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The Bolt Prospects Podcast, Episode 92

This week’s “Aaron Gavey Edition” of the Bolt Prospects Podcast includes the following topics:

· The No. 92
· TB strutting down street, flaunting massive amount of chest hair
· Playoffs!?
· Gourde, depth stepping up big
· How does Jo Drouin compare to other young stars?

Gourde, Erne Make Impact in Bolts' Push for Playoffs

As the Tampa Bay Lightning have gone through the 2016-17 regular season, their seemingly consistent string of injuries to key players has created the need for call-ups from the Syracuse Crunch at levels unseen in seasons past.

The term "TampaCuse" has been used to describe the shuttle of players between the clubs throughout the season more than normal this year.

During Saturday's 3-2 victory over the Florida Panthers, the Lightning dressed five players who began the year with the Crunch in the American Hockey League – defenseman Jake Dotchin and forwards Adam Erne, Yanni Gourde, Matthew Peca, and Luke Witkowski.

While each of these players has contributed in an important way for the Lightning this season, Erne and Gourde are two prospects who have been particularly impressive of late.

ECHL Game Night: 3-10-17 & 3-11-17

MAR 10: Toledo Walleye 1 at Kalamazoo Wings 3
MAR 11: Toledo Walleye 6 at Kalamazoo Wings 1

F Brian Hart, KAL, 2gp, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIMS, 3 SOG
Season Totals (ECHL): 22 GP, 2-2-4, -2, 4 PIMs, 38 SOG
Season Totals (AHL): 33 GP, 3-4-7, E, 26 PIMs

F Cameron Darcy, KAL, 2gp, 0-1-1, E, 2 PIMS, 5 SOG
Season Totals (ECHL): 9 GP, 2-8-10, +7, 4 PIMs, 21 SOG
Season Totals (AHL): 34 GP, 3-4-7, -3, 14 PIMs

Other Notables
G Nic Riopel, KAL, 1gp, W, 60:00 MINS, 30/31, *2nd Star*
Season Totals: 26 GP, 15-9-0-1, 2.75 GAA, 0.906 SV%, 1 SO

Back-to-back games against the best team in the league was a tall order for the surging K-Wings, and a chance to measure themselves against a team they will likely have to go through for a deep run in the Kelly Cup playoffs. Big props to the red hot Nic Riopel, who allowed just one Walleye goal on 31 shots Friday night, and enabled Kalamazoo to hold serve this weekend after Toledo put up 6 on the scoreboard Saturday night against Joel Martin. Riopel, winner of 11 in his last 12 starts, earned 2nd Star honors for his performance Friday. The K-Wings remain 3 points behind Quad Cities in the Central Division standings, looking to avoid a 1st round meeting against these Walleye. Speaking of Quad Cities, Kalamazoo travels to the Wireless Center in Moline, IL Wednesday for a big road game against the Mallards, before a home-and-home Friday and Saturday nights against the lowly Indy Fuel.

NCAA Game Night: 3-12-17

New Hampshire Wildcats 2 @ No. 4 UMass-Lowell River Hawks 8

C Ryan Lohin, UML: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season Totals: 37 GP, 9-14-23, +6, 14 PIM

UML made sure there wouldn’t be an upset in the final game of its quarterfinal series with New Hampshire, winning 8-2 Sunday in the deciding game. Lohin and company moves on to the semifinals vs Notre Dame.

Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks 1 @ No. 7 Western Michigan Broncos 2 (OT)

D Kristian Oldham, UNO: Did not play (backup)
Season Totals: 10 GP, 5-3-1, 3.38 GAA, .895 sv%, 0 SO

Michael Rebry scored his fourth goal of the season 34 seconds into overtime to lift WMU to a NCHC quarterfinal win over an upstart Nebraska-Omaha squad. Kris Oldham sat backup for the game and finishes his freshman season at UNO with 10 games played. Starter Evan Weninger will be a junior next year.

CHL Game Night: 3-11-17

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Shawinigan Cataractes 2 @ Blainville-Boisbriand Armada 5

W Dennis Yan, SHAW: 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, 3 Hits
Season Totals: 62 GP, 43-28-71, +21, 52 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 62 GP, 32-37-69, +8, 86 PIM

Shawinigan responded to an early 2-0 deficit by tying the game by the end of the first period. They got down 4-2 late in the second period and couldn’t find another response.

Ontario Hockey League

Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 6 @ Sudbury Wolves 2

W Boris Katchouk, SSM: 1-1-2, +1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, *First Star*
Season: 63 GP, 33-28-61, +17, 46 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 63 GP, 24-27-51, +7, 61 PIM

Katchouk has two seconds and a first star in his last three games.

