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AHL Game Night: 3-15-19 Wolf Pack at Crunch

Syracuse takes the North Division lead with smooth victory over Hartford.

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SYR-3

Eddie Pasquale allowed 2 goals on 26 shots for the victory.

First Period
1:07 SYR Volkov (14), (Dumont, Conacher)

Second Period
19:27 SYR Andreoff (23), (Raddysh, Colton)

Third Period
1:56 SYR Stephens (10), (Katchouk, Brassart)
11:51 HFD Fontaine (9), (Gilmour, Beleskey)(PP)
18:53 HFD Lettieri (23), (Gilmour, Gropp)

Gabriel Dumont, Taylor Raddysh, and Boris Katchouk were the game's three stars. Katchouk made perhaps the play of the game with a Vincent Lecavalier-esque move around the corner on the rush and a behind-the-back pass that ended up being the goal that pushed the Syracuse lead to 3-0 that he chased with a roughing call and unsportsmanlike conduct penalty after starting a retaliatory scrap right after the goal. In other words, a Katchouk-ian microcosm of Katchouk-ianism. The goal gave the Crunch that all important three goal margin in the final frame. And, yes, Hartford did get the old false hope goal, but in the end the three goal lead remains a virtual death sentence for the trailing team in pro hockey.

With Rochester stubbing their toe against Charlotte, Syracuse moved one point ahead in the North Division while still holding a game in hand. Also of note: Syracuse is just a scant three points back of the Checkers for the best record in the entire AHL with both teams sitting on 14 games remaining on their schedules.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

NHL Game Night: 3-14-19 Lightning at Red Wings

Lightning take Wings' souls en route to season sweep.

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DET-4

Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 4 goals on 27 shots for the loss.

First Period
2:20 DET Bowey (2), (Ehn, Rasmussen)
10:24 DET Helm (7), (unassisted)(SH)

Second Period
3:43 DET Abdelkader (6),(Glendening)
12:57 TB Stamkos (35), (Miller, Kucherov)(PP)

Third Period
1:46 TB Point (38), (Stamkos, Kucherov)
8:24 Kucherov (34), (Hedman, Point)(PP)
8:50 TB Johnson (25), (Cernak, Palat)
16:38 TB Kucherov (35), (Point)
18:18 DET Rasmussen (8), (Vanek, Zadina)

Nikita Kucherov and Steven Stamkos were the game's first and second stars.

Detroit came into this contest having dropped 14 straight contests against the Lightning. Tampa Bay, conversely, came into this game with a dozen games worth of time to kill before the postseason. So, when Detroit got up 3-0 in the Second Period, somewhat against the run of play, it might've been easy for the Lightning to decide it wasn't worth the effort to mount the comeback. No such luck, Detroit. Five straight goals later the Lightning had once again emotionally gutted their division rivals, completed another season sweep, and extended their streak of victories over the Wings to a hearty 15 games. I laughed. I cried. No, actually, I only laughed. A lot.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

CHL Game Night: 3-13-19

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Quebec Remparts 1 @ Baie-Comeau Drakkar 2 (OT)

C/W Gabriel Fortier, BC: 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM, 7 SOG, 9/16 FO, 0 Hits
Season Totals: 66 GP, 33-48-81, +40, 27 PIM
17-18 Totals: 66 GP, 26-33-59, -11, 59 PIM

Fortier scored in regulation and Shawn Element (undrafted) scored in overtime to lift the Drakkar to a win over visiting Quebec. Element is a former top-10 QMJHL draft pick. Baie-Comeau outshot Quebec 38-19 in the game. Fortier’s goal came when he took a lead pass at Quebec’s blue line and fired a wrist shot from the top of the circle low glove by the Quebec keeper.

Ontario Hockey League

Kitchener Rangers 6 @ Erie Otters 3

C/W Alexey Lipanov, KIT: 1-0-1, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 2/3 FO
Season Totals: 59 GP, 10-18-28, -37, 16 PIM
17-18 Totals (BAR, SBY): 55 GP, 14-25-39, -14, 10 PIM

Lipanov scored the eventual game-winner in the second period Wednesday, helping Kitchener to a 6-3 road win in Erie.

