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NHL Game Night: 12-14-17 Lightning at Coyotes

Halfway to the playoffs.

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Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed just 1 goal on 33 shots for the victory. Fairly typical Vasilevskiy game. Made the odd situational save early to allow his team to run out to a lead and then handled his business through garbage time to the finish line.

First Period
11:30 TB Namestnikov (13), (Stamkos, Kucherov)(PP)
12:11 TB Point (14), (Palat, Johnson)

Second Period
6:11 TB Kucherov (22), (Hedman)
11:28 AZ Keller (12), (Stepan, Perlini)(PP)

Third Period
0:31 TB Johnson (8), (Point, Stralman)

Brayden Point, Tyler Johnson, and Nikita Kucherov were the game's three stars.

That was men against boys. It was a 4-1 game, and that's with Antti Raanta playing a pretty darned good game. It could've been a lot worse for Arizona. The Lightning got 46 shots on goal and a slew of scoring chances. Arizona just doesn't have the level of organization and confidence to deal with the speed, skill, and precision of this Lightning team. They had no chance. None. It's a far cry from the Lightning's trip to the desert a year ago that seemed to all but bury the team's playoff hopes about 50 games into the campaign or so.

The win tonight kicks off the fourth 10-game segment of the season with a win. Good start. And, it happens to give the Lightning 48 points, which puts them halfway to the minimum 96 points you target to make it to the postseason comfortably. Again, it's a remarkable contract to where this team was the last time they were in Arizona a year ago.

Slater Koekkoek was +1 with 1 shot, 2 hits, and 1 blocked shot in 16:21.

Yanni Gourde had 3 shots and was 40% on 10 draws in 16:26. He's traded spots with Johnson moving down to third line center.

Jake Dotchin was +1 with 1 shot, 1 hit, and 1 blocked shot in 21:48 of big time ice time. That's a nice number. Dotchin being able to eat minutes just makes the Lightning so incredibly good.

Mikhail Sergachev was +1 with 2 penalty minutes, 4 shots, 4 hits, and 2 blocked shots in 17:37.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

Juniors Game Night: 12-14-17

Ontario Hockey League

Owen Sound Attack 4 @ Barrie Colts 6

W Alexey Lipanov, BAR: 0-3-3, +3, 2 PIM, 4 SOG, 9/19 FO, *Third Star*
Season Totals: 29 GP, 11-17-28, +10, 6 PIM
‘16-‘17 Totals (VHL-Russia): 21 GP, 3-5-8, +5, 8 PIM

Consensus #2 ranked 2018 draft prospect Andrei Svechnikov fired a hat trick for the Colts, and Lipanov tallied three assists as Barrie mounted a third period rally from a 4-3 deficit to hand the Attack the 6-4 loss. Lipanov notched assists on Justin Murray’s (undrafted) opening goal, Aaron Luchuk’s (undrafted) 3-2 go-ahead marker, and finally on Svechnikov’s game-winner.

Ottawa 67’s 5 @ Peterborough Petes 2

W/C Christopher Paquette, PBO: 0-0-0, -3, 0 PIM, 1 SOG, 4/7 FO
Season Totals: 27 GP, 10-3-13, -16, 6 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (NIA/PBO): 66 GP, 19-29-48, +1, 28 PIM

The 67’s rallied from a 2-1 deficit, scoring four straight to pull away from the Petes. Sasha Chmelevski (SJ 2017 6th round pick) paced Ottawa with a goal and an assist.



** Note: Boris Katchouk, Taylor Raddysh, Brett Howden, and Cal Foote are away from their respective OHL and WHL teams this week for Team Canada's WJC Selection Camp, December 12-15.
** Note: Nick Perbix and Cole Guttman are away from their respective USHL teams this week for the World Junior A Challenge tournament.

