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NCAA Game Night: 10-26-18

#3 Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs 3 @ #1 Notre Dame Fighting Irish 2

F Cole Koepke, UMD: 0-1-1, +1, 2 PIM, 5 SOG
Season Totals: 7 GP, 1-3-4, +5, 2 PIM

Big road victory for the #3 ranked Bulldogs knocking off the top-ranked Fighting Irish in South Bend Friday night in the first of a pair of games between these two powerhouse programs. UMD, the pre-season #1 ranked team, re-established its claim as the best men’s hockey team with a gutsy come-from-behind two-goal 3rd period to edge Notre Dame 3-2. After a scoreless 1st period, Bolt prospect Cole Koepke fed senior Parker Mackay (undrafted) for a tap-in tally just under 4 minutes into the 2nd period as UMD open the scoring. Notre Dame battled back, scoring twice to take a 2-1 lead into the second intermission with goals from Andrew Peeke (CBJ, 2016 2nd round pick) and Colin Theisen (undrafted). Bulldog netminder Hunter Shepard (undrafted) made eight saves in the 3rd and Nick Swaney (MIN, 2017 7th round pick) scored shorthanded and added an assist in UMD’s two-goal third period that secured the victory. These two teams resume their weekend series Saturday night.

Michigan State Spartans 5 @ #8 Cornell Big Red 2

D Alex Green, COR: 0-0-0, -3, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals: 1 GP, 0-0-0, -3, 0 PIM

The unranked Spartans reeled off four straight goals in the 3rd as Michigan State shocked #8 Cornell at home in the Big Red’s season opener. 2018 Lightning draft pick Alex Green had a rough outing with a game-worst minus-three rating. The Spartans led 1-0 at the first intermission after scoring shorthanded, with Cornell battling back in the 2nd and knotting the score at 1-1 on a Max Andreev (undrafted) marker. But the Spartans scored early and often in the 3rd, building a 5-1 lead before Matt Cairns (EDM, 2016 4th round pick) added a late goal for the Big Red. Michigan State was led by Taro Hirose (undrafted) with a goal and pair of assists, and Spartan netminder John Lethemon (undrafted) made 32 saves for the win. Cornell and Michigan State will tangle again Saturday night in the conclusion of this non-conference weekend series.

#18 Northeastern Huskies 4 @ UMass-Lowell River Hawks 1

F Ryan Lohin, UML: did not play
Season Totals: 4 GP, 0-1-1, E, 2 PIM

Lightning prospect Ryan Lohin was absent from the River Hawks lineup Friday night as U-Mass Lowell dropped their Hockey East conference opener against Northeastern. Patrick Schule (undrafted) opened the scoring in the 1st for the Huskies on the first of his two goals, and then after a scoreless middle frame, Northeastern poured on three 3rd period scores to seal an early conference victory on the road at the Tsongas Center. It is unknown if Lohin is injured or was a healthy scratch, as he has struggled out of the gate for the now 3-2 River Hawks. UML travels the 30 minute bus ride to Waltham on Saturday for a non-conference tilt against Bentley University.

CHL Game Night: 10-26-18

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Baie-Comeau Drakkar 4 @ Chicoutimi Sagueneens 3 (SO)

C/W Gabriel Fortier, BC: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG, 4/13 FO, 0 Hits
Season Totals: 15 GP, 7-13-20, +12, 9 PIM
17-18 Totals: 66 GP, 26-33-59, -11, 59 PIM

The Drakkar won its second straight game in a shootout, this time 3-2 in post-overtime over the Sags for a 4-3 win. They defeated the Remparts earlier this week in the shootout. Fortier had an assist in regulation for his 20th point of the season, coming in his 15th game. The Lightning second rounder (2018) notched his 20th and 21st points in his 16th game last year on his way to a 59-point season.

Quebec Remparts 3 @ Rimouski Oceanic 1

D Radim Salda, RIM: 1-0-1, -1, 2 PIM, 4 SOG, 1 Hit, *Second Star*
Season Totals: 4 GP, 2-1-3, -2, 6 PIM
17-18 Totals (SJ): 62 GP, 10-31-41, -37, 78 PIM

Quebec got the better of its rival Friday, defeating Rimouski, 3-1. Radim Salda had the only goal for the Oceanic, which came on the power play. Salda has hit the ground running for Rimouski with two goals and three points in four games.

Ontario Hockey League

Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 7 @ Kitchener Rangers 4

C Alexey Lipanov, KIT: 0-0-0, -2, 2 PIM, 1 SOG, 3/3 FO
Season Totals: 7 GP, 1-1-2, -5, 2 PIM
17-18 Totals (BAR, SBY): 55 GP, 14-25-39, -14, 10 PIM

Philly first rounder Morgan Frost (2017) had two goals and a helper to lead the Soo to a big win over Kitchener in the Aud. Frost is up to 29 points in 15 games. Bolt prospect Alexey Lipanov was scoreless for Kitchener.

