Angelidis Leads Crunch Past Senators, 5-3


By Jeremy Houghtaling

Mike Angelidis didn't pause to think over his answer.

The Crunch captain netted the eventual game-winning power play goal, chipped in a pair of assists, and dropped the gloves in a brawl in the final minute. But Angelidis was most proud of the two points in the standings after a 5-3 win over the Binghamton Senators at the Onondaga County War Memorial Saturday.

"I'm proud the team got two points," Angelidis said. "We've lost a couple games there ... We got two in a row here. So it's key for us to keep going here. I think we've got to get our swagger back. The chemistry is starting to click here, especially offensively, hopefully we can just keep riding it."

NCAA Game Night: 2-21-15

No. 14 Harvard Crimson 3 @ Clarkson Golden Knights 2

F Brian Hart, HAR: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 26 GP, 6-5-11, -1, 17 PIM
2013-2014 totals: 30 GP, 7-8-15, -8, 20 PIM

Harvard bounced back from a big loss on Friday to win on Saturday. Hart continues to struggle to produce points. He's 0-for-February so far.

Notre Dame Fighting Irish 3 @ No. 3 Boston University Terriers 2

D John MacLeod, BU: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 27 GP, 2-6-8, +10, 42 PIM
2013-2014 totals (USHL): 19 GP, 1-4-5, +1, 36 PIM

The Irish took the weekend series with the Terriers, winning Saturday to go with a Friday tie. Cal Peterson (Sabres) stopped 42 shots for the Irish.

No. 1 North Dakota 3 @ Western Michigan Broncos 2 (OT)

F Brendan O’Donnell, UND: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 27 GP, 9-5-14, +7, 27 PIM
2013-2014 totals: 34 GP, 7-11-18, +7, 10 PIM

The top-ranked team in the country rebounded from a late regulation collapse to beat WMU in overtime, completing a weekend sweep of the Broncos.

Brown Bears 2 @ No. 11 Quinnipiac Bobcats 2 (OT)

F Matthew Peca, QU: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 32 GP, 5-25-30, E, 23 PIM
2014-2015 totals: 40 GP, 12-26-38, +4, 16 PIM

Quinnipiac clinched the ECAC regular season title with a tie Saturday night against Brown. This is the second conference title in three years for the Bobcats, who will have the top seed and a bye in the conference tournament.

No. 17 Minnesota Golden Gophers 3 @ Penn State Nittany Lions 4 (OT)

G Adam Wilcox, MIN: OTL, 35 saves on 36 shots
Season totals: 30 GP, 17-9-3, 2.50 GAA, .907 sv%, 4 SO
2013-2014 totals: 38 GP, 26-6-6, 1.97 GAA, .932 sv%, 4 SO

The Gophers scored twice late in the third – including the tying goal with 40 seconds left – to force overtime, but Penn State got the winner on the power play in the extra session.

*USCHO poll used

Juniors Game Night: 2-21-15

Ontario Hockey League

North Bay Battalion 3 @ Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 7

D Anthony DeAngelo, SOO: 0-3-3, +3, 2 PIM
With SSM: 17 GP, 5-25-30, +17, 30 PIM
With Sarnia: 29 GP, 10-28-38, +1, 64 PIM
Season totals: 46 GP, 15-53-68, +18, 95 PIM
2013-14 totals: 51 GP, 15-56-71, -34, 90 PIM

DeAngelo extended his point streak to 15 games with assists on three of the Soo’s seven goals. He is quickly approaching last year’s career high for points in a season. DeAngelo is now seven points up on the next highest point producing defenseman, even though he’s played six fewer games.

Windsor Spitfires 2 @ Plymouth Whalers 1

W Cristiano DiGiacinto, WSR: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM
Season totals: 51 GP, 16-19-35, -10, 91 PIM
2013-14 totals: 50 GP, 17-11-28, +8, 101 PIM

DiGiacinto had a secondary assist on Slater Doggett’s goal late in the third period, helping the Spits to a 2-1 in over Plymouth. Goalies Alex Fotinos (Windsor, undrafted) and Alex Nedeljkovic (Plymouth, Carolina) combined for 83 saves on 86 shots.

Peterborough Petes 1 @ Niagara IceDogs 2 (SO)

D Dominik Masin, PBO: 0-0-0, +1, 2 PIM
Season totals: 46 GP, 7-18-25, -10, 68 PIM
2013-14 totals (Czech U20): 39 GP, 2-19-21, +6, 102 PIM

The IceDogs won the shootout, 2-1, to take the game, 2-1. Masin did not participate in the skills competition.

