The Syracuse Crunch had their chances in the third period, but couldn’t find the go-ahead goal.
The Crunch poured on the pressure and outshot the IceCaps 17-6 in the third, but St. John’s capitalized on a turnover to top Syracuse, 2-1, in overtime at the Onondaga County War Memorial Saturday.
“Very disappointing outcome, obviously,” Crunch head coach Benoit Groulx said. “We had so many chances, especially in the third period where we were flying, skating, and playing with urgency. We made one mistake and the puck is in the net.
“This weekend was about that. Strong effort, strong game — we didn’t give much tonight — but the other team was very opportunistic and in both games we faced two solid goalies. It is what it is.”
Organization's week of frustration rolls on unabated.
Kristers Gudlevskis allowed 2 goals on 19 shots for the OT loss.
18:33 STJ Camara (1), (Brouillette)
13:46 SYR Halmo (11), (Conacher, Vermin)(PP)
1:24 STJ Audette (7), (Matteau, Brouillette)
Syracuse does move 1 point clear of Albany in the North Division by virtue of the Devils' loss to Lehigh Valley. Still, the team has been a very pedestrian 3-3-1-3 over their last 10 games and can (and honestly likely will) do better.
Box score and extended statistics from TheAHL.com.
The Lightning's season is circling the drain.
Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 4 goals on 44 shots for the loss. He was markedly better today than his past couple of starts, but unfortunately he didn't get much support in front of him as the Lightning got outpossessed and outplayed at the skater positions.
5:34 TB Kucherov (16), (Namestnikov, Nesterov)
1:11 PHI Konecny (6), (Voracek, MacDonald)
8:42 PHI Couturier (7), (Provorov, Voracek)
9:51 PHI Raffl (8), (Giroux, Schultz)
16:44 TB Killorn (13), (Nesterov, Drouin)
17:41 PHI Gudas (2), (Schenn)
The Lightning just got whipped today. They got outshot 44-26 and the score reflected it. They simply played a flat game, lost most every 50/50 puck, and their passing was awful in all three zones. There's no excuse for this team to play this flat, given that they should be fighting for the playoff lives at the moment. We're getting very near to a point of no return from which the Lightning simply won't have a realistic chance to get back into it in the standings. You'd think you'd see the urgency because of that. Nope. This team, after two and a half years of heavy lifting, just looks out of gas. There's consequences (big roster changes) that come with that if that happens to be the case.
Luke Witkowski was -1 with 2 penalty minutes, 1 shot, 3 hits, and 1 blocked shot in 13:29. I thought he played a really nice game this afternoon.
Matthew Peca was -2 in 13:07. He made a pretty horrendous turnover to Voracek at the end of the First Period that Vasilevskiy bailed him out of. Beyond that, it was his second straight subpar outing. He's probably not much longer for the NHL on this callup stint if this keeps up.
Adam Erne had 3 shots and 3 hits in 8:36. He played another nice game today. He had some big hits, stole the puck to create a scoring chance for a teammate in the offensive zone on another play, and drew a penalty getting hooked on a breakaway on another play. He was one of the few Lightning players who looked like he had energy today.
Karpat 5 vs. SaiPa 2
Saku Salminen, SaiPa, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 5 SOG
Season totals: 29 GP, 2-4-6, -5, 39 PIM
Saku Salminen had 5 shots on goal in 9:28 of ice time as SaiPa got smashed 5-2 by Karpat. SaiPa has fallen into a tie in points (42) with Lukko for the bottom spot on the 15 team Liiga table.
Dinamo Riga 1 vs. St. Petersburg 6
Nikita Gusev, St. Petersburg, 0-1-1, +2, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 43 GP, 18-35-53, +31, 8 PIM
Nikita Gusev assisted on Vadim Shipachyov's Second Period goal in SKA's 6-1 drubbing of Dinamo Riga. Gusev played 16:00 in the match and is currently tied for 4th in the KHL in scoring, tied for 3rd in assists, and is second in plus-minus. Rangers 4th rounder Igor Shestyorkin had to make just 12 saves in the game for the victory with SKA winning on the shot board 44-13.
