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AHL Game Night: 3-14-18 Crunch at Devils

Syracuse punches their postseason ticket by punching Bingo square in the nose in emphatic victory.

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Louis Domingue allowed 2 goals on 30 shots for the victory after having been returned to Syracuse at the conclusion of his emergency recall.

First Period
7:19 SYR Volkov (17), (Peca, Cernak)
15:19 SYR Yan (12), (Stephens)

Second Period
1:55 BNG Quenneville (12), (Santini, White)
9:19 SYR Yan (13), (unassisted)
13:20 SYR Lynch (10), (Stephens, Walcott)

Third Period
0:41 BNG Quenneville (13), (Kearns, Bertschy)(PP)
8:34 SYR Volkov (18), (Verhaeghe, Joseph)(PP)
17:33 SYR Archambault (7), (Condra, Peca)(PP)

Alexander Volkov and Dennis Yan were the game's first and second stars after potting a pair of goals each. Just a quick reminder: All Dennis Yan Does is Score (tm).

Syracuse becomes the second team in the Eastern Conference to clinch a playoff berth. They still trail the Toronto Marlies by seven points in the race for the top spot in the North Division with Toronto holding two games in hand. But, the Crunch and their fans go to bed tonight secure in the knowledge they're in the dance and their young team is a legit threat to do damage once they get there.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

NHL Game Night: 3-13-18 Senators at Lightning

Lightning come up snake eyes despite Miller's hat trick.

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Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 6 goals on 29 shots for the loss before Peter Budaj came in and allowed 1 goal on 4 shots the rest of the way. Vasilevskiy was just snake bitten and Budaj looked extremely rusty in relief.

First Period
4:19 TB Miller (16), (Kucherov, Stamkos)
7:47 OTT Paajarvi (7), (Pyatt, Pageau)
10:47 OTT Dzingel (20), (Gaborik, Ceci)(PP)
11:24 OTT Pyatt (7), (Ceci, Borowiecki)

Second Period
2:03 TB Miller (17), (Kucherov, Hedman)(PP)
7:18 OTT Gaborik (9), (Dzingel, Burrows)(PP)
13:44 OTT Hoffman (20), (Burgdoerfer, Duchene)
16:26 TB Miller (18), (Stamkos, Hedman)(PP)
18:30 OTT Karlsson (8), (unassisted)

Third Period
3:46 OTT Hoffman (21), (Karlsson, Duchene)
12:44 TB McDonagh (3), (Stamkos, Kucherov)

J.T. Miller was the game's second star.

Jon Cooper was decidedly less charitable to his players after the game, citing poor defensive coverage, turnovers, etc., but I'm willing to just accept this was one of those unlucky nights where you get rolled by a string of bad bounces despite putting 46 shots on a team and scoring 4 goals. Flush it. Burn the tape. Get ready for Boston.

Anthony Cirelli was -1 with 2 penalty minutes and 1 hit in 12:43. He was also 33% on 9n draws.

Adam Erne was -1 with 5 penalty minutes, 1 shot and 1 hit in 8:11. He lost his fight pretty decisively when McCormick tied up his arm at the outset of the fight and left Erne pretty vulnerable throughout the bout.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

Juniors Game Night: 3-12-18

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Blainville-Boisbriand Armada 3 @ Gatineau Olympiques 1

C Alex Barré-Boulet , BLB: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG, 2/5 FO
Season Totals: 63 GP, 51-62-113, +26, 65 PIM
’16-’17 Totals: 65 GP, 29-52-81, +10, 42 PIM

This game was stopped waaaaaaayyyyy back on September 24, 2017 due to fog at the ice level, and resumed in the 2nd period on Monday, March 12, 2018. Ryan DaSilva (undrafted) scored twice to pace the Armada to a road win over the Olympiques.

Juniors Game Night: 3-11-18

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Blainville-Boisbriand Armada 1 @ Victoriaville Tigres 7

C Alex Barré-Boulet , BLB: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 4/14 FO
Season Totals: 62 GP, 51-62-113, +27, 65 PIM
’16-’17 Totals: 65 GP, 29-52-81, +10, 42 PIM

The Tigres put up a touchdown on the Armada behind a 16-save performance by goalie Etienne Montpetit (University of Moncton commit) and two goals from Vitalii Abramov (CLB, 2016 3rd round pick).

