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Jake Guentzel GUE 4 4 3 7 0 3 16 25%
Braden Holtby GUE 3 4 1.33 91 .958
Alex DeBrincat CHI 4 3 5 8 2 6 22 14%
Ben Bishop BCR 4 5 1.26 138 .965

Thunder Bay Nor’Westers
WEEKLY PREVIEW: Two home games this week on 11/18 we host Lafayette and then on 11/22 we host the high scoring California. One line-up change this week is Filip Hronek a rookie getting a chance to show what he can do in MWHL. Jake Muzzin played 2 games last week and did not show much.
Lafayette Homesteaders @ Thunder Bay NorWesters Thunder Bay started fast scoring the first two goals of the game Athanasiou (9th) and Barkov (9th). The Nor’Westers top line of Landeskog-Barkov-Athanasiou continues to provide balanced scoring. Later in the 1st period the Homesteaders rallied to make the score 2-1 on a goal by Brown(3rd).

The 2nd period play was dominated by Lafayette who had 14 shots to Thunder Bays 7. Steve Duchene tied the game scoring his 8th of the season.

The 3rd period started with Jack Eichel pushing Lafayette into the lead 3-2 on his 9th goal of the season. The middle of the period was tight hard play-off tempo hockey. As the clock ticked into the final minute of play Thunder Bay was under pressure when there was a scrum behind Greiss’ net 5 players were back there wacking and shoving. Duschene got control and made a blind backhand pass into the slot, but no Homesteaders were there. Jaccob Slavin took the puck and raced up ice the Lafayette defenders picked up Thunder Bay two forwards and left Slavin unchecked. Slavin skated across the Lafayette blue and and teed up a thunderous slap shot that scored from 60 feet out at 19:04 tying the game at 3-3.

Everybody in the stands were on their feet. After slogging around in the neutral zone for 25 second, Dan Petry intercepted a pass fed the puck up to the rightwing Andreas Athanasiou streaking down his wing. AA cut hard to the net but instead of shooting rifled a pass across the crease to Landeskog who deflected the pass into the net for the game winning goal at 19:54.

Final Score Thunder Bay 4 and Lafayette 3 – A brutal loss for Lafayette after playing a near perfect game for 59 minutes.

California Regulators @ Thunder Bay NorWesters Coming off a thrilling last minute victory over Lafayette. Ryan O’Reilly (8th) scored just 35 seconds into the game. Sam Reinhart (6th) tied the game, before Kyle Connor’s (8th) of the season pushed Thunder bay into the lead 2-1 after 20 minutes. California outshot Thunder Bay 19 to 6.

The only goal of the 2nd period was by Dan Petry (6th) to push the lead to 3-1. California continued to dominate the game out shooting Thunder Bay 35 to 16. Thomas Greiss is standing on his head and making the recent trade look like a steal.

The final stanza was more of the same. Caly scored on Huberdeau’s 6th of the season to make the score 3-2 in favor of Thunder Bay. California could not get any more as Greiss stopped 45 of 47 shots.

