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2020-2021 PLAYER & GOALIE OF THE WEEK #16

 

EASTERN SKATER TEAM GP GOALS ASISSTS POINTS PM  +/-  SOG S%
Alex Ovechkin JAG 4 8 2 10 0 6 21 38%
                   
EASTERN GOALIE TEAM GP GOALS AGAINST G.A. AVERAGE SAVES SAVE %
Braden Holtby POR 3 5 1.68 67 .931
                   
WESTERN SKATER TEAM GP GOALS ASSISTS POINTS PM  +/-  SOG S%
Connor McDavid BCR 4 5 5 10 2 4 15 33%
                   
WESTERN GOALIE TEAM GP GOALS AGAINST G.A. AVERAGE SAVES SAVE %
Juuse Saros CHI 2 2 1 52 .963
                   

Bathgate Rangers
WEEKLY PREVIEW: Rangers were not so good last week and as division games continue, they better get better. 2 at home to start the week – New Jersey (who’s been a big PAIN lateley) and Brentwood, who sorta threw in the towel, but then keeps winning. We finish the week on the road at Jagr and again with NJ…here’s to hoping for some better results.
 
New Jersey Black Aces
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Bathgate Rangers
Gotta like the start as Buchnevich and Ryan Strome set up ZBad for goal 25 seconds into the game!!! But then Lindblom ties it up 4 minutes later. But, bad boy DeAngelo scores his 13th 3 minutes later to put the Rangers back up 2-1. BUT 6 minutes later Labanc ties it up for NJ scoring a big goal. Is this going to be the pattern? NOPE – from this point on it’s all Bathgate. ZBad scores again with 3 to go to close out a 3-2 1st period with the Rangers on top. Tavares, Proporov (PP) and Strome tally in the 2nd and Hertl finishes up the scoring with a PP goal in the 3rd for a 7-2 big win for Bathgate. Power players the Rangers were 2 for 4, Black Aces 0 for 4. Rangers took a whopping 62% of the faceoffs and pounded the Black Aces with 25 hits.
STARS (all BGR)
1. Zibanejad 2 goals, 1 assist
2. Strome 1 goal,2 assists
3. Hertl 1 goal,1 assist
 
Brentwood Bandits
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Bathgate Rangers
Next Brentwood skates into town and the Bandits almost steal this one!
Newly acquired (former Ranger) Dylan Strome waves to his brother and then scores 3 1/2 minutes into the game. But Vrana responds for Bathgate as he scores not once, but twice in the first period for a 2-1 Rangers lead. But in the final minute of the period, Eller scores for Brentwood to tie it up.2nd period – Jaden Schwartz gets his first Bathgate goal early and then Vrana completes his hat trick and Pionk puts one in as the Rangers open a 3 goal lead 5-2 in the 2nd. But Stralman cuts it to 5-3 with a Bandits goal before the period ends so we go to the 3rd with the Rangers holding a 5-3 lead.Things continue to hold for the Rangers – that is until Pavelski scores for Brentwood with 10 1/2 to go making it 5-4 Rangers. Then Eller gets his 2nd goal of the game with 6 to go and suddenly the big Rangers lead is GONE as Brentwood ties it up. Then we see why we went out and got Schwartz as he teams up with his new mates Buchnevich and Giroux to score his 2nd and give the Rangers a 6-5 lead with 4 to go. Brentwood doesn’t roll over and they pour on the attack and go with 6 attackers in final seconds – and for once the Rangers get an empty net goal when Nugent-Hopkins finds the empty net-and the play was set up by former Bandit’s lead man, John Tavares. That makes the final 7-5 Bathgate. Brentwood put 40 shots on Georgiev, Rangers only fired 26 on net – and we lost a lot of faceoffs.
STARS:
1. BGR – Vrana 3 goals
2. BGR – Schwarts 2 goals
3. BWB – Eller 2 goals.
   
