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AHL Game Night: 3-15-17 Crunch at Phantoms

Crunch make Phantoms vanish in OT.

SYR-5
LV-4 (OT)

Mike McKenna allowed 4 goals on 48 shots for the victory. Suffice it to say McKenna hasn't cloaked himself in glory thus far in Syracuse, but he bathed in the deep waters of sweet, sweet goal support tonight.

First Period
7:40 SYR Koekkoek (2), (Lynch, Vermin)

Second Period
4:09 SYR Kurtz (2), (Thomas, Blujus)
6:54 LV Fazleev (6), (Aube-Kubel)
12:15 LV Martel (17), (McDonald, Zengerle)(PP)
13:15 LV Miele (8), (Conner, Brennan)(PP)

Third Period
8:16 SYR Lynch (3), (McNamee, Racine)
17:56 LV Martel (18), (Alt, Miele)
18:56 SYR Taormina (14), (Lynch)(PP)

Overtime
3:51 SYR McGinn (6), (Taormina, Peca)

Kevin Lynch and Mike McKenna were the game's first and third stars. McKenna was an interesting selection after getting bailed out by a Crunch extra attacker goal that took him off the hook for a late game softie.

Oh hey, look there, it's our old pals Slater Koekkoek and Dylan Blujus on the scoresheet. Where you been? Don't be a stranger.

At the moment, Syracuse holds a 3 point lead atop the North Division with 1 game in hand on Albany.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

ECHL Game Night: 3-15-17

Kalamazoo Wings 4 at Quad City Mallards 3 OT

F Brian Hart, KAL, 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIMS, 4 SOG
Season Totals (ECHL): 23 GP, 2-3-5, -1, 4 PIMs, 42 SOG
Season Totals (AHL): 33 GP, 3-4-7, E, 26 PIMs, 50 SOG

F Cameron Darcy, KAL, 0-1-1, E, 2 PIMS, 4 SOG
Season Totals (ECHL): 10 GP, 2-9-11, +7, 6 PIMs, 25 SOG
Season Totals (AHL): 34 GP, 3-4-7, -3, 14 PIMs, 40 SOG

Other Notables
G Nic Riopel, KAL, W, 60:20 MINS, 27/39
Season Totals: 27 GP, 16-9-0-1, 2.71 GAA, 0.906 SV%, 1 SO

F Stefan Fournier, KAL, 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIMS, 4 SOG
Season Totals (ECHL): 1 GP, 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIMs, 4 SOG
Season Totals (AHL): 30 GP, 2-2-4, -1, 97 PIMs, 26 SOG

Kyle Bushee scored just 20 seconds into OT to give the surging K-Wings a gritty 4-3 OT road win against the Quad City Mallards. The nail-biter seesaw affair sported three lead changes with Kalamazoo coming back twice from 1 goal deficits, and ultimately clinch the all important divisional extra point. In his first game with the K-Wings since being reassigned from Syracuse of the AHL, Bolt Prospect overager Stefan Fournier scored on a feed from fellow prospect Brian Hart in the 2nd period to give Kalamazoo its first lead 2-1. Later in the 3rd, Bolt Prospect Cam Darcy would set up Peter Schneider for a PP marker to knot the game at 3-3. Nic Riopel continued his torrid win streak, stopping 27 of 30 Mallard shots to secure the victory. Shout-out to Cam Darcy who has 11 points in his first 10 games with the K-Wings along with a +7 rating. Next up for Kalamazoo is a home-and-home series Friday and Saturday nights against the Central Division bottom dwelling Indy Fuel.

MHL Playoff Game Day: 3-15-17

MHL Western Conference Quarterfinals
(6)Cherepovets Jr. 0 vs. (3)Yaroslavl Jr. 6
Cherepovets Jr. Leads the Series 2-1
Oleg Sosunov, Yaroslavl Jr., DNP
Playoff totals: 0 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
Regular season totals: 32 GP, 0-0-0, +1, 79 PIM

Undrafted 18 year old netminder Ilya Konovalov had a 21 save shutout to keep Loko Jr.'s playoff hopes alive in their 6-0 Game Three win over Cherepovets Jr.

