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AHL Game Night: 10-7-17 Americans at Crunch

Ex-Lightning prospect bests new Lightning prospect.

RCH-3
SYR-2 (OT)

Connor Ingram allowed 3 goals on 18 shots for the OT loss in his pro debut.

First Period
10:33 RCH Smith (1), (Fedun, Redmond)(PP)
16:16 SYR Conacher (1),(Thomas, Peca)

Second Period
1:49 RCH Criscuolo (1), (Smith, Nelson)

Third Period
11:51 SYR Lynch (1), (Stephens, Thomas)

Overtime
0:39 RCH Porter (1), (unassisted)

Cory Conacher and Ben Thomas were the game's second and third stars.

Ex-Lightning prospect Adam Wilcox helped Rochester overcome a 26-18 shot deficit to pull out the win for the Americans.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

Juniors Game Night: 10-6-17

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Quebec Remparts 3 @ Halifax Mooseheads 2 (OT)

C/W Otto Somppi, HAL: Did not play
’16-’17 Totals: 60 GP, 17-24-41, -7, 28 PIM

Somppi has not played this season. He is still recovering from a shoulder injury.

Ontario Hockey League

Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 4 @ London Knights 1

W Boris Katchouk, SSM: 2-0-2, +2, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, *Third Star*
Season Totals: 7 GP, 8-3-11, +5, 2 PIM
’16-’17 Season: 66 GP, 35-29-64, +18, 46 PIM

Katchouk extended his goal streak to four games with two more goals, extending his season total to eight in seven games. He leads the OHL in both goals and points.

Barrie Colts 1 @ Sarnia Sting 4

W Alexey Lipanov, BAR: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG, 3/17 FO
Season Totals: 7 GP, 1-6-7, +4, 0 PIM
‘16-‘17 Totals (VHL-Russia): 21 GP, 3-5-8, +5, 8 PIM

Lipanov had a helper on the Colts’ only goal, but Barrie lost to Steven Stamkos’s former team, 4-1. Lipanov continues to take it on the chin in the faceoff dot. He was 3/17 Friday. Ouch.

Peterborough Petes 3 @ Ottawa 67’s 4

W/C Christopher Paquette, PBO: Did not play
Season Totals: 2 GP, 1-0-1, -1, 0 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (NIA/PBO): 66 GP, 19-29-48, +1, 28 PIM

Paquette remains out with an upper-body injury (the head part of the upper-body).

Erie Otters 3 @ Kitchener Rangers 5

W Taylor Raddysh, Erie: 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals: 5 GP, 1-5-6, E, 6 PIM
‘16-‘17 Totals: 58 GP, 42-66-108, +67, 37 PIM

Raddysh made a surprise return from a shoulder injury, but it wasn’t enough for Erie to avoid a home-and-home sweep at the hands of the Rangers.

Western Hockey League

Kelowna Rockets 7 @ Prince George Cougars 6 (OT)

D Cal Foote, KEL: 0-0-0, -3, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season Totals: 5 GP, 2-5-7, +4, 4 PIM
‘15-‘16 Totals: 71 GP, 6-51-57, +39, 41 PIM

An old-school QMJHL score in the Dub. Foote was minus-3.

Swift Current Broncos 6 @ Saskatoon Blades 2

D Libor Hajek, SAS: 0-0-0, -4, 2 PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals: 4 GP, 0-2-2, -8, 6 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals: 61 GP: 4-22-26, -17, 86 PIM

We’re going to start putting #NSFW warnings for Hajek’s plus/minus.

Kootenay Ice 2 @ Moose Jaw Warriors 5

C Brett Howden, MJ: 1-2-2, +2, 2 PIM, 4 SOG, 18/25 FO, *First Star*
Season Totals: 3 GP, 2-3-5, +2, 2 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals: 58 GP, 38-43-81, +14, 73 PIM

D Oleg Sosunov, MJ: 1-0-1, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season Totals: 5 GP, 3-0-3, +7, 19 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals: 58 GP, 38-43-81, +14, 73 PIM

Sosunov! The big Russian scored again – his third of the season – to stay ahead of Brett Howden in goals scored this season (just like everyone predicted). Howden did have a goal and an assist and was named first star for the second game in a row.

