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Crunch Battle Back to Twice to Top Bears


By Jeremy Houghtaling

The Syracuse Crunch battled back from a pair of one-goal deficits and then buckled down.

The Crunch answered the Bears’ goals in the first and second periods, pulled ahead in the third and hung on through some tense moments late, as Syracuse beat Hershey, 4-2, at the Onondaga County War Memorial Saturday.

“I thought our guys played really hard tonight — harder than we have in a long time,” said Crunch head coach Rob Zettler. “It was great. From top to bottom, I thought everyone was giving us everything they had. … A lot of blocked shots, a lot of hits — just more physically involved over and above the fights.”

AHL Game Night: 1-9-16 Bears at Crunch

Richard, Crunch vets steal the show on night number two of Drouinsanity.

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Adam Wilcox allowed 2 goals on 30 shots for the victory.

First Period
HER Bourque, (14) (Collins, Boyd), 4:04
SYR Tambellini, (15) (Taormina, Richard), 17:46 (PP)

Second Period
HER Djoos, (4) (Walker, Mitchell), 7:19
SYR Angelidis, (3) (Richard, Walcott), 9:01

Third Period
SYR McGinn, (13) (Peca, Tambellini), 6:45
SYR Richard, (2) , 19:36 (EN)

Jeff Tambellini and Wilcox were the game's first and second stars. Tanner Richard also had a 3 point night with 1 goal and 3 points.

And just in case you weren't getting enough controversy in your life as a hockey fan... Anthony DeAngelo was a healthy scratch again tonight for undisclosed reasons.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

Liiga Game Day: 1-9-16

HIFK 1 vs. KalPa 0
Jonne Tammela, KalPa, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 24 GP, 4-5-9, +8, 14 PIM

20 year old Blues 4th rounder Ville Husso stopped all 23 shots he faced to blank KalPa 1-0. Ex-Stars pick Eero Kilpelainen stopped 31 in defeat for KalPa. Jonne Tammela played 15:56 in the match.

NCAA Game Night: 1-8-16

No. 11 Boston University Terriers 6 @ No. 5 Harvard Crimson 5 (Thursday)

D John MacLeod, BU: Did not play
Season totals: 17 GP, 1-0-1, -3, 18 PIM
2014-2015 totals: 37 GP, 2-7-9, +19, 58 PIM

MacLeod was out of the lineup in BU’s 6-5 win over Harvard Thursday. The Terriers scored four times in the third period. There are no reports of an injury, so this may be the second healthy scratch for MacLeod this year.

Northern Michigan Wildcats 3 @ Minnesota State Mavericks 1

W Jimmy Mullin, MSU: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 14 GP, 1-0-1, -6, 4 PIM
2013-2014 totals (Miami): 19 GP, 1-6-7, 23 PIM

Northern Michigan scored a third-period, tie-breaking goal then added an empty netter late. Mullin, a senior, continues to sit on one point for the season.

*USCHO poll used

ECHL Game Night: 1-8-16

Florida Everblades 3 at Greenville Swamp Rabbits 2 OT

F Brian Hart, GRN: 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 23 GP, 6-2-8, -5, 2 PIM, 40 SOG
Season totals (AHL): 8 GP, 1-0-1, -2, 2 PIM, 9 SOG

Other Notables
G Allen York, GRN, Loss, 22 saves on 25 shots
Season totals: 9 GP, 2-4-0-2, 3.78 GAA, 0.892 SV%, 0 SO

D Charlie Dodero, GRN: recalled to Syracuse
Season totals (ECHL): 23 GP, 0-3-3, -8, 66 PIM, 23 SOG

The Swamp Rabbits grabbed a point against the division leading Everblades Friday night at home behind a another solid start from Allen York. Ryan Martindale had a two point night for the Everblades, and Brendan O'Donnell and Gabriel Dejardins both had assists. Greenville wraps up their 3-in-3 against Florida Saturday night.

Juniors Game Night: 1-8-16

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Drummondville Voltigeurs 2 @ Shawinigan Cataractes 6

W Dennis Yan, SHAW: 0-0-0, +1, 2 PIM, 3 SOG, 2 Hits
Season totals: 34 GP, 25-26-51, +3, 44 PIM
2014-2015 Season: 59 GP, 33-31-64, +23, 71 PIM

Newly acquired Dmytro Timashov (Leafs) had four assists to lead Shawinigan Friday.

