Liiga Game Day: 1-24-15

HPK 2 vs. Karpat 5
Saku Salminen, HPK, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 5 SOG
Season totals: 30 GP, 3-3-6, -1, 2 PIM

Saku Salminen was -1 in 11:49 of ice time in HPK's 5-2 loss to Karpat. Karpat was led by 2 goals from ex-Kings pick Esa Pirnes, as they avenged their loss to HPK on the front half of the home and home set.

ECHL Game Night: 1-23-15

Florida Everblades 5 at Gwinnett Gladiators 7

D Artem Sergeev, FLA: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 26 GP, 6-9-15, +5, 10 PIM, 40 SOG

Other Notables
G Allen York, FLA, 59:00 MIN, 6 GA, 35 SH, 29 SV
Season totals: 23 GP, 15-4-0-3, 2.76 GAA, 0.898 SV%, 3 SO

F Jeff Costello, FLA: DNP
Season totals (ECHL): 26 GP, 8-7-15, -1, 26 PIM, 65 SOG
Season totals (AHL): 3 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM

F Mike Aviani, FLA: 1-0-1, E, 2 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals (ECHL): 28 GP, 6-10-16, +1, 26 PIM, 51 SOG
Season totals (AHL): 2 GP, 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM

The league standings says you have won 75% of your games, but then again you've lost 4 of your last 5, 5 of your last 8, and the cellar-dwelling Gwinnett Gladiators have put a 7-spot up on the scoreboard in back-to-back games. Seems like a reason for concern in Estero. The once unflappable Allen York is winless in this last 3, allowing 16 goals in that span, and his save percentage has dipped below 90% for the first time this season. Friday night, the 'Blades took a 3-2 lead into 2nd intermission, partly behind Lightning camper Mike Aviani's sixth goal of the season that was the equalizer early in the 2nd period. But far from closing out a one-goal lead, Florida allowed five 3rd period Gwinnett goals on just six shots! York made just 1 save on 5 shots in that disastrous 3rd period. Florida draws the rematch Saturday night against Gwinnett looking to stop the bleeding.

Wichita Thunder 4 at Rapid City Rush 5

F Danick Gauthier, WIC: 0-2-2, +1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG, *Third Star*
Season totals (ECHL): 39 GP, 15-20-35, -1, 37 PIM, 118 SOG
Season totals (AHL): 1 GP, 0-0-0, -2, 2 PIM

D Daniel Milan, WIC: 0-0-0, E, 5 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 37 GP, 0-10-10, -6, 87 PIM, 36 SOG

Fresh off an impressive performance in the ECHL All-Star game, Lightning prospect Danick Gauthier earned a visiting team Third Star in an losing effort Friday night. Gauthier assisted on the Thunder's first and last goals, the latter being a power-play marker that knotted the game at 4-4 early in the 3rd period. Back from recall to Syracuse, Lightning prospect Dan Milan squared off against Rush forward Daniel Barczuk in a bit of fisticuffs following Wichita's 3-2 go ahead tally early in the 2nd period. The Thunder, losers of 3 straight and 6 of their last 8, get another shot at Rapid City Saturday night.

Juniors Game Night: 1-23-15

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Val-d’Or Foreurs 4 @ Sherbrooke Phoenix 2

C Cameron Darcy, SHR: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 4 SOG, 15/28 FO, 1 Hit
With Sherbrooke: 14 GP, 9-12-21, -3, 12 PIM
With Cape Breton: 19 GP, 1-13-14, -6, 14 PIM
Season totals: 33 GP, 10-25-35, -9, 26 PIM
2013-2014 Season: 65 GP, 35-47-82, +3, 51 PIM

Sherbrooke sits in a tie for eighth in the league with Charlottetown. Darcy’s former team, Cape Breton, is 16th.

Halifax Mooseheads 1 @ Quebec Remparts 6

W Adam Erne, QUE: 1-4-5, +1, 2 PIM, 6 SOG, 6/16 FO, 2 Hits, *First Star*
Season totals: 41 GP, 28-32-60, +18, 63 PIM
2013-2014 Season: 48 GP, 21-41-62, -3, 65 PIM

Adam Erne (La Presse photo) had his third career five-point game as Quebec downed Halifax, 6-1. Quebec scored six unanswered goals in the game. Erne’s last five-point game was a four-goal affair in October 2012. His first was in October 2011 when he had five assists in one game. Quebec goalie Zach Fucale (Canadiens) faced his longtime team for the first time since being traded. The Remparts will play in an outdoor classic on Saturday in Shawinigan.

