AHL Game Night: 3-3-18 Rocket at Crunch

Evidently it was 80's Night in Syracuse, too.

LAV-5
SYR-4 (OT)

Eddie Pasquale allowed 5 goals on 22 shots for the loss.

First Period
4:28 LAV Terry (23), (McCarron, Boucher)
5:02 SYR Dumont (2), (Bournival)(SH)
9:07 SYR Condra (8), (Tammela, Verhaeghe)

Second Period
4:15 SYR Yan (11), (Bodie, Stephens)(PP)
11:22 LAV Boucher (9), (Waked, Gelinas)(PP)
16:15 SYR Bodie (5), (Yan, Verhaeghe)(PP)

Third Period
0:12 LAV Waked (5), (Parisi, Gelinas)(PP)
15:04 LAV Rychel (12), (Terry, Parisi)

Overtime
4:28 LAV Gregoire (9), (Corrin, Rychel)

Gabriel Dumont and Dennis Yan were the game's second and third stars. Dennis Yan: all he does is score.

On the opposite end of the spectrum from the big club's matinee tilt, Syracuse had to face the disappointment of seeing a two goal Third Period lead slip away into an Overtime loss.

With Toronto falling to Rochester, the Crunch did narrow the Marlies lead in the North Division to just four points with Toronto holding a pair of games in hand. So, there's a silver lining.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

NHL Game Day: 3-3-18 Flyers at Lightning

Lightning and Flyers tilt the pinball machine.

PHI-6
TB-7 (SO)

Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 6 goals on 43 shots before stopping both shooters he faced in the penalty shot session for the SO win. It was 80's throwback day at Amalie Arena.

First Period
7:08 PHI Patrick (10), (Giroux, Voracek)(PP)
8:16 TB Stamkos (26), (Hedman, Kucherov)(PP)
14:30 PHI Voracek (14), (Patrick)
18:07 PHI Hagg (3), (Laughton, Provorov)

Second Period
5:57 TB Hedman (10), (Stamkos, Kucherov)
12:47 TB Girardi (4), (Stamkos, Hedman)
16:15 PHI Lehtera (2), (Weal, Filppula)

Third Period
1:06 PHI Provorov (12), (Filppula)
4:23 TB Miller (14), (Gourde, Point)
7:38 TB Stamkos (27), (Kucherov, Killorn)
10:03 TB Hedman (11), (Stamkos)
17:07 PHI Giroux (23), (Couturier, Provorov)

Overtime
NO SCORING

Shootout
PHI- NONE
TB- Point, Stamkos

Steven Stamkos and Victor Hedman were the game's first and second stars.

No doubt this game shaved years off the coaching staff's collective life, but you have to give credit to this team for at least having the fighting spirit to battle back from a two goal Third Period deficit to eventually grind out a win. If this were post-McDonoagh debut I'd be a lot more upset, but given the team is still playing with a bit of an improvised lineup I'll take the "W" and the entertainment value, and let's keep it moving.

Now sitting on a ripe 94 points, the Lightning are just a win shy of hitting that unofficial 96 point mark that should clinch a postseason appearance. If they can clinch that mark in their next contest that gives them a stylish 15 games to get tuned up for a potential deep playoff run.

Anthony Cirelli was -1 with 2 penalty minutes and 1 hit in 9:24. He was also 29% on 7 draws.

Adam Erne was -1 with 1 shot in 9:40.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

Crunch Let Lead Slip Away in Loss to Rocket


By Jeremy Houghtaling

One night after scoring three unanswered goals to steal a win, the tables were turned on the Syracuse Crunch.

The Laval Rocket cut the Crunch lead to one in the first minute of the third period, evened the score with five minutes left in regulation and netted the game-winner with 32 seconds left in overtime at the Onondaga County War Memorial Saturday. The 5-4 loss snaps Syracuse’s six game win streak.

“I thought they were more opportunistic than us,” Crunch head coach Benoit Groulx said. “We made some bad plays in our own end and they took advantage of it.”

Juniors Game Night: 3-2-18

From Friday night...

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Blainville-Boisbriand Armada 3 @ Quebec Remparts 2 (SO)

C Alex Barre-Boulet, BLB: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 3 SOG, 8/17 FO
Season Totals: 59 GP, 50-57-107, +28, 65 PIM
’16-’17 Totals: 65 GP, 29-52-81, +10, 42 PIM

Barre-Boulet was held scoreless by the Remparts, but converted in the shootout to help the Armada pull out two points on the road. Luke Henman (2018 draft eligible) and Drake Batherson (OTT, 2017 4th round pick) both had a goal and an assist in regulation, and Batherson also converted in the shootout. Sam Dunn (undrafted) scored a power play goal for Quebec in the 3rd to force overtime and eventually the shootout.

