ECHL Game Night: 10-22-16

Kalamazoo Wings 4 at Fort Wayne Komets 1

W Brian Hart, KAL, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIMs, 0 SOG
Season Totals: 2 GP, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIMs, 0 SOG

Other Notables
G Nic Riopel, KAL, W, 60:00 MIN, 41/42, *FIRST STAR*
Season Totals: 2 GP, 2-0-0-0, 0.50 GAA, 0.984 SV%, 1 SO

D Adam Comrie, KAL, 0-1-1, +3, 4 PIMs, 1 SOG
Season Totals: 2 GP, 0-1-1, +3, 4 PIMs, 7 SOG

Nic Riopel follows up last weekend's shutout of Norfolk with a 41 save win against the Komets in front of 7200+ at the Memorial Coliseum in Fort Wayne. Riopel earned First Star honors once again, and now leads the ECHL in both save percentage and goals against average. The K-Wings were propelled by a 3-goal 2nd period and defenseman Adam Comrie had an assist and was +3 in helping hand the Komets their first loss of the season. Former Toronto first rounder Tyler Biggs was signed mid-week by the K-Wings and made his debut scoring a goal and assisting on another. Kalamazoo plays a home-and-home next Friday and Saturday against Wheeling before completing the 3-in-3 on Sunday at home against Allen.

NHL Game Night: 10-22-16 Lightning at Senators

Determined Lightning outclass Ottawa.


Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 1 goal on 28 shots for the victory. He had next to no work for the first half of this game, so when Ottawa made their push toward the end of the Second Period he looked a little shaky, particularly on his rebound control. He collected himself and made some key saves at the start of the Third Period to keep the Sens at bay and eventually allow the Lightning to cruise to the win.

First Period

Second Period
2:36 TB Namestnikov (1), (Palat, Stralman)
6:45 TB Stamkos (3), (Namestnikov, Kucherov)(PP)
15:27 OTT Neil (1), (unassisted)

Third Period
8:02 TB Killorn (4), (Filppula, Garrison)
18:03 TB Filppula (3), (Point)

Vladislav Namestnikov and Valtteri Filppula were the game's first and third stars.

The Lightning showed me something tonight after a bit of a clunker last time out against Colorado. They came into this game... maybe not grumpy... but certainly determined to get the bad taste of that match out of their mouths. They completely dominated the First Period and most of the Second Period to build a 2-0 lead. In the future, you'd hope they'd build up that 3-0 lead to make things easy on themselves, but they did give Ottawa a couple of power plays that allowed the Senators to build some momentum and make a game of it cutting the lead to 2-1. The Lightning showed composure, though, and eventually reasserted their dominance and eventually turned the game into a laugher.

Side note: Stamkos' power play goal was a textbook example of what I was clamoring for last season and what Washington does so well: create a pressure point with Kucherov and Namestinkov on the opposite side of the ice from Stamkos' circle, and allow Steve to drift to the open spots/seams for easy goals away from the play. That's how you make this power play unstoppable if you don't have a quality righty point man who scares people.

Halfway through the opening 10 game segment of the season, Tampa Bay has a brisk 8 points. They need just 4 over the next 5 games to stay on minimum playoff pace. When you get off to a hot start like this, though, it's a perfect opportunity to put the hammer down and bank some insurance points to cover any potential bumps in the road as the season drags on.

Brayden Point had a helper and was +2 with 1 shot, 1 hit, and 1 blocked shot in 14:35.

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AHL Game Night: 10-22-16 Crunch at Penguins

Crunch offense shut down for the first time this season.


Adam Wilcox allowed 3 goals on 31 shots for the loss.

First Period

Second Period
8:11 WBS Porter (1), (Archibald, McNeill)(SH)
10:30 WBS Porter (2), (unassisted)(SH)
10:51 SYR Conacher (2), (Thomas, Erne)(PP)

Third Period
15:45 WBS Simon (1), (Porter, Gardiner)

Needless to say, when you give up a pair of shorthanded goals as a team you probably deserve to lose. For a team this stacked to be sitting at .500 now is a little bit of a splash of cold water. We'll see how the team responds.

