We continue our Bolt Prospect of the Week award, an honor (virtually) given to one Tampa Bay Lightning prospect for their recent contributions on and off the ice.
The Bolt Prospect of the Week for March 10, 2014 is … Jonathan Drouin, C/W, Halifax Mooseheads (QMJHL – Canada).
We’re sorry, Jonathan.
Last week in our Bolt Prospect of the Week write-up, we made special note of the fact that Matt Peca had done something that super-prospect Jonathan Drouin had never done – get six points in one game.
With the score tied late in the third period, Vlad Namestnikov shook his defender and posted up in the slot.
When the pass arrived on his tape, the Syracuse Crunch forward wasted no time shooting it past Binghamton Senators netminder Andrew Hammond. The goal with 2:42 remaining capped a three-goal third period, as the Crunch topped the Senators, 4-3, at the Onondaga County War Memorial Sunday afternoon.
Lightning won't be able to nickel and dime their way into the playoffs.
Ben Bishop allowed 3 goals on 20 shots before surrendering goals to 1 of 2 shooters for the SO loss. Hedman absolutely hung him out to dry with a bad pass off the end boards that ricocheted out in front on an innocuous play for an easy Erat tap in, and that ended up making a big difference in the game.
11:26 TB Johnson (20), (Palat, Brewer)(SH)
1:01 PHX McMillan (2), (Yandle, Doan)
19:07 TB Palat (16), (Callahan, Aulie)
2:13 PHX Erat (2), (unassisted)
7:48 PHX Boedker (16), (Vermette, Michalek)
19:22 TB Palat (17), (Filppula, Carle)
Ondrej Palat and Ryan Callahan were the game's first and second stars. Their line (along with Filppula) and the Pyatt line were good tonight. It's just a shame that Palat, Filppula, and Callahan came up dry in the shootout.
With all that said, 25 minutes of hockey isn't good enough. The team played a very good First Period, sleepwalked through the Second and most of the Third, and only woke up once they fell behind 3-2. They salvaged a point, but that wasn't good enough. With the spot they are in, they need 2's, not 1's. Period. Urgency needs to be there right now, and it hasn't always been on display.
Mike Kostka had 2 shots, 1 hit, and 1 blocked shot in 19:13 of service with Gudas out and Salo leaving the game in the First Period. He nearly set up Palat for a OT GWG and a hat trick with a point shot that left a nice rebound. Good decision-making on that play.
Bratislava 1 vs. Dinamo Minsk 2
Jaroslav Janus, Bratislava, No Decision, 26/27, 1.01 GAA, .963 sv%
Regular season totals: 41 GP, 15-18-8, 2 SO, 2.86 GAA, .898 sv%
Tournament totals: 1 GP, 0-0-0, 0 SO, 1.01 GAA, .963 sv%
Slovan Bratislava had the rare loss at the hands of an Empty Attacker goal as they tried desperately to win in regulation to keep their Nadezhda Cup hopes alive. However, Alexei Kaluzhny's goal with 12 seconds left in regulation gave Dinamo Minsk the victory. Ex-NHLer Miroslav Satan scored Bratislava's goal, their lone tally of the two game Qualification Round pairing against Minsk. Minsk moves on to play Mytischi in the next round while Bratislava is done.
The Tampa Bay Lightning agreed to terms with free agent forward Yanni Gourde, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced Sunday. Gourde will be on an AHL contract for the remainder of 2013-14 season and a two-way NHL contract for the 2014-15 and 2015-16 seasons.
Gourde, 22, has skated in 25 games with the Worcester Sharks of the American Hockey League this season, posting four goals and 25 points to go along with 26 penalty minutes. The 5-foot-9, 170-pound forward ranks first on the Sharks for assists with 21 and ranks third on the club for points. Three of his four goals have been scored on special teams this season, recording a pair of power-play tallies and one shorthanded goal. Gourde has also appeared in 30 games this season with the Kalamazoo Wings of the ECHL, posting 15 goals and 34 points.
The St. Narcisse, Quebec, native has played in 83 career AHL games over three seasons, all with Worcester, collecting 13 goals and 42 points. Prior to turning pro, Gourde skated four seasons with the Victoriaville Tigers of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. He led the QMJHL in scoring during his fourth season with Victoriaville in 2011-12, posting 37 goals and 124 points. Gourde was nominated for the Michel-Briere trophy in 2011-12, given annually to the QMJHL’s most valuable player.
Ontario Hockey League
Sudbury Wolves 1 @ North Bay Battalion 4
D Dylan Blujus, NB: 0-2-2, +2, 0 PIM
Season totals: 52 GP, 4-25-29, +6, 56 PIM
2012-13 totals: 68 GP, 2-27-29, -8, 57 PIM
Blujus tied last year’s point total of 29, and is just five points off his career-high of 34, set in his draft year.
Barrie Colts 2 @ Niagara IceDogs 5
D Jake Dotchin, BAR: 0-1-1, +2, 0 PIM
Season totals: 60 GP, 10-24-34, +19, 115 PIM
2012-13 totals: 66 GP, 4-18-22, E, 81 PIM
Dotchin was on the ice for both Colts goals and none of Niagara’s five. He was hurt last game, but not enough to keep him out of Sunday’s contest.
