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NCAA Game Night: 2-6-17

No. 3 Boston University Terriers 3 vs No. 7 Boston College Eagles 1 (Beanpot)

D John MacLeod, BU: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals: 25 GP, 0-4-4, +8, 26 PIM
2015-2016 Totals: 26 GP, 1-1-2, -4, 26 PIM

BU opened the famed Beanpot Tournament with a win over rival BC. Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson (Bruins) and Clayton Keller (Coyotes) scored for BU. The Terriers will play Harvard next week for the championship. The Crimson beat Northeastern, 4-3.

CHL Game Night: 2-5-17

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Halifax Mooseheads 7 @ Moncton Wildcats 2

C/W Otto Somppi, HAL: 1-1-2, +2, 0 PIM, 5 SOG, 10/17 FO, 0 Hits
Season Totals: 46 GP, 14-22-36, -2, 22 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 59 GP, 13-33-46, -15, 25 PIM

Somppi set a new career high for goals in a season with 14. His goal Sunday was of the highlight reel variety as he kicked a bouncing puck up above his waist, then bunted the puck into the net. Good stuff. Nico Hischier (2017) had two goals and three assists as he tries to overtake Nolan Patrick of Brandon for the No. 1 spot in this summer’s draft.

Ontario Hockey League

Erie Otters 6 @ Kingston Frontenacs 1

C Anthony Cirelli, Erie: 2-0-2, +2, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, 11/17 FO
Season Totals: 38 GP, 17-31-48, +28, 10 PIM
With Erie: 12 GP, 4-10-14, +10, 2 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: 1-2-3, +1, 0 PIM, 4 SOG, *Third Star*
Season Totals: 40 GP, 31-51-82, +51, 27 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 67 GP, 24-49-73, +19, 18 PIM

Raddysh and Cirelli (pictured) both scored in the first period as Erie built a 4-0 lead after one and 6-0 after two periods. Cirelli is starting to find his groove in the Erie lineup with nine points in his last five games.

Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 7 @ North Bay Battalion 4

W Boris Katchouk, SSM: 1-1-2, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, *Third Star*
Season: 49 GP, 24-19-43, +5, 32 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 63 GP, 24-27-51, +7, 61 PIM

Katchouk tied his career high for goals in a season, set in 14 fewer games.

AHL Game Day: 2-5-17 Crunch at Marlies

Crunch can't parlay the false hope goal into real hope.

SYR-2
TOR-3

Adam Wilcox allowed 3 goals on 28 shots for the loss.

First Period
9:44 TOR Froese (18), (Griffith, Rychel)(PP)

Second Period
19:23 TOR Froese (19), (Campbell, Johnsson)

Third Period
6:42 TOR Rychel (9), (Dermott, Froese)(PP)
13:10 SYR Richard (12), (Conacher, Condra)(PP)
14:52 SYR Comrie (6), (Taormina, Conacher)

Tanner Richard was the game's third star.

A three goal deficit in the Third Period of a pro hockey is just a death sentence 99% of the time. You'll see teams get that "false hope goal" to pull within one, but they rarely have enough gas to get the equalizer. It happened again to Syracuse today. They managed to get the false hope goal with a good 5+ minutes to go, but just couldn't find the equalizer. That's why you need timely goaltending and goal scoring to stay within 2 and give yourself a chance, because it's doom if you get down by 3.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

CHL Game Night: 2-4-17

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Saint John Sea Dogs 7 @ Cape Breton Screaming Eagles 0

W Bokondji Imama, SJ: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 0 Hits
Season Totals: 48 GP, 32-12-44, +9, 70 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 48 GP, 7-12-19, -5, 86 PIM

W Mathieu Joseph, SJ: 2-1-3, +3, 0 PIM, 6 SOG, 2 Hits, *First Star*
Season Totals: 37 GP, 31-29-60, +32, 39 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 58 GP, 33-40-73, +35, 57 PIM

Joseph returned from a one-game suspension for clipping to score his 30th and 31st goals of the season and extend his club-record point streak to 26 games. The last Sea Dogs game he failed to register a point in was October 22. He has 44 points in those 26 games. Boko Imama was unable to get in on the scoring fun.

Gatineau Olympiques 3 @ Shawinigan Cataractes 2 (OT)

W Dennis Yan, SHAW: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 2 SOG, 3 Hits
Season Totals: 47 GP, 34-25-59, +20, 46 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 62 GP, 32-37-69, +8, 86 PIM

Zach McEwan (undrafted) scored his 25th goal of the season in overtime to pace the Olympiques.