Ontario Hockey League

Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 7 @ Mississauga Steelheads 5

D Anthony DeAngelo, SOO: 0-3-3, +1, 2 PIM
With SSM: 6 GP, 1-10-11, +2, 8 PIM
With Sarnia: 29 GP, 10-28-38, +1, 64 PIM
Season totals: 35 GP, 11-38-49, +3, 72 PIM
2013-14 totals: 51 GP, 15-56-71, -34, 90 PIM

DeAngelo has a five-game point streak in which he has a goal and 10 assists. The Soo outshot Mississauga 45-25 in the game, including 20-5 in the second period.

Western Hockey League

Moose Jaw Warriors 4 @ Regina Pats 3 (OT)

C Brayden Point, MJ: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
Season totals: 36 GP, 20-32-52, +12, 25 PIM
2013-14 totals: 72 GP, 36-55-91, -27, 53 PIM

Moose Jaw captain Brayden Point is now scoreless in two of his last three games. He has had only one other three-game stretch like that this season. In both cases he had two assists in the middle game.

Swift Current Broncos 0 @ Calgary Hitmen 8

D Ben Thomas, CAL: 0-1-1, +2, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 36 GP, 5-15-20, +1, 18 PIM
2013-14 totals: 72 GP, 7-24-31, +11, 39 PIM

Thomas finally climbed to the positive side of even for the season with a plus-2 night vs the Broncos.

NCAA Game Night: 1-23-15

No. 4 Harvard Crimson 2 @ Cornell Big Red 3

F Brian Hart, HAR: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 17 GP, 5-4-9, -1, 17 PIM
2013-2014 totals: 30 GP, 7-8-15, -8, 20 PIM

Cornell broke a 2-2 with a goal at 19:19 of the third period.

No. 3 Boston University Terriers 4 @ No. 12 Vermont Catamounts 2

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

BU extended their lead to 3-0 early in the third period before Vermont cut it to 3-2 with just under five minutes remaining. Likely 2015 top-2 pick Jack Eichel scored into an empty net to give the game its final score.

Colorado College Tigers 1 @ No. 2 North Dakota 2

F Brendan O’Donnell, UND: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 22 GP, 9-4-13, +7, 25 PIM
2013-2014 totals: 34 GP, 7-11-18, +7, 10 PIM

UND scored the game-winning goal shorthanded early in the third period. The game was broadcast nationally on the CBS Sports Network.

No. 17 Minnesota Golden Gophers 2 vs No. 1 Minnesota State Mavericks 4

G Adam Wilcox, MIN: Loss, 18 saves on 22 shots
Season totals: 21 GP, 11-7-2, 2.53 GAA, .906 sv%, 3 SO
2013-2014 totals: 38 GP, 26-6-6, 1.97 GAA, .932 sv%, 4 SO

The Gophers had a chance to upset the top-ranked team in the country, but the Mavericks broke a 2-2 midway through the second period and never looked back, winning 4-2. Minnesota State advances to the finals of the North Star College Cup in St. Paul. Bemidji State beat No. 7 Minnesota-Duluth in the other semifinal.

*USCHO poll used

Gourde Scores Twice, Crunch Top Phantoms

By Jeremy Houghtaling

Yanni Gourde accepted the pass, saw the empty net and looked to finish off the hat trick.

The Crunch forward, who had his father and 11 other friends and family watching, guarded the puck against the Phantoms defender but had the stick slashed in half before he could finish the backhand motion. Gourde finished with a pair of goals, as Syracuse scored three unanswered goals to top Lehigh Valley, 4-2, at the Onondaga County War Memorial Friday.

"I was waiting for those goals for a while," Gourde said. "I've been working hard and they didn't come. Tonight they did. It's special to always score, especially in front of your family."

AHL Game Night: 1-23-15 Phantoms at Crunch

Vasiy and Gourde spook the Phantoms.


Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 2 goals on 32 shots for the victory. It's a solid stat line, but the real key was making big saves at key junctures of the game, like any really good goaltender does.

First Period
SYR Kunyk, (6) (Lynch, Dodero), 7:21
LV Goumas, (2) (Delisle, Comrie), 17:00
LV Straka, (10) (Goumas, Comrie), 17:24

Second Period
SYR Gourde, (14) , 3:23
SYR Ikonen, (5) (Angelidis, Corrente), 17:45

Third Period
SYR Gourde, (15) (Richard, Vermin), 4:00

Yanni Gourde, Henri Ikonen and Vasilevskiy were the game's three stars. Gourde snapped a 9 game goalless streak with his tally. Ikonen, for his part, has 3 goals in the last 6 games.

