No. 13 Miami RedHawks 4 @ Bemidji State Beavers 4
F Jimmy Mullin, MIA: 0-0-0, -1, 0PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 12 GP, 1-5-6, +3, 6 PIM
2012-2013 totals: 38 GP, 6-8-14, E, 14 PIM
Mullin was back in the Miami lineup on the fourth line after being a healthy scratch.
Saint Lawrence Saints 5 @ No. 15 North Dakota 2
F Brendan O’Donnell, UND: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 8 GP, 3-2-5, -3, 4 PIM
2012-2013 totals: 29 GP, 2-8-10, E, 20 PIM
This was a bad home loss for UND, who fell out of the USCHO top-20 last week.
No. 12 Wisconsin Badgers 1 @ No. 1 Minnesota Golden Gophers 4
G Adam Wilcox, MIN: Win, 24 saves on 25 shots, *Third Star*
Season totals: 12 GP, 9-2-1, 2.15 GAA, .926 sv%, 1 SO
2012-2013 totals: 39 GP, 25-8-5, 1.88 GAA, .921 sv%, 3 SO
Wilcox responded well after being pulled in his last game.
*USCHO poll used
Quebec Major Junior Hockey League
Halifax Mooseheads 3 @ Cape Breton Screaming Eagles 4
C/W Jonathan Drouin, HAL: 1-0-1, E, 0 PIM, 6 SOG, 2 Hits, 6/24 FO, *Second Star*
Season totals: 20 GP, 15-32-47, +17, 22 PIM
2011-2012 Season: 49 GP, 41-64-105, +48, 32 PIM
Drouin had his 9-game multipoint streak end, but his point streak was extended to 14 games with a goal.
Ontario Hockey League
North Bay Battalion 0 @ London Knights 4
D Dylan Blujus, NB: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM
Season totals: 15 GP, 1-4-5, -13, 14 PIM
2012-13 totals: 68 GP, 2-27-29, -8, 57 PIM
Lightning camper Brett Welychka was also scoreless. He is 6-14-20 in 26 games this year.
Barrie Colts 2 @ Guelph Storm 3
D Jake Dotchin, BAR: 0-0-0, +1, 7 PIM
Season totals: 25 GP, 5-10-15, +17, 56 PIM
2012-13 totals: 66 GP, 4-18-22, E, 81 PIM
Dotchin fought defenseman Chadd Bauman.
Peterborough Petes 0 @ Kingston Frontenacs 3
W Henri Ikonen, KGN: 1-0-1, +2, 0 PIM, *Third Star*
Season totals: 23 GP, 12-24-36, +13, 19 PIM
2012-13 totals: 61 GP, 22-29-51, +2, 30 PIM
Ikonen extended his point streak to seven games.
Dump Truck delivers.
Cedrick Desjardins allowed 2 goals on 28 shots for the victory.
SYR Kaunisto, (1) (Langelier-Parent, Neilson), 18:10
SYR Walker, (2) (Paquette, Korobov), 12:10 (PP)
STJ Jaffray, (7) (Gordon, Redmond), 13:52 (PP)
STJ Lipon, (4) (Lowry), 14:15
SYR Paquette, (5) (Devos, Gauthier), 15:36
SYR Gauthier, (3) (Connolly), 19:05 (EN)
Cedric Paquette (Dump Truck!) and Ray Kaunisto were the game's first and third stars.
I don't know what it is about the IceCaps, but the Lightning organization could stick cardboard cutouts in jerseys and still beat them. SyraNo has just had their number - big time - and tonight was a win Syracuse really needed to right the ship even though, when you look up and down the roster, it's very hard to find familiar names.
Syracuse faces Adirondack tomorrow as they attempt to put a little unlikely streak together here.
Box score from TheAHL.com.
The Syracuse Crunch can finally breathe a sigh of relief.
Cedric Paquette scored with less than five minutes remaining in regulation to lift Syracuse past the St. John's IceCaps, 4-2, snapping the Crunch's five-game losing streak at the Onondaga County War Memorial Friday.
"I told them 'We are what we are, you game it out and play the right way and let the chips fall, and the result will take care of itself,'" said Crunch coach Rob Zettler.
Bounces don't go the Lightning's way.
Ben Bishop allowed 2 goals on 28 shots for the loss. He played well. It's hard to be upset considering the first goal he allowed was off a great cross ice feed from Crosby and the second was a centering feed that bounced off Hedman and in. Most nights that effort gets Bishop in the winner's circle.
6:53 PIT Kunitz (12), (Crosby, Letang)
8:27 PIT Sutter (5), (Crosby, Jokinen)(PP)
18:17 PIT Kunitz (13), (Malkin, Crosby)(EN)
J.T. Brown was the game's second star.
There's nothing to be ashamed of in tonight's effort. They held their own against an elite caliber team and just didn't get the bounce or two they needed. I'll take that effort 9 games out of 10 and take my chances that the bounces start to go my way. The unfortunate thing is that the loss is going to make it really difficult for the Lightning to get 12 points out of this 10 game segment of the season, now needing 7 of 8 possible points in the next 4 games. That's the problem with losing streaks like on the Lightning's West Coast swing. They really cut your margin of error down dramatically.
Mark Barberio had 2 penalty minutes and 1 hit in 14:59. His delay of game penalty in the Third Period led to Pittsburgh's insurance goal and, as usual, he just isn't strong along the wall in his own end. He's got to improve there. Period, point blank.
Tyler Johnson was -2 with 1 shot and he was 62% on draws in 18:58. That stat line doesn't tell the tale. The kid line matched up head to head against the Crosby line all game long and they held their own. Crosby set up Pittsburgh's first goal, but they got nothing else until the empty netter at the end, and the balance of play between the two lines was surprisingly even. That's incredibly impressive for three rookies.
Alex Killorn had 2 penalty minutes and 2 shots and was 29% on draws in 15:01. QUIT TAKING OFFENSIVE ZONE PENALTIES! That is all.
Ondrej Palat was -1 with 1 shot and 1 blocked shot in 16:52. I'll echo my comments about TJ with regard to Palat and add that both Palat and Johnson were also outstanding on the PK.
Brown had 4 shots, 3 hits, and 1 blocked shot in 15:10. He worked himself into quite a few good chances and set up 1-2 others for his teammates. He's a little snakebit right now, but that will pass with time.
Nikita Kucherov had 2 shots in 14:31. He had a partial breakaway and a couple of other quality scoring chances. Sooner or later, he's going to put up a multi-goal game, I'm fairly certain. He's very dangerous, and I would actually like to see him spotted in Panik's place on the kid line just to see if a little more polished finisher on that line can yield some dividends.
Andrej Sustr was -1 with 1 shot and 3 blocked shots in 18:05. He was on the ice for Pittsburgh's first goal, but that was a superstar play off the rush by Crosby. Beyond that, he also held his own. Nothing to be ashamed of.
Richard Panik was -1 with 1 shot and 1 hit in 15:27. He had maybe the chance of the game on his stick at the end of the Second Period all along in front of Fleury and target visioned it right into Fleury's chest. Ploof. I don't know how the Lightning can breath confidence into him at this point, but I do know that kid line is generating chances for Panik and they're not going in because he's the most snake bitten at all. Given its been feast or famine in the goal department since Stamkos' injury, I'm very serious that Cooper should consider spotting a finisher like Kucherov on that line if these late game situations come up where the Lightning are scrambling to find a goal.