MHL Western Conference Quarterfinals
(6)Cherepovets Jr. 0 vs. (3)Yaroslavl Jr. 6
Cherepovets Jr. Leads the Series 2-1
Oleg Sosunov, Yaroslavl Jr., DNP
Playoff totals: 0 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
Regular season totals: 32 GP, 0-0-0, +1, 79 PIM
Undrafted 18 year old netminder Ilya Konovalov had a 21 save shutout to keep Loko Jr.'s playoff hopes alive in their 6-0 Game Three win over Cherepovets Jr.
Ontario Hockey League
London Knights 3 @ Erie Otters 2
W/C Mitchell Stephens, LDN: 0-0-0, -2, 2 PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals: 49 GP, 22-30-52, +20, 26 PIM
With London: 27 GP, 11-12-23, +7, 12 PIM
With Saginaw: 22 GP, 11-17-28, +13, 14 PIM
2015-2016 Totals: 39 GP, 20-18-38, -3, 14 PIM
D Erik Cernak, Erie: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Season Totals: 48 GP, 3-18-21, +32, 51 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 41 GP, 4-11-15, +7, 35 PIM
C Anthony Cirelli, Erie: 1-0-1, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, 7/13 FO
Season Totals: 50 GP, 24-37-61, +35, 12 PIM
With Erie: 23 GP, 11-14-25, +15, 4 PIM
With Oshawa: 26 GP, 13-21-34, +18, 8 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 62 GP, 21-38-59, -15 27 PIM
W Taylor Raddysh, Erie: 0-1-1, +E, 2 PIM, 0 SOG
Season Totals: 57 GP, 40-67-107, +69, 33 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 67 GP, 24-49-73, +19, 18 PIM
Flames pick Tyler Parsons stopped 41 shots leading the Knights to a big road win in Erie over the first-place Otters. Alex DeBrincat (Blackhawks) scored his 63rd goal of the year for Erie, while Anthony Cirelli potted his 24th. London broke a 2-2 tie with a Sam Miletic (undrafted) goal (36) early in the third period. Erie holds a 3-point lead over Owen Sound and a 4-point lead over London in the Midwest Division. The Attack and Knights both have a game in-hand heading into the last weekend of regular season play. (Erie Otters photo)
Western Hockey League
Saskatoon Blades 4 @ Regina Pats 5
D Libor Hajek, SAS: 0-0-0, E, 6 PIM
Season Totals: 59 GP: 4-22-26, -15, 74 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 69 GP, 3-23-26, -19, 76 PIM
Saskatoon lost a 3-1 lead and eventually lost, 5-4. Regina got the game-winning goal while Hajek was serving a double minor for high sticking. The Blades need help to get into the playoffs as they’re three points back of Calgary for the final wild card spot, but the Hitmen have a game in-hand. Saskatoon has two games left. On the plus side, Hajek could join AHL Syracuse after the Blades’ season ends this weekend.
Prince Albert Raiders 3 @ Moose Jaw Warriors 2 (OT)
C Brett Howden, MJ: 0-1-1, +1, 2 PIM
Season Totals: 55 GP, 35-41-76, +12, 60 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 68 GP, 24-40-64, -7, 61 PIM
Simon Stransky (undrafted) scored his 20th goal of the season in overtime to beat Moose Jaw Tuesday. The Warriors are comfortably in second in the East Division heading into the playoffs.
The stuff that dreams are made of.
Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed just 1 goal on 32 shots for the victory. It's overshadowed by the heroics at the other end by Condon, but what Vasilevskiy did again tonight was make every situational save asked of him to get the Lightning their chance at the winner's circle.
3:05 TB Point (12), (Dotchin, Coburn)
2:35 OTT Wingels (7), (unassisted)
4:05 TB Hedman (14), (Palat)
Victor Hedman was the game's second star.
Facing near impossible odds in their quest for a playoff spot, the Lightning look like a locked in team that is already playing postseason hockey. Tonight's challenges: 1.) Get road points in a back to back after a tough game against the Rangers last night, 2.) Again play short of centermen with Vlad Namestnikov back on the shelf, 3.) Solve a netminder in Mike Condon who decided to lose his mind tonight with ten bell save after ten bell save. Amazingly, the team never showed the effects of #1 or #2 and eventually they got the one they needed to solve #3. Now, after all the heavy lifting is done, they find themselves tied for the 8th spot in the East after being left for dead a month ago. The dream lives for the Lightning, with a lot of heavy lifting still left to do.
Luke Witkowski was -1 with 3 hits and 1 blocked shot in 7:51.
Greg McKegg had 2 shots, 1 hit, and 1 blocked shot in 11:04. He was also 45% on 11 draws.
Jake Dotchin had a helper and was +1 with 2 shots and 2 hits in 19:13.
Gabriel Dumont had 1 shot, 2 hits, and 3 blocked shots in 11:22.
Yanni Gourde had 4 shots in 20:20. He's playing so well on this recall and he hasn't shown signs of hitting a wall yet.
Adam Erne had 3 shots and 7 hits in 8:30.
KHL Western Conference Semifinals
(3)Dynamo Moscow 1 vs. (2)St. Petersburg 4
St. Petersburg Leads the Series 3-1
Nikita Gusev, St. Petersburg, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Playoff totals: 8 GP, 3-6-9, +1, 2 PIM
Regular season totals: 57 GP, 24-47-71, +33, 8 PIM
Nikita Gusev was scoreless in 13:18 in SKA's 4-1 Game Four win over Dynamo Moscow. Forward Sergei Shirokov led the way for SKA with 1 goal and 3 points in the win.
