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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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CHI-3

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.

CHL Game Night: 10-20-18

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Rouyn-Noranda Huskies 3 @ Baie-Comeau Drakkar 2

C/W Gabriel Fortier, BC: 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM, 4 SOG, 6/14 FO, 0 Hits
Season Totals: 13 GP, 6-9-15, +9, 7 PIM
17-18 Totals: 66 GP, 26-33-59, -11, 59 PIM

CHL No. 2 Rouyn-Noranda exacted some revenge on No. 7 Baie-Comeau by winning 3-2 Saturday. The Drakkar bested the Huskies, 5-2, Friday night. Fortier, who had a goal in two straight games coming into Saturday night, was scoreless.

Note: Radim Salda remains on the sidelines for Rimouski awaiting the proper paperwork to play in Canada.

Rimouski Oceanic 4 @ Charlottetown Islanders 5

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

Salda (finally!) made his season debut for Rimouski after sitting out a month due to paperwork holdups. The Czech Republic native had a power play assist in his debut, though the Oceanic fell short on PEI, 5-4. Salda wore No. 41 for Rimouski.

Ontario Hockey League

Kitchener Rangers 2 @ London Knights 6

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

London got three assists from Blackhawks first rounder (2018) Adam Boqvist, leading the Knights to a 6-2, nationally televised win over Kitchener in London. Alexey Lipanov had goose eggs on the scoresheet for the Rangers after notching his first points of the season last game.

NHL Game Night: 10-20-18 Lightning at Wild

Inconsistent Lightning stub their toe on a night Vasilevskiy isn't Superman.

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MIN-5 (OT)

Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 5 goals on 34 shots for the loss. He had some bright spots in this game that helped the Lightning at least steal a point, but there were multiple goals that leaked through him, including the putrid OT winner, as well as a First Period puckhandling gaffe that threw Minnesota a life line at a time they were in danger of being run out of the barn early on. Vasilevskiy can't and won't be standing on his head every night, so the Lightning skaters would do well to stay on their game for longer than 20 minutes at a time to help him on those nights.

First Period
2:23 TB Callahan (1), (Stralman, Miller)
10:50 TB Gourde (3), (McDonagh, Stamkos)
13:23 MIN Coyle (2), (Nieddereiter)

Second Period
3:49 MIN Foligno (1), (Fehr, Brown)

Third Period
10:45 MIN Parise (3), (Koivu, Spurgeon)
13:13 MIN Zucker (4), (Dumba)
15:02 TB Stralman (1), (Gourde, Palat)

Overtime
3:43 MIN Granlund (3), (Coyle, Stalock)

I don't want to put this all on the goaltender. The fact is the Lightning came out a house of fire and played their best period of the season to stake themselves to a 3-1 lead that could've easily been a 3-0 lead. The problem is, this Lightning team simply doesn't put two strong periods like that back-to-back and so they played a fairly mediocre Second Period while Minnesota stepped up to match their intensity level to get within a goal. The team was still in good position to win given how well they've protected leads, for the most part, early in this season. But, a puck leaks through Vasilevskiy and you're in danger of repeating the loss at Vancouver which only a goal against the run of play by Stralman ultimately prevented. The Lightning did absolutely dominate 3-on-3 play in Overtime, but Minnesota at least limited them to less quality chances with the possession advantage they had and then Vasilevskiy's night went from bad to worse on the winning goal. That's at least three goals you can probably easily put the goat horns on Vasiy for.

It's nice to get a point out of a night the goaltending backfired that badly, I suppose.

Mathieu Joseph had 1 shot in 13:20.

Anthony Cirelli had 2 penalty minutes and 1 hit in 14:18 and was 45% on 11 draws.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

AHL Game Night: 10-20-18 Comets at Crunch

Crunch comeback bid falls short.

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SYR-3

Connor Ingram allowed 4 goals on 30 shots for the loss.

