CHL Game Night: 1-29-17

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Saint John Sea Dogs 5 @ Charlottetown Islanders 2

W Bokondji Imama, SJ: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 4 SOG, 1 Hit
Season Totals: 46 GP, 31-11-42, +8, 66 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 48 GP, 7-12-19, -5, 86 PIM

W Mathieu Joseph, SJ: 1-1-2, +1, 4 PIM, 3 SOG, 0 Hits
Season Totals: 34 GP, 29-28-57, +29, 39 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 58 GP, 33-40-73, +35, 57 PIM

Joseph’s point streak hit 25 games with a goal and an assist. Imama’s 2-game streak of scoring two goals in a game (it’s a thing) was snapped.

Halifax Mooseheads 4 @ Rimouski Oceanic 5

C/W Otto Somppi, HAL: 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM, 6 SOG, 7/17 FO, 0 Hits, *Third Star*
Season Totals: 43 GP, 13-19-31, -5, 22 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 59 GP, 13-33-46, -15, 25 PIM

Somppi scored for the third straight game. He’s started heating up in the last two weeks.

Baie-Comeau Drakkar 2 @ Shawinigan Cataractes 3

W Dennis Yan, SHAW: 1-0-1, -1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, 1 Hit
Season Totals: 45 GP, 33-25-58, +20, 44 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 62 GP, 32-37-69, +8, 86 PIM

Yan scored for the fifth time in his last six games and set a new career high for goals in a season in the process (in 17 fewer games).

Ontario Hockey League

Peterborough Petes 2 @ North Bay Battalion 1

W/C Christopher Paquette, PBO: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 18/25 FO
Season Totals: 44 GP, 12-19-31, -9, 18 PIM
With Petes: 7 GP, 0-2-2, -2, 4 PIM
With Niagara: 37 GP, 12-17-29, -7, 14 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 57 GP, 5-11-16, -6, 18 PIM

D Matt Spencer, PBO: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals: 38 GP, 5-16-21, +5, 39 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 60 GP, 5-19-24, -4, 46 PIM

W Jonne Tammela, PBO: Did not play
Season Totals: 2 GP, 1-0-1, +1, 2 PIM
2015-2016 (Finland): 37 GP, 5-8-13, +10, 16 PIM

Paquette led the Petes in faceoffs taken and won. He hasn’t produced since moving to Peterborough from Niagara, but he’s still earning ice time.

London Knights 4 @ Owen Sound Attack 0

W/C Mitchell Stephens, LDN: 2-0-2, +2, 2 PIM, 5 SOG, 11/24 FO, *Second Star*
Season Totals: 31 GP, 17-23-40, +19, 16 PIM
With London: 9 GP, 6-6-12, +6, 2 PIM
With Saginaw: 22 GP, 11-17-28, +13, 14 PIM
2015-2016 Totals: 39 GP, 20-18-38, -3, 14 PIM

Stephens followed up his 3-goal/5-point game Saturday with two goals on Sunday. He’s been playing with Leafs fourth rounder JJ Piccinich.

Western Hockey League

Kamloops Blazers 5 @ Everett Silvertips 1

G Connor Ingram, KAM: Did not play
Season Totals: 29 GP, 18-9-1-0, 2.30 GAA, .929 sv%, 2 SO
2015-2016 Season: 61 GP, 34-15-5-4, 2.61 GAA, .922 sv%, 4 SO

Ingram got the night off against Radko Gudas’ former team. Ingram’s backup, Dylan Ferguson (2017), stopped 37 of 38 shots. Ferguson was the December goaltender of the month when Ingram was with Team Canada.

KHL Game Day: 1-29-17

St. Petersburg 5 vs. Chelyabinsk 3
Nikita Gusev, St. Petersburg, 1-1-2, -2, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 52 GP, 23-43-66, +29, 8 PIM

Nikita Gusev had a goal and an assist, each coming on the power play, in SKA's 5-3 win over Traktor Chelyabinsk. He played 18:36 in the victory. SKA built a 5-0 lead in the contest before surrendering 3 garbage time goals in the Third Period to make the final score line look a little less lopsided. 55 games into their season, SKA holds a 2 point lead over CSKA for the top spot in the KHL Western Conference.

CHL Game Night: 1-28-17

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Saint John Sea Dogs 5 @ Moncton Wildcats 2

W Bokondji Imama, SJ: 2-0-2, E, 0 PIM, 9 SOG, 1 Hit, *First Star*
Season Totals: 45 GP, 31-11-42, +8, 66 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 48 GP, 7-12-19, -5, 86 PIM

W Mathieu Joseph, SJ: 0-1-1, +1, 2 PIM, 2 SOG, 2 Hits
Season Totals: 33 GP, 28-27-55, +28, 35 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 58 GP, 33-40-73, +35, 57 PIM

Mathieu Joseph extended his new Saint John record with a point in his 24th straight game. Meanwhile, Imama had two more goals to give him 31 for this, his breakout season. It’s his second straight game with two goals and first star.

