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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

NCAA Game Night: 2-6-17

No. 3 Boston University Terriers 3 vs No. 7 Boston College Eagles 1 (Beanpot)

D John MacLeod, BU: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals: 25 GP, 0-4-4, +8, 26 PIM
2015-2016 Totals: 26 GP, 1-1-2, -4, 26 PIM

BU opened the famed Beanpot Tournament with a win over rival BC. Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson (Bruins) and Clayton Keller (Coyotes) scored for BU. The Terriers will play Harvard next week for the championship. The Crimson beat Northeastern, 4-3.

CHL Game Night: 2-5-17

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Halifax Mooseheads 7 @ Moncton Wildcats 2

C/W Otto Somppi, HAL: 1-1-2, +2, 0 PIM, 5 SOG, 10/17 FO, 0 Hits
Season Totals: 46 GP, 14-22-36, -2, 22 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 59 GP, 13-33-46, -15, 25 PIM

Somppi set a new career high for goals in a season with 14. His goal Sunday was of the highlight reel variety as he kicked a bouncing puck up above his waist, then bunted the puck into the net. Good stuff. Nico Hischier (2017) had two goals and three assists as he tries to overtake Nolan Patrick of Brandon for the No. 1 spot in this summer’s draft.

Ontario Hockey League

Erie Otters 6 @ Kingston Frontenacs 1

C Anthony Cirelli, Erie: 2-0-2, +2, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, 11/17 FO
Season Totals: 38 GP, 17-31-48, +28, 10 PIM
With Erie: 12 GP, 4-10-14, +10, 2 PIM
With Oshawa: 26 GP, 13-21-34, +18, 8 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 62 GP, 21-38-59, -15 27 PIM

W Taylor Raddysh, Erie: 1-2-3, +1, 0 PIM, 4 SOG, *Third Star*
Season Totals: 40 GP, 31-51-82, +51, 27 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 67 GP, 24-49-73, +19, 18 PIM

Raddysh and Cirelli (pictured) both scored in the first period as Erie built a 4-0 lead after one and 6-0 after two periods. Cirelli is starting to find his groove in the Erie lineup with nine points in his last five games.

Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 7 @ North Bay Battalion 4

W Boris Katchouk, SSM: 1-1-2, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, *Third Star*
Season: 49 GP, 24-19-43, +5, 32 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 63 GP, 24-27-51, +7, 61 PIM

Katchouk tied his career high for goals in a season, set in 14 fewer games.

AHL Game Day: 2-5-17 Crunch at Marlies

Crunch can't parlay the false hope goal into real hope.


Adam Wilcox allowed 3 goals on 28 shots for the loss.

First Period
9:44 TOR Froese (18), (Griffith, Rychel)(PP)

Second Period
19:23 TOR Froese (19), (Campbell, Johnsson)

Third Period
6:42 TOR Rychel (9), (Dermott, Froese)(PP)
13:10 SYR Richard (12), (Conacher, Condra)(PP)
14:52 SYR Comrie (6), (Taormina, Conacher)

Tanner Richard was the game's third star.

A three goal deficit in the Third Period of a pro hockey is just a death sentence 99% of the time. You'll see teams get that "false hope goal" to pull within one, but they rarely have enough gas to get the equalizer. It happened again to Syracuse today. They managed to get the false hope goal with a good 5+ minutes to go, but just couldn't find the equalizer. That's why you need timely goaltending and goal scoring to stay within 2 and give yourself a chance, because it's doom if you get down by 3.

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CHL Game Night: 2-4-17

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Saint John Sea Dogs 7 @ Cape Breton Screaming Eagles 0

W Bokondji Imama, SJ: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 0 Hits
Season Totals: 48 GP, 32-12-44, +9, 70 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 48 GP, 7-12-19, -5, 86 PIM

W Mathieu Joseph, SJ: 2-1-3, +3, 0 PIM, 6 SOG, 2 Hits, *First Star*
Season Totals: 37 GP, 31-29-60, +32, 39 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 58 GP, 33-40-73, +35, 57 PIM

Joseph returned from a one-game suspension for clipping to score his 30th and 31st goals of the season and extend his club-record point streak to 26 games. The last Sea Dogs game he failed to register a point in was October 22. He has 44 points in those 26 games. Boko Imama was unable to get in on the scoring fun.

