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CHL Game Night: 2-1-17

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Rimouski Oceanic 2 @ Shawinigan Cataractes 4

W Dennis Yan, SHAW: 1-0-1, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 1 Hit
Season Totals: 46 GP, 34-25-59, +20, 44 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 62 GP, 32-37-69, +8, 86 PIM

Yan scored for the sixth time in his last seven games and continues to set new career highs for himself. He’s already signed and on his way to AHL Syracuse next year (presumably).

Ontario Hockey League

Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 5 @ Saginaw Spirit 2

W Boris Katchouk, SSM: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season: 46 GP, 22-18-40, +6, 28 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 63 GP, 24-27-51, +7, 61 PIM

The Soo spotted Saginaw the game-opening goal, then scored the next four goals to set themselves up for a road win. Katchouk was scoreless after scoring twice in his last game.

Kitchener Rangers 1 @ London Knights 6

W/C Mitchell Stephens, LDN: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 5 SOG, 8/15 FO
Season Totals: 32 GP, 17-24-41, +19, 16 PIM
With London: 10 GP, 6-7-13, +7, 2 PIM
With Saginaw: 22 GP, 11-17-28, +13, 14 PIM
2015-2016 Totals: 39 GP, 20-18-38, -3, 14 PIM

London blew open a 2-1 game with four third period goals.

Western Hockey League

Moose Jaw Warriors 3 @ Regina Pats 4

C Brett Howden, MJ: 1-1-2, -1, 2 PIM
Season Totals: 37 GP, 26-29-55, +3, 43 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 68 GP, 24-40-64, -7, 61 PIM

Howden is quickly approaching the 30-30 mark for the season.

Kamloops Blazers 2 @ Portland Winterhawks 4

G Connor Ingram, KAM: Did not play
Season Totals: 30 GP, 18-9-2, 2.36 GAA, .929 sv%, 2 SO
2015-2016 Season: 61 GP, 34-15-5-4, 2.61 GAA, .922 sv%, 4 SO

Ingram got the night off after a 54-save performance Tuesday.

CHL Game Night: 1-31-17

Western Hockey League

Kamloops Blazers 3 @ Seattle Thunderbirds 4 (OT)

G Connor Ingram, KAM: OTL, 54 saves on 58 shots, *First Star*
Season Totals: 30 GP, 18-9-2, 2.36 GAA, .929 sv%, 2 SO
2015-2016 Season: 61 GP, 34-15-5-4, 2.61 GAA, .922 sv%, 4 SO

Ingram got a road first star after stopping 54 shots in an overtime loss to his new BFF Mathew Barzal and Seattle. Barzal, an Islanders pick, is known for his somewhat tenuous history with Ingram. They joked about it when they were both with Team Canada.

NHL Game Night: 1-31-17 Bruins at Lightning

Lightning go meekly into that good night.

BOS-4
TB-3

Ben Bishop allowed 4 goals on 35 shots for the loss. His inability to make situational saves cost the Lightning dearly in this one. Short of showcasing Bishop for a trade, I don't see much purpose in feeding him starts moving forward. Vasilevskiy got rolling a little before the All-Star Break. The Lightning need to make sure of what they have in Andrei.

First Period
NO SCORING

Second Period
8:41 TB Killorn (14), (Hedman, Johnson)
18:08 BOS Bergeron (12), (McQuaid, Marchand)
19:59 BOS Krejci (12), (Marchand, Miller)

Third Period
4:46 TB Killorn (15), (Hedman, Johnson)
7:51 BOS Chara (4), (Miller, Beleksey)
12:23 BOS Vatrano (6), (Krejci, Miller)(PP)
17:56 TB Point (4), (Hedman, Dotchin)

Alex Killorn was the game's second star.

