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2019-2020 PLAYER & GOALIE OF THE WEEK #3

EASTERN SKATER TEAM GP GOALS ASISSTS POINTS PM  +/-  SOG S%
Brayden Point CIN 4 5 5 10 5 8 23 22%
Jake Debrusk BWB 4 7 1 8 0 1 16 44%
EASTERN GOALIE TEAM GP GOALS AGAINST G.A. AVERAGE SAVES SAVE %
Jaroslav Halak BGR 2 0 0 65 1.000
                   
WESTERN SKATER TEAM GP GOALS ASSISTS POINTS PM  +/-  SOG S%
Sam Reinhart CAL 4 4 2 6 0 0 21 19%
                   
WESTERN GOALIE TEAM GP GOALS AGAINST G.A. AVERAGE SAVES SAVE %
Tuuka Rask GIL 2 4 1.95 82 .953
                   

Bathgate Rangers
WEEKLY PREVIEW: Rangers have had really good offense this year (6th in the league going into this week) and really bad defense, really bad – last in the league. They are hoping to turn that defense around this week – they host LA (another team off to a slow start), Bucks County – best defense in the league and flying high as the season starts – and Chicago – so far, so-so.
LA Great Danes @ Bathgate Rangers Rangers strike 1st with a rookie Kotkaniemi goal midway through the 1st and they gain a 1-0 lead after 1.
Then we see things go the wrong way as Scheifele scores in just over a minute of the 2nd. Hertl however, scores to regain the lead 6 minutes later. 2-1 Bathgate after 2.
BUT LA takes over the lead with goals from Heiskanen (10 minutes in) and Teravainen – who scores with just under 5 to play LA leads 3-2. But then Ferland (who inexplicably took last week off – my goof) awakens and he scores 2 PP goals – Schenn got 4 minutes for high sticking!! Rangers come back to win a game they controlled most of the way, 4-3
STARS
1. BGR – Ferland 2 goals
2. BGR – Hertl 1 goal, 1 assist
3. LGD – Teravainen 1 goal, 1 assist
Bucks County Raccoons @ Bathgate Rangers BCR vs. BGR – Racoons and Rangers. Tough checking set the tone in this one as Bucks County amasses 26 hits and the Rangers get 27 – scoring chances were minimal, 7 for Bucks County – where did that Ranger defense come from, and 11 for the Rangers. Score after 2 periods: 0-0.
Then the 3rd period opened and Karlsson is called for tripping and 33 seconds into the PP – Hertl scores giving the Rangers the 1-0 lead. But then the tight checking strong defensive efforts by both teams resumed until Meier was called for hooking with 2 and 1/2 to go. Rangers on their 3rd PP of the game and again they are able to capitalize as Giroux from Subban get another past Bishop for 2-0 lead. Now down by 2, the Raccoons pull Bishop and Provorov gets the EN goal to seal the deal, 3-0 for Bathgate!
STARS (all BGR)
1. Halak 31 saves
2. Provorov 1 goal, 1 assist
3. Giroux 1 goal
Bishop makes 33 saves in the losing effort.
Chicago Cosa Nostra @ Bathgate Rangers The Cosa Nostra skates into town – and extra security is employed and highly visible in Madison Oval Garden. Again, the Rangers are looking to beef up their D – and again it appears to be working way better than before. They hold Chicago to 8 scoring chances! The Cosa Nostra do get 34 shots on net – but Halak gets his 2nd straight shutout!
Rangers get their first goal on a PP (DeBrincat for delay of game) as Giroux scores unassisted. First period 1-0 Bathgate.
Second period was scoreless! Chicago did get 3 penalties giving the Rangers 2 PPs but the Cosa Nostra held firm.
3rd Period – 1 minute in Giroux gets his 2nd goal of the game (with help this time from ZBad and Subban). Two minutes later, Buchnevich tallies making it 3-0. And then the Rangers went into clamp down mode and kept Chicago off the board.
STARS (all CAP)
1. Halak 34 saves
2. Giroux 2 goals
3. Buchnevich 1 goal
WEEKLY SUMMARY: Rangers don’t usually have weeks like this, so we are celebrating our 6 point out of 6 point week!!!! Nuf said…..
LA Great Danes
WEEKLY PREVIEW: Home games this week versus Lafayette and Toledo. LA 0-5 at home in the first 2 weeks of the season, looking to finally get a home win in week 3.
Lafayette Homesteaders @ LA Great Danes A tight game early, Lafayette takes a 1-0 lead 10 minutes in off the rush on their first scoring chance of the game. It stays that way until midway in the 2nd when Mike Hoffman ties the game 1-1. But Lafayette regains the lead 23 seconds later on a goal by Matt Duchene, and Duchene adds anther goal to make it 3-1 Lafayette after 2 periods.

