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AHL Game Night: 2-17-13 Crunch at Penguins

Riku is hulking up.

SYR-3
WBS-0

Riku Helenius (pictured) stopped all 23 shots he faced for his 2nd shutout in the past 3 games and his 4th shutout of the season. He's allowed just 1 goal over the span of those 3 games. We've seen this before with Helenius, when he had a string of shutouts early in the season for JYP en route to backstopping them to a SM-liiga title. His save percentage is still just .891 for the season, and the Lightning just acquired Cedrick Desjardins for a reason, but when Riku starts getting on a roll like this, he can be unbelievable.

First Period
NO SCORING

Second Period
NO SCORING

Third Period
SYR Wilson, (2) (Labrie), 2:02
SYR Connolly, (21) (Palat, Johnson), 3:25
SYR Wilson, (3) (Johnson, Palat), 11:44

Helenius, Kyle Wilson, and Brett Connolly were the game's three stars.

Syracuse draws Albany tomorrow night as they try to run down Springfield and Binghamton for the conference lead.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

KHL Game Day: 2-17-13

The end of the regular season...

KHL (Russia):
Magnitogorsk 1 vs. Chelyabinsk 4
Nikita Nesterov, Chelyabinsk, 0-1-1, +2, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals (KHL): 35 GP, 0-1-1, +6, 14 PIM
Season totals (MHL): 2 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM

On the final day of the regular season, Nikita Nesterov snapped his season long scoreless drought with a helper on a Yegor Dugin goal in Chelyabinsk's 4-1 win over Magnitogorsk. The defenseman played 14:17 in the match. Caps first rounger Evgeny Kuznetsov scored his 19th goal of the season in the win.

Novgorod 3 vs. Kabarovsk 2
Nikita Gusev, Khavarovsk, 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals (KHL)(Khabarovsk): 24 GP, 4-8-12, +2, 4 PIM
Season totals (KHL)(CSKA): 6 GP, 0-1-1, -2, 0 PIM
Season totals (KHL)(Total): 30 GP, 4-9-13, E, 4 PIM
Season totals (VHL): 15 GP, 7-6-13, -2, 2 PIM

Nikita Gusev capped off his season the right way scoring a Second Period even strength goal in 14:00 of ice time in Khabarovsk's 3-2 loss to Novgorod. The goal put Gusev at a half a point a game since his trade to Amur, and he averaged a decent 12:53 of ice time a game for the team.

Cherepovets 3 vs. Nizhnekamsk 4 (OT)
Vasily Koshechkin, Cherepovets, OT Loss, 27/31, 4.00 GAA, .871 sv%
Season totals: 51 GP, 28-20-3, 8 SO, 2.13 GAA, .923 sv%

Vasily Koshechkin, who was named the KHL's Player of the Month for January, dropped his final start of the season 4-3 in overtime to Nizhnekamsk. Koshechkin ends the season with the most shutouts in the KHL at 8. Teammate Denis Kazionov, a former Lightning draft pick, was scoreless in the match and finished with 14 goals and 22 points in 45 games this season.

Dinamo Minsk 2 vs. Ufa 3
Andrey Vasilevskiy, Ufa, Win, 32/34, 2.00 GAA, .941 sv%
Season totals (KHL): 8 GP, 4-1-0, 1 SO, 2.22 GAA, .924 sv%
Season totals (MHL): 27 GP, 20-6-1, 3 SO, 1.93 GAA, .930 sv%

Andrey Vasilevskiy capped his regular season by stopping 32 shots in a 3-2 victory over Dinamo Minsk. Ex-Lightning defenseman Janne Niskala had 1 goal and 1 assist for Minsk in defeat.

