Cincinnati for the final playoff spot. Basically, this is a must-win. A loss would leave the Inferno ten points back with 14 games to go.
Is this the week the season all but ends?
|New Jersey Grizzlies @ Cincinnati Inferno||A last second line change by Cincinnati moves Williams Karlsson to the top line with Matthew Tkachuk and Brock Boeser, with Sidney Crosby moving down to play with Jason Zucker and David Perron. Would a late change help?
New Jersey netted the first goal just 2:27 in, when Viktor Hedman buried his 19th goal to start things. Before the period ended, David Perron slotted his 18th goal at 13:35 on the power play to knot hings at one apiece.
Cincinnati got both goals in the second to open a 3-1 lead. Cody Ceci converted a turnover breakaway goal, shorthanded, at 2:56 and then Sidney Crosby lit the lamp with his 18th goal at 8:34.
The Grizzlies wasted little time in the third getting back into it. Sven Andrighetto rifled home his fourth goal on the power play at 24 seconds to make it 3-2. Crosby’s second of the night at 9:44 on the power play made it a 4-2 game again.
Tkachuk’s second goal of the game (19th) at 9:44 on the power play gave a false sense of relief–as Cincinnati opened a three-goal lead. Twenty-two seconds after that, Travis Konecny netted his 15th on a rebound goal at 10:06 and New Jersey cut the lead to 5-3.
Crosby finished the game with four points (3-1-4), David Perron added three assists and Cocy Ceci had a goal and an assist. The shots favored Cincinnati, 33-26. Chances went the Inferno’s way as well, 21-5. Power plays went two-for-four for the Inferno and one-for-six for the Grizzlies.
Corey Crawford picked up the win with 23 saves, while Braden Holtby took the loss with 27 saves.
|Weekly Summary:||Cincinnati dodges the big bullet with the win and is within six points of the final playoff spot and has three games in hand on New Jersey. The Grizzlies will not have to wait long to avenge the game–the teams meet again next week.|
|LA Great Danes|
|Weekly Preview:||The Great Danes take on Pacific rivals Alamo and Gilbert. With California running way with the division, it’s only pride at stake for these teams.|
|Alamo Defenders @ LA Great Danes||Alamo controls play early, with an 8-1 shot advantage and 2 PP opportunities after the first 10 minutes, but the Danes defense holds up and Alex Pietrangelo scores at 15:56 off a face-off win, and LA leads 1-0 after 1.
In the second period, the teams play conservatively, and the only goal of the period is a Mark Scheifele PPG at 13:41. After 2 periods, LA is up 2-0, and there’s only 10 scoring changes total in the game between the 2 teams.
In the 3rd, when Nick Bonino takes a 4-minutes cross checking penalty, Alamo looks to get back in the game, but Darnell Nurse gets a breakaway and scores a short-handed goal at 8:38. At this point, it seemed the only suspense would be whether Frederick Andersen can get the shutout. But Scottie Upshall gets Alamo on the board with exactly 3 minutes left, and Brad Marchand gets his 30th goal of the season at 19:16 and all of a sudden it’s a 3-2 game. But that’s all the scoring, and the Danes hold on for a 3-2 win.
|Gilbert Sharks @ LA Great Danes||The Danes get off to a good start in this one with an early goal by Janmark and a late goal by Scheifele to lead 2-0 after the 1st.
Perreault gets Gilbert within a goal midway through the second, but the Danes respond with 2 goals a minute apart, by Hoffman and Lehkonen to take a 4-1 lead after 2.
No scoring in the third, and LA coasts to a 4-1 win over the Sharks. Frederick Andersen earns the #1 star with 43 saves.
|Weekly Summary:||Too little too late, but LA has won 5 in a row. The Great Dane, Frederick Andersen is playing his best hockey of the season and looks to get most if not all of the starts the rest of the year. But management is now focused on NHL scoreboard watching and contract decisions for next year.|
|Weekly Preview:||Gilbert with just one home game versus Long Beach|
|Long Beach Ice Dogs @ Gilbert Sharks||Sam Gagner opens the scoring in the first with his 2nd goal of the year to put Gilbert up 1-0. It remains that way until just 6 minutes left in the game when Brenden Gallagher ties it up for Long Beach. It is looking like OT but with just 30 seconds left Teuvo Teravainain gets one by Cam Ward to give the Ice Dogs the lead. Stamkos adds an empty netter to give Long Beach a 3-1 win.|
|Weekly Summary:||Gilbert with a disappointing home loss.|
|Weekly Preview:||One home game against the Jagoff Mullets. Sibling rivalry at it’s finest!|
|Jagr Mullets @ Brentwood Bandits||The JAGS score the first 4 goals by the top dogs as Ovie (36, 37) scores 2 and Matthews (30) and Laine (37) light the lamp.
