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NCAA Game Night: 3-12-16

No. 8 Boston University Terriers 0 @ No. 11 UMass-Lowell Riverhawks 5
UML wins best-of-3 Hockey East Quarterfinals, 2-0

D John MacLeod, BU: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
Season totals: 25 GP, 1-1-2, -4, 22 PIM
2014-2015 totals: 37 GP, 2-7-9, +19, 58 PIM

The fourth-seeded Riverhawks eliminated 5-seed BU from the Hockey East Tournament with a 5-0 Saturday. MacLeod drew back into the lineup after seven games off. The Terriers will wait for an at-large bid to the national tournament.

Lake Superior State Lakers 2 @ No. 16 Minnesota State Mavericks 0
Best-of-3 WCHA Quarterfinals tied, 1-1

W Jimmy Mullin, MSU: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 28 GP, 2-8-10, -1, 8 PIM
2013-2014 totals (Miami): 19 GP, 1-6-7, 23 PIM

Seventh-seeded LSSU got a 57-save shutout from 23-year-old undrafted goaltender Gordon Defiel (pictured) to tie the 2-seed Mavs, 1-1 in the WCHA Quarterfinal series. Shots were 57-14 for Minnesota State. The deciding game will be played Sunday.

*USCHO poll used

Juniors Game Night: 3-12-16

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Moncton Wildcats 1 @ Saint John Sea Dogs 4

W Bokondji Imama, SJ: 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 8 Hits, *Second Star*
Season totals: 46 GP, 7-12-19, -3, 82 PIM
2013-2014 Season: 59 GP, 13-15-28, +2, 137 PIM

W Mathieu Joseph, SJ: Did not play
Season totals: 58 GP, 33-40-73, +35, 57 PIM
2013-2014 Season: 59 GP, 21-21-42, +18, 46 PIM

Imama had his third goal in his last five games, helping Saint John to a win Saturday. He had twice as many hits as anyone else on the team during the game.

Shawinigan Cataractes 5 @ Val-d’Or Foreurs 2

W Dennis Yan, SHAW: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, 0 Hits
Season totals: 59 GP, 31-34-65, +7, 82 PIM
2014-2015 Season: 59 GP, 33-31-64, +23, 71 PIM

The Cataractes got a bit road win vs the Foreurs.

Ontario Hockey League

Windsor Spitfires 4 @ Owen Sound Attack 5 (SO)

W Cristiano DiGiacinto, WSR: 0-0-0, E, 9 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 60 GP, 16-25-41, +14, 103 PIM
2014-15 totals: 63 GP, 21-24-45, -16, 100 PIM

DiGiacinto had nine penalty minutes for the second night in a row, which put him over the century mark for the season. He fought Jacob Friend in the second period.

Peterborough Petes 2 @ Barrie Colts 5

D Dominik Masin, PBO: 0-1-1, -3, 2 PIM, 4 SOG
Season totals: 53 GP, 8-30-38, +28, 44 PIM
2014-15 totals: 48 GP, 7-19-26, -13, 68 PIM

D Matt Spencer, PBO: 1-0-1, +2, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 56 GP, 5-19-24, -2, 46 PIM
2014-15 totals: 67 GP, 6-24-30, -15, 64 PIM

Spencer scored his second goal since November 20. Masin has points in 10 of his last 11 games.

London Knights 5 @ Saginaw Spirit 2

W Mitchell Stephens, SAG: 0-1-1, -2, 2 PIM, 2 SOG, 5/13 FO
Season totals: 36 GP, 18-18-36, -1, 14 PIM
2014-15 totals: 62 GP, 22-26-48, -17, 44 PIM

Stephens extended his point streak to eight games with an assist. Saginaw has clinched a playoff birth, but is winless in its last five games.

Western Hockey League

Regina Pats 5 @ Moose Jaw Warriors 1

C Brayden Point, MJ: 1-0-1, -3, 0 PIM
Season totals: 45 GP, 34-51-85, +22, 25 PIM
2014-15 totals: 60 GP, 38-49-87, +6, 46 PIM

Regina swept its home-and-home series with Moose Jaw. The Pats pulled within one point of the Warriors for third place in the East Division.

