KHL Game Day: 1-11-16

Yaroslavl 3 vs. Novgorod 0
Carter Ashton, Novgorod, 0-0-0, -2, 2 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 39 GP, 11-9-20, +3, 55 PIM

Carter Ashton had a minor for tripping in 15:27 in Novgorod's 3-0 loss to Yaroslavl. Goaltender Alexei Murygin stopped all 27 shots he faced for the shutout.

St. Petersburg 5 vs. Zagreb 3
Nikita Gusev, St. Petersburg, DNP
Season totals (St. Petersburg): 21 GP, 9-13-22, +3, 2 PIM
Season totals (Khanty-Mansiysk): 23 GP, 7-7-14, +6, 4 PIM
Season totals: 44 GP, 16-20-36, +9, 6 PIM

Ex-NHLer Ilya Kovalchuk had 3 assists in SKA's 5-3 victory over Zagreb. Former Lightning draft pick Radek Smolenak had a helper in defeat for Zagreb.

Juniors Game Night: 1-10-16

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Rimouski Oceanic 4 @ Saint John Sea Dogs 5

W Bokondji Imama, SJ: Did not play (suspended)
Season totals: 28 GP, 4-9-13, -1, 50 PIM
2013-2014 Season: 59 GP, 13-15-28, +2, 137 PIM

W Mathieu Joseph, SJ: 0-2-2, -1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, 0 Hits
Season totals: 37 GP, 20-22-42, +15, 41 PIM
2013-2014 Season: 59 GP, 21-21-42, +18, 46 PIM

Joseph matched last year’s point total in 12 fewer games.

Shawinigan Cataractes 5 @ Drummondville Voltigeurs 2

W Dennis Yan, SHAW: 1-1-2, +1, 0 PIM, 6 SOG, 0 Hits
Season totals: 35 GP, 26-27-53, +4, 44 PIM
2014-2015 Season: 59 GP, 33-31-64, +23, 71 PIM

Dennis Yan had a goal and an assist as Shawinigan completed a weekend sweep of the Volts.

Ontario Hockey League

Windsor Spitfires 4 @ Oshawa Generals 2

W Cristiano DiGiacinto, WSR: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 36 GP, 15-20-35, +22, 53 PIM
2014-15 totals: 63 GP, 21-24-45, -16, 100 PIM

C Anthony Cirelli, OSH: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 9/23 FO
Season totals: 36 GP, 11-21-32, -10 19 PIM
2014-15 totals: 68 GP, 13-23-36, +34, 22 PIM

DiGiacinto was scoreless, but Windsor scored a 4-2 road wins over the Gens. The Spits are six points up on Sarnia for the West Division lead. Oshawa is fourth in the East Division, ahead of just Hamilton.

Western Hockey League

Moose Jaw Warriors 4 @ Swift Current Broncos 3

C Brayden Point, MJ: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM
Season totals: 21 GP, 19-28-47, +11, 10 PIM
2014-15 totals: 60 GP, 38-49-87, +6, 46 PIM

The WHL trade deadline came and went and Point remained a member of the Moose Jaw Warriors. He was thought to be on the block, but with a monumental return. Not many trades were made on Sunday around the league as a lot of teams are still in playoff races. Point will finish his junior career in Moose Jaw.

AHL Game Night: 1-10-16 Crunch at Americans

Drouinsanity weekend ends with Syracuse collecting 4 of 6 points.


Kristers Gudlevskis allowed just 1 goal on 29 shots for the victory, and was likely the margin in the contest today. He left the game Friday after feeling ill, but evidently got enough Vitamin C in the time between then and tonight.

First Period
SYR Tambellini, (16) (Peca), 1:31

Second Period

Third Period
SYR Ikonen, (2) (Peca, Taormina), 2:27
RCH Akeson, (7) (Leduc, Pysyk), 9:44 (PP)

Gudlevskis, Henri Ikonen, and Matthew Peca were the game's three stars.

It was a quiet night for Drouin as Syracuse, in general, struggled a bit offensively. They were outshot 29-22 on the night, but still pulled out the win.

The win allowed Syracuse to move up into 4th in the North Division, leapfrogging over both Rochester and the Utica Comets.

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KHL Game Day: 1-10-16

Novosibirsk 2 vs. Magnitogorsk 6
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, Win, 27/29, 2.01 GAA, .931 sv%
Season totals: 41 GP, 19-13-7, 2 SO, 2.23 GAA, .922 sv%

Ex-Blue Jackets pick Sergei Mozyakin had 4 assists for Magnitka in their 6-2 win over Novosibirsk. Ex-NHLer Wojtek Wolski had 1 goal in the victory.

