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Juniors Game Night: 2-8-15

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Drummondville Voltigeurs 3 @ Quebec Remparts 5

W Adam Erne, QUE: 2-0-2, +2, 7 PIM, 4 SOG, 2/4 FO, 4 Hits, *First Star*
Season totals: 47 GP, 32-36-68, +18, 85 PIM
2013-2014 Season: 48 GP, 21-41-62, -3, 65 PIM

Erne had two goals on Sunday then ended the game with a charging major and a game misconduct at the 20:00 mark. Things got a bit ugly at the end. Erne said he was sticking up for a teammate by laying a big hit, then turned around and Adam Chapman had his gloves off ready to go. Erne talked about the incident on the Remparts website (click here).

Ontario Hockey League

Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 1 @ Kitchener Rangers 5

D Anthony DeAngelo, SOO: 0-1-1, -1, 2 PIM
With SSM: 12 GP, 4-18-22, +8, 23 PIM
With Sarnia: 29 GP, 10-28-38, +1, 64 PIM
Season totals: 41 GP, 14-46-60, +9, 87 PIM
2013-14 totals: 51 GP, 15-56-71, -34, 90 PIM

DeAngelo managed to extend his point streak to 11 games, though Kitchener won big against the Soo, 5-1, despite being outshot, 42-29. The shots were 35-19 after two periods. Jake Paterson (Red Wings) was excellent in the Kitchener nets.

Western Hockey League

Calgary Hitmen 5 @ Saskatoon Blades 2

D Ben Thomas, CAL: 0-1-1, +1, 2 PIM
Season totals: 41 GP, 5-18-23, +8, 20 PIM
2013-14 totals: 72 GP, 7-24-31, +11, 39 PIM

Calgary won its eighth straight game and is surging toward the playoffs. Thomas (pictured) has points in six of his last eight games.

NHL Game Day: 2-8-15 Ducks at Lightning

The opposite of Saturday.


Ben Bishop allowed 3 goals on 28 shots for the victory. One of those goals was kicked in by Brian Boyle and another went in off of Anton Stralman's backside, so I'm not mad at Ben.

First Period
2:55 TB Boyle (11), (Hedman, Connolly)
13:42 TB Filppula (11), (Stamkos, Callahan)
18:52 TB Kucherov (20), (Johnson, Filppula)

Second Period
4:49 ANA Getzlaf (17), (Perry, Beleskey)
14:27 TB Boyle (12), (Connolly, Palat)

Third Period
6:14 TB Callahan (16), (Stamkos, Filppula)
14:57 ANA Vatanen (12), (Getzlaf, Bryzgalov)(PP)
17:26 ANA Brewer (1), (Thompson, Cogliano)

Brian Boyle, Valtteri Filppula, and Ryan Callahan were the game's three stars. Honorable mention to Victor Hedman's scintillating play to start the game and set up the opening goal by Boyle. That play set the tone in the First Period and allowed the Lightning to jump out and never get caught.

What this game should prove to the Lightning is that when they put the effort in, they can beat anybody. Unlike yesterday's game, where the Lightning didn't put the effort into the First Period against the Kings and fell behind 3-0, they ran roughshod on the Ducks and got up 3-0, never looking back. Effort. It's essential at all times.

Luke Witkowski was -1 with 5 penalty minutes, 1 shot, and 2 blocked shots in 12:08. He had his first NHL fight against Maroon and held his own against a much bigger/stronger man. That's impressive for an ex-NCAA guy.

Nikita Nesterov was +3 with 2 penalty minutes and 1 hit in 12:50.

Box score and extended statistics from

Juniors Game Night: 2-7-15

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Sherbrooke Phoenix 3 @ Moncton Wildcats 9

C Cameron Darcy, SHR: 0-1-1, -1, 0 PIM, 4 SOG, 11/26 FO, 2 Hits
With Sherbrooke: 22 GP, 13-17-30, -7, 24 PIM
With Cape Breton: 19 GP, 1-13-14, -6, 14 PIM
Season totals: 41 GP, 14-30-44, -12, 38 PIM
2013-2014 Season: 65 GP, 35-47-82, +3, 51 PIM

Sherbrooke is getting crushed in the Maritimes, falling to 0-3 on their road trip through eastern Canada. Will Smith (2015 eligible) got jiggy with it and had five points for Moncton.

Ontario Hockey League

Windsor Spitfires 3 @ Peterborough Petes 6

W Cristiano DiGiacinto, WSR: 0-0-0, -2, 4 PIM
Season totals: 46 GP, 15-18-33, -9, 89 PIM
2013-14 totals: 50 GP, 17-11-28, +8, 101 PIM

D Dominik Masin, PBO: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM
Season totals: 40 GP, 7-16-23, -15, 64 PIM
2013-14 totals: 39 GP, 2-19-21, +6, 102 PIM

Neither DiGiacinto nor Masin registered a point in a head-to-head match-up on Saturday. Both teams continue to fight to stay in playoff contention in their respective conferences. Peterborough is tied for eighth, Windsor five points back of eighth.

Western Hockey League

Calgary Hitmen 3 @ Prince Albert Raiders 2

D Ben Thomas, CAL: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 40 GP, 5-17-22, +7, 18 PIM
2013-14 totals: 72 GP, 7-24-31, +11, 39 PIM

Calgary won its seventh straight game and is eight points back of Medicine Hat for first in their division.

NCAA Game Night: 2-7-15

No. 6 Harvard Crimson 1 @ Brown Bears 2

F Brian Hart, HAR: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 22 GP, 6-5-11, +3, 17 PIM
2013-2014 totals: 30 GP, 7-8-15, -8, 20 PIM

Brown scored the eventual game-winner three minutes into the third period. Hart has been quiet the last few weeks and remains at 11 points for the season in 22 games, the same point-per-game average he had last year. This loss won’t sit well as Brown came into the game just 3-17-1 on the year and the Crimson a top-10 team.

No. 16 Quinnipiac Bobcats 4 @ No. 20 Colgate Raiders 2

F Matthew Peca, QU: 0-1-1, -1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 28 GP, 5-22-27, E, 23 PIM

2014-2015 totals: 40 GP, 12-26-38, +4, 16 PIM

QU finished the weekend 2-0 with a win over Colgate on Saturday. Peca had the only assist on the game-winning goal.

Ohio State Buckeyes 2 @ Minnesota Golden Gophers 6

G Adam Wilcox, MIN: Win, 16 saves on 18 shots
Season totals: 27 GP, 14-8-3, 2.62 GAA, .901 sv%, 3 SO
2013-2014 totals: 38 GP, 26-6-6, 1.97 GAA, .932 sv%, 4 SO

Minnesota swept the Buckeyes for a much-needed 2-0 weekend.

*USCHO poll used

Crunch Confident Despite Dropping Second Straight Game in OT

By Jeremy Houghtaling

Syracuse Crunch head coach Rob Zettler still sees his team as a confident group.

The Crunch fell behind despite outshooting the Springfield Falcons 18-8 in the first period and rallied to tie the score in the third, but Syracuse ultimately lost in overtime for a second straight night, 2-1, at the Onondaga County War Memorial Saturday.

Despite multiple lineup shuffles due to injuries and trades, the Crunch increased their point streak to seven games to maintain their lead in the Northeast Division and Eastern Conference.

"The last two games we lost in overtime, I get it," Zettler said. "We're able to scrounge a point out of it the last two games. We're still generating a lot of chances, we're just not scoring right now."

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