AHL Game Night: 11-18-16 Crunch at Bears

Crunch strafed in Hershey.


Kristers Gudlevskis allowed 3 goals on 18 shots for the loss before giving way to Adam Wilcox, who allowed 2 goals on 4 shots the rest of the way. Simply a dreadful night for the entire team, but particularly for the netminders.

First Period
8:03 HER Vrana (8), (Bourque, Djoos)
12:34 HER Thomas (5), (Djoos, Stephenson)(PP)
14:36 HER Bourque (3), (Stephenson, Mitchell)

Second Period
0:33 SYR Richard (4), (Conacher, Taormina)

Third Period
15:49 HER Thomas (6), (O'Brien, Stephenson)(PP)
19:29 HER Bourque (4), (Djoos, Carey)(PP)

With injuries up top in Tampa Bay, there are opportunities to earn call ups on the line. So, it's disappointing to see the team start flat and get run out of the game early. It's frankly not acceptable.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

MHL Game Day: 11-18-16

St. Petersburg Jr. 0 vs. Yaroslavl Jr. 3
Oleg Sosunov, Yaroslavl Jr., 0-0-0, +1, 2 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 17 GP, 0-0-0, -2, 36 PIM

Oleg Sosunov took a minor for tripping in Loko Jr.'s 3-0 shutout win over St. Petersburg Jr. Netminder Daniel Yakovlev stopped all 30 shots he faced for Loko Jr. for the win.

CHL Game Night: 11-17-16

Ontario Hockey League

Kitchener Rangers 7 @ Peterborough Petes 4

D Matt Spencer, PBO: 0-1-1, E, 2 PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals: 13 GP, 1-6-7, E, 10 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 60 GP, 5-19-24, -4, 46 PIM

W Jonne Tammela, PBO: Did not play
Season Totals: 2 GP, 1-0-1, +1, 2 PIM
2015-2016 (Finland): 37 GP, 5-8-13, +10, 16 PIM

Spencer now has points in five of his last seven games. Tammela is out again with the same lower-body issue that kept him out of the first few weeks of the season.

Western Hockey League

Moose Jaw Warriors 5 @ Saskatoon Blades 1

C Brett Howden, MJ: Did not play
Season Totals: 11 GP, 9-5-14, -2, 6 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 68 GP, 24-40-64, -7, 61 PIM

D Libor Hajek, SAS: 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 20 GP: 0-9-9, -4, 31 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 69 GP, 3-23-26, -19, 76 PIM

Without Howden, their captain, Moose Jaw pummeled Saskatoon Thursday night, 5-1. Noah Gregor (Sharks) and rookie WHL first rounder Luka Burzan (2018) each had two goals for Moose Jaw. Hajek was minus-2 for the Blades. Howden remains out of the Moose Jaw lineup with an undisclosed injury.

NHL Game Night: 11-17-16 Lightning at Sabres

Poised Lightning handle adversity with ease.


Ben Bishop allowed just 1 goal on 33 shots for the victory. He was extremely important in the First Period while the Lightning looked a little out of sorts 5 on 5 trying to sort out their new lines. Overall, with a couple of near disaster puck handling gaffes aside, it was a pretty typical Ben Bishop effort as he tries to round into form from a disjointed start to the year.

First Period
8:15 TB Nesterov (2), (Filppula, Drouin)

Second Period
7:39 TB Killorn (7), (Filppula, Point)(PP)
12:50 BUF Franson (1), (Kane, Fedun)(PP)
19:42 TB Kucherov (9), (Killorn)

Third Period
18:00 TB Point (2), (Johnson)(PP)

Alex Killorn, Nikita Nesterov, and Tyler Johnson were the game's three stars. Nikita Nesterov keeps showing up in the three stars selections lately doing work in relief of the injured Anton Stralman.

So, the Lightning found out today they will lose Steven Stamkos for approximately 4 months to knee surgery. Now, granted, it was Buffalo they were playing tonight. But, it's not like the Lightning haven't played without Stamkos and Stralman before, and they looked unphased by it tonight. Indeed, if you want to grab some silver linings from the Stamkos injury: 1.) It probably forces the team to play a more honest, well-rounded game knowing they have to win games 3-1/3-2 or so rather than 4-2/4-3, and 2.) It gives Yzerman a lot of cap room to play with if he wants to add a piece to put the club over the top. If they survive this, it'll make them stronger, and they know how to survive this. Now it's just a matter of grinding out the 10-game segments of the season and making sure they get into the postseason tournament.

Speaking of which, the victory moves the Lightning to 23 points through 18 games, meaning they need just 1 point in the final 2 games of the road trip to stay on our 12-in-10 pace. The response from the team in these three straight road wins after the debacle against San Jose has been solid.

Brayden Point had 1 goal and 1 assist, 2 penalty minutes, 2 shots, and 1 hit in 11:28. Interesting to see his minutes go down and his production go up.

