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Bergeron, Patrice JAG 4 3 4 7 4 4 10 30%
DeSmith, Casey CIN 2 2 1 63 .969
Seguin, Tyler ALA 4 4 5 9 2 5 7 57%
Nilsson, Anders GIL 3 6 2.02 75 .926

Chicago Cosa Nostra
WEEKLY PREVIEW: Chicago with only 2 home games for a short week in the Mid-West Hockey League.
Yellowknife Braves @ Chicago Cosa Nostra Chicago takes on the bottom-feeding Yellowknife squad downtown at the Capone Center.

Final Score: Chicago 8 – Yellowknife 4

Labatts – 3-Star Selection:

Star #1 – David Pastrnak 2G, 3Pts
Star #2 – Evgenii Dadonov 2G, 3Pts
Star #3 – Chris Kreider 1G, 3Pts

(YEL) – Josh Manson 15 Minutes in Penalties
(CHI) – None

Game-Winning Goal: David Pastrnak

Bucks County Raccoons @ Chicago Cosa Nostra A back and forth affair pitting the top team in the Central the Raccoons vs. the Cosa Nostra for what surely is some very valuable swing points.

Final Score: Bucks County 4 – Chicago 2

Labatts – 3-Star Selection:

Star #1 – Ben Bishop 44 Saves
Star #2 – Timo Meier 1G, 2Pts
Star #3 – Andrew Shaw 1G

(BCR) – Ben Bishop 44 Saves
(CHI) – Jonathan Toews 18 Faceoff Wins

Game-Winning Goal: Andrew Shaw

WEEKLY SUMMARY: Chicago splits its 2 games this week & loses valuable points in the standings to Bucks County.
Bathgate Rangers
WEEKLY PREVIEW: Rangers home for 2 as they continue building for next year (since this year is out of the question).
Lafayette Homesteaders @ Bathgate Rangers Bottom the pack in the Metropolitan and they play for pride and practice. Labanc scores within the 1st 3 minutes of period 1 and it looks like it might stay 1-0 for the game. That is until the 3rd when Kucherov scores a PP goal to but the Homesteaders up 2-0 with 13 and a 1/2 to go. Then Hertl gets one for the home cause on PP to make it 2-1 Lafayette with 10 to go. And then with 4 to go, the Rangers take control. Klingber gets the equalizer set up by Giroux and Hertl. Then a minute later, Zibanejad scores from the same 2 guys to put Bathgate in front and from the Georgiev stones the Homesteaders and Bathgate gets the totally come from behind win, 3-2.
Stars (all BGR):
1. Hertl 1 goal, 2 assists
2. Zibanejad 1 goal, 1 assist
3. Georgiev 35 big saves!
Jagr Mullets @ Bathgate Rangers Well, you face the best team in the league, what can you expect. Well, you hope for a win and to avoid a blowout. Well, we got half of that – no blow-out, in fact, it turned into a hard-fought 1 goal game.
Jagr made it look like a blowout as the net two goals inside of 7 minutes – Staal and Oyuckchin. But as the 2nd period gets underway, Letang gets nailed for hooking (his 2nd penalty of the game) and Giroux and the Rangers capitalize with a goal. But then Oyuckchin scores again halfway through the 2nd to regain a 2 goal lead pushing the score to 3-1 Jagr.
Rangers don’t give up, but they can’t seem to beat Gibson – well not until the final 2 seconds of the game with the extra attacker on the ice, Rakell scores to make it look a bit closer than it was and the final is 3-2 Jagr.
1. JAG – Ovechkin 2 goals
2. JAG – Staal 1 goal
3. BGR – Giroux 1 goal
WEEKLY SUMMARY: Rangers fell behind Lafayette big time in faceoffs won -but won the game. In the game verse Jagr, the Rangers took 57.4% of the faceoffs and lost. Guess it’s still important to put more pucks in the goal than get more pucks to play with. Rangers go 1-1 this week at home, about par for the course.
Jagr Mullets
WEEKLY PREVIEW: Home games against Bathgate and Brentwood.
Bathgate Rangers @ Jagr Mullets Jagr pounces on Halak for the first four goals of the game and Broissoit stands tall in net, only surrendering a goal to Hertl (38) in the 3rd period for the 4-1 Mullet victory.