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Liiga Game Day: 10-22-16

KooKoo 2 vs. SaiPa 3
Saku Salminen, SaiPa, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 12 GP, 1-1-2, -6, 25 PIM

Saku Salminen was -1 in 8:02 of ice time in SaiPa's 3-2 win over KooKoo. Ex-Oilers pick Curtis Hamilton had 1 goal and 1 assist for SaiPa in the win. It was a rare positive result for SaiPa, which currently labors in 13th place on the 15-team Liiga table, one spot ahead of KooKoo

KHL Game Day: 10-22-16

Omsk 2 vs. St. Petersburg 3 (SO)
Nikita Gusev, St. Petersburg, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 23 GP, 9-17-26, +18, 4 PIM

Nikita Gusev scored on his only attempt of the penalty shot session to help SKA to a 3-2 Shootout win over Avangard Omsk. Gusev played 15:07 in the match. Living legend Pavel Datsyuk had a helper in the contest and potted the SO winner for SKA.

ECHL Game Night: 10-21-16

Fort Wayne Komets 1 at Kalamazoo Wings 1

W Brian Hart, KAL, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIMs, 0 SOG
Season Totals: 1 GP, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIMs, 0 SOG

Other Notables
G Nic Riopel, KAL, DNP
Season Totals: 1 GP, 1-0-0-0, 0.00 GAA, 1.000 SV%, 1 SO

D Adam Comrie, KAL, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIMs, 6 SOG
Season Totals: 1 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIMs, 6 SOG

G Pat Nagle, FW, W, 60:00 MIN, 33/34
Season Totals: 3 GP, 3-0-0-0, 1.33 GAA, 0.953 SV%, 0 SO

D Dan Milan, FW, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIMs, 1 SOG
Season Totals: 3 GP, 0-1-1, +2, 2 PIMs, 2 SOG

Former Lightning prospects Pat Nagle and Dan Milan along with their Fort Wayne Komets spoiled Kalamazoo's home opener Friday night in front of 2300+ fans at the Wings Event Center. It was also the season debut for Lightning prospect winger Brian Hart and Syracuse Crunch depth defenseman Adam Comrie after both were reassigned from the Crunch earlier in the week. Nagle continued his hot start to the 2016-17 season with the Komets, allowing just 4 goals in 3 games. K-Wings goalie and Lightning camper Joel Martin also continued his solid start to the season, having allowed just 3 goals in 2 games. Nic Riopel is expected to be in net Saturday for the K-Wings on the backside of the home-and-home with the Komets.

Nagle signed an entry-level contract with Tampa Bay out of Ferris State in 2011, and helped lead the Florida Everblades to the 2011-12 Kelly Cup Championship. This marks Nagle's third-straight season with the Komets and has posted a 54-19-10 career record with Fort Wayne. Milan, who signed a three-year entry-level contract with Tampa Bay in 2011, is reunited with Nagle after playing together for the 2012-13 Everblades. Milan camped with the AHL Wilkes Barre/Scranton Penguins after being acquired by the Komets this summer from the Wichita Thunder.

NCAA Game Night: 10-22-16

Vermont Catamounts 4 @ No. 20 Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks 4 (OT)

C Ross Colton, UVM: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season Totals: 3 GP, 1-0-1, -1, 2 PIM

D Kristian Oldham, UNO: Did not play
Season Totals: 1 GP, 1-0-0, 1.00 GAA, .958 sv%, 0 SO

Freshman Ross Colton was scoreless Friday, and another freshman, Oldham, sat backup.

