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Juniors Game Night: 3-16-16

Ontario Hockey League

Oshawa Generals 4 @ Mississauga Steelheads 3 (OT)

C Anthony Cirelli, OSH: 1-1-2, -1, 2 PIM, 5 SOG, 11/22 FO, *Third Star*
Season totals: 60 GP, 21-36-57, -14, 27 PIM
2014-15 totals: 68 GP, 13-23-36, +34, 22 PIM

Cirelli scored the game-tying goal with just over eight minutes left in regulation, and added an assist to help Oshawa to a road win in Mississauga. The Gens are four points ahead of Hamilton for the last playoff spot in the East with two games remaining for both clubs.

Saginaw Spirit 5 @ Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 4

W Mitchell Stephens, SAG: 1-1-2, +1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, 15/30 FO
Season totals: 37 GP, 19-19-38, E, 14 PIM
2014-15 totals: 62 GP, 22-26-48, -17, 44 PIM

Stephens scored the game-winning goal with 37 seconds left in regulation to lift the Spirit to a rare road win. Speedy Bruins first rounder Zach Senyshyn scored two goals to give him 45 on the year. Saginaw has clinched the No. 8 spot in the West and will play London or Erie in the first round.

Western Hockey League

Prince Albert Raiders 1 @ Moose Jaw Warriors 4

C Brayden Point, MJ: 1-0-1, E, 0 PIM
Season totals: 46 GP, 35-51-86, +22, 25 PIM
2014-15 totals: 60 GP, 38-49-87, +6, 46 PIM

Moose Jaw pulled within three points of the Raiders for second place in the East Division. The two teams will likely meet in the first round of the playoffs.

KHL Playoff Game Day: 3-16-16

KHL Eastern Conference Semifinals
(2)Magnitogorsk 2 vs. (3)Novosibirsk 1
Magnitogorsk Wins the Series 4-1
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, Win, 29/30, 1.00 GAA, .967 sv%
Playoff totals: 7 GP, 6-1-0, 2 SO, 1.36 GAA, .953 sv%
Regular season totals: 50 GP, 22-15-9, 4 SO, 2.12 GAA, .925 sv%

Ex-Blue Jackets pick Sergei Mozyakin scored the eventual game winning goal in Magnitka's 2-1, series-clinching Game Five win over Novosibirsk. Goaltender Vasily Koshechkin becomes the first Lightning prospect to advance through to the KHL Conference Finals round this year. Nikita Gusev and SKA St. Petersburg will attempt to advance to the Western Conference Finals in Game Six against Dynamo Moscow tomorrow.

Juniors Game Night: 3-15-16

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Saint John Sea Dogs 1 @ Acadie-Bathurst Titan 2 (OT)

W Bokondji Imama, SJ: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 1 SOG, 3 Hits
Season totals: 47 GP, 7-12-19, -3, 84 PIM
2013-2014 Season: 59 GP, 13-15-28, +2, 137 PIM

W Mathieu Joseph, SJ: Did not play
Season totals: 58 GP, 33-40-73, +35, 57 PIM
2013-2014 Season: 59 GP, 21-21-42, +18, 46 PIM

Reilly Pickard (2016) stopped 34 of 35 shots in a Titan overtime victory over Saint John. Mathieu Joseph continues to miss time with an injury. The Sea Dogs have already clinched their division but are tied for the league’s 2-seed with Shawinigan. The regular season ends this weekend.

Ontario Hockey League

Barrie Colts 2 @ Peterborough Petes 4

D Dominik Masin, PBO: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 55 GP, 8-32-40, +27, 44 PIM
2014-15 totals: 48 GP, 7-19-26, -13, 68 PIM

D Matt Spencer, PBO: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 58 GP, 5-19-24, -2, 46 PIM
2014-15 totals: 67 GP, 6-24-30, -15, 64 PIM

Peterborough overcame a 2-0 deficit to beat the visiting Colts, 4-2. Masin hit 40 points for the season. He’s on a 6-game point streak. The Petes are in the 5-spot in the East with two games remaining.

