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CHL Playoffs Game Night: 3-23-18

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

#16 Val-d’Or Foreurs 1 @ #1 Blainville-Boisbriand Armada 5
Round of 16
Armada leads series 2-0

C Alex Barré-Boulet , BLB: 1-1-2, +3, 2 PIM, 11 SOG, 7/14 FO
Season Totals: 65 GP, 53-66-116, +28, 67 PIM
Playoff Totals: 2 GP, 2-2-4, +6, 4 PIM
’16-’17 Totals: 65 GP, 29-52-81, +10, 42 PIM

Barre-Boulet assisted on linemate Alexandre Alain’s (undrafted) goal just 10 seconds into Game #2 and Alain would score again on the power just 74 seconds before the end of the 1st as the Armada jumped to an early 2-0 lead. Alain earned First Star honors for the second straight game and already has 4 goals in the playoffs. Barre-Boulet would later score a goal of his own in the 2nd and Drake Batherson (OTT, 2017 4th round pick) would notch a goal and two assists as the Armada dug a two-loss series hole for the Foreurs. The series shifts to the Centre Air Creebec in Val-d’Or for Game #3 on Tuesday night.

#13 Baie-Comeau Drakkar 2 @ #4 Halifax Mooseheads 5
Round of 16
Mooseheads lead series 1-0

C/W Otto Somppi, HAL: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIMs, 0 SOG, 2/5 FO
Season Totals: 59 GP, 28-55-83, +39, 28 PIM
Playoff Totals: 1 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
’16-’17 Totals: 60 GP, 17-24-41, -7, 28 PIM

The kickoff of the 2018 QMJHL playoffs continued Friday with Game #1 of the series between #13 seed Baie-Comeau Drakkar against #4 seed Halifax Mooseheads. Halifax finished second in the Maritimes Division, just a scant three points back from division winner Acadie-Bathurst Titan.

Bolt prospect Otto Somppi left the game in the 2nd period with an apparent upper body injury after a taking a Drakkar hit and will be evaluated on Saturday. Blue Jackets free agent signee and Moosehead captain Maxime Fortier led Halifax with two goals and Alexis Gravel, one of the top 2018 draft eligible goalies, made 36 saves as the Mooseheads gutted out a win in a penalty-filled affair. Game #2 is Saturday night right back at the Scotiabank Centre in Halifax.
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Ontario Hockey League

#8 Saginaw Spirit 2 @ #1 Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 5
Western Conference Quarterfinals
Greyhounds lead series 1-0

W Boris Katchouk, SSM: 0-2-2, +2, 0 PIM, 4 SOG, *Third Star*
Season Totals: 58 GP, 42-43-85, +53, 30 PIM
Playoff Totals: 1 GP, 0-2-2, +2, 0 PIM
’16-’17 Season: 66 GP, 35-29-64, +18, 46 PIM

W Taylor Raddysh, SSM: 2-0-2, +2, 0 PIM, 6 SOG, 5/9 FO, *First Star*
Season Totals (SSM): 28 GP, 18-21-39, +14, 14 PIM
Season Totals (ER): 30 GP, 15-29-44, +10, 16 PIM
Season Totals: 58 GP, 33-50-83, +24, 30 PIM
Playoff Totals: 1 GP, 2-0-2, +2, 0 PIM
‘16-‘17 Totals: 58 GP, 42-67-109, +67, 37 PIM

The kickoff of the 2018 OHL playoffs continued Friday with Game #1 of the Western Conference quarterfinals series between #8 seed Saginaw Spirit against #1 seed and winner of the OHL best regular season record of 55-7-3-3 Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds

Bolt prospect Taylor Raddysh broke open a 1-1 game in the 2nd period with a pair of back-to-back late in the period to give the Soo a 3-1 lead heading to 2nd intermission. Fellow Bolt prospect Boris Katchouk assisted on both of Raddysh’s goals, with Raddysh earning First Star honors and Katchouk named as the Third Star. Right-hand blueliner Mac Hollowell (2018 draft eligible) scored once for the Soo and contributed a pair of assists. Game #2 is scheduled for Sunday afternoon back at the Essar Centre.

