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KHL Game Day: 10-27-15

Jokerit 4 vs. Ekaterinburg 1
Saku Salminen, Jokerit, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 9 GP, 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM

Saku Salminen was scoreless in 4:04 of ice time in Jokerit's 4-1 win over Ekaterinburg. Ex-NHLer Niklas Hagman had a goal in the match for Jokerit.

Bolt Prospect of the Week

We continue our Bolt Prospect of the Week award, an honor (virtually) given to one Tampa Bay Lightning prospect for his recent contributions on and off the ice.

The Bolt Prospect of the Week for the week ending October 26 is … Kristers Gudlevskis, G, Tampa Bay Lightning, NHL.

Kristers Gudlevskis isn’t exactly a household name. He had his 15 minutes of fame with the Latvian Olympic team two years ago, but since that time he’s quietly faded from the limelight.

“Goo-la-VEE-skees,” as Chicago play-by-play announcer Pat Foley called him, made his return to the NHL this week and all he did was shut out the defending champs in their own barn for 60 minutes.

KHL Game Day: 10-26-15

Omsk 1 vs. St. Petersburg 4
Nikita Gusev, St. Petersburg, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals (Khanty-Mansiysk): 23 GP, 7-7-14, +6, 4 PIM
Season totals: (St. Petersburg): 2 GP, 0-2-2, E, 0 PIM
Season totals: 15 GP, 7-9-16, +6, 4 PIM

Nikita Gusev played just 6 shifts and 3:05 of ice time in SKA's 4-1 win over Omsk. Ex-NHLer Ilya Kovalchuk had a helper in the win for St. Petersburg.

Magnitogorsk 3 vs. Khabarovsk 0
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, DNP
Season totals: 22 GP, 8-9-4, 0 SO, 2.48 GAA, .910 sv%

Caps first rounder Ilya Samsonov stopped all 30 shots he faced for the shutout in Magnitka's 3-0 win over Khabarovsk. Ex-Blue Jackets pick Sergei Mozyakin had a goal in the win.

Juniors Game Night: 10-25-15

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Saint John Sea Dogs 3 @ Moncton Wildcats 4

W Bokondji Imama, SJ: 0-1-1, +1, 4 PIM, 2 SOG, 1 Hit
Season totals: 12 GP, 3-3-6, -2, 19 PIM
2013-2014 Season: 59 GP, 13-15-28, +2, 137 PIM

W Mathieu Joseph, SJ: 0-0-0, -2, 2 PIM, 2 SOG, 0 Hits
Season totals: 12 GP, 6-6-12, +8, 13 PIM
2013-2014 Season: 59 GP, 21-21-42, +18, 46 PIM

Moncton completed a home-and-home sweep of Saint John with a victory Sunday. Conor Garland (Coyotes) had two goals and two assists for Moncton. The 2015 fifth round pick has 28 points in 12 games.

Shawinigan Cataractes 4 @ Victoriaville Tigres 3

W Dennis Yan, SHAW: 1-0-1, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 2 Hits, *Third Star*
Season totals: 10 GP, 11-9-20, +2, 15 PIM
2014-2015 Season: 59 GP, 33-31-64, +23, 71 PIM

Yan returned from a one-game suspension and scored the game-winning goal Sunday, breaking a 3-3 tie at the 7-minute mark of the third period.

Ontario Hockey League

London Knights 3 @ Windsor Spitfires 6

W Cristiano DiGiacinto, WSR: 1-1-2, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 13 GP, 6-7-13, +4, 21 PIM
2014-15 totals: 63 GP, 21-24-45, -16, 100 PIM

DiGiacinto is now on a point-per-game pace after notching two points in Sunday’s win over the visiting Knights.

Peterborough Petes 1 @ Ottawa 67’s 4

D Dominik Masin, PBO: 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 12 GP, 0-1-1, +9, 14 PIM
2014-15 totals: 48 GP, 7-19-26, -13, 68 PIM

D Matt Spencer, PBO: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 13 GP, 2-1-3, -2, 10 PIM
2014-15 totals: 67 GP, 6-24-30, -15, 64 PIM

The Petes lost again, this time on the road in Ottawa. Peterborough is winless in its last five games (0-2-1-1).

Note: Saginaw’s Mitchell Stephens suffered a broken foot and is out indefinitely.

United States Hockey League

Des Moines Buccaneers 4 @ Omaha Lancers 3 (SO)

G Kris Oldham, OMA: Did not play
Season totals: 5 GP, 3-1-1, 2.43 GAA, .924 sv%
2014-15 totals: 33 GP, 21-6-4, 2.49 GAA, .908 sv%, 1 SO
(University of Nebraska-Omaha commit)

Zackarias Skog got the start for the second straight day for Omaha, who lost in a shootout, 4-3. Oldham had been a game star in his last two games.

