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  • 18 weeks 1 day ago

    Indy Fuel 6 at Kalamazoo Wings 5

    F Brian Hart, KAL, 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIMS, 0 SOG
    Season Totals (ECHL): 24 GP, 2-3-5, -3, 4 PIMs, 42 SOG
    Season Totals (AHL): 33 GP, 3-4-7, E, 26 PIMs, 50 SOG

    F Cameron Darcy, KAL, 1-2-3, E, 0 PIMS, 5 SOG, *Third Star*
    Season Totals (ECHL): 11 GP, 3-11-14, +7, 6 PIMs, 30 SOG
    Season Totals (AHL): 34 GP, 3-4-7, -3, 14 PIMs, 40 SOG

    Other Notables
    G Nic Riopel, KAL, L, 58:25 MINS, 28/34
    Season Totals: 28 GP, 16-10-0-1, 2.88 GAA, 0.903 SV%, 1 SO

    St. Patrick's Day at the Wings Event Center means one thing - green ice. It also means the team with the second fewest goals scored in the league and the second worst record in the league coming in and putting six up on the scoreboard. Nic Riopel and the K-Wings surrendered a second intermission lead, allowing 2 goals on just 7 third period shots for just his second loss in 14 starts. Lightning prospect Cam Darcy had a goal and two assists despite the loss, earning Third Star honors. Next up for Kalamazoo is a rematch with the Fuel in Indianapolis Saturday night.

  • 18 weeks 1 day ago

    Crunch comeback dissolves into defeat.

    SYR-3
    UTI-4

    Mike McKenna allowed 4 goals on 23 shots for the loss. Thus far with Syracuse he is 1-3-1 with a 4.23 GAA and a .868 save percentage. His acquisition has not led to the expected results thus far, needless to say.

    First Period
    13:22 UTI Rendulic (12), (Pelletier, Robak)

    Second Period
    14:42 UTI Pelletier (9), (Carcone, Rendulic)
    17:44 SYR Ikonen (3), (Comrie, McGinn)(PP)

    Third Period
    4:05 UTI Archibald (20), (McEneny, Kunyk)(PP)
    6:31 SYR Halmo (16), (Ikonen, Koekkoek)
    7:01 SYR McGinn (7), (Condra)
    8:15 UTI Zalewski (4), (Subban, Bancks)

    Tye McGinn was the game's second star. Since returning from injury on 3/3, McGinn has 6-2-8 in 8 games. And there ain't nothing wrong with those stats.

    Tonight's game was a frustrating one. Syracuse outshot Utica 38-23 and battled their way back from a pair of 2 goal deficits to get things level in the Third Period only to eventually lose the contest in regulation. The consistency from the net out needs to get dramatically better by the playoffs.

    Box score from TheAHL.com.

  • 18 weeks 2 days ago

    It didn't happen...

    TOR-5
    TB-0

    Rather than write a full game report, I'm going to do something I haven't done in a while tonight. It's probably been a couple of years, but I'm going to skip the detailed post mortem of what happened tonight to offer you a different perspective.

    It didn't happen.

    The fact of the matter is the Lightning were completing a marathon leg of 4 games in 6 nights, and while the effort level was good, they just couldn't get a single bounce to go their way all game long. It's not overly surprising under the circumstances, and it happens. Do we all wish it hadn't happened under this particular circumstance in the standings and against this particular club? Sure. But what's done can't be undone, and there's too much heavy lifting left to do for the club to really dwell on a seemingly impossible night at the office. Better to bury it now and just move on like it didn't happen when the sun rises tomorrow morning, especially for young netminder Andrei Vasilevskiy who still has a lot more big moments to face down before now and the finish line of the regular season.