Western Hockey League

#8 Prince Albert Raiders 5 @ #1 Moose Jaw Warriors 3
Eastern Conference Quarterfinals
Raiders lead series 1-0

D Oleg Sosunov, MJ: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season Totals: 71 GP, 7-19-26, +35, 62 PIM
Playoff Totals: 1 GP, 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (MHL-Russia): 32 GP, 0-0-0, +1, 79 PIM

The kickoff of the 2018 WHL playoffs continued Friday with Game #1 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals series between #8 seed Prince Albert Raiders against #1 seed and Eastern Conference-best with a 52-15-2-3 record Moose Jaw Warriors.

Much like Thursday night when the upstart Tri-City Americans rolled into Kelowna and served up some notice, likewise, the Raiders pulled into Mosaic Place serving up the same to the Warriors in the form of a 5-3 win. Jordy Stallard (WPG, 2016 5th round pick) scored twice for Prince Albert in the 1st and Cole Fonstad (2018 draft eligible) scored twice in the 2nd to put the game out of reach for Moose Jaw. These two teams square off for Game #2 Saturday night back at Mosaic Place.

Juniors Game Night: 3-23-18

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 @ Fargo Force 8

D Nick Perbix , OMA: 0-0-0, E, 16 PIM, 2 SOG
Season Totals: 48 GP, 4-19-23, +9, 32 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (HS): 25 GP, 10-30-40, 6 PIM
Committed to: St. Cloud State University

What’s worse than losing 7-1 in Fargo? How about losing 8-2 the very next night. Things turned ugly after the Lancers lost back-to-back games by a combined score of 15-3, as the two teams racked up a combined 182 minutes of penalties in this second match. Eight of the game’s ten goals were scored on the power play, including both of Omaha’s and six of Fargo’s eight. Bolt prospect Nick Perbix doubled his season penalty minutes totals with three minors and a game misconduct. Burn the tape of this trip to Fargo.

Sioux City Musketeers 2 @ Des Moines Buccaneers 3 (SO)

F Sammy Walker, SC: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 5 SOG
Season Totals (USHL): 7 GP, 0-3-3, -3, 4 PIM
’16-’17 Totals (USHL): 4 GP, 0-0-0, -3, 6 PIM
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 setup Cole Koepke (Minnesota-Duluth commit) for a 1st period goal to knot the score at 1-1. For those of you not scoring at home, that’s three assists in Walker’s first three games back with the Musketeers. That line of Walker, Koepke and Dylan Mills (Niagara commit) have scored in each of those three games. Sioux City Head Coach Luke Strand threw the trio out as the first three shooters in the shootout, but the Musketeers fell short 3-2 in a six-frame shootout.

AHL Game Night: 3-23-18 Sound Tigers at Crunch

Verhaeghe paces Crunch past Sound Tigers.

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Eddie Pasquale allowed just 1 goal on 23 shots for the victory.

First Period
5:00 SYR Verhaeghe (12), (Joseph, Bodie)(PP)

Second Period
2:00 SYR Walcott (4), (Lynch, Volkov)

Third Period
6:28 BRI Bailey (15), (Aho, St. Denis)(PP)
12:27 SYR Verhaeghe (13), (Peca, Spencer)
19:42 SYR Lynch (12), (Volkov)(EN)

Carter Verhaeghe, Daniel Walcott, and Pasquale were the game's three stars.

Syracuse hits the 40 win mark for the season with the victory.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

Verhaeghe Scores Twice in Crunch's Win Over Sound Tigers


By Jeremy Houghtaling

Despite going up against his former team, Carter Verhaeghe tried to treat it like any other game.

The Crunch forward netted a pair of goals against Sound Tigers goalie Kristers Gudlevskis — the player he was traded for — as Syracuse beat Bridgeport, 4-1, at the Onondaga County War Memorial Friday.

The Crunch have won four straight games and have a point in 12 of their last 13 games.

