Game Night Results

  • 29 weeks 5 days ago

    By Jeremy Houghtaling

    Rob Zettler wanted to make sure Syracuse didn’t let up.

    The Crunch head coach reminded his team of the Americans’ recent games with big third periods. After taking a two-goal lead in the first period, Syracuse buckled down on defense to top Rochester, 3-1, at the Onondaga County War Memorial Saturday.

    The Crunch has won five straight — a season high — and remain in fourth place in the North Division, two points behind Utica.

    “It was very important for our energy and our vibe,” Zettler said of taking the early lead. “I thought we played really well in the first couple periods, but my message to the team was ‘This is how Rochester has been rolling. They don’t come out strong and give up an early lead, but then they come roaring back.’”

  • 29 weeks 5 days ago

    Crunch score gigantic win as playoff push continues.


    Kristers Gudlevskis allowed 1 goal on 40 shots for the victory. He was a difference maker tonight, and he's now run off 5 straight wins and he's got a .936 save percentage this month. Peaking in crunch time.

    First Period
    SYR Drouin, (9) (Peca, Martindale), 8:11 (PP)
    SYR Gourde, (13) (Ikonen, Martindale), 14:50

    Second Period
    SYR Martindale, (4) (Gourde, Ikonen), 11:55
    RCH Baptiste, (11) (Mormina), 17:50

    Third Period

    Ryan Martindale, Gudlevskis, and Yanni Gourde were the game's three stars.

    Tonight was a crucially important 4-point divisional encounter, and by virtue of the win the 4th place Crunch extended their margin over the 5th place Americans to 6 points with Rochester holding 2 points in hand. Just as importantly, Syracuse stays within 2 points of 3rd place Utica, which beat the tar out of Binghamton tonight. With the divisional crossover rule, the Crunch likely need to catch Utica, which has 2 games in hand on Syracuse and a big ROW advantage. It may take Syracuse darned near running the table to make the postseason, and they're making a good go at just that. Oh, by the way, there's a home-and-home against Utica in 2 weeks. 4/15 and 4/16. Circle it on your calendars and double star it, too.

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  • 29 weeks 5 days ago

    Shorthanded Lightning can't overcome the odds.


    Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 4 goals on 26 shots for the loss. I'm not mad about the Jagr and Huberdeau goals and the Hudler goal was just crummy puck luck, but he was horribly off his angle on the Trocheck goal. He can't allow that goal in that spot given the pretext in this game. The Lightning had to get out of the First Period with a lead feeling good about themselves, and that softie was soul-destroying.

    First Period
    5:52 TB Johnson(14), (Nesterov, Palat)(PP)
    13:36 FLA Trocheck(25), (Jokinen)
    18:02 FLA Jagr(25), (Barkov, Huberdeau)(PP)

    Second Period
    15:53 FLA Hudler(15), (Petrovic, Bjugstad)

    Third Period
    4:02 FLA Huberdeau(15), (Barkov, Jagr)
    16:48 TB Stamkos(36), (Boyle, Nesterov)(PP)
    19:35 FLA Jokinen(17), (unassisted)(SH)(EN)

    It was just a tough spot for the Lightning to come into. Not only did they lose Stralman to the broken leg last night, but Kucherov also sat out today after getting nicked blocking a shot last night. There's one of your two best defensemen and one of your two most dynamic offensive players out going into a high stakes game against a rested game where the Lightning were on the back-to-back. Then, you throw on top of that the Lightning playing their youthful backup who, unfortunately, gives up a pretty soft goal after a fantastic start by the team. No chance. It was all down hill from there, and when the Panthers got the puck luck with the double deflection on the Hudler goal, it was pretty clear it was not to be Tampa Bay's night. Throw on top of that some... creative... officiating, and you have about three hours every Lightning fans wishes they could get back in their lives.

    Slater Koekkoek was -1 in 5:57. I don't get the sparing way he's been used in his last two recalls. There's pretty much no point to having him with the big club if he's only going to get 10 shifts in a game like he did tonight. It doesn't benefit the player or the team.