Gatineau Olympiques 3 @ Shawinigan Cataractes 2 (OT)

W Dennis Yan, SHAW: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 2 SOG, 3 Hits
Season Totals: 47 GP, 34-25-59, +20, 46 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 62 GP, 32-37-69, +8, 86 PIM

Zach McEwan (undrafted) scored his 25th goal of the season in overtime to pace the Olympiques.

Ontario Hockey League

Erie Otters 8 @ Ottawa 67’s 4

C Anthony Cirelli, Erie: 1-2-3, +1, 2 PIM, 4 SOG, 13/18 FO
Season Totals: 37 GP, 15-31-46, +26, 10 PIM
With Erie: 11 GP, 2-10-12, +8, 2 PIM
With Oshawa: 26 GP, 13-21-34, +18, 8 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 62 GP, 21-38-59, -15 27 PIM

W Taylor Raddysh, Erie: 0-1-1, +1, 2 PIM, 2 SOG
Season Totals: 39 GP, 30-49-79, +50, 27 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 67 GP, 24-49-73, +19, 18 PIM

Hawks’ pick Alex DeBrincat had two goals and five points to lead the Otters in Ottawa. Erie climbed into a tie for first in the Western Conference with London.

Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 2 @ Sudbury Wolves 5

W Boris Katchouk, SSM: 0-1-1, -2, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season: 48 GP, 23-19-42, +5, 32 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 63 GP, 24-27-51, +7, 61 PIM

The Soo climbed back from a 3-0 deficit to pull to 3-2 at the end of two periods, but Sudbury put the game away in the third.

Oshawa Generals 3 @ Peterborough Petes 2 (OT)

W/C Christopher Paquette, PBO: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, 11/18 FO
Season Totals: 48 GP, 15-21-36, -7, 22 PIM
With Petes: 11 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, -1, 2 PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals: 40 GP, 5-17-22, +4, 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

Peterborough got down 2-0 early but forced overtime before settling for the loser point. With two points, Oshawa tied Peterborough for the Eastern Conference lead.

London Knights 1 @ Saginaw Spirit 4

W/C Mitchell Stephens, LDN: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 10/19 FO
Season Totals: 34 GP, 18-24-42, +19, 16 PIM
With London: 12 GP, 7-7-14, +7, 2 PIM
With Saginaw: 22 GP, 11-17-28, +13, 14 PIM
2015-2016 Totals: 39 GP, 20-18-38, -3, 14 PIM

Stephens returned to Saginaw, where the Spirit upset the Knights, 4-1. London is tied with Erie for the West lead at 75 points.

Western Hockey League

Red Deer Rebels 2 @ Saskatoon Blades 4

D Libor Hajek, SAS: 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM
Season Totals: 45 GP: 3-20-23, -10, 51 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 69 GP, 3-23-26, -19, 76 PIM

Hajek hit minus-10 for the season, albeit in a win.

Moose Jaw Warriors 0 @ Lethbridge Hurricanes 3

C Brett Howden, MJ: 0-0-0, -3, 9 PIM
Season Totals: 40 GP, 28-30-58, +4, 54 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 68 GP, 24-40-64, -7, 61 PIM

Howden had a rough night, going minus-3 and started a line brawl in the closing seconds. (watch)

Kamloops Blazers 3 @ Spokane Chiefs 2

G Connor Ingram, KAM: Win, 30 saves on 32 shots, *First Star*
Season Totals: 32 GP, 19-9-2-1, 2.33 GAA, .929 sv%, 2 SO
2015-2016 Season: 61 GP, 34-15-5-4, 2.61 GAA, .922 sv%, 4 SO

Ingram was first star for the second time this week, helping Kamloops to a 3-2 road win over Tyler Johnson’s former team.

