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Matthews, Auston JAG 4 4 3 7 0 7 9 44%
Murray, Matt BWB 2 3 1.5 73 .961
Krejci, David TOL 4 2 6 8 2 4 5 40%
Khudobin, Anton CAL 2 4 2.01 60 .938

Bathgate Rangers
WEEKLY PREVIEW: Rangers with 2 home games this week, but they are against Jagr and Brentwood – time for the youngsters to grow up…..
Jagr Mullets @ Bathgate Rangers Tale of two cities. Jagr starts out hot, scoring 3 goals in the first, Matthews, Parise and Matthews again. Those last two goals came 22 seconds apart near the end of the 1st.
Then in the 2nd period, the Rangers rattle of 3 goals – Buchnevich gets the 1st two and Klingberg gets that last in the waning minutes.
So – we go to the 3rd, who will take it? Bergeron strikes 1st midway through the period to get Jagr back on top, 4-3. Then Kuemper takes over, blanking the Rangers throughout the period stopping 10 shots and Jagr wins it, 4-3.
1. JAG – Matthews 2 goals
2. BGR – Buchnevich 2 goals
3. JAG – Parise 1 goal
Brentwood Bandits @ Bathgate Rangers After hard-fought, but tough loss to Jagr, the Rangers take on Brentwood. Game turns into a tight one, but lots of goals. Josi for the Bandits and Hertl for the Rangers make it 1-1 after 1. Giroux gets the Rangers up 2-1 early in the 2nd, but Pavelski ties it a minute and a half later. Then just past midpoint in the game, Tavares scores for Brentwood and they take a 3-2 lead and that’s where the score is as the 3rd period starts.
Then the Rangers get 2 goals from a couple of light scorers – Donskoi and Carlo and with a minute and a half to go, the Rangers lead 4-3!!! Well – the Bandits pull out all stops (including the goalie) and Tavares puts in his 2nd goal of the game with 33 seconds left to tie it up.
OT – 2 shots for Brentwood, 3 for Bathgate – no goals. So it’s shoot-out time.
Tavares – Georgiev stops him.
Pavelski – Georgiev stops him.
Hertl – GOAL
Rangers win 5-4 in the shoot out!
1. BWB – Tavares 2 goals
2. BWB – Pavelski 1 goal, 1 assist
3. BGR – Giroux 1 goal, 1 assist
WEEKLY SUMMARY: 1-1 Vs Jagr and Brentwood and the Jagr game was a 1 goal loss. The kids showed some spunk!
Yellowknife Braves
WEEKLY PREVIEW: Toledo, Chicago and Bucks Co skate into town
Toledo Walleye @ Yellowknife Braves Toledo ices it 4-3
Stars #1 TOL Pettersson 1G 2pts
#2 TOL Krejci 3A
#3 TOL Vanek 1G
Chicago Cosa Nostra @ Yellowknife Braves The Cosa Nostra whack the Braves 5-3
Stars #1 CHI Toews 2G
#2 YEL Rantanen 2G 3pts
#3 CHI Mrazek 53 saves
Bucks County Raccoons @ Yellowknife Braves Raccoons take it in OT 4-3
Stars #1 BCR Hayes 2G
#2 BCR McDavid 1G 2pts
#3 BCR Shaw 1G
WEEKLY SUMMARY: The free fall has begun. 0 pts in 3 home game
Alamo Defenders
WEEKLY PREVIEW: Gilbert and California visit Alamo for two games.
Gilbert Sharks @ Alamo Defenders Atkinson scores his 33rd goal in the 1st period as the Sharks take the early lead. In the 3rd period, the Defenders tie the game on a Vince Dunn goal. With 1:19 to go in the game, Zucker scores his 8th goal as Gilbert takes the lead and the inevitable win.

Gilbert 2 Alamo 1

1st – Rask 28 saves
2nd – Atkinson 1 goal
3rd – Zucker 1 goal

California Regulators @  Alamo Defenders Alamo gets some good goaltending from Stalock. In the 2nd period, Draisaitl scores his 26th goal. In the 3rd, Seguin and Ekblad score. Alamo gets the shutout.

