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2019-2020 PLAYER & GOALIE OF THE WEEK #21

 

EASTERN SKATER TEAM GP GOALS ASISSTS POINTS PM  +/-  SOG S%
Matt Duchene LAF 3 5 3 8 0 1 14 36%
                   
EASTERN GOALIE TEAM GP GOALS AGAINST G.A. AVERAGE SAVES SAVE %
Matt Murray BWB 2 2 1 64 .970
                   
WESTERN SKATER TEAM GP GOALS ASSISTS POINTS PM  +/-  SOG S%
David Pastrnak CHI 4 5 4 9 0 5 22 23%
                   
WESTERN GOALIE TEAM GP GOALS AGAINST G.A. AVERAGE SAVES SAVE %
Robin Lehner ALA 2 2 1 63 .969
                   

Chicago Cosa Nostra
WEEKLY PREVIEW: Two home games for the 2nd place Cosa Nostra.
Gilbert Sharks @ Chicago Cosa Nostra Chicago erupted for 8 goals & walks away with a “W”.
Final Score: Chicago 8 – Gilbert 5Labatts – 3-Star Selection:Star #1 – Artemi Panarin 2G, 4 Pts
Star #2 – Michael Ferland 1G, 3Pts
Star #3 – David Pastrnak 1G, 3 PtsNotables:
(GIL) – Victor Hedman 3 Assists, Nathan MacKinnon 15 Faceoff Wins, Anders Nilsson 36 Saves
(CHI) – Juuse Saros 31 Saves, Jonathan Toews 20 Faceoff WinsGame-Winning Goal: Pierre-Luc Dubois
Lafayette Homesteaders @ Chicago Cosa Nostra Chicago erupted for 8 goals for the second home game & walks away with another “W”.
Final Score: Chicago 8 – Lafayette 5Labatts – 3-Star Selection:Star #1 – Matt Duchene 3G, 5 Pts
Star #2 – David Pastrnak 2G, 3 Pts
Star #3 – Patrick Kane 1G, 3 PtsNotables:
(LAF) – Kevin Labanc 5 Assists, Matt Duchene 15 Faceoff Wins, Matt Duchene Hat Trick
(CHI) – Juuse Saros 31 Saves, Jonathan Toews 20 Faceoff WinsGame-Winning Goal: Evgenii Dadonov
WEEKLY SUMMARY: Chicago grabs 4 Points at home scoring 16 Goals. Come playoff time the goalies around here are going to have to step it up or we won’t be around long.
Yellowknife Braves
LA Great Danes @ Yellowknife Braves The Great Danes take a bight out of the Braves 5-4
Stars #1 YEL Monahan 2G
#2 YEL Bjorkstrand 2G
#3 LGD Teravainen 1G
WEEKLY SUMMARY: Yellowknife can’t climb out of the cellar losing their only game
Bathgate Rangers
WEEKLY PREVIEW: Rangers playing out the season as their team continues to gel and looking forward to next year. We host a team in similar position in the W-L area and get to face them home and away this week. (Kind of a commissioner’s office series)
Toledo Walleye @ Bathgate Rangers Game was filled with LOTS of shots – 139 total – of which 69 got on goal and 12 of them went in the net!! Both teams had 3 power plays, both teams scored on 2 of them. But in the end, the Rangers got the 3 stars and the only notable. Needless to say, neither goalie was listed for any good stuff.
1st Period – van Riemsdyk scores his 31st for Toledo – but the Rangers Pavel Buchnevich counters with 2 goals (23, 24) of his own to give the Rangers the 2-1 lead after 1.
2nd Period – 59 seconds in, Toledo’s Krejci (16) gets a PP goal to tie it and then Cirelli (8) puts the Walleye up 3-2 3 minutes later. However, Vrana (7) scores just a little over a minute later to tie it and Provorov (9) scores just before the midpoint of the period and the Rangers are back in front 4-3. 4 minutes later Mika Zibanejad (38) scores to give Bathgate the 5-3 lead. But hold on – the Walleye then get a PP goal from Pettersson (41) a minute later and with 2 to go in the 2nd, Krejci (17) scores his 2nd of the game and Toledo is again in a tie. But with 10 seconds left in the period, Toledo’s Nemeth in the penaltry box, ZBad (39) scores a PP goal to give the Rangers a 6-5 lead after 2. 8 goals in period two, 4 for each team!
PERIOD 3 – This period was a yawner compared to the previous sets and looked more like postseason play (or exhaustion). Hertl scores with 9 minutes left to give the Rangers a 7-5 cushion and Georgiev and the Rangers hold on the rest of the way for the 7-5 win.
STARS (All BGR)
1. Zibanejad 2 goals
2. Buchnevich 2 goals
3. Hertl 1 goal, 2 assists
Notable: Giroux 3 assists
WEEKLY SUMMARY: Rangers win their 1 home game this week and creep closer to .500.
LA Great Danes
WEEKLY PREVIEW: Buzzards, Raccoons, and Bandits come to town – lock the doors and shut all the windows!
Charlotte Buzzards @ LA Great Danes Charlotte jumps to a 2-0 lead in the 1st on goals by Hamonic and Dzingel. A Scheifele 5 on 3 goal is followed by a Barbashev goal after an LA PK, and the game is tied in the 2nd, but 22 seconds after the Barbashev goal, Dougie Hamilton scores off a 3 on 1 break, and the Buzzards lead after 2 by a 3-2 score. Colton Sissons scores miday through the 3rd to put Charlotte up 4-2, and Ekman-Larsson seals the 5-2 win for the Buzzards with an empty net goal.
Bucks County Raccoons @ LA Great Danes The Danes next take on Central Division leader Bucks County with their 8.6 rated Jack Campbell in net. After the Raccoons take a 1-0 lead on a goal by Tom Wilson, the Great Danes score 4 straight and lead 4-1 midway through the 2nd. The team trade goals after that and the Raccoons don’t get closer than a 2-goal deficit. When Jamie Benn scores his 20th goal of the season to put LA up 7-3 eight minutes into the 3rd, Ben Bishop replaces Campbell. He stops all 10 shots he faces the rest and the way and the Raccoons score another goal, but the game ends with a 7-4 home ice victory for the Danes.

