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ECHL Game Night: 11-9-16

Toledo Walleye 3 at Kalamazoo Wings 0

W Brian Hart, KAL, DNP
Season Totals: 7 GP, 0-0-0, -3, 0 PIMs, 3 SOG

Other Notables
G Nic Riopel, KAL, DNP
Season Totals: 4 GP, 2-2-0-0, 2.51 GAA, 0.918 SV%, 1 SO

The K-Wings scoreless drought reached 134:55 after consecutive games of 3-0 shutouts. Wednesday night the Toledo Walleye administered the lockdown. Bolts prospect Brian Hart, who played 7 games without registering a point, found himself serving popcorn. A puzzling start to the season for a prospect who had decent training camps. Kalamazoo continues its 3-game home stand with Cincinnati and Quad Cities on Friday and Saturday night.

ECHL Game Night: 11-6-16

Kalamazoo Wings 0 at Wheeling Nailers 3

W Brian Hart, KAL, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIMs, 0 SOG
Season Totals: 7 GP, 0-0-0, -3, 0 PIMs, 3 SOG

Other Notables
G Nic Riopel, KAL, L, 59:25 MIN, 25/26
Season Totals: 4 GP, 2-2-0-0, 2.51 GAA, 0.918 SV%, 1 SO

Nic Riopel saved 25 of 26 shots Sunday night on the road in Wheeling, allowing just a single power play goal just past the midway point of the 2nd period. The Nailers added two empty net goals in the last minute and a half to make the victory look a bit more lopsided than it actually was. Just last weekend, Riopel allowed 8 Wheeling goals, so if you were looking for a response game, I'd say Riopel delivered. Kalamzoo returns home for a 3-game stand with Toledo rolling in Wednesday night followed by Cincinnati and Quad Cities on Friday and Saturday night.

ECHL Game Night: 11-4-16

Kalamazoo Wings 5 at Brampton Beast 3

W Brian Hart, KAL, 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIMs, 2 SOG
Season Totals: 6 GP, 0-0-0, -3, 0 PIMs, 3 SOG

Other Notables
G Nic Riopel, KAL, DNP
Season Totals: 3 GP, 2-1-0-0, 3.00 GAA, 0.906 SV%, 1 SO

D Mike Vernace, BRA, 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIMs, 2 SOG
Season Totals: 6 GP, 0-2-2, E, 4 PIMs, 2 SOG

Lightning camper Joel Martin withstood a barrage of 28 Beast shots in the first two periods and the K-wings power play chalked up two markers as Kalamazoo handed Brampton and former Lightning defenseman Mike Vernace their first regulation loss of the season. Martin snagged yet another first star honor and maintains Top-10 in the league in SV%, and forward Anthony Camara scored two goals after being signed by Kalamazoo earlier in the day. Camara, a former 2011 3rd round pick by the Bruins, spent the last three seasons in the AHL with Providence and Charlotte. Brampton backliner Mike Vernace played 10 games with Tampa and parts of two seasons with the Norfolk Admirals before being traded with James Wright to the Panthers organization for now legendary Lightning blueliners Mike Kostka and Evan Oberg. That trade for Kostka and Oberg was key to that historic 2011-12 Admirals win streak and Calder Cup championship.

The K-Wings get a travel day Saturday before an afternoon tilt Sunday against the Nailers in Wheeling. Last weekend goalie Nic Riopel gave up 8 goals against the Nailers, so it will be interesting to see he gets a shot at redemption despite no back-to-back.

ECHL Game Night: 10-30-16

Allen Americans 3 at Kalamazoo Wings 5

W Brian Hart, KAL, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIMs, 0 SOG
Season Totals: 5 GP, 0-0-0, -4, 0 PIMs, 1 SOG

Other Notables
G Nic Riopel, KAL, DNP
Season Totals: 2 GP, 2-1-0-0, 3.00 GAA, 0.906 SV%, 1 SO

It was the tale of two Tylers in Kalamazoo Sunday afternoon, as the K-Wings went 3-for-4 on the power play and powered by the Americans in front of 2400+ fans at the Wings Event Center. Former Maple Leafs 1st rounder Tyler Biggs scored twice and added a third power play point and former Blues 4th rounder Tyler Shattock added two more goals. Lightning camper Joel Martin maintained his sub-2 GAA after allowing the most goals (3) in a game for the season. He's currently ranked 9th in the league in both GAA and SV%.

Kalamazoo hits the road next weekend, taking on the Beast in Brampton Friday night, and look to go into Wheeling Sunday afternoon and avenge Saturday night's snowman debacle. With no back-to-back next weekend, it will be interesting to watch and see if Nic Riopel gets a start.