Ontario Hockey League

Erie Otters 8 @ Ottawa 67’s 4

C Anthony Cirelli, Erie: 1-2-3, +1, 2 PIM, 4 SOG, 13/18 FO
Season Totals: 37 GP, 15-31-46, +26, 10 PIM
With Erie: 11 GP, 2-10-12, +8, 2 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: 0-1-1, +1, 2 PIM, 2 SOG
Season Totals: 39 GP, 30-49-79, +50, 27 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 67 GP, 24-49-73, +19, 18 PIM

Hawks’ pick Alex DeBrincat had two goals and five points to lead the Otters in Ottawa. Erie climbed into a tie for first in the Western Conference with London.

Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 2 @ Sudbury Wolves 5

W Boris Katchouk, SSM: 0-1-1, -2, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season: 48 GP, 23-19-42, +5, 32 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 63 GP, 24-27-51, +7, 61 PIM

The Soo climbed back from a 3-0 deficit to pull to 3-2 at the end of two periods, but Sudbury put the game away in the third.

Oshawa Generals 3 @ Peterborough Petes 2 (OT)

W/C Christopher Paquette, PBO: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, 11/18 FO
Season Totals: 48 GP, 15-21-36, -7, 22 PIM
With Petes: 11 GP, 3-4-7, E, 8 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, -1, 2 PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals: 40 GP, 5-17-22, +4, 43 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

Peterborough got down 2-0 early but forced overtime before settling for the loser point. With two points, Oshawa tied Peterborough for the Eastern Conference lead.

London Knights 1 @ Saginaw Spirit 4

W/C Mitchell Stephens, LDN: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 10/19 FO
Season Totals: 34 GP, 18-24-42, +19, 16 PIM
With London: 12 GP, 7-7-14, +7, 2 PIM
With Saginaw: 22 GP, 11-17-28, +13, 14 PIM
2015-2016 Totals: 39 GP, 20-18-38, -3, 14 PIM

Stephens returned to Saginaw, where the Spirit upset the Knights, 4-1. London is tied with Erie for the West lead at 75 points.

Western Hockey League

Red Deer Rebels 2 @ Saskatoon Blades 4

D Libor Hajek, SAS: 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM
Season Totals: 45 GP: 3-20-23, -10, 51 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 69 GP, 3-23-26, -19, 76 PIM

Hajek hit minus-10 for the season, albeit in a win.

Moose Jaw Warriors 0 @ Lethbridge Hurricanes 3

C Brett Howden, MJ: 0-0-0, -3, 9 PIM
Season Totals: 40 GP, 28-30-58, +4, 54 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 68 GP, 24-40-64, -7, 61 PIM

Howden had a rough night, going minus-3 and started a line brawl in the closing seconds. (watch)

Kamloops Blazers 3 @ Spokane Chiefs 2

G Connor Ingram, KAM: Win, 30 saves on 32 shots, *First Star*
Season Totals: 32 GP, 19-9-2-1, 2.33 GAA, .929 sv%, 2 SO
2015-2016 Season: 61 GP, 34-15-5-4, 2.61 GAA, .922 sv%, 4 SO

Ingram was first star for the second time this week, helping Kamloops to a 3-2 road win over Tyler Johnson’s former team.

NCAA Game Night: 2-4-17

No. 12 Vermont Catamounts 1 @ No. 17 Notre Dame Fighting Irish 4

C Ross Colton, UVM: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season Totals: 27 GP, 10-14-24, E, 20 PIM

Vermont held a 1-0 lead after the first period, then the Irish took over.

New Hampshire Wildcats 2 @ No. 10 UMass-Lowell River Hawks 8

C Ryan Lohin, UML: 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals: 29 GP, 7-11-18, +3, 8 PIM

UML outshot the Wildcats 38-13 in the final two periods, outscoring them 6-1 in that time en route to an 8-2 win.

No. 18 Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks 1 @ No. 1 Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs 5

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

Two-time Lightning camper Alex Iafallo had a goal and an assist for No. 1 UMD.

No. 6 Penn State Nittany Lions 2 @ No. 7 Minnesota Golden Gophers 5

D Ryan Zuhlsdorf, UMN: 0-0-0, +2, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals: 25 GP, 2-3-5, +12, 27 PIM

Minnesota cruised to another big win over Penn State to sweep their weekend series.

