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KHL Playoff Game Day: 2-21-16

KHL Western Conference Quarterfinals
(2)Jokerit 4 vs. (7)Novgorod 6
Novgorod Leads the Series 1-0
Carter Ashton, Novgorod, DNP
Playoff totals: 0 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
Season totals: 46 GP, 13-10-23, +3, 61 PIM

Ex-NHLer Nikolai Zherdev had a pair of goals to help propel Novgorod to a 6-4 Game One win over Jokerit Helsinki. Jokerit got 2 goals and 3 points from ex-Isles and Oilers forward Jesse Joenssuu in defeat.

(3)Yaroslavl 3 vs. (6)St. Petersburg 2 (OT)
Yaroslavl Leads the Series 1-0
Nikita Gusev, St. Petersburg, 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Playoff totals: 1 GP, 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM
Regular season totals: 56 GP, 20-29-49, +15, 14 PIM

Nikita Gusev assisted on the game-opening power play goal for SKA in their 3-2 OT loss to Yaroslavl. He played 21:28 in the contest. The helper was Gusev's first career KHL playoff point. Ex-Sabres first rounder Jiri Novotny had the OT winner for Yaroslavl in the Game One victory.

Juniors Game Night: 2-20-16

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Saint John Sea Dogs 2 @ Val-d’Or Foreurs 6

W Bokondji Imama, SJ: 0-0-0, E, 5 PIM, 2 SOG, 4 Hits
Season totals: 35 GP, 4-10-14, -4, 54 PIM
2013-2014 Season: 59 GP, 13-15-28, +2, 137 PIM

W Mathieu Joseph, SJ: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 0 Hits
Season totals: 52 GP, 30-34-64, +31, 51 PIM
2013-2014 Season: 59 GP, 21-21-42, +18, 46 PIM

Saint John took a 1-0 lead at 12:14 of the first period, then gave up the game’s next four goals en route to a 6-2 loss. Boko Imama fought David Henley in the third period. Mathieu Joseph was scoreless for the second straight game after a 12-game point streak was snapped Friday.

Ontario Hockey League

Oshawa Generals 2 @ Barrie Colts 6

C Anthony Cirelli, OSH: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG, 14/25 FO
Season totals: 51 GP, 16-31-47, -15, 21 PIM
2014-15 totals: 68 GP, 13-23-36, +34, 22 PIM

The Gens continue to struggle to finish out the season after being in selling mode at the deadline.

Windsor Spitfires 4 @ Hamilton Bulldogs 1

W Cristiano DiGiacinto, WSR: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 51 GP, 15-24-39, +20, 72 PIM
2014-15 totals: 63 GP, 21-24-45, -16, 100 PIM

Ducks second rounder Julius Nattinen had two goals for Barrie.

Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 4 @ Saginaw Spirit 1

W Mitchell Stephens, SAG: 0-1-1, -1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 13/22 FO
Season totals: 29 GP, 14-12-26, +1, 12 PIM
2014-15 totals: 62 GP, 22-26-48, -17, 44 PIM

Saginaw had its modest 2-game winning streak to start the Moe Mantha era snapped. Stephens assisted on a power play goal with just over a minute remaining to avoid the shutout.

Western Hockey League

Edmonton Oil Kings 3 @ Moose Jaw Warriors 2

C Brayden Point, MJ: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM, *Second Star*
Season totals: 36 GP, 29-40-69, +21, 19 PIM
2014-15 totals: 60 GP, 38-49-87, +6, 46 PIM

Moose Jaw dropped a key home game Saturday to the Oil Kings.

Kelowna Rockets 2 @ Vancouver Giants 4

D Ben Thomas, VAN: 0-0-0, +1, 2 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 62 GP, 7-18-25, -25, 40 PIM
With Vancouver: 48 GP, 7-15-22, -15, 30 PIM
With Calgary: 14 GP, 0-3-3, -10, 10 PIM
2014-15 totals: 60 GP, 7-24-31, +16, 28 PIM

The Giants scored three times in the third period to beat visiting Kelowna.

