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AHL Game Night: 11-4-16 Crunch at Americans

Crunch and Gudlevskis stage a massive comeback win.

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Kristers Gudlevskis peeled himself off the mat to allow 2 goals on 18 shots for his second win of the season.

First Period
13:41 RCH Schneider (5), (Fedun)

Second Period
4:47 RCH Nylander (2), (Rodrigues)

Third Period
1:36 SYR Conacher (3), (Gourde, Halmo)
15:30 SYR Condra (1), (Peca)
18:44 SYR Gourde (3), (Taormina, Thomas)

Yanni Gourde and Erik Condra were the game's first and second stars.

Syracuse came from 2 goals down in the Third Period for an emotional win that could be an early season turning point. Syracuse improved to 5-3-0 on the campaign with the victory.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

Karjala Tournament Game Day: 11-3-16

Russia 5 vs. Finland 1
Nikita Gusev, Russia, 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM
Tournament totals: 1 GP, 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM

Nikita Gusev potted an empty net goal in Russia's 5-1 win over Finland. Russia scored 4 goals in the game's final frame to pull away from the host nation. Ex-Stars first rounder Valery Nichushkin had 3 helpers in the win for the Russians.

CHL Game Night: 11-3-16

Ontario Hockey League

Hamilton Bulldogs 2 @ Niagara IceDogs 1

C/W Christopher Paquette, NIA: 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM, 4 SOG
Season Totals: 14 GP, 8-4-12, -7, 8 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 57 GP, 5-11-16, -6, 18 PIM

Stephen Dhillon (undrafted) was strong in net again for the IceDogs (31/33), but Niagara fell at home to Hamilton, 2-1.

Kingston Frontenacs 2 @ Peterborough Petes 4

D Matt Spencer, PBO: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals: 7 GP, 0-2-2, -3, 6 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 60 GP, 5-19-24, -4, 46 PIM

W Jonne Tammela, PBO: Did not play
2015-2016 (Finland): 37 GP, 5-8-13, +10, 16 PIM

The Petes had a 2-0 lead before allowing the Fronts to tie the game. Logan DeNoble (undrafted) scored the game-winner midway through the third period. Jonne Tammela continues to miss time for the Petes with a lower-body injury, but there's a possibility he could return to the lineup next week.

Saginaw Spirit 2 @ Windsor Spitfires 4

W Mitchell Stephens, SAG: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG, 10/19 FO
Season Totals: 11 GP, 4-7-11, +3, 10 PIM
2015-2016 Totals: 39 GP, 20-18-38, -3, 14 PIM

Aaron Luchuk (undrafted) had a goal and an assist for the Spits in their defeat of Saginaw. Former Bolt prospect Cristiano DiGiacinto had a helper for Windsor.

NHL Game Night: 11-3-16 Bruins at Lightning

Lightning manufacture a point in their first game back from a long road trip.

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Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 3 goals on 31 shots before allowing 2 of 10 to convert in the penalty shot session for the Shootout loss.

First Period
4:01 BOS Carlo (2), (Bergeron)
10:47 BOS Spooner (2), (Krug, Krejci)(PP)
15:09 TB Hedman (2), (Kucherov, Filppula)(PP)

Second Period
4:38 BOS Pastrnak (6), (Bergeron, Marchand)
8:30 TB Johnson (3), (Stralman, Stamkos)(PP)

Third Period
10:04 Johnson (4), (Coburn, Koekkoek)

Overtime
NO SCORING

Shootout
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Tyler Johnson and Victor Hedman were the game's first and third stars.

The Lightning were unsurprisingly a little flat in their first game back from a long road trip. Using the power play to overcome that flatness, along with decent goaltending, is a pretty textbook way to weather the storm. The inability to score on a 4-on-3 power play in OT to steal the second point was regrettable, but under the circumstances there are some silver linings to take out of the contest.

Brayden Point was +1 with 4 shots, 1 hit, and 1 blocked shot in 17:05. He also had Tampa Bay's lone goal in the penalty shot session, where he's been money so far this season.

Slater Koekkoek had a helper, 2 shots, 1 hit, and 1 blocked shot in 13:20. That's three assists in his first two games up with the team this year, for those keeping score at home. Keep raising his minutes up.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

CHL Game Night: 11-2-16

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Halifax Mooseheads 2 @ Gatineau Olympiques 5

W Otto Somppi, HAL: 0-0-0, +1, 2 PIM, 4 SOG, 0 Hits, 11/23 FO
Season Totals: 15 GP, 5-6-11, -4, 12 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 59 GP, 13-33-46, -15, 25 PIM

Five different players scored for Gatineau in their win over Halifax Wednesday.

Quebec Remparts 2 @ Shawinigan Cataractes 4

W Dennis Yan, SHAW: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 0 Hits
Season Totals: 12 GP, 12-5-17, +3, 20 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 62 GP, 32-37-69, +8, 86 PIM

Shawinigan scored twice in the third period to break a 2-2 tie.

