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Juniors Game Night: 3-7-18

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Drummondville Voltigeurs 3 @ Blainville-Boisbriand Armada 4 (OT)

C Alex Barre-Boulet, BLB: 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, 6/14 FO
Season Totals: 61 GP, 51-58-109, +27, 65 PIM
’16-’17 Totals: 65 GP, 29-52-81, +10, 42 PIM

Barre-Boulet has gone scoreless in two straight games for the second time this year and first since September’s opening week. He was traded from the Volts to the Armada midway through last season, so perhaps he was taking it easy on his former ‘mates.

Western Hockey League

Vancouver Giants 4 @ Kelowna Rockets 3 (OT)

D Cal Foote, KEL: 0-1-1, -1, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Season Totals: 56 GP, 17-47-64, +21, 44 PIM
‘15-‘16 Totals: 71 GP, 6-51-57, +39, 41 PIM

Foote continues to separate his point total from his previous career-best. He’s up to 64 points in 56 games this year vs 57 in 71 last year.

Lethbridge Hurricanes 2 @ Moose Jaw Warriors 6

D Oleg Sosunov, MJ: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season Totals: 65 GP, 7-17-24, +39, 58 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (MHL-Russia): 32 GP, 0-0-0, +1, 79 PIM

Sosunov was scoreless as the Warriors topped the Hurricanes Wednesday, 6-2. Jayden Halbgewachs had a hat trick and five points for Brayden Point’s former team. Former Bolt prospect Brett Howden was 1+1. As for Sosunov, after starting the year at an unexpected, yet pretty good offensive clip, he has just seven assists in 27 games since the calendar flipped to January. He’s plus-10 in that same time period.

United States Hockey League

** Note: Cole Guttman (Dubuque) was placed on injured reserve on December 22nd following the completion of the World Junior A Challenge tournament. He is out for the season after undergoing hip surgery. He's committed to Denver University.

Crunch's Yan Focuses on Consistency in Rookie Season

By Jeremy Houghtaling

Consistency is a key for Dennis Yan’s development.

The Syracuse Crunch winger has four multi-point games during his rookie season, including a goal and an assist against Laval Saturday. Of his 20 points in 40 games this season, nine have come during a multi-point performance.

Crunch head coach Benoit Groulx believes Yan has the tools, but needs to use them each and every game.

“I like the skills. I like the size. He’s got to bring it together every day,” Groulx said. “He’s not consistent at doing that. When he does that, he’s a very good player. When he does not, he’s a different player.”

NHL Game Night: 3-6-18 Kittens at Lightning

Brayden Point for all the awards: Hart, Pearson, Nobel Peace Prize, Time Man of the Year, American Idol champ... I don't care. Give it to him.

FLA-5 (OT)

Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 5 goals on a ridiculous 49 shots for the OT win. The 80's hockey continued Tuesday and Vasilevskiy is now basically Grant Fuhr.

First Period
10:38 TB Gourde (23), (Sustr, Stralman)
12:51 TB Miller (15), (Gourde)
18:23 FL Bjugstad (12), (Ekblad, Dadonov)

Second Period
1:27 TB Gourde (24), (Miller)
13:35 FL Bjugstad (Dadonov, Yandle)
16:07 TB Alex Killorn 13 (Stamkos, Kucherov)

Third Period
0:21 FL Bjugstad 14 (Matheson, Barkov)
5:25 FL Trocheck 25 (Yandle, Barkov)(PP)

2:49 TB Point 27 (Stralman, Johnson)

Yanni Gourde and Brayden Point were the game's first and third stars, respectively.

Well, it happened. The Lightning have reached the magical 96-point marker we look at as what you need to clinch a playoff spot. While it technically hasn't happened yet, you can start telling relatives you're busy during the months of April and May. Tampa Bay has now gone to overtime six straight games and is 5-0-1 in that time. Remember all those years when you wished TB had at least half of its 1-goal losses as wins or loser points? Enjoy this run.

