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CHL Game Night: 11-12-18

Ontario Hockey League

Kitchener Rangers 1 @ London Knights 5

C/W Alexey Lipanov, KIT: 1-0-1, -2, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 3/10 FO
Season Totals: 14 GP, 3-3-6, -14, 8 PIM
17-18 Totals (BAR, SBY): 55 GP, 14-25-39, -14, 10 PIM

London got goals from 2018 first rounders Evan Bouchard (Oilers) and Liam Foudy (Blue Jackets) to lead the Knights to a 5-1 win over Alexey Lipanov and the Rangers. Lipanov scored the Rangers only goal, a rebound off a power play point shot that made the game 4-1 at the end of the second period. London added another goal late to give the game its final score.

NCAA Game Night: 11-10-18

Colorado College Tigers 1 @ #1 Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs 5

F Cole Koepke, UMD: 0-2-0, +2, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season Totals: 10 GP, 1-5-6, +7, 2 PIM

A night after shutting out the Tigers, the top-ranked Bulldogs defense once again smothered Colorado College, allowing just one goal on 16 shots. Lightning prospect Cole Koepke notched a pair of assists to help lead UMD to a 5-1 victory Saturday night. Six Bulldogs recorded a multi-point night, including Nick Swaney (MIN, 2017 7th round pick) leading the way with a pair of goals. UMD improves to 8-1-1 (2-0 NCHC) and travels to Denver next weekend in another NCHC powerhouse match up with the Pioneers.

#5 Denver Pioneers 3 @ #2 St. Cloud State Huskies 4

D Nick Perbix, STC: 1-0-1, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season Totals: 10 GP, 1-4-5, +10, 6 PIM

F Cole Guttman, DEN: 2-0-2, +2, 2 PIM, 3 SOG, 2/9 FO
Season Totals: 8 GP, 5-4-9, +10, 6 PIM

Déjà vu all over again. A night after the #2 ranked Huskies squeaked a 4-3 winner over the #5 Pioneers, St. Cloud State inched out another 4-3 win Saturday night to remain a perfect 4-0 in NCHC conference play. Just like Friday night, Lightning stealth prospect Cole Guttman opened the scoring as the Pioneers built a 2-0 1st period lead. But then fellow Bolt prospect Nick Perbix netted his first collegiate goal for the Huskies to close the gap to 2-1 at the 1st intermission. In the 2nd, St. Cloud added a pair of power play goals to take a 3-2 lead before Guttman potted his second of the game to knot the score at 3-3 at the 2nd intermission. The Huskies found a way to win a period and win the game, improving to 9-1 on the season and looking to keep the home cooking going next weekend in a non-conference series against Bemidji State. For Denver, the Pioneers drop to 5-2-1 (2-2 NCHC) and the schedule doesn't get any easier for head coach David Carle as Denver returns home next weekend to take on the top-ranked Minnesota Duluth Bulldogs. Guttman may not be a stealth prospect much longer, sporting a filthy stat line, leading all freshmen in the nation with 5 goals (tied with 3 others) and a 0.62 goals/game.

#16 Minnesota Gophers 1 @ #20 Wisconsin Badgers 3

D Ryan Zuhlsdorf , MINN: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals: 7 GP, 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM
’17-‘18 Totals: 38 GP, 0-9-9, +1, 40 PIM

F Sammy Walker, MINN: 0-1-1, -1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, 2/6 FO
Season Totals: 7 GP, 1-1-2, -1, 2 PIM

Bolt prospect Sammy Walker set up Brandon McManus for a power play marker to open the scoring for Minnesota Saturday night in the rematch between Gophers and the Badgers in Madison. But Wisconsin would get the equalizer before the 1st intermission on a power play goal of their own, and then add a pair of goals in the 3rd period to split the weekend series. Badger netminder and Helsinki native Daniel Lebedeff (undrafted) made 32 saves to lead Wisconsin to their first Big Ten victory of the season. UMN drops to 2-4-1 (1-1 Big Ten) on the season and returns home next weekend for a non-conference series against St. Lawrence.

