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NHL Game Night: 11-7-15 Lightning at Wild

Offense comes up snake eyes... again.


Ben Bishop allowed 1 goal 25 shots for the loss. I wish I could say I've never seen anything like this before, but I remember November and December of 2003-2004 when the team couldn't score goals for Nikolai Khabibulin to save their lives. It took a temporary switch to John Grahame in January to break the team out of its scoring funk, and the rest is history. It may take running out Vasilevskiy for more starts to change the dynamic for the Lightning over the next couple of weeks.

First Period

Second Period
0:26 MIN Spurgeon (2), (Coyle, Pominville)

Third Period

The Lightning weren't bad tonight, except for the first 5-10 minutes of the Second Period. They had the bulk of the possession and plenty of chances. Dubnyk just decided to stand on his head tonight. It happens, but it's getting more than frustrating. And, it's seriously jeopardizing Tampa Bay's position in the standings, too. At this juncture, they've got to run the table in the final 4 games of this segment to stay on comfortable pace for the playoffs. It's not un-doable with the schedule ahead, but it's certainly tough to operate with no margin of error and it's looking more and more like the Lightning will be in a hole of undetermined size heading into the second quarter of the campaign.

Complicating things further is the injury of Ondrej Palat, who left the game tonight after a scrum in front of the Lightning net in which a Minnesota Wild player landed hard on the back of his left leg. Could be an ankle. Could be a knee. Could be a broken leg. I won't speculate on injuries anymore after we watched Paquette wrap his leg around the goalpost in Detroit late last season only to play the very next game. But, it certainly looks like Palat could be unavailable for some of this upcoming stretch.

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Marchessault, Wilcox Lift Crunch Over Phantoms

By Jeremy Houghtaling

Syracuse took an early lead and buckled down on defense.

Jonathan Marchessault scored twice in the first 15 minutes and Adam Wilcox recorded 25 saves for his first professional win, as the Crunch topped the Lehigh Valley Phantoms, 2-1, at the Onondaga County War Memorial Saturday.

“He was calm,” Crunch head coach Rob Zettler said of Wilcox. “I thought he was square to all the pucks and he saw everything, which is a good sign. It’s good for him. The games he has played so far, I actually thought he has played well but we haven’t played well in front of him. It’s nice to give him somewhat of a light workload and a W. He’s earned it.”

AHL Game Night: 11-7-15 Phantoms at Crunch

Baby Triplets and Wilcox steal the show.


Adam Wilcox sparkled, allowing just 1 goal on 26 shots for his first pro victory. The pendulum has swung a little bit, with Gudlevskis looking a little subpar in his first game back from Tampa Bay, and maybe Wilcox move to the top spot next weekend.

First Period
SYR Marchessault, (5) (Richard, Koekkoek), 10:02
SYR Marchessault, (6) (Gourde, Richard), 14:42

Second Period
LV MacDonald, (1) (Gostisbehere, Brent), 19:42 (PP)

Third Period

Jonathan Marchessault, Wilcox, and Yanni Gourde were the game's three stars.

Coach Zettler may have found a gem with the assembling of the line with Marchessault, Gourde, and Tanner Richard this weekend. The line generated 4 goals in 2 games this weekend, and look like they'll have some longevity if they can stay in Syracuse together. Unfortunately, with Palat injured tonight up top, one of these forwards (Marchessault) may have to be earmarked for a trip to the big club.

Looks like Nikita Nesterov will also be recalled after a 2 game confidence/conditioning stint this weekend with the Crunch.

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Karjala Tournament Game Day: 11-7-15

Russia 6 vs. Sweden 3
Nikita Gusev, Russia, 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Tournament totals: 5 GP, 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM

Vasily Koshechkin, Russia, Win, 22/25, 3.00 GAA, .880 sv%
Tournament totals: 1 GP, 1-0-1, 0 SO, 3.00 GAA, .880 sv%

Nikita Gusev assisted on the opening goal of the game in Russia's 6-3 win over Sweden. Russia got a goal and an assist in the win from Magnitogorsk forward Sergei Mozyakin. Ex-Oilers pick Linus Omark had a goal and an assist in defeat for Sweden.