Brayden Point provided the heroics yet again in the extra session with a highlight-reel goal that may have damaged Rick Peckham's larynx. And moments before his toe-drag-cookie-jar-smasher, Point had a wonderful shoulder dip of a fake to find a wide-open Anton Stralman for the apparent game-winner, but his rolling shot seemed to deflect of Tyler Johnson's stick and miss the near post. The Lightning regained the puck, Point slapped his stick on the ice in Stamkos-like position, and had the wherewithal to drag around Dadonov then roof it over Luongo's shoulder. Game over. Point celebrates and Dadonov picks his jock up off the ice to catch his tears. Point did it again.

Now, let's just stop right here and thank Stephen Gregory "Steve" Yzerman for his smallest trade yet. Yzerman and Head Scout Al Murray (among others) identified Point as a priority target in the 2014 draft and traded up from their position at 80th overall all the way to 79th to grab him. Whether or not Minnesota was going to take Point right there or not is not the ... point. The trade was made and so was history. Minnesota took Louis Belpedio, who is now a senior defenseman at Miami University in Ohio. The Wild also received the Lightning's seventh-rounder in the 2015 draft. They took Jack Sadek, who's now a junior defenseman at the University of Minnesota. We're no experts, but we say it was worth it.

As for everything that led up to Point becoming Evgeni's ... Daddy-onov ... well, the Lightning still have a shots-against problem (49??) and the PK didn't come through when it needed to in the third period. Tampa Bay still knows it can win games in regulation, right? It may extend the life expectancy in the Tampa area. Blowing 2-goal leads in the third period to your in-state little brother isn't exactly the stuff of legends. Ryan McDonagh is good, but I don't know that he can be the savior the Lightning needs. He will help, and yes, the Lightning are keeping shots to the outside and limiting the Grade-A's, but your eyes will tell you and Jon Cooper that the defensive structure is not where it needs to be entering the playoffs. The positive here is the Lightning are learning lessons while getting two points. That's certainly better than the alternative.

Anthony Cirelli was even, had a hit, and was 5/11 on draws in 9:38. His audition for 4C continues. He wasn't overly noticeable Tuesday, but that's not necessarily a bad thing for a rookie in a 4C role.

Adam Erne tied for the team lead with five hits and had one shot in 11:29. That's the stat line of an energy-line player. The Rock requests all players Know Their Role.

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Juniors Game Night: 3-3-18

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Blainville-Boisbriand Armada 3 @ Dummondville Voltigeurs 4 (SO)

C Alex Barre-Boulet, BLB: 1-1-2, +1, 0 PIM, 5 SOG, 9/17 FO, *Second Star*
Season Totals: 60 GP, 51-58-109, +29, 65 PIM
’16-’17 Totals: 65 GP, 29-52-81, +10, 42 PIM

Barre-Boulet and linemate Alexandre Alain (undrafted) combined for each a goal and an assist to rally the Armada from a 3-0 deficit in the 1st period to force overtime and the eventual shootout. All three Armada shooters, including Barre-Boulet, failed to convert in the shootout, and lost to the Voltigeurs when Nicolas Guay (2018 draft eligible) beat Blainville-Boisbriand goalie Mikhail Denisov (2018 draft eligible). Drummondville was paced by a pair of goals from Cedric Desruisseaux (2018 draft eligible).

Halifax Mooseheads 2 @ Chicoutimi Sagueneens 4

C/W Otto Somppi, HAL: 0-0-0, -1, 4 PIMs, 2 SOG, 16/27 FO
Season Totals: 53 GP, 28-51-79, +34, 26 PIM
’16-’17 Totals: 60 GP, 17-24-41, -7, 28 PIM

Somppi returned to the lineup after missing a game, but Chicoutimi doubled up the Mooseheads behind two goals by Kevin Klima (undrafted), son of Lightning legend Petr Klima, and three assists by Samual Houde. Haifax jumped to a 2-0 lead but the Saguenees scored four straight, sparked by Klima’s First Star worthy two goals in the 2nd period.

Ontario Hockey League

Sudbury Wolves 2 @ Flint Firebirds 3 (OT)

W Alexey Lipanov, SBY: Did not play
Season Totals (SBY): 13 GP, 2-2-4, -10, 6 PIM
Season Totals (BAR): 35 GP, 11-19-30, +9, 10 PIM
Season Totals: 48 GP, 13-21-34, -1, 16 PIM
‘16-‘17 Totals (VHL-Russia): 21 GP, 3-5-8, +5, 8 PIM

Maurizio Colella scored in overtime to give Flint the win in a battle of the basement game. Lipanov remains sidelined for the Wolves.

