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Liiga Game Day: 10-22-16

KooKoo 2 vs. SaiPa 3
Saku Salminen, SaiPa, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 12 GP, 1-1-2, -6, 25 PIM

Saku Salminen was -1 in 8:02 of ice time in SaiPa's 3-2 win over KooKoo. Ex-Oilers pick Curtis Hamilton had 1 goal and 1 assist for SaiPa in the win. It was a rare positive result for SaiPa, which currently labors in 13th place on the 15-team Liiga table, one spot ahead of KooKoo

KHL Game Day: 10-22-16

Omsk 2 vs. St. Petersburg 3 (SO)
Nikita Gusev, St. Petersburg, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 23 GP, 9-17-26, +18, 4 PIM

Nikita Gusev scored on his only attempt of the penalty shot session to help SKA to a 3-2 Shootout win over Avangard Omsk. Gusev played 15:07 in the match. Living legend Pavel Datsyuk had a helper in the contest and potted the SO winner for SKA.

ECHL Game Night: 10-21-16

Fort Wayne Komets 1 at Kalamazoo Wings 1

W Brian Hart, KAL, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIMs, 0 SOG
Season Totals: 1 GP, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIMs, 0 SOG

Other Notables
G Nic Riopel, KAL, DNP
Season Totals: 1 GP, 1-0-0-0, 0.00 GAA, 1.000 SV%, 1 SO

D Adam Comrie, KAL, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIMs, 6 SOG
Season Totals: 1 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIMs, 6 SOG

G Pat Nagle, FW, W, 60:00 MIN, 33/34
Season Totals: 3 GP, 3-0-0-0, 1.33 GAA, 0.953 SV%, 0 SO

D Dan Milan, FW, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIMs, 1 SOG
Season Totals: 3 GP, 0-1-1, +2, 2 PIMs, 2 SOG

Former Lightning prospects Pat Nagle and Dan Milan along with their Fort Wayne Komets spoiled Kalamazoo's home opener Friday night in front of 2300+ fans at the Wings Event Center. It was also the season debut for Lightning prospect winger Brian Hart and Syracuse Crunch depth defenseman Adam Comrie after both were reassigned from the Crunch earlier in the week. Nagle continued his hot start to the 2016-17 season with the Komets, allowing just 4 goals in 3 games. K-Wings goalie and Lightning camper Joel Martin also continued his solid start to the season, having allowed just 3 goals in 2 games. Nic Riopel is expected to be in net Saturday for the K-Wings on the backside of the home-and-home with the Komets.

Nagle signed an entry-level contract with Tampa Bay out of Ferris State in 2011, and helped lead the Florida Everblades to the 2011-12 Kelly Cup Championship. This marks Nagle's third-straight season with the Komets and has posted a 54-19-10 career record with Fort Wayne. Milan, who signed a three-year entry-level contract with Tampa Bay in 2011, is reunited with Nagle after playing together for the 2012-13 Everblades. Milan camped with the AHL Wilkes Barre/Scranton Penguins after being acquired by the Komets this summer from the Wichita Thunder.

NCAA Game Night: 10-22-16

Vermont Catamounts 4 @ No. 20 Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks 4 (OT)

C Ross Colton, UVM: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season Totals: 3 GP, 1-0-1, -1, 2 PIM

D Kristian Oldham, UNO: Did not play
Season Totals: 1 GP, 1-0-0, 1.00 GAA, .958 sv%, 0 SO

Freshman Ross Colton was scoreless Friday, and another freshman, Oldham, sat backup.

No. 12 St. Lawrence Saints 2 @ No. 5 UMass-Lowell River Hawks 5

C Ryan Lohin, UML: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season Totals: 5 GP, 0-2-2, +1, 0 PIM

Lohin assisted on the game-winning, shorthanded goal early in the second period.

Sacred Heart Pioneers 0 @ No. 2 Boston University Terriers 7

D John MacLeod, BU: 0-2-2, +2, 4 PIM, 2 SOG
Season Totals: 3 GP, 0-2-2, +2, 6 PIM
2015-2016 Totals: 26 GP, 1-1-2, -4, 26 PIM

MacLeod matched last year’s point total in one night, netting two assists in BU’s 7-0 win over SHU. Minnesota second rounder Jordan Greenway had a goal and two assists for BU.

No. 14 St. Cloud State Huskies 6 @ No. 7 Minnesota Golden Gophers 5 (OT)

D Ryan Zuhlsdorf, UMN: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 0 SOG
Season Totals: 3 GP, 2-1-3, +3, 4 PIM

The Huskies scored on their fifth shot of overtime. The Gophers didn’t manage a shot in the extra session. Minnesota was up 4-2 entering the third period, then were outshot 18-5 that period.

