AHL Game Night: 11-13-19 Crunch at Americans

Crunch squander comeback bid against division rival.


Scott Wedgewood allowed 4 goals on 33 shots for the loss.

First Period
1:16 ROC Porter (4), (Oglevie, Murray)
1:51 SYR Raddysh (2), (Colton, Volkov)
11:10 ROC Dea (6), (Nelson, Aquin)
13:00 ROC Randell (1), (Fitzgerald, Malone)

Second Period
3:18 SYR Martel (5), (Colton, Barre-Boulet)
11:27 SYR Gaunce (1), (Spencer, Barre-Boulet)

Third Period
1:13 ROC Cornel (2), (Bryson, Murray)(PP)

Alex Barre-Boulet was the game's third star.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Night: 11-11-19 Crunch at Comets

Katchouk strikes in rivalry win.


Martin Spencer allowed 1 goal on 23 shots for the victory.

First Period
12:44 SYR Katchouk (2), (Conacher, Mueller)
19:59 SYR Mueller (5), (Yan, Gaunce)(PP)

Second Period

Third Period
17:06 UTI Goldobin (3), (MacEwen, Rafferty)(PP)
19:27 SYR Katchouk (3), (unassisted)(EN)

Boris Katchouk and Chris Mueller were the game's first and second stars.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

NCAA Game Night: November 9-10, 2019

Saturday night (and Sunday afternoon) NCAA highlights features Max Crozier with 2G, 1A, 1PPG, 1GWG in Providence's wild 6-5 win over BU; Cole Kopeke 1G, EN and 2nd Star as UMD hands Denver and Magnus Chrona their first loss; Alex Green 2A in Cornell's blistering of Yale; Nick Perbix OT GWG in St. Cloud win over Northern Michigan; Sammy Walker 1G, EN sealed Minny win over Michigan; Ty Taylor sat backup in UNH shocker upset of #2 UMass-Amherst; Kris Oldham inexplicably sat backup once again in Clarkson win over RPI.

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AHL Game Night: 11-9-19 Crunch at Penguins

Crunch shut down by hot goaltender.


Spencer Martin allowed 2 goals on 22 shots for the loss.

First Period
3:53 WBS Agozzino (4), (Noesen, Czuczman)

Second Period

Third Period
12:35 WBS Trotman (2), (Agozzino)(SH)

Syracuse actually outshot the Penguins 35-22 in the contest including a dominating 24-9 margin in the final 40 minutes of play. But, Penguins starter Casey DeSmith held Syracuse off all night long.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

NHL Game Day: 11-9-19 Sabres at Lightning (In Sweden)

Lightning sweep Global Series set.


Curtis McElhinney allowed 3 goals on 43 shots for the victory.

First Period
9:30 BUF Reinhart (8), (Johansson, Montour)
17:02 TB Maroon (2), (Gourde, Shattenkirk)(PP)

Second Period
1:58 TB Hedman (3), (Stamkos, Kucherov)(PP)
19:57 TB Maroon (3), (Paquette, Shattenkirk)

Third Period
4:14 BUF Olofsson (7), (Eichel, Reinhart)
9:48 TB Gourde (4), (Paquette)
10:55 TB Joseph (4), (Killorn, Cirelli)
19:22 BUF Eichel (8), (Ristolainen, Dahlin)

Patrick Maroon and Yanni Gourde were the game's first and second stars. Gourde getting on the scoresheet in these Global Series games is an understated deal for the Lightning as the whole team is trying to emerge from a bit of an early season slumber.

We'll see how the team responds once they get back to North America, but it's easy to think this might be a turning point for the Lightning this season. They still need at least six points over their next five games to maintain solid playoff pacing, but it's night and day when you think about where this team was sitting before the Global Series.

Alexander Volkov had 1 shot in 10:17.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

NCAA Game Night: November 8, 2019

Friday night NCAA highlights feature overtimes galore and first goals of the season from UMD's Cole Kopeke and Cornell's Alex Green. UMD ties up top-ranked Denver, while Cornell beats Brown. Clarkson cruises to victory against Union, while Providence, St. Cloud, and Minnesota all settle for ties. New Hampshire sat idle.