Peterborough Petes 3 @ Erie Otters 9

W/C Christopher Paquette, PBO: 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM, 0 SOG, 14/23 FO
Season Totals: 56 G, 15-13-28, -33, 16 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (NIA/PBO): 66 GP, 19-29-48, +1, 28 PIM

Third period breakdowns have been a theme for the Petes far too often this season, and this one was just painful. Cole Fraser (DET, 2017 5th round pick) knotted the score at 3-3 just 2:44 into the 3rd period for Peterborough, but then the Otters reeled off six 3rd period goals as Erie put up nine goals on the hapless Petes. Eight Otters lit the lamp, including two by Maxim Golod (2018 draft eligible).

Western Hockey League

Spokane Chiefs 4 @ Kelowna Rockets 2

D Cal Foote, KEL: 0-1-1, -2, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season Totals: 55 GP, 17-46-63, +22, 44 PIM
‘15-‘16 Totals: 71 GP, 6-51-57, +39, 41 PIM

Foote notched a power play assist on the Rockets’ first score of the game. Hudson Elynuik (CAR, 2016 3rd round pick) potted a hat trick for the Chiefs, including two 3rd period goals in the final 74 seconds of the game to break open a 2-2 game.

Saskatoon Blades 1 @ Moose Jaw Warriors 5

D Oleg Sosunov, MJ: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season Totals: 64 GP, 7-17-24, +38, 58 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (MHL-Russia): 32 GP, 0-0-0, +1, 79 PIM

Justin Almeida (2018 draft eligible) paced the Warriors with three points, and that Howden guy nabs a First Star as Moose Jaw had no trouble with the Blades.

United States Hockey League

** Note: Cole Guttman (Dubuque) was placed on injured reserved on December 22nd following the completion of the World Junior A Challenge tournament.

Omaha Lancers 2 @ Team USA 7

D Nick Perbix , OMA: 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season Totals: 42 GP, 2-18-20, +14, 16 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (HS): 25 GP, 10-30-40, 6 PIM
Committed to: St. Cloud State University

A pair of Boston College bound mates each scored twice, Danny Weight (2019 draft eligible), son of NHL’er Doug Weight, and Matthew Boldy (2019 draft eligible) led the US National Development Team in putting up a touchdown on the scoreboard against the Lancers.

AHL Game Night: 3-3-18 Rocket at Crunch

Evidently it was 80's Night in Syracuse, too.

SYR-4 (OT)

Eddie Pasquale allowed 5 goals on 22 shots for the loss.

First Period
4:28 LAV Terry (23), (McCarron, Boucher)
5:02 SYR Dumont (2), (Bournival)(SH)
9:07 SYR Condra (8), (Tammela, Verhaeghe)

Second Period
4:15 SYR Yan (11), (Bodie, Stephens)(PP)
11:22 LAV Boucher (9), (Waked, Gelinas)(PP)
16:15 SYR Bodie (5), (Yan, Verhaeghe)(PP)

Third Period
0:12 LAV Waked (5), (Parisi, Gelinas)(PP)
15:04 LAV Rychel (12), (Terry, Parisi)

4:28 LAV Gregoire (9), (Corrin, Rychel)

Gabriel Dumont and Dennis Yan were the game's second and third stars. Dennis Yan: all he does is score.

On the opposite end of the spectrum from the big club's matinee tilt, Syracuse had to face the disappointment of seeing a two goal Third Period lead slip away into an Overtime loss.

With Toronto falling to Rochester, the Crunch did narrow the Marlies lead in the North Division to just four points with Toronto holding a pair of games in hand. So, there's a silver lining.

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NHL Game Day: 3-3-18 Flyers at Lightning

Lightning and Flyers tilt the pinball machine.

TB-7 (SO)

Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 6 goals on 43 shots before stopping both shooters he faced in the penalty shot session for the SO win. It was 80's throwback day at Amalie Arena.

