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The BoltProspects Mailbag: 1-25-15

The #BPMailbag returns this week as I take advantage of some off time during the All-Star break. Thanks to those who submitted questions.

@GeoFitz4
@BoltProspects handicap these possibilities for back up goalie next season, Vasy, Gudlevskis, veteran free agent on one year deal #BPMailbag

This isn’t as simple as some may think as Vasilevskiy, whom many assume is in line for the backup role next year after Evgeni Nabokov’s contract runs out, needs to get games to maintain positive development.

If a free agent is acquired, it will be a one-year deal leaving the door open for Vasilevskiy/Gudlevskis in 2016-2017. Complicating matters, though, is Vasilevskiy playing himself out of the AHL. It may be a case where he’s too good to keep out of the NHL.

Crunch Rally Past Wolf Pack in Third Period


By Jeremy Houghtaling

Despite falling behind in the opening minutes of the third period, the Syracuse Crunch found a way to rally.

Mike Blunden scored shorthanded for his second goal of the night, Mike Angelidis added the go-ahead goal on the power play two minutes later, and Andrei Vasilevskiy shut the door on multiple scrambles in the final minutes, as the Crunch topped the Hartford Wolf Pack, 3-2, to take the Northeast Division lead heading into the all-star break at the Onondaga County War Memorial Saturday.

"Mike Blunden was unreal tonight, (Mike) Angelidis was good tonight," said Crunch head coach Rob Zettler. "All the guys you count on night in and night out really stepped up."

Juniors Game Night: 1-25-15

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Sherbrooke Phoenix 4 @ Blainville-Boisbriand Armada 3 (OT)

C Cameron Darcy, SHR: 0-2-2, -1, 0 PIM, 5 SOG, 14/28 FO, 1 Hit
With Sherbrooke: 16 GP, 11-14-25, -2, 12 PIM
With Cape Breton: 19 GP, 1-13-14, -6, 14 PIM
Season totals: 35 GP, 12-27-39, -8, 26 PIM
2013-2014 Season: 65 GP, 35-47-82, +3, 51 PIM

Darcy had two assists Sunday to give him a four-point weekend (2G, 2A). Sherbrooke beat the Armada, 4-3, in overtime on Sunday. Darcy assisted on the game-winner, which was a power play overtime marker. Cedric Paquette, who played for the Armada, was at one of the team’s games earlier this week while the Lightning were on break.

Ontario Hockey League

Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 6 @ Guelph Storm 5 (SO)

D Anthony DeAngelo, SOO: 0-2-2, +1, 2 PIM
With SSM: 7 GP, 1-12-13, +3, 10 PIM
With Sarnia: 29 GP, 10-28-38, +1, 64 PIM
Season totals: 36 GP, 11-40-51, +4, 74 PIM
2013-14 totals: 51 GP, 15-56-71, -34, 90 PIM

DeAngelo extended his point streak to six games with two more assists on Sunday. The defenseman has a goal and 12 assists over those six games. The Soo remains undefeated in the seven games DeAngelo has played for them.

Sarnia Sting 6 @ Windsor Spitfires 3

W Cristiano DiGiacinto, WSR: 0-2-2, +1, 0 PIM
Season totals: 40 GP, 15-16-31, -8, 81 PIM
2013-14 totals: 50 GP, 17-11-28, +8, 101 PIM

DiGiacinto (pictured) set a new career high for points in a season last game and built on it Sunday with two more assists. He has points in 12 of his last 14 games.

Peterborough Petes 3 @ Belleville Bulls 2

D Dominik Masin, PBO: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM
Season totals: 34 GP, 7-11-18, -21, 53 PIM
2013-14 totals: 39 GP, 2-19-21, +6, 102 PIM

Masin now has five points in his last five games, his best stretch of the season.

Western Hockey League

Vancouver Giants 0 @ Calgary Hitmen 8

D Ben Thomas, CAL: 0-1-1, +2, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 38 GP, 5-16-21, +3, 18 PIM
2013-14 totals: 72 GP, 7-24-31, +11, 39 PIM

Calgary won its fourth straight game, putting a snowman on the scoreboard against visiting Vancouver.

ECHL Game Night: 1-25-15

Florida Everblades 3 at South Carolina Stingrays 2

D Artem Sergeev, FLA: 0-0-0, E, 5 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 28 GP, 7-9-16, +6, 17 PIM, 42 SOG

Other Notables
G Allen York, FLA, DND
Season totals: 23 GP, 15-4-0-3, 2.76 GAA, 0.898 SV%, 3 SO

F Jeff Costello, FLA: DNP
Season totals (ECHL): 26 GP, 8-7-15, -1, 26 PIM, 65 SOG
Season totals (AHL): 3 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM

F Mike Aviani, FLA: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals (ECHL): 30 GP, 6-10-16, E, 26 PIM, 55 SOG
Season totals (AHL): 2 GP, 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM

The Everblades rallied for three goals in the 3rd period to snatch victory from the Stingrays. Artem Sergeev dropped the mits in the 1st period in a rare fighting major. Not sure if there's a goaltending controversy brewing in Flordia or if it's just head coach Greg Poss managing three goalies, but Allen York didn't even dress in Sunday's game against South Carolina. The Everblades return to Estero for a three game homestand against the Stingrays and Greenville.

ECHL Game Night: 1-24-15

Florida Everblades 3 at Gwinnett Gladiators 4 OT

D Artem Sergeev, FLA: 1-0-1, +1, 2 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 27 GP, 7-9-16, +6, 12 PIM, 41 SOG

Other Notables
G Allen York, FLA, DNP
Season totals: 23 GP, 15-4-0-3, 2.76 GAA, 0.898 SV%, 3 SO

F Jeff Costello, FLA: DNP
Season totals (ECHL): 26 GP, 8-7-15, -1, 26 PIM, 65 SOG
Season totals (AHL): 3 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM

F Mike Aviani, FLA: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Season totals (ECHL): 29 GP, 6-10-16, E, 26 PIM, 55 SOG
Season totals (AHL): 2 GP, 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM

The Everblades allowed a 3-2 lead early in the 3rd period to evaporate into a 4-3 OT road loss Saturday night. Lightning defensive prospect Artem Sergeev scored an unassisted marker just shy of 7 minutes into the 3rd period to give Florida the go ahead goal. But Casey Pierro-Zabotel tied the game for Gwinnett with less than 2 minutes left in regulation. Mitch Wahl took a boarding penalty just 37 seconds into OT, and Pierro-Zabotel struck again for the OT power-play game-winner. Jeff Costello has missed both games on this road trip, with the 3-in-3 finishing up Sunday in Charleston against the Stingrays.

Wichita Thunder 4 at Rapid City Rush 3 SO

F Danick Gauthier, WIC: 1-0-1, -1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals (ECHL): 40 GP, 16-20-36, -2, 37 PIM, 121 SOG
Season totals (AHL): 1 GP, 0-0-0, -2, 2 PIM

D Daniel Milan, WIC: 0-0-0, +1, 2 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 38 GP, 0-10-10, -5, 89 PIM, 36 SOG

Lightning prospect Danick Gauthier scored a power play goal just past the midpoint of the game to put the visiting Thunder ahead 3-1. Wichita hung on for the shootout win against a 3rd period rally by the Rush, breaking a 3-game losing streak. The Thunder travel to Quad City to take on the Mallards Wednesday night.

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