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AHL Game Day: 3-15-15 Crunch at Sound Tigers

Weekend sweep (roller coaster goes up)!

SYR- 2
BRI-0

Kristers Gudlevskis stopped all 29 shots he faced for his second shutout of the season. He had 5 last season. He also got his save percentage back to .900 with the victory, just a shade below his .901 of a year ago.

First Period
SYR Gourde, (24) (Koekkoek, Kunyk), 9:31 (PP)

Second Period
NO SCORING

Third Period
SYR Courtnall, (5) (Smith, Blujus), 16:25

Yanni Gourde, Gudlevskis, and once (and future?) Bolt Prospect Justin Courtnall were the game's three stars. Yes, quiet acquisition Justin Courtnall, the ex-Lightning pick and son-of-a-Geoff. He's back in our lives. Reunited, and it feels so good.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

NCAA Game Night: 3-15-15

No. 18 Harvard Crimson 3 @ No. 12 Yale Bulldogs 2 (2OT)
ECAC Quarterfinals
Harvard wins best-of-3 series, 2-1

F Brian Hart, HAR: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 33 GP, 7-9-16, +4, 19 PIM
2013-2014 totals: 30 GP, 7-8-15, -8, 20 PIM

Predators prospect Jimmy Vesey scored his 27th goal of the season at 16:46 of the second overtime to propel Harvard into the ECAC semifinals. Harvard had a 5-minute power play at the end of the first overtime, but couldn’t capitalize. Brian Hart had the primary assist on Harvard’s game-opening goal. Yale would later take a 2-1 lead before Harvard forced overtime with a goal with 3 ½ minutes left in regulation.

Union Dutchmen 1 @ No. 11 Quinnipiac Bobcats 3
ECAC Quarterfinals
Quinnipiac wins best-of-3 series, 2-1

F Matthew Peca, QU: 1-0-1, +3, 0 PIM, 5 SOG, *Third Star*
Season totals: 36 GP, 7-27-34, +3, 25 PIM
2014-2015 totals: 40 GP, 12-26-38, +4, 16 PIM

Peca scored for the second consecutive game – a shorthanded goal into an empty net to seal a Bobcat win and advance them to the ECAC semifinals. QU had to play the majority of the game without leading scorer Sam Anas (undrafted), who was injured.

Juniors Game Night: 3-15-15

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Rouyn-Noranda Huskies 1 @ Sherbrooke Phoenix 5

C Cameron Darcy, SHR: 1-2-3, +1, 0 PIM, 5 SOG, 8/18 FO, 3 Hits, *First Star*
With Sherbrooke: 35 GP, 20-25-45, -7, 34 PIM
With Cape Breton: 19 GP, 1-13-14, -6, 14 PIM
Season totals: 54 GP, 21-38-59, -12, 50 PIM
2013-2014 Season: 65 GP, 35-47-82, +3, 51 PIM

Darcy was named first star for his 1+2 effort against the visiting Huskies. The Phoenix sits in a 3-way tie for sixth on the league table.

Ontario Hockey League

Windsor Spitfires 4 @ Niagara IceDogs 8

W Cristiano DiGiacinto, WSR: 0-1-1, +2, 5 PIM
Season totals: 60 GP, 21-23-44, -9, 100 PIM
2013-14 totals: 50 GP, 17-11-28, +8, 101 PIM

DiGiacinto hit the 100-PIM mark for the second year in a row with a fight against Aaron Haydon.

Western Hockey League

Lethbridge Hurricanes 1 @ Calgary Hitmen 4

D Ben Thomas, CAL: 0-0-0, +1, 4 PIM
Season totals: 57 GP, 7-24-31, +15, 26 PIM
2013-14 totals: 72 GP, 7-24-31, +11, 39 PIM

Calgary returned home after their 11-game road trip and picked up a win over Lethbridge.

Note: Dominik Masin (OHL Peterborough) is out for the season after undergoing surgery for facial fractures.

Juniors Game Night: 3-14-15

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Val-d’Or Foreurs 1 @ Quebec Remparts 4

W Adam Erne, QUE: 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM, 4 SOG, 3/4 FO, 2 Hits, *First Star*
Season totals: 58 GP, 40-44-84, +24, 102 PIM
2013-2014 Season: 48 GP, 21-41-62, -3, 65 PIM

Erne scored his 40th goal of the season in Quebec’s 4-1 home win over visiting Val-d’Or. He was named first star for the second game in a row.