Lafayette’s Kevin Labanc takes a 4-minute high-sticking penalty just 59 seconds into the 3rd, but instead of getting back in the game, LA’s power play is wasted and the crowd sees another home loss in sight. But Lafayette takes 2 more penalties in the 3rd, and finally LA’s power play converts with just 2:29 remaining. But 2 empty net goals in the final 34 seconds send the not-so-great Danes to their 6th straight home loss by a 5-2 score.

Duchene was the #1 star with 2G-1A, and Karlsson/Gostisbehere get the other 2 stars for Lafayette with 1G-1A each.

Toledo Walleye @ LA Great Danes Next up is Toledo. A quick goal by Travis Zavac 2:24 in gives LA the early lead, but James van Riemsdyk ties the game up for Toledo. Teuvo Teravainen then puts LA up 2-1 with a late 1st period goal. A deflection goal by Mike Hoffman is the only goal of the 2nd period, and LA has a rare 2-goal lead after 2. Toledo controls the 3rd period, but 2 goals by defenseman at 14:34 and 16:51 finally give the Danes a comfortable lead at 5-1.

Frederick Andersen, under some heat for his slow start to the season, is the #1/#2/#3 star for the game, with 22 saves in the 3rd period and 54 saves for the game. Teravainen and Pietrangelo chip in with 1G-1A each.

WEEKLY SUMMARY: A win at home for the Great Danes!!!!! The formula was to get outshot 26-55 and rely on their goaltender and blocking 27 additional shot attempts. Whatever it takes – after a number of home losses while outshooting their opponents, maybe a more defensive approach and a few lineup changes will serve the Danes better as they try to gain some support from the home crowd.
Thunder Bay Nor’Westers
WEEKLY PREVIEW: Three home games this week and a opportunity to off to a strong start. We host Alamo, Jagr and Chicago
Alamo Defenders @ Thunder Bay NorWesters Thunder Bay leads after 1 on a goal by Andreas Athanasiou. His 5th of the season. Early in the 2nd period Ryan O’Reilly makes it 2-0 Nor’Westers on his 5th goal. Just as the fans started enjoying the night Stamkos (5) and Hinostroza (1) score to tie the game after 2 periods of play.

Game play is pretty even with shots on goal being 23-18 advantage Thunder Bay.

The 3rd period is wide open with Alamo putting 17 shots on net and Thunder Bay countering with 12. Both goalies were outstanding, BUT

Brad Marchand, one of the fans most hated players in the MHL scores his 7th goal of the season for the game winner.

Alamo wins 3-2 in a close well played game.

Not the start the Nor’Wester fans hoped for.

Jagr Mullets @ Thunder Bay NorWesters This is always a big game in the Thunder Dome. Schwartz (1) scores first for Jagr but Landeskog counters with his 5th to tie the game 1-1. Ovi rips his patened top of the left circle rocket to put Jagr up 2-1, but Landeskog rallies the Nor’Westers again to make it 2-2. Tachuk nets his 6th of the season and the period ends Jagr 3 Thunder Bay 2

After a 1st period where every shot seemed to turn on a red light, the 2nd period was a mosh pit in the neutral zone. The goalies both played better and at the end of 2 periods of play the game was still 3-2 Jagr.

Finally Jeff Petry scored his 5th of the season to tie the game at 3-3 and then Andreas Johansson also scored his 5th to give Thunder Bay a 4 to 3 win.

Johnsson netted the winner, Landeskog had 2 goals and Barkov 3 assists.

