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Juniors Game Night: 11-24-17

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Halifax Mooseheads 2 @ Charlottetown Islanders 3 (OT)

C/W Otto Somppi, HAL: 1-1-2, -1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, 21/30 FO
Season Totals: 17 GP, 8-15-23, +18, 12 PIM
’16-’17 Totals: 60 GP, 17-24-41, -7, 28 PIM

Somppi was part of both goals scored by the Mooseheads, potting a power play marker just shy of six minutes into the game, and followed by the primary assist on Maxime Fortier’s shorthanded goal with about ninety seconds left in the 1st. The Islanders’ Pierre-Olivier Joseph (Coyotes 2017 1st round pick) knotted the game at 2-2 with just eight seconds left in regulation and then Nikita Alexandrov (2019 draft eligible) netted the OT game-winner just 27 seconds into the extra session. Somppi also took 31 faceoffs, winning 70% of them.

Ontario Hockey League

Kitchener Rangers 2 @ Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 8

W Boris Katchouk, SSM: 2-2-4, +3, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, *Second Star*
Season Totals: 24 GP, 22-16-38, +24, 8 PIM
’16-’17 Season: 66 GP, 35-29-64, +18, 46 PIM

Katchouk (pictured) scored two goals and four points, earning Second Star honors, as the Greyhounds put up a snowman at home against the Rangers. Katchouk now leads the OHL in goals, short-handed goals, game-winning goals, and is one off the lead in plus-minus.

Barrie Colts 4 @ Guelph Storm 5 (OT)

W Alexey Lipanov, BAR: 1-0-1, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 7/16 FO
Season Totals: 20 GP, 8-10-18, +6, 2 PIM
‘16-‘17 Totals (VHL-Russia): 21 GP, 3-5-8, +5, 8 PIM

Lipanov returned to the lineup after missing a couple of games, scoring the Colts’ third goal. Barrie never trailed until Storm forward Cedric Ralph (undrafted) scored the OT game-winner 55 seconds into the extra session. The Colts had leads of 1-0, 3-1, and 4-3, pelting Guelph netminder Anthony Popovich (undrafted) with 44 shots. Yet, the Storm battled back at each juncture, giving the nearly 4,400 fans at Sleeman Centre plenty to cheer about.

Peterborough Petes 4 @ Sudbury Wolves 0

W/C Christopher Paquette, PBO: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Season Totals: 21 GP, 8-2-10, -11, 4 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (NIA/PBO): 66 GP, 19-29-48, +1, 28 PIM

Peterborough blanked the Wolves and goalie Dylan Wells (Oilers 2016 5th round pick) stopped 24 Sudbury shots. Pavel Gogolev (2018 draft eligible) scored twice for the Petes. Paquette took zero faceoffs after a downward trend the last few games of taking fewer and fewer.

Western Hockey League

Kelowna Rockets 3 @ Vancouver Giants 2

D Cal Foote, KEL: 0-2-2, -1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG, *Second Star*
Season Totals: 24 GP, 5-18-23, +5, 20 PIM
‘15-‘16 Totals: 71 GP, 6-51-57, +39, 41 PIM

Foote assisted on two of Kelowna’s three goals, including Flames prospect Dillon Dube’s 3rd period game-winning power play marker.

Brandon Wheat Kings 5 @ Saskatoon Blades 6

D Libor Hajek, SAS: 1-1-2, E, 0 PIM, 6 SOG, *Second Star*
Season Totals: 24 GP, 7-13-20, -13, 22 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals: 65 GP: 4-22-26, -17, 81 PIM

Hajek scored one and assisted on another, giving him 20 points in just 24 games and the first Blades blueliner since Duncan Siemens (2009-2013) to score 20+ points in 3 straight seasons. Hajek is on pace to eclipse his 2016-17 point totals in about one-third of the games. The Blades scored five 3rd period goals after falling behind 4-1 in the first two frames. Both Saskatoon and Brandon was paced by overaged and undrafted Braylon Shmyr and Evan Weinger, respective, who each put up three goals and four points.

United States Hockey League

Dubuque Fighting Saints 3 @ Madison Capitols 1

C Cole Guttman, DBQ: 1-0-1, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, *Third Star*
Season Totals: 14 GP, 5-5-10, -1, 21 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals: 53 GP, 27-27-54, +21, 18 PIM
Committed to: University of Denver

Guttman scored the game-winner in the 3rd period as the Fighting Saints went on to beat the Capitols 3-1. Guttman earn 3rd Star honors for his efforts.