It was a big night for Mark Scheifle with 1G-3A, and Joe Thornton has 1G-1A with his goal coming on a breakaway, as Jumbo Joe winds down what is likely his final few games of his MWHL career. The 7 goals by LA is a season high.

Brentwood Bandits @ LA Great Danes Bo Horvat scores 3:33 into the game, and it stays that way until Joe Pavelski’s 42nd goal of the year 8 minutes into the third period. Alex Pietrangelo spoils the shutout with the his 19th goal of the season with 4:19 left, but late goals by Foligno and Josi (EN) give the Bandits a 4-1 win. Vasilevskiy is the #1 star for Brentwood with 25 saves.
WEEKLY SUMMARY: The Great Danes lose 2 of 3 at home but win on the road for a 2-2 week. The season will end next week at the Sharks, and Thornton and Marleau will be in the lineup for the finale, so that will be the big story line of the Dane’s final week.
Jagr Mullets
WEEKLY PREVIEW: Two home games against two of the best teams in the MWHL.
Bucks County Raccoons @ Jagr Mullets The Mullets rise to the challenge, shutting out Bucks County 3-0, limiting them to only 8 scoring chances in the contest. Games like this make a coach smile (inside, never outside).

Scoring Summary
Per Time Str Team
1 1:29 EV JAG Lindholm (29), assisted by Matthews (40) and Tkachuk (39)
1 12:43 PP JAG Bergeron (33), assisted by Ovechkin (37) and Matthews (41)
2 16:27 PP JAG Radulov (27), assisted by Tkachuk (40) and Couture (32)

Star 1: JAG Kuemper 27 saves
Star 2: JAG Radulov 1 G
Star 3: JAG Lindholm 1 G

GWG: Elias Lindholm

Notables: BCR None
JAG Bergeron 16 faceoffs won

Charlotte Buzzards @  Jagr Mullets Sidney Crosby comes to town, and leaves a loser as the Mullets win it 4-1. It’s nearly a shutout, but former Mullet William Kalrsson beats Kuemper at 16:52 of the 3rd to avoid getting skunked.