Ontario Hockey League

Sarnia Sting 3 @ Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 6

D Anthony DeAngelo, SOO: Did not play
With SSM: 24 GP, 13-35-48, +26, 47 PIM
With Sarnia: 29 GP, 10-28-38, +1, 64 PIM
Season totals: 53 GP, 23-63-86, +27, 111 PIM
2013-14 totals: 51 GP, 15-56-71, -34, 90 PIM

DeAngelo rested again for the Soo, who has already clinched the West’s top seed.

Windsor Spitfires 1 @ Erie Otters 4

W Cristiano DiGiacinto, WSR: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM
Season totals: 59 GP, 21-22-43, -11, 95 PIM
2013-14 totals: 50 GP, 17-11-28, +8, 101 PIM

Connor McDavid had two goals and a helper as Erie topped Windsor, 4-1. The Spits playoff hopes are fading as they’re now five points behind Saginaw for the eighth and final spot in the West.

Western Hockey League

Moose Jaw Warriors 4 @ Regina Pats 3 (SO)

C Brayden Point, MJ: 1-0-1, -2, 0 PIM
Season totals: 57 GP, 35-45-80, +8, 44 PIM
2013-14 totals: 72 GP, 36-55-91, -27, 53 PIM

Moose Jaw avenged a loss to the Pats on Friday night with a shootout win Saturday night. Point scored in regulation, but missed his shootout attempt. The Warriors are four points behind Swift Current for the final playoff spot in the Central Division. Both teams have three games remaining.

Calgary Hitmen 4 @ Lethbridge Hurricanes 2

D Ben Thomas, CAL: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
Season totals: 56 GP, 7-24-31, +14, 22 PIM
2013-14 totals: 72 GP, 7-24-31, +11, 39 PIM

Calgary won the final game of their bazillion-game road trip and can now head home. Bazillion may have been a bit of an exaggeration. Calgary finished 7-4-0 on their road trip.

Note: Dominik Masin (OHL Peterborough) is out for the season after undergoing surgery for facial fractures.

NCAA Game Night: 3-14-15

No. 18 Harvard Crimson 0 @ No. 12 Yale Bulldogs 2
ECAC Quarterfinals
Best-of-3 series tied, 1-1

F Brian Hart, HAR: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Season totals: 32 GP, 7-8-15, +3, 19 PIM
2013-2014 totals: 30 GP, 7-8-15, -8, 20 PIM

Yale evened its series with the Crimson, forcing a deciding Game 3 on Sunday.

Merrimack Warriors 0 @ No. 3 Boston University Terriers 5
Hockey East Quarterfinals
BU wins best-of-3 series, 2-0

D John MacLeod, BU: Did not play
Season totals: 29 GP, 2-6-8, +13, 46 PIM
2013-2014 totals (USHL): 19 GP, 1-4-5, +1, 36 PIM

MacLeod was a game-time decision for this game after missing the previous two with an injury. He sat again Saturday but all indications are he could be available for the Hockey East semifinals next weekend. Matt O’Conner, a free agent goaltender, stopped 27 shots for the shutout.

Colorado College Tigers 2 @ No. 1 North Dakota 3
NCHC Quarterfinals
UND wins best-of-3 series, 2-0

F Brendan O’Donnell, UND: 1-0-1, +1, 4 PIM, 3 SOG, *Second Star*
Season totals: 35 GP, 13-6-19, +12, 35 PIM
2013-2014 totals: 34 GP, 7-11-18, +7, 10 PIM

O’Donnell scored for the second straight night, setting a new career high for points in a season and helping UND to the NCHC Frozen Faceoff next weekend.

Union Dutchmen 3 @ No. 11 Quinnipiac Bobcats 2
ECAC Quarterfinals
Best-of-3 series tied, 1-1

F Matthew Peca, QU: 1-0-1, E, 0 PIM, 4 SOG, *Third Star*
Season totals: 35 GP, 6-27-33, E, 25 PIM
2014-2015 totals: 40 GP, 12-26-38, +4, 16 PIM

Union came back from a 2-1 deficit, scoring the game-winner with about four minutes left in regulation. This game less than 24 hours after QU won in triple overtime Friday. The two teams meet again on Sunday.

Penn State Nittany Lions 2 @ No. 15 Minnesota Golden Gophers 6

G Adam Wilcox, MIN: Win, 27 saves on 29 shots
Season totals: 35 GP, 20-11-3, 2.46 GAA, .909 sv%, 5 SO
2013-2014 totals: 38 GP, 26-6-6, 1.97 GAA, .932 sv%, 4 SO

Wilcox won his 20th game of the season, helping the Gophers to their fourth-straight conference title (2 Big 10, 2 WCHA). According to the Gophers’ website, the win was the 71st of Wilcox’s career, which is the most among all active college goaltenders. Minnesota will play the winner of Ohio State-Penn State next Friday in the Big 10 tournament.

*USCHO poll used

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