United States Hockey League

Chicago Steel 6 @ Dubuque Fighting Saints 2

C Cole Guttman, DBQ: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
’16-‘17 Totals: 53 GP, 27-27-54, +21, 18 PIM

Guttman debuted as the Saints’ captain in Dubuque’s 6-2 season-opening loss to Chicago. Guttman, a Lightning sixth rounder who’s committed to St. Cloud State University, is coming off a 27-goal season with the Saints.

Tri-City Storm 2 @ Omaha Lancers 1

D Nicklaus Perbix, OMA: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
’16-‘17 Totals (High School): 25 GP, 10-30-40, 6 PIM

Perbix made his USHL debut with the Lancers, but didn’t register a point in a 2-1 loss to the Storm. Perbix, a big righty 2-way defenseman, is committed to St. Cloud State.

USHL Note: Sammy Walker, a Minnesota commit, is playing high school hockey this season. He’s expected to jump back into the USHL at some point.

NHL Game Night: 10-6-17 Panthers at Lightning

Still...

FLA-3
TB-5

Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 3 goals on 36 shots for the victory. He was clearly the difference in the game, allowing the Lightning to overcome an anemic opening 40 minutes while Roberto Luongo surrendered a couple of soft goals at the other end of the rink.

First Period
6:33 TB Palat (1), (Point, Hedman)

Second Period
0:25 TB Point (1), (unassisted)
12:21 FLA Brickley (1), (Petrovic)
17:47 FLA Pysyk (1), (Vrbata, Trocheck)

Third Period
0:59 TB Namestnikov (1), (Stamkos, Killorn)(PP)
6:38 TB Kucherov (1), (unassisted)
14:30 FLA Huberdeau (1), (Dadonov, Yandle)
19:46 TB Palat (2), (Point)(EN)

Brayden Point, Anton Stralman, and Ondrej Palat were the game's three stars.

Really a very mixed bag on the night, with slightly more good than bad. The team looked flat and got outpossessed by a wide margin in the first 40 minutes of the game, and it took some great play by Vasilevskiy and some soft play by Luongo to keep the Lightning from getting run out of their own barn. I think it starts from the backline where I simply didn't like the pairings with Jake Dotchin being scratched. If Jake's still paying his penance to Coach Cooper, I hope it's paid in full soon, because playing Girardi top pair isn't sustainable and playing Sustr at all isn't either. Sustr, in particular, did not cloak himself in glory in this game.

Through the first two frames, I thought only the Palat/Point/Gourde line showed up to the rink, but they were joined by the top line of Namestnikov/Stamkos/Kucherov that started to come on in the Third Period. I'm really heartened to see Brayden Point have a good opening game. With Tyler Johnson off the scoring lines and nearly invisible, the Lightning's ace up their sleeve is Point. I suspect he can have a breakout season and help give the Lightning the two balanced lines they need.

So, all in all, I think the pieces I think the Lightning need to really have a strong season (Vasilevskiy, Point, and to a lesser extent the returning Stamkos) had a good opening night with the exception of the exiled Dotchin. Hopefully the Lightning can get him back and playing as well as he did at the end of last season, and that'll push Girardi down to third pair with Coburn and Sustr to the press box, which I think will soothe a lot of defensive ills.

Yanni Gourde was +1 with 2 hits in 13:36.

Gabriel Dumont was 67% on 6 draws in 9:01.

Mikhail Sergachev was +1 with 2 penalty minutes and 4 shots in 16:03. I like that he's being mentored on a pair with Stralman and tonight was mostly what I'm hoping to see from him as a rookie. The Lightning need quality minutes more than hefty offensive production, and while I hope that ultimately Sergachev lands closer to 18 minutes on a game to game basis, this was a good start to his Lightning career.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

AHL Game Night: 10-6-17 Crunch at Americans

Syracuse fails to unlock Linus Ullmark.