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AHL Game Night: 11-8-19 Senators at Crunch

Barre-Boulet leads Crunch to OT win over Sens.

SYR-4 (OT)

Martin Spencer allowed 3 goals on 29 shots for the win.

First Period
14:14 BEL Batherson (4), (White)
14:34 BEL Batherson (5), (Labrie, Jaros)

Second Period
1:59 SYR Mueller (4), (Barre-Boulet, Gaunce)(PP)
2:41 BEL Abramov (2), (Batherson, White)
5:14 SYR Barre-Boulet (6), (Gaunce, Thomas)

Third Period
7:31 SYR Barre-Boulet (7), (Gaunce, Mueller)(PP)

2:07 SYR Martel (4), (Stephens, Gaunce)

Alex Barre-Boulet and Spencer were the game's first and third stars.

The star power of Syracuse's skill players showed up in making a comeback from a pair of two goal deficits. There's no doubt the quality the Crunch have with Barre-Boulet and Martel is near the top of the AHL when it comes to the kind of ability they bring to the rink. Expect that to continue to the fore for Ben Groulx's team as the regular season grinds along.

Syracuse still sits in sixth in the North Division, but they have at least a game in hand on all the divisional rivals ahead of them in the standings due to their sparse early season schedule.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

NHL Game Day: 11-8-19 Lightning at Sabres (In Sweden)

Lightning get back on track in Global Series opener.


Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 2 goals on 22 shots for the victory.

First Period
3:19 TB Kucherov (5), (Point, Shattenkirk)
16:14 TB Killorn (3), (Hedman, Stamkos)(PP)

Second Period
15:43 BUF Reinhart (6), (Ristolainen, McCabe)

Third Period
7:45 TB Gourde (3), (Maroon, Paquette)
11:30 BUF Reinhart (7), (Jokiharju, Olofsson)

Nikita Kucherov and Victor Hedman were the game's first and third stars.

The Lightning, who got a week to regroup and get healthy, played a game that checked off a lot of the boxes as they try to regroup in this second ten game segment of the year. They're still a bit behind the eight ball needing eight points over the next six games to stay on playoff pace for the year, but this was a good start.

Alexander Volkov was -2 with 1 shot and 3 hits in 10:36.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

ECHL Recap: 11-4-2019

Jacksonville Icemen 2 @ Orlando Solar Bears 6 (10/29)
South Caroline Stingrays 8 @ Florida Everblades 2 (11/3)

W Peter Abbandonato, ORL (AHL contract)
Season Totals, ORL: 1 GP, 0-1-1, -1, 0 PIM
Season Totals, SYR: 5 GP, 2-0-2, -3, 2 PIM
2018-19 Season Totals (Rouyn-Noranda, QMJHL): 68 GP, 29-82-111, +71, 14 PIM

G Zach Fucale, ORL (AHL contract; now with Syracuse)
Season totals, ORL: 4 GP, 0-2-1, 2.93, .911 sv%, 0 SO
2018-19 Season Totals (Fort Wayne, ECHL): 34 GP, 20-9-3, 3.28 GAA, .894 sv%

C/W Jimmy Huntington, ORL (Now with Syracuse)
Season Totals, ORL: 3 GP, 1-2-3, E, 0 PIM
Season Totals, SYR: 4 GP, 0-0-0, -1, 4 PIM
2018-19 Season Totals (Rimouski, QMJHL): 66 GP, 40-52-92, +41, 52 PIM

C/W Alexey Lipanov, ORL
Season Totals, ORL: 3 GP, 2-0-2, -2, 2 PIM
2018-19 Season Totals (Kitchener, OHL): 62 GP, 12-18-30, -36, 16 PIM