*USCHO poll used for rankings

NHL Game Night: 2-4-17 Ducks at Lightning

Mine eyes have seen the glory of a losing streak being snapped!

ANH-2
TB-3 (SO)

Ben Bishop allowed 2 goals on 16 shots before conceding to 2 of 4 in the penalty shot session for the SO win. Stat line isn't great, but he made some key situational saves over the course of the game to eventually get the victory.

First Period
8:14 ANH Montour (1), (Silfverberg, Kesler)
9:48 TB Drouin (15), (Johnson, Kucherov)

Second Period
10:56 TB Killorn (16), (Kucherov)(PP)

Third Period
4:02 ANH Getzlaf (8), (Bieksa, Kesler)

Overtime
NO SCORING

Shootout
ANH- Silfverberg, Kesler
TB- Point, Kucherov, Boyle

Nikita Kucherov and Alex Killorn were the game's first and third stars.

Styles make the fight, and the quicker Tampa Bay Lightning drew a good matchup against a more plodding, big Anaheim team on the back end of a back-to-back situation. Tampa Bay didn't squander that advantage, playing with far more hustle than they did in the previous two contests. Clearly Jon Cooper challenged his guys to show some heart after the travesty of the past couple of outings, and it showed. More importantly, they actually got the payoff.

Brayden Point was -1 with 1 shot in 16:29. He was also 60% on 5 draws. He played well on some shifts with Drouin, which is something to watch going forward, in my opinion. And, he remains cash money all night in the Shootout.

Jake Dotchin was +1 with 2 shots, 3 hits, and 1 blocked shot in 15:08. This was probably his best game at the NHL level thus far. Again, styles make the fight, and these Anaheim players aren't necessarily the speedsters who will give Dotchin trouble. He was assertive physically in separating guys from the puck and starting the breakout thereafter throughout the night.

Gabriel Dumont had 2 penalty minutes and 1 shot in 6:00 even. He also was 83% on 6 draws.

Joel Vermin had 2 hits in 6:45.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

AHL Game Day: 2-4-17 Crunch at Marlies

No problem scoring goals for Conacher, Crunch.

SYR-5
TOR-3

Adam Wilcox made a stout 37 saves on 40 shots for the victory.

First Period
2:47 SYR Conacher (8), (Thomas)
3:17 SYR Richard (11), (Ikonen, Hart)
9:17 TOR Timashov (7), (Wrenn)
19:28 TOR Moore (5), (Griffith, Dermott)

Second Period
0:42 SYR Halmo (13), (Condra)
17:15 TOR Moore (6), (Griffith, Timashov)(PP)

Third Period
6:13 SYR Conacher (9), (Halmo)
12:57 SYR Lynch (1), (Conacher, Halmo)

Cory Conacher and Mike Halmo were the game's first and third stars.

Syracuse seized, for the moment, a 1 point lead over Albany for the top spot on the North Division standings. Albany plays Binghamton later tonight.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

Liiga Game Day: 2-4-17

Pelicans 2 vs. SaiPa 3
Saku Salminen, SaiPa, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 38 GP, 3-4-7, -9, 41 PIM

Saku Salminen was scoreless in 5:08 of ice time in SaiPa's 3-2 win over Pelicans Lahti.

NCAA Game Night: 2-3-17

No. 12 Vermont Catamounts 4 @ No. 17 Notre Dame Fighting Irish 4 (OT)

C Ross Colton, UVM: 1-1-2, 0 PIM, 8 SOG
Season Totals: 26 GP, 10-14-24, +1, 20 PIM

In a game broadcast on NBCSN, Colton had the go-ahead goal for Vermont, who fought back from a 2-0 deficit to take a 4-2 lead. The Catamounts would lose that in the final three minutes of regulation however; the game-tying goal coming on a 6 on 4. Colton’s goal came off a sweeping wrist shot from the slot moments after his set-up in front to a teammate was tipped high. He was dangerous all night.

No. 10 UMass-Lowell River Hawks 6 @ Northeastern Huskies 4

C Ryan Lohin, UML: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG, *Third Star*
Season Totals: 28 GP, 6-11-17, +2, 8 PIM

Lohin had the primary assist on UML’s empty-netter to seal the win.

UMass Minutemen 1 @ No. 3 Boston University Terriers 3

D John MacLeod, BU: 0-0-0, +1, 4 PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals: 24 GP, 0-4-4, +7, 26 PIM
2015-2016 Totals: 26 GP, 1-1-2, -4, 26 PIM

Clayton Keller (Coyotes) had his 13th goal of the season for BU, who lost their No. 1 ranking last week.

