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AHL Playoff Game Night: 5-15-17 Crunch at Marlies

Squeaker loss forces series to go the distance.


Series Tied 3-3

Mike McKenna allowed 2 goals on 25 shots for the loss.

First Period

Second Period
2:09 SYR Bournival (2), (Froese, Koekkoek)(SH)
7:24 TOR Grundstrom (3), (O'Reilly, Griffith)(PP)

Third Period
11:33 TOR Nielsen (1), (Griffith, O'Reilly)(PP)

It's been a homer series, and if the Crunch are to advance they'll just have to win the decisive Game Seven on home ice. Very simple.

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Bolts Ink 2016 Draft Pick Taylor Raddysh to Entry-Level Deal

TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning have signed forward Taylor Raddysh to a three-year, entry-level contract today, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced.

Raddysh, 6-foot-2, 209 pounds, played in 58 regular season games this season with the Erie Otters of the Ontario Hockey League, recording 42 goals and 109 points with a plus-67 rating. He led the OHL for assists with 67, ranked second for points and tied for sixth for goals. Raddysh recently helped the Otters to the J. Ross Robertson Cup as champions of the OHL, registering 12 goals and 31 points in 22 games. He was tied for third for points during the OHL playoffs, along with fellow Lightning prospect Anthony Cirelli, and is third for assists. Raddysh and the Otters are preparing to play for the Memorial Cup, which is awarded to the champions of the CHL.

A native of Caledon, Ontario, Raddysh has appeared in 183 career OHL games with Erie, notching 87 goals and 209 points with a career plus-78 rating and 15 game-winning goals. He also skated in 54 career playoff games, recording 19 goals and 47 points.

Raddysh also skated for Team Canada at the 2017 IIHF World Junior Championships. He recorded five goals, tied for fourth in the tournament, and six points in seven games. Raddysh scored four goals on December 29 versus Latvia, making him the fourth player in Team Canada WJC history to do so, joining Brayden Schenn, Simon Gagne and Mario Lemieux.

The 19-year-old was drafted by the Lightning in the second round, 58th overall, of the 2016 NHL Draft.

Crunch Score Five Unanswered Goals, Push Marlies to Brink

By Jeremy Houghtaling

The Syracuse Crunch held serve on home ice and pushed the Toronto Marlies to the brink of elimination.

The Crunch quickly answered after the Marlies opened the scoring in the first period and rattled off five unanswered goals, as Syracuse beat Toronto, 5-1, in Game 5 of the North Division Finals at the Onondaga County War Memorial Saturday.

Syracuse leads the series 3-2, as the series shifts back to Toronto for Game 6 Monday.

“I don’t think we have any changes to make,” Crunch head coach Benoit Groulx said heading into Monday. “We played our game, and our challenge is to play our game Monday in Toronto.”

AHL Playoff Game Night: 5-13-17 Marlies at Crunch

Crunchning Death Star thrives on imperial home ice.


Syracuse Leads the Series 3-2

Mike McKenna allowed 1 goal on 27 shots for the victory in the kind of bounceback game you need from your goaltender in playoff time after the odd rough outing (which happens in a long playoff run).

First Period
8:26 TOR Oleksy (1), (Findlay, Clune)
11:24 SYR Peca (3), (Condra, Racine)

Second Period
3:18 SYR Vermin (4), (Conacher, Gourde)
9:25 SYR Lynch (1), (Walcott)

Third Period
1:35 SYR Racine (1), (Gourde)(SH)
16:22 SYR Dumont (2), (Condra, Bournival)(EN)

McKenna, Slater Koekkoek, and Gabriel Dumont were the game's three stars.

With the chips down the Syracuse Crunch brought their best effort to the rink tonight in an absolutely critical Game Five tilt in a tied up series. Mind you, this series should be over right now were it not for the Crunch's late game collapse in Game Three, but that contest is water under the bridge at this point. Now Syracuse gets Jake Dotchin back from suspension heading into a potential closeout game. It's never easy to finish off a good opponent on the road at playoff time, but champions typically find a way.

