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Crunch Allow Four Third Period Goals in Loss to Comets


By Jeremy Houghtaling

After 50-plus scoreless minutes, the momentum swung firmly away from the Syracuse Crunch.

The Crunch allowed a pair of goals 16 seconds apart and the Comets tacked on two more goals before the final horn, as Syracuse was blanked by Utica, 4-0, at the Onondaga County War Memorial Saturday.

“I thought it was a hard fought battle for two periods — I should say 50 minutes — and then they scored that goal and that quick goal right after,” Crunch head coach Benoit Groulx said. “It seemed to break our legs. That’s what it is. I thought we had chances earlier in the game. We had five shots from the slot, but we missed the net five times. (We) can’t score.”

Liiga Game Day: 1-21-17

Assat 5 vs. SaiPa 1
Saku Salminen, SaiPa, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 34 GP, 2-4-6, -7, 41 PIM

Saku Salminen was scoreless in 12:01 of ice time in SaiPa's 5-1 loss to Assat. He was also 38% on 8 draws. SaiPa remains a perilous 2 points out of the basement in the Liiga standings.

CHL Game Night: 1-20-17

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Chicoutimi Sagueneens 0 @ Saint John Sea Dogs 1

W Bokondji Imama, SJ: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 4 SOG, 1 Hit
Season Totals: 42 GP, 27-11-38, +8, 64 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 48 GP, 7-12-19, -5, 86 PIM

W Mathieu Joseph, SJ: 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM, 4 SOG, 4 Hits, *First Star*
Season Totals: 31 GP, 27-24-51, +26, 29 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 58 GP, 33-40-73, +35, 57 PIM

Joseph tied the Sea Dogs’ club record for consecutive games with a point when he scored the game’s only goal in a 1-0 win. Joseph’s streak is at 22 games. (Sea Dogs photo)

Baie-Comeau Drakkar 7 @ Halifax Mooseheads 4

C/W Otto Somppi, HAL: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM, 4 SOG, 8/20 FO, 0 Hits
Season Totals: 40 GP, 9-17-26, -10, 22 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 59 GP, 13-33-46, -15, 25 PIM

Jordan Martel (undrafted) had two goals to lead the Drakkar to a big win in Halifax.

Shawinigan Cataractes 5 @ Blainville-Boisbriand Armada 4

W Dennis Yan, SHAW: 1-1-2, +2, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 1 Hit
Season Totals: 41 GP, 30-25-55, +20, 42 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 62 GP, 32-37-69, +8, 86 PIM

Yan hit 30 goals for the second straight year as Shawinigan edged the Armada, 5-4.

Ontario Hockey League

Erie Otters 8 @ Sarnia Sting 2

C Anthony Cirelli, Erie: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, 6/15 FO
Season Totals: 30 GP, 13-24-37, +20, 8 PIM
With Erie: 5 GP, 0-4-4, +2, 0 PIM
With Oshawa: 26 GP, 13-21-34, +18, 8 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 62 GP, 21-38-59, -15 27 PIM

W Taylor Raddysh, Erie: 0-2-2, +1, 4 PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals: 33 GP, 26-44-70, +42, 23 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 67 GP, 24-49-73, +19, 18 PIM

Raddysh hit 70 points for the season and Anthony Cirelli had an assist as Erie crushed Steven Stamkos’ former team, 8-2.

Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 5 @ Flint Firebirds 4

W Boris Katchouk, SSM: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season: 43 GP, 20-17-37, +4, 28 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 63 GP, 24-27-51, +7, 61 PIM

It was a quiet night for Katchouk on the scoresheet, but the Soo avenged a 5-4 shootout loss to Flint last game with a 5-4 win of their own in regulation.

Ottawa 67’s 2 @ London Knights 7

W/C Mitchell Stephens, LDN: 1-1-2, +2, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 12/21 FO, *Third Star*
Season Totals: 27 GP, 12-18-30, +18, 14 PIM
With London: 5 GP, 1-3-4, +5, 0 PIM
With Saginaw: 22 GP, 11-15-26, +13, 14 PIM
2015-2016 Totals: 39 GP, 20-18-38, -3, 14 PIM

Stephens was moved back to center with the Knights and scored his first goal in a London uniform.

