Game Night Results

  • 5 years 14 weeks ago

    Syracuse hangs on hard against one of the league's perennial powers.

    HER-3
    SYR-4

    Riku Helenius allowed 3 goals on 26 shots for the victory, in a successful return to North American hockey. This battle between Helenius and Dustin Tokarski for the top spot between the pipes in Syracuse is going to rage all season, and both guys are going to be better for it. It's an embarrassment of riches to boast two guys who won championships last season in the AHL and Finnish SM-liiga, respectively. Good. Problem. To. Have.

    First Period
    SYR Angelidis, (2) (Wyman), 11:23 (SH)

    Second Period
    SYR Johnson, (3) (Conacher, Palat), 5:36
    HER Mitchell, (1) , 7:26 (SH)
    HER Almeida, (1) (Taffe, DiSalvatore), 14:36
    SYR Conacher, (2) (Taormina), 18:44

    Third Period
    SYR Connolly, (1) (Barberio, Conacher), 5:02 (PP)
    HER DiSalvatore, (1) (Kundratek, Taffe), 13:04 (PP)

    Cory Conacher (pictured) and Tyler Johnson were the game's first and second stars. For my money, Conacher was the best player in the league the first half of last season and Johnson the best in the second half. Why wouldn't they lead the Crunch in the home opener this year? With a little offseason rest, Conacher looks every bit the pesky scorer that tore up the league to start last year.

    Brett Connolly scored the winner to notch his first point of the season. It's only a matter of time until J.T. Brown and Richard Panik follow suit.

    No offense to our friends in Hershey, but I have to confess to being a little stunned that this year's version of the Bears is the least stacked, on paper, I've seen in a while. Sure, there's some fine players like Orlov and Holtby, but without the likes of Bourque or Giroux, this year's team lacks the fear factor of many recent editions. It's going to be interesting to see how the division plays out over the course of the season.

    The Crunch travel to Albany next on Friday.

    Box score from TheAHL.com.

  • 5 years 14 weeks ago

    Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

    Val-d’Or Foreurs 7 @ Saint John Sea Dogs 1

    D Artem Sergeev, VDO: 0-1-1, +2, 0 PIM, 4 SOG, 1 Hit
    Season totals: 10 GP, 3-6-9, +6, 6 PIM

    Artem Sergeev extended his point streak to four games with an assist, and Val-d’Or put seven pucks in the net for the third time in their last four games, beating the defending league champion Sea Dogs, 7-1. Sergeev is plus-9 in his last four games. Anthony Mantha had a hat trick for the Foreurs.

    Ontario Hockey League

    Peterborough Petes 4 @ Owen Sound Attack 5 (SO)

    D Slater Koekkoek, PBO: 1-0-1, -2, 2 PIM (interference)
    Season totals: 9 GP, 2-4-6, -6, 12 PIM

    D Jake Dotchin, OS: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
    Season totals: 9 GP, 0-2-2, -1, 8 PIM

    Slater Koekkoek scored his second goal this week, but it wasn’t enough to get Peterborough a win in Owen Sound as the Attack won in a shootout, 5-4. Koekkoek (pictured, Eric DuBose photo) has four points (2-2) in his last three games. Meanwhile, Jake Dotchin hasn’t registered a point since opening night – a span of eight games.

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    Elitserien (Sweden)
    Vaxjo 1 vs. Brynas 2
    Johan Harju, Brynas, 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 2 SOG
    Season totals: 13 GP, 5-2-7, +6, 6 PIM

    Johan Harju took a minor for tripping in Brynas' 2-1 win over Vaxjo Lakers. Ex-Lightning goaltender Fredrik Norrena allowed 2 goals on 30 shots in defeat. Brynas gets AIK next on Wednesday.

    KHL (Russia)
    Chelyabinsk 4 vs. Mytischi 2
    Nikita Nesterov, Chelyabinsk, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
    Season totals (KHL): 10 GP, 0-0-0, E, 4 PIM
    Season totals (MHL): 1 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM

    Nikita Nesterov was scoreless in 9:53 of ice time in Chelyabinsk's 4-2 win over Mytischi. Mytischi got a helper from ex-NHLer Nikolai Zherdev in the defeat. Traktor faces Yaroslavl next on Monday.

