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Rookie Defenseman DeAngelo Contributing Offense for Crunch

By Jeremy Houghtaling

Anthony DeAngelo picked up the loose puck, swooped down the edge of the right wing circle, and picked his spot over the goalie’s glove.

The Syracuse defenseman’s first professional goal during the third period Sunday in Rochester sent the game to overtime and secured a point in the standings for the Crunch. Six games into his rookie season, DeAngelo is showing he can chip in on the scoresheet, but is working on improving his defensive game to take the next step to the National Hockey League.

“It was a little bit of a broken offensive play, but he gathered the puck around the half wall and was patient enough with it to wait and allow their defense to bite a little before he took the shot,” said Syracuse Head Coach Rob Zettler. “He got himself into the prime scoring area, and it was a helluva shot. It went short side high and it was a big goal for us.”

NCAA Game Night: 10-27-15

No. 8 Boston University Terriers 2 @ Connecticut Huskies 5

D John MacLeod, BU: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 4 GP, 0-0-0, +2, 6 PIM
2014-2015 totals: 37 GP, 2-7-9, +19, 58 PIM

UConn got revenge on BU, beating the Terriers 5-2 after BU had won in their previous matchup on the weekend. BU outshot the Huskies, 38-24.

NHL Game Night: 10-27-15 Lightning at Blues

Lightning lose against the run of play, and the iron, and the refs...


Ben Bishop allowed 1 goal on 23 shots for the hard luck loss. I thought his rebound control got a little shaky for a little stretch in the Second Period, but overall he looked a lot sharper with rest.

First Period
15:59 STL Gomez (1), (Parayko, Brouwer)

Second Period

Third Period
19:19 STL Brouwer (3), (Pietrangelo)(EN)

Bishop was the game's third star.

This is a tough one to swallow. The Lightning can play better, especially in the way of manufacturing some greasy goals in the dirty areas, but this isn't like the Chicago game. They dominated possession and the run of play against St. Louis and they really probably deserved better than a loss. It was a pretty good road performance against a good squad and ultimately nothing for the team to hang their head about to close this road trip.

Of course, the outcome would've been different were it not for the horrific officiating the Lightning had to overcome tonight, especially in the Third Period as they pushed for the equalizer. J.T. Brown gets body slammed in the Second Period. No call. Ondrej Palat gets tripped along the wall in the Second Period. No call. Nesterov gets tripped in the offensive zone in the Third Period. No call. Condra gets tripped in the neutral zone in the Third Period. No call. The Lightning technically went 0-for-1 on the PP thanks to a generous 20 seconds of PP time awarded after an even-up call where the refs whistled Tampa Bay for too many men... on a play where St. Louis also had six skaters on the ice. When one team has a possession edge the way the Lightning did tonight and as well as their forecheck functioned at times, it seems a wee bit suspicious that the other team gets 3 times the PP time. Indeed, as the Third Period wore on, it became clear nothing less than first degree homicide was going to be called on St. Louis in this game. Tell me how depriving one of the most offensively talented teams in the league, Tampa Bay, of any real power plays while on national TV on NBCSN helps the NHL sell its product? I know, I know. Toronto says, "Shut up Lightning fans. It's a privilege for the team just to be allowed to play in the league." It's a total joke.

Nikita Nesterov had 2 penalty minutes, 1 hit, and 1 blocked shot in 15:51. He also had one of the more heinous turnovers in front of Bishop you'll ever see and the penalty he took was at a key time of the game when the Lightning were trying to get an equalizer. It was the very definition of a game where a young guy did the opposite of what he needs to do to make a case for himself to get steady ice time.

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KHL Game Day: 10-27-15

Jokerit 4 vs. Ekaterinburg 1
Saku Salminen, Jokerit, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 9 GP, 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM

Saku Salminen was scoreless in 4:04 of ice time in Jokerit's 4-1 win over Ekaterinburg. Ex-NHLer Niklas Hagman had a goal in the match for Jokerit.

Bolt Prospect of the Week

We continue our Bolt Prospect of the Week award, an honor (virtually) given to one Tampa Bay Lightning prospect for his recent contributions on and off the ice.

