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NHL Game Night: 10-28-17 Ducks at Lightning

Reality check.


Peter Budaj allowed 4 goals on 21 shots for the loss. It's a different team when Vasiy's in net. It just needs to be said and understood.

First Period

Second Period
10:13 ANH Rakell (4), (Montour, Getzlaf)(PP)
16:55 ANH Montour (4), (Getzlaf)(PP)
17:52 TB Kunitz (2), (Brown, Callahan)
19:59 ANH Lindholm (1), (Wagner, Rasmussen)

Third Period
8:59 ANH Rakell (5), (Getzlaf, Perry)

Part of tonight is just a reality check/correction. Part of tonight is not minding details like allowing a critical goal very late in a period. Part of tonight is a team being allowed by the refs to slow the Lightning down with a lot of clutching and grabbing. Either way, it's a quick wake up call for the Lightning, who now have eight games to try to collect another ten points in this ten game segment of the year.

Slater Koekkoek was -1 with 1 shot in 6:36.

Yanni Gourde was -1 with 4 shots, 2 hits, and 1 blocked shot in 17:39. Gourde was also 60% on 5 draws. His line was the best Lightning line on the night, particularly Brayden Point, and had the refs called the game a little tighter they surely would've generated a handful of power plays.

Jake Dotchin was -1 with 1 shot and 3 blocked shots in 16:43.

Mikhail Sergachev was +1 with 2 shots, 2 hits, and 1 blocked shot in 16:16.

Box score and extended statistics from

AHL Game Night: 10-28-17 Crunch at Americans

Comeback Crunch get a desperately needed W.


Veteran Michael Leighton allowed 2 goals on 27 shots for the victory.

First Period
9:40 RCH Gill (3), (Goers, Fedun)(PP)
16:53 SYR Bournival (4), (Lynch)

Second Period
15:25 RCH Criscuolo (3), (Smith)

Third Period
9:12 SYR Cirelli (2), (Erne, Thomas)(PP)
18:57 SYR Lynch (2), (Peca, Bournival)

Kevin Lynch and Anthony Cirelli were the game's first and third stars.

Box score from

NCAA Game Night: 10-27-17

No. 1 Denver Pioneers 3 @ No. 6 Boston University Terriers 4

D John MacLeod, BU: Did not play
Season Totals: 3 GP, 0-1-1, E, 4 PIM
’17-’18 Totals Totals: 36 GP, 2-5-7, +8, 30 PIM

MacLeod did not dress in BU’s huge home win over top-ranked Denver. You’d like for MacLeod – a senior – to be important enough at this point to be a lineup priority against a team like Denver.

No. 20 Northeastern Huskies 3 @ No. 17 UMass-Lowell River Hawks 1

C Ryan Lohin, UML: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 2 SOG
Season Totals: 7 GP, 0-8-8, +3, 6 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals: 41 GP, 12-17-29, +10, 14 PIM

UML fell to 3-4 this season with a home loss to Northeastern.

Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks 6 @ No. 8 Notre Dame Fighting Irish 4 (Thursday)

D Kristian Oldham, UNO: Did not play
Season Totals: 1 GP, 0-0-1, 3.69 GAA, .889 sv%, 0 SO
’16-‘17 Totals: 10 GP, 5-3-1, 3.38 GAA, .895 sv%, 0 SO

Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks 4 @ No. 8 Notre Dame Fighting Irish 5 (Friday)

D Kristian Oldham, UNO: Did not play
Season Totals: 1 GP, 0-0-1, 3.69 GAA, .889 sv%, 0 SO
’16-‘17 Totals: 10 GP, 5-3-1, 3.38 GAA, .895 sv%, 0 SO

Oldham did not start for UNO Friday. Omaha had 10 votes in the last USCHO poll.

No. 9 Clarkson Golden Knights 1 @ No. 7 Minnesota Golden Gophers 3

D Ryan Zuhlsdorf, UMN: 0-0-0, +1, 2 PIM, 0 SOG
Season Totals: 7 GP, 0-3-3, +2, 20 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals: 37 GP, 2-3-5, +11, 35 PIM

Minny had a 3-0 lead before Clarkson broke Eric Schierhorn’s shutout late in this top-10 match-up. Schierhorn is undrafted.

*USCHO poll used for rankings

Juniors Game Night: 10-27-17

Ontario Hockey League

Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 3 @ Sarnia Sting 6

W Boris Katchouk, SSM: 0-0-0, +1, 4 PIM, 5 SOG
Season Totals: 14 GP, 13-5-18, +10, 8 PIM
’16-’17 Season: 66 GP, 35-29-64, +18, 46 PIM

Sarnia got a hat trick from Blues second-rounder Jordan Kyrou to help defeat the visiting Soo, 6-3.

Peterborough Petes 1 @ Oshawa Generals 4

W/C Christopher Paquette, PBO: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 6/13 FO
Season Totals: 10 GP, 4-2-6, -6, 4 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (NIA/PBO): 66 GP, 19-29-48, +1, 28 PIM

The Gens got a back-breaking goal (to the Petes) in the final minute of the second period to extend their lead to 3-1 and went on to a 4-1 win. Paquette had his second apple of the season in the loss.

