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AHL Game Night: 1-11-17 Crunch at Comets

Crunch lose a goaltending duel.

UTI-2 (OT)

Kristers Gudlevskis allowed 2 goals on 31 shots for the OT loss.

First Period

Second Period
4:34 UTI Grenier (12), (Valk, Archibald)

Third Period
7:04 SYR Halmo (12), (Taormina, Conacher)(PP)

3:11 UTI Archibald (10), (Grenier, Demko)

Gudlevskis was the game's third star.

Box score from

The Bolt Prospects Podcast, Episode 84

This is this week’s “Marty Memories” (full) edition of the Bolt Prospects Podcast includes the following topics:

· Marty memories
· WJC recap and prospect review
· Where do WJC prospects fit in TB plan?
· 3 prospects traded
· Checking in on Syracuse
· Interview with AHL All-Star Matt Taormina
· A rant.

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CHL Game Night: 1-11-17

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Charlottetown Islanders 1 @ Halifax Mooseheads 4

C/W Otto Somppi, HAL: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG, 14/25 FO, 2 Hits
Season Totals: 35 GP, 9-15-24, -11, 20 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 59 GP, 13-33-46, -15, 25 PIM

Swiss WJC stud Nico Hischier (2017) had two more goals and two more assists to add to his season totals, leading the Mooseheads to a 4-1 win over Charlottetown. Former Lightning camp goalie Mark Grametbauer was backup for the Islanders.

Ontario Hockey League

Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 5 @ Sudbury Wolves 4 (OT)

W Boris Katchouk, SSM: 1-1-2, +1, 2 PIM, 2 SOG
Season: 39 GP, 20-16-36, +8, 26 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 63 GP, 24-27-51, +7, 61 PIM

Katchouk scored his 20th goal of the season and extended his point streak to four games in a 5-4 overtime win in Sudbury.

Liiga Game Day: 1-11-17

SaiPa 1 vs. Jukurit 0
Saku Salminen, SaiPa, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 30 GP, 2-4-6, -5, 39 PIM

Saku Salminen was scoreless in 7:33 of ice time as SaiPa defeated Jukurit 1-0. Ex-Oilers pick Frans Tuohimaa turned aside all 23 shots he faced for the shutout.

KHL Game Day: 1-11-17

St. Petersburg 5 vs. Omsk 3
Nikita Gusev, St. Petersburg, 0-2-2, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 45 GP, 19-37-56, +31, 8 PIM

Nikita Gusev had a pair of power play helpers in 15:44 of ice time as SKA defeated Avangard Omsk 5-3. Ex-NHL'er Ilya Kovalchuk had 1 goal and 3 points for SKA in the win.

CHL Game Night: 1-10-17

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Shawinigan Cataractes 1 @ Chicoutimi Sagueneens 2

W Dennis Yan, SHAW: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 0 Hits
Season Totals: 36 GP, 28-22-50, +20, 40 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 62 GP, 32-37-69, +8, 86 PIM

Julio Billia (undrafted) stopped 28 of 29 shots as the Sags shut down the high-scoring Cataractes, 2-1. Yan had his 3-game goal streak snapped. He had scored in nine of his last 10 games.

Ontario Hockey League

Kitchener Rangers 3 @ Erie Otters 6

C Anthony Cirelli, OSH: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 6/11 FO
Season Totals: 26 GP, 13-21-34, +18, 8 PIM
With Erie: 1 GP, 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM
With Oshawa: 26 GP, 13-21-34, +18, 8 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 62 GP, 21-38-59, -15 27 PIM

W Taylor Raddysh, Erie: 1-3-4, +1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, *First Star*
Season Totals: 29 GP, 24-41-65, +38, 17 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 67 GP, 24-49-73, +19, 18 PIM

Cirelli made his Erie debut, notching an assist, and Taylor Raddysh returned to the Otters from Team Canada and promptly picked up where he left of with a 4-point game. Raddysh had a 3-point game in his final Erie appearance before the WJC’s. As for Cirelli, he wore his customary No. 22 and took the third-most faceoffs for the team. Dylan Strome (Coyotes) is the clear No. 1 center for the club.

Western Hockey League

Calgary Hitmen 4 @ Saskatoon Blades 5 (OT)

D Libor Hajek, SAS: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 37 GP: 3-16-19, -8, 47 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 69 GP, 3-23-26, -19, 76 PIM

Overager Jesse Shynkaruk (undrafted) had a hat trick to lead Saskatoon to an overtime win over visiting Calgary. His final goal was the overtime winner, scored on the power play.