Halifax Mooseheads 2 @ Sherbrooke Phoenix 1

C/W Otto Somppi, HAL: 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM, 4 SOG, 13/24 FO, 1 Hit
Season Totals: 42 GP, 11-19-30, -6, 22 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 59 GP, 13-33-46, -15, 25 PIM

Somppi scored early in the third period to give Halifax a 2-1 in at the home of the Phoenix. He has five points in his last three games.

Shawinigan Cataractes 2 @ Victoriaville Tigres 3

W Dennis Yan, SHAW: 1-0-1, -1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG, 0 Hits
Season Totals: 44 GP, 32-25-57, +21, 44 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 62 GP, 32-37-69, +8, 86 PIM

Yan scored for the fourth time in his last five games.

Ontario Hockey League

Guelph Storm 1 @ Erie Otters 9

C Anthony Cirelli, Erie: 1-1-2, +2, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 11/18 FO
Season Totals: 34 GP, 14-27-41, +23, 8 PIM
With Erie: 9 GP, 1-7-8, +5, 0 PIM
With Oshawa: 26 GP, 13-21-34, +18, 8 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 62 GP, 21-38-59, -15 27 PIM

W Taylor Raddysh, Erie: 2-2-4, +5, 0 PIM, 7 SOG, *Third Star*
Season Totals: 37 GP, 30-47-77, +50, 25 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 67 GP, 24-49-73, +19, 18 PIM

Anthony Cirelli scored his first goal for Erie and fellow Bolt prospect Taylor Raddysh had four points and was plus-5 as Erie destroyed Guelph, 9-1, Saturday. Raddysh is now at plus-50, which leads the OHL. He also leads in assists (tie).

London Knights 7 @ Owen Sound Attack 6 (SO)

W/C Mitchell Stephens, LDN: 3-2-5, +1, 0 PIM, 7 SOG, 12/22 FO, *First Star*
Season Totals: 30 GP, 15-23-38, +17, 14 PIM
With London: 8 GP, 4-8-12, +4, 0 PIM
With Saginaw: 22 GP, 11-15-26, +13, 14 PIM
2015-2016 Totals: 39 GP, 20-18-38, -3, 14 PIM

Stephens had a hat trick and five points, earning first star in the Knight’s 7-6 shootout win against the red-hot Attack. London scored three times in the third period to tie the game, and Stephens was involved in all three goals. Then he scored the shootout winner, because of course he did. Owen Sound was on a 15-game win streak.

Western Hockey League

Lethbridge Hurricanes 3 @ Saskatoon Blades 1

D Libor Hajek, SAS: 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 43 GP: 3-20-23, -8, 49 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 69 GP, 3-23-26, -19, 76 PIM

Rookie Ryan Gilchrist stopped 27 of 28 shots for Lethbridge.

Moose Jaw Warriors 4 @ Prince Albert Raiders 5

C Brett Howden, MJ: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 36 GP, 25-27-52, +4, 41 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 68 GP, 24-40-64, -7, 61 PIM

Moose Jaw had a 4-3 lead early in the third period but watched it slip away.

NCAA Game Night: 1-28-17

No. 7 UMass-Lowell River Hawks 2 @ No. 1 Boston Terriers 4

C Ryan Lohin , UML: 1-0-1, -1, 0 PIM, 5 SOG, *Third Star*
Season Totals: 27 GP, 6-10-16, +1, 8 PIM

D John MacLeod, BU: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 22 GP, 0-4-4, +7, 20 PIM
2015-2016 Totals: 26 GP, 1-1-2, -4, 26 PIM

BU was 0-2 after being named the new No. 1 in the USCHO poll, but got a win Saturday over Ryan Lohin and visiting UML. Lohin scored his sixth goal of the season in the loss. MacLeod was back in the BU lineup after sitting out last game as a scratch.

No. 18 Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks 0 @ No. 3 Denver Pioneers 5

D Kristian Oldham, UNO: Did not play
Season Totals: 10 GP, 5-3-1, 3.38 GAA, .895 sv%, 0 SO

Oldham did not dress for UNO’s second loss in as many games to the Pioneers.

No. 6 Minnesota Golden Gophers 4 vs Bemidji State Beavers 0

D Ryan Zuhlsdorf, UMN: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season Totals: 23 GP, 2-3-5, +10, 27 PIM

Eric Schierhorn (undrafted), Adam Wilcox's former tandem-mate, stopped every shot he faced to give the Gophers a win in the North Star College Cup third-place game.

