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KHL Playoff Game Day: 2-27-17

KHL Western Conference Quarterfinals
(7)Podolsk 1 vs. (2)St. Petersburg 7
St. Petersburg Wins the Series 4-0
Nikita Gusev, St. Petersburg, 0-2-2, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Playoff totals: 4 GP, 2-3-5, +3, 2 PIM
Regular season totals: 57 GP, 24-47-71, +33, 8 PIM

Nikita Gusev had helpers at even strength and on the power play as SKA crushed Podolsk 7-1 to complete their opening round playoff sweep. Ex-NHL'er Evgeny Dadonov led SKA with 2 goals and 3 points in the match. SKA looks likely to play Dynamo Moscow in the next round with the 4th seed currently holding a 3-1 series lead over Novgorod and all Western series looking like they'll go straight chalk in the opening round.

Lightning Trade Boyle to Leafs for Pick and Byron Froese

TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning have acquired forward Byron Froese (FRAYZ) and a 2017 conditional second round pick from the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for forward Brian Boyle, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced today. The conditional pick in 2017 will be the highest second-round choice between the Maple Leafs’ own or previously acquired selections from either San Jose or Ottawa. The Lightning will assign Froese to the Syracuse Crunch. Also, Yzerman announced that forward Pierre-Luc Letourneau-Leblond will be assigned to the Toronto Marlies.

Froese, 25, has appeared in two games with the Maple Leafs this season, posting two shots on goal. The 6-foot, 205-pound forward has skated in 58 career NHL games, all with Toronto over the past two seasons, collecting two goals and five points. He made his NHL debut against the Montreal Canadiens on October 24, 2015. Froese scored his first career NHL goal on December 19 against the Los Angeles Kings.

The Winkler, Manitoba native has also played in 48 games with the Marlies this season, posting 24 goals and 39 points to go along with 18 penalty minutes. Froese paces the Marlies for both goals and points. He’s appeared in 195 career AHL games, registering 49 goals and 101 points to go along with 81 penalty minutes.

Froese was originally drafted by the Chicago Blackhawks in the fourth round, 119th overall, at the 2009 NHL Draft.

ECHL Game Night: 2-26-17

Cincinnati Cyclones 2 at Kalamazoo Wings 6

F Brian Hart, KAL, 0-1-1, E, 0 PIMS, 2 SOG
Season Totals (ECHL): 16 GP, 1-2-3, E, 0 PIMs, 26 SOG
Season Totals (AHL): 33 GP, 3-4-7, E, 26 PIMs

F Cameron Darcy, KAL, 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIMS, 4 SOG, *3rd Star*
Season Totals (ECHL): 3 GP, 1-2-3, +3, 0 PIMs, 8 SOG
Season Totals (AHL): 34 GP, 3-4-7, -3, 14 PIMs

Other Notables
G Nic Riopel, KAL, Did not play
Season Totals: 22 GP, 11-9-0-1, 2.80 GAA, 0.902 SV%, 1 SO

The K-Wings completed an important weekend sweep of 6 of 6 possible points as they look to solidify a 2017 Kelly Cup playoff spot. The top 4 teams in each of the four ECHL divisions make the playoffs, and Kalamzoo current sits 4th in the Central Division, 6 points behind 3rd place Quad Cities, and 3 points ahead of 5th place Tulsa.

Lightning forward prospect Cameron Darcy scored his first goal as a K-Wing on a back-door tap-in from Bolt camper Ben Wilson, earning 3rd Star honors. Darcy has pointed in each of his first 3 games with Kalamzaoo. Fellow prospect Brian Hart started a tic-tac-toe play that resulted in the K-Wings' 6th and final goal of the game. Kalamazoo travels back to the Quad Cities for another important game Wednesday night, before a 3-in-3 next weekend with Brampton, Toledo, and Adirondack.

Lighting Claim C McKegg Off Waivers from Panthers

TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning have claimed forward Greg McKegg off waivers from the Florida Panthers, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced today.

