Kristers Gudlevskis allowed 3 goals on 28 shots for the victory. Goal support: Kristers has it, tonight.
SYR Marchessault, (3) (Dotchin, Paquette), 1:38
SYR Koekkoek, (1) (Blujus, Richard), 9:05 (PP)
BNG Pageau, (3) (Wideman, Robinson), 10:23
BNG Puempel, (2) (Dzingel), 12:26
SYR Kunyk, (2) (Paradis, Gourde), 3:06
SYR Vermin, (3) , 4:39
BNG Wideman, (7) (Mullen), 6:48 (PP)
SYR Smith, (2) (Dotchin), 12:13
SYR Paquette, (4) (Vermin), 17:05
Joel Vermin and Cedric Paquette were the game's first and second stars. Defenseman Slater Koekkoek scored his first AHL goal in the contest, as well. And, there was #blujuspalooza happening on that goal, too.
They really faced down a hot goaltender last night, which happens, and were unfortunate to get shut out, but the scoreboard wasn't indicative of the team's play. They were doing a lot of the right things to snap their offensive funk, and the floodgates finally came open for them tonight. Hopefully they stay open now even if Paquette has to go back to the Lightning with Alex Killorn getting hurt again up top.
Syracuse gets Norfolk on Friday.
Box score from TheAHL.com.
Tappara 2 vs. HPK 3 (SO)
Saku Salminen, HPK, 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 9 GP, 1-1-2, E, 2 PIM
Saku Salminen scored the game opening goal for HPK today in their 3-2 shootout win against Tappara. Salminen played 13:32 in the victory.
Florida Everblades 4 at Orlando Solar Bears
D Artem Sergeev, FLA: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 5 GP, 1-2-3, +1, 0 PIM, 7 SOG
G Allen York, FLA, W, 59:56 MIN, 2 GA, 29 SH, 27 SV
Season totals: 4 GP, 2-1-0-1, 2.42 GAA, 0.896 SV%
F Mike Aviani, FLA, 1-0-1, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals (FLA-ECHL): 1 GP, 1-0-1, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals (CHA-AHL): 2 GP, 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 0 SOG
Adam York was named the game's 1st Star, stopping 27 shots en route to an Everblades victory over the division-leading Solar Bears. Lightning camper Mike Aviani, recently returned from a 2-game stint with AHL Charlotte, scored the Blades second goal assisted by Bolt prospect Artem Sergeev. Florida and Orlando resume what seems to be a 40-game opening season series Saturday night in Estero.
In other news, on Monday the AHL transaction wire had Bolt prospect forward Danick Gauthier as being reassigned from AHL Syracuse to ECHL Florida. But on Friday the Wichita Thunder announced that the Tampa Bay Lightning reassigned Gauthier from Syracuse to the Thunder, joining fellow Bolt prospect blueliner Dan Milan. The Thunder host the Missouri Mavericks Saturday night before traveling to Tulsa to take on the Oilers Sunday afternoon.
Quebec Major Junior Hockey League
Shawinigan Cataractes 3 @ Quebec Remparts 5
W Adam Erne, QUE: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM, 4 SOG, 2 Hits
Season totals: 12 GP, 10-9-19, +12, 12 PIM
2013-2014 Season: 48 GP, 21-41-62, -3, 65 PIM
Quebec overcame three 1-goal deficits to extend their win streak to five games. Erne’s assist came on an empty net goal.
Ontario Hockey League
Sarnia Sting 4 @ Sudbury Wolves 1
D Anthony DeAngelo, SAR: 0-0-0, +2, 0 PIM
Season totals: 10 GP, 3-9-12, +1, 26 PIM
2013-14 totals: 51 GP, 15-56-71, -34, 90 PIM
Sarnia won their second game in a row, 4-1 in snowy Sudbury. DeAngelo had a rare scoreless game.
Western Hockey League
Prince Albert Raiders 6 @ Moose Jaw Warriors 3
C Brayden Point, MJ: 0-2-2, -1, 0 PIM
Season totals: 14 GP, 8-12-20, +8, 14 PIM
2013-14 totals: 72 GP, 36-55-91, -27, 53 PIM
Moose Jaw lots its fifth consecutive game, 6-3 at home to Prince Albert. Point continues to produce despite the Warriors’ woes, this time notching two assists. He had two goals in his previous game.
Calgary Hitmen 0 @ Swift Current Broncos 3
D Ben Thomas, CAL: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM
Season totals: 14 GP, 2-5-7, -1, 8 PIM
2013-14 totals: 72 GP, 7-24-31, +11, 39 PIM
Calgary was shut out at the former home of Joe Sakic, 3-0.
