Greenville Swamp Rabbits 0 at Reading Royals 5
F Brian Hart, GRN: 0-0-0, -2, 2 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 9 GP, 4-0-4, -3, 4 PIM, 21 SOG
G Allen York, GRN, did not play
Season totals: 4 GP, 0-4-0-0, 4.98 GAA, 0.858 SV%, 0 SO
D Charlie Dodero, GRN: 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 8 GP, 0-2-2, -7, 12 PIM, 7 SOG
Greenville gave up 5 more goals Sunday afternoon to the Royals, shutout for their sixth consecutive loss, a night after losing to Reading 5-1. The Swamp Rabbits are in free fall at the moment losing the three-game weekend slate by a combined score of 14-3. Greenville returns home to take on Atlanta Thursday night and Adirondack Saturday night before driving down I-85 to Atlanta for rematch with the Gladiators next Sunday afternoon.
Russia 3 vs. Czech Republic 4 (SO)
Nikita Gusev, Russia, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
Tournament totals: 3 GP, 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM
Vasily Koshechkin, Russia, DNP
Tournament totals: 3 GP, 1-0-0, 0 SO, 3.00 GAA, .880 sv%
Nikita Gusev was scoreless in Russia's 4-3 tournament concluding loss to Czech Republic. Gusev did not have an attempt in the shootout session. Ironically, Magnitogorsk forward Jan Kovar scored the winner in the Shootout for the Czechs. Kovar also had a helper in the match and is a teammate of Russia's Sergei Mozyakin and Danis Zaripov.
Greenville Swamp Rabbits 1 at Reading Royals 5
F Brian Hart, GRN: 1-0-1, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 8 GP, 4-0-4, -1, 2 PIM, 19 SOG
G Allen York, GRN, Loss, stopped 24 of 29 shots
Season totals: 4 GP, 0-4-0-0, 4.98 GAA, 0.858 SV%, 0 SO
D Charlie Dodero, GRN: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 7 GP, 0-2-2, -5, 12 PIM, 7 SOG
Lightning prospect Brian Hart scored Greenville's lone goal in Saturday night's 5-1 road loss to the Reading Royals. It was Hart's team-leading 4th goal of the season, and he scored it from his office on the doorstep of the crease poking in a rebound. One encouraging development from Hart's assignment in Greenville is that he is emerging as that big body in front of the net that both the Crunch and the Lightning need.
Riding a four-game losing streak, the Swamp Rabbits needed Allen York to come out and pitch a sparkling performance in net, but once again he allowed 5 goals including 4 in a deflating 2nd period. Greenville's nothing special teams were once again on display, allowing 2 power play goals on four attempts, and going scoreless on the power play in three tries. The Swamp Rabbits conclude their three game weekend road swing in a Sunday afternoon rematch with the Royals.
Quebec Major Junior Hockey League
Saint John Sea Dogs 7 @ Quebec Remparts 3
W Bokondji Imama, SJ: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, 0 Hits
Season totals: 16 GP, 3-4-7, -2, 25 PIM
2013-2014 Season: 59 GP, 13-15-28, +2, 137 PIM
W Mathieu Joseph, SJ: 1-0-1, -3, 2 PIM, 5 SOG, 0 Hits
Season totals: 17 GP, 8-7-15, +3, 19 PIM
2013-2014 Season: 59 GP, 21-21-42, +18, 46 PIM
Saint John won big in Quebec City, 7-3. Joseph and Imama combined for zero official hits, which is almost certainly a byproduct of home-team statisticians.
Shawinigan Cataractes 5 @ Victoriaville Tigres 4 (SO)
W Dennis Yan, SHAW: 1-1-2, +2, 0 PIM, 4 SOG, 2 Hits
Season totals: 15 GP, 16-13-29, +7, 21 PIM
2014-2015 Season: 59 GP, 33-31-64, +23, 71 PIM
Yan extended his point streak to 13 games with an early assist and late goal. He did not convert his shootout attempt, but the Cataractes won without it.
Ontario Hockey League
Oshawa Generals 3 @ Saginaw Spirit 4
C Anthony Cirelli, OSH: Did not play
Season totals: 17 GP, 5-10-15, -4, 7 PIM
2014-15 totals: 68 GP, 13-23-36, +34, 22 PIM
Cirelli is day-to-day with an undisclosed injury. Saginaw’s Mitchell Stephens remains out with a broken foot.
