Mike Angelidis remained adamant after the game: It was in.
The Syracuse Crunch captain appeared to have scored the go-ahead goal on a wraparound early in the third period, but referee Graham Skilliter, who did not see the goal, ruled the video review to be inconclusive.
"It was a goal, I saw it clear as day," Angelidis said. "I saw it go over by a foot. Clear as day. There's nothing you can do. The ref's on the other side, he doesn't see it. It's frustrating, because everybody on the ice on our side and even their guys knew it went in."
The Crunch had three potential goals disallowed, including two by video review in the third period, and the Utica Comets rallied in overtime for a 2-1 win at the Onondaga County War Memorial Friday. Syracuse has dropped 12 of its last 13 games.
"Our line had probably eight scoring chances tonight, we just couldn't get the one (goal)," Angelidis said. "When we did, it didn't count."
Power outage continues in Syracuse.
Cedrick Desjardins allowed 2 goals on 36 shots for the OT loss. It's another quality start wasted due to lack of goal support.
SYR Labrie, (2) (Paradis, Angelidis), 18:28
UTI Jensen, (13) (O'Reilly, Pelletier), 12:30 (PP)
UTI DeFazio, (9) (O'Reilly, Mullen), 4:02
Desjardins was the game's third star.
It's been a roller coaster season for Syracuse. When they've had dynamic offense, they couldn't keep the puck out of their own net. Now that they're getting better goaltending and defensive play, they can't score to save their own lives. It's hard to figure, really.
Box score from TheAHL.com.
Tanner Richard remembers the view of the bench as much as the goal.
After accepting a pass from Cedric Paquette on a 2-on-1 and burying it for his first professional goal last month, the Syracuse Crunch center felt joy and relief. It took 46 games, but the drought was over.
“It definitely took a while - a lot longer than I hoped for,” Richard said. “It was pretty special for me, because I don’t think I’ve ever seen a team so excited for a guy like that. After the first 20 games, everyone was pulling for me and trying to get me that goal.”
Like many players, Richard’s rookie season has been full of firsts.
Fort Wayne Komets 1 @ Florida Everblades 4
W Danick Gauthier, FLA: 0-1-1, +3, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 23 GP, 4-9-13, +3, 45 PIM
D Charles Landry, FLA: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 18 GP, 0-3-3, +7, 33 PIM
D Jordan Henry (AHL Contract), FLA: 2-1-3, +3, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, *First Star*
Season totals: 26 GP, 8-13-21, +9, 33 PIM
W Carl Nielsen (AHL Contract), FLA: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 34 GP, 3-5-8, -11, 49 PIM
Former Crunch player Jordan Henry scored the game’s first two goals as the Everblades defeated the visiting Komets, 4-1. PM Devos, who has seen time with Tampa Bay's AHL affiliate over the last three seasons, had two assists for the Everblades. Florida moved ahead of Fort Wayne by two points into fifth in the tightly contested Eastern Conference.
Quebec Major Junior Hockey League
Charlottetown Islanders 1 @ Halifax Mooseheads 5
C/W Jonathan Drouin, HAL: 1-0-1, +2, 0 PIM, 5 SOG, 1 Hit, 11/20 FO
Season totals: 38 GP, 23-56-79, +36, 41 PIM
2011-2012 Season: 49 GP, 41-64-105, +48, 32 PIM
Drouin scored for the second straight game to give him 13 goals on the year. Nikolaj Ehlers (2014), Drouin’s linemate, had two goals and two assists.
NOTE: Adam Erne has returned home to Connecticut to recover from his minor spleen laceration. He is out indefinitely. Erne said on Twitter he'd be home for at least two weeks.
Ontario Hockey League
London Knights 6 @ Windsor Spitfires 5 (OT) (Tuesday)
D Slater Koekkoek, WSR: 0-1-1, +3, 0 PIM
Season totals: 54 GP, 14-35-48, +46, 36 PIM
2012-13 totals: 42 GP, 6-23-29, -24, 28 PIM
Windsor scored three times in under two minutes in the third period to force overtime, but London’s Matt Rupert (undrafted) scored the game-winner in the extra session. Koekkoek was not on the ice for the overtime winner.
