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Crunch's Yan Focuses on Consistency in Rookie Season


By Jeremy Houghtaling

Consistency is a key for Dennis Yan’s development.

The Syracuse Crunch winger has four multi-point games during his rookie season, including a goal and an assist against Laval Saturday. Of his 20 points in 40 games this season, nine have come during a multi-point performance.

Crunch head coach Benoit Groulx believes Yan has the tools, but needs to use them each and every game.

“I like the skills. I like the size. He’s got to bring it together every day,” Groulx said. “He’s not consistent at doing that. When he does that, he’s a very good player. When he does not, he’s a different player.”

NHL Game Night: 3-6-18 Kittens at Lightning

Brayden Point for all the awards: Hart, Pearson, Nobel Peace Prize, Time Man of the Year, American Idol champ... I don't care. Give it to him.

TB-6
FLA-5 (OT)

Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 5 goals on a ridiculous 49 shots for the OT win. The 80's hockey continued Tuesday and Vasilevskiy is now basically Grant Fuhr.

First Period
10:38 TB Gourde (23), (Sustr, Stralman)
12:51 TB Miller (15), (Gourde)
18:23 FL Bjugstad (12), (Ekblad, Dadonov)

Second Period
1:27 TB Gourde (24), (Miller)
13:35 FL Bjugstad (Dadonov, Yandle)
16:07 TB Alex Killorn 13 (Stamkos, Kucherov)

Third Period
0:21 FL Bjugstad 14 (Matheson, Barkov)
5:25 FL Trocheck 25 (Yandle, Barkov)(PP)

Overtime
2:49 TB Point 27 (Stralman, Johnson)

Yanni Gourde and Brayden Point were the game's first and third stars, respectively.

Well, it happened. The Lightning have reached the magical 96-point marker we look at as what you need to clinch a playoff spot. While it technically hasn't happened yet, you can start telling relatives you're busy during the months of April and May. Tampa Bay has now gone to overtime six straight games and is 5-0-1 in that time. Remember all those years when you wished TB had at least half of its 1-goal losses as wins or loser points? Enjoy this run.

Brayden Point provided the heroics yet again in the extra session with a highlight-reel goal that may have damaged Rick Peckham's larynx. And moments before his toe-drag-cookie-jar-smasher, Point had a wonderful shoulder dip of a fake to find a wide-open Anton Stralman for the apparent game-winner, but his rolling shot seemed to deflect of Tyler Johnson's stick and miss the near post. The Lightning regained the puck, Point slapped his stick on the ice in Stamkos-like position, and had the wherewithal to drag around Dadonov then roof it over Luongo's shoulder. Game over. Point celebrates and Dadonov picks his jock up off the ice to catch his tears. Point did it again.

Now, let's just stop right here and thank Stephen Gregory "Steve" Yzerman for his smallest trade yet. Yzerman and Head Scout Al Murray (among others) identified Point as a priority target in the 2014 draft and traded up from their position at 80th overall all the way to 79th to grab him. Whether or not Minnesota was going to take Point right there or not is not the ... point. The trade was made and so was history. Minnesota took Louis Belpedio, who is now a senior defenseman at Miami University in Ohio. The Wild also received the Lightning's seventh-rounder in the 2015 draft. They took Jack Sadek, who's now a junior defenseman at the University of Minnesota. We're no experts, but we say it was worth it.

As for everything that led up to Point becoming Evgeni's ... Daddy-onov ... well, the Lightning still have a shots-against problem (49??) and the PK didn't come through when it needed to in the third period. Tampa Bay still knows it can win games in regulation, right? It may extend the life expectancy in the Tampa area. Blowing 2-goal leads in the third period to your in-state little brother isn't exactly the stuff of legends. Ryan McDonagh is good, but I don't know that he can be the savior the Lightning needs. He will help, and yes, the Lightning are keeping shots to the outside and limiting the Grade-A's, but your eyes will tell you and Jon Cooper that the defensive structure is not where it needs to be entering the playoffs. The positive here is the Lightning are learning lessons while getting two points. That's certainly better than the alternative.

Anthony Cirelli was even, had a hit, and was 5/11 on draws in 9:38. His audition for 4C continues. He wasn't overly noticeable Tuesday, but that's not necessarily a bad thing for a rookie in a 4C role.

Adam Erne tied for the team lead with five hits and had one shot in 11:29. That's the stat line of an energy-line player. The Rock requests all players Know Their Role.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

Juniors Game Night: 3-3-18

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.