WEEKLY SUMMARY: Two wins both by one goal provided the hometown fans great entertainment. The addition of Thomas Greiss has been a huge boost to the teams success and confidence. Filip Hronek’s 2 games resulted in no points but the young defender showed promise in the defensive zone. He might get a few more game before being returned to the Great Lakes Hockey league for more seasoning.
Yellowknife Braves
WEEKLY PREVIEW: Chicago and Bathgate travel to beautiful Yellowknife
Chicago Cosa Nostra @ Yellowknife Braves Chicago scores a late PP goal to seal the deal 3-1
Stars #1 CHI Kreider 2G
#2 CHI DeBrincat 1G 2pts
#3 CHI Mrazek 26 Saves
Brentwood Bandits @ Yellowknife Braves The Braves win a wild one 7-6
Stars #1 YEL Aho 2G
#2 YEL Palmieri 2G
#3 YEL Malkin 1G 3pts
WEEKLY SUMMARY: Yellowknife splits their home games
Gilbert Sharks
WEEKLY PREVIEW: Gilbert has 2 Home Games this week against Brentwood and Guentzel
Brentwood Bandits @ Gilbert Sharks Konecny scores a goal and adds an assist to lead Brentwood to a 5-2 victory
Guentzel Gunners @ Gilbert Sharks Granlund with 2 goals and 2 assists in this one as Guentzel pulls away from Gilbert 5-2
WEEKLY SUMMARY: 2 more games, 2 more losses for Gilbert.
LA Great Danes
WEEKLY PREVIEW: The Great Danes enter week 5 with a 1-9-0 record at home and host the 2 top teams from the Atlantic Division, Thunder Bay and Charlotte. LA makes a number of lineup changes for the week as they try to turn things around on home ice.
Charlotte Buzzards @ LA Great Danes This was an exciting, tight game that went to a shootout to decide things. The teams traded goals throughout. LA led 3-2 after 2, but Charlotte took the lead in the 3rd before the Danes tied it with 9 minute left. So a 4-4 game after regulation.

Goal scorers were Burns, Larkin (2), and Pavelski for Charlotte and Thornton, Scheifele, Hoffman, and Schenn for LA.

In the shootout, Danes goalie Semyon Varlamov stopped Taresenko and Pavelski, and Scheifele and Benn beat Carey Price to end the shootout in 2 rounds. A big 5-4 SOW for the Danes.

Thunder Bay NorWesters @ LA Great Danes The lineup changes worked versus Charlotte, so the same lineup against Thunder Bay except Casey Desmith gets his chance in net. It was defensive battle and it took almost 37 minutes before a goal was scored. It came from D-man Jeff Petry 9 seconds after an LA penalty kill. Bit a late period 2 Thunder Bay penalty carried into the 3rd, and Brayden Schenn converts the PPG at :31 to tie the game. LA takes their first lead on PPG by Mike Hoffman, but Barkov ties the game at 2-2 a minute later at 12:56. A defensive breakdown by Thunder Bay leads to a 2 on 1 for LA, and Alex Pietrangelo nets his 6th goal of the seaon at 15:44. And the Great Danes pull away at the end on goals by Benn at 17:16 and an empty-netter by Brodin. Back-to-back wins at home for the Great Danes, this one a 5-2 win over 1st place Thunder Bay.

Hoffman, Pietrangelo, and Schenn for LA sweep the stars of the game, all with 1G-1A. Hoffman with 7 SOG and 3 blocks, and Schenn with 5 blocks and 4 hits stepped up in a big way with strong, 2-way play.

WEEKLY SUMMARY: This was a different Great Dane team this week and the crowd appreciated the big efforts after a brutal start at home in the first 4 weeks. Just as we begin to figure things out at home, it’s time for a road trip next week with 3 of 4 away games, where the Danes are 3-3 so far.
California Regulators
Bathgate Rangers @ California Regulators BGR – 2
CAL – 5Stars:
Spurgeon G, 3 Pts
Huberdeau G, 3 Pts
Reinhart G, 2 Pts
Toledo Walleye @ California Regulators TOL – 1
CAL – 4Stars:
Gaudreau 3G
Grubauer 35 Saves
Stone 2A
WEEKLY SUMMARY: California wins both home games this week.
Guentzel Gunners
WEEKLY PREVIEW: In the Rebuild yet still has a winning record.
LA Great Danes @ Guentzel Gunners Period 1: Guenzel gets out early as Montour(3) scores Assisted by Guenzel(4) and Kane (12). Guenzel gets the power play they are 12 in the league on the PP and LA in 12 in the league on the Penalty kill. Another PP for Guenzel they are 0 for 1 tonight. Guenzel out shoots LA 11-7 through 20.

Period 2 : LA gets an early Power Play can they score to tie it at 1. Guenzel scores again it was Patrick(2) with a breakaway Goal made possible by Palat(4). LA out shot Guenzel 12-11 but Guenzel still outscored them 1-0 the only thing that truly matters.