AHL Game Night: 10-25-15 Crunch at Americans

Tough weekend ends with SO loss.

RCH-4 (SO)

Adam Wilcox allowed 3 goals on 40 shots but allowed both shooters to light the lamp in the penalty shot session for the SO loss. With news coming down today that Kevin Poulin cleared waivers, a provocative question about where Wilcox will be getting starts in the near future begs asking. Vasilevskiy will soon be back with Tampa Bay, pushing Gudlevskis back down to Syracuse and potentially making the best move for the organization finding Wilcox a place to get a starting role in the ECHL. He needs playing time to develop, and I don't see that happening as quickly with sparing appearances in a crowded crease situation in Syracuse.

First Period
RCH Varone, (2) (Donovan), 8:41 (PP) GIF

Second Period
SYR Gourde, (1) (Witkowski, Koekkoek), 0:49 GIF
RCH Baptiste, (1) (O'Reilly, Leduc), 2:15 GIF
SYR Blunden, (2) (Marchessault, Tambellini), 15:22 GIF

Third Period
RCH Akeson, (3) (Varone, O'Reilly), 4:57 (PP) GIF
SYR DeAngelo, (1) (Angelidis, Ikonen), 10:24 GIF


RCH- Varone GIF, Akeson GIF

Anthony DeAngelo scored his first AHL goal in the loss and was named the game's third star. Through six games the rookie has a respectable 1 goal and 4 points with a -1 rating.

Box score from

ECHL Game Night: 10-25-15

Florida Everblades 2 at Greenville Swamp Rabbits 3

F Brian Hart, GRN: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 3 GP, 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM, 7 SOG

Other Notables
G Allen York, GRN, DNP (recalled to Syracuse)
Season totals: 1 GP, 0-1-0-0, 5.07 GAA, 0.828 SV%, 0 SO

D Charlie Dodero, GRN: 0-1-1, E, 2 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 3 GP, 0-2-2, -1, 4 PIM, 1 SOG

A few familiar faces to Syracuse Crunch fans skated into the Bon Secours Wellness Arena Sunday afternoon with the Florida Everblades to take on Brian Hart and the Greenville Swamp Rabbits. But Hart and his fellow Swamp Rabbits held Kevin Lynch, Mike Aviani, and Gabriel Desjardins all off the score sheet rallying from a two-goal deficit to complete the sweep of their weekend slate. After surrendering the first two goals, New York Rangers forward prospect Josh Nicholls scored twice for the Swamp Rabbits to knot the game at 2-2. Late in the 3rd, tough guy Emerson Clark, a former Windsor teammate of Slater Koekkoek, scored the game winner for Greenville to seal the victory. Syracuse depth defenseman Charlie Dodero assisted on Nicholls' second goal. Greenville has a three-game home stand next weekend against Atlanta, Evansville, and Florida.

ECHL Game Night: 10-24-15

Greenville Swamp Rabbits 3 at South Carolina Stingrays 2 OT

F Brian Hart, GRN: 1-0-1, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 2 GP, 1-0-1, E, 0 PIM, 4 SOG

Other Notables
G Allen York, GRN, DNP (recalled to Syracuse)
Season totals: 1 GP, 0-1-0-0, 5.07 GAA, 0.828 SV%, 0 SO

D Charlie Dodero, GRN: DNP
Season totals: 2 GP, 0-1-1, -1, 2 PIM, 0 SOG

It didn't take long for Lightning forward prospect Brian Hart to tally his first professional goal. Hart struck for the 2nd period 1-1 equalizer in the second tilt of a home-and-home with the South Carolina Stingrays. The Swamp Rabbits would go on to win behind Greenville captain and veteran centerman Bretton Cameron's 3rd period equalizer and OT game-winner. Greenville wraps up its weekend schedule with a home game against the Florida Everblades Sunday afternoon.

Juniors Game Night: 10-24-15

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Moncton Wildcats 4 @ Saint John Sea Dogs 2

W Bokondji Imama, SJ: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 7 SOG, 1 Hit
Season totals: 10 GP, 3-2-5, -2, 15 PIM
2013-2014 Season: 59 GP, 13-15-28, +2, 137 PIM

W Mathieu Joseph, SJ: 1-0-1, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 1 Hit
Season totals: 11 GP, 6-6-12, +10, 11 PIM
2013-2014 Season: 59 GP, 21-21-42, +18, 46 PIM

Mathieu Joseph scored his sixth goal of the year Saturday against the visiting Wildcats.

