NCAA Game Night: 12-6-14

No. 9 Harvard Crimson 5 @ No. 15 Quinnipiac Bobcats 2

F Brian Hart, HAR: 1-0-1, +2, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 12 GP, 5-4-9, +2, 2 PIM
2013-2014 totals: 30 GP, 7-8-15, -8, 20 PIM

F Matthew Peca, QU: 0-0-0, -4, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 16 GP, 1-11-12, -6, 19 PIM
2014-2015 totals: 40 GP, 12-26-38, +4, 16 PIM

Hart’s late goal put Harvard up 5-1. It was Hart’s fifth goal of the season. Peca was a team-worst minus-4 for QU.

No. 18 Merrimack Warriors 2 @ No. 3 Boston University Terriers 4

D John MacLeod, BU: 0-2-2, +3, 2 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 13 GP, 1-3-4, +5, 32 PIM
2013-2014 totals: 19 GP, 1-4-5, +1, 36 PIM

MacLeod had his first multi-point game for BU and Jack Eichel had four assists to lead the Terriers to a win over Merrimack. First star of the game was Eichel’s right winger, Danny O’Regan (Sharks), who had a hat trick and four points.

Lake Superior State Lakers 1 @ No. 1 North Dakota 3

F Brendan O’Donnell, UND: 1-0-1, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, *Second Star*
Season totals: 15 GP, 5-2-7, E, 23 PIM
2013-2014 totals: 34 GP, 7-11-18, +7, 10 PIM

O’Donnell scored for the second consecutive game after returning from injury, helping No. 1 UND to a weekend sweep of the Lakers.

No. 6 Minnesota Golden Gophers 3 @ Michigan State Spartans 3 (OT)

G Adam Wilcox, MIN: Tie, 42 saves on 45 shots
Season totals: 14 GP, 9-4-1, 2.13 GAA, .926 sv%, 3 SO
2013-2014 totals: 38 GP, 26-6-6, 1.97 GAA, .932 sv%, 4 SO

One night after shutting out MSU, Wilcox and the Gophers battled back from two one-goal deficits to force a tie. Wilcox stopped 42 shots in regulation and overtime. MSU won a just-for-show shootout, 2-1, in six rounds. Wilcox made one save in the shootout as three Spartan players missed the net.

*USCHO poll used

Vasilevskiy Records Shutout in Crunch's Win Over Americans


By Jeremy Houghtaling

The Syracuse Crunch gave Andei Vasilevskiy little room for error.

Jerome Samson put the Crunch ahead 17 minutes into the game and the score remained the same until the final minute, when Vladislav Namestnikov sealed the win with an empty-netter. Vasilevskiy finished with 34 saves for his first American Hockey League shutout in a 2-0 win over the Rochester Americans at the Onondaga County War Memorial Saturday.

"Very hard game, because if you make a mistake, it's a tie game and it's very hard," Vasilevskiy said.

NCAA Game Night: 12-5-14

No. 9 Harvard Crimson 4 @ Princeton Tigers 3

F Brian Hart, HAR: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 5 SOG
Season totals: 11 GP, 4-4-8, +3, 2 PIM
2013-2014 totals: 30 GP, 7-8-15, -8, 20 PIM

Harvard improved to 8-1-2 overall with a win over rival Princeton. The Crimson jumped from 18 to 9 in the latest USCHO poll.

No. 3 Boston University Terriers 1 @ No. 18 Merrimack Warriors 1 (OT)

D John MacLeod, BU: 0-0-0, E, 14 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 12 GP, 1-1-2, +5, 32 PIM
2013-2014 totals: 19 GP, 1-4-5, +1, 36 PIM

MacLeod received a minor penalty for boarding with a 10-minute misconduct tacked on. The boarding call came after he had just left the box for a tripping penalty. The freshman leads the Terriers in penalty minutes.

Lake Superior State Lakers 4 @ No. 1 North Dakota 7

F Brendan O’Donnell, UND: 1-1-2, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 14 GP, 4-2-6, E, 23 PIM
2013-2014 totals: 34 GP, 7-11-18, +7, 10 PIM

O’Donnell returned from missing a week due to injury and scored a goal and added an assist, helping new No. 1 UND to a blowout win over LSSU.

Dartmouth Big Green 1 @ No. 15 Quinnipiac Bobcats 2 (OT)

F Matthew Peca, QU: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 15 GP, 1-11-12, -2, 19 PIM
2014-2015 totals: 40 GP, 12-26-38, +4, 16 PIM

QU scored 1:48 into overtime to claim a home win over Dartmouth. Matt Peca didn’t figure into the game’s scoring, though he was on the ice for both regulation goals.

