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Claude Giroux BGR 4 2 7 9 0 -1 14 14%
Andrei Vasilevskiy BWB 2 4 2.04 46 .920
Brad Marchand ALA 4 5 5 10 14 7 15 33%
Jack Campbell BCR 2 1 0.5 71 .986

Chicago Cosa Nostra
WEEKLY PREVIEW: Chicago takes on two at the top & one at the bottom with three home games this week.
Jagr Mullets @ Chicago Cosa Nostra Chicago’s new offensive guys just can’t click in their first game together even though they take 39 shots on net. Jagr outskates them, but the Cosa Nostra keep it close.

Final Score: Jagr 3 – Chicago 1

Labatts – 3-Star Selection:

Star #1 – Darcy Kuemper 38 Saves
Star #2 – Kris Letang 1G, 2Pts
Star #3 – Couture 1G

(JAG) – Darcy Kuemper 38 Saves, Patrice Bergeron 18 Faceoff Wins.
(CHI) – None

Game Winner: Logan Couture

Thunder Bay @ Chicago Cosa Nostra Taking on the top team in the Atlantic Division the Thunder Bay Nor’Westers the Cosa Nostra start to click on offense & break outscoring 5 Goals.

Final Score: Chicago 5 – Thunder Bay 3

Labatts – 3-Star Selection:

Star #1 – Brandon Saad 2G
Star #2 – Jacob Slavin 1G, 3Pts
Star #3 – David Pastrnak 1G, 2Pts

(TBN) – Penna Rinne 34 Saves
(CHI) – Mackenzie Blackwood 35 Saves

Game Winner: David Pastrnak

Bathgate Rangers @ Chicago Cosa Nostra Taking on a team that the Cosa Nostra has been in trade talks for the 3rd home game of the week. Chicago starts putting its offense in high gear as they pop in 7 on the Rangers.

Final Score: Chicago 7 – Bathgate 4

Labatts – 3-Star Selection:

Star #1 – Jonathan Toews 2G, 4Pts
Star #2 – David Pastrnak 2G, 4Pts
Star #3 – Claude Giroux 1G, 4Pts

(TBN) – Claude Giroux 3 Assists, Mika Zibanejad 3 Assists
(CHI) – Jonathan Toews 17 Faceoff Wins, Mackenzie Blackwood 33 Saves

Game Winner: Alex DeBrincat

WEEKLY SUMMARY: Chicago picks up 4 points out of a possible 6 at home this week. The offense is still learning each other & hopes to pick up next week.
Yellowknife Braves
WEEKLY PREVIEW: One home game vs. Alamo
Alamo Defenders @ Yellowknife Braves The Braves hang on 4-3
Stars #1 YEL Monahan 2G 3pts
#2 ALA Stamkos 2G
#3 YEL Tatar 3 assists
WEEKLY SUMMARY: One home game 2pts
Bathgate Rangers
WEEKLY PREVIEW: 2 home games this week – Alamo and Gilbert fly in for the Pacific Division….
Alamo Defenders @ Bathgate Rangers Rangers score 4 times, twice in the 2nd and twice in the 3rd – BUT they get a big dose of Marchand (hat trick) and Stamkos (another hat trick). Two guys in 1 game was TOOOO much. Alamo blasts their way to a 7-4 win.
With all those goals, it was just a lone Marchand goal late in the 1st to get the board to move off goose eggs. But Hertl tied it up early in the 2nd, but then it quieted down. That is until the final 4 minutes of the period as Marchand got his 2nd and Stamkos his first before Hertl got his 2nd and the period ended 3-2 Alamo. Those last 2 were PP goals – and there will be 3 more PP goals in the 3rd.
Ferland ties the game up 20 seconds into the 3rd scoring a PP goal. But just less than 2 minutes later Draisaiti scores (only Alamo guy not named Marchand or Stamkos to score in the game) – and the Defenders were back on top 4-3. But 7 1/2 minutes in, Drouin scores for Bathgate and the game is tied 4-4. But then the Stamkos (2 more goals) and Marchand (1 more goal) dominated the final 12 1/2 minutes. 7-4 for Alamo…
1. ALA- Marchand 3 goals, 3 assists (6 points)
2. ALA – Stamkos 3 goals, only 2 assists (5 points)
3. BGR – Hertl 2 goals
Gilbert Sharks @ Bathgate Rangers Rangers come back out to host Gilbert and this time they do somewhat better. They score the 1st 3 goals of the game – 2 from Ryan Strome, his 1st 2 of the year (perhaps he’ll get more playing time). His 2nd goal came early in the 2nd and then Gilbert wakes up – and they score the NEXT 3 – 2 in the 2nd (Atkinson and Domi) and then Atkinson scores a PP goal in the opening minute of the 3rd and it’s tied 3-3! Rangers are letting it slip away.
Well the tie ends with 3 1/2 to go when Donskoi scores. Then Gilbert pulls out all the stops to try and tie it up, and Giroux gets a nice pass for ZBad who got the outlet pass from Provorov and Giroux gets the empty netter to ice the game, 5-3!
STARS: (all BGR)
1. Strome 2 goals
2. Zibanejad 1 goal, 2 assists
3. Giroux 1 goal, 2 assists
WEEKLY SUMMARY: 2 home games, 1 win – about normal, but they were both exciting!
Cincinnati Inferno
WEEKLY PREVIEW: The Cincinnati Inferno have one home game this week, welcoming the Gilbert Sharks to town.
Gilbert Sharks @ Cincinnati Inferno CINCINNATI 6, GILBERT 4