WEEKLY SUMMARY: 2 games,7 goals each, 2 wins, defense good in one, fortunate in the other, 4 points – that’s what counts!!!
Chicago Cosa Nostra
WEEKLY PREVIEW: Two home games on back to back nights in cold & blustery February in southside Chicago. Both games against division rivals.
 
Yellowknife Braves
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Chicago Cosa Nostra
Chicago gets off to a 2-0 lead and holds down the fort, though they are outplayed and outshot they end up on the winning side.

Final Score: Chicago 4 – Yellowknife 1

Labatt’s 3-Star Selection:
Star 1: CHI – Juuse Saros 37 Saves
Star 2: CHI – David Pastrnak 1G, 2Pts
Star 3: CHI – Rasmus Dahlin 3A

GWG: Chris Kreider

Notables:
YEL – None
CHI – Juuse Saros – 37 Saves, Rasmus Dahlin 3 Assists, & Zach Werenski 5 Blocked Shots

 
Toledo Walleye
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Chicago Cosa Nostra
Toledo scores first, but the Cosa Nostra get two goals in the 3rd and take this one.

Final Score: Chicago 2 – Toledo 1

Labatt’s 3-Star Selection:
Star 1: CHI – Andrew Copp 1G
Star 2: CHI – Anze Kopitar 1G
Star 3: CHI – Viktor Advidsson 1G

GWG: Anze Kopitar 1G

Notables:
YEL – None
CHI – None

   
WEEKLY SUMMARY: Chicago gets 4 Points at home and hopes for a big couple of games on the road this week vs. Toledo & Bucks County.
New Jersey Black Aces
WEEKLY PREVIEW: Games vs Bathgate and Bentwood
 
Bathgate Rangers
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New Jersey Black Aces
5-2 loss
 
Brentwood Bandits
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New Jersey Black Aces
1-0 win
   
WEEKLY SUMMARY: 1-1
Yellowknife Braves
WEEKLY PREVIEW: 1 home game vs Bucks County
 
Bucks County Raccoons
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Yellowknife Braves
All Racoons 4-1
Stars #1 BCR McDavid 2G 3pts
#2 BCR Bishop 45 saves
#3 BCR Kane 1G 3pts
   
WEEKLY SUMMARY: 1 home game. A tough divisional loss
Alamo Defenders
WEEKLY PREVIEW: The Defenders host California and LA this week.
 
California Regulators
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Alamo Defenders
1st place California takes on Alamo and pushes its might. They scores the two goals of the game. Stone scores his 24th goal and Fowler scores his 5th goal of the season. After the first period, California leads 2-0.

In the second, Alamo gets on the board with a McAvoy goal. Soon thereafter, Staal scores his 23rd goal of the year.

There was no scoring in the 3rd period.

Alamo outshoots California 42-22, but still loses.

California 3 Alamo 1

1- Raanta 41 saves
2- Staal
3- Stone

 
LA Great Danes
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Alamo Defenders
LA visits Alamo. In the first, Alamo with a great start as Crosby scores only 26 seconds into the game. Then, Jarnkrok scores on a short-handed goal. Its 2-0 after the 1st period. Then, neither team scores in the 2nd period.

In the 3rd period, LA gets cranked up and scores three goals. Schenn, Pietrangelo, and Henrique all score. Alamo can’t recover and they lose their second home game of the week.

LA 3 Alamo 2

1- Henrique
2-Schenn
3-Pietrangelo

   
WEEKLY SUMMARY: Disappointing week for Alamo as they drop games to California and Alamo at home.
LA Great Danes
WEEKLY PREVIEW: Home games this week against all 3 Pacific Division opponents
 
Alamo Defenders
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LA Great Danes
First up are the cup champion Alamo Defenders. LA dominates period 1, out-chancing Alamo 13-1, in part due to a 5-minute power play, with Nikolaj Ehlers scoring the PPG. In period 2, an early 5-minute major to LA leads to Alamo dominating the period. LA does kill off the penalty, but Alamo evens the score on a Blake Wheeler deflection goal midway through the period. 50 Seconds later, LA’s 4th line cashes in with a goal by Adam Henrique. Alamo outshoots LA 20-7 in period 2, but LA comes out holding a 2-1 lead.

