Game Night Results

  • 1 week 5 days ago

    Better effort. Crushing result.

    TB-2
    PIT-6

    Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 6 goals on 40 shots for the loss. He actually played really well for the first 40 minutes of this contest, but a guy can only face so many breakaways, odd man rushes, and unmarked defenders with point blank chances. At this point, his confidence looks shot and the Lightning may be unnecessarily toying with the prospect of ruining a young player the hockey world had thought was incapable of being ruined.

    First Period
    NO SCORING

    Second Period
    2:19 TB Drouin (12), (Filppula, Hedman)
    6:44 PIT Sheary (10), (Rust, Crosby)
    11:14 PIT Fehr (5), (Cullen)

    Third Period
    2:33 PIT Kunitz (4), (Maatta, Bonino)
    3:28 PIT Wilson (5), (unassisted)
    5:40 TB Namestnikov (5), (Drouin, Stralman)(PP)
    7:50 PIT Kessel (13), (Crosby, Sheary)
    17:20 PIT Letang (3), (Schultz, Cullen)(PP)

    For 40+ minutes tonight was a much more spirited effort than we've seen of late. Imperfect, but the effort level and urgency level was there. Vlad Namestnikov even had a wide open wraparound that looked like a sure goal that would've knotted the game at 2-2 early in the Third Period. He blew the chance and then the wheels came off with the Lightning playing their 3rd in 4 days. This is a team that's played as much hockey as any team in hockey over the last 2.5 years and one that has largely had the same group of guys for that run with very few changes by Steve Yzerman. That probably has contributed to their proneness to injury and it probably explains how mentally, emotionally, and spiritually drained they've looked over this death march through the middle part of the season. Should they not find a way to snap out of it soon, wholesale changes will need to be made in the offseason. Rebuilding? No. But likely a retooling of the defense and lower lines, along with a strategic move or two on the scoring lines to inject something fresh into a stale and struggling group of players that need... something.

    Luke Witkowski was -2 with 1 shot, 2 hits, and 1 blocked shot in 10:16.

    Slater Koekkoek was -1 with 1 blocked shot in 11:10.

    Matthew Peca had 1 shot, 1 hit, and 1 blocked shot in 9:08. He was also 55% on 11 draws. I thought he had a small rebound today after two subpar games in a row the last couple of times out.

    Adam Erne had 2 shots, 2 hits, and 1 blocked shot in 11:19. His linemates need to get used to how crafty he is passing the puck out of the corners and in behind the attacking cage.

    Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

  • 1 week 6 days ago

    Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

    Saint John Sea Dogs 1 @ Halifax Mooseheads 4

    W Bokondji Imama, SJ: 0-0-0, -2, 2 PIM, 6 SOG, 4 Hits
    Season Totals: 37 GP, 26-9-35, +7, 56 PIM
    2015-2016 Season: 48 GP, 7-12-19, -5, 86 PIM

    W Mathieu Joseph, SJ: Did not play.
    Season Totals: 28 GP, 25-20-45, +23, 29 PIM
    2015-2016 Season: 58 GP, 33-40-73, +35, 57 PIM

    C/W Otto Somppi, HAL: 1-0-1, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 11/25 FO, 1 Hit, *Second Star*
    Season Totals: 33 GP, 9-15-24, -10, 20 PIM
    2015-2016 Season: 59 GP, 13-33-46, -15, 25 PIM

    Somppi scored on a deflection in the slot to give Halifax a 1-0 lead. The Mooseheads went on to win, 4-1.

    Baie-Comeau Drakkar 4 @ Shawinigan Cataractes 7

    W Dennis Yan, SHAW: 1-3-4, +1, 0 PIM, 5 SOG, 0 Hits
    Season Totals: 35 GP, 28-22-50, +20, 40 PIM
    2015-2016 Season: 62 GP, 32-37-69, +8, 86 PIM

    Yan had a 4-point game for the fourth time this season. He has 23 points in his last 10 games.

    Ontario Hockey League

    Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 6 @ Barrie Colts 1

    W Boris Katchouk, SSM: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
    Season: 38 GP, 19-15-34, +7, 24 PIM
    2015-2016 Season: 63 GP, 24-27-51, +7, 61 PIM

    The Hounds improved to 8-1-1-0 in their last 10 games. They lead the OHL with 29 wins and 60 points in 40 games.

