ECHL Game Night: 3-30-19 Solar Bears @ Stingrays

Orlando Solar Bears 3 @ South Carolina Stingrays 2

W Olivier Archambault, ORL: Did not play
(AHL contract)
Season Totals (ORL): 4 GP, 0-0-0, -3, 2 PIM
Season Totals (SYR): 7 GP, 0-3-3, +2, 2 PIM
17-18 Totals (Allen, ECHL): 19 GP, 13-18-31, +12, 32 PIM
17-18 Totals (SJ & SYR, AHL): 41 GP, 12-11-23, +2, 35 PIM

W/C Troy Bourke, ORL: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
(AHL contract)
Season Totals (ORL): 27 GP, 10-30-40, +6, 18 PIM
Season Totals (SYR): 25 GP, 1-5-6, -3, 6 PIM
17-18 Totals (ADK): 22 GP, 10-22-32, +11, 18 PIM
17-18 Totals (SYR): 6 GP, 1-0-1, E, 2 PIM

C Mitch Hults, ORL: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals (ORL): 35 GP, 6-16-22, -8, 28 PIM
Season Totals (SYR): 9 GP, 1-3-4, -2, 4 PIM
Season Totals (SD): 2 GP, 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM
17-18 Totals (Utah): 5 GP, 2-5-7, -2, 10 PIM
17-18 Totals (SD): 53 GP, 10-14-24, -10, 8 PIM

G Connor Ingram, ORL: Win, 35 saves on 37 shots, *Third Star*
Season Totals (ORL): 9 GP, 4-2-0, 3.52 GAA, .898 sv%, 0 SO
Season Totals (SYR): 22 GP, 14-7-0, 2.26 GAA, .922 sv%, 6 SO
17-18 Totals (SYR): 35 GP, 20-11-0, 2.33 GAA, .914 sv%, 4 SO

C/W Otto Somppi, ORL: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season Totals (ORL): 19 GP, 9-11-20, +8, 6 PIM
Season Totals (SYR): 21 GP, 1-1-2, -2, 6 PIM
17-18 Totals (Halifax, QMJHL): 59 GP, 28-55-83, +39, 28 PIM

Connor Ingram bounced back after getting pulled Friday in Greenville with 35 saves and a third-star effort in Orlando’s 3-2 road win over the Stingrays Saturday. Tayler Thompson led the Solar Bears with a goal and an assist. Orlando was down 2-0 in the game before mounting their comeback

With the win, the Solar Bears (37-25-4-1) have clinched a spot in the Kelly Cup playoffs. They will likely host Jacksonville in the first round.

AHL Game Night: 3-29-19 Bruins at Crunch

Crunch lose possession war and game to Providence.

PRO-3
SYR-2

Eddie Pasquale allowed 3 goals on 33 shots for the loss.

First Period
NO SCORING

Second Period
13:44PRO Stempniak (5), (Szwarz, Breen)

Third Period
5:09 SYR Katchouk (10), (Dumont)
5:24 PRO Forsbacka Karlsson (3), (Stempniak, Cehlarik)
7:42 PRO Smith (14), (Stempniak, Carey)(PP)
15:03 SYR Dumont (12), (Verhaeghe, Andreoff)

Gabriel Dumont was the game’s third star.

Syracuse ended up being outshot 33-20 in the contest.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

ECHL Game Night: 3-29-19 Solar Bears @ Swamp Rabbits

Orlando Solar Bears 2 @ Greenville Swamp Rabbits 4

W Olivier Archambault, ORL: Did not play
(AHL contract)
Season Totals (ORL): 4 GP, 0-0-0, -3, 2 PIM
Season Totals (SYR): 7 GP, 0-3-3, +2, 2 PIM
17-18 Totals (Allen, ECHL): 19 GP, 13-18-31, +12, 32 PIM
17-18 Totals (SJ & SYR, AHL): 41 GP, 12-11-23, +2, 35 PIM

W/C Troy Bourke, ORL: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
(AHL contract)
Season Totals (ORL): 26 GP, 10-29-39, +6, 18 PIM
Season Totals (SYR): 25 GP, 1-5-6, -3, 6 PIM
17-18 Totals (ADK): 22 GP, 10-22-32, +11, 18 PIM
17-18 Totals (SYR): 6 GP, 1-0-1, E, 2 PIM

