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NCAA Game Night: 1-5-19

#1 St. Cloud State Huskies 5 vs Robert Morris Colonials 2

D Nick Perbix, STC: 0-0-0, +3, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals: 18 GP, 1-8-9, +14, 6 PIM

Nolan Walker (undrafted) setup Robby Jackson (undrafted) for a pair of 3rd period goals to break open a 2-2 game, propelling the Huskies to victory in the consolation game of the Three Rivers Classic. Lightning prospect Nick Perbix was on the ice for all three of St. Cloud’s three 3rd period goals.

The top-ranked Huskies improve to 14-2-2 (6-0-2 NCHC) and look forward to 8 straight weeks of NCHC conference play starting with a powerhouse match up featuring a pair of road games against #4 Minnesota-Duluth next weekend.

US NTDP U18 4 @ #4 Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs 2 (Exhibition)

F Cole Koepke, UMD: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season Totals: 18 GP, 2-8-10, +7, 6 PIM

Expected 2019 1st rounder Cole Caufield (2019 draft eligible) scored a pair of goals to lead the US National Under-18 squad to an exhibition win over the #4 Bulldogs. Although this won’t count in the official standings, UMD with just one win in their last six games doesn’t bode well for a 11-5-2 (4-3-1 NCHC) Minnesota-Duluth team sporting a pair of games on the schedule next weekend against #1 St. Cloud State.

#8 Denver Pioneers 4 @ Wisconsin Badgers 3 OT

F Cole Guttman, DEN: 1-0-1, E, 2 PIM, 4 SOG, 4/9 FO
Season Totals: 18 GP, 9-6-15, +11, 10 PIM

Bolt prospect Cole Guttman scored his 9th goal of the season in the 3rd period to knot the score at 3-3 and eventually force overtime, where Slava Demin (VGK, 2018 4th round pick) potted the game winner in Denver’s weekend sweep of the Badgers. Guttman’s 9th goal is tops among NCAA Division I freshmen. Wisconsin scored twice within a 30 second span in the 1st period to take an early two goal lead, but the Pioneers battled back to tie the scored at 2-2 early in the 2nd before a Matthew Freytag (undrafted) power play goal re-established the lead for the home team. Denver improves to 12-4-2 (4-4 NCHC) and begins a long string of NCHC conference play next weekend back at the Magness Center against Nebraska-Omaha.

#20 Cornell Big Red 2 @ #5 Quinnipiac Bobcats 2

D Alex Green, COR: did not play
Season Totals: 3 GP, 0-1-1, -4, 0 PIM
’17-’18 Totals: 29 GP, 2-8-10, +9, 23 PIM

Big Red netminder Austin McGrath (undrafted) made 35 saves and Morgan Barron (NYR, 2017 6th round pick) led a rally from a two-goal deficit as Cornell battled back for a gutsy ECAC road tie against the #5 Bobcats. Quinnipiac goalie Andrew Shortridge (undrafted) made 30 saves to foil a Cornell victory.

Cornell’s record is now 7-5-1 (5-2-1 ECAC) and takes a break next weekend from conference play to host #15 Arizona State.

#9 Penn State Nittany Lions 1 @ Minnesota Gophers 4

D Ryan Zuhlsdorf , MINN: 0-1-1, +4, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals: 16 GP, 0-2-2, E, 2 PIM
’17-‘18 Totals: 38 GP, 0-9-9, +1, 40 PIM

F Sammy Walker, MINN: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG, 5/10 FO
Season Totals: 19 GP, 4-7-11, +6, 10 PIM

Lightning prospect Ryan Zuhlsdorf set up a Tyler Nanne (NYR, 2014 5th round pick) 1st period score and was on the ice for all four of the Gophers goals as Minnesota beat the #9 Nittany Lions to split the weekend series. Predators prospect Rem Pitlick (NAS, 2016 3rd round pick) led the Gophers with a goal and two assists and Mat Robson (undrafted) made 31 saves. UMN improves to 7-8-4 (4-3-3 B1G) and continues Big Ten conference play next weekend against #6 Notre Dame in South Bend.

#18 Yale Bulldogs 5 @ New Hampshire Wildcats 5 OT

G Ty Taylor, UNH: ND. 24:20 MINs, 4 GA, 6 SVS
Season Totals: 6 GP, 1-2-1, 3.65 GAA, 0.863 SV%

Bolt prospect Ty Taylor was pulled at 4:20 of the 2nd period after giving up 4 Yale goals on 10 shots and the Wildcats in a 4-0 hole. However, UML battled back, scoring five of the final six goals and force an eventual tie with the Bulldogs. Brendan van Riemsdyk (undrafted) led the Wildcats with goals on the power play and shorthanded, and Anthony Wyse (undrafted) scored and added a pair of assists. Robbie DeMontis (undrafted) led Yale with two goals and an assist. New Hampshire’s record is now at 6-7-6 (2-4-3 HEAST) and returns to Hockey East conference play next weekend in a home-and-home series against Boston University.

