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CHL Game Night: 10-14-18

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Baie-Comeau Drakkar 1 @ Rimouski Oceanic 4

C/W Gabriel Fortier, BC: 1-0-1, -1, 0 PIM, 7 SOG, 3/7 FO, 3 Hits
Season Totals: 11 GP, 5-9-14, +9, 7 PIM
17-18 Totals: 66 GP, 26-33-59, -11, 59 PIM

D Radim Salda, RIM: Did not play
17-18 Totals (SJ): 62 GP, 10-31-41, -37, 78 PIM

Fortier scored his fifth goal of the year to open the game’s scoring, but Rimouski — still without Radim Salda — eventually ran away with the contest.
Ontario Hockey League

Kitchener Rangers 1 @ Saginaw Spirit 2

C Alexey Lipanov, KIT: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG, 7/14 FO
Season Totals: 3 GP, 0-0-0, -3, 0 PIM
17-18 Totals (BAR, SBY): 55 GP, 14-25-39, -14, 10 PIM

Lipanov is still looking for his first point as a member of the Rangers. Kitchener dropped a close 2-1 decision in Saginaw Sunday. Minnesota fifth rounder (2018) Damien Giroux had the game-winner for the Spirit.

NCAA Game Night: 10-13-18

#6 Minnesota Gophers 7 @ USA U18 Team 1 (Exhibition)

D Ryan Zuhlsdorf, MINN: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season Totals: 2 GP, 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM
’17-‘18 Totals: 38 GP, 0-9-9, +1, 40 PIM

F Sammy Walker, MINN: 0-0-0, +3, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals: 2 GP, 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM

A week after toppling top-ranked Minnesota-Duluth going 1-0-1 in their weekend series, the Golden Gophers took the weekend off for exhibition play against the U.S. National U18 Team. After holding the high-powered Gophers to just 2 goals in the first 40 minutes, Team USA couldn’t hold off a 5-goal 3rd period by Minnesota. Rem Pitlick (NAS, 2016 3rd round pick) scored twice and added an assist to lead the Gophers offensively along with a two-goal performance by Joey Marooney (undrafted). Judd Caulfield (2019 draft eligible) scored early in the 3rd for Team USA to close the Minnesota lead to 2-1, but the Gophers exploded for five unanswered. Eric Schierhorn (undrafted) made 29 saves on 30 shots. Zuhlsdorf and Walker and the rest of the Golden Gophers will play another exhibition next Saturday against Western Trinity University.

#3 Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs 5 @ #19 Michigan Tech Huskies 2

F Cole Koepke, UMD: 0-1-1, +2, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals: 4 GP, 0-2-2, +2, 0 PIM

Bolt prospect Cole Koepke picked up his 2nd assist of the season as the Bulldogs completed the weekend sweep of Michigan Tech. After a scoreless 1st period, the two teams combined for six 2nd period goals, including a pair by Bulldog freshman forward Tanner Laderoute (undrafted). UMD returns home next weekend as the visiting Maine Black Bears roll into AMSOIL Arena for a two-game series.

Alabama-Huntsville 0 @ #10 Denver Pioneers 6

F Cole Guttman, DEN: 0-0-0, +1, 2 PIM, 7 SOG, 9/10 FO
Season Totals: 2 GP, 1-0-1, +3, 4 PIM

I grew up watching Chargers hockey, but UAH was outmanned and outgunned against the #10 Pioneers, as Denver blanked Alabama-Huntsville 6-0. Lightning prospect Cole Guttman was 90% on draws and threw a game-high seven shots at Charger netminder Jake Theut (undrafted), but was held off the scoresheet. Liam Finlay (undrafted), however, was not held pointless, notching a hat trick and four points to lead the Pioneers offensively. Denver goaltender Devin Cooley (undrafted) earned his first collegiate shutout, stopping all 16 Charger shots. Alaska-Fairbanks rolls into the Mile High City next weekend for a two-game series.

