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NCAA Game Night: 12-8-17

Boston University Terriers 2 @ UMass-Lowell River Hawks 3

D John MacLeod, BU: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season Totals: 6 GP, 0-1-1, -4, 4 PIM
’17-’18 Totals Totals: 36 GP, 2-5-7, +8, 30 PIM

C Ryan Lohin, UML: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season Totals: 16 GP, 5-9-14, E, 8 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals: 41 GP, 12-17-29, +10, 14 PIM

MacLeod was back in the BU lineup after a couple weeks, but the Terriers fell to Lohin and Lowell, 3-2.

No. 17 Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs 5 @ No. 20 Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks 7

D Kristian Oldham, UNO: Did not play
Season Totals: 4 GP, 0-1-1, 3.45 GAA, .882 sv%, 0 SO
’16-‘17 Totals: 10 GP, 5-3-1, 3.38 GAA, .895 sv%, 0 SO

Oldham watched as UNO topped JT Brown’s alma mater Friday.

No. 7 Minnesota Golden Gophers 1 @ No. 15 Ohio State Buckeyes 2 (OT)

D Ryan Zuhlsdorf, UMN: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season Totals: 19 GP, 0-8-8, -1, 26 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals: 37 GP, 2-3-5, +11, 35 PIM

OSU grabbed the overtime win over the Gophers, dropping Minnesota to 4-6-1 in conference play.

*USCHO poll used for rankings

AHL Game Night: 12-8-17 Crunch at Devils

Crunch score five unanswered to extend winning streak to eight games.

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Louis Domingue allowed 2 goals on 23 shots for the victory.

First Period
0:57 BNG Bastian (5), (Kennedy, Quenneville)
16:46 BNG Bastian (6), (Kapla, Jacobs)
19:52 SYR Joseph (4), (Thomas, Bodie)

Second Period
3:09 SYR Verhaeghe (6), (Erne, Bodie)(PP)
4:45 SYR Gallant (1), (Masin, Cirelli)
7:35 SYR Cirelli (4), (Joseph, McBain)
17:19 SYR Cirelli (5), (Joseph)

Third Period
NO SCORING

Anthony Cirelli and Mathieu Joseph were the game's first and second stars. For Cirelli, if you're scoring at home, that's 2 goals and 6 points in the last 2 games. I'd call that an outburst.

Syracuse was sporting to spot Bingo a pair of goals, and then proceeded to blow the Devils straight off the rink, including a 4-0 Second Period that had to have been soul destroying for the home club. Syracuse started the season playing fairly tight defense, more or less, but couldn't find the goals en route to losing a slew of one goal games. Now they've got two lines rolling, and they're starting to take on the appearance of Crunchning Death Star II.

The Crunch are now in sole possession of third place in the North Division, 4 points back of second place Rochester, who are next in the crosshairs.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

Juniors Game Night: 12-7-17

Ontario Hockey League

Sudbury Wolves 4 @ Peterborough Petes 5 (OT)

W/C Christopher Paquette, PBO: 2-0-2, +1, 0 PIM, 7 SOG, 5/7 FO, *First Star*
Season Totals: 24 GP, 10-2-12, -13, 4 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (NIA/PBO): 66 GP, 19-29-48, +1, 28 PIM

The Petes returned from what seemed like a mini-break and Christopher Paquette was a man possessed for Peterborough as they rallied from a 4-2 2nd intermission deficit to claim the 5-4 overtime win against the Wolves. Paquette broke a really long pointless streak when he opened the scoring with a power play marker a little over seven minutes in the contest. He then scored his 10th goal of the season midway in the 3rd to knot the game at 4-4 before Jonathan Ang (FLA, 2016 4th round pick) potted a power play goal in OT for the Petes win. Paquette paced all players with 7 shots on goal en route to First Star honors.

Erie Otters 3 @ Windsor Spitfires 4

W Taylor Raddysh, ER: 1-1-2, +1, 0 PIM, 6 SOG, 1/1 FO
Season Totals: 28 GP, 14-27-41, +11, 16 PIM
‘16-‘17 Totals: 58 GP, 42-67-109, +67, 37 PIM

Raddysh celebrated being named to Team Canada’s WJC camp by scoring a goal and an assist in the Otters road loss to the Spitfires. Erie got out to a 3-0 advantage by the 2nd period as Raddysh garnered the primary assist on the opening goal by Kyle Maksimovich (undrafted) and then scored Erie’s second marker just 34 seconds into the middle frame. Raddysh notched a game-high 6 shots, but the Otters couldn’t hold off the Spitfire rally as Windsor reeled off four unanswered goals in the last half of the game.