United States Hockey League

Omaha Lancers 4 @ Tri-City Storm 6

G Kris Oldham, OMA: Loss, 7 saves on 9 shots
Season totals: 25 GP, 12-10-3, 2.72 GAA, .910 sv%, 1 SO
2014-15 totals: 33 GP, 21-6-4, 2.49 GAA, .908 sv%, 1 SO
(University of Nebraska-Omaha signee)

Oldham took the back door loss after replacing Zacharias Skog to start the third period, down 4-3.

Lincoln Stars 5 @ Sioux City Musketeers 2

D Ryan Zuhlsdorf, SC: 0-1-1, -1, 2 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 29 GP, 0-23-23, -5, 34 PIM
2014-15 totals: 56 GP, 3-19-22, +25, 58 PIM
(University of Minnesota signee)

Zuhlsdorf established a new career high for assists in a season with 23. He played both games this weekend after missing more than a month with a concussion.

NCAA Game Night: 2-20-16

New Hampshire Wildcats 2 @ No. 9 Boston University Terriers 3

D John MacLeod, BU: Did not play
Season totals: 24 GP, 1-1-2, -4, 22 PIM
2014-2015 totals: 37 GP, 2-7-9, +19, 58 PIM

MacLeod was scratched both Friday and Saturday against UNH. BU finished the weekend, 1-0-1.

AHL Game Night: 2-20-16 Americans at Crunch

Back on the rocks.

RCH-6
SYR-2

Adam Wilcox allowed 4 goals on 17 shots for the loss. Kristers Gudlevskis then entered the game and allowed 1 on 17 shots in relief.

First Period
RCH Schaller, (10) (Carrier, Bailey), 18:57

Second Period
RCH Schaller, (11) (Bailey, Donovan), 1:09 (PP)
RCH Baptiste, (8) (Bowman, Robak), 2:34
RCH Schaller, (12) (Ruhwedel, Akeson), 3:56 (PP)
SYR Blunden, (15) (Taormina, Tambellini), 9:14 (PP)

Third Period
SYR Blunden, (16) (Gourde, DeAngelo), 9:33
RCH Carrier, (7) (Bailey, Schaller), 13:21
RCH Catenacci, (9) (Varone, Akeson), 16:25 (EN)

Mike Blunden was the game's third star.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

Crunch's Bold Move Fails in Loss to Americans


By Jeremy Houghtaling

The Crunch made a bold move with a little less than five minutes remaining.

Down by three goals and needing standing points to stay in the playoff picture, Syracuse head coach Rob Zettler pulled goalie Kristers Gudlevskis for an extra attacker. The tactic went awry a little more than a minute later, as the Americans’ Dan Catenacci scored into the empty net to seal Rochester’s 6-2 win over Syracuse at the Onondaga County War Memorial Saturday.

With the loss, the Crunch have dropped 11 out of their last 13 contests.

“We were desperate,” Zettler said. “We had to find a way to try and make something happen, and try and score a goal. We were down by three.”

NHL Game Day: 2-20-16 Lightning at Penguins

Vengeance of the Blind Squirrel

TB-4
PIT-2

Ben Bishop allowed 2 goals on 39 shots for the victory.

First Period
9:08 TB Stralman(9), (Namestnikov, Marchessault)
11:20 TB Stamkos(24), (Killorn, Carle)

Second Period
3:14 TB Carle(1), (unassisted)
5:35 PIT Kuhnhackl(1), (unassisted)(SH)
11:53 TB Johnson(9), (Palat, Marchessault)
16:01 PIT Wilson(2), (Rust, Letang)

Third Period
NO SCORING

Matt Carle was the game's first star! Yes, Matt Carle. I referred to the fable of the blind squirrel in the last game after Carle had a solid +2 night. Today, I can't dismiss Carle's game so easily. Mind you, it'll take a lot more games like that to justify Carle's salary, but you celebrate the good games Carle has on the rare occasions they come. In lesser news, Steven Stamkos was the game's second star and scored his 300th career NHL goal. Yawn.

