Liiga Game Day: 1-31-15

HIFK 3 vs. HPK 2
Saku Salminen, HPK, DNP
Season totals: 32 GP, 3-4-7, E, 4 PIM

Saku Salminen did not dress for HPK's 3-2 loss to HIFK. Ex-Bruins first rounder Zach Hamill had a helper in defeat for HPK.

NCAA Game Night: 1-30-15

Union Dutchmen 5 @ No. 4 Harvard Crimson 4

F Brian Hart, HAR: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 19 GP, 6-5-11, +4, 17 PIM
2013-2014 totals: 30 GP, 7-8-15, -8, 20 PIM

Harvard fell upset to the defending champs, 5-4.

UMass Minutemen 5 @ No. 2 Boston University Terriers 9

D John MacLeod, BU: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 21 GP, 2-3-5, +10, 36 PIM
2013-2014 totals: 19 GP, 1-4-5, +1, 36 PIM

MacLeod couldn’t get in on the scoring party, though contributed to BU’s 9-5 shellacking of UMass Friday. Jack Eichel had two goals and two assists for BU. Senior Evan Rodrigues (undrafted) had six assists. UMass actually held a 5-4 lead at one point.

No. 1 North Dakota 2 @ No. 5 Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks 3

F Brendan O’Donnell, UND: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 24 GP, 9-5-14, +8, 25 PIM
2013-2014 totals: 34 GP, 7-11-18, +7, 10 PIM

In a match-up of two top-5 teams, O’Donnell earned an assist when his shot missed an open net but UND was able to capitalize seconds later. North Dakota scored twice in the third period to erase a 2-0 deficit before Andrej Sustr’s alma mater scored in overtime.

No. 18 Quinnipiac Bobcats 5 @ Brown Bears 3

F Matthew Peca, QU: 1-2-3, +4, 0 PIM, 6 SOG
Season totals: 25 GP, 5-20-25, E, 21 PIM
2014-2015 totals: 40 GP, 12-26-38, +4, 16 PIM

Peca had another big night, leading the Bobcats to a 5-3 win at Brown. His goal was scored into an empty net to secure the win.

Minnesota Golden Gophers 7 vs Wisconsin Badgers 5

G Adam Wilcox, MIN: Win, 22 saves on 27 shots
Season totals: 23 GP, 12-8-2, 2.62 GAA, .904 sv%, 3 SO
2013-2014 totals: 38 GP, 26-6-6, 1.97 GAA, .932 sv%, 4 SO

Wilcox gets the win despite allowing five goals, putting him within one win of fourth all time on the Gopher goalie wins list. He has 63 wins in 100 games, per the University of Minnesota. The Gophers fell out of the USCHO top-20 poll last week for the first time in seemingly forever.

*USCHO poll used

Juniors Game Night: 1-30-15

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Blainville-Boisbriand 3 @ Sherbrooke Phoenix 4 (SO)

C Cameron Darcy, SHR: 1-0-1, E, 2 PIM, 6 SOG, 9/19 FO, 2 Hits
With Sherbrooke: 18 GP, 13-15-28, -1, 16 PIM
With Cape Breton: 19 GP, 1-13-14, -6, 14 PIM
Season totals: 37 GP, 14-28-42, -7, 30 PIM
2013-2014 Season: 65 GP, 35-47-82, +3, 51 PIM

Darcy scored his 14th goal of the year to give Sherbrooke a 2-0 lead in the first period, but the game ended up in a shootout. Darcy did not participate in the skills competition.

Ontario Hockey League

North Bay Battalion 3 @ Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 4 (SO)

D Anthony DeAngelo, SOO: 1-0-1, E, 0 PIM
With SSM: 8 GP, 2-12-14, +3, 10 PIM
With Sarnia: 29 GP, 10-28-38, +1, 64 PIM
Season totals: 37 GP, 12-40-52, +4, 74 PIM
2013-14 totals: 51 GP, 15-56-71, -34, 90 PIM

DeAngelo extended his point streak to seven games, scoring a goal in the Soo’s 4-3 shootout win Friday. He was not a shootout participant. The Soo still hasn’t lost since DeAngelo (and others) were acquired at the OHL trade deadline.

Peterborough Petes 5 @ Oshawa Generals 4 (OT)

D Dominik Masin, PBO: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM
Season totals: 36 GP, 7-13-20, -19, 55 PIM
2013-14 totals: 39 GP, 2-19-21, +6, 102 PIM

Masin now has seven points in his last seven games. Peterborough beat the league’s third best team on Thursday, then the top team on Friday in Oshawa. Impressive.

