KHL Game Day: 11-27-16

Cherepovets 3 vs. St. Petersburg 4
Nikita Gusev, St. Petersburg, 0-1-1, -1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 33 GP, 15-29-44, +27, 6 PIM

Nikita Gusev assisted on Vadim Shipachyov's eventual game winning goal in the Third Period of SKA's 4-3 win over Severstal Cherepovets. Gusev played 14:55 in the win. SKA also got a pair of helpers from ex-NHL'er Pavel Datsyuk in the win.

CHL Game Night: 11-26-16

Ontario Hockey League

Niagara IceDogs 5 @ Barrie Colts 1

W/C Christopher Paquette, NIA: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Season Totals: 22 GP, 10-8-18, -4, 12 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 57 GP, 5-11-16, -6, 18 PIM

Niagara had a 5-0 lead before Barrie broke the shutout with under two minutes to go.

North Bay Battalion 2 @ Erie Otters 4

W Taylor Raddysh, Erie: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season Totals: 23 GP, 20-30-50, +29, 15 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 67 GP, 24-49-73, +19, 18 PIM

Raddysh hit 50 points for the season in Erie’s 4-2 win over the Battalion. Linemates Alex DeBrincat (Blackhawks) had two goals and Dylan Strome (Coyotes) had three assists.

Kitchener Rangers 4 @ Saginaw Spirit 1

W Mitchell Stephens, SAG: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 10/21 FO
Season Totals: 19 GP, 9-12-21, +9, 14 PIM
2015-2016 Totals: 39 GP, 20-18-38, -3, 14 PIM

Dawson Carty (undrafted) stopped 38 of 39 shots for Kitchener.

Western Hockey League

Medicine Hat Tigers 8 @ Saskatoon Blades 2

D Libor Hajek, SAS: 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM
Season Totals: 25 GP: 0-10-10, -5, 39 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 69 GP, 3-23-26, -19, 76 PIM

The Tigers put a snowman on the scoreboard in Saskatoon, 8-2.

Moose Jaw Warriors 5 @ Red Deer Rebels 2

C Brett Howden, MJ: 1-2-3, +2, 0 PIM, *Second Star*
Season Totals: 13 GP, 11-9-20, +3, 8 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 68 GP, 24-40-64, -7, 61 PIM

Howden’s stat line was identical to Friday’s at 1-2-3, giving him six points in two games since missing a month due to injury.

NCAA Game Night: 11-26-16

No. 20 Vermont Catamounts 5 vs No. 3 Quinnipiac Bobcats 1

C Ross Colton, UVM: 2-1-3, +2, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, *First Star*
Season Totals: 14 GP, 6-6-12, +3, 8 PIM

Colton had Vermont’s first and fourth goals to help the No. 3 Cats to a 5-1 win over Matt Peca’s alma mater and win the Belpot Trophy as Friendship Four tournament champs in Belfast, Northern Ireland. The first goal was unassisted and roofed short-side over the QU goalie, and Colton’s second was scored by banking in his own rebound off the rush.

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Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks 2 @ Northern Michigan Wildcats 0

D Kristian Oldham, UNO: Did not play
Season Totals: 5 GP, 2-2-1, 2.75 GAA, .898 sv%, 0 SO

Sophomore Evan Weninger (undrafted) stopped 31 shots for UNO in their shutout win over NMU. Oldham got the start Friday night and played well in a 2-2 tie.

*USCHO poll used for rankings

AHL Game Night: 11-26-16 Crunch at Senators

Successful weekend for shorthanded Crunch.

SYR-4
BNG-2

Adam Wilcox allowed 2 goals on 32 shots for the victory.

First Period
19:50 SYR Halmo (4), (Darcy, Bournival)

Second Period
8:29 SYR Taormina (4), (Erne, Richard)(PP)
8:44 SYR Halmo (5), (Bournival, Comrie)
19:58 BNG Flanagan (1), (Varone)(SH)

Third Period
1:42 BNG Robinson (3), (Bailey, Varone)
17:44 SYR Vermin (5), (Taormina, Gourde)

Mike Halmo and Michael Bournival were the game's first and second stars.

No Cory Conacher, no problem. Syracuse continues to be on the prowl for the top spot in their division with games in hand to burn to get there.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

Liiga Game Day: 11-26-16

SaiPa 3 vs. Jukurit 2
Saku Salminen, SaiPa, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 20 GP, 2-2-4, -5, 39 PIM

Saku Salminen was scoreless in 7:08 of ice time in SaiPa's 3-2 win over Jukurit. So ends the Saku Salminen boomlet. Ex-Panthers second rounder John McFarland had a goal for SaiPa in the victory.

