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Juniors Game Night: 2-7-16

Ontario Hockey League

Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 5 @ Oshawa Generals 1

C Anthony Cirelli, OSH: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG, 6/18 FO
Season totals: 47 GP, 15-29-44, -13, 21 PIM
2014-15 totals: 68 GP, 13-23-36, +34, 22 PIM

The Soo had four goals before Oshawa got on the board, and by then the game was basically over.

Juniors Game Night: 2-6-16

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Victoriaville Tigres 5 @ Saint John Sea Dogs 4

W Bokondji Imama, SJ: 0-0-0, -1, 4 PIM, 1 SOG, 5 Hits
Season totals: 31 GP, 4-9-13, -3, 54 PIM
2013-2014 Season: 59 GP, 13-15-28, +2, 137 PIM

W Mathieu Joseph, SJ: 2-0-2, +1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, 1 Hit, *Third Star*
Season totals: 46 GP, 27-29-56, +29, 49 PIM
2013-2014 Season: 59 GP, 21-21-42, +18, 46 PIM

Down 4-1, Saint John clawed back to tie the game with just over four minutes left in regulation, but the Tigres scored with 1:40 on the clock to steal the win back. Joseph took over the team lead in goals with 27. He also leads in points by two and is plus-10 better than the next highest player on the Sea Dogs.

Shawinigan Cataractes 3 @ Cape Breton Screaming Eagles 4 (OT)

W Dennis Yan, SHAW: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG, 0 Hits
Season totals: 45 GP, 28-31-59, +4, 60 PIM
2014-2015 Season: 59 GP, 33-31-64, +23, 71 PIM

Yan had a quiet game in Shawinigan’s 4-3 overtime loss in Sydney. The Cataractes had a 3-0 lead at one point. Yan was on the ice for the overtime-winner.

Ontario Hockey League

Erie Otters 5 @ Windsor Spitfires 4

W Cristiano DiGiacinto, WSR: 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 46 GP, 15-22-37, +19, 63 PIM
2014-15 totals: 63 GP, 21-24-45, -16, 100 PIM

Both teams scored three times in the third period, including Alex DeBrindicat (2016), who scored his 38th of the season into an empty net. Windsor scored six seconds after the empty-netter, but couldn’t get the tying goal. DiGiacinto has just two assists in his last 12 games.

Ottawa 67’s 3 @ Peterborough Petes 0

D Dominik Masin, PBO: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 40 GP, 6-16-22, +26, 34 PIM
2014-15 totals: 48 GP, 7-19-26, -13, 68 PIM

D Matt Spencer, PBO: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 42 GP, 3-16-19, -1, 36 PIM
2014-15 totals: 67 GP, 6-24-30, -15, 64 PIM

Liam Herbst (undrafted) stopped all 41 shots he faced to register the shutout vs Peterborough. It was his first shutout of the season and raised his save percentage to .880.

Sudbury Wolves 6 @ Saginaw Spirit 3

W Mitchell Stephens, SAG: 0-1-1, -2, 0 PIM, 4 SOG, 22/27 FO
Season totals: 23 GP, 10-9-19, E, 10 PIM
2014-15 totals: 62 GP, 22-26-48, -17, 44 PIM

Saginaw is now winless in its last five games.

Western Hockey League

Moose Jaw Warriors 3 @ Red Deer Rebels 4 (OT)

C Brayden Point, MJ: Did not play
Season totals: 31 GP, 25-33-58, +15, 19 PIM
2014-15 totals: 60 GP, 38-49-87, +6, 46 PIM

Point was not in the lineup Saturday; he was injured Friday and missed the third period of that game.

"He just felt uncomfortable to finish the game,” Warriors Head Coach Tim Hunter told Matthew Gourlie of the Moose Jaw Times-Herald. “He was a little bit sore. Right now he'll be evaluated in the morning and again before game-time. There's no real update right now. Hunter told Gourlie that Point's injury wasn't related to the shoulder injury that knocked him out of the lineup in November. "It's a totally different situation," Hunter said. It’s unknown how long Point will be out.

United States Hockey League

Chicago Steel 3 @ Omaha Lancers 4 (OT)

G Kris Oldham, OMA: Did not play
Season totals: 21 GP, 11-7-2, 2.67 GAA, .913 sv%, 1 SO
2014-15 totals: 33 GP, 21-6-4, 2.49 GAA, .908 sv%, 1 SO
(University of Nebraska-Omaha signee)

Oldham, who is on a personal 3-game losing streak, got the night off after playing Friday.

