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The BoltProspects Podcast, Volume 7

This week's edition of the BoltProspects Podcast (now on Lightning Radio's iHeart station) includes the following topics:

· Do the Lightning have a goaltending problem?
· Paquette turning into NHLer
· My big mistake (Sorry, Tyler)
· Interview with Dalton Smith
· BP Mailbag (D philosophy, What to do for Samson?)
· Weekly prospect review

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Richard Looks to Bounce Back in Sophomore Season 


By Jeremy Houghtaling

Tanner Richard doesn’t fit easily into a single category.

The Crunch forward, a top point producer in junior, turned into a grinder during his rookie campaign with Syracuse last season. With more opportunity on a scoring line this year, Richard has a shootout winner and six points — four of which came in the last three games — and 32 penalty minutes in his first 13 games this season.

Richard is hoping his versatility makes him a mainstay in the Crunch lineup — no matter what line he’s assigned.

“That’s what I was drafted as, a point producer,” the 21-year-old center said. “My numbers were nowhere near where they needed to be and where I wanted them to be last year, so that was frustrating. I’m just hoping I can produce and provide secondary scoring for the team and contribute that way. At the same time, be gritty in front of the net and stand up for teammates.”

ECHL Game Night: 11-12-14

Wichita Thunder 3 at Rapid City Rush 2

F Danick Gauthier, WIC: 0-0-0, +2, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals (ECHL): 8 GP, 3-4-7, +4, 8 PIM, 17 SOG
Season totals (AHL): 1 GP, 0-0-0, -2, 2 PIM

D Daniel Milan, WIC: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 8 GP, 0-2-2, -4, 14 PIM, 7 SOG

Wichita came back from a 2-1 deficit to break their winless streak with a 3-2 victory over Rapid City Wednesday night. The Thunder return home this weekend for a two-game tilt against Allen and Missouri.

Juniors Game Night: 11-12-14

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Moncton Wildcats 7 @ Cape Breton Screaming Eagles 4

C Cameron Darcy, CB: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 4 SOG, 11/18 FO, 0 Hits
Season totals: 12 GP: 1-7-8, -4, 10 PIM
2013-2014 Season: 65 GP, 35-47-82, +3, 51 PIM

Moncton scored five times in the third period to turn a 3-2 deficit into a 7-4 win. The Eagles have two wins in their last 10 games and have fallen to 15th in the league standings. An article this week said Eagle management needs veterans like Darcy to step up.

Saint John Sea Dogs 0 @ Quebec Remparts 3

W Adam Erne, QUE: 0-1-1, +1, 2 PIM, 5 SOG, 2 Hits
Season totals: 16 GP, 14-12-26, +14, 20 PIM
2013-2014 Season: 48 GP, 21-41-62, -3, 65 PIM

Erne had the primary assist on Quebec’s third goal, scored late in the third period. The Remparts sit in fifth on the league table. The top 16 teams make the playoffs in the 18-team league.

Western Hockey League

Seattle Thunderbirds 2 @ Moose Jaw Warriors 6

C Brayden Point, MJ: 1-0-1, E, 0 PIM
Season totals: 18 GP, 9-14-23, +9, 19 PIM
2013-14 totals: 72 GP, 36-55-91, -27, 53 PIM

Point (pictured) scored his ninth goal of the season in Moose Jaw’s 6-2 win over Seattle. He played in two games for the WHL vs Team Russia in the Subway Super Series this week, scoring an assist and adding a shootout goal. Russia won both games, 3-2, with one of the wins coming in the shootout. Bob McKenzie of TSN tweeted @BoltProspects today to say Point may have been the best player on the ice in the two games.

AHL Game Day: 11-12-14 Crunch at Devils

The Gourde and Richard Show rolls on.

SYR-3
ALB-2 (SO)

Kristers Gudlevskis allowed 2 goals on 22 shots and stopped 2 of 3 in the penalty shot session for the SO win.

First Period
ALB Timmins, (5) (Thompson), 1:06
SYR Gourde, (3) , 4:49

Second Period
SYR Vermin, (4) (Dotchin, Marchessault), 2:52

Third Period
ALB Sestito, (3) (Scarlett), 2:44

Overtime
NONE

Shootout
SYR- Gourde, Richard
ALB- Thompson

Joel Vermin and Tanner Richard were the game's first and third stars. After posting just 1 point in 8 games in the month of October, Yanni Gourde had 3 goals and 6 points in 5 games in November. Richard, who faced the same futility at the scoresheet in October, has 2 goals and 5 points in 5 games this month, and obviously had the shootout winner tonight.

I also remain pleasantly surprised by the production of some of the Lightning's middle-tier rookie blueliners. Both Dylan Blujus and Jake Dotchin continue to hover around a half a point a game and are on the plus side of the ledger for the year.

With the win, Syracuse climbs into 8th place in the Eastern Conference, just 2 points back of division leaders Hartford and Bridgeport. Syracuse faces Hershey next on Friday.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

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