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The Bolt Prospects Podcast, Episode 91

This week’s “Steven F. Stamkos Edition” of the Bolt Prospects Podcast includes the following topics:

· The No. 91
· Where were you when…
· Stamkos rankings
· Trade deadline’s impact on Lightning off the ice
· Defensemen, not defenseman, a summer project
· Syracuse gets deadline attention
· Interview with Dominik Masin
· Syracuse Coach Benoit Groulx talks Dom Masin development

NHL Game Night: 3-6-17 Rangers at Lightning

Lightning Raanta'ed again.

NYR-1
TB-0 (OT)

Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 1 goal on 34 shots for the painfully hard luck OT loss. He was overshadowed by Raanta at the other end, but Vasiy was equally brilliant in a high pressure goaltending duel.

First Period
NO SCORING

Second Period
NO SCORING

Third Period
NO SCORING

Overtime
3:56 NYR Zibanejad (9), (McDonagh)

Vasilevskiy was the game's first star.

The Lightning played very hard wire to wire and just lost to a hot goaltender. You can complain about decision-making with the puck late in the Third Period and into Overtime, but many nights you blow doors off with a 3:2 shot attempt/possession advantage and Vasilevskiy playing that well. The shame is the Lightning are in a spot where they just can't surrender the odd point on a night like this and realistically stay alive for the playoffs.

Luke Witkowski had 5 penalty minutes, 1 shot, and 1 hit in 7:54. That fight was an epic. We're talking about one that rightfully should go alongside some of those old Rudy Poeschek v. Paul Laus brawls.

Jake Dotchin had 3 shots and 2 hits in 20:25.

Gabriel Dumont had 2 penalty minutes for a nasty boarding call, 1 shot, and 1 hit in 7:15. He was also 43% on 7 draws.

Yanni Gourde played 10:09. Blank stat line doesn't tell the tale, because he was active at both ends of the rink. This was probably his best NHL game in his time in the Lightning organization.

Adam Erne had 2 penalty minutes, 6 shots, and 2 hits in 11:32. 6 shots in under 12 minutes tells you what you need to know. He was very active tonight. Looked really good.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

AHL Game Night: 3-5-17 Crunch at Senators

Another inauspicious McKenna outing.

SYR-4
BNG-6

Mike McKenna allowed 4 goals on 33 shots for the loss.

First Period
5:59 BNG Bailey (17), (Carlisle, Flanagan)
10:59 BNG Mike Blunden (13), (Varone, Bailey)(PP)
11:47 SYR Walcott (4), (Peca)

Second Period
6:43 BNG Akeson (11), (Varone, Perron)
14:54 SYR Peca (8), (Conacher, Thomas)
19:07 BNG Bailey (18), (Akeson, Paul)(PP)

Third Period
16:23 BNG Akeson (12), (Varone, Harpur)(EN)
18:04 SYR Kurtz (1), (Halmo, Ikonen)
18:18 SYR Halmo (15), (Condra, Taormina)
19:35 BNG Akeson (13), (Varone, Sieloff)(EN)

Matthew Peca was the game's third star.

Deduct the garbage time foolishness at the end of the contest and it's a 4-2 game, which looks less bad but is still not entirely inspiring.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

CHL Game Night: 3-5-17

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Cape Breton Screaming Eagles 1 @ Saint John Sea Dogs 5

W Bokondji Imama, SJ: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 1 Hit
Season Totals: 60 GP, 38-14-52, +10, 84 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 48 GP, 7-12-19, -5, 86 PIM

W Mathieu Joseph, SJ: 1-0-1, E, 2 PIM, 2 SOG, 0 Hits
Season Totals: 50 GP, 34-40-74, +34, 53 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 58 GP, 33-40-73, +35, 57 PIM

Joseph scored his 34th goal of the season one game after accumulating five points in one game. Joseph is second on the Dogs in scoring with 74 points. Matthew Highmore (undrafted) has 87 points in 10 more games played. Imama is in fourth on the team in scoring.

Halifax Mooseheads 1 @ Charlottetown Islanders 3

C/W Otto Somppi, HAL: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, 15/24 FO
Season Totals: 57 GP, 15-24-39, -8, 26 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 59 GP, 13-33-46, -15, 25 PIM

Halifax continues to have trouble scoring. Mathieu Joseph’s brother, Pierre-Olivier (2017), was scoreless for Charlottetown.