CHL Game Night: 3-14-17

Ontario Hockey League

London Knights 3 @ Erie Otters 2

W/C Mitchell Stephens, LDN: 0-0-0, -2, 2 PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals: 49 GP, 22-30-52, +20, 26 PIM
With London: 27 GP, 11-12-23, +7, 12 PIM
With Saginaw: 22 GP, 11-17-28, +13, 14 PIM
2015-2016 Totals: 39 GP, 20-18-38, -3, 14 PIM

D Erik Cernak, Erie: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Season Totals: 48 GP, 3-18-21, +32, 51 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 41 GP, 4-11-15, +7, 35 PIM

C Anthony Cirelli, Erie: 1-0-1, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, 7/13 FO
Season Totals: 50 GP, 24-37-61, +35, 12 PIM
With Erie: 23 GP, 11-14-25, +15, 4 PIM
With Oshawa: 26 GP, 13-21-34, +18, 8 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 62 GP, 21-38-59, -15 27 PIM

W Taylor Raddysh, Erie: 0-1-1, +E, 2 PIM, 0 SOG
Season Totals: 57 GP, 40-67-107, +69, 33 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 67 GP, 24-49-73, +19, 18 PIM

Flames pick Tyler Parsons stopped 41 shots leading the Knights to a big road win in Erie over the first-place Otters. Alex DeBrincat (Blackhawks) scored his 63rd goal of the year for Erie, while Anthony Cirelli potted his 24th. London broke a 2-2 tie with a Sam Miletic (undrafted) goal (36) early in the third period. Erie holds a 3-point lead over Owen Sound and a 4-point lead over London in the Midwest Division. The Attack and Knights both have a game in-hand heading into the last weekend of regular season play. (Erie Otters photo)

Western Hockey League

Saskatoon Blades 4 @ Regina Pats 5

D Libor Hajek, SAS: 0-0-0, E, 6 PIM
Season Totals: 59 GP: 4-22-26, -15, 74 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 69 GP, 3-23-26, -19, 76 PIM

Saskatoon lost a 3-1 lead and eventually lost, 5-4. Regina got the game-winning goal while Hajek was serving a double minor for high sticking. The Blades need help to get into the playoffs as they’re three points back of Calgary for the final wild card spot, but the Hitmen have a game in-hand. Saskatoon has two games left. On the plus side, Hajek could join AHL Syracuse after the Blades’ season ends this weekend.

Prince Albert Raiders 3 @ Moose Jaw Warriors 2 (OT)

C Brett Howden, MJ: 0-1-1, +1, 2 PIM
Season Totals: 55 GP, 35-41-76, +12, 60 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 68 GP, 24-40-64, -7, 61 PIM

Simon Stransky (undrafted) scored his 20th goal of the season in overtime to beat Moose Jaw Tuesday. The Warriors are comfortably in second in the East Division heading into the playoffs.

NHL Game Night: 3-14-17 Lightning at Senators

The stuff that dreams are made of.

TB-2
OTT-1 (OT)

Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed just 1 goal on 32 shots for the victory. It's overshadowed by the heroics at the other end by Condon, but what Vasilevskiy did again tonight was make every situational save asked of him to get the Lightning their chance at the winner's circle.

First Period
3:05 TB Point (12), (Dotchin, Coburn)

Second Period
2:35 OTT Wingels (7), (unassisted)

Third Period
NO SCORING

Overtime
4:05 TB Hedman (14), (Palat)

Victor Hedman was the game's second star.

Facing near impossible odds in their quest for a playoff spot, the Lightning look like a locked in team that is already playing postseason hockey. Tonight's challenges: 1.) Get road points in a back to back after a tough game against the Rangers last night, 2.) Again play short of centermen with Vlad Namestnikov back on the shelf, 3.) Solve a netminder in Mike Condon who decided to lose his mind tonight with ten bell save after ten bell save. Amazingly, the team never showed the effects of #1 or #2 and eventually they got the one they needed to solve #3. Now, after all the heavy lifting is done, they find themselves tied for the 8th spot in the East after being left for dead a month ago. The dream lives for the Lightning, with a lot of heavy lifting still left to do.