  • 18 weeks 2 days ago

    MHL Western Conference Quarterfinals
    (6)Cherepovets Jr. 3 vs. (3)Yaroslavl Jr. 2 (OT)
    Cherepovets Jr. Wins the Series 3-1
    Oleg Sosunov, Yaroslavl Jr., 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 1 SOG
    Playoff totals: 1 GP, 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM
    Regular season totals: 32 GP, 0-0-0, +1, 79 PIM

    Oleg Sosunov drew in for his first game of the MHL playoffs and took a matching minor for roughing in Loko Jr.'s 3-2 OT loss to Cherepovets Jr. The defeat seals Loko Jr.'s first round upset defeat.

  • 18 weeks 2 days ago

    KHL Western Conference Semifinals
    (2)St. Petersburg 2 vs. (3)Dynamo Moscow 0
    St. Petersburg Wins the Series 4-1
    Nikita Gusev, St. Petersburg, 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
    Playoff totals: 9 GP, 4-6-10, +2, 2 PIM
    Regular season totals: 57 GP, 24-47-71, +33, 8 PIM

    Nikita Gusev had the opening goal for SKA in their 2-0 Game Five blanking of Dynamo Moscow to send them to the WHL Western Conference Final. Gusev played 13:23 in the match. Ex-Isles pick Mikko Koskinen stopped all 20 shots he faced for the shutout victory. SKA will face the winner of the CSKA vs. Yaroslavl series in the next round. The 4th seeded Lokomotiv currently lead CSKA in that series 3-2.

  • 18 weeks 3 days ago

    Crunch make Phantoms vanish in OT.

    SYR-5
    LV-4 (OT)

    Mike McKenna allowed 4 goals on 48 shots for the victory. Suffice it to say McKenna hasn't cloaked himself in glory thus far in Syracuse, but he bathed in the deep waters of sweet, sweet goal support tonight.

    First Period
    7:40 SYR Koekkoek (2), (Lynch, Vermin)

    Second Period
    4:09 SYR Kurtz (2), (Thomas, Blujus)
    6:54 LV Fazleev (6), (Aube-Kubel)
    12:15 LV Martel (17), (McDonald, Zengerle)(PP)
    13:15 LV Miele (8), (Conner, Brennan)(PP)

    Third Period
    8:16 SYR Lynch (3), (McNamee, Racine)
    17:56 LV Martel (18), (Alt, Miele)
    18:56 SYR Taormina (14), (Lynch)(PP)

    Overtime
    3:51 SYR McGinn (6), (Taormina, Peca)

    Kevin Lynch and Mike McKenna were the game's first and third stars. McKenna was an interesting selection after getting bailed out by a Crunch extra attacker goal that took him off the hook for a late game softie.

    Oh hey, look there, it's our old pals Slater Koekkoek and Dylan Blujus on the scoresheet. Where you been? Don't be a stranger.

    At the moment, Syracuse holds a 3 point lead atop the North Division with 1 game in hand on Albany.

    Box score from TheAHL.com.

  • 18 weeks 3 days ago

    Kalamazoo Wings 4 at Quad City Mallards 3 OT

    F Brian Hart, KAL, 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIMS, 4 SOG
    Season Totals (ECHL): 23 GP, 2-3-5, -1, 4 PIMs, 42 SOG
    Season Totals (AHL): 33 GP, 3-4-7, E, 26 PIMs, 50 SOG

    F Cameron Darcy, KAL, 0-1-1, E, 2 PIMS, 4 SOG
    Season Totals (ECHL): 10 GP, 2-9-11, +7, 6 PIMs, 25 SOG
    Season Totals (AHL): 34 GP, 3-4-7, -3, 14 PIMs, 40 SOG

    Other Notables
    G Nic Riopel, KAL, W, 60:20 MINS, 27/39
    Season Totals: 27 GP, 16-9-0-1, 2.71 GAA, 0.906 SV%, 1 SO

    F Stefan Fournier, KAL, 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIMS, 4 SOG
    Season Totals (ECHL): 1 GP, 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIMs, 4 SOG
    Season Totals (AHL): 30 GP, 2-2-4, -1, 97 PIMs, 26 SOG