Vancouver Giants 1 @ Kamloops Blazers 2 (SO)

D Ben Thomas, VAN: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
Season totals: 72 GP, 8-19-27, -32, 50 PIM
With Vancouver: 58 GP, 8-16-24, -22, 40 PIM
With Calgary: 14 GP, 0-3-3, -10, 10 PIM
2014-15 totals: 60 GP, 7-24-31, +16, 28 PIM

Vancouver’s winless streak reached nine games. They will not make the playoffs.

United States Hockey League

Green Bay Gamblers 4 @ Omaha Lancers 1

G Kris Oldham, OMA: Did not play
Season totals: 30 GP, 12-14-4, 2.81 GAA, .906 sv%, 1 SO
2014-15 totals: 33 GP, 21-6-4, 2.49 GAA, .908 sv%, 1 SO
(University of Nebraska-Omaha signee)

Omaha is on an 0-8-2 streak after dropping the second game in as many nights to Jon Cooper’s former club.

Dubuque Fighting Saints 4 @ Cedar Rapids RoughRiders 1

D Ryan Zuhlsdorf, DBQ: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 36 GP, 0-25-25, -9, 53 PIM
With Dubuque: 6 GP, 0-2-2, -2, 2 PIM
With Sioux City: 30 GP, 0-23-23, -7, 51 PIM
2014-15 totals: 56 GP, 3-19-22, +25, 58 PIM
(University of Minnesota signee)

The Saints have struggled lately, but knocked off first place Cedar Rapids with a commanding road win Saturday. Dubuque is within four points of the RoughRiders for first in the conference with a game in hand.

Drouin Nets Two, But Crunch Fall to Americans


By Jeremy Houghtaling

One night after returning to the Crunch lineup, Jonathan Drouin found the back of the net. Twice.

The 20-year-old forward notched a pair of early goals, but Syracuse let the lead slip away in a 7-4 loss to the Rochester Americans at the Onondaga County War Memorial Saturday.

“I thought we had a few turnovers in the second period that led to some goals, but I didn’t think it was anything outrageous,” Crunch head coach Rob Zettler said. “Then I thought we took some penalties in the third that hurt us. That was the difference.”

AHL Game Night: 3-12-16 Americans at Crunch

Third Period meltdown ruins Druinsanity.

RCH-7
SYR-4

Kristers Gudlevskis allowed 4 goals on 25 shots before being lifted at 5:06 of the Third Period. Adam Wilcox allowed 1 goal on 5 shots the rest of the way for the dreaded back door loss.

First Period
SYR Drouin, (3) (Peca), 19:27

Second Period
SYR Drouin, (4) (Taormina, Richard), 9:48 (PP)
RCH O'Dell, (22) (Austin), 13:49
RCH Bailey, (12) (Austin), 17:24

Third Period
RCH Rodrigues, (9) (Sanguinetti, Mormina), 0:40
SYR Vermin, (5) (Peca, McGinn), 0:54
RCH Ruhwedel, (7) (Donovan, Schneider), 5:11 (PP)
RCH Carrier, (13) (Bailey, Austin), 11:51
SYR Dotchin, (1) (Blujus, Darcy), 16:46 (PP)
RCH Guptill, (2) (D'Amigo), 18:33 (EN)
RCH Baptiste, (9) (Guptill), 19:22 (EN)

Jonathan Drouin was the game's second star after opening up the game with a pair of goals. At a minimum, he's repairing his trade value with this early production for Syracuse.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

Liiga Playoff Game Day: 3-12-16

Liiga First Round
(8)KalPa 3 vs. (9)Pelicans 2 (OT)
KalPa Leads the Series 1-0
Jonne Tammela, KalPa, 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 2 SOG
Playoff totals: 1 GP, 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM
Regular season totals: 37 GP, 5-8-13, +10, 16 PIM

Jonne Tammela had a minor for high sticking in 8:31 of ice time in KalPa's 3-2 Game One win over Pelicans. 32 year old winger Sebastian Lauritzen scored the OT winner for KalPa to stake them to a 1-0 lead in the best-of-three, opening play-in round. KalPa is fighting for the right to advance to the Second Round to face one of the top six seeds from the Liiga table, which earned a bye into the Second Round.

