Game Night Results

  • 10 weeks 1 day ago

    Roadtrip unkind.


    Ben Bishop allowed 2 goals on 26 shots for the loss. Truly, he was the only reason the Lightning were even in the game. The team in front of him should be upset with themselves for squandering a quality start by the big netminder.

    First Period
    16:04 MIN Niederreiter (10), (Spurgeon, Zucker)(PP)

    Second Period

    Third Period
    0:34 MIN Heatley (11), (Spurgeon)
    13:53 TB Filppula (20), (St Louis, Gudas)

    Just a listless, sloppy effort by the Lightning. They nearly were able to steal a point with Tyler Johnson hitting a post late with the goaltender pulled for the extra attacker, but it would've been an undeserved point. They didn't appear to have their legs tonight at all and they're passing was fairly atrocious too. They compounded that issue by giving Kuemper way too much respect cutting a lot of chances too fine and missing the net altogether on prime opportunities. They treated the guy like Carey Price rather than getting the puck on him and seeing if they could create some greasy goals.

    The Lightning really, really need to have a good little homestand before the Olympics Break. They really risk putting themselves in a bad spot if they keep sleepwalking on their way to vacation.

    Mark Barberio had 1 shot and 1 hit in 16:25.

    J.T. Brown was -1 with 2 shots, 1 hit, and 1 blocked shot in 13:16. He was the one Lightning forward who looked ready to go from the word jump tonight playing in front of the hometown. Looked like he was shot out of a cannon at times.

    Nikita Kucherov was -1 with 1 shot in 13:12. He created some good looks for himself and his linemates, but nothing that made the scoresheet, unfortunately.

    Box score and extended statistics from

  • 10 weeks 2 days ago

    No. 11 Northeastern Huskies 6 @ Harvard Crimson 0 (Beanpot)

    F Brian Hart, HAR: 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM, 3 SOG
    Season totals: 21 GP, 2-7-9, -6, 16 PIM
    2012-2013 totals: 29 GP, 4-13-17, +1, 10 PIM

    Hart picked up a hitting-after-the-whistle penalty in the third period when the game was out of hand. Harvard will play their next Beanpot game next Monday.

  • 10 weeks 2 days ago

    Ontario Hockey League

    Sault Ste Marie Greyhounds 1 @ North Bay Battalion 2

    D Dylan Blujus, NB: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM
    Season totals: 37 GP, 3-16-19, +4, 42 PIM
    2012-13 totals: 68 GP, 2-27-29, -8, 57 PIM

    North Bay put forth a strong defensive effort, limiting the Soo to 22 shots and one en route to a 2-1 win. The Soo is one of the “big 4” in the OHL, with the third most points in the league and a playoff berth clinched. North Bay moved to within two points of Sudbury for second in the Eastern Conference.

  • 10 weeks 4 days ago

    Michigan State Spartans 0 @ No. 1 Minnesota Golden Gophers 1

    G Adam Wilcox, MIN: Win, 19 saves on 19 shots, shutout, *Second Star*
    Season totals: 25 GP, 18-2-5, 1.96 GAA, .931 sv%, 3 SO
    2012-2013 totals: 39 GP, 25-8-5, 1.88 GAA, .921 sv%, 3 SO

    Wilcox got his third shutout of the year and kept pace behind national leader Michael Garteig of Quinnipiac for the wins lead as Minnesota blanked visiting Michigan State, 1-0. Wilcox matched last year’s shutout total and got his save percentage back over .930. Wilcox hasn’t suffered a loss since Thanksgiving.

