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AHL Game Day: 12-31-14 Crunch at Americans

A power play worse than Tampa Bay's.


Kristers Gudlevskis allowed 3 goals on 27 shots for the loss. The number looks ugly, but I can't be mad about any of the three goals. The first was a clean faceoff loss and a seeing eye point shot through a ton of traffic. Second goal was a breakaway after an awful Gourde turnover where Kristers got the first shot but got beat on the rebound. Third goal was a 2-on-1 where Blujus failed to block the pass across and Blunden couldn't catch up to the goal scorer.

First Period
SYR Koekkoek, (2) (Kunyk, Gourde), 7:58
RCH Leduc, (2) (Varone), 16:41

Second Period
RCH Reid, (5) , 7:42
RCH Dalpe, (6) (Schaller, Bagnall), 11:34 (SH)

Third Period
RCH Irwin, (4) (Ellis), 18:40 (EN)

Syracuse was 0-for-8 on the power play. Unlike Tampa Bay, though, which has plenty of finishers, I think the Crunch suffer from having only 1 or 2 pure finishers like Marchessault. As a consequence, they should be playing more of a shot/rebound style of basic PP, but that's not what they seemed interested in doing today.

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What to Expect from Nikita Nesterov

The Tampa Bay Lightning recalled defenseman Nikita Nesterov from the Syracuse Crunch of the American Hockey League today, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced.

Nesterov, 5-foot-11, 199 pounds, has played in 32 games with the Crunch this season, recording three goals and 14 points with at plus-4 rating and 26 penalty minutes. He leads all Syracuse blue-liners for goals and points while ranking tied for second for plus/minus.

A native of Chelyabinsk, Russia, Nesterov has played in 86 career AHL games, all with the Crunch during the previous two seasons. He has registered seven goals and 30 points with 65 penalty minutes.

Nesterov was selected by the Lightning in the fifth round, 148th overall, of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.

What to Expect:

No player on the Syracuse Crunch has improved more since last season than Nesterov. There are two things to take away from that statement: Nesterov’s improvement and just how bad he was last year.

Juniors Game Night: 12-30-14

Ontario Hockey League

Windsor Spitfires 8 @ Plymouth Whalers 4

W Cristiano DiGiacinto, WSR: 1-1-2, E, 2 PIM
Season totals: 29 GP, 11-9-20, -12, 53 PIM
2013-14 totals: 50 GP, 17-11-28, +8, 101 PIM

Windsor won their second straight game, putting up a snowman in Plymouth. DiGiacinto had a goal and an assist in both wins.

Western Hockey League

Lethbridge Hurricanes 2 @ Calgary Hitmen 8

D Ben Thomas, CAL: 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 27 GP, 3-12-15, -1, 12 PIM
2013-14 totals: 72 GP, 7-24-31, +11, 39 PIM

Calgary also put up a snowman, 8-2 over Lethbridge. Ben Thomas was a team-worst minus-2 despite the plus-4 even-strength goal disparity. He and one other Hitman were on the minus side of even.

Notes: The following players remain out of their respective lineups:
Brayden Point (Moose Jaw), with Team Canada for the World Junior Championships
Anthony DeAngelo (Sarnia), with Team USA
Dominik Masin (Peterborough),with Team Czech Republic

ECHL Game Night: 12-30-14

Florida Everblades 3 at Gwinnett Gladiators 1

D Artem Sergeev, FLA: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 22 GP, 6-7-13, +7, 8 PIM, 34 SOG

Other Notables
G Allen York, FLA, Recalled to Syracuse
Season totals: 17 GP, 13-3-0-1, 2.45 GAA, 0.905 SV%, 2 SO

F Jeff Costello, FLA: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals (ECHL): 18 GP, 5-5-10, +2, 24 PIM, 38 SOG
Season totals (AHL): 3 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM

F Mike Aviani, FLA: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 5 SOG
Season totals (ECHL): 19 GP, 5-6-11, -1, 11 PIM, 36 SOG
Season totals (AHL): 2 GP, 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM

With Allen York recalled to Syracuse as a ripple effect of Vasilevskiy's recall to Tampa, Andy Iles stopped 27 Gladiator shots for his 2nd victory since being claimed off waivers on December 2nd from Alaska. Jeff Costello notched the primary assist on Florida's first goal late in the 2nd period, a power play marker that knotted the game at one apiece. The Everblades take on the Stingrays in Charleston New Year's Eve.

Missouri Mavericks 2 at Wichita Thunder 3 OT

F Danick Gauthier, WIC: 1-0-1, E, 2 PIM, 4 SOG
Season totals (ECHL): 29 GP, 14-13-27, +1, 37 PIM, 96 SOG
Season totals (AHL): 1 GP, 0-0-0, -2, 2 PIM

D Daniel Milan, WIC: 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 29 GP, 0-5-5, -8, 64 PIM, 30 SOG

The Thunder extended their win streak with an OT win over the Mavericks in Central Division play Tuesday night. Lightning prospect Danick Gauthier broke open a scoreless game late in the 2nd period with Wichita's first goal. Wichita completes the home-and-home with the Mavericks in Missouri New Year's Eve.

Liiga Game Day: 12-30-14

HPK 1 vs. SaiPa 4
Saku Salminen, HPK, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 19 GP, 2-3-5, +1, 2 PIM

Saku Salminen was -1 in 9:49 of ice time in HPK's 4-1 loss to SaiPa. HPK now sits at 8th on the 14 team Liiga table. The top 10 teams in the league make the postseason.

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