Game Night Results

  • 6 weeks 3 hours ago


    By Jeremy Houghtaling

    After a scoreless first period, things started to click for the Syracuse Crunch offense.

    The Crunch scored three times in the middle frame — including a pair from players not necessarily known for their scoring prowess — as the Crunch beat the Rochester Americans, 4-2, at the Onondaga County War Memorial Saturday.

    “We started connecting,” Crunch forward Daniel Walcott said. “We got a good bounce off (Mathieu Joseph’s) leg and the floodgates opened. We just kept shooting on him. We knew he left a lot of rebounds, we just had to capitalize. We put pucks on net and we got some goals.”

  • 6 weeks 9 hours ago

    The pre-postseason began today.

    MTL-2
    TB-3 (SO)

    Louis Domingue allowed 2 goals on 29 shots before stopping 3 of 4 in the penalty shot session for the SO win. He was very good in this game and, while I don't get a vote in these things, I feel like he's clearly won the backup job in Budaj's absence and deserves to keep it.

    First Period
    4:10 MTL Lehkonen (6), (Hudon, Reilly)(PP)
    13:43 TB Johnson (20), (Sergachev, Gourde)(PP)

    Second Period
    3:00 MTL Galchenyuk (16), (Hudon)

    Third Period
    13:43 TB Kucherov (34), (Stamkos, Miller)

    Overtime
    NO SCORING

    Shootout
    MTL- Drouin
    TB- Point, Kucherov

    Tyler Johnson and J.T. Miller were the game's first and third stars.

    After a week or two of playing with an improvised, standby lineup the Lightning finally got to debut a healthy Ryan McDonagh this afternoon (even in 19:15 of hockey). So, after this game, Tampa Bay now has 13 games to tune up their lineup and get everyone settled into their roles ahead of the playoffs. Call this the pre-postseason. Today's pre-postseason contest featured a little bit of a flat, sleepy start for the Lightning against a shockingly bad on offense Montreal side that continues to struggle to find the back of the net. I don't know if it was planned that way, but if I was going to choose where to debut McDonagh to try to inspire confidence against a run of 80's hockey style scoring fests, this would've been the one to do it in. Overall the defense has been better the past couple of games with room yet to improve. One of the quiet contributors to that, in my opinion, has been the recall of Jake Dotchin from Chateau au Bow Wow. Bottom line: the Ligtning's issues on defense on the right side still exist so they need Dotchin to start playing like he did down the stretch of last season. It makes everything else slot out better for this team, especially if the Lightning (I hope) eventually swap Stralman onto McDonagh's pair in lieu of Dan Girardi who probably shouldn't be playing second pair minutes 5v5 in the playoffs at this stage of his career.

    Other things I don't get a vote on: if there's a way for the Lightning to get out from under Killorn's contract to keep J.T. Miller on the team they should find it.

    Tampa Bay hits 100 points with 13 games left to go in the campaigns. Many club records are about to go down and go down hard.

    Anthony Cirelli was -1 with 1 shot and 1 hit in 10:45. He was also 17% on 6 draws.

    Adam Erne had 4 penalty minutes, 2 shots, and 3 hits in 9:49. At least one of those hits was of the "bone jarring" variety.

    Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

  • 6 weeks 12 hours ago

    Budaj loses a squeaker in his first conditioning start.

    HER-2
    SYR-1

    Peter Budaj allowed 2 goals on 18 shots for the loss.

    First Period
    NO SCORING

    Second Period
    2:51 HER Graovac (12), (Gazley, Simpson)(PP)
    7:56 SYR Joseph (11), (Bodie, Dumont)(PP)

    Third Period
    13:22 HER Ness (4), (Graovac)

    Mathieu Joseph was the game's second star.

    Box score from TheAHL.com.

