Quebec Major Junior Hockey League
Halifax Mooseheads 5 @ Moncton Wildcats 2
C/W Jonathan Drouin, HAL: 0-3-3, +1, 0 PIM, 10 SOG, 0 Hits, 12/22 FO
Season totals: 41 GP, 24-65-89, +40, 41 PIM
2011-2012 Season: 49 GP, 41-64-105, +48, 32 PIM
Drouin set a new career high for assists in a season despite playing eight fewer games and missing Nathan MacKinnon (NHL Colorado) and Martin Frk (AHL Grand Rapids). He does have potential 2014 first rounder Nikolaj Ehlers next to him, and Ehlers had a hat trick (natural) Saturday for the second night in a row. Drouin assisted on all three goals. Ehlers, a Denmark native who has drawn comparisons to Drouin, is up to 43 goals and 91 points and a plus-56 rating in his rookie season.
Ontario Hockey League
Ottawa 67’s 1 @ Barrie Colts 7
D Jake Dotchin, BAR: 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM
Season totals: 57 GP, 10-22-32, +20, 113 PIM
2012-13 totals: 66 GP, 4-18-22, E, 81 PIM
Barrie crushed visiting Ottawa on the back of Andreas Athanasious’s hat trick. The Red Wings prospect and former London teammate of Vladdy Namestnikov has 45 goals in 60 games.
Kingston Frontenacs 5 @ Belleville Bulls 2
W Henri Ikonen, KGN: 0-2-2, +3, 0 PIM
Season totals: 45 GP, 20-43-63, +17, 37 PIM
2012-13 totals: 61 GP, 22-29-51, +2, 30 PIM
Ikonen had his second-straight multi-point game.
Windsor Spitfires 0 @ Plymouth Whalers 5
D Slater Koekkoek, WSR: 0-0-0, -2, 2 PIM
Season totals: 61 GP, 15-38-53, +44, 44 PIM
2012-13 totals: 42 GP, 6-23-29, -24, 28 PIM
Rough night for Windsor in Michigan. Alex Nedeljkovic (2014) had 26 saves for the Whalers.
The Syracuse Crunch won their fourth-straight, but they didn't make it easy.
The Crunch let a three-goal lead slip away in the third period, but converted on a power play in overtime to slip past the Adirondack Phantoms, 5-4, at the Onondaga County War Memorial Saturday.
Syracuse coach Rob Zettler was glad to get the two points, but believed his team shouldn't have given up four goals.
"I thought our third period was, frankly, borderline embarrassing," Zettler said. "I thought it was bad. I thought they controlled the whole third period. I thought we controlled the whole second period, and we turned around and we were completely flat in the third period."
Surging Syracuse outlasts Adirondack.
Cedrick Desjardins allowed 4 goals on 36 shots, but got the OT victory.
SYR Tyrell, (8) (Richard), 7:25
ADK Cousins, (6) (Flanagan, Holmstrom), 17:28 (PP)
SYR Paradis, (2) (Labrie, Angelidis), 11:29
SYR Tyrell, (9) (Richard, Panik), 14:58
SYR DiSalvatore, (9) (Connolly, Paquette), 15:16
ADK Flanagan, (5) (Alderson, Alt), 8:43 (PP)
ADK Alt, (3) (Lauridsen, Bordson), 17:10
ADK McGinn, (17) (Gervais, Manning), 18:01
SYR Panik, (3) (DiSalvatore, Taormina), 1:37 (PP)
Richard Panik and Dana Tyrell were the game's first and second stars. Tonight was Panik's third straight multi-point game and he has 2 goals and 8 points over those three games. Simply put: we're starting to see the dominant version of Richard Panik re-emerge. Tanner Richard also posted back-to-back multi-point nights for the first time in his pro career.
The victory moves the Crunch back to just 1 game under the .500 mark. Unfortunately, they're 13 points out of 8th place in the Eastern Conference, as of this posting. But, if they continue to extend this 5 game streak of games where they've gotten points, who knows, they might just make this thing a little interesting before all is said and done. Tomorrow they face Adirondack again with the planned starter being Anders Lindback before he completes his conditioning stint and returns to the Lightning.
