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2020-2021 PLAYER & GOALIE OF THE WEEK #10

       

EASTERN SKATER TEAM GP GOALS ASISSTS POINTS PM  +/-  SOG S%
Mika Zibanejad BGR 3 5 2 7 0 4 11 46%
                   
EASTERN GOALIE TEAM GP GOALS AGAINST G.A. AVERAGE SAVES SAVE %
Andrei Vasilevskiy BWB 2 2 1.01 43 .956
                   
WESTERN SKATER TEAM GP GOALS ASSISTS POINTS PM  +/-  SOG S%
Mark Scheifele LGD 4 1 6 7 8 -1 9 11%
                   
WESTERN GOALIE TEAM GP GOALS AGAINST G.A. AVERAGE SAVES SAVE %
Tuuka Rusk GIL 3 2 0.67 125 .984
                   

Chicago Cosa Nostra
WEEKLY PREVIEW: Chicago has two division rivals at home and hoping to put some points on the board.
 
Bucks County Raccoons
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Chicago Cosa Nostra
The Raccoons jump to an early lead & hold a 3-0 lead after 2 periods of play. In the 3rd Bucks County forgets about shooting at Chicago’s net. However besides giving up 18 shots in the 3rd, the Raccoons hold the Cosa Nostra to only 1 goal.

Final Score: Bucks County 3 – Chicago 1

Labatt’s 3-Star Selection:
Star 1: BCR – Anton Khubodin 34 Saves
Star 2: BCR – Evander Kane 1G, 2Pts
Star 3: BCR – Nick Leddy 1G

GWG: Drew Doughty

Notables:
BCR – Anton Khubodin 34 Saves
CHI – None

 
Yellowknife Braves
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Chicago Cosa Nostra
Chicago forgets how to score. Game #2 of a 2-game home stand & the Cosa Nostra put a zero on the board in terms of offense. Chicago plays solid defense but gives up 2-goals.

Final Score: Yellowknife 2 – Chicago 1

Labatt’s 3-Star Selection:
Star 1: YEL – Corey Crawford 16 Saves
Star 2: YEL – Oliver Bjorkstrand 1G
Star 3: YEL – Anthony Duclair 1G

GWG: Anthony Duclair

Notables:
YEL – Nones
CHI – None

   
WEEKLY SUMMARY: Chicago shits the bed at home this week scoring only 1 goal in 2 games. We can only hope the road produces some points, or it’s going to be a long Holiday break in Chi-Town.
New Jersey Black Aces
WEEKLY PREVIEW: Gamevs Jagr and Cali
 
California Regulators
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New Jersey Black Aces
NJ plays these close games and usually loses them all. A 2-1 Cali win
 
Jagr Mullets
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Thunder Bay NorWesters
Another close game sees NJ beat one of the leagues better teams. A 2-1 win vs Jagr
   
WEEKLY SUMMARY: 1-1 Holiday week
Bathgate Rangers
WEEKLY PREVIEW: Rangers have been hot lately and this week they have 3 home games – 2 of them against division leaders (Chicago and Metropolitan leader Jagr – both RIVAL GAMES), the 3rd is against division rival and newcomer – New Jersey!
 
Chicago Cosa Nostra
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Bathgate Rangers
Rangers always enjoy the Chicago games – ever since league creation was dreamed up one day, we knew we’d have fun. The game was rather mild (at least from the Rangers end, only 4 minutes in penalties, but the Cosa Nostra did have 10 minutes- which created 3 power plays and the Rangers capitalized on 2 of them. And the Rangers dominated every category on their way to a5-2 victory. Hertl, Sanheim (who we got from Chicago last year) and ZBad (PP) score in the 1st.
Nugent-Hopkins (PP), also acquired last year from Chicago scores the lone 2nd period goal.
Then the Cosa Nostra try to get back into early in the 3rd as Subban (acquired last year from Bathgate) and Kopitar score in the opening 9 minutes. But Bathgate clamps down and Giroux adds a goal with 4 to go to put it away. For Subban, that was his 1st of the year!
STARS: (all CAP)
1. Sanheim 1 goal, 1 assist
2. Zibanejad 1 goal, 1 assist
3. Nugent Hopkins 1 goal, 1 assist
 
New Jersey Black Aces
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Bathgate Rangers
The Black Aces cross the river to the Round Garden and light up the SOG board – not so much in the 1st period however. But that doesn’t matter, they lose the SOG battle in the 1st, but win the scoring battle 2-1. Sergachev takes advantage of a Ryan Strome penalty to get the 1st goal for NJ at 9 minutes in. 4 minutes later, teammate Beauvillier lights the lamp making it 2-0 NJ. Vrana gets 1 back with 3 1/2 go on a Bathgate PP goal and it’s 2-1 after 1 favor of the bad guys.

