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2020-2021 PLAYER & GOALIE OF THE WEEK #4

     

EASTERN SKATER TEAM GP GOALS ASISSTS POINTS PM  +/-  SOG S%
Bergeron, Patrice JAG 4 2 5 7 2 3 4 50%
                   
EASTERN GOALIE TEAM GP GOALS AGAINST G.A. AVERAGE SAVES SAVE %
Price, Carey CHA 3 4 1.34 79 .952
                   
WESTERN SKATER TEAM GP GOALS ASSISTS POINTS PM  +/-  SOG S%
Dadonov, Evgenii CHI 4 6 2 8 0 4 18 33%
                   
WESTERN GOALIE TEAM GP GOALS AGAINST G.A. AVERAGE SAVES SAVE %
Khudobin, Anton BCR 2 1 0.5 66 .985
                   

Chicago Cosa Nostra
WEEKLY PREVIEW: Bucks County and Yellowknife visit the Windy City this week. 2 division games.

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Bucks County Raccoons
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Chicago Cosa Nostra
Raccoons 4, Cosa Nostra 3 – Chicago swiftly on the board with a goal by Dadonov. The Raccoons strike back emphatically with 4 goals. 2 aided by penalties. Chara, Meier, Doughty, Virtanen combine to make the score 4-1 by the middle of the 2nd period.

Chicago fights back valiantly, But are unable to tally until the last minute, when Saad and Pastrnak, each with the aid of an extra attacker, light the lamp. Chicago runs out of clock,a nd the game ends 4-3

1st star Chara 1G
2nd Virtanen 1G
3rd Meier 1G

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Yellowknife Braves
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Chicago Cosa Nostra
Chicago 6, Yellowknife 3 – Braves grab control late in the first with goals by Malkin and Monahan. Chicago gets one back early in the 2nd with a powerplay goal by Dadonov.

Coach Corrado must have had a good talk at intermission, because the Cosa Nostra come out and blow up 5 goals on the Braves who manage only one response. Chicago with goals from Dadonov, Pastrnak 2, Debrincat, Dubois. Yellowknife Malkin.

1st star – Pastrnak 2G 3 pts
2nd 2G
3rd 2 G

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WEEKLY SUMMARY: Chicago manages 2 points. Unfortunately the one loss was to division rival Bucks County.
Bathgate Rangers
WEEKLY PREVIEW: Rangers have 1 home game this week against neighbor New Jersey – and they go to New Jersey for the next game on the schedule – so there could be some interesting events occurring this newly forming rivalry(??).

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New Jersey Black Aces
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Bathgate Rangers
Actually it appears that this game will be strictly defense. Both teams come out shooting in the 1st, 14 SOGs for NJ and 13 for the Rangers – but Hart and Reimer were up to the task and stopped them all. Each team had a Power Play and then the chipiness started. Sergachev and DeAngelo go off together at 15:10 (it was the 2nd penalty for Sergachev). and 13 seconds later Forsberg and ZBad go off for fighting! And Forsberg go a 10 minute misconduct added to his 5 for fighting. Penalty boxes were filling up. No scoring however and then with 41 seconds left, Savard gets whistled from hooking and NJ gets to end the period on another PP – but no score.

2nd period saw a very subdued game compared to the 1st – 4 SOGs from NJ and 8 from Bathgate. The Rangers were winning the faceoff battles and that contributed to the Black Aces lack of attack in the 2nd, but other than that everything else pretty much ended even – game total SOGs were matched at 29, blocks – 16 per team, hits – the Rangers got 4 more hits (23-19).