    *USCHO poll used

  • 10 weeks 4 days ago

    Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

    Halifax Mooseheads 3 @ Blainville-Boisbriand 4 (SO)

    C/W Jonathan Drouin, HAL: 1-1-2, -1, 0 PIM, 6 SOG, 1 Hit, 14/26 FO, *Second Star*
    Season totals: 31 GP, 21-50-71, +28, 34 PIM
    2011-2012 Season: 49 GP, 41-64-105, +48, 32 PIM

    Drouin was reportedly spectacular on Saturday night, scoring a goal and an assist, but Halifax lost in a shootout, 4-3. Drouin had his shootout attempt saved by first star Etienne Marcoux (undrafted). Drouin, who hit the 70-point mark for the season in the game, was second star.

    Ontario Hockey League

    London Knights 5 @ Barrie Colts 4

    D Jake Dotchin, BAR: 0-0-0, E, 9 PIM
    Season totals: 46 GP, 9-20-29, +22, 96 PIM
    2012-13 totals: 66 GP, 4-18-22, E, 81 PIM

    Dotchin (pictured) fought Chandler Yakimowicz (2014) and was charged with an instigator penalty. Yakimowicz, a rookie with one assist to his name, apparently had a questionable hit on Colt center Zach Hall, so Dotchin jumped in. Dotchin reportedly went down injured in the fight and Yakimowicz threw another punch. Per, Dotchin has four fights in his OHL career and he’s received an instigator on three of them.

    Kingston Frontenacs 2 @ Saginaw Spirit 4

    W Henri Ikonen, KGN: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM
    Season totals: 38 GP, 14-36-50, +13, 33 PIM
    2012-13 totals: 61 GP, 22-29-51, +2, 30 PIM

    Ikonen’s assist gave him 50 points for the season. He’s one off his career high, set in considerably more games last year.

    Guelph Storm 1 @ Windsor Spitfires 3

    D Slater Koekkoek, WSR: 0-1-1, +2, 0 PIM
    Season totals: 47 GP, 12-29-41, +40, 30 PIM
    2012-13 totals: 42 GP, 6-23-29, -24, 28 PIM

    Koekkoek reached the plus-40 mark in an upset win over Guelph on Saturday night. The Windsor captain finished plus-2 in the game and had the lone assist on the game-winning goal, scored with just over three minutes left in regulation. He was on the ice for Windsor’s empty-netter to seal the victory.

  • 10 weeks 4 days ago

    Syracuse starts February with a moral victory after facing some extreme adversity.

    SYR-2 (SO)

    ECHL loaner Allan York allowed 2 goals on 31 shots before allowing 2 of 3 Norfolk shooters to convert in the penalty shot session for the SO Loss. That's better goaltending, statistically, than Syracuse has been getting lately. With their preferred backup option experiencing plane trouble, the Crunch had 40-something year old John Parks backing up York for the price of 3 crisp $100 bills and one personalized, authentic, Crunch alternate jersey, which he got to keep. These extraordinary circumstances, of course, made it a remarkable moral victory that Syracuse got a point out of the game. And, luckily, with Ben Bishop feeling well enough for the Lightning, Kristers Gudlevskis has been returned to the Crunch moving forward.

    First Period
    SYR DiSalvatore, (4) (Tyrell, Angelidis), 10:20

    Second Period
    NOR Ezekiel, (1) , 9:57
    NOR Eminger, (1) (Ezekiel, Laganiere), 15:39

    Third Period
    SYR Tyrell, (5) , 2:05 (SH)


    NOR- Grant, Etem

    Dana Tyrell was the game's second star.

    If the playoffs started today, Norfolk would be the 4 seed in the Eastern Conference. So, again, with an ECHL loaner and "some dude" off the street as backup, that's not an unimpressive result for the Crunch. It shows what this team is capable of pulling off when focused. Let's hope that with the disastrous month of January behind them and Gudlevskis back in the fold, Syracuse can parlay that into a good month of hockey. They face Rochester next on Wednesday.

    Box score from

  • 10 weeks 4 days ago

    By Jeremy Houghtaling

    In the first five minutes of the third period, the Syracuse Crunch seized the momentum.

