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NHL Game Night: 3-17-18 Bruins at Lightning

Lightning get a glipse of how tall the mountain is.


Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 3 goals on 27 shots for the loss. The Lightning could've used at least one more big situational save to at least give themselves a chance in the game, but there's not a lot of blame you can heap Vasiy's way in this travesty.

First Period
3:07 BOS Pastrnak (28), (Krug, McQuaid)
10:54 BOS Backes (12), (Krug, Marchand)(PP)

Second Period
12:33 BOS Riley Nash (14), (Rick Nash, Krug)(PP)

Third Period

Boston's been arguably the best team in hockey over the past couple of months while the Lightning have been skating by with some bad habits on talent alone. Tonight those chickens came home to roost and the Lightning have to confront a pretty daunting fact: they have a ton to do over the next dozen or so games to get ready for the playoffs or they risk getting bounced hard when they get there. Boston was actually playing without four of their regulars, and then lost David Backes to a leg laceration to boot, and still completely humiliated the Lightning with a clinical victory that highlighted the differences between the two sides.

Boston has a structure, their players understand their roles, and they play that structure and those roles with discipline. They don't shirk their responsibilities. The Lightning coaching staff has a structure, but these players don't always seem to accept their roles and they don't play with discipline. Too many times you see forwards flying the zone and hanging their defensemen out to dry. Too many times you see the resulting turnovers and the Lightning's inability to sort out defensive zone coverage in those moments. They can't win faceoffs. Their penalty kill is a disaster.

People treated the McDonagh acquisition as if it was the panacea. It likely wasn't. People are already making Ondrej Palat's return the new panacea. It won't be either. The only elixir for what we saw tonight was for these players to recommit and buy into the structure and their roles and to begin to play that structure and those roles with greater discipline. It's just that simple, and conversely, just that complex.

Anthony Cirelli had 3 hits and 1 blocked shot in 10:47. He was also 60% on 5 draws.

Adam Erne had 2 shots, 5 hits, and 1 blocked shot in 11:27. He was, perhaps, the only silver lining in this otherwise appalling game.

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AHL Game Night: 3-16-18 Crunch at Thunderbirds

Olivier Archambault FTW.

SPR-2 (OT)

Louis Domingue allowed 2 goals on 28 shots for the OT victory.

First Period
13:47 SYR Dumont (3), (Bodie, Bournival)(SH)

Second Period
18:26 SYR Peca (11), (Condra, Bournival)(PP)

Third Period
4:48 SPR Valk (17), (Brown, Chase)
11:22 SPR Beauchemin (4), (Hawryluk, Balisy)(PP)

2:06 SYR Archambault (8), (Verhaeghe, Bodie)

Archambault and Domingue were the game's first and second stars.

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Juniors Game Night: 3-15-18

Include results from both Wednesday and Thursday...

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Rimouski Oceanic @ Blainville-Boisbriand (Wednesday)

C Alex Barré-Boulet , BLB: Postponed
Season Totals: 63 GP, 51-62-113, +26, 65 PIM
’16-’17 Totals: 65 GP, 29-52-81, +10, 42 PIM

This game was cancelled due to a severe winter storm affecting the province. The game will be rescheduled (if necessary) on Sunday, March 18, 2018, at 3 p.m. ET at Boisbriand’s Centre d’Excellence Sports Rousseau.

Saint John Sea Dogs 3 @ Halifax Mooseheads 7 (Wednesday)

C/W Otto Somppi, HAL: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIMs, 1 SOG, 12/20 FO
Season Totals: 57 GP, 28-53-81, +36, 26 PIM
’16-’17 Totals: 60 GP, 17-24-41, -7, 28 PIM

Somppi assisted on the first of Benoit-Olivier Groulx’s (2018 draft eligible) goals, a power play marker in the 2nd to give the Mooseheads a 3-1 lead. Halifax would go on rout the Sea Dogs behind the two goals from Groulx and a goal and two assists from blueliner Jared McIsaac (2018 draft eligible). Both Groulx and McIsaac, along with Filip Zadina, are all possible 2018 first rounders.