So we go to the 3rd, NJ feeling they have a real good chance and they up their attack and actually lead for the period 11-8. However, their tempo opened a slight door. 5 minutes into the 3rd after Reimer stops a Forsberg shot, Hischier wins the faceoff and the Rangers clear their end. Up ice to Ryan Strome who passes it back to Hischier and wrist’s one past New Jersey’s goalie and scores what turns out to be the game only score! Rangers hold off the charging Black Aces including the final 1:16 with the extra attacker. Rangers had a big chance for an EN goal, but Sergachev makes a gutsy shot block off a Tatar shot. Then NJ goes on the attack. Cirelli to Thomas as the teams change lines. Cirelli takes it over the blue line and shots hoping for a rebound but Optimus Reim makes a great save and keeps it. Reimer makes another great save and then with 22 seconds to go, Kadri fires it and it’s OFF the post. Rangers clear it but NJ gets it back and gets another scoring chance but Sanheim blocks and they get no more opportunities. FINAL Bathgate 1 New Jersey 0
STARS
1. BGR – Reimer 29 saves
2. BGR – Hischier 1 goal
3. NJB – Hart 28 saves

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WEEKLY SUMMARY: 1 home game, 1 win, we’re happy. And do we have the start of a local rivalry??
New Jersey Black Aces
WEEKLY PREVIEW: Home Games vs Bathgate and Jagr

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Bathgate Rangers
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New Jersey Black Aces
Anthony Beauvillier scored the game winner with 20 seconds in regulation giving NJ it’s first non shootout win of the season. Carter Hart made36 saves in the win

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Jagr Mullets
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New Jersey Black Aces
Kevin Labanc scored 2 goals in a losing cause as the leagues elite, Jagr, beat the home Black Aces, 4-2. Jagr used 4 different goal scores and 29 save from Darcy Kuemper for their 9th win of the young season

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WEEKLY SUMMARY: 1-1
Toledo Walleye
WEEKLY PREVIEW: Toledo continues to tinker with the gameplan, this week testing itself against a couple predators, the Sharks from Gilbert and the Loansharks of Chicago.

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Gilbert Sharks
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Toledo Walleye
Walleye 4, Sharks 2 — Gilbert draws first blood in a somewhat lackluster 1st period, when Zucker scores 3 minutes in. Toledo answers quickly with a goal by Mantha. Toledo dominates play the rest of the period, but Francouz is up to the task, stopping a total of 15 in the period, while Demko barely earns his pay, stopping only 1 of 2 SOG by the visitors.

Ennis puts Gilbert up again in period 2 with a goal near the half way mark, while Francouz continues to get bombarded by the Walleye who throw 18 at him, and he is perfect, allowing the Sharks to go to intermission with a 2-1 lead.

Apparently the bombardment wore Francouz out, as he allows 3 goals in the 3rd period. Barrie, Backstrom and Trocheck, who is very happy to be on the Pettersson line, all tally in the period. On the other end, Gilbert gets 10 shots on Demko, but he is a wall, and keeps the light extinguished the entire period. Final 4-2 Walleye.

1st star – Backstrom 1G 2pts
2nd – Barrie 1G 2pts
3rd – Trochek 1G 2pts (Francouz 43 saves)

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Chicago Cosa Nostra
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Toledo Walleye
Walleye 6, Cosa Nostra 5, OT — They don’t get much tighter than this one. The game was tied at every point as the game progressed.

Hoffman scores for Toledo, Soderberg answers for Chicago. Dadonov scores for Chicago, and Kempe answers for Toledo. 1st period ends 2-2

Chabot puts CHI up 3-2, Kucherov ties it at 3. Toews puts Chicago up 4-3, and the Walleye even it up when Trochek answers, 4-4.

Toledo goes up by 1 when Laughton scores with just over 2 minutes to go. Chicago pulls their goalie and bombard Binnington for a full minute before he taps out, allowing a goal by Hornqvist with only 22 seconds left.

Chicago gets the first chance in OT, but get stopped. After that, its all Walleye for about 3 minutes, until Mantha gets open close in and sends the home crowd home happy, 6-5.

