Union Dutchmen 4 @ Harvard Crimson 2
F Brian Hart, HAR: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 4 GP, 1-0-1, E, 2 PIM
2012-2013 totals: 29 GP, 4-13-17, +1, 10 PIM
Harvard lost their first game of the year, 4-2 to the Dutchmen. Hart remains at wing for the Crimson. He’s played some center in his career.
Canisius Griffins 2 @ No. 6 Miami RedHawks 5
F Jimmy Mullin, MIA: 1-0-1, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 7 GP, 1-4-5, +3, 4 PIM
2012-2013 totals: 38 GP, 6-8-14, E, 14 PIM
Mullin (pictured) played his first game as left wing on Miami’s top line with former Lightning camper Austin Czarnik and Capitals draft pick Riley Barber. Mullin had his first goal of the season and Czarnik had two goals and an assist. The undersized Czarnik has 14 points in eight games.
No. 9 St. Cloud State Huskies 3 @ No. 5 North Dakota 1
F Brendan O’Donnell, UND: 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 6 GP, 2-1-3, -3, 0 PIM
2012-2013 totals: 29 GP, 2-8-10, E, 20 PIM
The Huskies completed a two-game sweep in North Dakota by winning 3-1 on Saturday. O’Donnell was listed as the first line left wing in Saturday’s game.
No. 9 Quinnipiac Bobcats 3 @ Cornell Big Red 0
F Matthew Peca, QU: 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 8 GP, 1-3-4, +3, 2 PIM
2013-2014 totals: 39 GP, 15-15-30, +14, 36 PIM
Peca scored his first goal of the year to give the Bobcats a 3-0 lead in the third period. That score would stand up and QU earned the shutout. Former Bolt prospect Kirill Gotovets, who was traded by Tampa Bay to Chicago for Philippe Paradis last year, was scoreless for Cornell.
*USCHO poll used
Florida Everblades 2 @ Orlando Solar Bears 1
FW Danick Gauthier, FLA: Did not play
Season totals: 6 GP, 3-3-6, +3, 15 SOG, 17 PIM
G Kristers Gudlevskis, FLA: Did not play
Season totals: 2 GP, 2-0-0, 1.50 GAA, 32 S / 35 SA (.914 SV%)
D Charles Landry, FLA: Did not play
Season totals: 6 GP, 0-1-1, +8, 5 SOG, 9 PIM
FW Maxime Langelier-Parent, FLA (AHL Contract): Did not play
Season totals: 2 GP, 1-0-1, +1, 5 SOG, 2 PIM
D Dan Milan, FLA: 0-0-0, E, 1 SOG, 4 PIM (unsportsmanlike conduct, roughing)
Season totals: 3 GP, 0-0-0, +1, 4 SOG, 6 PIM
FW Carl Nielsen, FLA (AHL Contract): 0-0-0, E, 0 SOG, 15 PIM (kneeing, game misconduct)
Season totals: 7 GP, 0-2-2, +2, 6 SOG, 24 PIM
Florida erased and overcame a one-goal deficit to split this weekend's series with divisional rival Orlando. The Everblades enjoyed a substantial 39-24 shot advantage, aided by eight power play opportunities, although all were fruitless while the game-winner would come during one of the six times the visitors were shorthanded. The lone goal Everblades netminder Jesse Deckert surrendered came with the Solar Bears down a man. Charles Landry joined Danick Gauthier and Kristers Gudlevskis in AHL Syracuse prior to the match, leaving Dan Milan as the only farmhand present with an NHL contract to appear in the match. Carl Nielsen, who has an AHL contract the Lightning's affiliate, was ejected from the game as a result of a kneeing infraction. Florida (7-0-1, 15 PTS) now returns home for some rest and recuperation before taking on visiting Elmira (2-3-0, 6 PTS) on Wednesday.
Quebec Major Junior Hockey League
Halifax Mooseheads 4 @ Val-d’Or Foreurs 2
C/W Jonathan Drouin, HAL: 2-2-4, +4, 5 SOG, 0 Hits, *First Star*
Season totals: 13 GP, 7-16-23, +7, 8 PIM
2011-2012 Season: 49 GP, 41-64-105, +48, 32 PIM
The Q’s site lists Drouin at 1+2, but from those who were at the game he scored the empty net goal to give him 2+2. We’ll list what the site has until it’s made official. A four-point night for Drouin is what Halifax fans have come to expect in the last two seasons. Drouin was 4/11 in the faceoff circle.
Quebec Remparts 1 @ Rouyn-Noranda Huskies 6
C/W Adam Erne, QUE: 0-1-1, -3, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, 4 Hits
Season totals: 18 GP, 7-12-19, -1, 29 PIM
2012-2013 Season: 68 GP, 28-44-72, +11, 67 PIM
A day after the Huskies gave up 15 goals to Jonathan Drouin’s Halifax Mooseheads, they held Adam Erne’s Remparts to just one goal in a 6-1 win. Erne continues to wrack up assists this season. He has at least a point in 14 of his 17 games, but only four multi-point games.