Sioux City Musketeers 2 @ Lincoln Stars 3

D Ryan Zuhlsdorf, SC: Did not play
Season totals: 27 GP, 0-22-22, -5, 30 PIM
2014-15 totals: 56 GP, 3-19-22, +25, 58 PIM
(University of Minnesota signee)

Zuhlsdorf remains out of the Sioux City lineup with a concussion sustained January 8.

NCAA Game Night: 2-6-16

No. 19 Bowling Green State Falcons 3 @ No. 18 Minnesota State Mavericks 1

W Jimmy Mullin, MSU: 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 20 GP, 1-4-5, -4, 6 PIM
2013-2014 totals (Miami): 19 GP, 1-6-7, 23 PIM

BGSU earned a split of their weekend series with the Mavs with a 3-1 win Saturday. MSU won 5-1 Friday.

*USCHO poll used

AHL Game Night: 2-6-16 Falcons at Crunch

Crunch skid hits 5 games.

SPR-6
SYR-3

Adam Wilcox allowed 5 goals on 33 shots for the loss.

First Period
SYR Blunden, (12) (Gourde, Richard), 4:41
SPR Fournier, (6) (Selleck, P. Samuelsson), 6:35
SPR Potter, (4) (Plachta, Szwarz), 8:13

Second Period
SPR Carey, (19) (Jeffrey, P. Samuelsson), 10:46 (PP)

Third Period
SPR Lane, (4) (Gaudet), 7:10
SPR Selleck, (7) (Mauermann, Grant), 9:20
SYR Blunden, (13) (Richard), 11:40
SPR Jeffrey, (12) (P. Samuelsson), 17:07 (EN)
SYR Angelidis, (5) (DeAngelo), 17:43 (PP)

Mike Blunden was the game's second star.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

Crunch's Skid Continues With Loss to Falcons


By Jeremy Houghtaling

Syracuse opened the scoring before the five-minute mark, but the lead lasted less than two minutes.

The Falcons took advantage of multiple odd-man rushes against the Crunch to rattle off five-straight goals, as Syracuse fell to Springfield, 6-3, at the Onondaga County War Memorial Saturday.

The Crunch has lost five straight, and given up five or more goals in each of those contests.

“We’ve got to be better, that’s what it comes down to,” said Crunch captain Mike Angelidis. “We play good for 20 minutes, and then we give up an odd-man rush here and there. You can’t be doing that all night.”

Liiga Game Day: 2-6-16

KalPa 2 vs. Karpat 1 (OT)
Jonne Tammela, KalPa, 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 32 GP, 4-7-11, +8, 16 PIM

Jonne Tammela was +1 in 14:05 of ice time in KalPa's 2-1 OT win over Karpat. Ex-Devils pick Patrick Davis had the OT winner. Projected lottery pick Jesse Puljujarvi had a helper in defeat for Karpat. He has 8 goals and 20 points in 41 games this season.

Juniors Game Night: 2-5-16

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Acadie-Bathurst Titan @ Saint John Sea Dogs (Postponed)

W Bokondji Imama, SJ: ---------
Season totals: 30 GP, 4-9-13, -2, 50 PIM
2013-2014 Season: 59 GP, 13-15-28, +2, 137 PIM

W Mathieu Joseph, SJ: ---------
Season totals: 45 GP, 25-29-54, +28, 49 PIM
2013-2014 Season: 59 GP, 21-21-42, +18, 46 PIM

The game was postponed due to bad weather.

Ontario Hockey League

Oshawa Generals 4 @ Kingston Frontenacs 5

C Anthony Cirelli, OSH: 2-1-3, +1, 0 PIM, 5 SOG, 13/28 FO
Season totals: 46 GP, 15-29-44, -13, 21 PIM
2014-15 totals: 68 GP, 13-23-36, +34, 22 PIM

Cirelli scored twice to set a new career high for goals in a season, but the Gens fell in Kingston, 5-4. Both of Cirelli’s goals came in the third period.

Saginaw Spirit 3 @ Guelph Storm 4 (SO)

W Mitchell Stephens, SAG: 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM, 8 SOG, 18/30 FO
Season totals: 22 GP, 10-8-18, +2, 10 PIM
2014-15 totals: 62 GP, 22-26-48, -17, 44 PIM

Stephens (pictured) scored for the first time since January 16, but the Sags fell in a shootout, 4-3. Stephens did not participate in the skills competition.

Western Hockey League

Moose Jaw Warriors 1 @ Lethbridge Hurricanes 5

C Brayden Point, MJ: 1-0-1, -1, 0 PIM
Season totals: 31 GP, 25-33-58, +15, 19 PIM
2014-15 totals: 60 GP, 38-49-87, +6, 46 PIM

Point scored his 25th goal of the season, which tied the game at 1-1 early in the second period, but Lethbridge would go on to win handily, 5-1. Moose Jaw is 3-6-1-0 in its last 10 games, but is comfortably in the playoff picture.

