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NCAA Game Night: 2-11-18

Vermont Catamounts 2 @ New Hampshire Wildcats 2

C Ross Colton, UVM: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 8 SOG
Season Totals: 29 GP, 14-6-20, -10, 32 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals: 33 GP, 12-15-27, E, 22 PIM

Marcus Vela (Sharks) scored on the power play with just over two minutes left in the third period to lift UNH to a 2-2 tie with Vermont.

UMass-Lowell River Hawks 0 @ UMass Minutemen 3

C Ryan Lohin, UML: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season Totals: 30 GP, 8-15-23, E, 26 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals: 41 GP, 12-17-29, +10, 14 PIM

Matt Murray (undrafted) stopped 30 shots to shut out the River Hawks Saturday.

No. 12 Minnesota Golden Gophers 7 @ No. 17 Wisconsin Badgers 1

D Ryan Zuhlsdorf, UMN: 0-0-0, +2, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season Totals: 32 GP, 0-9-9, 2, 42 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals: 37 GP, 2-3-5, +11, 35 PIM

Rem Pitlick (Predators) had two goals and an assist to help the Gophers to a big road win over the Badgers.

*USCHO poll used for rankings

NHL Game Night: 2-10-18 Kings at Lightning

Vasilarceny on Vincent Lecavalier Night.

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Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 3 goals on 47 shots for the victory. His behind-the-back save on Kopitar in the First Period will be seen on highlight reels from now until the end of time. The saves he made on the Kempe tip and Doughty's shot off the faceoff in the dying moments protecting a one goal game were every bit as impressive.

First Period
1:05 TB Stamkos (21), (Gourde, Johnson)
5:02 LA Brodzinski (4), (Andreoff, Shore)
9:45 TB Killorn (9), (Stamkos, Coburn)

Second Period
3:12 TB Paquette (2), (Callahan)
14:43 TB Kucherov (29), (Hedman)(PP)

Third Period
3:17 LA Clifford (3), (Kopitar, Forbort)
13:05 LA Folin (3), (Andreoff, Shore)

Vasilevskiy and Steven Stamkos were the game's first and second stars.

The Lightning once again, somewhat maddeningly, did what you want to do by staking a three goal lead through 40 minutes and then decided to take the entire final frame off. LA ended up outshooting the Lightning 20-4 in the final period and, by the grace of the puck luck you invite by getting completely dominated on possession, pulled this to within one goal. Only Vasilevskiy pulled this out of the fire, but the bad habits were all over the ice. Time to wake up.

Adam Erne had 1 shot, 2 hits, and 3 blocked shots in 9:09. Made a turnover high in the offensive zone in the Third Period while the Lightning were protecting the lead that the coaching staff won't like. He's got to make the safe play there and spin that puck deep rather than trying to wheel to the high slot with it.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

AHL Game Night: 2-10-18 Rocket at Crunch

Archambault's individual play helps Crunch finish off Laval.

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SYR-3

Eddie Pasquale allowed 2 goals on 23 shots for the victory.

First Period
10:13 SYR Volkov (15), (Cirelli, McBain)(SH)
17:15 SYR Cirelli (10), (Joseph, McBain)

Second Period
9:57 LAV Broll (2), (Leblanc, Lernout)(PP)

Third Period
9:06 LAV Cracknell (19), (Parisi, Baun)
10:47 SYR Archambault (5), (unassisted)

Olivier Archambault and Pasquale were the game's first and second stars. Archambault's play beating a Rocket defender 1-on-1 off the rush allowed the Crunch to pull this one out of the fire after squandering an early 2-0 lead.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

Crunch Answer Quickly in Win Over Rocket


By Jeremy Houghtaling

Less than two minutes after the Rocket evened the score, the Crunch responded.

Olivier Archambault scored a highlight reel goal and Syracuse held off Laval for the final 9:13, as the Crunch edged the Rocket, 3-2, at the Onondaga County War Memorial Saturday. The win snaps Syracuse’s four-game skid.

“Great play by (Archambault). Second effort and a great goal,” Crunch head coach Groulx said. “It’s always huge when you bounce back and respond with a goal like that.”

Juniors Game Night: 2-9-18

Friday night results...