#17 Cornell Big Red 3 @ Northern Michigan Wildcats 2

D Alex Green, COR: did not play
Season Totals: 3 GP, 0-1-1, -4, 0 PIM

All five goals scored Saturday night in Marquette lit the lamp on the man advantage with Cornell building a 2-0 1st period lead and holding on for a road sweep against Northern Michigan. Bolt prospect Alex Green did not dress for the third straight game, but the Big Red was led by a goal and an assist from Morgan Barron (NYR, 2017 6th round pick) while the Wildcats got a pair of goals from Troy Loggins (undrafted). Cornell improves to 4-2 (2-0 ECAC) on the season and returns home to Ithaca next weekend for a pair of ECAC bouts against #13 Quinnipiac and #18 Princeton.

UMass-Lowell River Hawks 4 @ #15 Northeastern Huskies 5 OT

F Ryan Lohin, UML: 2-1-3, -2, 0 PIM, 6 SOG, 0/2 FO
Season Totals: 6 GP, 4-2-6, -1, 2 PIM

Lightning prospect Ryan Lohin continued his red-hot return from missing four games to injury, scoring a pair of power play goals Saturday night and adding an assist in leading the River Hawks to a 4-2 lead early in the 3rd period. But Northeastern rallied with a pair of 3rd period goals to force OT and then winning this HEAST match up in the extra session. Grant Jozefek (undrafted) led the Howlin’ Huskies with a pair of goals, dropping UML to 4-5-1 (1-3-1 HEAST) on the season. UMass-Lowell continues HEAST conference play next weekend with a home-and-home series with UConn.

Boston University Terriers 3 @ New Hampshire Wildcats 2 OT

G Ty Taylor, UNH: L, 63:00 MINS, 3 GA, 23 SVS
Season Totals: 3 GP, 0-2-0, 3.67 GAA, 0.864 SV%

Bolt prospect Ty Taylor was back in the nets Saturday night for the Wildcats, making 23 saves in the overtime home loss to Boston University. New Hampshire twice erased 1-goal deficits and Taylor gave a perfect 7-save effort in the 3rd to force the extra session, but the Terriers scored shorthanded in OT for the win. Avalanche prospect Shane Bowers (OTT, 2017 1st round pick), acquired by Colorado in the Duchene trade, led BU with a pair of goals and Joel Farabee (PHI, 2018 1st round pick) and Dante Fabbro (NAS, 2016 1st round pick) each added a pair of assists. The Wildcats drop to 1-5-2 (1-2-1 HEAST) on the season and continues HEAST conference play next weekend with road matches against Boston College and #9 UMass-Amherst.

*USCHO poll used for rankings

AHL Game Night: 11-11-18 Bears at Crunch

Crunch catch road weary Bears and show them no mercy.

HER-2
SYR-7

Eddie Pasquale allowed 2 goals on just 19 shots for the win.

First Period
4:49 SYR Verhaeghe (4), (unassisted)
7:23 SYR Cernak (2), (Conacher, Verhaeghe)(PP)
11:52 SYR Conacher (5), (Cernak, Andreoff)(PP)

Second Period
9:24 SYR Raddysh (6), (Colton, Hults)(PP)
12:11 SYR Andreoff (6), (Raddysh, Valleau)
18:08 HER Sgarbossa (6), (Johansen, Barber)(PP)
18:59 HER Barber (5), (Johansen, Pilon)(PP)

Third Period
9:42 SYR Gaunce (2), (Thomas, Barre-Boulet)(PP)
15:01 SYR Volkov (3), (Thomas)

Taylor Raddysh, Erik Cernak, and Carter Verhaeghe were the game's three stars. Raddysh had a strong weekend with 2 goals and 3 points in the two games on Friday and Sunday. He's now up to 9 points in his opening 10 games of the season, setting the pace among the Crunch's young rookie crop thanks to a 6 game point streak.

Syracuse climbs back to .500 for the campaign at 5-5-1. The Crunch are still in last place in the North Division, but they've just about caught up to the pack now with just 2 points separating Syracuse from 4th place in the division and the Crunch holding at least a game in hand on every team in the North, and in many cases holding 3-4 games in hand. Ben Groulx's club has a real opportunity to make a run in the near term.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Night: 11-9-18 Crunch at Americans

Catching up on the weekend's action...

SYR-2
ROC-3 (OT)

Eddie Pasquale allowed 3 goals on 25 shots for the OT loss.

First Period
NO SCORING

Second Period
13:22 ROC Bailey (3), (O'Regan, Pilut)

Third Period
1:48 SYR Raddysh (5), (Colton, Verhaeghe)
7:05 ROC Oglevie (1), (Nylander, Fedun)
19:59 SYR Conacher (4), (Volkov, Cernak)

Overtime
2:37 ROC Redmond (10), (Nylander)

Cory Conacher was the game's second star.

