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KHL Playoff Game Day: 3-3-16

KHL Eastern Conference Quarterfinals
(7)Ekaterinburg 2 vs. (2)Magnitogorsk 5
Magnitogorsk Wins the Series 4-2
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, DNP
Playoff totals: 2 GP, 2-0-0, 2 SO, 0.00 GAA, 1.000 sv%
Regular season totals: 50 GP, 22-15-9, 4 SO, 2.12 GAA, .925 sv%

Caps first rounder Ilya Samsonov allowed 2 goals on 20 shots for the win on Magnitka's 5-2 Game Six, series-clinching victory over upset-minded Ekaterinburg. Undrafted 23 year old Czech forward Tomas Filippi had a pair of insurance goals in the win. Defenseman Alexei Vasilevskiy, brother of Andrei, had a helper in defeat for Ekaterinburg. He finished the series with 3 goals and 4 points in 6 games.

Meanwhile, the Western Conference Semifinals brackets are set with #1 seed CSKA facing #7 seed Novgorod and #6 seed SKA St. Petersburg drawing #5 seed Dynamo Moscow.

The Bolt Prospects Podcast, Volume 56

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

· The No. 56
· Trade deadline review (grab a pillow and some Band-Aids)
· Tampa Bay’s short-term future
· Tampa Bay’s long-term future
· Interview with Syracuse’s Matt Peca
· The return of the #BPMailbag (Black Aces prediction … Contract term worries? … What will next young TB star face?)

Juniors Game Night: 3-2-16

Ontario Hockey League

Saginaw Spirit 5 @ Flint Firebirds 6 (OT)

W Mitchell Stephens, SAG: 1-1-2, -1, 0 PIM, 4 SOG, 10/18 FO
Season totals: 32 GP, 16-14-30, E, 12 PIM
2014-15 totals: 62 GP, 22-26-48, -17, 44 PIM

With two points Wednesday, Stephens has at least a point in four straight games and 10 of his past 11. Flint pulled within nine points of Saginaw for the last playoff spot in the West, though it’s probably too little too late for the much-maligned Firebirds.

Western Hockey League

Lethbridge Hurricanes 5 @ Moose Jaw Warriors 1

C Brayden Point, MJ: 0-0-0, -3, 0 PIM
Season totals: 40 GP, 31-46-77, +23, 21 PIM
2014-15 totals: 60 GP, 38-49-87, +6, 46 PIM

Moose Jaw held a 1-0 lead after the first period, but things went downhill quickly from there. By the start of the third, the Warriors were down 4-1.

Vancouver Giants 1 @ Prince George Cougars 2

D Ben Thomas, VAN: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM
Season totals: 68 GP, 8-19-27, -29, 46 PIM
With Vancouver: 54 GP, 8-16-24, -19, 36 PIM
With Calgary: 14 GP, 0-3-3, -10, 10 PIM
2014-15 totals: 60 GP, 7-24-31, +16, 28 PIM

The Cougars took both games of a 2-game mid-week set with the Giants, winning in a shootout Tuesday and in regulation Wednesday. Prince George was outshooting the Giants 31-15 through two periods, but was only up, 1-0.

AHL Game Night: 3-2-16 Phantoms at Crunch

53 shots were still not enough for the Crunch.

LV-3
SYR-2 (SO)

Adam Wilcox allowed 2 goals on 30 shots before allowing 1 of 3 shooters to convert in the penalty shot session for the SO loss.

First Period
NO SCORING

Second Period
LV Martel, (20) (Lamarche, Palushaj), 3:15
SYR Blunden, (19) (Tambellini, DeAngelo), 11:39 (PP)

Third Period
LV Bardreau, (10) (McDonald, Straka), 9:30
SYR McGinn, (18) (Erne, Blunden), 19:30

Overtime
NO SCORING

Shootout
LV- Leier
SYR- NONE

Wilcox and Mike Blunden were the game's second and third stars.

Syracuse outshot the Phantoms 48-30 in regulation, but it still took a Tye McGinn goal with just 30 seconds to go in the Third Period just for the Crunch to salvage a point from the game. The final shot advantage was 53-31 on a frustrating night where the Crunch probably deserved better.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

Phantoms' Stolarz Stymies Crunch


By Jeremy Houghtaling

The Syracuse Crunch seemed to throw everything they could at the net.

The Crunch registered 53 shots on goal and controlled the play for long stretches, but needed a goal with the extra attacker on in the final minute of regulation to send the game to overtime. Led by Phantoms goalie Anthony Stolarz, Lehigh Valley prevailed over Syracuse in a shootout, 3-2, at the Onondaga County War Memorial Wednesday.

