Game Night Results

  • 16 weeks 5 days ago

    Burn the tape.


    Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 2 goals on 37 shots for the victory. The players in front of him did a bang up job of wasting an amazing effort that held them in the game and gave them a chance to steal at least a point tonight.

    First Period
    1:22 TB Namestnikov (10), (Kucherov, Hedman)(PP)
    18:38 WSH Ovechkin (15), (Wilson, Backstrom)

    Second Period
    14:36 WSH Smith-Pelly (3), (Beagle, Orlov)

    Third Period
    17:52 WSH Beagle (3), (Niskanen)(EN)

    Vasilevskiy was the game's second star.

    That was 40 minutes of getting outpossessed and outplayed by Washington followed by 20 minutes of frustration as they came close to paying off Vasiy's heroics, but just couldn't find the equalizer. There's plenty of blame to go around tonight, but honestly I'll say this might've been Victor Hedman's worst game in years. His Norris Trophy campaign committee will want to hunt down all copies of tonight's tilt and have them burned.

    Slater Koekkoek had 1 hit in 6:52. Blink and you'd miss him.

    Yanni Gourde had 2 penalty minutes and 1 shot in 17:20.

    Mikhail Sergachev had 1 shot and 1 hit in 13:41.

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  • 17 weeks 14 hours ago

    Ontario Hockey League

    Sudbury Wolves 3 @ Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 4

    W Boris Katchouk, SSM: 2-0-2, +1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, 0/1 FO, *First Star*
    Season Totals: 23 GP, 20-14-34, +21, 8 PIM
    ’16-’17 Season: 66 GP, 35-29-64, +18, 46 PIM

    Katchouk scored twice, earning First Star honors, as the Greyhounds thrice evened the score before Rangers 2016 5th round pick Tim Gettinger notched the game-winner for Sault Ste. Marie late in the 3rd.

    Western Hockey League

    Kelowna Rockets 2 @ Spokane Chiefs 6

    D Cal Foote, KEL: 0-0-0, -4, 2 PIM, 1 SOG
    Season Totals: 23 GP, 5-16-21, +6, 20 PIM
    ‘15-‘16 Totals: 71 GP, 6-51-57, +39, 41 PIM

    The Chiefs broke open a 2-2 game late in the 2nd, and scored four straight goals to win the game running away. Flames 2017 5th round pick Zach Fischer paced Spokane with a goal and two points.

    Saskatoon Blades 4 @ Swift Current Broncos 5 (SO)

    D Libor Hajek, SAS: 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM, 2 SOG
    Season Totals: 23 GP, 6-12-18, -13, 22 PIM
    ’16-‘17 Totals: 65 GP: 4-22-26, -17, 81 PIM

    The Blades allowed a 4-1 lead to evaporate in the 3rd period as undrafted overager Glenn Gawdin sparked the Bronco’s comeback with two goals. Aleksi Heponiemi and Logan Barlage scored shootout goals for Swift Current to complete the rally.

    United States Hockey League

    Waterloo Black Haws 3 @ Dubuque Fighting Saints 2 (SO)

    C Cole Guttman, DBQ: 0-0-0, E, 15 PIM, 1 SOG
    Season Totals: 13 GP, 4-5-9, -1, 21 PIM
    ’16-‘17 Totals: 53 GP, 27-27-54, +21, 18 PIM
    Committed to: University of Denver

    Guttman fought UMass-Amherst commit Bobby Trivigno and both were subsequently given game misconducts.

    Madison Capitols 2 @ Omaha Lancers 4

    D Nick Perbix , OMA: 0-1-1, +3, 0 PIM, 6 SOG
    Season Totals: 14 GP, 0-5-5, +4, 6 PIM
    ’16-‘17 Totals (HS): 25 GP, 10-30-40, 6 PIM
    Committed to: St. Cloud State University

    Perbix assisted on the Lancers’ 2nd goal as Omaha doubled the Capitols at Ralston Arena.

