Prospect of the Week: 1-21-15

By Jeremy Houghtaling

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 21, 2015 is … Kristers Gudlevskis, Syracuse Crunch (AHL – USA).

For Kristers Gudlevskis, every time he straps on the pads is a little bit different.

There has been no better example than the last two weeks. The Syracuse Crunch goalie allowed a pair of goals on nine shots and was pulled after the first period against Wilkes-Barre/Scranton January 10, but rebounded by making 47 saves on 49 shots in more than 97 minutes of ice time in a pair of appearances last weekend.

NHL Game Night: 1-20-15 Canucks at Lightning

On a night of farcical officiating, Espo's Rule holds true.


Ben Bishop allowed 1 goal on 28 shots for the victory. He made a couple of really key saves on the PK that allowed the Lightning to keep the game even and eventually pull away with the win.

First Period

Second Period
13:32 TB Filppula (9), (Stamkos, Callahan)

Third Period
0:11 TB Killorn (10), (Hedman, Filppula)
4:16 TB Boyle (9), (Connolly, Morrow)
8:09 VAN Corrado (1), (Burrows, Higgins)
17:34 TB Killorn (11), (Paquette, Hedman)(EN)

Valtteri Filppula, Alex Killorn, and Jason Garrison were the game's three stars. I'm shocked to see that neither Paul Devorski or Dan O'Halloran got tapped for the honor, because they clearly are the ones people buy tickets and show up to see (or so they appeared to think so, tonight).

The last 40 minutes of that game were an abomination, officiating-wise, from start to finish. I think the refs got paid by the call tonight, because they made a slew of ticky tack bookings that ultimately chopped the game up and made it less enjoyable. When you sprinkle in an icing call on the Boyle goal that probably shouldn't have been waved off and a couple of bad calls resulting in Canucks 5-on-3 and 4-on-3 opportunities, neither side can feel good about their treatment by the zebras tonight. Everybody has a hard night on the job, but those two periods were just B-A-D for the zebras.

Ultimately, though, Espo's Rule held up. Espo's Rule, simply stated, is that the team that fails to convert a 5-on-3 nearly always loses. Vancouver had a pair of 5-on-3 opportunities in this game and thanks to Bishop's goaltending on the first and some Radim Vrbata lumberjack-ery on the second, the Lightning got the kills and won the game. It's a good thing, too, because they did zippo with the power play opportunities they had, making this a much closer game than it should've been given the possession advantage the team mostly enjoyed.

Cedric Paquette had a helper and 2 penalty minutes to go with 1 shot, 1 hit, and 4 blocked shots in 14:12. He was also 56% on draws and continues to be entrusted by Cooper when it comes to key shifts late in games.

Jonathan Drouin was -1 with 2 penalty minutes and 1 hit in 10:22.

Luke Witkowski had 2 blocked shots in 14:29 in his NHL debut. He wasn't terribly noticeable, which is a good thing for a rookie defenseman. If you did focus in on him, though, he did a good job of moving the puck quickly and not putting himself in bad positions where he'd have to make plays under duress. Smart man.

Nikita Nesterov had 2 shots and 2 hits in 13:39. He ended up having to be fitted for a full shield after taking a high stick.

All in all, between Witkowski, Nesterov, and Sustr, I thought this younger D-corps did well in their first sans-Carle, sans-Gudas test run. They held Vancouver to 1 goal and under 30 SOG's, and you can't complain to much about that result.

Box score and extended statistics from

Liiga Game Day: 1-20-15

HPK 3 vs. KalPa 2 (OT)
Saku Salminen, HPK, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 28 GP, 3-3-6, -1, 2 PIM

Saku Salminen was -1 in 14:58 in HPK's 3-2 win over KalPa. Ex-Lightning pick Eero Somervuori assisted on the OT winner for HPK.

KHL Game Day: 1-20-15

Ekaterinburg 1 vs. Magnitogorsk 2 (SO)
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, SO Win, 19/20, 0.94 GAA, .950 sv%
Season totals: 41 GP, 26-6-6, 4 SP, 1.74 GAA, .937 sv%

Vasily Koshechkin stopped both shooters he faced in the penalty shot session to help lift Magnitka to a 2-1 shootout victory over Ekaterinburg. Ex-Preds pick Denis Platonov assisted on Magnitogorsk's lone regulation goal.

Podolsk 3 vs. Khanty-Mansiysk 4 (OT)
Nikita Gusev, Khanty-Mansisyk, 2-0-2, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 44 GP, 18-10-28, +3, 12 PIM

Nikita Gusev had the Overtime winner and a First Period goal to help propel Yugra to a 4-3 win over Vityaz. Gusev played 14:29 in the match. Vityaz got 2 goals and 3 points from ex-Flyers pick Mario Kempe, brother of Kings first rounder Adrian Kempe.

Bratislava 4 vs. Dinamo Minsk 6
Jaroslav Janus, Bratislava, DNP
Season totals: 24 GP, 6-12-5, 2 SO, 2.93 GAA, .893 sv%

Jaroslav Janus sat backup for Bratislava's 6-4 loss to Minsk. Ex-Lightning players Lukas Krajicek and Paul Szczechura each had 1 goal and 1 assist in the win for Minsk.

