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Juniors Game Night: 3-18-16

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Saint John Sea Dogs 2 @ Cape Breton Screaming Eagles 6

W Bokondji Imama, SJ: 0-0-0, -2, 2 PIM, 1 SOG, 1 Hit
Season totals: 47 GP, 7-12-19, -3, 84 PIM
2013-2014 Season: 59 GP, 13-15-28, +2, 137 PIM

W Mathieu Joseph, SJ: Did not play
Season totals: 58 GP, 33-40-73, +35, 57 PIM
2013-2014 Season: 59 GP, 21-21-42, +18, 46 PIM

Imama had one minor penalty and two misconducts, one for “abuse of officials.” He’s on a short leash since his suspension earlier in the year for abuse of officials. Joseph remains out injured. The Sea Dogs finish the regular season Saturday in Sydney against the Eagles. They’re sitting as the 3-seed overall after winning the Maritime Division.

Sherbrooke Phoenix 2 @ Shawinigan Cataractes 5

W Dennis Yan, SHAW: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 4 SOG, 2 Hits
Season totals: 61 GP, 32-35-67, +8, 82 PIM
2014-2015 Season: 59 GP, 33-31-64, +23, 71 PIM

Shawinigan had a 5-0 lead after two periods and coasted to a 5-2 win over Sherbrooke. The Cataractes have one game left in the regular season. They are currently two points ahead of Saint John for the league’s 2-seed.

Ontario Hockey League

Oshawa Generals 0 @ Kingston Frontenacs 7

C Anthony Cirelli, OSH: 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM, 1 SOG, 4/15 FO
Season totals: 61 GP, 21-36-57, -16, 27 PIM
2014-15 totals: 68 GP, 13-23-36, +34, 22 PIM

The Fronts took the Gens behind the woodshed Friday to the tune of a 7-0 win. With Hamilton’s loss, Oshawa clinched the final playoff spot in the East. They’ll face Kingston in Round 1.

Windsor Spitfires 6 @ Saginaw Spirit 1

W Cristiano DiGiacinto, WSR: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 62 GP, 16-26-42, +14, 105 PIM
2014-15 totals: 63 GP, 21-24-45, -16, 100 PIM

W Mitchell Stephens, SAG: 1-0-1, -1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, 8/21 FO
Season totals: 38 GP, 20-19-39, -1, 14 PIM
2014-15 totals: 62 GP, 22-26-48, -17, 44 PIM

Stephens scored his 20th goal of the season in 38 games, but it wasn’t near enough for the struggling Spirit to beat the Spits. Saginaw will be the 8-seed in the West, Windsor the 5-seed.

Peterborough Petes 3 @ Mississauga Steelheads 5

D Dominik Masin, PBO: 0-0-0, -2, 2 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 56 GP, 8-32-40, +25, 46 PIM
2014-15 totals: 48 GP, 7-19-26, -13, 68 PIM

D Matt Spencer, PBO: 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 59 GP, 5-19-24, E, 46 PIM
2014-15 totals: 67 GP, 6-24-30, -15, 64 PIM

The Steelheads scored twice in the third period to break a 3-3 tie with Peterborough. Mississauga caught the Petes as the 6-seed in the West.

Western Hockey League

Moose Jaw Warriors 2 @ Brandon Wheat Kings 6

C Brayden Point, MJ: 0-0-0, E, 19 PIM
Season totals: 47 GP, 35-51-86, +22, 34 PIM
2014-15 totals: 60 GP, 38-49-87, +6, 46 PIM

Point nearly matched his season total for penalty minutes in one period as he had a minor for holding, then an instigator, fighting major, and 10-minute misconduct (Note: Misconduct minutes don't count toward season total). Moose Jaw had the game tied 2-2 at one point. The Warriors are tied with Regina for third in the division – and the first Wild Card spot. Regina and Swift Current were headed to overtime at the time of this posting.

Kelowna Rockets 5 @ Vancouver Giants 3

D Ben Thomas, VAN: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 73 GP, 8-19-27, -32, 50 PIM
With Vancouver: 59 GP, 8-16-24, -22, 40 PIM
With Calgary: 14 GP, 0-3-3, -10, 10 PIM
2014-15 totals: 60 GP, 7-24-31, +16, 28 PIM

Preds pick Justin Kirkland scored his 29th goal of the season to pace the Rockets.

United States Hockey League

Dubuque Fighting Saints 1 @ Cedar Rapids RoughRiders 2

D Ryan Zuhlsdorf, DBQ: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 38 GP, 0-25-25, -7, 53 PIM
With Dubuque: 8 GP, 0-2-2, E, 2 PIM
With Sioux City: 30 GP, 0-23-23, -7, 51 PIM
2014-15 totals: 56 GP, 3-19-22, +25, 58 PIM
(University of Minnesota signee)

The Saints scored four times in the second half of the third period turn a 2-1 deficit into a 5-2 win.