    With Cedric Paquette serving a five-minute major penalty for boarding, the Syracuse penalty killers turned tide on Norfolk and scored the game-tying goal with less than 18 minutes remaining in regulation.

    The Crunch searched for the go-ahead goal throughout the third period and overtime, but couldn't complete the comeback, falling to the Admirals in a shootout, 3-2, at the Onondaga County War Memorial Saturday afternoon.

    "I thought our penalty killers were outstanding tonight," said Syracuse coach Rob Zettler. "I thought those guys were gaming it out, played hard, blocked shots and got us a game-tying goal, which is huge."

  • 10 weeks 4 days ago

    Lightning pass a big gut check moment in Montreal.

    MTL-1 (OT)

    Ben Bishop allowed 1 goal on 29 shots for the victory. I don't know about you, but one of my takeaways from today's game is that I'm more fired up about Ben Bishop than ever before. He beat one of the best 2-3 goaltenders in the league across the rink in Price. He did it after getting kneed in the back of the head in the last game and, frankly, he probably wouldn't have played today if Lindback had been available because of it. He responded physically when Brandon Prust speared him during a TV timeout in the Second Period. And, he managed to tune out a hostile Montreal crowd that was all over him after the Prust incident. And, the Lightning really, really needed to have this win to stop the 2 game skid they were on at a key moment of this season. If anyone had any questions about Bishop's physical or mental toughness, this game went a lot toward answering those. It's just one regular season game, but it tells me that when/if the Lightning reach the postseason it's an environment where Ben Bishop may very well thrive.

    First Period

    Second Period
    5:58 TB Thompson (4), (Hedman, Brown)(SH)

    Third Period
    7:25 MTL Brière (9), (Gionta)

    4:36 TB Thompson (5), (Hedman, Killorn)

    Tyler Johnson and Nate Thompson were the game's first and second stars.

    The Lightning clearly understood the importance of this game and they came to the rink with renewed purpose. J.P. Cote and Radko Gudas helped set a physical tone early and the Lightning kept working hard for 60+ minutes to secure the 2 points and make sure a small losing streak didn't snowball into one of those disastrous 6 game losing streaks that can really wreck your season at this time of year. They dominated the game from a possession standpoint, they had more and better chances, and they stuck to the program even with Price playing extremely well for Montreal.

    The victory in the game gives the Lightning 6 points halfway through this 10-game segment of the season, which is exactly where they want to be. They widened their gap on Montreal to 5 points with the Canadiens being the first Wild Card team and they widened their gap on 9th place, for the moment, to 11 points. Losing this game would've made the situation much more bleak on all of the above fronts. Now the Lightning will look to close out this road trip strong against Minnesota and then I strongly expect Stamkos-palooza to happen Thursday at home against the Toronto Maple Leafs, which would hopefully give Steven 2 games to get re-acclimated before he heads off to the Olympics.

    Mark Barberio had 1 shot and 2 blocked shots in 15:50. He had a pretty good game. He was assertive offensively and no big mistakes defensively. I'd be happy with a lot more nights like the game he had today. He's now just 4 games from graduation from prospect status on the website.

    J.P. Cote had 5 penalty minutes and 1 hit in 6:24. Like I said, his hit on Gallagher on the opening shift of the game set the tone, and he kept it going with a decent effort in his fight against Prust. He didn't play a ton of minutes, but they were leadership minutes.

    J.T. Brown had a helper and was +1 with 2 shots and 3 hits in 13:41. He was the recipient of his helper after PK Subban tipped a centering feed from Nate Thompson into his own net, shorthanded. You make your own luck.

    Nikita Kucherov had 2 penalty minutes and 3 shots in 15:02. He played center between Killorn and Purcell with Valtteri Filppula out of the lineup injured. He looked fantastic in the role in the First Period, setting up a slew of dangerous chances, but his play seemed to tail off a bit as the game wore on and Habs seemed to watch Kucherov a little closer.

