AHL Game Night: 11-15-17 Crunch at Bears

Inspired Crunch effort fades into Third Period disappointment.

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Connor Ingram allowed 3 goals on 25 shots for the loss. Ingram was the lone goaltender dressed for the Crunch as they await the newly acquired Louis Domingue.

First Period
NO SCORING

Second Period
0:43 SYR Cirelli (3), (Thomas)(PP)

Third Period
0:27 HER Langlois (2), (O'Brien, Williams)
4:05 HER Bourque (6), (Simpson)
6:57 SYR Volkov (2), (Yan, Erne)
12:55 HER Bourque (7), (Simpson, Boyd)
19:51 HER Johansen (3), (unassisted)(EN)

With the departure of Leighton and McGinn in the Domingue deal and the release of Akeson from his PTO, Syracuse has opted to get even younger as they attempt to find a winning formula to get out of the cellar this season. If you're looking for a silver lining from tonight, all Crunch scoring was contributed by prospects. Cold comfort, but that's something.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

Juniors Game Night: 11-14-17

Western Hockey League

Moose Jaw Warriors 7 @ Swift Current Broncos 4

D Oleg Sosunov, MJ: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season Totals: 20 GP, 6-3-9, +21, 26 PIM
‘15-‘16 Totals (MHL): 32 GP, 0-0-0, +1, 79 PIM

C Brett Howden, MJ: DNP, Injured
Season Totals: 15 GP, 10-13-23, +9, 18 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals: 58 GP: 38-43-81, +14, 73 PIM

The Warriors crushed the Broncos on the road behind a 5-point effort from undrafted overager Jayden Halbgewachs. Sosunov sits 7th in the WHL in plus-minus at +21 after 20 games -- and he has six goals. Just let that sink in. Is he a still classified as a project? Meanwhile Brett Howden remains on the shelf with an injury sustained during the first game of the WHL vs. Russia series.

Edmonton Oil Kings 2 @ Kelowna Rockets 5

D Cal Foote, KEL: 0-0-0, +3, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals: 20 GP, 5-12-17, +10, 16 PIM
‘15-‘16 Totals: 71 GP, 6-51-57, +39, 41 PIM

The Rockets handled the Oil Kings thanks to two-goal efforts by Flames prospect Dillon Dube and Flyers prospect Carsen Twarynski. Cal Foote logged a solid effort, on the ice for three of Kelowna's five goals, including the empty netter with less than a minute remaining protecting the two-goal lead.

Bolts Acquire G Domingue from Coyotes

TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning have acquired goaltender Louis Domingue (doh-MING, LOO-ee) from the Arizona Coyotes in exchange for goaltender Michael Leighton and forward Tye McGinn, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced.

Domingue, 25, has appeared in seven games with the Coyotes this season, posting a 4.33 goals-against average and .856 save percentage. The 6-foot-3, 210-pound goaltender has played in 84 career NHL games, all with Arizona over the past four seasons, compiling a record of 27-41-7 to go along with a 3.00 goals-against average and .906 save percentage with two shutouts. During the 2015-16 season, he set career highs for games played (39), wins (15) and save percentage (.912).

The St. Hyacinthe, Quebec native has appeared in 71 career American Hockey League games, posting a record of 27-30-3 to go along with a 3.09 goals-against average and .902 save percentage. He last played in the AHL during the 2015-16 season when he appeared in 13 games with the Springfield Falcons, compiling a record of 6-6-1 to go along with a 2.55 goals-against average and .919 save percentage.

Domingue was originally selected by the Coyotes in the fifth round, 138th overall, at the 2010 NHL Draft.

Juniors Game Night: 11-12-17

Ontario Hockey League

Kingston Frontenacs 3 @ Peterborough Petes 6

C Christopher Paquette, PBO: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 18/23 FO
Season Totals: 16 GP, 8-2-10, -10, 4 PIM
’16-’17 Season: 66 GP, 19-29-48, +1, 28 PIM

The Petes double up the Frontenacs behind a four-point game from Panther prospect Johnathan Ang. Christopher Paquette absolutely owned Kingston in the circle, winning 18 of 23 face offs.