Scoring Summary
Per Time Str Team
1 10:00 EV JAG Parise (14), assisted by Rielly (50) and Couture (33)
1 16:10 EV JAG Couture (22), assisted by Parise (18)
2 17:33 EV JAG Radulov (28), assisted by Rielly (51) and Bergeron (64)
3 8:45 EV JAG Couture (23), unassisted
3 16:52 EV CIN Karlsson (11), assisted by Suter (37)

Star 1: JAG Couture 2 G, 3 Pts
Star 2: JAG Kuemper 40 saves
Star 3: JAG Parise 1 G, 2 Pts

GWG: Logan Couture

Notables: CIN None
JAG Kuemper 40 saves, Weber 6 blocks, Bergeron 26 faceoffs won

WEEKLY SUMMARY: The Mullets are in perfect form heading into the playoffs. Have they peaked too soon?
Toledo Walleye
WEEKLY PREVIEW: On the outside, looking in, The Walleye have 2 home games in hopes of wins and sneaking up on California for the last playoff spot. Bathgate and Guentzel in town. Arvidsson off the DL for the final 6 games.
Bathgate Rangers @ Toledo Walleye Rangers 7, Walleye 6, SO – Goalies avert your eyes, not a pretty sight. Walleye kill the first penalty by Severson with a bonus, a shortie by Backstrom to take a 1-0 lead. 5 minutes later its Arvidsson with some nifty skating for another goal, and things looking good in the Glass City, 2-0 Walleye.

Something then clicks for the Rangers, and they take control of the next 40 minutes, outscoring the home team 6-2. Hischier twice, Lindholm, Sanheim, Klingberg and Vrana getting goals all at even strength. For the Walleye, only Rodrigues and Backstrom for this 2nd of the game, can counter, and its 6-4 with 11 minutes to go.

Another defensive tweak seems to stop the Rangers offense, but the Walleye offense continues to sputter until the final 3 minutes when Mantha scores, quickly followed by Arvidsson (his 2nd) and its 6-6 with 2 minutes to go. Both defenses hold and its free hockey time.

First OT sees 13 SOG but both goalies have woken up at this time, and nothing hits net.

The shootout sees 5 goals, and the 6th attempt by JVR is stopped by Halak, his only bright spot for the night.

1st star – Hischier 2G 3pts
2nd – Backstrom 2G 3pts
3rd = Arvidsson 2G

Guentzel Gunners @ Toledo Walleye Walleye 3, Gunners 2 – First period sees the most action. First a goal by Mantha. The Gunners answer less than 30 seconds later with Greenway, and we are tied at 1. Just before the horn, Backstrom from close in makes it 2-1 at intermission.

2nd period – Manth pushes the lead to 2 with a goal just past the halfway point. As Toledo gets ready to go to the locker room up by 2, Faksa finds an opening for the visitors to give them a little mo’ going to intermission down 3-2.

3rd period it all Binnington, and he stop all 11 shots by the visitors to hold on to the win.

1st star – Manth 2G 3pts
2nd – Backstrom 1G 3pts
3rd – Binnington 37 saves

WEEKLY SUMMARY: After Dubnyk shits the bed in his lone home start, allowing 6 goals, plus stopping nothing in the shootout, a nice comback by the 3rd line in game 2, scoring all 3 goals, plus Binnington making a 1 goal lead stand in the final stanza.

3pts out of 4 at home, and we creep a little closer to California.

Alamo Defenders
WEEKLY PREVIEW: Alamo hosts Yellowknife.
Yellowknife Braves @ Alamo Defenders Alamo is able to narrowly defeat the Braves. The Defenders out shoot the Braves, 37-18. They also won the faceoffs, 40-20.

In the first period, Aaron Ekblad scores on a power play. It’s his 9th goal. Later in the 1st period, Kuznetsov scores his 9th to tie the game.

In the 2nd, Marchand scores his 36th of the year on a power play. Alamo is able to avoid a tying goal.

Alamo 2 Yellowknife 1

1st – Ekblad
2nd – Marchand
3rd – Kuznetsov

WEEKLY SUMMARY: Alamo defeats Yellowknife, 2-1.
Brentwood Bandits
WEEKLY PREVIEW: The 2nd place in the Metro playoff bound defending champs have two home games to prove they are ready for the playoffs!
Thunder Bay NorWesters @ Brentwood Bandits Thunder Bay comes to town as another playoff bound team from the Atlantic division.