  • 17 weeks 18 hours ago

    By Jeremy Houghtaling

    Dennis Yan saw the opportunity and took advantage,

    The Crunch rookie gathered the puck behind his own net, rushed up the right side of the ice, charged past the last defender and beat Americans goalie Linus Ullmark blocker side to lift Syracuse to a 6-5 overtime win over Rochester in a back-and-forth battle at the Onondaga County War Memorial Wednesday.

    “I didn’t plan to go all the way to the net, but once I took the puck I saw a huge space and I put the jets on,” Yan said. “I had space there and tried to get to the net as fast as I could.”

  • 17 weeks 19 hours ago

    Lightning defies odds/adversity for impressive comeback win.

    TB-3 (OT)

    Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 2 goals on 31 shots for the win. It was a rough start for Andrei allowing a semi-soft goal to Kane where he was off his angle and deep in his net. When the good ones give up a couple early, though, they tend to dig their heels in and shut the door the rest of the way. That happened tonight as Vasilevskiy made about 4-5 unbelievable stops to give the Lightning the chance to eventually pull out the win.

    First Period
    3:49 CHI Kane (7), (Anisimov, Rutta)
    15:54 CHI Kane (8), (Franson, Keith)(PP)

    Second Period
    4:27 TB Palat (6), (Callahan, Hedman)(SH)

    Third Period
    0:31 TB Kunitz (3), (Coburn, Callahan)

    3:25 TB Point (9), (Stamkos, Namestnikov)(PP)

    Brayden Point and Ryan Callahan were the game's first and third stars.

    That's not exactly how you'd draw up a win against a NHL power like Chicago, but it's impressive nonetheless. The Lightning looked a little disjointed in the First Period while dealing with Dotchin being out of the lineup, Paquette being back in the lineup, and a Chicago team that's well coached and has a lot of speed. Adding to their peril was a semi-soft goal allowed by Vasilevskiy and a failed 5-on-3 bid that put them on the downside of Espo's Rule. Things looked bleak after 20 minutes, but they fought hard the rest of the way to eventually equalize and win it in Overtime.

    One of the biggest elements of that comeback was the surprising play of the fourth line of Kunitz/Paquette/Callahan. Playing with a regular, natural centerman seemed to free the whole line up to just buzz around and grind, with Paquette throwing a tone-setting hit on Toews that seemed to propel that line's who game from there on out. Callahan, in particular, turned in one of those performances that reminds you of what he was at the prime of his career.

    I think the most impressive thing about tonight was it was a different way of winning. The Lightning were forced to manufacture a couple of goals to get level rather than simply winning a track meet. These kind of victories can help build a valuable foundation for when the calendar gets into late March and April and games get tighter and more meaningful.

    One downside from tonight that I'll mention after watching it for the past three or so games: Kucherov's got to stop trying to make the cute play and simplify his approach. He's making one more move and one more pass than he needs to. When he's in a scoring area, he needs to just rip it. And, when a play's not there, put it in spots in the corners and trust your bloodhounds Namestnikov and Stamkos will get in there, sniff out those loose pucks, and keep the attack alive in the offensive zone.

    Tampa Bay starts off their third 10-game segment of the season with 2 big points. They need 10 in their next 9 to clinch a successful segment.

    Yanni Gourde was -1 with 2 penalty minutes, 1 blocked shot, and he was 40% on 5 draws.

    Mikhail Sergachev had 2 shots, 1 hit, and 2 blocked shots in 17:54. He was impressive tonight against a high caliber foe. Yes, there were a couple of plays that were a little riskier than I may have liked from a rookie blueliner, but he made them stick.

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  • 17 weeks 19 hours ago

    Syracuse finally gets a break through.

    SYR-6 (OT)

    Louis Domingue allowed 5 goals on 35 shots, but got a drink from the cool, refreshing fountain of goal support.

