KHL Game Day: 10-18-14

Chelyabinsk 3 vs. Bratislava 2
Jaroslav Janus, Bratislava, Loss, 22/25, 3.05 GAA, .880 sv%
Season totals: 9 GP, 2-5-2, 0 SO, 2.57 GAA, .906 sv%

Ex-NHLer Jan Bulis had a goal for Chelyabinsk in their 3-2 win over Slovan Bratislava. Ex-Lightning defenseman Kurtis Foster had a helper in defeat for Slovan.

Khanty-Mansiysk 1 vs. Zagreb 2 (OT)
Nikita Gusev, Khanty-Mansiysk, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Season totals: 13 GP, 4-2-6, -2, 4 PIM

Nikita Gusev was scoreless in 15:35 of ice time in Yugra's 3-2 loss to Zagreb. Ex-Coyote, Penguin, and Panther Bill Thomas scored the overtime winner on the PP for Zagreb, assisted by ex-Montreal second rounder/ex-Syracuse Crunch Mathieu Carle.

Togliatti 2 vs. Mytischi 1 (SO)
Dmitry Korobov, Mytischi, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 2 GP, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM

Dmitry Korobov was scoreless in 23:26 of ice time in Mytischi's 2-1 shootout loss to Lada Togliatti. Ex-Lightning defenseman Matt Gilory had a helper in defeat for Mytischi.

NCAA Game Night: 10-17-14

No. 3 North Dakota 3 @ Colorado College Tigers 1

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

North Dakota’s Mark MacMillian (Canadiens) had two goals and Brendan O’Donnell added a single marker to lead the nation’s No. 2 team to a 3-1 win in Colorado Springs.

No. 13 Quinnipiac Bobcats 3 @ No. 9 UMass-Lowell Riverhawks 6

F Matthew Peca, QU: 0-2-2, -3, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 2 GP, 1-3-4, -3, 0 PIM
2014-2015 totals: 40 GP, 12-26-38, +4, 16 PIM

Quinnipiac cut the Riverhawks’ lead to 5-3 with five minutes to go in regulation, but they were unable to complete a comeback from down 4-1. Peca has two points in each of his first two games.

ECHL Game Night: 10-17-14

South Carolina Stingrays 3 @ Florida Everblades 4

C Mike Aviani (TB Preseason Tryout), FLA: Did not play

W Jeff Costello (AHL Contract), FLA: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG

W Danick Gauthier, FLA: 1-0-1, +2, 4 PIM, 1 SOG, *Third Star*

D Artem Sergeev, FLA: Did not play

G Allen York (AHL Contract), FLA: Did not play (backup)

Florida opened their season by hanging on for a 4-3 win over visiting South Carolina on Friday. The Stingrays made things interesting when they cut the Everblades lead to one with just over three minutes remaining, but Daniel Altshuller (25 saves on 28 shots) stood tall in net for Florida.

AHL Game Night: 10-17-14 Falcons at Crunch

Legends were born tonight in Syracuse, New York.

SPR-2
SYR-3

Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 2 goals on 29 shots for his first professional victory in North America.

First Period
SYR Marchessault, (1) (Cote, Blujus), 8:44
SPR Tyrell, (1) (Madaisky, Sedlak), 15:45

Second Period
SPR Monardo, (1) (Sifers, Madaisky), 3:53
SYR Paquette, (3) (Marchessault, Kunyk), 18:51

Third Period
SYR Drouin, (1) , 7:18

Some dude named Drouin, Jonathan Marchessault, and Cedric Paquette completed a Quebecois sweep of the three stars selections tonight.

I envy the folks who were in the arena tonight. Not only did they get to witness the first North American pro win by Vasilevskiy, but the first pro point by one of the truly great young players in the game. A future immortal. A young man who needs no introduction. 50 years ago when they recount this night to their grandchildren, and they will, they'll speak his name with the hushed reverence it deserves...

