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ECHL Game Night: 12-13-14

Indy Fuel 4 at Florida Everblades 5 SO

D Artem Sergeev, FLA: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 5 SOG
Season totals: 17 GP, 4-4-8, +6, 6 PIM, 25 SOG

Other Notables
G Allen York, FLA, W, 64:10 MIN, 4 GA, 32 SH, 28 SV, *THIRD STAR*
Season totals: 15 GP, 12-2-0-1, 2.23 GAA, 0.906 SV%, 2 SO

F Jeff Costello, FLA: 0-1-1, -1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals (ECHL): 13 GP, 4-1-5, +5, 18 PIM, 26 SOG
Season totals (AHL): 3 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM

F Mike Aviani, FLA: 1-0-1, -1, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Season totals (ECHL): 14 GP, 4-3-7, +1, 11 PIM, 25 SOG
Season totals (AHL): 2 GP, 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM

The Blades bent but didn't break in Saturday's 5-4 shootout win against visiting Indy, preserving a 5-game win streak behind Adam Brace's hat trick on teddy bear toss night. A roller coaster affair with Florida charging out of the gate with three 1st period goals and then the Fuel responding with three 2nd period goals. The Everblades peppered Indy with 48 shots, and Allen York was tested in the 2nd and 3rd periods giving up 4 goals before making 28 saves for his 12th win. York made three saves in OT and then stuffed all four Fuel shooters in the skills match to earn 3rd Star honors. Lightning camper Mike Aviano scored Florida's 2nd goal with Jeff Costello drawing an assist. The Gwinnett Gladiators roll into Estero for a pair of games this week.

Quad City Mallards 0 at Wichita Thunder 5

F Danick Gauthier, WIC: 0-2-2, +1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals (ECHL): 24 GP, 12-13-25, -1, 31 PIM, 81 SOG
Season totals (AHL): 1 GP, 0-0-0, -2, 2 PIM

D Daniel Milan, WIC: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 24 GP, 0-5-5, -5, 53 PIM, 27 SOG

Feels good to get the funk out. Wichita pasted the Mallards in a 5-zip shutout and Danick Gauthier notched two assist, one on the power play. Wichita returns to Tulsa Wednesday night to play Oilers.

Juniors Game Night: 12-13-14

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Sherbrooke Phoenix 2 @ Shawinigan Cataractes 8

C Cameron Darcy, SHR: 0-1-1, -4, 2 PIM, 2 SOG, 9/22 FO, 1 Hits
With Sherbrooke: 2 GP, 0-3-3, -4, 4 PIM
With Cape Breton: 21 GP, 1-13-15, -6, 14 PIM
Season totals: 23 GP, 1-16-18, -10, 18 PIM
2013-2014 Season: 65 GP, 35-47-82, +3, 51 PIM

Darcy extended his point streak to four games, though his new team was crushed in Shawinigan, 8-2. He led the Phoenix in faceoffs taken for the second straight game.

Quebec Remparts 5 @ Cape Breton Screaming Eagles 8

W Adam Erne, QUE: 0-1-1, +1, 2 PIM, 5 SOG, 2 Hits
Season totals: 29 GP, 21-24-45, +18, 32 PIM
2013-2014 Season: 48 GP, 21-41-62, -3, 65 PIM

Quebec lost its fourth straight game. Erne will be joining Team USA shortly in preparation for the World Junior Championships.

Ontario Hockey League

Peterborough Petes 4 @ Sarnia Sting 3 (SO)

D Anthony DeAngelo, SAR: 2-0-2, E, 0 PIM, *First Star*
Season totals: 28 GP, 10-26-36, E, 64 PIM
2013-14 totals: 51 GP, 15-56-71, -34, 90 PIM

DeAngelo’s point streak hit seven games as he scored twice Saturday. DeAngelo (Sarnia Observer photo) also scored in the shootout, which the Petes won, 3-2. He’ll join Team USA’s camp soon.

Notes: Brayden Point (Moose Jaw) is with Team Canada, Dominik Masin (Peterborough) is with Team Czech Republic, and Ben Thomas (Calgary) remains out with a lower body injury.

