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Liiga Game Day: 10-31-14

HPK 3 vs. Blues 4 (SO)
Saku Salminen, HPK, DNP
Season totals: 8 GP, 0-1-1, -1, 2 PIM

Ex-Norfolk Admiral Bracken Kearns had a helper in Blues' 4-3 SO win over HPK. Ex-Lightning pick Eero Somervuori also had a helper in defeat for HPK.

KHL Game Day: 10-30-13 and 10-31-14

10-30-14
Bratislava 2 vs. Novosibirsk 3
Jaroslav Janus, Bratislava, DNP
Season totals: 9 GP, 2-5-2, 0 SO, 2.57 GAA, .906 sv%

Dmitry Monya's Second Period power play goal snapped a 2-2 tie and delivered Novosibirsk a 3-2 victory over Slovan Bratislava. Ex-Islanders second rounder Mikko Koskinen turned aside 32 for the win.

10-31-14
Ufa 1 vs. Khanty-Mansiysk 3
Nikita Gusev, Khanty-Mansiysk, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 19 GP, 7-3-10, -3, 6 PIM

Ex-Sharks first rounder Lukas Kaspar had a goal for Yugra in their 3-1 win over Ufa. Ex-Stars first rounder Ivan Vishnevskiy also had a goal in the match in defeat for Ufa. Nikita Gusev was scoreless in 16:22 in the match.

Mytischi 4 vs. Novokuznetsk 2
Dmitry Korobov, Mytischi, 0-0-0, +2, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 8 GP, 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM

Dmitry Korobov was +2 in 19:13 for Mytischi in their 4-2 win over Novokuznetsk. Ex-NHLer Slava Kozlov had a goal in the match for Mytischi, as did ex-Avs second rounder Ryan Stoa for Novokuznetsk.

Bratislava 1 vs. Khabarovsk 3
Jaroslav Janus, Bratislava, Loss, 20/23, 3.10 GAA, .870 sv%
Season totals: 10 GP, 2-6-2, 0 SO, 2.63 GAA, .903 sv%

Ex-Oilers first rounder Jesse Niinimaki had a goal in Khabarovsk's 3-1 win over Slovan.

BP Mailbag: 10-31-14

With the debut of our podcast this year, the #BPMailbag – text version – has disappeared like Sharks in the playoffs. Realizing not everyone can listen to mailbag answers on the podcast, here’s a Cliff (Ronning?) Notes version of the latest edition of the #BPMailbag.

To submit questions, use the #BPMailbag hashtag on Twitter (@boltprospects), email chad@boltprospects.com, or ask on the message boards.

On to the questions:

Dotchin Fights to Improve with Crunch


By Jeremy Houghtaling

Six games into his rookie season, Jake Dotchin is all about being a student.

Crunch coach Rob Zettler noticed the defenseman's focus on improvement, comparing the rookie to a sponge.

"First off, a great work ethic and a fun kid to be around," Zettler said of the 20-year-old. "He tries to absorb all of it. He's a bit of a sponge that way."

Dotchin recorded his first pro point and fight last weekend, recording an assist in Syracuse’s loss to Portland Saturday and having a short-but-spirited bout with Matheiu Gagnon in a 5-1 loss to Springfield Saturday.

"There are a lot of firsts for everybody -- the fights, the points," Zettler said. "Just feeling the speed, feeling how quick this league is and how good it is, they still have a long way to go. They have taken some strides, but they're still learning."

Juniors Game Night: 10-30-14

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Saint John Sea Dogs 6 @ Cape Breton Screaming Eagles 5

C Cameron Darcy, CB: 0-1-1, -2, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 14/21 FO, 1 Hit
Season totals: 8 GP: 1-6-7, -2, 4 PIM
2013-2014 Season: 65 GP, 35-47-82, +3, 51 PIM

Darcy was dangerous throughout the third period in a close game, creating several chances and manufacturing shots, but he couldn’t find the twine and the Eagles couldn’t find a way to win.

Ontario Hockey League

Sarnia Sting 7 @ Barrie Colts 1

D Anthony DeAngelo, SAR: 1-2-3, +1, 0 PIM, *First Star*
Season totals: 9 GP, 3-9-12, -2, 26 PIM
2013-14 totals: 51 GP, 15-56-71, -34, 90 PIM

Sarnia broke their four-game losing streak with a huge win in Barrie. The Sting had seven goals by the end of the second period and coasted through the third. DeAngelo (Sarnia Observer photo) saw a significant amount of ice time in all game situations, including the entirety of a second period penalty kill when Barrie had just pulled to 4-1.

Kingston Frontenacs 3 @ Windsor Spitfires 4

W Cristiano DiGiacinto, WSR: 1-0-1, E, 2 PIM
Season totals: 8 GP, 4-2-6, -1, 17 PIM
2013-14 totals: 50 GP, 17-11-28, +8, 101 PIM

DiGiacinto scored on the power play in the third period to put Windsor ahead, 3-2. They’d add another, then give up one to give the game a 4-3 final score.

Mississauga Steelheads 1 @ Peterborough Petes 4

D Dominik Masin, PBO: 0-0-0, +1, 5 PIM
Season totals: 12 GP, 2-4-6, -6, 31 PIM
2013-14 totals: 39 GP, 2-19-21, +6, 102 PIM

The Petes scored three times in the third period en route to a 4-1 win over the visiting Steelheads. Masin was forced to fight once again after delivering a clean, hard hit in open ice.

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