“It’s good seeing a couple familiar faces out there — guys that I’ve played with and are still friends. But I think I just went into it trying to play a hockey game and treat it like any other,” said Verhaeghe, who played his former team on the road earlier this season. “It was a little different going back to Bridgeport, but it made it a little easier being at home here for sure.”

CHL Playoffs Game Night: 3-22-18

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

#16 Val-d’Or Foreurs 2 @ #1 Blainville-Boisbriand Armada 3 (OT)
Round of 16
Armada leads series 1-0

C Alex Barré-Boulet , BLB: 1-1-2, +3, 2 PIM, 6 SOG, 10/13 FO, *Third Star*
Season Totals: 65 GP, 53-66-116, +28, 67 PIM
Playoff Totals: 1 GP, 1-1-2, +3, 2 PIM
’16-’17 Totals: 65 GP, 29-52-81, +10, 42 PIM

The 2018 QMJHL playoffs kicked off Thursday night with Game #1 of the series between #16 seed Val-d’Or Foreurs against #1 seed Blanville-Boisbriand Armada. The Armada set a franchise record 50-win season, going 50-11-4-3 and winning their first ever Jean-Rougeau Trophy as the QMJHL best regular season team.

Bolt prospect Alex Barre-Boulet and linemate Alexandre Alain (undrafted) shared a couple of 1st period short-handed goals, each scoring one and each getting the lone assist on the other, to give the Armada an early 2-0 lead. But the Foreurs battled back after a scoreless 2nd period, lighting the lamp twice in the 3rd to send the game to the extra session, where Alain notched the game-winner, his second of the game and the playoffs. Val-d’Or netminder Mathieu Marquis (undrafted) stopped 43 of 46 Armada shots but came up one save short. Game #2 is Friday night right back at Centre d'excellence Sports Rousseau.

Western Hockey League

#7 Tri-City Americans 5 @ #3 Kelowna Rockets 0
Western Conference Quarterfinals
Americans lead series 1-0

D Cal Foote, KEL: 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals: 60 GP, 19-51-70, +31, 46 PIM
Playoffs Totals: 1 GP, 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM
‘15-‘16 Totals: 71 GP, 6-51-57, +39, 41 PIM

The 2018 WHL playoffs also kicked off Thursday with Game #1 of the Western Conference quarterfinals series between #7 seed Tri-City Americans against #3 seed and B.C. Division champs Kelowna Rockets.

Tri-City rolled into Prospera Place in Kelowna, serving notice to the Rockets with a 5-0 shutout behind 39 saves by Americans goalie Patrick Dea (undrafted), and two goals each from Morgan Geekie (CAR, 2017 3rd round pick) and 2017 #9 overall Red Wings pick Michael Rasmussen. The two teams get a night off with Game 2 on Saturday in Kelowna.

Juniors Game Night: 3-22-18

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 1 @ Fargo Force 7

D Nick Perbix , OMA: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season Totals: 47 GP, 4-19-23, +9, 16 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (HS): 25 GP, 10-30-40, 6 PIM
Committed to: St. Cloud State University

A.J. Drobot (Maine commit) led the charge for the Force with a pair of goals and Fargo goalie Strauss Mann (Michigan commit) made 26 saves as the Force smoked the Lancers.

NHL Game Night: 3-22-18 Lightning at Islanders

Eighties night all over again.

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Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 6 goals on 41 shots and still got a win.

First Period
2:09 TB Cirelli (3), (Coburn, Gourde)
2:35 TB Johnson (21), (Kunitz, Sergachev)
10:24 NYI Pulock (8), (Eberle, Tavares)(PP)
14:17 TB Hedman (14), (Point, Palat)

Second Period
2:43 TB Point (28), (Cirelli, McDonagh)(SH)
3:20 NYI Pulock (9), (Beauvillier, Eberle)(PP)
5:15 NYI Lee (37), (Bailey)
8:27 TB Miller (19), (Stamkos, Coburn)
11:22 TB Sergachev (9), (Gourde, Point)(PP)
18:20 TB Miller (20), (Kucherov, Hedman)(PP)

Third Period
1:35 NYI Lee (38), (Bailey, Tavares)(PP)
3:21 NYI Beauvillier (15), (Eberle)
4:36 NYI Beauvillier (16), (Boychuk, Barzal)

Brayden Point and J.T. Miller were the game's first and third stars.

