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2019-2020 PLAYER & GOALIE OF THE WEEK #6

EASTERN SKATER TEAM GP GOALS ASISSTS POINTS PM  +/-  SOG S%
Nikita Kucherov LAF 4 5 7 12 6 7 23 22%
                   
EASTERN GOALIE TEAM GP GOALS AGAINST G.A. AVERAGE SAVES SAVE %
Alex Georgiev BGR 2 3 1.52 73 .961
                   
WESTERN SKATER TEAM GP GOALS ASSISTS POINTS PM  +/-  SOG S%
David Pastrnak CHI 4 1 7 8 2 -2 18 6%
                   
WESTERN GOALIE TEAM GP GOALS AGAINST G.A. AVERAGE SAVES SAVE %
Jack Campbell BCR 2 1 0.5 53 .981
                   

Yellowknife Braves
WEEKLY PREVIEW: Troubled times are ahead as Yellowknife welcomes 2 of the top teams in the league California and Brentwood to Western Canada
California Regulators @ Yellowknife Braves California were up partying late with the big girls in Yellowknife before the game. They lose 6-1
Stars #1 YEL Tatar 2G
#2 YEL Lemieux 2G
#3 YEL Palmieri 1G 2pts
Brentwood Bandits @ Yellowknife Braves The night life with Yellowknifes native eskimo strippers is too much for Brentwood to recover from. They fall to the Braves 3-2
Stars #1 YEL Monahan 1G 2pts
#2 YEL Tatar 1G 2pts
#3 YEL Fleury 36 saves
WEEKLY SUMMARY: Two front runners come into town overlooking us. I’m sure that there will be adjustments made as the Braves beat 2 of the best teams in the MWHL
Chicago Cosa Nostra
WEEKLY PREVIEW: Chicago playing well can only hope it continues at home vs. Lafayette & LA.
Lafayette Homesteaders @ Chicago Cosa Nostra Lafayette scores 1 late in the 3rd, to get within 1, but Chicago holds on to pick up 2 points despite being outshot 49-23.

Labatts – 3-Star Selection:

Star #1 – Juuse Saros 47 Saves
Star #2 – Nikita Kocherov 2 G
Star #3 – Alex DeBrincat 1G, 2A for 3Pts

Notables:
(LAF) – Jack Eichel 16 Faceoffs Won
(CHI) – Pierre-Luc Dubois 5 Blocked Shots, Zach Werenski 5 Blocked Shots, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins 5 Blocked Shots, Juuse Saros 47 Saves

LA Great Danes @ Chicago Cosa Nostra Chicago is outshot once again on home ice, but pick up 2 Points as they score the last 3 Goals of the game and come out on top.

Labatts – 3-Star Selection:

Star #1 – Pierre-Luc Dubois 2G
Star #2 – Alex DeBrincat 2G
Star #3 – Mike Hoffman 2G

Notables:
(CHI) – David Pastrnak 2 Assists, Zach Werenski 6 Blocked Shots, & Juuse Saros 42 Saves

WEEKLY SUMMARY: Chicago does as best as can be expected on home ice and picks up 4 Points. The road, maybe different, but we can’t wait to find out.
LA Great Danes
WEEKLY PREVIEW: One home game this week, against the Bathgate Rangers.
Bathgate Rangers @ LA Great Danes The Danes start well and pretty much dominate the entire game. LA’s 4th line opens the scoring on a Kapanen goal, but give it back when Klingberg scores a shortie for Bathgate. A late crossbar saves the Rangers, and it’s even after one despite a 13-3 scoring chance advantage for LA. Period 2 was more evenly played except on the scoresheet. Drouin scores 50 seconds in and Anderson scores off an odd-man rush, and Bathgate leads 3-1 after 2. Once again, Drouin scores early in a period, this one just 13 seconds into the 3rd on a long slapshot that was not even registered as a scoring chance. While the Danes control play the rest of the way (Bathgate had zero scoring chances in the 3rd), no more scoring and the Rangers come away with the 4-1 road win. Georgiev was the #2 star with 45 saves for the Rangers, with Drouin’s 2 goals giving him the #1 star.