Only 3 penalties called in the entire game, but the 3rd one is another 5-minute major penalty, this one to Alamo midway through the 3rd. The Danes don’t convert, but they control the 3rd period, outshooting Alamo 15-7 n the 3rd, and Barkov seals the LA win with an empty net goal with 12 seconds left

A 3-1 win for the Great Danes. Elvis Merzlikins earns the #1 star with 31 saves, 19 in the 2nd period. Goal scorers Henrique and Ehlers were the #2/3 stars, but Scheifele with 2 assists and Nylander with 6 SOG and 9 scoring chances were big parts of the win as well.

 
Gilbert Sharks
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LA Great Danes
With the Sharks in town, LA makes wholesale lineup changes with 7 new faces in the lineup along with Semyon Varlamov in goal. Time to give some players a look as the buyout and signing period approaches. Dante Fabbro and Ivan Barbashev make their season debuts.

A quiet first period with no scoring, but the goals flow in the 2nd and 3rd. Cale Makar opens the scoring on the power play, and Danault makes it 2-0 Gilbert, before Roope Hintz scores for LA. Panarin restores Gilbert’s 2-goal lead, but Ehlers bring LA back within one after 2 periods. In the 3rd, the Sharks again go up by 2 on a Tyler Ennis goal. Scheifele makes at 4-3, but Nick Holden’s empty net goal makes it 5-3 for the Sharks. But wait, it’s not over yet as one of the lineup additions, Jack Roslovic scores at 19:22 to make it 5-4. Barkov is denied on a scoring chance with 13 seconds left, and the Sharks hang on for the 5-4 win.

Three stars all from Gilbert – Ennis 1G-1A, Makar 1G-1A, and Danault 1G.

 
California Regulators
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LA Great Danes
The Danes close out the homestand against division leader California and return to the winning lineup used in game 1 of the week. The 4th line opens the scoring for LA on the team’s first SOG 8 minutes into the game, it’s Chris Tierney with the goal. But Johnny Hockey ties it barely a minute later, and it’s 1-1 after one.

The Danes go up 2-1 on a breakaway goal by Roope Hintz at 6:42 of the 2nd, and the Danes really put the clamps down on the Regulators the rest of the way. It takes California 14 minutes to get their first SOG of the 2nd period and finish with 2 shots in the period. But it’s still a tight game at 2-1.

The Danes break the game open in the 3rd, with goals by Scheifele and Nylander putting LA up 4-1. Eric Staal does solve Elvis with 3:55 left, but Mark Scheifele gets a PPG with 1:38 left to close out the 5-2 win for LA.

Big games for Mark Scheifele with 2G-1A and Nikolaj Ehlers with 3 assists, and Nylander is the 3rd star with his goal. Newcomer Ron Hainsey has meshed with Adam Pelech as the team’s 3rd D pair, as they are +3 each in the 2 games they play for the week, and Pelech is pushing for a MYC with a team best +10 rating on the year in just 20 games.

   
WEEKLY SUMMARY: It’s Elvis and the Jets this week. Elvis is 2-0 and a 1.50 GAA, Mark Scheifele has 3G-3A, and Nikolaj Ehlers has 2G-3A. And ex-Jet, Jack Roslovic had a goal and an assist in his lone game of the week.
Cincinnati Inferno
WEEKLY PREVIEW: The Charlotte Buzzards roll into The Incinerator for the lone home game of the week. Cincinnati enters atop of the Atlantic Division in first place with a two-game lead over Thunder Bay. The Buzzards claimed the last meeting, 7-4, back on February 4. The Inferno have won seven in a row since that defeat.
 
