KHL Game Day: 1-18-15

Khanty-Mansiysk 1 vs. Nizhnekamsk 5
Nikita Gusev, Khanty-Mansiysk, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 43 GP, 16-10-26, +3, 12 PIM

Nikita Gusev was scoreless in 16:33 in Yugra's 5-1 loss to Nizhnekamsk. Nizhnekamsk got 1 goal and 1 assist by ex-Crunch Dan Sexton in the victory.

Magnitogorsk 3 vs. Kazan 1
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, Win, 38/39, 1.01 GAA, .974 sv%
Season totals: 40 GP, 26-6-5, 4 SO, 1.76 GAA, .937 sv%

Vasily Koshechkin had a masterful 38 save performance in Magnitka's 3-1 victory over Ak Bars Kazan. Ex-Predators third rounder Denis Platonov had 1 goal and 1 assist to lead the way for Magnitka.

NCAA Game Night: 1-17-15

St. Lawrence Saints 5 @ No. 4 Harvard Crimson 1

F Brian Hart, HAR: 0-0-0, -1, 15 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 16 GP, 5-4-9, E, 17 PIM
2013-2014 totals: 30 GP, 7-8-15, -8, 20 PIM

Hart was ejected from the game for a check to the head early in the third period.

Niagara Purple Eagles 0 @ No. 3 North Dakota 5

F Brendan O’Donnell, UND: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 21 GP, 9-4-13, +7, 25 PIM
2013-2014 totals: 34 GP, 7-11-18, +7, 10 PIM

North Dakota crushed the Purple Eagles for the second straight night, winning 5-0 on Saturday. They won 7-1 on Friday. After having three points in each of his last two games, O'Donnell was scoreless on Saturday.

No. 20 Merrimack Warriors 3 @ No. 12 Quinnipiac Bobcats 1

F Matthew Peca, QU: 0-1-1, -1, 2 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 24 GP, 4-18-22, -4, 21 PIM
2014-2015 totals: 40 GP, 12-26-38, +4, 16 PIM

Merrimack completed a home-and-home weekend sweep over the higher ranked Bobcats, winning 3-1 on Saturday. Peca had an assist in each game. QU fell to 15-8-1 with the two losses. Merrimack is 13-6-2.

Wisconsin Badgers 2 @ No. 16 Minnesota Golden Gophers 5

G Adam Wilcox, MIN: Win, 24 saves on 26 shots
Season totals: 20 GP, 11-6-2, 2.45 GAA, .910 sv%, 3 SO
2013-2014 totals: 38 GP, 26-6-6, 1.97 GAA, .932 sv%, 4 SO

The Gophers put 50 shots on Badger goaltender Joel Rumpel (undrafted), beating him with five to earn a 5-2 win. Adam Wilcox continues to lead the Big 10 in goals against average.
*USCHO poll used

ECHL Game Night: 1-17-15

Gwinnett Gladiators 7 at Florida Everblades 2

D Artem Sergeev, FLA: DNP
Season totals: 25 GP, 6-9-15, +6, 10 PIM, 39 SOG

Other Notables
G Allen York, FLA, 36:38 MIN, 2 GA, 16 SH, 14 SV
Season totals: 22 GP, 15-3-0-3, 2.61 GAA, 0.902 SV%, 3 SO

F Jeff Costello, FLA: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals (ECHL): 26 GP, 8-7-15, -1, 26 PIM, 65 SOG
Season totals (AHL): 3 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM

F Mike Aviani, FLA: 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals (ECHL): 27 GP, 5-10-15, +1, 24 PIM, 50 SOG
Season totals (AHL): 2 GP, 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM

Gwinnett opened up a can of whoop'em on Everblade goalie Andy Iles, scoring the game's first 5 goals on 10 shots. Iles was lifted at 3:22 in the 2nd period for Allen York who allowed two more goals on 16 shots. Jeff Costello assisted on Florida's first goal. Lightning defensive prospect Artem Sergeev has now missed 5 of the team's last 6 matches. The Everblades hit the road for a three-in-three next weekend.

