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AHL Game Night: 10-18-15 Crunch at Wolf Pack


Adam Wilcox allowed 4 goals on 32 shots for the loss in his season debut. So Gudlevskis starts the season the clear top dog in the crease.

First Period
SYR Peca, (1) (Vermin, Dotchin), 12:19 GIF GIF

Second Period
HFD Hrivik, (1) (Adam, Andersson), 12:33 GIF
HFD Megna, (1) (Tambellini), 13:57 GIF

Third Period
HFD Bourque, (1) (Diaz, Gibbons), 3:05 (PP) GIF
HFD Gibbons, (2) , 15:05 GIF
SYR Paradis, (2) (Taormina, McGinn), 16:55 GIF
HFD Hughes, (1) (Bodie, Nehring), 18:14 (EN/SH)GIF

Matthew Peca potted his first goal and first point of the season. He's an important piece if Syracuse is going to improve on last season's performance.

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Liiga Game Day: 10-18-15

Blues 0 vs. KalPa 2
Jonne Tammela, KalPa, 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 5 GP, 1-0-1, +2, 6 PIM

Jonne Tammela struck for his first goal of the season in KalPa's 2-0 shutout win over Blues. Tammela, The Cobra, played 13:46 in the match, and his goal ended up being the game winner as he was named First Star of the game. Ex-Stars pick Eero Kilpelainen stopped all 22 shots he faced for the shutout. After languishing toward the bottom of the league table in the early season, KalPa has managed to climb back to 9th in the 15 team league.

KHL Game Day: 10-18-15

Magnitogorsk 4 vs. Chelyabinsk 3 (OT)
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, Win, 22/25, 3.00 GAA, .880 sv%
Season totals: 20 GP, 8-7-4, 0 SO, 2.39 GAA, .912 sv%

Ex-Blue Jackets pick Sergei Mozyakin had 2 goals and 4 points to lead Magnitogorsk to a 4-3 OT win over Chelyabinsk. Long time KHL star Danis Zaripov chipped in 2 goals and 3 points to support the cause. The match is Magnitka's first since Head Coach Mike Keenan was kicked upstairs after their 6-4 loss to Ufa earlier this week.

Yaroslavl 3 vs. Jokerit 1
Saku Salminen, Jokerit, DNP
Season totals: 5 GP, 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM

Ex-NHLer Andrei Loktionov had a helper for Yaroslavl in their 3-1 win over Jokerit.

Tambellini Scores Twice, Crunch Win Home Opener

By Jeremy Houghtaling

Jeff Tambellini made quite the impression in his first game at home with the Syracuse Crunch.

The veteran scored 16 seconds into the game and netted the game winner in the final minutes of regulation, as the Crunch topped the Binghamton Senators, 2-1, in the home opener at the Onondaga County War Memorial Saturday.

“That’s what I’m always trying to bring with my game in pro hockey is an elite level shot, and I got to use it twice tonight,” Tambellini said. “Great play by our winger, (Adam) Erne, on the first one, and the second one the guys battled hard and I was in the right spot. A lot goes into what created those.”

NCAA Game Night: 10-17-15

Wisconsin Badgers 1 @ No. 6 Boston University Terriers 4

D John MacLeod, BU: 0-0-0, +1, 2 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 2 GP, 0-0-0, +2, 2 PIM
2014-2015 totals: 37 GP, 2-7-9, +19, 58 PIM

MacLeod took a boarding call in the first period of BU’s home non-conference win over unranked Wisconsin.

No. 14 Minnesota State Mavericks 0 @ No. 12 St. Cloud State Huskies 3

W Jimmy Mullin, MSU: 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 4 GP, 1-0-1, -4, 0 PIM
2013-2014 totals (Miami): 19 GP, 1-6-7, 23 PIM

The Mavs have now been shut out in three straight games. They’ll likely fall out of the polls next week.

*USCHO poll used

Juniors Game Night: 10-17-15

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Saint John Sea Dogs 5 @ Blainville-Boisbriand Armada 3

W Bokondji Imama, SJ: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 4 SOG, 3 Hits
Season totals: 7 GP, 3-1-4, -2, 10 PIM
2013-2014 Season: 59 GP, 13-15-28, +2, 137 PIM

W Mathieu Joseph, SJ: 1-1-2, +2, 0 PIM, 5 SOG, 1 Hit
Season totals: 6 GP, 4-3-7, +4, 9 PIM
2013-2014 Season: 59 GP, 21-21-42, +18, 46 PIM

One night after falling in Victoriaville, Saint John earned a win vs the Armada. Mathieu Joseph had a goal and an assist for the Sea Dogs.

Ontario Hockey League

Mississauga Steelheads 5 @ Saginaw Spirit 4 (OT)

W Mitchell Stephens, SAG: Did not play
Season totals: 7 GP, 5-1-6, +1, 6 PIM
2014-15 totals: 62 GP, 22-26-48, -17, 44 PIM

Stephens suffered a broken foot last game and is out indefinitely.

Western Hockey League

Moose Jaw Warriors 3 @ Edmonton Oil Kings 2

C Brayden Point, MJ: 1-1-2, +1, 0 PIM, 5 SOG, *Second Star*
Season totals: 7 GP, 9-9-18, +10, 2 PIM
2014-15 totals: 60 GP, 38-49-87, +6, 46 PIM

Point’s ninth goal of the season, scored mid-way through the second period, ended up the game-winner as Moose Jaw won in Edmonton.

Calgary Hitmen 0 @ Medicine Hat Tigers 6

D Ben Thomas, CAL: 0-0-0, -3, 0 PIM
Season totals: 9 GP, 0-1-1, -9, 8 PIM
2014-15 totals: 60 GP, 7-24-31, +16, 28 PIM

Calgary got knocked around in Medicine Hat, 6-0. Overager Austin Lotz had a 27-save shutout for the Tigers.