First Period
7:08 PHI Patrick (10), (Giroux, Voracek)(PP)
8:16 TB Stamkos (26), (Hedman, Kucherov)(PP)
14:30 PHI Voracek (14), (Patrick)
18:07 PHI Hagg (3), (Laughton, Provorov)

Second Period
5:57 TB Hedman (10), (Stamkos, Kucherov)
12:47 TB Girardi (4), (Stamkos, Hedman)
16:15 PHI Lehtera (2), (Weal, Filppula)

Third Period
1:06 PHI Provorov (12), (Filppula)
4:23 TB Miller (14), (Gourde, Point)
7:38 TB Stamkos (27), (Kucherov, Killorn)
10:03 TB Hedman (11), (Stamkos)
17:07 PHI Giroux (23), (Couturier, Provorov)


TB- Point, Stamkos

Steven Stamkos and Victor Hedman were the game's first and second stars.

No doubt this game shaved years off the coaching staff's collective life, but you have to give credit to this team for at least having the fighting spirit to battle back from a two goal Third Period deficit to eventually grind out a win. If this were post-McDonoagh debut I'd be a lot more upset, but given the team is still playing with a bit of an improvised lineup I'll take the "W" and the entertainment value, and let's keep it moving.

Now sitting on a ripe 94 points, the Lightning are just a win shy of hitting that unofficial 96 point mark that should clinch a postseason appearance. If they can clinch that mark in their next contest that gives them a stylish 15 games to get tuned up for a potential deep playoff run.

Anthony Cirelli was -1 with 2 penalty minutes and 1 hit in 9:24. He was also 29% on 7 draws.

Adam Erne was -1 with 1 shot in 9:40.

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Crunch Let Lead Slip Away in Loss to Rocket

By Jeremy Houghtaling

One night after scoring three unanswered goals to steal a win, the tables were turned on the Syracuse Crunch.

The Laval Rocket cut the Crunch lead to one in the first minute of the third period, evened the score with five minutes left in regulation and netted the game-winner with 32 seconds left in overtime at the Onondaga County War Memorial Saturday. The 5-4 loss snaps Syracuse’s six game win streak.

“I thought they were more opportunistic than us,” Crunch head coach Benoit Groulx said. “We made some bad plays in our own end and they took advantage of it.”

Juniors Game Night: 3-2-18

From Friday night...

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Blainville-Boisbriand Armada 3 @ Quebec Remparts 2 (SO)

C Alex Barre-Boulet, BLB: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 3 SOG, 8/17 FO
Season Totals: 59 GP, 50-57-107, +28, 65 PIM
’16-’17 Totals: 65 GP, 29-52-81, +10, 42 PIM

Barre-Boulet was held scoreless by the Remparts, but converted in the shootout to help the Armada pull out two points on the road. Luke Henman (2018 draft eligible) and Drake Batherson (OTT, 2017 4th round pick) both had a goal and an assist in regulation, and Batherson also converted in the shootout. Sam Dunn (undrafted) scored a power play goal for Quebec in the 3rd to force overtime and eventually the shootout.

Ontario Hockey League

Sarnia Sting 5 @ Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 6 (SO)

W Boris Katchouk, SSM: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM, 5 SOG
Season Totals: 52 GP, 39-37-76, +45, 24 PIM
’16-’17 Season: 66 GP, 35-29-64, +18, 46 PIM

W Taylor Raddysh, SSM: 0-2-2, +2, 0 PIM, 4 SOG, 4/8 FO
Season Totals (SSM): 21 GP, 16-16-32, +20, 10 PIM
Season Totals (ER): 30 GP, 15-29-44, +10, 16 PIM
Season Totals: 51 GP, 31-45-76, +30, 26 PIM
‘16-‘17 Totals: 58 GP, 42-67-109, +67, 37 PIM

Katchouk set up Morgan Frost (PHI, 2017 1st round pick) for the game’s opening goal just 1:09 in the game, and then Raddysh set up Jack Kopecka’s (ANA, 2016 4th round pick) first of the game just four minutes later to give the Soo an early 2-0 lead. But the game swung back-and-forth with the Sting bouncing back to a 3-2 lead, and then the Greyhounds rallying for a 5-4 lead at the 2nd intermission. Drake Rymsha (LAK, 2017 5th round pick) netted a power play marker, his second goal of the game, with just 98 seconds left in regulation to force overtime and eventually the shootout. Raddysh, who set up the 5-4 go-ahead goal with 26 seconds left in the 2nd period failed to convert in the shootout for the Soo. Kopacka scored the lone goal in the shootout to go along with his two goals and an assist in regulation to pace the Greyhounds. Hayden Verbeek (undrafted) notched four assists in the contest for Sault Ste. Marie.