Calgary Hitmen 3 @ Vancouver Giants 2 (OT)

D Ben Thomas, VAN: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 56 GP, 6-18-24, -18, 30 PIM
With Vancouver: 42 GP, 6-15-21, -8, 20 PIM
With Calgary: 14 GP, 0-3-3, -10, 10 PIM
2014-15 totals: 60 GP, 7-24-31, +16, 28 PIM

Thomas assisted on the game-opening goal by Ty Ronning (2016) and Vancouver forced overtime with a late third period goal, but the Hitmen won in the extra session.

United States Hockey League

Omaha Lancers 3 @ Dubuque Fighting Saints 7

G Kris Oldham, OMA: Loss, 27 saves on 33 shots
Season totals: 21 GP, 11-7-2, 2.67 GAA, .913 sv%, 1 SO
2014-15 totals: 33 GP, 21-6-4, 2.49 GAA, .908 sv%, 1 SO
(University of Nebraska-Omaha signee)

Dubuque broke open a 3-3 game with the game’s final four goals. Dallas Gerads (undrafted, uncommitted) scored three of those goals in the form of a natural hat trick. Oldham had a rough night, allowing six goals on 33 shots. The Saints scored a late empty-netter. Oldham is on a personal 3-game losing streak.

Chicago Steel 3 @ Sioux City Musketeers 0

D Ryan Zuhlsdorf, SC: Did not play
Season totals: 27 GP, 0-22-22, -5, 30 PIM
2014-15 totals: 56 GP, 3-19-22, +25, 58 PIM
(University of Minnesota signee)

Zuhlsdorf remains out of the Sioux City lineup with a concussion sustained January 8.

Crunch Battle Back Twice, But Fall to Americans


By Jeremy Houghtaling

Despite controlling the play for long stretches, Syracuse kept digging out of holes created by defensive lapses.

The Crunch battled back from a pair of two-goal deficits but the Americans’ fifth goal proved to be the difference, as Syracuse fell to Rochester, 5-4, at the Onondaga County War Memorial Friday. The Crunch has dropped four straight, and earned one point in that stretch.

“I thought in the last three out of four games we should have had points,” said Crunch head coach Rob Zettler. “We got one point from Rochester last Wednesday, but Friday night we should have had points and tonight we should have had points. We scored nine goals against this team in the last two games and we came out with one point. It’s not good enough.

“The second half of the season you have to keep the puck out of your net. It comes down to good defense, and that’s all six guys on the ice.”

AHL Game Night: 2-5-16 Americans at Crunch

Crunch fail to get First Period payoff and eventually fall in a track meet.

RCH-5
SYR-4

Kristers Gudlevskis allowed 4 goals on 22 shots before giving way to Adam Wilcox, who allowed 1 goal on 10 shots the rest of the way for the dreaded back door loss.

First Period
NO SCORING

Second Period
RCH Carrier, (5) (Bailey, Schaller), 1:04
RCH Donovan, (7) (Varone), 7:57 (PP)
SYR Taormina, (10) (McGinn, DeAngelo), 14:31
SYR Richard, (7) (Koekkoek, Gourde), 15:58

Third Period
RCH Bailey, (8) (Carrier, Leduc), 1:03 (PP)
RCH Schaller, (8) (Carrier), 4:17
SYR Erne, (9) (Blunden), 5:25 (SH)
SYR Erne, (10) (Blunden, Gourde), 11:09 (PP)
RCH Rodrigues, (6) , 14:09

Adam Erne and Mike Blunden were the game's second and third stars.

Syracuse outshot Rochester 18-6 in the First Period, but could not get the payoff against Linus Ullmark. They ended up chasing the game for most of the rest of the night, successfully erasing a pair of 2-goal deficits before seeing the game slip away in the Third Period.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

NCAA Game Night: 2-5-16

No. 9 Boston University Terriers 6 @ UMass Minutemen 3

D John MacLeod, BU: 0-0-0, +2, 2 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 22 GP, 1-1-2, E, 22 PIM
2014-2015 totals: 37 GP, 2-7-9, +19, 58 PIM

MacLeod was back in the BU lineup after missing three straight games as a scratch. He took a late tripping penalty, but no damage was done.

No. 19 Bowling Green State Falcons 1 @ No. 18 Minnesota State Mavericks 5

W Jimmy Mullin, MSU: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 19 GP, 1-4-5, -3, 4 PIM
2013-2014 totals (Miami): 19 GP, 1-6-7, 23 PIM

Mullin had an assist and Bryce Gervais had two goals and an assist for the Mavs in their 5-1 win over BGSU.

*USCHO poll used

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