Kudos to the Lightning for responding well to their near debacle against Winnipeg. They got the advantage today with the spot start of Pittsburgh's backup, and they jumped all over Zatkoff in the First Period and made sure they got the knockout early in the Second Period when they established the 3 goal advantage.

The win is gigantic. Tampa Bay jumped to 2nd in the Atlantic and opened a 3 point lead on the last team out of the Wild Card with the win. They also kept hope alive they might be able to run the table for the rest of this 10-game segment of the season and get back on track to make the playoffs comfortably.

Slater Koekkoek had 1 shot, 2 hits, and 1 blocked shot in 9:27.

Jonathan Marchessault had a pair of helpers and was +2 with 1 shot and 1 hit in 9:08. Someone's making the case to be a regular in the lineup and make Condra a semi-permanent scratch.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

AHL Game Night: 2-19-16 Comets at Crunch

The streak is over.

UTI-4
SYR-5

Kristers Gudlevskis allowed 4 goals on 29 shots for the victory.

First Period
SYR Taormina, (11) (Blunden, Richard), 1:14 (PP)
SYR McGinn, (16) (Blujus, Gourde), 2:52 (PP)
UTI Bancks, (8) (Landry, Ehrhardt), 15:08
SYR Tambellini, (17) (McGinn, Witkowski), 17:26
UTI Sautner, (4) (Kenins, Gaunce), 19:36

Second Period
SYR Tambellini, (18) (Martindale), 2:34
UTI Pedan, (4) (Kenins, Grenier), 6:54 (PP)

Third Period
SYR Blunden, (14) (Erne, Richard), 2:33 (PP)
UTI Prust, (1) (Gaunce), 10:26 (SH)

Jeff Tambellini and Mike Blunden were the game's first and second stars.

Syracuse snaps a 9-game winless streak. They currently sit at 1 game under .500 for the season.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

Juniors Game Night: 2-19-16

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Saint John Sea Dogs 1 @ Rouyn-Noranda Huskies 4

W Bokondji Imama, SJ: 0-0-0, -1, 4 PIM, 0 SOG, 2 Hits
Season totals: 35 GP, 4-10-14, -4, 54 PIM
2013-2014 Season: 59 GP, 13-15-28, +2, 137 PIM

W Mathieu Joseph, SJ: 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM, 5 SOG, 1 Hit
Season totals: 51 GP, 30-34-64, +32, 51 PIM
2013-2014 Season: 59 GP, 21-21-42, +18, 46 PIM

Sharks first rounder Timo Meier had a goal and an assist for the Huskies, Nikita Kucherov’s former team. Joseph’s scoreless night snapped his point streak at 10 games.

Shawinigan Cataractes 4 @ Baie-Comeau Drakkar 1

W Dennis Yan, SHAW: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 0 SOG, 1 Hit
Season totals: 50 GP, 29-31-60, +5, 64 PIM
2014-2015 Season: 59 GP, 33-31-64, +23, 71 PIM

Yan had another quiet night on the scoresheet, finishing with just a minor penalty. He has one point in his last six games.

Ontario Hockey League

Oshawa Generals 0 @ Kitchener Rangers 5

C Anthony Cirelli, OSH: 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM, 0 SOG, 13/20 FO
Season totals: 50 GP, 16-30-46, -16, 21 PIM
2014-15 totals: 68 GP, 13-23-36, +34, 22 PIM

Coyotes pick Ryan MacInnis, son of former NHLer Al MacInnis, had a hat trick for the Rangers Friday.

Peterborough Petes 6 @ Sudbury Wolves 4

D Dominik Masin, PBO: 1-1-2, E, 4 PIM, 4 SOG
Season totals: 45 GP, 8-18-26, +28, 42 PIM
2014-15 totals: 48 GP, 7-19-26, -13, 68 PIM

D Matt Spencer, PBO: 0-0-0, +2, 4 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 48 GP, 3-17-20, E, 44 PIM
2014-15 totals: 67 GP, 6-24-30, -15, 64 PIM

Dominik Masin set a new career high for goals in a season with eight, and tied his point total from last year in three less games. As for Spencer, he has two points in his last 11 games.