ECHL Game Night: 11-06-15

Greenville Swamp Rabbits 2 at Norfolk Admirals 4

F Brian Hart, GRN: 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 7 GP, 3-0-3, -1, 2 PIM, 15 SOG

Other Notables
G Allen York, GRN, did not play
Season totals: 3 GP, 0-3-0-0, 4.97 GAA, 0.868 SV%, 0 SO

D Charlie Dodero, GRN: did not play
Season totals: 6 GP, 0-2-2, -5, 12 PIM, 4 SOG

The Swamp Rabbit hit the road this weekend for a three-in-three, starting with a tilt against the Norfolk Admirals. The Admiral scored twice in the first and twice in the third to seal Greenville's fourth straight loss after a 3-1 start to their season. Allen York sat backup after a rough start to the season and the Rangers organization reassigning goalie Mackenzie Skapski from Hartford. What this means is that York will likely get just the Saturday night start this weekend, and more importantly no room for Lightning prospect Adam Wilcox. For the Swamp Rabbits, yet another game allowing 30+ shots, a defunct power play sitting at 12% that has allowed as many SHG as PPG scored, and a penalty kill sitting second-to-last in the league at 73.1%. Greenville travels to Reading for a two-night engagement with the Royals.

Juniors Game Night: 11-6-15

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Saint John Sea Dogs 2 @ Drummondville Voltigeurs 3

W Bokondji Imama, SJ: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 0 SOG, 3 Hits
Season totals: 15 GP, 3-4-7, -2, 25 PIM
2013-2014 Season: 59 GP, 13-15-28, +2, 137 PIM

W Mathieu Joseph, SJ: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 2 SOG, 3 Hits
Season totals: 16 GP, 7-7-14, +6, 17 PIM
2013-2014 Season: 59 GP, 21-21-42, +18, 46 PIM

Saint John got a goal with 30 seconds remaining in regulation, but couldn’t complete a comeback in Drummondville.

Quebec Remparts 2 @ Shawinigan Cataractes 8

W Dennis Yan, SHAW: 0-1-1, E, 2 PIM, 1 SOG, 1 Hit
Season totals: 15 GP, 16-13-29, +7, 21 PIM
2014-2015 Season: 59 GP, 33-31-64, +23, 71 PIM

Yan extended his point streak to 12 games with a late assist Friday.

Ontario Hockey League

Hamilton Bulldogs 3 @ Oshawa Generals 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 is day-to-day with an injury.

Peterborough Petes 2 @ Erie Otters 7

D Dominik Masin, PBO: 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 16 GP, 0-3-3, +12, 18 PIM
2014-15 totals: 48 GP, 7-19-26, -13, 68 PIM

D Matt Spencer, PBO: 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 17 GP, 2-3-5, -3, 19 PIM
2014-15 totals: 67 GP, 6-24-30, -15, 64 PIM

The Petes have lost seven of their last eight games and one has to wonder how long Jody Hull keeps his job. Alex DeBrincat (2016) had a hat trik and two assists, and Coyotes prospect Dylan Strome had two goals and three assists for the Otters.

Western Hockey League

Moose Jaw Warriors 7 @ Saskatoon Blades 4

C Brayden Point, MJ: 1-1-2, +1, 2 PIM, 4 SOG, *First Star*
Season totals: 15 GP, 13-21-34, +10, 6 PIM
2014-15 totals: 60 GP, 38-49-87, +6, 46 PIM

Point was first star as Moose Jaw toppled the Blades in Saskatoon, 7-4.

Kamloops Blazers 1 @ Vancouver Giants 2

D Ben Thomas, VAN: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
Season totals: 17 GP, 0-5-5, -13, 10 PIM
With Vancouver: 4 GP, 0-2-2, -3, 2 PIM
With Calgary: 13 GP, 0-3-3, -10, 8 PIM
2014-15 totals: 60 GP, 7-24-31, +16, 28 PIM

Vancouver outshot the visiting Blazers, 32-21, but could only beat Connor Ingram (undrafted) once.

United States Hockey League

Omaha Lancers 4 @ Sioux City Musketeers 2

G Kris Oldham, OMA: Win, 26 saves on 28 shots
Season totals: 7 GP, 5-1-1, 2.30 GAA, .926 sv%
2014-15 totals: 33 GP, 21-6-4, 2.49 GAA, .908 sv%, 1 SO
(University of Nebraska-Omaha commit)

D Ryan Zuhlsdorf, SC: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 13 GP, 0-11-11, -1, 20 PIM
2014-15 totals: 56 GP, 3-19-22, +25, 58 PIM
(University of Minnesota commit)

Oldham (pictured) and the Lancers got the better of Zuhlsdorf and the Musketeers Friday, 4-2. Sioux City scored their second goal with 20 seconds left in regulation and the game well in hand for Omaha. Zuhlsdorf had his five-game point streak snapped.