2nd period is a close checking affair and Vrana’s goal for Bathgate with 4 1/2 to go was the only score and the game is knotted at 2-2 after 2.

3rd period is a bit strange – Rangers were held to 7 shots, New Jersey goes wild with 17 – but it’s the Rangers who find the most success with 4 of the 7 shots going into the Black Aces net. ZBad gets one 7 1/2 minutes in and then scores again 37 seconds later for a 4-2 lead. Beauvillier then gets his 2nd goal and the game tightens up, 4-3 with 6 minutes to go. Stays that way until the final minute when NJ pulls Bobrovsky and Hertl and Tatar find the empty net to make the final 6-3 Rangers!
OUT OF WHACK STAT: Rangers take 61.4 % of the faceoffs!
STARS:
1. BGR Zibanejad 2 goals, 1 assist
2. NJB Beauvillier 2 goals, 1 assst
3. BGR Tatar 1 goal, 2 assists

 
Jagr Mullets
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Bathgate Rangers
The fans showed up ready for this one. They even had head shots of all the Mullets’ players – but they all were sporting crew cuts (and Xs over their faces) – lots of love. They didn’t appreciate last week’s 5-1 loss at Jagr, so they were welcoming them to the Round Garden.

Well, apparently it shook up the Mullets for the 1st 40 minutes. Dylan Strome scores the only 1st period goal and the Rangers skate off with the 1-0 lead.

Then in the 2nd, ZBad skates circles around the Mullets and scores twice making it 3-0 after 2.

Then the haircut shock wore off and Lindholm figure out Reimer and scores for Jagr a minute and a half into the 3rd and it’s 3-1 Bathgate. Then it’s defense – the Mullets tried and tried – firing shot after shot (13 on goal), but the Rangers blocked shot after shot and kept the Mullets off balance – they almost had as many shots missing the net as got on goal. But Optimus Reim was standing tall. Just over a minute and a half left, Kuemper heads to the bench. Bergeron steps on the ice. Ovechkin takes itacross the blue line. To Giordano to Weber passes back to Ovechkin – shots – SCORES! And it’s 3-2 Rangers and the Mullets take the time out. 1:35 to go, Jagr’s goal is wide open, Rangers win the faceoff and Dylan Strome fires at the open net, Weber gets in the way of the puck. Jagr then control the puck most of the rest of the game, but the Rangers are fighting them hard giving them little opportunity for scoring chances – until the final 30 seconds when Lindholm takes a pass from Duchene – shots quickly, but Dylan Strome blocks it and that turns out to be their last chance and the Rangers hold on to win 3-2!
STARS (all CAP)
1. Zibanejad 2 goals
2. Dylan Strome 1 goal
3. Optimus Reim 30 saves

   
WEEKLY SUMMARY: Rangers enjoy the big week – 3 games, 3 wins including another win over Jagr. ZBad is having quite a run lately 9 goals and 5 assists in his last 5 games! (14 goals, 7 assists in the last 10 games).
Brentwood Bandits
WEEKLY PREVIEW: The Bandits have made some changes to hopefully even out some playing time, tighten up the defense, and hopefully get some scoring! We can dream, can’t we?
 
Alamo Defenders
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Brentwood Bandits
Brentwood hosts one of the best in the league as Alamo comes to town. Let’s hope they don’t remember beating us in the finals last season.

The Bandits jump out early with Horvat scoring his 5th of the season. **Horvat is one of those who was done dirty in the ratings for the past two seasons, while ALL Boston players are over-rated. But I digress… Bandits up 1-0.

Less than a minute later Jarnkrok (4) ties it 1-1.

Pearson (1) gets on the board as he is trying to play his way into the lineup, replacing a disappointing Nino Niederreiter. 2-1 Bandits

Debrusk (15) scores on the PP to make it 3-1 Bandits.