No. 12 St. Lawrence Saints 2 @ No. 5 UMass-Lowell River Hawks 5

C Ryan Lohin, UML: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season Totals: 5 GP, 0-2-2, +1, 0 PIM

Lohin assisted on the game-winning, shorthanded goal early in the second period.

Sacred Heart Pioneers 0 @ No. 2 Boston University Terriers 7

D John MacLeod, BU: 0-2-2, +2, 4 PIM, 2 SOG
Season Totals: 3 GP, 0-2-2, +2, 6 PIM
2015-2016 Totals: 26 GP, 1-1-2, -4, 26 PIM

MacLeod matched last year’s point total in one night, netting two assists in BU’s 7-0 win over SHU. Minnesota second rounder Jordan Greenway had a goal and two assists for BU.

No. 14 St. Cloud State Huskies 6 @ No. 7 Minnesota Golden Gophers 5 (OT)

D Ryan Zuhlsdorf, UMN: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 0 SOG
Season Totals: 3 GP, 2-1-3, +3, 4 PIM

The Huskies scored on their fifth shot of overtime. The Gophers didn’t manage a shot in the extra session. Minnesota was up 4-2 entering the third period, then were outshot 18-5 that period.

*USCHO poll used for rankings

CHL Game Night: 10-21-16

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Val-d’Or Foreurs 1 @ Saint John Sea Dogs 4

W Bokondji Imama, SJ: 0-1-1, E, 2 PIM, 3 SOG, 0 Hits
Season Totals: 10 GP, 1-2-3, -1, 6 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 48 GP, 7-12-19, -5, 86 PIM

W Mathieu Joseph, SJ: 2-0-2, +2, 0 PIM, 6 SOG, 0 Hits, *First Star*
Season Totals: 10 GP, 12-4-16, +7, 11 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 58 GP, 33-40-73, +35, 57 PIM

Joseph added two more goals to his season total, giving him 12 in 10 games, which leads the league.

Rouyn-Noranda Huskies 4 @ Halifax Mooseheads 2

W Otto Somppi, HAL: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, 0 Hits, 15/27 FO
Season Totals: 10 GP, 4-5-9, -4, 8 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 59 GP, 13-33-46, -15, 25 PIM

Peter Abbandonato (2017) scored twice for the Huskies in Halifax.

Shawinigan Cataractes 2 @ Chicoutimi Sagueneens 0

W Dennis Yan, SHAW: 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM, 4 SOG, 0 Hits
Season Totals: 8 GP, 9-3-12, +2, 14 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 62 GP, 32-37-69, +8, 86 PIM

Yan extended his goal streak to five games with the game-winning goal Friday. Like Joseph, he’s averaging more than a goal per game.

Ontario Hockey League

Sarnia Sting 2 @ Oshawa Generals 6

C Anthony Cirelli, OSH: 2-1-3, +4, 0 PIM, 6 SOG, 16/21 FO
Season Totals: 8 GP, 8-8-16, +13, 6 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 62 GP, 21-38-59, -15 27 PIM

Cirelli scored twice and added a helper as the Gens beat the Sting, 6-2. Cirelli leads the league in faceoff percentage.

Flint Firebirds 4 @ Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 3 (OT)

W Boris Katchouk, SSM: 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season: 10 GP, 2-6-8, +2, 6 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 44 GP, 13-28-41, -10 19 PIM

Everett Clark (undrafted) had two goals for Flint.

Niagara IceDogs 5 @ Mississauga Steelheads 6 (OT)

C Christopher Paquette, NIA: 2-1-3, +2, 0 PIM, 7 SOG, 2/3 FO, *Third Star*
Season Totals: 10 GP, 6-3-9, -2, 4 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 57 GP, 5-11-16, -6, 18 PIM

Paquette surpassed last year’s goal total of five and it’s not even November. He’s got four goals and five points in his last two games.

