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2020-2021 PLAYER & GOALIE OF THE WEEK #20

EASTERN SKATER TEAM GP GOALS ASISSTS POINTS PM  +/-  SOG S%
Tomas Hertl BGR 4 4 5 9 0 6 14 29%
                   
EASTERN GOALIE TEAM GP GOALS AGAINST G.A. AVERAGE SAVES SAVE %
Jake Allen CHA 3 5 1.63 98 .951
                   
WESTERN SKATER TEAM GP GOALS ASSISTS POINTS PM  +/-  SOG S%
Leon Draisaitl ALA 3 5 4 9 0 4 18 28%
                   
WESTERN GOALIE TEAM GP GOALS AGAINST G.A. AVERAGE SAVES SAVE %
Jordan Binnington TOL 2 4 1.95 59 .937
                   

Chicago Cosa Nostra
WEEKLY PREVIEW: Chicago with one home game at the Capone Center for the week. The Cosa Nostra has not been playing well as of late. Let’s see if that continues.
 
Portland Storm
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Chicago Cosa Nostra
Chicago plays like Rubber Dog Poop flown out of Hong Kong as they score only 1, midway through the 1st & then go blank with zero the rest of the way. Portland grabs 1 goal in each of the three periods and leaves Chicago with 2 Points in their pocket.

Final Score: Portland 3 – Chicago 1

Labatt’s 3-Star Selection:

Star 1: POR – Rickard Rakell 1G, 2Pts
Star 2: POR – Taylor Hall 1G, 2Pts
Star 3: POR – Carter Hutton 27 Saves

GWG: Nikita Zaitsev

Notables:
POR – Matt Niskanen 6 Blocked Shots
CHI – Jonathan Toews 15 Faceoff Wins

   
WEEKLY SUMMARY: Chicago disappoints at home once again.
Yellowknife Braves
WEEKLY PREVIEW: Home games vs Cinci and Alamo
 
Cincinnati Inferno
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Yellowknife Braves
6-4 Braves
Stars #1 YEL Gurianov 2G 3pts
#2 YEL Calvert 1G 3pts
#3 YEL Morrissey 3a
 
Alamo Defenders
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Yellowknife Braves
All Alamo 7-3
Stars #1 ALA Draisaiti 2G 3pts
#2 ALA Lehner 49 saves
#3 ALA Wheeler 1G 2pts
   
WEEKLY SUMMARY: Split at home. Looks like another year of watching the playoffs
Bucks County Raccoons
WEEKLY PREVIEW: 2 games
 
Bucks County Raccoons
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New Jersey Black Aces
3-2 loss
 
Portland Storm
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New Jersey Black Aces
2-1 win
   
WEEKLY SUMMARY: 1-1
Bathgate Rangers
WEEKLY PREVIEW: Down to the final 3 weeks and the Rangers are still trying to catch Jagr – outside shot – but they are far better off than management hoped for when the season began. Coming to Madison Round Garden this week are Charlotte, Cincinnati (**), and LA. **Cincinnati might very well be a post season matchup and these teams will be looking over each other closely.
 
Charlotte Buzzards
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Bathgate Rangers
The teams are 1-2 in head to head with the Rangers holding a big 9-7 goal differential despite being on the short end of the series.
But the Rangers have been moving UP in the power rankings – but still the Buzzards score 1st. Rust puts in his 26th 7 minutes into the game. But then John Tavares begins his natural hat trick. 11 minutes in he gets his 1st (27). Minute and half to go he gets his 2nd (28 PP) and the Rangers lead 2-1 after 1.

Both teams clamp down on defense and despite 24 SOG between them in the 2nd, Reimer and Allen give up nothing. In fact, neither will give up another goal in the game. Tavares’s 3rd goal comes in the closing minute into an empty net – Hertl and DeAngelo made sure Tavares would get that Hat Trick! FINAL 3-1 Rangers
STARS (all BGR)
1. Tavares 3 goals
2. Reimer 31 saves
3. Hertl 3 assists

 
Cincinnati Inferno
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Bathgate Rangers
These teams enter this one tied 2-2 for the season with the Inferno holding a 12-10 goals lead.
Period 1 goes scoreless until Tatar draws a hooking penalty with 2 1/2 to go. While off, his teammates bail him out with Hertl scoring a SH goal with 39 seconds left.

