Turning point of the early season?
Kristers Gudlevskis allowed 4 goals on 27 shots for the win. He wasn't good, and gave up a couple of questionable goals. But, the Crunch had his back in the Third Period tonight.
NOR Theodore, (2) (Wagner, Sarault), 5:47 (PP)
NOR Theodore, (3) (Winchester), 15:10 (PP)
SYR Marchessault, (5) , 6:15 (PS)
NOR Leblanc, (2) (Sarault, Kerdiles), 15:32
NOR Blacker, (1) (Steckel, O'Brien), 17:29
SYR Smith, (3) (Angelidis, Koekkoek), 3:51
SYR Gourde, (1) (Richard), 4:32
SYR Smith, (4) (Cote, Blujus), 14:38
SYR Gourde, (2) (Richard, Paradis), 15:23
Yanni Gourde, Dalton Smith, and Jonathan Marchessault were the game's three stars. Gourde gets the monkey off his back in a big way after not potting a goal all season by getting 2, including the game winner.
Being down 3 goals in the Third Period in pro hockey is supposed to be a death sentence. Teams in that position seem to lose 98-99% of the time. It's a rare and sometimes galvanizing thing if a team can come back against those odds, and a hugely demoralizing thing to the team that blows that kind of lead. So, for Syracuse to overcome those odds tonight is no small thing, and is likely to give them some momentum as a team that they can carry forward from here on out into the season. Big, big win.
I'd also be remiss if I didn't point out the role Tanner Richard played in the comeback, as the next wave of Lightning prospects starts to step it up.
Box score from TheAHL.com.
Khanty-Mansiysk 3 vs. Cherepovets 1
Nikita Gusev, Khanty-Mansiysk, 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 5 SOG
Season totals: 22 GP, 8-4-12, -1, 6 PIM
Nikita Gusev assisted on the game-winning, power play goal in Yugra's 3-1 victory over Cherepovets. He played 16:10 in the contest. Ex-Sharks first rounder Lukas Kaspar also had a helper, but he also took a match penalty in the game, as well.
Quebec Major Junior Hockey League
Drummondville Voltigeurs 2 @ Quebec Remparts 6
W Adam Erne, QUE: 2-1-3, +1, 0 PIM, 4 SOG, 5 Hits, *First Star*
Season totals: 14 GP, 13-10-23, +13, 18 PIM
2013-2014 Season: 48 GP, 21-41-62, -3, 65 PIM
Erne had two goals, one coming on an early deflection and the other scored shorthanded into an empty net. Quebec scored the game’s final four goals to break a 2-2 tie.
Ontario Hockey League
Sarnia Sting 2 @ Erie Otters 5
D Anthony DeAngelo, SAR: 0-0-0, E, 6 PIM
Season totals: 12 GP, 3-11-14, -1, 32 PIM
2013-14 totals: 51 GP, 15-56-71, -34, 90 PIM
Sarnia faced Connor McDavid (2015 likely first overall pick) and the mighty Otters and only managed 16 shots on goal. They scored on two of them, but lost, 5-2. McDavid had three assists in the game. DeAngelo had two slashing minors and a hooking penalty.
Windsor Spitfires 3 @ London Knights 5
W Cristiano DiGiacinto, WSR: 0-0-0, -1, 5 PIM
Season totals: 11 GP, 5-2-7, -3, 24 PIM
2013-14 totals: 50 GP, 17-11-28, +8, 101 PIM
DiGiacinto fought Aiden Jamieson of London early in the first period. He played on the second line and was on the second power play unit. Coyotes first rounder (2013) Max Domi, son of former Leaf tough guy Tie Domi, had a hat trick and four points for London.
Peterborough Petes 2 @ Kitchener Rangers 8
D Dominik Masin, PBO: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM
Season totals: 15 GP, 3-5-8, -6, 31 PIM
2013-14 totals: 39 GP, 2-19-21, +6, 102 PIM
The Rangers put up a snowman at home against the Petes. Kitchener scored four times in the first period and were up 7-0 entering the third.
Western Hockey League
Medicine Hat Tigers 4 @ Moose Jaw Warriors 3 (OT)
C Brayden Point, MJ: 0-2-2, E, 0 PIM, *Second Star*
Season totals: 16 GP, 8-14-22, +9, 14 PIM
2013-14 totals: 72 GP, 36-55-91, -27, 53 PIM
Moose Jaw won for the first time in six games, hanging on to beat Calgary, 2-1. Neither Lightning prospect registered a point.