C Mitch Hults, ORL: 0-0-0, -2, 2 PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals (ORL): 34 GP, 6-16-22, -7, 28 PIM
Season Totals (SYR): 9 GP, 1-3-4, -2, 4 PIM
Season Totals (SD): 2 GP, 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM
17-18 Totals (Utah): 5 GP, 2-5-7, -2, 10 PIM
17-18 Totals (SD): 53 GP, 10-14-24, -10, 8 PIM

G Connor Ingram, ORL: No decision, 12 saves on 14 shots
Season Totals (ORL): 8 GP, 3-2-0, 3.74 GAA, .890 sv%, 0 SO
Season Totals (SYR): 22 GP, 14-7-0, 2.26 GAA, .922 sv%, 6 SO
17-18 Totals (SYR): 35 GP, 20-11-0, 2.33 GAA, .914 sv%, 4 SO

C/W Otto Somppi, ORL: 1-1-2, +2, 0 PIM, 4 SOG, *Third Star*
Season Totals (ORL): 18 GP, 9-11-20, +8, 6 PIM
Season Totals (SYR): 21 GP, 1-1-2, -2, 6 PIM
17-18 Totals (Halifax, QMJHL): 59 GP, 28-55-83, +39, 28 PIM

Connor Ingram got the start vs last-place Greenville, but was pulled after giving up a goal early in the second period that made the score 2-0. The first goal was scored when Ingram sprawled out in the crease to cover a loose puck and it slid underneath his stomach into open space and was tapped in. The second goal was a half-slapper from the center point that went through his pads. He appeared to have a good look at the shot. Orlando fought back to tie the game at 2 before the Rabbits scored again early in the third period, then again late into an empty net.

Otto Somppi had a goal from the post off a feed from behind the net from Bourke, and as well as a helper for the Bears. Somppi remains over a point-per-game this season in the ECHL.

The Solar Bears (36-25-4-1) head to Charleston for a Saturday game against the Stingrays, then will return to Greenville Sunday to close the weekend. The Bears have lost two in a row to lesser teams and have yet to clinch a playoff birth. They are three points up on Jacksonville for second in the South Division with three games in hand.

CHL Game Night: 3-29-19

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

First Round

No. 4 Baie-Comeau Drakkar 5 @ No. 13 Moncton Wildcats 2
Baie-Comeau leads best-of-7 series, 3-2

C/W Gabriel Fortier, BC: 0-1-1, +2, 0 PIM, 1 SOG, 7/10 FO, 1 Hit
Playoff Totals: 5 GP, 0-2-2, +3, 2 PIM
Season Totals: 68 GP, 35-48-83, +41, 27 PIM
17-18 Totals: 66 GP, 26-33-59, -11, 59 PIM

Baie-Comeau won a huge, pivotal Game 5 on the road to take a 3-2 series lead heading back home. Gabriel Fortier had his second assist in the last two games and Ivan Chekhovich (Sharks) had two goals Friday. Fortier’s assist came when he entered the zone then spun to the middle to drop the puck off for a trailing Chekhovich, who sped around the net and threw it in front where it banked off a defender and in. Fortier created a glorious chance early in the first period by speeding to a loose puck and shielding off a defender before finding a teammate alone in front. It ended up being saved, but Fortier is showing better than his production indicates. Game 6 is Monday.

NCAA West Regional Semifinal - Friday, March 29, 2019

NCAA West Regional Semifinal – Fargo, ND

#3 Ohio State Buckeyes 0 vs #2 Denver Pioneers 2
#4 American International Yellow Jackets 2 vs #1 St. Cloud State Huskies 1

D Nick Perbix, STC: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season Totals: 39 GP, 5-15-20, +24, 16 PIM

F Cole Guttman, DEN: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG, 1/9 FO
Season Totals: 39 GP, 12-11-22, +15, 18 PIM