Quebec Major Junior Hockey League
Acadie-Bathurst Titan 1 @ Saint John Sea Dogs 5
W Bokondji Imama, SJ: 1-1-2, +3, 5 PIM, 6 SOG, 2 Hits, *Third Star*
Season Totals: 36 GP, 26-9-35, +9, 54 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 48 GP, 7-12-19, -5, 86 PIM
W Mathieu Joseph, SJ: Did not play
Season Totals: 28 GP, 25-20-45, +23, 29 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 58 GP, 33-40-73, +35, 57 PIM
Boko Imama took over the team goal-scoring lead with his 26th marker of the season, and also added an assist and fight vs Jeffrey Truchon-Viel to give him the Gordie Howe Hat Trick. Mathieu Joseph, coming off his goal in the WJC Gold Medal Game vs USA, did not play for Saint John.
Moncton Wildcats 2 @ Halifax Mooseheads 6
C/W Otto Somppi, HAL: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, 8/16 FO, 0 Hits
Season Totals: 32 GP, 8-15-23, -10, 20 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 59 GP, 13-33-46, -15, 25 PIM
Swiss WJC stud Nico Hischier (2017) had two goals and two assists to lead the Mooseheads to a 6-2 win over visiting Moncton. Somppi is scoreless in his last three contests.
Sherbrooke Phoenix 2 @ Shawinigan Cataractes 4
W Dennis Yan, SHAW: 2-0-2, +1, 2 PIM, 5 SOG, 1 Hit, *First Star*
Season Totals: 34 GP, 27-19-46, +19, 40 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 62 GP, 32-37-69, +8, 86 PIM
Yan has scored in eight of his last nine games, giving him 27 goals for the season – good enough for third in the league. He is plus-18 in his last eight games.
Ontario Hockey League
Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 6 @ Kitchener Rangers 5 (OT)
W Boris Katchouk, SSM: 2-0-2, +2, 2 PIM, 5 SOG, *Third Star*
Season: 37 GP, 19-14-33, +6, 24 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 63 GP, 24-27-51, +7, 61 PIM
Katchouk scored in overtime at the Aud to propel the Greyhounds to a 6-5 win over the Rangers. Bruins first rounder Zach Senyshyn had a hat trick for the Soo, his fourth of the season. Katchouk has three overtime goals this year, which leads the OHL. (Highlights) He also had five shorthanded goals, which leads the OHL. Lightning prospect Mathieu Joseph leads the QMJHL in shorties, as well.
Peterborough Petes 3 @ Niagara IceDogs 4
D Matt Spencer, PBO: 0-1-1, -2, 4 PIM, 3 SOG
Season Totals: 30 GP, 5-15-20, +6, 33 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 60 GP, 5-19-24, -4, 46 PIM
W Jonne Tammela, PBO: Did not play
Season Totals: 2 GP, 1-0-1, +1, 2 PIM
2015-2016 (Finland): 37 GP, 5-8-13, +10, 16 PIM
W/C Christopher Paquette, NIA: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season Totals: 36 GP, 12-17-29, -7, 14 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 57 GP, 5-11-16, -6, 18 PIM
Paquette was scoreless for the fourth game in a row, but the IceDogs picked up a home win over visiting Peterborough, 4-3. The Petes are expected to be active leading up to Tuesday’s trade deadline. Peterborough native Mitchell Stephens would look good in his hometown colors, but the rumors seem to indicate Windsor may be his destination.
Western Hockey League
Saskatoon Blades 0 @ Moose Jaw Warriors 4
D Libor Hajek, SAS: 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 35 GP: 3-15-18, -9, 47 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 69 GP, 3-23-26, -19, 76 PIM
C Brett Howden, MJ: 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 27 GP, 19-23-42, +5, 27 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 68 GP, 24-40-64, -7, 61 PIM
Backup goalie Brody Willms stopped 23 shots to give the Warriors a win over the visiting Blades. Moose Jaw made a major trade this week, acquiring 17-year-old forward Justin Almeida, 18-year-old forward Yan Khomenko, a 5th round pick in 2017, and a 2nd round pick in 2018 from the Prince George Cougars in exchange for 18-year-old forward Nikita Popugaev, who is expected to go in the first round of the 2017 draft. Both Almeida and Khomenko were scoreless Friday for the Warriors.
No. 6 UMass-Lowell River Hawks 2 @ New Hampshire Wildcats 1
C Ryan Lohin, UML: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals: 22 GP, 3-8-11, +2, 6 PIM
Center Brendan van Riemsdyk, brother of the Leafs James van Riemsdyk and the Blackhawks Trevor van Riemsdyk, scored his third goal of the season mid-way through the third period for UNH, cutting the UML lead to 2-1, but the Wildcats couldn’t complete the comeback. “BVR” is undrafted.