Ontario Hockey League
North Bay Battalion 3 @ Belleville Bulls 4
D Dylan Blujus, NB: 0-1-1, -1, 6 PIM
Season totals: 6 GP, 1-3-4, -2, 10 PIM
2012-13 totals: 68 GP, 2-27-29, -8, 57 PIM
North Bay peppered Bulls’ goalie Charlie Graham with 51 shots, but the undrafted teenager stopped 49 of them for the win. Two of Blujus’ three minor penalties were for roughing.
Kingston Frontenacs 1 @ Oshawa Generals 4
W Henri Ikonen, KGN: 1-0-1, +1, 5 PIM
Season totals: 15 GP, 8-16-24, +11, 14 PIM
2012-13 totals: 61 GP, 22-29-51, +2, 30 PIM
Ikonen scored on a penalty shot late in the first period, but was kicked out half-way through the middle frame for boarding.
Owen Sound Attack 0 @ Windsor Spitfires 6
D Slater Koekkoek, WSR: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM
Season totals: 14 GP, 3-8-11, +11, 10 PIM
2012-13 totals: 40 GP, 6-23-29, -24, 28 PIM
Koekkoek had one assist, but was reportedly a huge part of Windsor’s win on Saturday night. Windsor’s defense held the Attack to just 16 shots.
Crunch's streak is snapped.
Cedrick Desjardins allowed 4 goals on 37 shots for the loss.
BNG Hoffman, (5) (Ceci, Pageau), 7:31
SYR Rankin, (3) (Paquette, Sergeev), 9:42 (PP)
BNG Prince, (2) (Pageau, Ceci), 14:23
BNG Puempel, (3) (Pageau, Robinson), 19:50
BNG Schneider, (4) (Pageau, Hoffman), 5:48
SYR Kucherov, (11) (Korobov, Namestnikov), 12:22
Syracuse gets Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on Wednesday.
Box score from TheAHL.com.
The Lightning are becoming more than the sum of their parts.
Ben Bishop allowed 2 goals on 30 shots in another masterful performance. He makes big saves when the team needs them, and he made sure he kept the Lightning tied long enough for them to take over the game in the Third Period.
7:50 STL Pietrangelo (4), (Backes, Steen)
10:44 TB Killorn (4), (unassisted)
1:43 TB Stamkos (11), (Killorn, Barberio)
03:45 STL Schwartz (3), (Shattenkirk, Berglund)
8:37 TB Connolly (1), (Gudas, Filppula)
16:01 TB Filppula (5), (Killorn, Brewer)
Alex Killorn and Bishop were the game's first and second stars.
What a fantastically entertaining game between two of the better teams, record-wise, in the NHL. More to the point, the Lightning went toe to toe with one of the best teams in the league in a real heavyweight match that was neck and neck through 40 minutes before absolutely pulling away in the Third Period. The Lightning probably were ahead 60/40 or 65/35 in scoring chances by night's end, and that's no small feat against a really great Blues team that has a fantastic record so far this year. In the Third Period, it really appeared that the Lightning's ability to skate and crisply pass the puck was starting to wear out St. Louis. They clutched. They grabbed. The Lightning finally got a PP out of it, and although Connolly's goal came just after the PP expired, it was a goal where the Lightning made the Blues pay for the infraction.
I've talked about looking at this year in 10 game segments, and the Lightning really would benefit in not looking at where they are in the standings and just focusing on these little seasons within the season. 4 games into segment #2 of the season, they're 3-1-0 with 6 points, which is halfway to the minimum 12 you want in each of these sets. It's a good spot to be in heading into Thursday night's matchup against a struggling Edmonton club.
Radko Gudas had an assist, 5 hits, and 3 blocked shots in 21:21. Nice, low, tip-able shot on the game winner. He made it easy for Connolly to get a stick on that one.
Mark Barberio had a helper, his first NHL point, and was +1 with 3 hits and 1 blocked shot in 12:57. He also took an ill-advised tripping call after which it seemed like he got a lot less ice time. The same Barberio critiques apply. He looks great on O. He looks scary on D.
Tyler Johnson had 3 shots and 1 hit in 14:20 and was 43% on draws. He really seems to be settling into that third line utility role. If you need some offensive energy, he can do that. If you need a solid defensive shift, he can do that, too. Such a luxury for Cooper to have.
Killorn had 1 goal, 2 assists, and was +3 with 1 shot and 1 hit in 19:30. He could've easily had 2 goals as he posted an empty net attempt. For any of the remaining Ryan Malone dead-enders, it's over. He's your first line left winger. That line looks to have another gear or two with Killorn on it, and the puck handling and passing play he made to set up Filppula's insurance goal was the very definition of outstanding.
Ondrej Palat was -1 with 1 shot, 2 hits, and 1 blocked shot in 13:48. You can more or less cut and paste my comments about Johnson here. The two players do seem to be joined at the hip.
Richard Panik had 2 hits and 1 blocked shot in 10:52. You'd almost like Panik to get as basic as getting pucks on net right now, and go up from there. He better be nervous Connolly had a goal and 3 shots in about the same ice time tonight. That's a mano a mano competition.