ECHL Game Night: 10-29-16

10/28/16: Wheeling Nailers 3 at Kalamazoo Wings 2 SO
10/29/16: Kalamazoo Wings 1 at Wheeling Nailers 8

W Brian Hart, KAL, 2gp, 0-0-0, -3, 0 PIMs, 1 SOG
Season Totals: 4 GP, 0-0-0, -4, 0 PIMs, 1 SOG

Other Notables
G Nic Riopel, KAL, L, 60:00 MIN, 26/34
Season Totals: 2 GP, 2-1-0-0, 3.00 GAA, 0.906 SV%, 1 SO

With Adam Comrie recalled to Syracuse, the K-Wings played a home-and-home with the Wheeling Nailers Friday and Saturday night. On Friday night at home in front 1200+ fans at the Wing Event Center, Kalamazoo battled to a 3-2 shootout loss behind two powerplay goals by Eric Kattelus.

On Saturday night, Nic Riopel was hammered as the Nailers put a snowman up on the board in front of 2100+ of their fans at the WesBanco Areana. If Lightning prospect Brian Hart is looking to get into the Syracuse lineup, he's going to have to do better than the 1 shot-on-goal in 4 games thus far. Kalamazoo plays at home against Allen Sunday night to complete the weekend 3-in-3.

ECHL Game Night: 10-22-16

Kalamazoo Wings 4 at Fort Wayne Komets 1

W Brian Hart, KAL, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIMs, 0 SOG
Season Totals: 2 GP, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIMs, 0 SOG

Other Notables
G Nic Riopel, KAL, W, 60:00 MIN, 41/42, *FIRST STAR*
Season Totals: 2 GP, 2-0-0-0, 0.50 GAA, 0.984 SV%, 1 SO

D Adam Comrie, KAL, 0-1-1, +3, 4 PIMs, 1 SOG
Season Totals: 2 GP, 0-1-1, +3, 4 PIMs, 7 SOG

Nic Riopel follows up last weekend's shutout of Norfolk with a 41 save win against the Komets in front of 7200+ at the Memorial Coliseum in Fort Wayne. Riopel earned First Star honors once again, and now leads the ECHL in both save percentage and goals against average. The K-Wings were propelled by a 3-goal 2nd period and defenseman Adam Comrie had an assist and was +3 in helping hand the Komets their first loss of the season. Former Toronto first rounder Tyler Biggs was signed mid-week by the K-Wings and made his debut scoring a goal and assisting on another. Kalamazoo plays a home-and-home next Friday and Saturday against Wheeling before completing the 3-in-3 on Sunday at home against Allen.

ECHL Game Night: 10-21-16

Fort Wayne Komets 1 at Kalamazoo Wings 1

W Brian Hart, KAL, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIMs, 0 SOG
Season Totals: 1 GP, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIMs, 0 SOG

Other Notables
G Nic Riopel, KAL, DNP
Season Totals: 1 GP, 1-0-0-0, 0.00 GAA, 1.000 SV%, 1 SO

D Adam Comrie, KAL, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIMs, 6 SOG
Season Totals: 1 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIMs, 6 SOG

G Pat Nagle, FW, W, 60:00 MIN, 33/34
Season Totals: 3 GP, 3-0-0-0, 1.33 GAA, 0.953 SV%, 0 SO

D Dan Milan, FW, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIMs, 1 SOG
Season Totals: 3 GP, 0-1-1, +2, 2 PIMs, 2 SOG

Former Lightning prospects Pat Nagle and Dan Milan along with their Fort Wayne Komets spoiled Kalamazoo's home opener Friday night in front of 2300+ fans at the Wings Event Center. It was also the season debut for Lightning prospect winger Brian Hart and Syracuse Crunch depth defenseman Adam Comrie after both were reassigned from the Crunch earlier in the week. Nagle continued his hot start to the 2016-17 season with the Komets, allowing just 4 goals in 3 games. K-Wings goalie and Lightning camper Joel Martin also continued his solid start to the season, having allowed just 3 goals in 2 games. Nic Riopel is expected to be in net Saturday for the K-Wings on the backside of the home-and-home with the Komets.

Nagle signed an entry-level contract with Tampa Bay out of Ferris State in 2011, and helped lead the Florida Everblades to the 2011-12 Kelly Cup Championship. This marks Nagle's third-straight season with the Komets and has posted a 54-19-10 career record with Fort Wayne. Milan, who signed a three-year entry-level contract with Tampa Bay in 2011, is reunited with Nagle after playing together for the 2012-13 Everblades. Milan camped with the AHL Wilkes Barre/Scranton Penguins after being acquired by the Komets this summer from the Wichita Thunder.

