AHL Game Night: 11-16-19 Monsters at Crunch

Syracuse gets a very important slump-busting win.

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Scott Wedgewood allowed 2 goals on 24 shots for the win.

First Period
8:07 CLE Peeke (3), (Thurkauf, Bittner)
12:31 SYR Martel (6), (Witkowski, Thomas)
14:11 CLE Clendening (3), (Dano, Gerbe)

Second Period
13:43 SYR Yan (3), (Conacher, Mueller)
15:46 SYR Witkowski (1), (Volkov, Gaunce)

Third Period
19:55 SYR Conacher (5), (unassisted)(EN)

Luke Witkowski and Cory Conacher were the game's first and second stars. Needing to snap a losing streak you lean on your veteran leaders. Witkowski answered the bell tonight.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

NHL Game Day: 11-16-19 Jets at Lightning

Lightning drop one against the run of play.

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Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 3 goals on 26 shots for the loss. I'm gonna be honest: as much as I love Andrei, when are we going to see him round into form? How many games this season has he been below .900 in save percentage? He's sitting on a .901 save percentage so far this season, and it's below his standards. It's not unreasonable for the Lightning to expect better than replacement level netminding from him.

First Period
1:59 WPG Perreault (5), (Morrissey, Poolman)
19:11 TB Hedman (4), (Stamkos)

Second Period
7:18 WPG Roslovic (4), (Copp, Wheeler)
7:39 WPG Ehlers (9), (Connor, Morrissey)(PP)

Third Period
17:44 TB Stamkos (7), (Hedman, Cirelli)
18:32 WPG Connor (7), (Wheeler, Sbisa)(EN)
19:38 TB Cirelli (2), (Killorn, Kucherov)

Steven Stamkos and Victor Hedman were the game's second and third stars, with Stamkos notching his 400th career NHL goal in the loss.

The possession stats in the game were pretty good. That effort probably wins on more nights than not.

Carter Verhaeghe was -1 with 2 shots in 9:08.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

NCAA Game Night: November 15, 2019

Friday night NCAA highlights features Magnus Chrona 37 saves and Cole Guttman 1A in #2 Denver tie with #9 North Dakota; Alex Green 2A in #3 Cornell's doubling of #7 Clarkson; Cole Kopeke 1A in UMD loss to Miami

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AHL Game Night: 11-15-19 Comets at Crunch

Comets thump Crunch in this round of the rivalry.

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Martin Spencer allowed 4 goals on 21 shots for the loss before giving way to Scott Wedgewood who stopped all seven shots he faced the rest of the way.

First Period
12:14 UTI Boucher (11), (Lind)(PP)
17:33 SYR Barre-Boulet (8), (Gaunce, Mueller)(PP)

Second Period
13:07 UTI Lind (4), (Goldobin, Rafferty)(PP)
15:22 SYR Katchouk (4), (Colton, Raddysh)(PP)
16:35 UTI Boucher (12), (Goldobin, Eliot)
17:40 UTI Bancks (3), (Perron, Sautner)

Third Period
16:03 UTI Boucher (13), (unassisted)(SH)(EN)

Boris Katchouk was the game's third star.

Syracuse slipped to seventh in the North Division with the loss. They are only five points back of first place, but they need to start to find their kick again shortly.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

NHL Game Night: 11-14-19 Rangers at Lightning

Lightning sneaked their swag back through customs from Sweden.

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Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 3 goals on 23 shots for the win. Immerse yourself in goal support, big cat.

First Period
2:39 TB Schenn (1), (Kucherov, Point)
5:41 TB Killorn (4), (Kucherov, Stamkos)(PP)
6:20 TB Kucherov (6), (Hedman, Killorn)(PP)
6:42 TB Palat (6), (McDonagh)
14:27 NYR Kreider (5), (Panarin, Lindgren)

Second Period
7:07 TB Stamkos (6), (Hedman, Kucherov)(PP)
10:19 TB Maroon (4), (Shattenkirk, Gourde)
14:17 TB Shattenkirk (5), (Gourde, Paquette)
19:01 TB Killorn (5), (Stamkos, Hedman)(PP)

Third Period
2:22 NYR Chytil (5), (Hajek, Panarin)(SH)
12:24 TB Gourde (5), (Johnson, Sergachev)(PP)
15:28 NYR Chytil (6), (Buchenevich)

Nikita Kucherov, Alex Killorn, and Kevin Shattenkirk were the game's three stars.

