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NHL Game Night: 1-15-19 Lightning at Stars

No losing streak shall abide where Vasiy and the kittens reside.

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Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped all 35 shots he faced for the victory.

First Period
7:55 TB Palat (7), (Stamkos, Gourde)

Second Period
NO SCORING

Third Period
9:15 TB Sergachev (2), (Cirelli)

Vasilevskiy, Mikhail Sergachev, and Steven Stamkos were the game's three stars.

This was far from a vintage Lightning performance from a possession standpoint, only managing 8 shots on goal in the final 40 minutes of the contest. Didn't matter. For the second time this season Vasilevskiy followed up a loss with a shutout that annihilated any chance of a losing streak.

Mathieu Joseph had 2 penalty minutes and 6 hits in 9:21.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

CHL Game Night: 1-13-19

Ontario Hockey League

London Knights 5 @ Kitchener Rangers 2

C/W Alexey Lipanov, KIT: 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 5/13 FO
Season Totals: 36 GP, 7-10-17, -26, 10 PIM
17-18 Totals (BAR, SBY): 55 GP, 14-25-39, -14, 10 PIM

London got two goals from Nathan Dunkley (undrafted) to give him 20 goals in 40 games and the club a 5-2 win in Kitchener. London moved 11 points ahead of Guelph for first in the Midwest Division.

NHL Game Night: 1-13-19 Lightning at Islanders

Slow start finally bites the Lightning.

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Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 4 goals on 27 shots for the lost. The third goal allowed was of the softer variety, and probably ultimately cost the Lightning any real shot of coming back in this one.

First Period
1:21 NYI Nelson (16), (Eberle, Barzal)(PP)
4:27 NYI Clutterbuck (3), (Martin, Cizikas)
4:43 NYI Toews (3), (unassisted)

Second Period
11:03 NYI Cizikas (11), (Martin, Clutterbuck)
18:12 TB McDonagh (5), (Stamkos, Palat)

Third Period
NYI Bailey (10), (Lee, Leddy)(EN)

If there's been a single negative to the Lightning's run over the past month and a half it's been a penchant to have sleepy, slow starts. Tonight the Lightning were down 3-0 before five minutes were even gone and they just never recovered playing on the tail end of a back-to-back. That strikes me as an intensity/focus issue, and sometimes it takes a loss like this for the point to be driven home. Unfortunately, the loss also came at the cost of Victor Hedman leaving the game with an apparent concussion after colliding with an official. All around, just a bad night.

Mathieu Joseph was -1 with 3 shots and 1 hit in 11:48.

Adam Erne had 7 hits in 10:14. The scorekeeper in Brooklyn sure does love handing out hits.

Erik Cernak had 2 penalty minutes, 5 shots, and 2 hits in 16:39.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

NCAA Game Night: 1-12-19

#1 St. Cloud State Huskies 4 vs #5 Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs 2

D Nick Perbix, STC: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season Totals: 20 GP, 1-9-10, +14, 6 PIM

F Cole Koepke, UMD: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals: 20 GP, 2-8-10, +5, 8 PIM

David Hrenak (LAK, 2018 5th round pick) made 30 saves Saturday night for the Huskies as St. Cloud evened up the weekend series against the Bulldogs. After each team scored two goals in the 1st period, Hrenak shut the door for the remaining two periods, stopping 24 shots the rest of the way as the Huskies scored once in the 2nd and once in the 3rd to secure the win.

St. Cloud State improves to 15-3-2 (7-1-2) and UMD drops to 12-6-2 (5-4-1 NCHC) on the season. The Huskies return home next weekend to the Herb Brooks National Hockey Center to host #14 Western Michigan while the Bulldogs hit the road in Oxford to take on #20 Miami.

Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks 2 @ #3 Denver Pioneers 3 OT

F Cole Guttman, DEN: 1-0-1, +2, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, 5/11 FO, *1st STAR*
Season Totals: 20 GP, 10-7-17, +14, 10 PIM

Bolt prospect Cole Guttman scored the OT game-winner 55 seconds into the extra session to push the third-ranked Pioneers past a pesky Mavericks club Saturday night to sweep the weekend series. UNO twice held one goal leads before Blackhawks prospect Ian Mitchell (CHI, 2017 2nd round pick) scored for Denver with 81 seconds left in regulation to force a fourth period. The game-winner was Guttman’s 10th goal of the season, good enough for 1st Star honors, and continues to lead all Division I collegiate freshmen in goals scored. Liam Finlay (undrafted) scored and added an assist as part of both of Denver’s equalizers. Mavericks netminder Evan Weninger (undrafted) made 39 saves – 73 total in the two weekend matches – but came away with a pair of losses to show.