First Period
10:57 UTI MacEwen (3), (Dahlen, Juolevi)(PP)

Second Period
6:24 UTI Jasek (2), (Archibald)
8:51 UTI Archibald (4), (Carcone, Biega)(PP)
10:10 SYR Gaunce (1), (Barre-Boulet, Conacher)
12:30 SYR Conacher (1), (unassisted)(SH)(PS)
19:10 UTI Sifers (1), (Jasek)

Third Period
12:41 SYR Andreoff (3), (Barre-Boulet, Cernak)(PP)

Cory Conacher and Alex Barre-Boulet were the game's second and third stars. Barre-Boulet now has 2 goals and 5 points in his first 5 pro games.

Syracuse did some good things in this game to nearly crawl out of a three goal hole they dug for themselves early in this contest. Still, the team's got to have a better showing in the 20-30 minutes of games than they did and they cannot allow goals late in periods like they did to Sifers. That ultimately became the margin for Utica and just can't happen. Hockey 101.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

NCAA Game Night: 10-20-18

Maine Black Bears 2 @ #3 Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs 3

F Cole Koepke, UMD: 1-0-1, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season Totals: 6 GP, 1-2-3, +4, 0 PIM

Bolt prospect Cole Koepke tallied his first collegiate goal Saturday night with about four minutes left in the 2nd period in what would prove to be the game-winning goal. The Bulldogs built a three-goal lead, but the Black Bears battled back with a pair of goals to make it close. Maine netminder Jeremy Swayman (BOS, 2017 4th round pick) stopped 41 shots in a losing effort as UMD shot early and often. Scott Perunovich (STL, 2018 2nd round pick) notched a pair of assists for the Bulldogs, who improve to 4-1-1 after sweeping Maine in the weekend series. UMD travels to South Bend next weekend for a pair of games against #2 ranked Notre Dame.

Northern Michigan Wildcats 0 @ #4 St. Cloud State Huskies 5

D Nick Perbix, STC: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Season Totals: 4 GP, 0-1-1, +6, 2 PIM

St. Cloud State goalie Jeff Smith (undrafted) stopped just 10 Northern Michigan shots for the shutout as the Huskies defense smothered the Wildcats to sweep the two-game weekend series Saturday night. Lightning prospect Nick Perbix notched his first collegiate point, setting up a Jacob Benson (undrafted) power play marker in the 3rd for the Huskies’ fifth goal. St. Cloud State now sports a perfect 4-0-0 record on the season and hits the road next week for a Thursday night stopover at #18 ranked Boston College before a Saturday night tilt against #12 Northeastern.

Trinity Western Spartans 1 @ #6 Minnesota Gophers 7 (Exhibition)

D Ryan Zuhlsdorf, MINN: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season Totals: 2 GP, 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM
’17-‘18 Totals: 38 GP, 0-9-9, +1, 40 PIM

F Sammy Walker, MINN: 0-3-3, +3, 2 PIM, 3 SOG
Season Totals: 2 GP, 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM

Bolt prospect Sammy Walker racked up 3 primary assists in the Golden Gophers 7-1 exhibition victory over the visiting Spartans from Trinity Western University. Ryan Norman (undrafted) led the Minnesota charge with a pair of goals and an assist, while Joey Marooney (undrafted) notched 4 assists. After a couple of weekends of exhibition play, the 1-0-1 Gophers get back to games that count in the Hall of Fame Game in at a sold-out Orleans Arena in Las Vegas next Saturday night against rival #16 North Dakota.