Western Hockey League

Moose Jaw Warriors 4 @ Brandon Wheat Kings 6

C Brayden Point, MJ: 1-1-2, -2, 0 PIM, *Second Star*
Season totals: 38 GP, 21-33-54, +10, 25 PIM
2013-14 totals: 72 GP, 36-55-91, -27, 53 PIM

Point broke a personal two-game scoreless streak with a goal and an assist Friday.

Swift Current Broncos 1 @ Calgary Hitmen 10

D Ben Thomas, CAL: 0-0-0, +3, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 39 GP, 5-16-21, +6, 18 PIM
2013-14 totals: 72 GP, 7-24-31, +11, 39 PIM

Calgary won its fifth straight game and has 18 goals in their past two contests. That’s not a typo.

AHL Game Night: 1-30-15 Americans at Crunch

Track meet in Syracuse.

RCH-4
SYR-6

Kristers Gudlevskis allowed 4 goals on 27 shots for the victory. He was not on top of his game and was lucky to be the recipient of a touchdown's worth of goal support.

First Period
SYR Marchessault, (11) (Namestnikov, Blunden), 1:09
RCH Varone, (10) (Catenacci, Austin), 1:45
RCH Irwin, (6) (Schaller, D'Amigo), 2:23
SYR Dotchin, (2) (Richard, Vermin), 8:21 (PP)
SYR Cote, (2) (Angelidis), 19:16

Second Period
RCH Irwin, (7) (Varone, McCabe), 8:01
SYR Blujus, (2) (Vermin, Angelidis), 11:21
SYR Vermin, (8) , 16:14

Third Period
RCH Rankin, (1) , 4:19
SYR Marchessault, (12) (Namestnikov), 19:18 (EN)

Joel Vermin, Mike Angelidis, and Jake Dotchin were the game's three stars.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

KHL Game Day: 1-30-15

Magnitogorsk 5 vs. Khanty-Mansiysk 3
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, Win, 22/25, 3.03 GAA, .880 sv%
Season totals: 44 GP, 28-7-6, 4 SO, 1.79 GAA, .936 sv%

Nikita Gusev, Khanty-Mansiysk, 0-2-2, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 46 GP, 18-12-30, +3, 12 PIM

Vasily Koshechkin enjoyed 5 goals of support from his Magnitogorsk teammates in their 5-3 win over Yugra. It's a good thing, too, as fellow Lightning draftee Nikita Gusev had a pair of helpers in 17:39 of ice time in his first game back after the All-Star Break to help lead a potent Yugra attack in defeat.

St. Petersburg 1 vs. Mytischi 3
Dmitry Korobov, Mytischi, 0-0-0, +3, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 37 GP, 1-8-9, +2, 51 PIM

Dmitry Korobov was +3 in 19:34 of ice time in Mytischi's 3-1 win over SKA St. Petersburg. Mytischi got a goal from young right-handed defenseman Albert Yarullin in the victory.

Jokerit 4 vs. Bratislava 0
Jaroslav Janus, Bratislava, DNP
Season totals: 25 GP, 6-12-5, 2 SO, 3.01 GAA, .891 sv%

Jaroslav Janus did not dress for Slovan in their 4-0 shutout loss to Jokerit. Jokerit got a helper from ex-Oilers pick Linus Omark in the victory. Ex-Flames goaltender Henrik Karlsson stopped all 20 shots he faced for the win.

Defense Leads Crunch Past Americans


By Jeremy Houghtaling

While the forwards got off to a hot start, the Syracuse Crunch defense proved to be the difference.

Syracuse opened the scoring 69 seconds into the game and Rochester answered with a pair of goals in the next 1:24, but three Crunch defensemen registered their second goal of the season in a 6-4 win over the Americans in the first game after the all-star break at the Onondaga County War Memorial Friday.

"Bottom line is we've been working on in practice to get our D more involved in the offense, just get them up in the rush so they're in there for shots, more people at the net and D being more active," said Syracuse head coach Rob Zettler. "They were tonight."

Juniors Game Night: 1-29-15

Ontario Hockey League

London Knights 5 @ Windsor Spitfires 2

W Cristiano DiGiacinto, WSR: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM
Season totals: 41 GP, 15-16-31, -9, 81 PIM
2013-14 totals: 50 GP, 17-11-28, +8, 101 PIM

London scored four times in the third period to erase a 2-1 deficit. DiGiacinto had three points in his last two games coming into Thursday night’s match-up.

Erie Otters 5 @ Peterborough Petes 6

D Dominik Masin, PBO: 0-1-1, +1, 2 PIM
Season totals: 35 GP, 7-12-19, -20, 55 PIM
2013-14 totals: 39 GP, 2-19-21, +6, 102 PIM

Masin now has six points in his last six games. Peterborough did the near impossible Thursday, defeating Connor McDavid (goal, assist) and high-powered Erie. The Otters are third overall in the league in points behind Oshawa and Sault Ste. Marie. The Petes are ninth in the East, two points out of a playoff spot with three games in hand on the team above them (Mississauga).

