Game Night Results

  • 8 weeks 9 hours ago

    Lightning dispose of the corpse of the Blackhawks. Quickly.

    CHI-2
    TB-4

    Louis Domingue allowed 2 goals on 32 shots for the victory. He got the big goal support in the First Period and then stood up to the onslaught of score effects from there on out.

    First Period
    0:29 TB Johnson (8), (Kucherov, Cernak)
    7:15 TB Johnson (9), (Point, Kucherov)
    10:05 TB Point (15), (Kucherov, Cernak)
    11:10 CHI Anisimov (3), (Debrincat, Schmaltz)
    14:52 TB Callahan (3), (McDonagh)

    Second Period
    18:49 CHI Toews (11), (Keith)

    Third Period
    NO SCORING

    Nikita Kucherov, Tyler Johnson, and Brayden Point were the game's three stars.

    Chicago's awful. I don't think there's another team in the league that's as soft defensively as Chicago is. It felt like if the Lightning had stayed interested for 60 minutes they'd have been able to hit double-digits in goals. As it was, this game was over and done before the final horn for the First Period sounded.

    Mathieu Joseph was -1 with 1 hit and 1 blocked shot in 11:21.

    Anthony Cirelli was -1 1 shot and 1 hit in 13:23. He was also 43% on 7 draws.

    Adam Erne was +1 with 2 shots in 12:26.

    Erik Cernak had 2 helpers and was +3 with 2 shots, 5 hits, and 1 blocked shot in 16:45. There's not a darn thing wrong with that stat line.

    Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

  • 8 weeks 9 hours ago

    Veterans help extend Crunch unbeaten streak to nine games.

    BNG-3
    SYR-5

    Connor Ingram allowed 3 goals on 33 shots for the victory.

    First Period
    0:21 SYR Dumont (1), (Labrie, Verhaeghe)
    5:31 SYR Verhaeghe (7), (Conacher, Gaunce)(PP)
    11:33 SYR Conacher (9), (Gaunce, Verhaeghe)(PP)
    12:19 SYR Dumont (2), (Gaunce, Bournival)(SH)

    Second Period
    5:49 BNG White (3), (Pietila, Gignac)(PP)
    11:58 BNG Pietila (6), (Lappin)
    16:08 BNG Studenic (8), (Gignac, Sissons)

    Third Period
    19:10 SYR Barre-Boulet (6), (Gaunce, Conacher)

    Gabriel Dumont, Carter Verhaeghe, and Cameron Gaunce were the game's three stars.

    Dumont leading the way in his second game back after missing a month with injury. He got his first two goals of the campaign. It was also Michael Bournival's third game back from injury and he got his first point of the year on a helper.

    Box score from TheAHL.com.

  • 8 weeks 2 days ago

    Sarah McLachlan very upset with Stamkos for repeatedly abusing Cats tonight.

    FLA-3
    TB-7

    Louis Domingue allowed 3 goals on 43 shots for the victory. The first goal he allowed was of the Charmin soft variety, but he really started to settle down and get in a groove as the game progressed. He didn't face a ton of A-quality chances, but he did face a steady volume of shots that I thought he got more and more comfortable handling as the night wore on. Sweet, sweet goal support never hurts either.

    First Period
    0:59 TB Joseph (5), (unassisted)
    2:19 FLA Brouwer (5), (Haley, Sceviour)
    9:22 TB Kucherov (9), (Hedman, Miller)(PP)

    Second Period
    2:37 TB Gourde (9), (Stamkos, Miller)
    4:45 TB Erne (3), (Kucherov, McDonagh)
    18:25 FLA Barkov (7), (Huberdeau, Yandle)(PP)

    Third Period
    1:30 TB Stamkos (7), (Kucherov, McDonagh)
    3:21 TB McDonagh (2), (Stamkos, Miller)
    14:25 TB Girardi (1), (Hedman, Stamkos)
    16:25 FLA Hoffman (10), (Yandle, Huberdeau)(PP)

    Steven Stamkos, Nikita Kucherov, and Domingue were the game's three stars.

