Lightning Swap Minor League Wingers with Arizona

TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning have acquired right wing Stefan Fournier from the Arizona Coyotes in exchange for right wing Jeremy Morin, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced today.

Fournier, 6-foot-3, 226 pounds, has played in 29 games with the Tucson Roadrunners this season, recording two goals and four points. He has played in 139 career AHL games with the Roadrunners, St. John’s IceCaps, Springfield Falcons and Hamilton Bulldogs.

The 24-year-old has also played in 18 career ECHL games with the Wheeling Nailers and the Brampton Beast, notching six points.

ECHL Game Night: 2-24-17

Kalamazoo Wings 4 at Quad City Mallards 2

F Brian Hart, KAL, 0-1-1, +2, 0 PIMS, 3 SOG
Season Totals (ECHL): 15 GP, 1-1-2, -1, 0 PIMs, 23 SOG
Season Totals (AHL): 33 GP, 3-4-7, E, 26 PIMs

F Cameron Darcy, KAL, 0-1-1, E, 0 PIMS, 1 SOG
Season Totals (ECHL): 1 GP, 0-1-1, E, 0 PIMs, 1 SOG
Season Totals (AHL): 34 GP, 3-4-7, -3, 14 PIMs

Other Notables
G Nic Riopel, KAL, W, 59:44 MINS, 29/31, *2nd Star*
Season Totals: 22 GP, 10-9-0-1, 2.84 GAA, 0.899 SV%, 1 SO

The K-Wings built a 3-1 lead through two periods before bringing home an important road win against the Quad City Mallards. Newly reassigned Lightning forward prospect Cameron Darcy assisted on the opening goal of the game, and fellow prospect forward Brian Hart assisted on Kalamzoo's 3rd goal. Goaltender Nic Riopel allowed just two goals, winning his sixth game in his last seven starts, earning 2nd star honors. Kalamazoo returns home Saturday night to complete the home-and-home with Quad City, and then takes on the visiting Cincinnati Cyclones for a Sunday afternoon tilt.

KHL Playoff Game Day: 2-25-17

KHL Western Conference Quarterfinals
(7)Podolsk 2 vs. (2)St. Petersburg 6
St. Petersburg Leads the Series 3-0
Nikita Gusev, St. Petersburg, 1-0-1, E, 2 PIM, 4 SOG
Playoff totals: 3 GP, 2-1-3, +3, 2 PIM
Regular Season totals: 57 GP, 24-47-71, +33, 8 PIM

Nikita Gusev had an even strength goal and took a minor for interference in 13:10 of ice time as SKA dismanteled Podolsk 6-2 to take a 3-0 lead in their opening round series. SKA was led by 1 goal and 4 points by living legend Pavel Datsyuk. SKA scored 6 goals despite not being at full strength with Gusev's regular linemate Vadim Shipachyov not dressing for the contest. St. Petersburg will go for the series sweep on Monday.

CHL Game Night: 2-24-17

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Saint John Sea Dogs 2 @ Cape Breton Screaming Eagles 3 (OT)

W Bokondji Imama, SJ: 0-1-1, +1, 2 PIM, 1 SOG, 2 Hits
Season Totals: 56 GP, 35-13-48, +7, 82 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 48 GP, 7-12-19, -5, 86 PIM

W Mathieu Joseph, SJ: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 2 SOG, 0 Hits
Season Totals: 46 GP, 32-35-67, +30, 51 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 58 GP, 33-40-73, +35, 57 PIM

Saint John blew a 2-0 lead in the third period, losing in overtime.

Acadie-Bathurst Titan 3 @ Halifax Mooseheads 2

C/W Otto Somppi, HAL: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG, 14/21 FO, 0 Hits
Season Totals: 53 GP, 15-23-38, -5, 22 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 59 GP, 13-33-46, -15, 25 PIM

Halifax spotted the Titan a 3-0 lead before trying to mount a comeback late in the third.

Shawinigan Cataractes 6 @ Rimouski Oceanic 2

W Dennis Yan, SHAW: 1-1-2, +3, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, 1 Hit
Season Totals: 54 GP, 40-26-66, +25, 52 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 62 GP, 32-37-69, +8, 86 PIM

Yan hit the 40-goal mark for the season in a big win in Rimouski.

Ontario Hockey League

Erie Otters 2 @ Guelph Storm 4

C Anthony Cirelli, Erie: Did not play
Season Totals: 42 GP, 18-33-51, +27, 12 PIM
With Erie: 16 GP, 5-12-17, +9, 4 PIM
With Oshawa: 26 GP, 13-21-34, +18, 8 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 62 GP, 21-38-59, -15 27 PIM

W Taylor Raddysh, Erie: 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM, 5 SOG
Season Totals: 47 GP, 34-59-93, +61, 31 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 67 GP, 24-49-73, +19, 18 PIM

Erie’s 14-game winning streak came to an end vs last-place Guelph. Cirelli continues to miss time with a lower-body injury.