Period 2 – but the Inferno spent some quality time in the locker room during the intermission and came out scoring the equalizer 25 seconds into the period. Then Carlson scores 4 minutes later giving Cincinnati the 2-1 lead. BUT the Rangers then get a PP goal by Pionk 7 minutes in to retie the game and then Hertl gets his 2nd shorthanded goal with 2 minutes to go. BUT this time, the Inferno finally get a PP goal when Kurcherov scores at 18:22. Then he scores again 51 seconds later giving the Inferno a 4-3 lead as the period ends!! That was basically 3 goals in a 73 second span.

THIRD PERIOD – teams tighten up and it’s still 4-3 Cincinnati going into the final minute – couldn’t ask for much more – Bathgate pulls the goalie, and piles on the attack, but Carlson breaks up a play and fires one down toward the Bathgate goal and with 13 seconds left he puts the game away with the empty netter for a 5-3 Cincinnati win. Of the 8 goals in this game only 3 were your basic EV strength goal. 2 PP, 2 SH, 1 EN!
STARS:
1. CIN Carlson 2 goals
2. CIN Kucherov 2 goals
3. BGR Hertl 2 goals

 
LA Great Danes
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Bathgate Rangers
This game was wide open – 147 shot attempts, 81 on goal – but only 4 goals in a tight 3-1 game.
FIRST PERIOD – nothing
SECOND PERIOD – Hertl gets a PP goal just past halfway – but nothing else.
THRID PERIOD – Vrana puts one past Merzlikens 6 minutes in. He was assisted by Tavares (his 2nd assist). But Kapanen finally solved Georgiev with 6 to go and the game is now 2-1. The Great Danes pull the goalie – but it’s McCann who scores the EN goal for the Rangers with 37 seconds to go to put it away. FINAL 3-1 Bathgate
STARS: (all BGR)
1. Georgiev 40 saves
2. Vrana 1 goal
3. McCann 1 goal
   
WEEKLY SUMMARY: Rangers take 2 of the 3 home games – dropping a tough fought game with Cincinnati. 2 weeks to go…..
LA Great Danes
WEEKLY PREVIEW: The Danes come into week 20 as one of the hottest teams in the league, fresh off a 4-0 week 19, in which William Nylander shared skater of the week honors with Sidney Crosby and Igor Shesterkin went 2-0 and stopped 82 of 85 shots but somehow was snubbed for goalie of the week honors.
 
Chicago Cosa Nostra
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LA Great Danes
Jonathan Toews opens the scoring for Chicago 1:16 into the game, but the gangsters take 3 straight penalties and LA dominates the rest of the period. But 20 saves on 20 shots by MacKenzie Blackwood, and Chicago leads 1-0 after one.

LA continued its shot and scoring change advantage in period 2, but the teams swap goals – Nylander for LA and Copp for Chicago, and the Danes trail 2-1 heading to the 3rd period.

It took nearly the whole 3rd period, but LA finally solves Blackwood at the end with late goals by Ehlers and Nurse. Miro Heiskanen finishes it with an empty netter, and LA wins 4-2.

Blackwood finishes with 46 saves, but Nylander 1G-1A, Scheifele 3A, and Ehlers 1G are the three stars.

 
Toledo Walleye
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LA Great Danes
A battle for last place in the west. The teams alternate scoring 5 goals in the 1st, and LA leads 3-2 after one. In the second, both teams kill off a pair of penalties, and the only goal comes from Anthony Mantha of Toledo, so it’s 3-3 after 2.

Toledo dominates the early part of the 3rd, outshooting LA 8-1, but LA takes a 4-3 lead on a goal by Roope Hintz. JG Pageau ties it up with 5 minutes left, and we end regulation at 4-4.

In the OT, Mark Scheifele sends the home fans home happy with the game-winner. Another win for LA, this a 5-4 victory in overtime.

For the second straight game, Nylander and Scheifele are the game’s first 2 stars, each with 1G-1A, and Niklas Backstrom is the 3rd star with 1G-1A for Toledo. Honorable mention to Jonas Brodin of the Great Danes, with a +5 rating, 3 takeaways, 3 blocks, and an assist on the OT game winner.

 
New Jersey Black Aces
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LA Great Danes
New Jersey comes out and pounds the Danes early, scoring the lone goal of the period on a Garland goal off an odd man rush, and LA has no pushback and is intimidated with a .4 intimidation level against them.

