This week at Bridgeport they decided 60 minutes just wasn't enough. All three games have gone to the extra period, with two of them going to the shootout. Unfortunately they only came away with a win in one of the shootouts. All three goalies played well though, considering the patchwork defense as only Mark Wotton and Anton Klementyev remain of the season starters.
On Wensday against Providence, Jon Landry [Rhett Rakhshani, Jon Sim] scored his first AHL goal in two years to tie the game. They lost in OT, but Kevin Poulin was named 2nd Star with 30 saves on 32 shots. On Friday former Islander draftee (2004 4th Round) Wes O'Neil played the hero. Down 3-0 against Connecticut in the 3rd with under 10 minutes remaining, O'Neil scored on a penalty shot. Rakhshani [Josh Bailey, J. Landry] scored 21 seconds later and with under 2 minutes O'Neil scored again [Bailey, Rakhshani] to tie the game and bring BP all the way back. Jeremy Colliton scored in the 7th round of the shootout for the win, and he also captured the first star. O'Neil got the second star and Bailey the 3rd star. Mikko Kosikinen had 29 saves on 32 shots and blanked CT in the shootout.
Playing Connecticut last night, but playing The Whale instead of the Wolfpack, BP should consider itself lucky it got to the shootout[Video of the return of the Whale]. Nathan Lawson had a huge game making 43 saves on 45 shots and grabbing the third star. Rakhshani [Micheal Haley, Tony Romano] Klementyev [David Ullstrom, Chris Blight] scored for BP. This afternoon they face Norfolk at home as they try to get back to .500 (9-11-1-1).
Natural Born Kirills
Kirill Petrov had another quiet week, finishing +2 on the week but adding no points. He's at 20 GP, 4 G, 6 A, 10 Points and +1 for the seasknb
Kirill Kabanov had a big week. On Wednesday he scored two goals in a 7-4 win for Lewiston. On Friday he had an assist and scored in the shootout to get first star honors and help Lewiston to a 3-2 Shootout win.
I should start calling them the Unbalanced Kirills, it seems like whenever one is having a few good games, the other isn't.
WHL, OHL, NCAA and Europe
Nino Niederreiter added a goal and an assist in three games this week for Portland. He has 14 points (7 G, 7 A) in 15 games. Nino's goal looked like it was from Moulson's office [video:Nino's Goal].
David Toews had a goal and an assist in 4 games for the Wheat Kings. On the night the Wheat Kings were beaten 7-1, he managed to be one of the few not to finish the game in the negative. In 19 games he has 5 G, 8 A, 13 Pts and a -6.
Tony DeHart scored his second goal of the season, but despite out shooting and out chancing Windsor, Oshawa fell 5-2 [Video]. Calvin De Haan had an assist last night in Oshawa's 3-2 shootout win over Sarnia. Dehart has 23 GP, 2 G, 11 A, 13 Pts +11 while De Haan has 20 points (2 G, 18 A) in 20 games and +9.
Casey Cizikas is one of the reasons that Mississauga has won 14 of their last 15 with only a shootout loss and are in first in the OHL. Last night Mississauga scored 7 goals and hit five posts against Barrie. Cizikas had a goal and two assists in the game, and took second star. On the year Cizikas has 12 G, 16 A, 28 Pts in 22 games and a +17. Captain Cizikas has also been standing up for his teammates, getting in two fights recently [Video, Video].
Anders Lee and Notre Dame played two games this week. Lee added an assist and is now 15 GP, 9 G, 3 A, 12 Points. [Audio:Anders Lee interview with USHL Radio]
Matt Donovan had an assist in two games this week for Denver. In 16 games he has 4 G, 7 A and 11 Points this season.
The University of North Dakota played two games against Notre Dame this week. They won the first game 6-3 and Jason Gregoire captured the first star with 2 goals and an assist. Gregoire was held off the score sheet in the following nights 2-2 tie. Brock Nelson didn't score, but did finish the weekend +1 and had three shots on goal. Gregoire has 16 games played a 6 G, 7 A, 13 points while Nelson has 1 G, 4 A, 5 Points in 16 games this year. [Video: Gregoire Goal Vs Wisconsion, More video from UND Vs Wisconsin]
Jason Clark played both games this weekend for Wisconsin, but did not get on the scoresheet. He still has one assist on the season
Aaron Ness had one game this week, and didn't add to his season total of 7 Assists for Minnesota.
Boston U played one game this week and Corey Trivino didn't add to his totals. He has 2 G, 5 A, 7 Pts in 11 games.
Brian Day picked up a goal and an assist this week for Colgate in two games. In 12 games he has 6 G, 4 A, 10 Pts.
UNH's Blake Kessel had a goal and an assist in two games. He has 13 GP, 2 G, 8 A, 10 points. [Video: UNH Vs Brown, Kessel has an Assist and Goal]
Lulea went 2-1 this week, but Anders Nilsson spent the week on the bench.
Someone must read this site, because they freed Cody Rosen! Rosen started (So he might have been promoted to backup after the former backups poor outing) and had 32 saves on 34 Shots. No video, but the Clarkson website does have a picture and some audio highlights. [Video: Cody Rosen Interview]
So I guess we have to start a Free Nilsson campaign now. Also Vote For Frans! We're only 100K'ish behind #Vote4Frans