*USCHO poll used for rankings

CHL Game Night: 10-21-16

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Val-d’Or Foreurs 1 @ Saint John Sea Dogs 4

W Bokondji Imama, SJ: 0-1-1, E, 2 PIM, 3 SOG, 0 Hits
Season Totals: 10 GP, 1-2-3, -1, 6 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 48 GP, 7-12-19, -5, 86 PIM

W Mathieu Joseph, SJ: 2-0-2, +2, 0 PIM, 6 SOG, 0 Hits, *First Star*
Season Totals: 10 GP, 12-4-16, +7, 11 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 58 GP, 33-40-73, +35, 57 PIM

Joseph added two more goals to his season total, giving him 12 in 10 games, which leads the league.

Rouyn-Noranda Huskies 4 @ Halifax Mooseheads 2

W Otto Somppi, HAL: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, 0 Hits, 15/27 FO
Season Totals: 10 GP, 4-5-9, -4, 8 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 59 GP, 13-33-46, -15, 25 PIM

Peter Abbandonato (2017) scored twice for the Huskies in Halifax.

Shawinigan Cataractes 2 @ Chicoutimi Sagueneens 0

W Dennis Yan, SHAW: 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM, 4 SOG, 0 Hits
Season Totals: 8 GP, 9-3-12, +2, 14 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 62 GP, 32-37-69, +8, 86 PIM

Yan extended his goal streak to five games with the game-winning goal Friday. Like Joseph, he’s averaging more than a goal per game.

Ontario Hockey League

Sarnia Sting 2 @ Oshawa Generals 6

C Anthony Cirelli, OSH: 2-1-3, +4, 0 PIM, 6 SOG, 16/21 FO
Season Totals: 8 GP, 8-8-16, +13, 6 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 62 GP, 21-38-59, -15 27 PIM

Cirelli scored twice and added a helper as the Gens beat the Sting, 6-2. Cirelli leads the league in faceoff percentage.

Flint Firebirds 4 @ Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 3 (OT)

W Boris Katchouk, SSM: 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season: 10 GP, 2-6-8, +2, 6 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 44 GP, 13-28-41, -10 19 PIM

Everett Clark (undrafted) had two goals for Flint.

Niagara IceDogs 5 @ Mississauga Steelheads 6 (OT)

C Christopher Paquette, NIA: 2-1-3, +2, 0 PIM, 7 SOG, 2/3 FO, *Third Star*
Season Totals: 10 GP, 6-3-9, -2, 4 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 57 GP, 5-11-16, -6, 18 PIM

Paquette surpassed last year’s goal total of five and it’s not even November. He’s got four goals and five points in his last two games.

Owen Sound Attack 4 @ Erie Otters 3 (OT)

W Taylor Raddysh, Erie: 1-0-1, +2, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, *Second Star*
Season Totals: 9 GP, 8-14-22, +15, 4 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 67 GP, 24-49-73, +19, 18 PIM

Raddysh had a goal and was second star, but Erie lost at home to Owen Sound, 4-3 in overtime. The Lightning second rounder moved into the league lead in points and plus/minus.

Peterborough Petes 4 @ Sudbury Wolves 2

D Matt Spencer, PBO: Did not play
Season Totals: 4 GP, 0-2-2, -2, 4 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 60 GP, 5-19-24, -4, 46 PIM

W Jonne Tammela, PBO: Did not play
2015-2016 (Finland): 37 GP, 5-8-13, +10, 16 PIM

Both Lightning prospects remain out with injuries.

Saginaw Spirit 1 @ London Knights 5

W Mitchell Stephens, SAG: 0-0-0, -2, 2 PIM, 6 SOG, 8/14 FO
Season Totals: 6 GP, 2-3-5, +1, 6 PIM
2015-2016 Totals: 39 GP, 20-18-38, -3, 14 PIM

2016 Ducks first rounder Max Jones had two goals and two assists for the Knights.

Western Hockey League (late)

Saskatoon Blades 1 @ Kamloops Blazers 5

D Libor Hajek, SAS: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 9 GP: 0-6-6, +3, 10 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 69 GP, 3-23-26, -19, 76 PIM

G Connor Ingram, KAM: Win, 28 saves on 29 shots, *Third Star*
Season Totals: 10 GP, 4-5-0-0, 2.32 GAA, .927 sv%, 0 SO
2015-2016 Season: 61 GP, 34-15-5-4, 2.61 GAA, .922 sv%, 4 SO

Ingram only allowed one goal against Hajek and the Blades, winning and evening his record at 5-5.