Peterborough Petes 0 @ Erie Otters 7

W/C Christopher Paquette, PBO: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG, 3/16 FO
Season Totals: 63 GP, 19-28-47, +1, 28 PIM
With Petes: 24 GP, 7-11-18, +9, 14 PIM
With Niagara: 37 GP, 12-17-29, -7, 14 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 57 GP, 5-11-16, -6, 18 PIM

D Matt Spencer, PBO: 0-0-0, -3, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals: 57 GP, 7-20-27, +9, 49 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 60 GP, 5-19-24, -4, 46 PIM

W Jonne Tammela, PBO: Did not play
Season Totals: 2 GP, 1-0-1, +1, 2 PIM
2015-2016 (Finland): 37 GP, 5-8-13, +10, 16 PIM

D Erik Cernak, Erie: 0-2-2, +3, 2 PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals: 48 GP, 3-18-21, +32, 51 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 41 GP, 4-11-15, +7, 35 PIM

C Anthony Cirelli, Erie: 1-1-2, +3, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 7/11 FO
Season Totals: 49 GP, 23-37-60, +35, 12 PIM
With Erie: 22 GP, 10-14-24, +15, 4 PIM
With Oshawa: 26 GP, 13-21-34, +18, 8 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 62 GP, 21-38-59, -15 27 PIM

W Taylor Raddysh, Erie: 1-1-2, +2, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season Totals: 56 GP, 40-66-106, +69, 31 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 67 GP, 24-49-73, +19, 18 PIM

All three Lightning prospects for Erie recorded two points, with Cirelli setting a new career high for points in a season and Raddysh hitting the 40-goal mark. This was a match-up of conference leaders, though it didn’t seem to be much of a contest.

London Knights 6 @ Guelph Storm 2

W/C Mitchell Stephens, LDN: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season Totals: 48 GP, 22-30-52, +22, 24 PIM
With London: 26 GP, 11-12-23, +9, 10 PIM
With Saginaw: 22 GP, 11-17-28, +13, 14 PIM
2015-2016 Totals: 39 GP, 20-18-38, -3, 14 PIM

London continues to try to keep pace with Erie at the top of the Western Conference.

MHL Playoff Game Day: 3-12-17

MHL Western Conference Quarterfinals
(3) Yaroslavl Jr. 2 vs. (6)Cherepovets Jr. 4
Cherepovets Jr. Leads the Series 2-0
Oleg Sosunov, Yaroslavl Jr., DNP
Playoff totals: 0 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
Regular season totals: 32 GP, 0-0-0, +1, 79 PIM

Oleg Sosunov did not dress for Loko Jr.'s 4-2 Game Two loss to Cherepovets Jr.

KHL Playoff Game Day: 3-12-17

KHL Western Conference Semifinal
(3)Dynamo Moscow 2 vs. (2)St. Petersburg 4
St. Petersburg Leads the Series 2-1
Nikita Gusev, St. Petersburg, 0-2-2, -1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Playoff totals: 7 GP, 3-6-9, +2, 2 PIM
Regular season totals: 57 GP, 24-47-71, +33, 8 PIM

Nikita Gusev had a pair of Third Period power play helpers to help SKA overcome a 2-1 deficit and defeat Dynamo Moscow 4-2. He played 13:30 in the victory. Gusev's linemates Vadim Shiapchyov and Evgeny Dadonov both scored on Gusev's assists.

AHL Game Night: 3-12-17 IceCaps at Crunch

Syracuse rallies for a point.

STJ-3
SYR-2 (OT)

Mike McKenna allowed 3 goals on 31 shots for the OT loss and is still looking for his first win with the Crunch since his acquisition.

First Period
12:49 SYR Froese (26), (Ikonen, Vermin)
16:31 STJ Terry (23), (Hudon, Scherbak)

Second Period
14:29 STJ de la Rose (9), (Didier)(SH)

Third Period
2:30 SYR McGinn (5), (Taormina, Vermin)(PP)

Overtime
1:40 STJ Hudon (22), (Audette)

Byron Froese was the game's second star.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

CHL Game Night: 3-11-17

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Halifax Mooseheads 3 @ Saint John Sea Dogs 5

C/W Otto Somppi, HAL: 2-0-2, +1, 2 PIM, 4 SOG, 12/23 FO
Season Totals: 59 GP, 17-24-41, -7, 28 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 59 GP, 13-33-46, -15, 25 PIM

W Bokondji Imama, SJ: 0-0-0, E, 5 PIM, 1 SOG, 2 Hits
Season Totals: 63 GP, 38-14-52, +11, 99 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 48 GP, 7-12-19, -5, 86 PIM

W Mathieu Joseph, SJ: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG, 0 Hit
Season Totals: 53 GP, 35-43-78, +36, 57 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 58 GP, 33-40-73, +35, 57 PIM

Somppi gave the Mooseheads leads of 1-0 and 2-1, but Halifax lost its seventh in a row. Imama fought fellow overager Keigan Getz (undrafted).

