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AHL Game Night: 12-6-17 Crunch at Comets

Erne's hat trick keeps streaking Crunch on track.

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Louis Domingue allowed 1 goal on 25 shots for the victory. He's 5-2-0 with a .927 save percentage since joining Syracuse.

First Period
9:54 UTI Wiercioch (4), (Megna, Darcy)(SH)
17:57 SYR Erne (4), (Lynch)

Second period
9:55 SYR Verhaeghe (4), (Masin, Cernak)
11:02 SYR Verhaeghe (5), (Bournival)

Third Period

7:54 SYR Spencer (1), (Cirelli, Erne)
10:50 SYR Erne (5), (Bodie, Cirelli)
12:48 SYR Erne (6), (Joseph, Cirelli)(PP)

Adam Erne, Carter Verhaeghe, and Mathieu Joseph were the game's three stars.

Erne's hat trick obviously gets the headlines, but it was a banner night for several Crunch players, Carter Verhaeghe's two goals ended up being the critical markers that swayed the momentum of the game, and Anthony Cirelli chipped in assists in triplicate to help Syracuse turn the game into a laugher in the final frame. Additionally, defenseman Matthew Spencer had a milestone moment scoring his first professional goal.

Syracuse's white hot seven game winning streak has moved them from the out house of the North Division to third in winning percentage and fourth in raw points.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

Juniors Game Night: 12-6-17

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Halifax Mooseheads 2 @ Shawinigan Cataractes 3 (SO)

C/W Otto Somppi, HAL: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG, 14/19 FO
Season Totals: 22 GP, 11-19-30, +24, 14 PIM
’16-’17 Totals: 60 GP, 17-24-41, -7, 28 PIM

After the Cataractes got out to a two-goal lead, Sompii helped trigger the Halifax rally assisting on a shorthanded goal by Filip Zadina (2018 draft eligible). About 90 seconds later, Islander 6th round pick Arnaud Durandeau knotted the game at deuces. Zadina, a consensus Top 10 projected pick in the 2018 NHL draft, was named to Team Canada’s World Juniors camp earlier in the day. However, neither Zadina nor Somppi could solve Shawinigan netminder Mikhail Denisov in the shootout before Jan Drozg (PIT, 2017 5th round pick) potted the shootout game-winner for the Cataractes. Somppi was once again lights out in the faceoff circle, winning 74% of his draws.

Ontario Hockey League

Sarnia Sting 3 @ Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 6

W Boris Katchouk, SSM: 1-0-1, +1, 2 PIM, 5 SOG
Season Totals: 28 GP, 24-18-42, +28, 8 PIM
’16-’17 Season: 66 GP, 35-29-64, +18, 46 PIM

Katchouk celebrated being named to Team Canada’s WJC camp by scoring a shorthanded goal for the Greyhounds as they doubled up the Sting. Sault Ste. Marie was paced by Morgan Frost (PHI, 2017 1st round pick) and Tim Gettinger (NYR, 2016 5th round pick).

Juniors Game Night: 12-5-17

Western Hockey League

Saskatoon Blades 1 @ Seattle Thunderbirds 4

D Libor Hajek, SAS: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season Totals: 29 GP, 7-14-21, -14, 26 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals: 65 GP: 4-22-26, -17, 81 PIM

The Thunderbirds got goals from four different players and Seattle netminder Matt Berlin stopped 26 Saskatoon shots.

Medicine Hat Tigers 4 @ Moose Jaw Warriors 5

C Brett Howden, MJ: Did Not Play
Season Totals: 18 GP, 11-17-28, +11, 18 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals: 58 GP, 38-43-81, +14, 73 PIM

D Oleg Sosunov, MJ: Did Not Play
Season Totals: 27 GP, 6-8-14, +23, 32 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (MHL-Russia): 32 GP, 0-0-0, +1, 79 PIM

Neither Howden nor Sosunov was in the lineup for Warriors as Moose Jaw squeaked out 5-4 victory. The Warriors took a 3-0 lead into the 2nd intermission, but the two teams combined for six third period goals, including the game winner by Brayden Burke (undrafted) with 24 seconds remaining.

NHL Game Night: 12-5-17 Islanders at Lightning

Lightning show killer instinct to pull away from the Isles.

