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NHL Game Day: 11-27-16 Lightning at Bruins

Boston continues to be a house of horrors for the Lightning.


Ben Bishop allowed 4 goals on 30 shots for the loss. 3 of the 4 goals Bishop allowed were not 10-bell variety opportunities. Soft? No. But, when you need a goaltender to give you a chance in a game, those are 3 stops he needs to make. Let's get real here: the Lightning should be playing the hot hand with Vasilevskiy right now. That's not to say Vasilevskiy's the starter and destined to park Bishop on the bench forever. Remember back in December of 2003-2004 when the Lightning hit a rough patch offensively and eventually dragged Khabibulin down into the rut with them? The Lightning switched to John Grahame as the starter for a little while and eventually broke out of the slump collectively. No one was saying John Grahame was better than Khabibulin at that time, but it was a needed shake up at that time. Same thing here. The Lightning need to ride Vasilevskiy for a week or two, in my honest opinion.

First Period

Second Period
2:24 BOS Moore (6), (Miller, Spooner)
12:30 BOS Backes (5), (Bergeron, Krug)(PP)
17:33 BOS Hayes (1), (Krejci, Schaller)

Third Period
9:43 BOS Patrnak (13), (Krug, Marchand)
17:21 TB Hedman (5), (Nesterov, Point)

This is where Tampa Bay's sleepy effort against Columbus really hurts. Tampa Bay has never had much success in Boston, and back-to-back losses now put the Lightning in a spot where they need to get at least 9 of the next 14 possible points just to stay on playoff pace (assuming they burn their insurance point they had coming into this 10-game segment of the year). It's an uncomfortable spot to be in when you have .643 hockey just to stay on minimum pace.

Brayden Point had a helper and 4 shots in 18:46 of ice time. He was also, unfortunately, just 33% on 9 draws in the game, as well, with Brian Boyle not taking draws because of his injury.

Slater Koekkoek was -3 with 1 shot in 13:59. Got caught in no man's land off a faceoff loss on Moore's game opening goal.

Box score and extended statistics from

MHL Game Day: 11-27-16

Yaroslavl Jr. 4 vs. Khabarovsk Jr. 3
Oleg Sosunov, Yaroslavl Jr., DNP
Season totals: 18 GP, 0-0-0, -3, 36 PIM

Oleg Sosunov did not dress for the second half of Loko Jr's back-to-back with Khabarovsk Jr. where they knocked off Khabarovsk Jr. 4-3.

KHL Game Day: 11-27-16

Cherepovets 3 vs. St. Petersburg 4
Nikita Gusev, St. Petersburg, 0-1-1, -1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 33 GP, 15-29-44, +27, 6 PIM

Nikita Gusev assisted on Vadim Shipachyov's eventual game winning goal in the Third Period of SKA's 4-3 win over Severstal Cherepovets. Gusev played 14:55 in the win. SKA also got a pair of helpers from ex-NHL'er Pavel Datsyuk in the win.

CHL Game Night: 11-26-16

Ontario Hockey League

Niagara IceDogs 5 @ Barrie Colts 1

W/C Christopher Paquette, NIA: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Season Totals: 22 GP, 10-8-18, -4, 12 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 57 GP, 5-11-16, -6, 18 PIM

Niagara had a 5-0 lead before Barrie broke the shutout with under two minutes to go.

North Bay Battalion 2 @ Erie Otters 4

W Taylor Raddysh, Erie: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season Totals: 23 GP, 20-30-50, +29, 15 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 67 GP, 24-49-73, +19, 18 PIM

Raddysh hit 50 points for the season in Erie’s 4-2 win over the Battalion. Linemates Alex DeBrincat (Blackhawks) had two goals and Dylan Strome (Coyotes) had three assists.

Kitchener Rangers 4 @ Saginaw Spirit 1

W Mitchell Stephens, SAG: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 10/21 FO
Season Totals: 19 GP, 9-12-21, +9, 14 PIM
2015-2016 Totals: 39 GP, 20-18-38, -3, 14 PIM

Dawson Carty (undrafted) stopped 38 of 39 shots for Kitchener.

