Yale Bulldogs 2 @ Harvard Crimson 1
F Brian Hart, HAR: 0-1-1, -1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 6 GP, 4-2-6, E, 2 PIM
2013-2014 totals: 30 GP, 7-8-15, -8, 20 PIM
Harvard lost its first conference game of the year, and to rival Yale at home, no less. Hart had an assist on Harvard’s only goal, which came in the final minute after Yale had scored an empty-net insurance goal. At least they broke the shutout.
No. 7 Miami-Ohio Redhawks 1 @ No. 2 North Dakota 4
F Brendan O’Donnell, UND: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 11 GP, 2-1-3, E, 21 PIM
2013-2014 totals: 34 GP, 7-11-18, +7, 10 PIM
Former Lightning prospect camper Austin Czarnik had two minor penalties on Saturday for Miami. Czarnik, who is 5-9, has 10 assists in 12 games this year with no goals. He had 47 points (13 goals) in 27 games last year as a junior. Lightning prospect Jimmy Mullin is sitting out the year for the Redhawks rehabilitating a knee injury. Thanks to two losses by Minnesota, North Dakota may be the new No. 1 when the rankings come out this week.
No. 20 Quinnipiac Bobcats 3 @ RPI Engineers 1
F Matthew Peca, QU: 0-2-2, +1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 10 GP, 1-9-11, -2, 7 PIM
2014-2015 totals: 40 GP, 12-26-38, +4, 16 PIM
Peca (pictured) had two apples and Travis St. Denis (undrafted) had a hat trick for Quinnipiac in their road win at RPI.
No. 1 Minnesota Golden Gophers 1 @ Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs 2
G Adam Wilcox, MIN: Loss, 33 saves on 34 shots
Season totals: 10 GP, 7-3-0, 2.20 GAA, .918 sv%, 2 SO
2013-2014 totals: 38 GP, 26-6-6, 1.97 GAA, .932 sv%, 4 SO
The Bulldogs completed the two-game weekend sweep of No. 1 Minnesota with a 2-1 win on Saturday. Now the Gophers wait to see how far they’ll fall in the polls.
*USCHO poll used
Quebec Major Junior Hockey League
Halifax Mooseheads 2 @ Cape Breton Screaming Eagles 3
C Cameron Darcy, CB: 0-1-1, +1, 2 PIM, 0 SOG, 11/21 FO, 1 Hit
Season totals: 14 GP: 1-8-9, -3, 14 PIM
2013-2014 Season: 65 GP, 35-47-82, +3, 51 PIM
Darcy snapped his personal four-game pointless streak with an assist in the Eagles’ win on Saturday. The Eagles and Mooseheads exchanged 3-2 wins Friday and Saturday.
Quebec Remparts 4 @ Rouyn-Noranda Huskies 5
W Adam Erne, QUE: 1-2-3, +2, 2 PIM, 5 SOG, 3 Hits
Season totals: 17 GP, 15-14-29, +16, 22 PIM
2013-2014 Season: 48 GP, 21-41-62, -3, 65 PIM
Quebec fell on the road to Nikita Kucherov’s former team, Rouyn-Noranda, 5-4. The game was 4-4 headed into the third period and the Huskies scored the eventual game-winner two minutes in.
Ontario Hockey League
Sudbury Wolves 2 @ Sarnia Sting 5
D Anthony DeAngelo, SAR: 0-2-2, +2, 2 PIM, *Third Star*
Season totals: 15 GP, 3-13-16, -1, 40 PIM
2013-14 totals: 51 GP, 15-56-71, -34, 90 PIM
DeAngelo had two primary assists in the third period to help the Sting turn a 2-1 deficit into a 5-2 win.
Niagara IceDogs 1 @ Peterborough Petes 5
D Dominik Masin, PBO: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM
Season totals: 18 GP, 3-6-9, -8, 35 PIM
2013-14 totals: 39 GP, 2-19-21, +6, 102 PIM
Masin registered a point for the first time in five games.
Florida Everblades 5 at South Carolina Stingrays 4
D Artem Sergeev, FLA: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 7 GP, 1-3-4, +1, 0 PIM, 8 SOG
G Allen York, FLA, DNP
Season totals: 7 GP, 5-1-0-1, 1.97 GAA, 0.919 SV%, 1 SO
F Jeff Costello, FLA: 1-0-1, +2, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals (ECHL): 5 GP, 1-0-1, E, 11 PIM, 7 SOG
Season totals (AHL): 3 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
F Mike Aviani, FLA: DNP
Season totals (ECHL): 5 GP, 1-1-2, E, 0 PIM, 5 SOG
Season totals (AHL): 2 GP, 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM
Jeff Costello notched his first pro goal Saturday night on the road in Charleston. Knowing the tough and pesky game that Costello plays, you might think it was a greasy lunch pail type of goal, but you would be wrong. Costello flipped a slick backhander 5-hole for Florida's fourth goal of the game. More good news from the Low Country with Lightning defensive prospect Artem Sergeev returning to the lineup after missing a couple of games with an injury. Florida next plays Sunday afternoon in Duluth against the Gladiators.