The Yellow Jackets of American International College pulled the proverbial 16th-seed upset of the top-ranked Huskies in the first round of the NCAA Men’s Ice Hockey Championships on Friday night. Despite outshooting American by a margin of 34-13, St. Cloud fell behind to goals in the first and second periods by Joel Kocur (undrafted) and Brennan Kapchek (undrafted). Easton Brodzinski scored a power-play marker for the Huskies in the 3rd to pull the tourney favorites to within one, but St. Cloud could never muster the equalizer. Yellow Jacket netminder Zackarias Skog (undrafted) made 33 saves, including 27 over the 2nd and 3rd periods, to preserve the upset and advance his team to the West Regional finals on Saturday night. For the Huskies, their 2018-19 season ends with a spectacular record of 30-6-3 along with Bolt prospect Nick Perbix who had an equally stellar freshman campaign.

Fellow Lighting prospect Cole Guttman and the David Carle led Denver Pioneers shutout the Ohio State Buckeyes in the other West Regional Semifinal Friday night. Denver netminder and Red Wings prospect Filip Larsson (DET, 2016 6th round pick) saved all 24 shots, leading his team to West Regional Finals against American International on Saturday night. Les Lancaster (undrafted) and Colin Staub (undrafted) scored for the Pioneers.

ECHL Game Night: 3-28-19 Solar Bears @ Gladiators

Orlando Solar Bears 1 @ Atlanta Gladiators 5

W Olivier Archambault, ORL: Did not play
(AHL contract)
Season Totals (ORL): 4 GP, 0-0-0, -3, 2 PIM
Season Totals (SYR): 7 GP, 0-3-3, +2, 2 PIM
17-18 Totals (Allen, ECHL): 19 GP, 13-18-31, +12, 32 PIM
17-18 Totals (SJ & SYR, AHL): 41 GP, 12-11-23, +2, 35 PIM

W/C Troy Bourke, ORL: 0-0-0, -4, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
(AHL contract)
Season Totals (ORL): 25 GP, 10-28-38, +5, 18 PIM
Season Totals (SYR): 25 GP, 1-5-6, -3, 6 PIM
17-18 Totals (ADK): 22 GP, 10-22-32, +11, 18 PIM
17-18 Totals (SYR): 6 GP, 1-0-1, E, 2 PIM

C Mitch Hults, ORL: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals (ORL): 33 GP, 6-16-22, -5, 26 PIM
Season Totals (SYR): 9 GP, 1-3-4, -2, 4 PIM
Season Totals (SD): 2 GP, 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM
17-18 Totals (Utah): 5 GP, 2-5-7, -2, 10 PIM
17-18 Totals (SD): 53 GP, 10-14-24, -10, 8 PIM

G Connor Ingram, ORL: Did not play
Season Totals (ORL): 7 GP, 3-2-0, 3.63 GAA, .893 sv%, 0 SO
Season Totals (SYR): 22 GP, 14-7-0, 2.26 GAA, .922 sv%, 6 SO
17-18 Totals (SYR): 35 GP, 20-11-0, 2.33 GAA, .914 sv%, 4 SO

C/W Otto Somppi, ORL: 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season Totals (ORL): 17 GP, 8-10-18, +6, 6 PIM
Season Totals (SYR): 21 GP, 1-1-2, -2, 6 PIM
17-18 Totals (Halifax, QMJHL): 59 GP, 28-55-83, +39, 28 PIM

Atlanta scored early and often Thursday, beating up on the Solar Bears 5-1 to keep Orlando’s magic number to clinch a playoff spot at two. Connor Ingram, fresh off his most recent demotion to the ECHL, sat backup to Clint Windsor, who allowed four goals on 39 shots.

The Solar Bears (36-24-4-1) head to South Carolina for games against Greenville Friday and Sunday, sandwiched around a Saturday tilt in Charleston against the Stingrays.

