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KHL Game Day: 2-3-16

Magnitogorsk 1 vs. CSKA 3
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, Loss, 31/33, 2.02 GAA, .939 sv%
Season totals: 50 GP, 22-15-9, 4 SO, 2.12 GAA, .925 sv%

Ex-Predators first rounder Alexander Radulov had a goal for CSKA in their 3-1 win over Magnitogorsk. Ex-Senators farmhand Stephane DaCosta also had a goal for CSKA in the match.

Nizhnekamsk 1 vs. Novgorod 4
Carter Ashton, Novgorod, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 46 GP, 13-10-23, +3, 61 PIM

Carter Ashton was scoreless in just 12:04 of ice time in Novgorod's 4-1 win over Nizhnekamsk. Ex-Avs pick Linus Videll chipped in 1 goal and 1 assist in the win.

St. Petersburg 2 vs. Ekaterinburg 3 (SO)
Nikita Gusev, St. Petersburg, 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 5 SOG
Season totals (St. Petersburg): 31 GP, 13-21-34, +9, 10 PIM
Season totals (Khanty-Mansiysk): 23 GP, 7-7-14, +6, 4 PIM
Season totals: 54 GP, 20-28-48, +15, 14 PIM

Nikita Gusev had an even strength helper in 9:15 of ice time, but failed to convert in his penalty shot session attempt in SKA's 3-2 loss to Ekaterinburg. Former Oilers first rounder Alexei Mikhnov had a pair of goals in the win for Ekaterinburg, and a goal in the Shootout, as well.

Juniors Game Night: 2-2-16

Western Hockey League

Brandon Wheat Kings 6 @ Moose Jaw Warriors 2

C Brayden Point, MJ: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM
Season totals: 30 GP, 23-32-55, +15, 19 PIM
2014-15 totals: 60 GP, 38-49-87, +6, 46 PIM

One game after putting up nine goals, the Warriors allowed six to Brandon in a 6-3 home loss.

Liiga Game Day: 2-2-16

Assat 3 vs. KalPa 2
Jonne Tammela, KalPa, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 30 GP, 4-7-11, +7, 14 PIM

Jonne Tammela was scoreless in just 9:23 of ice time in KalPa's 3-2 loss to Assat. Ex-Islanders pick Masi Marjamaki had a goal for Assat in the victory.

NCAA Game Night: 2-1-16

Northeastern Huskies 1 @ No. 9 Boston University Terriers 3 (Beanpot)

D John MacLeod, BU: Did not play
Season totals: 21 GP, 1-1-2, -2, 20 PIM
2014-2015 totals: 37 GP, 2-7-9, +19, 58 PIM

MacLeod was scratched for the third straight game. He had been on a rotation the past few weekends. BU will play BC for the Beanpot title.

Crunch players, North Division come up short in All-Star Challenge


By Jeremy Houghtaling

With a chance to advance to the championship game, the North Division All-Stars came up just short.

The Atlantic topped the North in the final game of the round robin portion, but ultimately lost to the Central, 4-0, in the championship game of the AHL All-Star Challenge at the Onondaga County War Memorial Monday.

In the half 4-on-4 and half 3-on-3 format nine-minute format, the North — which features three Syracuse Crunch players — beat the Pacific 1-0 in the first game, lost to the Central in the second game 4-2, and finished with a 4-1 loss to the Atlantic.

Crunch defenseman Matt Taormina also participated in last year’s all-star game, but enjoyed the new format.

“It was a bunch of fun,” Taormina said. “The skills competition was the same as last year, which was great. It was good to see some of the different guys out there. This time it was definitely a different game.”

KHL Game Day: 2-1-16

Omsk 4 vs. Novgorod 1
Carter Ashton, Novgorod, 0-1-1, -1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 45 GP, 13-10-23, +3, 61 PIM

Carter Ashton had a power play assist on ex-NHLer Nikolai Zherdev's lone goal for Novgorod in their 4-1 loss to Omsk. Ashton played 16:59 in the match. Ex-NHLer Martin Erat had a pair of helpers for Omsk in the win.

St. Petersburg 2 vs. Jokerit 1
Nikita Gusev, St. Petersburg, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 5 SOG
Season totals (St. Petersburg): 30 GP, 13-20-33, +8, 10 PIM
Season totals (Khanty-Mansiysk): 23 GP, 7-7-14, +6, 4 PIM
Season totals: 53 GP, 20-27-47, +14, 14 PIM

Nikita Gusev was scoreless in 14:31 of ice time in SKA's 2-1 win over Jokerit. He did have a team high 5 SOG's for St. Petersburg in the win. SKA's Third Period GWG was assisted on by ex-NHLer Ilya Kovalchuk.

The Bolt Prospects Podcast, Volume 52

This week's “Radek Smolenak Edition” of the Bolt Prospects Podcast (also available on Lightning Power Play, Lightning Radio's iHeart station) includes the following topics:

NOTE: This was recorded before the Drouin suspension. A special edition of the podcast will be posted Thursday morning.