NHL Game Night: 1-29-15 Red Wings at Lightning

Dump Trick!

DET-1
TB-5

Ben Bishop rebounded from his subpar performance against Carolina to allow just 1 goal on 28 shots for the victory. He was very sharp after shaking off the All-Star Break hangover he had in the last outing.

First Period
2:03 TB Paquette (7), (Killorn, Garrison)
11:59 DET Helm (9), (Ericsson, Datsyuk)
19:23 TB Paquette (8), (Drouin, Killorn)

Second Period
4:18 TB Stamkos (27), (Stralman, Drouin)(PP)
11:03 TB Paquette (9), (unassisted)(SH)
17:39 TB Barberio (1), (Sustr, Johnson)

Third Period
NO SCORING

Cedric Paquette, Bishop, and Jonathan Drouin were the game's three stars.

News of the Tampa Bay Lightning's demise appear to have been greatly exaggerated. As has occurred several times so far this season, this team seems to have the ability to raise their level of play to match the challenge at hand. Tonight they faced a Red Wings team that has been playing really well and had taken a 1 point lead on the Lightning in the division after a really poor performance against cellar-dwelling Carolina coming out of the All-Star Break. Momentum-wise, this appeared to be a tough mountain for the Lightning to climb.

But, in the end, the Lightning absolutely dominated the Red Wings. After a shaky First Period in which Ben Bishop had to play well to let his team overcome some turnover and defensive zone coverage issues, the Lightning took control of all facets of the game. Shots on goal. Scoring chances. Special teams play. They rolled the Red Wings, and sent Detroit (and their fans) back to Michigan with tails firmly tucked between their legs.

Tonight's victory put the Lightning at the end of the 5th 10-game segment of the season at 66 points, 6 points ahead of the minimum they need to have to be comfortably on pace for the playoffs. They gained 2 additional insurance points in this segment and are slowly inching their way to a position where their focus can turn from clinching the playoffs to loftier aspirations. It starts with the next 10-game segment and our well-worn mantra: "12 in 10, do it again."

Cedric Paquette had his first career hat trick and was +3 with 5 shots and 2 hits. He was also 67% on 12 draws. As noted a few games back, he looked due, and his goal against the Hurricanes appears to have opened up the floodgates in dramatic fashion. The man we affectionately call Dump Truck has 1 more game to go to graduate from prospect status on the website. I kind of wish he had hit the 41 game threshold for the season tonight, because tonight's performance would've been quite the mic drop moment for a prospect.

Jonathan Drouin had a pair of helpers and was +2 with 2 shots and 1 hit in 16:49. He rebounded from an awful turnover early in the game that led to Bishop having to bail him out on the ensuing 2-on-0 chance given to the Wings. From there, though, he was dangerous offensively and his line with Paquette and Killorn put all kinds of pressure on the Wings all night long. Drouin's got 2 more games to go until graduation from prospect status on the site.

Nikita Nesterov had 1 shot in 14:58. He got caught in no-man's land on Detroit's first goal, failing to pick up Helm as he circled from behind the Lightning net, and he had some defensive zone coverage issues. He's taken a little half step back in the past couple of games, which coupled with the improved play of Barberio tells me perhaps more seasoning needs to be in the cards for Nesterov.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

Liiga Game Day: 1-29-15

HPK 5 vs. Lukko 0
Saku Salminen, HPK, 0-1-1, +1, 2 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 32 GP, 3-4-7, E, 4 PIM

Saku Salminen assisted on the game opening goal and had 6:15 of ice time in HPK's 5-0 demolition of Lukko. Ex-Lightning pick Eero Somervuori also had an helper in the win for HPK. Nashville 4th round pick Juuse Saros stopped all 40 shots he faced for the shutout. For the moment, HPK has moved into the 10th and final playoff spot on the Liiga table with the victory, 1 point ahead of Ilves.

Juniors Game Night: 1-29-15

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Drummondville Voltigeurs 1 @ Sherbrooke Phoenix 5

C Cameron Darcy, SHR: 1-1-2, +1, 2 PIM, 5 SOG, 6/13 FO, 0 Hits
With Sherbrooke: 17 GP, 12-15-27, -1, 14 PIM
With Cape Breton: 19 GP, 1-13-14, -6, 14 PIM
Season totals: 36 GP, 13-28-41, -7, 28 PIM
2013-2014 Season: 65 GP, 35-47-82, +3, 51 PIM

Sherbrooke had a 4-1 lead entering the third period and coasted to a 5-1 win. Darcy scored the Phoenix’s fifth goal, his 12th goal in 17 games with the club.

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