    Jonathan Marchessault was -2 with 2 shots in 16:01. I thought he had another strong game tonight, but his line struggled to get the payoff against Luongo. The game marks Marchessault's graduation from prospect status on the website, meaning he'll join Nesterov in the 2015-2016 Lightning class.

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  • 29 weeks 5 days ago

    KHL Western Conference Finals
    (6)St. Petersburg 0 vs. (1)CSKA 1 (OT)
    CSKA Leads the Series 3-0
    Nikita Gusev, St. Petersburg, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
    Playoff totals: 14 GP, 5-9-14, -1, 0 PIM
    Regular season totals: 56 GP, 20-29-49, +15, 14 PIM

    Ex-Syracuse Crunch Geoff Platt scored 11:12 into Triple OT to deliver CSKA a tremendous 1-0 Game Three win that puts them on the brink of advancing to the Gagarin Cup Final. Islanders third rounder Ilya Sorokin stopped all 52 shots he faced for the shutout victory while ex-Isles second rounder Mikko Koskinen allowed 1 goal on 52 shots for the hard luck loss. Nikita Gusev was scoreless in a sizable 35:18 in the match, which was third among SKA forwards in ice time.

  • 29 weeks 6 days ago

    Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

    Acadie-Bathurst Titan 1 @ Saint John Sea Dogs 4
    QMJHL First Round
    Saint John leads best-of-7 series, 1-0

    W Bokondji Imama, SJ: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 1 SOG, 3 Hits
    Playoff totals: 1 GP, 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM
    Season totals: 47 GP, 7-12-19, -3, 84 PIM

    W Mathieu Joseph, SJ: 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG, 2 Hits
    Playoff totals: 1 GP, 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM
    Season totals: 58 GP, 33-40-73, +35, 57 PIM

    Joseph returned after missing a handful of games and scored a goal, and Boko Imama returned after a 1-game suspension, helping the Sea Dogs to a Game 1 win over the Titan. Game 2 is Saturday.

    Sherbrooke Phoenix 3 @ Shawinigan Cataractes 2
    QMJHL First Round
    Sherbrooke leads best-of-7 series, 1-0

    W Dennis Yan, SHAW: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 2 SOG, 2 Hits
    Playoff totals: 1 GP, 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM
    Season totals: 62 GP, 32-37-69, +8, 86 PIM

    Sherbrooke stole home ice advantage away from the second-seeded Cataractes with a 3-2 win in Game 1. Shawinigan outshot the Phoenix, 32-31. Game 2 is Saturday.

    Ontario Hockey League

    Oshawa Generals 0 @ Kingston Frontenacs 6
    Eastern Conference Quarterfinals
    Kingston leads best-of-7 series, 1-0

    C Anthony Cirelli, OSH: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
    Playoff totals: 1 GP, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM
    Season totals: 61 GP, 21-36-57, -16, 27 PIM

    The young Generals were outmatched by the top-seeded Fronts, losing 6-0. Canes prospect Roland McKeown had two goals for Kingston. Game 2 is Saturday.

    Peterborough Petes 1 @ North Bay Battalion 2
    Eastern Conference Quarterfinals
    North Bay leads best-of-7 series, 1-0

    D Dominik Masin, PBO: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 0 SOG
    Playoff totals: 1 GP, 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM
    Season totals: 57 GP, 8-32-40, +24, 50 PIM

    D Matt Spencer, PBO: 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM, 0 SOG
    Playoff totals: 1 GP, 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM
    Season totals: 60 GP, 5-19-24, +1, 46 PIM

    The teams traded first period goals with the Petes opening the series scoring. North Bay was outshot in the third period, 8-6, but scored the only goal. Masin was playing his first OHL playoff game after missing last year’s postseason. Spencer played the 17th postseason game of his career. Game 2 of the series is Sunday.