Zagreb 2 vs. Mytischi 3
Dmitry Korobov, Mytischi, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 34 GP, 1-7-8, -1, 51 PIM

Dmitry Korobov was scoreless in 18:53 in Mytischi's 3-2 victory over Zagreb. Ex-Lightning defenseman Matt Gilroy had a goal for Mytischi and ex-Lightning forward James Wright also chipped in a goal in defeat for Zagreb.

Note that Nikita Gusev has been named to the KHL Eastern Conference squad for the upcoming KHL All-Star Game. Ex-Lightning properties Mike Lundin (Astana) and Matt Gilroy (Mytischi) are also set to play in the contest.

Juniors Game Night: 1-18-15

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Saint John Sea Dogs 5 @ Sherbrooke Phoenix 6 (SO)

C Cameron Darcy, SHR: 1-2-3, +3, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, 9/21 FO, 1 Hit
With Sherbrooke: 13 GP, 9-12-21, -3, 12 PIM
With Cape Breton: 19 GP, 1-13-14, -6, 14 PIM
Season totals: 32 GP, 10-25-35, -9, 26 PIM
2013-2014 Season: 65 GP, 35-47-82, +3, 51 PIM

Darcy had another good night statistically for the Phoenix, but it was almost all for not as Sherbrooke lost leads of 4-0 after one period and 5-2 after two. They won the shootout 2-1 to take the extra point. Darcy did not have a shootout attempt.

Charlottetown Islanders 3 @ Quebec Remparts 2

W Adam Erne, QUE: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG, 17/23 FO, 0 Hits
Season totals: 40 GP, 27-28-55, +18, 52 PIM
2013-2014 Season: 48 GP, 21-41-62, -3, 65 PIM

Erne is now scoreless in two consecutive games for the second time this month. He had no two-game scoreless streaks all season leading up to January.

Ontario Hockey League

Peterborough Petes 1 @ Ottawa 67's 5

D Dominik Masin, PBO: 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM
Season totals: 32 GP, 6-9-15, -23, 49 PIM
2013-14 totals: 39 GP, 2-19-21, +6, 102 PIM

Ottawa beat the Petes in a shootout Saturday night, then defeated them handily on Sunday for the weekend sweep.

Western Hockey League

Regina Pats 2 @ Calgary Hitmen 5

D Ben Thomas, CAL: 0-2-2, +2, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 34 GP, 5-14-19, -1, 18 PIM
2013-14 totals: 72 GP, 7-24-31, +11, 39 PIM

Thomas had two assists to give him a goal and two helpers this weekend. Adam Tambellini (NYR) had a hat trick for Calgary. The Hitmen retired Ryan Getzlaf's jersey in a pre-game ceremony.

AHL Game Day: 1-18-15 Crunch at Sound Tigers

Should've saved some goals from last night.


Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 2 goals on 23 shots for the loss. Quality start, though, nonetheless.

First Period
BRI Mouillierat, (13) (Conacher, Quine), 14:30 (PP)

Second Period
BRI Ness, (6) (McDonald, Conacher), 13:20 (PP)

Third Period
SYR Smith, (9) (Corrente, Richard), 14:52

Vasilevskiy was the game's third star.

Syracuse ends the weekend 3 points back of Springfield in the division with 1 game in hand on the Falcons.

Box score from

Juniors Game Night: 1-17-15

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Moncton Wildcats 3 @ Quebec Remparts 2

W Adam Erne, QUE: 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM, 2 SOG, 12/19 FO, 4 Hits
Season totals: 39 GP, 27-28-55, +19, 52 PIM
2013-2014 Season: 48 GP, 21-41-62, -3, 65 PIM

Quebec outshot the visiting Wildcats, 48-18, but couldn't get a third goal past Moncton goalie Alex Dubeau (undrafted).

Ontario Hockey League

Kitchener Rangers 5 @ Windsor Spitfires 4 (SO)

W Cristiano DiGiacinto, WSR: 0-0-0, -1, 5 PIM
Season totals: 38 GP, 14-14-28, -9, 77 PIM
2013-14 totals: 50 GP, 17-11-28, +8, 101 PIM

DiGiacinto fought 6-4 defenseman Liam Maaskant (undrafted).

Ottawa 67's 3 @ Peterborough Petes 2 (SO)

D Dominik Masin, PBO: 1-0-1, E, 2 PIM
Season totals: 31 GP, 6-9-15, -22, 47 PIM
2013-14 totals: 39 GP, 2-19-21, +6, 102 PIM

Masin scored on the power play, but the Petes ultimately fell in a shootout, 3-2.

Western Hockey League

Lethbridge Hurricanes 0 @ Moose Jaw Warriors 5

C Brayden Point, MJ: 0-2-2, +2, 0 PIM
Season totals: 35 GP, 20-32-52, +12, 25 PIM
2013-14 totals: 72 GP, 36-55-91, -27, 53 PIM

Point had two assists Saturday as Moose Jaw beat the visiting Hurricanes, 5-0. Jiri Smejkal had two goals for the Warriors.

