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Mike Zibanejad BGR 3 5 2 7 2 6 13 39%
Jaroslav Halak BGR 2 3 1.5 59 .952
David Pastrnak CHI 4 4 8 12 0 4 21 19%
MacKenzie Blackwood CHI 2 4 2 57 .934

Yellowknife Braves
WEEKLY PREVIEW: Bucks County comes to town twice
Bucks County Raccoons @ Yellowknife Braves Bucks County wins 4-3
Stars #1 BCR Meier 2G
#2 BCR Murray 1G 2pts
#3 BCR McDavid 1G 2pts
Bucks County @ RaccoonsYellowknife Braves Same team same results Bucks Co 4-2
Stars #1 BCR Johansson 1G
#2 BCR Kase 1G
#3 BCR Karlsson
WEEKLY SUMMARY: Bucks County gets 4 road points
Chicago Cosa Nostra
WEEKLY PREVIEW: California & Toledo invade the Capone Center for the two games the Cosa Nostra will play this week at home.
California Regulators @ Chicago Cosa Nostra Chicago’s new offensive is starting to click & things are happening in the Windy City. Even though they are well outshot (30-23) Chicago comes out on top.

Final Score: Chicago 6 – California 2

Labatts – 3-Star Selection:

Star #1 – Evgenii Dadonov 1G, 2Pts
Star #2 – David Pastrnak 3A
Star #3 – Zach Werenski 1G

(CAL) – Cam Fowler 6 Blocked Shots
(CHI) – David Pastrnak 3 Assists & Zach Werenski 5 Blocked Shots

Game Winner: Chris Kreider

Toledo Walleye @ Chicago Cosa Nostra Chicago’s buries 3 early goals, then allows 2 from Toledo to make it close. Chicago then musters up some offense and scores 5 more unanswered goals.

Final Score: Chicago 8 – Toledo 2

Labatts – 3-Star Selection:

Star #1 – David Pastrnak 3G, 7 Pts
Star #2 – Patrick Kane 3G
Star #3 – Pierre-Luc Dubois 1G, 3Pts

(TOL) – None
(CHI) – David Pastrnak Hat Trick, 4 Assists for 7 Points. Jonathan Toews 17 Faceoff Winshots. Patrick Kane Hat Trick

Game Winner: Zach Werenski

WEEKLY SUMMARY: Chicago is turning up the heat in the Central Division & hoping their road results are just as good. 4 Points at home this week finally has the Chicago crowd behind a Hockey team.
Bathgate Rangers
WEEKLY PREVIEW: Ranger host 3 games this week, the 1st against the 2nd best team in the league (Thunder Bay), then 2 division games against Lafayette and Brentwood.

All this is going on while P.K. Subban is wondering if he’s bound for somewhere else….

