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KHL Game Day: 1-27-16

Khanty-Mansiysk 4 vs. Magnitogorsk 2
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, Loss, 18/21, 3.08 GAA, .857 sv%
Season totals: 47 GP, 21-14-9, 3 SO, 2.14 GAA, .924 sv%

Ex-Blue Jackets pick Sergei Mozyakin scored his 30th and 31st goals of the season in Magnitogorsk's 4-2 loss to Yugra.

Dinamo Minsk 3 vs. St. Petersburg 2
Nikita Gusev, St. Petersburg, 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM, 5 SOG
Season totals (St. Petersburg): 28 GP, 13-17-30, +7, 6 PIM
Season totals (Khanty-Mansiysk): 23 GP, 7-7-14, +6, 4 PIM
Season totals: 51 GP, 20-24-44, +13, 10 PIM

Nikita Gusev notched his 20th goal of the season in 21:54 of ice time in SKA's 3-2 loss to Minsk. It's Gusev's second 20-goal season of his KHL career and 1 shy of his total of 21 in 55 games a season ago. Ex-NHLer Jonathan Cheechoo had a pair of goals for Minsk in their victory.

Novgorod 7 vs. Spartak Moscow 2
Carter Ashton, Novgorod, 2-0-2, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 43 GP, 13-9-22, +3, 61 PIM

Carter Ashton had even strength and power play goals in 16:36 of ice time as Novgorod plastered Spartak Moscow 7-2. Ex-Avs pick Linus Videll had 1 goal and 1 assist in the victory.

KHL Game Day: 1-25-16

Magnitogorsk 6 vs. Ekaterinburg 2
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, Win, 20/22, 2.01 GAA, .909 sv%
Season totals: 46 GP, 21-13-9, 3 SO, 2.11 GAA, .925 sv%

Ex-NHLer Alexander Semin had 2 goals and 3 points to pace Magnitogorsk to a 6-2 win over Ekaterinburg.

St. Petersburg 2 vs. CSKA 3
Nikita Gusev, St. Petersburg, 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM, 6 SOG
Season totals (St. Petersburg): 27 GP, 12-17-29, +6, 6 PIM
Season totals (Khanty-Mansiysk): 23 GP, 7-7-14, +6, 4 PIM
Season totals: 50 GP, 19-24-43, +12, 10 PIM

Nikita Gusev scored an even strength goal with 7 seconds left in regulation in SKA's 3-2 loss to CSKA. The young forward had 6 shots on goal, second on his team to ex-NHLer Ilya Kovalchuk's 7 shots. He played 19:12 in the match.

Novgorod 5 vs. Jokerit 6 (SO)
Carter Ashton, Novgorod, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 42 GP, 11-9-20, +3, 61 PIM

Carter Ashton was held scoreless in 12:50 of ice time in Novgorod's 6-5 SO loss to Jokerit. Ex-NHLer Nikolai Zherdev had a goal in defeat for Novgorod. Jokerit got 1 goal and 1 assist from former Isles and Oilers forward Jesse Joensuu, who also notched the SO winner.

Witkowski Doing Dirty Work for Crunch


By Jeremy Houghtaling

Luke Witkowski showed little hesitation in getting his hands dirty.

During a stoppage in the final minute of the third period during a game in Binghamton Saturday, a squid -- apparently thrown from the stands -- ended up on the ice. The Syracuse Crunch defenseman and avid outdoorsman took off his glove to pick up the sea creature, gave it a quick whirl as he pondered what to do with it, and sent it flying back into the stands.

“I noticed the refs were skating away from it and no one was grabbing it, so I thought I’d chuck it back up to where it came from,” Witkowski said.

Witkowski is no stranger to doing the necessary dirty work on the ice, and is now focused on improving his game with by logging big minutes in the American Hockey League to make the next step to the National Hockey League.

