Objectives aplenty for each Bruins associates over the vacation week.
Popping out of the vacation break, hockey in North America is again in full swing after a quick pause in play for the NHL and a number of other team-specific shutdowns within the minor leagues.
For Bruins associates Windfall and Maine, enduring cancellations and last-minute schedule modifications has change into commonplace, sadly, as each the AHL and ECHL look to forge on by means of a worldwide surge in COVID instances.
Windfall noticed three extra of its video games postponed attributable to opposing groups being unable to play — this after the Bruins affiliate spent two weeks idle for a similar motive. Maine additionally had two cancellations with a pair of matchups in opposition to Worcester after Christmas being shifted to later dates.
The groups every acquired three video games in throughout the post-Christmas week, with each offenses lastly breaking out in grand vogue.
Windfall suffered a 5-3 setback final Wednesday on the Rochester People (Buffalo Sabres), however rebounded with a 4-0 win on the Hartford Wolfpack (NY Rangers) on Friday and a 7-1 thrashing of the Springfield Thunderbirds (St. Louis Blues) of their homecoming on Sunday.
Maine swept their three contests all at residence, knocking off the Worcester Railers (NY Islanders) in a 9-7 thriller final Wednesday to kickstart the week. The Mariners picked up consecutive victories on the weekend, knocking off the Trois-Rivieres Lions (Montreal Canadians), 5-3, on Friday earlier than choosing up a 3-2 win over the Adirondack Thunder (NJ Devils) in additional time.
With an uneven schedule within the AHL, factors are at a premium for Windfall in a jam-packed Atlantic Division.
Whereas the previous week began off on the incorrect foot with a 5-3 loss at Rochester, it was one thing to construct off for Windfall. Down 1-0 after a interval, Samuel Asselin tied the sport briefly earlier than a three-goal outburst to shut the center body for the hosts. Windfall performed a robust third interval, with Oskar Steen and Chris Wagner tallying objectives, however an empty-netter from Michael Mersch, his fourth level, sealed it for the People.
On Friday in Hartford, Windfall’s offense awoke with two objectives in every of the primary two durations. Oskar Steen had a three-point night time with a aim and two assists whereas Cameron Hughes, Jesper Froden, and Steven Fogarty every had a aim and an help. Troy Grosenick stopped all 17 pictures he confronted within the shutout.
To shut the week on Sunday, Windfall downed Springfield, 7-1, of their first recreation at residence since December 12. Joona Koppanen led the best way with two objectives and an help whereas Alex-Olivier Voyer tallied a aim and two assists within the win. Cameron Hughes discovered twine twice, with assists from Nick Wolff on each events, whereas Eduards Tralmaks rounded out the multi-point scorers with a aim and an help.
Participant of the Week: Troy Grosenick — It will be simple to decide on a participant who lit up the scoresheet, however Grosenick loved his finest stretch of video games but, stopping 47 of 48 pictures in simply over seven durations of hockey. Let’s give stick faucets to Oskar Steen, who seems prepared for the NHL, and Cameron Hughes, who isn’t far behind.
UP NEXT: Some much-anticipated residence cooking for Windfall this arrives this week after a protracted street swing. However first, a brief journey to face the Bridgeport Islanders on Wednesday night time (7:00 p.m.) kicks off the week. Windfall will then host the Lehigh Valley Phantoms (Philadelphia Flyers) on Friday at 7:05 p.m. and Sunday at 3:05 p.m.
In case your a fan of the Mariners, or of ECHL hockey generally, you most likely want a high-scoring affair to a decent, defensive battle. Maine had one of many wildest video games of the season throughout any stage of hockey final Wednesday in opposition to Worcester, claiming a 9-7 comeback victory.
Maine trailed, 2-1, after a interval and managed to tie the sport at 5-5 after two. However in a five-goal third interval, the Mariners roared again scoring 4 occasions to seal a win. Alex Kile, making his season debut, scored 4 objectives and was a plus-5 within the victory. Mathew Santos and newly-signed Metis Roelens every tallied three assists within the contest whereas Marc-Olivier Duquette and Pascal Laberge chipped in with multi-point efforts as properly.
Two of Roelens’ three helpers got here within the third interval to tie the sport and take the lead. In net, Jeremy Brodeur made 44 saves and even tallied an help within the recreation.
On Friday, Maine once more discovered themselves behind, 3-2, after 40 minutes earlier than placing collectively one more third interval comeback. The Mariners scored the ultimate 4 objectives of the night time, with Kile, Santos, and Keltie Jeri-Leon every including objectives within the third interval. Roelens and fellow newcomer Zach Malatesta every had essential assists within the third interval.
GOAL!!! Metis Roelens scores his first skilled aim! The Mariners path 3-2 with 1:25 left within the second interval!@FloHockey | https://t.co/1drEF6qQpB
In a victory over Adirondack on Sunday, Maine by no means trailed, as an alternative surrendering a pair of one-goal leads. Kile offered assists on all three objectives. Laberge tallied twice, together with a go-ahead aim with six seconds to play within the center body and the additional time winner which was additionally assisted by Malatesta.
OVERTIME WINNER! @Pascallaberge wanted simply 20 seconds in OT to win it! #SomethingsBruin pic.twitter.com/R7sIV80jD5
Participant of the Week: Alex Kile — The previous Michigan standout added to his Mariners’ legacy with an eight-point week (5 objectives, three assists) that additionally included 12 pictures and a plus-7 score. Stick faucets exit to Metis Roelens, who registered a degree in his first three video games with the membership, and Pascal Laberge, who tallied two factors in every of Maine’s three wins.
There have been two trades over the previous week involving the Mariners. Maine acquired defenseman Zach Malatesta from the Indy Gas in alternate for Brycen Martin. Maine additionally despatched ahead Devon Paliani to Worcester earlier within the week.
UP NEXT: Maine will proceed its collection in opposition to Adirondack with an prolonged home-and-home this weekend. The Mariners will journey to upstate New York on Friday night time for a 7:00 p.m. puck drop earlier than returning residence for video games on Saturday (6:00 p.m.) and Sunday (3:00 p.m.) with the Thunder.