Alamo 3 California 0

1st – Stalock 23 saves
2nd – Draisaitl
3rd – Seguin

WEEKLY SUMMARY: Alamo splits against Gilbert and California.
LA Great Danes
WEEKLY PREVIEW: The Great Danes host the Alamo Defenders in their lone home game of the week.
Alamo Defenders @  It was a conservative 1st period as each team registered only 6 SOG. Each team also took a delay of game penalty, and an Alex Pietrangelo PPG gives the Danes the 1-0 lead after one.

A strange moment in the game early in the 2nd when Jordie Benn of LA is given an elbowing penalty and a 10-minute misconduct for arguing the call. No mention of another penalty, but the Danes only have 3 skaters and have to kill a 5 on 3 for 2 minutes for a phantom 2nd minor penalty not on the scoresheet. But zero SOG on the 5 on 3 for Alamo, and shortly after that Nikolaj Ehlers redirects a Pietrangelo shot past Lehner. The Danes are up 2-0 after 2, giving up just 11 total SOG against through 2 periods.

But things go south quickly in the 3rd as Draisaitl and Heinen beat Frederick Andersen 54 seconds apart 5:13 into the 3rd to tie the game. Alamo turns on the offense in the last half of the 3rd, but no more scoring and we go to OT.

Late in OT, it appears we’re headed to a shootout. But the Danes put out Roope Hintz for a defensive zone faceoff because of his speed and face off success in the game, and LA moves up ice and Mark Scheifele feeds Hintz who beats Lehner with 7 seconds left in OT to give LA a 3-2 overtime win.

It was LA’s face off dominance that ultimately gave them the win. LA won 45 of 61 FO’s (74%). Hintz won 10/15, Nylander 12/14, and 4th liners Wallmark/Bonino combined for 9/11 wins. Alex Pietrangelo scored his 18th goal of the season and was the #1 star with 1G-1A.

WEEKLY SUMMARY: LA’s season has been over for a long time, but they are played well and getting some wins lately.
Cincinnati Inferno
WEEKLY PREVIEW: The Cincinnati Inferno welcome in a pair of divisional opponents this week, as the club marches toward its first-ever playoff berth.
Thunder Bay NorWesters @ Cincinnati Inferno CINCINNATI 3, THUNDER BAY 2

Brendan Gallagher’s 24th goal of the season midway through the second period was the margin of victory in this one. Aleksander Barkov’s third-period goal early in the final frame marked the final score–as the Nor’Westers unleashed a 21-5 shots edge in the third period.

Casey DeSmith stopped 38 shots in picking up his eighth win of the season and Pekka Rinne re-routed 31 shots in taking his 15th loss.

Brock Boesser added a goal and an assist in being named the number one star, as the Inferno’s anemic special teams actually was a force in this one, scoring twice in four tries with the man-advantage–while Thunder Bay was stymied in its two chances.

Guentzel Gunners @ Cincinnati Inferno CINCINNATI 3, GUENTZEL 2

Sidney Crosby’s 29th goal of the season, on the power play, at 6:49 of the third period was the difference in this one.

The Gunners also unleashed a furious attack in the third period–outshooting Cincinnati, 21-5, and 43-33 for the game. Each team one-for-three on the power play.

Connor Hellbuyck stopped 41 shots in being named the number one star, while Braden Holtby turned aside 30 in the defeat.

WEEKLY SUMMARY: Cincinnati gets a pair of much needed one-goal wins. The club now needs to win 13 of its final 20 to secure a berth in the Stanley Cup playoffs.

The special teams unit for the Inferno is finally coming to life, going three-for-seven on the power play and killing four-of-five faced.

Chicago Cosa Nostra
WEEKLY PREVIEW: The Cosa Nostra playing 3 out of 4 on the road this week host the Racoons for the lone game in the Capone Center.
Bucks County Raccoons @ Chicago Cosa Nostra The home team plays well and earns a 5-4 victory in overtime.

