Juniors Game Night: 2-7-15

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Sherbrooke Phoenix 3 @ Moncton Wildcats 9

C Cameron Darcy, SHR: 0-1-1, -1, 0 PIM, 4 SOG, 11/26 FO, 2 Hits
With Sherbrooke: 22 GP, 13-17-30, -7, 24 PIM
With Cape Breton: 19 GP, 1-13-14, -6, 14 PIM
Season totals: 41 GP, 14-30-44, -12, 38 PIM
2013-2014 Season: 65 GP, 35-47-82, +3, 51 PIM

Sherbrooke is getting crushed in the Maritimes, falling to 0-3 on their road trip through eastern Canada. Will Smith (2015 eligible) got jiggy with it and had five points for Moncton.

Ontario Hockey League

Windsor Spitfires 3 @ Peterborough Petes 6

W Cristiano DiGiacinto, WSR: 0-0-0, -2, 4 PIM
Season totals: 46 GP, 15-18-33, -9, 89 PIM
2013-14 totals: 50 GP, 17-11-28, +8, 101 PIM

D Dominik Masin, PBO: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM
Season totals: 40 GP, 7-16-23, -15, 64 PIM
2013-14 totals: 39 GP, 2-19-21, +6, 102 PIM

Neither DiGiacinto nor Masin registered a point in a head-to-head match-up on Saturday. Both teams continue to fight to stay in playoff contention in their respective conferences. Peterborough is tied for eighth, Windsor five points back of eighth.

Western Hockey League

Calgary Hitmen 3 @ Prince Albert Raiders 2

D Ben Thomas, CAL: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 40 GP, 5-17-22, +7, 18 PIM
2013-14 totals: 72 GP, 7-24-31, +11, 39 PIM

Calgary won its seventh straight game and is eight points back of Medicine Hat for first in their division.

NCAA Game Night: 2-7-15

No. 6 Harvard Crimson 1 @ Brown Bears 2

F Brian Hart, HAR: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 22 GP, 6-5-11, +3, 17 PIM
2013-2014 totals: 30 GP, 7-8-15, -8, 20 PIM

Brown scored the eventual game-winner three minutes into the third period. Hart has been quiet the last few weeks and remains at 11 points for the season in 22 games, the same point-per-game average he had last year. This loss won’t sit well as Brown came into the game just 3-17-1 on the year and the Crimson a top-10 team.

No. 16 Quinnipiac Bobcats 4 @ No. 20 Colgate Raiders 2

F Matthew Peca, QU: 0-1-1, -1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 28 GP, 5-22-27, E, 23 PIM

2014-2015 totals: 40 GP, 12-26-38, +4, 16 PIM

QU finished the weekend 2-0 with a win over Colgate on Saturday. Peca had the only assist on the game-winning goal.

Ohio State Buckeyes 2 @ Minnesota Golden Gophers 6

G Adam Wilcox, MIN: Win, 16 saves on 18 shots
Season totals: 27 GP, 14-8-3, 2.62 GAA, .901 sv%, 3 SO
2013-2014 totals: 38 GP, 26-6-6, 1.97 GAA, .932 sv%, 4 SO

Minnesota swept the Buckeyes for a much-needed 2-0 weekend.

*USCHO poll used

Crunch Confident Despite Dropping Second Straight Game in OT


By Jeremy Houghtaling

Syracuse Crunch head coach Rob Zettler still sees his team as a confident group.

The Crunch fell behind despite outshooting the Springfield Falcons 18-8 in the first period and rallied to tie the score in the third, but Syracuse ultimately lost in overtime for a second straight night, 2-1, at the Onondaga County War Memorial Saturday.

Despite multiple lineup shuffles due to injuries and trades, the Crunch increased their point streak to seven games to maintain their lead in the Northeast Division and Eastern Conference.

"The last two games we lost in overtime, I get it," Zettler said. "We're able to scrounge a point out of it the last two games. We're still generating a lot of chances, we're just not scoring right now."

AHL Game Night: 2-7-15 Falcons at Crunch

Revenge of the Bolt Prospects alumnus...

SPR-2
SYR-1 (OT)

Allen York allowed 2 goals on 36 shots for the OT loss. That's a quality effort for Syracuse's new backup.

First Period
SPR Craig, (12) (Sauve, Chaput), 7:11

Second Period
NO SCORING

Third Period
SYR Angelidis, (15) (Richard, Koekkoek), 12:37 (PP)

Overtime
SPR Dano, (10) (Tyrell), 4:13

York was the game's third star.

On a night where Ric Flair was in the building signing autographs, it was a WCW-esque swerve that saw Bolt Prospects Alumni Ryan Craig score Springfield's lone regulation goal and fellow Bolt Prospects Alumni Dana Tyrell assist on the OT winner. It's like when Curt Hennig sided with the nWo in the cage at Fall Brawl. No!