Sarnia Sting 5 @ Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 6

W Boris Katchouk, SSM: 1-0-1, -1, 4 PIM, 1 SOG
Season: 56 GP, 27-24-51, +8, 42 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 63 GP, 24-27-51, +7, 61 PIM

Katchouk’s goal gave the Soo a 6-4 lead and they held on for a 6-5 win.

Peterborough Petes 1 @ Mississauga Steelheads 10

W/C Christopher Paquette, PBO: 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM, 9 SOG, 7/18 FO
Season Totals: 56 GP, 17-25-42, -4, 24 PIM
With Petes: 18 GP, 5-8-13, +5, 10 PIM
With Niagara: 37 GP, 12-17-29, -7, 14 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 57 GP, 5-11-16, -6, 18 PIM

D Matt Spencer, PBO: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals: 50 GP, 5-19-24, +7, 47 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 60 GP, 5-19-24, -4, 46 PIM

W Jonne Tammela, PBO: Did not play
Season Totals: 2 GP, 1-0-1, +1, 2 PIM
2015-2016 (Finland): 37 GP, 5-8-13, +10, 16 PIM

Devils first rounder Michael McLeod had three goals and three assists for Mississauga.

Winsor Spitfires 1 @ London Knights 4

W/C Mitchell Stephens, LDN: 1-0-1, +2, 4 PIM, 3 SOG
Season Totals: 41 GP, 20-26-46, +21, 22 PIM
With London: 19 GP, 9-9-18, +7, 8 PIM
With Saginaw: 22 GP, 11-17-28, +13, 14 PIM
2015-2016 Totals: 39 GP, 20-18-38, -3, 14 PIM

Stephens played left wing and opened the game’s scoring in the second period. Five of the game’s goals came in the final frame.

Western Hockey League

Prince Albert Raiders 1 @ Saskatoon Blades 3

D Libor Hajek, SAS: 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 52 GP: 4-19-23, -9, 59 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 69 GP, 3-23-26, -19, 76 PIM

Hajek scored his fourth goal of the season, which is a new career high for the defenseman.

Kelowna Rockets 8 @ Kamloops Blazers 2

G Connor Ingram, KAM: Loss, 20 saves on 26 shots
Season Totals: 39 GP, 23-11-2-2, 2.22 GAA, .932 sv%, 5 SO
2015-2016 Season: 61 GP, 34-15-5-4, 2.61 GAA, .922 sv%, 4 SO

After back-to-back shutouts, Ingram was shelled by Kelowna for six goals on 26 shots in half a game. He had two penalty minutes for roughing after pummeling a forward who crashed into him.

NCAA Game Night: 2-24-17

Merrimack Warriors 1 @ No. 15 Vermont Catamounts 3

C Ross Colton, UVM: 1-0-1, E, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Season Totals: 32 GP, 11-15-26, +1, 22 PIM

Colton scored on a wrist shot from the high slot, helping the Catamounts to a home win over Merrimack College.

No. 14 Boston College Eagles 1 @ No. 5 UMass-Lowell River Hawks 3

C Ryan Lohin, UML: 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Season Totals: 34 GP, 9-13-22, +4, 14 PIM

Lohin, who had an assist Thursday night, scored his ninth goal of the season Friday.

No. 13 Notre Dame Fighting Irish 3 @ No. 6 Boston University Terriers 1

D John MacLeod, BU: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals: 30 GP, 1-5-6, +8, 26 PIM
2015-2016 Totals: 26 GP, 1-1-2, -4, 26 PIM

MacLeod and BU fell at home to the Irish, 3-1.

Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks 4 @ No. 16 North Dakota Fighting Hawks 6

D Kristian Oldham, UNO: Did not play
Season Totals: 10 GP, 5-3-1, 3.38 GAA, .895 sv%, 0 SO

Avs pick Tyson Jost had two goals and an assist for UND.

No. 19 Wisconsin Badgers 3 @ No. 4 Minnesota Golden Gophers 2

D Ryan Zuhlsdorf, UMN: 0-0-0, +1, 2 PIM, 0 SOG
Season Totals: 30 GP, 2-3-5, +12, 33 PIM

In a battle for the Big 10 lead, Wisconsin scored three goals on just 18 shots to beat the Gophers. Minnesota had 38 shots. The Badgers tied Minnesota for the Big 10 lead at 11-4)

*USCHO poll used for rankings

AHL Game Night: 2-24-17 Crunch at Americans

Crunch score a pair of goals in the final 1:11 to steal victory from the jaws of defeat.

SYR-5
RCH-4

Kristers Gudlevskis allowed 4 goals on 23 shots. Blew a Third Period lead giving up 2 goals. Got the goal support with 2 goals thereafter to get it back. Clean living.