Period 3:LA gets an early PP. Scheifele(9) scores for LA. LA gets a very big PP 2-1 Guenzel in the 3rd period they score they will tie it up. Now its Guenzel’s turn on the PP. Guenzel out shot LA 16-14

Final GUE-2 LA-1
1. Holtby 33 saves 33-1 Goals/Saves
2.Montour 1G
3.Patrick 1G

LA -Anderson 36 saves, and Schenn 15 faceoffs won

GUE – Bjugstad 5 shots and Guenzel 4 shots 1 Assist

WEEKLY SUMMARY: Guenzel only had one home game and they took it 2-1 against LA that put them at 9-7.
Cincinnati Inferno
WEEKLY PREVIEW: The Cincinnati Inferno enter the week tied for second in the division. Guentzel and Gilbert roll in for the games this week.
Guentzel Gunners @ Cincinnati Inferno Brayden Point’s eleventh goal of the season at 6:24 of the third period proved the game winner in Cincinnati’s 3-2 win over Guentzel. Jake Guentzel scored the game’s opening and closing goals in being name the Number One Star, but it was three Inferno goals in the middle that let Cincinnati escape with the win.

Mikael Frolk (second) and Cody Eakin (first) had the other goals for the Inferno. Cincinnati blocked 27 shots, led by John Carlson’s seven and Brett Pesce’s six.

Carter Hutton was the hard-luck loser, turning away 28 shots from his former team. Connor Hellebuyck took the win with 19 stops.

Gilbert Sharks @ Cincinnati Inferno The Gilbert Sharks scored a pair of second period goals to build a 3-0 lead and took home a 4-2 win over Cincinnati. Cam Atkinson had a goal and an assist to pace the Sharks offense, while Gilbert was able to go one-for-two against the pourous Inferno penalty killers.

Tuuka Rask turned away 28 shots in picking up the win, while Jacob Markstrom re-routed 23 in the defeat.

WEEKLY SUMMARY: Cincinnati splits the week at home and is still tied for second place in the division. A better turn of events is going to be required if the team hopes to have post-season aspirations.
Bathgate Rangers
WEEKLY PREVIEW: Will reality set in this week – Rangers on a high last week, but only 1 home game this time around against …. Toledo.
Toledo Walleye @ Bathgate Rangers Well, the Rangers came to play and recorded 51 shots on goal! And they progessively got stronger, 15 in the 1st, 17 in the 2nd and a whopping 19 in the 3rd. And what did it get for them? Dubnyk (TOL) – 1st star with 50 saves! That’s right, only a ZBad 2nd period shot got past him and that was a PP goal. Toledo however, managed to score 1 goal each period with Perresson, Connolly and Pettersson AGAIN getting the scores.
1. Dubynk 50 saves
2. Pettersson 2 goals
3. Connolly 1 goal
WEEKLY SUMMARY: 1 game, 1 loss, oh well. Good exercise and aggression displayed – but need better shooting.
Alamo Defenders
WEEKLY PREVIEW: Gilbert, Guentzel, and Bucks County visit Alamo.
Gilbert Sharks @ Alamo Defenders Gilbert scores two goals in the first period as Domi and Vorachek find the net.

In the 2nd period, Domi scores on a power play goal. There are no goals in the 3rd period.

Rask gets a shutout.

Gilbert 3 Alamo 0

1st – Rask
2nd – Domi
3rd – Voracek

Guentzel Gunners @ Alamo Defenders The Gunners make the highlight reel as they score four goals in this game. The Defenders only get one goal. Kane scores his 7th goal and Hathaway scores his 5th goal. Holtby earns the win for the Gunners.

Guentzel 4 Alamo 1

1st – Holtby
2nd – Tanev
3rd – Kane

Bucks County Raccoons @ Alamo Defenders Alamo rebounds from two losses. Jay Beagle scores early on a penalty shot. Seguin earns his 4th goal. Kane scores for the Raccoons. Marchand gets his 11th for an insurance goal late in the game for Alamo.