Syracuse holds a 1 point lead for the Eastern Conference lead and the overall AHL points lead, as of this posting.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

NHL Game Day: 2-7-15 Kings at Lightning

Whose idea was it to start a game at 5 pm?

LAK-4
TB-2

Ben Bishop allowed 3 goals on 9 shots for the loss before giving way to Andrei Vasilevskiy, who allowed 1 goal on 20 shots the rest of the way. Sadly, Vasiy couldn't make that 1 more key stop he needed to give the team a real chance to complete the comeback bid.

First Period
1:33 LAK Toffoli (14), (unassisted)
12:30 LAK Williams (14), (Lewis, Muzzin)
19:58 LAK Doughty (5), (Regehr, Kopitar)

Second Period
0:58 TB Kucherov (19), (unassisted)

Third Period
1:34 TB Hedman (7), (Callahan)
7:46 LAK Williams (15), (Gaborik, Regehr)

Nikita Kucherov was the game's third star.

The Lightning just didn't show up mentally until the game was already 3-0 at the end of the First Period. Chalk it up to the early start tonight, perhaps, but it was unacceptable. They need to be ready to go from the jump tomorrow against the Ducks or they'll have zero chance.

Luke Witkowski was +1 with 2 hits and 1 blocked shot in 15:22. He, unfortunately, fell down trying to backtrack on a Filppula turnover on the first goal against, but was otherwise quiet, as usual.

Nikita Nesterov had 2 shots, 1 hit, and 1 blocked shot in 17:15. He was very active on the first shift of the Second Period, with the resulting pressure ending up in Kucherov's goal.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

KHL Game Day: 2-7-15

Mytischi 2 vs. Ekaterinburg 3 (SO)
Dmitry Korobov, Mytischi, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 40 GP, 1-8-9, E, 51 PIM

Dmitry Korobov was scoreless in 24:04 of ice time in Mytischi's 3-2 shootout loss to Ekaterinburg. Defenseman Albert Yarullin had a helper in defeat for Mytischi and now has 5 goals and 16 points in 23 games since joining the team. Ex-NHLer Anton Babchuk also had a goal in the loss.

Dinamo Minsk 3 vs. Khanty-Mansiysk 1
Nikita Gusev, Khanty-Mansiysk, 1-0-1, -1, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Season totals: 49 GP, 19-13-32, +2, 12 PIM

Nikita Gusev had Yugra's only goal, his 19th of the campaign, and 16:35 of ice time in their 3-1 loss to Minsk. Gusev had 8 goals and 14 points in 44 games with Yugra last season. Ex-Edmonton farmhand Charles Linglet led the way for Minsk with 2 goals and 3 points.

NCAA Game Night: 2-6-15

No. 6 Harvard Crimson 0 @ No. 15 Yale Bulldogs 3

F Brian Hart, HAR: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Season totals: 21 GP, 6-5-11, +3, 17 PIM
2013-2014 totals: 30 GP, 7-8-15, -8, 20 PIM

Former Minnesota high schooler Alex Lyon (undrafted) stopped all 24 shots he faced to shut out rival Harvard, 3-0.

No. 3 Boston University Terriers 5 @ No. 12 UMass-Lowell Redhawks 2

D John MacLeod, BU: 0-1-1, +1, 2 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 23 GP, 2-4-6, +10, 38 PIM
2013-2014 totals: 19 GP, 1-4-5, +1, 36 PIM

MacLeod (Daily Free Press photo) had the only assist on Evan Rodrigues’s first of three goals on the night in BU’s 5-2 win Friday over UMass-Lowell. BU is now 18-4-4.

No. 16 Quinnipiac Bobcats 1 @ Cornell Big Red 0 (OT)

F Matthew Peca, QU: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 27 GP, 5-21-26, +1, 23 PIM

2014-2015 totals: 40 GP, 12-26-38, +4, 16 PIM

Travis St. Denis (undrafted) scored in overtime to break a scoreless tie and lift Quinnipiac to victory.

Ohio State Buckeyes 2 @ Minnesota Golden Gophers 4

G Adam Wilcox, MIN: Win, 21 saves on 23 shots
Season totals: 26 GP, 13-8-3, 2.64 GAA, .902 sv%, 3 SO
2013-2014 totals: 38 GP, 26-6-6, 1.97 GAA, .932 sv%, 4 SO

Minnesota skated out to leads of 2-0 and 4-1 before giving up a late goal to give the game its final score.

*USCHO poll used

Lightning Acquire Help for AHL Affiliate

(Team press release) The Tampa Bay Lightning have acquired right wing Carter Ashton and left wing David Broll from the Toronto Maple Leafs today in exchange for a conditional seventh-round pick in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced today.

Ashton, 6-foot-3, 215 pounds, has played in seven games with the Maple Leafs this season. He has totaled 54 career NHL games, all with Toronto. Ashton has also played in 12 games with the Toronto Marlies of the American Hockey League this season, notching four goals and eight points. The Winnipeg native has played in 163 career AHL games, recording 53 goals and 89 points. Ashton has also played in 29 Calder Cup Playoff games with eight goals and 17 points. Ashton was drafted by the Lightning in the first round, 29th overall, of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft.