The Great Danes outshoot the Rangers 46-22 and out-chance them 22-8, but a few mistakes and some shaky goaltending from Casey DeSmith result in a 4-1 loss for LA.

WEEKLY SUMMARY: LA already looking ahead to next season. Filip Chytil made his season debut against the Rangers and held his own with a +1 rating and 1 SOG in 10:30 of ice time. A small step, but perhaps it’s the start of Chytl-mania in LA.
Jagr Mullets
WEEKLY PREVIEW: Three games at home this week.
LA Great Danes @ Jagr Mullets The Mullets rest the big guns and it shows – we surrender 6 goals… including a game-tying goal by Schenn at 19:35 of the 3rd. Ouch! We go to OT and Matthew Tkachuk (10) beats Casey DeSmith to pull off the 7-6 thrilling victory. Morgan Rielly shines as Jagr’s #1 defenseman (both Letang and Weber sat this one out), scoring a goal and 4 assists.

Scoring Summary
Per Time Str Team
1 2:21 EV LGD Hagg (1), assisted by Bonino (3) and Wallmark (6)
1 10:03 PP JAG Tkachuk (9), assisted by Rielly (13) and Lindholm (11)
1 18:18 EV LGD Bonino (3), assisted by Nurse (6) and Zajac (6)
2 3:49 EV JAG Parise (5), assisted by McDonagh (9) and Pulock (1)
2 6:26 EV LGD Pietrangelo (7), assisted by Zajac (7) and Bonino (4)
3 1:27 EV LGD Bonino (4), assisted by Zajac (8) and Nurse (7)
3 5:20 EV JAG Lindholm (8), assisted by Tkachuk (8) and Rielly (14)
3 7:45 EV JAG Miller (1), assisted by Pulock (2)
3 8:37 EV JAG Ovechkin (11), assisted by Couture (7) and Rielly (15)
3 12:05 EV JAG Rielly (4), assisted by Toffoli (1)
3 13:55 PP LGD Benn (5), assisted by Heiskanen (9) and Thornton (5)
3 19:35 EV LGD Schenn (6), assisted by Brodin (6) and Hoffman (6)
4 3:27 EV JAG Tkachuk (10), assisted by Rielly (16)

Star 1: LGD Bonino 2 G, 4 Pts
Star 2: JAG Rielly 1 G, 5 Pts
Star 3: JAG Tkachuk 2 G, 3 Pts

GWG: Matthew Tkachuk

Notables: LGD Zajac 3 assists
JAG Rielly 4 assists, Rielly 5 points, Gibson 30 saves

Thunder Bay NorWesters @ Jagr Mullets Next up is a much improved Thunder Bay squad. Ovie scores his 12th and 13th in the 1st to take an early 2-0 lead, and the teams trade a pair of goals in the 2nd to make it 4-2 Jagr. Thunder Bay scores at 19:27 to pucker the Mullet bungholes, but Brossoit hangs on for his 3rd win of the year.

Scoring Summary
Per Time Str Team
1 10:54 PP JAG Ovechkin (12), assisted by Bergeron (19) and Matthews (13)
1 19:15 EV JAG Ovechkin (13), assisted by Letang (13) and Radulov (16)
2 1:55 EV TBN Landeskog (10), assisted by Barkov (16) and Slavin (11)
2 2:06 EV JAG Bergeron (8), assisted by Lindholm (12) and Tkachuk (9)
2 15:19 EV TBN Jones (3), assisted by Smith (13) and O’Reilly (12)
2 16:53 EV JAG Sundqvist (3), assisted by Ekholm (8) and Svechnikov (3)
3 19:27 EV TBN Smith (1), assisted by Barkov (17) and Connor (7)

Star 1: JAG Ovechkin 2 G
Star 2: JAG Bergeron 1 G, 2 Pts
Star 3: TBN Smith 1 G, 2 Pts

GWG: Oskar Sundqvist

Notables: TBN None
JAG Brossoit 32 saves, Bergeron 18 faceoffs won

Gilbert Sharks @ Jagr Mullets A struggling Gilbert squad comes to town and the Mullets roll the dice again and bench a bunch of regulars. Ovechkin makes sure that it doesn’t backfire, as he collects a hat trick in the 4-3 Mullet vcictory. Logan Couture shows some big-time chemistry with #8, assisting on all 3 even strength goals. John Gibson gets his 2nd win of the season in his strongest effort to date in his limited action.