    Fair to say that was Stamkos' best game of the season, and it's not even close. On a night honoring Martin St. Louis' HOF induction, his former linemate Stamkos put on a show that reminded us all what a fine wine vintage Stamkos is. Jon Cooper broke up the Stamkos/Kucherov duo at even strength and both proceeded to have better than typical games with Stamkos exploding for four points in an absolute tour de force. That smell you smell is the rest of the NHL needing to change their undergarments after realizing that the Lightning were leading the East with a considerably subpar Stamkos and Kucherov. If they start playing to past standards and get some guys back off IR, they go from really good to great in a hurry.

    Mathieu Joseph had a goal and was +1 with 5 shots in 11:14. Could've easily had three or four goals in this game as the Panthers D looked like glorified turnstiles trying to deal with Joseph's speed around the corner.

    Anthony Cirelli was +1 with 2 shots and 1 hit in 14:02. He was also 67% on 12 draws.

    Adam Erne had a goal, 4 penalty minutes, 2 shots, and 2 hits in 11:51. Those penalties were, well, let's just say the refs were trying to give the Panthers trophies for trying tonight.

    Erik Cernak was +3 with 1 shot and 1 hit in 17:03.

    Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

  • 8 weeks 2 days ago

    Surging Crunch move into a tie for second in the North Division.

    SYR-4
    BNG-1

    Connor Ingram allowed just 1 goal on 30 shots for the victory, including some highlight reel variety stops in the mix.

    First Period
    3:33 BNG Pietila (5), (Gignac)(SH)

    Second Period
    9:41 SYR Verhaeghe (6), (Conacher, Barre-Boulet)(PP)
    10:38 SYR Katchouk (2), (Dumont)
    17:23 SYR Andreoff (8), (Conacher, Verhaeghe)(PP)

    Third Period
    19:06 SYR Conacher (8), (unassisted)(EN)

    Carter Verhaeghe and Boris Katchouk were the game's first and third stars.

    The Crunch are now unbeaten in their last eight games including seven wins in that span. Those 15 points have moved Syracuse from the out house in the North Division to just five points back of leading Rochester with two games in hand on the Americans.

    What I'm saying is, Ben Groulx is some kind of powerful warlock.

    Box score from TheAHL.com.

  • 8 weeks 4 days ago

    Ferocious comeback bid falls just short.

    TB-2
    NSH-3

    Louis Domingue allowed 3 goals on 34 shots for the loss. I thought he was a little deep in his net on the second Nashville goal off the rush, and when two really good teams meet, the margin can be that razor thin sometimes.

    First Period
    5:10 TB Hedman (4), (Point, Cernak)
    15:19 NSH Turris (5), (Jarnkrok, Ekholm)(PP)

    Second Period
    6:43 NSH Forsberg (13), (Ekholm, Johansen)
    10:16 NSH Johansen (4), (Smith, Josi)

    Third Period
    3:25 TB Kucherov (8), (Point, McDonagh)

    At the end of the night, the Lightning just didn't have enough possession for the first 40 minutes of this game to break down Rinne. Against a very good goaltender, you need a volume of shots and chances and the Lightning did not have that in the first two frames. It's even more important when you're having to ride your backup with Vasilevskiy out: a good offense really will be the best defense for the Lightning right now.

    Mathieu Joseph had 1 shot and 1 hit in 12:53.

    Slater Koekkoek was +1 with 1 blocked shot in 9:37. Blink and you'd miss him.

    Anthony Cirelli had 2 shots, 3 hits, and 1 blocked shot in 15:45. But, he was also 22% on 9 draws tonight.

    Adam Erne had 3 shots, 1 hit, and 1 blocked shot in 9:28. I get that he's not completely flawless with his decision making in the Lightning's half of the net, but his offensive game looks like it's really coming to a boil now. He gets second unit power play time, and that's nice, but I think he's even more effective at even strength and I wonder when he'll get a spot opportunity on a higher line. I think he's ready for it.

