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Crunch Surge Early, Hang On Against Bruins


By Jeremy Houghtaling

The Syracuse Crunch surged early and held on in the third period.

The Crunch scored twice in the opening 8:44, but the the Bruins took advantage of turnovers in the third period. Syracuse was able to hang on for a 3-2 win over Providence at the Onondaga County War Memorial Saturday.

“Tonight, that game was all about momentum swings,” Crunch head coach Benoit Groulx said. “I thought we had momentum for 10 or 12 minutes, and then we would turn the puck over in our zone or at the blue line and they would get the momentum for five, six, seven minutes.”

NHL Game Night: 10-29-16 Lightning at Devils

Frustrating performance leaves first segment of the season in state of doubt.

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Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 3 goals on 23 shots for the loss. The goals he allowed were not necessarily soft goals, and he made one or two really dazzling ones late in the game, but it wasn't good enough to make the game competitive on a night where the offense was struggling.

First Period
3:57 NJ Henrique (2), (Severson, Cammalleri)
13:13 NJ Severson (1), (Henrique, Greene)

Second Period
5:22 NJ Smith-Pelly (1), (Lappin, Quincey)

Third Period
1:59 TB Johnson (2), (Point)

Just a frustrating night for the Lightning, which may have carried the balance of play throughout the game in outshooting New Jersey 33-23. But, New Jersey was opportunistic capitalizing on mistakes early to throw Tampa Bay into a hole, and without Kucherov in the lineup the Lightning didn't seem to have the offensive dynamism to crawl out. Also, if we're being honest, the Lightning played one of their all-too antiseptic games where they didn't create enough traffic and get in front of the goaltender's eyes enough to make it hard on a netminder as strong as Schneider. They were just a little too easy to play against tonight. Against a team like New Jersey, you do yourself a big disservice by not finding a greasy goal or two in those high traffic areas, and that building in particular is not one you want to fall in a hole in and then play a white gloves kind of style.

Heading into the final 2 games of this opening 10 game segment of the season, the Lightning need 2 more points, at least, to stay on playoff pace. That looked like a lock heading into the Montreal game, but it's looking a little dicey now. Hopefully Ben Bishop will have a performance tomorrow that will be the slump snapper. The Lightning need it.

Brayden Point had a beautiful helper and 3 shots in 16:50. His assist was so good he got Tyler Johnson off the side of the milk carton. I just hope he gets to collect the reward for finding a missing person like that.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

AHL Game Night: 10-29-16 Bruins at Crunch

Crunch show they can win a non-track meet game.

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Adam Wilcox allowed 2 goals on 26 shots for the victory. It's eyebrow raising Gudlevskis didn't get the call for a second straight night.

First Period
2:14 SYR Darcy (1), (Letourneau-Leblond, Blujus)
8:44 SYR Gourde (2), (Morin, Ikonen)
11:32 PRO Szwarz (2), (Rinaldo, Simpson)

Second Period
9:25 SYR Halmo (1), (Morin, Bournival)

Third Period
2:23 PRO Blidh (2), (unassisted)

Wilcox, Yanni Gourde, and Jeremy Morin were the game's three stars.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

Liiga Game Day: 10-29-16

TPS 2 vs. SaiPa 3 (SO)
Saku Salminen, SaiPa, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 14 GP, 1-1-2, -7, 27 PIM

Saku Salminen was scoreless in 7:13 of ice time in SaiPa's 3-2 Shootout win over TPS. Ex-Canadiens farmhand Brock Trotter had a goal in the win for SaiPa, which still sits in 13th in the 15 team league.

