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AHL Game Night: 12-20-17 Crunch at Rocket

Rocket score 3 unanswered to pull away from Crunch.

SYR-2
LAV-5

Louis Domingue allowed 4 goals on 24 shots for the loss.

First Period
0:28 LAV Cracknell (5), (Terry, Scherbak)
17:06 SYR Peca (5), (McBain, Thomas)(PP)

Second Period
5:46 LAV Scherbak (4), (Taormina, Terry)(PP)
15:55 SYR Joseph (5), (Verhaeghe)
16:45 LAV Cracknell (6), (Terry, Scherbak)

Third Period
7:00 LAV Lernout (1), (Cracknell)
14:08 LAV Terry (14), (Lernout)(EN)

Box score from TheAHL.com.

2018 IIHF World Junior Championship: 12-20-17

2018 IIHF World Junior Championship

Canada 9 @ Czech Republic 0 (Pre-Tournament Exhibition)

F Taylor Raddysh , CAN: 2-2-4
Tournament Totals: ---

F Boris Katchouk, CAN: 1-0-1
Tournament Totals: ---

F Brett Howden , CAN: 0-1-1
Tournament Totals: ---

D Cal Foote, CAN: 1-0-1
Tournament Totals: ---

D Libor Hajek, CZE: 0-0-0
Tournament Totals: ---

Canada’s World Juniors team got its pre-tournament exhibition schedule underway against the Czech Republic WJC team with a 9-0 victory. Taylor Raddysh led the offense with two goals and four points, and Carter Hart (PHI, 2016 2nd round pick) pitched an 18-shot shutout. The Canadians got goals from eight players including Boris Katchouk and Cal Foote, with Brett Howden assisting on Foote’s goal. Robert Thomas (STL, 2017 1st round pick) added a goal and three assists for the Canadians. Libor Hajek, like the rest of the Czech team, was held scoreless in the exhibition match at the Budweiser Gardens in London, Ontario. Canada plays one more exhibition match against the Swiss WJC team Friday in Hamilton, Ontario before beginning tournament play on Boxing Day against the Finnish team at the tournament site in Buffalo, NY.

Crunch's Masin Adding More Offense in Second Pro Season


By Jeremy Houghtaling

Dominik Masin is seeing quite an increase in point production in his second pro season.

The defenseman recorded nine points — more than he had all of last season — during the Syracuse Crunch's 10 game win streak from Nov. 22 to Dec. 15.

Not the flashiest player, Masin has focused on making simple plays and getting the puck on net.

"We've been scoring a lot and I'm happy that I can help the team with some points," Masin said. "I don't know, I guess I've been a little lucky too."

Juniors Game Night: 12-19-17

Minnesota State High School League

Edina Hornets 5 @ Cretin-Derham Hall Raiders 2

F Sammy Walker, EDN: 1-1-2, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals (HS): 8 GP, 9-13-22, 4 PIM
Season Totals (USHL): 4 GP, 0-0-0, -3, 4 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (HS): 25 GP, 22-24-46, 6 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (USHL): 4 GP, 0-0-0, -3, 6 PIM
Committed to: University of Minnesota

Walker scored and added a power play assist as the Hornets used a three-goal 2nd period to make the difference in a road win at Highland Arena in St. Paul against the Raiders of Cretin-Derham Hall.

I failed to post the results of Edina’s 10-7 win against Elk River last Friday night, the second game of a three-in-three for the Hornets at the Edina Classic tournament, in which Walker exploded for five goals and six points. Forward Jack Perbix, brother of Bolt Prospect Nick Perbix, had three assists for the Elks in that game. The younger Perbix is 2018 draft eligible and a Notre Dame commit, was a 1st round pick by the Green Bay Gamblers in the 2016 USHL Futures Draft. Edina’s next game is Boxing Day (Dec 26th) against the Minnetonka Skippers.

NHL Game Night: 12-19-17 Lightning at Golden Knights

Lightning come up snake eyes in first trip to Sin City.

TB-3
LV-4

Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 4 goals on 36 shots for the loss. He was, in my mind, uncharacteristically average tonight in a game where the team in front of him really needed the bail out.

First Period
7:43 TB Stamkos (13), (Hedman, Kucherov)(PP)
19:13 TB Namestnikov (14), (Kucherov, Hedman)(PP)

Second Period
10:07 LV Neal (17), (Perron, Theodore)(PP)
18:21 LV Marchessault (12), (Perron, Theodore)(PP)

Third Period
4:42 LV Haula (13), (Theodore, Perron)(PP)
16:08 TB Hedman (4), (Stamkos)
19:57 LV Theodore (2), (Marchessault, Haula)(PP)

Whether tonight was because of a flu big running through the team, which led to Tyler Johnson and Jake Dotchin being late scratches, or a couple of long nights on The Strip, that was the Lightning's worst effort since the debacle in Boston. That they had any opportunity at all to steal a point after Fleury's gift of a soft goal at all was mildly remarkable. The team just played a very lightweight game. Soft passes and over-stickhandling leading to a bevy of turnovers coming out of their own end and they just didn't have the puck enough to merit a victory. How they managed 38 shots on Fleury I have no clue because it seemed like they barely had the puck and what little they did they were either turning it over, icing it, or chipping it up the boards just to relieve the pressure.

