Game Night Results

  • 27 weeks 1 day ago


    By Jeremy Houghtaling

    In a game marred by many physical altercations, the Syracuse Crunch offense had a breakout performance.

    The Crunch took a three-goal lead in the first period, and continued to cruise through multiple incidents, as they topped the Toronto Marlies, 6-3, at the Onondaga County War Memorial Saturday.

    "We played a good game," said Syracuse forward Brett Connolly, who finished with four points. "I think they embarrassed themselves."

  • 27 weeks 1 day ago

    Back to .500.

    TOR-3
    SYR-6

    Cedrick Desjardins allowed 3 goals on 36 shots for the victory.

    First Period
    SYR Angelidis, (12) (Ikonen, Connolly), 1:00 (PP)
    SYR Paradis, (6) (DiSalvatore, Angelidis), 12:33
    SYR Gourde, (6) (DiSalvatore, Connolly), 18:38 (PP)

    Second Period
    TOR Carrick, (11) (Ross), 3:29
    SYR Marchessault, (20) (Cote, Erne), 10:25
    SYR Marchessault, (21) (Connolly, Cote), 12:38 (SH)
    TOR Brennan, (23) (Ross, Carrick), 19:18

    Third Period
    TOR McKegg, (18) (Marshall, Kozun), 4:09
    SYR Connolly, (20) (Namestnikov, Ikonen), 17:17

    Jonathan Marchessault, Brett Connolly, and Mike Angelidis were the game's three stars. New Crunch forward Henri Ikonen managed his first two AHL points on helpers to bookend the scoring for Syracuse. The 4 point night for Connolly points to him potentially providing some depth options to Tampa Bay in the playoffs as well. As I said after last night's win, this team is figuring out some of its chemistry for next season, and guys like Gourde and Marchessault finding their grooves bodes well for a bounce back next year. The team is back to .500 with 4 games left in the regular season, and if they can finish with a winning record that will be a major accomplishment considering this franchise supplied 9 prospects who became full time NHLers in Tampa Bay this season.

    Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

  • 27 weeks 2 days ago

    Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

    Halifax Mooseheads 4 @ Gatineau Olympiques 1
    Mooseheads win best-of-7 second round series, 4-1

    C/W Jonathan Drouin, HAL: 1-2-3, E, 0 PIM, 1 Hit, 4 SOG, 11/30 FO
    Playoff totals: 9 GP, 9-18-27, +7, 8 PIM
    Season totals: 46 GP, 29-70-108, +49, 43 PIM
    2011-2012 Season: 49 GP, 41-64-105, +48, 32 PIM

    Halifax advanced to the league semifinals with a 4-1 win Friday night in Gatineau. Lightning prospect Jonathan Drouin had three more points to maintain his three-points-per-game playoff pace. The Mooseheads gave up the first goal, but had a 3-1 lead by the end of the second period. Drouin’s goal came on the power play. He extended his multi-point game streak to 12 and his point streak to 22 games. No game stars were listed. Halifax will wait to see who they play next. Only 2-seeded Halifax and top-seeded Baie-Comeau have advanced to the semifinals.

    Ontario Hockey League

    Barrie Colts 1 @ North Bay Battalion 4
    Battalion lead best-of-7 Eastern Conference Semifinals, 3-2

    D Dylan Blujus, NB: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
    Playoff totals: 12 GP, 3-1-4, +2, 12 PIM
    Season totals: 55 GP, 4-26-30, +12, 56 PIM
    2012-13 totals: 68 GP, 2-27-29, -8, 57 PIM

    D Jake Dotchin, BAR: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM
    Playoff totals: 10 GP: 3-2-5, +1, 13 PIM
    Season totals: 63 GP, 11-25-36, +22, 121 PIM
    2012-13 totals: 66 GP, 4-18-22, E, 81 PIM

    The home team won again in the series, this time with North Bay holding serve at home vs Barrie, 4-1. Neither Lightning prospect registered a point in the game. The Battalion can close out the series with a road win in Barrie on Sunday. This is the only series still going in the AHL; Guelph, Erie, and Oshawa have all advanced to the conference finals.

  • 27 weeks 2 days ago


    By Jeremy Houghtaling

    During regulation, it was all about the dueling power plays.

    Both Syracuse and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton scored a pair of power play goals in the first two periods, but the Penguins pushed past the Crunch in a shootout, 3-2, at the Onondaga County War Memorial Friday.

    Although it's late for a playoff push, Syracuse has points in seven of its last eight games.

    "I've been pretty happy with our game overall," said Crunch coach Rob Zettler. "We're finding a little more offense lately. We're getting some more pucks to the net, and we've got some more finishers on our team now too, which is a good thing."

  • 27 weeks 2 days ago

    One more to go.

    CBJ- 2
    TB- 3

    Kristers Gudlevskis stopped 36 of 38 for the victory in his first NHL shot. He was impressive. His quickness and athleticism are striking, and he showed a competitiveness and unwillingness to give up on plays that is also the hallmark of great netminders.