MHL Game Day: 11-26-16

Yaroslavl Jr. 1 vs. Khabarovsk Jr. 2
Oleg Sosunov, Yaroslavl Jr., 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 18 GP, 0-0-0, -3, 36 PIM

Oleg Sosunov was on the ice for Khabarovsk Jr.'s late Third Period game winning goal as they defeated Loko Jr. 2-1.

CHL Game Night: 11-25-16

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Quebec Remparts 2 @ Saint John Sea Dogs 4

W Bokondji Imama, SJ: 0-1-1, +3, 2 PIM, 3 SOG, 1 Hit
Season Totals: 23 GP, 11-6-17, +1, 25 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 48 GP, 7-12-19, -5, 86 PIM

W Mathieu Joseph, SJ: 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM, 7 SOG, 0 Hits
Season Totals: 23 GP, 22-14-36, +16, 23 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 58 GP, 33-40-73, +35, 57 PIM

Imama got the primary assist on the empty-net insurance goal as the Dogs beat Quebec, 4-2. Joseph, who hit the post on a penalty shot, stayed in the top position for most goals in the Q by scoring in the first period. He’s one ahead of François Beauchemin (undrafted) of Val-d’Or.

Shawinigan Cataractes 4 @ Charlottetown Islanders 5 (OT)

W Dennis Yan, SHAW: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG, 0 Hits
Season Totals: 21 GP, 16-9-25, +5, 24 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 62 GP, 32-37-69, +8, 86 PIM

Rookie defenseman Pierre-Olivier Joseph, brother of Lightning prospect Mathieu Joseph, had an assist for the Islanders in their win over Shawinigan.

Ontario Hockey League

Flint Firebirds 3 @ Oshawa Generals 5

C Anthony Cirelli, OSH: 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, 12/24 FO, *First Star*
Season Totals: 21 GP, 13-17-30, +19, 8 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 62 GP, 21-38-59, -15 27 PIM

Cirelli was first star Friday for the Gens, who beat Flint, 5-3.

Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 5 @ Mississauga Steelheads 3

W Boris Katchouk, SSM: 1-0-1, E, 0 PIM, 5 SOG
Season: 23 GP, 10-10-20, +2, 13 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 63 GP, 24-27-51, +7, 61 PIM

Katchouk scored his 10th goal of the season Saturday. He had 24 in 63 games last season.

Sudbury Wolves 1 @ Niagara IceDogs 3

W/C Christopher Paquette, NIA: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Season Totals: 21 GP, 10-8-18, -5, 12 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 57 GP, 5-11-16, -6, 18 PIM

Niagara scored three unanswered goals after Sudbury went up 1-0 in the second period.

Peterborough Petes 1 @ Guelph Storm 2

D Matt Spencer, PBO: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 0 SOG
Season Totals: 15 GP, 2-7-9, +2, 12 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 60 GP, 5-19-24, -4, 46 PIM

W Jonne Tammela, PBO: Did not play
Season Totals: 2 GP, 1-0-1, +1, 2 PIM
2015-2016 (Finland): 37 GP, 5-8-13, +10, 16 PIM

The Petes fell to 10-11-1-3 after losing to Guelph, a team five points behind them on the league table coming into the game.

Western Hockey League

Regina Pats 3 @ Kamloops Blazers 0

G Connor Ingram, KAM: Loss, 32 saves on 33 shots, *Second Star*
Season Totals: 21 GP, 11-9-1-0, 2.19 GAA, .932 sv%, 1 SO
2015-2016 Season: 61 GP, 34-15-5-4, 2.61 GAA, .922 sv%, 4 SO

Ingram starred Saturday for Kamloops, making 32 saves in a 1-0 game before the Pats got two empty-netters. One of his saves was a diving glove stop on a weak-side one-timer that may be the save of the season so far. Ingram is third in the WHL in GAA and second in save percentage.

Brandon Wheat Kings 2 @ Saskatoon Blades 3

D Libor Hajek, SAS: 0-0-0, +2, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 24 GP: 0-10-10, -4, 37 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 69 GP, 3-23-26, -19, 76 PIM

Saskatoon blew a 2-0 lead, but got a goal by the undrafted Braylon Shmyr – his second of the game – with less than a minute remaining to win.

