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Juniors Game Night: 11-22-14

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Cape Breton Screaming Eagles 1 @ Drummondville Voltigeurs 4

C Cameron Darcy, CB: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 4 SOG, 6/13 FO, 0 Hits
Season totals: 16 GP: 1-8-9, -8, 14 PIM
2013-2014 Season: 65 GP, 35-47-82, +3, 51 PIM

Cape Breton has one win in its last 10 games.

Rouyn-Noranda Huskies 6 @ Quebec Remparts 4

W Adam Erne, QUE: 1-1-2, E, 0 PIM, 4 SOG, 2 Hits
Season totals: 20 GP, 17-18-35, +17, 22 PIM
2013-2014 Season: 48 GP, 21-41-62, -3, 65 PIM

Erne extended his point streak to nine games. He has 17 points in those nine games.

Ontario Hockey League

London Knights 8 @ Windsor Spitfires 2

W Cristiano DiGiacinto, WSR: 0-0-0, -1, 6 PIM
Season totals: 17 GP, 6-3-9, -8, 34 PIM
2013-14 totals: 50 GP, 17-11-28, +8, 101 PIM

London was up 6-0 midway through the game and coasted to an 8-2 win. Mitchell Marner (2015) had a hat trick and two assists in the game for the Knights. Marner, who is 5’10”, 164 pounds, has 44 points in 23 games, including 39 points in his last 13 games and 10 in his last two games (yes, you read that right). He’s expected to go in the top-10 of next summer’s draft.

Peterborough Petes 4 @ Barrie Colts 3

D Dominik Masin, PBO: 1-1-2, E, 0 PIM
Season totals: 20 GP, 5-7-12, -11, 35 PIM
2013-14 totals: 39 GP, 2-19-21, +6, 102 PIM

Masin (pictured) scored for the second straight game.

Western Hockey League

Moose Jaw Warriors 5 @ Lethbridge Hurricanes 1

C Brayden Point, MJ: 0-2-2, +1, 0 PIM
Season totals: 22 GP, 13-18-31, +9, 19 PIM
2013-14 totals: 72 GP, 36-55-91, -27, 53 PIM

Point had two assists in Moose Jaw’s win against Lethbridge to extend his point streak to five games.

Calgary Hitmen 0 @ Red Deer Rebels 4

D Ben Thomas, CAL: 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM
Season totals: 23 GP, 3-9-12, +1, 12 PIM
2013-14 totals: 72 GP, 7-24-31, +11, 39 PIM

Rylan Toth (2015) stopped all 23 shots he faced for Red Deer in their win over rival Calgary.

Crunch Sets Attendance Record in Win Over Utica


By Jeremy Houghtaling

Despite knowing there would be a record-breaking crowd in attendance, the Syracuse Crunch focused on the task at hand.

The Crunch battled back from an early deficit, took the lead in the second period and held on in the third, as Syracuse topped the Utica Comets, 2-1, in front of 30,715 people at the Frozen Dome Classic Saturday. The total sets a new United States professional hockey attendance record, which was previously held by the Lightning.

"In the beginning, when we were standing on the goal line, you look around and it's really impressive to see all those people in that building," said Crunch forward Joel Vermin. "After one or two shifts, it's a game and you've got to execute."

NCAA Game Night: 11-22-14

No. 3 Boston University Terriers 5 @ Connecticut Huskies 2

D John MacLeod, BU: 0-0-0, E, 6 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 9 GP, 1-1-2, +4, 16 PIM
2013-2014 totals: 19 GP, 1-4-5, +1, 36 PIM

MacLeod had three minor penalties in a convincing win over UConn. BU is now 8-1-1.

No. 2 North Dakota 3 @ No. 16 St. Cloud State Huskies 2

F Brendan O’Donnell, UND: 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 13 GP, 3-1-4, E, 23 PIM
2013-2014 totals: 34 GP, 7-11-18, +7, 10 PIM

O’Donnell (pictured) scored his third of the year when he skated into the Huskies’ zone on a 2 on 1, veered to the middle and roofed a wrist shot into the top right corner of the net.

No. 14 Quinnipiac Bobcats 3 @ St. Lawrence Saints 2 (OT)

F Matthew Peca, QU: 0-1-1, +2, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 12 GP, 1-10-11, -1, 17 PIM
2014-2015 totals: 40 GP, 12-26-38, +4, 16 PIM

Peca was on the ice for the overtime winner, scored by linemate Sam Anas (undrafted). Peca set up Anas for the game-tying goal in the third period.

*USCHO poll used

AHL Game Night: 11-22-14 Comets at Crunch

Vasilevskiy shines on the big stage in the Frozen Dome.

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SYR-2

Andrei Vasilevskiy had his finest start of the year, turning aside 26 of 27 shots for the victory. He made big saves at big moments to preserve the margin of victory for the Crunch, and he did it in front of 30,000+ people. The young man's got some swagger, no doubt. I could see his season taking off like a rocket ship from here on out.

First Period
UTI Friesen, (2) (Kenins, Jensen), 3:12
SYR Vermin, (5) (Richard), 16:00

Second Period
SYR Gourde, (8) (Marchessault, Nesterov), 0:49

Third Period
NO SCORING

Vasilevskiy, Yanni Gourde, and Tanner Richard were the game's three stars.

Utica is a fine club, entering the night atop the Western Conference. This was a measuring stick game coming off of a loss that snapped an 8 game point streak for the Crunch. The win will put Syracuse back into a tie for the top spot in their division and continues to reinforce that this Syracuse team is going to be a real player in the AHL hunt this season.

Attendance at tonight's game at the Carrier Dome was 30,715, which breaks the all-time indoor record set by the crowd in Tampa Bay for Game Six of the Lightning and Flyers series of 28,138 way back in 1996 (I was there) at Thunderdome in St. Petersburg.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

NHL Game Night: 11-22-14 Wild at Lightning

Young Lightning grow up a little.

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TB-2

Ben Bishop allowed 1 goal on 31 shots for the victory. If you limit the odd man rushes the way the Lightning did tonight, Ben's pretty hard to beat.

First Period
NO SCORING

Second Period
3:11 MIN Parise (7), (Vanek)
13:42 TB Stamkos (14), (Stralman, Garrison)(PP)
18:07 TB Killorn (6), (Stralman, Callahan)

Third Period
NO SCORING

Ryan Callahan and Alex Killorn were the game's first and second stars.

The Lightning avenged one of their worst losses of the season to the Wild earlier this year and showed a bit of growth against a type of team they've traditionally struggled with. Not only are the Wild a faster team in the Western Conference style, but they also play a close-to-the-vest style a la the New Jersey Devils, which has always been a challenge for the team. They came out hard, like they did in the previous contest, but maintained their effort level throughout the game including after a mistake led to the Wild taking a 1-0 lead. And, when they got a power play opportunity down 1-0, they capitalized with strong puck possession despite some very tight penalty killing by the Wild. This game was steel on steel and both teams played a strong game and all the credit in the world goes to the Lightning for coming out of it with the 2 points.

Now, here's the great thing: they accomplished this tonight without Hedman. They accomplished it with Drouin still playing less than 10 minutes and not yet making the impact his talents indicate he can. And, they did it with Stamkos still a touch below the level of play he showed before he broke his leg a year ago. If all those things happen, and they're already capable of winning a game against a good Western Conference team when it's steel on steel like it was tonight, what can they do when they're at full strength clicking to their full potential?

Cedric Paquette was -1 with 3 hits and 2 blocked shots in 13:05. He was out for the Lightning to try to answer the 6-on-4 situation to close out the contest.

Jonathan Drouin played 9:37.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

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