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ECHL Game Night: 3-4-17

Kalamazoo Wings 0 at Toledo Walleye 3

F Brian Hart, KAL, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIMS, 2 SOG
Season Totals (ECHL): 19 GP, 1-2-3, -2, 4 PIMs, 32 SOG
Season Totals (AHL): 33 GP, 3-4-7, E, 26 PIMs

F Cameron Darcy, KAL, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIMS, 3 SOG
Season Totals (ECHL): 6 GP, 1-5-6, +5, 2 PIMs, 14 SOG
Season Totals (AHL): 34 GP, 3-4-7, -3, 14 PIMs

Other Notables
G Nic Riopel, KAL, did not play
Season Totals: 24 GP, 13-9-0-1, 2.82 GAA, 0.904 SV%, 1 SO

A few streaks ended tonight at the Huntington Center in Toledo. The K-Wing's 5 game win streak came to an end at the hands of the leagues best team, as the Walleye shutout Kalamazoo 3-0. Of course, Cam Darcy's 5 game point streak also ended. Joel Martin minded the nets for the K-Wings, so Nic Riopel will likely get the start Sunday afternoon back home against Adirondack.

Liiga Game Day: 3-4-17

KalPa 6 vs. SaiPa 0
Saku Salminen, SaiPa, DNP
Season totals: 39 GP, 3-4-7, -9, 41 PIM

Saku Salminen remains out of the lineup injured, and some merciful league official just needs to put SaiPa's season out of its misery.

NCAA Game Night: 3-3-17

Maine Black Bears 0 @ No. 14 Vermont Catamounts 5

C Ross Colton, UVM: Did not play
Season Totals: 32 GP, 11-15-26, +1, 22 PIM

Colton, UVM’s leading scorer, was out of the lineup for the second straight game. Vermont took Game 1 of the Hockey East Opening Round.

Denver Pioneers 4 @ Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks 2

D Kristian Oldham, UNO: Did not play
Season Totals: 10 GP, 5-3-1, 3.38 GAA, .895 sv%, 0 SO

Oldham sat backup to Evan Weninger.

No. 5 Minnesota Golden Gophers 3 @ Michigan Wolverines 5

D Ryan Zuhlsdorf, UMN: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season Totals: 32 GP, 2-3-5, +12, 33 PIM

Minnesota was upset on the road against Michigan, 5-3. The Gophers blew 2-0 and 3-2 leads.

*USCHO poll used for rankings

McGinn Scores in Return, But Crunch Overwhelmed by Bears


By Jeremy Houghtaling

Tye McGinn made an impact in his return, but it wasn’t enough.

The veteran forward notched his second of the season to even the score in the first period but the Bears overwhelmed the Crunch the rest of the way, as Syracuse lost to Hershey, 5-1, at the Onondaga County War Memorial Friday.

“I thought we had a horrible first period,” Crunch head coach Benoit Groulx said. “When you start the game, you give the puck away like we did, our slot was open, we didn’t get involved in our zone, we were turning instead of being involved, against a team like Hershey, they make you pay cash. I don’t think we were good enough. That’s it.”

ECHL Game Night: 3-3-17

Brampton Beast 4 at Kalamazoo Wings 5

F Brian Hart, KAL, 0-0-0, E, 4 PIMS, 0 SOG
Season Totals (ECHL): 18 GP, 1-2-3, -1, 4 PIMs, 30 SOG
Season Totals (AHL): 33 GP, 3-4-7, E, 26 PIMs

F Cameron Darcy, KAL, 0-1-1, +1, 2 PIMS, 2 SOG
Season Totals (ECHL): 5 GP, 1-5-6, +6, 2 PIMs, 11 SOG
Season Totals (AHL): 34 GP, 3-4-7, -3, 14 PIMs

Other Notables
G Nic Riopel, KAL, W, 60:00 MINS, 34/38
Season Totals: 24 GP, 13-9-0-1, 2.82 GAA, 0.904 SV%, 1 SO

Nic Riopel outlasted Zachary Fucale for his 9th win in his last 10 games, as the K-Wings continue their hot streak, now at five straight wins. Riopel was peppered with 38 shots, and Kalamazoo's new found offense showed up yet again and carried the day. Cam Darcy extended his point streak to five games. Kalamazoo travels to Toledo to take on the best team in the league Saturday night, before returning home Sunday for an afternoon tilt against Adirondack.

NHL Game Night: 3-3-17 Lightning at Penguins

Reasonable Lightning road effort falls apart in the end.

TB-2
PIT-5

Peter Budaj allowed 4 goals on 34 shots for the loss in his Lightning debut. He was very good, and probably deserved a better fate than he got on this night.

