Wichita Thunder 2 at Tulsa Oilers 3 SO
F Danick Gauthier, WIC: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals (ECHL): 5 GP, 2-2-4, +4, 8 PIM, 10 SOG
Season totals (AHL): 1 GP, 0-0-0, -2, 2 PIM
D Daniel Milan, WIC: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 5 GP, 0-2-2, -2, 0 PIM, 5 SOG
Despite a 2-0 lead in the 1st period, Wichita gave up goals to Tulsa in both the 2nd and 3rd period and eventually lost in the shootout. Bolt prospect Danick Gauthier was the first shooter for the Thunder in the shootout, but failed to convert. Wichita lines up against Rapid City next Friday.
Orlando Solar Bears 0 at Florida Everblades 3
D Artem Sergeev, FLA: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 6 GP, 1-3-4, +2, 0 PIM, 7 SOG
G Allen York, FLA, W, 60:00 MIN, 0 GA, 24 SH, 24 SV
Season totals: 5 GP, 3-1-0-1, 1.95 GAA, 0.917 SV%, 1 SO
F Mike Aviani, FLA: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals (ECHL): 2 GP, 1-0-1, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals (AHL): 2 GP, 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM
Adam York notched his second 1st Star effort in as many nights by pitching a 24 save shutout in front of a Saturday night home crowd in Estero. York has won 3 straight contests and now sports a filthy 1.95 GAA and asave percentage north of 91%. Those numbers are stellar for the traditionally high-scoring ECHL, and with back-to-back starts on Friday and Saturday, York is looking like the go-to guy in net for the Blades. Bolt prospect Artem Sergeev was on the ice for the final shift for the Blades protecting the two lead, and assisted on the empty netter with 2 seconds left. After 5 straight games against the Solar Bears, the Everblades are 5-1-0-1 and hit the road next weekend to play the Stingrays in South Carolina and the Gladiators in Gwinnett.
Missouri Mavericks 2 at Wichita Thunder 4
F Danick Gauthier, WIC: 1-1-2, +1, 2 PIM, 4 SOG
Season totals (ECHL): 4 GP, 2-2-4, +4, 8 PIM, 8 SOG
Season totals (AHL): 1 GP, 0-0-0, -2, 2 PIM
D Daniel Milan, WIC: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 4 GP, 0-2-2, -2, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Bolt prospect Danick Gauthier introduced himself to the Wichita home fans with a 3rd Star effort by breaking open a third period 2-2 tie against the Missouri Mavericks Saturday night. Gauthier got the primary assist on the go ahead goal, and then added an insurance goal at 18:29 remaining. Fellow Bolt prospect Dan Milan assisted on the Thunder's opening goal just 50 seconds into the contest. The Thunder travel to Tulsa for a Sunday afternoon tilt against the Oilers.
South Carolina Stingrays 2 @ Florida Everblades 1
W Danick Gauthier, FLA: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
D Artem Sergeev, FLA: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
C Mike Aviani (ECHL Contract), FLA: On loan to Charlotte (AHL)
Everblade netminder Allen York and his Stingray counterpart Adam Morrison put on a goalie clinic Saturday night as each allowed just one goal each in regulation and overtime before going 8 rounds deep in the shootout before York surrendered the game winner. York stopped 17 shots in his season debut, but took the tough luck shootout loss. The Blades picked up 3 of 4 points in their opening two-game weekend series with South Carolina, and play their next 5 games against Orlando starting with a three-in-three on October 24 in Estero.
Danick Gauthier's expected stay with the Syracuse Crunch was one game.
Sent down to the ECHL Florida Everblades at the beginning of the season to find his confidence and improve his work ethic, the 6-2 forward was brought back earlier this month to temporarily fill a space in the lineup.
"He showed up and he played well," said Crunch coach Rob Zettler. "We thought we'd give him another chance and he continues to play well."
Gauthier has made the most of his latest opportunity. The 22-year-old registered three points in his first four games with Syracuse, and has earned a shot on the Crunch's top line alongside Nikita Kucherov and Vladislav Namestnikov.
The Lightning organization goes as deep as the ECHL.
Kristers Gudlevskis allowed 3 goals on 26 shots (including a rare OT penalty shot) before stopping all 4 he faced in the penalty shot session for the shootout win. Since coming up from the Everblades for an injured Riku Helenius, Gudlevskis has put up a very respectable 3-0-0 record with 1 shutout, a 2.21 GAA, and a .914 sv%.
SYR Gauthier, (1) , 4:44
WBS Zolnierczyk, (6) (Sill, Despres), 12:39
SYR Nesterov, (2) (Kucherov, Namestnikov), 14:31 (PP)
WBS Ebbett, (4) (Letourneau-Leblond, Harrington), 13:56
WBS Ebbett, (5) (D'Agostino, Dumoulin), 12:47
SYR Rankin, (4) (Cote, Gauthier), 15:38
SYR- Richard, Kucherov
Nikita Kucherov and Danick Gauthier were the game's first and third stars. Gauthier always amazes me with his ability to chip in despite always seemingly being on the fringe between the ECHL and AHL. This was Danick's second game up from the Coast and, as usual, he found a way to contribute. Depth is a wonderful thing.
Syracuse heads back to familiar territory Friday and Saturday to play Norfolk.
Box score from TheAHL.com.