Have to applaud the team's grit to overcome a pair of Third Period deficits to at least scratch a point out on the road.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

NHL Game Night: 11-10-18 Senators at Lightning

Lax habits finally catch up with the Lightning.

OTT-6
TB-4

Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 6 goals on 34 shots for the loss.

First Period
4:58 OTT Duchene (6), (White)
7:21 OTT Ryan (5), (Ceci)
8:49 TB Joseph (3), (Sergachev, Coburn)

Second Period
0:39 TB Hedman (3), (Vasilevskiy)(PP)
9:15 TB Coburn (3), (Killorn, Joseph)
14:32 TB Joseph (4), (Killorn, Cirelli)

Third Period
0:50 OTT Tkachuk (4), (unassisted)
8:41 OTT White (6), (Tkachuk, Ryan)
10:30 OTT Dzingel (8), (Duchene)
19:48 OTT Stone (7), (Duchene, Ryan)(PP)

Mathieu Joseph was the game's second star.

I said it recently: while it's been fun to watch the Lightning win games recently by asserting themselves for portions of games, this isn't a sustainable recipe for long term success. Eventually the slow starts and only playing sharp hockey in spurts for portions of games isn't going to cut it. Eventually, hard work beats talent when talent doesn't work hard, and that's what happened against Ottawa. That's a young team that's gone through a lot of turmoil in the last year, including what happened recently, but you can't just expect them to dry up and blow away even when you get a 4-2 lead on them through 40 minutes. Those players are professionals and they have pride. The Lightning have got to match the intensity and commitment level of their opponents in those moments.

Joseph had 2 goals and 1 assist and was +2 with 2 penalty minutes, 2 shots, and 1 hit in 10:29. Justifying my love for keeping Joseph on my fantasy team despite that slow statistical start.

Slater Koekkoek was -1 with 1 shot in 16:09. Koekkoek's received a reprieve with Anton Stralman getting nicked up keeping him in service, but with Hedman returning it begs the question what happens to Koekkoek once everyone's healthy. Does he go back to being a fairly regular scratch, or has he earned more appearances?

Danick Martel had 2 penalty minutes, 3 shots, and 3 hits in 12:06.

Anthony Cirelli had a helper and was +3 with 1 shot in 12:56.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

CHL Game Night: 11-10-18

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Baie-Comeau Drakkar 11 @ Val-d’Or Foreurs 1

C/W Gabriel Fortier, BC: 0-2-2, +3, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, 15/19 FO, 2 Hits, *Third Star*
Season Totals: 22 GP, 8-19-27, +18, 11 PIM
17-18 Totals: 66 GP, 26-33-59, -11, 59 PIM

Baie-Comeau completed a 2-game weekend sweep of the Foreurs with an 11-1 shellacking Saturday. Gabriel Fortier had two assists and was named third star. The Drakkar scored five times in the first period and had an 8-1 lead after two. San Jose seventh rounder Ivan Chekhovich had four goals for BaC.

Gatineau Olympiques 2 @ Rimouski Oceanic 3

D Radim Salda, RIM: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, 0 Hits
Season Totals: 9 GP, 3-6-9, -2, 16 PIM
17-18 Totals (SJ): 62 GP, 10-31-41, -37, 78 PIM

Salda was held off the scoresheet, but his Oceanic avenged a Friday night loss to the Olympiques with a 3-2 win Saturday. Rimouski did “that Lightning thing” of spotting their opponent two goals before flipping the switch.

ECHL Game Night: 11-10-18

Orlando Solar Bears 5 @ South Carolina Stingrays 3

D Matthew Spencer, ORL: 0-1-1, +1, 2 PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals (ORL): 1 GP, 0-1-1, +1, 2 PIM
Season Totals (SYR): 6 GP, 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM
17-18 Totals (ECHL): 14 GP, 2-1-3, -2, 13 PIM
17-18 Totals (AHL): 39 GP, 1-4-5, +2, 13 PIM

Second-year pro Matt Spencer made his ECHL debut Saturday in South Carolina for Orlando and contributed to the Solar Bears’ 5-3 win. The former second round pick played 13 games with Adirondack of the ECHL last season, splitting time with AHL Syracuse.

