Yaroslavl Jr. 3 vs. Primorsky Krai Jr. 2 (SO)
Oleg Sosunov, Yaroslavl Jr., DNP
Season totals: 17 GP, 0-0-0, -2, 36 PIM
Oleg Sosunov did not dress for Loko Jr.'s 3-2 SO win over Typhoon Jr.
Silver linings in road trip ending loss.
Ben Bishop allowed 3 goals on 30 shots for the loss. Things could've gotten out of hand were it not for several quality stops from Ben.
4:25 NSH Arvidsson (6), (Josi, Ellis)
9:55 NSH Subban (4), (Ellis, Ribiero)(PP)
12:35 NSH Subban (5), (Forsberg, Ellis)(PP)
19:10 TB Johnson (7), (Kucherov, Hedman)
It wasn't like Nashville ran the Lightning out of the rink, and with a couple of bounces Tampa Bay could've stolen some points from this one. But, on the 5th game of a road trip with a depleted lineup against a quality team, the Predators obviously carried the balance of the play. They staked themselves to the early lead and controlled pretty much the entire First Period. Tampa Bay made a nice push back in the Second Period, but once they started getting into the box midway through the frame Nashville got the power play goals they needed to put the game away.
All of that was really subtext though for a game that was ultimately marred by some pretty borderline dirty play. I guess that's what they do out in the Western Conference, whether it be slashing guys in the ribs behind the play or crosschecking a guy into the dasher boards to bloody him. You really began to lose track of the number of times Nashville stepped over the line in this game before J.T. Brown finally took the law into his own hands by first destroying Roman Josi with his head down behind the net on one play and later losing his mind and pummeling Ryan Ellis half to death for elbowing him from behind about 4 minutes thereafter. Sprinkle in some big hits from the likes of Cedric Paquette and you can point to, at least, a quality physical response from the team even if they didn't get the result on the scoreboard. That's a teambuilding win, in a way, that you can treat like a silver lining.
Tampa Bay finishes the second 10-game segment of the year at 25 points, meaning they're 1 point ahead of the pace they needed to be on track for the playoffs. On to the next one: 12 in 10, do it again.
Brayden Point had 2 penalty minutes and 1 shot in 10:32.
Slater Koekkoek was -1 with 2 shots and 1 blocked shot in 12:27.
St. Petersburg 6 vs. CSKA Moscow 3
Nikita Gusev, St. Petersburg, 1-1-2, +1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 31 GP, 15-28-43, +30, 6 PIM
Nikita Gusev had an early goal and a late helper on an insurance goal in SKA's 6-3 win over CSKA. He played 14:29 in the win. SKA also got 1 goal and 1 assist in the match from ex-NHL'ers Pavel Datsyuk and Ilya Kovalchuk.
Quebec Major Junior Hockey League
Saint John Sea Dogs 2 @ Moncton Wildcats 3
W Bokondji Imama, SJ: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, 0 Hits
Season Totals: 21 GP, 11-5-16, -1, 16 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 48 GP, 7-12-19, -5, 86 PIM
W Mathieu Joseph, SJ: 0-1-1, -1, 0 PIM, 4 SOG, 1 Hit
Season Totals: 21 GP, 20-13-33, +14, 19 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 58 GP, 33-40-73, +35, 57 PIM
The Cats beat the Dogs Sunday, 3-2. Joseph is fourth in the Q in total points; first in goals.
Acadie-Bathurst Titan 11 @ Halifax Mooseheads 10
W Otto Somppi, HAL: 0-4-4, +1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG, 20/29 FO
Season Totals: 18 GP, 5-10-15, -2, 12 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 59 GP, 13-33-46, -15, 25 PIM
The Titan went for two after scoring a touchdown, defeating the Mooseheads, 11-10. Okay, not really, but they nearly outscored the LA Rams vs Miami Dolphins game this weekend on the gridiron. Seven players in the hockey game had two goals. No one had more than two. Maxime Fortier (undrafted) had six points for the Mooseheads to move into the league scoring lead.
Shawinigan Cataractes 3 @ Victoriaville Tigres 2
W Dennis Yan, SHAW: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 4 SOG, 0 Hits
Season Totals: 19 GP, 15-9-24, +4, 24 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 62 GP, 32-37-69, +8, 86 PIM
Samuel Guilbeault (2017) scored early in the third period to lift Shawinigan to a win Sunday.