Cincinnati Inferno
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Charlotte Buzzards
CINCINNATI 5, CHARLOTTE 3

Cincinnati raced to a 4-0 lead at the first intermission and never looked back. Cam Atkinson paced the offense with two goals and an assist for a three-point night. Teuvo Teravainen had a goal and an assist, while Connor Hellebuyck stopped 37 shots.

Dylan Larkin helped Charlotte with an assist and a game-high 13 faceoffs won. Carey Price made 27 saves in the defeat.

The Buzzards won the shots battle, 40-32, while the Inferno scored the game’s only man-advantage goal 9in two tries), while Charlotte was shutout in three opportunities.

   
WEEKLY SUMMARY: Cincinnati has won eight straight (pending road games this week) and is 13-1 in its last 14 games dating back to January 18. The good news for the Inferno is that they will have a pair of home games next week.
Bucks County Raccoons
WEEKLY PREVIEW: Two important divisional home games as we head for the stretch drive…..
 
Chicago Cosa Nostra
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Bucks County Raccoons
Connor McDavid had a goal and an assist in a pivotal second period which saw the Bucks County Raccoons score 3 times to overcome a 1 goal deficit and defeat the Mob from Chicago 4-3. Jonathan Towes had 2 goals in a losing effort.
 
Yellowknife Braves
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Bucks County Raccoons
Bucks County exploded with 5 goals in the third period to break a 1-1 deadlock and skate to a 6-1 win over the Yellowknife Braves Conner McDavid led the onslaught with a goal and two assists in the pivotal period.
   
WEEKLY SUMMARY: The only thing better than winning 1 home game in a week against divisional rivals is winning 2, which is exactly what the Bucks County Raccoons accomplished to strengthen their lead in the division.
Gilbert Sharks
WEEKLY PREVIEW: This is the most important block of the season thus far for Gilbert with 3 Home Games against the 2 teams ahead of the Sharks in the division. 2 Versus California, 1 versus Alamo
 
California Regulators
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Gilbert Sharks
Staal scores for California just 1:30 into the game and puts Gilbert in an immediate hole. Burakovsky scores to get Gilbert on the board but Kane puts California back in the lead just before the end of the 1st. The 2nd period sees a barrage of goals with Stone and Staal for California and Zucker for Gilbert all scoring within 1 minute of each other. Then later in the period Spurgeon puts California up 5-2 before Kubalik gets one just before the end of the period to cut the lead back to 2. The 3rd period is much quieter with just one goal from Gaudreau to give California the 6-3 win.
 
Alamo Defenders
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Gilbert Sharks
Gilbert once again starts down a goal as Draisaitl scores a Powerplay goal to put Alamo up 1-0. Zucker would net one for Gilbert to tie it up but Crosby would put Alamo back up 2-1 before the end of the first. The rest of the game is all goaltending and Defense with only 1 other goal scored by Hinostroza to give Alamo a 3-1 win.
 
California Regulators
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Gilbert Sharks
For the 3rd straight game, Gilbert gives up the 1st goal, this time to Nelson but Kubalik would tie it up just a minute later. California dominates the 2nd period with Reinhart scoring twice to take a 3-1 lead. Gilbert with any hope of catching the two teams ahead of them fading away fights back in the 3rd. Goals from Mackinnon, Tkachuk, Keller and an empty netter from Makar to salvage a 5-3 win
   
