NCAA Game Night: 11-8-14

Harvard Crimson 2 @ No. 8 Union Dutchmen 2 (OT)

F Brian Hart, HAR: 1-0-1, -1, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Season totals: 3 GP, 2-1-3, +1, 0 PIM
2013-2014 totals: 30 GP, 7-8-15, -8, 20 PIM

Hart scored for the second straight game to give Harvard a 2-0 lead against the defending national champions, but Union rebounded to tie the game in the final minute with their goalie pulled. The contest ended in a tie.

Connecticut Huskies 4 @ No. 5 Boston University Terriers 4

D John MacLeod, BU: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 6 GP, 1-0-1, +3, 6 PIM
2013-2014 totals: 19 GP, 1-4-5, +1, 36 PIM

MacLeod was listed as receiving two minutes for checking. Odd. Jack Eichel had three assists for BU.

No. 2 North Dakota 5 @ Wisconsin Badgers 1

F Brendan O’Donnell, UND: 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 9 GP, 2-1-3, E, 21 PIM
2013-2014 totals: 34 GP, 7-11-18, +7, 10 PIM

O’Donnell scored the game-opening goal, which was matched by Wisconsin, but the boys from Grand Forks scored the game’s next four goals to run away with the win and weekend sweep.

Cornell Big Red 0 @ Quinnipiac Bobcats 1

F Matthew Peca, QU: 0-0-0, E, 5 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 8 GP, 1-7-8, -4, 7 PIM
2014-2015 totals: 40 GP, 12-26-38, +4, 16 PIM

Peca received a major penalty for hitting from behind and was kicked out of the game early in the second period. His Bobcats managed to score with under two minutes remaining to get a 1-0 win.

*USCHO poll used

Crunch Score Four Times in Third Period to Stun Admirals, 5-4


By Jeremy Houghtaling

After allowing a pair of power play goals in the first 16 minutes, the Syracuse Crunch searched for momentum.

A big fight at the end of the first period, a penalty shot at the beginning of the second and line juggling provided sparks that were quickly snuffed out.

But after Syracuse netted two goals in the first five minutes of the third, the Crunch came alive. Syracuse scored four unanswered goals in the final frame to stun the Norfolk Admirals, 5-4, at the Onondaga County War Memorial Saturday.

"There were times during the game, like after the (Jonathan) Marchessault goal and after the (Eric) Neilson fight, like we had the momentum, but we let it slip away," said Crunch forward Dalton Smith, who finished with a pair of goals. "That third (period), we didn't let it slip away."

NHL Game Night: 11-8-14 Lightning at Blue Jackets

Sloppy. Exciting. Annoying. Fun.

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CBJ-4

Evgeni Nabokov allowed 4 goals on 32 shots for the victory. He's lucky he got 7 goals of support, because he was bad again tonight. He had way too many problems following the puck and looked scrambley and positionally weak in his crease. He made it a lot harder on his team by allowing the soft goal to Johansen to start the Third Period and give Columbus life when they should have been DOA.

First Period
5:46 TB Brown (1), (Garrison, Sustr)
6:07 TB Paquette (3), (Drouin, Namestnikov)
12:31 TB Stralman (2), (Callahan, Stamkos)(PP)
14:41 TB Boyle (5), (Morrow, Brown)

Second Period
4:11 CBJ Hartnell (4), (Wisniewski, Erixon)(PP)
5:38 TB Callahan (5), (Filppula, Gudas)
8:10 CBJ Hartnell (5), (Foligno, Johansen)(PP)
10:05 TB Johnson (3), (Kucherov, Drouin)(PP)

Third Period
1:01 CBJ Johansen (6), (Gibbons, Wisniewski)
5:10 CBJ Foligno (7), (Wisniewski, Erixon)(PP)
19:09 TB Johnson (4), (Callahan)(EN)

Ryan Callahan and J.T. Brown were the game's three stars.

The Lightning did what they needed to do coming out hard in the First Period to establish a comfortable lead against a team that is down and played a game last night. That 4 goal lead was crucial to establish given how poor the team's goaltending was tonight, which was perhaps accentuated by the team taking their foot off the gas at times with the big lead. It's a big 2 points to get as it gets them to 8 in this 10 game segment, leaving them needing just 4 points in the next 6 games to hit the segment target and a golden opportunity to rack up a bushel of insurance points. It's a good spot to be in with the sledding about to get harder starting tomorrow night with Detroit and then heading on to play teams like Chicago and San Jose.

