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Crunch Start Strong in Win Over Checkers


By Jeremy Houghtaling

The Syracuse Crunch took it to the Charlotte Checkers in the first 19 minutes.

Crunch captain Erik Condra netted a goal in his long-awaited return, Jamie McBain had a hand in three goals and the Syracuse power play converted twice. The Checkers made it close late in the second period, but the Crunch held on to win, 5-3, at the Onondaga County War Memorial Saturday.

“I thought we came out strong and overall, we played a very good game,” Crunch head coach Benoit Groulx said. “They’re a good team. probably the best team we faced this year with Toronto. They have skill on every line. They play with a lot of poise and they make plays with the puck. It’s very impressive the way Charlotte is playing. Tonight we were a good team.”

NCAA Game Night: 11-11-17

Boston College Eagles 5 @ Vermont Catamounts 1

C Ross Colton, UVM: 1-0-1, -1, 2 PIM, 6 SOG
Season Totals: 11 GP, 8-0-8, -6, 16 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals: 33 GP, 12-15-27, E, 22 PIM

Colton had the only goal for Vermont in a blowout home loss to BC.

No. 9 New Hampshire Wildcats 0 @ No. 15 Boston University Terriers 4

D John MacLeod, BU: Did not play
Season Totals: 5 GP, 0-1-1, -1, 8 PIM
’17-’18 Totals Totals: 36 GP, 2-5-7, +8, 30 PIM

MacLeod was a scratch Friday.

No. 13 Northeastern Huskies 2 @ UMass-Lowell River Hawks 4

C Ryan Lohin, UML: 1-0-1, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season Totals: 12 GP, 5-9-14, +3, 8 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals: 41 GP, 12-17-29, +10, 14 PIM

UML scored a 4-2 win over the Huskies with the help of Lohin’s fifth goal of the season.

Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks 0 @ Colorado College Tigers 4

D Kristian Oldham, UNO: Did not play
Season Totals: 1 GP, 0-0-1, 3.69 GAA, .889 sv%, 0 SO
’16-‘17 Totals: 10 GP, 5-3-1, 3.38 GAA, .895 sv%, 0 SO

Oldham did not start for UNO.

No. 4 Minnesota Golden Gophers 6 @ Michigan Wolverines 6 (OT)

D Ryan Zuhlsdorf, UMN: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 12 GP, 0-5-5, +5, 24 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals: 37 GP, 2-3-5, +11, 35 PIM

The Gophers had a 6-3 lead with half a period to go but gave up three goals. Michigan had the only three shots of overtime. Minnesota had a 4-0 lead at one point in the game.

*USCHO poll used for rankings

NCAA Game Night: 11-10-17

Vermont Catamounts 4 @ UConn Huskies 2

C Ross Colton, UVM: 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM, 6 SOG
Season Totals: 10 GP, 7-0-7, -5, 14 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals: 33 GP, 12-15-27, E, 22 PIM

Colton got his seventh of the season Friday against UConn.

Northeastern 4 @ Boston University Terriers 1

D John MacLeod, BU: Did not play
Season Totals: 5 GP, 0-1-1, -1, 8 PIM
’17-’18 Totals Totals: 36 GP, 2-5-7, +8, 30 PIM

MacLeod was a scratch Friday.

Maine Black Bears 6 @ UMass-Lowell River Hawks 2

C Ryan Lohin, UML: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season Totals: 11 GP, 4-9-13, +3, 8 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals: 41 GP, 12-17-29, +10, 14 PIM

Ben Bishop’s alma mater took it to the River Hawks Friday, winning, 6-2.

Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks 5 @ Colorado College Tigers 3

D Kristian Oldham, UNO: Did not play
Season Totals: 1 GP, 0-0-1, 3.69 GAA, .889 sv%, 0 SO
’16-‘17 Totals: 10 GP, 5-3-1, 3.38 GAA, .895 sv%, 0 SO

Oldham did not start for UNO.

Michigan State Spartans 0 @ Minnesota Golden Gophers 4

D Ryan Zuhlsdorf, UMN: 0-0-0, +1, 2 PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals: 11 GP, 0-5-5, +5, 24 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals: 37 GP, 2-3-5, +11, 35 PIM

The Gophers got a 21-save shutout from Eric Schierhorn (undrafted).