  • 6 weeks 23 hours ago

    Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

    Sherbrooke Phoenix 3 @ Blainville-Boisbriand Armada 4

    C Alex Barre-Boulet, BLB: 0-4-4, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 11/17 FO, *Second Star*
    Season Totals: 62 GP, 51-62-113, +27, 65 PIM
    ’16-’17 Totals: 65 GP, 29-52-81, +10, 42 PIM

    Barre-Boulet assisted on all four of the Armada’s goals, including two on the power play and all three of linemate Alexandre Alain’s (undrafted) hat trick goals. Alain scored two of his three goals in the 3rd to break open a 2-2 tie.

    Ontario Hockey League

    Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 4 @ Kitchener Rangers 3

    W Boris Katchouk, SSM: 2-0-2, +2, 2 PIM, 8 SOG, *First Star*
    Season Totals: 55 GP, 41-40-81, +51, 28 PIM
    ’16-’17 Season: 66 GP, 35-29-64, +18, 46 PIM

    W Taylor Raddysh, SSM: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 5 SOG, 1/5 FO
    Season Totals (SSM): 24 GP, 16-18-34, +18, 10 PIM
    Season Totals (ER): 30 GP, 15-29-44, +10, 16 PIM
    Season Totals: 54 GP, 31-47-78, +28, 26 PIM
    ‘16-‘17 Totals: 58 GP, 42-67-109, +67, 37 PIM

    Katchouk (pictured) opened and closed the scoring as the Soo opened up a 3-0 lead on the Rangers in the 1st and then allowed Kitchener to tie the game at 3-3 before Katchouk scored a league-leading 9th game-winner in the 3rd, his 41st of the season, earning First Star honors. In addition to leading the OHL in game-winners, Katchouk is third in the league in goals and second in the league in plus-minus.

    North Bay Battalion 4 @ Sudbury Wolves 1

    W Alexey Lipanov, SBY: 1-0-1, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG, *Second Star*
    Season Totals (SBY): 16 GP, 3-2-5, -12, 8 PIM
    Season Totals (BAR): 35 GP, 11-19-30, +9, 10 PIM
    Season Totals: 51 GP, 14-21-35, -3, 18 PIM
    ‘16-‘17 Totals (VHL-Russia): 21 GP, 3-5-8, +5, 8 PIM

    Lipanov earned hometown Second Star honors, scoring the Wolves’ lone goal on the power play in a 4-1 loss to the Battalion. North Bay got goals from four different skaters.

    Western Hockey League

    Kelowna Rockets 4 @ Kamploops Blazers 2

    D Cal Foote, KEL: 0-1-1, +1, 2 PIM, 4 SOG
    Season Totals: 57 GP, 17-48-65, +22, 46 PIM
    ‘15-‘16 Totals: 71 GP, 6-51-57, +39, 41 PIM

    Foote assisted on Dillon Dube’s (CGY, 2016 2nd round pick) game-winning power play goal.

    Moose Jaw Warriors 4 @ Prince Albert Raiders 6

    D Oleg Sosunov, MJ: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
    Season Totals: 66 GP, 7-17-24, +39, 58 PIM
    ’16-‘17 Totals (MHL-Russia): 32 GP, 0-0-0, +1, 79 PIM

    Kody McDonald (undrafted) scored twice early for the Raiders and the captain Curtis Miske scored twice late as Price Albert beat Moose Jaw at the Art Hauser Centre. Sharks free agent signee Jayden Halbgewachs (undrafted) paced the Warriors with two goals and paces the WHL with 66.

    United States Hockey League

    ** Note: Cole Guttman (Dubuque) was placed on injured reserved on December 22nd following the completion of the World Junior A Challenge tournament.

    Chicago Steel 2 @ Omaha Lancers 1

    D Nick Perbix , OMA: 1-0-1, -2, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, *Second Star*
    Season Totals: 43 GP, 3-18-21, +12, 16 PIM
    ’16-‘17 Totals (HS): 25 GP, 10-30-40, 6 PIM
    Committed to: St. Cloud State University

    Perbix scored the lone goal for the Lancers, a power play marker in the 2nd to knot the game at 1-1, earning Second Star honors. Finnish winger Aaro Vidgren (undrafted) scored both of Chicago’s goals.