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Halifax Mooseheads 3 @ Saint John Sea Dogs 6

C/W Otto Somppi, HAL: 1-0-1, -1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 10/18 FO
Season Totals: 46 GP, 19-47-66, +33, 20 PIM
’16-’17 Totals: 60 GP, 17-24-41, -7, 28 PIM

Somppi scored the Mooseheads’ first goal early in the 2nd period to knot the score at 1-1, but Ostap Safin (EDM, 2017 4th round pick) and Robbie Burt (undrafted) both scored twice and added an assist to pace the Sea Dogs to a big win at home over Halifax.

Ontario Hockey League

Flint Firebirds 3 @ Sudbury Wolves 6

W Alexey Lipanov, SBY: Did not play
Season Totals (SBY): 11 GP, 2-2-4, -9, 4 PIM
Season Totals (BAR): 35 GP, 11-19-30, +9, 10 PIM
Season Totals: 46 GP, 13-21-34, E, 14 PIM
‘16-‘17 Totals (VHL-Russia): 21 GP, 3-5-8, +5, 8 PIM

Lipanov didn’t dress for Sudbury’s big win against the Firebirds, as David Levin (2018 draft eligible) led the Wolves with a hat trick. Levin opened the scoring, and then scored back-to-back goals just a minute apart after Flint drew within one to blow the game open for Sudbury.

Western Hockey League

Kelowna Rockets 1 @ Victoria Royals 6

D Cal Foote, KEL: 0-0-0, -1, 5 PIM, 3 SOG
Season Totals: 44 GP, 13-35-48, +19, 38 PIM
‘15-‘16 Totals: 71 GP, 6-51-57, +39, 41 PIM

Foote and Sharks 2016 4th rounder Noah Gregor tangled in the 3rd period with both getting a fighting major in garbage time with the Royals up 5-1. Gregor was traded at the CHL deadline from Moose Jaw. The Royals were paced by two goals from Matthew Phillips (CGY, 2016 6th round pick) and a goal and four points from Tyler Soy (ANA, 2016 7th round pick). Those were Phillips’ 40th and 41st goals of the season, and he’s Top 5 in the WHL in both goals and points.

Kootenay Ice 4 @ Regina Pats 2
D Libor Hajek, REG: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals (REG): 11 GP, 2-3-5, -1, 2 PIM
Season Totals (SAS): 33 GP, 8-17-25, -10, 26 PIM
Season Totals: 43 GP, 11-20-30, -11, 28 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals: 65 GP: 4-22-26, -17, 81 PIM

The Ice scored three times in the 2nd period to put the tied 1-1 game out of reach of the Pats. Ducks 2016 1st rounder Sam Steel assisted on both Regina goals.

Lethbridge Hurricanes 0 @ Moose Jaw Warriors 2

C Brett Howden, MJ: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 9/17 FO
Season Totals: 30 GP, 18-28-46, +19, 30 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals: 58 GP, 38-43-81, +14, 73 PIM

D Oleg Sosunov, MJ: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 2 SOG
Season Totals: 52 GP, 7-14-21, +32, 52 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (MHL-Russia): 32 GP, 0-0-0, +1, 79 PIM

Brody Willms (undrafted) pitched a 20-save shutout as the Warriors got 1st period goals from Vince Loschiavo (undrafted) and Brayden Burke (undrafted).

United States Hockey League

** Note: Cole Guttman (Dubuque) was placed on injured reserved on December 22nd following the completion of the World Junior A Challenge tournament.

Dubuque Fighting Saints 2 @ Omaha Lancers 3

D Nick Perbix , OMA: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals: 33 GP, 1-15-16, +18, 14 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (HS): 25 GP, 10-30-40, 6 PIM
Committed to: St. Cloud State University

Omaha gets goals from three players as the Lancers clipped Dubuque at home.

Crunch's Rally Falls Short in Shootout Loss to Wolf Pack


By Jeremy Houghtaling

Syracuse Crunch head coach Benoit Groulx believed his team deserved a better result.

The Crunch overcame a slow start and tied the score in the third after trailing by two, but the Hartford Wolf Pack prevailed in the shootout, 4-3, at the Onondaga County War Memorial Friday.

