NA Juniors Game Night: 2-27-2014

Ontario Hockey League

Guelph Storm 5 @ North Bay Battalion 4

D Dylan Blujus, NB: 0-1-1, -2, 0 PIM
Season totals: 48 GP, 4-21-25, +1, 54 PIM
2012-13 totals: 68 GP, 2-27-29, -8, 57 PIM

Blujus is approaching last season’s point total, but in 20 fewer games played. His career high is 34 points in a season, set in his draft year (66 games).

Barrie Colts 1 @ Windsor Spitfires 4

D Jake Dotchin, BAR: 0-0-0, E, 4 PIM
Season totals: 55 GP, 10-22-32, +20, 109 PIM
2012-13 totals: 66 GP, 4-18-22, E, 81 PIM

D Slater Koekkoek, WSR: 0-1-1, -1, 4 PIM
Season totals: 60 GP, 15-38-53, +46, 42 PIM
2012-13 totals: 42 GP, 6-23-29, -24, 28 PIM

In a game that was delayed due to road conditions affecting the Colts, the Spits topped Barrie, 4-1. Slater Koekkoek finished minus-1. His assist came on the power play. Both he and Dotchin had four penalty minutes each.

NHL Game Night: 2-27-14 Lightning at Predators

Music City choke.

TB-2
NSH-3

Ben Bishop allowed 3 goals on 29 shots for the loss. None of the three goals were terrible, but you'd have liked to have seen him squeeze off that third one in tight to preserve at least a point (not that the team in front of him deserved it).

First Period
5:26 TB St Louis (26), (Palat)
9:13 TB St Louis (27), (Kucherov, Purcell)(PP)

Second Period
12:05 NSH Cullen (6), (Ellis, Smith)(PP)
13:16 NSH Josi (9), (Weber)(PP)

Third Period
13:56 NSH Hornqvist (11), (Fisher, Weber)(PP)

Martin St. Louis was the game's second star.

That was infuriating. I thought the team came out flat as a pancake but lucked out with a goal off the rush in transition and then a softie on the PP. Staked with the 2 goal lead and with Nashville looking like they were in shock, the Lightning had all the momentum and opportunities to end the game early, especially on a PP to start the Second Period.

They sleepwalked through the final 40 minutes of that game. That compete-level was garbage. They should give back 2/3 of their paychecks tonight. Yes. They were bad and they should feel bad, and their special teams are an absolute thermonuclear dumpster fire right now. That PK, if you can call it that, is the worst PK I've ever seen the Lightning put on the ice, and there have been some awful Lightning teams that have come and gone.

The Lightning now will fall short of their 12 point target for this 10 game segment of the season, and if they fail to get a point out of the finale of the segment they will fall behind the pace they need to be on to comfortably make the playoffs. And, honestly, if they're going to allow themselves to be outworked like that and if their special teams are going to be that craptacular, there's no point in showing up for the postseason tournament. Yes, a healthy Filppula and Stamkos will make a considerable difference, so I'm not ready to load the team in a cannon and shoot them to the moon quite yet. But the work ethic was not there tonight, and that's not good enough.

16 shots on goal against a goaltender, Carter Hutton, that couldn't stop a beach ball? The Lightning should feel deep shame. Deep, deep shame.

Mark Barberio had 3 blocked shots in 16:50. Tonight was his 41st NHL game of the season, so he graduates from prospect status on the website. Sad this was such a clunker to get over the finish line on.

J.T. Brown had 2 penalty minutes, 1 hit, and 1 blocked shot in 8:49. He'll graduate from prospect status in his next game this season.

Vladislav Namestnikov had an ill-timed minor penalty and was 20% on draws in 8:10.

Nikita Kucherov had a helper and 1 shot in 11:22. He rang a post in the Third Period with the Lightning down 3-2, and that was all she wrote for the team after that. Kucherov needs 5 more games this season to graduate from prospect status.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

KHL Game Day: 2-26-14

Magnitogorsk 0 vs. Chekhov 2
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, Loss, 27/29, 2.06 GAA, .931 sv%
Season totals: 49 GP, 29-12-7, 7 SO, 1.96 GAA, .938 sv%

The Korolyuk's, Anton and Alexander, each had helpers in Chekhov's 2-0 win over Magnitogorsk. Sergei Denisov turned away 34 for the shutout.

