Rob Zettler's first win allows Syracuse to keep pace in the East.
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.
SYR Cote, (3) (Devos, Hutchings), 10:07
HER Crabb, (2) (Taffe, Schmidt), 19:05
SYR Palat, (12) (Richard, Sexton), 3:50
Ondrej Palat and J.P. Cote were the game's first and second stars.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.