AHL Game Night: 11-4-16 Crunch at Americans

Crunch and Gudlevskis stage a massive comeback win.


Kristers Gudlevskis peeled himself off the mat to allow 2 goals on 18 shots for his second win of the season.

First Period
13:41 RCH Schneider (5), (Fedun)

Second Period
4:47 RCH Nylander (2), (Rodrigues)

Third Period
1:36 SYR Conacher (3), (Gourde, Halmo)
15:30 SYR Condra (1), (Peca)
18:44 SYR Gourde (3), (Taormina, Thomas)

Yanni Gourde and Erik Condra were the game's first and second stars.

Syracuse came from 2 goals down in the Third Period for an emotional win that could be an early season turning point. Syracuse improved to 5-3-0 on the campaign with the victory.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

Karjala Tournament Game Day: 11-3-16

Russia 5 vs. Finland 1
Nikita Gusev, Russia, 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM
Tournament totals: 1 GP, 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM

Nikita Gusev potted an empty net goal in Russia's 5-1 win over Finland. Russia scored 4 goals in the game's final frame to pull away from the host nation. Ex-Stars first rounder Valery Nichushkin had 3 helpers in the win for the Russians.

CHL Game Night: 11-3-16

Ontario Hockey League

Hamilton Bulldogs 2 @ Niagara IceDogs 1

C/W Christopher Paquette, NIA: 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM, 4 SOG
Season Totals: 14 GP, 8-4-12, -7, 8 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 57 GP, 5-11-16, -6, 18 PIM

Stephen Dhillon (undrafted) was strong in net again for the IceDogs (31/33), but Niagara fell at home to Hamilton, 2-1.

Kingston Frontenacs 2 @ Peterborough Petes 4

D Matt Spencer, PBO: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals: 7 GP, 0-2-2, -3, 6 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 60 GP, 5-19-24, -4, 46 PIM

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

The Petes had a 2-0 lead before allowing the Fronts to tie the game. Logan DeNoble (undrafted) scored the game-winner midway through the third period. Jonne Tammela continues to miss time for the Petes with a lower-body injury, but there's a possibility he could return to the lineup next week.

Saginaw Spirit 2 @ Windsor Spitfires 4

W Mitchell Stephens, SAG: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG, 10/19 FO
Season Totals: 11 GP, 4-7-11, +3, 10 PIM
2015-2016 Totals: 39 GP, 20-18-38, -3, 14 PIM

Aaron Luchuk (undrafted) had a goal and an assist for the Spits in their defeat of Saginaw. Former Bolt prospect Cristiano DiGiacinto had a helper for Windsor.

NHL Game Night: 11-3-16 Bruins at Lightning

Lightning manufacture a point in their first game back from a long road trip.

TB-3 (SO)

Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 3 goals on 31 shots before allowing 2 of 10 to convert in the penalty shot session for the Shootout loss.

First Period
4:01 BOS Carlo (2), (Bergeron)
10:47 BOS Spooner (2), (Krug, Krejci)(PP)
15:09 TB Hedman (2), (Kucherov, Filppula)(PP)

Second Period
4:38 BOS Pastrnak (6), (Bergeron, Marchand)
8:30 TB Johnson (3), (Stralman, Stamkos)(PP)

Third Period
10:04 Johnson (4), (Coburn, Koekkoek)


BOS- Nash, Hayes
TB- Point

Tyler Johnson and Victor Hedman were the game's first and third stars.

The Lightning were unsurprisingly a little flat in their first game back from a long road trip. Using the power play to overcome that flatness, along with decent goaltending, is a pretty textbook way to weather the storm. The inability to score on a 4-on-3 power play in OT to steal the second point was regrettable, but under the circumstances there are some silver linings to take out of the contest.

Brayden Point was +1 with 4 shots, 1 hit, and 1 blocked shot in 17:05. He also had Tampa Bay's lone goal in the penalty shot session, where he's been money so far this season.

Slater Koekkoek had a helper, 2 shots, 1 hit, and 1 blocked shot in 13:20. That's three assists in his first two games up with the team this year, for those keeping score at home. Keep raising his minutes up.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

Wilcox Hopes Offseason Work Leads to More Starts

By Jeremy Houghtaling

Adam Wilcox has focused on calming his game down.

