Prospect of the Week: 1-28-15

We continue our Bolt Prospect of the Week award, an honor (virtually) given to one Tampa Bay Lightning prospect for his recent contributions on and off the ice.

The Bolt Prospect of the Week for January 28, 2015 is … Anthony DeAngelo, Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds (OHL – Canada).

If it wasn’t for a three-week break when he was playing for Team USA in the World Junior Championships, Lightning prospect Anthony DeAngelo would be leading OHL defenseman in scoring despite playing the majority of the year for a mediocre Sarnia team.

Prospect followers no longer need to wonder how DeAngelo would produce with a strong team as he was traded to first place Sault Ste. Marie seven games ago. All he’s done in those seven games is post a goal and 13 points. Actually, those all came in the last six games as he was scoreless in his Greyhound debut.

NHL Game Night: 1-27-15 Lightning at Hurricanes

Hangover in Carolina.

TB-2
CAR-4

Ben Bishop allowed 4 goals on 22 shots for the loss. This was one of the rare nights Bishop was clearly outplayed by his counterpart at the other end of the rink. His failure to make the Third Period save on Tlusty on a puck he should've gotten really put a fork in any Lightning hopes to pull it out tonight.

First Period
0:22 CAR E. Staal (16), (J. Staal)
6:05 CAR Gerbe (5), (Lindholm, Bellemore)
14:05 TB Paquette (6), (Drouin, Sustr)

Second Period
8:27 CAR Faulk (9), (J. Staal)(PP)
14:06 TB Boyle (10), (unassisted)(SH)

Third Period
7:53 CAR Tlusty (12), (Faulk, E. Staal)

Tonight was just a confluence of a number of things, and it's probably important not to overreact too much to the result, even though it's clearly a loss against an opponent the team should beat. First, and most obviously, the team had an All-Star Break hangover. It took them 8 minutes to get into the game, and the 2 goals they spotted the Hurricanes in that time period turned out to be the difference. That was aided by some bad puck luck against the team. Carolina's first two goals were of the very greasy variety. And then you had Bishop playing really subpar relative to his usual standards. You just have to expect those three things won't happen again with higher stakes against Detroit next time out.

Cedric Paquette had a goal and was +2 with 3 shots, 2 hits, and 3 blocked shots in 13:16. He was also 50% on draws. You could make an argument he was the Lightning's best player tonight, although that might be a low bar to clear. Paquette is now 2 games away from graduation from prospect status on the website.

Jonathan Drouin had a helper and was +1 with 2 shots and 1 hit in 16:19. He came out flying tonight, especially in the First Period. He had 5 attempted shots on goal, and he was rewarded with increased ice time. Drouin is now 3 games away from graduation from prospect status on the website.

Nikita Nesterov was -2 with 2 penalty minutes, 1 shot, and 2 hits in 15:56. I don't think he was as bad as the -2 indicates, but I also don't think he was influencing the game positively to the same degree he was leading into the break.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

Liiga Game Day: 1-27-15

Tappara 1 vs. HPK 2 (SO)
Saku Salminen, HPK, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 7 SOG
Season totals: 31 GP, 3-3-6, -1, 2 PIM

Ex-Senators farmhand Craig Schira had the shootout winner for HPK in their 2-1 win over Tappara. Lightning prospect Saku Salminen played 11:42 in the match but had a team high 7 shots on goal.

Juniors Game Night: 1-25-15

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Sherbrooke Phoenix 4 @ Blainville-Boisbriand Armada 3 (OT)

C Cameron Darcy, SHR: 0-2-2, -1, 0 PIM, 5 SOG, 14/28 FO, 1 Hit
With Sherbrooke: 16 GP, 11-14-25, -2, 12 PIM
With Cape Breton: 19 GP, 1-13-14, -6, 14 PIM
Season totals: 35 GP, 12-27-39, -8, 26 PIM
2013-2014 Season: 65 GP, 35-47-82, +3, 51 PIM

Darcy had two assists Sunday to give him a four-point weekend (2G, 2A). Sherbrooke beat the Armada, 4-3, in overtime on Sunday. Darcy assisted on the game-winner, which was a power play overtime marker. Cedric Paquette, who played for the Armada, was at one of the team’s games earlier this week while the Lightning were on break.

Ontario Hockey League

Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 6 @ Guelph Storm 5 (SO)

D Anthony DeAngelo, SOO: 0-2-2, +1, 2 PIM
With SSM: 7 GP, 1-12-13, +3, 10 PIM
With Sarnia: 29 GP, 10-28-38, +1, 64 PIM
Season totals: 36 GP, 11-40-51, +4, 74 PIM
2013-14 totals: 51 GP, 15-56-71, -34, 90 PIM

DeAngelo extended his point streak to six games with two more assists on Sunday. The defenseman has a goal and 12 assists over those six games. The Soo remains undefeated in the seven games DeAngelo has played for them.

