AHL Game Night: 1-30-16 Crunch at Bears

Oof.

SYR-1
HER-5

Kristers Gudlevskis allowed 4 goals in 27 shots for the loss.

First Period
SYR Yogan, (2) (Ikonen), 15:57
HER Walker, (9) (Barber, Ness), 18:09

Second Period
HER Camper, (6) (Gazley, Carey), 14:58
HER Barber, (9) (Gomez, Bowey), 18:39

Third Period
HER Barber, (10) (Boyd, Gomez), 1:01 (PP)
HER Barber, (11) (Carrick, Bourque), 19:35 (EN)

PTO signee Andrew Yogan tallied a goal in his first game with the Crunch. It was pretty much all downhill from there.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

Liiga Game Day: 1-30-16

JYP 3 vs. KalPa 2
Jonne Tammela, KalPa, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 29 GP, 4-7-11, +8, 14 PIM

28 year old Liiga veteran Miika Lahti scored the winning goal for JYP in their 3-2 win over KalPa. Ex-Capitals pick Nolan Yonkman assisted on the goal.

KHL Game Day: 1-30-16

Novgorod 4 vs. Dinamo Riga 1
Carter Ashton, Novgorod, 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Season totals: 44 GP, 13-9-22, +4, 61 PIM

Ex-Senators pick Kaspars Daugavins had 1 goal and 1 assist to pace Novgorod to a comfortable 4-1 win over Riga.

Juniors Game Night: 1-29-16

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Saint John Sea Dogs 5 @ Rimouski Oceanic 3

W Bokondji Imama, SJ: Did not play
Season totals: 28 GP, 4-9-13, -1, 50 PIM
2013-2014 Season: 59 GP, 13-15-28, +2, 137 PIM

W Mathieu Joseph, SJ: 1-1-2, +1, 0 PIM, 4 SOG, 3 Hits, *First Star*
Season totals: 43 GP, 24-27-51, +27, 45 PIM
2013-2014 Season: 59 GP, 21-21-42, +18, 46 PIM

Joseph’s 24th goal of the season was one of three third period goals by Saint John that broke a 2-2 tie and eventually sent them to a 5-3 win. Joseph (pictured) has a 3-game goal streak in which he has six points. He’s plus-12 in his last six games.

Chicoutimi Sagueneens 6 @ Shawinigan Cataractes 2

W Dennis Yan, SHAW: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 0 SOG, 1 Hit
Season totals: 41 GP, 28-29-57, +6, 54 PIM
2014-2015 Season: 59 GP, 33-31-64, +23, 71 PIM

The Sags strolled into Shawinigan and came away with a convincing 6-2 win. Carolina fourth rounder Nicolas Roy had a goal and four assists for Chicoutimi.

Ontario Hockey League

Barrie Colts 6 @ Oshawa Generals 3

C Anthony Cirelli, OSH: 1-1-2, -1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, 14/21 FO
Season totals: 42 GP, 13-24-37, -11 19 PIM
2014-15 totals: 68 GP, 13-23-36, +34, 22 PIM

Cirelli, who was named Oshawa’s captain Thursday, had a goal and an assist Friday to surpass last year’s point total and set a new career high for assists and points in a season. He tied his career high for goals. The Gens held a 3-1 lead entering the third period Friday but gave up five goals in the final stanza. Andrew Mangiapane (Flames) had a hat trick for Barrie.

Windsor Spitfires 0 @ Kitchener Rangers 2

W Cristiano DiGiacinto, WSR: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 42 GP, 15-21-36, +21, 57 PIM
2014-15 totals: 63 GP, 21-24-45, -16, 100 PIM

Luke Opilka (Blues) stopped all 20 shots he faced for the Rangers, who peppered Windsor’s rookie goaltender Michael DiPietro (2017) with 38 shots. He stopped 37 of them. Kitchener added a late empty-netter.

Peterborough Petes 2 @ Ottawa 67’s 3

D Dominik Masin, PBO: 0-0-0, +1, 4 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 37 GP, 5-14-19, +27, 34 PIM
2014-15 totals: 48 GP, 7-19-26, -13, 68 PIM

D Matt Spencer, PBO: Did not play (injured)
Season totals: 40 GP, 3-16-19, E, 31 PIM
2014-15 totals: 67 GP, 6-24-30, -15, 64 PIM

The Petes fought back from a 2-0 deficit to tie the game only to give up the game-winner late in the third. Matt Spencer remains out with an undisclosed injury that was originally thought to be day-to-day. It’s now week-to-week.

Saginaw Spirit 5 @ Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 3

W Mitchell Stephens, SAG: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 2/10 FO
Season totals: 18 GP, 9-8-17, +2, 10 PIM
2014-15 totals: 62 GP, 22-26-48, -17, 44 PIM

Matthew Kreis, a former OHL first rounder who went undrafted in the NHL last year, had two goals for Saginaw Friday vs the Soo.

Western Hockey League

Moose Jaw Warriors 1 @ Medicine Hat Tigers 3

C Brayden Point, MJ: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM
Season totals: 27 GP, 20-32-52, +12, 17 PIM
2014-15 totals: 60 GP, 38-49-87, +6, 46 PIM

The Warriors held a 1-0 lead entering the third period, but gave up three goals (one empty-netter).

Vancouver Giants 4 @ Kamloops Blazers 3 (OT)

D Ben Thomas, VAN: 1-1-2, E, 0 PIM
Season totals: 53 GP, 6-17-23, -17, 28 PIM
With Vancouver: 39 GP, 6-14-20, -7, 18 PIM
With Calgary: 14 GP, 0-3-3, -10, 10 PIM
2014-15 totals: 60 GP, 7-24-31, +16, 28 PIM

Thomas had a goal and the primary assist on Ty Ronning’s overtime-winner. Thomas has had two 1+1 games in his last four games played.