Scoring Summary
Per Time Str Team
1 6:50 EV JAG Ovechkin (14), assisted by Couture (8) and Lindholm (13)
3 1:59 PP GIL Giordano (6), assisted by Tkachuk (6)
3 3:37 EV GIL Acciari (1), assisted by Hedman (9)
3 12:57 PP GIL Panarin (2), assisted by Krug (10)
3 16:06 EV JAG Ovechkin (15), assisted by McDonagh (10) and Couture (9)
3 16:44 EV JAG Svechnikov (2), assisted by Tkachuk (10) and Ekholm (9)
3 19:21 EV JAG Ovechkin (16), assisted by Ekholm (10) and Couture (10)

Star 1: JAG Ovechkin 3 G
Star 2: JAG Couture 3 A
Star 3: JAG Svechnikov 1 G

GWG: Alex Ovechkin

Notables: GIL Rask 35 saves
JAG Kadri 15 faceoffs won, Ovechkin hat trick, Gibson 32 saves, Lindholm 24 faceoffs won, Couture 3 assists

WEEKLY SUMMARY: All three games were decided by 1 goal, but in the end we got the 3 W’s and that’s what matters most.
Bathgate Rangers
WEEKLY PREVIEW: In a 1 game homestand this week, Rangers host the Gunners – playing tough in their new Atlantic Division home.
Guentzel Gunners @ Bathgate Rangers 44 seconds in, Drouin scores (seems like he did that stuff on the road this week) getting the home team off fast. But the Gunners get 2 within the next 4 minutes – Guentzel and Wagner. Then the Rangers get 2 – ZBad and Hischier, both within the next 3 minutes. Faksa ties it at 3-3 and we’re not even to the 10 minute mark of period 1! But we are at the end of scoring for the period.
PERIOD 2 – much slower – but Lindholm does get the Rangers back on top with the periods only score.
PERIOD 3 – Guentzel’s Patrick scores at the halfway point to tie it up, but then Anderson, Hertl and Provorov (EN) each score in the final 6 minutes to put it away for a surprising (and enjoyable) 7-4 win!
STARS – all BGR
1. Drouin 1 goal, 2 assists
2. Hischier 1 goal, 1 assist
3. Giroux 3 assists
WEEKLY SUMMARY: So, 1 home game, 1 win, OK!!
Thunder Bay Nor’Westers
WEEKLY PREVIEW: Two home games – Toledo and Yellowknife. Giving a couple of young guys a quick look see.
Toledo Walleye @ Thunder Bay NorWesters 1-1 after the 1st period with goals by Necas (1) and Barrie (2)

2-1 after 40 minutes with Toldeo leading – Goal by Foligno (4)

Then Thunder Bay explodes for 4 goals in the 3rd for a 5-3 win. Third period goals by O’Reilly (10), Muzzin (1), Jones 2 goals (3 & 4). Final Toledo goal by Connolly (3)

1st Star – Seth Jones
2nd Star – Martin Necas
3rd Star – Ryan O’Reilly

Yellowknife Braves @ Thunder Bay NorWesters Thunder Bay jumps out to a 3-0 lead with goals by Texier (1), Athanasiou (10) and Landeskog (10). Nyquist (3) and Conner (9) add two goals for Thunder Bay and Palmieri (5) closes out the 2nd period 5 to 1.

The 3rd period is scoreless.