Sarnia Sting 6 @ Windsor Spitfires 3

W Cristiano DiGiacinto, WSR: 0-2-2, +1, 0 PIM
Season totals: 40 GP, 15-16-31, -8, 81 PIM
2013-14 totals: 50 GP, 17-11-28, +8, 101 PIM

DiGiacinto (pictured) set a new career high for points in a season last game and built on it Sunday with two more assists. He has points in 12 of his last 14 games.

Peterborough Petes 3 @ Belleville Bulls 2

D Dominik Masin, PBO: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM
Season totals: 34 GP, 7-11-18, -21, 53 PIM
2013-14 totals: 39 GP, 2-19-21, +6, 102 PIM

Masin now has five points in his last five games, his best stretch of the season.

Western Hockey League

Vancouver Giants 0 @ Calgary Hitmen 8

D Ben Thomas, CAL: 0-1-1, +2, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 38 GP, 5-16-21, +3, 18 PIM
2013-14 totals: 72 GP, 7-24-31, +11, 39 PIM

Calgary won its fourth straight game, putting a snowman on the scoreboard against visiting Vancouver.

ECHL Game Night: 1-25-15

Florida Everblades 3 at South Carolina Stingrays 2

D Artem Sergeev, FLA: 0-0-0, E, 5 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 28 GP, 7-9-16, +6, 17 PIM, 42 SOG

Other Notables
G Allen York, FLA, DND
Season totals: 23 GP, 15-4-0-3, 2.76 GAA, 0.898 SV%, 3 SO

F Jeff Costello, FLA: DNP
Season totals (ECHL): 26 GP, 8-7-15, -1, 26 PIM, 65 SOG
Season totals (AHL): 3 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM

F Mike Aviani, FLA: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals (ECHL): 30 GP, 6-10-16, E, 26 PIM, 55 SOG
Season totals (AHL): 2 GP, 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM

The Everblades rallied for three goals in the 3rd period to snatch victory from the Stingrays. Artem Sergeev dropped the mits in the 1st period in a rare fighting major. Not sure if there's a goaltending controversy brewing in Flordia or if it's just head coach Greg Poss managing three goalies, but Allen York didn't even dress in Sunday's game against South Carolina. The Everblades return to Estero for a three game homestand against the Stingrays and Greenville.

The BoltProspects Mailbag: 1-25-15

The #BPMailbag returns this week as I take advantage of some off time during the All-Star break. Thanks to those who submitted questions.

@GeoFitz4
@BoltProspects handicap these possibilities for back up goalie next season, Vasy, Gudlevskis, veteran free agent on one year deal #BPMailbag

This isn’t as simple as some may think as Vasilevskiy, whom many assume is in line for the backup role next year after Evgeni Nabokov’s contract runs out, needs to get games to maintain positive development.

If a free agent is acquired, it will be a one-year deal leaving the door open for Vasilevskiy/Gudlevskis in 2016-2017. Complicating matters, though, is Vasilevskiy playing himself out of the AHL. It may be a case where he’s too good to keep out of the NHL.

ECHL Game Night: 1-24-15

Florida Everblades 3 at Gwinnett Gladiators 4 OT

D Artem Sergeev, FLA: 1-0-1, +1, 2 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 27 GP, 7-9-16, +6, 12 PIM, 41 SOG

Other Notables
G Allen York, FLA, DNP
Season totals: 23 GP, 15-4-0-3, 2.76 GAA, 0.898 SV%, 3 SO

F Jeff Costello, FLA: DNP
Season totals (ECHL): 26 GP, 8-7-15, -1, 26 PIM, 65 SOG
Season totals (AHL): 3 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM

F Mike Aviani, FLA: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Season totals (ECHL): 29 GP, 6-10-16, E, 26 PIM, 55 SOG
Season totals (AHL): 2 GP, 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM

The Everblades allowed a 3-2 lead early in the 3rd period to evaporate into a 4-3 OT road loss Saturday night. Lightning defensive prospect Artem Sergeev scored an unassisted marker just shy of 7 minutes into the 3rd period to give Florida the go ahead goal. But Casey Pierro-Zabotel tied the game for Gwinnett with less than 2 minutes left in regulation. Mitch Wahl took a boarding penalty just 37 seconds into OT, and Pierro-Zabotel struck again for the OT power-play game-winner. Jeff Costello has missed both games on this road trip, with the 3-in-3 finishing up Sunday in Charleston against the Stingrays.

Wichita Thunder 4 at Rapid City Rush 3 SO

F Danick Gauthier, WIC: 1-0-1, -1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals (ECHL): 40 GP, 16-20-36, -2, 37 PIM, 121 SOG
Season totals (AHL): 1 GP, 0-0-0, -2, 2 PIM

D Daniel Milan, WIC: 0-0-0, +1, 2 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 38 GP, 0-10-10, -5, 89 PIM, 36 SOG

Lightning prospect Danick Gauthier scored a power play goal just past the midpoint of the game to put the visiting Thunder ahead 3-1. Wichita hung on for the shootout win against a 3rd period rally by the Rush, breaking a 3-game losing streak. The Thunder travel to Quad City to take on the Mallards Wednesday night.

