Monday, December 9, 2013
On Wednesday, SKA traveled to Bratislava, Slovakia to take on a Slovan team that hasn't had a great deal of luck this season. Both teams exchanged goals in the first and second periods, with Panarin and Andrej Stastny scoring in the first period and Mario Bliznak and Igor Makarov scoring in the second. This game also needed overtime and a shootout, with SKA coming out victorious 3-2 on a winner from Roman Cervenka. Ilya Ezhov was solid in the win.
Friday, SKA went to Moscow to take on rival CSKA, and things were not quite as well as the first meeting earlier in the season, as SKA was kept off the score sheet. Alexei Morozov scored in the first period and Alexander Radulov scored in the third, and that was all CSKA needed, as SKA could not solve Ilya Proskuryakov in a 2-0 defeat. Salak was solid in goal for SKA and deserved better.
Sunday was a game in Riga against Dinamo Riga, and it was an offensive show. Marcel Hossa scored the lone goal in the first period to give Dinamo Riga a 1-0 lead after one period. Riga would put up three more goals in the second period before SKA's offense began to come to life. Juris Upitis, Georgijs Pujacs, and Miks Indrasis would score for Dinamo Riga, but SKA countered with goals from Evgeny Ketov and Anton Burdasov to make it 4-2 after two periods. SKA would get to within one on a Dmitry Kalinin goal, but that would be as close as they would get, as Mat Robinson would put the game out of reach. A Kovalchuk goal would close the gap by one again, but an Indrasis goal on an empty net was all the scoring, as Dinamo Riga pulled out a 6-4 win.
SKA has one game this week before break, as they welcome Metallurg Magnitorsk on Wednesday.
Friday, December 6, 2013
As for the Spits, on the surface, it can be said that they are packing it in for the season. However, they are only five points behind Sault Ste. Marie in the Western Division and are on a three game winning streak. Milne gets an immediate chance to prove his worth, as he is likely lining up with 2014 NHL Draft eligible Josh Ho-Sang. Povorozniouk will also get considerable ice time with the Spitfires, something that would be less likely with the Frontenacs squad that remains young. The draft picks are obviously important for the Spits, as they can rebuild through the draft for years to come. Moving Rychel was difficult, as he is the son of Spits GM Warren Rychel, but the Spits still have Ho-Sang, and with the influx of players coming in from the class, it is clear that the Spitfires are looking to keep a tradition of winning going for a while.
Wednesday, December 4, 2013
This is certainly a great honor for the city of Prince George, as the entire country will get to see what the city and the team are about. The northernmost team in the WHL, the Cougars haven't exactly been successful, with their best season coming in 2006-07, where they made the Conference Finals, but they have turned out some good NHL players such as Zdeno Chara, Dan Hamhuis, Dustin Byfuglien, and Eric Brewer. Currently, Chase Witala and Troy Bourke lead the team in scoring with 29 points, with mid-season acquisition Todd Fiddler not far behind with 27. Ty Edmonds is the starting goaltender and has a 3.51 GAA.
Monday, December 2, 2013
Sunday was a rematch from last year's Memorial Cup tournament, as the Saskatoon Blades came calling. Bjorkstrand and Matt Revel exchanged goals to make it even at one after one period. Saskatoon dominated most of the second period, with Revel and Nathan Burns scoring for the Blades, to make it 4-1, with Burns accounting for two of the three goals in the period for the Blades. However, the Winterhawks cut the lead to one at the end of the period on two Nic Petan goals. Petan would tie the game with his third goal of the evening to open the third period, but Collin Valcourt would put the Blades back up one. However, Portland had some magic left, as Petan and Bjorkstrand closed out the scoring in the game and the Winterhawks escaped with a 6-5 win. Burke got the win in relief of Jarrod Schamerhorn.
The Winterhawks will be on the road this week, as they will get a chance to reclaim first place in the U.S. Division as they look to avenge an earlier loss to Everett on Tuesday. The weekend will be spent in Alberta, as the Winterhawks get reacquainted with their WHL Finals foe from the last two years in Edmonton on Friday. Saturday, the Winterhawks face a formidable foe in Red Deer and on Sunday, the Calgary Hitmen open their doors to the Winterhawks.
Sunday, December 1, 2013
SKA hits the road this week and they will have a chance to pad their lead in the Bobrov Division, as they take on Lev Praha on Monday, Slovan Bratislava on Wednesday, CSKA on Friday, and Dinamo Riga on Sunday.
Tuesday, November 26, 2013
This coming week will be a light time for SKA, as they welcome Atlant on Friday before hitting the road next week.
Sunday, November 24, 2013
Saturday, the Winterhawks went to Kent, WA to take on a Seattle Thunderbirds team that was undoubtedly stewing from a 10-2 pasting in the last meeting. Justin Hickman and Leier exchanged goals to make it an even game at one after one period. The Thunderbirds would take a two-goal lead heading into the third period on goals from Roberts Lipsbergs and Branden Troock. However, the Winterhawks had an answer to that, as Keegan Iverson, Nic Petan, and Leipsic would put the Winterhawks up a goal with five minutes remaining. A late tally by Justin Hickman forced overtime, where the Thunderbirds' Alexander Delnov scored the deciding goal and the Winterhawks ended up on the wrong end of a 5-4 overtime decision. Burke took the loss.
The Winterhawks don't play again until Friday at Spokane, where they will look to extend their dominance over a game Chiefs team, and on Sunday, they will welcome Saskatoon into town for a rematch from last year's Memorial Cup round robin.