CHL Game Night: 3-28-19

Ontario Hockey League

OHL Western Conference Quarterfinals

West-4 Guelph Storm 5 @ West-5 Kitchener Rangers 1
Guelph wins best-of-7 series, 4-0

C/W Alexey Lipanov, KIT: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG, 4/11 FO
Playoff Totals: 4 GP, 0-1-1, -3, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 62 GP, 12-18-30, -36, 16 PIM
17-18 Totals (BAR, SBY): 55 GP, 14-25-39, -14, 10 PIM

Guelph made quick work of the Rangers in the series, winning Game 4, 5-1, to sweep Kitchener and advance to the conference semi-finals. While Guelph loaded up with trades at the OHL trade deadline, Kitchener had been playing well since the calendar turned to 2019 and was expected to put up more of a fight against the Storm. As it was, Kitchener’s season ended after four playoff games with Lightning prospect Alexey Lipanov managing just an assist in the series. The former Lightning third rounder will now join the pro ranks with Tampa Bay, either in AHL Syracuse or ECHL Orlando. Considering Syracuse already has Troy Bourke and Otto Somppi playing in Orlando, it’s hard to see the organization putting Lipanov with the Crunch for anything other than practice time and instruction. Lipanov concludes his CHL career in a near worst-case scenario after a strong start to his North American career last year with Barrie. He was traded to Sudbury mid-season last year and his numbers plummeted, then after a trade to Kitchener Lipanov, who boasts high-end raw skills, fell out of the top-6 with the Rangers and ended up with just 30 points (12 goals) in 62 games and was among the worst plus/minus players in the league. Had he been most other prospects, he may not have received a contract offer, but the Lightning signed the young Russian before he even came to North America (perhaps that was part of the agreement). Lipanov has an excellent wrist shot and good vision, but he is a major project and one Syracuse coach Benoit Groulx will have to be patient with. That could start as soon as this weekend if the Lightning choose to get him immediately into a Syracuse practice jersey.

CHL Playoffs Game Night: 3-27-19

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

First Round

No. 4 Baie-Comeau Drakkar 2 @ No. 13 Moncton Wildcats 3
Best-of-7 series tied, 2-2

C/W Gabriel Fortier, BC: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM, 7 SOG, 6/15 FO, 2 Hits
Playoff Totals: 4 GP, 0-1-1, +1, 2 PIM
Season Totals: 68 GP, 35-48-83, +41, 27 PIM
17-18 Totals: 66 GP, 26-33-59, -11, 59 PIM

Moncton’s Mika Cyr (undrafted) scored his second goal of the game and third of the series at 11:31 of the third period to break a 2-2 tie and knot up the series with Baie-Comeau, 2-2. Gabriel Fortier had his first point of the playoffs - a primary assist early in the third period to tie the game at 2. Fortier was stationed at the right wing circle and put a one-timer low, far pad that created a rebound for an easy tap-in. Cyr’s second goal came on the power play from beneath that same circle off a one-timer. Game 5 is back in the Drakkar’s rink Friday.

No. 5 Rimouski Oceanic 6 @ No. 12 Chicoutimi Sagueneens 3
Rimouski wins best-of-7 series, 4-0

C Jimmy Huntington, RIM: 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, 1 Hit, 5/18 FO
Playoff Totals: 4 GP, 4-3-7, +2, 4 PIM
Season Totals: 66 GP, 40-52-92 +41, 52 PIM
17-18 Totals (Vic): 68 GP, 18-40-58, +5, 42 PIM

D Radim Salda, RIM: 0-0-0, +3, 4 PIM, 1 SOG, 1 Hit
Playoff Totals: 4 GP, 0-1-1, +1, 10 PIM
Season Totals: 48 GP, 10-20-30, +17, 36 PIM
17-18 Totals (SJ): 62 GP, 10-31-41, -37, 78 PIM

Jimmy Huntington redirected a point shot early in the first period to put Rimouski up 1-0 and the Oceanic never looked back, building a 6-1 lead and finishing with a 6-3 win that finished off the Sags in the series, 4-0. Game 1-3 were close, but this one was not. Rimouski got a plus-3 effort from Radim Salda and will now wait to see how the rest of the Q’s first round turns out before learning their second-round opponent. Huntington finished the series with four goals and seven points, second on the team to Alexis Lafreniere (2020) and third in the league behind Samuel Poulin of Sherbrooke (9). Poulin is the son of former Lightning player Patrick Poulin. He’s expected to go early in the 2019 draft.

