Crunch Come Back Against Wolf Pack For Fifth Straight Win


By Jeremy Houghtaling

Despite trailing by two at the second intermission, Syracuse Crunch head coach Rob Zettler's message was to stay the course.

The Crunch outshot the Wolf Pack 25-2 in the third period, scored a pair of power play goals, and capped the comeback with 4:05 remaining, as Syracuse topped Hartford, 3-2, for its fifth straight win at the Onondaga County War Memorial Wednesday.

"I actually thought we were playing the right way throughout the game," Zettler said. "We got a couple goals scored against us — I'd have to look again — but I thought all those penalties in the third were legit penalties. We earned the breaks, we earned the calls. Overall, we were creating a lot of offensive zone time and wore them down a little bit."

AHL Game Night: 2-4-15 Wolf Pack at Crunch

Comeback Crunch find their PP.

HFD-2
SYR-3

Kristers Gudlevskis allowed 2 goals on 17 shots for the victory. He had light work in his first game as the clear starter since Vasilevskiy's recall, as the team in front of him outshot Hartford by a staggering 45-17 margin.

First Period
NO SCORING

Second Period
HFD Haggerty, (8) (Mueller), 2:50
HFD Hrivik, (8) (Allen, Kristo), 10:49 (PP)

Third Period
SYR Dotchin, (3) (Namestnikov, Gourde), 10:18 (PP)
SYR Smith, (10) (Koekkoek, Gourde), 14:39 (PP)
SYR Dodero, (1) (Namestnikov, Gourde), 15:55

Charlie Dodero, Yanni Gourde, and Jake Dotchin were the game's three stars. Syracuse overcame a 2 goal deficit in the Third Period by getting a pair of power play goals from their typically dreadful extra man units. They ended up 2-for-6 on the game.

Syracuse maintains a 1 point lead atop the Eastern Conference over the Manchester Monarchs. They also opened up a 6 point lead on Hartford in the division and hold a 7 point lead over the cratering Springfield Falcons.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

NCAA Game Night: 2-3-15

No. 6 Harvard Crimson 3 @ No. 3 Boston University Terriers 4 (2OT) (Beanpot Tournament)

F Brian Hart, HAR: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Season totals: 20 GP, 6-5-11, +3, 17 PIM
2013-2014 totals: 30 GP, 7-8-15, -8, 20 PIM

D John MacLeod, BU: 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM, 5 SOG
Season totals: 22 GP, 2-3-5, +9, 38 PIM
2013-2014 totals: 19 GP, 1-4-5, +1, 36 PIM

BU’s 67th shot was the game-winner, scored in double overtime against Harvard in the opening game of the famed Beanpot tournament for each club. Neither Lightning prospect registered a point, though MacLeod was on the ice for the game-winning goal. BU goes on to face Northeastern in the championship game. Possible Lightning free agent target Clay Witt stopped 21 Boston College shots in the Huskies’ 3-2 semifinal win.

NHL game Night: 2-3-15 Lightning at Blues

Snatching defeat from the jaws of victory.

TB-1
STL-2 (OT)

Ben Bishop allowed 2 goals on 18 shots for the OT loss. It's a bitter pill to swallow, but I can't really fault Ben on either goal.

First Period
5:20 TB Paquette (11), (Killorn, Drouin)

Second Period
NO SCORING

Third Period
16:50 STL Tarasenko (26), (Stastny)

Overtime
1:16 STL Schwartz (18), (Butler, Elliott)

That hurt bad. That hurt really bad. The Lightning absolutely dominated almost the entire game. They outshop St. Louis 31-17 in regulation, and the chances were about that lopsided. Elliot made about a half dozen sparkling saves for the Blues and the Lightning continued to sputter on the PP, going 0-for-3 on the game. They just could not get the insurance marker and allowed the Blues to tie it off a clean faceoff loss by Brian Boyle, and in OT the defense just got out of sorts trying to stop a 2-on-2 rush situation, and in the end they left 1 point they should've gotten on the rink.

Jonathan Drouin had a helper and was +1 with 1 hit in 15:42. He also set up Cedric Paquette with a long stretch pass in the Third Period that nearly became the key insurance marker, but Elliot stood up to the task. Tonight's game marks Drouin's graduation from prospect status on the website.

Luke Witkowski was +1 with 1 hit and 2 blocked shots in 14:20. He plays like a guy who understands his athletic limitations and plays efficiently within his boundaries. He moves the puck quickly to make sure he doesn't put himself in bad spots. He'll give a guy a pop if its there, but he won't go running out of position to do it because he knows he doesn't necessarily have the recovery speed to get away with it. He's just played like a smart, lower pair stay-at-homer so far.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

KHL Game Day: 2-3-15

Mytischi 4 vs. Bratislava 3
Dmitry Korobov, Mytischi, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 39 GP, 1-8-9, E, 51 PIM

Dmitry Korobov was -1 in 19:40 in Mytischi's 4-3 win over Slovan Bratislava. His club got a helper from young defenseman Albert Yarullin in the victory. Note that goaltender Jaroslav Janus has transferred from Slovan to Czech Extraliga club HC Sparta Praha.