The Danes were a bit better in the 2nd, but no scoring and Jersey continues to lead 1-0 heading into the 3rd.

But the Danes open the 3rd on the power play, and once again it’s the Scheifele/Nylander combo that comes through for the Danes. A PPG goal by Scheifele assisted by Nylander 57 seconds into the 3rd ties the game. The Black Aces regain the lead on a Nazem Kadri goal, but Brock Boeser breaks free and ties the game at 2 on a breakaway with 7 minutes left.

The Danes then cap off the homestand in style as Aleksander Barkov scores the winning goal with just 11 seconds left. Boeser with 1G-1A is the #1 star, and Barkov and Scheifele are the other stars with their goals.

   
WEEKLY SUMMARY: The Danes do lose on the road to Bathgate this week, but LA continues its winning ways. A bottom 3 finish in the standings seemed inevitable, but with a 14-3-2 run the Danes are losing their draft position a bit. Management had been doing their best to tank this lost season, but the players and coaches have had none of that. Two weeks to go in the season and mixed emotions in LA right now. Do they go through the motions and salvage a bottom 4 finish, or do they their continue their run and close out the season on a high note?
Gilbert Sharks
WEEKLY PREVIEW: Just one Home game for Gilbert this week as they try to continue their hot play. The mighty Jagr comes to town so it will not be easy.
 
Jagr Mullets
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Gilbert Sharks
Gilbert comes out strong with goals from Thornton and Kubalik to take a 2-0 lead. Jagr gets a score from Letang before the end of the first period to cut the lead in half. The game is quiet until halfway through the 3rd period when Hedman scores to extend the Gilbert lead but less than a minute later Radulov scores to bring Jagr back within 1. Jagr pulls the goalie down 1 but it doesnt look like they will get a score until with 6 seconds left, Miller scores to send the game to OT. In the extra period, Gilbert controls the puck early and shortly ends the game on a goal by Makar. 4-3 Gilbert win
   
WEEKLY SUMMARY: Gilbert continues to run hot with a big OT win
Cincinnati Inferno
WEEKLY PREVIEW: The Cincinnati Inferno welcome in Toledo and Brentwood this week. The Inferno are currently tied with Thunder Bay for the top spot in the Atlantic Division.
 
Toledo Walleye
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Cincinnati Inferno
CIN 2, TOL 0

Jake Guentzel had a pair of first period power play goals to account for all the scoring in this one. David Perron had assists on each of the goals.

The Inferno went two-for-three on the power play and blanked the Walleye in three attempts. In a tightly-contested defensive game, the Infeerno won the shots battle, 20-14.

Connor Hellebuyck stopped all 14 shots faced and Jordan Binnington had 18 saves.

 
Brentwood Bandits
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Cincinnati Inferno
CIN 4, BWB 1

Max Pacioretty’s hat trick propelled Cincinnati to the win. Nikita Kucherov had assists on all of his goals, as the Inferno tallied empty net goals six seconds apart late to seal the contest.

Cincinnati once again played the lockdown defense, winning the shots battle, 23-15 and limiting the Bandits to a single second period shot. Connor Hellebuyck turned away 14 shots and Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped 19 in the loss.

   
WEEKLY SUMMARY: Cincinnati picks up two critical wins to reach 100 standings points on the season. The Atlantic Division title is very much up in the air now.
Portland Storm
WEEKLY PREVIEW: Portland has not won since February 14th, 19 consecutive losses, but looks to end that streak while hosting Gilbert and Bathgate
 
Gilbert Sharks
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Portland Storm
March 16 2021 03-14-2021

1 2 3 F
2020-21 Gilbert 39-29-0-7 0 1 2 3
2020-21 Portland 11-54-0-8 0 1 1 2

Scoring Summary
Per Time Str Team
2 5:23 EV POR Palat (14), assisted by Granlund (16)
2 17:30 EV GIL Burakovsky (11), assisted by Thornton (11) and Hedman (51)
3 :34 EV GIL Panarin (35), assisted by MacKinnon (52)
3 4:20 EV POR Zuccarello (16), assisted by Backlund (15) and Rakell (22)
3 19:03 EV GIL MacKinnon (31), assisted by Panarin (49) and Krug (41)