    Saginaw Spirit 1 @ Erie Otters 5
    Western Conference Quarterfinals
    Erie leads best-of-7 series, 1-0

    W Mitchell Stephens, SAG: 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
    Playoff totals: 1 GP, 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM
    Season totals: 39 GP, 20-19-39, -3, 14 PIM

    Erie had a 5-0 lead before the midway point of the game and coasted to a convincing Game 1 win. Stephens was held without a shot. Erie outshot the Spirit 36-16 despite only registering three shots in the third period. They outshot Saginaw 19-3 in the opening period. Game 2 is Sunday.

    Western Hockey League

    Moose Jaw Warriors 3 @ Prince Albert Raiders 2
    Eastern Conference Quarterfinals
    Moose Jaw leads best-of-7 series, 1-0

    C Brayden Point, MJ: 1-2-3, +1, 0 PIM, *First Star*
    Playoff totals: 1 GP, 1-2-3, +1, 0 PIM, *First Star*
    Season totals: 48 GP, 35-53-88, +24, 36 PIM

    Moose Jaw won in its first playoff appearance since 2012, and Brayden Point was first star with a goal and two assists Friday against Prince Albert in Game 1. Noah Gregor (2016) had two goals for the Warriors. Game 2 is Saturday. (Moose Jaw Warriors photo)

  • 29 weeks 6 days ago

    United States Hockey League

    Omaha Lancers 4 @ Fargo Force 2

    G Kris Oldham, OMA: Did not play
    Season totals: 30 GP, 12-14-4, 2.81 GAA, .906 sv%, 1 SO
    2014-15 totals: 33 GP, 21-6-4, 2.49 GAA, .908 sv%, 1 SO
    (University of Nebraska-Omaha signee)

    Omaha won its second game in a 3-game set with Fargo. Goaltender Zackarias Skog (undrafted) started all three games for the Lancers.

    Bloomington Thunder 5 @ Dubuque Fighting Saints 3

    D Ryan Zuhlsdorf, DBQ: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
    Season totals: 40 GP, 0-25-25, -7, 53 PIM
    With Dubuque: 10 GP, 0-2-2, E, 2 PIM
    With Sioux City: 30 GP, 0-23-23, -7, 51 PIM
    2014-15 totals: 56 GP, 3-19-22, +25, 58 PIM
    (University of Minnesota signee)

    Bloomington tied the Saints for second in the conference with a road win Friday.

  • 29 weeks 6 days ago

    By Jeremy Houghtaling

    The Syracuse Crunch have found a way to string together wins when they need them the most.

    The Crunch took the lead over the Devils in the first period and hung on through the final 40-plus minutes, as Syracuse topped Albany, 3-1, at the Onondaga County War Memorial Friday. The Crunch have won four straight and have points in five consecutive games to move up to fourth place in the North Division.

    “It’s not only crucial, it’s necessary,” Crunch head coach Rob Zettler said of earning standings points. “We are where we are, and I think we got some help tonight. … I just thought our guys played really well tonight. They played hard and (goalie Kristers Gudlevskis) was there when we needed him. For the most part, they played the game the right way.”

  • 29 weeks 6 days ago

    Victory... at a price.


    Ben Bishop allowed 4 goals on 31 shots for the win. He was not at his best, but thankfully the team in front of him, more or less, was, as he drank again from the cool waters of sweet, sweet goal support.

    First Period
    8:54 NYI Nelson(25), (Strome, Bailey)
    13:42 TB Kucherov(29), (Killorn, Sustr)
    13:51 TB Namestnikov(14), (unassisted)

    Second Period
    5:02 TB Stamkos(35), (Garrison, Kucherov)
    5:25 NYI Prince(5), (unassisted)
    16:18 NYI Boychuk(8), (Tavares, Bailey)

    Third Period
    6:03 TB Sustr(3), (Garrison)
    6:22 NYI Kulemin(7), (Nielsen, Hamonic)
    10:09 TB Johnson(13), (Palat, Marchessault)
    10:32 TB Garrison(5), (Palat, Marchessault)
    18:35 TB Hedman(7), (Carle, Palat)(EN)

    Jason Garrison, Ondrej Palat, and Brian Boyle were the game's three stars.