“The first period we weren’t doing many things right. I don’t think we had our legs and it seemed we were sluggish a little bit. Second, like I mentioned, you take two goals like that and it’s tough to recover right away. I thought we did that in the third,” Groulx said. “We had a very good third period, good overtime and we ended up losing in a shootout.”

AHL Game Night: 2-9-18 Wolf Pack at Crunch

Crunch comeback nets a point.

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SYR-3 (SO)

Connor Ingram allowed 3 goals on 15 shots before being lifted for veteran Eddie Pasquale. Pasquale stopped all 6 shots he faced before allowing two of three to convert in the penalty shot session.

First Period
10:23 HFD Tambellini (10), (unassisted)

Second Period
1:04 SYR Volkov (14), (Archambault, Cirelli)
1:14 HFD Chytil (9), (Schneider)
7:03 HFD Gropp (10), (Chytil, Sproul)
19:43 SYR Stephens (17), (Verhaeghe, Joseph)(PP)

Third Period
8:00 SYR Joseph (9), (Verhaeghe, Thomas)

Overtime
NO SCORING

Shootout
HFD- Tambellini, Gropp
SYR- Verhaeghe

Carter Verhaeghe was the game's third star.

This was Pasquale's second appearance for Syracuse after making a brief 12 second appearance against Utica.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

Juniors Game Night: 2-8-18

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Chicoutimi Saguenéens 4 @ Halifax Mooseheads 3 (OT)

C/W Otto Somppi, HAL: 0-1-1, -2, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 14/21 FO
Season Totals: 45 GP, 18-47-65, +34, 20 PIM
’16-’17 Totals: 60 GP, 17-24-41, -7, 28 PIM

Top ranked goaltending prospect Alexis Gravel (2018 draft eligible) allowed 4 Chicoutimi goals on just 17 shots as the Saguenéens mounted a 3rd period rally to overcome a 3-1 deficit at the 2nd intermission. Somppi assisted on Filip Zadina’s (2018 draft eligible) goal just 40 seconds into the 2nd period to give the Mooseheads the 3-1 lead, but Chicoutimi scored twice in the 3rd to force the extra session before Kevin Klima (undrafted) potted the overtime game-winner, his 27th of the season, for the Saguenéens just 22 seconds into the extra frame. Liam Stevens (undrafted) scored twice for Chicoutimi and Zachary Bouthillier (2018 draft eligible) turn aside 43 of 46 Halifax shots for the victory.

Ontario Hockey League

Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 4 @ Niagara IceDogs 3

W Boris Katchouk, SSM: 1-2-3, -1, 0 PIM, 4 SOG, *First Star*
Season Totals: 43 GP, 34-31-65, +39, 20 PIM
’16-’17 Season: 66 GP, 35-29-64, +18, 46 PIM

W Taylor Raddysh, SSM: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG, 1/1 FO
Season Totals (SSM): 12 GP, 10-9-19, +9, 4 PIM
Season Totals (ER): 30 GP, 15-29-44, +10, 16 PIM
Season Totals: 42 GP, 25-38-63, +19, 20 PIM
‘16-‘17 Totals: 58 GP, 42-67-109, +67, 37 PIM

Katchouk (pictured) scored on a 2nd period penalty shot and added two power play assists en route to earning First Star honors in the Greyhounds 7th straight win. OHL point and assist leader Morgan Frost (PHI, 2017 1st round pick) scored twice as the Soo built up a 4-0 lead early in the 3rd. Kirill Maksimov (EDM, 2017 5th round pick) had a goal and an assist in Niagara’s 3rd period three-goal rally that fell short. Katchouk eclipsed his point and assist totals from last season in 23 fewer games. Frost and Katchouk are #1 and #2 in the OHL in plus-minus.

Owen Sound Attack 6 @ Peterborough Petes 5

W/C Christopher Paquette, PBO: 0-1-1, -4, 0 PIM, 1 SOG, 17/25 FO
Season Totals: 47 G, 14-8-22, -30, 14 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals (NIA/PBO): 66 GP, 19-29-48, +1, 28 PIM

Paquette assisted on a 2nd period Nick Robertson (2020 draft eligible) goal to give the Petes a 4-2 lead as the 2nd intermission. Win a period, win a hockey game, right? But like so many other times this season, Peteborough gave up 4 straight 3rd period Owen Sound goals in yet another collapse as the Petes winless streak hits 10 games. Aidan Dudas (2018 draft eligible) netted a hat trick and and two assists to pace the Attack, and Ethan Szypula (undrafted) scored twice and added two assists of his own.