“I wish we would have gotten the two points tonight. We sorely need them,” Crunch head coach Rob Zettler said. “I’m happy with our guys’ effort. The process was good, the details were good, but the outcome was not what we wanted.”

Syracuse’s Mike Blunden finished with a goal and an assist. Tye McGinn added one goal, and Jeff Tambellini, Anthony DeAngelo, and Adam Erne each had one assist.

Liiga Game Day: 3-2-16

Ilves 4 vs. KalPa 3 (OT)
Jonne Tammela, KalPa, DNP
Season totals: 34 GP, 4-7-11, +8, 16 PIM

Veteran European pro Sebastian Lauritzen scored 2 goals for KalPa in their 4-3 OT loss to Ilves. 10 year Liiga veteran Joonas Riekkinen scored the OT winner and had a helper in the win for Ilves. KalPa still sits in 8th on the Liiga table.

KHL Playoff Game Day: 3-2-16

KHL Western Conference Playoffs
(7)Novgorod 3 vs. (2)Jokerit 2
Novgorod Wins the Series 4-2
Carter Ashton, Novgorod, 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 1 SOG
Playoff totals: 4 GP, 0-0-0, E, 29 PIM
Regular season totals: 46 GP, 13-10-23, +3, 61 PIM

25 year old Vyacheslav Kulyomin scored the GWG with just a little over 4 minutes left in the Third Period to lift Novgorod to a 3-2 Game Six victory and seal their upset win of their opening round series with Jokerit. Ex-NHLer Alexander Frolov also scored a goal for Novgorod in the match. Carter Ashton was scoreless in 15:35 in the game.

Juniors Game Night: 3-1-16

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Acadie-Bathurst Titan 3 @ Saint John Sea Dogs 4

W Bokondji Imama, SJ: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG, 2 Hits
Season totals: 40 GP, 4-11-15, -4, 70 PIM
2013-2014 Season: 59 GP, 13-15-28, +2, 137 PIM

W Mathieu Joseph, SJ: 0-1-1, -1, 0 PIM, 4 SOG, 1 Hit
Season totals: 55 GP, 32-37-69, +34, 55 PIM
2013-2014 Season: 59 GP, 21-21-42, +18, 46 PIM

Joseph assisted on Senator defensive prospect Thomas Chabot’s ninth goal of the year Tuesday. The Sea Dogs are now 14 points up on Moncton for first in the Maritimes Division. They’re tied with East-leading Shawinigan for the No. 2 overall seed entering the playoffs. Chabot was one of the players rumored to be a possible Drouin-to-Ottawa deal. He's a future top-pair, 2-way defenseman.

Vancouver Giants 4 @ Prince George Cougars 5 (SO)

D Ben Thomas, VAN: 1-0-1, E, 2 PIM
Season totals: 67 GP, 8-19-27, -28, 46 PIM
With Vancouver: 53 GP, 8-16-24, -18, 36 PIM
With Calgary: 14 GP, 0-3-3, -10, 10 PIM
2014-15 totals: 60 GP, 7-24-31, +16, 28 PIM

Thomas set a new career high for goals in a season with eight after scoring Tuesday in Prince George. He had seven goals in both of his seasons in Calgary before moving to Vancouver.

KHL Playoff Game Day: 3-1-16

KHL Eastern Conference Quarterfinals
(2)Magnitogorsk 4 vs. (7)Ekaterinburg 2
Magnitogorsk Leads the Series 3-2
Vasily Koshechkin, Magnitogorsk, DNP
Playoff totals: 2 GP, 2-0-0, 2 SO, 0.00 GAA, 1.000 sv%
Regular season totals: 50 GP, 22-15-9, 4 SO, 2.12 GAA, .925 sv%

Caps first rounder Ilya Samsonov allowed 2 goals on 25 shots in Magnitogorsk's critical 4-2 Game Five win over Ekaterinburg. Long time KHL star Danis Zaripov led the way for Magnitka with 1 goal and 3 points. Defenseman Alexei Vasilevskiy, brother of Andrei, again had a goal for Ekaterinburg in defeat.

Peca Makes Immediate Impact in Return to Crunch Lineup


By Jeremy Houghtaling

Matthew Peca knew exactly how much time he missed.

One day shy of five weeks on the shelf with an upper body injury, the Syracuse Crunch forward was counting the days until he could return. The 22-year-old scored on his first shift and finished with two points in a 3-2 win over Binghamton Friday, and added the game-winner in the shootout in a 5-4 victory over the Senators Sunday during a three-game weekend.

Peca made an immediate impact with his return and now he’s hoping to be a regular contributor as the Crunch make a push for the playoffs.

"I was just excited," Peca said of returning. "I felt in shape, I felt comfortable, and I knew my injury had healed so I was ready to get back. It didn't feel like I missed any time really."

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