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NA Juniors Game Night: 1-18-13

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Rouyn-Noranda Huskies 1 @ Gatineau Olympiques 2

W Nikita Kucherov, R-N: Did not play.
Season totals: 13 GP, 9-13-22, +5, 2 PIM
With R-N: 7 GP, 6-6-12, +6, 0 PIM
With Quebec: 6 GP, 3-7-10, -1, 2 PIM

Lightning prospect Nikita Kucherov remains out of the Huskies lineup following the World Junior Championships. He is battling a minor injury sustained when he fell during the WJCs.

Blainville-Boisbriand Armada 5 @ Victoriaville Tigres 1

C Cedric Paquette, BLB: 0-2-2, E, 0 PIM, 6 SOG, 1 Hit, *First Star*
Season totals: 42 GP, 17-38-55, +21, 77 PIM

Cedric Paquette had two assists and was named the game’s first star after the Armada beat the Tigres in Victoriaville on Friday night. Paquette has points in four straight games – the third time this season he’s had a point streak of at least four games.

Val-d’Or Foreurs 4 @ Sherbrooke Phoenix 1

D Artem Sergeev, VDO: 0-1-1, +3, 0 PIM, 4 SOG, 2 Hits
Season totals: 33 GP, 5-22-27, +14, 24 PIM

Artem Sergeev assisted on former Lightning prospect camper Brandon Hynes’ first period goal to give Sergeev points in 11 of his last 12 games. Sergeev tied his career high for points in a season at 27, set two years ago in 64 games.

Ontario Hockey League

Brampton Battalion 3 @ Kitchener Rangers 4 (SO)

D Dylan Blujus, BRAM: 0-1-1, E, 2 PIM
Season totals: 46 GP, 2-19-21, -6, 34 PIM

Dylan Blujus had a power play assist on Brampton’s third goal, which enabled the visiting Battalion to force overtime. The Rangers prevailed in a six-round shootout, 1-0. Blujus did not participate in the shootout.

Barrie Colts 2 @ Sudbury Wolves 3 (SO)

D Jake Dotchin, BAR: 1-0-1, -1, 2 PIM
Season totals: 43 GP, 4-12-16, -1, 47 PIM
With Barrie: 5 GP, 2-0-2, -2, 8 PIM
With Owen Sound: 38 GP, 2-12-14, +1, 39 PIM

Jake Dotchin scored for the second straight game, but Barrie fell in a shootout in Sudbury. Like last game, Dotchin’s goal came on the power play, an encouraging sign for prospect followers who wanted to see him in more offense-friendly situations.

Guelph Storm 6 @ Ottawa 67’s 0

C/W Tanner Richard, GUE: 1-2-3, +3, 0 PIM, *First Star*
Season totals: 33 GP, 4-41-45, +15, 72 PIM

Tanner Richard (pictured) scored shorthanded – his fourth goal of the year – to start the game, then added two assists later and earned first star as Guelph crushed Ottawa, 6-0. Richard is within three points of his career high for points in a season (48), set last year in 43 games. His career high for goals in a year is 13. Richard has 10 points in his last six games, including five in his last three.

Windsor Spitfires 5 @ London Knights 2

D Slater Koekkoek, WIN: Did not play
Season totals: 40 GP, 6-23-29, -24, 28 PIM
With Windsor: 2 GP, 0-1-1, +2, 0 PIM
With Peterborough: 38 GP, 6-22-28, -26, 28 PIM

Slater Koekkoek skated this week despite an injured shoulder, but The Windsor Star reported the Lightning flew him to Florida for the weekend to have the shoulder examined. The Lightning want to clear him to play before he returns to the ice. The Spits are 4-0-0-1 in their last five games and are four points from escaping the West Division cellar.

