Khanty-Mansiysk 3 vs. Cherepovets 1
Nikita Gusev, Khanty-Mansiysk, 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 5 SOG
Season totals: 22 GP, 8-4-12, -1, 6 PIM
Nikita Gusev assisted on the game-winning, power play goal in Yugra's 3-1 victory over Cherepovets. He played 16:10 in the contest. Ex-Sharks first rounder Lukas Kaspar also had a helper, but he also took a match penalty in the game, as well.
Quebec Major Junior Hockey League
Drummondville Voltigeurs 2 @ Quebec Remparts 6
W Adam Erne, QUE: 2-1-3, +1, 0 PIM, 4 SOG, 5 Hits, *First Star*
Season totals: 14 GP, 13-10-23, +13, 18 PIM
2013-2014 Season: 48 GP, 21-41-62, -3, 65 PIM
Erne had two goals, one coming on an early deflection and the other scored shorthanded into an empty net. Quebec scored the game’s final four goals to break a 2-2 tie.
Ontario Hockey League
Sarnia Sting 2 @ Erie Otters 5
D Anthony DeAngelo, SAR: 0-0-0, E, 6 PIM
Season totals: 12 GP, 3-11-14, -1, 32 PIM
2013-14 totals: 51 GP, 15-56-71, -34, 90 PIM
Sarnia faced Connor McDavid (2015 likely first overall pick) and the mighty Otters and only managed 16 shots on goal. They scored on two of them, but lost, 5-2. McDavid had three assists in the game. DeAngelo had two slashing minors and a hooking penalty.
Windsor Spitfires 3 @ London Knights 5
W Cristiano DiGiacinto, WSR: 0-0-0, -1, 5 PIM
Season totals: 11 GP, 5-2-7, -3, 24 PIM
2013-14 totals: 50 GP, 17-11-28, +8, 101 PIM
DiGiacinto fought Aiden Jamieson of London early in the first period. He played on the second line and was on the second power play unit. Coyotes first rounder (2013) Max Domi, son of former Leaf tough guy Tie Domi, had a hat trick and four points for London.
Peterborough Petes 2 @ Kitchener Rangers 8
D Dominik Masin, PBO: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM
Season totals: 15 GP, 3-5-8, -6, 31 PIM
2013-14 totals: 39 GP, 2-19-21, +6, 102 PIM
The Rangers put up a snowman at home against the Petes. Kitchener scored four times in the first period and were up 7-0 entering the third.
Western Hockey League
Medicine Hat Tigers 4 @ Moose Jaw Warriors 3 (OT)
C Brayden Point, MJ: 0-2-2, E, 0 PIM, *Second Star*
Season totals: 16 GP, 8-14-22, +9, 14 PIM
2013-14 totals: 72 GP, 36-55-91, -27, 53 PIM
Moose Jaw won for the first time in six games, hanging on to beat Calgary, 2-1. Neither Lightning prospect registered a point.
Calgary Hitmen 5 @ Regina Pats 3
D Ben Thomas, CAL: 0-3-3, +1, 2 PIM
Season totals: 18 GP, 2-8-10, +1, 12 PIM
2013-14 totals: 72 GP, 7-24-31, +11, 39 PIM
Thomas (pictured) set a personal best for most assists and points in one game as Calgary beat Regina, 5-3.
Harvard Crimson 4 @ RPI Engineers 0
F Brian Hart, HAR: 1-1-2, +2, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 2 GP, 1-1-2, +2, 0 PIM
2013-2014 totals: 30 GP, 7-8-15, -8, 20 PIM
Junior Brian Hart (pictured) had his first points of the season, helping Harvard to a 4-0 road win over RPI.
No. 5 Boston University Terriers 5 @ No. 3 Boston College 3
D John MacLeod, BU: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 5 GP, 1-0-1, +3, 4 PIM
2013-2014 totals: 19 GP, 1-4-5, +1, 36 PIM
The Terriers came from down 3-2 to defeat their rivals on Chestnut Hill, 5-3. MacLeod didn’t play much in the game, but was on the ice for the empty-net goal celebration. He may have just come off the bench during the play as he wasn’t listed as officially on the ice when the goal was scored. The game was broadcast on NBC Sports Network.
No. 2 North Dakota 4 @ Wisconsin Badgers 3
F Brendan O’Donnell, UND: 0-0-0, E, 4 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 8 GP, 1-1-2, -1, 21 PIM
2013-2014 totals: 34 GP, 7-11-18, +7, 10 PIM
UND fought back from 1-0 and 2-1 deficits to beat the Badgers in Madison, 4-3.
No. 4 Colgate Raiders 0 @ Quinnipiac Bobcats 5
F Matthew Peca, QU: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 7 GP, 1-7-8, -4, 2 PIM
2014-2015 totals: 40 GP, 12-26-38, +4, 16 PIM
The Bobcats got a much-needed, confidence-boosting win in their conference opener, 5-0 over No. 4 Colgate. QU, who fell out of the top-20 this week, is now 4-2-1.
