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ECHL Game Night: 12-06-14

Wichita Thunder 3 at Brampton Beast 1

F Danick Gauthier, WIC: 3-0-3, +3, 2 PIM, 5 SOG, *First Star*
Season totals (ECHL): 20 GP, 11-10-21, +6, 14 PIM, 66 SOG
Season totals (AHL): 1 GP, 0-0-0, -2, 2 PIM

D Daniel Milan, WIC: 0-1-1, +2, 2 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 20 GP, 0-4-4, -1, 34 PIM, 23 SOG

A night after being held of the score sheet in a 3-1 loss, the Wichita Wizard notched his first career hat trick to propel the Thunder to their own 3-1 road win against Brampton and earning First Star honors. After dueling to scoreless 1st and 2nd periods, the Beast jumped out to the 1-0 lead about midway through the 3rd period. And then Lightning prospect Danick Gauthier happened. About a minute later, Gauthier scored the equalizer unassisted, and followed up with the go-ahead marker with about three minutes left. Gauthier completed the natural hatter with an empty netter with 40 seconds remaining. Fellow Bolt prospect Dan Milan got the assist on the empty net insurance tally, leaving his mark on his former team. The road trip for the Thunder continues Sunday in upstate NY against the Elmira Jackals.

NHL Game Night: 12-6-14 Blue Jackets at Lightning

Flat Lightning get Bobrovsky'ed.

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Ben Bishop allowed 3 goals on 20 shots for the loss. The 2 softies he gave up in the first period became the margin of victory, as softies often do.

First Period
2:37 CBJ Jenner (4), (Calvert)
12:48 CBJ Savard (5), (Johnson, Atkinson)(PP)

Second Period
NO SCORING

Third Period
4:51 CBJ Skille (4), (Chaput, Hartnell)
18:47 TB Palat (8), (Kucherov, Drouin)

I'm not going to go so far as to say the Lightning were completely terrible, effort-wise. They outshot Columbus 34-20 and got their fair share of scoring chances on the forecheck. The team's been very out of sync passing the puck the last 3 or so games, though, which is indicative of a lack of focus, and that bit them tonight like it did in the shootout loss against Buffalo. It's a coachable moment for Cooper and an opportunity to get his players' eyes back on the prize.

Cedric Paquette had 1 shot, 3 hits, and 2 blocked shots in 13:19.

Jonathan Drouin had a helper on the Lightning's lone goal and 1 shot and 1 hit in 10:31.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

AHL Game Night: 12-6-14 Americans at Crunch

Vasilevskiy makes his bid for the starter's job.

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Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped all 34 shots he faced for the win and his first career AHL shutout. He's won 5 out of his last 6 starts and 3 of his last 4 starts have been high quality outings. It certainly feels like he's turned the corner and with Gudlevskis struggling, it's time to ride or die for a little while with Vasya.

First Period
SYR Samson, (1) (Namestnikov, Kunyk), 17:08

Second Period
NO SCORING

Third Period
SYR Namestnikov, (2) (Witkowski), 19:47 (EN)

Vasilevskiy, Vladislav Namestnikov, and Jerome Samson were the game's three stars.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

NCAA Game Night: 12-6-14

No. 9 Harvard Crimson 5 @ No. 15 Quinnipiac Bobcats 2

F Brian Hart, HAR: 1-0-1, +2, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 12 GP, 5-4-9, +2, 2 PIM
2013-2014 totals: 30 GP, 7-8-15, -8, 20 PIM

F Matthew Peca, QU: 0-0-0, -4, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 16 GP, 1-11-12, -6, 19 PIM
2014-2015 totals: 40 GP, 12-26-38, +4, 16 PIM

Hart’s late goal put Harvard up 5-1. It was Hart’s fifth goal of the season. Peca was a team-worst minus-4 for QU.

No. 18 Merrimack Warriors 2 @ No. 3 Boston University Terriers 4

D John MacLeod, BU: 0-2-2, +3, 2 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 13 GP, 1-3-4, +5, 32 PIM
2013-2014 totals: 19 GP, 1-4-5, +1, 36 PIM

MacLeod had his first multi-point game for BU and Jack Eichel had four assists to lead the Terriers to a win over Merrimack. First star of the game was Eichel’s right winger, Danny O’Regan (Sharks), who had a hat trick and four points.

Lake Superior State Lakers 1 @ No. 1 North Dakota 3

F Brendan O’Donnell, UND: 1-0-1, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, *Second Star*
Season totals: 15 GP, 5-2-7, E, 23 PIM
2013-2014 totals: 34 GP, 7-11-18, +7, 10 PIM

O’Donnell scored for the second consecutive game after returning from injury, helping No. 1 UND to a weekend sweep of the Lakers.

No. 6 Minnesota Golden Gophers 3 @ Michigan State Spartans 3 (OT)

G Adam Wilcox, MIN: Tie, 42 saves on 45 shots
Season totals: 14 GP, 9-4-1, 2.13 GAA, .926 sv%, 3 SO
2013-2014 totals: 38 GP, 26-6-6, 1.97 GAA, .932 sv%, 4 SO

One night after shutting out MSU, Wilcox and the Gophers battled back from two one-goal deficits to force a tie. Wilcox stopped 42 shots in regulation and overtime. MSU won a just-for-show shootout, 2-1, in six rounds. Wilcox made one save in the shootout as three Spartan players missed the net.

*USCHO poll used

Vasilevskiy Records Shutout in Crunch's Win Over Americans


By Jeremy Houghtaling

The Syracuse Crunch gave Andei Vasilevskiy little room for error.

Jerome Samson put the Crunch ahead 17 minutes into the game and the score remained the same until the final minute, when Vladislav Namestnikov sealed the win with an empty-netter. Vasilevskiy finished with 34 saves for his first American Hockey League shutout in a 2-0 win over the Rochester Americans at the Onondaga County War Memorial Saturday.

"Very hard game, because if you make a mistake, it's a tie game and it's very hard," Vasilevskiy said.

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