Alamo 3 Bucks County 1

1st – Lehner
2nd – Seguin
3rd – Beagle

WEEKLY SUMMARY: Alamo loses its first two games to Gilbert and Guentzel as it has a hard time scoring. Alamo wins the 3rd game against Bucks County.
Lafayette Homesteaders
WEEKLY PREVIEW: Lafayette takes on California and Yellowknife
California Regulators @ Lafayette Homesteaders Lafayette struggles to keep up with the Regulators most of the game and tie it late in the 3rd.

Win it on Retsolainens SO goal…what was HE doing on the shootpout? I must be an idiot savant!

LAF 5 CALI 4 in SO

Yellowknife Braves @ Lafayette Homesteaders Homesteaders lead this from beginning to end and finally get a good game from Bobby in goal


WEEKLY SUMMARY: Lafayette finally gets back to .500 this season
Chicago Cosa Nostra
WEEKLY PREVIEW: Chicago not playing well in the Central Division (But who really is), but staying close enough to be in the race. Who are we kidding, the Cosa Nostra are just hanging around to watch who wins the Central in the end.
Yellowknife Braves @ Chicago Cosa Nostra The Cosa Nostra double up the Braves from Yellow knife.

Final Score: Chicago 4 – Yellowknife 2

Labatts – 3-Star Selection:

Star #1 – David Pastrnak 2G, 2A for 4Pts
Star #2 – Jonathan Toews 1G, 2A for 3Pts
Star #3 – Pierre-Luc Dubois 1G, 2A for 3Pts

(YEL) – Sebastian A. Aho 15 Faceoffs Won, Marc-Andre Fleury 33 Saves
(CHI) – Jonathan Toews 17 Faceoffs Won

Brentwood Bandits @ Chicago Cosa Nostra Chicago feeling really good on home ice at the Capone Center these days skate to another home-ice victory this time over the Bandits of Brentwood.

Final Score: Chicago 6 – Brentwood 5

Labatts – 3-Star Selection:

Star #1 – Nino Niederreiter 2G
Star #2 – Alex DeBrincat 1G, 2A for 3Pts
Star #3 – Thomas Chabot 1G, 1A

(BWB) – Jonathan Tavares 19 Faceoffs Won, Roman Josi 5 Blocked Shots, & Andrei Vasilevskiy 41 Saves
(CHI) – Mackenzie Blackwood 32 Saves

Cincinnati Inferno @ Chicago Cosa Nostra Taking on one of the most dominant teams in the Atlantic Division the Inferno of Cincinnati who are “Infego” and changes the Chicago home-stand from spectacular to just well above average for the home team.

Final Score: Cincinnati 7 – Chicago 6

Labatts – 3-Star Selection:

Star #1 – Jeff Skinner 2G
Star #2 – Max Pacioretty 1G, 2A for 3Pts
Star #3 – Sidney Crosby 2G, 1A for 3Pts

(CIN) – Jeff Skinner 16 Faceoffs Won, John Carlson 7 Blocked Shots, Brett Pesce 5 Blocked Shots, & Connor Hellebuyck 34 Saves
& Andrei Vasilevskiy 41 Saves
(CHI) – Jonathan Toews 16 Faceoffs Won

