NCAA Game Night: 3-7-2014

Harvard Crimson 0 @ No. 16 Yale Bulldogs 4
ECAC Tournament – First Round

F Brian Hart, HAR: 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 29 GP, 6-8-14, -7, 18 PIM
2012-2013 totals: 29 GP, 4-13-17, +1, 10 PIM

Alex Lyon (undrafted) stopped 24 shots to lead Yale to a tournament win over Harvard. The Crimson can be eliminated with a loss on Saturday.

Miami RedHawks 2 @ Denver Pioneers 5

F Jimmy Mullin, MIA: Did not play
Season totals: 19 GP, 1-6-7, +3, 23 PIM
2012-2013 totals: 38 GP, 6-8-14, E, 14 PIM

Mullin was a scratch.

Western Michigan Broncos 0 @ No. 9 North Dakota 2

F Brendan O’Donnell, UND: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 26 GP, 5-8-13, +3, 8 PIM
2012-2013 totals: 29 GP, 2-8-10, E, 20 PIM

Bruins pick Zane Gothberg had 18 saves as UND shut out WMU, 2-0. St. Cloud State won vs Colorado College, keeping the NCHC lead tied with UND.

No. 1 Minnesota Golden Gophers 5 @ Ohio State Buckeyes 1

G Adam Wilcox, MIN: Win, 30 saves on 31 shots
Season totals: 31 GP, 22-4-5, 1.91 GAA, .933 sv%, 3 SO
2012-2013 totals: 39 GP, 25-8-5, 1.88 GAA, .921 sv%, 3 SO

Hobey Baker candidate Adam Wilcox made 30 saves in Columbus to beat the Buckeyes. The Gophers are 13-2-2 in conference and can clinch the regular season title with a win on Saturday vs OSU.

*USCHO poll used

ECHL Game Night: 3-7-14

Gwinnett Gladiators 3 @ Florida Everblades 2

W Danick Gauthier, FLA: 1-0-1, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 29 GP, 5-11-16, +2, 51 PIM

D Jordan Henry (AHL Contract), FLA: Did not play (injured)
Season totals: 26 GP, 8-13-21, +9, 33 PIM

W Carl Nielsen (AHL Contract), FLA: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 38 GP, 4-5-9, -11, 49 PIM

Florida dropped two of three games at division cellar-dwelling Gwinnett last weekend, then dropped a home game to the Gladiators on Friday night. That’s not good when you’re falling out of playoff position. The ‘Blades are clinging to the eighth spot in the East.

NA Juniors Game Night: 3-7-2014

Ontario Hockey League

North Bay Battalion 4 @ Mississauga Steelheads 0

D Dylan Blujus, NB: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
Season totals: 51 GP, 4-23-27, +4, 56 PIM
2012-13 totals: 68 GP, 2-27-29, -8, 57 PIM

Blujus helped the Battalion to a shutout win in Mississauga. Jake Smith (2014) had 19 saves for North Bay.

Oshawa Generals 2 @ Kingston Frontenacs 5

W Henri Ikonen, KGN: 0-1-1, E, 5 PIM
Season totals: 47 GP, 21-44-65, +16, 44 PIM
2012-13 totals: 61 GP, 22-29-51, +2, 30 PIM

Ikonen fought Canucks draft pick Cole Cassels in the first period.

Windsor Spitfires 1 @ Erie Otters 6

D Slater Koekkoek, WSR: Did not play
Season totals: 62 GP, 15-38-53, +44, 51 PIM
2012-13 totals: 42 GP, 6-23-29, -24, 28 PIM

Koekkoek is out for the season with a dislocated right shoulder. He previously had surgery twice on his left shoulder. He already has a pro contract, so his junior career is finished.

Crunch Fall Behind Early, Lose to Americans 4-1


By Jeremy Houghtaling

Syracuse Crunch coach Rob Zettler will look at the tape, but he already knows what it will show.

The Crunch allowed three first period goals and struggled to get sustained pressure, as they fell to the Americans, 4-1, at the Blue Cross Arena in Rochester Friday.

"All of our chances came from getting it deep and then going from there," Zettler said. "We have some good size and we have some guys that can grind it out down low, but we weren't committed to doing that."

AHL Game Night: 3-7-14 Crunch at Americans

Thin Crunch defense ad rusty goaltending exposed.