Juniors Game Night: 1-9-16

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Saint John Sea Dogs 5 @ Acadie-Bathurst Titan 2

W Bokondji Imama, SJ: Did not play (suspended)
Season totals: 28 GP, 4-9-13, -1, 50 PIM
2013-2014 Season: 59 GP, 13-15-28, +2, 137 PIM

W Mathieu Joseph, SJ: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG, 1 Hit
Season totals: 36 GP, 20-20-40, +16, 41 PIM
2013-2014 Season: 59 GP, 21-21-42, +18, 46 PIM

Joseph was back on the scoresheet after his 12-game point streak was snapped last game. He has at least a point in 27 of his 36 games.

Ontario Hockey League

Windsor Spitfires 1 @ Barrie Colts 3

W Cristiano DiGiacinto, WSR: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 7 SOG
Season totals: 35 GP, 15-20-35, +23, 53 PIM
2014-15 totals: 63 GP, 21-24-45, -16, 100 PIM

Team Canada WJC goaltender Mackenzie Blackwood (Devils) stopped 32 of 33 shots for Barrie.

Hamilton Bulldogs 2 @ Peterborough Petes 7

D Dominik Masin, PBO: 1-0-1, E, 2 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 30 GP, 4-10-14, +20, 28 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: 40 GP, 3-16-19, E, 31 PIM
2014-15 totals: 67 GP, 6-24-30, -15, 64 PIM

Masin returned from his duties as captain of the Czech Republic at World Juniors to score his fourth goal of the season and help the Petes to a 7-2 win over the visiting Bulldogs.

Sarnia Sting 5 @ Saginaw Spirit 4 (SO)

W Mitchell Stephens, SAG: 1-2-3, +2, 0 PIM, 6 SOG, 12/17 FO, *Second Star*
Season totals: 11 GP, 8-6-14, +4, 6 PIM
2014-15 totals: 62 GP, 22-26-48, -17, 44 PIM

Stephens had a goal and two assists in his second game back from World Juniors, but had his shootout attempt saved in Sarnia’s 6-5 shootout win. First rounders Travis Konecny (Flyers) and Pavel Zacha (Devils) scored in the shootout for Steven Stamkos’ OHL alma mater after they were held scoreless in regulation.

Western Hockey League

Saskatoon Blades 2 @ Moose Jaw Warriors 6

C Brayden Point, MJ: 1-2-3, +1, 2 PIM, *First Star*
Season totals: 20 GP, 19-27-46, +10, 10 PIM
2014-15 totals: 60 GP, 38-49-87, +6, 46 PIM

Point made his return from captaining Canada at World Juniors and promptly earned first star honors in a home win over Saskatoon. Due to his shoulder injury and time in Finland Point has fallen out of the WHL scoring leader group. He’s currently in 18th, 20 points behind the leader – but he’s played 20 fewer games. If he can finish the year healthy and productive he has a chance at league MVP.

Vancouver Giants 6 @ Red Deer Rebels 5 (OT)

D Ben Thomas, VAN: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 45 GP, 4-14-18, -13, 26 PIM
With Vancouver: 30 GP, 4-10-14, -3, 16 PIM
With Calgary: 14 GP, 0-3-3, -10, 10 PIM
2014-15 totals: 60 GP, 7-24-31, +16, 28 PIM

Ty Ronning (2016), son of former NHLer Cliff Ronning, had the overtime winner for Vancouver. Lightning GM Steve Yzerman watched Thomas in person this week in Edmonton.

United States Hockey League

Lincoln Stars 2 @ Omaha Lancers 3 (OT)

G Kris Oldham, OMA: Win, 24 saves on 26 shots, *Second Star*
Season totals: 15 GP, 10-4-1, 2.45 GAA, .922 sv%, 1 SO
2014-15 totals: 33 GP, 21-6-4, 2.49 GAA, .908 sv%, 1 SO
(University of Nebraska-Omaha signee)

To prove Friday’s first star game against Lincoln was no fluke, Oldham was second star Saturday in an overtime win over the Stars. Omaha was down 2-0 Saturday before battling back.

NCAA Game Night: 1-9-16

UMass Minutemen 2 @ No. 11 Boston University Terriers 7

D John MacLeod, BU: 0-1-1, +2, 0 PIM 1 SOG
Season totals: 18 GP, 1-1-2, -1, 18 PIM
2014-2015 totals: 37 GP, 2-7-9, +19, 58 PIM

MacLeod was back in the BU lineup Saturday and registered his first assist of the season. Defenseman Matt Grzelcyk (Bruins), BU’s 5-9 captain, had a hat trick for the Terriers.

Northern Michigan Wildcats 1 @ No. 18 Minnesota State Mavericks 3

W Jimmy Mullin, MSU: Did not play
Season totals: 14 GP, 1-0-1, -6, 4 PIM
2013-2014 totals (Miami): 19 GP, 1-6-7, 23 PIM

MSU outshot the Wildcats, 43-15. Mullin appears to have been a healthy scratch.

*USCHO poll used

NHL Game Night: 1-9-10 Lightning at Canucks

Lightning pull another one out on this western swing.