Allen Americans 3 at Wichita Thunder 2
F Danick Gauthier, WIC: 1-1-2, +1, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Season totals (ECHL): 10 GP, 5-4-9, +4, 8 PIM, 24 SOG
Season totals (AHL): 1 GP, 0-0-0, -2, 2 PIM
D Daniel Milan, WIC: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 10 GP, 0-2-2, -3, 14 PIM, 9 SOG
Wichita mounted a spirited comeback in the final two minutes of the game behind a goal and primary assist Lightning prospect Danick Gauthier. Unfortunately, the Thunder could not manufacture the equalizer having gone down 3-0 during the first two periods. A bit difficult to justify losing 3-2 with the opposition only putting 17 shots on goal. Thunder goalie Tyler Bunz needs to be better there. For those keeping score at home, Gauthier is 4-3-7 with 20 shots in 7gp since joining the Thunder. Wichita hosts the Missouri Mavericks Sunday afternoon.
Lightning postpone the Islanders coronation.
Ben Bishop allowed 2 goals on 27 shots for the victory. Light work tonight for Big Ben compared to the huge shot totals he faced against Chicago and San Jose.
7:41 NYI Nelson (8), (Tavares, Okposo)
8:41 TB Callahan (6), (Garrison, Filppula)
11:22 NYI Bailey (3), (Boychuk, Leddy)
13:46 TB Filppula (4), (Stamkos, Garrison)(PP)
15:29 TB Paquette (5), (Namestnikov, Killorn)
1:39 TB Johnson (6), (Palat, Kucherov)
15:34 TB Gudas (1), (Callahan)
Tonight was a pretty stark contrast between "one of the top teams in the Eastern Conference" and the quality of opposition the Lightning faced in their last 2 contests. The Islanders have had a nice year so far, but the Lightning never looked out of control in this game tonight, even in the wild First Period the two teams participated in.
The win gives the Lightning 13 points for the 10 game segment with 2 more games left to go. They have 2 insurance points now in the bank with the opportunity for more against the Rangers. Remember, folks, the Lightning have the Rangers' first round pick, so anything Tampa Bay can do to sink that team will only help the long-term health of the franchise. Kick-em, kick-em hard, and see if you can contribute to them coughing up a lottery pick the Lightning's way.
So, let me reiterate: there is extra incentive to beat the Rangers on Monday, irrespective of anything to do with Marty St. Louis or the number of ex-Rangers on the Lightning squad. Every time Tampa Bay plays the Rangers this year, it's a golden chance to increase the odds they can get another very good player this June and further build up an elite contender for the next decade.
Cedric Paquette had a goal and was +1 with 2 penalty minutes, 1 shot, 2 hits, and 3 blocked shots in 14:25. He was also 45% on draws. You saw Paquette with the hands on the rebound goal. You saw Paquette creating havoc in goal mouth scrums. You saw Paquette blocking shots on the PK. You saw him mixing it up physically at the end of the game. You saw almost the full array of what he brings to the table, in true Dump Truck fashion. There's a painful decision coming up very soon with Brett Connolly coming off of IR in short order. I don't know how you easily send down a guy who has been one of your best goal scorers over the past couple of weeks.
Vladislav Namestnikov had a helper and was +1 with 1 hit in 13:48. He created Paquette's goal on a sharp angle shot coming out of one of his trademark swoops around the net. That used to be Stamkos' claim to fame, but it's become Namestnikov's this season.
Syracuse movin' on up.
Kristers Gudlevskis allowed 2 goals on 29 shots for the victory. He kept his team in the game and gave them the opportunity to make, and complete, the comeback bid.
WBS Sheary, (4) (Rowney, Dumoulin), 12:33
WBS Ebbett, (4) (Wilson, Pouliot), 13:38 (PP)
SYR Gourde, (4) (Koekkoek, Paradis), 16:41
SYR Gourde, (5) (Nesterov, Marchessault), 2:16 (PP)
SYR Angelidis, (4) (Dotchin), 10:11
The Pens held the top spot in the Northeast Division coming into the game, 2 points ahead of Syracuse. So, the Crunch move into a tie with Wilkes-Barre Scranton at 19 points, and with Albany losing tonight the Crunch will hold a share of the division lead at the end of the night. They'll also have another key divisional matchup Wednesday in Hartford.
Box score from TheAHL.com.