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The Bolt Prospects Podcast, Episode 79

This week’s “Vladimir Vujtek Edition” of the Bolt Prospects Podcast includes the following topics:

· The No. 79
· Lightning’s identity crisis
· Words I never thought I’d say
· What’s next?
· Six Bolt prospects camping with Team Canada
· Brad Richards: Best Lightning prospect season ever
· #BPMailbag (Forward prospects … Dougie Hamilton talk … What can TB spend for a D? … Coop on hot seat? … Vladdy regressing? … Fancy stats … Can Yzerman sign himself? … Day jobs … D-depth worries … Irritating announcers … DeAngelo DeRegrets? … Possible return pieces for Bishop)

MHL Game Day: 12-5-16

KHK MVD Jr. 5 vs. Yaroslavl Jr. 2
Oleg Sosunov, Yaroslavl Jr., 0-0-0, +1, 2 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 21 GP, 0-0-0, -2, 50 PIM

Oleg Sosunov took a minor penalty in the Second Period of Loko Jr.'s 5-2 loss to KHK MVD Jr.

KHL Game Day: 12-5-16

Vladivostok 1 vs. St. Petersburg 4
Nikita Gusev, St. Petersburg, 1-0-1, +2, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 36GP, 16-30-46, +29, 6 PIM

Nikita Gusev had an unassisted goal early in the Third Period of SKA's 4-1 win over Vladivostok. He played 12:36 in the match. Linemate Evgeny Dadonov had 2 helpers in the win for SKA.

CHL Game Night: 12-4-16

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Saint John Sea Dogs 6 @ Gatineau Olympiques 3

W Bokondji Imama, SJ: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 6 SOG, 1 Hit
Season Totals: 26 GP, 15-6-21, +3, 27 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 48 GP, 7-12-19, -5, 86 PIM

W Mathieu Joseph, SJ: 0-1-1, +2, 2 PIM, 4 SOG, 0 Hits
Season Totals: 26 GP, 23-18-41, +22, 27 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 58 GP, 33-40-73, +35, 57 PIM

Joseph extended his point streak to 16 games with an assist and Sens prospect Thomas Chabot had a goal as Saint John defeated the Olympiques, 6-3.

Ontario Hockey League

Niagara IceDogs 3 @ Sarnia Sting 4 (SO)

W/C Christopher Paquette, NIA: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, 4/11 FO
Season Totals: 25 GP, 10-8-18, -5, 12 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 57 GP, 5-11-16, -6, 18 PIM

The IceDogs fought back from a 3-1 deficit to force overtime and a shootout, but fell in the circus, 2-0.

Erie Otters 6 @ Owen Sound Attack 1

W Taylor Raddysh, Erie: 0-2-2, +1, 2 PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals: 27 GP, 23-35-58, +35, 17 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 67 GP, 24-49-73, +19, 18 PIM

Raddysh had two assists and his linemates Dylan Strome (1+3) and Alex DeBrincat (2+1) combined with him for nine points as Erie swept the Attack in Owen Sound for the weekend.

Windsor Spitfires 3 @ Saginaw Spirit 2 (OT)

W Mitchell Stephens, SAG: Did not play
Season Totals: 22 GP, 11-15-26, +13, 14 PIM
2015-2016 Totals: 39 GP, 20-18-38, -3, 14 PIM

Stephens was a late scratch for Saginaw, prompting speculation that a trade might be in the works. Stephens, who is already signed with Tampa Bay, is in his last year of junior hockey and while Saginaw has done well lately, conventional thought is the Spirit can cash in on a Stephens trade to set themselves up for the future. Though he played in Saginaw’s last game, it was an injury that kept him out Sunday.

Western Hockey League

Brandon Wheat Kings 0 @ Kamloops Blazers 4

G Connor Ingram, KAM: Win, 29 saves on 29 shots, shutout, *Third Star*
Season Totals: 24 GP, 14-9-1-0, 2.12 GAA, .935 sv%, 2 SO
2015-2016 Season: 61 GP, 34-15-5-4, 2.61 GAA, .922 sv%, 4 SO

Ingram won his third game in a row, this time by shutout, beating Brandon, 4-0. His 2.12 GAA is second in the WHL to Carter Hart (Flyers) at 1.65, and his save percentage, win total, and shutout totals are just behind Hart (.937, 15, 4). Hart and Ingram will battle through Canada’s World Juniors camp to be the team’s No. 1 goalie.

AHL Game Night: 12-4-16 Crunch at Bears

Goaltending betrays Syracuse.

SYR-2
HER-4

Kristers Gudlevskis allowed 3 goals on 12 shots for the loss, and there were questionable goals in those 3.

