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NHL Game Night: 11-18-17 Islanders at Lightning

Lightning rally gives false hope after flat start.


Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 4 goals on 31 shots for the rare loss. I think he might want the second goal back, which appeared to go through him, but in fairness to him the defense was pretty rancid tonight.

First Period
0:51 NYI Ladd (4), (Tavares, Ho-Sang)
10:25 NYI Lee (10), (Tavares, Bailey)

Second Period
7:09 NYI Nelson (6), (Chimera, Pelech)

Third Period
1:05 NYI Lee (11), (Bailey, Barzal)(PP)
3:13 TB Gourde (5), (Point, Koekkoek)
3:26 TB Palat (5), (Point, Vasilevskiy)
16:24 TB Gourde (6), (Palat, Girardi)
19:38 NYI Tavares (14), (Cizikas, Bailey)(EN)

Yanni Gourde was the game's second star.

The Lightning were flat and looked unprepared for the game and the Islanders jumped on them and got the goal on the opening shift. The Lightning responded by opening up too much to try to get goals and ended up surrendering too many odd man rushes and found themselves behind the eight ball. They eventually got down 3 goals after 40 minutes, and as I've said many a time, it feels like 99 times out of 100 that's a death sentence for the team trailing in pro hockey. You may get within one, but you eventually lose and it happened again tonight.

The Lightning finish the second 10-game segment of the season 8 points ahead of playoff pace. Good news is, ending on a loss, I don't think anyone's got to warn the Lightning to get complacent. Segment three starts tomorrow with a record of 0-0-0. Twelve in ten: do it again.

Slater Koekkoek had a helper and was +2 with 1 hit in 9:01.

Gourde had a pair of goals and was +1 with 4 shots and 1 blocked shot in 17:23.

Jake Dotchin was -3 with 2 shots in 12:18. Not going to sugar coat it: he stunk tonight. Getting beat like a dog out of the corner by Nelson on the third goal ultimately was the kill shot goal for the Islanders. He didn't cloak himself in glory with his play in this one.

Mikhail Sergachev was -1 with 3 shots, 1 hit, and 1 blocked shot in 18:37. Had a lot of scoring chances in this game and was dynamic offensively.

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AHL Game Day: 11-18-17 Crunch at Marlies

Breakthrough for Crunch remains close, but out of reach.


Louis Domingue allowed 2 goals on 27 shots for the loss. It was a quality start in his Syracuse debut, at least.

First Period
3:05 SYR Erne (1), (Thomas, Yan)(PP)
13:54 TOR Johnsson (7), (Mueller, Kapanen)(PP)
18:56 TOR Kapanen (5), (Rosen, Johnsson)(PP)

Second Period

Third Period

Dennis Yan was the game's third star.

Good to see Adam Erne rebound with a goal after his... inartful... breakaway attempt last time out made Sportcenter bloopers.

Syracuse outshot the division-leading Marlies, but couldn't crack Garret Sparks for the equalizer. The team remains tantalizingly close to a breakthrough but is still struggling to figure out how to finish off and win games.

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Juniors Game Night: 11-17-17

From Friday night...

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Saint John Sea Dogs 7 @ Halifax Mooseheads 2

C/W Otto Somppi, HAL: 0-2-2, +1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 15/24 FO, *Third Star*
Season Totals: 14 GP, 6-14-20, +20, 12 PIM
’16-’17 Totals: 60 GP, 17-24-41, -7, 28 PIM

Somppi assisted on both Mooseheads goals and managed a plus-minus of +1 after the Sea Dogs put a touchdown up on the scoreboard, receiving Third Star hometown honors in the losing effort. Somppi leads all of the Q in plus-minus with +20 despite missing the early part of the season with an injury. Coupled with his 2 shorties in just 14 games, Somppi is progressing as a solid two-way prospect in a contract decision year for the Lightning, and there may be just one ELC available for either Somppi or fellow Bolt prospect Christopher Paquette.