Would the momentum from the Lightning's sweep of the two game set in Stockholm carry over once they returned to North American shores? Considering they just took a team's will to live in under seven minutes, I'm gonna give that one a big old thumbs up. The Lightning not only potted nine goals, but they dominated possession and outshot the Rangers 45-23.

With the winning streak, the Lightning have played themselves into excellent shape in this second ten game segment of the year, now needing just four points in the remaining four games to stay on comfortable playoff pace. Were I a betting man, I'd probably wager the Lightning are going to bank some insurance points the way the team is playing now.

Carter Verhaeghe had 1 shot and 1 hit in 11:20.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

AHL Game Night: 11-13-19 Crunch at Americans

Crunch squander comeback bid against division rival.

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Scott Wedgewood allowed 4 goals on 33 shots for the loss.

First Period
1:16 ROC Porter (4), (Oglevie, Murray)
1:51 SYR Raddysh (2), (Colton, Volkov)
11:10 ROC Dea (6), (Nelson, Aquin)
13:00 ROC Randell (1), (Fitzgerald, Malone)

Second Period
3:18 SYR Martel (5), (Colton, Barre-Boulet)
11:27 SYR Gaunce (1), (Spencer, Barre-Boulet)

Third Period
1:13 ROC Cornel (2), (Bryson, Murray)(PP)

Alex Barre-Boulet was the game's third star.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Night: 11-11-19 Crunch at Comets

Katchouk strikes in rivalry win.

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Martin Spencer allowed 1 goal on 23 shots for the victory.

First Period
12:44 SYR Katchouk (2), (Conacher, Mueller)
19:59 SYR Mueller (5), (Yan, Gaunce)(PP)

Second Period
NO SCORING

Third Period
17:06 UTI Goldobin (3), (MacEwen, Rafferty)(PP)
19:27 SYR Katchouk (3), (unassisted)(EN)

Boris Katchouk and Chris Mueller were the game's first and second stars.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

NCAA Game Night: November 9-10, 2019

Saturday night (and Sunday afternoon) NCAA highlights features Max Crozier with 2G, 1A, 1PPG, 1GWG in Providence's wild 6-5 win over BU; Cole Kopeke 1G, EN and 2nd Star as UMD hands Denver and Magnus Chrona their first loss; Alex Green 2A in Cornell's blistering of Yale; Nick Perbix OT GWG in St. Cloud win over Northern Michigan; Sammy Walker 1G, EN sealed Minny win over Michigan; Ty Taylor sat backup in UNH shocker upset of #2 UMass-Amherst; Kris Oldham inexplicably sat backup once again in Clarkson win over RPI.

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AHL Game Night: 11-9-19 Crunch at Penguins

Crunch shut down by hot goaltender.

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Spencer Martin allowed 2 goals on 22 shots for the loss.

First Period
3:53 WBS Agozzino (4), (Noesen, Czuczman)

Second Period
NO SCORING

Third Period
12:35 WBS Trotman (2), (Agozzino)(SH)

Syracuse actually outshot the Penguins 35-22 in the contest including a dominating 24-9 margin in the final 40 minutes of play. But, Penguins starter Casey DeSmith held Syracuse off all night long.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

NHL Game Day: 11-9-19 Sabres at Lightning (In Sweden)

Lightning sweep Global Series set.

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Curtis McElhinney allowed 3 goals on 43 shots for the victory.

First Period
9:30 BUF Reinhart (8), (Johansson, Montour)
17:02 TB Maroon (2), (Gourde, Shattenkirk)(PP)

Second Period
1:58 TB Hedman (3), (Stamkos, Kucherov)(PP)
19:57 TB Maroon (3), (Paquette, Shattenkirk)

Third Period
4:14 BUF Olofsson (7), (Eichel, Reinhart)
9:48 TB Gourde (4), (Paquette)
10:55 TB Joseph (4), (Killorn, Cirelli)
19:22 BUF Eichel (8), (Ristolainen, Dahlin)

Patrick Maroon and Yanni Gourde were the game's first and second stars. Gourde getting on the scoresheet in these Global Series games is an understated deal for the Lightning as the whole team is trying to emerge from a bit of an early season slumber.

We'll see how the team responds once they get back to North America, but it's easy to think this might be a turning point for the Lightning this season. They still need at least six points over their next five games to maintain solid playoff pacing, but it's night and day when you think about where this team was sitting before the Global Series.

Alexander Volkov had 1 shot in 10:17.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

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