20 goals and counting for the Dump Truck.
Kristers Gudlevskis had a light workload, stopping 16 of 17 for the victory to get back on track.
ALB Pesonen, (13) (Urbom, Wedgewood), 11:30 (PP)
SYR Paquette, (20) (Erne, Gourde), 17:58
SYR Rankin, (14) (Sergeev), 8:21
Evan Rankin, Cedric Paquette, and Dmitry Korobov were the game's three stars. Tonight's goal puts Dump Truck at 20 in his rookie campaign. To put that accomplishment in perspective, here's three recent Lightning prospects who didn't make it to 20 goals as a rookie at the AHL level: Ondrej Palat, Richard Panik, and J.T. Brown. So, ponder that for a moment, and be impressed at what Paquette has accomplished in his first year of professional hockey.
Syracuse climbs back to 2 games under .500 for the season. I still contend a solid goal for the Crunch should be to get over .500 for the year, which will set the tone for a solid season next year.
Box score from TheAHL.com.
Quebec Major Junior Hockey League
Gatineau Olympiques 1 @ Halifax Mooseheads 4
Mooseheads lead best-of-7 second round series, 1-0
C/W Jonathan Drouin, HAL: 0-2-2, +1, 0 PIM, 0 Hits, 1 SOG, 13/26 FO, *Third Star*
Playoff totals: 5 GP, 6-9-15, +7, 4 PIM
Season totals: 46 GP, 29-70-108, +49, 43 PIM
2011-2012 Season: 49 GP, 41-64-105, +48, 32 PIM
Halifax took a 1-0 series lead on Gatineau with an impressive 4-1 win on Friday night. Jonathan Drouin had two assists, giving him more than one point in eight straight games. One of his assists on Friday came shorthanded and the other was on the power play. Game 2 is Saturday.
Ontario Hockey League
Barrie Colts 0 @ North Bay Battalion 1
Battalion lead best-of-7 Eastern Conference Semifinals, 1-0
D Jake Dotchin, BAR: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
Playoff totals: 6 GP: 2-2-4, +2, 6 PIM
Season totals: 63 GP, 11-25-36, +22, 121 PIM
2012-13 totals: 66 GP, 4-18-22, E, 81 PIM
D Dylan Blujus, NB: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
Playoff totals: 8 GP, 2-0-2, -1, 8 PIM
Season totals: 55 GP, 4-26-30, +12, 56 PIM
2012-13 totals: 68 GP, 2-27-29, -8, 57 PIM
North Bay struck first in its second round series with Barrie, scoring a 1-0 win. Jake Smith (2014) stopped 21 shots for the Battalion, who got a the game-winning goal from Alex Henriksson (2014) with four and a half minutes left in regulation. Game 2 is Sunday.
Two new faces were in the Syracuse Crunch's starting lineup Friday.
Centered by Cedric Paquette, wingers Adam Erne and Joel Vermin were able to get the first-game jitters out of the way during the opening puck drop. Once they got their feet underneath them, they showed how effective they could be.
"It's always good to get the butterflies out of the way early and get going with the game," Erne said.
Vermin created multiple scoring opportunities in his Crunch debut and Adam Erne registered an assist in his first professional game, as Syracuse topped the Albany Devils, 2-1, at the Onondaga County War Memorial.
Ben Bishop allowed 3 goals on 24 shots for the loss including one goal directly resulting from a major puckhandling error on Bishop's part. Just a poor, flat effort on the entire team's part, including Bishop's.
10:20 CGY Cammalleri (25), (unassisted)
10:35 CGY Westgarth (4), (Breen)
15:56 TB Palat (20), (Carle, Callahan)
18:04 CGY Glencross (11), (Cammalleri, Russell)(PP)
19:44 CGY Glencross (12), (unassisted)(EN)
Matt Carle was the game's third star. I'm thinking that was some kind of belated April Fool's joke.
Hopefully, lesson learned. The team was fat and happy after the big win against Montreal and clinching a playoff berth. A soft goal and two Calgary greasy goals later, they were done for. Games aren't played on paper, and the other team gets paid to play too. If you don't come prepared to play, you can fall behind and lose a game pretty easily against anyone in the NHL.
KHL Eastern Conference Finals
(1)Magnitogorsk 3 vs. (4)Ufa 2
Magnitogorsk Leads the Series 1-0
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, Win, 25/27, 2.00 GAA, .926 sv%
Regular season totals: 51 GP, 30-12-8, 9 SO, 1.88 GAA, .940 sv%
Playoff totals: 10 GP, 9-1-0, 0 SO, 1.91 GAA, .934 sv%
Andrey Vasilevskiy, Ufa, Loss, 23/26, 3.10 GAA, .885 sv%
Regular season totals: 28 GP, 14-8-5, 3 SO, 2.21 GAA, .923 sv%
Playoff totals: 14 GP, 8-6-0, 0 SO, 2.24 GAA, .928 sv%
Ex-Blue Jackets draft pick Sergei Mozyakin's Second Period goal stood up as the game winner in Magnitogorsk's 3-2 Game One win over Ufa. Game Two is Saturday.