1st star Greiss
2nd star Athanasiou
3rd star Connor

WEEKLY SUMMARY: Thunder Bay continues to play well with balanced scoring and solid defense.
Alamo Defenders
WEEKLY PREVIEW: Chicago plays at Alamo.
Chicago Cosa Nostra @ Alamo Defenders This game was dominated by the goal tenders.

In the 1st, DeBrincat scores his 9th for Chicago on a power play. In less than a minute, Stamkos scores his 10th for Alamo, which was also a power play.

Seguin scores a goal for Alamo in the second period. It’s the last goal scored and Alamo edges Chicago.

Alamo 2 Chicago 1

1st – Lehner 34 saves
2nd – Seguin
3rd – Stamkos

WEEKLY SUMMARY: Alamo edges Chicago, 2-1.
Gilbert Sharks
WEEKLY PREVIEW: Gilbert has 1 home game versus Bucks County
Bucks County Raccoons @ Gilbert Sharks Jack Campell shuts out the woeful Sharks 3-0
WEEKLY SUMMARY: Gilbert continues to stink
Guentzel Gunners
WEEKLY PREVIEW: Guenzel is only 2 points back of the division could this give them playoff birth. Guenzel looking to go for the win now rather than rebuild. LAst season Jeremiah First season as GM entered this team without much and decided that he wanted to rebuild but had an amazing start and went for the playoffs and became the 1 seed but lost in 6 games to Toledo in the first round. Will we see a similar fate.
Chicago Cosa Nostra @ Guentzel Gunners Period: Only 48 seconds in Jake Guenzel(13) last weeks player of the week opens it up 1-0 GUE. Assisted by Tanev(6) Kane (15). Bjugstad(1) scores his first goal for Guenzel. Gudas(1) and Erne(3). Palat broke away and scored his 3rd of the season.
Recap
3-0 Guenzel had 12-11 in shots and had 14 blocked shotsPeriod 2: Chicago goes on the power play and Pasternak(15) scores. Assisted by Towes(14). Zuccarello(3) gets back at Chicago and goes up 4-1. Chicago scores on the power play. DeBrincat(9). Dubois scores for Chicago who is down 1 4-3. Guenzel had a terrible in the second period but did have 9 more blocked shots.Period 3:Toews(7) ties it at 4. Chicago leads with a goal from Pirri(7). With 18 second left Jake Guenzel ties it at 5.Overtime: Chicago didn’t get a sing shot off.Shoutout: Round 2 Pastrnak scored. 1-0 Chicago. Toews scored to win it for Chicago.Stars:
Pastrnak 1G 4pts
Guenzel 2G
Toews 1G 2pts
Jagr Mullets @ Guentzel Gunners Gunzel loses 4-3 in OT.
Stars
1. JAG – Lindholm 2G
2. JAG – Tkachuk 1G 2 pts
3. JAG – Couture 1G
WEEKLY SUMMARY: 2 Over time losses but in my mine 1 win and one loss.
Cincinnati Inferno
WEEKLY PREVIEW: The Cincinnati Inferno continue their chase for the Atlantic Division lead.
California Regulators @ Cincinnati Inferno California pulls out a 5-3 victory.

Cincinnati scores goals on its first three shots over the first 3:09, as Sidney Crosby picked up the first two goals of the night. California had 74 shots attempts and outshot the Inferno, 38-19, for the game.

The Regulators got goals from five different players lit the lamp – netting a lamplighter in the first and a pair in the second. The game winner came earlier in the third period and a late empty netter made it 5-3.

Yellowknife Braves @ Cincinnati Inferno Cincinnati started strong and held on, 5-0.

Brayden Point scored on the first shot of the game and Max Pacioretty had a pair of goals in the victory. Jacob Markstrom turned away all 30 shots in notching his first shutout of the season.

