NCAA Game Night: 10-31-14

No. 6 Boston University Terriers 4 @ No. 9 Providence Friars 1

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

After missing a game with an undisclosed injury, MacLeod (Daily Free Press photo) scored his first collegiate goal and point as the Terriers topped the Friars, 4-1. Jack Eichel had a goal and an assist for BU, who jumped up from No. 12 to No. 6 this past week.

No. 1 Minnesota Golden Gophers 1 @ No. 7 St. Cloud State Huskies 4

G Adam Wilcox, MIN: Loss, 33 saves on 37 shots, 2 PIM
Season totals: 5 GP, 4-1-0, 2.40 GAA, .914 sv%, 1 SO
2013-2014 totals: 38 GP, 26-6-6, 1.97 GAA, .932 sv%, 4 SO

SCSU gave No. 1 Minnesota more than they could handle, frustrating the Gophers and taking a 4-0 lead before Goldy got on the scoreboard. Wilcox took a high sticking penalty in the third period. One member of the Gophers media tweeted that it was the most upset he’s seen Wilcox in a game. It was Minnesota’s first loss of the season. The two teams square off again on Saturday in Mariuccia Arena.

*USCHO poll used

Crunch Stuggle on Special Teams, Fall to Americans 3-0


By Jeremy Houghtaling

For head coach Rob Zettler, it came down to a couple mental errors early.

The Crunch allowed a shorthanded goal on their first man-advantage and the Americans tallied a power play goal later in the first period, as Syracuse dropped its third-straight game to Rochester, 3-0, at the Onondaga County War Memorial Friday.

"Special teams were the difference," Zettler said. "They scored on the power play, we gave up one on our power play. The rest of the game I thought we were all over them."

AHL Game Night: 10-31-14 Americans at Crunch

Makarov bests old tandem-mate.

RCH-3
SYR-0

Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 3 goals on 25 shots, dropping the decision to Andrey Makarov, who stopped all 38 he faced at the other end.

First Period
RCH Armia, (4) (Leduc, Makarov), 2:58 (SH)
RCH Leduc, (1) (Pysyk, Grigorenko), 19:02 (PP)

Second Period
NO SCORING

Third Period
RCH Varone, (4) (Adam, Samuels-Thomas), 7:42

It's rough to get shutout, but I'd say there were silver linings. They settled down after a rough First Period and outshot Rochester 25-11 the rest of the way. That's solid. They just couldn't crack Makarov, who can be impenetrable when he's on his game. Rochester is pretty loaded with high draft picks, too, so it's not like they were playing the sisters of the poor. They just really need to get some continuity and some bounces to go their way, and I think they'll be fine.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

Liiga Game Day: 10-31-14

HPK 3 vs. Blues 4 (SO)
Saku Salminen, HPK, DNP
Season totals: 8 GP, 0-1-1, -1, 2 PIM

Ex-Norfolk Admiral Bracken Kearns had a helper in Blues' 4-3 SO win over HPK. Ex-Lightning pick Eero Somervuori also had a helper in defeat for HPK.

KHL Game Day: 10-30-13 and 10-31-14

10-30-14
Bratislava 2 vs. Novosibirsk 3
Jaroslav Janus, Bratislava, DNP
Season totals: 9 GP, 2-5-2, 0 SO, 2.57 GAA, .906 sv%

Dmitry Monya's Second Period power play goal snapped a 2-2 tie and delivered Novosibirsk a 3-2 victory over Slovan Bratislava. Ex-Islanders second rounder Mikko Koskinen turned aside 32 for the win.

10-31-14
Ufa 1 vs. Khanty-Mansiysk 3
Nikita Gusev, Khanty-Mansiysk, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 19 GP, 7-3-10, -3, 6 PIM

Ex-Sharks first rounder Lukas Kaspar had a goal for Yugra in their 3-1 win over Ufa. Ex-Stars first rounder Ivan Vishnevskiy also had a goal in the match in defeat for Ufa. Nikita Gusev was scoreless in 16:22 in the match.

Mytischi 4 vs. Novokuznetsk 2
Dmitry Korobov, Mytischi, 0-0-0, +2, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 8 GP, 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM

Dmitry Korobov was +2 in 19:13 for Mytischi in their 4-2 win over Novokuznetsk. Ex-NHLer Slava Kozlov had a goal in the match for Mytischi, as did ex-Avs second rounder Ryan Stoa for Novokuznetsk.

Bratislava 1 vs. Khabarovsk 3
Jaroslav Janus, Bratislava, Loss, 20/23, 3.10 GAA, .870 sv%
Season totals: 10 GP, 2-6-2, 0 SO, 2.63 GAA, .903 sv%

Ex-Oilers first rounder Jesse Niinimaki had a goal in Khabarovsk's 3-1 win over Slovan.

BP Mailbag: 10-31-14

With the debut of our podcast this year, the #BPMailbag – text version – has disappeared like Sharks in the playoffs. Realizing not everyone can listen to mailbag answers on the podcast, here’s a Cliff (Ronning?) Notes version of the latest edition of the #BPMailbag.

To submit questions, use the #BPMailbag hashtag on Twitter (@boltprospects), email chad@boltprospects.com, or ask on the message boards.

On to the questions:

Dotchin Fights to Improve with Crunch


By Jeremy Houghtaling

Six games into his rookie season, Jake Dotchin is all about being a student.

Crunch coach Rob Zettler noticed the defenseman's focus on improvement, comparing the rookie to a sponge.

"First off, a great work ethic and a fun kid to be around," Zettler said of the 20-year-old. "He tries to absorb all of it. He's a bit of a sponge that way."