AHL Game Night: 3-3-18 Rocket at Crunch

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.

NHL Game Day: 3-3-18 Flyers at Lightning

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.

Crunch Let Lead Slip Away in Loss to Rocket


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.”

Juniors Game Night: 3-2-18

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.

AHL Game Night: 3-2-18 Devils at Crunch

Crunch bop Bingo with three unanswered Third Period markers.

BNG-2
SYR-3

Connor Ingram allowed 2 goals on 28 shots for the victory.

First Period
10:52 BNG Lappin (20), (Rooney)

Second Period
NO SCORING

Third Period
7:49 BNG MacDonald (15), (Bertschy, Lappin)(PP)
10:10 SYR Peca (10), (Dumont, Joseph)(PP)
11:21 SYR Verhaeghe (11), (Condra, Volkov)(PP)
13:03 SYR Condra (7), (Peca, Walcott)

Erik Condra, Matthew Peca, and Gabriel Dumont were the game's three stars.

For the moment, Syracuse narrows the gap with Toronto for first place in the North Division to five points, with the Marlies holding a pair of games in hand.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

Three Quick Strikes in Third Lift Crunch Over Devils


By Jeremy Houghtaling

After being held silent for more than 50 minutes, Syracuse’s offense made a bold statement.

The Crunch wiped away the Devils’ lead by scoring three times in a span of 2:53, as Syracuse rallied past Binghamton, 3-2, at the Onondaga County War Memorial Friday.

The Crunch has now won six straight games.

“I don’t think that was our best effort, but overall, you’ll be happy with the win and the comeback we made showed character,” Crunch head coach Benoit Groulx said. “I thought we were very opportunistic in the third.”

Juniors Game Night: 3-1-18

The first juniors update since the NHL trade deadline...

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Shawinigan Cataractes 2 @ Blainville-Boisbriand Armada 6

C Alex Barre-Boulet, BLB: 1-2-3, +1, 0 PIM, 5 SOG, 5/9 FO, *First Star*
Season Totals: 58 GP, 50-57-107, +28, 63 PIM
’16-’17 Totals: 65 GP, 29-52-81, +10, 42 PIM

Barre-Boulet celebrated signing an Entry Level Contract with the Lightning earlier in the day with First Star performance at home against the Cataractes. Barre-Boulet and linemate Alexandre Alain (undrafted) combined to set up Armada blueliner Pascal Corbeil (undrafted) for the game’s opening marker. The three would combine again just 56 seconds to give the Armada a 3-0 lead with Alain potting his 39th of the season and what would be the game-winning goal. Shawinigan would go to work, scoring twice and drawing within one, but the Armada would score thrice to put the game away, including Alain setting up Barre-Boulet for his 50th of the season.

Victoriaville Tigres 8 @ Halifax Mooseheads 2 (Wednesday)

C/W Otto Somppi, HAL: Did not play
Season Totals: 52 GP, 28-51-79, +35, 22 PIM
’16-’17 Totals: 60 GP, 17-24-41, -7, 28 PIM

Somppi didn’t dress for Victoriaville’s thumping of the Mooseheads, as the Tigres put up a snowman on the road against Halifax. Simon Lafrance (undrafted), Chase Harwell (undrafted), and Maxime Comtois (ANA, 2017 2nd round pick) all scored twice for Victoriaville, with Comtois pacing the Tigres with a four-point night.

Ontario Hockey League

Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 4 @ Saginaw Spirit 1 (Wednesday)

W Boris Katchouk, SSM: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season Totals: 51 GP, 39-36-75, +45, 24 PIM
’16-’17 Season: 66 GP, 35-29-64, +18, 46 PIM

W Taylor Raddysh, SSM: 1-0-1, +3, 0 PIM, 1 SOG, 3/4 FO
Season Totals (SSM): 20 GP, 16-14-30, +18, 10 PIM
Season Totals (ER): 30 GP, 15-29-44, +10, 16 PIM
Season Totals: 50 GP, 31-43-74, +28, 26 PIM
‘16-‘17 Totals: 58 GP, 42-67-109, +67, 37 PIM

Raddysh netted his 31st of the season in the 3rd period to give the Soo a little breathing room with a 3-1 lead. The Greyhounds were paced with a goal and an assist from big Joe Carroll (undrafted), the seventeen year old from Carp, Ontario.