Prospect of the Week: 2-2-15

We continue our Bolt Prospect of the Week award, an honor (virtually) given to one Tampa Bay Lightning prospect for his recent contributions on and off the ice.

The Bolt Prospect of the Week for February 2, 2015 is … Cedric Paquette, C, Tampa Bay Lightning (NHL – USA).

Cedric Paquette made his last few games as a Bolt prospect memorable.

The third-year pro hit the 42 NHL games played mark this past week, graduating him from prospect status on BoltProspects.com. Paquette spent the week lighting up the scoresheet, scoring five times in three games, including his first career hat trick in a division match-up against Detroit. He scored the game-winning goal for the Lightning against Columbus two nights later. Paquette was named the NHL’s Second Star of the Week behind Carey Price, but beat Price out for our Bolt Prospect of the Week (ignoring details involved there).

Juniors Game Night: 2-1-15

Ontario Hockey League

Belleville Bulls 2 @ Windsor Spitfires 5

W Cristiano DiGiacinto, WSR: 0-1-1, E, 2 PIM
Season totals: 43 GP, 15-18-33, -7, 85 PIM
2013-14 totals: 50 GP, 17-11-28, +8, 101 PIM

Windsor built a 3-0 lead before the Bulls cut it to 3-2 early in the third period. The Spits then score two empty netters to seal the win. DiGiacinto continues to hit the scoreboard as one of Windsor’s more experienced players. The Spits are three points back of Saginaw for the last playoff spot in the West.

KHL Game Day: 2-1-15

Ekaterinburg 2 vs. Khanty-Mansiysk 0
Nikita Gusev, Khanty-Mansiysk, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 5 SOG
Season totals: 47 GP, 18-12-30, +3, 12 PIM

Nikita Gusev was scoreless in 15:02 of ice time in Yugra's 2-0 loss to Ekaterinburg. Ex-Flyers pick Jakub Kovar stopped all 28 shots he faced for the shutout.

Magnitogorsk 2 vs. Chelyabinsk 0
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, Win, SO, 23/23, 0.00 GAA, 1.000 sv%
Season totals: 45 GP, 29-7-6, 5 SO, 1.75 GAA, .937 sv%

Vasily Koshechkin turned aside all 23 shots he faced for his 5th shutout of the season in Magnitka's 2-0 win over Chelyabinsk. Journeyman defenseman Chris Lee had the game winner for Magnitogorsk.

Dinamo Riga 6 vs. Bratislava 0
Jaroslav Janus, Bratislava, DNP
Season totals: 25 GP, 6-12-5, 2 SO, 3.01 GAA, .891 sv%

Jaroslav Janus did not dress for Bratislava's ugly 6-0 loss to Riga. Ex-Avs pick Linus Videll had 1 goal and 1 assist in the win for Riga.

Jokerit 2 vs. Mytischi 0
Dmitry Korobov, Mytischi, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 38 GP, 1-8-9, +1, 51 PIM

Ex-Calgary Flame Henrik Karlsson stopped all 22 shots he faced for the shutout in Jokerit's 2-0 victory over Mytischi. Dmitry Korobov played 17:44 in the loss.

ECHL Game Night: 1-31-15

1/30 Greenville Road Warriors 0 at Florida Everblades 1
1/31 Greenville Road Warriors 1 at Florida Everblades 2

D Artem Sergeev, FLA: 0-0-0, +2, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 31 GP, 6-11-17, +10, 17 PIM, 44 SOG

Other Notables
G Allen York, FLA, W, 60:00 MIN, 0 GA, 33 SH, 33 SV, 1 SO, *First Star*
Season totals: 24 GP, 16-4-0-3, 2.64 GAA, 0.903 SV%, 4 SO

F Jeff Costello, FLA: DNP
Season totals (ECHL): 26 GP, 8-7-15, E, 26 PIM, 65 SOG
Season totals (AHL): 3 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM

F Mike Aviani, FLA: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals (ECHL): 32 GP, 7-10-17, +1, 30 PIM, 58 SOG
Season totals (AHL): 2 GP, 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM

The Everblades got a pair of home wins against Greenville on Friday and Saturday nights behind the return of some excellent goaltending by the Florida netminders. On Friday night, Allen York returned to the nets and pitched a 33-save shutout. It was York's 4th shutout of the season and it earned him First Star honors in Friday night's match. The 'Blades seemed to have righted the ship on their mini-slump and have now posted 4-straight wins. Florida now heads off on a 4-game road trip with stops in Elmira and Reading.