World Juniors A Challenge: 12-14-17

World Junior A Challenge

Russia U18 0 @ USA U19 5

D Nick Perbix , USA: 0-0-0
Tournament Totals: 4 GP, 0-0-0
Season Totals (USHL): 17 GP, 0-7-7, +11, 10 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (HS): 25 GP, 10-30-40, 6 PIM
Committed to: St. Cloud State University

C Cole Guttman, USA: 0-0-0
Tournament Totals: 3 GP, 1-0-1
Season Totals (USHL): 16 GP, 6-5-11, E, 21 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals: 53 GP, 27-27-54, +21, 18 PIM
Committed to: University of Denver

The USA U19 team got two goals from Tyler Madden (2018 draft eligible, Northeastern commit) as the Americans blanked the Russia U18 squad 5-0 to advance to Saturday’s gold medal championship game. Jake Kucharski (2018 draft eligible, Providence commit) stopped 21 shots for the shutout, Jack Dugan (VGK 2017 5th round pick, Providence commit) notched a goal and an assist, and Alex Steeves (undrafted, Notre Dame commit) added a pair of assists. Paul Cotter (2018 draft eligible, Western Michigan commit) opened the scoring in the first period, and then Madden netted the first of his two tallies in the second, before the floodgates opened in the third with goals from Madden, Hudson, FL native and former Tampa Scorpions midget Nathan Smith (undrafted, Minnesota St commit), and Dugan.

Team USA will square off Saturday in a rematch with the Canada West U19 club, who defeated the Czech Republic U19 team by a score of 5-1 in the other semifinal match. The Russians and the Czechs will battle for Bronze on Friday in the consolation match.

World Juniors A Challenge: 12-14-17

World Junior A Challenge

Russia U18 0 @ USA U19 5

D Nick Perbix , USA: 0-0-0
Tournament Totals: 4 GP, 0-0-0
Season Totals (USHL): 17 GP, 0-7-7, +11, 10 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (HS): 25 GP, 10-30-40, 6 PIM
Committed to: St. Cloud State University

C Cole Guttman, USA: 0-0-0
Tournament Totals: 3 GP, 1-0-1
Season Totals (USHL): 16 GP, 6-5-11, E, 21 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals: 53 GP, 27-27-54, +21, 18 PIM
Committed to: University of Denver

The USA U19 team got two goals from Tyler Madden (2018 draft eligible, Northeastern commit) as the Americans blanked the Russia U18 squad 5-0 to advance to Saturday’s gold medal championship game. Jake Kucharski (2018 draft eligible, Providence commit) stopped 21 shots for the shutout, Jack Dugan (VGK 2017 5th round pick, Providence commit) notched a goal and an assist, and Alex Steeves (undrafted, Notre Dame commit) added a pair of assists. Paul Cotter (2018 draft eligible, Western Michigan commit) opened the scoring in the first period, and then Madden netted the first of his two tallies in the second, before the floodgates opened in the third with goals from Madden, Nathan Smith (undrafted, Minnesota St commit), and Dugan.

Team USA will square off Saturday in a rematch with the Canada West U19 club, who defeated the Czech Republic U19 team by a score of 5-1 in the other semifinal match. The Russians and the Czechs will battle for Bronze on Friday in the consolation match.

Juniors Game Night: 12-13-17

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Halifax Mooseheads 5 @ Cape Breton Screaming Eagles 2

C/W Otto Somppi, HAL: 0-2-2, +1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 14/23 FO
Season Totals: 25 GP, 11-22-33, +23, 14 PIM
’16-’17 Totals: 60 GP, 17-24-41, -7, 28 PIM

Somppi collected a pair of assists, including the only helper on Connor Moynihan’s (undrafted) go ahead goal at the end of the 2nd period. After the first period ended in a 2-2, Sompii and Moynihan sparked a three-goal Halifax rally to put Cape Breton away.



** Note: Boris Katchouk, Taylor Raddysh, Brett Howden, and Cal Foote are away from their respective teams this week for Team Canada's WJC Selection Camp, December 12-15.

World Juniors A Challenge: 12-13-17

World Junior A Challenge

USA U19 3 @ Swiss U18 1

D Nick Perbix , USA: 0-0-0
Tournament Totals: 3 GP, 0-0-0
Season Totals (USHL): 17 GP, 0-7-7, +11, 10 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (HS): 25 GP, 10-30-40, 6 PIM
Committed to: St. Cloud State University

C Cole Guttman, USA: 0-0-0
Tournament Totals: 2 GP, 1-0-1
Season Totals (USHL): 16 GP, 6-5-11, E, 21 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals: 53 GP, 27-27-54, +21, 18 PIM
Committed to: University of Denver

The USA U19 squad punched their ticket to Thursday’s semi-finals with the 3-1 victory over the Swiss U18 squad. USA got first period tallies from Tyler Madden (2018 draft eligible, Northeastern commit) and Curtis Hall (2018 draft eligible, Yale commit), with Hall’s score coming on the power play 18 seconds before the end of the frame. The USA defense choked the Swiss, with Ryan Bischel (undrafted, Clarkson commit) facing just 15 shots en route to his first win of the tournament.

