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Juniors Game Night: 2-5-15

Western Hockey League

Prince Albert Raiders 3 @ Moose Jaw Warriors 4

C Brayden Point, MJ: 0-2-2, -2, 0 PIM
Season totals: 40 GP, 21-35-56, +7, 32 PIM
2013-14 totals: 72 GP, 36-55-91, -27, 53 PIM

Moose Jaw scored four unanswered goals after spotting the Raiders a 2-0 lead, then held on for a 4-3 win. Both of Point’s assists were primary helpers on the power play.

Crunch Come Back Against Wolf Pack For Fifth Straight Win


By Jeremy Houghtaling

Despite trailing by two at the second intermission, Syracuse Crunch head coach Rob Zettler's message was to stay the course.

The Crunch outshot the Wolf Pack 25-2 in the third period, scored a pair of power play goals, and capped the comeback with 4:05 remaining, as Syracuse topped Hartford, 3-2, for its fifth straight win at the Onondaga County War Memorial Wednesday.

"I actually thought we were playing the right way throughout the game," Zettler said. "We got a couple goals scored against us — I'd have to look again — but I thought all those penalties in the third were legit penalties. We earned the breaks, we earned the calls. Overall, we were creating a lot of offensive zone time and wore them down a little bit."

AHL Game Night: 2-4-15 Wolf Pack at Crunch

Comeback Crunch find their PP.

HFD-2
SYR-3

Kristers Gudlevskis allowed 2 goals on 17 shots for the victory. He had light work in his first game as the clear starter since Vasilevskiy's recall, as the team in front of him outshot Hartford by a staggering 45-17 margin.

First Period
NO SCORING

Second Period
HFD Haggerty, (8) (Mueller), 2:50
HFD Hrivik, (8) (Allen, Kristo), 10:49 (PP)

Third Period
SYR Dotchin, (3) (Namestnikov, Gourde), 10:18 (PP)
SYR Smith, (10) (Koekkoek, Gourde), 14:39 (PP)
SYR Dodero, (1) (Namestnikov, Gourde), 15:55

Charlie Dodero, Yanni Gourde, and Jake Dotchin were the game's three stars. Syracuse overcame a 2 goal deficit in the Third Period by getting a pair of power play goals from their typically dreadful extra man units. They ended up 2-for-6 on the game.

Syracuse maintains a 1 point lead atop the Eastern Conference over the Manchester Monarchs. They also opened up a 6 point lead on Hartford in the division and hold a 7 point lead over the cratering Springfield Falcons.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

NCAA Game Night: 2-3-15

No. 6 Harvard Crimson 3 @ No. 3 Boston University Terriers 4 (2OT) (Beanpot Tournament)

F Brian Hart, HAR: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Season totals: 20 GP, 6-5-11, +3, 17 PIM
2013-2014 totals: 30 GP, 7-8-15, -8, 20 PIM

D John MacLeod, BU: 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM, 5 SOG
Season totals: 22 GP, 2-3-5, +9, 38 PIM
2013-2014 totals: 19 GP, 1-4-5, +1, 36 PIM

BU’s 67th shot was the game-winner, scored in double overtime against Harvard in the opening game of the famed Beanpot tournament for each club. Neither Lightning prospect registered a point, though MacLeod was on the ice for the game-winning goal. BU goes on to face Northeastern in the championship game. Possible Lightning free agent target Clay Witt stopped 21 Boston College shots in the Huskies’ 3-2 semifinal win.

NHL game Night: 2-3-15 Lightning at Blues

Snatching defeat from the jaws of victory.

TB-1
STL-2 (OT)

Ben Bishop allowed 2 goals on 18 shots for the OT loss. It's a bitter pill to swallow, but I can't really fault Ben on either goal.

First Period
5:20 TB Paquette (11), (Killorn, Drouin)

Second Period
NO SCORING

Third Period
16:50 STL Tarasenko (26), (Stastny)

Overtime
1:16 STL Schwartz (18), (Butler, Elliott)

That hurt bad. That hurt really bad. The Lightning absolutely dominated almost the entire game. They outshop St. Louis 31-17 in regulation, and the chances were about that lopsided. Elliot made about a half dozen sparkling saves for the Blues and the Lightning continued to sputter on the PP, going 0-for-3 on the game. They just could not get the insurance marker and allowed the Blues to tie it off a clean faceoff loss by Brian Boyle, and in OT the defense just got out of sorts trying to stop a 2-on-2 rush situation, and in the end they left 1 point they should've gotten on the rink.

Jonathan Drouin had a helper and was +1 with 1 hit in 15:42. He also set up Cedric Paquette with a long stretch pass in the Third Period that nearly became the key insurance marker, but Elliot stood up to the task. Tonight's game marks Drouin's graduation from prospect status on the website.

Luke Witkowski was +1 with 1 hit and 2 blocked shots in 14:20. He plays like a guy who understands his athletic limitations and plays efficiently within his boundaries. He moves the puck quickly to make sure he doesn't put himself in bad spots. He'll give a guy a pop if its there, but he won't go running out of position to do it because he knows he doesn't necessarily have the recovery speed to get away with it. He's just played like a smart, lower pair stay-at-homer so far.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

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