    First Period
    1:18 SYR Volkov (3), (Peca, McNeill)
    14:34 RCH Redmond (2), (Baptiste, Blackwell)
    17:00 RCH Porter (5), (Moses, Rodrigues)(PP)

    Second Period
    7:39 SYR Peca (1), (unassisted)(SH)
    11:10 RCH Malone (1), (unassisted)
    14:43 SYR McBain (2), (Conacher, Walcott)
    18:16 SYR Masin (3), (Peca, Bournival)(SH)
    19:50 RCH Baptiste (4), (Percy, Fasching)(PP)

    Third Period
    10:14 SYR Bodie (1), (Lynch)
    13:11 RCH Allen (1), (Blackwell, Smith)

    1:48 SYR Yan (3), (Masin, Cirelli)

    Dennis Yan and Matthew Peca were the game's first and second stars. Yan's quietly got points in 4 of his last 5 outings and has had decent production for his rookie campaign.

    This team has been so painfully close so many times this season that you just have to hope getting an emotional OT win is the elixir that slingshots them back into the playoff hunt.

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  • 17 weeks 1 day ago

    Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

    Moncton Wildcats 5 @ Halifax Mooseheads 6

    C/W Otto Somppi, HAL: 1-0-1, -1, 0 PIM, 4 SOG, 10/17 FO
    Season Totals: 16 GP, 7-14-21, +19, 12 PIM
    ’16-’17 Totals: 60 GP, 17-24-41, -7, 28 PIM

    Somppi scored the opening goal, a power play marker just 2:38 into the contest, and the Mooseheads would squeeze out the 6-5 win. But not before the Darren Rumble coached Wildcats fought them tooth and nail every minute of the game. Halifax was paced by Islanders 2016 6th round pick Arnaud Durandeau and Blue Jackets signee Maxime Fortier.

    Western Hockey League

    Saskatoon Blades 6 @ Moose Jaw Warriors 7 (OT)

    D Libor Hajek, SAS: 0-2-2, +2, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
    Season Totals: 22 GP, 6-13-19, -12, 20 PIM
    ’16-‘17 Totals: 65 GP: 4-22-26, -17, 81 PIM

    C Brett Howden, MJ: 0-1-1, -2, 0 PIM, 4 SOG, *Third Star*
    Season Totals: 16 GP, 10-14-24, +7, 18 PIM
    ’16-‘17 Totals: 58 GP, 38-43-81, +14, 73 PIM

    D Oleg Sosunov, MJ: 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
    Season Totals: 24 GP, 6-5-11, +20, 32 PIM
    ’16-‘17 Totals (MHL-Russia): 32 GP, 0-0-0, +1, 79 PIM

    Brett Howden finally returned to the lineup after being injured in the WHL vs. Russia series, and everyone in Mosaic Place was so happy, they awarded him the game’s Third Star. Howden assisted on a 1st period power play goal that was part of a 4-0 run by the Warriors that extended to 5-2 lead by the second intermission. After Moose Jaw went up 6-2 three minutes into the 3rd, the game looked like a full on stinker. Then the Blades went on their own 4-0 tear, sending it to OT before Brayden Burke scored the OT game winner for the Warriors. Hajek notched a couple of assists for Saskatoon in the loss, and Jason Halbgewachs scored twice to pace Moose Jaw.

  • 17 weeks 3 days ago

    Crunch drop another close heartbreaker.


    Louis Domingue allowed 2 goals on 28 shots for the loss. Another hard luck loss in a quality start for the freshly acquired Syracuse starter.

    First Period
    4:56 TOR Holl (1), (Marincin, Bracco)(SH)
    10:02 SYR Lynch (3), (Conacher)(SH)
    Second Period

    Third Period
    7:45 TOR Aaltonen (2), (Johnsson, Kapanen)
    18:44 TOR Smith (9), (Greening)(EN)

    Another, effectively, one goal loss for the Crunch as their close-but-no-cigar frustrations continue to mount on the campaign.

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  • 17 weeks 3 days ago

    Ontario Hockey League

    Barrie Colts 5 @ Oshawa Generals 3

    W Alexey Lipanov, BAR: Did Not Play
    Season Totals: 19 GP, 7-10-17, +6, 2 PIM
    ‘16-‘17 Totals (VHL-Russia): 21 GP, 3-5-8, +5, 8 PIM

    The Generals scored three 2nd period goals to knot the game at 3-3, but the Colts iced the game with two goals in the 3rd. Lipanov missed his second straight game, but overage Lucas Chiodo (undrafted) lead Barrie with a goal and three points.