WEEKLY SUMMARY: A split for Cincinnati is not a bad thing.
Brentwood Bandits
WEEKLY PREVIEW: Are the defending Cup champs contenders or pretenders?
Alamo Defenders @ Brentwood Bandits Alamo remembered to bring their A game as former Bandit, Hornqvist, draws first blood. Kerfoot scores his 5th to tie it 1-1 in the 2nd, but the 3rd period was all Alamo with 3 goals! Two from Ekblad and one from Seguin as the Defenders defended their lead and skated to a 4-1 victory of the Bandits.

Lehner made 39 saves. Murray with a start made 37 saves.

Toledo Walleye @ Brentwood Bandits The Walleyes swim into Brentwood and hope to catch the Bandits off guard and steal a win… but the Bandits had other plans.

Anisimov stars the scoring off for Toledo as they take a 1-0 lead into the 2nd. Then Tavares (12), Brodie (3), and Eller (2) all score in the 2nd to put the Bandits up 3-1.

Arvidsson (16) scores on the PP to bring the Walleye within 1, but Galchenyuk gets his 9th to get back to the 2 goal lead.

With the goalie pulled, the Walleye score with 35 seconds left as Rodrigues (3) cuts the lead down to 1 goal, but Vlasic (3) scores the empty netter to seal the deal for the Bandits as everyone in attendance gets a free pickle!!

Binnington saves 40 in a losing cause.

Guentzel Gunners @ Brentwood Bandits Guentzel is gunning for a win at the Brentwood Civic Center, but Horvat (4) scores just 53 seconds into the game, and Tavares (13) tacks one on 36 seconds later to give the Bandits a quick 2-0 lead. In the 2nd, Guentzel pours it on and fires 16 shots at Vasilevskiy, who is up to the task and Galchenyuk (10) puts in one of the (only) five shots the Bandits mustered in the 2nd frame.

To the 3rd where Guentzel again fires 16 at Vasilevskiy, who turns them all away. Galchenyuk (11) pours salt into the open wound as the Bandits steal a win from Guentzel as we only managed 18 shots to the Gunners 39.

The difference seemed to be where the shots came from as the Bandits had more scoring chances (11-9) despite being heavily out-shot.

Holtby looked a shadow of his former self making only 14 saves in the loss as Vasilevskiy gets his 1st shutout of the season.

WEEKLY SUMMARY: 3 home games, 2 wins… 4 points. We’ll take it.

When asked about the division lead and the playoffs, coach Tom Atkins just stared down the reporter until they sat down and curled up into the fetal position. Rumor has it that the reporter has since taken a job driving for Uber.

Bucks County Raccoons
WEEKLY PREVIEW: Bucks County looking to solidify their division lead versus two teams below the Mendoza line as far as points are concerned.
Bathgate Rangers @ Bucks County Raccoons The Raccoons score on the power play 28 seconds into the 2nd period to take a 2-0 lead and then check the game away. Bathgate scores mid way through the 3rd but the BC defense does it’s job to secure a 2-1 win. Bucks County wins 68.9% of the face offs in the game.
Lafayette Homesteaders @ Bucks County Raccoons Scoreless through 2 and then Duschene gives the visitors the lead 1 minute into the 3rd period. Kevin Hayes ties it up with 5 minutes to go and it looks like we’re headed to OT, but Erik Karlsson scores with exactly 1 minute to go and Lafayette gets the W, 2-1. Both goalies were on their games in this one.
WEEKLY SUMMARY: Offense takes a small hiatus for the home team, but the defense does it’s job and gets the split of the home games this week.
Toledo Walleye
WEEKLY PREVIEW: The Walleye (9-10-0) host Cincinnati (9-8-3) and Thunder Bay (12-7-0).
Cincinnati Inferno @ Toledo Walleye Toledo 4, Inferno 3 – Toledo opens up the scoring with Krejci getting his 3rd of the season. 5 minutes later Crosby ties it up with a little over 6 minutes to go in the 1st. Finally, late in the period, Krejci gets his 2nd of the game, again assisted by JVR, and the period ends 2-1 Walleye.

