Florida Everblades 7 at Indy Fuel 6
D Artem Sergeev, FLA: 0-0-0, +1, 2 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 14 GP, 4-3-7, +6, 6 PIM, 19 SOG
D Kirill Gotovets, IND: 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 13 GP, 2-2-4, -4, 12 PIM, 22 SOG
G Allen York, FLA, INJURED
Season totals: 12 GP, 9-2-0-1, 2.13 GAA, 0.912 SV%, 2 SO
F Jeff Costello, FLA: 1-0-1, +2, 0 PIM, 5 SOG
Season totals (ECHL): 11 GP, 4-0-4, +5, 16 PIM, 20 SOG
Season totals (AHL): 3 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
F Mike Aviani, FLA: 0-1-1, +1, 2 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals (ECHL): 12 GP, 3-3-6, +3, 11 PIM, 19 SOG
Season totals (AHL): 2 GP, 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM
With Allen York sidelined with an injury, Florida's first ever game in Indy against the expansion Fuel was a wild affair with 13 goals scored. The Blades were ahead 6-3 at the 2nd intermission, but surrendered three 3rd period goals on 17 Indy shots. Jeff Costello notched his 4th goal of the season about 7 minutes into the 3rd that would stand as the eventual game winner. Lightning camper Mike Aviani would get the primary assist on Costello's marker. Fuel rookie blueliner Kirill Gotovets, a former Lightning 2009 7th round pick, played his 13th game of the season tonight for Indy. Gotovets signed an AHL contract in September with Chicago Blackhawks' AHL affiliate in Rockford and was reassigned by Rockford to Indy in October. Gotovets, a graduate of Cornell, had his rights traded to Chicago by Tampa in April 2012 for current BP Prospect-of-the-Week Philippe Paradis. Florida returns to Estero for a Wednesday home tilt against Elmira before Indy rolls into South Florida for back-to-back games next weekend.
Wichita Thunder 1 at Brampton Beast 3
F Danick Gauthier, WIC: 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Season totals (ECHL): 19 GP, 8-10-18, +3, 12 PIM, 61 SOG
Season totals (AHL): 1 GP, 0-0-0, -2, 2 PIM
D Daniel Milan, WIC: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 5 SOG
Season totals: 19 GP, 0-3-3, -3, 34 PIM, 21 SOG
Not the homecoming Daniel Milan was looking for as the Thunder rolled into Brampton for Milan's first game against his old team. He did put up a season-high 5 shots, but Beast goalie Trevor Cann turned away 45 Thunder shots, upstaging Wichita netminder and Edmonton Oiler prospect Tyler Bunz who currently sports the ECHL's 2nd stingiest goals-against-average (Allen York is 4th). Followers of the Florida Everblades will recall that Cann was acquired last season by the Blades when Lightning prospect Kristers Gudlevskis was recalled to the Syracuse Crunch after parting ways with Riku Helenius. Cann appeared in 29 games for Florida last season posting a 15-10-1 record. The Beast also managed to do what few Central Division teams have been able to accomplish and that is keeping the Wichita Wizard Danick Gauthier off the scoreboard. The road trip for the Thunder continues Sunday in upstate NY against the Elmira Jackals.
Vladislav Namestnikov made an impact on his first shift.
The Crunch forward, sent to Syracuse to get more ice time earlier this week, chipped in a rebound 59 seconds into the game and was a catalyst in the Crunch getting out to a five-goal lead in the first period. But Syracuse saw its lead dwindle to one early in the third and barely hung on to top the Hartford Wolf Pack, 6-5, at the Onondaga County War Memorial Friday.
"We actually came out great, kind of against what we've done all year," said Crunch head coach Rob Zettler. "We came out great and finished flat."
Crunch outlast Wolf Pack.
Kristers Gudlevskis got the "W" despite allowing 5 goals on 35 shots.
SYR Namestnikov, (1) (Marchessault, Nesterov), 0:59 (PP)
SYR Angelidis, (7) (Smith, Gourde), 3:26
SYR Vermin, (6) (Nesterov, Namestnikov), 3:44
SYR Dotchin, (1) (Blujus, Richard), 13:34 (PP)
SYR Gourde, (10) (Richard, Paradis), 16:34
HFD Haggerty, (5) (Lindberg, R. Bourque), 1:55 (PP)
HFD Nehring, (1) (Nicholls, Jackson), 3:49
HFD Malone, (1) (R. Bourque, Mueller), 9:37
HFD Kristo, (6) (C. Bourque, Kostka), 4:02 (PP)
SYR Angelidis, (8) (Namestnikov, Marchessault), 6:11 (PP)
HFD C. Bourque, (8) (Bodie, Kristo), 7:50 (PP)
There's simply no excuse to almost squander a 5 goal lead, and while Syracuse continues to scores goals at an accelerated clip they continue to struggle keeping it out of their own net.
Box score from TheAHL.com.
Khanty-Mansiysk 4 vs. Kazan 3 (SO)
Nikita Gusev, Khanty-Mansiysk, 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Season totals: 31 GP, 10-7-17, +2, 10 PIM
Nikita Gusev had both a goal and the shootout winner for Yugra in their 4-3 win over Ak Bars Kazan. He played 17:34 in the contest.
Dynamo Moscow 7 vs. Bratislava 2
Jaroslav Janus, Bratislava, Loss, 20/27, 7.01 GAA, .741 sv%
Season totals: 16 GP, 4-9-3, 2 SO, 2.68 GAA, .895 sv%
Ex-Lightning forward Martins Karsums had a goal for Dynamo Moscow in their 7-2 rout of Slovan Bratislava.
Ontario Hockey League
Sault Ste Marie Greyhounds 8 @ Windsor Spitfires 5
W Cristiano DiGiacinto, WSR: 1-0-1, -1, 0 PIM, *Third Star*
Season totals: 21 GP, 9-5-14, -8, 34 PIM
2013-14 totals: 50 GP, 17-11-28, +8, 101 PIM
DiGiacinto scored for the third consecutive game and earned third star in a loss to the mighty Greyhounds. The Soo has separated themselves from the pack with Oshawa and Erie as league favorites.
Oshawa Generals 6 @ Peterborough Petes 0
D Dominik Masin, PBO: 0-0-0, -4, 0 PIM
Season totals: 25 GP, 5-8-13, -16, 41 PIM
2013-14 totals: 39 GP, 2-19-21, +6, 102 PIM
Ouch. Not a good night for the Petes, or Masin, who was a team-worst minus-4 on Thursday. Islanders first rounder Michael Dal Colle had two goals and an assist for first star honors.