Richard Records Hat Trick, Crunch Rout Americans


By Jeremy Houghtaling

Tanner Richard netted his first goal of the season and the next two followed quickly.

The Crunch center rushed down on a 2-on-1, pulled up to avoid a sprawling defenseman and buried the puck over the goalie’s shoulder. Richard’s goal with 24 seconds remaining capped his first career hat trick, as Syracuse routed the Rochester Americans, 7-2, at the Onondaga County War Memorial Saturday.

“The puck was in the neutral zone and (Michael) Bournival set up a perfect trap for them, and then (Erik) Condra kind of touched it to me,” Richard said. “I wanted to go backdoor all the way — I think everyone in the building knew that — and the D-man slid to take it away, so I figured I may as well take a shot.”

AHL Game Night: 11-12-16 Americans at Crunch

Crunch put up a touchdown and an extra point.

RCH-2
SYR-7

Adam Wilcox allowed 2 goals on 31 shots while drinking from the cool, clear waters of sweet, sweet goal support for the win.

First Period
2:46 SYR Peca (4), (Condra, Walcott)
12:07 RCH Geiger (1), (Nylander, Muzito-Bagenda)
17:04 SYR Richard (1), (Conacher, Gourde)

Second Period
5:09 SYR Gourde (4), (Morin, Masin)
19:00 SYR Vermin (3), (Conacher, Taormina)(PP)

Third Period
9:04 RCH Muzito-Bagenda (2), (Strachan, Rodrigues)
12:28 SYR Erne (3), (Morin, Peca)
13:34 SYR Richard (2), (Conacher, Gourde)
19:36 SYR Richard (3), (Condra, Bournival)

Tanner Richard, Yanni Gourde, and Matthew Peca were the game's three stars. All hail Tanner Richard, your Dark Swiss Overlord of Garbage Time Hat Tricks. After a less than stellar training camp and difficult start to the season. Richard now has points in consecutive games and hopefully will take off from here. Also good to see youngsters like Peca and Adam Erne find the scoresheet. This is a veteran dominated team, but these talented youngsters are the ones who are going to push this team over the top. Also, congratulations to defenseman Dominik Masin on his first pro point.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

NHL Game Night: 11-12-16 Sharks at Lightning

Inconsistent Lightning continue to struggle to stay on track.

SJ-3
TB-1

Ben Bishop allowed 3 goals on 20 shots for the loss. He did stop a First Period penalty shot in the game, but on balance it's fair to say that was a subpar outing for Ben.

First Period
7:18 SJ Marleau (4), (Burns, Martin)
10:04 SJ Wingels (3), (Tierney, Karlsson)

Second Period
8:52 SJ Vlasic (3), (Hertl, Donskoi)

Third Period
5:43 TB Stralman (1), (Boyle, Paquette)

Tampa Bay fell behind early and never crawled back into the game. The effort wasn't bad, necessarily, but you can't spot good teams two goal leads and expect to win. And, frankly, the Lightning have not been themselves 5 on 5 so far this year from a possession standpoint. The problem with the inconsistency is that the Lightning have put themselves in a position where they need to get 7 of a possible 10 points on this upcoming 5 game road trip just to stay on track for the playoffs by the 12 points in every 10 games formula. That's a bad spot to be in, and the Lightning really needed to get at least a point out of this game.

Brayden Point was -1 with 2 shots and 1 blocked shot in 17:19.

Slater Koekkoek was -1 with 1 blocked shot in 15:49 of fairly quiet ice time.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

Liiga Game Day: 11-12-16

SaiPa 1 vs. HPK 0
Saku Salminen, SaiPa, 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 16 GP, 1-2-3, -6, 39 PIM

Saku Salminen assisted on the lone goal in a 1-0 SaiPa win over HPK. He played 7:50 in the match. Ex-NHL'er Jussi Markkanen stopped all 16 shots he faced for the shuout win.

