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Juniors Game Night: 11-2-17

Western Hockey League

Prince Albert Raiders 2 @ Moose Jaw Warriors 5

C Brett Howden, MJ: 0-3-3, +2, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 13/25 FO
Season Totals: 14 GP, 9-13-22, +8, 18 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals: 58 GP, 38-43-81, +14, 73 PIM

D Oleg Sosunov, MJ: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season Totals: 16 GP, 6-1-7, +17, 22 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals: 58 GP, 38-43-81, +14, 73 PIM

Brett Howden had assists on three goals, as Moose Jaw scored four times in the final 8:46 to pick up the win.

Ontario Hockey League

Sarnia Sting 7 @ Peterborough Petes 5

W/C Christopher Paquette, PBO: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 7/12 FO
Season Totals: 12 GP, 5-2-7, -7, 4 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (NIA/PBO): 66 GP, 19-29-48, +1, 28 PIM

Paquette is held off the scoresheet in the Petes loss. Blues second-rounder Jordan Kyrou recorded two goals and four assists for Sarnia, while Maple Leafs seventh-rounder Nikita Korostelev registered three goals and an assist for Peterborough.

NHL Game Night: 11-2-17 Rangers at Lightning

Flat Lightning manage a point.

TB-1 (OT)

Andrei Vasilevskiy put on a command performance, especially in the First and Third Periods, allowing just 2 goals on 35 shots for the OT loss. His individual wins streak was snapped, but that's no reflection on how well he played tonight.

First Period
18:34 NYR Kreider (4), (Zibanejad, Skjei)

Second Period
11:00 TB Gourde (3), (Hedman, Point)(SH)

Third Period

1:19 NYR Miller (3), (Shattenkirk)

Vasilevskiy was the game's first star.

New York played tonight with a lot of focus and succeeded in making this into a grinding, tactical kind of game. The Lightning, on the other hand, looked a little flat at the start of the game and fatigued at the close of it. New York did a good job on their film study choking off the Lightning breakout in the First Period, and the Lightning didn't really make any adjustments until the middle frame. They looked, for a moment, to have broken through and taken over the game when a disallowed Alex Killorn goal went in the net, but incidental contact by Dumont waved it off and the Lightning seemed to weaken steadily after that.

Was that a goal? I don't think Dumont's minuscule contact impeded Lundqvist from making a save. But, he did make contact and it appeared Dumont drifted into the paint of his own volition, and I think that was the determining factor for the refs. Cooper used to talk about "inviting" the refs to make a call by your positioning. That's a case where, if Dumont is mindful of the blue paint, I don't think it's an issue.

Had to watch the MSG feed tonight and all Ron Duguay's outfit was missing was a tiger named Montecore. What the hell was going on there?

Six games to go in this segment of the season. At least seven more points left to collect.

Yanni Gourde had the lone goal and 3 shots and 1 hit in 20:12. Maybe the best Lightning forward tonight.

Gabriel Dumont had 1 shot and 1 hit and was 25% on 4 draws in 5:30.

Jake Dotchin had 2 shots and 2 hits in 17:38, but made some head scratching decisions moving the puck tonight. Like, press-boxable head scratching.

Mikhail Sergachev had 1 shot in 16:32. He, himself, made a pretty press-boxable turnover in the Third Period in his own right.

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AHL Game Night: 11-1-17 Crunch at Senators

Wins continue to elude young Crunch.

BEL-4 (SO)

Michael Leighton allowed 3 goals on 20 shots and 1 of 3 to convert in the penalty shot session for the SO loss.

First Period
5:41 SYR Conacher (4), (Peca, Akeson)(PP)
19:13 BEL Perron (1), (Gagne)
19:59 SYR Masin (1), (Conacher, Peca)

Second Period
3:51 BEL Chlapik (2), (Lajoie, Burgdoerfer)(PP)
5:18 SYR Conacher (5), (Akeson, Bodie)(PP)
14:46 BEL Werek (4), (O'Brien, Paul)

Third Period


BEL- Gagne

Cory Conacher was the game's second star.

Syracuse remains in the North Division basement. There's time to get the ship righted, but the team needs to start collecting some wins over the next 10 games or so to get themselves on better footing.