First Period
11:05 RCH Austin (2), (Nelson, Kennedy)
19:11 SYR Peca (7), (Comrie, Taormina)(PP)

Second Period
6:44 RCH Schneider (19), (O'Reilly, Fedun)(PP)
7:11 SYR Vermin (12), (Ward)
17:16 SYR Lynch (2), (Halmo, Vermin)

Third Period
1:27 RCH Fasching (5), (Burgdoerfer, Grant)
12:49 RCH Fasching (6), (Mullen, Grant)
18:49 SYR Erne (14), (Peca, Comrie)(PP)
19:54 SYR Gourde (19), (Condra, Peca)

Yanni Gourde and Joel Vermin were the game's first and third stars.

Adam Erne got the late equalizer on the power play. Since returning from injury he has a stylish 6 goals and 9 points in 7 games.

Syracuse is tied atop the North Division with Albany at 64 points with 2 games in hand on the Devils. Toronto lurks 2 points back with the Crunch holding a single game in hand on the Marlies.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

Liiga Game Day: 2-24-17

SaiPa 0 vs. Ilves 3
Saku Salminen, SaiPa, DNP
Season totals: 39 GP, 3-4-7, -9, 41 PIM

Saku Salminen = still hurt. SaiPa = still bad. Undrafted 23 year old goaltender Antti Lehtonen had to make just 16 saves for Ilves to record the shutout win.

CHL Game Night: 2-23-17

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Halifax Mooseheads 5 @ Moncton Wildcats 3

C/W Otto Somppi, HAL: 1-0-1, +2, 0 PIM, 4 SOG, 9/10 FO, 1 Hit
Season Totals: 52 GP, 15-23-38, -6, 22 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 59 GP, 13-33-46, -15, 25 PIM

Somppi scored for the first time in five games as the Mooseheads beat Moncton Thursday night, 5-3. Somppi is up to 15 goals for the season – a career high.

Ontario Hockey League

Kingston Frontenacs 1 @ Peterborough Petes 3

W/C Christopher Paquette, PBO: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 11/27 FO
Season Totals: 55 GP, 17-25-42, -2, 24 PIM
With Petes: 18 GP, 5-8-13, +5, 10 PIM
With Niagara: 37 GP, 12-17-29, -7, 14 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 57 GP, 5-11-16, -6, 18 PIM

D Matt Spencer, PBO: 0-1-1, +1, 4 PIM, 2 SOG
Season Totals: 49 GP, 5-19-24, +8, 47 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 60 GP, 5-19-24, -4, 46 PIM

W Jonne Tammela, PBO: Did not play
Season Totals: 2 GP, 1-0-1, +1, 2 PIM
2015-2016 (Finland): 37 GP, 5-8-13, +10, 16 PIM

Spencer matched his scoring totals from last year, but in 11 fewer games. His career high for points in a season is 30, set two years ago in his draft year over 67 games.

NHL Game Night: 2-23-17 Flames at Lightning

Off night puts Lightning back behind the eight ball.

CGY-3
TB-2

Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 3 goals on 25 shots for the loss. On that third goal, the Lightning really needed Vasiy to step out and make a key situational save to give them a chance and he didn't get it.

First Period
6:17 TB Namestnikov (9), (Coburn, Point)

Second Period
5:04 CGY Backlund (18), (Giordano, Hamilton)
6:25 CGY Monahan (20), (Gaudreau, Hamilton)

Third Period
17:02 CGY Hamilton (10), (Backlund, Frolik)(PP)
18:47 TB Kucherov (23), (Hedman, Filppula)(PP)

Nikita Kucherov was the game's third star.

The Lightning got off to a great start in this game and looked to be in solid control against Calgary, but they got into penalty trouble in the middle of the period and all of the steam came out of the Lightning attack. I thought they really missed Jonathan Drouin in the lineup because he can be a one man attack shift-to-shift, and without him in the lineup the Lightning were just a lot more predictable and one-dimensional offensively. You need two credible offensive lines, at least, in this league and without Drouin the Lightning had the Triplets and little else.

The Lightning point streak was snapped at 7 games, and with their standings position being what it is they can't afford to lose any games. That's why, realistically, they needed to start this push a month earlier to have a better chance to complete their run to the postseason.

Jake Dotchin was -2 with 7 penalty minutes and 2 hits in 21:16. It was a rugged night for young Dotchin.

Gabriel Dumont was -1 with 1 hit in 6:27. He missed a shot in the Third Period about as far to the left as is possible. I hope to God that puck was deflected and I just missed it. That shot had a better chance of hitting the blimp flying over the arena than it did the back of the net.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

Liiga Game Day: 2-23-17

HIFK 4 vs. SaiPa 1
Saku Salminen, SaiPa, DNP
Season totals: 39 GP, 3-4-7, -9, 41 PIM

Saku Salminen? Still hurt. SaiPa? Still bad. 6 games remain in SaiPa's regular season, and they remain 2 points back of KooKoo in last place on the Liiga table.

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