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NHL Game Night: 1-30-18 Lightning at Jets

Lightning look weary in first game out of the All Star break.

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Louis Domingue allowed 3 goals on 37 shots for the loss. He did his job tonight and gave his team a chance. The Lightning have to score more than one goal in support of their backup. Just have to.

First Period
19:31 TB Peca (1), (Point, Dotchin)

Second Period
3:30 WPG Laine (23), (Wheeler, Byfuglien)(PP)
8:35 WPG Connor (16), (Wheeler, Myers)

Third Period
14:35 WPG Little (11), (Perreault, Ehlers)

Matthew Peca was the game's third star.

Pretty evenly played First Period with the Lightning maybe getting a shade better scoring chances and getting the late 1-0 lead. However, a 5-on-3 goal for Winnipeg seemed to completely chance the complexion of the game. Winnipeg controlled the balance of the remainder of the game and never really looked back, eventually outshooting Tampa Bay 37-24 in total. Fatigue may have been a component of this, coming off the break and having to fly all the way to Winnipeg, so I'm not ready to sound any alarm bells over this outcome.

The biggest silver lining was, of course, the early return of Victor Hedman to the lineup in 25:00 of action. Knees must be made of rubber bands.

Tampa Bay finishes their first unsuccessful 10-game segment of the year with just 10 points over those 10 games. They subtract 2 from their cache of insurance points and now have 11 insurance points going into the final three segments of the campaign.

Jake Dotchin had a helper, 2 shots, and 1 blocked shot in 18:04.

Peca had a ruthless finish in tight for his goal and was +1 with 4 shots and 1 blocked shot in 13:10. He was also 67% on 12 draws against a very good Jets team in the faceoff circles and got some PK time at a key juncture in the Third Period.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

NCAA Game Night: 1-27-18

Vermont Catamounts 2 @ Merrimack Warriors 1 (OT)

C Ross Colton, UVM: 1-1-2, +2, 2 PIM, 4 SOG, *First Star*
Season Totals: 25 GP, 14-4-18, -11, 26 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals: 33 GP, 12-15-27, E, 22 PIM

Colton had virtually the same stat line Saturday as he did Friday when he had a goal and an assist and scored the game-winning goal late in the third period. He got his goal in overtime Saturday, earning another first star.

UMass-Lowell River Hawks 2 @ No. 16 Boston College Eagles 5

C Ryan Lohin, UML: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals: 27 GP, 8-14-22, E, 22 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals: 41 GP, 12-17-29, +10, 14 PIM

BC got some revenge on the River Hawks, who beat the Eagles in Lowell on Friday.

Boston University Terriers 4 @ Arizona State Sun Devils 3

D John MacLeod, BU: 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM, 0 SOG
Season Totals: 14 GP, 0-3-3, +3, 10 PIM
’17-’18 Totals: 36 GP, 2-5-7, +8, 30 PIM

ASU showed some improvement from their 8-0 loss Friday, only losing 4-3 Saturday.

No. 12 Western Michigan Broncos 3 @ No. 19 Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks 7

D Kristian Oldham, UNO: Did not play
Season Totals: 6 GP, 1-2-1, 4.12 GAA, .867 sv%, 0 SO
’16-‘17 Totals: 10 GP, 5-3-1, 3.38 GAA, .895 sv%, 0 SO

UNO swept its weekend series with No. 12 WMU, winning big both games.

No. 1 Notre Dame Fighting Irish 4 @ No. 13 Minnesota Golden Gophers 1

D Ryan Zuhlsdorf, UMN: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season Totals: 30 GP, 0-9-9, -1, 32 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals: 37 GP, 2-3-5, +11, 35 PIM

Defenseman Jordan Gross (undrafted) scored once and Dylan Malmquist (undrafted) add two to lead top-ranked Notre Dame to a win in Minnesota. The Gophers had a 1-0 overtime win the night before.

*USCHO poll used for rankings

Juniors Game Night: 1-27-18

From Saturday night...

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Saint John Sea Dogs 2 @ Halifax Mooseheads 5 (Saturday)

C/W Otto Somppi, HAL: 1-1-2, +1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG, 19/30 FO, *Second Star*
Season Totals: 40 GP, 16-41-57, +30, 20 PIM
’16-’17 Totals: 60 GP, 17-24-41, -7, 28 PIM

With the score knotted at 2-2 at the 2nd intermission. Somppi (pictured) scored the game-winner for the Mooseheads early in the 3rd as part of a Halifax 3-goal third period. Maxime Fortier (CLB, FA ELC) led the way for the Mooseheads scoring twice and adding two assists.