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Juniors Game Night: 11-1-17

Ontario Hockey League

Sudbury Wolves 4 at Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 5 (OT)

W Boris Katchouk, SSM: 2-3-5, +3, 0 PIM, 6 SOG *First Star*
Season Totals: 16 GP, 16-8-24, +14, 8 PIM
’16-’17 Season: 66 GP, 35-29-64, +18, 46 PIM

Katchouk had a hand in each Greyhounds goal, including scoring the game-winner in overtime, and was named the first star.

Kitchener Rangers 7 @ Erie Otters 3

W Taylor Raddysh, Erie: 1-0-1, +2, 0 PIM, 2 SOG

NHL Game Night: 10-30-17 Lightning at Panthers

Heyyyyyy, there goes a snowmaaaannnnn!


Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 5 goals on 23 shots for the victory. Vasilevskiy sets a franchise record with 9 straight winning starts on a night when he was off his game. His first goal allowed was a short side softie that allowed Florida to avoid getting run out of their building early on. Fortunately, he got the sweet elixir known as goal support.

First Period
2:48 TB Point (6), (Coburn, Girardi)
4:55 TB Kucherov (13), (Stamkos)
10:31 FLA Ekblad (3), (Huberdeau, Barkov)
14:40 TB Stamkos (5), (Hedman, Killorn)(PP)
19:07 FLA Barkov (4), (Dadonov)

Second Period
5:32 FLA Huberdeau (5), (Barkov, Dadonov)
7:17 TB Palat (Point, Gourde)
9:38 TB Gourde (2), (Sergachev, Palat)(PP)
15:41 TB Namestnikov (5), (Kucherov, Hedman)

Third Period
5:32 FLA McGinn (3), (Bjugstad, Vrbata)
9:02 TB Stamkos (6), (Dotchin, Namestnikov)
11:29 FLA Dadonov (6), (Huberdeau, Barkov)
19:41 TB Stralman (2), (unassisted)(EN)

Steven Stamkos and Vasilevskiy were the game's first and third stars. I think they broke into the stash in the Miami Dolphins offensive line coach's office on that Vasilevskiy selection, history making aside, but I digress.

I thought the Lightning could've very well crushed Florida in this game (even more so than hanging 8 goals on them) if Vasilevskiy plays his normal game. I think the soft goal threw Florida a lifeline and they always play Tampa Bay like it's their championship. And, honestly, the Governors Cup often is the most prestigious thing they have a chance to play for, sadly enough. I can only imagine the difficulty for Tampa Bay having to get up for a game against a motivated little brother in an empty building. It's got to be challenging. For that reason, I can't muster much in the way of concern trolling about the 5 goals allowed. Take the win. Rub it into Florida's face that they still stink on toast. Move on to better things.

Real talk, though, folks: the attendance tonight in Sunrise should be a league-wide scandal. Remember when I made fun of the attendance in Raleigh the other night? Sunrise said, "Hold my beer." If there were 3,000 people in that building I'd be surprised, and probably a third of those were Lightning fans. This is a joke. How does the NHL allow this to continue? I can't fathom how Bettman and his cronies can possibly believe this is better for the league than selling out an 18,000 seat barn in Quebec City every night. I mean, Jesus, the Lightning and Panthers nearly scored one goal for every man, woman, and child in attendance at tonight's game. It's pathetic. It's sad. It's indicative of a franchise that needs to mercifully get the Old Yeller treatment. Just move it already. It's not like anyone in Miami will notice.

Real talk #2, folks: I was subjected to the horror of the Panthers broadcast on Center Ice tonight and I'm fairly certain you could prop Potvin up in front of a banana for a microphone at public skate night at the practice rink and he wouldn't know the difference anymore. Not that I don't find the guy slurring Vasilevskiy's name a half dozen times in a night charming, but at a certain point it's time to send grandpa to the old folks home for his own good. At least Chief had brown liquor as an excuse. Not sure what Potvin's is.

With seven games to go in this second segment of the season, the Lightning now have eight more points to collect.

Yanni Gourde had 1 goal and 1 assist and was +2 with 2 goals and 3 blocked shots in 18:30. He's the heart and soul of the forecheck on his line at evens and he's become the nice little PK ace, too.

