Ontario Hockey League
Sudbury Wolves 1 @ North Bay Battalion 4
D Dylan Blujus, NB: 0-2-2, +2, 0 PIM
Season totals: 52 GP, 4-25-29, +6, 56 PIM
2012-13 totals: 68 GP, 2-27-29, -8, 57 PIM
Blujus tied last year’s point total of 29, and is just five points off his career-high of 34, set in his draft year.
Barrie Colts 2 @ Niagara IceDogs 5
D Jake Dotchin, BAR: 0-1-1, +2, 0 PIM
Season totals: 60 GP, 10-24-34, +19, 115 PIM
2012-13 totals: 66 GP, 4-18-22, E, 81 PIM
Dotchin was on the ice for both Colts goals and none of Niagara’s five. He was hurt last game, but not enough to keep him out of Sunday’s contest.
Mississauga Steelheads 3 @ Kingston Frontenacs 5
W Henri Ikonen, KGN: 1-2-3, +3, 0 PIM, *Second Star*
Season totals: 50 GP, 22-45-67, +17, 49 PIM
2012-13 totals: 61 GP, 22-29-51, +2, 30 PIM
Ikonen (pictured) earned second star honors for scoring a goal and adding three assists vs Mississauga. His goal was the insurance marker for the Fronts with just over two minutes remaining in regulation.
The pieces start to fit together?
Kristers Gudlevskis allowed 3 goals on 36 shots for the victory. He gave his team a chance, holding them to within 2 of the Sens going into the final frame before the offense ramped up and delivered him some precious goal support.
BNG Prince, (17) , 3:15 (PP)
BNG Puempel, (22) (Da Costa), 14:35 (PP)
SYR Paquette, (16) (Namestnikov, Gudlevskis), 8:18 (PP)
BNG Da Costa, (14) (Puempel, Stone), 12:40
SYR Paradis, (3) (Sergeev, Angelidis), 7:42 (PP)
SYR Connolly, (14) (Labrie, Angelidis), 12:59
SYR Namestnikov, (17) (Marchessault, Connolly), 17:18
Vladislav Namestnikov, Brett Connolly, and Mike Angelidis were the game's three stars. Today also marked the first point for new acquisition Jonathan Marchessault and the team also announced the signing of 22 year old left wing Yanni Gourde, who was a point a game player for Worchester in 25 games this season before being cut loose by the Sharks. Gourde and Marchessault, like Conacher and Johnson before them, fit the mold of undersized, skilled, and inexpensive prospects the Lightning have had huge success cultivating. Both should figure prominently into the rebuilding of the Crunch next season.
Box score from TheAHL.com.
Eastern Conference Quarterfinals
(1)Magnitogorsk 5 vs. (8)Vladivostok 3
Magnitogorsk Leads the Series 2-0
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, Win, 32/35, 3.01 GAA, .914 sv%
Regular season totals: 51 GP, 30-12-8, 9 SO, 1.88 GAA, .940 sv%
Playoff totals: 2 GP, 2-0-0, 0 SO, 2.01 GAA, .935 sv%
Ex-Capitals draft pick Oskar Osala had a couple of assists in Magnitogorsk's 5-3 win over Vladivostok in Game Two of their opening round series. Ex-Red Wings farmhand Francis Pare also had a goal for Metallurg. Vladivostok got a goal in defeat from former Devils first rounder Nicklas Bergfors.
(4)Ufa 0 vs. (5)Novgorod 1
Novgorod Leads the Series 2-0
Andrey Vasilevskiy, Ufa, Loss, 17/18, 1.01 GAA, .944 sv%
Regular season totals: 28 GP, 14-8-5, 3 SO, 2.21 GAA, .923 sv%
Playoff totals: 2 GP, 0-2-0, 0 SO, 2.04 GAA, .913 sv%
Ex-Phoenix first rounder Krys Kolanos scored the game's only goal as Novgorod defeated Ufa 1-0 in Game Two of their opening round series. Andrey Vasilevskiy was the recipient of the hard-luck loss, stopping 17 of 18 in the contest.
Harvard Crimson 1 @ No. 16 Yale Bulldogs 2
ECAC Tournament – First Round
F Brian Hart, HAR: 1-0-1, -1, 2 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 30 GP, 7-8-15, -8, 20 PIM
2012-2013 totals: 29 GP, 4-13-17, +1, 10 PIM
Yale eliminated the Crimson, ending Harvard’s season. Hart finishes the season with seven goals and 15 points in 30 games. He is expected to return to Harvard for his junior season.
Miami RedHawks 2 @ Denver Pioneers 1
F Jimmy Mullin, MIA: Did not play
Season totals: 19 GP, 1-6-7, +3, 23 PIM
2012-2013 totals: 38 GP, 6-8-14, E, 14 PIM
Mullin was a scratch.
Western Michigan Broncos 2 @ No. 9 North Dakota 1
F Brendan O’Donnell, UND: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 27 GP, 5-8-13, +3, 8 PIM
2012-2013 totals: 29 GP, 2-8-10, E, 20 PIM
WMU upset UND at home, 2-1. With St. Cloud State winning tonight, the Huskies are the NCHC champs and top seed in next week’s conference tournament. UND will play Colorado College.
No. 1 Minnesota Golden Gophers 2 @ Ohio State Buckeyes 2
G Adam Wilcox, MIN: Tie, 41 saves on 43 shots
Season totals: 32 GP, 22-4-6, 1.91 GAA, .934 sv%, 3 SO
2012-2013 totals: 39 GP, 25-8-5, 1.88 GAA, .921 sv%, 3 SO
Wilcox set a new career high for saves in a game with 41. The Gophers have a 5 point lead on Wisconsin heading into their series with Michigan next weekend. OSU won the shootout on Saturday, 1-0.
*USCHO poll used
Syracuse Crunch coach Rob Zettler was happy with the effort, but not the result.
The Crunch allowed a pair of power play goals and empty-netters, as they fell to the Rochester Americans, 5-3, at the Onondaga County War Memorial Saturday.
"I thought our guys played well tonight," Zettler said. "I thought they competed hard, I thought they played well and I thought they deserved a better fate."
Syracuse's Vlad Namestnikov opened the scoring with a shorthanded goal a little more than five minutes into the second, but the Crunch didn't stay ahead long.