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NCAA Game Night: 11-14-15

No. 1 Providence Friars 3 @ No. 11 Boston University Terriers 3 (OT)

D John MacLeod, BU: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 9 GP, 1-0-1, +1, 12 PIM
2014-2015 totals: 37 GP, 2-7-9, +19, 58 PIM

Providence and BU tied for the second straight night, this time 3-3. It was 1-1 Friday. The Friars had an early 2-0 lead but needed the game’s final goal to force overtime.

Minnesota State Mavericks 3 @ Minnesota Golden Gophers 2

W Jimmy Mullin, MSU: Did not play
Season totals: 7 GP, 1-0-1, -4, 0 PIM
2013-2014 totals (Miami): 19 GP, 1-6-7, 23 PIM

Mullin, a senior, remains out with a head injury.

*USCHO poll used

Gudlevskis, Special Teams Lift Crunch Over Comets

By Jeremy Houghtaling

The special teams play proved to be the difference in the third period.

The Crunch took the lead with a power play marker early in the frame, killed off the Comets’ two-minute 5-on-3, and Kristers Gudlevskis finished with 47 saves, as Syracuse topped Utica, 2-1, at the Onondaga County War Memorial Saturday.

“To me, the guys tonight had a lot of guts to their game, a lot of battle to their game, and got a little dirtier,” said Crunch head coach Rob Zettler. “To me, that stuff gets rewarded when you do those things.”

NHL Game Night: 11-14-15 Panthers at Lightning

Lightning just miss a breakthrough they desperately needed.

TB-4 (SO)

Ben Bishop allowed 4 goals on 23 shots and allowed 1 of 2 shooters to convert in the penalty shot session for the SO loss. He was not super-sharp tonight, but I was almost willing to give him a pass after making a key desperation save with his right pad late in the Third Period that nearly was enough to preserve the win. But, he allowed a deflected floater with less than a minute to play and that ultimately cost the team a second point tonight. I'm not going to lambaste a guy for allowing goals on 2 breakaways and a penalty shot. That said, it's an obvious tell when Bishop is on/off as to whether or not he's leaving his five hole open. Tonight it was open 24 hours like a 7-Eleven, and Pirri took advantage on his PS goal and the Shootout winner. The five hole is to Ben Bishop what drink is to someone in AA: it's a demon he'll be fighting with the rest of his life. Being such a tall guy, he'll never fully correct it, but he's got to focus on keeping it under control.

First Period
4:48 FLA Jokinen (4), (Trocheck, Campbell)
15:22 TB Paquette (2), (Brown)

Second Period
1:02 TB Namestnikov (4), (Stamkos)
2:39 FLA Bjugstad (6), (Smith, Huberdeau)
4:47 FLA Pirri (3), (unassisted)(PS)
7:49 TB Stralman (1), (Killorn, Hedman)

Third Period
9:56 TB Namestnikov (5), (Brown, Stamkos)
19:22 FLA Ekblad (3), (Smith, Bolland)(PP)


FLA- Pirri

Vladislav Namestnikov and Anton Stralman were the game's first and second stars. Don't look now, but Namestnikov is on a pace for 20+ goals.

This one stings, because it had the chance to be a cathartic moment that would put the Lightning season back on track. It was not a pretty game. It was incredibly sloppy and incredibly chippy, but that emotional response by the Lightning after getting physically challenged by the downstate rival was welcome. It looked like the elixir, quite frankly, as the team battled to manufacture the 4 goals it looked like it needed to win. And then the bottom dropped out on a center point wrister than took a slight deflection off Condra and went in with under a minute to go. Deflating. Tonight's exercise was helpful because it showed them they can manufacture goals in the dirty areas off rebounds, as they did on 3 out of the 4 goals. But, they really needed to payoff of the 2 points to feel good about the night and it slipped away from them. So, the funk continues to linger a bit longer.

So, the Lightning will be at least 3 points in the hole at the end of segment 2 of the season. 2 points in the segment finale would be much appreciated, to be sure.

Box score and extended statistics from

AHL Game Night: 11-14-15 Comets at Crunch

Gudlevskis stands on his head.


Kristers Gudlevskis allowed just 1 goal on 48 shots for the victory. That's darned near shades of the Lightning's affiliation with Springfield territory, when guys like Boutin were having to fend off 50-some shots a game. He gets back on track and one ups Wilcox who has had a couple of good starts in a row and now we have two goaltenders cooking in the AHL in a way that the Lightning haven't seen since the heady days of Tokarski and Janus. This is good.