Ontario Hockey League

Guelph Storm 4 @ Erie Otters 5 (OT)

W Taylor Raddysh, Erie: 1-2-3, +3, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season Totals: 13 GP, 12-19-31, +24, 4 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 67 GP, 24-49-73, +19, 18 PIM

Raddysh and DeBrincat combined for six points as Erie won in overtime Wednesday afternoon, 5-4. Raddysh, who was named the OHL October Player of the Month, set up DeBrincat for the game-winner.

Western Hockey League (late)

Lethbridge Hurricanes 2 @ Kamloops Blazers 1 (OT)

G Connor Ingram, KAM: OT Loss, 30 saves on 32 shots, *Second Star*
Season Totals: 14 GP, 7-6-1-0, 2.01 GAA, .936 sv%, 1 SO
2015-2016 Season: 61 GP, 34-15-5-4, 2.61 GAA, .922 sv%, 4 SO

Ingram improved his league-leading save percentage to .936 in an overtime loss to Lethbridge. He was named second star.

Moose Jaw Warriors 3 @ Brandon Wheat Kings 2 (OT)

C Brett Howden, MJ: Did not play
Season Totals: 11 GP, 9-5-14, -2, 6 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 68 GP, 24-40-64, -7, 61 PIM

Howden missed his third consecutive game with an undisclosed injury. It is not believed to be long-term.

CHL Game Night: 11-1-16

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Saint John Sea Dogs 6 @ Cape Breton Screaming Eagles 1

W Bokondji Imama, SJ: 1-1-2, +2, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 1 Hit
Season Totals: 15 GP, 4-5-9, -2, 12 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 48 GP, 7-12-19, -5, 86 PIM

W Mathieu Joseph, SJ: 1-0-1, +2, 2 PIM, 3 SOG, 0 Hits, *Third Star*
Season Totals: 15 GP, 13-8-21, +9, 13 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 58 GP, 33-40-73, +35, 57 PIM

Joseph and Imama both scored Tuesday as the Dogs beat the Eagles, 6-1. Joseph’s 13th goal of the season puts him second in the league behind Charlottetown’s Filip Chlapik, who has 14. Lightning prospect Dennis Yan is tied for third at 12.

Western Hockey League (late)

Kamloops Blazers 5 @ Kelowna Rockets 1

G Connor Ingram, KAM: Win, 20 saves on 21 shots
Season Totals: 13 GP, 7-6-0-0, 2.02 GAA, .935 sv%, 1 SO
2015-2016 Season: 61 GP, 34-15-5-4, 2.61 GAA, .922 sv%, 4 SO

Ingram followed up his shutout on Friday with a 1-GAA win in Kelowna Tuesday. Ingram is second in the WHL in goals against average and leads in save percentage (tie).

Seattle Thunderbirds 4 @ Saskatoon Blades 3

D Libor Hajek, SAS: 0-0-0, +2, 2 PIM
Season Totals: 14 GP: 0-7-7, +1, 14 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 69 GP, 3-23-26, -19, 76 PIM

Seattle skated out to a 3-0 lead before hanging on to beat the Blades in Saskatoon.

Prince Albert Raiders 1 @ Moose Jaw Warriors 3

C Brett Howden, MJ: Did not play
Season Totals: 11 GP, 9-5-14, -2, 6 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 68 GP, 24-40-64, -7, 61 PIM

Howden missed his second consecutive game with an undisclosed injury. It is not believed to be long-term.

NHL Game Night: 11-1-16 Lightning at Islanders

Lightning break into November with a vengeance.

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Ben Bishop allowed 1 goal on 27 shots for the victory. He made a handful of critical situational saves in the first 40 minutes to allow the Lightning to establish the monster lead and then stood on his head in garbage time to run up his save percentage. It was a really good night for Ben.

First Period
3:21 TB Kucherov (2), (Stamkos, Hedman)(PP)
12:18 TB Kucherov (3), (Hedman, Killorn)(PP)
13:34 TB Stamkos (7), (Koekkoek, Kucherov)

Second Period
6:17 TB Boyle (2), (Callahan, Filppula)
9:30 TB Brown (1), (unassisted)(SH)
11:19 TB Filppula (4), (Kucherov, Koekkoek)
19:30 NYI Seidenberg (3), (DeHaan, Tavares)

Third Period
NO SCORING

Nikita Kucherov, Steven Stamkos, and Valtteri Filppula were the game's three stars.

That game was everything the Lightning desperately needed and more to complete the road trip and the first 10 game segment of the season. The Lightning put arguably their best skating lineup onto the ice, and put forth a better effort to apply back pressure in the neutral zone to control the balance of play nearly the entire first 40 minutes of the game before garbage time set in. They also were opportunistic, using the penalty on Calvin DeHaan for a head shot on Jonathan Drouin to get the early power play goal they needed to exorcise their First Period scoring demons and get the flood gates open. It didn't come without a price, because it's safe to assume Drouin immediately went under observation for a concussion, but the Lightning at least made the Isles pay a terrible price for the infraction.