Owen Sound Attack 4 @ Erie Otters 3 (OT)

W Taylor Raddysh, Erie: 1-0-1, +2, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, *Second Star*
Season Totals: 9 GP, 8-14-22, +15, 4 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 67 GP, 24-49-73, +19, 18 PIM

Raddysh had a goal and was second star, but Erie lost at home to Owen Sound, 4-3 in overtime. The Lightning second rounder moved into the league lead in points and plus/minus.

Peterborough Petes 4 @ Sudbury Wolves 2

D Matt Spencer, PBO: Did not play
Season Totals: 4 GP, 0-2-2, -2, 4 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

Both Lightning prospects remain out with injuries.

Saginaw Spirit 1 @ London Knights 5

W Mitchell Stephens, SAG: 0-0-0, -2, 2 PIM, 6 SOG, 8/14 FO
Season Totals: 6 GP, 2-3-5, +1, 6 PIM
2015-2016 Totals: 39 GP, 20-18-38, -3, 14 PIM

2016 Ducks first rounder Max Jones had two goals and two assists for the Knights.

Western Hockey League (late)

Saskatoon Blades 1 @ Kamloops Blazers 5

D Libor Hajek, SAS: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 9 GP: 0-6-6, +3, 10 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 69 GP, 3-23-26, -19, 76 PIM

G Connor Ingram, KAM: Win, 28 saves on 29 shots, *Third Star*
Season Totals: 10 GP, 4-5-0-0, 2.32 GAA, .927 sv%, 0 SO
2015-2016 Season: 61 GP, 34-15-5-4, 2.61 GAA, .922 sv%, 4 SO

Ingram only allowed one goal against Hajek and the Blades, winning and evening his record at 5-5.

AHL Game Night: 10-21-16 Comets at Crunch

Comets strike at Syracuse's potential Achilles heel.


Kristers Gudlevskis allowed 4 goals on 8 shots before being pulled for Adam Wilcox, who allowed 1 goal on 11 shots the rest of the way for the dreaded backdoor loss.

First Period
1:58 UTI Billins (1), (unassisted)(PP)
3:48 UTI Grenier (2), (Chaput)
6:29 SYR Dumont (1), (Koekkoek, Condra)
8:25 SYR Bournival (3), (Dumont)(SH)
8:57 UTI Carcone (1), (Megna, Billins)(PP)
15:37 UTI Valk (2), (Grenier, Chaput)

Second Period
2:38 SYR Dumont (2), (Witkowski)

Third Period
12:35 UTI Megna (1), (Billins)
17:10 SYR Bournival (4), (Blujus, Conacher)(PP)

Gabriel Dumont and Michael Bournival were the game's first and third stars.

Tonight was the first blemish on Syracuse's record and outlined their potential vulnerability. There's little doubt their lineup is significantly deep and talented enough to score a good 3 or 4 goals (at least) a game at the AHL level. The question, particularly when it comes to their goaltending, is whether they have the ability to keep the puck out of their own net. Kristers Gudlevskis has world class athleticism for the goaltending position, but his consistency is still dubious. Can he steadily lead a team on a deep run through the regular season and on toward a championship? Will he even get the chance with cap deals looming up top in Tampa Bay? And, either way, can Adam Wilcox prove a serious option 1A a la Jaroslav Janus during the Norfolk Admirals' championship run not too many moons ago?

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Crunch Fall Behind Early in Loss to Comets

By Jeremy Houghtaling

The Syracuse Crunch’s sluggish start cost them.

The Crunch allowed two Comets goals in the first 3:48 and played from behind most of the game, as Syracuse fell to Utica, 5-4, at the Onondaga County War Memorial Friday.

“When you start the game and you’re down by two goals as quickly as tonight, it’s tough,” Crunch head coach Benoit Groulx said. “I thought we battled hard to come back in that game. I just believe they were a better team than us tonight.”

Gabriel Dumont paced the Syracuse offense with two goals and one assist, while Michael Bournival scored twice. The duo, who both came over from the Montreal Canadiens organization over the summer, have clicked early in the season.

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