ECHL Game Night: 3-13-19 Everblades at Solar Bears

Florida Everblades 5 @ Orlando Solar Bears 4 (SO)

W Olivier Archambault, ORL: Did not play
(AHL contract)
Season Totals (ORL): 2 GP, 0-1-1, E, 2 PIM
Season Totals (SYR): 7 GP, 0-3-3, +2, 2 PIM
17-18 Totals (Allen, ECHL): 19 GP, 13-18-31, +12, 32 PIM
17-18 Totals (SJ & SYR, AHL): 41 GP, 12-11-23, +2, 35 PIM

W/C Troy Bourke, ORL: 1-0-1, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
(AHL contract)
Season Totals (ORL): 19 GP, 9-21-30, +6, 16 PIM
Season Totals (SYR): 25 GP, 1-5-6, -3, 6 PIM
17-18 Totals (ADK): 22 GP, 10-22-32, +11, 18 PIM
17-18 Totals (SYR): 6 GP, 1-0-1, E, 2 PIM

C Mitch Hults, ORL: 0-0-0, -2, 14 PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals (ORL): 27 GP, 6-12-18, -7, 20 PIM
Season Totals (SYR): 9 GP, 1-3-4, -2, 4 PIM
Season Totals (SD): 2 GP, 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM
17-18 Totals (Utah): 5 GP, 2-5-7, -2, 10 PIM
17-18 Totals (SD): 53 GP, 10-14-24, -10, 8 PIM

G Connor Ingram, ORL: No decision, 16 saves on 20 shots in 27:18 before being pulled
Season Totals (ORL): 4 GP, 2-1-0, 3.91 GAA, .882 sv%, 0 SO
Season Totals (SYR): 22 GP, 14-7-0, 2.26 GAA, .922 sv%, 6 SO
17-18 Totals (SYR): 35 GP, 20-11-0, 2.33 GAA, .914 sv%, 4 SO

C/W Otto Somppi, ORL: 1-2-3, +2, 0 PIM, 4 SOG, *Third Star*
Season Totals (ORL): 12 GP, 7-7-14, +8, 4 PIM
Season Totals (SYR): 21 GP, 1-1-2, -2, 6 PIM
17-18 Totals (Halifax, QMJHL): 59 GP, 28-55-83, +39, 28 PIM

D Matthew Spencer, ORL: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season Totals (ORL): 35 GP, 2-13-15, +15, 34 PIM
Season Totals (SYR): 9 GP, 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM
17-18 Totals (ECHL): 14 GP, 2-1-3, -2, 13 PIM
17-18 Totals (AHL): 39 GP, 1-4-5, +2, 13 PIM

Orlando managed a point against division-leading Florida, an impressive feat considering they were down 4-1 in the second period to last year’s champs. The Bears had the game tied at 4 by the end of the period thanks to an Otto Somppi between-the-legs tip-in goal and a 5-on-3 marker. Somppi, who scored a lacrosse-style goal recently, may be the Meadowlark Lemon of the ECHL.

Connor Ingram, who was coming off two solid games in Newfoundland, was pulled in the second period after giving up four goals on 20 shots. It will be telling how he responds to this game considering the roller coaster ride he’s had recently (demotion, 5-1 loss in first ECHL start, etc.).

Mitch Hults received a 10-minute misconduct for leaving the penalty box. Yeah, probably not a good idea. Somewhere Gordie Dwyer is smiling.

Troy Bourke scored again for Orlando, though the shocking part is the league’s point-per-game leader only had one point. He did score in the shootout, however.

The Solar Bears (33-21-4-1) will take the point and move three points ahead of Jacksonville for second in the South Division with three games still in hand. Orlando will face Idaho for three games: Saturday, Sunday, and Tuesday. The Steelheads were just leapfrogged by Tulsa for first in the Mountain Division.

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