· The No. 52
· Sitting on the corner of Drouinsanity and Stammergeddon
· #BPMailbag (Vasy being shopped? ... DeAngelo timeline ... Drouin trade ideas)

Juniors Game Night: 1-31-16

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Drummondville Voltigeurs 4 @ Shawinigan Cataractes 5 (OT)

W Dennis Yan, SHAW: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG, 0 Hits
Season totals: 42 GP, 28-29-57, +5, 54 PIM
2014-2015 Season: 59 GP, 33-31-64, +23, 71 PIM

Yan has only 13 points in his last 17 games (6 in his last 9) after having 44 in his first 25 this season.

Ontario Hockey League

Ottawa 67’s 5 @ Oshawa Generals 4 (SO)

C Anthony Cirelli, OSH: 0-3-3, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, 11/23 FO, *First Star*
Season totals: 44 GP, 13-28-41, -10 19 PIM
2014-15 totals: 68 GP, 13-23-36, +34, 22 PIM

Cirelli was first star for three assists in regulation, plus a shootout goal. Not a bad week for the new Gens captain. His three points were a season high for a game and matched his career high, set twice last season.

Sarnia Sting 5 @ Windsor Spitfires 0

W Cristiano DiGiacinto, WSR: 0-0-0, -1, 4 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 44 GP, 15-22-37, +21, 61 PIM
2014-15 totals: 63 GP, 21-24-45, -16, 100 PIM

DiGiacinto has gone ice cold on the scoresheet with just two points in his last 10 games. He was a point-per-gamer for most of the season.

Kingston Frontenacs 2 @ Peterborough Petes 3 (SO)

D Dominik Masin, PBO: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Season totals: 38 GP, 5-15-20, +27, 34 PIM
2014-15 totals: 48 GP, 7-19-26, -13, 68 PIM

D Matt Spencer, PBO: Did not play (injured)
Season totals: 40 GP, 3-16-19, E, 31 PIM
2014-15 totals: 67 GP, 6-24-30, -15, 64 PIM

The shootout went nine rounds, but Peterborough prevailed, 3-2 (3-2).

Guelph Storm 4 @ Saginaw Spirit 2

W Mitchell Stephens, SAG: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 5 SOG, 11/21 FO
Season totals: 20 GP, 9-8-17, +1, 10 PIM
2014-15 totals: 62 GP, 22-26-48, -17, 44 PIM

After starting strong in his return from the World Junior Championships, Stephens is now in an offensive slump with just one point in his last seven games.

Western Hockey League

Medicine Hat Tigers 3 @ Moose Jaw Warriors 9

C Brayden Point, MJ: 3-0-3, +4, 0 PIM, *First Star*
Season totals: 29 GP, 23-32-55, +14, 19 PIM
2014-15 totals: 60 GP, 38-49-87, +6, 46 PIM

Moose Jaw snapped out of their recent funk with a crushing win over Medicine Hat. Brayden Point was first star, completing his hat trick early in the third period. The Tigers held a 2-1 lead in the second period before the floodgates opened.

United States Hockey League

Waterloo Black Hawks 5 @ Sioux City Musketeers 2

D Ryan Zuhlsdorf, SC: Did not play
Season totals: 27 GP, 0-22-22, -5, 30 PIM
2014-15 totals: 56 GP, 3-19-22, +25, 58 PIM
(University of Minnesota signee)

Zuhlsdorf remains out of the Sioux City lineup with a concussion sustained January 8.

Crunch Trio Soaks in Experience at Skills Competition


By Jeremy Houghtaling

As he rounded the final turn of the fastest skater competition, Matt Taormina’s grin nearly went ear-to-ear.

For Taormina and Syracuse Crunch teammates Kristers Gudlevskis and Mike Angelidis, the AHL All-Star Skills Competition was all about having a good time with the best players in the league. The Western Conference used the final breakaway relay to pull out a 19-14 win over the East at the Onondaga County War Memorial Sunday, but the score didn’t matter after the final horn.

“Overall, it was nice to see some of the guys outside of a competition and being upset with each other and battling back and forth,” Taormina said. “It was good to see everybody laugh and have a good time with a smile on their face.”

NCAA Game Night: 1-31-16

No. 19 Minnesota State Mavericks 2 vs No. 20 Minnesota Golden Gophers 1

W Jimmy Mullin, MSU: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 18 GP, 1-3-4, -4, 4 PIM
2013-2014 totals (Miami): 19 GP, 1-6-7, 23 PIM

The Mavs won third place at the North Star College Cup, held in St. Paul, Minnesota, with a 2-1 win Sunday. The Gophers got 21 saves on 23 shots from Eric Schierhorn, who fell to 13-12-0 on the season as Adam Wilcox’s replacement.

*USCHO poll used

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