Lynch Adds Depth, Versatility to Syracuse

By Jeremy Houghtaling

Kevin Lynch’s goal was to catch on with an American Hockey League team.

Lynch, a former Columbus Blue Jackets second-rounder, split his rookie season between Toledo and Evansville of the ECHL, but believed he could make the next step. After posting six points in nine games with Florida, Lynch got the call saying he had been offered a professional tryout with the Syracuse Crunch last week.

“You have some idea in your head ‘Maybe if I play well at the beginning of the season, I’ll get called up this month or this month,’ but you have no idea how the season is going to go,” Lynch said. “I was surprised and really happy at the same time.”

The BoltProspects Podcast, Volume 8

This week's edition of the BoltProspects Podcast (now on Lightning Radio's iHeart station) includes the following topics:

· Cooper's forward rotation - good for development?
· Interview with Yanni Gourde
· BP Mailbag (More toys in the cupboard, ranking systems, 2015 draft targets)
· Weekly prospect review

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Previous BP Podcast editions:

Juniors Game Night: 11-21-14

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Cape Breton Screaming Eagles 2 @ Victoriaville Tigres 4

C Cameron Darcy, CB: 0-0-0, -3, 0 PIM, 7 SOG, 5/13 FO, 1 Hit
Season totals: 15 GP: 1-8-9, -6, 14 PIM
2013-2014 Season: 65 GP, 35-47-82, +3, 51 PIM

Victoriaville was outshot 32-25, including 18-5 in the third period, but won, 4-2. Darcy is the most disappointing Bolt prospect this year statistically after leading his team in scoring last year at well over a point-per-game.

Quebec Remparts 4 @ Sherbrooke Phoenix 2

W Adam Erne, QUE: 1-2-3, +3, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, 2 Hits, *First Star*
Season totals: 19 GP, 16-17-33, +17, 22 PIM
2013-2014 Season: 48 GP, 21-41-62, -3, 65 PIM

Adam Erne (pictured) continues to consistently produce in his final year of junior, with three more points on Friday night. He earned first star for the third time in the last two weeks. Erne is 10th in the league in goals with 16. Leader Tim Wieser of Sherbrooke scored on Friday vs. Erne and Quebec, his 23rd of the season.

Ontario Hockey League

Erie Otters 7 @ Sarnia Sting 1

D Anthony DeAngelo, SAR: 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM
Season totals: 17 GP, 4-15-19, E, 44 PIM
2013-14 totals: 51 GP, 15-56-71, -34, 90 PIM

Erie scored seven times – three on the power play – even without all-everything prospect Connor McDavid. Anthony DeAngelo score Sarnia’s only goal and somehow stayed on the plus side of even in a 7-1 game. Dylan Strome, who will go in the top-10 in next year’s draft, had a goal and four points for the Otters.

Windsor Spitfires 1 @ Kitchener Rangers 2

W Cristiano DiGiacinto, WSR: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM
Season totals: 16 GP, 6-3-9, -7, 28 PIM
2013-14 totals: 50 GP, 17-11-28, +8, 101 PIM

Kitchener scored two goals on 40 shots to defeat the Spits, 2-1. DiGiacinto has two points in his last six games.

Western Hockey League

Moose Jaw Warriors 2 @ Calgary Hitmen 5

C Brayden Point, MJ: 0-1-1, -4, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 21 GP, 13-16-29, +8, 19 PIM
2013-14 totals: 72 GP, 36-55-91, -27, 53 PIM

D Ben Thomas, CAL: 0-0-0, +2, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 21 GP, 3-9-12, +2, 12 PIM
2013-14 totals: 72 GP, 7-24-31, +11, 39 PIM

Calgary limited Moose Jaw to just 15 shots on goal in a 5-2 win on Friday night. Point extended his point streak to four games in the loss with an assist.

NCAA Game Night: 11-21-14

Bentley Falcons 1 @ Harvard Crimson 5

F Brian Hart, HAR: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 8 GP, 4-2-6, E, 2 PIM
2013-2014 totals: 30 GP, 7-8-15, -8, 20 PIM

Harvard improved to 5-1-2 overall, defeating Bentley, 5-1, on Friday. Harvard had five different scorers.

Maine Black Bears 2 @ No. 3 Boston University Terriers 3 (OT)

D John MacLeod, BU: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 8 GP, 1-0-1, +3, 6 PIM
2013-2014 totals: 19 GP, 1-4-5, +1, 36 PIM

Jack Eichel (2015) had a goal and an assist for BU against Maine, including the game-winner in the third period.

No. 2 North Dakota 1 @ No. 16 St. Cloud State 3

F Brendan O’Donnell, UND: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 4 SOG
Season totals: 12 GP, 2-1-3, E, 23 PIM
2013-2014 totals: 34 GP, 7-11-18, +7, 10 PIM

SCSU scored twice in the third period to break a 1-1 tie and upset UND, 3-1.

No. 14 Quinnipiac Bobcats 1 @ Clarkson Golden Knights 2

F Matthew Peca, QU: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 11 GP, 1-9-11, -3, 7 PIM
2014-2015 totals: 40 GP, 12-26-38, +4, 16 PIM

The Bobcats and Golden Knights engaged in a defensive battle, with neither team reaching the 20-shot mark. Clarkson scored the game-winning goal late in the second period. QU only managed five shots in the third period.

USA National Development Program 5 @ No. 4 Minnesota Golden Gophers 4 (OT) (Exhibition)

G Adam Wilcox, MIN: Did not play
Season totals: 10 GP, 7-3-0, 2.20 GAA, .918 sv%, 2 SO
2013-2014 totals: 38 GP, 26-6-6, 1.97 GAA, .932 sv%, 4 SO

Wilcox got a night off – his first of the season – in an exhibition game vs. the USNTP.

