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Peca Adjusts Quickly with Lightning

By Steven

Tampa Bay Lightning forward Matthew Peca is just eight games into his NHL career since being recalled from the Syracuse Crunch on Dec. 27, but he’s adjusting quickly to playing at the game’s highest level.

Peca has a goal and an assist and is averaging 12 minutes of ice time per game as the Lightning seek to close a six-point gap for the final wild card position in the Eastern Conference currently held by the Philadelphia Flyers.

The Bolt Prospects Podcast, Episode 84

This is this week’s “Marty Memories” (full) edition of the Bolt Prospects Podcast includes the following topics:

· Marty memories
· WJC recap and prospect review
· Where do WJC prospects fit in TB plan?
· 3 prospects traded
· Checking in on Syracuse
· Interview with AHL All-Star Matt Taormina
· A rant.

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CHL Game Night: 1-15-17

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Cape Breton Screaming Eagles 7 @ Saint John Sea Dogs 6

W Bokondji Imama, SJ: 0-1-1, -1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 0 Hits
Season Totals: 40 GP, 27-10-37, +8, 62 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 48 GP, 7-12-19, -5, 86 PIM

W Mathieu Joseph, SJ: 1-2-3, +1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, 2 Hits
Season Totals: 29 GP, 26-22-48, +24, 29 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 58 GP, 33-40-73, +35, 57 PIM

Joseph had three points to move his point streak to 20 games. He’s two off the Sea Dogs record. His goal, scored at 14:17 of the third period, cut the Eagles’ lead to 7-6, but they couldn’t get any closer.

Victoriaville Tigres 3 @ Halifax Mooseheads 2

C/W Otto Somppi, HAL: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 13/24 FO, 1 Hit
Season Totals: 37 GP, 9-16-25, -10, 22 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 59 GP, 13-33-46, -15, 25 PIM

Likely 2017 top-3 pick Nico Hischier had two goals to give him 30 for the season, but the Mooseheads lost, 3-2.

Shawinigan Cataractes 2 @ Val-d’Or Foreurs 3

W Dennis Yan, SHAW: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 0 Hits
Season Totals: 39 GP, 28-22-50, +17, 42 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 62 GP, 32-37-69, +8, 86 PIM

Yan’s scoreless streak is now at four games, which is twice as long as his previous scoreless streak this season.

Ontario Hockey League

Erie Otters 1 @ Kitchener Rangers 2

C Anthony Cirelli, Erie: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 9/14 FO
Season Totals: 29 GP, 13-23-36, +19, 8 PIM
With Erie: 4 GP, 0-3-3, +1, 0 PIM
With Oshawa: 26 GP, 13-21-34, +18, 8 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 62 GP, 21-38-59, -15 27 PIM

W Taylor Raddysh, Erie: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 6 SOG
Season Totals: 32 GP, 26-42-68, +41, 19 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 67 GP, 24-49-73, +19, 18 PIM

Panthers prospect Adam Mascherin had two assists to extend his league-lead in the points race. The 5-9 Florida second rounder (2016) has 27 goals and 73 points in 41 games for the Rangers.

London Knights 2 @ Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 3 (OT)

W Mitchell Stephens, LDN: 0-0-0, +E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG, 5/5 FO
Season Totals: 25 GP, 11-16-27, +15, 14 PIM
With London: 3 GP, 0-1-1, +2, 0 PIM
With Saginaw: 22 GP, 11-15-26, +13, 14 PIM
2015-2016 Totals: 39 GP, 20-18-38, -3, 14 PIM

W Boris Katchouk, SSM: 0-1-1, +1, 2 PIM, 9 SOG
Season: 41 GP, 20-17-37, +7, 28 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 63 GP, 24-27-51, +7, 61 PIM

Zach Senyshyn (Bruins) had his fifth hat trick of the season as the Soo beat London, 3-2, in a battle of Western Conference heavies. Katchouk led all players with nine shots on goal. Mitchell Stephens, who has been playing center for London since coming over from Saginaw, only took five faceoffs. There aren’t any reports of an injury, so he may have been on the wing.

