Yaroslavl Jr. 2 vs. Krylya Sovetov Jr. 1 (OT)
Oleg Sosunov, Yaroslavl Jr., DNP
Season totals: 9 GP, 0-0-0, -2, 20 PIM
Oleg Sosunov was out of the lineup for Loko Jr.'s 2-1 OT win over the Soviet Wings. Loko dressed their usual 7 defensemen for the match.
St. Petersburg 5 vs. Podolsk 1
Nikita Gusev, St. Petersburg, 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 20 GP, 9-16-25, +17, 4 PIM
Nikita Gusev had a rare off night, posting a minor for hooking in 14:33 of ice time in SKA's 5-1 win over Podolsk. Ex-NHL'er Ilya Kovalchuk led the way for SKA with 2 goals and 1 assist while living legend Pavel Datsyuk chipped in a pair of helpers in the win.
Goals! Goals! Goals!
Adam Wilcox allowed 3 goals on 21 shots for the win, and then thanked Jobu for the sweet elixir of goal support.
5:31 RCH Rodrigues (1), (unassisted)
16:11 SYR Gourde (1), (Richard, Halmo)
19:14 SYR Peca (1), (Conacher)
0:39 SYR Bournival (2), (Dotchin, Walcott)
10:26 SYR Peca (2), (Conacher, Erne)(PP)
13:31 RCH Strachan (1), (Bennett, Nylander)
15:14 SYR Conacher (1), (Vermin, Taormina)
9:34 RCH Nylander (1), (O'Reilly)
16:06 SYR Vermin (2), (Condra, Richard)(PP)
It's hard to lose when you're averaging 5 goals a game. Benoit Groulx must feel like he won the lottery after being tapped to coach this team.
Box score from TheAHL.com.
The new AHL website is bad, and they should feel bad.
Kristers Gudlevskis allowed 1 goal on 21 shots for the victory. Life is good when you have low shot totals to face and sweet, sweet goal support.
3:55 SYR Erne (1), (Blujus, Peca)(PP)
13:01 SYR McGinn (1), (Erne, Witkowski)
17:05 SYR Vermin (1), (Conacher, Dumont)
17:27 SYR Bournival, (Dumont, Dotchin)
6:55 RCH Bailey (1), (Fedun)
Syracuse's depth at forward this season is obscene, on paper, and it will only get better when Ryan Callahan gets healthy and (possibly/probably) pushes young Brayden Point down to the Crunch to learn to play center as a pro. With that in mind, Syracuse's ceiling this year may be defined by if/when the Lightning resolve their goaltending situation up top, and if/when Gudlevskis moves up because of it. Syracuse is likely to have everything else, so they just need the goaltending to potentially make an epic run this year.
Box score from TheAHL.com.
Quebec Major Junior Hockey League
Saint John Sea Dogs 4 @ Val-d’Or Foreurs 2
W Bokondji Imama, SJ: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, 1 Hits
Season Totals: 8 GP, 1-2-3, E, 2 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 48 GP, 7-12-19, -5, 86 PIM
W Mathieu Joseph, SJ: 2-1-3, +3, 0 PIM, 5 SOG, 0 Hits
Season Totals: 8 GP, 9-4-13, +7, 11 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 58 GP, 33-40-73, +35, 57 PIM
Joseph added another two goals to his season’s point total, giving him nine in eight games.
Halifax Mooseheads 2 @ Blainville-Boisbriand Armada 4
W Otto Somppi, HAL: 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM, 1 SOG, 0 Hits, 4/10 FO
Season Totals: 8 GP, 3-4-7, -5, 6 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 59 GP, 13-33-46, -15, 25 PIM
Yvon Mongo (2017) had two goals for Cedric Paquette’s former team Saturday in the Armada’s 4-2 win over the Mooseheads.
Ontario Hockey League
Oshawa Generals 2 @ Niagara IceDogs 1
C Anthony Cirelli, OSH: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 5 SOG, 16/24 FO
Season Totals: 6 GP, 5-5-10, +8, 6 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 62 GP, 21-38-59, -15 27 PIM
C Christopher Paquette, NIA: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, 2/2 FO
Season Totals: 8 GP, 2-2-4, -6, 4 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 57 GP, 5-11-16, -6, 18 PIM
The Gens built a 2-0 lead in the second period and held on for a one-goal win.
London Knights 1 @ Erie Otters 7
W Taylor Raddysh, Erie: 0-4-4, +2, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, *Second Star*
Season Totals: 7 GP, 5-12-17, +14, 2 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 67 GP, 24-49-73, +19, 18 PIM
Raddysh and Blackhawks prospect Alex DeBrindicat continued their magic together Saturday, combining for eight points as Erie put a touchdown on the board against the high-powered Knights, 7-1. Raddysh is currently tied for second in the OHL in points.
