Juniors Game Night: 1-16-16

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Halifax Mooseheads 2 @ Saint John Sea Dogs 5

W Bokondji Imama, SJ: Did not play
Season totals: 28 GP, 4-9-13, -1, 50 PIM
2013-2014 Season: 59 GP, 13-15-28, +2, 137 PIM

W Mathieu Joseph, SJ: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 5 SOG, 2 Hits
Season totals: 39 GP, 21-24-45, +20, 45 PIM
2013-2014 Season: 59 GP, 21-21-42, +18, 46 PIM

Joseph was scoreless for only the second time in the last 17 games.

Ontario Hockey League

Ottawa 67’s 5 @ Peterborough Petes 2

D Dominik Masin, PBO: 0-1-1, -1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 32 GP, 5-11-16, +22, 28 PIM
2014-15 totals: 48 GP, 7-19-26, -13, 68 PIM

D Matt Spencer, PBO: Did not play
Season totals: 40 GP, 3-16-19, E, 31 PIM
2014-15 totals: 67 GP, 6-24-30, -15, 64 PIM

Masin extended his point streak to four games. The 67’s pulled into a second-place tie with Peterborough in the East Division.

Kitchener Rangers 7 @ Saginaw Spirit 4

W Mitchell Stephens, SAG: 1-1-2, +2, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, 12/17 FO, *Second Star*
Season totals: 13 GP, 9-7-16, +5, 6 PIM
2014-15 totals: 62 GP, 22-26-48, -17, 44 PIM

Stephens was second star, but Saginaw allowed seven goals for the second straight game, losing to Kitchener, 7-4.

Western Hockey League

Moose Jaw Warriors 4 @ Brandon Wheat Kings 1

C Brayden Point, MJ: 1-1-2, +2, 5 PIM
Season totals: 22 GP, 20-29-49, +13, 17 PIM
2014-15 totals: 60 GP, 38-49-87, +6, 46 PIM

Point scored his 20th goal of the season in his 24th game. The goal turned out to be the game-winner. Point took a major penalty for clipping.

Prince George Cougars 6 @ Vancouver Giants 4

D Ben Thomas, VAN: 0-0-0, -2, 2 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 47 GP, 4-14-18, -15, 28 PIM
With Vancouver: 33 GP, 4-11-15, -5, 18 PIM
With Calgary: 14 GP, 0-3-3, -10, 10 PIM
2014-15 totals: 60 GP, 7-24-31, +16, 28 PIM

Brad Morrison (Rangers) had a hat trick for Prince George.

United States Hockey League

Sioux Falls Stampede 3 @ Omaha Lancers 5

G Kris Oldham, OMA: Did not play
Season totals: 17 GP, 10-5-2, 2.47 GAA, .920 sv%, 1 SO
2014-15 totals: 33 GP, 21-6-4, 2.49 GAA, .908 sv%, 1 SO
(University of Nebraska-Omaha signee)

Oldham got the night off. He had an overtime loss Friday.

NCAA Game Night: 1-16-16

No. 4 Boston College Eagles 1 @ No. 10 Boston University Terriers 1

D John MacLeod, BU: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM 1 SOG
Season totals: 20 GP, 1-1-2, -2, 20 PIM
2014-2015 totals: 37 GP, 2-7-9, +19, 58 PIM

BC scored with just under four minutes remaining to tie the Terriers, 1-1.

No. 19 Minnesota State Mavericks 1 @ Michigan Tech Huskies 3

W Jimmy Mullin, MSU: 0-2-2, +1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 15 GP, 1-2-3, -5, 4 PIM
2013-2014 totals (Miami): 19 GP, 1-6-7, 23 PIM

Mullin was scratched Saturday after two assists Friday.

*USCHO poll used

Crunch Score Three Times in First Period to Top Penguins


By Jeremy Houghtaling

One night after a sluggish start led to a loss, Syracuse stormed out of the gate.

The Crunch scored three times in the first period, including twice on the power play, and held on despite a late flurry by the Penguins, as Syracuse beat Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, 4-2, at the Onondaga County War Memorial Saturday. The loss snaps a seven-game winning streak for the Penguins.

“It was a good 60 minutes,” Crunch head coach Rob Zettler said. “I thought we started well. Our power play was good early, which certainly helped against a team that averages under two goals a game.”

AHL Game Night: 1-16-16: Penguins at Crunch

Wilcox halts Pens' winning streak.

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SYR-4

Adam Wilcox allowed 2 goals on 27 shots for the victory.