Juniors Game Night: 1-24-16

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Shawinigan Cataractes 3 @ Chicoutimi Sagueneens 2 (SO)

W Dennis Yan, SHAW: 0-1-1, +1, 4 PIM, 2 SOG, 3 Hits
Season totals: 40 GP, 28-29-57, +6, 52 PIM
2014-2015 Season: 59 GP, 33-31-64, +23, 71 PIM

Yan had his shootout attempt saved, but Shawinigan was able to win the skills competition anyway to claim victory.

Ontario Hockey League

Hamilton Bulldogs 2 @ Oshawa Generals 5

C Anthony Cirelli, OSH: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, 16/19 FO
Season totals: 41 GP, 12-23-35, -10 19 PIM
2014-15 totals: 68 GP, 13-23-36, +34, 22 PIM

Oshawa jumped out to a 4-0 lead and coasted to a win over the Bulldogs.

Windsor Spitfires 5 @ Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 3

W Cristiano DiGiacinto, WSR: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 41 GP, 15-21-36, +22, 57 PIM
2014-15 totals: 63 GP, 21-24-45, -16, 100 PIM

Bradley Latour (undrafted) had two goals for Windsor in the Soo.

Saginaw Spirit 3 @ Ottawa 67’s 1

W Mitchell Stephens, SAG: 0-1-1, +1, 2 PIM, 0 SOG, 7/14 FO
Season totals: 17 GP, 9-8-17, +3, 10 PIM
2014-15 totals: 62 GP, 22-26-48, -17, 44 PIM

Evan Cormier (undrafted) stopped 29 of 30 shots for the win.

Western Hockey League

Vancouver Giants 1 @ Victoria Royals 5

D Ben Thomas, VAN: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 5 SOG
Season totals: 52 GP, 5-15-20, -17, 28 PIM
With Vancouver: 38 GP, 5-12-17, -7, 18 PIM
With Calgary: 14 GP, 0-3-3, -10, 10 PIM
2014-15 totals: 60 GP, 7-24-31, +16, 28 PIM

Victoria outscored Vancouver 13-1 in their 2-game series this weekend.

AHL Game Night: 1-23-16 Crunch at Senators

Season-high point streak for the Crunch.

SYR-3
BNG-2

Adam Wilcox allowed 2 goals on 23 shots for the victory.

First Period
SYR McGinn, (15) (Peca, Taormina), 9:28
BNG Schneider, (13) (Kostka, Dzingel), 14:55 (PP)

Second Period
BNG Kostka, (3) (Flanagan, Robinson), 15:22

Third Period
SYR Koekkoek, (3) (McGinn, DeAngelo), 7:21
SYR Taormina, (8) (DeAngelo), 9:21

Matt Taormina and Tye McGinn were the game's first and third stars. Anthony DeAngelo was just a goal away from the Gordie Howe hat trick, as he had two helpers, including one on the GWG, and a fight in a very full Third Period for the highly touted prospect. It was DeAngelo's second fighting major as a pro after he had his first earlier this month against Toronto. Slater Koekkoek broke a 10 game streak of games without points with the goal to tie the game up the contest in the Third.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

Juniors Game Night: 1-23-16

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Cape Breton Screaming Eagles 5 @ Saint John Sea Dogs 7

W Bokondji Imama, SJ: Did not play
Season totals: 28 GP, 4-9-13, -1, 50 PIM
2013-2014 Season: 59 GP, 13-15-28, +2, 137 PIM

W Mathieu Joseph, SJ: 1-2-3, +4, 0 PIM, 7 SOG, 3 Hits
Season totals: 42 GP, 23-26-49, +26, 45 PIM
2013-2014 Season: 59 GP, 21-21-42, +18, 46 PIM

Saint John completed a 2-game mini-series sweep of the Eagles with a 7-5 win. Joseph had four points in the series.

Shawinigan Cataractes 5 @ Baie-Comeau Drakkar 2

W Dennis Yan, SHAW: 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM, 4 SOG, 1 Hit
Season totals: 39 GP, 28-28-56, +5, 48 PIM
2014-2015 Season: 59 GP, 33-31-64, +23, 71 PIM

Yan was one of five Cataractes who scored Saturday against the Drakkar.