Some stretches of mental laziness and poor turnovers made this game way closer than it should have been. Cooper's going to be spitting mad. He should be.

Anthony Cirelli had 1 goal and 1 assist and was +2 with 4 shots and 1 blocked shot in 16:14. He was also 31% on 13 draws.

Adam Erne played 9:45. Had a horrible turnover near his own blueline that led to an Islanders goal. He should feel shame for that one.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

NHL Game Night: 3-20-18 Maple Leafs at Lightning

Lightning score four unanswered to maul Toronto's young psyche.

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Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 3 goals on 30 shots for his team record-setting 41st win of the campaign. Kind of a middle-of-the-road effort, but I'm alright with that. I'd rather Vasiy save one or two of his otherwordly hot streaks for the postseason, if possible.

First Period
15:06 TOR Van Riemsdyk (32), (Marner, Carrick)

Second Period
1:29 TOR Van Riemsdyk (33), (Bozak, Kadri)(PP)
15:41 TOR Hyman (14), (unassisted)
16:40 TB Hedman (13), (Stamkos, Erne)

Third Period
1:24 TB McDonagh (4), (Gourde, Sergachev)
3:32 TB Kucherov (37), (unassisted)
9:14 TB Killorn (14), (Cirelli, Gourde)

Ryan McDonagh and Anthony Cirelli were the game's first and second stars.

The Lightning found themselves sorely outplayed for the first 35 minutes of this game to fall behind 3-0 before turning on the afterburners and leaving Toronto in the jet fumes. It wasn't an awful First Period for the Lightning from the standpoint of a ton of turnovers or odd man rushes, but they were outpossessed and they really started to loosen up and give up turnovers that cost them mightily in the Second Period. Hope came in the form of some good work by Adam Erne to help manufacture Victor Hedman's goal to slice the deficit to two goals heading into the Second Intermission. And then it was just blood in the water. The Third Period was a total squash as the Lightning found their groove and just ran over the Maple Leafs on the way to the victory.

The Lightning's Jekyll and Hyde performance points to something that is simultaneously exciting and terrifying about this team: I don't think they're capable of winning a game 2-1. If they get a goal, they're getting three or four. Conversely, it feels like if they surrender a goal, they're giving up three or four, too. The swings of momentum caused by goals for and against for this team are dramatic in both the positive and the negative direction. That means they're never out of a game and they're capable of explosive outbursts, but we haven't seen sixty minutes of detail-conscious hockey in forever, and that's something that we need to see in the postseason.

Cirelli had a helper and was +2 with 2 penalty minutes and 1 shot in 17:19. He was also 64% on 11 draws. After looking overwhelmed in the circles early in his callup he's started to find his way in the circles of late.

Erne had a helper, 2 shots, and 1 hit in 11:01. He's a guy who can be a momentum changer right now because he is so strong on the puck and on the cycle. He's a guy who can help you start to tilt the ice in your favor if he gets the puck down low below the dots in the zone.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

Juniors Game Night: 3-20-18

Juniors update from the weekend; no games on Monday and Tuesday.

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Val-d’Or Foreurs 0 @ Blainville-Boisbriand Armada 7 (Friday)
Blainville-Boisbriand Armada 5 @ Gatineau Olympiques 1 (Saturday)
Rimouski Oceanic 1 @ Blainville-Boisbriand Armada 2 (SO) (Sunday)

C Alex Barré-Boulet , BLB: 2 GP, 2-1-3, +2, 2 PIM, 11 SOG, 12/20 FO, *Second Star*
Season Totals: 65 GP, 53-63-116, +28, 67 PIM
’16-’17 Totals: 65 GP, 29-52-81, +10, 42 PIM

On Friday, Barre-Boulet scored twice and assisted on Alexandre Alain’s (undrafted) game opening goal, good for a Second Star, as the Armada put up the touchdown on scoreboard against the Foreurs. Emile Samson (undrafted) made 17 saves for the shutout.