Ontario Hockey League

Oshawa Generals 2 @ Kingston Frontenacs 5

C Anthony Cirelli, OSH: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG, 13/20 FO
Season totals: 35 GP, 11-20-31, -11 19 PIM
2014-15 totals: 68 GP, 13-23-36, +34, 22 PIM

Michael Dal Colle (Islanders) had two goals and five points against his former team. Oshawa had the game tied at 2 early in the third until the Fronts took off. Oshawa has been busy on the trade front in the last two weeks, stocking up for the future. Cirelli is their first line center and is projected to be again next year.

Peterborough Petes 2 @ Ottawa 67’s 3

D Dominik Masin, PBO: Did not play
Season totals: 29 GP, 3-10-13, +20, 28 PIM
2014-15 totals: 48 GP, 7-19-26, -13, 68 PIM

D Matt Spencer, PBO: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 39 GP, 3-16-19, -1, 31 PIM
2014-15 totals: 67 GP, 6-24-30, -15, 64 PIM

Masin remains out of the lineup until he returns from World Juniors. Ottawa got the win despite dealing Travis Konecny to Sarnia earlier this week.

Niagara IceDogs 3 @ Saginaw Spirit 1

W Mitchell Stephens, SAG: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG, 9/20 FO
Season totals: 10 GP, 7-4-11, +2, 6 PIM
2014-15 totals: 62 GP, 22-26-48, -17, 44 PIM

Stephens returned from Team Canada to play his 10th game of the season (broken foot, World Juniors).

Western Hockey League

Vancouver Giants 5 @ Calgary Hitmen 2

D Ben Thomas, VAN: 0-0-0, +2, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 44 GP, 4-13-17, -13, 26 PIM
With Vancouver: 30 GP, 4-10-14, -3, 16 PIM
With Calgary: 14 GP, 0-3-3, -10, 10 PIM
2014-15 totals: 60 GP, 7-24-31, +16, 28 PIM

Ty Ronning had two goals for Vancouver.

United States Hockey League

Omaha Lancers 3 @ Lincoln Stars 2

G Kris Oldham, OMA: Win, 36 saves on 38 shots, *First Star*
Season totals: 14 GP, 9-4-1, 2.50 GAA, .922 sv%, 1 SO
2014-15 totals: 33 GP, 21-6-4, 2.49 GAA, .908 sv%, 1 SO
(University of Nebraska-Omaha signee)

Oldham broke a personal 3-game losing streak with a 36-save performance Friday in Lincoln.

Sioux City Musketeers 0 @ Madison Capitols 4

D Ryan Zuhlsdorf, SC: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM 0 SOG
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)

Garrett Metcalf (UMass-Lowell, Ducks) stopped all 31 shots he faced to beat Sioux City, who has been shut out in consecutive games. Eetu Selanne (uncommitted, undrafted), Teemu’s son, scored an empty net goal for Madison.

NHL Game Night: 1-8-16 Lightning at Oilers

Lucky breaks delay season obituary for at least one night.

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Ben Bishop allowed 2 goals on 26 shots for the win. I'm going to attribute the lucky breaks the Lightning got in the Third Period to the Hockey Gods delivering some justice on behalf of Ben for all the wins he got shafted out of earlier this season for lack of goal support.

First Period
15:20 EDM Schultz (2), (Eberle)

Second Period
3:38 EDM Pouliot (9), (Nugent-Hopkins, Sekera)(PP)

Third Period
3:01 TB Kucherov (15), (Hedman, Johnson)
14:50 TB Hedman (3), (unassisted)
15:51 TB Stamkos (18), (Hedman, Namestnikov)

Victor Hedman and Ben Bishop were the game's first and third stars.

I'm kind of at a loss. I wish I could tell you how exciting this come from behind win was and how this is the turning point of the season. But, honestly, the Lightning played a subpar game tonight and got lucky drawing and inside straight of three lucky goals in the Third Period to pull it out. It's not that they played awful, mind you. They had the bulk of possession in the First Period and the Third Period, and when you have possession you increase your odds of getting some of that good old "puck luck." But, honestly, they simply weren't generating much in the way of chances. It was an antiseptic, robotic, emotion-free effort like we saw in Calgary occasionally interrupted by the Lightning struggling with Edmonton's speed on odd man counters the other way. Really, it was mostly boring, joyless hockey if you want to be brutally honest about it.