ECHL Game Night: 11-11-16

Cincinnati Cyclones 3 at Kalamazoo Wings 0

W Brian Hart, KAL, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIMS, 5 SOG
Season Totals: 8 GP, 0-0-0, -3, 0 PIMs, 8 SOG

Other Notables
G Nic Riopel, KAL, L, 58:54 MINS, 21/23
Season Totals: 5 GP, 2-3-0-0, 2.42 GAA, 0.917 SV%, 1 SO

D Adam Comrie, KAL, 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIMS, 3 SOG
Season Totals (ECHL): 3 GP, 0-1-1, +2, 6 PIMs, 10 SOG
Season Totals (AHL): 1 GP, 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIMs, 0 SOG

The K-Wings scoreless drought has now reached 194:55 after three consecutive 3-0 shutouts. Nic Riopel allowed just two goals, but the only place the K-Wings offense can be found is on the side of a milk carton. Bolt prospect Brian Hart was back in the lineup after being scratched Wednesday night and responded with a team-high 5 shots. Also back in the lineup for Kalamazoo fresh after being reassigned by Syracuse was defenseman Adam Comrie. Kalamazoo completes its 3-game home stand Saturday night against the Mallards from the Quad Cities.

Syracuse Rallies in Third, But Falls to Bridgeport in Shootout


By Jeremy Houghtaling

The Syracuse Crunch rallied to earn one point, but couldn’t nab the second.

The Crunch registered two goals in the final 3:51 of regulation to send the game to overtime, but the Bridgeport Sound Tigers prevailed, 3-2, in a shootout at the Onondaga County War Memorial Friday.

“You can’t expect to win when you work five minutes in a game,” Crunch head coach Benoit Groulx said. “I thought our forwards didn’t compete hard tonight, they didn’t skate. It’s disappointing obviously. We left a point on the table.”

NCAA Game Night: 11-11-16

No. 5 UMass-Lowell River Hawks 2 @ Maine Black Bears 5

C Ryan Lohin, UML: 0-0-0, -3, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season Totals: 10 GP, 1-4-5, +3, 0 PIM

UML fell at Ben Bishop’s alma mater, 5-2.

No. 4 Boston University Terriers 0 @ No. 18 Michigan Wolverines 4

D John MacLeod, BU: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 2 SOG
Season Totals: 8 GP, 0-3-3, +5, 10 PIM
2015-2016 Totals: 26 GP, 1-1-2, -4, 26 PIM

Hayden Lavigne (undrafted) stopped 30 shots for the Michigan shutout.

Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks 6 @ Miami-Ohio Redhawks 4

D Kristian Oldham, UNO: Did not play
Season Totals: 3 GP, 2-1-0, 3.02 GAA, .895 sv%, 0 SO

Omaha was down 4-1 at one point before fighting their way back.

*USCHO poll used for rankings

CHL Game Night: 11-11-16

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Saint John Sea Dogs 7 @ Charlottetown Islanders 3

W Bokondji Imama, SJ: 1-0-1, -1, 4 PIM, 5 SOG, 3 Hits
Season Totals: 18 GP, 7-5-12, -4, 16 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 48 GP, 7-12-19, -5, 86 PIM

W Mathieu Joseph, SJ: 1-3-4, +1, 0 PIM, 6 SOG, 1 Hit
Season Totals: 18 GP, 16-12-28, +8, 13 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 58 GP, 33-40-73, +35, 57 PIM

Joseph and Imama both scored for the fourth straight game, and Joseph added three assists to boot as Saint John won on PEI, 7-3.

Sherbrooke Phoenix 5 @ Halifax Mooseheads 9

W Otto Somppi, HAL: Did not play
Season Totals: 16 GP, 5-6-11, -4, 12 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 59 GP, 13-33-46, -15, 25 PIM

Somppi missed his second straight game, missing out on Halifax putting nine on the scoreboard vs. Sherbrooke.

Shawinigan Cataractes 2 @ Rimouski Oceanic 3

W Dennis Yan, SHAW: 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM, 5 SOG, 3 Hits
Season Totals: 16 GP, 15-7-22, +3, 24 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 62 GP, 32-37-69, +8, 86 PIM

Yan scored again – his 15th of the season – in Shawinigan’s 3-2 loss in Rimouski.