First Period

Second Period
SYR Vermin, (3) (Nesterov, Mormina), 10:45
UTI Zalewski, (3) (Pedan, Fedun), 12:23

Third Period
SYR Peca, (4) (Vermin, DeAngelo), 1:01 (PP)

Gudlevskis, Joel Vermin and Matthew Peca were the game's three stars.

Syracuse punctuated their victory tonight with a feverish 5-on-3 PK toward the end of the Third Period to seal the win.

Box score from

Liiga Game Day: 11-14-15

Blues 3 vs. KalPa 1
Jonne Tammela, KalPa, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 10 GP, 2-0-2, E, 6 PIM

Jonne Tammela was scoreless in 13:14 in KalPa's 3-1 loss to Blues. Blues got a goal from ex-Lightning pick Eero Somervuori in the win.

KHL Game Day: 11-14-15

Ekaterinburg 3 vs. Jokerit 4 (SO)
Saku Salminen, Jokerit, DNP
Season totals: 9 GP, 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM

Ex-Ottawa Senator Peter Regin had 1 goal and 1 assist and had the Shootout winner for Jokerit in their 4-3 victory over Ekaterinurg. Ex-Lightning first rounder Riku Helenius made 14 saves in regulation and OT and stopped 2 of 2 in the penalty shot session for the SO win.

Novgorod 3 vs. Podolsk 1
Carter Ashton, Novgorod, 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 21 GP, 6-4-10, +6, 14 PIM

Carter Ashton was scoreless in 17:34 in Novgorod's 3-1 win over Podolsk. Novgorod got a goal from ex-Avs pick Linus Videll in the victory.

Juniors Game Night: 11-13-15

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Cape Breton Screaming Eagles 1 @ Saint John Sea Dogs 5

W Bokondji Imama, SJ: 0-1-1, +1, 7 PIM, 1 SOG, 3 Hits
Season totals: 19 GP, 3-5-8, E, 32 PIM
2013-2014 Season: 59 GP, 13-15-28, +2, 137 PIM

W Mathieu Joseph, SJ: 1-1-2, +2, 2 PIM, 7 SOG, 1 Hit
Season totals: 19 GP, 9-8-17, +3, 21 PIM
2013-2014 Season: 59 GP, 21-21-42, +18, 46 PIM

A day after being shut out at home by Moncton, Saint John responded with a big win vs the visiting Eagles. Boko Imama was back in action after taking a puck to the face Thursday, and Mathieu Joseph had his third shorthanded goal of the season – tied for second in the league. Imama was ejected midway through the third period for a questionable check to the head.

Shawinigan Cataractes 4 @ Blainville-Boisbriand Armada 5 (OT)

W Dennis Yan, SHAW: 1-1-2, E, 2 PIM, 3 SOG, 1 Hit
Season totals: 18 GP, 18-15-33, +9, 23 PIM
2014-2015 Season: 59 GP, 33-31-64, +23, 71 PIM

Yan scored again, his 18th goal in 18 games. His is fourth in the league in goals. The Armada scored twice at the end of the second period to tie the game at 4, then scored in overtime after a scoreless third period.

Ontario Hockey League

Oshawa Generals 4 @ Erie Otters 6

C Anthony Cirelli, OSH: Did not play
Season totals: 17 GP, 5-10-15, -4, 7 PIM
2014-15 totals: 68 GP, 13-23-36, +34, 22 PIM

Cirelli remains out with an undisclosed injury.

Windsor Spitfires 7 @ Mississauga Steelheads 4

W Cristiano DiGiacinto, WSR: 2-1-3, +3, 0 PIM, 5 SOG, *First Star*
Season totals: 20 GP, 10-12-22, +13, 23 PIM
2014-15 totals: 63 GP, 21-24-45, -16, 100 PIM

Cristiano DiGiacinto (pictured) was first star in Windsor’s convincing road win over Mississauga. It was DiGiacinto’s first 2-goal game since he had a hat trick December 20, 2013. He didn’t score his 10th goal of the season last year until December 28.

Note: Saginaw’s Mitchell Stephens suffered a broken foot and is out indefinitely.