1st star – Hoffman 1G 2pts
2nd – Laughton 1G 2pts
3rd – Mantha 1G 2pts

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WEEKLY SUMMARY: 2 close wins at home make the Walleye feel like the coaching tweaks are working. A big division win over Chicago makes it all the better. Different group of stars each game are a good indication of a balanced attack.
Yellowknife Braves
WEEKLY PREVIEW: Yellowknife welcomes Jagr, Gilbert and Toledo

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Jagr Mullets
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Yellowknife Braves
All Mullets 5-0
Stars #1 JAG Kuemper 31 saves
#2 JAG Miller 1G
#3 JAG Matthews 1G——————————–
Gilbert Sharks
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Yellowknife Braves
The Braves eek one out 4-3
Stars #1 YEL Palmieri 1G 2pts
#2 YEL Rantanen 1G 2pts
#3 YEL Monahan 1G 2pts————————————-
Toledo Walleye
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Yellowknife Braves
The braves win a close one 5-4
Stars #1 YEL Aho 2G 3pts
#2 TOL Laughton 2G
#3 YEL Bjorkstrand 1G 2pts———————————–
WEEKLY SUMMARY: Yellowknife actually wins a home stand 2-1
LA Great Danes
WEEKLY PREVIEW: The Great Danes host Brentwood, Alamo, and Gilbert this week.

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Brentwood Bandits
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LA Great Danes
Brentwood comes in giving up the least SOG in the league and #1 in goals against. LA comes in giving up the second least SOG in the league but dead last in goals against.

For the 6th time in the short season to date, the Danes get blown out by 3 or more goals, this a 5-2 loss to the Bandits. LA started strong and held a 5-1 scoring chance advantage early, but Tavares scored twice late in the first, the 2nd one a back-breaker off a face-off win at 19:59. It was 5-1 before LA scored a garbage goal in the third.

Brentwood’s 3 stars were Tavares 2G, Eller 1G-1A, and Lehkonen 1G-1A. Another stinker in goal for Varlamov, pulled halfway through the game after giving up 4 goals on 15 shots, and he drops to a 1-5-0 record on the season.

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Alamo Defenders
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LA Great Danes
Varlamov has to play so many games, so he’s in net again against undefeated Alamo. But a shakeup in LA’s lines, with some guys really struggling. Adam Henrique with 1 point in 13 games gets moved to the wing on the second line and the D pairing of Nurse-Pietrangelo at -10 each for the year, are split up with Nurse dropping to the 3rd pairing.

And what do you know, the Danes respond with a 6-1 route of Alamo, with Henrique scoring 3 minutes in and earning the game’s #1 star with 2G-1A. Varlamov gets the second star with 32 saves, Pietrangelo is a +3, and Nurse is a +2 and leads the D in ice-time while on the 3rd pairing.

It was 4-1 after one period, and while at the end it looks like LA coasted to victory, with our lack of success this year we were just waiting for an Alamo comeback, but it never came.

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Gilbert Sharks
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LA Great Danes
Another division game, Talbot in net for LA versus Tuukka Rask for Gilbert.

LA gets up quickly at :24 on a goal by Brayden Schenn, but Brady Tkachuk scores his first of the season for Gilbert to tie the game, so it’s 1-1 after one in an evenly played period. In the second, Gilbert scores early (MacKinnon) and late (Coyle) to take a 3-1 lead after two, and once again it was an evenly played period except on the scoreboard.

LA gets some life early in the third with a Brayden Schenn PPG at 3:36. LA carries play most of the period and gets the tieing goal from William Nylander at 12:35.

The goalies come up big late in regulation, Scheifele stopped on a wide-open wraparound attempt with 2 minutes left, Schenn denied a hat trick on a scoring chance with 1:14 left, and Tkachuk’s scoring chance is stopped by Talbot shortly after that.

The Danes seem to have the better chances in OT, the last on another wraparound by Scheifele with 24 seconds left, but no scoring in OT.

The shootout ended quickly with Kubalik and MacKinnon scoring for Gilbert and Rask makes 2 saves, so Gilbert gets the 4-3 OT win.

Brayden Schenn for LA is the #1 star with 2G-1A with 7 scoring chances, and MacKinnon has 1G-1A for Gilbert. My 3rd star (not DK’s) would be Aleksander Barkov with 2 assists, 7 SOG, and winning 18 of 26 faceoffs.