Ontario Hockey League

Oshawa Generals 2 @ Ottawa 67’s 4

C Anthony Cirelli, OSH: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 13 GP, 3-5-8, -4, 5 PIM
2014-15 totals: 68 GP, 13-23-36, +34, 22 PIM

Flyers first rounder Travis Konecny had two goals and an assist to lead Ottawa to a win over the Gens.

Note: Saginaw’s Mitchell Stephens suffered a broken foot and is out indefinitely.

Western Hockey League

Moose Jaw Warriors 0 @ Swift Current Broncos 3

C Brayden Point, MJ: 0-0-0, -3, 0 PIM
Season totals: 10 GP, 10-14-24, +8, 2 PIM
2014-15 totals: 60 GP, 38-49-87, +6, 46 PIM

Brayden Point was minus-3 Saturday and is minus-5 in his last two games.

Calgary Hitmen 0 @ Kelowna Rockets 3

D Ben Thomas, CAL: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM
Season totals: 13 GP, 0-3-3, -10, 8 PIM
2014-15 totals: 60 GP, 7-24-31, +16, 28 PIM

Overage goalie Jackson Whistle stopped all 26 shots he faced in Kelowna’s 3-0 win over the Hitmen.

United States Hockey League

Omaha Lancers 4 @ Waterloo Black Hawks 3

G Kris Oldham, OMA: Did not play
Season totals: 5 GP, 3-1-1, 2.43 GAA, .924 sv%
2014-15 totals: 33 GP, 21-6-4, 2.49 GAA, .908 sv%, 1 SO
(University of Nebraska-Omaha commit)

Oldham got the night off.

Tri-City Storm 3 @ Sioux City Musketeers 5

D Ryan Zuhlsdorf, SC: 0-1-1, -1, 2 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 10 GP, 0-9-9, E, 20 PIM
2014-15 totals: 56 GP, 3-19-22, +25, 58 PIM
(University of Minnesota commit)

Zuhlsdorf continues to lead all USHL defensemen in points with nine.

NHL Game Night: 10-24-15 Lightning at Blackhawks

Gudlevskis gets the Lightning across the finish line...

CHI-1 (OT)

Kristers Gudlevskis allowed 1 goal on 32 shots for the OT loss. Truth be told, the Lightning threw him to the wolves tonight with the hope that he would somehow be able to steal a point or two and he did. For the first time in his career, and I hate to possibly jinx it, he's starting to show some consistency game to game. He's as athletically gifted as just about anyone to come through this organization with his size and freakish quickness. If he starts to settle down a play consistently, he's a legit future NHL starter with those gifts, although it might not happen in Tampa with the logjam in the organization.

First Period

Second Period

Third Period

0:17 CHI Toews (1), (Kane, Seabrook)

Gudlevskis was the game's third star.

Even in defeat, as frustrated as they were on offense, the Lightning have to be ecstatic to get a point out of this game. They were coming off an OT game against Winnipeg last night against the defending champs in their barn with the organization's third string goalie between the pipes. Gudlevskis was as close to a sacrificial lamb as there is in hockey tonight as the Lightning made the strategic choice to try to get Bishop rested for the road trip finale in St. Louis. Under those circumstances, I'm happy.

The Lightning got their 4th point of the road trip and will finish no less than .500 on a swing through arguably the NHL's toughest division. That's nothing to sneeze at considering the Lightning aren't playing their best hockey yet. More importantly, Gudlevskis delivered the Lightning their 12th point of the season. For the uninitiated to the site, we break regular season hockey into 10 game segments. If you get at least 12 points every 10 games, you stay comfortably on pace to get to the playoffs. Gudlevskis got the Lightning over the 12 in 10 finish line tonight with 1 more game to go in the segment. Getting a couple of insurance points in St. Louis would be fantastic, but either way the Lightning fought off any potential Stanley Cup Final hangover and got their 12 in 10. Now, they need to do it again.

Nikita Nesterov had 2 penalty minutes, 2 hits, and 3 blocked shots in 13:19.

Box score and extended statistics from

AHL Game Night: 10-24-15

Syracuse's offensive frustration continues.


Allen York allowed 4 goals on 26 shots for the loss.

First Period
UTI Gaunce, (1) (Subban, Jensen), 4:12
UTI Jones, (1) (Subban, Friesen), 11:45 (PP)

Second Period
UTI Vey, (1) (Biega), 14:42 (PP)

Third Period
UTI Shinkaruk, (4) (Hamilton, Negrin), 1:35

Bolt Prospects alumni Blair Jones potted a goal for Utica and was named the third star. Of all the treacheries...

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