No. 15 Notre Dame Fighting Irish 0 @ No. 1 Minnesota Golden Gophers 5
G Adam Wilcox, MIN: Win, 20 saves on 20 shots, shutout, *First Star*
Season totals: 7 GP, 6-1-0, 2.14 GAA, .913 sv%, 2 SO
2013-2014 totals: 38 GP, 26-6-6, 1.97 GAA, .932 sv%, 4 SO
Wilcox earned his second shutout of the year, blanking visiting Notre Dame, 5-0. It was a 2-0 game entering the third period before the Gophers broke the game open.
*USCHO poll used
Florida Everblades 6 at South Carolina Stingrays 3
D Artem Sergeev, FLA: DNP
Season totals: 6 GP, 1-3-4, +2, 0 PIM, 7 SOG
G Allen York, FLA, W, 60:00 MIN, 3 GA, 35 SH, 32 SV
Season totals: 6 GP, 4-1-0-1, 2.12 GAA, 0.916 SV%, 1 SO
F Mike Aviani, FLA: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals (ECHL): 3 GP, 1-0-1, E, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Season totals (AHL): 2 GP, 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM
Hot off being named the ECHL Goaltender of the Week, Adam York notched his fourth straight win stopping 32 shots en route to a 6-3 road win against the South Carolina Stingrays. On Monday, the Blades re-acquired 2008 New York Islander 2nd round pick Corey Trivino whom had played his first pro season with the club in 2012-13 after finishing his college career with Boston University. The pending acquisition of Trivino is speculated to have been the reason Bolt prospect Danick Gauthier was loaned to Wichita instead of returning to the Blades. In his first game back with Florida, Trivino did not disappoint earning 1st Star honors after potting 2 goals including a penalty shot, running up a +4 rating, and dropping the gloves at the 20:00 mark of the 3rd period. Bolt prospect blueliner Artem Sergeev did not play, and while details are not clear, at least one source indicates that Sergeev was injured sometime during the week. Florida next plays in Gwinnett Saturday night against the Gladiators.
Rapid City Rush 4 at Wichita Thunder 0
F Danick Gauthier, WIC: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals (ECHL): 5 GP, 2-2-4, +4, 8 PIM, 9 SOG
Season totals (AHL): 1 GP, 0-0-0, -2, 2 PIM
D Daniel Milan, WIC: 0-0-0, -2, 7 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 5 GP, 0-2-2, -4, 7 PIM, 4 SOG
Rapid City blanked the Thunder in front of their home crowd Friday night. Bolt prospect Daniel Milan registered his first penalty minutes of the season including a 2nd period tilt with Jean-Philip Chabot. Wichita hosts the Missouri Mavericks Sunday afternoon.
Houghtaling stole my game headline...
Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 4 goals on 33 shots for the OT loss. His save percentage has dipped just a shade below .900 at .897 as he continues to adapt to North American hockey. He'll get there, Lightning fans. Breath.
SYR Cote, (1) (Angelidis, Ikonen), 3:51
SYR Marchessault, (4) (Nesterov, Blunden), 6:51 (PP)
NOR Kerdiles, (2) (Leblanc), 15:18
NOR Wagner, (6) (Yip, Bell), 19:43
SYR Angelidis, (2) (Samson, Dotchin), 1:02
NOR Cramarossa, (2) (McIver), 6:44 (SH)
NOR Theodore, (1) (Cramarossa), 2:01
Mike Angelidis and J.P. Cote were the game's second and third stars.
Syracuse established themselves in the game with a good First Period, but were outshot 24-14 and outscored 3-1 thereafter. Not good, with Nikita Nesterov wearing the goat horns on Norfolk's OT winner.
The two teams will matchup again tomorrow.
Box score from TheAHL.com.
The Syracuse Crunch had a pair of leads, but let them slip away.
Syracuse went ahead with a goal early in the third period, but the Norfolk Admirals evened the score with a shorthanded goal and scored two minutes into overtime to win, 4-3, at the Onondaga County War Memorial Friday.
"Hockey is pretty simple," said Crunch assistant captain Jean-Philippe Cote. "At this level, if you just tip toe and try to not take a hit to make a play, the other team is going to make you suffer the consequences. That's what happened tonight."
Khabarovsk 0 vs. Mytischi 2
Dmitry Korobov, Mytischi, 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 11 GP, 1-0-1, +1, 4 PIM
Dmitry Korobov scored his first goal of the season off an assist from ex-Lightning defenseman Matt Gilroy in Mytischi's 2-0 win over Khabarovsk. He played 21:20 in the match.
