No. 19 Bowling Green State Falcons 3 @ No. 18 Minnesota State Mavericks 1
W Jimmy Mullin, MSU: 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 20 GP, 1-4-5, -4, 6 PIM
2013-2014 totals (Miami): 19 GP, 1-6-7, 23 PIM
BGSU earned a split of their weekend series with the Mavs with a 3-1 win Saturday. MSU won 5-1 Friday.
*USCHO poll used
Crunch skid hits 5 games.
Adam Wilcox allowed 5 goals on 33 shots for the loss.
SYR Blunden, (12) (Gourde, Richard), 4:41
SPR Fournier, (6) (Selleck, P. Samuelsson), 6:35
SPR Potter, (4) (Plachta, Szwarz), 8:13
SPR Carey, (19) (Jeffrey, P. Samuelsson), 10:46 (PP)
SPR Lane, (4) (Gaudet), 7:10
SPR Selleck, (7) (Mauermann, Grant), 9:20
SYR Blunden, (13) (Richard), 11:40
SPR Jeffrey, (12) (P. Samuelsson), 17:07 (EN)
SYR Angelidis, (5) (DeAngelo), 17:43 (PP)
Mike Blunden was the game's second star.
Box score from TheAHL.com.
Syracuse opened the scoring before the five-minute mark, but the lead lasted less than two minutes.
The Falcons took advantage of multiple odd-man rushes against the Crunch to rattle off five-straight goals, as Syracuse fell to Springfield, 6-3, at the Onondaga County War Memorial Saturday.
The Crunch has lost five straight, and given up five or more goals in each of those contests.
“We’ve got to be better, that’s what it comes down to,” said Crunch captain Mike Angelidis. “We play good for 20 minutes, and then we give up an odd-man rush here and there. You can’t be doing that all night.”
KalPa 2 vs. Karpat 1 (OT)
Jonne Tammela, KalPa, 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 32 GP, 4-7-11, +8, 16 PIM
Jonne Tammela was +1 in 14:05 of ice time in KalPa's 2-1 OT win over Karpat. Ex-Devils pick Patrick Davis had the OT winner. Projected lottery pick Jesse Puljujarvi had a helper in defeat for Karpat. He has 8 goals and 20 points in 41 games this season.
Quebec Major Junior Hockey League
Acadie-Bathurst Titan @ Saint John Sea Dogs (Postponed)
W Bokondji Imama, SJ: ---------
Season totals: 30 GP, 4-9-13, -2, 50 PIM
2013-2014 Season: 59 GP, 13-15-28, +2, 137 PIM
W Mathieu Joseph, SJ: ---------
Season totals: 45 GP, 25-29-54, +28, 49 PIM
2013-2014 Season: 59 GP, 21-21-42, +18, 46 PIM
The game was postponed due to bad weather.
Ontario Hockey League
Oshawa Generals 4 @ Kingston Frontenacs 5
C Anthony Cirelli, OSH: 2-1-3, +1, 0 PIM, 5 SOG, 13/28 FO
Season totals: 46 GP, 15-29-44, -13, 21 PIM
2014-15 totals: 68 GP, 13-23-36, +34, 22 PIM
Cirelli scored twice to set a new career high for goals in a season, but the Gens fell in Kingston, 5-4. Both of Cirelli’s goals came in the third period.
Saginaw Spirit 3 @ Guelph Storm 4 (SO)
W Mitchell Stephens, SAG: 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM, 8 SOG, 18/30 FO
Season totals: 22 GP, 10-8-18, +2, 10 PIM
2014-15 totals: 62 GP, 22-26-48, -17, 44 PIM
Stephens (pictured) scored for the first time since January 16, but the Sags fell in a shootout, 4-3. Stephens did not participate in the skills competition.