Erie Otters 1 @ Saginaw Spirit 3

W Mitchell Stephens, SAG: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, 6/18 FO
Season totals: 28 GP, 14-11-25, +2, 12 PIM
2014-15 totals: 62 GP, 22-26-48, -17, 44 PIM

Saginaw won its second game in a row since firing coach Greg Gilbert and replacing him with former Jets forward Moe Mantha. The Spirit beat the West-leading Otters Friday, 3-1. Saginaw has beaten the top two teams in the conference the last two days. They have a 10-point lead on Flint for the final playoff spot in the West. They’ll likely play Erie in the first round.

Western Hockey League

Moose Jaw Warriors 4 @ Prince Albert Raiders 3 (OT)

C Brayden Point, MJ: 1-0-1, E, 0 PIM, 5 SOG
Season totals: 35 GP, 29-39-68, +21, 19 PIM
2014-15 totals: 60 GP, 38-49-87, +6, 46 PIM

Brayden Point scored his 29th goal in 35 games as the Warriors topped the Raiders in overtime, 4-3. Moose Jaw pulled within one point of Prince Albert for second in the East Division.

Vancouver Giants 5 @ Kelowna Rockets 6

D Ben Thomas, VAN: 0-0-0, -2, 2 PIM
Season totals: 61 GP, 7-18-25, -26, 38 PIM
With Vancouver: 47 GP, 7-15-22, -16, 28 PIM
With Calgary: 14 GP, 0-3-3, -10, 10 PIM
2014-15 totals: 60 GP, 7-24-31, +16, 28 PIM

Thomas has been minus-2 in each of his last four games.

United States Hockey League

Omaha Lancers 2 @ Lincoln Stars 3

G Kris Oldham, OMA: Loss, 28 saves on 31 shots
Season totals: 24 GP, 12-9-3, 2.66 GAA, .911 sv%, 1 SO
2014-15 totals: 33 GP, 21-6-4, 2.49 GAA, .908 sv%, 1 SO
(University of Nebraska-Omaha signee)

Oldham is now 1-4-1 in his last six games. That follows a 3-0-1 stretch in January.

Fargo Force 2 @ Sioux City Musketeers 3

D Ryan Zuhlsdorf, SC: 0-0-0, +1, 2 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 28 GP, 0-22-22, -4, 32 PIM
2014-15 totals: 56 GP, 3-19-22, +25, 58 PIM
(University of Minnesota signee)

Zuhlsdorf, the Musketeers’ captain, returned to the Sioux City lineup for the first time since suffering a concussion January 8.

NCAA Game Night: 1-19-16

No. 9 Boston University Terriers 3 @ New Hampshire Wildcats 3 (OT)

D John MacLeod, BU: Did not play
Season totals: 24 GP, 1-1-2, -4, 22 PIM
2014-2015 totals: 37 GP, 2-7-9, +19, 58 PIM

MacLeod was scratched Friday.

*USCHO poll used

Crunch Use Special Teams to Top Comets, Snap Skid


By Jeremy Houghtaling

The Syracuse Crunch used special teams to snap out of their slide.

The Crunch’s power play struck three times and the penalty kill held the Comets to one 5-on-3 marker, as Syracuse topped Utica, 5-4, at the Onondaga County War Memorial on Friday. The Crunch had lost nine straight coming into the contest.

“I expected our penalty kill to get us out of this slump,” Crunch head coach Rob Zettler said. “Before tonight, we hadn’t given up a 5-on-5 goal in three games. That’s a big deal. We needed our PK to come up big. That’s what we talked about and they did. They came up big for us tonight.”

Syracuse forward Jeff Tambellini registered two goals, Mike Blunden and Tye McGinn each had one goal and one assist, and Tanner Richard had two helpers. Matt Taormina rounded out the scoring, while Dylan Blujus, Ryan Martindale, Adam Erne, and Luke Witkowski each had one assist.

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