Quebec Major Junior Hockey League
Sherbrooke Phoenix 7 @ Quebec Remparts 4
C Cameron Darcy, SHR: 1-1-2, +4, 2 PIM, 7 SOG, 12/19 FO, 0 Hits, *First Star*
With Sherbrooke: 10 GP, 8-10-18, -4, 8 PIM
With Cape Breton: 19 GP, 1-13-14, -6, 14 PIM
Season totals: 29 GP, 9-23-32, -10, 22 PIM
2013-2014 Season: 65 GP, 35-47-82, +3, 51 PIM
W Adam Erne, QUE: 2-0-2, -2, 0 PIM, 6 SOG, 12/20 FO, 3 Hits, *Third Star*
Season totals: 36 GP, 25-27-52, +17, 46 PIM
2013-2014 Season: 48 GP, 21-41-62, -3, 65 PIM
Sherbrooke went into La Colisee Pepsi and overcame three 1-goal deficits to eventually pull past the Remparts and win. Quebec had Anthony Duclair in the lineup and he and Erne played on the same line together. Duclair set up Erne’s first goal. Cam Darcy was dominant for the Phoenix, scoring once and setting up another goal. He and Erne scored 18 seconds apart in the second period, with Erne’s coming on a shorthanded penalty shot.
Ontario Hockey League
Sault Ste Marie Greyhounds 3 @ Saginaw Spirit 1
D Anthony DeAngelo, SOO: 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM
With SSM: 1 GP, 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM
With Sarnia: 29 GP, 10-28-38, E, 64 PIM
Season totals: 30 GP, 10-28-38, -1, 66 PIM
2013-14 totals: 51 GP, 15-56-71, -34, 90 PIM
DeAngelo made his Sault Ste Marie debut, but wasn’t able to find the scoresheet. The Soo is loaded after acquiring DeAngelo, Justin Bailey, and Connor Boland.
Windsor Spitfires 4 @ Ottawa 67’s 8
W Cristiano DiGiacinto, WSR: 0-2-2, E, 2 PIM
Season totals: 34 GP, 13-13-26, -10, 61 PIM
2013-14 totals: 50 GP, 17-11-28, +8, 101 PIM
DiGiacinto extended his point streak to eight games with two assists in a rough loss in Ottawa. The Spits actually outshot the 67’s, 47-37. Ottawa scored six times in the second period.
Western Hockey League
Everett Silvertips 6 @ Moose Jaw Warriors 2
C Brayden Point, MJ: 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM
Season totals: 31 GP, 17-28-45, +6, 21 PIM
2013-14 totals: 72 GP, 36-55-91, -27, 53 PIM
Point had his league-best 13-game point streak snapped by Everett. The ‘Tips got a goal and an assist from 2014 Montreal first rounder Nikita Scherbak.
Orlando Solar Bears 0 at Florida Everblades 2
D Artem Sergeev, FLA: DNP
Season totals: 24 GP, 6-8-14, +7, 10 PIM, 36 SOG
G Allen York, FLA, W, 60:00 MIN, 0 GA, 31 SV, 31 SH, *First Star*
Season totals: 19 GP, 15-3-0-1, 2.40 GAA, 0.909 SV%, 3 SO
F Jeff Costello, FLA: 1-0-1, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, *Third Star*
Season totals (ECHL): 22 GP, 8-6-14, +1, 24 PIM, 52 SOG
Season totals (AHL): 3 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
F Mike Aviani, FLA: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals (ECHL): 23 GP, 5-8-13, +1, 13 PIM, 44 SOG
Season totals (AHL): 2 GP, 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM
Allen York stopped 31 Solar Bear shots Friday night for his 3rd shutout of the season along with First Star honors for the game. Mitch Wahl, former Memorial Cup champion and Spokane Chief teammate of Tyler Johnson, broke open a scoreless game less than 2 minutes into the final frame. Jeff Costello added a power-play insurance marker 73 seconds later, earning a Third Star for his efforts. Lightning defensive prospect Artem Sergeev once again was not in the lineup for the Everblades. Florida and Orlando square off again Saturday night for the final frame of the back-to-back.
Wichita Thunder 4 at Quad City Mallards 1
F Danick Gauthier, WIC: 1-1-2, +2, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, *First Star*
Season totals (ECHL): 34 GP, 15-17-32, +3, 35 PIM, 106 SOG
Season totals (AHL): 1 GP, 0-0-0, -2, 2 PIM
D Daniel Milan, WIC: 0-1-1, +1, 2 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 34 GP, 0-7-7, -8, 76 PIM, 32 SOG
Once again, the Thunder poured on three third-period goals as Wichita were victorious in the back-end of a home-and-home with the Mallards. Lightning prospect Danick Gauthier celebrated being named to the ECHL All-Star game by assisting on the go-ahead goal by former Blackhawk draft pick Jared Walker, and then tallying the Thunder's fourth goal, an empty-netter with just less than 2 minutes remaining. Gauthier earned First Star honors, and fellow Bolt prospect Daniel Milan was credited with an assist on Gauthier's empty-netter. With Friday night's road win, the Thunder flipped back ahead of the Mallards for 2nd on Central Division board behind the Allen Americans. Wichita returns home for a back-to-back Saturday and Sunday against the Evansville IceMen.
