Gauthier, Danick

Gauthier Making Most of Opportunity With Crunch


By Jeremy Houghtaling

Danick Gauthier's expected stay with the Syracuse Crunch was one game.

Sent down to the ECHL Florida Everblades at the beginning of the season to find his confidence and improve his work ethic, the 6-2 forward was brought back earlier this month to temporarily fill a space in the lineup.

"He showed up and he played well," said Crunch coach Rob Zettler. "We thought we'd give him another chance and he continues to play well."

Gauthier has made the most of his latest opportunity. The 22-year-old registered three points in his first four games with Syracuse, and has earned a shot on the Crunch's top line alongside Nikita Kucherov and Vladislav Namestnikov.

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SYR-4
WBS-3 (SO)

Kristers Gudlevskis allowed 3 goals on 26 shots (including a rare OT penalty shot) before stopping all 4 he faced in the penalty shot session for the shootout win. Since coming up from the Everblades for an injured Riku Helenius, Gudlevskis has put up a very respectable 3-0-0 record with 1 shutout, a 2.21 GAA, and a .914 sv%.

First Period
SYR Gauthier, (1) , 4:44
WBS Zolnierczyk, (6) (Sill, Despres), 12:39
SYR Nesterov, (2) (Kucherov, Namestnikov), 14:31 (PP)

Second Period
WBS Ebbett, (4) (Letourneau-Leblond, Harrington), 13:56

Third Period
WBS Ebbett, (5) (D'Agostino, Dumoulin), 12:47
SYR Rankin, (4) (Cote, Gauthier), 15:38

Overtime
NO SCORING

Shootout
SYR- Richard, Kucherov
WBS- NONE

Nikita Kucherov and Danick Gauthier were the game's first and third stars. Gauthier always amazes me with his ability to chip in despite always seemingly being on the fringe between the ECHL and AHL. This was Danick's second game up from the Coast and, as usual, he found a way to contribute. Depth is a wonderful thing.

Syracuse heads back to familiar territory Friday and Saturday to play Norfolk.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

ECHL Game Night: 10-29-2013

Florida Everblades 5 @ Las Vegas Wranglers 3

FW Danick Gauthier, FLA: 0-1-1, -1, 4 SOG, 2 PIM (interference)
Season totals: 6 GP, 3-3-6, +3, 15 SOG, 17 PIM

G Kristers Gudlevskis, FLA: Did not play
Season totals: 2 GP, 2-0-0, 1.50 GAA, 32 S / 35 SA (.914 SV%)

D Charles Landry, FLA: Did not play
Season totals: 5 GP, 0-1-1, +7, 3 SOG, 9 PIM

FW Maxime Langelier-Parent, FLA (AHL Contract): Did not play
Season totals: 2 GP, 1-0-1, +1, 5 SOG, 2 PIM

D Dan Milan, FLA: 0-0-0, +1, 1 SOG, 0 PIM
Season totals: 2 GP, 0-0-0, +1, 3 SOG, 2 PIM

FW Carl Nielsen, FLA (AHL Contract): 0-0-0, E, 0 SOG, 2 PIM (roughing)
Season totals: 6 GP, 0-2-2, +1, 4 SOG, 9 PIM

Florida rode a three-goal lead it reestablished midway through the middle period, adding an empty-netter in the final minute to close out Las Vegas and extend its unbeaten streak to six games. With Kristers Gudlevksis still up with AHL Syracuse, the Everblades turned to Jesse Deckert, who stopped 22 of 25 Wranglers shots, to tend net for the fourth-straight game. Danick Gauthier, currently tied for the fourth-highest point total on the team, added a primary helper on a power play tally by Matt Pistilli, the team's and league's current top scorer, in the second period. Charles Landry had the night off while Dan Milan was inserted into the lineup for just the second time this season. Florida (6-0-0, 12 PTS) now heads home to await division rival Orlando (2-3-0, 4 PTS), whom it will square off against on Friday.

