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Archambault Scores Twice, Crunch Power Past Rocket

By Jeremy Houghtaling

The first couple minutes of the third period were crucial.

With 1:51 of time on a 5-on-3, the Crunch knew — despite holding a two-goal lead — they needed to convert to create some breathing room and stop the Rocket from getting any momentum.

Olivier Archambault cut toward the middle and scored from the left wing circle — his second goal of the night — and Syracuse went on to beat Laval, 5-2, at the Onondaga County War Memorial Saturday.

“It was a big turning point either way. You score and you’re up three, and if don’t score, the other team is getting some momentum,” Crunch defenseman Mat Bodie said. “Huge goal. Good job by (Archambault) to create his own space and find a way to put it past their goalie.”

2017-2018 Midterm Rankings

Well, it finally was time for Steve Yzerman to cash in. After several years of carefully cultivating one of the deeper prospect pools in the NHL, the Lightning used that depth to complete a trade deadline blockbuster that leveraged prospects Libor Hajek and Brett Howden to land playoff reinforcements Ryan McDonagh and J. T. Miller. Have no fear, though, the Lightning still maintain a deep stable of solid youth, some of whom are already contributing at the NHL level while an extremely youthful Syracuse Crunch team has found its voice and is playing well beyond its years down in the AHL. So, even though a couple of bigger names have moved along, don't expect that to diminish a likely youth movement to come in Tampa Bay over the next two or three years, particularly on the lower lines at the forward position.

As per custom, it's now time for a review of the prospect ranking rules. Any player 24 or older on opening night of the Lightning's season is considered an overage prospect for the purposes of the rankings, hence why Yanni Gourde and Matt Peca were considered overagers earlier this season. A skater with 41 NHL games in a single season or 82 career NHL games of service is considered graduated from prospect status on the website. This has included newly minted Bolt Prospects alumni Mikhail Sergachev, Gourde, and Jake Dotchin so far this season. Goaltenders who have 30 NHL decisions in a single season or 41 career NHL decisions are considered graduated. Lastly, any NCAA player is considered a prospect for the duration of their college career regardless of age.

So, let's begin...

AHL Game Night: 3-17-18 Rocket at Crunch

At least Syracuse kicked some butt tonight.


Connor Ingram allowed 2 goals on 21 shots for the victory. He and Eddie Pasquale are likely the tandem the rest of the way now with Louis Domingue recalled to Tampa Bay, presumably for good.

First Period
18:04 SYR Lynch (11), (Thomas, Bodie)
18:31 SYR Archambault (9), (Dumont, Joseph)

Second Period
2:01 LAV Petti (6), (Terry, Boucher)(PP)
8:19 SYR Bodie (6), (Dumont, Joseph)

Third Period
1:24 SYR Archambault (10), (Peca, Joseph)(PP)
12:06 LAV Petti (7), (Veilleux, Bourque)
17:20 SYR Dumont (4), (Bodie, Walcott)(EN)

Olivier Archambault, Mathieu Joseph, and Daniel Walcott were the game's three stars. Joseph checking in with helpers in triplicate.

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NHL Game Night: 3-17-18 Bruins at Lightning

Lightning get a glipse of how tall the mountain is.


Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 3 goals on 27 shots for the loss. The Lightning could've used at least one more big situational save to at least give themselves a chance in the game, but there's not a lot of blame you can heap Vasiy's way in this travesty.

First Period
3:07 BOS Pastrnak (28), (Krug, McQuaid)
10:54 BOS Backes (12), (Krug, Marchand)(PP)

Second Period
12:33 BOS Riley Nash (14), (Rick Nash, Krug)(PP)

Third Period

Boston's been arguably the best team in hockey over the past couple of months while the Lightning have been skating by with some bad habits on talent alone. Tonight those chickens came home to roost and the Lightning have to confront a pretty daunting fact: they have a ton to do over the next dozen or so games to get ready for the playoffs or they risk getting bounced hard when they get there. Boston was actually playing without four of their regulars, and then lost David Backes to a leg laceration to boot, and still completely humiliated the Lightning with a clinical victory that highlighted the differences between the two sides.