The Bolt Prospect of the Week for the week ending October 26 is … Kristers Gudlevskis, G, Tampa Bay Lightning, NHL.

Kristers Gudlevskis isn’t exactly a household name. He had his 15 minutes of fame with the Latvian Olympic team two years ago, but since that time he’s quietly faded from the limelight.

“Goo-la-VEE-skees,” as Chicago play-by-play announcer Pat Foley called him, made his return to the NHL this week and all he did was shut out the defending champs in their own barn for 60 minutes.

KHL Game Day: 10-26-15

Omsk 1 vs. St. Petersburg 4
Nikita Gusev, St. Petersburg, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals (Khanty-Mansiysk): 23 GP, 7-7-14, +6, 4 PIM
Season totals: (St. Petersburg): 2 GP, 0-2-2, E, 0 PIM
Season totals: 15 GP, 7-9-16, +6, 4 PIM

Nikita Gusev played just 6 shifts and 3:05 of ice time in SKA's 4-1 win over Omsk. Ex-NHLer Ilya Kovalchuk had a helper in the win for St. Petersburg.

Magnitogorsk 3 vs. Khabarovsk 0
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, DNP
Season totals: 22 GP, 8-9-4, 0 SO, 2.48 GAA, .910 sv%

Caps first rounder Ilya Samsonov stopped all 30 shots he faced for the shutout in Magnitka's 3-0 win over Khabarovsk. Ex-Blue Jackets pick Sergei Mozyakin had a goal in the win.

Juniors Game Night: 10-25-15

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Saint John Sea Dogs 3 @ Moncton Wildcats 4

W Bokondji Imama, SJ: 0-1-1, +1, 4 PIM, 2 SOG, 1 Hit
Season totals: 12 GP, 3-3-6, -2, 19 PIM
2013-2014 Season: 59 GP, 13-15-28, +2, 137 PIM

W Mathieu Joseph, SJ: 0-0-0, -2, 2 PIM, 2 SOG, 0 Hits
Season totals: 12 GP, 6-6-12, +8, 13 PIM
2013-2014 Season: 59 GP, 21-21-42, +18, 46 PIM

Moncton completed a home-and-home sweep of Saint John with a victory Sunday. Conor Garland (Coyotes) had two goals and two assists for Moncton. The 2015 fifth round pick has 28 points in 12 games.

Shawinigan Cataractes 4 @ Victoriaville Tigres 3

W Dennis Yan, SHAW: 1-0-1, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 2 Hits, *Third Star*
Season totals: 10 GP, 11-9-20, +2, 15 PIM
2014-2015 Season: 59 GP, 33-31-64, +23, 71 PIM

Yan returned from a one-game suspension and scored the game-winning goal Sunday, breaking a 3-3 tie at the 7-minute mark of the third period.

Ontario Hockey League

London Knights 3 @ Windsor Spitfires 6

W Cristiano DiGiacinto, WSR: 1-1-2, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 13 GP, 6-7-13, +4, 21 PIM
2014-15 totals: 63 GP, 21-24-45, -16, 100 PIM

DiGiacinto is now on a point-per-game pace after notching two points in Sunday’s win over the visiting Knights.

Peterborough Petes 1 @ Ottawa 67’s 4

D Dominik Masin, PBO: 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 12 GP, 0-1-1, +9, 14 PIM
2014-15 totals: 48 GP, 7-19-26, -13, 68 PIM

D Matt Spencer, PBO: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 13 GP, 2-1-3, -2, 10 PIM
2014-15 totals: 67 GP, 6-24-30, -15, 64 PIM

The Petes lost again, this time on the road in Ottawa. Peterborough is winless in its last five games (0-2-1-1).

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

United States Hockey League

Des Moines Buccaneers 4 @ Omaha Lancers 3 (SO)

G Kris Oldham, OMA: Did not play
Season totals: 5 GP, 3-1-1, 2.43 GAA, .924 sv%
2014-15 totals: 33 GP, 21-6-4, 2.49 GAA, .908 sv%, 1 SO
(University of Nebraska-Omaha commit)

Zackarias Skog got the start for the second straight day for Omaha, who lost in a shootout, 4-3. Oldham had been a game star in his last two games.

