Matthew Tkachuk JAG 2 2 4 6 0 3 7 29%
Jake Oettinger POR 2 6 2.99 50 .893
Leon Draisaitl ALA 3 6 2 8 2 4 16 38%
Spencer Knight GPG 2 4 2.25 51 .927

Bathgate Rangers
WEEKLY PREVIEW: Tune up week for the post season – Rangers defense is being tweaked and the offense is hoping for big spark. Will Vrana get playing time in post season, which goalie do we trust, does Georgiev have another magic spring? Last home game of the regular season coming up (and 1 on the road)….
GAME #1 – VISITING TEAM: Brentwood Bandits
GAME #1: BRENTWOOD BANDITS@ BATHGATE RANGERS The Bandits faded down the stretch, but that doesn’t diminish the level of intensity for this game. And the Bandits strike first with a Caufield goal (16) early in the 1st. The Rangers couldn’t match it and the period ends with the visitors up 1-0.

But Mika Zibanejad quickly changes that in the 2nd as Trouba and Josi go off together for roughing. Center ice face off is won by ZBad and he acted like he was alone on the ice, just him and Vasilevskiy – and Mika won the battle as he went stick side hide to tie the game 1:20 into the 2nd – his 26th of the year. But the Brentwood skaters weren’t going away and midway through the period they regained the lead when Ehlers scores for his 17th of the year. 2-1 Brentwood and that was the score after 2.

Last period of the regular season at home and the Rangers go for broke. They dominate play, although the Bandits got 8 shots on Georgiev, there weren’t too many Scoring Chances – two to be precise. The Rangers on the other hand fired 23 shots that got to Vasilevskiy who single handedly kept the Bandits in the game – he almost stole the show. 23 shots, 9 scoring chance but did it work. Well, Georgiev did his part and stopped all 8 Brentwood shots. Then just past 6 minutes in, the Rangers win the draw in the Brentwood end. Kreider with the puck, he slides it quickly to Zibanejad who winds up for the hard 1 timer – but no, it’s sent toward Tatar who deflects it right past the outstretched Vasilevskiy for the tying goal! For Tater it was his 7th of the year. But that’s it, the game moves on from there with Vasilevskiiy bounce pucks off him or gloving them or deflecting them into the overhead netting – shot after shot, SC after SC. Looks like OT is coming but then with 28 seconds left Tavares wins the draw in the Brentwood zone. to Panarin, back to Tavares – shots – REDIRECTED by Buchnevich and into the goal for a big 3-2 lead! 28 seconds to go. #25 for Buchnevich. And then with the clock running down and 6 attackers on for the Bandits, the Rangers kill the clock and win the game 3-2! Nice way to finish the year at home.

Tough physical game, low scoring but intense.

3. Tatar 1 goal
2. Buchnevich 1 goal
1. Zibanejad 1 goal, 1 assist (and won 15 faceoffs!)

And Vasilevskiy gets honorable mention for his 45 stops! Imagine if he were your ordinary Joe in the net.

WEEKLY SUMMARY: We have an outside chance of missing the 1st round depends on Cincinnati dropping 2 in regulation and we winning our last road game. Most like we will be hosting Charlotte in a best of 3 games here at the Garden. We don’t mind the rest, but happy to be back in the playoffs (seemingly from our usual 2nd place spot!).
Jagr Mullets
GAME #1 – VISITING TEAM: Pittsburgh Miners
GAME #1: PITTSBURGH MINERS@ JAGR MULLETS Miners only have 26 wins, but leave with 27 as they once again have our number. 4-2 PIT.
WEEKLY SUMMARY: Disappointing loss to close out or regular season at home.
LA Great Danes
WEEKLY PREVIEW: LA hosts Alamo and Bucks County and visits Gilbert to close out the season. Two wins in the final 3 games would clinch the top record in the MWHL for the first time for the Great Danes, at least based on our tie-breaker calculations with Jagr. One win would break the franchise record for most points in a season, set last year.
GAME #1 – VISITING TEAM: Alamo Defenders
GAME #1: ALAMO DEFENDERS@ LA GREAT DANES The Danes jump out to a 2-0 lead on goals by Scheifele and Kempe, outchancing Alamo 8-1 up to a Rielly hooking penalty. Things then turn quickly, Couture scores on the power play and Zegras ties the game as Alamo has the next 5 chances, and it’s tied 2-2 after one.

Early in the second, Aleksander Barkov scores his 40th goal of the season, and later in the period Claude Giroux scores to give LA a 4-2 lead after two period.

Two power play goals by Barkov in the 3rd period’s first 5 minutes extends LA’s lead to 6-2, and Shesterkin and LA’s defense finish things off and close out the 6-2 win.

Barkov has the hat trick, with William Nylander assisting on all 3 goals, and LA reaches a franchise record 119 points on the season.

GAME #2 – VISITING TEAM: Bucks County Bobcats
GAME #2: BUCKS COUNTY BOBCATS@ LA GREAT DANES William Nylander opens the scoring, but McDavid converts on the power play for the Bobcats, and we are tied 1-1 after one.