First Period
SYR Erne, (6) (Taormina, Tambellini), 11:31 (PP)
SYR McGinn, (14) (Gourde, Drouin), 12:20 (PP)
WBS Archibald, (5) (Simon), 17:39
SYR Blunden, (8) (Peca), 19:47

Second Period
NO SCORING

Third Period
WBS Dea, (11) (Rowney, Uher), 4:47 (PP)
SYR Richard, (4) (Blunden), 19:39 (EN)

Wilcox, Matthew Peca, and Matt Blunden were the game's three stars.

Your nightly Drouinsanity update: 1 power play assist. Would like to see him shoot the puck more.

The Crunch's win stopped a 7 game winning streak that Wilkes-Barre/Scranton was on.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

Juniors Game Night: 1-15-16

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Charlottetown Islanders 7 @ Saint John Sea Dogs 8 (OT)

W Bokondji Imama, SJ: Did not play
Season totals: 28 GP, 4-9-13, -1, 50 PIM
2013-2014 Season: 59 GP, 13-15-28, +2, 137 PIM

W Mathieu Joseph, SJ: 1-2-3, +5, 2 PIM, 6 SOG, 3 Hits
Season totals: 38 GP, 21-24-45, +20, 43 PIM
2013-2014 Season: 59 GP, 21-21-42, +18, 46 PIM

Joseph (pictured) scored in overtime to give Saint John an 8-7 win in an old-fashioned QMJHL shootout.

Shawinigan Cataractes 2 @ Blainville-Boisbriand Armada 4

W Dennis Yan, SHAW: 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM, 1 SOG, 1 Hit
Season totals: 37 GP, 27-27-54, +3, 48 PIM
2014-2015 Season: 59 GP, 33-31-64, +23, 71 PIM

No points for Yan in a close loss to the junior alma mater of Cedrick Paquette and Daniel Walcott.

Ontario Hockey League

Oshawa Generals 1 @ Sarnia Sting 4

C Anthony Cirelli, OSH: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG, 11/15 FO
Season totals: 38 GP, 12-21-33, -12 19 PIM
2014-15 totals: 68 GP, 13-23-36, +34, 22 PIM

Cirelli had his 6-game point streak snapped.

Saginaw Spirit 1 @ London Knights 7

W Mitchell Stephens, SAG: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 5/14 FO
Season totals: 12 GP, 8-6-14, +3, 6 PIM
2014-15 totals: 62 GP, 22-26-48, -17, 44 PIM

London got two goals each from Christian Dvorak (Coyotes), Max Jones (2016), and Aaron Berisha (undrafted).

Western Hockey League

Everett Silvertips 3 @ Vancouver Giants 2

D Ben Thomas, VAN: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 46 GP, 4-14-18, -13, 26 PIM
With Vancouver: 32 GP, 4-11-15, -3, 16 PIM
With Calgary: 14 GP, 0-3-3, -10, 10 PIM
2014-15 totals: 60 GP, 7-24-31, +16, 28 PIM

Vancouver blew a 2-1 lead to visiting Everett.

United States Hockey League

Sioux City Musketeers 3 @ Omaha Lancers 2 (OT)

D Ryan Zuhlsdorf, SC: Did not play
Season totals: 27 GP, 0-22-22, -5, 30 PIM
2014-15 totals: 56 GP, 3-19-22, +25, 58 PIM
(University of Minnesota signee)

G Kris Oldham, OMA: Loss, 23 saves on 26 shot*
Season totals: 17 GP, 10-5-2, 2.47 GAA, .920 sv%, 1 SO
2014-15 totals: 33 GP, 21-6-4, 2.49 GAA, .908 sv%, 1 SO
(University of Nebraska-Omaha signee)

Oldham was named the USHL Goaltender of the Week for his performance last week.

NCAA Game Night: 1-15-16

No. 10 Boston University Terriers 3 @ No. 4 Boston College Eagles 5

D John MacLeod, BU: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM 0 SOG
Season totals: 19 GP, 1-1-2, -2, 18 PIM
2014-2015 totals: 37 GP, 2-7-9, +19, 58 PIM

Canucks second rounder Thatcher Demko stopped 22 of 25 shots for BC in their win against rival BU.

No. 19 Minnesota State Mavericks 2 @ Michigan Tech Huskies 2 (OT)

W Jimmy Mullin, MSU: 0-2-2, +1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 15 GP, 1-2-3, -5, 4 PIM
2013-2014 totals (Miami): 19 GP, 1-6-7, 23 PIM

Mullin (pictured) was back in the Mavs lineup and registered his first two assists of the season.

*USCHO poll used

NHL Game Night: 1-15-16 Penguins at Lightning

4 is a fluke. 5 is a streak.

