CHL Playoffs Game Night: 4-9-19

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Second Round

No. 5 Rimouski Oceanic 3 @ No. 7 Cape Breton Screaming Eagles 1
Rimouski leads best-of-7 series, 2-1

C Jimmy Huntington, RIM: 0-0-0, +2, 0 PIM, 1 SOG, 0 Hits, 11/22 FO
Playoff Totals: 7 GP, 5-5-10, +7, 4 PIM
Season Totals: 66 GP, 40-52-92 +41, 52 PIM
17-18 Totals (Vic): 68 GP, 18-40-58, +5, 42 PIM

D Radim Salda, RIM: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 2 Hits
Playoff Totals: 7 GP, 0-1-1, +1, 12 PIM
Season Totals: 48 GP, 10-20-30, +17, 36 PIM
17-18 Totals (SJ): 62 GP, 10-31-41, -37, 78 PIM

Rimouski got back home ice advantage, beating the Eagles in Sydney 3-0 Tuesday behind Colten Ellis’s 18-save shutout. The Oceanic managed only 20 shots in what turned out to be a tight-checking game. Neither Lightning prospect, Jimmy Huntington nor Radim Salda, registered a point. All-everything prospect Alexis Lafreniere (2020) had two goals for Rimouski.

CHL Playoffs Game Night: 4-7-19

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Second Round

No. Cape Breton Screaming Eagles 1 @ No. 5 Rimouski Oceanic 2
Best-of-7 series tied, 1-1

C Jimmy Huntington, RIM: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM, 4 SOG, 0 Hits, 20/34 FO
Playoff Totals: 6 GP, 5-5-10, +5, 4 PIM
Season Totals: 66 GP, 40-52-92 +41, 52 PIM
17-18 Totals (Vic): 68 GP, 18-40-58, +5, 42 PIM

D Radim Salda, RIM: 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM, 2 SOG, 1 Hit
Playoff Totals: 6 GP, 0-1-1, +1, 12 PIM
Season Totals: 48 GP, 10-20-30, +17, 36 PIM
17-18 Totals (SJ): 62 GP, 10-31-41, -37, 78 PIM

Cape Breton stole home ice advantage away from Rimouski with a 2-1 win Sunday to tie the second round series at one game apiece. Lightning prospect Radim Salda wore the goat horns on the Eagles’ first goal, standing alone in front and trying to clear a rolling puck only to have it jump over his stick. A Cape Breton attacker pounced on the puck and slid it behind Colten Ellis to make it 1-0. Salda was in the penalty box serving a tripping penalty in the third period when the Eagles made it 2-0. Rimouski got one back when Huntington found Alexis Lafreniere (2020) in front while Huntington was behind the net. The two teams will battle again - Rimouski coming off their first loss of the post-season - on Tuesday in Sydney, Nova Scotia.

ECHL Game Night: 1-7-19 Icemen @ Solar Bears

Jacksonville Icemen 2 @ Orlando Solar Bears 5

W Olivier Archambault, ORL: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
(AHL contract)
Season Totals (ORL): 5 GP, 0-0-0, -3, 2 PIM
Season Totals (SYR): 7 GP, 0-3-3, +2, 2 PIM
17-18 Totals (Allen, ECHL): 19 GP, 13-18-31, +12, 32 PIM
17-18 Totals (SJ & SYR, AHL): 41 GP, 12-11-23, +2, 35 PIM

W/C Troy Bourke, ORL: 0-2-2, +2, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
(AHL contract)
Season Totals (ORL): 30 GP, 11-33-44, +11, 18 PIM
Season Totals (SYR): 25 GP, 1-5-6, -3, 6 PIM
17-18 Totals (ADK): 22 GP, 10-22-32, +11, 18 PIM
17-18 Totals (SYR): 6 GP, 1-0-1, E, 2 PIM

C Mitch Hults, ORL: 0-1-1, +1, 2 PIM, 2 SOG
Season Totals (ORL): 39 GP, 6-19-25, -4, 30 PIM
Season Totals (SYR): 9 GP, 1-3-4, -2, 4 PIM
Season Totals (SD): 2 GP, 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM
17-18 Totals (Utah): 5 GP, 2-5-7, -2, 10 PIM
17-18 Totals (SD): 53 GP, 10-14-24, -10, 8 PIM

G Connor Ingram, ORL: Win, 30 saves on 32 shots, *Second Star*
Season Totals (ORL): 13 GP, 8-2-0, 2.41 GAA, .914 sv%, 1 SO
Season Totals (SYR): 22 GP, 14-7-0, 2.26 GAA, .922 sv%, 6 SO
17-18 Totals (SYR): 35 GP, 20-11-0, 2.33 GAA, .914 sv%, 4 SO