Alaska-Fairbanks Nanooks 3 @ #9 Denver Pioneers 3 OT

F Cole Guttman, DEN: 1-1-2, +3, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 13/17 FO
Season Totals: 4 GP, 2-3-5, +7, 4 PIM

Bolt prospect Cole Guttman was key in the Pioneers erasing a three-goal deficit to draw a tie after a scoreless overtime against the visiting Nanooks from Alaska-Fairbanks. The Nanooks built a three-goal lead with a pair of tallies in the 1st period and then scoring again early in the 2nd period, getting a goal and an assist from Kylar Hope (undrafted) and a pair of power play helpers from Chris Jandric (undrafted). Forty-seven seconds after the Nanooks’ third goal, Guttman set up Jarid Lukosevicius (undrafted) to get the Pioneers on the scoreboard. With the goalie pulled just under two minutes left in the game, Guttman fired home his second goal of the season and then Les Lancaster (undrafted) scored with thirty-five seconds left to force overtime. Emilio Pettersen (CGY, 2018 6th round pick) notched assists on both those 6-on-5 goals to avoid a Denver loss. The Pioneers, now 3-0-1, take next weekend off before starting NCHC conference play in November against #19 Western Michigan.

UMass-Lowell River Hawks 1 @ Miami Red Hawks 2

F Ryan Lohin, UML: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 2 SOG, 5/14 FO
Season Totals: 4 GP, 0-1-1, E, 2 PIM

The Red Hawks scored twice in the 3rd Saturday night, including the game-winning power play goal by Derek Daschke (undrafted) as Miami squeaks out a 2-1 win to split the weekend series with UML. A night after River Hawks goalie Tyler Wall (NYR, 2016 6th round pick) pitched a 36-save shutout, he made 30 saves but fell one save short. UML falls to 2-2-0 on the season, returning to Massachusetts next weekend against #12 Northeastern at home at the Tsongas Center before travelling to Waltham to take on Bentley.

New Hampshire Wildcats 3 @ Colorado College Tigers 4

G Ty Taylor, UNH: 10:23 mins, 3 GA, 6 SV
Season Totals: 2 GP, 0-1-0, 4.42 GAA, 0.848 SV%

Lightning prospect Ty Taylor was pulled just over 10 minutes into the game after surrendering three Tigers goals on just 9 shots. Mike Robinson (SJS, 2015 3rd round pick) allowed just one goal on 20 shots the rest of the way as the Wildcats battled back to within a goal but failed to get the equalizer despite almost 3 minutes of empty net play. Ara Nazarian (undrafted) led UNH with a goal and an assist. New Hampshire, still winless at 0-3-1 on the season, opens up HEAST conference play next weekend in a Saturday night tilt against the Catamounts of Vermont.

*USCHO poll used for rankings

NCAA Game Night: 10-19-18

Maine Black Bears 2 @ #3 Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs 8

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

Bolt prospect Cole Koepke fired 5 shots at Maine netminder Jeremy Swayman (BOS, 2017 4th round pick) but failed to hit the scoresheet as the 3rd-ranked Bulldogs pasted a snowman on the scoreboard at AMSOIL Arena Friday night. UMD was led by Nick Wolff (undrafted) and Scott Perunovich (STL, 2018 2nd round pick) who each had a goal and three assists. UMD held Maine to just six shots through the first two periods. These two teams tangle again in non-conference play Saturday to close the weekend series.

Northern Michigan Wildcats 1 @ #4 St. Cloud State Huskies 4

D Nick Perbix, STC: 0-0-0, +2, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season Totals: 3 GP, 0-0-0, +6, 2 PIM

Easton Brodzinski (undrafted) scored a goal and added an assist, and Slovakian David Hrenak (LAK, 2018 5th round pick) made 20 saves in the Huskies victory Friday night over the visiting Wildcats. St. Cloud continues their Homecoming weekend against Northern Michigan University on Saturday night as these two team wrap up the weekend series.

Alaska-Fairbanks Nanooks 1 @ #9 Denver Pioneers 4

F Cole Guttman, DEN: 0-2-2, +1, 0 PIM, 4 SOG, 13/17 FO
Season Totals: 3 GP, 1-2-3, +4, 4 PIM

Bolt prospect Cole Guttman notched a pair of assists and won 74% of his draws as the 9th-ranked Pioneers defeated the Nanooks Friday night in non-conference play. Liam Finlay (undrafted) led the David Carle attack for Denver with a pair of goals and Emilio Pettersen (CGY, 2018 6th round pick) added a goal and an assist. Denver goaltender Devin Cooley (undrafted) stopped 25 shots, including 12 in the 3rd period for the win. Alaska-Fairbanks and this Pioneer team play again Saturday night to close out the weekend series.

