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Sidney Crosby CIN 4 3 7 10 6 5 16 19%
Darcy Kuemper JAG 2 2 1 48 .960
Elias Pettersson TOL 4 3 6 9 2 3 13 23%
Tuukka Rask GIL 3 6 1.96 87 .935

Yellowknife Braves
WEEKLY PREVIEW: 2 home games vs. California and Guentzel
California Regulators @ Yellowknife Braves California doubles up the Braves 4-2
Stars #1 YEL Rantanen 2G
#2 CAL Nelson 1G 2pts
#3 CAL Sergachev 1G
Guentzel Gunners @ Yellowknife Braves Ydellowknife wins in a shootout 4-3
Stars #1 YEL Monahan 2G
#2 GUE Kane 1G 3pts
#3 GUE Granlund 1G 3pts
WEEKLY SUMMARY: Yellowknife nets 2 of 4 possible points
Bathgate Rangers
WEEKLY PREVIEW: Rangers have a 3 game week and only 1 of them at home – hosting the Central Division’s top team Bucks County…. BCR vs BGR!
Bucks County Raccoons @ Bathgate Rangers Rangers top scorer, Hertl, gets things started early with a goal just before the 2 minute mark (early goals will be a norm for the Rangers in this game). Halfway through the period, Pionk gets whistled for roughing and the Raccoons Miller makes the Rangers pay when he plunks in a PP goal a minute later. Near the end of the period, the Raccoons return the favor when Johnson is called for tripping and Ferland gets the PP goal with 2 to go and the 1st period ends 2-1 Bathgate.
PERIOD 2 – 27 seconds in and Hischier scores to make it 3-1 Rangers. But the Raccoons take over the momentum and Johansen scores 5 minutes later to cut the lead to 3-2. The goal was scored on a delayed penalty to Provorov. Then McCann goes off for interference and Hyman scores a PP goal with 11 to go and it’s a tie game. Basically that’s the 3rd Bucks County goal through a penalty. Late in the period, the Rangers regain their composure (although they had to endure a Provorov penalty where he actually sits in the penalty box) and Lindholm scores with just less than 4 to go to make the end of 2nd period score 4-3 Bathgate.
3rd PERIOD – again early in the period, Buchnevich steals an errant pass and puts it past Bishop to make it 5-3 Rangers. Rangers stay out of the penalty box in the 3rd so going into the final 2 minutes, they still have a 2 goal lead. Raccoons pull Bishop and it pays off when Meier scores with a minute to go. But they can’t get the equalizer and the game ends with the Rangers clinging to the 5-4 lead and the WIN.
1. BCR – Miller 1 goal, 2 assists
2. BGR – Hischier 1 goal, 1 assist
3. BGR – Hertl 1 goal, 1 assistPretty much an evenly played game, the biggest advantage 1 team had over the other was the Rangers were able to win the faceoff circle 58% of the time.
WEEKLY SUMMARY: 1 game, 1 win, against a top team – OK!!!
Gilbert Sharks
WEEKLY PREVIEW: Gilbert has 3 Home Games this week versus Guentzel, Bathgate and Thunder Bay
Guentzel Gunners @ Gilbert Sharks Tuuka Rask gets the shutout in a 2-0 Gilbert win. Panarin and Domi score for Gilbert
Bathgate Rangers @ Gilbert Sharks Tkachuk and Domi each score twice in a 4-2 Gilbert Win
Thunder Bay NorWesters @ Gilbert Sharks Gilbert is brought back to earth after some mild success this block as Thunder bay wins 4-1. Parayako nets 2 in the victory
WEEKLY SUMMARY: Gilbert with a respectable 2-1 Block this week at home
Jagr Mullets
WEEKLY PREVIEW: Three big home games on the plate.
Thunder Bay NorWesters @ Jagr Mullets Huge matchup against powerhouse Thunder Bay to start off the week. The boys are up to the task, as they win it 4-2 behind Bergeron and Kuemper.