    Minnesota State High School League

    #3 Duluth East Greyhounds 4 @ #2 Edina Hornets 2

    F Sammy Walker, EDN: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM, 6 SOG
    Season Totals (HS): 30 GP, 33-41-74, 16 PIM
    ’16-‘17 Totals (HS): 25 GP, 22-24-46, 6 PIM
    Committed to: University of Minnesota

    The Hornets opened the scoring, but the Greyhounds would score the next three, and Edina couldn’t quite come back from the 3-1 deficit. Walker assisted on the 3rd period hope goal to draw within one. Duluth East leading scorer Garret Worth (uncommited) paced the Greyhounds with two goals and an assist, as Duluth East advances to the MN State Class AA championship game against Minnetonka on Saturday night. Edina draws the 3rd place consolation game Saturday afternoon against Centennial High School. Edina defeated the Cougars twice this season by scores of 5-2 and 3-2.

  • 6 weeks 1 day ago


    By Jeremy Houghtaling

    The Syracuse Crunch had a sizable advantage in shots, but the Hershey Bears were more opportunistic.

    The Crunch led 30-18 in shots on goal but the Bears’ Aaron Ness broke the tie with 6:38 remaining, as Syracuse was edged by Hershey, 2-1, at the Onondaga County War Memorial Friday. The loss snaps the Crunch’s seven game point streak.

    “It was a tough game to lose tonight,” Syracuse forward Mathieu Joseph said. “We outshot them and had a lot of scoring chances. A couple missed scoring chances on my part and a couple guys on the team. We weren’t opportunistic enough. We’ve got to find a way to win like that. It’s a tough loss.”

  • 6 weeks 6 days ago

    Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

    Blainville-Boisbriand Armada 3 @ Dummondville Voltigeurs 4 (SO)

    C Alex Barre-Boulet, BLB: 1-1-2, +1, 0 PIM, 5 SOG, 9/17 FO, *Second Star*
    Season Totals: 60 GP, 51-58-109, +29, 65 PIM
    ’16-’17 Totals: 65 GP, 29-52-81, +10, 42 PIM

    Barre-Boulet and linemate Alexandre Alain (undrafted) combined for each a goal and an assist to rally the Armada from a 3-0 deficit in the 1st period to force overtime and the eventual shootout. All three Armada shooters, including Barre-Boulet, failed to convert in the shootout, and lost to the Voltigeurs when Nicolas Guay (2018 draft eligible) beat Blainville-Boisbriand goalie Mikhail Denisov (2018 draft eligible). Drummondville was paced by a pair of goals from Cedric Desruisseaux (2018 draft eligible).

    Halifax Mooseheads 2 @ Chicoutimi Sagueneens 4

    C/W Otto Somppi, HAL: 0-0-0, -1, 4 PIMs, 2 SOG, 16/27 FO
    Season Totals: 53 GP, 28-51-79, +34, 26 PIM
    ’16-’17 Totals: 60 GP, 17-24-41, -7, 28 PIM

    Somppi returned to the lineup after missing a game, but Chicoutimi doubled up the Mooseheads behind two goals by Kevin Klima (undrafted), son of Lightning legend Petr Klima, and three assists by Samual Houde. Haifax jumped to a 2-0 lead but the Saguenees scored four straight, sparked by Klima’s First Star worthy two goals in the 2nd period.

    Ontario Hockey League

    Sudbury Wolves 2 @ Flint Firebirds 3 (OT)

    W Alexey Lipanov, SBY: Did not play
    Season Totals (SBY): 13 GP, 2-2-4, -10, 6 PIM
    Season Totals (BAR): 35 GP, 11-19-30, +9, 10 PIM
    Season Totals: 48 GP, 13-21-34, -1, 16 PIM
    ‘16-‘17 Totals (VHL-Russia): 21 GP, 3-5-8, +5, 8 PIM

    Maurizio Colella scored in overtime to give Flint the win in a battle of the basement game. Lipanov remains sidelined for the Wolves.

