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Vasilevskiy, Crunch Rally Past Penguins

By Jeremy Houghtaling

Less than an hour after receiving his award for AHL Goalie of the Month, Andrei Vasilevskiy was making his first relief appearance for the Syracuse Crunch.

Trailing by one heading into the second period, Syracuse turned to the Russian netminder to close the door. The Crunch took the lead in the second, held the Penguins to four shots on goal in the third, and Vasilevskiy finished with 10 saves in Syracuse's 4-3 win over Wilkes-Barre/Scranton at the Onondaga County War Memorial Saturday.

"He came out in the second period and made two or three unreal saves to start the period," said Crunch head coach Rob Zettler. "Then we slowly felt good about our game again and slowly took over."

AHL Game Night: 1-10-15 Penguins at Crunch

Crunch outlast Penguins... barely.


Kristers Gudlevskis allowed 2 goals on 9 shots. They were soft enough that he was lifted at the First Intermission for Andrei Vasilevskiy, who allowed 1 goal on 11 shots the rest of the way to eventually collect the come-from-behind win.

First Period
SYR Paradis, (8) (Mormina, Corrente), 4:16
WBS Megna, (10) (Kostopoulos, Harrington), 14:31
WBS Megna, (11) (Boak), 18:38

Second Period
SYR Marchessault, (10) (Namestnikov), 3:29
SYR Blunden, (10) (Witkowski, Marchessault), 14:21

Third Period
SYR Ikonen, (4) (Vermin, Angelidis), 14:16
WBS Rowney, (2) (Dumoulin, Kostopoulos), 19:52 (PP)

Mike Blunden, Jonathan Marchessault, and Vasilevskiy were the game's three stars.

The night also saw the return of Philippe Paradis from injury. Paradis has been a key missing cog from the Gourde line that has sputtered in his absence. Henri Ikonen also potted a goal for the second game in a row.

At this moment, Syracuse's 51 points has them 1 point off the pace for both the division and the conference lead.

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Liiga Game Day: 1-10-15

SaiPa 0 vs. HPK 1 (SO)
Saku Salminen, HPK, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 25 GP, 3-3-6, E, 2 PIM

HPK goaltender Juuse Saros stopped all 38 shots he faced, including both shooters he faced in the shootout session, to deliver HPK a 1-0 lead over SaiPa. HPK remains on the outside of the playoff window at 11th on the Liiga table, but they've tied 10th place Blues at 51 points for the final playoff position.

KHL Game Day: 1-10-15

Ufa 3 vs. Magnitogorsk 2
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, Loss, 24/26, 2.02 GAA, .923 sv%
Season totals: 37 GP, 23-6-5, 4 SO, 1.80 GAA, .934 sv%

Ex-Lightning pick Alexei Glukhov assisted on Ufa's game opening goal as his club outlasted Magnitogorsk 3-2. Magnitka got a pair of goals in the last 3:09 of regulation, but a Ufa empty netter eventually sealed the victory.

Khanty-Mansiysk 3 vs. Vladivostok 6
Nikita Gusev, Khanty-Mansiysk, 1-0-1, -1, 0 PIM, 6 SOG
Season totals: 40 GP, 15-8-23, +3, 10 PIM

Nikita Gusev had the first goal of the contest for Yugra in their 6-3 blowout loss to Admiral Vladivostok. He played 15:55 in the match and had a team high 6 shots on goal. Ex-Habs 2nd rounder Ben Maxwell had Yugra's other 2 goals in the defeat.

Mytischi 2 vs. Dynamo Moscow 3
Dmitry Korobov, Mytischi, 0-1-1, E, 2 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 30 GP, 1-7-8, +2, 49 PIM

Ex-Lightning forward Martins Karsums had 1 goal and 1 assist to help Dynamo Moscow build a 3-0 lead in their eventual 3-2 win over Mytischi. Dmitry Korobov assisted on a late garbage time goal for Mytischi and played 18:44 in the match. Ex- Russian junior national team member Albert Yarullin also assisted on the goal.

Yaroslavl 0 vs. Bratislava 2
Jaroslav Janus, Bratislava, DNP
Season totals: 24 GP, 6-12-5, 2 SO, 2.93 GAA, .893 sv%

Jaroslav Janus did not dress for Slovan's 2-0 win over Yaroslavl. Ex-Flyers farmhand Johan Backlund stopped all 25 shots he faced for the shutout victory.

Juniors Game Night: 1-9-15

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Sherbrooke Phoenix 7 @ Quebec Remparts 4

C Cameron Darcy, SHR: 1-1-2, +4, 2 PIM, 7 SOG, 12/19 FO, 0 Hits, *First Star*
With Sherbrooke: 10 GP, 8-10-18, -4, 8 PIM
With Cape Breton: 19 GP, 1-13-14, -6, 14 PIM
Season totals: 29 GP, 9-23-32, -10, 22 PIM
2013-2014 Season: 65 GP, 35-47-82, +3, 51 PIM

W Adam Erne, QUE: 2-0-2, -2, 0 PIM, 6 SOG, 12/20 FO, 3 Hits, *Third Star*
Season totals: 36 GP, 25-27-52, +17, 46 PIM
2013-2014 Season: 48 GP, 21-41-62, -3, 65 PIM

Sherbrooke went into La Colisee Pepsi and overcame three 1-goal deficits to eventually pull past the Remparts and win. Quebec had Anthony Duclair in the lineup and he and Erne played on the same line together. Duclair set up Erne’s first goal. Cam Darcy was dominant for the Phoenix, scoring once and setting up another goal. He and Erne scored 18 seconds apart in the second period, with Erne’s coming on a shorthanded penalty shot.

Ontario Hockey League

Sault Ste Marie Greyhounds 3 @ Saginaw Spirit 1

D Anthony DeAngelo, SOO: 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM
With SSM: 1 GP, 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM
With Sarnia: 29 GP, 10-28-38, E, 64 PIM
Season totals: 30 GP, 10-28-38, -1, 66 PIM
2013-14 totals: 51 GP, 15-56-71, -34, 90 PIM

DeAngelo made his Sault Ste Marie debut, but wasn’t able to find the scoresheet. The Soo is loaded after acquiring DeAngelo, Justin Bailey, and Connor Boland.

Windsor Spitfires 4 @ Ottawa 67’s 8

W Cristiano DiGiacinto, WSR: 0-2-2, E, 2 PIM
Season totals: 34 GP, 13-13-26, -10, 61 PIM
2013-14 totals: 50 GP, 17-11-28, +8, 101 PIM

DiGiacinto extended his point streak to eight games with two assists in a rough loss in Ottawa. The Spits actually outshot the 67’s, 47-37. Ottawa scored six times in the second period.

Western Hockey League

Everett Silvertips 6 @ Moose Jaw Warriors 2

C Brayden Point, MJ: 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM
Season totals: 31 GP, 17-28-45, +6, 21 PIM
2013-14 totals: 72 GP, 36-55-91, -27, 53 PIM

Point had his league-best 13-game point streak snapped by Everett. The ‘Tips got a goal and an assist from 2014 Montreal first rounder Nikita Scherbak.

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