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Darcy Making Most of Opportunity with Crunch


By Jeremy Houghtaling

Cameron Darcy scored his first professional goal Saturday. Maybe.

The Syracuse Crunch forward’s shot from the slot went into a crowd in front of the Toronto net, ended up in the back of the net, and was initially waved off due to a hand pass. After a video review, Darcy was awarded the game-tying goal that sent the game to overtime, but the tape has since been sent to the American Hockey League for verification.

Darcy isn’t sweating his stats. Instead, with so many players called up to the Tampa Bay Lightning, the rookie center is focused on making the most of his opportunity to be a regular in the Crunch lineup.

“Every time I’m on the ice and every game I get in, I get a chance to prove who I am as a player and I try to show the coaching staff that I can play the game well and I can make a difference when I’m in there,” Darcy said after practice on Monday. “I just need to take advantage of every opportunity I’m put in and just roll with it.”

Juniors Game Night: 12-13-15

Ontario Hockey League

Saginaw Spirit 3 @ Oshawa Generals 2

C Anthony Cirelli, OSH: 1-0-1, -1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, 19/27 FO, *Third Star*
Season totals: 28 GP, 9-16-25, -9, 19 PIM
2014-15 totals: 68 GP, 13-23-36, +34, 22 PIM

Cirelli scored his ninth goal early in the first period to give the Gens a 1-0 lead, but Saginaw got the game’s final goal with under two minutes remaining to take the win. Cirelli was named third star of the game.

Kitchener Rangers 3 @ Windsor Spitfires 4 (OT)

W Cristiano DiGiacinto, WSR: 1-0-1, +1, 2 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 27 GP, 12-14-26, +16, 42 PIM
2014-15 totals: 63 GP, 21-24-45, -16, 100 PIM

DiGiacinto’s 12th goal of the season opened the game’s scoring, and Windsor overcame giving up leads of 2-0 and 3-2 to win in overtime against Kitchener.

Peterborough Petes 0 @ Owen Sound Attack 7

D Matt Spencer, PBO: 0-0-0, -3, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 32 GP, 3-12-15, +1, 27 PIM
2014-15 totals: 67 GP, 6-24-30, -15, 64 PIM

Jake Dotchin’s old team (one of them) crushed the visiting Petes, 7-0, Sunday. Michael McNiven, an undrafted free agent signee of Montreal, had a 27-save shutout.

Western Hockey League

Vancouver Giants 4 @ Victoria Royals 2

D Ben Thomas, VAN: 1-0-1, +3, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 35 GP, 3-12-15, -15, 21 PIM
With Vancouver: 21 GP, 3-9-12, -5, 11 PIM
With Calgary: 14 GP, 0-3-3, -10, 10 PIM
2014-15 totals: 60 GP, 7-24-31, +16, 28 PIM

Ben Thomas scored his first goal since November 7, and it turned out to be the game-winner in Vancouver’s victory in Victoria. Thomas had four points over three games this weekend.

NOTES: Brayden Point (Canada) and Mitchell Stephens (Canada) survived the first round of cuts and will travel with Team Canada to Finland for pre-tournament action ahead of the World Junior Championships later this month. Point, who has been out injured, will return to action in Finland. He is expected to be a lock for the team. Dominik Masin (Czech Republic) is also preparing for the tournament, as is Jonne Tammela of Finland. In the USHL, Kris Oldham (USA) and Ryan Zuhlsdorf (USA) are in Canada competing in the World Junior A Challenge, which begins Monday.

In other news, Boko Imama was suspended 15 games for his actions Friday night in Halifax.