Just a point of record keeping, though: Columbus showed a noted lack of class with Johansen slashing Tyler Johnson in the ribs on his EN goal and Hartnell sucker punching him after it. The sore losers got exactly what they deserved tonight, and the next time the Lightning play Columbus I wouldn't be opposed to adding some muscle for that game to make sure someone gets fitted for a (figurative) toe tag for what happened at the end of tonight's tilt. The Lightning have been very good at making their opponents pay what they owe over the last year or so in cases like this, and I hope they extract a heavy price from Hartnell and the Blue Jackets in the payback department, too (although that touchdown that got hung on them tonight probably stings plenty enough).

Scary thought for the rest of the NHL: the Lightning are on a 5 game winning streak and Steven Stamkos has sleepwalked through most of those 5 games and Hedman's been on the shelf. Ponder that.

Cedric Paquette had another goal and was +1 with 3 shots and 1 blocked shot in 12:36. His goal came on a rebound where he showed some quick, sharp hands on a sift directly after a goal scored for, and he could've had 1-2 other goals including a nice play where he handled the puck well to work himself free for a backhand shot in the slot late in the Second Period. His skating is obviously not his strength, but he's got a very underrated set of mitts on him. Oh, and he was 63% on draws, too.

Jonathan Drouin had a pair of helpers and was +1 with 1 shot in 11:54. What's funny about Drouin is that he just quietly continues to rack up helpers and points. He's at 7 points in 9 games despite averaging just 14:22 of ice time a game. He's going to grow from here in ice time and points. Terrifying.

Vladislav Namestnikov had a helper and was +1 with 2 penalty minutes and 1 hit in 11:42. His offensive zone "holding" call was fraudulent, as the refs were looking to let Columbus back into the game in the Second Period after the Lightning established their early 4 goal lead.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

AHL Game Night: 11-8-14 Admirals at Crunch

Turning point of the early season?

NOR-4
SYR-5

Kristers Gudlevskis allowed 4 goals on 27 shots for the win. He wasn't good, and gave up a couple of questionable goals. But, the Crunch had his back in the Third Period tonight.

First Period
NOR Theodore, (2) (Wagner, Sarault), 5:47 (PP)
NOR Theodore, (3) (Winchester), 15:10 (PP)

Second Period
SYR Marchessault, (5) , 6:15 (PS)
NOR Leblanc, (2) (Sarault, Kerdiles), 15:32
NOR Blacker, (1) (Steckel, O'Brien), 17:29

Third Period
SYR Smith, (3) (Angelidis, Koekkoek), 3:51
SYR Gourde, (1) (Richard), 4:32
SYR Smith, (4) (Cote, Blujus), 14:38
SYR Gourde, (2) (Richard, Paradis), 15:23

Yanni Gourde, Dalton Smith, and Jonathan Marchessault were the game's three stars. Gourde gets the monkey off his back in a big way after not potting a goal all season by getting 2, including the game winner.

Being down 3 goals in the Third Period in pro hockey is supposed to be a death sentence. Teams in that position seem to lose 98-99% of the time. It's a rare and sometimes galvanizing thing if a team can come back against those odds, and a hugely demoralizing thing to the team that blows that kind of lead. So, for Syracuse to overcome those odds tonight is no small thing, and is likely to give them some momentum as a team that they can carry forward from here on out into the season. Big, big win.

I'd also be remiss if I didn't point out the role Tanner Richard played in the comeback, as the next wave of Lightning prospects starts to step it up.

#blujuspalooza

Box score from TheAHL.com.

KHL Game Day: 11-8-14

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.

Juniors Game Night: 11-7-14

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.

NCAA Game Night: 11-7-14

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

ECHL Game Night: 11-7-14

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

Other Notables
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.

AHL Game Night: 11-7-14 Admirals at Crunch

Houghtaling stole my game headline...

NOR-4
SYR-3 (OT)

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.

First Period
SYR Cote, (1) (Angelidis, Ikonen), 3:51
SYR Marchessault, (4) (Nesterov, Blunden), 6:51 (PP)

Second Period
NOR Kerdiles, (2) (Leblanc), 15:18
NOR Wagner, (6) (Yip, Bell), 19:43

Third Period
SYR Angelidis, (2) (Samson, Dotchin), 1:02
NOR Cramarossa, (2) (McIver), 6:44 (SH)

Third Period
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.

Crunch Sunk By Admirals in OT


By Jeremy Houghtaling

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."

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