The Lightning played a really solid first half of this game to build a 1-0 lead, and then waved the white flag of surrender for the final thirty minutes. What you witnessed was a Lightning team that lethargically gave away a couple of goals with sleepy play late in the Second Period and then played back on their heels most of the Third Period. And, even when they fell behind 3-2, they had a chance to turn the momentum of the game when Tyler Johnson did the unthinkable and passed out of a breakaway. Let me reiterate that: Tyler Johnson passed out of a breakaway. I just... what do you say about that. He passed... out of a breakaway?

Brayden Point had a goal and was +1 with 2 shots, 2 hits, and 1 blocked shot in 15:47. He also was 33% on 6 draws. You could make an argument he was the Lightning's best player in his return afer missing about a month due to injury. He's now 4 games from graduation from prospect status on the website.

Jake Dotchin had a helper, his first NHL point, and was +1 with 1 shot and 2 hits in 20:25. Re-read that minutes total. There's no more resounding an indictment of the Lightning right side defenseman situation that that.

Gabriel Dumont was +1 with 1 shot and 3 hits in 10:34. He was also 67% on 9 draws. He's been hot fire in the faceoff circles and shown a lot of hustle in his checking line role.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

The Bolt Prospects Podcast, Episode 87

This is this week’s “Starting a Sidney Crosby to Tampa Bay Rumor” edition of the Bolt Prospects Podcast includes the following topics:

· The No. 87
· Nester-off the roster
· Future D, and why change is needed now and later
· Koekkoek still on the outside looking in
· Deadline a chance to gain roster flexibility
· Yzerman’s best move/non-move of 2016
· Stephens sizzling in London

CHL Game Night: 1-29-17

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Saint John Sea Dogs 5 @ Charlottetown Islanders 2

W Bokondji Imama, SJ: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 4 SOG, 1 Hit
Season Totals: 46 GP, 31-11-42, +8, 66 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 48 GP, 7-12-19, -5, 86 PIM

W Mathieu Joseph, SJ: 1-1-2, +1, 4 PIM, 3 SOG, 0 Hits
Season Totals: 34 GP, 29-28-57, +29, 39 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 58 GP, 33-40-73, +35, 57 PIM

Joseph’s point streak hit 25 games with a goal and an assist. Imama’s 2-game streak of scoring two goals in a game (it’s a thing) was snapped.

Halifax Mooseheads 4 @ Rimouski Oceanic 5

C/W Otto Somppi, HAL: 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM, 6 SOG, 7/17 FO, 0 Hits, *Third Star*
Season Totals: 43 GP, 13-19-31, -5, 22 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 59 GP, 13-33-46, -15, 25 PIM

Somppi scored for the third straight game. He’s started heating up in the last two weeks.

Baie-Comeau Drakkar 2 @ Shawinigan Cataractes 3

W Dennis Yan, SHAW: 1-0-1, -1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, 1 Hit
Season Totals: 45 GP, 33-25-58, +20, 44 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 62 GP, 32-37-69, +8, 86 PIM

Yan scored for the fifth time in his last six games and set a new career high for goals in a season in the process (in 17 fewer games).

Ontario Hockey League

Peterborough Petes 2 @ North Bay Battalion 1

W/C Christopher Paquette, PBO: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 18/25 FO
Season Totals: 44 GP, 12-19-31, -9, 18 PIM
With Petes: 7 GP, 0-2-2, -2, 4 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, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals: 38 GP, 5-16-21, +5, 39 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

Paquette led the Petes in faceoffs taken and won. He hasn’t produced since moving to Peterborough from Niagara, but he’s still earning ice time.

London Knights 4 @ Owen Sound Attack 0

W/C Mitchell Stephens, LDN: 2-0-2, +2, 2 PIM, 5 SOG, 11/24 FO, *Second Star*
Season Totals: 31 GP, 17-23-40, +19, 16 PIM
With London: 9 GP, 6-6-12, +6, 2 PIM
With Saginaw: 22 GP, 11-17-28, +13, 14 PIM
2015-2016 Totals: 39 GP, 20-18-38, -3, 14 PIM

Stephens followed up his 3-goal/5-point game Saturday with two goals on Sunday. He’s been playing with Leafs fourth rounder JJ Piccinich.