The Sharks turned loose a three goal third period to nearly real in Cincinnati in a 6-4 loss. The Inferno raced to a 5-1 lead after two periods of play.

David Perron had a pair of goals for the Inferno, while Artemi Panarin had a goal and an assist for the Sharks. Brayden Point (1-2-3) had a three-point night for Cincinnati as well.

Connor Hellebuyck (17-10-4) took the win for Cincinnati, turning aside 33 shots. Tukka Rask (8-15-3) had the loss, stopping 21 shots. Sidney Crosby won 16 of the 22 faceoffs he took for the Inferno.

The Sharks were able to capitalize on two of their three power play chances. The Inferno continue to rank dead last in the MWHL in penalty killing at an anemic 69.7%.

WEEKLY SUMMARY: The identity of the Cincinnati Inferno continues to be a mystery. The club ranks second in the MWHL in scoring at 4.10 goals per game, yet the defense has the second-worst goals against average at 4.00. It will be an interesting second half for this club.
LA Great Danes
WEEKLY PREVIEW: One home game with 3 road games this week. The home game versus the Rangers was shifted to Baton Rouge with a pre-game celebration of the LSU Tigers.
Bathgate Rangers @ LA Great Danes The Danes cap off their LSU celebration with a come-from-behind shootout win, 5-4 over the Rangers. It was a wild game with each team having 2 breakaways in regulation, with 3 goals scored on them, 2 by Bathgate and 1 by LA. LA opened the scoring on a Dylan Strome PPG, but the Rangers took a 3-1 lead on breakaway goals by Zibanejad and Vrana along with a Pionk goal. Ehlers got LA within one heading into the 3rd. Waiver pickup Vatanen tied the game on a 2 on 1, and Jamie Benn’s breakaway goal looked to be the winner with under 5 minutes left. But a minute later, Josh Anderson redirected a shot past Frederick Andersen, so we went to OT.

LA had the better of OT play against the Rangers conservative 1F-2D 3 on 3 setup, but no scoring, so on to the shootout. The only goal of the shooutout came from Jamie Benn, who had beaten Halak late in regulation on a breakaway, and he again wristed one past Halak for the game winner.

Zibanejad was the #1 star with 1G-1A. Dylan Strome and Sami Vatanen were given the 2nd and 3rd stars with 1G each, but really Jamie Benn’s late 3rd period goal and shootout game winner should have earned him a star selection, probably the #1 star.

WEEKLY SUMMARY: Dylan Strome’s stat line since being acquired by trade is impressive. In 7 games, Strome has 7G-3A, with points in all 7 games, goals in all but one game, and a goal in 5 straight games.
Jagr Mullets
WEEKLY PREVIEW: Just one home game this week.
Yellowknife Braves @ Jagr Mullets The Mullets roll the dice and rest 7 starters – will it backfire?

Almost… both teams combine for 5 goals in the 3rd, but 3 of those belong to Jagr as they win it 5-4. Kuemper is shaky in goal but still pulls off his 24th victory on the season.