CHL Game Night: 10-28-16

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Moncton Wildcats 3 @ Saint John Sea Dogs 10

W Bokondji Imama, SJ: 1-1-2, +1, 2 PIM, 4 SOG, 4 Hits
Season Totals: 13 GP, 3-4-7, -3, 10 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 48 GP, 7-12-19, -5, 86 PIM

W Mathieu Joseph, SJ: 0-2-2, +2, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 1 Hit
Season Totals: 13 GP, 12-7-19, +8, 11 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 58 GP, 33-40-73, +35, 57 PIM

Saint John had a touchdown and field goal against rival Moncton, but none of the 10 were scored by Mathieu Joseph, surprisingly. Boko Imama potted a goal for the second straight game.

Halifax Mooseheads 3 @ Cape Breton Screaming Eagles 1

W Otto Somppi, HAL: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG, 0 Hits, 8/20 FO
Season Totals: 13 GP, 4-6-10, -6, 8 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 59 GP, 13-33-46, -15, 25 PIM

2016 No. 3 overall pick Pierre-Luc Dubois (Blue Jackets) scored his first of the year for the Eagles, who lost 3-1 to Somppi and the Mooseheads. Dubois has a goal and two assists in six games. The game was 3-3 early in the second period before the Dogs ran away with the game.

Ontario Hockey League

Oshawa Generals 3 @ Sudbury Wolves 1

C Anthony Cirelli, OSH: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG, 12/25 FO
Season Totals: 11 GP, 9-10-19, +12, 6 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 62 GP, 21-38-59, -15 27 PIM

Cirelli failed to hit 50 percent in the faceoff dot for the first time in recent memory. He did manage an assist in another Gens victory. Oshawa leads the East Division with an 8-5-0-1 record.

Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 4 @ London Knights 3 (OT)

W Boris Katchouk, SSM: 2-0-2, -1, 0 PIM, 5 SOG, *First Star*
Season: 13 GP, 5-6-11, +1, 6 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 44 GP, 13-28-41, -10 19 PIM

Katchouk scored his second overtime-winner in a week, tipping in a shot on the power play and propelling the Soo to a 4-3 win in London. Katchouk, who also had a shorthanded goal Friday with a nasty wrist shot, beat Ottawa with an overtime-winner October 22.

Barrie Colts 5 @ Niagara IceDogs 4 (SO)

C/W Christopher Paquette, NIA: 1-1-2, -3, 0 PIM, 5 SOG
Season Totals: 12 GP, 8-4-12, -5, 4 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 57 GP, 5-11-16, -6, 18 PIM

Paquette scored his team-leading eighth goal of the season, but it wasn’t enough for the IceDogs to beat the visiting Colts. He did not convert his shootout opportunity.

Peterborough Petes 0 @ Kitchener Rangers 2

D Matt Spencer, PBO: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 2 SOG
Season Totals: 6 GP, 0-2-2, -4, 6 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 60 GP, 5-19-24, -4, 46 PIM

W Jonne Tammela, PBO: Did not play
2015-2016 (Finland): 37 GP, 5-8-13, +10, 16 PIM

Chris McGonigle (undrafted) stopped 32 shots for the shutout.

Western Hockey League (late)

Vancouver Giants 0 @ Kamloops Blazers 3

G Connor Ingram, KAM: Win, 30 saves on 30 shots, shutout, *First Star*

Season Totals: 12 GP, 6-6-0-0, 2.10 GAA, .935 sv%, 1 SO
2015-2016 Season: 61 GP, 34-15-5-4, 2.61 GAA, .922 sv%, 4 SO

Ingram stopped 30 shots to give him his first shutout of the season. He had four last year.

Saskatoon Blades 2 @ Moose Jaw Warriors 4

D Libor Hajek, SAS: 0-1-1, -2, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 12 GP: 0-7-7, -1, 12 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 69 GP, 3-23-26, -19, 76 PIM

C Brett Howden, MJ: Did not play
Season Totals: 11 GP, 9-5-14, -2, 6 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 68 GP, 24-40-64, -7, 61 PIM

Moose Jaw played without their captain, Howden, who is day-to-day with an undisclosed injury. Libor Hajek had an assist in the loss.