WEEKLY SUMMARY: A solid week for the Cosa Nostra. A let down that Cincinnati took it to Chicago in the 3rd Period on home ice with a lead and went on for the win, but Chicago is feeling better about themselves. Rumors abound that a few Chicago players are on the trading block might have helped spark some life into the Cosa Nostra.
Charlotte Buzzards
WEEKLY PREVIEW: Charlotte, with its share of home ice issues this season, hosted Alamo on November 22.
Alamo Defenders @ Charlotte Buzzards Both goalies shined brightly in this contest and after 77 shots in regulation the game remained tied 1-1. It required seven more shots and four plus minutes of three-on-three overtime before this one was finally settled: a Jonathan Marchessault game winning goal with 50 seconds left before the shootout became required lifted the Buzzards over their Alamo visitors, 2-1. Alamo’s Robin Lehner was the hard-luck loser. A Vlad Tarasenko goal that tied the game 1-1 2:50 into the second period was the only other blemish for Lehner who inexplicably was not among the three stars (I guess the game engine has other ideas). A Steve Stamkos goal 3:57 into the game provided the Defenders with the early 1-0 lead; Stamkos was also among the notables for winning 15 faceoffs.Carey Price with 38 saves was bestowed first star honors followed by Marchessault and Tarasenko.
WEEKLY SUMMARY: In its lone home game of this fifth week, the Buzzards get a desperately needed bounce back win in its own building, to reverse a disturbing losing trend on its own ice. As the writeup indicates, Alamo and Charlotte both deserved at least a point in this wildly entertaining goalie dual.
Bucks County Raccoons
WEEKLY PREVIEW: Three home games on tap, two of which are against contenders in their respective divisions….
LA Great Danes @ Bucks County Raccoons The top line for the Racs score a goal each (Meier, Kane, McDavid empty netter) and Ben Bishop turns away all 35 shotes he faces as BC comes away with a 3-0 win over the LA Great Danes
Thunder Bay NorWesters @  Bucks County Raccoons Thunder Bay attempts 86 shots, helped by the 6 Power Plays they received, but were only able to beat Ben Bishop once late in the third period as the Bucks County Raccoons skated past the NorWesters by a score of 3-1. Bishop was outstanding again, stopping 40 of the 41 SOG for the visitors.
Jagr Mullets @ Bucks County Raccoons Alexander Radulov scored 13 seconds into the game, but that was it for scoring for the Mullets as Ben Bishop was brilliant again in goal, leading the BC Raccoons to a 4-1 victory. The Mullets fired 45 SOG, 9 for Ovechkin alone, but could not find the back of the net after their first shot. Ryan Johansen scored twice for the home team, the last into an empty net.
WEEKLY SUMMARY: Bucks County takes all 3 home games this week as Ben Bishop had 119 saves on 121 shots and allowed only 2 goals in the 3 games. BC also killed all 11 PP they faced
Toledo Walleye
WEEKLY PREVIEW: Toledo does some major line changes to try and get scoring from anyone not named Pettersson or Arvidsson. Lafayette is the first team to take part in the experiment.
Lafayette Homesteaders @ Toledo Walleye Toledo 5, Lafayette 3 — First period sees the Walleye dominate with 3 goals, 2 by players not on the first line. First BAckstrom, then Connolly get goals. Finally Arvidsson gets in the old habit for this 13th of the season. The first period ends 3-0 Walleye.

2nd period is fairly quite. The Walleye attack dries up and managers only 5 SOG. The Homesteaders are more active, and get one in with Duchene lighting the lamp. Its 3-1 home team.

3rd period. – Defenses dominate the first 9 minutes until Krejci scores a goal to make it 4-1 Toledo. The visitors respond with energy, and quickly the lead is cut to 1, as Garland scores twice to make it pucker time in the stands and on the bench. The Walleye manage to hold things together, finally getting a cheap empty netter by Barrie near the end. Final 5-3 Walleye.

1st star – Garland 2G
2nd – Arvidsson 1G 2pts
3rd – Backstrom 1G 2pts

WEEKLY SUMMARY: Walleye experiment works well with 4 of 5 goals by other than the 1st line. plus the win.
Jagr Mullets
WEEKLY PREVIEW: Mullets have a 3 game homestand – will they make the most of it, or get clipped?
Toledo Walleye @ Jagr Mullets Toledo gives up two early goals, but makes a game of it as it’s 3-3 halfway through the third period. But then Lindholm and Reilly beat Dubnyk and that’s all she wrote.