Final Score:
Chicago 5 – Bucks County 4 (OT)

Labatts – 3-Star Selection:

Star #1 – Pierre-Luc Dubois 2G
Star #2 – Patrick Kane 3A
Star #3 – Zack Werenski 3A

(BCR) – Jay Bouwmeester 6 Blocked Shots, Drew Doughty 6 Blocked Shots & Ben Bishop 53 Saves
(CHI) – Patrick Kane 3 Assists, Zack Werenski 3 Assists & Jonathan Toews 17 Faceoff Wins

Game-Winning Goal: Chris Kreider

WEEKLY SUMMARY: Chicago picks up the win and stays within striking in distance with Division-leading Raccoons.
Jagr Mullets
Lafayette Homesteaders @ Jagr Mullets It’s the Morgan Reilly show – the rare defenseman hat trick (plus an assist).

Scoring Summary
Per Time Str Team
1 2:28 EV LAF Lovejoy (2), unassisted
1 8:48 EV JAG Ekholm (8), assisted by Rielly (39)
1 17:46 EV JAG Rielly (13), assisted by Couture (24) and Ekholm (26)
2 1:38 EV JAG Rielly (14), assisted by Lindholm (32) and Matthews (32)
2 2:52 EV JAG Matthews (23), assisted by Weber (15) and Tkachuk (34)
3 3:35 EV LAF Forsberg (32), assisted by Kucherov (62) and Eichel (47)
3 6:38 PP LAF Duchene (28), assisted by Labanc (39)
3 9:16 EV JAG Rielly (15), assisted by Parise (13) and Couture (25)
3 15:24 PP JAG Tkachuk (25), assisted by Pulock (18)
3 17:22 EV LAF Kucherov (35), assisted by Eichel (48) and Hutton (19)
3 19:44 EN JAG Letang (11), assisted by Bergeron (48) and Radulov (41)

Star 1: JAG Rielly 3 G, 4 Pts
Star 2: JAG Matthews 1 G, 2 Pts
Star 3: JAG Ekholm 1 G, 2 Pts

GWG: Morgan Rielly

Notables: LAF None
JAG Rielly hat trick, Brossoit 34 saves, Bergeron 27 faceoffs won

WEEKLY SUMMARY: Nice win at home this week.
Guentzel Gunners
WEEKLY PREVIEW: Guentzel has two home games
Thunder Bay NorWesters @ Guentzel Gunners Thunder Bay 2 – Guentzel 1

Thunder Bay gets gaols from Connor (26) and Slavin (6) while Guentzel gets one from Dumba (4)

Charlotte Buzzards @ Guentzel Gunners Charlotte 0 – Guentzel 1

Jost nets his first goal of the year in the 3rd period to give Guentzel the win. Holtby saves 21 in the shutout

WEEKLY SUMMARY: Guentzel goes 1-1 at home
Bucks County Raccoons
WEEKLY PREVIEW: Two divisional home games including a key contest with second-place Chicago…
Toledo Walleye @ Bucks County Raccoons Bucks County took a two-goal lead an appeared to extend it to 3-0 when a Duncan Keith goal was ruled not to have crossed the line, keeping the score at 2-0. The Raccoons seemed to fall flat after than and Toledo responded with 3 goals plus an empty-net tally on the way to a 4-2 road victor.
Chicago Cosa Nostra @ Bucks County Raccoons In a chippy game where if you didn’t take a roughing, fighting or elbowing penalty you just weren’t trying, BC jumped out to a 2-0 lead, and unlike their other home game this week held on to defeat Chicago 4-1. The win gave the Raccoons a 5 point lead over Chicago with 2 games in hand pending road results this week.
WEEKLY SUMMARY: Would have liked to secure more than 2 points against division rivals, but defeating Chicago and seeing ‘the mob’ leave town without a point took some of the sting off of the home games this week
Brentwood Bandits
WEEKLY PREVIEW: 3 home games. Big trade for The Big Pavelski. The trade moves some players down in the lineup, and makes for stronger 2nd, 3rd, and 4th lines. Let’s see how that pays off…
Bathgate Rangers @ Brentwood Bandits Johnson (24) and Galchenyuk (21) score on the revamped 3rd line while Tavares (37) continues his MVP caliber season en route to a 3-2 victory.