We go to the 2nd…

Draisaitl (24) brings the Defenders within one, 3-2.

Go the the 3rd…

Debrusk (16) won’t be upstaged, Bandits up 4-2.

Draisaitl (25) says he can go all day… 4-3 Bandits lead.

Konecny (8) hopefully finding his groove, makes it 5-3.

Alamo pulls Lehner and with 21 seconds left, Draisaitl completes his hat trick to pull Alamo within one, but that’s where it would end…

Brentwood 5, Alamo 4.

Is this a sign of things to come? Probably not as we gave up 43 SOG and only managed 25. Although the PK was good stopping all 4 Alamo chances, and the PP went 2-4. Also bested Alamo in Hits and Blocks.

 
Bathgate Rangers
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Brentwood Bandits
Bathgate coach Bill Schindel makes some last minute changes to his lineup and strategy… will it pay off?

DeAngelo (6) and McCann (5) make it 2-0 in the 1st.

Late in the period, Debrusk (17) cuts the lead in half, 2-1 Bathgate.

2nd period…

Debrusk (18) gets the only goal to tie it up 2-2.

3rd period…

Giroux (8) gets the Rangers back the lead 3-2.

A minute later, Vatrano (5) ties it back up 3-3.

That’s how the 3rd would end… and OT would end the same.

We go to the shootout…

Tatar scores on Nilsson
Tavares is stopped by Georgiev
Vrana scores on Nilsson
Konecny is stoned by Georgiev

Bathgate wins in the SO 4-3

Neither team broke 20 shots on goal in the entire game, including OT. A strange game to say the least.

 
New Jersey Black Aces
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Brentwood Bandits
Last place New Jersey comes to town. The Bandits can’t overlook them, as we try to gain ground in the division (which we couldn’t do in a loss to Bathgate).

The Bandits only manage 12 shots the ENTIRE GAME!! But one of those 12 gets past Bobrovsky as Vasilevskiy stops all 20 shots he faces to win the battle of the Russian netminders, 1-0.

Lars Eller (7) gets the only goal of the game.

Not happy to only get 12 SOG against the last place Black Aces, but a win is a win?

   
WEEKLY SUMMARY: On paper, not a bad week. 5 of a possible 6 points to stay in the playoff hunt, but despite beating Alamo, the performances are still very sub par, except for Debrusk. On paper, this team should be performing much better. The offense needs to step up. I feel like it’s slowly coming into it’s own, and then we only manage 12 shots on goal.

This team is an mystery, wrapped in an enigma, and covered in secret sauce.

Thunder Bay Nor’Westers
WEEKLY PREVIEW: Two home games vs LA and Portland. Landeskog is still day to day but unlikely to play in this home stand. Kayden Primeau was called up from the Duluth Superiors to fill in for Ilya Samsonov who resting after a bot of the flu.
 
LA Great Danes
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Thunder Bay NorWesters
1st Period ends 1-1 with goals by Scheifele (14) and Nyquist (6).

2nd Period see the Great Danes score on a goal by Hintz (10) and The Nor’Westers counter with three goals – Couturier (11) & O’Reilly (6 & 7) to take a 2 goal lead 4-2.

The 3rd period ended with each team scoring 3 goals and a win for Thunder Bay 7-5.
LA goals by Barkov(12), Heiskanen(4) and Bremerstrom(1). Thunder Bay got goals by Athanasiou (1), Smith (15) and Bertuzzi (6).

 
Portland Storm
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Thunder Bay NorWesters
Kayden Primeau makes his MWHL debut in goal for Thunder Bay. The first period see each team score a goal 1-1. Olofsson(18) and Eichel (27).

The 2nd period each team scores twice so after 40 minutes we are still tied 3-3. Portland goals by Granlund(5) and Backlund(10). Thunder goals by Eichel (28) and Quinn Hughes (4).

The third period continues the pyramid growth with each team scoring 3 goals – at the end of regulation the score is tied 6-6. Storm goals by Dvorak(5), Olofsson(19) and Zuccarello(5). Thunder Bay goals by Connor (19), Parayko (3), and Athanasiou (2).