The Pioneers improve to 14-4-2 (6-4 NCHC) and looks ahead to a home-and-home series next weekend with conference and in-state rivals Colorado College.

#13 Arizona State Sun Devils 2 @ #17 Cornell Big Red 3

D Alex Green, COR: did not play
Season Totals: 3 GP, 0-1-1, -4, 0 PIM
’17-’18 Totals: 29 GP, 2-8-10, +9, 23 PIM

Cam Donaldson (undrafted) scored twice, and Morgan Barron (NYR, 2017 6th round pick) tallied a goal and an assist as Cornell pulled off the weekend sweep of ASU Saturday night. After falling behind 3-0, the #13 ranked Sun Devils rallied in the 3rd to draw within a goal but could never notch the equalizer. Flames prospect Demetrios Koumontzis (CGY, 2018 4th round pick), former linemate of Bolt prospect Sammy Walker at Edina High School, tallied his 10th assist of the season when he helped set up a Brinson Pasichnuk (undrafted) hope goal for Arizona State with 21 seconds remaining in regulation. Lightning blueline prospect Alex Green missed his 12th game on the season due to injury.

The #13 ranked Big Red improves to 9-5-1 (5-2-1 ECAC) and returns to ECAC conference play next weekend against Harvard and Dartmouth.

UMass-Lowell River Hawks 4 @ Colgate Raiders 1

F Ryan Lohin, UML: 2-1-3, +3, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Season Totals: 16 GP, 8-9-17, +5, 4 PIM
’17-‘18 Totals: 36 GP, 9-16-25, -2, 26 PIM

Bolt prospect Ryan Lohin scored twice and added an assist to lead the River Hawks in the weekend sweep of the Raiders on Saturday night. Mattias Goransson scored and added an assist as part of the UML dominance over Colgate.

Lowell improves to 11-8-1 (5-4-1 HEAST) and returns home for Star Wars weekend at the Tsongas Center for a Hockey East conference battle against the Catamounts of Vermont.

Minnesota Gophers 2 @ #9 Notre Dame Fighting Irish 1

D Ryan Zuhlsdorf , MINN: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season Totals: 18 GP, 0-3-3, E, 2 PIM
’17-‘18 Totals: 38 GP, 0-9-9, +1, 40 PIM

F Sammy Walker, MINN: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 6 SOG, 2/6 FO
Season Totals: 21 GP, 5-7-12, +8, 10 PIM

Call Ducks prospect Blake McLaughlin (ANA, 2018 3rd round pick) the Irish killer after posting back-to-back game winners against Notre Dame Saturday night as the oft-maligned Gophers completed the unlikely road sweep against the #9 Irish. Tonight’s game winner carried a bit more of the dramatic as McLaughlin tallied the winner with just 8 seconds remaining in regulation to stun the Notre Dame faithful. Bolt prospect Sammy Walker fired a team-high 6 shots and Mat Robson (undrafted) once again shone for the Gophers with 34 saves for a weekend total of 76 saves on 78 shots to earn a pair of wins for Minnesota.

The Golden Gophers improve to 9-8-4 (6-3-3 B1G) and continue their Big Ten road trip as they pull into East Lansing next weekend for a pair of games against the Spartans of Michigan State.

Boston College Eagles 4 @ New Hampshire Wildcats 6

G Ty Taylor, UNH: did not play
Season Totals: 6 GP, 1-2-1, 3.65 GAA, 0.863 SV%

The Wildcats thrice rallied from deficits to knot the score before scoring a pair of 3rd period goals to put the Eagles away Saturday night. Patrick Grasso (undrafted) scored twice for UNH, who improves to 7-8-6 (3-5-3 HEAST) and draws Merrimack next weekend on the road in North Andover.

*USCHO poll used for rankings

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