Tri-City Storm 3 @ Sioux City Musketeers 2 (OT)

RW Sammy Walker, SC: Did Not Play
Season Totals (SC): 4 GP, 0-0-0, -3, 4 PIM
Season Totals (HS): 20 GP, 16-25-41, 14 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (HS): 25 GP, 22-24-46, 6 PIM
Committed to: University of Minnesota

The Musketeers dropped an OT heartbreaker to the Storm, and Walker missed his third consecutive game. Minnesota-Duluth commit Charlie Dovorany scored the OT game-winner for Tri-City.

Bolts Claim DiDomenico Off Waivers

TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning have claimed forward Chris DiDomenico off waivers from the Ottawa Senators today, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced.

DiDomenico, 5-foot-11, 174 pounds, has played in 12 games with Ottawa this season, recording three goals and six points, including three power-play points, while averaging 10:40 in ice time per game. He has played in 15 career NHL games, all with the Senators, after making his debut last season on March 9 at Arizona. DiDomenico has also appeared in four games with the Belleville Senators of the AHL this season, notching three goals and five points.

A native of Toronto, Ontario, DiDomenico has played in 78 career AHL games with the Senators and Rockford Ice Hogs, registering five goals and 22 points. From 2012 through 2017, he played in the Langnau Tigers organization of the Swiss league and with Asiago HC in Italy.

DiDomenico was drafted by the Toronto Maple Leafs in the sixth round, 164th overall, of the 2007 NHL Entry Draft.

Early Surge, Late PK Lead Crunch Over Penguins

By Jeremy Houghtaling

The Syracuse Crunch surged out of the gate, but needed their penalty kill to bail them out late in the game.

The Crunch jumped out to a three-goal lead in the first period, but the Penguins cut their deficit to one in the third period. Syracuse killed off a five minute major penalty in the closing minutes and added a pair of empty-netters in a 5-2 win over Wilkes-Barre/Scranton at the Onondaga County War Memorial Friday.

The loss snaps an 12-game point streak for the league-leading Penguins.

“Any time you can score early in a period, especially two or three in the same period, that’s going to build momentum for your hockey team,” Crunch defenseman Jamie McBain said. “They’re a great team and we knew they were going to make a push for it and not make it easy on us. We had some big kills and were able to pull it off.”

AHL Game Night: 11-24-17 Penguins at Crunch

Shorthanded Syracuse starts streaking.


Louis Domingue allowed 2 goals on 25 shots for the victory.

First Period
1:51 SYR Volkov (4), (Peca, Erne)
8:39 SYR McBain (3), (Peca)(PP)
9:36 SYR Lynch (4), (McBain, Bournival)

Second Period
9:19 WBS Smith (3), (Czuczman, DiPauli)(PP)

Third Period
13:00 WBS Simon (3), (Smith)
18:54 SYR Verhaeghe (2), (Joseph, McNeill)(EN)
19:31 SYR Bournival (6), (unassisted)(EN)(SH)

Kevin Lynch, Domingue, and Alexei Volkov were the game's three stars.

Between callups, injuries, and other recent transactions, Syracuse had to cobble together lines with only 10 natural forwards. Didn't matter. Fresh off an emotional Overtime victory the Crunch manufactured a big win over a perennial Eastern Conference power. The back-to-back wins have lifted Syracuse out of the North Division basement. They are still 3 games under .500 on the campaign, but there's suddenly a little hope the ship has been righted.

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NHL Game Night: 11-24-17 Lightning at Capitals

Burn the tape.


Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 2 goals on 37 shots for the victory. The players in front of him did a bang up job of wasting an amazing effort that held them in the game and gave them a chance to steal at least a point tonight.

First Period
1:22 TB Namestnikov (10), (Kucherov, Hedman)(PP)
18:38 WSH Ovechkin (15), (Wilson, Backstrom)

Second Period
14:36 WSH Smith-Pelly (3), (Beagle, Orlov)

Third Period
17:52 WSH Beagle (3), (Niskanen)(EN)

Vasilevskiy was the game's second star.

That was 40 minutes of getting outpossessed and outplayed by Washington followed by 20 minutes of frustration as they came close to paying off Vasiy's heroics, but just couldn't find the equalizer. There's plenty of blame to go around tonight, but honestly I'll say this might've been Victor Hedman's worst game in years. His Norris Trophy campaign committee will want to hunt down all copies of tonight's tilt and have them burned.

Slater Koekkoek had 1 hit in 6:52. Blink and you'd miss him.

Yanni Gourde had 2 penalty minutes and 1 shot in 17:20.

Mikhail Sergachev had 1 shot and 1 hit in 13:41.