Dotchin recorded his first pro point and fight last weekend, recording an assist in Syracuse’s loss to Portland Saturday and having a short-but-spirited bout with Matheiu Gagnon in a 5-1 loss to Springfield Saturday.

"There are a lot of firsts for everybody -- the fights, the points," Zettler said. "Just feeling the speed, feeling how quick this league is and how good it is, they still have a long way to go. They have taken some strides, but they're still learning."

Juniors Game Night: 10-30-14

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Saint John Sea Dogs 6 @ Cape Breton Screaming Eagles 5

C Cameron Darcy, CB: 0-1-1, -2, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 14/21 FO, 1 Hit
Season totals: 8 GP: 1-6-7, -2, 4 PIM
2013-2014 Season: 65 GP, 35-47-82, +3, 51 PIM

Darcy was dangerous throughout the third period in a close game, creating several chances and manufacturing shots, but he couldn’t find the twine and the Eagles couldn’t find a way to win.

Ontario Hockey League

Sarnia Sting 7 @ Barrie Colts 1

D Anthony DeAngelo, SAR: 1-2-3, +1, 0 PIM, *First Star*
Season totals: 9 GP, 3-9-12, -2, 26 PIM
2013-14 totals: 51 GP, 15-56-71, -34, 90 PIM

Sarnia broke their four-game losing streak with a huge win in Barrie. The Sting had seven goals by the end of the second period and coasted through the third. DeAngelo (Sarnia Observer photo) saw a significant amount of ice time in all game situations, including the entirety of a second period penalty kill when Barrie had just pulled to 4-1.

Kingston Frontenacs 3 @ Windsor Spitfires 4

W Cristiano DiGiacinto, WSR: 1-0-1, E, 2 PIM
Season totals: 8 GP, 4-2-6, -1, 17 PIM
2013-14 totals: 50 GP, 17-11-28, +8, 101 PIM

DiGiacinto scored on the power play in the third period to put Windsor ahead, 3-2. They’d add another, then give up one to give the game a 4-3 final score.

Mississauga Steelheads 1 @ Peterborough Petes 4

D Dominik Masin, PBO: 0-0-0, +1, 5 PIM
Season totals: 12 GP, 2-4-6, -6, 31 PIM
2013-14 totals: 39 GP, 2-19-21, +6, 102 PIM

The Petes scored three times in the third period en route to a 4-1 win over the visiting Steelheads. Masin was forced to fight once again after delivering a clean, hard hit in open ice.

NHL Game Night: 10-30-14 Flyers at Lightning

Solid, if unspectacular effort gets the W.

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TB-4

Ben Bishop allowed 3 goals on 27 shots for the victory. It wasn't his best effort, but wasn't bad. Pretty much in line with the overall effort of the team tonight.

First Period
3:29 TB Namestnikov (3), (Stralman, Drouin)
12:43 PHI Simmonds (6), (Bellemare, Schenn)

Second Period
19:14 TB Stamkos (7), (Garrison, Filppula)(PP)

Third Period
5:30 TB Stamkos (8), (Filppula, Killorn)
6:38 PHI Voracek (3), (Manning, Giroux)
16:48 TB Garrison (1), (Stamkos, Filppula)(PP)
19:06 PHI Raffl (6), (Voracek, Giroux)

Steven Stamkos and Anton Stralman were the game's first and second stars.

Kind of a strange game. You never got the feeling the Lightning were in danger of losing this contest tonight. They were clearly the more talented team on the ice, and the shot totals were pretty well slanted toward them up until the very tail end of the game when the Flyers went into desperation mode. Still, nothing the Lightning did tonight really made you ready to shoot fireworks off from about 10 minutes into the game on. They came out hard and looked sharp early, but once the Flyers got a greasy goal the game started to drone on a bit with the Flyers having plenty of possession but few shots or chances to show for it. Then the Flyers started taking penalties, and a number of Lightning skill players that looked lackluster at 5-on-5 did their thing on the PP and the rest his history. Elite teams win games like this, and it makes you excited to think they can sleepwalk through wins like this without Hedman and Callahan, but I'm not exactly ready to lead the parade over this victory either.

Andrej Sustr was injured early in the Third Period and we'll see what impact that has on the Lightning roster in the upcoming couple of games.

Cedric Paquette was +1 with 1 hit in 7:46. The Drouin/Paquette/Namestnikov line did not play much in this game, but they were effective when they did.

Jonathan Drouin had a helper with 4 shots and 1 hit in 9:58. His line combination with Namestnikov really works because Vladislav's speed seems to create time and space for Drouin to do his thing. With that said, given how poor Stamkos' line has looked at even strength, I feel like sooner or later Cooper needs to move Drouin or Namestnikov up to play with #91. It's got to happen.

Vladislav Namestnikov had a goal and was +1 with 2 shots and 1 blocked shot. He got his goal on a tip, but it was his speed that was causing the Flyers all kinds of problems, opening ice for his linemates and drawing penalties. I thought he was the straw that stirred the drink on that line tonight.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

ECHL Game Night: 10-29-14

Tulsa Oilers 0 at Wichita Thunder 2

D Daniel Milan, WIC: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 3 GP, 0-1-1, -3, 0 PIM, 4 SOG

Wichita goalie Tim Boron pitched a 27 save shutout in front 2,300+ hometown fans Wednesday night, which is remarkable considering the Kansas City Royals had this somewhat of a big deal Game 7 of the World Series scheduled the same night. The Thunder are one of seven teams absorbed by the ECHL from the now defunct Central Hockey League (CHL). These seven teams make up the new Central division in the Western Conference of the new 28 team ECHL, and includes Tulsa, Quad City, Brampton, Allen, Missouri, and Rapid City. The Thunder are 1-1-1-0 with 3 points to start their new ECHL era. The Thunder play again Saturday against winless Missouri.

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