United States Hockey League

Bloomington Thunder 1 @ Omaha Lancers 4

G Kris Oldham, OMA: Did not play
Season totals: 19 GP, 11-6-2, 2.43 GAA, .921 sv%, 1 SO
2014-15 totals: 33 GP, 21-6-4, 2.49 GAA, .908 sv%, 1 SO
(University of Nebraska-Omaha signee)

Oldham got the night off in favor of Zackarias Skog, who stopped 25 of 26 shots for the Lancers. Skog, a 6-5 Sweden native, is ranked No. 24 on Central Scouting’s North America goaltender list. He is currently uncommitted to a college.

Sioux City Musketeers 3 @ Dubuque Fighting Saints 2

D Ryan Zuhlsdorf, SC: Did not play (injured)
Season totals: 27 GP, 0-22-22, -5, 30 PIM
2014-15 totals: 56 GP, 3-19-22, +25, 58 PIM
(University of Minnesota signee)

Zuhlsdorf remains out of the Sioux City lineup with a concussion he sustained on January 8.

NCAA Game Night: 1-29-16

Merrimack Warriors 0 @ No. 11 Boston University Terriers 4

D John MacLeod, BU: Did not play
Season totals: 21 GP, 1-1-2, -2, 20 PIM
2014-2015 totals: 37 GP, 2-7-9, +19, 58 PIM

MacLeod was scratched for the second straight game. He’s been on a rotation the past few weekends.

AHL Game Night: 1-29-16 Bears at Crunch

Bears pull away to halt Crunch point streak.

HER-5
SYR-3

Adam Wilcox allowed 4 goals on 25 shots for the loss.

First Period
SYR Richard, (6) (Blunden, Gourde), 1:01
SYR Erne, (8) (Blunden, Richard), 5:55 (PP)
HER Boyd, (10) (Carey, Gomez), 6:26 (PP)

Second Period
HER O'Brien, (3) , 1:01
HER Mitchell, (8) (Carrick), 5:08
SYR Gourde, (7) (Martindale, Witkowski), 8:48 (SH)
HER Gazley, (10) (Djoos, Camper), 11:10

Third Period
HER Collins, (10) , 18:55 (EN/SH)

Yanni Gourde and Tanner Richard were the game's second and third stars. Richard's multi-point night puts him at 5 goals and 13 points in 13 games for the month of January. Richard had just 1 goal and 15 points this season prior to the new year.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

Crunch's Quick Start Not Enough in Loss to Bears


By Jeremy Houghtaling

The first six minutes was all Syracuse.

The Crunch netted a pair of goals in the first 5:55 but the Bears roared back for the next three goals and emerged with the win, as Syracuse fell to Hershey, 5-3, at the Onondaga County War Memorial Friday. The loss snaps the Crunch’s five-game point streak.

“We had a really good start,” said Syracuse head coach Rob Zettler. “(There was) a lull in the second half of the first period and they had some O zone time, but they didn’t have a ton of chances. I thought we had the better chances overall, and carried the play a lot through the third period and the second half of the second period. We had some unfortunate bounces … A little bit of clean-up, but overall I didn’t mind our game.”

Liiga Game Day: 1-29-16

KalPa 3 vs. JYP 2 (SO)
Jonne Tammela, KalPa, 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 28 GP, 4-7-11, +9, 14 PIM

Jonne Tammela assisted on the Third Period game tying goal in KalPa's 3-2 SO win over JYP. The forward played 11:51 in the match. Tammela did not have an attempt in the penalty shot session.

KHL Game Day: 1-29-16

Chelyabinsk 3 vs. Magnitogorsk 4 (SO)
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, No Decision, 7/9, 8.08 GAA, .778 sv%
Season totals: 48 GP, 21-14-9, 3 SO, 2.17 GAA, .923 sv%

Vasily Koshechkin was lifted 14:51 into the First Period of Magnitogorsk's 4-3 SO win over Chelyabinsk. Caps first rounder Ilya Samsonov allowed just 1 goal on 32 shots and stopped all 3 shooters he faced in the penalty shot session in relief. Ex-NHLer Wojtek Wolski had the Third Period goal that sent the game past regulation for Magnitka. It was Wolski's 16th of the season.

St. Petersburg 6 vs. Cherepovets 1
Nikita Gusev, St. Petersburg, 0-3-3, +1, 4 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals (St. Petersburg): 29 GP, 13-20-33, +8, 10 PIM
Season totals (Khanty-Mansiysk): 23 GP, 7-7-14, +6, 4 PIM
Season totals: 52 GP, 20-27-47, +14, 14 PIM

Nikita Gusev had 2 power play helpers and an even strength helper in St. Petersburg's 6-1 win over Cherepovets. He played 20:40 in the match, which was the rare occasion he's been held without a SOG this season. Ex-NHLer Ilya Kovalchuk had 1 goal and 3 points in the win.

Crunch Trio Ready for AHL All-Star Challenge


By Jeremy Houghtaling

While players certainly don’t look past games, there’s certainly events they look forward to.

The Syracuse Crunch’s weekend begins just like any other with a home-and-home against the Hershey Bears. But on Sunday, Syracuse welcomes representatives from all over the American Hockey League for the annual skills competition with the AHL All-Star Challenge set to follow on Monday night.

“It’s a tremendous experience,” said Crunch defenseman Matt Taormina. “I was fortunate to do it last year and experience how it was. The skills competition is an unbelievable time. You go out there, joke with the guys, have fun, and mess around. You get to know the guys a little better too, since we’re always enemies out on the ice.”

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