PIT-4
TB-5 (OT)

Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 4 goals on 40 shots for the OT victory. It was a mixed bag for Vasilevskiy, mostly on the positive side. He showed off his athleticism and ability to read the play on several occasions, with several timely saves. On the other hand, he had one or two short side goals he probably regrets a little. Still, he was a factor in a night where the Lightning were outshot 40-25, for sure.

First Period
1:51 TB Namestnikov (7), (Stamkos, Nesterov)
10:37 PIT Letang (6), (Crosby, Hornqvist)

Second Period
8:12 TB Filppula (6), (Johnson, Stamkos)(PP)
10:47 TB Namestnikov (8), (Hedman, Filppula)(PP)
14:23 PIT Hornqvist (10), (Malkin, Letang)(PP)

Third Period
10:13 PIT Daley (2), (Malkin, Kessel)
13:48 PIT Kunitz (7), (Maatta, Hornqvist)
15:21 TB Stralman (5), (Filppula, Paquette)

Overtime
2:11 TB Namestnikov (9), (Kucherov)

Vladislav Namestnikov and Valtteri Filppula were the game's first and second stars. Namestnikov's selection was obvious, as he had his first NHL hat trick. Filppula had a 3 point night as he continues to try to revive his season after looking comatose most of the first half of the season.

Interesting game. Entertaining for the casual fan. Less so for the serious fan who cares about limiting chances and goals against. The Lightning did a really good job of fending off the curse of coming out flat the first night off a road trip. They jumped all over Pittsburgh and got the early 1-0 goal. They unfortunately couldn't press it to 2-0 and ultimately lost that early momentum when they got in the box and eventually the Penguins equalized. The Lightning built a 3-1 lead in the Second Period on a string of undisciplined penalties by the Pens, but failed to get the knockout punch to go up 3 goals, which they very nearly paid the price for. The Pens owned most of the rest of the game, eventually storming back to take a 4-3 lead before Anton Stralman bailed the team out with a strong individual play on a spinorama backhand goal to equalize and get the game to Overtime. In an evenly played overtime, the Lightning got some puck luck with a Namestnikov whack on a Kucherov rebound going in off Hornqvist's stick. I'll take it, even though there will be about a million defensive coaching points for Cooper to drive home in video sessions after this one.

For the first time this year, the Lightning finally got one of these games it'd be really nice to have with a view toward having a big 10-game segment of the year to make up ground. They've been decent at getting points early in the 10-game sets, but always seem to struggle a bit to get that next win or two quickly and set themselves up to have a good 14-16 point segment. With 8 points already and 6 games left to play, they're in excellent shape to have one of those big segments and make a serious dent in their 6 point season deficit and get on a more comfortable pace to make the playoffs. Getting a 5th straight win would be another one it'd be really nice to have. And, with two games against division-leading Florida coming up in the next 8 days, the Lightning have a chance to not only get on more solid footing, but they could also interject themselves in the division title race all of a sudden.

Nikita Nesterov had a helper and 2 penalty minutes with 1 hit in 9:09. Like you would expect from Nesterov, he got in trouble when the Pens made him play more in his own zone. When his 5-man unit has the possession advantage, he's a huge asset. When the rink tilts, be afraid.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

Crunch Start Slow in Loss to Comets


By Jeremy Houghtaling

Syracuse got off to a slow start and never quite recovered.

The Crunch allowed a pair of first-period goals and didn’t find the back of the net until they pulled the goalie for an extra attacker in the final minutes, as Syracuse fell to the Utica Comets, 3-1, at the Onondaga County War Memorial Friday.

For Crunch head coach Rob Zettler, his team didn’t move the puck well, which led to not being able to attack with speed.

“We came out flat to start, and there was some life in the second and third period, but the start really hurt us,” Zettler said. “We were flat for whatever reason and we weren’t moving pucks out well, and they came out strong and were up 2-0 early.”

AHL Game Night: 1-15-16 Comets at Crunch

Drouinsanity hits 4 games without a point.

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SYR-1

Kristers Gudlevskis allowed 3 goals on 32 shots for the loss.

First Period
UTI Marino, (1) (Gaunce, Friesen), 2:01
UTI Zalewski, (8) (Bancks, Shinkaruk), 10:42

Second Period
NO SCORING

Third Period
UTI Gaunce, (10) (Friesen), 3:09
SYR Blunden, (7) (Richard, McGinn), 18:54

Syracuse drops to 5th in the North Division with the loss.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

Liiga Game Day: 1-15-16

KooKoo 2 vs. KalPa 3 (SO)
Jonne Tammela, KalPa, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 26 GP, 4-6-10, +8, 14 PIM

Jonne Tammela was scoreless in 18:08 of ice time in KalPa's 3-2 SO win over KooKoo. Ex-NHL journeyman Josh Green had 1 goal and 1 assist in defeat for KooKoo Kouvola.

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