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Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 2 goals on 31 shots for the victory. Got some help along the way from his goal posts, but also made a few key saves in the Second Period when the Lightning were looking very shaky.

First Period
0:34 TB Point (10), (Palat, Kucherov)
17:47 TB Sustr (2), (Kunitz, Callahan)

Second Period
7:07 NYI Barzal (7), (Tavares, Leddy)(PP)
8:58 NYI Eberle (11), (Barzal, Pelech)
16:22 TB Gourde (7), (Sergachev, Johnson)(PP)
17:56 TB Gourde (8), (Koekkoek, Conacher)
18:46 TB Namestnikov (11), (Kucherov, Stamkos)(PP)

Third Period
6:00 TB Kunitz (4), (unassisted)

Yanni Gourde, Chris Kunitz, and Ryan Callahan were the game's three stars.

Strange night. Strange game. The Lightning were very focused in the First Period after not playing their best hockey in their last outing against the Islanders and completely dominated the First Period to build a 2-0 lead. Unfortunately, after doing that, the Islanders got angry/embarrassed and the Lightning got a little complacent en route to the Islanders tying the game at 2-2 and they looked primed to take the lead at any point in that Second Period until Jason Chimera gave a cheap power play to the Lightning on a roughing call. The Lightning to a meat and potatoes power play goal against the run of play and the rest is history. It's pretty impressive really. It reminds you of what some of the really dangerous teams like the Pens and Caps have done year in and year out in the last 5-10 years: if you give them a cheap power play they can steal the game from you and make it a laugher. That's what happened tonight. Very impressive.

The Lightning now have 8 points in this 10-game segment with 3 games to go in the segment. They need 4 of the remaining 6 points to clinch a successful segment and avoid dipping into their reservoir of insurance points.

Slater Koekkoek had a helper and was +1 with 1 shot, 2 hits, and 1 blocked shot in 16:16. Ice time looks good. Blowing a wide open net, not so good.

Gourde had a pair of goals and was +1 with 3 shots and 1 blocked shot. He was also 46% on 13 draws. Showing the bravery to go into the forest in front of the net where the lumberjacks do work.

Mikhail Sergachev had a helper, 2 shots, 1 hit, and 1 blocked shot in 15:19.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

Juniors Game Night: 12-3-17

Ontario Hockey League

Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 4 @ Ottawa 67’s 0

W Boris Katchouk, SSM: 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals: 27 GP, 23-18-41, +27, 8 PIM
’16-’17 Season: 66 GP, 35-29-64, +18, 46 PIM

Boris Katchouk returned to action after missing the Kingston game and scored the Greyhounds fourth goal. Sault Ste. Marie netminder Tyler Johnson (undrafted) stopped all 32 Ottawa shots, blanking the 67’s 4-0.

Barrie Colts 2 @ Kingston Frontenacs 6

W Alexey Lipanov, BAR: 0-0-0, -2, 2 PIM, 4 SOG, 1/7 FO
Season Totals: 25 GP, 9-14-23, +4, 6 PIM
‘16-‘17 Totals (VHL-Russia): 21 GP, 3-5-8, +5, 8 PIM

Finnish blueliner Eemeli Rasanen (TOR, 2017 2nd round pick) paced the Frontenacs with three assists as Kingston handed the Central Division leading Colts a 6-2 loss. Lipanov failed to point and is a combined 3/17 in faceoffs over the two game Barrie losing streak.

Kitchener Rangers 3 @ Erie Otters 2 (OT)

W Taylor Raddysh, ER: 0-1-1, -1, 0 PIM, 8 SOG, 1/3 FO
Season Totals: 27 GP, 13-26-39, +10, 16 PIM
‘16-‘17 Totals: 58 GP, 42-67-109, +67, 37 PIM

Raddysh spit out a game-high 8 shots, but only managed the one assist on the opening goal of the game. The Otters scored twice in 37 seconds in the 1st period, but it was all Rangers after that. Kitchener winger Adam Liska (2018 draft eligible) sparked the Ranger rally with a goal and an assist.

Western Hockey League

Saskatoon Blades 4 @ Portland Winterhawks 0

D Libor Hajek, SAS: 0-0-0, +2, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals: 27 GP, 7-14-21, -13, 26 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals: 65 GP: 4-22-26, -17, 81 PIM

Sixteen year old rookie Saskatoon goalie Nolan Maier stopped 48 Winterhawks shots for the 4-0 shutout of Portland.