Ontario Hockey League

Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 5 @ Owen Sound Attack 6 (SO)

W Boris Katchouk, SSM: 0-2-2, +1, 2 PIM, 4 SOG, 1/1 FO
Season Totals: 56 GP, 41-42-83, +52, 30 PIM
’16-’17 Season: 66 GP, 35-29-64, +18, 46 PIM

W Taylor Raddysh, SSM: 0-2-2, -3, 2 PIM, 3 SOG, 3/5 FO
Season Totals (SSM): 25 GP, 16-20-36, +15, 12 PIM
Season Totals (ER): 30 GP, 15-29-44, +10, 16 PIM
Season Totals: 55 GP, 31-49-80, +25, 28 PIM
‘16-‘17 Totals: 58 GP, 42-67-109, +67, 37 PIM

Raddysh and Katchouk teamed up twice in the 3rd to help spur a Soo rally from a 5-2 deficit to tie the game and eventually force overtime and the shootout. The duo first setup Conor Timmins (COL, 2017 2nd round pick) on a power play marker, and then again on Morgan Frost’s (PHI, 2016 1st round pick) 5-5 equalizer and second goal of the game. Raddysh failed to convert in the shootout, but Owen Sound’s Maksim Sushko (PHI, 2017 4th round pick) beat Matthew Villalta (LAK, 2017 3rd round pick) to give the Attack the victory. Brett McKenzie (VAN, 2016 7th round pick) paced Owen Sound with two goals.

Peterborough Petes 0 @ Sudbury Wolves 4

W Alexey Lipanov, SBY: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, 11/16 FO
Season Totals (SBY): 17 GP, 3-3-6, -11, 8 PIM
Season Totals (BAR): 35 GP, 11-19-30, +9, 10 PIM
Season Totals: 52 GP, 14-22-36, -2, 18 PIM
‘16-‘17 Totals (VHL-Russia): 21 GP, 3-5-8, +5, 8 PIM

W/C Christopher Paquette, PBO: Did not play
Season Totals: 58 G, 15-13-28, -35, 16 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (NIA/PBO): 66 GP, 19-29-48, +1, 28 PIM

Lipanov assisted on a 1st period Blake Murray (2019 draft eligible) shorthanded goal and Liam Ross (undrafted) scored twice as the Wolves shutout the Petes behind Marshall Frappier’s (undrafted) 27-save effort. Paquette missed his second consecutive games for the Petes.

Western Hockey League

Brandon Wheat Kings 3 @ Moose Jaw Warriors 5

D Oleg Sosunov, MJ: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season Totals: 68 GP, 7-18-25, +39, 58 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (MHL-Russia): 32 GP, 0-0-0, +1, 79 PIM

The Warriors broke open a 3-3 tied game with two late goals in the 3rd period as Wheat Kings fell to the Warriors on the road. Vince Loschiavo (undrafted) paced Moose Jaw with two 1st period goals.

Minnesota State High School League

Lightning prospect Sammy Walker was named the 34th recipient of the annual Mr. Hockey Award as the State of Minnesota’s top outstanding senior high boy’s hockey player. The Edina High School captain led the Hornets to a 3rd place finish in the 2018 Minnesota high school Class AA State tournament and earned all-tournament honors. Walker also won the Minneapolis Star Tribune’s Metro Player of the Year. The Mr. Hockey Award is selected by a panel of NHL scouts, junior scouts and coaches, and selected members of the media around the state.

Juniors Game Night: 3-10-18

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Halifax Mooseheads 2 @ Acadie-Bathurst Titan 3

C/W Otto Somppi, HAL: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIMs, 3 SOG, 15/26 FO
Season Totals: 56 GP, 28-52-80, +36, 26 PIM
’16-’17 Totals: 60 GP, 17-24-41, -7, 28 PIM

The Mooseheads rallied from a 2-0 deficit behind a pair of goals from Filip Zadina (2018 draft eligible) to knot the score heading into the second intermission, but the Titan would reestablish the lead just two and a half minutes in the 3rd and hold on for the home win. Jeffrey Truchon-Viel (undrafted) paced Acadie-Bathurst with a goal and an assist.