McKegg, 24, has played in 31 games with the Panthers this season, collecting three goals and six points to go along with 11 penalty minutes. The St. Thomas, Ontario native has set career highs this season for games played, goals, assists (three), points and penalty minutes. McKegg has appeared in 50 career NHL games over the span of four seasons with the Panthers and Toronto Maple Leafs, posting five goals and eight points.

The 6-foot, 191-pound forward has also skated in seven games with the Springfield Thunderbirds of the American Hockey League, recording two goals and four points. McKegg has played in 244 career AHL games with the Thunderbirds, Portland Pirates and Toronto Marlies, registering 62 goals and 135 points to go along with 116 penalty minutes.

McKegg was originally drafted by the Maple Leafs in the third round, 62nd overall, at the 2010 NHL Draft.

CHL Game Night: 2-26-17

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Halifax Mooseheads 3 @ Saint John Sea Dogs 5

C/W Otto Somppi, HAL: 0-1-1, -2, 4 PIM, 1 SOG, 11/21 FO, 0 Hits
Season Totals: 54 GP, 15-24-39, -7, 26 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 59 GP, 13-33-46, -15, 25 PIM

W Bokondji Imama, SJ: 1-0-1, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, 1 Hit
Season Totals: 57 GP, 36-14-50, +7, 82 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 48 GP, 7-12-19, -5, 86 PIM

W Mathieu Joseph, SJ: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 4 SOG, 0 Hits
Season Totals: 47 GP, 32-35-67, +31, 51 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 58 GP, 33-40-73, +35, 57 PIM

After his 28-game point streak, Joseph is scoreless in four of his last eight games, including three of his last four. Imama hit the 50-point mark on the season – by far a career high for him. Somppi’s Mooseheads sit 12th on the league table, comfortably in the top-16 that make the playoffs.

Victoriaville Tigres 2 @ Shawinigan Cataractes 6

W Dennis Yan, SHAW: 1-0-1, +3, 0 PIM, 4 SOG, 3 Hits
Season Totals: 55 GP, 41-26-67, +28, 52 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 62 GP, 32-37-69, +8, 86 PIM

Shawinigan broke open a 1-1 game with five goals before the Tigres answered late. Yan has goals in four straight games. His 41 goals are fourth in the Q.

Ontario Hockey League

Erie Otters 2 @ Owen Sound Attack 4

D Erik Cernak, Erie: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season Totals: 41 GP, 3-14-17, +27, 47 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 41 GP, 4-11-15, +7, 35 PIM

C Anthony Cirelli, Erie: Did not play (lower-body injury)
Season Totals: 42 GP, 18-33-51, +27, 12 PIM
With Erie: 16 GP, 5-12-17, +9, 4 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: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season Totals: 49 GP, 36-60-96, +64, 31 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 67 GP, 24-49-73, +19, 18 PIM

Tampa Bay's newly acquired defense prospect Erik Cernak was scoreless, his second straight scoreless game after coming off a five-game points streak. Raddysh was scoreless for just the fifth time in 49 games (2 in past 3).

North Bay Battalion 2 @ Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 5

W Boris Katchouk, SSM: 2-0-2, +2, 0 PIM, 5 SOG, *First Star*
Season: 57 GP, 29-24-53, +10, 42 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 63 GP, 24-27-51, +7, 61 PIM

Katchouk set a new career high for points in a season at 53. He’s one goal away from 30 on the year, though his true value is his all-around play.

Peterborough Petes 7 @ Oshawa Generals 1

W/C Christopher Paquette, PBO: 0-1-1, +3, 2 PIM, 2 SOG, 3/12 FO
Season Totals: 57 GP, 17-26-43, -1, 26 PIM
With Petes: 19 GP, 5-9-14, +8, 12 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, 0 SOG
Season Totals: 51 GP, 5-19-24, +8, 49 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 bounced back from a 10-1 loss to Mississauga with a 7-1 win of their own over the Gens.