NCAA Game Night: 12-2-17

Vermont Catamounts 2 @ Maine Black Bears 6

C Ross Colton, UVM: 0-2-2, -2, 2 PIM, 6 SOG
Season Totals: 15 GP, 10-2-12, -8, 20 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals: 33 GP, 12-15-27, E, 22 PIM

Colton had helpers on both Vermont goals and added a hitting-after-the-whistle penalty as part of a melee in the second period. Nolan Vesey (Leafs), brother of the Rangers’ Jimmy Vesey, had two goals for Maine.

No. 15 Boston College Eagles 4 @ Boston University Terriers 1

D John MacLeod, BU: Did not play
Season Totals: 5 GP, 0-1-1, -4, 4 PIM
’17-’18 Totals Totals: 36 GP, 2-5-7, +8, 30 PIM

MacLeod was scratched, possibly due to injury. We haven’t seen any reports.

No. 2 St. Cloud State Huskies 5 @ No. 20 Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks 0

D Kristian Oldham, UNO: Did not play
Season Totals: 4 GP, 0-1-1, 3.45 GAA, .882 sv%, 0 SO
’16-‘17 Totals: 10 GP, 5-3-1, 3.38 GAA, .895 sv%, 0 SO

The Huskies outscored the Mavs, 12-4, in their weekend sweep. Dávid Hrenák (undrafted) had a 33-save shutout for SCSU.

No. 14 Wisconsin Badgers 3 @ No. 7 Minnesota Golden Gophers 2

D Ryan Zuhlsdorf, UMN: 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season Totals: 18 GP, 0-8-8, -1, 26 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals: 37 GP, 2-3-5, +11, 35 PIM

Wisconsin fans sore about the school’s Big 10 football loss can take solace in its hockey team upsetting Minnesota on the road. Maybe.

*USCHO poll used for rankings

Juniors Game Night: 12-2-17

Catching up on Friday and Saturday night's games...

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Rouyn-Noranda Huskies 2 @ Halifax Mooseheads 6 (Friday)

[i]C/W Otto Somppi, HAL: 0-2-2, +2, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 10/17 FO
Season Totals: 20 GP, 10-18-28, +22, 14 PIM
’16-’17 Totals: 60 GP, 17-24-41, -7, 28 PIM

The Mooseheads jumped out to a 4-0 lead before the game’s midpoint and cruised to the 6-2 win over the Huskies. Somppi notched two assists, including the primary on what would be Filip Zadina’s game winner. Zadina, a consensus Top 10 ranked prospect for the 2018 draft., and Raphael Lavoie (undrafted) both paced the Mooseheads with two goals and three points each. Zadina currently leads the Q in goals and points.

Val-d’Or Foreurs 2 @ Halifax Mooseheads 4 (Saturday)

C/W Otto Somppi, HAL: 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, 10/16 FO
Season Totals: 21 GP, 11-18-29, +23, 14 PIM
’16-’17 Totals: 60 GP, 17-24-41, -7, 28 PIM

Once again, the Mooseheads jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the 2nd period and cruised to a 4-2 win over the Foreurs. Somppi scored the opening goal and Halifax netminder Alexis Gravel (2018 draft eligible) stopped 32 Val-d’Or shots for the win. Somppi’s +23 rating leads the Q.

Ontario Hockey League

Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 3 @ Kingston Frontenacs 2 (OT) (Friday)

W Boris Katchouk, SSM: Did Not Play
Season Totals: 26 GP, 22-18-40, +26, 8 PIM
’16-’17 Season: 66 GP, 35-29-64, +18, 46 PIM

Boris Katchouk was missing from action as the Frontenacs twice knotted the match before Conor Timmins (COL, 2017 2nd round pick) scored the OT power-play game-winner for the Greyhounds.

Barrie Colts 3 @ Ottawa 67’s 4 (Saturday)

W Alexey Lipanov, BAR: 0-1-1, -1, 2 PIM, 0 SOG, 2/10 FO
Season Totals: 24 GP, 9-14-23, +6, 4 PIM
‘16-‘17 Totals (VHL-Russia): 21 GP, 3-5-8, +5, 8 PIM

Lipanov assisted on the game’s opening goal, a power play marker by Ben Hawerchuk (undrafted), but the Colts allowed two 3rd period goals by the 67’s.