AHL Game Night: 2-6-15 Sound Tigers at Crunch

Syracuse backs into the AHL's top spot.

BRI-2
SYR-1 (OT)

Kristers Gudlevskis allowed 2 goals on 32 shots for the OT loss. Quality start for the Yak.

First Period
NO SCORING

Second Period
NO SCORING

Third Period
BRI Graham, (3) (Conacher, Mouillierat), 7:41
SYR Namestnikov, (9) (Gourde, Smith), 8:37

Overtime
BRI Mouillierat, (16) (Graham), 3:36

Gudlevskis was the game's second star.

The point from the OTL moves Syracuse into a tie with Oklahoma City for the top spot in the AHL and moves their edge in the Eastern Conference to 2 points over Manchester.

The big news of the day, however, was the Lightning's acquisition of Carter Ashton and David Broll in exchange for a conditional 7th round pick in 2016. Ashton, of course, is a former Lightning first round pick who was shipped out of the organization in exchange for Keith Aulie (a deal we can now safely say neither team won). He's an accomplished power forward at the AHL level who should fill nicely for the injured Mike Blunden. Broll, a former 6th rounder in 2011, brings muscle, albeit not much else. He was playing for the Orlando Solar Bears in the ECHL prior to today's transaction.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

Juniors Game Night: 2-6-15

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Sherbrooke Phoenix 2 @ Saint John Sea Dogs 5

C Cameron Darcy, SHR: 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM, 4 SOG, 17/25 FO, 2 Hits
With Sherbrooke: 21 GP, 13-16-29, -6, 24 PIM
With Cape Breton: 19 GP, 1-13-14, -6, 14 PIM
Season totals: 40 GP, 14-29-43, -11, 38 PIM
2013-2014 Season: 65 GP, 35-47-82, +3, 51 PIM

One night after losing to Halifax, Sherbrooke fell in Saint John to the Sea Dogs. The Maritimes haven’t been kind to the Phoenix.

Shawinigan Cataractes 2 @ Quebec Remparts 6

W Adam Erne, QUE: 0-1-1, E, 2 PIM, 5 SOG, 5/12 FO, 3 Hits
Season totals: 46 GP, 30-36-66, +16, 78 PIM
2013-2014 Season: 48 GP, 21-41-62, -3, 65 PIM

Quebec easily disposed of Shawinigan, 6-2, in a game broadcast nationally in Canada. Erne has points in five of his past six games.

Ontario Hockey League

Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 6 @ Erie Otters 1

D Anthony DeAngelo, SOO: 1-3-4, +2, 0 PIM, *First Star*
With SSM: 11 GP, 4-17-21, +9, 21 PIM
With Sarnia: 29 GP, 10-28-38, +1, 64 PIM
Season totals: 40 GP, 14-45-59, +10, 85 PIM
2013-14 totals: 51 GP, 15-56-71, -34, 90 PIM

DeAngelo extended his point streak to 10 games with a goal and three assists. He earned first star in the Soo’s statement win over Connor McDavid and Erie. The two teams are projected to meet in the Western Conference Finals in a few months. The Greyhounds are now five points ahead of Erie for the top seed in the West. McDavid had an assist in Friday’s game.

Windsor Spitfires 2 @ Oshawa Generals 5

W Cristiano DiGiacinto, WSR: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM
Season totals: 45 GP, 15-18-33, -7, 85 PIM
2013-14 totals: 50 GP, 17-11-28, +8, 101 PIM

The Gens were too much for Windsor and extended their lead in the Eastern Conference to 18 points over the next best team, Barrie.

Peterborough Petes 5 @ Ottawa 67’s 2

D Dominik Masin, PBO: 0-2-2, E, 2 PIM
Season totals: 39 GP, 7-16-23, -16, 64 PIM
2013-14 totals: 39 GP, 2-19-21, +6, 102 PIM

Masin has seven points in his last seven games. He’s really come on offensively in the second half of the season, as is typical for an import player in his first year.

Western Hockey League

Spokane Chiefs 3 @ Moose Jaw Warriors 2

C Brayden Point, MJ: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM
Season totals: 41 GP, 21-35-56, +8, 32 PIM
2013-14 totals: 72 GP, 36-55-91, -27, 53 PIM

Point created a turnover in front of the Spokane net that led to the Warriors’ second goal, but he was not credited with an assist. Moose Jaw put six forwards on the ice after pulling their goalie late in the game, but they couldn’t find the tying goal. They came close a few times, including once where Point was in front but couldn’t bat an airborne puck into the net. Moose Jaw retired Ryan Smyth’s jersey before the game. Smyth’s son was reportedly mostly interested in meeting Point because of his performance at the World Junior tournament.

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