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Morin's Winding Career Path Brings Him to Syracuse


By Jeremy Houghtaling

One season after being traded twice, Jeremy Morin is looking to settle in.

The forward has called five cities and four organizations his home over the past six seasons in the AHL and the NHL, but now his winding path has taken him closer to where he grew up.

Morin, who is from Auburn, NY, participated in the first practice of the 2016-17 season as a member of the Syracuse Crunch at the Onondaga County War Memorial Tuesday.

"It's definitely been kind of a whirlwind, but I'm looking to make a home in this organization and get off to a good start," Morin said. "I think I'll have a good opportunity here. The coaching staff and the organization has been great."

MHL Game Day: 10-2-16

Yaroslavl Jr. 4 vs. Spartak Moscow Jr. 3 (SO)
Oleg Sosunov, Yaroslavl Jr., 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Season totals: 7 GP, 0-0-0, -1, 8 PIM

Oleg Sosunov was -2 in Loko Jr.'s 4-3 SO loss to Spartak Jr.

KHL Game Day: 10-2-16

Zagreb 5 vs. St. Petersburg 4 (OT)
Nikita Gusev, St. Petersburg, 0-2-2, +2, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 15 GP, 8-11-19, +14, 2 PIM

Nikita Gusev assisted on a pair of goals by ex-NHL'er Evgeny Dadonov, including one on the power play, in SKA's 5-4 OT loss to Zagreb. He played a substantial 20:18 in ice time in the match. Dadonov went on to score a hat trick in the match in defeat.

CHL Game Night: 10-2-16

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Halifax Mooseheads 2 @ Charlottetown Islanders 9

W Otto Somppi, HAL: 1-1-2, E, 2 PIM, 3 SOG, 2 Hits, 6/13 FO
Season Totals: 2 GP, 1-1-2, -2, 4 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 59 GP, 13-33-46, -15, 25 PIM

Somppi scored his first of the season early in the first period to give Halifax a 1-0 lead … but it was all downhill from there for the Mooseheads, who lost on the island, 9-2. Somppi added his first assist late in the game, but by that time it was 7-2. Czech-born Filip Chlapik (Senators) had a hat trick for Charlottetown.

Shawinigan Cataractes 3 @ Sherbrooke Phoenix 2 (SO)

W Dennis Yan, SHAW: 0-0-0, -1, 4 PIM, 9 SOG, 1 Hit
Season Totals: 2 GP, 0-1-1, -1, 6 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 62 GP, 32-37-69, +8, 86 PIM

Yan was scoreless in regulation, but converted his shootout attempt. His nine shots on goal were nearly double the next highest Cataracte.

Ontario Hockey League

Windsor Spitfires 2 @ Oshawa Generals 5

C Anthony Cirelli, OSH: 3-1-4, +4, 0 PIM, 5 SOG, 19/25 FO, *First Star*
Season Totals: 2 GP, 4-1-5, +5, 0 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 62 GP, 21-38-59, -15 27 PIM

Cirelli had a hat trick and four points, and was plus-4 and 19 of 25 on faceoffs for good measure. Not bad for the Oshawa captain. Two of his goals came in the third period, which started with a 2-1 Gens lead.

Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 4 @ Sarnia Sting 3 (OT)

W Boris Katchouk, SSM: 0-3-3, +2, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season: 3 GP, 0-4-4, +3, 2 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 44 GP, 13-28-41, -10 19 PIM

Katchouk assisted on three of the Soo’s four goals, including the overtime winner.

Niagara IceDogs 3 @ Peterborough Petes 5

C Christopher Paquette, NIA: 0-0-0, -1, 4 PIM, 3 SOG, 9/23 FO
Season Totals: 3 GP, 0-1-1, -5, 4 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 57 GP, 5-11-16, -6, 18 PIM

D Matt Spencer, PBO: 0-1-1, +2, 0 PIM, 5 SOG
Season Totals: 2 GP, 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 60 GP, 5-19-24, -4, 46 PIM

Matt Spencer notched his first point of the season as the Petes upended Christopher Paquette and Niagara, 5-3. Spencer’s assist came on the game-winning goal late in the third period. Lightning prospect Jonne Tammela was assigned to Peterborough Sunday by Tampa Bay.

OHL Note: Mitchell Stephens was assigned to Saginaw by the Lightning Sunday. He, Cirelli, Joseph, and Ingram are expected to push for spots on Team Canada for World Juniors.