With the win, the Lightning finish the first 10 game segment with a winning 12 points that hit the minimum they need to comfortably be on playoff pace. 12 in 10, now do it again.

Brayden Point had 1 blocked shot in a very quiet 17:27 of ice time.

Slater Koekkoek had 2 helpers and was +2 with 2 penalty minutes, 1 hit, and 2 blocked shots in 13:12 of meaningful ice time. Your Honor, I rest my case. There's no doubt who should be playing between Koekkoek and Nesterov. None. Koekkoek is a stud. He's Hedman Lite. He's big, he moves like a thoroughbred, has solid offensive instincts, and he mixes in some physical edge. Nesterov is exactly none of those things right now. A blind man could make this lineup decision. Truly.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

ECHL Game Night: 10-30-16

Allen Americans 3 at Kalamazoo Wings 5

W Brian Hart, KAL, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIMs, 0 SOG
Season Totals: 5 GP, 0-0-0, -4, 0 PIMs, 1 SOG

Other Notables
G Nic Riopel, KAL, DNP
Season Totals: 2 GP, 2-1-0-0, 3.00 GAA, 0.906 SV%, 1 SO

It was the tale of two Tylers in Kalamazoo Sunday afternoon, as the K-Wings went 3-for-4 on the power play and powered by the Americans in front of 2400+ fans at the Wings Event Center. Former Maple Leafs 1st rounder Tyler Biggs scored twice and added a third power play point and former Blues 4th rounder Tyler Shattock added two more goals. Lightning camper Joel Martin maintained his sub-2 GAA after allowing the most goals (3) in a game for the season. He's currently ranked 9th in the league in both GAA and SV%.

Kalamazoo hits the road next weekend, taking on the Beast in Brampton Friday night, and look to go into Wheeling Sunday afternoon and avenge Saturday night's snowman debacle. With no back-to-back next weekend, it will be interesting to watch and see if Nic Riopel gets a start.

CHL Game Night: 10-30-16

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Saint John Sea Dogs 2 @ Moncton Wildcats 4

W Bokondji Imama, SJ: 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM, 2 SOG, 0 Hits
Season Totals: 14 GP, 3-4-7, -4, 12 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 48 GP, 7-12-19, -5, 86 PIM

W Mathieu Joseph, SJ: 0-1-1, -1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 0 Hits
Season Totals: 14 GP, 12-8-20, +7, 11 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 58 GP, 33-40-73, +35, 57 PIM

One game after beating Moncton 10-3, the Sea Dogs fell to the Wildcats, 4-2. Because hockey. Joseph was leading the league in goals four games ago, but hasn’t scored since.

Victoriaville Tigres 6 @ Shawinigan Cataractes 7 (OT)

W Dennis Yan, SHAW: 2-0-2, -1, 0 PIM, 7 SOG, 4 Hits, *Second Star*
Season Totals: 11 GP, 12-5-17, +3, 20 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 62 GP, 32-37-69, +8, 86 PIM

Yan is averaging more than a goal per game after Sunday’s 2-goal effort. Shawinigan overcame a 6-3 deficit to force overtime. Devils prospect Brandon Gignac scored in the extra session.

Ontario Hockey League

Mississauga Steelheads 2 @ Oshawa Generals 3 (OT)

C Anthony Cirelli, OSH: 0-2-2, +1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 12/24 FO, *Third Star*
Season Totals: 12 GP, 9-12-21, +13, 6 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 62 GP, 21-38-59, -15 27 PIM

Cirelli earned the primary assist on Medric Mercier’s overtime winner. Cirelli has a 9-game point streak. Martin’s son, Jeremy Brodeur (undrafted), stopped 41 of 43 shots for Oshawa.

Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 5 @ Guelph Storm 2

W Boris Katchouk, SSM: 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season: 14 GP, 6-6-12, +2, 6 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 44 GP, 13-28-41, -10 19 PIM

Katchouk followed up his overtime winner in London with a goal in Guelph Sunday. His sixth goal of the season came shorthanded.

Saginaw Spirit 5 @ Kitchener Rangers 6 (OT)

W Mitchell Stephens, SAG: 1-2-3, +3, 2 PIM, 4 SOG, 13/26 FO
Season Totals: 10 GP, 4-7-11, +3, 10 PIM
2015-2016 Totals: 39 GP, 20-18-38, -3, 14 PIM

Stephens, who had two primary assists, forced overtime with a shorthanded goal in the third period. Despite the five-goal output, Saginaw fell in overtime on an Adam Mascherin (Panthers) goal.

NCAA Game Night: 10-30-16

Vermont Catamounts 3 @ No. 16 Northeastern Huskies 2

C Ross Colton, UVM: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals: 6 GP, 1-1-2, E, 2 PIM

Vermont topped the No. 16 Huskies, 3-2, in Boston. The Catamounts had three votes in the last USCHO poll.

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