On Saturday, Barre-Boulet didn’t dress as the Armada handled the Olympiques in Gatineau. After scoring twice the night before against Val-d’Or, Alexander Katerinakis (undrafted) paced a depleted Armada lineup with a goal and three points against Gatineau.

On Sunday, Barre-Boulet was back in the lineup but held pointless by Rimouski in a make-up game from the one cancelled back on March 14th due to a winter storm. Barre-Boulet failed to convert in the shootout, but linemate Alexandre Alain (undrafted) did convert and won the game for the Armada. Goaltenders Emile Samson (undrafted) and Gabriel Waked (undrafted) split time in net, with Samson going 17 of 17 in the first half of the game and Waked allowing just 1 on 14 shots, but stopping all three Rimouski shots in the shootout.

Moncton Wildcats 4 @ Halifax Mooseheads 7 (Friday)
Acadie-Bathurst Titan 5 @ Halifax Mooseheads 4 (Saturday)

C/W Otto Somppi, HAL: 2 GP, 0-2-2, +3, 2 PIMs, 5 SOG, 25/49 FO
Season Totals: 59 GP, 28-55-83, +39, 28 PIM
’16-’17 Totals: 60 GP, 17-24-41, -7, 28 PIM

On Friday, Moncton jumped out to a 2-0, but the Mooseheads reeled off five straight to blow open the game. Somppi assisted on a goal by Columbus prospect Maxime Fortier. Halifax was paced by a pair of goals each from Raphael Lavoie (2019 draft eligible) and Connor Moynihan (undrafted). James Phelan (undrafted) had a pair of power play markers for the Wildcats..

On Saturday, Mitchell Balmas (undrafted) racked up a hat trick for the Titan, outlasting the Mooseheads for a hard fought road win. Somppi assisted on a Benoit-Olivier Groulx (2018 draft eligible) goal with 69 seconds left in regulation to draw the score to 5-4, but Halifax couldn’t manage the equalizer.

Ontario Hockey League

Flint Firebirds 4 @ Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 3 (OT) (Friday)
London Knights 3 @ Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 6 (Sunday)

W Boris Katchouk, SSM: 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM, 5 SOG, 1/3 FO
Season Totals: 58 GP, 42-43-85, +53, 30 PIM
’16-’17 Season: 66 GP, 35-29-64, +18, 46 PIM

W Taylor Raddysh, SSM: 2 GP, 1-0-1, -2, 0 PIM, 5 SOG, 7/14 FO
Season Totals (SSM): 28 GP, 18-21-39, +14, 14 PIM
Season Totals (ER): 30 GP, 15-29-44, +10, 16 PIM
Season Totals: 58 GP, 33-50-83, +24, 30 PIM
‘16-‘17 Totals: 58 GP, 42-67-109, +67, 37 PIM

On Friday, the lowly Firebirds shocked the high-flying Soo with an overtime win behind a pair of goals by Jack Phibbs (undrafted) and three assists from Jake Durham (undrafted). Fedor Gordeev (TOR, 2017 5th round pick) scored the OT game-winner for Flint. Raddysh scored a power player marker in the 3rd to give the Soo a 3-2 lead, but the Greyhounds couldn’t close the door and let the game slip away for a rare home loss.

On Sunday, the Soo bounced back from their shocker Friday against the Firebirds, getting goals from six different skaters, and doubling up the Knights. Raddysh played his 58th game of the season, equally his games played from last season, but statistically 9 goals and 17 assists off last season’s 109-point output.