No. 18 Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks 2 @ No. 1 Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs 2 (OT)

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

Oldham sat backup for UNO on Friday against the top-ranked team in the nation. Alex Iafallo, a 2-time Lightning camper, was scoreless for UMD, who outshot UNO 5-0 in overtime.

No. 6 Penn State Nittany Lions 1 @ No. 7 Minnesota Golden Gophers 5

D Ryan Zuhlsdorf, UMN: 0-0-0, +2, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals: 24 GP, 2-3-5, +12, 27 PIM

Minnesota had a 4-1 lead by the third period and coasted to the win.

*USCHO poll used for rankings

CHL Game Night: 2-3-17

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Saint John Sea Dogs 7 @ Halifax Mooseheads 4

W Bokondji Imama, SJ: 1-1-2, +1, 4 PIM, 2 SOG, 1 Hit
Season Totals: 47 GP, 32-12-44, +9, 70 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 48 GP, 7-12-19, -5, 86 PIM

W Mathieu Joseph, SJ: Did not play
Season Totals: 34 GP, 29-28-57, +29, 39 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 58 GP, 33-40-73, +35, 57 PIM

C/W Otto Somppi, HAL: 1-1-2, +1, 0 PIM, 5 SOG, 9/17 FO, 0 Hits
Season Totals: 45 GP, 14-21-34, -4, 22 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 59 GP, 13-33-46, -15, 25 PIM

Imama and Somppi both had a goal and an assist as Saint John beat Halifax Friday, 7-4. Mathieu Joseph missed the game due to a 1-game suspension. Imama’s goal was an empty-netter right after Somppi had cut the Dogs’ lead to 6-4.

Ontario Hockey League

Peterborough Petes 3 @ Niagara IceDogs 2

W/C Christopher Paquette, PBO: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 4 SOG, 14/21 FO
Season Totals: 47 GP, 15-21-36, -7, 22 PIM
With Petes: 10 GP, 3-4-7, E, 8 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: 0-1-1, E, 2 PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals: 39 GP, 5-17-22, +5, 41 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 made his return to St. Catharines and helped the Petes to a win against his former team. Matt Spencer had an assist for Peterborough and is also listed as taking (and winning) a faceoff. The Petes, coming off a collapse against Erie on Thursday, lost a 2-0 lead late, but recovered to get the win.

Owen Sound Attack 0 @ London Knights 4

W/C Mitchell Stephens, LDN: 1-0-1, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, 9/14 FO
Season Totals: 33 GP, 18-24-42, +19, 16 PIM
With London: 11 GP, 7-7-14, +7, 2 PIM
With Saginaw: 22 GP, 11-17-28, +13, 14 PIM
2015-2016 Totals: 39 GP, 20-18-38, -3, 14 PIM

Flames prospect Tyler Parsons stopped all 24 shots he faced and Stephens scored on the power play late in the third as London shut out visiting Owen Sound, 4-0.

Western Hockey League

Regina Pats 5 @ Saskatoon Blades 2

D Libor Hajek, SAS: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 44 GP: 3-20-23, -9, 49 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 69 GP, 3-23-26, -19, 76 PIM

Kings pick Austin Wagner had two goals for Regina.

Moose Jaw Warriors 6 @ Kootenay Ice 2

C Brett Howden, MJ: 2-1-3, +4, 2 PIM, *Second Star*
Season Totals: 39 GP, 28-30-58, +7, 45 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 68 GP, 24-40-64, -7, 61 PIM

Howden added another three points to his season total and earned second star in the process. Moose Jaw had a 4-0 lead by the 4-minute mark of the second period. Jayden Halbgewachs (undrafted) had goals 39 and 40 in the win (40-40-80).

Kamloops Blazers 2 @ Seattle Thunderbirds 3 (SO)

G Connor Ingram, KAM: SOL, 24 saves on 26 shots
Season Totals: 31 GP, 18-9-2-1, 2.34 GAA, .929 sv%, 2 SO
2015-2016 Season: 61 GP, 34-15-5-4, 2.61 GAA, .922 sv%, 4 SO

Ingram suffered his second post-regulation loss to Seattle in less than a week despite stopping 24 of 26 shots. He had 54 saves in an overtime loss to the Thunderbirds earlier in the week. The shootout Friday went nine players deep after the first two shooters for both teams scored. Ingram was 6/9 in the shootout.

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