    Peterborough Petes 3 @ Erie Otters 9

    W/C Christopher Paquette, PBO: 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM, 0 SOG, 14/23 FO
    Season Totals: 56 G, 15-13-28, -33, 16 PIM
    ’16-‘17 Totals (NIA/PBO): 66 GP, 19-29-48, +1, 28 PIM

    Third period breakdowns have been a theme for the Petes far too often this season, and this one was just painful. Cole Fraser (DET, 2017 5th round pick) knotted the score at 3-3 just 2:44 into the 3rd period for Peterborough, but then the Otters reeled off six 3rd period goals as Erie put up nine goals on the hapless Petes. Eight Otters lit the lamp, including two by Maxim Golod (2018 draft eligible).

    Western Hockey League

    Spokane Chiefs 4 @ Kelowna Rockets 2

    D Cal Foote, KEL: 0-1-1, -2, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
    Season Totals: 55 GP, 17-46-63, +22, 44 PIM
    ‘15-‘16 Totals: 71 GP, 6-51-57, +39, 41 PIM

    Foote notched a power play assist on the Rockets’ first score of the game. Hudson Elynuik (CAR, 2016 3rd round pick) potted a hat trick for the Chiefs, including two 3rd period goals in the final 74 seconds of the game to break open a 2-2 game.

    Saskatoon Blades 1 @ Moose Jaw Warriors 5

    D Oleg Sosunov, MJ: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
    Season Totals: 64 GP, 7-17-24, +38, 58 PIM
    ’16-‘17 Totals (MHL-Russia): 32 GP, 0-0-0, +1, 79 PIM

    Justin Almeida (2018 draft eligible) paced the Warriors with three points, and that Howden guy nabs a First Star as Moose Jaw had no trouble with the Blades.

    United States Hockey League

    ** Note: Cole Guttman (Dubuque) was placed on injured reserved on December 22nd following the completion of the World Junior A Challenge tournament.

    Omaha Lancers 2 @ Team USA 7

    D Nick Perbix , OMA: 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
    Season Totals: 42 GP, 2-18-20, +14, 16 PIM
    ’16-‘17 Totals (HS): 25 GP, 10-30-40, 6 PIM
    Committed to: St. Cloud State University

    A pair of Boston College bound mates each scored twice, Danny Weight (2019 draft eligible), son of NHL’er Doug Weight, and Matthew Boldy (2019 draft eligible) led the US National Development Team in putting up a touchdown on the scoreboard against the Lancers.

  • 7 weeks 2 hours ago

    Evidently it was 80's Night in Syracuse, too.

    LAV-5
    SYR-4 (OT)

    Eddie Pasquale allowed 5 goals on 22 shots for the loss.

    First Period
    4:28 LAV Terry (23), (McCarron, Boucher)
    5:02 SYR Dumont (2), (Bournival)(SH)
    9:07 SYR Condra (8), (Tammela, Verhaeghe)

    Second Period
    4:15 SYR Yan (11), (Bodie, Stephens)(PP)
    11:22 LAV Boucher (9), (Waked, Gelinas)(PP)
    16:15 SYR Bodie (5), (Yan, Verhaeghe)(PP)

    Third Period
    0:12 LAV Waked (5), (Parisi, Gelinas)(PP)
    15:04 LAV Rychel (12), (Terry, Parisi)

    Overtime
    4:28 LAV Gregoire (9), (Corrin, Rychel)

    Gabriel Dumont and Dennis Yan were the game's second and third stars. Dennis Yan: all he does is score.

    On the opposite end of the spectrum from the big club's matinee tilt, Syracuse had to face the disappointment of seeing a two goal Third Period lead slip away into an Overtime loss.