RIT Tigers 5 @ UMass-Lowell River Hawks 4 OT

F Ryan Lohin, UML: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG, 7/18 FO
Season Totals: 2 GP, 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM

RIT’s Alden Dupuis (undrafted) spoiled the River Hawks’ Homecoming 46 seconds into OT to defeat UML 5-4. The River Hawks led 2-0 at the 1st intermission, but allowed four Tiger goals in the 2nd, including a pair from Abbot Girduckis (undrafted) short-handed and on the power play. UML fought back in the 3rd, scoring twice on the power play including Kenny Hausinger’s (undrafted) 2nd of the night and Reid Stefanson’s (undrafted) marker with 90 seconds left to force OT. UMass-Lowell travels to Oxford, Ohio next weekend for a pair of games against Miami (Ohio).

#5 St. Cloud State Huskies 6 @ Alaska-Fairbanks Nanooks 2

D Nick Perbix, STC: 0-0-0, +3, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals: 2 GP, 0-0-0, +4, 2 PIM

The Huskies and Nanooks swapped a couple of goals until Patrick Newell (undrafted) broke open a 2-2 game in the 2nd period with his 3rd goal of the season to give St. Cloud State a 3-2 lead at the 2nd intermission. The Huskies scored three times in the 3rd, including a pair of goals from Robby Jackson (undrafted). Lightning prospect Nick Perbix was held pointless despite being on the ice for four Husky goals. St. Cloud returns home next weekend to the Herb Brooks Center for a two-game series against Northern Michigan University.

New Hampshire Wildcats 1 @ Colgate Raiders 2

G Ty Taylor, UNH: L, 57:30 mins, 2 GA, 22 SV
Season Totals: 1 GP, 0-1-0, 2.09 GAA, 0.917 SV%

Déjà vu all over again. Bolt prospect Ty Taylor got the start and made 20 saves on 22 shots in his collegiate debut for the Wildcats as Colgate duplicates Friday night’s 2-1 win over New Hampshire. Bobby McMann (undrafted) and Adam Dauda (undrafted) both had a goal and an assist for the Raiders, while Brendan van Riemsdyk (undrafted) scored the lone goal for UNH. Freshman netminder Mitch Benson, making his collegiate debut as well, made 35 saves for the Colgate win. UNH play Colorado College next weekend in a pair of games for their 2018-19 home opener.

Laurentian Voyaguers 1 @ #7 Cornell Big Red 6 (Exhibition)

D Alex Green, COR: 1-1-2, +1, 2 PIM, 3 SOG
Season Totals: 0 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM

Cornell’s season opener is still weeks away, but the Big Red kicked off exhibition play Saturday night with a 6-1 victory over Ontario-based Laurentian University. Lighting prospect Alex Green had a 1st period goal and assist to lift Cornell to a 2-1 lead at the first intermission. The Big Red continue exhibition play next weekend with the annual Red/White scrimmage game followed by the University of Guelph visiting for the final warm-up before the beginning of their 2018-19 campaign.

*USCHO poll used for rankings

NHL Game Night: 10-13-18 Blue Jackets at Lightning

An imperfect snowman built by a resurgent power play.

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Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 2 goals on 32 shots for the victory. The team's PK, in particular, is not passing the eye test right now, but Vasilevskiy's been so sharp he's smoothing out the imperfections.

First Period
1:00 TB Hedman (1), (Johnson, Kucherov)
11:17 TB Paquette (1), (Gourde)
18:37 TB Gourde (1), (Sergachev, Johnson)(PP)

Second Period
8:14 CBJ Anderson (3), (Wennberg, Murray)
15:51 CBJ Bjorkstrand (1), (unassisted)
19:15 TB Point (1), (unassisted)

Third Period
1:40 TB Point (2), (Miller, Sergachev)(PP)
7:12 TB Killorn (1), (Stamkos, Miller)(PP)
13:02 TB Kucherov (1), (Palat, Coburn)
19:59 TB Miller (1), (Point, Stralman)(PP)

Brayden Point, Yanni Gourde, and J.T. Miller were the game's three stars.

After a couple of less than inspired efforts, the Lightning looked like they knew something had to change going into a game against Columbus. You better play hard against a John Tortorella coached team because you know they will out of fear of going to the hospital for having a fine Italian loafer removed from their nether-regions if they don't. Jon Cooper pulled the right strings with reconstituted lines that included re-assembling the old Triplets line, and with a little luck and some strong work by Vasilevskiy when called upon the team built a big 3-0 lead.