ECHL Game Night: 12-12-15

Greenville Swamp Rabbits 1 at South Carolina Stingrays 5

F Brian Hart, GRN: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 21 GP, 6-2-8, -3, 2 PIM, 38 SOG
Season totals (AHL): 3 GP, 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM, 2 SOG

Other Notables
G Allen York, GRN, injured reserve
Season totals: 5 GP, 0-4-0-0, 5.61 GAA, 0.840 SV%, 0 SO

D Charlie Dodero, GRN: 0-0-0, -2, 15 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals (ECHL): 19 GP, 0-3-3, -10, 39 PIM, 18 SOG

Former Nashville Predator goalie prospect Mark Dekanich stopped 30 of 31 shots as the Stingrays stunned the Swamp Rabbits 5-1 Saturday night at the North Charleston Coliseum. Syracuse Crunch depth blueliner Charlier Dodero was given a spearing major and a game misconduct for spearing during a Stingray 3-goal first period. Greenville takes on the Solar Bears next Saturday and Sunday at home.

Crunch Rally, But Fall to Marlies in OT


By Jeremy Houghtaling

With the help of a video review, Syracuse rallied in the third period but couldn’t complete the comeback.

The Crunch erased a two-goal deficit in the final 17 minutes of regulation but the Marlies found the game-winner in overtime, as Syracuse fell to Toronto, 4-3, in at the Onondaga County War Memorial Saturday. The Crunch earned a point, but have dropped five-straight games.

“It was a good start, but they got the power play goal and we were on our heals for a period, and then we decided to play some hockey and play with energy,” said Crunch head coach Rob Zettler.

Juniors Game Night: 12-12-15

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Saint John Sea Dogs 4 @ Cape Breton Screaming Eagles 3

W Bokondji Imama, SJ: Did not play
Season totals: 28 GP, 4-9-13, -1, 50 PIM
2013-2014 Season: 59 GP, 13-15-28, +2, 137 PIM

W Mathieu Joseph, SJ: 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM, 4 SOG, 1 Hit
Season totals: 29 GP, 15-15-30, +12, 35 PIM
2013-2014 Season: 59 GP, 21-21-42, +18, 46 PIM

Boko Imama missed the game due to an impending suspension. Joseph’s goal came early in the game, shorthanded.

Shawinigan Cataractes 4 @ Val-d’Or Foreurs 5 (OT)

W Dennis Yan, SHAW: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG, 0 Hits
Season totals: 28 GP, 22-22-44, +1, 33 PIM
2014-2015 Season: 59 GP, 33-31-64, +23, 71 PIM

Dennis Yan is now scoreless in three straight games after having an 8-game point streak. Friday was the first time this season that Yan went without a point in consecutive games, and now he’s at three. Saturday was his first game this year without a shot. He had a 4-game scoreless streak in February last year.

Western Hockey League

Vancouver Giants 1 @ Victoria Royals 6

D Ben Thomas, VAN: 0-1-1, -2, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 34 GP, 2-12-14, -18, 21 PIM
With Vancouver: 18 GP, 2-6-8, -7, 11 PIM
With Calgary: 14 GP, 0-3-3, -10, 10 PIM
2014-15 totals: 60 GP, 7-24-31, +16, 28 PIM

Victoria score the first three and last three goals of the game, easily disposing of the Giants, 6-1.

NOTES: Brayden Point (Canada), Mitchell Stephens (Canada), and Dominik Masin (Czech Republic) are with their respective countries preparing for the World Junior Championships. Stephens had a goal in Canada’s Saturday exhibition upset loss to a Canadian collegiate team. In the USHL, Kris Oldham (USA) and Ryan Zuhlsdorf (USA) are in Canada competing in the World Junior A Challenge.

NCAA Game Night: 12-12-15

No. 12 Boston University Terriers 4 @ Quinnipiac Bobcats 1

D John MacLeod, BU: 0-0-0, -1, 4 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 17 GP, 1-0-1, -3, 18 PIM
2014-2015 totals: 37 GP, 2-7-9, +19, 58 PIM

BU rebounded from a Friday loss with a win in Connecticut against Matt Peca’s alma mater. MacLeod had minor penalties for interference and tripping.

