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Juniors Game Night: 12-29-14

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Gatineau Olympiques 3 @ Sherbrooke Phoenix 6

C Cameron Darcy, SHR: 3-2-5, +1, 0 PIM, 8 SOG, 9/20 FO, 0 Hits, *First Star*
With Sherbrooke: 5 GP, 5-7-12, -3, 4 PIM
With Cape Breton: 21 GP, 1-13-14, -6, 14 PIM
Season totals: 26 GP, 6-20-26, -9, 18 PIM
2013-2014 Season: 65 GP, 35-47-82, +3, 51 PIM

Darcy extended his point streak to seven games while announcing his figurative “return” to the QMJHL. Darcy, who was in search of a pro contract this fall, struggled after coming back to Cape Breton and was eventually scratched and traded. His five-point game tonight gets him to a point-per-game pace for the season and Sherbrooke will enjoy the QMJHL Second-Team All-Star for the rest of the year. This is the player Cape Breton thought they were receiving when the Lightning decided to send Darcy back to the Q in September.

Quebec Remparts 2 @ Chicoutimi Sagueneens 1 (SO)

W Adam Erne, QUE: 0-0-0, E, 4 PIM, 3 SOG, 16/26 FO, 2 Hits
Season totals: 31 GP, 22-24-46, +19, 38 PIM
2013-2014 Season: 48 GP, 21-41-62, -3, 65 PIM

Quebec won in a shootout for the second straight night. Julio Billia saved Erne’s attempt in the skills competition. Erne had a brief, three-game point streak snapped.

NHL Game Night: 12-29-14 Maple Leafs at Lightning

Getting right...

TOR-2
TB-3

Ben Bishop allowed goals on the first 2 shots of the game. He stopped all 21 shots he faced thereafter for the victory.

First Period
4:28 TOR Santorelli (8), (Kadri, Phaneuf)
7:47 TOR Lupul (9), (Bozak, Kessel)

Second Period
6:37 TB Callahan (12), (Stamkos, Hedman)(PP)
9:46 TB Filppula (7), (Hedman, Callahan)

Third Period
11:05 TB Stamkos (20), (Carle)

Steven Stamkos, Ryan Callahan, and Victor Hedman were the game's three stars. Isn't it funny how when the Lightning's biggest stars get their games going, it takes the Lightning from a mediocre team to a team that can dominate like they did tonight (shot totals 41-23 for the Lightning)? This game was important in that it allowed the Lightning to get those star players on track, allowed them to exorcize some power play demons, and allowed them to make an example of an Atlantic Division foe they'll be fighting with for position for the next couple of months.

Cedric Paquette was -1 with 4 shots, 3 hits, and 3 blocked shots in 13:39. I thought he played an excellent game on the PK, even springing Hedman for a First Period breakaway, and he was on the ice for the last shift of the game with the team protecting the one goal lead.

Jonathan Drouin was +1 with 1 shot in 11:43. Stats tend not to show what he brings to the table in games. He drew a minor penalty in the First Period with a dazzling stickhandling display after falling down and then at the end of the Second Period nearly set up a goal after a world class keep-away exhibition in the offensive zone and a sharp snap pass to the side of the Leafs cage. He is slicker than an oil spill when he's got the puck.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

KHL Game Day: 12-29-14

Mytischi 2 vs. Dinamo Riga 3
Dmitry Korobov, Mytischi, 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 27 GP, 1-6-7, +3, 47 PIM

Dmitry Korobov had an assist in 20:22 of ice time in Mytischi's 3-2 loss to Riga. Ex-Lightning defenseman Matt Gilroy had a goal in defeat for Mytischi.

IIHF U20 WJC: Day Three

Group A
USA 6 vs. Germany 0
Anthony DeAngelo, USA, 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Tournament totals: 2 GP, 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM

Red Wings first rounder Dylan Larkin had 2 goals and 1 assist as Team USA smashed Germany 6-0. Rangers second rounder Brandon Halverson stopped a meager 14 shots for the shutout. The game also featured the first goal of the tournament for USA captain Jack Eichel, a sparkling wraparound in the Third Period of the game. Eichel is expected to go in the top two of the June draft.

NCAA Game Night: 12-28-14

Russian Red Stars 0 @ No. 4 Harvard Crimson 4 (Exhibition)

F Brian Hart, HAR: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 12 GP, 5-4-9, +2, 2 PIM
2013-2014 totals: 30 GP, 7-8-15, -8, 20 PIM

Harvard defeated the Russian Red Stars in an exhibition match on Sunday.

No. 14 Quinnipiac Bobcats 1 @ Princeton Tigers 0

F Matthew Peca, QU: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM, 5 SOG, *Second Star*
Season totals: 17 GP, 1-12-13, -6, 19 PIM
2014-2015 totals: 40 GP, 12-26-38, +4, 16 PIM

Peca (USCHO photo) made a nifty move in the slot after calling for a pass, then slid a soft backhand pass to Devon Toews (Islanders), who rifled it into the open side of the net. The game was broadcast on ESPNU and was filled with compliments for Peca from ESPN’s John Buccigross. Peca was called the best player in the game multiple times. He should be in AHL Syracuse next season if things go as expected.

*USCHO poll used

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