    With Toronto falling to Rochester, the Crunch did narrow the Marlies lead in the North Division to just four points with Toronto holding a pair of games in hand. So, there's a silver lining.

    Box score from TheAHL.com.

  • 7 weeks 3 hours ago

    Lightning and Flyers tilt the pinball machine.

    PHI-6
    TB-7 (SO)

    Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 6 goals on 43 shots before stopping both shooters he faced in the penalty shot session for the SO win. It was 80's throwback day at Amalie Arena.

    First Period
    7:08 PHI Patrick (10), (Giroux, Voracek)(PP)
    8:16 TB Stamkos (26), (Hedman, Kucherov)(PP)
    14:30 PHI Voracek (14), (Patrick)
    18:07 PHI Hagg (3), (Laughton, Provorov)

    Second Period
    5:57 TB Hedman (10), (Stamkos, Kucherov)
    12:47 TB Girardi (4), (Stamkos, Hedman)
    16:15 PHI Lehtera (2), (Weal, Filppula)

    Third Period
    1:06 PHI Provorov (12), (Filppula)
    4:23 TB Miller (14), (Gourde, Point)
    7:38 TB Stamkos (27), (Kucherov, Killorn)
    10:03 TB Hedman (11), (Stamkos)
    17:07 PHI Giroux (23), (Couturier, Provorov)

    Overtime
    NO SCORING

    Shootout
    PHI- NONE
    TB- Point, Stamkos

    Steven Stamkos and Victor Hedman were the game's first and second stars.

    No doubt this game shaved years off the coaching staff's collective life, but you have to give credit to this team for at least having the fighting spirit to battle back from a two goal Third Period deficit to eventually grind out a win. If this were post-McDonoagh debut I'd be a lot more upset, but given the team is still playing with a bit of an improvised lineup I'll take the "W" and the entertainment value, and let's keep it moving.

    Now sitting on a ripe 94 points, the Lightning are just a win shy of hitting that unofficial 96 point mark that should clinch a postseason appearance. If they can clinch that mark in their next contest that gives them a stylish 15 games to get tuned up for a potential deep playoff run.

    Anthony Cirelli was -1 with 2 penalty minutes and 1 hit in 9:24. He was also 29% on 7 draws.

    Adam Erne was -1 with 1 shot in 9:40.

    Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

  • 7 weeks 3 hours ago


    By Jeremy Houghtaling

    One night after scoring three unanswered goals to steal a win, the tables were turned on the Syracuse Crunch.

    The Laval Rocket cut the Crunch lead to one in the first minute of the third period, evened the score with five minutes left in regulation and netted the game-winner with 32 seconds left in overtime at the Onondaga County War Memorial Saturday. The 5-4 loss snaps Syracuse’s six game win streak.

    “I thought they were more opportunistic than us,” Crunch head coach Benoit Groulx said. “We made some bad plays in our own end and they took advantage of it.”

  • 7 weeks 5 hours ago

    From Friday night...

    Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

    Blainville-Boisbriand Armada 3 @ Quebec Remparts 2 (SO)

    C Alex Barre-Boulet, BLB: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 3 SOG, 8/17 FO
    Season Totals: 59 GP, 50-57-107, +28, 65 PIM
    ’16-’17 Totals: 65 GP, 29-52-81, +10, 42 PIM

    Barre-Boulet was held scoreless by the Remparts, but converted in the shootout to help the Armada pull out two points on the road. Luke Henman (2018 draft eligible) and Drake Batherson (OTT, 2017 4th round pick) both had a goal and an assist in regulation, and Batherson also converted in the shootout. Sam Dunn (undrafted) scored a power play goal for Quebec in the 3rd to force overtime and eventually the shootout.