Calgary Hitmen 5 @ Regina Pats 3
D Ben Thomas, CAL: 0-3-3, +1, 2 PIM
Season totals: 18 GP, 2-8-10, +1, 12 PIM
2013-14 totals: 72 GP, 7-24-31, +11, 39 PIM
Thomas (pictured) set a personal best for most assists and points in one game as Calgary beat Regina, 5-3.
Harvard Crimson 4 @ RPI Engineers 0
F Brian Hart, HAR: 1-1-2, +2, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 2 GP, 1-1-2, +2, 0 PIM
2013-2014 totals: 30 GP, 7-8-15, -8, 20 PIM
Junior Brian Hart (pictured) had his first points of the season, helping Harvard to a 4-0 road win over RPI.
No. 5 Boston University Terriers 5 @ No. 3 Boston College 3
D John MacLeod, BU: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 5 GP, 1-0-1, +3, 4 PIM
2013-2014 totals: 19 GP, 1-4-5, +1, 36 PIM
The Terriers came from down 3-2 to defeat their rivals on Chestnut Hill, 5-3. MacLeod didn’t play much in the game, but was on the ice for the empty-net goal celebration. He may have just come off the bench during the play as he wasn’t listed as officially on the ice when the goal was scored. The game was broadcast on NBC Sports Network.
No. 2 North Dakota 4 @ Wisconsin Badgers 3
F Brendan O’Donnell, UND: 0-0-0, E, 4 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 8 GP, 1-1-2, -1, 21 PIM
2013-2014 totals: 34 GP, 7-11-18, +7, 10 PIM
UND fought back from 1-0 and 2-1 deficits to beat the Badgers in Madison, 4-3.
No. 4 Colgate Raiders 0 @ Quinnipiac Bobcats 5
F Matthew Peca, QU: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 7 GP, 1-7-8, -4, 2 PIM
2014-2015 totals: 40 GP, 12-26-38, +4, 16 PIM
The Bobcats got a much-needed, confidence-boosting win in their conference opener, 5-0 over No. 4 Colgate. QU, who fell out of the top-20 this week, is now 4-2-1.
No. 15 Notre Dame Fighting Irish 0 @ No. 1 Minnesota Golden Gophers 5
G Adam Wilcox, MIN: Win, 20 saves on 20 shots, shutout, *First Star*
Season totals: 7 GP, 6-1-0, 2.14 GAA, .913 sv%, 2 SO
2013-2014 totals: 38 GP, 26-6-6, 1.97 GAA, .932 sv%, 4 SO
Wilcox earned his second shutout of the year, blanking visiting Notre Dame, 5-0. It was a 2-0 game entering the third period before the Gophers broke the game open.
*USCHO poll used
Florida Everblades 6 at South Carolina Stingrays 3
D Artem Sergeev, FLA: DNP
Season totals: 6 GP, 1-3-4, +2, 0 PIM, 7 SOG
G Allen York, FLA, W, 60:00 MIN, 3 GA, 35 SH, 32 SV
Season totals: 6 GP, 4-1-0-1, 2.12 GAA, 0.916 SV%, 1 SO
F Mike Aviani, FLA: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals (ECHL): 3 GP, 1-0-1, E, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Season totals (AHL): 2 GP, 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM
Hot off being named the ECHL Goaltender of the Week, Adam York notched his fourth straight win stopping 32 shots en route to a 6-3 road win against the South Carolina Stingrays. On Monday, the Blades re-acquired 2008 New York Islander 2nd round pick Corey Trivino whom had played his first pro season with the club in 2012-13 after finishing his college career with Boston University. The pending acquisition of Trivino is speculated to have been the reason Bolt prospect Danick Gauthier was loaned to Wichita instead of returning to the Blades. In his first game back with Florida, Trivino did not disappoint earning 1st Star honors after potting 2 goals including a penalty shot, running up a +4 rating, and dropping the gloves at the 20:00 mark of the 3rd period. Bolt prospect blueliner Artem Sergeev did not play, and while details are not clear, at least one source indicates that Sergeev was injured sometime during the week. Florida next plays in Gwinnett Saturday night against the Gladiators.
Rapid City Rush 4 at Wichita Thunder 0
F Danick Gauthier, WIC: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals (ECHL): 5 GP, 2-2-4, +4, 8 PIM, 9 SOG
Season totals (AHL): 1 GP, 0-0-0, -2, 2 PIM
D Daniel Milan, WIC: 0-0-0, -2, 7 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 5 GP, 0-2-2, -4, 7 PIM, 4 SOG
Rapid City blanked the Thunder in front of their home crowd Friday night. Bolt prospect Daniel Milan registered his first penalty minutes of the season including a 2nd period tilt with Jean-Philip Chabot. Wichita hosts the Missouri Mavericks Sunday afternoon.