Scoring Summary
Per Time Str Team
1 4:51 EV JAG Matthews (27), assisted by Ekholm (29) and Lindholm (35)
1 8:17 PP JAG Tkachuk (26), assisted by Couture (27) and Radulov (46)
2 1:15 EV JAG Tkachuk (27), assisted by Matthews (35)
2 16:46 PP JAG Bergeron (27), assisted by Ovechkin (34) and Rielly (41)
3 10:33 EV BGR Hertl (38), assisted by Provorov (24)

Star 1: JAG Tkachuk 2 G
Star 2: JAG Matthews 1 G, 2 Pts
Star 3: JAG Brossoit 25 saves

GWG: Matthew Tkachuk

Notables: BGR None
JAG Ekholm 5 blocks, Bergeron 17 faceoffs won

Brentwood Bandits @ Jagr Mullets Another Battle of the Brothers ™. These teams are so inbred it’s hard to tell them apart; both squads are riddled with players that formerly suited up for the other brother from the same mother.

In this one, The Big Pavelski (an original 1st year Mullet) scores twice in the 2nd period as Brentwood takes a 3-1 lead.

But then Bergeron (28) beats former Mullet Vasilevskiy at 3:59 of the 3rd to make it a one goal game.

Then Shea Weber (9) absolutely breaks Brentwood’s back – scoring a SHORT HANDED GOAL… yes, you read that right… a short handed goal by a defenseman! We’re knotted up 3-3 and that score stands through the OT.

Shootout: Brentwood 0-Jagr 1
Shooter Goaltender Result
BWB Tavares Kuemper X
JAG Bergeron Vasilevskiy X
BWB Pavelski Kuemper X
JAG Matthews Vasilevskiy G
BWB Kessel Kuemper X

Jagr pulls off the 4-3 victory thanks to Matthews potting the lone shootout goal.

Former Bandit Kuemper wins his 33rd game on the year.

Scoring Summary
Per Time Str Team
1 5:42 EV JAG Tkachuk (28), assisted by Matthews (36) and Lindholm (36)
2 5:08 EV BWB Kessel (20), unassisted
2 7:19 PP BWB Pavelski (36), assisted by Moore (15) and Tavares (40)
2 11:12 EV BWB Pavelski (37), assisted by Eller (11) and Josi (35)
3 3:59 EV JAG Bergeron (28), assisted by Ekholm (30) and Rielly (42)
3 12:28 SH JAG Weber (9), assisted by Bergeron (52) and McDonagh (27)

Star 1: BWB Pavelski 2 G
Star 2: JAG Bergeron 1 G, 2 Pts
Star 3: JAG Weber 1 G

GWG: Auston Matthews

Notables: BWB Vasilevskiy 38 saves
JAG Bergeron 20 faceoffs won

WEEKLY SUMMARY: Mullets are activated and flowing…
LA Great Danes
WEEKLY PREVIEW: The Danes come into week 18 last in the MHWL, but they have been hot during the stretch of games against the Pacific division, going 5-2 the last 2 weeks and 7-4 the last 3 weeks. Another week of games against the Pacific, with California and Gilbert coming east to play LA.
California Regulators @ LA Great Danes Waiver wire pickup Jordie Benn opens the scoring for LA on the power play 7 minutes in, but brother Jamie takes a double-minor for roughing (BOOOO), and 2 PPG’s followed by another quick goal puts the Regulators up 3-1. Chara, Stone, and Staal goals for Cal are scored just 1:27 apart, and they lead 3-1 after one.

Kasperi Kapanen goes top-shelf on a breakaway for the 2nd period’s only goal, and LA pulls within one after 2 periods. In the third, the Danes come out of the gate strong, but Heiskanen is stopped by the post and Hintz by Grubauer on a penalty shot just 3 minutes in. But at 4:24, Jamie Benn ties the game at 3 with assists from Scheifele and Bill Nye the Science Guy. Benn (Jamie, that is), scores again late in the 3rd at 17:10, and Jonas Brodin seals the win for LA with an empty-netter at 19:10.

A strong 3rd period for the Danes gives them the 5-3 win. SOG in the 3rd were 11-11, but the Danes outchance Cal 6-1 in the 3rd. Frederick Andersen recovered from the 1st period lapse to get the win with 34 saves.

Gilbert Sharks @ LA Great Danes Gilbert and LA play a non-eventful 1st period with no scoring and no penalties, but a lot of post-whistle scrums, with Gilbert’s Brady Tkachuk in the middle of most of them. We continue scoreless until 14:42 of the 2nd period. Nathan Mackinnon beats Andersen off an odd man rush, and Gilbert takes a 1-0 lead into the final frame.

Once again, the Danes stage a 3rd period comeback. Nikolaj Ehlers scores for LA at 11:32 off a face off after a Gilbert icing. It looks like OT is inevitable, but Darnell Nurse beats Anders Nilsson with 18 seconds remaining and LA leads 2-1. It takes 2 faceoff wins by Roope Hintz (14 of 16 FO wins for the game) in the waning seconds, and LA holds on for a 2-1 win.

Frederick Andersen has a big home week and is the #1 star with 24 saves. Goal scorers Ehlers and Nurse are the other game stars.