AHL Game Night: 10-26-18 Crunch at Marlies

Tough night for Syracuse on the road.

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Eddie Pasquale allowed 4 goals on 31 shots for the loss.

First Period
13:07 TOR Sandin (1), (Grundstrom, Mueller)
15:30 TOR Mueller (3), (unassisted)
18:15 SYR Raddysh (2), (Stephens)

Second Period
0:21 TOR Marchment (1), (Rosen, Moore)

Third Period
11:12 TOR Moore (7), (Borgman, Subban)

Got beat 4-1 and got outshot 31-19. Syracuse just got whipped tonight. There's not much more to say about it, other than I thought Syracuse got off to kind of a slow start last season as Benoit Groulx took the first month to try and shake out the bugs acclimating a young team to the AHL. I have faith that'll happen this season, too.

We'll see if there's a callup like Cernak or Masin with Victor Hedman getting nicked up top in Tampa Bay's game against Vegas.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

NHL Game Night: 10-26-18 Lightning at Golden Knights

Lightning treat the team from the Silver State like silver medalists on Nevada Day.

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Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 2 goals on 31 shots for the win. He was only beaten on a play where he was completely screened and a clean faceoff loss that led to an unchallenged shooter from the high slot. Otherwise, impeccable.

First Period
3:05 TB Johnson (4), (unassisted)
5:31 VGK Theodore (1), (Carpenter)
16:36 TB Point (6), (Stamkos, Kucherov)

Second Period
4:47 TB Miller (3), (Killorn, Sergachev)(PP)

Third Period
1:47 VGK Karlsson (3), (Tuch)(PP)

Tyler Johnson was the game's first star.

I suspect this game was one the Lightning were very interested in putting their best foot forward in after being swept by Vegas last season and blowing the lead last time they were out west to play this team. The Lightning manufactured a solid road win with a mix of a couple of greasy goals and a great play off the rush by the Stamkos line. One shot in the Third Period is concerning and you hate to go that far into the shell protecting a lead in the final frame, but at the end of the night they had the W in hand.

The Lightning now sit on 15 points through 9 games, meaning they've already banked 3 insurance points moving forward. 7 straight games with at least a point is a great look for the team, and they've seemed to get progressively better as the road trip has worn on.

Mathieu Joseph had 2 shots and 3 hits in 11:58.

Anthony Cirelli had 3 blocked shots and was 40% on 10 draws in 13:57.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

NCAA Game Night: 10-25-18

#2 St. Cloud State Huskies 5 @ Boston College Eagles 0

D Nick Perbix, STC: 0-1-1, +2, 2 PIM, 4 SOG
Season Totals: 5 GP, 0-2-2, +8, 4 PIM

St. Cloud State goalie David Hrenak (LAK, 2018 5th round pick) turned aside 32 Boston College shots on Thursday night as the #2 ranked Huskies chalked up their second consecutive shutout. Lightning prospect Nick Perbix tallied his second assist of the season when he set up a Nolan Walker (undrafted) second goal of the game late in the 3rd period. The Huskies were led by a hat trick from Sam Hentges (MIN, 2018 7th round pick) and Jimmy Schuldt (undrafted), Spencer Meier (undrafted), Jake Ahcan (undrafted), and Kevin Fitzgerald (undrafted) each notched a pair of assists. St. Cloud State continues their road trip Saturday night at #18 ranked Northeastern University in Boston.

NHL Game Night: 10-24-18 Lightning at Avalanche

Kittens in Colorado.

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Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped all 22 shots he faced for the victory. He had to play really well in the First Period and then saw his workload curtailed the final 40 minutes as the defense stepped up.

First Period
NO SCORING

Second Period
NO SCORING

Third Period
6:24 TB Kucherov (3), (Stamkos)(PP)

Nikita Kucherov and Vasilevskiy were the game's first and third stars.

Tampa Bay weathered Colorado's best punch in the First Period, with an assist from the video coaches spotting an offside that led to a reversal of a potential goal. They got outshot 11-4 in the opening frame, but rebounded to outshoot Colorado 20-11 the rest of the way. That's impressive given Colorado's offensive firepower and how they've become somewhat of a stylish team for pundits looking at the Western Conference.

The victory moved Tampa Bay to 13 points collected in their first 8 games, clinching a successful opening 10-game segment of the campaign with at least one insurance point to spare and a couple of more games to pick up additional insurance points. What you gain now counts as much as what you gain in March, and the games in March tend to be a lot more difficult to win. So, early season success is always a good recipe for punching your postseason ticket.

Mathiru Joseph had 1 shot in 10:44. Nearly had his first NHL goal drawing iron in the opening frame.