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WEEKLY SUMMARY: One bad loss, one big win, and a consolation point in the shootout loss to Gilbert. For the last two games, the lineup changes seemed to make a big difference. And, LA killed off 7 straight penalties at home this week after killing off 9 straight in week 3. But the PK was so bad the first two weeks, we are still dead last in the league in PK % by a mile.
Alamo Defenders
WEEKLY PREVIEW: One home game this week for Alamo. They take on LA.

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LA Great Danes
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Alamo Defenders
Alamo starts out fast and furious in the 1st period as they score three goals. Stamkos, Crosby, and Wheeler all score. Alamo had 9 shots on goal, and the Great Danes had 6.

There was a lot of scoring in the 2nd period. Gusev scores his 1st goal of the year for Alamo. The Great Danes fight back with 2 goals scored by Henrique and Nurse. Crosby makes the deficit three goals as scores his 2nd goal of the game. Then, Henrique scores his 2nd goal of the year. At the end of 2, its 5-3, Alamo.

In the 3rd period, Stamkos and Gusev score their 2nd goals of the game, and the Defenders put the game away.

Alamo 7 LA 3

1st star – Gusev 2 goals, 2 assists
2nd star – Crosby 2 goals, 2 assists
3rd star – Stamkos 2 goals, 1 assist.

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WEEKLY SUMMARY: Alamo defeats LA, 7-3 in their only home game of the week.
Thunder Bay Nor’Westers
WEEKLY PREVIEW: Two home games vs Bathgate and Portland. We are off to a slow start. The team just has not come together. Some nights we have good offense others good defense we we have not put together a run of solid play over a week.

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Bathgate Rangers
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Thunder Bay NorWesters
A bizarre game. Final score Thunder Bay 6 Bathgate 4. What makes this so crazy is that Thunder Bays first three (3) goals were power play goals by Landeskog (8), Jones (1), Quinn Hughes then our next two (2) goals were shorthanded goals by Couturier (1) and Jones (2).

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Portland Storm
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Thunder Bay NorWesters
Portland opened the scoring on Olofsson’s 8th goal of the season. Thunder Bay then countered with 3 unanswered goals by Landeskog (9), Parayko (1) and Necas (3). Neither team played well on defense. Portland manages 47 shots on goal and Thunder Bay 35 including 20 scoring chances for Portland and 24 for Thunder Bay.

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WEEKLY SUMMARY: Two wins at home but the team continues to be inconsistent. Our defense has not played as well as expected and a few of our offensive players are not performing.
Gilbert Sharks
WEEKLY PREVIEW: Gilbert with just One Home Game this week versus division rival California

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California Regulators
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Gilbert Sharks
The teams go back and forth in the 1st period with Tkachuk and Panarin scoring for Gilbert and Silfverberg and Kane matching them for California. Domanik Kubalick scores the only goal of the 2nd period and Gilbert takes yet another lead into the 3rd Period. Once again the Sharks let their fans down in the 3rd period as California gets goals from Nelson and Stone to take the 4-3 win.

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WEEKLY SUMMARY: Another week same story for Gilbert, blowing a 3rd Period Lead.
Brentwood Bandits
WEEKLY PREVIEW: One home game this week against the ever pesky Bathgate Rangers.

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Bathgate Rangers
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Brentwood Bandits
Huala (3) gets things started in the 1st for Bathgate to make it 1-0.

Early 2nd period, Zibanejad (8) makes it 2-0 BCR.

A little over a minute later, Vatrano (2) scores to put the Bandits on the board, 2-1.

Go to the 3rd… a little over half way through the period, Josi (2) ties it up on a slapper from the point! 2-2

We go to OT…

Tavares with the faceoff win. Enters the zone, passes over to Josi, who one time shuffles the pass to Debrusk who one-times the puck… SCORES! Debrusk gets his 6th of the season and the OT Game winner!

