KHL Game Day: 11-14-15

Ekaterinburg 3 vs. Jokerit 4 (SO)
Saku Salminen, Jokerit, DNP
Season totals: 9 GP, 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM

Ex-Ottawa Senator Peter Regin had 1 goal and 1 assist and had the Shootout winner for Jokerit in their 4-3 victory over Ekaterinurg. Ex-Lightning first rounder Riku Helenius made 14 saves in regulation and OT and stopped 2 of 2 in the penalty shot session for the SO win.

Novgorod 3 vs. Podolsk 1
Carter Ashton, Novgorod, 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 21 GP, 6-4-10, +6, 14 PIM

Carter Ashton was scoreless in 17:34 in Novgorod's 3-1 win over Podolsk. Novgorod got a goal from ex-Avs pick Linus Videll in the victory.

Juniors Game Night: 11-13-15

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Cape Breton Screaming Eagles 1 @ Saint John Sea Dogs 5

W Bokondji Imama, SJ: 0-1-1, +1, 7 PIM, 1 SOG, 3 Hits
Season totals: 19 GP, 3-5-8, E, 32 PIM
2013-2014 Season: 59 GP, 13-15-28, +2, 137 PIM

W Mathieu Joseph, SJ: 1-1-2, +2, 2 PIM, 7 SOG, 1 Hit
Season totals: 19 GP, 9-8-17, +3, 21 PIM
2013-2014 Season: 59 GP, 21-21-42, +18, 46 PIM

A day after being shut out at home by Moncton, Saint John responded with a big win vs the visiting Eagles. Boko Imama was back in action after taking a puck to the face Thursday, and Mathieu Joseph had his third shorthanded goal of the season – tied for second in the league. Imama was ejected midway through the third period for a questionable check to the head.

Shawinigan Cataractes 4 @ Blainville-Boisbriand Armada 5 (OT)

W Dennis Yan, SHAW: 1-1-2, E, 2 PIM, 3 SOG, 1 Hit
Season totals: 18 GP, 18-15-33, +9, 23 PIM
2014-2015 Season: 59 GP, 33-31-64, +23, 71 PIM

Yan scored again, his 18th goal in 18 games. His is fourth in the league in goals. The Armada scored twice at the end of the second period to tie the game at 4, then scored in overtime after a scoreless third period.

Ontario Hockey League

Oshawa Generals 4 @ Erie Otters 6

C Anthony Cirelli, OSH: Did not play
Season totals: 17 GP, 5-10-15, -4, 7 PIM
2014-15 totals: 68 GP, 13-23-36, +34, 22 PIM

Cirelli remains out with an undisclosed injury.

Windsor Spitfires 7 @ Mississauga Steelheads 4

W Cristiano DiGiacinto, WSR: 2-1-3, +3, 0 PIM, 5 SOG, *First Star*
Season totals: 20 GP, 10-12-22, +13, 23 PIM
2014-15 totals: 63 GP, 21-24-45, -16, 100 PIM

Cristiano DiGiacinto (pictured) was first star in Windsor’s convincing road win over Mississauga. It was DiGiacinto’s first 2-goal game since he had a hat trick December 20, 2013. He didn’t score his 10th goal of the season last year until December 28.

Note: Saginaw’s Mitchell Stephens suffered a broken foot and is out indefinitely.

Western Hockey League

Lethbridge Hurricanes 2 @ Moose Jaw Warriors 4

C Brayden Point, MJ: 2-1-3, -1, 0 PIM, *Second Star*
Season totals: 17 GP, 18-24-42, +12, 6 PIM
2014-15 totals: 60 GP, 38-49-87, +6, 46 PIM

Brayden Point extended his point streak to seven games with two goals and an assist. He has 18 points in those seven games and five goals in his last two games.

Kamloops Blazers 3 @ Vancouver Giants 4 (OT)

D Ben Thomas, VAN: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM
Season totals: 20 GP, 2-5-7, -11, 10 PIM
With Vancouver: 7 GP, 2-2-4, -1, 2 PIM
With Calgary: 13 GP, 0-3-3, -10, 8 PIM
2014-15 totals: 60 GP, 7-24-31, +16, 28 PIM

Ty Ronning, (undrafted), son of former NHLer Cliff Ronning, had two goals and an overtime assist to lead the Giants to a 4-3 win Friday.

United States Hockey League

Omaha Lancers 2 @ Sioux Falls Stampede 4

G Kris Oldham, OMA: Loss, 36 saves on 39 shots
Season totals: 8 GP, 5-2-1, 2.41 GAA, .926 sv%
2014-15 totals: 33 GP, 21-6-4, 2.49 GAA, .908 sv%, 1 SO
(University of Nebraska-Omaha commit)

Oldham fell to 5-2-1 despite a 36-save effort Friday. Sioux Falls had an empty net goal.