    Ufa 3 vs. Bratislava 2 (SO)
    Jaroslav Janus, Bratislava, Shootout Loss, 32/34, 1.85 GAA, .941 sv%
    Season totals: 14 GP, 8-4-2, 2 SO, 2.18 GAA, .926 sv%

    Jaroslav Janus allowed 1 of 2 shooters to convert in Bratislava's 3-2 shootout loss to Ufa. NHLer Lubomir Vishnovsky scored a goal with 1:04 left in regulation to salvage a point for Slovan. They face Ak Bars Kazan next on Monday.

    VHL (Russia 2)
    Karaganda 2 vs. Tver 0
    Nikita Gusev, Tver, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
    Season totals (VHL): 8 GP, 2-5-7, -2, 2 PIM
    Season totals (MHL): 6 GP, 0-1-1, -2, 0 PIM

    Nikita Gusev was scoreless in 13:27 in Tver's 2-0 shutout loss at the hands of Karaganda. Tver gets Orsk next on Monday.

  • 5 years 14 weeks ago

    Orlando Solar Bears 4 @ Florida Everblades 5

    F Alex Hutchings, FLA: Did not play
    Season totals: 0 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM

    D Charles Landry, FLA: Did not play
    Season totals: 0 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM

    F Maxime Langelier-Parent, FLA: Did not play
    Season totals: 0 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
    (Syracuse Crunch contract)

    D Daniel Milan, FLA: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
    Season totals: 1 GP, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM

    G Pat Nagle, FLA: Did not play
    Season totals: 0 GP, 0-0-0, 0 SO, 0.00 GAA, 0 S / 0 SA (0.00 SV%)

    After a pre-game celebration of their 2012 Kelly Cup, the Blades started their season off by scraping past the newly resurrected Orlando Solar Bears franchise (affiliated with the Minnesota Wild) in overtime in front of an announced crowd of 6,847 at Germain Arena. Florida came out strong in the first period, scoring three, and headed into the third staked to a commanding 4-1 lead before surrendering it in a final frame where Florida was outshot 21 to 12. Carolina Hurricanes prospect G John Muse, who helped backstop the Everblades to last year's championship, made 43 saves on 47 Solar Bear shots for the game. Florida forward David Rutherford ended the game with his second tally of the night just 26 seconds into the extra session. Daniel Milan and Pat Nagle were the only Lightning prospects assigned to the Everblades who actually suited up but only Milan, who is looking to bounce back this season from an underwhelming 2011-2012 campaign, saw any action as Nagle served as the backup netminder. Alex Hutchings, Charles Landry and Maxime Langelier-Parent, who is signed to an AHL contract, were scratches. They were unavailable to play tonight due to travel but are expected in the lineup tomorrow night when Florida (1-0-0) plays host to Orlando (0-1-0) again.

    Official Recap | Box Score

    Alaska Aces 3 @ Colorado Eagles 3

    F Nate Thompson, AK: 0-0-0, E, 4 SOG
    Season totals: 1 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM

    The Lightning's Nate Thompson and fellow locked-out NHLers and native Alaskans Brandon Dubinsky (Columbus Blue Jackets) and Joey Crabb (Washington Capitals) and the rest of the Aces skated to a lopsided 6-3 victory over the Eagles on the strength of a 4-goal (3 on the power play, 1 short-handed) third period during which they managed a 3-to-1 shot advantage. Alaska (1-0-0) plays Colorado (0-1-0) again tomorrow night.

    Official Recap | Box Score

  • 5 years 14 weeks ago

    Colgate Raiders 0 @ No. 9 Miami RedHawks 3

    F Jimmy Mullin, MIA: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG

    Miami opened their season with a non-conference win over Colgate. Freshman Ryan McKay made 24 saves for the shoutout win. McKay (undrafted) was the goaltending partner of Lightning prospect Adam Wilcox for USHL Green Bay to start last season before Wilcox was moved to Tri-City.

    USA U-18 4 @ No. 4 North Dakota Fighting Sioux 6 (exhibition)

    F Brendan O’Donnell, UND: 0-0-0, E, 7 PIM (slashing, checking from behind major, game misconduct), 0 SOG

    UND got two goals from Panthers prospect Rocco Grimaldi, who like Brendan O’Donnell, missed considerable time last season due to injury.

    Michigan State Spartans 1 @ No. 2 Minnesota Golden Gophers 6

    G Adam Wilcox, MIN: Did not play

    Freshman Adam Wilcox watched as sophomore Michael Shibrowski got the start for the Gophers. The two are expected to split time during the first few weeks of the season. Nick Bjugstad (Panthers) had a goal and an assist to be named first star for the game.