London Knights 8 @ Guelph Storm 1

W/C Mitchell Stephens, LDN: 1-1-2, +2, 2 PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals: 43 GP, 21-27-48, +23, 24 PIM
With London: 21 GP, 10-10-20, +9, 10 PIM
With Saginaw: 22 GP, 11-17-28, +13, 14 PIM
2015-2016 Totals: 39 GP, 20-18-38, -3, 14 PIM

Stephens and London put a whupping on Guelph, 8-1. Former USHL prospect Sam Miletic (undrafted) had two goals for London to give him 30 on the year.

Western Hockey League

Moose Jaw Warriors 2 @ Saskatoon Blades 0

C Brett Howden, MJ: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 49 GP, 33-35-68, +7, 54 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 68 GP, 24-40-64, -7, 61 PIM

D Libor Hajek, SAS: 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM
Season Totals: 54 GP: 4-19-23, -12, 63 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 69 GP, 3-23-26, -19, 76 PIM

Zach Sawchenko (undrafted) stopped all 29 shots he faced to beat the Blades in Bridge City, 2-0.

Bolts Deal Bishop to Kings; Acquire Budaj, Cernak, and picks

TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning have acquired goaltender Peter Budaj, defenseman Erik Cernak, a seventh-round pick in the 2017 NHL Draft as well as a conditional pick in 2017 from the Los Angeles Kings in exchange for goaltender Ben Bishop and a fifth-round selection in 2017, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced today.

Budaj, 6-foot-1, 196 pounds, has played in 53 games with the Kings this season, posting a 27-20-3 record with a 2.12 goals-against average and a .917 save percentage with seven shutouts. Budaj, 34, has appeared in 350 NHL games with Los Angeles, the Montreal Canadiens and Colorado Avalanche, with a 152-127-39 record with 18 shutouts.

Cernak, 6-3, 221 pounds, has skated in 41 games with the Ontario Hockey League’s Erie Otters this season, registering three goals and 17 points, along with a plus-27 rating. The 19-year-old defenseman has played in 82 career OHL games with Erie, recording seven goals and 32 points with a plus-34 rating.

MHL Game Day: 2-26-17

Primorsky Krai Jr. 3 vs. Yaroslavl Jr. 2
Oleg Sosunov, Yaroslavl Jr., 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 32 GP, 0-0-0, E, 52 PIM

Oleg Sosunov was back up to the MHL level and scoreless in Yaroslavl Jr.'s 3-2 loss to Taifun Jr. Loko Jr. has 3 games left in its regular season before the start of the MHL playoffs, and currently holds the third seed in the MHL Western Conference behind CSKA Jr. and SKA Jr.

ECHL Game Night: 2-25-17

Quad City Mallards 1 at Kalamazoo Wings 4

F Brian Hart, KAL, 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIMS, 2 SOG
Season Totals (ECHL): 15 GP, 1-1-2, E, 0 PIMs, 24 SOG
Season Totals (AHL): 33 GP, 3-4-7, E, 26 PIMs

F Cameron Darcy, KAL, 0-2-2, +2, 0 PIMS, 3 SOG
Season Totals (ECHL): 2 GP, 0-2-2, +2, 0 PIMs, 4 SOG
Season Totals (AHL): 34 GP, 3-4-7, -3, 14 PIMs

Other Notables
G Nic Riopel, KAL, W, 60:00 MINS, 26/27, *3rd Star*
Season Totals: 22 GP, 11-9-0-1, 2.80 GAA, 0.902 SV%, 1 SO

Nic Riopel got the surprising back-to-back start, and the surging netminder allowed just a single goal on 27 shots, earning 3rd star honors and seven wins in his last 8 starts. Quad City opened the scoring 8 minutes into the game, but Riopel slammed the door the rest of the way as the K-Wings took 4 points off the 3rd place Mallards this weekend and closed the gap to just 6 points behind. Lightning forward prospect Cameron Darcy assisted on the empty netter with just 30 seconds left. Kalamazoo hosts the Cyclones Sunday afternoon.

