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KHL Game Day: 2-14-17

St. Petersburg 2 vs. Spartak Moscow 4
Nikita Gusev, St. Petersburg, 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 54 GP, 23-45-68, +30, 8 PIM

Nikita Gusev was scoreless in 17:31 of ice time in SKA's 4-2 loss to Spartak Moscow. Ex-NHL'er Ilya Kovalchuk had a goal in defeat for SKA.

CHL Game Night: 2-13-17

Western Hockey League

Portland Winterhawks 4 @ Kamloops Blazers 0

G Connor Ingram, KAM: Loss, 34 saves on 37 shots
Season Totals: 35 GP, 20-10-2-2, 2.24 GAA, .932 sv%, 3 SO
2015-2016 Season: 61 GP, 34-15-5-4, 2.61 GAA, .922 sv%, 4 SO

Cole Kehler (undrafted) stopped all 41 shots he faced for his first shutout of the season and second of his career. Kehler used to play for Kamloops. He went 3-14-2 two seasons ago before playing in the BCHL last year.

NCAA Game Night: 2-13-17

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

D John MacLeod, BU: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season Totals: 27 GP, 0-5-5, +8, 26 PIM
2015-2016 Totals: 26 GP, 1-1-2, -4, 26 PIM

MacLeod had the only assist on Clayton Keller’s goal early in the second period that gave BU a 2-1 lead. That would be the last lead they’d have as Harvard took over, winning 6-3 and taking the 65th Beanpot Tournament championship. This was Harvard's first Beanpot championship in 24 years. Alex Killorn was unable to win one in his time with Crimson.

The Bolt Prospects Podcast, Episode 89

This is this week’s “Cory Conacher Edition” of the Bolt Prospects Podcast includes the following topics:

· The No. 89
· Conacher-Bishop trade and its similarities to today
· TB has “mo” on its side, but is it too late?
· Trade deadline an opportunity too good to pass up
· Farm’s D has holes to be filled
· Interview with Tanner Richard

AHL Game Night: 2-12-17 Crunch at Comets

Crunch finds the antidote to rid themselves of UTI.

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Kristers Gudlevskis put on a show, turning aside 39 of 41 shots for the win, therby helping Syracuse overcome a 41-17 shot deficit.

First Period
6:54 SYR Erne (11), (Brodeur, Koekkoek)

Second Period
5:52 SYR Gourde (18), (Conacher)(SH)
10:12 UTI Rendulic (5), (Kunyk, Grenier)(PP)
13:25 SYR Vermin (11), (Peca)

Third Period
13:52 UTI Pedan (3), (Archibald)

Gudlevskis and Joel Vermin were the game's first and second stars.

Adam Erne now has goals in each of his two games since returning from injury. You can't help but wonder if his cup of coffee with the Lightning gave him an extra jolt of confidence that's showing up in his play. He's a first round caliber talent if he puts it all together.

Syracuse moves 1 point up on Albany for the top spot in the North Division with the win.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

CHL Game Night: 2-12-17

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Shawinigan Cataractes 1 @ Halifax Mooseheads 0

W Dennis Yan, SHAW: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 0 Hits
Season Totals: 50 GP, 36-25-61, +20, 50 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 62 GP, 32-37-69, +8, 86 PIM

C/W Otto Somppi, HAL: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 11/21 FO, 2 Hits
Season Totals: 48 GP, 14-23-37, -3, 22 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 59 GP, 13-33-46, -15, 25 PIM

One day after shutting down Saint John, Shawinigan’s Mikhail Denisov (2017) shut out Halifax, making 28 stops.

Ontario Hockey League

Windsor Spitfires 4 @ Erie Otters 5 (SO)

C Anthony Cirelli, Erie: 0-0-0, -2, 2 PIM, 2 SOG, 9/16 FO
Season Totals: 40 GP, 18-32-50, +26, 12 PIM
With Erie: 14 GP, 5-11-16, +8, 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, -1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals: 42 GP, 33-54-87, +54, 29 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 67 GP, 24-49-73, +19, 18 PIM

Erie lost a 2-goal third period lead, but recovered in the circus to take the two points. The Otters were 2/2 in the shootout. Evan Lodnia (2017) had the winner. He’d look good in a Lightning sweater on draft day.

