AHL Game Night: 12-2-17 Senators at Crunch

Six straight for the Crunch puts them up over .500.

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SYR-5 (SO)

Connor Ingram allowed 4 goals on 24 shots before stopping 6 of 7 shooters in the penalty shot session for the SO win.

First Period
2:29 SYR Masin (4), (Spencer, Verhaeghe)
17:37 BEL Chlapik (4), (McCormick, Jaros)
19:12 SYR Stephens (3), (Peca, Cernak)

Second Period
1:59 BEL White (4), (Perron, Jaros)(PP)
12:29 SYR Bodie (2), (Bournival, Lynch)

Third Period
0:57 BEL DiDomenico (5), (Paul, White)(PP)
3:47 BEL Paul (1), (DiDomenico)
19:12 SYR Erne (3), (Joseph, Bodie)(PP)

Overtime
NO SCORING

Shootout
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SYR- Joseph, Loney

Ty Loney and Adam Erne were the game's first and second stars.

Syracuse came within an eyelash of seeing their winning streak go up in smoke in a frustrating Third Period, but Adam Erne's tally with 48 seconds to go kept hope alive. Syracuse actually had a staggering 25-7 shot advantage through 40 minutes before Belleville started playing score effects hockey in the Third Period to pull ahead on the scoreboard, if only for a moment.

Thankfully, Syracuse's late game heroics moved them to a 10-9-1-2 record for the campaign and above .500 after banging their heads against the wall in multiple 1 goal losses the first two months of the year.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

NCAA Game Night: 12-1-17

Vermont Catamounts 2 @ Maine Black Bears 2 (OT)

C Ross Colton, UVM: 2-0-2, -1, 0 PIM, 9 SOG, *First Star*
Season Totals: 14 GP, 10-0-10, -7, 18 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals: 33 GP, 12-15-27, E, 22 PIM

Colton scored both Vermont’s goals – including the game-typing marker with just under two minutes remaining and the goalie pulled – in a 2-2 tie with Maine. The Black Bears outshot Vermont, 43-24.

Bentley Falcons 3 @ No. 18 UMass-Lowell River Hawks 2 (Tuesday)

C Ryan Lohin, UML: 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Season Totals: 15 GP, 5-9-14, -1, 8 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals: 41 GP, 12-17-29, +10, 14 PIM

UML fell at home on Tuesday to visiting Bentley, 3-2.

Boston University Terriers 7 @ No. 15 Boston College Eagles 4

D John MacLeod, BU: Did not play
Season Totals: 5 GP, 0-1-1, -4, 4 PIM
’17-’18 Totals Totals: 36 GP, 2-5-7, +8, 30 PIM

MacLeod was scratched for BU’s win over rival and conference-leading BC.

No. 2 St. Cloud State Huskies 7 @ No. 20 Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks 4

D Kristian Oldham, UNO: Did not play
Season Totals: 4 GP, 0-1-1, 3.45 GAA, .882 sv%, 0 SO
’16-‘17 Totals: 10 GP, 5-3-1, 3.38 GAA, .895 sv%, 0 SO

Oldham did not dress for Friday’s game against visiting SCSU.

No. 14 Wisconsin Badgers 4 @ No. 7 Minnesota Golden Gophers 5

D Ryan Zuhlsdorf, UMN: 0-2-2, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season Totals: 17 GP, 0-8-8, +1, 26 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals: 37 GP, 2-3-5, +11, 35 PIM

Zuhlsdorf had two helpers, including a beautiful cross-ice pass from the left wing boards that found Scott Reedy alone at the far post. That ended up being the game-winning goal.

*USCHO poll used for rankings

AHL Game Night: 12-1-17 Rocket at Crunch

Five straight wins gets Syracuse back to .500.

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SYR-2

Louis Domingue allowed 1 goal on 25 shots for the victory. His save percentage since joining the Crunch has now gotten to a stylish .923 mark after tonight's effort.

First Period
NO SCORING

Second Period
5:58 SYR Erne (2), (Cirelli, McBain)

Third Period
1:56 SYR Peca (3), (Stephens, Thomas)
16:42 LAV Terry (11), (Taormina, Petti)(PP)

Matthew Peca, Domingue, and Adam Erne were the game's three stars.

Syracuse has risen from the basement of the North Division to a three-way tie for third in the division in winning percentage.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

Crunch Beat Rocket for Fifth Straight Win


By Jeremy Houghtaling

The Syracuse Crunch were able to overcome some adversity to remain on a hot streak.

Despite getting back into town late after a trip from Toronto and at one point being down to 10 forwards, the Syracuse Crunch held the Laval Rocket off the scoreboard until the final four minutes and hung on to win their fifth straight game, 2-1, at the Onondaga County War Memorial Friday.

“Tonight was a tricky game for us,” Crunch head coach Benoit Groulx said. “We came back very late from Toronto, and it’s never easy when you travel during the night. We came in at 3 or 3:30 a.m., so the following game is always a tough one. We saw it right away that we didn’t have our best legs tonight. … It was a tricky game, but I thought we did enough to win. We hung in there at the end. Our goalie was solid again. It’s a good win for us.”