Alabama-Huntsville Chargers 1 @ Minnesota State Mavericks 4

W Jimmy Mullin, MSU: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 13 GP, 1-0-1, -5, 2 PIM
2013-2014 totals (Miami): 19 GP, 1-6-7, 23 PIM

Minnesota State completed the weekend sweep of UAH with a 4-1 win Saturday. After managing just nine shots on goal Friday, the Chargers had 14 Saturday. UAH goalie Carmine Guerriero (undrafted) had 37 saves.

*USCHO poll used

AHL Game Night: 12-12-15 Marlies at Crunch

Crunch show character in OT loss.

TOR-4
SYR-3

Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 4 goals on 38 shots for the OT loss.

First Period
SYR McGinn, (5) (Angelidis, Gourde), 4:51
TOR Brennan, (9) (Nylander, Panik), 15:00 (PP)
TOR Frattin, (5) (Carrick, Leipsic), 16:06
TOR Campbell, (7) (Leipsic, Arcobello), 17:16

Second Period
NO SCORING

Third Period
SYR Taormina, (6) (Gourde, Richard), 3:02 (PP)
SYR Darcy, (1) (Erne, Vermin), 17:39

Overtime
TOR Valiev, (2) (Kapanen), 2:21

Cameron Darcy and Yanni Gourde were the game's second and third stars.

Kind of like the Lightning up top, tonight the Crunch sought redemption against a stacked Marlies team that embarrassed them the last time the two teams met. And, like the Lightning, the Crunch proved they can compete against a top flight team. The fact they pulled out a point was the differing story line, and one that Tampa Bay can envy.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

NHL Game Night: 12-12-15 Capitals at Lightning

Hardworking Lightning nearly pull off the comeback.

TB-1
WSH-2

Ben Bishop allowed 2 goals on 20 shots for the loss. In a night where the goaltenders with the two best GAA's in the league played each other, Holtby bested Bishop by a wide mile. I won't get too upset by a premium skill play like Kuznetsov's wraparound, but Beagle's goal short side off the back of Bishop's arm was as soft as they get. And, as soft goals often are, that goal ended up being the margin.

First Period
2:09 WSH Beagle (4), (Galiev)

Second Period
11:16 WSH Kuznetsov (9), (Carlson)

Third Period
8:05 TB Kucherov (11), (Stralman, Stamkos)(PP)

Nikita Kucherov and Victor Hedman were the game's second and third stars.

After getting embarrassed in their last encounter with the Capitals, the Lightning acquitted themselves far better in the rematch. They jumped all over the Caps early and they absolutely dominated the Third Period, but Braden Holtby was fantastic. The Lightning had a 36-20 shot advantage, even while playing with just 10 forwards, and it was only Holtby's confident play between the pipes and Bishop's soft goal that kept the Lightning from getting a big win.

It's a tough pill to swallow that's made extra bitter by the fact the Lightning lost Tyler Johnson for a week prior to the game and lost Ondrej Palat to what appeared to be an ankle injury early in the First Period. If it's a re-injury of the same ankle, that's two bits of really bad luck that will continue to put the Lightning in a really tough position offensively.

The Lightning finish Segment Three of the season with 12 points in 10 games. They remain 5 points behind pace for the season because of their disastrous Segment Two. A win tonight would've been a boon for the team in helping them to cut into their deficit. As it is, though, it's back to the grind for Segment Four.

Jonathan Marchessault was -1 with 4 shots and 3 hits in 15:05.

Nikita Nesterov was -1 with 1 shot, 1 hit, and 1 blocked shot in 12:26.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

Liiga Game Day: 12-12-15

Karpat 5 vs. KalPa 3
Jonne Tammela, KalPa, DNP
Season totals: 18 GP, 3-1-4, E, 14 PIM

Blue Jackets 7th rounder Markus Nutivaara had 4 assists to pace Karpat in their 5-3 win over KalPa. KalPa is now 0-2 since Lightning prospect Jonne Tammela departed for U20 WJC camp.

