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NCAA Game Night: 10-30-15

No. 8 Boston University Terriers 3 @ Merrimack Warriors 4

D John MacLeod, BU: 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 5 GP, 1-0-1, +3, 6 PIM
2014-2015 totals: 37 GP, 2-7-9, +19, 58 PIM

John Macleod had his first goal of the season, but BU couldn’t overcome a second two-goal deficit to beat Merrimack.

Alaska-Fairbanks Nanooks 2 @ Minnesota State Mavericks 5

W Jimmy Mullin, MSU: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 5 SOG
Season totals: 7 GP, 1-0-1, -4, 0 PIM
2013-2014 totals (Miami): 19 GP, 1-6-7, 23 PIM

Minnesota State moved to 3-0 in the WCHA, defeating the visiting Nanooks, 5-2.

*USCHO poll used

Vasilevskiy, Special Teams Play Lead Crunch Over Bears

By Jeremy Houghtaling

Syracuse got a boost in net and with the man-advantage.

The Crunch rode the momentum from their power play work and Andrei Vasilevskiy finished with 27 saves on 28 shots, as Syracuse cruised past the Hershey Bears, 4-1, at the Onondaga County War Memorial on Friday.

“He’s there when you need him, that’s for sure,” Crunch head coach Rob Zettler said of Vasilevskiy. “He was there for us early there for us, he was there late for us. I thought our middle part was really good, but he made some big saves for us.”

AHL Game Night: 10-30-15 Bears at Crunch

No Marchessault? No problem.


Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 1 goal on 28 shots for the victory. Syracuse is off until next Friday now, and in the absence of anymore games this weekend the logical conclusion is that Vasilevskiy will find his way back up to Tampa Bay pretty soon with Gudlevskis coming back down by Friday's contest. We'll see if that's how it pans out. 2-0 with a 1.04 GAA and a .965 save percentage is a pretty nice conditioning stint for a goaltender, from where I sit.

First Period
HER Gazley, (2) (Bowey), 2:46

Second Period
SYR Taormina, (2) (Gourde, Tambellini), 11:36 (PP)
SYR DeAngelo, (3) (Peca, Taormina), 11:52

Third Period
SYR Tambellini, (3) (Taormina), 2:28
SYR Blunden, (3) (Blujus, DeAngelo), 6:43 (PP)

Matt Taormina, Jeff Tambellini, and Vasilevskiy were the game's three stars.

Don't look now, but Anthony DeAngelo's got 7 points in his first 8 pro games. He's also averaging over 3 SOG's a game, which is symptomatic of fancy stat magic, from what I understand. Will his offensive game immediately translate from junior to pro? It appears so. Tonight was his first multi-point game with the Crunch.

Box score from

KHL Game Day: 10-30-15

Novgorod 2 vs. Magnitogorsk 4
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, Win, 27/29, 2.00 GAA, .931 sv%
Season totals: 23 GP, 9-9-4, 0 SO, 2.46 GAA, .911 sv%

Carter Ashton, Novgorod, DNP
Season totals: 18 GP, 5-0-5, +1, 12 PIM

Vasily Koshechkin turned aside 27 shots to even his season record with Magnitogorsk's 4-2 win over Novgorod. Ex-Blue Jackets pick Sergei Mozyakin potted his 19th goal of the season for Magnitka in the win.

Juniors Game Night: 10-29-15

Ontario Hockey League

Flint Firebirds 0 @ Windsor Spitfires 3

W Cristiano DiGiacinto, WSR: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 14 GP, 6-7-13, +4, 21 PIM
2014-15 totals: 63 GP, 21-24-45, -16, 100 PIM

Garret Hughson stopped 28 shots for his first shutout in a Spitfires uniform. Hughson was picked up by Windsor from Niagara after the IceDogs claimed him off CHL waivers. Hughson, an overage, undrafted goaltender, had been playing with WHL Spokane.

Kitchener Rangers 7 @ Peterborough Petes 2

D Dominik Masin, PBO: 0-0-0, +2, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 13 GP, 0-1-1, +11, 14 PIM
2014-15 totals: 48 GP, 7-19-26, -13, 68 PIM

D Matt Spencer, PBO: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 14 GP, 2-2-4, -2, 10 PIM
2014-15 totals: 67 GP, 6-24-30, -15, 64 PIM

Ryan MacInnis (Arizona), son of former NHLer Al MacInnis, had four goals, leading the Rangers to a blowout win over Peterborough, 7-2. The Petes have now lost six straight games and have fallen seven points behind division-leading Kingston. Kitchener scored four times in the third period to blow the game open. Somehow Dominik Masin, who had a huge hit in the game, ended up plus-2. Only one other Pete finished on the plus side of even.

Note: Saginaw’s Mitchell Stephens suffered a broken foot and is out indefinitely.

NHL Game Night: 10-29-15 Avalanche at Lightning

Lightning succumb to the curse of the first game back from the road trip.


Ben Bishop allowed 2 goals on 26 shots for the loss. He was magnificent at time, including a game opening 3-on-1 robbery against Duchene. He's deserved a lot better in his past couple of starts.