Mississauga Steelheads 3 @ Kingston Frontenacs 5
W Henri Ikonen, KGN: 1-2-3, +3, 0 PIM, *Second Star*
Season totals: 50 GP, 22-45-67, +17, 49 PIM
2012-13 totals: 61 GP, 22-29-51, +2, 30 PIM
Ikonen (pictured) earned second star honors for scoring a goal and adding three assists vs Mississauga. His goal was the insurance marker for the Fronts with just over two minutes remaining in regulation.
The pieces start to fit together?
Kristers Gudlevskis allowed 3 goals on 36 shots for the victory. He gave his team a chance, holding them to within 2 of the Sens going into the final frame before the offense ramped up and delivered him some precious goal support.
BNG Prince, (17) , 3:15 (PP)
BNG Puempel, (22) (Da Costa), 14:35 (PP)
SYR Paquette, (16) (Namestnikov, Gudlevskis), 8:18 (PP)
BNG Da Costa, (14) (Puempel, Stone), 12:40
SYR Paradis, (3) (Sergeev, Angelidis), 7:42 (PP)
SYR Connolly, (14) (Labrie, Angelidis), 12:59
SYR Namestnikov, (17) (Marchessault, Connolly), 17:18
Vladislav Namestnikov, Brett Connolly, and Mike Angelidis were the game's three stars. Today also marked the first point for new acquisition Jonathan Marchessault and the team also announced the signing of 22 year old left wing Yanni Gourde, who was a point a game player for Worchester in 25 games this season before being cut loose by the Sharks. Gourde and Marchessault, like Conacher and Johnson before them, fit the mold of undersized, skilled, and inexpensive prospects the Lightning have had huge success cultivating. Both should figure prominently into the rebuilding of the Crunch next season.
Box score from TheAHL.com.
Eastern Conference Quarterfinals
(1)Magnitogorsk 5 vs. (8)Vladivostok 3
Magnitogorsk Leads the Series 2-0
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, Win, 32/35, 3.01 GAA, .914 sv%
Regular season totals: 51 GP, 30-12-8, 9 SO, 1.88 GAA, .940 sv%
Playoff totals: 2 GP, 2-0-0, 0 SO, 2.01 GAA, .935 sv%
Ex-Capitals draft pick Oskar Osala had a couple of assists in Magnitogorsk's 5-3 win over Vladivostok in Game Two of their opening round series. Ex-Red Wings farmhand Francis Pare also had a goal for Metallurg. Vladivostok got a goal in defeat from former Devils first rounder Nicklas Bergfors.
(4)Ufa 0 vs. (5)Novgorod 1
Novgorod Leads the Series 2-0
Andrey Vasilevskiy, Ufa, Loss, 17/18, 1.01 GAA, .944 sv%
Regular season totals: 28 GP, 14-8-5, 3 SO, 2.21 GAA, .923 sv%
Playoff totals: 2 GP, 0-2-0, 0 SO, 2.04 GAA, .913 sv%
Ex-Phoenix first rounder Krys Kolanos scored the game's only goal as Novgorod defeated Ufa 1-0 in Game Two of their opening round series. Andrey Vasilevskiy was the recipient of the hard-luck loss, stopping 17 of 18 in the contest.
Harvard Crimson 1 @ No. 16 Yale Bulldogs 2
ECAC Tournament – First Round
F Brian Hart, HAR: 1-0-1, -1, 2 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 30 GP, 7-8-15, -8, 20 PIM
2012-2013 totals: 29 GP, 4-13-17, +1, 10 PIM
Yale eliminated the Crimson, ending Harvard’s season. Hart finishes the season with seven goals and 15 points in 30 games. He is expected to return to Harvard for his junior season.
Miami RedHawks 2 @ Denver Pioneers 1
F Jimmy Mullin, MIA: Did not play
Season totals: 19 GP, 1-6-7, +3, 23 PIM
2012-2013 totals: 38 GP, 6-8-14, E, 14 PIM
Mullin was a scratch.
Western Michigan Broncos 2 @ No. 9 North Dakota 1
F Brendan O’Donnell, UND: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 27 GP, 5-8-13, +3, 8 PIM
2012-2013 totals: 29 GP, 2-8-10, E, 20 PIM
WMU upset UND at home, 2-1. With St. Cloud State winning tonight, the Huskies are the NCHC champs and top seed in next week’s conference tournament. UND will play Colorado College.
No. 1 Minnesota Golden Gophers 2 @ Ohio State Buckeyes 2
G Adam Wilcox, MIN: Tie, 41 saves on 43 shots
Season totals: 32 GP, 22-4-6, 1.91 GAA, .934 sv%, 3 SO
2012-2013 totals: 39 GP, 25-8-5, 1.88 GAA, .921 sv%, 3 SO
Wilcox set a new career high for saves in a game with 41. The Gophers have a 5 point lead on Wisconsin heading into their series with Michigan next weekend. OSU won the shootout on Saturday, 1-0.
*USCHO poll used
Syracuse Crunch coach Rob Zettler was happy with the effort, but not the result.
The Crunch allowed a pair of power play goals and empty-netters, as they fell to the Rochester Americans, 5-3, at the Onondaga County War Memorial Saturday.
"I thought our guys played well tonight," Zettler said. "I thought they competed hard, I thought they played well and I thought they deserved a better fate."
Syracuse's Vlad Namestnikov opened the scoring with a shorthanded goal a little more than five minutes into the second, but the Crunch didn't stay ahead long.