Overtime ended with a richocet off Todd Bertuzzi’s elbow and into the Storm net. Bertuzzi’s 6th of the season. Final score Thunder Bay 7 Portland 6

   
WEEKLY SUMMARY: Where of where has the defense gone. If we hope to make a run for the cup our defense will have to tighten up. right now we are looking like a fast break basketball team not a MWHL cup contender.
Toledo Walleye
WEEKLY PREVIEW: Only one home game versus division leading Chicago. A make or break game for the cellar dwellars.
 
Chicago Cosa Nostra
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Toledo Walleye
Chicago 3, Toledo 2 – Although a slight shots advantage to Toledo in the first 2 periods, its Chicago who shows up with game and goaltender, as Blackwood stops all shots, and Kopitar, Pastrnak and DeBrincat get goals for Chicago, 2 on the powerplay. Toledo’s 5 penalties does them in early.

Period 3 sees Toledo cut down on infractions, and that leads to more consistant pressure on the offensive end. Bailey, and new addition to the PP unit, van Riemsdyk get goals and make it interesting heading into the final 3 minutes. Toledo pulls the goalie and gets a bunch of shots on Chicago, but in the end some serious body on body action by the Cosa Nostra cut down on the shots and keep the W on their side.

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

Blackwood 35 saves

   
WEEKLY SUMMARY: The Walleye blow a chance to gain ground on Chicago. The penalties killed us.

HAPPY HOLIDAYS, AND HAVE A GOOD 2 WEEKS OFF.

Yellowknife Braves
WEEKLY PREVIEW: Toledo skates into Yellowknife
 
Toledo Walleye
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Yellowknife Braves
Yellowknife pays off the refs going 4 of 6 on the PP.
8-3 Braves
Stars #1 YEL Rantanen 3G 4 pts
#2 YEL Kuznetsov 2G
#3 YEL Crawford 59 saves
   
WEEKLY SUMMARY: 2 points at home
Alamo Defenders
WEEKLY PREVIEW: Alamo plays one game at home against Gilbert.
 
Gilbert Sharks
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Alamo Defenders
Alamo continues a slump with their offense. Jarnkrok scores for the Defenders in the 1st period at the 1:08 mark. Then, the Sharks respond with 3 straight goals. Kubalik, Fiala, and Panarin all score for Gilbert. Bratt scores his 13th for the Defenders, but Gilbert responds with a goal by MacKinnon.

Gilbert 4 Alamo 2

1-Panarin
2-MacKinnon
3-Kubalik

   
WEEKLY SUMMARY: Gilbert defeats Alamo, 4-2.
Portland Storm
WEEKLY PREVIEW: The struggling Storm hosts Buck County and Cincinnati
 
Bucks County Raccoons
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Portland Storm
Bucks County gets a goal from Hayes (11) 2:50 into first period and another from Oshie (14) 14 minutes later to take a 2-0 lead after one period. Portland gets on board with a goal from Zuccarello (5) in the second but BuckS County gets another goal in third period from Blueger (3) to win 3-1

Star #1 – Khudobin 36 saves
Star #2 – Oshie goal
Star #3 – Hayes 1 goal

 
Cincinnati Inferno
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Portland Storm
Cincinnati gets a goal from Laine (9) in the first and a goal from Statsny (5) in the third to win 2-0

Merzlikin records 43 saves in win

   
WEEKLY SUMMARY: Portland outshoots both opponents but can not find a wway to win as they lose both home games
California Regulators
 
LA Great Danes
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California Regulators
California beats LA 3-4.
 
Alamo Defenders
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California Regulators
California falls 3-2 in OT.
 
LA Great Danes
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California Regulators
California beats LA 4-5.
   
WEEKLY SUMMARY: California goes 2-1 at home.
Gilbert Sharks
WEEKLY PREVIEW: Gilbert takes on 3 big home games this week after falling under .500 again, 2 division foes in Alamo and LA with a warmup against a solid Charlotte team
 
Charlotte Buzzards
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Gilbert Sharks
Kubalik gets his 14th of the year to put Gilbert up 1-0 after 1 period. A goal from Tyler Ennis late in the 2nd period would stretch the lead to 2. Fiala adds another goal midway through the 3rd but the story of the game is Tuuka Rask who faces 53 Charlotte shots and turns every one of them away for a 3-0 Shutout. Charlotte outshot Gilbert 53-21.
 
