No. 3 Boston University Terriers 5 @ Connecticut Huskies 2
D John MacLeod, BU: 0-0-0, E, 6 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 9 GP, 1-1-2, +4, 16 PIM
2013-2014 totals: 19 GP, 1-4-5, +1, 36 PIM
MacLeod had three minor penalties in a convincing win over UConn. BU is now 8-1-1.
No. 2 North Dakota 3 @ No. 16 St. Cloud State Huskies 2
F Brendan O’Donnell, UND: 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 13 GP, 3-1-4, E, 23 PIM
2013-2014 totals: 34 GP, 7-11-18, +7, 10 PIM
O’Donnell (pictured) scored his third of the year when he skated into the Huskies’ zone on a 2 on 1, veered to the middle and roofed a wrist shot into the top right corner of the net.
No. 14 Quinnipiac Bobcats 3 @ St. Lawrence Saints 2 (OT)
F Matthew Peca, QU: 0-1-1, +2, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 12 GP, 1-10-11, -1, 17 PIM
2014-2015 totals: 40 GP, 12-26-38, +4, 16 PIM
Peca was on the ice for the overtime winner, scored by linemate Sam Anas (undrafted). Peca set up Anas for the game-tying goal in the third period.
*USCHO poll used
Vasilevskiy shines on the big stage in the Frozen Dome.
Andrei Vasilevskiy had his finest start of the year, turning aside 26 of 27 shots for the victory. He made big saves at big moments to preserve the margin of victory for the Crunch, and he did it in front of 30,000+ people. The young man's got some swagger, no doubt. I could see his season taking off like a rocket ship from here on out.
UTI Friesen, (2) (Kenins, Jensen), 3:12
SYR Vermin, (5) (Richard), 16:00
SYR Gourde, (8) (Marchessault, Nesterov), 0:49
Utica is a fine club, entering the night atop the Western Conference. This was a measuring stick game coming off of a loss that snapped an 8 game point streak for the Crunch. The win will put Syracuse back into a tie for the top spot in their division and continues to reinforce that this Syracuse team is going to be a real player in the AHL hunt this season.
Attendance at tonight's game at the Carrier Dome was 30,715, which breaks the all-time indoor record set by the crowd in Tampa Bay for Game Six of the Lightning and Flyers series of 28,138 way back in 1996 (I was there) at Thunderdome in St. Petersburg.
Box score from TheAHL.com.
Young Lightning grow up a little.
Ben Bishop allowed 1 goal on 31 shots for the victory. If you limit the odd man rushes the way the Lightning did tonight, Ben's pretty hard to beat.
3:11 MIN Parise (7), (Vanek)
13:42 TB Stamkos (14), (Stralman, Garrison)(PP)
18:07 TB Killorn (6), (Stralman, Callahan)
The Lightning avenged one of their worst losses of the season to the Wild earlier this year and showed a bit of growth against a type of team they've traditionally struggled with. Not only are the Wild a faster team in the Western Conference style, but they also play a close-to-the-vest style a la the New Jersey Devils, which has always been a challenge for the team. They came out hard, like they did in the previous contest, but maintained their effort level throughout the game including after a mistake led to the Wild taking a 1-0 lead. And, when they got a power play opportunity down 1-0, they capitalized with strong puck possession despite some very tight penalty killing by the Wild. This game was steel on steel and both teams played a strong game and all the credit in the world goes to the Lightning for coming out of it with the 2 points.
Now, here's the great thing: they accomplished this tonight without Hedman. They accomplished it with Drouin still playing less than 10 minutes and not yet making the impact his talents indicate he can. And, they did it with Stamkos still a touch below the level of play he showed before he broke his leg a year ago. If all those things happen, and they're already capable of winning a game against a good Western Conference team when it's steel on steel like it was tonight, what can they do when they're at full strength clicking to their full potential?
Cedric Paquette was -1 with 3 hits and 2 blocked shots in 13:05. He was out for the Lightning to try to answer the 6-on-4 situation to close out the contest.
Jonathan Drouin played 9:37.
Magnitogorsk 2 vs. Ufa 6
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, DNP
Season totals: 25 GP, 17-2-4, 3 SO, 1.49 GAA, .946 sv%
Vasily Koshechkin was in uniform, but sat backup on Magnitogorsk's 6-2 loss to Ufa. Ufa got 2 goals and 4 points from ex-Canucks pick Kirill Koltsov in the victory.
Cherepovets 3 vs. Mytischi 4 (OT)
Dmitry Korobov, Mytischi, 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 15 GP, 1-2-3, +1, 16 PIM
Dmitry Korobov had a helper in 22:54 of ice time in Mytischi's 4-3 win over Cherepovets. Ex-Lightning defenseman Matt Gilory had 2 helpers for Mytischi, including a helper on the Overtime winner. Ex-Lightning pick Marek Kvapil had a helper in defeat for Cherepovets.
Kevin Lynch’s goal was to catch on with an American Hockey League team.
Lynch, a former Columbus Blue Jackets second-rounder, split his rookie season between Toledo and Evansville of the ECHL, but believed he could make the next step. After posting six points in nine games with Florida, Lynch got the call saying he had been offered a professional tryout with the Syracuse Crunch last week.
“You have some idea in your head ‘Maybe if I play well at the beginning of the season, I’ll get called up this month or this month,’ but you have no idea how the season is going to go,” Lynch said. “I was surprised and really happy at the same time.”