Quebec Major Junior Hockey League
Baie-Comeau Drakkar 4 @ Quebec Remparts 2
C/W Adam Erne, QUE: 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM, 2 SOG, 10/22 FO, 5 Hits
Season totals: 41 GP, 19-37-56, -2, 59 PIM
2012-2013 Season: 68 GP, 28-44-72, +11, 67 PIM
Quebec fell to 0-2 since crushing rival Halifax, 8-2, last week. Erne was scoreless for just the second time in the last 12 games.
Ben Bishop allowed 2 goals on 26 shots for the loss. Truly, he was the only reason the Lightning were even in the game. The team in front of him should be upset with themselves for squandering a quality start by the big netminder.
16:04 MIN Niederreiter (10), (Spurgeon, Zucker)(PP)
0:34 MIN Heatley (11), (Spurgeon)
13:53 TB Filppula (20), (St Louis, Gudas)
Just a listless, sloppy effort by the Lightning. They nearly were able to steal a point with Tyler Johnson hitting a post late with the goaltender pulled for the extra attacker, but it would've been an undeserved point. They didn't appear to have their legs tonight at all and they're passing was fairly atrocious too. They compounded that issue by giving Kuemper way too much respect cutting a lot of chances too fine and missing the net altogether on prime opportunities. They treated the guy like Carey Price rather than getting the puck on him and seeing if they could create some greasy goals.
The Lightning really, really need to have a good little homestand before the Olympics Break. They really risk putting themselves in a bad spot if they keep sleepwalking on their way to vacation.
Mark Barberio had 1 shot and 1 hit in 16:25.
J.T. Brown was -1 with 2 shots, 1 hit, and 1 blocked shot in 13:16. He was the one Lightning forward who looked ready to go from the word jump tonight playing in front of the hometown. Looked like he was shot out of a cannon at times.
Nikita Kucherov was -1 with 1 shot in 13:12. He created some good looks for himself and his linemates, but nothing that made the scoresheet, unfortunately.
No. 11 Northeastern Huskies 6 @ Harvard Crimson 0 (Beanpot)
F Brian Hart, HAR: 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 21 GP, 2-7-9, -6, 16 PIM
2012-2013 totals: 29 GP, 4-13-17, +1, 10 PIM
Hart picked up a hitting-after-the-whistle penalty in the third period when the game was out of hand. Harvard will play their next Beanpot game next Monday.
We continue our Prospect of the Week award, an honor (virtually) given to one Tampa Bay Lightning prospect for their recent contributions on and off the ice.
The Prospect of the Week for February 3, 2014 is … Adam Wilcox, G, Minnesota Golden Gophers (NCAA – USA).
They call Adam Wilcox “the Iron Man.” The Gophers goalie and Tampa Bay Lightning sixth round draft pick (2011) has the Marvel Comics character on his mask and has played in nearly every game since starting his collegiate career with the University of Minnesota.
Ontario Hockey League
Sault Ste Marie Greyhounds 1 @ North Bay Battalion 2
D Dylan Blujus, NB: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM
Season totals: 37 GP, 3-16-19, +4, 42 PIM
2012-13 totals: 68 GP, 2-27-29, -8, 57 PIM
North Bay put forth a strong defensive effort, limiting the Soo to 22 shots and one en route to a 2-1 win. The Soo is one of the “big 4” in the OHL, with the third most points in the league and a playoff berth clinched. North Bay moved to within two points of Sudbury for second in the Eastern Conference.