Final
BWB 3, BCR 2 (OT)

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WEEKLY SUMMARY: A tough game against Bathgate, and with Nilsson in net, but we managed to pull it out in OT. Hoping this team is starting to “gel”.
Bucks County Raccoons
WEEKLY PREVIEW: Two home games against teams below the Mendoza line giving the Racs some optimism they can make some hay in the Central Division.

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Portland Storm
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Bucks County Raccoons
Inspired by managements decision to replace their goal scoring song with a rendition of Brass Bonanza made famous by the Hartford Whalers, the Bucks County Raccoons defeated the Portland Storm. The Racs scored 4 first period goals and came away with the win. After the 4th goal when the ref tried to get the center ice faceoff started, Connor McDavid snapped ‘in a minute, I’m listening to the damn song’…….

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Toledo Walleye
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Bucks County Raccoons
Toledo scored 3 first period goals and held on through a rocky 3rd period that saw BC close to within 3-2, but Scott Laughton notched his second goal of the game to extend the lead, and an empty net goal finished off that home team as the Walleyes came away with the 5-2 win. BC outshot Toledo 46-20, won 60% of the face offs and had 23 scoring chances to the Walleyes 11. But as Charlie Brown said after the game “Lucy, tell your damn statistics to shut up’…..

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WEEKLY SUMMARY: A split on home ice, which was a little short of what BC was hoping for….But that song is terrific…..
Charlotte Buzzards
WEEKLY PREVIEW: Charlotte, hovering around .500 and in desperate need of an offensive spark to complement one of the top defenses in the league, hosted Bucks County and Atlantic rivals Thunder Bay and Portland in this latest week of play.

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Bucks County Raccoons
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Charlotte Buzzards
The Buzzards were unable to find that needed scoring punch against the Raccoons. Bucks County scored a pair of second period goals to break a scoreless deadlock and cruised from there to a 3-0 win. Charlotte actually outshot Bucks County 38-21 but the Buzzards were completely blanked by the indisputable top star of this game, Anton Khudobin.

Bucks County notched the only goal it needed 41 seconds into the second period on a nifty transition goal: following Khudobin’s immediate save off Charlotte’s opening faceoff win, Raccoons forward Pierre Edoward-Bellemare fed Zdeno Chara a shot that the giant defenseman blasted from the point past Carey Price who never saw it; Drew Doughty also assisted. Buck County’s Patrick Kane added a goal two minutes later and Jimmy Vesey rounded out the scoring with an empty netter with 1:20 left in the third.

Three stars (all from Bucks County)
Star 1 – Khudobin
Star 2 -Chara one goal
Star 3 – Kane, one goal, three hits

Notable: In getting blanked by Khudobin, Charlotte outshot Bucks County in every period.

Bellemare had one assist along with two takeaways and two blocks in support of Khudobin

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Thunder Bay NorWesters
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Charlotte Buzzards

Thunder Bay overcame a power play goal by Charlotte’s Brent Burns and rallied for a 2-1 win.

After Burns’ unassisted goal 16:32 into the game put Charlotte out in front, Jack Eichel quickly responded with a demoralizing game-tying goal with one minute left in the first period, and Kyle Connor netted what proved to be the game winner just two minutes into the second. Mikko Koskinen (20 saves) played flawless in net the rest of the way for Thunder Bay, edging the hard luck Price (26 saves).

While killing off all 5 Thunder Bay power plays, Charlotte’s shorthanded status throughout much of the game thwarted its offensive chances.

Three stars
Star 1 -TBN Connor 1 goal
Star 2 -CHA Burns 1 G and 2 TK
Star 3 – TBN Eichel 1 goal

Notable:Sean Couturier and Filip Hronek each had assists for Thunder Bay.

Eichel scored his goal, right out of the sin bin, after being charged with a four minute high sticking penalty that led to the Burns power play goal.

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Portland Storm
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Charlotte Buzzards
The Buzzards, firmly in control for the entire game, salvaged a 4-2 win over Portland. Four Buzzards even strength goals sandwiched a Brendan Gallagher goal from the Storm. With the net pulled Portland was able to also manage a Brandon Mountour goal with five seconds left in the game.