Ontario Hockey League

Sarnia Sting 5 @ Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 6 (SO)

W Boris Katchouk, SSM: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM, 5 SOG
Season Totals: 52 GP, 39-37-76, +45, 24 PIM
’16-’17 Season: 66 GP, 35-29-64, +18, 46 PIM

W Taylor Raddysh, SSM: 0-2-2, +2, 0 PIM, 4 SOG, 4/8 FO
Season Totals (SSM): 21 GP, 16-16-32, +20, 10 PIM
Season Totals (ER): 30 GP, 15-29-44, +10, 16 PIM
Season Totals: 51 GP, 31-45-76, +30, 26 PIM
‘16-‘17 Totals: 58 GP, 42-67-109, +67, 37 PIM

Katchouk set up Morgan Frost (PHI, 2017 1st round pick) for the game’s opening goal just 1:09 in the game, and then Raddysh set up Jack Kopecka’s (ANA, 2016 4th round pick) first of the game just four minutes later to give the Soo an early 2-0 lead. But the game swung back-and-forth with the Sting bouncing back to a 3-2 lead, and then the Greyhounds rallying for a 5-4 lead at the 2nd intermission. Drake Rymsha (LAK, 2017 5th round pick) netted a power play marker, his second goal of the game, with just 98 seconds left in regulation to force overtime and eventually the shootout. Raddysh, who set up the 5-4 go-ahead goal with 26 seconds left in the 2nd period failed to convert in the shootout for the Soo. Kopacka scored the lone goal in the shootout to go along with his two goals and an assist in regulation to pace the Greyhounds. Hayden Verbeek (undrafted) notched four assists in the contest for Sault Ste. Marie.

Western Hockey League

Kelowna Rockets 2 @ Everett Silvertips 4

D Cal Foote, KEL: 0-0-0, +2, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season Totals: 54 GP, 17-45-62, +24, 44 PIM
‘15-‘16 Totals: 71 GP, 6-51-57, +39, 41 PIM

The Rockets jumped out to a 2-0 lead, but the Silvertips rallied with three goals in the 3rd with two of them by Connor Dewar (undrafted) as Everett doubled up Kelowna.

Moose Jaw Warriors 2 @ Brandon Wheat Kings 4

D Oleg Sosunov, MJ: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals: 63 GP, 7-17-24, +37, 58 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (MHL-Russia): 32 GP, 0-0-0, +1, 79 PIM

Ty Lewis (COL, FA ELC) rung up a hat trick for the 3600+ fans at Westoba Place as the Wheat Kings doubled up the Warriors.

United States Hockey League

** Note: Cole Guttman (Dubuque) was placed on injured reserved on December 22nd following the completion of the World Junior A Challenge tournament.

Omaha Lancers 6 @ Chicago Steel 4

D Nick Perbix , OMA: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 5 SOG
Season Totals: 41 GP, 2-18-20, +16, 16 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (HS): 25 GP, 10-30-40, 6 PIM
Committed to: St. Cloud State University

Czech WJC’er Filip Suchy (undrafted) scored two goals and two assists and Noah Cates (PHI, 2017 5th round pick) also had a four point game, as the Lancers defeated the Steel in a wild one in Chicago.

Minnesota State High School League

Sammy Walker and the #2 ranked Edina High Hornets (23-2-0) draw #7 ranked Lakeville North High Panthers (13-10-2) in the quarterfinals of the Minnesota Class AA State Championship Tournament at 11 AM CT on March 8, 2018 at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul. Lakeville North won the 1AA section tournament as the #1 seed with a 4-3 win over crosstown rivals Lakeville South (whom Edina beat 4-1 during the regular season). The semi-finals will be played March 9th and the finals next Saturday night on March 10th. This will be Edina’s first game against Lakeville North this season, and the winner will play the victor of #3 Duluth East and #6 St. Michael-Albertville.

AHL Game Night: 3-2-18 Devils at Crunch

Crunch bop Bingo with three unanswered Third Period markers.

BNG-2
SYR-3

Connor Ingram allowed 2 goals on 28 shots for the victory.

