Juniors Game Night: 1-9-15

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Sherbrooke Phoenix 7 @ Quebec Remparts 4

C Cameron Darcy, SHR: 1-1-2, +4, 2 PIM, 7 SOG, 12/19 FO, 0 Hits, *First Star*
With Sherbrooke: 10 GP, 8-10-18, -4, 8 PIM
With Cape Breton: 19 GP, 1-13-14, -6, 14 PIM
Season totals: 29 GP, 9-23-32, -10, 22 PIM
2013-2014 Season: 65 GP, 35-47-82, +3, 51 PIM

W Adam Erne, QUE: 2-0-2, -2, 0 PIM, 6 SOG, 12/20 FO, 3 Hits, *Third Star*
Season totals: 36 GP, 25-27-52, +17, 46 PIM
2013-2014 Season: 48 GP, 21-41-62, -3, 65 PIM

Sherbrooke went into La Colisee Pepsi and overcame three 1-goal deficits to eventually pull past the Remparts and win. Quebec had Anthony Duclair in the lineup and he and Erne played on the same line together. Duclair set up Erne’s first goal. Cam Darcy was dominant for the Phoenix, scoring once and setting up another goal. He and Erne scored 18 seconds apart in the second period, with Erne’s coming on a shorthanded penalty shot.

Ontario Hockey League

Sault Ste Marie Greyhounds 3 @ Saginaw Spirit 1

D Anthony DeAngelo, SOO: 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM
With SSM: 1 GP, 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM
With Sarnia: 29 GP, 10-28-38, E, 64 PIM
Season totals: 30 GP, 10-28-38, -1, 66 PIM
2013-14 totals: 51 GP, 15-56-71, -34, 90 PIM

DeAngelo made his Sault Ste Marie debut, but wasn’t able to find the scoresheet. The Soo is loaded after acquiring DeAngelo, Justin Bailey, and Connor Boland.

Windsor Spitfires 4 @ Ottawa 67’s 8

W Cristiano DiGiacinto, WSR: 0-2-2, E, 2 PIM
Season totals: 34 GP, 13-13-26, -10, 61 PIM
2013-14 totals: 50 GP, 17-11-28, +8, 101 PIM

DiGiacinto extended his point streak to eight games with two assists in a rough loss in Ottawa. The Spits actually outshot the 67’s, 47-37. Ottawa scored six times in the second period.

Western Hockey League

Everett Silvertips 6 @ Moose Jaw Warriors 2

C Brayden Point, MJ: 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM
Season totals: 31 GP, 17-28-45, +6, 21 PIM
2013-14 totals: 72 GP, 36-55-91, -27, 53 PIM

Point had his league-best 13-game point streak snapped by Everett. The ‘Tips got a goal and an assist from 2014 Montreal first rounder Nikita Scherbak.

ECHL Game Night: 1-9-15

Orlando Solar Bears 0 at Florida Everblades 2

D Artem Sergeev, FLA: DNP
Season totals: 24 GP, 6-8-14, +7, 10 PIM, 36 SOG

Other Notables
G Allen York, FLA, W, 60:00 MIN, 0 GA, 31 SV, 31 SH, *First Star*
Season totals: 19 GP, 15-3-0-1, 2.40 GAA, 0.909 SV%, 3 SO

F Jeff Costello, FLA: 1-0-1, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, *Third Star*
Season totals (ECHL): 22 GP, 8-6-14, +1, 24 PIM, 52 SOG
Season totals (AHL): 3 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM

F Mike Aviani, FLA: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals (ECHL): 23 GP, 5-8-13, +1, 13 PIM, 44 SOG
Season totals (AHL): 2 GP, 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM

Allen York stopped 31 Solar Bear shots Friday night for his 3rd shutout of the season along with First Star honors for the game. Mitch Wahl, former Memorial Cup champion and Spokane Chief teammate of Tyler Johnson, broke open a scoreless game less than 2 minutes into the final frame. Jeff Costello added a power-play insurance marker 73 seconds later, earning a Third Star for his efforts. Lightning defensive prospect Artem Sergeev once again was not in the lineup for the Everblades. Florida and Orlando square off again Saturday night for the final frame of the back-to-back.