Western Hockey League

Moose Jaw Warriors 4 @ Edmonton Oil Kings 3 (OT)

C Brett Howden, MJ: Did Not Play
Season Totals: 18 GP, 11-17-28, +11, 18 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals: 58 GP, 38-43-81, +14, 73 PIM

D Oleg Sosunov, MJ: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season Totals: 29 GP, 6-8-14, +23, 32 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (MHL-Russia): 32 GP, 0-0-0, +1, 79 PIM

Howden remained out of the lineup for the Warriors, but Moose Jaw won a tough road contest in Edmonton against the Oil Kings in overtime. The Warriors were paced by Jayden Halbgewachs (undrafted), who scored his 28th and 29th goals of the season, including the OT game-winner just 26 seconds into the extra session.

NHL Game Night: 12-7-17 Avalanche at Lightning

Lightning unceremoniously dispose of an inferior opponent.

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Peter Budaj allowed 2 goals on 30 shots for the win. The second goal he allowed was as soft as you'll see through the five hole on a shooter coming in on the rush, but he closed the door the rest of the way.

First Period
1:21 COL Landeskog (10), (MacKinnon)
1:46 TB Stamkos (12), (Namestnikov, Johnson)
13:36 TB Kunitz (5), (Girardi, Paquette)
18:22 COL Johnson (3), (Andrighetto)

Second Period
8:09 TB Namestnikov (12), (Johnson, Stamkos)

Third Period
4:57 TB Killorn (3), (Stamkos, Namestnikov)(PP)
16:41 TB Point (11), (Gourde)(SH)(EN)

Steven Stamkos, Vladislav Namestnikov, and Budaj were the game's three stars.

Colorado's terrible, and although the Lightning allowed them to hang around with some odd man rushes and a soft goal in the First Period, they ultimately disposed of them without much drama. The shot totals were fairly even, but the possession was 2:1 Lightning and the chances were significantly in the Lightning's favor, too. Three point nights for Stamkos and Namestnikov, and the juggernaut keeps rolling.

With two games remaining in this ten game segment of the season, the Lightning have rebounded well and now just need 2 of a possible 4 points to clinch a successful segment. As poorly as they were doing to start the segment, that's fairly remarkable.

Slater Koekkoek was -1 with 3 shots in 13:19.

Yanni Gourde had a helper on the EN goal and was +1 with 2 shots and 2 blocked shots. He was also 63% on 8 draws.

Mikhail Sergachev was +2 with 2 penalty minutes, 2 shots, and 1 hit in 14:17.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

AHL Game Night: 12-6-17 Crunch at Comets

Erne's hat trick keeps streaking Crunch on track.

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Louis Domingue allowed 1 goal on 25 shots for the victory. He's 5-2-0 with a .927 save percentage since joining Syracuse.

First Period
9:54 UTI Wiercioch (4), (Megna, Darcy)(SH)
17:57 SYR Erne (4), (Lynch)

Second period
9:55 SYR Verhaeghe (4), (Masin, Cernak)
11:02 SYR Verhaeghe (5), (Bournival)

Third Period

7:54 SYR Spencer (1), (Cirelli, Erne)
10:50 SYR Erne (5), (Bodie, Cirelli)
12:48 SYR Erne (6), (Joseph, Cirelli)(PP)

Adam Erne, Carter Verhaeghe, and Mathieu Joseph were the game's three stars.

Erne's hat trick obviously gets the headlines, but it was a banner night for several Crunch players, Carter Verhaeghe's two goals ended up being the critical markers that swayed the momentum of the game, and Anthony Cirelli chipped in assists in triplicate to help Syracuse turn the game into a laugher in the final frame. Additionally, defenseman Matthew Spencer had a milestone moment scoring his first professional goal.