Juniors Game Night: 1-25-15

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Halifax Mooseheads 4 @ Sherbrooke Phoenix 7

C Cameron Darcy, SHR: 2-0-2, +2, 0 PIM, 5 SOG, 19/35 FO, 1 Hit
With Sherbrooke: 15 GP, 11-12-23, -1, 12 PIM
With Cape Breton: 19 GP, 1-13-14, -6, 14 PIM
Season totals: 34 GP, 12-25-37, -7, 26 PIM
2013-2014 Season: 65 GP, 35-47-82, +3, 51 PIM

Darcy scored twice and took 35 faceoffs, 15 more than anyone else on the Phoenix. He also led the team in shots with five.

Quebec Remparts 3 @ Shawinigan Cataractes 2 (SO)

W Adam Erne, QUE: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM, 6 SOG, 6/17 FO, 1 Hit
Season totals: 42 GP, 28-33-61, +18, 63 PIM
2013-2014 Season: 48 GP, 21-41-62, -3, 65 PIM

Quebec won the second game of the outdoor QMJHL Winter Classic (pictured) in St-Tite, Quebec, by defeating Shawinigan in a shootout. Erne, who had five points Friday night, did not participate in Saturday's 3-round shootout.

Ontario Hockey League

Windsor Spitfires 3 @ Sarnia Sting 2 (OT)

W Cristiano DiGiacinto, WSR: 1-0-1, E, 2 PIM, *Second Star*
Season totals: 39 GP, 15-14-29, -9, 81 PIM
2013-14 totals: 50 GP, 17-11-28, +8, 101 PIM

DiGiacinto scored his 15th goal of the season as Windsor beat Sarnia on the road, 3-2 in overtime.

Western Hockey League

Moose Jaw Warriors 1 @ Saskatoon Blades 6

C Brayden Point, MJ: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
Season totals: 37 GP, 20-32-52, +12, 25 PIM
2013-14 totals: 72 GP, 36-55-91, -27, 53 PIM

Point is now scoreless in two straight games – his first multi-game “slump” since January 22 and 24 last year. Impressive.

Calgary Hitmen 5 @ Edmonton Oil Kings 2

D Ben Thomas, CAL: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 37 GP, 5-15-20, +1, 18 PIM
2013-14 totals: 72 GP, 7-24-31, +11, 39 PIM

Calgary has won three-straight games.

NCAA Game Night: 1-24-15

No. 4 Harvard Crimson 6 @ No. 15 Colgate Raiders 1

F Brian Hart, HAR: 1-0-1, E, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Season totals: 18 GP, 6-4-10, -1, 17 PIM
2013-2014 totals: 30 GP, 7-8-15, -8, 20 PIM

Hart scored at the 9-minute mark of the second period to tie the game at one, then Harvard scored five more unanswered goals en route to a 6-1 win. It was a good response to Friday’s loss to Cornell.

No. 3 Boston University Terriers 2 @ No. 12 Vermont Catamounts 1

D John MacLeod, BU: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 20 GP, 2-3-5, +9, 36 PIM
2013-2014 totals: 19 GP, 1-4-5, +1, 36 PIM

BU completed the weekend sweep of Martin St. Louis’ alma mater with a 2-1 win Saturday. The Terriers won 4-2 Friday.

Colorado College Tigers 3 @ No. 2 North Dakota 5

F Brendan O’Donnell, UND: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 5 SOG
Season totals: 23 GP, 9-4-13, +8, 25 PIM
2013-2014 totals: 34 GP, 7-11-18, +7, 10 PIM

UND beat the Tigers for the second straight night, winning 5-3 Saturday. O’Donnell led the team in shots with five.

No. 17 Minnesota Golden Gophers 1 vs No. 7 Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs 2

G Adam Wilcox, MIN: Loss, 22 saves on 24 shots
Season totals: 22 GP, 11-8-2, 2.51 GAA, .907 sv%, 3 SO
2013-2014 totals: 38 GP, 26-6-6, 1.97 GAA, .932 sv%, 4 SO

The slumping Gophers lost the Third Place Game of the North Star College Cup, falling 2-1 to No. 7 UMD. Wilcox lost his eighth game of the season, which ties his career “high,” set when he was a freshman (25-8-5).

*USCHO poll used

Crunch Rally Past Wolf Pack in Third Period


By Jeremy Houghtaling

Despite falling behind in the opening minutes of the third period, the Syracuse Crunch found a way to rally.

Mike Blunden scored shorthanded for his second goal of the night, Mike Angelidis added the go-ahead goal on the power play two minutes later, and Andrei Vasilevskiy shut the door on multiple scrambles in the final minutes, as the Crunch topped the Hartford Wolf Pack, 3-2, to take the Northeast Division lead heading into the all-star break at the Onondaga County War Memorial Saturday.

"Mike Blunden was unreal tonight, (Mike) Angelidis was good tonight," said Crunch head coach Rob Zettler. "All the guys you count on night in and night out really stepped up."

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