    Peterborough Petes 1 @ Kitchener Rangers 4

    W/C Christopher Paquette, PBO: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 7 SOG, 1/2 FO
    Season Totals: 19 GP, 8-2-10, -12, 4 PIM
    ’16-‘17 Totals (NIA/PBO): 66 GP, 19-29-48, +1, 28 PIM

    Once again the Petes scored first, but the OHL Midwest leading Rangers mustered three unanswered and added the empty netter. Kitchener was paced by Slovakian Adam Liska (undrafted) and overage St. Louis native Jake Henderson (undrafted). Peterborough's winless streaks sits at three.

    Erie Otters 1 @ Saginaw Spirit 3

    W Taylor Raddysh, ER: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
    Season Totals: 22 GP, 10-21-31, +13, 16 PIM
    ‘16-‘17 Totals: 58 GP, 42-67-109, +67, 37 PIM

    The Spirit scored two 2nd period goals and then Devils 2016 4th round pick Evan Cormier shut the door, stopping 33 Erie shots.

  • 17 weeks 4 days ago

    Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

    Cape Breton Screaming Eagles 5 @ Halifax Mooseheads 6 (SO)

    C/W Otto Somppi, HAL: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG, 20/29 FO
    Season Totals: 15 GP, 6-14-20, +20, 12 PIM
    ’16-’17 Totals: 60 GP, 17-24-41, -7, 28 PIM

    You won’t see it on the stat line, but Somppi scores the shootout game winner as the fifth Mooseheads shooter, securing the Halifax victory by virtue of a skills contest. The Mooseheads were paced by highly ranked blueline prospect Jared McIsaac’s two-goal, three-point performance. McIsaac is currently ranked in the Top 15 by a number of scouting agencies ahead of next summer's 2018 NHL Entry draft.

    Ontario Hockey League

    Kitchener Rangers 3 @ Barrie Colts 1

    W Alexey Lipanov, BAR: Did Not Play
    Season Totals: 19 GP, 7-10-17, +6, 2 PIM
    ‘16-‘17 Totals (VHL-Russia): 21 GP, 3-5-8, +5, 8 PIM

    The Colts scored first, but allowed a shortie and power play goal in the 3rd. Lipanov surprisingly didn’t dress for Barrie.

    Erie Otters 5 @ Flint Firebirds 2

    W Taylor Raddysh, ER: 1-1-2, +2, 2 PIM, 5 SOG, 1/2 FO
    Season Totals: 21 GP, 10-21-31, +13, 16 PIM
    ‘16-‘17 Totals: 58 GP, 42-67-109, +67, 37 PIM

    Taylor Raddysh potted the empty netter and rang up a power play assist to help the Otters earn a road victory in Flint.

    Western Hockey League

    Kelowna Rockets 1 @ Vancouver Giants 6

    D Cal Foote, KEL: 0-0-0, -2, 2 PIM, 1 SOG
    Season Totals: 22 GP, 5-16-21, +10, 18 PIM
    ‘15-‘16 Totals: 71 GP, 6-51-57, +39, 41 PIM

    Cal Foote and the Rockets gave up four 1st period goals and it was downhill from there for the Giants. Oilers 2016 2nd round pick and Giants captain Tyler Benson led the charge for Vancouver with two goals and an assist.