Western Hockey League

Regina Pats 1 @ Moose Jaw Warriors 3

D Oleg Sosunov, MJ: 0-1-1, +3, 2 PIM, 4 SOG
Season Totals: 19 GP, 6-3-9, +20, 26 PIM
‘15-‘16 Totals (MHL): 32 GP, 0-0-0, +1, 79 PIM

C Brett Howden, MJ: DNP, Injured
Season Totals: 15 GP, 10-13-23, +9, 18 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals: 58 GP: 38-43-81, +14, 73 PIM

Sosunov drew the only assist on the Warriors opening goal early in the first, but on the ice for all three of Moose Jaw's scores against the Pats. Brett Howden remains sidelined with an injury sustained during the first game of the WHL vs. Russia series.

ECHL Game Night: 11-12-17

Adirondack Thunder 1 at Brampton Beast 2 SO

D Matthew Spencer, ADK, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIMS, 1 SOG
Season Totals (ECHL): 3 GP, 0-0-0, +1, 2 PIMs, 2 SOG
Season Totals (AHL): 2 GP, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIMs, 2 SOG

G Connor Ingram, ADK, SOL, 65:00 MINS, 37/38, *Second Star*
Season Totals (ECHL): 3 GP, 2-0-0-1, 1.30 GAA, 0.960 SV%, 0 SO
Season Totals (AHL): 6 GP, 1-3-1, 3.36 GAA, 0.860 SV%, 0 SO

Other Notables
F Shane Conacher, ADK, 0-1-0, E, 0 PIMS, 4 SOG
Season Totals (ECHL): 9 GP, 2-7-9, +1, 4 PIMs, 16 SOG
Season Totals (AHL): 2 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIMs, 1 SOG

F Ty Loney, ADK, 1-0-1, E, 0 PIMS, 4 SOG
Season Totals (ECHL): 13 GP, 9-6-15, +3, 18 PIMs, 46 SOG

Lightning goalie prospect Connor Ingram and Beast goalie Andrew D'Agostini put on goaltending clinic Sunday afternoon at the Powerade Centre in Brampton. The two netminders allowed just one goal each and made a combined 82 saves en route to a shootout duel. D'Agostini, the ex-Peterborough Pete goalie and former teammate of Lightning prospects Matthew Spencer and Slater Koekkoek, turned away all 4 Adirondack shooters including Syracuse depth forwards Ty Loney and Shane Conacher. Ingram finally yielded a goal on the fourth Brampton shooter, but still earned Second Star honors for his performance. For the weekend, Ingram played a total of 185 minutes and turned away 95 of 99 shots, while backstopping the Thunder to earning 5 of the possible 6 points on the weekend. Loney and Conacher once again combined on the power play 40 seconds into the 3rd to knot the score at 1-1. Now that the weekend three-in-three is completed, it is expected that Ingram and Spencer will be recalled to Syracuse.

NHL Game Night: 11-12-17 Lightning at Ducks

Dominant Lightning need some Vasilarceny to complete California sweep.

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Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed just 1 goal on 29 shots for the victory. He didn't have a ton of saves to make in the first 40 minutes but found himself locked in an absolute duel with John Gibson standing on his head at the other end of the rink. The sealer was an theft of thefts by Vasilevskiy pushing to his left and robbing a one timer on the PK late in the Third Period. My gosh, what a save. I though he had no chance.

First Period
NO SCORING

Second Period
9:12 TB Nametnikov (9), (Kucherov, Stamkos)(PP)

Third Period
3:48 ANH Silfverberg (5), (Wagner, Cogliano)
7:18 TB Brown (1), (Kunitz, Callahan)

Vladislav Namestnikov and Victor Hedman were the game's second and third stars. Quite the spiteful, bitter, sour grapes move by the Anaheim media to snub Vasilevskiy from a star. Truly.

