No. 12 Vermont Catamounts 4 @ Providence Friars 3
C Ross Colton, UVM: 1-1-2, E, 2 PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals: 22 GP, 9-8-17, +2, 20 PIM
On a night when Martin St. Louis had his jersey retired in Tampa, his alma mater – wear his No. 8 jersey is retired – held on to defeat visiting Providence, 4-3. Ross Colton had a goal and a helper. UVM had a 4-1 lead entering the third period and got outshot 10-1 in the final frame. The Catamounts had 14 total shots on the night.
No. 8 Boston College Eagles 1 @ No. 5 Boston University Terriers 2
D John MacLeod, BU: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season Totals: 17 GP, 0-4-4, +7, 16 PIM
2015-2016 Totals: 26 GP, 1-1-2, -4, 26 PIM
BU’s Clayton Keller (Coyotes) scored two minutes after BC’s Colin White (Senators) in the third period to put BU ahead 2-1.
Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks 5 @ Colorado College Tigers 2
D Kristian Oldham, UNO: Win, 23 saves on 25 shots
Season Totals: 9 GP, 5-2-1, 3.18 GAA, .897 sv%, 0 SO
Oldham got the start after a rough Mavs weekend last week when they were throttled by North Dakota for two games at home. ONU and Oldham beat Colorado College 5-2 Friday, the same team that went 1-0-1 against then-No. 1 Minnesota-Duluth last weekend.
Michigan Wolverines 2 @ No. 9 Minnesota Golden Gophers 5
D Ryan Zuhlsdorf, UMN: 0-0-0, +3, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season Totals: 18 GP, 2-2-4, +8, 27 PIM
Zuhlsdorf was a team-high (tie) plus-3 as the Gophers beat the Maize and Blue, 5-2. Michigan scored first, but was down 3-1 by the end of the first period.
*USCHO poll used for rankings
Game (and possibly season) slips away from Tampa Bay.
Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 2 goals on 30 shots for the hard luck loss. He deserved better. He made a good number of timely saves but the Lightning couldn't finish their chances most of the night. It's a shame. A win would've been huge for the team and huge for Vasilevskiy's confidence.
16:18 TB Drouin (13), (Filppula, Palat)
16:40 CBJ Anderson (10), (Savard)
4:29 CBJ Foligno (15), (Werenski, Wennberg)(PP)
18:55 CBJ Jenner (7), (unassisted)(SH)(EN)
Jonathan Drouin was the game's third star.
The Lightning couldn't finish their chances, let Columbus hang around, and eventually the Blue Jackets finished just enough of theirs. It's really simple. The Lightning played a pretty good game overall. They dominated the first 30 minutes of the contest and could've easily built a good sized lead with the scoring chances they had, but they allowed Columbus to hang around. The final 30 minutes of the game the Blue Jackets found some traction with their forecheck and eventually found the tying goal and drew the power play to get the winner. All things being equal, there wouldn't be a whole lot from this game to cry over, but things are not equal right now. The Lightning standings situation is fast becoming desperate and it's getting to the point where every night they fail to earn points puts them closer to an early trip to the golf course.
Gabriel Dumont was -1 with 3 shots and 1 hit in 9:08. He was also 60% on 5 draws.
Matthew Peca had 2 penalty minutes and 1 shot in 7:46.
Crunch, goaltending tandem, outlast Marlies.
18:15 SYR Taormina (11), (Halmo, Richard)
0:12 SYR Morin (7), (Vermin, Thomas)
4:03 TOR Froese (15), (Leipsic, Lindberg)
7:17 TOR Cameranesi (2), (Corrado, Clune)
13:49 TOR Leipsic (10), (Nielsen, Kapanen)
19:40 SYR Taormina (12), (Richard, Conacher)(PP)
1:10 SYR Gourde (11), (Walcott)
6:33 SYR Richard (8), (Conacher, Taormina)(PP)
10:16 TOR Cameranesi (3), (Moore, Corrado)
Syracuse holds a 1 point lead in the AHL North Division with 3 games in hand on second place Albany.
Box score from TheAHL.com.
The Syracuse Crunch seized the momentum late in the second period.
The Crunch tied the score with 20 seconds left in the middle period, added the go-ahead goal 1:10 into the third and held on for a 5-4 win against the Toronto Marlies at the Onondaga County War Memorial Friday.
“I’m very happy with the way we bounced back,” Crunch head coach Benoit Groulx said. “That game reminded me of the first game here. The momentum was shifting left and right. They have a good team, and we had to grind it out.”