Gabriel Dumont was -1 with 2 penalty minutes, 1 shot, and 3 blocked shots in 14:43. He was also 47% on 17 draws. I'm still not sure I'd call him an NHL'er, but I'll co-sign how he thumped Barkov and then suckered McCoshen into a minor penalty in the Third Period. All it lacked was giving an air kiss to McCoshen as he skated off.

Jake Dotchin had a helper and 1 shot and 1 blocked shot in 16:41.

Mikhail Sergachev had a helper and was +1 with 2 shots and 1 blocked shot in 13:44.

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Juniors Game Night: 10-29-17

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Charlottetown Islanders 2 @ Halifax Mooseheads 6

C/W Otto Somppi, HAL: 0-2-2, +3, 0 PIM, 5 SOG, 14/25 FO
Season Totals: 8 GP, 4-8-12, +16, 6 PIM
’16-’17 Totals: 60 GP, 17-24-41, -7, 28 PIM

Somppi had a couple helpers Sunday in Halifax’s win over Charlottetown.

Ontario Hockey League

Hamilton Bulldogs 3 @ Peterborough Petes 8

W/C Christopher Paquette, PBO: 1-0-1, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 9/17 FO
Season Totals: 11 GP, 5-2-7, -6, 4 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (NIA/PBO): 66 GP, 19-29-48, +1, 28 PIM

Paquette had one of the Petes' eight goals Sunday in a romp over Hamilton.

Sudbury Wolves 1 @ Erie Otters 4

W Taylor Raddysh, Erie: 2-0-2, +2, 0 PIM, 5 SOG, *First Star*
Season Totals: 14 GP, 6-16-22, +7, 12 PIM
‘16-‘17 Totals: 58 GP, 42-66-108, +67, 37 PIM

Raddysh was first star for the second straight game, scoring twice Sunday in Erie’s win over Sudbury.

NCAA Game Night: 10-28-17

No. 14 New Hampshire Wildcats 4 @ Vermont Catamounts 4 (OT)

C Ross Colton, UVM: 0-0-0, -1, 4 PIM, 6 SOG
Season Totals: 7 GP, 5-0-5, -5, 8 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals: 33 GP, 12-15-27, E, 22 PIM

Vermont scored in the final minute of play to force overtime and earn a point for a tie.

No. 6 Boston University Terriers 0 @ No. 11 Providence Friars 3

D John MacLeod, BU: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season Totals: 4 GP, 0-1-1, -1, 4 PIM
’17-’18 Totals Totals: 36 GP, 2-5-7, +8, 30 PIM

MacLeod dressed Saturday for BU’s game against the Friars, but they were shutout one day after upsetting top-ranked Denver.

No. 17 UMass-Lowell River Hawks 4 @ No. 20 Northeastern Huskies 5 (OT)

C Ryan Lohin, UML: 1-1-2, -2, 0 PIM, 5 SOG
Season Totals: 8 GP, 1-9-10, +1, 6 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals: 41 GP, 12-17-29, +10, 14 PIM

Northeastern finished off a sweep of UML on the weekend with an overtime win Saturday. Ryan Lohin scored his first goal of the season and added an assist. Lohin’s goal was shorthanded.

No. 9 Clarkson Golden Knights 1 @ No. 7 Minnesota Golden Gophers 2

D Ryan Zuhlsdorf, UMN: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals: 8 GP, 0-4-4, +2, 20 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals: 37 GP, 2-3-5, +11, 35 PIM

The Gophers completed a weekend sweep of Clarkson with a 2-1 win Saturday. Zuhlsdorf had an assist – his fourth of the season.

*USCHO poll used for rankings

Juniors Game Night: 10-28-17

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Halifax Mooseheads 4 @ Cape Breton Screaming Eagles 3

C/W Otto Somppi, HAL: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, 16/24 FO
Season Totals: 7 GP, 4-5-9, +13, 6 PIM
’16-’17 Totals: 60 GP, 17-24-41, -7, 28 PIM

Benoit-Olivier Groulx (2018), son of Syracuse Coach Benoit Groulx, had two goals for Halifax.

Ontario Hockey League

Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 7 @ Flint Firebirds 0

W Boris Katchouk, SSM: 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season Totals: 15 GP, 14-5-19, +11, 8 PIM
’16-’17 Season: 66 GP, 35-29-64, +18, 46 PIM

The Soo won a laugher in Flint by a touchdown (and extra point if you want to get technical).