Juniors Game Night: 11-30-17

Catching up on Wednesday and Thursday night's games...

Ontario Hockey League

Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 7 @ Peterborough Petes 5

W Boris Katchouk, SSM: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season Totals: 26 GP, 22-18-40, +26, 8 PIM
’16-’17 Season: 66 GP, 35-29-64, +18, 46 PIM

W/C Christopher Paquette, PBO: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 9/15 FO
Season Totals: 23 GP, 8-2-10, -14, 4 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (NIA/PBO): 66 GP, 19-29-48, +1, 28 PIM

The Greyhounds and Petes combined for 12 goals and 82 shots, in a back-and-forth affair separated only by back-to-back Sault Ste. Marie goals in the 2nd period. The Greyhounds were paced by two goals each from both Conor Timmins (COL, 2017 2nd round pick) and Missouri native Ryan Roth (undrafted). Katchouk got the only assist on what would be the game-winning goal by Morgan Frost (PHI, 2017 1st round pick).

Mississauga Steelheads 3 @ Barrie Colts 6

W Alexey Lipanov, BAR: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 6/11 FO
Season Totals: 23 GP, 9-13-22, +7, 2 PIM
‘16-‘17 Totals (VHL-Russia): 21 GP, 3-5-8, +5, 8 PIM

Lipanov notched an assist as the Colts doubled the Steelheads. Barrie was paced by a two goal performance by Ben Hawerchuk (undrafted).

Erie Otters 2 @ Niagara Ice Dogs 5

W Taylor Raddysh, ER: 0-2-2, -2, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season Totals: 25 GP, 13-24-37, +13, 16 PIM
‘16-‘17 Totals: 58 GP, 42-67-109, +67, 37 PIM

Raddysh assisted on both Otters goals sandwiched around five straight Ice Dogs scores. Niagara pivot Bradey Johnson (undrafted) paced the Ice Dogs with two goals.

Western Hockey League

Prince George Cougars 3 @ Kelowna Rockets 5 (Wednesday)

D Cal Foote, KEL: 1-1-2, +1, 2 PIM, 1 SOG, *Third Star*
Season Totals: 26 GP, 6-19-25, +9, 22 PIM
‘15-‘16 Totals: 71 GP, 6-51-57, +39, 41 PIM

Foote scored the Rockets’ fifth goal and assisted on the first goal, a power play marker just four minutes in to help lead Kelowna to victory over the Cougars. Foote earn Third Star honors behind Carsen Twarynski’s hat trick and Flames prospect Dillon Dube’s three point effort.

Saskatoon Blades 2 @ Spokane Chiefs 6 (Wednesday)

D Libor Hajek, SAS: 0-1-1, -1, 2 PIM, 3 SOG
Season Totals: 26 GP, 7-14-21, -13, 24 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals: 65 GP: 4-22-26, -17, 81 PIM

Hajek assisted on the first goal of the game just 2:27 into the match, but it was all Chiefs after that. Spokane winger Ethan McIndoe (undrafted) scored twice for the Chiefs and Saskatoon pivot Kirby Dach (2019 top prospect eligible) scored both Blades goals.

NHL Game Night: 11-29-17 Lightning at Bruins

Tampa Bay's most putrid effort of the campaign.

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BOS-3

Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 3 goals on 36 shots for the loss. Wasn't his fault. Other than maybe Paquette, there's no one else on the team I can honestly claim played like anything more than hot runny garbage.

First Period
7:27 BOS McAvoy (3), (Pastrnak, Marchand)
17:13 BOS Nash (2), (Heinen, Marchand)

Second Period
5:59 BOS Krug (4), (Spooner, McAvoy)
10:53 TB Sustr (1), (Coburn, Kunitz)

Third Period
2:10 TB Stamkos (11), (Kucherov, Sergachev)(PP)

It's a totally justifiable thing to point out this was Tampa Bay's 4th game in 6 nights as an explanation of why the team didn't seem to really have it's legs. The problem I had tonight is the Lightning seemed to have internalized that excuse and used it as a rationale for a pretty heartless exercise in going through the motions. The first 40 minutes of that game was awful. Shiftless. Lethargic. Unthinking. Unfeeling. Uncaring. And, really, that's a shame because they managed to sleepwalk to a 3-2 decision and may have been able to steal a point or two with an honest effort. And, that would've been a really sweet way to break up the pro-Bruins pep rally that NBCSN decided to throw on their airwaves tonight. Opportunity lost.

Halfway through segment three of the season the Lightning have only secured 4 points in 5 games. That means they'll have to win 4 of their next 5 just to have a successful 10 game segment to not dip into their insurance point stash. The team's struggles seem to have hit right about when Jake Dotchin went on IR, and my goodness did Dan Girardi stink out loud tonight, especially on the eventual GWG. Get well soon, young Jake.

Yanni Gourde had 2 hits in 10:23. I'm going to speculate his ice time got slashed because he's one of the ones who had a subpar effort level tonight.

