Juniors Game Night: 3-15-15

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Rouyn-Noranda Huskies 1 @ Sherbrooke Phoenix 5

C Cameron Darcy, SHR: 1-2-3, +1, 0 PIM, 5 SOG, 8/18 FO, 3 Hits, *First Star*
With Sherbrooke: 35 GP, 20-25-45, -7, 34 PIM
With Cape Breton: 19 GP, 1-13-14, -6, 14 PIM
Season totals: 54 GP, 21-38-59, -12, 50 PIM
2013-2014 Season: 65 GP, 35-47-82, +3, 51 PIM

Darcy was named first star for his 1+2 effort against the visiting Huskies. The Phoenix sits in a 3-way tie for sixth on the league table.

Ontario Hockey League

Windsor Spitfires 4 @ Niagara IceDogs 8

W Cristiano DiGiacinto, WSR: 0-1-1, +2, 5 PIM
Season totals: 60 GP, 21-23-44, -9, 100 PIM
2013-14 totals: 50 GP, 17-11-28, +8, 101 PIM

DiGiacinto hit the 100-PIM mark for the second year in a row with a fight against Aaron Haydon.

Western Hockey League

Lethbridge Hurricanes 1 @ Calgary Hitmen 4

D Ben Thomas, CAL: 0-0-0, +1, 4 PIM
Season totals: 57 GP, 7-24-31, +15, 26 PIM
2013-14 totals: 72 GP, 7-24-31, +11, 39 PIM

Calgary returned home after their 11-game road trip and picked up a win over Lethbridge.

Note: Dominik Masin (OHL Peterborough) is out for the season after undergoing surgery for facial fractures.

Juniors Game Night: 3-14-15

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Val-d’Or Foreurs 1 @ Quebec Remparts 4

W Adam Erne, QUE: 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM, 4 SOG, 3/4 FO, 2 Hits, *First Star*
Season totals: 58 GP, 40-44-84, +24, 102 PIM
2013-2014 Season: 48 GP, 21-41-62, -3, 65 PIM

Erne scored his 40th goal of the season in Quebec’s 4-1 home win over visiting Val-d’Or. He was named first star for the second game in a row.

Ontario Hockey League

Sarnia Sting 3 @ Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 6

D Anthony DeAngelo, SOO: Did not play
With SSM: 24 GP, 13-35-48, +26, 47 PIM
With Sarnia: 29 GP, 10-28-38, +1, 64 PIM
Season totals: 53 GP, 23-63-86, +27, 111 PIM
2013-14 totals: 51 GP, 15-56-71, -34, 90 PIM

DeAngelo rested again for the Soo, who has already clinched the West’s top seed.

Windsor Spitfires 1 @ Erie Otters 4

W Cristiano DiGiacinto, WSR: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM
Season totals: 59 GP, 21-22-43, -11, 95 PIM
2013-14 totals: 50 GP, 17-11-28, +8, 101 PIM

Connor McDavid had two goals and a helper as Erie topped Windsor, 4-1. The Spits playoff hopes are fading as they’re now five points behind Saginaw for the eighth and final spot in the West.

Western Hockey League

Moose Jaw Warriors 4 @ Regina Pats 3 (SO)

C Brayden Point, MJ: 1-0-1, -2, 0 PIM
Season totals: 57 GP, 35-45-80, +8, 44 PIM
2013-14 totals: 72 GP, 36-55-91, -27, 53 PIM

Moose Jaw avenged a loss to the Pats on Friday night with a shootout win Saturday night. Point scored in regulation, but missed his shootout attempt. The Warriors are four points behind Swift Current for the final playoff spot in the Central Division. Both teams have three games remaining.

Calgary Hitmen 4 @ Lethbridge Hurricanes 2

D Ben Thomas, CAL: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
Season totals: 56 GP, 7-24-31, +14, 22 PIM
2013-14 totals: 72 GP, 7-24-31, +11, 39 PIM

Calgary won the final game of their bazillion-game road trip and can now head home. Bazillion may have been a bit of an exaggeration. Calgary finished 7-4-0 on their road trip.

Note: Dominik Masin (OHL Peterborough) is out for the season after undergoing surgery for facial fractures.

NCAA Game Night: 3-14-15

No. 18 Harvard Crimson 0 @ No. 12 Yale Bulldogs 2
ECAC Quarterfinals
Best-of-3 series tied, 1-1

F Brian Hart, HAR: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Season totals: 32 GP, 7-8-15, +3, 19 PIM
2013-2014 totals: 30 GP, 7-8-15, -8, 20 PIM

Yale evened its series with the Crimson, forcing a deciding Game 3 on Sunday.