WEEKLY SUMMARY: Disappointing 2 points out of 6 when Gilbert could have really put themselves in the picture. It will be a tough uphill climb from here.
Jagr Mullets
New Jersey Black Aces
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Jagr Mullets
1 2 3 F
2020-21 New Jersey 20-35-0-3 2 1 3 6
2020-21 Jagr 35-14-0-8 1 2 1 4Scoring Summary
Per Time Str Team
1 8:06 EV JAG Ovechkin (32), unassisted
1 12:03 EV NJB Beauvillier (13), assisted by Kotkaniemi (2) and Bear (5)
1 17:52 PP NJB Pulock (7), assisted by Thomas (18) and Garland (13)
2 1:42 PP JAG Miller (22), assisted by Tkachuk (37)
2 13:58 EV JAG Ovechkin (33), assisted by Matthews (33) and Giordano (28)
2 17:04 EV NJB Beauvillier (14), assisted by Shattenkirk (10) and McDonagh (3)
3 2:40 EV JAG Toews (1), assisted by Radulov (7) and Miller (45)
3 8:50 EV NJB Heinen (3), assisted by Sergachev (11) and Bear (6)
3 12:50 PP NJB Kadri (8), assisted by Bear (7)
3 19:39 EN NJB Shattenkirk (5), assisted by Cirelli (15)Star 1: NJB Beauvillier 2 G
Star 2: JAG Ovechkin 2 G
Star 3: NJB Shattenkirk 1 G, 2 Pts

GWG: Nazem Kadri

Notables: NJB Bear 3 assists
JAG None

 
Bathgate Rangers
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Jagr Mullets
1 2 3 F
2020-21 Bathgate 32-22-0-4 1 1 2 4
2020-21 Jagr 36-14-0-8 0 2 3 5Scoring Summary
Per Time Str Team
1 15:22 EV BGR Tavares (21), assisted by DeAngelo (36) and Hertl (17)
2 2:12 EV JAG Matthews (37), unassisted
2 7:07 EV JAG Radulov (5), assisted by Letang (29) and Lindholm (13)
2 17:53 EV BGR Chiarot (4), assisted by Pionk (27) and Tavares (25)
3 1:26 PP JAG Ovechkin (34), assisted by Svechnikov (38) and Weber (29)
3 5:59 EV JAG Ovechkin (35), assisted by Marino (6) and Ekholm (12)
3 7:59 EV BGR Giroux (16), assisted by Buchnevich (14)
3 15:36 EV JAG Matthews (38), assisted by Ovechkin (34) and Giordano (29)
3 19:50 EV BGR Nugent-Hopkins (19), assisted by Zibanejad (27)Star 1: JAG Ovechkin 2 G, 3 Pts
Star 2: JAG Matthews 2 G
Star 3: BGR Tavares 1 G, 2 Pts

GWG: Auston Matthews

Notables: BGR None
JAG Matthews 15 faceoffs won, Markstrom 36 saves, Ristolainen 6 blocks

 
Brentwood Bandits
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Jagr Mullets
1 2 3 F
2020-21 Brentwood 28-22-0-7 0 1 1 2
2020-21 Jagr 37-14-0-8 0 2 2 4Scoring Summary
Per Time Str Team
2 3:59 PP JAG Ovechkin (36), assisted by Matthews (34)
2 11:33 EV JAG Tkachuk (15), assisted by Bergeron (24) and Ristolainen (23)
2 19:40 EV BWB Aston-Reese (1), assisted by Foegele (10) and Josi (38)
3 3:09 EV JAG Ovechkin (37), assisted by Weber (30) and Matthews (35)
3 7:10 PP BWB Horvat (17), unassisted
3 19:19 EN JAG Letang (10), assisted by Svechnikov (39) and Ovechkin (35)Star 1: JAG Ovechkin 2 G, 3 Pts
Star 2: JAG Markstrom 36 saves
Star 3: JAG Letang 1 G

GWG: Alex Ovechkin

Notables: BWB Vasilevskiy 30 saves, Vlasic 5 blocks
JAG Markstrom 36 saves, Bergeron 19 faceoffs won

   
WEEKLY SUMMARY: 2-1
Portland Storm
WEEKLY PREVIEW: Portland has 3 home games against Thunder Bay, Charlotte, and Cincinnati
 