Troy Bourke, who is on an AHL contract with Syracuse, had a goal and three assists for Orlando. It was Bourke’s second straight game with four points as he had two goals and two assists vs Jacksonville Tuesday. Bourke has 12 points in four games since coming down from Syracuse. He has himself in prime position for another call-up.

NCAA Game Night: 11-9-18

Colorado College Tigers 0 @ #1 Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs 3

F Cole Koepke, UMD: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season Totals: 9 GP, 1-3-4, +5, 2 PIM

Hunter Shepard (undrafted) backstopped a 19-save shutout and the top-ranked Bulldogs opened 2018-19 NCHC conference play against Colorado College on Friday night with a 3-0 win. UMD got goals from three different players and Scott Perunovich (STL, 2018 2nd round pick) and Peter Krieger (undrafted) each had a pair of assists. These two teams square off again on Saturday night to complete the weekend series.

#5 Denver Pioneers 3 @ #2 St. Cloud State Huskies 4

D Nick Perbix, STC: 0-1-1, +2, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season Totals: 9 GP, 0-4-4, +10, 6 PIM

F Cole Guttman, DEN: 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 6/18 FO
Season Totals: 7 GP, 3-4-7, +8, 4 PIM

Two Top-5 NCHC powerhouses, each sporting 2-0 conference records battled Friday night with the Huskies scoring three straight in the 2nd period to hand the Pioneers their first loss of the season. Lightning stealth prospect Cole Guttman opened the scoring midway through the 1st with his third goal of the year to give Denver the early 1-0 lead. Brett Stapley (MTL, 2017 7th round pick) led the early Pioneer attack with a goal and an assist to build a 3-1 lead 95 seconds into the 2nd period. But the St. Cloud offense kicked into gear, finishing the period with three goals to take a 4-3 lead into the 2nd intermission. St. Cloud netminder David Hrenak (LAK, 2018 5th round pick) stopped a perfect eight 3rd period Pioneer shots to preserve the tenuous Husky lead. Bolt prospect Nick Perbix helped set up the equalizer, and Nolan Walker (undrafted) led St. Cloud State with a pair of goals and an assist. These two teams battle again Saturday to complete weekend series.

#16 Minnesota Gophers 3 @ #20 Wisconsin Badgers 2

D Ryan Zuhlsdorf , MINN: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals: 6 GP, 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM
’17-‘18 Totals: 38 GP, 0-9-9, +1, 40 PIM

F Sammy Walker, MINN: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG, 2/10 FO
Season Totals: 6 GP, 1-0-1, E, 2 PIM

The Gophers stopped the bleeding after three straight losses, besting the Badgers on the road Friday night in their Big Ten opener. Wisconsin jumped out to a 2-0 lead, but Minnesota scored three-straight in the 2nd and Mat Robson (undrafted) stopped a perfect 15 shots in the 3rd to seal the win. These two team go at it again Saturday night to close out the weekend series.

#17 Cornell Big Red 3 @ Northern Michigan Wildcats 1

D Alex Green, COR: did not play
Season Totals: 3 GP, 0-1-1, -4, 0 PIM

Cornell scored twice Friday night in the 2nd period to break open a 1-1 game and claim a non-conference road win against the Wildcats in Northern Michigan. Bolt prospect Alex Green did not dress for the second straight game, leading to speculation that the sophomore blueliner may be injured. Cam Donaldson (undrafted) led the Big Red with a goal and an assist. These two teams square off again Saturday night.

New Hampshire Wildcats 2 @ UMass-Lowell River Hawks 2 OT

F Ryan Lohin, UML: 2-0-2, +1, 0 PIM, 6 SOG, 2/7 FO
Season Totals: 5 GP, 2-1-3, +1, 2 PIM

G Ty Taylor, UNH: did not play
Season Totals: 2 GP, 0-1-0, 4.42 GAA, 0.848 SV%

After missing four games due to injury, Lightning prospect Ryan Lohin returned to action Friday night, leading an UML rally and scoring both goals for the River Hawks as UMass-Lowell plays to a 2-2 draw with the visiting New Hampshire team. Fellow Bolt prospect Ty Taylor sat back-up to a 32-save Mike Robinson (SJS, 2015 3rd round pick) effort. UML held the Wildcats to just 11 shots. UML hosts Northeastern Saturday night while UNH returns home Saturday night to host the visiting Boston University.