Ontario Hockey League

Saginaw Spirit 1 @ Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 8 (Wednesday)

W Boris Katchouk, SSM: 1-1-2, +4, 2 PIM, 3 SOG
Season Totals: 57 GP, 42-43-85, +56, 30 PIM
’16-’17 Season: 66 GP, 35-29-64, +18, 46 PIM

W Taylor Raddysh, SSM: 1-1-2, +1, 2 PIM, 3 SOG, 1/3 FO, *Third Star*
Season Totals (SSM): 26 GP, 17-21-38, +16, 14 PIM
Season Totals (ER): 30 GP, 15-29-44, +10, 16 PIM
Season Totals: 56 GP, 32-50-82, +26, 30 PIM
‘16-‘17 Totals: 58 GP, 42-67-109, +67, 37 PIM

Raddysh and Katchouk both scored 1st period goals, with Raddysh potting a power play marker in what would eventually be the game-winner. Katchouk followed with his goal coming just 45 seconds before the end of the first. After a scoreless 2nd period, Raddysh set up a Jack Kopacka (ANA, 2016 4th round pick) power play tally in the 3rd, and Katchouk would setup a Jordan Sambrook (DET, 2016 5th round pick) shortie. Then a Soo snowman happened.

North Bay Battalion 5 @ Peterborough Petes 1

W/C Christopher Paquette, PBO: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, 12/22 FO
Season Totals: 59 G, 15-13-28, -36, 16 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (NIA/PBO): 66 GP, 19-29-48, +1, 28 PIM

Matthew Struthers (2018 draft eligible) scored twice for the Battalion and Christian Propp (undrafted) stopped 32 shots as North Bay marched into Peterborough and scored five straight before Logan DeNoble (undrafted) netted a single 3rd period marker for the Petes to spoil the shutout.

Western Hockey League

Prince George Cougars 3 @ Kelowna Rockets 6 (Wednesday)

D Cal Foote, KEL: 2-1-3, +3, 0 PIM, 6 SOG, *First Star*
Season Totals: 59 GP, 19-49-68, +27, 46 PIM
‘15-‘16 Totals: 71 GP, 6-51-57, +39, 41 PIM

Foote scored twice in the 3rd to help break open a 2-2 tie, earning First Star honors while firing a game-high six shots. He also assisted on his brother Nolan’s (2019 draft eligible) 1st period goal. Foote is creeping up on several milestones, so stay tuned to this weekend’s results.

AHL Game Night: 3-14-18 Crunch at Devils

Syracuse punches their postseason ticket by punching Bingo square in the nose in emphatic victory.


Louis Domingue allowed 2 goals on 30 shots for the victory after having been returned to Syracuse at the conclusion of his emergency recall.

First Period
7:19 SYR Volkov (17), (Peca, Cernak)
15:19 SYR Yan (12), (Stephens)

Second Period
1:55 BNG Quenneville (12), (Santini, White)
9:19 SYR Yan (13), (unassisted)
13:20 SYR Lynch (10), (Stephens, Walcott)

Third Period
0:41 BNG Quenneville (13), (Kearns, Bertschy)(PP)
8:34 SYR Volkov (18), (Verhaeghe, Joseph)(PP)
17:33 SYR Archambault (7), (Condra, Peca)(PP)

Alexander Volkov and Dennis Yan were the game's first and second stars after potting a pair of goals each. Just a quick reminder: All Dennis Yan Does is Score (tm).

Syracuse becomes the second team in the Eastern Conference to clinch a playoff berth. They still trail the Toronto Marlies by seven points in the race for the top spot in the North Division with Toronto holding two games in hand. But, the Crunch and their fans go to bed tonight secure in the knowledge they're in the dance and their young team is a legit threat to do damage once they get there.

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NHL Game Night: 3-13-18 Senators at Lightning

Lightning come up snake eyes despite Miller's hat trick.


Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 6 goals on 29 shots for the loss before Peter Budaj came in and allowed 1 goal on 4 shots the rest of the way. Vasilevskiy was just snake bitten and Budaj looked extremely rusty in relief.

