Syracuse loses a tight one.
Kristers Gudlevskis allowed 2 goals on 24 shots for the loss. It's his first AHL loss and it comes in his 7th AHL decision.
NOR Rakell, (8) (Blacker, Gagne), 15:14 (PP)
SYR Neilson, (1) (Langelier-Parent, Korobov), 4:47
NOR Blacker, (4) (Friberg, Yonkman), 11:48
Eric Neilson was the game's second star.
There are no moral victories in professional sports, but it's interesting to note that as depleted as Syracuse is they played pretty much even with a decent Norfolk team. That speaks to the character and coaching of the team, in my opinion. Syracuse faces St. John's next on Tuesday.
Box score from TheAHL.com.
Chelyabinsk 0 vs. Khanty-Mansiysk 2
Nikita Gusev, Khanty-Mansiysk, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 26 GP, 2-2-4, -6, 8 PIM
Ex-Blackhawks first rounder Mikhail Yakubov had a helper in Yugra's 2-0 win over Chelyabinsk. Lightning prospect Nikita Gusev played 6:27 in the victory.
Magnitogorsk 4 vs. Ekaterinburg 3 (SO)
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, SO Win, 41/44, 2.78 GAA, .932 sv%
Season totals: 32 GP, 17-8-6, 4 SO, 2.13 GAA, .931 sv%
Vasily Koshechkin stopped all 3 shooters he faced in the penalty shot session to help deliver a 4-3 Magnitogorsk win over Ekaterinburg. Ex-NHLer Tim Brent had 1 goal and 1 assist for Magnitogorsk in the victory.
Ufa 6 vs. Astana 3
Andrey Vasilevskiy, Ufa, Win, 36/39, 3.03 GAA, .923 sv%
Season totals: 19 GP, 10-6-3, 1 SO, 2.31 GAA, .923 sv%
Ex-Canucks draft pick Kirill Koltsov had a goal as Ufa doubled up Astana 6-3. Barys got a goal from former Lightning defenseman Mike Lundin and 2 assists from former Lightning forward Brandon Bochenski in defeat. Ex-NHLer Cam Barker also had a helper for Astana in their losing cause. It should be noted Barys Astana is currently the top team in the KHL's Eastern Conference, so it's a quality win for Lightning prospect Andrey Vasilveskiy.
Harvard Crimson 1 @ Brown Bears 2
F Brian Hart, HAR: 0-1-1, -1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 12 GP, 1-7-8, -3, 6 PIM
2012-2013 totals: 29 GP, 4-13-17, +1, 10 PIM
Hart had an assist on Harvard’s only goal, scored early in the third period to cut Brown’s lead to 2-1. They could never find the equalizer. Hart had been listed as a RW on Harvard’s second line for most of the season, but was LW on the top line on Friday.
Denver Pioneers 3 @ No. 12 Miami RedHawks 1
F Jimmy Mullin, MIA: 0-0-0, E, 0PIM, 4 SOG
Season totals: 14 GP, 1-5-6, +3, 6 PIM
2012-2013 totals: 38 GP, 6-8-14, E, 14 PIM
Mullin remains in the Miami lineup, getting time on the RedHawks’ fourth line. Miami pulled within a goal with about four minutes to play, but couldn’t tie the game. Denver added an empty net goal in the final seconds. No entertainment-only shootout was held.
No. 15 North Dakota 3 @ Western Michigan Broncos 2
F Brendan O’Donnell, UND: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 10 GP, 3-2-5, -3, 4 PIM
2012-2013 totals: 29 GP, 2-8-10, E, 20 PIM
North Dakota fell behind 1-0 to Luke Witkowski’s alma mater, but scored the game’s next three goals to take control and eventually win, 3-2. Syracuse’s Witkowski was a four-year letterman at WMU and served as a co-captain last year.
No. 5 Quinnipiac Bobcats 3 @ RPI Engineers 3
F Matthew Peca, QU: 1-0-1, -2, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Season totals: 18 GP, 4-8-12, +3, 8 PIM
2013-2014 totals: 39 GP, 15-15-30, +14, 36 PIM
Peca scored the game-tying goal midway through the third period as the Bobcats earned a point at RPI, 3-3.
Michigan State Spartans 2 @ No. 1 Minnesota Golden Gophers 2
G Adam Wilcox, MIN: Tie, 29 saves on 31 shots
Season totals: 13 GP, 9-2-2, 2.18 GAA, .924 sv%, 1 SO
2012-2013 totals: 39 GP, 25-8-5, 1.88 GAA, .921 sv%, 3 SO
MSU won a 3-round shootout, 1-0, but the game will go in the books as a tie.
*USCHO poll used
Quebec Major Junior Hockey League
Quebec Remparts 4 @ Halifax Mooseheads 3 (SO)
C/W Adam Erne, QUE: 1-0-1, E, 10 PIM, 1 SOG, 1 Hit, 5/9 FO
Season totals: 29 GP, 12-23-35, E, 45 PIM
2012-2013 Season: 68 GP, 28-44-72, +11, 67 PIM
C/W Jonathan Drouin, HAL: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 0 Hits, 4/7 FO
Season totals: 23 GP, 17-33-50, +18, 22 PIM
2011-2012 Season: 49 GP, 41-64-105, +48, 32 PIM
What was supposed to be a match up of two of the Lightning’s top prospects turned into a sideshow of sorts as Erne hit Drouin from behind in the game and was ejected. Drouin was hurt on the play but played on the ensuing power play before leaving the game with concussion symptoms. Erne had a goal before his hit, extending his point streak to nine games. Before the incident the two had exchanged stick taps to acknowledge the other. The two were prospect standouts at the Lightning’s camp in September and will likely be on the Lightning in the next 1-2 years together – if not on the same line together. They’ll certainly remember the time Erne knocked himself and Drouin out of a junior game. Hopefully Drouin is okay; he may have a scar to remember the hit.
Ontario Hockey League
Barrie Colts 2 @ Kingston Frontenacs 5
D Jake Dotchin, BAR: 0-0-0, +1, 2 PIM
Season totals: 26 GP, 5-10-15, +18, 58 PIM
2012-13 totals: 66 GP, 4-18-22, E, 81 PIM
W Henri Ikonen, KGN: 0-1-1, E, 2 PIM
Season totals: 26 GP, 13-26-39, +16, 25 PIM
2012-13 totals: 61 GP, 22-29-51, +2, 30 PIM
Dotchin vs. Ikonen didn’t have the drama of Erne vs. Drouin. Ikonen’s Frontenacs got the best of Dotchin’s Colts, 5-2.
Windsor Spitfires 4 @ London Knights 5 (OT)
D Slater Koekkoek, WSR: 1-0-1, -2, 6 PIM
Season totals: 29 GP, 7-17-24, +27, 16 PIM
2012-13 totals: 40 GP, 6-23-29, -24, 28 PIM
Koekkoek had a rare minus game (-2). He was on the ice for London’s overtime winner, scored by Coyotes first rounder Max Domi. Koekkoek took two tripping penalties and was also called for interference.
The Norfolk Admirals took advantage of a penalty-filled game with a pair of power play goals, as they topped the Syracuse Crunch in a shootout, 4-3, at the Onondaga County War Memorial Friday.
The Admirals began their rally in the second period amidst multiple post-whistle altercations, five misconducts and a combined 106 penalty minutes.
"Having those guys in the box for 10 minutes really hurt us at the end of the second and beginning of the third," said Syracuse coach Rob Zettler. "It hurt our energy. They are some of our best players sitting in the box for 10 or 12 minutes, so that hurt."