Erie Otters 4 @ Guelph Storm 5 (OT) (Friday)

W Taylor Raddysh, ER: 0-1-1, -2, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, 0/1 FO
Season Totals: 26 GP, 13-25-38, +11, 16 PIM
‘16-‘17 Totals: 58 GP, 42-67-109, +67, 37 PIM

Raddysh assisted on the Owen Headrick (undrafted) power play goal 13 seconds remaining in regulation to send the game to overtime for the Otters, but Cedric Ralph (undrafted) netted the OT game-winner for the Storm just 20 seconds in the extra session.

Western Hockey League

Kelowna Rockets 4 @ Spokane Chiefs 2 (Friday)

D Cal Foote, KEL: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals: 27 GP, 6-19-25, +9, 22 PIM
‘15-‘16 Totals: 71 GP, 6-51-57, +39, 41 PIM

The Rockets were once again propelled by Carsen Twarynski (PHI, 2016 3rd round pick) and Dillon Dube (CGY, 2016 2nd round pick) as Kelowna doubled the Chiefs on the road in Spokane.

Kootenay Ice 2 @ Kelowna Rockets 5 (Saturday)

D Cal Foote, KEL: 0-1-1, +2, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals: 28 GP, 6-20-26, +11, 22 PIM
‘15-‘16 Totals: 71 GP, 6-51-57, +39, 41 PIM

Cal Foote assisted on his brother Nolan Foote’s (2019 draft eligible) power play marker in the 3rd to help seal the Rockets victory over the Ice.

Saskatoon Blades 0 @ Everett Silvertips 3 (Saturday)

D Libor Hajek, SAS: 0-0-0, -2, 2 PIM, 5 SOG
Season Totals: 27 GP, 7-14-21, -15, 26 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals: 65 GP: 4-22-26, -17, 81 PIM

Despite firing off a team-high five shots, Libor Hajek and the rest of his Blades teammates failed to solve Silvertips netminder Carter Hart (PHI, 2016 2nd round pick), and were blanked 3-zip by Everett in front of 5600+ home fans at XFINITY Arena.

Swift Current Broncos 7 @ Moose Jaw Warriors 6 (OT) (Friday)

C Brett Howden, MJ: Did Not Play
Season Totals: 18 GP, 11-17-28, +11, 18 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals: 58 GP, 38-43-81, +14, 73 PIM

D Oleg Sosunov, MJ: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season Totals: 27 GP, 6-7-13, +22, 32 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (MHL-Russia): 32 GP, 0-0-0, +1, 79 PIM

Brett Howden was absent from the action as the Warriors pressed for a three-goal 3rd period to rally to a 6-5 lead, starting with Sosunov’s assist on a Tanner jeannot’s goal just 52 seconds into the period. However, the Broncos had a rally of their own battling back to send the game to OT and eventually steal the win.

Moose Jaw Warriors 3 @ Swift Current Broncos 2 (Saturday)

C Brett Howden, MJ: Did Not Play
Season Totals: 18 GP, 11-17-28, +11, 18 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals: 58 GP, 38-43-81, +14, 73 PIM

D Oleg Sosunov, MJ: 0-1-1, +2, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals: 27 GP, 6-8-14, +23, 32 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (MHL-Russia): 32 GP, 0-0-0, +1, 79 PIM

The Warriors jumped out to 3-0 1st period lead and hung on to split the home-and-home series against Swift Current. Sosunov assisted on what would be the game-winner by Luka Burzan (2018 draft eligible). Brett Howden missed his 2nd straight game for Moose Jaw.

United States Hockey League

Cedar Rapids RoughRiders 3 @ Dubuque Fighting Saints 4 (OT1) (Friday)

C Cole Guttman, DBQ: 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG, *First Star*
Season Totals: 16 GP, 6-5-11, E, 21 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals: 53 GP, 27-27-54, +21, 18 PIM
Committed to: University of Denver

Guttman scored the OT game-winner to lead the Fighting Saints in victory over the visiting RoughRiders.