Thunder Bay @ Bathgate Rangers Rangers shock the NorWesters with a 4 goal run that includes 3 in the final period to take this one 5-2. (Shocked us as well). Hertl gets the lone goal in the 1st and Smith ties it up for Thunder Bay 39 seconds into the 2nd. Then McCann scores a minute later and it’s 2-1 Bathgate after 2. Then ZBad scores 2 win the first 11 minutes of the 3rd and Anderson gets one a couple minutes after that to make it 5-1 Rangers. Athanasiou gets one back for the NorWesters but Bathgate shuts them down after that.
1. Zibanejad 2 goals, 1 assist
2. Anderson 1 goal, 1 assist
3. McCann 1 goal, 1 assist
Lurking – P.K. gets 2 assists
Lafayette Homesteaders @ Bathgate Rangers In the home version of back to back games with Lafayette – ZBad scores 2 more goals. A minute into the game he nets his 1st. Kucherov quickly erases the 1 goal deficit 2 minutes later and the 1st ends 1-1. Then McCann and ZBad each score in the 3rd minute of period 2 and Ferland adds a 3rd Rangers goal in the 2nd to make it 4-1 after 2 and that’s how it ends.
STARS: (all CAP)
1. Zibanejad 2 goals
2. Halak 33 saves
3. Ferland 1 goal
Brentwood Bandits @ Bathgate Rangers Well, for the 3rd straight game, the Rangers get a 3 goal period – but it wasn’t enough. After giving up 3 goal to Brentwood in the 1st – even strength to Debrusk, SH to Horvat and a last minute PP goal to Josi, Bathgate scores 3 in the 2nd – Giroux (2 of them) and Kotkaniemi. Unfortunately, Niederreiter and Konecny score for Brentwood and it’s 5-4 Brentwood after 2.
BUT -ZBad gets one 7 minutes into the 3rd and it’s all tied up. But Linholm and Hertl each get penalites for Bathgate and Kessel and Tavares get PP goals and the Bandits steal this one 7-5. They were a stinking 3 for 3 on the power play for crying out loud. Dylan Strome was able to score 1 in the 1st for Bathgate and he’s been seeing more time lately and it’s paying off (he was set up by P.K. Subban).
1. BWB – Kessel 1 goal and 3 assists
2. BGR – Giroux 2 goals, 1 assist
3. BWB – Tavarex 1 goal, 2 assists
WEEKLY SUMMARY: Rangers are seemingly done with player rests – any more weekly scratches will be tweaks. This week there were able to take 2 of 3 home games including the Thunder Bay shocker – but then there are shockers once in a while, we got lucky it was ours this week.
LA Great Danes
WEEKLY PREVIEW: The Danes host Cincinnati, Alamo, and Gilbert.
Cincinnati Inferno @ LA Great Danes Ex-Dane Paul Byron scores twice in the firt period, but Scheifele and Bonino tie the game in the 2nd, before a back-breaker goal by Pacioretty with just 13 seconds left in period 2 gives the Inferno the 3-2 lead heading into the 3rd. A Crosby goal extends Cincy’s lead, but Scheifele responds with his 2nd PPG of the game to get LA within one. A Brayden Point goal with 4:11 left seals a 5-3 Cincinnati win.
Alamo Defenders @ LA Great Danes The Danes go with a veteran lineup as they look to knock off their division rivals, and they come through with a big effort and a 6-3 win. LA led 2-1 going into the 3rd and lost the lead when Boone Jenner scored for Alamo, but Marleau and Ehlers put LA back up 4-2. A McAvoy goal with 2:59 left made it a 4-3 game, but the Danes put the game away with 2 empty-netters. Alex Pietrangelo was the game’s #1 star with a +6 rating and 1G-1A. Frederick Andersen, who has struggled against Alamo in the past, came up with 42 saves in the win.
Gilbert Sharks @ LA Great Danes In a battle for last place, the Danes shift to a young lineup, and poor defensive play leads to a 7-5 loss. Nathan Mackinnon dominated for the Sharks with 2G-2A. But LA’s 4th line of Chytl-Hintz-Roslovic were +2 with goals for Hintz, his first in the MWHL, and Roslovic. Jack Roslovic needs to be given more ice time, as he leads the team by far with a +9 rating. And with 5G-5A in 25 games while averaging 6.4 minutes of ice time per game, his scoring pace per minute is on par with the league’s best.
WEEKLY SUMMARY: The Great Danes will continue to juggle their lineups the rest of the year. 19 different players registered a point in this week’s home games, and there will be lots of competition for playing time the rest of the way.
Jagr Mullets
Lafayette Homesteaders @ Jagr Mullets Only one game of home cooking this week; fortunately the boys are well fed as they go on a 7-4 rampage against Lafayette.

The game starts off horribly wrong, as Radulov goes off for tripping just 28 seconds in; then Duchene (18) scores 10 seconds later. But then the Mullets get the flow on, pouring in 4 goals in the 2nd and then Radulov gets a little redemption with the empty-netter at the end.

Scoring Summary
Per Time Str Team
1 :38 PP LAF Duchene (18), assisted by Gostisbehere (23)
1 3:50 EV JAG Bergeron (19), assisted by Ovechkin (26) and Letang (22)
1 12:34 EV JAG Tkachuk (20), assisted by Lindholm (25) and Rielly (32)
1 17:25 EV LAF Labanc (14), assisted by Gostisbehere (24) and Garland (8)
2 8:36 EV JAG Couture (17), assisted by Pulock (14) and McDonagh (21)
2 9:32 EV LAF Eichel (25), assisted by Kucherov (53)
2 13:10 PP JAG Couture (18), assisted by Radulov (38) and Rielly (33)
2 15:35 PP JAG Tkachuk (21), assisted by Radulov (39)
2 19:53 PP JAG Bergeron (20), assisted by Matthews (25) and Pulock (15)
3 8:14 EV LAF Kucherov (29), assisted by Eichel (39) and Forsberg (15)
3 19:14 EN JAG Radulov (18), assisted by Bergeron (39) and Letang (23)