Chicago Cosa Nostra @ Yellowknife Braves This is the swing game of the home series. Chicago strikes 1st when Thomas Chabot scores his 1st of the season giving Chicago 1-0 lead
WEEKLY SUMMARY: Thunder Bay had hoped for a 3-0 sweep but had to settle for a 2-1 week. Head Coach Jiri Fischer was pleased with the play in all three games. There is a rumor going around the Thunder Dome that a trade is in the works – no details yet.
Yellowknife Braves
WEEKLY PREVIEW: Charlotte skates in to town
Charlotte Buzzards @ Yellowknife Braves All Buzzards 5-2
Stars #1 CHA Larkin 2G
#2 CHA Pavelski 1G 2pts
#3 CHA Tarasenko 1G
WEEKLY SUMMARY: One home game. One home loss
Jagr Mullets
WEEKLY PREVIEW: Chicago comes to down for our only home game of the week.
Chicago Cosa Nostra @ Jagr Mullets On paper, the Mullets have a decided edge.

In effort, they wet the bed.

The Cosa Nostra whacks the Mullets 3-1 as they play a disciplined game and win easily, despite the Mullets dominating nearly every category:

SOG 25 42
FOW 19 43
FO% 30.6 69.4
Hits 21 21
Blocks 19 12
Missed Net 14 25
Shot Attempts 51 86
Scoring Chances 10 20
PIM 6 8
PP 0-3 0-2

Mrazek is the star in net, but Chicago gets some balanced scoring in the contest:

Scoring Summary
Per Time Str Team
1 3:24 EV JAG Couture (3), assisted by Letang (6) and Weber (1)
1 8:13 EV CHI Toews (5), assisted by Pastrnak (10) and Dahlin (4)
2 19:21 EV CHI Kreider (4), assisted by Theodore (2) and DeBrincat (4)
3 8:22 EV CHI Wilson (2), assisted by Butcher (1) and Saad (3)

Star 1: CHI Mrazek 41 saves
Star 2: CHI Kreider 1 G
Star 3: CHI Wilson 1 G

GWG: Chris Kreider

Notables: CHI Mrazek 41 saves
JAG Matthews 18 faceoffs won

WEEKLY SUMMARY: Looks like extra skates for the Mullets at practice next week…
Lafayette Homesteaders
WEEKLY PREVIEW: Lafayette has 2 winable games this week taking on Guetzel and Gilbert
Guentzel Gunners @ Lafayette Homesteaders GUENTZEL 5 LAFAYETTE 4
Gilbert Sharks @ Lafayette Homesteaders LAFAYETTE 4 GILBERT 2
WEEKLY SUMMARY: 2 out of 4 points
Gilbert Sharks
WEEKLY PREVIEW: Gilbert has 2 home games versus Charlotte and Bathgate and a Road Game against Chicago that Stray asked me to play since he is out of town.
Charlotte Buzzards @ Gilbert Sharks Gilbert finally gets their first win in a Shootout despite being outshot 52-21. Tuuka Rask saves 50 only allowing goals from Killorn and Burns and only allowing one in from Tarasanko during the shootout. Tkachuck and Atkinson score for Gilbert in regular time while Panarin and Tkachuck get the Shootout goals to win it. Final Score Gilbert 3, Charlotte 2
Gilbert Sharks @ Chicago Cosa Nostra Gilbert is looking for two in a row after getting goals from Voracek, Giordano and Atkinson to take a 3-1 lead after 2 periods with Chicago’s only score from Werenski. Chicago however has other ideas in the 3rd period getting goals from Debrincat and Dubois to tie it up at 3. Debrincat scores again with just 11 seconds left to give Chicago the win. Chicago 4, Gilbert 3
Bathgate Rangers @ Gilbert Sharks Bathgate wins this one 2-1 with all the scoring coming in the first two periods. Bathagte’s gaols are from Klingberg and Hertl while the only Gilbert goal comes from Max Domi.
WEEKLY SUMMARY: Gilbert goes 1-2 and it is beginning to look like it will be a very long season.
Cincinnati Inferno
WEEKLY PREVIEW: Cincinnati gets ready to host three games at home this week. Hint: There’s a lot of sister kissing ahead…
Toledo Walleye @ Cincinnati Inferno Cincinnati scores three of the four first period goals in building a two score lead. The lead extends to 5-1 after two periodss, before Toledo scored three times in the third period–but wound up on the short side of a 7-4 verdict.

John Carlson led the Inferno charge with a pair of goals and assists in a four-point night. Brayden point delivered a pair of goals and an assist and Jacob Markstrom turned aside 25 shots.

The Inferno scored power play goals on three of seven chances, while the Walleye went one for four with the man-advantage.

