AHL Game Night: 1-8-16 Crunch at Devils

Third Period collapse tarnished night one of Drouinmania for Syracuse.


Kristers Gudlevskis allowed 2 goals on 10 shots in the First Period before giving way to Adam Wilcox who allowed 3 goals on 20 shots the rest of the way for the loss.

First Period
ALB Sislo, (14) (Lorito, Blandisi), 10:27 (PP)
SYR Drouin, (1) (Walcott), 12:08
ALB Tropp, (9) (Boucher), 14:12
SYR Drouin, (2) (Gourde, Blunden), 19:17

Second Period
ALB Pelley, (3) (Thomson, Scarlett), 8:44
SYR Tambellini, (13) (Taormina, McGinn), 10:39

Third Period
SYR Tambellini, (14) (McGinn, Taormina), 5:14
ALB Sislo, (15) (Scarlett, Blandisi), 12:49 (PP)
ALB Lorito, (8) , 13:53
ALB Boucher, (13) (Sislo, Blandisi), 19:25 (EN)

Jeff Tambellini was the game's third star.

Jonathan Drouin had 2 goals and a team high 5 shots on goal in his season debut for the Crunch.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

Liiga Game Day: 1-8-16

TPS 3 vs. KalPa 1
Jonne Tammela, KalPa, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 23 GP, 4-5-9, +8, 14 PIM

Jonne Tammela was scoreless in just 10:07 of ice time in KalPa's 3-1 loss to TPS. TPS got a goal from ex-Springfield Falcons forward David Spina and 1 goal and 1 assist from ex-Thrashers forward Tomi Kallio.

Salminen Update: Saku Salminen has 2 goals and 4 points in 7 games for TUTO Hockey in the Finnish Mestis (second tier) league. Salminen was loaned to TUTO from his KHL club, Jokerit, where he had 1 assist in 9 games with the team.

KHL Game Day: 1-8-16

Novokuznetsk 3 vs. Magnitogorsk 7
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, Win, 34/37, 3.01 GAA, .919 sv%
Season totals: 40 GP, 18-13-7, 2 SO, 2.23 GAA, .922 sv%

Ex-QMJHLer Tomas Filippi had a pair of goals for Magnitogorsk in their 7-3 win over Novokuznetsk. You've got to score touchdowns when you get in the red zone. Magnoitogorsk is currently second in the KHL Eastern Conference by virtue of their division lead.

Novgorod 5 vs. Sochi 1
Carter Ashton, Novgorod, 1-1-2, +2, 2 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 38 GP, 11-9-20, +4, 53 PIM

Carter Ashton had an even strength goal and assist in Novgorod's 5-1 win over HC Sochi. He also took a minor for tripping in 16:02 of ice time. Sochi forwards Denis and Dmitri Kazionov, both ex-Lightning picks, were scoreless in the match for HC Sochi. Novogorod currently sits in 4th on the KHL Western Conference table.

CSKA 4 vs. St. Petersburg 2
Nikita Gusev, St. Petersburg, 1-0-1, -2, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Season totals (St. Petersburg): 21 GP, 9-13-22, +3, 2 PIM
Season totals (Khanty-Mansiysk): 23 GP, 7-7-14, +6, 4 PIM
Season totals: 44 GP, 16-20-36, +9, 6 PIM

Nikita Gusev had a First Period power play goal to put St. Petersburg up 2-0, but CSKA scored 4 unanswered goals to win the match 4-2. Gusev also had a team high 4 shots on goal. CSKA's goal scorers included ex-Predators first rounder Alexander Radulov. St. Petersburg slipped to 6th in the KHL Western Conference.

ECHL Game Night: 1-7-16

Florida Everblades 2 at Greenville Swamp Rabbits 1

F Brian Hart, GRN: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 22 GP, 6-2-8, -3, 2 PIM, 38 SOG
Season totals (AHL): 8 GP, 1-0-1, -2, 2 PIM, 9 SOG

Other Notables
G Allen York, GRN, did not play
Season totals: 8 GP, 2-4-0-1, 3.94 GAA, 0.894 SV%, 0 SO

D Charlie Dodero, GRN: recalled to Syracuse
Season totals (ECHL): 23 GP, 0-3-3, -8, 66 PIM, 23 SOG

Brian Hart returned to action for the Swamp Rabbits Thursday night just in time for a pivotal three-in-three homestand against the division leading Florida Everblades. In the three weeks Hart was recalled to Syracuse, Greenville had clipped off a 6-2-2 run to climb back into contention for a playoff spot. During that time, Allen York returned from injury and sparkled in several starts and notched his first couple wins of the season. The Everblades roster is littered with former Lightning persons of interest including Ryan Martindale, Kevin Lynch, Matt Corrente, Brendan O'Donnell, and Gabriel Desjardins. Kevin Lynch was game's First Star, scoring the eventual game winner near the mid-point mark of the 3rd period. Greenville continues its homestand against the Everblades Friday and Saturday nights.

