Game Night Results

  • 2 weeks 2 days ago

    Wilcox's revenge.

    SPR-3
    SYR-2

    Kristers Gudlevskis allowed 3 goals on 27 shots for the loss.

    First Period
    18:49 SPR Thompson (12), (Hunt, Balisy)

    Second Period
    4:13 SYR McGinn (4), (Froese, Thomas)

    Third Period
    0:45 SYR Froese (25), (Taormina, Conacher)(PP)
    10:04 SPR Greco (8), (McCann, Hawryluk)
    18:15 SPR Greco (9), (Thompson)

    Newcomer Byron Froese was the game's second star after finally getting into the lineup following his acquisition in the Brian Boyle trade. Ex-Crunch netminder Adam Wilcox was the game's third star after posting 29 saves.

    Box score from TheAHL.com.

  • 2 weeks 3 days ago


    By Jeremy Houghtaling

    A few third-period mistakes proved costly for the Syracuse Crunch.

    The Crunch took the lead 45 seconds into the third period but the Thunderbirds tied the score midway through the frame and netted the game-winner with 1:45 remaining, as Syracuse lost to Springfield, 3-2, at the Onondaga County War Memorial Friday.

    “It’s very disappointing,” Crunch head coach Benoit Groulx said. “We’re up 2-1, missed assignment on the second goal down low. With two minutes left, you have a defenseman diving down. It’s unacceptable.

    “I don’t think we did enough tonight to win. That’s it.”

  • 2 weeks 3 days ago

    KHL Western Conference Semifinal
    (2)St. Petersburg 2 vs. (3)Dynamo Moscow 1
    Series Tied 1-1
    Nikita Gusev, St. Petersburg, 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
    Playoff totals: 6 GP, 3-4-7, +3, 2 PIM
    Regular season totals: 57 GP, 24-47-71, +33, 8 PIM

    Nikita Gusev assisted on Vadim Shipachyov's eventual game winning goal in SKA's 2-1 Game Two win over Dynamo Moscow, knotting their series at 1-1. Gusev played 16:55 in the victory. SKA outshot Dynamo 40-18 in the virtually "must-win" match.

  • 2 weeks 4 days ago

    Lightning dominance overshadowed by centerman attrition.

    MIN-1
    TB-4

    Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 1 goal on 33 shots for a dominating victory. He gave Minnesota nothing. He was in absolute command and it took a goofy bounce for Minnesota to stave off his shutout bid. That's two straight games where Vasiy has only allowed a single goal. Hard to lose when you do that.

    First Period
    6:53 TB Kucherov (29), (Hedman, Palat)(PP)
    11:01 TB Hedman (13), (Drouin, Dotchin)

    Second Period
    4:37 TB Sustr (2), (Kucherov, Johnson)

    Third Period
    16:02 MIN Scandella (4), (Brodin, Koivu)
    18:51 TB Kucherov (30), (Gourde)(EN)

    Vasilevskiy, Victor Hedman, and Nikita Kucherov were the game's three stars.

    That was probably the most dominant game the Lightning have played against a quality opponent all season. The end result was never really in doubt and even as the Lightning were seeing their players drop like flies, their lower liners stepped up and continued to keep the game under total control. Unfortunately, it's dubious whether that kind of "next man up" success is replicable over the rest of the course of the season. Vladislav Namestnikov was the first to go down after going skates first into the board on a play that could be anything from a broken ankle to a knee. To my eyes, that looked like a season ender. Tyler Johnson was the next to go on a knee to knee hit from Nino Niederreiter. Johnson when down like a dropped sack of potatoes, and I'm hopeful he's the one of the three that can get back faster, but it didn't look great. Third to go was Cedric Paquette, who appeared to give himself a high ankle sprain tackling a Wild forward in the slot on a defensive zone play. That may come pretty close to ending his season given the slim number of games the team has left on the schedule. So, the Lightning are going to have to scramble just to find bodies at that position. McKegg can go back into the lineup and they'll probably immediately recall Matthew Peca. Ultimately, though, it may take Steven Stamkos donning the Superman cape and coming back from IR in the next 2 weeks and playing well just to keep the team's slim playoff hopes alive. It's either that or get Brian Bradley off the buffet line.

    Luke Witkowski had 4 hits in 9:11.

    Jake Dotchin had a helper and was +1 with 2 penalty minutes, 1 shot, and 2 hits in 16:33.

    Gabriel Dumont had 2 hits and 1 blocked shot in 8:21. He was also 63% on 8 draws.

    Yanni Gourde had a helper in 16:35 and was on the ice defending the 6 on 5 at the end of the contest.

    Adam Erne had 2 shots, 4 hits, and 2 blocked shots in 14:20. He had a really strong First Period, drawing the penalty that led to Kucherov's opening goal, but once the carnage started in the Second Period, it seemed like the line shuffling hurt the continuity Erne was forming with his linemates.

    Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

  • 2 weeks 4 days ago

    SaiPa 1 vs. KooKoo 7
    Saku Salminen, SaiPa, DNP
    Season totals: 39 GP, 3-4-7, -9, 41 PIM

    KooKoo scored the first 7 goals on the game in a 7-1 slaughter that pitted the worst team in the league (SaiPa) against the second worst (KooKoo). Saku Salminen remained out with an injury. SaiPa dropped further into the basement, now 6 points behind KooKoo with just 2 remaining regular season games.

  • 2 weeks 5 days ago


    By Jeremy Houghtaling

    The Syracuse Crunch’s power play adjustments paid off.

    The Crunch scored three times with the man-advantage against the IceCaps, as Syracuse topped St. John’s, 4-2, at the Onondaga County War Memorial Wednesday.

    For Crunch head coach Benoit Groulx, the key was putting Matt Taormina and Cory Conacher together to form a clear cut top power play unit.