Wichita Thunder 4 at Quad City Mallards 1

F Danick Gauthier, WIC: 1-1-2, +2, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, *First Star*
Season totals (ECHL): 34 GP, 15-17-32, +3, 35 PIM, 106 SOG
Season totals (AHL): 1 GP, 0-0-0, -2, 2 PIM

D Daniel Milan, WIC: 0-1-1, +1, 2 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 34 GP, 0-7-7, -8, 76 PIM, 32 SOG

Once again, the Thunder poured on three third-period goals as Wichita were victorious in the back-end of a home-and-home with the Mallards. Lightning prospect Danick Gauthier celebrated being named to the ECHL All-Star game by assisting on the go-ahead goal by former Blackhawk draft pick Jared Walker, and then tallying the Thunder's fourth goal, an empty-netter with just less than 2 minutes remaining. Gauthier earned First Star honors, and fellow Bolt prospect Daniel Milan was credited with an assist on Gauthier's empty-netter. With Friday night's road win, the Thunder flipped back ahead of the Mallards for 2nd on Central Division board behind the Allen Americans. Wichita returns home for a back-to-back Saturday and Sunday against the Evansville IceMen.

NCAA Game Night: 1-9-15

No. 2 Boston University Terriers 3 @ Wisconsin Badgers 3 (OT)

D John MacLeod, BU: 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 16 GP, 2-3-5, +6, 36 PIM
2013-2014 totals: 19 GP, 1-4-5, +1, 36 PIM

BU junior defenseman Ahti Oksanen (undrafted) scored his ninth and 10th goals of the season in the last two minutes of the game – the final goal coming with three seconds left in regulation – to force a 3-3 tie with Wisconsin. The Badgers had taken a 3-1 lead with just under three minutes remaining to set up the dramatic finish.

No. 7 Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs 4 @ No. 1 North Dakota 1

F Brendan O’Donnell, UND: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 18 GP, 5-2-7, +1, 25 PIM
2013-2014 totals: 34 GP, 7-11-18, +7, 10 PIM

North Dakota tied the game at one midway through the third period, but the Bulldogs surged ahead and capped the upset win with an empty-netter.

RPI Engineers 2 @ No. 15 Quinnipiac Bobcats 4

F Matthew Peca, QU: 1-2-3, +1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, *First Star*
Season totals: 21 GP, 4-16-20, -2, 19 PIM
2014-2015 totals: 40 GP, 12-26-38, +4, 16 PIM

Matt Peca climbed within a point of being at a point-per-game pace, scoring once and assisting on two other goals Friday night. He opened the game’s scoring with his fourth goal of the season.

No. 9 Minnesota Golden Gophers 3 @ Michigan Wolverines 4 (OT) (Mariucci Classic)

G Adam Wilcox, MIN: Loss, 26 saves on 30 shots
Season totals: 17 GP, 10-6-1, 2.28 GAA, .917 sv%, 3 SO
2013-2014 totals: 38 GP, 26-6-6, 1.97 GAA, .932 sv%, 4 SO

Wilcox matched last year’s total of losses in half the games played as the Gophers fell at Yost, 4-3. The Wolverines outshot Minnesota 3-0 in the extra session.

*USCHO poll used

NHL Game Night: 1-9-15 Sabres at Lightning

Lightning blow out Sabres 2-1.


Ben Bishop allowed 1 goal on 21 shots for the victory. His stop on Grigorenko on a 2-on-1 in the Second Period allowed the Lightning to turn the momentum after the Sabres' lone goal into a tidal wave that eventually overcame Neuvirth's exceptional effort at the other end of the rink.

First Period
3:51 TB Filppula (8), (Callahan, Paquette)

Second Period
0:50 BUF McCormick (1), (Kaleta)(SH)

Third Period
14:42 TB Stamkos (22), (Drouin, Killorn)

Steven Stamkos and Ryan Callahan were the game's second and third stars.

The Lightning outshot the Sabres 47-21 in the contest, and the final 39 minutes of this game were about as lopsided a game as you'll ever see in your life. The Lightning lived in the Sabres zone, throwing wave after wave of chances at the Buffalo net in a scene reminiscent of the old Lightning/Panthers games you used to see in the early '00's. Eventually, though, Neuvirth's nine lives ran out and the Lightning got the "W" that they richly deserved.

And remember, folks, Bobby "The Chief" Taylor says, "Ice is like great whiskey, it has to be aged and cured." Stick that in your flask.

Cedric Paquette had a helper and was +1 with 2 shots, 2 hits, and 2 blocked shots in 14:25. He started Filppula's goal with some good board work and had a rugged night where he gave and took with the Sabres throughout the night. His most high-profile moment, though, was a SH breakaway in the Third Period with the game tied 1-1 that Neuvirth got a piece of and steered off the outside of the goalpost and out.

