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KHL Playoff Game Day: 2-28-15

KHL Eastern Conference Quarterfinals
(3)Magnitogorsk 2 vs. (6)Ufa 0
Magnitogorsk Leads the Series 1-0
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, Win, SO, 24/24, 0.00 GAA, 1.000 sv%
Playoff totals: 1 GP, 1-0-0, 1 SO, 0.00 GAA, 1.000 sv%
Regular season totals: 51 GP, 32-10-6, 5 SO, 1.86 GAA, .934 sv%

Vasily Koshechkin and Magnitogorsk started their title defense off in style with a 2-0 shutout win over Ufa. Koshechkin stopped all 24 shots he faced. The eventual winner came from ex-Blue Jackets pick Sergei Mozyakin.

Juniors Game Night: 2-27-15

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Sherbrooke Phoenix 4 @ Victoriaville Tigres 7

C Cameron Darcy, SHR: 1-1-2, +1, 0 PIM, 4 SOG, 18/26 FO, 1 Hit
With Sherbrooke: 29 GP, 18-22-40, -8, 30 PIM
With Cape Breton: 19 GP, 1-13-14, -6, 14 PIM
Season totals: 48 GP, 19-35-54, -13, 46 PIM
2013-2014 Season: 65 GP, 35-47-82, +3, 51 PIM

Sherbrooke continues to struggle on the road, losing big to the Tigres Friday. The Phoenix is 12-15-0-3 on the road, but 20-8-1-1 at home. Undrafted overager Angelo Miceli had a hat trick for Victoriaville.

Cape Breton Screaming Eagles 5 @ Quebec Remparts 6 (OT)

W Adam Erne, QUE: Did not play
Season totals: 52 GP, 37-38-75, +18, 89 PIM
2013-2014 Season: 48 GP, 21-41-62, -3, 65 PIM

Erne missed his second-straight game due to injury. He was a game-time decision earlier in the week, but apparently the injury is worse than the team first thought.

Ontario Hockey League

Windsor Spitfires 3 @ Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 6

W Cristiano DiGiacinto, WSR: 1-1-2, +1, 0 PIM
Season totals: 53 GP, 18-20-38, -8, 91 PIM
2013-14 totals: 50 GP, 17-11-28, +8, 101 PIM

D Anthony DeAngelo, SOO: 2-1-3, +2, 0 PIM *First Star*
With SSM: 19 GP, 8-26-34, +21, 39 PIM
With Sarnia: 29 GP, 10-28-38, +1, 64 PIM
Season totals: 48 GP, 18-54-72, +22, 103 PIM
2013-14 totals: 51 GP, 15-56-71, -34, 90 PIM

DeAngelo was first star, scoring twice and adding an assist to extend his point streak to 18 games. The streak is the second-longest active streak in the league behind Connor McDavid’s 24-game streak. It’s the longest streak by a defenseman this season in the OHL. DeAngelo also set a new career high for points in a season tonight. The Soo was missing five veteran players in Friday’s game, but extended their win streak to eight games.

Meanwhile, Cristiano DiGiacinto scored on a 2 on 1 to establish a new career high for goals in a season. He's been a consistent scorer this year even without the traded Josh Ho Sang beside him.

Western Hockey League

Saskatoon Blades 1 @ Moose Jaw Warriors 3

C Brayden Point, MJ: 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM
Season totals: 49 GP, 28-37-65, +10, 40 PIM
2013-14 totals: 72 GP, 36-55-91, -27, 53 PIM

Point scored a power play goal on a one-timer from the left wing circle, not unlike Lightning captain Steven Stamkos.

Calgary Hitmen 2 @ Everett Silvertips 7

D Ben Thomas, CAL: 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM
Season totals: 50 GP, 6-23-29, +15, 20 PIM
2013-14 totals: 72 GP, 7-24-31, +11, 39 PIM

Radko Gudas’ former junior team snapped Calgary’s six-game win streak with a thrashing of the Hitmen Friday, 7-2.

NCAA Game Night: 2-27-15

Northeastern Huskies 6 @ No. 4 Boston University Terriers 5

D John MacLeod, BU: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 29 GP, 2-6-8, +13, 46 PIM
2013-2014 totals (USHL): 19 GP, 1-4-5, +1, 36 PIM

BU beat Northeastern earlier in the week for the Beanpot title, but fell to the Huskies on Friday. Clay Witt stopped 19 of 24 shots for Northeastern. Evan Rodrigues (undrafted free agent) had a hat trick for BU.