1st period
BWB – Eller (4) from Foligno (4) and Niederreiter (21)
BWB – Debrusk (42) from Kerfoot (34)
BWB – Kessel (22) from Vlasic (27) and Tavares (44)

3-0 Bandits after one…

2nd period
BWB – Pavelski (42) from Kessel (65) and Tavares (45)
BWB – Tavares (41) from Kessel (66) and Josi (44)
BWB – Kessel (23) from Pavelski (25) and Josi (45)

6-0 Bandits, and that is how it would end. Murray saves 27 to get the shutout.

ZERO penalties taken by the Bandits. A near perfect game for the home team. A good sign for the playoffs as the top line gets things rolling and puts an end to their little slump.

Guentzel Gunners @ Brentwood Bandits Guentzel comes to town in a rebuilding phase…

1st Period
BWB – Pavelski (43) from Kessel (67) and Dumoulin (24)
BWB – Galchenyuk (24) from Horvat (29) and Josi (46)

2-0 Bandits

2nd period
BWB – Kerfoot (20) from Brodie (34) and Debrusk (29)
BWB – Pavelski (44) from Tavares (46) and Vlasic (28)

4-0 Bandits

3rd period
GUE – Watson (12) from Hall (18)
BWB – KEssel (24) from Tavares (47) and Braun (28)
BWB – Eller (5) from Foligno (5) and Vlasic (29)
GUE – Dumba (7) frmo Granlund (40) and Hall (19)

6-2 Bandits win.

Murray had 5 shutout periods until Watson scored on him in the beginning of the 3rd.

WEEKLY SUMMARY: The top line continues to play well and Murray is proving to be one of the best “backups” in the league this season with his 18th win.

So strange how Vasilevskiy was dominant in the NHL last year, but sports a 3.15 GAA and a mere .910 Sv%

Still… the Bandits are poised and ready for the playoffs… secretly hoping to face off against Jagr for a brother playoff showdown!

Charlotte Buzzards
WEEKLY PREVIEW: The Buzzards, destined to close under .500 for the second straight season, hosted the playoff bound Bucks County Raccoons in its lone matchup this week.
Bucks County Raccoons @ Charlotte Buzzards Down 2-1, Bucks County rallies from with three unanswered goals and holds off the Buzzards, 4-3. Goals by Patrick Kane and Tom Wilson beat Carey Price gave the Raccoons a 3-2 lead after two periods and Marcus Johansson followed with an even strength for Bucks County 4:13 into the third period which gave the Raccoons an 4-2 lead that proved to be insurmountable. Charlotte scored once in each period, including a goal midway through the third by Anders Lee that closed the scoring.

Three stars (all from Bucks County)
Star 1 – Wilson (two goals)
Star 2 – Kane (one goal)
Star 3 – Johansson (one goal)

Notable: Ben Bishop shines with 33 saves. Charlotte not only outshoots the Raccoons 36-25, but they win 42 of the 66 faceoffs in the game — and still come up totally empty, with no points to show for it.

WEEKLY SUMMARY: Another loss in which Charlotte clearly dominates the game — there have been too many defeats where the goaltending came up small. Stay safe everyone!
Guentzel Gunners
WEEKLY PREVIEW: Quiet week with one game against yellowknife
Yellowknife Braves @ Guentzel Gunners Yellowknife gets a 2-0 shutout on the road. McElhinney was Star #1 with 27 saves
WEEKLY SUMMARY: Short week going 0-1-0
Gilbert Sharks
WEEKLY PREVIEW: Gilbert has one home game against Chicago
Chicago Cosa Nostra @ Gilbert Sharks Chicago jumps out to a 2-0 lead, Gilbert comes back to tie it at 2-2 but Chicago dominates the 3rd period for a 4-2 win.
WEEKLY SUMMARY: Gilbert keeps battling to be the worst team in the league
Thunder Bay Nor’Westers
WEEKLY PREVIEW: Back in action after 5 weeks on the IR (Flordia Vacation). Norwesters as slumping a bit and need to get two home wins (Chicago & Bathgate)
Chicago Cosa Nostra @ Thunder Bay NorWesters Struggling with Corona Virus related issues. so no write up
Chicago wins 4 to 2.
Bathgate Rangers @ Thunder Bay NorWesters Bathgate (2) Thunder Bay (4)
WEEKLY SUMMARY: 1 and 1 at home.

Simmed Games:

At Lafayette: Alamo 2, Lafayette 1 / Gilbert 9, Laf. 8

At California: California 6, Jagr 5 / Cincinnati 5, California 3