Dylan Blujus

But, seriously. We love Blujus here at Bolt Prospects, and we love Vasilevskiy, but all that was overshadowed by the professional debut of Jonathan Drouin, who lived up to his billing. He was +3. He was dangerous all night in helping to tilt the ice in Syracuse's favor. And, of course, he scored the game winner on a partial break that began with a quick little defensive play in his own end and was completed with a top shelf, cookie jar breaking shot.

Syracuse gets Binghamton tomorrow night as the Jonny (Jouer au) Hockey road show continues on its short run in the AHL.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

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Drouin Nets Game-Winner in Pro Debut, Crunch Top Falcons


By Jeremy Houghtaling

Jonathan Drouin chipped the puck past the defenseman, rushed down the ice and wristed the puck into the top right corner.

Drouin, the Tampa Bay Lightning's third overall pick in 2013, netted the game-winning goal in the third period of his professional debut to lift the Syracuse Crunch to a 3-2 victory over the Springfield Falcons at the Onondaga County War Memorial Friday.

"I tried some passes today and they didn't go through," Drouin said. "I decided to shoot that one, and I'm pretty happy it went in."

Drouin, on a rehab assignment after sustaining a slight fracture in his right hand during training camp, was on the ice for all three Crunch goals.

"Those guys are easy to play with," Drouin said of his linemates. "(Jonathan) Marchessault is fast and (Cedric Paquette) thinks the game well."

KHL Game Day: 10-17-14

Magnitogorsk 2 vs. Kazan 1 (SO)
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, SO Win, 38/39, 0.92 GAA, .974 sv%
Season totals: 18 HP, 12-2-2, 2 SO, 1.59 GAA, .943 sv%

Vasily Koshechkin stopped 3 of 4 in the penalty shot session as Magnitogorsk bested Kazan 2-1 in the shootout. Danis Zaripov scored twice in the shootout for Metallurg, allowing the team to overcome a shootout tally by ex-Jet Alexander Burmistrov.

Juniors Game Night: 10-16-14

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Quebec Remparts 0 @ Baie-Comeau Drakkar 4

W/C Adam Erne, QUE: 0-0-0, -2, 2 PIM, 0 SOG, 9/18 FO, 1 Hit
Season totals: 6 GP, 3-6-9, +5, 10 PIM
2013-2014 Season: 48 GP, 21-41-62, -3, 65 PIM

Baie-Comeau limited the visiting Remparts to 18 shots while shutting them out, 4-0. This was the second time in six games this season Erne failed to register a point.

Ontario Hockey League

Sarnia Sting 5 @ Peterborough Petes 3

D Anthony DeAngelo, SAR: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM, *First Star*
Season totals: 4 GP, 0-5-5, E, 13 PIM
2013-14 totals: 51 GP, 15-56-71, -34, 90 PIM

D Dominik Masin, PBO: 0-1-1, -2, 5 PIM
Season totals: 7 GP, 2-1-3, -7, 22 PIM
2013-14 totals: 39 GP, 2-19-21, +6, 102 PIM

DeAngelo and fellow Lightning prospect Dominik Masin both had assists, but DeAngelo’s Sting beat Masin’s Petes, 5-3. DeAngelo was named first star of the game. Masin had a fight for the second consecutive game, this time against 5-11 center Patrick White. Sarnia, who finished dead last in the OHL last year at 17-44-2-5, improved to 4-3-1-0 on the year and into second place in the West Division. The Sting’s 3-game road trip this weekend continues on Friday in Oshawa. Peterborough fell to 1-4-1-0 for the season.

Saginaw Spirit 5 @ Windsor Spitfires 8

W Cristiano DiGiacinto, WSR: Did not play (suspended)
Season totals: 2 GP, 1-1-2, +2, 9 PIM
2013-14 totals: 50 GP, 17-11-28, +8, 101 PIM

A game after allowing nine goals to Sarnia, the Spits responded with a snowman at home vs Saginaw. DiGiacinto continues to serve a suspension for starting a fight in the last five minutes of a game.