Sudbury Wolves 4 @ Windsor Spitfires 3

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

Lipanov remained out of the Sudbury lineup as Drake Pilon (undrafted) scored twice to lead the Wolves in a win over the Spitfires.

London Knights 4 @ Peterborough Petes 3

W/C Christopher Paquette, PBO: 0-1-1, +2, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 18/25 FO
Season Totals: 55 G, 15-13-28, -31, 16 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (NIA/PBO): 66 GP, 19-29-48, +1, 28 PIM

Petes captain Logan DeNoble (undrafted) scored his second of the game midway through the 3rd to give Peterborough a 3-2 lead. Paquette earned an assist on DeNoble’s first goal, a 2-1 go ahead marker near the midpoint of the 2nd. But the Knights would knot the score before Alex Formenton (OTT, 2017 2nd round pick) potted the game-winner for London with three-and-half minutes remaining in regulation.

Western Hockey League

Kelowna Rockets 6 @ Prince George Cougars 7 (Wednesday)

D Cal Foote, KEL: 1-1-1, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season Totals: 53 GP, 17-45-62, +22, 44 PIM
‘15-‘16 Totals: 71 GP, 6-51-57, +39, 41 PIM

The Rockets and Cougars combined for 13 goals in a shootout at the CN Centre. Canucks 2017 2nd rounder Kole Lind celebrated signing his Entry Level Contract with Vancouver by netting a natural hat trick and a four-point game to pace the Rockets. Lind scored the first three goals of the game, all in the 1st period to give Kelowna the early 3-0 lead. Foote chalked up a power play assist on Lind’s third marker. The Cougars would then rally, scoring five of the next six goals to take a 6-5 lead, but Foote would pot his 17th of the season to knot the game at 6-6, before Ilijah Collins (2018 draft eligible) scored his 2nd of the game with 18 seconds left in regulation to secure the win for Prince George.

Kelowna Rockets 1 @ Prince George Cougars 4 (Tuesday)
D Cal Foote, KEL: Did not play

Foote was absent from the lineup as the Cougars handled the Warriors in the first of back-to-back games at the CN Centre.

Moose Jaw Warriors 5 @ Kootenay Ice 2 (Wednesday)

D Oleg Sosunov, MJ: 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals: 62 GP, 7-17-24, +37, 58 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (MHL-Russia): 32 GP, 0-0-0, +1, 79 PIM

Brayden Burke (ARI, FA ELC) nets two power play assists as he celebrates signing an Entry Level Contract with the Arizona Coyotes as an overage free agent. The Warriors got goals from five different players.

Moose Jaw Warriors 3 @ Lethbridge Hurricanes 4 (Tuesday)
D Oleg Sosunov, MJ: 0-0-0, 0, 0 PIM, 0 SOG

Lethbridge rallied from a 3-2 deficit in the 3rd on Tuesday night to hand the road-weary Warriors a loss.

Minnesota State High School League

Wayzata Trojans 1 @ Edina Hornets 8 (Wednesday)

F Sammy Walker, EDN: 0-4-4, 0 PIM
Season Totals (HS): 28 GP, 32-36-68, 16 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (HS): 25 GP, 22-24-46, 6 PIM
Committed to: University of Minnesota

Walker racked up four assists as the Hornets put up a snowman on the scoreboard to win the Minnesota State 6AA section championship. After being ousted from the section playoffs in two consecutive years at the hands of Wayzata, Edina threw that monkey off their backs, defeating the Trojans handily at the Mariucci Arena on the campus of the University of Minnesota. The first of Walker’s four assists was on a 1st period power play goal by Ben Brinkman (2019 draft eligible, Minnesota commit) to give the Hornets a 2-0 lead early in the game. After Wayzata scored their lone goal in the 2nd to trail 4-1, Walker went to work, assisting on three straight Edina goals, including two power play markers by Jett Jungels (Northern Michigan commit).

The Hornets move on to the Minnesota Class AA state tournament, which will be played at the Xcel Energy Center on March 8-10. Edina, ranked #2 in the state rankings with a 23-2-0 record looks to play against a random draw opponent at 11 AM on March 8. The #1 ranked Minnetonka Skippers (21-2-2) is the only team that defeated the Hornets this season, handing Edina both of their losses. The bracket of eight will also include #3 ranked Duluth East Greyhounds (20-2-3), #4 ranked St. Thomas Academy Cadets (22-2-1), and Ryan McDonagh’s alma mater, the #5 ranked Cretin-Derham Hall Raiders (20-3-2).

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