Two games into his professional career, Dylan Blujus is showing he belongs in the AHL.
The 20-year-old defenseman made his pro debut with the Syracuse Crunch Saturday against Springfield, and over two games last weekend had an even plus-minus rating with six shots.
"It went pretty well, just getting that first pro game under my belt felt nice," Blujus said. "Get the nerves out early, now I can start playing my game and start making plays."
Despite a few expected hiccups, Crunch coach Rob Zettler was impressed with the puck movement by each of his rookie defensemen.
Dinamo Minsk 2 vs. Mytischi 3 (SO)
Dmitry Korobov, Mytischi, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 1 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
Dmitry Korobov played 21:54 in his regular season debut as Mytischi knocked off Minsk 3-2 in the shootout. Korobov had missed the first month of the year with a broken hand. Igor Radulov had a goal and the shootout winner for Atlant.
Zagreb 1 vs. Bratislava 0
Jaroslav Janus, Bratislava, Loss, 19/20, 1.02 GAA, .950 sv%
Season totals: 8 GP, 2-4-2, 0 SO, 2.50 GAA, .910 sv%
Jaroslav Janus and Bratislava lost a 1-0 goaltending duel to Barry Brust and Zagreb. Ex-Lightning forward Brandon Segal scored the lone goal of the contest, which was assisted by ex-Norfolk Admiral Martin St. Pierre.
Revenge is a dish best served cold...
Ben Bishop allowed 1 goal on 17 shots for the victory. He made the 1-2 key stops he needed to make, and let the team in front of him do the rest. Efficient performance.
5:24 TB Hedman (3), (Kucherov, Namestnikov)
9:51 TB Stamkos (1), (Callahan, Hedman)(PP)
12:16 MTL Gallagher (1), (Tinordi, Weaver)
13:15 TB Stamkos (2), (Hedman)
18:14 TB Stamkos (3), (Hedman, Filppula)(PP)
6:26 TB Callahan (2), (Carle)
6:43 TB Palat (1), (Boyle, Stralman)
16:55 TB Namestnikov (1), (Kucherov)
Why was I so tough on the Lightning after they sleepwalked through more than half of the Ottawa game. Because, this. This is what they're capable of. You had two of the best in the game, Stamkos and Hedman, take over a game, Bishop making critical saves at key junctures, and the overall speed and skill of the Lightning simply running Montreal out of the building. They have the ability to do that to dominate just about everyone in the Eastern Conference if they focus the way they did tonight.
Vladislav Namestnikov had a night of firsts with 1 goal and 1 assist for a +1 rating in 9:30. He also had 3 shots and 1 blocked shot and he was 33% on draws.
Ekaterinburg 1 vs. Khanty-Mansiysk 0
Nikita Gusev, Khanty-Mansiysk, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 11 GP, 3-1-4, -4, 4 PIM
Goaltender Jakub Kovar, an ex-Flyers pick, stopped all 32 shots he faced to help Ekaterinburg defeat Yugra 1-0. Nikita Gusev was scoreless in 16:16 in the match.
Magnitogorsk 6 vs. Chelyabinsk 1
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, Win, 39/40, 1.00 GAA, .975 sv%
Season totals: 17 GP, 12-2-1, 2 SO, 1.64 GAA, .940 sv%
Danis Zaripov had 1 goal and 4 points and Sergei Mozyakin had 1 goal and 3 points as Magnitogorsk embarrassed Chelyabinsk 6-1. Ex-NHLer Deron Quint scored Traktor's lone goal in defeat.
RPI Engineers 0 vs No. 2 Minnesota Golden Gophers 3
Ice Breaker Tournament Championship (at Notre Dame)
G Adam Wilcox, MIN: Win, 22 saves on 22 shots, shutout
Season totals: 2 GP, 2-0-0, 1.50 GAA, .939 sv%, 1 SO
2013-2014 totals: 38 GP, 26-6-6, 1.97 GAA, .932 sv%, 4 SO
The Gophers won the Ice Breaker tournament for the second consecutive year, beating RPI in the championship game, 3-0. Junior Adam Wilcox notched his first shutout of the season and 53rd win in a Gopher uniform. He was one of five Gophers named to the All-Tournament team. Minnesota now has off until October 24. (gophersports.com photo)
*USCHO poll used
Quebec Major Junior Hockey League
Rimouski Oceanic 2 @ Quebec Remparts 5
W/C Adam Erne, QUE: 1-1-2, +1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 7/14 FO, 3 Hits
Season totals: 5 GP, 3-6-9, +7, 8 PIM
2013-2014 Season: 48 GP, 21-41-62, -3, 65 PIM
Erne had the primary assist on Quebec’s go-ahead goal in the second period, then added a power play goal himself late in the game. The Remparts defeated the rival Oceanic, 5-2. Erne is close to a 2-point-per-game average on the year.
Ontario Hockey League
Peterborough Petes 3 @ Saginaw Spirit 6
D Dominik Masin, PBO: 0-0-0, -2, 9 PIM
Season totals: 6 GP, 2-0-2, -5, 15 PIM
2013-14 totals: 39 GP, 2-19-21, +6, 102 PIM
Masin got in his first OHL fight, vs 6-3, 218-pound Ryan Orbon. Peterborough finished their 2-game trip through Michigan at 0-2.
Western Hockey League
Brandon Wheat Kings 2 @ Calgary Hitmen 6
D Ben Thomas, CAL: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 7 GP, 1-2-3, +1, 4 PIM
2013-14 totals: 72 GP, 7-24-31, +11, 39 PIM
Thomas was scoreless in Calgary’s commanding win over visiting Brandon.
For multiple members of the Crunch, the team deserved better.
Syracuse took three one-goal leads but let them slip away, as it fell to the Hartford Wolf Pack in overtime, 4-3, at the Onondaga County War Memorial Sunday.
"They kept coming, they didn't give up," said Crunch captain Mike Angelidis. "I thought we deserved a better fate, but that's how it goes sometimes."
After a scoreless first period, the teams combined for five goals over the first 11 minutes of the second.
Crunch clipped in OT.
Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 4 goals on 27 shots for the loss in his AHL debut.
SYR Richard, (1) (Gourde, Marchessault), 1:35 (PP)
HFD Lindberg, (1) (Bourque, Mueller), 2:25 (PP)
SYR Paquette, (1) (Samson, Koekkoek), 4:37
HFD Mueller, (1) (Bodie, Bourque), 9:36
SYR Paquette, (2) (Vermin, Cote), 11:02
HFD Hrivik, (1) (Kristo, Bodie), 6:35 (PP)
HFD Lindberg, (2) (Bourque, Allen), 4:53
Syracuse faces Springfield on Friday.
Box score from TheAHL.com.
No. 2 North Dakota 2 @ Bemidji State Beavers 1
F Brendan O’Donnell, UND: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 2 GP, 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM
2013-2014 totals: 34 GP, 7-11-18, +7, 10 PIM
North Dakota avenged a Friday night loss to the Beavers by winning 2-1 on Saturday. O’Donnell didn’t start on the first line, but did manage a primary assist.
Bentley Falcons 3 vs No. 15 Quinnipiac Bobcats 5
F Matthew Peca, QU: 1-1-2, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
2014-2015 totals: 40 GP, 12-26-38, +4, 16 PIM
Quinnipiac opened their 2014-2015 season with a win over Bentley, though it didn’t come easy. The Bobcats needed a late empty net goal to provide breathing room against the Falcons. Peca played first line center for QU and contributed a goal and an assist.
*USCHO poll used