Kalamazoo Wings 2 at Toledo Walleye 6
W Brian Hart, KAL, 1-0-1, E, 0 PIMS, 3 SOG
Season Totals: 12 GP, 1-0-1, -3, 0 PIMs, 18 SOG
G Nic Riopel, KAL, DNP
Season Totals: 7 GP, 3-3-0-1, 2.27 GAA, 0.920 SV%, 1 SO
For the second night in a row, the K-Wings allowed three Walleye goals in the 3rd period. Unfortunately, they also allowed three Toledo goals in the first two periods. If there's a silver lining it's that after 12 games into his sophomore pro season, Bolt Prospect Brian Hart hit the scoresheet for the first time this season, scoring about mid-way through the 3rd period. Hart's power-play marker closed the gap to 3-2 with a half of a period to play before the wheels fell off for netminder Joel Martin and the Kalamazoo defense. Toledo scored three times in a span of 2:28, including two 49 seconds apart. The K-Wings conclude their 5-game road trip next week with back-to-back games Wednesday and Thursday nights against Indy and Fort Wayne, before returning home for a Friday night tilt against Brian Hart's former team, the Swamp Rats from Greenville.
Quebec Major Junior Hockey League
Baie-Comeau Drakkar 3 @ Shawinigan Cataractes 6
W Dennis Yan, SHAW: 0-2-2, E, 0 PIM, 4 SOG, 3 Hits, *First Star*
Season Totals: 18 GP, 15-9-24, +4, 24 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 62 GP, 32-37-69, +8, 86 PIM
Yan (pictured), who was wearing an alternate captain’s A, was named first star for his efforts Saturday, which included two assists. The Drakkar had a 3-0 lead early in the third period. Both of Yan’s assists were primary.
Ontario Hockey League
Hamilton Bulldogs 1 @ Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 4
W Boris Katchouk, SSM: 0-1-1, +1, 7 PIM, 1 SOG, *Second Star*
Season: 21 GP, 7-9-16, +4, 15 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 44 GP, 13-28-41, -10 19 PIM
Boris Katchouk set up Hayden Verbeek’s game-winning goal and also fought Justin Lemcke (undrafted).
London Knights 8 @ Niagara IceDogs 2
W/C Christopher Paquette, NIA: 0-1-1, -2, 2 PIM, 4 SOG
Season Totals: 20 GP, 10-8-18, -5, 12 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 57 GP, 5-11-16, -6, 18 PIM
Sam Miletic (undrafted) had a hat trick for the Knights. The former Michigan commit has 17 goals in 21 games this year.
Erie Otters 4 @ Sarnia Sting 3
W Taylor Raddysh, Erie: 0-1-1, -1, 2 PIM, 3 SOG
Season Totals: 21 GP, 20-28-48, +28, 15 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 67 GP, 24-49-73, +19, 18 PIM
Raddysh assisted on Alex DeBrincat’s game-winning goal with just over four minutes left in regulation.
Owen Sound Attack 2 @ Saginaw Spirit 4
W Mitchell Stephens, SAG: 0-2-2, +2, 0 PIM, 5 SOG, 16/35 FO
Season Totals: 17 GP, 8-11-19, +9, 14 PIM
2015-2016 Totals: 39 GP, 20-18-38, -3, 14 PIM
Stephens had two assists and Saginaw overcame deficits of 1-0 and 2-1 to top the Attack, 4-2. The Spirit passed Barrie to crawl out of the OHL cellar. They are 5-4-1-0 in their last 10 games.
Western Hockey League
G Connor Ingram, KAM: Win, 42 saves on 46 shots
Season Totals: 19 GP, 11-7-1-0, 2.21 GAA, .932 sv%, 1 SO
2015-2016 Season: 61 GP, 34-15-5-4, 2.61 GAA, .922 sv%, 4 SO
Ingram made 42 saves Saturday in Kamloops’ 6-4 win over Tyler Johnson’s former team. With the four goals allowed, Ingram dropped from second to third in the WHL in GAA. He remains first in save percentage.
Saskatoon Blades 3 @ Brandon Wheat Kings 6
D Libor Hajek, SAS: 0-1-1, -1, 2 PIM
Season Totals: 22 GP: 0-10-10, -5, 35 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 69 GP, 3-23-26, -19, 76 PIM
Brandon scored 14 goals in their 2-game sweep of visiting Saskatoon this weekend. Hajek’s assist came on the power play.