Charlotte never trailed after first period goals from Blake Coleman and Burns put the Buzzards ahead 2-0. Jake Allen recorded 24 saves for Charlotte.

Three stars:
Star 1 – CHA Alex Killorn (1 G 1 A)
Star 2 – CHA Coleman (1 G 1 A)
Star 3 – POR Mountour (1 G 1 A)

Notable: Braden Holtby saved 33 for Portland as Charlotte held the shot advantage 37-26. Gallagher’s goal came as Holtby was pulled in the midst of a roughing penalty by Charlotte’s Anders Lee; at the time it narrowed Portland’s deficit to 2-1.

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WEEKLY SUMMARY: The Buzzards waste two strong performances by goalie Carey Price and lose two out of three at home. Offensively-challenged Charlotte can’t buy a goal lately. Hopefully the impending return of Dougie Hamilton (kept out thus far due to his lengthy 2020 injury), can give this team some sort of lift.
Portland Storm
WEEKLY PREVIEW: Portland (0-7-4) is still looking for their first win of the season and hosts New Jersey (3-9-0)

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New Jersey Black Aces
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Portland Storm
Despite being winless on the year Portland shows some heart and gets a goal from Backlund (3)3:58 into the first period to get the sparse crowd cheering. NJ gets a goal from Hartman at the 11:21 mark to enter the intermission tied at 1-1. On a power play Portland gets a goal from Rakell (2) and plays inspiring defense to head to the third leading 2-1. With 8:24 left to their first win of the season NJ gets a PP goal from Forsberg (3) to send the game to OT. In the extra period Forsberg finds the back of the net again to send Portland to yet another loss. The Storm did show some heart and passion by playing physical and getting into a fight for the first time all year.

Star #1 – Forsberg 2 goals
Star #2 – Hartman 1 goal
Star #3 – Backlund 1 goal, 1 assist

Kadri accumulates 15 PIM for NJ

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WEEKLY SUMMARY: Portland loses once again but things are not as bad as they seem – 5 games have gone to OT which is the most in the league by far with the second most being 2 games.
California Regulators
California Regulators
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Chicago Cosa Nostra
California beats Chicago 5-4.

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California Regulators
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Alamo Defenders
California beats Alamo 2-1.

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WEEKLY SUMMARY: California wins two at home this week. Yay!
Cincinnati Inferno
WEEKLY PREVIEW: The Cincinnati Inferno host four games at The Incinerator this week. A chance to solidify first place in the Atlantic Division.

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Alamo Defenders
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Cincinnati Inferno
The defending Stanley Cup champions roll in and take a 3-1 win from the Inferno. A new defensive strategy by Cincinnati holds the Defenders to just 15 shots. Apparently, that was still too many…

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Jagr Mullets
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Cincinnati Inferno
Third-line center Elias Lindholm slip the game-ending goal in at 4:19 of overtime to give Jagr at 3-2 win at Cincinnati. The Inferno limited the Mullets to just 18 shots…

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Charlotte Buzzards
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Cincinnati Inferno
Carey Price was absolutely sensational in stopping all 35 shots faced, in a 2-0 Buzzards win. The victory securely moved Charlotte into second place in the Atlantic. Again, Cincinnati defense yielded just 15 shots.

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Thunder Bay NorWesters
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Cincinnati Inferno
In a very important early season game, Cincinnati scored four third period goals (including a pair by Brayden Point 29 seconds apart with under three minutes to play) — to take a 4-2 win. Thunder Bay was held to just 17 shots and kept off the board for nearly the last 50 minutes.

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WEEKLY SUMMARY: A 1-2-1 mark was not an encouraging sign for Cincinnati for the week. Holding the opposition to just 16.25 shots per game over that stretch was. Looks like another week of tweaking is in the Inferno’s future!

GAMES SIMMED BY LEAGUE OFFICE:  BRENTWOOD 4, JAGR 3