Mississauga Steelheads 6 @ Barrie Colts 2

W Alexey Lipanov, BAR: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 7/12 FO
Season Totals: 13 GP, 4-11-15, +7, 0 PIM
‘16-‘17 Totals (VHL-Russia): 21 GP, 3-5-8, +5, 8 PIM

Lipanov was scoreless in Barrie’s home loss to Mississauga Saturday.

Guelph Storm 4 @ Erie Otters 5 (SO)

W Taylor Raddysh, Erie: 0-2-2, -2, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, *First Star*
Season Totals: 13 GP, 4-16-20, +5, 12 PIM
‘16-‘17 Totals: 58 GP, 42-66-108, +67, 37 PIM

Raddysh was first star for his two-assist effort Saturday against the Storm. Erie had a 3-0 lead before falling behind 4-3 midway through the third period.

Western Hockey League

Prince George Cougars 2 @ Kelowna Rockets 4

D Cal Foote, KEL: 1-0-1, +3, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, *First Star*
Season Totals: 14 GP, 4-8-12, +7, 10 PIM
‘15-‘16 Totals: 71 GP, 6-51-57, +39, 41 PIM

Foote was first star Saturday for the Rockets with a goal and a plus-3 rating.

Brandon Wheat Kings 2 @ Saskatoon Blades 4

D Libor Hajek, SAS: 0-0-0, +2, 4 PIM, 0 SOG, *Third Star*
Season Totals: 13 GP, 3-5-8, -6, 16 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals: 61 GP: 4-22-26, -17, 86 PIM

Hajek had a strong game in Saskatoon’s win, earning third star.

United States Hockey League

Dubuque Fighting Saints 6 @ Central Illinois Flying Aces 3

C Cole Guttman, DBQ: 0-1-1, -2, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season Totals: 7 GP, 1-2-3, -2, 4 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals: 53 GP, 27-27-54, +21, 18 PIM
Committed to: St. Cloud State University

Dubuque had six goals all year coming into the weekend, then scored 11 in two days.

USHL Note: Sam Walker, a Minnesota commit, is playing high school hockey this season for Team Southwest. He has 12 goals and 16 assists for 28 points in 12 games.

NHL Game Night: 10-28-17 Ducks at Lightning

Reality check.


Peter Budaj allowed 4 goals on 21 shots for the loss. It's a different team when Vasiy's in net. It just needs to be said and understood.

First Period

Second Period
10:13 ANH Rakell (4), (Montour, Getzlaf)(PP)
16:55 ANH Montour (4), (Getzlaf)(PP)
17:52 TB Kunitz (2), (Brown, Callahan)
19:59 ANH Lindholm (1), (Wagner, Rasmussen)

Third Period
8:59 ANH Rakell (5), (Getzlaf, Perry)

Part of tonight is just a reality check/correction. Part of tonight is not minding details like allowing a critical goal very late in a period. Part of tonight is a team being allowed by the refs to slow the Lightning down with a lot of clutching and grabbing. Either way, it's a quick wake up call for the Lightning, who now have eight games to try to collect another ten points in this ten game segment of the year.

Slater Koekkoek was -1 with 1 shot in 6:36.

Yanni Gourde was -1 with 4 shots, 2 hits, and 1 blocked shot in 17:39. Gourde was also 60% on 5 draws. His line was the best Lightning line on the night, particularly Brayden Point, and had the refs called the game a little tighter they surely would've generated a handful of power plays.

Jake Dotchin was -1 with 1 shot and 3 blocked shots in 16:43.

Mikhail Sergachev was +1 with 2 shots, 2 hits, and 1 blocked shot in 16:16.

Box score and extended statistics from

AHL Game Night: 10-28-17 Crunch at Americans

Comeback Crunch get a desperately needed W.


Veteran Michael Leighton allowed 2 goals on 27 shots for the victory.

First Period
9:40 RCH Gill (3), (Goers, Fedun)(PP)
16:53 SYR Bournival (4), (Lynch)

Second Period
15:25 RCH Criscuolo (3), (Smith)

Third Period
9:12 SYR Cirelli (2), (Erne, Thomas)(PP)
18:57 SYR Lynch (2), (Peca, Bournival)

Kevin Lynch and Anthony Cirelli were the game's first and third stars.

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