CHL Game Night: 2-25-17

Ontario Hockey League

Erie Otters 7 @ Barrie Colts 3

C Anthony Cirelli, Erie: Did not play
Season Totals: 42 GP, 18-33-51, +27, 12 PIM
With Erie: 16 GP, 5-12-17, +9, 4 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: 2-1-3, +3, 0 PIM, 7 SOG
Season Totals: 48 GP, 36-60-96, +64, 31 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 67 GP, 24-49-73, +19, 18 PIM

Just in case you were worried about the Otters after Erie’s 14-game winning streak came to an end vs last-place Guelph last game, they rebounded just fine. Raddysh keeps inching closer to the century point mark. He’s second in the league in points behind linemate Alex DeBrincat (112). Raddysh leads the OHL in assists and plus/minus.

Sarnia Sting 5 @ Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 6

London Knights 3 @ Owen Sound Attack 7

W/C Mitchell Stephens, LDN: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season Totals: 42 GP, 20-26-46, +21, 22 PIM
With London: 20 GP, 9-9-18, +7, 8 PIM
With Saginaw: 22 GP, 11-17-28, +13, 14 PIM
2015-2016 Totals: 39 GP, 20-18-38, -3, 14 PIM

Stephens played in his 20th game with the Knights. He’s producing at just under a point-per-game.

Western Hockey League

Saskatoon Blades 2 @ Prince Albert Raiders 4

D Libor Hajek, SAS: 0-0-0, -2, 2 PIM
Season Totals: 53 GP: 4-19-23, -11, 61 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 69 GP, 3-23-26, -19, 76 PIM

Prince Albert earned a split in its home-and-home series with the Blades this weekend.

Swift Current Broncos 2 @ Moose Jaw Warriors 5

C Brett Howden, MJ: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 48 GP, 33-35-68, +7, 54 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 68 GP, 24-40-64, -7, 61 PIM

Moose Jaw saw their 2-0 lead turn into a 2-2 tie in the final minute of the second period, but they responded with three third period goals to take the win.

Kamloops Blazers 1 @ Everett Silvertips 3

G Connor Ingram, KAM: Did not play
Season Totals: 39 GP, 23-11-2-2, 2.22 GAA, .932 sv%, 5 SO
2015-2016 Season: 61 GP, 34-15-5-4, 2.61 GAA, .922 sv%, 4 SO

Carter Hart (Flyers) stopped 35 of 36 shots for Everett. He’s creeping up on Ingram’s league-leading .932 save percentage with .930.

NCAA Game Night: 2-25-17

Merrimack Warriors 3 @ No. 15 Vermont Catamounts 2

C Ross Colton, UVM: Did not play
Season Totals: 32 GP, 11-15-26, +1, 22 PIM

Colton, UVM’s leading scorer, was out of the lineup Saturday. He played (and scored) Friday.

No. 13 Notre Dame Fighting Irish 1 @ No. 6 Boston University Terriers 4

D John MacLeod, BU: 1-0-1, +1, 2 PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals: 31 GP, 2-5-7, +9, 28 PIM
2015-2016 Totals: 26 GP, 1-1-2, -4, 26 PIM

MacLeod scored for the second time in three games as BU earned a weekend split with Notre Dame. MacLeod, a junior, had two goals his freshman year, but just one as a sophomore.

Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks 3 @ No. 16 North Dakota Fighting Hawks 0

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

Evan Weninger (undrafted) had a 22-save shutout for UNO.

No. 19 Wisconsin Badgers 2 @ No. 4 Minnesota Golden Gophers 3

D Ryan Zuhlsdorf, UMN: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season Totals: 31 GP, 2-3-5, +12, 33 PIM

Minnesota retook the lead in the Big 10 with a 3-2 win over visiting Wisconsin, who beat the Gophers Friday night. Justin Kloos (undrafted) had the game-winner for Minny.

*USCHO poll used for rankings

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