Scoring Summary
Per Time Str Team
1 17:31 EV YEL Monahan (22), assisted by Goligoski (19) and Tatar (24)
2 9:53 PP JAG Tkachuk (18), assisted by Svechnikov (4) and Lindholm (24)
2 12:58 PP YEL Orlov (2), assisted by Monahan (21) and Williams (20)
2 18:56 EV JAG Baertschi (7), assisted by Pulock (13)
3 1:24 EV JAG Lindholm (17), assisted by Rielly (29) and Tkachuk (23)
3 16:10 EV YEL Malkin (19), assisted by Rantanen (28)
3 17:15 EV JAG Ovechkin (38), assisted by Couture (18) and Rielly (30)
3 18:28 EV JAG Couture (16), assisted by McDonagh (19) and Matthews (24)
3 18:46 EV YEL Malkin (20), assisted by Rantanen (29) and Aho (30)

Star 1: YEL Malkin 2 G
Star 2: JAG Lindholm 1 G, 2 Pts
Star 3: JAG Couture 1 G, 2 Pts

GWG: Logan Couture

Notables: YEL McElhinney 40 saves
JAG Matthews 28 faceoffs won

WEEKLY SUMMARY: We squeak out a win against Yellowknife and look forward to rolling a regular lineup the rest of the season.
Thunder Bay Nor’Westers
WEEKLY PREVIEW: Two home games vs Toledo and Bucks County and one road game vs Chicago.
Toledo Walleye @ Thunder Bay NorWesters A slug fest Toledo (4) Thunder Bay (6)
Toledo goals by Connolly 2 (12 & 13)
Mantha (9)
Barrie (7)
Thunder Bay goals
Athanasiou (22)
Connor 2 (18 & 19)
Brouwer (2)
Hronek (1)
Petry (11)
Bucks County Raccoons @ Thunder Bay NorWesters Thunder Bay sluggish coming off a loss in Chicago. The Norwesters seemed to have dead legs. Final score Bucks County (3) Thunder Bay (1)

Bucks County Goals
Meier (26)
Wilson (7)
Bellemare (8)

Thunder Bay Goal
Landeskog (25)

WEEKLY SUMMARY: A poor week winning 1 and loosing 2.
Alamo Defenders
WEEKLY PREVIEW: Lafayette and Toledo come to Alamo.
Lafayette Homesteaders @ Alamo Defenders Alamo gets a power play goal in the 1st and 3rd periods to win the game. Robin Lehner tosses a shutout. Matheson and Draisaitl score for the Defenders. Lehner stops 22 shots.

Alamo 2 Lafayette 0

1st – Lehner
2nd – Matheson
3rd – Draisaitl

Toledo Walleye @ Alamo Defenders The Walleye travel to Alamo. Marchand scores his 23rd of the season in the first. Toledo scores 3 unanswered goals. Backstrom, Mantha, and Cernak score the goals. Late in the 3rd, Marchand scores his 24th, but the Defenders fall short.

Toledo 3 Alamo 2

1st – Marchand
2nd – Backstrom
3rd – Mantha

WEEKLY SUMMARY: Alamo splits against Lafayette and Toledo.
Gilbert Sharks
WEEKLY PREVIEW: Only 1 home game for Gilbert this block versus Lafayette
Lafayette Homesteaders @ Gilbert Sharks Cam Atkinson gets the Game Winner in OT to give the Sharks a 5-4 win!
WEEKLY SUMMARY: Gilbert gets a win!
Brentwood Bandits
WEEKLY PREVIEW: Two home games. Despite some less than stellar home games lately, we’re still in the playoff hunt. So maybe Tavares and Co. are just gonna ride it out. We shall see!
Charlotte Buzzards @ Brentwood Bandits The Bandits keep Tarasenko and Pavelski relatively in check and win in OT on a goal by Brodie (6) with a final score of 4-3.

Debrusk scores 2 in the win and Murray saves 38 of 41.

LA Great Danes @ Brentwood Bandits The Bandits score 5 unanswered goals before LA makes it interesting in the 3rd by scoring 2. Josi (6) gives the Bandits their 4 goal lead back, but Bonino (Boninoboninobonino) scores to make it a 3 goal lead again which is where it ended 6-3.

Debrusk scored 2 again. #29 and #30. Murray saves 33 in back to back solid starts.