Tavares (40) and Niederreiter (29) pull the Bandits within 2.
Head to the 2nd period…
Nothing. Evenly played. Goalies do their jobs.
Head to the 3rd… the Bandits climb back into it with Tavares getting his 2nd of the evening (41) and Backes potting his 10th with less than 3 minutes left!
4-4 tie as time winds down… Radulov (14) scores 18 seconds later to give the Mullets the lead again 5-4.
Brentwood throws everything at Gibson, but he shuts the door on his former team as the Jagoffs come to town and beat the good guys 5-4.
Star 1 Ovechkin 2G, 1A
|Weekly Summary:||One home game, zero point. HUGE loss against the sibling and divisional rivalry. Let’s see how things go down the stretch, but we will hopefully hold on to a playoff spot even if we don’t win the division. BUT we’re still only 2 points out (until all of the road games come in at least).|
|Weekly Preview:||Two home games this week.|
|Bathgate Rangers @ Jagr Mullets||In a tight game, the Mullets take it 3-1 thanks to strong goaltending by John Gibson – who collects his 30th win of the year. We really screwed up his usage, as he should have been used a lot more (Jonathan Quick is barely above .500, while Gibson is 30-9-1).
Ryan Ellis also contributes some big offense from the blueline.
Star 1: JAG Ellis 1 G, 2 Pts
GWG: Ryan Ellis
Notables: BGR Zibanejad 16 faceoffs won, Halak 34 saves
|Lafayette Homesteaders @ Jagr Mullets||Lafayette comes to down with a chip on their shoulder, and they leave with 2 points as they clip the Mullets 5-3. We talk up Gibson, and he responds with his 10th loss of the year.
Gibson you suck (reverse psychology…)
Star 1: JAG Ovechkin 2 G
GWG: Matt Duchene
Notables: LAF Jones 34 saves, Ristolainen 6 blocks
|Weekly Summary:||As the famous poet Meat Loaf once sang, “Two out of four ain’t bad…”|
|LA Great Danes @ California Regulators||California beats LA, 5-0.|
|Weekly Summary:||California earns its 8th, and league leading, shutout of the season.|
|Weekly Preview:||The Buzzards, hovering just above .500 as the season draws to a close, hosted fellow second-tier division foe Thunder Bay in its quest to attain a winning record — and eschew tanking.|
|Thunder Bay NorWesters @ Charlotte Buzzards||Behind sensational goaltending from first-star Anti Raanta, Charlotte broke a 1-1 tie with second and third period goals to blow past the NorWesters, 3-1. Raanta saved 34, allowing only a power play goal from the stick of Sean Couturier 5:50 into the second period that evened the game at 1. The game remain tied until Craig Smith’s 18th goal of the season with 1:08 left in the second put Charlotte ahead for good 2-1. Then with just over four minutes played in the third, Anders Lee redirected Oliver Ekman-Larson’s shot from the point to beat James Riemer who also played impressively in net (36 saves). Vladimir Tarasenko accounted for Charlotte’s other goal early in the first period.|
|Weekly Summary:||It’s a case of too little too late for the Buzzards. Top players such as Raanta and Tarasenko seem to be coming to life just as the season closes. In the final analysis, Charlotte failed to muster the 10 wins above .500 that are typically desired to make a serious playoff push.|
|Weekly Preview:||Guenzel UP 1 point against Yellowknife trying to make it 3|
|Yellowknife Braves @ Guentzel Gunners||Guenzel beats Yellowknife 3-4.|
|Weekly Summary:||1-0 this week.|
|New Jersey Grizzlies|
|Clearfield Bison @ New Jersey Grizzlies||New Jersey hosted the division leading Clearfield Bison. The game in typical fashion was a battle, physical in corners and tight on the boards. The atmosphere was electric and playoff like from the start. the 1st period was dominated by the play of the Grizzlies while the second was a polar opposite in favor of the Bison. New Jersey tried to pelt Hellebuyck with shots but he was a stone in second. The third period was were all the marbles lied. Teams were looser but on edge. It was Victor Arvidsson with 1:20 left in period breaking the tie and sending the crowd into a raucous frenzy. New Jersey win 3-2.|
|Weekly Summary:||Its the final weeks to playoffs do the Grizzlies have what it takes to make it to the end. They tough in division opponents all coming up in the next few weeks.|
|Weekly Preview:||Rangers have been getting some O lately and usually have some D – but the D has been the tough part lateley.|
|Lafayette Homesteaders @ Bathgate Rangers||Homesteaders Keep Grip on 4th Place defeating Rangers 5-4 with 2 goal 3rd period comeback.