United States Hockey League

Omaha Lancers 4 @ Sioux Falls Stampede 1

G Kris Oldham, OMA: Win, 31 saves on 32 shots, *Third Star*
Season totals: 4 GP, 3-1, 2.03 GAA, .936 sv%
2014-15 totals: 33 GP, 21-6-4, 2.49 GAA, .908 sv%, 1 SO
(University of Nebraska-Omaha commit)

Oldham earned the game’s third star award for his performance in Saturday’s 3-1 road win over Tri-City.

AHL Game Night: 10-17-15 Senators at Crunch

Tambellini leads the way.


Kristers Gudlevskis allowed 1 goal on 28 shots for the win. He was good tonight, and Syracuse needed him to be. As always, the question with Gudlevskis is going to be one of consistency and whether he can keep performing at the level he has through the first couple of games.

First Period
SYR Tambellini, (1) (Erne, Blujus), 0:16

Second Period
BNG Schneider, (1) , 4:58 (SH)

Third Period
SYR Tambellini, (2) (DeAngelo, Blunden), 17:43

Jeff Tambellini and Gudlevskis were the game's first and second stars.

Adam Erne picked up his first point of the year assisting on the opening goal while Anthony DeAngelo has helpers in each of his first two games as a pro.

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NHL Game Night: 10-17-15 Sabres at Lightning

Bishop is the truth.


Ben Bishop. 1 goal on 32 shots. Multiple key saves with high degrees of difficulty. He took the Lightning on his back tonight, and allowed them to survive a very subpar effort with their #1 defenseman, Hedman, out of the lineup. He was absolutely impressive, and one of the things I really love about Ben is he pretty much never has two poor games in a row. He was subpar against Dallas. Wipe the slate clean. He was a superstar tonight.

First Period
2:52 BUF Reinhart (1), (Ennis)

Second Period
13:41 TB Namestnikov (2), (unassisted)

Third Period
16:03 TB Killorn (1), (Johnson, Palat)(PP)

Alex Killorn and Bishop were the game's first and second stars.

A win's a win, but mercy was that an ugly win. Tampa Bay was outshot 32-22 and probably outchanced by a similar margin by a Buffalo team that is still pretty wet behind the ears. Part of it is almost certainly from losing their number one defenseman, Hedman, but it's still an unacceptable effort. They struggled to get out of their own end all game long, and when they did get out they looked pretty disjointed in the offensive zone. It was so bad that Cooper broke up the Triplets and the Stamkos line and pretty much benched Jonathan Drouin for most of the Third Period after he hot dogged it on a power play in the latter half of the Second Period. I expect Jon Cooper to strip several coats of paint off the walls in that video session once they chop up this debacle.

Fortunately, the did get the two points, and it's a very important two points as the team tries to stay on schedule in the first ten game segment of the year. These first couple of segments are very critical to help fight through any ECF hangover from last season. They need 4 points in the final 4 games of this segment to make it good.

Slater Koekkoek was -1 with 1 hit and 1 blocked shot in 10:21. He was partly culpable for the Sabres' goal, although the lion's share of the blame should go Filppula's way. Putting that play aside, though, you had to really like what you saw tonight. Koekkoek was very active at both ends of the rink, and at times was doing a Hedman Lite routine with more physical edge. Salary cap and waiver eligibility issues are the only things keeping him off the Lightning roster right now, in my opinion, and I truly believe he'll be in Tampa full time after the trade deadline, at the latest.

Box score and extended statistics from

KHL Game Day: 10-17-15

Novokuznetsk 3 vs. Novgorod 4 (OT)
Carter Ashton, Novgorod, 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 15 GP, 3-0-3, -2, 10 PIM

Carter Ashton was scoreless in 17:00 of ice time in Novgorod's 4-3 OT win over Novokuznetsk. Ex-NHLer Sergei Kostitsyn had the OT winner for Novgorod. Ex-Avs picks Ryan Stoa and Linus Videll each also had goals in the match, as well.

Brastislava 6 vs. Khanty-Mansysk 0
Nikita Gusev, Khanty-Mansiysk, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 22 GP, 6-6-12, +5, 4 PIM

Yikes. Ex-AHLer Barry Brust had to turn aside just 19 shots to blank Yugra 6-0. Nikita Gusev was scoreless in 15:58 in the match. Ex-Lightning prospects Michal Sersen and Vladimir Mihalik each had helpers in the win for Slovan.

NCAA Game Night: 10-16-15

US National U18 Team 7 @ No. 6 Boston University Terriers 4 (Exhibition)

D John MacLeod, BU: 0-1-1, -1, 2 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 1 GP, 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM
2014-2015 totals: 37 GP, 2-7-9, +19, 58 PIM

The US Men’s under-18 team knocked off BU in an exhibition game, 7-4, Friday. The US team was paced by likely 2016 first rounders Clayton Keller (3A) and Kieffer Bellows (2+1), son of former Lightning forward Brian Bellows. Ironically, both Keller and Bellows are BU commits. John MacLeod, who played for the US under-18 team two years ago, had an assist.

No. 14 Minnesota State Mavericks 0 @ No. 12 St. Cloud State Huskies 4

W Jimmy Mullin, MSU: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 3 GP, 1-0-1, -2, 0 PIM
2013-2014 totals (Miami): 19 GP, 1-6-7, 23 PIM

The Mavs were shut out for the second straight game. Charlie Lindgren (undrafted) stopped 33 shots for the Huskies.

*USCHO poll used

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