Dinamo Riga 3 vs. Bratislava 1
Jaroslav Janus, Bratislava, Loss, 16/19, 3.00 GAA, .842 sv%
Season totals: 47 GP, 26-17-4, 5 SO, 2.17 GAA, .928 sv%

Jaroslav Janus completed his superb rookie regular season in the KHL with a 3-1 loss to Dinamo Riga. Ex-Lightning prospect Michal Sersen had Slovan's only goal in the loss. Ex-Lightning forward and Riga captain Martins Karsums scored the game winning goal for Dinamo.

Playoffs:
The playoffs begin Wednesday, with only Gusev's Khabarovsk failing to qualify for the postseason among teams with Lightning prospects. In the Western Conference, Koshechkin and 5th seeded Cherepovets will square off with 4th seeded Yaroslavl Lokomotiv to start the playoffs. Janus and 6th seeded Bratislava draw 3rd seed Dynamo Moscow. In the Eastern Conference, Nesterov and 3rd seeded Trakot Chelyabinsk will get 6th seed Barys Astana. 5th seed Ufa and Andrey Vasilevskiy draw 4th seed Magnitogorsk.

ECHL Game Night: 2-16-13

Florida Everblades 4 @ Gwinnett Gladiators 3

F Maxime Langelier-Parent, FLA: Did not play
Season totals: 3 GP, 2-1-3, -3, 5 PIM
(Syracuse Crunch contract)

D Daniel Milan, FLA: 0-0-0, +1, 1 SOG, 2 PIM
Season totals: 32 GP, 1-3-4, +5, 31 PIM

G Pat Nagle, FLA: Did not play
Season totals: 25 GP, 12-7-2, 3.09 GAA, 666 S / 736 SA (.905 SV%), 0 SO

Florida beat South Division-leading Gwinnett in their own barn, 4-3. The win pulled the ‘Blades to within four points of Greenville for second and within six points of the Gladiators. Pat Nagle was back with Florida and sat backup. He was backup to Riku Helenius on Friday night for AHL Syracuse. He was returned to the ECHL when Cedrick Desjardins arrived in Syracuse after being acquired for Dustin Tokarski earlier this week.

Florida and Gwinnett meet again on Sunday afternoon.

Official Recap | Box Score

NCAA Game Night: 2-16-13

Cornell Big Red 2 @ Harvard Crimson 2

D/W Kirill Gotovets, COR: Did not play
Season totals: 21 GP, 0-0-0, +1, 12 PIM

F Brian Hart, HAR: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 23 GP, 4-11-15, +1, 10 PIM

Harvard extended their unbeaten streak to four games with a tie against the Big Red.

Clarkson Golden Knights 1 @ No. 1 Quinnipiac Bobcats 2

F Matthew Peca, QU: 0-1-1, +1, 2 PIM, 4 SOG
Season totals: 27 GP, 9-10-19, +7, 30 PIM

Quinnipiac returned to their winning ways, hanging on to beat Clarkson, 2-1. The Bobcats had their 21-game unbeaten streak snapped on Friday against St. Lawrence. With the win, the Bobcats clinched the Cleary Cup as ECAC regular season champions for the first time in school history. According to a USCHO recap, no Bobcat player touched the trophy at the presentation. Matt Peca had an assist, but nearly had a goal as he was stopped on a breakaway after leaving the penalty box.

No. 6 Western Michigan Broncos 3 @ Ohio State Buckeyes 6

D Luke Witkowski, WMU: 0-0-0, -3, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 32 GP, 2-5-7, -7, 40 PIM

A very atypical night for WMU, who allowed four second period goals en route to a 6-3 loss in Columbus. The Broncos, under former NHL coach Andy Murray and with one of the best defensive corps in the country, are known for limiting shots and rarely giving up more than two goals. This was the seventh time in 26 games they’ve allowed more than two goals.

Undrafted junior Alex Szczechura, brother of former Bolt Paul Szczechura (pictured), had a hat trick and four points for OSU. Paul is currently in the KHL with Dynamo Riga. He has eight goals and 25 points in 40 games so far this season. Ironically, Paul went to Western Michigan.

*USCHO poll used

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