    Box score and extended statistics from

  • 10 weeks 5 days ago

    Princeton Tigers 2 @ Harvard Crimson 3

    F Brian Hart, HAR: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
    Season totals: 20 GP, 2-7-9, -5, 14 PIM
    2012-2013 totals: 29 GP, 4-13-17, +1, 10 PIM

    Predators pick Jimmy Vesey scored his 11th of the season for Harvard in the Crimson’s 3-2 win over Princeton.

    No. 3 Quinnipiac Bobcats 8 @ Dartmouth Big Green 1

    F Matthew Peca, QU: 1-2-3, +1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
    Season totals: 28 GP, 7-14-21, +4, 16 PIM
    2013-2014 totals: 39 GP, 15-15-30, +14, 36 PIM

    Matt Peca had three points as the Bobcats put a snowman on the Dartmouth scoreboard, 8-1. QU has climbed up to No. 3 in the nation in the USCHO poll.

    Michigan State Spartans 2 @ No. 1 Minnesota Golden Gophers 2

    G Adam Wilcox, MIN: Tie, 26 saves on 28 shots
    Season totals: 24 GP, 17-2-5, 2.04 GAA, .929 sv%, 2 SO
    2012-2013 totals: 39 GP, 25-8-5, 1.88 GAA, .921 sv%, 3 SO

    The Gophers got a third period goal from Justin Kloos (undrafted) and Adam Wilcox stopped 26 shots through three periods and overtime in a 2-2 tie with Sparty. MSU won the just-for-show shootout in six rounds, 2-1. Minnesota remains undefeated in Big 10(ish) play, 7-0-2.

    *USCHO poll used

  • 10 weeks 5 days ago

    Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

    Halifax Mooseheads 4 @ Shawinigan Cataractes 3

    C/W Jonathan Drouin, HAL: 2-1-3, +3, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, 0 Hits, 6/18 FO, *First Star*
    Season totals: 30 GP, 20-48-68, +29, 34 PIM
    2011-2012 Season: 49 GP, 41-64-105, +48, 32 PIM

    Drouin and his mates bounced back from a big loss to Quebec on Thursday night with a 4-3 road win on Friday night. The Lightning’s 2013 first round pick had two goals to give him 20 in 30 games. A goal and an assist tonight came shorthanded.

    Blainville-Boisbriand Armada 6 @ Quebec Remparts 4

    C/W Adam Erne, QUE: 0-2-2, -1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, 4 Hits
    Season totals: 40 GP, 19-37-56, -1, 57 PIM
    2012-2013 Season: 68 GP, 28-44-72, +11, 67 PIM

    One night after crushing rival Halifax, the Remparts were defeated at home, 6-4 by the Armada. Quebec had 13 shots through two periods, then 20 in the third.

    Ontario Hockey League

    North Bay Battalion 5 @ Oshawa Generals 1

    D Dylan Blujus, NB: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
    Season totals: 36 GP, 3-15-18, +3, 42 PIM
    2012-13 totals: 68 GP, 2-27-29, -8, 57 PIM

    North Bay scored four times in the third period to break open a 1-1 game.

    Barrie Colts 6 @ Kitchener Rangers 4

    D Jake Dotchin, BAR: 0-2-2, +3, 0 PIM
    Season totals: 45 GP, 9-20-29, +22, 87 PIM
    2012-13 totals: 66 GP, 4-18-22, E, 81 PIM

    Dotchin had a good night, notching two third period assists to give him a new career high for assists in a season.

    Kingston Frontenacs 3 @ Plymouth Whalers 2

    W Henri Ikonen, KGN: 0-1-1, +1, 2 PIM, *Third Star*
    Season totals: 37 GP, 14-35-49, +13, 33 PIM
    2012-13 totals: 61 GP, 22-29-51, +2, 30 PIM

    Kingston survived a fight-filled game to win, 3-2, in Michigan.

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