Tampa Bay deserved the victory tonight. The first 40 minutes of this contest were an absolute clinic. Tampa Bay had all of the puck and a ton of scoring chances and Gibson had to play one of the best games of his life just to hold Anaheim in the game. The Third Period was more of a Ducks period with the ice titled by score effects and the Lightning got an amazing goal from J.T. Brown and a ton of great saves by Vasilevskiy to get it over the finish line.

The Lightning only won 48% of their draws tonight, but that's better than I'd have thought with this many young centermen playing against any team that has Antoine Vermette. Pleasant surprise.

Tampa Bay clinches another successful 10-game segment of the season with the win, now sitting at 13 points through 8 games of the segment. They also pot 1 insurance point giving them 6 insurance points on the season with 2 games left to rack up more in this segment.

Yanni Gourde was -1 with 2 shots in 16:16. He was also 40% on 5 draws.

Jake Dotchin had 1 shot, 3 hits, and 2 blocked shots in 15:48.

Mikhail Sergachev was -1 with 1 shot and 1 hit in 14:18. He's going to want to burn the tape of that Third Period. Made a poor turnover on Anaheim's only goal and another in the Ducks zone later in the period that led to a 2-on-1 where Vasilevskiy had to make a dynamite save to bail him out. Bad Sergachev makes poor decisions and/or is too light on his stick passing it. I haven't seen bad Sergachev much recently, but he snuck on the rink in the final frame tonight.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

Juniors Game Night: 11-11-17

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Sherbrooke Phoenix 2 @ Halifax Mooseheads 3 (OT)

C/W Otto Somppi, HAL: 0-0-0, +1, 2 PIM, 2 SOG, 7/17 FO
Season Totals: 13 GP, 6-12-18, +19, 12 PIM
’16-’17 Totals: 60 GP, 17-24-41, -8, 30 PIM

The Mooseheads overcame a 2-1 deficit to the Phoenix behnind the OT game-winner from Raphael Lavoie.

Ontario Hockey League

Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 8 @ Flint Firebirds 2

W Boris Katchouk, SSM: 0-2-2, +2, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season Totals: 20 GP, 18-11-29, +19, 8 PIM
’16-’17 Season: 66 GP, 35-29-64, +18, 46 PIM

A couple of primary apples from Katchouk as the Soo built a snowman in the Dort Federal Event Center in Flint Saturday night.

Niagara IceDogs 1 @ Barrie Colts 6

W Alexey Lipanov, BAR: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG, 4/14 FO
Season Totals: 18 GP, 6-10-16, +7, 0 PIM
‘16-‘17 Totals (VHL-Russia): 21 GP, 3-5-8, +5, 8 PIM

Lipanov’s scoreless streak reaches five games and he was pinned with a -1 in a 6-1 game and 4-for-14 in the faceoff circle. Rough night.

Saginaw Spirit 5 @ Erie Otters 2

W Taylor Raddysh, Erie: 1-0-1, -1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season Totals: 18 GP, 9-19-28, +11, 14 PIM
‘16-‘17 Totals: 58 GP, 42-67-109, +67, 37 PIM

Taylor Raddsh scored a power play goal in garbage time, but the Spirit's unanswered three-goal 2nd period was the difference.

Western Hockey League

Red Deer Rebels 2 @ Kelowna Rockets 5

D Cal Foote, KEL: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 5 SOG
Season Totals: 19 GP, 5-12-17, +7, 16 PIM
‘15-‘16 Totals: 71 GP, 6-51-57, +39, 41 PIM

The Rockets notched three power play markers to power past the Rebels.

Saskatoon Blades 1 @ Brandon Wheat Kings 3

D Libor Hajek, SAS: 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season Totals: 18 GP, 5-7-12, -12, 18 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals: 65 GP: 4-22-26, -17, 81 PIM

Jake Kustra scored a late game shortie to give the Blades a little hope, but the Wheat Kings buried the empty netter to seal the deal.

United States Hockey League

Dubuque Fighting Saints 5 @ Central Illinois Flying Aces 6 (OT)

C Cole Guttman, DBQ: 0-2-2, -1, 2 PIM, 2 SOG
Season Totals: 10 GP, 4-4-8, -2, 8 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals: 53 GP, 27-27-54, +21, 18 PIM
Committed to: St. Cloud State

Guttman tallied a couple of power play assists, but the Saints fall to the Flying Aces in overtime.

