With the score tied late in the third period, Vlad Namestnikov shook his defender and posted up in the slot.
When the pass arrived on his tape, the Syracuse Crunch forward wasted no time shooting it past Binghamton Senators netminder Andrew Hammond. The goal with 2:42 remaining capped a three-goal third period, as the Crunch topped the Senators, 4-3, at the Onondaga County War Memorial Sunday afternoon.
Lightning star defensive prospect Slater Koekkoek will undergo shoulder surgery and miss the remainder of his junior team's season, the Windsor Spitfires announced today.
Tampa Bay General Manager Steve Yzerman confirmed the diagnosis and told Tampa media that he'd know more about the situation on Monday.
Koekkoek, who has had two surgeries on his left shoulder, dislocated his right shoulder Thursday night in a fight against Saginaw's Jeremiah Addison. The captain of the Spitfires was defending a teammate and jumped in front of his alternate captain to take on Addison. The two wrestled to the ice rather innocently, though Koekkoek appeared to twist as he went down.
"After consulting with team doctor Roy Diklich, Tampa Bay Lightning General Manager Steve Yzerman, and their team doctors, all parties have agreed that the best course of action right now is for him to have surgery," Windsor GM Warren Rychel said in a team press release.
The Lightning's top pick - 10th overall - in the 2011 draft, Koekkoek was enjoying a phenomenal year with Windsor, accumulating 53 points (15 goals) in 62 games, with a plus-44 rating. He was fifth in the league in plus/minus as of Friday afternoon. His 53 points were good enough for third among OHL defensemen, and Koekkoek was being mentioned in MVP and top-defenseman talks. His coach, former NHLer Bob Boughner, has played the 6-2 defenseman over 35 minutes a night.
The pieces start to fit together?
Kristers Gudlevskis allowed 3 goals on 36 shots for the victory. He gave his team a chance, holding them to within 2 of the Sens going into the final frame before the offense ramped up and delivered him some precious goal support.
BNG Prince, (17) , 3:15 (PP)
BNG Puempel, (22) (Da Costa), 14:35 (PP)
SYR Paquette, (16) (Namestnikov, Gudlevskis), 8:18 (PP)
BNG Da Costa, (14) (Puempel, Stone), 12:40
SYR Paradis, (3) (Sergeev, Angelidis), 7:42 (PP)
SYR Connolly, (14) (Labrie, Angelidis), 12:59
SYR Namestnikov, (17) (Marchessault, Connolly), 17:18
Vladislav Namestnikov, Brett Connolly, and Mike Angelidis were the game's three stars. Today also marked the first point for new acquisition Jonathan Marchessault and the team also announced the signing of 22 year old left wing Yanni Gourde, who was a point a game player for Worchester in 25 games this season before being cut loose by the Sharks. Gourde and Marchessault, like Conacher and Johnson before them, fit the mold of undersized, skilled, and inexpensive prospects the Lightning have had huge success cultivating. Both should figure prominently into the rebuilding of the Crunch next season.
Box score from TheAHL.com.
Eastern Conference Quarterfinals
(1)Magnitogorsk 5 vs. (8)Vladivostok 3
Magnitogorsk Leads the Series 2-0
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, Win, 32/35, 3.01 GAA, .914 sv%
Regular season totals: 51 GP, 30-12-8, 9 SO, 1.88 GAA, .940 sv%
Playoff totals: 2 GP, 2-0-0, 0 SO, 2.01 GAA, .935 sv%
Ex-Capitals draft pick Oskar Osala had a couple of assists in Magnitogorsk's 5-3 win over Vladivostok in Game Two of their opening round series. Ex-Red Wings farmhand Francis Pare also had a goal for Metallurg. Vladivostok got a goal in defeat from former Devils first rounder Nicklas Bergfors.
(4)Ufa 0 vs. (5)Novgorod 1
Novgorod Leads the Series 2-0
Andrey Vasilevskiy, Ufa, Loss, 17/18, 1.01 GAA, .944 sv%
Regular season totals: 28 GP, 14-8-5, 3 SO, 2.21 GAA, .923 sv%
Playoff totals: 2 GP, 0-2-0, 0 SO, 2.04 GAA, .913 sv%
Ex-Phoenix first rounder Krys Kolanos scored the game's only goal as Novgorod defeated Ufa 1-0 in Game Two of their opening round series. Andrey Vasilevskiy was the recipient of the hard-luck loss, stopping 17 of 18 in the contest.
Harvard Crimson 1 @ No. 16 Yale Bulldogs 2
ECAC Tournament – First Round
F Brian Hart, HAR: 1-0-1, -1, 2 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 30 GP, 7-8-15, -8, 20 PIM
2012-2013 totals: 29 GP, 4-13-17, +1, 10 PIM
Yale eliminated the Crimson, ending Harvard’s season. Hart finishes the season with seven goals and 15 points in 30 games. He is expected to return to Harvard for his junior season.
Miami RedHawks 2 @ Denver Pioneers 1
F Jimmy Mullin, MIA: Did not play
Season totals: 19 GP, 1-6-7, +3, 23 PIM
2012-2013 totals: 38 GP, 6-8-14, E, 14 PIM
Mullin was a scratch.
Western Michigan Broncos 2 @ No. 9 North Dakota 1
F Brendan O’Donnell, UND: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 27 GP, 5-8-13, +3, 8 PIM
2012-2013 totals: 29 GP, 2-8-10, E, 20 PIM
WMU upset UND at home, 2-1. With St. Cloud State winning tonight, the Huskies are the NCHC champs and top seed in next week’s conference tournament. UND will play Colorado College.
No. 1 Minnesota Golden Gophers 2 @ Ohio State Buckeyes 2
G Adam Wilcox, MIN: Tie, 41 saves on 43 shots
Season totals: 32 GP, 22-4-6, 1.91 GAA, .934 sv%, 3 SO
2012-2013 totals: 39 GP, 25-8-5, 1.88 GAA, .921 sv%, 3 SO
Wilcox set a new career high for saves in a game with 41. The Gophers have a 5 point lead on Wisconsin heading into their series with Michigan next weekend. OSU won the shootout on Saturday, 1-0.
*USCHO poll used