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Elias Lindholm JAG 4 4 2 6 0 2 13 31%
Connor Hellebuyck CIN 3 7 2.3 87 .926
Brett Connolly TOL 4 5 3 8 2 8 11 46%
Robin Lehner ALA 2 3 1.52 69 .958

Chicago Cosa Nostra
WEEKLY PREVIEW: After a flurry of trades & now ready to start thinking about a post-season playoff berth the Cosa Nostra are playing their best hockey of the season. The bring on two divisional opponents for the week into the Capone Center.
Yellowknife Braves @ Chicago Cosa Nostra Chicago holds a 1-0 lead after one period of play.
Yellowknife finds the back of the net 3 times in the second & once in the third.
Chicago, however, puts up a 7 spot in the third period and sends the Chicago crowd home happy.Final Score: Chicago 8 – Yellowknife 5Labatts – 3-Star Selection:Star #1 – David Pastrnak 2G, 3Pts
Star #2 – Sebastian A. Aho 2G, 3Pts
Star #3 – P.K. Subban 2GNotables:
(YEL) – Sebastian A. Aho 17 Faceoff Wins, Evgeni Malkin 3 Assists & Marc-Andre Fleuru 36 Saves
(CHI) – Mackenzie Blackwood 34 Saves & Anze Kopitar 17 Faceoff WinsGame-Winning Goal: Pierre-Luc Dubois
Toledo Walleye @ Chicago Cosa Nostra Tied at the end of regulation play Chicago puts it away in the shootout as the first two shooters for Toledo miss & both shooters for Chicago (Pastrnak & Kane) score.

Final Score: Chicago 3 – Toledo 2 (OT)

Labatts – 3-Star Selection:

Star #1 – EvgeniiDadonov 1G
Star #2 – Anze Kopitar 1G
Star #3 – Mackenzie Blackwood 38 Save

(TOL) – Devan Dubnyk 38
(CHI) – Mackenzie Blackwood 38 Saves & Rasmus Dahlin 6 Blocked Shots

Game-Winning Goal: Pierre-Luc Dubois

WEEKLY SUMMARY: Chicago feeling mighty good at home this week, hoping the road can only be as kind.
Brentwood Bandits
WEEKLY PREVIEW: Only one home game, but it’s against my brother and his Jagoff Mullets… Always a good time!!
Jagr Mullets @ Brentwood Bandits The brothers trade barbs from across the benches before the puck is even dropped.

1st Period

3:39 Tavares (35) gets things started for the Bandits making it 1-0.
3:52 Brodie (8) scores 13 seconds later! It’s quickly 2-0 Bandits!
The game settles down…
12:54 Ovechkin (41) gets Jagr on the board.
18:49 Radulov (22) scores against his former team. Tied 2-2.

2nd Period…
4:01 Rielly (11) gives the Mullets their first lead 3-2 as they have now scored 3 unanswered goals.
4:46 But… Brodie (9) with his 2nd of the game ties it at 3.
19:00 Matthews (20) gives Jagr the lead back. 4-3
Jagr gets 21 shots off in the period, so Vasilevskiy saved 19 of them to keep it close.

3rd Period…
A good back and forth period.
15:19 Kerfoot (13) ties it at 4!
18:10 Weber (8) gets the lead back for the Mullets with less than 2 minutes left! 5-4
Bandits pull Vasilevskiy…
19:12 Konecny (21) ties it with 48 seconds left!! 5-5!!!

We go to OT…

1:51 Kerfoot (14) wins in OT!!!

A great game. Lots of fun… always good to beat our bitter division and familial rival!!

Jagr outshoots the Bandits 42-36, so Vasilevskiy (37 saves) outplays his former teammate Kuemper (30 saves).

Overall a great win against a great team!

WEEKLY SUMMARY: One game, one huge win against the league leading Jagr team.