Green Bay Gamblers 2 @ Omaha Lancers 5

D Nicklaus Perbix, OMA: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season Totals: 12 GP, 0-4-4, +2, 4 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (High School): 25 GP, 10-30-40, 6 PIM
Committed to: St. Cloud State

Fargo Force 4 @ Sioux City Musketeers 2

D Sammy Walker, SC: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals: 4 GP, 0-0-0, -3, 4 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (High School): 25 GP, 22-24-46, 6 PIM
Committed to: Minnesota

ECHL Game Night: 11-11-17

Adirondack Thunder 5 at Kalamazoo Wings 2

D Matthew Spencer, ADK, 0-0-0, +1, 2 PIMS, 0 SOG
Season Totals (ECHL): 2 GP, 0-0-0, +1, 2 PIMs, 1 SOG
Season Totals (AHL): 2 GP, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIMs, 2 SOG

G Connor Ingram, ADK, W, 60:00 MINS, 25/27
Season Totals (ECHL): 2 GP, 2-0-0, 1.50 GAA, 0.951 SV%, 0 SO
Season Totals (AHL): 6 GP, 1-3-1, 3.36 GAA, 0.860 SV%, 0 SO

Other Notables
F Shane Conacher, ADK, 0-1-0, E, 0 PIMS, 1 SOG
Season Totals (ECHL): 8 GP, 2-6-8, +1, 4 PIMs, 12 SOG
Season Totals (AHL): 2 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIMs, 1 SOG

F Ty Loney, ADK, 1-0-1, E, 2 PIMS, 4 SOG
Season Totals (ECHL): 12 GP, 8-6-14, +3, 18 PIMs, 42 SOG

Lightning goalie prospect Connor Ingram pitched a 25-save performance Saturday night for his second win against Kalamazoo in back-to-back nights. Syracuse depth forwards Ty Lomey and Shane Conacher combined on the power play 34 seconds into the 3rd for Adirondack's fifth goal. The Thunder continue their weekend road trip with a Sunday matinee in Brampton against the Beast.

AHL Game Night: 11-11-17 Checkers at Crunch

Crunch have, hopefully, a breakthrough victory.

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Michael Leighton allowed 3 goals on 24 shots for the victory.

First Period
9:14 SYR McBain (1), (Verhaeghe, Yan)
11:39 SYR Condra (1), (McBain, Conacher)(PP)
14:25 SYR Joseph (3), (McBain, McGinn)(PP)
19:47 CHA Roy (3), (Kuokkanen, Carrick)(PP)

Second Period
2:35 CHA Poturalski (5), (Miller, Samuelsson)(PP)
11:51 SYR Bournival (5), (Volkov, Lynch)
14:57 CHA Saarela (3), (Kuokkanen, Schilkey)

Third Period
18:19 SYR Condra (2), (Cirelli, McBain)

Jamie McBain, Erik Condra, and Michael Bournival were the game's three stars.

After what seems like a long line of heartbreaking, close losses, the Crunch led by their veteran leaders finally managed to close the deal on a victory tonight. The team pulls to 2 games under .500 and can hopefully turn this victory into the start of a nice little winning streak that gets their campaign back on the right track.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

Crunch Start Strong in Win Over Checkers


By Jeremy Houghtaling

The Syracuse Crunch took it to the Charlotte Checkers in the first 19 minutes.

Crunch captain Erik Condra netted a goal in his long-awaited return, Jamie McBain had a hand in three goals and the Syracuse power play converted twice. The Checkers made it close late in the second period, but the Crunch held on to win, 5-3, at the Onondaga County War Memorial Saturday.

“I thought we came out strong and overall, we played a very good game,” Crunch head coach Benoit Groulx said. “They’re a good team. probably the best team we faced this year with Toronto. They have skill on every line. They play with a lot of poise and they make plays with the puck. It’s very impressive the way Charlotte is playing. Tonight we were a good team.”

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