Western Hockey League

Medicine Hat Tigers 8 @ Saskatoon Blades 2

D Libor Hajek, SAS: 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM
Season Totals: 25 GP: 0-10-10, -5, 39 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 69 GP, 3-23-26, -19, 76 PIM

The Tigers put a snowman on the scoreboard in Saskatoon, 8-2.

Moose Jaw Warriors 5 @ Red Deer Rebels 2

C Brett Howden, MJ: 1-2-3, +2, 0 PIM, *Second Star*
Season Totals: 13 GP, 11-9-20, +3, 8 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 68 GP, 24-40-64, -7, 61 PIM

Howden’s stat line was identical to Friday’s at 1-2-3, giving him six points in two games since missing a month due to injury.

NCAA Game Night: 11-26-16

No. 20 Vermont Catamounts 5 vs No. 3 Quinnipiac Bobcats 1

C Ross Colton, UVM: 2-1-3, +2, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, *First Star*
Season Totals: 14 GP, 6-6-12, +3, 8 PIM

Colton had Vermont’s first and fourth goals to help the No. 3 Cats to a 5-1 win over Matt Peca’s alma mater and win the Belpot Trophy as Friendship Four tournament champs in Belfast, Northern Ireland. The first goal was unassisted and roofed short-side over the QU goalie, and Colton’s second was scored by banking in his own rebound off the rush.


Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks 2 @ Northern Michigan Wildcats 0

D Kristian Oldham, UNO: Did not play
Season Totals: 5 GP, 2-2-1, 2.75 GAA, .898 sv%, 0 SO

Sophomore Evan Weninger (undrafted) stopped 31 shots for UNO in their shutout win over NMU. Oldham got the start Friday night and played well in a 2-2 tie.

*USCHO poll used for rankings

AHL Game Night: 11-26-16 Crunch at Senators

Successful weekend for shorthanded Crunch.


Adam Wilcox allowed 2 goals on 32 shots for the victory.

First Period
19:50 SYR Halmo (4), (Darcy, Bournival)

Second Period
8:29 SYR Taormina (4), (Erne, Richard)(PP)
8:44 SYR Halmo (5), (Bournival, Comrie)
19:58 BNG Flanagan (1), (Varone)(SH)

Third Period
1:42 BNG Robinson (3), (Bailey, Varone)
17:44 SYR Vermin (5), (Taormina, Gourde)

Mike Halmo and Michael Bournival were the game's first and second stars.

No Cory Conacher, no problem. Syracuse continues to be on the prowl for the top spot in their division with games in hand to burn to get there.

Box score from

Liiga Game Day: 11-26-16

SaiPa 3 vs. Jukurit 2
Saku Salminen, SaiPa, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 20 GP, 2-2-4, -5, 39 PIM

Saku Salminen was scoreless in 7:08 of ice time in SaiPa's 3-2 win over Jukurit. So ends the Saku Salminen boomlet. Ex-Panthers second rounder John McFarland had a goal for SaiPa in the victory.

MHL Game Day: 11-26-16

Yaroslavl Jr. 1 vs. Khabarovsk Jr. 2
Oleg Sosunov, Yaroslavl Jr., 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 18 GP, 0-0-0, -3, 36 PIM

Oleg Sosunov was on the ice for Khabarovsk Jr.'s late Third Period game winning goal as they defeated Loko Jr. 2-1.

CHL Game Night: 11-25-16

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Quebec Remparts 2 @ Saint John Sea Dogs 4

W Bokondji Imama, SJ: 0-1-1, +3, 2 PIM, 3 SOG, 1 Hit
Season Totals: 23 GP, 11-6-17, +1, 25 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 48 GP, 7-12-19, -5, 86 PIM

W Mathieu Joseph, SJ: 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM, 7 SOG, 0 Hits
Season Totals: 23 GP, 22-14-36, +16, 23 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 58 GP, 33-40-73, +35, 57 PIM

Imama got the primary assist on the empty-net insurance goal as the Dogs beat Quebec, 4-2. Joseph, who hit the post on a penalty shot, stayed in the top position for most goals in the Q by scoring in the first period. He’s one ahead of François Beauchemin (undrafted) of Val-d’Or.