LA regains the lead on a Roope Hintz PPG goal and 1:20 later, William Nylander nets his second goal of the game and 30th of the season. In the second half of the period, goals by Heiskanen and Hintz extend LA’s lead to 5-1.

After a dominant second period, LA seems to think the Bobcats will pack it in and LA can coast to victory. But 26 seconds into the 3rd, Evander Kane beats Shesterkin, and midway through the period a Tom Wilson deflection goal makes it a game at 5-3. Things settle down after that, and LA regains momentum in the last 5 minutes. They can’t score but control play at the end to finish off the game to earn the 5-3 win.

It was a big game for LA’s re-united first line, Nylander 2G-2A, Hintz 2G-1A, and Barkov 3A. Barkov and Nylander with milestone goals this week, Barkov got his 40th versus Alamo on the way to a hat trick, and Nylander scores 2 versus Bucks County to reach the 30-goal mark. Barkov with 3G-3A and Nylander 2G-5A in the two home games may warrant player of the week consideration pending the outcome of LA’s road game versus Gilbert.

WEEKLY SUMMARY: The Great Danes can briefly celebrate a record-setting season, but now we’ll see if their success can carry over to the playoffs. A first-round match up with a Pacific Division opponent awaits, as all 4 teams are in the playoffs, and now we all start with a 0-0 record.
Alamo Defenders
WEEKLY PREVIEW: Alamo hosts California and Flin Flon.
GAME #1 – VISITING TEAM: California Regulators
GAME #1: CALIFORNIA REGULATORS@ ALAMO DEFENDERS Division rival square off for some valuable points. No score in the 1st period. In the 2nd, Draisaitl and Glendening score for the Defenders. In the 3rd, Nelson scores his 36th goal for the Regulators. Alamo closes out the scoring as Stastny and Draisaitl score.

Alamo 4 California 1


GAME #2 – VISITING TEAM: Flin Flon Bombers
GAME #2: FLIN FLON BOMBERS@ ALAMO DEFENDERS The Defenders put on a show to close out the regular season home schedule. Draisaitl scores 4 goals to get to 78 goals for the season. Crosby, Orlov, and Severson score the remaining goals.

The Bombers get two goals from Landeskok and one goal by Erikkson Elk.

Alamo 7 Flin Fon 3

1- Draisaitl
2- Landeskog

WEEKLY SUMMARY: Alamo closes out their home schedule with wins against California and Flin Flon.

Draisaitl scores 2 and 4 goals in the two games to net 6.

Gilbert Sharks
WEEKLY PREVIEW: Gilbert wraps up the season with a possible playoff preview versus LA
GAME #1: LA GREAT DANES@ GILBERT SHARKS Thompson and Mackinnon put Gilbert up 2-0 in the 1st period and when Makar scores Shorthanded midway through the 2nd Gilbert is feeling pretty good…but this is LA. Nylander gets 1 before the end of the 2nd and Kopitar scores twice on the Power Play to tie the game with 10 minutes left. 3 minutes later though Trent Frederic gets the game winner for Gilbert to end the home season on a good note.
WEEKLY SUMMARY: Sharks had an up and down season but excited to get to the playoffs
California Regulators
GAME #1 – VISITING TEAM: Gilbert Sharks
WEEKLY SUMMARY: California wins only home game.
Cincinnati Inferno
WEEKLY PREVIEW: Portland comes to The Incinerator for the final home game of the regular season.
GAME #1 – VISITING TEAM: Portland Storm

Jordan Eberle scores on the lone shot of the overtime to end it and has two lamplighters on the evening.

WEEKLY SUMMARY: Cincinnati gets ready for the Stanley Cup playoffs and will be the second-seeded team in the Atlantic Division.
Toledo Walleye
WEEKLY PREVIEW: A road game report at Chicago, and finishing up with a home game against the Griffins
GAME #1 – VISITING TEAM: Chicago Cosa Nostra
GAME #1: CHICAGO COSA NOSTRA@ TOLEDO WALLEYE Toledo on the board early with a goal by Mangiapane. Debrincat answers minutes later to tie it at 1. Toledo back on top later with a PP goal by Arvidsson, followed by an ES by Pageau. Toledo looking good at 3-1.

Chicago bounces back in the 2nd, dominating the period. DeBrincat gets his 2nd of the game near halftime, followed by Bunting near the end of the period. Toledo saves face with a late goal by Mangiapane to take a 4-3 lead to the locker room.

Palat ties it up just 27 seconds into the 3rd. Saad is not so sad as he puts the home team back up 4 minutes later. That guy Larkin ties this game up once again, this time its 5-5 with 11 minutes to go. Chicago gets their first lead of the game with a goal from Foligno with 5 minutes to go. The lead lasts only a minute, as Dobson with a rare goal to tie it at 6. That’s where it stays as the horn sounds and we have some free hockey.

Chicago finds a good combo in overtime, dominating SOG 4-1, with the final shot a game winner by Dubois to make the final 7-6 Chicago.

At the end of the game, both teams join in the face off circle and salute Chicago head coach Stray Corrado on his last game coaching in the MWHL as he heads off to a new career in baseball.