Erie Otters 3 @ Guelph Storm 4 (SO)

W Taylor Raddysh, Erie: 0-1-1, E, 2 PIM, 4 SOG
Season Totals: 12 GP, 4-14-18, +7, 12 PIM
‘16-‘17 Totals: 58 GP, 42-66-108, +67, 37 PIM

Erie battled back from 2-0 and 3-2 deficits to gain a road point in Guelph. Raddysh had an assist and failed to convert as the final shootout shooter for Erie. Nate Schnarr (Coyotes) had the circus winner for Guelph.

Western Hockey League

Tri-City Americans 3 @ Kelowna Rockets 4 (OT)

D Cal Foote, KEL: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season Totals: 13 GP, 3-8-11, +4, 10 PIM
‘15-‘16 Totals: 71 GP, 6-51-57, +39, 41 PIM

Kelowna exacted some revenge on Portland after a couple losses to the Winterhawks recently.

Saskatoon Blades 4 @ Swift Current Broncos 3

D Libor Hajek, SAS: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season Totals: 12 GP, 3-5-8, -8, 12 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals: 61 GP: 4-22-26, -17, 86 PIM

Cameron Hebig (undrafted) had a natural hat trick for Saskatoon. He missed all of last season with an injury. He’s up to 10-7-17 in 10 games for the Blades this year.

Moose Jaw Warriors 9 @ Medicine Hat Tigers 1

C Brett Howden, MJ: 2-0-2, +3, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 12/19 FO
Season Totals: 13 GP, 9-9-18, +6, 18 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals: 58 GP, 38-43-81, +14, 73 PIM

D Oleg Sosunov, MJ: 1-0-1, +6, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals: 15 GP, 6-0-6, +16, 22 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals: 58 GP, 38-43-81, +14, 73 PIM

Sosunov! Oleg scored his sixth of the year for the Warriors and Brett Howden scored twice as Moose Jaw put up three field goals in Medicine Hat. Sosunov’s goal came on a slapper from the left circle. To put his goal total in perspective, he matched Lightning first rounder Cal Foote’s total for all last season. He’s currently tied for third in the WHL for goals by a defenseman. Sosunov is tied for the league lead among defensemen for plus/minus. Howden scored off a wrister from the left side and a tap-in from in front.

United States Hockey League

Central Illinois Flying Aces 2 @ Dubuque Fighting Saints 5

C Cole Guttman, DBQ: 0-1-1, +1, 2 PIM, 2 SOG
Season Totals: 6 GP, 1-1-2, E, 4 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals: 53 GP, 27-27-54, +21, 18 PIM
Committed to: St. Cloud State University

Dubuque finally broke out on the scoreboard, scoring five times. They came into the game with six total goals.

Omaha Lancers 3 @ Des Moines Buccaneers 0

D Nicklaus Perbix, OMA: 0-0-0, +3, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals: 8 GP, 0-4-4, +3, 2 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (High School): 25 GP, 10-30-40, 6 PIM
Committed to: St. Cloud State University

Omaha got a shutout win in Des Moines Friday. Zach Driscoll (undrafted, uncommitted) made 25 saves for the Lancers.

USHL Note: Sam Walker, a Minnesota commit, is playing high school hockey this season for Team Southwest. He has 12 goals and 16 assists for 28 points in 12 games.

Volkov Scores First Pro Goal, But Crunch Fall to Marlies

By Jeremy Houghtaling

Alexander Volkov received the drop pass and quickly fired it from the top of the right wing circle past Garrett Sparks.

The rookie’s first professional goal brought the Crunch to within one midway through the second period but the Marlies goalie finished with 29 saves, as Syracuse was topped by Toronto, 4-2, at the Onondaga County War Memorial Friday.

“I scored my first goal, but I’m not happy because my team lost the game,” Volkov said. “I scored a goal, but it’s a bonus for me.”

AHL Game Night: 10-27-17 Marlies at Crunch

Young Crunch's growing pains continue.


Connor Ingram allowed 2 goals on 5 shots before giving way to veteran Michael Leighton who allowed 1 goal on 19 shots for the dreaded backdoor loss.

First Period
0:48 SYR Stephens (2), (Yan, Cernak)
4:21 TOR Aaltonen (1), (unassisted)
10:27 TOR Greening (2), (Dermott, Liljegren)

Second Period
3:28 TOR Greening (3), (Mueller, Timashov)
8:57 SYR Volkov (1), (Erne)

Third Period
17:26 TOR Johnsson (3), (Smith, Rosen)

Alexander Volkov was the game's second star after scoring his first pro goal.

Maybe it shouldn't be surprising the Crunch have struggled to produce wins with the amount of roster turnover that happened over the offseason and the number of veterans that have been replaced by rookie pros. That doesn't make it sting any less, though.

