Fives wild: Wednesday notes/Worlds locals

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All three AHL games had a five-goal period tonight, a different period in each game, and two of the three needed overtime. After Providence scored two goals in the first 66 seconds of the third, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton had to come back from three goals down in the last 13 minutes to force overtime. It took over 26 minutes of overtime before Simon Despres scored to give the Pens the win. Penguins newbie Conor Sheary had three points.

The crazy period was the first in Toronto, where Jerry D’Amigo scored in overtime to win it off Trevor Smith’s assist. (The Wolves couldn’t get out of O’Hare Tuesday, finally getting there (not all together) Wednesday.)

Grand Rapids evened its series with Texas with a 3-2 win, scoring the middle three goals in a wild second (though one was controversial).

Thursday’s an AHL night off, but all four series resume Friday. St. John’s and Toronto can finish theirs off. The other two will need at least one more.

In the U.S.’s Pool B today at the Worlds, Germany beat Switzerland 3-2, and Russia kept rolling with a 7-2 win over Kazakhstan. Across the way, Tomas Marcinko was a plus-1 in Slovakia’s 5-2 win over Norway, and the Czech Republic shut out Italy.

The U.S. plays Latvia on Thursday at 9:45 a.m. Eastern. Through Wednesday, locally:

Name, Country GP G A Pts PIM +/- SOG
Brock Nelson, USA 3 1 1 2 6 E 6
Colin McDonald, USA 3 1 0 1 0 E 4
Mikko Koskinen, FIN 1 0 0 0 0 0
Matt Donovan, USA 2 0 0 0 0 E 1
Anders Nilsson, SWE 3 0 0 0 0 0
Herberts Vasiljevs, LAT 3 0 0 0 4 -1 0
Tomas Marcinko, SVK 4 0 0 0 2 +1 4
Name, Country GP W-L MP GA Svs Sv Pct GAA
Anders Nilsson, SWE 3 1-2 185:00 4 64 .941 1.30
Mikko Koskinen, FIN 1 0-1 58:12 4 22 .846 4.12

Sudarshan “Sudsie” Maharaj, former Islanders and Sound Tigers goalie coach who’s now doing the same in Norfolk, gets a shoutout from Kevin Weekes for his work with John Gibson. (Weekes used to work with Sudsie when he was playing.)

ATO Brock Montpetit to Sweden.

Milford’s Mark Naclerio will be one of Brown’s captains as a junior.

And a nice Sports Illustrated piece from Michael Farber on the legendary 1979 Game 7 between the Habs and Bruins, remembered for the infamous too many men call late in regulation. I look forward to next week’s about James Patrick running into Ray Scapinello.

Michael Fornabaio

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