ECHL Game Night: 12-27-14

Florida Everblades 2 at Orlando Solar Bears 3

D Artem Sergeev, FLA: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 20 GP, 6-4-10, +8, 6 PIM, 31 SOG

Other Notables
G Allen York, FLA, L, 59:08 MIN, 3 GA, 42 SV, 45 SH
Season totals: 16 GP, 12-3-0-1, 2.29 GAA, 0.909 SV%, 2 SO

F Jeff Costello, FLA: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals (ECHL): 16 GP, 5-3-8, +2, 24 PIM, 33 SOG
Season totals (AHL): 3 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM

F Mike Aviani, FLA: 1-0-1, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals (ECHL): 17 GP, 5-4-9, E, 11 PIM, 31 SOG
Season totals (AHL): 2 GP, 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM

Orlando broke the Everblades seven-game win streak behind a 45-shot effort against Adam York, who stopped 42 in the losing effort. Lightning camper Mike Aviani scored a shortie early in the 3rd to pull Florida to within a goal, but the Blades were unable to muster the equalizer. The first of a six-game road trip, Florida looks to exact some revenge Sunday in a rematch against the Solar Bears.

Allen Americans 2 at Wichita Thunder 3 SO

F Danick Gauthier, WIC: 1-0-1, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals (ECHL): 28 GP, 13-13-26, +1, 35 PIM, 92 SOG
Season totals (AHL): 1 GP, 0-0-0, -2, 2 PIM

D Daniel Milan, WIC: 0-0-0, -1, 9 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 28 GP, 0-5-5, -7, 62 PIM, 29 SOG

The Thunder squeaked out their third consecutive win against the Central Division leading Americans with a shootout victory Saturday night in Wichita. Lightning prospect Danick Gauthier scored the go-ahead 2-1 goal in the 2nd, but the Thunder allowed the Americans to tie the game with a power-play marker in the 3rd. Gauthier failed to convert in the shootout, but the Thunder prevailed nonetheless. Fellow prospect Daniel Milan fought Allen veteran centerman Ian Schultz in the 2nd. The Thunder play next against Missouri on Tuesday night.

IIHF U20 WJC: Day Two

Group A
Germany 0 vs. Canada 4
Brayden Point, Canada, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Tournament totals: 2 GP, 1-1-2, +2, 0 PIM

Top 2015 prospect Connor McDavid had 1 goal and 3 points to lead Canada to a 4-0 victory over Germany. Jets second rounder Eric Comrie stopped all 17 shots he faced for the shutout for the Canadians.

Group B
Czech Republic 2 vs. Switzerland 5
Dominik Masin, Czech Republic, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Tournament totals: 2 GP, 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM

Switzerland scored 3 unanswered Second Period goals to defeat the Czech Republic 5-2. Predators first rounder Kevin Fiala had a pair of goals in the victory for the Swiss.

Crunch's 10-Game Win Streak Snapped by Sharks, 4-2


By Jeremy Houghtaling

By the time the Syracuse Crunch scored its first goal, the hole was simply too deep to climb out of.

The Crunch scored twice in the final 11:15 but an empty-netter sealed the win for the Sharks, as Worcester snapped Syracuse's 10-game winning streak with a 4-2 win at the Onondaga County War Memorial Saturday.

"We didn't come out the way we wanted," said Crunch forward Yanni Gourde. "We started late in the third period playing our way, and we can't do that against any team in this league."

NHL Game Night: 12-27-14 Hurricanes at Lightning

As dominant a 2-1 win as you can get.

CAR-1
TB-2

Ben Bishop allowed 1 goal on 26 shots for the victory in his return from injury. He didn't have to make many key saves, but when they came he got them.

First Period
8:50 TB Kucherov (15), (Palat)

Second Period
NO SCORING

Third Period
4:53 TB Killorn (8), (Callahan, Filppula)
14:04 CAR Sekera (2), (E. Staal, Gerbe)

Ondrej Palat, Alex Killorn, and Ryan Callahan were the game's three stars. I'll throw a shout out to Mark Barberio in there, who played his best all-around game since he was AHL Defenseman of the Year for the Norfolk Admirals.

If the Lightning had capitalized on their PP opportunities (0-for-6) the game wouldn't have been close. As it was, the chances were there but they were snake bitten. So, that's at least a sign things are progressing in the right direction.

