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Crunch's Streak Snapped By Devils, 3-1


By Jeremy Houghtaling

Despite controlling the play for the first 40 minutes, the Syracuse Crunch entered the third period in a scoreless tie.

The Crunch led the Albany Devils in shots, 26-11, and rang several shots off the pipes behind netminder Jeff Frazee, but were unable to land the proverbial knockout blow.

Albany countered with a pair of goals one minute apart in the third to upend Syracuse, 3-1, at the Onondaga County War Memorial Friday night. The loss snaps an eight-game winning streak for the Crunch, who still pace the Eastern Conference with 74 points.

"I thought we played well enough to win, but we had a few mistakes that cost us," said Syracuse forward Brett Connolly. "That was the difference in the game."

NCAA Game Night: 3-1-13

Cornell Big Red 4 @ Brown Bears 1

D/W Kirill Gotovets, COR: Did not play
Season totals: 21 GP, 0-0-0, +1, 12 PIM

Gotovets remains out of the Cornell lineup.

Ohio State Buckeyes 3 @ No. 3 Miami RedHawks 0

F Jimmy Mullin, MIA: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 32 GP, 5-8-13, -1, 14 PIM

Miami failed to clinch the regular season CCHA title, losing at home to Ohio State. Alex Szczechura, brother of former Lightning player Paul Szczechura, had a goal and a helper for OSU. The teams play again on Saturday. Miami limited OSU to 16 shots on Friday.

Bemidji State Beavers 1 @ No. 6 North Dakota 5

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 on Friday for UND’s 4-1 win over the Beavers.

No. 1 Quinnipiac Bobcats 1 @ Harvard Crimson 2 (OT)

F Matthew Peca, QU: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 4 SOG
Season totals: 30 GP, 10-10-20, +9, 32 PIM

F Brian Hart, HAR: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 26 GP, 4-13-17, +2, 8 PIM

Harvard won their biggest game of the year, upsetting No.1 Quinnipiac in overtime. Brian Hart was on the ice for Harvard’s game-tying goal in the third period. Matt Peca was scoreless for the Bobcats.

No. 10 Denver Pioneers 2 @ No. 2 Minnesota Golden Gophers 0

G Adam Wilcox, MIN: Loss, 35 saves on 36 shots, *Third Star*
Season totals: 32 GP, 20-6-5, 1.86 GAA, .922 sv%, 3 SO

The Pioneers broke a 0-0 tie 18 seconds into the third period, then added an empty net goal late to defeat No.2 Minnesota, 2-0. Adam Wilcox was named third star for Minnesota despite taking the loss.

No. 8 Western Michigan Broncos 5 @ Michigan State Spartans 2

D Luke Witkowski, WMU: 0-1-1, +3, 2 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 35 GP, 2-8-10, +1, 44 PIM

Witkowski hit 10 points for the season for the second time in his collegiate career, helping the Broncos to a 5-2 win in East Lansing. The two teams play again on Saturday in the last game of the regular season. With Miami’s loss at Ohio State on Friday, the Broncos pulled within two points of the RedHawks for the regular season CCHA title.

*USCHO poll used

NA Juniors Game Night: 3-1-13

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Halifax Mooseheads 5 @ Rouyn-Noranda Huskies 2

W Nikita Kucherov, R-N: 1-0-1, +1, 2 PIM, 5 SOG, 0 Hits
Season totals: 26 GP, 21-28-49, +11, 6 PIM
With R-N: 20 GP, 18-21-39, +12, 4 PIM
With Quebec: 6 GP, 3-7-10, -1, 2 PIM

This game featured a match-up between two of the Q’s best point-per-game players, Jonathan Druin (2013) and Kucherov. Druin, the game’s first star, had a goal and two assists in Halifax’s 5-2 win. Kucherov had a highlight-reel goal for the losing side. Druin has 97 points (38 goals) in 44 games. He is also a plus-44 and expected to go top-3 in this summer's draft.

Blainville-Boisbriand Armada 2 @ Sherbrooke Phoenix 5

C Cedric Paquette, BLB: 1-0-1, -2, 0 PIM, 9 SOG, 1 Hit
Season totals: 59 GP, 26-51-77, +25, 101 PIM

Lightning prospect Cedric Paquette scored for the second game in a row, but the Armada fell to Sherbrooke despite outshooting the Phoenix, 45-22.

PEI Rocket 6 @ Val-d’Or Foreurs 6 (SO)

D Artem Sergeev, VDO: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, 1 Hit
Season totals: 49 GP, 6-27-33, +24, 53 PIM

Val-d’Or got a goal, two assists, and a shootout goal from former Lightning camper Brandon Hynes to beat the visiting Rocket, 6-5. The Foreurs scored the final three goals of regulation to force overtime.

Ontario Hockey League

Brampton Battalion 2 @ Oshawa Generals 3

D Dylan Blujus, BRAM: 0-1-1, +2, 0 PIM
Season totals: 61 GP, 2-23-25, -5, 51 PIM

Blue Jackets draft pick Boone Jenner had a goal (his 40th) and an assist to pace Oshawa over visiting Brampton on Friday night. Dylan Blujus had an assist for Brampton.

Barrie Colts 2 @ Mississauga Steelheads 0

D Jake Dotchin, BAR: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM
Season totals: 60 GP, 4-18-22, +2, 68 PIM
With Barrie: 22 GP, 2-6-8, +1, 29 PIM
With Owen Sound: 38 GP, 2-12-14, +1, 39 PIM

Barrie goaltender Mathias Niederberger stopped 36 shots – 21 in the first period – en route to a shutout win in Mississauga.

Guelph Storm 6 @ Sault Ste Marie Greyhounds 3

C/W Tanner Richard, GUE: 0-3-3, +4, 0 PIM, *First Star*
Season totals: 44 GP, 8-48-56, +19, 90 PIM

Richard (pictured) returned from an upper body injury to notch three assists and get first star in Guelph’s road win over the surging Greyhounds. Guelph stayed ahead of the Soo in the Western Conference standings. The Storm are currently the five-seed and the Greyhounds the six. Both have clinched playoff spots.

Note: Windsor’s Slater Koekkoek is out for the season with an injured shoulder.

KHL Playoff Game Day: 3-1-13

KHL Playoffs (Russia):

Eastern Conference
(3)Chelyabinsk 6 vs. (6)Astana 3
Chelyabinsk Leads the Series 3-2
Nikita Nesterov, Chelyabinsk, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Playoff totals: 5 GP, 0-1-1, E, 2 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 was scoreless in 13:36 in Chelyabinsk's big 6-3 Game Five win over Astana. Ex-NHLer Stan Chistov had 4 assists for Traktor in the victory. Ex-Lightning forward Brandon Bochenski had a goal in defeat for Astana. Traktor will try to close out the series Sunday.

(4)Magnitogorsk 2 vs. (5)Ufa 1
Magnitogorsk Leads the Series 3-2
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 Enver Lisin had a pair of helpers to help Magnitogorsk to a 2-1 Game Five win over Ufa. Ex-Lightning first rounder Alex Svitov was -2 in the contest for Ufa. Game Six is Sunday.

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