Game Night Results

  • 25 weeks 3 days ago


    By Jeremy Houghtaling

    Two new faces were in the Syracuse Crunch's starting lineup Friday.

    Centered by Cedric Paquette, wingers Adam Erne and Joel Vermin were able to get the first-game jitters out of the way during the opening puck drop. Once they got their feet underneath them, they showed how effective they could be.

    "It's always good to get the butterflies out of the way early and get going with the game," Erne said.

    Vermin created multiple scoring opportunities in his Crunch debut and Adam Erne registered an assist in his first professional game, as Syracuse topped the Albany Devils, 2-1, at the Onondaga County War Memorial.

  • 25 weeks 4 days ago

    Classic letdown.

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    Ben Bishop allowed 3 goals on 24 shots for the loss including one goal directly resulting from a major puckhandling error on Bishop's part. Just a poor, flat effort on the entire team's part, including Bishop's.

    First Period
    10:20 CGY Cammalleri (25), (unassisted)
    10:35 CGY Westgarth (4), (Breen)

    Second Period
    15:56 TB Palat (20), (Carle, Callahan)

    Third Period
    18:04 CGY Glencross (11), (Cammalleri, Russell)(PP)
    19:44 CGY Glencross (12), (unassisted)(EN)

    Matt Carle was the game's third star. I'm thinking that was some kind of belated April Fool's joke.

    Hopefully, lesson learned. The team was fat and happy after the big win against Montreal and clinching a playoff berth. A soft goal and two Calgary greasy goals later, they were done for. Games aren't played on paper, and the other team gets paid to play too. If you don't come prepared to play, you can fall behind and lose a game pretty easily against anyone in the NHL.

    Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

  • 25 weeks 4 days ago

    KHL Eastern Conference Finals
    (1)Magnitogorsk 3 vs. (4)Ufa 2
    Magnitogorsk Leads the Series 1-0
    Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, Win, 25/27, 2.00 GAA, .926 sv%
    Regular season totals: 51 GP, 30-12-8, 9 SO, 1.88 GAA, .940 sv%
    Playoff totals: 10 GP, 9-1-0, 0 SO, 1.91 GAA, .934 sv%

    Andrey Vasilevskiy, Ufa, Loss, 23/26, 3.10 GAA, .885 sv%
    Regular season totals: 28 GP, 14-8-5, 3 SO, 2.21 GAA, .923 sv%
    Playoff totals: 14 GP, 8-6-0, 0 SO, 2.24 GAA, .928 sv%

    Ex-Blue Jackets draft pick Sergei Mozyakin's Second Period goal stood up as the game winner in Magnitogorsk's 3-2 Game One win over Ufa. Game Two is Saturday.

  • 25 weeks 5 days ago

    Points streak goes up in flames in Rochester.

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    Kristers Gudlevskis allowed 4 goals on 13 shots for the loss before giving way to Cedrick Desjardins, who allowed 1 on 11 shots the rest of the way. In Gudlevskis' defense, Syracuse's defense was not sharp tonight.

    First Period
    RCH Irwin, (4) (Varone, Petrecki), 2:48
    RCH Catenacci, (8) (Porter, Armia), 15:43
    RCH Irwin, (5) , 17:02

    Second Period
    RCH Catenacci, (9) (Armia, Makarov), 3:17
    SYR Paquette, (19) (Nesterov, Connolly), 19:53 (PP)

    Third Period
    RCH Roy, (7) (Grigorenko, Sundher), 3:32
    SYR Korobov, (3) (Paradis), 16:36

    Fortunately, Syracuse is about to enter ATO season with Joel Vermin and Adam Erne already in the fold (although they have yet to make their debuts) and Henri Ikonen likely on the way. Vermin and Ikonen, in particular, will be counted on to help turn things around for the Crunch next season.

    Box score from TheAHL.com.

  • 25 weeks 6 days ago

    Ontario Hockey League

    Niagara IceDogs 1 @ North Bay Battalion 2
    Battalion win best-of-7 Eastern Conference Quarterfinals, 4-3

    D Dylan Blujus, NB: 0-0-0, +2, 0 PIM
    Playoff totals: 7 GP, 2-0-2, -1, 8 PIM
    Season totals: 55 GP, 4-26-30, +12, 56 PIM
    2012-13 totals: 68 GP, 2-27-29, -8, 57 PIM

    Comeback complete – twice. North Bay erased a 1-0 deficit in the third period of Game 7 to win the game, 2-1, and the series, 4-3. The Battalion were down 3-1 in the series before starting their climb. They will face Lightning prospect Jake Dotchin and Barrie in the Eastern Conference Semifinals.

