Richard, Tanner

AHL Preseason Game Night: 9-26-13 Crunch at IceCaps

Dump truck!

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STJ-2

Riku Helenius allowed 2 goals on 21 shots after spelling Cedrick Desjardins, who was flawless in the opening half of the game.

Syracuse got a pair of goals by Cedric Paquette (aka Dump Truck), and goals by Luke Witkowski, Tanner Richard, and Vladislav Namestnikov.

The teams will square off again Saturday night.

Game recap from Syracusecrunch.com.

AHL Game Night: 4-9-13 Crunch at Monsters

Oh so close to getting the 2 points in the final road game of the season.

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LE-5 (OT)

Cedrick Desjardins allowed 5 goals on 25 shots for the loss. Yuck.

First Period
LE Thomas, (22) (Hishon, Lauridsen), 4:13
SYR Sexton, (8) (Palat, Richard), 18:28

Second Period
SYR Namestnikov, (6) (Sustr, Korobov), 10:50 (PP)
LE Connolly, (9) (Thomas, Beaupre), 14:14
LE Vincour, (15) (Pock, Sullivan), 18:34 (PP)

Third Period
SYR Sustr, (1) (Korobov, Namestnikov), 2:03 (PP)
SYR Devos, (6) (Brown, Taormina), 3:26
LE Vincour, (16) (Hishon, Carey), 9:42

Overtime
LE Agozzino, (19) (Walker, Pock), 2:49

Ondrej Palat got the extremely rare penalty shot in Overtime, but failed to convert against Lake Erie netminder Kent Patterson.

Congratulations to Andrej Sustr on his first pro point, first pro goal, and first pro multi-point game.

Tanner Richard got a helper. In related news, water is wet.

Syracuse is now 3 points back of Providence and 1 points back of Springfield in the conference and 3 points ahead of Binghamton in the division. They head home for a hugely important 5 game homestand to finish the regular season. With Ryan Malone back for Tampa Bay, might Coach Zettler get back one of his star players for the kick at the finish line?

Box score from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Night: 4-6-13 Crunch at Bears

Rob Zettler's first win allows Syracuse to keep pace in the East.

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Riku Helenius allowed just 1 goal on 20 shots for the big win. Once again, he's eased his season save percentage up to .900.

First Period
SYR Cote, (3) (Devos, Hutchings), 10:07

Second Period
HER Crabb, (2) (Taffe, Schmidt), 19:05

Third Period
SYR Palat, (12) (Richard, Sexton), 3:50

Ondrej Palat and J.P. Cote were the game's first and second stars.

Congratulations to Tanner Richard on his first professional point. Naturally, it was an assist. Luke Witkowski made his professional debut in the game.

This is how Syracuse has to scratch out wins with their finishers called up to Tampa Bay. It's got to be low scoring games and finding a way to get key goals at key times. Providence and Springfield won tonight, and Binghamton is going down late to Norfolk. If that holds, that will leave Syracuse 2 points behind Providence for tops in the East and 2 points clear of Binghamton for the East Division lead. Syracuse's last road game of the regular season is Tuesday against Lake Erie. They'll end with 5 straight at home, which might be edge they need to take the top spot in the East.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

Richard, Witkowski Join Crunch


By Jeremy Houghtaling

It's all still sinking in for Tanner Richard.

After finishing up his first practice with the Syracuse Crunch Wednesday afternoon, the 2012 third-rounder -- one of two draftees signed by the Tampa Bay Lightning Monday -- was just beginning to take in his new surroundings.

"My phone has been ringing off the hook since Monday,” Richard said. “It just doesn't stop beeping. Every time I look there's 15 or 20 messages from Facebook and Twitter and everything. Honestly, I'm trying to soak it all in and have a good time."

Richard wasn’t the only fresh face getting acquainted to a new team at the Onondaga County War Memorial. Defenseman Luke Witkowski (pictured), a sixth-round pick in 2008 who finished up his senior season at Western Michigan University, also donned a Crunch sweater for the first time.

Lightning Sign Forward Tanner Richard

TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning have signed forward Tanner Richard to a three-year, entry-level contract, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced today.

Richard, 19, has skated in 52 games this season with the Guelph Storm of the Ontario Hockey League, recording 11 goals and 62 points to go along with 94 penalty minutes. The 6-foot, 183-pound forward ranks first on the Storm and ninth in the OHL in assists with 51 and was third on his team with a plus-18 rating. Richard also played in five postseason games against the Kitchener Rangers, registering three assists and six penalty minutes.

The Jona, Switzerland native has appeared in 95 career OHL games, all with Guelph, collecting 24 goals and 110 points with 140 penalty minutes. He also represented Switzerland at the 2013 IIHF World Jr. Championships in Russia, posting four assists and plus-two rating in six tournament games.

Richard was originally drafted by the Lightning in the third round, 71st overall, of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.