1st star – DeBrincat 2G
2nd – Mangiapane 2G
3rd – Larkin 1G 2pts

GAME #2 – VISITING TEAM: Grosse Pointe Griffins
GAME #2: GROSSE POINTE GRIFFINS@ TOLEDO WALLEYE Wow! I wish all first periods were like this. Toledo lights the lamp 5 times with no answer from the visitors. Mangiapane, Pettersson, Kucherov twice, and Barrie all score, with 3 of them being powerplay goals. Rough 20 minutes for the Griffins that sees a new man in goal at the end.

Not sure if there is any paint left in the visitor lockerroom, but the Griffins knocked the 0 off their side of the scoreboard. Crouse, Boqvist and Boyd all score before they run out of clock, mercifully for the Walleye as the home team slinks to the locker room clinging to the 5-3 lead.

Might need paint in both locker rooms now. Toledo responds with some defense, while getting the puck on the other side of the blue line more often. It pays off with goals by Yamamoto and Pettersson, while shutting down the Griffins, and the final is a better looking 7-3 for the home squad in the regular season home finale.

1st star – Kucherov 2G 4P
2nd – Pettersson 2G
3rd -Barrie 1G 3pts

WEEKLY SUMMARY: Offense is clicking, but oh that defense. Might be a short post season for Toledo if that don’t get fixed.
Grosse Pointe Griffins
WEEKLY PREVIEW: One game to close out the home schedule
GAME #1 – VISITING TEAM: Bucks County Bobcats
GAME #1: BUCKS COUNTY BOBCATS@ GROSSE POINTE GRIFFINS Evgeny Kuznetsov and Jack Eichel each had 1G+1A and rookie Mason Raymond notched his 24th goal, as the Griffins defeat Bucks County 4-2 on Fan Appreciation Night
WEEKLY SUMMARY: A disappointing season – a powerful offense but a woeful defense that looks like it will lead the league in goals allowed
Brentwood Bandits
WEEKLY PREVIEW: Brentwood closes out the season at home with “The Brotherly Brawl”, which doesn’t hold much importance for the Bandits except bragging rights at Thanksgiving.
GAME #1 – VISITING TEAM: Jagr Mullets
GAME #1: JAGR MULLETS@ BRENTWOOD BANDITS The Jagoff Mullets come to The Hideout (new arena nickname?) and the game is a good one going into the 3rd period, tied 3-3… then Jagr makes it known they are the team to beat heading into the playoffs by blasting 5 goals past a frustrated Vasilevskiy (who hopefully has a better season next year)… en route to an 8-4 convincing win heading into the playoffs.
WEEKLY SUMMARY: Now if you’ll excuse me, I have some golf to play (or for me, it’s actually fishing).
Flin Flon Bombers
WEEKLY PREVIEW: The Buzzards come to town
GAME #1 – VISITING TEAM: Charlotte Buzzards
GAME #1: CHARLOTTE BUZZARDS@ FLIN FLON BOMBERS Both teams tuning up for the playoffs…..the Buzzards come out like caged gorillas and score :37 seconds in on a goal from Johansen off a rebound from the Great 8…..but Flin Flon took the game over scoring 4 unanswered goals. Jack Hughes lit the lamp twice to go along with Necas and Fiala. Johansen and Ovechkin would hook up again to cut it to 4-2 but less than two minutes later Jack Hughes would complete the Hat trick for the Bombers. In the third period Jonathan Marchessault would deflect a Bryan Rust shot past Fleury to cut it to 5-3…..but Jack Hughes would net his 4th goal of the game and put the game on ice 6-3 Flin Flon.
WEEKLY SUMMARY: Playoff time
Bucks County Bobcats
WEEKLY PREVIEW: Last home game of the year against division rival Chicago
GAME #1 – VISITING TEAM: Chicago Cosa Nostra

Chicago overcomes a first period goal by McDavid to score the next 3 and defeat Bucks County

WEEKLY SUMMARY: And now….the end is near….and so we face….the final curtain…..
Gilbert Sharks
WEEKLY PREVIEW: One more home game versus Chicago i missed the first time through
GAME #1 – VISITING TEAM: Chicago Cosa Nostra
GAME #1: CHICAGO COSA NOSTRA@ GILBERT SHARKS Erik Haula gets a hat trick and Gilbert controls from the beginning in a 6-1 win
WEEKLY SUMMARY: Good win to end the season for the Sharks
Portland Storm
WEEKLY PREVIEW: Last home game versus Flin Flon
GAME #1 – VISITING TEAM: Flin Flon Bombers
GAME #1: FLIN FLON BOMBERS@ PORTLAND STORM Flin Flon gets goals from Ek (25), Jones (3) and Ek (26) to win 3-0 as DeSmith earns the shutout with 25 saves
WEEKLY SUMMARY: Portland loses last home game
Pittsburgh Miners
WEEKLY PREVIEW: Miners win the last home game
GAME #1 – VISITING TEAM: Bathgate Rangers
GAME #1: BATHGATE RANGERS@ PITTSBURGH MINERS Bathgate comes to town but lose 3-2 in regulation.
WEEKLY SUMMARY: Miners win the last game of the regular season