Ontario Hockey League

Barrie Colts 3 @ Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 4 (Saturday)

W Boris Katchouk, SSM: 0-1-1, E, 2 PIM, 4 SOG
Season Totals: 37 GP, 33-25-58, +34, 18 PIM
’16-’17 Season: 66 GP, 35-29-64, +18, 46 PIM

W Taylor Raddysh, SSM: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, 1/3 FO
Season Totals (SSM): 7 GP, 5-6-11, +4, 0 PIM
Season Totals (ER): 30 GP, 15-29-44, +10, 16 PIM
Season Totals: 37 GP, 20-35-55, +14, 16 PIM
‘16-‘17 Totals: 58 GP, 42-67-109, +67, 37 PIM

Katchouk assisted on the game-winning 3rd period goal by Mac Hollowell (2018 draft eligible), as the Soo clipped the Colts at home. Tim Gettinger (NYR, 2016 5th round pick) led the way for the Greyhounds with a power play goal and an assist. Dmitry Solokov (MIN, 2016 7th round pick) paced Barrie, leading a 3rd period rally to knot the score at 3-3, with two goals and an assist on a goal by top prospect Andrei Svechnikov (2018 draft eligible).

Niagra Ice Dogs 6 @ Sudbury Wolves 2 (Saturday)

W Alexey Lipanov, SBY: 0-0-0, -4, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 8/16 FO
Season Totals (SBY): 8 GP, 2-2-4, -8, 2 PIM
Season Totals (BAR): 35 GP, 11-19-30, +9, 10 PIM
Season Totals: 43 GP, 13-21-34, +1, 12 PIM
‘16-‘17 Totals (VHL-Russia): 21 GP, 3-5-8, +5, 8 PIM

Rough night for Lipanov and the Wolves as Sudbury allowed six goals in back-to-back contests. The Ice Dogs got goals from six different players and netminder Colton Incze (undrafted) stopped 29 Sudbury shots. Right-handed rearguard Peter Stratis (2018 draft eligible) had a goal and an assist for the Wolves in a losing effort

Western Hockey League

Kelowna Rockets 2 @ Red Deer Rebels 3 (OT) (Saturday)

D Cal Foote, KEL: 0-1-1, -1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals: 39 GP, 10-31-41, +15, 31 PIM
‘15-‘16 Totals: 71 GP, 6-51-57, +39, 41 PIM

Cale Foote set up Kole Lind (VAN, 2017 2nd round pick) for the game-tying goal with 33 seconds left in regulation, but Kristian Reichel (2018 draft eligible), son of ex-NHL’er Robert Reichel, netted the OT game-winner for the hometown Rebels.

Regina Pats 1 @ Swift Current Broncos 3 (Saturday)
D Libor Hajek, REG: 1-0-1, -1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season Totals (REG): 6 GP, 2-3-5, -4, 2 PIM
Season Totals (SAS): 33 GP, 8-17-25, -10, 26 PIM
Season Totals: 39 GP, 10-20-30, -14, 28 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals: 65 GP: 4-22-26, -17, 81 PIM

Hajek scored the lone Pats goal, a power play marker to open the scoring in the 1st period. It was Hajek’s 10th goal of the season and his 30th point in less than 40 games. Hajek is now 2-3-5 in six games since being traded to Regina and is really looking like that blueliner Lightning Director of Amateur Scouting Al Murray touted when Tampa Bay traded Anthony DeAngelo to Arizona at the 2016 NHL Draft for the 2nd round pick. It’s been quite the breakout year for the Czech defenseman. Former Blues prospect and now Flames free agent signee Glenn Gawdin led the way for the victorious Broncos scoring twice for Swift Current, his 38th and 39th of the season, including the game-winning power play goal in the 3rd period. Speaking of breakout seasons, Gawdin sits either #3, #4, or #5 in the WHL in points, goals, assists, power play goals, and power assists, and clocks in #2 in the WHL in plus-minus at +41.

Moose Jaw Warriors 3 @ Medicine Hat Tigers 5 (Saturday)

C Brett Howden, MJ: 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM, 0 SOG, 17/27 FO
Season Totals: 27 GP, 18-26-44, +20, 28 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals: 58 GP, 38-43-81, +14, 73 PIM

D Oleg Sosunov, MJ: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals: 49 GP, 7-14-21, +32, 50 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (MHL-Russia): 32 GP, 0-0-0, +1, 79 PIM

Brayden Burke (undrafted) gave the Warriors a 1-0 lead at the first intermission, but Tigers three 2nd period goals to take a 3-2 lead into the final frame, where Medicine Hat captain Mark Rassell (undrafted) would score his 42nd of the season and the eventual game-winner. David Quenneville (NYI, 2016 7th round pick), nephew of NHL defenseman Johnny Boychuk, paced the Tigers with two goals and an assist.