They crawled back into the game off a faceoff win that led to a shot into a maze of players that was credited to Kucherov. Then you had a 2-on-1 where a Hedman centering feed was tipped into the Edmonton goal by Taylor Hall on the backcheck. Finally, the hat trick of good fortune was polished off by a Stamkos centering feed/shot from the bad angle on the goal line that banked in off of Nurse's skate for the game winning goal. Yay.

We'll see if the Lightning can parlay this into any kind of run. I'm skeptical, but I'd be happy to be wrong.

Nikita Nesterov was a +2 with 2 penaty minutes, 1 shot, 4 hits, and 1 blocked shot in 16:02. He got his chances tonight. Thankfully, I think he's still got his "shoot-first" preset in his mind, but there was a time or two in this game, like in Calgary, where I think he was a little hesitant to try to get it through with a potential shot blocker in front of him.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

AHL Game Night: 1-8-16 Crunch at Devils

Third Period collapse tarnished night one of Drouinmania for Syracuse.

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Kristers Gudlevskis allowed 2 goals on 10 shots in the First Period before giving way to Adam Wilcox who allowed 3 goals on 20 shots the rest of the way for the loss.

First Period
ALB Sislo, (14) (Lorito, Blandisi), 10:27 (PP)
SYR Drouin, (1) (Walcott), 12:08
ALB Tropp, (9) (Boucher), 14:12
SYR Drouin, (2) (Gourde, Blunden), 19:17

Second Period
ALB Pelley, (3) (Thomson, Scarlett), 8:44
SYR Tambellini, (13) (Taormina, McGinn), 10:39

Third Period
SYR Tambellini, (14) (McGinn, Taormina), 5:14
ALB Sislo, (15) (Scarlett, Blandisi), 12:49 (PP)
ALB Lorito, (8) , 13:53
ALB Boucher, (13) (Sislo, Blandisi), 19:25 (EN)

Jeff Tambellini was the game's third star.

Jonathan Drouin had 2 goals and a team high 5 shots on goal in his season debut for the Crunch.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

Liiga Game Day: 1-8-16

TPS 3 vs. KalPa 1
Jonne Tammela, KalPa, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 23 GP, 4-5-9, +8, 14 PIM

Jonne Tammela was scoreless in just 10:07 of ice time in KalPa's 3-1 loss to TPS. TPS got a goal from ex-Springfield Falcons forward David Spina and 1 goal and 1 assist from ex-Thrashers forward Tomi Kallio.

Salminen Update: Saku Salminen has 2 goals and 4 points in 7 games for TUTO Hockey in the Finnish Mestis (second tier) league. Salminen was loaned to TUTO from his KHL club, Jokerit, where he had 1 assist in 9 games with the team.

KHL Game Day: 1-8-16

Novokuznetsk 3 vs. Magnitogorsk 7
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, Win, 34/37, 3.01 GAA, .919 sv%
Season totals: 40 GP, 18-13-7, 2 SO, 2.23 GAA, .922 sv%

Ex-QMJHLer Tomas Filippi had a pair of goals for Magnitogorsk in their 7-3 win over Novokuznetsk. You've got to score touchdowns when you get in the red zone. Magnoitogorsk is currently second in the KHL Eastern Conference by virtue of their division lead.

Novgorod 5 vs. Sochi 1
Carter Ashton, Novgorod, 1-1-2, +2, 2 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 38 GP, 11-9-20, +4, 53 PIM

Carter Ashton had an even strength goal and assist in Novgorod's 5-1 win over HC Sochi. He also took a minor for tripping in 16:02 of ice time. Sochi forwards Denis and Dmitri Kazionov, both ex-Lightning picks, were scoreless in the match for HC Sochi. Novogorod currently sits in 4th on the KHL Western Conference table.

CSKA 4 vs. St. Petersburg 2
Nikita Gusev, St. Petersburg, 1-0-1, -2, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Season totals (St. Petersburg): 21 GP, 9-13-22, +3, 2 PIM
Season totals (Khanty-Mansiysk): 23 GP, 7-7-14, +6, 4 PIM
Season totals: 44 GP, 16-20-36, +9, 6 PIM

Nikita Gusev had a First Period power play goal to put St. Petersburg up 2-0, but CSKA scored 4 unanswered goals to win the match 4-2. Gusev also had a team high 4 shots on goal. CSKA's goal scorers included ex-Predators first rounder Alexander Radulov. St. Petersburg slipped to 6th in the KHL Western Conference.

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