Sherbrooke Phoenix 5 @ Shawinigan Cataractes 4 (OT)

W Dennis Yan, SHAW: 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 3 Hits
Season Totals: 59 GP, 42-28-70, +25, 52 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 62 GP, 32-37-69, +8, 86 PIM

Sherbrooke won a back-and-forth game with a goal 1:02 into overtime.

Ontario Hockey League

Erie Otters 7 @ Niagara IceDogs 9

D Erik Cernak, Erie: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Season Totals: 45 GP, 3-15-18, +28, 47 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 41 GP, 4-11-15, +7, 35 PIM

C Anthony Cirelli, Erie: 0-2-2, +2, 0 PIM, 4 SOG, 9/18 FO
Season Totals: 46 GP, 21-36-57, +31, 12 PIM
With Erie: 19 GP, 8-13-21, +11, 4 PIM
With Oshawa: 26 GP, 13-21-34, +18, 8 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 62 GP, 21-38-59, -15 27 PIM

W Taylor Raddysh, Erie: 1-2-3, -1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season Totals: 53 GP, 38-64-102, +65, 31 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 67 GP, 24-49-73, +19, 18 PIM

Raddysh surpassed the 100-point mark with three points Sunday against Niagara, a team the Otters beat 10-1 Friday.

Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 2 @ Kitchener Rangers 1

W Boris Katchouk, SSM: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 4 SOG
Season: 60 GP, 29-25-54, +11, 46 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 63 GP, 24-27-51, +7, 61 PIM

Bruins pick Zachary Senyshyn scored his 41st goal of the season late in the third period to give the Soo the win.

Western Hockey League

Kootenay Ice 2 @ Moose Jaw Warriors 11

C Brett Howden, MJ: 0-4-4, +3, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 52 GP, 34-40-74, +13, 54 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 68 GP, 24-40-64, -7, 61 PIM

Howden led the Warriors with four points Sunday in their destruction of Kootenay, 11-2.

ECHL Game Night: 3-5-17

Adirondack Thunder 3 at Kalamazoo Wings 6

F Brian Hart, KAL, 1-0-1, E, 0 PIMS, 3 SOG
Season Totals (ECHL): 20 GP, 2-2-4, -2, 4 PIMs, 35 SOG
Season Totals (AHL): 33 GP, 3-4-7, E, 26 PIMs

F Cameron Darcy, KAL, 1-2-3, +2, 0 PIMS, 2 SOG
Season Totals (ECHL): 7 GP, 2-7-9, +7, 2 PIMs, 16 SOG
Season Totals (AHL): 34 GP, 3-4-7, -3, 14 PIMs

Other Notables
G Nic Riopel, KAL, W, 60:00 MINS, 25/28
Season Totals: 25 GP, 14-9-0-1, 2.82 GAA, 0.904 SV%, 1 SO

One streak that didn't end in Toledo last night was Nic Riopel's red hot surge between the pipes. The K-Wings returned home Sunday for the final frame of a weekend three-in-three, and crushed one of the best teams in the league 6-3. Riopel received some of that sweet, sweet goal support, allowing three Thunder markers, but winning his 10th game in his last 11 starts. Cam Darcy scored and added two assists for his first three point game since joining Kalamazoo. His goal was a nice forehand-to-backhand move in front of the goalie. Fellow Bolt Prospect Brian Hart scored his 2nd K-Wing goal of the season late in the 3rd period, when he rocketed a empty netter from within his own zone. Kalamazoo now sits just 3 points behind Quad Cities for 3rd in the division, and it's advantageous to slip into that 3rd place slot to avoid having to play Toledo in the first round of the playoffs. The team gets a week off before another big weekend hosting those league-best Toledo Walleye for back-to-back games Friday and Saturday.