    Erik Cernak had his first NHL point on a helper, 1 hit, and 1 blocked shot in 10:22.

    Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

  • 8 weeks 5 days ago

    #1 Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs 0 @ #7 Denver Pioneers 2 (Friday)
    #1 Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs 4 @ #7 Denver Pioneers 3 OT (Saturday)

    F Cole Koepke, UMD: 2 GP, 1-0-1, +1, 2 PIM, 5 SOG
    Season Totals: 12 GP, 2-5-7, +8, 4 PIM

    F Cole Guttman, DEN: 2 GP, 1-0-1, -1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, 4/10 FO
    Season Totals: 10 GP, 6-4-10, +9, 6 PIM

    A week after dropping a pair of 4-3 heartbreakers to #2 St. Cloud State, Denver hosted #1 Minnesota-Duluth this weekend along with their 8-game winning streak in a powerhouse NCHC conference showdown, or better known in Lightning Land as the Battle of the Coles.

    On Friday night, the Pioneers shutout the nation’s best team behind a 38-save performance by Devin Cooley (undrafted). The Bulldogs held the Denver offense to a scant 14 shots, but the difference was a 2nd period power play marker by future Blackhawk blueliner Ian Mitchell (CHI, 2017 2nd round pick).

    On Saturday night, Bolt prospect Cole Koepke scored the OT game-winner to hand the Pioneers yet another 4-3 loss. The other Lightning Cole – Cole Guttman – opened the scoring just 3 minutes into the contest in what would be the start of a 3-0 Denver lead. After two frames, Cooley’s shutout of the top-ranked Bulldogs would climb to 62 saves and 5 periods of hockey in the two nights, but UMD would unleash 20 shots in the 3rd period, throwing everything at Denver to avoid the weekend sweep. The Bulldogs would score thrice in the 3rd behind one goal and one assist performances by Nick Swaney (MIN, 2017 7th round pick) and Scott Perunovich (STL, 2018 2nd round pick), including a Perunovich tally with 1 second left in the game to knot the score and force a heartbreaking extra session for the Pioneers. Theatrics indeed. Cooley would make 41-saves in the game, but skate off the ice splitting the weekend series with UMD after making a total of 79 saves in the two games. Such is the life in the NCHC.

    UMD improves to 9-2-1 (3-1 NCHC) and takes the holiday weekend off before conference rivals #11 North Dakota visits Amsoil Arena Nov 30 and Dec 1st for a weekend tilt against the #1 Bulldogs. For the now 7-2-2 (3-2-1 NCHC) Denver Pioneers, #9 Providence rolls into the Mile High City next weekend for a post-Thanksgiving non-conference series. Guttman continues to lead the nation in freshman scoring with 6 goals, sharing the lead with Providence freshman and Golden Knight prospect Jack Dugan and undrafted 19 year-old Quinnipiac freshman Wyatt Bongiovanni.

    Bemidji State Beavers 0 @ #2 St. Cloud State Huskies 2 (Friday)
    Bemidji State Beavers 4 @ #2 St. Cloud State Huskies 7 (Saturday)

    D Nick Perbix, STC: 2 GP, 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
    Season Totals: 12 GP, 1-4-5, +11, 6 PIM

    On Friday night, Huskies netminder Jeff Smith (undrafted) backstopped a 32-save shutout of the visiting Beavers to give St. Cloud State its 10th win of the season. On Saturday night, however, these same two teams combined for 11 goals in a high scoring affair that resulted in 7-4 decision in favor of the Huskies. The St. Cloud offense was paced by two-goal performances from Jimmy Schuldt (undrafted) and Kevin Fitzgerald (undrafted), and a three-point night from Patrick Newell (undrafted). The Huskies improve to 11-1 (4-0 NCHC) on the season and take the holiday weekend off before traveling to Oxford for a weekend series starting Nov 30th against #20 Miami (Ohio).