Star 1: JAG Bergeron 2 G, 3 Pts
Star 2: JAG Tkachuk 2 G
Star 3: JAG Couture 2 G

GWG: Matthew Tkachuk

Notables: LAF None
JAG Bergeron 26 faceoffs won

WEEKLY SUMMARY: We pad the stats at home; let’s see how we fare on the road.
Alamo Defenders
WEEKLY PREVIEW: Alamo plays host to Guentzel, Brentwood, and California
Guentzel Gunners @ Alamo Defenders Draisaitl gets on the board first for the Defenders. Then, the Gunners score 4 consecutive goals. Gudas, Niskanen, Montour, and Dumba score for Guentzel. Alamo outshoots Guentzel, 32-29.

Guentzel 4 Alamo 1

1st – Holtby
2nd – Niskanen
3rd – Dumba

Brentwood BanditsAlamo  @ Defenders Jenner gets the Defenders on the board. The Bandits score 2 unanswered goals. Konecny and Taveras score.

Brentwood 2 Alamo 1

1st -Vasilevsky
2nd – Konecny
3rd – Taveras

GAME #3:California RegulatorsAlamo Defenders Alamo finally plays better. They score 4 goals on the Regulators. Dunn, Seguin, Glendening, and Stamkos all score. Barzal scores a late goal for California.

Alamo 4 California 1

1st -Seguin
2nd – Lehner
3rd – Glendening

WEEKLY SUMMARY: Alamo defeats rival California, but loses two games to Guentzel and Brentwood
Toledo Walleye
WEEKLY PREVIEW: Yellowknife and Chicago come to Toledo for some hockey, and maybe some ice fishing.
Yellowknife Braves @ Toledo Walleye Toledo 4, Yellowknife 3 – First period is played even, sometimes 4 on 4, as the only penalties a minor skirmishes, Manson/Cirelli and Lemieux/Nemeth. Aggressive defense limits SOG to 8 for the visitors and 7 for Toledo. Nothing gets past the goalies, and its 0-0 going to the 2nd.

2nd period starts with Rantanen called for holding, and the Walleye capitalize with a goal from Connolly to draw first blood. Toledo kills a penalty shortly after, and then Williams hooks up with Mantha to earn 2 minutes each. Shortly after we get back to full strength, Lindell pops in a mid range shot to put Toledo up 2-0. Manson and Krejci scuffle a little later, and then just before the period ends, Palmieri signals things are about to heat up when he puts the Braves on the board, and its 2-1 Walleye at the end of 2.

3rd period sees good even play with better offensive attacks. But Toledo is able to keep the lead at either 1 or 2 the whole way, alleviating some of the pucker factor. First they go up 2 on a goal by Anisimov, then the Braves answer from Aho. Toledo makes it 4-2 with a goal from van Riemsdyk, before Yellowknife answers from Duclair. Toledo is able to make the 1 goal lead stand the final 5 minutes for the W.

1st star – Pettersson 3A
2nd – van Riemsdyk 1G
3rd – Lindell 1G

Chicago Cosa Nostra @ Toledo Walleye Toledo 5, Chicago 2 – Chicago has its way the first 40 minutes of the game. An early goal from Pastmak is followed by defensive domination. Chicago gets 15 SOG against only 8 from Toledo, but a 1-0 lead going into the 2nd period is pretty good.

2nd period a little chink in the armor appears when a Toews penalty allows the Walleye to even things up, PP goal by Vanek. Chicago quickly answers with a goal by DeBrincat to make it 2-1. More defense follows and we go to the 3rd 2-1 Chicago, and Toledo looking for some offense.

3rd period – Another tweak on offense for Toledo pays off. First Chicago halps kick start things with a Nugent-Hopkins penalty that gives the Walleye just enough advantage with the powerplay, and Mantha evens it at 2. 10 more minutes of defense by both teams before the dam bursts, and Toledo gets one from Bailey, and then Connolly, to make it 4-2 with 2 minutes to go. An empty netter by Barrie makes it 5-2 at final horn.

1st star – Mantha 2G
2nd – Binnington 34 saves
3rd – Barrie 1G (really? a meaningless EN is better than the GWG by Bailey?)

