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AHL Game Night: 12-7-18 Devils and Crunch

The Crunch Star disintegrates Bingo.

BNG-0
SYR-5

Connor Ingram had an 18 save shutout in unseasonably light work.

First Period
7:01 SYR Barre-Boulet (9), (Gaunce, Verhaeghe)(PP)
9:40 SYR Stephens (2), (Verhaeghe, Gaunce)

Second Period
12:37 SYR Verhaeghe (9), (Stephens, Barre-Boulet)
15:27 SYR Conacher (11), (Andreoff, Volkov)

Third Period
3:04 SYR Yan (5), (Stephens, Archambault)

Mitchell Stephens, Alex Barre-Boulet, and Ingram were the game's three stars. Stephens returned to the lineup after missing over a month of hockey due to injury and promptly put 1 goal and 3 points on the board. Not bad.

Syracuse is 4 points back of Rochester for the North Division lead with three games in hand on the Americans.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

NHL Game Night: 12-6-18 Bruins at Lightning

Lightning close out third 10-game segment of the season with a Third Period flourish.

BOS-2
TB-3

Louis Domingue allowed 2 goals on 35 shots for the win. I think having a little rest by getting the night off against Detroit did him a lot of good. He just looked sharper and more comfortable tonight. Rested and ready.

First Period
2:04 BOS Pastrnak (20), (Cave)
14:59 TB Point (21), (Kucherov, Johnson)

Second Period
NO SCORING

Third Period
2:40 TB Joseph (9), (Killorn, Girardi)
4:03 TB Cirelli (5), (unassisted)(SH)
18:15 BOS Krejci (3), (Pastrnak, Backes)

Mathieu Joseph and Domingue were the game's first and second stars.

It was a 50/50 game for 40 minutes, and then the Lightning just flipped the switch and absolutely seemed to take over in the Third Period. The shot totals don't reflect it because of late score effects, but Tampa Bay seemed to just blow the doors off Boston when money time came.

With 30 games in the books the Lightning now have 45 points, meaning they're a stylish 9 points ahead of minimum pace to make the playoffs. That's good stuff as they reset going into the fourth 10-game segment with the task of once again trying to get at least 12 points over this next stretch. 12 in 10, do it again.

Joseph had a goal and was +1 with 2 shots, 4 hits, and 1 blocked shot in 13:00. Tonight was a big IT game for him and he still only got 13 minutes, which is remarkable when you consider he's flirting with a 20 goal pace on 11-12 minutes of ice time a night. Beautiful finish in tight to slip it through Rask in close quarters tonight.

Anthony Cirelli had a SH goal and was +2 with 1 shot and 1 hit and he was 70% on 10 draws. He absolutely abused Rask on the deke for his shorthander.

Erik Cernak had 1 shot and 4 hits in 20:00 flat.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

CHL Game Night: 12-5-18

Rimouski Oceanic 4 @ Drummondville Voltigeurs 2

D Radim Salda, RIM: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 2 Hits
Season Totals: 17 GP, 4-8-12, E, 20 PIM
17-18 Totals (SJ): 62 GP, 10-31-41, -37, 78 PIM

Rimouski received goals from four different players, including 2020 draft-eligible phenom Alexis Lafreniere, to top the Volts in Drummondville, 4-2. Two of the goals were empty-netters sandwiched around a Volts goal. Edmonton prospect Olivier Rodrigue, who was not invited to Team Canada’s national team selection camp, stopped 26 of 28 shots for Drummondville. Radim Salda was scoreless in the game for Rimouski. He was recently named to Team Czech Republic’s World Junior Championship camp and should be in line for an invitation to play in the tournament. Salda and American Sammy Walker are the only Lightning prospects with camp invitations.

CHL Game Night: 12-4-18

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Chicoutimi Sagueneens 3 @ Baie-Comeau Drakkar 8

C/W Gabriel Fortier, BC: 2-1-3, +1, 0 PIM, 4 SOG, 6/12 FO, 2 Hits, *Second Star*
Season Totals: 30 GP, 14-25-39, +19, 17 PIM
17-18 Totals: 66 GP, 26-33-59, -11, 59 PIM

Chicoutimi beat the Drakkar 8-2 last game, so naturally, the Drakkar returned the favor this game by putting a snowman up on the Sags, 8-3. Gabriel Fortier tied the game at 1-1 early in the first as part of seven unanswered goals by B-C that eventually gave them a 7-1 lead heading into the final period. Fortier was named the Second Star for his efforts. Former QMJHL first rounder Nathan Legare had five assists for the Drakkar. He’s expected to go in the early rounds of the 2019 draft.

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