Game Night Results

  • 28 weeks 3 days ago

    By Jeremy Houghtaling

    The first tests for Anders Lindback came just moments after the puck dropped.

    The Tampa Bay Lightning netminder, sent to Syracuse for a weekend conditioning assignment, made a few crucial saves in the opening minutes. Once he had time to settle in, Lindback stopped a steady stream of shots in his first game since Jan. 30.

    "I got a couple of good shots early on, and they came pretty hard," Lindback said. "Then it was continuous the whole game, it was an even pace, which is what you prefer."

    Lindback registered a 30-save shutout in his Crunch debut, as Syracuse won its third-straight by topping the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, 4-0, at the Onondaga County War Memorial Friday.

    "He's huge. He takes up a lot of the net," said Crunch coach Rob Zettler of the 6-6 Swede, who is expected to make another start Sunday. "Just him going down in the butterfly takes up a lot of net. They've got to make a great shot to beat him."

  • 28 weeks 3 days ago

    Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

    Halifax Mooseheads 6 @ Acadie-Bathurst Titan 0

    C/W Jonathan Drouin, HAL: 0-2-2, +2, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 0 Hits, 5/13 FO, *Third Star*
    Season totals: 40 GP, 24-61-85, +39, 41 PIM
    2011-2012 Season: 49 GP, 41-64-105, +48, 32 PIM

    Drouin is approaching his career high for assists in a season. Halifax outshot the Titan, 40-18.

    Ontario Hockey League

    Barrie Colts 2 @ Plymouth Whalers 1 (SO)

    D Jake Dotchin, BAR: 0-0-0, +1, 2 PIM
    Season totals: 56 GP, 10-22-32, +21, 111 PIM
    2012-13 totals: 66 GP, 4-18-22, E, 81 PIM

    The second period was delayed due to a fire alarm. There’s probably a joke to be made about both goalies being on fire as Plymouth’s Alex Nedeljkovic (2015) stopped 49 of 50 shots and Barrie’s Mackenzie Blackwood (2016) saved 35 of 36.

    Belleville Bulls 2 @ Kingston Frontenacs 10

    W Henri Ikonen, KGN: 1-2-3, +1, 0 PIM, *Second Star*
    Season totals: 44 GP, 20-40-60, +14, 37 PIM
    2012-13 totals: 61 GP, 22-29-51, +2, 30 PIM

    Ikonen and Sam Bennett (2014) combined for seven points to lead the Fronts to a huge win over the visiting Bulls. Ikonen hit the 40-assist and 60-point marks for the season.

  • 28 weeks 3 days ago

    Wilkes-Barre/Scranton gets Lindbacked!


    Anders Lindback stopped all 30 shots he faced for the shutout victory. I guess the ankle is feeling better.

    First Period
    SYR Richard, (2) (Panik, Tyrell), 2:02
    SYR Taormina, (5) (Panik, Richard), 19:18

    Second Period
    SYR Taormina, (6) (Angelidis, Paradis), 5:23
    SYR Olson, (3) (Rankin, Langelier-Parent), 6:50

    Third Period

    Lindback, Matt Taormina, and Dana Tyrell were the game's three stars.

    Richard Panik extended his point streak to 3 games with 2 goals and 7 points over that span. Tanner Richard closed February with his second multi-point game of the month and third overall this season.

    Box score from

  • 28 weeks 3 days ago

    Magnitogorsk 1 vs. Dynamo Moscow 0 (SO)
    Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, SO Win, SO, 41/41, 0.00 GAA, 1.000 sv%
    Season totals: 50 GP, 29-12-8, 8 SO, 1.92 GAA, .939 sv%

    Vasily Koshechkin was perfect, even stopping three of three in the penalty shot session, in Magnitogorsk's 1-0 win over Dynamo Moscow. Ex-Lightning draft pick Marek Kvapil was among the unlucky Dynamo shooters nullified by Koshechkin in the skills competition.

    Ufa 1 vs. Kazan 0
    Andrey Vasilevskiy, Win, SO, 23/23, 0.00 GAA, 1.000 sv%
    Season totals: 27 GP, 13-8-5, 3 SO, 2.22 GAA, .923 sv%

    Only slightly less impressive than Koshechkin's shutout, Andrey Vasilevskiy turned aside all 23 shots he faced to deliver Ufa a 1-0 win over Kazan. Longtime KHL star Konstantin Barulin turned aside 27 shots at the other end of the ice for Kazan in defeat.

    Yaroslavl 6 vs. Khanty-Mansiysk 2
    Nikita Gusev, Khanty-Mansiysk, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
    Season totals: 42 GP, 7-6-13, -5, 10 PIM

    Nikita Gusev was -1 in 12:22 of ice time as Yugra got crushed 6-2 by Yaroslavl. Ex-Lightning draft pick Radek Smolenak had a helper in defeat for Yugra.