Western Hockey League
Moose Jaw Warriors 1 @ Lethbridge Hurricanes 5
C Brayden Point, MJ: 1-0-1, -1, 0 PIM
Season totals: 31 GP, 25-33-58, +15, 19 PIM
2014-15 totals: 60 GP, 38-49-87, +6, 46 PIM
Point scored his 25th goal of the season, which tied the game at 1-1 early in the second period, but Lethbridge would go on to win handily, 5-1. Moose Jaw is 3-6-1-0 in its last 10 games, but is comfortably in the playoff picture.
Calgary Hitmen 3 @ Vancouver Giants 2 (OT)
D Ben Thomas, VAN: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 56 GP, 6-18-24, -18, 30 PIM
With Vancouver: 42 GP, 6-15-21, -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 assisted on the game-opening goal by Ty Ronning (2016) and Vancouver forced overtime with a late third period goal, but the Hitmen won in the extra session.
United States Hockey League
Omaha Lancers 3 @ Dubuque Fighting Saints 7
G Kris Oldham, OMA: Loss, 27 saves on 33 shots
Season totals: 21 GP, 11-7-2, 2.67 GAA, .913 sv%, 1 SO
2014-15 totals: 33 GP, 21-6-4, 2.49 GAA, .908 sv%, 1 SO
(University of Nebraska-Omaha signee)
Dubuque broke open a 3-3 game with the game’s final four goals. Dallas Gerads (undrafted, uncommitted) scored three of those goals in the form of a natural hat trick. Oldham had a rough night, allowing six goals on 33 shots. The Saints scored a late empty-netter. Oldham is on a personal 3-game losing streak.
Chicago Steel 3 @ Sioux City Musketeers 0
D Ryan Zuhlsdorf, SC: Did not play
Season totals: 27 GP, 0-22-22, -5, 30 PIM
2014-15 totals: 56 GP, 3-19-22, +25, 58 PIM
(University of Minnesota signee)
Zuhlsdorf remains out of the Sioux City lineup with a concussion sustained January 8.
Despite controlling the play for long stretches, Syracuse kept digging out of holes created by defensive lapses.
The Crunch battled back from a pair of two-goal deficits but the Americans’ fifth goal proved to be the difference, as Syracuse fell to Rochester, 5-4, at the Onondaga County War Memorial Friday. The Crunch has dropped four straight, and earned one point in that stretch.
“I thought in the last three out of four games we should have had points,” said Crunch head coach Rob Zettler. “We got one point from Rochester last Wednesday, but Friday night we should have had points and tonight we should have had points. We scored nine goals against this team in the last two games and we came out with one point. It’s not good enough.
“The second half of the season you have to keep the puck out of your net. It comes down to good defense, and that’s all six guys on the ice.”
Crunch fail to get First Period payoff and eventually fall in a track meet.
RCH Carrier, (5) (Bailey, Schaller), 1:04
RCH Donovan, (7) (Varone), 7:57 (PP)
SYR Taormina, (10) (McGinn, DeAngelo), 14:31
SYR Richard, (7) (Koekkoek, Gourde), 15:58
RCH Bailey, (8) (Carrier, Leduc), 1:03 (PP)
RCH Schaller, (8) (Carrier), 4:17
SYR Erne, (9) (Blunden), 5:25 (SH)
SYR Erne, (10) (Blunden, Gourde), 11:09 (PP)
RCH Rodrigues, (6) , 14:09
Syracuse outshot Rochester 18-6 in the First Period, but could not get the payoff against Linus Ullmark. They ended up chasing the game for most of the rest of the night, successfully erasing a pair of 2-goal deficits before seeing the game slip away in the Third Period.
Box score from TheAHL.com.
No. 9 Boston University Terriers 6 @ UMass Minutemen 3
D John MacLeod, BU: 0-0-0, +2, 2 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 22 GP, 1-1-2, E, 22 PIM
2014-2015 totals: 37 GP, 2-7-9, +19, 58 PIM
MacLeod was back in the BU lineup after missing three straight games as a scratch. He took a late tripping penalty, but no damage was done.