Ufa 2 vs. Novgorod 1 (OT)
Andrey Vasilevskiy, Ufa, Win, 25/26, 0.98 GAA, .962 sv%
Season totals: 26 GP, 12-8-5, 2 SO, 2.31 GAA, .921 sv%

Andrey Vasilrvskiy started the post-Olympics stretch with a quality, 25 save overtime victory over Novgorod. Ex-NHLer Brent Sopel had a helper in the match for Ufa.

Cherepovets 4 vs. Khanty-Mansiysk 1
Nikita Gusev, Khanty-Mansiysk, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 41 GP, 7-6-13, -4, 10 PIM

Nikita Gusev was scoreless in 12:46 as Yugra got stomped by Cherepovets 4-1. Ex-Lightning draft pick Radek Smolenak had Yugra's only goal.

Bratislava 4 vs. Dinamo Minsk 3 (SO)
Jaroslav Janus, Bratislava, SO Win, 25/28, 2.77 GAA, .893 sv%
Season totals: 38 GP, 15-15-8, 2 SO, 2.88 GAA, .898 sv%

Jaroslav Janus turned away all three shooters he faced to deliver Bratislava a 4-3 shootout win over Minsk. Ex-NHLer Miroslav Satan had a goal in the match for Slovan. Ex-Lightning defenseman Lukas Krajicek had a pair of helpers in defeat for Minsk.

NA Juniors Game Night: 2-25-2014

Ontario Hockey League

North Bay Battalion 3 @ Barrie Colts 2

D Dylan Blujus, NB: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
Season totals: 46 GP, 4-19-23, +3, 48 PIM
2012-13 totals: 68 GP, 2-27-29, -8, 57 PIM

D Jake Dotchin, BAR: 1-1-2, -1, 0 PIM, *Second Star*
Season totals: 54 GP, 10-22-32, +20, 105 PIM
2012-13 totals: 66 GP, 4-18-22, E, 81 PIM

Dotchin came into the game with just one assist over his last seven games. He earned second star for scoring a goal and adding an assist in a close loss to Dylan Blujus and North Bay. Dotchin is up to 10 goals on the year. His previous career high for a season was four. With the win, North Bay jumped into first in the Central Division, one point ahead of Sudbury and five ahead of Barrie.

Bolt Prospect of the Week: February 25, 2014

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

The Prospect of the Week for February 25, 2014 is … Kristers Gudlevskis, G, Team Latvia (IIHF).

Kristers Gudlevskis cemented his place as our Bolt Prospect of the Week about halfway through the second period of Latvia’s Olympic quarterfinal game against the eventual Gold medalist, Canada.

When a goalie is “on,” he is said to be “standing on his head.” Gudlevskis was running a marathon on his head while juggling rusty chainsaws. His 55-save performance in a 2-1 loss was the talk of the latter half of the Olympics and the Lightning’s 2013 fifth round pick provided Canada its biggest scare of the medal round. Canadiens’ All-Star goalie Carey Price, who opposed Gudlevskis in net for Team Canada, called Gudlevskis’ performance the best he’d ever seen.

Compliments don’t come better than that.

NA Juniors Game Night: 2-23-2014

Ontario Hockey League

Barrie Colts 5 @ Sudbury Wolves 3

D Jake Dotchin, BAR: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
Season totals: 53 GP, 9-21-30, +21, 105 PIM
2012-13 totals: 66 GP, 4-18-22, E, 81 PIM

Dotchin has slowed down statistically recently, notching only one assist in his last seven games. With two wins over the division-leading Wolves this weekend, the Colts pulled within four points of Sudbury and three of North Bay.

Kingston Frontenacs 2 @ Oshawa Generals 7

W Henri Ikonen, KGN: 1-0-1, -3, 0 PIM
Season totals: 43 GP, 19-38-57, +13, 37 PIM
2012-13 totals: 61 GP, 22-29-51, +2, 30 PIM

Ikonen scored his 19th of the season, albeit in a loss to the Gens, who got a hat trick from Flyers prospect Scott Laughton.