    Bratislava 1 vs. Donetsk 2
    Jaroslav Janus, Bratislava, Loss, 25/27, 2.03 GAA, .926 sv%
    Season totals: 39 GP, 15-16-8, 2 SO, 2.85 GAA, .898 sv%

    Jaroslav Janus couldn't quite duplicate the feats of Lightning prospect brethren Koshechkin and Vasilevskiy, falling 2-1 to Donetsk. Ex-NHLer Martin Skoula assisted on Slovan's only goal.

  • 28 weeks 3 days ago

    Ontario Hockey League

    Guelph Storm 5 @ North Bay Battalion 4

    D Dylan Blujus, NB: 0-1-1, -2, 0 PIM
    Season totals: 48 GP, 4-21-25, +1, 54 PIM
    2012-13 totals: 68 GP, 2-27-29, -8, 57 PIM

    Blujus is approaching last season’s point total, but in 20 fewer games played. His career high is 34 points in a season, set in his draft year (66 games).

    Barrie Colts 1 @ Windsor Spitfires 4

    D Jake Dotchin, BAR: 0-0-0, E, 4 PIM
    Season totals: 55 GP, 10-22-32, +20, 109 PIM
    2012-13 totals: 66 GP, 4-18-22, E, 81 PIM

    D Slater Koekkoek, WSR: 0-1-1, -1, 4 PIM
    Season totals: 60 GP, 15-38-53, +46, 42 PIM
    2012-13 totals: 42 GP, 6-23-29, -24, 28 PIM

    In a game that was delayed due to road conditions affecting the Colts, the Spits topped Barrie, 4-1. Slater Koekkoek finished minus-1. His assist came on the power play. Both he and Dotchin had four penalty minutes each.

  • 28 weeks 4 days ago

    Music City choke.


    Ben Bishop allowed 3 goals on 29 shots for the loss. None of the three goals were terrible, but you'd have liked to have seen him squeeze off that third one in tight to preserve at least a point (not that the team in front of him deserved it).

    First Period
    5:26 TB St Louis (26), (Palat)
    9:13 TB St Louis (27), (Kucherov, Purcell)(PP)

    Second Period
    12:05 NSH Cullen (6), (Ellis, Smith)(PP)
    13:16 NSH Josi (9), (Weber)(PP)

    Third Period
    13:56 NSH Hornqvist (11), (Fisher, Weber)(PP)

    Martin St. Louis was the game's second star.

    That was infuriating. I thought the team came out flat as a pancake but lucked out with a goal off the rush in transition and then a softie on the PP. Staked with the 2 goal lead and with Nashville looking like they were in shock, the Lightning had all the momentum and opportunities to end the game early, especially on a PP to start the Second Period.

    They sleepwalked through the final 40 minutes of that game. That compete-level was garbage. They should give back 2/3 of their paychecks tonight. Yes. They were bad and they should feel bad, and their special teams are an absolute thermonuclear dumpster fire right now. That PK, if you can call it that, is the worst PK I've ever seen the Lightning put on the ice, and there have been some awful Lightning teams that have come and gone.

    The Lightning now will fall short of their 12 point target for this 10 game segment of the season, and if they fail to get a point out of the finale of the segment they will fall behind the pace they need to be on to comfortably make the playoffs. And, honestly, if they're going to allow themselves to be outworked like that and if their special teams are going to be that craptacular, there's no point in showing up for the postseason tournament. Yes, a healthy Filppula and Stamkos will make a considerable difference, so I'm not ready to load the team in a cannon and shoot them to the moon quite yet. But the work ethic was not there tonight, and that's not good enough.

    16 shots on goal against a goaltender, Carter Hutton, that couldn't stop a beach ball? The Lightning should feel deep shame. Deep, deep shame.

    Mark Barberio had 3 blocked shots in 16:50. Tonight was his 41st NHL game of the season, so he graduates from prospect status on the website. Sad this was such a clunker to get over the finish line on.

    J.T. Brown had 2 penalty minutes, 1 hit, and 1 blocked shot in 8:49. He'll graduate from prospect status in his next game this season.

    Vladislav Namestnikov had an ill-timed minor penalty and was 20% on draws in 8:10.

    Nikita Kucherov had a helper and 1 shot in 11:22. He rang a post in the Third Period with the Lightning down 3-2, and that was all she wrote for the team after that. Kucherov needs 5 more games this season to graduate from prospect status.