VAN-2 (OT)

Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 2 goals on 23 shots for the OT victory. He didn't have a ton of work but made a small handful of timely saves. I'm also willing to bet part of the reason Vancouver missed the net on a few of their chances is that Vasilevskiy's size and positioning make a shooter cut it a little too fine at times.

First Period
3:41 TB Killorn (7), (Kucherov, Namestnikov)
15:24 VAN Baertschi (7), (Horvat, Weber)(PP)

Second Period

Third Period
12:20 TB Filppula (5), (Stralman, Callahan)
17:10 VAN Horvat (6), (Hutton, Biega)

3:51 TB Kucherov (16), (Namestnikov, Stralman)

Nikita Kucherov and Valtteri Filppula were the game's second and third stars.

Thankfully, the ending of this game had some flair to it, because the bulk of this game was as boring as the previous two games on this road trip. The Lightning came out with a lot more energy in this contest and deserved the early 1-0 lead, but got in the box and eventually forfeited momentum and the lead before heading to First Intermission. The game really devolved into a defensive struggle in the Second Period with the Lightning squandering several PP opportunities in the middle frame before finally breaking through just after a PP in the Third Period when a Filppula centering feed banked in off of Edler's skate. It's another lucky goal, true. But, considering the Lightning did outshoot Vancouver 17-5 in that Third Period, it's the kind of puck luck you get when you're waylaying a team in possession. So, I won't poo poo that goal. Unfortunately, Bo Horvat had pretty perfect placement on a shot/pass off the rush late in the game to equalize, and this one ended up in Overtime.

The Lightning have been good in Overtime this year and with Vasilevskiy in net, I even like their chances in the Shootout, so I was optimistic heading out of regulation. Ironically, though, I think tonight was the Lightning's lousiest 3-on-3 session in a couple of months, and they were really lucky to get out of it with the second point. Vancouver missed the net on several glorious opportunities with a frequency that would make Victor Hedman blush, and that gave the Lightning the chance to end it on a Kucherov breakaway sprung by a good stretch pass by Vladislav Namestnikov.

You're going to see a lot of deceptively positive stuff about the Lightning climbing back into the second Wild Card spot with the win tonight. I really hope the team doesn't actually think they've made it all the way back, though, because they're still in a Grand Canyon sized hole and they still have no margin for error. Let's put it this way: to be on target at 60 points in our 12-in-10 model by the end of this 5th 10-game segment of the season, the Lightning would have to win 7 of their next 8. So please, let's pump the brakes on any celebrations because there's still a ton of work to be done and this team still is not playing anywhere close to their best hockey. You can be happy, though, that winning a couple in a row probably forestalls any thoughts of an early sell off by the Lightning. Mind you, I doubt Yzerman would act that rashly even with the pressure of the Stamkos and Drouin situations upon him.

Nikita Nesterov had 2 hits in 15:18.

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Crunch Battle Back to Twice to Top Bears

By Jeremy Houghtaling

The Syracuse Crunch battled back from a pair of one-goal deficits and then buckled down.

The Crunch answered the Bears’ goals in the first and second periods, pulled ahead in the third and hung on through some tense moments late, as Syracuse beat Hershey, 4-2, at the Onondaga County War Memorial Saturday.

“I thought our guys played really hard tonight — harder than we have in a long time,” said Crunch head coach Rob Zettler. “It was great. From top to bottom, I thought everyone was giving us everything they had. … A lot of blocked shots, a lot of hits — just more physically involved over and above the fights.”

AHL Game Night: 1-9-16 Bears at Crunch

Richard, Crunch vets steal the show on night number two of Drouinsanity.


Adam Wilcox allowed 2 goals on 30 shots for the victory.

First Period
HER Bourque, (14) (Collins, Boyd), 4:04
SYR Tambellini, (15) (Taormina, Richard), 17:46 (PP)

Second Period
HER Djoos, (4) (Walker, Mitchell), 7:19
SYR Angelidis, (3) (Richard, Walcott), 9:01

Third Period
SYR McGinn, (13) (Peca, Tambellini), 6:45
SYR Richard, (2) , 19:36 (EN)

Jeff Tambellini and Wilcox were the game's first and second stars. Tanner Richard also had a 3 point night with 1 goal and 3 points.

And just in case you weren't getting enough controversy in your life as a hockey fan... Anthony DeAngelo was a healthy scratch again tonight for undisclosed reasons.

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Liiga Game Day: 1-9-16

HIFK 1 vs. KalPa 0
Jonne Tammela, KalPa, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 24 GP, 4-5-9, +8, 14 PIM

20 year old Blues 4th rounder Ville Husso stopped all 23 shots he faced to blank KalPa 1-0. Ex-Stars pick Eero Kilpelainen stopped 31 in defeat for KalPa. Jonne Tammela played 15:56 in the match.

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