*USCHO poll used for rankings

Liiga Game Day: 1-28-17

HPK 3 vs. SaiPa 2
Saku Salminen, SaiPa, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 36 GP, 2-4-6, -8, 41 PIM

Saku Salminen was 43% on 14 draws in 11:46 of ice time in SaiPa's 3-2 loss to HPK. Ex-NHL'er Niko Kapanen scored the game winning goal for HPK.

AHL Game Night: 1-27-17 Crunch at Thunderbirds

Crunch hold of a furious rally... barely.

SYR-4
SPR-3

Adam Wilcox allowed 3 goals on 32 shots for the victory.

First Period
14:37 SYR Conacher (7), (Vermin, Gourde)

Second Period
11:27 SYR Brodeur (2), (Morin, Ikonen)

Third Period
5:43 SYR Ikonen (2), (Conacher, Koekkoek)
11:21 SYR Gourde (15), (unassisted)(SH)
13:53 SPR Hawryluk (3), (Acolatse, Sutter)(PP)
15:08 SPR Rau (5), (Weegar, Berra)(PP)
18:28 SPR Sutter (4), (Acolatse, Rau)

Henri Ikonen and Cory Conacher were the game's first and second stars. Ikonen? I'll take unlikely heroes for $500, Alex.

When you have a 4-0 lead in the Third Period, you really shouldn't allow the opposition to get as close as the old false hope goal. Fortunately, with the win, Syracuse maintained position 1 point back of Albany for the division lead with a game in hand on the Devils.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

CHL Game Night: 1-27-17

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Halifax Mooseheads 5 @ Drummondville Voltigeurs 4

C/W Otto Somppi, HAL: 1-2-3, +3, 0 PIM, 1 SOG, 15/19 FO, 0 Hits
Season Totals: 41 GP, 10-19-29, -7, 22 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 59 GP, 13-33-46, -15, 25 PIM

Somppi had his first multi-point game since December 17, when he also had three points.

Chicoutimi Sagueneens 2 @ Shawinigan Cataractes 3 (SO)

W Dennis Yan, SHAW: 1-0-1, +1, 2 PIM, 5 SOG, 1 Hit
Season Totals: 43 GP, 31-25-56, +22, 44 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 62 GP, 32-37-69, +8, 86 PIM

Yan scored in regulation to give Shawinigan a 2-1 lead, but the Sags came back and forced a 7-round shootout. Thirteen of the 14 shooters failed to convert, including Yan.

Ontario Hockey League

Erie Otters 5 @ London Knights 3

C Anthony Cirelli, Erie: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 7 SOG, 8/21 FO
Season Totals: 33 GP, 13-26-39, +21, 8 PIM
With Erie: 8 GP, 0-6-6, +3, 0 PIM
With Oshawa: 26 GP, 13-21-34, +18, 8 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 62 GP, 21-38-59, -15 27 PIM

W Taylor Raddysh, Erie: 0-1-1, E, 2 PIM, 3 SOG
Season Totals: 36 GP, 28-45-73, +45, 25 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 67 GP, 24-49-73, +19, 18 PIM

W/C Mitchell Stephens, LDN: 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 16/24 FO
Season Totals: 29 GP, 12-19-31, +16, 14 PIM
With London: 7 GP, 1-4-5, +3, 0 PIM
With Saginaw: 22 GP, 11-15-26, +13, 14 PIM
2015-2016 Totals: 39 GP, 20-18-38, -3, 14 PIM

In a contest between two of the league’s best teams, visiting Erie scored the go-ahead goal with 40 seconds left in regulation, then a shorthanded goal with one second left to beat the Knights. Stephens took a minus on the last-second shorty. Tyler Parsons (Flames) stopped 41 shots for London. The Knights managed only 21 shots on Erie, who took over first in the Midwest Division.

Windsor Spitfires 1 @ Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 4

W Boris Katchouk, SSM: 2-0-2, +2, 4 PIM, 3 SOG, *Second Star*
Season: 45 GP, 22-18-40, +6, 28 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 63 GP, 24-27-51, +7, 61 PIM

The Soo won another heavyweight matchup on the OHL schedule against the Spits on the backs of Katchouk’s two goals and (undrafted) Joseph Raaymakers’ 37 saves. Katchouk’s second goal was the empty-net clincher. The Hounds expanded their lead on Windsor in the West Division to four points.