AHL Game Night: 10-21-16 Comets at Crunch

Comets strike at Syracuse's potential Achilles heel.


Kristers Gudlevskis allowed 4 goals on 8 shots before being pulled for Adam Wilcox, who allowed 1 goal on 11 shots the rest of the way for the dreaded backdoor loss.

First Period
1:58 UTI Billins (1), (unassisted)(PP)
3:48 UTI Grenier (2), (Chaput)
6:29 SYR Dumont (1), (Koekkoek, Condra)
8:25 SYR Bournival (3), (Dumont)(SH)
8:57 UTI Carcone (1), (Megna, Billins)(PP)
15:37 UTI Valk (2), (Grenier, Chaput)

Second Period
2:38 SYR Dumont (2), (Witkowski)

Third Period
12:35 UTI Megna (1), (Billins)
17:10 SYR Bournival (4), (Blujus, Conacher)(PP)

Gabriel Dumont and Michael Bournival were the game's first and third stars.

Tonight was the first blemish on Syracuse's record and outlined their potential vulnerability. There's little doubt their lineup is significantly deep and talented enough to score a good 3 or 4 goals (at least) a game at the AHL level. The question, particularly when it comes to their goaltending, is whether they have the ability to keep the puck out of their own net. Kristers Gudlevskis has world class athleticism for the goaltending position, but his consistency is still dubious. Can he steadily lead a team on a deep run through the regular season and on toward a championship? Will he even get the chance with cap deals looming up top in Tampa Bay? And, either way, can Adam Wilcox prove a serious option 1A a la Jaroslav Janus during the Norfolk Admirals' championship run not too many moons ago?

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Crunch Fall Behind Early in Loss to Comets

By Jeremy Houghtaling

The Syracuse Crunch’s sluggish start cost them.

The Crunch allowed two Comets goals in the first 3:48 and played from behind most of the game, as Syracuse fell to Utica, 5-4, at the Onondaga County War Memorial Friday.

“When you start the game and you’re down by two goals as quickly as tonight, it’s tough,” Crunch head coach Benoit Groulx said. “I thought we battled hard to come back in that game. I just believe they were a better team than us tonight.”

Gabriel Dumont paced the Syracuse offense with two goals and one assist, while Michael Bournival scored twice. The duo, who both came over from the Montreal Canadiens organization over the summer, have clicked early in the season.

MHL Game Day: 10-21-16

Yaroslavl Jr. 2 vs. CSKA Jr. 3
Oleg Sosunov, Yaroslavl Jr., 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 12 GP, 0-0-0, -3, 22 PIM

Oleg Sosunov took a minor for cross checking in Loko Jr.'s 3-2 loss to CSKA Jr.

CHL Game Night: 10-21-16

Ontario Hockey League

Sarnia Sting 6 @ Peterborough Petes 1

D Matt Spencer, PBO: Did not play
Season Totals: 4 GP, 0-2-2, -2, 4 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 60 GP, 5-19-24, -4, 46 PIM

W Jonne Tammela, PBO: Did not play
2015-2016 (Finland): 37 GP, 5-8-13, +10, 16 PIM

Both Lightning prospects remain out with injuries. Leafs seventh rounder (2015) Nikita Korostelev scored his 11th goal in nine games.

NHL Game Night: 10-20-16 Avalanche at Lightning

Clunker to cap opening homestand.


Ben Bishop allowed 4 goals on 16 shots for the loss. First goal was a breakaway where the shooter got their own rebound. The second was a perfect tip. The third was a crazy bounce off the corner boards. The fourth was a perfect shot by Soderberg. I can't throw Bishop under the bus for this.

First Period
19:35 COL Duchene (1), (MacKinnon, Tyutin)

Second Period
19:08 COL Duchene (2), (Wiercioch, Grigorenko)

Third Period
7:53 COL Martinsen, (Colborne, Wiercioch)
12:22 COL Soderberg (2), (Duchene, Zadorov)

Colorado played about as good a game defensively as they're capable of and the Lightning were just a hair off offensively and that was a recipe for frustration tonight. Then you had a badly bouncing puck result in the breakaway for Colorado's first goal and another crazy bounce off the corner boards result in their third goal, so they had some luck to go with their other two goals, which were opportunistic. I can't really get overly upset about a little bad luck considering the Lightning stole 3-4 points in the first few games of the homestand. Chalk up tonight as things evening up and move on. Things have gotten a little stale with this many home games stacked to start the year, so it's probably a good thing the team is going to hit the road now and shake things up a little bit and do a little more team building. That should be a good thing.

Brayden Point had 2 shots and 1 hit in 15:34.

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