Tri-City Americans 3 @ Moose Jaw Warriors 2

C Brett Howden, MJ: 1-0-1, E, 4 PIM
Season Totals: 29 GP, 21-24-45, +5, 31 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 68 GP, 24-40-64, -7, 61 PIM

Howden scored 37 seconds into the game and Moose Jaw held a 2-1 lead at the end of the first period, but Morgan Geekie (undrafted) scored two goals, the final scored in the final minute of regulation to steal a win, 3-2. Geekie, a 6-2 forward who was undrafted in 2016, has 50 points in 45 games after getting just 25 in 66 games in his draft year. He could hear his name called this summer.

Veteran Defenseman Taormina's Play Hits Full Potential With Crunch

By Jeremy Houghtaling

In three years, Matt Taormina has gone from struggling to find an AHL deal to being a league-leading defenseman

After a trade sent him from Syracuse to Springfield the season prior, Taormina was humbled as he searched for a home in the AHL and settled on a contract with Worcester in late September 2014. Now the 30-year-old is back with the Crunch, leads all AHL blueliners with 32 points and was selected to participate in the AHL All-Star Classic for a fourth time.

Taormina is embracing his role as a veteran leader as he continues to push for a spot in the NHL.

“If you have some down years, it will hurt you a little bit,” Taormina said. “I wasn’t at my full potential back then, and now I think I’ve really figured it out. I’ve stayed calm and steady, and I feel a lot more comfortable and confident than I have since early on in my career.”

3 Bolt Prospects Move in OHL Trades

The OHL trade deadline is Tuesday and for NHL fans bored with the lack of movement in the big leagues this season, there was plenty of action to take in – especially if you’re a Lightning fan.

Three Lightning prospects switched teams – two expected and one surprise.

NCAA Game Night: 1-8-17

No. 5 Boston University Terriers 5 vs UMass Minutemen 3 (Frozen Fenway)

D John MacLeod, BU: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals: 16 GP, 0-4-4, +6, 16 PIM
2015-2016 Totals: 26 GP, 1-1-2, -4, 26 PIM

Playing on the Fenway Park grounds, BU got up 3-0 before UMass fought back to 3-2. The Terriers added a couple quick goals in the third period and despite a late goal against, coasted to a win. Bruins prospect Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson had two goals for BU. Team USA WJC hero Charlie McAvoy, also a Bruins prospect, had a goal.

CHL Game Night: 1-8-17

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Halifax Mooseheads 1 @ Saint John Sea Dogs 2

W Bokondji Imama, SJ: 1-0-1, +1, 4 PIM, 1 SOG, 3 Hits, *First Star*
Season Totals: 38 GP, 27-9-36, +8, 60 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 48 GP, 7-12-19, -5, 86 PIM

W Mathieu Joseph, SJ: Did not play.
Season Totals: 28 GP, 25-20-45, +23, 29 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 58 GP, 33-40-73, +35, 57 PIM

C/W Otto Somppi, HAL: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 10/18 FO, 1 Hit
Season Totals: 34 GP, 9-15-24, -10, 20 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 59 GP, 13-33-46, -15, 25 PIM

Boko Imama scored his 27th goal of the season early in the third period to break a 1-1 tie and lead the Dogs to a close win over Halifax. Saint John should get Team Canada stars Thomas Chabot and Mathieu Joseph back next game.

Ontario Hockey League

Kingston Frontenacs 1 @ Oshawa Generals 4

C Anthony Cirelli, OSH: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 4 SOG, 13/23 FO, *Second Star*
Season Totals: 26 GP, 13-21-34, +18, 8 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 62 GP, 21-38-59, -15 27 PIM

In what would be his final game as a member of the Oshawa Generals, Cirelli had an assist and was named Second Star as the Gens beat the Fronts, 4-1. Cirelli was traded to Erie on Monday (more on that soon).

Western Hockey League

Kamloops Blazers @ Portland Winterhawks (postponed)

G Connor Ingram, KAM: - - - -
Season Totals: 24 GP, 14-9-1-0, 2.12 GAA, .935 sv%, 2 SO
2015-2016 Season: 61 GP, 34-15-5-4, 2.61 GAA, .922 sv%, 4 SO

Game was postponed due to inclement weather.

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