Florida Everblades 2 @ Fort Wayne Komets 4
FW Danick Gauthier, FLA: Did not play
Season totals: 6 GP, 3-3-6, +3, 15 SOG, 17 PIM
G Kristers Gudlevskis, FLA: L, 4.05 GAA, 24 S / 28 SA (.857 SV%)
Season totals: 10 GP, 7-4-0, 1.83 GAA, 246 S / 266 SA (.925 SV%)
D Charles Landry, FLA: Did not play
Season totals: 6 GP, 0-1-1, +8, 5 SOG, 9 PIM
FW Maxime Langelier-Parent, FLA (AHL Contract): Did not play
Season totals: 2 GP, 1-0-1, +1, 5 SOG, 2 PIM
D Dan Milan, FLA: Did not play
Season totals: 3 GP, 0-0-0, +1, 4 SOG, 6 PIM
FW Carl Nielsen, FLA (AHL Contract): Did not play
Season totals: 12 GP, 1-3-4, +1, 11 SOG, 24 PIM
Florida took an early lead but three-straight Fort Wayne tallies proved enough for the hosts to take the final game of the series. Kristers Gudlevskis had a rough night, his worst statistically since his third game in net for the Everblades. It was only the second time Gudlevskis let in more than two goals. Danick Gauthier, Maxime Langelier-Parent, Charles Landry and Carl Neilsen were still on assignment with AHL Syracuse. Dan Milan was scratched. Florida (13-5-2, 28 PTS) now returns home to take on Colorado (11-3-3, 25 PTS) for a back-to-back set beginning Friday night.
For Nikita Nesterov, this season is his first away from home.
The Syracuse Crunch defensemen, who spent the last four seasons in his hometown of Chelyabinsk with the junior MHL team or with Traktor of the Kontinental Hockey League, is still getting acclimated to his new surroundings. While his homeland is halfway around the world, the ultimate goal -- to play in the National Hockey League -- is one step away.
"It was pretty tough, I won two medals with my KHL team, third and second place in the past two years, but I wanted to learn something new," Nesterov said through a translator.
Dump Truck delivers (again).
Cedrick Desjardins stopped all 28 shots he faced for the shutout victory. Goaltending will be extra important if Syracuse is going to ride out this stretch at less than full strength, and Desjardins gave them that goaltending tonight.
SYR Paquette, (6) (Gauthier, Connolly), 12:00 (PP)
Desjardins and Cedric Paquette were the game's first and second stars. Paquette (Dump Truck!) had the game winning goal for the second straight game. Coming out of quite the scoring slumber, Brett Connolly also had an assist for the second straight game. That's a welcome sign from last year's 2nd Team AHL All-Star.
Box score from TheAHL.com.
No. 13 Miami RedHawks 4 @ Bemidji State Beavers 4
F Jimmy Mullin, MIA: 0-0-0, -1, 0PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 12 GP, 1-5-6, +3, 6 PIM
2012-2013 totals: 38 GP, 6-8-14, E, 14 PIM
Mullin was back in the Miami lineup on the fourth line after being a healthy scratch.
Saint Lawrence Saints 5 @ No. 15 North Dakota 2
F Brendan O’Donnell, UND: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 8 GP, 3-2-5, -3, 4 PIM
2012-2013 totals: 29 GP, 2-8-10, E, 20 PIM
This was a bad home loss for UND, who fell out of the USCHO top-20 last week.
No. 12 Wisconsin Badgers 1 @ No. 1 Minnesota Golden Gophers 4
G Adam Wilcox, MIN: Win, 24 saves on 25 shots, *Third Star*
Season totals: 12 GP, 9-2-1, 2.15 GAA, .926 sv%, 1 SO
2012-2013 totals: 39 GP, 25-8-5, 1.88 GAA, .921 sv%, 3 SO
Wilcox responded well after being pulled in his last game.
*USCHO poll used
Quebec Major Junior Hockey League
Halifax Mooseheads 3 @ Cape Breton Screaming Eagles 4
C/W Jonathan Drouin, HAL: 1-0-1, E, 0 PIM, 6 SOG, 2 Hits, 6/24 FO, *Second Star*
Season totals: 20 GP, 15-32-47, +17, 22 PIM
2011-2012 Season: 49 GP, 41-64-105, +48, 32 PIM
Drouin had his 9-game multipoint streak end, but his point streak was extended to 14 games with a goal.
Ontario Hockey League
North Bay Battalion 0 @ London Knights 4
D Dylan Blujus, NB: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM
Season totals: 15 GP, 1-4-5, -13, 14 PIM
2012-13 totals: 68 GP, 2-27-29, -8, 57 PIM
Lightning camper Brett Welychka was also scoreless. He is 6-14-20 in 26 games this year.
Barrie Colts 2 @ Guelph Storm 3
D Jake Dotchin, BAR: 0-0-0, +1, 7 PIM
Season totals: 25 GP, 5-10-15, +17, 56 PIM
2012-13 totals: 66 GP, 4-18-22, E, 81 PIM
Dotchin fought defenseman Chadd Bauman.
Peterborough Petes 0 @ Kingston Frontenacs 3
W Henri Ikonen, KGN: 1-0-1, +2, 0 PIM, *Third Star*
Season totals: 23 GP, 12-24-36, +13, 19 PIM
2012-13 totals: 61 GP, 22-29-51, +2, 30 PIM
Ikonen extended his point streak to seven games.