Ikonen, Henri

NHL Preseason Game Night: 9-30-16

Lightning miss a second straight preseason shutout by an eyelash.

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Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed just 1 goal on 28 shots for the OT win. The loan 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.

AHL Game Night: 3-19-16 IceCaps at Crunch

Martindale comes alive.

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Kristers Gudlevskis allowed 2 goals on 23 shots for the victory. It was Kristers' first win since February 19th... exactly one month.

First Period
STJ Dumont, (18) (Lernout, Didier), 6:31
SYR Martindale, (1) (Taormina, Ikonen), 8:32

Second Period
SYR Martindale, (2) (DeAngelo, Tambellini), 8:51
SYR Tambellini, (23) (Gourde, Martindale), 13:06

Third Period
STJ McNally, (5) (Scherbak, Johnston), 7:58

Jeff Tambellini, Ryan Martindale, and Anthony DeAngelo were the game's three stars. Martindale's 3 point night equaled his production from his previous 11 games in a Crunch jersey.

Henri Ikonen broke a streak of 15 games without a point.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Night: 1-10-16 Crunch at Americans

Drouinsanity weekend ends with Syracuse collecting 4 of 6 points.

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Kristers Gudlevskis allowed just 1 goal on 29 shots for the victory, and was likely the margin in the contest today. He left the game Friday after feeling ill, but evidently got enough Vitamin C in the time between then and tonight.

First Period
SYR Tambellini, (16) (Peca), 1:31

Second Period
NO SCORING

Third Period
SYR Ikonen, (2) (Peca, Taormina), 2:27
RCH Akeson, (7) (Leduc, Pysyk), 9:44 (PP)

Gudlevskis, Henri Ikonen, and Matthew Peca were the game's three stars.

It was a quiet night for Drouin as Syracuse, in general, struggled a bit offensively. They were outshot 29-22 on the night, but still pulled out the win.

The win allowed Syracuse to move up into 4th in the North Division, leapfrogging over both Rochester and the Utica Comets.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

ECHL Game Night: 12-04-15 - 12-06-15

With Lightning forward prospects Henri Ikonen and Brian Hart reassigned to Greenville last Wednesday, the Swamp Rabbits had a three-in-three Thursday through Saturday at home.

Dec 3: Cincinnati Cyclones 3 at Greenville Swamp Rabbits 4
Dec 4: Cincinnati Cyclones 7 at Greenville Swamp Rabbits 6 OT
Dec 5: Norfolk Admirals 3 at Greenville Swamp Rabbits 0

F Brian Hart, GRN: 3gp, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 18 GP, 6-1-7, -3, 2 PIM, 34 SOG
Season totals (AHL): 3 GP, 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM, 2 SOG

F Henri Ikonen, GRN: 3gp, 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 3 GP, 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals (AHL): 17 GP, 1-3-4, -3, 4 PIM, 14 SOG

Other Notables
G Allen York, GRN, injured reserve
Season totals: 4 GP, 0-4-0-0, 4.98 GAA, 0.858 SV%, 0 SO

D Charlie Dodero, GRN: 3gp, 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM, 7 SOG
Season totals (ECHL): 16 GP, 0-3-3, -6, 22 PIM, 16 SOG

With top Lighting forward prospect Adam Erne returning from injury to the Syracuse Crunch lineup, Henri Ikonen was the low man on the pole and drew the reassignment to Greenville along with Brian Hart. Ikonen immediately made his presence felt in the Swamp Rabbits 4-3 win over the Cyclones Thursday night, scoring what would be the game winner with 5 minutes left in the 3rd on rebound put-in from the post. Neither Ikonen nor Hart would figure into the scoring for Friday night's wild 7-6 OT loss to the Cyclones or the 3-0 shutout loss to the Admirals on Saturday. Ikonen was recalled to Syracuse on Sunday, making his temporary assignment looking more like just an opportunity for him to get some quality ice time. Greenville has another 3-in-3 starting on Thursday with back-to-back games at home against Orlando and a Saturday night cross state trek to Charleston to play the Stingrays.

NHL Preseason Game Night: 9-26-15 Lightning at Stars

Emery opens the door in the Third Period. Will Gudlevskis step through it.

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Ray Emery allowed 6 goals on 26 shots for the loss in his first full game of action in the preseason. The stat line is ugly, especially in the Third Period where he allowed 3 goals on 9 shots. My theory remains the same: I think the Lightning would be thrilled for Kristers Gudlevskis to take the backup job in October and November until Vasilevskiy returns, but they're not going to hand it to him. He has to win it from Emery and right now Emery opened the door to Kristers.