Thunder Bay NorWesters
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Portland Storm
2020-21 Thunder Bay 35-21-0-2 2 0 0 2
2020-21 Portland 11-39-0-7 0 1 0 1Scoring Summary
Per Time Str Team
1 2:57 PP TBN Parayko (5), assisted by Slavin (28) and Necas (21)
1 12:31 EV TBN Connor (36), assisted by Slavin (29) and Smith (27)
2 18:03 EV POR Palat (8), assisted by Graves (2) and Zuccarello (12)Penalty Summary
Per Time Team
1 :34 POR Grzelcyk (29), 5:00 – checking from behind
1 15:33 POR Backlund (20), 2:00 – tripping
2 11:07 TBN Petry (24), 2:00 – roughing
2 15:50 TBN Couturier (24), 2:00 – roughing
3 2:58 TBN Bertuzzi (26), 2:00 – charging
3 5:40 POR Brown (14), 2:00 – roughing

SOG 1 SOG 2 SOG 3
Thunder Bay 12 6 8
Portland 10 10 10

TBN POR
SOG 26 30
FOW 29 27
FO% 51.8 48.2
Hits 23 20
Blocks 16 9
Missed Net 12 14
Shot Attempts 47 60
Scoring Chances 14 22
PIM 6 9
PP 1-4 0-3
TOA 5:38 6:52

Star 1: TBN Koskinen 29 saves
Star 2: TBN Connor 1 G
Star 3: TBN Parayko 1 G

GWG: Kyle Connor

Notables: TBN Parayko 6 blocks
POR None

 
Charlotte Buzzards
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Portland Storm
2020-21 Charlotte 25-27-0-6 1 0 1 2
2020-21 Portland 11-40-0-7 1 0 0 1Scoring Summary
Per Time Str Team
1 5:35 EV CHA Hamilton (6), assisted by Marner (41) and Burns (25)
1 19:43 EV POR Faksa (1), assisted by Jost (1)
3 5:21 EV CHA Marner (15), assisted by Lee (16)Penalty Summary
Per Time Team
1 10:39 POR Rakell (8), 2:00 – roughing
2 :11 POR Grzelcyk (31), 2:00 – high sticking
2 1:37 CHA Larkin (28), 2:00 – hooking
2 5:49 CHA Johnson (25), 5:00 – cross checking
2 14:27 POR Taylor Hall (24), 2:00 – interference
2 18:47 POR Granlund (22), 2:00 – interference
3 11:52 CHA Sissons (24), 2:00 – charging

SOG 1 SOG 2 SOG 3
Charlotte 14 6 6
Portland 10 10 2

CHA POR
SOG 26 22
FOW 31 24
FO% 56.4 43.6
Hits 27 20
Blocks 11 13
Missed Net 9 13
Shot Attempts 48 46
Scoring Chances 15 3
PIM 9 8
PP 0-4 0-3
TOA 5:42 4:58

Star 1: CHA Marner 1 G, 2 Pts
Star 2: CHA Hamilton 1 G
Star 3: POR Faksa 1 G

GWG: Mitchell Marner

Notables: CHA None
POR None

 
Cincinnati Inferno
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Portland Storm
2020-21 Cincinnati 37-18-0-2 2 2 0 4
2020-21 Portland 11-41-0-7 0 1 0 1Scoring Summary
Per Time Str Team
1 8:29 PP CIN Teravainen (7), assisted by Carlson (44) and Pacioretty (18)
1 11:18 EV CIN Atkinson (3), assisted by Teravainen (32) and Karlsson (14)
2 3:11 EV CIN Carlson (12), assisted by Teravainen (33) and Suter (25)
2 13:11 EV POR Zuccarello (14), assisted by Palat (15) and Murphy (1)
2 19:30 PP CIN Perron (19), assisted by Guentzel (8) and Teravainen (34)Penalty Summary
Per Time Team
1 6:29 POR Granlund (24), 2:00 – holding
1 13:16 POR Backlund (22), 2:00 – roughing
2 3:52 CIN Seguin (26), 2:00 – tripping
2 13:25 CIN Seguin (28), 2:00 – hooking
2 19:08 POR Backlund (26), 4:00 – high sticking
3 10:28 CIN Couture (24), 4:00 – slashing