*USCHO poll used for rankings

Juniors Game Night: 11-10-17

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Baie-Comeau Drakkar 3 @ Halifax Mooseheads 2 (OT) (Thursday)

C/W Otto Somppi, HAL: 1-1-2, E, 0 PIM, 4 SOG, 12/17 FO, *Third Star*
Season Totals: 12 GP, 6-12-18, +10, 18 PIM
’16-’17 Totals: 60 GP, 17-24-41, -7, 28 PIM

Somppi scored one and assisted on another goal, but the Mooseheads fell in overtime to the Drakkar.

Ontario Hockey League

Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 4 @ Sarnia Sting 3 (OT)

W Boris Katchouk, SSM: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 5 SOG
Season Totals: 19 GP, 18-9-27, +17, 8 PIM
’16-’17 Season: 66 GP, 35-29-64, +18, 46 PIM

The Soo blew a 3-1 lead, but recovered in overtime to steal the second point.

Barrie Colts 4 @ Sudbury Wolves 3 (OT)

W Alexey Lipanov, BAR: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG, 3/8 FO
Season Totals: 17 GP, 6-10-16, +7, 0 PIM
‘16-‘17 Totals (VHL-Russia): 21 GP, 3-5-8, +5, 8 PIM

Lipanov’s scoreless streak reached four games with a goose egg against Sudbury.

Peterborough Petes 1 @ Kingston Frontenacs 7

W/C Christopher Paquette, PBO: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG, 13/18 FO
Season Totals: 15 GP, 8-2-10, -9, 4 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (NIA/PBO): 66 GP, 19-29-48, +1, 28 PIM

The Petes took it on the chin Friday as the Fronts put up a touchdown against Steve Yzerman’s junior club.

Erie Otters 4 @ Hamilton Bulldogs 7

W Taylor Raddysh, Erie: 0-1-1, +1, 2 PIM, 7 SOG
Season Totals: 18 GP, 8-19-27, +12, 14 PIM
‘16-‘17 Totals: 58 GP, 42-66-108, +67, 37 PIM

After a three-game goal scoring streak, Raddysh has one assist in his last two games.

Western Hockey League

Vancouver Giants 4 @ Kelowna Rockets 5 (OT)

D Cal Foote, KEL: 0-2-2, +2, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Season Totals: 18 GP, 5-12-17, +8, 16 PIM
‘15-‘16 Totals: 71 GP, 6-51-57, +39, 41 PIM

Foote had the primary assist on Kelowna’s overtime winner over the Giants. Cliff Ronning’s son, Ty, who has been in the WHL for 35 years, scored his 16th of the season for the Giants.

Swift Current Broncos 6 @ Saskatoon Blades 4

D Libor Hajek, SAS: 1-0-1, -2, 0 PIM, 6 SOG
Season Totals: 17 GP, 5-7-12, -10, 18 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals: 61 GP: 4-22-26, -17, 86 PIM

Hajek’s fifth goal of the season – scored off a point blast – cut Swift Current’s lead to 5-3, and the Blades quickly made it 5-4, but they couldn’t complete the comeback.

Moose Jaw Warriors 3 @ Regina Pats 2

C Brett Howden, MJ: Did not play
Season Totals: 15 GP, 10-13-23, +9, 18 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals: 58 GP, 38-43-81, +14, 73 PIM

D Oleg Sosunov, MJ: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 0 SOG
Season Totals: 18 GP, 6-2-8, +17, 24 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals: 58 GP, 38-43-81, +14, 73 PIM

Jayden Halbgewachs scored his second goal of the game late in the third period to beat Regina

United States Hockey League

Chicago Steel 3 @ Dubuque Fighting Saints 2

C Cole Guttman, DBQ: 2-0-2, -1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, *First Star*
Season Totals: 9 GP, 4-2-6, -1, 6 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals: 53 GP, 27-27-54, +21, 18 PIM
Committed to: St. Cloud State

Guttman’s goals put the Saints up 1-0 and 2-1, but Dubuque ultimately fell to Chicago, 3-2.

Green Bay Gamblers 0 @ Omaha Lancers 5

D Nicklaus Perbix, OMA: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 3 SOG
Season Totals: 11 GP, 0-4-4, +2, 4 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (High School): 25 GP, 10-30-40, 6 PIM
Committed to: St. Cloud State

Omaha’s Zach Driscoll (undrafted) stopped 29 shots for his third shutout of the season.

Sioux City Musketeers 2 @ Sioux Falls Stampede 1 (OT)

D Sammy Walker, SC: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season Totals: 3 GP, 0-0-0, -3, 4 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (High School): 25 GP, 22-24-46, 6 PIM
Committed to: Minnesota

Walker was scoreless in the Musketeers’ overtime win over the Stampede.