Peterborough Petes 5 @ Sudbury Wolves 4 (OT)

W/C Christopher Paquette, PBO: 0-0-0, -3, 0 PIM, 6 SOG, 12/19 FO
Season Totals: 43 GP, 12-19-31, -10, 18 PIM
With Petes: 6 GP, 0-2-2, -3, 4 PIM
With Niagara: 37 GP, 12-17-29, -7, 14 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 57 GP, 5-11-16, -6, 18 PIM

D Matt Spencer, PBO: 0-0-0, +2, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals: 37 GP, 5-16-21, +5, 39 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 60 GP, 5-19-24, -4, 46 PIM

W Jonne Tammela, PBO: Did not play
Season Totals: 2 GP, 1-0-1, +1, 2 PIM
2015-2016 (Finland): 37 GP, 5-8-13, +10, 16 PIM

Spencer was the only defenseman on the ice in overtime when Steven Lorentz (Hurricanes) scored.

Western Hockey League

Saskatoon Blades 2 @ Moose Jaw Warriors 4

D Libor Hajek, SAS: 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 42 GP: 3-20-23, -6, 49 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 69 GP, 3-23-26, -19, 76 PIM

C Brett Howden, MJ: 1-1-2, E, 2 PIM
Season Totals: 35 GP, 25-27-52, +5, 41 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 68 GP, 24-40-64, -7, 61 PIM

Howden set a new career high with his 25th goal of the season as Moose Jaw snapped Saskatoon’s 5-game winning streak Friday. Hajek was scoreless for the Blades.

Kamloops Blazers 3 @ Kelowna Rockets 2

G Connor Ingram, KAM: Win, 30 saves on 32 shots, *Second Star*
Season Totals: 29 GP, 18-9-1-0, 2.30 GAA, .929 sv%, 2 SO
2015-2016 Season: 61 GP, 34-15-5-4, 2.61 GAA, .922 sv%, 4 SO

Ingram responded to getting the hook in the first period of his last game, with a second star performance in Kelowna Friday. Ingram continues to lead the WHL in saver percentage at .929. He’s in second in GAA at 2.30, behind Everett’s Carter Hart (Flyers) at 1.94.

NCAA Game Night: 1-27-17

No. 11 Vermont Catamounts 1 @ Connecticut Huskies 3

C Ross Colton, UVM: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals: 25 GP, 9-13-22, +1, 20 PIM

Colton had a career-high four points last weekend against the Huskies (5-4 win), but was scoreless like most of his teammates Friday night in Connecticut.

Northeastern Huskies 4 @ No. 7 UMass-Lowell River Hawks 3

C Ryan Lohin, UML: 1-0-1, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season Totals: 26 GP, 5-10-15, +2, 8 PIM

Northeastern spotted UML a 2-0 lead, then scored four of the next five goals to win, 4-3. Dylan Sikura (Blackhawks) had two goals for the Huskies.

Merrimack Warriors 4 @ No. 1 Boston University Terriers 1

D John MacLeod, BU: Did not play
Season Totals: 21 GP, 0-4-4, +8, 20 PIM
2015-2016 Totals: 26 GP, 1-1-2, -4, 26 PIM

Merrimack improved to just 4-7-3 in conference with its second win over No. 1 BU in less than a week. MacLeod was scratched.

No. 18 Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks 3 @ No. 3 Denver Pioneers 5

D Kristian Oldham, UNO: Loss, 38 saves on 43 shots
Season Totals: 10 GP, 5-3-1, 3.38 GAA, .895 sv%, 0 SO

UNO had a 2-0 lead on the Pioneers going into the second period, but Denver scored four goals on 21 shots in the second period alone and went on to a 5-3 win. Oldham has been getting spot starts, and on the road against a top-3 team was a big task for the freshman.

No. 6 Minnesota Golden Gophers 2 vs No. 2 Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs 3

D Ryan Zuhlsdorf, UMN: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals: 22 GP, 2-3-5, +9, 27 PIM

JT Brown’s alma mater defeated the Gophers 3-2 Friday in the opener of the North Star College Cup in St. Paul, Minnesota. Alex Iafallo, who has camped with the Lightning for two straight summers, had a goal for UMD. Iafallo will be a free agent at season’s end. The hard-working winger has 11 goals and 15 assists for 26 points in 25 games this year.

*USCHO poll used for rankings

Liiga Game Day: 1-27-17

SaiPa 3 vs. HPK 1
Saku Salminen, SaiPa, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 35 GP, 2-4-6, -7, 41 PIM

Saku Salminen was 50% on 8 draws in 11:11 of ice time in SaiPa's 3-1 win over HPK. HPK got a helper from ex-Lightning defenseman Shane O'Brien in the loss. SaiPa's victory moves them 5 points clear of basement dwelling Lukko on the Liiga table.

KHL Game Day: 1-27-17

Novgorod 4 vs. St. Petersburg 2
Nikita Gusev, St. Petersburg, 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Season totals: 51 GP, 22-42-64, +31, 8 PIM

Nikita Gusev was -2 in 17:34 of ice time in SKA's rare 4-2 regulation loss to Novgorod. Novgorod got a helper from ex-Lightning first rounder Carter Ashton in the victory.

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