Sioux City Musketeers 2 @ Dubuque Fighting Saints 0 (Saturday)

C Cole Guttman, DBQ: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals: 16 GP, 6-5-11, E, 21 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals: 53 GP, 27-27-54, +21, 18 PIM
Committed to: University of Denver

Ben Kraws (Miami University commit) blanked the Fighting Saints, stopping 27 Dubuque shots for the win for the Musketeers.

Sioux Falls Stampede 1 @ Omaha Lancers 4 (Friday)

D Nick Perbix , OMA: 0-1-1, +3, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals: 16 GP, 0-7-7, +8, 8 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (HS): 25 GP, 10-30-40, 6 PIM
Committed to: St. Cloud State University

Perbix notched an assist on what would be the game-winner from Christian O’Neill (Princeton commit).

Omaha Lancers 5 @ Des Moines Buccaneers 3 (Saturday)

D Nick Perbix , OMA: 0-0-0, +3, 2 PIM, 2 SOG
Season Totals: 17 GP, 0-7-7, +11, 10 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (HS): 25 GP, 10-30-40, 6 PIM
Committed to: St. Cloud State University

After just one goal scored in the first 40 mins of hockey, the Lancers and Buccaneers combined for seven 3rd period goals. Perbix notched a +3 rating for the 2nd straight game.

Note: Sioux City Musketeer and University of Minnesota commit Sammy Walker has returned to Edina High School (MIN) for the fall/winter season.

Loney Scores Shootout Winner, Crunch Rally Past Senators


By Jeremy Houghtaling

Before the shootout began, Syracuse Crunch head coach Benoit Groulx looked down his bench.

Groulx saw Ty Loney, who was promoted from ECHL after recording 21 points in 20 games. After some hesitation by Loney on the selection, Groulx called his number in the seventh round of the shootout.

Loney beat Senators goalie Andrew Hammond five-hole for his first pro shootout goal and Connor Ingram made a key save at the other end, as the Crunch rallied to top the Senators, 5-4, at the Onondaga County War Memorial Saturday.

Syracuse is now riding a six game win streak.

“My plan was to send him first. We asked him how good he was in the shootout and he went like ‘uhhh’ so waited a little bit,” Groulx said with a laugh. “Finally, he ended up having the winner.”

“I’m more of a clean-up guy, not a lead-off guy,” Loney said with a smile.

NHL Game Night: 12-2-17 Sharks at Lightning

Lightning get a measure of redemption after the Boston debacle.

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Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 2 goals on 27 shots for the victory. I honestly thought Vasiy wasn't as sharp as he normally was tonight. He got the benefit of a few posts and didn't have the greatest rebound control, but 85-90% Vasilevskiy's still good enough to get you wins if you play well in front of him, and that was the case tonight.

First Period
16:58 SJ Goodrow (1), (O'Regan, Carpenter)

Second Period
0:27 TB Kucherov (18), (Palat, Point)

Third Period
1:39 TB Johnson (5), (Palat, Sergachev)(PP)
5:49 TB Johnson (6), (unassisted)
11:01 TB Conacher (2), (Killorn, Gourde)
13:37 SJ Braun (1), (O'Regan)
15:37 TB Kucherov (19), (unassisted)

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

Great response by the Lightning tonight after sleepwalking their way through too much of the game in Boston. They used their speed to overwhelm San Jose for all 60 minutes en route to posting a 43-27 shot advantage and a 5-2 win. San Jose's goaltender, Martin Jones, was far better than in his last outing against the Lightning and managed to hold the Sharks in the game for 40 minutes, but the Lightning just had too much possession and eventually wore out the slower Sharks, with odd man rushes being the outcome as their defense crumbled in the final frame.

Tyler Johnson potted two goals on a long shoot in from Ondrej Palat off the corner boards timed to let Johnson use his speed to get the loose puck in front of the net for a jam in goal and on a rebound off a Victor Hedman scramble. The common thread in the two goals: Johnson playing a simpler game that is tailored to his strengths. I think his struggles over the past couple of years stem partly from him trying to play a style of game that isn't him. When you play with guys like Palat and Kucherov for so long, I think it's easy to get caught up and think you're some kind of dangling, creative playmaker with amazing handles. That's not Johnson. Johnson's gifts are that he has blazing speed and a great shot. That's two pretty boffo gifts if you're going to pick two out of the hockey hat, and that's why it's been frustrating to see Johnson pass out of shot opportunities or try to make an extra stickhandling move or toe drag for much of this season. When he plays a north-south, shoot-first style of game, he's a good NHL scoring line player. His speed scares the hell out of defenders and creates space for his linemates and his shot is heavy and hard to control. So, if he keeps playing the style he played tonight, the results will follow.