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ECHL Game Night: 10-27-2013

Florida Everblades 5 @ Ontario Reign 4 (OT)

FW Danick Gauthier, FLA: 0-0-0, -1, 2 SOG, 0 PIM
Season totals: 5 GP, 3-2-5, +4, 11 SOG, 15 PIM

G Kristers Gudlevskis, FLA: Did not play
Season totals: 2 GP, 2-0-0, 1.50 GAA, 32 S / 35 SA (.914 SV%)

D Charles Landry, FLA: 0-0-0, E, 0 SOG, 0 PIM
Season totals: 5 GP, 0-1-1, +7, 3 SOG, 9 PIM

FW Maxime Langelier-Parent, FLA (AHL Contract): Did not play
Season totals: 2 GP, 1-0-1, +1, 5 SOG, 2 PIM

D Dan Milan, FLA: Did not play
Season totals: 1 GP, 0-0-0, E, 2 SOG, 2 PIM

FW Carl Nielsen, FLA (AHL Contract): 0-0-0, E, 0 SOG, 5 PIM (fighting)
Season totals: 5 GP, 0-2-2, +1, 4 SOG, 7 PIM

For the second time in three nights, Florida took and beat Ontario beyond regulation time, this time after Matthew Pistilli notched his second goal of the match early in overtime to push the visiting squad's season-opening win streak to five games. Sunday's victory came despite the Everblades squandered a three-goal lead it had built up nearly midway through the middle-frame. Jesse Deckert stopped 23 of 27 Reign shots to earn his third-consecutive win in the absence of Kristers Gudlevskis, who remains at present with AHL Syracuse. Fresh off picking up a helper the night before, 6'4", 225 pound Carl Nielsen engaged in his first fight of the season early in the match. Danick Gauthier, who managed to stay out of the sin bin for the first time this season, and Charles Landry barely registered on the stat sheet. Maxime Langelier-Parent was still inactive. Sitting atop the South Division perch, Florida (5-0-0, 10 PTS) finishes its current road trip Wednesday against Las Vegas (2-3-0, 4 PTS).

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ECHL Game Night: 10-26-13

Florida Everblades 6 @ Bakersfield Condors 2

FW Danick Gauthier, FLA: 2-1-3, +1, 3 SOG, 2 PIM (charging)
Season totals: 4 GP, 3-2-5, +5, 9 SOG, 15 PIM

G Kristers Gudlevskis, FLA: Did not play
Season totals: 2 GP, 2-0-0, 1.50 GAA, 32 S / 35 SA (.914 SV%)

D Charles Landry, FLA: 0-1-1, +1, 2 SOG, 0 PIM
Season totals: 4 GP, 0-1-1, +7, 3 SOG, 9 PIM

FW Maxime Langelier-Parent, FLA (AHL Contract): Did not play
Season totals: 2 GP, 1-0-1, +1, 5 SOG, 2 PIM

D Dan Milan, FLA: 0-0-0, E, 2 SOG, 2 PIM (roughing)
Season totals: 1 GP, 0-0-0, E, 2 SOG, 2 PIM

FW Carl Nielsen, FLA (AHL Contract): 0-1-1, E, 2 SOG, 2 PIM (unsportsmanlike conduct)
Season totals: 4 GP, 0-2-2, +1, 4 SOG, 2 PIM

Florida scored three times on six opportunities with the man-advantage and its penalty-killers negated all seven Bakersfield power plays en route to its fourth-straight victory to open the season. Jesse Deckert, tending the net for the second-straight match with Kristers Gudlevskis recalled to AHL Syracuse, steered aside 26 Condors shots on the evening. Florida finished with a narrow edge in shots, posting 30 of its own. Danick Gauthier, held scoreless while racking up penalty minutes the last two matches after a 1-and-1 opening night performance against Orlando, teed off with a three-point night, notching his 2nd and 3rd goals which accounted for two-thirds of the Everblades' power play production. Charles Landry managed an apple, which made for his first point of the season. Dan Milan made his season debut after sitting out the first three games. Maxime Langelier-Parent, scratched yet again, hasn't appeared since the Everblades' second match. Florida (4-0-0, 8 PTS), which currently sits alone atop the South Division standings, next has a road rematch against Ontario on the docket Sunday afternoon (2-0-1, 5 PTS).

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ECHL Game Night: 10-19-2013

Florida Everblades 4 @ Orlando Solar Bears 2

FW Danick Gauthier, FLA: 0-0-0, +2, 2 SOG, 7 PIM (slashing, fightning)
Season totals: 2 GP, 1-1-2, +4, 5 SOG, 9 PIM

G Kristers Gudlevskis, FLA: W, 2.00 GAA, 12 S / 14 SA (.857 SV%)
Season totals: 2 GP, 2-0-0, 1.50 GAA, 32 S / 35 SA (.914 SV%)

D Charles Landry, FLA: 0-0-0, +3, 0 SOG, 7 PIM (elbowing, fighting)
Season totals: 2 GP, 0-0-0, +4, 1 SOG, 9 PIM

