Comets strike at Syracuse's potential Achilles heel.
1:58 UTI Billins (1), (unassisted)(PP)
3:48 UTI Grenier (2), (Chaput)
6:29 SYR Dumont (1), (Koekkoek, Condra)
8:25 SYR Bournival (3), (Dumont)(SH)
8:57 UTI Carcone (1), (Megna, Billins)(PP)
15:37 UTI Valk (2), (Grenier, Chaput)
2:38 SYR Dumont (2), (Witkowski)
12:35 UTI Megna (1), (Billins)
17:10 SYR Bournival (4), (Blujus, Conacher)(PP)
Tonight was the first blemish on Syracuse's record and outlined their potential vulnerability. There's little doubt their lineup is significantly deep and talented enough to score a good 3 or 4 goals (at least) a game at the AHL level. The question, particularly when it comes to their goaltending, is whether they have the ability to keep the puck out of their own net. Kristers Gudlevskis has world class athleticism for the goaltending position, but his consistency is still dubious. Can he steadily lead a team on a deep run through the regular season and on toward a championship? Will he even get the chance with cap deals looming up top in Tampa Bay? And, either way, can Adam Wilcox prove a serious option 1A a la Jaroslav Janus during the Norfolk Admirals' championship run not too many moons ago?
Box score from TheAHL.com.
The Syracuse Crunch’s sluggish start cost them.
The Crunch allowed two Comets goals in the first 3:48 and played from behind most of the game, as Syracuse fell to Utica, 5-4, at the Onondaga County War Memorial Friday.
“When you start the game and you’re down by two goals as quickly as tonight, it’s tough,” Crunch head coach Benoit Groulx said. “I thought we battled hard to come back in that game. I just believe they were a better team than us tonight.”
Gabriel Dumont paced the Syracuse offense with two goals and one assist, while Michael Bournival scored twice. The duo, who both came over from the Montreal Canadiens organization over the summer, have clicked early in the season.
Yaroslavl Jr. 2 vs. CSKA Jr. 3
Oleg Sosunov, Yaroslavl Jr., 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 12 GP, 0-0-0, -3, 22 PIM
Oleg Sosunov took a minor for cross checking in Loko Jr.'s 3-2 loss to CSKA Jr.
Ontario Hockey League
Sarnia Sting 6 @ Peterborough Petes 1
D Matt Spencer, PBO: Did not play
Season Totals: 4 GP, 0-2-2, -2, 4 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
Both Lightning prospects remain out with injuries. Leafs seventh rounder (2015) Nikita Korostelev scored his 11th goal in nine games.
Clunker to cap opening homestand.
Ben Bishop allowed 4 goals on 16 shots for the loss. First goal was a breakaway where the shooter got their own rebound. The second was a perfect tip. The third was a crazy bounce off the corner boards. The fourth was a perfect shot by Soderberg. I can't throw Bishop under the bus for this.
19:35 COL Duchene (1), (MacKinnon, Tyutin)
19:08 COL Duchene (2), (Wiercioch, Grigorenko)
7:53 COL Martinsen, (Colborne, Wiercioch)
12:22 COL Soderberg (2), (Duchene, Zadorov)
Colorado played about as good a game defensively as they're capable of and the Lightning were just a hair off offensively and that was a recipe for frustration tonight. Then you had a badly bouncing puck result in the breakaway for Colorado's first goal and another crazy bounce off the corner boards result in their third goal, so they had some luck to go with their other two goals, which were opportunistic. I can't really get overly upset about a little bad luck considering the Lightning stole 3-4 points in the first few games of the homestand. Chalk up tonight as things evening up and move on. Things have gotten a little stale with this many home games stacked to start the year, so it's probably a good thing the team is going to hit the road now and shake things up a little bit and do a little more team building. That should be a good thing.
Brayden Point had 2 shots and 1 hit in 15:34.
SaiPa 4 vs. Sport 3
Saku Salminen, SaiPa, DNP
Season totals: 11 GP, 1-1-2, -5, 25 PIM
Ex-NHL'er Jussi Markkanen turned aside 33 shots for SaiPa in their 4-3 win over Sport.