First Period
15:57 COL Tanguay (1), (Iginla, MacKinnon)

Second Period
13:04 COL MacKinnon (4), (Iginla, Tanguay)
15:46 TB Killorn (2), (Hedman, Filppula)(PP)

Third Period

The Lightning were disappointingly flat in the First Period and nearly got away with it before surrendering the greasy goal to Tanguay toward the end of the period. When you don't play a full 60 minutes of hockey and that combines with running up against a goaltender who has a hot night, you'll lose. You can't always effect a hot goaltender, but you can always effect your effort level and it just wasn't a consistent, even effort tonight. Frankly, I think this team needed someone to take a run at somebody or start a scrum or something to get some emotion flowing in the First Period, but it was just antiseptic hockey. The team really misses what Cedric Paquette brings to the rink in the heart and grit department when he's out of the lineup, and that filters down throughout the team. It took into well into the Second Period for the Lightning to start to play a more north-south game and try to get traffic in front of Varlamov, which eventually netted Killorn's goal. But, unfortunately, they decided to foresake that formula with the game on the line with a power play late in the Third Period, and it was all downhill from there. It's disturbing. These first 20 games are the danger zone for the Lightning trying to fend off a Stanley Cup Final hangover. They managed to navigate the first 10 games, barely, but this is a bad start to the second batch of 10 games. They can't afford to dig a big hole right now, because they might not get out of it.

Jonathan Marchessault had 1 shot and 1 hit in 7:50 of ice time. I'm just not quite sure Marchessault has the speed, at his size, to be a legit NHLer. He's got plenty of smarts and skill, but he struggles to find space because he hasn't really shown the extra gear and he's so slight.

Box score and extended statistics from

KHL Game Day: 10-29-15

Jokerit 6 vs. Khanty-Mansiysk 1
Saku Salminen, Jokerit, DNP
Season totals: 9 GP, 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM

Ex-Stars pick Philip Larsen had 3 assists in Jokerit's 6-1 thumping of Yugra. Ex-NHLer Niklas Hagman had a goal in the victory.

Juniors Game Night: 10-28-15

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Rimouski Oceanic 3 @ Shawinigan Cataractes 5

W Dennis Yan, SHAW: 3-0-3, +3, 4 PIM, 3 SOG, 1 Hit, *Second Star*
Season totals: 11 GP, 14-9-23, +5, 19 PIM
2014-2015 Season: 59 GP, 33-31-64, +23, 71 PIM

Yan put up his third hat trick of the season in a 5-3 win over visiting Rimouski. Yan was second star to linemate Alexis D’Aoust, who had an empty-net goal and two primary assists on Yan goals. A Lightning 2015 third round pick, Yan is tied for the league-lead in goals with 14 with three other players despite playing four, six, and seven fewer games, respectively. D’Aoust leads the Cataractes in scoring with 26 points, just ahead of Yan. League preseason MVP candidate Anthony Beauvillier (NY Islanders) is fourth on the team with 20 points in 10 games.

Ontario Hockey League

Oshawa Generals 4 @ Hamilton Bulldogs 1

C Anthony Cirelli, OSH: 0-2-2, +1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, *Second Star*
Season totals: 14 GP, 3-7-10, -3, 5 PIM
2014-15 totals: 68 GP, 13-23-36, +34, 22 PIM

Anthony Cirelli had two assists Wednesday in Oshawa’s 4-1 road win over Hamilton. Cirelli has four points in his last two games.

Note: Saginaw’s Mitchell Stephens suffered a broken foot and is out indefinitely.

Western Hockey League

Lethbridge Hurricanes 5 @ Vancouver Giants 2

D Ben Thomas, VAN: 0-1-1, -1, 0 PIM
Season totals: 14 GP, 0-4-4, -11, 8 PIM
With Vancouver: 1 GP, 0-1-1, -1, 0 PIM
With Calgary: 13 GP, 0-3-3, -10, 8 PIM
2014-15 totals: 60 GP, 7-24-31, +16, 28 PIM

Ben Thomas had an assist in his first game with the Vancouver Giants, coming over in a trade from Calgary earlier in the week. Thomas now has assists in two straight games. The trade to the Giants could be the spark and change of scenery needed to jump-start Thomas’ season. Vancouver is currently in the eighth spot in the Western Conference’s playoff race. Calgary was No. 6 in the East.

AHL Game Night: 10-28-15 Crunch at Marlies

Vasiy returns.


Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 1 goal on 30 shots for the victory.

First Period
TOR Clune, (2) (Soshnikov, Gauthier), 5:29 (PP) GIF
SYR Vermin, (1) (McGinn, Witkowski), 14:55 GIF

Second Period
SYR DeAngelo, (2) (Angelidis, Ikonen), 6:56 GIF

Third Period
SYR Taormina, (1) (Marchessault, Tambellini), 15:31 GIF

Anthony DeAngelo, Vasilevskiy GIF, and Joel Vermin were the game's three stars.

Box score from

Liiga Game Day: 10-28-15

Sport 2 vs. KalPa 3 (OT)
Jonne Tammela, KalPa, DNP
Season totals: 7 GP, 2-0-2, +2, 6 PIM

Christopher Bengtsson scored 3:55 into OT to lift KalPa to a 3-2 victory over Sport.

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