UMass-Lowell River Hawks 3 @ Miami Red Hawks 0

F Ryan Lohin, UML: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 13/24 FO
Season Totals: 3 GP, 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM

Tyler Wall (NYR, 2016 6th round pick) pitched a 36-save shutout Friday night as UML rolled into Oxford, OH and shutout Miami 3-0. The River Hawks got goals from three players and Lightning prospect Ryan Lohin was 54% on faceoffs. These two teams battle again Saturday night for the finale of the weekend series.

New Hampshire Wildcats 3 @ Colorado College Tigers 3 OT

G Ty Taylor, UNH: did not play
Season Totals: 1 GP, 0-1-0, 2.09 GAA, 0.917 SV%

UNH thrice overcame one goal deficits to force overtime on the road, and then Mike Robinson (SJS, 2015 3rd round pick) stopped five shots in the extra session to secure the non-conference tie. Max Gildon (FLA, 2017 3rd round pick) led the Wildcats offense with a goal and two assists, and Robinson stopped 34 shots by the Tigers. These two teams play again Saturday night to close out the weekend series.

*USCHO poll used for rankings

CHL Game Night: 10-19-18

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Rouyn-Noranda Huskies 2 @ Baie-Comeau Drakkar 5

C/W Gabriel Fortier, BC: 1-0-1, +2, 0 PIM, 4 SOG, 9/14 FO, 3 Hits, *Third Star*
Season Totals: 12 GP, 6-9-15, +11, 7 PIM
17-18 Totals: 66 GP, 26-33-59, -11, 59 PIM

Fortier scored his sixth goal of the year to help the Drakkar take a 4-0 lead on the Huskies early in the third period. Rouyn-Noranda made it 4-2 shortly thereafter, but couldn’t get any closer. This was a match-up of two CHL Top-10 ranked teams as the Huskies came into the game at No. 2 and Baie-Comeau No. 7. The Drakkar fell from the top spot last week.

Note: Radim Salda remains on the sidelines for Rimouski awaiting the proper paperwork to play in Canada.

Ontario Hockey League

Guelph Storm 0 @ Kitchener Rangers 5

C Alexey Lipanov, KIT: 1-1-2, +1, 2 PIM, 2 SOG
Season Totals: 4 GP, 1-1-2, -2, 0 PIM
17-18 Totals (BAR, SBY): 55 GP, 14-25-39, -14, 10 PIM

Lipanov notched his first point as a Ranger mid-way through the third period with an assist, then scored his first goal three minutes later on the power play in Kitchener’s 5-0 win over Guelph.

AHL Game Night: 10-19-18 Crunch at Devils

Ingram pitches a shutout in slump busting win.

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BNG-0

Connor Ingram stopped all 27 shots he faced and a penalty shot for the victory. How a man does all that and doesn't get a star is beyond me.

First Period
4:07 SYR Andreoff (1), (Dumont, Gaunce)(SH)

Second Period
12:59 SYR Stephens (1), (Cernak, Dumont)(PP)

Third Period
9:46 SYR Andreoff (2), (Martel, Verhaeghe)(PP)
19:41 SYR Katchouk (1), (Stephens)(EN)(SH)

Andy Andreoff, Gabriel Dumont, and Mitchell Stephens were the game's three stars.

Danick Martel appeared for the Crunch on a conditioning stint after not getting into a game thus far for the Lightning and had a helper. Boris Katchouk scored his first pro goal into the empty net to seal the deal.

Syracuse evens their record at 2-2-0. They've played significantly fewer games than most of the teams in the Eastern Conference and have a fair number of games in hand to make up.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

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