    Saskatoon Blades 3 @ Moose Jaw Warriors 6

    D Libor Hajek, SAS: 1-2-3, -1, 2 PIM, 1 SOG
    Season Totals: 21 GP, 6-12-18, -13, 20 PIM
    ’16-‘17 Totals: 65 GP: 4-22-26, -17, 81 PIM

    C Brett Howden, MJ: Did Not Play, Injured
    Season Totals: 15 GP, 10-13-23, +9, 18 PIM
    ’16-‘17 Totals: 58 GP, 38-43-81, +14, 73 PIM

    D Oleg Sosunov, MJ: 0-1-1, +3, 2 PIM, 2 SOG
    Season Totals: 23 GP, 6-5-11, +22, 32 PIM
    ’16-‘17 Totals (MHL-Russia): 32 GP, 0-0-0, +1, 79 PIM

    The Blades held leads of 2-1 and 3-2 early, behind a goal and two power play assists from Hajek. But then Tanner Jeannot’s hat trick happened and the Warriors didn’t look back. Remember early in the season when Sosunov was shaking heads with all the goal scoring? Well, he’s just sneezing out power play assists these days. Still no Howden sighting in Mosaic Place as he remains out of the Warriors lineup with an injury.

    United States Hockey League

    Madison Capitols 2 @ Dubuque Fighting Saints 3

    C Cole Guttman, DBQ: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
    Season Totals: 12 GP, 4-5-9, -1, 6 PIM
    ’16-‘17 Totals: 53 GP, 27-27-54, +21, 18 PIM
    Committed to: University of Denver

    The Capitols knotted the game twice, but a 3rd period marker by Arizona State commit Josh Maniscalco (undrafted) sealed the win for the Fighting Saints. Guttman was credited with a helper on Dubuque’s opening goal.

    Fargo Force 5 @ Sioux City Musketeers 1

    RW Sammy Walker, SC: Did Not Play
    Season Totals (SC): 4 GP, 0-0-0, -3, 4 PIM
    Season Totals (HS): 20 GP, 16-25-41, 14 PIM
    ’16-‘17 Totals (HS): 25 GP, 22-24-46, 6 PIM
    Committed to: University of Minnesota

    It’s the second straight game Walker didn’t dress, and the score looks like the Musketeers might could have used him in the lineup. Uncommitted and undrafted Fargo goalie Strauss Mann out of the Connecticut prep school system stopped 33 Sioux City shots.

  • 17 weeks 4 days ago

    Lightning rally gives false hope after flat start.


    Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 4 goals on 31 shots for the rare loss. I think he might want the second goal back, which appeared to go through him, but in fairness to him the defense was pretty rancid tonight.

    First Period
    0:51 NYI Ladd (4), (Tavares, Ho-Sang)
    10:25 NYI Lee (10), (Tavares, Bailey)

    Second Period
    7:09 NYI Nelson (6), (Chimera, Pelech)

    Third Period
    1:05 NYI Lee (11), (Bailey, Barzal)(PP)
    3:13 TB Gourde (5), (Point, Koekkoek)
    3:26 TB Palat (5), (Point, Vasilevskiy)
    16:24 TB Gourde (6), (Palat, Girardi)
    19:38 NYI Tavares (14), (Cizikas, Bailey)(EN)

    Yanni Gourde was the game's second star.

    The Lightning were flat and looked unprepared for the game and the Islanders jumped on them and got the goal on the opening shift. The Lightning responded by opening up too much to try to get goals and ended up surrendering too many odd man rushes and found themselves behind the eight ball. They eventually got down 3 goals after 40 minutes, and as I've said many a time, it feels like 99 times out of 100 that's a death sentence for the team trailing in pro hockey. You may get within one, but you eventually lose and it happened again tonight.

    The Lightning finish the second 10-game segment of the season 8 points ahead of playoff pace. Good news is, ending on a loss, I don't think anyone's got to warn the Lightning to get complacent. Segment three starts tomorrow with a record of 0-0-0. Twelve in ten: do it again.

    Slater Koekkoek had a helper and was +2 with 1 hit in 9:01.

    Gourde had a pair of goals and was +1 with 4 shots and 1 blocked shot in 17:23.

    Jake Dotchin was -3 with 2 shots in 12:18. Not going to sugar coat it: he stunk tonight. Getting beat like a dog out of the corner by Nelson on the third goal ultimately was the kill shot goal for the Islanders. He didn't cloak himself in glory with his play in this one.

    Mikhail Sergachev was -1 with 3 shots, 1 hit, and 1 blocked shot in 18:37. Had a lot of scoring chances in this game and was dynamic offensively.

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