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AHL Game Night: 1-24-15 Wolf Pack at Crunch

Syracuse takes the division lead heading into the AHL All-Star Break.

HFD-2
SYR-3

Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 2 goals on 32 shots for the victory. As with last night's game, solid stat line and key saves at key moments.

First Period
SYR Blunden, (12) (Koekkoek, Corrente), 1:29
HFD Allen, (6) (Mueller, Vaive), 5:17 (PP)

Second Period
NO SCORING

Third Period
HFD Hrivik, (5) (Bodie, Kristo), 2:31
SYR Blunden, (13) (Namestnikov), 7:47 (SH)
SYR Angelidis, (14) (Blunden, Mormina), 9:48 (PP)

Mike Blunden, Mike Angelidis, and Vasilevskiy were the game's three stars.

The win allows Syracuse to move 1 point ahead of Springfield into first place in the Northeast Division, 1 point back of Manchester for the conference lead. Almost as important, it allowed the Crunch to expand their lead over the Wolf Pack to 4 points in the ultra-competitive Northeast race, as the Crunch's division might be the toughest in the league this season.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

Liiga Game Day: 1-24-15

HPK 2 vs. Karpat 5
Saku Salminen, HPK, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 5 SOG
Season totals: 30 GP, 3-3-6, -1, 2 PIM

Saku Salminen was -1 in 11:49 of ice time in HPK's 5-2 loss to Karpat. Karpat was led by 2 goals from ex-Kings pick Esa Pirnes, as they avenged their loss to HPK on the front half of the home and home set.

ECHL Game Night: 1-23-15

Florida Everblades 5 at Gwinnett Gladiators 7

D Artem Sergeev, FLA: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 26 GP, 6-9-15, +5, 10 PIM, 40 SOG

Other Notables
G Allen York, FLA, 59:00 MIN, 6 GA, 35 SH, 29 SV
Season totals: 23 GP, 15-4-0-3, 2.76 GAA, 0.898 SV%, 3 SO

F Jeff Costello, FLA: DNP
Season totals (ECHL): 26 GP, 8-7-15, -1, 26 PIM, 65 SOG
Season totals (AHL): 3 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM

F Mike Aviani, FLA: 1-0-1, E, 2 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals (ECHL): 28 GP, 6-10-16, +1, 26 PIM, 51 SOG
Season totals (AHL): 2 GP, 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM

The league standings says you have won 75% of your games, but then again you've lost 4 of your last 5, 5 of your last 8, and the cellar-dwelling Gwinnett Gladiators have put a 7-spot up on the scoreboard in back-to-back games. Seems like a reason for concern in Estero. The once unflappable Allen York is winless in this last 3, allowing 16 goals in that span, and his save percentage has dipped below 90% for the first time this season. Friday night, the 'Blades took a 3-2 lead into 2nd intermission, partly behind Lightning camper Mike Aviani's sixth goal of the season that was the equalizer early in the 2nd period. But far from closing out a one-goal lead, Florida allowed five 3rd period Gwinnett goals on just six shots! York made just 1 save on 5 shots in that disastrous 3rd period. Florida draws the rematch Saturday night against Gwinnett looking to stop the bleeding.

Wichita Thunder 4 at Rapid City Rush 5

F Danick Gauthier, WIC: 0-2-2, +1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG, *Third Star*
Season totals (ECHL): 39 GP, 15-20-35, -1, 37 PIM, 118 SOG
Season totals (AHL): 1 GP, 0-0-0, -2, 2 PIM

D Daniel Milan, WIC: 0-0-0, E, 5 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 37 GP, 0-10-10, -6, 87 PIM, 36 SOG

Fresh off an impressive performance in the ECHL All-Star game, Lightning prospect Danick Gauthier earned a visiting team Third Star in an losing effort Friday night. Gauthier assisted on the Thunder's first and last goals, the latter being a power-play marker that knotted the game at 4-4 early in the 3rd period. Back from recall to Syracuse, Lightning prospect Dan Milan squared off against Rush forward Daniel Barczuk in a bit of fisticuffs following Wichita's 3-2 go ahead tally early in the 2nd period. The Thunder, losers of 3 straight and 6 of their last 8, get another shot at Rapid City Saturday night.