Another week of hockey season is in the books, though the Lightning weren’t in action as a team due to the Olympic break. Syracuse paused for the All-Star break (congrats, Brett Connolly), then resumed with two close losses to former affiliate Norfolk.
Random thoughts on the week:
1. Superman just bought himself Kristers Gudlevskis pajamas. I said in a previous blog entry that Kristers Gudlevskis had the most to gain from his Olympic appearance and today’s 55-save, 2-1 loss to Canada was the perfect example. Now every notable hockey person and a few hundred thousand fans know who he is, and there’s an overwhelmingly positive opinion attached. He was the story of the day and maybe the story of the tournament so far. Carey Price said it was the greatest performance he’s seen. Martin Brodeur also gave him props, as did Canadian astronaut Chris Hatfield. What an exceptional performance. Easily one of the greatest moments I’ve had in 15 years following Lightning prospects.
Vlad Namestnikov received the unexpected news earlier this month.
The Syracuse Crunch center went through a range of emotions when he learned he would be making his National Hockey League debut with the Tampa Bay Lightning Feb. 8.
“It was an unbelievable feeling,” Namestnikov recalled. “Nerves, excitement -- everything together.”
During the first 31 games of his sophomore season, Namestnikov accumulated 13 goals and 30 points to earn the look from the Lightning. Despite already eclipsing his rookie season output of 28 points in 62 games, the first step onto the NHL ice seemed imposing.
“The first period I just couldn’t believe I was there,” Namestnikov said. “Everything seemed so fast and everyone was so big.”
Ontario Hockey League
North Bay Battalion 6 @ Peterborough Petes 4
D Dylan Blujus, NB: 0-1-1, +1, 2 PIM
Season totals: 43 GP, 4-19-23, +4, 48 PIM
2012-13 totals: 68 GP, 2-27-29, -8, 57 PIM
North Bay outshot the Petes, 45-25, en route to a 6-4 win.
Belleville Bulls 4 @ Kingston Frontenacs 6
W Henri Ikonen, KGN: Did not play
Season totals: 41 GP, 18-38-56, +16, 37 PIM
2012-13 totals: 61 GP, 22-29-51, +2, 30 PIM
Ikonen was suspended indefinitely for cross-checking Owen Sound’s goalie last game.
Tampa Bay Lightning prospect Adam Erne is expected to miss the foreseeable future with the Quebec Remparts after sustaining a minor spleen laceration Sunday in Shawinigan. There is currently no timetable for his return, though speculation is it could be at least 3-4 weeks depending on the severity of the laceration.
According to Le Soleil and the Remparts, Erne blocked a shot with his stomach on his first shift against the Cataractes and came off the ice. He came out for his second shift but felt too bad to continue. Erne was taken to a Shawinigan emergency room and remained hospitalized overnight and into Monday in stable condition, but under observation. He was released Monday afternoon and returned to Quebec City.
Erne has 21 goals and 62 points in 48 games this season with the Remparts, who have clinched a playoff spot. The Remparts have 11 games remaining, starting tonight against No. 1 Blainville-Boisbriand.
We continue our Prospect of the Week award, an honor (virtually) given to one Tampa Bay Lightning prospect for their recent contributions on and off the ice.
The Prospect of the Week for February 17, 2014 is … Brian Hart, W, Harvard Crimson (NCAA – USA).
For the third consecutive week a collegiate player is our Prospect of the Week. This week the honor goes to Harvard’s Brian Hart, a second round pick (53rd overall) of the Lightning in 2012.
Hart, a 6-3 212-pound forward out of Phillips-Exeter Academy in New Hampshire, had two goals and an assist this week to raise his season point total to 12 (four goals) in 25 games. The Maine native had a goal in Monday’s 6-2 Beanpot Consolation Game win over Boston University and followed that up with an assist in a 1-0 upset win over Clarkson on Friday. He finished his weekend with a goal in a 2-2 tie against St. Lawrence on Saturday.