Ontario Hockey League

Peterborough Petes 3 @ Hamilton Bulldogs 7

W/C Christopher Paquette, PBO: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG, 9/16 FO
Season Totals: 62 GP, 19-28-47, +2, 28 PIM
With Petes: 23 GP, 7-11-18, +10, 14 PIM
With Niagara: 37 GP, 12-17-29, -7, 14 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 57 GP, 5-11-16, -6, 18 PIM

D Matt Spencer, PBO: 0-1-1, +1, 2 PIM, 2 SOG
Season Totals: 56 GP, 7-20-27, +12, 49 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 60 GP, 5-19-24, -4, 46 PIM

W Jonne Tammela, PBO: Did not play
Season Totals: 2 GP, 1-0-1, +1, 2 PIM
2015-2016 (Finland): 37 GP, 5-8-13, +10, 16 PIM

Matt Luff had a hat trick and two assists to lead Hamilton over the Petes. He’s a free agent signing of the LA Kings.

Western Hockey League

Saskatoon Blades 2 @ Swift Current Broncos 3

D Libor Hajek, SAS: 0-1-1, -1, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 58 GP: 4-22-26, -15, 68 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 69 GP, 3-23-26, -19, 76 PIM

Swift Current completed a weekend sweep of the Blades with a 3-2 win Saturday.

Regina Pats 4 @ Moose Jaw Warriors 3

C Brett Howden, MJ: 1-0-1, -1, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 54 GP, 35-40-75, +11, 58 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 68 GP, 24-40-64, -7, 61 PIM

Howden’s goal with about five minutes remaining in regulation brought the Warriors within a goal, but they couldn’t find an equalizer.

Vancouver Giants 3 @ Kamloops Blazers 4

G Connor Ingram, KAM: Did not play (backup)
Season Totals: 43 GP, 26-13-2-2, 2.43 GAA, .927 sv%, 5 SO
2015-2016 Season: 61 GP, 34-15-5-4, 2.61 GAA, .922 sv%, 4 SO

Dylan Ferguson made 42 saves and was named first star in Ingram’s absence.

NCAA Game Night: 3-11-17

No. 13 Vermont Catamounts 4 @ No. 17 Boston College Eagles 7

C Ross Colton, UVM: 1-0-1, -1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals: 33 GP, 12-15-27, E, 22 PIM

BC eliminated Vermont from the Hockey East tournament, scoring 14 goals in two games against the Catamounts. Ross Colton had missed the last couple weeks with a wrist injury. He finishes his freshman season tied for second on UVM in scoring with 27 points in 33 games – a great start to his NCAA career.

New Hampshire Wildcats 1 @ No. 4 UMass-Lowell River Hawks 3

C Ryan Lohin, UML: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season Totals: 36 GP, 9-13-22, +5, 14 PIM

UML staved off elimination with a 3-1 win over 12-seeded New Hampshire Saturday. The two teams play again Sunday.

Northeastern Huskies 2 @ No. 8 Boston University Terriers 3

D John MacLeod, BU: Did not play
Season Totals: 33 GP, 2-5-7, +9, 28 PIM
2015-2016 Totals: 26 GP, 1-1-2, -4, 26 PIM

John MacLeod was out of the lineup Saturday as BU squeaked by Northeastern, 3-2, for a second straight day. They advance to the Hockey East Semifinals vs either Boston College or New Hampshire. There hasn’t been an injury reported for MacLeod, so the junior may have been a healthy scratch. He played in the first game against Northeastern.

Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks 2 @ No. 7 Western Michigan Broncos 5

D Kristian Oldham, UNO: Did not play (backup)
Season Totals: 10 GP, 5-3-1, 3.38 GAA, .895 sv%, 0 SO

Western Michigan tied its quarterfinal series with UNO, 1-1, with a 5-2 win Saturday. They will play again Sunday.

Michigan State Spartans 1 @ No. 5 Minnesota Golden Gophers 1

D Ryan Zuhlsdorf, UMN: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals: 35 GP, 2-3-5, +12, 35 PIM

Michigan State won the fake shootout, 2-1, though the game will go in the books as a tie. Minnesota has already clinched the Big 10 regular season title.

*USCHO poll used for rankings

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