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KHL Playoff Game Day: 3-16-15

KHL Eastern Conference Semifinals
(3)Magnitogorsk 5 vs. (2)Novosibirsk 2
Novosibirsk Leads the Series 2-1
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, Win, 27/29, 2.00 GAA, .931 sv%
Playoff totals: 8 GP, 5-3-0, 1 SO, 1.89 GAA, .937 sv%
Regular season totals: 51 GP, 32-10-6, 5 SO, 1.86 GAA, .934 sv%

Ex-Blue Jackets pick Sergei Mozyakin had 2 goals and 3 points to lead Magnitogorsk to a must-win, Game Three victory over Novosibirsk. Ex-Islanders 4th rounder David Ullstrom had a goal in defeat for Novosibirsk.

Extraliga Playoff Game Day: 3-15-15

Quarterfinal Round
(5)Mountfield HK 3 vs. (4)Sparta Praha 4
Sparta Praha Leads the Series 3-0
Jaroslav Janus, Sparta Praha, DNP
Playoff totals: 1 GP, 0-0-0, 0 SO, 0.00 GAA, 1.000 sv%
Regular season totals (CZE): 5 GP, 2-3-0, 0 SO, 4.56 GAA, .849 sv%
Regular season totals (KHL): 25 GP, 6-12-5, 2 SO, 3.01 GAA, .891 sv%

Veteran Petr Kumstat had 2 goals and ex-Leafs pick Karel Pilar also tallied for Sparta in their 4-3, Game Three win over Mountfield HK. Jaroslav Janus sat backup for the match. Game Four is tomorrow.

AHL Game Day: 3-15-15 Crunch at Sound Tigers

Weekend sweep (roller coaster goes up)!

SYR- 2
BRI-0

Kristers Gudlevskis stopped all 29 shots he faced for his second shutout of the season. He had 5 last season. He also got his save percentage back to .900 with the victory, just a shade below his .901 of a year ago.

First Period
SYR Gourde, (24) (Koekkoek, Kunyk), 9:31 (PP)

Second Period
NO SCORING

Third Period
SYR Courtnall, (5) (Smith, Blujus), 16:25

Yanni Gourde, Gudlevskis, and once (and future?) Bolt Prospect Justin Courtnall were the game's three stars. Yes, quiet acquisition Justin Courtnall, the ex-Lightning pick and son-of-a-Geoff. He's back in our lives. Reunited, and it feels so good.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

NCAA Game Night: 3-15-15

No. 18 Harvard Crimson 3 @ No. 12 Yale Bulldogs 2 (2OT)
ECAC Quarterfinals
Harvard wins best-of-3 series, 2-1

F Brian Hart, HAR: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 33 GP, 7-9-16, +4, 19 PIM
2013-2014 totals: 30 GP, 7-8-15, -8, 20 PIM

Predators prospect Jimmy Vesey scored his 27th goal of the season at 16:46 of the second overtime to propel Harvard into the ECAC semifinals. Harvard had a 5-minute power play at the end of the first overtime, but couldn’t capitalize. Brian Hart had the primary assist on Harvard’s game-opening goal. Yale would later take a 2-1 lead before Harvard forced overtime with a goal with 3 ½ minutes left in regulation.

Union Dutchmen 1 @ No. 11 Quinnipiac Bobcats 3
ECAC Quarterfinals
Quinnipiac wins best-of-3 series, 2-1

F Matthew Peca, QU: 1-0-1, +3, 0 PIM, 5 SOG, *Third Star*
Season totals: 36 GP, 7-27-34, +3, 25 PIM
2014-2015 totals: 40 GP, 12-26-38, +4, 16 PIM

Peca scored for the second consecutive game – a shorthanded goal into an empty net to seal a Bobcat win and advance them to the ECAC semifinals. QU had to play the majority of the game without leading scorer Sam Anas (undrafted), who was injured.

Juniors Game Night: 3-15-15

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Rouyn-Noranda Huskies 1 @ Sherbrooke Phoenix 5

C Cameron Darcy, SHR: 1-2-3, +1, 0 PIM, 5 SOG, 8/18 FO, 3 Hits, *First Star*
With Sherbrooke: 35 GP, 20-25-45, -7, 34 PIM
With Cape Breton: 19 GP, 1-13-14, -6, 14 PIM
Season totals: 54 GP, 21-38-59, -12, 50 PIM
2013-2014 Season: 65 GP, 35-47-82, +3, 51 PIM

Darcy was named first star for his 1+2 effort against the visiting Huskies. The Phoenix sits in a 3-way tie for sixth on the league table.

Ontario Hockey League

Windsor Spitfires 4 @ Niagara IceDogs 8

W Cristiano DiGiacinto, WSR: 0-1-1, +2, 5 PIM
Season totals: 60 GP, 21-23-44, -9, 100 PIM
2013-14 totals: 50 GP, 17-11-28, +8, 101 PIM

DiGiacinto hit the 100-PIM mark for the second year in a row with a fight against Aaron Haydon.

Western Hockey League

Lethbridge Hurricanes 1 @ Calgary Hitmen 4

D Ben Thomas, CAL: 0-0-0, +1, 4 PIM
Season totals: 57 GP, 7-24-31, +15, 26 PIM
2013-14 totals: 72 GP, 7-24-31, +11, 39 PIM

Calgary returned home after their 11-game road trip and picked up a win over Lethbridge.

Note: Dominik Masin (OHL Peterborough) is out for the season after undergoing surgery for facial fractures.

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