Western Hockey League

Brandon Wheat Kings 2 @ Saskatoon Blades 3 (SO)

D Libor Hajek, SAS: 0-1-1, +1, 2 PIM
Season Totals: 40 GP: 3-19-22, -3, 49 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 69 GP, 3-23-26, -19, 76 PIM

Hajek has seven points in eight games in 2017.

Moose Jaw Warriors 2 @ Prince George Cougars 1

C Brett Howden, MJ: 1-0-1, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season Totals: 34 GP, 24-26-50, +5, 39 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 68 GP, 24-40-64, -7, 61 PIM

Howden has scored in eight of his last 10 games.

Portland Winterhawks 3 @ Kamloops Blazers 4

G Connor Ingram, KAM: Win, 33 saves on 36 shots, *First Star*
Season Totals: 26 GP, 16-9-1-0, 2.11 GAA, .935 sv%, 2 SO
2015-2016 Season: 61 GP, 34-15-5-4, 2.61 GAA, .922 sv%, 4 SO

Ingram made 33 saves in regulation and overtime, then stopped all four shooters in the shootout to get a win.

NCAA Game Night: 1-20-17

Connecticut Huskies 4 @ No. 12 Vermont Catamounts 5

C Ross Colton, UVM: 0-4-4, E, +2 PIM, 2 SOG, *Second Star*
Season Totals: 24 GP, 9-13-22, +2, 20 PIM

Colton had a career-high four points in a game as the Catamounts beat UConn, 5-4. Blues pick Tage Thompson had two goals for the Huskies to give him 16 this year. Colton continues to get comfortable in the NCAAs and is on his way to being a prime impact player in Hockey East.

Providence Friars 4 @ No. 5 UMass-Lowell River Hawks 3

C Ryan Lohin, UML: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season Totals: 24 GP, 4-10-14, +2, 6 PIM

UML saw a 2-0 lead turn into a 4-2 deficit, but they could only respond with one goal before losing, 4-3. UML has climbed to No. 5 in the nation.

Maine Black Bears 1 @ No. 3 Boston University Terriers 4

D John MacLeod, BU: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season Totals: 19 GP, 0-4-4, +7, 16 PIM
2015-2016 Totals: 26 GP, 1-1-2, -4, 26 PIM

Coyotes pick Clayton Keller scored his ninth of the season in BU’s win.

Miami Redhawks 3 @ No. 19 Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks 3

D Kristian Oldham, UNO: Did not play
Season Totals: 9 GP, 5-2-1, 3.18 GAA, .897 sv%, 0 SO

Oldham did not dress for Omaha’s 3-3 tie with Miami. The Mavs were up 2-0 at one point, then had to fight back to force a 3-3 tie.

No. 7 Minnesota Golden Gophers 4 @ Wisconsin Badgers 3 (OT)

D Ryan Zuhlsdorf, UMN: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season Totals: 20 GP, 2-3-5, +9, 27 PIM

Justin Kloos (undrafted) scored his 10th goal of the season in overtime to lift the Gophers over Wisconsin, 4-3, in Big 10 action.

*USCHO poll used for rankings

AHL Game Night: 1-21-17 Senators at Crunch

Out of sync Crunch drop squeaker to Senators.

BNG-4
SYR-2

Kristers Gudlevskis allowed 3 goals on 22 shots for the loss.

First Period
2:40 BNG Krushelnyski (3), (Varone, Gagne)
8:08 SYR Morin (8), (Richard, Walcott)

Second Period
17:35 BNG Varone (11), (Harpur)(SH)

Third Period
10:31 BNG Varone (12), (unassisted)(SH)
17:07 SYR Gourde (14), (Conacher, Morin)
19:18 BNG McCormick (11), (Varone)(EN)

Jeremy Morin was the game's third star.

Syracuse actually outshot Binghamton 36-23 in the contest, but hockey is a frustrating sport when you have to work so much harder than your opponent to get goals. Put simply, if you allow two shorthanded goals in a game, you probably deserve to lose.

Syracuse remains in a tie with Albany atop the North Division after burning a game in hand.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

Crunch Allow Two Shorthanded Goals in Loss to Senators


By Jeremy Houghtaling

For Syracuse Crunch head coach Benoit Groulx, it was a little bit of everything going wrong.