Shawinigan Cataractes 4 @ Charlottetown Islanders 5 (OT)

W Dennis Yan, SHAW: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG, 0 Hits
Season Totals: 21 GP, 16-9-25, +5, 24 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 62 GP, 32-37-69, +8, 86 PIM

Rookie defenseman Pierre-Olivier Joseph, brother of Lightning prospect Mathieu Joseph, had an assist for the Islanders in their win over Shawinigan.

Ontario Hockey League

Flint Firebirds 3 @ Oshawa Generals 5

C Anthony Cirelli, OSH: 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, 12/24 FO, *First Star*
Season Totals: 21 GP, 13-17-30, +19, 8 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 62 GP, 21-38-59, -15 27 PIM

Cirelli was first star Friday for the Gens, who beat Flint, 5-3.

Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 5 @ Mississauga Steelheads 3

W Boris Katchouk, SSM: 1-0-1, E, 0 PIM, 5 SOG
Season: 23 GP, 10-10-20, +2, 13 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 63 GP, 24-27-51, +7, 61 PIM

Katchouk scored his 10th goal of the season Saturday. He had 24 in 63 games last season.

Sudbury Wolves 1 @ Niagara IceDogs 3

W/C Christopher Paquette, NIA: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Season Totals: 21 GP, 10-8-18, -5, 12 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 57 GP, 5-11-16, -6, 18 PIM

Niagara scored three unanswered goals after Sudbury went up 1-0 in the second period.

Peterborough Petes 1 @ Guelph Storm 2

D Matt Spencer, PBO: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 0 SOG
Season Totals: 15 GP, 2-7-9, +2, 12 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

The Petes fell to 10-11-1-3 after losing to Guelph, a team five points behind them on the league table coming into the game.

Western Hockey League

Regina Pats 3 @ Kamloops Blazers 0

G Connor Ingram, KAM: Loss, 32 saves on 33 shots, *Second Star*
Season Totals: 21 GP, 11-9-1-0, 2.19 GAA, .932 sv%, 1 SO
2015-2016 Season: 61 GP, 34-15-5-4, 2.61 GAA, .922 sv%, 4 SO

Ingram starred Saturday for Kamloops, making 32 saves in a 1-0 game before the Pats got two empty-netters. One of his saves was a diving glove stop on a weak-side one-timer that may be the save of the season so far. Ingram is third in the WHL in GAA and second in save percentage.

Brandon Wheat Kings 2 @ Saskatoon Blades 3

D Libor Hajek, SAS: 0-0-0, +2, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 24 GP: 0-10-10, -4, 37 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 69 GP, 3-23-26, -19, 76 PIM

Saskatoon blew a 2-0 lead, but got a goal by the undrafted Braylon Shmyr – his second of the game – with less than a minute remaining to win.

Moose Jaw Warriors 5 @ Calgary Hitmen 4

C Brett Howden, MJ: 1-2-3, +2, 0 PIM, *Second Star*
Season Totals: 12 GP, 10-7-17, E, 6 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 68 GP, 24-40-64, -7, 61 PIM

Howden played his first game in exactly a month, scoring once and setting up two others as Moose Jaw beat the Hitmen in Calgary. Howden was out due to an undisclosed injury.

Blujus Nets Game-Winner, Crunch Rally Past Marlies in OT

By Jeremy Houghtaling

The power play allowed Syracuse to climb back in the game and the Crunch completed the comeback in overtime.

The Crunch rallied from a three-goal deficit in the second period and Dylan Blujus drove to the net to pot a rebound 1:59 into the extra session, as the Crunch topped the Toronto Marlies, 5-4, at the Onondaga County War Memorial Friday.

“I was honestly just going through the middle and the rebound came right to my stick,” Blujus said of his overtime goal. “I was a little surprised and I had an open net from there.”

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