First Period
NO SCORING

Second Period
0:42 TB Namestnikov (1), (Nesterov, Drouin)(PP)
4:17 DAL Lindell (1), (Honka, Shore)(PP)
11:09 DAL Seguin (1), (Klingberg, Sharp)
13:24 TB Drouin (1), (Blujus, Marchessault)(PP)
18:21 DAL Sharp (1), (Seguin, Smith)

Third Period
2:01 TB Koekkoek (1), (Gourde, McGinn)
4:59 DAL Ully (1), (Smith, Goligoski)
6:47 DAL Seguin (2), (Ranford, Johns)
7:18 DAL Ranford (1), (Shore, Lindell)

The result tonight wasn't terribly surprising. This was another case of Dallas playing most of their NHLers against a depleted Lightning lineup that was sitting out its top two lines and best defensemen. Still, it's disappointing to have a game tied 3-3 early in the Third Period and then surrender 3 goals in less that 2 and a half minutes to spoil it. You'll no doubt see cuts en masse now as Syracuse Crunch camp is about to start overseas.

Matt Taormina was -1 with 2 blocked shots in 21:34. He'll likely be packing for Crunch camp now. I don't anticipate a lot of danger that he'll be plucked off waivers.

Slater Koekkoek had a goal and was -1 with 2 shots in 18:37. He's played well. I wouldn't be shocked to see him get an extended look, but I'd guess the nature of Syracuse's overseas camp probably makes it harder to keep him with Tampa Bay.

Brayden Point was -1 with 1 shot, 1 hit, and 1 blocked shot in 15:19. He was also 23% on 13 draws. He's just a puppy, age-wise, and I'd expect the Lightning to pull the trigger here soon to send him back for his final season of junior hockey.

Tanner Richard was -1 with 2 shots and 3 hits in 13:55. He was also 36% on 11 draws. Suspect he'll have some family and friends make the trip over from Switzerland to watch him during Crunch camp.

Jonathan Marchessault had a helper and was -1 with 1 shot and 2 hits in 15:30. Maybe a slight chance he'll get plucked off of waivers if the Lightning do indeed choose to make the move right now.

Philippe Paradis was -1 with 5 hits in 11:41. Crunch camp, no doubt.

Luke Witkowski was -1 with 3 blocked shots in 17:16. I believe he's waiver eligible, too, but suspect he'll make it through.

Henri Ikonen was -1 with 1 shot, 1 hit, and 4 blocked shots in 13:54. Another likely Crunch camper.

Yanni Gourde had a helper and was -1 with 1 shot and 2 hits in 16:09. Another likely Crunch camper.

Dylan Blujus had a helper and was -2 with 2 penalty minutes, 2 hits, and 3 blocked shots in 20:21. Third on the team in ice time tonight. I've been pretty pleased how he and Dotchin have played along side the more obvious suspects like Koekkoek and DeAngelo. He's another likely Crunch camper, but the Lightning should feel a lot better about their future at that position than they did at this time even a year ago.

Nikita Nesterov had a helper and was -1 with 2 penalty minutes, 1 shot, and 1 hit in 21:19. Just 1 shot on goal? Does Nikki have a cold?

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

NHL Preseason Game Night: 9-22-15 Predators at Lightning

Strong 55 minutes of hockey marred by late game collapse.

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Ray Emery stopped all 10 shots he faced before giving way to Adam Wilcox midway through regulation. Wilcox played well for 25 minutes before eventually allowing 3 goals for the OT loss. He stopped 14 of 17 overall on the night. Emery's performance lays down a strong initial claim to the role of Bishop's backup heading into the regular season with Vasilevskiy shelved the first couple of months of the campaign.

First Period
NO SCORING

Second Period
2:58 TB Condra (1), (Angelidis, DeAngelo)

Third Period
1:01 TB Drouin (1), (Killorn, Hedman)
15:18 NSH Bass (1), (Bourque, Jones)
17:28 NSH Arvidsson (1), (Fiala)

Overtime
3:50 NSH Ekholm (1), (Forsberg, Ellis)(PP)

Brayden Point was the game's second star.

Unfortunately, the last 9 minutes or so of hockey kind of overshadowed 55 minutes of hockey where the Lightning accomplished most of what they set out to do tonight. They got good performances from the backup goaltenders. They got Drouin on track early in preseason. They got some good performances from the young players, especially the young defensemen. I think the staff will be happy with the night, on balance, but you want to finish it off and get the result, of course.

Anthony DeAngelo had a helper and was +1 with 2 shots and 1 hit in 21:03. They let their young thoroughbreds out for a good long run tonight.

Mike Angelidis had a helper and was +1 with 1 hit and 3 blocked shots in 11:37. He was also 67% on draws. Productive in his ice time, but that IT was limited because the Lightning know what they have there and the role he's going to be put into. Not a lot of mystery with Angelidis.

Slater Koekkoek was -1 with 1 hit and 5 blocked shots in 18:17.