ECHL Game Night: 1-18-13

Florida Everblades 3 vs. Gwinnett Gladiators 2

F Alex Hutchings, FLA: Did not play
Season totals: 30 GP, 11-15-26, E, 24 PIM

D Charles Landry, FLA: 0-0-0, E, 0 SOG, 0 PIM
Season totals: 33 GP, 1-8-9, E, 23 PIM

F Maxime Langelier-Parent, FLA: Did not play
Season totals: 1 GP, 1-0-1, -1, 0 PIM
(Syracuse Crunch contract)

D Daniel Milan, FLA: 0-0-0, E, 0 SOG, 0 PIM
Season totals: 21 GP, 1-1-2, -3, 18 PIM

G Pat Nagle, FLA: W, 2.00 GAA, 36 S / 38 SA (.947 SV%)
Season totals: 16 GP, 9-5-1, 0 SO, 3.28 GAA, 459 S / 511 SA (.898 SV%)

Brody Sutter's unassisted strike past the midpoint of the third period gave Florida its third lead of the night and proved the decisive marker as the visitors narrowly edged South division-leading Gwinnett on Friday night. The victory meant Pat Nagle and the Florida kept their win-streaks, now up to four games for both, alive. The Gladiators peppered Nagle all night, hitting double-digits in shots in all three periods while the Everblades, but the Tampa Bay Lightning goalie prospect was able to turn aside all but two attempts. Both teams combined to go scoreless on five power play opportunities. Alex Hutchings was still on recall to Syracuse while Charles Landry was back in the lineup after being reassigned back to Florida. Maxime Langelier-Parent remains inactive. Florida (19-13-7, 45 PTS) travels again to do battle with South Carolina (19-20-4, 42 PTS) on Saturday.

Official Recap | Box Score

Elitserien Game Night: 1-18-13

Elitserien (Sweden)
Brynas 3 @ Timra 2

Johan Harju, Brynas, 1-0-1, E, 7 SOG, 0 PIM
Season totals: 41 GP, 15-8-23, +5, 14 PIM

Johan Harju scored and Brynas ended its four-game losing streak Friday night with a victory over much-maligned Timra but not before squandering a two-goal lead it held heading into the third period and needing a timely goal from rearguard Christian Djoos with roughly ten minutes remaining in regulation to close out their hosts. Former Lightning netminder Johan Holmqvist earned the win, stopping all but two of nineteen shots in the contest. Harju's goal, which came early in the second period and extended his club's lead to two, was an even-strength tally and the byproduct of a wrister floated in from the point by teammate Ryan Gunderson. On the play, the puck pinballed, coming out of midair right to the immediate vicinity of Harju who was cutting across the front of the crease. Harju, who managed a game-high seven shots on goal, was able to, as he spun into better position, get a backhander on net that generated a rebound which he then whacked out of mid-air and into the back of the net. Brynas (15-14-5-7, 62 PTS) now returns home to play host to Frolunda (16-16-5-4, 62 PTS) next Tuesday.

Official Recap | Box Score | Highlights

AHL Game Night: 1-18-13 Crunch at Americans

Syracuse meets the post-lockout bump in the road.

SYR-1
RCH-4

Dustin Tokarski allowed 4 goals on 27 shots for the loss.

First Period
RCH Mancari, (11) (Porter, Sundher), 14:17

Second Period
RCH Flynn, (13) (Adam, Crawford), 4:41
RCH Rankin, (9) (Schofield, Varone), 7:05
SYR Nightingale, (1) (Johnson, Palat), 16:31

Third Period
RCH Varone, (4) (Biega, Schofield), 14:14

Chemistry in hockey can be a weird thing. There are plenty of examples of teams that weather losing a key player and continue to play well. But, in the case of the Crunch, they're dealing with losing Keith Aulie, Cory Conacher, and P.C. Labrie to Tampa Bay, Taormina being down with an injury right now, and Richard Panik on a three game suspension. Clearly it was too much to overcome tonight as the team struggles to develop continuity. Even once Panik and Taormina return, it's a tall task to try to replace a defenseman with NHL experience, the reigning AHL MVP, and an emotional and physical leader like Nacho. Fans of the Lightning farm team have been a little spoiled over the last year plus and these next few weeks are going to be a little tough as Syracuse works through the changes. It'll settle down eventually. Jon Cooper's too good a coach not to get it settled down and back on track. However, be aware, this isn't going to be quite the same juggernaut it was moving forward.

Syracuse plays Lake Erie tomorrow while the big boys get going against Washington.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

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