Western Hockey League

Kamloops Blazers 1 @ Vancouver Giants 3

G Connor Ingram, KAM: Loss, 22 saves on 25 shots
Season Totals: 3 GP, 1-2-0-0, 2.03 GAA, .917 sv%, 0 SO
2015-2016 Season: 61 GP, 34-15-5-4, 2.61 GAA, .922 sv%, 4 SO

Ingram completed the very rare three-in-three for a goaltender, dropping a decision in Vancouver, 3-1, on Sunday. He lost Friday night 1-0, but bounced back with some goal support Saturday in a win over Victoria.

CHL Game Night: 10-1-16

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Moncton Wildcats 0 @ Saint John Sea Dogs 5

W Bokondji Imama, SJ: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, 3 Hits
Season Totals: 2 GP, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 48 GP, 7-12-19, -5, 86 PIM

W Mathieu Joseph, SJ: 0-2-2, +2, 0 PIM, 1 SOG, 0 Hits
Season Totals: 2 GP, 2-3-5, +3, 2 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 58 GP, 33-40-73, +35, 57 PIM

Joseph had two assists and Alex Bishop (undrafted) stopped all 26 shots he faced as Saint John beat the visiting Wildcats, 5-0.

Cape Breton Screaming Eagles 4 @ Halifax Mooseheads 6

W Otto Somppi, HAL: 0-0-0, -2, 2 PIM, 1 SOG, 0 Hits
2015-2016 Season: 59 GP, 13-33-46, -15, 25 PIM

Somppi made his season debut for the Mooseheads in Halifax’s 6-4 win over visiting Cape Breton.

Ontario Hockey League

Hamilton Bulldogs 4 @ Niagara IceDogs 3

C Christopher Paquette, NIA: 0-1-1, -2, 0 PIM, 4 SOG, 13/28 FO
Season Totals: 2 GP, 0-1-1, -4, 0 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 57 GP, 5-11-16, -6, 18 PIM

Paquette notched his first point of the year, though the IceDogs fell at home to Hamilton, 4-3. Matt Luff (Kings free agent pick-up) scored the game winner with 16 seconds left in regulation.

Kingston Frontenacs 1 @ Erie Otters 6

W Taylor Raddysh, Erie: 1-2-3, +3, 0 PIM, 5 SOG, *Third Star*
2015-2016 Season: 67 GP, 24-49-73, +19, 18 PIM

Raddysh’s (pictured) first goal of the year put Erie on top 4-1 in the last minute of the second period.

Western Hockey League

Kamloops Blazers 5 @ Victoria Royals 2

G Connor Ingram, KAM: Win, 21 saves on 23 shots
Season Totals: 2 GP, 1-1-0-0, 1.52 GAA, .956 sv%, 0 SO
2015-2016 Season: 61 GP, 34-15-5-4, 2.61 GAA, .922 sv%, 4 SO

The Blazers avenged a 1-0 loss on Vancouver Island Friday night with a big 5-2 win Saturday night. Ingram has picked up where he left off in the playoffs last year when he had a 2.12 GAA and .938 save percentage.

Saskatoon Blades 3 @ Kootenay Ice 2

D Libor Hajek, SAS: 0-2-2, +1, 2 PIM
Season Totals: 2 GP, : 0-2-2, +1, 2 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 69 GP, 3-23-26, -19, 76 PIM

Hajek had his first points of the season – secondary assists as Saskatoon took a 2-0 lead. They’d later relinquish that lead before scoring the game-winner mid-way through the third period.

Edmonton Oil Kings 2 @ Moose Jaw Warriors 3 (OT)

C Brett Howden, MJ: 1-1-2, E, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 2 GP, 2-1-3, E, 2 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 68 GP, 24-40-64, -7, 61 PIM

Howden scored for the second consecutive game to start his season, then added an overtime assists as Moose Jaw beat visiting Edmonton, 3-2. The Warriors had a 2-0 lead 13 minutes into the game.

NHL Preseason Game Night: 10-1-16 Lightning at Predators

Fourth game in five nights for the barnstorming Lightning.

TB-3
NSH-4

Ben Bishop allowed 4 goals on 26 shots for the loss.

First Period
5:54 TB Nesterov (1), (Filppula, Drouin)
19:25 NSH Fisher (1), (Neal, Subban)

Second Period
5:56 NSH Subban (1), (Ribeiro)(PP)
12:37 NSH Ribeiro (1), (Forsberg)(PP)
15:18 TB Filppula (1), (Bishop, Wisniewski)

Third Period
3:07 TB Conacher (1), (unassisted)
15:37 NSH Bass (1), (Neal)

I'm having flashbacks of when Koules and Barrie owned the team and they signed up for a zillion preseason games every year to try to make a little extra scratch because they were so strapped. That's not the case with Vinik, but this is just a lot of games and a lot of travel in the span of less than a week.