Barrie Colts 6 @ Sudbury Wolves 4 (Friday)
Sudbury Wolves 3 @ Barrie Colts 10 (Saturday)
Sudbury Wolves 2 @ Oshawa Generals 4 (Sunday)

W Alexey Lipanov, SBY: 3 GP, 0-3-3, -3, 2 PIM, 4 SOG, 32/69 FO
Season Totals (SBY): 20 GP, 3-6-9, -14, 10 PIM
Season Totals (BAR): 35 GP, 11-19-30, +9, 10 PIM
Season Totals: 55 GP, 14-25-39, -5, 20 PIM
‘16-‘17 Totals (VHL-Russia): 21 GP, 3-5-8, +5, 8 PIM

On Friday, the Colts jumped out to a 4-0 lead over the Wolves behind the play of Dmitry Sokolov (MIN, 2016 7th round pick) and Andrei Svechnikov (2018 draft eligible). Sudbury battled back to knot the score 4-4 midway through the 3rd period, before Svechnikov and Sokolov went back to work on the power play to secure the win for Barrie.

On Saturday, the second night of the home-and-home series, the Colts jumped out to another 4-0 lead behind a couple of goals and an assist from Zachary Magwood (undrafted). He’d later score again early in the 3rd for the hat trick. Lipanov assisted on both of Blake Murray’s (2019 draft eligible) goals at the end of the 1st to close the gap to 4-2, but Barrie blew the game open with a four-goal 2nd period en route to putting up double digits on the scoreboard. Both Lucas Chiodo (undrafted) and Ryan Suzuki (2019 draft eligible) would both notch five-point games for the Colts.

On Sunday, Lipanov assisted on the 2-1 go-ahead goal by Shane Bulitka (undrafted) early in the 2nd, but the Generals reeled off three straight to blow out the game.

Peterborough Petes 8 @ Oshawa Generals 4 (Friday)
Hamilton Bulldogs 5 @ Peterborough Petes 3 (Saturday)

W/C Christopher Paquette, PBO: 2 GP, 1-0-1, E, 0 PIM, 6 SOG, 19/52 FO
Season Totals: 61 G, 16-13-29, -36, 16 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (NIA/PBO): 66 GP, 19-29-48, +1, 28 PIM

On Friday, Pavel Gogolev (2018 draft eligible) notched a hat trick for the Petes as they pasted a snowman up on the Oshawa scoreboard. Paquette scored the 4-3 go ahead goal right at the end of the 2nd period and Peterborough stomped on the gas in the 3rd to put the game away. Semyon Der-Arguchintsev (2018 draft eligible) peeled off a six-point game with a goal and five assists for the Petes.

On Saturday, Der-Arguchintsev continued his hot play, opening the scoring early in the 1st period, but the Bulldogs roared back behind a hat trick and four points from Marian Studenic (NJD, 2017 5th round pick).

Western Hockey League

Kelowna Rockets 5 @ Vancouver Giants 2 (Friday)
Vancouver Giants 1 @ Kelowna Rockets 8 (Saturday)

D Cal Foote, KEL: 0-2-2, +4, 0 PIM, 5 SOG
Season Totals: 60 GP, 19-51-70, +31, 46 PIM
‘15-‘16 Totals: 71 GP, 6-51-57, +39, 41 PIM

On Friday, Foote sat out of the Rockets lineup, but teammates Carsen Twarynski and Kyle Topping notched two goals each to pace Kelowna to a road victory over the Giants.

On Saturday, Foote returned to the line-up for the home-half of the home-and-home series with the Giants and notched a pair of assists. The Rockets were paced with two goal, four-point nights from both Dillon Dube (CGY, 2016 2nd round pick) and Leif Mattson (undrafted). Foote reached the 70-point plateau and equalized his assist output from last season in 11 fewer games.

Brandon Wheat Kings 6 @ Moose Jaw Warriors 5 (OT) (Friday)
Moose Jaw Warriors 4 @ Brandon Wheat Kings 5 (SO) (Saturday)

D Oleg Sosunov, MJ: 2 GP, 0-1-1, -4, 2 PIM, 2 SOG
Season Totals: 71 GP, 7-19-26, +35, 62 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (MHL-Russia): 32 GP, 0-0-0, +1, 79 PIM

On Friday, The Warriors played catch up the whole game, equalizing 3-1, 4-3, and 5-4 deficits, but never holding a lead. Stelio Mattheos (CAR, 2017 3rd round pick) paced the Wheat Kings with two goals and an assist, including the OT game-winner. Former Lightning prospect Brett Howden had four assists in a losing effort for Moose Jaw.