    #14 Quinnipiac Bobcats 4 @ #17 Cornell Big Red 2 (Friday)
    #15 Princeton Tigers 1 @ #17 Cornell Big Red 5 (Saturday)

    D Alex Green, COR: did not play
    Season Totals: 3 GP, 0-1-1, -4, 0 PIM

    The Big Red continue to battle the injury bug, with two of their top 4 defensemen on the sidelines, including Bolt prospect Alex Green missing his fifth straight game this weekend. On Friday, Morgan Barron (NYR, 2017 6th round pick) and Yanni Kaldis (undrafted) gave Cornell a 2-1 lead in the 2nd, but the Bobcats scored three times in the 3rd to rally to the win the match. After tying the game early in the 3rd, Quinnipiac took the lead on score off the back of the Cornell goalie and then sealed the win with an empty netter. William Fallstrom (undrafted) led the way for the Bobcats with three assists, and Kaldis led the Big Red with a goal and an assist. On Saturday night, Cornell got goals from five players in a key Ivy League win over Princeton. Cornell’s record on the season now stands at 5-3 (3-1 ECAC) and the Big Red heads to Madison Square Garden next weekend for an Ivy League matchup against rival Harvard.

    St. Lawrence Saints 4 @ #19 Minnesota Gophers 3 OT (Friday)
    St. Lawrence Saints 0 @ #19 Minnesota Gophers 3 (Saturday)

    D Ryan Zuhlsdorf , MINN: 1 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
    Season Totals: 8 GP, 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM
    ’17-‘18 Totals: 38 GP, 0-9-9, +1, 40 PIM

    F Sammy Walker, MINN: 2 GP, 1-2-3, +5, 4 PIM, 4 SOG, 3/10 FO
    Season Totals: 9 GP, 2-4-6, +6, 6 PIM

    Bolt prospect Sammy Walker doubled up his season production this weekend against the visiting Saints, scoring a goals and tallying a pair of assists in the two games. On Friday, Walker set up future Predator Rem Pitlick (NAS, 2016 3rd round pick) for a 1st period goal that would knot the game at 1-1. Brent Gates (ANA, 2015 3rd round pick) and Pitlick would lead a 3rd period Gopher rally from a two-goal deficit to force overtime before Michael Ederer (undrafted) would score the OT game-winner in St. Lawrence’s upset of the struggling Minnesota squad.

    On Saturday night, Walker would feature in two of the Gophers three goals in a Minnesota shutout of the Saints to split the weekend series. The Lightning prospect would set up Nathan Burke’s second goal of the game in the 2nd and then score his second goal of the season in the 3rd. Fellow Bolt prospect Ryan Zuhlsdorf didn’t dress for the Saturday night tilt against the Saints.

    The Gophers are now a disappointing 3-5-1 (1-1 Big Ten) on the season, and risk dropping out of the USCHO Top 20 when the new rankings come out early this week. The unranked Michigan State Spartans visit 3M Arena next weekend for a post-Thanksgiving Big 10 conference match up with the Golden Gophers.

    UMass-Lowell River Hawks 5 @ UConn Huskies 2 (Friday)
    UConn Huskies 0 @ UMass-Lowell River Hawks 3 (Saturday)

    F Ryan Lohin, UML: 2 GP, 1-1-2, +1, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
    Season Totals: 8 GP, 5-3-8, E, 2 PIM
    ’17-‘18 Totals: 36 GP, 9-16-25, -2, 26 PIM

    Lightning prospect Ryan Lohin continued his point streak this weekend, now at four games, as he notched a goal and an assist in a pair of wins in a HEAST conference tilt against UConn. On Friday, Lohin capped off four straight goals by the River Hawks after the Huskies opened scoring, scoring in the 2nd to give UML a 4-1 lead. On Saturday, Lohin set up a Kenny Hausinger (undrafted) marker to open the scoring just 1:46 into the game, en route to a 28-save shutout by Tyler Wall (NYR, 2016 6th round pick) for the series sweep. UML improves to 6-5-1 (3-3-1 HEAST) on the season and looks to tangle with RPI this weekend in a non-conference series.