First Period
10:52 BNG Lappin (20), (Rooney)

Second Period
NO SCORING

Third Period
7:49 BNG MacDonald (15), (Bertschy, Lappin)(PP)
10:10 SYR Peca (10), (Dumont, Joseph)(PP)
11:21 SYR Verhaeghe (11), (Condra, Volkov)(PP)
13:03 SYR Condra (7), (Peca, Walcott)

Erik Condra, Matthew Peca, and Gabriel Dumont were the game's three stars.

For the moment, Syracuse narrows the gap with Toronto for first place in the North Division to five points, with the Marlies holding a pair of games in hand.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

Three Quick Strikes in Third Lift Crunch Over Devils


By Jeremy Houghtaling

After being held silent for more than 50 minutes, Syracuse’s offense made a bold statement.

The Crunch wiped away the Devils’ lead by scoring three times in a span of 2:53, as Syracuse rallied past Binghamton, 3-2, at the Onondaga County War Memorial Friday.

The Crunch has now won six straight games.

“I don’t think that was our best effort, but overall, you’ll be happy with the win and the comeback we made showed character,” Crunch head coach Benoit Groulx said. “I thought we were very opportunistic in the third.”

Juniors Game Night: 3-1-18

The first juniors update since the NHL trade deadline...

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Shawinigan Cataractes 2 @ Blainville-Boisbriand Armada 6

C Alex Barre-Boulet, BLB: 1-2-3, +1, 0 PIM, 5 SOG, 5/9 FO, *First Star*
Season Totals: 58 GP, 50-57-107, +28, 63 PIM
’16-’17 Totals: 65 GP, 29-52-81, +10, 42 PIM

Barre-Boulet celebrated signing an Entry Level Contract with the Lightning earlier in the day with First Star performance at home against the Cataractes. Barre-Boulet and linemate Alexandre Alain (undrafted) combined to set up Armada blueliner Pascal Corbeil (undrafted) for the game’s opening marker. The three would combine again just 56 seconds to give the Armada a 3-0 lead with Alain potting his 39th of the season and what would be the game-winning goal. Shawinigan would go to work, scoring twice and drawing within one, but the Armada would score thrice to put the game away, including Alain setting up Barre-Boulet for his 50th of the season.

Victoriaville Tigres 8 @ Halifax Mooseheads 2 (Wednesday)

C/W Otto Somppi, HAL: Did not play
Season Totals: 52 GP, 28-51-79, +35, 22 PIM
’16-’17 Totals: 60 GP, 17-24-41, -7, 28 PIM

Somppi didn’t dress for Victoriaville’s thumping of the Mooseheads, as the Tigres put up a snowman on the road against Halifax. Simon Lafrance (undrafted), Chase Harwell (undrafted), and Maxime Comtois (ANA, 2017 2nd round pick) all scored twice for Victoriaville, with Comtois pacing the Tigres with a four-point night.

Ontario Hockey League

Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 4 @ Saginaw Spirit 1 (Wednesday)

W Boris Katchouk, SSM: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season Totals: 51 GP, 39-36-75, +45, 24 PIM
’16-’17 Season: 66 GP, 35-29-64, +18, 46 PIM

W Taylor Raddysh, SSM: 1-0-1, +3, 0 PIM, 1 SOG, 3/4 FO
Season Totals (SSM): 20 GP, 16-14-30, +18, 10 PIM
Season Totals (ER): 30 GP, 15-29-44, +10, 16 PIM
Season Totals: 50 GP, 31-43-74, +28, 26 PIM
‘16-‘17 Totals: 58 GP, 42-67-109, +67, 37 PIM

Raddysh netted his 31st of the season in the 3rd period to give the Soo a little breathing room with a 3-1 lead. The Greyhounds were paced with a goal and an assist from big Joe Carroll (undrafted), the seventeen year old from Carp, Ontario.

Sudbury Wolves 4 @ Windsor Spitfires 3

W Alexey Lipanov, SBY: Did not play
Season Totals (SBY): 13 GP, 2-2-4, -10, 6 PIM
Season Totals (BAR): 35 GP, 11-19-30, +9, 10 PIM
Season Totals: 48 GP, 13-21-34, -1, 16 PIM
‘16-‘17 Totals (VHL-Russia): 21 GP, 3-5-8, +5, 8 PIM

Lipanov remained out of the Sudbury lineup as Drake Pilon (undrafted) scored twice to lead the Wolves in a win over the Spitfires.