With less than a week until the trade deadline, will the Bandits be able to wheel and deal and sure up some areas for a playoff run? We shall see…

Yellowknife Braves
WEEKLY PREVIEW: One home game vs. Bucks County
Bucks County Raccoons @ Yellowknife Braves Very fast clean game. Bucks County takes it 4-2
Stars #1 BCR Wilson 2G
#2 BCR Johansen 1G 2pts
#3 BCR Keith 1G
WEEKLY SUMMARY: One home game. Another loss
Alamo Defenders
WEEKLY PREVIEW: Alamo hosts California and LA.
California Regulators @ Alamo Defenders California gets an early goal by Faulk in the 1st. The Regulators get another goal in the 2nd on a van Riemsdyk goal.

In the 2nd, the Defenders get some inspiration on an Ellis short handed goal. Alamo gets goals by Hornqvist followed by Stamkos to win the game.

Alamo 3 California 2

1st – Ellis
2nd -Stamkos
3rd -Hornqvist

LA Great Danes @ Alamo Defenders The Great Danes get goals in the 1st and 3rd periods to take the game. Pietrangelo and Jordie Benn are responsible for the scoring. Andersen gets the shutout.

LA 2 Alamo 0

1st – Andersen
2nd – Pietrangelo
3fd – Benn

WEEKLY SUMMARY: Alamo upsets California, then gets shutout by LA.
Cincinnati Inferno
WEEKLY PREVIEW: The Cincinnati Inferno come home for one game this week, against division opponent Charlotte.
Charlotte Buzzards @ Cincinnati Inferno CINCINNATI 3, CHARLOTTE 2

Jeff Skinner’s 21st goal of the year at 9:02 of the third, breaks a 2-2 tie and is the final goal in the win for Cincinnati. The Buzzards built a 2-0 edge early in the second, before the Inferno started chipping away.

Casey DeSmith took the win with 32 stops, while Carey Price absorbed the defeat in turning away 33 shots. Cincinnati was zero-for-three on the power play, while Carlotte was stymied in its lone chance.

WEEKLY SUMMARY: One game at home for Cincinnati this week and it went the way of a ‘W’.
Jagr Mullets
WEEKLY PREVIEW: Three home games this week.
Lafayette Homesteaders @ Jagr Mullets Teams are tied up 1-1 after two, and then Jagr scores 2 late goals to make it a 3-1 lead… but wait! Lafayette doesn’t turtle; Duchene (26) beats Gibson at 19:46 to make it 3-2. The good guys hang on to preserve the W.

Elias Lindholm (20) gets a shorty in the contest.

Scoring Summary
Per Time Str Team
2 5:49 SH JAG Lindholm (20), assisted by Schwartz (5)
2 15:09 PP LAF Kucherov (32), assisted by Forsberg (18) and Larsson (13)
3 11:47 EV JAG Bergeron (24), assisted by Ovechkin (31) and Letang (27)
3 16:37 EV JAG Matthews (21), assisted by Tkachuk (31) and McDonagh (25)
3 19:46 EV LAF Duchene (26), assisted by Forsberg (19) and Eichel (44)

Star 1: JAG Matthews 1 G
Star 2: JAG Gibson 31 saves
Star 3: JAG Lindholm 1 G

GWG: Auston Matthews

Notables: LAF None
JAG Gibson 31 saves, Bergeron 18 faceoffs won

Bathgate Rangers @ Jagr Mullets Next up is Bathgate, and they come out swinging! Ovechkin (42) scores just 1:14 into the game, but then the Rangers respond with 3 unaswered goals to make it 3-1 after two.

But then the Mullets get their flow going, scoring 4 goals in the 3rd period (including an Ovie empty-netter) to pull it out 5-3.