No. 6 Minnesota Golden Gophers 5 @ Michigan State Spartans 0

G Adam Wilcox, MIN: Win, 24 saves on 24 shots, shutout, *Second Star*
Season totals: 13 GP, 9-4-0, 2.08 GAA, .925 sv%, 3 SO
2013-2014 totals: 38 GP, 26-6-6, 1.97 GAA, .932 sv%, 4 SO

The Gophers opened Big 10 play with a road shutout over Sparty. Wilcox registered his third shutout of the season and 10th of his collegiate career. He leads all conference goaltenders in overall winning percentage, save percentage, and goals against average.

*USCHO poll used

Juniors Game Night: 12-5-14

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Val-d’Or Foreurs 1 @ Cape Breton Screaming Eagles 4

C Cameron Darcy, CB: Did not play (off team)
Season totals: 19 GP: 1-13-15, -6, 14 PIM
2013-2014 Season: 65 GP, 35-47-82, +3, 51 PIM

The Eagles decided they’d waited long enough for Darcy to try to find his game and dropped him from their roster. The Lightning’s seventh round pick this summer who flirted with a spot on Syracuse will now await a trade, provided Cape Breton can find a taker who has an open overage spot (three allowed per game). If a trade can’t be made, Darcy will reportedly return home to Boston. It is possible the Lightning could find a spot for him with ECHL Florida on a minor league contract, that is if they still believe Darcy has a professional career ahead of him. The Lightning liked his skill in the preseason, but returned him to juniors so he could add weight and strength. Darcy has struggled to produce, though he was Cape Breton's leading scorer last season. Darcy's lone goal this year was scored into an empty net.

Blainville-Boisbriand Armada 3 @ Quebec Remparts 6

W Adam Erne, QUE: 1-1-2, -2, 0 PIM, 5 SOG, 5 Hits, *Third Star*
Season totals: 25 GP, 20-22-42, +19, 30 PIM
2013-2014 Season: 48 GP, 21-41-62, -3, 65 PIM

Adam Erne now has goals in 10 of his last 12 games, scoring the eventual game-winner Friday night at home vs the Armada. Erne was a threat all night, but especially on his goal-scoring shift. Playing the left point on the power play, Erne was caught back on a 2 on 1 but hit the ice to block a cross-crease pass, saving a scoring chance. He gathered the puck, rushed it up ice, then dished before taking his spot on the point. The Remparts turned the puck over, but Erne didn’t leave his spot and challenged the puck carrier, poking the puck clear and gathering it himself. He took a stride to the left wing circle and rifled a slap shot far-side for a goal, breaking a 3-3 tie. He dropped to one knee to celebrate, pumping his fist (pictured). The goal was Erne’s 20th of the season, so he’s one off last year’s total set in 23 more games.

Ontario Hockey League

North Bay Battalion 2 @ Sarnia Sting 5

D Anthony DeAngelo, SAR: 0-2-2, +1, 0 PIM
Season totals: 23 GP, 7-22-29, +2, 52 PIM
2013-14 totals: 51 GP, 15-56-71, -34, 90 PIM

Sarnia won its sixth straight game, aided by DeAngelo’s two assists. DeAngelo has at least a point in eight of his last nine games.

Peterborough Petes 3 @ Guelph Storm 5

D Dominik Masin, PBO: 0-0-0, -2, 2 PIM
Season totals: 26 GP, 5-8-13, -18, 43 PIM
2013-14 totals: 39 GP, 2-19-21, +6, 102 PIM

In a game broadcast on NHL Network, Guelph rallied late to break a 3-3 tie and defeat the Petes, 5-3. Masin had an up-and-down game with a few giveaways, but some smart defensive play at other times. He is firmly in the Petes’ top-4 for defensemen and had several good breakout passes.

Western Hockey League

Moose Jaw Warriors 1 @ Red Deer Rebels 2

C Brayden Point, MJ: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM, *Third Star*
Season totals: 26 GP, 15-21-36, +10, 19 PIM
2013-14 totals: 72 GP, 36-55-91, -27, 53 PIM

Point extended his point streak to nine games with an assist.

Edmonton Oil Kings 2 @ Calgary Hitmen 6

D Ben Thomas, CAL: Did not play (injured)
Season totals: 24 GP, 3-11-13, +4, 12 PIM
2013-14 totals: 72 GP, 7-24-31, +11, 39 PIM

Thomas remains out with a lower body injury. He is getting close to a return.

