Dotchin, Jake

Dotchin Fights to Improve with Crunch

By Jeremy Houghtaling

Six games into his rookie season, Jake Dotchin is all about being a student.

Crunch coach Rob Zettler noticed the defenseman's focus on improvement, comparing the rookie to a sponge.

"First off, a great work ethic and a fun kid to be around," Zettler said of the 20-year-old. "He tries to absorb all of it. He's a bit of a sponge that way."

Dotchin recorded his first pro point and fight last weekend, recording an assist in Syracuse’s loss to Portland Saturday and having a short-but-spirited bout with Matheiu Gagnon in a 5-1 loss to Springfield Saturday.

"There are a lot of firsts for everybody -- the fights, the points," Zettler said. "Just feeling the speed, feeling how quick this league is and how good it is, they still have a long way to go. They have taken some strides, but they're still learning."

AHL Game Night: 10-25-14 Crunch at Pirates

Depleted Crunch nearly steal a point.


Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 2 goals on 32 shots for the loss. It was an admirable effort under the circumstances, and he gave his club a chance.

First Period
POR Rieder, (1) (Martinook), 7:23 (SH)

Second Period
POR Rieder, (2) (Bolduc), 6:53 (SH)

Third Period
SYR Kunyk, (1) (Samson, Dotchin), 8:38

Congrats to Jake Dotchin on his first pro point.

Syracuse closes the weekend at Springfield tomorrow afternoon.

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Lightning Sign Dotchin to ELC

The Tampa Bay Lightning signed defenseman Jake Dotchin to an entry-level contract today, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced.

Dotchin, 20, skated in 63 games with the Barrie Colts of the Ontario Hockey League during the 2013-14 regular season, posting 11 goals and 36 points. He led the Colts for penalty minutes with 121 and was third with a plus-22 rating. He ranked second among defensemen on Barrie for power-play goals with six and first for shorthanded goals with two. The Cambridge, Ontario native has also appeared in 11 playoff games for the Colts, recording three goals and five points.

The 6-foot-3, 209-pound defenseman has played in 193 career OHL games over his three year junior career, collecting 18 goals and 77 points to go along with 279 penalty minutes. Dotchin set career-highs in 2013-14 for goals (11), assists (25) and points (36).

Dotchin was selected by the Lightning in the sixth round, 161st overall, at the 2012 NHL Draft.

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NA Juniors Game Night: 11-30-13

Ontario Hockey League

Sarnia Sting 3 @ Windsor Spitfires 6

D Slater Koekkoek, NB: 0-2-2, +5, 0 PIM
Season totals: 25 GP, 6-16-22, +25, 10 PIM
2012-13 totals: 40 GP, 6-23-29, -24, 28 PIM

Koekkoek, who is on well on pace for a career year, delivered yet another solid effort for the Spits, which rolled against Steven Stamkos' former club.

Kitchener Rangers 5 @ Barrie Colts 3

D Jake Dotchin, BAR: 1-1-2, E, 4 PIM
Season totals: 25 GP, 6-11-17, +17, 60 PIM
2012-13 totals: 66 GP, 4-18-22, E, 81 PIM

With a goal and an assist Saturday night, Jake Dotchin -- who's already bested his previous season-best goal total -- is quickly honing in on, in roughly half the amount of games played, the career-best 19 points he registered with Owen Sound in 2011-2012.

Kingston Frontenacs 6 @ Belleville Bulls 4

W Henri Ikonen, KGN: 1-0-1, +1, 2 PIM
Season totals: 24 GP, 13-24-37, +14, 21 PIM
2012-13 totals: 61 GP, 22-29-51, +2, 30 PIM

Ikonen extended his point streak to eight games.

Lightning Return Dotchin to Juniors; Release Two Others

TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning have trimmed their training camp roster by three today, releasing forward Brett Welychka, defenseman Jake Dotchin and goaltender Eric Brassard from their amateur tryout agreements, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced.

The Lightning roster now consists of 59 players, of those there are 32 forwards, 22 defensemen and five goaltenders. The Lightning will travel to Orlando tomorrow night for their first preseason game when they host the St. Louis Blues at the Amway Center at 7 p.m.

NA Juniors Playoff Game Night: 5-13-13

Ontario Hockey League

(E2)Barrie Colts 2 @ (W1)London Knights 3
London wins best-of-7 OHL Finals, 4-3

D Jake Dotchin, BAR: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
Playoff totals: 17 GP, 1-4-5, +5, 25 PIM
Season totals: 66 GP, 4-18-22, E, 81 PIM
With Barrie: 28 GP, 2-6-8, -1, 42 PIM
With Owen Sound: 38 GP, 2-12-14, +1, 39 PIM

Likely 2013 first rounder Bo Horvat scored his second goal of the game with less than a second remaining in regulation to give the London Knights a come-from-behind series win and the OHL championship. Barrie was up 3-1 in the series over the favored Knights, but couldn’t close out the defending champs. Barrie’s loss means Lightning prospect Jake Dotchin is done for the year – the last drafted/signed Lightning prospect still playing outside the AHL. We will continue to follow Halifax’s Nate MacKinnon and Jonathan Drouin through the Memorial Cup tournament. The Lightning could pick one of the two with the third overall pick in this summer’s draft. WHL Portland, London, and tournament host Saskatoon will join Halifax in the tournament.