Merrimack Warriors 0 @ No. 3 Boston University Terriers 5
Hockey East Quarterfinals
BU wins best-of-3 series, 2-0

D John MacLeod, BU: Did not play
Season totals: 29 GP, 2-6-8, +13, 46 PIM
2013-2014 totals (USHL): 19 GP, 1-4-5, +1, 36 PIM

MacLeod was a game-time decision for this game after missing the previous two with an injury. He sat again Saturday but all indications are he could be available for the Hockey East semifinals next weekend. Matt O’Conner, a free agent goaltender, stopped 27 shots for the shutout.

Colorado College Tigers 2 @ No. 1 North Dakota 3
NCHC Quarterfinals
UND wins best-of-3 series, 2-0

F Brendan O’Donnell, UND: 1-0-1, +1, 4 PIM, 3 SOG, *Second Star*
Season totals: 35 GP, 13-6-19, +12, 35 PIM
2013-2014 totals: 34 GP, 7-11-18, +7, 10 PIM

O’Donnell scored for the second straight night, setting a new career high for points in a season and helping UND to the NCHC Frozen Faceoff next weekend.

Union Dutchmen 3 @ No. 11 Quinnipiac Bobcats 2
ECAC Quarterfinals
Best-of-3 series tied, 1-1

F Matthew Peca, QU: 1-0-1, E, 0 PIM, 4 SOG, *Third Star*
Season totals: 35 GP, 6-27-33, E, 25 PIM
2014-2015 totals: 40 GP, 12-26-38, +4, 16 PIM

Union came back from a 2-1 deficit, scoring the game-winner with about four minutes left in regulation. This game less than 24 hours after QU won in triple overtime Friday. The two teams meet again on Sunday.

Penn State Nittany Lions 2 @ No. 15 Minnesota Golden Gophers 6

G Adam Wilcox, MIN: Win, 27 saves on 29 shots
Season totals: 35 GP, 20-11-3, 2.46 GAA, .909 sv%, 5 SO
2013-2014 totals: 38 GP, 26-6-6, 1.97 GAA, .932 sv%, 4 SO

Wilcox won his 20th game of the season, helping the Gophers to their fourth-straight conference title (2 Big 10, 2 WCHA). According to the Gophers’ website, the win was the 71st of Wilcox’s career, which is the most among all active college goaltenders. Minnesota will play the winner of Ohio State-Penn State next Friday in the Big 10 tournament.

*USCHO poll used

NHL Game Night: 3-14-15 Jets at Lightning

Flat Lightning done in by late mistakes.

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TB-1

Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 2 goals on 29 shots for the loss. He deserved better. He was the only reason the team had a chance in this game at all.

First Period
NO SCORING

Second Period
NO SCORING

Third Period
4:13 TB Kucherov (26), (Drouin, Carle)
10:00 WPG Stafford (14), (Stempniak, Tlusty)(PP)
12:44 WPG Wheeler (20), (unassisted)

Vasilevskiy was the game's third star.

This was a trap game, and the Lightning fell right into it. You look at the opposition over this 4 game stretch: Montreal, Boston, Winnipeg, Montreal. Yep, one of those things is not like the others, and the Lightning didn't have their intensity tonight. They worked themselves into pretty strong position to get 1-2 points, though, thanks to Vasilevskiy's goaltending and Kucherov's Third Period snipe. Even with the Jets tying it after Kucherov got kicked out of the game for face planting Enstron they were in ok shape. Riiight before Hedman decided to essentially hand Wheeler the GWG. A worse turnover you will not see in this league, and it's completely unacceptable from your franchise cornerstone defenseman.

Through 70 games the Lightning have 91 points, having once again met the 12-in-10 threshold in segment 7 of the season. They actually got 13 points, meaning they've got 7 insurance points in hand heading into the final segment of the year. 5 points should tie up playoff position comfortably, but it's the banner the Lightning are looking for, and they did themselves no favors tonight with that endeavor.

Mike Angelidis had 2 penalty minutes and 1 hit in 7:05. He was also 17% on 6 draws.

Vladislav Namestnikov was -1 with 1 shot and 4 hits in 15:09.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

AHL Game Day: 3-14-15 Crunch at Devils

Almost a shutout.

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Allen York allowed 1 goal on 34 shots for the very near shutout. The only shot that got him was a long seeing eye point shot through two layers of traffic from the point with 4 seconds left in the game. Oof.