AHL Game Night: 10-25-15 Crunch at Americans

Tough weekend ends with SO loss.

RCH-4 (SO)

Adam Wilcox allowed 3 goals on 40 shots but allowed both shooters to light the lamp in the penalty shot session for the SO loss. With news coming down today that Kevin Poulin cleared waivers, a provocative question about where Wilcox will be getting starts in the near future begs asking. Vasilevskiy will soon be back with Tampa Bay, pushing Gudlevskis back down to Syracuse and potentially making the best move for the organization finding Wilcox a place to get a starting role in the ECHL. He needs playing time to develop, and I don't see that happening as quickly with sparing appearances in a crowded crease situation in Syracuse.

First Period
RCH Varone, (2) (Donovan), 8:41 (PP) GIF

Second Period
SYR Gourde, (1) (Witkowski, Koekkoek), 0:49 GIF
RCH Baptiste, (1) (O'Reilly, Leduc), 2:15 GIF
SYR Blunden, (2) (Marchessault, Tambellini), 15:22 GIF

Third Period
RCH Akeson, (3) (Varone, O'Reilly), 4:57 (PP) GIF
SYR DeAngelo, (1) (Angelidis, Ikonen), 10:24 GIF


RCH- Varone GIF, Akeson GIF

Anthony DeAngelo scored his first AHL goal in the loss and was named the game's third star. Through six games the rookie has a respectable 1 goal and 4 points with a -1 rating.

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ECHL Game Night: 10-25-15

Florida Everblades 2 at Greenville Swamp Rabbits 3

F Brian Hart, GRN: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 3 GP, 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM, 7 SOG

Other Notables
G Allen York, GRN, DNP (recalled to Syracuse)
Season totals: 1 GP, 0-1-0-0, 5.07 GAA, 0.828 SV%, 0 SO

D Charlie Dodero, GRN: 0-1-1, E, 2 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 3 GP, 0-2-2, -1, 4 PIM, 1 SOG

A few familiar faces to Syracuse Crunch fans skated into the Bon Secours Wellness Arena Sunday afternoon with the Florida Everblades to take on Brian Hart and the Greenville Swamp Rabbits. But Hart and his fellow Swamp Rabbits held Kevin Lynch, Mike Aviani, and Gabriel Desjardins all off the score sheet rallying from a two-goal deficit to complete the sweep of their weekend slate. After surrendering the first two goals, New York Rangers forward prospect Josh Nicholls scored twice for the Swamp Rabbits to knot the game at 2-2. Late in the 3rd, tough guy Emerson Clark, a former Windsor teammate of Slater Koekkoek, scored the game winner for Greenville to seal the victory. Syracuse depth defenseman Charlie Dodero assisted on Nicholls' second goal. Greenville has a three-game home stand next weekend against Atlanta, Evansville, and Florida.

ECHL Game Night: 10-24-15

Greenville Swamp Rabbits 3 at South Carolina Stingrays 2 OT

F Brian Hart, GRN: 1-0-1, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 2 GP, 1-0-1, E, 0 PIM, 4 SOG

Other Notables
G Allen York, GRN, DNP (recalled to Syracuse)
Season totals: 1 GP, 0-1-0-0, 5.07 GAA, 0.828 SV%, 0 SO

D Charlie Dodero, GRN: DNP
Season totals: 2 GP, 0-1-1, -1, 2 PIM, 0 SOG

It didn't take long for Lightning forward prospect Brian Hart to tally his first professional goal. Hart struck for the 2nd period 1-1 equalizer in the second tilt of a home-and-home with the South Carolina Stingrays. The Swamp Rabbits would go on to win behind Greenville captain and veteran centerman Bretton Cameron's 3rd period equalizer and OT game-winner. Greenville wraps up its weekend schedule with a home game against the Florida Everblades Sunday afternoon.

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