No. 2 Boston University Terriers 3 @ Wisconsin Badgers 3 (OT)
D John MacLeod, BU: 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 16 GP, 2-3-5, +6, 36 PIM
2013-2014 totals: 19 GP, 1-4-5, +1, 36 PIM
BU junior defenseman Ahti Oksanen (undrafted) scored his ninth and 10th goals of the season in the last two minutes of the game – the final goal coming with three seconds left in regulation – to force a 3-3 tie with Wisconsin. The Badgers had taken a 3-1 lead with just under three minutes remaining to set up the dramatic finish.
No. 7 Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs 4 @ No. 1 North Dakota 1
F Brendan O’Donnell, UND: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 18 GP, 5-2-7, +1, 25 PIM
2013-2014 totals: 34 GP, 7-11-18, +7, 10 PIM
North Dakota tied the game at one midway through the third period, but the Bulldogs surged ahead and capped the upset win with an empty-netter.
RPI Engineers 2 @ No. 15 Quinnipiac Bobcats 4
F Matthew Peca, QU: 1-2-3, +1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, *First Star*
Season totals: 21 GP, 4-16-20, -2, 19 PIM
2014-2015 totals: 40 GP, 12-26-38, +4, 16 PIM
Matt Peca climbed within a point of being at a point-per-game pace, scoring once and assisting on two other goals Friday night. He opened the game’s scoring with his fourth goal of the season.
No. 9 Minnesota Golden Gophers 3 @ Michigan Wolverines 4 (OT) (Mariucci Classic)
G Adam Wilcox, MIN: Loss, 26 saves on 30 shots
Season totals: 17 GP, 10-6-1, 2.28 GAA, .917 sv%, 3 SO
2013-2014 totals: 38 GP, 26-6-6, 1.97 GAA, .932 sv%, 4 SO
Wilcox matched last year’s total of losses in half the games played as the Gophers fell at Yost, 4-3. The Wolverines outshot Minnesota 3-0 in the extra session.
*USCHO poll used
Lightning blow out Sabres 2-1.
Ben Bishop allowed 1 goal on 21 shots for the victory. His stop on Grigorenko on a 2-on-1 in the Second Period allowed the Lightning to turn the momentum after the Sabres' lone goal into a tidal wave that eventually overcame Neuvirth's exceptional effort at the other end of the rink.
3:51 TB Filppula (8), (Callahan, Paquette)
0:50 BUF McCormick (1), (Kaleta)(SH)
14:42 TB Stamkos (22), (Drouin, Killorn)
The Lightning outshot the Sabres 47-21 in the contest, and the final 39 minutes of this game were about as lopsided a game as you'll ever see in your life. The Lightning lived in the Sabres zone, throwing wave after wave of chances at the Buffalo net in a scene reminiscent of the old Lightning/Panthers games you used to see in the early '00's. Eventually, though, Neuvirth's nine lives ran out and the Lightning got the "W" that they richly deserved.
And remember, folks, Bobby "The Chief" Taylor says, "Ice is like great whiskey, it has to be aged and cured." Stick that in your flask.
Cedric Paquette had a helper and was +1 with 2 shots, 2 hits, and 2 blocked shots in 14:25. He started Filppula's goal with some good board work and had a rugged night where he gave and took with the Sabres throughout the night. His most high-profile moment, though, was a SH breakaway in the Third Period with the game tied 1-1 that Neuvirth got a piece of and steered off the outside of the goalpost and out.
Jonathan Drouin had 1 assist, 1 shot, and 1 blocked shot in 15:06. I though his line was a revelation tonight, and it's fitting Killorn/Stamkos/Drouin got the game winner. They could've had a half dozen goals tonight if Neuvirth had been the slightest bit human. It will be interesting to see if the momentum that group gained tonight carries forward against better opposition.
Nikita Nesterov was +1 with 2 penalty minutes and 4 shots in 14:34. My goodness he had such a good game helping the Lightning press the attack... right up until that clunker of a shift with the game tied 1-1 in the Third Period where he made a blind turnover that led to zone time for Buffalo and Nesterov eventually taking the tripping call. He should thank Bishop and the PK'ers for picking him up there. That little oops aside, though, if Nesterov's night translates against better opposition, the Lightning may have found a significant silver lining in Radko Gudas' knee injury.
Blujus, Vasilevskiy can't hold off the Pack.
Anrei Vasilevskiy allowed 3 goals on 38 shots for the OT loss. He almost helped Syracuse overcome what ended up being a 38-26 shot deficit.
HFD C. Bourque, (15) (Kostka, Lindberg), 12:00 (PP)
HFD O'Donnell, (2) (Nehring, Spinell), 2:58
SYR Ikonen, (3) (Vermin, Angelidis), 3:56
SYR Blujus, (1) (Namestnikov), 3:58 (PP)
HFD McIlrath, (1) (Hrivik, Kristo), 2:34
Congratulations to Dylan Blujus, who scored his first pro goal on the PP to tie the game at 2-2 and eventually force OT. Blujuspalooza!
Box score from TheAHL.com.