Ontario Hockey League

Windsor Spitfires 3 @ Flint Firebirds 2

W Cristiano DiGiacinto, WSR: 0-1-1, +1, 2 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 40 GP, 15-21-36, +22, 55 PIM
2014-15 totals: 63 GP, 21-24-45, -16, 100 PIM

DiGiacinto’s scoreless streak was stopped at five games when he registered an assist in Flint Saturday.

Peterborough Petes 5 @ Sarnia Sting 6

D Dominik Masin, PBO: 0-1-1, +1, 2 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 36 GP, 5-14-19, +26, 30 PIM
2014-15 totals: 48 GP, 7-19-26, -13, 68 PIM

D Matt Spencer, PBO: Did not play
Season totals: 40 GP, 3-16-19, E, 31 PIM
2014-15 totals: 67 GP, 6-24-30, -15, 64 PIM

Peterborough was playing its third game in three nights and dressed its backup goalie, yet nearly pulled off a win in Sarnia. Flyers pick Travis Konecny had two goals and two assists for the Sting.

Western Hockey League

Moose Jaw Warriors 3 @ Lethbridge Hurricanes 4 (OT)

C Brayden Point, MJ: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
Season totals: 26 GP, 20-31-51, +12, 17 PIM
2014-15 totals: 60 GP, 38-49-87, +6, 46 PIM

Tyler Wong (undrafted) scored the game-winning goal in overtime, his 27th goal of the season.

Vancouver Giants 0 @ Victoria Royals 8

D Ben Thomas, VAN: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 51 GP, 5-15-20, -16, 28 PIM
With Vancouver: 37 GP, 5-12-17, -6, 18 PIM
With Calgary: 14 GP, 0-3-3, -10, 10 PIM
2014-15 totals: 60 GP, 7-24-31, +16, 28 PIM

Thomas was the only Vancouver player who avoided a minus in an 8-0 game. Quite an accomplishment… in a way.

United States Hockey League

Lincoln Stars 3 @ Omaha Lancers 1

G Kris Oldham, OMA: Loss, 19 saves on 22 shots
Season totals: 19 GP, 11-6-2, 2.43 GAA, .921 sv%, 1 SO
2014-15 totals: 33 GP, 21-6-4, 2.49 GAA, .908 sv%, 1 SO
(University of Nebraska-Omaha signee)

Omaha had a chance to tie Lincoln for the division lead, but the Stars got a big road win in the Lancers’ barn.

NHL Game Night: 1-23-16 Lightning at Panthers

Lightning winning streak snapped in front of "full house" in Sunrise.

TB-2
FLA-5

Ben Bishop allowed 4 goals on 30 shots for the loss before giving way to Andrei Vasilevskiy, who stopped all 4 shots he faced in the Third Period.

First Period
NO SCORING

Second Period
8:50 FLA Huberdeau (8), (Barkov, Ekblad)
12:36 FLA Bjugstad (9), (Huberdeau)(PP)
15:56 FLA Smith (15), (unassisted)
17:33 FLA Trocheck (13), (Shaw, Jokinen)

Third Period
5:39 TB Hedman (4), (Johnson, Kucherov)(PP)
15:52 FLA Campbell (4), (Bjugstad, Jagr)(EN)
18:31 TB Brown (4), (Boyle)

The Lightning were probably due for a little stock correction, and unfortunately it came tonight in a pretty big divisional game. Obviously, things came off the rails in the Second Period, compounded by some good puck luck for the Panthers that ultimately doomed the whole endeavor. Burn the tape, I say. The big thing is to not allow your loss after a long winning streak to balloon into a losing streak the way Chicago did when they went down to Sunrise last night. Get the focus and jump back and move on.