The Crunch struggled to finish on their offensive chances — including a pair of breakaways in the first period — and allowed two shorthanded goals from the Senators, as Syracuse fell to Binghamton, 4-2, at the Onondaga County War Memorial Friday.

“I thought it was one of those nights. Nothing worked for us tonight,” Groulx said. “Our centermen got killed in the faceoff circle. Our power play didn’t do the job. Our defensemen tonight struggled to move the puck. We didn’t have much speed.”

Liiga Game Day: 1-20-17

Lukko 3 vs. SaiPa 2
Saku Salminen, SaiPa, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 33 GP, 2-4-6, -6, 41 PIM

Saku Salminen was scoreless in 10:03 of ice time in SaiPa's 3-2 loss to Lukko. Salminen was also 57% on 7 draws. Last place Lukko moved to within 2 points of SaiPa on the Liiga table with the victory.

MHL Game Day: 1-20-17

Krylya Sovetov Jr. 1 vs. Yaroslavl Jr. 6
Oleg Sosunov, Yaroslavl Jr., DNP
Season totals: 28 GP, 0-0-0, -1, 52 PIM

Oleg Sosunov did not dress as Loko Jr. again easily disposed of Krylya Sovetov Jr., today by a score of 6-1.

NHL Game Night: 1-19-17 Lightning at Sharks

Soft goal and lack of finishing doom promising Lightning performance.

TB-1
SJ-2

Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 2 goals on 24 shots for the loss. His soft goal to start the Third Period ultimately became the margin of losing, which soft goals often do. Ben Bishop got away with it against the Kings and managed to salvage a point against the Ducks with questionable mistakes, but it's not sustainable for any team to regularly be spotting teams a free goal.

First Period
NO SCORING

Second Period
5:01 SJ Carpenter (2), (Martin, Burns)
6:51 TB Drouin (14), (Boyle, Kucherov)(PP)

Third Period
0:22 SJ Couture (15), (Labanc, Donskoi)

Jonathan Drouin was the game's second star. His highlight reel goal was the lone bright spot in another frustrating night at the office for the Lightning's finishers. They had some chances, but ultimately 25 shots and a correspondingly low number of overall scoring chances isn't enough. Better play is needed from the likes of Nikita Kucherov and the team's other big guns even as they start to get the defensive side of their game right.

The loss means Tampa Bay will again lose ground on playoff pacing in this 10-game segment of the season. How much? That remains to be seen. The team will be at least 7 points off pace by the end of the segment.

Luke Witkowski had 2 shots, 2 hit, and 1 blocked shot in 12:58.

Gabriel Dumont had 5 hits in 10:17.

Joel Vermin was -2 with 2 hits in 5:17.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

CHL Game Night: 1-19-17

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Shawinigan Cataractes 8 @ Drummondville Voltigeurs 1

W Dennis Yan, SHAW: 1-2-3, +1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, 0 Hits
Season Totals: 40 GP, 29-24-53, +18, 42 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 62 GP, 32-37-69, +8, 86 PIM

The Sags got a goal early in the third period to tie the game, then won it in the skills competition. Somppi did not participate in the shootout. Canes prospect Nicolas Roy had two goals for Chicoutimi and Flyers first rounder German Rubstov had two assists in his first QMJHL game. Rubstov got out of his KHL contract to come to North America.

Ontario Hockey League

Mississauga Steelheads 2 @ Peterborough Petes 3 (SO)

W/C Christopher Paquette, PBO: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG, 14/22 FO
Season Totals: 41 GP, 12-19-31, -7, 18 PIM
With Petes: 4 GP, 0-2-2, E, 4 PIM
With Niagara: 37 GP, 12-17-29, -7, 14 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 57 GP, 5-11-16, -6, 18 PIM

D Matt Spencer, PBO: 0-0-0, E, 4 PIM, 2 SOG
Season Totals: 35 GP, 5-16-21, +3, 39 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 60 GP, 5-19-24, -4, 46 PIM

W Jonne Tammela, PBO: Did not play
Season Totals: 2 GP, 1-0-1, +1, 2 PIM
2015-2016 (Finland): 37 GP, 5-8-13, +10, 16 PIM

The Petes blew a 2-0 lead but recovered in the tiebreaker to take the extra point.

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