UMass Minutemen 1 @ No. 9 Boston University Terriers 2 (OT)
Hockey East Opening Round
BU leads best-of-3 series, 1-0
D John MacLeod, BU: Did not play
Season totals: 24 GP, 1-1-2, -4, 22 PIM
2014-2015 totals: 37 GP, 2-7-9, +19, 58 PIM
MacLeod was scratched for the fifth straight game. Twelfth-seeded UMass, who entered the game 8-22-4, took the fifth-seeded Terriers to overtime before falling.
Bemidji State Beavers 1 @ No. 16 Minnesota State Mavericks 6
W Jimmy Mullin, MSU: 1-0-1, +2, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 25 GP, 2-8-10, +1, 6 PIM
2013-2014 totals (Miami): 19 GP, 1-6-7, 23 PIM
Mullin scored his second goal of the season in the Mavs’ 6-1 pounding of the Beavers. Minnesota State outshot BSU, 46-13. With the win, MSU clinched at least a share of the WCHA championship.
*USCHO poll used
Crunch score 3 unanswered to make Portland walk the plank.
Adam Wilcox allowed 1 goal on 30 shots for the victory.
POR Brickley, (5) (Weegar, Gaunce), 4:57 (PP)
SYR Gourde, (8) (Walcott, Richard), 15:28
SYR Richard, (8) (DeAngelo, McGinn), 17:55
SYR Angelidis, (7) , 19:55 (EN)
Tanner Richard and Wilcox were the game's first and second stars.
Box score from TheAHL.com.
Quebec Major Junior Hockey League
Drummondville Voltigeurs 1 @ Saint John Sea Dogs 4
W Bokondji Imama, SJ: 0-1-1, E, 4 PIM, 1 SOG, 4 Hits
Season totals: 41 GP, 4-12-16, -4, 74 PIM
2013-2014 Season: 59 GP, 13-15-28, +2, 137 PIM
W Mathieu Joseph, SJ: 0-1-1,+1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, 0 Hits
Season totals: 56 GP, 32-38-70, +35, 55 PIM
2013-2014 Season: 59 GP, 21-21-42, +18, 46 PIM
Imama (pictured) had his second assist in his last four games to help the Sea Dogs to a 4-1 win over the Volts. Mathieu Joseph also added a helper to give him 70 points on the season.
Shawinigan Cataractes 6 @ Victoriaville Tigres 5
W Dennis Yan, SHAW: 1-0-1, -1, 2 PIM, 2 SOG, 1 Hit
Season totals: 55 GP, 31-33-64, +5, 76 PIM
2014-2015 Season: 59 GP, 33-31-64, +23, 71 PIM
Shawinigan got a power play goal in the final minute to steal a 6-5 road win in Victoriaville.
Ontario Hockey League
Hamilton Bulldogs 4 @ Peterborough Petes 7
D Dominik Masin, PBO: 0-2-2, +3, 2 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 50 GP, 8-24-32, +30, 42 PIM
2014-15 totals: 48 GP, 7-19-26, -13, 68 PIM
D Matt Spencer, PBO: 0-1-1, +2, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 53 GP, 4-19-23, -4, 46 PIM
2014-15 totals: 67 GP, 6-24-30, -15, 64 PIM
Masin and Spencer combined for three points and a plus-5 rating as the Petes beat the Bulldogs, 7-4.
Lightning overcome temporary brain deadness to run win streak to 8.
Ben Bishop allowed 1 goal on 34 shots for the victory. He was extremely solid, and he had to be to help the Lightning weather the important moments in this game.
4:14 TB Paquette(5), (Brown, Hedman)
18:33 TB Palat(8), (Johnson)
5:24 OTT Methot(3), (Smith)
18:14 TB Kucherov(25), (unassisted)
19:46 TB Stamkos(29), (Stralman)(EN)
Bishop and Nikita Kucherov were the game's first and second stars.
The Lightning made that harder than they needed to, and it's not a tape they'll be looking at for aesthetic reasons. They built the 2-0 lead through 40 minutes by playing solid, opportunistic road hockey. They really were pushing hard for the put away goal early in the Third Period, and they started getting sloppy on their breakouts, which led to about 10-15 minutes of nail biting. You simply cannot have the unforced turnovers at your own blueline, and the Lightning were just playing braindead hockey for that span of the game. Fortunately Bishop was solid and fortunately Pageau made an even worse unforced turnover to Kucherov in the OTT slot to get the put away goal and avoid the photo finish.
At the time of this posting, Colorado holds a 3-2 lead over the Panthers. If that holds up, the Lightning will again be in a tie atop the Atlantic Division. Either way, the Lightning already have 8 of the minimum 12 points they need out of this 10 game segment of the season with 6 games left in it. That means they're in excellent shape to squirrel away a lot of points heading into the very last segment of the regular season.
Nikita Nesterov was +1 with 3 shots, 2 hits, and 1 blocked shot in 15:11. Tonight was his 41st game of the season, meaning he is now graduated from prospect status on the website. He put in a pretty good performance at both ends of the rink to celebrate the occasion, too.