KHL Playoff Game Day: 3-12-16

KHL Eastern Conference Semifinals
(3)Novosibirsk 1 vs. (2)Magnitogorsk 5
Magnitogorsk Leads the Series 2-1
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, Win, 25/26, 1.00 GAA, .962 sv%
Playoff totals: 5 GP, 4-1-0, 2 SO, 1.08 GAA, .960 sv%
Regular season totals: 50 GP, 22-15-9, 4 SO, 2.12 GAA, .925 sv%

Ex-Blue Jackets pick Sergei Mozyakin had 1 goal and 3 points for Magnitka in their 5-1 thumping of Novosibirsk. Czech national Jan Kovar led all scorers with 2 goals and 2 assists.

Juniors Game Night: 3-11-16

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Charlottetown Islanders 5 @ Saint John Sea Dogs 3

W Bokondji Imama, SJ: 1-0-1, E, 4 PIM, 3 SOG, 3 Hits
Season totals: 45 GP, 6-12-18, -4, 82 PIM
2013-2014 Season: 59 GP, 13-15-28, +2, 137 PIM

W Mathieu Joseph, SJ: Did not play
Season totals: 58 GP, 33-40-73, +35, 57 PIM
2013-2014 Season: 59 GP, 21-21-42, +18, 46 PIM

Imama had his second goal in the last four games. Joseph remains out of the lineup due to injury (day-to-day).

Ontario Hockey League

North Bay Battalion 1 @ Oshawa Generals 2 (OT)

C Anthony Cirelli, OSH: 0-2-2, +1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, 13/30 FO
Season totals: 58 GP, 20-35-55, -13, 25 PIM
2014-15 totals: 68 GP, 13-23-36, +34, 22 PIM

Cirelli assisted on both Gens goals, including the primary assist on the overtime-winner.

Saginaw Spirit 3 @ Sarnia Sting 4 (OT)

W Mitchell Stephens, SAG: 2-0-2, +2, 0 PIM, 8 SOG, 10/21 FO, *Third Star*
Season totals: 35 GP, 18-17-35, +1, 12 PIM
2014-15 totals: 62 GP, 22-26-48, -17, 44 PIM

Stephens had two goals and was named the game’s third star, but Flyers’ pick Travis Konecny scored in overtime on a penalty shot to win the game for Sarnia.

Western Hockey League

Moose Jaw Warriors 4 @ Regina Pats 5 (SO)

C Brayden Point, MJ: 0-1-1, +2, 2 PIM
Season totals: 44 GP, 33-51-84, +25, 25 PIM
2014-15 totals: 60 GP, 38-49-87, +6, 46 PIM

Moose Jaw blew a 3-1 lead, but fought back to force overtime with a goal in the final 30 seconds. They went 0-3 in the shootout. Point was the first shooter and had his attempt saved.

Portland Winterhawks 5 @ Vancouver Giants 2

D Ben Thomas, VAN: 0-0-0, -3, 4 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 71 GP, 8-19-27, -32, 50 PIM
With Vancouver: 57 GP, 8-16-24, -22, 40 PIM
With Calgary: 14 GP, 0-3-3, -10, 10 PIM
2014-15 totals: 60 GP, 7-24-31, +16, 28 PIM

Portland scored four times after the game was tied 1-1 to run away with a 5-2 win in Vancouver.

United States Hockey League

Green Bay Gamblers 6 @ Omaha Lancers 1

G Kris Oldham, OMA: Loss, 24 saves on 28 shots
Season totals: 30 GP, 12-14-4, 2.81 GAA, .906 sv%, 1 SO
2014-15 totals: 33 GP, 21-6-4, 2.49 GAA, .908 sv%, 1 SO
(University of Nebraska-Omaha signee)

Oldham is now 1-9-2 in his last 12 games. Omaha is on an 0-7-2 streak and has fallen to sixth in the conference.