NCAA Game Night: 10-28-16

No. 11 Michigan Wolverines 0 @ Vermont Catamounts 3

C Ross Colton, UVM: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 5 SOG, *Third Star*
Season Totals: 5 GP, 1-1-2, E, 2 PIM

Colton (pictured) had an assist and was named third star in Vermont’s shutout, upset win over Michigan. The Catamounts scored 22 seconds into the game and never looked back.

No. 5 UMass-Lowell River Hawks 1 @ Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks 5

C Ryan Lohin, UML: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season Totals: 7 GP, 0-3-3, +2, 0 PIM

D Kristian Oldham, UNO: Did not play
Season Totals: 2 GP, 1-1-0, 2.42 GAA, .902 sv%, 0 SO

UNO struck early and often, defeating visiting UML, 5-1. Oldham watched as Sophomore Evan Weninger (undrafted) stopped 28 of 29 shots and was named first star for ONU.

No. 12 Minnesota Golden Gophers 4 @ Clarkson Golden Knights 3 (OT)

D Ryan Zuhlsdorf, UMN: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals: 4 GP, 2-1-3, +3, 4 PIM

Zuhlsdorf was back in the Gophers’ lineup Friday as Minnesota overcame a 3-0 deficit to win in overtime, 4-3. Leon Bristedt (undrafted) had two goals for the winners, including the overtime marker.

*USCHO poll used for rankings

AHL Game Night: 10-28-16 Crunch at Senators

Crunch hold off Senators rally to get back on track.

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Adam Wilcox allowed 3 goals on 27 shots for the victory.

First Period
1:59 SYR Erne (2), (Morin, Dotchin)
9:27 SYR Bournival (4), (Dumont, Condra)
15:15 BNG Stortini (1), (Bailey, Kostka)(PP)

Second Period
0:39 SYR Peca (3), (Vermin, Blujus)(PP)
1:04 SYR Dumont (4), (Ikonen, Walcott)
6:11 BNG McCormick (1), (Flanagan, Robinson)

Third Period
4:03 BNG Varone (1), (Dunn, O'Connor)

Gabriel Dumont and Matthew Peca were the game's first and second stars.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

Liiga Game Day: 10-28-16

Ilves 2 vs. SaiPa 1
Saku Salminen, SaiPa, DNP
Season totals: 13 GP, 1-1-2, -6, 27 PIM

Ex-Bruins first rounder Hannu Toivonen turned aside 31 shots for Ilves in their 2-1 win over SaiPa.

MHL Game Day: 10-28-16

Cherepovets Jr. 0 vs. Yaroslavl Jr. 2
Oleg Sosunov, Yaroslavl Jr., 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 14 GP, 0-0-0, -3, 26 PIM

Undrafted 18 year old Yaroslavl Jr. goaltender Ilya Konovalov stopped all 21 shots he faced in Yaroslavl Jr.'s 2-0 shutout win over Cherepovets Jr.

NHL Game Night: 10-27-16 Lightning at Canadiens

Lightning blow Third Period lead to miss out on Canadian swing trifecta.

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Ben Bishop allowed 2 goals on 25 shots for the hard luck loss.

First Period
NO SCORING

Second Period
16:08 TB Killorn (6), (Hedman, Stralman)

Third Period
6:12 MTL Galchenyuk (2), (Markov, Petry)
10:23 MTL Pacioretty (2), (Pateryn, Shaw)
19:16 MTL Mitchell (4), (unassisted)(EN)

Jonathan Drouin was the game's third star.

I'm absolutely shocked... SHOCKED!... to hear of selective non-enforcement of goaltender interference in this game. In Montreal. Oh, and in related news, water is wet.

Brayden Point had 3 shots and 1 blocked shot in 17:11 of ice time. That's a SIZABLE chunk of ice time for a rookie in a tight game on the road, which speaks volumes about the coaching staff's faith in young Mr. Point.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

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