No. 19 Bowling Green State Falcons 1 @ No. 18 Minnesota State Mavericks 5
W Jimmy Mullin, MSU: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 19 GP, 1-4-5, -3, 4 PIM
2013-2014 totals (Miami): 19 GP, 1-6-7, 23 PIM
Mullin had an assist and Bryce Gervais had two goals and an assist for the Mavs in their 5-1 win over BGSU.
*USCHO poll used
Lightning weather flat start to double-up Pens.
Ben Bishop allowed 3 goals on 30 shots for the victory. He made a handful of difficult saves in the First Period to keep the Lightning in the game, and once they had the lead he made the situational saves necessary to make sure they got the win.
4:53 PIT Hornqvist (11), (Kunitz, Pouliot)
11:50 TB Stralman (7), (Johnson, Killorn)
18:34 TB Killorn (9), (Johnson, Kucherov)
6:04 TB Palat (5), (Stamkos)(SH)
8:04 PIT Crosby (21), (Kunitz, Hornqvist)
9:15 TB Johnson (7), (Kucherov, Hedman)(PP)
0:55 PIT Cullen (6), (Kessel)
15:55 TB Palat (6), (Stamkos, Namestnikov)
17:56 TB Stralman (8), (Callahan)
The Lightning came out in this game not matching Pittsburgh's intensity and were very lucky to get away with it. Make no mistake about it. The Pens needed this game more than the Lightning and they came out and played the First Period that way. They got the early 1-0 lead and could've racked up a big lead were it not for Ben Bishop. He made a handful of key saves that allowed the Lightning to hang around until the Pens defense made a coverage mistake on Stralman's first goal that allowed them to get their legs under them and tilt the game in their favor. The Lightning controlled the bulk of the play from there, but just couldn't seem to expand their leads out to the final 3-goal margin until they got the late EN goal by Stralman.
The way they tilted the game was the most impressive thing about the win. They got balanced scoring with 3 goals from Johnson's group, 2 goals from Stamkos', and then the EN goal. At no point last season did the Lightning have 2 balanced scoring lines. If they can establish that in the final ~30 games of the regular season, they'll be frightful to play against. And, of course, special teams was the huge difference tonight. Stamkos did outstanding work on his PK shift in the Second Period helping to repel multiple efforts by the Pens before eventually springing Palat for his sweet SH breakaway goal. That goal and Tyler Johnson's PP goal were obviously the margin tonight.
It's a good way to start this 10-game set of the season, and they're on to Ottawa.
Nikita Nesterov had 1 shot and 4 hits in 16:50. He had one shift where he pinched deep into the corner of the Pens zone to win a puck race and absolutely dominated Sidney Crosby once he was onto it. I admit, I was surprised he was that stout on the puck and that he was able to have those kind of handles against Crosby.
Magnitogorsk 4 vs. Cherepovets 3
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, DNP
Season totals: 50 GP, 22-15-9, 4 SO, 2.12 GAA, .925 sv%
Caps first rounder Ilya Samsonov made 29 saves for Magnitka in their 4-3 win over Cherepovets. Magnitogorsk was led by 1 goal and 3 points by long-time KHL star Danis Zaripov.
Chelyabinsk 4 vs. Novgorod 2
Carter Ashton, Novgorod, DNP
Season totals: 46 GP, 13-10-23, +3, 61 PIM
Ex-NHLer Alexander Frolov had a goal in defeat in Novgorod's 4-2 loss to Chelyabinsk.
St. Petersburg 7 vs. Khanty-Mansiysk 2
Nikita Gusev, St. Petersburg, 0-1-1, +2, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals (St. Petersburg): 32 GP, 13-22-35, +11, 10 PIM
Season totals (Khanty-Mansiysk): 23 GP, 7-7-14, +6, 4 PIM
Season totals: 55 GP, 20-29-49, +17, 14 PIM
Nikita Gusev assisted on one of ex-Panther Evgeny Dadonov's two goals in SKA's 7-2 dismantling of Yugra. Gusev played 15:47 in the match against his former club. Ex-NHLers Ilya Kovalchuk and Joakim Lindstrom also had a goals in the victory for SKA.