Scoring Summary
Per Time Str Team
1 3:00 PP JAG Bergeron (17), assisted by McDonagh (17)
2 3:41 PP TBN Couturier (11), unassisted
2 9:55 EV JAG Couture (13), assisted by Pulock (10) and Tkachuk (22)
2 10:18 EV JAG Ovechkin (31), assisted by Radulov (33) and Bergeron (33)
3 18:58 EN JAG Letang (9), assisted by Bergeron (34) and Radulov (34)
3 19:44 EV TBN Connor (17), assisted by Petry (20) and O’Reilly (23)

Star 1: JAG Bergeron 1 G, 3 Pts
Star 2: JAG Ovechkin 1 G
Star 3: JAG Letang 1 G

GWG: Alex Ovechkin

Notables: TBN Rinne 30 saves
JAG Ekholm 5 blocks, Bergeron 18 faceoffs won

Gilbert Sharks @ Jagr Mullets A struggling Gilbert comes to town, and Jagr rolls the dice by resting Letang, Weber, and Matthews. Good thing Ovie showed up, as he accounts for all three Mullet goals in regulation and also beats Rask in the shootout as the home team wins it 4-3.

Scoring Summary
Per Time Str Team
1 5:21 SH GIL Atkinson (18), assisted by Acciari (4)
1 9:15 EV JAG Ovechkin (32), assisted by Bergeron (35) and Bortuzzo (7)
1 11:45 EV GIL Tkachuk (14), assisted by Yandle (16) and Domi (17)
3 11:55 SH GIL Keller (3), unassisted
3 12:54 EV JAG Ovechkin (33), assisted by Pulock (11) and Bergeron (36)
3 16:38 EV JAG Ovechkin (34), assisted by Bergeron (37) and Radulov (35)

Star 1: JAG Ovechkin 3 G
Star 2: JAG Bergeron 3 A
Star 3: GIL Tkachuk 1 G

GWG: Patrice Bergeron

Notables: GIL Rask 37 saves
JAG Ovechkin hat trick, Bergeron 3 assists, Bergeron 21 faceoffs won

California Regulators @ Jagr Mullets The Mullets absolutely dominate a strong California team en route to a 5-0 victory. Kuemper goes to 22-7 on the year with the shutout, and rarely used JT Miller collects 2 points in the contest. Pulock also nets his first goal of the season as Khudobin isn’t sharp in net for California.

Scoring Summary
Per Time Str Team
1 4:22 EV JAG Couture (14), assisted by Matthews (22) and Pulock (12)
2 5:04 EV JAG Pulock (1), assisted by Miller (2) and Toffoli (2)
2 11:14 EV JAG Miller (2), assisted by Sundqvist (4) and Rielly (26)
3 :22 PP JAG Ovechkin (35), assisted by Matthews (23) and Bergeron (38)
3 8:20 PP JAG Tkachuk (17), assisted by Ekholm (22) and Letang (19)

Star 1: JAG Kuemper 20 saves
Star 2: JAG Miller 1 G, 2 Pts
Star 3: JAG Pulock 1 G, 2 Pts

GWG: Logan Couture

Notables: CAL Filppula 6 blocks, Fowler 6 blocks, Khudobin 32 saves
JAG Svechnikov 15 PIM, Bergeron 19 faceoffs won