CHL Game Night: 3-4-17

Ontario Hockey League

Sarnia Sting 5 @ Erie Otters 3

D Erik Cernak, Erie: 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals: 44 GP, 3-15-18, +29, 47 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 41 GP, 4-11-15, +7, 35 PIM

C Anthony Cirelli, Erie: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM, 4 SOG, 11/19 FO
Season Totals: 45 GP, 21-34-55, +29, 12 PIM
With Erie: 19 GP, 8-13-21, +11, 4 PIM
With Oshawa: 26 GP, 13-21-34, +18, 8 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 62 GP, 21-38-59, -15 27 PIM

W Taylor Raddysh, Erie: 1-0-1, E, 0 PIM, 10 SOG
Season Totals: 52 GP, 37-62-99, +66, 31 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 67 GP, 24-49-73, +19, 18 PIM

Raddysh scored his 37th goal of the season to give him 99 points for the year.

Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 6 @ Guelph Storm 0

W Boris Katchouk, SSM: 0-1-1, +1, 2 PIM, 2 SOG
Season: 59 GP, 29-25-54, +11, 44 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 63 GP, 24-27-51, +7, 61 PIM

Matthew Villalta (2017) shut out last-place Guelph, 6-0, to improve his record to 21-2-0 for the year.

Barrie Colts 3 @ Peterborough Petes 6

W/C Christopher Paquette, PBO: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, 13/23 FO
Season Totals: 60 GP, 18-28-46, E, 26 PIM
With Petes: 22 GP, 6-11-17, +9, 12 PIM
With Niagara: 37 GP, 12-17-29, -7, 14 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 57 GP, 5-11-16, -6, 18 PIM

D Matt Spencer, PBO: 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG, *Third Star*
Season Totals: 54 GP, 7-19-26, +10, 49 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 60 GP, 5-19-24, -4, 46 PIM

W Jonne Tammela, PBO: Did not play
Season Totals: 2 GP, 1-0-1, +1, 2 PIM
2015-2016 (Finland): 37 GP, 5-8-13, +10, 16 PIM

Spencer has goals in two of his last three games after going 24 games without one.

London Knights 1 @ Windsor Spitfires 4

W/C Mitchell Stephens, LDN: 1-0-1, E, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Season Totals: 45 GP, 22-29-51, +21, 24 PIM
With London: 23 GP, 11-12-23, +7, 10 PIM
With Saginaw: 22 GP, 11-17-28, +13, 14 PIM
2015-2016 Totals: 39 GP, 20-18-38, -3, 14 PIM

London fell in Windsor, 4-1. Stephens had the Knights’ only goal.

Western Hockey League

Lethbridge Hurricanes 5 @ Saskatoon Blades 4 (OT)

D Libor Hajek, SAS: 0-0-0, -3, 2 PIM
Season Totals: 54 GP: 4-20-24, -14, 65 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 69 GP, 3-23-26, -19, 76 PIM

Braylon Shmyr (undrafted) had a hat trick for Saskatoon, but it wasn’t enough to beat Lethbridge.

Medicine Hat Tigers 3 @ Moose Jaw Warriors 5

C Brett Howden, MJ: 0-1-1, +2, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 51 GP, 34-36-70, +10, 54 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 68 GP, 24-40-64, -7, 61 PIM

Moose Jaw snuck by the Tigers, 5-3. Howden hit the 70-point mark for the first time in his career.

Kamloops Blazers 1 @ Prince George Cougars 6

G Connor Ingram, KAM: Loss, 51 saves on 57 shots
Season Totals: 41 GP, 24-13-2-2, 2.45 GAA, .927 sv%, 5 SO
2015-2016 Season: 61 GP, 34-15-5-4, 2.61 GAA, .922 sv%, 4 SO

Ingram’s goals allowed in the last four games: 6, 4, 5, 6. This is after consecutive shutouts.

NCAA Game Night: 3-4-17

Maine Black Bears 1 @ No. 14 Vermont Catamounts 5

C Ross Colton, UVM: Did not play
Season Totals: 32 GP, 11-15-26, +1, 22 PIM

Colton, UVM’s leading scorer, was out of the lineup for the third straight game with an apparent wrist injury. Vermont swept its Hockey East opening round series with Maine, 2-0. They face Boston College next.

Denver Pioneers 3 @ Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks 0

D Kristian Oldham, UNO: Did not play
Season Totals: 10 GP, 5-3-1, 3.38 GAA, .895 sv%, 0 SO

Oldham sat backup to Evan Weninger again. Evan Cowley (Panthers) had the shutout for Denver.

