Ontario Hockey League
Oshawa Generals 4 @ Peterborough Petes 1
C Anthony Cirelli, OSH: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, 10/18 FO
Season totals: 48 GP, 15-29-44, -13, 21 PIM
2014-15 totals: 68 GP, 13-23-36, +34, 22 PIM
D Dominik Masin, PBO: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 40 GP, 6-16-22, +26, 34 PIM
2014-15 totals: 48 GP, 7-19-26, -13, 68 PIM
D Matt Spencer, PBO: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 42 GP, 3-16-19, -1, 36 PIM
2014-15 totals: 67 GP, 6-24-30, -15, 64 PIM
Marty’s son Jeremy Brodeur (undrafted) stopped 37 of 38 shots and had an assist as Oshawa scored a rare road win over Peterborough. None of the three Lightning prospects in the game registered a point.
Saginaw Spirit 1 @ North Bay Battalion 4
W Mitchell Stephens, SAG: 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM, 5 SOG, 9/17 FO
Season totals: 24 GP, 11-9-20, +1, 10 PIM
2014-15 totals: 62 GP, 22-26-48, -17, 44 PIM
Saginaw is winless in its last six games after dropping a road contest in North Bay. Stephens had Saginaw’s only goal, scored on a wide-angle slapshot that went over the goalie’s shoulder and back out of the net. It was determined to be a good goal after a review. (Watch)
Czech Republic 3 vs. Russia 2 (SO)
Nikita Gusev, Russia, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Tournament totals: 1 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
Nikita Gusev was denied on Russia's final attempt of the Shootout in their 3-2 loss to Czech Republic. Former Dallas draft pick Tomas Vincour had the Shootout winner for the Czechs.
Quebec Major Junior Hockey League
Charlottetown Islanders 2 @ Saint John Sea Dogs 7
W Bokondji Imama, SJ: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 2 Hits
Season totals: 32 GP, 4-10-14, -3, 54 PIM
2013-2014 Season: 59 GP, 13-15-28, +2, 137 PIM
W Mathieu Joseph, SJ: 1-2-3, +3, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 0 Hits
Season totals: 47 GP, 28-30-59, +32, 49 PIM
2013-2014 Season: 59 GP, 21-21-42, +18, 46 PIM
Saint John scored four times in the second period and three times in the third to blow open a close game and beat the visiting Islanders, 7-2. Boko Imama had his first point since his return from a 15-game suspension, and at plus-3 for the night, Mathieu Joseph moved up to seventh in the league in plus/minus.
Western Hockey League
Prince Albert Raiders 2 @ Moose Jaw Warriors 4
C Brayden Point, MJ: Did not play
Season totals: 31 GP, 25-33-58, +15, 19 PIM
2014-15 totals: 60 GP, 38-49-87, +6, 46 PIM
Point missed his second straight game due to injury (unrelated to previous shoulder injury). He is back practicing with the Warriors, however.
Fucale robs Syracuse again.
Kristers Gudlevskis allowed 4 goals on 19 shots for the OT loss. His save percentage has now slipped to .901 on the season.
STJ Bartley, (1) (Johnston), 3:26 (PP)
STJ MacMillan, (6) (Bozon, Johnston), 7:01 (PP)
SYR Koekkoek, (4) (Walcott), 7:57
SYR Blujus, (4) (Koekkoek, McGinn), 14:26 (PP)
SYR Yogan, (3) (Walcott), 16:30
STJ Scherbak, (5) (Ellis, Hudon), 5:00 (PP)
STJ Hudon, (15) , 1:45
Slater Koekkoek was the game's third star. His 1 goal and 1 assist today marked his first multi-point effort of the season.
St. John's goaltender Zachary Fucale again allowed his team to overcome a significant shot disparity to get the 2 points. In this second game of the set, Syracuse outshot the IceCaps 39-19 and again failed to secure the victory.
Box score from TheAHL.com.
KalPa 5 vs. Pelicans 2
Jonne Tammela, KalPa, DNP
Season totals: 32 GP, 4-7-11, +8, 16 PIM
Ex-Devils pick Patrick Davis had a goal in KalPa's 5-2 win over Pelicans Lahti.
Lightning back at a crossroads after horrible road trip.
Ben Bishop allowed 4 goals on 27 shots for the loss. It's a bad stat line, but it doesn't tell the whole story. The defensive effort in front of Bishop tonight was putrid.