AHL Game Night: 12-13-14 Crunch at Comets

Gudlevskis responds.

SYR-2
UTI-1 (OT)

Kristers Gudlevskis allowed 1 goal on 29 shots for the OT win, rebounding from giving up 4 or more goals in each of his previous 3 starts. Gudlevskis saw the Vasilevskiy train leaving the station, and didn't want to be left behind. Big plus for the Crunch that he stepped up tonight.

First Period
NO SCORING

Second Period
NO SCORING

Third Period
UTI DeFazio, (9) (Tommernes, Sanguinetti), 15:09
SYR Angelidis, (10) (Ikonen, Mormina), 17:49

Overtime
SYR Gourde, (11) (Richard, Mormina), 6:00

Gudlevskis and Yanni Gourde were the game's first and second stars. Also, very quietly, Henri Ikonen has 1 goal and 3 points in the last 2 games. That matches his statistical output from all of November.

The Crunch's win pulls them within 2 points of division and conference leading Springfield, which lost to Norfolk tonight. Syracuse has 2 games in hand on the Falcons, and they can move into a tie with Springfield on Wednesday when they square off against Rochester.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

NHL Game Night: 12-13-14 Lightning at Capitals

Little things.

TB-2
WSH-4

Ben Bishop allowed 3 goals on 27 shots for the loss.

First Period
NO SCORING

Second Period
10:33 WSH Backstrom (6), (Wilson, Schmidt)
18:40 WSH Backstrom (7), (Ovechkin, Wilson)

Third Period
2:17 WSH Backstrom (8), (Ovechkin)
15:36 TB Johnson (9), (Carle, Kucherov)
17:29 TB Carle (3), (Stamkos, Garrison)
19:21 WSH Fehr (6), (unassisted)(EN)

Frustrating. This was a game filled with self-inflicted wounds. I'm not going to dwell on the disallowed Stamkos goal in the First Period, because ultimately that's not what undid the Lightning in this game. They had a 5-on-3 for a full 2 minutes and only got a slow dribbler chance by Callahan that Holtby held out. Then Paquette loses a faceoff and loses his man. Little thing. Down 1-0. They have plenty of guys back in transition and they completely blow the coverage and Backstrom gets a rebound goal. Little thing. Down 2-0. They have a neutral zone turnover and the defense parts to let Backstrom get a prime chance in the slot. Little thing. Down 3-0. They even have 2 players collide at center with the extra attacker so Fehr can get the EN goal. Little things, and they surrender the 4th goal. It's not like the Caps have dominated these two games, but the Lightning have done everything in their power to make them look like world beaters. Other than the PK there was very little of value to take out of tonight, other than what little morale building you can get out of climbing to withing 1 goal late in a game where you were down 3-0 in the Third Period.

Moving back to basics: Cooper's got to get these guys to get 35 shots on goal a night. The shot totals have been anemic lately, and when shot totals are low you don't get a good diet of greasy goals. They need that, and they need a healthy Palat back. A functional PP would be a nice change of pace, too. Every season has a spot like this where the offense will just struggle to get goals. It seems like, more often than not, the Lightning's struggle seems to come in December. It happened in '03. It's happening now.

Cedric Paquette was -1 with 4 penalty minutes, 3 hits, and he was 33% on draws. The first goal was on him. He lost the draw and then lost Backstrom, which allowed Backstrom to easily collect the blocked shot and roll to the slot to get the backhander. Not good.

Jonathan Drouin was -2 with 2 penalty minutes, 1 shot, and 1 hit in 10:55. He was on the ice for Paquette's faux-pas and the Fehr empty-netter, so the +/- is deceiving. He got more comfortable and looked more dangerous as the game rolled on.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

Liiga Game Day: 12-13-14

HPK 2 vs. Lukko 1
Saku Salminen, HPK, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 6 SOG
Season totals: 17 GP, 1-3-4, +1, 2 PIM

Saku Salminen had a team high 6 shots on goal in 12:57 in HPK's 2-1 win over Lukko. Ex-Isles pick Jyri Niemi potted a goal in the victory for HPK.

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