St. Cloud State Huskies 2 @ No. 1 North Dakota 3

F Brendan O’Donnell, UND: 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, *Third Star*
Season totals: 28 GP, 10-5-15, +8, 27 PIM
2013-2014 totals: 34 GP, 7-11-18, +7, 10 PIM

North Dakota skated out to a 3-0 lead, then held on to defeat SCSU, 3-2. O’Donnell had UND’s second goal, and was a tap-in away from another late in the game on the power play. He missed on a quick centering pass that ended up in his skates and out of harm’s way. He skated to the bench shaking his head.

No. 10 Quinnipiac Bobcats 5 @ No. 16 Harvard Crimson 2

F Matthew Peca, QU: 0-2-2, +1, 2 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 33 GP, 5-27-32, +1, 25 PIM
2014-2015 totals: 40 GP, 12-26-38, +4, 16 PIM

F Brian Hart, HAR: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 27 GP, 6-5-11, -2, 17 PIM
2013-2014 totals: 30 GP, 7-8-15, -8, 20 PIM

Quinnipiac had a 5-1 lead before Brian Hart assisted on Harvard’s second goal. Matt Peca had two more assists to give him 27 for the season. His career high is 30, set in his freshman season. Hart, meanwhile, notched his first point in about a month.

Michigan State Spartans 4 @ No. 15 Minnesota Golden Gophers 2

G Adam Wilcox, MIN: Loss, 26 saves on 30 shots
Season totals: 31 GP, 17-10-3, 2.55 GAA, .906 sv%, 4 SO
2013-2014 totals: 38 GP, 26-6-6, 1.97 GAA, .932 sv%, 4 SO

Wilcox missed Thursday’s game with an injury, but was back in the nets on Friday against Michigan State. The junior, who was named a Mike Richter Award nominee for the second-straight year, allowed four goals in the loss. Wilcox was a finalist last year for the award, which is given to the nation’s top goaltender.

*USCHO poll used

Devils Use Special Teams to Down Crunch


By Jeremy Houghtaling

Syracuse tied the score three times and briefly led in the second period, but Albany's special teams play proved to be too much.

The Devils went 4-for-5 with the man-advantage and added a shorthanded marker in the third, as Albany powered past the Syracuse Crunch, 7-6, at the Onondaga County War Memorial Friday.

While Crunch head coach Rob Zettler saw some things he liked, the overall game was frustrating.

"We have work to do," Zettler said of the Crunch, who sit in first place in the Northeast Division and third in the Eastern Conference. "We're not where we want to be in a lot of ways, but the bottom line is we continue to work hard and continue to compete. We just have to clean up some of the mess in front of our net and some of the discipline."

AHL Game Night: 2-27-15 Devils at Crunch

Crunch cut their kicker after he misses the extra point?

ALB-7
SYR-6

Kristers Gudlevskis allowed 7 goals on 23 shots for the loss. Shot his season save percentage all the way down to .896 in the process. Freshly signed Allen York stopped 4 in mop up duty in relief.

First Period
ALB Sislo, (15) (Hrabarenka, K. Zajac), 5:33 (PP)
ALB Timmins, (7) (Boucher, Scarlett), 10:22 (PP)
SYR Namestnikov, (14) (Marchessault, Koekkoek), 11:55
SYR Kunyk, (7) (Ashton, Gourde), 16:57 (PP)
ALB Sislo, (16) (Boucher, Helgeson), 17:17

Second Period
SYR Gourde, (20) (Ashton, Namestnikov), 2:58 (PP)
ALB K. Zajac, (3) (Helgeson, Sestito), 8:30 (PP)
SYR Marchessault, (14) (Koekkoek, Vermin), 9:55
SYR Kunyk, (8) (Broll, Dodero), 10:33

Third Period
ALB Wohlberg, (5) (D. Zajac), 1:03 (SH)
ALB Matteau, (6) (K. Zajac, Hrabarenka), 3:20 (PP)
ALB D. Zajac, (5) (Helgeson, Wohlberg), 6:51
SYR Marchessault, (15) (Vermin, Dotchin), 9:45 (PP)

Cody Kunyk and Jonathan Marchessault were the game's second and third stars.

I'm trying to imagine what an ex-defenseman like Zettler is going through having given up 10 goals in one game and 7 in another over the last month or so. I suspect it makes him want to peel the paint off the walls with his fingernails. The good news was Syracuse actually got 3 PP goals, but they ultimately lost the game because they were -2 on special teams including surrendering a SH goal. 1/5 on the PK and giving up a SH goal is just awful. There's no sugar coating it.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

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