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 1 (Saturday)

D Nick Perbix , OMA: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season Totals: 29 GP, 1-13-14, +15, 12 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (HS): 25 GP, 10-30-40, 6 PIM
Committed to: St. Cloud State University

University of Michigan commit Jack Randl (2018 draft eligible) scored twice for the Lancers, as Omaha swept the home-and-home series against the Stars.

Minnesota State High School League

Eden Prairie Eagles 3 @ Edina Hornets 5 (Saturday)

F Sammy Walker, EDN: 1-0-1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals (HS): 19 GP, 23-25-48, 10 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (HS): 25 GP, 22-24-46, 6 PIM
Committed to: University of Minnesota

Walker scored the opening goal just 3:26 into the game, eclipsing his goal totals from last season, as the Hornets out lasted the Eagles to improve to 18-1-0 on the season. Arizona State commit Demetrios Koumontzis (2018 draft eligible) scored twice for Edina, and Lewis Crosby (uncommitted) tallied a four-point night. For the Eagles, Chris Konin (uncommitted), collected three points including a 2nd period goal to draw Eden Prairie within one. The Hornets next play Tuesday night against the Centennial High Cougars.

AHL Game Night: 1-27-18 Marlies at Crunch

Johnsson's natural hat trick sinks Crunch.

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Louis Domingue allowed 4 goals on 31 shots for the loss.

First Period
2:57 TOR Mueller (9), (Moore, Rychel)(PP)
16:05 SYR Cirelli (9), (Joseph, Archambault)

Second Period
6:23 TOR Johnsson (18), (Valiev)
10:14 TOR Johnsson (19), (Kapanen, Holl)
13:44 TOR Johnsson (20), (Kapanen, Holl)

Third Period
19:04 SYR Volkov (12), (Stephens, McBain)

If you're looking for silver linings, Anthony Cirelli maintained a five game point streak since returning to the lineup from injury.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

Crunch Overwhelmed in Loss to Marlies


By Jeremy Houghtaling

The Syracuse Crunch were overwhelmed by the top team in the AHL.

The Crunch evened the score late in the first period but the Marlies’ Andreas Johnsson netted a natural hat trick in the second, as Syracuse fell to Toronto, 4-2, at the Onondaga County War Memorial Saturday.

The Marlies now have earned a point in 11 straight games.

“They were, again tonight, the best team by far,” Crunch head coach Benoit Groulx said. “I thought (goalie Louis Domingue) kept us in the game and gave us a chance to win, but obviously not good enough.”

Juniors Game Night: 1-26-18

From Friday night...

Ontario Hockey League

Windsor Spitfires 4 @ Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 6 (Friday)

W Boris Katchouk, SSM: 2-0-2, +1, 0 PIM, 4 SOG, 0/1 FO
Season Totals: 36 GP, 33-24-57, +34, 16 PIM
’16-’17 Season: 66 GP, 35-29-64, +18, 46 PIM

W Taylor Raddysh, SSM: 1-1-2, +2, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, 1/1 FO, *Second Star*
Season Totals (SSM): 6 GP, 5-6-11, +4, 0 PIM
Season Totals (ER): 30 GP, 15-29-44, +10, 16 PIM
Season Totals: 36 GP, 20-35-55, +14, 16 PIM
‘16-‘17 Totals: 58 GP, 42-67-109, +67, 37 PIM

After a rare two game losing streak on the road, the Greyhounds returned home with Katchouk and Raddysh leading the 6-4 victory over the Spitfires. Katchouk and Raddysh were instrumental in the Soo gaining a 4-0 early lead. Katchouk opened the scoring just 2:45 into the game, and then Raddysh scored his 20th of the season about 1:45 later. Early in the 2nd, Raddysh and linemate Morgan Frost (PHI, 2017 1st round pick) earned helpers on Jack Kopacka’s (ANA, 2016 4th round pickd) goal, and Katchouk netted his 2nd of the game and 33rd of the season on the power play to give the Soo the 4-0 lead.

But the Spitfires would battle back behind the play of Jake Smith (undrafted) and Luke Kutkevicius (undrafted), as Windsor outscored the Soo 4-2 in the second half of the game. Tim Gettinger (NYR, 2016 5th round pick) scored twice for the Greyhounds in the 3rd, including the empty netter with one second left as the Spitfires were pressing for the equalizer. Frost tallied 3 assists for the Soo, setting up three of the team’s first four goals.