AHL Game Night: 3-27-19 Crunch at Senators

Crunch lose tight-checking contest in the Shootout.

SYR-1
BEL-2 (SO)

Eddie Pasquale allowed 1 goal on 25 shots before allowed 2 of 3 to convert in the penalty shot session for the SO loss.

First Period
NO SCORING

Second Period
13:39 SYR Conacher (22), (Andreoff, Yan)

Third Period
9:35 BEL Paul (17), (Brown, Burgdoerfer)

Overtime
NO SCORING

Shootout
SYR- Conacher
BEL- Brown, Tambellini

Cory Conacher was the game's three stars.

With eight regular season games to go, Syracuse's North Division lead stands at three points.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

CHL Playoffs Game Night: 3-26-19

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

First Round

No. 4 Baie-Comeau Drakkar 4 @ No. 13 Moncton Wildcats 3 (OT)
Baie-Comeau leads best-of-7 series, 2-1

C/W Gabriel Fortier, BC: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 5 SOG, 4/11 FO, 1 Hit
Playoff Totals: 3 GP, 0-0-0, +1, 2 PIM
Season Totals: 68 GP, 35-48-83, +41, 27 PIM
17-18 Totals: 66 GP, 26-33-59, -11, 59 PIM

Shawn Element (undrafted) scored his first of the playoffs at 11:02 of overtime to lift the Drakkar to a road win and a 2-1 series lead over Moncton. BC captain Gabriel Fortier was scoreless in the game and is looking for his first point of the playoffs heading into Game 4 Wednesday. Fortier only had one stretch of games this season where he went at least three games without a point, and that was when he went four games scoreless in mid-January.

No. 5 Rimouski Oceanic 4 @ No. 12 Chicoutimi Sagueneens 3
Rimouski leads best-of-7 series, 3-0

C Jimmy Huntington, RIM: 1-2-3, +2, 0 PIM, 4 SOG, 1 Hit, 17/27 FO, *First Star*
Playoff Totals: 3 GP, 3-3-6, +1, 4 PIM
Season Totals: 66 GP, 40-52-92 +41, 52 PIM
17-18 Totals (Vic): 68 GP, 18-40-58, +5, 42 PIM

D Radim Salda, RIM: 0-0-0, -2, 2 PIM, 1 SOG, 1 Hit
Playoff Totals: 3 GP, 0-1-1, -2, 6 PIM
Season Totals: 48 GP, 10-20-30, +17, 36 PIM
17-18 Totals (SJ): 62 GP, 10-31-41, -37, 78 PIM

Rimouski rebounded from a 3-1 deficit to top the Sags in Chicoutimi 4-3 and take a commanding 3-0 lead in the series. Chicoutimi has had solid leads in the last two games and Games 1 and 2 went to overtime, but they don’t have any wins to show for it. In Game 3, Huntington snapped a shot from the slot in the first period after Alexis Lafreniere caused a turnover, but the shot was kicked back out to him. Huntington followed up on his chance and slid it into the open goal to make it 1-0. The Oceanic can end the series Wednesday in Chicoutimi.

Ontario Hockey League

OHL Western Conference Quarterfinals

West-4 Guelph Storm 6 @ West-5 Kitchener Rangers 3
Guelph leads best-of-7 series, 3-0

C/W Alexey Lipanov, KIT: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG, 2/5 FO
Playoff Totals: 3 GP, 0-1-1, -2, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 62 GP, 12-18-30, -36, 16 PIM
17-18 Totals (BAR, SBY): 55 GP, 14-25-39, -14, 10 PIM

Habs prospect Nick Suzuki had two goals and an assist and Nate Schnarr (Coyotes) had a goal and two assists to spark the Storm to a 6-3 win in Kitchener and put the Rangers on the brink of elimination. Kitchener had a brief 2-1 lead early in the second period, but five minutes later they were down 5-2. The Rangers crawled back to make it 5-3 but couldn’t get any closer. Alexey Lipanov had his first point of the playoffs - a primary assist on Kitchener’s first goal. Guelph can close out the series Thursday, which would send Lipanov to AHL Syracuse or ECHL Orlando.

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