Scoring Summary
Per Time Str Team
1 1:14 EV JAG Ovechkin (42), assisted by Matthews (29)
1 4:52 EV BGR Buchnevich (11), assisted by Hischier (13) and Drouin (15)
1 16:54 EV BGR Buchnevich (12), assisted by Hischier (14) and Klingberg (19)
2 19:36 EV BGR Drouin (11), assisted by Pionk (16) and Hischier (15)
3 9:12 PP JAG Lindholm (21), assisted by Ekholm (24) and Stralman (2)
3 16:23 EV JAG Tkachuk (24), assisted by Lindholm (31) and Couture (22)
3 16:46 EV JAG Miller (3), assisted by Kadri (5) and Rielly (37)
3 19:47 EN JAG Ovechkin (43), assisted by Rielly (38) and Matthews (30)

Star 1: JAG Ovechkin 2 G
Star 2: BGR Buchnevich 2 G
Star 3: JAG Lindholm 1 G, 2 Pts

GWG: J.T. Miller

Notables: BGR Halak 34 saves, Hischier 3 assists, Klingberg 6 blocks
JAG Ekholm 5 blocks

Brentwood Bandits @ Jagr Mullets In our lone road game this week, brother rival Brentwood edged us out in OT. Will we return the favor?

The teams trade goals in the first – Tavares (36) and Rielly (12).

No one scores in the 2nd, but in the 3rd both teams erupt – combining on 7 goals!

Elias Lindholm (23) gets the one that matters most, scoring at 19:43 to eke out the 5-4 victory against Brentwood.

Scoring Summary
Per Time Str Team
1 5:40 EV BWB Tavares (36), assisted by Debrusk (19) and Kessel (56)
1 8:12 EV JAG Rielly (12), assisted by Couture (23) and Parise (12)
3 :22 EV BWB Josi (9), assisted by Kessel (57) and Tavares (37)
3 7:32 PP JAG Matthews (22), assisted by Pulock (17) and Bergeron (46)
3 7:55 EV BWB Debrusk (35), assisted by Tavares (38) and Kessel (58)
3 9:09 EV JAG Ovechkin (44), assisted by Bergeron (47) and Ekholm (25)
3 15:46 EV JAG Lindholm (22), assisted by Matthews (31) and Tkachuk (32)
3 16:14 EV BWB Brodie (10), assisted by Braun (22) and Vasilevskiy (2)
3 19:43 EV JAG Lindholm (23), assisted by Letang (28) and Tkachuk (33)

Star 1: JAG Lindholm 2 G
Star 2: BWB Tavares 1 G, 3 Pts
Star 3: JAG Matthews 1 G, 2 Pts

GWG: Elias Lindholm

Notables: BWB Vasilevskiy 32 saves, Kessel 3 assists
JAG Bergeron 21 faceoffs won

WEEKLY SUMMARY: Good thing Elias Lindholm was healthy this week – he did a lot of the heavy lifting!
Bathgate Rangers
WEEKLY PREVIEW: Bathgate REVISED FILES – I accidentally loaded the MWHL files into MWOTHL – so I had CORRECTLY LOAD the MWHL files into MWHL and replay the games. (Not too much different results – except maybe the Hat Tricks disappeared.
Lafayette Homesteaders @ Bathgate Rangers Halak again makes over 40 saves and saves the day. Lafayette scores the 1st and last goals, Lindblom early in the 1st and Cizikas early in the 3rd. However, Buchnevich, Hertl and ZBad scores in the 2nd and the Rangers win 3-2.
1. Halak 42 saves
2. Hertl 1 goal, 1 assist
3. Giroux 3 assists
Brentwood Bandits @ Bathgate Rangers Kessel and Konecny get early goals in the 1st for Brentwood. Hertl gets 1 back in the 2nd before Aston-Reese nets a SH goal making it 3-1 Brentwood in the 2nd. Giroux tallies midway in the 2nd and Klingberg scores midway in the 3rd to tie the game. But Niederreiter scores with 4 to go take the game away and give Brentwood the victory (again).
1. Kessel 1 goal
2. Aston-Reese 1 goal
3. Konecny 1 goal
WEEKLY SUMMARY: So apart from operator error – the results were the same, 1 win, 1 loss.
LA Great Danes
WEEKLY PREVIEW: 3 of 4 games at home, all against Pacific Division foes.
Alamo Defenders @ LA Great Danes The latest lineup experiment does not go well, although 4 PPG’s by Alamo and Lehner’s 41 saves were perhaps the reasons for a 6-1 blowout win for Alamo. LA F lines were set with a Jet line of Scheifele-Ehlers-Roslovic, a Leaf line of Nylander, Kapanen, Marleau, a Cane line of Teravainen, Haula, Wallmark, and a semi-Blues line of Schenn, Barbashev, Benn.