Brentwood Bandits @ Cincinnati Inferno Brett Pesce’s rebound goal with 24 seconds in regulation tied the game with Brentwood at 4-4 apiece to send the game into overtime. Following a scoreless extra stanza, the Bandits converted all three shootout goals to take a 5-4 decision.

Jake DeBrusk scored a pair of goals to help lead Brentwood to the triumph. Andrei Vasilevskiy picked up the win with 37 saves.

LA Great Danes @ Cincinnati Inferno The Great Danes got a goal 2:45 into overtime to stake a 6-5 win at Cincinnati. LA used goals from six different players to stake the triumph. Darnell Nurse had three assists for the winners. Frederick Anderson collected the win with 35 saves.
WEEKLY SUMMARY: A 1-0-2 week for Cincinnati was not disappointing, but it was certainly not fulfilling.
Alamo Defenders
WEEKLY PREVIEW: Alamo plays Yellowknife and Jagr at home.
Yellowknife Braves @ Alamo Defenders Hinostroza and Seguin score early for Alamo. The Braves comeback on a goal by Lemieux. Marchand puts the Defenders up by 2, and the Braves score late, but too late on an Aho goal.

Alamo 3 Yellowknife 2

1st -Hinostroza 2 points
2nd -Greene 2 assists
3rd -Seguin 1 goal

Jagr Mullets @ Alamo Defenders Game was deadlocked at 0 until the 3rd period. The Mullets score 2 goals. Granlund and Letang get credit for the goals. Kuemper gets the shutout for Jagr.

Jagr 2 Alamo 0

1st – Kuemper 18 saves
2nd – Letang 1 goal
3rd -Granland 1 goal

WEEKLY SUMMARY: Alamo splits with Yellowknife and Jagr. Both games were low scoring.

Alamo 3 Yellowknife 2
Jagr 2 Alamo 0

Brentwood Bandits
WEEKLY PREVIEW: No time for write-ups, but the Bandits host 3 home games this block.
Yellowknife Braves @ Brentwood Bandits Yellowknife 6, Brentwood 5

Debrusk and Johnson have 2 goals each, but Vasilevskiy gives up one more than Fleury.

California Regulators @ Brentwood Bandits Brentwood 6, California 5

Another high scoring game sees the Bandits steal one at home from Cali.

Debrusk and Johnson both have 2 goal games for the second game in a row.

Bucks County Raccoons @ Brentwood Bandits Bucks County 4, Brentwood 3

This one… ugh. Bandits hold Bucks County to 20 shots, but lose in OT as Murray couldn’t stop a watermelon launched his way.

Debrusk continues his goal streak with his 8th.

WEEKLY SUMMARY: 3 home games, 3 points. Not ideal, but again, this is supposed to be a rebuilding season… which may see Kessel and Tavares on the block.
Toledo Walleye
WEEKLY PREVIEW: Only one home game for the Walleye this week as the 4-3-1 Alamo Defenders visit the 4-3-0 Walleye.
Alamo Defenders @ Toledo Walleye Toledo 4, Alamo 3 – SO — Alamo hitting on all cylinders the first period as they hold the Walleye to just 6 SOG, stopping them while, while getting 2 goals, one from Heinen, and another from Stamkos. Both teams with one failed powerplay attempt.

2nd period see the home team start their comeback. Rookie Elias Pettersson gets 2 goals in the period. The Defenders respond with a goal by Marchand and the score is 3-2 Alamo as the game closes in on the intermission. Then things get a bit chippy as Wheeler and Backstrom get in a skirmish that earns each 2 minutes. Only 15 seconds later, Trocheck and Hornqvist drop the gloves for a while, earning 5 minutes each.

3rd period sees the fun continue as Severson and Glendening continue the payback session, exchanging blows but only earning 2 minutes each. At this point we have 6 guys in the penalty box. Both teams manage to hold during this shortage in skaters, but once the benches are at full strength, the Walleye first line gets it going, this time Pettersson does the passing, and Arvidsson lights the lamp to tie the game at 3. After that its the Walleye on the defensive most the period, with 3 more penalties putting the PK units to the test. But in the end, they keep all 16 shots out of the goal, and the game goes to OT tied at 3.

In the OT, the Walleye finish off the last minute of a penalty from the 3rd period, and continue to weather the storm, as the Defenders get 7 SOG to only 1 SOG for Toledo. The goalies are both perfect, and we go to a shootout.