The Swiss halved the two-goal lead of the Americans early in the 2nd period on a Jeremi Gerber (2018 draft eligible) score, but Paul Cotter (2018 draft eligible, Western Michigan commit) restored the two-goal cushion in the 3rd. Blueliner Graham Lillibridge (undrafted, Yale commit) notched a pair of assists for the Americans.

The USA U19 team squares off against the Russian U18 team in the tournament semifinals on Thursday. The Canada West U19 team defeated the Canada East U19 squad in OT in the other quarterfinal match, and will face the Czech Republic U19 team in the other semifinal game on Thursday. The Swiss and Canada East will play Friday in one of the consolation matches, with the losers of the semifinals playing in the other consolation game Friday.

Juniors Game Night: 12-12-17

Ontario Hockey League

London Knights 3 @ Erie Otters 2 (OT)

W Taylor Raddysh, ER: Did not play
Season Totals: 30 GP, 15-29-44, +10, 16 PIM
‘16-‘17 Totals: 58 GP, 42-67-109, +67, 37 PIM

Raddysh missed the game as Canada’s WJC Selection Camp is scheduled for Dec 12-15.

Western Hockey League

Lethbridge Hurricanes 3 @ Saskatoon Blades 5

D Libor Hajek, SAS: 0-1-1, +2, 0 PIM, 5 SOG
Season Totals: 32 GP, 8-16-24, -11, 26 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals: 65 GP: 4-22-26, -17, 81 PIM

Hajek notched a power play assist as the Blade rung up a 3-0 lead and cruised to the 5-2 victory over the Hurricanes.

Kelowna Rockets 3 @ Moose Jaw Warriors 6

C Brett Howden, MJ: Did not play
Season Totals: 20 GP, 13-18-31, +14, 18 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals: 58 GP, 38-43-81, +14, 73 PIM

D Oleg Sosunov, MJ: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season Totals: 32 GP, 6-9-15, +23, 34 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (MHL-Russia): 32 GP, 0-0-0, +1, 79 PIM

D Cal Foote, KEL: Did not play
Season Totals: 30 GP, 6-24-30, +12, 27 PIM
‘15-‘16 Totals: 71 GP, 6-51-57, +39, 41 PIM

Howden and Foote missed the game as Canada’s WJC Selection Camp is scheduled for Dec 12-15.

World Juniors A Challenge: 12-12-17

World Junior A Challenge

Canada West U19 1 @ USA U19 2

D Nick Perbix , USA: 0-0-0
Tournament Totals: 2 GP, 0-0-0
Season Totals (USHL): 17 GP, 0-7-7, +11, 10 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (HS): 25 GP, 10-30-40, 6 PIM
Committed to: St. Cloud State University

C Cole Guttman, USA: 1-0-1
Tournament Totals: 1 GP, 1-0-1
Season Totals (USHL): 16 GP, 6-5-11, E, 21 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals: 53 GP, 27-27-54, +21, 18 PIM
Committed to: University of Denver

Cole Guttman opened the scoring early in the 2nd period and Golden Knight prospect Jack Dugan (Providence commit) scored the game winner with 32 seconds remaining to lift the USA U19 team over the Canada West U19 squad by a score of 2-1. Ross Armour (undrafted, Bemidji State commit) tallied for Canada West a scant 35 seconds after the Guttman marker, as the game was untied a total of 67 seconds in the match. Jake Kucharski (2018 draft eligible, Providence commit) outdueled Canadian goalie Zach Rose (undrafted) for the win. With the Preliminary matches concluded, the Czech Republic U19 paced Group B with a 2-0 record, USA U19 finished 1-1, and Canada West U19 completed with a 0-2 record.

In Group B action, the Russia U18 squeaked a 3-2 victory over the Swiss U18 team. With the win, Russia paced Group B with a 2-0 record, Canada East U19 finished 1-1, and the Swiss youngsters ended with a 0-2 record.

The quarterfinals kick off Wednesday with USA U19 taking on the Swiss U18 club, and the two Canadian teams East U19 and West U19 squaring off. Russia U18 and Czech Republic U19 earned quarterfinal byes by virtue of winning their respective Groups.