Penalty Summary
Per Time Team
1 5:04 GIL Danault (32), 2:00 – cross checking
1 14:48 GIL Makar (20), 2:00 – roughing
1 14:48 POR Farabee (8), 2:00 – roughing
1 17:37 GIL Tyler Ennis (18), 2:00 – roughing
1 17:37 POR Brown (18), 2:00 – roughing
2 5:41 POR Rakell (12), 2:00 – roughing
2 14:16 POR Farabee (10), 2:00 – holding
3 5:12 GIL Tkachuk (91), 2:00 – roughing

SOG 1 SOG 2 SOG 3
Gilbert 6 11 8
Portland 9 6 12

GIL POR
SOG 25 27
FOW 28 20
FO% 58.3 41.7
Hits 28 24
Blocks 12 13
Missed Net 21 17
Shot Attempts 59 56
Scoring Chances 19 5
PIM 8 8
PP 0-2 0-2
TOA 4:18 5:27

Star 1: GIL Panarin 1 G, 2 Pts
Star 2: GIL MacKinnon 1 G, 2 Pts
Star 3: GIL Burakovsky 1 G

GWG: Nathan MacKinnon

Notables: GIL None
POR None

Gilbert GA SV Save% TOI W L OL Rate
G Rask -W 2 25 .926 60:00 26 15 4 9.8 (+1.1)

Portland GA SV Save% TOI W L OL Rate
G Holtby -L 3 22 .880 59:48 7 35 3 5.7 (+0.2)

 
Bathgate Rangers
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Portland Storm
March 21 2021 03-14-2021

1 2 3 F
2020-21 Bathgate 44-24-0-5 1 3 2 6
2020-21 Portland 11-55-0-8 1 3 0 4

Scoring Summary
Per Time Str Team
1 11:54 PP BGR Zibanejad (56), assisted by Provorov (22) and DeAngelo (45)
1 14:30 PP POR Niskanen (3), unassisted
2 :48 SH BGR Giroux (19), assisted by Hertl (22)
2 3:57 PP POR Graves (3), assisted by Taylor Hall (18) and Domi (26)
2 4:23 EV POR Palat (15), assisted by Granlund (17) and Graves (3)
2 10:41 PP POR Taylor Hall (10), assisted by Domi (27)
2 11:30 EV BGR McCann (8), assisted by Grimaldi (19) and Sanheim (15)
2 16:29 EV BGR Tavares (27), assisted by Hertl (23)
3 6:17 EV BGR Hertl (22), assisted by Tavares (37) and Pionk (32)
3 14:19 EV BGR Grimaldi (11), assisted by Ryan Strome (28) and McCann (6)

Penalty Summary
Per Time Team
1 10:08 POR Domi (48), 2:00/10:00 – tripping + misconduct
1 12:42 BGR Tavares (26), 2:00 – hooking
2 :13 BGR Tatar (38), 4:00 – roughing
2 4:45 POR Schultz (4), 2:00 – roughing
2 8:41 BGR Buchnevich (18), 2:00 – hooking
3 16:09 POR Murphy (6), 2:00 – roughing

SOG 1 SOG 2 SOG 3
Bathgate 15 11 16
Portland 10 18 11

BGR POR
SOG 42 39
FOW 35 31
FO% 53.0 47.0
Hits 28 22
Blocks 9 17
Missed Net 10 9
Shot Attempts 69 57
Scoring Chances 26 10
PIM 8 16
PP 1-3 3-4
TOA 5:05 6:10

Star 1: BGR Hertl 1 G, 3 Pts
Star 2: BGR McCann 1 G, 2 Pts
Star 3: BGR Grimaldi 1 G, 2 Pts

GWG: Tomas Hertl

Notables: BGR Halak 35 saves
POR Holtby 36 saves, Domi 12 PIM

Bathgate GA SV Save% TOI W L OL Rate
G Halak -W 4 35 .897 60:00 22 9 3 7.6 (-0.6)

Portland GA SV Save% TOI W L OL Rate
G Holtby -L 6 36 .857 60:00 7 36 3 6.3 (+0.8)

   
WEEKLY SUMMARY: Portland give up a goal with 57 seconds left to lose to Gilbert and than allows Bathgate to score 4 unanswered goals to lose two games and run their losing streak to 21
Bucks County Raccoons
WEEKLY PREVIEW: One home game for the Racs who suddenly find themselves struggling a bit after an 0-4 week….
 