    That was a wild game where the Lightning were dominant offensively, outshooting the Islanders 42-31 and probably outchancing them by an even greater margin, but never pulling away because of some defensive let downs and soft goaltending. In the end they deserved the 2 points for the night, and they got it. That's the good news.

    The price was steep, however. Anton Stralman left the game in the First Period with what appeared to be a significant leg injury. Post game we've learned that Stralman has a broken leg, which barring an extremely deep playoff run may pretty much end Stralman's season. This team looked pretty bad just missing Jason Garrison from the lineup. They're ill-equipped to handle losing any of their top-4 defenseman, and losing Stralman will be an extra strain. And no, there isn't a callup from Syracuse who can help fill those shoes. That's a blow that may ultimately torpedo Cup hopes.

    With the victory, the Lightning's magic number is cut to 5 points now with 6 games left to play in this segment. They've got a really tough draw tomorrow, though, having to face a rested Panthers team with first place in the division on the line in the wake of the Stralman injury. Maybe they just turn it over to Vasilevskiy tomorrow and hope the kid just does his thing and stands on his head. He's capable of it.

    Jonathan Marchessault had 2 assists, 4 shots, and 1 hit in 13:24. He was, in my opinion, the key man in the Johnson goal in the Third Period that gave the Lightning the breathing room to pull away in this one. His addition to the line with Johnson and Palat has been productive, and by freeing Kucherov to go play on Stamkos' line it's given the Lightning the scoring balance they have struggled to find over the past two years. Note how well this team has played offensively the past two games despite having veterans Filppula and Callahan out of the lineup due to injury. This is important for Cooper to understand: playing 51 and 24 as much as he has costs the Lightning possession and goals, and their identity is to have possession and be a potent offensive team. So, when Filppula and Callahan come back, one has to live in hope that Cooper uses them in more targeted roles as opposed to lavishing ice time in them in all situations, because it ends up being dead minutes. Either way, Marchessault's next NHL game this regular season will graduate him from prospect status on the website, and he appears to be peaking just ahead of that milestone.

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  • 29 weeks 6 days ago

    Crunch beginning to master the playoff push.


    Kristers Gudlevskis allowed 1 goal on 30 shots for the victory. 4 straight wins now from Kristers, who has refound his form after scuttling through January and February.

    First Period
    SYR Blujus, (6) (Peca, McGinn), 8:41
    ALB Johnson, (2) (Crandall), 11:59
    SYR Martindale, (3) (Gourde, Koekkoek), 13:16

    Second Period

    Third Period
    SYR Drouin, (8) (Erne, Richard), 7:42

    Dylan Blujus, Gudlevskis, and Jonathan Drouin were the game's three stars. With a fourth alarm clock now acquired and in place, nothing can stop Jonathan Drouin. And yes, I'll applaud whichever BoltProspects reader cleverly Photoshops Drouin sporting the Flavor Flav clock chain.

    For the moment, Syracuse moves into 4th in the North Division by virtue of their 7-2-1 record over the last 10 games. However, it's looking like to get into the dance, Syracuse will need to get all the way up to 3rd in the division because of the unbalanced divisions. They're 1 point back of Utica now, but the Comets have 2 games in hand. Bottom line: they have to stay this hot the next 9 games to make it in.

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  • 29 weeks 6 days ago

    KHL Eastern Conference Finals
    (2)Magnitogorsk 6 vs. (4)Ufa 1
    Magnitogorsk Leads the Series 2-0
    Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, Win, 41/42, 1.01 GAA, .976 sv%
    Playoff totals: 9 GP, 8-1-0, 2 SO, 1.32 GAA, .958 sv%
    Regular season totals: 50 GP, 22-15-9, 4 SO, 2.12 GAA, .925 sv%

    6 different goalscorers contributed for Magnitogorsk in their 6-1 Game Two steamrolling of Ufa. Magnitka's attack included 1 goal and 3 points by ex-NHL'er Alexander Semin. Vasily Koshechkin turned aside 41 shots for the win.

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