WEEKLY SUMMARY: Three big wins in three chances – things are only looking up for the Mullets as they’ve strategically rested key players early so the best squad possible will be available in the final third of the season.
LA Great Danes
WEEKLY PREVIEW: A light schedule for the Danes with only two games in week 12 – one at home and one on the road. Counting next week, it will be only 3 home games in the last 4 weeks. Along with the holiday break, there’s been very little hockey played at the SDA lately.
Yellowknife Braves @ LA Great Danes Yellowknife scores just 1:47 in on a Goligoski goal on a delayed penalty call, but Scheifele gets the Danes even after one period. In the 2nd, LA takes a 3-1 lead on goals by Teravainen and Roslovic, but Monahan gets one of those momentum killer goals late in the period to make it a tight 3-2 game going into the 3rd. A Bjorkstand deflection goal ties it 3:31 into the 3rd. Each team gets a power play opportunity in the 3rd, and both teams get shorthanded breakaway chances – Schenn for the Danes and Aho for the Braves are stopped by the goaltenders to keep it tied at 3. Newly acquired Dylan Strome scores his 4th goal in 5 games since joining the team, on a wraparound goal at 16:33. It is then the Freddie Andersen show as Yellowknife closes out their 3rd period barrage on the Dane netminder with perhaps 5+ SOG in the last minute, capped by a Malkin wraparound attempt at the buzzer. 25 SOG in the 3rd period alone by the Braves, as FREDDIE chants rained down at the end.

The Danes hold on for a 4-3 win. Andersen is given the game’s #3 star with 44 saves. Monahan and Goligoski with 1G-1A each gives Yellowknife the top 2 stars of the game, but they come away with no points.

WEEKLY SUMMARY: LA will look to the play the spoiler role in the 2nd half of the year. They are playing better now and getting their youth some playing time as they build for next season. Igor Shesterkin’s NHL debut and Semyon Varlamov’s stellar play with the NYI means fan favorite Frederik Andersen will have to play well to earn a contract with LA for next year.
Alamo Defenders
WEEKLY PREVIEW: Alamo host three games – Jagr, Bathgate, and Chicago.
Jagr Mullets @ Alamo Defenders This game was dominated by Jagr. Ovechkin and Parise each score twice and Weber adds one. Seguin and Hinostroza score the two Jagr goals.

Jagr 5 Alamo 2

1- Ovechkin
2- Parise
3- Weber

Bathgate Rangers @ Alamo Defenders The Rangers get a good start and score the first two goals. The Defenders wake up and score 5 unanswered goals. Alamo gets their goals from 5 different players.

Alamo 5 Bathgate 2


Chicago Cosa Nostra @ Alamo Defenders Chicago breaks a tie late in the 2nd period. The Cosa Nostra hang on in the 3rd to win the game. DeBrincat scores 2 goals.

Chicago 3 Alamo 2


WEEKLY SUMMARY: Alamo only takes 2 points at home as they defeat Bathgate, but lose to Jagr and Chicago.
Thunder Bay Nor’Westers
WEEKLY PREVIEW: Three road games and just 1 home game this week.
GAME #1 – VISITING TEAM: Brentwood Bandits
GAME #1 – HOME TEAM: Thunder Bay NorWesters
GAME #1: Brentwood comes to play and jumps out to a 3-0 lead in the first period. Goals by Kerfoot, Kessel and Konecny leave the Nor’Westers K-bombed and shell shocked.

Andreas Athanasiou scores in the 2nd period his 20 goal of the season but the rest of the period is wipe out. Bandints lead 3-1 ofter 40 minutes.

Brentwood undloads for 2 more goals – Tavares and Ashton-Reese, boosting the lead to 5-1 before Sean Couturier scores the final goal of the game. Final score Brentwood 5 Thunder Bay 2 is a rare loss at home and a very weak performance by Thomas Greiss in goal.

WEEKLY SUMMARY: We just need to settle down and play our game. This one got away early and we never regrouped.
Cincinnati Inferno
WEEKLY PREVIEW: The Cincinnati Inferno welcome division leaders California and Bucks County to The Incinerator.
California Regulators @ Cincinnati Inferno Cincinnati 7, California 4

Cincinnati got three assists from newly acquired Mark Giordano and all of the top six forwards scored goals in the win. Justin Faulk had a pair of assists for California, while Tyler Spurgeon added a goal, an assist and five blocked shots.

Casey DeSmith (4-7-1) stopped 32 shots and Phillip Grubauer (15-6-0) turned away 26 shots in the loss.

California was two-for-four on the power play, while Cincinnati went one-for-five way with the man-advantage. The Regulators won the takeaway battle, 14-4.