SYR-1
RCH-3

Michael Leighton allowed 3 goals on 20 shots for the loss.

First Period
18:32 RCH Bailey (1), (Redmond)

Second Period
1:06 RCH Moses (1), (Criscuolo, Smith)(PP)

Third Period
14:37 RCH Bailey (2), (unassisted)
17:34 SYR Stephens (1), (Erne, Bodie)

Syracuse drops their opener despite outshooting Rochester 29-20.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

Juniors Game Night: 10-5-17

Ontario Hockey League

Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 4 @ Windsor Spitfires 3 (OT)

W Boris Katchouk, SSM: 2-0-2, +1, 0 PIM, 5 SOG, *First Star*
Season Totals: 6 GP, 6-3-9, +3, 2 PIM
’16-’17 Season: 66 GP, 35-29-64, +18, 46 PIM

The Soo won in overtime for the third straight game, but Katchouk wasn’t able to make it three-straight overtime goals for the Lightning prospect. He “only” scored late in the third period to send the game in overtime. That was after tying the game in the second period. Hopefully things pick up for him (this is sarcasm). There was a feature on Katchouk’s clutch play in the Sault Star this week.

North Bay Battalion 1 @ Barrie Colts 3

W Alexey Lipanov, BAR: 0-1-1, +2, 0 PIM, 1 SOG, 7/16 FO
Season Totals: 6 GP, 1-5-6, +3, 0 PIM
‘16-‘17 Totals (VHL-Russia): 21 GP, 3-5-8, +5, 8 PIM

Lipanov’s linemate and countryman Andrei Svechnikov scored all three goals for Barrie as the Colts topped the Battalion, 3-1. Svechnikov is expected to go top-2 in next summer’s draft.

Flint Firebirds 1 @ Peterborough Petes 3

W/C Christopher Paquette, PBO: Did not play
Season Totals: 2 GP, 1-0-1, -1, 0 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (NIA/PBO): 66 GP, 19-29-48, +1, 28 PIM

Paquette remains out with an upper-body injury (the head part of the upper-body).

Western Hockey League

Victoria Royals 8 @ Kelowna Rockets 3 (Wednesday)

D Cal Foote, KEL: 0-0-0, +2, 4 PIM, 3 SOG
Season Totals: 4 GP, 2-5-7, +7, 4 PIM
‘15-‘16 Totals: 71 GP, 6-51-57, +39, 41 PIM

Kelowna had a snowman put up against them but somehow Cal Foote ended up a team-high plus-2. Regan Nagy (undrafted) had a hatter for the boys from Vancouver Island.

Erne Looks to Prove Himself With Crunch


By Jeremy Houghtaling

Adam Erne is back in the AHL and ready to demonstrate why he belongs at the next level.

The winger earned his first promotion to Tampa Bay last year and finished the regular season with the Lightning. Erne was returned to Syracuse for the playoffs, and suited up for all 22 games on the Crunch’s road to the Calder Cup Finals.

As he begins his third professional season, Erne knows making that next step to the NHL full-time is all about consistency.

"I think just being dominant every night and proving that I deserve to be at the next level," Erne said of what it would take to earn a spot with the Lightning. "I think I have the tools to get there, it's just a matter of using them every night."

The BoltProspects Podcast, Episode 98

This BoltProspects Podcast, Episode 98 – the ’98 Draft Edition, contains the following topics:

· The No. 98
· The 1998 Draft led to 2004 Cup
· 2017-2018 Lightning: Reasons to plan a Cup parade
· 2017-2018 Lightning: Reasons to plan a pitchfork parade
· Interview with Adam Erne
· #BPMailbag

Juniors Game Night: 10-1-17

Ontario Hockey League

Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 2 @ Sudbury Wolves 1 (OT)

W Boris Katchouk, SSM: 1-0-1, +2, 0 PIM, 7 SOG, *Second Star*
Season Totals: 5 GP, 4-3-7, +2, 2 PIM
’16-’17 Season: 66 GP, 35-29-64, +18, 46 PIM

Katchouk scored in overtime for the second-straight game, lifting the Soo to a 2-1 win in Sudbury.