    Peterborough Petes 2 @ Kingston Frontenacs 1 (OT)
    Petes win best-of-7 Eastern Conference Quarterfinals, 4-3

    W Henri Ikonen, KGN: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
    Playoff totals: 7 GP, 1-5-6, +2, 8 PIM
    Season totals: 54 GP, 25-45-70, +17, 49 PIM
    2012-13 totals: 61 GP, 22-29-51, +2, 30 PIM

    Kingston blew a 3-1 series lead, losing twice at home in the final three games, including Game 7 in overtime. Nick Ritchie (2014) scored for Peterborough on the first shot of overtime. This ends the junior career of Lightning prospect Henri Ikonen, who will likely join the Syracuse Crunch of the AHL on a tryout agreement. He’s a near lock for a Lightning contract after an impressive training camp last fall and a solid year. He’s an energetic, complimentary winger who can chip in offensively.

  • 25 weeks 6 days ago

    Playoff-bound Lightning make a statement.

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    Ben Bishop allowed 1 goal on 26 shots for the victory. He held the team in down 1-0 and gave them time to build up momentum at the end of the Second Period and eventually run the Habs out of the building. That's what good goaltenders do.

    First Period
    10:18 MTL Gallagher (19), (Galchenyuk, Weaver)

    Second Period
    9:19 TB Callahan (17), (Palat, Hedman)(PP)

    Third Period
    12:41 TB Johnson (23), (unassisted)
    19:15 TB Killorn (17), (Palat, Brown)(PP)(EN)

    Tyler Johnson and Ondrej Palat were the game's first and second stars. My star goes to J.T. Brown, who got called for a baloney incidental contact infraction on a Purcell goal that should have counted at the end of the Second Period where he set a near perfect screen on Carey Price, and the set up several chances for his linemates early in the Third Period. So pleased he got the second assist on the empty netter to cap the win.

    For the first time in a while, I can say, "That was Lightning hockey". After sleepwalking their way to the finish line for the past several weeks, the Lightning realized the magnitude of tonight's game and they brought it for 60 minutes against the team they are battling for home ice in the first round who will likely be their opponent in the first round. Bishop was strong. They minded their details. They played hard and generated a ton of chances. The scoreboard doesn't tell the full tale. Without Price standing on his head Montreal loses this game 4-1 or 5-1. Heck, without that terrible call on Brown to end the Second Period the Lightning would've gotten to Price at least one more time.

    The victory, coupled with losses by New Jersey and Washington, clinches the Lightning's playoff spot with 93 points through 76 games. I thought 96 gets you in the playoffs comfortably. The Lightning's expedited trip to get 93 points gets it all done even earlier.

    Mike Kostka was -1 with 1 blocked shot in 14:00. The end of the game had one dark cloud, and that was Doug Murray's nasty elbow to Kostka's head at the Habs blueline on a power play entry that temporarily knocked Kostka out and led to the stretcher being brought out on the ice. Fortunately, Kostka eventually got up and left on his own power, but it was a scary scene. Murray got a match penalty for targeting the head and will be serving a suspension for what he did. Hopefully Kostka doesn't miss much time, if any, because of the play.

    Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

  • 26 weeks 1 day ago

    No. 8 St. Cloud State Huskies 0 vs No. 2 Minnesota Golden Gophers 4
    West Regional Finals

    G Adam Wilcox, MIN: Win, 24 saves on 24 shots, shutout
    Season totals: 36 GP, 25-5-6, 1.89 GAA, .934 sv%, 4 SO
    2012-2013 totals: 39 GP, 25-8-5, 1.88 GAA, .921 sv%, 3 SO

    Adam Wilcox stopped all 24 shots he faced and freshman Justin Kloos (undrafted) scored twice to lead the Gophers back to the Frozen Four with a 4-0 win over St. Cloud State. Kloos was named MVP for the region. Minnesota’s defense was solid all night, limiting the Huskies to just a few scoring chances, but when they occurred, Wilcox stood tall. Minnesota will play Lightning prospect Brendan O’Donnell and the Gophers’ former WCHA rival, North Dakota in Philadelphia. Union plays Boston College in the other national semifinal. The Frozen Four features three top seeds and one fourth seed, North Dakota. The tournament gets underway April 10.