Centers
Matthew Peca had 1 shot, 1 hit, and 3 blocked shots in 14:20. He was also 46% on 13 draws.

Mitchell Stephens had 1 shot and 1 hit in 13:07. He was also 38% on 8 draws. Kind of interesting to see him play center rather than wing, which may be the better fit for him as a pro.

Wingers
Yanni Gourde had 1 hit in 12:16.

Jeremy Morin had 1 shot in 9:10.

Defensement
Slater Koekkoek had 1 hit and 2 blocked shots in 20:13. I need to go back and add up all his ice time this week, but suffice it to say he might deserve some sort of iron man trophy. Tonight the Lightning decided to give him a full load after easing him in with the mid teens of minutes earlier in the week. 3 games in 5 nights is still a lot of work.

Luke Witkowski was +1 with 11 penalty minutes, 1 shot, and 1 blocked shot in 14:12. Witkowski also deserves an iron man trophy of his own.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

Liiga Game Day: 10-1-16

JYP 5 vs. SaiPa 2
Saku Salminen, SaiPa, 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 7 GP, 1-1-2, -1, 0 PIM

Saku Salminen assisted on an early Second Period goal before it all went off the rails for SaiPa in their 5-2 loss to JYP. He played 13:22 in the match and was also 47% on 15 draws. 36 year old Jani Tuppurainen led the way for JYP with 2 goals and 3 points.

MHL Game Day: 10-1-16

Yaroslav Jr. 0 vs. Spartak Moscow Jr. 1
Oleg Sosunov, Yaroslavl Jr., DNP
Season totals: 6 GP, 0-0-0, +1, 8 PIM

Spartak Jr.'s goal 1:53 into the Third Period was the lone tally in their 1-0 win over Loko Jr. Oleg Sosunov did not dress for the match, in which the youngsters from Yaroslavl iced 7 defensemen.

NHL Preseason Game Night: 9-30-16

Lightning miss a second straight preseason shutout by an eyelash.

TB-2
CAR-1 (OT)

Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed just 1 goal on 28 shots for the OT win. The lone blemish was a goal surrendered in a 6-on-4 situation with 1:05 left in regulation. If the performances of the past two nights by Gudlevskis and Vasilevskiy are any indication, Yzerman might have the flexibility he needs if he does choose to move Ben Bishop for cap reasons.

First Period
5:21 TB Johnson (1), (Palat, Nesterov)[/b]

Second Period
NO SCORING

Third Period
18:55 CAR Skinner (2), (DiGiuseppe, Rask)

Overtime
1:38 TB Palat (1), (unassisted)

Ondrej Palat and Tyler Johnson were the game's first and second stars, as the usual suspects start to calibrate their game for the regular season.

Very interesting lineup tonight from the Lightning and a pleasantly surprising performance. Tonight's group mixed in more NHL forwards, at least on the wings, but they pretty much went with Syracuse's defensive corps plus Nikita Nesterov, who may be a bubble player in this camp. It helps when you have Vasilevskiy behind you, but to almost get a shutout with that group is not too shabby.

Centers
Tanner Richard had 2 penalty minutes and 1 shot in 17:35. He was also 33% on 12 draws. Please, Jeff Halpern, teach these kids to win faceoffs.

Brayden Point had 4 penalty minutes and 1 shot in 16:09. He was also 33% on 9 draws. Sorry, son, you don't get to score a goal every game.

Cam Darcy had 1 hit and 1 blocked shot in 11:31 and was 30% on 10 draws. PLEASE, Jeff Halpern, teach these kids to win faceoffs.

Wingers
Joel Vermin had 1 shot, 1 hit, and 1 blocked shot in 18:44.

Gabriel Dumont had 1 shot, 4 hits, and 4 blocked shots in 14:02. For a guy who didn't score, his stat line still looks quite active, I have to say.

Henri Ikonen had 1 blocked shot in 14:15. The window is closing on the young Finn.

Brian Hart had 4 hits in 10:14. He then hit someone with an aluminum chair and put them in the Sharpshooter.

Defensemen
Luke Witkowski was +1 with 4 hits and 2 blocked shots in 21:10. He's not giving any quarter in camp to anybody.

Dominik Masin had 2 penalty minutes, 2 shots, and 2 hits in 19:55.