Ontario Hockey League

Peterborough Petes 4 @ Barrie Colts 6

W/C Christopher Paquette, PBO: Did not play
Season Totals: 58 G, 15-13-28, -35, 16 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (NIA/PBO): 66 GP, 19-29-48, +1, 28 PIM

Colts forward Dmitry Sokolov (MIN, 2016 7th round pick) took over the OHL goal scoring race from his teammate and Ottawa Senators free agent signee Aaron Luchuk. Sokolov scored his 47th and 48th in the 2nd period after the Petes drew within one, to put the game out of reach. Luchuk scored his 47th of the season as part of a three-goal Barrie first period. Paquette did not dress for Peterborough.

Western Hockey League

Kamloops Blazers 0 @ Kelowna Rockets 4

D Cal Foote, KEL: 0-0-0, +2, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season Totals: 58 GP, 17-48-65, +24, 46 PIM
‘15-‘16 Totals: 71 GP, 6-51-57, +39, 41 PIM

Leif Mattson (undrafted) scored twice for Kelowna and James Porter (undrafted) made just 18 saves as the Rockets shutout the Blazers to sweep the home-and-home series against Kamloops.

Swift Current Broncos 2 @ Moose Jaw Warriors 4

D Oleg Sosunov, MJ: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season Totals: 67 GP, 7-18-25, +40, 58 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (MHL-Russia): 32 GP, 0-0-0, +1, 79 PIM

Sosunov setup Branden Klatt (undrafted) just five minutes into the game for the first of two scores for Klatt. Justin Almeida (2018 draft eligible) also scored for the Warriors and added two assists in a bounce-back win for Moose Jaw against a formidable Swift Current team.

United States Hockey League

** Note: Cole Guttman (Dubuque) was placed on injured reserved on December 22nd following the completion of the World Junior A Challenge tournament.

Omaha Lancers 2 @ Lincoln Stars 4

D Nick Perbix , OMA: 1-0-1, -1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season Totals: 44 GP, 4-18-22, +11, 16 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (HS): 25 GP, 10-30-40, 6 PIM
Committed to: St. Cloud State University

Perbix’s goal-scoring streak hits two games, as he netted an unassisted marker early in the 2nd to knot the game at 1-1, followed shortly after by a shorthanded go-ahead by Noah Cates (PHI, 2017 5th round pick). The Stars would rally behind Wyatt Aamodt (Minnesota St. Mankato commit), scoring the next three and doubling the Lancers.

Minnesota State High School League

#5 Centennial Cougars 0 @ #2 Edina Hornets 11

F Sammy Walker, EDN: 2-3-5, +6, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season Totals (HS): 31 GP, 35-44-79, 16 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (HS): 25 GP, 22-24-46, 6 PIM
Committed to: University of Minnesota

Walker (pictured) and the Edina High School Hornets brought a very large chip on their shoulder to the 3rd Place consolation game of the Minnesota Class AA high school championships. They used that chip to blank the Centennial Cougars 11-0, and Walker ends his high school hockey career with a game-high two-goal, five-point statement. Walker assisted on two goals from Mason Nevers to open the scoring, and then added his own goal as part of a 4-0 Hornets 1st period. Walker would go on to add a shorthanded assist in the 2nd and a shorthanded goal in the 3rd. Garrett Mackay made 22 saves to shutout the Cougars, the third win of the season over Centennial. Later, rival Minnetonka high school would defeat Duluth East 5-2 to claim the State Class AA championship. Those two teams accounted for the only three losses the Hornets had on the 2017-18 season.

The 2018 Minnesota Mr. Hockey banquet is set for noon Sunday at the St. Paul River Centre, and Walker is a finalist for this prestigious award for the most outstanding senior high school boys’ hockey player. Lightning defenseman Ryan McDonagh was former recipient of this award.

Beyond that, it will be interesting to see when Walker will rejoin his USHL team, the Sioux City Musketeers, perhaps as early as March 17 when the Musketeers take on Sioux Falls. He’s slated to join the University of Minnesota Golden Gophers for the 2018-19 season.

AHL Game Night: 3-10-18 Americans at Crunch

Crunch ride Joseph back into the win column.

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Eddie Pasquale allowed 2 goals on 23 shots for the victory.

First Period
NO SCORING

Second Period
5:24 SYR Joseph (12), (Volkov, Dumont)
8:05 RCH Fedun (3), (Cornel, Porter)(PP)
12:06 SYR Thomas (4), (Archambault, Yan)
15:55 SYR Walcott (3), (Dumont, Condra)

Third Period
4:01 RCH Porter (16), (Percy, Fedun)(PP)
19:08 SYR Joseph (13), (Condra)(EN)

Mathieu Joseph, Pasquale, and Daniel Walcott were the game's three stars.

