Division title in peril.
Adam Wilcox allowed 3 goals on 30 shots for the loss in his professional debut.
SYR Blujus, (3) (Martindale, Gourde), 11:21 (PP)
SPR Tynan, (12) (Pinkston, Vogelhuber), 14:05
SPR Anderson, (7) (Milano, St. Denis), 18:01
SPR Tynan, (13) (Collins, Milano), 12:05 (PP)
Dylan Blujus was the game's third star.
It wasn't surprising the team struggled to score with Jonathan Marchessault on emergency recall to Tampa with Jonathan Drouin under the weather. Losing Marchessault essentially guts the Crunch of the engine that makes their offense go. The good news is Drouin and a slew of other injured Lightning players will be back when the playoffs start next week, so I would expect Marchessault and Witkowski, at a minimum, to be back with the Crunch for the rest of their run this year.
Syracuse's lead in the division slipped to 2 points over Hartford with the loss.
Box score from TheAHL.com.
Quebec Major Junior Hockey League
QMJHL-9 Charlottetown Islanders 2 @ QMJHL-4 Quebec Remparts 7
Quebec leads best-of-7 series, 1-0
W Adam Erne, QUE: 2-0-2, +1, 0 PIM, 4 SOG, 2 Hits, *First Star*
Playoff totals: 8 GP, 8-2-10, +2, 6 PIM
Season totals: 60 GP, 41-45-86, +21, 102 PIM
2013-2014 Season: 48 GP, 21-41-62, -3, 65 PIM
Adam Erne, our reigning Prospect of the Week, scored two goals for the third game in a row, leading the Remparts to a 7-2 Game 1 win over visiting Charlottetown. The Islanders are coached by former Lightning player Gordie Dwyer, who saw his team get down 6-0 by the end of the second period. Charlottetown beat out Cam Darcy and Sherbrooke 4-2 in the first round. Game 2 between the Islanders and Remparts is Sunday in Quebec City.
Western Hockey League
Eastern Conference Quarterfinals
East-3 Calgary Hitmen 3 @ East-2 Medicine Hat Tigers 1
Calgary leads best-of-7, 1-0
D Ben Thomas, CAL: 0-0-0, +2, 2 PIM
Playoff totals: 8 GP, 0-3-3, +1, 2 PIM
Season totals: 60 GP, 7-24-31, +16, 28 PIM
2013-14 totals: 72 GP, 7-24-31, +11, 39 PIM
The Hitmen stole home ice advantage from the Tigers, winning Game 1 in Medicine Hat, 3-1. Calgary only mustered 14 shots on goal compared to 34 for Medicine Hat, but it was enough. Game 2 is Sunday.
Jonathan Marchessault netted a goal in the first minute and provided the offensive spark late.
The forward had a hand in every goal and the Crunch scored three unanswered goals after the second intermission, as Syracuse rallied past the Bridgeport Sound Tigers, 4-3, in overtime at the Onondaga County War Memorial Friday.
"I thought he was the best player on the ice, in fact it wasn't even close in my mind," said Crunch head coach Rob Zettler of Marchessault, who finished with a goal and three assists. "He competed, he was really good offensively, he competed defensively, and he was the difference for us."
Comeback Crunch snap the streak.
Kristers Gudlevskis allowed 3 goals on 24 shots for the OT victory.
SYR Marchessault, (23) , 0:57
BRI Quine, (21) (Pulock, Jeffrey), 11:54 (PP)
BRI Langkow, (8) (Jeffrey, Quine), 14:12
BRI Gillies, (5) (Ness, Sundstrom), 17:31
SYR Kunyk, (10) (Marchessault, Martindale), 0:26
SYR Point, (1) (Marchessault, Martindale), 3:43 (PP)
SYR Martindale, (16) (Marchessault, Blujus), 3:17 (PP)
Brayden Point scored his first pro goal in the contest to tie the game early in the Third Period.
Box score from TheAHL.com.
North Dakota 3 vs Boston University Terriers 5
F Brendan O’Donnell, UND: 0-1-1, -1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 40 GP, 13-8-21, +9, 35 PIM
2013-2014 totals: 34 GP, 7-11-18, +7, 10 PIM
D John MacLeod, BU: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 34 GP, 2-7-9, +18, 48 PIM
2013-2014 totals (USHL): 19 GP, 1-4-5, +1, 36 PIM
Lightning prospect John MacLeod will play for the national championship against Providence College on Saturday after his Boston University Terriers beat Brendan O’Donnell and North Dakota, 5-3, Thursday. BU had a 4-1 lead at one point before UND came fighting back to make it 4-3 with just over three minutes to play. O’Donnell had an assist on UND’s third goal. All-everything prospect Jack Eichel, who scored the game’s first goal, sealed the game with an empty netter with 19 seconds left.
While MacLeod, a freshman, is just beginning his college career, tonight was the final game for O’Donnell, a UND senior. He finished his final year with a career-high 21 points, matching his jersey number. O’Donnell is a prime candidate for a contract with the Lightning in the coming days, much like Matt Peca, Adam Wilcox, and Cameron Darcy before him. He could at least join AHL Syracuse on an AHL contract.