Western Hockey League

Vancouver Giants 1 @ Kelowna Rockets 4 (Wednesday)

D Cal Foote, KEL: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season Totals: 43 GP, 13-35-48, +20, 33 PIM
‘15-‘16 Totals: 71 GP, 6-51-57, +39, 41 PIM

Carsen Twarynski (PHI, 2016 3rd round pick) and Dillon Dube (CGY, 2016 2nd round pick) both scored 3rd period goals to ice a 2-1 Rockets lead after the 2nd intermission. Twarynski and Cal Foote both assisted on Dube’s tally. Kole Lind (VAN, 2017 2nd round pick) opened the scoring for Kelowna with his 28th of the season, and added an assist on Twarynski’s 3rd period marker. Kyle Topping (2018 draft eligible) added a pair of assists for the Rockets.

NHL Game Night: 2-8-18 Canucks at Lightning

Lightning return home and smoke the Canucks yet again.

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Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 2 goals on 29 shots for the victory.

First Period
14:36 TB Kucherov (28), (Killorn, Hedman)

Second Period
1:38 TB Gourde (20), (Johnson, Sergachev)(PP)
13:40 TB Erne (1), (Sustr, Namestnikov)
17:14 TB Stamkos (20), (Johnson, Gourde)

Third Period
6:28 VAN Boeser (26), (Edler, H. Sedin)(PP)
10:55 VAN Baertschi (12), (Horvat, Edler)
16:21 TB Hedman (8), (Stamkos, Kucherov)(PP)

Yanni Gourde, Nikita Kucherov, and Adam Erne were the game's three stars.

The old saying from the boxing world is "Styles make the fight." Sometimes, though, styles create a mismatch and a horribly lopsided fight and that's been the case between Tampa Bay and Vancouver over the past week. The Lightning have disposed of the Canucks pretty effortlessly building 3-0 leads and 4-0 leads, respectively, in the opening 40 minutes of the two games before embarking into the glory of garbage time. Simply put, I don't think Vancouver's team speed, overall, is good enough to handle what the Lightning bring to the table.

Matthew Peca was -1 with 1 shot in 12:02. He also put up an ugly 17% on 12 draws in the circles tonight. He definitely suffered from having Gourde taken off his line.

Erne had a goal and was +1 with 2 shots and 1 hit in 11:11. Showed good hands finishing off the goal on the one-timer. It's a good start to his callup and he needs to play well and flash early and often with so many other worthy candidates sitting in Syracuse also waiting for their shot.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

Juniors Game Night: 2-6-18

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Halifax Mooseheads 6 @ Charlottetown Islanders 2

C/W Otto Somppi, HAL: 0-2-2, +3, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 13/25 FO
Season Totals: 44 GP, 18-46-64, +36, 20 PIM
’16-’17 Totals: 60 GP, 17-24-41, -7, 28 PIM

Somppi notched the primary assist on two of Filip Zadina’s (2018 draft eligible) four goals, as the Mooseheads put up 6 on the road against the Islanders. Derek Gentile (2018 draft eligible) factored on both Charlottetown goals.

Western Hockey League

Regina Pats 5 @ Brandon Wheat Kings 2
D Libor Hajek, REG: 0-0-0, +2, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season Totals (REG): 10 GP, 2-3-5, -2, 2 PIM
Season Totals (SAS): 33 GP, 8-17-25, -10, 26 PIM
Season Totals: 43 GP, 10-20-30, -12, 28 PIM
’16-‘17 Totals: 65 GP: 4-22-26, -17, 81 PIM

Bruins prospect Jesse Gabrielle (BOS, 2015 4th round pick) and Cameron Hebig (undrafted) led the Pats in an impressive road win over the Wheat Kings. Gabrielle ignited Regina with two goals in a three-goal run to take a 3-1 lead into the 2nd intermission, and then Hebig added two 3rd period markers. Sam Steel (ANA, 2016 1st round pick) notched three assists, as the Pats pelted Brandon goalie Logan Thompson (undrafted) with 51 shots.

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