With that said, awfully ticky tack call on Coburn that led to the GWG. Gallant had a minor hissy fit on a prior call on Engelland that was an absolutely appropriate call and he was rewarded with the make up whistle. In the grand scheme, the Lightning probably deserved the result they got, but in that moment that call was mildly atrocious.

Slater Koekkoek had 2 penalty minutes, 2 shots, 1 hit, and 1 blocked shot in 8:50. Didn't have a great First Period. Didn't seem to see the ice much thereafter.

Yanni Gourde had 1 blocked shot and was 44% on 9 draws in 21:33.

Mikhail Sergachev had 2 penalty minutes, 3 shots, and 1 hit in 14:11. If he's ill, that's a fair excuse, but he was brutal tonight coming out of his own end. His turnover that led to his penalty that led to Vegas' third goal would've gotten a lot of rookies benched (if not demoted). There's a line where confidence with the puck bleeds over into utter stupidity. Sergachev leapt over that boundary a few times tonight.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

Juniors Game Night: 12-17-17

Ontario Hockey League

** Note: Boris Katchouk (Sault Ste. Marie) and Taylor Raddysh (Erie) are away from their respective teams for the 2018 WJC tournament.

Peterborough Petes 2 @ Hamilton Bulldogs 5

W/C Christopher Paquette, PBO: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 4/6 FO
Season Totals: 29 GP, 10-4-14, -18, 6 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (NIA/PBO): 66 GP, 19-29-48, +1, 28 PIM

Former Maple Leaf prospect Nikita Korostelev scored twice for the Petes, but the Bulldogs lit the lamp four times in the first period and cruised to a 5-2 victory over a struggling Peterborough team. As one-time East Division leaders, the Petes are now winless in their last five, and have only won three games in their last 10. Meanwhile, Hamilton, the now East Division leader, has won five straight and 8 of their last ten, and only the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds with a 20 game win streak is hotter in the OHL.

Juniors Game Night: 12-16-17

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Cape Breton Screaming Eagles 2 @ Halifax Mooseheads 4

C/W Otto Somppi, HAL: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG, 13/19 FO
Season Totals: 27 GP, 11-25-36, +25, 14 PIM
’16-’17 Totals: 60 GP, 17-24-41, -7, 28 PIM

After the Mooseheads and Screaming Eagles exchanged a pair of goals, sixteen-year-old Xavier Parent (2019 draft eligible) notched his 8th goal of the season in what would be the game winner. Somppi collected his 25th assist of the season on a Patrick Kyte (undrafted) goal, eclipsing last year’s total of 24 in 33 fewer games, on pace for about an 80-point season.

Ontario Hockey League

** Note: Boris Katchouk (Sault Ste. Marie) and Taylor Raddysh (Erie) are away from their respective teams for the 2018 WJC tournament.

Barrie Colts 5 @ Niagara Ice Dogs 3

W Alexey Lipanov, BAR: 0-0-0, +1, 2 PIM, 0 SOG, 6/12 FO
Season Totals: 31 GP, 11-17-28, +10, 10 PIM
‘16-‘17 Totals (VHL-Russia): 21 GP, 3-5-8, +5, 8 PIM

Three times the Ice Dogs drew within a goal of the Colts after Barrie jumped out to a 2-0 lead. Aaron Luchuk (undrafted), acquired Thursday from the Windsor Spitfires, scored the opening goal, his 3rd goal and 5th point for the Colts since the trade.

Western Hockey League

** Note: Brett Howden (Moose Jaw) and Cal Foote (Kelowna) are away from their respective teams for the 2018 WJC tournament.

** Note: Libor Hajek is away from his team (Saskatoon) attending the Team Czech Republic's WJC Selection Camp in Niagara Falls, Ont, and is expected to make the final team roster.

Brandon Wheat Kings 4 @ Moose Jaw Warriors 7

C Brett Howden, MJ: Did not play
Season Totals: 20 GP, 13-18-31, +14, 18 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals: 58 GP, 38-43-81, +14, 73 PIM

D Oleg Sosunov, MJ: 0-0-0, +3, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season Totals: 34 GP, 6-10-16, +25, 34 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (MHL-Russia): 32 GP, 0-0-0, +1, 79 PIM

Brayden Burke (undrafted) notched a 5-point night and both Jayden Halbgewachs (undrafted) and Vince Loschiavo (undrafted) scored 2 goals each as the Warriors put up a touchdown on the Wheat Kings.