Windsor Spitfires 6 @ Erie Otters 4
W Cristiano DiGiacinto, WSR: 0-0-0, +2, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 18 GP, 7-11-18, +8, 23 PIM
2014-15 totals: 63 GP, 21-24-45, -16, 100 PIM
Windsor managed to beat the mighty Otters in Erie, 6-4.
Peterborough Petes 1 @ Niagara IceDogs 5
D Dominik Masin, PBO: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 17 GP, 0-3-3, +12, 20 PIM
2014-15 totals: 48 GP, 7-19-26, -13, 68 PIM
D Matt Spencer, PBO: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 18 GP, 2-3-5, -4, 19 PIM
2014-15 totals: 67 GP, 6-24-30, -15, 64 PIM
The Petes have lost nine of their last 10 games, falling to 6-9-1-2.
Western Hockey League
Prince Albert Raiders 4 @ Moose Jaw Warriors 6
C Brayden Point, MJ: 4-1-5, +3, 0 PIM, *First Star*
Season totals: 16 GP, 17-22-39, +13, 6 PIM
2014-15 totals: 60 GP, 38-49-87, +6, 46 PIM
Brayden Point had the first 4-goal game of his career and seventh hat trick, leading the Warriors to a 6-4 home win over Prince Albert. Point’s last hat trick was exactly one month ago to the day. He scored three goals tonight in the second period, then added an empty-net goal. Point has a 6-point lead in the league scoring race over linemate Dylan Hunt.
Vancouver Giants 2 @ Everett Silvertips 3
D Ben Thomas, VAN: 2-0-2, +2, 0 PIM
Season totals: 18 GP, 2-5-7, -11, 10 PIM
With Vancouver: 5 GP, 2-2-4, -1, 2 PIM
With Calgary: 13 GP, 0-3-3, -10, 8 PIM
2014-15 totals: 60 GP, 7-24-31, +16, 28 PIM
Thomas scored his first goal since March 13 of last year. Including the playoffs, that’s a span of 40 games. It was the first 2-goal game of his career. Thomas has used the change of scenery from the Calgary trade to elevate his offensive production and now has four points in five games with the Giants.
United States Hockey League
Omaha Lancers 1 @ Waterloo Black Hawks 5
G Kris Oldham, OMA: Did not play
Season totals: 7 GP, 5-1-1, 2.30 GAA, .926 sv%
2014-15 totals: 33 GP, 21-6-4, 2.49 GAA, .908 sv%, 1 SO
(University of Nebraska-Omaha commit)
Oldham got the night off after getting the win in Friday’s game.
Sioux Falls Stampede 4 @ Sioux City Musketeers 2
D Ryan Zuhlsdorf, SC: 0-1-1, -1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 14 GP, 0-12-12, -2, 20 PIM
2014-15 totals: 56 GP, 3-19-22, +25, 58 PIM
(University of Minnesota commit)
Zuhlsdorf is tied for second in the USHL in scoring for defensemen, one point behind Tri-City’s Mattias Goransson (undrafted, UMass-Lowell commit).
No. 11 Boston University Terriers 4 @ Northeastern Huskies 1
D John MacLeod, BU: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Season totals: 7 GP, 1-0-1, +1, 8 PIM
2014-2015 totals: 37 GP, 2-7-9, +19, 58 PIM
BU completed a weekend sweep of Northeastern.
Minnesota State Mavericks 3 @ Ferris State Bulldogs 2
W Jimmy Mullin, MSU: Did not play
Season totals: 7 GP, 1-0-1, -4, 0 PIM
2013-2014 totals (Miami): 19 GP, 1-6-7, 23 PIM
Mullin missed his third straight game due to injury. He took a hard hit to the head in his last weekend.
*USCHO poll used
Offense comes up snake eyes... again.
Ben Bishop allowed 1 goal 25 shots for the loss. I wish I could say I've never seen anything like this before, but I remember November and December of 2003-2004 when the team couldn't score goals for Nikolai Khabibulin to save their lives. It took a temporary switch to John Grahame in January to break the team out of its scoring funk, and the rest is history. It may take running out Vasilevskiy for more starts to change the dynamic for the Lightning over the next couple of weeks.