ECHL Game Night: 11-10-17

Adirondack Thunder 4 at Kalamazoo Wings 1

D Matthew Spencer, ADK, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIMS, 1 SOG
Season Totals (ECHL): 1 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIMs, 1 SOG
Season Totals (AHL): 2 GP, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIMs, 2 SOG

G Connor Ingram, ADK, W, 60:00 MINS, 33/34, *FIRST STAR*
Season Totals (ECHL): 1 GP, 1-0-0, 1.00 GAA, 0.971 SV%, 0 SO
Season Totals (AHL): 6 GP, 1-3-1, 3.36 GAA, 0.860 SV%, 0 SO

Other Notables
F Shane Conacher, ADK, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIMS, 1 SOG
Season Totals (ECHL): 7 GP, 2-5-7, +1, 4 PIMs, 11 SOG
Season Totals (AHL): 2 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIMs, 1 SOG

F Ty Loney, ADK, 1-0-1, E, 4 PIMS, 3 SOG, *SECOND STAR*
Season Totals (ECHL): 11 GP, 7-6-13, +3, 16 PIMs, 38 SOG

With only one game on the weekend docket for the Syracuse Crunch, the organization reassigned Lightning prospect goalie Connor Ingram and defenseman Matthew Spencer to the Adirondack Thunder for the weekend to get some playing time. Ingram responded with a 33 save effort, allowing just one goal on the road in Kalamazoo, earning First Star honors. Syracuse depth forward Ty Lomey earned Second Star honors with a power play goal in the third period. The Thunder draw the rematch against the K-Wings Saturday night, before a matinee Sunday in Brampton against the Beast.

NHL Game Night: 11-9-17 Lightning at Kings

Lightning opens gates of hell in the First Period in Los Angeles. No Kings spared.

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Much maligned Petr Budaj allowed 2 goals on 24 shots for the win. He made a critical save on Koptar early on in the game on a bang bang play that led to Kucherov's breakaway goal. That's making the situational save you need for the W.

First Period
9:27 TB Kucherov (16), (Stamkos, Koekkoek)
10:01 TB Killorn (2), (Girardi, Johnson)
10:35 TB Hedman (2), (Gourde, Palat)
11:29 TB Stamkos (8), (Killorn, Kucherov)(PP)

Second Period
17:31 LA Toffoli (8), (Kopitar, Muzzin)

Third Period
8:39 LA Fantenberg (1), (Brown, Laich)
12:59 TB Namestnikov (8), (Hedman, Kucherov)

Nikita Kucherov and Steven Stamkos were the game's first and second stars.

Petr Budaj makes a big situational save, Kucherov scores on a breakaway at the other end, and the Lightning just erupt all over the Kings in a game that was over after less than a dozen minutes. The first 37 or so minutes tonight were just one long replay of the Second Period dominance the Lightning displayed against San Jose last night. Honestly, were it not for Quick, the Kings would've easily let up 8 or 9 goals tonight as the Lightning had something like 23 scoring chances through the first two periods. Quick almost gave the Kings a chance, but a well played replay challenge by Cooper and the Gang at the end of the Second Period helped the team maintain a 3 goal advantage through 40 minutes and it was off to garbage time for the second night in a row. And, to all a good night.

Things that'll make your mind explode: Namestnikov's on a pace for about 39 goals. Not a typo.

Tonight's victory means the Lightning are within an eyelash of clinching their second successful 10-game segment of the year. After collecting a stylish 17 points in 10 games to start the year, they have 11 points in this second segment with 3 more games to play. So, with 1 more point they'll have nabbed the 12 in 10, and anything after that is just more insurance points in the bank. It's a beautiful thing.

Slater Koekkoek had a helper and was +1 with 1 shot in 6:22.

Yanni Gourde had a helper and was +1 with 2 penalty minutes, 2 shots, and he was 60% on 5 draws. As always, the Stamkos line provides the bulk of the firepower, but the Palat/Point/Gourde line sets the pace for the Lightning.

Gabriel Dumont had 3 shots and 2 hits and was 63% on 8 draws in 9:56 as he jumped in to replace an injured Ryan Callahan in the lineup.

Jake Dotchin was +1 with 1 hit and 1 blocked shot in 16:45.

Mikhail Sergachev had 3 shots, 2 hits, and 1 blocked shot in 14:01.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

NHL Game Night: 11-8-17 Lightning at Sharks

Lightning speed slays Sharks.