United States Hockey League

** Note: Nick Perbix and Cole Guttman are away from their respective USHL teams this week for the World Junior A Challenge tournament.

Minnesota State High School League

Eden Prairie Eagles 1 @ Edina Hornets 7

F Sammy Walker, EDN: 0-3-3, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season Totals (HS): 7 GP, 3-11-14, 2 PIM
Season Totals (USHL): 4 GP, 0-0-0, -3, 4 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (HS): 25 GP, 22-24-46, 6 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (USHL): 4 GP, 0-0-0, -3, 6 PIM
Committed to: University of Minnesota

Walker (pictured) doled out three assists, two on the power play, Liam Malmquist (uncommitted) tallied a hat trick, and Jett Jungels (Northern Michigan commit) as the Hornets put up a touchdown on the Eagles. Edina’s next game is Tuesday (Dec 20th) against the Cretin-Derham Hall Raiders.

NHL Game Night: 12-16-17 Lightning at Avalanche

Lightning make garbage time more exciting than necessary.

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COL-5

Peter Budaj allowed 5 goals on 37 shots for the win. I wasn't in love with a couple of goals he gave up in garbage time to make this one more interesting than necessary. He did really come through with some situational saves late in the game, but that wasn't a Picasso by Budaj. Dogs Playing Poker, perhaps.

First Period
NO SCORING

Second Period
9:11 TB Kucherov (23), (Hedman, Gourde)
9:30 TB Stralman (3), (Johnson, Sergachev)
11:22 TB Hedman (3), (Kucherov, Dotchin)
13:21 TB Gourde (10), (Killorn, Conacher)
14:16 COL Landeskog (11), (Yakupov, Zadorov)

Third Period
2:29 TB Stralman (4), (Gourde, Point)
4:58 COL Landeskog (12), (Barrie, MacKinnon)
7:17 COL Landeskog (13), (Barrie, Rantanen)(PP)
9:22 COL MacKinnon (14), (Barrie, Landeskog)(PP)
11:32 TB Sergachev (8), (Palat, Stralman)
14:14 COL MacKinnon (15), (Zadorov, Landeskog)

Anton Stralman and Victor Hedman were the game's second and third stars.

I applaud the ruthlessness of the Lightning's Second Period performance to establish the three goal lead after 40 minutes. That's typically a death sentence for the team that trails and that was the case again tonight. I don't applaud the mix of sloppiness, iffy goaltending, and creative officiating that led to that wild and eventful Third Period. I just hope that final frame doesn't foreshadow some bad performances down the road. There's peaks and valleys over the course of a season, and the Lightning have been on a peak for the last little while.

Yanni Gourde had 1 goal and 2 assists and was +1 with 2 shots in 15:35. He was also 50% on 6 draws.

Jake Dotchin had a helper and was a gaudy +4 with 3 shots, 5 hits, and 2 blocked shots in 17:37.

Mikhail Sergachev had the GWG and was +1 with 3 shots, 2 hits, and 1 blocked shot in 15:37.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

AHL Game Night: 12-16-17 Crunch at Phantoms

Rough Second Period snaps Crunch winning streak.

SYR-2
LV-4

Connor Ingram allowed 4 goals on 33 shots for the loss.

First Period
17:53 SYR Peca (4), (Joseph, Cernak)

Second Period
11:44 LV Conner (5), (Varone, Martel)
14:48 LV Knight (6), (O'Neill, Aube-Kubel)
16:32 LV Carey (15), (Lindblom, Conner)(PP)

Third Period
12:55 SYR Lynch (7), (Verhaeghe, Volkov)
14:17 LV Martel (16), (Knight, Aube-Kubel)

The Crunch got the 1-0 lead after 20 minutes and you just kind of expected them to win again. But, in the end, they have a bad middle frame and get outshot 33-24. All good things come to an end. Time to start another winning streak next time out.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Night: 12-15-17 Bruins at Crunch

Double digits winning streak.

PRO-3
SYR-5

Louis Domingue allowed 3 goals on 27 shots for the victory. Goal support is a beautiful thing.

First Period
2:13 PRO Blidh (5), (unassisted)(SH)
3:18 SYR Verhaeghe (7), (Cirelli, Masin)
3:39 PRO Hennessy (4), (Acolatse, Zboril)
11:20 SYR Erne (7), (Bodie)
12:33 SYR Bournival (8), (Masin, Peca)
15:27 SYR Erne (8), (Peca, Bournival)

Second Period
NO SCORING

Third Period
5:04 SYR Lynch (6), (Cernak, Bournival)
11:56 PRO Senyshyn (5), (Blidh, Cave)

Adam Erne, Michael Bournival, and Domink Masin were the game's three stars. At Bolt Prospects, we love us some Dom Masin.

Syracuse runs their winning streak to 10 games with the victory. Long may it run.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

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