0:26 MIN Spurgeon (2), (Coyle, Pominville)
The Lightning weren't bad tonight, except for the first 5-10 minutes of the Second Period. They had the bulk of the possession and plenty of chances. Dubnyk just decided to stand on his head tonight. It happens, but it's getting more than frustrating. And, it's seriously jeopardizing Tampa Bay's position in the standings, too. At this juncture, they've got to run the table in the final 4 games of this segment to stay on comfortable pace for the playoffs. It's not un-doable with the schedule ahead, but it's certainly tough to operate with no margin of error and it's looking more and more like the Lightning will be in a hole of undetermined size heading into the second quarter of the campaign.
Complicating things further is the injury of Ondrej Palat, who left the game tonight after a scrum in front of the Lightning net in which a Minnesota Wild player landed hard on the back of his left leg. Could be an ankle. Could be a knee. Could be a broken leg. I won't speculate on injuries anymore after we watched Paquette wrap his leg around the goalpost in Detroit late last season only to play the very next game. But, it certainly looks like Palat could be unavailable for some of this upcoming stretch.
Syracuse took an early lead and buckled down on defense.
Jonathan Marchessault scored twice in the first 15 minutes and Adam Wilcox recorded 25 saves for his first professional win, as the Crunch topped the Lehigh Valley Phantoms, 2-1, at the Onondaga County War Memorial Saturday.
“He was calm,” Crunch head coach Rob Zettler said of Wilcox. “I thought he was square to all the pucks and he saw everything, which is a good sign. It’s good for him. The games he has played so far, I actually thought he has played well but we haven’t played well in front of him. It’s nice to give him somewhat of a light workload and a W. He’s earned it.”
Baby Triplets and Wilcox steal the show.
Adam Wilcox sparkled, allowing just 1 goal on 26 shots for his first pro victory. The pendulum has swung a little bit, with Gudlevskis looking a little subpar in his first game back from Tampa Bay, and maybe Wilcox move to the top spot next weekend.
SYR Marchessault, (5) (Richard, Koekkoek), 10:02
SYR Marchessault, (6) (Gourde, Richard), 14:42
LV MacDonald, (1) (Gostisbehere, Brent), 19:42 (PP)
Coach Zettler may have found a gem with the assembling of the line with Marchessault, Gourde, and Tanner Richard this weekend. The line generated 4 goals in 2 games this weekend, and look like they'll have some longevity if they can stay in Syracuse together. Unfortunately, with Palat injured tonight up top, one of these forwards (Marchessault) may have to be earmarked for a trip to the big club.
Looks like Nikita Nesterov will also be recalled after a 2 game confidence/conditioning stint this weekend with the Crunch.
Box score from TheAHL.com.
Russia 6 vs. Sweden 3
Nikita Gusev, Russia, 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Tournament totals: 5 GP, 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM
Vasily Koshechkin, Russia, Win, 22/25, 3.00 GAA, .880 sv%
Tournament totals: 1 GP, 1-0-1, 0 SO, 3.00 GAA, .880 sv%
Nikita Gusev assisted on the opening goal of the game in Russia's 6-3 win over Sweden. Russia got a goal and an assist in the win from Magnitogorsk forward Sergei Mozyakin. Ex-Oilers pick Linus Omark had a goal and an assist in defeat for Sweden.
Greenville Swamp Rabbits 2 at Norfolk Admirals 4
F Brian Hart, GRN: 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 7 GP, 3-0-3, -1, 2 PIM, 15 SOG
G Allen York, GRN, did not play
Season totals: 3 GP, 0-3-0-0, 4.97 GAA, 0.868 SV%, 0 SO
D Charlie Dodero, GRN: did not play
Season totals: 6 GP, 0-2-2, -5, 12 PIM, 4 SOG
The Swamp Rabbit hit the road this weekend for a three-in-three, starting with a tilt against the Norfolk Admirals. The Admiral scored twice in the first and twice in the third to seal Greenville's fourth straight loss after a 3-1 start to their season. Allen York sat backup after a rough start to the season and the Rangers organization reassigning goalie Mackenzie Skapski from Hartford. What this means is that York will likely get just the Saturday night start this weekend, and more importantly no room for Lightning prospect Adam Wilcox. For the Swamp Rabbits, yet another game allowing 30+ shots, a defunct power play sitting at 12% that has allowed as many SHG as PPG scored, and a penalty kill sitting second-to-last in the league at 73.1%. Greenville travels to Reading for a two-night engagement with the Royals.