Yaroslavl Jr. 1 vs. Dinamo Riga Jr. 0
Oleg Sosunov, Yaroslavl Jr., 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 25 GP, 0-0-0, -4, 50 PIM
Oleg Sosunov returned to the lineup and was scoreless for Loko Jr. in their 1-0 defeat of Riga Jr. Goaltender Artyom Melnikov stopped all 18 shots he faced for the shutout victory.
St. Petersburg 9 vs. Novokuznetsk 1
Nikita Gusev, St. Petersburg, 1-1-2, +2, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 46 GP, 20-38-58, +33, 8 PIM
Nikita Gusev scored the 9th and final goal in a Friday 13th massacre that concluded with SKA defeating Novokuznetsk 9-1. Gusev also had a power play helper in his 16:54 of ice time. Gusev's goal was his 20th of his season, making this the third straight season the young forward has hit 20 goals in the KHL, and he's now 1 goal shy of his career high of 21 set in 2014-2015 with Khanty-Mansiysk. Gusev's linemates Evgeny Dadonov and Vadim Shipachyov were the high men for SKA with 4 points each.
Tampa Bay Lightning forward Matthew Peca is just eight games into his NHL career since being recalled from the Syracuse Crunch on Dec. 27, but he’s adjusting quickly to playing at the game’s highest level.
Peca has a goal and an assist and is averaging 12 minutes of ice time per game as the Lightning seek to close a six-point gap for the final wild card position in the Eastern Conference currently held by the Philadelphia Flyers.
Quebec Major Junior Hockey League
Rimouski Oceanic 3 @ Shawinigan Cataractes 2
W Dennis Yan, SHAW: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 3 SOG, 1 Hit
Season Totals: 37 GP, 28-22-50, +20, 42 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 62 GP, 32-37-69, +8, 86 PIM
Yan was scoreless for the second-straight game as L’Oceanic beat Shawinigan, 3-2. The Cataractes chipped away at a 3-0 deficit to make it 3-2 early in the third period, but they couldn’t get any closer. Alexandre Legace (undrafted) stopped 38 of 40 shots for Rimouski.
Ontario Hockey League
Oshawa Generals 4 @ Peterborough Petes 5 (OT)
W/C Christopher Paquette, NIA: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 2 SOG
Season Totals: 38 GP, 12-17-29, -7, 16 PIM
With Petes: 1 GP, 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM
With Niagara: 37 GP, 12-17-29, -7, 14 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 57 GP, 5-11-16, -6, 18 PIM
D Matt Spencer, PBO: 0-1-1, -2, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season Totals: 32 GP, 5-16-21, +5, 33 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 60 GP, 5-19-24, -4, 46 PIM
W Jonne Tammela, PBO: Did not play
Season Totals: 2 GP, 1-0-1, +1, 2 PIM
2015-2016 (Finland): 37 GP, 5-8-13, +10, 16 PIM
Paquette made his Petes debut wearing No. 12, but was scoreless in Peterborough’s overtime win over the Cirelli-less Oshawa Generals. Panthers prospect Jonathan Ang scored the overtime winner for the Petes.
Ben Bishop returned from IR and allowed 2 goals on 26 shots for the victory. He was hung out to dry on the first shot of the game after a three week layoff, but pretty well held down the fort with timely saves from there on out, while also helping a shaky d-corps with his ability to conduct traffic with his puckhandling. It was welcome relief.
2:58 BUF Moulson (9), (Girgensons, Fedun)
5:37 TB Palat (8), (Johnson, Drouin)(PP)
5:18 TB Palat (9), (Nesterov, Namestnikov)
12:58 TB Kucherov (17), (Hedman, Palat)
10:30 BUF Kane (11), (Eichel, Falk)
19:42 TB Stralman (2), (Filppula, Boyle)(PP)(EN)
There's an obvious talent gap between Tampa Bay and Buffalo, so I'm not ready to start a parade for the Lightning beating an inferior team. For tonight's effort to matter, they need to keep this going against Columbus tomorrow night.
Gabriel Dumont was -1 with 1 shot an 1 hit in 10:06. He was also 75% on 4 draws.
Matthew Peca had 1 shot in 9:57.
Crunch lose a goaltending duel.
Kristers Gudlevskis allowed 2 goals on 31 shots for the OT loss.
4:34 UTI Grenier (12), (Valk, Archibald)
7:04 SYR Halmo (12), (Taormina, Conacher)(PP)
3:11 UTI Archibald (10), (Grenier, Demko)
Gudlevskis was the game's third star.
Box score from TheAHL.com.