FW Maxime Langelier-Parent, FLA (AHL Contract): 0-0-0, E, 2 SOG, 0 PIM
Season totals: 2 GP, 1-0-1, +1, 5 SOG, 2 PIM

D Dan Milan, FLA: Did not play
2012-2013 totals: 43 GP, 2-7-9, +5, 23 SOG, 56 PIM

FW Carl Nielsen, FLA (AHL Contract): 0-0-0, +1, 1 SOG, 0 PIM
Season totals: 2 GP, 0-1-1, +2, 1 SOG, 0 PIM

A four-goal outburst in the 3rd period lifted Florida out of a 2-0 hole and doomed host Orlando on Saturday night. The rally secured back-to-back wins for Kristers Gudlevskis, the Lightning's 2013 5th-rounder, in what was his first set of games as a pro in North America. Dan Gauthier, who had a goal and an assist in the season opener, was held scoreless, as was Charles Landry, who's still looking to register his first point of the season, but both made a dent on the game sheet by finishing a combined +5 with 14 penalty minues as Gauthier and Landry each participated in the only two fights of the contest. The Everblades limited the Solar Bears to just 14 shots on goal and just 6 over the final two periods while posting 29 of their own, with 15 coming during the comeback effort in the final frame. Florida (2-0-0, 4 PTS) will begin its pending four-game road trip on Friday against Ontario (1-0-0, 2 PTS), which has a mid-week tilt with Stockton on the docket.

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ECHL Game Night 10-19-13

Florida Everblades 4 vs. Orlando Solar Bears 1

FW Danick Gauthier, FLA: 1-1-2, +2, 3 SOG, 2 PIM (unsportsmanlike conduct)
Season totals: 1 GP, 1-1-2, +2, 3 SOG, 2 PIM

G Kristers Gudlevskis, FLA: W, 1.01 GAA, 20 S / 21 SA (.952 SV%)
Season totals: 1 GP, 1-0-0, 1.01 GAA, 20 S / 21 SA (.952 SV%)

D Charles Landry, FLA: 0-0-0, +1, 1 SOG, 2 PIM (roughing)
Season totals: 1 GP, 0-0-0, +1, 1 SOG, 2 PIM

FW Maxime Langelier-Parent, FLA (AHL Contract): 1-0-0, +1, 3 SOG, 2 PIM (tripping)
Season totals: 1 GP, 1-0-1, +1, 3 SOG, 2 PIM

D Dan Milan, FLA: Did not play
2012-2013 totals: 43 GP, 2-7-9, +5, 23 SOG, 56 PIM

FW Carl Nielsen, FLA (AHL Contract): 0-1-1, +1, 0 SOG, 0 PIM
Season totals: 1 GP, 0-1-1, +1, 0 SOG, 0 PIM

In his North American pro debut, recent draftee Kristers Gudlevskis steered aside all but one of twenty-one shots he faced in backstopping Florida to a sound decision in its seasons opener at home over divisional rival Orlando. It took a point shot that got through past numbers in the net front to spoil Gudlevskis' shutout bid. Fellow Lightning prospect Danick Gauthier (1 G, 1 A) as well as Maxime Langelier-Parent (1 G) and Carl Nielsen (1 A), both having contracts with and on assignment from AHL Syracuse, chipped in offensively. Florida (1-0-0, 2 PTS) and Orlando (0-1-0, 0 PTS) will square off again Saturday night in Orlando.

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ECHL Game Night: 3-13-13

Florida Everblades 2 @ South Carolina Stingrays 1

W Danick Gauthier, FLA: 0-1-1, E, 5 SOG, 0 PIM
Season totals: 5 GP, 3-3-6, +1, 0 PIM

W Alex Hutchings, FLA: 0-0-0, -1, 5 SOG, 2 PIM (hooking)
Season totals: 38 GP, 13-19-32, -2, 30 PIM

D Charles Landry, FLA: 0-0-0, -1, 1 SOG, 0 PIM
Season totals: 43 GP, 3-11-14, +5, 27 PIM

F Maxime Langelier-Parent, FLA: Did not play
Season totals: 3 GP, 2-1-3, -3, 5 PIM
(Syracuse Crunch contract)

D Daniel Milan, FLA: 0-0-0, E, 0 SOG, 0 PIM
Season totals: 40 GP, 2-6-8, +4, 54 PIM