*USCHO poll used

AHL Game Night: 11-21-14 Crunch at Phantoms

All good things...


Kristers Gudlevskis allowed 4 goals on 34 shots for the loss.

First Period
ADK Wolf, (3) (Vause, Wotherspoon), 0:13

Second Period
SYR Witkowski, (1) (Richard, Kunyk), 17:42
ADK Vause, (1) (Poirier, Wolf), 19:58

Third Period
ADK Reid, (2) (Cundari), 11:56 (PP)
ADK Poirier, (4) (Cundari, Reid), 16:56 (PP)

Syracuse's points streak is snapped at 8 games. Hard to believe Adirondack could withstand deployment of the secret weapon, Luke Witkowski, but the goal allowed with 2 seconds left in the Second Period ended up being a killer. Goals early and late in periods...

Yanni Gourde's point streak was also snapped at 6 games.

Box score from

KHL Game Day: 11-21-14

Sochi 4 vs. Khanty-Mansiysk 1
Nikita Gusev, Khanty-Mansiysk, 0-1-1, +1, 4 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 27 GP, 8-6-14, E, 10 PIM

Nikita Gusev assisted on Yugra's lone goal in 18:01 of ice time in their 4-1 loss to KHL newcomer HC Sochi. Important to note: Gusev's 8-6-14 in 27 games matches his 8-6-14 output in 44 games last season. Ex-Penguins and Oilers defenseman Ryan Whitney led the way for Sochi with 2 goals in the victory.

Juniors Game Night: 11-21-14

Ontario Hockey League

Sarnia Sting 5 @ Windsor Spitfires 3

D Anthony DeAngelo, SAR: 0-2-2, E, 4 PIM
Season totals: 16 GP, 3-15-18, -1, 44 PIM
2013-14 totals: 51 GP, 15-56-71, -34, 90 PIM

W Cristiano DiGiacinto, WSR: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM
Season totals: 15 GP, 6-3-9, -6, 28 PIM
2013-14 totals: 50 GP, 17-11-28, +8, 101 PIM

DeAngelo had two assists to help the Sting to a 5-3 road win over Windsor. The Spits sit in last in the West Division at 7-12-1-0. Sarnia is three points above them at 8-10-1-1.

Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 7 @ Peterborough Petes 3

D Dominik Masin, PBO: 1-0-1, -3, 0 PIM
Season totals: 19 GP, 4-6-10, -11, 35 PIM
2013-14 totals: 39 GP, 2-19-21, +6, 102 PIM

Masin’s fourth goal of the year came on the power play in the second period, cutting the Soo’s lead to 3-1, and the Petes only trailed 4-3 entering the third period before Sheldon Keefe’s Greyhounds pulled away for good. At 6-10-1-2, Peterborough sits in last in the East Division. The Soo has a 12-point lead in the West Division.

NHL Game Night: 11-20-14 Lightning at Maple Leafs

Stock correction?

TB- 2
TOR- 5

Ben Bishop allowed 4 goals on 20 shots for the loss.

First Period
1:29 TOR Clarkson (6), (Winnik, Polak)
18:50 TB Killorn (5), (unassisted)(SH)

Second Period
2:45 TOR Panik (4), (unassisted)
12:31 TOR van Riemsdyk (8), (Bozak, Franson)
15:15 TOR van Riemsdyk (9), (Kessel, Phaneuf)

Third Period
15:47 TB Stamkos (13), (Kucherov)
19:52 TOR Polak (3), (Bozak)(EN)

Things are never as good or as bad as they seem.

Jonathan Drouin was -2 with 2 hits in 11:28.

Vladislav Namestnikiv was +1 with 1 shot and 2 blocked shots in 12:39. He was also 30% on draws.

Box score and extended statistics from

KHL Game Day: 11-20-14

Dinamo Riga 1 vs. Bratislava 0 (SO)
Jaroslav Janus, Bratislava, DNP
Season totals: 13 GP, 3-7-3, 1 SO, 2.41 GAA, .909 sv%

Ex-Avs pick Linus Videll scored the only shoutout goal in Riga's 1-0 win over Slovan.

Juniors Game Night: 11-19-14

Western Hockey League

Edmonton Oil Kings 3 @ Moose Jaw Warriors 2 (OT)

C Brayden Point, MJ: 2-0-2, -2, 0 PIM, *First Star*
Season totals: 20 GP, 13-15-28, +12, 19 PIM
2013-14 totals: 72 GP, 36-55-91, -27, 53 PIM

Point had two goals and was first star for the second straight game, but his Warriors fell in overtime to Edmonton, 3-2. Point’s first goal came when he held the puck behind Edmonton’s net and got goaltender Tristan Jarry (Penguins) to look to his right while he darted out on the left post and slid it beside the unsuspecting goalie. His second goal was scored near the right post with a quick wrist shot off a loose puck. He was on the ice for the game-tying goal by Justin Pollock (Stars), who went around Moose Jaw defenseman Tyler Brown and cut in to the net where he lifted a backhander far side with 39 seconds left. Moose Jaw got a power play shortly thereafter, but couldn’t capitalized in overtime. With 46 seconds left in overtime Point won an offensive zone faceoff to Brown at the right point, who fumbled the puck. Pollock picked it up and skated in alone on Justin Paulic before beating him with a backhand deke high into the net. Pollock looked a lot like Valeri Nichushkin on both plays, which is ironic because Pollock is a Stars draft pick. Point beat out Pollock for first star, which was likely decided before the overtime winner. Pollock was second star.

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