Anthony Cirelli had 1 hit in 12:15 and was oddly 0-for-4 on faceoffs.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

CHL Game Night: 9-24-18

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Baie-Comeau Drakkar 6 @ Quebec Remparts 5 (SO)

C/W Gabriel Fortier, BC: 1-3-4, +2, 2 PIM, 5 SOG, 5/10 FO, 0 Hits, *Second Star*
Season Totals: 14 GP, 7-12-19, +11, 9 PIM
17-18 Totals: 66 GP, 26-33-59, -11, 59 PIM

The Drakkar had leads of 2-0 and 4-2 before falling behind 5-4, but Fortier – already with three assists in the game – scored with under two minutes left in regulation to send the game to overtime. The extra session solved nothing, so the Drakkar took the W out of the skills competition, 1-0. Fortier did not shoot in the extra-extra-tiebreaker.

Blainville-Boisbriand Armada 2 @ Rimouski Oceanic 5

D Radim Salda, RIM: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, 2 Hits
Season Totals: 3 GP, 1-1-2, -1, 4 PIM
17-18 Totals (SJ): 62 GP, 10-31-41, -37, 78 PIM

Rimouski raced out to a 4-0 lead by the early second period and coasted to a 5-2 home win. Radim Salda had his first scoreless game for the Oceanic after earning a point in his first two games of the season.

CHL Game Night: 10-21-18

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Rimouski Oceanic 4 @ Moncton Wildcats 5

D Radim Salda, RIM: 1-0-1, E, 2 PIM, 4 SOG, 2 Hits
Season Totals: 2 GP, 1-1-2, -1, 4 PIM
17-18 Totals (SJ): 62 GP, 10-31-41, -37, 78 PIM

IIHF transfer papers behind him, Salda is free to focus on hockey and the Czech rearguard scored his first goal of the season Sunday in Moncton. That gives him two points in two games, though Rimouski has lost both matches in the Maritimes.

Ontario Hockey League

Kitchener Rangers 2 @ Guelph Storm 6

C Alexey Lipanov, KIT: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals: 6 GP, 1-1-2, -3, 0 PIM
17-18 Totals (BAR, SBY): 55 GP, 14-25-39, -14, 10 PIM

Coyotes pick Nate Schnarr (3rd round, 2017) had two goals and an assist for First Star honors as the Storm trounced the Rangers in Guelph, 5-2, Sunday. Lipanov was questionable for Sunday’s game but fought through being “banged up.”

NCAA Game Night: 10-21-18

University of Guelph Gryphons 0 @ #8 Cornell Big Red 7 (Exhibition)

D Alex Green, COR: 0-3-3, +2, 4 PIM, 5 SOG
Season Totals: 0 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM

Cornell wrapped up its preseason exhibition play Sunday night against the University of Guelph. Lighting prospect Alex Green fired a game-high five shots and notched three assists, including one on the power play, as the Big Red put a touchdown up on the scoreboard against the outmatched Gryphons. All three Cornell goaltenders saw action in the final tune up before next weekend’s non-conference series against Michigan State.

NHL Game Night: 10-21-18 Lightning at Blackhawks

The result doesn't fully describe the dominance.

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Louis Domingue allowed 3 goals on 36 shots for the victory. He made a handful of amazing saves in the First Period to keep the Lightning in good shape, and could've read a novel most of the rest of the game for how little work he had to do.

First Period
3:21 TB Kucherov (2), (Hedman)
11:40 CHI Fortin (1), (Rutta, Keith)

Second Period
4:22 TB Cirelli (2), (Point, McDonagh)
12:07 TB Gourde (4), (Palat, Point)(PP)
14:01 TB Point (5), (Kucherov)

Third Period
9:40 TB Hedman (2), (Miller, Girardi)
15:17 CHI Kampf (1), (Rutta, Davidson)
16:12 CHI Schmaltz (1), (Kane, Seabrook)(PP)
17:55 TB Callahan (2), (Miller)(EN)

The Lightning came out with a very good push in the first five minutes of the First Period only to get a solid pushback from Chicago the rest of the frame. Going into the locker room at 1-1, Lightning fans had to be thinking this was going to be a challenging contest on the tail of the back-to-back. And then, Chicago crumbled into the shape of a minor league team and the Lightning just stomped the life out of them. 33 shots for the Lightning in the Second Period isn't just a team record, it's some sort of NHL record. 55 shots for the game does set the Lightning team record and without some good goaltending from 500-year old Cam Ward, the Blackhawks probably would've lost this game by double digits. That's not hyperbole, either. The shear volume of ten bell saves that man had to make to keep this from being a record breaking rout should not go unspoken of.

Somewhere a fancy stat person is outlining the face of Jesus in the Corsi or Fenwick stats of the Second Period for Tampa Bay, with a tear rolling down their cheek at the beauty they've been blessed to gaze upon.

Mathieu Joseph was +1 with 2 shots, 3 hits, and 1 blocked shot in 11:51.

Anthony Cirelli had a goal and was +1 with 2 penalty minutes, 9(!) shots, and 1 blocked shot in 11:32. He was also 38% on 8 draws.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

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