Jonathan Drouin had 1 assist, 1 shot, and 1 blocked shot in 15:06. I though his line was a revelation tonight, and it's fitting Killorn/Stamkos/Drouin got the game winner. They could've had a half dozen goals tonight if Neuvirth had been the slightest bit human. It will be interesting to see if the momentum that group gained tonight carries forward against better opposition.

Nikita Nesterov was +1 with 2 penalty minutes and 4 shots in 14:34. My goodness he had such a good game helping the Lightning press the attack... right up until that clunker of a shift with the game tied 1-1 in the Third Period where he made a blind turnover that led to zone time for Buffalo and Nesterov eventually taking the tripping call. He should thank Bishop and the PK'ers for picking him up there. That little oops aside, though, if Nesterov's night translates against better opposition, the Lightning may have found a significant silver lining in Radko Gudas' knee injury.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

AHL Game Night: 1-9-15 Crunch at Wolf Pack

Blujus, Vasilevskiy can't hold off the Pack.

HFD-3 (OT)

Anrei Vasilevskiy allowed 3 goals on 38 shots for the OT loss. He almost helped Syracuse overcome what ended up being a 38-26 shot deficit.

First Period
HFD C. Bourque, (15) (Kostka, Lindberg), 12:00 (PP)

Second Period
HFD O'Donnell, (2) (Nehring, Spinell), 2:58
SYR Ikonen, (3) (Vermin, Angelidis), 3:56

Third Period
SYR Blujus, (1) (Namestnikov), 3:58 (PP)

HFD McIlrath, (1) (Hrivik, Kristo), 2:34

Congratulations to Dylan Blujus, who scored his first pro goal on the PP to tie the game at 2-2 and eventually force OT. Blujuspalooza!

Box score from TheAHL.com.

Liiga Game Day: 1-9-15

HPK 0 vs. Karpat 2
Saku Salminen, HPK, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 24 GP, 3-3-6, E, 2 PIM

Saku Salminen was scoreless 10:29 as HPK continues to circle the drain, dropping today's decision 2-0 to Karpat. Ex-Habs pick Ryan Glenn had a helper in the win for Karpat.

Juniors Game Night: 1-8-15

Ontario Hockey League

Ottawa 67’s 3 @ Peterborough Petes 2

D Dominik Masin, PBO: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM
Season totals: 28 GP, 5-8-13, -21, 45 PIM
2013-14 totals: 39 GP, 2-19-21, +6, 102 PIM

Masin made his return to the Peterborough lineup after representing the Czech Republic at the World Junior Championships. Masin had one assist and a minus-4 rating in five games for the Czechs.

KHL Game Day: 1-8-15

Khanty-Mansiysk 3 vs. Novokuznetsk 1
Nikita Gusev, Khanty-Mansiysk, 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 6 SOG
Season totals: 39 GP, 14-8-22, +4, 10 PIM

Nikita Gusev assisted on the game opening goal and had a team high 6 shots on goal in Yugra's 3-1 win over Novokuznetsk. Gusev played 16:59 in the match. Ex-Habs 2nd rounder Ben Maxwell had the eventual game winner for Yugra. For comparison purposes, Maxwell has 10 goals and 22 points in 33 games this season.

Mytischi 2 vs. Zagreb 3
Dmitry Korobov, Mytischi, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 29 GP, 1-6-7, +2, 47 PIM

Dmitry Korobov was scoreless in 19:55 in Mytischi's 3-2 loss to Zagreb. Ex-Lightning forward Brandon Segal had 1 goal and 1 assist to lead the way for Zagreb. Undrafted 21 year old (right handed) defenseman Albert Yarullin had his 3rd goal on the season on the power play in the contest. Yarullin has 3 goals and 7 points in 12 games since joining Mytischi. Yarullin was a teammate of current Lightning players Nikita Nesterov and Nikita Kucherov on Russia's 2012-2013 U20 WJC team where he had 3 goals and 5 points in 7 games as one of the team's assistant captains.

Dinamo Minsk 2 vs. Bratislava 3 (SO)
Jaroslav Janus, Bratislava, DNP
Season totals: 24 GP, 6-12-5, 2 SO, 2.93 GAA, .893 sv%

Jaroslav Janus sat backup to Flyers farmhand Johan Backlund in Slovan's 3-2 shootout loss to Minsk. Ex-Springfield forward Ryan Vesce had 1 goal and 1 assist and converted on his lone shootout attempt to lead the way for Zagreb.