Des Moines Buccaneers 3 @ Sioux City Musketeers 2

D Ryan Zuhlsdorf, SC: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 15 GP, 0-12-12, -3, 20 PIM
2014-15 totals: 56 GP, 3-19-22, +25, 58 PIM
(University of Minnesota signee)

Zuhlsdorf signed his national letter of intent this week to attend the University of Minnesota, making his commitment official.

AHL Game Night: 11-13-15 Senators at Crunch

Extra hockey fun in Syracuse.

SYR-4 (OT)

Adam Wilcox allowed 3 goals on 36 shots for the OT victory. Not surprisingly, Zettler rode the hot hand from last weekend. It's up to Gudlevskis to take the lead dog's job back.

First Period
BNG Hobbs, (1) (Robinson, Fraser), 3:13
SYR Peca, (3) (Witkowski, Vermin), 10:31
BNG Lindberg, (3) (Dzingel, Kostka), 19:01

Second Period
BNG Robinson, (1) (Claesson), 15:19 (SH)

Third Period
SYR Vermin, (2) (DeAngelo, Wilcox), 2:13 (PP)
SYR McGinn, (1) (Peca, Vermin), 12:16 (PP)

SYR Tambellini, (4) (Gourde, Witkowski), 3:30

Wilcox, Joel Vermin, and Jeff Tambellini were the game's three stars.

My running theory for this season for the Crunch is that their ceiling ultimately depends on Matthew Peca's development. The Crunch need his speed and creativity to give them some offensive punch off the rush and on counters to augment the more meat and potatoes approach they showed to manufacturing goals most of last season. So, anytime Peca gets a multi point game, that's a good sign.

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NCAA Game Night: 11-13-15

No. 11 Boston University Terriers 1 @ No. 1 Providence Friars 1 (OT)

D John MacLeod, BU: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 8 GP, 1-0-1, +2, 12 PIM
2014-2015 totals: 37 GP, 2-7-9, +19, 58 PIM

BU scored with 1:29 left in regulation in a 6-on-5 situation to tie the game at 1 with the defending national champions. Neither team could get the game-winner in overtime. The Terriers are now 5-3-1 on the year.

Minnesota Golden Gophers 4 @ Minnesota State Mavericks 0

W Jimmy Mullin, MSU: Did not play
Season totals: 7 GP, 1-0-1, -4, 0 PIM
2013-2014 totals (Miami): 19 GP, 1-6-7, 23 PIM

Mullin, a senior, remains out with a head injury.

*USCHO poll used

Crunch Use Big Third Period, OT to Top Senators

By Jeremy Houghtaling

Adam Wilcox received some reassurance from a teammate before the start of the third period.

The goalie had multiple highlight reel saves to keep the game close despite Syracuse being outshot 25-11 over the first 40 minutes. The Crunch tied the score with two power play goals in the third, Jeff Tambellini netted the game-winner in overtime and Wilcox held the Senators scoreless the rest of the way, as Syracuse rallied past Binghamton, 4-3, at the Onondaga County War Memorial Friday.

“(David) Broll looked at me in the locker room and ‘The boys got ya,’” Wilcox said. “I said ‘I’ll hold you guys to it.’ I shut the door for the rest of the period, and the guys sold out … The guys came out and it showed the character of the locker room.”

Liiga Game Day: 11-13-15

Pelicans 1 vs. KalPa 3
Jonne Tammela, KalPa, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 9 GP, 2-0-2, +1, 6 PIM

Jonne Tammela was scoreless in 12:05 of ice time in KalPa's 3-1 win over Pelicans Lahti. Ex-Devils pick Patrick Davis had 2 goals to pace KalPa. After spending much of the first month or two of the season in the Liiga's bottom 5 spots, KalPa has risen to 6th on the table, which is the final spot that would grab a first round playoff bye.

Juniors Game Night: 11-12-15

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Moncton Wildcats 5 @ Saint John Sea Dogs 0

W Bokondji Imama, SJ: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG, 1 Hit
Season totals: 17 GP, 3-4-7, -1, 25 PIM
2013-2014 Season: 59 GP, 13-15-28, +2, 137 PIM

W Mathieu Joseph, SJ: 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM, 4 SOG, 1 Hit
Season totals: 18 GP, 8-7-15, +1, 19 PIM
2013-2014 Season: 59 GP, 21-21-42, +18, 46 PIM

Moncton scored three times in the first period and twice in the second to coast to a 5-0 road shutout win. 18-year-old 5-9 rookie Sebastien Dupre (undrafted) had a 29-save shutout for Moncton. Boko Imama took a puck to the face and left the game woozy.