CHL Game Night: 2-10-17

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Shawinigan Cataractes 3 @ Saint John Sea Dogs 0

W Dennis Yan, SHAW: 1-0-1, +1, 2 PIM, 3 SOG, 0 Hits
Season Totals: 49 GP, 36-25-61, +20, 50 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 62 GP, 32-37-69, +8, 86 PIM

W Bokondji Imama, SJ: 0-0-0, -2, 2 PIM, 0 SOG, 2 Hits
Season Totals: 50 GP, 32-12-44, +6, 74 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 48 GP, 7-12-19, -5, 86 PIM

W Mathieu Joseph, SJ: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 2 Hits
Season Totals: 39 GP, 31-31-62, +34, 41 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 58 GP, 33-40-73, +35, 57 PIM

It’s over. Mathieu Joseph’s point streak ended at 28 games when Shawinigan’s Mikhail Denisov (2017) shut out the Sea Dogs Saturday. Yan’s goal was scored into an empty net.

Ontario Hockey League

Saginaw Spirit 4 @ Erie Otters 9

C Anthony Cirelli, Erie: 1-1-2, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 9/16 FO
Season Totals: 39 GP, 18-32-50, +28, 10 PIM
With Erie: 13 GP, 5-11-16, +10, 2 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: 2-2-4, +4, 2 PIM, 6 SOG, *First Star*
Season Totals: 41 GP, 33-53-86, +55, 29 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 67 GP, 24-49-73, +19, 18 PIM

Raddysh had four points and was first star Saturday as the Otters beat up on visiting Sagainaw, 9-4. Erie had a 3-0 lead before watching it vanish into a 3-3 tie. They turned the energy back up and coasted to the win. Anthony Cirelli has five goals in his last five games for Erie.

Flint Firebirds 5 @ Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 3

W Boris Katchouk, SSM: 1-1-2, +1, 2 PIM, 1 SOG, *Third Star*
Season: 52 GP, 26-23-49, +10, 36 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 63 GP, 24-27-51, +7, 61 PIM

Katchouk raised his career-high for goals in a season to 26 with a goal Saturday. He has six goals in his last eight games. He has 11 points in that time.

Peterborough Petes 4 @ Barrie Colts 1

W/C Christopher Paquette, PBO: 1-0-1, +2, 0 PIM, 4 SOG, 17/23 FO
Season Totals: 51 GP, 17-21-38, -4, 22 PIM
With Petes: 14 GP, 5-4-9, +3, 8 PIM
With Niagara: 37 GP, 12-17-29, -7, 14 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 57 GP, 5-11-16, -6, 18 PIM

D Matt Spencer, PBO: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season Totals: 45 GP, 5-16-21, +8, 43 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 60 GP, 5-19-24, -4, 46 PIM

W Jonne Tammela, PBO: Did not play
Season Totals: 2 GP, 1-0-1, +1, 2 PIM
2015-2016 (Finland): 37 GP, 5-8-13, +10, 16 PIM

Paquette scored the game’s opening goal for the second straight game as the Petes beat the Colts in Barrie, 4-1. Paquette appears to have taken over the No. 1 center role in Peterborough, taking double the amount of faceoffs as the next highest player on the team. He was a third and fourth liner in Niagara this time last season.

Western Hockey League

Brandon Wheat Kings 2 @ Saskatoon Blades 3 (OT)

D Libor Hajek, SAS: 0-1-1, E, 2 PIM
Season Totals: 47 GP: 3-19-22, -8, 53 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 69 GP, 3-23-26, -19, 76 PIM

Hajek had a power play helper in regulation. Nolan Patrick, a likely top-2 pick in this summer’s draft, had two assists for Brandon.