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Kristers Gudlevskis allowed 4 goals on 26 shots for the loss. After the game, Head Coach Rob Zettler said Gudlevsis might've wanted a couple of those goals back. That's perhaps unsurprising considering tonight was Kristers' first game action in a couple of weeks since standing on his head against Canada in the Olympics. Rust and readjustment were perhaps to be expected.

First Period
RCH Larsson, (12) (Catenacci, Armia), 11:29
RCH Tardif, (18) (Varone, Ruhwedel), 14:41 (PP)
RCH Schaller, (4) (Pysyk, Lieuwen), 17:51

Second Period
RCH Armia, (6) (Gillies, Ruhwedel), 14:05

Third Period
SYR Angelidis, (10) (Namestnikov, Nesterov), 8:56

With injuries and the recent trade of Matt Taormina leaving the Crunch thin on the backline, they had to press some of their more fringe prospects into service. The result was Rochester swiftly racing out to a 4-0 lead. Follow the minuses and you'll see exactly who Rochester was picking on. Couple a green D with shaky goaltending, and that's the end result.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

KHL Playoff Game Day: 3-7-14

Nadezhda Cup
Dinamo Minsk 1 vs. Bratislava 0
Jaroslav Janus, Bratislava, DNP
Regular season totals: 41 GP, 15-18-8, 2 SO, 2.86 GAA, .898 sv%
Nadezhda Cup totals: 0 GP, 0-0-0, 0 SO, 0.00 GAA, 1.000 sv%

Jaroslav Janus sat backup today for Bratislava's 1-0 Nadezhda Cup opening loss to Minsk. The Nadezhda Cup is sort of a mini "best of the worst" tournament for KHL clubs that don't make the postseason. Slovan managed just 16 shots on goal in the tight-checking defeat.

The day also saw the start of the KHL Eastern Conference playoffs with 4 games, none of which featured Lightning prospects. Magnitogorsk (Koshechkin) and Ufa (Vasilevskiy) will begin their KHL Western Conference playoff runs tomorrow while Khanty-Mansiysk (Gusev) will get their first kick at the can in the Nadezhda Cup.

Koekkoek Shut Down Again After Dislocating Shoulder

Lightning star defensive prospect Slater Koekkoek will undergo shoulder surgery and miss the remainder of his junior team's season, the Windsor Spitfires announced today.

Tampa Bay General Manager Steve Yzerman confirmed the diagnosis and told Tampa media that he'd know more about the situation on Monday.

Koekkoek, who has had two surgeries on his left shoulder, dislocated his right shoulder Thursday night in a fight against Saginaw's Jeremiah Addison. The captain of the Spitfires was defending a teammate and jumped in front of his alternate captain to take on Addison. The two wrestled to the ice rather innocently, though Koekkoek appeared to twist as he went down.

"After consulting with team doctor Roy Diklich, Tampa Bay Lightning General Manager Steve Yzerman, and their team doctors, all parties have agreed that the best course of action right now is for him to have surgery," Windsor GM Warren Rychel said in a team press release.

The Lightning's top pick - 10th overall - in the 2011 draft, Koekkoek was enjoying a phenomenal year with Windsor, accumulating 53 points (15 goals) in 62 games, with a plus-44 rating. He was fifth in the league in plus/minus as of Friday afternoon. His 53 points were good enough for third among OHL defensemen, and Koekkoek was being mentioned in MVP and top-defenseman talks. His coach, former NHLer Bob Boughner, has played the 6-2 defenseman over 35 minutes a night.

NA Juniors Game Night: 3-6-2014

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Charlottetown Islanders 4 @ Halifax Mooseheads 7

C/W Jonathan Drouin, HAL: 0-1-1, E, 2 PIM, 7 SOG, 0 Hits, 9/14 FO
Season totals: 43 GP, 25-71-96, +47, 43 PIM
2011-2012 Season: 49 GP, 41-64-105, +48, 32 PIM

Halifax broke open a tie game in the third period with three goals en route to a 7-4 win. Drouin had one assist in the game. He had six points in his previous game. Rising 2014 prospect Nikolaj Ehlers had a goal and two assists for the Mooseheads, snapping his streak of games with a hat trick at three.

Note: After spending two weeks at home in Connecticut nursing a minor spleen laceration, Adam Erne has returned to Quebec City. No word yet when he'll be back in the Remparts lineup.

Ontario Hockey League

Belleville Bulls 1 @ North Bay Battalion 8

D Dylan Blujus, NB: 0-2-2, +4, 0 PIM
Season totals: 50 GP, 4-23-27, +4, 56 PIM
2012-13 totals: 68 GP, 2-27-29, -8, 57 PIM

Snowman in North Bay.