Unfortunately, the team reverted to sleep walking in the Second Period and were dominated by Columbus much of the frame. Thanks to Vasilevskiy, they were still clinging to a lead with under a minute before intermission when Brayden Point got a big breakthrough to re-establish a little breathing room. A Point power play goal after the intermission re-established the three goal cushion, and it was on to garbage time. In the end, the bulk of the Lightning's fireworks came from a power play that finally showed the needed urgency and ended up with four power play markers to show. Several Lightning players got some feel-good stats in this game, including Gourde, Point, Kucherov, and Miller all breaking the goal scoring tape on their 2018-2019 seasons.

Still plenty to work on as the team continues to strive toward a full sixty minute effort, but pinning a snowman on a team beats a punch in the face... or a backdoor 4-1 loss.

Mathieu Joseph was -1 with 1 shot and 2 hits in 13:06.

Anthony Cirelli was -1 with 3 hits and he was 33% on 12 draws in 13:53.

Adam Erne was -1 with 1 shot and 1 hit in 8:23.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

CHL Game Night: 10-13-18

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Cape Breton Screaming Eagles 3 @ Rimouski Oceanic 2

D Radim Salda, RIM: Did not play
17-18 Totals (SJ): 62 GP, 10-31-41, -37, 78 PIM

The Salda watch continues. While fellow Bolt prospect Alexey Lipanov got his paperwork cleared in less than a week, Salda is nearly a month into his wait to be eligible for play this season. Saturday night his Rimouski Oceanic blew a 2-0 lead to lose at home, 3-2, to the Eagles.

Ontario Hockey League

Kitchener Rangers 6 @ Flint Firebirds 3

C Alexey Lipanov, KIT: 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM, 2/4 FO
Season Totals: 2 GP, 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM
17-18 Totals (BAR, SBY): 55 GP, 14-25-39, -14, 10 PIM

Kitchener overcame a 2-0 deficit and later broke open a 3-3 game to beat Flint in Michigan, 6-3. Lipanov was held scoreless in his second game with his new team. Riley Damiani (Stars, 5th round 2018) had two goals for the Rangers Saturday.

AHL Game Night: 10-13-18 Checkers at Crunch

Crunch inexperience exposed.

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Connor Ingram allowed 4 goals on 33 shots for the loss. Actually played better than the stat line indicates, including stopping a penalty shot.

First Period
4:46 CHA Gauthier (1), (Maenalanen)
17:57 CHA Kuokkanen (3), (Poturalski, Carrick)(PP)

Second Period
11:10 CHA Bishop (1), (Saarela, McKeown)(PP)
16:25 CHA Brown (1), (Bishop, Cajkovsky)(SH)

Third Period
4:42 SYR Sosunov (1), (Tammela, Katchouk)

Ingram was the game's third star.

Syracuse took about a month last season to work out the kinks with a young lineup, and we may see a bit of that to start this season, too. It was a pretty ugly, mistake-pocked game for Syracuse tonight and Ben Groulx will have plenty to work on correcting. Silver lining: big Oleg Sosunov did pot his first pro goal.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

J20 Superelit Game Days: 9-30-18 through 10-13-18

More of the ongoing adventures of Magnus Chrona...

9-30-18
Skelleftea J20 1 vs. Lulea U20 8
Magnus Chrona, Skellftea J20, Loss, 40/48, 8.00 GAA, .833 sv%

Chrona surrendered goals to eight different Lulea skaters as Skellftea was embarrassed 8-1.

10-5-18
Vasteras J20 3 vs. Skelleftea J20 4 (OT)
Magnus Chrona, Skelleftea J20, OT Win, 49/52, 2.99 GAA, .942 sv%

Albin Sundsvik scored the GWG just 17 seconds into OT as Skelleftea rebounded with a 4-3 win over Vasteras J20.

10-6-18
Vasteras J20 3 vs. Skelleftea J20 4
Magnus Chrona, Skellftea J20, DNP

Chrona got the night off as Skellftea was able to pull off another 4-3 win over Vasteras, this time in regulation. Skelleftea's GWG was scored on the PP by Liam Nilsson (he has a particular set of skills).

10-7-18
Brynas J20 7 vs. Skellftea J20 3
Magnus Chrona, Skelleftea J20, Loss, 26/33, 7.00 GAA, .788 sv%

Chrona and Skelleftea took another ugly loss, surrendering a touchdown and extra point to Brynas in their 7-3 loss. Brynas got 2 goals and 3 points from Pontus Andersson.