NHL Game Night: 12-12-17 Lightning at Blues

Vasilevskiy spooks Blues, then releases the kittens.

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Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped all 32 shots he faced for the shutout victory. Pure Vasilarceny. Tampa Bay got loose at times in the final 40 minutes of the game giving up way too many odd man rushes, but you saw the Vasilevskiy phenomenon in effect. World class snipers like Tarasenko trying to cut it too fine pulling shots wide of the net left and right because Vasiy had crawled up into their heads and built a condo. The really great goaltenders do that. Vasiy is on his way.

First Period
19:15 TB Point (13), (Johnson, Killorn)

Second Period
NO SCORING

Third Period
13:37 TB Kucherov (21), (Sergachev)
19:38 TB Johnson (7), (Point, Hedman)(EN)

Vasilevskiy and Brayden Point were the game's first and second stars.

I'm not going to tell you that was the Lightning's most picturesque win. But, it's illustrative of how a really good team with skill and goaltending manufactures a road win even when they're not all the way on their A game.

The Lightning's win tonight completes the team's third 10-game segment of the campaign, which was another success. Now sitting at 46 points this year, the Lightning have banked a staggering 10 insurance points heading into segment four of the season, and they're just two points away from hitting the halfway mark of the minimum they need to comfortably make the postseason. It's all lovely and impressive, and they'll get until the next morning skate to enjoy it, because after that the mantra is clear: flush it and move on. Twelve in ten? Now do it again.

Slater Koekkoek had 1 blocked shot in 10:36. Not surprising that in a close game the staff curtailed his ice time.

Yanni Gourde had 1 hit and was 56% on 9 draws in 15:07. He's one of the guys who didn't have his most effective night tonight.

Jake Dotchin had 3 shots and 6 hits in 18:32 in a heavy game that favored his style of play. The ice time numbers are trending in a good direction.

Mikhail Sergachev had a helper and was +1 with 2 shots and 2 blocked shots in a pretty hefty 21:30. He had some turnover issues tonight, so it wasn't a clean game, but his possession numbers have been pretty strong the past few games. Tonight, although he only got 2 shots through, he had 10 total attempts to lead the team. That's some fancy stat-age for you all.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

World Juniors A Challenge: 12-11-17

World Junior A Challenge

USA U19 2 @ Czech Republic U19 4

D Nick Perbix , USA: 0-0-0
Tournament Totals: 1 GP, 0-0-0
Season Totals (USHL): 17 GP, 0-7-7, +11, 10 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (HS): 25 GP, 10-30-40, 6 PIM
Committed to: St. Cloud State University

C Cole Guttman, USA: Did Not Play
Tournament Totals: 0 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
Season Totals (USHL): 16 GP, 6-5-11, E, 21 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals: 53 GP, 27-27-54, +21, 18 PIM
Committed to: University of Denver

The USA U19 kicked off Group A preliminary play against the Czech Republic U19 team with Nick Perbix playing the 2nd defensive pair with his future St. Cloud fellow blueliner Brendan Bushy. Bushy is the current Dubuque Fighting Saint teammate of Cole Guttman, who sat out of the first preliminary game as a scratch. The Czech Republic opened their tournament Sunday with a 5-2 win against the Canada West U19 squad, and opened the scoring of this game at 9:55 of the 1st period with a shorthanded goal by Blainville-Boisbriand pivot Jan Hladonik (undrafted). Fifteen seconds later, Sam Hentges, another St. Cloud commit, would even the score with a power play marker for the Americans.

With forty seconds remaining in the 2nd period, the lethal Czech penalty kill would strike again as Ondrej Chrtek (undrafted) scored shorthanded to give the Czechs a 2-1 lead, but USA would once again knot the game midway through the 3rd with a Jack Dugan (VGK, 2017 5th round pick, Providence commit) tally. About five minutes later Chrtek scored his 2nd of the contest and would prove to be the game-winner, although the Czechs would add an empty netter from Matyas Zelingr (undrafted) with a minute remaining.

In Group B action, the Russia U18 team defeated Canada East U19 on Sunday 5-1, and then Canada East U19 defeated the Swiss U18 squad on Monday 4-3. On Tuesday, USA will square off against Canada West U19 to conclude their preliminary play, and Russia U18 with match up against the Swiss U18. The quarterfinals are scheduled for Wednesday, the semifinals on Thursday, the consolations games will be played Friday, and the tournament championship game on Saturday.

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