So with that said, rather than lambaste the team, I'll take this opportunity to have a little fun with the Florida Panthers organization. You see, the Panthers announced a sell out tonight... but anyone with two eyeballs saw a half empty arena. Yes, with a Saturday night contest with the Panthers in first place facing off against the team in second in the Atlantic Division and a playoff atmosphere on the ice, Panther Nation, stayed home. Mind you, Panther Nation is a lot like the Lock Ness monster and the sasquatch, so perhaps we shouldn't be surprised they were difficult to see through the forest of empty red seats. I remain amazed that market still has a franchise given that it's even more deserving of a relocation dirt nap than Atlanta was, at this stage, but I digress. The really amazing thing to me is that the Panthers broadcast team of "Goldie" and "Peanut Butter" Potvin decided to crow at length about the Panthers winning in front of this amazing "full house" in Sunrise. Baghdad Bob would've been proud.

Gentlemen, if I may...

When Kenny Rogers, as Brady Hawkes in The Gambler Part III: The Legend Continues, had 3 aces and 2 kings, THAT was a full house.

When President Obama gave his State of the Union address before the entire Legislative Branch of the United States government and numerous other invited dignitaries and guests, THAT was a full House.

When Bob Saget, Dave Coulier, and John Stamos raised three adorable young girls (two out of the three, anyway) in a house in San Francisco that there's no way in hell they could plausibly afford, THAT was a TV show called Full House.

STOP LYING and self-aggrandizing about how you had a sell out and played your game in front of a bristling, bustling "full house." We all know better. That's just SO Panthers. You win back-to-back home games against last year's Cup finalists, which should be your crowning moment of glory (supplanting your near annual trip to the front row of tables at the June draft) and what do you do? Put on the clown shoes... again. I suppose at least this time you didn't reach for the opaque plexiglass. Silver linings.

Nikita Nesterov was -2 with 2 shots and 3 hits in 15:10. It seemed like Cooper was trying to get him out with the Filppula line in front of him as a security blanket defensively, but that line got run roughshod over them tonight and therefore Nesterov was spending too much of the night on the run in his own zone. He doesn't excel with a guy on his back in his own end. He did, at least, draw a penalty with a good individual effort of his own on a rush in the First Period, so there's that.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

NCAA Game Night: 1-23-16

Maine Black Bears 1 @ No. 11 Boston University Terriers 6

D John MacLeod, BU: Did not play
Season totals: 21 GP, 1-1-2, -2, 20 PIM
2014-2015 totals: 37 GP, 2-7-9, +19, 58 PIM

MacLeod was scratched for the second game of a home-and-home series with Maine. BU won both games.

Lake Superior State Lakers 1 @ No. 20 Minnesota State Mavericks 5

W Jimmy Mullin, MSU: Did not play
Season totals: 16 GP, 1-3-4, -4, 4 PIM
2013-2014 totals (Miami): 19 GP, 1-6-7, 23 PIM

Jimmy Mullin was scratched for the Mavs. He was on a 2-game point streak.

*USCHO poll used

Liiga Game Day: 1-23-16

Karpat 4 vs. KalPa 1
Jonne Tammela, KalPa, DNP
Season totals: 27 GP, 4-6-10, +8, 14 PIM

Jonne Tammela missed his second straight game for KalPa as they fell 4-1 to Karpat. Forward Jesse Puljujarvi, who will likely be a top-10 pick this summer, had 1 goal and 2 points in the win.

KHL Game Day: 1-23-16

KHL All-Star Game
Western Conference 28 vs. Eastern Conference 23
Nikita Gusev, Western Conference, 3-3-6, E, 0 PIM, 12 SOG

Nikita Gusev had a hat trick and three assists in 17:34 of ice time as the Westen Conference toppled the Eastern Conference 28-23 in the KHL All-Star Game. This was Gusev's second all-star appearance in the All-Star Game. Magnitogorsk forward Sergei Mozyakin led all scorers with 6 goals and 8 points in defeat for the Eastern Conference.

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