First Period
NO SCORING

Second Period
SYR Marchessault, (17) (Martindale, Vermin), 15:55 (PP)

Third Period
SYR Ashton, (7) (Marchessault), 19:42 (EN)
ALB Hrabarenka, (5) (Wohlberg, Thomson), 19:56

Allen York and Jonathan Marchessault were the game's first and second stars.

Syracuse was outshot by about a 3:2 margin in the contest, but they rode York's performance and Marchessault's scoring to the finish line. Ultimately, that may be the style the Crunch have to adopt if Namestnikov stays in Tampa Bay. They'll have to play closer to the vest because they won't have the same level of game breaking skill, and Marchessault will be counted on heavily because he's the one member of the Crunch that still has that game breaking ability.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

KHL Playoff Game Day: 3-14-15

KHL Eastern Conference Semifinals
(2)Novosibirsk 3 vs. (3)Magnitogorsk 2
Novosibirsk Leads the Series 2-0
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, Loss, 29/32, 3.06 GAA, .906 sv%
Playoff totals: 7 GP, 4-3-0, 1 SO, 1.88 GAA, .938 sv%
Regular season totals: 51 GP, 32-10-6, 5 SO, 1.86 GAA, .934 sv%

Ex-Kings 5th rounder Patrik Hersley had the eventual game winning goal for Sibir in their 3-2 win over Magnitogorsk. Longtime KHL star Danis Zaripov had 1 goal and 1 assist in defeat for Magnitka.

Juniors Game Night: 3-13-15

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Victoriaville Tigres 2 @ Sherbrooke Phoenix 3

C Cameron Darcy, SHR: 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM, 6 SOG, 8/17 FO, 2 Hits
With Sherbrooke: 34 GP, 19-23-42, -8, 34 PIM
With Cape Breton: 19 GP, 1-13-14, -6, 14 PIM
Season totals: 53 GP, 20-36-56, -13, 50 PIM
2013-2014 Season: 65 GP, 35-47-82, +3, 51 PIM

It took longer than expected, but Darcy hit the 20-goal mark for the season.

Rouyn-Noranda Huskies 2 @ Quebec Remparts 3

W Adam Erne, QUE: 1-2-3, +2, 0 PIM, 5 SOG, 3/8 FO, 1 Hit, *First Star*
Season totals: 57 GP, 39-44-83, +23, 102 PIM
2013-2014 Season: 48 GP, 21-41-62, -3, 65 PIM

Erne is now within one goal of 40 for the season. He had a goal and two assists Friday to lead the Remparts to a home win over Nikita Kucherov’s former junior club (of course, he played a little for Quebec, too).

Ontario Hockey League

Plymouth Whalers 1 @ Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 5

D Anthony DeAngelo, SOO: Did not play
With SSM: 24 GP, 13-35-48, +26, 47 PIM
With Sarnia: 29 GP, 10-28-38, +1, 64 PIM
Season totals: 53 GP, 23-63-86, +27, 111 PIM
2013-14 totals: 51 GP, 15-56-71, -34, 90 PIM

DeAngelo and his 23-game point streak were not in the lineup Friday. According to the Sault Star, speculation was he was being rested. The Soo has already clinched the conference's top seed.

Western Hockey League

Regina Pats 4 @ Moose Jaw Warriors 3

C Brayden Point, MJ: 1-0-1, -2, 0 PIM
Season totals: 56 GP, 34-45-79, +10, 44 PIM
2013-14 totals: 72 GP, 36-55-91, -27, 53 PIM

This loss will sting Moose Jaw as the Warriors held a 3-0 lead before giving up the game’s final four goals. The game-winner was scored shorthanded with less than five minutes remaining in regulation. Point had a beauty of a goal, scored on the power play when he took a pass below the left wing circle, stepped into the slot and roofed a forehand into the far top-corner. The Pats did a nice job of collapsing on him whenever he got the puck to eliminate any time or space. He was clearly a marked man.

Calgary Hitmen 2 @ Red Deer Rebels 3

D Ben Thomas, CAL: 1-0-1, E, 0 PIM
Season totals: 55 GP, 7-24-31, +14, 22 PIM
2013-14 totals: 72 GP, 7-24-31, +11, 39 PIM

Thomas match last year’s goal total of seven, scoring in the first period to give the Hitmen a 2-0 lead. Red Deer scored three times in the second period. Calgary has one game left on its month-long road trip.

Note: Dominik Masin (OHL Peterborough) is out for the season after undergoing surgery for facial fractures.