NA Juniors Game Night: 2-16-13

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Rouyn-Noranda Huskies 7 @ Blainville-Boisbriand Armada 5

W Nikita Kucherov, R-N: 2-3-5, +3, 0 PIM, 6 SOG, 0 Hits, *Third Star*
Season totals: 22 GP, 16-28-44, +11, 2 PIM
With R-N: 16 GP, 13-21-34, +12, 0 PIM
With Quebec: 6 GP, 3-7-10, -1, 2 PIM

C Cedric Paquette, BLB: 1-2-3, +2, 0 PIM, 4 SOG, 1 Hit
Season totals: 53 GP, 22-49-71, +24, 87 PIM

Kucherov (pictured) extended his point streak to 12 games with his second five-point night in his last three games. He has 12 points in those three games, which raised his season points-per-game average to two. Kucherov’s linemate, Swiss native Sven Andrighetto (2013), had four goals and two assists for first star honors. For the Armada, Lightning prospect Cedric Paquette had his first three-point night of February; he had four in January.

Val-d’Or Foreurs 5 @ Chicoutimi Sagueneens 7

D Artem Sergeev, VDO: Did not play
Season totals: 44 GP, 6-25-31, +19, 49 PIM

Sergeev missed Saturday’s game, likely the result of a match penalty he received on Friday against the Sags.

Ontario Hockey League

Mississauga Steelheads 0 @ Barrie Colts 3

D Jake Dotchin, BAR: 0-1-1, +1, 2 PIM
Season totals: 53 GP, 4-17-21, +2, 58 PIM
With Barrie: 15 GP, 2-5-7, +1, 19 PIM
With Owen Sound: 38 GP, 2-12-14, +1, 39 PIM

Dotchin extended his point streak to a career-high four games with an assist while helping the Colts shut out the visiting Steelheads, 3-0. Undrafted German overager Mathias Niederberger made 28 saves for the win.

Guelph Storm 4 @ Plymouth Whalers 7

C/W Tanner Richard, GUE: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
Season totals: 43 GP, 8-45-53, +15, 90 PIM

Rickard Rakell, just assigned to Plymouth from the Anaheim Ducks, had a goal and two assists and Matthew Mistele (2014) had a hat trick for the Whalers in their home win over Guelph. Rakell had no points in four games with Anaheim this season.

Note: Windsor’s Slater Koekkoek is out for the season with an injured shoulder.

NA Juniors Game Night: 2-3-13

Ontario Hockey League

Sudbury Wolves 1 @ Brampton Battalion 4

D Dylan Blujus, BRAM: 0-0-0, +2, 4 PIM
Season totals: 51 GP, 2-20-22, -4, 46 PIM

Brampton outscored the Wolves 3-1 in the third period to claim a 4-1 win. The Battalion pulled within one point of Sudbury for fourth in the Eastern Conference. After a slow start, Dylan Blujus is back near an even plus/minus rating.

Windsor Spitfires 3 @ Guelph Storm 1

C/W Tanner Richard, GUE: Did not play
Season totals: 38 GP, 8-44-52, +18, 82 PIM

D Slater Koekkoek, WIN: Did not play
Season totals: 40 GP, 6-23-29, -24, 28 PIM
With Windsor: 2 GP, 0-1-1, +2, 0 PIM
With Peterborough: 38 GP, 6-22-28, -26, 28 PIM

Tanner Richard missed the game with the flu. Windsor’s Slater Koekkoek is out for the season with an injured shoulder.

NA Juniors Game Night: 1-27-13

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Chicoutimi Sagueneens 2 @ Val-d’Or Foreurs 5

D Artem Sergeev, VDO: 1-0-1, +1, 6 PIM, 3 SOG, 0 Hits
Season totals: 36 GP, 6-23-29, +17, 32 PIM

Artem Sergeev (pictured) pulled within one goal of matching last year’s career high of seven, set in 46 games. Former Lightning prospect camper Brandon Hynes had a goal and a helper for the Foreurs.

Ontario Hockey League

Niagara IceDogs 1 @ Brampton Battalion 2

D Dylan Blujus, BRAM: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
Season totals: 48 GP, 2-19-21, -5, 36 PIM

Brampton allowed just 20 shots in their second straight 2-1 victory, this time over Niagara.

Kitchener Rangers 3 @ Guelph Storm 2

C/W Tanner Richard, GUE: 1-0-1, E, 2 PIM
Season totals: 37 GP, 7-44-51, +18, 82 PIM

Coming off two wins this week against division-rival Owen Sound, the Storm were in prime position to leapfrog the Rangers in the Midwest Division with a win on Sunday, but it was not to be. Carolina prospect defenseman Ryan Murphy scored late in the second period to give Kitchener a 3-2 lead, which the Rangers made hold up for the duration of the game. Tanner Richard scored his seventh goal of the season on a penalty shot. He now has four goals in his last five games after starting the year with three in his first 32.