Syracuse is six points back of Toronto for the top spot in the North Division with the Marlies holding two games in hand. Toronto has clinched a playoff berth and Syracuse will be looking to do the same shortly over the next week or two.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

Big Second Period Lifts Crunch over Americans


By Jeremy Houghtaling

After a scoreless first period, things started to click for the Syracuse Crunch offense.

The Crunch scored three times in the middle frame — including a pair from players not necessarily known for their scoring prowess — as the Crunch beat the Rochester Americans, 4-2, at the Onondaga County War Memorial Saturday.

“We started connecting,” Crunch forward Daniel Walcott said. “We got a good bounce off (Mathieu Joseph’s) leg and the floodgates opened. We just kept shooting on him. We knew he left a lot of rebounds, we just had to capitalize. We put pucks on net and we got some goals.”

NHL Game Day: 3-10-18 Canadiens at Lightning

The pre-postseason began today.

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Louis Domingue allowed 2 goals on 29 shots before stopping 3 of 4 in the penalty shot session for the SO win. He was very good in this game and, while I don't get a vote in these things, I feel like he's clearly won the backup job in Budaj's absence and deserves to keep it.

First Period
4:10 MTL Lehkonen (6), (Hudon, Reilly)(PP)
13:43 TB Johnson (20), (Sergachev, Gourde)(PP)

Second Period
3:00 MTL Galchenyuk (16), (Hudon)

Third Period
13:43 TB Kucherov (34), (Stamkos, Miller)

Overtime
NO SCORING

Shootout
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Tyler Johnson and J.T. Miller were the game's first and third stars.

After a week or two of playing with an improvised, standby lineup the Lightning finally got to debut a healthy Ryan McDonagh this afternoon (even in 19:15 of hockey). So, after this game, Tampa Bay now has 13 games to tune up their lineup and get everyone settled into their roles ahead of the playoffs. Call this the pre-postseason. Today's pre-postseason contest featured a little bit of a flat, sleepy start for the Lightning against a shockingly bad on offense Montreal side that continues to struggle to find the back of the net. I don't know if it was planned that way, but if I was going to choose where to debut McDonagh to try to inspire confidence against a run of 80's hockey style scoring fests, this would've been the one to do it in. Overall the defense has been better the past couple of games with room yet to improve. One of the quiet contributors to that, in my opinion, has been the recall of Jake Dotchin from Chateau au Bow Wow. Bottom line: the Ligtning's issues on defense on the right side still exist so they need Dotchin to start playing like he did down the stretch of last season. It makes everything else slot out better for this team, especially if the Lightning (I hope) eventually swap Stralman onto McDonagh's pair in lieu of Dan Girardi who probably shouldn't be playing second pair minutes 5v5 in the playoffs at this stage of his career.

Other things I don't get a vote on: if there's a way for the Lightning to get out from under Killorn's contract to keep J.T. Miller on the team they should find it.

Tampa Bay hits 100 points with 13 games left to go in the campaigns. Many club records are about to go down and go down hard.

Anthony Cirelli was -1 with 1 shot and 1 hit in 10:45. He was also 17% on 6 draws.

Adam Erne had 4 penalty minutes, 2 shots, and 3 hits in 9:49. At least one of those hits was of the "bone jarring" variety.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

AHL Game Night: 3-9-18 Bears at Crunch

Budaj loses a squeaker in his first conditioning start.

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Peter Budaj allowed 2 goals on 18 shots for the loss.

First Period
NO SCORING

Second Period
2:51 HER Graovac (12), (Gazley, Simpson)(PP)
7:56 SYR Joseph (11), (Bodie, Dumont)(PP)

Third Period
13:22 HER Ness (4), (Graovac)

Mathieu Joseph was the game's second star.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

Juniors Game Night: 3-9-18

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Sherbrooke Phoenix 3 @ Blainville-Boisbriand Armada 4

C Alex Barre-Boulet, BLB: 0-4-4, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 11/17 FO, *Second Star*
Season Totals: 62 GP, 51-62-113, +27, 65 PIM
’16-’17 Totals: 65 GP, 29-52-81, +10, 42 PIM

Barre-Boulet assisted on all four of the Armada’s goals, including two on the power play and all three of linemate Alexandre Alain’s (undrafted) hat trick goals. Alain scored two of his three goals in the 3rd to break open a 2-2 tie.

