The Weekend That Was: January 9th-11th

AHL

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-It was a perfect weekend for Richard Bachman. In the two games that he played of the three that the Oklahoma City Barons had this weekend, he stopped all 54 shots against him from the Rochester Americans and Hamilton Bulldogs. Plus, for the Barons– it was a perfect weekend with three wins, which includes a 5-4 OT win over the Adirondack Flames. Aside from Bachman, Andrew Miller had himself a weekend with three goals and two assists to go along with Ilro Pakarinen two goals and an assist. The win keeps the Barons five points clear of the Utica Comets for 1st overall in the Western Conference and one point ahead of the Springfield Falcons for 1st overall in the AHL.

-Despite all the news surrounding the team’s future in Norfolk, the Admirals went to Pennsylvania and took two of three games on the weekend with a win in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton and split in Hershey. Emerson Etem racked up three goals and two assists, while captain Dave Steckel chipped in two goals of his own. Jason Labarbera stopped 54 of 57 shots with a shutout on Friday, while Igor Bobkov got his second win of the season on Sunday– his first since coming back from Utah. However, they’ll need a lot more than this weekend to salvage the season– as they are last in the Eastern Conference and 29th in the league in goals for.

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ECHL

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Photo by Rachel Lewis, Inside Hockey/Triple Deke Photography

-The giving season may be over, but no one told that to the Wheeling Nailers’ Zack Torquato who had six assists (along with one goal) this weekend as the Nailers won two of their three games this weekend. Not to be outdone, Morgan Ellis had three goals and three assists, while Derek Army notched a pair of goals with an assist. However, the Nailers lone blemish on the weekend was a part of history as they got shutout by the Indy Fuel– which was the first road win and shutout in franchise history for the Fuel as Shane Owen was the goalie who gets that recognition and shut the Nailers down for the weekend.

-It’s a little unusual for two goalies to get their first game action of the season in the same weekend on the same team, but Tate Maris and Troy Redmann did just that for the Colorado Eagles, who were hampered by the call-up of Doug Carr and the injury to Clarke Saunders. On Friday, Maris got the start– his first in seven years– and had a shaky first period before settling down and letting the defense help him out– letting only 17 shots get to the Colorado native in a 5-3. With Saunders ruled out on Saturday, the Eagles signed Redmann that morning and he went on to stop 27 of 28 shots in a 4-1 win.

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SPHL 

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Photo by Jim Purvis, via Ice Bears Booster Club

-The dominance on the road by the Knoxville Ice Bears continued as they went into the Huntsville and took both games on the weekend. The games on the weekend were one-goal affairs, including Josh Cousineau‘s overtime winner on Saturday, which capped a great performance by Braely Torris— who stopped 42 of 43 shots. On Friday, Knoxville came back with goals from Berkley Scott and Lucas Van Natter to cap a 3-2 win in regulation. This was after Huntsville kept Knoxville home record dismal by winning on Thursday in Knoxville 4-2.

-Despite being shutout on Saturday, the Mississippi RiverKings took two of three from the Peoria Rivermen this weekend, holding the Rivermen to only four goals on 92 shots on the weekend. Matt Whitehead kept his team scoring lead alive with two goals and an assist on the weekend, with Peter Di Salvo picking up both wins on the weekend, even though Adam Courchaine only allowed one goal in the lost Saturday.

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