NHL Game Night: 3-15-16 Lightning at Maple Leafs

Lightning take 40 minutes off... face the consequences.

TB-1
TOR-4

Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 2 goals on 22 shots for a fairly hard luck loss. He made several high-difficulty saves, but got precious little in the way of goal support.

First Period
NO SCORING

Second Period
13:34 TOR Carrick(1), (Holland, Greening)

Third Period
6:33 TB Boyle(11), (Stralman)
9:07 TOR Smith(1), (Grabner, Michalek)
18:27 TOR Hyman(3), (Smith, Marincin)(EN)
19:47 TOR Parenteau(17), (unassisted)(EN)

This team is so bad, particularly on offense, when they try to get by just going through the motions. I thought they were flat the first 40 minutes tonight and tried to come back and win the game in one period, and that just can't cut it at the NHL level. 11 shots, total, through two periods is just awful. The only thing you'll win is a dog show with numbers like that.

Tampa Bay will now enter the final 10 game segment of the season needing at least 11 points to reach the season target at the end of 80 games. It's certainly do-able, but the team needs more consistent urgency and focus than it has shown the past week or two to close the deal.

Jonathan Marchessault had 2 penalty minutes and 4 hits in 11:40. One shot attempt. One. I applaud the young man for having some abrasiveness to his game despite his small size, but that's not his game. If I had Jonathan Marchessault's shot, I'd start shooting from the team hotel and I wouldn't stop until they had to wrap my wrists in ice. Just saying. With 12 games left in the Lightning's season, Marchessault needs 4 more appearances to graduate from prospect status on the site.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

Liiga Playoff Game Day: 3-15-16

Liiga Playoffs First Round
(8)KalPa 1 vs. (9)Pelicans 2
Pelicans Wins the Series 2-1
Jonne Tammela, KalPa, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Playoff totals: 3 GP, 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM
Regular season totals: 37 GP, 5-8-13, +10, 16 PIM

Jonne Tammela was scoreless in 13:38 of ice time in KalPa's decisive Game Three opening round loss to Pelicans. Ex-Flyers pick Ryan Potulny scored the winner for Pelicans. There are several potential options for Tammela next season, which include staying in the Liiga another year, joining Peterborough, which owns his Canadian junior rights, in the OHL, or even playing in the AHL, depending on the preferences of his camp and the Lightning organization.

KHL Playoff Game Day: 3-15-16

KHL Western Conference Semifinals
(1)CSKA 3 vs. (7)Novgorod 2
CSKA Wins the Series 4-1
Carter Ashton, Novgorod, 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 0 SOG
Playoff totals: 9 GP, 0-0-0, -1, 38 PIM
Regular season totals: 46 GP, 13-10-23, +3, 61 PIM

Carter Ashton had a minor for holding late in the Third Period in Novgorod's elimination game 3-2 loss to CSKA. Ashton's penalty dampened a late game comeback from his club, and by going scoreless in 14:49 of ice time, he finished the playoffs without a point in 9 appearances. Ex-Blues second rounder Simon Hjalmarsson led with way with 2 goals, including a shorthanded goal, in the win. Given Ashton's fairly underwhelming season in Russia, it seems unlikely the Lightning will make any moves to retain his rights this summer.

(5)Dynamo Moscow 1 vs. (6)St. Petersburg 4
St. Petersburg Leads the Series 3-2
Nikita Gusev, St. Petersburg, 1-1-2, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Playoff totals: 10 GP, 4-9-13, +1, 0 PIM
Regular season totals: 56 GP, 20-29-49, +15, 14 PIM

Nikita Gusev had a power play goal and an even strength helper in 14:26 of ice time in SKA's huge 4-1 Game Five win over Dynamo Moscow. Ex-University of New Hampshire forward Steve Moses also had 1 goal and 1 assist in the victory.