Juniors Game Night: 1-23-15

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Val-d’Or Foreurs 4 @ Sherbrooke Phoenix 2

C Cameron Darcy, SHR: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 4 SOG, 15/28 FO, 1 Hit
With Sherbrooke: 14 GP, 9-12-21, -3, 12 PIM
With Cape Breton: 19 GP, 1-13-14, -6, 14 PIM
Season totals: 33 GP, 10-25-35, -9, 26 PIM
2013-2014 Season: 65 GP, 35-47-82, +3, 51 PIM

Sherbrooke sits in a tie for eighth in the league with Charlottetown. Darcy’s former team, Cape Breton, is 16th.

Halifax Mooseheads 1 @ Quebec Remparts 6

W Adam Erne, QUE: 1-4-5, +1, 2 PIM, 6 SOG, 6/16 FO, 2 Hits, *First Star*
Season totals: 41 GP, 28-32-60, +18, 63 PIM
2013-2014 Season: 48 GP, 21-41-62, -3, 65 PIM

Adam Erne (La Presse photo) had his third career five-point game as Quebec downed Halifax, 6-1. Quebec scored six unanswered goals in the game. Erne’s last five-point game was a four-goal affair in October 2012. His first was in October 2011 when he had five assists in one game. Quebec goalie Zach Fucale (Canadiens) faced his longtime team for the first time since being traded. The Remparts will play in an outdoor classic on Saturday in Shawinigan.

Ontario Hockey League

Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 7 @ Mississauga Steelheads 5

D Anthony DeAngelo, SOO: 0-3-3, +1, 2 PIM
With SSM: 6 GP, 1-10-11, +2, 8 PIM
With Sarnia: 29 GP, 10-28-38, +1, 64 PIM
Season totals: 35 GP, 11-38-49, +3, 72 PIM
2013-14 totals: 51 GP, 15-56-71, -34, 90 PIM

DeAngelo has a five-game point streak in which he has a goal and 10 assists. The Soo outshot Mississauga 45-25 in the game, including 20-5 in the second period.

Western Hockey League

Moose Jaw Warriors 4 @ Regina Pats 3 (OT)

C Brayden Point, MJ: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
Season totals: 36 GP, 20-32-52, +12, 25 PIM
2013-14 totals: 72 GP, 36-55-91, -27, 53 PIM

Moose Jaw captain Brayden Point is now scoreless in two of his last three games. He has had only one other three-game stretch like that this season. In both cases he had two assists in the middle game.

Swift Current Broncos 0 @ Calgary Hitmen 8

D Ben Thomas, CAL: 0-1-1, +2, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 36 GP, 5-15-20, +1, 18 PIM
2013-14 totals: 72 GP, 7-24-31, +11, 39 PIM

Thomas finally climbed to the positive side of even for the season with a plus-2 night vs the Broncos.

NCAA Game Night: 1-23-15

No. 4 Harvard Crimson 2 @ Cornell Big Red 3

F Brian Hart, HAR: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 17 GP, 5-4-9, -1, 17 PIM
2013-2014 totals: 30 GP, 7-8-15, -8, 20 PIM

Cornell broke a 2-2 with a goal at 19:19 of the third period.

No. 3 Boston University Terriers 4 @ No. 12 Vermont Catamounts 2

D John MacLeod, BU: 0-0-0, +1, 2 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 19 GP, 2-3-5, +8, 36 PIM
2013-2014 totals: 19 GP, 1-4-5, +1, 36 PIM

BU extended their lead to 3-0 early in the third period before Vermont cut it to 3-2 with just under five minutes remaining. Likely 2015 top-2 pick Jack Eichel scored into an empty net to give the game its final score.

Colorado College Tigers 1 @ No. 2 North Dakota 2

F Brendan O’Donnell, UND: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 22 GP, 9-4-13, +7, 25 PIM
2013-2014 totals: 34 GP, 7-11-18, +7, 10 PIM

UND scored the game-winning goal shorthanded early in the third period. The game was broadcast nationally on the CBS Sports Network.

No. 17 Minnesota Golden Gophers 2 vs No. 1 Minnesota State Mavericks 4

G Adam Wilcox, MIN: Loss, 18 saves on 22 shots
Season totals: 21 GP, 11-7-2, 2.53 GAA, .906 sv%, 3 SO
2013-2014 totals: 38 GP, 26-6-6, 1.97 GAA, .932 sv%, 4 SO

The Gophers had a chance to upset the top-ranked team in the country, but the Mavericks broke a 2-2 midway through the second period and never looked back, winning 4-2. Minnesota State advances to the finals of the North Star College Cup in St. Paul. Bemidji State beat No. 7 Minnesota-Duluth in the other semifinal.

*USCHO poll used

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