    First Period
    NO SCORING

    Second Period
    3:55 TB Palat (23), (Killorn)(PP)
    13:46 CBJ Jenner (16), (Johnson, Johansen)(PP)
    14:54 TB Brewer (3), (Paquette)
    18:06 TB Brewer (4), (Kostka, Panik)

    Third Period
    16:37 CBJ Savard (5), (Jenner, Comeau)

    Gudlevskis, Eric Brewer, and Ryan Callahan were the game's three stars. It wasn't the best effort the Lightning have put forward, but Gudlevskis played well and the team capitalized on some shaky netminding by Columbus' McElhinney at the other end of the rink. It wasn't without a price, as Victor Hedman left the game early with a lower body injury and Ondrej Palat left after getting his bell rung on an open ice hit, but at this hour their absence seems more precautionary than anything else (although that's always subject to change).

    The Lightning now have 99 points with 1 game to go. Win and they get home ice against Montreal in the opening round of the playoffs. Win and they break the 100 point barrier. Win, and they'll cap off one of the best regular seasons in team history.

    Mike Kostka had a helper and was +1 with 1 shot and 3 hits in 20:35. He was forced into extra ice time with Hedman out of the game early, and he handled it reasonably well, even getting his 3rd point in 2 games since returning. Win if you can, survive if Mike Kostka lets you.

    Cedric Paquette had a helper and was +1 with 1 hit and 2 blocked shots in 12:46. He was also 64% on 14 draws, including several wins while the Lightning were trying to stave off Columbus with their goaltender pulled at the end of the game. Good debut by Dump Truck, and I thought the scorekeepers cheated him out of a few hits because I counted 2-3 more. The young man's got a future on the team's fourth line.

    Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

  • 27 weeks 2 days ago

    Playing out the string, Crunch still sorting out themselves for next season.

    WBS-3
    SYR-2 (SO)

    Cedrick Desjardins allowed 2 goals on 31 shots before allowing 2 of 5 to convert in the penalty shot session for the Shootout loss.

    First Period
    WBS Kobasew, (9) (Ebbett, Dumoulin), 4:46 (PP)
    SYR Namestnikov, (19) (Korobov, Connolly), 8:18 (PP)
    SYR DiSalvatore, (11) (Marchessault, Mormina), 16:09 (PP)

    Second Period
    WBS Kobasew, (10) (Machacek, Dumoulin), 7:28 (PP)

    Third Period
    NO SCORING

    Overtime
    NO SCORING

    Shootout
    WBS- Zlobin, Machachek
    SYR- NONE

    Yanni Gourde and Vladislav Namestnikov were the game's second and third stars. Henri Ikonen made his North American pro debut with 2 shots and he was also unsuccessful in his shootout attempt.

    Syracuse remains stuck at 1 game under .500 with 5 games left in their season.

    Box score from TheAHL.com.

  • 27 weeks 2 days ago

    KHL Eastern Conference Finals
    (1)Magnitogorsk 1 vs. (4)Ufa 0 (OT)
    Magnitogorsk Wins the Series 4-1
    Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, Win, SO, 24/24, 0.00 GAA, 1.000 sv%
    Regular season totals: 51 GP, 30-12-8, 9 SO, 1.88 GAA, .940 sv%
    Playoff totals: 14 GP, 12-2-0, 2 SO, 1.66 GAA, .944 sv%

    Andrey Vasilevskiy, UFA, OT Loss, 37/38, 0.98 GAA, .974 sv%
    Regular season totals: 28 GP, 14-8-5, 3 SO, 2.21 GAA, .923 sv%
    Playoff totals: 18 GP, 9-9-0, 1 SO, 1.99 GAA, .934 sv%

    Yaroslav Khabarov's goal 1:14 into Overtime broke a scoreless tie and sent Magnitogorsk to the Gagarin Cup Finals by virtue of their 1-0, Game Five win over Ufa. Vasily Koshechkin stopped all 24 shots he faced in the match for his second shutout of the series. At the other end, Andrey Vasilevskiy sparkled making 37 saves in the hard luck loss. You simply cannot ask for more from a 19 year old goaltender. You can't.

  • 27 weeks 3 days ago

    Ontario Hockey League

    North Bay Battalion 4 @ Barrie Colts 7
    Best-of-7 Eastern Conference Semifinals tied, 2-2

    D Dylan Blujus, NB: 0-1-1, +2, 2 PIM
    Playoff totals: 11 GP, 3-1-4, +2, 12 PIM
    Season totals: 55 GP, 4-26-30, +12, 56 PIM
    2012-13 totals: 68 GP, 2-27-29, -8, 57 PIM

    D Jake Dotchin, BAR: 0-0-0, -2, 7 PIM
    Playoff totals: 9 GP: 3-2-5, +1, 13 PIM
    Season totals: 63 GP, 11-25-36, +22, 121 PIM
    2012-13 totals: 66 GP, 4-18-22, E, 81 PIM

    Barrie evened the series with a big, 7-4 win on Thursday night. North Bay lost two three-goal leads early in the game as the Colts came storming back. Barrie scored the game’s final six goals. The game got ugly late in the third period with a line brawl. Dotchin was on the ice and received a five-minute fighting penalty and a game misconduct for being in a “second fight.” Game 5 is Friday in North Bay.