    Michigan State Spartans 1 @ No.2 Minnesota Golden Gophers 7

    G Adam Wilcox, MIN: Win, 10 saves on 11 shots
    Season totals: 1-0-0, 1.00 GAA, .909 sv%, 0 SO

    Freshman Adam Wilcox made his first collegiate start and stopped 10 of 11 shots against the Spartans. Wilcox last played for Tri-City of the USHL. He is expected to share time in the Minnesota nets with Gophers junior Michael Shibrowski (undrafted) to start the year.

    St. Lawrence Saints 4 @ No. 10 Western Michigan Broncos 3 (OT)

    D Luke Witkowski, WMU: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG

    Witkowski and the Broncos opened their season at home against St. Lawrence, but were unable to pull out a win, falling in overtime, 4-3. WMU scored twice in the third period to force overtime, including a goal with 31 seconds left in regulation. Junior Jeremy Wick (undrafted) had the game winner for St. Lawrence. It was his fourth career goal.

    *USCHO poll used

  • 5 years 14 weeks ago

    Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

    Blainville-Boisbriand Armada 7 @ Sherbrooke Phoenix 0

    C Cedric Paquette, BLB: 1-1-2, +2, 0 PIM, 4 SOG, 1 Hit, *Second Star*
    Season totals: 10 GP, 5-6-11, +10, 16 PIM

    There was no let-down for the Armada after being top-ranked Quebec last game out, as they crushed Sherbrooke, 7-0. Paquette is now over a point per game pace on the season. His fifth goal of the young season was scored in the first period and gave the Armada a 3-0 lead. Blainville-Boisbriand (7-1-0-1) was ranked second in the latest CHL Top 10, one spot behind Quebec.

    Val-d’Or Foreurs 3 @ Moncton Wildcats 4

    D Artem Sergeev, VDO: 0-1-1, +3, 2 PIM (hooking), 0 SOG, 2 Hits
    Season totals: 9 GP, 3-5-8, +5, 6 PIM

    Artem Sergeev extended his point streak to three games with an assist, but Val-d’Or couldn’t overcome two two-goal deficits to defeat the Wildcat in Moncton. Allain Saulnier (undrafted) had two goals for Moncton. Sergeev is plus-6 in his last two games.

    Note: Nikita Kucherov (Quebec) remains out with a shoulder injury. He is expected back before the end of the month.

    Ontario Hockey League

    Belleville Bulls 2 @ Brampton Battalion 0

    D Dylan Blujus, BRAM: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM (roughing)
    Season totals: 9 GP, 0-3-3, -5, 12 PIM

    Brampton avoided Bruins first rounder Malcolm Subban, who got the night off for Belleville, but Subban’s backup, Charlie Graham (2013), stopped 30 shots to earn a shutout win. Brampton is last in the league in goals per game at 1.78 per contest.

    Erie Otters 3 @ Guelph Storm 6

    C/W Tanner Richard, GUE: 0-3-3, +1, 7 PIM (instigating, fighting, 10-min. misconduct, game misconduct)
    Season totals: 8 GP, 1-11-12, +3, 19 PIM

    Tanner Richard (pictured) had three assists for the second time in three games to lead the Storm to a home win over Erie. Richard was thrown out of the game for starting a fight in the last five minutes of regulation.

  • 5 years 14 weeks ago

    A Syracuse comeback takes away a point on opening night.

    SYR-5
    ROC-6 (SO)

    Dustin Tokarski allowed 5 goals on 24 shots and 1 of 5 shooters to convert for the shootout loss. That's an ugly stat line for a young man trying to stave off a Riku Helenius challenge for the starting job.

    First Period
    RCH Tropp, (1) (Hodgson), 0:24
    SYR Barberio, (1) (Namestnikov, Killorn), 5:28 (PP)
    RCH Tropp, (2) (Adam, Schiestel), 14:52
    RCH Foligno, (1) (Porter, Mancari), 16:12

    Second Period
    RCH Pysyk, (1) (Rankin, Varone), 3:22
    SYR Angelidis, (1) (Wyman), 19:14

    Third Period
    SYR Conacher, (1) (Palat), 1:42
    SYR Johnson, (1) (Conacher, Taormina), 8:01
    SYR Johnson, (2) (Conacher, Palat), 10:09 (PP)
    RCH Mancari, (1) (Brennan, Foligno), 12:42 (PP)

    Overtime
    NO SCORING

    Shootout
    SYR- None
    ROC- Mancari

    Cory Conacher (pictured) was the game's second star after posting 1 goal and 2 assists on opening night.Tyler Johnson had a pair of goals and Ondrej Palat also had a multi-point night with a pair of helpers. Youngster Vladislav Namestnikov also posted his first professional point on an assist on Mark Barberio's game opening goal.