Box score from TheAHL.com.
Lightning manufacture a huge win in Dallas.
Ben Bishop allowed 2 goals on 41 shots for the victory. He might want the Fidler goal back, but there's little doubt he was THE reason the Lightning won this afternoon.
1:25 TB St Louis (28), (Brewer, Palat)
12:09 TB Thompson (6), (Hedman, Killorn)
14:31 TB St Louis (29), (Palat)
15:50 DAL Roussel (10), (Connauton, Fiddler)
18:11 DAL Fiddler (4), (Roussel, Garbutt)
7:12 TB Salo (2), (Hedman, Killorn)
Bishop and Martin St. Louis were the game's first and third stars.
As the game wore on, the contours of the contest took on a hauntingly similar look to the Nashville game. I thought the Lightning did a pretty good job of trying to press for the goal to get to 3-0 and weren't that bad through the first 5-6 minutes of the Second Period, but everything went sideways after that. Once Roussel got the greasy goal to make it 3-1, Dallas just took over the game and only some good individual efforts by the likes of St. Louis, Palat, and Salo really allowed the Lightning to get 2 points (on top of Bishop raising the deflector shields). If you're looking for another silver lining, though, it's that the PK stood up and didn't disintegrate this afternoon the way it did against the Predators. Mind you, they weren't perfect and Bishop had to erase some big errors, but they didn't allow Dallas nearly the zone time and chances they gave the Preds.
If you look at the standings, you'll see why this was such a big win. They get back on par with Montreal for 2nd place in the Atlantic Division and reopen a 6 point gap on Washington for the last team out in the Eastern Conference. At 73 points after 60 games they're 1 point ahead of the pace they need to be on to comfortably make the playoffs. They didn't hit the target of 12 points for the last 10 game segment and had to burn off 2 of the 3 insurance points they had stored up, but at least they didn't fall off schedule for the first time this year. Now, they have to keep manufacturing wins somehow until Valtteri Filppula and Steven Stamkos can get settled back into the lineup and, in particular, until Stammer can get the rust knocked off.
Mike Kostka had 2 hits and 5 blocked shots in 8:42. He, unfortunately, had the Roussel goal go in off of his skate, but he wasn't awful. He makes a better option than Cote or Taormina and probably Aulie, too.
J.T. Brown as -1 with 2 shots in 14:35. He did some really good work on the forecheck with the Lightning clinging to their lead. Today was his 41st game of the season, so he has graduated from prospect status on the site.
Vladislav Namestnikov had 1 shot, 1 hit, and 1 blocked shot and was 50% on draws in 9:08. I think you saw a marked step forward in Namesy's comfort level today, and he had some dangerous rushes with his speed in the First and Second Periods. I don't know that I trust him yet defensively, but he at least looked more like an NHLer today than he did against Nashville.
Nikita Kucherov had 2 shots in 12:15. The SunSports team was praising his defense in this game, but I thought this was a subpar game for Kucherov in that respect. He really had problems moving the puck out of the Lightning zone within the last 10 feet before the blueline. That's something that will make coaches want to strangle you.
Florida Everblades 2 @ Gwinnett Gladiators 4
W Danick Gauthier, FLA: Did not play
Season totals: 25 GP, 4-9-13, +1, 49 PIM
D Jordan Henry (AHL Contract), FLA: Did not play
Season totals: 26 GP, 8-13-21, +9, 33 PIM
W Carl Nielsen (AHL Contract), FLA: Did not play
Season totals: 35 GP, 3-5-8, -11, 49 PIM
Florida lost a 2-goal lead, giving up four in the final period en route to a 4-2 road loss. The only Syracuse or Tampa Bay connection in the game was PM Devos, who was on a Syracuse contract last year. He was scoreless and minus-2. No sign of Bolt prospect Danick Gauthier.