Ontario Hockey League

Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 2 @ Sudbury Wolves 0

W Boris Katchouk, SSM: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 4 SOG, 1/2 FO
Season Totals: 22 GP, 18-14-32, +20, 8 PIM
’16-’17 Season: 66 GP, 35-29-64, +18, 46 PIM

The Greyhounds scored two shorthanded goals, shutting out the Wolves despite a sparkling 37 save effort from Sudbury netminder Jake McGrath (undrafted).

Western Hockey League

Lethbridge Hurricanes 4 @ Kelowna Rockets 7

D Cal Foote, KEL: 0-4-4, +2, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, *Second Star*
Season Totals: 21 GP, 5-16-21, +12, 16 PIM
‘15-‘16 Totals: 71 GP, 6-51-57, +39, 41 PIM

The Hurricanes and Rockets put on a show for the 5,100+ fans at Prospera Place. Kelowna scored the first two goals, striking just 40 seconds into the contest. Former Buffalo Sabres prospect Giorgio Estephan then put his Lethbridge team on his shoulders scoring twice and assisting on a third to give the Hurricanes a 3-2 lead. The Rockets then scored twice to take a 4-3 lead into 2nd intermission, and after the 4-4 equalizer by the Hurricanes early in the 3rd, Kelowna emptied the tank and finished with three straight for the win. Foote (pictured) earned Second Star honors, notching 4 assists, including helpers on both of Flames’ prospect Dillon Dube’s goals.

Brandon Wheat King 4 @ Saskatoon Blades 1

D Libor Hajek, SAS: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season Totals: 20 GP, 5-10-15, -12, 18 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals: 65 GP: 4-22-26, -17, 81 PIM

Hajek assisted on the Blade’s lone goal as Brandon goalie Logan Thompson (undrafted) turned aside 42 Saskatoon shots.

Calgary Hitmen 2 @ Moose Jaw Warriors 5

C Brett Howden, MJ: DNP, Injured
Season Totals: 15 GP, 10-13-23, +9, 18 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals: 58 GP, 38-43-81, +14, 73 PIM

D Oleg Sosunov, MJ: 0-1-1, -1, 2 PIM, 0 SOG
Season Totals: 22 GP, 6-4-10, +19, 30 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (MHL-Russia): 32 GP, 0-0-0, +1, 79 PIM

Sosunov nabbed a power play assist on the Warriors’ 4th goal as Moose Jaw cruised to a win against the Hitmen. Howden remains out of the Warriors lineup after sustaining an injury in the first game of the 2017 CIBC Canada Russia Series.

United States Hockey League

Dubuque Fighting Saints 2 @ Waterloo Black Hawks 3

C Cole Guttman, DBQ: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals: 11 GP, 4-4-8, -2, 6 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals: 53 GP, 27-27-54, +21, 18 PIM
Committed to: University of Denver

Guttman was scoreless in Dubuque’s failed comeback attempt against Waterloo. Niko Esposito-Selivanov was also scoreless for the Black Hawks. It was a busy press week for Guttman, first announcing his commitment to the reigning NCAA champion University of Denver Pioneers. The Fighting Saints captain was then named to the 2017 WJAC roster by Team USA to play in the 2017 World Junior A Challenge from Dec. 10-16 in Truto, Nova Scotia.

Cedar Rapids Roughriders 4 @ Omaha Lancers 1

D Nick Perbix , OMA: 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM, 3 SOG
Season Totals: 13 GP, 0-4-4, +1, 6 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (HS): 25 GP, 10-30-40, 6 PIM
Committed to: St. Cloud State University

After both teams traded power play goals in the first 40 minutes, the Roughriders scored thrice in the 3rd period to outpace the Lancers. This week Perbix was also named to the 2017 WJAC roster by Team USA and joins Guttman on the USA roster for the 2017 World Junior A Challenge.

Madison Capitols 1 @ Sioux City Musketeers 2 (SO)

RW Sammy Walker, SC: DNP
Season Totals (SC): 4 GP, 0-0-0, -3, 4 PIM
Season Totals (HS): 20 GP, 16-25-41, 14 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (HS): 25 GP, 22-24-46, 6 PIM
Committed to: University of Minnesota

Walker wasn’t in the lineup for the Musketeers’ shootout win over the Capitols. Checking with the team to see if he is injured, so stay tuned.