Boston has a structure, their players understand their roles, and they play that structure and those roles with discipline. They don't shirk their responsibilities. The Lightning coaching staff has a structure, but these players don't always seem to accept their roles and they don't play with discipline. Too many times you see forwards flying the zone and hanging their defensemen out to dry. Too many times you see the resulting turnovers and the Lightning's inability to sort out defensive zone coverage in those moments. They can't win faceoffs. Their penalty kill is a disaster.

People treated the McDonagh acquisition as if it was the panacea. It likely wasn't. People are already making Ondrej Palat's return the new panacea. It won't be either. The only elixir for what we saw tonight was for these players to recommit and buy into the structure and their roles and to begin to play that structure and those roles with greater discipline. It's just that simple, and conversely, just that complex.

Anthony Cirelli had 3 hits and 1 blocked shot in 10:47. He was also 60% on 5 draws.

Adam Erne had 2 shots, 5 hits, and 1 blocked shot in 11:27. He was, perhaps, the only silver lining in this otherwise appalling game.

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AHL Game Night: 3-16-18 Crunch at Thunderbirds

Olivier Archambault FTW.

SPR-2 (OT)

Louis Domingue allowed 2 goals on 28 shots for the OT victory.

First Period
13:47 SYR Dumont (3), (Bodie, Bournival)(SH)

Second Period
18:26 SYR Peca (11), (Condra, Bournival)(PP)

Third Period
4:48 SPR Valk (17), (Brown, Chase)
11:22 SPR Beauchemin (4), (Hawryluk, Balisy)(PP)

2:06 SYR Archambault (8), (Verhaeghe, Bodie)

Archambault and Domingue were the game's first and second stars.

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Juniors Game Night: 3-15-18

Include results from both Wednesday and Thursday...

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Rimouski Oceanic @ Blainville-Boisbriand (Wednesday)

C Alex Barré-Boulet , BLB: Postponed
Season Totals: 63 GP, 51-62-113, +26, 65 PIM
’16-’17 Totals: 65 GP, 29-52-81, +10, 42 PIM

This game was cancelled due to a severe winter storm affecting the province. The game will be rescheduled (if necessary) on Sunday, March 18, 2018, at 3 p.m. ET at Boisbriand’s Centre d’Excellence Sports Rousseau.

Saint John Sea Dogs 3 @ Halifax Mooseheads 7 (Wednesday)

C/W Otto Somppi, HAL: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIMs, 1 SOG, 12/20 FO
Season Totals: 57 GP, 28-53-81, +36, 26 PIM
’16-’17 Totals: 60 GP, 17-24-41, -7, 28 PIM

Somppi assisted on the first of Benoit-Olivier Groulx’s (2018 draft eligible) goals, a power play marker in the 2nd to give the Mooseheads a 3-1 lead. Halifax would go on rout the Sea Dogs behind the two goals from Groulx and a goal and two assists from blueliner Jared McIsaac (2018 draft eligible). Both Groulx and McIsaac, along with Filip Zadina, are all possible 2018 first rounders.

Ontario Hockey League

Saginaw Spirit 1 @ Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 8 (Wednesday)

W Boris Katchouk, SSM: 1-1-2, +4, 2 PIM, 3 SOG
Season Totals: 57 GP, 42-43-85, +56, 30 PIM
’16-’17 Season: 66 GP, 35-29-64, +18, 46 PIM

W Taylor Raddysh, SSM: 1-1-2, +1, 2 PIM, 3 SOG, 1/3 FO, *Third Star*
Season Totals (SSM): 26 GP, 17-21-38, +16, 14 PIM
Season Totals (ER): 30 GP, 15-29-44, +10, 16 PIM
Season Totals: 56 GP, 32-50-82, +26, 30 PIM
‘16-‘17 Totals: 58 GP, 42-67-109, +67, 37 PIM

Raddysh and Katchouk both scored 1st period goals, with Raddysh potting a power play marker in what would eventually be the game-winner. Katchouk followed with his goal coming just 45 seconds before the end of the first. After a scoreless 2nd period, Raddysh set up a Jack Kopacka (ANA, 2016 4th round pick) power play tally in the 3rd, and Katchouk would setup a Jordan Sambrook (DET, 2016 5th round pick) shortie. Then a Soo snowman happened.