Murray saves 39 of 41 in the win and gets the 2nd star.

Lafayette Homesteaders @ Brentwood Bandits Niederreiter (10) scores despite being demoted to the 4th line. Konecny (23) adds a goal as well.

Hutton (8) from Lafayette spoils Murray’s shutout bid at the 17:44 mark of the 3rd, but then hangs on to win it 2-1.

Murray saves 34 of 35 to be the 1st star.

Jagr Mullets @ Brentwood Bandits The Brotherly Bro-down continues as the Jagoffs come to town…

22 seconds in Bergeron (25) scores for the mullets to jump out to a quick 1-0 lead. Then the Bandits take control…

They score 3 unanswered goals by Debrusk (36) and Konecny with 2 (24, 25).

With a little over 5 minutes left in the game, Jagr scores 4 goals!! A SH, PP, EV, EN… Lindholm (24), Couture (19), Radulov (23), Matthews (23).

This goes down as one of the most soul-crushing defeats in my MWHL history! Or, one of the greatest comebacks I’ve ever witnessed! Congrats to my bro for putting together such an amazing team… I can only hope they lose in the 1st round and I don’t have to play them! 😉

Or… I can take comfort in knowing that I held them to 1 goal for MOST of the game! lol

Final Jagr 5, Brentwood 3

WEEKLY SUMMARY: 4 out of 6 possible points. Played the best in the league though, but not tough enough as we squandered a 2 goal lead to end up losing by 2.

Pavelski hasn’t scored at home yet, but his presence has helped strengthen the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th lines who all scored for the Bandits.

Hopefully, the Big Pavelski gets comfortable in his new home very soon…

Charlotte Buzzards
WEEKLY PREVIEW: The last two months for the Charlotte Buzzards have been a nightmare. It’s been a tale of two seasons: following a promising 18-11-3 start that raised the team’s postseason hopes, the team slumped to 9-17-3 entering its two latest home contests. The Buzzards became sellers at the deadline and unloaded its top goal scorer (Joe Pavelski) as it looks toward the future: the squad simply seeks some end of season respectability at this point.
Guentzel Gunners @ Charlotte Buzzards Charlotte outshoots Guentzel 50-30 only to lose 5-2 . Tied 1-1 halfway through the game Guentzel gets three quick unanswered goals from Jordan Greenway, Mikael Granlund and Austin Watson and its lights out. The latest goalie du jour to stand on its head against the Buzzards is Braden Holtby (48 saves).
Cincinnati Inferno @ Charlotte Buzzards The Inferno’s domination over the Buzzards continued with a 6-4 away victory. The playoff-bound Inferno has clearly put a torch to Charlotte’s season. Charlotte has just one win out of TEN head to head contests which proved to be the difference in the postseason chase. Scrub Casey DeSmith saves 32 for Cincinnati. Meanwhile, Charlotte cannot solve the triumvirate of Brayden Point, Sydney Crosby and Jeff Skinner who score consecutively in the second period to overcome a 2-1 deficit. The three players have accounted for more than 90 goals combined this season.
WEEKLY SUMMARY: The Buzzards horrendous midseason collapse continues as Charlotte drops to 9-19-3 dating back to December 20. Charlotte attempts a shakeup by trading Pavelski and sitting multiple regulars simultaneously to take care of usage in these last two games — but none of it translates to a desperately needed win.
Gilbert Sharks
WEEKLY PREVIEW: Just one home game this week versus the fellow bottom of the standings rival LA
LA Great Danes @ Gilbert Sharks LA scores 2 in the first and wins easily. 4-2 is the final score but Gilbert’s 2nd goal came with just 3.4 seconds left.
WEEKLY SUMMARY: LA creeps closer to Gilbert to get out of the cellar
California Regulators
Alamo Defenders @ California Regulators Alamo – 1
California – 3
LA Great Danes @ California Regulators LA – 2
California – 3
Gilbert Sharks @ California Regulators Gilbert – 4
California – 3
WEEKLY SUMMARY: California wins 2 of 3 at home.