WEEKLY SUMMARY: Two wins at home and the grumblings of the Playoffs are being heard in the halls. Coach Tom Atkins said that he is tired of being asked whether or not Tavares, Kessel, etc. are on the trade block. He said “Jagr is the cream of the crop this year, but anything can happen in the playoffs”
Lafayette Homesteaders
WEEKLY PREVIEW: Just LA this week…
LA Great Danes @ Lafayette Homesteaders 7 players score for the Steaders and they hold on to win 8-5
WEEKLY SUMMARY: undeafeated week for the Homies …..first time
Bucks County Raccoons
WEEKLY PREVIEW: Bucks County looks to rebound after a terrible home stand last week hosting two teams from outside the division in Brentwood and Charlotte.
Brentwood Bandits @ Bucks County Raccoons Ryan Johansen scores 2 goals and Ben Bishop stops 39 of 40 shots as Bucks County defeats Brentwood 4-1.
Charlotte Buzzards @ Bucks County Raccoons Connor McDavid scores the only goal of the game mid way through the 2nd period as the Bucks County Raccoons shut out the Charlotte Buzzards 1-0. Jack Cambell recoreds his 2nd shutout of the season while stopping all 39 Charlotte shots.
WEEKLY SUMMARY: Goalies stop 78 of 79 shots and Bucks County has just enough offense to rebound from last week’s debacle and come out of the weeks home games with 4 points.
Toledo Walleye
WEEKLY PREVIEW: The new look Walleye host LA and Jagr this week. Rookie Elias Pettersson out with injury this week. So its kind of the old look new look Walleye. On second thought, with Robert Thomas, the other rookie filling in, its the new look, old look, new look Walleye on the ice this week.
LA Great Danes @ Toledo Walleye Walleye 4, LA 3 – LA on the board first, with the Nurse scoring just 6 minutes in. Period meanders to the end, and just before we go to intermission, Backstrom scores on the powerplay, and we are tied at 1.

2nd period – This time Toledo takes the lead on a goal by van Riemsdyk, answered a couple minutes later by Strome, making it 2-2. The Walleye recover 4 minutes later as Vanek gets #11 this season, and its 3-2 home team at intermission.

3rd period, the suspense continues when Vatanen ties the game at 3 just one minute in. But the suspense is short-lived when Mantha breaks the tie with 18 minutes to go, 4-3 Walleye. After that, a number of close ones by each team, buts its goalie domination the rest of the way, and the Walleye hang on for the win.

1st star – Backstrom 1g 2pts
2nd – van Riemsdyk 1g 2pts
3rd – Mantha 1g 2pts.

Jagr Mullets @ Toledo Walleye Jagr 4, Toledo 2 – The scoreless streak continues through the first period as the goalies combine to turn back 22 shots. 0-0 at the break.

2nd period. – More Dominating defense, as the goalies combie to stop 29 shots. Each team gets one in, van Riemsdyk and Parise, and its 1-1 after 2 periods.

3rd period – The Walleye hopes abound when Vanek scores just 24 seconds into the period. The happiness lasts all of 5 minutes and then gets blasted out of the arena when Jagr rattles off 3 unanswer goals, Ekholm, Tkachuk and Matthews. Sad ending for the Walleye.

1st star – Tkachuk 1g 2pts
2nd – Kuemper 41 saves
3rd – Matthews 1G

WEEKLY SUMMARY: A split at home, without our best player, could be worse.
Guentzel Gunners
WEEKLY PREVIEW: After trading Patrick Kane and Mikka Koivu to Chicago the Gunners are looking to develop some youth for the future
California Regulators @ Guentzel Gunners Playing against the strong California Regulators the Guentzel Gunners show some life with their new rotations and win 5-1. Guentzel gets goals from Niskanen (4), Wagner nets two (6), Montour (8) and Watson (3). California gets lone goal from Barzal (8).

Star #1 – Wagner, Star #2 – Niskanen, Star #3 – Hutton 23 saves

Brentwood Bandits @ Guentzel Gunners Brentwood 0 -Guentzel 2

With the game scoreless with 1:35 left in the 3rd period Guentzel gets a huge goal from Granlund (9) and an empty netter from Hall (2) with 24 seconds left to win second straight.

Star #1 – Holtby 31 saves, Star #2 – Hall, Star #3 – Granlund

WEEKLY SUMMARY: Guentzel wins 2 games against quality opponents

Game results turned in with no write up :

Charlotte : Yellowknife 5, Charlotte 2 /  Charlotte 5, Gilbert 4

Simmed games :

California : California 5, Guentzel 4 / Chicago 5, California 4