    Niagara IceDogs 1 @ Hamilton Bulldogs 3

    W/C Christopher Paquette, NIA: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
    Season Totals: 37 GP, 12-17-29, -7, 14 PIM
    2015-2016 Season: 57 GP, 5-11-16, -6, 18 PIM

    Niki Petti (undrafted) had two goals for Hamilton.

    North Bay Battalion 2 @ Peterborough Petes 5

    D Matt Spencer, PBO: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
    Season Totals: 31 GP, 5-15-20, +7, 33 PIM
    2015-2016 Season: 60 GP, 5-19-24, -4, 46 PIM

    W Jonne Tammela, PBO: Did not play
    Season Totals: 2 GP, 1-0-1, +1, 2 PIM
    2015-2016 (Finland): 37 GP, 5-8-13, +10, 16 PIM

    The Petes scored three times in the third period to break a 2-2 tie and gain the win.

    Western Hockey League

    Tri-City Americans 2 @ Saskatoon Blades 0

    D Libor Hajek, SAS: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
    Season Totals: 36 GP: 3-15-18, -9, 47 PIM
    2015-2016 Season: 69 GP, 3-23-26, -19, 76 PIM

    The Blades were shutout for the second game in a row. Rylan Parenteau (undrafted) had a 25-save shutout for the Americans.

    Saskatoon Blades 0 @ Moose Jaw Warriors 4

    C Brett Howden, MJ: 1-1-2, +1, 0 PIM
    Season Totals: 28 GP, 20-24-44, +5, 27 PIM
    2015-2016 Season: 68 GP, 24-40-64, -7, 61 PIM

    Howden has 20 goals, but only one game this year when he’s scored more than once. He’s well on his way to a new career high for goals in a season.

    Kamloops Blazers 2 @ Kelowna Rockets 3 (SO)

    G Connor Ingram, KAM: Did not play.
    Season Totals: 24 GP, 14-9-1-0, 2.12 GAA, .935 sv%, 2 SO
    2015-2016 Season: 61 GP, 34-15-5-4, 2.61 GAA, .922 sv%, 4 SO

    Ingram was back in the Kamloops lineup, but sat backup to December’s WHL Goalie of the Month, Dylan Ferguson (2017). Ferguson was second star, stopping 34 shots.

  • 1 week 6 days ago

    Northeastern Huskies 3 @ No. 13 Vermont Catamounts 4

    C Ross Colton, UVM: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 5 SOG
    Season Totals: 20 GP, 8-7-15, +3, 14 PIM

    Vermont had a 4-1 lead and ended up holding on for a 4-3 win.

    No. 7 North Dakota Fighting Hawks 7 @ No. 19 Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks 3

    D Kristian Oldham, UNO: Did not play.
    Season Totals: 8 GP, 4-2-1, 3.34 GAA, .893 sv%, 0 SO

    North Dakota thrashed the Mavs by a 16-4 score over two games this weekend. Ouch.

  • 1 week 6 days ago


    By Jeremy Houghtaling

    The Syracuse Crunch had their chances in the third period, but couldn’t find the go-ahead goal.

    The Crunch poured on the pressure and outshot the IceCaps 17-6 in the third, but St. John’s capitalized on a turnover to top Syracuse, 2-1, in overtime at the Onondaga County War Memorial Saturday.

    “Very disappointing outcome, obviously,” Crunch head coach Benoit Groulx said. “We had so many chances, especially in the third period where we were flying, skating, and playing with urgency. We made one mistake and the puck is in the net.

    “This weekend was about that. Strong effort, strong game — we didn’t give much tonight — but the other team was very opportunistic and in both games we faced two solid goalies. It is what it is.”

  • 1 week 6 days ago

    Organization's week of frustration rolls on unabated.

    STJ-2
    SYR-1 (OT)

    Kristers Gudlevskis allowed 2 goals on 19 shots for the OT loss.

    First Period
    18:33 STJ Camara (1), (Brouillette)

    Second Period
    13:46 SYR Halmo (11), (Conacher, Vermin)(PP)

    Third Period
    NO SCORING

    Overtime
    1:24 STJ Audette (7), (Matteau, Brouillette)

    Mike Halmo and Dominik Masin were the game's second and third stars.

    Syracuse does move 1 point clear of Albany in the North Division by virtue of the Devils' loss to Lehigh Valley. Still, the team has been a very pedestrian 3-3-1-3 over their last 10 games and can (and honestly likely will) do better.

    Box score and extended statistics from TheAHL.com.