Syracuse's white hot seven game winning streak has moved them from the out house of the North Division to third in winning percentage and fourth in raw points.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

Juniors Game Night: 12-6-17

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Halifax Mooseheads 2 @ Shawinigan Cataractes 3 (SO)

C/W Otto Somppi, HAL: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG, 14/19 FO
Season Totals: 22 GP, 11-19-30, +24, 14 PIM
’16-’17 Totals: 60 GP, 17-24-41, -7, 28 PIM

After the Cataractes got out to a two-goal lead, Sompii helped trigger the Halifax rally assisting on a shorthanded goal by Filip Zadina (2018 draft eligible). About 90 seconds later, Islander 6th round pick Arnaud Durandeau knotted the game at deuces. Zadina, a consensus Top 10 projected pick in the 2018 NHL draft, was named to Team Canada’s World Juniors camp earlier in the day. However, neither Zadina nor Somppi could solve Shawinigan netminder Mikhail Denisov in the shootout before Jan Drozg (PIT, 2017 5th round pick) potted the shootout game-winner for the Cataractes. Somppi was once again lights out in the faceoff circle, winning 74% of his draws.

Ontario Hockey League

Sarnia Sting 3 @ Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 6

W Boris Katchouk, SSM: 1-0-1, +1, 2 PIM, 5 SOG
Season Totals: 28 GP, 24-18-42, +28, 8 PIM
’16-’17 Season: 66 GP, 35-29-64, +18, 46 PIM

Katchouk celebrated being named to Team Canada’s WJC camp by scoring a shorthanded goal for the Greyhounds as they doubled up the Sting. Sault Ste. Marie was paced by Morgan Frost (PHI, 2017 1st round pick) and Tim Gettinger (NYR, 2016 5th round pick).

Juniors Game Night: 12-5-17

Western Hockey League

Saskatoon Blades 1 @ Seattle Thunderbirds 4

D Libor Hajek, SAS: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season Totals: 29 GP, 7-14-21, -14, 26 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals: 65 GP: 4-22-26, -17, 81 PIM

The Thunderbirds got goals from four different players and Seattle netminder Matt Berlin stopped 26 Saskatoon shots.

Medicine Hat Tigers 4 @ Moose Jaw Warriors 5

C Brett Howden, MJ: Did Not Play
Season Totals: 18 GP, 11-17-28, +11, 18 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals: 58 GP, 38-43-81, +14, 73 PIM

D Oleg Sosunov, MJ: Did Not Play
Season Totals: 27 GP, 6-8-14, +23, 32 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (MHL-Russia): 32 GP, 0-0-0, +1, 79 PIM

Neither Howden nor Sosunov was in the lineup for Warriors as Moose Jaw squeaked out 5-4 victory. The Warriors took a 3-0 lead into the 2nd intermission, but the two teams combined for six third period goals, including the game winner by Brayden Burke (undrafted) with 24 seconds remaining.

NHL Game Night: 12-5-17 Islanders at Lightning

Lightning show killer instinct to pull away from the Isles.

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Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 2 goals on 31 shots for the victory. Got some help along the way from his goal posts, but also made a few key saves in the Second Period when the Lightning were looking very shaky.

First Period
0:34 TB Point (10), (Palat, Kucherov)
17:47 TB Sustr (2), (Kunitz, Callahan)

Second Period
7:07 NYI Barzal (7), (Tavares, Leddy)(PP)
8:58 NYI Eberle (11), (Barzal, Pelech)
16:22 TB Gourde (7), (Sergachev, Johnson)(PP)
17:56 TB Gourde (8), (Koekkoek, Conacher)
18:46 TB Namestnikov (11), (Kucherov, Stamkos)(PP)

Third Period
6:00 TB Kunitz (4), (unassisted)

Yanni Gourde, Chris Kunitz, and Ryan Callahan were the game's three stars.

Strange night. Strange game. The Lightning were very focused in the First Period after not playing their best hockey in their last outing against the Islanders and completely dominated the First Period to build a 2-0 lead. Unfortunately, after doing that, the Islanders got angry/embarrassed and the Lightning got a little complacent en route to the Islanders tying the game at 2-2 and they looked primed to take the lead at any point in that Second Period until Jason Chimera gave a cheap power play to the Lightning on a roughing call. The Lightning to a meat and potatoes power play goal against the run of play and the rest is history. It's pretty impressive really. It reminds you of what some of the really dangerous teams like the Pens and Caps have done year in and year out in the last 5-10 years: if you give them a cheap power play they can steal the game from you and make it a laugher. That's what happened tonight. Very impressive.

The Lightning now have 8 points in this 10-game segment with 3 games to go in the segment. They need 4 of the remaining 6 points to clinch a successful segment and avoid dipping into their reservoir of insurance points.

Slater Koekkoek had a helper and was +1 with 1 shot, 2 hits, and 1 blocked shot in 16:16. Ice time looks good. Blowing a wide open net, not so good.