First Period
4:19 TB Miller (16), (Kucherov, Stamkos)
7:47 OTT Paajarvi (7), (Pyatt, Pageau)
10:47 OTT Dzingel (20), (Gaborik, Ceci)(PP)
11:24 OTT Pyatt (7), (Ceci, Borowiecki)

Second Period
2:03 TB Miller (17), (Kucherov, Hedman)(PP)
7:18 OTT Gaborik (9), (Dzingel, Burrows)(PP)
13:44 OTT Hoffman (20), (Burgdoerfer, Duchene)
16:26 TB Miller (18), (Stamkos, Hedman)(PP)
18:30 OTT Karlsson (8), (unassisted)

Third Period
3:46 OTT Hoffman (21), (Karlsson, Duchene)
12:44 TB McDonagh (3), (Stamkos, Kucherov)

J.T. Miller was the game's second star.

Jon Cooper was decidedly less charitable to his players after the game, citing poor defensive coverage, turnovers, etc., but I'm willing to just accept this was one of those unlucky nights where you get rolled by a string of bad bounces despite putting 46 shots on a team and scoring 4 goals. Flush it. Burn the tape. Get ready for Boston.

Anthony Cirelli was -1 with 2 penalty minutes and 1 hit in 12:43. He was also 33% on 9n draws.

Adam Erne was -1 with 5 penalty minutes, 1 shot and 1 hit in 8:11. He lost his fight pretty decisively when McCormick tied up his arm at the outset of the fight and left Erne pretty vulnerable throughout the bout.

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Juniors Game Night: 3-12-18

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Blainville-Boisbriand Armada 3 @ Gatineau Olympiques 1

C Alex Barré-Boulet , BLB: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG, 2/5 FO
Season Totals: 63 GP, 51-62-113, +26, 65 PIM
’16-’17 Totals: 65 GP, 29-52-81, +10, 42 PIM

This game was stopped waaaaaaayyyyy back on September 24, 2017 due to fog at the ice level, and resumed in the 2nd period on Monday, March 12, 2018. Ryan DaSilva (undrafted) scored twice to pace the Armada to a road win over the Olympiques.

Juniors Game Night: 3-11-18

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Blainville-Boisbriand Armada 1 @ Victoriaville Tigres 7

C Alex Barré-Boulet , BLB: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 4/14 FO
Season Totals: 62 GP, 51-62-113, +27, 65 PIM
’16-’17 Totals: 65 GP, 29-52-81, +10, 42 PIM

The Tigres put up a touchdown on the Armada behind a 16-save performance by goalie Etienne Montpetit (University of Moncton commit) and two goals from Vitalii Abramov (CLB, 2016 3rd round pick).

Ontario Hockey League

Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 5 @ Owen Sound Attack 6 (SO)

W Boris Katchouk, SSM: 0-2-2, +1, 2 PIM, 4 SOG, 1/1 FO
Season Totals: 56 GP, 41-42-83, +52, 30 PIM
’16-’17 Season: 66 GP, 35-29-64, +18, 46 PIM

W Taylor Raddysh, SSM: 0-2-2, -3, 2 PIM, 3 SOG, 3/5 FO
Season Totals (SSM): 25 GP, 16-20-36, +15, 12 PIM
Season Totals (ER): 30 GP, 15-29-44, +10, 16 PIM
Season Totals: 55 GP, 31-49-80, +25, 28 PIM
‘16-‘17 Totals: 58 GP, 42-67-109, +67, 37 PIM

Raddysh and Katchouk teamed up twice in the 3rd to help spur a Soo rally from a 5-2 deficit to tie the game and eventually force overtime and the shootout. The duo first setup Conor Timmins (COL, 2017 2nd round pick) on a power play marker, and then again on Morgan Frost’s (PHI, 2016 1st round pick) 5-5 equalizer and second goal of the game. Raddysh failed to convert in the shootout, but Owen Sound’s Maksim Sushko (PHI, 2017 4th round pick) beat Matthew Villalta (LAK, 2017 3rd round pick) to give the Attack the victory. Brett McKenzie (VAN, 2016 7th round pick) paced Owen Sound with two goals.