  • 27 weeks 3 days ago

    No. 13 North Dakota 1 vs No. 2 Minnesota Golden Gophers 2
    National Semifinal

    F Brendan O’Donnell, UND: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
    Season totals: 35 GP, 7-11-18, +8, 10 PIM
    2012-2013 totals: 29 GP, 2-8-10, E, 20 PIM

    G Adam Wilcox, MIN: Win, 36 saves on 37 shots
    Season totals: 37 GP, 26-5-6, 1.86 GAA, .935 sv%, 4 SO
    2012-2013 totals: 39 GP, 25-8-5, 1.88 GAA, .921 sv%, 3 SO

    Minnesota scored a shorthanded goal with .6 seconds left in regulation, sending the Gophers to the national championship game at the Frozen Four in Philadelphia. The No. 2 Gophers will face top-ranked Union on Saturday night. O’Donnell was on the ice for UND’s lone goal, scored less than a minute after Minnesota had taken a 1-0 lead in the third period over their longtime rivals. Wilcox stopped 36 shots, including four during UND’s last minute power play. Justin Holl scored the game winner for the Gophers, finding the puck in his skates in front of the UND net and sliding the puck home. Minnesota had just won an own-zone faceoff with 10 seconds left and rushed up the ice hoping to avoid overtime. They did, and now have a chance at a championship.

    O’Donnell’s junior season ends with career highs in goals, assists, and points. All signs point to him returning to North Dakota for his senior season next fall.

    *USCHO poll used

  • 27 weeks 3 days ago

    The sun still rises in Tampa Bay.

    PHI-2
    TB-4

    Anders Lindback allowed 2 goals on 36 shots for the victory tonight, 1 of which was an own goal tipped in by Palat. Lindback was magnificent, as he was in relief in the last game against Toronto. Is he as athletic and aesthetically pleasing as Ben Bishop between the pipes? No. Is he fully capable of stopping pucks? Yes, and he showed resiliency and mental toughness by not cracking after the Flyers broke through on him. He stayed focus, got a good team effort in front of him (including some street hockey netminding by Gudas) and got the W.

    First Period
    2:00 TB Johnson (24), (Stamkos, Kostka)

    Second Period
    18:39 PHI Simmonds (27), (Giroux, Voracek)(PP)

    Third Period
    4:33 TB Panik (3), (Hedman, Kostka)
    9:43 TB Brewer (2), (Johnson, Palat)
    12:22 PHI Couturier (12), (Streit)
    14:14 TB Stamkos (25), (Filppula, Hedman)(PP)

    Lindback, Tyler Johnson, and Richard Panik were the game's three stars.

    Let it not be said that this Lightning team packs it in the second they hit a bump in the road. There was a lot of hand wringing and consternation with the injury to Ben Bishop that will, at a minimum, shut him down for the rest of the regular season. But, much like when Stamkos broke his leg and the captain of the team decided he wanted to go to Broadway, the Lightning circled the wagons. They came out very strong tonight and got a quick goal on Philly, which was great. I thought they took their foot off the gas through to the end of the Second Period, which was not good, but Lindback has something to prove and he played fantastic to keep the Lightning in it until they broke it open in the Third Period, where only a goofy own goal blemished a complete 20 minute team effort. So, the sky didn't fall and, in fact, with Montreal losing tonight the Lightning can get home ice in the first round if they win out in the final 2 games of the regular season.

    Throughout the campaign, I've written regularly about segment goals with the team, with an eye on 96 points in 80 games. With the victory tonight, the Lightning nailed down 97 points in 80 games and they got the target number of 12 in the 8th and final segment of the year. In games 81 and 82, if they can get at least 3 of the 4 possible points, they have an opportunity to get to 100 points, which is truly an accomplishment for any team, let alone one this young.

    Mike Kostka returned from his concussion with 2 assists, a +3 rating, and 1 blocked shot in 14:18. Win if you can. Survive if Mike Kostka lets you.

    Andrej Sustr had 2 penalty minutes and 1 hit in 19:36. It wasn't Andrej's best game, as I've seen him a lot tighter and under control defensively, but it's still pretty good that you can play him 19+ minutes and not worry about him completely wetting the bed. With the appearance tonight, Sustr reaches 41 NHL games played this season, which graduates him from prospect status on the website. Sustr becomes the 10th prospect to graduate this season, finishing out a class the likes of which we may never see again. To put this in perspective, there were only 10 prospects that graduated on the site in the previous 4 seasons combined (I looked it up). Congratulations to Andrej and everyone in the 2013-2014 Bolt Prospects Alumni class.

    Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

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