Western Hockey League

Lethbridge Hurricanes 2 @ Moose Jaw Warriors 4

C Brayden Point, MJ: 2-1-3, -1, 0 PIM, *Second Star*
Season totals: 17 GP, 18-24-42, +12, 6 PIM
2014-15 totals: 60 GP, 38-49-87, +6, 46 PIM

Brayden Point extended his point streak to seven games with two goals and an assist. He has 18 points in those seven games and five goals in his last two games.

Kamloops Blazers 3 @ Vancouver Giants 4 (OT)

D Ben Thomas, VAN: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM
Season totals: 20 GP, 2-5-7, -11, 10 PIM
With Vancouver: 7 GP, 2-2-4, -1, 2 PIM
With Calgary: 13 GP, 0-3-3, -10, 8 PIM
2014-15 totals: 60 GP, 7-24-31, +16, 28 PIM

Ty Ronning, (undrafted), son of former NHLer Cliff Ronning, had two goals and an overtime assist to lead the Giants to a 4-3 win Friday.

United States Hockey League

Omaha Lancers 2 @ Sioux Falls Stampede 4

G Kris Oldham, OMA: Loss, 36 saves on 39 shots
Season totals: 8 GP, 5-2-1, 2.41 GAA, .926 sv%
2014-15 totals: 33 GP, 21-6-4, 2.49 GAA, .908 sv%, 1 SO
(University of Nebraska-Omaha commit)

Oldham fell to 5-2-1 despite a 36-save effort Friday. Sioux Falls had an empty net goal.

Des Moines Buccaneers 3 @ Sioux City Musketeers 2

D Ryan Zuhlsdorf, SC: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 15 GP, 0-12-12, -3, 20 PIM
2014-15 totals: 56 GP, 3-19-22, +25, 58 PIM
(University of Minnesota signee)

Zuhlsdorf signed his national letter of intent this week to attend the University of Minnesota, making his commitment official.

AHL Game Night: 11-13-15 Senators at Crunch

Extra hockey fun in Syracuse.

SYR-4 (OT)

Adam Wilcox allowed 3 goals on 36 shots for the OT victory. Not surprisingly, Zettler rode the hot hand from last weekend. It's up to Gudlevskis to take the lead dog's job back.

First Period
BNG Hobbs, (1) (Robinson, Fraser), 3:13
SYR Peca, (3) (Witkowski, Vermin), 10:31
BNG Lindberg, (3) (Dzingel, Kostka), 19:01

Second Period
BNG Robinson, (1) (Claesson), 15:19 (SH)

Third Period
SYR Vermin, (2) (DeAngelo, Wilcox), 2:13 (PP)
SYR McGinn, (1) (Peca, Vermin), 12:16 (PP)

SYR Tambellini, (4) (Gourde, Witkowski), 3:30

Wilcox, Joel Vermin, and Jeff Tambellini were the game's three stars.

My running theory for this season for the Crunch is that their ceiling ultimately depends on Matthew Peca's development. The Crunch need his speed and creativity to give them some offensive punch off the rush and on counters to augment the more meat and potatoes approach they showed to manufacturing goals most of last season. So, anytime Peca gets a multi point game, that's a good sign.

Box score from

NCAA Game Night: 11-13-15

No. 11 Boston University Terriers 1 @ No. 1 Providence Friars 1 (OT)

D John MacLeod, BU: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 8 GP, 1-0-1, +2, 12 PIM
2014-2015 totals: 37 GP, 2-7-9, +19, 58 PIM

BU scored with 1:29 left in regulation in a 6-on-5 situation to tie the game at 1 with the defending national champions. Neither team could get the game-winner in overtime. The Terriers are now 5-3-1 on the year.

Minnesota Golden Gophers 4 @ Minnesota State Mavericks 0

W Jimmy Mullin, MSU: Did not play
Season totals: 7 GP, 1-0-1, -4, 0 PIM
2013-2014 totals (Miami): 19 GP, 1-6-7, 23 PIM

Mullin, a senior, remains out with a head injury.

*USCHO poll used

Liiga Game Day: 11-13-15

Pelicans 1 vs. KalPa 3
Jonne Tammela, KalPa, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 9 GP, 2-0-2, +1, 6 PIM

Jonne Tammela was scoreless in 12:05 of ice time in KalPa's 3-1 win over Pelicans Lahti. Ex-Devils pick Patrick Davis had 2 goals to pace KalPa. After spending much of the first month or two of the season in the Liiga's bottom 5 spots, KalPa has risen to 6th on the table, which is the final spot that would grab a first round playoff bye.

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