Ontario Hockey League

Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 4 @ Kitchener Rangers 3

W Boris Katchouk, SSM: 2-0-2, +2, 2 PIM, 8 SOG, *First Star*
Season Totals: 55 GP, 41-40-81, +51, 28 PIM
’16-’17 Season: 66 GP, 35-29-64, +18, 46 PIM

W Taylor Raddysh, SSM: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 5 SOG, 1/5 FO
Season Totals (SSM): 24 GP, 16-18-34, +18, 10 PIM
Season Totals (ER): 30 GP, 15-29-44, +10, 16 PIM
Season Totals: 54 GP, 31-47-78, +28, 26 PIM
‘16-‘17 Totals: 58 GP, 42-67-109, +67, 37 PIM

Katchouk (pictured) opened and closed the scoring as the Soo opened up a 3-0 lead on the Rangers in the 1st and then allowed Kitchener to tie the game at 3-3 before Katchouk scored a league-leading 9th game-winner in the 3rd, his 41st of the season, earning First Star honors. In addition to leading the OHL in game-winners, Katchouk is third in the league in goals and second in the league in plus-minus.

North Bay Battalion 4 @ Sudbury Wolves 1

W Alexey Lipanov, SBY: 1-0-1, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG, *Second Star*
Season Totals (SBY): 16 GP, 3-2-5, -12, 8 PIM
Season Totals (BAR): 35 GP, 11-19-30, +9, 10 PIM
Season Totals: 51 GP, 14-21-35, -3, 18 PIM
‘16-‘17 Totals (VHL-Russia): 21 GP, 3-5-8, +5, 8 PIM

Lipanov earned hometown Second Star honors, scoring the Wolves’ lone goal on the power play in a 4-1 loss to the Battalion. North Bay got goals from four different skaters.

Western Hockey League

Kelowna Rockets 4 @ Kamploops Blazers 2

D Cal Foote, KEL: 0-1-1, +1, 2 PIM, 4 SOG
Season Totals: 57 GP, 17-48-65, +22, 46 PIM
‘15-‘16 Totals: 71 GP, 6-51-57, +39, 41 PIM

Foote assisted on Dillon Dube’s (CGY, 2016 2nd round pick) game-winning power play goal.

Moose Jaw Warriors 4 @ Prince Albert Raiders 6

D Oleg Sosunov, MJ: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season Totals: 66 GP, 7-17-24, +39, 58 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (MHL-Russia): 32 GP, 0-0-0, +1, 79 PIM

Kody McDonald (undrafted) scored twice early for the Raiders and the captain Curtis Miske scored twice late as Price Albert beat Moose Jaw at the Art Hauser Centre. Sharks free agent signee Jayden Halbgewachs (undrafted) paced the Warriors with two goals and paces the WHL with 66.

United States Hockey League

** Note: Cole Guttman (Dubuque) was placed on injured reserved on December 22nd following the completion of the World Junior A Challenge tournament.

Chicago Steel 2 @ Omaha Lancers 1

D Nick Perbix , OMA: 1-0-1, -2, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, *Second Star*
Season Totals: 43 GP, 3-18-21, +12, 16 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (HS): 25 GP, 10-30-40, 6 PIM
Committed to: St. Cloud State University

Perbix scored the lone goal for the Lancers, a power play marker in the 2nd to knot the game at 1-1, earning Second Star honors. Finnish winger Aaro Vidgren (undrafted) scored both of Chicago’s goals.

Minnesota State High School League

#3 Duluth East Greyhounds 4 @ #2 Edina Hornets 2

F Sammy Walker, EDN: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM, 6 SOG
Season Totals (HS): 30 GP, 33-41-74, 16 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (HS): 25 GP, 22-24-46, 6 PIM
Committed to: University of Minnesota

The Hornets opened the scoring, but the Greyhounds would score the next three, and Edina couldn’t quite come back from the 3-1 deficit. Walker assisted on the 3rd period hope goal to draw within one. Duluth East leading scorer Garret Worth (uncommited) paced the Greyhounds with two goals and an assist, as Duluth East advances to the MN State Class AA championship game against Minnetonka on Saturday night. Edina draws the 3rd place consolation game Saturday afternoon against Centennial High School. Edina defeated the Cougars twice this season by scores of 5-2 and 3-2.

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