NOTE: Matthew Spencer of Peterborough was scoreless with a charging penalty in Team OHL’s 3-0 win over Russia in the CHL Canada-Russia series Thursday.

ECHL Game Night: 11-12-15

Atlanta Gladiators 3 at Greenville Swamp Rabbits 6

F Brian Hart, GRN: 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Season totals: 10 GP, 5-0-5, -2, 2 PIM, 25 SOG

D Daniel Walcott, GRN: 0-0-0, +2, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals (ECHL): 1 GP, 0-0-0, +2, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals (AHL): 2 GP, 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM

Other Notables
G Allen York, GRN, did not play
Season totals: 4 GP, 0-4-0-0, 4.98 GAA, 0.858 SV%, 0 SO

It felt like the Swamp Rabbits unleashed six games of winless frustration on an unsuspecting Atlanta squad Thursday night at the Bon Secours Wellness Arena in Greenville. Lightning prospect Brian Hart scored his team leading fifth goal of the season, ripping a top shelf wrister from the hash marks. Fellow prospect Daniel Walcott, just reassigned from Syracuse earlier in the week, had a strong game in his debut with 3 shots and +2 rating. The Swamp Rabbits special teams shone bright with 1005 perfection on both the penalty kill and the power play. Greenville take Friday night off before hosting Adirondack Saturday night and a rematch with the Gladiators in Atlanta Sunday afternoon.

NHL Game Night: 11-12-15 Flames at Lightning

Lightning stop the bleeding for one night.


Ben Bishop allowed 1 goal on 31 shots for the victory. With the fragile state the team is in, he simply couldn't allow them to fall behind in this game, and he didn't. He kept everything square until the breakthrough until the Third Period.

First Period

Second Period
1:59 TB Boyle (3), (Coburn)
6:45 CGY Bennett (4), (Backlund, Wideman)(PP)

Third Period
12:51 TB Stamkos (9), (Killorn, Johnson)(PP)
18:27 TB Johnson (3), (Kucherov)

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

Three goals by the Lightning off of broken plays. I'll take it. On the NBCSN broadcast, Brian Engblom floated the idea the Lightning have hit a physical and emotional wall because of the amount of hockey they played last season on their deep Stanley Cup Final run by citing the experience of the Pittsburgh Penguins after deep runs under Dan Bylsma. That's plausible given the minimal roster turnover and the lack of energy and fight the team has shown at times. Eventually they'll work through that wall, but in the mean time they'll have to hope they can continue to manufacture wins like they did tonight. Again, at this point the question isn't if they'll be in a hole. The question is whether it will be a pot hole or a sink hole.

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KHL Game Day: 11-12-15

Astana 2 vs. Jokerit 0
Saku Salminen, Jokerit, DNP
Season totals: 9 GP, 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM

Slovakian netminder Jan Laco turned aside all 33 shots he faced to stake Astana to a 2-0 victory over Jokerit. Ex-Calgary Flame Dustin Boyd had a goal in the win.

Kazan 2 vs. Magnitogorsk 3 (SO)
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, SO Win, 36/38, 1.85 GAA, .947 sv%
Season totals: 25 GP, 10-9-6, 0 SO, 2.35 GAA, .916 sv%

Vasily Koshechkin blanked both shooters he faced in the penalty shot session as Magnitogorsk toppled Kazan 3-2 in the Shootout. Magnitogorsk got a goal from ex-Blue Jackets pick Sergei Mozyakin in the win.

St. Petersburg 5 vs. Podolsk 3
Nikita Gusev, St. Peterburg, 2-1-3, +2, 0 PIM, 6 SOG
Season totals (St. Petersburg): 4 GP, 3-4-7, +5, 0 PIM
Season totals (Khanty-Mansiysk): 23 GP, 7-7-14, +6, 4 PIM
Season totals: 27 GP, 10-11-21, +11, 4 PIM

Nikita Gusev had a power play goal and an even strength goal and helper in SKA's 5-3 win over Podolsk. The forward played 19:20 in the match. Ex-Panthers forward Evgeny Dadonov chipped in 1 goal and 1 assist in the win.

Novgorod 5 vs. Zagbreb 2
Carter Ashton, Novgorod, 0-3-3, +3, 2 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 20 GP, 6-4-10, +5, 14 PIM

Carter Ashton had a trio of primary assists in 17:11 of ice time as Novgorod thumped Zagreb 5-2. Ex-Avs pick Linus Videll had 1 goal and 1 assist for Novgorod in the win.

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