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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.

AHL Game Night: 3-11-16 Sound Tigers at Crunch

The return of Drouinsanity overshadowed by the wizardry of Witkowski.

BRI-2
SYR-5

Adam Wilcox allowed 2 goals on 27 shots for the victory. Zettler continues to ride the hot hand after Wilcox has gone 4-0-1 in his last 5 starts. He's got a sporty .934 save percentage thus far in his four starts in March.

First Period
SYR Witkowski, (2) , 13:15
SYR Tambellini, (19) (Vermin, Dotchin), 13:49
BRI Kearns, (22) (Halmo, Lafranchise), 19:42

Second Period
SYR Witkowski, (3) (Drouin, Peca), 11:14

Third Period
SYR Gourde, (9) (Richard, Taormina), 14:23
BRI Fritz, (2) (Quine, Finn), 18:17
SYR Gourde, (10) (Richard), 19:42 (EN)

Luke Witkowski, Jeff Tambellini, and Tanner Richard were the game's three stars.

Oh, and Jonathan Drouin had a helper in his return to active duty.

Syracuse is starting to put a little stretch run together, having earned points in those 5 straight games. They draw Rochester Saturday.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

KHL Playoff Game Day: 3-11-16

KHL Western Conference Semifinals
(1)Novgorod 1 vs. (7)CSKA 3
CSKA Leads the Series 2-1
Carter Ashton, Novgorod, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Playoff totals: 7 GP, 0-0-0, -1, 31 PIM
Regular season totals: 46 GP, 13-10-23, +3, 61 PIM

Carter Ashton was scoreless in 18:01 of ice time in Novgorod's 3-1 Game Three loss to top seeded CSKA. Ex-Ottawa farmhand Stephane Da Costa had a goal in the win for CSKA.

(5)St. Petersburg 0 vs. (6)Dynamo Moscow 4
Dynamo Leads the Series 2-1
Nikita Gusev, St. Petersburg, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 6 SOG
Playoff totals: 8 GP, 3-4-7, E, 0 PIM
Regular season totals: 56 GP, 20-29-49, +15, 14 PIM

Nikita Gusev was blanked in 19:05 of ice time in SKA's 4-0 Game Three loss to Dynamo Moscow. Gusev did lead SKA in shots on goal with 6. 35 year old veteran netminder Alexander Yeryomenko stopped all 34 shots he faced for the shutout.

Juniors Game Night: 3-10-16

Ontario Hockey League

Sarnia Sting 5 @ Windsor Spitfires 1

W Cristiano DiGiacinto, WSR: 0-0-0, -1, 9 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 58 GP, 16-25-41, +14, 92 PIM
2014-15 totals: 63 GP, 21-24-45, -16, 100 PIM

DiGiacinto fought Kevin Spinozzi, then was given a misconduct for instigating. Flyers pick Travis Konecny was first star with a goal and two assists.

North Bay Battalion 3 @ Peterborough Petes 4

D Dominik Masin, PBO: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 52 GP, 8-29-37, +31, 42 PIM
2014-15 totals: 48 GP, 7-19-26, -13, 68 PIM

D Matt Spencer, PBO: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 55 GP, 4-19-23, -4, 46 PIM
2014-15 totals: 67 GP, 6-24-30, -15, 64 PIM

Masin followed up his career-high 4-assist game with one helper (on the power play) in Peterborough’s win over North Bay. Masin has points in nine of his last 10 games, and has 15 points in that time span. He’s really come on in the second half, much like he started to last year before he was lost to injury. Meanwhile, Spencer has points in just three of his last 15 game, and has four points in that time span.

Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 7 @ Saginaw Spirit 3

W Mitchell Stephens, SAG: 0-2-2, +1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 13/20 FO
Season totals: 34 GP, 16-17-33, -1, 12 PIM
2014-15 totals: 62 GP, 22-26-48, -17, 44 PIM

Stephens continues to produce despite the team’s struggles late in the year. The Soo had a 7-1 lead midway through the third period.

Liiga Game Day: 3-10-16

KalPa 3 vs. Lukko 2
Jonne Tammela, KalPa, 1-1-2, +2, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Season totals: 37 GP, 5-8-13, +10, 16 PIM

Jonne Tammela made the most of KalPa's regular season finale, posting 1 goal and 1 assist in 12:44 in their 3-2 win over Lukko. KalPa finishes the campaign in 8th place on the 15 team Liiga table.

KHL Playoff Game Day: 3-10-16

KHL Eastern Conference Semifinals
(2)Magnitogorsk 1 vs. (3)Novosibirsk 3
Series Tied 1-1
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, Loss, 16/19, 4.73 GAA, .842 sv%
Playoff totals: 4 GP, 3-1-0, 2 SO, 1.11 GAA, .960 sv%
Regular season totals: 50 GP, 22-15-9, 4 SO, 2.12 GAA, .925 sv%

Vasily Koshechkin was lifted late in the Second Period in Magnitogorsk's 3-1 Game Two loss to Novosibirsk. Ex-Lightning defenseman Andrej Meszaros had a pair of helpers for Novosibirsk to help key the win.

The Bolt Prospects Podcast, Volume 57

This week’s “Kristian Kudroc Edition” of the Bolt Prospects Podcast (also available on Lightning Power Play, Lightning Radio's iHeart station) includes the following topics:

· No. 57
· The Kudroc trade that wasn’t
· The return of Drouinsanity
· Guesses and hopes for how the Drouin drama plays out
· Division title for TB probable or unlikely?
· Interview with Syracuse’s Adam Wilcox
· #BPMailbag (Seth Jones vs Drouin re-visited … NCAA UFAs … Blunden’s future … Brayden Point’s point ceiling … Nesterov vs DeAngelo rookie seasons … Changes ahead for Syracuse? … Crunch’s next captain if necessary … When will The Goose be loose? … Hipchecks … Podcast namesakes after No. 99)

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