C/W Ryan Lohin, ORL
Season Totals, ORL: 5 GP, 1-1-2, E, 0 PIM
2018-19 Totals (UMass-Lowell, NCAA): 32 GP, 12-15-27, +7, 12 PIM

G Spencer Martin, ORL (Now with Syracuse)
Season Totals, ORL: 4 GP, 2-2-0, 3.12 GAA, .915 sv%, 0 SO
2018-19 Season Totals (Colorado, AHL): 23 GP, 9-12-0, 3.40 GAA, .902 sv%, 3 SO

W Mikhail Shalagin, ORL
Season Totals, ORL: 1 GP, 0-0-0, -3, 0 PIM
2018-19 Season Totals (MHK Spartak Moskva, MHL): 43 GP, 48-27-75, +31, 77 PIM

D Oleg Sosunov, ORL
Season Totals, ORL: 3 GP, 0-0-0, -2, 7 PIM
Season Totals, SYR: 2 GP, 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM
2018-19 Season Totals (ORL): 35 GP, 2-13-15, +15, 34 PIM

D Matthew Spencer, ORL (Now with Syracuse)
Season Totals, ORL: 3 GP, 0-0-0, -3, 5 PIM
Season Totals, SYR: 1 GP, 0-0-0, -3, 5 PIM
2018-19 Season Totals (ORL): 35 GP, 2-13-15, +15, 34 PIM

Notes: Lipanov found his way back into the lineup last Tuesday and promptly scored two goals. Is this it? Is this the turnaround we’ve been waiting two years for? We’ll see. Spencer Martin had the win Tuesday before being called up to Syracuse. Jimmy Huntington also had a goal that night and was called up. Speaking of call-ups, Zach Fucale was called up to Syracuse Monday, perhaps because the Lightning may be bringing a third goalie to Sweden. Over the weekend the Crunch signed a local hockey coach to play backup.

On Sunday, South Carolina moved to 3-0 vs Orlando this year with an 8-2 blowout win. The aforementioned Fucale took the loss (28/33). Mikail Shalagin made his pro debut and finished minus-3. No Lightning prospect figured in the scoring, nor did Peter Abbandonato, who was making his ECHL debut after being sent down from Syracuse.

Juniors Recap: 11-4-2019

In an effort to consolidate some time and still provide updates, here's TB's junior prospects after this past weekend's action.

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

W Maxim Cajkovic, Saint John Sea Dogs
Season Totals: 3 GP, 0-1-1, -2, 2 PIM
18-19 Totals: 48 GP, 10-20-30, +17, 36 PIM

C/W Gabriel Fortier, Baie-Comeau Drakkar
Season Totals: 18 GP, 5-9-14, -4, 6 PIM
18-19 Totals: 68 GP, 35-48-83, +41, 27 PIM

Notes: Cajkovic remains out with an injury. Fortier had an assist Saturday night, but was scoreless Friday and had the day off Sunday. He will be an alternate captain for Team QMJHL against the Russians in the upcoming Canada-Russia SuperSeries.

Western Hockey League

W Nolan Foote, Kelowna Rockets
Season Totals: 14 GP, 9-12-21, +6, 32 PIM
19-20 Totals: 66 GP, 36-27-63, -1, 62 PIM

D Quinn Schmiemann, Kamloops Blazers
Season Totals: 15 GP, 2-6-8, +5, 18 PIM
19-20 Totals: 58 GP, 5-23-28, -7, 30 PIM

Notes: Foote leads the Rockets in scoring, paced by 11 power play points. He had four points Saturday. Schmiemann had an assist Sunday in a 6-5 win in Portland.

United States Hockey League

W McKade Webster, Green Bay Gamblers
Season Totals: 10 GP, 3-7-10, -5, 10 PIM
19-20 Totals: 6 GP, 0-2-2, -1, 4 PIM
*Committed to the University of Denver

Notes: Webster hasn’t played since scoring a goal October 26 against Cedar Rapids. Whether true or not, there was a tweet saying Webster’s mother won his jersey in a contest with a bid of $2,700 and gave it to a vet.

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