With Springfield falling to Hartford tonight, Syracuse moves back to just 1 point back in the division with 1 game in hand.

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Liiga Game Day: 1-23-15

Karpat 2 vs. HPK 4
Saku Salminen, HPK, 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 29 GP, 3-3-6, E, 2 PIM

Saku Salminen was scoreless in HPK's 4-2 win over Karpat. The forward played 15:42 in the match. Ex-Lightning pick Eero Somervuori helped lead the way for HPK with 1 goal and 1 assist. HPK now sits 1 point out of the final playoff spot on the Liiga table.

Juniors Game Night: 1-22-15

Ontario Hockey League

Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 4 @ Barrie Colts 3

D Anthony DeAngelo, SOO: 0-2-2, -2, 0 PIM
With SSM: 5 GP, 1-7-8, +1, 6 PIM
With Sarnia: 29 GP, 10-28-38, +1, 64 PIM
Season totals: 34 GP, 11-35-46, +2, 72 PIM
2013-14 totals: 51 GP, 15-56-71, -34, 90 PIM

Barrie cut a 3-0 lead to 3-2 early in the third period, but a Greyhound power play goal assisted by DeAngelo extended the lead for the final time midway through the final frame. The Soo has won six straight games and are undefeated since DeAngelo and the other new additions joined the lineup.

Oshawa Generals 5 @ Peterborough Petes 2

D Dominik Masin, PBO: 1-1-2, +1, 4 PIM, *Second Star*
Season totals: 33 GP, 7-10-17, -22, 53 PIM
2013-14 totals: 39 GP, 2-19-21, +6, 102 PIM

Masin had his fourth multi-point game of the season and now has goals in two of his last three games and points in three of his last four. Perhaps this is the blossoming we’ve been expecting in the second half.

KHL Game Day: 1-22-15

Kazan 3 vs. Magnitogorsk 0
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, Loss, 34/36, 2.66 GAA, .944 sv%
Season totals: 42 GP, 26-7-6, 4 SO, 1.76 GAA, .937 sv%

Vasily Koshechkin left today's 3-0 loss to Kazan at 5:02 of the Third Period after allowing 2 goals for Magnitka. Backup Alexei Murygin allowed 1 goal on 2 shots the rest of the way. Ex-Devils second rounder Petr Vrana scored the goal for Ak Bars that led to Koshechkin leaving the contest.

Yaroslavl 5 vs. Khanty-Mansiysk 2
Nikita Gusev. Khanty-Mansiysk, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 45 GP, 18-10-28, +3, 12 PIM

All-Star Nikita Gusev was scoreless in 16:31 in Yugra's 5-2 loss to Yaroslavl. 39 year old ex-NHLer Alexander Korolyuk had a goal in defeat for Yugra.

Bratislava 4 vs. Mytischi 5
Dmitry Korobov, Mytischi, 0-1-1, +2, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 35 GP, 1-8-9, +1, 51 PIM

Jaroslav Janus, Bratislava, No Decision, 2/4, 17.60 GAA, .500 sv%
Season totals: 25 GP, 6-12-5, 2 SO, 3.01 GAA, .891 sv%

Dmitry Korobov assisted on a key goal to tie the game at 4-4 with under 10 minutes to go in the Third Period in Mytischi's 5-4 win over Bratislava. Korobov played 20:08 in the match. Ex-NHLer Anton Babchuk also had a pair of helpers in the win for Mytischi. Jaroslav Janus was lifted at 6:49 of the First Period in the match after allowing 2 goals on 4 shots to start the game for Slovan. His losing side got 2 assists from ex-Lightning prospect Michal Sersen in the match.

ECHL Game Night: 1-21-15

ECHL All-Stars 8 at Orlando Solar Bears 4

F Danick Gauthier, WIC: 1-0-1, +2, 0 PIM, 3 SOG

The ECHL All-Stars doubled up host team Orlando Solar Bears 8-4 Wednesday night in the ECHL's mid-season all-star classic. Solar Bear netminder Garret Sparks pitched a 12-save 1st period shutout of the ECHL All-Stars as Orlando took a 1-0 lead into the first intermission. But Tampa Bay Lightning forward prospect Danick Gauthier solved Sparks early in the 2nd period, opening the All-Star team scoring by sliding a left post pass from Kalamazoo's Curtis Valk through the pads for the 1-1 equalizer. The All-Stars would ring up 4 more in the 2nd and 3 more in the 3rd. Gauthier was also on the ice for the All-Stars fourth and fifth goals. This was the 3rd year of the All-Star format featuring the league's all-star selections in an exhibition match against the host team.

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