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ECHL Game Night: 3-1-19 Solar Bears @ Everblades

Orlando Solar Bears 7 @ Florida Everblades 2

W Olivier Archambault, ORL: Did not play
(AHL contract)
Season Totals (ORL): 2 GP, 0-1-1, E, 2 PIM
Season Totals (SYR): 7 GP, 0-3-3, +2, 2 PIM
17-18 Totals (Allen, ECHL): 19 GP, 13-18-31, +12, 32 PIM
17-18 Totals (SJ & SYR, AHL): 41 GP, 12-11-23, +2, 35 PIM

W/C Troy Bourke, ORL: 1-2-3, +1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
(AHL contract)
Season Totals (ORL): 14 GP, 7-15-22, +7, 14 PIM
Season Totals (SYR): 15 GP, 1-5-6, -3, 6 PIM
17-18 Totals (ADK): 22 GP, 10-22-32, +11, 18 PIM
17-18 Totals (SYR): 6 GP, 1-0-1, E, 2 PIM

C Mitch Hults, ORL: Did not play
Season Totals (ORL): 23 GP, 6-7-13, -5, 6 PIM
Season Totals (SYR): 9 GP, 1-3-4, -2, 4 PIM
Season Totals (SD): 2 GP, 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM
17-18 Totals (Utah): 5 GP, 2-5-7, -2, 10 PIM
17-18 Totals (SD): 53 GP, 10-14-24, -10, 8 PIM

C/W Otto Somppi, ORL: 2-0-2, +1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, *Second Star*
Season Totals (ORL): 7 GP, 6-5-11, +7, 0 PIM
Season Totals (SYR): 21 GP, 1-1-2, -2, 6 PIM
17-18 Totals (Halifax, QMJHL): 59 GP, 28-55-83, +39, 28 PIM

D Matthew Spencer, ORL: 0-1-1, +1, 2 PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals (ORL): 31 GP, 2-13-15, +14, 32 PIM
Season Totals (SYR): 9 GP, 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM
17-18 Totals (ECHL): 14 GP, 2-1-3, -2, 13 PIM
17-18 Totals (AHL): 39 GP, 1-4-5, +2, 13 PIM

Orlando extended its point streak to seven games with its second straight convincing win over first-place Florida. Both wins came with backup goaltenders (Corbin Boes Wednesday, Clint Windsor Friday) as Martin Ouellette is up with AHL Syracuse.

The win was highlighted by Somppi’s lacrosse-style goal scored from behind the net. The young Finn did the same thing last year with QMJHL Halifax and also tried it on a penalty shot while with the Mooseheads. The kids got guts - and skill. And now he’s healthy again.

Former Kitchener Ranger and current rookie pro Brent Pedersen had two goals and five points for Orlando in a first-star effort. Troy Bourke, returned to Orlando from Syracuse this week, had a goal and two assists to help with the win.

The Solar Bears (31-19-4-0) are now 13 points behind Florida for first in the South Division and have at least a point in seven straight games. The Bears and 'Blades will face off again Saturday.

CHL Game Night: 3-1-19

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Sherbrooke Phoenix 4 @ Baie-Comeau Drakkar 9

C/W Gabriel Fortier, BC: 0-2-2, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 10/19 FO, 1 Hit
Season Totals: 59 GP, 32-45-77, +38, 23 PIM
17-18 Totals: 66 GP, 26-33-59, -11, 59 PIM

Fortier had two assists to extend his point streak to five games as the Drakkar pounded the Phoenix, 9-4. Fortier has 11 points in those five games and has responded strongly from a stretch where he went six of seven games without registering a point. The Drakkar captain is closing in on playoff season arguably playing the best hockey his season. His second assist Friday came while on the power play from the Hedman point, delivering a one-touch pass to the Stamkos circle, and that player, Nathan Legare (2019), one-timed a pass to the Kucherov circle, where Yaroslav Alexeyev (undrafted) scored. Yes, these circles have official names now.

Rimouski Oceanic 5 @ Acadie-Bathurst Titan 1

C Jimmy Huntington, RIM: 0-2-2, +2, 0 PIM, 4 SOG, 3 Hits, 7/18 FO
Season Totals: 61 GP, 38-47-85 +43, 48 PIM
17-18 Totals (Vic): 68 GP, 18-40-58, +5, 42 PIM

D Radim Salda, RIM: 0-0-0, +2, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 2 Hits
Season Totals: 41 GP, 7-19-26, +17, 32 PIM
17-18 Totals (SJ): 62 GP, 10-31-41, -37, 78 PIM

Jimmy Huntington celebrated his new contract with a 2-assist night, helping Rimouski to a 5-1 win over the Titan. Both of Huntington’s assists were secondary officially, the second of which came off the rush by driving the net, creating a rebound, then gathering the rebound and finding a trailing player for a shot that was tipped in. The first assist was actually a primary assist as he sprung Alexis Lafreniere (2020) for a mini-breakaway with a pass from the left wing boards behind both defensemen. For our thoughts on the Huntington signing, click here.

Ontario Hockey League

London Knights 8 @ Kitchener Rangers 6

C/W Alexey Lipanov, KIT: Did not play
Season Totals: 53 GP, 9-17-26, -35, 16 PIM
17-18 Totals (BAR, SBY): 55 GP, 14-25-39, -14, 10 PIM

Lipanov did not dress as Kitchener fought back from a 4-1 deficit to tie the game at 4, only to lose, 8-6. Lipanov, who has struggled with consistency all season, had an assist last game to snap his personal six-game scoreless streak. It was reported he missed the game with a “lingering injury.”

AHL Game Night: 3-1-19 Phantoms at Crunch

Crunch makes Phantoms offense disappear.

LV-0
SYR-4

Eddie Pasquale stopped all 29 shots he faced for the shutout victory.

First Period
NO SCORING

Second Period
0:48 SYR Verhaeghe (25), (Barre-Boulet, Thomas)
7:48 SYR Andreoff (20), (Barre-Boulet)

Third Period
14:29 SYR Conacher (19), (Gaunce, Stephens)
19:39 SYR Andreoff (21), (unassisted)(EN)

Pasquale, Alex Barre-Boulet, and Andy Andreoff were the game's three stars.

Syracuse goes back to within two points of division leading Rochester with two games in hand.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

CHL Game Night: 2-28-19

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Chicoutimi Sagueneens 0 @ Baie-Comeau Drakkar 5

C/W Gabriel Fortier, BC: 0-2-2, +1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, 12/16 FO, 1 Hit, *First Star*
Season Totals: 58 GP, 32-43-75, +38, 23 PIM
17-18 Totals: 66 GP, 26-33-59, -11, 59 PIM

Fortier was first star for the second game in a row, notching two assists to help the Drakkar top the visiting Sags, 5-0. The Lightning’s top pick in 2018 was coming off his first career hat trick and four points last game. His first apple Thursday came off a faceoff win in the offensive zone and the second was a slap shot from the left point on the power play that was batted into the cage on the second rebound. Baie-Comeau’s captain has crushed his career high for points in a season.

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