1/30 Quad City Mallards 3 at Wichita Thunder 1
1/31 Wichita Thunder 0 at Missouri Mavericks 4

F Danick Gauthier, WIC: 0-0-0, -2, 2 PIM, 6 SOG
Season totals (ECHL): 43 GP, 17-20-37, -3, 39 PIM, 130 SOG
Season totals (AHL): 1 GP, 0-0-0, -2, 2 PIM

D Daniel Milan, WIC: 0-0-0, -1, 7 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 41 GP, 0-11-11, -6, 96 PIM, 37 SOG

The Thunder dropped a pair of games this weekend against Quad City and Missouri mustering only 1 goal in the two matches. Friday night's home game against Quad City was penalty filled affair with 90 total minutes and 6 fighting majors handed out between the two teams. Lighting defensive prospect Daniel Milan fought Mike Monfredo after 2nd intermission horn. The Thunder was shutout Saturday night on the road against the Mavericks. Wichita hits the road again next weekend with a pair of games against Quad City.

Juniors Game Night: 1-31-15

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Sherbrooke Phoenix 2 @ Gatineau Olympiques 1

C Cameron Darcy, SHR: 0-0-0, -1, 4 PIM, 2 SOG, 12/21 FO, 0 Hits
With Sherbrooke: 19 GP, 13-15-28, -2, 20 PIM
With Cape Breton: 19 GP, 1-13-14, -6, 14 PIM
Season totals: 38 GP, 14-28-42, -8, 34 PIM
2013-2014 Season: 65 GP, 35-47-82, +3, 51 PIM

Darcy was held scoreless but Sherbrooke was able to eke out a road win against the club at the bottom of the West Division thanks to netminder Evan Fitzpatrick, who stopped 34 of 35 shots in the match.

Victoriaville Tigres 4 @ Quebec Remparts 9

W Adam Erne, QUE: 0-2-2, +1, 7 PIM, 4 SOG, 3/5 FO, 0 Hit
Season totals: 44 GP, 28-35-63, +16, 74 PIM
2013-2014 Season: 48 GP, 21-41-62, -3, 65 PIM

Quebec followed up Friday night's win with a solid thumping of visiting Victoriaville. Erne was in on the action with a couple helpers wrapped around a bout with defenseman Phil Pietroniro.

Ontario Hockey League

North Bay Battalion 3 @ Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 4 (SO)

D Anthony DeAngelo, SOO: 1-0-1, +3, 7 PIM
With SSM: 9 GP, 3-12-15, +6, 17 PIM
With Sarnia: 29 GP, 10-28-38, +1, 64 PIM
Season totals: 38 GP, 13-40-53, +7, 81 PIM
2013-14 totals: 51 GP, 15-56-71, -34, 90 PIM

DeAngelo's point streak hit eight games with a first period marker that put the powerhouse that his club is up by three and he engaged in a round of fisticuffs that might very well have made some of the denizens of his hometown proud. It bears repeating that the Soo still hasn’t lost since DeAngelo (and others) were acquired at the OHL trade deadline.

Windsor Spitfires 2 @ Plymouth Whalers 3 (SO)

W Cristiano DiGiacinto, WSR: 0-1-1, +2, 2 PIM
Season totals: 42 GP, 15-17-32, -7, 83 PIM
2013-14 totals: 50 GP, 17-11-28, +8, 101 PIM

Windsor erased two deficits to push the game on into extra time only to fall in the skills competition. Scoreless in Windsor's last game, DiGiacinto provided a secondary dish that made for his fourth point in his last four games.

Ottawa 67's 4 @ Peterborough Petes 2

D Dominik Masin, PBO: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM
Season totals: 37 GP, 7-13-20, -19, 57 PIM
2013-14 totals: 39 GP, 2-19-21, +6, 102 PIM

Masin's seven-game point streak and Peterborough's brief run came to a grinding halt against the 67's.

Western Hockey League

Brandon Wheat Kings 6 @ Moose Jaw Warriors 0

C Brayden Point, MJ: 0-0-0, -1, 5 PIM
Season totals: 39 GP, 21-33-54, +9, 32 PIM
2013-14 totals: 72 GP, 36-55-91, -27, 53 PIM

Point was reduced to denting the score sheet being credited with a fight -- his second of the season -- and that about tells you all you need to know for how things were going for Moose Jaw on the ice Saturday night.

Edmonton Oil Kings 0 @ Calgary Hitmen 5

D Ben Thomas, CAL: Did not play
Season totals: 39 GP, 5-16-21, +6, 18 PIM
2013-14 totals: 72 GP, 7-24-31, +11, 39 PIM

Thomas sat this one out but Calgary rolled anyway en route its sixth straight victory. In the past three games, the Hitmen have put up an eye-popping 23 goals while allowing just a single goal against.

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