KHL Game Day: 1-15-17

St. Petersburg 6 vs. Novosibirsk 2
Nikita Gusev, St. Petersburg, 1-2-3, +2, 0 PIM, 5 SOG
Season totals: 47 GP, 21-40-61, +35, 8 PIM

Nikita Gusev potted his 21st goal of the season, matching his career high, and added power play and even strength helpers in garbage time in the Third Period in SKA's commanding 6-2 win over Novosibirsk. Gusev played 17:13 in the match. Gusev sits in 4th in the KHL in points and assists and second in plus-minus. Linemate Evgeny Dadonov also contributed 2 goals and 1 point to SKA's cause.

CHL Game Night: 1-14-17

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Shawinigan Cataractes 1 @ Rouyn-Noranda Huskies 5

W Dennis Yan, SHAW: 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, 0 Hits
Season Totals: 38 GP, 28-22-50, +18, 42 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 62 GP, 32-37-69, +8, 86 PIM

Yan’s scoreless streak hit three games. Shawinigan started the game tied with Rouyn-Noranda for the league lead in points. They finished two points behind, tied with Saint John and Blainville-Boisbriand.

Ontario Hockey League

Flint Firebirds 3 @ Erie Otters 4 (SO)

C Anthony Cirelli, Erie: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 14/22 FO
Season Totals: 28 GP, 13-23-36, +20, 8 PIM
With Erie: 3 GP, 0-3-3, +2, 0 PIM
With Oshawa: 26 GP, 13-21-34, +18, 8 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 62 GP, 21-38-59, -15 27 PIM

W Taylor Raddysh, Erie: 1-1-2, +1, 0 PIM, 5 SOG
Season Totals: 31 GP, 26-42-68, +41, 17 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 67 GP, 24-49-73, +19, 18 PIM

Cirelli (pictured with Canada) took 22 faceoffs, one more than No. 1 center Dylan Strome. He had been taking the third-most amount of faceoffs, so his responsibility is growing with his new team. He has an assist in all three games with Erie. Raddysh continues to dent the scoresheet and is approaching 70 points on the year. His career high is 73. Neither Cirelli nor Raddysh participated in the shootout, won by a Strome goal.

Kingston Frontenacs 4 @ Peterborough Petes 3

W/C Christopher Paquette, PBO: 0-1-1, +1, 2 PIM, 4 SOG, 14/19 FO
Season Totals: 40 GP, 12-19-31, -6, 18 PIM
With Petes: 3 GP, 0-2-2, +1, 4 PIM
With Niagara: 37 GP, 12-17-29, -7, 14 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 57 GP, 5-11-16, -6, 18 PIM

D Matt Spencer, PBO: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals: 34 GP, 5-16-21, +3, 35 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

Kingston completed a 2-game weekend sweep of Peterborough with a close win Saturday. The Fronts are two spots behind the Petes on the Eastern Conference table.

London Knights 4 @ Saginaw Spirit 3

W Mitchell Stephens, LDN: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 4 SOG, 11/20 FO
Season Totals: 24 GP, 11-16-27, +15, 14 PIM
With London: 2 GP, 0-1-1, +2, 0 PIM
With Saginaw: 22 GP, 11-15-26, +13, 14 PIM
2015-2016 Totals: 39 GP, 20-18-38, -3, 14 PIM

Stephens had his first point in a Knights uniform, earning an assist Saturday. He didn’t have to wait at all to face his former team as his first two games against the club he captained were in a home-and-home set. London won both games.

Western Hockey League

Red Deer Rebels 2 @ Saskatoon Blades 4

D Libor Hajek, SAS: 0-1-1, +2, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 38 GP: 3-17-20, -6, 47 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 69 GP, 3-23-26, -19, 76 PIM

The Blades scored three times in the third period to turn a deficit into a win. Hajek assisted on the empty-net insurance marker in the final seconds.

Moose Jaw Warriors 0 @ Victoria Royals 3

C Brett Howden, MJ: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 31 GP, 22-25-47, +5, 35 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 68 GP, 24-40-64, -7, 61 PIM

Griffen Outhouse (undrafted) stopped all 36 shots he faced to shutout the visiting Warriors on Vancouver Island. Moose Jaw is four points behind Regina for the East Division lead. The Pats have four games in hand.

