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NCAA Game Night: January 9, 2020

A rare Thursday night game on the NCAA docket with #12 Providence win over American International. Max Crozier +2 to boost his season plus-minus rating to +13; BP keeping an eye on Crozier's season stat line of 21 GP, 2-9-11, +13, 14 PIM in comparison to Nick Perbix's freshman season stat line of 39 GP, 5-15-20, +24, 16 PIM.

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NHL Game Night: 1-7-20 Canucks at Lightning

Two streaks enter, one streak leaves.

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Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 2 goals on 23 shots for the victory. Bathe in the purifying waters of cool, deep goal support.

First Period
18:58 VAN Pettersson (20), (Boeser)

Second Period
4:21 TB Johnson (10), (Palat, Hedman)
10:10 TB Stamkos (17), (Point)(PP)
14:05 VAN Eriksson (3), (Horvat, Pearson)
15:07 TB Killorn (17), (unassisted)
17:06 TB Verhaeghe (3), (Point, Gourde)
17:37 TB Kucherov (15), (Point)
18:02 TB Cernak (3), (Stamkos, Coburn)

Third Period
4:37 TB Point (18), (Stamkos, Cernak)
12:43 TB Verhaeghe (4), (Stephens)(SH)
18:09 TB Verheaghe (5), (Kucherov, Sergachev)(PP)

Carter Verhaeghe, Brayden Point, and Steven Stamkos were the game's three stars.

Tonight the Lightning sent the warning shot across the rest of the NHL's bow, and it's squeaky bun time in the rest of the sport's franchise cities. Vancouver entered this game with the same seven game winning streak that Tampa Bay sported, and they left humiliated underneath an avalanche of goals as the uber-talented Lightning issued the kind of swag-dripped beatdown that had been a hallmark of their record-setting season a year ago. It had everything, including two of my favorite plays in hockey: quick strike goals off of clean offensive zone faceoff wins. Inject it into my veins.

Verhaeghe had his first NHL hat trick and was +2 with 7 shots and 1 hit in 11:54. Kudos to Cooper for getting him out on the late PP to get the third goal.

Mitchell Stephens had a helper and was +1 with 1 hit and 1 blocked shot in 11:57. He was also 55% on 11 draws, and looked to have a goal until it was determined Verheaghe had actually scored earlier on the same shift.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

NCAA Game Weekend: January 3-4, 2020

The first NCAA hockey weekend of the new year with these highlights: Alex Green 2A, FM in games against #6 Ohio State and #14 Providence in 2020 Fortress Invitational; Cole Guttman 2G, 2A, 68% FO, and two 1st Star of the Game awards in two winds over #9 Umass; Magnus Chrona 2W and 59 saves as DEN announces mini-slump is over; Ty Taylor 2W, 2GA in both starts for UNH against Yale and Brown.

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NHL Game Night: 1-5-20 Lightning at Hurricanes

Lightning achieve full blown road warrior status.

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Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 1 goal on 29 shots for the victory. That's two straight quality starts from the young star.

First Period
2:36 TB Stephens (2), (Verhaeghe, Kucherov)
4:44 TB Stamkos (16), (unassisted)

Second Period
5:19 TB Point (17), (Kucherov, Stamkos)

Third Period
11:48 CAR Svechnikov (18), (Slavin, Pesce)

Vasilevskiy and Steven Stamkos were the game's first and second stars.

If there was ever a potential "schedule loss" for the Lightning, it might've been this one, not only because of the high number of games in a compressed window but because of the possession-heavy style Carolina plays. It's an incredibly impressive thing to see that not only were the Lightning competitive in this game, but they were able to put it away in 40 minutes and enjoy some garbage time in the Third Period. That's how good teams get it done.

Carter Verheaghe had a helper and was +1 with 2 shots and 1 hit in 9:40. Now that the team has hit the halfway point of the season, Verhaeghe is the only prospect close to graduation from prospect status, needing 13 more appearances.

Mitchell Stephens had a goal and was +1 with 3 shots and 2 hits in 9:21. He was also 50% on 12 draws.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

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