Sarnia Sting 2 @ Windsor Spitfires 6

D Slater Koekkoek, WSR: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM
Season totals: 57 GP, 15-37-51, +45, 36 PIM
2012-13 totals: 42 GP, 6-23-29, -24, 28 PIM

Koekkoek had a light night with one assist as the Spits beat up on last-place Sarnia, 6-2.

Panik, New Lines Lift Crunch Past Bears, 5-2


By Jeremy Houghtaling

After a tough overtime loss on Friday, Syracuse Crunch coach Rob Zettler decided to shake up his lines.

The newly formed trio of Richard Panik, Vlad Namestnikov and Dana Tyrell found instant chemistry. The trio combined for four points Saturday, and added nine points in a 5-2 win over the Hershey Bears in the AHL Showcase at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C. Sunday.

Syracuse, which finished the weekend with five points in three games to break a recent slump, has won back-to-back games for the first time since mid-January. For Zettler, the effort has been there, but the team hasn't seen the rewards.

"Tonight I thought, from start to finish, it might have been our best hockey game," Zettler said. "The work ethic, the smarts, how to play it. It was just really good overall."

AHL Game Night: 2-23-14 Bears at Crunch

When Panik Attacks...

HER-2
SYR-5

Cedrick Desjardins allowed 2 goals on 26 shots for the victory.

First Period
SYR Namestnikov, (15) (Panik, Tyrell), 19:22

Second Period
HER Taffe, (15) (Stoa, Brouillette), 1:57 (PP)
SYR Panik, (2) (Tyrell, Namestnikov), 6:16
SYR Angelidis, (9) (Labrie, Landry), 10:32
HER Deschamps, (12) (Kolomatis, Wellman), 17:30

Third Period
SYR Tyrell, (7) (Panik), 9:01
SYR DiSalvatore, (8) (Connolly, Panik), 16:38 (PP)

Richard Panik and Dana Tyrell were the game's first and second stars. The Lightning organization has been waiting 4 and a half months for Richard Panik to wake up. With 1 goal and 3 assists tonight, the young Slovakian winger may very well have finally answered the bell. Beyond that, the Crunch got contributions from all their key prospects including Namestnikov and Connolly, leading to back-to-back pastings of Hershey.

Unfortunately, it's likely too little too late for Syracuse this season. Even with the wins over the past couple of games, the team is still a full 15 points out of 8th in the Eastern Conference. With that said, though, getting back to .500 for the season and playing the role of the conference's most feared spoiler heading into the playoffs is definitely a reasonable objective for this group to achieve, and it would set them up well for a comeback next season.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

ECHL Game Night: 2-22-14

Fort Wayne Komets 3 @ Florida Everblades 1

W Danick Gauthier, FLA: 0-0-0, -2, 2 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 25 GP, 4-9-13, +1, 49 PIM

D Jordan Henry (AHL Contract), FLA: Did not play
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: 35 GP, 3-5-8, -11, 49 PIM

Florida tried to come back from a 3-0 deficit entering the third period, and scored on one of their 18 shots in the final frame, but the Komets held on for the win.

NCAA Game Night: 2-22-2014

Brown Bears 2 @ Harvard Crimson 0

F Brian Hart, HAR: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Season totals: 26 GP, 6-7-13, -4, 18 PIM
2012-2013 totals: 29 GP, 4-13-17, +1, 10 PIM

Hart had his four-game point and three-game goal streaks snapped in a shutout loss to Brown.

No. 4 St. Cloud State Huskies 3 @ Miami RedHawks 0

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.

No. 11 North Dakota 6 @ No. 20 Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs 2

F Brendan O’Donnell, UND: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 23 GP, 5-5-10, E, 8 PIM
2012-2013 totals: 29 GP, 2-8-10, E, 20 PIM

UND completed a two-game sweep of UMD, winning 6-2 on Saturday night.

No. 19 Colgate Raiders 3 @ No. 5 Quinnipiac Bobcats 1

F Matthew Peca, QU: 0-1-1, -2, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 34 GP, 10-17-27, +2, 16 PIM
2013-2014 totals: 39 GP, 15-15-30, +14, 36 PIM

Peca (pictured) assisted on QU’s game-tying goal in the second period, but Colgate got a go-ahead goal with half a period to play and added a late empty netter to seal the win. The Bobcats have lost three straight games.
*USCHO poll used

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