Ontario Hockey League

Oshawa Generals 5 @ Mississauga Steelheads 4

C Anthony Cirelli, OSH: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 11/21 FO
Season Totals: 15 GP, 10-13-23, +13, 8 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 62 GP, 21-38-59, -15 27 PIM

Cirelli was all over the ice, but not on the scoresheet for Oshawa in their road win over Mississauga.

Barrie Colts 1 @ Niagara IceDogs 5

W/C Christopher Paquette, NIA: 0-2-2, +2, 2 PIM, 3 SOG
Season Totals: 17 GP, 10-6-16, -5, 10 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 57 GP, 5-11-16, -6, 18 PIM

Paquette is creeping toward a point-per-game pace for the season after notching two assists Friday vs. Barrie.

Erie Otters 2 @ Sudbury Wolves 1

W Taylor Raddysh, Erie: 1-1-2, +2, 2 PIM, 5 SOG, *Second Star*
Season Totals: 17 GP, 18-26-44, +31, 13 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 67 GP, 24-49-73, +19, 18 PIM

Raddysh’s streak of having at least three points in a game was snapped at four games. He only had two and his team got the win. Oh, darn.

Peterborough Petes 3 @ Flint Firebirds 4 (SO)

D Matt Spencer, PBO: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season Totals: 10 GP, 1-3-4, -3, 8 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 60 GP, 5-19-24, -4, 46 PIM

W Jonne Tammela, PBO: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 0 SOG
Season Totals: 2 GP, 1-0-1, +1, 2 PIM
2015-2016 (Finland): 37 GP, 5-8-13, +10, 16 PIM

Tammela and Spencer were held without any points as the Petes fell in a shootout in Flint, 4-3. Jonathan Ang (Panthers) had a hat trick for Peterborough.

Saginaw Spirit 4 @ Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 0

W Mitchell Stephens, SAG: 1-1-2, +3, 4 PIM, 5 SOG, 16/23 FO, *First Star*
Season Totals: 13 GP, 6-7-13, +6, 14 PIM
2015-2016 Totals: 39 GP, 20-18-38, -3, 14 PIM

W Boris Katchouk, SSM: 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season: 17 GP, 6-6-12, +1, 8 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 44 GP, 13-28-41, -10 19 PIM

Stephens had a big night, finishing as first star in Saginaw’s shutout win over the Soo.

Western Hockey League

Prince Albert Raiders 2 @ Kamloops Blazers 5

G Connor Ingram, KAM: Win, 21 saves on 23 shots
Season Totals: 16 GP, 9-6-1-0, 2.01 GAA, .935 sv%, 1 SO
2015-2016 Season: 61 GP, 34-15-5-4, 2.61 GAA, .922 sv%, 4 SO

Ingram improved to 4-0-1 in his last five games.

AHL Game Night: 11-11-16 Sound Tigers at Crunch

Comeback Crunch steal a point.

BRI-3
SYR-2 (SO)

Kristers Gudlevskis allowed 2 goals on 25 shots before surrendering to 2 of 4 in the penalty shot session for the SO loss.

First Period
NO SCORING

Second Period
19:38 BRI Jones (3), (Burroughs, Jones)

Third Period
11:31 BRI Jones (2), (Burroughs, Jones)(SH)
16:09 SYR Taormina (1), (Condra, Richard)(PP)
17:09 SYR Dotchin (1), (Gourde)(SH)

Overtime
NO SCORING

Shootout
BRI- Kearns, Verhaeghe
SYR- Conacher

Gudlevskis and Ben Thomas were the game's first and third stars.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

KHL Game Day: 11-11-16

Podolsk 0 vs. St. Petersburg 4
Nikita Gusev, St. Petersburg, 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM, 6 SOG
Season totals: 27 GP, 11-22-33, +23, 4 PIM

Nikita Gusev had a Third Period garbage time goal in SKA's 4-0 win over Podolsk. He played 17:12 in the victory, and remains in third in the KHL in scoring. Rangers draft pick Igor Shestyorkin stopped all 20 shots he faced for the shutout.

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