ECHL Game Night: 12-05-14

Florida Everblades 7 at Indy Fuel 6

D Artem Sergeev, FLA: 0-0-0, +1, 2 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 14 GP, 4-3-7, +6, 6 PIM, 19 SOG

Other Notables
D Kirill Gotovets, IND: 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 13 GP, 2-2-4, -4, 12 PIM, 22 SOG

G Allen York, FLA, INJURED
Season totals: 12 GP, 9-2-0-1, 2.13 GAA, 0.912 SV%, 2 SO

F Jeff Costello, FLA: 1-0-1, +2, 0 PIM, 5 SOG
Season totals (ECHL): 11 GP, 4-0-4, +5, 16 PIM, 20 SOG
Season totals (AHL): 3 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM

F Mike Aviani, FLA: 0-1-1, +1, 2 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals (ECHL): 12 GP, 3-3-6, +3, 11 PIM, 19 SOG
Season totals (AHL): 2 GP, 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM

With Allen York sidelined with an injury, Florida's first ever game in Indy against the expansion Fuel was a wild affair with 13 goals scored. The Blades were ahead 6-3 at the 2nd intermission, but surrendered three 3rd period goals on 17 Indy shots. Jeff Costello notched his 4th goal of the season about 7 minutes into the 3rd that would stand as the eventual game winner. Lightning camper Mike Aviani would get the primary assist on Costello's marker. Fuel rookie blueliner Kirill Gotovets, a former Lightning 2009 7th round pick, played his 13th game of the season tonight for Indy. Gotovets signed an AHL contract in September with Chicago Blackhawks' AHL affiliate in Rockford and was reassigned by Rockford to Indy in October. Gotovets, a graduate of Cornell, had his rights traded to Chicago by Tampa in April 2012 for current BP Prospect-of-the-Week Philippe Paradis. Florida returns to Estero for a Wednesday home tilt against Elmira before Indy rolls into South Florida for back-to-back games next weekend.

Wichita Thunder 1 at Brampton Beast 3

F Danick Gauthier, WIC: 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Season totals (ECHL): 19 GP, 8-10-18, +3, 12 PIM, 61 SOG
Season totals (AHL): 1 GP, 0-0-0, -2, 2 PIM

D Daniel Milan, WIC: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 5 SOG
Season totals: 19 GP, 0-3-3, -3, 34 PIM, 21 SOG

Not the homecoming Daniel Milan was looking for as the Thunder rolled into Brampton for Milan's first game against his old team. He did put up a season-high 5 shots, but Beast goalie Trevor Cann turned away 45 Thunder shots, upstaging Wichita netminder and Edmonton Oiler prospect Tyler Bunz who currently sports the ECHL's 2nd stingiest goals-against-average (Allen York is 4th). Followers of the Florida Everblades will recall that Cann was acquired last season by the Blades when Lightning prospect Kristers Gudlevskis was recalled to the Syracuse Crunch after parting ways with Riku Helenius. Cann appeared in 29 games for Florida last season posting a 15-10-1 record. The Beast also managed to do what few Central Division teams have been able to accomplish and that is keeping the Wichita Wizard Danick Gauthier off the scoreboard. The road trip for the Thunder continues Sunday in upstate NY against the Elmira Jackals.

Crunch Score Five Times in First, Hang on Against Wolf Pack


By Jeremy Houghtaling

Vladislav Namestnikov made an impact on his first shift.

The Crunch forward, sent to Syracuse to get more ice time earlier this week, chipped in a rebound 59 seconds into the game and was a catalyst in the Crunch getting out to a five-goal lead in the first period. But Syracuse saw its lead dwindle to one early in the third and barely hung on to top the Hartford Wolf Pack, 6-5, at the Onondaga County War Memorial Friday.

"We actually came out great, kind of against what we've done all year," said Crunch head coach Rob Zettler. "We came out great and finished flat."

AHL Game Night: 12-5-14 Wolf Pack at Crunch

Crunch outlast Wolf Pack.

HFD-5
SYR-6

Kristers Gudlevskis got the "W" despite allowing 5 goals on 35 shots.

First Period
SYR Namestnikov, (1) (Marchessault, Nesterov), 0:59 (PP)
SYR Angelidis, (7) (Smith, Gourde), 3:26
SYR Vermin, (6) (Nesterov, Namestnikov), 3:44
SYR Dotchin, (1) (Blujus, Richard), 13:34 (PP)
SYR Gourde, (10) (Richard, Paradis), 16:34

Second Period
HFD Haggerty, (5) (Lindberg, R. Bourque), 1:55 (PP)
HFD Nehring, (1) (Nicholls, Jackson), 3:49
HFD Malone, (1) (R. Bourque, Mueller), 9:37

Third Period
HFD Kristo, (6) (C. Bourque, Kostka), 4:02 (PP)
SYR Angelidis, (8) (Namestnikov, Marchessault), 6:11 (PP)
HFD C. Bourque, (8) (Bodie, Kristo), 7:50 (PP)

Mike Angelidis, Vladislav Namestnikov, and Yanni Gourde were the game's three stars.