Everett Silvertips 2 @ Moose Jaw Warriors 0

C Brett Howden, MJ: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 43 GP, 28-32-60, +2, 54 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 68 GP, 24-40-64, -7, 61 PIM

Carter Hart (Flyers) stopped 31 shots for his league-leading eighth shutout of the season. Howden is slumping a little with just two assists in his last five games. He’s minus-5 during that time.

Kamloops Blazers 3 @ Victoria Royals 1

G Connor Ingram, KAM: Did not play
Season Totals: 34 GP, 20-9-2-2, 2.21 GAA, .932 sv%, 3 SO
2015-2016 Season: 61 GP, 34-15-5-4, 2.61 GAA, .922 sv%, 4 SO

Dylan Ferguson (2017) stopped 36 of 37 shots for the Blazers, earning first star.

NCAA Game Night: 2-11-17

New Hampshire Wildcats 3 @ No. 15 Vermont Catamounts 5

C Ross Colton, UVM: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season Totals: 29 GP, 10-15-25, -2, 20 PIM

UVM earned a split in their weekend series with the Wildcats, winning 5-3 Saturday.

UMass Minutemen 2 @ No. 9 UMass-Lowell River Hawks 4

C Ryan Lohin, UML: 0-1-1, -1, 2 PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals: 31 GP, 8-12-20, +2, 10 PIM

The River Hawks outshot UMass 39-18 on their way to a 4-2 win. UML improved to 19-9-3 and 11-7-1 in conference.

Western Michigan Broncos 3 @ No. 18 Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks 6

D Kristian Oldham, UNO: Did not play
Season Totals: 10 GP, 5-3-1, 3.38 GAA, .895 sv%, 0 SO

Oldham was backup goalie for UNO Saturday as the Mavs swept Luke Witkowski’s alma mater.

No. 5 Minnesota Golden Gophers 6 @ No. 12 Ohio State Buckeyes 5

D Ryan Zuhlsdorf, UMN: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season Totals: 27 GP, 2-3-5, +12, 29 PIM

The Gophers exacted some revenge on OSU for the Buckeyes’ Friday night win. Minnesota is in first place in the Big 10 after Wisconsin lost to Penn State.

*USCHO poll used for rankings

Early Spark Lifts Crunch to Win Over Americans


By Jeremy Houghtaling

There was a big hit, a fight and two goals — and that was just the first 3:34.

Mike Halmo’s bout and goals by Yanni Gourde and Cameron Darcy got the Crunch out to a fast start against the Americans, as Syracuse defeated Rochester, 5-2, at the Onondaga County War Memorial Saturday.

“I thought we were ready for this game tonight,” Crunch head coach Benoit Groulx said. “Obviously, Mike Halmo set the tone right away, right off the bat. He’s a competitor and he’s a guy that when he gets involved physically, he’s at his best.”

AHL Game Night: 2-11-17 Americans at Crunch

Erne's return spurs crushing Crunch win.

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Kristers Gudlevskis allowed 2 goals on 27 shots for the victory.

First Period
2:28 SYR Gourde (17), (Taormina, Conacher)(PP)
3:34 SYR Darcy (2), (Letourneau-Leblond, Morin)
4:38 RCH Baptiste (19), (Schneider, Burgdoerfer)

Second Period
3:43 SYR Erne (9), (Koekkoek, Gourde)
14:54 RCH Austin (1), (Schneider, O'Reilly)

Third Period
4:09 SYR Conacher (10), (Peca, Erne)(PP)
19:36 SYR Erne (10), (Taormina)(PP)(EN)

Cory Conacher, Adam Erne, and Yanni Gourde were the game's three stars. Erne returned to the lineup in a Syracuse jersey for the first time since New Year's Eve and had 2 goals and a helper.

Syracuse still sits 1 point back of Albany for tops in the North Division with 2 games in hand on the Devils.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

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