NCAA Game Night: 2-4-17

No. 12 Vermont Catamounts 1 @ No. 17 Notre Dame Fighting Irish 4

C Ross Colton, UVM: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season Totals: 27 GP, 10-14-24, E, 20 PIM

Vermont held a 1-0 lead after the first period, then the Irish took over.

New Hampshire Wildcats 2 @ No. 10 UMass-Lowell River Hawks 8

C Ryan Lohin, UML: 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals: 29 GP, 7-11-18, +3, 8 PIM

UML outshot the Wildcats 38-13 in the final two periods, outscoring them 6-1 in that time en route to an 8-2 win.

No. 18 Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks 1 @ No. 1 Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs 5

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

Two-time Lightning camper Alex Iafallo had a goal and an assist for No. 1 UMD.

No. 6 Penn State Nittany Lions 2 @ No. 7 Minnesota Golden Gophers 5

D Ryan Zuhlsdorf, UMN: 0-0-0, +2, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals: 25 GP, 2-3-5, +12, 27 PIM

Minnesota cruised to another big win over Penn State to sweep their weekend series.

*USCHO poll used for rankings

NHL Game Night: 2-4-17 Ducks at Lightning

Mine eyes have seen the glory of a losing streak being snapped!

TB-3 (SO)

Ben Bishop allowed 2 goals on 16 shots before conceding to 2 of 4 in the penalty shot session for the SO win. Stat line isn't great, but he made some key situational saves over the course of the game to eventually get the victory.

First Period
8:14 ANH Montour (1), (Silfverberg, Kesler)
9:48 TB Drouin (15), (Johnson, Kucherov)

Second Period
10:56 TB Killorn (16), (Kucherov)(PP)

Third Period
4:02 ANH Getzlaf (8), (Bieksa, Kesler)


ANH- Silfverberg, Kesler
TB- Point, Kucherov, Boyle

Nikita Kucherov and Alex Killorn were the game's first and third stars.

Styles make the fight, and the quicker Tampa Bay Lightning drew a good matchup against a more plodding, big Anaheim team on the back end of a back-to-back situation. Tampa Bay didn't squander that advantage, playing with far more hustle than they did in the previous two contests. Clearly Jon Cooper challenged his guys to show some heart after the travesty of the past couple of outings, and it showed. More importantly, they actually got the payoff.

Brayden Point was -1 with 1 shot in 16:29. He was also 60% on 5 draws. He played well on some shifts with Drouin, which is something to watch going forward, in my opinion. And, he remains cash money all night in the Shootout.

Jake Dotchin was +1 with 2 shots, 3 hits, and 1 blocked shot in 15:08. This was probably his best game at the NHL level thus far. Again, styles make the fight, and these Anaheim players aren't necessarily the speedsters who will give Dotchin trouble. He was assertive physically in separating guys from the puck and starting the breakout thereafter throughout the night.

Gabriel Dumont had 2 penalty minutes and 1 shot in 6:00 even. He also was 83% on 6 draws.

Joel Vermin had 2 hits in 6:45.

Box score and extended statistics from

AHL Game Day: 2-4-17 Crunch at Marlies

No problem scoring goals for Conacher, Crunch.


Adam Wilcox made a stout 37 saves on 40 shots for the victory.

First Period
2:47 SYR Conacher (8), (Thomas)
3:17 SYR Richard (11), (Ikonen, Hart)
9:17 TOR Timashov (7), (Wrenn)
19:28 TOR Moore (5), (Griffith, Dermott)

Second Period
0:42 SYR Halmo (13), (Condra)
17:15 TOR Moore (6), (Griffith, Timashov)(PP)

Third Period
6:13 SYR Conacher (9), (Halmo)
12:57 SYR Lynch (1), (Conacher, Halmo)

Cory Conacher and Mike Halmo were the game's first and third stars.

Syracuse seized, for the moment, a 1 point lead over Albany for the top spot on the North Division standings. Albany plays Binghamton later tonight.

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