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Juniors Game Night: 11-22-17

Ontario Hockey League

Sudbury Wolves 3 @ Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 4

W Boris Katchouk, SSM: 2-0-2, +1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, 0/1 FO, *First Star*
Season Totals: 23 GP, 20-14-34, +21, 8 PIM
’16-’17 Season: 66 GP, 35-29-64, +18, 46 PIM

Katchouk scored twice, earning First Star honors, as the Greyhounds thrice evened the score before Rangers 2016 5th round pick Tim Gettinger notched the game-winner for Sault Ste. Marie late in the 3rd.

Western Hockey League

Kelowna Rockets 2 @ Spokane Chiefs 6

D Cal Foote, KEL: 0-0-0, -4, 2 PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals: 23 GP, 5-16-21, +6, 20 PIM
‘15-‘16 Totals: 71 GP, 6-51-57, +39, 41 PIM

The Chiefs broke open a 2-2 game late in the 2nd, and scored four straight goals to win the game running away. Flames 2017 5th round pick Zach Fischer paced Spokane with a goal and two points.

Saskatoon Blades 4 @ Swift Current Broncos 5 (SO)

D Libor Hajek, SAS: 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM, 2 SOG
Season Totals: 23 GP, 6-12-18, -13, 22 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals: 65 GP: 4-22-26, -17, 81 PIM

The Blades allowed a 4-1 lead to evaporate in the 3rd period as undrafted overager Glenn Gawdin sparked the Bronco’s comeback with two goals. Aleksi Heponiemi and Logan Barlage scored shootout goals for Swift Current to complete the rally.

United States Hockey League

Waterloo Black Haws 3 @ Dubuque Fighting Saints 2 (SO)

C Cole Guttman, DBQ: 0-0-0, E, 15 PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals: 13 GP, 4-5-9, -1, 21 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals: 53 GP, 27-27-54, +21, 18 PIM
Committed to: University of Denver

Guttman fought UMass-Amherst commit Bobby Trivigno and both were subsequently given game misconducts.

Madison Capitols 2 @ Omaha Lancers 4

D Nick Perbix , OMA: 0-1-1, +3, 0 PIM, 6 SOG
Season Totals: 14 GP, 0-5-5, +4, 6 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (HS): 25 GP, 10-30-40, 6 PIM
Committed to: St. Cloud State University

Perbix assisted on the Lancers’ 2nd goal as Omaha doubled the Capitols at Ralston Arena.

Yan's OT Goal Lifts Crunch Over Americans

By Jeremy Houghtaling

Dennis Yan saw the opportunity and took advantage,

The Crunch rookie gathered the puck behind his own net, rushed up the right side of the ice, charged past the last defender and beat Americans goalie Linus Ullmark blocker side to lift Syracuse to a 6-5 overtime win over Rochester in a back-and-forth battle at the Onondaga County War Memorial Wednesday.

“I didn’t plan to go all the way to the net, but once I took the puck I saw a huge space and I put the jets on,” Yan said. “I had space there and tried to get to the net as fast as I could.”

NHL Game Night: 11-22-17 Blackhawks at Lightning

Lightning defies odds/adversity for impressive comeback win.

TB-3 (OT)

Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 2 goals on 31 shots for the win. It was a rough start for Andrei allowing a semi-soft goal to Kane where he was off his angle and deep in his net. When the good ones give up a couple early, though, they tend to dig their heels in and shut the door the rest of the way. That happened tonight as Vasilevskiy made about 4-5 unbelievable stops to give the Lightning the chance to eventually pull out the win.

First Period
3:49 CHI Kane (7), (Anisimov, Rutta)
15:54 CHI Kane (8), (Franson, Keith)(PP)

Second Period
4:27 TB Palat (6), (Callahan, Hedman)(SH)

Third Period
0:31 TB Kunitz (3), (Coburn, Callahan)

3:25 TB Point (9), (Stamkos, Namestnikov)(PP)

Brayden Point and Ryan Callahan were the game's first and third stars.

That's not exactly how you'd draw up a win against a NHL power like Chicago, but it's impressive nonetheless. The Lightning looked a little disjointed in the First Period while dealing with Dotchin being out of the lineup, Paquette being back in the lineup, and a Chicago team that's well coached and has a lot of speed. Adding to their peril was a semi-soft goal allowed by Vasilevskiy and a failed 5-on-3 bid that put them on the downside of Espo's Rule. Things looked bleak after 20 minutes, but they fought hard the rest of the way to eventually equalize and win it in Overtime.

One of the biggest elements of that comeback was the surprising play of the fourth line of Kunitz/Paquette/Callahan. Playing with a regular, natural centerman seemed to free the whole line up to just buzz around and grind, with Paquette throwing a tone-setting hit on Toews that seemed to propel that line's who game from there on out. Callahan, in particular, turned in one of those performances that reminds you of what he was at the prime of his career.