Niagara IceDogs 4 @ Peterborough Petes 8

W/C Christopher Paquette, PBO: Did not play
Season Totals: 2 GP, 1-0-1, -1, 0 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (NIA/PBO): 66 GP, 19-29-48, +1, 28 PIM

Paquette remains out with an upper-body injury (the head part of the upper-body).

Crunch Drop Preseason Finale to Comets


By Jeremy Houghtaling

The Syracuse Crunch cut their deficit to one goal in the third period, but the Utica Comets were quick with their answer.

The Comets’ Anton Cederholm scored 1:07 after Jason Akeson got the Crunch on the board, as Utica topped Syracuse, 3-1, at the Onondaga County War Memorial Sunday. The teams split the two-game preseason series.

For Crunch head coach Benoit Groulx, the weekend showed the work that needs to be done before the regular season opener on Friday.

“I thought we played a good game last night. We had a lot of energy and today — the last game before we start thinking about real things — and I think we didn’t have good legs. No execution,” Groulx said. “Their team was much better than us. They were skating better. They were moving the puck way better. I thought it was the opposite last night.
“Overall, (I’m) very happy with training camp. We had a good week and we still have a lot to do. This game showed we still have a lot of work to do.”

Juniors Game Night: 9-30-17

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Acadie-Bathurst Titan 3 @ Halifax Mooseheads 4

C/W Otto Somppi, HAL: Did not play
’16-’17 Totals: 60 GP, 17-24-41, -7, 28 PIM

Somppi has not played this season. He is still recovering from a shoulder injury.

Ontario Hockey League

Hamilton Bulldogs 2 @ Barrie Colts 1 (SO)

W Alexey Lipanov, BAR: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG, 5/14 FO
Season Totals: 5 GP, 1-4-5, +1, 0 PIM
‘16-‘17 Totals (VHL-Russia): 21 GP, 3-5-8, +5, 8 PIM

Hamilton won in a skills competition.

Peterborough Petes 1

W/C Christopher Paquette, PBO: Did not play
Season Totals: 2 GP, 1-0-1, -1, 0 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (NIA/PBO): 66 GP, 19-29-48, +1, 28 PIM

Paquette missed the game with an apparent concussion, though there haven’t been any official reports.

Kitchener Rangers 3 @ Erie Otters 2

W Taylor Raddysh, Erie: Did not play
Season Totals: 4 GP, 1-5-6, +2, 6 PIM
‘16-‘17 Totals: 58 GP, 42-66-108, +67, 37 PIM

Raddysh was injured Friday night and initial word is he could miss at least two weeks with a shoulder injury. Nothing has been confirmed.

Western Hockey League

Calgary Hitmen 4 @ Saskatoon Blades 5

D Libor Hajek, SAS: 0-2-2, +2, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season Totals: 3 GP, 0-2-2, -4, 4 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals: 61 GP: 4-22-26, -17, 86 PIM

Hajek got his first points of the season Saturday against the Hitmen.

Red Deer Rebels 2 @ Moose Jaw Warriors 4

C Brett Howden, MJ: 0-2-2, +1, 4 PIM, 3 SOG, 17/24 FO, *First Star*
Season Totals: 2 GP, 1-2-3, E, 0 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals: 58 GP, 38-43-81, +14, 73 PIM

C Oleg Sosunov, MJ: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season Totals: 4 GP, 2-0-2, +7, 19 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals: 58 GP, 38-43-81, +14, 73 PIM

Moose Jaw got the better of Red Deer Saturday. Howden had a couple of assists and Sosunov had another night on the plus side of even.

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