Western Hockey League

Moose Jaw Warriors 4 @ Kamloops Blazers 2

C Brayden Point, MJ: 3-0-3, +2, 2 PIM, *First Star*
Season totals: 47 GP, 26-37-63, +8, 40 PIM
2013-14 totals: 72 GP, 36-55-91, -27, 53 PIM

Point had his third hat trick of the season by the second intermission on Friday night. The Warriors held the lead through the final horn for a 4-2 win.

Calgary Hitmen 4 @ Spokane Chiefs 3

D Ben Thomas, CAL: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM
Season totals: 46 GP, 5-22-27, +12, 20 PIM
2013-14 totals: 72 GP, 7-24-31, +11, 39 PIM

Thomas has 11 points in his last 14 games after another assist Friday night in the house that was formerly home of Tyler Johnson.

NCAA Game Night: 2-20-15

No. 14 Harvard Crimson 1 @ No. 20 St. Lawrence Saints 5

F Brian Hart, HAR: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 25 GP, 6-5-11, E, 17 PIM
2013-2014 totals: 30 GP, 7-8-15, -8, 20 PIM

The Saints took care of business at home against Harvard, easily disposing of the higher-ranked Crimson, 5-1.

Notre Dame Fighting Irish 2 @ No. 3 Boston University Terriers 2

D John MacLeod, BU: 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 26 GP, 2-6-8, +10, 42 PIM
2013-2014 totals (USHL): 19 GP, 1-4-5, +1, 36 PIM

The Irish scored in the last four minutes of regulation to force overtime. The game ended in an old fashioned 2-2 tie.

No. 1 North Dakota 3 @ Western Michigan Broncos 1

F Brendan O’Donnell, UND: 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 27 GP, 9-5-14, +7, 27 PIM
2013-2014 totals: 34 GP, 7-11-18, +7, 10 PIM

North Dakota got a big road win in Kalamazoo, defeating Luke Witkowski’s alma mater, 3-1. UND improved to 21-6-3.

No. 13 Yale Bulldogs 2 @ No. 11 Quinnipiac Bobcats 2 (OT)

F Matthew Peca, QU: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 31 GP, 5-25-30, +1, 23 PIM
2014-2015 totals: 40 GP, 12-26-38, +4, 16 PIM

Yale and Quinnipiac entered the third period tied at two, but the teams couldn’t break the tie in the final period or overtime.

No. 17 Minnesota Golden Gophers 2 @ Penn State Nittany Lions 1

G Adam Wilcox, MIN: Win, 35 saves on 36 shots
Season totals: 30 GP, 17-8-3, 2.45 GAA, .908 sv%, 4 SO
2013-2014 totals: 38 GP, 26-6-6, 1.97 GAA, .932 sv%, 4 SO

The Gophers won their fifth in a row, defeating Penn State in State College. Wilcox has come out of his mid-season rut with five solid games in a row. Minnesota is back in the top-20 after an extended absence. They were No. 1 earlier in the season before falling down and out.

*USCHO poll used

Crunch Snap Skid With Win Over Devils


By Jeremy Houghtaling

After totaling just three goals in the last five games, the Syracuse Crunch offense appeared to turn the corner.

Yanni Gourde gave the Crunch the lead midway through the first period, Jonathan Marchessault added a goal early in the second, and after the Devils cut their deficit to one, Vladislav Namestnikov sealed the win with a breakaway goal in the third, as Syracuse topped Albany, 3-1, to snap a five game losing streak at the Onondaga County War Memorial Friday.

"I thought we started a little bit slow -- for six or seven minutes our execution wasn't there -- but we started rolling," said Crunch head coach Rob Zettler. "I thought we competed hard. I thought the only time we were in trouble was the second period when we took three penalties in a row. It felt like they gained some momentum from it, they obviously scored on one of them, but we got back to our five on five game and controlled the play a little bit."

AHL Game Night: 2-20-15 Devils at Crunch

Offense starting to come together.

ALB-1
SYR-3

Kristers Gudlevskis allowed 1 goal on 21 shots for the victory. That's three pretty quality starts in a row as Gudlevskis adjusts to being the clear-cut number one between the pipes in Syracuse again.

