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Peca Adjusts Quickly with Lightning

By Steven

Tampa Bay Lightning forward Matthew Peca is just eight games into his NHL career since being recalled from the Syracuse Crunch on Dec. 27, but he’s adjusting quickly to playing at the game’s highest level.

Peca has a goal and an assist and is averaging 12 minutes of ice time per game as the Lightning seek to close a six-point gap for the final wild card position in the Eastern Conference currently held by the Philadelphia Flyers.

CHL Game Night: 1-12-17

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Rimouski Oceanic 3 @ Shawinigan Cataractes 2

W Dennis Yan, SHAW: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 3 SOG, 1 Hit
Season Totals: 37 GP, 28-22-50, +20, 42 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 62 GP, 32-37-69, +8, 86 PIM

Yan was scoreless for the second-straight game as L’Oceanic beat Shawinigan, 3-2. The Cataractes chipped away at a 3-0 deficit to make it 3-2 early in the third period, but they couldn’t get any closer. Alexandre Legace (undrafted) stopped 38 of 40 shots for Rimouski.

Ontario Hockey League

Oshawa Generals 4 @ Peterborough Petes 5 (OT)

W/C Christopher Paquette, NIA: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 2 SOG
Season Totals: 38 GP, 12-17-29, -7, 16 PIM
With Petes: 1 GP, 0-0-0, E, 2 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: 0-1-1, -2, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season Totals: 32 GP, 5-16-21, +5, 33 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

Paquette made his Petes debut wearing No. 12, but was scoreless in Peterborough’s overtime win over the Cirelli-less Oshawa Generals. Panthers prospect Jonathan Ang scored the overtime winner for the Petes.

NHL Game Night: 1-12-17 Sabres at Lightning

Bishop returns.


Ben Bishop returned from IR and allowed 2 goals on 26 shots for the victory. He was hung out to dry on the first shot of the game after a three week layoff, but pretty well held down the fort with timely saves from there on out, while also helping a shaky d-corps with his ability to conduct traffic with his puckhandling. It was welcome relief.

First Period
2:58 BUF Moulson (9), (Girgensons, Fedun)
5:37 TB Palat (8), (Johnson, Drouin)(PP)

Second Period
5:18 TB Palat (9), (Nesterov, Namestnikov)
12:58 TB Kucherov (17), (Hedman, Palat)

Third Period
10:30 BUF Kane (11), (Eichel, Falk)
19:42 TB Stralman (2), (Filppula, Boyle)(PP)(EN)

Ondrej Palat, Nikita Kucherov, and Bishop were the game's three stars.

There's an obvious talent gap between Tampa Bay and Buffalo, so I'm not ready to start a parade for the Lightning beating an inferior team. For tonight's effort to matter, they need to keep this going against Columbus tomorrow night.

Gabriel Dumont was -1 with 1 shot an 1 hit in 10:06. He was also 75% on 4 draws.

Matthew Peca had 1 shot in 9:57.

Box score and extended statistics from

AHL Game Night: 1-11-17 Crunch at Comets

Crunch lose a goaltending duel.

UTI-2 (OT)

Kristers Gudlevskis allowed 2 goals on 31 shots for the OT loss.

First Period

Second Period
4:34 UTI Grenier (12), (Valk, Archibald)

Third Period
7:04 SYR Halmo (12), (Taormina, Conacher)(PP)

3:11 UTI Archibald (10), (Grenier, Demko)

Gudlevskis was the game's third star.

Box score from

The Bolt Prospects Podcast, Episode 84

This is this week’s “Marty Memories” (full) edition of the Bolt Prospects Podcast includes the following topics:

· Marty memories
· WJC recap and prospect review
· Where do WJC prospects fit in TB plan?
· 3 prospects traded
· Checking in on Syracuse
· Interview with AHL All-Star Matt Taormina
· A rant.

Click here to listen

CHL Game Night: 1-11-17

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Charlottetown Islanders 1 @ Halifax Mooseheads 4

C/W Otto Somppi, HAL: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG, 14/25 FO, 2 Hits
Season Totals: 35 GP, 9-15-24, -11, 20 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 59 GP, 13-33-46, -15, 25 PIM

Swiss WJC stud Nico Hischier (2017) had two more goals and two more assists to add to his season totals, leading the Mooseheads to a 4-1 win over Charlottetown. Former Lightning camp goalie Mark Grametbauer was backup for the Islanders.