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Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 1 goal on 33 shots for the victory. He conceded an unlucky goal on the first shift of the game on a puck that deflected off Callahan's stick. After that, he made two or three ridiculous saves in the First Period to allow the team to find their equilibrium, after which the rest of his night was thankfully light work.

First Period
0:25 SJ Donskoi (5), (Thornton, Pavelski)
7:17 TB Dotchin (1), (Point, Gourde)

Second Period
0:44 TB Kucherov (15), (Namestnikov, Stamkos)
9:21 TB Koekkoek (3), (Gourde, Stralman)
12:00 TB Namestnikov (6), (Stamkos, Kucherov)

Third Period
6:14 TB Namestnikov (7), (Kucherov, Stamkos)(PP)

Nikita Kucherov, Vladislav Namestnikov, and Vasilevskiy were the game's three stars.

San Jose had no answer for the quickness of the Tampa Bay Lightning. None. The Lightning not only can outskate San Jose man for man, but they moved the puck so quickly and crisply, especially in the Second Period, the Sharks had no prayer. No prayer. The Lightning won pretty much every 50/50 puck and then just carved up the slower Sharks defense. Cooper will have some coachable things if he wants them because the Lightning had some bad habits creep in during garbage time in the Third Period, but other than that this was a clinic, on balance.

Slater Koekkoek had a goal and was +1 with 2 penalty minutes, 2 shots, 2 hits, and 2 blocked shots in 9:14. His goal was a short side softie allowed by Martin Jones, who looked awful tonight en route to being lifted after two periods.

Yanni Gourde had 2 helpers and was +2 with 2 penalty minutes, 1 shot, and 4 blocked shots in 17:46. He was also 17% on 6 draws. The Stamkos and Kucherov line get all the plaudits, but I thought the line with Gourde and Point along with Palat were almost as good tonight and were crucial to helping the Lightning get their footing back after falling behind after the first shift tonight.

Jake Dotchin had his first NHL goal and was +1 with 2 shots, 2 hits, and 2 blocked shots in 14:01. He got it the way you'd want it: blew a slapshot through the goaltender for his first in the bigs.

Mikhail Sergachev was +1 with 1 shot and 3 hits in 15:26.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

Juniors Game Night: 11-7-17

CIBC Canada Russia Series
Team Russia 4 @ Team WHL 3
D Cal Foote, WHL: 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM, 1 SOG
Series Totals (WHL): 2 GP, 0-0-0, -1, 4 SOG, 2 PIM
Season Totals (Kelowna): 17 GP, 5-10-15, +6, 16 PIM
‘15-‘16 Totals: 71 GP, 6-51- 57, +39, 41 PIM
C Brett Howden, WHL: DNP
Series Totals (WHL): 1 GP, 1-1-2, +3, 0 PIM, 4 SOG, 12/19 FO
Season Totals (Moose Jaw): 15 GP, 10-13-23, +9, 18 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals: 58 GP, 38-43- 81, +14, 73 PIM

Brett Howden didn’t play and Cal Foote was held off the scoresheet, as Team WHL let a lead slip away to Team Russia in the third period.

Juniors Game Night: 11-6-17

CIBC Canada Russia Series
Team Russia 0 @ Team WHL 7
D Cal Foote, CAN: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season Totals (Kelowna): 17 GP, 5-10-15, +6, 16 PIM
‘15-‘16 Totals: 71 GP, 6-51- 57, +39, 41 PIM
C Brett Howden, CAN: 1-1-2, +3, 0 PIM, 4 SOG,
12/19 FO

Season Totals (Moose Jaw): 15 GP, 10-13-23, +9, 18 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals: 58 GP, 38-43- 81, +14, 73 PIM

Brett Howden registered a goal and an assist for Team Canada in the first game of the series, but reportedly left the game in the third period after getting hit hard along the boards.

Juniors Game Night: 11-5-17

Ontario Hockey League

North Bay Battalion 1 @ Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 3

W Boris Katchouk, SSM: 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season Totals: 18 GP, 18-8-26, +16, 8 PIM
’16-’17 Season: 66 GP, 35-29-64, +18, 46 PIM

Katchouk continues his goal-per-game pace with an empty-netter, as the Greyhounds top the Battalion.

Peterborough Petes 2 @ Mississauga Steelheads 9

W/C Christopher Paquette, PBO: 1-0-1, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG, 9/26 FO
Season Totals: 14 GP, 8-2-10, -8, 4 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (NIA/PBO): 66 GP, 19-29-48, +1, 28 PIM

Paquette scored, but the Petes were overwhelmed by the Steelheads.

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