Matt Taormina had 1 shot in 19:46.

Dylan Blujus had 3 blocked shots in 19:29.

Jake Dotchin had 2 penalty minutes, 1 hit, and 2 blocked shots in 19:10.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

CHL Game Night: 9-30-16

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Cape Breton Screaming Eagles 2 @ Saint John Sea Dogs 3

W Bokondji Imama, SJ: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, 2 Hits, *Third Star*
2015-2016 Season: 48 GP, 7-12-19, -5, 86 PIM

W Mathieu Joseph, SJ: 2-1-3, +1, 2 PIM, 9 SOG, 0 Hits, *First Star*
2015-2016 Season: 58 GP, 33-40-73, +35, 57 PIM

Making their season debuts after Lightning preseason appearances, Mathieu Joseph and Boko Imama were two of the three game stars as Saint John edged Cape Breton, 3-2. Joseph is a hopeful for Team Canada this winter at the WJCs and Imama is playing as an overager in junior to gain more minutes than he would have in the AHL or ECHL. He is an alternate captain for the Sea Dogs. Joseph does not have a letter.

Shawinigan Cataractes 7 @ Rimouski Oceanic 2

W Dennis Yan, SHAW: 0-1-1, E, 2 PIM, 1 SOG, 0 Hits
2015-2016 Season: 62 GP, 32-37-69, +8, 86 PIM

The high-powered Cataractes put a touchdown on the board in Rimouski. Yan contributed an assist.

Ontario Hockey League

Peterborough Petes 1 @ Oshawa Generals 4

D Matt Spencer, PBO: 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
2015-2016 Season: 60 GP, 5-19-24, -4, 46 PIM

C Anthony Cirelli, OSH: 1-0-1, +1, PIM, 4 SOG, 21/32 FO
2015-2016 Season: 62 GP, 21-38-59, -15 27 PIM

Cirelli and Spencer made their season debuts after some preseason time in Tampa, and Cirelli’s Gens beat Spencer’s Petes, 4-1. Cirelli, Oshawa’s captain and clear leader, scored his first of the season. Oshawa was rebuilding last year and should be fairly solid this year. Spencer is a leader for Peterborough and should improve on his modest offensive numbers next to Dominik Masin last year. The Petes beat the Gens 4-1 on Wednesday when both Cirelli and Spencer were in Florida.

Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 3 @ London Knights 2

C Boris Katchouk, SSM: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 7 SOG
Season: 2 GP, 0-1-1, +1 2 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 44 GP, 13-28-41, -10 19 PIM

Katchouk had an assist in his opener Thursday against Windsor, but was scoreless in an upset win over London Friday. Former Lightning prospect Cristiano DiGiacinto was scoreless Thursday for Windsor.

Kingston Frontenacs 4 @ Niagara IceDogs 0

W Christopher Paquette, NIA: 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM, 4 SOG, 20/29 FO
2015-2016 Season: 57 GP, 5-11-16, -6, 18 PIM

Wearing an “A,” Paquette opened the season as the IceDogs’ top-line center, taking more than twice as many faceoffs as the next highest player. Big things are expected of Paquette by the Lightning brass now that he has the ice time he needs to breakout. He is a former second round pick of Niagara in the OHL draft.

Western Hockey League

Kamloops Blazers 0@ Victoria Royals 1

G Connor Ingram, KAM: Loss, 23 saves on 24 shots, *Third Star*
2015-2016 Season: 61 GP, 34-15-5-4, 2.61 GAA, .922 sv%, 4 SO

Ingram was named Third Star, losing his shutout bid mid-way through the third period in a close 1-0 loss in Victoria.

Saskatoon Blades 1 @ Medicine Hat Tigers 5

D Libor Hajek, SAS: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 69 GP, 3-23-26, -19, 76 PIM

Hajek wore an A for the Blades in his season debut, a 5-1 loss at Medicine Hat. Saskatoon is looking to improve on their poor showing last season. The Blades finished third from the bottom of the WHL table.

Red Deer Rebels 4 @ Moose Jaw Warriors 3 (OT)

C Brett Howden, MJ: 1-0-1, E, 2 PIM
2015-2016 Season: 68 GP, 24-40-64, -7, 61 PIM

Howden succeeded current Lightning prospect Brayden Point as Moose Jaw’s captain, opening his post-draft season with a goal in the Warrior’s 4-3 overtime loss to Red Deer. Howden scored off a goal-mouth scramble. Moose Jaw gave up a 3-1 third period lead in the loss.

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