NHL Preseason Game Night: 9-30-16

Lightning miss a second straight preseason shutout by an eyelash.

TB-2
CAR-1 (OT)

Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed just 1 goal on 28 shots for the OT win. The lone blemish was a goal surrendered in a 6-on-4 situation with 1:05 left in regulation. If the performances of the past two nights by Gudlevskis and Vasilevskiy are any indication, Yzerman might have the flexibility he needs if he does choose to move Ben Bishop for cap reasons.

First Period
5:21 TB Johnson (1), (Palat, Nesterov)[/b]

Second Period
NO SCORING

Third Period
18:55 CAR Skinner (2), (DiGiuseppe, Rask)

Overtime
1:38 TB Palat (1), (unassisted)

Ondrej Palat and Tyler Johnson were the game's first and second stars, as the usual suspects start to calibrate their game for the regular season.

Very interesting lineup tonight from the Lightning and a pleasantly surprising performance. Tonight's group mixed in more NHL forwards, at least on the wings, but they pretty much went with Syracuse's defensive corps plus Nikita Nesterov, who may be a bubble player in this camp. It helps when you have Vasilevskiy behind you, but to almost get a shutout with that group is not too shabby.

Centers
Tanner Richard had 2 penalty minutes and 1 shot in 17:35. He was also 33% on 12 draws. Please, Jeff Halpern, teach these kids to win faceoffs.

Brayden Point had 4 penalty minutes and 1 shot in 16:09. He was also 33% on 9 draws. Sorry, son, you don't get to score a goal every game.

Cam Darcy had 1 hit and 1 blocked shot in 11:31 and was 30% on 10 draws. PLEASE, Jeff Halpern, teach these kids to win faceoffs.

Wingers
Joel Vermin had 1 shot, 1 hit, and 1 blocked shot in 18:44.

Gabriel Dumont had 1 shot, 4 hits, and 4 blocked shots in 14:02. For a guy who didn't score, his stat line still looks quite active, I have to say.

Henri Ikonen had 1 blocked shot in 14:15. The window is closing on the young Finn.

Brian Hart had 4 hits in 10:14. He then hit someone with an aluminum chair and put them in the Sharpshooter.

Defensemen
Luke Witkowski was +1 with 4 hits and 2 blocked shots in 21:10. He's not giving any quarter in camp to anybody.

Dominik Masin had 2 penalty minutes, 2 shots, and 2 hits in 19:55.

Matt Taormina had 1 shot in 19:46.

Dylan Blujus had 3 blocked shots in 19:29.

Jake Dotchin had 2 penalty minutes, 1 hit, and 2 blocked shots in 19:10.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

Hart Taking Advantage of Opportunities With Crunch


By Jeremy Houghtaling

Brian Hart began the season on the bubble.

After participating in training camp with the Syracuse Crunch, the rookie forward began the season in the ECHL with Greenville. Hart was reassigned back to Syracuse and returned to Greenville three more times in the first three months of the season.

Called back up to the Crunch on Jan. 9 when the team was dealing with rash of injuries, Hart has taken advantage of the opportunity and earned a regular spot in the lineup.

“We’ve had a lot of injuries in the last couple months, and other guys have had to step up,” Hart said. “That’s given me an opportunity. You hate to see guys go down, but it gives other guys a chance. I’m just trying to make the most of the situation.”

ECHL Game Night: 1-8-16

Florida Everblades 3 at Greenville Swamp Rabbits 2 OT

F Brian Hart, GRN: 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 23 GP, 6-2-8, -5, 2 PIM, 40 SOG
Season totals (AHL): 8 GP, 1-0-1, -2, 2 PIM, 9 SOG

Other Notables
G Allen York, GRN, Loss, 22 saves on 25 shots
Season totals: 9 GP, 2-4-0-2, 3.78 GAA, 0.892 SV%, 0 SO

D Charlie Dodero, GRN: recalled to Syracuse
Season totals (ECHL): 23 GP, 0-3-3, -8, 66 PIM, 23 SOG

The Swamp Rabbits grabbed a point against the division leading Everblades Friday night at home behind a another solid start from Allen York. Ryan Martindale had a two point night for the Everblades, and Brendan O'Donnell and Gabriel Dejardins both had assists. Greenville wraps up their 3-in-3 against Florida Saturday night.

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