Vancouver Giants 3 @ Kamloops Blazers 6

G Connor Ingram, KAM: Did not play
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 did not dress for the game as he’s at home in Wilcox, Saskatchewan, on a post-WJC break.

NCAA Game Night: 1-14-17

No. 12 Vermont Catamounts 1 @ Providence Friars 4

C Ross Colton, UVM: 0-1-1, -2, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals: 23 GP, 9-9-18, E, 20 PIM

The Friars got a split of their weekend series with UVM by beating the Catamounts 4-1 Saturday. Colton was 1+2 in the series.

No. 6 UMass-Lowell River Hawks 2 @ UMass Minutemen 1

C Ryan Lohin, UML: 1-1-2, -1, 0 PIM, 5 SOG
Season Totals: 23 GP, 4-9-13, +1, 6 PIM

Lohin (pictured) had a goal and an assist to help No. 5 UML to a win over UMass. The River Hawks outshot UMass, 37-15. Lohin tied for the team lead in shots.

Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks 4 @ Colorado College Tigers 2

D Kristian Oldham, UNO: Did not play
Season Totals: 9 GP, 5-2-1, 3.18 GAA, .897 sv%, 0 SO

Oldham was backup Saturday as UNO got a weekend sweep of Colorado College.

Michigan Wolverines 2 @ No. 9 Minnesota Golden Gophers 4

D Ryan Zuhlsdorf, UMN: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals: 19 GP, 2-3-5, +9, 27 PIM

Zuhlsdorf had an assist in Minnesota’s second straight win over Michigan in as many nights.

*USCHO poll used for rankings

Crunch Allow Three Third Period Goals in Loss to Penguins


By Jeremy Houghtaling

The Syracuse Crunch went toe-to-toe with the top team in the AHL, but came up just short.

The Crunch caught a couple bad breaks and allowed three Penguins goals in the third period, as Syracuse fell to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, 3-1, at the Onondaga County War Memorial Saturday.

“I’m very happy about the way we played — we were a second-effort hockey club today, we competed hard, we did many good things — but I thought we lost our cool and I thought we ended up losing the game because of that,” Crunch head coach Benoit Groulx said.

AHL Game Night: 1-14-17 Penguins at Crunch

Crunch drop heartbreaker against the class of the league.

WBS-3
SYR-1

Kristers Gudlevskis allowed 2 goals on 22 shots for the hard luck loss.

First Period
15:34 SYR Dotchin (3), (Richard, Conacher)

Second Period
NO SCORING

Third Period
5:33 WBS Rowney (7), (Simon, Gaunce)
8:37 WBS Simon (5), (Guentzel, Pouliot)
19:26 WBS Guentzel (21), (Ruhwedel, Kostopoulos)(PP)(EN)

Jake Dotchin was the game's second star.

Syracuse slips 1 point behind Albany in the North Division with 3 games in hand on the Devils. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton had a gaudy .770 winning percentage coming into the contest, so it bodes well that the Crunch could play them as even as they did.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

Liiga Game Day: 1-14-17

SaiPa 1 vs. JYP 5
Saku Salminen, SaiPa, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 32 GP, 2-4-6, -1, 41 PIM

Saku Salminen played just 4:24 as SaiPa got smashed by JYP 5-1.

CHL Game Night: 1-13-17

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Saint John Sea Dogs 4 @ Cape Breton Screaming Eagles 1

W Bokondji Imama, SJ: 0-0-0, +1, 2 PIM, 3 SOG, 0 Hits
Season Totals: 39 GP, 27-9-36, +9, 62 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 48 GP, 7-12-19, -5, 86 PIM

W Mathieu Joseph, SJ: 0-2-2, +1, 0 PIM2 SOG
Season Totals: 28 GP, 25-20-45, +23, 29 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 58 GP, 33-40-73, +35, 57 PIM

Joseph (pictured) had two helpers in his return to the Saint John lineup, and newly acquired Julien Gauthier (Hurricanes) had a goal and an assist as the Dogs won in Sydney, 4-1. Joseph now has a 19-game point streak, which is third highest in the Q this year. Per CHL statistician Geoffrey Brandow, Joseph is within three games of tying the Saint John club record.