Bucks County Raccoons @ Cincinnati Inferno Bucks County 5, Cincinnati 4 (OT)

Tom Wilson’s sixth goal of the season at 3:13 (unassisted) secured the win for the Raccoons. The extra session was forced by Sidney Crosby’s goal (his second of the night) with 2:10 remaining, erasing a two-goal deficit at the start of the third.

Connor McDavid had a pair of goals for Bucks County and Evander Kane had a goal and an assist.

Ben Bishop (17-10-0) collected the win with 38 saves, while Casey DeSmith (4-7-2) took the extra frame loss with 33 saves.

The Raccoons went two-for-three with the man-advantage, while the Inferno did not have a power play opportunity in the contest.

WEEKLY SUMMARY: Cincinnati holds its own with three points out of a possible four against two division leaders. However, four power play goals allowed in seven opportunities is cause for concern.
Bucks County Raccoons
WEEKLY PREVIEW: Two home games gives the Racs a chance to improve upon their division lead.
Thunder Bay NorWesters @ Bucks County Raccoons The 2nd best offense in Thunder Bay visits the 2nd best defense in Bucks County and something has to give. Unfortunately, it was the Raccoons as Thunder Bay comes out of the game with a 4-2 victor. Evander Kane scores 15 seconds into the game but the NorWesters get the next 3 goals for a 3-1 lead. BC cuts the deficit to one with a late 2nd period goal, but that was all they could muster as TBN gets an empty net goal to close out the scoring.
Lafayette Homesteaders @ Bucks County Raccoons Filip Forsberg scores 61 seconds into the game on his way to a hat trick and the Lafayette Homesteaders push the home town Raccoons all over the ice, out hitting BC to the tune of 34-19 on their way to a convincing 5-2 win.
WEEKLY SUMMARY: Dark clouds are forming on the horizon as supposedly one of the better defensive teams in the league gives up 9 goals in two home games. It would also help if BC could score some goals as they hope this is just the dog days of January rearing it’s head….
Guentzel Gunners
Chicago Cosa Nostra @ Guentzel Gunners Chicago 3 – Guentzel 2

Chicago scores 3 goals in the first period from Toews, Theodore and DeBrincat and hang on to win after Guentzel gets goals from Rasmussen in the 2nd and Hall in the 3rd. Holtby garners 40 saves for the Gunners

Lafayette Homesteaders @ Guentzel Gunners Lafayette 4 – Guentzel 0

Lafayette gets two goals from Brown and single goals from Martinook and Forsberg to earn the win on the road. Brown was Star 1, Bobrovsky Star 2 with 20 saves, and Forsberg Star 3 with 1 goal

WEEKLY SUMMARY: Geuntzel loses both games at home
Charlotte Buzzards
WEEKLY PREVIEW: Charlotte, entering this week of play, was 20-19-4, but has slumped badly recently, winning only two games in 10 tries dating back to December 20 — a midseason slump putting a dent in its playoff aspirations. The Buzzards hosted the Pacific leading California Regulators on January 24.
California Regulators @ Charlotte Buzzards The Buzzards get a desperately needed win at home, 6-5, rallying with two late goals in the final five minutes of the game. Ryan Dzingel scores with 4:26 left in regulation to tie the game at 5-5, followed by Travis Hamonic’s game winning even strength goal for Charlotte with 1:51 to play.

Incredibly, 11 different players among both squads contributed one goal apiece in this contest to account for all the scoring. Charlotte came back from an early 3-1 deficit, a California lead sparked by goals from forwards Mark Stone, Valtteri Filppula and Brock Nelson.