Western Hockey League

Kelowna Rockets 2 @ Everett Silvertips 4

D Cal Foote, KEL: 0-0-0, +2, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season Totals: 54 GP, 17-45-62, +24, 44 PIM
‘15-‘16 Totals: 71 GP, 6-51-57, +39, 41 PIM

The Rockets jumped out to a 2-0 lead, but the Silvertips rallied with three goals in the 3rd with two of them by Connor Dewar (undrafted) as Everett doubled up Kelowna.

Moose Jaw Warriors 2 @ Brandon Wheat Kings 4

D Oleg Sosunov, MJ: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals: 63 GP, 7-17-24, +37, 58 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (MHL-Russia): 32 GP, 0-0-0, +1, 79 PIM

Ty Lewis (COL, FA ELC) rung up a hat trick for the 3600+ fans at Westoba Place as the Wheat Kings doubled up the Warriors.

United States Hockey League

** Note: Cole Guttman (Dubuque) was placed on injured reserved on December 22nd following the completion of the World Junior A Challenge tournament.

Omaha Lancers 6 @ Chicago Steel 4

D Nick Perbix , OMA: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 5 SOG
Season Totals: 41 GP, 2-18-20, +16, 16 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (HS): 25 GP, 10-30-40, 6 PIM
Committed to: St. Cloud State University

Czech WJC’er Filip Suchy (undrafted) scored two goals and two assists and Noah Cates (PHI, 2017 5th round pick) also had a four point game, as the Lancers defeated the Steel in a wild one in Chicago.

Minnesota State High School League

Sammy Walker and the #2 ranked Edina High Hornets (23-2-0) draw #7 ranked Lakeville North High Panthers (13-10-2) in the quarterfinals of the Minnesota Class AA State Championship Tournament at 11 AM CT on March 8, 2018 at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul. Lakeville North won the 1AA section tournament as the #1 seed with a 4-3 win over crosstown rivals Lakeville South (whom Edina beat 4-1 during the regular season). The semi-finals will be played March 9th and the finals next Saturday night on March 10th. This will be Edina’s first game against Lakeville North this season, and the winner will play the victor of #3 Duluth East and #6 St. Michael-Albertville.

AHL Game Night: 3-2-18 Devils at Crunch

Crunch bop Bingo with three unanswered Third Period markers.


Connor Ingram allowed 2 goals on 28 shots for the victory.

First Period
10:52 BNG Lappin (20), (Rooney)

Second Period

Third Period
7:49 BNG MacDonald (15), (Bertschy, Lappin)(PP)
10:10 SYR Peca (10), (Dumont, Joseph)(PP)
11:21 SYR Verhaeghe (11), (Condra, Volkov)(PP)
13:03 SYR Condra (7), (Peca, Walcott)

Erik Condra, Matthew Peca, and Gabriel Dumont were the game's three stars.

For the moment, Syracuse narrows the gap with Toronto for first place in the North Division to five points, with the Marlies holding a pair of games in hand.

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Three Quick Strikes in Third Lift Crunch Over Devils

By Jeremy Houghtaling

After being held silent for more than 50 minutes, Syracuse’s offense made a bold statement.

The Crunch wiped away the Devils’ lead by scoring three times in a span of 2:53, as Syracuse rallied past Binghamton, 3-2, at the Onondaga County War Memorial Friday.

The Crunch has now won six straight games.

“I don’t think that was our best effort, but overall, you’ll be happy with the win and the comeback we made showed character,” Crunch head coach Benoit Groulx said. “I thought we were very opportunistic in the third.”

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