First Period
NO SCORING

Second Period
6:18 TB Erne (1), Namestnikov, Paquette)
8:39 PIT Malkin (27), (Kessel, Schultz)(PP)
16:49 PIT Malkin (28), (Kessel, Cole)

Third Period
1:10 TB Kucherov (28), (Drouin, Hedman)(PP)
2:38 PIT Streit (6), (Crosby, Malkin)
16:37 PIT Schultz (10), (Crosby, Streit)(PP)
19:00 PIT Kuhnhackl (4), (Bonino)(EN)

Tampa Bay played pretty well up until they got the Erne goal in the Second Period. They showed they could hang with the defending champs, but took their foot off the gas once they got a lead and eventually found themselves down heading into the final frame. Kucherov got the game even on the power play early in the Third Period, but the team again sagged after scoring the goal and Pittsburgh quickly regained the lead. Drouin set up Kucherov for point blank chances on two different sequences in the middle of the period, but he couldn't capitalize and that ultimately was the game. The game was a lot closer and better played than the score indicated. Unfortunately, the Lightning's standings position means moral victories are worth less than nothing. Only points matter right now.

Greg McKegg was -1 with 2 shots and 2 hits in 8:25. He was also 60% on 5 draws.

Jake Dotchin was -1 with 1 shot, 3 hits, and 2 blocked shots in 18:56.

Gabriel Dumont had 4 hits in 7:59.

Adam Erne had his first NHL goal and point and was +1 with 2 shots, 1 hit, and 1 blocked shot in 13:35. His like on Paquette/Namestnikov/Erne faded in the Third Period, but they looked pretty strong for much of the first two periods and may merit keeping an eye on over the next few games. They were quite good.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

AHL Game Night: 3-3-17 Bears at Crunch

Inauspicious debut with the Crunch for McKenna.

HER-5
SYR-1

Mike McKenna allowed 4 goals on 9 shots for the loss before giving way to Kristers Gudlevskis, who allowed 1 goal on 9 shots the rest of the way.

First Period
1:37 HER Gilbert (1), (Barber, Boyd)
3:27 SYR McGinn (2), (Taormina, Gourde)
11:49 HER Barber (8), (O'Brien, Bourque)(PP)
13:05 HER Thomas (20), (Stephenson)(PP)

Second Period
7:54 HER Djoos (10), (Mitchell, Zajac)
13:33 HER Thomas (21), (Williams)

Third Period
NO SCORING

Tye McGinn was the game's third star, scoring Syracuse's lone goal after returning from an injury suffered in mid-October. Other than that, it was a dismal night.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

MHL Game Day: 3-3-17

Khabarovsk Jr. 1 vs. Yaroslavl Jr. 3
Oleg Sosunov, Yaroslavl Jr., 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 32 GP, 0-0-0, +1, 79 PIM

Oleg Sosunov had a minor for roughing in Loko Jr.'s 3-1 win over Khabarovsk Jr.

CHL Game Night: 3-2-17

Ontario Hockey League

Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 3 @ Windsor Spitfires 4 (OT)

W Boris Katchouk, SSM: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season: 58 GP, 29-24-53, +10, 42 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 63 GP, 24-27-51, +7, 61 PIM

The Hounds scored three times in the third period to tie the game, but Windsor got a goal early in overtime to take the second point.

Owen Sound Attack 4 @ Peterborough Petes 5 (OT)

W/C Christopher Paquette, PBO: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 4 SOG, 10/17 FO
Season Totals: 58 GP, 17-26-43, -1, 26 PIM
With Petes: 20 GP, 5-9-14, +8, 12 PIM
With Niagara: 37 GP, 12-17-29, -7, 14 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 57 GP, 5-11-16, -6, 18 PIM

D Matt Spencer, PBO: 1-0-1, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG, *Third Star*
Season Totals: 52 GP, 6-19-25, +8, 49 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 60 GP, 5-19-24, -4, 46 PIM

W Jonne Tammela, PBO: Did not play
Season Totals: 2 GP, 1-0-1, +1, 2 PIM
2015-2016 (Finland): 37 GP, 5-8-13, +10, 16 PIM

Peterborough blew a 3-0 lead before Spencer rescued them in overtime, scoring his sixth goal of the season. Projected 2017 first rounder Nick Suzuki had two goals (36) for Owen Sound.

MHL Game Day: 3-2-17

Khabarovsk Jr. 2 vs. Yaroslavl Jr. 3 (OT)
Oleg Sosunov, Yaroslavl Jr., DNP
Season totals: 31 GP, 0-0-0, +1, 77 PIM

Oleg Sosunov did not dress for Loko Jr.'s 3-2 OT win over Khabarovsk Jr. Sosunov, of course, was kicked out of his club's last match after participating in a line brawl near the end of the Third Period. Loko Jr. currently sits in third on the MHL Western Conference table, and look like a safe bet to get one of the top three seeds heading into the playoffs.

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