Three stars (all from Charlotte):
Star 1 – Vladimir Tarasenko (1 G, 2 A)
Star 2 – Travis Hamonic (1 GWG, 1 A)
Star 3- Oliver Ekman-Larsson 1 G, 1 A)

Notables – Defenseman Jared Purgeon blocked 5 shots for California
Dylan Larkin won 18 faceoffs for Charlotte

WEEKLY SUMMARY: Charlotte gets a desperately needed win against a formidable opponent, following a demoralizing 10 game stretch in which it went 2-7-1.
Toledo Walleye
WEEKLY PREVIEW: Brentwood, Cincinnati and Charlotte, all teams with winning records, come to the Huntington Centre for a little hockey, with Toledo, (18-23-1)
Brentwood Bandits @ Toledo Walleye Toledo 6, Brentwood 5 – Period 1 sees the goalies dominate, turning back 23 of 24 shots combined. The only lapse, when Mantha sneaks one in, letting Toledo take a one goal lead to the first intermission.

In the 2nd, Mantha continues his snappy play with a goal just one minute in, making it 2-0 Toledo. And only seconds later, Kessel answers, making 2-1. Toledo pulls the momentum back and answers in minutes with a goal by Lindell, pushing the lead back to 2. After that, its all Brentwood, and they rattle off 3 goals, Johnson, Galchenyuk, and a powerplay by Johnson, to tie the game, and then take the lead. Its 4-3 Brentwodd after 2 periods.

In the 3rd, the Bandits continue to take the air out of the arena with a powerplay goal by Debrusk just 2 minutes in, and the lead has now flipped from +2 to -2, visitors in command. And then, as if switching on a light, the Walleye come to life. First Connolly to pull within 1, then Pettersson to tie it at 5, with under 3 minutes to go, And finally, with the arean going nuts, Cernak and the 3rd line bring it home with the game winner at 2 minutes to go.

1st star – Manth 2G 3pts
2nd – Johnson 2G
3rd = Lindell 1G 2 pts

Cincinnati Inferno @ Toledo Walleye Cincinnati 6, Toledo 5 OT – Toledo gets things going, with Connolly finding the back of the net to get the early lead. After that, Cincinnati controls the pace, and gets goals by Hoffman and Point, to take a 2-1 lead to intermission.

2nd period = Cincinnait continues with momentum to push the lead to 2, with a goal from Gallagher, and its 3-1 Inferno. Then it happens again, the Big Mo turns the opposite direction. Toledo gets a goal just before intermission, and adds 2 more early in the 3rd to flip the lead over, 4-3 Toledo. After things go quiet for a while, the visitors answer, Boeser, and tie it at 4 with 8 minutes to go. Toledo answers, newcomer Bailey with a goal, and its 5-4 Toledo. The Walleye hang on for a few minutes, before Perron breaks their hearts with a goal to tie it at 5. Both teams play cautious the final 3 minutes, we go to overtime.

Inferno with their 2 defensemen, against Walleye with 2 forwards, and its a long blast by Point that breaks the tie , 6-5 Inferno.

1st star – Point – 2G 3pts GWG
2nd – Boeser 1G 3pts
3rd = Carlson 3A

Charlotte Buzzards @ Toledo Walleye Toledo 6, Charlotte 4 – Quick summary, Toledo rattles off 4 unanswered goals, Arvidsson twice and Manth twice to build a 3 goal lead and hold off the Buzzards.

1st star – Mantha
2nd star – Arvidsson
3rd = Petterson 1G 3 pts

WEEKLY SUMMARY: 5 points in 3 games (32 goals) against teams with better records is a nice surprise for the retooled Walleye. Still in the cellar, looking up. Sore neck.
Brentwood Bandits
WEEKLY PREVIEW: Two home games.
Toledo Walleye @ Brentwood Bandits Toledo Mud–, uh, Walleye come to town. Sorry if I’m fishing for humor. 😉

Bandits jump out to a 2-0 lead with goals from Johnson (17) and Tavares (27) but then give up 4 unanswered goals to lose this one to Toledo 4-2.

Cincinnati Inferno @ Brentwood Bandits The Inferno burn the Bandits by a score of 6-3.
WEEKLY SUMMARY: Zero wins at home. This sucks. So… no offers for Tavares??

Simmed games

Chicago 5, LA 4

Yellowknife 7, Lafayette 6

Lafayette 6, Charlotte 4