Western Hockey League

Kamloops Blazers 5 @ Everett Silvertips 1

G Connor Ingram, KAM: Did not play
Season Totals: 29 GP, 18-9-1-0, 2.30 GAA, .929 sv%, 2 SO
2015-2016 Season: 61 GP, 34-15-5-4, 2.61 GAA, .922 sv%, 4 SO

Ingram got the night off against Radko Gudas’ former team. Ingram’s backup, Dylan Ferguson (2017), stopped 37 of 38 shots. Ferguson was the December goaltender of the month when Ingram was with Team Canada.

KHL Game Day: 1-29-17

St. Petersburg 5 vs. Chelyabinsk 3
Nikita Gusev, St. Petersburg, 1-1-2, -2, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 52 GP, 23-43-66, +29, 8 PIM

Nikita Gusev had a goal and an assist, each coming on the power play, in SKA's 5-3 win over Traktor Chelyabinsk. He played 18:36 in the victory. SKA built a 5-0 lead in the contest before surrendering 3 garbage time goals in the Third Period to make the final score line look a little less lopsided. 55 games into their season, SKA holds a 2 point lead over CSKA for the top spot in the KHL Western Conference.

CHL Game Night: 1-28-17

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Saint John Sea Dogs 5 @ Moncton Wildcats 2

W Bokondji Imama, SJ: 2-0-2, E, 0 PIM, 9 SOG, 1 Hit, *First Star*
Season Totals: 45 GP, 31-11-42, +8, 66 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 48 GP, 7-12-19, -5, 86 PIM

W Mathieu Joseph, SJ: 0-1-1, +1, 2 PIM, 2 SOG, 2 Hits
Season Totals: 33 GP, 28-27-55, +28, 35 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 58 GP, 33-40-73, +35, 57 PIM

Mathieu Joseph extended his new Saint John record with a point in his 24th straight game. Meanwhile, Imama had two more goals to give him 31 for this, his breakout season. It’s his second straight game with two goals and first star.

Halifax Mooseheads 2 @ Sherbrooke Phoenix 1

C/W Otto Somppi, HAL: 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM, 4 SOG, 13/24 FO, 1 Hit
Season Totals: 42 GP, 11-19-30, -6, 22 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 59 GP, 13-33-46, -15, 25 PIM

Somppi scored early in the third period to give Halifax a 2-1 in at the home of the Phoenix. He has five points in his last three games.

Shawinigan Cataractes 2 @ Victoriaville Tigres 3

W Dennis Yan, SHAW: 1-0-1, -1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG, 0 Hits
Season Totals: 44 GP, 32-25-57, +21, 44 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 62 GP, 32-37-69, +8, 86 PIM

Yan scored for the fourth time in his last five games.

Ontario Hockey League

Guelph Storm 1 @ Erie Otters 9

C Anthony Cirelli, Erie: 1-1-2, +2, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 11/18 FO
Season Totals: 34 GP, 14-27-41, +23, 8 PIM
With Erie: 9 GP, 1-7-8, +5, 0 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: 2-2-4, +5, 0 PIM, 7 SOG, *Third Star*
Season Totals: 37 GP, 30-47-77, +50, 25 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 67 GP, 24-49-73, +19, 18 PIM

Anthony Cirelli scored his first goal for Erie and fellow Bolt prospect Taylor Raddysh had four points and was plus-5 as Erie destroyed Guelph, 9-1, Saturday. Raddysh is now at plus-50, which leads the OHL. He also leads in assists (tie).