SOG 1 SOG 2 SOG 3
Cincinnati 14 5 9
Portland 5 9 15

CIN POR
SOG 28 29
FOW 30 26
FO% 53.6 46.4
Hits 27 26
Blocks 11 7
Missed Net 5 11
Shot Attempts 40 51
Scoring Chances 13 7
PIM 8 8
PP 2-4 0-4
TOA 4:19 6:43

Star 1: CIN Teravainen 1 G, 4 Pts
Star 2: CIN Carlson 1 G, 2 Pts
Star 3: CIN Talbot 28 saves

GWG: Cam Atkinson

Notables: CIN Teravainen 3 assists
POR None

   
WEEKLY SUMMARY: Portland, hosting two of the top teams in the league in Thunder Bay and Cincinnati and a third team in Charlotte, play tough but as expected lose all 3 games
Toledo Walleye
WEEKLY PREVIEW: Its Central Division Week in Toledo as all 3 division rivals show up in Toledo. Chicago, Yellowknife and Bucks County visit the Huntington Centre.
 
Chicago Cosa Nostra
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Toledo Walleye
Chicago 5, Toledo 1 – The Cosa Nostra really punish the Fish in the first period. Starting innocently with an even strength goal from Soderberg. Then after a Hoffman penalty, they add a PP goal from ex-Walleye Dadonov. The insults continue later on when Wennberg puts in a shorty just before intermission. 3-0 Chicago at the break.

2nd period the visitors kill 2 penalties while the home team kills 1. After all that, Dadonov adds one more to the total, and its 4-0 after 2.

Toledo avoids the whitewash when Hoffman converts on a powerplay. Theodore answers quickly to put down any hopes of a rally. Its 5-1 when the final horn sounds.

1st star – Dadonov 2G
2nd – Blackwood 34 saves
3rd – Wennberg 1G

 
Yellowknife Braves
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Toledo Walleye
Walleye 6, Braves 3 – The offense that was missing in the earlier game showed up for Toledo in this one. Initially a good back and forth game. Toledo with first blood on a Kempe goal. Answered by the Braves when Steen takes advantage on the powerplay. A few minutes later Pageau gets his first for Toledo since the trade. Period ends 2-1 Walleye.

2nd period sees the Braves even things up early on a goal by Benn. Just over a minute later Pageau pokes one in to put the Walleye back up 3-2. Then after Pageau gets 5 minutes for charging, Monahan takes advantage on a rebound and ties it a 3 with 10 minutes to go in the period. Benn opens the door with a tripping penalty, and Hoffman takes advantage to make it 4-3. Minutes later, its Laughton adding an insurance goal, and we go to intermission 5-3 Toledo.

Goalies finally get control of this one in the 3rd, allowing only one more score, and its Barrie with a blast, on a powerplay, to make the final 6-3

1st star – Pageau 2G
2nd – Hoffman 1G 2pts
3rd – Steen 1G 2pts

 
Bucks County Raccoons
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Toledo Walleye
Raccoons 4, Walleye 2 – Varmints on the board early with a Wilson goal. Other than penalties, things settle down for a while. 2 kills for the visitors and 1 for the home team. Followed by a good fight between Wilson and Pageau. Just before the period ends, Blueger scores, and we go to break 2-0 BC.

2nd period – Walleye wipe the goose egg off the board when Pettersson scores. The visitors quell the uprising with a goal from Meier 4 minutes later, with help from a penalty by Cernak. On to the 3rd with the Raccoons up 3-1.