Box score from

Juniors Game Night: 10-26-17

Ontario Hockey League

Hamilton Bulldogs 0 @ Barrie Colts 6

W Alexey Lipanov, BAR: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG, 5/13 FO
Season Totals: 12 GP, 4-11-15, +7, 0 PIM
‘16-‘17 Totals (VHL-Russia): 21 GP, 3-5-8, +5, 8 PIM

Barrie notched a shutout win over the visiting Bulldogs Thursday, winning 6-0. Leo Lazarev, a 5-10 undrafted Russian import, had 37 saves for the Colts.

Saginaw Spirit 3 @ Peterborough Petes 5

W/C Christopher Paquette, PBO: 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 13/16 FO
Season Totals: 9 GP, 4-1-5, -7, 4 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (NIA/PBO): 66 GP, 19-29-48, +1, 28 PIM

Paquette moved back to center for the Petes home win over the Spirit. Saginaw had beaten the Petes earlier in the week in Michigan.

NHL Game Night: 10-26-17 Red Wings at Lightning

Lightning take care of business to get second ten game segment of the year off right.


Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 2 goals on 31 shots for the victory. Vasilevskiy continues his personal winning streak, which is now up to 8 straight games.

First Period
14:18 DET Nielsen (3), (unassisted)(SH)
16:33 TB Kucherov (12), (Hedman, Killorn)(PP)

Second Period

Third Period
6:22 TB Stamkos (4), (Kucherov, Sergachev)(PP)
17:04 TB Point (5), (Gourde, Palat)
18:11 DET Nielsen (4), (Nyquist, Abdelkader)(PP)

Nikita Kucherov, Steven Stamkos, and Vasilevskiy were the game's three stars.

Great to see the Lightning keep playing to their standards and not rest on their laurels after a wildly successful start to the season. Nine games left in this second segment of the year: ten points to gather.

Yanni Gourde had a helper and was +1 with 1 shot in 16:54. He found Point alone in front on the all-important insurance marker that turned into the game winner.

Jake Dotchin had 2 shots and 2 hits in 13:03.

Mikhail Sergachev had a helper and 4 penalty minutes to go with 1 shot and 1 hit in 15:51.

Box score and extended statistics from

Juniors Game Night: 10-26-17

Results from Tuesday and Wednesday...

Western Hockey League

Victoria Royals 7 @ Saskatoon Blades 2

D Libor Hajek, SAS: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season Totals: 11 GP, 3-5-8, -7, 12 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals: 61 GP: 4-22-26, -17, 86 PIM

Hajek came out of a 7-goals-against game with a plus-1. The Royals lead the WHL with 21 points (10-4-1-0).

Moose Jaw Warriors 6 @ Portland Winterhawks 4 (Tuesday)

C Brett Howden, MJ: 2-1-3, +4, 0 PIM, 7 SOG, 18/32 FO, *Second Star*
Season Totals: 11 GP, 6-9-15, +4, 14 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals: 58 GP, 38-43-81, +14, 73 PIM

D Oleg Sosunov, MJ: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 5 SOG
Season Totals: 13 GP, 4-0-4, +11, 22 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals: 58 GP, 38-43-81, +14, 73 PIM

Moose Jaw won its third consecutive game on their road trip, 6-4 in Portland. Howden seemingly never left the ice and was second star. Islanders first rounder Kieffer Bellows, son of former Lightning forward Brian Bellows, matched Howden’s two goals. Bellows, who played for Boston University last season, has nine goals and 20 points in 12 games.

Moose Jaw Warriors 4 @ Tri-City Americans 8

C Brett Howden, MJ: 1-0-1, -1, 14 PIM, 3 SOG, 13/23 FO
Season Totals: 12 GP, 7-9-16, +3, 18 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals: 58 GP, 38-43-81, +14, 73 PIM

D Oleg Sosunov, MJ: 1-0-1, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals: 14 GP, 5-0-5, +11, 22 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals: 58 GP, 38-43-81, +14, 73 PIM

Sosunov! Oleg scored his fifth of the year – a wrist shot from the point that got through – though it was in a losing cause as Tri-City put up a snowman on visiting Moose Jaw. Howden also had a goal for the Warriors, which cut the Americans’ lead to 4-3 in the first minute of the third period. TC then exploded for four goals in a five-minute span. Howden got a 10-minute misconduct as the game concluded.

Crunch's Thomas Looks to Be Impact Player at Both Ends of the Ice

By Jeremy Houghtaling

A deep playoff run last season was key to Ben Thomas’ development.

The defenseman went from earning a regular shift to more duties, including special teams, during his rookie season with the Syracuse Crunch. Each step of the way to the Calder Cup Finals added to Thomas’ confidence, and he frequently looked to join and support the rush.

Thomas looks to become more an impact player at both ends of the ice in his second pro season.

“I think it’s a part of my game. I like to jump in the rush and help create offense,” Thomas said. “I think now I definitely have the confidence to do that and get back into my position to be a good defender. It’s been one thing I’ve always liked to implement in my game, and I’m going to try and continue to do it.”

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