Peterborough Petes 0 @ Sudbury Wolves 4

W Alexey Lipanov, SBY: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, 11/16 FO
Season Totals (SBY): 17 GP, 3-3-6, -11, 8 PIM
Season Totals (BAR): 35 GP, 11-19-30, +9, 10 PIM
Season Totals: 52 GP, 14-22-36, -2, 18 PIM
‘16-‘17 Totals (VHL-Russia): 21 GP, 3-5-8, +5, 8 PIM

W/C Christopher Paquette, PBO: Did not play
Season Totals: 58 G, 15-13-28, -35, 16 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (NIA/PBO): 66 GP, 19-29-48, +1, 28 PIM

Lipanov assisted on a 1st period Blake Murray (2019 draft eligible) shorthanded goal and Liam Ross (undrafted) scored twice as the Wolves shutout the Petes behind Marshall Frappier’s (undrafted) 27-save effort. Paquette missed his second consecutive games for the Petes.

Western Hockey League

Brandon Wheat Kings 3 @ Moose Jaw Warriors 5

D Oleg Sosunov, MJ: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season Totals: 68 GP, 7-18-25, +39, 58 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (MHL-Russia): 32 GP, 0-0-0, +1, 79 PIM

The Warriors broke open a 3-3 tied game with two late goals in the 3rd period as Wheat Kings fell to the Warriors on the road. Vince Loschiavo (undrafted) paced Moose Jaw with two 1st period goals.

Minnesota State High School League

Lightning prospect Sammy Walker was named the 34th recipient of the annual Mr. Hockey Award as the State of Minnesota’s top outstanding senior high boy’s hockey player. The Edina High School captain led the Hornets to a 3rd place finish in the 2018 Minnesota high school Class AA State tournament and earned all-tournament honors. Walker also won the Minneapolis Star Tribune’s Metro Player of the Year. The Mr. Hockey Award is selected by a panel of NHL scouts, junior scouts and coaches, and selected members of the media around the state.

Juniors Game Night: 3-10-18

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Halifax Mooseheads 2 @ Acadie-Bathurst Titan 3

C/W Otto Somppi, HAL: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIMs, 3 SOG, 15/26 FO
Season Totals: 56 GP, 28-52-80, +36, 26 PIM
’16-’17 Totals: 60 GP, 17-24-41, -7, 28 PIM

The Mooseheads rallied from a 2-0 deficit behind a pair of goals from Filip Zadina (2018 draft eligible) to knot the score heading into the second intermission, but the Titan would reestablish the lead just two and a half minutes in the 3rd and hold on for the home win. Jeffrey Truchon-Viel (undrafted) paced Acadie-Bathurst with a goal and an assist.

Ontario Hockey League

Peterborough Petes 4 @ Barrie Colts 6

W/C Christopher Paquette, PBO: Did not play
Season Totals: 58 G, 15-13-28, -35, 16 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (NIA/PBO): 66 GP, 19-29-48, +1, 28 PIM

Colts forward Dmitry Sokolov (MIN, 2016 7th round pick) took over the OHL goal scoring race from his teammate and Ottawa Senators free agent signee Aaron Luchuk. Sokolov scored his 47th and 48th in the 2nd period after the Petes drew within one, to put the game out of reach. Luchuk scored his 47th of the season as part of a three-goal Barrie first period. Paquette did not dress for Peterborough.

Western Hockey League

Kamloops Blazers 0 @ Kelowna Rockets 4

D Cal Foote, KEL: 0-0-0, +2, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season Totals: 58 GP, 17-48-65, +24, 46 PIM
‘15-‘16 Totals: 71 GP, 6-51-57, +39, 41 PIM

Leif Mattson (undrafted) scored twice for Kelowna and James Porter (undrafted) made just 18 saves as the Rockets shutout the Blazers to sweep the home-and-home series against Kamloops.

Swift Current Broncos 2 @ Moose Jaw Warriors 4

D Oleg Sosunov, MJ: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season Totals: 67 GP, 7-18-25, +40, 58 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (MHL-Russia): 32 GP, 0-0-0, +1, 79 PIM

Sosunov setup Branden Klatt (undrafted) just five minutes into the game for the first of two scores for Klatt. Justin Almeida (2018 draft eligible) also scored for the Warriors and added two assists in a bounce-back win for Moose Jaw against a formidable Swift Current team.