The Rangers defenseman Klingberg gets 4 assists in this game and sparks a 3 goal 2nd period but it is not enough as Forsberg’s 38th goal of the season in the 3rd ties it up. And then, in a heart breaker, Dadonov scores with 5 SECONDS left to grab the game away from the home team and put a dagger in the hearts of the Rangers faithful. It was Dadonov’s 2nd goal of the game!
|Brentwood Bandits @ Bathgate Rangers||5 goals in the 2nd period leads the another 1 goal lose for Rangers as Brentwood pulls it out, 3-2.
Rangers build a 2 goal lead starting with Ferland’s goal a minute into the 2nd. Then Zadorov scores 6 minutes later. But the Bandits aren’t in 1st place for nothing as former Ranger Patric Hornqvist scores a PP goal less than a minute after falling behind 2-0. Less than 30 seconds later, Backes ties it up and then Hornqvist puts his 2nd goal in to spank his old teammates and make it 3-2. That was all the scoring as Vasilevskiy and Halak shut down the offenses.
|Weekly Summary:||2 games, 2 1 goal losses!! Ugh, next year, next year, next year!!!!!|
|Columbus Brew Jackets|
|Weekly Preview:||Columbus still trying to climb back into playoff picture host 1st place Brentwood and Bathgate…|
|Brentwood Bandits @ Columbus Brew Jackets||Very tight game – scoreless through 2 as the two teams seem more intent on not giving up a goal than scoring one. Columbus finally woke up some late in the 2nd and their shot totals and scoring chances began to soar. But Vasilevskiy was holding tight. So was the Brew Jackets defense as they limit the Bandits to 4 (FOUR) scoring chances for the whole game.
Then at 7 minutes into the 3rd – one of those Brentwood scoring chances turned into a Neiderreiter goal. From then on it was who was going to get the next (if anyone) goal. Well, with 3 minutes to go, it happened, a GOAL – and it was Hornqvist converting one of those limited scoring chances into a 2-0 lead. Vasilevskiy held firm – stopping 40 SOGS in the game (31 of them in the last 2 periods) as Brentwood wins 2-0.
|Bathgate Rangers @ Columbus Brew Jackets||Jackets continue dominance of Rangers this season but have to do it in BIG way late!
2nd Period Ferland scores a PP goal with just under 4 to go. Then the Brew Jackets responds with 2 goals in the 1st minute of the 3rd – Kuherov and Johnson. Miller scores a 3rd Columbus goal 2 minutes later and suddenly they have a 3-1 lead. But the Rangers haven’t thrown in the towel and Wood and Zibanejad each score at the halfway point to tie it up.
Final 2 minutes game tied 3-3. Going to overtime, right? Well.
8 goals in the 3rd period – 5 by the home team to please the fans.
|Weekly Summary:||2 games but only 2 points pretty much sinks any hopes for the Brew Jackets. Time to start scouting out prospects and Free Agents!|
|Bucks County Raccoons|
|Weekly Preview:||Two games against division rivals, one a the top of the standings and the other at the bottom…..|
|Chicago Cosa Nostra @ Bucks County Raccoons||The Raccoons sleep walk through most of the game, and Chicago gets goals from Wenneberg (his first of the year) and Chabot to skate away with a 2-0 win. Saros had 38 saves for Chicago in the shut out win, the 6th time the Raccoons have been shut out this year….|
|Guentzel Gunners @ Bucks County Raccoons||In a complete reversal from the first game of the week, the Raccoons came out gunning, ran out to a 4-1 lead and then watched Guentzel throw everything but the kitchen sink at them in the third period, but Jake Elliott notched 45 saves and Bucks County held on for a 4-3 win.|
|Weekly Summary:||A home split, but not the way you would have expected it to go, beating the division leaders and getting outplayed by the team at the bottom.|
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