Syracuse Crunch coach Rob Zettler will look at the tape, but he already knows what it will show.
The Crunch allowed three first period goals and struggled to get sustained pressure, as they fell to the Americans, 4-1, at the Blue Cross Arena in Rochester Friday.
"All of our chances came from getting it deep and then going from there," Zettler said. "We have some good size and we have some guys that can grind it out down low, but we weren't committed to doing that."
Lightning star defensive prospect Slater Koekkoek will undergo shoulder surgery and miss the remainder of his junior team's season, the Windsor Spitfires announced today.
Tampa Bay General Manager Steve Yzerman confirmed the diagnosis and told Tampa media that he'd know more about the situation on Monday.
Koekkoek, who has had two surgeries on his left shoulder, dislocated his right shoulder Thursday night in a fight against Saginaw's Jeremiah Addison. The captain of the Spitfires was defending a teammate and jumped in front of his alternate captain to take on Addison. The two wrestled to the ice rather innocently, though Koekkoek appeared to twist as he went down.
"After consulting with team doctor Roy Diklich, Tampa Bay Lightning General Manager Steve Yzerman, and their team doctors, all parties have agreed that the best course of action right now is for him to have surgery," Windsor GM Warren Rychel said in a team press release.
The Lightning's top pick - 10th overall - in the 2011 draft, Koekkoek was enjoying a phenomenal year with Windsor, accumulating 53 points (15 goals) in 62 games, with a plus-44 rating. He was fifth in the league in plus/minus as of Friday afternoon. His 53 points were good enough for third among OHL defensemen, and Koekkoek was being mentioned in MVP and top-defenseman talks. His coach, former NHLer Bob Boughner, has played the 6-2 defenseman over 35 minutes a night.
Artem Sergeev saw his opportunity and responded.
With three significant injuries to the Crunch blueline, Sergeev has thrived with increased ice time. The 20-year-old rookie defenseman has averaged close to 20 minutes a night and played in all situations, as Syracuse has gone 4-2 to snap out of a recent slide.
For Syracuse Crunch coach Rob Zettler, Sergeev has elevated his play in the last few weeks.
"I've really liked his physical play," Zettler said. "He's been smart. He uses his body well. He's a big, thick guy and he's strong. He's starting to understand how he can best use it to his advantage, and he's done that lately."
Harvard Crimson 0 @ No. 16 Yale Bulldogs 4
ECAC Tournament – First Round
F Brian Hart, HAR: 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 29 GP, 6-8-14, -7, 18 PIM
2012-2013 totals: 29 GP, 4-13-17, +1, 10 PIM
Alex Lyon (undrafted) stopped 24 shots to lead Yale to a tournament win over Harvard. The Crimson can be eliminated with a loss on Saturday.
Miami RedHawks 2 @ Denver Pioneers 5
F Jimmy Mullin, MIA: Did not play
Season totals: 19 GP, 1-6-7, +3, 23 PIM
2012-2013 totals: 38 GP, 6-8-14, E, 14 PIM
Mullin was a scratch.
Western Michigan Broncos 0 @ No. 9 North Dakota 2
F Brendan O’Donnell, UND: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 26 GP, 5-8-13, +3, 8 PIM
2012-2013 totals: 29 GP, 2-8-10, E, 20 PIM
Bruins pick Zane Gothberg had 18 saves as UND shut out WMU, 2-0. St. Cloud State won vs Colorado College, keeping the NCHC lead tied with UND.
No. 1 Minnesota Golden Gophers 5 @ Ohio State Buckeyes 1
G Adam Wilcox, MIN: Win, 30 saves on 31 shots
Season totals: 31 GP, 22-4-5, 1.91 GAA, .933 sv%, 3 SO
2012-2013 totals: 39 GP, 25-8-5, 1.88 GAA, .921 sv%, 3 SO
Hobey Baker candidate Adam Wilcox made 30 saves in Columbus to beat the Buckeyes. The Gophers are 13-2-2 in conference and can clinch the regular season title with a win on Saturday vs OSU.
*USCHO poll used
Gwinnett Gladiators 3 @ Florida Everblades 2
W Danick Gauthier, FLA: 1-0-1, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 29 GP, 5-11-16, +2, 51 PIM
D Jordan Henry (AHL Contract), FLA: Did not play (injured)
Season totals: 26 GP, 8-13-21, +9, 33 PIM
W Carl Nielsen (AHL Contract), FLA: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 38 GP, 4-5-9, -11, 49 PIM
Florida dropped two of three games at division cellar-dwelling Gwinnett last weekend, then dropped a home game to the Gladiators on Friday night. That’s not good when you’re falling out of playoff position. The ‘Blades are clinging to the eighth spot in the East.