Crunch rally to avoid meltdown.
Kristers Gudlevskis allowed 4 goals on 28 shots for the OT win.
SYR Kunyk, (5) (Neilson, Mormina), 2:40
SYR Blunden, (7) , 15:40 (PP)
SYR Blunden, (8) (Marchessault, Mormina), 1:49 (PP)
BNG McCormick, (5) (Mills), 5:49 (SH)
BNG Schneider, (12) (Puempel), 4:14
BNG Puempel, (8) (Mills, A. Grant), 9:25 (PP)
BNG Camper, (4) , 16:45
SYR Blunden, (9) (Namestnikov), 18:50
SYR Marchessault, (9) , 6:48
Syracuse coughs up the 3 goal lead, falls behind late in the Third Period, and still manages to squeak out the victory in Overtime. Thank goodness.
Box score from TheAHL.com.
Ilves 5 vs. HPK 3
Saku Salminen, HPK, 1-0-1, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 21 GP, 3-3-6, +1, 2 PIM
Saku Salminen had the game opening goal to help HPK in building a 3-0 First Period lead, but Ilves scored 5 unanswered goals to take the win 5-3. Salminen played 11:27 in the match. Ex-Stars second rounder Vojtech Polak had 1 goal and 3 points to key Ilves' comeback victory.
Magnitogorsk 2 vs. Togliatti 0
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, DNP
Season totals: 36 GP, 23-5-5, 4 SO, 1.79 GAA, .935 sv%
Danis Zaripov had a goal for Magnitka in their 2-0 shutout win over Togliatti. Vasily Koshechkin did not dress for the club, which saw Alexei Murygin stop all 26 shots he faced for the shutout.
USA 2 vs. Russia 3
Anthony DeAngelo, USA, 1-0-1, -1, 4 PIM, 6 SOG
Tournament totals: 5 GP, 2-1-3, -1, 4 PIM
Undrafted Sergei Tolchinski's Second Period goal turned out to be the winner as the experienced Russians defeated a youthful Team USA 3-2 to advance in the WJC's. Blues second rounder Ivan Barbashev also had a goal in the victory for the Russians. Anthony DeAngelo did his best to push the Americans through to the Semis with a power play goal and 6 shots on goal, but it wasn't enough. USA Hockey is left to ponder whether they'd have been better equipped to handle a team dotted with KHL-level players with one or two more experienced players like Adam Erne on the roster. DeAngelo also had a pair of minors for high sticking in the match.
Czech Republic 0 vs. Slovakia 3
Dominik Masin, Czech Republic, 0-0-0, -3, 2 PIM, 0 SOG
Tournament totals: 5 GP, 0-1-1, -4, 2 PIM
Dominik Masin was on for all three goals against in Czech Republic's 3-0 loss to Slovakia. He also took a minor for hooking in the match. Undrafted Denis Godla stopped all 34 shots he faced for Slovakia for the shutout.
Canada 8 vs. Denmark 0
Brayden Point, Canada, 1-0-1, +4, 2 PIM, 1 SOG
Tournament totals: 5 GP, 2-1-3, +6, 2 PIM
Brayden Point help step into the void left by an injured Robby Fabbri and scored the 7th Canadian goal of their 8-0 rout of Denmark. Top 2015 prospect Connor McDavid had 1 goal and 3 points in the victory. Montreal 2nd rounder Zach Fucale had to stop just 14 for the shutout.
Florida Everblades 4 at Greenville Road Warriors 8
D Artem Sergeev, FLA: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 24 GP, 6-8-14, +7, 10 PIM, 36 SOG
G Allen York, FLA, Recalled to Syracuse
Season totals: 17 GP, 13-3-0-1, 2.45 GAA, 0.905 SV%, 2 SO
F Jeff Costello, FLA: 0-1-1, -3, 0 PIM, 5 SOG
Season totals (ECHL): 20 GP, 6-6-12, E, 24 PIM, 45 SOG
Season totals (AHL): 3 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
F Mike Aviani, FLA: 0-1-1, +2, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals (ECHL): 21 GP, 5-8-13, +2, 11 PIM, 40 SOG
Season totals (AHL): 2 GP, 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM
A two-eyebrow raiser Friday night in Greenville, SC, first with a rare Everblades loss and then a snowman to boot. Greenville broke open a 4-4 knot at the 2nd intermission with four third period goals. Lightning prospect Artem Sergeev along with Jeff Costello and Mike Aviani all notched helpers on three of Florida's four goals. The Everblades seek revenge Saturday night and it will be interesting to see if Allen York rejoins the team now that Vasilevskiy has been returned to Syracuse.