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NCAA Game Night: 3-8-13

Cornell Big Red 4 @ Princeton Tigers 0 (ECAC Tournament)

D/W Kirill Gotovets, COR: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
Season totals: 22 GP, 0-0-0, +1, 12 PIM

Gotovets was back in the Big Red lineup, helping Ninth-seeded Cornell to a win over eighth-seeded Princeton in the ECAC Tournament. The two teams will meet again on Saturday.

Harvard Crimson 2 @ Dartmouth Big Green 1 (ECAC Tournament)

F Brian Hart, HAR: 1-0-1, +1, 2 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 27 GP, 4-13-17, +2, 10 PIM

Hart (pictured, Eric Dubose photo) scored with less than three minutes to go in regulation, propelling 12th-seeded Harvard to a 2-1 win over fifth-seeded Dartmouth in the ECAC tournament. The two teams will face off again on Saturday at Dartmouth.

No. 5 North Dakota 4 @ No. 10 Minnesota State Mavericks 3

F Brendan O’Donnell, UND: Did not play
Season totals: 22 GP, 1-5-6, -3, 16 PIM

Brendan O’Donnell was a healthy scratch. With No. 8 St. Cloud State’s win in Wisconsin, the Huskies clinched a share of the WCHA title. North Dakota would need a win on Saturday against Minnesota State as well as an SDSU loss to get a share of the title.

No. 2 Minnesota Golden Gophers 4 @ Bemidji State Beavers 3

G Adam Wilcox, MIN: Win, 24 saves on 27 shots
Season totals: 34 GP, 22-6-5, 1.87 GAA, .923 sv%, 3 SO

Wilcox won his 22nd game of the year, getting help from Panthers prospect Nick Bjugstad, who had two goals for Minnesota in their 4-3 win over the Beavers on Friday. With St. Cloud State’s win in Wisconsin, the Huskies clinched a share of the WCHA title. The Gophers need a win on Saturday against Bemidji State as well as an SDSU loss to get a share of the title.

NA Juniors Game Night: 3-8-13

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League s

Rouyn-Noranda Huskies 4 @ Rouyn-Noranda Huskies 3

W Nikita Kucherov, R-N: 0-0-0, +1, 2 PIM, 1 SOG, 0 Hits
Season totals: 29 GP, 23-30-53, +12, 6 PIM
With R-N: 23 GP, 20-23-43, +13, 4 PIM
With Quebec: 6 GP, 3-7-10, -1, 2 PIM

Kucherov had a rare, quiet, scoreless night, but Rouyn-Noranda was able to sneak a 4-3 win over Rimouski.

Baie-Comeau Drakkar 2 @ Blainville-Boisbriand Armada 4

C Cedric Paquette, BLB: 1-0-1, E, 0 PIM, 4 SOG, 0 Hits
Season totals: 62 GP, 27-54-81, +27, 103 PIM

Paquette scored his 27th goal of the year, which went into an empty net, helping the Armada to a win over the Drakkar at home. Blainville-Boisbriand has clinched the TELUS West Division title.

Val-d’Or Foreurs 7 @ Gatineau Olympiques 8 (OT)

D Artem Sergeev, VDO: 0-4-4, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 1 Hit
Season totals: 51 GP, 6-31-37, +22, 55 PIM

Sergeev (pictured) had a career-high four assists, but the Foreurs fell to the Olympiques, 8-7, in a shootout on Friday. Val-d’Or had a 6-0 lead after the first period that they let slip away.

Ontario Hockey League

Mississauga Steelheads 2 @ Brampton Battalion 3 (SO)

D Dylan Blujus, BRAM: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
Season totals: 63 GP, 2-23-25, -6, 51 PIM

Blujus did not participate in the seven-round shootout.

AHL Game Night: 3-8-13 Crunch at IceCaps

Crunch come back to put a halt to their losing streak.

STJ-2 (SO)

Riku Helenius allowed 2 goals on 35 shots before stopping all 5 shooters in the penalty shot session for the win. With Cedrick Desjardins in Tampa for the injured Mathieu Garon, the Crunch's hopes for the top seed pretty much rest on the big Finn's shoulders.

First Period
STJ Jaffray, (13) , 19:21

Second Period
STJ Cormier, (7) (Maxwell, Gagnon), 2:48 (PP)
SYR Johnson, (30) (Panik, Taormina), 8:15

Third Period
SYR Tyrell, (5) (Brown), 11:37


SYR- Connolly

Tyler Johnson (pictured) and Brett Connolly were the game's second and third stars. Johnson becomes the first forward in the AHL to hit the 30 goal plateau this season and he is just 1 point off the league lead in scoring. Connolly, as of this posting, is 8th in goals and tied for 6th in points despite not hitting the scoresheet tonight.

For the moment, Syracuse is out in front of Springfield by 2 points in the East with the Falcons holding 4 games in hand. Springfield is in action gainst Albany tonight. The Crunch match up with the IceCaps again Saturday.

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KHL Playoff Game Day: 3-8-13

KHL Playoff Game Day (Russia):

Western Conference
(1)St. Petersburg 4 vs. (5)Cherepovets 1
St. Petersburg Leads the Series 2-0
Vasily Koshechkin, Cherepovets, Loss, 31/35, 4.04 GAA, .886 sv%
Playoff totals: 8 GP, 4-4-0, 0 SO, 2.24 GAA, .925 sv%
Regular season totals: 51 GP, 28-20-3, 8 SO, 2.13 GAA, .923 sv%

Ex-Coyotes first rounder Viktor Tikhonov had 2 goals and ex-Lightning forward Evgeny Artyukhin had an assist as SKA pounded Severstal 4-1 in Game Two of their Semifinal series. Former Lightning draft pick Denis Kazionov did not dress after being booted out of Game One with a boarding major. Monday is Game Three.

Eastern Conference
(1)Kazan 2 vs. (5)Ufa 3
Andrey Vasilevskiy, Ufa, DNP
Playoff totals: 0 GP, 0-0-0, 0 SO, 0.00 GAA, 1.000 sv%
Regular season totals (KHL): 8 GP, 4-1-0, 1 SO, 2.22 GAA, .924 sv%
Regular season totals (MHL): 27 GP, 20-6-1, 3 SO, 1.93 GAA, .930 sv%

Ex-NHLer Nikita Filatov scored the game winning goal for Ufa in their 3-2 Game One win over top seed Kazan. Finnish national Antti Pihlstrom scored Ufa's other 2 goals. Game Two is Saturday.

(2)Omsk 0 vs. (3)Chelyabinsk 5
Nikita Nesterov, Chelyabinsk, DNP
Playoff totals: 7 GP, 0-2-2, E, 6 PIM
Regular season totals (KHL): 35 GP, 0-1-1, +6, 14 PIM
Regular season totals (MHL): 2 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM

Nikita Nesterov did not dress in Chelyabinsk's 5-0 shutout of Omsk. Ex-Thrashers draft pick Michael Garnett stopped all 33 shots he faced for Chelyabinsk. Ex-Lightning goaltender Karri Ramo took the loss for Omsk. Game Two is Saturday.

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