Mississauga Steelheads 3 @ Saginaw Spirit 2 (OT)
W Mitchell Stephens, SAG: 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM, 8 SOG, 13/29 FO
Season Totals: 5 GP, 2-3-5, +3, 4 PIM
2015-2016 Totals: 39 GP, 20-18-38, -3, 14 PIM
Nathan Bastian (Devils second rounder) scored in overtime to lift the Steelheads to a 3-2 win in Saginaw.
No. 7 UMass-Lowell River Hawks 4 @ Colorado College 0
C Ryan Lohin, UML: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals: 4 GP, 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM
The River Hawks got a shutout win in Colorado Springs Saturday, 4-0.
No. 2 Boston University Terriers 1 @ No. 10 Denver Pioneers 3
D John MacLeod, BU: Did not play
Season Totals: 2 GP, 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM
2015-2016 Totals: 26 GP, 1-1-2, -4, 26 PIM
MacLeod was out of the lineup Saturday as Denver completed the 2-game sweep of BU. MacLeod had a hard time staying in the lineup last season and the Terriers brought in a highly regarded freshman class this year that will command ice time.
Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks 4 @ Alaska-Fairbanks Nanooks 3 (OT)
D Kristian Oldham, UNO: Did not play
Season Totals: 1 GP, 1-0-0, 1.00 GAA, .958 sv%, 0 SO
Oldham was not in the lineup Saturday after starting Friday in his hometown of Anchorage.
Kalamazoo Wings 3 at Norfolk Admirals 0
No Lightning prospects currently assigned to Kalamazoo
G Nic Riopel, KAL, W, 59:50 MINS, 20/20, Shutout, *1ST STAR*
Season totals: 1 GP, 1-0-0-0, 0.00 GAA, 1.000 SV%, 1 SO
It was a tall order to follow behind Joel Martin's 32-save season-opener win Friday night, but Nic Riopel pitched a 20-save shutout against his former team Saturday night as the K-Wings go up 2-0 on the road to start the 2016-17 ECHL season. Riopel, on a two-way AHL/ECHL deal with the Syracuse Crunch, was both a Lightning and a Crunch camper and essentially serves as the organization's #5 goalie. Riopel earned First Star honors for his performance. Fellow Lightning campers Lane Scheidl and Ben Wilson scored for Kalamazoo. The K-Wings play a home-and-home against the Fort Wayne Komets next Friday and Saturday night.
The Syracuse Crunch dominated in the second period and cruised to a win on opening night.
The Crunch scored four times and held the Americans to four shots on goal in the middle frame, as Syracuse defeated Rochester, 4-1, in the season opener at the Onondaga County War Memorial Saturday.
“I’m happy for them,” Crunch head coach Benoit Groulx said. “I thought they played the way they wanted to play. We had energy and we had some legs tonight. We made some plays tonight. It was a good start.”
Lightning overcome another sluggish start to advance to 2-0-0.
Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 2 goals on 34 shots for the victory. Both goals allowed were redirections, and he showed a lot of maturity after getting down on a couple of quick early goals. The really good ones shut the door the rest of the way when they get in that situation, and that's what Andrei did tonight. He was strong on his angles and wasn't giving New Jersey anything to shoot at and his rebound control was strong, as well. It was a really solid season debut.
0:52 NJ Palmieri (1), (Moore)
4:26 NJ Zajac (1), (Parenteau)
7:53 TB Stamkos (1), (Palat, Drouin)
10:07 TB Killorn (1), (Kucherov, Johnson)
5:43 TB Filppula (2), (Garrison, Point)
Glass half full: Yet another resilient effort where the Lightning stayed the course, got it together, and eventually pulled off the win. The Lightning got goals from three different lines tonight and they have nine goals from eight different goal scorers so far this season. Balance is a good thing. And, as mentioned, Vasilveskiy was solid.
Glass half empty: Spotting opponents two goal leads to start the game isn't sustainable. I think the Lightning, psychologically, come out a little too comfortable in these home games with the attitude that, because of their talent, it'll be more of a coronation than a contest. They haven't paid the price for it thus far this year, but eventually they will. Bottom line, hard work beats talent when talent doesn't work hard.
Two games down, four points earned. The Lightning need at least eight points in the next eight games to establish postseason pace.
Brayden Point had a helper, his first NHL point, and was +1 with 5 shots and 1 hit in 15:09. He keeps putting 5 on net every night and he'll have that first NHL goal soon, too.
HPK 4 vs. SaiPa 0
Saku Salminen, SaiPa, 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 11 GP, 1-1-2, -5, 25 PIM
Saku Salminen was -2 and 50% on 10 draws in 9:33 of ice time in SaiPa's 4-0 loss to HPK. Undrafted 20 year old Emil Larmi stopped all 27 shots he faced for HPK for the shutout.