Wichita Thunder 4 at Allen Americans 6

F Danick Gauthier, WIC: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals (ECHL): 38 GP, 15-18-33, -2, 37 PIM, 118 SOG
Season totals (AHL): 1 GP, 0-0-0, -2, 2 PIM

D Daniel Milan, WIC: Recalled to Syracuse
Season totals: 36 GP, 0-10-10, -6, 82 PIM, 35 SOG

The Americans backed up Friday's 8-2 drubbing of the Thunder with a 6-4 victory Saturday night. Wichita rallied from a 3-0 deficit to knot the score at 3-3 before the end of the 1st period, but the Americans scored the next three to seal the match. Wichita heads out to Rapid City for a back-to-back next weekend.

NHL Game Night: 1-17-15 Avalanche at Lightning

Misdemeanor theft in Tampa Bay.

COL-2
TB-3 (SO)

Ben Bishop allowed 2 goals on 40 shots and stopped 2 of 3 in the penalty shot session for the SO win. Put simply, he outdueled Varlamov to win this game for the Lightning.

First Period
1:58 TB Callahan (15), (Killorn, Stralman)(PP)

Second Period
0:51 COL O'Reilly (8), (MacKinnon, Hejda)

Third Period
4:08 TB Stralman (3), (Filppula)
19:53 COL MacKinnon (9), (Landeskog, Johnson)

Overtime
NO SCORING

Shootout
COL- Duchene
TB- Kucherov, Callahan

Bishop and Ryan Callahan were the game's first and third stars.

Really, this was a game the Lightning probably didn't deserve to get points out of. Varlamov's second goal allowed was extremely soft, giving the Lightning a 1 goal lead that Bishop very nearly made stand up with some outstanding play. But, let's not delude ourselves. The Lightning looked pretty shabby the last 40 minutes of this game as the Avs upped their intensity level and the Lightning failed to match it. I think it's indicative of one of the major flaws that needs to be corrected before playoff time (even larger than the alleged "softness" flaw). The Lightning are built for speed and using that speed to create puck possession and protect their puck moving blueliners. When faster teams like the Oilers and Avs over the past couple of games get against the Lightning and are able to win races to 50/50 pucks, the Lightning are not good positionally without the puck in terms of gap control and separating the other team from the puck. They're not built for it and they're kind of clueless how to handle it, and it's just something that they'll need to continue to work on and get better with as they gain experience. Fortunately, as they do, they've got an elite caliber netminder in Ben Bishop at their backs.

Cedric Paquette was -1 with 1 shot and 2 hits in 15:23. He was also 40% on draws. He was on the ice for MacKinnon's 6-on-5 greasy goal at the very end of regulation, but beyond that he was strong on the forecheck and the PK. Another plus night for #13.

Jonathan Drouin had 2 shots and 1 hit in 12:17. There was one shift where he undressed 3 of the 5 Avs on the ice and nearly set up a score. One of these days the coaching staff is going to find just the right combination/role to utilize the special talent this guy brings to the table.

Nikita Nesterov had 2 shots and 1 hit in 16:59. He took a puck to the face in the First Period that required stitches, but he gutted it out and had another good game contributing in all three zones.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

AHL Game Night: 1-17-15 Crunch at Sound Tigers

Crunch rebound quickly to crush Sound Tigers.

SYR-6
BRI-2

Kristers Gudlevskis allowed 2 goals on 26 shots for the victory. One silver lining of the spanking the Crunch took against the Senators was that Gudlevskis got some quality PT in garbage time, and he carried that momentum over to tonight.

First Period
SYR Mormina, (2) (Marchessault, Angelidis), 8:47 (PP)
SYR Koekkoek, (3) (Marchessault), 8:58

Second Period
SYR Blunden, (11) (Blujus), 5:29
BRI Courtnall, (3) (Langkow, Pelech), 12:25
SYR Richard, (6) (Blujus, Blunden), 15:56
SYR Namestnikov, (8) , 17:24 (SH)

Third Period
SYR Angelidis, (13) (Blunden, Marchessault), 6:56
BRI Persson, (5) (Stretch, Lashoff), 14:41 (PP)

Mike Blunden, Jonathan Marchessault, and Vladislav Namestnikov were the game's three stars.