Victoria Royals 4 @ Calgary Hitmen 1

D Ben Thomas, CAL: 1-0-1, -1, 2 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 33 GP, 5-12-17, -3, 18 PIM
2013-14 totals: 72 GP, 7-24-31, +11, 39 PIM

Thomas scored the lone Hitmen goal in a 4-1 loss to Victoria. The goal was Thomas' fifth on the season. He had seven last year.

KHL Game Day: 1-18-15

Khanty-Mansiysk 1 vs. Nizhnekamsk 5
Nikita Gusev, Khanty-Mansiysk, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 43 GP, 16-10-26, +3, 12 PIM

Nikita Gusev was scoreless in 16:33 in Yugra's 5-1 loss to Nizhnekamsk. Nizhnekamsk got 1 goal and 1 assist by ex-Crunch Dan Sexton in the victory.

Magnitogorsk 3 vs. Kazan 1
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, Win, 38/39, 1.01 GAA, .974 sv%
Season totals: 40 GP, 26-6-5, 4 SO, 1.76 GAA, .937 sv%

Vasily Koshechkin had a masterful 38 save performance in Magnitka's 3-1 victory over Ak Bars Kazan. Ex-Predators third rounder Denis Platonov had 1 goal and 1 assist to lead the way for Magnitka.

NCAA Game Night: 1-17-15

St. Lawrence Saints 5 @ No. 4 Harvard Crimson 1

F Brian Hart, HAR: 0-0-0, -1, 15 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 16 GP, 5-4-9, E, 17 PIM
2013-2014 totals: 30 GP, 7-8-15, -8, 20 PIM

Hart was ejected from the game for a check to the head early in the third period.

Niagara Purple Eagles 0 @ No. 3 North Dakota 5

F Brendan O’Donnell, UND: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 21 GP, 9-4-13, +7, 25 PIM
2013-2014 totals: 34 GP, 7-11-18, +7, 10 PIM

North Dakota crushed the Purple Eagles for the second straight night, winning 5-0 on Saturday. They won 7-1 on Friday. After having three points in each of his last two games, O'Donnell was scoreless on Saturday.

No. 20 Merrimack Warriors 3 @ No. 12 Quinnipiac Bobcats 1

F Matthew Peca, QU: 0-1-1, -1, 2 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 24 GP, 4-18-22, -4, 21 PIM
2014-2015 totals: 40 GP, 12-26-38, +4, 16 PIM

Merrimack completed a home-and-home weekend sweep over the higher ranked Bobcats, winning 3-1 on Saturday. Peca had an assist in each game. QU fell to 15-8-1 with the two losses. Merrimack is 13-6-2.

Wisconsin Badgers 2 @ No. 16 Minnesota Golden Gophers 5

G Adam Wilcox, MIN: Win, 24 saves on 26 shots
Season totals: 20 GP, 11-6-2, 2.45 GAA, .910 sv%, 3 SO
2013-2014 totals: 38 GP, 26-6-6, 1.97 GAA, .932 sv%, 4 SO

The Gophers put 50 shots on Badger goaltender Joel Rumpel (undrafted), beating him with five to earn a 5-2 win. Adam Wilcox continues to lead the Big 10 in goals against average.
*USCHO poll used

ECHL Game Night: 1-17-15

Gwinnett Gladiators 7 at Florida Everblades 2

D Artem Sergeev, FLA: DNP
Season totals: 25 GP, 6-9-15, +6, 10 PIM, 39 SOG

Other Notables
G Allen York, FLA, 36:38 MIN, 2 GA, 16 SH, 14 SV
Season totals: 22 GP, 15-3-0-3, 2.61 GAA, 0.902 SV%, 3 SO

F Jeff Costello, FLA: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
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, 2 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals (ECHL): 27 GP, 5-10-15, +1, 24 PIM, 50 SOG
Season totals (AHL): 2 GP, 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM

Gwinnett opened up a can of whoop'em on Everblade goalie Andy Iles, scoring the game's first 5 goals on 10 shots. Iles was lifted at 3:22 in the 2nd period for Allen York who allowed two more goals on 16 shots. Jeff Costello assisted on Florida's first goal. Lightning defensive prospect Artem Sergeev has now missed 5 of the team's last 6 matches. The Everblades hit the road for a three-in-three next weekend.

Wichita Thunder 4 at Allen Americans 6

F Danick Gauthier, WIC: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals (ECHL): 38 GP, 15-18-33, -2, 37 PIM, 118 SOG
Season totals (AHL): 1 GP, 0-0-0, -2, 2 PIM

D Daniel Milan, WIC: Recalled to Syracuse
Season totals: 36 GP, 0-10-10, -6, 82 PIM, 35 SOG

The Americans backed up Friday's 8-2 drubbing of the Thunder with a 6-4 victory Saturday night. Wichita rallied from a 3-0 deficit to knot the score at 3-3 before the end of the 1st period, but the Americans scored the next three to seal the match. Wichita heads out to Rapid City for a back-to-back next weekend.

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