Gourde had a pair of goals and was +1 with 3 shots and 1 blocked shot. He was also 46% on 13 draws. Showing the bravery to go into the forest in front of the net where the lumberjacks do work.

Mikhail Sergachev had a helper, 2 shots, 1 hit, and 1 blocked shot in 15:19.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

Juniors Game Night: 12-3-17

Ontario Hockey League

Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 4 @ Ottawa 67’s 0

W Boris Katchouk, SSM: 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals: 27 GP, 23-18-41, +27, 8 PIM
’16-’17 Season: 66 GP, 35-29-64, +18, 46 PIM

Boris Katchouk returned to action after missing the Kingston game and scored the Greyhounds fourth goal. Sault Ste. Marie netminder Tyler Johnson (undrafted) stopped all 32 Ottawa shots, blanking the 67’s 4-0.

Barrie Colts 2 @ Kingston Frontenacs 6

W Alexey Lipanov, BAR: 0-0-0, -2, 2 PIM, 4 SOG, 1/7 FO
Season Totals: 25 GP, 9-14-23, +4, 6 PIM
‘16-‘17 Totals (VHL-Russia): 21 GP, 3-5-8, +5, 8 PIM

Finnish blueliner Eemeli Rasanen (TOR, 2017 2nd round pick) paced the Frontenacs with three assists as Kingston handed the Central Division leading Colts a 6-2 loss. Lipanov failed to point and is a combined 3/17 in faceoffs over the two game Barrie losing streak.

Kitchener Rangers 3 @ Erie Otters 2 (OT)

W Taylor Raddysh, ER: 0-1-1, -1, 0 PIM, 8 SOG, 1/3 FO
Season Totals: 27 GP, 13-26-39, +10, 16 PIM
‘16-‘17 Totals: 58 GP, 42-67-109, +67, 37 PIM

Raddysh spit out a game-high 8 shots, but only managed the one assist on the opening goal of the game. The Otters scored twice in 37 seconds in the 1st period, but it was all Rangers after that. Kitchener winger Adam Liska (2018 draft eligible) sparked the Ranger rally with a goal and an assist.

Western Hockey League

Saskatoon Blades 4 @ Portland Winterhawks 0

D Libor Hajek, SAS: 0-0-0, +2, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals: 27 GP, 7-14-21, -13, 26 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals: 65 GP: 4-22-26, -17, 81 PIM

Sixteen year old rookie Saskatoon goalie Nolan Maier stopped 48 Winterhawks shots for the 4-0 shutout of Portland.

NCAA Game Night: 12-2-17

Vermont Catamounts 2 @ Maine Black Bears 6

C Ross Colton, UVM: 0-2-2, -2, 2 PIM, 6 SOG
Season Totals: 15 GP, 10-2-12, -8, 20 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals: 33 GP, 12-15-27, E, 22 PIM

Colton had helpers on both Vermont goals and added a hitting-after-the-whistle penalty as part of a melee in the second period. Nolan Vesey (Leafs), brother of the Rangers’ Jimmy Vesey, had two goals for Maine.

No. 15 Boston College Eagles 4 @ Boston University Terriers 1

D John MacLeod, BU: Did not play
Season Totals: 5 GP, 0-1-1, -4, 4 PIM
’17-’18 Totals Totals: 36 GP, 2-5-7, +8, 30 PIM

MacLeod was scratched, possibly due to injury. We haven’t seen any reports.

No. 2 St. Cloud State Huskies 5 @ No. 20 Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks 0

D Kristian Oldham, UNO: Did not play
Season Totals: 4 GP, 0-1-1, 3.45 GAA, .882 sv%, 0 SO
’16-‘17 Totals: 10 GP, 5-3-1, 3.38 GAA, .895 sv%, 0 SO

The Huskies outscored the Mavs, 12-4, in their weekend sweep. Dávid Hrenák (undrafted) had a 33-save shutout for SCSU.

No. 14 Wisconsin Badgers 3 @ No. 7 Minnesota Golden Gophers 2

D Ryan Zuhlsdorf, UMN: 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season Totals: 18 GP, 0-8-8, -1, 26 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals: 37 GP, 2-3-5, +11, 35 PIM

Wisconsin fans sore about the school’s Big 10 football loss can take solace in its hockey team upsetting Minnesota on the road. Maybe.

*USCHO poll used for rankings

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