D Pat Nagle, FLA: W, 1.00 GAA, 29 S / 30 SA (.967 SV%)
Season totals: 30 GP, 14-8-3, 3.02 GAA, 775 S / 857 SA (.904 SV%)

Florida gave up a first period lead within a couple minutes of earning it but eventually took advantage of a late even-strength tally to down divisional rival South Carolina. The win put Florida into a first-place tie with Gwinnett for the South Division lead. The Everblades, who ratcheted up the offense a notch in hitting 40 shots on goal against the Stingrays, also hold a game in hand on the Gladiators. Danick Gauthier notched his third assist, a primary dish on the power play approaching the midpoint of the first, of the season. It was Gauthier's third-straight game with a point and the fourth time in five games he registered at least a goal or an assist. Though he wasn't credited as being one of the stars of the game, Pat Nagle, back in net for Florida after being assigned from AHL Syracuse following the return of Cedrick Desjardins to the Crunch, turned in a stellar performance with 29 stops on 30 shots against. Alex Hutchings also was back in the lineup for the Everblades after being returned by AHL Syracuse. Florida (33-20-11, 77 PTS) continues its five-game home stand Friday night when it squares of against South Carolina(34-25-7, 75 PTS) in the second of three consecutive matches the two teams will play against each other.

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ECHL Game Night: 3-10-13

Florida Everblades 1 @ Kalamazoo Wings 2 (OT)

W Danick Gauthier, FLA: 0-1-1, E, 4 SOG, 0 PIM
Season totals: 4 GP, 3-2-5, +1, 0 PIM

D Charles Landry, FLA: 0-0-0, 0, 0 SOG, 2 PIM (hooking)
Season totals: 42 GP, 3-11-14, +6, 27 PIM

F Maxime Langelier-Parent, FLA: Did not play
Season totals: 3 GP, 2-1-3, -3, 5 PIM
(Syracuse Crunch contract)

D Daniel Milan, FLA: 0-0-0, -1, 0 SOG, 0 PIM
Season totals: 39 GP, 2-6-8, +4, 54 PIM

Florida fell behind 1-0 midway through the second period before evening the score with just over seven minutes remaining to force the extra session but Kalamazoo claimed the extra point by prevailing in the shootout. It was a tough-luck loss for netminder Jesse Deckert, who, making his fourth start for Florida, has put up some pretty decent numbers (2.45 GAA, .925 SV%, averaging 30 saves per game) after signing a try-out contract. Danick Gauthier had the primary dish on the lone Everblades goal, an even-strength tally defenseman Mike Ratchuk. Gauthier has now registered at least a point in three of the four games he has played since being assigned from AHL Syracuse and is also averaging 3.5 shots per game. Florida (32-20-11, 75 PTS) starts a five-game home stand with a crucial match, the first of three consecutive, against South Carolina (34-24-7, 75 PTS), which is tied with the Everblades in the South Division standings, Wednesday night.

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ECHL Game Night: 3-9-13

Florida Everblades 6 @ Fort Wayne Komets 2

W Danick Gauthier, FLA: 2-1-3, +1, 5 SOG, 0 PIM
Season totals: 3 GP, 3-1-4, +1, 0 PIM

D Charles Landry, FLA: 0-0-0, +1, 2 SOG, 2 PIM (high-sticking)
Season totals: 41 GP, 3-11-14, +7, 25 PIM

F Maxime Langelier-Parent, FLA: Did not play
Season totals: 3 GP, 2-1-3, -3, 5 PIM
(Syracuse Crunch contract)

D Daniel Milan, FLA: Did not play
Season totals: 38 GP, 2-6-8, +5, 54 PIM

Danick Gauthier's three-point (2 G, 1 A) night helped power visiting Florida over host Fort Wayne for their fourth-straight win, which moved the Everblades within a point of Gwinnett, which lost, for the South Division lead on Saturday night. Jesse Deckert, a 26-year old netminder signed to a tryout contract, moved to 3-0 after starting Florida's last three games. Gauthier, making his fourth appearance since being assigned to the Everblades from AHL Syracuse, showcased the offensive prowess he possesses in his big frame with two power play tallies in the first and second periods, in both cases working his way around the net to grab and bury loose rebounds, and by adding the only assist on Florida's second short-handed goal and last of the evening late in the third frame. Charles Landry's ground-breaking point streak (2 games) came to a screeching halt while fellow defender Dan Milan was inactive. Florida (32-20-10, 74 PTS) finishes its road swing with an afternoon match against Kalamazoo (31-26-4, 67 PTS).

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