5:56 MTL Gallagher (14), (Plekanec)
0:40 TB Filppula (7), (Hedman)
6:40 MTL Plekanec (11), (Gallagher, Barberio)
19:52 MTL Smith-Pelly (5), (Subban, Eller)
6:17 MTL Plekanec (12), (Galchenyuk, Emelin)
9:03 TB Hedman (5), (Filppula, Callahan)
The effort was better tonight, and with some luck the Lightning might've gotten some points out of the game. They did generate a ton of shots and chances and they did hit three posts. So, this wasn't a total disaster. But, honestly, they got plenty of chances in Ottawa, too. That's not the issue. The issue is you're not seeing the intense focus in all three zones and the attention to detail you saw in the big 11-game stretch the Lightning had. Tonight you had a goal where Nesterov made a poor decision to try to shoot through a guy that led to an odd-man rush and a goal. You saw a faceoff loss eventually lead to a goal. You saw Alex Killorn fall down in defensive coverage and a goal. And then you saw another odd man rush with the trailer getting the goal. It's self-inflicted wounds. It's not applying the same back pressure from the forwards. It's about losing faceoffs. It's about losing your check in the defensive zone. In short, it's about getting preoccupied with offense and the grim reality that when you don't mind the details on defense you have the puck less and you end up scoring less goals anyway. That's what happened tonight, to a degree.
Time to get a little regroup, and head this 2 game losing streak off at the pass. As heavy a lift as it took for the Lightning to get themselves back into the playoff picture, they can't afford to relax and lose focus and blow it so quickly.
Jonathan Marchessault was -1 with 2 hits in 10:45. It's just really hard for him to contribute as a fourth liner with spot power play duty. He doesn't get into the flow any and that makes it hard to produce offense.
Nikita Nesterov was -2 with 1 blocked shot in 16:30. His lone shot attempt was the one that was blocked leading to Montreal's opening goal.
Crunch continue to circle the drain.
Kristers Gudlevskis allowed 3 goals on 18 shots for the loss. His save percentage has now dipped to .904 for the season, which is trending toward the .900-.901 range of his first two AHL seasons.
STJ Scherbak, (4) (Dumont, Holloway), 9:45 (PP)
STJ McCarron, (14) (Ellis, Holloway), 14:55 (PP)
STJ Ellis, (11) (Dumont), 16:54
STJ Dumont, (14) (Holloway), 18:58 (EN)
Syracuse did outshoot St. John's 39-19 in the game, but got no payoff for their efforts.
Box score from TheAHL.com.
No. 3 Boston College Eagles 1 vs No. 7 Boston University Terriers 0 (Beanpot Championship)
D John MacLeod, BU: Did not play
Season totals: 22 GP, 1-1-2, E, 22 PIM
2014-2015 totals: 37 GP, 2-7-9, +19, 58 PIM
MacLeod, who played on the weekend, was scratched for the championship game for the famed Beanpot Tournament in Boston, won by Boston College in overtime on a goal by Minnesota first rounder Alex Tuch.
*USCHO poll used
Western Hockey League
Edmonton Oil Kings 0 @ Vancouver Giants 1
D Ben Thomas, VAN: 1-0-1, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, *Second Star*
Season totals: 57 GP, 7-18-25, -18, 30 PIM
With Vancouver: 43 GP, 7-15-22, -8, 20 PIM
With Calgary: 14 GP, 0-3-3, -10, 10 PIM
2014-15 totals: 60 GP, 7-24-31, +16, 28 PIM
Thomas scored on the power play mid-way through the third period and Ryan Kubic (2016) stopped 28 shots as Vancouver beat visiting Edmonton, 1-0.
Costly clunker in Canada's capital.
Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 4 goals on 28 shots for the loss. He wasn't at fault for the L, but his softie in the Second Period essentially ended the game by allowing Ottawa to build the 3 goal lead.
5:23 OTT Smith (11), (Stone)
16:51 OTT Prince (3), (unassisted)
17:25 TB Brown (6), (Coburn, Callahan)
4:41 OTT Stone (15), (Pageau, Zibanejad)(PP)
10:46 OTT Stone (16), (Ceci, Pageau)
15:22 OTT Pageau (13), (unassisted)
The Lightning came out flat tonight and never, ever got their legs underneath them. They were consistently beaten to loose pucks and they turned over the puck far too much. They deserved to be run out of the rink tonight, and they eventually were. When you fail to respect the game and your opponent, this is the end result. The bigger problem, though, is Jason Garrison missed the last two periods of the game with a lower body injury. Short of Ben Bishop getting injured, an injury to one of the team's top-four defensemen is one of the losses the team simply doesn't have the depth to cope with. It's pretty clear that the team doesn't have faith in Matt Carle anymore and they shouldn't have faith in Sustr and Nesterov moving up in minutes from the niches they're in, either. At a certain point, I really hope they start getting Slater Koekkoek more NHL experience for just this type of problem. I'd hate this to happen in the playoffs and Slater still be completely wet behind the ears.