Quebec Major Junior Hockey League
Quebec Remparts 6 @ Charlottetown Islanders 3
C/W Adam Erne, QUE: 0-3-3, +1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 1 Hit, 15/26 FO
Season totals: 30 GP, 12-26-38, +1, 45 PIM
2012-2013 Season: 68 GP, 28-44-72, +11, 67 PIM
Erne avoided a suspension for his match-penalty earning hit against fellow Lightning prospect Jonathan Drouin on Friday night and responded with three assists on PEI against the Islanders. Drouin will not play on Sunday as he is reportedly still experiencing headaches associated with the hit. While his symptoms are considered minor, all head injuries are considered serious. He’s out indefinitely.
Ontario Hockey League
North Bay Battalion 6 @ Niagara IceDogs 3
D Dylan Blujus, NB: 0-0-0, +1, 4 PIM
Season totals: 18 GP, 1-6-7, -13, 22 PIM
2012-13 totals: 68 GP, 2-27-29, -8, 57 PIM
North Bay got a much-needed win, beating Niagara 6-3. The Battalion stayed within five points of Sudbury for first in the Central Division.
Barrie Colts 5 @ Belleville Bulls 1
D Jake Dotchin, BAR: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM
Season totals: 28 GP, 6-12-18, +18, 62 PIM
2012-13 totals: 66 GP, 4-18-22, E, 81 PIM
Barrie remains in second place in the Central Division, just ahead of North Bay.
Kitchener Rangers 1 @ Windsor Spitfires 2
D Slater Koekkoek, WSR: 0-0-0, +2, 0 PIM
Season totals: 29 GP, 7-17-24, +29, 18 PIM
2012-13 totals: 40 GP, 6-23-29, -24, 28 PIM
Koekkoek was on the ice for both of the Spits’ goals on Saturday in an important win over the Rangers. Windsor has earned a point in five straight games.
Lightning keep letting shaky goaltenders off the hook.
Anders Lindback allowed 2 goals on 36 shots for the OT loss. He played great and really deserved better than he got from the team in front of him. Did he have one lucky save on a point blank rebound chance by Jokinen that was off one of his own rebounds? Sure. But he gave the Lightning every opportunity to win this game.
5:25 WPG Wheeler (7), (Trouba, Clitsome)
19:58 TB Thompson (2), (Gudas, St Louis)
1:04 WPG Scheifele (3), (Wheeler)
Lindback and Radko Gudas were the game's second and third stars.
Someone needs to have a very serious discussion with this team about letting backup/shaky goaltenders off the hook. Al Montoya looked like hot trash in net tonight. He was giving up rebounds. He was barely squeezing off chances that nearly went though him. He did not look confident or poised between the pipes. 5 shots in the First Period. 12 in the Second Period, but mostly from the perimeter. Not much zone time. Nothing that really created the conditions to get some greasy goals. It's always important to do that, mind you, but when you play a goaltender like Montoya I have no idea why the team isn't on it like a cat on catnip. They sleepwalked through the first 40 minutes and ended up losing in OT of a game they could've easily won in regulation if they hadn't completely let Montoya off the hook. They did the same thing in Columbus sleepwalking through so much of that game, and I just don't get it.
Gudas had a helper and was +1 with 2 penalty minutes, 3 shots, 5 hits, and 3 blocked shots in 21:38. He was a stud tonight and he was all over Andrew Ladd like a bad holiday sweater throughout the game.
Mark Barberio was -2 in 12:59. A lot of people ask me why I am hard on Barberio. He's lived a charmed life so far this year if you look at his overall plus/minus so people don't think he's a bad defensive liability. Please refer to the OT winner the next time you feel the need to ask me why I am hard on Mark Barberio. Scheifele manhandled Barberio on what should have been a very easy tie-up for an NHL defenseman to make. That's why he terrifies me in his own third of the rink. Even small forwards can rag doll him.
Tyler Johnson was -1 with 2 shots and 2 hits and he was 39% on draws in 19:05.
Alex Killorn had 3 shots and 3 hits in 16:31. He almost did his Chris Drury impression again working himself into a breakaway in Overtime only to ring his shot off the goalpost after a nice move. One note on that play, looking back at the replay: I am absolutely positive Al Montoya threw his stick after getting faked out of his shorts by Killorn on the play. That probably should've been called a PS for Killorn (mind you, Killorn faked him out so bad he probably should've finished off the goal). Instead, the Jets came down the other way and the waste receptacle conflagration occurred on Scheifele's winning goal.
Ondrej Palat was -1 with 1 shot, 2 hits, and 1 blocked shot. As he was in the AHL, I thought he was the straw that stirred the drink tonight on his line as a lot of chances were running through Palat's play.
J.T. Brown had 1 shot and 1 hit in 11:27.
Matt Taormina had 1 shot in 10:54. He had one really cringe-worthy shift in the Third Period where he looked physically overmatched a la Barberio.
Nikita Kucherov had 2 penalty minutes and 3 shots in 13:50. He's mesmerizing with the puck and I think Lightning players need to learn to have their sticks on the ice ready to shoot whenever Kucherov's in the offensive third.