*USCHO poll used for rankings

NHL Game Night: 1-5-19 Lightning at Sharks

Lightning points streak snapped at 16. The sky is falling.


Andrei Vasilevskiy was not good, allowing 5 goals on 33 shots for the loss including a back breaking soft goal to put the team down by two in the Third Period.

First Period
9:27 SJ Couture (16), (Meier, Karlsson)
10:01 SJ Pavelski (25), (Burns)
16:13 TB Hedman (5), (Stamkos, Palat)

Second Period
4:23 SJ Kane (13), (Burns, Karlsson)(PP)
4:53 TB Sergachev (1), (Joseph, Callahan)

Third Period
5:18 SJ Kane (14), (Dillon)
12:20 SJ Radil (6), (Meier, Burns)

All good things come to an end. I'm, of course, being facetious about the sky falling on a night the Lightning see a 15-0-1 run come to a halt. It's inevitable in a sport like hockey you're going to have a bad night every now and then. The important thing is to make sure one bad night doesn't snowball into a streak, and for that the Lightning have some clear areas in need of improvement. Faceoffs were terrible tonight. Goaltending was subpar. And, the overall energy and, in particular, lack of push in the Third Period was concerning.

Mathieu Joseph had a helper and was +1 with 3 hits in 10:23. Yet another game where Joseph's speed generated a goal, this time as Joseph scorched past a defender to create a 2-on-1 down low for a Sergachev goal.

Adam Erne was -1 with 1 shot in 10:54.

Erik Cernak was -2 with 1 hit and 1 blocked shot in 16:28... a very un-Cernak stat line.

Box score and extended statistics from

ECHL Game Night: 1-5-19 Stingrays @ Solar Bears

South Carolina Stingrays 2 @ Orlando Solar Bears 1

W Olivier Archambault, ORL: 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM, 6 SOG
(AHL contract)
Season Totals (ORL): 1 GP, 0-0-0, -1, 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

C Mitch Hults, ORL: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season Totals (ORL): 17 GP, 4-5-9, -5, 6 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

D Oleg Sosunov, ORL: Did not play
Season Totals (ORL): 10 GP, 0-4-4, -6, 8 PIM
Season Totals (SYR): 5 GP, 1-0-1, +1, 2 PIM
17-18 Totals (Moose Jaw, WHL): 71 GP, 7-19-26, +35, 62 PIM

D Matthew Spencer, ORL: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals (ORL): 14 GP, 2-5-7, +7, 16 PIM
Season Totals (SYR): 6 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

W Jonne Tammela, ORL: Did not play
Season Totals (ORL): 11 GP, 6-6-12, +2, 12 PIM
Season Totals (SYR): 8 GP, 1-2-3, +1, 0 PIM
17-18 Totals (SYR): 23 GP, 3-3-6, +5, 16 PIM

Ducks property Angus Redmond made 31 saves on 32 shots and the Stingrays made a 2-0 first period lead stand up as South Carolina beat the Solar Bears in Orlando Saturday, 2-1. Olivier Archambault made his Solar Bears debut and led the team with six shots. Lightning prospects Jonne Tammela and Oleg Sosunov were not in the Orlando lineup. The two teams will meet again Sunday.

CHL Game Night: 1-5-19

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Baie-Comeau Drakkar 4 @ Victoriaville Tigres 1

C/W Gabriel Fortier, BC: 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM, 4 SOG, 1/5 FO, 1 Hit, *Third Star*
Season Totals: 39 GP, 18-33-51, +24, 21 PIM
17-18 Totals: 66 GP, 26-33-59, -11, 59 PIM

Fortier extended his goal streak to three games with his 18th goal of the season, helping the Drakkar to a 4-1 win over Victoriaville.

Rimouski Oceanic 4 @ Saint John Sea Dogs 3

D Radim Salda, RIM: Did not play
Season Totals: 19 GP, 4-11-15, +3, 20 PIM
17-18 Totals (SJ): 62 GP, 10-31-41, -37, 78 PIM

Radim Salda has not returned from the World Junior Championships.

Ontario Hockey League

Kitchener Rangers 2 @ Saginaw Spirit 5

C/W Alexey Lipanov, KIT: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG, 3/8 FO
Season Totals: 32 GP, 7-10-17, -19, 10 PIM
17-18 Totals (BAR, SBY): 55 GP, 14-25-39, -14, 10 PIM

Kitchener lost their first game since the Christmas break, falling in Michigan to Saginaw, 5-2. Lipanov was scoreless after a First Star, 3-assist game Friday against Owen Sound.

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