No. 6 Boston University Terriers 4 @ No. 9 Providence Friars 1
D John MacLeod, BU: 1-0-1, +3, 2 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 3 GP, 1-0-1, +4, 4 PIM
2013-2014 totals: 19 GP, 1-4-5, +1, 36 PIM
After missing a game with an undisclosed injury, MacLeod (Daily Free Press photo) scored his first collegiate goal and point as the Terriers topped the Friars, 4-1. Jack Eichel had a goal and an assist for BU, who jumped up from No. 12 to No. 6 this past week.
No. 1 Minnesota Golden Gophers 1 @ No. 7 St. Cloud State Huskies 4
G Adam Wilcox, MIN: Loss, 33 saves on 37 shots, 2 PIM
Season totals: 5 GP, 4-1-0, 2.40 GAA, .914 sv%, 1 SO
2013-2014 totals: 38 GP, 26-6-6, 1.97 GAA, .932 sv%, 4 SO
SCSU gave No. 1 Minnesota more than they could handle, frustrating the Gophers and taking a 4-0 lead before Goldy got on the scoreboard. Wilcox took a high sticking penalty in the third period. One member of the Gophers media tweeted that it was the most upset he’s seen Wilcox in a game. It was Minnesota’s first loss of the season. The two teams square off again on Saturday in Mariuccia Arena.
*USCHO poll used
For head coach Rob Zettler, it came down to a couple mental errors early.
The Crunch allowed a shorthanded goal on their first man-advantage and the Americans tallied a power play goal later in the first period, as Syracuse dropped its third-straight game to Rochester, 3-0, at the Onondaga County War Memorial Friday.
"Special teams were the difference," Zettler said. "They scored on the power play, we gave up one on our power play. The rest of the game I thought we were all over them."
Makarov bests old tandem-mate.
Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 3 goals on 25 shots, dropping the decision to Andrey Makarov, who stopped all 38 he faced at the other end.
RCH Armia, (4) (Leduc, Makarov), 2:58 (SH)
RCH Leduc, (1) (Pysyk, Grigorenko), 19:02 (PP)
RCH Varone, (4) (Adam, Samuels-Thomas), 7:42
It's rough to get shutout, but I'd say there were silver linings. They settled down after a rough First Period and outshot Rochester 25-11 the rest of the way. That's solid. They just couldn't crack Makarov, who can be impenetrable when he's on his game. Rochester is pretty loaded with high draft picks, too, so it's not like they were playing the sisters of the poor. They just really need to get some continuity and some bounces to go their way, and I think they'll be fine.
Box score from TheAHL.com.
HPK 3 vs. Blues 4 (SO)
Saku Salminen, HPK, DNP
Season totals: 8 GP, 0-1-1, -1, 2 PIM
Ex-Norfolk Admiral Bracken Kearns had a helper in Blues' 4-3 SO win over HPK. Ex-Lightning pick Eero Somervuori also had a helper in defeat for HPK.
Bratislava 2 vs. Novosibirsk 3
Jaroslav Janus, Bratislava, DNP
Season totals: 9 GP, 2-5-2, 0 SO, 2.57 GAA, .906 sv%
Dmitry Monya's Second Period power play goal snapped a 2-2 tie and delivered Novosibirsk a 3-2 victory over Slovan Bratislava. Ex-Islanders second rounder Mikko Koskinen turned aside 32 for the win.
Ufa 1 vs. Khanty-Mansiysk 3
Nikita Gusev, Khanty-Mansiysk, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 19 GP, 7-3-10, -3, 6 PIM
Ex-Sharks first rounder Lukas Kaspar had a goal for Yugra in their 3-1 win over Ufa. Ex-Stars first rounder Ivan Vishnevskiy also had a goal in the match in defeat for Ufa. Nikita Gusev was scoreless in 16:22 in the match.
Mytischi 4 vs. Novokuznetsk 2
Dmitry Korobov, Mytischi, 0-0-0, +2, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 8 GP, 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM
Dmitry Korobov was +2 in 19:13 for Mytischi in their 4-2 win over Novokuznetsk. Ex-NHLer Slava Kozlov had a goal in the match for Mytischi, as did ex-Avs second rounder Ryan Stoa for Novokuznetsk.
Bratislava 1 vs. Khabarovsk 3
Jaroslav Janus, Bratislava, Loss, 20/23, 3.10 GAA, .870 sv%
Season totals: 10 GP, 2-6-2, 0 SO, 2.63 GAA, .903 sv%
Ex-Oilers first rounder Jesse Niinimaki had a goal in Khabarovsk's 3-1 win over Slovan.
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