Cedric Paquette had 1 hit and 1 blocked shot in 12:42. He was also 20% on draws. He kept up reasonably well playing with Stamkos and Connolly.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

AHL Game Night: 12-27-14 Sharks at Crunch

All good things...

WOR-4
SYR-2

Kristers Gudlevskis allowed 3 goals on 22 shots for the loss. That snaps a streak of 4 starts where he allowed 2 or fewer goals. It should be noted Gudlevskis did also turn away a First Period penalty shot, as well.

First Period
NO SCORING

Second Period
WOR Taormina, (4) (Lerg, Fedun), 8:43 (PP)
WOR Coetzee, (1) (Brace, Abeltshauser), 17:07

Third Period
WOR Trupp, (7) (Langlois), 3:31
SYR Gourde, (13) (Koekkoek, Richard), 9:45 (PP)
SYR Smith, (8) (Marchessault, Namestnikov), 17:17
WOR Langlois, (8) (Lerg), 18:29 (EN)

Yanni Gourde was the game's second star.

The defeat snaps Syracuse's 10 game winning streak.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

Liiga Game Day: 12-27-14

Blues 3 vs. HPK 1
Saku Salminen, HPK, 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 18 GP, 2-3-5, +2, 2 PIM

Saku Salminen scored HPK's lone goal in 12:29 of ice time in their 3-1 loss to Blues. Ducks pick Miro Aaltonen led the way for Blues with a pair of goals.

KH: Game Day: 12-27-14

Podolsk 2 vs. Mytischi 4
Dmitry Korobov, Mytischi, 0-0-0, +1, 2 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 26 GP, 1-5-6, +2, 47 PIM

Dmitry Korobov had a minor for tripping in 22:14 of ice time in Mytischi's 4-2 win over Podolsk. Ex-Lightning defenseman Matt Gilroy had Mytischi's game winning goal and a pair of assists in the match.

Crunch Top Devils in OT For 10th Straight Win


By Jeremy Houghtaling

At the end of a tiring 3-on-3 shift, Jonathan Marchessault found another burst of energy.

The Crunch forward kicked it an extra gear, turned the corner on a Devils defender, and threw the puck to the front of the net. Vladislav Namestnikov deposited the puck past Scott Wedgewood, who was already down, as Syracuse topped Albany, 3-2, 4:16 into overtime for the Crunch's 10th straight win at the Onondaga County War Memorial Friday.

"They were tired also," Marchessault said. "So we had to take advantage of it and we had the puck possession. Let's try something and it ended up pretty good."

IIHF U20 WJC: Day One

Group A
Finland 1 vs. USA 2 (SO)
Anthony DeAngelo, USA, 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Tournament totals: 1 GP, 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM

Anthony DeAngelo had a secondary assist on Alex Tuch's power play goal in USA's 2-1 shootout win over defending champion Finland. DeAngelo played both right and left-side defense and saw time on USA's second PP and PK units in the contest. Chase de Leo scored the shootout winner for the Americans.

Canada 8 vs. Slovakia 0
Brayden Point, Canada, 1-1-2, +2, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Tournament totals: 1 GP, 1-1-2, +2, 0 PIM

13th forward Brayden Point had 1 goal and 1 assist to open up the tournament for Canada in their 8-0 smashing of Slovakia. Robby Fabbri had 2 goals and 4 points in the victory for the Canadians.

Group B
Sweden 5 vs. Czech Republic 2
Dominik Masin, Czech Republic, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Tournament totals: 1 GP, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM

Dominik Masin was -1 in third pairing action in Czech Republic's 5-2 loss to Sweden. The Swedes got a pair of goals from Adrian Kempe in the victory.

AHL Game Night: 12-26-14 Devils at Crunch

Crunch make it 10 in a row.

ALB-2
SYR-3 (OT)

Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 2 goals on 33 shots for the OT victory. He made some key saves that allowed the Crunch to keep contact and tie the game up late in the Third Period.

First Period
NO SCORING

Second Period
ALB Burlon, (3) (Whitney), 4:52
SYR Blunden, (6) (Cote, Blujus), 13:00

Third Period
ALB Boucher, (8) (Whitney, Faust), 1:27
SYR Mormina, (1) (Marchessault), 18:33

Overtime
SYR Namestnikov, (5) (Marchessault), 4:16

Vladislav Namestnikov and Joey Mormina were the game's first and second stars.

Syracuse keeps pace in the Eastern Conference, 1 point back of Manchester for the top spot.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

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