On Saturday, the second half of the home-and-home back-to-back, Sosunov assisted on Branden Klatt’s (undrafted) second goal as part of a 4-0 jump by the Warriors with a couple of goals from Tanner Jeannot (undrafted) to go along with Klatt’s. The Wheat Kings would battle back behind a pair of markers by Luka Burzan (2018 draft eligible). Burzan would go on to win the game for Brandon converting as the sixth shooter to break a 1-1 tie in the shootout.

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.

Lincoln Stars 3 @ Omaha Lancers 2 (SO) (Friday)
Sioux City Musketeers 4 @ Omaha Lancers 3 (SO) (Sunday)

D Nick Perbix , OMA: 2 GP, 0-1-1, -2, 0 PIM, 5 SOG
Season Totals: 46 GP, 4-19-23, +9, 16 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (HS): 25 GP, 10-30-40, 6 PIM
Committed to: St. Cloud State University

On Friday, the Stars converted on their first two shots in the shootout to defeat the Lancers. Perbix assisted on Filip Suchy’s (undrafted) power-play goal just 40 seconds into the 3rd to knot the score at 1-1.

On Sunday, the Lancers lose their 2nd straight in the shootout. Walker notched the primary assist for the Muskateers on Cole Koepke’s (Minnesota-Duluth commit) goal just 50 seconds into the game. Both Perbix and Walker failed to convert in the shootout.

Sioux Falls Stampede 6 @ Sioux City Muskateers 3 (Saturday)
Sioux City Musketeers 4 @ Omaha Lancers 3 (SO) (Sunday)

F Sammy Walker, SC: 2 GP, 0-2-2, -1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season Totals (USHL): 6 GP, 0-2-2, -4, 4 PIM
’16-’17 Totals (USHL): 4 GP, 0-0-0, -3, 6 PIM
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

On Saturday, Walker re-joined Sioux City, his USHL team, after the conclusion of his high school hockey career and assisted on Dylan Mills (Niagara commit) second goal of the game. The Stampede, however, doubled the Musketeers behind a goal and two assists from Adam Dawe (Maine commit).

On Sunday, the Lancers lose their 2nd straight in the shootout. Walker notched the primary assist for the Muskateers on Cole Koepke’s (Minnesota-Duluth commit) goal just 50 seconds into the game. Both Perbix and Walker failed to convert in the shootout.

NHL Game Day: 3-18-18 Oilers at Lightning

Tampa Bay gets back to basics.

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Louis Domingue allowed 1 goal 30 shots for the victory. After a puckhandling miscue that gifted Edmonton their first goal, Domingue settled in to have an excellent game. He made a slew of solid situational saves in the First Period and first half of the Second Period that allowed the Lightning the time they needed to eventually build a lead and win the game.

First Period
0:14 EDM Rattie (2), (unassisted)
15:12 TB Hedman (12), (Point)

Second Period
2:24 TB Kucherov (35), (Stamkos)(PP)

Third Period
11:34 TB Kucherov (36), (Stamkos, Miller)

Domingue, Nikita Kucherov, and Victor Hedman were the game's three stars.

Less than 24 hours after being humbled by a Bruins team that just seemed to be more disciplined and better at the detailed basics of the game, Tampa Bay began its road to redemption and to regain its swag. It wasn't easy after falling behind early on a soft goal on a puckhandling gaffe, and certainly the defense was too loosey goosey in the opening 20-30 minutes of the game overall. But rather than trying to win another 80's style hockey game, the Lightning seemed resolved to win this one the right way and they simply got stronger and stronger in their team game as the contest wore on. They manufactured a goal off a faceoff. They got their power play functional again. The penalty kill actually didn't allow a power play goal. And they potted an insurance goal built on a relentless cycle that made Edmonton wither under the pressure. Yes, it's just Edmonton, but it's something the Lightning needed as a stepping stone as they continue this pre-postseason portion of the schedule.

Anthony Cirelli had 1 shot and was 56% on 9 draws in 11:41.

Adam Erne played 8:20.

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