This week was a microcosm of the SoundTigers season wrapped up quite easily in 3 games. On Wednesday they went into the third period against Albany with a 4-1 lead, only to give up 4 goals to Chad Wiseman. To make matters even worse, Wiseman started the game with only 6 goals in 30 games. On Friday night they fight their way back from a 3-1 deficit in the 3rd after Mikko Koskinen left with an injury only to lose in the shootout. Jeremy Colliton potted two third period goals for the shootout loss. To close out the week Manchester once again blew BP out of the water with a 7 goal shutout, as Joel Martin started and yet another goalie was brought up on PTO to back him up.
Against Albany Brett Motherwell [Jesse Joensuu, Rhett Rakhshani] Rakhshani [Colliton, Joensuu] Joensuu [Colliton Rakhshani] Figren [Mark Wotton, Jean Borbeau] scored goals. Care to guess what line had a good night? Joensuu was named second star of the night. Koskinen had a good showing, considering he faced 45 shots and made 40 saves. Against Providence, Rakhshani [Joensuu, Mark Katic] Colliton [Katic, Rakhshani] and Colliton [Robin Figren, Katic] scored and Ty Wishart scored the lone BP shootout goal. Mikko stood on his head during a first period in which they were out shot 17-2 and when he left he had given up 1 goal on 28 shots. Against Manchester the less said the better.
You can't blame the guys who are on Bridgeport now, as a bunch of midweek moves meant that the bottom two forward lines were almost completely new faces. Mikko is going to be fine, as he was involved in a collision during the Providence game. Also of note is that former Tavares team mate in London, Steven Tarasuk was promoted/signed from Kalamazoo and played in the last two games for Bridgeport. The undersized (5'10 180lbs) defenseman probably doesn't have a long term shot, but was worth a footnote.
Half a Kirill Update
Kirill Kabanov and Lewiston had one game this week. Kabanov was -2 with no points. On the season he has 10 goals and 15 assists for 25 points in 34 games.
Kirill Petrov enjoyed a wonderful round of golf on the shores of the Black Sea. Probably not, but his season is over.
Oshawa is picking the right time to get hot as they won all three games this week and are trying to catch the division leader. Tony DeHart led the way on Wednesday with a goal, an assist and second star of the night honors while Calvin De Haan had two assists. On Friday though, it was the De Haan show, as Oshawa scored 5 PP goals with CDH getting 2 PP goals and 3 PP assists for first star of the night. DeHart finished the night with an assist. They had a quiet Saturday in the win as De Haan got the lone point between the two with an assist. De Haan has 5 goals and 42 assists for 47 points in 54 games this season, while DeHart has 4 goals and 24 assists for 28 points in 55 games.
Even with Casey Cizikas resting, Mississauga continues to roll posting a dozen goals in 2 games this week. They reached the 100 point plateau for the first time in team history.
The Winterhawks continue to roll too, taking both games this week. Nino Niederreiter had two goals and an assist along with getting first star of the night on Friday. That puts him well over last years totals in both goals (38) and assists (26) and points (54) while playing 13 less games then last season.
Maybe the Isles can take some inspiration in the Wheat Kings, who looked dead in the water not too long ago. But this week they clinched a playoff spot (which will require them to play in Winnipeg due to the Royal Manitoba Winter Fair). Toews had 2 assists this week as Brandon won both it's games. His season total is 18 goals, 25 assists for 43 points in 57 games
College And Europe
North Dakota destroyed Michigan Tech in the first round of the WCHA playoffs. Jason Gregoire had a hat trick and an assist over the weekend while Brock Nelson continued his hot streak with 3 assists. Don't forget that after this season UND will have to change it's team name and logo, so if you like the Sioux, get your gear soon. The opponent for UND in the next weekend is TBA.
Lake Superior State is giving Notre Dame everything it can handle and then some mostly due to the play of LSS goalie Kevin Kapalka who has faced a total of 39 shots in both 3rd periods played so far. Anders Lee tied the game with his goal on Friday, a game which ND went on to win in the OT. Lee was shut down last night. ND and LSS play the deciding game tonight at 7:05.
Matt Donovan had a goal and an assist as Denver advanced this weekend defeating Minnesota State in two games.
Minnesota was defeated in the first round by Alaska Anchorage in 2games. Aaron Ness did return to play and notched a goal.
Shane Sims and the OSU season is over.
Corey Trivino had an assist as BU split it's games with Northeastern. The deciding game is tonight at 7 PM EST.
Blake Kessel had no points as UNH dumped Vermont in 2 games in the opening round.
I made a mistake last weekend as Colgate did play and defeated Rensselaer in 3 games, with the final game going to double OT. Brian Day did have an assist. This weekend they are playing Union and have the final game tonight at 7 PM EST after splitting the first two games. Last night they won as Brian Day assisted on the tying goal and he also potted an empty netter to ice the game.
Anders Nilsson has continued his extremely hot play for the first round of the playoffs as Lulea has jumped to a 3-0 series lead. Nilsson has yet to give up more then 1 goal in a game, allowing only 3 goals on a total of 80 shots. [Highlights game 1][Game 2][Game 3]
Clarkson was eliminated from the playoffs by Harvard, most likely due to their non-playing of goalie extraordinaire Cody Rosen.