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Late Shorthanded Goal Sinks Crunch's Comeback Bid

By Jeremy Houghtaling

The Syracuse Crunch squandered a golden opportunity.

With the score tied in the final two minutes against the Senators, the Crunch were awarded a power play after a tripping call. Instead of the Crunch completing a comeback, Max McCormick converted on a 2-on-1 shorthanded chance to lift Binghamton to a 3-2 win over Syracuse at the Onondaga County War Memorial Friday.

“It’s tough. There’s only 1:40 left and we’re going on the power play to win it, not to lose it,” Crunch alternate captain Matt Taormina said. “It takes a little bit of a bounce over (Matthew) Peca’s stick, and we don’t take guys going back to the net or anything, and that kind of takes the wind out of the sails a little bit.”

NCAA Game Night: 2-10-17

New Hampshire Wildcats 4 @ No. 15 Vermont Catamounts 2

C Ross Colton, UVM: 0-1-1, -1, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Season Totals: 28 GP, 10-15-25, -1, 20 PIM

UNH scored three third period goals to erase a 2-1 deficit and win on the road. The Wildcats came into the game at 11-14-4.

No. 3 Boston University Terriers 2 vs No. 9 UMass-Lowell River Hawks 3

D John MacLeod, BU: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals: 26 GP, 0-4-4, +8, 26 PIM
2015-2016 Totals: 26 GP, 1-1-2, -4, 26 PIM

C Ryan Lohin, UML: 1-0-1, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season Totals: 30 GP, 8-11-19, +3, 8 PIM

Lohin scored midway through the second period to tie the game and the River Hawks got the only goal of the third period to take a 3-2 win over visiting BU. The two teams started the weekend second (BU) and fourth (UML) in Hockey East.

Western Michigan Broncos 5 @ No. 18 Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks 6

D Kristian Oldham, UNO: Did not play
Season Totals: 10 GP, 5-3-1, 3.38 GAA, .895 sv%, 0 SO

Oldham was not one of the two goalies dressed for UNO Friday. The Mavs were down 4-1 at one point, then up 6-5 before losing.

No. 5 Minnesota Golden Gophers 4 @ No. 12 Ohio State Buckeyes 5

D Ryan Zuhlsdorf, UMN: 0-0-0, +1, 2 PIM, 0 SOG
Season Totals: 26 GP, 2-3-5, +13, 29 PIM

The Gophers remained tied for first in the Big 10 thanks to Wisconsin’s loss to Penn State.

*USCHO poll used for rankings

Liiga Game Day: 2-10-17

JYP 4 vs. SaiPa 0
Saku Salminen, SaiPa, DNP
Season totals: 39 GP, 3-4=7, -9, 41 PIM

Stars 6th rounder Markus Ruusu made 14 saves for JYP as they blanked SaiPa 4-0. Forward Saku Salminen missed the match for SaiPa with an injury.

CHL Game Night: 2-9-17

Sudbury Wolves 1 @ Peterborough Petes 2

W/C Christopher Paquette, PBO: 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM, 4 SOG, 15/25 FO
Season Totals: 50 GP, 16-21-37, -6, 22 PIM
With Petes: 13 GP, 4-4-8, +1, 8 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: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season Totals: 44 GP, 5-16-21, +7, 43 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 (pictured) scored the game’s opening goal and the Petes added another before the end of the first period, then held on for a 2-1 win. After going through a stretch of 10 points in eight games in December, Spencer has just two assists in his last 17 games.

CHL Game Night: 2-8-17

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Saint John Sea Dogs 3 @ Acadie-Bathurst Titan 2

W Bokondji Imama, SJ: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 2 SOG, 2 Hits
Season Totals: 48 GP, 32-12-44, +9, 72 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 48 GP, 7-12-19, -5, 86 PIM

W Mathieu Joseph, SJ: 0-1-1, +1, 2 PIM, 2 SOG, 0 Hits
Season Totals: 38 GP, 31-30-61, +33, 41 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 58 GP, 33-40-73, +35, 57 PIM

Joseph’s point streak hit 27 games as the Dogs beat the Titan, 3-2. Boko Imama was scoreless.

Ontario Hockey League

Saginaw Spirit 1 @ Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 3

W Boris Katchouk, SSM: 0-0-0, +1, 2 PIM, 0 SOG
Season: 50 GP, 24-20-44, +7, 34 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 63 GP, 24-27-51, +7, 61 PIM

Ducks fourth rounder Jack Kopacka scored twice (21) for the Hounds in their win over visiting Saginaw.

Peterborough Petes 3 @ Ottawa 1

W/C Christopher Paquette, PBO: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG, 12/16 FO
Season Totals: 49 GP, 15-21-36, -7, 22 PIM
With Petes: 12 GP, 3-4-7, E, 8 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: 0-0-0, +2, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season Totals: 43 GP, 5-16-21, +8, 43 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

Spencer was plus-2 and the Petes won Wednesday despite getting outshot 27-16. He’s not putting up a lot of points, but Paquette is doing his job in the faceoff circle for the Petes. Not bad considering he played on the wing for Niagara before the trade.