Point was -1 with 2 shots and 1 blocked shot in 16:03. He was also a very nice 71% on draws. The guy has just gotten universal praise by everyone who has seen him in the last half a year or so.

Joel Vermin had 1 blocked shot in 13:55.

Henri Ikonen had 1 shot and 1 blocked shot in 11:35.

Mitchell Stephens was -1 with 2 shots and 2 hits in 14:11. It says a lot that they gave him a touch more IT than some of the more established prospects who were in Syracuse last season. They obviously have high hopes for Stephens.

Dylan Blujus had 2 shots, 2 hits, and 2 blocked shots in 19:30. Also hit a crossbar. Nice, well-rounded stat line. Good to see, with a nice chunk of minutes.

Adam Erne was -1 with 3 shots and 2 hits in 14:40. Activity is good. Syracuse fans should be excited to get DeAngelo and Erne into the program this season.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

AHL Game Night: 1-23-15 Phantoms at Crunch

Vasiy and Gourde spook the Phantoms.

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Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 2 goals on 32 shots for the victory. It's a solid stat line, but the real key was making big saves at key junctures of the game, like any really good goaltender does.

First Period
SYR Kunyk, (6) (Lynch, Dodero), 7:21
LV Goumas, (2) (Delisle, Comrie), 17:00
LV Straka, (10) (Goumas, Comrie), 17:24

Second Period
SYR Gourde, (14) , 3:23
SYR Ikonen, (5) (Angelidis, Corrente), 17:45

Third Period
SYR Gourde, (15) (Richard, Vermin), 4:00

Yanni Gourde, Henri Ikonen and Vasilevskiy were the game's three stars. Gourde snapped a 9 game goalless streak with his tally. Ikonen, for his part, has 3 goals in the last 6 games.

With Springfield falling to Hartford tonight, Syracuse moves back to just 1 point back in the division with 1 game in hand.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Night: 1-10-15 Penguins at Crunch

Crunch outlast Penguins... barely.

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Kristers Gudlevskis allowed 2 goals on 9 shots. They were soft enough that he was lifted at the First Intermission for Andrei Vasilevskiy, who allowed 1 goal on 11 shots the rest of the way to eventually collect the come-from-behind win.

First Period
SYR Paradis, (8) (Mormina, Corrente), 4:16
WBS Megna, (10) (Kostopoulos, Harrington), 14:31
WBS Megna, (11) (Boak), 18:38

Second Period
SYR Marchessault, (10) (Namestnikov), 3:29
SYR Blunden, (10) (Witkowski, Marchessault), 14:21

Third Period
SYR Ikonen, (4) (Vermin, Angelidis), 14:16
WBS Rowney, (2) (Dumoulin, Kostopoulos), 19:52 (PP)

Mike Blunden, Jonathan Marchessault, and Vasilevskiy were the game's three stars.

The night also saw the return of Philippe Paradis from injury. Paradis has been a key missing cog from the Gourde line that has sputtered in his absence. Henri Ikonen also potted a goal for the second game in a row.

At this moment, Syracuse's 51 points has them 1 point off the pace for both the division and the conference lead.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Night: 12-13-14 Crunch at Comets

Gudlevskis responds.

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Kristers Gudlevskis allowed 1 goal on 29 shots for the OT win, rebounding from giving up 4 or more goals in each of his previous 3 starts. Gudlevskis saw the Vasilevskiy train leaving the station, and didn't want to be left behind. Big plus for the Crunch that he stepped up tonight.

First Period
NO SCORING

Second Period
NO SCORING

Third Period
UTI DeFazio, (9) (Tommernes, Sanguinetti), 15:09
SYR Angelidis, (10) (Ikonen, Mormina), 17:49

Overtime
SYR Gourde, (11) (Richard, Mormina), 6:00

Gudlevskis and Yanni Gourde were the game's first and second stars. Also, very quietly, Henri Ikonen has 1 goal and 3 points in the last 2 games. That matches his statistical output from all of November.

The Crunch's win pulls them within 2 points of division and conference leading Springfield, which lost to Norfolk tonight. Syracuse has 2 games in hand on the Falcons, and they can move into a tie with Springfield on Wednesday when they square off against Rochester.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

Ikonen Focused on Making More Memories


By Jeremy Houghtaling

It was a feeling Henri Ikonen couldn’t describe.

Representing Finland in the 2014 World Junior Championships and winning his homeland’s first gold medal since 1998 was a memory he will never forget.

To top it off, the Finns beat host (and rival) Sweden in overtime.

“It was an unbelievable experience,” Ikonen said. “The best two weeks of my life.”

With his professional career just getting started, Ikonen is hoping to make many more memories like the one he had in Sweden. But the Syracuse Crunch forward is taking it one step at a time.

“I just go to the rink every morning and do my best there,” Ikonen said.

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