Juniors Game Night: 12-11-15

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Saint John Sea Dogs 5 @ Halifax Mooseheads 8

W Bokondji Imama, SJ: 0-0-0, -2, 5 PIM, 0 SOG, 2 Hit
Season totals: 28 GP, 4-9-13, -1, 50 PIM
2013-2014 Season: 59 GP, 13-15-28, +2, 137 PIM

W Mathieu Joseph, SJ: 0-2-2, -2, 2 PIM, 4 SOG, 1 Hit
Season totals: 28 GP, 14-15-29, +11, 35 PIM
2013-2014 Season: 59 GP, 21-21-42, +18, 46 PIM

Lots of theatrics in Halifax tonight as Imama was ejected for leaving the bench to start a fight in defense of 15-year-old Joe Veleno, who was jumped by 20-year-old overager Kelly Bent. Imama kept throwing punches long after the linesmen tried to break up the fight, then spit in the direction of Halifax goalie (and former Lightning camper) Eric Brassard. His night will get him suspended for several other nights, possibly 15 or more. In game action, San Jose first rounder (9th overall) Timo Meier had two goals and six points in the game.

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Shawinigan Cataractes 4 @ Rouyn-Noranda Huskies 5 (OT)

W Dennis Yan, SHAW: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 3 SOG, 0 Hits
Season totals: 27 GP, 22-22-44, +1, 33 PIM
2014-2015 Season: 59 GP, 33-31-64, +23, 71 PIM

Dennis Yan is now scoreless in two straight games after having an 8-game point streak. This is the first time this season that Yan’s gone without a point in consecutive games.

Ontario Hockey League

Niagara IceDogs 2 @ Oshawa Generals 3

C Anthony Cirelli, OSH: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG, 6/25 FO
Season totals: 27 GP, 8-16-24, -8, 19 PIM
2014-15 totals: 68 GP, 13-23-36, +34, 22 PIM

Anthony Cirelli had his 3-game, 2-point-per-game streak end, but his Gens rode a third period comeback to a 3-2 win.

Windsor Spitfires 3 @ Sarnia Sting 0

W Cristiano DiGiacinto, WSR: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 6 SOG
Season totals: 26 GP, 11-14-25, +15, 40 PIM
2014-15 totals: 63 GP, 21-24-45, -16, 100 PIM

Michael DiPietro (2017) stopped 29 shots for the road shutout Friday.

Peterborough Petes 7 @ Hamilton Bulldogs 6 (OT)

D Matt Spencer, PBO: 0-2-2, +2, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 31 GP, 3-12-15, +4, 27 PIM
2014-15 totals: 67 GP, 6-24-30, -15, 64 PIM

Hunter Garlent (undrafted) had a hat trick and Matt Spencer had two assists to lead the Petes to a high-scoring overtime win in Hamilton.

Western Hockey League

Victoria Royals 1 @ Vancouver Giants 4

D Ben Thomas, VAN: 0-2-2, +1, 0 PIM
Season totals: 33 GP, 2-11-13, -16, 21 PIM
With Vancouver: 18 GP, 2-6-8, -7, 11 PIM
With Calgary: 14 GP, 0-3-3, -10, 10 PIM
2014-15 totals: 60 GP, 7-24-31, +16, 28 PIM

Thomas broke a personal 6-game scoreless streak with two assists Friday.

NOTES: Brayden Point (Canada), Mitchell Stephens (Canada), and Dominik Masin (Czech Republic) are with their respective countries preparing for the World Junior Championships. In the USHL, Kris Oldham (USA) and Ryan Zuhlsdorf (USA) are in Canada competing in the World Junior A Challenge. Zuhlsdorf had an assist and Oldham got the win stopping 10 of 11 shots in half a game in a pre-tournament exhibition USA win over Canada East today.

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