Ikonen Focused on Making More Memories


By Jeremy Houghtaling

It was a feeling Henri Ikonen couldn’t describe.

Representing Finland in the 2014 World Junior Championships and winning his homeland’s first gold medal since 1998 was a memory he will never forget.

To top it off, the Finns beat host (and rival) Sweden in overtime.

“It was an unbelievable experience,” Ikonen said. “The best two weeks of my life.”

With his professional career just getting started, Ikonen is hoping to make many more memories like the one he had in Sweden. But the Syracuse Crunch forward is taking it one step at a time.

“I just go to the rink every morning and do my best there,” Ikonen said.

Drouin To Make Pro Debut With Syracuse

The Tampa Bay Lightning have assigned forward Jonathan Drouin to the Syracuse Crunch of the American Hockey League today, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced. Drouin suffered a slight fracture in his right thumb and has been sidelined since mid-September.

Drouin, 19, skated in 46 games last season for the Halifax Mooseheads of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, posting 29 goals and 108 points. He led the Mooseheads for assists (79) and points. The 5-foot-11, 178 pound forward also recorded 10 power-play goals and three shorthanded tallies. Drouin ranked third in the QMJHL for points and led the league for assists.

The Ste-Agathe, Quebec native appeared in seven games for Team Canada at the 2014 World Jr. Championships, collecting three goals and nine points. Drouin served as an alternate captain for the team. He also skated for Team Canada at the 2013 World Jr. Championships.

Drouin played in 128 career QMJHL games, all with Halifax, recording 77 goals and 242 points over three seasons. He won the Memorial Cup with Halifax in 2013 and led his team for assists and points during the QMJHL playoffs.

Drouin was drafted by Tampa Bay in the first round, third overall, at the 2013 NHL Draft.

BP Commentary: This will get Drouin back in game shape as he missed most of the preseason. Syracuse fans will get to see the top-rated prospect in hockey for at least two weekends. It's expected Drouin will play through the Crunch's 3-game roadie next weekend. We'll have nightly updates from Syracuse this weekend courtesy of our Syracuse writer, Jeremy Houghtaling.

Milan Moved
Defenseman Daniel Milan was assigned by the ECHL's Florida Everblades to the Wichita Thunder, formerly of the CHL, but now in the ECHL. This doesn't bode well for Milan getting another year on his contract, but Milan is a fighter. Literally and figuratively.

Juniors Game Night: 10-16-14

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Acadie-Bathurst Titan 1 @ Cape Breton Screaming Eagles 4

C Cameron Darcy, CB: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 4 SOG, 6/12 FO, 1 Hit
Season totals: 4 GP: 0-2-2, -2, 2 PIM
2013-2014 Season: 65 GP, 35-47-82, +3, 51 PIM

Cape Breton returned home from a lengthy road trip and defeated the visiting Titan, 4-1. Darcy is off to a slow start with two assists in four games, especially considering he led the Eagles in scoring last year with 82 points in 65 games. It’s not unusual for a “disappointed” prospect to return to juniors and take a few weeks before hitting his stride again. Darcy was hoping for a pro contract this fall. The Lightning/Crunch sent him back to juniors to get bigger while receiving more ice time than he would have received in the AHL.

Western Hockey League

Prince Albert Raiders 3 @ Moose Jaw Warriors 5

C Brayden Point, MJ: 1-1-2, +3, 0 PIM, *First Star*
Season totals: 7 GP, 4-7-11, +7, 6 PIM
2013-14 totals: 72 GP, 36-55-91, -27, 53 PIM

Brayden Point had a goal and a helper as the Warriors skated to 3-0 and 5-1 leads to easily dispose of the visiting Raiders by a final score of 5-3. Point was named first star.

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