    Ontario Hockey League

    Sarnia Sting 5 @ Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 6 (SO)

    W Boris Katchouk, SSM: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM, 5 SOG
    Season Totals: 52 GP, 39-37-76, +45, 24 PIM
    ’16-’17 Season: 66 GP, 35-29-64, +18, 46 PIM

    W Taylor Raddysh, SSM: 0-2-2, +2, 0 PIM, 4 SOG, 4/8 FO
    Season Totals (SSM): 21 GP, 16-16-32, +20, 10 PIM
    Season Totals (ER): 30 GP, 15-29-44, +10, 16 PIM
    Season Totals: 51 GP, 31-45-76, +30, 26 PIM
    ‘16-‘17 Totals: 58 GP, 42-67-109, +67, 37 PIM

    Katchouk set up Morgan Frost (PHI, 2017 1st round pick) for the game’s opening goal just 1:09 in the game, and then Raddysh set up Jack Kopecka’s (ANA, 2016 4th round pick) first of the game just four minutes later to give the Soo an early 2-0 lead. But the game swung back-and-forth with the Sting bouncing back to a 3-2 lead, and then the Greyhounds rallying for a 5-4 lead at the 2nd intermission. Drake Rymsha (LAK, 2017 5th round pick) netted a power play marker, his second goal of the game, with just 98 seconds left in regulation to force overtime and eventually the shootout. Raddysh, who set up the 5-4 go-ahead goal with 26 seconds left in the 2nd period failed to convert in the shootout for the Soo. Kopacka scored the lone goal in the shootout to go along with his two goals and an assist in regulation to pace the Greyhounds. Hayden Verbeek (undrafted) notched four assists in the contest for Sault Ste. Marie.

    Western Hockey League

    Kelowna Rockets 2 @ Everett Silvertips 4

    D Cal Foote, KEL: 0-0-0, +2, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
    Season Totals: 54 GP, 17-45-62, +24, 44 PIM
    ‘15-‘16 Totals: 71 GP, 6-51-57, +39, 41 PIM

    The Rockets jumped out to a 2-0 lead, but the Silvertips rallied with three goals in the 3rd with two of them by Connor Dewar (undrafted) as Everett doubled up Kelowna.

    Moose Jaw Warriors 2 @ Brandon Wheat Kings 4

    D Oleg Sosunov, MJ: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
    Season Totals: 63 GP, 7-17-24, +37, 58 PIM
    ’16-‘17 Totals (MHL-Russia): 32 GP, 0-0-0, +1, 79 PIM

    Ty Lewis (COL, FA ELC) rung up a hat trick for the 3600+ fans at Westoba Place as the Wheat Kings doubled up the Warriors.

    United States Hockey League

    ** Note: Cole Guttman (Dubuque) was placed on injured reserved on December 22nd following the completion of the World Junior A Challenge tournament.

    Omaha Lancers 6 @ Chicago Steel 4

    D Nick Perbix , OMA: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 5 SOG
    Season Totals: 41 GP, 2-18-20, +16, 16 PIM
    ’16-‘17 Totals (HS): 25 GP, 10-30-40, 6 PIM
    Committed to: St. Cloud State University

    Czech WJC’er Filip Suchy (undrafted) scored two goals and two assists and Noah Cates (PHI, 2017 5th round pick) also had a four point game, as the Lancers defeated the Steel in a wild one in Chicago.

    Minnesota State High School League

    Sammy Walker and the #2 ranked Edina High Hornets (23-2-0) draw #7 ranked Lakeville North High Panthers (13-10-2) in the quarterfinals of the Minnesota Class AA State Championship Tournament at 11 AM CT on March 8, 2018 at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul. Lakeville North won the 1AA section tournament as the #1 seed with a 4-3 win over crosstown rivals Lakeville South (whom Edina beat 4-1 during the regular season). The semi-finals will be played March 9th and the finals next Saturday night on March 10th. This will be Edina’s first game against Lakeville North this season, and the winner will play the victor of #3 Duluth East and #6 St. Michael-Albertville.

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