  • 1 week 6 days ago

    The Lightning's season is circling the drain.

    TB-2
    PHI-4

    Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 4 goals on 44 shots for the loss. He was markedly better today than his past couple of starts, but unfortunately he didn't get much support in front of him as the Lightning got outpossessed and outplayed at the skater positions.

    First Period
    5:34 TB Kucherov (16), (Namestnikov, Nesterov)

    Second Period
    1:11 PHI Konecny (6), (Voracek, MacDonald)
    8:42 PHI Couturier (7), (Provorov, Voracek)
    9:51 PHI Raffl (8), (Giroux, Schultz)
    16:44 TB Killorn (13), (Nesterov, Drouin)
    17:41 PHI Gudas (2), (Schenn)

    Third Period
    NO SCORING

    The Lightning just got whipped today. They got outshot 44-26 and the score reflected it. They simply played a flat game, lost most every 50/50 puck, and their passing was awful in all three zones. There's no excuse for this team to play this flat, given that they should be fighting for the playoff lives at the moment. We're getting very near to a point of no return from which the Lightning simply won't have a realistic chance to get back into it in the standings. You'd think you'd see the urgency because of that. Nope. This team, after two and a half years of heavy lifting, just looks out of gas. There's consequences (big roster changes) that come with that if that happens to be the case.

    Luke Witkowski was -1 with 2 penalty minutes, 1 shot, 3 hits, and 1 blocked shot in 13:29. I thought he played a really nice game this afternoon.

    Matthew Peca was -2 in 13:07. He made a pretty horrendous turnover to Voracek at the end of the First Period that Vasilevskiy bailed him out of. Beyond that, it was his second straight subpar outing. He's probably not much longer for the NHL on this callup stint if this keeps up.

    Adam Erne had 3 shots and 3 hits in 8:36. He played another nice game today. He had some big hits, stole the puck to create a scoring chance for a teammate in the offensive zone on another play, and drew a penalty getting hooked on a breakaway on another play. He was one of the few Lightning players who looked like he had energy today.

    Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

  • 1 week 6 days ago

    Karpat 5 vs. SaiPa 2
    Saku Salminen, SaiPa, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 5 SOG
    Season totals: 29 GP, 2-4-6, -5, 39 PIM

    Saku Salminen had 5 shots on goal in 9:28 of ice time as SaiPa got smashed 5-2 by Karpat. SaiPa has fallen into a tie in points (42) with Lukko for the bottom spot on the 15 team Liiga table.

  • 1 week 6 days ago

    Dinamo Riga 1 vs. St. Petersburg 6
    Nikita Gusev, St. Petersburg, 0-1-1, +2, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
    Season totals: 43 GP, 18-35-53, +31, 8 PIM

    Nikita Gusev assisted on Vadim Shipachyov's Second Period goal in SKA's 6-1 drubbing of Dinamo Riga. Gusev played 16:00 in the match and is currently tied for 4th in the KHL in scoring, tied for 3rd in assists, and is second in plus-minus. Rangers 4th rounder Igor Shestyorkin had to make just 12 saves in the game for the victory with SKA winning on the shot board 44-13.

  • 1 week 6 days ago

    Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

    Acadie-Bathurst Titan 1 @ Saint John Sea Dogs 5

    W Bokondji Imama, SJ: 1-1-2, +3, 5 PIM, 6 SOG, 2 Hits, *Third Star*
    Season Totals: 36 GP, 26-9-35, +9, 54 PIM
    2015-2016 Season: 48 GP, 7-12-19, -5, 86 PIM

    W Mathieu Joseph, SJ: Did not play
    Season Totals: 28 GP, 25-20-45, +23, 29 PIM
    2015-2016 Season: 58 GP, 33-40-73, +35, 57 PIM

    Boko Imama took over the team goal-scoring lead with his 26th marker of the season, and also added an assist and fight vs Jeffrey Truchon-Viel to give him the Gordie Howe Hat Trick. Mathieu Joseph, coming off his goal in the WJC Gold Medal Game vs USA, did not play for Saint John.

    Moncton Wildcats 2 @ Halifax Mooseheads 6

    C/W Otto Somppi, HAL: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, 8/16 FO, 0 Hits
    Season Totals: 32 GP, 8-15-23, -10, 20 PIM
    2015-2016 Season: 59 GP, 13-33-46, -15, 25 PIM

    Swiss WJC stud Nico Hischier (2017) had two goals and two assists to lead the Mooseheads to a 6-2 win over visiting Moncton. Somppi is scoreless in his last three contests.