Juniors Game Night: 1-7-16

Ontario Hockey League

Oshawa Generals 4 @ Peterborough Petes 3 (SO)

C Anthony Cirelli, OSH: 1-0-1, -2, 0 PIM, 4 SOG, 7/18 FO
Season totals: 34 GP, 11-19-30, -11 19 PIM
2014-15 totals: 68 GP, 13-23-36, +34, 22 PIM

D Dominik Masin, PBO: Did not play
Season totals: 29 GP, 3-10-13, +20, 28 PIM
2014-15 totals: 48 GP, 7-19-26, -13, 68 PIM

D Matt Spencer, PBO: 0-1-1, -1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 38 GP, 3-16-19, -1, 31 PIM
2014-15 totals: 67 GP, 6-24-30, -15, 64 PIM

The Gens won a back-and-forth game in Peterborough, 4-3, after a skills competition. Anthony Cirelli scored his 11th goal of the season and is approaching last year’s season total of 13. Matt Spencer had an assist for Peterborough. Dominik Masin has not returned from the Petes since the Czech Republic was eliminated from the World Juniors Championship, won by Finland over Russia. USA took bronze over Sweden.

Owen Sound Attack 0 @ Windsor Spitfires 5

W Cristiano DiGiacinto, WSR: 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Season totals: 34 GP, 15-20-35, +23, 53 PIM
2014-15 totals: 63 GP, 21-24-45, -16, 100 PIM

DiGiacinto scored No. 15 this season, helping the Spits to a home shutout win over the Attack. Sixteen-year-old Michael DiPietro (2017) stopped 30 shots for the shutout.

United States Hockey League

Sioux City Musketeers 0 @ Cedar Rapids RoughRiders 4

D Ryan Zuhlsdorf, SC: 0-0-0, -3, 0 PIM 2 SOG
Season totals: 26 GP, 0-22-22, -5, 30 PIM
2014-15 totals: 56 GP, 3-19-22, +25, 58 PIM
(University of Minnesota signee)

Coming off a 3-assist game Sunday, Zuhlsdorf was shut out with the rest of his teammates by Benjamin Blacker and Cedar Rapids, 4-0. Blacker, an undrafted, 5-10 Western Michigan commit, stopped 22 shots for his first shutout of the season.

Liiga Game Day: 1-5-16

KalPa 3 vs. TPS 1
Jonne Tammela, KalPa, 0-3-3, +3, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 22 GP, 4-5-9, +8, 14 PIM

The full box score was delayed on the Liiga website by a couple of days, but it was worth the wait. Jonne Tammela had assists in triplicate in KalPa's 3-1 win over TPS.

Juniors Game Night: 1-6-16

Western Hockey League

Vancouver Giants 1 @ Edmonton Oil Kings 3

D Ben Thomas, VAN: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
Season totals: 43 GP, 4-13-17, -15, 26 PIM
With Vancouver: 29 GP, 4-10-14, -5, 16 PIM
With Calgary: 14 GP, 0-3-3, -10, 10 PIM
2014-15 totals: 60 GP, 7-24-31, +16, 28 PIM

Thomas was scoreless Wednesday in the Giants’ loss in Edmonton. Dallas second rounder Brett Pollock had a goal and two assists for the Oil Kings.

KHL Game Day: 1-6-16

Vladivostok 2 vs. Magnitogorsk 0
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, Loss, 33/35, 2.00 GAA, .943 sv%
Season totals: 39 GP, 17-13-7, 2 SO, 2.21 GAA, .922 sv%

Veteran KHLer Konstantin Makarov scored his 13th and 14th goals of the season to lift Vladivostok to a 2-0 win over Magnitogorsk. Vladivostok goaltender Igor Bobkov, an ex-Ducks pick, stopped 22 shots for the shutout.

Podolsk 2 vs. St. Petersburg 4
Nikita Gusev, St. Petersburg, 0-1-1, +2, 0 PIM, 6 SOG
Season totals (St. Petersburg): 20 GP, 8-13-21, +5, 2 PIM
Season totals (Khanty-Mansiysk): 23 GP, 7-7-14, +6, 4 PIM
Season totals: 43 GP, 15-20-35, +11, 6 PIM

Nikita Gusev assisted on Vadim Shipachykov's Third Period game winning goal in SKA's 4-2 win over Podolsk. He played 18:24 in the match and tied Shipachykov with a team-high 6 shots in the game. Through 43 games, Gusev has 35 points which is just 2 off his point total in 55 games last season. He is also 6 goals shy of his totals from last year, though. Ex-Canucks pick Sergei Shirokov also had 1 goal and 1 assist for SKA in the victory.

Novgorod 3 vs. Kazan 2 (SO)
Carter Ashton, Novogorod, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 37 GP, 10-8-18, +2, 51 PIM

Carter Ashton was scoreless in 17:16 in Novgorod's 3-2 SO win over Ak Bars Kazan. All three shooters in the penalty shot session tallied for Novgorod, including former NHLer's Alexander Frolov and Nikolai Zherdev. Zherdev also had 1 goal and 1 assist in regulation play.

The Bolt Prospects Podcast, Volume 49

This week's “Gretzky Edition” of the Bolt Prospects Podcast (also available on Lightning Power Play, Lightning Radio's iHeart station) includes the following topics:

· The No. 49
· Every angle of the Drouin drama.
· Coach vs Player
· Forget #freedrouin. Free the skill.

Gudlevskis Eager to Start After Stint With Lightning

By Jeremy Houghtaling

Kristers Gudlevskis did his best to stay calm and stick to his game plan.

Sent back to the Syracuse Crunch after spending more than two weeks as the backup goaltender with the Tampa Bay Lightning, the 23-year-old was eager to return to the net last weekend. Gudlevskis made 35 saves in each game -- one of which went to overtime -- as the Crunch dropped a pair of games to the Toronto Marlies on Saturday and Sunday 3-2.

“At one point, if you don’t play that much, you become really hungry for those game,” Gudlevskis said. “You just wait for when you’re going to get in. At that point, it’s even better. You become really hungry to jump in games.”

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