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CHL Playoffs Game Night: 5-12-17

Ontario Hockey League

Mississauga Steelheads 3 @ Erie Otters 4 (OT)
OHL Finals
Erie wins best-of-7 series, 4-1

D Erik Cernak, Erie: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Playoff Totals: 22 GP, 1-8-9, +17, 10 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 41 GP, 4-11-15, +7, 35 PIM

C Anthony Cirelli, Erie: 1-2-3, +1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, 14/22 FO
Playoff Totals: 22 GP, 15-16-31, +18, 4 PIM
Season Totals: 51 GP, 25-39-64, +36, 12 PIM

W Taylor Raddysh, Erie: 3-0-3, +2, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Playoff Totals: 22 GP, 12-19-31, +16, 18 PIM
Season Totals: 58 GP, 42-66-108, +67, 37 PIM

All Anthony Cirelli does is score championship-winners. Cirelli scored in overtime to give the Otters the 2017 OHL championship, similar to his Memorial Cup overtime winning heroics in 2015. Cirelli’s overtime winner was made possible by Taylor Raddysh’s hat trick in regulation. Both Lightning prospects finished the playoffs with 31 points in 22 games – third best in the league behind Erie’s Alex DeBrincat (Blackhawks) and Dylan Strome (Coyotes). Cirelli led the league in goals, power play goals, and plus-minus for the playoffs. He was not named playoff MVP, however, as that went to ‘Canes prospect Warren Foegele.

Erie moves on to the Memorial Cup where they will join Lightning prospects Mathieu Joseph and Boko Imama with Saint John (QJMHL). Windsor is already in as the host team. The WHL is still going between Seattle and Regina.

The Lightning will have five prospects in this year’s Memorial Cup. Quite impressive.

CHL Playoffs Game Night: 4-10-17

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Saint John Sea Dogs 5 @ Blainville-Boisbriand Armada 1
QMJHL Finals
Saint John wins best-of-7 series, 4-0

W Bokondji Imama, SJ: 1-0-1, +1, 2 PIM, 4 SOG, 0 Hits
Playoff Totals: 18 GP, 8-7-15, +17, 22 PIM
Season Totals: 65 GP, 40-14-54, +10, 103 PIM

W Mathieu Joseph, SJ: 0-4-4, +2, 0 PIM, 1 SOG, 0 Hits
Playoff Totals: 18 GP, 13-19-32, +20, 14 PIM
Season Totals: 54 GP, 36-44-80, +37, 57 PIM

Saint John won the 2016-2017 President’s Cup as QMJHL champion Wednesday night with a 5-1 win over the Armada. Mathieu Joseph, who finished as playoff scoring champ, had four assists in the sweep-clinching win. The Sea Dogs, who went 16-2 in the playoffs, move on to the Memorial Cup in Windsor. Sens pick Thomas Chabot was named playoff MVP. This was the third league championship for Saint John, who also won in 2011 and 2012. The Sea Dogs won the Memorial Cup in 2011. (QMJHL photo)

Erie Otters 5 @ Mississauga Steelheads 2
OHL Finals
Erie leads best-of-7 series, 3-1

D Erik Cernak, Erie: 0-0-0, +2, 4 PIM, 4 SOG
Playoff Totals: 21 GP, 1-8-9, +16, 10 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 41 GP, 4-11-15, +7, 35 PIM

C Anthony Cirelli, Erie: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, 6/11 FO
Playoff Totals: 21 GP, 14-14-28, +17, 4 PIM
Season Totals: 51 GP, 25-39-64, +36, 12 PIM

W Taylor Raddysh, Erie: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Playoff Totals: 21 GP, 9-19-28, +14, 14 PIM
Season Totals: 58 GP, 42-66-108, +67, 37 PIM

Erie bounced back from a Game 3 loss with a 5-2 road win in Game 4, setting themselves up to clinch the OHL championship on home ice Friday. Anthony Cirelli continues to step up in the playoffs, registering an assist on Wednesday. Warren Foegele (Hurricanes) had three goals and five points in Game 4.

AHL Playoff Game Night: 5-10-17 Crunch at Marlies

All square in the battle for the North Division.


Series Tied 2-2

Mike McKenna allowed 3 goals on 15 shots for the loss before being pulled at the First Intermission. Kristers Gudlevskis stopped all 14 shots he faced the rest of the way to give his team a chance.