There's simply no excuse to almost squander a 5 goal lead, and while Syracuse continues to scores goals at an accelerated clip they continue to struggle keeping it out of their own net.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

KHL Game Day: 12-5-14

Khanty-Mansiysk 4 vs. Kazan 3 (SO)
Nikita Gusev, Khanty-Mansiysk, 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Season totals: 31 GP, 10-7-17, +2, 10 PIM

Nikita Gusev had both a goal and the shootout winner for Yugra in their 4-3 win over Ak Bars Kazan. He played 17:34 in the contest.

Dynamo Moscow 7 vs. Bratislava 2
Jaroslav Janus, Bratislava, Loss, 20/27, 7.01 GAA, .741 sv%
Season totals: 16 GP, 4-9-3, 2 SO, 2.68 GAA, .895 sv%

Ex-Lightning forward Martins Karsums had a goal for Dynamo Moscow in their 7-2 rout of Slovan Bratislava.

Juniors Game Night: 12-4-14

Ontario Hockey League

Sault Ste Marie Greyhounds 8 @ Windsor Spitfires 5

W Cristiano DiGiacinto, WSR: 1-0-1, -1, 0 PIM, *Third Star*
Season totals: 21 GP, 9-5-14, -8, 34 PIM
2013-14 totals: 50 GP, 17-11-28, +8, 101 PIM

DiGiacinto scored for the third consecutive game and earned third star in a loss to the mighty Greyhounds. The Soo has separated themselves from the pack with Oshawa and Erie as league favorites.

Oshawa Generals 6 @ Peterborough Petes 0

D Dominik Masin, PBO: 0-0-0, -4, 0 PIM
Season totals: 25 GP, 5-8-13, -16, 41 PIM
2013-14 totals: 39 GP, 2-19-21, +6, 102 PIM

Ouch. Not a good night for the Petes, or Masin, who was a team-worst minus-4 on Thursday. Islanders first rounder Michael Dal Colle had two goals and an assist for first star honors.

NHL Game Night: 12-4-14 Sabres at Lightning

Clinic.

BUF-0
TB-5

Ben Bishop stopped all 13 (not a typo) shots he faced for his first shutout of the season. He had to stop maybe 3-4 quality opportunities, but could've put his feet up half the night otherwise. We resurrect the University of Maine Justice logo tonight, nonetheless.

First Period
2:33 TB Gudas (2), (Johnson)

Second Period
4:28 TB Stamkos (16), (Callahan, Killorn)
5:39 TB Morrow (2), (Drouin, Sustr)
13:40 TB Garrison (3), (Stamkos, Sustr)

Third Period
18:55 TB Connolly (5), (Filppula, Stamkos)(PP)

Steven Stamkos, Radko Gudas, and Bishop were the game's three stars.

In the end, that's exactly the response you would want to see coming out of the 2-1 shootout loss in Buffalo. Mind you, the team was annoyingly lethargic in the First Period and really did not play well at all. But, from the Second Period on, their absolute dominance of Buffalo was only really interrupted by some sour grapes Third Period thuggery by the Sabres once the game was clearly into garbage time. The really scary thing is it could've been worse if the Lightning had capitalized on all the Sabres penalties in this game, but they only managed to draw blood on Connolly's late 2-man advantage goal.

The victory gives the Lightning a 3rd insurance point in the bank with 3 games remaining in this segment. They had 4 coming into the segment, so they've got an excellent chance to really improve their position before moving on into the fourth 10-game segment of the season, after which we may find they have so many points the bomb sights may need to start to be readjusted.

Cedric Paquette had a fight, 2 shots, and 2 hits in 15:10. He got in a scrap with Zemgus Girgensons and handled himself well, getting in a couple of really good shots right off the top of the fight. It's not every day you get to beat up the bogus leader in NHL All-Star voting.

Jonathan Drouin had a helper and was +1 in 12:34. They tried him on a line with Boyle and Morrow tonight, and he had a wee bit of chemistry with the well-seasoned veteran Morrow, including setting up Morrow's second goal of the season. I'd still really like to see the Drouin/Filppula/Brown line I suggested a little while back, though, just in case Cooper decides he's going to start taking requests like a wedding singer.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

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