*USCHO poll used for rankings

CHL Game Night: 11-9-18

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Baie-Comeau Drakkar 4 @ Val-d’Or Foreurs 3

C/W Gabriel Fortier, BC: 0-2-2, +2, 0 PIM, 4 SOG, 3/11 FO, 2 Hits
Season Totals: 21 GP, 8-17-25, +15, 11 PIM
17-18 Totals: 66 GP, 26-33-59, -11, 59 PIM

Baie-Comeau shook off a loss in Rouyn-Noranda on Thursday to down the Foreurs in Val-d’Or Friday. The Drakkar were down 3-2 in this game and responded with a strong second half of the game. Fortier had the primary assist on the game-winner. The B-C captain broke a personal two-game scoreless streak with his two assists.

Gatineau Olympiques 4 @ Rimouski Oceanic 3

D Radim Salda, RIM: 0-2-2, -1, 4 PIM, 0 SOG, 0 Hits
Season Totals: 8 GP, 3-6-9, -2, 16 PIM
17-18 Totals (SJ): 62 GP, 10-31-41, -37, 78 PIM

Salda had two power play assists but the Oceanic were unable to defeat the visiting Armada in Rimouski.

Ontario Hockey League

Sarnia Sting 5 vs Kitchener Rangers 6 (SO)

C/W Alexey Lipanov, KIT: 0-0-0, -3, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, 7/13 FO
Season Totals: 13 GP, 2-3-5, -12, 8 PIM
17-18 Totals (BAR, SBY): 55 GP, 14-25-39, -14, 10 PIM

The Rangers came back from 2-1 and 4-2 deficits to tie and later defeat Sarnia in a shootout. Lipanov was scoreless and minus-3 in the game. That was his eighth minus game of 13 total games played. He has two plus games. While plus/minus isn’t a fantastic stat to pin on a player, analysts can look at his plus/minus numbers compared to the team as a whole as well as how many minus games vs plus games he has. In this case, Lipanov’s minus-12 is the team worst, with the next “highest” being a minus-5. That doesn’t look good for Lipanov.

CHL Game Night: 11-8-18

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Baie-Comeau Drakkar 2 @ Rouyn-Noranda Huskies 4

C/W Gabriel Fortier, BC: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 5 SOG, 7/17 FO, 2 Hits
Season Totals: 20 GP, 8-15-23, +13, 9 PIM
17-18 Totals: 66 GP, 26-33-59, -11, 59 PIM

In a match-up against the high-powered Huskies, Baie-Comeau fell behind 2-0 and 4-1 before crawling back to 4-2 early in the third. That would be the closest they’d get against Nikita Kucherov’s former team. Rouyn-Noranda is the top-ranked QMJHL team in the CHL Top 10, coming in at No. 3. The Drakkar are No. 6, one spot behind fellow Q club Moncton. Thursday was a good test for Baie-Comeau, and one that no doubt provided several teaching points for coaches.

CIBC Canada Russia Series (Sarnia, Ontario)

Team OHL 3 vs Russia 1

C/W Alexey Lipanov, RUS: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG, 4/11 FO
Season Totals (KIT): 12 GP, 2-3-5, -9, 8 PIM
17-18 Totals (BAR, SBY): 55 GP, 14-25-39, -14, 10 PIM

Team OHL outplayed Team Russia in the first game of the CIBC Canada Russia Series pitting top OHL players against Russian selects. Lipanov failed to impress, as reported by Raw Charge, in his only game for Russia in the series. He will not play in Russia’s second game against the OHL.

Lipanov is an interesting case. When he was drafted, our collective prediction was that if he could move to the CHL he would have the chance to put up a lot of points and increase his chances of eventually starting his pro career in a prominent role. Everything was on track as he was over a point-per-game with Barrie before he was traded to a struggling Sudbury side. That’s when things went south. It’s tough to play for a struggling team, but there are plenty of NHL stars who have made the big leagues coming out of struggling programs. They found a way to drive play regardless.

Lipanov, per reports, is playing well in a secondary role this year – now with Kitchener after another trade. The Lightning have already signed him, which was a bit of a head scratcher as he didn’t seem like a slam dunk pro at the time and there was plenty of time for a decision to be made. However, there may have been more at play such as an invitation to go back home and the Lightning wanted him to remain in North America (though the contract wouldn’t kick in until his pro career started). He seems a bit lost at the moment and doesn’t possess the confidence or swagger he had when entering CHL play. There’s plenty of time, but missing out on both Canada-Russia games (he wasn't chosen for both) and potentially being left off the WJC roster could be big. Time will tell.

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