First Period
15:02 HER Mitchell (2), (unassisted)

Second Period
NO SCORING

Third Period
0:23 HER Sanford (1), (Walker, Djoos)
3:38 SYR Conacher (4), (Taormina, Richard)(PP)
5:08 SYR Gourde (5), (Peca, Gudlevskis)(PP)
18:31 HER Ness (3), (Boyd, Lewington)
19:37 HER Sill (3), (Malone)(EN)

It's a hard pill to swallow losing when you outshoot an opponent 37-13. Goaltending remains the limiting factor that has to be questioned when you look at how far this Syracuse team can go. They have most everything else.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

NHL Game Day: 12-4-16 Lightning at Hurricanes

Lightning grind out a road point before a much needed rest.

TB-0
CAR-1

Ben Bishop allowed 1 goal on 30 shots for the OT loss. It wasn't a great goal to allow, but he made several fantastic stops in regulation just to make OT possible.

First Period
NO SCORING

Second Period
NO SCORING

Third Period
NO SCORING

Overtime
1:26 CAR DiGiuseppe (1), (Stalberg)

Bishop was the game's third star.

The Lightning emptied the tank tonight knowing they have a rare 3 day break coming up before their next game on Thursday night. This is a tired, banged up team that is in the middle of a November/December schedule that is relentless in its pacing. 3 of 4 points on this weekend set may mean the Lightning can't finish with 12 points in this 10 game segment of the year, but they're still alive to stay on playoff pace in the final 3 games of the segment if they can harness the rest they're getting this week to gather themselves and string together some more wins.

Brayden Point had 2 penalty minutes, 4 shots, and 1 hit in 15:52.

Luke Witkowski had 3 hits and 1 blocked shot in 10:55.

Slater Koekkoek had 3 hits and 1 blocked shot in 14:59.

Joel Vermin had 2 shots, 1 hit, and 1 blocked shot in 10:46.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

CHL Game Night: 12-3-16

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Halifax Mooseheads 4 @ Baie-Comeau Drakkar 5 (SO)

W Otto Somppi, HAL: 0-1-1, -2, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 16/28 FO, 1 Hit
Season Totals: 24 GP, 6-13-19, -4, 16 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 59 GP, 13-33-46, -15, 25 PIM

Somppi had an assist as Halifax blew a 4-1 third period lead, but got the extra point in the shootout. Benoit Groulx’s son had two goals and the shootout winner for Halifax.

Ontario Hockey League

Niagara IceDogs 1 @ Saginaw Spirit 5

W/C Christopher Paquette, NIA: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season Totals: 24 GP, 10-8-18, -5, 12 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 57 GP, 5-11-16, -6, 18 PIM

W Mitchell Stephens, SAG: 1-2-3, +2, 0 PIM, 4 SOG, 8/11 FO
Season Totals: 22 GP, 11-15-26, +13, 14 PIM
2015-2016 Totals: 39 GP, 20-18-38, -3, 14 PIM

Stephens scored the eventual game-winning goal midway through the first period as Saginaw beat visiting Niagara, 5-1.

Erie Otters 3 @ Owen Sound Attack 2

W Taylor Raddysh, Erie: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals: 26 GP, 23-33-56, +34, 15 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 67 GP, 24-49-73, +19, 18 PIM

Raddysh had his second scoreless game of the season out of 26. Hopefully they keep him on the team.

Guelph Storm 3 @ Peterborough Petes 5

D Matt Spencer, PBO: 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season Totals: 18 GP, 3-7-10, +5, 12 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 60 GP, 5-19-24, -4, 46 PIM

W Jonne Tammela, PBO: Did not play
Season Totals: 2 GP, 1-0-1, +1, 2 PIM
2015-2016 (Finland): 37 GP, 5-8-13, +10, 16 PIM

Matt Spencer had a goal to help Peterborough win their third game in three nights, 5-3 over Guelph, who had beaten London the night before. The Petes were down 2-0 after the first period Saturday.

Western Hockey League

Vancouver Giants 2 @ Kamloops Blazers 5

G Connor Ingram, KAM: Win, 15 saves on 17 shots
Season Totals: 23 GP, 13-9-1-0, 2.22 GAA, .932 sv%, 1 SO
2015-2016 Season: 61 GP, 34-15-5-4, 2.61 GAA, .922 sv%, 4 SO

One game after facing 55 shots, Ingram only saw 17 as Kamloops beat the visiting Giants, 5-2.

Calgary Hitmen 5 @ Moose Jaw Warriors 7

C Brett Howden, MJ: 1-1-2, +1, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 15 GP, 12-11-23, +1, 8 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 68 GP, 24-40-64, -7, 61 PIM

Sharks pick Noah Gregor had two goals and three assists for Moose Jaw in their home win over Calgary.

NCAA Game Night: 12-3-16

No. 4 UMass-Lowell River Hawks 2 @ Connecticut Huskies 2 (OT)

C Ryan Lohin, UML: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season Totals: 15 GP, 3-7-10, +3, 4 PIM

UConn beat UML, 3-2, on Friday at the home of the River Hawks, but the two teams played to a draw Saturday. UConn tied Saturday’s game with 1:03 left.