    *USCHO poll used

  • 26 weeks 1 day ago

    Ontario Hockey League

    North Bay Battalion 5 @ Niagara IceDogs 1
    Best-of-7 Eastern Conference Quarterfinals tied, 3-3

    D Dylan Blujus, NB: 1-0-1, +1, 2 PIM
    Playoff totals: 6 GP, 2-0-2, -3, 8 PIM
    Season totals: 55 GP, 4-26-30, +12, 56 PIM
    2012-13 totals: 68 GP, 2-27-29, -8, 57 PIM

    Second-seeded North Bay fought off elimination for the second-straight game, winning handily in St. Catherines, 5-1. Game 7 is Tuesday in North Bay. Dylan Blujus scored Game 6’s first goal on the power play. It was his second goal of the series. Mike Amadio (2014) had two goals for North Bay.

    Kingston Frontenacs 4 @ Peterborough Petes 5
    Best-of-7 Eastern Conference Quarterfinals tied, 3-3

    W Henri Ikonen, KGN: 0-0-0, -2, 2 PIM
    Playoff totals: 6 GP, 1-5-6, +2, 8 PIM
    Season totals: 54 GP, 25-45-70, +17, 49 PIM
    2012-13 totals: 61 GP, 22-29-51, +2, 30 PIM

    Peterborough overcame a 4-3 deficit in the third period to win Game 6, 5-4, and tie their first round series with Kingston, 3-3. The Fronts were up 3-1 in the series and now must win Game 7 at home to advance. Power winger Nick Ritchie (2014) had two goals and an assist for the Petes. Game 7 is Tuesday.

  • 26 weeks 1 day ago

    Things are different in the adult pool...

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    Ben Bishop allowed 3 goals on 30 shots for the loss. He gave his team a chance staving off multiple breakaways to keep the game somewhat close, but once the team fell back 2 it looked like curtains, and it was.

    First Period
    8:40 TB Filppula (25), (unassisted)
    11:08 DET Andersson (8), (Helm, Alfredsson)
    15:24 DET Nyquist (27), (Legwand)

    Second Period
    16:36 DET Legwand (13), (Franzen, Kronwall)(PP)

    Third Period
    15:31 TB Salo (4), (Kucherov)

    The Lightning's points streak gets snapped at 11 games. Good news/bad news. The good news is the team recognized they were playing a playoff caliber team and actually decided to skate hard. That's a welcome sign. The bad news is, you can't turn crisp hockey on and off like a light switch, and while the legs looked like they were there the brains were not. Detroit capitalized for the 2-1 First Period lead and outshot the Lightning 12-6 in the frame and never looked back. Hopefully the loss has some utility in waking the team up and preparing them for the upcoming monster matchup against Montreal.

    Mike Kostka had 3 shots in 12:23.

    Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

  • 26 weeks 2 days ago

    No. 6 Ferris State Bulldogs 1 vs No. 13 North Dakota 2 (2OT)
    Midwest Regional Finals

    F Brendan O’Donnell, UND: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
    Season totals: 34 GP, 7-11-18, +7, 10 PIM
    2012-2013 totals: 29 GP, 2-8-10, E, 20 PIM

    Conner Gaarder (undrafted) scored at 2:28 of the second overtime to send North Dakota to the Frozen Four as Midwest Region champs. O’Donnell was on the ice when the game-winner was scored. Ferris State outshot UND 45-26, including 12-2 in the third period and 14-6 in the first overtime, but UND goaltender Zane Gothberg (Bruins) held steady.

    Robert Morris Colonials 3 vs No. 2 Minnesota Golden Gophers 7
    West Regional Semifinals

    G Adam Wilcox, MIN: Win, 22 saves on 25 shots
    Season totals: 35 GP, 24-5-6, 1.94 GAA, .932 sv%, 3 SO
    2012-2013 totals: 39 GP, 25-8-5, 1.88 GAA, .921 sv%, 3 SO

    The Gophers scored the game’s first four goals and never looked back, defeating the Colonials, 7-3, to advance to the West Regional Finals against the winner of St. Cloud State and Notre Dame. The closest RMU got was 4-2 before Minnesota extended their lead.

    *USCHO poll used

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