Maine Black Bears 2 @ Vermont Catamounts 2
C Ross Colton, UVM: 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM, 3 SOG
Season Totals: 12 GP, 4-4-8, +2, 6 PIM
Vermont had the only four shots of overtime, but the game ended in a 2-2 tie.
Connecticut Huskies 4 @ No. 5 Boston University Terriers 0
D John MacLeod, BU: Did not play
Season Totals: 9 GP, 0-3-3, +5, 12 PIM
2015-2016 Totals: 26 GP, 1-1-2, -4, 26 PIM
UConn shut out the No. 5 team in the country in its own barn, 4-0. Adam Huska (Rangers) stopped 37 shots for the goose egg.
No. 2 Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs 3 @ Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks 2
D Kristian Oldham, UNO: Loss, 17 saves on 20 shots, assist
Season Totals: 4 GP, 2-2-0, 3.02 GAA, .885 sv%, 0 SO
Oldham played for the first time in a few weeks, and although he had an assist, he couldn’t pull out a win. Omaha had 35 shots on goal.
No. 15 Minnesota State Mavericks 0 @ No. 7 Minnesota Golden Gophers 1
D Ryan Zuhlsdorf, UMN: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season Totals: 9 GP, 2-1-3, +2, 6 PIM
Eric Schierhorn (undrafted) stopped all 23 shots he faced to beat in-state opponent, Minnesota State.
*USCHO poll used for rankings
Erik Condra darted to the front of the net knowing time was almost up.
The Crunch forward calmly slid the puck to his backhand and scored with 1.9 seconds remaining, as Syracuse topped the Albany Devils, 3-2, at the Onondaga County War Memorial Saturday.
“I knew there wasn’t a lot of time left, so they kind of backed up when I was getting to the neutral zone,” Condra said. “Joel (Vermin) cut to the middle, I gave it to him, and I don’t know how he kept the puck moving through three or four guys, but he did. I snuck around the pile and put it in.”
Gudlevskis makes good.
Fresh off of last night's shelling, Kristers Gudlevskis allowed just 2 goals on 31 shots for the victory.
2:34 SYR Taormina (2), (Peca, Gourde)
4:06 SYR Richard (5), (Gourde, Taormina)
8:44 ALB Gormley (1), (Novak, Straka)(PP)
14:34 ALB Quenneville (5), (Blandisi, Jacobs)(PP)
19:58 SYR Condra (3), (Vermin, Walcott)
Tanner Richard now has a 3 game goal scoring streak and a 4 game point streak.
Syracuse is now just 2 points back of St. John's for first place in the North Division with a whopping 4 games in hand.
Box score from TheAHL.com.
There will be kittens on Graduation Day.
Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped all 32 shots he faced for the shutout in a commanding performance that allowed the Lightning to overcome a 32-18 shot deficit. Vasilevskiy's win was his 41st NHL decision, officially graduating him from prospect status on Bolt Prospects. And, given how well he's played over the past couple of games, we can't help but feel like Andrei's doing a lot to validate our graduation methodology at the moment. He's clearly all grown up now.
14:25 TB Johnson (6), (Killorn, Filppula)(PP)
7:40 TB Palat (3), (Namestnikov)
4:26 TB Drouin (3), (Palat)
It's very heartening to see the Lightning make such a seamless readjustment to their game in light of the injuries to Stralman and Stamkos. They needed to adopt a more low-scoring game that relies in part on goaltending and attention to defensive detail. This road trip has seen a return to a lot of the basics that have made the Lightning successful over the past three years, along with some slump-busting by the likes of Tyler Johnson and Palat and the return of Jonathan Drouin from injury. In other words, a lot of the pieces that would have been prerequisites I would have named off for weathering the storm and being met.
Today's victory clinches a successful second 10-game segment of the season, and the Lightning have already secured 1 insurance point with 1 more game left in the segment. This is good. Without Stamkos, the Lightning likely won't be as consistent in the goal scoring department. So, having insurance points socked away will be important for when the team hits speed bumps along the way to March/April.
Brayden Point had 1 hit in 4:16. The low ice time came from a very nasty cut he took on his lip that required a significant amount of stitches. If women do indeed dig scars, Brayden Point is about to become a stinking matinee idol.
Luke Witkowski had 2 hits and 1 blocked shot in 9:06.
Slater Koekkoek was +1 with 2 hits in 10:45.
Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.