California Regulators
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Bucks County Raccoons
Patrick Kane scored his 32nd goal of the season with 25 seconds left in regulation as California defeated Bucks County 4-3. The Racs had rallied to erase a 2 goal deficit in the 3rd period, but could not get the deciding goal or send the game to charity point city…..
   
WEEKLY SUMMARY: As Scooby Doo would say, RUT ROH, as BC drops another game at home heading down the home stretch. Hopefully the road will be a little kindler to the Racs…..
Thunder Bay Nor’Westers
WEEKLY PREVIEW: Sorry guys a lot going on this week – Vaccinations, Car in the shop, painting two rooms and a doctors appointment. So only scores.
 
Yellowknife Braves
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Thunder Bay NorWesters
Yellowknife (5) Thunder Bay (2)
 
Jagr Mullets
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Thunder Bay NorWesters
Jagr (3) Thunder Bay (4)
 
Alamo Defenders
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Thunder Bay NorWesters
Alamo (9) Thunder Bay (6) Defense we gave them the night off.
 
Gilbert Sharks
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Thunder Bay NorWesters
Gilbert (2) Thunder Bay (5)
   
WEEKLY SUMMARY: 2 Wins 2 Losses 4 points not as good as we hoped for 4 home games but it is what it is.
Brentwood Bandits
WEEKLY PREVIEW: The Bandits host 3 games this week.
 
California Regulators
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Brentwood Bandits
The Regulators mount up, but Brentwood manages to have 6 different players score as they win 6-3.
 
Yellowknife Braves
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Brentwood Bandits
Yellowknife comes to town and cuts the Bandits down 2-1. Dylan Strome the lone Bandits goal.
 
Bucks County Raccoons
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Brentwood Bandits
Bucks County Raccoons rummage into town but Foegele (7) and Connolly (21) score as Hayes (16) is the only goal scorer for the Raccoons. 2-1 Bandits win.
   
WEEKLY SUMMARY: Bandits go 2-1 this week. Maybe this “we don’t care, let’s have fun” attitude was the key all season. We’re looking forward to molding a new team in the off season.
California Regulators
Charlotte Buzzards
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California Regulators
California wins 4-3
 
Bucks County Raccoons
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California Regulators
California wins 5-3
   
WEEKLY SUMMARY: California wins both home games this week.
Charlotte Buzzards
WEEKLY PREVIEW: With third-place Charlotte significantly trailing dueling Atlantic squads Thunder Bay and Cincinnati (the two latter teams are fighting tooth and nail for division supremacy), all the Buzzards really have left to play for is pride and a potential .500 record. Charlotte continued the pursuit of its best season statistically in its three years of existence when it hosted New Jersey and Toledo — those two visiting squads are similarly looking up in the standings in their respective divisions.
 
New Jersey Black Aces
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Charlotte Buzzards
Let’s go Rutgers! With that NCAA plug out of the way from this Scarlet Knights alum, the Buzzards were not kind to their MWHL Garden State visitors, and handled the Black Aces a 5-1 defeat, in one of the few games where Charlotte has coasted this season.

Alex Iafallo accounted for the Buzzards’ second and third goals to put the home team ahead 3-1 by early in the second period and Alex Killorn and Bryan Rust added insurance goals later in the game.

The only scoring the Black Aces could muster against Jake Allen was an even strength goal at 3:32 of the second from Kevin Shatterkirk and assisted by Ryan McDonagh and Anthony Cirelli. It gave New Jersey life and narrowed the deficit to 2-1 before Charlotte pulled away.

 
Toledo Walleye
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Charlotte Buzzards
Toledo and Charlotte, two evenly matched teams as their records indicate, played this as close as it gets, but the visiting Walleye prevailed in an overtime that extended into the shootout, by a final of 3-2.

The difference was Toledo’s Anthony Mantha and Elias Pettersson both slipping pucks past Allen in the shootout, while the true star of the game, Jordan Binnington shut out Jon Marchessault and Rust — this after recording 41 saves during the contest.

Goals by Vince Trocheck and Mantha had lifted the Walleye to a 2-1 lead in regulation; a goal by Charlotte’s Ryan Dzingel with 7:59 left in the third closed the scoring as the teams remained deadlocked through the rest of regulation.

   
WEEKLY SUMMARY: Charlotte accumulates three out of a potential four points: this team with its slight all-time losing record through three nearly seasons will take it.