WEEKLY SUMMARY: Very surprising 4 pts in the 2 home games this week from the cellar dwellar. Sometimes the random number generator goes on the side of the good guys.
Lafayette Homesteaders
WEEKLY PREVIEW: Taking on the tought Brentwood squad
Brentwood Bandits @ Lafayette Homesteaders Gourde of Lafayette scores his 10th with minutes remaining to tie it up only to have Brodie score with 5 seconds left in OT to win the game!
WEEKLY SUMMARY: no points ….
Charlotte Buzzards
WEEKLY PREVIEW: To be blunt, Charlotte’s last month of play has been nothing short of atrocious: after a hopeful 18-11-3 start to the season, the Buzzards slumped through a disastrous 4-12-2 stretch recently (marked by multiple games lost in the last minute of the third period), knocking it out of current playoff positioning. Charlotte, was in desperate need of a division win to remain relevant in the race, when it hosted Cincinnati on February 7.
Cincinnati Inferno @ Charlotte Buzzards The Buzzards failed to get that division win it needed, instead getting doused by the Inferno 3-2. Typifying many of its losses, an impressive shots on goal advantage went wasted: Charlotte outshot Cincinnati 46-24 but was stymied by the surprisingly sensational performance of Inferno goalie Casey DeSmith (yes he currently of the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins) and his 44 saves. All Inferno goals came in the first period as Cincinnati seized an early 3-1 lead, courtesy of goals scored by forwards Brayden Point, Brock Boeser and Jeff Skinner (all with 15 or more goals now for the season). Alex Tuch accounted for both Charlotte goals, including a power play tally 5:14 into the second period that closed the scoring. From there, DeSmith shut the door, saving the other 30 shots fired at him in the second and third periods.

Three stars:
Star 1: Tuch in a losing effort (2 goals)
Star 2: Point 1 G 1 A
Star 3: DeSmith (44 saves)

Notable: Ryan Suter blocked 6 shots for Cincinnati (in addition to the 44 shots fired at DeSmith)
Dylan Larkin wins 16 faceoffs for Charlotte as the Buzzards dominated the time of attack 6:05 to 3:25

WEEKLY SUMMARY: Charlotte continues to get stymied offensively during this midseason slump, and with less than 30 games remaining, time is running out. Without a hot streak down the stretch, this Buzzards team, which started out so strong, can kiss goodbye hopes for its first postseason.
Gilbert Sharks
WEEKLY PREVIEW: Gilbert with 2 home games in Week 14 versus Toledo and Chicago
Toledo Walleye @ Gilbert Sharks Gilbert builds a 3-1 lead late in the 1st period looking for the upset. The rest of the game is all Toledo scoring 6 unanswered goals to win 7-3. Lindell has 5 points in the win.
Chicago Cosa @ Gilbert Sharks Cam Atkinson scores 4 goals to lead Gilbert to a 6-4 upset of the Central Division leaders.
WEEKLY SUMMARY: Gilbert shows some fight with a big upset
Guentzel Gunners
WEEKLY PREVIEW: Gentzel plays two games this week against division rivals – division leader Thunder Bay and third place Charlotte
Thunder Bay @ Guentzel Gunners Thunder Bay 5 Guentzel 1

Despite shots on goal being 24-23 Thunder Bay converts 5 into goals has they defeat Guentzel on away ice.

Star #1 – Nyquist 1 G / 2 A S
Star #2 – Johnsson 1 G / 1 A
Start #3 – Landeskog 1 G / 1 A

Charlotte Buzzards @ Guentzel Gunners Charlotte 3 – Guentzel 0

Star #1 – Price 21 saves / shutout
Star #2 – Smith 1 G
Star #3 – Johnson 1 G

WEEKLY SUMMARY: Geuntzel continues to struggle losing both games by wide margins
California Regulators
GAME #1 – VISITING TEAM: Gilbert Sharks
GAME #1 – HOME TEAM: California Regulators
Gilbert Sharks @ California Regulators California beats Gilbert 7-6 at home.
WEEKLY SUMMARY: California beats Gilbert 7-6 at home.

Simmed games:

Charlotte 5, Thunder Bay 4 / Thunder Bay 4, Cincinnati 3 / Cincinnate 3, LA 2 / Lafayette 5, Bathgate 4 / Jagr 3, Brentwood 2