Windsor Spitfires 4 @ Sudbury Wolves 8

D Slater Koekkoek, WIN: Did not play
Season totals: 40 GP, 6-23-29, -24, 28 PIM
With Windsor: 2 GP, 0-1-1, +2, 0 PIM
With Peterborough: 38 GP, 6-22-28, -26, 28 PIM

Slater Koekkoek is out for the season with an injured shoulder.

NA Juniors Game Night: 1-25-13

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Chicoutimi Sagueneens 4 @ Rouyn-Noranda Huskies 2

W Nikita Kucherov, R-N: 1-1-2, -1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG, 0 Hits
Season totals: 15 GP, 11-15-26, +4, 2 PIM
With R-N: 9 GP, 8-8-16, +5, 0 PIM
With Quebec: 6 GP, 3-7-10, -1, 2 PIM

Lightning prospect Nikita Kucherov had a goal and an assist for the second straight game since returning from an upper body injury. His Huskies outshot the Sags, 27-19, but fell at home, 4-2. The Huskies have lost four in a row and seven of their past 10.

Ontario Hockey League

Owen Sound Attack 1 @ Guelph Storm 2

C/W Tanner Richard, GUE: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
Season totals: 35 GP, 6-41-47, +17, 80 PIM

Guelph scored a big home win over division-rival Owen Sound, 2-1. Tanner Richard was scoreless for the victors. Blues goalie prospect Jordan Binnington has been near unbeatable lately, but Guelph was able to sneak two by him for their sixth straight win.

Windsor Spitfires 3 @ Sault Ste Marie Greyhounds 2 (SO)

D Slater Koekkoek, WIN: Did not play
Season totals: 40 GP, 6-23-29, -24, 28 PIM
With Windsor: 2 GP, 0-1-1, +2, 0 PIM
With Peterborough: 38 GP, 6-22-28, -26, 28 PIM

Slater Koekkoek (pictured, Windsor Star photo) is out for the season with an injured shoulder. He had the shoulder examined by Lightning doctors who recommended he have surgery on it for the second year in a row. He should be ready for Lightning camp next fall, though barring unforeseen circumstances, he will ultimately return to the OHL next season.

NA Juniors Game Night: 1-20-13

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Rouyn-Noranda Huskies 2 @ Quebec Remparts 3

W Nikita Kucherov, R-N: Did not play.
Season totals: 13 GP, 9-13-22, +5, 2 PIM
With R-N: 7 GP, 6-6-12, +6, 0 PIM
With Quebec: 6 GP, 3-7-10, -1, 2 PIM

Lightning prospect Nikita Kucherov remains out of the Huskies lineup following the World Junior Championships. He is battling a minor injury sustained when he fell during the WJCs.

Halifax Mooseheads 4 @ Blainville-Boisbriand Armada 3

C Cedric Paquette, BLB: 0-3-3, E, 2 PIM, 8 SOG, 2 Hit
Season totals: 44 GP, 17-42-59, +22, 77 PIM

Cedric Paquette assisted on all three Armada goals to extend his point streak to six games, but B-B lost to the league’s top team, 4-3. Likely 2013 top-3 picks Nathan MacKinnon (1+1) and Jonathan Druin (1 goal) paced the Mooseheads. Druin was first star in the game. Halifax leads the QMJHL by 13 points over Baie-Comeau and are 20 points ahead of the Armada, who have the fourth most points.

Ontario Hockey League

Peterborough Petes 1 @ Brampton Battalion 2

D Dylan Blujus, BRAM: 0-0-0, +1, 2 PIM
Season totals: 47 GP, 2-19-21, -5, 36 PIM

Brampton allowed just 15 shots while defeating the visiting Petes, 2-1. Blujus was on the ice for the game winning goal, scored in the third period.

Guelph Storm 5 @ Kingston Frontenacs 3

C/W Tanner Richard, GUE: 2-0-2, +2, 8 PIM
Season totals: 34 GP, 6-41-47, +17, 80 PIM

Tanner Richard (pictured) had two goals to give him three this week, which doubled his season goal totals coming into this week’s games. His second goal was scored into an empty net. His six goals are seven off his previous season high of 13. He is within one point of his career high for points in a season, set in 43 games last year.

Sarnia Sting 4 @ Windsor Spitfires 5

D Slater Koekkoek, WIN: Did not play
Season totals: 40 GP, 6-23-29, -24, 28 PIM
With Windsor: 2 GP, 0-1-1, +2, 0 PIM
With Peterborough: 38 GP, 6-22-28, -26, 28 PIM

Slater Koekkoek remains in Tampa having his shoulder evaluated. He was getting a tour of the Tampa Bay Times forum on Saturday, per Damian Cristodero of the Times.

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