Luke Witkowski was -1 with 3 hits and 1 blocked shot in 7:51.

Greg McKegg had 2 shots, 1 hit, and 1 blocked shot in 11:04. He was also 45% on 11 draws.

Jake Dotchin had a helper and was +1 with 2 shots and 2 hits in 19:13.

Gabriel Dumont had 1 shot, 2 hits, and 3 blocked shots in 11:22.

Yanni Gourde had 4 shots in 20:20. He's playing so well on this recall and he hasn't shown signs of hitting a wall yet.

Adam Erne had 3 shots and 7 hits in 8:30.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

KHL Playoff Game Day: 3-14-17

KHL Western Conference Semifinals
(3)Dynamo Moscow 1 vs. (2)St. Petersburg 4
St. Petersburg Leads the Series 3-1
Nikita Gusev, St. Petersburg, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Playoff totals: 8 GP, 3-6-9, +1, 2 PIM
Regular season totals: 57 GP, 24-47-71, +33, 8 PIM

Nikita Gusev was scoreless in 13:18 in SKA's 4-1 Game Four win over Dynamo Moscow. Forward Sergei Shirokov led the way for SKA with 1 goal and 3 points in the win.

NHL Game Night: 3-13-17 Lightning at Rangers

Lightning scratch out 2 key road points.

TB-3
NYR-2

Petr Budaj allowed 2 goals on 28 shots for the victory. He's been rock solid all year for LA and he's been just as good since the trade over to Tampa Bay.

First Period
5:53 NYR Kampfer (1), (Zuccarello, Kreider)
7:43 TB Point (10), (Kucherov, Drouin)(PP)

Second Period
5:04 TB Dumont (2), (Garrison)
10:22 NYR Grabner (22), (unassisted)

Third Period
13:21 TB Point (11), (Palat, Kucherov)

Brayden Point and Nikita Kucherov were the game's first and second stars.

Gregg McKegg was +1 with 2 hits and 1 blocked shot in 9:49. He was also 17% on 6 draws.

Jake Dotchin was +1 with 1 hit and 2 blocked shots in 20:12.

Gabriel Dumont had a goal and was +1 with 2 shots, 2 hits, and 1 blocked shot in 9:07.

Yanni Gourde had 1 shot, 3 hits, and 2 blocked shots in 17:10.

Adam Erne was -1 with 1 hit in 12:22.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

Liiga Game Day: 3-13-17

Tappara 4 vs. SaiPa 1
Saku Salminen, SaiPa, DNP
Season totals: 39 GP, 3-4-7, -9, 41 PIM

It was the end of the line for SaiPa, which concluded its regular season by getting beat 40-11 on the shot clock and 4-1 on the scoreboard by Tappara. SaiPa finished 15th in the 15 team Liiga, a full 9 points back of 14th place Sport. Saku Salminen remained out of the lineup for SaiPa with an injury.

The Bolt Prospects Podcast, Episode 92

This week’s “Aaron Gavey Edition” of the Bolt Prospects Podcast includes the following topics:

· The No. 92
· TB strutting down street, flaunting massive amount of chest hair
· Playoffs!?
· Gourde, depth stepping up big
· How does Jo Drouin compare to other young stars?

Gourde, Erne Make Impact in Bolts' Push for Playoffs

As the Tampa Bay Lightning have gone through the 2016-17 regular season, their seemingly consistent string of injuries to key players has created the need for call-ups from the Syracuse Crunch at levels unseen in seasons past.

The term "TampaCuse" has been used to describe the shuttle of players between the clubs throughout the season more than normal this year.

During Saturday's 3-2 victory over the Florida Panthers, the Lightning dressed five players who began the year with the Crunch in the American Hockey League – defenseman Jake Dotchin and forwards Adam Erne, Yanni Gourde, Matthew Peca, and Luke Witkowski.

While each of these players has contributed in an important way for the Lightning this season, Erne and Gourde are two prospects who have been particularly impressive of late.

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