Syracuse Crunch coach Rob Zettler was happy with the effort, but not the result.
The Crunch allowed a pair of power play goals and empty-netters, as they fell to the Rochester Americans, 5-3, at the Onondaga County War Memorial Saturday.
"I thought our guys played well tonight," Zettler said. "I thought they competed hard, I thought they played well and I thought they deserved a better fate."
Syracuse's Vlad Namestnikov opened the scoring with a shorthanded goal a little more than five minutes into the second, but the Crunch didn't stay ahead long.
Lightning star defensive prospect Slater Koekkoek will undergo shoulder surgery and miss the remainder of his junior team's season, the Windsor Spitfires announced today.
Tampa Bay General Manager Steve Yzerman confirmed the diagnosis and told Tampa media that he'd know more about the situation on Monday.
Koekkoek, who has had two surgeries on his left shoulder, dislocated his right shoulder Thursday night in a fight against Saginaw's Jeremiah Addison. The captain of the Spitfires was defending a teammate and jumped in front of his alternate captain to take on Addison. The two wrestled to the ice rather innocently, though Koekkoek appeared to twist as he went down.
"After consulting with team doctor Roy Diklich, Tampa Bay Lightning General Manager Steve Yzerman, and their team doctors, all parties have agreed that the best course of action right now is for him to have surgery," Windsor GM Warren Rychel said in a team press release.
The Lightning's top pick - 10th overall - in the 2011 draft, Koekkoek was enjoying a phenomenal year with Windsor, accumulating 53 points (15 goals) in 62 games, with a plus-44 rating. He was fifth in the league in plus/minus as of Friday afternoon. His 53 points were good enough for third among OHL defensemen, and Koekkoek was being mentioned in MVP and top-defenseman talks. His coach, former NHLer Bob Boughner, has played the 6-2 defenseman over 35 minutes a night.
Harvard Crimson 1 @ No. 16 Yale Bulldogs 2
ECAC Tournament – First Round
F Brian Hart, HAR: 1-0-1, -1, 2 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 30 GP, 7-8-15, -8, 20 PIM
2012-2013 totals: 29 GP, 4-13-17, +1, 10 PIM
Yale eliminated the Crimson, ending Harvard’s season. Hart finishes the season with seven goals and 15 points in 30 games. He is expected to return to Harvard for his junior season.
Miami RedHawks 2 @ Denver Pioneers 1
F Jimmy Mullin, MIA: Did not play
Season totals: 19 GP, 1-6-7, +3, 23 PIM
2012-2013 totals: 38 GP, 6-8-14, E, 14 PIM
Mullin was a scratch.
Western Michigan Broncos 2 @ No. 9 North Dakota 1
F Brendan O’Donnell, UND: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 27 GP, 5-8-13, +3, 8 PIM
2012-2013 totals: 29 GP, 2-8-10, E, 20 PIM
WMU upset UND at home, 2-1. With St. Cloud State winning tonight, the Huskies are the NCHC champs and top seed in next week’s conference tournament. UND will play Colorado College.
No. 1 Minnesota Golden Gophers 2 @ Ohio State Buckeyes 2
G Adam Wilcox, MIN: Tie, 41 saves on 43 shots
Season totals: 32 GP, 22-4-6, 1.91 GAA, .934 sv%, 3 SO
2012-2013 totals: 39 GP, 25-8-5, 1.88 GAA, .921 sv%, 3 SO
Wilcox set a new career high for saves in a game with 41. The Gophers have a 5 point lead on Wisconsin heading into their series with Michigan next weekend. OSU won the shootout on Saturday, 1-0.
*USCHO poll used
Lightning steal a point, but may have left one on the ice.
Ben Bishop allowed 3 goals on 32 shots before allowing 1 of 7 shooters to convert in the penalty shot session for the SO Loss. It's not a dreadful stat line, however, the Boychuk goal that allowed Boston to tie the game in the Third Period was almost as dreadful as the Erik Johnson GWG Bishop allowed that cost the team the Colorado game. It's a heck of a time for Bishop to look mortal, and you can now legitimately say 2 points were left on the table in Bishop's last 2 starts because of inopportune soft goals.
0:27 TB Palat (15), (Johnson, Brewer)(SH)
4:13 TB Barberio (5), (Pyatt, Callahan)
6:58 BOS Paille (9), (Campbell, Boychuk)
8:29 BOS Soderberg (11), (Kelly)
9:31 TB Filppula (21), (Palat)
8:11 BOS Boychuk (3), (Soderberg, Eriksson)
Ondrej Palat was the game's third star. He got the opportunity to play with Valtteri Filppula tonight after playing with the reunited Palat/Johnson/Panik line against Buffalo. Whether he sticks with Filppula permanently or not, I'm glad to see Palat do well tonight. One of my concerns after seeing St. Louis dealt was whether or not Palat's scoring would fall of the table given how much chemistry those two had. I'm glad to see him get a multi-point game tonight and show that he can keep being productive.
Overall, I guess you can look at this result a couple of different ways. Going in against a team the Lightning aren't built for and getting outshot 32-20, certainly the team should be thrilled to sneak a point out. On the other hand, it's another game where the Lightning had a 2-0 lead, and another game where they had a lead in the Third Period and they didn't get a "W", and it's really hurting their playoff chances badly.
Richard Panik was -1 with 2 shots and 1 blocked shot in 11:29. He hit a post on his shootout attempt, which is a shame, because a winner would've done boatloads for his confidence. Tonight's game graduated Panik from prospect status on the website.
Quebec Major Junior Hockey League
Halifax Mooseheads 4 @ Saint John Sea Dogs 0
C/W Jonathan Drouin, HAL: Did not play
Season totals: 43 GP, 25-71-96, +47, 43 PIM
2011-2012 Season: 49 GP, 41-64-105, +48, 32 PIM
Drouin was out sick on Saturday. Usually it’s just his hands that are sick. Halifax held Saint John to 12 shots.