Ontario Hockey League

Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 5 @ Sudbury Wolves 4 (OT)

W Boris Katchouk, SSM: 1-1-2, +1, 2 PIM, 2 SOG
Season: 39 GP, 20-16-36, +8, 26 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 63 GP, 24-27-51, +7, 61 PIM

Katchouk scored his 20th goal of the season and extended his point streak to four games in a 5-4 overtime win in Sudbury.

Liiga Game Day: 1-11-17

SaiPa 1 vs. Jukurit 0
Saku Salminen, SaiPa, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 30 GP, 2-4-6, -5, 39 PIM

Saku Salminen was scoreless in 7:33 of ice time as SaiPa defeated Jukurit 1-0. Ex-Oilers pick Frans Tuohimaa turned aside all 23 shots he faced for the shutout.

KHL Game Day: 1-11-17

St. Petersburg 5 vs. Omsk 3
Nikita Gusev, St. Petersburg, 0-2-2, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 45 GP, 19-37-56, +31, 8 PIM

Nikita Gusev had a pair of power play helpers in 15:44 of ice time as SKA defeated Avangard Omsk 5-3. Ex-NHL'er Ilya Kovalchuk had 1 goal and 3 points for SKA in the win.

CHL Game Night: 1-10-17

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Shawinigan Cataractes 1 @ Chicoutimi Sagueneens 2

W Dennis Yan, SHAW: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 0 Hits
Season Totals: 36 GP, 28-22-50, +20, 40 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 62 GP, 32-37-69, +8, 86 PIM

Julio Billia (undrafted) stopped 28 of 29 shots as the Sags shut down the high-scoring Cataractes, 2-1. Yan had his 3-game goal streak snapped. He had scored in nine of his last 10 games.

Ontario Hockey League

Kitchener Rangers 3 @ Erie Otters 6

C Anthony Cirelli, OSH: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 6/11 FO
Season Totals: 26 GP, 13-21-34, +18, 8 PIM
With Erie: 1 GP, 0-1-1, E, 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: 1-3-4, +1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, *First Star*
Season Totals: 29 GP, 24-41-65, +38, 17 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 67 GP, 24-49-73, +19, 18 PIM

Cirelli made his Erie debut, notching an assist, and Taylor Raddysh returned to the Otters from Team Canada and promptly picked up where he left of with a 4-point game. Raddysh had a 3-point game in his final Erie appearance before the WJC’s. As for Cirelli, he wore his customary No. 22 and took the third-most faceoffs for the team. Dylan Strome (Coyotes) is the clear No. 1 center for the club.

Western Hockey League

Calgary Hitmen 4 @ Saskatoon Blades 5 (OT)

D Libor Hajek, SAS: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 37 GP: 3-16-19, -8, 47 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 69 GP, 3-23-26, -19, 76 PIM

Overager Jesse Shynkaruk (undrafted) had a hat trick to lead Saskatoon to an overtime win over visiting Calgary. His final goal was the overtime winner, scored on the power play.

Tri-City Americans 3 @ Moose Jaw Warriors 2

C Brett Howden, MJ: 1-0-1, E, 4 PIM
Season Totals: 29 GP, 21-24-45, +5, 31 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 68 GP, 24-40-64, -7, 61 PIM

Howden scored 37 seconds into the game and Moose Jaw held a 2-1 lead at the end of the first period, but Morgan Geekie (undrafted) scored two goals, the final scored in the final minute of regulation to steal a win, 3-2. Geekie, a 6-2 forward who was undrafted in 2016, has 50 points in 45 games after getting just 25 in 66 games in his draft year. He could hear his name called this summer.

Veteran Defenseman Taormina's Play Hits Full Potential With Crunch

By Jeremy Houghtaling

In three years, Matt Taormina has gone from struggling to find an AHL deal to being a league-leading defenseman

After a trade sent him from Syracuse to Springfield the season prior, Taormina was humbled as he searched for a home in the AHL and settled on a contract with Worcester in late September 2014. Now the 30-year-old is back with the Crunch, leads all AHL blueliners with 32 points and was selected to participate in the AHL All-Star Classic for a fourth time.

Taormina is embracing his role as a veteran leader as he continues to push for a spot in the NHL.

“If you have some down years, it will hurt you a little bit,” Taormina said. “I wasn’t at my full potential back then, and now I think I’ve really figured it out. I’ve stayed calm and steady, and I feel a lot more comfortable and confident than I have since early on in my career.”

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