NA Juniors Playoff Game Night: 5-12-13

Ontario Hockey League

(W1)London Knights 5 @ (E2)Barrie Colts 4 (OT)
Best-of-7 OHL Finals tied, 3-3

D Jake Dotchin, BAR: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM
Playoff totals: 16 GP, 1-4-5, +5, 25 PIM
Season totals: 66 GP, 4-18-22, E, 81 PIM
With Barrie: 28 GP, 2-6-8, -1, 42 PIM
With Owen Sound: 38 GP, 2-12-14, +1, 39 PIM

London coughed up a 4-0 lead by allowing four third period goals, but the Knights scored on the second shot of overtime to force a Game 7 in London on Monday. Barrie scored the game-tying goal at 19:18 of the third period.

NA Juniors Playoff Game Night: 5-10-13

Ontario Hockey League

(E2)Barrie Colts 4 @ (W1)London Knights 6
Barrie leads best-of-7 OHL Finals, 3-2

D Jake Dotchin, BAR: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
Playoff totals: 15 GP, 1-4-5, +6, 25 PIM
Season totals: 66 GP, 4-18-22, E, 81 PIM
With Barrie: 28 GP, 2-6-8, -1, 42 PIM
With Owen Sound: 38 GP, 2-12-14, +1, 39 PIM

London staved off elimination with a 6-4 win at home in Game 5 vs Barrie. Lightning prospect Jake Dotchin was back in the Colt lineup after missing five games due to suspension. He did not register a point on Friday. London had a 4-1 lead entering the third period, and though the Colts twice cut the lead to two goals, they could never complete the comeback. Barrie will have another chance to clinch the league championship Saturday night at home.

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

(2)Baie-Comeau Drakkar 1 @ (1)Halifax Mooseheads 5
Halifax wins best-of-7 QMJHL Finals, 4-1

C Nathan MacKinnon, HAL: 1-1-2, +2, 4 SOG, 2 PIM, 2 Hits
Playoff totals: 17 GP, 11-22-33, +17, 12 PIM
Season totals: 44 GP, 32-43-75, +40, 45 PIM

W Jonathan Drouin, HAL: 1-0-1, +2, 4 SOG, 0 PIM, 1 Hit
Playoff totals: 17 GP, 12-23-35, +22, 14 PIM
Season totals: 49 GP, 41-64-105, +48, 32 PIM

Halifax won their first President Cup as QMJHL champs with a 5-1 win on Friday night. Jonathan Drouin, the league’s regular season MVP, won playoff MVP with 35 points in 17 games. Halifax will travel to Saskatoon to participate in the 2013 Memorial Cup next week.

Note: With the Lightning picking No. 3 in this summer’s draft, it is expected they will choose either MacKinnon or Drouin with their first round pick. While that could change, we will follow both prospects for the duration of their playoff run as we did with Steven Stamkos after the Lightning won the 2008 draft lottery.

NA Juniors Playoff Game Night: 3-25-13

Ontario Hockey League

(W2)Barrie Colts 4 @ (E7)Kingston Frontenacs 2
Barrie leads best-of-7 Eastern Conference Quarterfinals, 3-0

D Jake Dotchin, BAR: 0-1-1, +1, 2 PIM
Playoff totals: 3 GP, 0-1-1, +1, 8 PIM
Season totals: 66 GP, 4-18-22, E, 81 PIM
With Barrie: 28 GP, 2-6-8, -1, 42 PIM
With Owen Sound: 38 GP, 2-12-14, +1, 39 PIM

Barrie took a commanding 3-0 series lead on the Fronts with a 4-2 win on Monday night. Jake Dotchin, who has played a strong physical series, had his first point of the 2013 post-season and his fourth career post-season point. He had three assists in five games with Owen Sound last year. The Colts can close out the series on Wednesday.

NA Juniors Game Night: 2-21-13

Ontario Hockey League

Owen Sound Attack 3 @ Barrie Colts 2 (OT)

D Jake Dotchin, BAR: 0-0-0, +1, 2 PIM
Season totals: 56 GP, 4-17-21, +1, 66 PIM
With Barrie: 18 GP, 2-5-7, E, 27 PIM
With Owen Sound: 38 GP, 2-12-14, +1, 39 PIM

Jake Dotchin’s former team got an overtime goal from Kurtis Gabriel (undrafted) to defeat the Colts in Barrie, 3-2. Jets prospect Mark Scheifele scored both of Barrie’s goals. Owen Sound outshot the Colts, 41-27.

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