Backstrom and Pettersson each score, while Dubnyk stones his two attackers, and the Walleye escape with a comeback win.

1st star – Pettersson 2G 3pts
2nd – Marchand 1G 2pts
3rd – Arvidsson 1G

WEEKLY SUMMARY: The Walleye with a nice comeback win in their only home game.
Pettersson carries the load with 2 goals.
Charlotte Buzzards
WEEKLY PREVIEW: The surging Charlotte Buzzards hosts Lafayette in its only home game this session.
Lafayette Homesteaders @ Charlotte Buzzards The Buzzards spot Lafayette with an early 3-0 lead then wake up and rally for four unanswered goals, including an overtime winner from red-hot Joe Pavelski, to edge their visitors and claim a 4-3 victory. Pavelski scored his 10th recorded goal in this young season with a minute and a half left in three on three play, assisted from his former San Jose Sharks teammate Brent Burns. A Jon Marchessault goal with 1:04 to play in regulation tied the game at 3 and helped set up Pavelski’s heroics. The Buzzards overcame a furious first-period flurry as Homesteaders forwards Dustin Brown, Oskar Lindblom and Filip Forsberg erupted for three goals in in a span under three minutes from 14:46 through 17:36 of the first period. The Buzzards suprisingly stuck with Carey Price, who was flawless the rest of the way. Goals late in the first period and early in the third period by Anders Lee narrowed Charlotte’s deficit to 3-2; the left winger was awarded the first star followed by Buzzards Mitch Marner (two assists) and Pavelski. In a losing effort Sergei Bobrovsky recorded 40 saves with Charlotte outshooting Lafayette 44-20.
WEEKLY SUMMARY: After losing its three initial home games, the Buzzards have found their Mojo (7-3 as of this writing) and look to be a legitimate division contender with Burns anchoring the defense, Price playing exceptional in net and –somewhat surprisingly — old-man Pavelski leading the league in goals.
Bucks County Raccoons
WEEKLY PREVIEW: Two teams near or at the top of their divisions in Cincinnati and California visit the Racs nest….
California Regulators @ Bucks County Raccoons Pierre-Eduard Bellemare and Zach Hyman scored 2 goals each as the Raccoons defeated the California Regulators 6-5 in a shootout. BC never trailed although it seemed that as soon as they took the lead California would tie it. The stats for the game were fairly close and the Raccoons won the shootout 1-0 as California took home the participation point.
Cincinnati Inferno @ Bucks County Raccoons The Cincinnati Inferno dominated this game from start to finish, dominating in HITS and SOG throughout the game, took a 2 goal lead and were never brought back to level after that. Only a big 3rd period surge by BC narrowed the SOG totals (it was 22-11 Cincy after 2 periods), and the Raccoons scored with the goalie pulled to get within one, but the Inferno added an empty net goal for the final margin of victory. Gallagher (2G-5PTS), Skinner (2G-4PTS) and Point (2G-4P) led the way for the visitors
WEEKLY SUMMARY: A home split for Bucks County in two shoot outs which BC is not built for. Great concern in the Rac Nest by the way Cincinnati pushed the home team around in game 2.
Bucks County Raccoons
WEEKLY PREVIEW: Two teams near or at the top of their divisions in Cincinnati and California visit the Racs nest….
California Regulators @ Bucks County Raccoons Pierre-Eduard Bellemare and Zach Hyman scored 2 goals each as the Raccoons defeated the California Regulators 6-5 in a shootout. BC never trailed although it seemed that as soon as they took the lead California would tie it. The stats for the game were fairly close and the Raccoons won the shootout 1-0 as California took home the participation point.
Cincinnati Inferno @ Bucks County Raccoons The Cincinnati Inferno dominated this game from start to finish, dominating in HITS and SOG throughout the game, took a 2 goal lead and were never brought back to level after that. Only a big 3rd period surge by BC narrowed the SOG totals (it was 22-11 Cincy after 2 periods), and the Raccoons scored with the goalie pulled to get within one, but the Inferno added an empty net goal for the final margin of victory. Gallagher (2G-5PTS), Skinner (2G-4PTS) and Point (2G-4P) led the way for the visitors
WEEKLY SUMMARY: A home split for Bucks County in two shoot outs which BC is not built for. Great concern in the Rac Nest by the way Cincinnati pushed the home team around in game 2.

No reports from California or Guentzel – Games simmed