10-12-18
MODO J20 6 Skelleftea J20 2
Magnus Chrona, Skelleftea J20, DNP

Linus Hedman (no relation) had his first goal of the season for Skelleftea in their 6-3 humiliation at the hands of MODO J20.

10-13-18
MODO J20 6 vs. Skelleftea J20 3[b]
Magnus Chrona, Skelleftea J20, Loss, 29/35, 6.00 GAA, .829 sv%

MODO scored four unanswered goals from the 6:27 mark of the Second Period on to again humble Skelleftea, this time by a 6-3 margin. Anton Gradin had a pair of goals from MODO to help his club pull away with the win.

The sum total of Chrona and Skelleftea's season to date is a little unsightly to look at. The club sits at 2-7-4, which is third to last in the ten team North Division. Chrona's personal stat line is equally ugly. In 8 appearances he has 3 wins and 5 losses, 0 shutouts, and a 4.76 GAA with a .874 save percentage.

NCAA Game Night: 10-12-18

#3 Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs 2 @ #19 Michigan Tech Huskies 1

F Cole Koepke, UMD: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 5 SOG
Season Totals: 3 GP, 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM

The top-ranked Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs dropped to #3 after a tie and a loss last weekend to the Golden Gophers but took care of business Friday night on the road against the Huskies at Michigan Tech. Bolt prospect Cole Koepke launched a game-high five shots at Tech netminder Devin Kero (undrafted) but came up empty on the scoresheet. Bulldog goalie Hunter Shepard stopped 31 of 32 Tech shots, who were pressing for the equalizer in the 3rd. These two teams will tangle again Saturday night to complete the weekend series.

#10 Denver Pioneers 4 @ Air Force Falcons 1

F Cole Guttman, DEN: 1-0-1, +2, 2 PIM, 2 SOG, 5/11 FO
Season Totals: 1 GP, 1-0-1, +2, 2 PIM

Lightning prospect Cole Guttman notched his first collegiate goal on a feed by Norwegian Emilio Pettersen (CGY, 2018 6th round pick) at 4:24 of the 3rd for the Pioneers final score of the game. Petterson had a goal and two assists to lead Denver over the Falcons in their 2018-19 season opener. The Pioneer victory was the first for new Denver head coach David Carle, the youngest in the NCAA ranks and former Lightning draft pick in 2008. Pioneer goaltender Devin Cooley (undrafted) allowed just one goal on 22 shots. Denver returns home Saturday to face off against the Chargers of the University of Alabama-Huntsville.

RIT Tigers 1 @ UMass-Lowell River Hawks 2

F Ryan Lohin, UML: 0-1-1, -1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, 10/16 FO
Season Totals: 0 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM

The River Hawks scored two 3rd period power-play goals to overcome a late 2nd period 1-0 deficit and win their 2018-19 season opener against the Rochester Institute of Technology. Lightning prospect Ryan Lohin tallied a helper on the first power play marker that tied the game and was 63% on draws. UMass-Lowell goalie Tyler Wall (NYR, 2016 6th round pick) stopped 24 of 25 shots, keeping the River Hawks in the game until the power play stole the two points. These two teams are set to rematch Saturday night for the UMass-Lowell Homecoming celebration.

#5 St. Cloud State Huskies 3 @ Alaska-Fairbanks Nanooks 2

D Nick Perbix, STC: 0-0-0, +1, 2 PIM, 0 SOG
Season Totals: 1 GP, 0-0-0, +1, 2 PIM

Patrick Newell (undrafted) scored twice and added an assist and Sam Hentges (MIN, 2018 7th round pick) tallied a pair of helpers as Nick Perbix and the 5th-ranked St. Cloud Huskies kicked off their 2018-19 campaign with a 3-2 victory over the University of Alaska-Fairbanks. After falling behind 1-0 to the Nanooks in the 1st, St. Cloud scored the next three to put the game out of reach. The teams complete their weekend two-game series Saturday night.

New Hampshire Wildcats 1 @ Colgate Raiders 2

G Ty Taylor, UNH: did not play

UNH goalie Mike Robinson (SJS, 2015 3rd round pick) made 28 saves on 30 shots, but it wasn’t enough to hold off a 3rd period two-goal Raider rally to hand the Wildcats a loss in their 2018-19 season opener. These teams resume the weekend series Saturday night.