    Kyle Bushee scored just 20 seconds into OT to give the surging K-Wings a gritty 4-3 OT road win against the Quad City Mallards. The nail-biter seesaw affair sported three lead changes with Kalamazoo coming back twice from 1 goal deficits, and ultimately clinch the all important divisional extra point. In his first game with the K-Wings since being reassigned from Syracuse of the AHL, Bolt Prospect overager Stefan Fournier scored on a feed from fellow prospect Brian Hart in the 2nd period to give Kalamazoo its first lead 2-1. Later in the 3rd, Bolt Prospect Cam Darcy would set up Peter Schneider for a PP marker to knot the game at 3-3. Nic Riopel continued his torrid win streak, stopping 27 of 30 Mallard shots to secure the victory. Shout-out to Cam Darcy who has 11 points in his first 10 games with the K-Wings along with a +7 rating. Next up for Kalamazoo is a home-and-home series Friday and Saturday nights against the Central Division bottom dwelling Indy Fuel.

  • 18 weeks 3 days ago

    MHL Western Conference Quarterfinals
    (6)Cherepovets Jr. 0 vs. (3)Yaroslavl Jr. 6
    Cherepovets Jr. Leads the Series 2-1
    Oleg Sosunov, Yaroslavl Jr., DNP
    Playoff totals: 0 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
    Regular season totals: 32 GP, 0-0-0, +1, 79 PIM

    Undrafted 18 year old netminder Ilya Konovalov had a 21 save shutout to keep Loko Jr.'s playoff hopes alive in their 6-0 Game Three win over Cherepovets Jr.

  • 18 weeks 4 days ago

    The stuff that dreams are made of.

    TB-2
    OTT-1 (OT)

    Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed just 1 goal on 32 shots for the victory. It's overshadowed by the heroics at the other end by Condon, but what Vasilevskiy did again tonight was make every situational save asked of him to get the Lightning their chance at the winner's circle.

    First Period
    3:05 TB Point (12), (Dotchin, Coburn)

    Second Period
    2:35 OTT Wingels (7), (unassisted)

    Third Period
    NO SCORING

    Overtime
    4:05 TB Hedman (14), (Palat)

    Victor Hedman was the game's second star.

    Facing near impossible odds in their quest for a playoff spot, the Lightning look like a locked in team that is already playing postseason hockey. Tonight's challenges: 1.) Get road points in a back to back after a tough game against the Rangers last night, 2.) Again play short of centermen with Vlad Namestnikov back on the shelf, 3.) Solve a netminder in Mike Condon who decided to lose his mind tonight with ten bell save after ten bell save. Amazingly, the team never showed the effects of #1 or #2 and eventually they got the one they needed to solve #3. Now, after all the heavy lifting is done, they find themselves tied for the 8th spot in the East after being left for dead a month ago. The dream lives for the Lightning, with a lot of heavy lifting still left to do.

    Luke Witkowski was -1 with 3 hits and 1 blocked shot in 7:51.

    Greg McKegg had 2 shots, 1 hit, and 1 blocked shot in 11:04. He was also 45% on 11 draws.

    Jake Dotchin had a helper and was +1 with 2 shots and 2 hits in 19:13.

    Gabriel Dumont had 1 shot, 2 hits, and 3 blocked shots in 11:22.

    Yanni Gourde had 4 shots in 20:20. He's playing so well on this recall and he hasn't shown signs of hitting a wall yet.

    Adam Erne had 3 shots and 7 hits in 8:30.

    Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

  • 18 weeks 4 days ago

    KHL Western Conference Semifinals
    (3)Dynamo Moscow 1 vs. (2)St. Petersburg 4
    St. Petersburg Leads the Series 3-1
    Nikita Gusev, St. Petersburg, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
    Playoff totals: 8 GP, 3-6-9, +1, 2 PIM
    Regular season totals: 57 GP, 24-47-71, +33, 8 PIM

    Nikita Gusev was scoreless in 13:18 in SKA's 4-1 Game Four win over Dynamo Moscow. Forward Sergei Shirokov led the way for SKA with 1 goal and 3 points in the win.

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