    New Hampshire Wildcats 2 @ Boston College Eagles 2 (Friday)
    New Hampshire Wildcats 2 @ #4 UMass Minutemen 4 (Sunday)

    G Ty Taylor, UNH: did not play
    Season Totals: 3 GP, 0-2-0, 3.67 GAA, 0.864 SV%

    Bolt prospect Ty Taylor sat backup both Friday night and Sunday to Wildcats netminder Mike Robinson (SJS, 2015 3rd round pick). UNH battled Boston College to a 2-2 road as the Eagles climbed out of a 2-0 deficit with a pair of 3rd period goals. On Sunday, the Wildcats faced the #4 ranked Minutemen and gave up three power play goals to UMass to fall behind 3-0 before battling back in the 2nd to draw within a goal. The Minutemen were led by Jacob Pritchard (undrafted) and John Leonard (SJS, 2018 6th round pick) who each had a goal and a pair of assists. The Wildcats drop to 1-6-3 (1-3-2 HEAST) on the season and heads back home next weekend for a non-conference series against #20 Miami (Ohio).

    *USCHO poll used for rankings

  • 8 weeks 6 days ago

    Surging Syracuse moves to fourth in the North Division.

    LAV-4
    SYR-6

    Connor Ingram allowed 4 goals on 28 shots for the victory.

    First Period
    6:30 LAV Chaput (6), (Evans, Kulak)(PP)
    11:28 SYR Raddysh (7), (Barre-Boulet, Verhaeghe)(PP)
    16:43 LAV Chaput (7), (Evans, Plant)

    Second Period
    7:16 LAV Sproul (1), (Audette)(PP)
    13:36 SYR Verhaeghe (5), (Andreoff, Conacher)(PP)
    17:24 SYR Barre-Boulet (5), (Andreoff, Gaunce)

    Third Period
    8:02 SYR Gaunce (4), (Conacher, Barre-Boulet)(PP)
    16:19 SYR Foote (1), (Valleau, Volkov)(PP)
    17:22 SYR Volkov (6), (unassisted)(EN)
    19:17 LAV Pezzetta (1), (Sproul, Belzile)

    Cameron Gaunce, Alex Barre-Boulet, and Carter Verhaeghe were the game's three stars.

    Box score from TheAHL.com.

  • 8 weeks 6 days ago

    Lightning test the limits of the three goal/Third Period rule and still prevail.

    TB-6
    PHI-5 (OT)

    Louis Domingue allowed 5 goals on 45 shots for the victory.

    First Period
    NO SCORING

    Second Period
    6:02 TB Erne (2), (Gourde, Domingue)(PP)
    12:10 TB Paquette (3), (Erne, Coburn)
    14:33 PHI VanRiemsdyk (1), (Gostisbehere, Giroux)(PP)
    17:05 TB Point (13), (Callahan, Erne)

    Third Period
    8:57 TB Johnson (7), (Kucherov)(PP)
    9:08 TB Point (14), (Stamkos, Kucherov)(PP)
    10:24 PHI Konecny (4), (Gostisbehere, VanRiemsdyk)(PP)
    11:29 PHI Couturier (8), (unassisted)(PP)
    15:58 PHO Konecny(5), (Giroux, Couturier)
    16:28 PHI Simmonds (8), (Hagg, VanRiemsdyk)

    Overtime
    1:47 TB Cirelli (4), (Killorn, Hedman)

    Anthony Cirelli and Brayden Point were the game's first and third stars.

    When a team builds a three goal lead in the Third Period, that should put the nail of the coffins of their opponents 99% of the time. For the Lightning to hold a four goal lead halfway through the Third Period seems like it should have been an iron-clad lock for two points. But, a ridiculous four goal flurry by the Flyers (it looked like 80's hockey suddenly threw up on this game in the Third Period) really tested that theory. Fortunately, even though Philly ridiculously got the false hope and real hope goals, Anthony Cirelli still crushed their hopes and dreams in OT to restore balance to the universe.

