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New Pro Paquette Making Positive First Impression

By Jeremy Houghtaling

Stacy Roest sees something in Cedric Paquette.

Roest, a developmental coaches working with the Syracuse Crunch practice squad, knows the transition from the junior to professional ranks means a faster pace and stronger competition.

But Paquette, the Tampa Bay Lightning's 2012 fourth-rounder, has the drive.

"He's the ultimate competitor," Roest said of Paquette. "He's a really high compete kid. He has a really good shot. His skating has to come a ways, but he's a good player."

World Championships Game Day: 5-12-13

USA 3 vs. Germany 0
Ben Bishop, USA, DNP
Tournament totals: 4 GP, 3-1-0, 0 SO, 2.78 GAA, .875 sv%

Matt Carle, USA, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Tournament totals: 6 GP, 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM

Nate Thompson, USA, 0-1-1, +1, 6 PIM, 1 SOG
Tournament totals: 6 GP, 0-2-2, +1, 8 PIM

John Gibson stopped all 30 shots he faced for Team USA in their 3-0 blanking of Germany. Nate Thompson assisted on a Stephen Gionta goal while Paul Stastny of Colorado added another tally in the match. Team USA still controls their destiny for the top spot in their pool.

Canada 2 vs. Czech Republic 1
Steven Stamkos, Canada, 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 6 SOG
Tournament totals: 6 GP, 4-5-9, +3, 2 PIM

Carolina's Jeff Skinner scored a key Third Period goal to lift Canada to a 2-1 win over Czech Republic. Ex-Lightning netminder Mike Smith stopped 30 in match for the Canadians.

Slovakia 1 vs. Russia 3
Jaroslav Janus, Slovakia, Loss, 20/23, 3.00 GAA, .870 sv%
Tournament totals: 2 GP, 0-2-0, 0 SO, 3.00 GAA, .875 sv%

Vasily Koshechkin, Russia, DNP
Tournament totals: 1 GP, 0-1-0, 0 SO, 2.04 GAA, .895 sv%

New Jersey's Ilya Kovalchuk had a goal in Russia's 3-1 win over listing Slovakia. Ex-Lightning first rounder Vladimir Mihalik was -2 in over 21 minutes of ice time for the Slovaks after being promoted to the team's top pair. Vasily Koshechkin did not suit up for the Russians.

NA Juniors Playoff Game Night: 5-12-13

Ontario Hockey League

(W1)London Knights 5 @ (E2)Barrie Colts 4 (OT)
Best-of-7 OHL Finals tied, 3-3

D Jake Dotchin, BAR: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM
Playoff totals: 16 GP, 1-4-5, +5, 25 PIM
Season totals: 66 GP, 4-18-22, E, 81 PIM
With Barrie: 28 GP, 2-6-8, -1, 42 PIM
With Owen Sound: 38 GP, 2-12-14, +1, 39 PIM

London coughed up a 4-0 lead by allowing four third period goals, but the Knights scored on the second shot of overtime to force a Game 7 in London on Monday. Barrie scored the game-tying goal at 19:18 of the third period.

AHL Playoff Game Night: 5-11-13 Falcons at Crunch

The PTP'ers put on a special teams clinic.

SYR-5
SPR-3

Syracuse Leads the Series 2-0

Cedrick Desjardins allowed 3 goals on 31 shots for the win. Luv that goal support.

First Period
SYR Panik, (3) (Palat, Johnson), 1:02 (PP)
SYR Angelidis, (2) (Brown), 1:15
SPR Russell, (1) (Audy-Marchessault, Prout), 14:40

Second Period
SYR Johnson, (4) (Connolly, Palat), 8:31 (PP)
SYR Johnson, (5) , 14:05 (SH)
SPR Vogelhuber, (2) (Goloubef, Joudrey), 14:29

Third Period
SYR Johnson, (6) (Panik, Palat), 6:47 (PP)
SPR Jenner, (2) (Holden, Audy-Marchessault), 8:04

Tyler Johnson and Ondrej Palat were the game's first and second stars. Johnson gets the hat trick and the PTP'er line ends up +4 in goal differential on special teams with 3 PP goals and a SH goal. No chance. Springfield's got no chance if they keep letting the Johnson line scorch them like this.

Syracuse now heads home with the 2-0 series lead and Springfield has no answers so far defensively, plus McElhinney's gotten torched through 2 games. Game Three is Wednesday night. Meanwhile, in the East's other series, Providence held serve at home and has a 2-0 series lead of the Penguins, making it look like a Syracuse/Providence matchup is on the horizon.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

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