Yaroslavl Jr. 1 vs. CSKA Jr. 2
Oleg Sosunov, Yaroslavl Jr., 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Season totals: 11 GP, 0-0-0, -3, 20 PIM
Oleg Sosunov is still looking for his first point of the season as he was held scoreless with 4 shots on goal in Loko Jr.'s 2-1 loss to CSKA Jr.
Novokuznetsk 0 vs. St. Petersburg 6
Nikita Gusev, St. Petersburg, 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Season totals: 22 GP, 9-17-26, +18, 4 PIM
After two games off the scoresheet, Nikita Gusev had a helper today in SKA's 6-0 smashing of Novokuznetsk. He played 14:40 in the match. Ex-NHL'er Ilya Kovalchuk helped lead the way for SKA with 1 goal and 3 points in the win.
This week’s “Matt Elich Edition” of the Bolt Prospects Podcast includes the following topics:
· The No. 73
· Early season reviews
· Reasons to budget for championship shirts
· Reasons to punch a wall
· Syracuse outlook
· Interview with Matt Peca
· #BPMailbag (Brayden Point is Iceman, but what happens when Callahan returns? … Koekkoek vs Nesterov … Peca timeline … Time machining a prospect)
Quebec Major Junior Hockey League
Acadie-Bathurst Titan 3 @ Saint John Sea Dogs 1
W Bokondji Imama, SJ: 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM, 1 SOG, 1 Hit
Season Totals: 9 GP, 1-2-3, -1, 4 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 48 GP, 7-12-19, -5, 86 PIM
W Mathieu Joseph, SJ: 1-0-1, -2, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, 1 Hit
Season Totals: 9 GP, 10-4-14, +5, 11 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 58 GP, 33-40-73, +35, 57 PIM
Joseph scored his 10th goal of the season, albeit in a home loss to the Titan. He’s tied for the league lead in goals in the QMJHL.
Shawinigan Cataractes 6 @ Quebec Remparts 0
W Dennis Yan, SHAW: 1-1-2, +1, 0 PIM, 6 SOG, 1 Hit
Season Totals: 7 GP, 8-3-11, +1, 14 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 62 GP, 32-37-69, +8, 86 PIM
Yan extended his goal streak to four games with a goal.
Ontario Hockey League
Sudbury Wolves 6 @ Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 2
W Boris Katchouk, SSM: 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM, 3 SOG
Season: 9 GP, 2-6-8, +4, 6 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 44 GP, 13-28-41, -10 19 PIM
The Soo returned home after a weekend road trip, only to lose to visiting Sudbury.
Erie Otters 6 @ Niagara IceDogs 5
W Taylor Raddysh, Erie: 2-2-4, -1, 2 PIM, 3 SOG, *First Star*
Season Totals: 8 GP, 7-14-21, +13, 4 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 67 GP, 24-49-73, +19, 18 PIM
C Christopher Paquette, NIA: 2-0-2, +2, 0 PIM, 5 SOG, 2/4 FO
Season Totals: 9 GP, 4-2-6, -4, 4 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 57 GP, 5-11-16, -6, 18 PIM
Raddysh and Paquette both scored twice Wednesday, and Raddysh added two assists to give him a league-leading 14 on the season, as Erie downed Niagara, 6-5. Raddysh is also tied for the OHL lead in points with 21.
Western Hockey League
Swift Current Broncos 5 @ Kamloops Blazers 6
G Connor Ingram, KAM: Win, 27 saves on 31 shots
Season Totals: 9 GP, 4-5-0-0, 2.47 GAA, .923 sv%, 0 SO
2015-2016 Season: 61 GP, 34-15-5-4, 2.61 GAA, .922 sv%, 4 SO
Ingram had a 1-0 loss early in the year, so that’s balanced out by a high-scoring win Wednesday.
Saskatoon Blades 3 @ Vancouver Giants 1
D Libor Hajek, SAS: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 8 GP: 0-6-6, +3, 10 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 69 GP, 3-23-26, -19, 76 PIM
The Blades rebounded from a 9-goal loss to Victoria with a 3-1 win in Vancouver.
Lethbridge Hurricanes 1 @ Moose Jaw Warriors 3
C Brett Howden, MJ: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 10 GP, 8-5-13, -3, 6 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 68 GP, 24-40-64, -7, 61 PIM
Moose Jaw moved to 7-2-2 on the year with a 3-1 win over Lethbridge.