C/W Alexey Lipanov, ORL: 0-2-2, +1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season Totals (ORL): 3 GP 1-2-3, +1, 0 PIM
Playoff Totals (KIT): 4 GP, 0-1-1, -3, 0 PIM
Season Totals (KIT): 62 GP, 12-18-30, -36, 16 PIM
17-18 Totals (BAR, SBY): 55 GP, 14-25-39, -14, 10 PIM

The Solar Bears concluded their regular season with a 5-2 win over Jacksonville Sunday, knocking the Icemen from the No. 3 seed in the division to No. 4. Jacksonville had been in second or third in the division nearly all of 2019, but was leapfrogged by South Carolina. The Stingrays will face Orlando in the divisional semi-finals starting Wednesday.

Connor Ingram improved his save percentage to .914 in the win and has won eight of his 10 decisions in the ECHL. Alexey Lipanov had two assists to finish his brief regular season stint in Orlando with three points in three games. Dylan Fitze, who was a teammate of Slater Koekkoek in Peterborough for one year, had two goals in the finale for Orlando (41-25-5-1).

AHL Game Night: 4-6-19 Americans at Crunch

Syracuse loses golden opportunity to put division away.

ROC-5
SYR-2

Atte Tolvanen allowed 5 goals on 35 shots for the loss. With Pasquale up with the Lightning, the Crunch asked for a lot from the ATO this weekend.

First Period
0:33 ROC Simpson (20), (Porter)
17:12 ROC MacWilliam (3), (Smith, Randell)

Second Period
2:05 ROC Veilleux (5), (Leier, Asplund)(PP)
4:03 ROC Smith (28), (Redmond)
11:22 ROC Simpson (21), (Hickey, Asplund)
19:30 SYR Barre-Boulet (33), (Andreoff, Verhaeghe)

Third Period
5:54 SYR Yan (11), (Barre-Boulet, Foote)

Alex Barre-Boulet was the game's third star.

Syracuse could've cut their magic number to clinch the North Division down to one point with a win. Now, Rochester has cut Syracuse's division lead to three points and the Americans hold a game in hand. Syracuse finishes with Laval, Rochester, and Utica in a three games in three days scenario with very little margin for error.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

NHL Game Day: 4-6-19 Lightning at Bruins

Lightning post record-tying win in regular season finale.

TB-6
BOS-3

Eddie Pasquale allowed 3 goals on 33 shots for the win in the record-tier.

First Period
14:38 BOS Krejci (20), (McAvoy, Pastrnak)
19:40 BOS Heinen (11), (Kampfer)

Second Period
4:41 TB Cernak (5), (Miller, Gourde)(PP)
12:52 TB Stamkos (45), (unassisted)(SH)
16:59 TB Cirelli (19), (Miller, Coburn)

Third Period
0:53 TB Kucherov (41), (McDonagh)
14:03 BOS Grzelcyk (3), (Pastrnak, Krejci)
14:16 TB Coburn (4), (Cirelli, Girardi)
18:34 TB Johnson (29), (Palat, Kucherov)(EN)

Eddie Pasquale was the game's first star. Typical Boston arrogance to award two of three stars to the B's in a 6-3 loss.

I would say this game had all the intensity of a preseason game, but preseason games do have bubble guys fighting for roster spots and a higher incidence rate of fighting. Still, for the Lightning to respond to a little early adversity and pull out the win always feels good, and to tie the record of 62 regular season wins could be quite the resume bullet point. I say "could" because if the Lightning follow through and claim the Stanley Cup this season, they'll have a strong argument to be included in the discussion for greatest single-season team of all time and certainly greatest single-season team of the salary cap era. All that said, it's meaningless without accomplishing the task at hand that begins in the playoffs come Wednesday, and there's A LOT of work yet to be done.

Danick Martel was -1 with 1 shot and 2 hits in 13:20.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

ECHL Game Night: 4-5-19 Solar Bears @ Everblades

Orlando Solar Bears 2 @ Florida Everblades 3 (OT)

W Olivier Archambault, ORL: Did not play
(AHL contract)
Season Totals (ORL): 4 GP, 0-0-0, -3, 2 PIM
Season Totals (SYR): 7 GP, 0-3-3, +2, 2 PIM
17-18 Totals (Allen, ECHL): 19 GP, 13-18-31, +12, 32 PIM
17-18 Totals (SJ & SYR, AHL): 41 GP, 12-11-23, +2, 35 PIM

W/C Troy Bourke, ORL: Did not play
(AHL contract)
Season Totals (ORL): 29 GP, 11-31-42, +9, 18 PIM
Season Totals (SYR): 25 GP, 1-5-6, -3, 6 PIM
17-18 Totals (ADK): 22 GP, 10-22-32, +11, 18 PIM
17-18 Totals (SYR): 6 GP, 1-0-1, E, 2 PIM