North Bay Battalion 5 @ Peterborough Petes 1

W/C Christopher Paquette, PBO: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, 12/22 FO
Season Totals: 59 G, 15-13-28, -36, 16 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (NIA/PBO): 66 GP, 19-29-48, +1, 28 PIM

Matthew Struthers (2018 draft eligible) scored twice for the Battalion and Christian Propp (undrafted) stopped 32 shots as North Bay marched into Peterborough and scored five straight before Logan DeNoble (undrafted) netted a single 3rd period marker for the Petes to spoil the shutout.

Western Hockey League

Prince George Cougars 3 @ Kelowna Rockets 6 (Wednesday)

D Cal Foote, KEL: 2-1-3, +3, 0 PIM, 6 SOG, *First Star*
Season Totals: 59 GP, 19-49-68, +27, 46 PIM
‘15-‘16 Totals: 71 GP, 6-51-57, +39, 41 PIM

Foote scored twice in the 3rd to help break open a 2-2 tie, earning First Star honors while firing a game-high six shots. He also assisted on his brother Nolan’s (2019 draft eligible) 1st period goal. Foote is creeping up on several milestones, so stay tuned to this weekend’s results.

AHL Game Night: 3-14-18 Crunch at Devils

Syracuse punches their postseason ticket by punching Bingo square in the nose in emphatic victory.


Louis Domingue allowed 2 goals on 30 shots for the victory after having been returned to Syracuse at the conclusion of his emergency recall.

First Period
7:19 SYR Volkov (17), (Peca, Cernak)
15:19 SYR Yan (12), (Stephens)

Second Period
1:55 BNG Quenneville (12), (Santini, White)
9:19 SYR Yan (13), (unassisted)
13:20 SYR Lynch (10), (Stephens, Walcott)

Third Period
0:41 BNG Quenneville (13), (Kearns, Bertschy)(PP)
8:34 SYR Volkov (18), (Verhaeghe, Joseph)(PP)
17:33 SYR Archambault (7), (Condra, Peca)(PP)

Alexander Volkov and Dennis Yan were the game's first and second stars after potting a pair of goals each. Just a quick reminder: All Dennis Yan Does is Score (tm).

Syracuse becomes the second team in the Eastern Conference to clinch a playoff berth. They still trail the Toronto Marlies by seven points in the race for the top spot in the North Division with Toronto holding two games in hand. But, the Crunch and their fans go to bed tonight secure in the knowledge they're in the dance and their young team is a legit threat to do damage once they get there.

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NHL Game Night: 3-13-18 Senators at Lightning

Lightning come up snake eyes despite Miller's hat trick.


Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 6 goals on 29 shots for the loss before Peter Budaj came in and allowed 1 goal on 4 shots the rest of the way. Vasilevskiy was just snake bitten and Budaj looked extremely rusty in relief.

First Period
4:19 TB Miller (16), (Kucherov, Stamkos)
7:47 OTT Paajarvi (7), (Pyatt, Pageau)
10:47 OTT Dzingel (20), (Gaborik, Ceci)(PP)
11:24 OTT Pyatt (7), (Ceci, Borowiecki)

Second Period
2:03 TB Miller (17), (Kucherov, Hedman)(PP)
7:18 OTT Gaborik (9), (Dzingel, Burrows)(PP)
13:44 OTT Hoffman (20), (Burgdoerfer, Duchene)
16:26 TB Miller (18), (Stamkos, Hedman)(PP)
18:30 OTT Karlsson (8), (unassisted)

Third Period
3:46 OTT Hoffman (21), (Karlsson, Duchene)
12:44 TB McDonagh (3), (Stamkos, Kucherov)

J.T. Miller was the game's second star.

Jon Cooper was decidedly less charitable to his players after the game, citing poor defensive coverage, turnovers, etc., but I'm willing to just accept this was one of those unlucky nights where you get rolled by a string of bad bounces despite putting 46 shots on a team and scoring 4 goals. Flush it. Burn the tape. Get ready for Boston.

Anthony Cirelli was -1 with 2 penalty minutes and 1 hit in 12:43. He was also 33% on 9n draws.

Adam Erne was -1 with 5 penalty minutes, 1 shot and 1 hit in 8:11. He lost his fight pretty decisively when McCormick tied up his arm at the outset of the fight and left Erne pretty vulnerable throughout the bout.