Owen Sound Attack 4 @ Barrie Colts 5

D Jake Dotchin, BAR: 0-1-1, -1, 0 PIM
Season totals: 59 GP, 10-23-33, +17, 115 PIM
2012-13 totals: 66 GP, 4-18-22, E, 81 PIM

Dotchin was injured in the game (KICX photo). No word yet on the severity of the injury.

Kingston Frontenacs 2 @ Peterborough Petes 5 (OT)

W Henri Ikonen, KGN: 1-0-1, -1, 2 PIM
Season totals: 46 GP, 21-43-64, +16, 39 PIM
2012-13 totals: 61 GP, 22-29-51, +2, 30 PIM

Power forward Nick Ritchie (6-3, 225; 2014 eligible) scored his 37th goal of the season in overtime for the Petes. Ikonen scored his 21st goal of the year on the power play with 11 seconds left in regulation to force overtime.

Saginaw Spirit 8 @ Windsor Spitfires 3

D Slater Koekkoek, WSR: 0-0-0, E, 7 PIM
Season totals: 62 GP, 15-38-53, +44, 51 PIM
2012-13 totals: 42 GP, 6-23-29, -24, 28 PIM

The Spits took it on the chin at home to Saginaw. Koekkoek left the game injured after his fight with Jeremiah Addison (6-0, 183; 2014 eligible). Addison made a big, clean check on a Spitfire and Koekkoek answered by dropping his gloves. Neither player got a punch in before Addison wrestled/twisted Koekkoek to the ice. According to Windsor Star reporter Jim Parker, the team is calling Koekkoek’s ailment an upper body injury and he will not play Friday. This will be Koekkoek’s first game missed due to injury this year after missing at least half of the last two seasons.

Sergeev Thrives With Increased Ice Time


By Jeremy Houghtaling

Artem Sergeev saw his opportunity and responded.

With three significant injuries to the Crunch blueline, Sergeev has thrived with increased ice time. The 20-year-old rookie defenseman has averaged close to 20 minutes a night and played in all situations, as Syracuse has gone 4-2 to snap out of a recent slide.

For Syracuse Crunch coach Rob Zettler, Sergeev has elevated his play in the last few weeks.

"I've really liked his physical play," Zettler said. "He's been smart. He uses his body well. He's a big, thick guy and he's strong. He's starting to understand how he can best use it to his advantage, and he's done that lately."

NHL Game Night: 3-6-14 Sabres at Lightning

It was Enroth all along.

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Anders Lindback allowed 3 goals on 21 shots for the loss. I didn't consider any of the 3 goals weak ones, but again, you want your goaltender to help you keep contact in a close game like that and Lindback doesn't.

First Period
15:56 BUF Myers (9), (unassisted)

Second Period
9:25 BUF Foligno (7), (Hodgson, Myers)

Third Period
13:44 BUF Hodgson (16), (Foligno)
17:31 TB Johnson (19), (Hedman)

Tonight's result was not for a lack of effort, shots, or chances. They outshot Buffalo 44-21, which is amazing considering how low the Lightning's shot totals were on the last roadtrip. They came out with a lot of adrenaline flowing and put a ton of pressure on the Sabres. It led to them getting a little loose defensively and some stupid turnovers like the thing Mark Barberio did on Buffalo's first goal, but for the most part I can't be mad at what I saw. They dominated the faceoff circles. They dominated possession. In his return and wearing the "C" for the first time, Steven Stamkos had at least 3 chances he'd probably have potted were it not for needing to shake off a little rust. In the end, though, Jhonas Enroth stood on his head at a very inopportune time with the Lightning's playoff chances starting to head south.

Mike Kostka had 7 shots, 2 hits, and 1 blocked shot in 18:57. Yes, it's the Sabres, but you have to be encouraged at how well he filled in with Gudas out of the lineup and how active he was offensively.

Richard Panik had 1 hit in 13:12. The stats don't tell the tale. He was a lot stronger and more confident on the puck than he was before his demotion to Syracuse. He's now 1 game away from graduation from prospect status on the website.

Nikita Kucherov was -1 with 2 penalty minutes and 3 shots in 13:52. He failed to convert 2 breakaways and you can see how distraught he was at the bench. He's probably never faced a scoring slump like this in his life. He also is 1 game away from graduation from prospect status on the site.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

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