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Carter Ashton is settled in and starting to contribute on the scoresheet.
The forward, reacquired by the Tampa Bay Lightning in a trade earlier this month, has built a rapport with Yanni Gourde and Tanner Richard on one of the Crunch’s top lines. Ashton was held without a point in his first three games with Syracuse, but has three points in his last five games.
“Sometimes it takes a couple games to find chemistry and get comfortable with the guys,” Ashton said at practice Tuesday. “It’s been a great transition so far. Sweeping three this weekend was good for the team, and I found some chemistry with (Gourde) and (Richard). We hope to keep that going.”
Quebec Major Junior Hockey League
Sherbrooke Phoenix 2 @ Shawinigan Cataractes 7
C Cameron Darcy, SHR: 1-0-1, -2, 2 PIM, 1 SOG, 8/13 FO, 2 Hits
With Sherbrooke: 28 GP, 17-21-38, -9, 30 PIM
With Cape Breton: 19 GP, 1-13-14, -6, 14 PIM
Season totals: 47 GP, 18-34-52, -14, 46 PIM
2013-2014 Season: 65 GP, 35-47-82, +3, 51 PIM
Darcy’s second period goal cut Shawinigan’s lead to 4-2, but that was as close as the Phoenix got.
Western Hockey League
Calgary Hitmen 5 @ Portland Winterhawks 4 (OT)
D Ben Thomas, CAL: 1-0-1, +2, 0 PIM
Season totals: 49 GP, 6-23-29, +17, 20 PIM
2013-14 totals: 72 GP, 7-24-31, +11, 39 PIM
Portland had a 4-1 lead before Calgary came fighting back to force overtime. Thomas’s sixth goal of the season came in the second period and made the score 4-3. Defenseman Jake Bean (2016) scored the overtime winner to give Calgary its sixth straight win.
Tough return for Vasiy.
Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 4 goals on 34 shots for the loss.
SYR Gourde, (19) (Mormina, Namestnikov), 11:34
RCH Leduc, (6) (Austin, D'Amigo), 14:02 (PP)
RCH Irwin, (12) (Schaller, Austin), 18:06
RCH Dalpe, (16) (Carrier), 7:50
RCH Irwin, (13) (D'Amigo, Schaller), 13:13
SYR Mormina, (3) (Marchessault, Angelidis), 14:52
SYR Namestnikov, (13) (Marchessault, Dotchin), 17:15
Vladislav Namestnikov was the game's third star. He's now at a solid 32 points in 32 games.
Box score from TheAHL.com.
Vitkovice 1 vs. Sparta Praha 5
Jaroslav Janus, Sparta Praha, DNP
Season totals (CZE): 3 GP, 1-2-0, 0 SO, 4.10 GAA, .864 sv%
Season totals (KHL): 25 GP, 6-12-5, 2 SO, 3.01 GAA, .891 sv%
Tomas Rolinek had 3 goals and 4 points for Sparta Praha in their 5-1 victory over Vitkovice. Ex-Blackhawks second rounder Michal Barinka also had 2 helpers in the win.
HPK 3 vs. Blues 4 (OT)
Saku Salminen, HPK, DNP
Season totals: 32 GP, 3-4-7, E, 4 PIM
Ex-Lightning draft pick Eero Somervuori had a helper in HPK's 4-3 loss to Espoo Blues. Ex-Rangers 6th rounder Kim Hischovits had 1 goal and 3 points to lead the way for Blues.