The Syracuse Crunch goalie concentrated on cutting down on unnecessary movements and improving his positioning throughout the summer. The work put in has quickly paid dividends for the second-year pro.

Wilcox earned back-to-back wins for the Crunch last weekend, and hopes his offseason work continues to earn him starts.

“I really worked hard at being in control, being calm and eliminating acrobatic saves and stuff like that,” Wilcox said. “When you don’t make those, you’re in better position. It was a good summer for me and it’s really leading into having a good start of the year.”

The Bolt Prospects Podcast, Episode 75

This week’s “Radko Gudas Edition” of the Bolt Prospects Podcast includes the following topics:

· The No. 75
· “Boring defensemen” is a legit compliment
· Backing away from the cliff
· The Lightning are only good when …
· Interview with Cory Conacher
· Syracuse goalie controversy and how it negatively affects Tampa Bay (think Desjardins vs Tokarski)
· Interview with Adam Wilcox
· #BPMailbag (Peca, Imama probabilities … Koekkoek in 3 years … Tyler Johnson waiting game … Marchessault freed … Market for Nesterov? … Carolina in Bishop race? … Vladdy as C or W? … Imama timeline … DeAngelo trade)

CHL Game Night: 11-2-16

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Halifax Mooseheads 2 @ Gatineau Olympiques 5

W Otto Somppi, HAL: 0-0-0, +1, 2 PIM, 4 SOG, 0 Hits, 11/23 FO
Season Totals: 15 GP, 5-6-11, -4, 12 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 59 GP, 13-33-46, -15, 25 PIM

Five different players scored for Gatineau in their win over Halifax Wednesday.

Quebec Remparts 2 @ Shawinigan Cataractes 4

W Dennis Yan, SHAW: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 0 Hits
Season Totals: 12 GP, 12-5-17, +3, 20 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 62 GP, 32-37-69, +8, 86 PIM

Shawinigan scored twice in the third period to break a 2-2 tie.

Ontario Hockey League

Guelph Storm 4 @ Erie Otters 5 (OT)

W Taylor Raddysh, Erie: 1-2-3, +3, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season Totals: 13 GP, 12-19-31, +24, 4 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 67 GP, 24-49-73, +19, 18 PIM

Raddysh and DeBrincat combined for six points as Erie won in overtime Wednesday afternoon, 5-4. Raddysh, who was named the OHL October Player of the Month, set up DeBrincat for the game-winner.

Western Hockey League (late)

Lethbridge Hurricanes 2 @ Kamloops Blazers 1 (OT)

G Connor Ingram, KAM: OT Loss, 30 saves on 32 shots, *Second Star*
Season Totals: 14 GP, 7-6-1-0, 2.01 GAA, .936 sv%, 1 SO
2015-2016 Season: 61 GP, 34-15-5-4, 2.61 GAA, .922 sv%, 4 SO

Ingram improved his league-leading save percentage to .936 in an overtime loss to Lethbridge. He was named second star.

Moose Jaw Warriors 3 @ Brandon Wheat Kings 2 (OT)

C Brett Howden, MJ: Did not play
Season Totals: 11 GP, 9-5-14, -2, 6 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 68 GP, 24-40-64, -7, 61 PIM

Howden missed his third consecutive game with an undisclosed injury. It is not believed to be long-term.

CHL Game Night: 11-1-16

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Saint John Sea Dogs 6 @ Cape Breton Screaming Eagles 1

W Bokondji Imama, SJ: 1-1-2, +2, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 1 Hit
Season Totals: 15 GP, 4-5-9, -2, 12 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 48 GP, 7-12-19, -5, 86 PIM

W Mathieu Joseph, SJ: 1-0-1, +2, 2 PIM, 3 SOG, 0 Hits, *Third Star*
Season Totals: 15 GP, 13-8-21, +9, 13 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 58 GP, 33-40-73, +35, 57 PIM

Joseph and Imama both scored Tuesday as the Dogs beat the Eagles, 6-1. Joseph’s 13th goal of the season puts him second in the league behind Charlottetown’s Filip Chlapik, who has 14. Lightning prospect Dennis Yan is tied for third at 12.

