NCAA Game Night: 3-7-15

Brown Bears 3 @ No. 19 Harvard Crimson 4
ECAC First Round
Harvard wins best-of-3 series, 2-0

F Brian Hart, HAR: 1-0-1, +2, 2 PIM, 7 SOG
Season totals: 30 GP, 7-8-15, +3, 19 PIM
2013-2014 totals: 30 GP, 7-8-15, -8, 20 PIM

Harvard eliminated the Bears from the ECAC tournament with a 4-3 win Saturday. Harvard had a 4-2 lead entering the third period and held on. Hart’s seventh goal of the season in his 30th game matches his totals from last year identically. On Saturday he had the puck behind the Brown net and passed the puck off the back of the net back to himself though no one was around him. The Brown goalie thought he was reversing direction and moved to his right so Hart swung around to the goalie's left and slid the puck into an open net. Harvard will play rival Yale in the ECAC quarterfinals.

No. 1 North Dakota 3 @ No. 5 Miami Redhawks 6

F Brendan O’Donnell, UND: 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 31 GP, 10-6-16, +9, 29 PIM
2013-2014 totals: 34 GP, 7-11-18, +7, 10 PIM

North Dakota clinched the conference championship Friday so Saturday’s game may not have had the same intensity. Former Lightning camper and upcoming free agent Austin Czarnik had a hat trick and four points for Miami.

No. 15 Minnesota Golden Gophers 2 @ Ohio State Buckeyes 5

G Adam Wilcox, MIN: Loss, 22 saves on 27 shots
Season totals: 33 GP, 18-11-3, 2.54 GAA, .906 sv%, 4 SO
2013-2014 totals: 38 GP, 26-6-6, 1.97 GAA, .932 sv%, 4 SO

The Gophers had a 2-1 lead in the second period, but gave up the game’s next four goals to take the road loss. Minnesota was bypassed by Michigan State for first in the Big 10 by one point. There are two conference games remaining.

*USCHO poll used

NHL Game Night: 3-7-15 Stars at Lightning

Lightning win a shootout against some Texans.


Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 4 goals on 35 shots for the victory. The stat line isn't pretty, but he made several key saves in the Third Period to preserve the victory for the Lightning. Were it not for Fiddler's goal with under 3 seconds left, which might've been kicked in, it'd look a lot better.

First Period
12:59 TB Stralman (6), (Palat)(PP)
14:24 DAL Seguin (30), (Spezza, Ja. Benn)(PP)
15:52 TB Kucherov (25), (Palat, Coburn)

Second Period
3:52 DAL Seguin (31), (Klingberg)
11:03 DAL Fiddler (9), (Goligoski, Sceviour)

Third Period
3:40 TB Killorn (14), (Callahan, Hedman)
5:31 TB Hedman (9), (Johnson, Palat)
19:36 TB Boyle (14), (unassisted)(SH)(EN)
19:57 DAL Fiddler (10), (Jo. Benn, Sceviour)

That was hardly artful, but effective in the end. The Stars defense ultimately just wasn't going to be able to stop the Lightning unless Enroth stood on his head. He didn't and therefore they didn't. Just that simple, really.

Vladislav Namestnikov had 2 hits in 12:50. He was very effective in limited ice time, helping to set up a handful of prime chances. He's gone to dirty areas and he showed good vision and decision-making off the rush.

Box score and extended statistics from

Liiga Game Day: 3-7-15

Lukko 3 vs. HPK 0
Saku Salminen, HPK, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 34 GP, 3-4-7, E, 4 PIM

Saku Salminen again dressed as HPK's 13th forward but did not see any ice time in their 3-0 loss to Lukko. Ex-ECHL journeyman Ryan Zapolski stopped all 23 shots he faced for the shutout.

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AHL Game Night: 3-6-15 Pirates at Crunch

Roller coaster goes down...


Kristers Gudlevskis allowed 4 goals on 24 shots for the loss. Just wild swings from one game to the next in Gudlevskis' and the team's play.

First Period
SYR Angelidis, (17) (Dodero, Blujus), 9:45
POR Dziurzynski, (14) (Hanley, Wathier), 10:17
POR Reese, (7) (Martinook, H. Samuelsson), 16:19
POR Shinnimin, (13) (Szwarz, Hodgman), 17:55

Second Period
SYR Kunyk, (9) (Koekkoek), 15:53
POR H. Samuelsson, (11) (P. Samuelsson, Bolduc), 16:50

Third Period
POR Martinook, (13) , 19:09 (EN)

Mike Angelidis was the game's third star.

Box score from

Crunch Can't Keep Momentum, Fall to Pirates

By Jeremy Houghtaling

Every time the Crunch gained ground, the Pirates stole the momentum.

Portland answered Syracuse goals within a minute in both the first and second period, as the Pirates topped the Crunch, 5-2, at the Onondaga County War Memorial Friday.

"They did a good job of striking right after we scored, and that's unacceptable," said Syracuse captain Mike Angelidis. "We can't let that happen, not twice."