Astana 6 vs. Bratislava 1
Jaroslav Janus, Bratislava, Loss, 7/10, 8.13 GAA, .700 sv%
Season totals: 13 GP, 3-7-3, 0 SO, 2.41 GAA, .909 sv%
Jaroslav Janus was lifted early in the Second Period as Astana clubbed Slovan 6-1. Ex-Lightning forward Brandon Bochenski had a helper in the win for Barys Astana.
Ontario Hockey League
Owen Sound Attack 2 @ Windsor Spitfires 4
W Cristiano DiGiacinto, WSR: 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM, *First Star*
Season totals: 10 GP, 5-2-7, -2, 19 PIM
2013-14 totals: 50 GP, 17-11-28, +8, 101 PIM
DiGiacinto was awarded first star for his effort on Thursday night, which included the eventual game-winning goal in a 4-2 win over Owen Sound. DiGiacinto has a goal in five of his 10 games this year.
North Bay Battalion 1 @ Peterborough Petes 2
D Dominik Masin, PBO: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM
Season totals: 14 GP, 3-5-8, -5, 31 PIM
2013-14 totals: 39 GP, 2-19-21, +6, 102 PIM
Stephen Nosad (undrafted) scored with six seconds left in regulation to lift the Petes to a 2-1 win over North Bay.
Dump Truck unstoppable versus the Flames.
Ben Bishop allowed 2 goals on 31 shots for the victory. The Lightning were rather loose defensively in this game, so Bishop did some solid work.
9:55 TB Paquette (1), (Drouin)
15:22 CGY Hudler (4), (Brodie, Giordano)
1:01 TB Paquette (2), (Namestnikov, Garrison)
4:02 TB Boyle (4), (unassisted)(SH)
4:22 CGY Monahan (5), (Gaudreau, Giordano)(PP)
0:40 TB Johnson (2), (Kucherov, Palat)
17:50 TB Filppula (3), (unassisted)(EN)
On this homestand, you started to get the distinct impression the Lightning have gotten to a point that, with their skill and depth, they can toy with lower tier opponents like Calgary. It looked that way tonight, especially after the Flames got lost in the jet fumes when Tampa Bay just decided to pull away for good in the Third Period. With that said, after they play Columbus on Saturday, they've got a string of games starting Sunday against Detroit where I don't think the kind of defensive effort they've been putting out lately is going to cut it. So, I suspect Jon Cooper is hoping they get this all out of their system now because big boy hockey is about to start: Detroit, Chicago, and San Jose. That's why tonight's win and a good effort in Columbus are particularly valuable. The Lightning have already collected half the points they need to stay on schedule in this 10-game segment of the season with 7 games left in it. Needing to collect just 6 points in the next 7 games is a good spot to be in, and if they can cut that to 4 in 6 they'll be in prime position to bank some more insurance points even as the schedule gets tougher.
Paquette had his first 2 NHL goals and was +2 with 4 shots, 1 hit, and 2 blocked shots in 11:47. He was also 57% on draws. Two very Paquette-like goals: the first taking a defender on his back and driving out to the front of the next and the second potting a rebound in the high rent district. To recount the reason why I nicknamed him Dump Truck: Dump trucks aren't pretty. Dump trucks aren't fast. Dump trucks are strong and dump trucks do hard work. That's what Cedric Paquette does. Hard work.
Jonathan Drouin had a helper and was +2 with 2 penalty minutes, 1 shot, and 1 hit in 10:58. The guy continues to collect the odd point and he's nowhere near as effective as he's going to be once he settles in.
Vladislav Namestnikov had 1 assist and was +3 with 2 shots and 1 blocked shot in 12:52. He was also 100% on 5 draws. He's really been the straw that stirs the drink on that line with Drouin and Paquette, and with his speed he's started to out-Stamkos Stamkos on that big sweepy wide rush around the net and out the other side while he works to setup his linemates. Honestly, I still believe the Filppula/Stamkos line needs to be disassembled sooner rather than later, and I'd really like to see what Namestnikov could do playing on a line with Stamkos.
Khanty-Mansiysk 3 vs. Novgorod 2 (OT)
Nikita Gusev, Khanty-Mansiysk, 1-0-1, +2, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 21 GP, 8-3-11, -2, 6 PIM
Nikita Gusev had his 8th goal of the season in 16:34 of ice time in Yugra's 3-2 OT victory over Novgorod. Ex-Sharks first rounder Lukas Kaspar had the other 2 Yugra goals.
St. Petersburg 1 vs. Magnitogorsk, 2
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, Win, 28/29, 1.00 GAA, .966 sv%
Season totals: 25 GP, 17-2-4, 3 SO, 1.49 GAA, .946 sv%
Rafael Batyrshin had 1 goal and 1 assist to lead Magnitka to a 2-1 win over SKA St. Petersburg. Vasily Koshechkin turned aside 28 for the win.