NCAA Game Night: 11-17-17

Vermont Catamounts 1 @ No. 12 Northeastern Huskies 2

C Ross Colton, UVM: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 3 SOG
Season Totals: 12 GP, 8-0-8, -6, 18 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals: 33 GP, 12-15-27, E, 22 PIM

The Catamounts carried a 1-0 lead into the third period, but despite outshooting the Huskies 10-7 in the final frame, allowed two goals and fell, 2-1.

No. 18 Boston University Terriers 2 @ Maine Black Bears 5

D John MacLeod, BU: Did not play
Season Totals: 5 GP, 0-1-1, -4, 4 PIM
’17-’18 Totals Totals: 36 GP, 2-5-7, +8, 30 PIM

MacLeod was scratched.

UConn Huskies 2 @ UMass-Lowell River Hawks 5

C Ryan Lohin, UML: 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season Totals: 13 GP, 5-9-14, +1, 8 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals: 41 GP, 12-17-29, +10, 14 PIM

Lohin was scoreless as his River Hawks topped visiting UConn, 5-2. He was on the ice for both Huskies goals (one was scored shorthanded).

Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks 1 @ No. 15 Western Michigan Broncos 4

D Kristian Oldham, UNO: No decision, 3 saves on 3 shots
Season Totals: 2 GP, 0-0-1, 3.53 GAA, .875 sv%, 0 SO
’16-‘17 Totals: 10 GP, 5-3-1, 3.38 GAA, .895 sv%, 0 SO

Oldham did not start for UNO against Luke Witkowski’s alma mater, but came in mid-way through the third period after WMU went up 4-0.

No. 13 Harvard Crimson 2 @ No. 7 Minnesota Golden Gophers 4

D Ryan Zuhlsdorf, UMN: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals: 13 GP, 0-6-6, +6, 24 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals: 37 GP, 2-3-5, +11, 35 PIM

Zuhlsdorf set a new career high for points in a season with his sixth, set in 24 fewer games than his freshman season. The Gophers had a 4-0 lead before Alex Killorn’s alma mater scored twice in the first half of the third period to make things interesting.

*USCHO poll used for rankings

Juniors Game Night: 11-16-17

Ontario Hockey League

Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 5 @ North Bay Battalion 4 (OT)

W Boris Katchouk, SSM: 0-3-3, +1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, *First Star*
Season Totals: 21 GP, 18-14-32, +20, 8 PIM
’16-’17 Season: 66 GP, 35-29-64, +18, 46 PIM

Boris Katchouk earned First Star honors leading The Soo to an overtime victory by racking up 3 assists, including the one on Flyers 2017 1st round pick Morgan Frost’s overtime game-winner. Katchouk is now 2nd in the OHL in goals, 4th in points, 1st in shorties, 1st in game-winners, and 2nd in plus-minus.

Sudbury Wolves 8 @ Barrie Colts 2

W Alexey Lipanov, BAR: 1-0-1, -1, 2 PIM, 1 SOG, 6/12 FO
Season Totals: 19 GP, 7-10-17, +6, 2 PIM
‘16-‘17 Totals (VHL-Russia): 21 GP, 3-5-8, +5, 8 PIM

Alexey Lipanov opened the scoring with his league leading third shorthanded goal just three minutes into the contest. Then… a snowman happened. The Wolves scored the next seven and Wild 2016 7th round pick Dmitry Sokolov chalked up a four-point night to pace Sudbury. Oh, and Lipanov was also 50% on face offs.

Oshawa Generals 4 @ Peterborough Petes 1

W/C Christopher Paquette, PBO: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 5/11 FO
Season Totals: 18 GP, 8-2-10, -11, 4 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (NIA/PBO): 66 GP, 19-29-48, +1, 28 PIM

The Petes scored first, but the OHL East celler dwelling Generals mustered three unanswered and added the empty netter. Oshawa was paced by sixteen year old rookie Nick Wong and Bruins 2017 2nd round pick Jack Studnicka.