London Knights 4 @ Peterborough Petes 3

W/C Christopher Paquette, PBO: 0-1-1, +2, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 18/25 FO
Season Totals: 55 G, 15-13-28, -31, 16 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (NIA/PBO): 66 GP, 19-29-48, +1, 28 PIM

Petes captain Logan DeNoble (undrafted) scored his second of the game midway through the 3rd to give Peterborough a 3-2 lead. Paquette earned an assist on DeNoble’s first goal, a 2-1 go ahead marker near the midpoint of the 2nd. But the Knights would knot the score before Alex Formenton (OTT, 2017 2nd round pick) potted the game-winner for London with three-and-half minutes remaining in regulation.

Western Hockey League

Kelowna Rockets 6 @ Prince George Cougars 7 (Wednesday)

D Cal Foote, KEL: 1-1-1, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season Totals: 53 GP, 17-45-62, +22, 44 PIM
‘15-‘16 Totals: 71 GP, 6-51-57, +39, 41 PIM

The Rockets and Cougars combined for 13 goals in a shootout at the CN Centre. Canucks 2017 2nd rounder Kole Lind celebrated signing his Entry Level Contract with Vancouver by netting a natural hat trick and a four-point game to pace the Rockets. Lind scored the first three goals of the game, all in the 1st period to give Kelowna the early 3-0 lead. Foote chalked up a power play assist on Lind’s third marker. The Cougars would then rally, scoring five of the next six goals to take a 6-5 lead, but Foote would pot his 17th of the season to knot the game at 6-6, before Ilijah Collins (2018 draft eligible) scored his 2nd of the game with 18 seconds left in regulation to secure the win for Prince George.

Kelowna Rockets 1 @ Prince George Cougars 4 (Tuesday)
D Cal Foote, KEL: Did not play

Foote was absent from the lineup as the Cougars handled the Warriors in the first of back-to-back games at the CN Centre.

Moose Jaw Warriors 5 @ Kootenay Ice 2 (Wednesday)

D Oleg Sosunov, MJ: 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals: 62 GP, 7-17-24, +37, 58 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (MHL-Russia): 32 GP, 0-0-0, +1, 79 PIM

Brayden Burke (ARI, FA ELC) nets two power play assists as he celebrates signing an Entry Level Contract with the Arizona Coyotes as an overage free agent. The Warriors got goals from five different players.

Moose Jaw Warriors 3 @ Lethbridge Hurricanes 4 (Tuesday)
D Oleg Sosunov, MJ: 0-0-0, 0, 0 PIM, 0 SOG

Lethbridge rallied from a 3-2 deficit in the 3rd on Tuesday night to hand the road-weary Warriors a loss.

Minnesota State High School League

Wayzata Trojans 1 @ Edina Hornets 8 (Wednesday)

F Sammy Walker, EDN: 0-4-4, 0 PIM
Season Totals (HS): 28 GP, 32-36-68, 16 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (HS): 25 GP, 22-24-46, 6 PIM
Committed to: University of Minnesota

Walker racked up four assists as the Hornets put up a snowman on the scoreboard to win the Minnesota State 6AA section championship. After being ousted from the section playoffs in two consecutive years at the hands of Wayzata, Edina threw that monkey off their backs, defeating the Trojans handily at the Mariucci Arena on the campus of the University of Minnesota. The first of Walker’s four assists was on a 1st period power play goal by Ben Brinkman (2019 draft eligible, Minnesota commit) to give the Hornets a 2-0 lead early in the game. After Wayzata scored their lone goal in the 2nd to trail 4-1, Walker went to work, assisting on three straight Edina goals, including two power play markers by Jett Jungels (Northern Michigan commit).

The Hornets move on to the Minnesota Class AA state tournament, which will be played at the Xcel Energy Center on March 8-10. Edina, ranked #2 in the state rankings with a 23-2-0 record looks to play against a random draw opponent at 11 AM on March 8. The #1 ranked Minnetonka Skippers (21-2-2) is the only team that defeated the Hornets this season, handing Edina both of their losses. The bracket of eight will also include #3 ranked Duluth East Greyhounds (20-2-3), #4 ranked St. Thomas Academy Cadets (22-2-1), and Ryan McDonagh’s alma mater, the #5 ranked Cretin-Derham Hall Raiders (20-3-2).

NHL Game Night: 3-1-18 Lightning at Stars

Lightning win another wild one before heading home for a critical stretch at Amalie.

TB-5
DAL-4 (OT)

Louis Domingue allowed 4 goals on 35 shots for the OT win. Honestly should've had a regulation win the Dallas getting the tying goal on a play where Seguin pitchforked Domingue into the net with about 4 seconds left on the clock.

