It was a good week in Bridgeport even though they went 2-2 as two of the losses were shootout losses. Joel Martin kept BP's opponents to under 3 goals in back to back games for the first time in almost a month, while Nathan Lawson returned with a dominating performance. They also managed to only get outshot once this week, while playing high powered Manchester.
BP started the week with a dominating win over Providence 5-1 including 3 PP Goals. Brett Gallant [Steven Tarasuk, Phil Ginand] Rhett Rakhshani [Ty Wishart, Jeremy Colliton] Tony Romano [Wishart, Robin Figren] Mark Katic [Wishart, Jean Bourbeau] Colliton [Jesse Joensuu, Brett Motherwell] scored for BP. Colliton was named First Star, Brett Gallant was named Second Star and Martin got Third Star for his 28 save performance. BP lost in the shootout to Charlotte 2-1. Colliton [Rob Hisey, Rakhshani] scored the lone BP goal. Martin was named Second Star for his 27 save performance.
BP dropped the following game to Charlotte 3-2 in another shootout loss, this time with Nathan Lawson in net. Rakhshani [Dylan Reese, Colliton] Hisey [Justin DiBenedetto, Rakhshani] scored to bring BP back from a 2-0 hole. Hisey's goal came with 20 seconds left in the game and the goalie pulled. BP managed to play spoilers to Manchester as they fight for the division lead. A 2-1 win powered by Lawson's First Star 38 save game. Tony Romano [Reese, Rakhshani] and DiBenedetto [Mark Katic, David Ullstrom] scored for BP with DiBo's game winner coming in OT.
Dom talked about Aaron Ness' first AHL game already, and it appears that Steven Tarasuk was let go to make room for him. The addition of Ness means that BP has used a total of 16 different defenseman.
Half a Kirill Update
Kirill Kabanov has had an up and down season. He also had an up and down week in both of Lewiston's games this week. In their first game he had no points and a -3. He followed that up with a goal and assist for 2 points and a +3 night. On the season he has 11 goals and 16 assists for 27 points in 36 games.
Kirill Petrov is relaxing.
Oshawa played two games this week, dropping both. In the first game Calvin De Haan had a goal, which Tony DeHart assisted on. In the second game Oshawa was steamrolled 5-1 by Brampton, De Haan was -2 and DeHart was -3 on the night. De Haan has 6 goals and 42 assists for 48 points in 56 games this season, while DeHart has 4 goals and 25 assists for 29 points in 57 games.
Casey Cizikas didn't play this week as Mississauga continues on the way to the playoffs.
Nino Niederreiter continues to tear things up, another week another First Star of the game pickup. He had 2 points in each game this week, but did it three different ways. The first game he had 2 assists, the second game he had 2 goals (Named first star for that) and in the third game he had 1 goal and 1 assist. On the season Nino has 41 goals and 29 assists for 70 points in 54 games.
Two games this week for Brandon with two different results. The first game against Moose Jaw was a tight 2-1 Shootout loss. The second game against Moose Jaw was an 8-4 rout in which David Toews has 2 goals and 2 assists while being named first star of the game. In 60 games this year Toews has 20 goals, 28 assists for 48 points.
College And Europe
North Dakota won both games this weekend without Jason Gregoire who was scratched due to unspecified health reasons. They defeated Colorado College 4-3 before going on to defeat Denver 3-2 and repeating as WCHA playoff champions. Brock had no points, but against Denver he was +2 on the night.
A shocking end for Notre Dame, as they lost both games this weekend. The loss in the semi-finals dropped them to the third place game. They dropped the third place game too. Anders Lee had no points this weekend, and has been really quiet since the WCHA playoffs started.
Denver beat Bemidji State to face North Dakota in the finals. Although they dropped a thrilling double OT game to UND, Matt Donovan did have an assist in both games.
Corey Trivino's 2 assist night wasn't enough to keep Boston U. from being eliminated by Northeastern last weekend.
UNH lost in the Hockey East Semi-Finals to Merrimack 4-1, Blake Kessel had no points and was a -3 on the night
Colgate defeated Union 4-3 last Sunday to make it to the ECAC Semis. This weekend they lost both the semifinal and the third place game. Brian Day had 1 assist in the Third place game which Colgate dropped 5-3.
After storming out to a 3-0 series lead on Djurgardens, Lulea has proceeded to drop the next three games. Thankfully Nilsson isn't to blame as Lulea was shutout twice in the three games. Tonight is the deciding game 7 between the two teams.
Update Thanks to SwedishIslander/Magnus for the update on Nilsson and Lulea who are now heading to the 2nd round after a 4-3 OT win and Nilsson's 24 saves on 27 shots.
In your strange rumor of the day, apparently a Croatian hockey league (or Austrian) was looking into signing Paul Karpowich. This is probably less reputable then a Hockeys Future board rumor, but hey with Cody Rosen looking for more ice time I hear Croatia is a beautiful place to live and play hockey!