Juniors Game Night: 3-6-15

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Gatineau Olympiques 4 @ Sherbrooke Phoenix 3 (OT)

C Cameron Darcy, SHR: 0-1-1, E, 2 PIM, 4 SOG, 5/15 FO, 4 Hits
With Sherbrooke: 32 GP, 18-23-41, -9, 32 PIM
With Cape Breton: 19 GP, 1-13-14, -6, 14 PIM
Season totals: 51 GP, 19-36-55, -14, 48 PIM
2013-2014 Season: 65 GP, 35-47-82, +3, 51 PIM

Sherbrooke finally scored after being shut out in consecutive games, but gave up a 1-goal lead in the third period and lost in overtime.

Quebec Remparts 2 @ Blainville-Boisbriand Armada 5

W Adam Erne, QUE: 0-0-0, -2, 4 PIM, 4 SOG, 6/12 FO, 4 Hits
Season totals: 55 GP, 38-41-79, +21, 95 PIM
2013-2014 Season: 48 GP, 21-41-62, -3, 65 PIM

Erne scored in five straight games, then has gone without a goal in three of his last four.

Ontario Hockey League

Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 5 @ Sarnia Sting 4

D Anthony DeAngelo, SOO: 0-3-3, +1, 6 PIM *First Star*
With SSM: 22 GP, 12-34-46, +25, 47 PIM
With Sarnia: 29 GP, 10-28-38, +1, 64 PIM
Season totals: 51 GP, 22-62-84, +26, 111 PIM
2013-14 totals: 51 GP, 15-56-71, -34, 90 PIM

DeAngelo extended his point streak to 21 games with three assists Friday. In his last four games, he has three first stars and a second star. He has at least three points in three consecutive games and four of his past five. He has 19 points in his last six games.

Windsor Spitfires 4 @ Kitchener Rangers 5 (SO)

W Cristiano DiGiacinto, WSR: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM
Season totals: 56 GP, 19-21-40, -9, 91 PIM
2013-14 totals: 50 GP, 17-11-28, +8, 101 PIM

DiGiacinto assisted on a Windsor power play goal that tied the game in the third period and sent the game to overtime. He did not participate in the shootout.

Western Hockey League

Swift Current Broncos 2 @ Moose Jaw Warriors 3

C Brayden Point, MJ: 1-1-2, -1, 2 PIM
Season totals: 53 GP, 31-41-72, +12, 44 PIM
2013-14 totals: 72 GP, 36-55-91, -27, 53 PIM

Moose Jaw scored a big win at home, pulling within four points of the Broncos for third in the division. The Warriors are unlikely to earn a wild card spot as the eighth seed in the conference, but could leapfrog Swift Current into third in the division, which is an automatic berth.

Note: Dominik Masin (OHL Peterborough) is out for the season after undergoing surgery for facial fractures.

NCAA Game Night: 3-6-15

Brown Bears 2 @ No. 19 Harvard Crimson 6
ECAC First Round
Harvard leads best-of-3 series, 1-0

F Brian Hart, HAR: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 29 GP, 6-8-14, +1, 19 PIM
2013-2014 totals: 30 GP, 7-8-15, -8, 20 PIM

Harvard took Game 1 of their series opener against Brown, 6-2. The Crimson built a 4-0 lead and coasted. Hart now has points in three consecutive games. Game 2 of the series is Saturday at Harvard.

No. 1 North Dakota 2 @ Miami Redhawks 1

F Brendan O’Donnell, UND: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG*
Season totals: 30 GP, 10-6-16, +11, 29 PIM
2013-2014 totals: 34 GP, 7-11-18, +7, 10 PIM

North Dakota won the Penrose Cup as regular season conference champs and will be the No. 1 seed in the upcoming NCHC tournament. (UND photo)

No. 15 Minnesota Golden Gophers 4 @ Ohio State Buckeyes 2

G Adam Wilcox, MIN: Win, 22 saves on 24 shots
Season totals: 32 GP, 18-10-3, 2.53 GAA, .907 sv%, 4 SO
2013-2014 totals: 38 GP, 26-6-6, 1.97 GAA, .932 sv%, 4 SO

Minnesota carried a 4-2 lead into the third period and Wilcox made 10 saves in the final stanza to seal the win.

*USCHO poll used

Liiga Game Day: 3-6-15

HPK 3 vs. Ilves 1
Saku Salminen, HPK, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 33 GP, 3-4-7, E, 4 PIM

Saku Salminen dressed, but did not receive a single shift of ice time in HPK's 3-1 win over Ilves. Undrafted 19 year old Patrik Virta had 2 goals to lead HPK in the win, while ex-Bruins first rounder Zach Hamill notched the team's other goal. Ex-Stars second rounder Vojtek Polak had Ilves' lone goal in defeat. HPK still sits 5 points out of the final Liiga playoff spot in the standings.

KHL Playoff Game Day: 3-6-15

KHL Eastern Conference Quarterfinals
(3)Magnitogorsk 3 vs. (6)Ufa 1
Magnitogorsk Wins the Series 4-1
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, Win, 31/32, 1.00 GAA, .969 sv%
Playoff totals: 5 GP, 4-1-0, 1 SO, 1.61 GAA, .947 sv%
Regular season totals: 51 GP, 32-10-6, 5 SO, 1.86 GAA, .934 sv%

Ex-Blue Jackets pick Sergei Mozyakin had the game-winning goal in Magnitka's 3-1 Game Five win over Ufa to propel them into the KHL Eastern Conference semifinals. Ex-Thrasher/Jet Tim Stapleton had the insurance marker for Magnitogorsk in the win.

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