First Period
1:02 TB Point (26), (Miller)
11:05 DAL Seguin (33), (Benn, Radulov)(PP)

Second Period
8:13 DAL Seguin (34), (Klingberg, Lindell)
9:20 TB Cirelli (1), (Hedman, Kunitz)
13:53 TB Killorn (12), (Paquette, Cirelli)
16:08 TB Stamkos (25), (Miller)

Third Period
1:50 DAL Ritchie (5), (Dickinson, Elie)
19:56 DAL Janmark (17), (Seguin, Faksa)

Overtime
4:19 TB Conacher (8), (unassisted)

Cory Conacher was the game's first star after scoring the winning goal coming down the right wing one on one for a backhander where he then batted the rebound out of mid air over Bishop's shoulder while sliding into the boards for the winner. An improbable goal for an improbable pair of opponents.

It was another gritty win for this group playing a makeshift lineup a la two games ago against the Maple Leafs. This one was keyed in large part by the energy and strong play by newcomer J.T. Miller and the NHL debut of young Anthony Cirelli. With the Lightning now on 92 points they move to within a mere four points of that magic 96 point threshold we look at as what you need to clinch a playoff berth.

So, with that said, the Lightning are about to go home for eight straight games at Amalie. My guess is they'll get Kucherov back from being out for two games with an upper body injury and we'll see the Lightning debut of McDonagh. So, this homestand is going to be critical not so much from a standings standpoint, but from the standpoint that the coaching staff has a lot of work to do to figure out the ideal pairings and roles for their newly constituted roster. One thing I loved tonight: they put Miller on the Point line. Miller's an Erik Cole style power winger with speed. Putting him with Point creates space for Brayden, and Point only needs a sliver of daylight to break open a game.

Cirelli's NHL debut featured 1 goal, 1 assist, and a +2 rating on 1 shot and 2 hits in 8:14. He was also 38% on 8 draws. He showed good speed and, above all, very good positioning and awareness for the full 200 feet of the rink. You just see the smart two-way game right away.

Adam Erne was -1 with 1 hit in 13:19. Got caught spectating on Dallas' third goal.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

Bolts Ink QMJHL Scoring Leader to Entry-Level Deal

TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning have signed free agent forward Alex Barre-Boulet to a three-year, NHL entry level contract, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced.

Barre-Boulet, 20, has played in 57 games this season for the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, recording 49 goals and 104 points to go along with 63 penalty minutes and a plus-27 rating. He leads the QMJHL for goals, assists (55) and points. The 5-foot-10, 165-pound forward has also posted 19 power-play goals which paces the league.

The Montmagny, Quebec native has skated in 255 career QMJHL games over four seasons with Drummondville and Blainville-Boisbriand, registering 136 goals and 325 points. Last season during the QMJHL playoffs, Barre-Boulet posted 14 goals and 31 points. His 14 goals led all QMJHL skaters during the postseason.

Note: Barre-Boulet currently leads the QMJHL in goals, assists, points, power play goals, and game-winning goals.

NHL Game Night: 2-28-18 Sabres at Lightning

Lightning sleepwalk to OT stinker.

BUF-2
TB-1 (OT)

Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 2 goals on 34 shots for the OT loss. Made several acrobatic saves and reflex saves. Didn't allow a great goal on the tying goal where he seemed a little deep in the net and it came from kind of a shallow angle. All in all, he deserved better from the team in front of him, though.

First Period
18:03 TB Conacher (7), (Girardi, Gourde)

Second Period
NO SCORING

Third Period
11:47 BUF Rodrigues (6), (Pominville)

Overtime
1:26 BUF Pominville (10), (Ristolainen, O'Reilly)(PP)

Vasilevskiy was the game's third star.

It was kind of a wicked brew of apathy coming off the emotional win over Toronto and the trade deadline going into a game against struggling Buffalo with a makeshift lineup. It had trap game written all over it and Buffalo outplayed the Lightning pretty much the full 60 minutes.

With that said, Buffalo's winner came on a questionable call I couldn't stand. Erne gets called for a check to the head on a play where he did not leave his feet, did not take extra strides, kept his elbows into his body, and struck his opponent with his shoulder through the chest area. They might as well have called that two minutes for hitting too hard, and it led to the OT 4-on-3 that Buffalo converted to complete the upset.

J.T. Miller made his Lightning debut. I'd like to eventually see him get a chance to play on Point's line, but we'll see. Nikita Kucherov was out and new acquisition Ryan McDonagh was out, which contributed to the flat performance.

Adam Erne had 3 shots and 1 hit in 16:35. Had another pretty strong game and just got hosed on the call at the end of the game.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

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