Lightning scratch out 2 key road points.
Petr Budaj allowed 2 goals on 28 shots for the victory. He's been rock solid all year for LA and he's been just as good since the trade over to Tampa Bay.
5:53 NYR Kampfer (1), (Zuccarello, Kreider)
7:43 TB Point (10), (Kucherov, Drouin)(PP)
5:04 TB Dumont (2), (Garrison)
10:22 NYR Grabner (22), (unassisted)
13:21 TB Point (11), (Palat, Kucherov)
Gregg McKegg was +1 with 2 hits and 1 blocked shot in 9:49. He was also 17% on 6 draws.
Jake Dotchin was +1 with 1 hit and 2 blocked shots in 20:12.
Gabriel Dumont had a goal and was +1 with 2 shots, 2 hits, and 1 blocked shot in 9:07.
Yanni Gourde had 1 shot, 3 hits, and 2 blocked shots in 17:10.
Adam Erne was -1 with 1 hit in 12:22.
Tappara 4 vs. SaiPa 1
Saku Salminen, SaiPa, DNP
Season totals: 39 GP, 3-4-7, -9, 41 PIM
It was the end of the line for SaiPa, which concluded its regular season by getting beat 40-11 on the shot clock and 4-1 on the scoreboard by Tappara. SaiPa finished 15th in the 15 team Liiga, a full 9 points back of 14th place Sport. Saku Salminen remained out of the lineup for SaiPa with an injury.
This week’s “Aaron Gavey Edition” of the Bolt Prospects Podcast includes the following topics:
· The No. 92
· TB strutting down street, flaunting massive amount of chest hair
· Gourde, depth stepping up big
· How does Jo Drouin compare to other young stars?
As the Tampa Bay Lightning have gone through the 2016-17 regular season, their seemingly consistent string of injuries to key players has created the need for call-ups from the Syracuse Crunch at levels unseen in seasons past.
The term "TampaCuse" has been used to describe the shuttle of players between the clubs throughout the season more than normal this year.
During Saturday's 3-2 victory over the Florida Panthers, the Lightning dressed five players who began the year with the Crunch in the American Hockey League – defenseman Jake Dotchin and forwards Adam Erne, Yanni Gourde, Matthew Peca, and Luke Witkowski.
While each of these players has contributed in an important way for the Lightning this season, Erne and Gourde are two prospects who have been particularly impressive of late.
MAR 10: Toledo Walleye 1 at Kalamazoo Wings 3
MAR 11: Toledo Walleye 6 at Kalamazoo Wings 1
F Brian Hart, KAL, 2gp, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIMS, 3 SOG
Season Totals (ECHL): 22 GP, 2-2-4, -2, 4 PIMs, 38 SOG
Season Totals (AHL): 33 GP, 3-4-7, E, 26 PIMs
F Cameron Darcy, KAL, 2gp, 0-1-1, E, 2 PIMS, 5 SOG
Season Totals (ECHL): 9 GP, 2-8-10, +7, 4 PIMs, 21 SOG
Season Totals (AHL): 34 GP, 3-4-7, -3, 14 PIMs
G Nic Riopel, KAL, 1gp, W, 60:00 MINS, 30/31, *2nd Star*
Season Totals: 26 GP, 15-9-0-1, 2.75 GAA, 0.906 SV%, 1 SO
Back-to-back games against the best team in the league was a tall order for the surging K-Wings, and a chance to measure themselves against a team they will likely have to go through for a deep run in the Kelly Cup playoffs. Big props to the red hot Nic Riopel, who allowed just one Walleye goal on 31 shots Friday night, and enabled Kalamazoo to hold serve this weekend after Toledo put up 6 on the scoreboard Saturday night against Joel Martin. Riopel, winner of 11 in his last 12 starts, earned 2nd Star honors for his performance Friday. The K-Wings remain 3 points behind Quad Cities in the Central Division standings, looking to avoid a 1st round meeting against these Walleye. Speaking of Quad Cities, Kalamazoo travels to the Wireless Center in Moline, IL Wednesday for a big road game against the Mallards, before a home-and-home Friday and Saturday nights against the lowly Indy Fuel.
New Hampshire Wildcats 2 @ No. 4 UMass-Lowell River Hawks 8
C Ryan Lohin, UML: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season Totals: 37 GP, 9-14-23, +6, 14 PIM
UML made sure there wouldn’t be an upset in the final game of its quarterfinal series with New Hampshire, winning 8-2 Sunday in the deciding game. Lohin and company moves on to the semifinals vs Notre Dame.
Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks 1 @ No. 7 Western Michigan Broncos 2 (OT)
D Kristian Oldham, UNO: Did not play (backup)
Season Totals: 10 GP, 5-3-1, 3.38 GAA, .895 sv%, 0 SO
Michael Rebry scored his fourth goal of the season 34 seconds into overtime to lift WMU to a NCHC quarterfinal win over an upstart Nebraska-Omaha squad. Kris Oldham sat backup for the game and finishes his freshman season at UNO with 10 games played. Starter Evan Weninger will be a junior next year.