*USCHO poll used for rankings

CHL Game Night: 10-12-18

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Baie-Comeau Drakkar 6 @ Quebec Remparts 2

C/W Gabriel Fortier, BC: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG, 5/11 FO, 1 Hit
Season Totals: 10 GP, 4-9-13, +10, 7 PIM
17-18 Totals: 66 GP, 26-33-59, -11, 59 PIM

Fortier was held scoreless and shotless for the second time in two nights, but unlike Thursday’s 7-1 loss to the Volts, the Drakkar got the win Friday.

Ontario Hockey League

Kitchener Rangers 1 @ Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 4

C Alexey Lipanov, KIT: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 1 GP, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM
17-18 Totals (BAR, SBY): 55 GP, 14-25-39, -14, 10 PIM

Lipanov made his season and Kitchener debuts Friday night after receiving his release to play earlier in the week. Arizona first-rounder Barret Hayton, who was re-assigned to the Soo earlier this week, had a goal and an assist for the Greyhounds. Lipanov wore No. 10 for the Rangers.

NHL Game Night: 10-11-18 Canucks at Lightning

Lightning see the script flipped on them from opening night.

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Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 2 goals on 26 shots for the loss. I've got no complaints about Vasiy's sharpness through two games.

First Period
16:36 TB Point (1), (Gourde, Coburn)

Second Period
NO SCORING

Third Period
11:07 VAN Pettersson (4), (Pouliot, Stecher)
12:17 VAN Boeser (1), (unassisted)
18:48 VAN Virtanen (2), (unassisted)(EN)
19:52 VAN Granlund (1), (Virtanen)(EN)

Mathieu Joseph was the game's third star.

The Lightning had a much better effort overall in this one relative to opening night as far as their possession game goes, but they paid the price for letting a team hang around. The urgency they showed at even strength early in the game subsided to some very complacent efforts on the power play and their failure to put the game away when they had chances to with the man advantage bit them. Vancouver gets a puck luck goal off a guy's leg and another goal off a Killorn turnover and a game that should've been a win evaporates into an ugly loss. It's a frustrating reversal of what happened against the Panthers.

Someone put an APB out for Stamkos and Kucherov. Stick their mugs on a milk carton. There's no excuse for players that talented to have done so little in the first two games of the season. Indeed, tonight I thought the bottom two lines were generally much better than the top two lines, and that's not a sustainable formula. Complacency is poison, and going through the motions, especially on the power play, is intolerable.

Joseph was -2 with 2 penalty minutes, 5 shots, and 1 hit in 13:53. He was all over the rink tonight and it feels like once he gets one point, the dam is going to break and he's going to get a handful pretty quickly thereafter.

Anthony Cirelli was -2 with 2 penalty minutes, 4 shots, and 1 hit in 14:01. He was also 50% on 14 draws. His line with Joseph was the best Lightning line tonight and unfortunately, it wasn't reflected in the ending stat line.

Adam Erne was -1 with 1 shot, 2 hits, and 1 blocked shot in 9:16. The fourth line was skating and hitting pretty well. Just couldn't get enough pucks into the blender in front of Nilsson to generate more scoring chances.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

AHL Game Night: 10-10-18 Crunch at Americans

Rochester shows urgency in doubling up Syracuse.

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Eddie Pasquale allowed 6 goals on 33 shots for the loss.

First Period
13:02 ROC O'Regan (1), (Nylander, Redmond)(PP)
19:59 SYR Barre-Boulet (2), (Cernak, Dumont)(PP)

Second Period
7:05 ROC Smith (2), (Criscuolo)(SH)
9:42 ROC Criscuolo (1), (Smith)
12:06 ROC Redmond (1), (Pilut, Olofsson)(PP)
12:52 SYR Tammela (1), (Brassart)

Third Period
2:55 ROC Pilut (2), (Olofsson, Redmond)(PP)
7:18 ROC Olofsson (1), (O'Regan, Dougherty)
19:44 SYR Yan (1), (Volkov, Masin)

It's probably not crazy to suggest that Rochester needed this game more given they were trying to avoid an 0-3 start to their campaign. Syracuse gave themselves a chance by getting it within a two goal deficit at the Second Intermission, but another power play goal by Rochester put the game into garbage time pretty quickly.

So far so good with Alex Barre-Boulet, at least.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

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