Scoring Summary
Per Time Str Team
1 2:12 EV JAG Parise (3), assisted by Couture (5) and Kadri (1)
1 7:47 EV JAG Bergeron (6), assisted by Lindholm (9)
2 9:03 EV JAG Matthews (7), assisted by Radulov (13)
2 19:03 PP TOL Arvidsson (13), assisted by Severson (6) and Krejci (4)
2 19:15 EV TOL Rodrigues (2), assisted by Cernak (1) and Cirelli (2)
3 8:53 PP TOL van Riemsdyk (8), assisted by Barrie (16) and Krejci (5)
3 15:34 EV JAG Lindholm (7), assisted by Letang (7) and Bergeron (17)
3 17:42 PP JAG Rielly (3), assisted by Matthews (9) and Ovechkin (9)

Star 1: JAG Matthews 1 G, 2 Pts
Star 2: JAG Lindholm 1 G, 2 Pts
Star 3: JAG Bergeron 1 G, 2 Pts

GWG: Elias Lindholm

Notables: TOL None
JAG Brossoit 33 saves, Bergeron 17 faceoffs won

Cincinnati Inferno @ Jagr Mullets Next up is Cincy, and they play tough – first period is scoreless, then each team nets a pair in the 2nd, but Jagr gets 3 against Cincy’s 2 in the 3rd to win it 5-4.

Scoring Summary
Per Time Str Team
2 :35 EV JAG Weber (3), assisted by Matthews (10) and Letang (8)
2 5:48 EV JAG Svechnikov (1), assisted by Sundqvist (3) and Schwartz (2)
2 7:18 EV CIN Eakin (1), assisted by Karlsson (5) and Ceci (1)
2 15:13 EV CIN Crosby (8), assisted by McNabb (4)
3 :53 EV JAG Ovechkin (9), assisted by Bergeron (18) and Rielly (11)
3 11:18 EV JAG Parise (4), assisted by Couture (6) and Rielly (12)
3 17:34 EV CIN Point (11), assisted by Skinner (8) and Ceci (2)
3 17:48 EV JAG Matthews (8), assisted by Weber (3) and Letang (9)
3 18:41 EV CIN Skinner (6), assisted by Crosby (8) and Point (13)

Star 1: JAG Matthews 1 G, 2 Pts
Star 2: JAG Weber 1 G, 2 Pts
Star 3: CIN Point 1 G, 2 Pts

GWG: Auston Matthews

Notables: CIN None
JAG None

Charlotte Buzzards @ Jagr Mullets Last up is Charlotte, who takes an early 2-1 lead but then the floodgates open and the Jagr pucks fly by Carey Price and eventually Allen in relief. Kuemper wins his 10th game 7-3 as the Mullets get scoring up and down the lineup.

Scoring Summary
Per Time Str Team
1 3:33 EV JAG Ovechkin (10), assisted by Radulov (14) and Letang (10)
1 4:46 EV CHA Tarasenko (6), assisted by Marchessault (5) and Burns (16)
1 11:43 PP CHA Tuch (3), assisted by Larkin (7) and Burns (17)
1 16:50 EV JAG Sundqvist (2), assisted by Schwartz (3)
2 2:01 PP JAG Weber (4), assisted by Ovechkin (10)
2 10:40 EV JAG Schwartz (2), assisted by Svechnikov (2) and Letang (11)
2 11:03 EV JAG Bergeron (7), assisted by Lindholm (10) and McDonagh (8)
2 12:23 EV JAG Radulov (6), assisted by Ovechkin (11) and Matthews (11)
2 15:41 PP CHA Marchessault (9), assisted by Hamilton (6) and Marner (14)
3 11:39 EV JAG Weber (5), assisted by Radulov (15) and Letang (12)

Star 1: JAG Weber 2 G
Star 2: JAG Radulov 1 G, 3 Pts
Star 3: JAG Ovechkin 1 G, 3 Pts

GWG: Jaden Schwartz

Notables: CHA None
JAG Matthews 15 faceoffs won, Letang 3 assists, Kuemper 35 saves

WEEKLY SUMMARY: 3 for 3 at home this week. Obviously we’ll take it.