Providence Friars 2 @ No. 6 Boston University Terriers 2

D John MacLeod, BU: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season Totals: 12 GP, 0-4-4, +3, 14 PIM
2015-2016 Totals: 26 GP, 1-1-2, -4, 26 PIM

BU scored twice in the third period to salvage a tie against the Friars.

Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks 7 @ Wisconsin Badgers 4

D Kristian Oldham, UNO: Win, 40 saves on 44 shots
Season Totals: 6 GP, 3-2-1, 2.97 GAA, .901 sv%, 0 SO

Omaha overcame a 4-3 deficit in the third period to win, 7-4. Oldham got the start after watching Friday’s game from the stands. He raised his save percentage over 90%.

No. 10 Ohio State Buckeyes 8 @ No. 11 Minnesota Golden Gophers 3

D Ryan Zuhlsdorf, UMN: 0-0-0, -1, 4 PIM, 0 SOG
Season Totals: 13 GP, 2-1-3, +4, 12 PIM

Zuhlsdorf had back-to-back roughing and charging penalties. Minnesota beat OSU on Friday.

*USCHO poll used for rankings

Wilcox Earns First Pro Shutout, Crunch Beat Americans


By Jeremy Houghtaling

Adam Wilcox gave credit to the players in front of him.

The second-year Crunch goalie registered 25 saves against the Americans for his first professional shutout, as Syracuse beat Rochester, 4-0, at the Onondaga County War Memorial Saturday.

“Give credit to the guys. They battled the whole game,” Wilcox said. “The first two periods it was an easy game. … When there’s three or four minutes left, you got guys like Tanner (Richard) and (Mike) Halmo taking slap shots to the ankles. That shows what type of team we are.
“There’s a bunch of guys selling out for me, and I told them I appreciated it and it means a lot to me.”

NHL Game Night: 12-3-16 Capitals at Lightning

Lightning snap losing streak with unexpected gem against a longtime tormentor.

WSH-1
TB-2 (SO)

Ben Bishop allowed just 1 goal on 35 shots before stopping 3 of 4 in the penalty shot session for the SO win. Bishop was, apparently, pretty sore about not getting the start in hometown St. Louis and was out to make a point tonight. He played well and made key saves at key junctures, before making the big stops in the Shootout to secure the second point. That's one area I can say Bishop's looked better in this season: he's sewed up that five hole and looks a lot more competent in the penalty shot skills competition.

First Period
NO SCORING

Second Period
12:38 TB Kucherov (13), (Hedman, Drouin)(PP)

Third Period
6:24 Backstrom (7), (Carlson, Johansson)(PP)

Overtime
NO SCORING

Shootout
WSH- Kuznetsov
TB- Point, Boyle

Nikita Kucherov and Bishop were the game's first and third stars.

There were signs of life for the Lightning in the second half of their loss on the road in St. Louis, but coming into tonight against a Washington team that they historically struggle against (in the regular season) there wasn't a lot to hang your hat on with the way the team has been playing lately. I didn't get by Blujus recall, as he hurt his groin earlier this week in Syracuse, but the Lightning did scratch the struggling Nikita Nesterov and commit to giving more minutes to Koekkoek and Witkowski. That was a prerequisite for having any chance from the word jump, and I'm glad Cooper went ahead and made that lineup adjustment. What transpired from there was, by in large, the most focused and impressive three zone effort I think I've seen from the Lightning this season. Through about 35 minutes, they played about as clean and crisp a game as possible. They moved the puck out of their zone crisply and cleanly and contested every inch of the ice against a very quality opponent. Gone were the turnovers and odd man rushes that have marred so much of the team's games over the last two weeks. In their place was a singular resolve to win a hockey game that showed up in every single man up and down that bench. They got a little sloppier on the breakouts after Kucherov's power play goal, and didn't stay out of the box as much as they needed to in the Third Period, where Backstrom tied the game. But, in the end, they deserved the two points and they finally got them with the heroics of Point, Boyle, and Bishop in the Shootout.

Brayden Point had 1 hit in 17:13. It doesn't show up in the scoresheet, but I thought he had an incredibly poised effort tonight with the puck for the Lightning. Just made some really good decisions that allowed the Lightning to either continue possession or stay away from trouble. He's been doing it a lot this season, but tonight he did it against one of the higher quality opponents you'll see.

Luke Witkowski had 3 shots, 2 hits, and 2 blocked shots in 11:10. He played well tonight. He doesn't bring you the "upside" that Nesterov has, but there's something to be said of a lower pair defenseman who plays a simple game and doesn't make stupid decisions that get you in trouble. Nolan Pratt has his name on the Stanley Cup and all the love in the world from Lightning fans for just that reason.

Slater Koekkoek had 1 shot and 2 hits in 15:04. Just keep feeding him minutes. He can take it athletically. He just needs the experience. Give. It. To. Him. The Lightning will not regret it if they do.

Joel Vermin had 1 shot and 3 hits in 15:43. He played another dynamite game as evidenced by Cooper putting Vermin out for the Overtime session. He looks like a player who, if he keeps it up, has the potential to stick.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

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