Dubuque Fighting Saints 0 @ Waterloo Black Hawks 3

D Ryan Zuhlsdorf, DBQ: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 35 GP, 0-25-25, -9, 53 PIM
With Dubuque: 5 GP, 0-2-2, -2, 2 PIM
With Sioux City: 30 GP, 0-23-23, -7, 51 PIM
2014-15 totals: 56 GP, 3-19-22, +25, 58 PIM
(University of Minnesota signee)

Waterloo got a 28-save shutout from Notre Dame commit Cale Morris (2016) to beat the visiting Saints.

NCAA Game Night: 3-11-16

No. 8 Boston University Terriers 2 @ No. 11 UMass-Lowell Riverhawks 3
UML leads best-of-3 Hockey East Quarterfinals, 1-0

D John MacLeod, BU: Did not play
Season totals: 24 GP, 1-1-2, -4, 22 PIM
2014-2015 totals: 37 GP, 2-7-9, +19, 58 PIM

Fifth-seeded BU fell in Game 1 against the fourth-seeded Riverhawks despite outshooting them, 35-19. BU cut UML’s lead to 3-2 with just under five minutes left in regulation, but couldn’t get the equalizer. MacLeod was scratched for the seventh straight game.

Lake Superior State Lakers 2 @ No. 16 Minnesota State Mavericks 5
MSU leads best-of-3 WCHA Quarterfinals, 1-0

W Jimmy Mullin, MSU: 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 27 GP, 2-8-10, E, 8 PIM
2013-2014 totals (Miami): 19 GP, 1-6-7, 23 PIM

The second-seeded Mavs took Game 1 against the seventh-seeded Lakers, 5-2. Mullin had a tripping minor.

*USCHO poll used

Witkowski Scores Twice, Crunch Top Sound Tigers


By Jeremy Houghtaling

In a game that featured the return of Jonathan Drouin, the offense was generated from a more unlikely source.

Luke Witkowski, a stay-at-home defenseman who had one goal in 53 previous games, registered a pair of goals to lead the Syracuse Crunch to a 5-2 victory over the Bridgeport Sound Tigers at the Onondaga County War Memorial Friday. With the win, Syracuse has points in five consecutive games.

“I’d say luck,” Witkowski said of his goals. “Most of my goals are bouncing in off guys or just gritty goals. That last one happened to be me driving the net. I’ll take them when I can get them.”

NHL Game Night: 3-11-16 Flyers at Lightning

Lightning should be held in contempt for failure to appear.

PHI-3
TB-1

Ben Bishop allowed 3 goals on 22 shots for the loss. I have a hard time complaining about a goaltender who has gotten a whopping 1 goal of support in the last 120 minutes (and 10 seconds!) of hockey.

First Period
8:57 PHI Gagner(7), (unassisted)(PP)

Second Period
3:34 PHI Read(11), (MacDonald, Couturier)(PP)
7:56 PHI Schenn(23), (Simmonds, Manning)

Third Period
17:18 TB Boyle(10), (Stralman, Killorn)

The Lightning just never showed up tonight. Having failed to get the payoff for such a spirited effort against Boston, they just never mentally bought into playing tonight, or at least it appeared that way, and they just were lifeless. When they're second to pucks they're a bad, bad team.

Sidebar: I have a feeling Cooper could put all 12 Lightning forwards on the power play and they'd still struggle. We'll see how that experiment goes, though. 0-for-1 is certainly a small sample size to draw conclusions from.

The scary thing is the Lightning appear to the naked eye to be playing the same brand of hockey they were in their disastrous first half of the season. In other words, disinterest mixed with mistakes and the distinct absence of goal scoring. That needs to change in a hurry if the Lightning want to win the division and if they want to make sure they don't put themselves back in a little jeopardy of missing the playoff cut.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

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