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Juniors Game Night: 3-12-18

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Blainville-Boisbriand Armada 3 @ Gatineau Olympiques 1

C Alex Barré-Boulet , BLB: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG, 2/5 FO
Season Totals: 63 GP, 51-62-113, +26, 65 PIM
’16-’17 Totals: 65 GP, 29-52-81, +10, 42 PIM

This game was stopped waaaaaaayyyyy back on September 24, 2017 due to fog at the ice level, and resumed in the 2nd period on Monday, March 12, 2018. Ryan DaSilva (undrafted) scored twice to pace the Armada to a road win over the Olympiques.

Juniors Game Night: 3-11-18

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Blainville-Boisbriand Armada 1 @ Victoriaville Tigres 7

C Alex Barré-Boulet , BLB: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 4/14 FO
Season Totals: 62 GP, 51-62-113, +27, 65 PIM
’16-’17 Totals: 65 GP, 29-52-81, +10, 42 PIM

The Tigres put up a touchdown on the Armada behind a 16-save performance by goalie Etienne Montpetit (University of Moncton commit) and two goals from Vitalii Abramov (CLB, 2016 3rd round pick).

Ontario Hockey League

Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 5 @ Owen Sound Attack 6 (SO)

W Boris Katchouk, SSM: 0-2-2, +1, 2 PIM, 4 SOG, 1/1 FO
Season Totals: 56 GP, 41-42-83, +52, 30 PIM
’16-’17 Season: 66 GP, 35-29-64, +18, 46 PIM

W Taylor Raddysh, SSM: 0-2-2, -3, 2 PIM, 3 SOG, 3/5 FO
Season Totals (SSM): 25 GP, 16-20-36, +15, 12 PIM
Season Totals (ER): 30 GP, 15-29-44, +10, 16 PIM
Season Totals: 55 GP, 31-49-80, +25, 28 PIM
‘16-‘17 Totals: 58 GP, 42-67-109, +67, 37 PIM

Raddysh and Katchouk teamed up twice in the 3rd to help spur a Soo rally from a 5-2 deficit to tie the game and eventually force overtime and the shootout. The duo first setup Conor Timmins (COL, 2017 2nd round pick) on a power play marker, and then again on Morgan Frost’s (PHI, 2016 1st round pick) 5-5 equalizer and second goal of the game. Raddysh failed to convert in the shootout, but Owen Sound’s Maksim Sushko (PHI, 2017 4th round pick) beat Matthew Villalta (LAK, 2017 3rd round pick) to give the Attack the victory. Brett McKenzie (VAN, 2016 7th round pick) paced Owen Sound with two goals.

Peterborough Petes 0 @ Sudbury Wolves 4

W Alexey Lipanov, SBY: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, 11/16 FO
Season Totals (SBY): 17 GP, 3-3-6, -11, 8 PIM
Season Totals (BAR): 35 GP, 11-19-30, +9, 10 PIM
Season Totals: 52 GP, 14-22-36, -2, 18 PIM
‘16-‘17 Totals (VHL-Russia): 21 GP, 3-5-8, +5, 8 PIM

W/C Christopher Paquette, PBO: Did not play
Season Totals: 58 G, 15-13-28, -35, 16 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (NIA/PBO): 66 GP, 19-29-48, +1, 28 PIM

Lipanov assisted on a 1st period Blake Murray (2019 draft eligible) shorthanded goal and Liam Ross (undrafted) scored twice as the Wolves shutout the Petes behind Marshall Frappier’s (undrafted) 27-save effort. Paquette missed his second consecutive games for the Petes.

Western Hockey League

Brandon Wheat Kings 3 @ Moose Jaw Warriors 5

D Oleg Sosunov, MJ: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season Totals: 68 GP, 7-18-25, +39, 58 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (MHL-Russia): 32 GP, 0-0-0, +1, 79 PIM

The Warriors broke open a 3-3 tied game with two late goals in the 3rd period as Wheat Kings fell to the Warriors on the road. Vince Loschiavo (undrafted) paced Moose Jaw with two 1st period goals.

Minnesota State High School League

Lightning prospect Sammy Walker was named the 34th recipient of the annual Mr. Hockey Award as the State of Minnesota’s top outstanding senior high boy’s hockey player. The Edina High School captain led the Hornets to a 3rd place finish in the 2018 Minnesota high school Class AA State tournament and earned all-tournament honors. Walker also won the Minneapolis Star Tribune’s Metro Player of the Year. The Mr. Hockey Award is selected by a panel of NHL scouts, junior scouts and coaches, and selected members of the media around the state.

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