3rd period – Fans on the edge of their seats waiting for a response from the home team. They don’t get it. Instead, Wilson gets his second of the game, and kills the hopes of the home team fans, on a powerplay goal from Wilson. 4-1 Raccoons. Toledo adds a meaningless goal late from Pageau, who is one of the few bright spots for the Walleye this week.

1st star – Wilson 2G
2nd – Meier 1G 2pts
3rd – Bishop 33 saves

   
WEEKLY SUMMARY: One good win, and 2 weak losses. Pageau showing some pop on his new team.
Brentwood Bandits
WEEKLY PREVIEW: One home game against the Jagoffs. Doesn’t mean the same when we’ve decided to go into rebuild mode… but still fun nonetheless!
 
Jagr Mullets
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Brentwood Bandits
This one is all Jagr. 4-1.

Ovie with 2 goals, Bergeron with 2 goals, Kuemper with 39 saves.

Vatrano with the lone Bandits goal.

   
WEEKLY SUMMARY: One game, no points. #WaitTilNextYear
Charlotte Buzzards
WEEKLY PREVIEW: The third-place Buzzards have their backs to the wall when it comes to their playoff hopes — and that is being incredibly kind. Sweeping two division games at home versus Cincinnati and Thunder Bay this latest week seems imperative to keep any flimsy dream alive.
 
Cincinnati Inferno
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Charlotte Buzzards
And that hope for a sweep fizzled in a late-game collapse in the first game versus the first-place Inferno: Recent Cincinnati trade-deadline acquisition Nikita Kucherov (who keeps giving these superstars away to John?) tied the game with exactly one minute left in the third period — then in the overtime 3 on 3 play, Jake Guntzel clinched with the game winning goal just 37 seconds prior to the mandatory shootout for the 5-4 victory. Both of Guntzel’s teammates on the ice, Teuvo Teravainen and Ryan Suter assisted for the game-winner past Jake Allen.

Charlotte trailed early 2-0 but rallied big time before faltering. Bryan Rust’s power play goal with 2:09 left to play in the third put Charlotte ahead briefly at 4-3 prior to Kucherov’s last minute heroics. Cincinnati outshot Charlotte 41-37.

Three stars (all from the Inferno)
Star 1: Kucherov 2 G
Star 2: Max Pacioretty 1 G, 2 points
Star 3: Tyler Seguin 3 assists

Notable: Conor Helleybuyck is the winning goalie with 33 saves; Allen records 36 saves for Charlotte.

 
Thunder Bay NorWesters
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Charlotte Buzzards
The Buzzards rebounded with a 4-1 win over the NorWesters. The clear hero was Jake Allen, who has been promoted to Charlotte’s number one goalie over Carey Price, primarily just to shake things up late in the season. Allen stood on his head to the tune of 46 saves. Bryan Rust was the top performer offensively for Charlotte with two goals, including one with six minutes left that closed the scoring and sealed the victory.

Blake Coleman, Bryan Rust and Craig Smith scored to stake the Buzzards to a 3-0 lead midway through the contest. In the third, the NorWesters peppered Allen with 18 shots but all they could muster was a Kyle Connor goal with just over seven minutes left that reduced the Thunder Bay deficit to 3-1.

Three stars (all from Charlotte):
Star 1: Rust 2 G
Star 2: Allen 46 saves
Star 3: Smith 1 G

Notable: Jack Eichel won 18 faceoffs, leading to multiple NorWester scoring opportunities. Thunder Bay more than doubled Charlotte in SOG, 47-23, and astonishingly dominated the Buzzards 18 to 2 shots in the third — to no avail.

   
WEEKLY SUMMARY: Charlotte gets three out of a potential four points. But as Cincinnati pulls away in the Atlantic with its traditional second-half surge and more savvy deadline trades that fleece the league (acquiring Teuvo Teravainen and Nikita Kucherov for nothing?) , the Buzzards are left in the rear view mirror of the division.

simmed games – at Thunder Bay – Thunder Bay 4, Cincinnati 1 / Thunder Bay 3, Portland 2