First Period
SYR Gourde, (17) (Corrente, Ashton), 13:03

Second Period
SYR Marchessault, (13) (Namestnikov, Vermin), 1:42
ALB K. Zajac, (1) (Thompson, Burlon), 9:16 (PP)

Third Period
SYR Namestnikov, (10) (Broll), 8:35

Vladislav Namestnikov, Jonathan Marchessault, and Matt Corrente were the game's three stars.

Syracuse had a couple of, frankly, horrible games as they tried to make the adjustment after adding Ashton to the lineup in lieu of losing Mike Blunden. They also had to deal with Marchessault being out of the lineup due to injury and a rash of callups, but you could see that game-by-game things were starting to come together. This was hardly an offensive explosion to get 3 goals, but now you're starting to see some lines gel and little-by-little the results are coming.

Syracuse will jump over Hershey onto 2nd in the Eastern Conference with tonight's result and they'll be 1-2 points behind Manchester for the top spot when the night concludes. So, the hiccup that the Crunch had hasn't compromised their standings position to any great degree. The Crunch are still in a great spot if they continue to build up as they have been doing in the last 2-3 games.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

Extraliga Game Day: 2-20-15

Liberec 5 vs. Sparta Praha 2
Jaroslav Janus, Sparta Praha, Loss, 11/15, 6.57 GAA, .733 sv%
Season totals (CZE): 3 GP, 1-1-0, 0 SO, 4.10 GAA, .864 sv%
Season totals (KHL): 25 GP, 6-12-5, 2 SO, 3.01 GAA, .891 sv%

Jaroslav Janus was lifted 16:32 into the Second Period in Sparta's 5-2 loss to Liberec. 33 year old veteran forward Petr Vampola had assists in triplicate to help lead Liberec. Ex-Canadiens 6th rounder Daniel Pribyl had a goal in defeat for Sparta.

Sparta currently sits in 4th on the 14 team Tipsport Extraliga table.

Liiga Game Day: 2-20-15

HPK 1 vs. Tappara 3
Saku Salminen, HPK, DNP
Season totals: 32 GP, 3-4-7, E, 4 PIM

Ex-Bruins first rounder Zach Hamill scored HPK's only goal in their 3-1 loss to Tappara. Former Kings 2nd rounder Josh Green had a helper in the victory for Tappara.

HPK is now 4 points out of the final playoff position on the Liiga table.

KHL Game Day: 2-20-15

Khanty-Mansiysk 1 vs. Kazan 2 (SO)
Nikita Gusev, Khanty-Mansiysk, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 5 SOG
Season totals: 53 GP, 20-15-35, E, 12 PIM

Nikita Gusev was -1 in 19:17 of ice time and failed to convert on his attempt in the Shootout in Yugra's 2-1 loss to Ak Bars Kazan. Kazan got a helper from their captain, ex-Lightning first rounder Alex Svitov, in the win. Svitov has 9 goals and 18 points in 45 games this season.

Yugra is a distant 21 points out of the final playoff spot in the East, sitting in 12th out of 14 teams.

Togliatti 3 vs. Magnitogorsk 4
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, Win, 29/32, 3.00 GAA, .906 sv%
Season totals: 50 GP, 31-10-6, 5 SO, 1.86 GAA, .934 sv%

Ex-Blue Jackets draft pick Sergei Mozyakin had a pair of goals to lead Magnitogorsk to a 4-3 win over Lada Togliatti.

Magnitogorsk is 3rd in the Eastern Conference, 1 point behind Kazan for the top spot.

Mytischi 1 vs. St. Petersburg 0
Dmitry Korobov, Mytischi, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 45 GP, 1-8-9, E, 51 PIM

Ex-Preds 7th rounder Atte Engren turned aside all 31 shots he faced in Mytischi's 1-0 victory over SKA St. Petersburg. 21 year old Igor Levitsky, formerly of Gatineau in the QMJHL, had the only goal of the match.

Korobov's club sits in 9th in the Western Conference, 2 points out of the last playoff spot.

The Bolt Prospects Podcast, Volume 18

This week's edition of the Bolt Prospects Podcast (now on Lightning Radio's iHeart station) includes the following topics:

· The No. 18
· Lightning-comparable Franson trade offer
· Rental deadline deal vs hockey trade
· Drouin for Ekman-Larsson?
· The price for Keith Yandle
· Is now the time to export a defenseman’s contract?
· Two prospects distancing themselves from others
· Interview with new Bolt prospect David “Brolldozer” Broll

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