    Box score and extended statistics from

  • 28 weeks 5 days ago

    Magnitogorsk 0 vs. Chekhov 2
    Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, Loss, 27/29, 2.06 GAA, .931 sv%
    Season totals: 49 GP, 29-12-7, 7 SO, 1.96 GAA, .938 sv%

    The Korolyuk's, Anton and Alexander, each had helpers in Chekhov's 2-0 win over Magnitogorsk. Sergei Denisov turned away 34 for the shutout.

    Ufa 2 vs. Novgorod 1 (OT)
    Andrey Vasilevskiy, Ufa, Win, 25/26, 0.98 GAA, .962 sv%
    Season totals: 26 GP, 12-8-5, 2 SO, 2.31 GAA, .921 sv%

    Andrey Vasilrvskiy started the post-Olympics stretch with a quality, 25 save overtime victory over Novgorod. Ex-NHLer Brent Sopel had a helper in the match for Ufa.

    Cherepovets 4 vs. Khanty-Mansiysk 1
    Nikita Gusev, Khanty-Mansiysk, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
    Season totals: 41 GP, 7-6-13, -4, 10 PIM

    Nikita Gusev was scoreless in 12:46 as Yugra got stomped by Cherepovets 4-1. Ex-Lightning draft pick Radek Smolenak had Yugra's only goal.

    Bratislava 4 vs. Dinamo Minsk 3 (SO)
    Jaroslav Janus, Bratislava, SO Win, 25/28, 2.77 GAA, .893 sv%
    Season totals: 38 GP, 15-15-8, 2 SO, 2.88 GAA, .898 sv%

    Jaroslav Janus turned away all three shooters he faced to deliver Bratislava a 4-3 shootout win over Minsk. Ex-NHLer Miroslav Satan had a goal in the match for Slovan. Ex-Lightning defenseman Lukas Krajicek had a pair of helpers in defeat for Minsk.

  • 28 weeks 5 days ago

    Ontario Hockey League

    North Bay Battalion 3 @ Barrie Colts 2

    D Dylan Blujus, NB: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
    Season totals: 46 GP, 4-19-23, +3, 48 PIM
    2012-13 totals: 68 GP, 2-27-29, -8, 57 PIM

    D Jake Dotchin, BAR: 1-1-2, -1, 0 PIM, *Second Star*
    Season totals: 54 GP, 10-22-32, +20, 105 PIM
    2012-13 totals: 66 GP, 4-18-22, E, 81 PIM

    Dotchin came into the game with just one assist over his last seven games. He earned second star for scoring a goal and adding an assist in a close loss to Dylan Blujus and North Bay. Dotchin is up to 10 goals on the year. His previous career high for a season was four. With the win, North Bay jumped into first in the Central Division, one point ahead of Sudbury and five ahead of Barrie.

  • 29 weeks 1 day ago

    Ontario Hockey League

    Barrie Colts 5 @ Sudbury Wolves 3

    D Jake Dotchin, BAR: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
    Season totals: 53 GP, 9-21-30, +21, 105 PIM
    2012-13 totals: 66 GP, 4-18-22, E, 81 PIM

    Dotchin has slowed down statistically recently, notching only one assist in his last seven games. With two wins over the division-leading Wolves this weekend, the Colts pulled within four points of Sudbury and three of North Bay.

    Kingston Frontenacs 2 @ Oshawa Generals 7

    W Henri Ikonen, KGN: 1-0-1, -3, 0 PIM
    Season totals: 43 GP, 19-38-57, +13, 37 PIM
    2012-13 totals: 61 GP, 22-29-51, +2, 30 PIM

    Ikonen scored his 19th of the season, albeit in a loss to the Gens, who got a hat trick from Flyers prospect Scott Laughton.

    Sarnia Sting 2 @ Windsor Spitfires 6

    D Slater Koekkoek, WSR: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM
    Season totals: 57 GP, 15-37-51, +45, 36 PIM
    2012-13 totals: 42 GP, 6-23-29, -24, 28 PIM

    Koekkoek had a light night with one assist as the Spits beat up on last-place Sarnia, 6-2.

  • 29 weeks 1 day ago

    By Jeremy Houghtaling

    After a tough overtime loss on Friday, Syracuse Crunch coach Rob Zettler decided to shake up his lines.

    The newly formed trio of Richard Panik, Vlad Namestnikov and Dana Tyrell found instant chemistry. The trio combined for four points Saturday, and added nine points in a 5-2 win over the Hershey Bears in the AHL Showcase at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C. Sunday.

    Syracuse, which finished the weekend with five points in three games to break a recent slump, has won back-to-back games for the first time since mid-January. For Zettler, the effort has been there, but the team hasn't seen the rewards.

    "Tonight I thought, from start to finish, it might have been our best hockey game," Zettler said. "The work ethic, the smarts, how to play it. It was just really good overall."

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