Barrie Colts 6 @ Sudbury Wolves 3 (Friday)

W Alexey Lipanov, SBY: 0-1-1, -2, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 6/16 FO
Season Totals (SBY): 7 GP, 2-2-4, -4, 2 PIM
Season Totals (BAR): 35 GP, 11-19-30, +9, 10 PIM
Season Totals: 42 GP, 13-21-34, +5, 12 PIM
‘16-‘17 Totals (VHL-Russia): 21 GP, 3-5-8, +5, 8 PIM

Lipanov assisted on Kirill Nizhnikov’s (2018 draft eligible) 2nd period goal that knotted the game at 1-1. But Lipanov’s former team poured it on, scoring five 2nd and 3rd period goal including two by Lucas Chiodo (undrafted) and top prospect Andrei Svechnikov’s (2018 draft eligible) 20th of the season. Blake Murray (2019 draft eligible) scored twice for the Wolves in the 3rd to draw Sudbury within one.

Peterborough Petes 3 @ Mississauga 4 (OT) (Friday)

W/C Christopher Paquette, PBO: 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM, 5 SOG, 7/17 FO
Season Totals: 42 G, 13-6-19, -23, 12 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (NIA/PBO): 66 GP, 19-29-48, +1, 28 PIM

Paquette fired a team-high five shots scored his 13th of the season, the 3-2 go-ahead goal in the 2nd period. But top prospect Ryan McLeod (2018 draft eligible) scored the 3rd period power play equalizer for the Steelheads and then tallied the game-winner in overtime to hand the Petes their umpteenth 3rd period meltdown heartbreaker.

Western Hockey League

Kelowna Rockets 4 @ Medicine Hat Tigers 3 (OT) (Friday)

D Cal Foote, KEL: 1-0-1, +2, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, *Second Star*
Season Totals: 38 GP, 10-30-40, +16, 31 PIM
‘15-‘16 Totals: 71 GP, 6-51-57, +39, 41 PIM

The Rockets rallied from a 3-1 deficit, scoring twice in the 3rd and Cal Foote (pictured) delivering the OT game-winner to scratch out a gutsy road win in the Hat. Foote was robbed of the First Star, given instead by the home town bias to the Tiger captain Mark Rassell (undrafted), who notched Medicine Hat’s first two goals.

Moose Jaw Warriors 3 @ Lethbridge Hurricanes 2 (OT) (Friday)

C Brett Howden, MJ: 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, 16/26 FO
Season Totals: 26 GP, 18-26-44, +22, 28 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals: 58 GP, 38-43-81, +14, 73 PIM

D Oleg Sosunov, MJ: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season Totals: 48 GP, 7-14-21, +33, 50 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (MHL-Russia): 32 GP, 0-0-0, +1, 79 PIM

The Warriors scratched out a tough OT road win in Lethbridge, behind goal and an assist efforts by both Justin Almeida (2018 draft eligible) and Brayden Burke (undrafted). Newly acquired Kale Clague (LA, 2016 2nd round pick) assisted on all three Moose Jaw goals.

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.

Lincoln Stars 0 @ Omaha Lancers 6 (Friday)

D Nick Perbix , OMA: 0-1-1, +2, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season Totals: 28 GP, 1-13-14, +42, 12 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (HS): 25 GP, 10-30-40, 6 PIM
Committed to: St. Cloud State University

Perbix notched an assist and former WHL’er Ethan Price (undrafted) scored twice as the Lancers shutout the Stars 6-0.

NCAA Game Night: 1-26-18

Vermont Catamounts 2 @ Merrimack Warriors 1

C Ross Colton, UVM: 1-1-2, +2, 0 PIM, 4 SOG, *First Star*
Season Totals: 24 GP, 13-3-16, -13, 24 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals: 33 GP, 12-15-27, E, 22 PIM

Colton helped Vermont win its fifth game of the season with a late, game-winning marker to beat Merrimack. He scored with just over two minutes remaining in regulation.

No. 16 Boston College Eagles 2 @ UMass-Lowell River Hawks 3 (Friday)

C Ryan Lohin, UML: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season Totals: 26 GP, 8-14-22, E, 22 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals: 41 GP, 12-17-29, +10, 14 PIM

UML blew a 2-goal lead but recovered for the upset win. Lohin had the primary assist on the game-winning goal.

Boston University Terriers 8 @ Arizona State Sun Devils 0

D John MacLeod, BU: 0-1-1, +4, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season Totals: 13 GP, 0-3-3, +4, 8 PIM
’17-’18 Totals: 36 GP, 2-5-7, +8, 30 PIM

Bobo Carpenter (undrafted) had a hat trick as BU built a snowman on the desert scoreboard. He was coming off a 2-goal game vs Merrimack. MacLeod got into the fun with an assist.