Slater Koekkoek had 2 penalty minutes, 5 shots, and 3 blocked shots in 16:15. I like the idea of slowly raising Koekkoek's ice time. Athletically, he can take what you feed him.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

KHL Game Day: 11-17-16

St. Petersburg 1 vs. Ekaterinburg 2
Nikita Gusev, St. Petersburg, 1-0-1, -1, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Season totals: 30 GP, 14-27-41, +29, 6 PIM

Nikita Gusev had SKA's lone goal, a power play marker, in their 2-1 loss to Ekaterinburg. It was just the second regulation loss in 32 games this season for St. Petersburg. Gusev played 17:21 in the match. His 41 points are now 3 off the pace of the league leaders Sergei Mozyakin of Magnitogorsk and teammate Ilya Kovalchuk.

The Bolt Prospects Podcast, Episode 77

This week’s “Chris Gratton Edition” of the Bolt Prospects Podcast includes the following topics:

· The No. 77
· Oh, the drama
· Stammergeddon IV
· Who needs to step up? Who can step up?
· Stars vs secondary players
· Interview with Tanner Richard
· Kucherov taking final step?
· #BPMailbag returns (11-7 … Are we screwed? … Realistic expectations for Point … Hajek vs Stralman vs Koekkoek … Adult beverages … Triplets vs Stamkov Line … Boyle staying or going? … Imama – our Prospect of the Week – the next Stamkos haha? … Ranking raw talent … Cup window … Next Brayden Point-like debut? … Jonne Tammela comparable)

CHL Game Night: 11-16-16

Ontario Hockey League

Oshawa Generals 2 @ Mississauga Steelheads 1 (SO)

C Anthony Cirelli, OSH: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM, 4 SOG, 7/20 FO
Season Totals: 18 GP, 11-15-26, +15, 8 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 62 GP, 21-38-59, -15 27 PIM

Cirelli scored as the first shootout option for the Gens, bobbling the puck then roofing a wrist shot over the goalie’s shoulder. The Gens went 3/3 in the shootout, compared to the Steelheads, who went 2/3. That was enough for the second point.

Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 5 @ Saginaw Spirit 3

W Boris Katchouk, SSM: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Season: 19 GP, 6-8-14, +2, 8 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 44 GP, 13-28-41, -10 19 PIM

W Mitchell Stephens, SAG: 1-0-1, -2, 0 PIM, 5 SOG, 13/23 FO
Season Totals: 15 GP, 8-7-15, +5, 14 PIM
2015-2016 Totals: 39 GP, 20-18-38, -3, 14 PIM

Katchouk and the Soo scored a 5-3 win over Stephens and Saginaw Wednesday afternoon. Stephens had the game-opening goal.

Peterborough Petes 0 @ Ottawa 67’s 2

D Matt Spencer, PBO: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals: 12 GP, 1-5-6, E, 8 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 60 GP, 5-19-24, -4, 46 PIM

W Jonne Tammela, PBO: Did not play
Season Totals: 2 GP, 1-0-1, +1, 2 PIM
2015-2016 (Finland): 37 GP, 5-8-13, +10, 16 PIM

Tammela remains out again with an undisclosed injury.

Western Hockey League

Everett Silvertips 1 @ Kamloops Blazers 2 (OT)

G Connor Ingram, KAM: Win, 33 saves on 34 shots, *First Star*
Season Totals: 18 GP, 10-7-1-0, 2.10 GAA, .934 sv%, 1 SO
2015-2016 Season: 61 GP, 34-15-5-4, 2.61 GAA, .922 sv%, 4 SO

A game after getting the mercy hook at the end of the second period Ingram bounced back with a 1-GAA ovetime win vs Everett. This was a match-up of the top two goalies in the WHL statistically. Carter Hart of Everett (Flyers 2016 second rounder) leads the league in GAA (1.85) over No. 2 Ingram, and Ingram leads in save percentage over No. 2 Hart (.929). Hart was the CHL Goaltender of the Year last season.

Liiga Game Day: 11-16-16

Lukko 1 vs. SaiPa 3
Saku Salminen, SaiPa, DNP
Season totals: 16 GP, 1-2-3, -6, 39 PIM

Ex-NHL'er Brett Carson had a goal for SaiPa in their 3-1 win over Lukko. SaiPa moved up to 11th in the 15 team Liiga with the win.

NCAA Game Night: 11-15-16

Dartmouth Big Green 2 @ Vermont Catamounts 5

C Ross Colton, UVM: 2-1-3, +2, 0 PIM, 7 SOG, *First Star*
Season Totals: 10 GP, 3-3-6, +3, 4 PIM

Colton was first star Tuesday, leading the Catamounts to a 6-2 win over Dartmouth. We could be seeing the beginning of the expected offensive breakout for Colton, who’s in his first NCAA season. He has the ability to be a solid collegiate point producer in his Vermont career.

Crunch's Richard Looks to Improve Skating, Challenge for NHL Job

By Jeremy Houghtaling

Tanner Richard remembers getting the call, taking the ice for warmups, and then hitting the showers.

The Syracuse Crunch center earned his first call-up to the Tampa Bay Lightning last December, but was a healthy scratch and never saw game action. Richard is looking to change that this season.

In a system that's all about high tempo play, Richard has continued to work on his skating in order to take the next step to the NHL.

"You're so close. You can't get any closer than doing the warmups and showering while the guys are walking out getting their names called," the fourth-year pro said. "You can't get any closer than that. It left a little taste in my mouth to just make it to there so that one day I can hear my name called during the game too.

"I used that for motivation this summer. I thought I had a good summer, so hopefully this year it can happen."

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