NHL Game Night: 11-16-17 Stars at Lightning

Lightning pummel ex-mate Bishop in his return to Tampa.


Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 1 goal on 28 shots for the victory. The typical formula applied. He made a handful of important situational saves early in the game, allowing the Lightning the time to start pulling away in the Second Period.

First Period

Second Period
0:47 TB Stamkos (9), (Hedman, Kucherov)(PP)
3:34 DAL Faksa (4), (unassisted)
4:51 TB Sergachev (5), (Killorn, Johnson)
11:20 TB Point (8), (unassisted)(SH)

Third Period
3:57 TB Stamkos (10), (Kucherov, Namestnikov)
8:18 TB Dotchin (2), (Sergachev, Stamkos)
13:52 TB Kucherov (17), (Hedman, Stamkos)

Steven Stamkos, Mikhail Sergachev, and Nikita Kucherov were the game's three stars.

Impressive showing by the Lightning. They showed no rust at all in the first game from a road trip, outskating and outpossessing Dallas by a significant margin in the First Period. The game got a lot more even in the Second Period as the Lightning took a few penalties, but the Lightning's special teams paid off with a PP and SH goal in the frame, and that allowed them to start to pull away. At 5 on 5, there's few teams that seem to be able to touch this team. On the power play, they're lethal. And, on the penalty kill, the injection of players like Point and Gourde have added a lethal element that gives teams very little respite. Some team or two is going to get their act together over the course of the season and lay down their marker as a potential contender, but right now the league is looking like the Tampa Bay Lightning and then everyone else so far this year.

With the victory, the Lightning stand at 32 points through 19 games, meaning with 1 game to go in the second 10-game segment of the year the Lightning have already banked 8 insurance points. Remarkable.

Yanni Gourde was +1 with 2 penalty minutes, 1 shot, and 1 blocked shot in 21:33. He was also 40% on 5 draws.

Jake Dotchin had his second NHL goal and was +1 with 3 shots, 1 hit, and 1 blocked shot in 16:21. Thought his goal was maybe a touch on the soft side, but he had a scoring chance earlier in the game where I thought he might've been a little luckier on the outcome, so these things even out.

Sergachev had a goal and an assist and was +3 with 3 shots and 1 hit in 14:16. His goal was kind of a lucky shot that deflected on a long point shot off a Dallas defender and went straight into the top corner. This is why Cooper preaches shooting the puck. The helper on Dotchin's goal was nothing fancy, but kind of epitomized how he played all night, using his mobility to support the play in all three zones.

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Juniors Game Night: 11-15-17

Ontario Hockey League

Peterborough Petes 0 @ Hamilton Bulldogs 4

W/C Christopher Paquette, PBO: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 7/15 FO
Season Totals: 17 GP, 8-2-10, -10, 4 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (NIA/PBO): 66 GP, 19-29-48, +1, 28 PIM

The Bulldogs shutout the Petes en route to overtaking them for tops in the hotly contested OHL East. Just three points separates Hamilton, Ottawa, Peterborough, and Kingston.

Erie Otters 4 @ Mississauga Steelheads 5

W Taylor Raddysh, ER: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season Totals: 20 GP, 9-20-29, +11, 14 PIM
‘16-‘17 Totals: 58 GP, 42-67-109, +67, 37 PIM

Taylor Raddysh gets the only assist on a shorthanded game opening goal by the Ottes midway through the first period. The Steelheads would battle back to a 3-1 lead and hang on for the 5-4 win behind the efforts of sixteen year old rookie Keean Washkurak and Panthers 1st round pick Owen Tippett.