I think the most impressive thing about tonight was it was a different way of winning. The Lightning were forced to manufacture a couple of goals to get level rather than simply winning a track meet. These kind of victories can help build a valuable foundation for when the calendar gets into late March and April and games get tighter and more meaningful.

One downside from tonight that I'll mention after watching it for the past three or so games: Kucherov's got to stop trying to make the cute play and simplify his approach. He's making one more move and one more pass than he needs to. When he's in a scoring area, he needs to just rip it. And, when a play's not there, put it in spots in the corners and trust your bloodhounds Namestnikov and Stamkos will get in there, sniff out those loose pucks, and keep the attack alive in the offensive zone.

Tampa Bay starts off their third 10-game segment of the season with 2 big points. They need 10 in their next 9 to clinch a successful segment.

Yanni Gourde was -1 with 2 penalty minutes, 1 blocked shot, and he was 40% on 5 draws.

Mikhail Sergachev had 2 shots, 1 hit, and 2 blocked shots in 17:54. He was impressive tonight against a high caliber foe. Yes, there were a couple of plays that were a little riskier than I may have liked from a rookie blueliner, but he made them stick.

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AHL Game Night: 11-22-17 Americans at Crunch

Syracuse finally gets a break through.

SYR-6 (OT)

Louis Domingue allowed 5 goals on 35 shots, but got a drink from the cool, refreshing fountain of goal support.

First Period
1:18 SYR Volkov (3), (Peca, McNeill)
14:34 RCH Redmond (2), (Baptiste, Blackwell)
17:00 RCH Porter (5), (Moses, Rodrigues)(PP)

Second Period
7:39 SYR Peca (1), (unassisted)(SH)
11:10 RCH Malone (1), (unassisted)
14:43 SYR McBain (2), (Conacher, Walcott)
18:16 SYR Masin (3), (Peca, Bournival)(SH)
19:50 RCH Baptiste (4), (Percy, Fasching)(PP)

Third Period
10:14 SYR Bodie (1), (Lynch)
13:11 RCH Allen (1), (Blackwell, Smith)

1:48 SYR Yan (3), (Masin, Cirelli)

Dennis Yan and Matthew Peca were the game's first and second stars. Yan's quietly got points in 4 of his last 5 outings and has had decent production for his rookie campaign.

This team has been so painfully close so many times this season that you just have to hope getting an emotional OT win is the elixir that slingshots them back into the playoff hunt.

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Juniors Game Night: 11-21-17

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Moncton Wildcats 5 @ Halifax Mooseheads 6

C/W Otto Somppi, HAL: 1-0-1, -1, 0 PIM, 4 SOG, 10/17 FO
Season Totals: 16 GP, 7-14-21, +19, 12 PIM
’16-’17 Totals: 60 GP, 17-24-41, -7, 28 PIM

Somppi scored the opening goal, a power play marker just 2:38 into the contest, and the Mooseheads would squeeze out the 6-5 win. But not before the Darren Rumble coached Wildcats fought them tooth and nail every minute of the game. Halifax was paced by Islanders 2016 6th round pick Arnaud Durandeau and Blue Jackets signee Maxime Fortier.

Western Hockey League

Saskatoon Blades 6 @ Moose Jaw Warriors 7 (OT)

D Libor Hajek, SAS: 0-2-2, +2, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Season Totals: 22 GP, 6-13-19, -12, 20 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals: 65 GP: 4-22-26, -17, 81 PIM

C Brett Howden, MJ: 0-1-1, -2, 0 PIM, 4 SOG, *Third Star*
Season Totals: 16 GP, 10-14-24, +7, 18 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals: 58 GP, 38-43-81, +14, 73 PIM

D Oleg Sosunov, MJ: 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season Totals: 24 GP, 6-5-11, +20, 32 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (MHL-Russia): 32 GP, 0-0-0, +1, 79 PIM

Brett Howden finally returned to the lineup after being injured in the WHL vs. Russia series, and everyone in Mosaic Place was so happy, they awarded him the game’s Third Star. Howden assisted on a 1st period power play goal that was part of a 4-0 run by the Warriors that extended to 5-2 lead by the second intermission. After Moose Jaw went up 6-2 three minutes into the 3rd, the game looked like a full on stinker. Then the Blades went on their own 4-0 tear, sending it to OT before Brayden Burke scored the OT game winner for the Warriors. Hajek notched a couple of assists for Saskatoon in the loss, and Jason Halbgewachs scored twice to pace Moose Jaw.

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