Western Hockey League (late)

Kamloops Blazers 5 @ Kelowna Rockets 1

G Connor Ingram, KAM: Win, 20 saves on 21 shots
Season Totals: 13 GP, 7-6-0-0, 2.02 GAA, .935 sv%, 1 SO
2015-2016 Season: 61 GP, 34-15-5-4, 2.61 GAA, .922 sv%, 4 SO

Ingram followed up his shutout on Friday with a 1-GAA win in Kelowna Tuesday. Ingram is second in the WHL in goals against average and leads in save percentage (tie).

Seattle Thunderbirds 4 @ Saskatoon Blades 3

D Libor Hajek, SAS: 0-0-0, +2, 2 PIM
Season Totals: 14 GP: 0-7-7, +1, 14 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 69 GP, 3-23-26, -19, 76 PIM

Seattle skated out to a 3-0 lead before hanging on to beat the Blades in Saskatoon.

Prince Albert Raiders 1 @ Moose Jaw Warriors 3

C Brett Howden, MJ: Did not play
Season Totals: 11 GP, 9-5-14, -2, 6 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 68 GP, 24-40-64, -7, 61 PIM

Howden missed his second consecutive game with an undisclosed injury. It is not believed to be long-term.

NHL Game Night: 11-1-16 Lightning at Islanders

Lightning break into November with a vengeance.


Ben Bishop allowed 1 goal on 27 shots for the victory. He made a handful of critical situational saves in the first 40 minutes to allow the Lightning to establish the monster lead and then stood on his head in garbage time to run up his save percentage. It was a really good night for Ben.

First Period
3:21 TB Kucherov (2), (Stamkos, Hedman)(PP)
12:18 TB Kucherov (3), (Hedman, Killorn)(PP)
13:34 TB Stamkos (7), (Koekkoek, Kucherov)

Second Period
6:17 TB Boyle (2), (Callahan, Filppula)
9:30 TB Brown (1), (unassisted)(SH)
11:19 TB Filppula (4), (Kucherov, Koekkoek)
19:30 NYI Seidenberg (3), (DeHaan, Tavares)

Third Period

Nikita Kucherov, Steven Stamkos, and Valtteri Filppula were the game's three stars.

That game was everything the Lightning desperately needed and more to complete the road trip and the first 10 game segment of the season. The Lightning put arguably their best skating lineup onto the ice, and put forth a better effort to apply back pressure in the neutral zone to control the balance of play nearly the entire first 40 minutes of the game before garbage time set in. They also were opportunistic, using the penalty on Calvin DeHaan for a head shot on Jonathan Drouin to get the early power play goal they needed to exorcise their First Period scoring demons and get the flood gates open. It didn't come without a price, because it's safe to assume Drouin immediately went under observation for a concussion, but the Lightning at least made the Isles pay a terrible price for the infraction.

With the win, the Lightning finish the first 10 game segment with a winning 12 points that hit the minimum they need to comfortably be on playoff pace. 12 in 10, now do it again.

Brayden Point had 1 blocked shot in a very quiet 17:27 of ice time.

Slater Koekkoek had 2 helpers and was +2 with 2 penalty minutes, 1 hit, and 2 blocked shots in 13:12 of meaningful ice time. Your Honor, I rest my case. There's no doubt who should be playing between Koekkoek and Nesterov. None. Koekkoek is a stud. He's Hedman Lite. He's big, he moves like a thoroughbred, has solid offensive instincts, and he mixes in some physical edge. Nesterov is exactly none of those things right now. A blind man could make this lineup decision. Truly.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

Conacher Staying Positive While Working Way Back to NHL

By Jeremy Houghtaling

Cory Conacher knew he was on the bubble.

After being one of the last players cut by the Tampa Bay Lightning during training camp, the forward has gotten off to a fast start with the Syracuse Crunch. Conacher earned his first call-up and played one game Saturday, but was returned to the Crunch Sunday.

Conacher is keeping a positive attitude as he continues to work towards another call-up.

“You don’t worry about too much. You just control what you can control,” Conacher said. “You just have to be ready for that next call. Whether it’s one game, a 10-game stint or the rest of the year, you’ve just got to be ready for whatever happens.”

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