WEEKLY SUMMARY: Don’t look now, but there’s a 3 team race for 16th place in the MWHL. Winning 7 of 9 games has brought LA even with Gilbert in points, pending the remaining games for the week.

A strong road game from Frederick Andersen could put him in the running for goalie of the week. With LA’s abysmal season you look for any small victories, so we wish Freddie the best at California.

Brentwood Bandits
WEEKLY PREVIEW: Two divisional home games this week.
Bathgate Rangers @ Brentwood Bandits Bandits score 4 unanswered, but almost screw it up and give 3 up… but hold on to win 4-3.
Lafayette Homesteaders @ Brentwood Bandits A good back and forth contest that sees the Bandits steal the win in the last 3 minutes – 5-4 Bandits win.
WEEKLY SUMMARY: Two home games, four points. We’ll take it.
Gilbert Sharks
WEEKLY PREVIEW: Gilbert has 3 Home Games this week, 1 against Alamo and 2 against California Division Leading California
Alamo Defenders @ Gilbert Sharks Alamo gets 2 goals and an assist from Blake Wheeler and scoots out to a 4-1 lead. Gilbert mounts a valiant comeback but comes up short in a 4-3 Alamo win
California Regulators @ Gilbert Sharks California gets the first goal by Staal 9 minutes in but it is all Gilbert from there. Final score Gilbert 4, California 1
California Regulators @ Gilbert Sharks California starts this one with a goal from Staal again midway through the 1st period and has a 2-1 lead early in the 2nd but Gilbert gets goals from Atkinson and Panarin and Anders Nillson holds California out of the goal for the rest of the game. Gilbert 3, California 2
WEEKLY SUMMARY: 2 wins over Division Leading California as Gilbert continues to try to stay out of last place in the Pacific Division
Bucks County Raccoons
WEEKLY PREVIEW: Two more division home games as the Raccoons look to extend their division lead…..
Yellowknife Braves @ Bucks County Raccoons Bucks County jumps out to a 2-0 lead which has been their kryptonite of late, and this game was no exception as Yellowknife scores the next 4 goals (the last of the empty net variety) and defeat BC by the score of 4-2.
Toledo Walleye @ Bucks County Raccoons This game Bucks County does not jump out to a 2-0 lead, however, they do take a 3-1 lead two minutes into the third period, only to see their 2 goal lead trouble return as Toledo rallies to tie the score at 3. Andrew Shaw scores 30 seconds into OT as Bucks County comes away with the 4-3 win.
WEEKLY SUMMARY: Could have been worse, getting 2 points at home against division rivals, and now the Raccoons need to figure out how to protect a 2 goal lead…..
Yellowknife Braves
WEEKLY PREVIEW: Rival Toledo is in town
Toledo Walleye @ Yellowknife Braves Toledo takes it in OT 5-4
Stars #1 TOL Arvidsson 2G
#2 YEL Rantanen 2G
#3 TOL Severson 1G 2pts
WEEKLY SUMMARY: Yellowknife stays in the cellar with an OT loss
Cincinnati Inferno
WEEKLY PREVIEW: Cincinnati hosts the other members of the Atlantic Division this week.
Charlotte Buzzards @ Cincinnati Inferno Cincinnati 5, Charlotte 1
GAME #2: Cincinnati 4, Thunder Bay 1
Guentzel Gunners @ Cincinnati Inferno Cincinnati 4, Guentzel 0
WEEKLY SUMMARY: Cincinnati wins all three games this week to run its winning streak to seven games. The Inferno are 12-0-1 in the past 13 games to get into playoff contention.
Toledo Walleye
WEEKLY PREVIEW: Since trading away Dadonov, and others, and shuffling the lines, Toledo has gone 16-9-6. Prior to that we were 17-21-0. Now sniffing at the 4th playoff spot in the Western Conference. Go figure.

Taking on the division-leading Raccoons at home this week, with league-worst Dubnyk in goal. Crap !!

Bucks County Raccoons @ Toledo Walleye Toledo 6, Bucks County 5 – Raccoons waste no time in jumping all over Dubnyk and the Walleye. First McDavid, only 2 minutes in, and then Shaw, 2 minutes later. The defense looks disorganized and lost. Some hope for the Walleye when Meier gets called for holding, but the Walleye barely get a shot off, and just as Meier comes back on the ice, Severson finds Arvidsson parked in front of the net, and he pushes it in to cut the lead to 1. Period 1 ends 2-1 Raccoons.