    “Tonight was a five-player effort, but we decided to put Taormina and Conacher together on the power play,” Groulx said. “They hadn’t played together in quite a bit, because we were trying many different things. I thought the two of them were very good on the power play — like (Matthew) Peca, like (Tye) McGinn, like (Erik) Condra.”

  • 2 weeks 5 days ago

    KHL Western Conference Semifinals
    (2) St. Petersburg 2 vs. (3) Dynamo Moscow 3 (OT)
    Dynamo Moscow Leads the Series 1-0
    Nikita Gusev, St. Petersburg, 1-0-1, E, 0 PIM, 9 SOG
    Playoff totals: 5 GP, 3-3-6, +3, 2 PIM
    Regular season totals: 57 GP, 24-47-71, +33, 8 PIM

    Nikita Gusev had an even strength goal and a game high 9(!) shots on goal in SKA's 3-2 OT loss to Dynamo Moscow. Gusev played 23:00 in the contest. Undrafted 25 year old forward Maxim Karpov had a hat trick to lead Dynamo to the upset Game One win.

  • 3 weeks 19 hours ago

    Lightning Raanta'ed again.

    NYR-1
    TB-0 (OT)

    Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 1 goal on 34 shots for the painfully hard luck OT loss. He was overshadowed by Raanta at the other end, but Vasiy was equally brilliant in a high pressure goaltending duel.

    First Period
    NO SCORING

    Second Period
    NO SCORING

    Third Period
    NO SCORING

    Overtime
    3:56 NYR Zibanejad (9), (McDonagh)

    Vasilevskiy was the game's first star.

    The Lightning played very hard wire to wire and just lost to a hot goaltender. You can complain about decision-making with the puck late in the Third Period and into Overtime, but many nights you blow doors off with a 3:2 shot attempt/possession advantage and Vasilevskiy playing that well. The shame is the Lightning are in a spot where they just can't surrender the odd point on a night like this and realistically stay alive for the playoffs.

    Luke Witkowski had 5 penalty minutes, 1 shot, and 1 hit in 7:54. That fight was an epic. We're talking about one that rightfully should go alongside some of those old Rudy Poeschek v. Paul Laus brawls.

    Jake Dotchin had 3 shots and 2 hits in 20:25.

    Gabriel Dumont had 2 penalty minutes for a nasty boarding call, 1 shot, and 1 hit in 7:15. He was also 43% on 7 draws.

    Yanni Gourde played 10:09. Blank stat line doesn't tell the tale, because he was active at both ends of the rink. This was probably his best NHL game in his time in the Lightning organization.

    Adam Erne had 2 penalty minutes, 6 shots, and 2 hits in 11:32. 6 shots in under 12 minutes tells you what you need to know. He was very active tonight. Looked really good.

    Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

  • 3 weeks 1 day ago

    Another inauspicious McKenna outing.

    SYR-4
    BNG-6

    Mike McKenna allowed 4 goals on 33 shots for the loss.

    First Period
    5:59 BNG Bailey (17), (Carlisle, Flanagan)
    10:59 BNG Mike Blunden (13), (Varone, Bailey)(PP)
    11:47 SYR Walcott (4), (Peca)

    Second Period
    6:43 BNG Akeson (11), (Varone, Perron)
    14:54 SYR Peca (8), (Conacher, Thomas)
    19:07 BNG Bailey (18), (Akeson, Paul)(PP)

    Third Period
    16:23 BNG Akeson (12), (Varone, Harpur)(EN)
    18:04 SYR Kurtz (1), (Halmo, Ikonen)
    18:18 SYR Halmo (15), (Condra, Taormina)
    19:35 BNG Akeson (13), (Varone, Sieloff)(EN)

    Matthew Peca was the game's third star.

    Deduct the garbage time foolishness at the end of the contest and it's a 4-2 game, which looks less bad but is still not entirely inspiring.

    Box score from TheAHL.com.

  • 3 weeks 1 day ago

    Adirondack Thunder 3 at Kalamazoo Wings 6

    F Brian Hart, KAL, 1-0-1, E, 0 PIMS, 3 SOG
    Season Totals (ECHL): 20 GP, 2-2-4, -2, 4 PIMs, 35 SOG
    Season Totals (AHL): 33 GP, 3-4-7, E, 26 PIMs

    F Cameron Darcy, KAL, 1-2-3, +2, 0 PIMS, 2 SOG
    Season Totals (ECHL): 7 GP, 2-7-9, +7, 2 PIMs, 16 SOG
    Season Totals (AHL): 34 GP, 3-4-7, -3, 14 PIMs

    Other Notables
    G Nic Riopel, KAL, W, 60:00 MINS, 25/28
    Season Totals: 25 GP, 14-9-0-1, 2.82 GAA, 0.904 SV%, 1 SO

    One streak that didn't end in Toledo last night was Nic Riopel's red hot surge between the pipes. The K-Wings returned home Sunday for the final frame of a weekend three-in-three, and crushed one of the best teams in the league 6-3. Riopel received some of that sweet, sweet goal support, allowing three Thunder markers, but winning his 10th game in his last 11 starts. Cam Darcy scored and added two assists for his first three point game since joining Kalamazoo. His goal was a nice forehand-to-backhand move in front of the goalie. Fellow Bolt Prospect Brian Hart scored his 2nd K-Wing goal of the season late in the 3rd period, when he rocketed a empty netter from within his own zone. Kalamazoo now sits just 3 points behind Quad Cities for 3rd in the division, and it's advantageous to slip into that 3rd place slot to avoid having to play Toledo in the first round of the playoffs. The team gets a week off before another big weekend hosting those league-best Toledo Walleye for back-to-back games Friday and Saturday.

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