First Period
4:45 SYR Erne (2), (unassisted)
5:51 TOR Clune (1), (Rychel)
8:05 TOR Rychel (2), (Kapanen)(PP)
16:24 TOR Moore (2), (O'Reilly, Griffith)(PP)

Second Period
2:23 SYR Thomas (1), (Koekkoek, Dumont)

Third Period

Syracuse got outshot 29-19 in the contest and momentum is now firmly in the camp of the Marlies with the Dotchin suspension still with 1 game left to burn.

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CHL Playoffs Game Night: 5-9-17

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Saint John Sea Dogs 2 @ Blainville-Boisbriand Armada 0
QMJHL Finals
Saint John leads best-of-7 series, 3-0

W Bokondji Imama, SJ: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG, 0 Hits
Playoff Totals: 17 GP, 7-7-14, +16, 20 PIM
Season Totals: 65 GP, 40-14-54, +10, 103 PIM

W Mathieu Joseph, SJ: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, 0 Hits
Playoff Totals: 17 GP, 13-15-28, +18, 14 PIM
Season Totals: 54 GP, 36-44-80, +37, 57 PIM

Hurricanes prospect Callum Booth stopped 22 more for his second straight shutout as the Sea Dogs went up 3-0 in the Finals on the Armada, winning Game 3, 2-0. Samuel Dove-McFalls (Flyers) had both goals for Saint John, who can close out the series Thursday.

AHL Playoff Game Night: 5-9-17 Crunch at Marlies

Late game collapse points to trouble for Crunch.


Syracuse Leads the Series 2-1

Mike McKenna allowed 5 goals on 34 shots for the loss. Man, Syracuse could've really used a couple of more timely saves in this one.

First Period
11:44 SYR Erne (1), (Froese, Taormina)

Second Period
1:54 SYR Froese (3), (Taormina, Peca)(PP)
10:07 TOR Johnsson (4), (Kapanen, O'Reilly)(PP)
13:52 TOR Johnsson (5), (Greening)

Third Period
9:05 SYR Condra (4), (Koekkoek, McGinn)
18:04 TOR Leipsic (3), (Nielsen, Kapanen)
18:22 TOR Grundstrom (2), (Griffith, Oleksy)
18:37 TOR Kapanen (2), (unassisted)

The Crunchning Death Star ran into their first serious technical problem before Game Three learning of a 3 game suspension to Jake Dotchin for a late hit thrown in Game Two. Dotchin ended Tampa Bay's regular season playing like a NHL top-four defenseman, and losing Dotchin for the lineup for a key stretch of this series is a troubling problem for the Crunch defensive corps. They really need to get one of these games in Toronto and tonight they came within two minutes of pulling off the task before the bottom fell out. Now Toronto has momentum and an opportunity to knot the series up, putting some serious pressure back on Syracuse's shoulders while they're still without Dotchin's services for two more games. Game Four looms large.

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CHL Playoffs Game Night: 5-8-17

Ontario Hockey League

Erie Otters 3 @ Mississauga Steelheads 4
OHL Finals
Erie leads best-of-7 series, 2-1

D Erik Cernak, Erie: 0-1-1, -1, 0 PIM, 5 SOG
Playoff Totals: 20 GP, 1-8-9, +14, 6 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 41 GP, 4-11-15, +7, 35 PIM

C Anthony Cirelli, Erie: 1-0-1, -1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG, 9/14 FO
Playoff Totals: 20 GP, 14-13-27, +17, 4 PIM
Season Totals: 51 GP, 25-39-64, +36, 12 PIM

W Taylor Raddysh, Erie: 0-2-2, +1, 4 PIM, 1 SOG
Playoff Totals: 20 GP, 9-19-28, +15, 14 PIM
Season Totals: 58 GP, 42-66-108, +67, 37 PIM

Erie responded to a 2-0 Mississauga lead with three goals of their own, including Anthony Cirelli’s 14th of the playoffs scored in the final minute of the second period to put the Otters up, 3-2. The Steelheads scored twice in the final period, with the winner coming at 14:52 from Michael McLeod (Devils). Game 4 is Wednesday in Mississauga.

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