C Mitch Hults, ORL: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season Totals (ORL): 38 GP, 6-18-24, -5, 28 PIM
Season Totals (SYR): 9 GP, 1-3-4, -2, 4 PIM
Season Totals (SD): 2 GP, 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM
17-18 Totals (Utah): 5 GP, 2-5-7, -2, 10 PIM
17-18 Totals (SD): 53 GP, 10-14-24, -10, 8 PIM

G Connor Ingram, ORL: Did not play
Season Totals (ORL): 12 GP, 7-2-0, 2.88 GAA, .912 sv%, 1 SO
Season Totals (SYR): 22 GP, 14-7-0, 2.26 GAA, .922 sv%, 6 SO
17-18 Totals (SYR): 35 GP, 20-11-0, 2.33 GAA, .914 sv%, 4 SO

C/W Alexey Lipanov, ORL: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season Totals (ORL): 2 GP 1-0-1, E, 0 PIM
Playoff Totals (KIT): 4 GP, 0-1-1, -3, 0 PIM
Season Totals (KIT): 62 GP, 12-18-30, -36, 16 PIM
17-18 Totals (BAR, SBY): 55 GP, 14-25-39, -14, 10 PIM

Orlando clinched home ice for the first round of the South Division semi-finals with a 2-0 shutout win over upcoming playoff opponent Jacksonville. Alexey Lipanov, making his ECHL debut after his Kitchener Rangers were eliminated from the OHL playoffs, had a goal for the Solar Bears, as did Syracuse property Troy Bourke.

Orlando surrendered a 2-0 lead en route to a 3-2 overtime loss in a rather meaningless game Friday night. Both clubs have secured their spots in the playoffs and the Solar Bears rested Troy Bourke and Connor Ingram. Orlando (39-25-5-1) closes out the regular season Sunday against Jacksonville, their first round opponent.

CHL Playoffs Game Night: 4-5-19

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Second Round

No. Cape Breton Screaming Eagles 1 @ No. 5 Rimouski Oceanic 3
Rimouski leads best-of-7 series, 1-0

C Jimmy Huntington, RIM: 1-1-2, +3, 0 PIM, 8 SOG, 1 Hit, 14/22 FO
Playoff Totals: 5 GP, 5-4-9, +5, 4 PIM
Season Totals: 66 GP, 40-52-92 +41, 52 PIM

AHL Game Night: 4-5-19 Crunch at Americans

Crunch blow out Americans to take firm grip on North Division.

SYR-6
ROC-1

Atte Tolvanen allowed 1 goal on 30 shots for the victory.

First Period
13:59 SYR Volkov (21), (Andreoff, Labrie)
19:24 SYR Dumont (14), (Barre-Boulet)

Second Period
9:27 SYR Foote (10), (Volkov, Conacher)
14:25 ROC Dougherty (2), (Porter, Thompson)

Third Period
8:27 SYR Verhaeghe (31), (unassisted)
13:28 SYR Brassart (3), (Somppi, Yan)
15:04 SYR Katchouk (11), (Dumont, Barre-Boulet)

Alexander Volkov, Tolvanen, and Gabriel Dumont were the game's three stars.

Massive four point game victory now puts the Crunch out front of Rochester by five points. Rochester does have a game in hand, but the magic number for the division title is five points with just four games left to play.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

NHL Game Night: 4-4-19 Lightning at Maple Leafs

Lightning get back on track on multiple fronts.

TB-3
TOR-1

Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 1 goal on 30 shots for the victory. After a string of less convincing nights, Andrei started to get his game healthy against the Leafs.

First Period
4:41 TOR Marner (26), (Hyman)

Second Period
5:37 TB Stamkos (44), (McDonagh)(SH)

Third Period
14:12 TB Killorn (18), (Stamkos, Sergachev)
19:05 TB Kucherov (40), (McDonagh)(EN)

Steven Stamkos and Vasilevskiy were the game’s first and second stars.

After a spate of unacceptable defensive efforts the Lightning clamped down against a divisional rival under the hot lights of the Toronto media. Even without Victor Hedman in the lineup the Lightning held the Leafs to just 1 goal and a manageable 30 SOG.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

AHL Game Night: 4-3-19 Crunch at Senators

Atte Tolvanen.

SYR-1
BEL-0

Atte Tolvanen stopped all 34 shots he faced for his first professional shutout.

First Period
NO SCORING

Second Period
8:32 SYR Andreoff (25), (Volkov, Conacher)

Third Period
NO SCORING

Tolvanen and Andy Andreoff were the game’s first and second stars.

Syracuse holds a 3 point lead on Rochester for the division lead with the Americans holding a game in hand. The Crunch have five games remaining in their regular season.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

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