The other silver lining of the debacle against Bingo is the Crunch had time to collect themselves and get some continuity going with the skeleton lineup in the final 40 minutes of the game, and that also carried over into tonight's game.

Ex-Lightning 7th rounder Justin Courtnall had a goal against the organization that drafted him. Wow, that was a name from the past I wasn't sure I'd ever hear again.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

Liiga Game Day: 1-17-15

HPK 3 vs. Assat 2 (SO)
Saku Salminen, HPK, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 27 GP, 3-3-6, E, 2 PIM

Saku Salminen was scoreless in 14:48 of ice time in HPK's 3-2 shootout win over Assat. Ex-Bruins first rounder Zach Hamill had a helper and the shootout winner for HPK.

KHL Game Day: 1-17-15

Mytischi 1 vs. Yaroslavl 4
Dmitry Korobov, Mytischi, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 33 GP, 1-7-8, -1, 51 PIM

Dmitry Korobov was scoreless in 18:40 in Mytischi's 4-1 loss to Yaroslavl. 3 of Yaroslavl's goals came from blueliners, including a marker by ex-Leafs pick Staffan Kronwall.

Bratislava 0 vs. Dynamo Moscow 2
Jaroslav Janus, Bratislava, DNP
Season totals: 24 GP, 6-12-5, 2 SO, 2.93 GAA, .893 sv%

Jaroslav Janus sat backup to Denis Godla in Slovan's 2-0 loss to Dynamo Moscow. Alexander Lazushin stopped all 32 shots he faced to pin the goose egg on Slovan.

ECHL Game Night: 1-16-15

Tulsa Oilers 2 at Florida Everblades 4

D Artem Sergeev, FLA: DNP
Season totals: 25 GP, 6-9-15, +6, 10 PIM, 39 SOG

Other Notables
G Allen York, FLA, DNP
Season totals: 21 GP, 15-3-0-3, 2.59 GAA, 0.903 SV%, 3 SO

F Jeff Costello, FLA: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Season totals (ECHL): 25 GP, 8-6-14, -1, 26 PIM, 62 SOG
Season totals (AHL): 3 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM

F Mike Aviani, FLA: 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals (ECHL): 26 GP, 5-10-15, +2, 22 PIM, 48 SOG
Season totals (AHL): 2 GP, 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM

After returning to the lineup for Wednesday's game against the visiting Tulsa Oilers, Lightning defensive prospect Artem Sergeev was out of the lineup for Friday's closing series match with the Oilers. With the domino effect of defensive injuries in Tampa, Sergeev has not been recalled to Syracuse so he *must* be hurt. Goalie Allen York sat backup to Andy Iles who allowed just 2 Oilers shots through, and former Tyler Johnson teammate Mitch Wahl scored points in all four of Florida's goals. After long winning streaks after another in 2014, the Everblades have dropped 4 of their last 10. When you've been playing at an 85% clip, a 60% streak feels a bit worse than it really is. The Everblades finish up their home stand against Gwinnett Saturday night, before hitting the road for a three-in-three next weekend.

Wichita Thunder 2 at Allen Americans 8

F Danick Gauthier, WIC: 0-0-0, -3, 2 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals (ECHL): 37 GP, 15-18-33, -1, 37 PIM, 116 SOG
Season totals (AHL): 1 GP, 0-0-0, -2, 2 PIM

D Daniel Milan, WIC: Recalled to Syracuse
Season totals: 36 GP, 0-10-10, -6, 82 PIM, 35 SOG

The Central Division leading Allen Americans served noticed on the Thunder, putting up a snowman on the scoreboard Friday night. Lightning defensive prospect Dan Milan, sporting a 3-game point streak, missed his first game of the season with Wichita after getting recalled by Tampa Bay to Syracuse. The Thunder will try to even the weekend series Saturday night in a rematch with the Americans.

Juniors Game Night: 1-16-15

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Charlottetown Islanders 2 @ Sherbrooke Phoenix 0

C Cameron Darcy, SHR: 0-0-0, -1, 4 PIM, 3 SOG, 12/24 FO, 1 Hit
With Sherbrooke: 12 GP, 8-10-18, -6, 12 PIM
With Cape Breton: 19 GP, 1-13-14, -6, 14 PIM
Season totals: 31 GP, 9-23-32, -12, 26 PIM
2013-2014 Season: 65 GP, 35-47-82, +3, 51 PIM

Charlottetown goalie Mason McDonald (Flames) stopped all 31 shots he faced to shut out the Phoenix, 2-0.