NCAA Game Night: 3-13-15

No. 18 Harvard Crimson 3 @ No. 12 Yale Bulldogs 2
ECAC Quarterfinals
Harvard leads best-of-3 series, 1-0

F Brian Hart, HAR: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 31 GP, 7-8-15, +3, 19 PIM
2013-2014 totals: 30 GP, 7-8-15, -8, 20 PIM

Harvard upset Yale on the road to take an early lead in their ECAC series.

Merrimack Warriors 2 @ No. 3 Boston University Terriers 6
Hockey East Quarterfinals
BU leads best-of-3 series, 1-0

D John MacLeod, BU: Did not play
Season totals: 29 GP, 2-6-8, +13, 46 PIM
2013-2014 totals (USHL): 19 GP, 1-4-5, +1, 36 PIM

MacLeod remains out of the lineup. He’s now missed two games. One report Friday said MacLeod is a game-time decision for Saturday.

Colorado College Tigers 1 @ No. 1 North Dakota 5
NCHC Quarterfinals
UND leads best-of-3 series, 1-0

F Brendan O’Donnell, UND: 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 32 GP, 11-6-17, +10, 29 PIM
2013-2014 totals: 34 GP, 7-11-18, +7, 10 PIM

North Dakota took a 1-0 series lead on Colorado College, winning big at home, 5-1.

Union Dutchmen 3 @ No. 11 Quinnipiac Bobcats 4 (3OT)
ECAC Quarterfinals
Quinnipiac leads best-of-3 series, 1-0

F Matthew Peca, QU: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 34 GP, 5-27-32, E, 25 PIM
2014-2015 totals: 40 GP, 12-26-38, +4, 16 PIM

The Bobcats scored twice in the final two minutes of regulation, including the game-tying goal with just over 30 seconds remaining on which Peca had an assist. The game-winner was scored by Alex Barron at 6:32 of OT3.

Penn State Nittany Lions 0 @ No. 15 Minnesota Golden Gophers 5

G Adam Wilcox, MIN: Win, 18 saves on 18 shots, shutout, *Second Star*
Season totals: 34 GP, 19-11-3, 2.47 GAA, .908 sv%, 5 SO
2013-2014 totals: 38 GP, 26-6-6, 1.97 GAA, .932 sv%, 4 SO

Wilcox set a new career high for shutouts in a season with five, stopping all 18 shots he faced against Penn State.

*USCHO poll used

Crunch Score Four Times in Third to Extinguish Flames


By Jeremy Houghtaling

After struggling through the second period, the Syracuse Crunch found a way to pull out the win.

The Crunch scored two goals in the first six minutes but the Flames took the lead midway through the second. Syracuse rallied for four goals in the third to beat Adirondack, 7-4, at the Onondaga County War Memorial Friday.

"We got our thoughts together and took a few minutes to rest up, and then we said 'They're not going to give us anything, we just have to dig down, dig deep, and find a way,'" Crunch forward Tanner Richard said of what happened during the second intermission. "We all rallied together pretty well and came out with the two points."

AHL Game Night: 3-13-15 Flames at Crunch

Crunch avenge their most humiliating loss of the year.

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Kristers Gudlevskis allowed 4 goals on 38 shots for the win. Credit him for continuing to battle after allowing 4 goals on his first 20 shots faced.

First Period
SYR Gourde, (23) (Ashton, Cote), 4:28
SYR Martindale, (9) (Marchessault), 5:39
ADK Agostino, (6) (Reinhart), 12:27 (SH)

Second Period
ADK Setoguchi, (2) (Vause, Acolatse), 2:15
SYR Ashton, (6) (Richard), 3:35
ADK Acolatse, (5) (Kulak, Arnold), 6:41 (PP)
ADK Agostino, (7) (Setoguchi, Cundari), 11:16

Third Period
SYR Martindale, (10) (Koekkoek, Broll), 2:52
SYR Witkowski, (2) (Richard, Gourde), 11:45
SYR Richard, (11) (Gourde, Ashton), 14:15
SYR Dotchin, (5) (Martindale), 18:29 (EN)

Gudlevskis, Carter Ashton, and Ryan Martindale were the game's three stars. Yanni Gourde and Tanner Richard each had 3 point nights as well, so lots of Syracuse players got healthy on the stat sheet tonight.

The Crunch have fallen 6 points out of the conference title chase, but are still up 5 points on Springfield in the division. The real question is whether Syracuse can sustain any success if Vladislav Namestnikov stays with Tampa Bay the rest of the season. It's a tough ask, but the team did manage 7 goals tonight, obviously.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

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