ECHL Game Night: 1-7-15

Wichita Thunder 3 at Allen Americans 4 OT

F Danick Gauthier, WIC: 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals (ECHL): 33 GP, 14-16-30, +1, 37 PIM, 104 SOG
Season totals (AHL): 1 GP, 0-0-0, -2, 2 PIM

D Daniel Milan, WIC: 0-0-0, E, 4 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 32 GP, 0-6-6, -9, 72 PIM, 34 SOG

Once again, the Thunder rallied with three 3rd period goals to knot the game at the end of regulation. Former Fighting Sioux captain Mario Lamoureux scored the OT game-winner for Quad City to hand Wichita their 2nd straight loss and flipped the Mallards with the Thunder for 2nd on the Central Division board. Wichita and Quad City are back at Thurday night for the 2nd half of the back-to-back.

Note: Lightning prospect Danick Gauthier (aka the Wichita Wizard) was named to the 2015 CCM/ECHL All-Star Classic presented by Visit Orlando in Orlando, FL on January 21. Gauthier is tied for second in the league with 13 power-play points (5g-8a) and he is second on the Thunder with 30 points (14g-16a).

Juniors Game Night: 1-7-15

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Shawinigan Cataractes 3 @ Sherbrooke Phoenix 2 (OT)

C Cameron Darcy, SHR: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 11/14 FO, 0 Hits
With Sherbrooke: 9 GP, 7-9-16, -8, 6 PIM
With Cape Breton: 19 GP, 1-13-14, -6, 14 PIM
Season totals: 30 GP, 8-22-30, -14, 20 PIM
2013-2014 Season: 65 GP, 35-47-82, +3, 51 PIM

Sherbrooke scored twice in the third period to send the game in overtime, but the Cataractes prevailed in the extra session.

Quebec Remparts 1 @ Baie-Comeau Drakkar 4

W Adam Erne, QUE: 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM, 6 SOG, 16/20 FO, 1 Hit
Season totals: 35 GP, 23-27-50, +19, 46 PIM
2013-2014 Season: 48 GP, 21-41-62, -3, 65 PIM

Quebec lost its second straight game after a five-game win streak, falling on the road to the Drakkar, who sit just behind Quebec in the league table. The Remparts are reportedly going to receive Anthony Duclair from the Rangers, last seen winning a gold as part of Canada’s top line.

Ontario Hockey League

Windsor Spitfires 6 @ Belleville Bulls 5 (OT)

W Cristiano DiGiacinto, WSR: 0-1-1, E, 2 PIM
Season totals: 33 GP, 13-11-24, -10, 59 PIM
2013-14 totals: 50 GP, 17-11-28, +8, 101 PIM

Windsor won again on the road, defeating the Bulls in overtime. Former Lightning camper Brett Welychka was first star for notching a goal and three assists for Belleville. The undersized, gritty forward has 21 points in 27 games with Belleville after being traded from London earlier this year.

TRADE: Lightning prospect Anthony DeAngelo was traded by Sarnia to Sault Ste Marie on Wednesday. The Soo is ranked No. 6 in the entire Canadian Hockey League, and third in the OHL. DeAngelo will be a part of what should be a long championship run for the Greyhounds. Their main competition will be the top-ranked Oshawa Generals, and Connor McDavid’s Erie Otters.

Western Hockey League

Moose Jaw Warriors 1 @ Prince Albert Raiders 5

C Brayden Point, MJ: 0-1-1, -3, 0 PIM, 6 SOG
Season totals: 30 GP, 17-28-45, +8, 21 PIM
2013-14 totals: 72 GP, 36-55-91, -27, 53 PIM

Point (Moose Jaw Times photo) returned to the Moose Jaw lineup after winning gold with Canada, but couldn’t spark the Warriors to victory. He did extend his point streak to 13 games, the longest active streak in the WHL.

Calgary Hitmen 4 @ Prince Albert Raiders 5 (SO)

D Ben Thomas, CAL: Did not play
Season totals: 29 GP, 4-12-16, -3, 16 PIM
2013-14 totals: 72 GP, 7-24-31, +11, 39 PIM

There hasn’t been any word so far about an injury to Thomas. Calgary had a 3-1 lead entering the third period, and a 4-3 lead in the last minute and let the game get to overtime. Jake DeBrusk had two goals for Swift Current. His dad is Louie DeBrusk, who played one season for the Lightning in the late 90’s. Jake is a 2015 draft eligible prospect who is expected to go late in the first or early in the second round.

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