Moose Jaw Warriors 5 @ Calgary Hitmen 4

C Brett Howden, MJ: 1-2-3, +2, 0 PIM, *Second Star*
Season Totals: 12 GP, 10-7-17, E, 6 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 68 GP, 24-40-64, -7, 61 PIM

Howden played his first game in exactly a month, scoring once and setting up two others as Moose Jaw beat the Hitmen in Calgary. Howden was out due to an undisclosed injury.

Blujus Nets Game-Winner, Crunch Rally Past Marlies in OT


By Jeremy Houghtaling

The power play allowed Syracuse to climb back in the game and the Crunch completed the comeback in overtime.

The Crunch rallied from a three-goal deficit in the second period and Dylan Blujus drove to the net to pot a rebound 1:59 into the extra session, as the Crunch topped the Toronto Marlies, 5-4, at the Onondaga County War Memorial Friday.

“I was honestly just going through the middle and the rebound came right to my stick,” Blujus said of his overtime goal. “I was a little surprised and I had an open net from there.”

NCAA Game Night: 11-25-16

UMass Minutemen 2 @ No. 20 Vermont Catamounts 4

C Ross Colton, UVM: 0-1-1, -1, 2 PIM, 5 SOG
Season Totals: 13 GP, 4-5-9, +1, 8 PIM

Colton had an assist as Vermont beat UMass on Friday in Northern Ireland, 4-2. Craig Puffer (undrafted) had two goals for the Cats. St. Lawrence and Quinnipiac are also participating in the Friendship Four tournament in Northern Ireland.

Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks 2 @ Northern Michigan Wildcats 2

D Kristian Oldham, UNO: Tie, 30 saves on 32 shots
Season Totals: 5 GP, 2-2-1, 2.75 GAA, .898 sv%, 0 SO

Oldham (pictured) got a second-straight start for UNO, stopping 30 shots.

No. 11 Minnesota Golden Gophers 4 @ Northeastern Huskies 6

D Ryan Zuhlsdorf, UMN: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 0 SOG
Season Totals: 10 GP, 2-1-3, +2, 8 PIM

Zuhlsdorf had a minor penalty for embellishment. Gophers captain Justin Kloos (undrafted) and NU’s Dylan Sikura (Blackhawks) had hat tricks in the game.

*USCHO poll used for rankings

NHL Game Night: 11-25-16 Blue Jackets at Lightning

Thanksgiving hangover dooms Lightning.

CBJ-5
TB-3

Ben Bishop allowed 5 goals on 38 shots for the loss. You couldn't fault him on the first four goals, but the lack of concentration on Columbus' Third Period insurance marker was... troubling.

First Period
3:46 CBJ Wennberg (4), (Saad, Johnson)
8:35 CBJ Foligno (8), (Atkinson, Werenski)

Second Period
8:33 TB Kucherov (11), (Johnson, Palat)
9:02 CBJ Anderson (6), (Hartnell)
18:28 TB Garrison (1), (Filppula, Witkowski)

Third Period
3:37 TB Palat (4), (Kucherov, Hedman)
4:34 CBJ Saad (5), (Wennberg)
11:13 CBJ Atkinson (8), (unassisted)(SH)

Nikita Kucherov was the game's third star.

As was the case in Syracuse's game, a Lightning Thanksgiving hangover at home was predictable, but nonetheless unacceptable. Columbus flat out dominated a flat Lightning team in the First Period to stake a 2-0 lead, and with a crossbar and post thrown in, it could've been 4-0. The Lightning showed resiliency to battle back the rest of the game, but their defensemen as a group played the dumbest game they've probably played in years. Some of the turnovers and weak plays along the wall they made were just unbelievable for a group with the experience and pedigree of these players. Ultimately, a soft play in the corner by Garrison led to Saad's eventual game winner and an unbelievable turnover by Hedman on the PP led to Atkinson's insurance goal. Tack that on to about a half dozen idiotic mistakes by Nikita Nesterov and other turnovers by Coburn and Sustr that could've led to goals against versus a more skilled team, and you have a classic example of why I wouldn't be a good coach. Because, simply put, I'd be in jail right now for strangling the whole bloody lot of them. Idiotic. Dumb. Moronish. Brain dead. Imbecilic. Pathetic.

Get well soon, Anton Stralman, because I can't take another night of THAT.

Brayden Point was -1 in 12:42.

Luke Witkowski was -1 with his first NHL assist and 2 penalty minutes in 8:26.

Slater Koekkoek had 1 shot and 1 blocked shot in 15:31. He and Witkowski might've been the only Lightning d-men tonight who didn't make a completely boneheaded mistake at some point.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

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