No. 7 North Dakota Fighting Hawks 9 @ No. 19 Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks 1
D Kristian Oldham, UNO: No decision, 22 saves on 27 shots
Season Totals: 8 GP, 4-2-1, 3.34 GAA, .893 sv%, 0 SO
Oldham started the game on the bench, but came in after Evan Weninger allowed four goals on 10 shots. Oldham allowed five goals. Brock Boeser (Canucks) returned from injury and had two goals for UND.
*USCHO poll used for rankings
My kingdom for some goaltending.
Kristers Gudlevskis allowed 3 goals on 18 shots before conceding to 1 of 3 in the penalty shot session for the Shootout loss. Maybe it's not fair to expect more from Gudlevskis after spending a couple of weeks making sure the end of the Lightning bench was anchored down, but it's painful to consider that the organization has been bereft of quality goaltending over the past couple of weeks.
8:06 RCH Bonis (5), (Karabacek)
13:27 RCH Muzito-Bagenda (4), (Karabacek)
17:00 SYR Taormina (10), (Comrie, Conacher)(PP)
1:08 RCH Baptiste (16), (Rodrigues, Schneider)(PP)
2:23 SYR Halmo (10), (unassisted)
10:05 SYR Condra (7), (Taormina)(SH)
Matt Taormina was the game's second star.
Syracuse outshot Rochester by a whopping 39-19 in the contest, but as you all know hockey is a far more frustrating sport when you have to work so much harder than your opponent in order to score a goal due to uneven goaltending. It's a shame, too, because with consistent goaltending Syracuse would almost certainly be a legit championship contender in the AHL.
On the good side, Syracuse runs up to 41 points in the standings to tie Albany for first in the North Division, with the Crunch holding three games in hand on the Devils.
Box score from TheAHL.com.
No. 10 Union Dutchmen 5 @ No. 5 Boston University Terriers 6 (OT)
D John MacLeod, BU: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season Totals: 15 GP, 0-4-4, +4, 16 PIM
2015-2016 Totals: 26 GP, 1-1-2, -4, 26 PIM
While the core of BU roster was winning gold for Team USA Thursday night, the remaining Terriers scored an overtime win in a top-10 match-up vs Union.
Gold Medal Match
USA 5 vs. Canada 4 (SO)
Connor Ingram, Canada, DNP
Tournament totals: 4 GP, 2-1-0, 1 SO, 2.57 GAA, .833 sv%
Mathieu Joseph, Canada, 1-1-2, +1, E, 2 SOG
Tournament totals: 7 GP, 1-4-5, +4, 0 PIM
Taylor Raddysh, Canada, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Tournament totals: 7 GP, 5-1-6, +3, 4 PIM
Anthony Cirelli, Canada, 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Tournament totals: 7 GP, 3-4-7, +8, 2 PIM
Mitchell Stephens, Canada, 0-1-1, +2, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Tournament totals: 5 GP, 2-3-5, +4, 0 PIM
Team USA's Troy Terry had the only marker of the five round Shootout to lift his team to a 5-4 Gold Medal Match victory over rival Canada. Kieffer Bellows, son of ex-Lightning forward Brian Bellows and a New York Islanders first rounder, had a pair of goals for the Americans in their win. Lightning prospect Mathieu Joseph scored a would-be insurance marker 4:05 into the Third Period to give the Canadians a 4-2 lead, but the US scored a pair of goals within 3:02 of Joseph's marker to eventually take the game beyond regulation. Joseph also had an even strength helper on Canada's first goal. Mitchell Stephens chipped in a helper on the Canadians' second goal. Joseph played 17:52 in the match, Taylor Raddysh 13:41, Anthony Cirelli 16:55, and Stephens 18:51.
The tournament was a disappointment for netminder Connor Ingram, who struggled in 3 of his 4 starts and ultimately lost the starting job for the Canadians to Carter Hart. Forward Taylor Raddysh, one of the top scorers in the Canadian junior ranks, put on a show dominating the scoresheet against an inferior Latvian side, but struggled to make a dent against the tournament's heavies. Results were ultimately far more positive for the high energy, high character trio of Joseph, Cirelli, and Stephens. All three had a fantastic tournament from start to finish, with the exception of a couple of games missed by Stephens due to injury, proving their worth as potential NHL'ers who could find themselves up with the Lightning within the next few seasons.