Game Night Results

  • 28 weeks 6 days ago

    20 goals and counting for the Dump Truck.

    ALB-1
    SYR-2

    Kristers Gudlevskis had a light workload, stopping 16 of 17 for the victory to get back on track.

    First Period
    NO SCORING

    Second Period
    ALB Pesonen, (13) (Urbom, Wedgewood), 11:30 (PP)
    SYR Paquette, (20) (Erne, Gourde), 17:58

    Third Period
    SYR Rankin, (14) (Sergeev), 8:21

    Evan Rankin, Cedric Paquette, and Dmitry Korobov were the game's three stars. Tonight's goal puts Dump Truck at 20 in his rookie campaign. To put that accomplishment in perspective, here's three recent Lightning prospects who didn't make it to 20 goals as a rookie at the AHL level: Ondrej Palat, Richard Panik, and J.T. Brown. So, ponder that for a moment, and be impressed at what Paquette has accomplished in his first year of professional hockey.

    Also, Adam Erne and Joel Vermin made their AHL debuts tonight with Erne getting his first point in the league by assisting on Paquette's goal.

    Syracuse climbs back to 2 games under .500 for the season. I still contend a solid goal for the Crunch should be to get over .500 for the year, which will set the tone for a solid season next year.

    Box score from TheAHL.com.

  • 28 weeks 6 days ago

    Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

    Gatineau Olympiques 1 @ Halifax Mooseheads 4
    Mooseheads lead best-of-7 second round series, 1-0

    C/W Jonathan Drouin, HAL: 0-2-2, +1, 0 PIM, 0 Hits, 1 SOG, 13/26 FO, *Third Star*
    Playoff totals: 5 GP, 6-9-15, +7, 4 PIM
    Season totals: 46 GP, 29-70-108, +49, 43 PIM
    2011-2012 Season: 49 GP, 41-64-105, +48, 32 PIM

    Halifax took a 1-0 series lead on Gatineau with an impressive 4-1 win on Friday night. Jonathan Drouin had two assists, giving him more than one point in eight straight games. One of his assists on Friday came shorthanded and the other was on the power play. Game 2 is Saturday.

    Ontario Hockey League

    Barrie Colts 0 @ North Bay Battalion 1
    Battalion lead best-of-7 Eastern Conference Semifinals, 1-0

    D Jake Dotchin, BAR: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
    Playoff totals: 6 GP: 2-2-4, +2, 6 PIM
    Season totals: 63 GP, 11-25-36, +22, 121 PIM
    2012-13 totals: 66 GP, 4-18-22, E, 81 PIM

    D Dylan Blujus, NB: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
    Playoff totals: 8 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

    North Bay struck first in its second round series with Barrie, scoring a 1-0 win. Jake Smith (2014) stopped 21 shots for the Battalion, who got a the game-winning goal from Alex Henriksson (2014) with four and a half minutes left in regulation. Game 2 is Sunday.

  • 28 weeks 6 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.

  • 29 weeks 7 hours ago

    Classic letdown.

    CGY-4
    TB-1

    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.

  • 29 weeks 7 hours 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.

  • 29 weeks 1 day ago

    Points streak goes up in flames in Rochester.

    SYR-2
    RCH-5

    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.

  • 29 weeks 2 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.

  • 29 weeks 2 days ago

    Playoff-bound Lightning make a statement.

    MTL-1
    TB-3

    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.

  • 29 weeks 4 days 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

  • 29 weeks 4 days 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.

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