London Knights 7 @ Owen Sound Attack 6 (SO)

W/C Mitchell Stephens, LDN: 3-2-5, +1, 0 PIM, 7 SOG, 12/22 FO, *First Star*
Season Totals: 30 GP, 15-23-38, +17, 14 PIM
With London: 8 GP, 4-8-12, +4, 0 PIM
With Saginaw: 22 GP, 11-15-26, +13, 14 PIM
2015-2016 Totals: 39 GP, 20-18-38, -3, 14 PIM

Stephens had a hat trick and five points, earning first star in the Knight’s 7-6 shootout win against the red-hot Attack. London scored three times in the third period to tie the game, and Stephens was involved in all three goals. Then he scored the shootout winner, because of course he did. Owen Sound was on a 15-game win streak.

Western Hockey League

Lethbridge Hurricanes 3 @ Saskatoon Blades 1

D Libor Hajek, SAS: 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 43 GP: 3-20-23, -8, 49 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 69 GP, 3-23-26, -19, 76 PIM

Rookie Ryan Gilchrist stopped 27 of 28 shots for Lethbridge.

Moose Jaw Warriors 4 @ Prince Albert Raiders 5

C Brett Howden, MJ: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 36 GP, 25-27-52, +4, 41 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 68 GP, 24-40-64, -7, 61 PIM

Moose Jaw had a 4-3 lead early in the third period but watched it slip away.

NCAA Game Night: 1-28-17

No. 7 UMass-Lowell River Hawks 2 @ No. 1 Boston Terriers 4

C Ryan Lohin , UML: 1-0-1, -1, 0 PIM, 5 SOG, *Third Star*
Season Totals: 27 GP, 6-10-16, +1, 8 PIM

D John MacLeod, BU: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 22 GP, 0-4-4, +7, 20 PIM
2015-2016 Totals: 26 GP, 1-1-2, -4, 26 PIM

BU was 0-2 after being named the new No. 1 in the USCHO poll, but got a win Saturday over Ryan Lohin and visiting UML. Lohin scored his sixth goal of the season in the loss. MacLeod was back in the BU lineup after sitting out last game as a scratch.

No. 18 Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks 0 @ No. 3 Denver Pioneers 5

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

Oldham did not dress for UNO’s second loss in as many games to the Pioneers.

No. 6 Minnesota Golden Gophers 4 vs Bemidji State Beavers 0

D Ryan Zuhlsdorf, UMN: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season Totals: 23 GP, 2-3-5, +10, 27 PIM

Eric Schierhorn (undrafted), Adam Wilcox's former tandem-mate, stopped every shot he faced to give the Gophers a win in the North Star College Cup third-place game.

*USCHO poll used for rankings

Liiga Game Day: 1-28-17

HPK 3 vs. SaiPa 2
Saku Salminen, SaiPa, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 36 GP, 2-4-6, -8, 41 PIM

Saku Salminen was 43% on 14 draws in 11:46 of ice time in SaiPa's 3-2 loss to HPK. Ex-NHL'er Niko Kapanen scored the game winning goal for HPK.

AHL Game Night: 1-27-17 Crunch at Thunderbirds

Crunch hold of a furious rally... barely.

SYR-4
SPR-3

Adam Wilcox allowed 3 goals on 32 shots for the victory.

First Period
14:37 SYR Conacher (7), (Vermin, Gourde)

Second Period
11:27 SYR Brodeur (2), (Morin, Ikonen)

Third Period
5:43 SYR Ikonen (2), (Conacher, Koekkoek)
11:21 SYR Gourde (15), (unassisted)(SH)
13:53 SPR Hawryluk (3), (Acolatse, Sutter)(PP)
15:08 SPR Rau (5), (Weegar, Berra)(PP)
18:28 SPR Sutter (4), (Acolatse, Rau)

Henri Ikonen and Cory Conacher were the game's first and second stars. Ikonen? I'll take unlikely heroes for $500, Alex.

When you have a 4-0 lead in the Third Period, you really shouldn't allow the opposition to get as close as the old false hope goal. Fortunately, with the win, Syracuse maintained position 1 point back of Albany for the division lead with a game in hand on the Devils.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

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