KHL Eastern Conference Quarterfinals
(7)Ekaterinburg 2 vs. (2)Magnitogorsk 5
Magnitogorsk Wins the Series 4-2
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, DNP
Playoff totals: 2 GP, 2-0-0, 2 SO, 0.00 GAA, 1.000 sv%
Regular season totals: 50 GP, 22-15-9, 4 SO, 2.12 GAA, .925 sv%
Caps first rounder Ilya Samsonov allowed 2 goals on 20 shots for the win on Magnitka's 5-2 Game Six, series-clinching victory over upset-minded Ekaterinburg. Undrafted 23 year old Czech forward Tomas Filippi had a pair of insurance goals in the win. Defenseman Alexei Vasilevskiy, brother of Andrei, had a helper in defeat for Ekaterinburg. He finished the series with 3 goals and 4 points in 6 games.
Meanwhile, the Western Conference Semifinals brackets are set with #1 seed CSKA facing #7 seed Novgorod and #6 seed SKA St. Petersburg drawing #5 seed Dynamo Moscow.
· The No. 56
· Trade deadline review (grab a pillow and some Band-Aids)
· Tampa Bay’s short-term future
· Tampa Bay’s long-term future
· Interview with Syracuse’s Matt Peca
· The return of the #BPMailbag (Black Aces prediction … Contract term worries? … What will next young TB star face?)
Ontario Hockey League
Saginaw Spirit 5 @ Flint Firebirds 6 (OT)
W Mitchell Stephens, SAG: 1-1-2, -1, 0 PIM, 4 SOG, 10/18 FO
Season totals: 32 GP, 16-14-30, E, 12 PIM
2014-15 totals: 62 GP, 22-26-48, -17, 44 PIM
With two points Wednesday, Stephens has at least a point in four straight games and 10 of his past 11. Flint pulled within nine points of Saginaw for the last playoff spot in the West, though it’s probably too little too late for the much-maligned Firebirds.
Western Hockey League
Lethbridge Hurricanes 5 @ Moose Jaw Warriors 1
C Brayden Point, MJ: 0-0-0, -3, 0 PIM
Season totals: 40 GP, 31-46-77, +23, 21 PIM
2014-15 totals: 60 GP, 38-49-87, +6, 46 PIM
Moose Jaw held a 1-0 lead after the first period, but things went downhill quickly from there. By the start of the third, the Warriors were down 4-1.
Vancouver Giants 1 @ Prince George Cougars 2
D Ben Thomas, VAN: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM
Season totals: 68 GP, 8-19-27, -29, 46 PIM
With Vancouver: 54 GP, 8-16-24, -19, 36 PIM
With Calgary: 14 GP, 0-3-3, -10, 10 PIM
2014-15 totals: 60 GP, 7-24-31, +16, 28 PIM
The Cougars took both games of a 2-game mid-week set with the Giants, winning in a shootout Tuesday and in regulation Wednesday. Prince George was outshooting the Giants 31-15 through two periods, but was only up, 1-0.
53 shots were still not enough for the Crunch.
Adam Wilcox allowed 2 goals on 30 shots before allowing 1 of 3 shooters to convert in the penalty shot session for the SO loss.
LV Martel, (20) (Lamarche, Palushaj), 3:15
SYR Blunden, (19) (Tambellini, DeAngelo), 11:39 (PP)
LV Bardreau, (10) (McDonald, Straka), 9:30
SYR McGinn, (18) (Erne, Blunden), 19:30
Wilcox and Mike Blunden were the game's second and third stars.
Syracuse outshot the Phantoms 48-30 in regulation, but it still took a Tye McGinn goal with just 30 seconds to go in the Third Period just for the Crunch to salvage a point from the game. The final shot advantage was 53-31 on a frustrating night where the Crunch probably deserved better.
Box score from TheAHL.com.
The Syracuse Crunch seemed to throw everything they could at the net.
The Crunch registered 53 shots on goal and controlled the play for long stretches, but needed a goal with the extra attacker on in the final minute of regulation to send the game to overtime. Led by Phantoms goalie Anthony Stolarz, Lehigh Valley prevailed over Syracuse in a shootout, 3-2, at the Onondaga County War Memorial Wednesday.
“I wish we would have gotten the two points tonight. We sorely need them,” Crunch head coach Rob Zettler said. “I’m happy with our guys’ effort. The process was good, the details were good, but the outcome was not what we wanted.”
Ilves 4 vs. KalPa 3 (OT)
Jonne Tammela, KalPa, DNP
Season totals: 34 GP, 4-7-11, +8, 16 PIM
Veteran European pro Sebastian Lauritzen scored 2 goals for KalPa in their 4-3 OT loss to Ilves. 10 year Liiga veteran Joonas Riekkinen scored the OT winner and had a helper in the win for Ilves. KalPa still sits in 8th on the Liiga table.