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NCAA Game Night: 1-9-15

No. 2 Boston University Terriers 3 @ Wisconsin Badgers 3 (OT)

D John MacLeod, BU: 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 16 GP, 2-3-5, +6, 36 PIM
2013-2014 totals: 19 GP, 1-4-5, +1, 36 PIM

BU junior defenseman Ahti Oksanen (undrafted) scored his ninth and 10th goals of the season in the last two minutes of the game – the final goal coming with three seconds left in regulation – to force a 3-3 tie with Wisconsin. The Badgers had taken a 3-1 lead with just under three minutes remaining to set up the dramatic finish.

No. 7 Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs 4 @ No. 1 North Dakota 1

F Brendan O’Donnell, UND: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 18 GP, 5-2-7, +1, 25 PIM
2013-2014 totals: 34 GP, 7-11-18, +7, 10 PIM

North Dakota tied the game at one midway through the third period, but the Bulldogs surged ahead and capped the upset win with an empty-netter.

RPI Engineers 2 @ No. 15 Quinnipiac Bobcats 4

F Matthew Peca, QU: 1-2-3, +1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, *First Star*
Season totals: 21 GP, 4-16-20, -2, 19 PIM
2014-2015 totals: 40 GP, 12-26-38, +4, 16 PIM

Matt Peca climbed within a point of being at a point-per-game pace, scoring once and assisting on two other goals Friday night. He opened the game’s scoring with his fourth goal of the season.

No. 9 Minnesota Golden Gophers 3 @ Michigan Wolverines 4 (OT) (Mariucci Classic)

G Adam Wilcox, MIN: Loss, 26 saves on 30 shots
Season totals: 17 GP, 10-6-1, 2.28 GAA, .917 sv%, 3 SO
2013-2014 totals: 38 GP, 26-6-6, 1.97 GAA, .932 sv%, 4 SO

Wilcox matched last year’s total of losses in half the games played as the Gophers fell at Yost, 4-3. The Wolverines outshot Minnesota 3-0 in the extra session.

*USCHO poll used

NHL Game Night: 1-9-15 Sabres at Lightning

Lightning blow out Sabres 2-1.

BUF-1
TB-2

Ben Bishop allowed 1 goal on 21 shots for the victory. His stop on Grigorenko on a 2-on-1 in the Second Period allowed the Lightning to turn the momentum after the Sabres' lone goal into a tidal wave that eventually overcame Neuvirth's exceptional effort at the other end of the rink.

First Period
3:51 TB Filppula (8), (Callahan, Paquette)

Second Period
0:50 BUF McCormick (1), (Kaleta)(SH)

Third Period
14:42 TB Stamkos (22), (Drouin, Killorn)

Steven Stamkos and Ryan Callahan were the game's second and third stars.

The Lightning outshot the Sabres 47-21 in the contest, and the final 39 minutes of this game were about as lopsided a game as you'll ever see in your life. The Lightning lived in the Sabres zone, throwing wave after wave of chances at the Buffalo net in a scene reminiscent of the old Lightning/Panthers games you used to see in the early '00's. Eventually, though, Neuvirth's nine lives ran out and the Lightning got the "W" that they richly deserved.

And remember, folks, Bobby "The Chief" Taylor says, "Ice is like great whiskey, it has to be aged and cured." Stick that in your flask.

Cedric Paquette had a helper and was +1 with 2 shots, 2 hits, and 2 blocked shots in 14:25. He started Filppula's goal with some good board work and had a rugged night where he gave and took with the Sabres throughout the night. His most high-profile moment, though, was a SH breakaway in the Third Period with the game tied 1-1 that Neuvirth got a piece of and steered off the outside of the goalpost and out.

Jonathan Drouin had 1 assist, 1 shot, and 1 blocked shot in 15:06. I though his line was a revelation tonight, and it's fitting Killorn/Stamkos/Drouin got the game winner. They could've had a half dozen goals tonight if Neuvirth had been the slightest bit human. It will be interesting to see if the momentum that group gained tonight carries forward against better opposition.

Nikita Nesterov was +1 with 2 penalty minutes and 4 shots in 14:34. My goodness he had such a good game helping the Lightning press the attack... right up until that clunker of a shift with the game tied 1-1 in the Third Period where he made a blind turnover that led to zone time for Buffalo and Nesterov eventually taking the tripping call. He should thank Bishop and the PK'ers for picking him up there. That little oops aside, though, if Nesterov's night translates against better opposition, the Lightning may have found a significant silver lining in Radko Gudas' knee injury.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

AHL Game Night: 1-9-15 Crunch at Wolf Pack

Blujus, Vasilevskiy can't hold off the Pack.

SYR-2
HFD-3 (OT)

Anrei Vasilevskiy allowed 3 goals on 38 shots for the OT loss. He almost helped Syracuse overcome what ended up being a 38-26 shot deficit.

First Period
HFD C. Bourque, (15) (Kostka, Lindberg), 12:00 (PP)

Second Period
HFD O'Donnell, (2) (Nehring, Spinell), 2:58
SYR Ikonen, (3) (Vermin, Angelidis), 3:56

Third Period
SYR Blujus, (1) (Namestnikov), 3:58 (PP)

Overtime
HFD McIlrath, (1) (Hrivik, Kristo), 2:34

Congratulations to Dylan Blujus, who scored his first pro goal on the PP to tie the game at 2-2 and eventually force OT. Blujuspalooza!

Box score from TheAHL.com.

Liiga Game Day: 1-9-15

HPK 0 vs. Karpat 2
Saku Salminen, HPK, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 24 GP, 3-3-6, E, 2 PIM

Saku Salminen was scoreless 10:29 as HPK continues to circle the drain, dropping today's decision 2-0 to Karpat. Ex-Habs pick Ryan Glenn had a helper in the win for Karpat.

Juniors Game Night: 1-8-15

Ontario Hockey League

Ottawa 67’s 3 @ Peterborough Petes 2

D Dominik Masin, PBO: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM
Season totals: 28 GP, 5-8-13, -21, 45 PIM
2013-14 totals: 39 GP, 2-19-21, +6, 102 PIM

Masin made his return to the Peterborough lineup after representing the Czech Republic at the World Junior Championships. Masin had one assist and a minus-4 rating in five games for the Czechs.

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