NCAA Game Night: 3-18-16

Bowling Green Falcons 1 vs No. 15 Minnesota State Mavericks 2
WCHA Semifinals

W Jimmy Mullin, MSU: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 30 GP, 2-8-10, -1, 8 PIM
2013-2014 totals (Miami): 19 GP, 1-6-7, 23 PIM

The Mavericks advanced to the WCHA championship game with a close win over BGSU. MSU was up 2-0 entering the third period and hung on. Mullin was listed as being on the fourth line. The Mavs will face Ferris State, who upset top-seeded Michigan Tech.

*USCHO poll used

AHL Game Night: 3-18-16 Crunch at Senators

Crunch comeback falls short in OT.

SYR-3
BNG-4 (OT)

Adam Wilcox allowed 4 goals on 24 shots for the OT loss.

First Period
NO SCORING

Second Period
BNG Bailey, (8) (Carlisle, Akeson), 1:47
BNG Rupert, (10) (McCormick, Claesson), 13:01
SYR Tambellini, (22) , 18:49

Third Period
SYR Taormina, (12) (Blujus), 4:36
SYR Drouin, (5) (Taormina, Peca), 10:19 (PP)
BNG Leveille, (1) (Flanagan, Keranen), 12:08

Overtime
BNG Flanagan, (6) (McCormick), 0:36

Matt Taormina was the game's third star.

Syracuse stormed out of a 2-0 hole in the Second Period to score 3 straight goals, only to see the game tied up less than 2 minutes later and eventually lose in OT. Frustrating. On the good side, Jonathan Drouin is at a point a game clip since returning to Syracuse, although his -7 in those 4 games looks mighty ugly, on paper.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

Juniors Game Night: 3-17-16

Ontario Hockey League

Kitchener Rangers 4 @ Windsor Spitfires 6

W Cristiano DiGiacinto, WSR: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 61 GP, 16-26-42, +14, 103 PIM
2014-15 totals: 63 GP, 21-24-45, -16, 100 PIM

DiGiacinto snapped a 6-game pointless streak with an assist on Windsor’s opening goal. The game served as a preview of the clubs’ first round playoff series against each other. The Rangers have home ice for the series.

United States Hockey League

Bloomington Thunder 2 @ Dubuque Fighting Saints 5

D Ryan Zuhlsdorf, DBQ: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 37 GP, 0-25-25, -8, 53 PIM
With Dubuque: 7 GP, 0-2-2, -1, 2 PIM
With Sioux City: 30 GP, 0-23-23, -7, 51 PIM
2014-15 totals: 56 GP, 3-19-22, +25, 58 PIM
(University of Minnesota signee)

The Saints scored four times in the second half of the third period turn a 2-1 deficit into a 5-2 win.

NHL Game Night: 3-17-16 Lightning at Stars

Third Period collapse in Big D.

TB-3
DAL-4

Ben Bishop allowed 4 goals on 33 shots for the loss.

First Period
12:15 TB Kucherov(26), (Killorn, Sustr)
14:08 DAL Spezza(29), (Nichushkin)

Second Period
3:15 TB Stamkos(32), (Kucherov, Stralman)(PP)
5:42 DAL Benn(35), (Eakin)
17:19 TB Stamkos(33), (Killorn, Hedman)

Third Period
9:42 DAL Johns(1), (Eakin, Benn)
11:50 DAL Benn(36), (Eakin, Seguin)

Steven Stamkos was the game's second star.

That Third Period just wasn't good enough. The Lightning played a good (not perfect) first 40 minutes. Sans a few mistakes like that gross turnover by Stamkos on Dallas' second goal, they could've had a multi-goal lead after the Second Period. As it was, they played the road game well weathering Dallas' early storm and staying ahead or even most of the first two periods. But, getting outshot 17-4 in the Third Period just isn't going to get it done. Dallas pushed and the Lightning had no answer, and I don't get why. I really don't. It wasn't complacency, but perhaps they're guilty of trying to sit on a lead, if anything.

Back-to-back losses may make winning the Atlantic Division an impossibility and puts the Lightning in a position where they need to right the ship quickly here or put themselves at risk for the playoffs. With 9 games to go in this 10 game set of the year, they still have a magic number to get of 11 points. What they don't want is to scuttle through those 9 games and only collect, say, 8 points, and find themselves in the high-pressure position of needing points in the last 2 games of the year just to get into the postseason. That would be bad, so the team needs to tighten up quickly. I'd much rather see them sew up a spot and be able to give Ben Bishop a little rest the last couple of games of the regular season before the postseason marathon begins.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

KHL Playoff Game Day: 3-17-16

KHL Western Conference Semifinals
(6)St. Petersburg 2 vs. (5)Dynamo Moscow 0
St. Petersburg Wins the Series 4-2
Nikita Gusev, St. Petersburg, 1-0-1, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Playoff totals: 11 GP, 5-9-14, +1, 0 PIM
Regular season totals: 56 GP, 20-29-49, +15, 14 PIM

Nikita Gusev scored the eventual GWG on the power play in St. Petersburg's 2-0, Game Six, series-clinching win over Dynamo Moscow. The forward played 15:40 in the match. Ex-Isles pick Mikko Koskinen turned aside all 31 shots he faced for the shutout. SKA St. Petersburg advances to the KHL Western Conference Finals where they will face top-seeded CSKA.

