Legends were born tonight in Syracuse, New York.
Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 2 goals on 29 shots for his first professional victory in North America.
SYR Marchessault, (1) (Cote, Blujus), 8:44
SPR Tyrell, (1) (Madaisky, Sedlak), 15:45
SPR Monardo, (1) (Sifers, Madaisky), 3:53
SYR Paquette, (3) (Marchessault, Kunyk), 18:51
SYR Drouin, (1) , 7:18
I envy the folks who were in the arena tonight. Not only did they get to witness the first North American pro win by Vasilevskiy, but the first pro point by one of the truly great young players in the game. A future immortal. A young man who needs no introduction. 50 years ago when they recount this night to their grandchildren, and they will, they'll speak his name with the hushed reverence it deserves...
But, seriously. We love Blujus here at Bolt Prospects, and we love Vasilevskiy, but all that was overshadowed by the professional debut of Jonathan Drouin, who lived up to his billing. He was +3. He was dangerous all night in helping to tilt the ice in Syracuse's favor. And, of course, he scored the game winner on a partial break that began with a quick little defensive play in his own end and was completed with a top shelf, cookie jar breaking shot.
Syracuse gets Binghamton tomorrow night as the Jonny (Jouer au) Hockey road show continues on its short run in the AHL.
Box score from TheAHL.com.
Jonathan Drouin chipped the puck past the defenseman, rushed down the ice and wristed the puck into the top right corner.
Drouin, the Tampa Bay Lightning's third overall pick in 2013, netted the game-winning goal in the third period of his professional debut to lift the Syracuse Crunch to a 3-2 victory over the Springfield Falcons at the Onondaga County War Memorial Friday.
"I tried some passes today and they didn't go through," Drouin said. "I decided to shoot that one, and I'm pretty happy it went in."
Drouin, on a rehab assignment after sustaining a slight fracture in his right hand during training camp, was on the ice for all three Crunch goals.
"Those guys are easy to play with," Drouin said of his linemates. "(Jonathan) Marchessault is fast and (Cedric Paquette) thinks the game well."
Magnitogorsk 2 vs. Kazan 1 (SO)
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, SO Win, 38/39, 0.92 GAA, .974 sv%
Season totals: 18 HP, 12-2-2, 2 SO, 1.59 GAA, .943 sv%
Vasily Koshechkin stopped 3 of 4 in the penalty shot session as Magnitogorsk bested Kazan 2-1 in the shootout. Danis Zaripov scored twice in the shootout for Metallurg, allowing the team to overcome a shootout tally by ex-Jet Alexander Burmistrov.
Quebec Major Junior Hockey League
Quebec Remparts 0 @ Baie-Comeau Drakkar 4
W/C Adam Erne, QUE: 0-0-0, -2, 2 PIM, 0 SOG, 9/18 FO, 1 Hit
Season totals: 6 GP, 3-6-9, +5, 10 PIM
2013-2014 Season: 48 GP, 21-41-62, -3, 65 PIM
Baie-Comeau limited the visiting Remparts to 18 shots while shutting them out, 4-0. This was the second time in six games this season Erne failed to register a point.
Ontario Hockey League
Sarnia Sting 5 @ Peterborough Petes 3
D Anthony DeAngelo, SAR: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM, *First Star*
Season totals: 4 GP, 0-5-5, E, 13 PIM
2013-14 totals: 51 GP, 15-56-71, -34, 90 PIM
D Dominik Masin, PBO: 0-1-1, -2, 5 PIM
Season totals: 7 GP, 2-1-3, -7, 22 PIM
2013-14 totals: 39 GP, 2-19-21, +6, 102 PIM
DeAngelo and fellow Lightning prospect Dominik Masin both had assists, but DeAngelo’s Sting beat Masin’s Petes, 5-3. DeAngelo was named first star of the game. Masin had a fight for the second consecutive game, this time against 5-11 center Patrick White. Sarnia, who finished dead last in the OHL last year at 17-44-2-5, improved to 4-3-1-0 on the year and into second place in the West Division. The Sting’s 3-game road trip this weekend continues on Friday in Oshawa. Peterborough fell to 1-4-1-0 for the season.
Saginaw Spirit 5 @ Windsor Spitfires 8
W Cristiano DiGiacinto, WSR: Did not play (suspended)
Season totals: 2 GP, 1-1-2, +2, 9 PIM
2013-14 totals: 50 GP, 17-11-28, +8, 101 PIM
A game after allowing nine goals to Sarnia, the Spits responded with a snowman at home vs Saginaw. DiGiacinto continues to serve a suspension for starting a fight in the last five minutes of a game.
It was a feeling Henri Ikonen couldn’t describe.
Representing Finland in the 2014 World Junior Championships and winning his homeland’s first gold medal since 1998 was a memory he will never forget.
To top it off, the Finns beat host (and rival) Sweden in overtime.
“It was an unbelievable experience,” Ikonen said. “The best two weeks of my life.”
With his professional career just getting started, Ikonen is hoping to make many more memories like the one he had in Sweden. But the Syracuse Crunch forward is taking it one step at a time.
“I just go to the rink every morning and do my best there,” Ikonen said.