Ontario Hockey League

Guelph Storm 2 @ Sault Ste Marie Greyhounds 3

D Anthony DeAngelo, SOO: 0-1-1, +1, 2 PIM
With SSM: 4 GP, 1-5-6, +3, 6 PIM
With Sarnia: 29 GP, 10-28-38, +1, 64 PIM
Season totals: 33 GP, 11-33-44, +4, 72 PIM
2013-14 totals: 51 GP, 15-56-71, -34, 90 PIM

The Soo got a late goal from Nick Ritchie (Ducks) to beat Guelph, 3-2.

Windsor Spitfires 2 @ London Knights 5

W Cristiano DiGiacinto, WSR: 1-0-1, E, 4 PIM
Season totals: 37 GP, 14-14-28, -8, 72 PIM
2013-14 totals: 50 GP, 17-11-28, +8, 101 PIM

Windsor fought back from a 2-0 deficit to tie the game before the start of the second period, but London was too strong in the end. Likey top-10 pick in 2015 Mitch Marner had a goal and three assists for the Knights. Team Canada hero Max Domi had one assist.

Western Hockey League

Moose Jaw Warriors 0 @ Swift Current Blazers 5

C Brayden Point, MJ: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
Season totals: 34 GP, 20-30-50, +10, 25 PIM
2013-14 totals: 72 GP, 36-55-91, -27, 53 PIM

It was an ugly night for the Warriors, losing on the road to Swift Current, 5-0. The Broncos outshot Moose Jaw, 45-24.

NCAA Game Night: 1-16-15

Clarkson Golden Knights 3 @ No. 4 Harvard Crimson 6

F Brian Hart, HAR: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 15 GP, 5-4-9, +1, 2 PIM
2013-2014 totals: 30 GP, 7-8-15, -8, 20 PIM

Harvard scored five of the game’s final six goals to beat Clarkson, 6-3. The Crimson improved to 11-2-2 on the year and 7-1-2 in the ECAC.

No. 17 Boston College Eagles 4 @ No. 2 Boston University Terriers 2

D John MacLeod, BU: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 18 GP, 2-3-5, +7, 36 PIM
2013-2014 totals: 19 GP, 1-4-5, +1, 36 PIM

Boston lost to rival BC, 4-2. Minnesota Wild first rounder Alex Tuch had two goals and an assist for the Eagles.

Niagara Purple Eagles 1 @ No. 3 North Dakota 7

F Brendan O’Donnell, UND: 1-2-3, +3, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, *Second Star*
Season totals: 20 GP, 9-4-13, +7, 25 PIM
2013-2014 totals: 34 GP, 7-11-18, +7, 10 PIM

O’Donnell (pictured), our reigning prospect of the week, had three points for the second straight game, helping UND beat up on Niagara, 7-1. He had a hat trick in his last game.

No. 12 Quinnipiac Bobcats 3 @ No. 20 Merrimack Warriors 4

F Matthew Peca, QU: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 23 GP, 4-17-21, -3, 19 PIM
2014-2015 totals: 40 GP, 12-26-38, +4, 16 PIM

Merrimack had a 4-2 lead entering the third period and held on to win, 4-3. Peca set up QU’s third goal.

Wisconsin Badgers 2 @ No. 16 Minnesota Golden Gophers 2

G Adam Wilcox, MIN: Tie, 18 saves on 20 shots
Season totals: 19 GP, 10-6-2, 2.47 GAA, .909 sv%, 3 SO
2013-2014 totals: 38 GP, 26-6-6, 1.97 GAA, .932 sv%, 4 SO

After getting pulled in his last game, Wilcox allowed two goals on 20 shots on Friday in a tie with Wisconsin. The Badgers won the shootout to take the extra conference point. Minnesota, who outshot Wisconsin 49-20 in regulation and overtime, is winless in Big 10 shootouts.
*USCHO poll used

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