KHL Playoff Game Day: 3-14-16

KHL Eastern Conference Semifinals
(3)Novosibirsk 3 vs. (2)Magnitogorsk 4 (OT)
Magnitogorsk Leads the Series 3-1
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, OT Win, 34/37, 2.96 GAA, .919 sv%
Playoff totals: 6 GP, 5-1-0, 2 SO, 1.42 GAA, .951 sv%
Regular season totals: 50 GP, 22-15-9, 4 SO, 2.12 GAA, .925 sv%

Ex-Blue Jackets draft pick Sergei Mozyakin scored 52 seconds into Overtime to help Magnitogorsk defeat Novosibirsk 4-3 in Game Four of their second round series. Mozyakin also had a helper in the contest. Magnitka also got a goal from ex-NHL'er Wojtek Wolski in the victory.

NCAA Game Night: 3-13-16

Lake Superior State Lakers 0 @ No. 16 Minnesota State Mavericks 3
MSU wins best-of-3 WCHA Quarterfinals, 2-1

W Jimmy Mullin, MSU: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 29 GP, 2-8-10, -1, 8 PIM
2013-2014 totals (Miami): 19 GP, 1-6-7, 23 PIM

The Mavericks finally solved Gordon Defiel, who had a 57-save shutout in Game 2, and eliminated the Lakers with a 3-0 shutout win of their own Sunday. Colorado native Cole Huggins (undrafted) had 22 saves for Minnesota State. The second-seeded Mavs will play the 3-seed, Bowling Green, in the WCHA semifinals.

*USCHO poll used

Juniors Game Night: 3-12-16

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Shawinigan Cataractes 2 @ Rouyn-Noranda Huskies 6

W Dennis Yan, SHAW: 1-0-1, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 2 Hits
Season totals: 60 GP, 32-34-66, +7, 82 PIM
2014-2015 Season: 59 GP, 33-31-64, +23, 71 PIM

Shawinigan tied the game 2-2 early in the third period, then gave up four straight goals to the league’s top team. This was Yan’s fourth goal in his last 21 games.

Ontario Hockey League

Peterborough Petes 2 @ Barrie Colts 5

D Dominik Masin, PBO: 0-1-1, -1, 0 PIM, 6 SOG
Season totals: 54 GP, 8-31-39, +27, 44 PIM
2014-15 totals: 48 GP, 7-19-26, -13, 68 PIM

D Matt Spencer, PBO: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 57 GP, 5-19-24, -3, 46 PIM
2014-15 totals: 67 GP, 6-24-30, -15, 64 PIM

C Anthony Cirelli, OSH: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG, 15/25 FO
Season totals: 59 GP, 20-35-55, -13, 25 PIM
2014-15 totals: 68 GP, 13-23-36, +34, 22 PIM

Peterborough built a 3-0 lead before the Gens stormed back to force overtime. Cirelli shot first in the shootout for Oshawa, but didn’t convert. Masin extended his point streak to five games.

AHL Game Day: 3-13-16 Crunch at Falcons

Furious comeback bid falls short.

SYR-2
SPR-4

Adam Wilcox allowed 3 goals on 31 shots for the loss. All three goals were on deflections, including one off a Crunch stick.

First Period
NO SCORING

Second Period
SPR Dauphin, (9) (Mermis, Reese), 9:22 (PP)
SPR Mermis, (2) (Gaudet, Selleck), 17:38
SYR Tambellini, (20) (Gourde), 18:51 (SH)
SPR Bunting, (9) (Reese, Mermis), 19:44 (PP)

Third Period
SYR Tambellini, (21) (DeAngelo, Darcy), 13:27 (PP)
SPR Szwarz, (6) (Dauphin, Selleck), 19:59 (EN)

Jeff Tambellini was the game's second star.

Jonathan Drouin was held scoreless for the Crunch, although he was extremely active in the contest, registering 5 shots on goal and creating multiple chances.

Center Tanner Richard was held out of the lineup, possibly for a potential recall to Tampa Bay in light of injuries suffered in the Lightning game earlier in the afternoon.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

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