United States Hockey League

** Note: Cole Guttman (Dubuque) was placed on injured reserved on December 22nd following the completion of the World Junior A Challenge tournament.

Omaha Lancers 2 @ Lincoln Stars 4

D Nick Perbix , OMA: 1-0-1, -1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season Totals: 44 GP, 4-18-22, +11, 16 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (HS): 25 GP, 10-30-40, 6 PIM
Committed to: St. Cloud State University

Perbix’s goal-scoring streak hits two games, as he netted an unassisted marker early in the 2nd to knot the game at 1-1, followed shortly after by a shorthanded go-ahead by Noah Cates (PHI, 2017 5th round pick). The Stars would rally behind Wyatt Aamodt (Minnesota St. Mankato commit), scoring the next three and doubling the Lancers.

Minnesota State High School League

#5 Centennial Cougars 0 @ #2 Edina Hornets 11

F Sammy Walker, EDN: 2-3-5, +6, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season Totals (HS): 31 GP, 35-44-79, 16 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (HS): 25 GP, 22-24-46, 6 PIM
Committed to: University of Minnesota

Walker (pictured) and the Edina High School Hornets brought a very large chip on their shoulder to the 3rd Place consolation game of the Minnesota Class AA high school championships. They used that chip to blank the Centennial Cougars 11-0, and Walker ends his high school hockey career with a game-high two-goal, five-point statement. Walker assisted on two goals from Mason Nevers to open the scoring, and then added his own goal as part of a 4-0 Hornets 1st period. Walker would go on to add a shorthanded assist in the 2nd and a shorthanded goal in the 3rd. Garrett Mackay made 22 saves to shutout the Cougars, the third win of the season over Centennial. Later, rival Minnetonka high school would defeat Duluth East 5-2 to claim the State Class AA championship. Those two teams accounted for the only three losses the Hornets had on the 2017-18 season.

The 2018 Minnesota Mr. Hockey banquet is set for noon Sunday at the St. Paul River Centre, and Walker is a finalist for this prestigious award for the most outstanding senior high school boys’ hockey player. Lightning defenseman Ryan McDonagh was former recipient of this award.

Beyond that, it will be interesting to see when Walker will rejoin his USHL team, the Sioux City Musketeers, perhaps as early as March 17 when the Musketeers take on Sioux Falls. He’s slated to join the University of Minnesota Golden Gophers for the 2018-19 season.

AHL Game Night: 3-10-18 Americans at Crunch

Crunch ride Joseph back into the win column.


Eddie Pasquale allowed 2 goals on 23 shots for the victory.

First Period

Second Period
5:24 SYR Joseph (12), (Volkov, Dumont)
8:05 RCH Fedun (3), (Cornel, Porter)(PP)
12:06 SYR Thomas (4), (Archambault, Yan)
15:55 SYR Walcott (3), (Dumont, Condra)

Third Period
4:01 RCH Porter (16), (Percy, Fedun)(PP)
19:08 SYR Joseph (13), (Condra)(EN)

Mathieu Joseph, Pasquale, and Daniel Walcott were the game's three stars.

Syracuse is six points back of Toronto for the top spot in the North Division with the Marlies holding two games in hand. Toronto has clinched a playoff berth and Syracuse will be looking to do the same shortly over the next week or two.

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Big Second Period Lifts Crunch over Americans

By Jeremy Houghtaling

After a scoreless first period, things started to click for the Syracuse Crunch offense.

The Crunch scored three times in the middle frame — including a pair from players not necessarily known for their scoring prowess — as the Crunch beat the Rochester Americans, 4-2, at the Onondaga County War Memorial Saturday.

“We started connecting,” Crunch forward Daniel Walcott said. “We got a good bounce off (Mathieu Joseph’s) leg and the floodgates opened. We just kept shooting on him. We knew he left a lot of rebounds, we just had to capitalize. We put pucks on net and we got some goals.”

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