Period 2 the Walleye get their poop in a group. First Cernak is able to blast a long-distance shot, on a powerplay promulgated by a Murray hold, and it’s tied 2-2. This wakes up the Raccoon offense and they respond 5 minutes later with Shaw getting this 2nd. After a brief lull, the Walleye get a burst of energy and JVR nets his 25th of the season, quickly followed by Mantha, and the lead flips to 4-3 Fishes. The lead is short-lived, however, as before the scoring is announced, Compher pops in the equalizer, and we go to 2nd intermission 4-4.

3rd period is a good defensive struggle for a little over 16 minutes. Just after a defensive strategy change by coach Borzenski, Karlsson blasts in a mid-range shot to give the visitors the lead. Both teams do nothing for 2 minutes, and then with the goalie pulled, the Walleye find Connolly open at mid-range and he slips one in to tie it at 5 with 67 seconds left. At even strength now, the Walleye control the puck and find Connolly again, just 4 seconds before the final horn, and he gets the game-winner.

1st star – Connolly 2G, 3pts
2nd – Shaw 2G
3rd – McDavid 1G 3pts

WEEKLY SUMMARY: Surprising come from behind win for Toledo. Brett Connolly who had gotten limited play until Dadonov was dealt away, has come on strong the last 31 games, with 17 goals and a shooting pct. over 24%.

Can we catch Alamo for the 4th spot? Can’t trade anyone else away.

Alamo Defenders
WEEKLY PREVIEW: Alamo plays host to LA and Gilbert.
LA Great Danes @ Alamo Defenders In the first, the Defenders score their first three goals courtesy of Ekblad, Seguin, and Beagle. Then, the Great Danes get three goals to tie it from Teravainen, Heiskanen, and Ehlers. In the 3rd, Alamo breaks the tie with goals from Draisaitl and Wheeler.

Alamo 5 LA 3

1st – Teravainen
2nd – Ekblad
3rd – Seguin

Gilbert Sharks @ Alamo Defenders Alamo gets early goals from Stamkos and Hinostroza. The Sharks get MacKinnon’s 24th, but they fall short.

Alamo 2 Gilbert 1

1st – Stalock
2nd – Hinostroza
3rd – Stamkos

WEEKLY SUMMARY: Alamo defeats LA and Gilbert.
Guentzel Gunners
WEEKLY PREVIEW: Guentzel only has one home game this week versus Cincinnati
Cincinnati Inferno @ Guentzel Gunners In an upset Guentzel defeats league Cincinnati 3-2. Guentzel gets goals from Wagner (7), Hall (4), and Montour (10) while Cincinnati gets goals from Carlson (10) and Crosby (32)

Holtby gets 34 saves for Guentzel

WEEKLY SUMMARY: Geuntzel goes 1-0 in week
Charlotte Buzzards
WEEKLY PREVIEW: The calendar year 2020 has been cruel for the Buzzards’ whose playoff hopes have been completely obliterated after a 3-8-2 stretch heading into this latest week of play (that’s three wins in 13 attempts for those of you scoring at home). Charlotte’s 1-7-2 season record against division rival Cincinnati Inferno also destroyed its playoff chances — win half of those games and the Buzzards are duking it out for a postseason berth. The Buzzards hosted division foes Guentzel and Thunder Bay this lastest week.
Thunder Bay NorWesters @ Charlotte Buzzards The hard-luck Buzzards who have outshot their opponents by a wide margin in multiple losses all season, get snakebit once again, outshooting Thunder Bay 43-29, only to fall 4-1. The NorWesters break open a scoreless deadlock after one period and capitalize on three power-play goals late in the game. Two of the extra-man scores come directly off the stick of Gabriel Landeskog who puts Thunder Bay ahead 1-0 early in the second period and also accounts for the last goal with 3:31 to play. Ryan O’Reilly put Norwester ahead 2-0 early in the third and Jacob Slavin contributed a key insurance goal in the third that put Thunder Bay ahead 3-1 at the time. Pekka Rinne stops 42 shots for the Norwesters, with only a Dylan Larkin goal eluding him with just under nine minutes to play, that halved Thunder Bay’s lead to 2-1 at the time. Notable: Led by O’Reilly, the Norwesters win 50 of 79 faceoffs.
Guentzel Gunners @ Charlotte Buzzards Charlotte’s offense comes to life for the first time in months and the Buzzards hammer Guentzel 9-5 in a desperately needed feel-good win. Charlotte right-winger Vladimir Tarasenko, he of the $49 4-year contract that never expires (a bad expansion draft inheritance indeed), erupts for four goals by 7:32 of the second period, lifting the Buzzards to a 6-2 lead at the time. Brent Burn distributes four assists for Charlotte. In a losing effort, Guentzel is led by Taylor Hall (two goals).
WEEKLY SUMMARY: The Buzzards win their latest home contest and momentarily awake from a three-month slumber.