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CHL Game Night: 3-10-19

Ontario Hockey League

Kitchener Rangers 5 @ Guelph Storm 2

C/W Alexey Lipanov, KIT: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG, 2/7 FO
Season Totals: 58 GP, 9-18-27, -37, 16 PIM
17-18 Totals (BAR, SBY): 55 GP, 14-25-39, -14, 10 PIM

Kitchener upset rival Guelph Sunday in a possible playoff preview, winning 5-2. The Rangers had a 4-0 lead at the halfway point of the game. Alexey Lipanov was scoreless and minus-1 for Kitchener, who has clinched a playoff spot and sits in fifth in the Western Conference, just behind No. 4 Guelph.

ECHL Game Night: 3-10-19 Solar Bears @ Growlers

Orlando Solar Bears 4 @ Newfoundland Growlers 3 (SO)

W Olivier Archambault, ORL: Did not play
(AHL contract)
Season Totals (ORL): 2 GP, 0-1-1, E, 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

W/C Troy Bourke, ORL: 1-2-3, +1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, *Second Star*
(AHL contract)
Season Totals (ORL): 18 GP, 8-21-29, +6, 16 PIM
Season Totals (SYR): 25 GP, 1-5-6, -3, 6 PIM
17-18 Totals (ADK): 22 GP, 10-22-32, +11, 18 PIM
17-18 Totals (SYR): 6 GP, 1-0-1, E, 2 PIM

C Mitch Hults, ORL: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals (ORL): 26 GP, 6-12-18, -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

G Connor Ingram, ORL: Win, 40 saves on 43 shots, *Third Star*
Season Totals (ORL): 3 GP, 2-1-0, 3.25 GAA, .911 sv%, 0 SO
Season Totals (SYR): 22 GP, 14-7-0, 2.26 GAA, .922 sv%, 6 SO
17-18 Totals (SYR): 35 GP, 20-11-0, 2.33 GAA, .914 sv%, 4 SO

C/W Otto Somppi, ORL: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season Totals (ORL): 11 GP, 6-5-11, +6, 4 PIM
Season Totals (SYR): 21 GP, 1-1-2, -2, 6 PIM
17-18 Totals (Halifax, QMJHL): 59 GP, 28-55-83, +39, 28 PIM

D Matthew Spencer, ORL: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals (ORL): 34 GP, 2-13-15, +14, 34 PIM
Season Totals (SYR): 9 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

Impressive. A week after taking two of three games from South Division-leading Florida, the Solar Bears went to Newfoundland and took two of three against the North Division-leading Growlers. Connor Ingram, demoted to the ECHL from AHL Syracuse due to an “internal matter,” bounced back from Friday’s 5-1 loss with a 4-2 win Saturday and 4-3 shootout win Sunday. He’ll sleep well on the plane home after all that work.

Troy Bourke continues to destroy ECHL goaltenders, adding three more points to his abbreviated season. Bourke is up to 29 points in 18 games. That 1.61 points-per-game average leads the entire ECHL. He may be receiving a call-up soon. Bourke also scored the shootout winner Sunday.

On the other side, Otto Somppi entered the weekend red hot, but went scoreless in his return to the Maritimes. He played his junior hockey in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Somppi did score in the shootout, however. Mitch Hults had the other shootout goal for Orlando.

The Solar Bears (33-21-4-0) are up to fourth overall in the Eastern Conference, which is led by Florida, followed by Newfoundland. The playoffs are determined by division, however, and Orlando is two points up on Jacksonville for second in the South with a whopping four games in hand. Florida leads the division by 19 points, so Orlando is fighting for home ice in the first round. They will play the aforementioned Florida Everblades Friday before hosting Idaho for three. Idaho leads the Mountain Division, so the competition will not be letting up.

CHL Game Night: 3-9-19

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Baie-Comeau Drakkar 5 @ Shawinigan Cataractes 2

C/W Gabriel Fortier, BC: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, 9/13 FO, 2 Hits
Season Totals: 65 GP, 32-48-80, +39, 27 PIM
17-18 Totals: 66 GP, 26-33-59, -11, 59 PIM

Fortier was scoreless, but Baie-Comeau came away with a second win in as many nights over Shawinigan.

Val-d’Or Foreurs 2 @ Rimouski Oceanic 3 (SO)

C Jimmy Huntington, RIM: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 4 SOG, 0 Hits, 14/30 FO
Season Totals: 64 GP, 39-50-89 +44, 52 PIM
17-18 Totals (Vic): 68 GP, 18-40-58, +5, 42 PIM

D Radim Salda, RIM: 0-1-1, E, 2 PIM, 6 SOG, 2 Hits
Season Totals: 46 GP, 9-20-29, +17, 34 PIM
17-18 Totals (SJ): 62 GP, 10-31-41, -37, 78 PIM

Huntington returned to the Rimouski lineup Saturday, helping the Oceanic to a shootout win over the Foreurs, who beat the Oceanic the night before. Huntington was first shooter for Rimouski and missed. Fellow Lightning prospect Radim Salda had an assist in the game to inch him closer to the 30-point mark for the season (46 games). He had 41 last year in 62 games with Saint John.

ECHL Game Night: 3-9-19 Solar Bears @ Growlers

Orlando Solar Bears 4 @ Newfoundland Growlers 2

W Olivier Archambault, ORL: Did not play
(AHL contract)
Season Totals (ORL): 2 GP, 0-1-1, E, 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

W/C Troy Bourke, ORL: 0-3-3, +1, 2 PIM, 0 SOG
(AHL contract)
Season Totals (ORL): 17 GP, 7-19-26, +6, 16 PIM
Season Totals (SYR): 25 GP, 1-5-6, -3, 6 PIM
17-18 Totals (ADK): 22 GP, 10-22-32, +11, 18 PIM
17-18 Totals (SYR): 6 GP, 1-0-1, E, 2 PIM

C Mitch Hults, ORL: 0-2-2, +1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG, *Second Star*
Season Totals (ORL): 25 GP, 6-12-18, -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

G Connor Ingram, ORL: Win, 25 saves on 27 shots
Season Totals (ORL): 2 GP, 1-1-0, 3.51 GAA, .899 sv%, 0 SO
Season Totals (SYR): 22 GP, 14-7-0, 2.26 GAA, .922 sv%, 6 SO
17-18 Totals (SYR): 35 GP, 20-11-0, 2.33 GAA, .914 sv%, 4 SO

C/W Otto Somppi, ORL: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 3 SOG
Season Totals (ORL): 10 GP, 6-5-11, +6, 4 PIM
Season Totals (SYR): 21 GP, 1-1-2, -2, 6 PIM
17-18 Totals (Halifax, QMJHL): 59 GP, 28-55-83, +39, 28 PIM

D Matthew Spencer, ORL: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals (ORL): 33 GP, 2-13-15, +14, 34 PIM
Season Totals (SYR): 9 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

Connor Ingram and Orlando rebounded from a 5-1 loss Friday with a 4-2 win over the North Division frontrunner Newfoundland, 4-2. Ingram stopped 25 shots in the win for his first career ECHL victory.

Lightning prospect Mitch Hults had two assists for second star and Syracuse property Troy Brouke had three helpers. Orlando was paced by Colby McAuley’s hat trick. McAuley is a former WHL Prince George Cougar who has split the last two years with ECHL Allen and AHL San Jose. He has 10 goals and 24 points in 28 games for Orlando this year.

The Solar Bears (32-21-4-0) play the rubber match of their three-game series with Newfoundland on Sunday.

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