Andrej Sustr had 1 shot, 1 hit, and 2 blocked shots in 14:42. He had a glorious chance jumping up into the high slot on one play in the First Period and made another in the opening frame where he made a beautiful cross ice feed to Thompson for a near tip-in goal. He was also pretty responsible defensively, as usual. If you're going to get shifts like Taormina and Barberio had tonight, I'd rather Cooper just dress 6 d-men and play Sustr more, to be blunt.
Syracuse loses a tight one.
Kristers Gudlevskis allowed 2 goals on 24 shots for the loss. It's his first AHL loss and it comes in his 7th AHL decision.
NOR Rakell, (8) (Blacker, Gagne), 15:14 (PP)
SYR Neilson, (1) (Langelier-Parent, Korobov), 4:47
NOR Blacker, (4) (Friberg, Yonkman), 11:48
Eric Neilson was the game's second star.
There are no moral victories in professional sports, but it's interesting to note that as depleted as Syracuse is they played pretty much even with a decent Norfolk team. That speaks to the character and coaching of the team, in my opinion. Syracuse faces St. John's next on Tuesday.
Box score from TheAHL.com.
Chelyabinsk 0 vs. Khanty-Mansiysk 2
Nikita Gusev, Khanty-Mansiysk, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 26 GP, 2-2-4, -6, 8 PIM
Ex-Blackhawks first rounder Mikhail Yakubov had a helper in Yugra's 2-0 win over Chelyabinsk. Lightning prospect Nikita Gusev played 6:27 in the victory.
Magnitogorsk 4 vs. Ekaterinburg 3 (SO)
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, SO Win, 41/44, 2.78 GAA, .932 sv%
Season totals: 32 GP, 17-8-6, 4 SO, 2.13 GAA, .931 sv%
Vasily Koshechkin stopped all 3 shooters he faced in the penalty shot session to help deliver a 4-3 Magnitogorsk win over Ekaterinburg. Ex-NHLer Tim Brent had 1 goal and 1 assist for Magnitogorsk in the victory.
Ufa 6 vs. Astana 3
Andrey Vasilevskiy, Ufa, Win, 36/39, 3.03 GAA, .923 sv%
Season totals: 19 GP, 10-6-3, 1 SO, 2.31 GAA, .923 sv%
Ex-Canucks draft pick Kirill Koltsov had a goal as Ufa doubled up Astana 6-3. Barys got a goal from former Lightning defenseman Mike Lundin and 2 assists from former Lightning forward Brandon Bochenski in defeat. Ex-NHLer Cam Barker also had a helper for Astana in their losing cause. It should be noted Barys Astana is currently the top team in the KHL's Eastern Conference, so it's a quality win for Lightning prospect Andrey Vasilveskiy.
Harvard Crimson 1 @ Brown Bears 2
F Brian Hart, HAR: 0-1-1, -1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 12 GP, 1-7-8, -3, 6 PIM
2012-2013 totals: 29 GP, 4-13-17, +1, 10 PIM
Hart had an assist on Harvard’s only goal, scored early in the third period to cut Brown’s lead to 2-1. They could never find the equalizer. Hart had been listed as a RW on Harvard’s second line for most of the season, but was LW on the top line on Friday.
Denver Pioneers 3 @ No. 12 Miami RedHawks 1
F Jimmy Mullin, MIA: 0-0-0, E, 0PIM, 4 SOG
Season totals: 14 GP, 1-5-6, +3, 6 PIM
2012-2013 totals: 38 GP, 6-8-14, E, 14 PIM
Mullin remains in the Miami lineup, getting time on the RedHawks’ fourth line. Miami pulled within a goal with about four minutes to play, but couldn’t tie the game. Denver added an empty net goal in the final seconds. No entertainment-only shootout was held.
No. 15 North Dakota 3 @ Western Michigan Broncos 2
F Brendan O’Donnell, UND: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 10 GP, 3-2-5, -3, 4 PIM
2012-2013 totals: 29 GP, 2-8-10, E, 20 PIM
North Dakota fell behind 1-0 to Luke Witkowski’s alma mater, but scored the game’s next three goals to take control and eventually win, 3-2. Syracuse’s Witkowski was a four-year letterman at WMU and served as a co-captain last year.
No. 5 Quinnipiac Bobcats 3 @ RPI Engineers 3
F Matthew Peca, QU: 1-0-1, -2, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Season totals: 18 GP, 4-8-12, +3, 8 PIM
2013-2014 totals: 39 GP, 15-15-30, +14, 36 PIM
Peca scored the game-tying goal midway through the third period as the Bobcats earned a point at RPI, 3-3.
Michigan State Spartans 2 @ No. 1 Minnesota Golden Gophers 2
G Adam Wilcox, MIN: Tie, 29 saves on 31 shots
Season totals: 13 GP, 9-2-2, 2.18 GAA, .924 sv%, 1 SO
2012-2013 totals: 39 GP, 25-8-5, 1.88 GAA, .921 sv%, 3 SO
MSU won a 3-round shootout, 1-0, but the game will go in the books as a tie.
*USCHO poll used