Kapanen scored a PPG for LA 1:35 into the game, but 6 different goal scorers made this one a route for Alamo.

Gilbert Sharks @ LA Great Danes Bonino, Jamie Benn, and Pietrangelo sit this one out for LA, and the fans get a look at a young lineup for this one. It’s oh-no not again when Atkinson scores for Gilbert a mere 15 seconds into the game. Period one ends 1-0 Sharks, and LA again lapses early in a period when Ehlers throws the puck over the glass for a penalty 36 seconds into P2. But Kapanen scores to tie the game 14 seconds after the PK, and we are 1-1 after 2.

Again some early period action – Teravainen and Kapanen score 26 seconds apart in the period’s first 2 minutes, Kapanen on a breakway. But less than a minute later, Atkinson pulls the Sharks within one. Gilbert again has a defensive breakdown, and Turbo Teravainen gets a breakaway goal at 6:10 to make it 4-2 LA. BUt Zucker responds quickly for Gilbert at 6:31 and it’s back to a one-goal game. After 5 3rd period goals in 6 1/2 minutes, no more scoring and the Danes hold on for a 4-3 victory.

LA’s Finn duo of Kapanen and Teravainen are the #1/2 stars with 2G each, and Cam Atkinson’s 2 goals for Gilbert earns him the 3rd star.

California Regulators @ LA Great Danes 13 Seconds into the game, the Danes take a penalty, but it’s a tight game dominated by the goalies after that. Things were quiet until a California storm comes in midway through the 2nd. Andersen makes 4 straight saves on a shift in quick succession, but the 5th one by Silfverberg gets by him, and California is up 1-0. LA’s D-zone coverage stabilizes, and before another CAL SOG, Teravainen ties the game at 14:59 of the 2nd. Fellow Caniac Lucas Wallmark is stopped by Grubauer on a breakaway in the last minute of the 2nd, and it’s 1-1 after 2 periods.

Things are quiet again until LA takes a penalty midway thru the 3rd. The Danes get an odd-man rush as the CAL PP expires, and Wallmark scores 10 seconds after the PK to put LA up 2-1. 14 Seconds after the goal, LA takes another penalty and immediately goes back on the PK. There are no SOG’s on the California PP, and the Danes keep the momentum the rest of the way and pull out a 2-1 win.

Andersen’s 24 saves gets him the #1 star, and LA goal scorers Teravainen and Wallmark are the #2/3 stars.

WEEKLY SUMMARY: The Danes also get a road win with a Frederick Andersen shutout, so the Danes complete week 16 with a 3-1 record, although they were outscored 9-10 for the week. Pretty sure it’s the first winning week for the Danes all season. Hey, as Tom Petty says, even the losers get lucky sometimes.
Gilbert Sharks
WEEKLY PREVIEW: Gilbert has 3 division games against the two division leaders, 2 against California and 1 against Alamo
California Regulators @ Gilbert Sharks Atkinson and Mackinnon have a goal and an assist each and Brady Tkachuck score the game winner midway through the 3rd period to give Gilbert a 4-3 win.
Alamo Defenders @ Gilbert Sharks Jason Pominville scores both goals to give Gilbert a 2-1 victory
California Regulators @ Gilbert Sharks California did not like the earlier loss and dominated this one from start to finish with a 4-0 win. Khudobin makes 22 saves for the shutout.
WEEKLY SUMMARY: 2-1 against the division leaders is not bad for the lowly Sharks playing spoiler.
Guentzel Gunners
WEEKLY PREVIEW: Guentzel gets three games at home this week against Thunder Bay, Charlotte, and Cincinnati
Thunder Bay NorWesters @ Guentzel Gunners Thunder Bay 2 – Guentzel 0