Mikhail Sergachev had a helper and 2 penalty minutes with 2 hits in 16:30.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

AHL Game Night: 11-29-17 Crunch at Marlies

Crunch winning streak hits 4 games.

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TOR-1

Louis Domingue allowed 1 goal on 28 shots for the victory. He's been good since being acquired from the Arizona organization, and a .916 save percentage through 5 decisions has given the Crunch a solid backstop they can count on.

First Period
10:35 SYR DiDomenico (4), (Conacher, Bodie)

Second Period
9:00 SYR Lynch (5), (McNeill, Volkov)

Third Period
4:24 TOR Gauthier (1), (Liljegren, Dermott)(PP)
19:07 SYR Conacher (7), (McNeill)(EN)

Domingue and Kevin Lynch were the game's first and second stars.

Syracuse gets to 1 game under .500. You get the feeling once they crack even, they're primed to really make a run into playoff position.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

Juniors Game Night: 11-28-17

Western Hockey League

Saskatoon Blades 5 @ Tri-City Americans 2

D Libor Hajek, SAS: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Season Totals: 25 GP, 7-13-20, -12, 22 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals: 65 GP: 4-22-26, -17, 81 PIM

Hajek setup Cameron Hebig (undrafted) for the Blades’ opening goal, a power play marker eight minutes into the game. Saskatoon got goals from five different players as the Blades scored early and often against the hometown Americans.

Victoria Royals 4 @ Moose Jaw Warriors 7

C Brett Howden, MJ: 1-3-4, +3, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, 18/29 FO
Season Totals: 18 GP, 11-17-28, +11, 18 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals: 58 GP, 38-43-81, +14, 73 PIM

D Oleg Sosunov, MJ: 0-1-1, +3, 2 PIM, 0 SOG
Season Totals: 26 GP, 6-6-12, +21, 32 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (MHL-Russia): 32 GP, 0-0-0, +1, 79 PIM

Howden scored a goal and added three assists in the Warriors’ comeback victory over the visiting Royals. Victoria went up 3-2 early in the 2nd period, and then it was all Moose Jaw, scoring five of the next six goals. The Warriors were paced by Justin Almeida (undrafted), who notched a hat trick and led the Moose Jaw rally. Sosunov tag teamed with Howden, assisting on Jayden Halbgewachs’ goal.

NHL Game Night: 11-28-17 Lightning at Sabres

Release the kittens!

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BUF-0

Andrei Vasilevskiy had about as pedestrian a 34 save shutout as you can imagine. Buffalo was largely kept to the perimeter and had very few legit scoring chances all game. Vasiy surely deserved that defensive performance in front of him after having to play Superman against the Caps last time out.

First Period
16:29 TB Sergachev (6), (Johnson, Palat)(PP)

Second Period
12:08 TB Girardi (1), (Namestnikov, Kucherov)

Third Period
NO SCORING

Vasilevskiy, Mikhail Sergachev, and Victor Hedman were the game's three stars.

Kind of a boring game. Both teams played a fairly well structured defensive game so there weren't a ton of chances and certainly a paucity of odd man rushes, too. The Lightning did have the big possession advantage in the First Period that they turned into a power play and the eventual game winner. They also manufactured the insurance goal on a long shot through a tough screen by Stamkos in front. Both goals, really, were nothing flashy. Meat and potatoes shots through traffic that glanced off Buffalo defenders and in.

With all that said, it's a win the Lightning really needed to have. They now have 4 points through 4 games of this 10-game segment of the season, meaning they still need to collect 8 in the last 6 games to have a successful segment. Yes, the team has a ton of insurance points already banked if need be, but you don't want to dip into those. You want to stay on that .600 or better track the rest of the way. Steady does it.

Slater Koekkoek had 2 shots and 2 hits in 9:42. Looked nice and active again in the First Period. Got nailed to the bench the rest of the way for some reason.

Yanni Gourde had 2 shots and 2 hits in 19:53.

Sergachev had a goal and 1 shot in 12:38.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

Juniors Game Night: 11-26-17

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Halifax Mooseheads 4 @ Acadie-Bathurst Titan 5

C/W Otto Somppi, HAL: 2-1-3, +2, 0 PIM, 4 SOG, 8/25 FO
Season Totals: 19 GP, 10-16-26, +20, 14 PIM
’16-’17 Totals: 60 GP, 17-24-41, -7, 28 PIM

Somppi broke a 2-2 deadlock in the 2nd period with a power-play marker and added another goal early in the 3rd to stretch the Mooseheads lead to 4-2. The Titan then got three straight goals to pull out the rally and hand Halifax the heartbreaker.

Ontario Hockey League

Barrie Colts 3 @ North Bay Battalion 2

W Alexey Lipanov, BAR: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG, 7/16 FO
Season Totals: 22 GP, 9-12-21, +6, 2 PIM
‘16-‘17 Totals (VHL-Russia): 21 GP, 3-5-8, +5, 8 PIM

Lipanov was held pointless for the first time since returning to the Colts lineup, but Leo Lazarev (undrafted) stopped 33 Battalion shots and Barrie got goals from three different players to grit out road win in North Bay.

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