Crunch Battle Back Twice, But Fall to Devils

By Jeremy Houghtaling

Rob Zettler summed it up in just a few words: very frustrating.

The Crunch battled back from a pair of deficits but the Devils’ third period goal proved to be the difference, as Syracuse fell to Albany, 4-3, at the Onondaga County War Memorial Friday.

“I think it was frustrating for our players,” the Crunch head coach said. “I thought the guys played hard. It wasn’t a beautiful game by any stretch, but the guys played hard, they battled, and came back from 2-0 and 3-2. Then we had a turnover in front of our net with seven or eight minutes left and it’s in the back of the net. It is what it is.”

The Crunch’s Jonathan Marchessault and Yanni Gourde each finished with a goal and an assist. Nikita Nesterov rounded out the scoring, Tanner Richard added a pair of helpers, and Anthony DeAngelo and Joel Vermin each had one assist.

AHL Game Night: 11-6-15 Devils at Crunch

Crunch comeback dissolves into Third Period disappointment.


Kristers Gudlevskis allowed 4 goals on 25 shots for the loss. That's not exactly the kind of triumphant return one might've hoped for in Gudlevskis first action back from Tampa Bay. Then again, some rust due to inaction was probably inevitable.

First Period
ALB Thomson, (2) (Scarlett), 16:40

Second Period
ALB Blandisi, (3) (Lorito, Sislo), 1:41 (PP)
SYR Gourde, (2) (Marchessault, Richard), 11:41
SYR Nesterov, (1) (DeAngelo, Vermin), 17:45 (PP)

Third Period
ALB Blandisi, (4) (Lorito, Sislo), 4:03 (PP)
SYR Marchessault, (4) (Gourde, Richard), 8:21
ALB Kujawinski, (2) (Mozik, McKelvie), 14:38

Yanni Gourde and Mike Blunden were the game's second and third stars.

It's a shame the Crunch spend all game crawling out of their initial 2 goal deficit only to relent the winner after getting the even footing for the second time in the game. Nikita Nesterov paid instant dividends in his return to the club by potting a power play goal that was the first equalizer toward the end of the Second Period. That's good news. Nesterov's regressed a bit early this year in Tampa Bay due to lack of action and a loss of confidence. Getting the chance to get more minutes, especially on the power play, is a good way for Nikita to get his swagger back. In the mean time, I'd expect a recall on the blueline to Tampa Bay for tomorrow's game against Minnesota (Slater Koekkoek?).

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NCAA Game Night: 11-6-15

Northeastern Huskies 4 @ No. 11 Boston University Terriers 5

D John MacLeod, BU: 0-0-0, -2, 2 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 6 GP, 1-0-1, +1, 8 PIM
2014-2015 totals: 37 GP, 2-7-9, +19, 58 PIM

John Macleod was back in the BU lineup after being a healthy scratch last Saturday.

Minnesota State Mavericks 4 @ Ferris State Bulldogs 7

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 missed his second straight game due to injury. He took a hard hit to the head in his last game.

*USCHO poll used

Juniors Game Night: 11-5-15

Ontario Hockey League

Windsor Spitfires 4 @ Niagara IceDogs 5

W Cristiano DiGiacinto, WSR: 1-2-3, E, 2 PIM, 2 SOG, *Third Star*
Season totals: 17 GP, 7-11-18, +6, 23 PIM
2014-15 totals: 63 GP, 21-24-45, -16, 100 PIM

The Spitfires, No. 10 in the most recent CHL Top-10 rankings, lost by a goal in St. Catherines. DiGiacinto had his first three-point game since last November against Saginaw. It was his fourth career game with three or more points.

North Bay Battalion 5 @ Peterborough Petes 3

D Dominik Masin, PBO: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 15 GP, 0-3-3, +14, 18 PIM
2014-15 totals: 48 GP, 7-19-26, -13, 68 PIM

D Matt Spencer, PBO: 0-0-0, -1, 9 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 16 GP, 2-3-5, -1, 19 PIM
2014-15 totals: 67 GP, 6-24-30, -15, 64 PIM

The Petes have now lost six of their last seven games. Matt Spencer got an instigator and fighting major shortly after Peterborough cut North Bay’s lead to 4-2 mid-way through the third period. He also received a misconduct.

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