The Bolt Prospects Podcast, Volume 58

This week’s “Scott Jackson Edition” of the Bolt Prospects Podcast (also available on Lightning Power Play, Lightning Radio's iHeart station) includes the following topics:

· No. 58
· Reviewing Drouin’s “re-debut”
· The unpredictable Lightning roller coaster
· Interview with Syracuse’s Jake Dotchin
· #BPMailbag (Drouin’s use, timelines, and what-ifs … Bishop trade return … Is the panic jar half full or half empty? … I’m the new GM of Syracuse – here’s who stays and who goes … Blunden recall reasons … Dotchin vs Blujus … DeAngelo next year … Yzerman and Coop on the same page? … Favo(u)rite player & prospect)

Correction: Henri Ikonen has one more year left on his contract, so he'll be back in Syracuse next season.

Juniors Game Night: 3-16-16

Ontario Hockey League

Oshawa Generals 4 @ Mississauga Steelheads 3 (OT)

C Anthony Cirelli, OSH: 1-1-2, -1, 2 PIM, 5 SOG, 11/22 FO, *Third Star*
Season totals: 60 GP, 21-36-57, -14, 27 PIM
2014-15 totals: 68 GP, 13-23-36, +34, 22 PIM

Cirelli scored the game-tying goal with just over eight minutes left in regulation, and added an assist to help Oshawa to a road win in Mississauga. The Gens are four points ahead of Hamilton for the last playoff spot in the East with two games remaining for both clubs.

Saginaw Spirit 5 @ Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 4

W Mitchell Stephens, SAG: 1-1-2, +1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, 15/30 FO
Season totals: 37 GP, 19-19-38, E, 14 PIM
2014-15 totals: 62 GP, 22-26-48, -17, 44 PIM

Stephens scored the game-winning goal with 37 seconds left in regulation to lift the Spirit to a rare road win. Speedy Bruins first rounder Zach Senyshyn scored two goals to give him 45 on the year. Saginaw has clinched the No. 8 spot in the West and will play London or Erie in the first round.

Western Hockey League

Prince Albert Raiders 1 @ Moose Jaw Warriors 4

C Brayden Point, MJ: 1-0-1, E, 0 PIM
Season totals: 46 GP, 35-51-86, +22, 25 PIM
2014-15 totals: 60 GP, 38-49-87, +6, 46 PIM

Moose Jaw pulled within three points of the Raiders for second place in the East Division. The two teams will likely meet in the first round of the playoffs.

KHL Playoff Game Day: 3-16-16

KHL Eastern Conference Semifinals
(2)Magnitogorsk 2 vs. (3)Novosibirsk 1
Magnitogorsk Wins the Series 4-1
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, Win, 29/30, 1.00 GAA, .967 sv%
Playoff totals: 7 GP, 6-1-0, 2 SO, 1.36 GAA, .953 sv%
Regular season totals: 50 GP, 22-15-9, 4 SO, 2.12 GAA, .925 sv%

Ex-Blue Jackets pick Sergei Mozyakin scored the eventual game winning goal in Magnitka's 2-1, series-clinching Game Five win over Novosibirsk. Goaltender Vasily Koshechkin becomes the first Lightning prospect to advance through to the KHL Conference Finals round this year. Nikita Gusev and SKA St. Petersburg will attempt to advance to the Western Conference Finals in Game Six against Dynamo Moscow tomorrow.

Crunch's Dotchin Relieved to Get First Goal of Season


By Jeremy Houghtaling

Jake Dotchin perched himself near the top of the circle, anticipated the pass from his defensive partner, and leaned into a booming one-timer.

The Crunch defenseman’s shot went through a crowd and into the back of the net to cut the Americans’ lead to one late in the third period, but Syracuse couldn’t complete the comeback against Rochester Saturday.

Although his primary role isn’t putting up points, Dotchin felt relieved to finally get his first goal of the season.

“It felt really good,” Dotchin said. “It was a long time coming -- at least it felt that way for me -- and it was nice to get it off my shoulders. It would have been nicer in a win, but it’s nice to feel that goal celebration again and be in the same spot where I’m used to scoring from and show my shot off.”

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