Drummondville Voltigeurs 1 @ Halifax Mooseheads 2 (SO)

C/W Otto Somppi, HAL: 0-1-1, +1, 2 PIM, 0 SOG, 16/22 FO, 0 Hits
Season Totals: 36 GP, 9-16-25, -10, 22 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 59 GP, 13-33-46, -15, 25 PIM

Somppi had an assist in Halifax’s 2-1 shootout win over the Volts. He did not participate in the shootout.

Ontario Hockey League

Ottawa 67’s 0 @ Erie Otters 8

C Anthony Cirelli, Erie: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG, 8/13 FO
Season Totals: 27 GP, 13-22-35, +19, 8 PIM
With Erie: 2 GP, 0-2-2, +1, 0 PIM
With Oshawa: 26 GP, 13-21-34, +18, 8 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 62 GP, 21-38-59, -15 27 PIM

W Taylor Raddysh, Erie: 1-0-1, +2, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season Totals: 30 GP, 25-41-66, +40, 17 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 67 GP, 24-49-73, +19, 18 PIM

Despite Erie putting a snowman on the board against Ottawa, Raddysh and Cirelli combined for just two points. Ivan Lodnia (2017), who was rumored to be part of the deal to acquire Anthony Cirelli, had two goals and an assist for Erie.

Mississauga Steelheads 5 @ Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 2

W Boris Katchouk, SSM: 0-0-0, -2, 2 PIM, 2 SOG
Season: 40 GP, 20-16-36, +6, 28 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 63 GP, 24-27-51, +7, 61 PIM

Mississauga scored an upset win in Wayne Gretzky’s old city, topping the Soo, 5-2. The Hounds had a 2-0 lead in the game before watching things blow up.

Peterborough Petes 2 @ Kingston Frontenacs 6

C/W Christopher Paquette, PBO: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG, 6/12 FO
Season Totals: 39 GP, 12-18-30, -7, 16 PIM
With Petes: 2 GP, 0-1-1, E, 2 PIM
With Niagara: 37 GP, 12-17-29, -7, 14 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 57 GP, 5-11-16, -6, 18 PIM

D Matt Spencer, PBO: 0-0-0, -2, 2 PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals: 33 GP, 5-16-21, +3, 35 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

Paquette had his first point as a Pete with an assist, but Peterborough lost in Kingston, 6-2. Paquette primarily played wing with Niagara, but has moved to second-line center with the Petes.

Saginaw Spirit 1 @ London Knights 5

C/W Mitchell Stephens, LDN: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG, 17/21 FO
Season Totals: 23 GP, 11-15-26, +14, 14 PIM
With London: 1 GP, 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM
With Saginaw: 22 GP, 11-15-26, +13, 14 PIM
2015-2016 Totals: 39 GP, 20-18-38, -3, 14 PIM

Stephens made his Knights debut, and after losing the opening faceoff was 17/20 on draws for the rest of the game. He and Cliff Pu (Sabres) were 21 and 22 in faceoffs taken, respectively, for London. Stephens is wearing No. 67 for London. He was 27 as captain of Saginaw, but 67 last year in AHL Syracuse to end the season and with the Lightning in training camp. It appears to be his chosen number moving forward.

Western Hockey League

Moose Jaw Warriors 4 @ Vancouver Giants 1

C Brett Howden, MJ: 1-1-2, +1, 4 PIM
Season Totals: 30 GP, 22-25-47, +6, 35 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 68 GP, 24-40-64, -7, 61 PIM

Howden had a shorthanded goal and added an assist to lead the Warriors to a win against the former team of Ben Thomas.

Everett Silvertips 4 @ Kamloops Blazers 0

G Connor Ingram, KAM: Did not play
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

Carter Hart, who overtook Ingram as Canada’s No. 1 goalie in the WJCs, had a 22-save shutout against Ingram’s club. Ingram did not dress for the game as he’s at home in Saskatchewan on a post-WJC break.

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