    I'm stunned that Syracuse threw out a shootout lineup of Palat, Connolly, Panik, Johnson, and Conacher and got nothing. That's five stud prospects with a lot of skill and... nada. I wouldn't have bet on that.

    Syracuse outshot Rochester 34-25 in the game, and was very game to come out of a three goal hole to get a point out of the night. When Johnson pulled Syracuse ahead for the first time in the Third Period, you even had to think for a moment that maybe that killer instinct from Norfolk last season was still in effect. There was plenty of good, plenty of bad, and plenty of coachable moments for Jon Cooper to work on the team with after this one.

    On to Syracuse tomorrow and the home opener against perennial power Hershey.

    Box score from TheAHL.com.

  • 5 years 14 weeks ago

    MHL (Russia Jr.)
    Khanty-Mansiysk Jr. 4 vs. Ufa Jr. 5
    Andrei Vasilevski, Ufa Jr., Shootout Win, 27/31, 3.69 GAA, .871 sv%
    Season totals: 18 GP, 15-3-0, 1 SO, 1.92 GAA, .930 sv%

    Andrei Vasilevski turned away both shooters he faced in the penalty shot session to help stake Ufa Jr. to a 5-4 win over Khanty-Mansiysk Jr. Vasilevski remains unbeaten after regulation with 3 wins in the shootout. Despite the victory, though, Vasilevski's save percentage continues to erode from its stratospheric heights of the early season. One wonders if the 18 year old netminder, who has started all 18 of Ufa Jr.'s games, may have some fatigue setting in. Ufa Jr. plays Omsk Jr. next on Wednesday.

  • 5 years 14 weeks ago

    Ontario Hockey League

    Kingston Frontenacs 4 @ Peterborough Petes 3

    D Slater Koekkoek, PBO: 0-1-1, E, 2 PIM (high sticking)
    Season totals: 8 GP, 1-4-5, -4, 10 PIM

    The Petes fought back from a 2-goal deficit to force overtime, but gave up the extra point in a 4-3 loss to the Fronts. Koekkoek earned an assist to give him at least one point in consecutive games for the first time since November 8 and 11 last year when he had six points in two games. He injured his shoulder two weeks later and was out for the season. Spencer Watson (2014) had three assists for Kingston.

  • 5 years 14 weeks ago

    Elitserien (Sweden)
    Brynas 3 vs. Skelleftea 2
    Johan Harju, Brynas, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
    Season totals: 12 GP, 5-2-7, +6, 4 PIM

    Johan Harju was scoreless in Brynas' 3-2 win over Skelleftea. Sebastien Enterfeldt scored the game winner for Brynas with 34 seconds left in the Third Period to seal the victory. Brynas draws Vaxjo Lakers next on Saturday.

    KHL (Russia)
    Nizhnekamsk 4 vs. Bratislava 5 (SO)
    Jaroslav Janus, Bratislava, Win, 29/33, 3.74 GAA, .879 sv%
    Season totals: 13 GP, 8-4-1, 2 SO, 2.18 GAA, .926 sv%

    Jaroslav Janus turned away all three attempts he faced in the penalty shot session, including one by Oilers first rounder Nail Yakupov, to lead Bratislava to a 5-4 win over Nizhnekamsk. The young Russian did manage 1 goal and 1 assist in regulation though. The victory is Janus' third after regulation this season. Slava gets Ufa on Saturday.

    MHL (Russia Jr.)
    Khanty-Mansiysk Jr. 2 vs. Ufa Jr. 0
    Andrei Vasilevski, Ufa Jr., Loss, 16/18, 2.00 GAA, .889 sv%
    Season totals: 17 GP, 14-3-0, 1 SO, 1.81 GAA, .934 sv%

    Andrei Vasilevski suffered his third loss of the season as Khanty-Mansiysk Jr. shut out Ufa Jr. 2-0. The two teams rematch on Friday.

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