In the 2nd, The teams play even, and hold the line, until penalties come into play. The Inferno play the price for penalties by Skinner and Suter, as Rodriguez and Connolly each net one on the power play. 2nd period ends 4-1 Toledo.

The Inferno turns the tables in the last period, first with Point getting his 13th of the season on a penalty by Severson. Midpoint of the period Gallagher closes the lead to 1 with an even strength goal. The Walleye circle the wagons and hold off the attackers the final 9 minutes to escape with the win, 4-3.

1st star – Krejci 2G
2nd = Point 1G 2pts
3rd – Rodriguez 1G

Thunder Bay NorWesters @ Toledo Walleye NorWesters 6, Walleye 1 – Thunder Bay opens up the scoring with Bertuzzi getting the goal just over 3 minutes in. The Walleye quickly respond on a powerplay as Edmundson scores to make it 1-1. After that, its all NorWesters as the Walleye throw a lot of rubber at Rinne, but he ends up stopping 37 of the 38 shots. On the other side, Dubnyk continues to struggle and lets a total of 6 get by. Athanasiou, Bertuzzi, Nyquist, Smith, and O’Reilly pile it on leaving the home crowd feeling shell shocked.

1st star – Bertuzzi 2G 3pts
2nd – Rinne 37 saves
3rd – Nyquist 1G 2pts

WEEKLY SUMMARY: A narrow win, followed by a thorough thumping is a clear sign that Toledo has not found the right strategy to get out of the division cellar. Stay tuned for more changes.
Charlotte Buzzards
WEEKLY PREVIEW: It’s never easy contending in the uber competitive Atlantic division but the Charlotte Buzzards attempt to stay relevant early in the season. The squad hosted three non-division games in its latest stretch, versus Gilbert, Bathgate and California.
Gilbert Sharks @ Charlotte Buzzards The Sharks bit the Buzzards and Carey Price by seizing a 4-0 lead and held off a late rally effort to take this one 5-4. Goals by Victor Hedman, the mayor of Pominvlle, TJ Oshie and Max Domie give Gilbert the four goal cushion by three minutes left to play in the second period. Charlotte fought back with three unanswered third period goals to make it close — two from defensemen Tyler Myers and Brent Burns and one from league leading goal scorer Joe Pavelski — that cut the lead to 4-3. Gilbert’s Cam Atkinson slammed the door shut, however, with a goal with 59 seconds left. Buzzards defenseman Travis Hamonic answered on a “too little too late” goal from the point with 35 seconds to play. For his part, Tuka Rask finished with an astonishing 45 saves to turn away Charlotte (which outshot Gilbert 49 to 28), but Hedman, Pominville and Atkinson were named the first thru third stars respectively.
Bathgate Rangers @ Charlotte Buzzards This comeback effort for Charlotte was successful as the Buzzards erased a 3-1 second period deficit with six unanswered goals en route to a 7-5 win. Impressively, seven different players scored for Charlotte — 5 forwards and 2 defenseman. Brett Burns, Mitch Marner and Joe Pavelski who were each among the goal scorers, were Stars 1 thru 3. Charlotte outshot Bathgate 39-29.
California Regulators @ Charlotte Buzzards The fast-starting Regulators were sparked by first star Phillipp Grubauer, who shined in the net with 32 saves as California prevailed over the Buzzards 3-1. Jonathan Huberdeau, the second-star for California, eliminated a 1-0 deficit with a game tying goal 2:17 into the second period, and early third period goals by Johnny Gaudreau and Ryan Getzlaf put California over the top.
WEEKLY SUMMARY: A microcosm of its season, the Dynamo fire 121 freakin shots in these three home games (more than 40 shots per game) and come up with just two points to show for it. In conjunction with respectable defense and goalie play, this team has just not got its share of pucks bouncing its way early in the season.
California Regulators
WEEKLY PREVIEW: California hosts Central-leading Bucks County in its only home game this week.
Bucks County Raccoons @ California Regulators The Raccoons fall to the Regulators 2-1 in a close one.
WEEKLY SUMMARY: California wins its only home game.

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