Conner (25) scores 17 seconds into the game and Thunder Bay gets another first period goal from Jones (8) to earn the win on the road. Rinne gets 16 saves in the shutout

Charlotte Buzzards @ Guentzel Gunners Charlotte 3 – Guentzel 1

Hamilton (11) and Myers (5) score first period goals to give Charlotte the lead. Guentzel answered witg a 2nd period goal by Watson but in the third period Charlotte secured the win behind a goal by Larkin (19)
Price had 29 saves for Charlotte while Holtby had 36 for Guentzel

Cincinnati Inferno @ Guentzel Gunners Cincinnati 0 – Guentzel 1

Dumba (3) scored 2:37 into the OT perioed to give Guentzel the win. Hutton gets 30 saves in the win

WEEKLY SUMMARY: Guentzel goes 1-2 at home for the week
Bucks County Raccoons
WEEKLY PREVIEW: Two division home games as the Racs try to maintain their lead in the Central Division….
Chicago Cosa Nostra @ Bucks County Raccoons Big game out of the gate with 1st place on the line. For the second time in a row, once on the road and now at home, BC defeats Chicago 6-5 in extra time. Chicago scored twice in the last 5 minutes of the 3rd period to send the game into an extra session, and after a scoreless OT Bucks County took the shootout 2-0. The Racs pick up two big points, but the visitors don’t go away empty handed. Tell them about the point they got, Don Pardo!
Yellowknife Braves @ Bucks County Raccoons Bucks County broke open a tight checking, low scoring game by notching 3 goals in the 3rd period and defeated the Yellowknife Braves 4-1. Timo Meier had 2 goals and 3 points for the winners.
WEEKLY SUMMARY: Picking up 4 points in 2 games versus division rivals is a successful week any way you cut it…
Lafayette Homesteaders
WEEKLY PREVIEW: Brentwood and Bathgame come to the Hills
Brentwood Bandits @ Lafayette Homesteaders Lafayette 5 Brentwood 2
Bathgate Rangers @ Lafayette Homesteaders Lafayette 3 Bathgate 2
WEEKLY SUMMARY: 4 points for the floundering Homies
Charlotte Buzzards
WEEKLY PREVIEW: After a promising 18-12-3 start in the Atlantic League, the Charlotte Buzzards fizzled just before the break and continued imploding through a disastrous midseason, winning just 7 of its last 17 games entering this week of play. Faced with the dreaded “buyer or seller” question at the trade deadline, the Buzzard elected to cut its losses and after intense trade talks unloaded the franchise’s all time leading scorer (Joe Pavelski), to extract whatever value it could. Before then however, there were division games to be played in Pavelski’s final home contests for the team against division rivals Cincinnati and Thunder Bay.
Cincinnati Inferno @ Charlotte Buzzards Charlotte entered the week 10 points behind Cincinnati, its Atlantic Division nemesis, for the final playoff spot. A win in this home contest was critical to salvage any playoff hopes. Instead, the Buzzards outshot the Inferno 40-26 only to falter by a 6-2 score.

Ultimately, the difference in the playoff race this season was decided by Cincinnati’s domination over Charlotte. In eight 8 games between the two squads, the Buzzards have been able to produce just one win.

In this latest Buzzards’ loss to Cincinnati, the Inferno overcame an early Ryan Dzingel goal with five unanswered goals of its own. Two of them came from Jeff Skinner, including the game winner. In victory, Connor Helybyeck clearly outplayed Carey Price, with 38 saves.

Thunder Bay NorWesters @ Charlotte Buzzards At the trade deadline, Pavelski played his final home game for the Buzzards and his final two goals for the squad dramatically lifted the Buzzards to a 6-5 overtime win over the division-leading NorWesters.

Pavelski broke a 5-5 tie and scored the game winner with a four on three goal 1:18 into overtime. As the game ended, Pavelski was greeted with an emotional and thunderous ovation by the grateful Charlotte faithful that seemingly never ended.