No. 12 Western Michigan Broncos 2 @ No. 19 Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks 6

D Kristian Oldham, UNO: Did not play
Season Totals: 6 GP, 1-2-1, 4.12 GAA, .867 sv%, 0 SO
’16-‘17 Totals: 10 GP, 5-3-1, 3.38 GAA, .895 sv%, 0 SO

UNO was beaten by a total of 9-0 last weekend in Denver, but responded this weekend with a Friday win over Luke Witkowski's alma mater.

No. 1 Notre Dame Fighting Irish 0 @ No. 13 Minnesota Golden Gophers 1 (OT)

D Ryan Zuhlsdorf, UMN: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season Totals: 29 GP, 0-9-9, -1, 32 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals: 37 GP, 2-3-5, +11, 35 PIM

Zuhlsdorf was on the ice when Casey Mittelstadt (Sabres) scored to give the Gophers a 1-0 overtime win Friday over the top team in the nation.

*USCHO poll used for rankings

Rookies Lead the Way in Crunch's Win Over Senators


By Jeremy Houghtaling

The Syracuse Crunch’s lineup was filled with rookies and call-ups.

Nine players are in their first year in the pros, and six have spent time in the ECHL this season.

Syracuse still kept rolling.

The youth led the way with rookies combining for eight of the Crunch’s 13 points, as Syracuse beat the Belleville Senators, 5-2, at the Onondaga County War Memorial Friday.

“I think a lot of the rookies have the traits you need to be successful in pro hockey,” Crunch defenseman Mat Bodie said. “We transitioned to a speed game and we have a lot of guys that can really fly, so once they start playing with confidence — which they are now — it’s paying dividends for all of us here.”

AHL Game Night: 1-26-18 Senators at Crunch

Crunch's young guns continue to roll on.

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Connor Ingram allowed 2 goals on 24 shots for the victory. He's 8-2-1 since taking over as Syracuse's starter with Domingue up top in Tampa Bay.

First Period
1:56 SYR Cirelli (8), (Joseph, Bodie)
15:28 SYR Tammela (3), (Bodie, Volkov)

Second Period
1:09 SYR Archambault (3), (Cirelli, Joseph)

Third Period
0:52 BEL Burgdoerfer (4), (Hogberg)(PP)
4:03 SYR Thomas (3), (Bodie, Tammela)
6:04 BEL Burgdoerfer (5), (McCormick, Doornbosch)
17:02 SYR Stephens (16), (unassisted)(EN)

Mathieu Joseph, Anthony Cirelli, and Mat Bodie were the game's three stars. Jonne Tammela (The Cobra!) chipped in his first multi-point game of the campaign, as well.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

Juniors Game Night: 1-25-18

All of Canadian Juniors were off tonight due to the annual Don Cherry / Bobby Orr CHL Top NHL Prospects Game at the Sleeman Centre in Guelph. Otto Somppi's Halifax linemate and Libor Hajek's WJC Czech Republic teammate, Filip Zadina led the way with two goals in Team Cherry's 7-4 victory over the Eric Lindros coached Team Orr. Owen Sound's Aidan Dudas and Flint's Ty Dellandrea both scored two goals apiece for Team Cherry and mobile righty London blueliner Evan Bouchard added four assists.

Minnesota State High School League

Minnetonka Skippers 2 @ Edina Hornets 8

F Sammy Walker, EDN: 2-3-5, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season Totals (HS): 18 GP, 22-25-47, 10 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (HS): 25 GP, 22-24-46, 6 PIM
Committed to: University of Minnesota

On Boxing Day, the first day of the prestigious Schwan’s Cup holiday tournament saw the Minnetonka Skippers hand the tourney’s defending champ Hornets their only loss of the season thus far. Tonight, almost a month later, the Skippers rolled into the Braemar Ice Arena in Edina for a rematch between these top Class 2A rivals.

With that lone blemish on their record, Sammy Walker and Jett Jungels (Northern Michigan commit) both score twice, while Walker added three more assists for a five-point performance as the Hornets stung the Skippers and pasted a snowman on the scoreboard, and got some sweet redemption.

For Walker, he equaled his goal totals from last season and eclipses his point totals in seven fewer games. He sits 5th in the state in points, just four back from Luke Krause (uncommitted), the Lake of the Woods high school standout who has 51 points in just 14 games. The Hornets next play Saturday night against the Eden Prairie Eagles.

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