No. 5 Minnesota Golden Gophers 4 @ Michigan Wolverines 1

D Ryan Zuhlsdorf, UMN: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season Totals: 33 GP, 2-3-5, +12, 35 PIM

Minnesota launched back into first place in the Big 10 and clinched a conference playoff bye in the process.

*USCHO poll used for rankings

Third Period Surge Lifts Crunch Over Senators


By Jeremy Houghtaling

Syracuse had an emphatic answer to Binghamton’s game-tying goal early in the third period.

The Crunch surged to score three goals in a span of 2:06 and continued to push the Senators to the final horn, as Syracuse beat Binghamton, 4-1, at the Onondaga County War Memorial Saturday.

“We got scored on — a missed assignment — but we bounced back right away,” Crunch head coach Benoit Groulx said. “I thought we played a strong game tonight. We didn’t give them much. Kristers (Gudlevskis) was very solid when needed. Our (penalty kill) was strong. I thought tonight we were a structured team and we worked hard, and it showed.”

NHL Game Night: 3-4-17 Lightning at Sabres

By any means necessary.

TB-2
BUF-1 (SO)

Andrei Vasilvskiy allowed 1 goal on 32 shots before stopping 2 of 2 in the penalty shot session for the SO win. I thought Vasilevskiy fought it a little at times in this game, but got stronger as it went on and really grinded out the W. He had to, because Lehner was standing on his head part of the night at the other end of the rink. That's another quality start now that he's "the man". Encouraging.

First Period
19:48 BUF O'Reilly (15), (Ristolainen, Eichel)(PP)

Second Period
2:37 TB Johnson (19), (Hedman, Kucherov[/b]

Third Period
NO SCORING

Overtime
NO SCORING

Shootout
TB- Point, Kucherov
BUF- NONE

Vasilevskiy and Tyler Johnson were the game's first and second stars.

It was another disappointingly flat First Period for the Lightning, their 3rd in the last 4 contests, but the team got stronger as it wore on. All in all, this was a classic road win where the team really grinded out the victory. Pretty? No. Effective? Yes. Brayden Point continues to be money in the Shootout and Nikita Kucherov sent the Buffalo faithful to the exits with a gutsy fake whiff on a deke that he slid harmlessly through Lehner's five hole to secure the second point. If you make a move like that, you either score or get choked out by Jon Cooper. There's probably no in between.

68 points now for Tampa Bay puts them 3 points out of the final wild card spot and 6 points out of the final divisional spot with a game in hand on Boston. They're 28 points shy of 96 with 36 points still available. That'd be a .778 win percentage to get there. Still a tough road to go with very little margin for error.

Luke Witkowski had 3 hits in 9:51... playing forward. My scouting report on Witkowski as a forward? Well, he's definitely a north-south kind of winger, that much is for sure.

Jake Dotchin was +1 with 2 shots and 3 hits in 18:18. His night's work included accidentally knocking Kulikov out of the game when the two ran into each other inadvertently behind the net. That should give you an idea how big and strong Dotchin is. His upper body strength is pretty impressive. He barely had any time to brace himself and he did that.

Gabriel Dumont had 1 shot and 4 hits in 8:03. He was also 29% on 7 draws.

Adam Erne had 1 hit in 11:32. Mixed bag tonight, but he nearly set up a key goal with some creativity behind the Buffalo cage that got Namestnikov a wide open chance that Vladislav probably should've buried.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

AHL Game Night: 3-4-17 Senators at Crunch

Crunch redeem themselves with late whipping of Bingo.

BNG-1
SYR-4

Kristers Gudlevskis allowed 1 goal on 29 shots for the victory. Strong performance for Kristers on a night the Crunch needed it after getting collectively shelled the previous game.

First Period
NO SCORING

Second Period
6:24 SYR Gourde (21), (McGinn, Conacher)

Third Period
1:52 BNG Bailey (16), (Sieloff, Rumble)
2:27 SYR Walcott (3), (Condra, Koekkoek)
2:53 SYR Gourde (22), (Conacher)
4:33 SYR Brodeur (3), (Condra, Walcott)

Yanni Gourde, Gudlevskis, and Daniel Walcott were the game's three stars.

Syracuse bested Binghamton 40-29 on the shot clock and by an even worse proportion on the scoreboard.

The Crunch pull 2 points ahead of Albany in the North Division with 2 games in hand.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

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