Pavelski and Charlotte capitalized on the power play winning goal in OT following a holding penalty by Jacoob Slavin near the end of regulation.

Following the contest, the ageing Pavelski and his expiring $33 dollar contract was immediately shipped to Brentwood. In the trade, the Buzzards extracted rookie defenseman Philippe Myers and center Colin White in an effort to gain SOMETHING in return. Fittingly, Pavelski, the 16th leading scorer in the league, joins a championship contender.

WEEKLY SUMMARY: In the final analysis, the Buzzards’ latest loss to Cincinnati justified Charlotte, which fell back further, parting with Pavelski at the deadline. With a $33 pricetag, the Buzzards simply were not going to renew. Charlotte at least gains a promising low-cost defenseman in rookie Philippe Myers and looks toward next season.
Toledo Walleye
WEEKLY PREVIEW: Division Leader Chicago, plus Yellowknife and Bucks County all visit Toledo this week.
GAME #1:Chicago Cosa Nostra @ Toledo Walleye Toledo 6, Chicago 3 – Fairly tame 1st period with a goal at the midpoint by Connolly, and then later, Chicago kills off the only penalty. Period ends 1-0 Walleye.

2nd period very similar to the first, with Chicago killing off an early penalty, and the Petey getting his 36th of the season near the midpoint. 26 other shots by both teams die harmlessly and its 2-0 Walleye at intermission.

3rd period the pace picks up dramatically. Connolly with a goal, followed just minutes later with Bailey, and its 4-0 Walleye. The Cosa Nostra finally get on the board 7 minutes in from Pastrnak, and the lead is cut to 3. After a cross checking penalty by Ferland, Pettersson gets his 2nd of the game and the Fish are back up by 4. Chicago quickly responds and cuts the lead to 3 thanks to Werenski. Chicago cuts it to 2 just under 2 minutes to go with Debrincat getting his 35th of the season. The Walleye throw in a meaningless goal late, an empty netter from Connolly, but it does get him the hat-trick.

1st star – Connolly hat trick
2nd – Pettersson 2G
3rd – Seabrook 3A

Yellowknife Braves @ Toledo Walleye Yellowknife 4, Toledo 3 – OT – Toledo gets the only goal in a fairly vanilla 1st period, Anisimov gets the tally, the goalies stop the other 22 shots.

2nd period – The Braves tie and game and take the lead on goals from Goligoski and Aho, making it 2-1 at the midpoint. The Walleye answer back in a big way, getting goals from Bailey and Barrie late in the period to steal the momentum. Its 3-2 Walleye.

3rd period – The defenses take over most of the period, with the only crack in the wall being a lone tally by Tatar with 6 minutes to go. Overtime.

Both teams get some good chances in the OT period, and its Soderberg who brings it to an end, deflating the home crowd. 4-3 Yellowknife.

1st star – Goligoski 1G 3pts
2nd – Aho 1G
3rd – Soderberg 1G

Bucks County Raccoons @ Toledo Walleye Bucks County 4, Toledo 3 – Toledo kills 2 penalties, and the Racoons kill 1. In the meantime, at even strength, both teams tally 1, with Krejci doing it for Toledo, and Meier getting his 32nd for the visitors.

In the 2nd, more solid defense. Goalies stop 21 of 22 shots, with Bellemare getting the only lamp lighter. Its 2-1 Raccoons.

Connolly shows the hat trick earlier this week was no fluke, and scores 2 goals in a minute, 11 seconds, giving the Walleye the lead at 3-2 with 13 minutes to go. Things keep looking good for the home team as the minutes tick by, but then Bucks County kills all that with a goal by Johansen. To be even meaner, Kane drills home the crushing blow with only 25 seconds left in the game to steal the win for the dirty little varmints.

1st star – Connolly 2G 3pts
2nd – Johansen 1G 2pts
3rd – Kane 1G 2pts

WEEKLY SUMMARY: A nice win and 2 late losses in games we should have won. Very frustrating.

simmed games 

Cincinnati 5, Thunder Bay 4

Thunder Bay 4, Guentzel 3