London Knights 4 @ Flint Firebirds 3 (SO)

W/C Mitchell Stephens, LDN: 1-0-1, -1, 0 PIM, 5 SOG, 11/22 FO
Season Totals: 35 GP, 19-24-43, +18, 16 PIM
With London: 13 GP, 8-7-15, +6, 2 PIM
With Saginaw: 22 GP, 11-17-28, +13, 14 PIM
2015-2016 Totals: 39 GP, 20-18-38, -3, 14 PIM

Stephens scored for the seventh time in the last six games as London won in a shootout in Flint, 4-3. His shorthanded goal sent the game to overtime, and he also had the shootout winner. Not a bad night. It wasn’t enough for the Flint media to give him a game star, though.

Western Hockey League

Moose Jaw Warriors 3 @ Brandon Wheat Kings 4

C Brett Howden, MJ: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 41 GP, 28-30-58, +4, 54 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 68 GP, 24-40-64, -7, 61 PIM

Likely 2017 top-2 pick center Nolan Patrick had two goals and was first star for Brandon. Most mock drafts have him going to the Avalanche first overall.

Kelowna Rockets 0 @ Kamloops Blazers 6

G Connor Ingram, KAM: Win, 33 saves on 33 shots, shutout, *First Star*
Season Totals: 33 GP, 20-9-2-1, 2.26 GAA, .932 sv%, 3 SO
2015-2016 Season: 61 GP, 34-15-5-4, 2.61 GAA, .922 sv%, 4 SO

Ingram stopped all 33 shots he faced, earning his third First Star award in the last 10 days. He now has a .10 lead on Carter Hart (Flyers) for first in the WHL in save percentage, though he trails Hart in GAA, 2.07 to 2.26. Hart has a sizeable lead in shutouts, 7-3. Ingram is third in the WHL in that category.
gram is in goal.

Liiga Game Day: 2-8-17

SaiPa 1 vs. Lukko 4
Saku Salminen, SaiPa, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 39 GP, 3-4-7, -9, 41 PIM

Saku Salminen was scoreless in 5:24 of ice time in SaiPa's 4-1 loss to Lukko. Veteran forward and ex-Panthers pick Toni Koivisto had 1 goal and 2 points for Lukko.

MHL Game Day: 2-8-17

Yaroslavl Jr. 5 vs. St. Petersburg Jr. 0
Oleg Sosunov, Yaroslavl Jr., DNP
Season totals: 29 GP, 0-0-0, E, 52 PIM

Ilya Konovalov had 20 saves to help Loko Jr. blank SKA Jr. 5-0. Defenseman Oleg Sosunov has once again been removed from Yaroslavl Jr.'s MHL roster.

Crunch's Richard Benefits From Video Session

By Jeremy Houghtaling

Breaking down the video helped show Tanner Richard his options.

The Syracuse Crunch center sat down with head coach Benoit Groulx for a 25-minute video session after Richard returned to the lineup last week. Richard, who has been primarily a pass-first type of player, and Groulx went through each shift by the second, shared their thought processes and the choices available on each play.

Richard hopes to continue to refine his decision-making skills with the puck as he continues to develop with the Crunch.

“We were looking at shifts and the passes I made and he would ask what I should have done there,” Richard said. “I’m thinking ‘Well, I made a pretty good pass right on our guy’s tape and he got in a shooting position,’ but then he’s like ‘OK, look at all this free ice. You could have taken it yourself.’

“You want to try and take more control of the game instead of always giving the puck away.”

NHL Game Night: 2-7-17 Kings at Lightning

When Kucherov got his mojo back.


Ben Bishop turned aside all 28 shots he faced for the shutout victory. Got help from his horseshoe to usher back in a night of U. of Maine Justice.

First Period
7:46 TB Drouin (16), (unassisted)

Second Period
6:55 TB Kucherov (20), (Namestnikov, Sustr)
11:02 TB Dumont (1), (Brown, Hedman)
18:18 TB Kucherov (21), (Namestnikov, Witkowski)

Third Period
13:08 TB Coburn (2), (Drouin, Vermin)

Nikita Kucherov, Bishop, and Vladislav Namestnikov were the game's three stars. After struggling to regain his usual form for more than a month, Kucherov showed signs of getting back to his hold self in the last game against Anaheim. I'm happy to say the indications from that game were real and that Kucherov looks like he might be ready for a strong stretch run. As for the much maligned Namestnikov, he needs more nights like this because he's playing for his job in Tampa Bay at this point.

Do these back to back wins mean the Lightning suddenly have a chance to stride back into the playoff chase? Well, to comfortably make it in at 96 points, they'd need 42 of a remaining 56 points. Is a .750 winning clip realistic? There's your answer.

Brayden Point was +1 with 1 shot and 1 hit in 14:49. He was also 29% on 7 draws. Point's next game will be his 41st of the season and he will graduate from prospect status on the website.

Luke Witkowski had a helper and was +1 with 1 shot and 3 hits in 8:25.

Jake Dotchin was +1 with 5 hits in 14:00.

Gabriel Dumont had his first goal in a Lightning jersey and was +1 with 1 shot and 1 hit in 10:42. He was also an uncharacteristic 17% on 6 draws.

Joel Vermin had a helper and was +1 with 1 blocked shot in 10:29.

Box score and extended statistics from

The Bolt Prospects Podcast, Episode 88

This week’s “Andrei Vasilevskiy Edition” of the Bolt Prospects Podcast includes the following topics:

· The No. 88
· Vasilevskiy pre-draft scouting reports read like Superman comics
· TB’s immediate goaltending future
· Brian Boyle as a trade piece
· Farm overflowing with forward prospects
· Syracuse’s playoff potential

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