    Ignoring the clownish way the Lightning let the Flyers back into the game, the team's power play at least continues to march Death Star like through this road trip.

    Tampa Bay completes its second 10 game segment of the season with 29 points, meaning they have five insurance points banked heading into segment three. Twelve in ten, now do it again.

    Mathieu Joseph had 1 shot and 1 hit in 11:04.

    Cirelli had the GWG and was +1 with 2 shots, 3 hits, and 3 blocked shots in 15:27. He was also 46% on 13 draws. His individual effort coming out of the corner on the winner was pure Cirelli.

    Adam Erne exploded for a goal and two assists, a +2 rating, 1 shot, and 1 hit in 11:03. Erne finally gets some payoff for some excellent play of late. Quick release finish on his goal and then a fantastic setup to Paquette on his first helper.

    Erik Cernak was -1 with 6 penalty minutes, 2 shots, 4 hits, and 2 blocked shots in 17:16.

    Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

  • 8 weeks 6 days ago

    Ingram shines as Crunch blank rival Comets.

    SYR-4
    UTI-0

    Connor Ingram stopped all 34 shots he faced for the victory. Ingram helped Syracuse overcome a 34-22 shot deficit and also turned away a penalty shot in the effort.

    First Period
    14:55 SYR Conacher (7), (Brassart)
    18:09 SYR Barre-Boulet (4), (Andreoff, Conacher)(PP)

    Second Period
    4:15 SYR Brassart (1), (Raddysh, Masin)

    Third Period
    17:09 SYR Volkov (5), (Conacher)(EN)

    Ingram, Cory Conacher, and Brady Brassart were the game's three stars.

    Box score from TheAHL.com.

  • 9 weeks 1 day ago

    Lightning power play annihilates Penguins.

    TB-4
    PIT-3

    Louis Domingue allowed 3 goals on 31 shots for the victory. Never looked entirely comfortable in his first start as the #1 with Vasiy out with the fractured foot, but he battled and got the W. Hopefully he settles down for this next stretch.

    First Period
    10:33 PIT Hornqvist (6), (Kessel, Letang)(PP)
    13:49 PIT Kessel (9), (Malkin, Hornqvist)(PP)
    19:57 TB Point (10), (Johnson, Kucherov)(PP)

    Second Period
    0:41 TB Point (11), (Stamkos, Kucherov)(PP)
    1:28 TB Point (12), (Miller, Kucherov)(PP)
    4:29 PIT Hornqvist (7), (Malkin)
    7:56 TB Gourde (8), (Sergachev, Killorn)

    Third Period
    NO SCORING

    Brayden Point and Nikita Kucherov were the game's first and second stars.

    This game had the makings of a blood bath until the Penguins surrendered a 5-on-3 late in the First Period that Brayden Point cashed to instigate the start of four straight successful power play efforts for the team and a hat trick for Brayden. And once the Lightning got a little momentum, they played with a lot of confidence against a very talented Penguins team.

    With the win, the Lightning have grabbed 12 points in this second 10-game segment of the season, so it's another successful stretch with one game remaining in the segment to try to add some more insurance points to the ledger.

    Mathieu Joseph had 2 penalty minutes and 2 hits in 12:38. He got boarded pretty hard in the game and looked a little shaky thereafter.

    Anthony Cirelli had 2 shots, 3 hits, and 1 blocked shot in 16:21. He was also 73% on 11 draws.

    Adam Erne had 2 shots and 4 hits in 11:07. This was one of Erne's better games in the NHL, in my opinion. Played hard with a lot of swagger and creativity.

    Erik Cernak was -1 with 6 hits and 3 blocked shots in 15:38. Got hung out to dry by Domingue moving the puck behind the net on the minus. Otherwise, a very robust game positionally and physically for Cernak.

    Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

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