Alamo Defenders
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Gilbert Sharks
A big game for Gilbert against the division leader as the Sharks try to become legitimate contenders this year. Tuuka is hot again in this one but Lehner matches him shot for shot in the 1st two periods. We enter the 3rd period scoreless but 2 minutes in Tkachuk breaks the seal to give Gilbert a 1-0 lead. Panarin adds another Gilbert goal to make it 2-0 and that is more than enough for a really hot goaltender in Rask. Rask makes 44 saves in this one to get his 2nd straight shutout.
 
LA Great Danes
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Gilbert Sharks
Tuuka sits in this one so Francouz would have to try to match him in goal for Gilbert. Sharks fans wouldnt have to wait so long for scoring this time as Mackinnon puts one home just 35 seconds into the game. LA comes straight back less than a minute later to tie the game 1-1. Burakovsky would score before the end of the first and Makar would net one in the 2nd to put Gilbert up 3-1. Barkov scores for LA to cut the lead to 1 early in the 3rd period but the Great Danes would get no closer and Gilbert secures their 3rd straight win
   
WEEKLY SUMMARY: Giving up 2 goals in 3 games is a great recipe for success and Gilbert is able to take home all 6 points at home this week. Hopefully they can stay above .500 for good this time!
Bucks County Raccoons
WEEKLY PREVIEW: Bucks County heads into the break with two home games against division rivals in a tight Central Division race
 
Yellowknife Braves
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Bucks County Raccoons
Oliver Bjorkstrand scored on the PP at 16:39 of the 2nd period for the only goal of the game as Yellowknife defeated Bucks County 1-0. Corey Crawford was outstanding in net with 29 saves for the Braves
 
Toledo Walleye
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Bucks County Raccoons
Bucks County ended a 99 minute scoreless streak with 3 goals in a 5 minute span and the end of the 2nd and beginning of the 3rd periods to outlast the Toledo Walleye 4-1. The Racs scored on 2 0f 4 PP opportunities while shutting down the Walleye PP, which went 0-4, which was the difference in the game….
   
WEEKLY SUMMARY: When you only allow 2 goals in 2 home games you hope to do better than 2 points, but it is what it is….or something like that….
Cincinnati Inferno
WEEKLY PREVIEW: The Cincinnati Inferno, currently tied for second in the Atlantic Division, host three home games this week. The Inferno have two divisional games to make up ground with.
 
Yellowknife Braves
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Cincinnati Inferno
CIN 5, YEL 4

Tyler Toffoli netted a pair of second period goals to lead Cincinnati to the 5-4 win. Alex Goligoski and Evgeni Malkin had a goal and an assist each for the Braves. The shots favored the Inferno, 44-34, in a more up-tempo contest. Connor Hellebuyck stopped 30 shots and Corey Crawford turned away 28 in the defeat.

 
Charlotte Buzzards
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Cincinnati Inferno
CIN 2, CHA 0

In the showdown for second place in the Atlantic Division, Cincinnati prevailed, 2-0. Jake Guentzel and Brayden Point each notched first period goals and then the defenses locked down and there was no more scoring in the contest. Connor Hellebuyck steered away all 18 Buzzards’ shots and Carey Price got an undeserved ‘L’, re-routing 21 shots. The shots battle went to Cincinnati, 23-18. The power plays went the Inferno’s way also, as they cashed in on one of five tires, while Charlotte was shutout in its only try.

 
Thunder Bay NorWesters
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Cincinnati Inferno
CIN 5, TBN 1

In the showdown for the Atlantic Division lead, Cincinnati claimed the 5-1 win. Tyler Toffoli and David Perron each had a pair of goals for the Inferno, while Brayden Point had an assist on all five Cincinnati goals.

In another tight-checking game, Cincinnati won the shots battle, 22-20. The Inferno also had the only man-advantage goal, going one-for-three, while the Nor’Easters went zero-for-five. Connor Hellebuyck won his 18th game of the year, stopping 19 shots, while Mikko Koskinen had 17 saves.

   
WEEKLY SUMMARY: The Inferno head into the holiday break feeling good about themselves. Three wins to close out 2020 at home helps. Some line juggling and discovering that Tyler Toffoli is a bona-fide scoring threat also helps.

Connor Hellebuyck could be a Goaltender of the Week consideration. A 3-0 record with a 1.67 goals against average, a .931 save percentage and a shutout will help the cause.