Blujus, Vasilevskiy can't hold off the Pack.
Anrei Vasilevskiy allowed 3 goals on 38 shots for the OT loss. He almost helped Syracuse overcome what ended up being a 38-26 shot deficit.
HFD C. Bourque, (15) (Kostka, Lindberg), 12:00 (PP)
HFD O'Donnell, (2) (Nehring, Spinell), 2:58
SYR Ikonen, (3) (Vermin, Angelidis), 3:56
SYR Blujus, (1) (Namestnikov), 3:58 (PP)
HFD McIlrath, (1) (Hrivik, Kristo), 2:34
Congratulations to Dylan Blujus, who scored his first pro goal on the PP to tie the game at 2-2 and eventually force OT. Blujuspalooza!
Box score from TheAHL.com.
HPK 0 vs. Karpat 2
Saku Salminen, HPK, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 24 GP, 3-3-6, E, 2 PIM
Saku Salminen was scoreless 10:29 as HPK continues to circle the drain, dropping today's decision 2-0 to Karpat. Ex-Habs pick Ryan Glenn had a helper in the win for Karpat.
Ontario Hockey League
Ottawa 67’s 3 @ Peterborough Petes 2
D Dominik Masin, PBO: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM
Season totals: 28 GP, 5-8-13, -21, 45 PIM
2013-14 totals: 39 GP, 2-19-21, +6, 102 PIM
Masin made his return to the Peterborough lineup after representing the Czech Republic at the World Junior Championships. Masin had one assist and a minus-4 rating in five games for the Czechs.
Khanty-Mansiysk 3 vs. Novokuznetsk 1
Nikita Gusev, Khanty-Mansiysk, 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 6 SOG
Season totals: 39 GP, 14-8-22, +4, 10 PIM
Nikita Gusev assisted on the game opening goal and had a team high 6 shots on goal in Yugra's 3-1 win over Novokuznetsk. Gusev played 16:59 in the match. Ex-Habs 2nd rounder Ben Maxwell had the eventual game winner for Yugra. For comparison purposes, Maxwell has 10 goals and 22 points in 33 games this season.
Mytischi 2 vs. Zagreb 3
Dmitry Korobov, Mytischi, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 29 GP, 1-6-7, +2, 47 PIM
Dmitry Korobov was scoreless in 19:55 in Mytischi's 3-2 loss to Zagreb. Ex-Lightning forward Brandon Segal had 1 goal and 1 assist to lead the way for Zagreb. Undrafted 21 year old (right handed) defenseman Albert Yarullin had his 3rd goal on the season on the power play in the contest. Yarullin has 3 goals and 7 points in 12 games since joining Mytischi. Yarullin was a teammate of current Lightning players Nikita Nesterov and Nikita Kucherov on Russia's 2012-2013 U20 WJC team where he had 3 goals and 5 points in 7 games as one of the team's assistant captains.
Dinamo Minsk 2 vs. Bratislava 3 (SO)
Jaroslav Janus, Bratislava, DNP
Season totals: 24 GP, 6-12-5, 2 SO, 2.93 GAA, .893 sv%
Jaroslav Janus sat backup to Flyers farmhand Johan Backlund in Slovan's 3-2 shootout loss to Minsk. Ex-Springfield forward Ryan Vesce had 1 goal and 1 assist and converted on his lone shootout attempt to lead the way for Zagreb.
Wichita Thunder 3 at Allen Americans 4 OT
F Danick Gauthier, WIC: 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals (ECHL): 33 GP, 14-16-30, +1, 37 PIM, 104 SOG
Season totals (AHL): 1 GP, 0-0-0, -2, 2 PIM
D Daniel Milan, WIC: 0-0-0, E, 4 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 32 GP, 0-6-6, -9, 72 PIM, 34 SOG
Once again, the Thunder rallied with three 3rd period goals to knot the game at the end of regulation. Former Fighting Sioux captain Mario Lamoureux scored the OT game-winner for Quad City to hand Wichita their 2nd straight loss and flipped the Mallards with the Thunder for 2nd on the Central Division board. Wichita and Quad City are back at Thurday night for the 2nd half of the back-to-back.
Note: Lightning prospect Danick Gauthier (aka the Wichita Wizard) was named to the 2015 CCM/ECHL All-Star Classic presented by Visit Orlando in Orlando, FL on January 21. Gauthier is tied for second in the league with 13 power-play points (5g-8a) and he is second on the Thunder with 30 points (14g-16a).