Western Hockey League

Moose Jaw Warriors 4 @ Saskatoon Blades 5

C Brett Howden, MJ: DNP, Injured
Season Totals: 15 GP, 10-13-23, +9, 18 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals: 58 GP, 38-43-81, +14, 73 PIM

D Oleg Sosunov, MJ: 0-0-0, -2, 2 PIM, 4 SOG
Season Totals: 21 GP, 6-3-9, +20, 28 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (MHL): 32 GP, 0-0-0, +1, 79 PIM

D Libor Hajek, SAS: 0-2-2, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals: 19 GP, 5-9-14, -12, 18 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals: 65 GP: 4-22-26, -17, 81 PIM

Hajek garners assists on the Blade’s first two goals as Saskatoon edges the Warriors. The next night after bragging on Sosunov’s plus-minus, he goes and has a rough night. Howden remains out of the lineup nursing the injury sustained in the first WHL vs Russia exhibition game.

AHL Game Night: 11-15-17 Crunch at Bears

Inspired Crunch effort fades into Third Period disappointment.


Connor Ingram allowed 3 goals on 25 shots for the loss. Ingram was the lone goaltender dressed for the Crunch as they await the newly acquired Louis Domingue.

First Period

Second Period
0:43 SYR Cirelli (3), (Thomas)(PP)

Third Period
0:27 HER Langlois (2), (O'Brien, Williams)
4:05 HER Bourque (6), (Simpson)
6:57 SYR Volkov (2), (Yan, Erne)
12:55 HER Bourque (7), (Simpson, Boyd)
19:51 HER Johansen (3), (unassisted)(EN)

With the departure of Leighton and McGinn in the Domingue deal and the release of Akeson from his PTO, Syracuse has opted to get even younger as they attempt to find a winning formula to get out of the cellar this season. If you're looking for a silver lining from tonight, all Crunch scoring was contributed by prospects. Cold comfort, but that's something.

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Juniors Game Night: 11-14-17

Western Hockey League

Moose Jaw Warriors 7 @ Swift Current Broncos 4

D Oleg Sosunov, MJ: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season Totals: 20 GP, 6-3-9, +21, 26 PIM
‘15-‘16 Totals (MHL): 32 GP, 0-0-0, +1, 79 PIM

C Brett Howden, MJ: DNP, Injured
Season Totals: 15 GP, 10-13-23, +9, 18 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals: 58 GP: 38-43-81, +14, 73 PIM

The Warriors crushed the Broncos on the road behind a 5-point effort from undrafted overager Jayden Halbgewachs. Sosunov sits 7th in the WHL in plus-minus at +21 after 20 games -- and he has six goals. Just let that sink in. Is he a still classified as a project? Meanwhile Brett Howden remains on the shelf with an injury sustained during the first game of the WHL vs. Russia series.

Edmonton Oil Kings 2 @ Kelowna Rockets 5

D Cal Foote, KEL: 0-0-0, +3, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals: 20 GP, 5-12-17, +10, 16 PIM
‘15-‘16 Totals: 71 GP, 6-51-57, +39, 41 PIM

The Rockets handled the Oil Kings thanks to two-goal efforts by Flames prospect Dillon Dube and Flyers prospect Carsen Twarynski. Cal Foote logged a solid effort, on the ice for three of Kelowna's five goals, including the empty netter with less than a minute remaining protecting the two-goal lead.

Bolts Acquire G Domingue from Coyotes

TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning have acquired goaltender Louis Domingue (doh-MING, LOO-ee) from the Arizona Coyotes in exchange for goaltender Michael Leighton and forward Tye McGinn, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced.

Domingue, 25, has appeared in seven games with the Coyotes this season, posting a 4.33 goals-against average and .856 save percentage. The 6-foot-3, 210-pound goaltender has played in 84 career NHL games, all with Arizona over the past four seasons, compiling a record of 27-41-7 to go along with a 3.00 goals-against average and .906 save percentage with two shutouts. During the 2015-16 season, he set career highs for games played (39), wins (15) and save percentage (.912).

The St. Hyacinthe, Quebec native has appeared in 71 career American Hockey League games, posting a record of 27-30-3 to go along with a 3.09 goals-against average and .902 save percentage. He last played in the AHL during the 2015-16 season when he appeared in 13 games with the Springfield Falcons, compiling a record of 6-6-1 to go along with a 2.55 goals-against average and .919 save percentage.

Domingue was originally selected by the Coyotes in the fifth round, 138th overall, at the 2010 NHL Draft.

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