    Sherbrooke Phoenix 2 @ Shawinigan Cataractes 4

    W Dennis Yan, SHAW: 2-0-2, +1, 2 PIM, 5 SOG, 1 Hit, *First Star*
    Season Totals: 34 GP, 27-19-46, +19, 40 PIM
    2015-2016 Season: 62 GP, 32-37-69, +8, 86 PIM

    Yan has scored in eight of his last nine games, giving him 27 goals for the season – good enough for third in the league. He is plus-18 in his last eight games.

    Ontario Hockey League

    Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 6 @ Kitchener Rangers 5 (OT)

    W Boris Katchouk, SSM: 2-0-2, +2, 2 PIM, 5 SOG, *Third Star*
    Season: 37 GP, 19-14-33, +6, 24 PIM
    2015-2016 Season: 63 GP, 24-27-51, +7, 61 PIM

    Katchouk scored in overtime at the Aud to propel the Greyhounds to a 6-5 win over the Rangers. Bruins first rounder Zach Senyshyn had a hat trick for the Soo, his fourth of the season. Katchouk has three overtime goals this year, which leads the OHL. (Highlights) He also had five shorthanded goals, which leads the OHL. Lightning prospect Mathieu Joseph leads the QMJHL in shorties, as well.

    Peterborough Petes 3 @ Niagara IceDogs 4

    D Matt Spencer, PBO: 0-1-1, -2, 4 PIM, 3 SOG
    Season Totals: 30 GP, 5-15-20, +6, 33 PIM
    2015-2016 Season: 60 GP, 5-19-24, -4, 46 PIM

    W Jonne Tammela, PBO: Did not play
    Season Totals: 2 GP, 1-0-1, +1, 2 PIM
    2015-2016 (Finland): 37 GP, 5-8-13, +10, 16 PIM

    W/C Christopher Paquette, NIA: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
    Season Totals: 36 GP, 12-17-29, -7, 14 PIM
    2015-2016 Season: 57 GP, 5-11-16, -6, 18 PIM

    Paquette was scoreless for the fourth game in a row, but the IceDogs picked up a home win over visiting Peterborough, 4-3. The Petes are expected to be active leading up to Tuesday’s trade deadline. Peterborough native Mitchell Stephens would look good in his hometown colors, but the rumors seem to indicate Windsor may be his destination.

    Western Hockey League

    Saskatoon Blades 0 @ Moose Jaw Warriors 4

    D Libor Hajek, SAS: 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM
    Season Totals: 35 GP: 3-15-18, -9, 47 PIM
    2015-2016 Season: 69 GP, 3-23-26, -19, 76 PIM

    C Brett Howden, MJ: 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM
    Season Totals: 27 GP, 19-23-42, +5, 27 PIM
    2015-2016 Season: 68 GP, 24-40-64, -7, 61 PIM

    Backup goalie Brody Willms stopped 23 shots to give the Warriors a win over the visiting Blades. Moose Jaw made a major trade this week, acquiring 17-year-old forward Justin Almeida, 18-year-old forward Yan Khomenko, a 5th round pick in 2017, and a 2nd round pick in 2018 from the Prince George Cougars in exchange for 18-year-old forward Nikita Popugaev, who is expected to go in the first round of the 2017 draft. Both Almeida and Khomenko were scoreless Friday for the Warriors.

  • 1 week 6 days ago

    No. 6 UMass-Lowell River Hawks 2 @ New Hampshire Wildcats 1

    C Ryan Lohin, UML: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
    Season Totals: 22 GP, 3-8-11, +2, 6 PIM

    Center Brendan van Riemsdyk, brother of the Leafs James van Riemsdyk and the Blackhawks Trevor van Riemsdyk, scored his third goal of the season mid-way through the third period for UNH, cutting the UML lead to 2-1, but the Wildcats couldn’t complete the comeback. “BVR” is undrafted.

    No. 7 North Dakota Fighting Hawks 9 @ No. 19 Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks 1

    D Kristian Oldham, UNO: No decision, 22 saves on 27 shots
    Season Totals: 8 GP, 4-2-1, 3.34 GAA, .893 sv%, 0 SO

    Oldham started the game on the bench, but came in after Evan Weninger allowed four goals on 10 shots. Oldham allowed five goals. Brock Boeser (Canucks) returned from injury and had two goals for UND.

    *USCHO poll used for rankings

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