The underrated part of tonight's game was the disgustingly good passes by Palat on Johnson and Kucherov's first goals. Have mercy.

I'll be the guy to put some negative sauce out there: Braun's goal came off one of many faceoff losses. The Lightning only lost the faceoff battle tonight by a modest 49-51 margin, but the team is 28th out of 31 teams in faceoffs. It's not as big a deal right now, but it will be come playoff time. I still would contend to you the Lightning lost the Stanley Cup three years ago to Chicago largely because the Blackhawks were able to generate cheap possession and nullify the Lightning's athleticism advantage by winning a ton of offensive zone faceoffs. The fact that this hasn't been solved, along with the team's quixotic quest to find RHD seemingly since the day Dan Boyle dropped a skate on his wrist, might be the two most frustrating parts of being a Lightning fan over this last decade to decade and a half. This is a problem that the organization needs to remedy if the team is serious about winning a championship. I can't put it any more bluntly.

The Lightning's win tonight put them at 6 points after 6 games of this 10-game segment of the season. They still need 6 of a possible 8 points the rest of the way to clinch a successful segment and avoid dipping into their insurance points. Tough, but it looks a lot more do-able after tonight's effort.

Slater Koekkoek had 1 shot and 1 blocked shot in 14:36. It was a quiet night for him, but a quiet night with 14+ minutes is a good thing. It shows he was steady and earning more shifts.

Yanni Gourde had a helper and was +1 with 1 blocked shot. He was also 57% on 7 draws. Still wish he'd get more shots for himself.

Mikhail Sergachev had a helper and 3 shots, 1 hit, and 1 blocked shot in 19:23. I'd have to go back and look at his game logs, but I feel like that was a season high in ice time for Sergachev, and it came in a fairly quiet game for him. Again, that's a good thing. It means he was steady and earning those shifts, just like Koekkoek. Remember, it's really important for at least 2 of these 3 young prospect defensemen (Dotchin being the third) to develop into an ~18 minute a night player by the end of the regular season, thereby helping to regulate the minutes of older vets like Coburn and Girardi at more manageable levels. Tonight, on paper, was a welcome step toward that.

OK... I went back and checked, and indeed it's Sergachev's season high in ice time. It's only the second time so far he topped the 18 minute mark. Good on him.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

AHL Game Night: 12-2-17 Senators at Crunch

Six straight for the Crunch puts them up over .500.

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Connor Ingram allowed 4 goals on 24 shots before stopping 6 of 7 shooters in the penalty shot session for the SO win.

First Period
2:29 SYR Masin (4), (Spencer, Verhaeghe)
17:37 BEL Chlapik (4), (McCormick, Jaros)
19:12 SYR Stephens (3), (Peca, Cernak)

Second Period
1:59 BEL White (4), (Perron, Jaros)(PP)
12:29 SYR Bodie (2), (Bournival, Lynch)

Third Period
0:57 BEL DiDomenico (5), (Paul, White)(PP)
3:47 BEL Paul (1), (DiDomenico)
19:12 SYR Erne (3), (Joseph, Bodie)(PP)

Overtime
NO SCORING

Shootout
BEL- White
SYR- Joseph, Loney

Ty Loney and Adam Erne were the game's first and second stars.

Syracuse came within an eyelash of seeing their winning streak go up in smoke in a frustrating Third Period, but Adam Erne's tally with 48 seconds to go kept hope alive. Syracuse actually had a staggering 25-7 shot advantage through 40 minutes before Belleville started playing score effects hockey in the Third Period to pull ahead on the scoreboard, if only for a moment.

Thankfully, Syracuse's late game heroics moved them to a 10-9-1-2 record for the campaign and above .500 after banging their heads against the wall in multiple 1 goal losses the first two months of the year.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

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